Miscellaneous Chesapeake County, Virginia Obituaries

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Ethel B. DeMark
CHESAPEAKE -- Ethel Bass DeMark, 90, of 110 Goldcrest Drive, died Dec. 1, 1998, at home.

She was born in Crewe, Va., and was the widow of Francis DeMark whom she met and married in Norfolk.

She was a lifetime member of the Tanglewood Garden Club and the Nansemond Indian Tribal Association. At her death, she was the senior member of the tribe. She was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her son, Charles and his wife, Elizabeth; two daughters, Frances Stephens and Mildred Whitaker; six grandchildren, Michael and William DeMark, Leigh Ann Godeniz, Bradley and Gregory Stephens, and John Kelly; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Indian River Chapel. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends today from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. 
 

Minnie J. Mims
CHESAPEAKE -- On Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, the angels rejoiced as our dear mother, sister and aunt, Minnie Mims of the 1900 block of Robert Hall Blvd., donned her heavenly garments. She was 78 and was born in Columbia, S.C. She passed away at Chesapeake General Hospital.

``Aunt Minnie,'' as she was affectionately known, was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Mims, formerly of Raleigh, N.C. She leaves to celebrate her life her only sister, Pinky Jackson Hankieson of Chesapeake; her two adopted grandchildren, Dane Harris and Nicole Harris, both of Philadelphia, Pa.; her niece, whom she assisted in raising, Dorothy Waters of Norfolk, and other nieces, Josephine Jones of Portsmouth, Helen Harrell, Agnes Copeland and Pinky Shorter, all of Chesapeake, and Daisy Mae Luther of Washington, D.C.; and her nephews, Johnny Tillman of Columbia, S.C., Lewis Jackson Jr. of Washington, D.C., Floyd Jackson of Maryland, Theodore Hankieson Jr. and Cleo Hankieson, both of Chesapeake. She also leaves a host of great nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and -nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at Holy Temple Pentecostal Church of God at 2 p.m. Friday where Bishop James D. Brinkley is the officiating pastor. Burial will be in the Copeland Family Cemetery, St. Julian Creek, Chesapeake. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home, Portsmouth, will begin at 10 a.m. Friday. The body will be taken to the church at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The family will gather at 1925 Robert Hall Blvd., Apt. 7102, Chesapeake. 
 

Bessie L. Norman
CHESAPEAKE -- Bessie L. Norman, 62, of the 500 block of Head of River Road, entered into eternal rest, Monday, Nov. 30, 1998. She was born in Norfolk County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Norman Sr.

Mrs. Norman was a dietitian for the Chesapeake School System. She was a member of Gabriel Chapel AMEZ Church.

Mrs. Norman is survived by five daughters, Peggy Eason, Florida Daniel, Lena Norman, Sandy Lawrence and Bessie L. Norman, all of Chesapeake; six sons, Walter J. Norman Jr. and Calvin Norman, both of Chesapeake, Charles Norman of West Germany, Rick Norman of Chesapeake, Kent Norman of California and Jerry Norman of Norfolk; her father, Robert Lee Cuffee of Chesapeake; one brother, Robert M. Cuffee of Chesapeake; three sisters, Mamie Cuffee of Chesapeake, Marilyn Christian of Virginia Beach and Marie Lewis of Chesapeake; 27 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. 

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gabriel Chapel AMEZ Church. Burial will be in St. Luke Church Cemetery. Viewing will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Pretlow and Sons Funeral Home, Chesapeake. 
 

Jackson Radford
CHESAPEAKE -- Jackson Radford, 85, died Dec. 1, 1998.

He was a retired maintenance of Way, section foreman for Norfolk Portsmouth Beltline Railroad. He was the widower of Evelyn M. Radford and a member of Alexander Baptist Church, the Fishers of Men Bible Class and Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 26 of Chesapeake. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. 

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda G. Radford and Jackie Radford; a son, Wayne Radford; a stepson, Donald Nethery; a half sister, Mary Bass; a half brother, Roland Radford; two grandchildren, Tanya Radford and Tracy Kancz; a great-granddaughter; three sisters-in-law, Gracy Mays, Nina Nethery and Louise Radford; a brother-in-law, Lonnie Stephenson; a number of nieces and nephews; and some very dear and loving neighbors and friends. 

A funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Archie Corbin and the Rev. John Burr at 2 p.m. Friday in Alexander Baptist Church with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Loving Funeral Home, Churchland, is in charge. Memorial contributions may be sent to Alexander Baptist Church. 
 

Elbert W. Rowland
CHESAPEAKE -- Elbert Womack Rowland, 89, of St. Brides Road West, died Dec. 1, 1998, at his residence.

Mr. Rowland was a carpenter working in the residential and commercial markets. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and the widower of Mrs. Lula Maude Rowland.

Mr. Rowland is survived by his daughter, Mattie Vaughn of Moyock, N.C.; one sister, Lucie Burnell of Altavista, Va.; one brother, Marvin Rowland of Garrett, Va.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. His daughter, Nannie Sculthorpe, preceded him in death.

There will be a funeral service Friday at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Temple with the Rev. Clark Mahoney officiating. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Twiford Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, Great Bridge, Chesapeake. 
 

Ethel M. Anderson
NORFOLK -- Ethel May Anderson, 40, of the 500 block of Hyde Park Road, died Nov. 30, 1998. A private service was held. Metropolitan Funeral Service, Hampton Roads Chapel, Granby St., was in charge. 
 

Brian K. Hobbs
NORFOLK -- Brian ``Hobbs'' K. Hobbs, 29, of the 2200 block of Cromwell Drive, died Nov. 29, 1998, in Courtland.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he graduated from Maury High School and was employed as a welder at American Steel for five years.

He is survived by his wife, Catres A.C. Hobbs; his mother, Ernestine Hobbs; his father, William Hobbs; a sister, Benicia K. Hobbs; grandparents, William D. and Lossie H. Johnson; an aunt, LaVerne Johnson; an uncle, Myrvin Hagans; cousins, Eurvey and Samarrii Johnson, and Rhonda White; and a host of other uncles, aunts and cousins.

A funeral will be held at noon Saturday at Norfolk Deliverance Center. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. E.A. Hughes Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 
 

Marie H. Nelson
NORFOLK -- Marie H. Nelson, 81, of the 7000 block of Auburn Ave. and a native of Norfolk County, died Dec. 1, 1998. 

She is survived by two daughters, Evelyn Anderson of Chesapeake and Bernice Johnson of Norfolk; and a son, Joseph C. Brown of New York City.

A funeral will be held at noon Saturday at New Mt. Herman Baptist Church by the Rev. Steven Lewis. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. The family will assemble at 914 Albert Ave. Graves Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 
 

Richard L. Strong
NORFOLK -- Richard L. Strong, 66, of Norfolk, died Nov. 30, 1998, at his residence.

Mr. Strong was born in Norfolk and was the son of the late William C. Strong Jr. and Rosalie Henderson Strong. He was a member of Lafayette Presbyterian Church in Norfolk.

Survivors include a two nephews, William C. Strong IV, and his wife, Louise Strong, Warren A. Strong; and a great-nephew, William C. Strong V, all of Virginia Beach.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Forest Lawn Cemetery by the Rev. Ted James. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the home of William C. Strong, 1916 Longbridge Lane, Virginia Beach. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, is handling arrangements. 
 

Rebecca B. Thompson
NORFOLK -- Rebecca Bowman Thompson, 82, of the 7700 block of Gloucester Court, entered into eternal rest Friday, Nov. 27, 1998.

She was born in Pittsylvania County, Va., and was predeceased by her parents, Tob and Lillie Bowman, her husband, Charlie M. Thompson, her son, attorney Willie E. Thompson, her brother, James ``Sonny'' Bowman, and six sisters. Mrs. Thompson retired after 28 years as a self-employed barber at Goody Goody Barber Shop on Church Street in Norfolk. She was a former member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Blairs, Va., and she attended Mount Zion Baptist Church in Ringgold, Va.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by three sons, Junius L. Thompson and his wife, Ethel, of Chesapeake, Charlie R. Thompson of Norfolk and Joseph H. Thompson and his wife, Shirley, of Washington, D.C.; an adopted son, Chester Waller Sr. of New Orleans, La.; four sisters, Lillie B. Woodson, Juanita B. Loveless, Ruth B. Gunn and Inez B. Wallen of Danville, Va.; brother-in-law, Gus Thompson; two sisters-in-law, Hattie Thompson and Louvinia T. Wide of Trenton, N.J.; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Friday at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Blairs, Va., by the Rev. Ralph B. Cypress. Burial will be in Danville National Cemetery. Viewing will begin today at 10 a.m. and the wake service will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at Pretlow and Sons Funeral Home, Chesapeake. 
 

Miles B. Williams
NORFOLK -- Miles Bernard Williams, one month and one day, of the 1200 block of Norview Ave., died Nov. 27, 1998, at his home.

He is survived by his mother, Veronica L. Williams; his father, Steve Hawkins; a sister, Shamera L. Williams; a brother, Dequan L. Williams; grandparents, Cecelia and Rudolph Williams and Lois Hawkins; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Calvary Cemetery, Norfolk, by Pastor Miles Mercer. E.A. Hughes Funeral Home is in charge. 
 

Patrick C. Agnor Sr.
PORTSMOUTH -- Patrick Calvin Agnor Sr., 63, of the 100 block of Allard Road, died Dec. 2, 1998, in a Norfolk hospital.

He was a native of Rockbridge County, Va., and was a retired mechanic with Al Rudd Used Auto Parts. He was predeceased by his wife, Geraldine Marcellas Agnor; a son, Patrick Agnor Jr.; a brother, Vernon Agnor; and a sister, Connie White.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Garth, and son, Raymond Agnor, both of Portsmouth; six sisters, Marie Hudgins of Yorktown, Jean Lyons of Gloucester, Va., Lucy Jastrebsky and Ann Jones, both of Chesapeake, Sandy Yeamans of Alexandria, Va., and Faye Darden of Hampton; four brothers, Kenneth Agnor and Wayne Agnor, both of Chesapeake, Jerry Agnor of Massachusetts and Michael Agnor of Florida; and four grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, by the Rev. John Burr. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
 

Michael D. Blackwell
PORTSMOUTH -- Michael David Blackwell, 54, died Dec. 2, 1998, in a Norfolk hospital. He is survived by his brother, Kent Blackwell of Virginia Beach and an aunt, Elizabeth Padgett of Williamsburg. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Cox Funeral Home is in charge. 
 

Earlene Brown
PORTSMOUTH -- Earlene Brown, 68, of the 1100 block of Mount Vernon Ave., died Nov. 29, 1998.

Born in Norfolk County, she was a retired nurse from Green Point Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y.

She is survived by a daughter, Helen E. Allen; a son, Charles L. Brown, both of Chesapeake; her mother, Emmaline J. Smith; a sister, Edna J. Roberts; two brothers, Arthur L. Smith and Lawrence Wright, all of Portsmouth; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Home by the Rev. Horace S. Allen. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery. The family will assemble at the residence. 
 

Elizabeth Gray
PORTSMOUTH -- Elizabeth Gray, 68, of the 900 block of Suburban Parkway, died Nov. 30, 1998, at Maryview Medical Center. She was born in Portsmouth and was the widow of Haywood L. Gray.

She is survived by four daughters, Catherine Gray, Patricia Pope, Theressa Williams and Linda Gray; a son, Haywood L. Gray Jr., all of Portsmouth; two sisters, Eugena Reed of Portsmouth and Unis Daughtry of Boston, Mass.; three brothers, Joseph Daughtry and Daniel Daughtry, both of Boston, and Robert Daughtry of Portsmouth; six grandchildren, Linwood Gray, Juwan Pope, Tijuna Williams, Maresa Williams, Damium Williams and Corey Faulk; a great-grandchild, Titiana Gray, all of Portsmouth; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. T. Melvin Steele officiating. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery. Viewing will begin today from noon to 8 p.m. A wake service will be today from 7 to 8 p.m. Family and friends will assemble at 3630 Elliott Ave. for the procession to the funeral home. 
 

James E. Mayo
VIRGINIA BEACH -- James E. ``Buck'' Mayo, 76, of the 4900 block of Olive Grove Lane, died Nov. 23, 1998.

A native of Bradenton, Fla., he retired from the Navy after 30 years of faithful service with the rank of chief petty officer. He was a member of Task Force 16 escort group for the famous ``Doo Little Raid.''

He was an enthusiastic patron of the arts and an avid railroad fan and model-builder. He was a member of Chesapeake Bay Railroaders, the American Legion, and several other associations of Naval veterans.

Widower of Fae Johnson Mayo, he was predeceased by their youngest son, Michael. He is survived by a son, David; a daughter, Janet; his daughter-in-law, Joyce; four grandchildren, Meigan, Heather, Zachary and Alison; and a niece Vicki.

He was a loving and devoted father and husband as well as a kind and generous provider. His memory will be cherished by all who were blessed to know him. 

Services will be held at a later date in Georgia. 
 

G.B. McCombs
VIRGINIA BEACH -- G.B. McCombs, 89, of the 2500 block of Entrada Drive, died Dec. 1, 1998. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Maestas Funeral Home, Baltic Ave. Chapel, is in charge. 
 

Mason M. Moton Sr.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Mason M. Moton Sr. of the 5200 block of Locke Lane died Nov. 29, 1998. A funeral will be at noon Friday in Grace Episcopal Church, Norfolk, by Father Harold Cobb. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. A wake service will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Hale Funeral Home. 
 

Krista R. Schubert
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Krista ``Rainey'' Schubert, 27 months old, passed away after a long struggle with cancer on Dec. 2, 1998. She was born in Portsmouth and was the daughter of Jimmy and Karry Schubert of Virginia Beach. 

Besides her parents, Rainey is survived by two brothers, James R. ``Jay'' Schubert Jr. and Benjamin Daniel Schubert, both of Virginia Beach; grandparents, Judy and Gerald Eastman of New Ulm, Minn., and Lois and William Schubert of Bihalia, Miss.; great-grandparents, Helen and Garrett ``Bud'' Sumner of Phoenix, Ariz.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends. 

She touched many lives during her short life and brought great joy to her family and loved ones. She will be greatly missed, but we believe that God has received her into his glory and will console us in our grief. 

The family will receive friends at 5 p.m. Friday at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, followed by a Mass of the Angels at 6 p.m. Father Timothy D. Hogan will officiate. Interment will be in Minnesota. Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach, is handling arrangements. 
 

Amos E. Humphrey
SUFFOLK -- Amos Elvin Humphrey, 67, of the 2400 block of Cherry Blossom Drive, died Nov. 29, 1998. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Applewhite Funeral Home is in charge. 
 

William P. Cartwright Jr.
ELIZABETH CITY -- William Palin Cartwright Jr., 84, of Dry Ridge Road, died Dec. 1, 1998. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. today in Twiford's Memorial Chapel. 
 

James A. Hetrick
SOUTH MILLS -- James Augustus Hetrick, 71, of the 100 block of Canal Drive, died Dec. 1, 1998. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday in Emanuel Baptist Church. Twiford's Northside Chapel is in charge. 
 

Mabel C. Mitchell
AHOSKIE -- Mabel Cane Mitchell, 90, of the 200 block of Lloyd St., died Dec. 2, 1998, in Guardian Care Nursing Home, Ahoskie. 

Born in Virginia, she was the retired owner of a storm window and door sales business. She was a Baptist and is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Ahoskie Cemetery. The family will be at Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, from 7 to 8 p.m. today and will assemble at the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Friday prior to services. 
 

Shelby J. Newton
GRANDY -- Shelby Jean Newton, 60, died on Dec. 1, 1998, in Elizabeth City, N.C. Mrs. Newton was born in Nakina, N.C., and was the daughter of the late John and Annie Lee Cooper Whittington. Mrs. Newton was a Baptist by faith and a retired nurse.

Mrs. Newton is survived by her husband, Larry E. Newton; three sons, Larry L. Newton of Annapolis, Md., Chad E. Newton of Portsmouth and Dwayne A. Newton of Grandy; three sisters, Barbara Jones of Nakina, June Franklin of Chesapeake, and Gloria Sauage of Virginia; one brother, John Whittington of Chesterfield, Va.; and eight grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Princess Anne Memorial Park, Virginia Beach, with the Rev. Michael Jordan officiating. The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Twiford Colonial Chapel, Great Bridge, Chesapeake. 
 

Rona M. Drucker
NEWPORT NEWS -- Rona Mound Drucker, a Peninsula resident for over 40 years, died of cancer Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, at age 67. She was a native of New York City.

She is survived by her husband, Erwin Drucker of the Drucker & Falk real estate firm. She is also survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Wendy C. Drucker and Michael R. Piercy, and their children, Evan and Nicole Drucker Piercy; as well as by her son and daughter-in-law, David E.M. Drucker and Lynn L. Atkinson, and their children, Natalie and Adam Atkinson Drucker. Other survivors include her mother, Mrs. Milton N. Mound; her sister, Mrs. Stanley W. Drucker; and a large group of extended family and friends.

She was very active in civic and private charitable works. She was a founder of the Riverside Hospital Women's Auxiliary and was a president of the Peninsula United Way. Under the auspices of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, she established the first integrated pre-school on the Peninsula, in the mid 1960s, in Hampton. It was designed to prepare children for Head Start. The school was taken over by the city and is still functioning. She served as president of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, as well as on the National Board.

She also served on the boards of directors of Hampton Roads Academy, of Peninsula Family Services, of the Peninsula Nature Museum, of the Peninsula Junior Arts Series and of the Virginia Opera.

She was honored by President Nixon for her work with the United Way and was the recipient of the Newport News Women's Club Woman of the Year Award as well as the National Council of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Award.

A memorial service will be held at the auditorium of the Hampton Roads Academy on Oyster Point Road in Newport News at 5 p.m. today. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to a favorite charity are requested. 
 

Vandious L. Britt Jr.
EAST ORANGE, N.J. -- Vandious Lee Britt Jr., 50, departed this life on Nov. 26, 1998, in The New York Hospital from complications of a stroke.

He was a native of Suffolk and the son of Claretta White Britt and the late Vandious Lee Britt Sr. A lifelong member of East End Baptist Church, he received his early education in Suffolk. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, he matriculated at Bluefield State College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in business administration. He then participated in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in support of the military operations against communist aggression in the republic of Vietnam.

After an honorable discharge from the service, he began his business career with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he remained a bank examiner for over 25 years. He had numerous affiliations and memberships, including Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, NAACP, Bluefield State College Alumni Association and Masonic Lodge.

He leaves to cherish his memories and celebrate his life, his wife, Vickie Britt; a son, Vandious Lee Britt III; a foster son, James Sherman Smith; his mother, Claretta White Britt; two brothers, Doctors Kuelewa Furaha and L.D. Britt; four aunts, Adeline Newsome, Berma White, Edith White and Josephine Wells; a brother-in-law, sister-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at noon Saturday at East End Baptist Church with Dr. Mark A. Croston Sr. officiating. Interment will be in the Carver Memorial Cemetery. The remains will be placed in the church by 10:30 a.m. Crocker Funeral Home, Suffolk, is in charge. 
 

Gertrude Owens
ABBEVILLE, S.C. -- Gertrude Owens of 1002 Haigler St. in Abbeville, S.C., and 1505 Woodside Court in Chesapeake, died Nov. 29, 1998, in Chesapeake General Hospital. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Peter's A.M.E. Church, Abbeville, by the Rev. Clinton Hall with burial in the church cemetery. Carlos A. Howard Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements. 
 

Thomas Stanley
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Thomas Stanley died Nov. 25, 1998. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Zion Hill Church, Colerain, N.C. Reynolds Funeral Home, Ahoskie, N.C., is in charge. 
 

Thomas L. Stokes Jr.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Thomas ``Tommy'' LeRoy Stokes Jr., 40, a native of Chesapeake, died Nov. 18, 1998. A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Evangelical Methodist Church. Twiford's Memorial Chapel, Elizabeth City, N.C. provided information.


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