Our Obituaries

Loretta Bernadette Klein

August 29, 1918 - February 24, 2017

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Florence A. Tolliver

April 2, 1928 - February 24, 2017

Florence Bare Tolliver, 88, formerly of Grandview, WV, and most recently of Williamsburg, VA, passed away peacefully on February 24, 2017. Born April 2, 1928, in Itmann, WV, Florence was the daughter of Albert and Tilda Bare.Florence owned and operated Shelby's Mens and Boys Store in Mullens, WV, 1962-1982, where she sold countless pairs of Converse tennis shoes, Duckhead jeans, coveralls and...
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Charles Joseph Daniels

July 16, 1919 - February 23, 2017

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Nurhan Odabasi

May 25, 1930 - February 23, 2017

Nurhan Odabasi was born in Istanbul, Turkey on May 25, 1930. He came to the United States in his twenties where he met his beloved wife, Lepa. Together, they created a life and raised three children on Long Island, NY. Nurhan never met a stranger. A simple 'hello' would often turn into a lengthy conversation with stories, laughs and a new friend. He was very proud to be an American, and...
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Lloyd Thomas Johnson

October 26, 1938 - February 23, 2017

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Joan Forrestel Placko

October 4, 1923 - February 21, 2017

Joan Forrestel Placko of Waynesboro, Virginia, passed peacefully on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Joan was born in Buffalo, NY, October 4, 1923. She is preceded in death by her parents, Peter Raymond Forrestel and Grace Carol Hoag Forrestel; brother, William James Forrestel; sister, Janet Kline; son, William John Placko; grandson, Sean Placko; and her husband of 59 years,...
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Charles Ernest Friend

February 10, 1935 - February 20, 2017

Charles Ernest Friend, 82, passed away on February 20, 2017. He was the son of Charles Edward Friend, Jr. and Anne English Friend and grandson of Charles Edward Friend and Mabel Winne Friend, all longtime residents of Williamsburg. He received his bachelor's degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and graduate degree from the American Institute for Foreign Trade, in Phoenix,...
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Elizabeth Carol Sutton

January 15, 1941 - February 19, 2017

Betty Carol "BC" Sutton, 76, fondly known as Tarol by her family, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017.She was a member of Bruton Parish, and was a civil service worker for Camp Perry for 37 years. BC enjoyed photography and took a camera everywhere she went. She was active and supportive of the Native American community.Tarol was predeceased by her parents, Hugh and Gene Sutton; daughter,...
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John Randolph Begley

September 26, 1939 - February 19, 2017

John Randolph Begley (Randy) passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017. He was born September 26, 1939 to Carl Begley and Sarah Hines in Norton, VA. He retired from the Newport News shipyard after 38 years and was a member of the Williamsburg Club where he golfed for 50 years with his friends, something he dearly loved. During retirement he loved spending time with his children and taking his...
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Felix L. Foss

March 17, 1933 - February 18, 2017

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Bobby Dean Gibson

July 16, 1944 - February 15, 2017

Bobby Dean Gibson, 72, of Williamsburg, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at home surrounded by loved ones. He was born July 16, 1944 in Pax, West Virginia to the late Gus and Maciel Gibson.Bobby was Co-Owner of Atlantic Septic Systems since 2001. He served our Country in the U.S. Air Force from 1960-1964, having served on the AF13 789 696 as an Airman. Bobby was well known for his...
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Kathryn Haritos Forrest

March 30, 1934 - February 10, 2017

Kathryn Forrest, 82, of Williamsburg, Virginia passed away peacefully at home Friday, February 10, 2017. Kathy was born March 30, 1934. She was the daughter of Greek immigrants George and Olga (Procopi) Haritos. Kathy is survived by her husband of 58 yrs. John G. Forrest Jr.; her children, Kristin (Gary) Godfrey of Austin, TX, and Matthew (Melissa) Forrest of Fairfax, VA; two grandsons, Mitchell...
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Arthur Sylvester Hanson

June 27, 1922 - February 9, 2017

With joy and with great sadness, we bid farewell to Pastor Arthur S. Hanson who left us on February 9th, 2017. The son of Charles and Olivia Hanson, Arthur was born in Wegdahl, Minnesota, in 1922. He is a graduate of Dubuque University and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and was ordained on June 15, 1947.He began his ministry with the Board of American Missions in the State...
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Richard Bruce Holt

August 12, 1936 - February 9, 2017

Richard B. Holt, 80, of Chickahominy Haven, died unexpectedly February 9, 2017 surrounded by his family and friends. Richard was a native of Newport News. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1955, began his career at NASA Langley in 1956, and graduated from NASA Apprentice School as an Instrument Maker in 1961. During his career at NASA he was presented numerous awards including The...
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Kathleen Patricia Lorenz

August 2, 1945 - February 8, 2017

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Gail Anne Conner

November 7, 1969 - February 8, 2017

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Dorothy Ann Fortney

September 15, 1925 - February 8, 2017

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Helen Virginia Smith

September 27, 1923 - February 7, 2017

Helen V. Smith, 93, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on February 7, 2017.She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles S. Smith, Sr.; son, Charles S. Smith, Jr.; daughter, Marilyn Brown; son-in-law, Walter Lee; and brothers and sisters; Christine Rowe, Dorothy Flanary, Ruth Broughman, Claudy Holston, James Holston, Mildred Holston and Herbert Holston.Helen worked in retail and was a member of...
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Karen S. Cossman

November 4, 1942 - February 7, 2017

Karen was born on November 4, 1942 to William and Hildegarde Strauss in New York City. She moved to Virginia at the age of three months. Karen grew up in Falls Church, VA. Karen and her parents lived in Paris, France for a year when Karen was 13 years old. She attended the University of Kentucky where she studied political science and psychology. She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. While...
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Lily Root Bowker

April 16, 1928 - February 5, 2017

Lily Root Bowker, 88, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on February 5, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Bowker.Lily was a teacher and an artist. She loved to travel, loved flowers and being outdoors. She also loved to read, learn and teach. She and her husband were friends to the birds and she practiced watercolor painting and working in pastels for many years. She had a...
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Ivor Noel Hume

September 30, 1927 - February 4, 2017

Ivor Noël Hume, internationally known archaeologist, author, beloved husband, and father died February 4 at his home in Williamsburg, Virginia, after a short illness. He was 89. Son of the late Cecil Noël Hume and Gladys Mary Bagshaw Mann, he was born in the Chelsea borough of London in 1927 and received his schooling and early archaeological experience in Great Britain. His first...
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Constance Murtha Edwards

July 26, 1919 - February 3, 2017

On February 3, 2017, Constance (Connie) Murtha Edwards, 97, passed peacefully into God's awaiting arms, with her daughter at her side. Connie was a resident at Patriots Colony of Williamsburg. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, H. Lynn Edwards; her parents, Maude Eckman Murtha and John Joseph Murtha; her sister, Patricia Murtha Conway; brothers, Jack Murtha and Edward Murtha....
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Marilyn Roberts Krohn

April 9, 1929 - February 2, 2017

Marilyn Mae Krohn passed away on February 2, 2017 at the age of 87 of lung cancer. She was born on April 9, 1929 in Union Grove Wisconsin. She grew up with her parents Geraldine and Garland Dilley, and her brothers Richard "Dick" Dilley and Chester Dilley. She married Richard "Dick" Roberts and had her first child Sarah Lynn Roberts. Her brother Dick was hit by a drunk driver as a teenager and...
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Barbara H. Johnson

November 9, 1927 - January 31, 2017

Barbara H. Johnson, age 89, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on January 31, 2017.She was a lifetime Army wife, loved nursing, which she did until her retirement and enjoyed playing golf with many friends and her husband. Barbara was also an avid reader, quilter and cross stitcher with a niche for gourmet cooking. She was always sharp as a tack. Barbara is survived by her husband of 69 years,...
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Audrey I. Wingate

December 22, 1936 - January 30, 2017

Audrey Ingram Wingate, 80, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2017 and went to be with her Lord.Born in Olive Hill, KY on December 22, 1936 to Audrey P. Raybourn and Russell L. Ingram, Audrey was a graduate of Morehead State College. Audrey married Robert Tucker Wingate in Hampton, VA on January 27, 1962 at Hampton Christian Church. Audrey was a former English teacher at...
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Jerry Lee Worstell

August 9, 1932 - January 29, 2017

Jerry Lee Worstell, 84, entered into eternal life on Sunday, January 29, 2017. He had a strong faith in God and was a member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church. Jerry was born August 9, 1932 at home in Sumerco, WV . He was a proud West Virginian. He married Anne Hart in July 1955 and was happily married until she passed in September 2008. Jerry's parents were the late Dorsey and Ethel...
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Veronica Lange

June 17, 1927 - January 29, 2017

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David Carl Lange

October 16, 1950 - January 28, 2017

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Richard Elmer Stanier

October 1, 1928 - January 28, 2017

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Bryant Charles Pastirik

June 19, 1938 - January 28, 2017

Bryant "Butch" Charles Pastirik, age 78, passed away on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Butch is survived by his wife, Irene Moroni Pastirik; his daughters, Joan Morse (Allen), Linda Dose (Jeff), Monica Pastirik (Devin Shuster); his son, Michael Pastirik (Kelly); his son-in-law, J.D. Nemire; his grandchildren, Matthew, Ann (Matt), Joe, Luke (Kelly), Daniel, Mary, Bobby, Michael, Isaac, Kristin,...
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Rochelle Dianne Derosier

January 25, 1945 - January 26, 2017

Shelly Derosier, 72, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2017. She was born on January 25, 1945, in Uniontown, PA to Charles and Elizabeth (Patchan) Livingston. Shelly graduated from Uniontown Joint Senior High School in 1962. She moved to Northern Virginia and worked for 30 plus years as a medical insurance specialist and office manager for Woodbridge Pediatrics LTD in Woodbridge, VA. She...
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Jean Louise Hampel

April 29, 1920 - January 26, 2017

Jean L. Hampel, 96, died Thursday, January 26, 2017.Born on April 29, 1920, in Lakewood, Ohio, Mrs. Hampel was the daughter of Louis Hausheer and Hilda Schuester Hausheer. She graduated from Lakewood High School and became a secretary for the Aluminium Company of America (ALCOA) in Cleveland, Ohio. It is there that she met her husband of 59 years, Robert G. Hampel. Soon after, she and Mr....
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Daniel Lewis Schultz

July 15, 1980 - January 25, 2017

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Ruth Eloyce Blevins

January 18, 1938 - January 25, 2017

Ruth Elyoce Blevins of Williamsburg, Virginia passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at the age of 79. She was employed by the U.S. Government in the Army Public Affairs Department. She earned her Associate Degree from Northern Virginia Community College, and was a member of the Toastmasters International. She enjoyed bowling, crafting and membership at Crosswalk Church, where she managed the...
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William Edward Abbott

January 15, 1934 - January 24, 2017

William Edward Abbott, age 83, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on January 24, 2017. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert.William served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Following his service, he was very proud of graduating from the National School of Meat Cutting and worked many years as a meat cutter. He was also a member of St. Olaf Catholic Church. In his spare time, he...
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Helene Lucienne Gardner

June 2, 1932 - January 24, 2017

Helene Lucienne Gardner passed away on January 24, 2017. She was born on June 2, 1932 in Chateauroux (Indre) France to Madeleine and Edmund Lamy. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Jacques Lamy and his wife, Francette. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Charles Gardner; her sister, Anne-Marie and her husband, Denis Berrette; her daughter, Joelle Anne and her husband,...
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Brett Hamilton Teller

November 10, 1957 - January 24, 2017

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Mary Cooke Gambelli

February 13, 1958 - January 24, 2017

Mary "Lisa" Cooke Gambelli, 58, of Williamsburg, VA passed away Tuesday, January 24th 2017 in her home. Lisa loved her family, sports, the beach, and animals. She had the deepest passion for life and lived it on her own terms. She is predeceased by her parents, Sylvia and Charlie Cooke; her sister, Christina Stanfield and her husband, Paul Gambelli. She is survived and dearly missed by...
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Judith Ann Kane

June 23, 1937 - January 23, 2017

Judith Southern Kane, 79, passed away on January 23, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born in Winston Salem, NC but grew up in Fries and Galax, VA. Judy graduated from the nursing school at the NC Baptist Hospital at Wake Forest. She retired as Head ER Nurse from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, following 35 years of service. In 1997 she and her husband moved to Williamsburg to enjoy...
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James Anthony O'Donnell

June 27, 1931 - January 21, 2017

James Anthony O'Donnell (age 85) of Williamsburg, VA passed away peacefully on January 21, 2017. Born on June 27, 1931 in Cleveland, OH, he was the son of James J. and Mary J. O'Donnell. He married Ursula ("Urlee") Wheatley on August 6, 1966. They welcomed three children: Brendan, Meghan and Mollie. The family moved to the Washington, DC area where Jim spent his career at the U.S. Bureau of...
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Joel Stephen Fisher

October 25, 1951 - January 21, 2017

Joel Stephen Fisher, 65, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017. He was the former owner of the 9 West Outlet in Williamsburg. He was a wonderful husband and father. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 40 years, Jennifer Fisher; and son Jeremy T. Fisher of Newport News. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 26th at 2:00 PM at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains...
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Clifton Rexford McDonald

September 28, 1933 - January 21, 2017

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Ronald Joe Lang

February 16, 1953 - January 20, 2017

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Christine Dawn Dazley

October 21, 1971 - January 19, 2017

Christine Dawn Dazley, 45, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends at Duke University January 19, 2017. She was born October 21, 1971 at Williamsburg Community Hospital. Surviving her are her mother Adelene Dazley & Jeff Bunch of Williamsburg; her father Don Dazley & Linda Mueller of Delaware; brother Alec Dazley of Williamsburg; niece and nephew Brittney...
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Thelma Susan Howerton

January 29, 1968 - January 16, 2017

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Ailian Huang

November 9, 1962 - January 15, 2017

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Doris Mae Schumann

August 10, 1927 - January 15, 2017

Doris Mae Schumann passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2016 at the age of 89.She was preceded in death by her mother, Evelyn Weaver, Youngstown, Ohio; sister, Louise Raub, Poland, Ohio, and husband, Robert L. Schumann, Largo, FL and her grandchild, Alan Scott Zanotelli.She was employed by the City of Pinellas Park as a computer operator. She enjoyed bowling, crossword puzzles, reading, and silver...
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Donnie Alexander Bartlett

February 7, 1954 - January 15, 2017

Donnie Bartlett quietly passed away on Sunday, January 15, 2017 in his home, with loved ones around his bedside. He was born on February 7, 1954 to the late Ethel and Thomas Bartlett, Sr. in James City County.As a lifelong resident of Williamsburg, he attended JCC public schools and received his GED in 1970 before enrollment in Job Corps. Afterwards, he served the US Army for several years...
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Gloria Beggs Knapp

December 25, 1926 - January 15, 2017

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James Byard Massengill

February 19, 1938 - January 14, 2017

James Byard Massengill, M.D.February 19, 1938 - January 14, 2017Jim was born the son of Helmine (Endres) and Fulton Massengill, M.D. in Orange, New Jersey, in 1938. In high school, he attended Newark Academy and graduated from the Hotchkiss school. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from St. Louis University. Following his internship at...
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William Barber Thrall, Sr.

February 17, 1927 - January 14, 2017

William "Bill" Barber Thrall Sr. passed away at his home on January 14, 2017 just one month shy of his 90th birthday. Bill was born in the District of Columbia on February 17, 1927. A World War II veteran, he served in the Army Air Corps and was stationed overseas during WWII.Upon returning, Bill worked in the laboratory division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He met Vivian Hill...
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Virginia Murphy Adams

April 16, 1935 - January 14, 2017

Virginia Adams, 81, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2017, at Morningside of Williamsburg (VA). She was born on April 16, 1935, in the Bronx, New York to James and Evelyn Robinson.Virginia lived in Old Bridge, New Jersey for many years where she had a long career as a Library Assistant with the Old Bridge Township Public Schools. She and her husband, the late Peter Adams, retired to...
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Glenwood Charles Koehn

March 4, 1931 - January 12, 2017

Glenwood Charles Koehn of Williamsburg, Virginia, died peacefully on January 12, 2017, at the age of 85, surrounded by his devoted family. Glen was born and raised in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan. He was a graduate of Michigan State University and a U.S. Army veteran. His long professional career in marketing and management with IBM took him to many countries around the world, and his family to new...
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R. Robert Gruber

July 23, 1935 - January 11, 2017

R. Robert "Bob" Gruber, Jr.., 81, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents Dallas Ahl and Rignald Robert Gruber, Sr. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Nina Sorrell Gruber; children, Steve Gruber, Sarah Everhart (Ainsley), Andrea Eggleston, Greg Eggleston (Shannon), Lindsay Mize (Joe); and 11 grandchildren. He made a career for himself in...
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Barbara Whitfield Stewart

January 29, 1944 - January 10, 2017

Barbara Whitfield Stewart died on January 10, 2017, following a severe brain hemorrhage. She was born in January 1944 and while living in Greenville, NC, graduated from East Carolina School of Nursing. Following graduation, she married Ron Stewart. They then moved to Williamsburg, VA, where she began work with James City County Social Services Department. Following this, she became Director...
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Otis Edwin Denby

September 29, 1922 - January 8, 2017

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Otis Edwin Denby

September 29, 1922 - January 8, 2017

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Arnett Kizzia Bromell

July 26, 1933 - January 8, 2017

On this day, January 8th 2017 we lost our beloved mother, Arnett Kizzia Bromell. Arnett is survived by her four children Cathy, Diane, Eric and Fred; her two sisters, Diane and Tricia; ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. Arnett was born on July 26, 1933 in Oklahoma City, OK and lived in Northern Virginia prior to retiring with her (now deceased) husband John Bromell. Arnett was a lover...
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Fred Amos Wilson

November 3, 1920 - January 8, 2017

Fred A. Wilson, age 96, died on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Hospice House in Williamsburg, VA after a brief illness.Fred was born November 3, 1920 at his parents' farm home near Barnhill, IL, the second of four sons of Asa C. Wilson and Myrtle Davis Wilson: namely, Davis, Fred, James and Dale. The boys all grew up on their parents' farm near Barnhill, and attended the one-room Barnhill...
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Hewlette Collier Connell

August 16, 1932 - January 7, 2017

Dr. Hewlette Collier Connell died on January 7, 2017, in Williamsburg, VA where he lived with his beloved wife of thirty-seven years, Marty K. Connell, and a succession of dogs whom he spoiled terribly and unapologetically.He was born on August 16, 1932, in Barnesville, GA, the only child of Doris Collier and George Boyce Connell, Commandant at Gordon Military College. In addition to the normal...
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Mark Ellis Jones

October 2, 1925 - January 7, 2017

COL. (Ret) Mark E. Jones, 91, died peacefully in his home on Saturday, January 7, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Weil Jones; his parents, Marcus Ellis Jones and Linda Thompson Jones; his brother, William Jones of Miami, Florida; and his sister, Sallie Kilcullen of Alexandria, Virginia. He is survived by his brother, Lawrence Jones of San Antonio, Texas; son, Kevin Jones and...
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Janet Connors

April 5, 1949 - January 6, 2017

Janet Connors, 67, of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017.Janet was a member of Saint Bede Catholic Church, a dedicated grandmother who loved animals and traveling, but her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She was the most kind hearted, thoughtful, loving woman; a true gentle soul.For the past 6 ½ years, she has courageously battled cancer in a...
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Elizabeth J. Tatum

December 4, 1953 - January 3, 2017

Elizabeth (Betsy) J. Tatum took the hand of her Redeemer on January 3rd, 2017. Betsy was born in Elizabeth City, NC on December 4th, 1953 to Max and Hilda Pfanzelter (deceased), the second of four children. Betsy graduated from Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA and attended Radford College studying business. She started working for The Lawson Companies right out of college and joined...
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Rossey Edward Gibson

August 21, 1944 - January 2, 2017

Reggie was born on August 21, 1944 in Lynchburg, Virginia. He spent his childhood spoiled rotten by his loving mother and many aunts and uncles while his father was fighting in WWII. Reggie loved to play cowboys and Indians, ride his bike to the movies, and visit his grandparents at Piney River. Reggie spent his teen years listening to "the devil's music", dancing to Motown, and...
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Robert Ellis Styles

September 28, 1922 - January 2, 2017

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." 2 Timothy 4 7:8 Robert Ellis Styles was born September 28, 1922 in Gurley, Alabama, one of nine children born to Simeon...
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David A. Dawson

March 20, 1938 - January 1, 2017

David A. Dawson went to be with the Lord on January 1, 2017 after a courageous 20 year battle with cancer.Dave was born in Cumberland, Maryland on March 20, 1938, the younger son of Naomi Rice Dawson and John Dawson. He married his wife Marian Mitchell Dawson on December 21, 1958. He is survived by his wife Marian, their three children, Bradley Dawson and his wife Svetlana Kolmakova of...
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Mary Mitchell Gotwald

September 12, 1918 - December 31, 2016

Mary Mitchell Gotwald, of Williamsburg, passed away December 31, 2016. Born in Stokes County, North Carolina on September 12, 1918 the fourth of eleven children, to William and Mattie Mitchell, Mary developed a fierce work ethic, sense of responsibility to family and competitive spirit at an early age. She was witty, playful, loved a creative challenge and an opportunity to serve others with a...
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Ruth Kathryn Hofferth

October 18, 1932 - December 31, 2016

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Ann P. Snyder

July 13, 1929 - December 31, 2016

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George Gilmer Loving

August 7, 1923 - December 31, 2016

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Sally Joanne Elliott

December 11, 1936 - December 29, 2016

Joanne Elliott passed away peacefully at Williamsburg Hospice House on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. She was born the daughter of Albert T. and Sarah Simpson Hassell in Philadelphia, Pa. on Dec. 11, 1936. She is preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband David Wayne Elliott. She is survived by her sister Mary Jane Hassell of Columbia, SC, and nephews Steve Coppock of Hawthorne, Ca....
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Joseph Thomas Osinski

June 26, 1931 - December 28, 2016

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Edward John Bayer

May 29, 1937 - December 27, 2016

Edward J. Bayer, 79, of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away on December 27, 2016.The funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, December 31st at St. Bede's Catholic Church. Father Kauffmann of St. Bede's Catholic Church will be officiating. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Nelsen Funeral Home. Ed was born and raised on May 29, 1937. He graduated Long Island University. His career was in...
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John Carl Bishop

January 18, 1938 - December 27, 2016

John Carl Bishop died peacefully at home on December 27, 2016 in Williamsburg, VA. Born in Washington, DC on January 18, 1938, he was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Bishop and Elizabeth Potter Bishop; and his brothers, William McKinley Bishop and Edward Louis Potter Bishop. His very early years were spent in Arlington, VA; St. Petersburg, FL; Salt Lake City, UT and Pasadena, CA. In 1944...
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Agnes R. Sibley

February 18, 1925 - December 24, 2016

Aggie Sibley left this world on Saturday, December 24, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gen. Thomas N. Sibley, and her two sons. She is survived by her beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, stepchildren, and many friends who were fortunate enough to know and love her. Special gratitude to Juanita Walton, Cynthia Bagley, Bryant Barlow and her many dedicated caretakers. A...
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Ellis Meekins

September 4, 1940 - December 23, 2016

Ellis “OD” Meekins, 76, left earthly home and entered heavenly home on Friday, December 23, 2016. He was born September 4, 1940 in James City County to the late Lemco and Lucile Meekins. He attended James City County Schools. He was a faithful member and a deacon of Chickahominy Baptist Church. He was employed as a maintenance man at Conway Gardens Apartments and Chef at Ramada Inn,...
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Suh P. Jeon

February 19, 1929 - December 22, 2016

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James Percival Edwards

June 20, 1939 - December 22, 2016

James Percival Edwards, III, age 77, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on December 22, 2016.Jim served in the Army as a Captain during the Vietnam War Era. Following his service, he was proud to work for 47 years in the defense industry, ".protecting those who protect us". Jim also founded and was president of the Colonial Heritage Investment Club and treasurer of Colonial Heritage Men's Golf...
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Ok Yi Watkins

May 25, 1943 - December 21, 2016

Ok Yi Watkins, age 73, of Newport News, VA, passed away on December 21, 2016.She was a devout Christian, who attended Jesus Love Church, Yorktown, VA. She was 5 years old when the Korean War began and was 7 years old when it ended. Ok was proud to be a survivor of the war. She enjoyed fishing, crabbing, camping and church activities. Ok married the love of her life, Randell L. Watkins, on...
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John Roosevelt Johnson

November 30, 1932 - December 21, 2016

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Henry William Lorish

March 1, 1939 - December 19, 2016

Henry (Hank) William Lorish, 77, of Williamsburg, passed away December 18, 2016. Born and raised in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Henry W.C. Lorish and Stella Lorish Himmelberger. He was a graduate of Lafayette College where he received a B.S. in Finance. Additionally, he received an M.B.A. in Management from Indiana University where he was a graduate assistant in the...
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Evelyn Marchese

September 5, 1933 - December 19, 2016

Evelyn "Evie" (Caraynoff) Marchese, age 83, of Williamsburg, VA, formerly of Albany, Troy and Menands, NY and Boca Raton, FL, peacefully passed away on December 19, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank "Gig" Marchese; her parents, Boris and Katherine Caraynoff; and her brother, Sam Caraynoff.Evie attended Philip Schuyler High School in...
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Margaret Jean Kersey

July 16, 1931 - December 16, 2016

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Raol Anderson Wolf

August 4, 1934 - December 15, 2016

Raol (Ray) Anderson Wolf passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at the age of 82. He was born in Danbury, Connecticut. He was predeceased by his mother Doris A. Arndt and his godparents Ann & Sylvester Wolf. Ray graduated with a B.A. from the University of Connecticut, an M.A. from the University of Michigan, with advanced studies at Fairfield University in Connecticut. He was...
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James Fredrick Wharton

January 17, 1939 - December 15, 2016

James F. Wharton, 77, passed away suddenly on December 15, 2016 at his home in Williamsburg. Born in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, England, he was the son of the late James C. and Hilda R. Wharton. Jimmy owned and operated Acklam Drafting where, for over 41 years, he designed the structural steel frameworks for scores of large private and public buildings throughout the Mid-Atlantic States. He...
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Michael Olin Miller

January 11, 1939 - December 13, 2016

Michael Miller of Williamsburg, VA passed away on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at the age of 77.He was preceded in death by his parents, Olin and Christine Miller; and his brother, Don Miller. Survivors include his wife, Ann Miller; sons, Sonny Miller (Tracie) and Eddie Miller; daughter, Christina Kolbach (Luke); two step-sons, Glenn Hughes and Marshall Hughes; and nine grandchildren.Michael was a...
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Doris Grace Watson

February 5, 1925 - December 13, 2016

Doris Watson, born Doris Grace Romines, died on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in Williamsburg, VA, after a fall. She was born February 5, 1925, near Elkville, Illinois, the eleventh child of John Cano and Anna Belle Walters Romines. She was saved and baptized at the age of twelve, and her beliefs became one of her defining characteristics. Her relationships with her sisters were very special to her...
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Letha Lee Reynolds

June 22, 1928 - December 11, 2016

Letha Lee Reynolds, 88, of Newport News, VA, passed away on December 11, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Master Sergeant James A. Reynolds; and great-grandson, Nicholas Throckmorton. In addition to being an Army wife, Letha worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, VA. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witness, Lackey, VA. ...
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Hilda Marshall Beall

April 29, 1923 - December 10, 2016

Hilda Marshall Beall, 93, passed away on December 10, 2016 in Williamsburg, Virginia.Hilda was an Executive Secretary for Gordon Real Estate Development and a member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church. She was also a long time member of the Carol Scott Circle at Williamsburg United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Alan Beall; grandson, Christopher Brown;...
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Troy Michael Krotz

March 27, 1970 - December 9, 2016

Troy M. Krotz, 46, was born 27 Mar 1970 in Waukegan, IL., to Randolph (deceased) and Judith Krotz. He was a graduate of the class of 1988 at Mundelein High School, Mundelein IL. Troy joined the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves 20 July 1987. Troy served as Air Support Operations Operator and advanced to the rank of Sergeant. He participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He separated...
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Carl Donald Jellett

September 7, 1934 - December 8, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Sharon Thompson Broadwater

November 26, 1944 - December 8, 2016

Sharon Gayle Thompson Broadwater, 72, passed away peacefully in Williamsburg on December 8, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Sharon was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky, on November 26, 1944, to Herbert and Mildred (Hendrickson) Thompson. Sharon loved learning and was an outstanding student. She attended Berea College and the University of Kentucky where in 1966 she received her...
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Steven Anthony Diefenbach

June 4, 1956 - December 7, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Gloria Sheppard Beane

October 5, 1924 - December 6, 2016

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, December 12 at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church for Gloria Sheppard Beane, who died on December 6 in Williamsburg, VA. A native of King and Queen County, VA, she had lived in the Williamsburg area since 1957. Mrs. Beane was valedictorian of her high school class, graduated from what is now Longwood University and taught elementary school students...
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Mary Lou Walten

July 20, 1942 - December 6, 2016

Mary Lou Walten, 74, of Governor's Land in Williamsburg, VA, died peacefully after a long, courageous battle with breast cancer, on December 6, 2016. The daughter of the late Robert and Doris (McCloskey) Miller, she was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Paterson State College, obtaining a BA in Mathematics. As a young woman, she dedicated herself to the profession of teaching junior...
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Janet Mikulicz

January 14, 1922 - December 5, 2016

Janet Mikulicz, 94, of Williamsburg, VA, formally from Toms River, NJ, passed away on December 5, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Michael and Helen Belakowski; sisters, Henrietta Virchick and Gloria Sulenski; and spouse, Joseph. Janet was a business owner and a member of St. Bede Catholic Church. She loved games and only a few could beat her at Scrabble. While living in New...
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Harley Glen Lewis

March 3, 1919 - December 5, 2016

Harley Glen Lewis, 97, of Williamsburg, passed away on December 5, 2016. Mr. Lewis, formerly of Naples, FL, and Mentor, OH, was born March 3, 1919, to John and Kathryn Lewis in Greenville, OH. Mr. Lewis grew up on the family farm in Greenville until, at age 23, he was called to the U.S. Army in 1942 and had his initial training at Fort Riley, KS, as a cavalry horse-soldier. As WW II progressed...
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Robert Gerald Nielsen

April 6, 1958 - December 4, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Charles Henry Criswell

January 11, 1938 - December 4, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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John Wayne Matherne

December 8, 1944 - December 4, 2016

Dr. John Wayne Matherne passed peacefully on December 4, 2016 at the age of 71 surrounded by his loving family, who miss him dearly. John was born on December 8, 1944 in Vivian, Louisiana to Vera and Nolan Matherne. John was a graduate of Franklinton (LA) High School, serving as valedictorian of his 1962 class. John received both his BS (Physics 1966) and Ph.D. (Mathematics 1972) from Louisiana...
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