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Alvin E. Pate
CHESAPEAKE -- Alvin Earl ``Possum'' Pate, 74, of the 1000 block of Windswept Circle, died Jan. 12, 2000.

Born in Portsmouth, he was a retired self-employed contractor and a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of South Norfolk Congregational Christian Church, Chesapeake; member and past master of South Norfolk Masonic Lodge No. 339 AF&AM; Scottish Rite Bodies; Khedive Temple of Shrine; Chesapeake Shrine Club; Chesapeake Better Business Club; and served on the Board of Zoning Appeals for Chesapeake. 

He is survived by his wife Deloris ``Red'' Pate of the home; a daughter, Jimme Pate Hollowell and her husband, Wayne, of Carrollton, Va.; a son, John Pate and his wife, Lisa, of Virginia Beach; two sisters, Eunice Phelps and Gloria Harrell, both of Duck, N.C.; two brothers, Preston Pate and William Pate, both of Chesapeake; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Ryan and Dustin Pate, Brian and Marcie Hollowell; and an aunt, Vera Rowe of Portsmouth.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at South Norfolk Congregational Christian Church by the Rev. Amos Eby. Burial will be in Rosewood Memorial Park, Virginia Beach. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Francis A. Gay Funeral Home, South Norfolk Chapel. Masonic rites will be accorded at the graveside. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to South Norfolk Congregational Christian Church, 1030 Jackson Ave., Chesapeake, VA 23324.

Carolyn C. Sparrow
CHESAPEAKE -- Carolyn Cuffee Sparrow of the 1800 block of Oliver Ave. died Jan. 10, 2000. She was born in Norfolk County and was a 1971 graduate of Crestwood High School.

Survivors include her parents, Queenie V. and Samuel P. Cuffee of Chesapeake; five sisters, Cynthia M. Cuffee, Teresa Wiggins and Queenie D. Hines, all of Chesapeake, Sandra B. Christopher of Atlanta and Maxine Moore of El Paso, Texas; a brother, Samuel J. Cuffee of Chesapeake; two grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph AMEZ Church, Chesapeake, by the Rev. Dr. Lorenza Meekins. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. Fitchett Funeral Home is in charge.

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

A funeral service will be conducted today at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge, by the Rev. James Harrington. Interment will be in Rosewood Memorial Park.

Leroy E. Dozier Sr.
NORFOLK -- Leroy Edward Dozier Sr., 62, died Jan. 9, 2000, at a local hospital. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, is in charge.

Michael T. Evans
NORFOLK -- Michael T. Evans, 30, of the 8700 block of Tidewater Drive, died Jan. 11, 2000. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, is in charge.

Christopher D. Harper
NORFOLK -- Christopher Daniel Harper was born on June 2, 1965, in Norfolk, to the late Mary E. and Willie Lee Harper Sr. The Angels of Mercy came in the early morning hour on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000.

``Chris,'' as he was affectionately called by family and friends, was very dedicated to his family. He was predeceased by not only his parents, but his brother, Willie L. Harper Jr. He attended Norfolk Public Schools. He was the founder and operator of C&C Lawn Service in Norfolk and he was employed with W.M. Jordan Construction Co.

He leaves to cherish his memory a son, Christian Burden; two sisters, Sandra Hines and Bernadette Clary and husband, Patrick; two brothers, LeMar Harper and Antonio Harper and wife, Glendale; his fiancee, Minnie Burden; six nieces, Felicia Long, Erika Hines, Monica Corprew, Kena Rogers, Audrey Clary and Mone' Clary; six nephews, Dwayne Clary, Vernon Hines, DeVar Cook and Brian, Derrick and Andre Thigpen; two great-nephews, Anthony and Akeem Long; devoted friends, Margaret Burton and Melvina Haynes; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Liberty at Commerce Street, Chesapeake. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. Hale Funeral Home is in charge.

George Foreman Sr.
NORFOLK -- George Foreman Sr., 81, of the 600 block of E. Leicester St., passed quietly and peacefully into eternal rest on Jan. 12, 2000, in DePaul Medical Center. 

A native of Princess Anne County, he was the son of Arthur and Hannah Knight Foreman. He was the widower of Corine Booker Foreman. 

Mr. Foreman had retired after 45 years as a delivery driver for Stebbins Lane and Equipment Co. He was also a member of the Chuckatuck Hunt Club. 

He leaves to cherish his memory five daughters, Cora Lee Foreman, Shirley Mae Foreman, Marjorie Yvonne Pittman, Elsie Marie Russell and her husband, Wilbert, and Patricia Ann Foreman; two sons, George Foreman Jr. and his wife, Beatrice, and Joseph Lee Foreman. Mr. Foreman will also be missed by a sister, Gracie Foreman; two brothers, William Arthur Foreman and Walter Foreman; 16 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Bobby Lee Foreman. 

A funeral will be conducted at noon Monday in Riddick Funeral Chapel by Elder Russell Moyler Jr. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. Viewing will be Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home and the family will receive at 1061 Ivaloo St., Norfolk. Riddick Funeral Service is in charge.

Justine A. Holley
NORFOLK -- Justine A. Holley of the 1100 block of Park Ave. died Jan. 12, 2000. 

Born in Tyner, N.C., she had retired as a certified nursing assistant from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. She was a former member of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church, and a member of Huntersville Senior Citizens Organization and the National Council of Senior Citizens.

Survivors include a son, Darmonta J. Holley of Chesapeake; a sister, Winnie H. Morrow of Norfolk; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, John E. and Ella M. Holley, and two brothers, John H. and Marcellus Holley.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hale Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. G. Bernard Crawford. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The family will assemble at 2840 Woodland Ave., Norfolk.

Julia C. Holloway
NORFOLK -- Julia Burroughs Collmus Holloway, 78, passed away Dec. 28, 1999, in a Bryn Mawr, Pa., hospital. 

She was a native of Norfolk and a resident until 1974, at which time she moved to Pennsylvania. Mrs. Holloway owned and operated Charm Associates for 20 years and was very active in the Tidewater business community. 

She is survived by her two daughters, Carol Collmus Whitley and her husband, Bob, of Ridgefield, Conn., Barbara Collmus Heath and her husband, Ronnie, of Virginia Beach; a son, Richard E. Collmus Jr. of New York City; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. 

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, 165 W. 46th St., Suite 1300, New York City, N.Y. 10036.

Haywood N. Perry
NORFOLK -- Haywood Nixon Perry, 86, of the 9300 block of Marlowe Ave., died Jan. 13, 2000, in Newport News.

Born in Edenton, N.C., he had retired as a foreman with the avionics division of NARF at NAS, Norfolk. He was also a U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard veteran. Mr. Perry was an active ham radio operator for over 67 years.

Predeceased by his wife, Margueritte E. Perry, he is survived by a son, Richard H. Perry and his wife, Patricia, of Newport News; a sister, Mary Berg of San Diego, Calif.; a brother, Paul O. Perry and his wife, Dot, of Portsmouth; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, by the Rev. Morris Bennett. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to QCWA Scholarship Fund, 159 E. 16th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401. The Quarter Century Wireless Association, of which Haywood Perry was a member, assists young, outstanding amateur radio operators in obtaining their college education.

E. Allen Wood
NORFOLK -- E. Allen Wood, 45, of the 900 block of Westover Ave., passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 8, 2000. 

He is survived by his partner, Christopher Nicholson; his many loving friends; and his ``children,'' Chino and Missy. 

He was a longtime resident of the Norfolk community and a patron of many forms of art who contributed his skills generously. His professional life led him to a 30-year career in cosmetology. He was employed at About Face Hair Design in Norfolk. 

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000, at Memorial Spiritual Church, 307 W. 37th St., Norfolk. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to EVMS AIDS Care or make a church donation in care of About Face. 

Edna S. Cocke
PORTSMOUTH -- Edna Smith Cocke, 91, formerly of Westhaven, died Jan. 12, 2000.

She was a very active member of Westhaven Baptist Church and the Pythian Sisters, Portsmouth Temple No. 4, for over 62 years, where she served as secretary for 36 years, past District Deputy No. 2, and past Regent of Nomads of Avrudaka, Temple No. EL-Fatima, Santha No. 17.

Mrs. Cocke was the widow of Calvin Anthony Cocke. She is survived by a daughter, Betty Cuddington of Portsmouth; a son, Richard C. Cocke and his wife, Patsy, of Powhatan, Va.; a brother, Paul Smith of Portsmouth; three grandchildren, Patricia Arnel, Joel H. Cocke and Christie Hall; a great grandson, Colin Antonucci; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Loving Funeral Home Chapel, Churchland, by the Rev. W. Thomas Wood. Burial with Pythian rites will be in Olive Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Curtis L. Cameron
PORTSMOUTH -- Curtis L. Cameron, 90, of the 3100 block of Hull St., died Jan. 11, 2000, at Maryview Medical Center.

Born in Americus, Ga., Mr. Cameron was a retired construction worker of Vico Construction Co. after 35 years of service. He was a member and deacon of New First Baptist Church Taylorsville, Portsmouth, and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Marie W. Cameron; two daughters, Lisa Bowers of Lewisville, N.C., and Ernestine King of Portsmouth; four sons, Reginald Warren of Philadelphia, Milton Harrell of Norfolk, Ellis Harrell of Chesapeake and Samuel Harrell of Portsmouth; 18 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, in-laws, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at New First Baptist Church Taylorsville, Portsmouth, by the Rev. T.M. Steele. Burial with military honors will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home will begin at noon today. The body will be taken to the church at noon Saturday.

Kiara McCoy
PORTSMOUTH -- Baby Kiara McCoy, two months, of the 4300 block of Greenwood Drive, died Jan. 12, 2000, at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters. She was born in Portsmouth.

She is survived by her mother, Lukisha Dianne McCoy and her father, Kirk Douglass Nelson, both of Portsmouth; maternal grandparents, Blanch B. McCoy of Portsmouth and Jerry A. McCoy Sr. of North Carolina; paternal grandparents, Shelia C. Nelson of Portsmouth and Kirk Douglass Trotter of North Carolina; great-grandparents, Lacenia and Elvin Brown Sr. of North Carolina, Ruby and Roosevelt Nelson of Portsmouth, Leonard L. McCoy Sr. of Virginia Beach, Addie Mae Trotter of Portsmouth; her godparents; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Church No. 1 by Elder Bernard White. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will assemble at 10:15 a.m. Saturday for the procession. Steele-Bullock Funeral Home, formerly Serenity Funeral Home, is handling arrangements.

Sandra F. Letsinger
PORTSMOUTH -- Sandra Frye Letsinger, 64, died Jan. 12, 2000. 

A native of Portsmouth, she was a retired teacher of the Portsmouth and Suffolk school systems. She was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, AAUW, Sterling Point Garden Club, Cradock Music Club and was an avid music lover. 

Mrs. Letsinger is survived by her husband, William S. Letsinger; mother, Louise Parrish Frye of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.; two daughters, Karen L. DiGiovanni of Columbia, Md., and her husband, Dave, Kathryn L. Wright and her husband, Jason, of Corpus Christi, Texas; and two brothers, Lew Frye of Lakeland, Fla., and Don Frye of Lake Panasoffkee.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday by the Rev. William L. Vann III in Centenary United Methodist Church with a reception following the service. Loving Funeral Home is in charge. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sandra F. Letsinger memorial fund at Centenary United Methodist Church, 3312 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth, VA 23703, or to the Arthritis Foundation.

Stanley C. Porter
PORTSMOUTH -- Stanley C. ``Peanut'' Porter, 74, of the 500 block of Tazewell St., died Jan. 11, 2000, at his home.

Born in Murfreesboro, N.C., Mr. Porter was a retired messenger with Quantity Enterprise after 10 years of service and a retired self-employed cement finisher after 18 years of service. He was a member and deacon of New First Baptist Church Taylorsville, Portsmouth. 

He is survived by his wife, Mary W. Porter; three sons, Melvin C. Porter of Newport News and Colene Porter of Portsmouth, Ruben S. Porter and special friend, Grace A. Dunn, of Portsmouth, and Clayton A. Porter and wife, Phyllis Porter, of Chesapeake; a brother, Everett Porter and wife, Virginia Porter, of Newsoms, Va.; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, friends and an extended family member, Tammie Williams.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at New First Baptist Church Taylorsville, Portsmouth, by the Rev. T.M. Steele. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home will begin at noon today. The body will be taken to the church at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Thomas Williams
PORTSMOUTH -- Thomas Williams, 74, of the 3400 block of Downes St., died Jan. 9, 2000, at his home. 

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., Mr. Williams was a retired crane operator from Naval Weapons Station with 10 years of service and a 30-year retired Navy veteran. He was a member and usher of St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, Portsmouth, and a member of the senior citizens ministry. He was also a member of Fleet Reserve Branch No. 37 and the Odd Fellows Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Mary P. Williams; two daughters, Carolyn D. Simons and husband, Joseph Simons Jr., of Portsmouth and Deborah J. Mills of Chesapeake; two sons, Larry T. Williams and wife, Jane Williams, of Oxen Hill, Md., and Anthony B. Williams of Chesapeake; three sisters, Rena Maxwell, Elizabeth Wells and Thelma Wooten, all of Atlanta Beach, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, Portsmouth, by the Rev. Johnnie Drake. Burial with military honors will be in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Portsmouth. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home will begin at noon today. The body will be taken to the church at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Robert L. Newcomb
PORTSMOUTH -- Robert Leslie Newcomb, 52, of the 200 block of Deal Drive died Jan. 12, 2000. A native of Charlottesville, Mr. Newcomb was a member of Bethany Baptist Church, a retired maintenance supervisor and a Navy veteran.

He is survived by his mother, Mary S. Newcomb of Portsmouth; two daughters, Jenny Hayut and her husband, Shlomo, Amy Niehaus and her husband, Michael, all of Portsmouth.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Gene Primm. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Loving Funeral Home, Churchland.

Wilbert H. Bostron
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Wilbert Henry Bostron, 68, of the 1100 block of Hartwood Ave., a retired Navy chief petty officer, died Jan. 11, 2000, in Virginia Beach.

Mr. Bostron was a native of Weld County, Colo. He was the son of the late Henry and Amolia Bostron and was the widower of Marilyne J. Bostron. 

Before Mr. Bostron's retirement from the U.S. Navy, he was promoted to the chief training deviceman at Oceana Naval Air Station. After retiring, Mr. Bostron owned Prestige Kitchens of Virginia from 1972 to 1982.

He was an outstanding and beloved father and grandfather and a friend to many. 

Survivors include a daughter, Catherine Ann Bostron of New York City; a son, Michael Henry Bostron of Sykesville, Md.; a sister, Donna Hofer, and a brother, Newton Bostron, both of Colorado; three grandchildren, Rebecca Dawn Bostron, Jason Henry Bostron, both of Sykesville, and Ray Henry Fishman of New York City.

A chapel service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road, by Cmdr. B.L. Kingwood. Burial will be at Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, 101 W. Plume Street, Norfolk, VA 23510, or to charity of choice.

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., and grew up in Buffalo. He was a graduate of Penn State where he was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. 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. Saturday 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.

Helen E. Bowerman
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Helen Elizabeth Bruns Bowerman passed away Jan. 12, 2000, in her home.

Mrs. Bowerman was born in Norfolk and was the daughter of the late Raymond H. Bruns Sr. and Margaret McCourt Bruns. She was the widow of Cmdr. Robert G. Bowerman. She was a member of Church of the Holy Family in Virginia Beach.

Survivors include her son, Peter J. Bowerman of Virginia Beach; two daughters, Kathleen L. Bowerman of Durham, N.C., and Ann M. Bowerman of Herndon, Va.; two brothers, Raymond H. Bruns Jr. of Chesapeake and John J. Bruns of Norfolk; a sister, Shirley B. Gillikin of Norfolk; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A Christian wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, where the family will remain until 8:30 p.m. to receive friends. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Sunday in Church of the Holy Family by Fr. Richard T. Mooney and Fr. C.W. Gerloff, cousin of Mrs. Bowerman. Burial will follow in Princess Anne Memorial Park.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations in Helen's memory be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Aubra D. Curling
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Aubra Dean Curling went to be with the Lord on Jan. 11, 2000. 

She was born March 22, 1936, in Creswell, N.C., to the late Phillip and Edna Ambrose. She was a member of Eastside Christian Church, where she was a former choir director and Sunday School teacher. 

Aubra is survived by her former husband, Carl Curling of Cape Charles, Va.; a daughter, Angelia King and her husband, Alton; a son, Michael Curling and his wife, Deanna; grandchildren, Amanda Sweet and her husband, David, Dawn King, Tracy, Brandon, Shelby and Craig Curling; a great-grandson, Tyler Sweet, all of Chesapeake; a sister, Mary Snell of Boca Raton, Fla.; three brothers, Donald Ambrose and his wife, Averal, and Elwood Ambrose, all of Creswell, and Edward Ambrose and his wife, Wanda, of Manteo, N.C.; a special friend, Rick Vollrath; and many other relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her brother, Phillip Ray Ambrose. 

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel, by the Rev. Mac McClintock. Burial will be in Rosewood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and other times at the home of her daughter, 708 Blackwater Road, Chesapeake. 

Aubra was an inspiration to all who knew her and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She was a loving and dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. 

Mary C. Dawson
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Mary Charlotte Wooten Dawson, 94, of the 2400 block of Camino Real South, died Jan. 12, 2000.

Mrs. Dawson graduated from Maury High School and prior to Maury she attended Boush Street School for Girls.

Survivors include her daughter, Mary Jane Edixon of Virginia Beach; five grandchildren, JoAnn Bender of Danville, Calif., Mary Lynn Dietz of Fairfield, Calif., James Richard Edixon Jr. of Danville, Calif., Lori Jean Edixon of Virginia Beach, David Allan Edixon of Cornelious, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, Sarah Jane Dietz, Jennifer Michelle Edixon, Christine Nichole Edixon and Joseph Robert Edixon.

Mrs. Dawson was a dedicated mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Simon's by the Sea in Sandbridge by the Rev. John Jordan. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Sandbridge Volunteer Rescue Squad. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, is in charge.

Bernice A. Hunt
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Bernice A. Hunt, 72, of the 900 block of Boughton Way, died Jan. 12, 2000. She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Catherine A. Corcoran and Bonnie Ferguson; a son, Arthur Gore; a brother, Hank Bruscino; three sisters, Helen Spatola, Amalia Vasso and Carol Myers; four grandchildren, Wendy Wilson, Tyler Ferguson, Amy Ferguson and Meghan Ferguson; a step-grandson, Tyler Corcoran; and two great-grandchildren, Daniel Spears and Tryston Wilson.

A memorial service will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2730 Ellsmere Ave., Norfolk, VA 23513. Tidewater Funeral Choices is in charge.

Senora M. Riggs
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Senora Marie Riggs, 79, of the 900 block of First Colonial Road, died Jan. 11, 2000. Mrs. Riggs was born in and had been a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach. 

Survivors include her daughter, Frances Maher of Battleground, Wash.; two sons, Aubrey James Riggs and Shelton Edward Riggs, both of Virginia Beach; six grandchildren, including her youngest granddaughter, Britany Lynn Riggs; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, by the Rev. Rick Hocker. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Russell House, 900 First Colonial Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454.

Myrtle A. Rountree
SUFFOLK -- Myrtle Alexander Rountree, 72, of the 300 block of Suburban Drive, died Jan. 12, 2000. 

Born in North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late James A. Heath and Etta Stewart Heath. She retired as a companion aide. 

Survivors include her daughters, Linda A. Gordon of Suffolk and Wanda F. Alexander of Portsmouth; a son, James E. Alexander of Suffolk; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Buddy Heath of New Bern, N.C.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in Holly Lawn Cemetery by the Rev. Roger D. Johnson. Friends may join the family at Sidney F. Harrell Funeral Home from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

J. Irving Beale III
FRANKLIN -- James Irving Beale III, 77, of the 31000 block of Country Club Road, died Jan. 13, 2000, at his home. 

Mr. Beale was born in Franklin, a son of the late J. Irving Beale Jr. and Evelyn Lloyd Beale. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1944, in 1947. During World War II, he served with the 36th Infantry Division, 141st Regiment (The Alamo Regiment) and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, and the French Croix de Guerre for meritorious service. He retired from Hercules Inc. in 1984 with 29 years of service. He was an Eagle Scout and worked with the Explorer Scouts for many years. He was an active, lifelong member of Franklin Congregational Christian Church where he taught Sunday School, served on the Board of Deacons and was the Chairman of the Finance Committee and the Building Committee. 

Survivors include his wife, Lucy Day Beale; three sons, James Irving Beale IV and his wife, Becky, Michael Clinton Beale, Benjamin Day Beale and his wife, Donna; two sisters, Peggy Keller of Tulsa, Okla., and Anne Parmelee and her husband, Fred, of Greenwich, Conn.; a brother, Frank L. Beale and his wife, Patricia, of Sandston, Va.; and four grandchildren, Jonathan, Matthew, Zoe and Jacob.

Graveside services will be observed at 2 p.m. Saturday in Poplar Spring Cemetery, Franklin. The family will be at the home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that gifts be made to the Franklin Congregational Christian Church, 412 N. High St., Franklin, VA 23851. Wright Funeral Home is in charge. 

Virginia V. Blythe
FRANKLIN -- Virginia Vick Blythe, 83, died gracefully at Obici Hospital, Suffolk, on Jan. 12, 2000. 

She was born the daughter of Edna Earl Vick and John Felton Vick in Newsoms, Va., on Aug. 6, 1916. She was a homemaker who devoted herself to her family and community and earned the nickname ``Sister'' because of the big sister role she fulfilled during most of her lifetime. Virginia was a member of Beaver Dam Baptist Church, the Melvin Bradshaw Circle and the Kingdom Builders' Sunday School class.

She is survived by a sister, Gladys Vick Larson of Topping, Va., her dear friend and sister-in-law, Bernice Vick of Newsoms, Va.; a daughter, Linda Blythe Brinkley and special friend, Bob Lain, of Cary, N.C.; a son, Gerald ``Joe'' Blythe and wife, Lucretia, of Palmyra, Va.; a grandson, Kevin Alfriend Blythe of Charlottesville, Va.; a granddaughter, Dana Reece Blythe and husband, John Hines; and two great-grandsons, Jordan Blythe Hines and Trevor Canaan Hines, all of Charlottesville; her two beloved caregivers, Ruby Ricks of Franklin and Sandra Towns of Carrsville, Va.; and a host of other family and friends.

Virginia was predeceased by her husband, James Blythe, who died of Alzheimer's disease and was buried Christmas Eve 1999 on their 59th wedding anniversary. She was also predeceased by two brothers, Purvis Vick and Currie Lee Vick; and three sisters, Betty Sue Vick Warren, Pauline Vick Baugham and Dolly Vick Ainsley.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Holland-Rideout Funeral Home, Franklin, where the funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Clayton Thornton of Richmond and the Rev. Kenneth Williams of Newsoms officiating. Burial will be in Hollywood Cemetery in Newsoms. 

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Lung Association, 311 South Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220 or Alzheimer's Association, c/o Emanuel Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 937, Franklin, VA 23851.

Alberta P. Chambliss
FRANKLIN -- Alberta Pattie Chambliss of the 29300 block of Delaware Road died Jan. 10, 2000.

Born in Southampton County, Va., she was retired from Barr Brothers and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Boykins.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence Chambliss; four daughters, Alice Langston of Suffolk, Brenda Chambliss of Brooklyn, N.Y., Gloria and Renee' Chambliss of Newport News; a foster daughter, Joyce Ralph of Franklin; a brother, Ray Whitehead of Franklin; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh Baptist Church by the Rev. Anthony Ferebee, pastor. Burial will be in Southview Cemetery. Viewing will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at New Mount Zion Church, 415 Stonewall St., Franklin. The remains will be placed in the church at noon Saturday until the funeral hour. Wm. M. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home Inc. is in charge.

William H. Hoffman Jr.
WINDSOR -- William Henry Hoffman Jr., 56, died Jan. 12, 2000, at Louise Obici Memorial Hospital in Suffolk.

He was the husband of Charlotte Deckman Hoffman of Thompsontown, Pa. He was the former husband of Jane Phillips, Elizabeth Welanes and Connie Clogsdale. He was the son of Agnes Gross Hoffman of York, Pa., and the late William Henry Hoffman Sr. He was a 1961 graduate of William Penn Senior High School of York, Pa., and seved in the U.S. Marine Corps for 10 years. He was a self-employed salesman of R.V.'s and trailers.

He is survived by four sons, Robert Hoffman of Poway, Calif., William Henry Hoffman III of Virginia, Lynwood Hoffman of Fort Sill, Okla., and Abbott Hoffman of Coeburn, Va.; and two daughters, Sharon Fuller of Jacksonville, N.C., and Patty Hoffman of Virginia; seven grandchildren; four brothers, Roger A. Hoffman of Jacksonville, N.C., Mark L. Hoffman, Thomas W. Hoffman and Martin H.E. Hoffman, all of York, Pa.; two sisters, Tanya Knaub of Dover, Pa., and Sonya A. Cottle of York; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Wanda Giannone.

Viewing will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at John H. Danner Funeral Home, York, Pa., with services following with the Rev. William Farrell, Pastoral Care of First Assembly of God Church, officiating. Cremation and burial will follow at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 2997 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion, PA 17356. 

Bonnie E. Williams
FRANKLIN -- Bonnie Eure Williams, 80, died Jan. 11, 2000, in Southampton Memorial Hospital. 

Born in Gates County, N.C., and reared in Suffolk, Mrs. Williams was a daughter of the late Linwood Grayley and Mary Jane Felton Eure and the widow of John T. Williams. She was a member of Franklin Baptist Church. 

Survivors include two daughters, Jane W. Butler of Franklin and Shirley W. Weir of Suffolk; two sons, John Thomas ``Jack'' Williams Jr. and his wife, Ann, of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., and Linwood Moore Williams and his wife, Pam, of Franklin; a sister, Essie Jernigan of Suffolk; two brothers, John D. Eure of Suffolk and Nat Eure of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; six grandchildren, Wanda Blythe, Katy Marks, Amy Vinson, Cindy Smith, Jonathan Jarratt, Ashley Jarratt; five great-grandchildren, Kim Blythe, Courtney Vinson, Chad Vinson, Kelly Marks, Brian Marks; and one great-great-grandchild, Brandon Blythe. 

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Poplar Spring Cemetery by the Rev. Dr. Roy E. DeBrand and the Rev. Dr. Ira D. Hudgins. The family will receive friends at the home of Jane Butler, 210 North Drive, and suggests that memorials be made to the Franklin Baptist Church Flood Restoration Fund, 208 N. High St., Franklin, VA 23851. Wright Funeral Home is in charge. 

Marie E. Ashe
PLYMOUTH -- Marie E. Ashe, 67, of the 100 block of Albemarle Drive, died Jan. 7, 2000. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John Baptist Church, Columbia. Puckett-Purkett Funeral Service, Roper, is in charge.

Reginald Brooks
MURFREESBORO -- Reginald ``Reggie'' Brooks, 45, of the 200 block of Boyette St., died Jan. 9, 2000. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church. Hunter's Funeral Home is in charge.

Mary C. Cowling
WINSTON-SALEM -- Mary Creason Cowling of the 2300 block of Maplewood Ave., died Jan. 12, 2000. 

She was born May 5, 1922, the daughter of Robert and Gussie Lee Creason. Her brothers are Bob Creason of Los Cruces, N.M., and Bill Creason who died in 1995. She was the devoted wife of Lee A. Cowling Jr. At his death in 1994, they had been married for 51 years.

She was the mother of three daughters, Deborah Brooks and husband,Edward Brooks Jr., Sharon Twiddy and husband, Douglas Twiddy, and Cathy Cooper and husband, Scott Cooper. She was enormously proud of her 13 grandchildren, Jay Brooks, Aaron Brooks and his wife, Katherine, Clark, Ross and Hadley Twiddy, Mary Margaret, Sarah, Annah, Rebekah, Emily, Nate, Esther and Sharon Cooper. She also leaves behind a treasured circle of friends. 

A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hayworth-Miller Chapel Silas Creek Chapel by Pastor Rod Sharp. Burial will be at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Mountain Top Youth Camp, Route 1, Box 248, Pinnacle, NC 27043 or the donor's choice.

Doris C. Perry
ELIZABETH CITY -- Doris Cagle Perry, 80, of the 400 block of Okisko Road, died Jan. 12, 2000. A funeral will be at 3 p.m. today in Twiford's Memorial Chapel.

Helen W. Scarborough
MANTEO -- Helen Williams Scarborough, 93, died peacefully at her home on Jan. 12, 2000. 

Born in Avon on April 9, 1906, she was the daughter of the late Minerva Gray and Andrew Peale Williams; she was the widow of Richard James Scarborough who died in 1975. While he was in the Coast Guard, they lived in several places on the East Coast before moving to Manteo in 1948.

Mrs. Scarborough is survived by two daughters, Maxine S. Thomasson and her husband, Larry, Janice S. Tillett and her husband, Hughes, all of Manteo; a sister, Jeanie Williams of Manteo; a brother, Herscal P. Williams Sr. and his wife, Leona, of Elizabeth City; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren: Julie T. Owens, her husband, R.V., and children, Shannon and Bo; Rex Tillett and wife, Laura, and children, Christin, Wyatt and Dustin; Elaine T. Stottlemyer and husband, Todd, and children, Zack, Caroline, Rachel and Matthew; Emilie Thomasson; Susan T. Coleman and husband, Robert, and children, Wesley and Allison; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church by the Rev. George Speake and Dr. William P. Wilson of Durham. Memorial donations may be made to Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Building Facilities Fund, P.O. Box 787, Manteo, NC 27954.

Horace W. Meeks
DILLWYN -- Horace Wendell Meeks, 91, died Jan. 10, 2000. He was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Pace Meeks, on Aug. 5, 1999. 

Mr. Meeks was a retired member of the U.S. Marine Corps and moved to Norfolk after two tours in China in the mid-1930s. He was a member of St. Andrews Baptist Church, Dillwyn.

He is survived by his only child, Wendell Allen Meeks Sr. of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Baptist Church with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn.

Doris J. Urquhart
WAKEFIELD -- Doris J. ``Cat'' Urquhart entered eternal rest on Monday, Jan. 10, 2000, in Southside Regional Medical Center, Petersburg. 

She was a devoted wife, loving mother, dedicated sister, aunt and friend. Cat, as she was affectionately called, was born May 28, 1946, to the late Gracie and Nathaniel Gay Sr. in Sussex County. She was preceded in death by her sister, Elnora, and brothers, Nat Jr. and William Allen Gay. She was educated in Sussex County Public Schools. At an early age, she confessed Christ, was baptized and joined First Baptist Church, Wakefield. On Feb. 14, 1965, she was united in holy matrimony to Lawrence Urquhart and to this union of 34 years was born three children. 

Cherishing memories are her husband, Lawrence Urquhart; two sons, Lawrence Urquhart Jr. of Norfolk, Dietrix Urquhart of Wakefield; a daughter, Desiree Urquhart of Wakefield; four sisters, Nell Patterson, Gladys Stringfield of Wakefield, Louise Stith and her husband, Robert, of Wakefield, Phyllis Ruffin and her husband, James, of Dale City, Va.; four brothers, Leslie Gay and his wife, Irma, Fred Gay and his wife, Dorothy, Richard Gay and his wife, Elizabeth, of Wakefield, and Thomas Gay and his wife, Rose, of Chester, Pa.; sister-in-law, Barbara Gay of Norfolk; two half-sisters, Jane Hillard and Lucille Whitney; mother-in-law, Lorraine Moore of Virginia Beach; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends; a devoted niece, Peggy Purdie; caretaker, Geraldine Wilkins; and her adopted family, Jimmy and Sue Laine of Wakefield. 

A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in First Baptist Church, Wakefield, with the Rev. Charles Davis Jr. officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. on the day of the service. Interment will be in Urquhart family cemetery. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the home at 10:15 a.m. Saturday. Peace Funeral Home, Waverly, is in charge.

Albert Ashkenas
NANUET, N.Y. -- Albert Ashkenas, 92, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2000, in Nanuet, N.Y. He is survived by a daughter, Estelle and her husband, Allan Eisenkraft; three granddaughters; two great-grandsons; and two brothers, Max Aschkenas and Sidney Ashe, both of Virginia Beach.

James B. Byars
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- James Bryson Byars, 37, of Lisa Drive, died Jan. 12, 2000. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at West End Baptist Church, Gaffney, S.C. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home, Gaffney, is in charge.

Frances L. Merritt
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Frances LaRue Merritt, 75, passed away early Wednesday morning, Jan. 12, 2000, after an extended illness.

Mrs. Merritt was born on March 31, 1924, in Winston-Salem, N.C., the daughter of the late Joseph Clarence Culler and Sallie Bet Butner Culler. She resided in Palm Beach Gardens since 1993 after moving from Virginia Beach. Mrs. Merritt attended Trinity United Methodist Church of Palm Beach Gardens and was active with the Joy Club of Trinity. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Marshall Merritt, on Sept. 29, 1991.

Mrs. Merritt is survived by her devoted children, Joan Renshaw and husband, Frank, of North Palm Beach, Fla., Jerry Merritt and wife, Nobuko, of Summerville, S.C., Debbie McFarlane and husband, Neil, of Richmond; her siblings, Edward Culler of Winston-Salem, N.C., Dorothy Knight of Walkertown, N.C., Coleen Sanders and Theresa Ramsey of Winston-Salem; and her adored grandsons, Scott, Shawn, Steven and Douglas.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home, 2951 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, N.C., where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday by Dr. Cecil Cave. Entombment will follow at Forsyth Memorial Park Mausoleum, Winston-Salem.

Bernice B. Moore
BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Bernice Bogues Moore, 74, died Jan. 12, 2000. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at New Sawyer's Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Robinson & Son Funeral Home, Elizabeth City, N.C., is in charge.


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