Miscellaneous Northampton and Accomack Counties, Virginia Obituaries

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Active Church Woman Dies at SMH

Mrs. Lillie Mae Lister, 87, of Eastville died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, at Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox.
Born and reared in Eastville, she was the daughter of the late John Henry Downes and Annie Mildred Fisher Downes. She received her missionary icense in October 1983.
Mrs. Lister was an independent caterer and a member of Mount Sinai Holy Tabernacle Church in Eastville, where she was a Sunday School teacher, president of the missionary group and chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Mrs. Lister was predeceased by her husband, William Henry Lister. she is survived by two stepchildren, Ada Bea Lister and Annie Belle Lister; four godchildren, Vincent Bruce, Jazmine Collins, Lillie Mitchell and Shirley Burton; one sister, Pastor Cordelia Custis of Eastville; one brother, John Henry Downes Jr. of Harrington, Del; and several other relatives.
Funeral services for Mrs. Lister were conducted Saturday, Feb. 26, at Mt. Sinai Gospel Tabernacle Church in Fairview by Elder Lummie Smith. Interment was in Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Eastville.
Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Lister were made by Gray's Funeral Home in Cape Charles.

Mother of Local Women Dies in Del.

Mrs. Wanda Anne Henninger, 59, of Seaford, Del., died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at her home.
Mrs. Henninger was a homemaker.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 20, at Christ Lutheran Church in Seaford. Interment was in the Garden of Faith Cemetery in Baltimore, Md., the following day.
Mrs. Henninger is survived by her husband, Wayne Henninger; three daughters, Terri Redmond of Onancock, Debbie Spencer of Raleigh, N.C., and Katherine Young of Nelsonia; one stepdaughter, Kristine Bannasch of Baltimore; her father, William Hyde of Baltimore; one brother, George Hyde of Baltimore; one sister, Shirley Hurst of Hillsboro, Va.; and five grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Henninger were made by Cranston Funeral Home in Seaford.

Former Tyson Worker Dies

Mr. John H. Rooker, 56, of Chincoteague died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, on Chincoteague.
Born in Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Rooker and worked for Tysons for three years.
Mr. Rooker is survived by his wife, Joyce A. Rooker of Chincoteague; three sons, Terrence Rooker, William Rooker of Chincoteague, and John Rooker of Pennsylvania; one daughter, Tammy Rooker of Pennsylvania; four sisters, Kathy, Eleanor, Alice and Doris, all of Pennsylvania; one brother, Richard Rooker of Pennsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services for Mr. Rooker were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 23, by Rev. G.C. Shepherd.
Funeral arrangements were made by Salyer Funeral Home, Chincoteague.

Exmore Resident Dies in Norfolk

Mrs. Janette Pruitt Turner, 79, of Exmore died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
A native of Tangier, she was the daughter of the late Elisha Thomas Pruitt and Mary Avalon Parks Pruitt.
Mrs. Turner was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, the Soroptimist Club and the United Methodist Women.
She was predeceased by her husband, G. Vernon Turner; and two brothers, Thomas Eugene Pruitt and Norman W. Pruitt. Mrs. Turner is survived by a daughter, Connie T. Taylor (and her husband, Carroll) of Exmore; one son, Thomas R. Turner (and his wife, Janet) of Laurel, Del.; one brother, Rev. Jack D. Pruitt of Painter; four grandchildren, Melissa T. Potter of Exmore, Thomas R. Turner Jr. of Centreville, Md., Matthew Taylor of Exmore, and Tammy Turner of Greensboro, Md.; and two great-grandchildren, Christopher Potter of Exmore and Amanda Turner of Centreville, Md.
Funeral services for Mrs. Turner were held Saturday, Feb. 26, at Maranatha Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Charnock and the Rev. John A. Bright officiating. Interment was in Belle Haven Cemetery.
Memorial donations in Mrs. Turner's name may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, General Delivery, Jamesville, VA 23398; or Maranatha Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1423, Exmore, VA 23350.
Funeral arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home, Exmore.

Townsend Woman Dies at Heritage Hall

Mrs. Cledth Owens Wilson, 84, of Townsend died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Heritage Hall Health Care in Nassawadox.
Born in Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Witt H. and Eliza Barker.
Mrs. Wilson was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Dayton, Ohio.
She was predeceased by her husband, Carl R. Wilson. Mrs. Wilson is survived by one sister, Pauline Barker Materne of Holland, Calif.; and one sister-in-law, Betty Wilson Scott of Townsend.
Graveside services for Mrs. Wilson were conducted Sunday, Feb. 27, from Cape Charles Cemetery by the Rev. James R. Rodden.
Memorial donations in Mrs. Wilson's name may be made to Hospice of the Eastern Shore, P.O. Box 332, Onancock, VA 23417.
Funeral arrangements were made by Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home in Cape Charles.

Former RN, Housing Manager Succumbs

Mrs. Mildred Shockley West, 78, of Exmore died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox.
A native of Chestertown, Md., she was the daughter of the late Bryan J. and Mildred Newnam Shockley.
Mrs. West was a former registered nurse at Northampton-Accomack Memorial Hospital and had owned and managed Westmore Manor, a housing development near Exmore which is now part of the New Road Community project. She was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church.
Mrs. West was predeceased by her husband, Roger S. "Turk" West Jr.; a daughter, Peggy Outten; and a sister, Betty Garcia. She is survived by one daughter, Betty Ann Jones (and her husband, Jimmy) of Williamsburg; one son, Roger S. "Buddy" West III (and his wife, Terry) of Virginia Beach; four grandchildren, John David Outten and Kate Outten, both of Exmore, and Jamie and Justin Jones, both of Williamsburg; and one son-in-law, David Outten of Belle Haven.
Graveside services for Mrs. West were conducted Sunday, Feb. 27, at Belle Haven Cemetery by the Rev. Tammy Estep.
Memorial donations in Mrs. West's name may be made to Broadwater Academy, P.O. Box 546, Exmore, VA 23350.
Funeral arrangements for Mrs. West were made by Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore.

Longtime Music Teacher Dies at 102

Miss Elisabeth Hack Ayres, 102, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at her apartment at the Hermitage in Onancock.
A native of Accomac, she was the daughter of the late Dr. John Hack and Mary Derby Ayres. She graduated from Accomack High School in 1915 and received her formal music training at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Md. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Accomac.
Miss Ayres taught music for more than 50 years at Foxcroft, a boarding school for girls in Middleburg, Va. She also served for many years as a chaperone and guide for Foxcroft students taking summer trips to Europe and was a member of the school's alumnae affairs staff.
Miss Ayres retired in 1983 at the age of 85 and returned to her family home in Accomac. She moved to the Hermitage in 1984 after being injured in a serious fall.
Miss Ayres is survived by a niece, Ann Ayres Hartnett of Accomac; two nephews, James R.V. Daniel IV of Richmond and B. Drummond Ayres Jr. of New York; and a sister-in-law, Nelly Bird Ayres of Accomac. She was predeceased by two brothers, B. Drummond Ayres and John Cropper Ayres; and one sister, Mary Ayres Daniel Moncure.
A graveside service for Miss Ayres was held Monday, Feb. 28, at the family burial site in Edgehill Cemetery in Accomac.
Memorial donations in Miss Ayres' name may be made to St. James Episcopal Church.

Retired Seafood Dealer Dies

Mr. George E. West Jr., 88, of Cheriton died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox.
A native of Cheriton, he was the son of the late George E. and Mary Ann Rooks West.
He was a retired seafood dealer and a member of Travis Chapel United Methodist Church.
Mr. West was predeceased by his wives, Lelia Kellam West and Annie Webb West. He is survived by one daughter, Ann W. Bell of Oyster; one sister, Louise West Taylor of Cheriton; three grandchildren, Edward M. Bell of Cheriton, Timothy N. Bell of Eastville and Lisha B. McPherson of Oyster; four great-grandchildren, Amanda Bell, Mari Bell, Rebecca Bell and Meghan McPherson; and one great-great-grandson, Alex Bell.
Graveside services for Mr. West were conducted Monday, Feb. 28, at Cape Charles Cemetery by the Rev. Robert E.L. Trail.
Funeral arrangements for Mr. West were made by Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home in Cape Charles.

Ex-NASA Mail Carrier Succumbs

Mr. Kenneth David Skeoch, 69, of Bloxom died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at Shore LifeCare at Parksley.
Born in Harrison, Ohio, he was the son of the late William and Goldine Skeoch.
Mr. Skeoch was a retired mail carrier at NASA Wallops Island and a member of Guilford United Methodist Church, Parksley Masonic Lodge #325 AF&AM, and Parksley Chapter #166 Order of the Eastern Star.
He is survived by one daughter, Claudia Fulk of Bloxom; three sisters, Thelma Jones of Harrison, Ohio, Shirley Reece of Hamilton, Ohio, and Helen Doerflein of Cedar Grove, Ind.; two brothers, John Skeoch of Dunkirk, Ind., and Charles Skeoch of Hopeton; three grandchildren, Travis, Kelley and Kyle Fulk; and one daughter-in-law, Peggy O. Skeoch of Bloxom. Mr. Skeoch was predeceased by a son, David Skeoch.
A memorial service for Mr. Skeoch will be held tonight, March 1, at 7 at Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley. The Rev. Travis Deloach will officiate.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Skeoch's name may be made to Guilford United Methodist Church, c/o Deborah Midgett, Parksley, VA 23421; or Independent Pilgrim Church, c/o Peggy Matthews, Mirina Road, Greenbush, VA 23357. 

Tasley Couple Die After Long Illnesses

Rev. Colie Robert Bennett Jr., 64, and his wife, Betty Jane Parks Bennett, 58, both of Tasley, have passed away at the home of their daughter, Tina Wessells of Nelsonia.
Rev. Bennett passed away on Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, and Mrs. Bennett passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2000.
Born and reared in Hacks Neck, Rev. Bennett was the son of the late Colie Robert Bennett Sr. and Mary Louise Wilson and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He was a retired United Methodist minister and truck driver. Rev. Bennett was a member of Mears Memorial United Methodist Church, where he served for 10 years; past president of Shore Memorial Hospital Chaplains' Association; and a Sunday School teacher for many years.
Born in Harborton, Mrs. Bennett was the daughter of the late Brower Colburn Parks and Flora Ellen Parks.
She was a volunteer at Shore Memorial Hospital and a member of Mears Memorial United Methodist Church and the Eastern Shore Breast Cancer Support Group.
Rev. and Mrs. Bennett are survived by two sons, Colie R. Bennett III of Chincoteague and David Wayne Bennett (and his wife, Tammy) of Onancock; two daughters, Tina Bennett Wessells (and her husband, Robert) of Nelsonia and Lori Bennett Shreaves (and her husband, Bryan) of Bloxom; and two grandchildren, Colie R. Bennett IV and Chelsi Brooke Shreaves.
Rev. Bennett also is survived by one sister, Mary Ann Colona (and her husband, George) of Melfa; and four brothers, Rev. Morris Bennett (and his wife, Ann) of Norfolk, and Cecil Bennett, Herbert Bennett (and his wife, Blanche) and Homer Bennett (and his wife, Shirley), all of Tasley.
Mrs. Bennett also is survived by five sisters, Shirley Isdell (and her husband, Bobby) of Tasley and Elizabeth Custis (and her husband, R.B.) of Portsmouth, Patricia Cupp (and her husband, Bill) of Waldorf, Md., Kathy Parks of Eastville, and Mamie Gaskill (and her husband, Buck) of Cape Charles; and two brothers, Colburn Parks (and his wife, Joan) of Accokeek, Md., and William Parks (and his wife, Brenda) of Onancock.
Funeral services for Rev. Bennett were held Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Mears Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Morris Bennett, Rev. Robert Carpenter and Rev. Sedley Johnson officiating. Interment was in Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Onancock.
Funeral services for Mrs. Bennett will be held today, March 8, at 2 p.m. at Mears Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Carpenter and Rev. Morris Bennett officiating. Interment will be in Fairview Lawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Rev. Bennett's name may be made to Hospice Support of the Eastern Shore, P.O. Box 332, Onancock, VA 23417.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Bennett's name may be made to Shore Cancer Center, P.O. Box 17, Nassawadox, VA 23413; or the Eastern Shore Breast Cancer Support Group, Relay for Life Team, American Cancer Society, c/o Miss Nancy Custis, P.O. Box 234, Onancock, VA 23417.
Funeral arrangements were made by Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

Cape Charles Native Dies in Florida

Ms. Eleanor Townsend Torres, 62, formerly of Cape Charles, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, in Orlando, Fla.
She was born and reared in Cape Charles and later moved to Orlando where she was affiliated with the New Church of Faith.
Ms. Torres is survived by her father, Earnest Townsend; one daughter, Rita Kalema of Blaine, Minn.; five sons, Sam Watson of Green Bay, Wis., Donald Watson and Robert Watson, both of Orlando, Wayne Watson of Tampa, Fla., and Tony Watson of Berlin, Germany; and several other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Ms. Torres were held Saturday, March 4, at Ebenezer AME Church in Capeville with Rev. W.M. Baxter officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were made by John O. Morris Funeral Home in Nassawadox.

Ex-Car Detailer Dies in Machipongo

Mr. Oliver Jacob Burton Sr., 67, of Machipongo died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at the home of his family.
Born and reared in Northampton County, he was the son of the late Jacob and Edna Burton.
Mr. Burton was a car detailer for the SCAP Auto Group in Bridgeport, Conn., until he retired.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn D. Burton; four daughters, Shirley B. Collins of Salisbury, Md., Dale B. James of Machipongo, Marilyn B. Tankard of Exmore, and Marjorie B. Walters of Jamesville; two sons, Oliver J. Burton Jr. and Marvel Johnson, both of Bridgeport; three sisters, Ellen Rowley of Birdsnest, Ida Lane of Machipongo and Lois Moore of Eastville; one brother, Oscar Burton Sr. of Machipongo; 22 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one uncle, Wade Hyslop of New London, Conn.; and several other relatives.
Funeral services for Mr. Burton were held Tuesday, Feb. 29, at Union Baptist Church in Eastville with Rev. W.C. Rucker officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Gray's Funeral Home in Cape Charles.

Retired Accomack Teacher Dies

Mrs. Elizabeth "Betsy Penn" Justis Kelley, 95, of Parksley died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Shore LifeCare at Parksley.
The daughter of the late James Lee Justis and Evelyn Susan Shrieves Justis, she attended the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary.
Mrs. Kelley was a retired teacher, having taught in Accomack County schools for 39 years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Caring and Sharing Link of United Methodist Women.
Mrs. Kelley was predeceased by her husband, George Marvin Kelley. She is survived by two children, Paige W. Johnson of Richmond and Revel P. Kelley of Mechanicsville, Va.; three nieces, Irene Gammon, Norma Wessells and Virginia Savage; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Graveside services for Mrs. Kelley were conducted Wednesday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at Liberty Cemetery by Rev. Wayne Parsley.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Kelley's name may be made to Grace United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 156, Parksley, VA 23421.
Arrangements were made by Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

Island Man Dies After Long Illness

Sgt. James Raymond "J.R." Trader, 57, of Chincoteague died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, in Nassawadox following a long illness.
He was the son of the late Ella Pauline Thornton Trader and Dalton Raymond Trader.
A retired Army sergeant first class, he was a member of American Legion #159 and the Disabled American Veterans.
Sgt. Trader was predeceased by his wife, Kathleen Louise Dant Trader. He is survived by two sons, Raymond Everett Trader and Jeffrey Russell Trader of Alexandria, Va.; two daughters, Dawn Ellen Trader of Charles Town, W.VA., and Donna Edna Hillis of Kensington, Md.; and a brother, Tommy D. Trader of New Church.
Funeral services for Sgt. Trader were held Friday, March 3, at the American Legion Hall on Chincoteague. Interment will be at a later date.
Funeral arrangements for Sgt. Trader were made by Fox & Holston Funeral Home, Chincoteague.

Watchmaker Passes Away

Mr. Wesley Bruce Davis, 86, of Seaford, Del., formerly of Chincoteague, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, in Seaford.
The son of the late Joseph A. and Bertha Flowers Davis, he was a captain in the Army during World War II.
Mr. Davis was a watchmaker on Chincoteague. He was a past commander of American Legion #159, past master of Hiram Lodge #21, past patron of Eastern Star Chapter #7, a Scottish Rite and York Rite mason and a member of St. John's Methodist Church.
Mr. Davis is survived by one daughter, Gail Milner of Arizona; two sons, C. Lee Davis of Chincoteague and David Scott Davis of Monterey, Calif.; five step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Davis were conducted Saturday, March 4, at Fox & Holston Funeral Home on Chincoteague with Rev. John Sweeney officiating. Interment was in Downing Cemetery in Oak Hall.

Chincoteague Woman Dies in Maryland

Mrs. Anna R. Reed, 90, of Chincoteague died Wednesday, March 1, 2000, in Caroline Nursing Home in Denton, Md.
Born on Chincoteague, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Elizabeth Sharpley Taylor.
Mrs. Reed was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of Worcester Chapter #102 Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her husband, Lloyd "Woose" Reed of Chincoteague; one son, William (and his wife, Anne) Reed of Federalsburg, Md.; one granddaughter, Linda Cannon of Snow Hill, Md.; four great-grandchildren, David Cannon, Jennifer Everett of Snow Hill, and Sheri Boston and Brandy Davis of Berlin, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mrs. Reed were held Sunday, March 5, from Christ United Methodist Church on Chincoteague with Rev. G.C. Shepherd officiating. Interment was in the John W. Taylor Memorial Cemetery in Temperanceville.
Funeral arrangements were made by Salyer Funeral Home, Chincoteague.

Longtime RR Clerk Passes Away

Mr. Robert H. Miller Jr., 82, of Chincoteague, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, in Chincoteague.
Born in West Virginia, he was the son of the late Robert H. and Lula Rush Miller.
Mr. Miller was a rate clerk at the B&O Railroad for 45 years. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee and participated in United Methodist Men and the Pastor-Parish Committee.
Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Martha Miller; one son, Robert H. Miller III of Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Victoria Lynn Duke of Baltimore, Md., and Rebecca Murano of Fallsler, Md.; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Mr. Miller was held Saturday, March 4, from Christ United Methodist Church with Rev. G.C. Shepherd officiating.
Donations in Mr. Miller's name may be made to Hospice of the Eastern Shore, P.O. Box 332, Onancock, VA 23417.
Arrangements were made by Salyer Funeral Home, Chincoteague.

Retired Gourmet Cook Succumbs

Mrs. Patricia June Brown, 81, of New Church died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox.
Born in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of the late George Walter Bowen and Mildred Thompson Bowen.
Mrs. Brown was a retired gourmet chef. She was a Methodist.
Mrs. Brown was predeceased by her husband, John Wesley Brown. She is survived by one daughter, Robin Katherine Clayton of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one son, Joshua Cheneworth Brown of New Church; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service for Mrs. Brown was held graveside Tuesday, March 7, at John W. Taylor Cemetery in Temperanceville.
Arrangements were made by Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley.

Retired Waterman Dies at PRMC

Mr. Sidney Willis Webb, 81, of Oak Hall died Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.
Born in Onancock, he was the son of the late Sidney H. and Mabel Parker Webb.
He was a Baptist and a retired waterman.
Mr. Webb was predeceased by his wife, Agnes Y. Webb. He is survived by three sisters, Mildred Ward and Grace Herman of Princess Anne, Md., and Dorothy Wessells of Hallwood; one brother, John Webb of New Church; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arangements for Mr. Webb were held Tuesday, March 7, at Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley. Interment was in Downing's Cemetery in Oak Hall.

Oyster Man Dies in VA Hospital

Mr. William Thomas "Biddie" Bennett, 87, of Oyster died Monday, March 6, 2000, at Hampton Veterans' Hospital.
A native of Hacks Neck, he ws the son of the late John Walter Bennett and Monty Bennett.
He was a waterman.
Mr. Bennett is survived by a companion, Irene Richardson; one daughter, Peggy B. Parker (and her husband, the Rev. Irving Parker) of Starta, Tenn.; one step-daughter, Lillie R. Clark (and her husband, Ray) of Capeville; two step-sons, Harold Richardson of Oyster and George Richardson of Cheriton; and one brother, Leroy Killmon of North Carolina.
Graveside services with military honors for Mr. Bennett will be conducted today, March 8, by the Rev. Randy Lewis.
Funeral arrangements were made by Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home in Cape Charles. 


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