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Melvin T. Jacobsen
CHESAPEAKE -- Melvin Thomas Jacobsen, 75, of Rosemary Lane, died Sept. 4, 1998, in his home.

Mr. Jacobsen, a native Metropolitan, Calif., was retired from Litton Business Systems. He was a member of St. Therese's Catholic Church, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, formerly coached youth baseball in Portsmouth and Chesapeake, and was a member of Bide-A-Wee Golf Club.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Lorene Dearing Jacobsen; two daughters, Nancy Vick and her husband Jim Vick of Chesapeake, Pam Shepherd and her husband Jeff Shepherd of Ponder, Texas; a son, Chris Jacobsen of Norfolk; three sisters, Lucille Tunzini of Ferndale, Calif., Kathleen Smith of Ft. Bragg, Calif., Maxene Jacobsen of Fortuna, Calif.; four grandchildren, Amy Hollowood, Jay Vick, Kate Jacobsen, Zachary Shepherd; and two great grandchildren, Sean Hollowood and Errin Hollowood.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 7 p.m. Monday in St. Therese's Catholic Church by the Rev. Robert L. Cummins. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at church prior to and after the Mass. Foster Funeral Home, Portsmouth, is handling arrangements. 
 

Ola W. Marttila
CHESAPEAKE -- Ola Waye Marttila, 68, died Sept. 3, 1998. A loving and devoted mother, she will be dearly missed by her children.

Mrs. Marttila is survived by her loving daughters, Kristie Wagoner, Donna Amos, Sharon MacDougall, Rita Terry and Cynthia Marttila; her sisters, Rosa Fuller, Nell Sutherland, Ruth Coszo, Linda Fuller and Lexie Looney; her brother, Stoney Fuller; 14 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Kellum Funeral Home, Bonney Road Chapel. A service will be conducted on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment at Princess Anne Memorial Park will follow. 
 

Dorothy B. Renfro
CHESAPEAKE -- Dorothy B. Renfro, 69, of Benefit Road, died Sept. 5, 1998, at Chesapeake General Hospital.

Born in Tulsa, Okla., she attended Wellesley College and graduated from Oklahoma University. While attending Oklahoma University she met her husband as he was entering the U.S. Air Force and she traveled with him extensively during his career. Upon his retirement they decided to remain in the city of Chesapeake and have lived there for over 28 years.

After settling in Chesapeake, Dorothy became very involved in the United States Pony Clubs, an organization that allowed her to mix her love of horses and children. She was involved at the local, regional and national levels of activities. She donated use of her horses, her facilities and her time to encourage many Pony Club members to success. This brought her a great deal of joy.

She was a life member of the USPC as well as continuing her support as a sustaining member yearly. Her other memberships included; the American Horse Show Association, Virginia Horse Council, Southeast Virginia Dressage Association, Tidewater Horse Council and other organizations that shared her love of horses. At various times she had been editor of newsletters, helped on committees and performed other duties in both leadership and support roles.

Survivors include her husband, Lt. Col. C. Ralph Renfro, USAF, Ret.; her two sons, Richard L. Renfro of Falls Church, Va., and Col. Charles L. Renfro, USAF of Hickman AFB, Hawaii; her two daughters, Rebecca L. Bush of Bartlesville, Okla., and Beverly R. Renfro of Clover, Va., and seven grandchildren.

Viewing will begin on Tuesday. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the United States Pony Club, 4701 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Ky. 40511. 
 

Henry L. Darden Sr.
NORFOLK -- Henry L. Darden Sr., of the 1300 block of Maltby Ave., passed quietly and peacefully into eternal rest on Wednesday morning, Sept. 2, 1998, in the comfort of his home. He was a native of Boykins, Va., (Southampton County) and the son of the late May Lyttle Darden.

Mr. Darden was retired from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a heavy equipment operator after 32 years of service. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and a 50-year member of Excelsior Lodge No. 87, F. & A.M. PHA. He was also a WWII Army veteran.

He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Madelin M. Bembry and Cheryl Yvette Darden-Hayes; two sons, Henry Lee Darden Jr. and Luther B. Hall; five sisters, Mildred Harrell, Classie Cox, Gladys Wiggins, Jessie Moore and Callie Mae Jones; two brothers, Leober Darden and Edward Darden; 15 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

A funeral will be conducted on Wednesday at noon in the sanctuary of Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Jesse E. Arrington officiating. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. Viewing will be Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Riddick Funeral Service, and a wake will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The family will receive friends at 2709 Spruce St. 
 

Herbert L. Henderson
NORFOLK -- After a courageous battle with cancer and other illnesses, Herbert ``Herb'' L. Henderson went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 4, 1998.

Born in Vanceburg, Ky., but raised in Manchester, Ohio, he would later make Norfolk his home. He served in the U.S. Army and retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service. After retirement, he worked for Tracor & Raytheon corporations in the Tidewater area. He was an active member of Burrows Memorial Baptist Church where he faithfully served as a deacon and taught the Men's Bible Class.

He will always be remembered for his kindness, faith, and especially his humor.

Survivors include his wife, Gerrie Henderson; daughter, LeeAnn Henderson; stepchildren, Kenneth Nai, Karen Nai, Doreen Lavorato, Rolanda Gombar and Shaun Epps; one grandson, James Gage Henderson; two brothers, Dean Henderson and Jr. Henderson; seven step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Ermal and Wilma Henderson and a son, Travis Henderson.

A homegoing service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service. 
 

Julia Hitz
NORFOLK -- Julia Hitz, a longtime resident of Norfolk and a native of Havana, passed away on Aug. 9, 1998, in Miami, Fla.

An art instructor most of her life, she was best known in recent years for her Norfolk Cartoon Studio, where she taught pastels and watercolors to children and adults before retiring to Florida. Among her many accomplishments, Mrs. Hitz was a well-known volunteer at DePaul Hospital and Children's Hospital, where she used her ``art therapy'' to inspire the recovery of both the old and the young. 

Mrs. Hitz, a widow, leaves behind two sisters; two sons; a daughter; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. 

Services were held in Miami, Fla., and a memorial service will be hosted in Norfolk for her friends. For information, please call 305-867-0633. 
 

Chattana Jones
NORFOLK -- Infant Chattana Jones, three weeks, of the 100 block of W. 36th St., died Aug. 31, 1998. A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Roosevelt Memorial Park. Graves Funeral Home is in charge. 
 

Eric A. Jones
NORFOLK -- Eric Anthony Jones of the 200 block of W. 35th St., died Sept. 1, 1998. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Carlos A. Howard Funeral Chapel, Norfolk. 
 

Vernon L. LeTempt
NORFOLK -- Vernon Luther LeTempt, 76, of Westmont Ave., died Sept. 5, 1998, after a long illness, in DePaul Medical Center.

Mr. LeTempt was born in Blodgett, Mo., and was the son of the late Louis Samuel and Barbara Carrol LeTempt. He was retired from the U.S. Navy after 31 years of service and was a veteran of World War II. Mr. LeTempt was a member of the Khedive Temple, past captain of the Khedive Corvettes, and was a member of the Fleet Reserve. He was also a member of Ilmo Baptist Church, Ilmo, Mo. Mr. LeTempt was preceded in death by a son, Robert Vernon LeTempt; a sister, Norma Ledure; and two brothers, Norman LeTempt and Lewis LeTempt.

He is survived by his wife, Aldona LeTempt of the home; three sons, William Vincent LeTempt of Norfolk, Richard Lewis LeTempt of Norfolk, and James Edward LeTempt of Chesapeake; a sister, Louise Carbaugh of Jefferson City, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held at a later date in Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton, Va., with interment to follow. Cremation Society of Virginia, Tidewater Office, is handling arrangements. 
 

Roscoe C. Spencer
NORFOLK -- Roscoe Clayton Spencer, 85, died Friday, Sept. 4, 1998, in the Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia. He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and was the son of the late Elizabeth Krackenfels and Roscoe Conklin Spencer. Mr. Spencer served as a U.S. naval officer having served in World War II and in Korea. He retired as a teacher with the Norfolk Public Schools having taught at Maury High School for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen Jones Spencer; two daughters, Barbara Sue Martin of Morrow, Ga., and Sandra I. Jaeger of Parker, Colo.; two sons, R. Thomas Spencer and Michael C. Spencer, both of Norfolk; a sister-in-law, Jane J. Bennett formerly of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; four grandchildren; and two great-granchildren.

A private burial of his cremated remains will be held at a later date in Shavertown, Pa. The family will be at Cox Funeral Home on Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. for a visitation with friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia, 6401 Auburn Drive, Virginia Beach, Va. 23464. 
 

Helen D. Tarver
NORFOLK -- Helen Daye Tarver of the 4600 block of Mayflower Ave., died Sept. 4, 1998, at a local nursing home. 

Born in South Hampton Co., Va., she was the widow of Henry Tarver. She was a retired machine operator and a member of First Baptist Church, Bute Street, Norfolk. 

Survivors include two daughters, Mae Daye Johnson and Emma Daye Graham; one brother, Willie Daye; two nieces, Denise Hairston and Shirley Daye; one nephew, James Daye; three stepdaughters; and four stepsons. 

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, Bute Street, by the Rev. Robert Murray. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the residence. The remains will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Graves Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 
 

James M. Toomey
NORFOLK -- James M. Toomey, 70, died Aug. 20, 1998, in a Portsmouth hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion. 

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Katherine Enright Maynard of Raleigh, N.C.; two nephews, E. Thomas Enright Jr. of Norfolk and John W. Enright of Williamsburg; a niece, Patricia Flachbart of California; and a grandniece, Carrie Cupps of Virginia Beach. 

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Christ The King Catholic Church on Tidewater Drive in Norfolk. Memorial donations may be made to Christ The King Church. 
 

Samuel Tyler
NORFOLK -- Samuel Tyler of the 200 block of Hardy Ave., died Sept. 2, 1998. A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Cemetery. Graves Funeral Home is in charge. 
 

Martha M. Wilson
NORFOLK -- Martha M. Wilson, of the 500 block of Nicholson St., was called home for her just reward on Thursday morning, Sept. 3, 1998, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. She was a native of Greenville, N.C., and the daughter of the late Henry L. and Corrine Williams.

She retired from S.L. Nusbaum Realtors and was a member of Campostella Heights Seventh-day Adventist.

She leaves to cherish her precious memory her husband, Arlester Wilson, of the home; four daughters, Patricia L. Lynn of Chesapeake, Corrine Hinton and Katrina A. Wilson, both of Norfolk, and Gail D. Martin of Virginia Beach; one son, Arlester Wilson Jr. of Norfolk; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a very special devoted friend, Mary Linder-Pittman.

A funeral will be conducted on Tuesday at noon at Campostella Heights SDA, 1006 Oakwood St., Norfolk, by Pastor George E. Thornton Sr. with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Viewing will be Monday from 1 to 6 p.m. and the family will be at 560 E. Brambleton Ave. Riddick Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Edward I. Blunder Jr.
PORTSMOUTH -- Edward I. Blunder Jr., of the 900 block of Wilcox Ave., died Sept. 4, 1998, in Maryview Hospital.
Mr. Blunder, a native of Franklinton, N.C., was a son of the late Sarah and Irvin Blunder. He retired from the Norfolk Naval Base as a custodian after 35 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Noble Street Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife Carrie L. Blunder; two daughters, Eva and her husband, the Rev. James Grimes, and Emma and her husband, Dewey Blount, both of Portsmouth; one brother, Collins Blunder of Henderson, N.C.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister-in-law, Lena Mae McEachen; one niece; one nephew; and a host of cousins, in-laws, and friends.

A funeral will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Noble Street Baptist Church by the Rev. Henry P. Jones, presiding, and eulogy by the Rev. James Grimes. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery with military honors. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home, Portsmouth, will be at noon Monday. The body will be taken to the church at 10 a.m. Tuesday. 
 

Areather Daniels
PORTSMOUTH -- Areather ``Re Re'' Daniels, 82, of the 3800 block of Old Farm Road, died Sept. 2, 1998, in Maryview Hospital.

A native of Gatesville, N.C., she was the widow of Leroy Daniels Sr. She was a member of Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by her two daughters, Glendora Harris and Annmarie Faulcon, both of Portsmouth; three sons, the Rev. Leroy Daniels Jr., Junathan Daniels and Jerome Daniels, all of Portsmouth; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Melvin O. Marriner, presiding, and eulogy by the Rev. Leroy Daniels Jr. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Hampton. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home, Portsmouth, will begin at noon Monday. The body will be taken to the church at 11 a.m. Tuesday. 
 

M. Julia Munoz
PORTSMOUTH -- Maria Julia Munoz, 86, of Harbor Court, died Aug. 26, 1998, in Maryview Medical Center.

Mrs. Munoz, a native of Coamo, Puerto Rico, was the widow of Angel Mercedes Munoz and a member of St. Therese's Catholic Church, Chesapeake. She was retired from the State of New York.

Survivors include a son, Angelo M. Munoz and his wife, Patricia, of Portsmouth; two grandchildren, Andrea F. Scott and Michael J. Munoz; and two great grandchildren, Rebecca and Sean Scott.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Therese's Catholic Church by the Rev. Robert L. Cummins. A reception will follow in the church social hall. Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Smithtown, N.Y. Foster Funeral Home, Portsmouth, is handling arrangements.

The family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations be made to Oasis Social Ministry, 1020 High St., Portsmouth, Va. 23704. 
 

Joyce F. Rittenberry
PORTSMOUTH -- Joyce Foster Rittenberry, 71, died Sept. 4, 1998, in Roanoke.

She was a native of Worcester, Mass., and the widow of Albert James Rittenberry. She was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her six daughters, Alberta Scott of Blueridge, Robin Whitley and Debra Lewis, both of Chesapeake, Cheryle Houck of Norfolk, and Kathleen Davis and Melissa Rittenberry, both of Portsmouth; and 10 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, by the Rev. Robert F. Cofield Jr. The family will be at the funeral home Wednesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. to receive friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, or the Liver Foundation. 
 

James D. Sellers
PORTSMOUTH -- James Dewey Sellers, 89, of the 5000 block of Lake Circle Drive, died Aug. 31, 1998. A funeral will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Meadowbrook Mausoleum Chapel. Baker-Foster Funeral Home is in charge. 
 

Sue A. Billups
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Sue Ann Billups, 77, of the 5600 block of Aragon Drive, died Aug. 31, 1998, in Bayside Sentara Hospital.

A native of Norfolk, Ms. Billups was a widow. She retired as a housekeeper and was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church.

She is survived by her two daughters, Alberta Wright and Betty Branch, both of Virginia Beach; three sons, Lawrence Billups and Clarence Billups, both of Virginia Beach, and Herbert Billups of Norfolk; one sister, Alice Bell Casten of Norfolk; one brother, Dennis Watkins of Virginia Beach; 31 grandchildren; 65 great- grandchildren; and six great-great- grandchildren.

A funeral will be held Tuesday at noon in Morning Star Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. C.H. Williams. Burial will be in Betty Jones Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. P.G. Thomasson Funeral Services Inc. is handling arrangements. 
 

Cammie O. Ligon
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Cammie Olive Ligon died peacefully Sept. 4, 1998, at Virginia Beach General Hospital surrounded by family and friends.

Born in Durham, N.C., she was the loving daughter of Helen Olive Berry and the late Booker Olive. Cammie graduated from Durham High School in 1960 and received her bachelor's degree in Education in 1965 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Cammie began teaching in the Virginia Beach School System in 1965 at John B. Dey Elementary School. She received her master's degree in 1978 from Old Dominion University. Cammie served as a reading diagnostician for the Virginia Beach School System for 12 years and was recently the reading resource teacher at Tallwood Elementary.

Cammie was the treasurer of the Virginia Beach Reading Council. She was a member of the Alpha Rho Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, the Virginia Beach Colonial Circle of the International Order of the King's Daughters, and the ``Millionairesses'' Investment Club.

Cammie is survived by her husband of 19 years, Capt. Samuel Ligon (SC) USN Ret.; her mother, Helen Berry of Virginia Beach; a stepbrother, Michael Berry of Phoenix, Ariz.; a stepsister, Sharon Brace of Evansville, Ind.; and two stepchildren, Samantha Stenger of Kennesaw, Ga., and Colin Ligon of Fairfax, Va.

The family will receive friends Monday at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, from 4 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A graveside service will be conducted Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Maplewood Cemetery, Durham, N.C. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Catch 'Em in the Cradle, Virginia Beach Reading Council, 421 Thalia Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 23452. 
 

Lavolia Frye
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Lavolia Frye, 72, of the 3000 block of Blitz Court, died Sept. 3, 1998, at her residence.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, she was the widow of Alfred H. Frye.

Survivors include one daughter, Valarie E. Frye-Ramsey; one adopted daughter, Darlene C. Frye; one adopted son, Alfred N. Frye Jr.; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Steve Peacock. Burial will we be in Quantico National Cemetery. Viewing will begin at 10 a.m. Monday. Family and friends will assemble at 3056 Blitz Court. 
 

Mary S. Goodman
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Min.Mary Skinner Speller Goodman, of Daniel Smith Road, went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 2, 1998.
Mary Goodman was born on Feb. 20, 1909, to the late David and Classie Skinner of Hertford, N.C. She was a loving, kind, caring, and wonderful wife as well as a mother. As a proud grand-, great- and great-great-grandmother, she shared her many years of wisdom. She was a native of Hertford, N.C., when she met the late Alfred James Speller. She later married him and raised 10 children, including James, Robert, Queenie, Wilder, Roxanna Johnson, Sweetie Gardner, Bernice Sessoms, and Catherine Wiggins. She later remarried Jessie J. Goodman on Oct. 11, 1975. She was married 23 long, beautiful years. She was a Minister of God and a faithful member of The Church of Christ Apostolic Faith.

Those left to cherish her sweet memory are her husband, Jessie Goodman; daughters; sons; her sister, Clara S. Reid of Norfolk; and a host of grand-, great- and great-great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all.

A funeral will be conducted on Tuesday at noon at New St. John AME Church, Rock Creek Lane, Virginia Beach, by Elder Antonio Gardner. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. Metropolitan Funeral Service, Southside Chapel, Berkley Avenue, is handling arrangements. Family and friends will assemble at 5527 Daniel Smith Road, Virginia Beach, on Tuesday at 11 a.m. for the funeral procession to the church. 
 

James P. Sadler
VIRGINIA BEACH -- James Pearce Sadler, 86, a prominent business and civic leader, died Sept. 5, 1998, in his Virginia Beach home.

Mr. Sadler was born in Raleigh, N.C., moving to Virginia at a young age. He was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth, and attended North Carolina State University. He served as a cadet in the United States Merchant Marines, sailing 18 trips across the North Atlantic.

Upon returning from sea, Jim joined Southern Materials in 1935. After retiring in 1960 as senior vice-president, he remained on Southern Materials' board until 1962 when it was sold to Lone Star. Jim became involved in several business ventures, realizing retirement was not for him. In 1964 he founded Sadler Materials Corporation.

In 1971 Jim was selected First Citizen of Virginia Beach for his devoted service to his community. In 1974 he was chosen as the first King Neptune of the City of Virginia Beach. This event was founded to pull a struggling city together and gain identity. Jim Sadler's numerous civic contributions afforded him these two deserving honors.

Jim was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach, past president of the Chamber of Commerce, served two three-year terms on the City Industrial Development Authority. He was a founder of Cape Henry Collegiate School, a founding member of the Tidewater Artificial Reef Development Association and Virginia Beach Radio Station WBOF. He was a member emeritus of the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Foundation, a past Board member of the Virginia Beach General Hospital and First Virginia Bank. He was a past member of the Princess Anne Country Club and the Engineers Club of Hampton Roads. In the early 60's, Jim saved Upper Wolfsnare Mansion for the Princess Anne Historical Society.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Dr. Susan F. Sadler; his five daughters and their husbands, Sandra and Corydon Baylor of Virginia Beach, Betty James and Jim Fuller of Orlando, Fla., Sue and Jack Morris of Virginia Beach, Michaele and Terry Lucas of Tacoma, Wash., Lane and Joseph Walsh of Philadelphia, Pa.; eight grandchildren, Kathryn Baylor, Kimberly Baylor, Julia Baylor, Jacquline Gerhardt, Cameron Johnson, James Lucas, Lane Lucas, and James P. Walsh; two great-grandchildren, Taylor Gerhardt and Griffin Gerhardt; a sister, Sarah Sadler Woods of Virginia Beach; his brother Joseph Sadler and his wife, Virginia Sadler, of Virginia Beach; their two sons, George Sadler and James Sadler; and daughter, Roberta Sadler.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery by the Reverend John Jordan. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 945, Virginia Beach, Va. 23451, or charity of your choice. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, is handling arrangements. 
 

Marie M. Widener
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Marie M. Widener, 83, of the 5600 block of Banbury Court died Sept. 3, 1998. She was a member of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church. 

Mrs. Widener is survived by her daughters, Maureen A. Richardson of Virginia Beach and Phyllis Widener of Florida; her son, William D. Widener of North Carolina; her sister, Ann Smith; and her grandchildren, Maureen and Michael Virgin of Florida, William Widener Jr. of North Carolina, and Brandy Richardson of Virginia Beach. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel. A service will be conducted at the funeral home Tuesday at 10 a.m. Interment at Rosewood Memorial Park will follow. 
 

Joe S. Ricks Sr.
SUFFOLK -- Joe Sam Ricks Sr., 76, died Sept. 4, 1998, in Obici Hospital. 

A native of Southampton County, he was the son of the late David Crockett and Blaime Parker Ricks. Mr. Ricks was retired from Tidewater Wholesale. 

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Doyle Ricks; his daughters, JoAnn Barden of Daytona, Fla., Peggy McNicol of Phenix City, Ala.; his sons, Joe Sam Ricks Jr. of Malone, N.Y., Jerry Ricks and Charles T. Ricks, both of Suffolk; 16 grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; and a sister, Mary R. Babb of Courtland. He was predeceased by two sons, John B. Ricks Sr. and Johnnie Reed Ricks. 

A graveside service will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens by the Rev. William Ricks. The family will receive friends in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 
 

Wallace R. Crocker
SMITHFIELD -- Wallace R. Crocker, 72, passed away Friday, Sept. 4, 1998, after a short illness. He was a lifelong resident of Smithfield and a member of Benn's United Methodist Church.

Mr. Crocker retired as an outside machinist from Newport News Shipbuilding. He was an Army veteran, having served during World War II, and a 43-year member of the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department, in addition to being a devoted father to his children.

Mr. Crocker was preceded in death by a daughter, Shelia C. Anderson. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Edith ``Pat'' Mauney Crocker; his sons, Randy Crocker, Neal Crocker and David Crocker; his daughters, Diane C. Bray and Terry C. Watts; grandchildren, Stacy, Chris, Randolph, Kendall, Kellie, Daniel and Dana; and one great-grandson, Timmy.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Luke's Memorial Park by the Rev. William M. White. Visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the family residence, 507 Bailey Ave., Smithfield. Memorial donations can be made to Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 97, Smithfield, Va. 23431-0097 or Benn's United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 14571 Benns Church Blvd., Smithfield, Va. 23430. Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, is handling arrangements. 
 

Patty A. King
FRANKLIN -- Patty Alston King, 79, of the 32300 block of Walters Highway, died Sept. 5, 1998, at her home after a long illness. Born in Essex, N.C., she was the daughter of Gideon Branch Alston and Nancy Elizabeth Crawley, and had been married to Edward Gray King for 51 years. She was also a member of the Pine Grove Assembly of God in Windsor. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by four daughters, Jewel Faison and Vanessa Jones, both of Carrsville, Jackie Jones of Suffolk, and Patsy King of Richmond; two sons, John King of South Hill and Cecil King of Carrsville; one brother, Eugene Alston of Hollister, N.C.; two sisters, Mary Allen of Petersburg, and Bernie Robinson of Darlington, N.C.; 14 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Pine Grove Assembly of God with the Rev. Steve Bradshaw and the Rev. Tom Grazioso officiating. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Monday in Arcola, N.C. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Branch Funeral Home, 839 Jackson St., Roanoke Rapids, N.C. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to South Hampton Memorial Hospital Hospice, 102 N. Mechanic St., Franklin, Va. 23851. 
 

Heidi H. Cox
KILL DEVIL HILLS -- Heidi Holland Cox, 21, died Sept. 3, 1998, as a result of an automobile accident near Stumpy Point, N.C. 

A native of Hyde County, she was born Oct. 8, 1976, in Belhaven, N.C. She was a graduate of Mattamuskeet School, Class of 1994, an avid pet lover, and worked at Charlotte's Web in Kill Devil Hills as a pet caregiver. She was a member of Middletown Christian Church. 

She is survived by her mother, Maybell Holland Cox Stevens of Kill Devil Hills; her father, Joe Redden Cox of Route No. 1, Engelhard; her paternal grandmother, Nell Cox of Route No. 1, Engelhard (Middletown Community); and a sister, Heather Cox Etheridge of Manteo. 

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Middletown Christian Church. Scott Sukeforth will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of Nell Cox in the Middletown Community. Arrangements are by Bryan Funeral Service, Swan Quarter. 
 

Virginia S. McLeod
CAMDEN -- Virginia Sawyer McLeod, 72, of the 400 block of Whitehall Road, died Sept. 5, 1998. A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in New Hollywood Cemetery. Twiford's Memorial Chapel, Elizabeth City, is in charge. 
 

S. Allen VanLandingham
ROPER -- S. Allen VanLandingham, 82, of Roper, N.C., formerly of Norfolk, died unexpectedly Sept. 3, 1998, in Fairfax County, Va. 

Born in Heath Springs, S.C., on Dec. 14, 1915, Mr. VanLandingham was the son of the late Cleland S. and Emily Barfield VanLandingham. He was a retired building contractor in both the Norfolk, Va., and Washington County, N.C., areas. He was a member of the Perseverance Masonic Lodge No. 59, AF & AM, the Washington County Shrine Club, and a Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star, Chapter No. 281, Columbia, N.C. He had served as a former member of the Washington County Hospital Board of Directors. 

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Marjorie Deshields VanLandingham of the home; three sons, Shelby W. Harrod Sr. of Chesapeake, Michael L. Harrod of Portland, Mass., and Kenneth R. Harrod of Elizabeth City; one sister, Ruby Keller of Williamston; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Scuppernong Church of Christ near Creswell, N.C., with Mr. Mark Woolard officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Scuppernong Church of Christ Memorial Fund, c/o Mr. Mark Woolard, 3467 Davenport Fork Road, Creswell, N.C. 27928, or to the Columbia Chapter No. 281, OES, c/o Iris Jones, Secretary, Box 114, Columbia, N.C. 27925. Horner-Walker Funeral Home of Plymouth is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Louisana B. Whidbee
ELIZABETH CITY -- Louisana Banks Whidbee, 82, of Route 3, Hertford, died Sept. 3, 1998. A funeral will be on Monday at 2 p.m. at Leigh's Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, Hertford. Walson Funeral Home is in charge. 
 

Marie H. Coolman

AMSTERDAM, N.Y. -- Marie Hausman Coolman, 92, of Park Hill Adult Home, died Thursday morning, Sept. 3, 1998. 

Mrs. Coolman is survived by one son, Duane ``Duke'' Coolman of Virginia Beach; one daughter, Yvonne ``Bonnie'' Dietrick of Rotterdam, N.Y.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nephews, nieces and cousins. 

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pine St., Amsterdam. Betz, Rossie & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, Inc., is in charge. 
 

Johnnie S. Gatlin
QUEENS, N.Y. -- Johnnie S. Gatlin, 33, died Aug. 29, 1998. A funeral will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, Creswell. Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia, N.Y., is in charge.


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