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George S. Horton
CHESAPEAKE -- George Stanley Horton, 90, of the 3700 block of Farnsworth Drive, died Sept. 21, 1998, at a local hospital.

A native of Hertford County, N.C., he was retired from Birtcherd Dairy after 18 years of service. He was a life deacon of Creech Memorial Baptist Church in Ahoskie, N.C., and he attended Lee Memorial Baptist Church in Chesapeake for the past year.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Carter Horton; one daughter, Phyllis M. Warren and her husband, John, of Chesapeake; four sons, Gilbert S. Horton and his wife, Iris, of Currituck County, N.C., James E. Horton of San Diego, Calif., Carrol Dale Horton and his wife, Peggy, of Suffolk, Va., and Daniel C. Horton and his wife, Joyce, of Fayetteville, N.C.; four sisters, Noreen Peede, Lucille Bonney, Nancy Thomas, all of Virginia Beach, and Virgie Spain of Charlotte, N.C.; one brother, Patrick Thornton of Virginia Beach; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Snellings Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, by the Rev. Larry Sablotne. A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Ahoskie Cemetery in Ahoskie, N.C. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m.

Ellen M. Lawton
CHESAPEAKE -- Ellen Marie Lawton, 60, of the 400 block of Blanche Drive, died Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, in a local hospital.

Mrs. Lawton was born in Plymouth, N.C., and was the daughter of Stella Marie Spruill White of Edenton, N.C., and the late Connie Earl White. She was the widow of the late Charles W. Lawton. Mrs. Lawton had worked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a supervisor for 31 years and was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge No. 1940 in Chesapeake.

Besides her mother, she is survived by two daughters, Elaine Price and Jackie Smith and her husband, Joseph; her companion, Frank P. Copeland, all of Chesapeake; one brother, Robert Earl White of Edenton, N.C.; and three grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Ralph Herbert. The family will receive friends at Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge, today from 6 to 8 p.m.

Frank J. Pecsek Jr.
CHESAPEAKE -- Frank J. Pecsek Jr., 75, died Sept. 21, 1998, in Chesapeake. Mr. Pecsek was born in Hewitt, W.Va., the son of the late Frank and Theresa Pecsek Sr. and the husband of Leola F. Pecsek.

He was a member of Teamsters Norfolk Local 822 and a retired diesel mechanic. Mr. Pecsek was a corporal in the U.S. Army during World War II. He is survived by a daughter, Virginia P. Hard of Chesapeake; one sister, Anna P. Shugais of Rayland, Ohio; two brothers, George Pecsek of Gibbs Woods and John Pecsek of Chesapeake; and one grandson, Adrian Glen Hard III of Chesapeake.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Frank Hughes on Thursday at 2 p.m. in Rosewood Cemetery, Virginia Beach. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Twiford Colonial Chapel, Great Bridge, Chesapeake.

Doris R. Welsh
CHESAPEAKE -- Doris R. Welsh, 72, of the 700 block of Bloom Ave., died peacefully among family in her home on Monday, Sept. 21, 1998. She was a native of Norfolk and a faithful member of Fairmount Park Methodist Church.

She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Charles T. Welsh; her mother, Lottie R. Kight; two daughters and their husbands, Linda and Carl Hall and Pam and Eddie Abrams; four grandsons, Clay and Carl Hall and Brett and Grant Abrams; and one sister and her husband, Barbara and John Faircloth. She was predeceased by her father, Alonzo B. Kight.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Indian River Chapel. Burial will be in Rosewood Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to Sentara Hospice Program, No. 8 Koger Executive Center, Suite 201, Norfolk, Va. 23502.

Benjamin H. Ames Jr.
NORFOLK -- Benjamin Hayward Ames Jr., 79, died Sept. 19, 1998, in Norfolk.

Born in Mathews County, Va., he was retired from the Marine Resources Commission. He was a member of Central Methodist Church, Mathews, Va., and The Red Man's Lodge.

He is survived by one niece, Esther Williams and her husband, Dallas, of Norfolk; three nephews, Charles H. Davis and his wife, Christine, of Springhill, Fla., William A. Davis and his wife, Juanita, of Norfolk, and Robert S. Davis and his wife, Karen, of Chester, Va.; three great-nieces; and four great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central Methodist Church in Mathews, Va., or to The American Cancer Society. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Hazel Y. Council
NORFOLK -- Hazel Yarborough Council, 84, of the 3000 block of Lorraine Ave., died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998, in a local hospital.

She was born in Nashville, N.C., and was the daughter of the late Marion Traylor and George Edgar Yarborough. Mrs. Council had retired from Peoples Drug Stores as a cosmetologist for 20 years.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Norfolk; a member of Westminster Chapter No. 99, Order of the Eastern Star, the Ladies Oriental Shrine, Zulekia Court No. 35, Scottish Rite Ladies, and the Al Kena Temple No. 124, Daughters of the Nile.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Hardy Council; a brother, James Yarborough of Rocky Mount, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Richard Baker. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Norfolk. Cox Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Myra Jean Garrity
NORFOLK -- On this day Sept. 22, 1998, Myra Jean Garrity went home to be with the Lord, the one she loved.

Mrs. Garrity, a native of Norfolk for the past 58 years, was a paraprofessional at Lake Taylor Middle School where she worked with the developmentally disabled.

She was a longtime member of Azalea Garden Church of God, a member of the Young at Heart Senior Citizen Group and a member of the care pastor ministry.

Mrs. Garrity is survived by her mother, Doris Meekins; two daughters, Rhonda Black of Centralia, Wash., and Pamela Barnette of Virginia Beach; two sisters, Paula Hines of Kitty Hawk, N.C., and Julia Meekins of Norfolk; one brother, Phillip Meekins of Norfolk; and four grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Friday at the Azalea Garden Church of God, with Pastor Aubrey Maye presiding. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Childrens Home Fund, c/o Azalea Garden Church of God, 5160 Beamon Road, Norfolk, Va. 23513.

Goldie U. Gates
NORFOLK -- Goldie Unger Gates, 88, of the 7400 block of Hampton Blvd., died Sept. 20, 1998, in her residence.

Mrs. Gates was a native of Newport News, Va. She was a member of Ohef Sholom Temple and its Sisterhood in Norfolk. She was a life member of Hadassah, a member of Beth Sholom Home Auxillary and past vice chairperson of of the United Jewish Federation Campaign.

Survivors include her husband, Sydney J. Gates of Norfolk; a niece and her husband, Jane and Edwin Kintz of Schenectady, N.Y.; a nephew and his wife, William and Alice Unger of Pacific Palisades, Calif.; and four great-nieces and -nephews, Robin and Allen Kintz and Liana and James Allen Unger.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Rosenbaum Cemetery in the 1900 block of Kecoughtan Road in Hampton by Rabbi Lawrence A. Forman. Memorial donations may be to the Sydney J. Gates Foundation, c/o United Jewish Federation, 5029 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, Va. 23462. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Jeannette Greenberg
NORFOLK -- Jeannette Greenberg, 92, of the 2000 block of Lauderdale Road, died Sept. 21, 1998, in Richmond, Va.

Mrs. Greenberg was a native of Minneapolis, Minn., and was the widow of Louis L. Greenberg. She was a member of Temple Israel and it's Sisterhood in Norfolk. She was also a member of B'Nai Brith Women and Hadassah.

Survivors include her daughter, Sarilee Tobiaz of Richmond; her sister, Bobbe Levin of Minneapolis, Minn.; her brother, Ted Levin of Dallas, Texas; and her grandson, Scott Lewis of Richmond.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Forest Lawn Cemetery by Rabbi Michael Panitz and Cantor Elihu Flax. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Magdalene Grimes
NORFOLK -- Magdalene Grimes of the 7400 block of Hughart St., died Sept. 20, 1998, in DePaul Medical Center.

Born in Norfolk, she was of the Holiness faith.

Survivors include two sisters, Mary E. Grimes of Chesapeake and Martha Grimes of Norfolk; one brother, James Grimes of Norfolk; two nephews; one niece; one great-niece; cousins; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at First Church of Christ Holiness U.S.A. by the Rev. Dr. George Thompson. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The body will be ready for viewing Thursday at 3 p.m. The body will be taken to the church at 11 a.m. and the family will assemble at the residence at noon for the procession. Carlos A. Howard Funeral Home, Norfolk, is in charge.

Louise C. Lumpkin
NORFOLK -- Louise Wray Cozart Lumpkin, 81, of the 6400 block of Powhatan Ave., left this earthly sphere to go to her eternal Heavenly home on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998. She was born on Feb. 22, 1917.

Mrs. Lumpkin was the first child of John Milton Cozart of Washington, Ga., and Columbia S.C., and of Sara Louise Wray Cozart of Ridgeway and Columbia, S.C. She was born in the home of her maternal grandparents, Charles Pinkney and Martha Louise Robertson Wray.

Mrs. Lumpkin graduated from the University of South Carolina High School, studied at Columbia Bible College and graduated from the University of South Carolina, Class of 1938. She also attended the Southern Baptist Training School at Louisville, Ky., where she met her husband, Dr. William Latane Lumpkin, who recently preceded her to their eternal Home. They were married in July of 1940 at a glorious double wedding with her sister, Frances Pettus Cozart and Dr. Ellis Saunders Allen Jr., by Dr. Pierre Wilds DuBose of Columbia, S.C., and Orlando, Fla.

Louise Lumpkin was a pastor's wife for 57 years. During all of that time she was a wonderful and faithful coworker as a Bible teacher for nearly 50 years and also assisting with music across the decades. She taught for many years at Freemason Street Baptist Church. She was an accomplished musician in voice and piano, as a student and teacher, for over 60 years. She taught music at the old Norfolk Academy for several years and was, for many years, a teacher in the Norfolk Public School system. She had, as well, a significant career in real estate across many years, working for several Tidewater companies.

Mrs. Lumpkin was a member of the Norfolk Branch of the American Association of University Women, the Edgewater Association, The Edgewater Garden Club, Joie de Vivre, Norfolk Story League, Norfolk Woman's Club and P.E.O. Club, Chapter AK. Some of her dear friends and club members recently remembered her with these words, ``Loving friendship; never heard her speak a bad word about anybody -- She was just pure love and very much loved by many; she was always helping everybody; she meant a lot to a lot of people, who were blessed by her, all of the time.''

Survivors include a daughter, Frances Robertson Lumpkin Nunnally of Norfolk; two sons, John C. Lumpkin of Portsmouth and William L. Lumpkin Jr. of Norfolk. She had six grandchildren, of whom five survive, Robert Wayne Nunnally Jr., Heather and Hilary Lumpkin, Brittany Cozart Lumpkin and John Jacob Rosser Lumpkin.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in Irvington Baptist Church, Irvington, Va., by the Rev. Donald J. Dunlap. Burial will follow at the family plot in the church cemetery. A reception will follow in the church social hall. The family will gather to greet friends at Cox Funeral Home from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Taylor Cozart Nunnally Award Fund, c/o Norfolk Academy, 1585 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, Va. 23502.

George Ann Newby
NORFOLK -- George Ann Newby, 71, of the 100 block of Cromwell Parkway, died Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, in a local nursing home.

Mrs. Newby was a native of Norfolk and was the widow of William J. Newby.

Survivors include five loving children, Calvin S. ``Jimmy'' Newby of Virginia Beach, Patty Lynn McDevitt and her husband, William, of Hampton, Donna Kay Neal and her husband, Ronald, Jamie Newby and Bobby Newby, all of Norfolk; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Forest Lawn Cemetery by the Rev. Warren R. Chapman. Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach, is handling arrangements.

Theodore M. Osada
NORFOLK -- Theodore Marion Osada, 99, died Sept. 22, 1998, in a local nursing home.

Mr. Osada was a native of Chicago, Ill., and lived in the Tidewater area for the last seven years. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include two sons, Chester Osada and his wife, Louise, of Dundee, Ill., Edward Osada and his wife, Cathi, of Asheville, N.C.; two daughters, Jenine Blanchet and her husband, Lou, of Staunton, Va., Jerri Lengel of Virginia Beach; 19 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, in Arlington Heights, Ill. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 900 Commonwealth Place, Suite 101, Virginia Beach, Va. 23464. Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach, is handling arrangements.

Arthur L. Sherrod
NORFOLK -- Arthur L. Sherrod, 78, of the 5500 block of E. Virginia Beach Blvd., died Sept. 20, 1998, at his residence.

Born in Norfolk, he was a retired truck driver for Associate Transfer & Leeway with 15 years of service. He was honored with a 40-year Safe Driver award and was a member of Local Teamsters 822. Mr. Sherrod was also a member, usher and steward of St. Paul C.M.E. Church of Norfolk where he was an active member of the Sunday School.

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Sherrod; six daughters, Dianne Berry and Rosa Rosser, both of Virginia Beach, Joan Green and Mamie Woods, both of Norfolk, Regina Darden of Virginia Beach and Cynthia Harris of Norfolk; eight sons, Lee Arthur Sherrod Jr., Walter Wise, Rudolph Sherrod, Gregory Rosser, Robert Rosser and David Rosser, all of Norfolk, Reginald Rosser of Richmond, and the Rev. Arnold M. Sherrod of Atlanta, Ga.; an adopted son, William J. ``Runt'' Jones; two sisters, Catherine Davis and Josephine Bragg, both of Norfolk; a brother, Rudolph Payne of Norfolk; 35 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul C.M.E. Church by the Rev. Calvin E. Edgerton. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The remains will be placed in repose at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the church. A wake service will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Hale Funeral Home.

Hilda L. Query
NORFOLK -- Hilda Lyons Query, 95, of the 1300 block of Bayview Blvd., died Sept. 21, 1998, in Davidsonville, Md.

Mrs. Query was a native of Portsmouth and a resident of Norfolk for most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Patrick J. and Mary Anne Browne Lyons. She was the widow of Joseph Randolph Query Sr. and was preceded in death by her son, J. Randolph Query Jr. She was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Norfolk.

Survivors include four daughters, Marie Q. Pupo and her husband, Joseph, of Norfolk, Aubrey Q. Consolvo of Norfolk, Gerarde Q. Barth and her husband, Joseph, of Arlington, Margaret Q. Bramble and her husband, James, of Arnold, Md.; a son, Lyons S. Query and his wife, Connie, of Norfolk; her daughter-in-law, Nancy C. Query of Norfolk; a sister, Mary L. Dail of Annandale, Va.; 26 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, at St. Pius X Catholic Church by the Rev. John Dorgan. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery. A Christian wake service will be held in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk, at 7:30 p.m. today.

Mrs. Query was taken home, 1375 Bayview Blvd., Norfolk, the home of Marie and Joseph Pupo, to lie in repose, where friends may pay their respects and visit with the family. Memorial donations may be made to the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters or the charity of the donor's choice. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk, will be handling the arrangements.

Carl E. Barnard
PORTSMOUTH -- Carl E. Barnard, 38, of the 1400 block of Darren Drive, went to be with Jesus on Sept. 18, 1998, at Chesapeake General Hospital.

Born in Chesapeake, he was a short shoreman with Local No. 1458 International Longshoreman Association. He was a member of End Time Church of Deliverance in Portsmouth and a former member of United Mission Holiness Church in Norfolk.

Survivors include his wife, Delzora Barnard; a daughter, Jessica Holley of Portsmouth; two sons, Carl Barnard Jr. and Javious Barnard, both of Portsmouth; his mother, Mary Barnard, and father, James Barnard, both of Chesapeake; his sister, Julie Barnard of Chesapeake; two brothers, James Barnard Jr. and Charles Barnard Sr., both of Chesapeake; and a host of relatives, in-laws and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at New Light Baptist Church, Chesapeake, by the Rev. Madgie S. White. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home will begin at noon today. The body will be taken to the church at 10 a.m. Thursday. The family will be at the home of his mother and father, 2261 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, and will assemble there for the procession.

Rudolph Stewart
PORTSMOUTH -- Rudolph ``Rudy'' Stewart, 64, of Freedom Court, died Sept. 16, 1998, at the 3700 block of Victory Blvd. in Portsmouth.

Born in Detroit, Mich., he was the former grounds keeper for the Detroit Tiger Stadium with 20 years of service. He was also a retired U.S. Navy veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Gladys E. Stewart; seven daughters, Carolyn Nicholson, Sharon Jones, Erinda Jones, Rosalyn Mills, Linda Potts and Rhonda Stewart, all of Portsmouth, and Pamela Sheppard of Virginia Beach; four sons, Anthony Stewart, Michael Stewart and Enmell Stewart, all of Portsmouth, and Reginald Stewart of Detroit, Mich.; a sister, Gladys Lindsey, and brother, Haskell Stewart, both of Detroit; 25 grandchildren, including a special granddaughter, Cynthia Faulks; 18 great-grandchildren; an aunt, Ruby Cole; special sons-in-law, Curtis Nicholson and Shawn Sheppard; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in Trinity Baptist Church, Chesapeake, by the Rev. Olleo Cromwell II. Burial with military honors will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. The body will be taken to the church prior to the funeral services. The family will be at Corprew Funeral Home from 6 to 7 p.m. today.

Alice L. Zollicoffer
PORTSMOUTH -- Alice L. Zollicoffer, 81, of the 1500 block of Effingham St., died Sept. 18, 1998, at her home in Portsmouth.

Born in Weldon, N.C., she was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Portsmouth. She was also a member of Crusade Order of Tents No. 139, United Order of Tents.

Survivors include her sister, Dorothy V. Pope of Portsmouth; nieces, Gloria Govan, Ethel B. Pittman and Mary Blount, all of Portsmouth, Sandra Pope Jones of Alexandria, Va., Paulette Pope and Juanita S. Pope, both of Portsmouth, Doris A. Davis of Chesapeake, Helen Sisco of Bronx, N.Y., and Ethel Mae McNair of Baltimore, Md.; nephews, Landis Pope Jr. of Portsmouth, Terry L. Pope Sr. of Fayetteville, N.C., and James Jordan of Cincinnati, Ohio; and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Portsmouth, by the Rev. Ben A. Beamer Sr. Burial will be in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Portsmouth. The body will be taken to the church prior to the funeral service. The family will be at the home of her sister, 2700 Markham St., Portsmouth, and will assemble there for the procession to the church. Corprew Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Carl J. Clearwater
VIRGINIA BEACH -- STG1 Carl Jerome Clearwater, USN, died Sept. 19, 1998.

Carl was born Nov. 10, 1964, in Catskill, N.Y. He graduated from Catskill High School in 1982.

Carl entered the Navy in 1982. Upon graduation from Recruit Training, he was assigned to the USS Joseph Strauss and the Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he worked as an electronic equipment repairman for three years. Carl left the Navy in 1986, and then re-enlisted in 1989. His first assignment after re-enlisting was the Naval Special Warfare Center, Coronado, Calif., where he completed Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training. Carl was subsequently assigned to SEAL Team EIGHT.

While at SEAL Team EIGHT, Carl forward-deployed to the European Theater two times. His first deployment was aboard the amphibious dock-landing ship USS Trenton, where he conducted operations in support of Desert Shield/Desert Storm in Iraq and Operation Eastern Exit in Somalia. His second deployment was aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy, where he conducted operations in support of the NATO effort in Bosnia. Carl also deployed to the Caribbean while at SEAL Team EIGHT, where he was involved in counter-drug and nation-building efforts in that region.

In June 1994, Carl accomplished what fewer than 100 of the 2,000 active duty SEALs today have when he successfully screened, passed the difficult and demanding six-month training program and served in the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG). This was a significant achievement, demonstrating that Carl had mastered the war-fighting skills required for the conduct of the most challenging special operations missions. While at NSWDG, Carl was assigned as part of a Joint Special Operations Task Force for several deployments to the European Theater of Operations.

During his service, Carl was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Navy Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Ribbon and numerous other medals and awards.

Carl is survived by his parents, Alfred and Annette Clearwater of Catskill, N.Y.; his three sisters, Cindy, Elaine and Amy; and numerous other family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Twiford Colonial Chapel, Great Bridge, Chesapeake. A funeral will be conducted at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel in the Woods Church, Little Creek Amphibious Base. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24.

Mildred J. DeCecco
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Mildred Julia DeCecco, 78, returned home to our heavenly Father on Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, in her home at Marian Manor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lou, and her son, ``Peanut.'' Mrs. DeCecco was born in Audubon, N.J., Feb. 8, 1920.

She did undergraduate work at Centenary Junior College in Hackettstown, N.J., and Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. She later received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. Mom taught elementary school and art at Department of Defense schools in Goose Bay, Labrador, and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She also taught in Tuba City, Ariz. Mildred and Lou retired to Harrington, Del., where they lived for many years before moving to Virginia Beach. As a resident of Marian Manor she was happy to assist and teach arts and craft classes for the other residents. Mildred loved people and will be sorely missed.

Mrs. DeCecco is survived by sons Donnie of New Jersey and Nick of Virginia Beach; a granddaughter, Samantha; her daughter-in-law, Ellen; two brothers, Bob Laslocky of New Jersey and Russ Laslocky of Vermont; and a very dear friend, Jerry.

A funeral will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1345 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach. Kellum Funeral Home, Bonney Road Chapel, is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Spirit House, c/o Holy Spirit Parish, 1396 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach, Va. 23456.

Jean Fain
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Jean Fain (nee Zelda Tucker), born on the second light of Hanukah, 1906, in Bust-Litovsk, Russia-Poland, died at the Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia on Sept. 22, 1998.

Mrs. Fain immigrated to New York City at the age of 16 and resided there until eight years ago, when she came to Norfolk to live near her daughter, Marylin Anger. As a young woman she was a dressmaker and enthusiastic Yiddishist. She won several trophies as a ballroom dancer and was an excellent golfer.

Mrs. Fain married Abraham Fain in 1929 and was widowed in 1973. They resided together in the Lincoln Center Apartments for many years.

Survivors include a daughter, Norma Fain Pratt and her husband, Kenneth, of Altadena, Calif.; four grandchildren, Fran Loney of Norfolk, Paul Anger of New York, and Adam Stern and Oliver Stern, both of Los Angeles, Calif.; two great-grandchildren, Austin Loney of Norfolk and Nicholas Dolen-Stern of Los Angeles; and a niece, Irene Polansky of Norfolk.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Thursday at Beth David Cemetery in Long Island, N.Y. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Norfolk Chapel, provided information.

Robert M. Zurfluh Sr.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Robert M. Zurfluh Sr., 73, died at his home Sept. 22, 1998, after a long illness.

Bob was retired from the U.S. Navy, having served his country for 28 years. He was a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Bob enlisted in the Navy during World War II and rose to the rank of lieutenant commander before his retirement in 1968.

Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Anita Zurfluh. He is survived by his seven children, Robert M. Zurfluh Jr. and Nancy Zurfluh of Philadelphia, Joan Corcoran and Alice Selover of Chesapeake, Anita Zeno of Virginia Beach, John Zurfluh and Connie Economos of Boca Raton, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

There will be no public memorial service, but those desiring to express their sympathy can do so by making a donation to the Navy Relief. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Blanche I. Lee
FRANKLIN -- Blanche Isabelle Lee of the 200 block of Pocahontas Ave. died Thursday, Sept. 17, 1998, in Southampton Memorial Hospital, Franklin.

A native of Franklin, Va., she was employed at SeVamp as site coordinator. She was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church in Franklin, where she served as church clerk, a member of the Senior Choir, Ladies Choir, Piney Grove Trio and Willing Workers Club. She was active in the Isle of Wight County Elections office and was a member of Juvenile Diversion and Camptown Community Coalition.

Survivors include her husband, Jonathan Lee; two sons, Larry Eugene Lee of Franklin and Alex Lee of Richmond; four aunts, Maria Richburg of Brunswick County, Gracie Brown of Greenville County, Janie Tucker of Bronx, N.Y., and Louise Williams of Washington, D.C.; an uncle, Freeman Kelly of Lawrenceville, Va.; and four grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at noon today in Piney Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. William Freeman. Burial will be in Southview Cemetery, Franklin. The remains will be taken from William M. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home Inc. to be placed in the church for viewing at 10 a.m.

Dorothy W. Pratt
FRANKLIN -- Dorothy Wolfe Pratt died Sept. 22, 1998, in her home.

Born Jan. 6, 1918, in Orangeburg, S.C., she was a daughter of the late Z. Marion and Rosa Olivia Davis Wolfe. Mrs. Pratt came to Virginia in 1933 to reside with a sister in Portsmouth and continue her formal education in Norfolk Public Schools and her studies in ballet and tap at the Eva Mae Morris School of Dance in Norfolk.

Following her marriage in 1935, she resided in Portsmouth for a brief period before she and her family moved to Suffolk. Shortly thereafter, she and her family relocated to Norfolk, where they lived for ten years before moving to Virginia Beach, where they resided for the next 20 years.

While in Virginia Beach, Mrs. Pratt was an active member of the Bay Colony Garden Club. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 75, Virginia Beach, and the Social Order of the Beauceant, Norfolk. Mrs. Pratt was a member of High Street United Methodist Church and a member of the Sarah Cutchins Circle. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by four brothers, two sisters and her first and only son, Joseph Shelby Pratt.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph V. Pratt; two daughters, Beverly P. Crowling and her husband, Joseph, of Oakton, Va., Barbara P. Hutcheson and her husband, Lewis, of Chesapeake; a sister, Olivia W. Fleming of Norfolk; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Wright Funeral Home by the Rev. Ed Johnson and the Rev. Dr. David G. Davis. Burial will be private in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suffolk. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to High Street United Methodist Church, 301 W. First Ave., Franklin, Va. 23851.

Mattie F. Holley
EDENTON -- Mattie Pearl Fleming Holley, 50, died Sept. 20, 1998, in Greenville, N.C. She was born Sept. 20, 1948, in Chowan County, N.C.

Survivors include her husband, James Holley Jr.; her mother, Luellar Fleming of Edenton; two sons, Terrell Holley and Avery Holley, both of Edenton; two daughters, Stephanie Holley of Baltimore and Teisha Holley of Edenton; three stepsons, James Holley III, Michael Holley and Darrell Holley, all of Edenton; a stepdaughter, Ann S. Perry of Colerain, N.C.; three brothers, Richard Fleming Jr. of Edenton, Robert Leary of Brooklyn, N.Y., and James Fleming of Ahoskie, N.C.; and three sisters, Bettye Granby of Virginia, Addie Davis of Edenton and Gloria Tyler of Baltimore.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. John Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Earl J. Eaddy. Burial will be in Beaver Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Rowsom Funeral Home.

Harold W. Rachiell
FAYETTEVILLE -- Harold W. Rachiell, Lt. USN (Ret.), 73, of Fayetteville, N.C., formerly of Chesapeake, died Sept. 18, 1998.

Lt. Rachiell served 25 years in the United States Navy.

Lt. Rachiell is survived by his wife, Lois M. Rachiell; a son, Terence L. Rachiell of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; a daughter, Penny L. Rachiell of Fayetteville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at the Hampton National Cemetery.

Mary H. Sawyer
ELIZABETH CITY -- Mary Hewitt Sawyer, 92, of 1009 Highway No. 158, died Sept. 22, 1998. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Ramoth-Gilead Baptist Church. Twiford's Memorial Chapel is in charge.

Sylvia Vinson
MURFREESBORO -- Sylvia Vinson died Sept. 22, 1998. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Kingdom Hall, Woodland, N.C. Reynolds Funeral Home is in charge.

Nellie R. Rowe
HAMPTON -- Nellie Routten Rowe, a native and lifelong resident of Fox Hill, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998, in her Beach Road Home.

Born on April 1, 1900, she was the daughter of the late Peter James and Martha Cain Routten.

Mrs. Rowe was preceded in death by her husband, Preston Johnson Rowe, and is survived by her daughter, Janet Rowe Davis and her husband, Jefferson, of Virginia Beach; her grandson, Michael Rowe Davis and his wife, Teresa Lynn, of Virginia Beach; one great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Clark Cemetery by the Rev. Ted James. The family will receive friends at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home immediately following the service.

Joseph L. Walker
HAMPTON -- Joseph L. Walker, 50, died Sept. 21, 1998, in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Born July 3, 1948, in Norfolk, to Joseph L. and Sue Ellen (Pickens) Walker. He was a government accountant and a certified fraud examiner. He was a member of Catalina 30 Year Yacht Club and Southall Landings Yacht Club.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Walker; sisters, Merrilyn Edwards, Linda Walker and Sue Anne Marshall; brothers, John S. Walker, James D. Walker and Aaron C. Walker; stepmother, Adele Lambert; stepchildren, Edwin T. Hughes III, Jennifer B. Hughes, Courtney R. Hughes and Allison S. Hughes.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Living Word Family Church in Tabb, Va. Flowers are accepted and memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Living Word Family Church. Floral Haven Funeral Home, Broken Arrow, Okla., is in charge.

Margaret C. Graves
DINWIDDIE -- Margaret Coleman Graves, 91, of Courthouse Road, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1998, in John Randolph Nursing Home.

She was born in Norfolk. Mrs. Graves was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Hopewell; a member of Frances Bland Randolph Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as chapter regent; member of District II Regents' Club, state treasurer, state pressbook chairman and state flag chairman. She also served as a volunteer at John Randolph Medical Center and Nursing Home amassing over 21,000 volunteer hours. Mrs. Graves was the daughter of the late Margaret Hoggard Coleman and Horace Wilder Coleman Sr. and the widow of Leonard Roberts Graves Sr.

Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Richard R. Butterworth of Dinwiddie; a son, the Rev. Leonard R. Graves Jr. of Pensacola, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Graves Chilton of Norfolk; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in St. John's Episcopal Church, Hopewell, with the Rev. Edward Bushong, rector, officiating. Interment will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Memorial Fund, 505 Cedar Lane, Hopewell, Va. 23860.

Rose S. Sheap
HARRISONBURG -- Rose Snow Sheap, 88, of Route 1, died Monday, Sept. 21, 1998, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

A daughter of the late James Byrd and Emma Irene Jones Snow, she was born Aug. 14, 1910, in Dobson, N.C. She moved to Virginia in 1919.

Mrs. Sheap was very active in the Garden Clubs of Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Richmond and South Boston. She was on the Board of Trustees of the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk. She was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

On June 5, 1929, she married Donald Scott Sheap, who preceded her in death on Nov. 12, 1986.

Survivors include two sons, Donald C. Sheap of Richmond and Dr. Christopher N. Sheap of Harrisonburg; eight grandchildren; and two sisters, Violet O'Neal of Amelia Court House and Ethel Pierce of Asheboro, N.C.

A funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church with the Very Rev. John F. Glover, Dr. William L. Mengebier and Dr. Carl D. Swanson officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Richmond, with the Very Rev. John F. Glover officiating.

The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Home. Those wishing to do so may make memorial contributions to the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, 80 Maryland Ave., Harrisonburg, Va. 22801, or to the Bridgewater Rescue Squad, 100 Virginia Ave., Bridgewater, Va. 22812.

Norma E. Dougherty
TRENTON, N.J. -- Norma Ennis Dougherty, 72, died of a heart attack on Sept. 16, 1998. Mrs. Dougherty was born in South River, N.J., daughter of the late Charles Roberts Ennis and Bertha Blonske Ennis. She was the wife of the late Thomas R. Dougherty who died suddenly last May. They had been married for 51 years.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kerry Dougherty and Stephen C. Mahan of Virginia Beach; a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas R. Dougherty Jr. and JoAnne Cross Dougherty of Newark, Del.; and seven grandchildren, Bryn and Griffin Mahan, Mark, Jessica, Adam, Morgan and Connor Dougherty.

Evelyn C. Dye
MILL VALLEY, Calif. -- Evelyn Craig Dye, a recent former resident of Virginia Beach, passed away in the R.K. Davies Medical Center in San Francisco on Sept. 18, 1998.

She was the wife of Capt. Ira Dye, U.S. Navy, retired. Mrs. Dye was born in Astoria, Ore., in 1920, the daughter of Cyril Vincent Craig and Sybil Gill Craig. She was the great-granddaughter of Col. Charles Rice Gill of Madison, Wisc., who commanded a regiment of Wisconsin infantry in the Civil War and was later the Commissioner of Pensions under President Grant. She was the grand-niece of the Honorable Hiram Gill, mayor of Seattle, Wash., early in the century.

Mrs. Dye moved with her family to Seattle as a young girl and received her schooling there, graduating from the University of Washington in 1942. She was a member of Phi Mu Fraternity.

Her marriage in 1941 to then Ensign Ira Dye took her to duty stations all over the world, where she was active in Submarine Officers' Wives groups, before she and her husband settled in Alexandria, Va. She was involved in the charitable activities of the Alexandria YWCA and in Democratic precinct politics before moving to Charlottesville, Va., where her husband was appointed a visiting and later a research professor of civil engineering at the University of Virginia in 1978. After retirement from the university, they moved to Virginia Beach. Mrs. Dye was active in the charitable and alumni affairs of Phi Mu Fraternity and the University of Washington Alumni Association.

She is survived by her husband, Ira Dye; three sons, Craig W. Dye of Temple Terrace, Fla., Scott F. Dye, M.D., of Mill Valley, Calif., and Cameron L. Dye of Virginia Beach; plus four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Capt. Russell F. Craig, U.S. Navy, retired, of Falls Church, Va.

Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery following a graveside service. Memorial contributions may be made to her favorite charity, The Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, 601 Children's Lane, Norfolk, Va. 23507.

Ernest L. Holley
BROOKLYN -- Ernest Lee Holley, 51, died Sept. 18, 1998, in New York. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Blair Funeral Service, Edenton, N.C.

Robert L. Jordan
BRONX -- Robert L. Jordan, 50, of the 40 block of W. Mosholus, died Sept. 18, 1998. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Applewhite Funeral Home Chapel.

Richard Riddick
BROOKLYN -- Richard Riddick, of the 800 block of Bayridge Ave. and formerly of Norfolk,died Sept. 15, 1998. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Southside Chapel, Berkley Ave.

Lonnie T. Wright Sr.
WASHINGTON -- Lonnie T. Wright Sr. of the 200 block of Oak Wood St. died Sept. 18, 1998. He was born in Princess Anne County.

Survivors include his wife, Lavern D. Wright of Virginia Beach; four daughters, Terrance Wright of Virginia Beach, Kenja Freeman of Chesapeake and Shalonda Henderson and Shanntay Henderson, both of Washington, D.C.; five sons, Lonnie T. Wright Jr. and Toye Wright, both of Norfolk, and Durnell Henderson, Abdul Wright and Raheem Wright, all of Washington, D.C.; a sister, Martha W. Winston; a brother, Winford Wright Jr. of Virginia Beach; five grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends, including a special friend, Sharrone Henderson.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Wright's Family Cemetery, Shoveller Lane, Virginia Beach, by the Rev. John Haynes. The family will be at 1108 Loretta Lane, Virginia Beach. Community Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel, is in charge.

Caleb J. Basnight
CHESAPEAKE -- Caleb Javon Basnight, 11 months, of the 3400 block of Clover Road, died Sept. 21, 2000, in Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, Norfolk.

Born in Chesapeake, Caleb was christened at United Full Gospel Revival Center in Chesapeake.

He is survived by his parents, Ta'ndra and Christopher J. Basnight of Chesapeake; maternal grandparents, Shirley Gregory of Chesapeake and Clyde Brown of California; paternal grandparents, Shirley Askew of Chesapeake and Herbert Bailey of Hampton; and a host of those who loved him.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake, with Pastor Janet Ellis officiating. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home, Portsmouth, will begin at 3 p.m. today. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Monday for the service.

Paul W. Linton III
CHESAPEAKE -- Paul Wilson Linton III, 17, of the 2800 block of Edgewood Court, died Sept. 21, 2000, in Norfolk.

Born in Norfolk, he was a senior at Oscar Smith High School and was employed as a cashier at Farm Fresh Grocery Store. He was a member of Chesapeake Avenue United Methodist Church in Chesapeake and was a former member of the Chess Club and the Engineering Club at the Chesapeake Center for Science & Technology.

He is survived by his parents, Connie Beth White Linton and Paul Wilson Linton Jr.; two sisters, Laurie Linton and Amber Linton, both of Chesapeake; paternal grandmother, Doris Linton of Chesapeake; maternal great-grandmother, Bessie Harmon of Edenton, N.C.; and several uncles, aunts and cousins as well as many friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Chesapeake Avenue United Methodist Church by the Rev. John Andrews. Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Park, Norfolk. Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. today at Francis A. Gay Funeral Home, South Norfolk Chapel. The family will be at 1039 Livingston Ave., Chesapeake, immediately following the service.

Cathy R. Whayland
CHESAPEAKE -- Cathy Ruark Whayland, 53, of the 800 block of Woodshire Court, died Sept. 23, 2000. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Maryview Medical Center, Portsmouth. The Cremation Society of Virginia is handling arrangements.

Martha B. Young
CHESAPEAKE -- Martha Spain Baird Young, 81, formerly of Richmond, found peace early Saturday morning, Sept. 23, 2000, in Chesapeake, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She is survived by her son, James G. Baird Jr. and his wife, Sandra; her daughter, Jane Baird Collier and her husband, Steve; three grandchildren, James G. Baird III and his wife, Jean, Jennifer C. Basnight and her husband, Kent, Julie C. Schuller and her husband, Mick; and six great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Maury Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk.

Thelma E. Harrell
NORFOLK -- Thelma E. Harrell, 80, of the 900 block of Waltham St., died Sept. 21, 2000.

She is survived by two daughters, Annette Williams of Norfolk and Gwendolyn Swain of Chesapeake; and two sons, Robert Smithwrick of Norfolk and John Smithwrick of Portsmouth.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Covenant Presbyterian Church with Dr. Octavius Gaba officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Graves Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Weldon B. Hester
NORFOLK -- Weldon B. Hester, 92, of Norfolk, passed away in a local hospital on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Epworth United Methodist Church, 124 W. Freemason St., Norfolk. Arrangements are by Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel.

Frances B. McDonough
NORFOLK -- Frances Brown McDonough, 85, passed away Sept. 23, 2000, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Virginia Beach. She was a native of Norfolk and was an active member of Colonial Avenue United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Virginia Wagner Fellowship Class, United Methodist Women's Society, and the Women of Wesleyan. She was a graduate of Maury High School.

Known for her love of music, she sang in the Norfolk Cantata Chorus, Colonial Avenue Adult Choir, and performed in the Messiah. She was also an avid bridge player and member of the Garden Club.

Her parents, William Leonidus Brown and John Lucy Brown, her husband, Joseph Bernard McDonough Jr., and a sister, Mildred B. Hudgins, predeceased her. She is survived by her sons, Joseph B. McDonough III of Norfolk and his wife, Diane, and Arthur H. McDonough of Virginia Beach and his wife, Deborah; a brother, J. Harvey Brown of Marian Manor in Virginia Beach; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, Tuesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Evelyn Puckett officiating. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday to receive friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Hampton Roads Chapter, No. 20 Interstate Corporate Center, Suite 233, Norfolk, VA 23502.

Eugene McPherson
NORFOLK -- Eugene McPherson, 47, of the 2700 block of Harrell Ave., died Sept. 22, 2000. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Graves Funeral Home.

Katherine O'Reilly
NORFOLK -- Katherine F. O'Reilly, 87, died Sept. 23, 2000, in a local nursing center.

Born in Norfolk, she retired from the purchasing department at Naval Supply Center. She attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and was a former volunteer worker with the Norfolk Senior Center on 21st Street.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Martha Ann Fuller and Don of The Woodlands, Texas; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Kathleen Earley.

A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Cemetery by Father Rod McRae. Family will be at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, today from 3 to 5 p.m.

Eugene R. White
NORFOLK -- Eugene R. White, 77, of the 200 block of Leicester Ave., died Sept. 22, 2000. Hampton Roads Crematory is handling arrangements.

Ernest E. Flood Sr.
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PORTSMOUTH -- Ernest E. Flood Sr., 76, of the 2000 block of Nashville Ave., died Sept. 20, 2000, at his home.

Born in Hertford County, N.C., Mr. Flood was a retired sheet metal worker from Norfolk Naval Shipyard after 11 years of service and was a community handyman for Community Residents for over 20 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Geraldine M. Flood; two daughters, Denise Flood and Gwendolyn Flood, both of Portsmouth; six sons, Ernest E. Flood Jr. and Anthony Flood, both of Maryland, John Flood of Norfolk, Calvin Flood and Christopher Flood, both of Portsmouth and Timothy Flood of Virginia Beach; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. He was predeceased by a son, Steven Flood.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Corprew Funeral Home, Portsmouth, by the Rev. Sidney Foster. Burial with military honors will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake. Viewing at the funeral home will begin at noon today.

Charles R. Byrd
PORTSMOUTH -- Charles Robert Byrd, 75, of Rivercrest Drive, died Sept. 22, 2000, in a Portsmouth hospital.

A native of Roanoke, he retired from Southland Life Insurance with over 40 years of service. He was a former member of Park View Baptist Church; a 48-year member of the Ambassador Club; and an associate member of the 4-0 Club. His other memberships included Western Branch Masonic Lodge No. 189, Khedive Shrine Temple and Portsmouth Scottish Rite Bodies.

Mr. Byrd was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was called back to active duty in 1950.

He is survived by his wife, of 25 years, Beverley Kayton Byrd; three daughters, Leigh Curran and her husband, Dr. Charles W. Curran, of Chesapeake, Linda Bradley and her husband, Terry, of Cumming, Ga., and Beth Stockard of Greensboro, N.C.; a stepdaughter, Cynthia Linker Deller of LaPlata, Md.; a brother, Reggie E. Byrd of Chesapeake; and nine grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens by Dr. Henry D. Scoggins. The family will receive friends at the Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, from 4 to 6 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ambassador Club of Portsmouth Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 7368, Portsmouth VA 23707.

Annie B. Sessoms
PORTSMOUTH -- Annie Bell Sessoms, 86, of the 2800 block of Chicago Ave., died Sept. 19, 2000, in Beverly Manor of Portsmouth.

Born in Bertie County, N.C., she was the widow of Sidney Sessoms and a member of New First Baptist Church, Taylorsville, Portsmouth.

Survivors include four daughters, Annie Smith and Peggy Bell, both of Portsmouth, Mazer Bradley of Washington, D.C., and Ida Watts of Radcliffe, Ky.; three sons, Sidney Sessoms of Salisbury, Md., Gary Sessoms and Ray Sessoms, both of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Vernice Slade of Hampton and Catherine Lassiter of Ahoskie, N.C.; 20 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens, Suffolk, by the Rev. T.M. Steele and the Rev. James Woods. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home will begin at noon today. Family and friends will assemble at the residence at 1 p.m. for the funeral procession to the cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home from 6 to 7 p.m. today.

Louise Billings
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Louise Billings, 89, of the 3100 block of Shore Drive, died Sept. 23, 2000. Services will be held at a later date. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Indian River, is in charge.

Jenness C. Gibbs
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Jenness C. Gibbs, 85, of the 100 block of Victoria Drive, died Sept. 22, 2000, at his residence.

Born in Englehard, N.C., he retired after 21 years with the U.S. Coast Guard and also retired from civil service at Oceana. Mr. Gibbs was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II. He was a member of Manteo Masonic Lodge No. 521 AF&AM; a 32nd-Degree Mason, 56 years; member, Scottish Rites, 56 years; and Sudan Temple AAONMS Shrine Temple, 55 years.

The widower of Dorothy Burrus Gibbs, he is survived by two daughters, Janice Lucero and Bonnie Fortenberry, both of Virginia Beach; three grandchildren, Gary Dowdy Jr., Melinda Dowdy Kurent and Thomas Fortenberry III; four great-grandchildren; a nephew, William K. Gibbs; and a niece, Sylvia G. Godwin. He was predeceased by a brother, William Bernice Gibbs, and his parents, Henry Silvester and Bonnie Gibbs.

A funeral will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Manteo Cemetery with Masonic rites. The family will be at the funeral home from 5 to 6 p.m. today.

Mary Matthews
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Mary ``Mollie'' Matthews, 96, of the 2000 block of Windy Pines Bend, died Sept. 20, 2000, at her residence.

She was a native of Scotland and moved to the United States in 1968 and has been a resident of Virginia Beach for the last 12 years. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph McWhaw Matthews; and two of her children, Joseph ``Joey'' Matthews and Laura Smith.

She is survived by three sons, William ``Billy'' Matthews of St. Helens, England, John ``Jackie'' Matthews of Glasgow, Scotland, and Stanley Matthews of Union Beach, N.J.; two daughters, Carol Ann Mejury of Midland Park, N.J., and Christine Capozzoli of Virginia Beach; several brothers and sisters in Great Britain; several beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidewater Humane Inc., 4604 Pembroke Lakes Circle, Virginia Beach, VA 23455 or to a charity of one's choice.

Vera L. Mitchell
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Vera Liddell Litchfield Mitchell, 85, of the 4300 block of Bonney Road, died Sept. 23, 2000, in Sentara Leigh Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Mitchell was born in Knotts Island, N.C., and was a retired bookkeeper from the Hobart Dayton Co. after over 20 years of service. She was a faithful member of Norview United Methodist Church, where she served as past president of the Norview United Methodist Women, and was the first female lay leader. She also headed up the Norfolk District Resource Center and was a member of Lynnhaven Chapter No. 184, O.E.S.

Mrs. Mitchell was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Mitchell. She is survived by two daughters, Judy Knox and her husband, Ernest, and Molly Smith and her husband, Fred, all of Virginia Beach; four grandchildren, Lisa Short and her husband, Ken, of Virginia Beach, Lori Everett and her husband, Mark, of Chesapeake, Bill Knox and his wife, Wendy, of Houston, Texas, and Melissa Smith of Newport Beach, Calif.; and two great-grandsons, Joshua and Ryan Everett of Chesapeake.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Norview United Methodist Church by the Rev. John F. Shappell. Interment will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Norview United Methodist Church.

Enid R. Novelli
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Enid R. Novelli, 80, passed away Sept. 20, 2000.

Mrs. Novelli was born in Sidney, Mont., and was the youngest of four children. She was the daughter of the late Osborne W. Schoonmaker and Lula M. Burrell Schoonmaker.

She was married for 64 years to Ray Novelli who passed away in June of this year. Survivors include a son and his wife, James R. Novelli and Helen of Virginia Beach; a daughter and her husband, Sandra R. Klemick and Ronald of Hampstead, N.C.; a son and his wife, Robert G. Novelli and Judy of Selbyville, Del.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, 2000, at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Virginia Beach. The family will receive friends at the church half an hour before the Mass. Burial will be with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Nicholas Catholic Church, 644 Little Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Glen V. Sachse
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Glen V. Sachse, 85, passed away Sept. 21, 2000, in Newport News. He was a native of Jackson, Mo.

Mr. Sachse was a distinguished meteorologist with the United States Weather Service. His career led he and his wife to the jungles of Brazil and Puerto Rico and to New York and Michigan. He was on the radio each day giving the live noon weather advisory on WTAR. He was the meteorologist in charge of Norfolk for 15 years and retired in charge of the state of Indiana.

He and his wife retired to Virginia Beach in 1978 to be near his son and many friends. Mr. Sachse attended Tulane, New York University and graduated from South East Missouri State College.

Mr. Sachse and his late wife of 49 years, May Sachse, were longtime members of Haygood United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach, and previously were members of Norview United Methodist Church. He was a 40-year active member of Rotary and a longtime member of the Torch Club, and with other professional organizations.

Mr. Sachse is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Glen W. and Frances Sachse, and three grandchildren, Mary, Sarah and Mark, all of Yorktown.

A funeral will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Haygood United Methodist Church by the Rev. W. Michael Nobles. Burial will be in Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton about 2 p.m. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to Haygood United Methodist Church or to Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders.

His family wishes to thank his many friends for their lifelong caring.

Alice H. Spruill
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Alice Holton Spruill, 71, of the 5000 block of Holly Farms Drive, died Sept. 23, 2000, at her residence.

Mrs. Spruill was born in Chesapeake and was the daughter of the late Oscar T. Holton Sr. and Bessie Kirby Holton. She was the retired owner and operator of Ruffled Heart Gifts & Crafts, Norfolk and Hampton.

Survivors include her husband, Harold Lloyd Spruill of Virginia Beach; two daughters, Deborah Becraft and her husband, Paul, of Virginia Beach, and Sharon Hogge and her husband, Larry, of Chesapeake; three sisters, Goldie Hughes of Baltimore, Md., Lois Turner of Chesapeake and Hertie Parker of Ivor; a brother, O.T. ``Buddy'' Holton Jr., also of Chesapeake; and three grandchildren, Christopher Hogge, Aubrey Hogge and Ashley Becraft.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens by Dr. Houston ``Chip'' Roberson Jr. The family will receive friends at the residence immediately following the service. There will be no public viewing. Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge, is handling the arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Portsmouth-Chesapeake Unit, 2730 Ellsmere Ave., Norfolk VA 23513.

A. Vernon Watts
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Col. A. Vernon Watts, USAR (Ret.), 87, of the 4700 block of Poolside Road, passed away Sept. 22, 2000, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home.

Son of the late Aubrey Leon and Mrs. Lavonia Blankenship Watts, he was born on Sept. 5, 1913, at Monroe, Amherst County, Va. A graduate of Virginia Tech, he was a 30-year employee with the Virginia Agricultural Extension Service. Following his retirement from the Extension Service, he worked with the U.S. AID Program in Vietnam and later worked with the Virginia Beach Health Department. He also retired from the U.S. Army National Guard as a colonel, after 30 years of service. During World War II, he served in the European, African and Middle East Theaters and received several citations, including the Bronze Star Medal. He was a member of Haygood United Methodist Church.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Mildred Mullins Watts. Survivors include his wife, Sally Dixon Watts; a daughter, Barbara W. Scott of Mansfield, Ga.; a son, Aubrey V. Watts Jr. of Charlottesville, Va.; four grandchildren, Charles L. Liotta Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Brian P. Liotta of San Francisco, Calif., A. Vernon Watts III of Fort Belvoir, Va., and Barbara L. Watts of Washington, D.C.; two stepdaughters, Sydney G. Leichter of Columbus Ga., Stuart G. Williams of Virginia Beach; a stepson, William E. Glover of Virginia Beach; four stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

It was Col. Watt's wish that his body be donated to medical science. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad or to a charity of choice. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Joseph T. Holland
SUFFOLK -- Joseph Thomas Holland, 88, of 10000 block of Ellis Road, died Sept. 22, 2000. A funeral will be at noon Tuesday in Elvin Vaughan Funeral Home.

Bennie L. Reid
SUFFOLK -- Bennie L. Reid, 77, died Sept. 10, 2000. A funeral was held at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21 in Odom Chapel, Newsoms. Entrusting Hands Funeral Home is in charge.

Robert Johnson
FRANKLIN -- Robert Johnson, 67, of the 200 block of Harrison St., died Sept. 15, 2000. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Elvin Vaughan Funeral Home Chapel.

Dorothy C. Lunson
SMITHFIELD -- Dorothy Cramer Lunson, 86, formerly of Smithfield, died Sept. 22, 2000. Burial is pending. Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, is in charge.

Carolyn K. Belvin
ELIZABETH CITY -- Carolyn Kramer Belvin, 86, of the 1000 block of Rivershore Road, died Sept. 22, 2000, in the Guardian Care Nursing Home. She was a native of Elizabeth City and was the daughter of the late John Howard and Estelle Clark Kramer and wife of N. Piper Belvin. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and its Women's Missionary Society, and a charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Albemarle Hospital.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Gene Belvin of Norfolk and Miles Clark Belvin of Cornelius N.C.; three grandsons and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. in Old Hollywood Cemetery by the Rev. Clyde Denny. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, South Road Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 or to the American Cancer Society, c/o Hazel Anderson, 106 S. Ashe St., Elizabeth City, NC 27909. Twiford's Memorial Chapel, Church Street, is in charge of arrangements.

R. Pat Cowand
EDENTON -- R. Pat Cowand, 39, died Sept. 21, 2000. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Bandon Chapel. Evans Funeral Home, Edenton, is in charge.

Margaret O'Melia
WILLIAMSBURG -- Margaret ``Beth'' O'Melia, 22, passed on Sept. 23, 2000. She is survived by her mother, Carol Dozier; her father, Gus O'Melia Jr.; her grandmother, Elizabeth S. Dozier; a brother, Brian O'Melia; her niece, Taylor Christian; her nephew, Colin O'Melia; two uncles, James R. O'Melia and his wife, Joyce, R.M. Dozier and his wife, Dawn; an aunt, Patricia Taylor; and other devoted family and many friends.

She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg, where a funeral will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. Burial will take place at approximately 4 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society, 430 Waller Mill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

Paul J. Matthews
RICHMOND -- Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul Joseph Matthews, Langley Air Force Base, Va., died Sept. 21, 2000 in Richmond.

A native of Tamaqua, Pa., and a former longtime resident of Hampton, he was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Richmond.

Survivors include his daughters, Ann M. Strader and Gail M. Matthews, M.D.; his son-in-law, William R. Strader; his sister, Mary M. Caughill and his grandsons, Matthew, Kevin and Paul Strader. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Ann Matthews.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Monday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2150 Cunningham Drive, Hampton, VA 23666. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas Hospice Palliative Care Unit at MCVH, P.O. Box 2510, Midlothian, VA 23113. The West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Glen Allen, is in charge.


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