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Bernice L. Benway
CHESAPEAKE -- Bernice Louise Benway, 72, of the 800 block of Shenandoah River Road, died Jan. 10, 2000, in Chesapeake.

Born in Pepperell, Mass., Mrs. Benway was the daughter of the late Domenic and Louise Melka Rootovich. She was a retired secretary with Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. and a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Leo Francis Benway; her daughter, Lisa Thompson and her husband, William, of Crewe, Va.; her sister, Helen Soles of Hudson, N.H.; and a grandson, Weston Adam Thompson of Crewe.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Prince of Peace Catholic Church by Fr. Christian Haydinger. Interment will follow in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. A Christian wake service will be held at 7 p.m. today at Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge. Following the service, the family will receive friends until 8:30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 621 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322. 
 

Mary E. Johanna
CHESAPEAKE -- Mary Elizabeth Johanna, 91, entered into rest Jan. 11, 2000. 

She was born in Hungary and immigrated to the United States in 1910. She was raised in Kulpmont, Pa., and was the widow of John L. Johanna. She was a Roman Catholic. 

She is survived by two daughters, Rita Breslin of Pennsylvania and Theresa E. Moraskie of Virginia Beach; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today in Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach. She will be buried in St. Mary's Cemetery following services Saturday with C.J. Lucas Funeral Home in Kulpmont, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Gregory the Great Catholic School in Virginia Beach. 
 

Herman W. Scott Sr.
CHESAPEAKE -- Herman Willis Scott Sr., 87, of the 2600 block of Taylor Road, died Jan. 10, 2000, in Franklin. 

A native of Onancock, Va., he was a retired rigger from Norfolk Naval Shipyard and was a merchant seaman for six years. He was a member of First Friends Church and was predeceased by his wife, Mary Kathryn Scott. 

Survivors include five sons, David W. Scott of Elizabeth City, N.C., Richard W. Scott of Warminster, Pa., Herman W. ``Joe'' Scott Jr. of New Bern, N.C., Mark W. Scott of Courtland, Va., and Samuel C. Scott of Chesterfield, Va.; two sisters, Gladys Talman and Kathryn Clark, both of Richmond; 17 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. 

A funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, by the Rev. Frank Carter. Entombment will be in Meadowbrook Memorial Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 
 

Wharton F. Simons
CHESAPEAKE -- Wharton ``Woody'' Frederick Simons, 72, of the 3000 block of Trappers Run, died Jan. 10, 2000, in a local hospital after a gallant battle with cancer.

Mr. Simons was a member of Jackson Memorial Baptist Church, Lake Drummond Masonic Lodge No. 178, AF&AM, and Victory Chapter No. 16, Order of the Eastern Star. For many years he was active in the Boy Scouts of America; he coached Little League, Pony League and Ladies Softball. His work included 20 years with Norfolk Iron & Wire in the steel construction business in and around the Norfolk area. After moving to Florida, he worked as a contract ramp consultant, responsible for the design, construction and installation of all passenger loading facilities for the cruise ships calling at Port Canaveral, Fla. His work was a source of great pride and personal satisfaction.

He is survived by his wife, Lilla Mae Simons; a son, Mark L. Simons; a grandson, Christopher L. Simons; mother, Cora F. Simons; a brother and his wife, Joseph C. and Nina Simons; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Loving Funeral Home Churchland by Dr. Albert A. Peveral Jr. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
 

William H. Starrette Sr.
CHESAPEAKE -- William Harris Starrette Sr., 81, of the 600 block of River Walk Pkwy., died Jan. 11, 2000, in Chesapeake General Hospital. 

A native of Iredell County, N.C., he was the son of the late Noah and Ellen Nance Starrette. He retired after 38 years of service as general manager of Crown Oil Co., Norfolk and Richmond. He was also a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Currituck County, N.C. and was past president of the South Norfolk Sports Club. 

Survivors include his wife, Grace Hudgins Starrette of the home; three sons, William H. Starrette Jr. of Richmond, Ray Starrette and Richard L. Starrette, both of Chesapeake; two sisters, Mary Warren and Evelyn McCoy, both of Statesville, N.C.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge, by the Rev. James Harrington. Interment will be in Rosewood Memorial Park. Viewing will begin Thursday; the family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and other times at 829 Waterfall Way, Chesapeake. 

The family suggests that memorial donations may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church, P.O. Box 295, Moyock, NC 27958. 
 

Theodore J. Baron
NORFOLK -- Theodore J. Baron, 82, died Jan. 10, 2000. 

Born in East St. Louis, Ill., he was predeceased by his wife of more than 30 years, Pauline S. Baron. He retired as a chief warrant officer 4 from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of service and was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. 

Survivors include his daughter, Gail Graney and her husband, Michael, of Edwardsville, Ill.; a sister, Katherine Brindley of Fairmont City, Ill.; and several nieces, a nephew, and many good friends and neighbors. 

A funeral will be conducted at 4 p.m. today in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, by Father Rod McRae. Burial will be in Jefferson-Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. 
 

Royston T. Booker Jr.
NORFOLK -- Royston Terrell Booker Jr., 79, of the 1400 block of Meads Road, went to his eternal rest on Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, in a Norfolk hospital. 

He was the retired assistant director of public works for the city of Suffolk. He was born in Norfolk and was the son of the late Royston T. Booker Sr. and Helen Fox Booker.

Mr. Booker was a member of Park Place United Methodist Church and its Administrative Board, Atlantic Masonic Lodge No. 2, John Walters Royal Arch Chapter No. 68, Grice Commandry No. 16, Knights Templar, Khedive Shrine Temple, Norfolk Kiwanis Club, Kiwanis Club Pioneers and was a former member of the Norfolk Sertoma Club. He was also a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Annette H. Booker; two sons, U.S. Navy Cmdr. R. Terrell Booker III (Ret.) of Hawaii, and Brad H. Booker of Richmond; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in Park Place United Methodist Church by Dr. Charles H. Smith. Burial will be private in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the charity of the donor's choice. Cox Funeral Home is in charge. 
 

Ethel L. Futrell
NORFOLK -- Ethel L. Futrell, 89, of the 8400 block of Old Ocean View Road, died Jan. 11, 2000. Mrs. Futrell was born in Hertford, N.C. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Norfolk and retired from Blaney's Fabric in Norfolk as a salesperson. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Futrell. Survivors include her daughter Beverly F. Angel and her husband, Bob, of Norfolk; and three grandchildren, Robert Barbour Jr., Charles Michael Barbour and George A. Barbour. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Norfolk by the Rev. Charles Riggs. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Norfolk Chapel. 
 

Violet M. Germain
NORFOLK -- Violet Mathieson Germain, 94, of Mayflower Road, died Jan. 6, 2000. Services and burial will be private. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, is in charge. 
 

Lillie Haliday
NORFOLK -- Lillie Haliday, 70, of the 1700 block of Melon St., died Jan. 10, 2000, in a local hospital.

She was born in Halifax, N.C., to the late Daisy and Walter Battle. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda Luckey of Norfolk; four sons, Earl Haliday Sr. of Newport News, Lenwood Haliday Sr., Edward Haliday and Larry Haliday, all of Norfolk; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at noon Thursday at Hale Funeral Home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. 
 

Sarah A. Riddick
NORFOLK -- Sarah A. Riddick of the 5500 block of Deepdale Drive died Jan. 9, 2000, at her residence. She was born in Norfolk and was a retired custodian.

She is survived by her husband, Willie Riddick; three sisters, Indian Perry of Chesapeake, Rosa M. Harper of New York City and Bessie L. Turner of Norfolk; two brothers, Albert Wilson and Charles Wilson of Chesapeake; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Graves Funeral Chapel by Elder Tony McNair. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the residence. 
 

Maria E. Robinson
NORFOLK -- Maria E. Robinson of the 8000 block of O'Conner Crescent, died Jan. 6, 2000. Funeral services will be private. Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Street, is in charge. 
 

James F. Sumner
NORFOLK -- James Fredrick Sumner died in a Norfolk hospital on Dec. 23, 1999. He was in his 82nd year of life and had endured a severe decline in health over several weeks. 

He is survived by his wife, Blanche J. Sumner; his only child, Sue Nichols; three grandsons, Thomas Essex Wright, John Sumner Wright and Paul Nichols; and four great-grandchildren, all of Virginia; and his brother, Harold Sumner of Dallas, Texas. His wife of 55 years, Maggie Q. Sumner, preceded him in death.

Burial took place in Mississippi on Jan. 6. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Temple Baptist Church, Norfolk.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Yelo Busha County Nursing Home, Old Highway 7 South, Water Valley, MS 38965. 
 

Mary H. Whitehurst
NORFOLK -- Mary Hall Whitehurst, 91, of the Riverview section of Norfolk, went to her eternal rest Jan. 10, 2000, in a Norfolk hospital. 

She had retired from the Naivete Shop after many years as a saleslady. Mrs. Whitehurst was born in Rich Square, N.C., and was the widow of Warren Calvin Whitehurst. She was a member of Park Place United Methodist Church. 

Survivors include her daughter, Jacqueline W. Hardy of Norfolk; two sisters, Virginia H. Capps of Norfolk and Inez H. Wood of Virginia Beach; a brother, Frank Hall of Bells Island, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Park Place United Methodist Church by Dr. Charles H. Smith and the Rev. Francis E. Collins. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Park Place United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor's choice. Cox Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 
 

Barbara H. Brown
PORTSMOUTH -- On Jan. 9, 2000, God picked a beautiful rose from his garden and called Barbara Harris Brown to her eternal rest at Maryview Medical Center.

A native of Portsmouth, she was born on Jan. 13, 1933, to the late Dennis and Magnolia Harris. At an early age she joined St. James Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, but in later years she joined Fellowship United Church of Christ, Chesapeake, where she held membership until her death.

She received her education in the public schools of Portsmouth, was a graduate of I.C. Norcom High School and attended St. Paul's College, Lawrenceville. She retired from the Norfolk Health Department.

She was an active member of the Deaconess Board, Women's Fellowship of Fellowship United Church of Christ; member of Gosport Police Community Relations, Willie C. Davis Tent No. 59; Household of Ruth No. 33; and the Community Garden Club.

Barbara was a loving, kind, considerate and dependable person. She had concern for her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband, James T. Brown Sr.; a daughter, Patricia Brown; a son, James T. Brown Jr. and wife, Thelma A. Brown; a sister, Vivian Boykins of Baltimore; a brother, Robert L. ``Chief'' Harris, U.S. Navy, retired, and wife, Quintilla P. Harris; a granddaughter, Shutanda Almond; a grandson, Lance Danyell Brown; a great-grandson, Joseph Clayton; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Fellowship United Church of Christ, Chesapeake, by the Rev. Winston A. Waugh. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home will begin at noon today. The body will be taken to the church at 10 a.m. Thursday. 
 

Jeraldine H. Burke
PORTSMOUTH -- Jeraldine H. ``Jeri'' Burke, 70, of the 4900 block of Morro Blvd., died Jan. 10, 2000. 

A native of Albany, Ga., she was a member of Sweethaven Baptist Church and Castle Heights Garden Club. 

Survivors include her husband, Willard ``Bill'' L. Burke; two daughters, Tina J. Burke of Portsmouth and Teri L. Weaver and her husband, Tom, of Pennsylvania; a sister, Joyce Pye and her husband, John, of Glen Allen, Va.; four grandchildren, Michele L. Spaugh of Portsmouth, Rachel, Ryan and Christopher Weaver of Pennsylvania. 

A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Loving Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, by the Rev. Damon E. Wyatt. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. 
 

Nollie L. Sutton
PORTSMOUTH -- Nollie Lena Sutton, 62, of Kirby Street, died Jan. 8, 2000, in her residence. 

A native of Asheville, N.C., she was the widow of Roy Lee Sutton Jr. She was employed by TRT as a driver for seniors and the disabled. She also delivered newspapers for The Virginian-Pilot. Mrs. Sutton was a member of WIBC. 

Survivors include three daughters, Victoria L. Manry of Battle Creek, Mich., Angela D. George of Rock Hill, S.C., and Cheryl D. Walters of Gansevoort, N.Y.; two sons, Timothy E. Sutton of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Michael D. Draughon of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Mary E. Godfrey of Falmouth, Va.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, by Elder Marion P. George. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today. 
 

Lorraine Anderson-Smith
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Lorraine Anderson-Smith of the 900 block of First Colonial Road passed away Jan. 11, 2000, in a local hospital.

Born in Vallejo, Calif., she was a homemaker. A member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Virginia Beach, she had been a former member of the Sodality of the Sacred Heart of Mary.

She will be sadly missed by her two sons, Rick A. Anderson of Mobile, Ala., and Robin C. Anderson of Virginia Beach; three daughters, Saundra Burka of Great Falls, Va., Joan Carol Anderson of Maryland and Lorraine Marie Benfield of Virginia Beach; a brother, Robert Sheldon of California; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A Christian wake service will be held at 7 p.m. today at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 712 Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach, with visitation to follow. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with Msgr. Raymond Barton officiating. Burial will follow at Princess Anne Memorial Park, Virginia Beach. Friends may join the family at the home of her daughter, Marie Benfield, following the burial service. Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, is in charge. 
 

James R. Abbey
VIRGINIA BEACH -- James Robert Abbey, 58, a retired naval officer and real estate broker, died Jan. 9, 2000, in a local hospital, after a bravely fought battle against cancer.

Cmdr. Abbey was born in Rochester, N.Y., where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and grew up in Buffalo. He was a graduate of Penn State. His naval career spanned 23 years, with tours of duty aboard MINDIV 83, USS Lowrey, USS Mt. Whitney and shore assignments at COMNAVFORV Vietnam, BUPERS, OPTEV 4, CINCLANTFLT, USEUCOM Stuttgart, Germany, and SOUTHCOM, Panama, where he served as deputy director of Naval Intelligence from 1982-1984. After his retirement, he was the managing broker for 10 years with Century 21 at the mall serving both Tidewater Association of Realtors and Rein as a sales managers' advisory council member.

Survivors include his devoted wife of 38 years Elizabeth Clark Abbey; two daughters, Robin Welch and her husband, Cory, of Salinas, Calif., and Alyssa Armstrong and her husband, Roger, of Rowlands Castle, N.H., England; a sister, Barbara Ervolina of Snyder, N.Y.; a brother, Charles William Abbey of Clemmons, N.C.; and four grandchildren, Raleigh and Maris Welch and Megan and Bryony Armstrong.

A chapel service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, by the Rev. Dr. J. Segar Gravatt. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Cmdr. James Abbey's name to the American Cancer Society, 2730 Ellsmere Ave., Norfolk, VA 23513. 
 

Johnnie Y. Blick
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Johnnie Y. Blick of the 1400 block of Thornton Road died Jan. 11, 2000.

Born on Oct. 13, 1912, in Smoky Ordinary, Brunswick County, Va., Mr. Blick attended school at Dolphin. He had been a resident of Virginia Beach since 1965. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in eight enlisted ratings, three warrant and four commission grades, with over 30 years of active duty. He was transferred to the retired list on Dec. 1, 1963, having advanced to the rank of lieutenant commander, Supply Corps. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Atlantic and Pacific areas.

Mr. Blick was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, Norfolk Branch 5, the Retired Officers Association, including the local chapter, and Calvary Baptist Church, Emporia, Va.

Survivors include two sons, Norman E. Blick of Orlando, Fla., and Lawrence T. ``Larry'' Blick of Virginia Beach; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. Friday at Rosewood Memorial Park. 
 

Katherine M. Geczi
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Katherine Miknich Geczi, 83, of Berwick, Pa., the widow of George Geczi, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at the Berwick Retirement Village I, Berwick.

Survivors include her son, Richard J. Geczi, daughter-in-law, Kathleen Geczi, and two grandchildren, Dana Geczi and Scott Geczi of Virginia Beach.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Monday at St. Mary's Church in Berwick, Pa. Burial was in Graceland Memorial Park, Kenilworth, N.J. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in her memory to the Berwick Retirement Village, 801 E. 16th St., Berwick, PA 18603. 
 

Mary S. Knauer
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Mary S. Knauer, 72, of Birchwood Gardens died Dec. 31, 1999, in her home. She was a native of Birdsboro, Pa., but resided in Virginia Beach for 25 years. 

She was retired from Virginia Wesleyan College and was a member of the Little Creek Protestant Chapel by the Sea. 

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, the Rev. Art Knauer, USN, retired; three daughters, Linda Knauer of Virginia Beach, Vivian Bengel and her husband, Kevin, of Elon College, N.C., and Patricia Brinkley and her husband, Rob, of Hypoluxa, Fla.; a son, James Knauer and his wife, Mary Anne, of Bristol, Va.; six grandchildren, Geoff Bengel, Stephen Bengel, Brenner Brinkley, Matthew Knauer, Lauren Knauer and Kristin Knauer; two sisters and a brother of Pennsylvania. 

A memorial celebration of her life will be conducted Friday at 7 p.m. in Pembroke Manor United Church of Christ by the Rev. Bill Simmons. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Building Fund of Pembroke Manor United Church of Christ, with which they have enjoyed many years of friendships. 
 

Jesse Phillips
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Jesse Phillips, 77, of the 1400 block of Old Virginia Beach Road, died Jan. 8, 2000, at home.

Born in Perquimans County, N.C., Mr. Phillips was a truck driver for McCoy Oil Co., retired after 47 years of service. He was a member of St. Mark A.M.E. Episcopal Church, Virginia Beach, where he was a member of the Usher Board, a trustee and the Men's Fellowship Club.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel M. Phillips; a daughter, Wanda D. Phillips of Virginia Beach; a son, Wintford Phillips and wife, Gloria Phillips, of Springfield, Mass.; a special friend, James Shaw of Virginia Beach; three grandchildren, Ronda G. Phillips of Springfield, Tara Wiley of Queens, N.Y., and Kevin Portlock of Norfolk; a great-grandchild, Trevor Lindo of Queens; a sister-in-law, Irene Phillips; and a brother-in-law, James Doltch.

A funeral will be held at noon Friday at St. Mark A.M.E. Episcopal Church, 1740 Potters Road, Virginia Beach, by the Rev. Vernon L. Ricks. Interment will be in Roosevelt Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at P.G. Thomasson Funeral Services for remembrance and visitation. 
 

Grace A. Moore
VIRGINIA BEACH -- On Jan. 8, 2000, our precious Little Miss Grace Adele Moore went home to heaven to be with Jesus.

Grace Adele, four years old, was born in Sindelfingen, Germany, on Nov. 7, 1995. She and her family have lived in Virginia Beach since the spring of 1998.

Grace is survived by her daddy and mommy, Lt. Cmdr. Brian and Julia Moore; her brother, Brian Willison Moore; grandparents, Ronald and Darlene Willison of Virginia Beach and William and Connie Moore of Belleview, Fla.; her aunt, Devra Willison Harvey, and cousin, Jacob Willison Harvey, of Virginia Beach; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends throughout America and abroad.

A memorial service will be held at noon Thursday at Fort Story Post Chapel. Flowers may be sent to the chapel or in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Grace Adele's name to the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, Attention: Community Relations, 601 Children's Lane, Norfolk VA 23507. 
 

Jessie R. Sanders
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Jessie R. Sanders of the 4800 block of Boxford Road died Jan. 8, 2000. 

Born in Tarboro, N.C., she was a certified nurse's assistant (CNA). She was a member of Cathedral of Faith C.O.G.I.C., Chesapeake, where she was an evangelist and area coordinator and hospitality chairwoman of Women Ministries. She was also a member of the Sunday School, Young Women Christian Council, Missionary Circle, Beautification Committee, Pastors Aid and Mother's Board. 

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Sanders; a son, J'Son Anwar Sanders of Virginia Beach; her father, Willie J. Heath Sr. of New London, Conn.; a sister, Martha J. Smith of Virginia Beach; four brothers, Willie J. Heath Jr. of Schenectady, N.Y., Earl D. Heath of Los Angeles, Karl V. Heath of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Gary A. Heath of Dallas, Texas; and a host of aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. 

A funeral will be held at noon Friday at Cathedral of Faith C.O.G.I.C., 2020 Portlock Road, Chesapeake, by the Rev. Dr. G. Wesley Hardy Sr. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. Community Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements. 
 

Glenn W. Semones
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Glenn Wood Semones, 64, of the 2200 block of Indian River Road, died Jan. 10, 2000, in a local hospital. 

Born in Carol County, Va., he retired as a chief petty officer from the U.S. Navy and had also retired after 16 years of civil service with NARF. Mr. Semones was a member of Green Run Baptist Church in Virginia Beach and the Virginia Beach Rifle and Pistol Club; he was a life member of the NRA. 

Survivors include his wife, Atsuko ``Wanda'' Semones; a daughter, Teresa A. Haddox, and a son, Glenn W. Semones Jr., all of Virginia Beach; his parents, George A. and Verlie E. Semones; a sister, Shelby J. Faris, all of Fancy Gap, Va.; two brothers, Sanford R. Semones of Fancy Gap and Lansford R. Semones of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandchildren, Rachael M. Haddox and Joshua D. Haddox, both of Virginia Beach; and several nieces and nephews. 

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Green Run Baptist Church, with a funeral service following at 7 p.m. Burial in Bluemont Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Carol County, Va., will take place following a funeral at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church; visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, is handling arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes Association in Glenn's name. 
 

Charles W. Stamper
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Charles William Stamper, 58, of the 3300 block of Woodsman Lane, died Jan. 10, 2000. 

Born in Middletown, Ohio, he was a merchant marine engineer. He was a member of London Bridge Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, and the Leon Piper Bible Class of the church. He was a member of the American Maritime Officers Union. Mr. Stamper was a retired master chief from the U.S. Navy with 21 years of service. He was also associated with Norfolk Newspapers for 12 years. 

Survivors include his wife, Shirley A. Stamper; two daughters, Rena Renee Dalton and husband, Thomas, and Tammy Lynne Lewis and husband, Keith, all of Virginia Beach; two sons, Clifton Glen Weaver and wife, Patricia, of Virginia Beach and Charles W. Stamper Jr. and friend, Amanda Harris, of Chesapeake; three brothers, Cecil Stamper of Alabama and Robert Stamper and Donald Stamper, both of Middletown, Ohio; and seven grandchildren, Dana and Brent Weaver, Tara and Brandon Lewis, Tommy and Nikki Dalton and Alex Stamper. Mr. Stamper was predeceased by his sister, Mary North. 

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Graham Funeral Home, Greenbrier Chapel, by the Rev. Greg Brinson. Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Park, Norfolk. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and the residence at all other times. 
 

Marian W. Yoder
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Marian Miverene White Yoder passed away Jan. 9, 2000, in Sentara Virginia Beach Hospital. 

She was predeceased by her parents, Dalvin and Margaret White, and her husband of 52 years, Chriss S. Yoder, with whom she was a partner in the hotel/construction business. 

A lifelong resident of Princess Anne County and Virginia Beach, she was born on April 16, 1923. She graduated from Oceana High School in 1939 and from Kee's Business School in 1941. 

She is survived by her three sons, Michael A. Yoder and his wife, Amanda, Robert L. Yoder and his wife, Patricia, and Chriss S. Yoder Jr. and his wife, Ernelita; seven grandchildren, Edward ``Ted'' O'Neal Yoder and his wife, Traci, Michael A. Yoder Jr., Katheryn C. Yoder, Ben C. Yoder, Will E. Yoder, Eugenie Villanueva, Chriss S. Yoder III and William M. Yoder; three great-grandchildren, Lelia O'Neal Yoder, Savannah Rose Yoder, Camille Grace Yoder and David A. Villanueva Jr.; her brother, D.V. White and his wife, Winifred; her sister, Iona Alton; two nephews; three nieces; and several grandnephews and grandnieces. She will be missed by her friends and family. 

A chapel service will be conducted at noon Friday in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Laskin Road Chapel. Burial will be in Princess Anne Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Fund. 
 

Ernest M. Ellis Sr.
SUFFOLK -- Ernest Michael Ellis Sr., 90, of the 2900 block of Deer Path Road, died Jan. 11, 2000. 

A native of Nansemond County, Va., he was a son of the late Wilson Ellis and Elizabeth Rawls Ellis and the widower of Grace Emma Sykes Ellis. He retired as an engineer for Norfolk & Western Railroad with 47 years of service. Mr. Ellis was a member of Park Place Baptist Church in Norfolk and Elizabeth Masonic Lodge No. 34, Norfolk. 

Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Ellis Bowden, and a son, Ernest Michael Ellis Jr., both of Suffolk; three grandchildren, Ernest Michael Ellis III of Orlando, Fla., Christopher M. Ellis of Richmond and Grace M. Shearer of Belmont, N.C.; a great-grandchild, Kaitlyn Shearer of Belmont; and a sister, Sissy E. Carter of Suffolk. 

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Hill Funeral Home by Dr. Chreston Holoman. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Friends may join the family from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hill Funeral Home and other times at the home of his son, Ernest Jr., 2964 Deer Path Road. 
 

Lucy Belle D. Felton
SUFFOLK -- Lucy Belle Felton, 94, passed away in a local hospital Jan. 11, 2000.

Born in Whitakers, N.C., she was the daughter of the late William H. and Martha Elizabeth Smith Dixon and the widow of James H. Felton. Mrs. Felton was a member of Suffolk Christian School.

Survivors include her sister, Cora D. Lucas of Norfolk; five nieces, Betty Beard, Betty Lucas, Janet Winslow, Linda Parker and Judy Smith; and two nephews, Ray Dixon and William D. Dixon.

A memorial service led by the Rev. Michael Halley will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, P.O. Box 2156, Norfolk, VA 23501. 
 

Jasper S. Gomer Sr.
SUFFOLK -- Jasper S. Gomer Sr., 53, died Jan. 10, 2000. 

Born in Nansemond County, Mr. Gomer retired as a millwright from Union Camp. He was the son of the late Jesse Stanley Gomer and Ethel Perry Gomer. He was predeceased by a son, Jasper Stanley Gomer Jr. and a brother, Greg T. Gomer. He was a member of Holy Neck United Church of Christ and Box Elder Hunt Club.

He is survived by his wife Mary E. Gomer; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Bryan G. Gomer Sr. and wife Dawn L. Gomer, Lance Gomer and wife Kimberly A. Gomer and Stacy A. Gomer, all of Suffolk; sister Lavada G. Werner of Chesapeake; four grandchildren, Bryan G. Gomer Jr., Zachary Taylor Gomer, Cameron Lance Gomer and Maddison Leigh Gomer, all of Suffolk.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holy Neck United Church of Christ by the Rev. E. Cecil Smith and the Rev. Scott Fuller. Interment will be in Holly Lawn Cemetery. Friends may join the family at the home of Lance and Kimberly Gomer, 6816 Quaker Drive, Suffolk. Hill Funeral Home is assisting the family. 
 

Raleigh Old Green
SUFFOLK -- Raleigh Old Green, 99, of Knotts Creek-Nansemond River, died Jan. 9, 2000.

Born in Suffolk, he was educated at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland. He was a retired farmer. His farm on the Western Branch near Hodges Ferry, which was farmed by his ancestors in the Taylor-Ames family, has subsequently become the Raleigh Place residential area. His farm on Knotts Creek was a land grant to James Knott in 1635 and remained in the Knott family until 1814, when it was purchased by John Ames, whose descendants have lived there since.

R. Old Green was a fifth-generation member and very active in the Centenary United Methodist Church near Churchland. His father, the Rev. William T. Green, was minister there in the late 1800s. His mother, Maria Old Green, was a member for 98 years.

He was predeceased by his brother, Dr. William T. Green Jr., formerly of the Eastern Shore, and his sister, Mary Love Green, the former superintendent of nurses at Norfolk General Hospital.

He is survived by Elta Ferebee Green of Rochester, N.Y., Rebecca Old White of Norfolk and Dr. W. Levi Old Jr. of Norfolk.

A memorial service was held. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk, handled the arrangements. Should his friends desire, memorial donations may be made to Centenary United Methodist Church, 3312 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth, VA 23703 or to a favorite charity. 
 

Robert F. Coleman
EMPORIA -- Robert F. Coleman, 72, died Jan. 10, 2000. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Owen Funeral Home, Jarratt. 
 

Margaret M. Bayley
ONANCOCK -- Margaret McMath Bayley, 92, of the Hermitage on the Eastern Shore and formerly of Tampa, Fla., died Jan. 11, 2000. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Onancock Cemetery. Williams-Onancock Funeral Home is in charge. 
 

Sara B. Bradford
OAKLAND PARK -- Sara Beth Bradford, 17, daughter of Walter Wayne and Judy Campbell Bradford, died Jan. 10, 2000. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Belle Haven Cemetery. Doughty Funeral Home, Exmore, is in charge. 
 

Hazel C. Bryant
RICH SQUARE -- Hazel Celesta Bryant, 77, of Route 1, died Jan. 11, 2000. 

Survivors include her husband, Carroll Ellis Bryant; a daughter, Gladys Futrell of Rich Square; two sons, Linwood C. Bryant of Rich Square and David Ellis Bryant of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister, Virginia Craddock of Statesville, N.C.; three half-sisters, Myrtle Spence, Polly Hopkins and Camilla Dixon; a half-brother, Stancil Bryant; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Rich Square United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Rich Square. The family will receive friends at Massey Funeral Home, Jackson, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today. Memorial contributions may be made to Rich Square United Methodist Church, Rich Square, NC 27869. 
 

Rachel Gilliam
AULANDER -- Rachel Gilliam died Jan. 10, 2000. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in St. Luke Holiness Church, Lewiston. Reynolds Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is in charge. 
 

Larry D. Harrell
WELDON -- Larry Darnell Harrell died Jan. 7, 2000. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Jerusalem Baptist Church, Woodland. Reynolds Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is in charge. 
 

Giles S. Newsome
ELIZABETH CITY -- Giles Smith ``Jimmy'' Newsome, 88, of the 1300 block of Ehringhaus St., died Jan. 13, 2000. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at New Hollywood Cemetery. Twiford's Memorial Chapel is in charge. 
 

W.J. Sawyer
GATES -- William Jesse ``Bill'' Sawyer, 88, of the 1000 block of Drum Hill Road, died Jan. 11, 2000, in Louise Obici Memorial Hospital, Suffolk. 

Mr. Sawyer was born in Gates County. He was the retired owner and operator of W.J. Sawyer General Merchandise, located in the Drum Hill section of Gates County. He was an active member of Savage's United Methodist Church and had served his church as chairman of the Administrative Board, treasurer, trustee, and as a member of the Finance Committee. He had served on the Gates County Board of Commissioners, the board of directors for the Bank of Whaleyville (now Bank of Suffolk) and was a member of the Gates Couples Club, the Gates Ruritan Club and the Drum Hill Hunt Club. He had served in the U.S. Army. 

Preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Simons Sawyer, and his son, D. Michael Sawyer, he is survived by several nieces and nephews and also special family members, Mamie Simons Jones and Patricia J. Capilongo, both of Chesapeake, J.C. Jones of Charlottesville and Jeffrey Hunter Capilongo of Virginia Beach. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in Savage's United Methodist Church by the Rev. Terry Williams and the Rev. Billy Presley. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may join the family from 7 to 8 p.m. today in Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, and other times at the residence. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Savage's United Methodist Church, in care of Mallory Buck, 210 Mallory Buck Road, Gates, NC 27937. 
 

Bernice Slade
MERRY HILL -- Bernice Slade, 78, of Ledrew Perry Road, died Jan. 7, 2000. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ashland Baptist Church. Gilliam Funeral Home, Windsor, is in charge. 
 

Emma B. Slade
COLERAIN -- Emma Blanch Slade died Jan. 8, 2000. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Zion Hill Baptist Church, Colerain. Reynolds Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is in charge. 
 

Winfred L. Tuttle
ELIZABETH CITY -- Winfred Lee Tuttle, 88, of the 800 block of Oak Stump Road, died Jan. 10, 2000. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Twiford's Memorial Chapel. 
 

Jean F. Harrison
ALEXANDRIA -- Jean Foote Harrison, 84, died Jan. 8, 2000, in Alexandria, Va. 

She was a Norfolk native and the daughter of Sue Bowie Foote and George Anderson Foote. She was a 1933 graduate of Maury High School, a member of First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk and a former member of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach. 

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Grant Van S. Harrison, and also her son, George Foote Harrison, and her grandson, George Anderson Foote Harrison, both of Waynesboro, Va. 

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria. Demaine Funeral Home, Alexandria, is handling arrangements. 
 

James B. Massey Jr.
LYNCHBURG -- James Buckner Massey Jr. died Jan. 8, 2000, in Lynchburg. His wife, Helen Thomas Collings, a native of Crewe, Va., predeceased him on Nov. 30, 1993. 

Born in Augusta County on March 1, 1913, Mr. Massey was educated in the public schools of Prince Edward County, Hampden-Sydney College, Erskin College and the University of Maryland. He taught in the public schools of South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. He also taught at Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Va., and the Gilman School, Baltimore. Mr. Massey served as the headmaster of the Norfolk Academy for 28 years, retiring in 1978. He served as the interim headmaster of the Lovett School, Atlanta, from 1978-79. 

As a young man, Mr. Massey was active in summer camps for boys, serving in camps in West Virginia, Maine and New Hampshire. He was also active in the Presbyterian Church, the Prince Edward School Board and the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges. Mr. and Mrs. Massey retired to Hampden-Sydney in 1979. He lived in retirement at Westminster-Canterbury, Lynchburg, Va. 

He is survived by three married sons and one married daughter, James B. Massey III of Roanoke, Va., Thomas Collings Massey of Clemson, S.C., Joseph Price Massey of Norfolk, Elizabeth Massey Kramer of Springboro, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. Charles D. Ellis of Daytona Beach, Fal., and Eugenia W. Massey of Harrisonburg, Va.; and six grandchildren. 

Mr. Massey was a member of College Presbyterian Church, Hampden-Sydney, Va., where a memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000. Interment will be private in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Doyne-Burger-Davis Funeral Home is in charge. 
 

James R. Blount
MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- James R. Blount, 51, of the 100 block of S. 14th Ave., died Jan. 7, 2000. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in First Zion Grove Baptist Church, Roper. Reynolds Funeral Home, Roper, is in charge. 
 

Ida Friedlander
ATLANTA -- Ida Friedlander, 95, passed away Jan. 10, 2000, in Atlanta. 

A longtime resident of Norfolk, she was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Friedlander. She is survived by two daughters, Anita Samuels and her husband, Stanley, and Selma Smith and her husband, Al; two sisters, Rose Sachs and Jean Kanfer; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today in Forest Lawn Cemetery by Rabbi Smith of Richmond. Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach, is handling arrangements.


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