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David J. Caldwell
CHESAPEAKE -- David Joseph Caldwell, 81, of the 500 block of Dove Drive, died Sept. 7, 1998, in a local hospital. Mr. Caldwell was a native of Roystone, Pa., and retired from the U.S. Navy after 31 years of service. After retirement, Mr. Caldwell went to work as a Longshoreman for 23 years. He was one of the first 100 members of the Local 1970 and he also helped organize the VFW Post 4809 in Chesapeake. Survivors include his wife, Olga Nuzzo Caldwell of Chesapeake; three sons, Patrick David Caldwell, William H. Walker Jr., Joseph O. Walker and his wife, Carol Ann; and his granddaughter, Elizabeth Ashley Walker. A graveside service with military honors will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery by Father John J. Dorgan. The family will receive friends at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today.
 

Chad W. Guilfoy
CHESAPEAKE -- Chad William Guilfoy, 15, of the 500 block of Madera Road, died Sept. 8, 1998. 

A native of Northampton, Mass., he was a student entering his sophomore year at Great Bridge High School.

Survivors include his mother, Toni Cacace-Beshears and her husband, Darryl, of Chesapeake; his father Frank M. Guilfoy and his wife, Nancy, of Fall River, Mass.; two stepsisters, Meighan Beshears of Chesapeake and Allison Soares of Fall River; two brothers, Gregory Guilfoy of Fall River and Ryan Guilfoy of Chesapeake; two stepbrothers, Bryan Beshears of Chesapeake and Andrew Soares of Fall River; maternal grandfather, Pasquale L. Cacace of Virginia Beach; paternal grandmother, Genevieve Guilfoy of Fall River; and step-grandmother, Ruby Beshears of Norfolk.

A funeral will be conducted at 4 p.m. Friday at Graham Funeral Home, Greenbrier Chapel, Kempsville Road, Chesapeake, by the Rev. Michael Wetherington. Cremation will follow the service. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday and at the residence at all other times. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to the SPCA.
 
 

David G. O'Neal Jr.
CHESAPEAKE -- David Glenn O'Neal Jr., 15, of the 800 block of Hidden Harbor Court, died Sept. 8, 1998, in Norfolk.

A native of New Orleans, La., he was a student entering his sophomore year at Great Bridge High School. 

Survivors include his mother, Debra L. O'Neal of Chesapeake; his father, David G. O'Neal Sr. of Chesapeake; three sisters, Shannon O'Neal, Penny O'Neal and Christy O'Neal; and one half-sister, Rebecca O'Neal, all of Chesapeake.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Graham Funeral Home, Greenbrier Chapel, Kempsville Road, Chesapeake, by the Rev. Ron Heath. Burial will be in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday and at the residence at all other times.
 

Thelma B. Price
CHESAPEAKE -- Thelma Bridget Price of the 1800 block of Long Ridge Road, died Sept. 7, 1998. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at New Oak Grove Baptist Church, Virginia Beach. Community Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel, is in charge.
 
 

Lena S. Small
CHESAPEAKE -- Lena Lamour Sykes Small died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 1998, in Chesapeake.

She was born in Leechville, N.C., and was the daughter of the late James Jackson and Jessie Martin Sykes.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Small of New Jersey and Palestine Small of Pantego, N.C.; two sisters, Minnie Lee, also of Pantego, and Rosanell Ruffins of Ossining, N.Y.; five brothers, James Sykes of Albany, N.Y., Gilbert Sykes of Brooklyn, N.Y., George Sykes of Texas, Melvin Sykes of Norfolk and Marshall Sykes of New York, N.Y.; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Portsmouth. Viewing will begin on Thursday and the family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service.
 
 

Lillie S. Whitaker
CHESAPEAKE -- Lillie Belle Smith Whitaker, 88, formerly of Chesapeake, died Sept. 3, 1998, in Cocoa, Fla. 

Born in McIntyre, Ga., she was a former member of Rock Church and the widow of Robert Ellis Whitaker. 

Survivors include her three daughters, Marie Speer of Buford, Ga., June S. Odom of Cocoa, and Faye Hall of Virginia Beach; a son, Ralph Moore of Titusville, Fla.; five sisters, Iona Daniels, Helen Hicks, Irene Bridgen, all of East Point, Fla., Vernell Smith of Broadway, N.C., Etta Hand of Port St. Joe, Fla.; three brothers, Perry Smith of Graham, N.C., Ellis Smith of Fellsmere, Fla. and Eugene Smith of Panama City, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Indian River Chapel, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, with a procession to follow to Woodlawn Memorial Gardens for a graveside service at 2:15 p.m.
 
 

Robert G. Drepperd
NORFOLK -- Robert G. ``Bob'' Drepperd, 76, of Norfolk, died late Saturday, Sept. 5, 1998, in Richmond.

Mr. Drepperd was the widower of Mary Willie Watson Drepperd, a native of Blackstone, Va. He became known in the 1950s as a local television personality appearing on Norfolk's WTAR TV. He also worked as an announcer for WLOW radio in Norfolk.

During World War II, Mr. Drepperd served honorably in the U.S. Army, and later served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Mr. Drepperd was a charter member of Calvin Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Drepperd is survived by his daughter, Terry Lee Jackson of Richmond; two grandsons, Norwood Lee Woolard III of Lima, Ohio, and R. Mathew Woolard of Richmond; and two great-grandchildren, Jennifer Lee Woolard and Joshua Tyler Woolard, both of Lima.

A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. today at Calvin Presbyterian Church, 2901 E. Little Creek Road, Norfolk. The family has asked that memorial contributions be sent to the World Wildlife Fund, 1250 24th St., Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20037.
 
 

Martha R. Finch
NORFOLK -- Martha ``Rose'' Rosalyn Finch, 81, of the 8500 block of Old Ocean View Road, died Sept. 8, 1998, at a local hospital.

A native of Granville County, N.C., she was a member of South Brookley United Methodist Church in Mobile, Ala.

Survivors include her husband, William Fredrick Finch; two daughters, Joyce Robey of Virginia Beach and Loyce Lawson of Fairfax, Va.; three grandchildren, Wade Foreman, Rick Foreman, both of Norfolk, and Laura Walker of Fairfax; and one great-grandchild, Nicholas Foreman of Norfolk.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, by the Rev. Gary Ausburn. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will be at the funeral home Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.
 
 

Leatha V. Johnson
NORFOLK -- Leatha Virginia Johnson, 95, of the 1500 block of Norcova Ave., died in Bayside Health Care on Sept. 7, 1998.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Lynchburg, Va., and was the widow of Joseph P. Johnson. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include five daughters, Emma Elizabeth Rogers of Hammond, Ind., Elsie Mae Sawyer, Frances Jelinek, Doris Aileen Brown, all of Norfolk, and Margaret Louise Evans of Lynchburg; and two sons, Harvey DeWitt Johnson of Lynchburg and Bobby Edward Sawyer of Virginia Beach. She had 145 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today in Rosewood Memorial Park. Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel, is handling arrangements.
 
 

Mildred L. Parker
NORFOLK -- Mildred L. Parker, 49, of the 800 block of Charlotte St., died Sept. 5, 1998.

Born in Nansemond County, Va., she was a daughter of Sarah Parker and Arcelius Parker. She was employed at St. Mary's Infant Home, Norfolk, and a member of Family Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Carlette Parker and Kizzie Newby; two sons, Vincent E. Parker and Carlton Parker; four sisters, Evelyn Gould, Barbara Parker, Shirley Burton and Carolyn Parker; four brothers, George Parker, Jerry Parker, Eugene Parker and Arcelius Parker Jr.; and her fiance, Richard Newby Jr.

A funeral will be conducted at noon Thursday at Martin Luther King Jr. United Methodist Church by the Rev. Raymond Powell. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. Fisher Funeral Home is in charge.
 
 

Ruth V. Phelps
NORFOLK -- Ruth V. Phelps of the 2800 block of Merrimac Court, died Sept. 4, 1998. A funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Garrett's Community Church, Norfolk. Hale Funeral Home is in charge.
 
 

Margaret D. Smith
NORFOLK -- Margaret Decker Smith died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998.

She was born in Circleville, Ohio, and was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clifford H. Decker. Mrs. Smith was the widow of Howard Harrison Smith.

She is survived by three daughters, Lynda Sue Googe of Cordova, Tenn., Saundra Lee Calleran of Richmond and Julia Anne Kidwell of Virginia Beach; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held at a later date in Virginia Beach Community Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Virginia Beach Community Chapel, 1261 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 23454. Cremation Society of Virginia, Tidewater Office, is handling arrangements.
 
 

Annie Thomas
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NORFOLK -- Annie Thomas, 101, of the 200 block of W. 26th St., died Sept. 6, 1998, at Harbour Pointe Rehabilitation Center.

She was born in Darlington County, S.C., to the late Della Walker and the late Cecil Walker. Mrs. Thomas was retired and a member of Bibleway Apostolic Church, where she was a Mother of the Church.

The widow of Sylvester Thomas, formerly of Darlington County, she is survived by her two daughters, Lucille Aulmond of Norfolk and Juanita Greene of Darlington, S.C.; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in Bibleway Apostolic Church, Chesapeake, by Bishop Faison. Burial will be in Roosevelt Memorial Park. Hale Funeral Home is handling arrangements. 
 
 

George D. Winslow
NORFOLK -- George Doward Winslow, 82, died Sept. 6, 1998. Funeral services will be private. Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel, is in charge. 
 
 

Jane W. Boyd
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PORTSMOUTH -- Jane W. Boyd, 69, of the 1500 block of Carson Crescent, died Sept. 7, 1998, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

She was a retired teacher and psychoanalyst for the Portsmouth School System with more than 20 years of service. Mrs. Boyd was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Ulysses E. Boyd; two daughters, Linda Gatewood of Wadesboro, N.C., and Wendy B. English of Portsmouth; a son, Michael T. Boyd of Chesapeake; four sisters, Joan Prescott of Hampton, Ann Wallace of Chesapeake, Frankie Nelson of Cleveland, Ohio, and Lillie Bogen of Tallahassee, Fla.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her daughter, Sharon R. Boyd, and a brother, Frank Winston Jr.

A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in New Bethel Baptist Church by Bishop J.M. Whitaker. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Chesapeake. The family will be at Fisher Funeral Home from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
 
 

Lillie Mitchell
PORTSMOUTH -- Lillie Mitchell, 73, of the 1800 block of Effingham St., died Sept. 4, 1998. A funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in Fisher Funeral Home.
 
 

Louis T. Croneberger
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Louis T. Croneberger, 78, of the 5200 block of West Lake Road, died Sept. 5, 1998, in a local hospital.

Born in Camden, N.J., he was a consultant engineer for the U.S. government and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Croneberger was a member of Diamond Springs Baptist Church, Mended Hearts Chapter No. 63, and was past president of the Tidewater Anglers Club. He was active in Boy Scouts for 30 years with Troop No. 391, Virginia Beach, and was a member of the Ham Radio Amateur Club for 50 years.

Survivors include his wife, Marie E. Croneberger; a son, William J. Croneberger of Yokosuka, Japan; a sister, Gladys Dunn; four brothers, Carl, Howard, Norman and Harry Croneberger; three grandchildren, Thomas, Max and Kirsty, all of Lakeland, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Bayside Chapel, by Pastor Warren Skinner. Burial will be in Rosewood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Diamond Springs Baptist Church.
 
 

Andre N. Edmondson
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Andre N. Edmondson, 70, of the 2200 block of London Bridge Road, died Sept. 6, 1998, in his home.

Mr. Edmondson was born in Brownville, Neb., the son of the late George William Edmondson and Muriel Edmondson and brother of the late Donna Salzman. He was retired from the U.S. Navy and Naval Air Rework Facility, Norfolk.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara of the home; two sons, George William Edmondson of New Bern, N.C., and Thomas Edmondson of Virginia Beach; two daughters, Ann-Marie Nadeau of Lakeville, Mass., Jane Cason of Knotts Island, N.C.; a brother, George Edmondson; a sister, Nona Boyl, both of Hemet, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

The body will be cremated with services at a later date. The family suggests donations be made to Princess Anne Courthouse Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 6344, Virginia Beach, Va. 23456.
 
 

Donald L. Parker Sr.
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Donald L. Parker Sr., 70, died Sept. 8, 1998, in Virginia Beach.

Mr. Parker was a native of Norfolk and an independent insurance broker. He was a member of Norview Masonic Lodge No. 113, the Khedive Shrine Temple and the Cavalier Golf and Country Club.

Mr. Parker is survived by his wife, Mibs Parker of Fairfax, Va.; a daughter, Leeann Sullivan of Virginia Beach; two sons, Richard H. Parker of Norfolk and Derek Parker of Fairfax; two sisters, Doris Wedeman and Louise Graves of Virginia Beach; and one grandchild, Brice Sullivan.

Services will be private in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel, is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
 
 

Nonie W. Waller
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Nonie Barron White Waller, 52, of the 4000 block of Atlantic Ave., owner of LaGalleria Inc., an antique and design company, lost her valiant fight with cancer Sept. 6, 1998, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Nonie was born in New Bern, N.C., to the late Chalmers Lindley White Jr. and Craig Pegram White. Nonie attended Stratford College and graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in art history. Nonie was active in many civic endeavors. She was a board member of the Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads and the Francis Land House, a sustainer and former parliamentarian of the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, and a member of The King's Daughters and the Norfolk Torch Club. Filled with creative energy and talent, Nonie loved her work as an interior designer because it gave her the chance to fill others' lives with her passion for creative expression. She loved life as she loved her work, and she touched the lives of many with her zest for living. In her work and in her life, her goal was to make others happy, and she succeeded. Her family and friends consider it an honor to have known her. Survivors include her devoted and loving husband, John Suter Waller; a stepdaughter, Garland Waller Avery; two stepsons, John S. Waller Jr. and his wife, Karen, and David L. Waller; her sister, Craig White Cannon and her husband, Thomas; her brother, Chalmers Lindley White III and his wife, Elizabeth; six grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church of Virginia Beach by the Rev. Georgianna Brabban Johnson and Louise B. Wilson. The family request that expressions of sympathy be made to the Francis Land House, 3131 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, Va. 23452. H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel, are handling arrangements.
 
 

Eugene L. Willis
VIRGINIA BEACH -- Eugene Larkin Willis, 66, of the 5000 block of Clairmont Court, died Sept. 6, 1998.

Mr. Willis was born in Illinois and had lived in Hampton Roads for 43 years. Mr. Willis was a member of the Virginia Beach Free Will Baptist Church where he was a deacon. He was retired from ILA Local 1624.

Mr. Willis is survived by his wife, Edna Willis; his mother, Alma Willis; his two sons, Mel Collins of Wisconsin and James Willis of Missouri; two daughters, Linda Wallace of Florida and Pamela Willis of Indiana; his brother, Vernon Willis of Illinois; two sisters, Charlotte Farley and Pam Garris, both of Illinois; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Kellum Funeral Home, Bonney Road Chapel. A funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday in Virginia Beach Free Will Baptist Church. Interment will be at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Herrin, Ill. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Virginia Beach Free Will Baptist Church.
 
 

Mary L. Benton
SUFFOLK -- Mary Louise Benton, 67, of the 2800 block of N. Shore Drive, died Sept. 7, 1998. 

A native of Suffolk, she was the widow of Luther Marvin Benton. 

Survivors include two daughters, E. Marie Felton and Edith L. Benton; one step-daughter, Patricia Benton; one step-son, Larry Benton; one step-granddaughter, Sherry Benton; and her mother, Louise Purkhiser.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Bennetts Creek Chapel, by the Rev. Thomas Reynolds. Burial will be in Liberty Springs Christian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. Following the service, they will be at the home of Mrs. C. Oliver Bradshaw, 912 Carolina Road, Suffolk. Eula Evans

SUFFOLK -- Eula Evans, 98, of the 100 block of S. Capital St., died Sept. 5, 1998. A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in Applewhite Funeral Home.
 
 

Theodore R. Slade
SUFFOLK -- Theodore Roosevelt Slade, 93, of the 800 block of White Marsh Road, died Sept. 6, 1998. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Applewhite Funeral Home.
 
 

Edward E. Turner
MELFA -- Edward Emack Turner, 84, died July 27, 1998. A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Onancock. Williams-Onancock Funeral Home is in charge.
 
 

Beulah R. Lightfoot
HERTFORD -- Beulah Lee Riddick Lightfoot, 85, of Route 2, died Sept. 6, 1998. A funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Bay Branch AME Zion Church, Belvidere, N.C. Stallings Funeral Home is in charge.
 
 

Donald M. Long
EDENTON -- Donald M. Long, 86, of the 300 block of Woodland Drive, died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, in Brian Center Nursing Home in Hertford. 

A native of Kendallville, Ind., Mr. Long was a son of the late John and Gertrude Alabaugh Long and the husband of Agnes Leila Bueche Long. Mr. Long was retired from the Inwood Store and a member of the St. Anne Catholic Church.

Surviving, other than his wife, is his daughter and her husband, Mary Jo and Ralph Clapper of Edenton; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday in the St. Anne Catholic Church Hall by Father Gene Grabowski. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Anne Catholic Church Building Fund, 207 N. Broad St., Edenton, N.C. 27932. The family will be gathering at the home of Mary Jo and Ralph Clapper, 430 Pineview Drive in Edenton. The Evans Funeral Home, Edenton, is serving the Long Family.
 
 

John B. Purvis
BETHEL -- John Benjamin Purvis, 77, of the 14500 block of N.C. Hwy. 11, died Sept. 7, 1998. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Biggs Funeral Chapel, Robersonville.
 
 

Harry G. Spencer Sr.
ENGELHARD -- Harry Griffin Spencer Sr., 74, died Sept. 3, 1998. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Spencer Family Cemetery. Rowsom Funeral Home, Columbia, is in charge.
 
 

Goldie P. Taft
ELIZABETH CITY -- Goldie Pinner Taft, 88, of the 900 block of First St., died Sept. 8, 1998. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Old Hollywood Cemetery. Twiford Memorial Chapel is in charge.
 
 

Isaac Salsbury
MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. -- Isaac Salsbury, 74, a Norfolk native, died Sept. 7, 1998. Services were held Sept. 8 at Congregation B'nai Israel, Toms River, N.J. Bloomfield Cooper Jewish Chapels, Ocean, N.J., was in charge.


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