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Charles A. Boone
CHESAPEAKE -- Charles Arnold Boone of the 1200 block of Hillwell Road died Nov. 27, 2000.

Born in Gates, N.C., Mr. Boone was a graduate of A&T University, Greensboro, N.C. He was a man power specialist and a member of Eastwick United Methodist Church, Philadelphia, Pa.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Britt Boone; two sons, Casey Boone of Atlanta, Ga., Christopher Colvin of Cherry Hill, N.J.; two godsons, Darryl Britt of Philadelphia and Andrae Britt of Suffolk; five sisters, Vernice Chalmers, Audrey Watson of Suffolk, Glenda Simmons of Virginia Beach, Gloria Boone of Suffolk and Sharon Elam of Chesapeake; two brothers, Lonnell Boone, Randall Boone of Virginia Beach; mother-in-law, Mamie Britt of Chesapeake; an aunt, an uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Hope Baptist Church, Franklin, with the Rev. Eugene Fields assisting the Rev. A.L. Goodwyn, pastor. Burial will be in Southview Cemetery, Franklin. The remains will be placed in the church for viewing at 11:30 a.m. until the funeral hour. William M. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, Franklin, is handling arrangements.

Virginia L. Brown
CHESAPEAKE -- Virginia Lee Brown, 85, of the 1800 block of Campostella Road, entered into eternal rest on Nov. 30, 2000. She was born in Virginia Beach.

She is survived by her son, Lloyd Brown Jr. of Chesapeake; two sisters, Emma Grimstead and Dorothy Palmer, both of Virginia Beach; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Greater St. Andrews Church in Queen City. Interment will follow at Roosevelt Memorial Park. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at Pretlow and Sons Funeral Home, Chesapeake.

Grace F. Courtney
CHESAPEAKE -- Grace Fentress Courtney, 65, of the 1300 block of Bassett St., passed away Dec. 1, 2000, in her home.

Mrs. Courtney worked for 20 years with Woolworth's Department Stores. Born in Norfolk, she was the oldest of four children born to John W. and Ida Belle Fentress.

Survivors include her mother, Ida Fentress; her husband, Kenneth Courtney; two daughters, Deborah Moffitt, Teresa Willis and husband, Johnny; two sons, George Dailey Jr. and John Dailey; and five grandchildren, all of Chesapeake; two brothers, John Fentress Jr. and wife, Sarah, of Gloucester, and Bert Fentress and wife, Jenell, of Suffolk; a sister, Ida Calvin of Chesapeake; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Ashley Dailey.

Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Graham Funeral Home, South Norfolk Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Riverside Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the home at all other times.

Nokomis C. Jamison
CHESAPEAKE -- Nokomis Crawley Jamison, 75, of the 2700 block of Bunch Walnuts Road, died Dec. 1, 2000, at her residence. Mrs. Jamison was born Jan. 20, 1925 in McDowell County, N.C., to the late Ivey C. Crawley and the late Edna Biggerstaff Crawley.

She is survived by her husband, John W. Jamison; a daughter, Jacqueline Ross and husband, Robert G. Ross, of Crofton, Md.; two sons, John W. Jamison Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Lynchburg, Va., and Alvin Leon Jamison and wife, Paula, of Virginia Beach; two brothers, Joe Oscar Crawley and wife, Lola, of Nebo, N.C., and Edgar Crawley and wife, Josephine, of Marion, N.C.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials donations be made to Comfort Care Hospice, 1228 Progressive Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320. The Cremation Society of Virginia is in charge of arrangements.

Richard E. Baum
NORFOLK -- Richard Edward Baum, of the 200 block of W. Little Creek Road, died Dec. 1, 2000, in a local nursing facility.

Mr. Baum was born in Bethlehem, Pa., but most of his life was spent in the Hampton Roads area. He graduated from Granby High School and served several years in the Virginia National Guard. Prior to his illness, he was employed by Tricare Service Central in Portsmouth.

Survivors include his parents, Robert E. Baum Jr. and Frances N. Baum; two brothers, Thomas Baum and wife, Sandi, of Virginia Beach, and Gerald Baum and wife, Valentina, of Baltimore, Md.; and two nieces, Jennifer Baum and Kelly Baum.

A private service will be held for the family at a later date. Entombment will be in the Good Shepherd Mausoleum of Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Woodlawn Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge.

Derek A. Williams
NORFOLK -- Derek A. ``Smoke'' Williams of the 1000 block of Liberty St. died Nov. 28, 2000, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Born in Norfolk, he was a student at Tidewater Tech, a member of the Berkley Neighborhood Center and a basketball player for Faith Deliverance for a year.

He is survived by a son, Daekwon Daniels of Norfolk; his parents, Cynthia King of Portsmouth and David Jenkins of Norfolk; a sister, Nicole Williams of Norfolk; two brothers, Harold Williams of Craigsville, Va., and Corey Williams of Norfolk; grandparents, Bessie Greenhouse and Norward Greenhouse, both of Chesapeake; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends including a special friend, Latesha of Norfolk.

A funeral will be held at noon Monday at Bethany Baptist Church by the Rev. Gregory Chapman. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Hampton. Viewing will be from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Carlos A. Howard Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel. The family will assemble at 798 Lancer Drive, Portsmouth, at 11 a.m. for the procession.

Minnie Yocca
NORFOLK -- Minnie Yocca, born Jan. 4, 1909, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 29, 2000.

She was a native of Italy, arriving in the United States in 1918 and later became a naturalized citizen. In October 1924 she married Tony Yocca and they made their home in the southeastern Ohio town of Belaire and later moved to Shadyside. In 1972 she and her husband moved to Norfolk.

During her long life she was devoted to her Lord, Savior, and Shepherd, Jesus Christ, which was evidenced by her love and compassion for her family, friends, and neighbors. She was a former member of the Shadyside Nazarene Church and later transferred her membership to the Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Norfolk. Most recently, she had been ministered to in a very special way by the pastor and congregation of the Ocean View Christian Reformed Church in Norfolk.

Those who knew her will remember her as a little woman with a very big heart. If she saw someone in need it was her natural inclination to want to fill that need. She developed a passion for gardening at a very young age that carried her through her senior years. She was also an incredible cook and desired to teach what she knew to all who would listen to her and learn. She took great pride in the fruits of her labor and shared generously with her family and friends. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Minnie was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Tony Yocca; her sister, Josephine DiBonis; two brothers, Frank and Joseph DiSantis; and her grandson, Donald Dean.

She is survived by two children, Adeline Didier and husband, Russell, of Norfolk and John Yocca and his wife, Florine, of Shadyside, Ohio; four grandchildren, Tina Cox and husband, Harvey, of Virginia Beach, Monica Yocca of Shadyside, Tony Yocca and wife, Susan, of Woodsfield, Ohio, and Jamie Kirby and wife, Joyce, of Norfolk; seven great-grandchildren, Jeffrey Scott Dean of Cape Coral, Fla., Vickie and Jarrod Cox of Virginia Beach, Toni Rene' Dean of Wintersville, Ohio, Brian Kirby of Norfolk, and Ashley and Jason Yocca of Woodsfield; and a very special niece, Charlotte DiSantis of Norfolk.

A funeral will be held at noon today in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, and will be conducted by Pastor Dan Mulder of the Ocean View Christian Reformed Church. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk.

Anna P. Cummings
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Anna E. Petrlyk Cummings, 79, died Nov. 30, 2000. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. today in Rosewood Memorial Park. Affordable Funeral Services is in charge.

Celia D. Dziekan
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Celia D. Dziekan, 81, passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Nov. 27, 2000.

She was born in Rome, N.Y., on Sept. 10, 1919, the daughter of the late George and Nellie Toczek. Mrs. Dziekan was a member of The Spirit of Jesus Church of Virginia. She was very fond of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her pets.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Wilk of Virginia Beach; grandsons, Thomas Wilk of Virginia Beach and Lawrence Wilk of New Mexico; granddaughters, Lisa Stanton and her husband, William, of Charlottesville, and Sherry Wilk of Virginia Beach; and her great-grandchildren, Melissa and William Stanton.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today in Kellum Funeral Home, Bonney Road Chapel, with the Rev. Seigi Moto officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sentara Hospice.

Leonard J. Harland
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Leonard John Harland, 95, of the 4800 block of Frostburg Lane, died peacefully in his home on Nov. 27, 2000.

Mr. Harland was born and raised in Fluvanna County, Va., along with his sister and five brothers. He was the last surviving sibling. He was a civil servant at the Naval Supply Center for more than 29 years. He was an avid hunter, gunsmith, and an active member of Bayside Baptist Church.

He is survived by his son, Malcolm Lynn Harland; his granddaughter, Randa-Lynn Gordon; four great-grandchildren, Stuart, Jamie, Darci and Sara; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Harland's body has been donated to medical science at his request. A memorial service celebrating his life is planned for the spring.

Diana P. Hill
VIRGINIA BEACH -- A memorial service for Diana Parks Hill, who died Nov. 9, 2000, will be held at Old Donation Episcopal Church at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, Pittsford, NY 14534, or to Old Donation Church, 4449 N. Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road, is in charge.

Daniel T. Molloy
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Daniel T. Molloy, 51, a native of Faribault, Minn., died Nov. 30, 2000, at his residence.

He was the son of the late Dolores D. Molloy and Albert Molloy. He was a store manager for Super K-Mart having worked for K-Mart for 34 years. He was a Catholic and a former Scout Master of Troop No. 445.

Survivors include his wife, Mary B. Molloy; a daughter, Dawn Tincler of Virginia Beach; three sons, Jeffrey Molloy of Newark, Del., Albert Molloy and James Molloy, both of Virginia Beach; two sisters, Elizabeth Knaff and Colleen Thompson; three brothers, Michael Molloy, James E. Molloy and Kevin Molloy; six grandchildren, Sarah Tincler, Caitlyn Tincler, BryAnna Molloy, Michael-Brandon Molloy, Patrick Molloy and Margaret Molloy. He was preceded in death by a brother, Patrick Molloy.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Burial will be private at a later date. The family will be at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Indian River Chapel, from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Margaret H. Stanley
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Margaret Harris Stanley, 89, passed away Nov. 30, 2000, at Virginia Beach General Hospital.

A native of Albemarle, N.C., she was a resident of the Hampton Roads area for 30 years. She was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and the Dorothea Ladies Circle.

She was predeceased by her husband, Leamon G. Stanley, on Nov. 9, 1999. She is survived by two daughters, Jane Goetz of Newport News and Barbara Lavering of Virginia Beach; two brothers, Walter Casper and Ernest Casper, both of Albemarle; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be conducted at noon Monday at Princess Anne Memorial Park Cemetery by Dr. C. Marcus Engdhal. Altmeyer Funeral Homes, Virginia Beach, is handling arrangements.

James W. Whitehurst
VIRGINIA BEACH -- James W. Whitehurst, 86, died Nov. 30, 2000. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Kellum Funeral, Rosewood Chapel.

Deborah H. Debenedictis
SUFFOLK -- Deborah Harrup Debenedictis, 48, died Dec. 1, 2000. A native of Ahoskie, N.C., she was the daughter of the late David Garland.

She is survived by her parents, Ruth and Donald Wood of Suffolk; maternal grandmother, F. Louise Ellis of Conway, N.C.; sister, Barbara G. Cross of Suffolk; and brothers, David F. Harrup of Suffolk, Dennis Harrup of Windsor, Va., and Kevin B. Wood of Ivor, Va.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Southampton Memorial Park by the Rev. W. Thomas Wood. Friends may join the family Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Sidney F. Harrell Funeral Home and other times at the home of Ruth and Donald Wood, 7018 Ruritan Blvd.

Donald A. Reed
SUFFOLK -- Donald A. ``Don'' Reed, 75, of the 600 block of Knotts Creek Lane, died Nov. 30, 2000, in Portsmouth. Born in Hodgdon, Maine, he was self-employed as a cabinet maker and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife, Dixie P. Reed; two daughters, Burma Powell of McLean, Va., and Seanna Reed of Suffolk; two sons, Donald A. Reed II of Virginia Beach and Michael D. Reed of Suffolk; a sister, Norma Kellijian of Virginia Beach; three brothers, Robert Reed of San Diego, Calif., Ronald Reed of Portsmouth and George Reed of Suffolk; and three grandchildren, Kendra Stark of Charlottesville, Va., Brandon Reed of Virginia Beach, and Michael Powell of McLean.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Snellings Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel, by Chaplain J. Neal Sasser Jr. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Maryview Foundation.

Craig S. Saunders
SUFFOLK -- Craig Shawn Saunders, 19, died Nov. 28, 2000. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Crocker Funeral Home.

Walter Williams Sr.
SUFFOLK -- Walter Williams Sr., 87, died Nov. 29, 2000. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Gethsemane Baptist Church. Crocker Funeral Home is in charge.

Theresa M. Banks
ELIZABETH CITY -- Theresa Murden Banks, 78, of the 1100 block of Folley Road, died Nov. 30, 2000. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Walson Funeral Service is in charge.

Louise DePace
MANTEO -- Louise Smith DePace, a late-in-life painter whose watercolors hang in dozens of South Hampton Roads homes, died Dec. 1, 2000. She was 93.

She was born in Rhode Island and lived there until she moved to Chesapeake in 1977 with her late husband, Joseph, when he retired. Mr. DePace was also 93 when he died in 1993.

Mrs. DePace took painting lessons when she was in her 80s, and worked with a friend, Audrey Ward, for years. Her specialties were flowers and coastal scenes. They were given to friends and sold in the gift shop of Chesapeake General Hospital, where she was a volunteer for a decade.

She is survived by her only child, Joanne Speer of Manteo, with whom she lived for six years before moving into the Sentara Nursing Center at Barco in June; a grandson, Vernon S. Bush Jr. of Chesapeake; and a granddaughter, Leslie Corpuz of Chesapeake.

Twiford Funeral Home is handling arrangements. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Andrews by the Sea Episcopal Church in Nags Head. Final services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens in Chesapeake.

Mildred S. Ebron
MANTEO -- Mildred Spencer Ebron, 78, died Nov. 30, 2000. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday in Free Grace Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, Manteo. Walson Funeral Service, Elizabeth City, is in charge.

Louise S. Jordan
HERTFORD -- Louise Sutton Jordan, 88, died Nov. 30, 2000, in Chowan Hospital.

A native of Chowan County, Mrs. Jordan was the daughter of the late Annie Copeland and Samuel James Sutton and the wife of the late Wade Hampton Jordan Sr.

Mrs. Jordan was a devoted Christian, a member of the Bethel Baptist Church, where she was a longtime Sunday School teacher, a member of the Willing Worker's Sunday School class and the Mary Long Circle. She had served as the WMU director and worked faithfully with Bible School.

She is survived by her son, Wade H. Jordan Jr. and his wife, Lillian, of Edenton, N.C.; two sisters, Mary S. White of Hertford, and Fannie Mae Upton of Seneca, S.C.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert L. Jordan; her daughter, Mary Lou Godwin; three brothers, Louis Sutton, James Sutton, William Sutton; and her sister, Mildred Garrett.

Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Beaver Hill Cemetery by the Rev. Jimmy Green. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Evans Funeral Home, Edenton, and other times at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Jordan, 242 Country Club Dr., Edenton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Bethel Baptist Church, Route 1, Box 848, Hertford, NC 27944.

Janice E. Simpson
ROPER -- Janice Elvira Simpson, 65, died Nov. 27, 2000. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Christ Holiness Church. Puckett-Purkett Funeral Service is in charge.

Lucy T. Willis
WANCHESE -- Lucy Tillett Willis, 85, departed this life Nov. 29, 2000, in Norfolk after a brief illness.

A native of Wanchese and lifelong educator and mentor, Mrs. Willis was presented with a letter of commendation from President Bill Clinton for her outstanding service in public school classrooms, and was awarded North Carolina's highest civilian honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Gov. Jim Hunt. With a career spanning 61 years, three generations, and 51 years of service in Dare County Schools, Mrs. Willis' tenure remains one of the longest in North Carolina history.

Eldest child of the late Stephen B. and Sallie Baum Tillett, Mrs. Willis was the devoted widow of Earl W. Willis Sr. and was predeceased by her sister, Ola Lee Tillett. Surviving are three beloved children: sons, Earl and wife, Gloria, of Edenton, and Joseph and wife, Nan, of Wanchese; and daughter, Ann Taylor and husband, Bruce, of Louisburg; brother, Thomas Tillett and first cousin and sister-at-heart, Doris Belanga, both of Norfolk; the apples of her eye grandsons, Ryan, Jason and Tread; and cherished friends, Joyce Baum, Buttons Daniels, Linda Dunn, Penny Robbins, Edward Greene, Richard Lacerre, and Carmen Gray.

She was a lifelong member of Bethany United Methodist Church where a celebration of her life will be held today at 2:30 p.m. by the Rev. Tom Supplee. Burial will be in the Cudworth Cemetery. The family will receive guests at her home on Old Schoolhouse Road in Wanchese. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church Kitchen Fund, P.O. Box 239, Wanchese, NC 27981. Twiford Colony Chapel is in charge.

Sarah R. Canada
NEWPORT NEWS -- Sarah Rickmon Canada, 85, peacefully passed away Nov. 30, 2000 after a long illness.

Born Dec. 15, 1914, in Mount Laurel in Halifax County, Va., she was one of 10 children born to William Henry Howson and Dora Ester Wood Rickmon. She was a graduate of West Baltimore General Nursing School in 1936 and became a registered nurse. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Newport News.

She is survived by a son, Ken Canada of Newport News, with whom she lived the last two years; a brother, Rawleigh Rickmon of Lynchburg; grandchildren, Mark Canada and Holly Canada Barlow; three great-grandchildren, Ross, Parker and Kieran; and daughter-in-law, Brenda Canada. She was predeceased by her husband, William E. Canada in 1988; a son, William E. Canada Jr. in 1996; and four brothers and four sisters.

She was a kind and gentle person who put her family ahead of her career. ``Death is never polite even when it is expected. Sarah Susan, life will go on without you, but life will never be the same without you.''

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Peninsula Memorial Park with the Rev. Lowe Norman of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Virginia Beach, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Williamsburg Branch, 161-B John Jefferson Square, Suite 1, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Arrangements by W.J. Smith & Son Funeral Home, Newport News.

Larry O. Jones
NEWPORT NEWS -- Larry O. Jones, 50, of the 1300 block of Roanoke Ave., died Nov. 26, 2000. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Hampton National Cemetery. Poole's Funeral Home, Surry, is in charge.

Gene V. Beeland
PETERSBURG -- Gene Vance Beeland, 74, of Petersburg, formerly of Hatteras Island, died Nov. 28, 2000. She is survived by a daughter, Peggy Harrell of Hatteras Island; two grandchildren, Jennifer Nay of Prince George and Rich Gardiner of Virginia Beach; a great-grandchild, Bo Nay; and a sister, Margaret Siems of San Francisco.

Services were private. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Outer Banks SPCA, P.O. Box 3006, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948.

Victor A. Zink Jr.
BOWIE, Md. -- Victor Albert ``Vic'' Zink Jr., 65, of the 12600 block of Kornett Lane, where he resided for 25 years, died Nov. 29, 2000.

Born March 4, 1935 in Poplar Branch, N.C., Mr. Zink retired with honors as a CW04 with the U.S. Coast Guard after 28 years of service. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Medal, Expert Marksmanship Ribbons, and National Defense Medal. His hobbies included golf, traveling, snorkeling, and designing and constructing custom lighthouses.

He is survived by his beloved wife Lynne M. Zink, whom he married on Oct. 18, 1975; son, Jamie Robert ``Rob'' Crawford III of Ocean City, Md.; sister, Marcia S. Sieber of Chesapeake; and beloved aunt and uncle, Floyd A. and Hazel Hawkins of Currituck, N.C. He was the father of the late Jeffrey Allen Zink and brother of the late Robyn Erickson.

Relatives and friends may call at Evans Funeral Home, Route 450 and Race Track Road, Bowie, Md., today from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. where a funeral will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2000, at 10 a.m. Sympathy may be expressed in the form of memorials to Grace Baptist Church, Bowie, Md., or to the Hospice of The Chesapeake.

Ethel B. DeMark
CHESAPEAKE -- Ethel Bass DeMark, 90, of 110 Goldcrest Drive, died Dec. 1, 1998, at home.

She was born in Crewe, Va., and was the widow of Francis DeMark whom she met and married in Norfolk.

She was a lifetime member of the Tanglewood Garden Club and the Nansemond Indian Tribal Association. At her death, she was the senior member of the tribe. She was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her son, Charles and his wife, Elizabeth; two daughters, Frances Stephens and Mildred Whitaker; six grandchildren, Michael and William DeMark, Leigh Ann Godeniz, Bradley and Gregory Stephens, and John Kelly; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Indian River Chapel. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends today from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Minnie J. Mims
CHESAPEAKE -- On Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, the angels rejoiced as our dear mother, sister and aunt, Minnie Mims of the 1900 block of Robert Hall Blvd., donned her heavenly garments. She was 78 and was born in Columbia, S.C. She passed away at Chesapeake General Hospital.

``Aunt Minnie,'' as she was affectionately known, was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Mims, formerly of Raleigh, N.C. She leaves to celebrate her life her only sister, Pinky Jackson Hankieson of Chesapeake; her two adopted grandchildren, Dane Harris and Nicole Harris, both of Philadelphia, Pa.; her niece, whom she assisted in raising, Dorothy Waters of Norfolk, and other nieces, Josephine Jones of Portsmouth, Helen Harrell, Agnes Copeland and Pinky Shorter, all of Chesapeake, and Daisy Mae Luther of Washington, D.C.; and her nephews, Johnny Tillman of Columbia, S.C., Lewis Jackson Jr. of Washington, D.C., Floyd Jackson of Maryland, Theodore Hankieson Jr. and Cleo Hankieson, both of Chesapeake. She also leaves a host of great nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and -nephews.

A celebration of her life will be held at Holy Temple Pentecostal Church of God at 2 p.m. Friday where Bishop James D. Brinkley is the officiating pastor. Burial will be in the Copeland Family Cemetery, St. Julian Creek, Chesapeake. Viewing at Corprew Funeral Home, Portsmouth, will begin at 10 a.m. Friday. The body will be taken to the church at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The family will gather at 1925 Robert Hall Blvd., Apt. 7102, Chesapeake.

Bessie L. Norman
CHESAPEAKE -- Bessie L. Norman, 62, of the 500 block of Head of River Road, entered into eternal rest, Monday, Nov. 30, 1998. She was born in Norfolk County. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Norman Sr.

Mrs. Norman was a dietitian for the Chesapeake School System. She was a member of Gabriel Chapel AMEZ Church.

Mrs. Norman is survived by five daughters, Peggy Eason, Florida Daniel, Lena Norman, Sandy Lawrence and Bessie L. Norman, all of Chesapeake; six sons, Walter J. Norman Jr. and Calvin Norman, both of Chesapeake, Charles Norman of West Germany, Rick Norman of Chesapeake, Kent Norman of California and Jerry Norman of Norfolk; her father, Robert Lee Cuffee of Chesapeake; one brother, Robert M. Cuffee of Chesapeake; three sisters, Mamie Cuffee of Chesapeake, Marilyn Christian of Virginia Beach and Marie Lewis of Chesapeake; 27 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gabriel Chapel AMEZ Church. Burial will be in St. Luke Church Cemetery. Viewing will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Pretlow and Sons Funeral Home, Chesapeake.

Jackson Radford
CHESAPEAKE -- Jackson Radford, 85, died Dec. 1, 1998.

He was a retired maintenance of Way, section foreman for Norfolk Portsmouth Beltline Railroad. He was the widower of Evelyn M. Radford and a member of Alexander Baptist Church, the Fishers of Men Bible Class and Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 26 of Chesapeake. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda G. Radford and Jackie Radford; a son, Wayne Radford; a stepson, Donald Nethery; a half sister, Mary Bass; a half brother, Roland Radford; two grandchildren, Tanya Radford and Tracy Kancz; a great-granddaughter; three sisters-in-law, Gracy Mays, Nina Nethery and Louise Radford; a brother-in-law, Lonnie Stephenson; a number of nieces and nephews; and some very dear and loving neighbors and friends.

A funeral will be conducted by the Rev. Archie Corbin and the Rev. John Burr at 2 p.m. Friday in Alexander Baptist Church with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Loving Funeral Home, Churchland, is in charge. Memorial contributions may be sent to Alexander Baptist Church.

Elbert W. Rowland
CHESAPEAKE -- Elbert Womack Rowland, 89, of St. Brides Road West, died Dec. 1, 1998, at his residence.

Mr. Rowland was a carpenter working in the residential and commercial markets. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and the widower of Mrs. Lula Maude Rowland.

Mr. Rowland is survived by his daughter, Mattie Vaughn of Moyock, N.C.; one sister, Lucie Burnell of Altavista, Va.; one brother, Marvin Rowland of Garrett, Va.; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. His daughter, Nannie Sculthorpe, preceded him in death.

There will be a funeral service Friday at 11 a.m. at Grace Baptist Temple with the Rev. Clark Mahoney officiating. The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Twiford Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, Great Bridge, Chesapeake.

Ethel M. Anderson
NORFOLK -- Ethel May Anderson, 40, of the 500 block of Hyde Park Road, died Nov. 30, 1998. A private service was held. Metropolitan Funeral Service, Hampton Roads Chapel, Granby St., was in charge.

Brian K. Hobbs
NORFOLK -- Brian ``Hobbs'' K. Hobbs, 29, of the 2200 block of Cromwell Drive, died Nov. 29, 1998, in Courtland.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he graduated from Maury High School and was employed as a welder at American Steel for five years.

He is survived by his wife, Catres A.C. Hobbs; his mother, Ernestine Hobbs; his father, William Hobbs; a sister, Benicia K. Hobbs; grandparents, William D. and Lossie H. Johnson; an aunt, LaVerne Johnson; an uncle, Myrvin Hagans; cousins, Eurvey and Samarrii Johnson, and Rhonda White; and a host of other uncles, aunts and cousins.

A funeral will be held at noon Saturday at Norfolk Deliverance Center. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. E.A. Hughes Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Marie H. Nelson
NORFOLK -- Marie H. Nelson, 81, of the 7000 block of Auburn Ave. and a native of Norfolk County, died Dec. 1, 1998.

She is survived by two daughters, Evelyn Anderson of Chesapeake and Bernice Johnson of Norfolk; and a son, Joseph C. Brown of New York City.

A funeral will be held at noon Saturday at New Mt. Herman Baptist Church by the Rev. Steven Lewis. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. The family will assemble at 914 Albert Ave. Graves Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Richard L. Strong
NORFOLK -- Richard L. Strong, 66, of Norfolk, died Nov. 30, 1998, at his residence.

Mr. Strong was born in Norfolk and was the son of the late William C. Strong Jr. and Rosalie Henderson Strong. He was a member of Lafayette Presbyterian Church in Norfolk.

Survivors include a two nephews, William C. Strong IV, and his wife, Louise Strong, Warren A. Strong; and a great-nephew, William C. Strong V, all of Virginia Beach.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Forest Lawn Cemetery by the Rev. Ted James. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the home of William C. Strong, 1916 Longbridge Lane, Virginia Beach. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Rebecca B. Thompson
NORFOLK -- Rebecca Bowman Thompson, 82, of the 7700 block of Gloucester Court, entered into eternal rest Friday, Nov. 27, 1998.

She was born in Pittsylvania County, Va., and was predeceased by her parents, Tob and Lillie Bowman, her husband, Charlie M. Thompson, her son, attorney Willie E. Thompson, her brother, James ``Sonny'' Bowman, and six sisters. Mrs. Thompson retired after 28 years as a self-employed barber at Goody Goody Barber Shop on Church Street in Norfolk. She was a former member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Blairs, Va., and she attended Mount Zion Baptist Church in Ringgold, Va.

Mrs. Thompson is survived by three sons, Junius L. Thompson and his wife, Ethel, of Chesapeake, Charlie R. Thompson of Norfolk and Joseph H. Thompson and his wife, Shirley, of Washington, D.C.; an adopted son, Chester Waller Sr. of New Orleans, La.; four sisters, Lillie B. Woodson, Juanita B. Loveless, Ruth B. Gunn and Inez B. Wallen of Danville, Va.; brother-in-law, Gus Thompson; two sisters-in-law, Hattie Thompson and Louvinia T. Wide of Trenton, N.J.; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Friday at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Blairs, Va., by the Rev. Ralph B. Cypress. Burial will be in Danville National Cemetery. Viewing will begin today at 10 a.m. and the wake service will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at Pretlow and Sons Funeral Home, Chesapeake.

Miles B. Williams
NORFOLK -- Miles Bernard Williams, one month and one day, of the 1200 block of Norview Ave., died Nov. 27, 1998, at his home.

He is survived by his mother, Veronica L. Williams; his father, Steve Hawkins; a sister, Shamera L. Williams; a brother, Dequan L. Williams; grandparents, Cecelia and Rudolph Williams and Lois Hawkins; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Calvary Cemetery, Norfolk, by Pastor Miles Mercer. E.A. Hughes Funeral Home is in charge.

Patrick C. Agnor Sr.
PORTSMOUTH -- Patrick Calvin Agnor Sr., 63, of the 100 block of Allard Road, died Dec. 2, 1998, in a Norfolk hospital.

He was a native of Rockbridge County, Va., and was a retired mechanic with Al Rudd Used Auto Parts. He was predeceased by his wife, Geraldine Marcellas Agnor; a son, Patrick Agnor Jr.; a brother, Vernon Agnor; and a sister, Connie White.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Garth, and son, Raymond Agnor, both of Portsmouth; six sisters, Marie Hudgins of Yorktown, Jean Lyons of Gloucester, Va., Lucy Jastrebsky and Ann Jones, both of Chesapeake, Sandy Yeamans of Alexandria, Va., and Faye Darden of Hampton; four brothers, Kenneth Agnor and Wayne Agnor, both of Chesapeake, Jerry Agnor of Massachusetts and Michael Agnor of Florida; and four grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel, by the Rev. John Burr. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Michael D. Blackwell
PORTSMOUTH -- Michael David Blackwell, 54, died Dec. 2, 1998, in a Norfolk hospital. He is survived by his brother, Kent Blackwell of Virginia Beach and an aunt, Elizabeth Padgett of Williamsburg. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Cox Funeral Home is in charge.

Earlene Brown
PORTSMOUTH -- Earlene Brown, 68, of the 1100 block of Mount Vernon Ave., died Nov. 29, 1998.

Born in Norfolk County, she was a retired nurse from Green Point Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y.

She is survived by a daughter, Helen E. Allen; a son, Charles L. Brown, both of Chesapeake; her mother, Emmaline J. Smith; a sister, Edna J. Roberts; two brothers, Arthur L. Smith and Lawrence Wright, all of Portsmouth; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Home by the Rev. Horace S. Allen. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery. The family will assemble at the residence.

Elizabeth Gray
PORTSMOUTH -- Elizabeth Gray, 68, of the 900 block of Suburban Parkway, died Nov. 30, 1998, at Maryview Medical Center. She was born in Portsmouth and was the widow of Haywood L. Gray.

She is survived by four daughters, Catherine Gray, Patricia Pope, Theressa Williams and Linda Gray; a son, Haywood L. Gray Jr., all of Portsmouth; two sisters, Eugena Reed of Portsmouth and Unis Daughtry of Boston, Mass.; three brothers, Joseph Daughtry and Daniel Daughtry, both of Boston, and Robert Daughtry of Portsmouth; six grandchildren, Linwood Gray, Juwan Pope, Tijuna Williams, Maresa Williams, Damium Williams and Corey Faulk; a great-grandchild, Titiana Gray, all of Portsmouth; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. T. Melvin Steele officiating. Burial will be in Lincoln Cemetery. Viewing will begin today from noon to 8 p.m. A wake service will be today from 7 to 8 p.m. Family and friends will assemble at 3630 Elliott Ave. for the procession to the funeral home.

James E. Mayo
VIRGINIA BEACH -- James E. ``Buck'' Mayo, 76, of the 4900 block of Olive Grove Lane, died Nov. 23, 1998.

A native of Bradenton, Fla., he retired from the Navy after 30 years of faithful service with the rank of chief petty officer. He was a member of Task Force 16 escort group for the famous ``Doo Little Raid.''

He was an enthusiastic patron of the arts and an avid railroad fan and model-builder. He was a member of Chesapeake Bay Railroaders, the American Legion, and several other associations of Naval veterans.

Widower of Fae Johnson Mayo, he was predeceased by their youngest son, Michael. He is survived by a son, David; a daughter, Janet; his daughter-in-law, Joyce; four grandchildren, Meigan, Heather, Zachary and Alison; and a niece Vicki.

He was a loving and devoted father and husband as well as a kind and generous provider. His memory will be cherished by all who were blessed to know him.

Services will be held at a later date in Georgia.

G.B. McCombs
VIRGINIA BEACH -- G.B. McCombs, 89, of the 2500 block of Entrada Drive, died Dec. 1, 1998. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Maestas Funeral Home, Baltic Ave. Chapel, is in charge.

Mason M. Moton Sr.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Mason M. Moton Sr. of the 5200 block of Locke Lane died Nov. 29, 1998. A funeral will be at noon Friday in Grace Episcopal Church, Norfolk, by Father Harold Cobb. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. A wake service will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Hale Funeral Home.

Krista R. Schubert
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Krista ``Rainey'' Schubert, 27 months old, passed away after a long struggle with cancer on Dec. 2, 1998. She was born in Portsmouth and was the daughter of Jimmy and Karry Schubert of Virginia Beach.

Besides her parents, Rainey is survived by two brothers, James R. ``Jay'' Schubert Jr. and Benjamin Daniel Schubert, both of Virginia Beach; grandparents, Judy and Gerald Eastman of New Ulm, Minn., and Lois and William Schubert of Bihalia, Miss.; great-grandparents, Helen and Garrett ``Bud'' Sumner of Phoenix, Ariz.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends.

She touched many lives during her short life and brought great joy to her family and loved ones. She will be greatly missed, but we believe that God has received her into his glory and will console us in our grief.

The family will receive friends at 5 p.m. Friday at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, followed by a Mass of the Angels at 6 p.m. Father Timothy D. Hogan will officiate. Interment will be in Minnesota. Altmeyer Funeral Home, Virginia Beach, is handling arrangements.

Amos E. Humphrey
SUFFOLK -- Amos Elvin Humphrey, 67, of the 2400 block of Cherry Blossom Drive, died Nov. 29, 1998. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Applewhite Funeral Home is in charge.

William P. Cartwright Jr.
ELIZABETH CITY -- William Palin Cartwright Jr., 84, of Dry Ridge Road, died Dec. 1, 1998. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. today in Twiford's Memorial Chapel.

James A. Hetrick
SOUTH MILLS -- James Augustus Hetrick, 71, of the 100 block of Canal Drive, died Dec. 1, 1998. A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday in Emanuel Baptist Church. Twiford's Northside Chapel is in charge.

Mabel C. Mitchell
AHOSKIE -- Mabel Cane Mitchell, 90, of the 200 block of Lloyd St., died Dec. 2, 1998, in Guardian Care Nursing Home, Ahoskie.

Born in Virginia, she was the retired owner of a storm window and door sales business. She was a Baptist and is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Ahoskie Cemetery. The family will be at Garrett Funeral Home, Ahoskie, from 7 to 8 p.m. today and will assemble at the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Friday prior to services.

Shelby J. Newton
GRANDY -- Shelby Jean Newton, 60, died on Dec. 1, 1998, in Elizabeth City, N.C. Mrs. Newton was born in Nakina, N.C., and was the daughter of the late John and Annie Lee Cooper Whittington. Mrs. Newton was a Baptist by faith and a retired nurse.

Mrs. Newton is survived by her husband, Larry E. Newton; three sons, Larry L. Newton of Annapolis, Md., Chad E. Newton of Portsmouth and Dwayne A. Newton of Grandy; three sisters, Barbara Jones of Nakina, June Franklin of Chesapeake, and Gloria Sauage of Virginia; one brother, John Whittington of Chesterfield, Va.; and eight grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Princess Anne Memorial Park, Virginia Beach, with the Rev. Michael Jordan officiating. The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Twiford Colonial Chapel, Great Bridge, Chesapeake.

Rona M. Drucker
NEWPORT NEWS -- Rona Mound Drucker, a Peninsula resident for over 40 years, died of cancer Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, at age 67. She was a native of New York City.

She is survived by her husband, Erwin Drucker of the Drucker & Falk real estate firm. She is also survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Wendy C. Drucker and Michael R. Piercy, and their children, Evan and Nicole Drucker Piercy; as well as by her son and daughter-in-law, David E.M. Drucker and Lynn L. Atkinson, and their children, Natalie and Adam Atkinson Drucker. Other survivors include her mother, Mrs. Milton N. Mound; her sister, Mrs. Stanley W. Drucker; and a large group of extended family and friends.

She was very active in civic and private charitable works. She was a founder of the Riverside Hospital Women's Auxiliary and was a president of the Peninsula United Way. Under the auspices of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, she established the first integrated pre-school on the Peninsula, in the mid 1960s, in Hampton. It was designed to prepare children for Head Start. The school was taken over by the city and is still functioning. She served as president of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, as well as on the National Board.

She also served on the boards of directors of Hampton Roads Academy, of Peninsula Family Services, of the Peninsula Nature Museum, of the Peninsula Junior Arts Series and of the Virginia Opera.

She was honored by President Nixon for her work with the United Way and was the recipient of the Newport News Women's Club Woman of the Year Award as well as the National Council of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Award.

A memorial service will be held at the auditorium of the Hampton Roads Academy on Oyster Point Road in Newport News at 5 p.m. today. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations to a favorite charity are requested.

Vandious L. Britt Jr.
EAST ORANGE, N.J. -- Vandious Lee Britt Jr., 50, departed this life on Nov. 26, 1998, in The New York Hospital from complications of a stroke.

He was a native of Suffolk and the son of Claretta White Britt and the late Vandious Lee Britt Sr. A lifelong member of East End Baptist Church, he received his early education in Suffolk. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, he matriculated at Bluefield State College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in business administration. He then participated in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in support of the military operations against communist aggression in the republic of Vietnam.

After an honorable discharge from the service, he began his business career with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he remained a bank examiner for over 25 years. He had numerous affiliations and memberships, including Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, NAACP, Bluefield State College Alumni Association and Masonic Lodge.

He leaves to cherish his memories and celebrate his life, his wife, Vickie Britt; a son, Vandious Lee Britt III; a foster son, James Sherman Smith; his mother, Claretta White Britt; two brothers, Doctors Kuelewa Furaha and L.D. Britt; four aunts, Adeline Newsome, Berma White, Edith White and Josephine Wells; a brother-in-law, sister-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral will be held at noon Saturday at East End Baptist Church with Dr. Mark A. Croston Sr. officiating. Interment will be in the Carver Memorial Cemetery. The remains will be placed in the church by 10:30 a.m. Crocker Funeral Home, Suffolk, is in charge.

Gertrude Owens
ABBEVILLE, S.C. -- Gertrude Owens of 1002 Haigler St. in Abbeville, S.C., and 1505 Woodside Court in Chesapeake, died Nov. 29, 1998, in Chesapeake General Hospital. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Peter's A.M.E. Church, Abbeville, by the Rev. Clinton Hall with burial in the church cemetery. Carlos A. Howard Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Thomas Stanley
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Thomas Stanley died Nov. 25, 1998. A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Zion Hill Church, Colerain, N.C. Reynolds Funeral Home, Ahoskie, N.C., is in charge.

Thomas L. Stokes Jr.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Thomas ``Tommy'' LeRoy Stokes Jr., 40, a native of Chesapeake, died Nov. 18, 1998. A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Evangelical Methodist Church. Twiford's Memorial Chapel, Elizabeth City, N.C. provided information.


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