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Sylvester D.A. Civitello
CHESAPEAKE -- Sylvester D.A. Civitello, 71, of the 1100 block of Laurel Ave., died Sept. 6, 1999.

Born in Schenectady, N.Y., Mr. Civitello retired from the U.S. Navy and he also retired as a sales representative for United Insurance Co. of America. He was a member of St. Matthews Catholic Church, where he was very active in the Men's Club. He was also a member of Fleet Reserve Branch 40 and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a loving father and husband.

He is survived by his wife, Doris M. Civitello; a daughter, Valerie G. McNeely of Chesapeake; two sons, Joseph D. Civitello and his wife, Donna, of Virginia Beach and John A. Civitello of Chesapeake; and three sisters, Vera Marcantonio, Mary DeMatteo and Eleanor Bandos, all of Schenectady, N.Y.

The funeral service will be private. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Indian River Chapel. 
 

Frances R. Repass
CHESAPEAKE -- Frances Rattliff Repass, 76, of the 2800 block of Lambert Trail, died Sept. 6, 1999, at a local hospital.

Born in Roanoke, she was the widow of Harry Bryan Repass Jr. She was Baptist.

She is survived by a daughter, Frances R. Lewis of Chesapeake; two sons, Anthony Repass Sr. of Suffolk and Drew Repass of Chesapeake; eight grandchildren, Bill, Mike, Anthony Jr., Mellissa, Scott Reed, and Crystal and Stacey Repass and Jeffery Repass; and three great-grandchildren, Joshua, Jarred and Amy.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Anthony Repass Jr. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Snellings Funeral Home, George Washington Highway Chapel, and at other times at their home. 
 

William W. White
CHESAPEAKE -- William Winston White, 77, died Sept. 5, 1999, in Chesapeake General Hospital.

Born in South Norfolk, he was the son of the late William Bennie and Ethel Mae White, and was a Baptist. He was a toolmaker at J.G. Wilson Corporation for 20 years and retired from Norfolk Naval Shipyard as a machinist. He was a lifetime member of the D.A.V. Portsmouth Federal Chapter No. 22. He was a wounded Army veteran of World War II. He was a recipient of the EAME Theatre Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Purple Heart American Theatre Ribbon, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Good Conduct Ribbon and Victory Medal. 

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jackson-White; two daughters, Janet White-Thompson and her husband, Larry, of Chesapeake, Crystal White-Bigland of Chesapeake; two sons, William Winston White Jr. and his wife, Joyce, of Washington, N.C., and Keith Douglas White and his wife, Martha, of Chesapeake; a brother, William Bennie White Jr. of Chesapeake; mother-in-law Marie Jackson of Chesapeake; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Funeral Home by Minister John Keane. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. 
 

Wilma G. Wynne
CHESAPEAKE -- Wilma Ercelle Gibson Wynne, 88, of the 900 block of Decatur St., died Sept. 6, 1999. 

Mrs. Wynne was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She was a homemaker and the widow of Kenneth Raynor Wynne. She attended Bethel Assembly of God in Chesapeake. 

She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Raynor Wynne of Las Vegas and Werdna Lee Wynne of Chesapeake; four grandchildren, Patricia Melazzo, Navarra Wynne, Gary Wynne and Chris Wynne; several great-grandchildren; and special friends Shirley Holloman, Dora Cook and Donney Gayle. 

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Riverside Memorial Park, Norfolk. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Francis A. Gay Funeral Home, South Norfolk Chapel, Chesapeake. Carrie H. Sorey 

NORFOLK -- Carrie Hodges Sorey, 82, of the 1600 block of E. Ocean View Ave., died Friday, Sept. 3, 1999.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday in Miles Memorial United Methodist Church, 9450 Granby St., at 3 p.m. by the Rev. Morris Bennett. The family requests that memorials be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The Cremation Society of Virginia is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Edward W. Wolcott
NORFOLK -- Edward W. Wolcott of Shirland Avenue died Sept. 6, 1999, in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Mr. Wolcott was a native of Norfolk and was the son of James Mounts and Nannie Baylor Wolcott.

He was a graduate of Maury High School in Norfolk, Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va., and University of Virginia Law School in Charlottesville. He was admitted to the bar in 1949, the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals (4th Circuit) in 1949.

He was chairman of the Norfolk Rent Control Board from 1951-52; commissioner in chancery, Norfolk Circuit Court; the city of Norfolk divorce commissioner, and a substitute judge for the Norfolk General District Court. He was president of Wolcott, Rivers, Wheary, Basnight and Kelly, P.C. regional director of CS/Sovran Bank, Norfolk, and president of Eastern Carolina Farming Corp., Currituck County. He was general counsel and past president of Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and a member of Nauticus Advisory Board.

He served aboard a sub chaser in World War II and retired as a commander in the Naval Reserve. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Virginia State Bar Association, Virginia Beach Bar Association, and the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association; Omicron Delta Kappa, The Church of the Good Shepherd, and the Norfolk Yacht and Country Club.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Mitchell Wolcott of Charlottesville; three children, Dr. Anne Garnett Wolcott of Virginia Beach, Edward W. Wolcott Jr. of Norfolk and Brooke Wolcott Sullivan of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; four grandchildren, Sarah and Gordon Wolcott of Norfolk and Mark and Allison Sullivan of Kitty Hawk; and a brother, Dr. James M. Wolcott Jr. of Norfolk.

A graveside service will be conducted at noon Thursday at Elmwood Cemetery by the Rev. Ross McGowan Wright. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943, or to your favorite charity. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements. 

Herbert W. Lawrence
NORFOLK -- Herbert W. ``Herb'' Lawrence, 74, died Sept. 2, 1999, in his home.

Mr. Lawrence was born in Chester, Va., and was the son of the late Henry C. and Louise Lawrence. He was a retired salesman from Prices Inc. and was a Navy veteran of WWII. He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Norfolk Ward; Norview Masonic Lodge No. 113; and a member and former chaplain of D.A.V. BL Hine Chapter 21. He also had more than 20 years of service with the American Cancer Society of Hampton Roads. He was most recently named by the Board of Directors as an honorary life member.

Mr. Lawrence is survived by his wife, Julia B. Lawrence; two daughters, Karla Casper of Norfolk and Diane Kapustka of Hampton; five grandchildren, Cynthia Casper Ortega, Caroline P. Casper, Aaron Kapustka, Mary K. Gillard and Kathleen Kapustka; three great-grandchildren, Kaila, Delilah and Shon; two brothers, Dana K. Lawrence of Richmond and Del L. Lawrence of Camden, Maine; and several nieces, nephews, other loving family members and special friends. He was predeceased by a daughter, Julia C. Lawrence.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Woodlawn Funeral and Crematory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2730 Ellsmere Ave., Norfolk, VA 23513. 
 

Kourtney M. Vincent
NORFOLK -- Kourtney Malik ``Lil Kourtney'' Vincent, 8 days, died Sept. 1, 1999. He was born in Norfolk.

He is survived by his mother, Cheryl Y. Waters of Norfolk; his father, Kourtney Vincent of Newport News; a sister, Cherelle A. Waters, and a brother, Lorelle A. Waters, both of Norfolk; grandparents Erma Waters and Miles Mercer, both of Norfolk and Marion Vincent of New Orleans,; godmother Nettie Wilkins; an aunt, Felicia V. Waters; and an uncle, Sterling L. Waters. He was predeceased by an uncle, Carl O.C. Waters.

A funeral will be held at noon Wednesday at Metropolitan Funeral Service, Granby Street, by the Rev. Miles W. Mercer. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. 

Lil Kourtney will truly be missed by all his family and friends. He'll be a part of our daily thoughts and much loved until we can all be together. 

Sandy G. West Sr.
NORFOLK -- Sandy G. West Sr. of the 800 block of Hayes St., a native of Swan Quarter, N.C., departed this life Aug. 29, 1999, at a local hospital.

Born Feb. 1, 1909, to the late Wallace and Amanda Weston, Mr. West was a longtime resident of Norfolk, and a retired longshoreman, Local 1248. He was baptized at an early age in Swan Quarter.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Georgia West, and is survived by a daughter, Elmyria Wilder of Staten Island, N.Y., and Elmyria's sister, Frances Woody, also of Staten Island; a son, Sandy G. West Jr. of Norfolk; a brother, Melvin Melton of Norfolk; a host of nieces, including special nieces Judy Chavis of Hermit, Calif., and Barbara Douglas of Patterson, N.J.; great-nieces, nephews, cousins and lifetime friend and former wife Odessa James.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Graves Funeral Home. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. 

Alma G. Bradford
PORTSMOUTH -- Alma Gatti Bradford died Aug. 6, 1999, in Williamsburg.

She was born in Portsmouth, where she lived most of her very long life.

Mrs. Bradford is survived by two daughters, Eleanor B. Tunell of Columbia, S.C., and Audrey B. Saupe of Williamsburg; a brother, George E. Rowley of Washington, Vt.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 1999, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, with the Right Rev. C. Charles Vache and the Rev. Julia Dorsey .Loomis officiating. Burial will be in the historic Trinity churchyard. 
 

Viola Robinson
PORTSMOUTH -- Viola Robinson, 91, of the 3700 block of Winchester Dr., died Sept. 3, 1999, at Autumn Care of Portsmouth.

She was born in Cape Charles, Va., and was formerly employed by Spencer Crab House, Cape Charles. She was a Methodist.

The widow of Timothy Robinson, she is survived by a sister, Virginia Morris of Portsmouth; a brother, John Anderson of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a host of nieces, including a devoted niece, Mary E. Spady of Cape Charles, and nephews; and a devoted friend, Lula Mae Jones of Portsmouth.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Portsmouth, by the Rev. F.R. Williams. The family will be at 1561 Mount Vernon Ave., Portsmouth, and will assemble there for the procession to the funeral chapel. 
 

Barbara J. Allen
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Barbara J. Allen, 49, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, in a local hospital. 

She is survived by her husband, Robert T. Allen; four children, Mary Marie Hensley, Patricia Ann Moore, Shannon Marie Farenholtz and David Michael Mayne; six grandchildren, Michelle Christine Moore, Jennifer Nichole Moore, Melissa Dawn Moore, James Kenneth Moore, Dustin Lee White and Shelby Renee Farenholtz; four sisters, Peggy Lee Arsenault, Sharron Judith Herman, Tracy Rae Williams and Linda Diane Hopkins; and two brothers, David Lee Carter Jr. and Myron Neal Carter. 

All services are private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Kellum Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 

Larry Allen Stone
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Larry Allen Stone, 30, lost his life in a training accident on Friday, Sept. 3, 1999. 

He was a member of the U.S. Navy Seal Team 2, Little Creek Amphibious Base in Norfolk. He attended Granby High School and Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1992. 

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving parents, Edward Carl Stone III and Syble Butler Stone of Norfolk. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Kathy Stone of Virginia Beach; his paternal grandmother, Waldo A. Stone of Elizabeth City, N.C.; his fiancee, Sonia Bright of Arlington, Va.; and many loving friends and family. 

A memorial service with military honors will be held for Allen at Little Creek Chapel at 4 p.m. today. A private military service will follow to return his ashes to the sea off Hatteras Island, N.C. Friends and family will be at the home of his parents, 6846 Fordwick Drive, Norfolk. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, is handling arrangements. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, P.O. Box 3312, Merrifield, VA 22116-3312, in remembrance and celebration of Allen's life. 

Peggy N. Washburn
ZUNI -- Peggy Northrup Washburn, 67, died Monday, Sept. 6, 1999, in Maryland, after a period of declining health. She was the widow of Rueben L. Washburn and a member of Tucker Swamp Baptist Church. 

Funeral arrangements are pending. Burial will be in Tucker Swamp Church Cemetery, Zuni. Purviance Funeral Home, Wakefield, is handling arrangements. 

Katherine H. Partin
CHERITON -- Katherine H. Partin, 74, died Sept. 5, 1999, in Nassawadox.

She was born in Baltimore, Md., to the late Henry J. Folker and the late Anna Marie Werner Folker. She retired from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church.

She is survived by two sons, David G. Partin of Cheriton and Charles H. Partin of Christiansburg, Va.; a sister, Anna Marie Hermans of Baltimore; six grandchildren, Steven Partin, Ashley Partin, Jamie Partin, Stacie R. Partin, Tyler A. Partin and Katherine Nicole Partin; and one great-grandchild, Tabitha Partin. She was predeceased by two sons, James R. Partin and Joseph Anthony ``Tony'' Partin.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Charles Catholic Church by the Rev. Michael Breslin. Burial will be in Belle Haven Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Charles Catholic Church, 545 Randolph Ave., Cape Charles, VA 23310. Fox and Scott Funeral Home, Cape Charles, is handling arrangements. 

Adah R. Blanchard
HERTFORD -- Adah Lubertha Robinson Blanchard, 104, of the 200 block of Hyde Park St., died Sept. 4, 1999. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sanders Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Stallings Memorial Chapel is in charge. 

Louise W. Bland
WILLIAMSTON -- Louise.Williams Bland, 71, of the 100 block of Spruce St., died Sept. 5, 1999. A funeral will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Bethany Pentecostal Holiness Church. Biggs Funeral Home is in charge. 

Carol M. Dorsch
HARBINGER -- Carol L. Mentz Dorsch, 59, died Sept. 4, 1999. A funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Nags Head. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, is in charge. 

Charles T. Griffin Jr.
KILL DEVIL HILLS -- Charles Thomas Griffin Jr., 62, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 1999, at his residence. Mr. Griffin was born in Edenton, N.C., and was the son of the late Charles T. Griffin and Lela Cook Griffin. He was a graduate of Wake Forest University.

Mr. Griffin is survived by his wife, Karen K. Griffin; one son, Charles T. Griffin III; one grandson, Charles Jake Griffin, all of Kill Devil Hills; and one brother, William Cook Griffin of Winston-Salem, N.C.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the beach access at Bonnet Street on Virginia Dare Trail.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to any Dare County Lions Club. Twiford Funeral Home, Manteo, is handling arrangements. 
 

Donna R. Mitchell
AULANDER -- Donna Rosik Mitchell, 81, a longtime resident of Washington, D.C., died suddenly of a heart attack on Sept. 3, 1999, at her summer residence in Ludlow, Vt.

The daughter of the late William Rosik and Miriam Newsome Rosik, Donna was born in Dickinson County, Iowa, on Aug. 18, 1918. She was the second of five daughters, all of whom assisted in running the family's Iowa corn farm. She was married for 44 years to Victor Mitchell, a native of Aulander, who preceded her in death in 1994. They had no children.

After graduating from Superior, Iowa, High School in 1935, Donna went on to business school in Omaha, Neb. From her first job as a stenographer in Omaha, she proceeded to remarkable achievements in her career in Washington, D.C. Early on, her talents were noticed by Nelson Rockefeller, and she served in numerous posts for Mr. Rockefeller, culminating in her position at the White House as executive assistant to then-Vice President Rockefeller under then-President Gerald Ford. She also served with him as an aide at HEW, in the Office of the Governor of New York, and as his appointee to the National Commission on Water Quality. During these years, she developed close business relationships and friendships with Henry Kissinger, secretary of state to President Ford, and Nancy Hanks, chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Donna spent her retirement years assisting with biographies of both Ms. Hanks and Mr. Rockefeller, and researching and writing family genealogies.

Although she had no opportunity to pursue a college education, Donna was keenly interested in educational opportunities for others. With funds from her estate and the estate of her late husband, Donna established a private educational trust for their great-nieces and great-nephews. She and Mr. Mitchell also helped numerous other relatives with their educations.

According to historian and former co-worker John C. Waugh, Donna was a ``real pioneer. She was one of the great women of politics in her era.'' Industrious and hard-working, with a rare penchant for organization, these qualities were matched by a warm and giving heart for her family and friends, whom she prized highly. Donna was always there with a helping hand for family members in need. Her friends are too numerous to count; all benefited from her generous nature and hospitality. No one who knew Donna Mitchell will ever forget her.

Her parents and two sisters, Jean Harris, formerly of Anaheim, Calif., and Fern Glasgow, formerly of Nashville, Ark., preceded Donna in death. Donna is survived by two other sisters, Helene Tracy of Long Beach, Calif., and Shirley Rosik of Huntington Beach, Calif.; as well as 13 nieces and nephews and 22 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Aulander Cemetery, Aulander, where Mrs. Mitchell will be interred alongside her late husband, Victor.

A reception will follow at 5 p.m. at the Ahoskie Inn in Ahoskie, N.C. Arrangements are being handled by Massey Funeral Home in Aulander. 

James Lee
AHOSKIE -- James Lee died Sept. 4, 1999. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Mill Branch Baptist Church, Aulander. Reynolds Funeral Home is in charge. 

Debra K. Perry
ELIZABETH CITY -- Debra Sue Kimberlin Perry, 34, of the 500 block of Gumbridge Road, died Sept. 5, 1999. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in New Hollywood Cemetery. Twiford's Memorial Chapel is in charge. 
 

Sheila B. Sturgill
MOYOCK -- Sheila Marion.Beckman Sturgill, 46, died at her residence.

She was born in Fort Clayton, Panama Canal Zone, to Mr. George Walter Beckman and Shirley Francis Smith Beckman, both of Newport News. She was a training manager at Eckerd. Her husband, David Sturgill, preceded her in death.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a son, Samuel E. Sturgill of Moyock; two sisters, Lisa Beckman-Cloud and Tamy Beckman Doherty, both of Norfolk; two brothers, Jeffery Eric Beckman of Los Angeles and Kirk G. Beckman of Chesapeake; and many nieces and nephews who adored her.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Twiford Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, Great Bridge, with the Rev. David Fish officiating. The family will receive friends until 9 p.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to one of the following charities: Candii Program, 3309 Granby St., Norfolk; American Heart Association, 360 Southport Circle, Norfolk; American Cancer Society, 2730 Ellsmere Ave., Norfolk; or the Audubon Society. 

Harry K. Schultz
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Harry Kendell Schultz died Monday, Aug. 30, 1999, at Lakeland Regional Hospital. He was 80.

Born in Norfolk on Aug. 16, 1919, he moved to Lakeland from Virginia Beach. He was a machinist with Vepco for 40 years. He was a Methodist.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Frances Schultz; his sons, Harry W. Schultz of Norfolk, Fred K. Schultz of Yorktown, James C. Schultz of Yorktown, Michael W. Vogler of Virginia Beach and William E. Vogler of Newport News; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Cremation was at Lanier Funeral Home in Lakeland. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 807 W. Mercury Blvd., Hampton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association.


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