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Beatrice M. Griffin
CHESAPEAKE -- Beatrice S. McNair Griffin of the 700 block of Gainsborough Court, died Sept. 22, 1998.

Born in Norfolk, she was a retired bookkeeper from A. Berlin and Sons Furniture Company and the widow of John Griffin. She was a graduate of Saint Joseph Catholic School and a member of Basilica of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, Norfolk.

Survivors include four daughters, Hermione Everett of Chesapeake, Deborah Scoggins of Norfolk, Tracy McNair of San Diego, and Terrie McNair of Lemon Grove, Calif.; two sons, Johnnie McNair III and Donald McNair, both of Norfolk; three sisters, Marjorie Savage of Chesapeake, Barbara Walton of Portsmouth and Janice Charity of Virginia Beach; one brother, Jerome Harris of Yorkshire, England; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at noon Monday at Basilica of Saint Mary Immaculate Conception Church, Norfolk, by Monsignor Walter Barrett. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at 925 Latham St., Chesapeake. The family will receive friends at Community Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel, from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Myung S. Koo
CHESAPEAKE -- Myung S. ``Mike'' Koo, 61, of the 3300 block of Wisteria Court, died Sept. 22, 1998, in a local hospital.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, he was the owner and operator of a retail service station in Portsmouth.

Survivors include his wife, Moon Soon Koo, also known as Mona Soon Koo; a daughter, Gloria T. Koo of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Joseph J. Koo of Washington, D.C.; four brothers, Jae Seo Koo of Annandale, Va., Kyung Seo Koo of Maryland, Dal Seo Koo of New York, N.Y., and Hong Seo Koo of Fredericksburg, Va.; a sister, Juong Sook Yoon of Florida; and a daughter-in-law, Jeong S. Koo.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Snellings Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, by the Rev. Ji Duk Dho. Burial will be in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.

Dolores H. Lovvorn
CHESAPEAKE -- Dolores H. Lovvorn, 76, of the 1200 block of Grenadier Drive, passed away Sept. 24, 1998.

Mrs. Lovvorn was a native of South Dakota and a veteran of World War II, having served in the Navy. She was the widow of Thomas R. Lovvorn.

She is survived by a son, Thomas M. Lovvorn and his wife, Virginia, of Jamestown, N.Y.; daughters, Shannon M. Lovvorn of Virginia Beach and Raye Griffith and her husband, John, of Chesapeake; grandchildren, Jennifer Curran and her husband, Matt, of Chesapeake, Tommy and Annmarie Lovvorn of Jamestown; and great-grandchildren, Hadley Rose and Riley Curran of Chesapeake; and a brother, Dwayne Jones of Richland, Wash.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Children's Hospital or to the American Cancer Society. Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach, is in charge.

Ann W. Frazee
NORFOLK -- Ann Wright Frazee, 85, of the 500 block of Spotswood Ave., died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, in a Virginia Beach nursing center.

She was a former bank teller and personnel trainer for Crestar Bank for many years. Mrs. Frazee was born in Wilmington, N.C., was the widow of James L. Frazee and was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientist, Norfolk.

Survivors include a nephew, Burton W. Smeltzer and his wife, Carol, of Chesapeake; three great-nieces, Amy Smeltzer, Tammy Aviles and Rebecca Block; a great-nephew, Todd Smeltzer; and two great-great-nephews, Zachery Savell and Brendan Block, all of Baltimore, Md.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Cox Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Leon E. Hoover
NORFOLK -- Leon Edward Hoover, 86, of the 700 block of Miller St., died Sept. 24, 1998, in a Maryland hospital.

Mr. Hoover was a native of Hagerstown, Md., and a resident of Norfolk since 1940. He was the widower of Marie Evelyn Harne Hoover. Mr. Hoover was retired from NAS Norfolk as a division director after 35 years employment. He was a member and former Eucharistic Minister of Christ the King Catholic Church in Norfolk.

Mr. Hoover was a past president of the Ryan Club of Norfolk; board member of Catholic Family and Children's Services; 4th degree member and past state master of the Knights of Columbus, 367, Norfolk; first president and fellow of the Crossroads Lions Club; former member of the International Order of the Alhambra, Padul Caravan 69, Norfolk; active with the Holy Family Retreat House in Hampton.

Survivors include his sister, Ruth Wilson of Long Beach, Miss.; two brothers, John Hoover of Hagerstown, Md., and Frank Hoover of Franklin, Md.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, at Christ the King Catholic Church by the Rev. Bryan Rafferty. Burial will be at Rosewood Memorial Park.

A Christian Wake service will be held in H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk, Sunday at 6 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Family Retreat House, Christ the King Catholic Church Building Fund or the Endowment Fund of the Ryan Club of Norfolk.

Theodore E. Filer
PORTSMOUTH -- Theodore E. Filer, 90, of the 100 block of Monitor Road, died Sept. 24, 1998.

Born in Bloomington, Ill., he was the last of 11 children of Harry and Minnie Filer. He was a retired construction superintendent from N.N.S.Y. after 32 years of service. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Portsmouth, Seaboard Masonic Lodge No. 56, Portsmouth Scottish Rite and Khedive Temple.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian W. Filer; one daughter, Alice Marie Simpson of Portsmouth; two sons, Carl Lydon Filer of Newport News and Ray Linwood Filer of Portsmouth; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, Portsmouth, by the Rev. Henry Scoggins. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Snellings Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, is in charge.

Hettie G. Foster
PORTSMOUTH -- Hettie G. Foster, 93, of the 300 block of Green St., died Sept. 25, 1998, in a Portsmouth hospital.

She was a native of Newport News and a member of Monumental United Methodist Church.

The widow of Julian C. Foster Sr., she is survived by her son, Julian C. Foster Jr. of Portsmouth; two grandchildren, Kim McKeithan and Donna Hanbury; one stepgrandson, Bobby Hudson; one great-grandson, Randy McKeithan; and three stepgreat-grandchildren, Ryan Hanbury, Trey Hudson and Kara Hudson.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in Olive Branch Cemetery by the Rev. Thomas E. Becker. Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Lillian V. Hill
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Lillian Violet Hill, 88, known as ``Mama Hill,'' of the 1000 block of Longstreet Ave., died Sept. 24, 1998, in Virginia Beach Rehab. Center.
A native of Princess Anne County, she was a retired homemaker. She was the daughter of the late Hattie O. Porter and the widow of Daniel Hill. She was a member of St. Stephen's C.O.G.I.C. in Virginia Beach where Ted Thomas is the pastor, and a former member and treasurer of the St. Stephen's Mother's Board Ministries.

Survivors include three daughters, Margaret Owens, Yvonne Olds and Kathleen Maddin, all of Virginia Beach; three sons, Alvin Lamb Sr. and Kenneth Lamb, both of Virginia Beach, and John D. Hill of Delaware; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held at noon Monday at Roosevelt Memorial Park by Bishop Ted Thomas. The family will receive friends at P.G. Thomasson Funeral Services for remembrance and visitation Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Jerry F. Jones
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Jerry Floyd Jones, 60, passed away on Sept. 24, 1998, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mr. Jones was a retired Navy veteran who served in Vietnam. He was the former owner of J-Team Inc. Painting Services and recently was employed with the Asplundh Tree Service. He was a member of Saint Gregory The Great Catholic Church and a former resident of Seneca, S.C.

Survivors include his loving wife, Judy Jones; two daughters, Susan Albert and her husband, Dwayne, of Virginia Beach and Debra Page and her husband, Brian, of Gaithersburg, Md.; and two grandchildren, Patrick and Justin Albert.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in the Oconee Memorial Park in Seneca, S.C. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon today in Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel, and from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Seneca Funeral Home, Seneca, S.C. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Ella P. Keech
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Ella Bell Perry Keech, 80, of the 400 block of Leslie Terrace, died Sept. 24, 1998, at Virginia Beach General Hospital.

Born in Kitty Hawk, N.C., she was a homemaker and a member of Pentecostal Church of Christ in Virginia Beach.

The widow of Oscar Keech, she is survived by her daughter, Judy Faye Riner, and son, Larry S. Keech Sr., both of Virginia Beach; three sisters, Alena Rea and Leata Riggs of Virginia Beach, Maudie Outlaw of Elizabeth City, N.C.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Rosewood Memorial Park, Virginia Beach, by the Rev. George Herder. Friends may join the family from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Maestas Baltic Ave. Chapel, Virginia Beach.

Jessie M. Lindsay
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Jessie Mae Lindsay of the 700 block of Hawkins Lane, died Sept. 23, 1998. A funeral will be at noon Tuesday in Ebenezer Baptist Church, Virginia Beach. Community Funeral Home, Norfolk, is in charge.

Julia K. Pendergrass
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Julia Elizabeth Kiser Pendergrass, 59, died of complications from a stroke and pneumonia on Sept. 25, 1998.

Born and raised in Greeneville, Tenn., she was a graduate of Greeneville High School. She played the piano for chorus and choir while a student. She accepted Christ and was baptized in First Baptist Church of Greeneville where she played for the choir. After high school graduation, she was a student of Professor Harold Cadek at the Cadek Conservatory at the University of Chattanooga which is now the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She completed her college work at Virginia Wesleyan College after raising her children. While at Virginia Wesleyan, she was a student of Dr. Charles Vogan. She served as organist and pianist at Ferebee-Halstead United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church of Norfolk. She retired on disability from the position of music associate and organist at Bayside Baptist Church in Virginia Beach.

She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Tom Pendergrass; a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Amy Pendergrass of Raleigh, N.C.; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Donna Pendergrass of Chesapeake and their children, Jennifer, Stephanie, Lauren and Alexandra; a daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Matthew Smith of Norfolk and their children, Adele and Leslie; her mother, Fae Elizabeth Shipe; a sister, Sylvia Bruce Taylor; and a stepsister, Jane Shipe, all of Greeneville, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her father, David Bruce Kiser.

The joyous service of celebration and release will take place at Bayside Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Sunday. The family will greet friends at the church at 2 p.m. Sunday and following the service. Burial will be private at a later date.

The family requests no flowers. Memorial gifts may be given to the Music Ministry of Bayside Baptist Church, Virginia Beach. Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach, is handling arrangements.

Margaret Thelma Ralston
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Margaret ``Thelma'' Rawdon Ralston, 76, passed away on Sept. 25, 1998. Thelma was a longtime resident of the Tidewater area and a native of Sapulpa, Okla.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Cecil D. Ralston; a daughter, Beverly Heffington, her husband, Garland, and their daughters, Jennifer Talley and her husband, Michael, Sicilia Espaillat and a daughter, Carol Estes and her husband, Bill, and their children, Art, Keith and Holly Estes; three great-grandchildren, Ciara, Nicolas and Jakob; a niece, Sue Field; as well as many close and dear friends.

Thelma was a member of Baylake United Methodist Church. She was also a member of Lynnhaven Colony Garden Club, The Kathleen Ober Circle and a member of United Methodist Women. Her generosity and compassionate personality will be remembered by all who knew her.

A funeral will be conducted in Baylake United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Monday by the Rev. Tim Drake. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Kellum Funeral Home, Pleasant Hall Chapel.

Mary E. Saunders
SUFFOLK -- Mary E. Saunders, 85, of the 600 block of Babbtown Road, died Sept. 23, 1998.

A native of Nansemond County, Va., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Herbert Beaton and Effie R. Luter Beaton. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church and attended Willing Workers Sunday School. She was a homemaker and the widow of Zebulon Vance Saunders.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Zebulon Vance Saunders Jr. and wife, Hazel, of Richmond, David M. Saunders Sr. and wife, Barbara, R. Gary Saunders and wife, Linda, and Thomas R. Saunders, all of Suffolk; 10 grandchildren, Dianne Saunders and husband, James Duncan, David Saunders Jr. and wife, Lori, Esther Quinn and husband, John, Elizabeth Clemens and husband, James Clemens, Thomas R. Saunders Jr., Robert G. Saunders Jr., Janet Daly and husband, James, Angela Saunders, Deborah Toti and husband, Daniel, and Richard M. Saunders; six great-grandchildren, Ellen Duncan, Rachel Quinn, Valerie Duncan, Steven Quinn, Marly Saunders and Matthew Clemens.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Southside Baptist Church by the Rev. Stewart McCarter. Interment will be in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. Friends may join the family from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Hill Funeral Home and other times at the residence. Contributions may be made to Southside Baptist Church Building Fund, 917 Carolina Road, Suffolk, Va. 23434 or Suffolk Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 1214, Suffolk, Va. 23439.

Ralph Brown
IVOR -- Ralph Brown, 39, of the 8400 block of Ivor Road, died Sept. 25, 1998. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Gilfield Baptist Church. Applewhite Funeral Home is in charge.

Margaret V. Haywood
WINDSOR -- Margaret Virginia Haywood, 74, of the 100 block of Marlett St., died Sept. 24, 1998.

She was a native of Norfolk and a homemaker. She was the daughter of the late Herman Wilton Flowers and Maude Eubanks Flowers.

Survivors include her husband, George Edward Haywood; daughters, Carol Jean Haywood and Shirley Anne Lincoln, both of Windsor, and Theresa Diane Shoemaker of Smithfield, Va.; son, Larry Lincoln of Suffolk; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Harrell Funeral Home by the Rev. Douglas Gibson. Intermentwill be in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. Friends may join the family from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home and other times at the residence, 125 Marlett St., Windsor. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 902 Pennsylvania Ave., Suffolk, Va. 23434.

Norman C. Bell Sr.
CAPEVILLE -- Norman Coulborn Bell Sr., 76, died Sept. 24, 1998. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Cheriton Baptist Church. Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home, Cape Charles, is in charge.

Clinton Bell Jr.
WOODLAND -- Clinton Bell Jr., 50, died Sept. 24, 1998. A funeral will be at 3 p.m. today in Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Woodland, N.C. Hunter's Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is in charge.

Elton L. Evans
WINDSOR -- Elton Leo ``T'' Evans, 75, of the 500 block of Grabtown Road, died Sept. 24, 1998. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Siloam Baptist Church. Walker Funeral Home is in charge.

John J. Lassiter
AHOSKIE -- John Jacob ``Jack'' Lassiter, 78, of Route 5, died Sept. 24, 1998. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. today in Garrett Funeral Home.

Willa B. Majett
WOODLAND -- Willa B. Majett died Sept. 22, 1998. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Sunday in Jerusalem Baptist Church, Woodland. Reynolds Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is in charge.

Martha S. McPherson
CAMDEN -- Martha Louise Simons McPherson, 87, of the 900 block of North 343, died Sept. 24, 1998. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today in Simons Family Cemetery. Twiford's Northside Chapel, Elizabeth City, is in charge.

Margaret S. Sanders
ELIZABETH CITY -- Margaret ``Peggy'' Seymour Sanders, 83, of the 2100 block of Rivershore Road, died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, at Albemarle Hospital.

She was born in Elizabeth City, N.C., the daughter of the late Clyde Lescelles and Lena Goodman Seymour and was the widow of Branford Bell Sanders.

Mrs. Sanders was a member of First United Methodist Church and a charter member of Pine Lakes Country Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Jane S. Haynes of Elizabeth City; a son, Bradford B. Sanders Jr. of Nags Head, N.C.; two sisters, Mary Lescelles Overman of Greensboro, N.C., and Billie Keating of Walnut Creek, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Margaret Suzanne Haynes of Key West, Fla., and Bradford B. Sanders III of Nags Head. She was preceded in death by a sister, Elsie Dillon.

A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at Westlawn Memorial Park Cemetery with Father Josh MacKenzie officiating. The family will be at the residence. Twiford's Memorial Chapel, Church St., Elizabeth City, is in charge of arrangements.

Della Bannister
PETERSBURG -- Della Bannister of the 900 block of Patterson St., died Sept. 22, 1998. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Zion Baptist Church, Petersburg. Graves Funeral Home is in charge.

Myrtle W. White
OWOSSO, Mich. -- Myrtle W. White, 91, died Sept. 22, 1998, in Owosso.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Virginia and Bob Burgess of Suffolk, Joan and Bruce Jones of Owosso, Mich.; seven grandchildren, Ira and Laura Wikel, Scotty and Charlene Wikel, Dana and Jim Moring, Mike Jones, Kurt and Jennifer Jones, Shawn and Eme Burgess, and Lori Jones; five great-grandchildren; a brother and sister. She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd.

A private family service was held at Nelson-House Funeral Home, Owosso.

Robert G. Britton Jr.
CHESAPEAKE -- Robert Glenwood Britton Jr., 83, of the 2600 block of Smithson Drive, died Sept. 26, 1998, at Nansemond Point Nursing Center.

Mr. Britton was born in Norfolk, the son of the late Robert Glenwood Britton Sr. and the late Hattie Gertrude ``Dolly'' Roberts Britton. Mr. Britton graduated from Maury High School in Norfolk and attended William and Mary VPI Extension in Norfolk. He was retired from the City of Norfolk and from the State of Virginia where he was the assistant superintendent at the St. Brides Correctional Facility. He also worked for a number of years at the City Market in Norfolk as supervisor. He was a member of Hickory United Methodist Church and was a member and past president of the Hickory Ruritan Club.

Mr. Britton is survived by his wife, Lillian J. Britton of the home; two daughters, Bette Begley of Suffolk and Bonnie B. Carmines and husband, Ralph, of Portsmouth; three grandchildren, James Brian Begley and Leslie Begley, both of Suffolk, and Neil Begley of Portsmouth; and one great-grandchild, Destiny Begley of Suffolk.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday in Hickory United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom Mercer officiating. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk. The family will receive friends at Twiford Colonial Chapel, Great Bridge, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to Hickory United Methodist Church, 2708 S. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, Va. 23322 or to the Hickory Ruritan Club.

Virginia W. Coppedge
CHESAPEAKE -- Virginia ``Louise'' Whitby Coppedge, 80, died Sept. 26, 1998, in a Portsmouth hospital.

She was born in Roanoke Rapids, N.C., to the late John Whitby and the late Fannie Clary Whitby. A member of West Park Church of Christ, she was a Christian woman who loved her family, her Lord, gardening, sewing, bird-watching and quilting. Mrs. Coppedge was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Mason Coppedge, and her son, Aaron Mason Coppedge.

She is survived by her two loving daughters, Sandra C. Taliaferro and husband, Harry, of Lynchburg, Va., and Sharon C. Caffee and her husband, Wayne, of Chesapeake; three grandchildren, Ryan Mason Wilburn, Amanda Joy Coppedge and Joshua Aaron Caffee; a step-grandson, H. Carlton Taliaferro; and a host of wonderful family and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday in West Park Church of Christ by Keith Lewis. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. today at West Park Church of Christ, 926 Cherokee Road, Portsmouth, and other times at the home of Sharon Caffee, 4001 Terry Drive, Chesapeake. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the West Park Church of Christ.

Sarah S. Creech
CHESAPEAKE -- Sarah S. Creech, of the 4300 block of Airline Blvd. died Sept. 19, 1998. A funeral will be at noon Monday at Metropolitan Funeral Service South Chapel, Berkley Ave.

Albert L. Johnson
CHESAPEAKE -- Albert Lewis Johnson, 87, of the 2200 block of Branch Drive, died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, at his residence.

He was a native of Windsor, Va., but lived in Portsmouth most of his life. Mr. Johnson was the retired owner and operator of Johnson's Grill and Crab House in Portsmouth.

Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Johnson; three daughters, Dorothy Moore and her husband, Gill, of Courtland, Va., Lorraine Banks and her husband, Michael, of Atlanta, Ga., and Patricia Pinkham of Escondido, Calif.; two sons, Donald Johnson and his wife, Phyllis, of Chesapeake, Samuel ``Rudy'' Johnson and his wife, Cindy, of Kinston, N.C.; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth ``Bibs'' Conner and her husband, Walter, of Richmond, Catherine Moran of Charleston, S.C.; a brother, Burrell Johnson and his wife, Frances, of Portsmouth; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Olive Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel.

Joseph W. Mayo
CHESAPEAKE -- Joseph ``Joey'' Wesley Mayo passed away peacefully on Sept. 23, 1998, in a local hospital after a brief illness.

Born Dec. 9, 1976, Mr. Mayo was a native of Newport News and had lived at 2100 Steppingstone Square, Chesapeake, for a number of years. He was a senior at Indian River High School.

He leaves to mourn his cottage family and friends at SEVTC and his many friends at Indian River High School. He will be greatly missed by the many lives he touched and people who loved him for the unique individual he was.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Graham Funeral Home, 1112 Kempsville Road, Chesapeake.

Ruth B. Ellis-Coleman
NORFOLK -- Evangelist Ruth B. Ellis-Coleman, 86, of the 1100 block of Roseclair St., passed away Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, in her home.

She was born in Corapeake, N.C. She was predeceased by her mother and father, Hortense and Sony Smith.

Mrs. Coleman was a loyal employee of Channing and Channing Coat Manufacturing in New York, where she retired after 22 years as a tailor and coat finisher. She was a faithful member of Holy Light Church of Deliverance, where she was the Mother of the Church.

Mrs. Coleman is survived by her husband, Leroy N. Coleman; three sisters, Eula Hinter of North Carolina, Goleona Goodman of New York and Mae Ella Blackley of Norfolk; one brother, Isaac Smith of Columbus, Ohio; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Light Church of Deliverance, Lincoln and Des Moines Ave., Portsmouth, by Dr. Samuel L. Carruth, pastor. Burial will be in Middle Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery, Gates County, N.C. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday in Pretlow and Sons Funeral Home, Chesapeake.

Eugenia V. Gregory
NORFOLK -- Eugenia V. Gregory died Sept. 26, 1998, in a local hospital. Service times will be announced. Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Helen C. Johnson
NORFOLK -- Helen Virginia Carter Johnson, 75, retired from the Virginia Employment Commission, passed away Friday, Sept. 25, 1998.

She was born Nov. 15, 1922, and was the daughter of Joseph Lafayette Carter and Minnie Eulah Boush Carter. She was a 1941 graduate of Maury High School, a member of McKendree United Methodist Church, and a lifelong resident of Norfolk.

Predeceased by her husband, Milton Dillard Johnson, she is survived by her children, Robert Milton Johnson of Virginia Beach and Carol Dean Gregory of Newport News; a brother, Joseph Carter; and sister, Louise Adams; two grandchildren, Dean Scott and Tamera Lynn Gregory; and two daughters-in-law, Valerie Ann Hutcheon and Lisa Phillips Gregory.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at McKendree United Methodist Church by the Rev. Bruce Carper. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, 818 Norview Ave, Norfolk.

Memorial gifts made be made to McKendree United Methodist Church, 6870 N. Military Highway, Norfolk, Va. 23518 or to Hilton Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 100 James River Drive, Newport News, Va. 23601.

Nancy N. Miller
NORFOLK -- Nancy Lyle Newcomer Miller, 85, died Sept. 24, 1998.

The daughter of the late Harry and Margrett Newcomer, she was born in Hot Springs, Va., on Jan. 28, 1913.

Mrs. Miller is survived by a daughter, Suzanne Veir, and son-in-law, Charles, of Norfolk; two grandchildren, Samantha Hulatt of Norfolk and Robert Veir of Virginia Beach.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sentara Hospice, Koger Executive Center, No. 8, Norfolk, Va. 23502. A private service will be held at a later date. Cremation Society of Virginia, Tidewater Office, Virginia Beach, is handling arrangements.

Jack E. Sims
NORFOLK -- Jack Edward Sims, 68, of the 8200 block of Jolima Ave., went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 25, 1998.

A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Mr. Sims retired from the U.S. Navy in 1972 and served in both the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He had also retired from Continental Grain Co. He was a member of Calvary Temple, Norfolk.

Survivors include his wife, Anne Wright Sims; two stepdaughters, Melody Repanshek of Portsmouth and Tamara Marin and granddaughter, Raven, of Norfolk; three brothers, Ross Sims Jr. and Don Sims of Knoxville, Tenn., and Ron Sims of Prince George, Va.; one sister, Bobbie Webb of Dandridge, Tenn; a sister-in-law, Sarah Turk, and mother-in-law, Sarah ``Perk'' Wright, both of Norfolk; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Calvary Temple, 5639 Brickell Road, by the Rev. Lamar Sentell. Burial with military honors will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

Friends may join the family at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel, from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday.

ReDella A. Sylvia
NORFOLK -- ReDella Alyda Sylvia, 80, of the 1200 block of River Oaks Drive, died Sept. 23, 1998, in Norfolk.

Born in Rochester, Minn., she was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Paul B. Sylvia; two daughters, Faith Ann Pearce of Norfolk and ReNae Adele Zayas of Hillsborough, Calif.; a brother, Sherman Simonson of Sargeant, Minn.; and four grandchildren, Jimmy P. Pearce, Richard Zayas, David Zayas and Buffie Gambirazio.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Cemetery by Fr. R. Francis Muench. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum. A Christian Wake service will be held at 7 p.m. today in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel.

Joann Farrow
PORTSMOUTH -- Joann Farrow, 50, of Marshall Ave., died Sept. 24, 1998, in her home.
She was a native of Fort Benning, Ga. She retired from the FBI, Washington, D.C., as a file clerk. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, South Portsmouth.

She is survived by her father, John A. Farrow Sr. of Chesapeake; four sisters, Verneta L. Ruffin and Vivian T. Bell, both of Portsmouth, Phyllis Conner of Radford, Va., and Natasha Farrow of Glen Allen, Va.; one brother, John A. Farrow Jr. of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her mother, Louise G. Farrow.

A funeral will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in First Baptist Church South Portsmouth, by the Rev. Warren E. Amlet. Burial will be in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home, Portsmouth, will begin at 6 p.m. Monday. The body will be taken to the church at noon Wednesday.

Ernest A. Baines
PORTSMOUTH -- Ernest Adrian Baines, 66, of the 1100 block of Melvin Drive, died Sept. 25, 1998, in Portsmouth.

He was born in Portsmouth to the late Ernest O. Baines and the late Pauline Wilkins Baines. He had retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a rigger supervisor. Mr. Baines was a member of Jackson Memorial Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was a former scoutmaster of Troop 212 and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie W. Baines; two stepdaughters, Sharon Sears of Portsmouth and Doreen Amory of Wisconsin; three stepsons, Anthony Ward of Chesapeake, Terry Ward and David Ward Sr., both of Portsmouth; a sister, Florence L. Baines of Portsmouth; four brothers, Paul I. Baines of Arlington, Texas, R. Donnie Baines of Chesapeake, Merrill E. Baines of Suffolk and James A. Baines of Danville, Va.; seven grandchildren, Amy Ward, David Ward Jr., Shelby Sears, Kelly Sears, Amanda Rhodes, Nicholas Rhodes and Chase Ward; a great-grandson, Corey Ward; a cousin, Cornelia Goodwin; and a host of nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, by the Rev. Steve Nethery and the Rev. Jackie Allen. Burial will be in Cypress Chapel Cemetery, Suffolk. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Jackson Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund.

Luther W. Freeman
PORTSMOUTH -- Luther W. Freeman, 78, of the 100 block of Allard Road, died Sept. 23, 1998, in Maryview Medical Center.

A native of Windsor, N.C., he retired as an aircraft towman after 37 years of service with the Norfolk Naval Rework Facility. He was a member and former usher at Twine Memorial Holy Temple, Portsmouth.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen G. Freeman; four daughters, Mary Gallashaw and Lavern Walker both of Portsmouth, Barbara Whitfield of Chesapeake, and Jacqueline Jones of Dallas; two sons, Willie Freeman and Jeffery Freeman both of Portsmouth; four sisters, Dora Dozier of Portsmouth, Doris Bellamy of Norfolk, Mary Hilton of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Geraldine Scott of Atlanta, Ga.; five brothers, Randle Freeman of Portsmouth, Henry Freeman of Windsor, N.C., Hill Parker of Gates County, N.C., John Parker of Norfolk, and Wayland Parker of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives, in-laws, and friends. He was predeceased by a son, Luther D. Freeman.

A funeral will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Twine Memorial Holy Temple, Portsmouth, by Elder Michael Porter. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home, Portsmouth, will begin at noon Monday. The body will be taken to the church at noon Tuesday.

Lydia I. Grant
PORTSMOUTH -- Lydia Irene Grant, 72, of the 4200 block of Burnham Drive, died Sept. 24, 1998. Funeral services will be at a later date. Altmeyer Funeral Home is in charge.

Eoline P. Hewlett
PORTSMOUTH -- Eoline Porter Hewlett, 85, of the 100 block of Douglas Ave., died Sept. 26, 1998, in Suffolk.

She was born in Fayetteville, N.C., to the late Lemuel Porter and the late Minnie Monroe Porter. She was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church.

The widow of Ellsworth Carl Hewlett, she is survived by two daughters, Linda C. Collins of Portsmouth and Patsy L. Montgomery of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two sisters, Treva Pendelton of Weeksville, N.C., and Ruth Field of Stockton, Calif.; a brother, Herbert L. Porter of Durham, N.C.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in Olive Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, and at other times at 14 Greenbrier Road, Portsmouth.

Michelle T. Moore
PORTSMOUTH -- Michelle T. ``Peanut'' Moore, 36, of the 3600 block of Elliott Ave., died Sept. 22, 1998, at the 3000 block of McLean St.

A native of Norfolk, she was a cook with 15 years of service at the Dixieland Restaurant. She was a former member of Mount Sinai Baptist Church, Virginia Beach.

She is survived by her husband, Brian L. Moore of Philadelphia, Pa., three sons, Lorenzo Clark, Jermaine Clark and Antonio Moore, all of Portsmouth; her mother, Evelyn O. Clark of Portsmouth; her father, Willie Reginald Clark of Norfolk; one sister; one brother; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, friends; and a special friend, Wanda Womack.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at Corprew Funeral Home Chapel, Portsmouth, by the Rev. Rosa Patterson. Burial will be in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Portsmouth.

Francis E. Smith
PORTSMOUTH -- Francis Everett Smith, 50, died Sept. 25, 1998.

Mr. Smith was a Baptist, a native of Portsmouth and a computer analyst.

Mr. Smith was predeceased by his father, Francis Everett Smith Sr. He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Duke Smith Sumner and her husband, Thomas A. Sumner, both of Portsmouth; a sister, Gloria Smith Gaines and her husband, Herman N. Gaines Jr.; a stepsister, Gloria S. Jones and her husband, Sherwood Jones; a stepbrother, Bert Sumner; a nephew, Michael Gaines; a niece, Heather Larson; and several loving aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Olive Branch Cemetery by Dr. L. Wilbur Kersey and the Rev. Paul W. Parker Jr. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8 p.m. in Loving Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Hospice Program of Maryview Medical Center.

Clyde W. Stewart
PORTSMOUTH -- Clyde William Stewart, 87, of the 300 block of Effingham St., died Friday, Sept. 25, 1998, at his residence.

He was a native of Richmond and retired from Naval Ordinance Systems Command as a logistics inspector. Mr. Stewart was a member of Monumental United Methodist Church, Portsmouth, Seaboard Masonic Lodge No. 56, Portsmouth Kiwanis Club and Polygan Club. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 in the Virginia Army National Guard.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Cooper Stewart; a daughter, Lucy S. White of Lynchburg, Va.; a son, Clyde W. Stewart Jr. and his wife, Twylah, of Cumberland, Md.; a godson, Edwin C. Wright of Wilmington, Del.; and four grandchildren, Scott White, Drew White, Sarah Jeanne Stewart and Rebecca Anne Stewart.

A graveside service with full military honors will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at Olive Branch Cemetery by the Rev. Raymond Edmonds. Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Robert J. Boyd
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Robert J. Boyd, 88, of the 800 block of Biltmore Drive, passed away Sept. 25, 1998, at Bay Pointe Medical and Rehabilitation Centre.

Born in Medina, N.Y., he was a retired insurance broker and a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania-Wharton School of Finance.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Arlene Boyd; a daughter, Barbara Colby Riordan and her husband, Gordon, of Las Vegas, Nev.; and a son, Robert Osborne Boyd of New York City.

Burial will be at Boxwood Cemetery in Medina, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Kenneth W. Caffey
VIRGINIA BEACH -- CDR Kenneth W. Caffey, USN, retired, 88, passed away peacefully at his home Sept. 25, 1998.

Born in Union, Mo., in 1910, he was retired from the Virginia Beach School System.

The widower of Helen P. Caffey, he is survived by a daughter, Patricia C. Evans, and a son, Kenneth W. Caffey Jr., both of Virginia Beach; a sister, Nola Ryder of Phoenix, Ariz.; two grandsons, Brian Evans of Roanoke, Va., and Bruce Evans of Virginia Beach; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Church of the Holy Family, Building Fund, 1279 N. Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 23454. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Wiley M. Holland
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Wiley Monroe Holland, 70, of Oak Terrace Drive, died Sept. 25, 1998, at his home after a long illness.

Born in Norfolk on July 15, 1928, he was one of five children of Wiley M. and Estelle Holland. He was retired after 44 years with NCR Corp. Mr. Holland also worked for the Norfolk & Western Railroad and served with the Navy after World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marian C. Holland; three sons, Barry W. Holland of Dallas, Texas, Christopher N. Holland of Norfolk and Donald A. Dinwiddie of Virginia Beach; two daughters, Judith H. Ray and Tracey H. Dinwiddie of Virginia Beach; one brother, Lewis Ray Holland, and one sister, Dorothy H. Tatarian, both of Virginia Beach; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

It was Mr. Holland's wish that no public funeral or memorial service be held. His body was donated to medical science. A private gathering for family members and close friends will be held at 5 p.m. today at the family residence.

Oreda Mae J. Philyaw
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Oreda Mae J. Philyaw, 86, of Virginia Beach and formerly of Alexandria, Va., died Sept. 25, 1998, at a Virginia Beach hospital.

She was born in Oakdale, Tenn., and was the widow of Arthur Finley Philyaw. She followed and loved the Lord.

Survivors include her daughter, Betty Philyaw Bareford of Virginia Beach; a son, Bob Philyaw and his wife, Landon, of Richmond; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Jo Philyaw; a son, Bill Philyaw; a granddaughter and a grandson.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Mount Comfort Cemetery, Alexandria, by the Rev. Dennis Perry. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel.

Margaret Thelma Ralston
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Margaret ``Thelma'' Rawdon Ralston, 76, passed away on Sept. 25, 1998. Thelma was a longtime resident of the Tidewater area and a native of Sapulpa, Okla.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Cecil D. Ralston; a daughter, Beverly Heffington, her husband, Garland, and their daughters, Jennifer Talley and her husband, Michael, Sicilia Espaillat and a daughter, Carol Estes and her husband, Bill, and their children, Art, Keith and Holly Estes; three great-grandchildren, Ciara, Nicolas and Jakob; a niece, Sue Field; as well as many close and dear friends.

Thelma was a member of Baylake United Methodist Church. She was also a member of Lynnhaven Colony Garden Club, The Kathleen Ober Circle and a member of United Methodist Women. Her generosity and compassionate personality will be remembered by all who knew her.

A funeral will be conducted in Baylake United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Monday by the Rev. Ted David and Jack Scott. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Kellum Funeral Home, Pleasant Hall Chapel.

Lelia F. Sykes
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Lelia Fleming Sykes, 82, of the 5600 block of Wesleyan Drive, passed away Sept. 26, 1998, in Brighton Gardens of Virginia Beach.

Lelia was a native of Norfolk. She will always be remembered as a very strong, loving, giving and devoted wife and mother. Lelia was very dedicated and faithful to God. Lelia was widowed from her loving husband, George F. Sykes, on Jan. 23, 1994.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Sykes Flint of Boca Raton, Fla.; a son, Donald W. Sykes of Chesapeake; a sister, Dorothy Kunz of Virginia Beach; brothers Orville Fleming of Tampa, Fla., and John Fleming of Zuni, Va.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be held at Colonial Grove Memorial Park at 2:30 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Ernie Myers officiating. The family will receive friends for remembrance and visitation at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday prior to the service.

Mabel W. Von Dickersohn
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Mabel Wyche Von Dickersohn, of the 5800 block of Northampton Blvd., passed quietly and gently into eternal rest on Wednesday evening, Sept. 23, 1998, at Autumn Care Nursing Home.

She was a native of Washington, D.C., and the daughter of the late Napoleon L. and Eliza A. Weaver Wyche. She was the widow of Elmer Von Dickersohn.

She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and held membership in the Altar Guild, Saint Monica's Guild and the Episcopal Church Women. Educated in Washington, D.C., she was a graduate of Dunbar High School. She attended Minors Teacher's College in Washington and received her undergraduate degree from John C. Smith College, now University. Her master's degree was earned at Howard University. Mrs. Von Dickersohn retired as an educator from the state of North Carolina.

She was a member of the Iota Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., The Moles, The Holidays, Tourjours Cartes, Johnson C. Smith Alumni Association, the Birthday Group and the Brambleton Senior Association of Norfolk State.

She is survived by a niece, Evangeline W. Tross of Madison, N.J.; two stepdaughters, Sandra Smith of New York City, and Gail Bryan of California; and a stepson, Joel Von Dickersohn of New Jersey. She will be sorely missed by a host of other friends, cousins, and other relatives, among them Inez Green and Mabel Revaleon.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Monday in Grace Episcopal Church by the Rev. Father Joseph N. Green Jr. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Viewing will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. Monday. Alpha Kappa Alpha will hold a memorial service at the funeral home today beginning at 6 p.m. The funeral will assemble at the church at 11:45 a.m. Monday. Riddick Funeral Service is handling arrangements.

Leslie H. Wade
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Leslie H. Wade, 69, passed away in a local hospital on Friday, Sept. 25, 1998.

Mr. Wade served in the U.S. Navy for two years, and was a retired route salesman with Flowers Bakery after 41 years. He had a wonderful sense of humor, even in the hospital, and many friends throughout his life.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joyce Wade; his son, David Leslie Wade and his wife, Joyce, of Chesapeake; son-in-law, Sam McIntosh and daughters, Brenda McIntosh, Janice Appell and Carolyn Wade, all of Virginia Beach; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; brothers, James Wade of Georgia and Franklin Wade of Ohio; sisters, Mary Outland of Norfolk and Mattie Reed of Richmond.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel. A chapel service will be conducted in the funeral home at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park.

William D. Wright
VIRGINIA BEACH -- William Dean Wright, 78, went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 26, 1998.

Mr. Wright was a veteran of World War II and was also retired from Bell Atlantic after 30 years of service. He was an assistant pastor at the Open Door Chapel and was the treasurer for the W.O.D.C. radio station.

Survivors include his loving wife, Ella C. Wright; two sons, William D. Wright Jr. of Hanover, Pa., and Thomas O. Wright of Virginia Beach; four grandchildren, William D. Wright III, Tammy W. Duff, Sean B. Wright, and Jenifer M. Wright; and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Open Door Chapel by the Rev. Fritz Stegemann and Bill Clevenger, with viewing for family and friends beginning one hour prior at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Princess Anne Memorial Park. Kellum Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Allie C. Bradshaw
SUFFOLK -- Allie Cox Bradshaw, 80, died Sept. 25, 1998.

She was the daughter of the late John E. Cones and Emaline Joyner Cones, and the widow of James E. Bradshaw. A native of Isle of Wight County, she was a member of Suffolk Christian Church and was a retired companion aide.

She is survived by her daughters, Dorothy Lee Cook of Elyria, Ohio, and Nancy Cox Claud of Suffolk; sons, Robert Ernest Cox of Greenville, Ky., Walter Ray Cox of Belvidere, N.C., and Allen Y. Cox of Carrollton, Va.; stepdaughters, Dorothy B. Wells of Portsmouth, Annie B. Teller and Frances B. Posey, both of Chesapeake; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Hill Funeral Home with the Rev. T. M. Frye officiating. Interment will be at Holly Lawn Cemetery. Friends may join the family from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and other times at 1065 Nansemond Parkway, the home of Nancy C. Claud.

Bette A. Hahn
SUFFOLK -- Bette Allen Freid Hahn, 72, of the 500 block of Dumville Ave., died Sept. 26, 1998.

A native of Belleville, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Bessie Allen and Claude E. Fried. Mrs. Hahn was a member of Suffolk Presbyterian Church, the Social Club and the Riverview Garden Club.

She is survived by her husband, Herbert John Hahn Jr.; one daughter, Susan H. Smith of Hamilton, Mass.; two sons, Christopher John Hahn of Winchester and Herbert John Hahn III of Chesapeake; two sisters, Lois F. Coffin of Dallas, Texas, and Nancy Walsifer of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; three grandchildren, Jeffery and Bryan Hahn, and Callie Elizabeth Smith.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Suffolk Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Donald F. Hammond. Memorial donations may be made to Suffolk Presbyterian Church, 410 N. Broad St., Suffolk, Va. 23434. The family will be at the residence following the service. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eva A. Stratton
SUFFOLK -- Eva Artis Stratton, 87, of the 1000 block of Portsmouth Blvd., died Sept. 25, 1998, in Parkview Nursing Home, Portsmouth.

A native of Southampton County, she was the daughter of the late Joe Early Artis and Nettie Artis Britt, and the widow of Earl Stratton. She was a member of First Corinthian Baptist Church, New York.

Survivors include a sister, Marie A. Myrick of Suffolk; a brother, Hugh A. Britt of Philadelphia, Pa.; a special friend, June Perry of Philadelphia, Pa.; several nieces, nephews, and a host of loyal relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in Crocker Funeral Home by the Rev. Vernon Artis. Burial will be in Carver Memorial Cemetery. The family will be at the home of Mrs. Marie A. Myrick, 1074 Portsmouth Blvd.

Willie R. Armstrong
NEW CHURCH -- Willie R. Armstrong, 80, died Sept. 24, 1998. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at St. Mark United Methodist Church. Wharton Funeral Home, Accomac, is in charge.

Tom Avera
PITTSBORO -- Tom Avera, 77, died Sept. 24, 1998, at his Fearrington Village Home, after a long and courageous struggle with cancer.

A native of Rocky Mount, N.C., and a longtime resident of New York City, Mr. Avera was a professional actor and the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Avera of Rocky Mount.

Mr. Avera received a B.A. and M.A. in Theater Arts from the University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and the Order of the Golden Fleece. He received a national award for writing an original stage play, and made his Broadway debut as a dancer in ``One Touch of Venus'' with Mary Martin. Avera had lead roles on Broadway in ``Carousel'' and ``Oklahoma'' and was a charter member of the acclaimed Actors Studio where he studied with Elia Kazan and Lee Strasburg. Mr. Avera's television credits include ``Studio One,'' ``Armstrong Circle Theater,'' ``Suspense,'' ``Playhouse 90,'' ``Dragnet,'' ``Lights Out'' and ``Climax.'' He also starred as Sid Caesar's first straight man in ``Your Show of Shows.'' Avera's national touring credits included lead roles in ``Cactus Flower,'' ``Forty Carats,'' ``Annie'' and ``The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.'' In summer theaters he starred in ``Bells Are Ringing,'' ``Can Can,'' ``Silk Stockings,'' ``Carnival'' and ``The King and I,'' in which he played the King, as well as other productions. Avera's most recent Broadway appearance was a two-year run in ``Woman of the Year'' with Lauren Bacall and then Raquel Welch. His last theater tour was as ``Daddy Warbucks'' in ``Annie.'' Between stage engagements, Mr. Avera traveled the world as a singer/pianist on major cruise lines and at premier resorts.

Mr. Avera is survived by his sister, Frances Gaither of Elizabeth City, N.C.; two nieces, Robin Gaither and Leigh Jones; Waldron and Avera Jones; his grand-nephews and niece.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 3, 1998, at Pineview Cemetery in Rocky Mount, N.C. Gifts in lieu of flowers are requested to Lineberger Cancer Research Center in Chapel Hill, N.C., or Hospice of Chatham County, Pittsboro, N.C. Griffin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby T. Davidson
COLERAIN -- Ruby Taylor Davidson, 93, of the 100 block of Quebec Road, died Sept. 25, 1998. A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. today in Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie.

June P. Whitehurst
ELIZABETH CITY -- June Price Whitehurst, 67, of the 700 block of South Road St., died Sept. 24, 1998. A funeral will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday in Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church. Robinson & Son Funeral Home is in charge.

Robert G. Atchison
ALEXANDRIA -- Robert G. Atchison, beloved husband of Margaret G. Atchison, died Sept. 24, 1998.

He is also survived by his children, Patricia Parker, Bobbi Kroggel and Mary Butler; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association. Demaine Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Lucy B. Walton
GLENNS -- Lucy B. Walton, 68, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 1998.

She was predeceased by her son Doug Walton and is survived by her husband Alvin D. Walton; two daughters, Faye Walton of Christchurch and Wanda Walton of Glenns; a son, Gary Walton of Norfolk; two sisters, Mary Seward of Dunn, N.C., and Margaret Prince of Housham, Pa.; and one grandson, Christopher Brightwell of Christchurch.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda. Interment will be in Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Gloucester. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be made to the Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1417, Gloucester, Va. 23061.

Jacqueline G. Hearn
PHILADELPHIA -- Jacqueline Gray Hearn died Sept. 19, 1998, in Philadelphia, Pa., at age 67.

Mrs. Hearn was born in Norfolk, Va. She was the daughter of the late Julius B. Gray and Bessie P. Gray, and the sister of the late Edna G. Smith.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert L. and Carol Swinson; three grandchildren, Valerie, Christopher and Melissa, all of Philadelphia; a sister, Alta G. Drummond, and brother, Julius B. Gray Jr., both of Virginia Beach.

Mrs. Hearn was very active as a volunteer in the Philadelphia community.

John E. Porter
SILVER SPRING, Md. -- John E. Porter, 61, died Sept. 24, 1998. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in New Haven Baptist Church. Hertford County Undertakers is in charge.


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