Miscellaneous Northampton and Accomack Counties, Virginia Obituaries

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Bloxom Matriarch Passes Away

Mrs. Hortense E. Newby Corbin, 80, of Bloxom died there Monday, Aug. 20, 2001.
Born in Clairmont, Va., she was the daughter of the late Dudley and Dora Hill Newby.
Mrs. Corbin was employed as a housekeeper for many years. She loved cooking, listening to the radio and taking care of her children.
Mrs. Corbin is survived by her husband of 56 years, William Corbin Sr.; four sons, Cornelius, William Jr., Thomas and Robert Corbin Sr.; 11 daughters, Sally Parker, Rennie and Hattie Corbin, Marie Duncan, Shirley Washington, Shelia Ridley, Ruth Harris, Frances Johnson, Mary Clayton, Joyce Corbin and Mae Gibbs; three sisters, Virgie Finney, Rosa Needam and Vivian Newby; 37 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and several other relatives.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Aug. 26, at First Baptist Church in Mappsville by Rev. James I. Boyd. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Accomac. 

Metropolitan Life Retiree Dies

Mr. William Egan Crim, 77, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001, at Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox.
Born in Brunswick, Md., he was the son of the late Laura Smith Crim and Glenn Aldridge Crim Sr.
Mr. Crim was a veteran of the Marine Corps and attended Muhlenburg College under the Navy V-12 Program. He was a graduate of Washington College, where he was active in football and captain of the college's first lacrosse team.
Mr. Crim was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and served on the vestry several times. He was a charter member of the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club. After 33 years, Mr. Crim retired from the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Talton Crim; one son, Glenn Aldridge Crim II of Parksley; one daughter, Allyson Polk Crim Davis of Richmond; and three grandchildren, Lauren Elizabeth Crim, William Andrew Davis and Laura Whittington Davis. He was predeceased by his only brother, Glenn Aldridge Crim Jr.
Services were conducted at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Onancock Friday, Aug. 24, by Rev. Andrew Zeman and Rev. Patricia Kellam. Interment will be in Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Onancock.
Memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, c/o Mr. Bill Custis, P.O. Box 76, Onancock VA 23417; or to the Onancock Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 28, Onancock, VA 23417.
Arrangements were made by Williams-Onancock Funeral Home. 

Nassawadox Woman Dies at Her Home

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Badger Whittington, better known as "Spooks," 83, died at her Nassawadox residence Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001.
Born and reared in Marionville, she was the daughter of the late William F. and Edna Roberts Badger.
She graduated in 1939 from Farmville State Teachers' College and was a member of Red Bank Baptist Church and the Association of Retarded Citizens.
Mrs. Whittington was predeceased by her husband, John Jay Whittington Jr., and her brother, William Bell Badger. She is survived by four children, J. Jay Whittington III of Salisbury, N.C., Betsy Badger Whittington Binswanger of Richmond, Suzanne Whittington Ames of Exmore and William Badger Whittington of Nassawadox; four grandchildren, John J. Whittington IV of Philadelphia, Pa., Scott W. Whittington of Raleigh, N.C., and Tyler and Kelly Ames of Exmore; two nieces; and one nephew.
A graveside funeral was conducted from the Red Bank Baptist Church Cemetery in Marionville on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m., by Rev. Dr. Bill Nieporte. The honorary pallbearers were Charles Renner, Lawrence Nottingham Jr., Holland Scott, Landon Davis, William J. Badger, George H. (Hank) Badger, and Frank Wisebell.
Memorial donations name may be made to the Eastern Shore Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc., P.O. Box 626, Exmore, VA 23350; or to Hospice of the Eastern Shore, 200 Market St., Onancock, VA 23417.
Arrangements were made by B.D. Holland Funeral Home, Nassawadox.

Wattsville Native Dies at SMH

Mrs. Janie Elizabeth "Lizzie" Strand, 98, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, at Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox.
Born in Wattsville, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Sarah Shrieves Brown.
Mrs. Strand was predeceased by her husband, William Strand. She is survived by one daughter, Elizabeth Matthews; three sons, Johnny, Nelson, and Winford Strand; seven grandchildren raised as her own, Pauline White, Alice Tomlin, Helen Savage, Warren, James, Nelson Jr. and Roger Savage; one sister, Shalotta Williams, 22 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; and several other relatives. Two children predeceased her.
Funeral services were conducted Monday, Aug. 27, at Metompkin Baptist Church in Parksley by Rev. Robert Nock. Interment was in Wharton's Cemetery in Parksley.
Arrangements were made by Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Accomac.

Former Tyson Truck Driver Dies

Mr. Ceylon "Pete" Abbott Jr., 74, of Mappsville died there Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001.
Born in Mappsville, he was the son of Fannie Abbott and the late Ceylon Abbott Sr.
Mr. Abbott retired as a truck driver for Tyson Foods in Temperanceville. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Mappsville and Georgetown Lodge 115 of Whitesville.
In addition to his mother, Mr. Abbott is survived by two sisters, Lessie Mae Trader of Mappsville and Mary Grace Banks of Modestown; one brother, Charlie Abbott of Parksley; children Lottie Byrd, Warren and Carolyn Abbott of Washington, D.C., Tiffany Abbott of Mappsville, Jackie Wharington of Savageville, Amanda, Connie and Robert Dorsey of Maryland, Paul Dorsey of Pennsylvania, and Earnest Smith of Florida; and children he raised, Leslie Abbott of Washington, D.C., Jeraldine Williams of Painter, Joann Rand and Stacey Crosby of California, Tracey Crosby of Parksley and Nathan Laws. He was predeceased by two daughters, Frances and Elenora.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Aug. 26, at First Baptist Church in Mappsville by Rev. James I. Boyd. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Accomac.

Retired Shore Teacher Dies

Mrs. Virginia Bradshaw Gibbs, 91, of Franklin, formerly of Cheriton, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2001, at East Pavilion in Franklin.
A native of Southampton County, she was the daughter of the late Cordie Clifton Bradshaw and Nettie Ferguson Bradshaw and a graduate of Longwood State Teachers College.
Mrs. Gibbs was a retired teacher for Northampton Public Schools. She was a member of Franklin Baptist Church and Cheriton Baptist Church.
Mrs. Gibbs was predeceased by her husband, Jesse Thornton Gibbs; and three brothers, Carl, Arron and Hersey Bradshaw. She is survived by one daughter, Lou Gibbs Gladden (and her husband, Norm) of Cheriton; three sisters, Bertha B. Stillwell of Virginia Beach, Esma B. Worrell of Mechanicsville and Myrtle B. Watson (and her husband, Jack) of Hampton; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were conducted Monday, Aug. 27, at Cape Charles Cemetery by Rev. Dr. David R. Denny and Rev. Robert E. Lee Trail.
Memorial donations may be made to Cheriton Baptist Church, P.O. Box 227, Cheriton, VA 23316.
Arrangements were made by Wilkins- Doughty Funeral Home, Cape Charles.

Retired State Trooper Passes Away

Mr. Graphet Eugene "Gene" Switzer, 76, of Onley died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001, at his residence.
Born in Roanoke, he was the son of the late Silas and Lila Campbell Switzer.
Mr. Switzer was a Marine Corps veteran, having served in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a retired Virginia state trooper and special agent with the State Corporation Commission. A Baptist, Mr. Switzer was a member of the State Police Alumni Association.
He is survived by his wife, Page Crute Switzer; two sons, Gary Eugene Switzer (and his wife, Deborah) of Richardsville, Va., and Mark Crute Switzer (and his wife, Silvia) of Harborton; and four grandchildren, Megan Switzer, Dustin Lee, And Ryan and Michelle Switzer.
Mr. Switzer's family received friends at the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Memorials may be sent to Onley Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co., P.O. Box 427, Onley, VA 23418; or the Virginia State Police Assn., 6944 Forest Hill Ave. Richmond, VA 23225. 

Retired Nurse's Aide Passes Away

Mrs. June Shrieves Elliott, 75, of Cheriton died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2001, at Shore Memorial Hospital.
A native of Cheriton, she was the daughter of the late Rowland E. and Mary Rolley Shrieves.
Mrs. Elliott was a retired nurse's aide for Shore Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Cheriton Baptist Church.
Mrs. Elliott is survived by two children, Debbie E. Tabor (and her husband, Jim) of Fairmount, Md., and Ralph D. Elliott (and his wife, Lynn) of Berlin, Md.; one sister, Jeri S. Carpenter of Cheriton; and three grandchildren.
Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Cape Charles Cemetery by Rev. Robert E. Lee Trail.
Memorials may be made to Cheriton Baptist Church, P.O. Box 227, Cheriton, VA 23316.
Arrangements were made by Wilkins- Doughty Funeral Home, Cape Charles.

Ex-Northampton Resident Dies in Calif.

Mrs. Callie Mae Johnson Miller, 79, of Hayward, Calif., formerly of Northampton County, died in Hayward Monday, Sept. 24, 2001.
Born in Perdue Hill, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Rev. Emmanuel and Rosa Steel Johnson.
She was a caregiver and member of Ebenezer Church of God and Christ.
Mrs. Miller is survived by her husband, Eugene Miller; five sisters, Mother Mary Lee Smith of Philadelphia, Pa., Evangelist Annie B. Johnson Edward of Salisbury, Md., Neomia J. Jones of Oakland, Calif., Elder Marian J. Cottrell of Cheriton, and Evangelist Lillis R. Jackson of Hayward; two brothers, Abraham Johnson of Salisbury and Floyd Johnson of Cheriton; and several other relatives. She was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph, Marvin and Billy Johnson.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Oct. 6, at Gospel Temple Holiness Church in Cheriton by Elder Marian J. Cottrell. Interment was in Cape Charles Community Cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Gray's Funeral Home, Cape Charles.

Former Delany Food Employee Dies

Mr. Levin W. Chandler, 84, of Painter died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at Shore Memorial Hospital.
Born in Exmore, he was the son of the late Levin and Emma Baines Chandler.
A former employee of Delany Food in Exmore, he was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Exmore.
Mr. Chandler is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Mary Victoria Chandler; eight children, Levin Jr., Willie and Cleaveland Chandler, Alice Hollis, Shirley Fitchett, Ida Daniels and Hattie and Nina Chandler; two godchildren, Thomas Hollis and Elder John Fitchett; one sister, Minnie Harmon; 25 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; and several other relatives.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Oct. 7, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church by Rev. Jeffrey Smith. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were made by Cooper & Humbles Funeral Co., Accomac.

Former Hospital Employee Dies

Mrs. Cleo Virginia "Ton Ton" Walker Collins, 69, of the Franktown area, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001, at Shore Memorial Hospital.
Born in Accomack County, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Florcie Sample Walker.
At an early age, she gave her life to Christ and joined New Allen Memorial AME Church, Franktown. She worked on farms and as a tray-line supervisor at the hospital for 32 years.
Mrs. Collins was predeceased by her husband, Booker Collins Sr. and two brothers, Hoover and Lovelake Walker. She is survived by one daughter, Mercie Rogers (and her husband, Elsworth) of Savageville; four sons, Elmer Collins of Hare Valley, Booker Collins Jr. of Treherneville, Darrell Collis of Exmore and Jeffery Collins of Hare Valley; one sister, Anne Walker of Philadelphia, Pa.; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two aunts, Margie Boggs of Melfa and Bessie Major of Delaware; one uncle, Charlie Sample of Delaware; and several other relatives.

Chincoteague Waterman Dies

Mr. Vernon Merritt Sr., 73, of Chincoteague died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at Arcadia Nursing Home in Nelsonia.
Born in Maryland, he was the son of the late Roy and Isabell Dobson Merritt.
Mr. Merritt was a waterman. He was a member of Union Baptist Church.
Mr. Merritt was predeceased by his wife, Hester Lewis Merritt. He is survived by one son, Vernon Merritt Jr. of Chincoteague; one daughter, Tammy Hammond of Thomastown, Ga., four grandchildren; three brothers, Earl Merritt of Salisbury, Md., Harvey Merritt of Pocomoke, Md., and Roy Merritt of Delmar, Del; five sisters, Dorothy Willings, Margaret Neenan of Pocomoke, Md., Ida Webb of Salisbury, Joyce Boyes and May Merritt of St. Joseph, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Oct. 7, at Salyer Funeral Home on Chincoteague by Rev. Fred Zeller.

Parksley Resident Dies at SMH

Mrs. Virginia Digilio Annunziato, 85, of Parksley died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001, at Shore Memorial Hospital.
Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late Pasquale and Rosa Donato Digilio.
Mrs. Annunziato was a homemaker and a Catholic.
She was predeceased by her husband, Michael Angelo Annunziato. Mrs. Annunziato is survived by three children, Virginia Castellano of Parksley, Carmen Pirraglia of Mastic, N.Y., and Elaine Amato of Jay, N.Y.; three sisters; one brother; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Mrs. Annunziato will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were made by Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

Retired Ben Franklin Store Owner Dies

Mr. Harold A. Parks, 88, of Exmore died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001.
A native of Snow Hill, Md., he was the son of the late William C. and Lydia Miles Parks and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Mr. Parks was the retired owner of the Ben Franklin Store in Exmore. He was a member of Epworth U.M. Church, having served as chairman of the Finance Committee. He was a charter member of Exmore Town Council and a former mayor of Exmore. Mr. Parks was past master of Broadwater Lodge 71 AF&AM; past president of the Eastern Shore Shrine Club, Exmore-Belle Haven Lions Club, and the Northampton-Accomack Memorial Hospital Board; past district governor of Lions of Virginia (Southern District); chairman of the Council of District Governors for Virginia; co-founder and past president of Lions of Virginia Foundation; former chairman of the Northampton County Welfare Board; charter member of the Eastern Shore Yacht and Country Club; and a member of the Commission on Conservation and Development of Public Beaches and Khedive Temple Shrine in Norfolk. He recently had been recognized as a life member of the International Association of Lions Clubs.
Mr. Parks is survived by his wife, Lena Townsend Parks; a daughter, Gail Parks Pusey of Onancock; three grandchildren, Gayle P. Crutchley (and her husband, Bobby) of Melfa, Stacy A. Pedrozo (and her husband, Pete) of Alexandria, and W. Trent Pusey of Salisbury, Md.; three great-grandchildren, Kyle and Jacob Crutchley of Melfa and Peyton Elizabeth Pedrozo of Alexandria; and two sisters, Elsie B. Bradford of Pocomoke City, Md., and Miriam P. Parsons of Leesport, Pa. He was predeceased by a son, Harold Trent Parks, in 1965.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, Oct. 5, at Epworth U.M. Church in Exmore by Rev. Tammy Estep. Interment was in Trinity Garden of Memory in Newark, Md.
Memorial may be made to Epworth U.M. Church, P.O. Box 488, Exmore, VA 23350; or Trinity Garden of Memory, c/o William R. Sermon, 6815 Worcester Hwy., Newark, MD 21841.
Arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home, Exmore.

Perdue Truck Driver Passes Away

Mr. George Hurley Tilghman, 58, of Lee Mont died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, at Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox.
The son of the late George Samuel Tilghman and Sarah J. Hurley Tilghman, he was an Army veteran.
Mr. Tilghman was a truck driver for Perdue and a member and trustee of United Christian Church in Parksley.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Tilghman; one daughter, Sara Lynne Tatum, one son, David Michael Gentry; three sisters, Wanda Johnson, Juanita Birch, and Terry Ann Malkus; one brother, Billy Tilghman; seven grandchildren, Renee, Kimberly, and Hunter Tatum and David, Tiffany, Timothy, and Martha Sue Gentry; and several aunts and uncles.
Services were conducted Monday, Oct. 8, at United Christian Church by Rev. William Cathell. Interment was in Liberty Cemetery in Parksley.
Arrangements were made by Thornton Funeral Home, Parksley.

Saxis Resident Dies in Salisbury

Mr. Daniel W. "Peaky" Linton, 79, of Saxis died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001, at the Genesis Care Center in Salisbury, Md.
Born in Saxis, he was the son of the late Rachel Spence Linton and Ben Linton Sr.
Mr. Linton was an Army veteran of World War II and a Methodist.
He is survived by his fiancée. Estelle Linton of Sanford; one sister, Mildred Bartlett of Portsmouth; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Thornton Funeral Home in Parksley by Pastor Freddie Ward. Interment was in John W. Taylor Memorial Cemetery in Temperanceville.

Retired Deputy Clerk of Court Dies

Mrs. Margaret "Peggy" Hart Wessells, 77, of Parksley died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, at Shore Memorial Hospital.
Born at the Folly in Accomac, she was the daughter of the late Irving Edgar Hart and Helen Kellam Hart and a graduate of Goldey-Beacom Business College.
Mrs. Wessells was a retired deputy clerk of Accomack County Circuit Court. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, a former member of the Accomack Home Demonstration Club and a former councilor of the Accomack 4-H Club. She was a member of Grace U.M. Church.
Mrs. Wessells is survived by her husband, Wilson Henry Wessells; one daughter, Martha W. Steger (and her husband, J. Thomas) of Midlothian; one son, Wilson H. Wessells Jr. (and his wife, Ann F.) of Fort Collins, Col.; four grandchildren, Kathryn Ann Steger of New York, Michael Hart Steger of Montclair, N.J., and Julie Ann Wessells and Veronica Margaret Wessells, both of Columbia, Md.; and one great-granddaughter, Sophia Cielecka Steger.
Graveside services for Mrs. Wessells were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Onancock by Rev. G. Wayne Parsley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA, P.O. Box 164, Onley, VA 23418.
Arrangements were made by Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

Heavy Equipment Operator Dies

Mr. Pat Moncrief, 61, a resident of Hopeton for 24 years, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, at his home.
Born in Lakewood, N.J., he was the son of Bertha Evernham Moncrief of Toms River, N.J., and the late Harry F. Moncrief.
Mr. Moncrief was a heavy equipment operator and a member of Chincoteague-Accomack Moose Lodge.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by four sons, James A. Moncrief of Bells Neck, Va., Scott A. Moncrief of Sunbury, Pa., Jeff A. Moncrief of Toms River, N.J., and Wayne S. Moncrief of Hopeton; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted today, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

Birdsnest Native Dies at Shore LifeCare

Mrs. Myrtle Smith Hayward, 84, a resident of Shore LifeCare at Parksley, died there Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001.
Born in Birdsnest, she was the daughter of the late John and Minerva Charnock Smith.
Mrs. Hayward was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Onley.
She is survived by a daughter, Nora Parker (and her husband, Willard) of Melfa; one sister, Ruth Reynolds of Cheriton; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Downing's Cemetery in Oak Hall by Rev. Randy Lewis.
Arrangements were made by Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

Former Cape Charles Resident Passes Away

Mr. William Horace Lewis, 74, of Virginia Beach died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, at his residence.
A native of Cape Charles, he was the son of the late Horace Lewis Sr. and Lila Marshall Lewis.
Mr. Lewis was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Lovisa Lewis and a brother, Horace Lee "Jr." Lewis, and is survived by one daughter, Judy Alessi of Beverly Hills, Calif.; one sister, Virginia Lewis Caperino of Weehawken, N.J.; three brothers, Charles Preston Lewis, Marion Lewis and Jackie Lewis, all of Cape Charles; one granddaughter, Raquel Alessi of Beverly Hills, Calif.; and a nephew, Randy E. Lewis of Cheriton.
Graveside services were conducted Monday, Oct. 8, at Cape Charles Cemetery by the Rev. Randy E. Lewis.
Memorial donations may be made to Full Gospel Church, P.O. Box 792, Cheriton, VA 23316.
Arrangements were made by Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home, Cape Charles.


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