|Willis Wharf Native Dies in Kentucky
Mr. Ernest H. Smith Sr., 81, of Louisville, Ky., a native of
Willis Wharf, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at his residence.
A Navy veteran, he was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church, Masonic
Lodge 60, Scottish Rite, Royal Order of Jesters, Shriners Sabbar Temple
in Tucson, Ariz., and the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Shepherdsville.
He is survived by a companion, Mable Browne; one son, Ernest H. Smith
Jr.; two daughters, Linda Patrou and Martha Bierbaum; nine grandchildren;
and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Mr. Smith was held in Louisville. Private interment
was in Cape Charles Cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home, Exmore.
Former Cheriton Resident Dies
Mrs. Christine Bennett Ross, 40, of Slidell, La., formerly of
Cheriton, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, in Louisiana.
Born in Northampton County, she was the daughter of Ronald Keith Bennett
and the late Pauline Rose Jones Bennett.
Mrs. Ross was a nurse's assistant.
In addition to her father, she is survived by her step-mother, Mary
Frances Bennett; one daughter, Estelle Marie Ross; one son, Lance Cpl.
Ivan Ray Ross III; one sister, Kathy Lynn Ross; and three brothers, Ronald
Keith Bennett Jr., Bobby Dean Bennett and Mickey Ray Bennett.
A graveside service for Mrs. Ross was conducted Wednesday, Sept. 20,
at the Jones Family Cemetery in Pungoteague by Rev. James Chalfant.
Funeral arrangements were made by Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.
Onancock Woman Passes Away at SMH
Mrs. Eva Gertrude Quivers Scales, 62, of Onancock died Monday,
Sept. 18, 2000, at Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox.
Born in Accomack County, she was the daughter of the late Blanche Kellam
and Joseph Quivers.
Mrs. Scales is survived by one son, Richard Quivers (and his wife,
Faye) of Painter; four brothers, Vernon Bunting of Accomac, Raymond Mason
(and his wife, Marie) of Greenbush, Elwood Mapp of Baltimore and Willie
Mason (and his wife, Teretha) of Delray Beach, Fla.; one sister, Alice
Geoffrey of Accomac; three grandsons, Jermaine and Drexser Kellam of Bayside
and Tyson Quivers of Newport News; one granddaughter, Schenelle Quivers
of Newport News; one great-grandson, Raskwon Reid of Gargatha; two special
friends, Phyllis Joseph and Shawntee Reid; and several other relatives.
Funeral services for Mrs. Scales were held Saturday, Sept. 23, at Snead
Memorial United Methodist Church in Keller with Rev. George Harris Sr.
officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Inc., Accomac.
Former Accomack Supervisor Dies
Mr. Crother C. Lang, 81, of Hallwood died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000,
at his home.
He was the son of the late Clyde and Willie Lang.
A lifelong member of Hallwood Baptist Church where he served as deacon
and performed layman duties, Mr. Lang represented Atlantic District on
the Accomack County Board of Supervisors from 1984-87. He served as vice
chairman in 1986 and chairman in 1987.
In his capacity as supervisor, Mr. Lang also served on the Accomack-Northampton
Planning District Commission, the Accomack County Agricultural and Forestal
District Commission, Delmarva Advisory Council, the Accomack County Personnel
Committee, the Accomack County Reorganizational Committee, and the Accomack
County Tax Relief for the Elderly Committee, as well as serving as the
liaison for the Sheriff's Department.
Mr. Lang was an active member and past president of the Gideons Organization
where he did considerable public speaking. A pitcher for the old Eastern
Shore League, Mr. Lang played on the Greenbackville team and was inducted
into the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994 in Perdue Stadium
in Salisbury, Md.
Mr. Lang was predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Myrtle M. Lang, who
passed away June 8, 2000; his daughter, Judy L. Godwin; and his grandson,
Ralph Godwin Jr. He is survived by three daughters, June Sanchez (and her
husband, Victor) of Mansfield, Texas, Betty Zupan (and her husband, Paul)
of Atlanta, Ga., and Esther Troast (and her husband, Paul) of Pocomoke,
Md.; another son-in-law, Ralph L. Godwin of Bloxom; five grandchildren,
Rodney Godwin of Bloxom, Vikke Sanchez of Scottsdale, Ariz., Sharon Zupan
of Hallwood, Paul Zupan Jr. of Salisbury and Ben Troast of Bethany, Del.;
and one great-grandson, Devin Zupan of Hallwood.
Funeral services for Mr. Lang were conducted Friday, Sept. 22, at Hallwood
Baptist Church in Hallwood. Interment was in Downings Cemetery in Oak Hall.
Memorial donations in Mr. Lang's name may be made to the Bloxom Volunteer
Fire and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 132, Bloxom, VA 23308; or Hallwood Baptist
Church, c/o Maxwell Marshall, Treasurer, Hallwood, VA 23359.
Funeral arrangements were made by Fox Funeral Home, Temperanceville.
Longtime School Board Member, Councilman Dies
Mr. Fred H. Tolbert, 66, of Chincoteague died Tuesday, Sept.
19, 2000, in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.
Born on Chincoteague, he was the son of the late Frank and Mary Hopkins
Mr. Tolbert was a contractor and owner of Tolbert Corp. He was a member
of Christ United Methodist Church and a lifetime member, past president
and past fire chief of Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company.
He served many years on the Accomack County School Board and three
terms on Chincoteague Town Council, where he served as vice mayor.
Past president of the Delmarva Firemen's Association, Mr. Tolbert was
a member of Accomack Lodge #243 AF&AM, American Legion Post 159, Khedive
Temple, and the Virginia Firemen's Association. He was awarded the John
Shields Citizen of the Year Award in 1996.
Mr. Tolbert is survived by his wife, Ruth M. Tolbert of Chincoteague;
two children, Patricia Barrs and Michael Tolbert of Chincoteague; four
grandsons, John Barrs III, Chris Barrs, Michael Tolbert II, and Jason Tolbert;
and three great-grandsons.
Funeral services for Mr. Tolbert were held Saturday, Sept. 23, from
Christ United Methodist Church with Rev. G.C. Shepherd officiating. A reception
followed at the Chincoteague firehouse. Interment was in the Mechanics
Memorial donations in Mr. Tolbert's name may be made to Christ United
Methodist Church Fellowship House or Christ United Methodist Church Emergency
Fund, P.O. Box 687, Chincoteague, VA 23336.
Arrangements were made by Salyer Funeral Home, Chincoteague.
Exmore Mechanic Dies at His Home
Mr. J. Robert Kelley Jr., 45, of Exmore died Wednesday, Sept.
20, 2000, at his residence.
A native of North Carolina, he was the son of Jimmy R. Kelly Sr. and
Anita Stephenson Kelly, both of Painter.
Mr. Kelley was a mechanic for Shore Saw and Mower in Painter and a
member of American Legion Post 58 in El Paso, Texas, and Exmore Moose Lodge
In addition to his parents, he is survived by one son, Jimmy Robert
Kelley III of Rochester, N.Y.; one daughter, Meagan Kelley of Belle Haven;
two brothers, Greg Kelley of Pungoteague and Jeff Kelley of Silver Beach;
and one sister, Kathy Kelley of Columbia, Md.
Graveside services for Mr. Kelley were conducted Friday, Sept. 22,
at the Kelley Family Cemetery in Pungoteague by the Rev. Jack Pruitt.
Memorial donations in Mr. Kelley's name may be made to the "Let's Do
It" Group of Narcotics Anonymous, c/o VFW Post 4856, Attn.: Johnny Gardner,
P.O. Box 898, Exmore, VA 23350.
Funeral arrangements for Mr. Kelley were made by Doughty Funeral Home,
Melfa Resident Dies at Heritage Hall
Mrs. Viola Bradford Belote, 91, of Melfa died Friday, Sept. 22,
2000, at Heritage Hall Health Care in Nassawadox.
A native of Accomack County, she was the daughter of the late Robert
Lee Bradford Sr. and Sadie Bell Bradford.
Mrs. Belote was a member of Mears Memorial United Methodist Church.
She was predeceased by her husband, Edward T. Belote. Mrs. Belote is
survived by one son, Edward T. Belote Jr.; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy
Bradford of Accomac and Shirley Bradford of Virginia Beach; and several
nieces and nephews.
Graveside services for Mrs. Belote were conducted Monday, Sept. 25,
at Quinby Cemetery by the Rev. Rita A. Kanten.
Funeral arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home, Exmore.
Bloxom Homemaker Passes Away
Mrs. Willie Ewell Annis, 79, of Bloxom died Saturday, Sept. 23,
2000, at Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox.
Born in Guilford, she was the daughter of the late Roy E. and Ida Susan
Mrs. Annis was a Methodist and a homemaker.
She is survived by her husband, Walter Annis; two sons, Wayne Annis
and Bobby Annis of Bloxom; one brother, Gerald Ewell of Bloxom; two grandchildren,
Pamela Duncan of Virginia Beach and Donald Wayne Annis of Greenbush; and
several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Roy Andrew
Graveside services for Mrs. Annis were conducted Tuesday, Sept. 26,
at Parksley Cemetery by Rev. Travis Deloach.
Funeral arrangements were made by Thornton Funeral Home, Parksley.
Arcadia Nursing Center Resident Dies
Mrs. Mae Elizabeth Melson, 100, a resident of the Arcadia Nursing
Center in Gargatha, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at Shore Memorial Hospital
Born in Poulson, she was the daughter of the late Olten and Anna Mae
Mrs. Melson was a member of Bloxom United Methodist Church and a homemaker.
Mrs. Melson was predeceased by her first husband, Dewey Linton, and
her second husband, Earl Melson; one daughter, Janet Parks; and one son,
Norris Linton. Mrs. Melson is survived by three daughters, Anna Mae Godwin
of Sanford, Gloria Rich of Jacksonville, N.C., and Sue Bailes of Jefferson,
Ohio; one step-daughter, Ella Mae Taylor of Parksley; 12 grandchildren;
10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces.
Funeral services for Mrs. Melson were held Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Thornton
Funeral Home in Parksley with the Rev. Leon Ellis officiating. Interment
was in Parksley Cemetery.
Retired Teacher Dies at 100
Mrs. Vera P. Wessells, 100, a resident of Onley died Sunday,
Sept. 24, 2000, at her home.
Born and reared in Melfa, she was the daughter of the late George W.
and Ella Core Parker.
Mrs. Wessells was a retired school teacher, having taught in the Accomack
County Public School System for 45 years. She was a member of Onley Baptist
One of 11 children, Mrs. Wessells was predeceased by her husband, Stewart
A. Wessells. She is survived by Bobbye Wood Parker of Danville and Mrs.
Wynn Evans of Fayetteville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services for Mrs. Wessells will be conducted today Wednesday,
Sept. 27, at 11 a.m. at Mount Holly Cemetery in Onancock by Rev. John Burr.
Donations in Mrs. Wessells' name may be made to Hospice Care of the
Eastern Shore, P.O. Box 332, 200 Market St., Onancock, VA 23417.
Arrangements were made by Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.
Services Held for Accident Victims
Mr. Rhashaud Conyell Dickerson, of Temperanceville and Mr. William
Andrew Veney Jr., of Parksley, both 18, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2000, as
the result of a traffic accident on Route 13 near Nelsonia.
Born in Nassawadox, Mr. Dickerson was the son of Marilyn Dickerson
and Herbert Schoolfield.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Dickerson is survived by six brothers,
Chantez and Ronta Dickerson, Melvin, Kenneth and Kevin Schoolfield and
Gregory Palmer; one sister, Joyce Schoolfield; two great-aunts, Ever Gunter
and Hortense Dickerson; seven aunts, Willie Jean Dickerson, Shirley Morning,
Linda Joynes, Angela McGinnis, Carolyn Wilson, Marie Sturgis and Geneva
Cave; one uncle, William Schoolfield; special friends, Tantania Conquest,
Wykia Ames, Tremell Byrd, Tyvon Payton, Junior Armstrong and Carlan Handy;
four nieces; and one nephew.
Funeral services for Mr. Dickerson were held Saturday, Oct. 7, at Metompkin
Baptist Church in Parksley with Rev. Earl Nowell officiating. Interment
was in Warton's Cemetery in Parksley.
Born in Nassawadox, Mr. Veney was the son of William and Eva Veney
Sr. of Parksley.
Mr. Veney was employed at Tyson Foods in Temperanceville.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Veney is survived by two brothers,
DaShaun A. Veney of Parksley and Keon Chandler of Onancock, two sisters,
Tiera Veney and Jackie Godwin of Parksley; his grandparents, Mary and Oscar
Veney Sr. of Parksley; one nephew, Richard Custis Jr. of Hopeton; two nieces,
Chevonte' and Rykia Godwin of Parksley; one dear friend, Jeanette Rogers
of Temperanceville; 11 aunts; and 12 uncles.
Funeral services for Mr. Veney were held Saturday, Oct. 7, at St. John
UM Church in Atlantic with Rev. Gary Miller officiating. Interment was
in Star East Cemetery in Accomac.
Funeral arrangements were made by Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co.,
Inc., of Accomac.
Lifelong Painter Resident Succumbs
Mr. William Giddens Sr., 39, of Painter died Saturday, Sept.
30, 2000, at Shore Memorial Hospital.
Born and reared in Painter, he was the son of Thomas and Kate Bailey
Mr. Giddens was a retired poultry worker.
He is survived by five children, William Fisher, James Fisher and Shirley
Fisher, all of the Eastern Shore, and Bryant Patillo and Angela Patillo,
both of Richmond; two sisters, Shirley Delk of Parksley and Alice Collick
of Treherneville; five brothers, Thomas, Willie, Clarence "Black Elvis,"
Alphonse and Charlie, all of the Eastern Shore; and his fiancée,
Funeral services for Mr. Giddens were held Saturday, Oct. 7, at Holy
Trinity Church in Pungoteague with Rev. Michael Bailey officiating. Interment
was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Giddens Memorial Funeral Home, Painter.
Retired Ford Motor Employee Dies
Mr. Theron A. Wynder, 65, of Detroit, Mich., a native of Northampton
County, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at Cherrystone.
He was the son of the late Thomas Ferdinand Sr. and Annie Sue Fisher
Mr. Wynder was retired from Ford Motor Company and was a member of
the United Workers Union, Local 900.
He is survived by three sisters, Gloria W. Young, Barbara Anne Wynder
and Margaret Sue Wynder, all of Detroit; two brothers, James Randolph and
Thomas Ferinand Jr., both of Detroit; one uncle, William H. Fisher; and
several cousins, nieces and nephews. Mr. Wynder was predeceased by a son,
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 6, at African Baptist Church
in Cheriton with Rev. C.F. Mapp officiating. Interment was in the church
Memorial donations in Mr. Wynder's name may be made to the Northampton
County High School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1223,
Eastville, VA 23347.
Arrangements were made by Gray's Funeral Home, Cape Charles.
Penn. RR Retiree Passes Away
Mrs. Bertha Lambertson Sterling, 93, of Cape Charles died Thursday,
Oct. 5, 2000, in Nassawadox.
Born and reared in Cape Charles, she was the daughter of the late William
H. and Bertha Duer Lambertson and a graduate of Goldey Beacom Business
Mrs. Sterling had been employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad before
her retirement. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the
Wesleyan Service Guild and United Methodist Women.
Mrs. Sterling is survived by one sister, Katherine Lambertson Collins
of Cape Charles; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mrs. Sterling were held Sunday, Oct. 8, at Trinity
United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Rodden officiating. Interment
was in Cape Charles Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of the Eastern Shore,
P.O. Box 332, Onancock, VA 23417.
Funeral arrangements were made by Fox and Scott Funeral Home, Cape
Former Hunting Creek Resident Dies
Mrs. Ruby Fort Mills, 89, of Silver Spring, Md., formerly of
Hunting Creek, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at Althea Woodland Nursing
Home in Silver Spring.
Born in Ashville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late John Fort
and Hattie Elmyra Fort Pearson.
A Baptist, she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Mills was predeceased by her husband, Louis Edward Mills. Mrs.
Mills is survived by four sisters-in-law, Mae Mills, Shelby Mills, Betty
Mills and Kathryn Vaughan; and three brothers-in-law, Robert L. Mills,
Joe F. Mills and John C. Mills Sr.
Services were conducted Sunday, Oct. 8, at Thornton Funeral Home in
Parksley with Robert L. Mills Sr., Mrs. Mills' brother-in-law, officiating.
Interment was in Parksley Cemetery.
Former Perdue Contractor Dies
Mrs. Peggy Barnes Burkhead Groton, 59, of Parksley died Monday,
Oct. 9, 2000, at her residence.
Born and reared in Parksley, she was the daughter of the late Preston
and Louise Birch Barnes.
Mrs. Groton was a contractor for Perdue for a number of years. She
was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of United
Christian Church, where she was treasurer.
Mrs. Groton was predeceased by her first husband, Dumont Burkhead.
She is survived by her husband, Lester Burley Groton Jr.; one daughter,
Anita Burkhead Coburn (and her husband, Allen) of Bethel, N.C.; one son,
David L. Burkhead (and his wife, Lou Ann) of Parksley; two step-daughters,
Rosemary Groton Gibbons of Bloxom and Zina Groton Parks of Mears; two aunts,
Maude Reese Barnes of Parksley and Thelma Fluharty of Chincoteague; two
grandchildren, Mackenzie and Olivia Burkhead of Parksley; and several nieces
Graveside services for Mrs. Groton will be conducted tomorrow, Oct.
12, at 2 p.m. at Parksley Cemetery by Rev. William Cathell.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions in Mrs. Groton's
name may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Miss Nancy Custis,
P.O. Box 234, Onancock, VA 23417.
Arrangements were made by Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.