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Lewis A. Barden

CHESAPEAKE -- Lewis Alphonso ``Pops'' Barden, 84, of the 1300 block of King Arthur Court, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 22, 1999.

He was the son of the late James Lee Barden and Hattie Barden White and was born Nov. 22, 1915, in Durham, N.C. The family moved to Norfolk in the late 1920s. Lewis joined First Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk. He was a family man and worked hard to ensure that his family had the very best. He was affectionately referred to as ``Pops.'' Lewis united in marriage with Dorothy Owes in 1942. To this union, three children were born, Silvia, Edward and Maria.

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service, where he worked for more than 25 years, in 1987.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 57 years, Dorothy Barden of Chesapeake; two daughters, Silvia Wilkins and her husband, Eugene of Suffolk, Dr. Maria Barden and her fiance, Robert C. Ambush of Plainfield, N.J.; a son, Edward C. Barden of Chesapeake; two special daughters, Shirley Barden of Hillsborough, N.J., and Evangeline Edmonds of Chesapeake; a grandson, Damion Oliva, and his wife, Patricia, of Suffolk; two granddaughters, Jennifer and Janel Wilkins of Portsmouth; two great-granddaughters, Tori and Alona Wilkins of Portsmouth; a special cousin, Walter Barden, and his wife, Elizabeth, of Baltimore; three sisters-in-law, Annie Bee Givens, Esmond Lambert of Portsmouth and Eunice Wyche and husband Benjamin of Capron, Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Tuesday in First Baptist Church South Portsmouth by the Rev. Warren Amlet and the Rev. Stefan Adams. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park Mausoleum, Chesapeake. Viewing will begin at noon today in Corprew Funeral Home, Portsmouth, where the family will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today. The body will be taken to the church at 9 a.m. Tuesday. 

Maxine E. Barnes
CHESAPEAKE -- Maxine E. Barnes, 76, died Dec. 25, 1999, in Norfolk.

She was the widow of Occie ``Sam'' Barnes, and was a retired sandwich maker from Stewart Sandwiches.

Survivors include two sisters; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Barnes of Norfolk and Lucy Barnes of Chesapeake; a niece, Patricia Knight and her husband, Leon, of Suffolk; two nephews, Bobby Barnes and his wife, Patti, of Virginia Beach and David Barnes of Athens, Ga.; many other nieces, nephews and friends; and a good friend, Willis Johnson.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Indian River Chapel. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. 

Ruth E. Basnight
CHESAPEAKE -- Ruth Elizabeth Basnight, 78, of the 800 block of Centerville Turnpike North, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999.

Mrs. Basnight was born in Currituck County, N.C., and was the daughter of the late Milton A. and Elizabeth Adams Waller. She was the widow of Seaton Basnight and a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Chesapeake.

Survivors include her two daughters, Nancy Osmundson of Chesapeake and Patsy Hopkins of Watauga, Texas; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at noon Tuesday in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery by Dr. Chip Roberson. The family will receive friends at 804 Centerville Turnpike North, Chesapeake.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Hampton Roads Chapter, No. 20 The Koger Center, Suite 233, Norfolk, VA 23502, or to Bethel Baptist Church, 1832 Elbow Road, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Oman Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

C. Fran Bergamo
CHESAPEAKE -- Clara Frances ``Fran'' Bergamo, 69, died Dec. 22, 1999, at Chesapeake General Hospital.

Fran retired from Grosse Pointe Michigan Public Schools as an executive secretary after 20 years. She was a member of Avalon Church of Christ, Chesapeake Newcomers Club and a founding member of Dreamers & Achievers Investment Club.

She is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Bergamo Dove and her husband, David; two brothers, James K. Dunn and R. Donald Dunn of Michigan; two grandsons, Austin Taylor Dove and Jordan David Dove; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Avalon Church of Christ, 844 Woodstock Road, Virginia Beach, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday by Minister Jimmy Bennett. Interment will be in Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to H.E.R. Shelter, P.O. Box 2187, Portsmouth, VA 23702, or to the American Cancer Society, 2730 Ellsmere Ave., Norfolk, VA 23513. Tidewater Funeral Choices is handling arrangements. 

Nathaniel S. Cheeseburge
CHESAPEAKE -- Nathaniel S. Cheeseburge, 74, died Dec. 21, 1999. A memorial service will be held at noon today in Hale Funeral Home Chapel. 

William O. Midgett
CHESAPEAKE -- William Oliver Midgett, 86, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 1999, in a Virginia Beach nursing facility.

Mr. Midgett was born in Dare County, N.C., to the late William and Laura Vandetta Midgett. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. Mr. Midgett retired from the U.S. Coast Guard and went to work in the Norfolk shipyards. He was preceded in death by his wife, Iva P. Midgett.

Mr. Midgett is survived by four sisters, Alethia Rood of Virginia Beach, Alzira Sitherwood and Laura Miller, both of Chesapeake, and Vandetta Gray of Buxton, N.C.; two brothers, Landry Midgett of Ocean View and George Midgett of Manteo, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Great Bridge Baptist Church by Pastor Charles L. Moseley. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Portsmouth. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Friends are welcome to visit the funeral home today. Twiford's Colonial Funeral Home, Great Bridge, is handling the arrangements. 

George W. Blanchard Jr.
CHESAPEAKE -- George W. Blanchard Jr., 39, of the 3100 block of Kenelm Drive, died Dec. 21, 1999, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Born in Portsmouth, he retired as a lieutenant from the Indian Creek Correctional Center after 13 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Linda M. Blanchard; a son, Lamario George Miller; his parents, Laura and George W. Blanchard Sr.; four sisters, Sabrina Blanchard, Sheila Jackson, Shanquay Parker and Manteka Phillips; six brothers, Dornell Parker, Antonio Blanchard, Gary Blanchard, Maurice Blanchard, Ricky Jackson and Richard Brown; his grandmother, Dorothy Brown; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at noon today at Churchland North Missionary Baptist Church, 3725 Towne Point Road, Portsmouth, by the Rev. Randolph Beverly. Burial with military honors will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home began at noon Sunday. The body will be taken to the church at 11 a.m. today. 

Bobby C. Baker
NORFOLK -- Retired Navy ENC Bobby Clinton Baker, 70, of the 8000 block of Roxboro Road, died Dec. 25, 1999, at home.

Mr. Baker was born in McCaysville, Ga. He had also retired from the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority. He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and Fleet Reserve Association Branch No. 60.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Baker; two sons, Steven C. Baker and Richard L. Baker, both of Norfolk; three sisters, Sue Ethridge of Conyers, Ga., Martha Pressley of Atlanta and Wanda Johnson of St. Augustine, Fla.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, by the Rev. Ernest L. Trueblood. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Military honors will be accorded at the graveside. The family will be at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. 

Emma C. McNeal
NORFOLK -- Emma C. McNeal, 92, a resident of Lillians Loving Care and a former resident of Norfolk, died Dec. 25, 1999, in her residence.

She was born in Norfolk and was the widow of Matthew K. McNeal Sr. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a son, Eugene W. McNeal, and his wife, Beverly, of Chesapeake; seven grandchildren, Shelly M. Worsham, Donna M. Shea, Victoria M. Crick, Matthew K. McNeal III, Genine M. Cooper, Laurie M. Lees and Kelly S. McNeal; 12 great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Joanne W. McNeal. She was preceded in death by a son, Matthew K. McNeal Jr.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Forest Lawn Cemetery by the Rev. Frank Clay. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, is handling arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Alliance Christian School, 5809 Portsmouth Blvd., Portsmouth, VA 23701. 

Francisca L. Panlaqui
NORFOLK -- Francisca LapidPanlaqui, 77, of the 5400 block of Cape Henry Ave., died Dec. 26, 1999. She was a member of the Filipino Christian Church Assembly of God.

Mrs. Panlaqui is survived by her sons, Mario L. Enriquez and Alex L. Enriquez; her daughters, Filomena P. Victoria and Cristina L. Padua, all of Norfolk; a brother, Maximo S. Lapid of San Diego, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Eduardo L. Panlaqui.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel, and from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday prior to the 7 p.m. chapel service. Burial will be at a later date. 

Ida D. Forbes
PORTSMOUTH -- Ida Dixon Forbes, 87, of Sacony Street, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999.

She was a native of Durham, N.C., and the widow of John H. Forbes. She retired from Portsmouth Gas Co., and was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Catherine Hostetler, of Portsmouth and a brother, Bernard Dixon, of North Carolina.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Boulevard Chapel, by Harry Spear. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Portsmouth. 

Douglas R. Belanga
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Douglas ``Doug'' Ray Belanga, 67, of the 900 block of High Point Ave., died Dec. 25, 1999, in his residence.

He was a native of Princess Anne County, Virginia Beach, and the loving husband of Louise Dudley Belanga. Doug was a member of Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, and was retired from the city of Virginia Beach Building and Maintenance Department as a carpenter after 22 years of service. He was a Coast Guard veteran of the Korean conflict.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Sandra Belanga Bryant and her husband, Sammy Bryant Jr., of Virginia Beach and Annette B. and her husband, Christopher O. James, of Chesapeake; and four granddaughters, Jessica Bryant and Samantha Bryant, both of Virginia Beach, and Ciera and Risa James, both of Chesapeake.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Charity United Methodist Church Cemetery by the Rev. C. Bruce Smith. Memorial donations may be made to the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad, 740 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. Maestas Funeral Home, Baltic Avenue Chapel, is handling the arrangements. 

Donald L. Diehl

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Donald L. ``Dudley'' Diehl, 61, of the 700 block of Farnham Lane, died peacefully at home on Dec. 25, 1999.

Donald was born in Harrisburg, Pa., and was a 1956 graduate of Middletown Area High School. He retired as a lieutenant commander from the Navy in 1993. During his naval career, Donald specialized in aircraft carrier tactical operations. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his keen sense of humor, joy of life and friendliness. He will be missed dearly.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Norfolk and a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 27 years. He was previously employed by C-Cubed Corp. and attended Tidewater Community College. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Kenneth King, and father, Jacob Diehl.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene Diehl; daughters Cheryl Diehl and Michele Diehl of Virginia Beach; son Thomas Diehl of St. Petersburg, Fla.; his mother, Maud King, and sister, Patricia Tarziers, both of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two aunts, Evelyn Kuntz of Middletown, Pa., and Sara Starr of Lorain, Ohio; a niece, Jackie Jensen of St. Petersburg; and a nephew, Richard Wade of Astoria, N.Y.; a special friend, Jenny Hammaker of Chesapeake; two furry ``children,'' Montana and Meghan; and his many furry ``grandchildren'' that loved him.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel, by the Rev. Dick Baker. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sentara Hospice. 

J.C. Dodd
VIRGINIA BEACH -- J.C. Dodd, 62, entered into rest Dec. 23, 1999.

A resident of Virginia Beach since 1954, he was a prominent home builder in the Hampton Roads area for more than 35 years. He was the owner of Tidewater Building Corp. and J.C. Dodd Realty.

He was a Master Mason and a member of Kempsville Lodge No. 196, A.F.&A.M., a 32nd-degree Mason in the Norfolk Scottish Rite Bodies, a member of Khedive Temple and past captain of the Khedive Temple Motor Patrol. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a graduate of William & Mary College.

He is survived by two sons, James Christopher Dodd and Mark Glanding Dodd; two daughters, Melissa N. Dodd and Amanda Jane Dodd; a brother, Joseph M. Dodd; a sister, Marjorie Snow Parsons, all of Virginia Beach; and a grandson, Shiloh Ras Brown.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Tuesday at Altmeyer Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Dale Burden. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Moritz Gundersen Jr.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- MoritzGundersen Jr., 70, passed away Dec. 25, 1999.

Mr. Gundersen was born in Albany, N.Y., and had lived in Virginia for most of his life. He was a U.S. Army veteran with 12 years of service. He was a member of the Lions Club for 35 years, and was retired from Firestone with more than 20 years. He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Betsy; two sons, Thomas Gundersen and Moritz Gundersen III, both of Virginia Beach; a brother, Edward Gundersen of New York; a sister, Marie Herzig of Florida; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Kellum Funeral Home, Bonney Road Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bayside Lion's Club. 

Margaret R. McKenry
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Margaret Reinhardt McKenry, 89, of the 1600 block of Old Donation Parkway, died Dec. 23, 1999. Mrs. McKenry was born in Lynchburg, Va.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in Spring Hill Cemetery in Lynchburg. The family asks that no flowers be sent; any donations may be made to CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) for abused and neglected children. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Laskin Road Chapel, is handling arrangements. 

Sallie D. McKenzie
VIRGINIA BEACH -- SallieDunton McKenzie, 75, passed away Dec. 24, 1999, at a local hospital.

She was born in Machipongo, Va., on Jan. 17, 1924, the daughter of Howard Franklin Dunton and Susie Nottingham Dunton.

Sallie was a homemaker, retired executive secretary from the YWCA and the financial secretary at Community United Methodist Church for a number of years. She had been an active member of Community United Methodist Church since 1952.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, George Marshall McKenzie; a son, Wayne McKenzie; a daughter, Linda M. Strickland and her husband, Gerald Strickland; three grandsons, Jason, Stephen and Mark McKenzie, all of Virginia Beach; a brother, Franklin Dunton and his wife, Ann, of Nassawadox; two sisters, Helen Dunton Fitchett of Norfolk and Lola Dunton Bagot and her husband, Lawrence, of Alexandria; and nieces, nephews and cousins, including Alida Dunton Yagley.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Community United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach by Dr. G. Keith Almond. Burial will be at Rosewood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to Community United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1072 Old Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. 

Elisa H. Olario
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Elisa Habitan Olario, 83, died Dec. 25, 1999.

Born in Casiguran, Sorsogon, the Philippines, on May 26, 1916, she was the widow of Francisco Balmaseda Olario, who died in 1952.

She was a member of Tidewater Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Virginia Beach. She raised six children in a Christian home full of committed and self-sacrificing love.

She is survived by five daughters and one son, Carmelita Olario Lowe and her husband, Roderic, of Virginia Beach, Rodrigo Olario and his wife, Glen, of the Philippines, Naomi Olario Halter and her husband, David, of Ohio, Miriam Olario de la Cruz and her husband, Enrique, of California, Elena Olario Arciaga and her husband, Larry, of Virginia, and Jememah Olario Doane and her husband, Ron, of Georgia; 22 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Olario was preceded in death by one brother and is survived by one sister in the Philippines.

A funeral will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, by Abelardo Laureles. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Wendy O. Twomey
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Wendy Faith Oswell Twomey died Dec. 16, 1999, at home.

Survivors include her husband, Patrick; a daughter, Erin, age 22; and a son, Sean, age 20.

The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. She will be buried on Jan. 7 in the National Cemetery at Fort Barrancas in Pensacola, Fla. 

Nebbie H. Blow
SUFFOLK -- Nebbie Herbert Blow, 72, of the 3300 block of Pittmantown Road, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, in his home.

Mr. Blow was born in Suffolk, the son of the late Nebbie H. and Vera B. Blow. He was retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard after more than 40 years of service. A member of McAlister Masonic Lodge No. 185 in Whaleyville, he also was a member of Western Branch Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite Bodies, the Khedive Temple of the Shrine in Chesapeake, and Esther Chapter No. 37, the Order of the Eastern Star in Portsmouth. He was a member and deacon of Great Fork Baptist Church, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Elizabeth Alexander Blow; a sister, Gertrude B. Bousman of Danville, Va.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Meadowbrook Mausoleum, Suffolk, by the Rev. Jonathan Judy. Burial will follow in the Masonic section of Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. Miller Funeral Home, Gatesville, is in charge of arrangements. Friends may join the family at the residence. 

Stachi B. Butler
SUFFOLK -- Stachi Balon Butler, 84, died Dec. 24, 1999, in her home.

She was born Aug. 24, 1915, in Burlington, N.J. She was a member of the Church of St. Therese. Mrs. Butler was the daughter of the late Wicenty Balon and Katryn Babiec Balon. Her husband, Benjamin F. Butler Jr., and a son, Benjamin Butler III, predeceased her.

Survivors include a son, Donald R. Butler, and his wife, Carol, of Chesapeake; her daughters, Doris B. Askew of Norfolk and her special friend, J. David Carr Jr. of Portsmouth, Barbara B. Kilpatrick and her husband, John, of Rocky Mount, N.C., Virginia B. Gustavson and her husband, Walter, of Chesapeake, Sandra B. Vogt and her husband, Glenn, of Front Royal, Va., Carol B. May and her husband, Larry, of Manassas, Va., and Susan B. Williams of Suffolk; a sister, Helen B. Worthington of Morrisville, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Lois T. Butler of Portsmouth; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A Christian wake service and visitation will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Baker-Foster Funeral Home, Bennetts Creek Chapel. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Church of St. Therese, Chesapeake, by the Rev. Robert L. Cummins. Interment will follow at Portsmouth Catholic Cemetery. Friends may join the family for a reception at the Church of St. Therese after interment. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Church of St. Therese Building Fund, 4137 Portsmouth Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23321. 

Ethel S. Byrd
SUFFOLK -- Ethel Savage Byrd, 98, a native of Nansemond County, Suffolk, died Dec. 25, 1999, at Beverly Manor of Portsmouth.

She was the widow of Joseph Mallie Byrd Sr. and daughter of the late Thomas Upton Savage and Mary Ann ``Mollie'' Benton Savage.

She was a devout Christian, a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, homemaker and a lifelong active member of Bethlehem Christian Church UCC, Holland Road. She was a member and Sunday school teacher of the Ladies Star Class for 60 years. She was a charter member and officer of the W.W. Staley Missionary Circle, a pianist and charter member of the Bethlehem Fellowship Club. She was a choir member and leader, and was active for many years in the youth ministry of the church.

She is survived by two sons, Joseph M. Byrd Jr. and his wife, Louise, of Roxboro, N.C., and Robert L. Byrd and his wife, Mary, of Suffolk; five daughters, Evelyn Johnson Hardy, Mary B. Hedgebeth, Jean B. Powell and her husband, William, Dot B. Powell and Joyce B. Bracey and her husband, Ben, all of Suffolk; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in Bethlehem Christian Church UCC Cemetery, Holland Road, by the Rev. Tommy P. Reynolds. Friends may join the family after the service at Bethlehem Christian Church in the Fellowship Hall, and other times at the residence of Jean and William Powell, 1328 Murphy's Mill Road, Suffolk. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Bethlehem Church Building Fund. Sidney F. Harrell Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. 

Edwin A. Coyner Jr.

SUFFOLK -- Edwin A. ``Ted'' Coyner Jr., 64, died in his home on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1999.

A native of Newport News, he was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin A. Coyner Sr. and Elizabeth Ashby Peake Coyner, and his first wife, Beverly Coyner. Mr. Coyner was owner and CEO of Portsmouth Trailer Supply for 33 wonderful years. He was a member of the Church of St. Therese, a graduate of the College of William and Mary, Class of 1961, an apprentice of the Virginia Pilot Association, served in the Coast Guard Reserve, was a Mason and member of the Portsmouth Scottish Rite Bodies. He was also an active member of Hampton Roads Yacht Club, as boating was always his first love.

Ted is survived by his buddy and devoted wife, Earlene Coyner; one daughter, Deborah C. Foster and her husband, Stanley H. Foster Jr., of Suffolk; one son, Edwin A. ``Ed'' Coyner III and his wife, Sheri E. Coyner, of Chesapeake; two sisters, Elizabeth C. Holtzclaw and her husband, John Holtzclaw, of Alexandria, Va., and Elaine Miller of Rocky Mount, N.C.; three very special grandchildren, Krystle Anne Foster, Stanley Alexander Foster and Edwin A. ``Alex'' Coyner IV; blessed mother-in-law, Christine ``Nan'' Nyman; sister-in-law, Christine ``Cris'' Nyman and her good friend, Jerry Calhoun. He will also be missed by his constant companions, Sunshine and Gator.

Ted will always be remembered for his passion to help others, his loyalty to family and friends and the level of integrity he maintained in all aspects of his personal and professional life. He will be greatly missed by all of those who were fortunate to know him.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Church of St. Therese by Father Michael J. Bresslin and Father Robert Cummins. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk. The family will receive friends at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Bennetts Creek Chapel, from 7 to 9 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Maryview Wellspring Hospice Program or the Salvation Army of Suffolk. 

Margaret W. Foster
WAVERLY -- Margaret Waterfield Foster died Dec. 24, 1999, at Riverside Regional Convalescent Center in Newport News. She was 97.

She lived most her adult life in Waverly, where she was active in community, church and school affairs. Her husband, T.D. Foster Sr., was superintendent of Sussex County Schools from 1925 until he died in 1960. She supported him in many ways, working for a short time as an unpaid secretary and often providing meals and hospitality in her home for teachers and school officials. She was a charter member of the Waverly Women's Club and the Women's Society of Christian Service of Waverly Methodist Church.

She was born Jan. 18, 1902, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and grew up in Pungoteague, the youngest of 10 children.

She is survived by two children, Talmage D. Foster Jr. of Yorktown, Va., and Margaret Carter Foster of Port Jefferson, N.Y.; three grandchildren, David T. Foster of Winchester, Va., Elizabeth Foster Beauchamp of Richmond Hill, Ga., and Catherine Foster Payne of Richmond; and two great-grandchildren, Ryan T. Foster and Carter A. Beauchamp. 

Visitation for family and friends will be from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Purviance Funeral Home, Wakefield. A funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the family plot in Waverly Cemetery. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Waverly Rescue Squad or to Waverly Methodist Church. 

Elizabeth D. Burns
PARKSLEY -- Elizabeth Diggs Burns, 87, died Dec. 24, 1999. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today in Onancock Cemetery. Williams-Parksley Funeral Home is in charge. 

Virginia Jester
CHINCOTEAGUE -- Virginia Jester, 87, died Dec. 25, 1999. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Christ United Methodist Church. Salyer Funeral Home is in charge. 

Elma Mae Barnes
AHOSKIE -- Elma Mae Carter Barnes, 81, of the 700 block of W. South St., died Dec. 25, 1999, in Guardian Care of Ahoskie.

She was born in Norfolk, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Ahoskie. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include two daughters, Ann Carter Barnes of Ahoskie and Susan Barnes Stubbs of Memphis, Tenn.; and two aunts, Virginia Carter Bustle of Gatesville, N.C., and Willie Copeland Sessoms of Virginia Beach.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church of Ahoskie by the Rev. Dr. Jesse J. Croom and the Rev. C.C. Blythe. Burial will be in Ahoskie Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Ahoskie Building Fund. Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is handling arrangements. 

Clarine D. Carter
ELIZABETH CITY -- ClarineDavis Carter, 88, of the 1300 block of Newland Road, died Dec. 26, 1999. A funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday in Twiford's Memorial Chapel. 

Alfred H. Everett
POPLAR BRANCH -- Alfred Hamilton Everett, 83, died Dec. 23, 1999. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Poplar Branch Baptist Church. Twiford's Memorial Chapel, Elizabeth City, is in charge. 

William E. Griffin Jr.
CRESWELL -- William E. Griffin Jr., 66, of the 1200 block of Scuppernong Road, died Dec. 22, 1999. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Columbia. Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia, is in charge. 

Edward D. Klasek
CONWAY -- Edward DonaldKlasek, 72, of Route 2, died Dec. 25, 1999. A graveside service with military honors will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. The Cremation Society of Virginia is in charge. 

Ethel H. Morgan
SOUTHERN SHORES -- Ethel H. Morgan, 91, died Dec. 26, 1999. Burial will be in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Montgomeryville, Pa.Twiford's Colony Chapel, Manteo, is in charge. 

Charles A. Moss Sr.
SOUTH MILLS -- CharlesAlexander Moss Sr., 57, of the 100 block of Keeter Barn Road, died Dec. 25, 1999. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Twiford'sMemorial Chapel, Church Street. 

Melvin D. Simpson
ELIZABETH CITY -- Melvin D. ``Cowboy'' Simpson, 61, of the 600 block of Liberator St., died Dec. 24, 1999. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Twiford's Memorial Chapel, Church Street. 

Andres A. Zafra
MANTEO -- Andres Alfonso Zafra, 79, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, in a Chesapeake hospital.

Mr. Zafra was a Catholic and a retired meat cutter. He was born in Ascope, Peru, to the late Andres and Blanca Espino Zafra. He was preceded in death by his wife, Valeria Lau Zafra.

He is survived by two daughters, Blanca Zafra of Los Angeles and Rossy Zafra of Las Vegas; four sons, Eduardo Zafra of Manteo, Amado Zafra of Las Vegas, Juvencio Zafra of Peru and John Zafra of Los Angeles; a sister, Francis Midgett of Manteo; four brothers, Julio Zafra, Walter Zafra, Jorge Zafra and Horacio Zafra, all of Manteo; and 11 grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be held at 5 p.m Tuesday at Twiford Colony Chapel, Manteo, with Father Michael Butler officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home in Manteo from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today. Twiford's Colonial Chapel, Great Bridge, is handling arrangements. 

Charlie L. Pierce
HAMPTON -- Charles Lee``Charlie'' Pierce, 90, of the 1900 block of Zinzer Road, died Dec. 22, 1999. A funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Fitchett Funeral Home, Chesapeake. 

Frank J. Senft
NEWPORT NEWS -- Frank Joseph Senft, 78, passed away Friday, Dec. 24, 1999, at Riverside Regional Medical Center. Mr. Senft was a native of Baltimore, Md., and had lived in Newport News for the past 41 years.

Mr. Senft was a Navy Air Corps veteran of World War II. He flew F6F Hellcats, and entertained his family and friends with many stories of his flying adventures. He was a graduate of Johns Hopkins University. He retired from NASA in 1989 as an electrical engineer after 27 years of service. He worked in the Facilities System Engineering Division, Electrical and Electronic Systems Branch. He was a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. He loved to sing, and in the past had been a member of the church choir along with the Three River Men's Chorus and the Mariners Chorus of the Retired Men's Club. Frank was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 5480, and a 4th-degree knight of Father Michael J. Bader Assembly 2430. He also volunteered for many years at Mary Immaculate Hospital.

Frank was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Hannah Marie Mills. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Eleanor ``Ellie'' Senft; his daughter, Sandra Mills and her husband, Craig, of Chesapeake; his son, David Senft and his wife, Judy, of Cheshire, Conn.; his son, Pat Senft and his fiancee, Kathy Andrulonis, of Denver, Colo.; his daughter, Amy Senft of Alexandria; and five grandchildren, Patrick and Matty Mills and Jack, Maggie and Ellie Senft. He was a loving husband and a wonderful father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. A Mass of the Resurrection will begin at 7:30 p.m., performed by Father Tim Keeney. A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorial donations can be made in memory of Hannah Marie Mills to the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, 601 Children's Lane, Norfolk, VA 23507. Weymouth Funeral Home is in charge. 

Clarence E. Cougill
HARRISONBURG -- Clarence E. Cougill, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at Camelot Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born March 13, 1910, in Stephens City, Va., a son of the late Clarence Edward and Rosa Belle White Cougill Sr. He lived in Harrisonburg for the past 48 years.

He attended the Shenandoah Valley Academy in Winchester, and graduated from Panama City High School in Panama City, Fla. He went to Washington, D.C., where he attended Georgetown University and George Washington University, studying commercial law while working in the U.S. Post Office. He then joined the Navy during World War II, remaining in the Postal Service. After completing his services with the U.S. Navy, he received an assignment as postal clerk on the first mail bus to go from town to town: Washington, D.C., to Harrisonburg. He served as postmaster at Penn Laird from 1959 to 1974. Following his retirement, Mr. Cougill worked as a salesman for Horsley and Constable Realtors.

He was a member of the board of directors and served as secretary at Lakeview Golf Course for 31 years. He was an honorary member of Cross Keys Ruritan Club and served as zone governor. He also was a former member of the Isaak Walton League and the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

Mr. Cougill had been a member of Asbury United Methodist Church and the Brotherhood Bible Class since 1951. On Feb. 14, 1947, he married Eva Pauline Dyke, who survives him.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Dr. Susan C. Torma and her husband, Jim D. Torma, of Virginia Beach, John P. Cougill and his wife, Alison D. Cougill, of Richmond, and Nancy C. Fenton and her husband, Farley L. Fenton, of Harrisonburg; four grandchildren, Alexandra J. Long, Whitney P. Long, Chandler C. Cougill and Cameron E. Cougill; a sister, Ellen C. Kennedy of Upperville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Asbury United Methodist Church by the Revs. L. Douglas Hill, E. Anne Hough and Jerry John. Burial will be earlier that day in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Home.

Those desiring to do so may make memorial contributions to the Asbury United Methodist Church Building Fund, 205 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801. 

Lee Roy Ellis
FREDERICKSBURG -- Retired U.S. Navy Master Chief Lee Roy Ellis, 65, died Dec. 25, 1999, at Mary Washington Hospital.

He was the husband of Jean Lutz Ellis; father of Richard Ughetto, Lee Ellis III and Jerle Wilson; and grandfather of five.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 824, Fredericksburg, VA 22402. 

Irving W. Seaborn
PETERSBURG -- Retired Army Sgt. Irving Watts ``Buchie Boy''Seaborn of the 1000 block of S. Crater Road died Dec. 22, 1999, in Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg.

He was born in Southampton County, Va., and was the widower of Margaret P. Seaborn. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Courtland. He retired from the U.S. Army after 25 years of service.

Survivors include a son, Irving W. Seaborn Jr., and his wife, Joy, of Orange, N.J.; a sister, Gertrude E.D. Preston, and her husband, Fred, of Richmond; a grandchild, Alexis Seaborn of Orange; a devoted aunt, Mabel B. Anderson of Courtland; a father-in-law, James Blount of Farmville, N.C.; and a nephew, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Gertrude B. Darden and Johnnie Seaborn.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in First Baptist Church, Courtland, by the Rev. Samuel L. Buck. Burial with full military honors will be Wednesday in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. Engram Funeral Home, Courtland, is in charge of arrangements. 

Edna L. Johnson
SILVER SPRING, Md. -- Edna L. Johnson died Dec. 21, 1999. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Paul Holiness Church Cemetery, Sedley, Va. Engram Funeral Home, Courtland, is in charge.


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