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William M. Benton
CHESAPEAKE -- William Mitchell ``Bill'' Benton, 80, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 9, 1999.

He was the son of the late Benjamin and Sara Green Benton. Born in Gates, N.C., Mr. Benton was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and the invasion of Normandy. He retired from NAS as an aircraft inspector.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ethel D. Benton; a daughter, Kae Saunders and her husband, Darrell; and a granddaughter, Kelly Saunders, all of Chesapeake.

A private service was held Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at Rosewood Memorial Park Cemetery. Twiford's Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Whit L. Cherry
CHESAPEAKE -- Whit L. Cherry of the 4000 block of Sawmill Court died Oct. 11, 1999.

Born in Bertie County, N.C., Mr. Cherry was retired from the Virginia Beach school system and was the widower of Lillian Cherry.

He is survived by a daughter, Frances L. Cherry of Detroit, Mich.; two sons, Joe B. Cherry of Chesapeake and William L. Cherry of Norfolk; two sisters, Clara Jones of Stanford, Conn., and Georgia Mitchell of Bertie County, N.C.; a brother, McCoy Cherry of Bertie County; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Community Funeral Home, Norfolk, by Elder Wilbur McNair. Burial will be in Cherry's Family Cemetery in Bertie County. The family will receive friends at 1759 Tait Terrace, Norfolk.

Sybil D. Dodd
CHESAPEAKE -- Sybil Deans Dodd, 75, of the 4000 block of Birchwood Ave., died Oct. 13, 1999.

She was a native of Suffolk and grew up in Gatesville, N.C. A homemaker, Mrs. Dodd was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, John D. Dodd; three sons, John Gregory Dodd of Chesapeake, Giles David Dodd and Carl Christopher Dodd, both of Portsmouth; two sisters, Edna Kirby of Richmond and Doris Powell of Portsmouth; a brother, William Franklin Deans of Hudson, N.C.; and two grandchildren. She was a loving wife and mother.

A funeral will be at noon Friday in Loving Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, by the Rev. Philip Parker. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. today. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to Calvary Baptist Church, Portsmouth.

Kenneth R. Ferguson
CHESAPEAKE -- Kenneth Ronald Ferguson, 55, of the 2500 block of Drum Creek Road, died Oct. 13, 1999, in his residence.

Born in Portsmouth, he retired from International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 147, and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Leona Sharon P. Ferguson; a daughter, Laurie Ann Ferguson of Chesapeake; his mother, Florence Vick Ferguson of Portsmouth; two sisters, Sandra Ferguson of Reseda, Calif., Beverly Incata of Hopkinsville, Ky.; four brothers, Wayne Ferguson of Chesapeake, Larry Ferguson of El Paso, Texas, Hal Ferguson of Virginia Beach, Jeffery Ferguson of Richmond; and his mother-in-law, Margaret M. Poole of Portsmouth. He was predeceased by his father, Edwin T. Ferguson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at West Side Christian Church by the Rev. Kenneth Bryant. The family will receive friends at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society Research for Colon Rectal Cancer, 2730 Ellsmere Ave., Norfolk, VA 23513. Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, is in charge.

James E. Hamilton Sr.
CHESAPEAKE -- James Edward Hamilton Sr., 70, died Oct. 12, 1999. Mr. Hamilton was born in Owensboro, Ky., to the late Estell Martin and Daisy Pearl Hudgenson Hamilton. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and Vietnam. Mr. Hamilton was a member of Riverside Baptist Church, had worked as a barber for Smitty's and Ed's barber shops and used to play in a country music band. He is the husband of Juanita Clark Hamilton of Chesapeake.

Besides his wife, Mr. Hamilton is survived by three daughters, Gayle Tatem of Portsmouth, Marion D. Sta. Maria of Virginia Beach, Sandra K. Delisle of Norfolk; three sons, James E. Hamilton Jr. of Virginia Beach, David Wayne Hamilton of Chesapeake, Robert Dennis Hamilton of Chesapeake; 24 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Richard Martin Hamilton.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Riverside Baptist Church with the Rev. Herb Holton officiating. The family will receive friends at the residence of Mrs. Hamilton at 7 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mrs. Hamilton. Twiford's Colonial Chapel, Great Bridge, is in charge.

Lenora V. Hanson
CHESAPEAKE -- Lenora V. ``Lennie'' Hanson died Oct. 10, 1999. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. today in Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge.

Dameko L. Joyner
CHESAPEAKE -- DamekoLaquon Joyner, 3 weeks, died Oct. 10, 1999. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. today at Roosevelt Memorial Park. Pretlow and Sons Funeral Home is in charge.

James M. Pearson
CHESAPEAKE -- James Melvin ``Little Red'' Pearson, 29, died Oct. 11, 1999. A funeral will be at 6 p.m. Friday in Metropolitan Funeral Service, Berkley Ave.

Grace W. Ricks
CHESAPEAKE -- Grace Williams Ricks, 86, of the 1200 block of Sir Lancelot Drive, died Oct. 10, 1999, at Chesapeake General Hospital.

``Gracie,'' as she was also known, was born in Capron, Va., and retired as a printer from Norfolk Naval Shipyard. She was a member of Centennial Baptist Church and was a former member of its Senior Choir. She was a former member of Bryant Baptist Church, Capron, and a member of Tent Lodge.

She is survived by her husband, Mordecai Ricks; three sons, James R. Turner Jr. and Wendell Harris of Chesapeake and I. Wesley Harris Sr. of Virginia Beach; a sister, Bernice W. Claude of Chesapeake; a brother, Luther Williams of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Centennial Baptist Church by the Rev. Robert Addison. Entombment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake. The family will be at Fisher Funeral Home from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday. The family and friends will assemble at 3305 Merlin Court, Chesapeake, and will assemble there for the procession.

Edith C. Saunders
CHESAPEAKE -- Edith Curling Saunders, 76, of the 200 block of Kempsville Road, died Oct. 13, 1999.

Born in Princess Anne County, she was retired from the Norfolk Naval Base, Public Works Department after 30 years of service. She was predeceased by her husband, William Ottie Saunders.

She is survived by three daughters, Sherry E. Howard of Hinesville, Ga., Marsha S. Musslewhite of Chesapeake and Tracy D. Lindsey of Moyock, N.C.; two sons, Michael A. Saunders of Clear Spring, Md., and Keith D. Saunders of Chesapeake; three sisters, Lola Williams and June Chappell, both of Edenton, N.C., and Barbara Calhoun of Chesapeake; two brothers, Raymond M. Curling of Norfolk and Ronnie Curling of Chesapeake; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Rosewood Memorial Park. The family will be at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Bridge Chapel, from 7 to 9 p.m. today.

Charles H. West
CHESAPEAKE -- Dr. Charles H. West of the 200 block of Andrea Lane died Oct. 8, 1999, at a local hospital.

Born in Norfolk, Dr. West had been retired 10 years as a dentist after 30 years of service. He was an active member of First Baptist Church, Bute Street, Norfolk.

He was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk and West Virginia State University (formerly college), where he received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. He was also a graduate of Mehanny Medical College School of Dentistry and did further study at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He was a former member of The American Dental Association, the Old Dominion Dental Society, and the John L. McGriff Dental Society,which he proudly served as president, vice president and secretary/treasurer.

He was a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and was an active member of the Norfolk Alumni Chapter. He was initiated as a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Tau Chapter, on Nov. 22, 1937, at West Virginia State College and served with dignity and distinction as polemarch and vice polemarch of Norfolk Alumni Chapter.

He received certificates of appreciation and awards for devoted and dedicated service from Norfolk Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi, Old Dominion Dental Society, Mehanny Medical College and the Meharry Alumni Association.

He leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife, Vivian B. West; a sister, Annie W. Williams and husband, Julius Williams, of Norfolk; a nephew, Joseph Peebles of Norfolk; three nieces, Jacqueline P. Clemons and husband, Carey Clemons, of Norfolk, Marlene Randall and husband, Vernon Randall, of Portsmouth, and Jean Dickens and husband, Arthur Dickens, of Chesapeake; and a host of great-nieces and -nephews, cousins and other friends. He was predeceased by his mother, Mamie Eason West; father, James E. West; brother, James West; and sisters, Juanita West Davis and Edna W. Peebles.

A funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Bute Street, by Dr. Robert G. Murray. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Gardens. A Kappa Alpha Psi memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today at the church. Family and friends will assemble at 1717 Birch Trail Circle, Chesapeake, for the procession. Hale Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Jacob Brisco
NORFOLK -- Jacob Brisco of the 400 block of Beacon Hill Circle died Oct. 11, 1999.

Born in Rayville, La., he had retired as a warehouseman from N.R.H.A. and was also retired from the U.S. Navy after 25 years. He was the widower of Inez Brisco.

Survivors include three daughters, Vivian Johnson, Andrea Corbett and Alvera Brisco; a son, Michael Brisco; three sisters; three brothers; eight grandchildren, Nicole, Shivaughn, Erin, Erica, Miquise, Britney, Chauncy and Travis; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Fielding Funeral Chapel, 122 Logan St., Charleston, S.C. Burial will be in X-Mas Cemetery, Ravenel, S.C. The body will be sent from Graves Funeral Home, Norfolk, to Fielding Funeral Home for services. A wake will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Graves Funeral Home. Flowers may be sent to Fielding Funeral Home.

Nettie B. Clark
NORFOLK -- Nettie Beverly Clark, 99, passed away Oct. 8, 1999.

Born Oct. 13, 1899, she was the youngest child of the late Dennis Beverly and Amelia Yeates Beverly in Tunis, N.C. She attended Back Woods Elementary School, a one-room school near her father's farm in Tunis. She attended Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C., and Water's Normal Institute in Winton, N.C., which later became C.S. Brown. She attended Virginia State Teachers College in Petersburg, Va. She was extremely artistic: a dress maker, tailor and caterer who sold dinners to the college students at Elizabeth City State Teachers College. Mrs. Clark is most remembered for making the first band uniforms for Elizabeth City State Teachers College by hand. She received a master's in art education from Columbia University in New York City. She also attended graduate school at the University of California.

Mrs. Clark was a true missionary. One of her favorite Scriptures was I Corinthians, Chapter 13, which describes her life with the people around her. As a child she accepted Christ and attended Phillippi Baptist Church, Cofield, N.C. In Elizabeth City she attended a Baptist church. In Norfolk she became a member of First Baptist on East Bute Street where she remained a very active member. While in Washington, D.C., she enjoyed services at Mount Jezereel Baptist and Mount Ennon Baptist Church. She was always reading, working puzzles, singing songs and quoting Scripture. She loved music and especially hymns. Her favorites were ``I Need Thee Every Hour,'' ``Sweet, Sweet Spirit'' and ``Hold to God's Unchanging Hand.''

Mrs. Clark was predeceased by her husband of more than 50 years, James A. Clark Sr.; a son, James A. Clark Jr.; a daughter, Edith Holley Battle; a son-in-law, John Henry Battle; five sisters, Carrie Beverly Anderson, Joanna Beverly Holley, Blanch Beverly Vann, Cettie Beverly Manson and Elizabeth Beverly (12 years); two brothers, John Beverly and Arthur Beverly; four brothers-in-law, Gurney Columbus Anderson, Lemuel Holley, Charles Manson and Luke Vann; and a sister-in-law, Josephine Beverly. She is survived by her daughter, Amelia Beverly Clark Mebane; a son-in-lw, George Mebane; a daughter-in-law, Anne West Clark; several grandchildren, Antoinette Mebane Thorne, Melrese Battle Barnes, Johnese Battle Carmon, Ricky Clark, Vannesa Clark Brooks and Dr. Theresa-Ann Clark; grandsons-in-law, Ricardo Thorne Jr., William H. Barnes, Trent Carmon and Dr. Abdula Brooks; great-grandchildren, Toby and Jamaine Barnes, Mona and Alexander Brooks, Ciera and Ricardo Thorne III, Jaimie and Mitchelle Carmon, Afi Catellani-Clark; nieces, Lois Holley Harrell, Helen Holley Harrell, Virginia Anderson Watson, Bernice Anderson Dickinson, Mattie Vann Russell, Blanch Vann; and a great host of grand- and great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, Bute Street, by Robert G. Murray. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The remains will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. The family will be at 2810 Kimball Terrace and will assemble at the church at 10 a.m. Friday for the procession. Hale Funeral Home is in charge.

Kenna L. Ferris
NORFOLK -- Kenna L. ``Whistle'' Ferris, 73, of the 1300 block of Jenifer St., a retired policeman, died Oct. 11, 1999, at the Hampton VA Hospital.

Mr. Ferris was born June 1, 1926, in Roanoke, Va., to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey L. Faries. He served in the Army in World War II. Mr. Ferris was a Norfolk police officer of 25 years and also served the city as a magistrate. He was preceded in death by a sister, Agnes Brooks; and three brothers, Dewey, Lawrence and George Farris.

Ken is survived by his wife, Ethel Mae Ferris; a daughter, Kathy D. Faries, both of Norfolk; a sister, Kathyrn Lucas; and a brother, Herbert Farris, both of Roanoke.

A chapel service will be conducted this evening at 7 p.m. at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, by the Rev. Lamar Sentell. The family will be at 1320 Jenifer St., Norfolk, VA 23503 for friends and family.

Michael Grozich
NORFOLK -- Michael Grozich, 79, died Oct. 12, 1999, in his home.

Mr. Grozich managed the officers club at Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base, the Cavalier Golf and Yacht Club, and the FOP Club. He was a member of VFW and St. Pius X Catholic Church. He retired as a chief from the U.S. Navy after 22 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara J. Grozich; two daughters, Joi Palmer of Atlanta and Gaye Wanner of Brighton, Mich.; a son, Michael G. Grozich of Virginia Beach; and four grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Woodlawn Funeral Home and Crematory from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Ezell B. Johnson Sr.
NORFOLK -- Ezell B. Johnson Sr., 83, formerly of 1417 W. 38th St., died Oct. 10, 1999, in Waverly, Va.

Born in Oine, N.C., ``E.B.'' retired as a railroad foreman from Norfolk & Western Railroad after more than 30 years of service. He was a member of Norfolk United Methodist Church and a former member of St. Mark R.Z.U.A. Church in Norfolk. He was educated and graduated from Warren County Public Schools.

Predeceased by his wife, Lucy B. Johnson, Mr. Johnson is survived by two daughters, Virginia Headen of Norfolk and Shirley Perry-Church of Virginia Beach; five sons, Charles A. Johnson and Lloyd J. Johnson of Norfolk, James Snider of Hampton, Gregory Snider of South Carolina and Ezell B. Johnson Jr. of Petersburg; four sisters, Whilamena Burnett and Bettye Davis of North Carolina, Agnes Littlejohn and Mary Alice Massenburg of Washington, D.C.; a brother, Armstead Johnson of North Carolina; 30 grandchildren including a devoted granddaughter, Jackie Privott, whom he raised as his own; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Norfolk United Methodist Church by the Rev. Finley O. Jones, pastor. Dr. Donald Johnson will perform the eulogy. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. Family and friends will assemble at 450 Piping Rock Road, Norfolk, at 1:30 p.m. for the procession. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Street Chapel.

Joseph Lynn
NORFOLK -- Joseph Lynn of the 5500 block of Berryhill Road died Oct. 10, 1999, at Sentara Leigh Hospital.

Born in Norfolk County, he retired as a Maintenance Worker No. 2 from the city of Norfolk after 14 years of service. He was predeceased by his wife, Julia Etta Lynn.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara A. Lynn of Norfolk; two sisters, Louise Green and Mildred Lynn of New York; two brothers, Woodrow Lynn of Chesapeake and Melvin Lynn of New York; two grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Galilee Baptist Church, Chesapeake, by the Rev. Anderson Foreman. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. Fitchett Funeral Home is in charge.

Ella J. Meeker
NORFOLK -- Ella Johnson Meeker, 70, died Oct. 12, 1999.

``Ella Ray'' was a native of Norfolk and retired from K-Mart Corp. after 23 years of service. She was a member of Miles Memorial United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Ella Merritt of Norfolk; four sons, Donald Meeker Jr. of Warner Robins, Ga., Roger Meeker of Tucson, Ariz., David Meeker of Myersville, Md., and Halbert Meeker of Hagerstown, Md.; a sister, Kathleen Marie Harris of Virginia Beach; two brothers, Rodgers Nixon Johnson of Norfolk and Madison L. Johnson of Virginia Beach; 11 grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel.

Bennie L. Peele Sr.
NORFOLK -- Bennie L. Peele Sr., 88, of the 6300 block of Avon Road, died Oct. 10, 1999, at a local hospital.

He was born on Jan. 24, 1911, in Ahoskie, N.C., one of five children born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Louis Peele. He retired from Norfolk Naval Base after 33 years of service. He was a former member of Queen Street Baptist Church and joined First Baptist Church in 1984.

He is survived by his wife, Dorethea M. Peele; daughters, Delois P. Escoe and husband, Thomas, and Carolyn P. Urquhart and husband, Melvin; and sons, Bennie L. Peele Jr. and James E. Peele; sister, Lala Taylor of New York City; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by a son, Calvin.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church Bute Street by Dr. Robert Murray, pastor. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at 5904 Tajo Ave., L&J Gardens, Virginia Beach, and will gather there at noon the day of the service. Hale Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mildred Rappold
NORFOLK -- Mildred ``Dee'' Rappold was born on June 3, 1934, in Norfolk, a loving daughter of Lillie Pearl Holley and Linwood Charity Creech and was raised by stepfather Emmett R. Holley.

Dee transcended the physical world and went on to her God on Oct. 10, 1999, in Norfolk. She was a truly a warrior for life and a believer in the Supreme power of God.

A homemaker and wife of Joseph Rappold for 21 years, she was a mother of three children, Carolyn Williams of Boston, Mass., Gail White of Norfolk, and Jean Riddick with whom she joins in the eternal grace of God.

Mildred is also survived by her sister, Robena Mackey Holley of Virginia Beach; three nephews; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-nephews; two great-nieces; a special cousin, Lucille Bonner of Philadelphia; Pa.; and a loving cadre of family and friends.

In celebration of Mildred's life and everlasting memory, the family will hold homegoing services at Riddick Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, 1999. Entombment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the residence of Robena Holley, 153 S. Comanche Cluster, Virginia Beach.

Willie L. Rountree Sr.
NORFOLK -- Willie Lee Rountree Sr. of the 2300 block of Barre St. died Oct. 9, 1999. He was a retired freight handler with the shortshoremen.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Rountree; his mother-in-law; four sisters; two brothers; a foster daughter and her daughter; and a host of nieces nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Saturday at Graves Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Tony McNair. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may join the family at the residence.

Michael D. Tanner
NORFOLK -- Michael D. Tanner, 42, died Oct. 13, 1999. He was born in Norfolk and was a plumber.

Survivors include his wife, Pam S. Tanner; his mother, Lorraine M. Tanner of Norfolk; his father, Clarence W. Tanner of Portland, Ore.; two stepbrothers, Marcus and McKee Tanner, both of Portland; two aunts, Sheila M. Johnson of Virginia Beach and Josephine W. Loen of Norfolk; two cousins, Glenn R. Johnson and his wife, Linda Hallett, and Knut W. Loen and his wife, Karla, both of Virginia Beach; a very dear friend, Lorryl Beaudet and her daughter, Brandi, of Norfolk. He was predeceased by a brother, Mark W. Tanner.

A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Forest Lawn Cemetery by the Rev. Addison A. Brown. Friends are welcome to join the family at 9651 Sturgis St., Norfolk, after the service. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Velma I. Altman
PORTSMOUTH -- Velma Irene Altman, 76, of the 300 block of Broad St., died Oct. 13, 1999, in a local hospital.

Born in Edenton, N.C., she was a member of Port Norfolk Baptist Church and the widow of William Walter Altman.

Survivors include four daughters, Dorothy Juanita Phelps of Balch Springs, Texas, Shirley Jean Muse, Frances Lorrean Shields and Janie Davis, all of Portsmouth; a stepdaughter, Helen Ino of California; two sons, Stewart Franklin Altman and Gerald Morris Altman, both of Chesapeake; a stepson, William Walter Altman Jr. of Killeen, Texas; a brother, Hayward Rogerson of Chesapeake; 26 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Snellings Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, by the Rev. James Woodland. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Anna A. Covert
PORTSMOUTH -- Anna Ambrose Covert, 80, of the 200 block of Navajo Trail, died Oct. 12, 1999.

A native of Creswell, N.C., she was the widow of Howard Westbrook Covert. She was a member of Seventh-day Adventist Church, Portsmouth, and was a former member of the Eastern Star, Ruth Chapter, No. 8.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn C. Osby of Portsmouth; a son, Howard William Covert of Ashland, Va.; a sister, Dorcas Morse of Portsmouth; a half-sister, Betty Carawan of Chesapeake; a stepsister, Norma Trueblood of Chesapeake; a stepbrother, William Kemp of Florida; two granddaughters, Kimberly Osby of Charlottesville, Va., and Stephanie Osby of Quinton, Va.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Washington Memorial Park, Richmond, by Pastor Rex Frost. Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, is in charge.

Irene S. Harrell
PORTSMOUTH -- Irene Scott Harrell, 83, formerly of 2804 Arcadia Ave., died Oct. 11, 1999, at Sentara Nursing Center, Portsmouth.

Born in Boykins, Va., she was the widow of Raymond Harrell. She was a member of Noble Street Baptist Church, Portsmouth, where she was a member of the Cottage Prayer Band.

Survivors include a daughter, the Rev. Cindy P. Blount of Portsmouth; four grandchildren; and a host of other relatives, in-laws, church family and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Noble Street Baptist Church by the Rev. Henry P. Jones and the Rev. James Grimes. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home will begin at 2 p.m. today. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Friday for the procession.

Cedric M. Lassiter
PORTSMOUTH -- Cedric M. Lassiter, 42, of Grove St., died Oct. 12, 1999. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Corprew Funeral Home.

Doris B. Balem
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Doris Betty Balem, 71, of the 1700 block of Lapstone Court, died Oct. 12, 1999. Services will be private. Hampton Roads Crematory is in charge.

Louise W. Fay
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Louise Wear Fay, 75, of the 1100 block of Cypress Point Way, died Oct. 12, 1999, in Virginia Beach General Hospital.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., she was a member of Women of the Moose, Norfolk Lodge No. 39, and life member of Ladies Auxiliary of Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad. She was Catholic.

She is survived by her husband, John B. Fay Jr.; three daughters, Linda Fay Mullen of Virginia Beach, Patti Fay Schmitt and her husband, Charles, of Chesapeake and Julia Fay George and her husband, Bill, of Virginia Beach; a son, John Baptist Fay III and his wife, Tricia, of Virginia Beach; a sister, Edna Lathem of Birmingham, Ala.; a brother, Richard Wear of Virginia Beach; six grandchildren, Shannon, Jennifer, John V, Dawn-Michelle, Suzanne and Allison; and a special friend, Zukie Burns of Norfolk.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, by the Rev. Father Francis Muench. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 5674, Virginia Beach, VA 23471.

Raymond E. Hutton Jr.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Raymond Eugene Hutton Jr., of the 600 block of Cindy Court, passed away in a local hospital on Oct. 12, 1999.

Born in Albany, N.Y., he was the son of the late Raymond Eugene Hutton Sr. and Laura Robinson Hutton.

He was a retired lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and was also the retired superintendent of the Farmers Market in Virginia Beach. He was a longtime member of the Veterans Scouts Association and a Mason with Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge No. 3 in Albany, N.Y.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Madeline Goebel Hutton; two sons, Raymond Eugene Hutton III of Ruckersville, Va., and Jeffrey Edward Hutton of Fort Smith, Ark.; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, by the Rev. Warren Wilson. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk. Friends may join the family at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. today for viewing and visitation.

Joseph R. Long
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Joseph Randolph Long, 80, of the 6000 block of Providence Road, died Oct. 12, 1999, in Chesapeake.

Born in the Berkley Section of Norfolk, he retired from the U.S. Army National Guard after 37 years of service and as a planner estimator from Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4809, U.S. Army Veteran World War II Post 5 and 29th Division, Battery B, which landed on Omaha Beach on the D-Day Invasion.

The widower of Helen M. Long, he is survived by a daughter, Lynne E. Monette and her husband, Willie W. Monette, of Virginia Beach; two sisters, Eloise Hartsfield of Norfolk and Martha Prince of Clarksville, Ind.; two brothers, Richard Long of Virginia Beach and John Marshall Long of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Allen Jones Monette and his wife, Karen Monette, Gary Randolph Jones and his wife, Monica Jones, all of Virginia Beach, Michele Monette of Mandeville, La., and Michael Monette and his wife, Erin Monette, of Fairfax, Va.; and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, by the Rev. John Eidam. Burial will be in Rosewood Memorial Park with military honors. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. today. A VFW service will be held at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 20 Koger Executive Center, Norfolk, VA 23502.

Blair A. McClung
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Blair Andrew McClung, 83, of the 700 block of Howell St., died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at Sentara Leigh Hospital.

Mr. McClung was born in Learona, W.Va., and was one of four children and a twin. He was predeceased by a wife, Lillian May Asel McClung, and is survived by his wife, Lula Paul Musselman McClung; two daughters, Sandra Kay Aman and her husband, Jack, and Betty Paul Horton; three sons, William Leason McClung and his wife, Joann, the Rev. James A. McClung and his wife, Betty, and A.C. Paul; a sister, Nita B.J. Powers; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church for 46 years and Memorial United Methodist Church for the last 11 years. He retired in 1976 from the Norfolk Naval Base Public Works Center where he worked for 37 years. He was an avid sportsman.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today in Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel. A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in Memorial United Methodist Church on Gammon Road. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church.

William E. Weber
VIRGINIA BEACH -- William E. Weber, 75, of Lodgepole Drive, died Oct. 12, 1999, in Sentara Nursing Center, Norfolk.

Mr. Weber was born in Lakewood, Ohio, to the late Floyd L. and Dorothy Lake Weber. He was an aviator in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of World War II, the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam. Mr. Weber retired in 1981 as regional vice president of Chilton Publishing Co. He was a lay leader and member of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Naval Air Station Oceana, the Oceana Swindler Golf Group and the Retired Officers Association. Mr. Weber was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra J. Weber Flynn, and a son, Kirk A. Weber.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Doris Beach Weber of the home; a son, Eric G. Weber of Virginia Beach; a brother, Gary L. Weber of Tujunga, Calif.; two grandsons, Mark S. Flynn and his wife, Natalie of Alpharetta, Ga., and Ryan A. Flynn of Orange Park, Fla.; and a great-grandson, Jackson Truitt Flynn of Alpharetta.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, NAS Oceana, with Chaplain Carroll Starling officiating. Burial will take place in Quantico National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, or to the American Cancer Society, 2730 Ellsmere Ave., Norfolk, VA 23513. The Cremation Society of Virginia is handling arrangements.

David P. Babb
SUFFOLK -- David Powell Babb, 46, a resident of Virginia Beach, died Sept. 3, 1999.

Born March 31, 1953, in Suffolk, he was the son of the late Mavis Gardner and Staley Babb Jr. Mr. Babb was a member of West End Baptist Church.

Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, William Michael and Karen Babb of Suffolk; and a niece, Elizabeth Brooke Babb of Suffolk.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in Holly Lawn Cemetery by the Rev. T. Floyd Irby Jr. The family will be at his brother's home, 1214 West Point Drive. Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA, 916 Ballentine Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23504. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home is in charge.

Charlie H. Taylor
SUFFOLK -- Charlie Horace ``Sleepy'' Taylor, 81, of Dixon Road, died Oct. 12, 1999.

Born April 6, 1918, in South Mills, N.C., he was the son of the late Charlie Walton Taylor and Ruby Albertson Taylor Burtcher. Mr. Taylor was a retired electrical inspector with the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church and the Nansemond Masonic Lodge No. 77. He was an Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Dixon Taylor; daughters, Claudia Holland of Suffolk, Marsha Beckenstein of Scottsdale, Ariz.; grandchildren, Tracy Holland, Kristen Holland, Josh Beckenstein, Taylor Beckenstein; and sister, Grace Bright of Pinetown, N.C.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Ebenezer United Methodist Church by the Rev. Carl J. LeMon. The family will receive friends following the service. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home is in charge.

Marjorie C. Tomlin
FRANKLIN -- Marjorie Cox Tomlin, 88, a resident of East Pavilion and a former resident of Suffolk, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999.

She was a daughter of the late J.R. and Nettie Holland Cox and was the widow of James Calsie Tomlin. She was a member of Mt. Carmel Christian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Ann T. Gray and her husband, B.C., of Courtland; a son, James Robert Tomlin, and his wife, Hulda, of Franklin; a sister, Mildred Bracy of Suffolk; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in Holland Cemetery with the Rev. Kenneth Williams officiating. Wright Funeral Home, Boykins, is in charge of arrangements.

George W. Hickman
TOWNSEND -- George W. Hickman died Oct. 9, 1999. A funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, Capeville. John O. Morris Funeral Home, Nassawadox, is in charge.

Thomas Basnight
ELIZABETH CITY -- Thomas ``Tom'' Basnight, 95, of the 800 block of Walker Ave., died Oct. 10, 1999. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. today at Corner Stone Missionary Baptist Church. Walson Funeral Home is in charge.

Rosamae D. Bell
DURHAM -- Rosamae D. Bell, 97, died Oct. 12, 1999, at Duke Hospital after a period of declining health.

Born in Norfolk, Mrs. Bell was the daughter of the late Horace and Nettie G. Dudley. She was an active member of Trinity Baptist Church in Norfolk. Mrs. Bell was predeceased by two daughters, June C. Thomason and Patsy B. Hicks.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Lee Thomason, Tommy Newnam, Patrick Hicks and Robert Hicks; and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church, 2808 Ballentine Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23509. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, is handling local arrangements.

Lucy T. Whedbee
HERTFORD -- Lucy Taylor Whedbee, 96, of the 300 block of N. Front St., died Oct. 12, 1999, at her home.

A native of Granville County, N.C., she was the widow of Silas M. Whedbee and the daughter of the late Alice Jackson and Waller L. Taylor. She formerly taught in Perquimans County High School and later served for 30 years as librarian with the Perquimans County Public Library. She was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and graduated from Trinity College (now Duke University).

Survivors include a daughter, Mabel Martin Sisco of New Orleans; a son, Charles N. Whedbee of Washington, D.C.; and three grandchildren, Lesley Whedbee, Charles Whedbee and India Whedbee.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery by the Rev. John C. Rivers. In lieu of flowers,memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 125, Hertford, NC 27944 or to the Perquimans County Public Library, 110 W. Academy St., Hertford, NC 27944. Swindell Funeral Home is in charge.

Mary Dempsey
COLERAIN -- Mary Dempsey died Oct. 12, 1999. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Peterson Chapel Baptist Church, Merry Hill. Reynolds Funeral Home, Ahoskie, is in charge.

Spencer B. Hudson
WILLIAMSTON -- Spencer Bee ``Pete'' Hudson, 79, of the 200 block of Fairview St., died Oct. 12, 1999. A funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in West End Baptist Church. Biggs Funeral Home is in charge.

Emma S. Murden
ELIZABETH CITY -- Emma Spellman Murden, 97, of the 600 block of Herrington Road, died Oct. 10, 1999. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church. Walson Funeral Home is in charge.

George E. Alexander III
MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- George Edgar Alexander III, 29, passed away suddenly Oct. 12, 1999, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He had been a longtime resident of Chesapeake who had recently moved to Middleburg.

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he served in Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield and had received the Kuwait Service Medal.

Survivors include his wife, Tracy Alexander; children, Nathan and Kristin Alexander; father, George E. Alexander Jr.; stepmother, Dorothy Alexander; his special friend, Amy Hunter; and an aunt, Vonnie Fredericks.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home, Blanding Blvd., Orange Park, Fla., by the Rev. Rick Crews, pastor of Clay Hill Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Jacksonville Memory Gardens. Family and friends will gather from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Earl L. Bundy
MIAMI -- Earl L. Bundy, 48, a U.S. Air Force veteran, died Oct. 11, 1999. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the veterans section of New Hollywood Cemetery. Twiford's Memorial Chapel, Elizabeth City, N.C., is in charge.

Helen D. Moaning
TRENTON, N.J. -- Helen Dixon ``Rubell'' Moaning, a native of Elizabeth City, died Oct. 7, 1999. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Oak Grove Cemetery. Walson Funeral Home, Elizabeth City, is in charge.

Joseph K. Schuck
WOODBURY, N.J. -- Joseph K. Schuck, 92, father of Linda Kelley of Norfolk, died Oct. 12, 1999. A funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, Flemington, N.J.

Kenneth R. Ferguson
CHESAPEAKE -- Kenneth Ronald Ferguson, 55, of the 2500 block of Drum Creek Road, died Oct. 13, 1999, in his residence.

Born in Portsmouth, he retired from International Union of Operating Engineers, Local No. 147, and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Leona Sharon P. Ferguson; a daughter, Laurie Ann Ferguson of Chesapeake; his mother, Florence Vick Ferguson of Portsmouth; two sisters, Sandra Ferguson of Reseda, Calif., Beverly Incata of Hopkinsville, Ky.; four brothers, Wayne Ferguson of Chesapeake, Larry Ferguson of El Paso, Texas, Hal Ferguson of Virginia Beach, Jeffery Ferguson of Richmond; and his mother-in-law, Margaret M. Poole of Portsmouth. He was predeceased by his father, Edwin T. Ferguson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at West Side Christian Church by the Rev. Kenneth Bryant. The family will receive friends at the residence. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society Research for Colon Rectal Cancer, 2730 Ellsmere Ave., Norfolk, VA 23513. Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, is in charge.

Bernard Gomez
CHESAPEAKE -- Bernard Gomez died Oct. 11, 1999. A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Chesapeake Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1200 N. Centerville Turnpike. Interment will be in Riverside Memorial Park. Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge, is in charge.

Addie Mae A. Hockaday
CHESAPEAKE -- Addie Mae Armstrong Hockaday, 97, of the 3200 block of Camelot Blvd. and a native of Perquimans County, died Oct. 10, 1999. A funeral will be at 7 p.m. today at Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, Elizabeth City. Stallings Funeral Home, Elizabeth City, is in charge.

Julia A. Bailey
NORFOLK -- Julia A. ``Grandma'' Bailey, 98, departed this life Oct. 11, 1999, at the Lafayette Villa Nursing Home after an extended confinement.

She was the widow of William H. Bailey and the daughter of the late Georgia and William Waters. She was also predeceased by a son, William Edward Jacobs Sr.

She was a native of Norfolk (Princess Anne County), and was educated in the Norfolk School System. She was a retired domestic worker. She was a devout Christian woman who touched many lives during her 98 years. Mrs. Bailey was a longtime member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Women Missionary Union and a member of the Hamilton Bible Class.

Cherishing her precious memory are seven grandchildren, Julia Jacobs Hopkins of Chesapeake, Brenda Harper of Odenton, Md., Veronica Jacobs Joyner, Thelma Soust, William Edward Jacobs Jr., Andrew James and Bernard Jacobs, all of Philadelphia; two cousins, Bertha Williams and the Rev. John Haynes; and a niece Louise Bruce, all of Norfolk; a godson, Ernest Williams Jr.; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; a host of devoted friends; two young men who were like sons to her, Nelson M. Hopkins Jr. and William Harper Jr.; and two young people who were the light of her life, Tiffany Renee Harper and Robert A. Jacobs.

A homegoing celebration will be held at noon Saturday at Shiloh Baptist Church, 745 Park Ave., Norfolk, by Dr. John H. Foster. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. Family and friends will gather at 11 a.m. at 4124 Old Virginia Road, Chesapeake, the day of the service. Hale Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Thomas R. Bashara
NORFOLK -- Thomas Routten Bashara, 63, of the 200 block of Regent Road, died Oct. 14, 1999.
Mr. Bashara was born in Norfolk, the son of Martha Alexander Bashara and the late Thomas George Bashara. He attended Norfolk Academy and the Severn School of Severna Park, Md. He was a graduate of the College of William and Mary, and received his master's in education from Old Dominion University. Upon graduation, Mr. Bashara began a career in education in the Norfolk public school system that would span over 30 years and many local schools. Beginning with Blair Middle School and later Maury and Granby high schools, he not only taught but was active in each school's athletic programs. Throughout his career he was an assistant coach for various basketball and football teams and was head coach for the Granby cross-country team. He was also a longtime active board member with the Tidewater Striders.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret P. Bashara of Norfolk; his sons, Thomas W. Bashara and his wife, Sondra, of Norfolk, David R. Bashara and his wife, Kelley, of Norfolk; his mother, Martha A. Bashara of Virginia Beach; and his granddaughter, Bailey Bashara. He also leaves behind a host of other family members, friends, and students, whose lives he touched and who will miss him dearly.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, by the Rev. James O'Connor. The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 6 to 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Joelynn W. Godwin
NORFOLK -- Joelynn W. Godwin, 36, of the 700 block of Reservoir Ave., died Oct. 13, 1999. Cooke Bros. Funeral Chapel is in charge.

Martha L. McGill
NORFOLK -- Martha L. McGill, 80, of the 400 block of E. Gilpin Ave., died Oct. 14, 1999, in a local hospital.

Born in Jackson, Tenn., Mrs. McGill had formerly worked for the American Red Cross and Henderson Oil Co. She was a member of Ocean View Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School and was the church secretary for 12 years. She was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Ocean View Chapter No. 34 and the Scottish Rite Ladies of Norfolk.

Survivors include her husband, Allen J. McGill; a daughter, Karen McGill of Vinton, Va.; a son, Allen R. McGill of Yorktown; a sister, Wilma Latham of Jackson, Tenn.; and three grandchildren, Jenny Sigel, Brennan Sigel and Mikinsie McGill.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ocean View Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Arthur F. Jensen. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the church.

Jaylen D. Murphy
NORFOLK -- Jaylen D. Murphy, 2 years old, of the 1600 block of Campostella Road, died Oct. 9, 1999, at the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters. He was born in Norfolk.

He is survived by his mother, Nikita Williams; his father, Landon Murphy; grandmother, Audrey Escoe; five aunts; four uncles; 10 cousins; and a godmother.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. today at Graves Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Vick Pope. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Jerry W. Walsh
NORFOLK -- Jerry Wright Walsh, 68, of East Glen Road, died Oct. 14, 1999. Private services will be held at a later date. Cremation Society of Virginia is in charge.

Sidney M. Wilson
NORFOLK -- Sidney M. ``Rabbit'' Wilson, 53, died Oct. 12, 1999. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Suffolk. Crocker Funeral Home, Suffolk, is in charge.

Clement N. Erskine
PORTSMOUTH -- Clement N.Erskine, 26, of the 6200 block of Centenary Drive, died Oct. 11, 1999. A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. today at Churchland North Missionary Baptist Church, 3725 Towne Point Road. Corprew Funeral Home is in charge.

Alberta W. Preston
PORTSMOUTH -- Alberta W. ``Bert'' Preston, 80, of the 400 block of Shenandoah St., died Oct. 14, 1999, in Maryview Medical Center. She was a native of Logansport, Ind.

She was an 18-wheeler truck driver in her younger days and a company union steward of Indiana General Tire Co. for 20 years. She was a life member of VFW Post 993, and member of Fleet Reserve Association Club ``40'' on S. Military Hwy.

Survivors include her husband, Pete ``Wahoo'' Preston; son, Allen ``Butch'' Morrow and his wife, Jacqueline, of Gates, N.C.; two grandsons, Allen Wayne and Richard Morrow; and two granddaughters, Cheryl Harris and Elizabeth Martin, all of Chesapeake; and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel. Interment will be in Twelve Mile, Ind., at a later date. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. 

John L. Smith
PORTSMOUTH -- John L. ``Bubble'' Smith, 70, of the 1000 block of Warfield Drive, died Oct. 12, 1999, at Maryview Medical Center.

Born in Mecklenburg County, Va., Mr. Smith was a retired construction worker from Bay Mark Construction Co. after nine years of service and a retired electrician from Norfolk Naval Shipyard after 30 years of service. He was a member of Faith Deliverance Christian Center, Norfolk, and was a retired U.S. Navy veteran.

The widower of Helen W. Smith, he is survived by a daughter, Pamela S. Selby and her husband, Joseph Selby, of Portsmouth; a sister, Lizzie Smith of Philadelphia; a brother, Walter Smith of California; two grandchildren, Roy Booth and Derreck Booth, both of Portsmouth; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Faith Deliverance Christian Center, Norfolk, by Bishop Barbara Amos. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake, with military honors. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home will begin at noon today. The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. today. The body will be taken to the church at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Dorothy M. Delcher
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Dorothy (nee Smith) M. Delcher, beloved wife of the late Donald A. Delcher, died Oct. 13, 1999, in Virginia Beach.

Mrs. Delcher is survived by daughters, Barbara Bedzik and Deborah Phillips; son, Richard Jordan; daughter-in-law, Loretta Jordan; sons-in-law, Michael Bedzik and William Phillips III; and three grandsons, Mark, Kevin and Scott Bedzik.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Baltimore, Md. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at McCully-Polyniak Funeral Home, P.A., 237 E. Patapsco Ave., Brooklyn, Baltimore, Md. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel, is handling local arrangements.

Ernest Feggins
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Ernest Feggins of the 4600 block of Islander Court died Oct. 13, 1999, at his residence. Arrangements will be announced by Carlos A. Howard Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel.

Raymond E. Hutton Jr.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Raymond Eugene Hutton Jr., of the 600 block of Cindy Court, passed away in a local hospital on Oct. 12, 1999.

Born in Albany, N.Y., he was the son of the late Raymond Eugene Hutton Sr. and Laura Robinson Hutton.

He was a retired lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy and was also the retired superintendent of the Farmers Market in Virginia Beach. He was a longtime member of the Veterans Scouts Association and a Mason with Mount Vernon Masonic Lodge No. 3 in Albany, N.Y.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Madeline Goebel Hutton; two sons, Raymond Eugene Hutton III of Ruckersville, Va., and Jeffrey Edward Hutton of Fort Smith, Ark.; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today in Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, by the Rev. Warren Wilson. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Norfolk.

Matthew Kaleda Sr.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Matthew Kaleda Sr. passed away Oct. 12, 1999.

Retired from the U.S. Navy, Mr. Kaleda was a native of Newark, N.J., who had lived in the Hampton Roads area since 1982. He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife, Maria Kaleda; a daughter, Amy Ortega; three sons, Antonio Sorrentino, Martino Kaleda and Matthew Kaleda Jr.; a brother, Martin Kaleda Jr.; a sister, Mary Munoz; and five grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today in Kellum Funeral Home, Bonney Road Chapel, where a chapel service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in Colonial Grove Memorial Park.

George Krieter
VIRGINIA BEACH -- George Krieter, 85, of Lakewood Plaza Apartments in Norfolk, departed this life on Oct. 11, 1999, in Virginia Beach.

Born in Crown Point, Ind., on Sept. 4, 1914, he was the son of the late Joseph and Josephine Krieter and the third child in a family of 14 brothers and sisters.

Mr. Krieter worked at the steel mill in Hammond, Ind., until he began his World War II service in the Navy when he was stationed at Great Lakes. Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to Crown Point and his work at the steel mill. He opened and operated the first Texaco and Mobil service stations in the Crown Point area. Later, he helped build part of the Interstate 65 highway system throughout northwest Indiana. He retired in 1979 from Geisen Funeral Home in Crown Point where he had also been the driver and attendant for the area's ambulance service. He was a past commander of Hub City Memorial VFW Post 6646. He was an avid bowler and gardener and loved to play pinochle. He relocated to Virginia Beach/Norfolk in 1991 to be close to his daughter.

He was predeceased by a son, Clifford, who passed in 1957. He is survived by one child, his daughter Connie Wallaert of Virginia Beach; sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews in Indiana; and many friends.

In celebration of his life, a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1968 Woodside Road, Virginia Beach, with Holy Family Catholic Church assisting.

At his request, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Tidewater Humane Inc., 4604 Pembroke Lake Circle, Virginia Beach, VA 23455.

Joseph R. Long
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Joseph Randolph Long, 80, of the 6000 block of Providence Road, died Oct. 12, 1999, in Chesapeake.

Born in the Berkley Section of Norfolk, he retired from the U.S. Army National Guard after 37 years of service and as a planner estimator from Norfolk Naval Shipyard. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4809, U.S. Army Veteran World War II Post 5 and 29th Division, Battery B, which landed on Omaha Beach on the D-Day Invasion.

The widower of Helen M. Long, he is survived by a daughter, Lynne E. Monette and her husband, Willie W. Monette, of Virginia Beach; two sisters, Eloise Hartsfield of Norfolk and Martha Prince of Clarksville, Ind.; two brothers, Richard Long of Virginia Beach and John Marshall Long of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Allen Jones Monette and his wife, Karen Monette, Gary Randolph Jones and his wife, Monica Jones, all of Virginia Beach, Michele Monette of Mandeville, La., and Michael Monette and his wife, Erin Monette, of Fairfax, Va.; and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. today at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, by the Rev. John Eidam. Burial will be in Rosewood Memorial Park with military honors. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association, 20 Koger Executive Center, Norfolk, VA 23502.

Blair A. McClung
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Blair Andrew McClung, 83, of the 700 block of Howell St., died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1999, at Sentara Leigh Hospital.

Mr. McClung was born in Learona, W.Va., and was one of four children and a twin. He was predeceased by a wife, Lillian May Asel McClung, and is survived by his wife, Lula Paul Musselman McClung; two daughters, Sandra Kay Aman and her husband, Jack, and Betty Paul Horton; three sons, William Leason McClung and his wife, Joann, the Rev. James A. McClung and his wife, Betty, and A.C. Paul; a sister, Nita B.J. Powers; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church for 46 years and Memorial United Methodist Church for the last 11 years. He retired in 1976 from the Norfolk Naval Base Public Works Center where he worked for 37 years. He was an avid sportsman.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in Memorial United Methodist Church on Gammon Road. Burial will be in Rosewood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church. Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel, is in charge.

Jean S. O'Neal
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Jean Stanford O'Neal, 81, of the Atlantic Shores Retirement Community, Virginia Beach, died Oct. 13, 1999.

She was born in Johnson City, N.Y., but from infancy spent her entire life in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. She graduated from Maury High School in 1936. During World War II, she was employed at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, and was at the U.S. Post Office. She retired from the Norfolk Naval Supply Center. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Norfolk and the Mims Bible Class.

Survivors include her husband, Edward Emory O'Neal; a sister, Florence Stanford Walker of Bonita, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Mary Ellen Stanford, and a sister, Ellen ``Betty'' Stanford Tillery.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Fairfield Community Cemetery, Fairfield, N.C. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Arthritis Society. Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter, is handling arrangements.

Wanda M. Panzer
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Walter and Gloria McDonald are broken hearted by the sudden loss of their loving daughter, Wanda McDonald Panzer, 47. She left behind a loving husband, Harvey Panzer, and her precious dog, Sara. Their home is in Timonium, Md.

She was the beloved sister of Lelia McDonald Panowitz and Skip, Annette McDonald Widen and David, Pam McDonald Cox and Dave; the precious aunt of Kara, Scott, Chelse, Katie, Zach and Jacey; and the granddaughter of Pearl Gilden.

She was laid to rest in Maryland at Dulaney Valley on Oct. 11, 1999. She is now our special angel in heaven.

Marjorie P. Searles
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Marjorie P. ``Marge'' Searles, 91, died Oct. 13, 1999, at Oakwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Virginia Beach.

Born in Wellington, Ontario, Canada, she was a retired registered nurse who had worked for Hasbrouck Heights Hospital in New Jersey. She was a member of London Bridge Baptist Church.

The widow of Joseph Sylvester Searles, Mrs. Searles is survived by two daughters, Wilma Marone of New Jersey and Nancy Williams of Virginia Beach; a son, Joseph Searles of Virginia Beach; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a half-brother, Mandy Hunt of Canada.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 p.m. today at London Bridge Baptist Church by the Rev. Tommy Taylor. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church. Woodlawn Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge.

David P. Babb
SUFFOLK -- David Powell Babb, 46, a resident of Virginia Beach, died Sept. 3, 1999.

Born March 31, 1953, in Suffolk, he was the son of the late Mavis Gardner and Staley Babb Jr. Mr. Babb was a member of West End Baptist Church.

Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, William Michael and Karen Babb of Suffolk; and a niece, Elizabeth Brooke Babb of Suffolk.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in Holly Lawn Cemetery by the Rev. T. Floyd Irby Jr. The family will be at his brother's home, 1214 West Point Drive. Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA, 916 Ballentine Blvd., Norfolk, VA 23504. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home is in charge.

Joseph M. Darden
SUFFOLK -- Joseph Merlin ``Jack'' Darden, 73, of the 200 block of N. Capital St., died Oct. 11, 1999. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sixth Street Baptist Church. Peebles Funeral Home is in charge.

Carrie B. Dicks
SUFFOLK -- Carrie Beatrice Dicks, 68, formerly of 107 Church St., died Oct. 11, 1999, at Obici Hospital.

``Bea'' was born in Southampton County, Va. She is survived by a sister, Doretha Newsom of Suffolk; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Crocker Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Catherine Skinner. Burial will be in Pleasant Plains Baptist Church Cemetery, Drewryville, Va. Viewing will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Crocker Funeral Home. The family will assemble at 500 Factory St., Suffolk, at 2 p.m. Saturday. Fisher Funeral Home, Portsmouth, is in charge.

Thomas J. Cashmere Sr.
WINDSOR -- Thomas John Cashmere Sr., 84, died Oct. 14, 1999, at Louise Obici Memorial Hospital in Suffolk.

A native of Greenwich, Conn., he was the son of the late Jacob Joseph and Anna Blanchard Cashmere. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II who served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and received the Purple Heart and Silver Star for wounds received in combat. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus in Stamford, Conn., and worked as a self-employed auto mechanic.

Mr. Cashmere is survived by two daughters, June E. Johnson and her husband, James, of Windsor and Margaret R. Cashmere of Quebec, Canada; a son, Thomas J. Cashmere Jr. of New Mexico; a sister, Anne Yurkas of Stamford, Conn.; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Father Carl DeSouza will hold a service of remembrance at 2 p.m. Sunday in Purviance Funeral Home, Wakefield. The family will receive friends at the residence, 12090 Windsor Blvd.

Elizabeth D. Bagwell
ONANCOCK -- Elizabeth D. Bagwell, 83, died Oct. 11, 1999. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Nebo Baptist Church. Wharton Funeral Home, Accomac, is in charge.

Juanita B. Davis
PARKSLEY -- Juanita B. Davis, 56, died Oct. 9, 1999. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Metompkin Baptist Church. Wharton Funeral Home, Accomac, is in charge.

Annette W. Dorman
WILLIS WHARF -- Annette Watson Dorman died Oct. 13, 1999, in Shore Memorial Hospital.

Born in Nassawadox, she was an eligibility worker with social services until retirement and a member of Maranatha Baptist Church. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Glenn Dorman; father, Percy Lewis; and mother, Rennie Somers Lewis.

Survivors include her children, Ann Watson Sumners of Kitty Hawk, N.C., and Nancy Watson Midgett of Winter Haven, Fla.; and five grandchildren, Cara Sumners of Greenville, N.C., Scott and Benjamin Sumners of Kitty Hawk, N.C., Brian Midgett of Boca Raton, Fla., and Buddy Midgett of Biloxi, Miss.

A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Belle Haven Cemetery by the Rev. Bill Charnock. Memorial contributions may be made to Maranatha Baptist Church, P.O. 1423, Exmore, VA 23350. B.D. Holland Funeral Home, Nassawadox, is in charge.

Carlyle Askew
AHOSKIE -- Carlyle Askew, 84, died Oct. 14, 1999, in Pitt Memorial Hospital, Greenville, N.C.

A native of Hertford County, Mr. Askew lived most of his life in the Ahoskie area. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Ahoskie and was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a farmer and agribusinessman and, for many years, he was the Northeastern North Carolina salesman for Roberson Fertilizer Co., W.R. Grace & Co. and Tidewater Chemical Corp.

Mr. Askew is survived by his wife, Violet Cross Askew of the home; a son, Edward C. Askew and his wife, Jean L., of Greenville; a daughter, Carolyn A. Williams and husband, Jerry, of Indianapolis, Ind.; a brother, O'Quinn Askew of Ahoskie; two sisters, Janice Mitchell of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jane Weber of Stillwater, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Kimberly Kramer of Raleigh, Doug Williams of Indianapolis and Eric Askew of Greenville.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of Ahoskie by the Rev. Dr. Jesse J. Croom. Burial will follow in Highland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Garrett Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Ahoskie Building Fund, P.O. Box 649, Ahoskie, NC 27910.

Cleveland Brown
LEWISTON -- Cleveland Brown, 84, of the 100 block of Green Pond Road, died Oct. 10, 1999. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Bethlehem Apostolic Faith C.O.G.I.C. Gilliam Funeral Home, Windsor, is in charge.

Minnie S. Grant
JACKSON -- Minnie Spencer Grant, 92, died Oct. 14, 1999, at Halifax Regional Medical Center in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

Mrs. Grant was a native of Hyde County, N.C., and the daughter of the late Rev. Rufus R. Grant and Laura Elizabeth Carter Grant. She was a retired teacher and graduated from Duke University. She was the wife of the late E.B. Grant Sr. and a member of Jackson United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Elizabeth ``Bettie'' Grant Wills of Southern Shores, N.C.; a son, E.B. Grant Jr. and his wife, Jane Harris Grant, of Weldon, N.C.; a sister, Etta Beal Grant Vick of Seaboard, N.C.; five grandchildren, Jim Wills, Laura Mitchell, Greg Wills, Gene Grant and Russ Grant; four great-grandchildren, Spencer Mitchell, Olivia Mitchell, Jacob Grant and Sam Wills; and very special family friends, Joe Cole and Gaga Daughtrey.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Jackson United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jo Hancock. Burial will follow at Jackson Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Massey Funeral Home, Jackson, from 7 to 9 p.m. today. Memorials may be made to Jackson United Methodist Church, Jackson, NC 27845.

Helen P. Jackson
EDENTON -- Helen Perry Jackson, 79, died Oct. 13, 1999, in Britthaven. Mrs. Jackson was the daughter of the late Etta Hughes and Zola Perry and the wife of Tommy Jackson.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two sisters, Edna Perry Taylor of Merry Hill, N.C., and Virginia Perry Earley of Chesapeake.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Beaver Hill Cemetery by the Rev. Ashby Browder. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Evans Funeral Home and other times at the residence. Memorials may be made to the Edenton-Chowan Rescue Squad, 208 W. Hicks St., Edenton, NC 27932.

Margaret C. Richards
CHARLOTTE -- Margaret Rankin Coslett Richards, 91, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, at Carmel Hills Retirement Center.

Born June 23, 1908, in Pittsburg, Pa., Mrs. Richards was a daughter of the late William Henry Coslett and Hester Rankin Coslett. In younger years Mrs. Richards was involved in volunteer work at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, S.C., the Chesapeake Hospital and the City Building in Chesapeake. She was a past president of the S.C. Pharmaceutical Auxiliary. She was also a former member of Southside Baptist Church, Washington Avenue Baptist Church and Boulevard Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C., and a former member of Freedom Baptist Church in Chesapeake. She was a recent member of Calvary Church and the Arthur Smith Sunday School class.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Calvary Church with the Rev. Wayne Detzler officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. in Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at McEwen Funeral Service, Pineville Chapel.

The family requests that memorials be given to the Bible Broadcasting Network, P.O. Box 7300, Charlotte, NC 28241-7300; or Carmel Hills Retirement Center, 2801 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC 28226; or Hospice at Charlotte, 1420 E. 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204.

Clothield V. Turner
CARY -- Clothield Virginia Vaeth Turner, 72, a native of Portsmouth, died Oct. 12, 1999. A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Cary.

William E. Yielding Sr.
NEWPORT NEWS -- William E. ``Willie'' Yielding Sr., 86, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999. A native of Singleton, Texas, he was a Peninsula resident for 55 years.

Willie retired from the U.S. Navy in 1947 as a lieutenant j.g. after serving aboard the USS Idaho, USS Whipple, USS Columbia and the USS Randolph. He participated in many actions against the enemy in the Pacific during World War II including the 1st and 2nd carrier raids against Tokyo. Mr. Yielding earned a China Service Ribbon, American Defense Service Medal with Star, Asiatic-Pacific Service Ribbon with 7 stars, American Theatre Ribbon and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.

Mr. Yielding was a member of the Retired Officers Association, Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post No. 25, Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of Virginia, the USS Columbia CL-56 Association, the USS Idaho BB-42 Association, the Fleet Reserve Association and The Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Mr. Yielding was predeceased by two daughters, Mary Jo Yielding Williams and Cheryl Yielding Fales. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Marie J. Yielding; a son, William E. Yielding Jr. of Vienna; a daughter, Charlotte McGary of Bothell, Wash.; a son-in-law, Lynn Fales of Newport News; a brother, Elvord Yielding of Baton Rouge, La.; a sister, Ethel Jeffers of Alexandria, La.; four grandchildren, Susie Williams and Shelby Williams III of Richardson, Texas, and Noah and Jonah McGary of Bothell.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. A Mass of the Resurrection will begin at 7:30 p.m. Graveside services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Peninsula Memorial Park. Friends and family should meet at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church by 9 a.m. Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Scottish Rite Community Relations Handicapped Equipment, 65 Saunders Road, Newport News, VA 23601. Weymouth Funeral Home is in charge.

Flossie T. Crippen
HOLLIS, QUEENS, N.Y. -- Flossie Thorton Crippen, 93, died Oct. 10, 1999. A graveside service will be Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery. Crocker Funeral Home, Suffolk, is in charge.

Angelo D. Sykes II
CARROLLTON, Ga. -- Master Angelo Devon Sykes II, 7, of the 100 block of Valley Circle, passed away Sept. 13, 1999.

Master Sykes was born on Oct. 19, 1992, in Carroll County, the son of Angelo Devon Sykes Sr. and Robbie Michelle Billingsley.

Survivors include his father, Angelo Sykes Sr. of Lithia Springs; his mother, Robbie Michelle Billingsley of Carrollton; paternal grandparents, Catherine Bracy of Lithia Springs, Vanderbilt T. Sykes Jr. of Portsmouth, Va.; maternal grandfather, Robert L. Billingsley of Carrollton; maternal great-grandmother, Ruth C. Billingsley of Carrollton; paternal great-grandmother, Helen Bracy; paternal great-grandfather, Joseph Bracy Sr.; paternal great-grandfather, Vanderbilt T. Sykes Sr.; paternal great-grandmother, Carolyn Sykes, all of Portsmouth; four uncles, Raynard E. Sykes of Albany, Reginald O. Sykes and Valentino T. Sykes, both of Portsmouth, and Quincy Heard of Washington state; three aunts, Alexis K. Bracy of Lithia Springs, Camai Sykes of Portsmouth and Zeta Robinson of Whitesburg; and a host of great-aunts and great-uncles.

Funeral services were held Sept. 17, 1999, at Faith Missionary Baptist Church. Martin & Hightower Heritage Chapel was in charge.

Canice T. Welsh
LATROBE, Pa. -- Father Canice Thomas Welsh, O.S.B., died Saturday, Oct. 9, 1999, at St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, after a long illness. He was 78 years old.

Fr. Canice was born May 1, 1921, in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of the late Oliver and Mary McGrath Welsh. He attended St. Canice Grade School in Pittsburgh and graduated from St. Vincent Preparatory School in 1939. He received a bachelor of arts degree from St. Vincent College in 1944, and attended St. Vincent Seminary from 1942-47.

Fr. Canice entered St. Vincent Archabbey in 1941. He professed simple vows on July 2, 1942, and solemn vows on July 11, 1945. He was ordained a priest in St. Vincent Archabbey Church by the late Hugh C. Boyle, Bishop of Pittsburgh, on June 15, 1947.

Fr. Canice served in St. Vincent Preparatory School as a faculty member and chaplain from 1947-55, and on the faculty and staff of the Barry-Robinson School in Norfolk from 1956-57. He also served in the archabbey's parish apostolates in the dioceses of Covington, Ky., Altoona-Johnstown, Pa., Pittsburgh, Pa., and Richmond. While assistant pastor at St. Gregory Parish in Virginia Beach, he was also the chaplain for the Virginia Beach Police and the City Jail.

Part of Fr. Canice's pastoral work included the founding of several radio programs. While stationed at St. Bernard Church in Hastings, Pa., he hosted a radio program on WNCC radio. In Virginia Beach he had a program entitled ``A Parable for Today,'' and regularly staged ``The Sweetgum Shows,'' where hundreds of children performed variety acts.

In 1966, Fr. Canice was honored in the Allegheny Valley when, on Feb. 19 of that year, he risked his life to save a drowning boy from the freezing waters of the Allegheny River.

Fr. Canice is survived by a brother, John, of Bethel Park, Pa.

A memorial Mass for Fr. Canice will be held at 9:30 a.m. today at St. Gregory the Great Church, Virginia Beach. Memorial donations may be made to the Benedictine Health and Welfare Fund at St. Vincent Archabbey.


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