Our Obituaries

Matthew Benvenuto McCullough

May 8, 1923 - January 25, 2015


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Herbert Ross Ford

July 12, 1933 - January 25, 2015


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H. Ross Ford

July 12, 1933 - January 25, 2015

H. Ross Ford, of Williamsburg, passed away on January 25, 2015. He was a graduate of Lehigh University with a Bachelor's degree in business. He was a manager and broker in commercial real estate.Ross was a long time resident of Governors Land. He was a board member and treasurer of the Two Rivers Country Club and commodore of the yacht club. He was an avid sailor and collector of shoulder patch...
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Larry Roger Patrick

December 8, 1945 - January 24, 2015


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Ella S. Tapscott

October 17, 1930 - January 24, 2015

Ella Scott Tapscott ("Scotty") departed this life on January 24, 2015. The younger of two children, she was born to Ray Carter Scott and Margaret Hockett Scott on October 17, 1930, in Fluvanna County, Virginia. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1951, she spent most of her adult years in Yorktown, Virginia, only recently becoming a resident of James City County.Although during...
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Michael Edward Latimer

January 23, 1955 - January 22, 2015

Michael Edward Latimer, of Toano, passed away on January 22 at the age of 59. Mike was a Master Electrician and HVAC Master Tradesman and owner of Melchanical Heating and Cooling of Toano. He was a member of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church. Mike was an avid water skier, and was a faithful and devoted friend. He loved spending time with family and beloved dogs. Mike is survived by his wife of...
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Janie Bernice Mace

February 4, 1943 - January 22, 2015

Janie Cook Mace, 71 years old, of York County, Virginia went home to be with her Lord on January 22, 2015. She was born in Iaeger, West Virginia on February 4, 1943 to Theodore and Edith Cook. She married Charles Mace on June 9, 1993 in Yorktown, Virginia. She found joy in caring for others throughout her work and home life. She especially loved spending time with her children and...
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Rita Delores Durrant

July 4, 1919 - January 20, 2015

On January 20, 2015, Rita Durrant, 95, passed away peacefully, after a very impressive, fulfilling life. Rita was born July 4, 1919, in Chicago, Illinois, right after her father presented a firecracker to her mother on the back porch. Rita was raised in Chicago, with her sister, brother and parents. She became a Dental Hygienist, then in support of the war effort (WWII), worked as a Telephone...
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Tony Alexander Hale

April 10, 1949 - January 19, 2015

Tony A. Hale, 65, of Williamsburg, passed away on January 19, 2015. Service arrangements will be private.
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Joyce Isabel-Mary Cowham Carvutto

December 25, 1922 - January 19, 2015


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Betty Mullins Smith-Schulke

November 23, 1932 - January 17, 2015

Betty Mullins Smith Schulke was born in 1932 in Callaway, Va. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1950. She worked as a secretary for the Newport News Police Department and at TRADS at Fort Eustis. She then attended Grace Downs School in New York to become a Flight Attendant and flew for several years for Capital Airlines until she married John Smith in 1958. They lived for years...
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Eloise Goulding Levy

March 9, 1924 - January 16, 2015

Eloise Odell Goulding Levy, 90, died January 16, 2015 in Williamsburg, VA. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard M. Levy, Jr.; by her parents, Robert Lee Goulding and Kathleen S. Goulding; her brother, Robert Goulding; and by an infant son. She is survived by her children, Richard Levy (Bart), Kathleen Levy Hoppe (Joe, deceased), Robert Levy (Joanne) and Ellen Levy Vinson (Rick); and by a...
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Mary Jane Cornwell

May 3, 1934 - January 14, 2015

Mary Jane Cornwell, 80, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the Williamsburg Hospice House surrounded by her family.Born April 3, 1934 in Renick, WV, she was the daughter of the late Homer L. Lowance and Ethel Prudence Lowance.Mary Jane worked at various locations including the FBI in DC, and retired as a Data Automation Specialist at Langley Air Force base in Hampton,...
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William Carroll Sadler

June 6, 1923 - January 14, 2015

William Carroll Sadler, age 91, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on January 14, 2015. He was a career Naval Officer, and Federal Civil Servant, as well as senior project engineer for several Washington, DC Federal Contractors.William was a graduate of M.I.T and also received a Master Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and the University of Southern California. He is survived by his wife,...
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Jean Merritt Lewis

August 15, 1932 - January 14, 2015

Jean M. Lewis died Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at the age of 82. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howell S. Lewis; her parents, Curtis M. and Sarah C. Merritt; and brother, Tommy Merritt.Mrs. Lewis had been a school teacher since 1954, and retired from Walsingham Academy. She was also a member of Walnut Hills Baptist Church, where she served as the church librarian. In her spare time...
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Jane Beall Griffith

April 20, 1925 - January 13, 2015

Jane Beall Griffith passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015. Mrs. Griffith was a native of Darnestown, Maryland and a Williamsburg resident since 1989. The daughter of Arthur W. and Josephine W. Beall, Mrs. Griffith is preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Griffith, her parents, and her brothers, Arthur, Jr. and George Peter. She was a graduate of Green Mountain College in Poultney,...
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William McBride

June 20, 1924 - January 12, 2015

William McBride, who died on January 12, 2015, was born and raised in Roanoke, VA and was a resident of Yorktown and Williamsburg since 1951. He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, William Mark of Williamsburg; and daughter, Jenness of Cathedral City, CA. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy for four years during World War II. He was discharged as a first class Petty Officer and...
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Albert Joseph LaFrance

October 14, 1913 - January 11, 2015

Albert Joseph LaFrance, 101, passed away on January 11, 2015. He was born on October 14, 1913 in Norway, Maine where he attended elementary school and graduated as valedictorian from nearby Oxford Hills High School in 1931.In 1937, he moved to Washington, DC where he was employed first by the Department of Commerce and then by the Department of Labor. During that time he also studied Gregg...
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Blaise James Ognibene

August 29, 1912 - January 11, 2015

Blaise James Ognibene, 102, of Williamsburg, formerly of Brooklyn, NY passed away January 11, 2015. He is survived by his son, Frank (Dorothy); daughters-in-law, Diane Ognibene and Antionette Ognibene; seven grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren and three great-great-great grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Monday, January 12, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at...
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Edward James McCue

September 12, 1937 - January 10, 2015


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Jeannette Ford Baggs

December 29, 1937 - January 9, 2015

The Reverend Jeannette Ford Baggs passed away Friday, January 9, 2015 after a nearly decade-long battle with Alzheimer's disease, which she fought with great courage, dignity and grace. She was 77 years of age. Born in Oxford, North Carolina, Reverend Baggs also lived in Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Arizona, before retiring in Williamsburg, Virginia. Over the years, she enjoyed traveling...
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William Clarence Gumm

September 30, 1926 - January 8, 2015


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Mary Margaret Barkowski

October 25, 1908 - January 8, 2015


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John Burton Clark

November 3, 1938 - January 6, 2015

John Burton Clark, 76, of Williamsburg, passed away 6 January, 2015. He was born in Milwaukee, but other than a tour in the US Army, made his life on the Peninsula. He was the owner of Slaughter Lumber Company, established by his grandfather in Hampton in 1908. He attended the College of William and Mary and Richmond Professional Institute (currently Virginia Commonwealth University) in the...
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Harold P. Clark

May 12, 1921 - January 5, 2015

Harold Page Clark, (93) of Patriots Colony of Williamsburg, retired Colonel, AUS and retired a scientific officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, died January 5, 2015.Col. Clark was born in Huntington, WVA, the second son of the late Harry G. and S. Ruth Clark of Roanoke, Virginia. He was preceded by his brother Wayt P. in 1940. He was a distinguished military graduate of the Virginia...
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Frank MacDonald Morton

July 13, 1942 - January 4, 2015

Frank MacDonald Morton III died January 4, 2015, in Estero, FL, their winter home since 2009. He was 72. He was born in Baltimore, MD, and traveled with his Naval family to many assignments including Hawaii, California, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Although he lived in many places, his heart was at home at "Hilltop" his family home on the Rappahannock River near Waterview, VA. His desire...
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Marliyn Elizabeth Hug

April 21, 1948 - January 4, 2015


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Caroline Cooper

June 24, 1919 - January 4, 2015

Carolyn Cooper has died at the age of 95. She is survived by a sister, Priscilla Kelly; a daughter, Skip Mollenhauer; and a niece, Carol Hamrick. Carolyn was born in Canton, Ohio on June 24, 1919. She later moved to Hammondsport, N.Y., and married George Cooper. They moved to Newport News during WWII and later to Williamsburg in 1964. Carolyn had been a resident at Patriots Colony since 2010. She...
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Betty Mae Ann Fenwick Williams

January 28, 1923 - January 3, 2015

Betty Mae Fenwick Williams passed away January 3rd, 2015. Born January 28, 1923 in Ann Arbor, MI, to Herbert Sidney Fenwick and Charlotte Ruth Pilgram, Betty finished high school in Jackson, Michigan in 1941 and graduated from Michigan State in 1945. While at State, Betty joined Delta Zeta and belonged to the sorority throughout her life. She married Vern Morrison Williams in 1945 in East...
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Maureen Patricia Hanley Chandler

November 16, 1941 - January 2, 2015

Maureen Patricia Chandler, age 73, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on January 2, 2015.She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Hanley; and her father, Eugene Hanley.Maureen received her B.S. in Chemistry from St. John's University and Master of Library Science from Rutgers University. She worked for the Bergen County Community College as a librarian and was a member of St. Bede Catholic...
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Robert Henry Carlson

March 10, 1920 - January 2, 2015


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Stephanie Agnes Fry

August 7, 1920 - January 1, 2015


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Paul Richard Wirth

July 24, 1929 - January 1, 2015


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Robert Nicholas Robinson

March 25, 1925 - December 31, 2014

On December 31, 2014, Robert Nicholas Robinson went home to be with his Lord. He was born March 25, 1925 in Warrenton, NC the sixth of twelve children whose parents were George Cleo and Annie Green-Robinson. He had fond memories of enjoying the fruits and nuts from the trees that grew on his grandfather's farm. At the age of 14, he was baptized at the Baltimore Baptist Church in Warrenton....
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Frank Edward Johnson

December 29, 1918 - December 31, 2014

Frank E. Johnson, age 96, a retired USAF Colonel and former association executive, died of influenza at Patriots Colony, Williamsburg, VA on December 31, 2014. He lived in South Arlington from 1965 until 2001.Colonel Johnson was born on December 29, 1918 in Ukiah, California. He attended high school in Red Bluff, California, graduating in 1936. In 1940 he graduated from Pasadena College with a...
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Paul Edward Morgan

March 4, 1937 - December 31, 2014

Paul Edward Morgan, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away in the early morning of December 31, 2014, at the age of 77. He had been looked after by his loving wife, Betty Jane (Danna) Morgan for several years while struggling with the complications of Alzheimer's and diabetes. Paul was born in Baltimore, MD, where he was raised by his parents Talmadge and Ollie Mae Morgan. He married his high school...
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Robert Harold Olds

September 25, 1919 - December 29, 2014

Robert H. Olds died December 29, 2014 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Born September 25, 1919 in Kane, Pennsylvania to Herbert and Clara Olds, he was the brother of Marie Kellogg and Jim Olds who are both deceased. He graduated from Kane High School in 1937 and Penn State in 1941 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He worked for DuPont for two years, was an officer in the US Navy for three...
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Shirley Harwood Stratton

August 19, 1936 - December 29, 2014

Shirley Ann (Saunders) Stratton, born August 19, 1936, of Williamsburg, Virginia, died peacefully at home Monday, December 29, 2014, surrounded by family. Shirley was the daughter of the late Margaret and Harry Seyffer. She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Jean Seyffer Piggott and Janice Seyffer Rowe. Shirley is survived by her husband of 34 years, Richard N. Stratton; her two children,...
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Susie King Sheldon

June 14, 1924 - December 28, 2014

Susie King Sheldon went home to be with the Lord on December 28. She passed peacefully while at Patriots Colony Spring House nursing home in Williamsburg, VA.Sue was born June 14, 1924, the daughter of Annie and Esther King, on a small farm near Sunny Side in Cumberland County, VA. She was preceded in death by her best friend and husband of 67 years, Oscar Cecil "Mike" Sheldon; a loving...
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Betty Supplee Watson

July 6, 1923 - December 28, 2014

Betty S. Watson, a longtime resident of Patriots Colony at Williamsburg, passed away on December 28, 2014 at the age of 91. A native of Ilion, NY, she was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 66 years, Edwin; her son, Dale E. Watson; and her sister, Nancy Smith.Betty was first and foremost a mom, raising her two sons as a stay-at-home mom. When they were old enough, she had the...
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Joseph Thomas Eustace

October 10, 1946 - December 27, 2014

Joseph T. Eustace, born October 10, 1946 in New York City to Joseph W. and Elizabeth Eustace, was called home to God on December 27, 2014, after a long battle with lung disease. Joe, a Vietnam Veteran, began his career with NY Tel in 1967 and retired from AT&T after 31 years of dedicated service. Following his retirement in 1998, Joe and his family relocated to Williamsburg, VA where he has...
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Alexander Donald Wilson

December 28, 1999 - December 27, 2014

Alexander Donald Wilson, of Williamsburg, passed away on December 27, at the age of 14.He was a student at Lafayette High School and a member of Walnut Hills Baptist Church. He enjoyed Dream Catchers, United Athletes and the Special Olympics.Alex is survived by his parents, Timothy and Karen; sisters, Jordan Wilson, Kathryn LittleJohn (Andrew); brother, Ryan; grandmothers, Catherine Wilson and...
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Boyd Montgomery Saunders

September 19, 1932 - December 26, 2014


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Phoebe Hedrick Cheatham

December 7, 1912 - December 21, 2014

Phoebe Hedrick Cheatham, formerly of Williamsburg, passed away December 21, 2014 at the Consulate of Windsor.She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldridge Wardell Cheatham; and her son, Wade Wardell Cheatham.She leaves behind to cherish her memories her son, Alvin Cheatham (Jackie) of Surry; her grandchildren, Michelle Martin, Amy Cheatham, Kelly Elder (Scott), Paulin Cheatham (Mary...
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Don Edward Peters

January 13, 1934 - December 19, 2014

Don Edward Peters went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 19, 2014. Don was born on January 13, 1934 on his family farm in Talmage, Nebraska. He graduated from Wentworth Military Academy and the University of Nebraska. Don was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Core of Engineers. He retired to Williamsburg after a 30 year career at the Falk Corporation. ...
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Alma Boyles Conerly

January 15, 1919 - December 18, 2014


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Goldie Thelma Clements

October 2, 1924 - December 17, 2014

Newport News - Golda "Goldie" Thelma Clements, 90, passed away on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. She was born on Oct.2, 1924 in Mathias, West Virginia to the late Marie Fitzwater and Jesse James Mongold. She married Robert H. Clements Sr. on November 16, 1946 and moved to his hometown of Clay Bank in Gloucester County, Virginia, where they settled and had three sons.Goldie lived in Newport News...
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Karen Marie Faith

January 14, 1958 - December 16, 2014

Karen Marie Faith, 56 of Williamsburg went to be with the Lord on December 16, 2014 after a 6 year battle with Breast Cancer. Beloved wife of David P.; cherished by her son, Paul D. and his wife Ana; adored sister of Barbara West (Robert), Shirley Hamilton (Robert) & Richard Karge (Sandy); and also survived by loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and many friends. Karen was born in Camden, NJ,...
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Charles Richard Wendell

September 28, 1930 - December 16, 2014

Chuck died December 16th after a long illness. He was born September 28th, 1930 in Greensburg, PA.In 1952, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in metallurgical engineering. Then he proudly served his country in the Army, spending 18 months in Korea. His career was in specialty metals with Latrobe Steel Company. Later, he managed three Teledyne companies. Chuck enjoyed...
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Imogene Bagley Patrick

January 21, 1926 - December 15, 2014

Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Jean passed peacefully on Monday, December 15 at age 88 in Williamsburg, VA. Born near Atlanta, GA, Jean married Edward B. Patrick (deceased) in 1948. They settled in Fairfax, VA where their two children Mary Lydia Patrick and Edward B. Patrick III (Rick) were born and currently reside. She married Richard D. Pease (Dick) in 2002 and spent happy years...
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Muriel Helen Ernstmeyer

March 7, 1922 - December 13, 2014

On December 13, 2014, Muriel Helen (Koch) Ernstmeyer, 92, was lovingly taken home by her heavenly Father. Born March 7, 1922, in Floral Park, New York, the daughter of Elsie and Henry Koch, Muriel was raised in New York and eventually attended the College of William and Mary, where she was president of Chi Omega, on Mortar Board, and met her future husband, Chaplain Milton Ernstmeyer. After...
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James Edward Murphy

April 19, 1920 - December 12, 2014


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J. Edward Murphy

April 19, 1920 - December 12, 2014

Captain J. Edward Murphy, Jr., USN (Ret.), of Williamsburg, Virginia died on December 12, 2014. He was 94 years old. Born in New York City on April 19, 1920, he grew up in White Plains, New York. Upon graduation from Georgetown University in 1942, he entered the U.S. Navy where he served for more than thirty years. His service included five at sea commands, primarily destroyers, as well as...
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Mary Therese Quinlan

April 24, 1916 - December 9, 2014

Mary T. Quinlan, 98, passed away on December 9, 2014. She is survived by her son, Martin, and her daughters, Kathleen (Butch), Christine (Robert C.) and Victoria (Kenneth), as well as 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin, her son, Paul, and grandson, Jonathan. Born in New York City and raising her family on Long...
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Ella Mae Walker

May 12, 1919 - December 8, 2014

Ella Mae Walker, 95, died at 3:45 p.m. December 8, 2014, at Patroits Colony in Williamsburg VA. She was born May 12, 1919, in Dunbar, PA, to John E. and Francis Ruth Smith Walker, who preceded her in death. Ella completed her nursing education at Henry Clay Memorial School of Nursing in Mount Pleasant, PA, on October 26, 1940. She then attended college at Case Western Reserve University in...
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Myra Silver Burden

June 30, 1942 - December 8, 2014

Myra "Mimi" Jean Silver Burden, 72, of Williamsburg, died Monday (December 8, 2014) from complications associated with Alzheimer's. She was born to the late Bessie Mae and Elbert Silver, June 30, 1942 in Chattanooga, TN. Mimi graduated from Girls Preparatory School (GPS) in Chattanooga in 1960 and attended Texas Christian University where she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She...
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Kathleen Mary Brennan

August 23, 1928 - December 7, 2014

Kathleen Mary Brennan, most recently of Williamsburg, VA, peacefully passed away on December 7, 2014, at the age of 86. She was born in New York City, to John and Ellen (Fogarty) Gleason as the eldest of three sisters. Kathleen graduated from Blessed Sacrament High School and Summa Cum Laude from Ramapo College. She married and raised two sons with James P. Brennan. Kathleen subsequently...
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Maurice Cameron Roe

October 30, 1926 - December 6, 2014

Maurice (Maury) C. Roe, a beloved family man, loyal friend, and retired Vice President of The Coca-Cola Company, passed away December 6, 2014, in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the age of 88. A graduate of Red Deer High School and the University of Alberta, Maury served in the Royal Canadian Army and then began his career in 1950 as a salesman in the Coca-Cola Fountain Sales Department in San...
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James Russell Pierce

March 20, 1954 - December 5, 2014

James Russell "Jim" Pierce, age 60, died of cardiac arrest on Dec. 5, 2014 in his home office in Williamsburg. He was the second of four children born to Jay and Donna Pierce on March 20, 1954 in Eau Claire, WI. He earned his BA in Economics from Ripon College in Ripon, WI 1972-76 through a ROTC scholarship, and an MBA cum laude from Embry-Riddle University. As an Airborne and Ranger qualified U...
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James Lee Radcliffe

May 17, 1956 - December 3, 2014

James Lee (Jimmy Lee) Radcliffe, age 58, passed away on December 3, 2014.He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Fran Parker-Radcliffe.Visit Jim's website at JimRadcliffe.com for full notice. A memorial Service will take place on Thursday, December 18 at 2PM at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, VA. Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.
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Paula Gertrude McNight

August 3, 1925 - December 2, 2014

Paula G. McNight, mother and true friend, dies at 89.Paula G. McNight, proud matriarch, true friend to scores, and formidable family Scrabble competitor, died on Tuesday, December 2, at Sentara Hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia. The cause of death was heart failure.Paula Gertrude McNight (née Dettling) was born in Detroit, Michigan, on August 3, 1925. She graduated from high school in 1943...
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William Henry McGrady

March 7, 1923 - December 1, 2014


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Claire Ann O'Hara

July 24, 1927 - November 30, 2014

O'Hara, Claire Ann (Couble) ''' formerly of Scituate, died on Sunday, November 30 in Williamsburg, VA after a short illness, age 87. She was preceeded in death by her loving husband of 55 years, Dr. John F. O'Hara. Devoted mother of Mary and her husband, Peter Babin, of Littleton, CO; Colleen and her husband, Sherwood Tondorf, of Williamsburg, VA; CAPT John F. Jr. and his wife, Gay, of...
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Charlotte Lynn Thompson

November 24, 1949 - November 30, 2014

Charlotte Lynn Thompson, 65, a lifelong resident of Williamsburg, died November 30, 2014. She was preceded in death by her father, Jessie; her mother, Geneva; and brother, Richard.Charlotte is survived by her daughter, Francis Annette Coberly; grandchildren, Santana Dowdy and Ronald Coberly; great-grandchildren, Audry Lynn and Sophia Dowdy; sisters, Betty Harding, Geri Cheatham, Jane Stinson ...
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Neely Murlene Richardson

August 18, 1929 - November 30, 2014

Neely Murlene Richardson, 85, a longtime resident of Patriots Colony in Williamsburg, passed away on November 30, 2014. She was preceded in death by eleven siblings.A gracious military wife, Murlene traveled to various Naval facilities with her husband while raising their young family.Murlene was the loving wife of Langston Eugene Richardson Jr. for 65 years. She is also survived by her sons,...
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Rowland Godfrey Freeman

February 11, 1922 - November 29, 2014

Rowland Godfrey "Doc" Freeman III age 92; resident of Patriots Colony in Williamsburg passed away on November 29, 2014. He served in the US Navy from 1942-1979 retiring as a Rear Admiral. He was appointed by President Carter to be the Administrator of the General Services Administration from 1979-81. He then became a Corporate Vice-President of McDonnell Douglas (later Boeing) from 1981-87....
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John Edward McDonald

October 18, 1947 - November 29, 2014

John Edward McDonald, of Williamsburg, passed away on November 29, at the age of 67. He was preceded in death by his father, James Bruce McDonald.John was born in Denver, CO. He started high school in Lakewood, CO, and graduated from Lee High School in Springfield, VA. After a brief period at Virginia Tech, he enlisted in the US Army and served two tours in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged...
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Anne Cecilia DeGise

February 6, 1911 - November 28, 2014

Anne Cecilia DeGise, 103, of Williamsburg, passed away on November 28, 2014. She was born in Stanhope, NJ to the late Klemens and Rozalja Adaszcsyk Klepacki. She was predeceased by her husband, William P. DeGise and her brother, Walter Klepacki.Mrs. DeGise spent the majority of her life in Paterson, NJ, but had lived in Williamsburg for the past 21 years. Up until the age of 101, she was still...
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Thomas Vincent Corbett

April 8, 1928 - November 26, 2014

SMSgt Thomas Vincent Corbett USAF (ret.), also affectionately called "Pop-Pop", was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening 26 Nov 2014 at age 86. He was born in Newark, NJ on Easter Sunday, 8 April 1928 and was raised in Ireland. Returning to the United States in 1950, he enlisted in the US Air Force and faithfully and honorably served over 26 years of service in the US, Europe,...
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Samuel Whiting O'Brien

December 5, 1921 - November 26, 2014

Maj. Samuel W. O'Brien USAF (Ret) passed away Wednesday, November 26, 2014. Born in Glenville, WV in 1921, he attended schools in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and graduated from Morgantown High School in 1939. He joined the military in 1942 after attending West Virginia University and served the country for 23 years in the US and Europe through three wars as an Air Force Pilot. After his...
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Harry A. Gambrell

May 2, 1927 - November 25, 2014

Harry A. Gambrell, better known as "Mr. Harry" went to be with our Lord at the age of 87. He passed away peacefully on November 25, 2014 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Loyall, Kentucky on May 2, 1927 and previously deceased by William and Nora Gambrel. He was a star basketball player in High School. Instead of pursuing a basketball career, he chose to serve his Country...
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Walter Joseph Klubowicz

April 3, 1921 - November 24, 2014

Walter J. Klubowicz, of Williamsburg, passed away on November 24, 2014 at the age of 93. He was born in New Bedford, MA and has been a Williamsburg resident for 60 years. Walter received a Master's degree in Textile Engineering from NC State in 1955 and was a member of Phi Psi fraternity. He began working for New Bedford Textile in 1952; later retiring as a Textile engineer from BASF Corporation...
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Thomas Ned Hedrick

July 22, 1944 - November 24, 2014

Thomas Ned Hedrick, age 70, died peacefully on November 24, 2014. Mr. Hedrick was born July 22, 1944 in Williamsburg, Virginia. He was the son of Thomas Howard Hedrick and Edith Mason Hedrick who preceded him in death.Mr. Hedrick is survived by his sister, Pauline H. Seger (Don) of Williamsburg, Virginia; his niece, Theresa R. Vasiliadis (Ted), Cherry Hill, New Jersey; his nephew, Thomas J....
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Charles E. Nimmo, Jr.

December 8, 1924 - November 22, 2014

Charles E. Nimmo Jr., 89, died on November 22, 2014 in Williamsburg, VA. He was born in Norfolk, VA and moved to Williamsburg in 1948 with his wife. After graduation from high school he served in the Army during WWII from 1943 to 1946. He was assigned to an anti-aircraft artillery battalion and spent a year in the South Pacific.Following his discharge he obtained a B.S. degree in psychology...
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Shirley Millicent Hill

April 14, 1926 - November 21, 2014

Shirley Millicent Hill, 88, of Williamsburg, passed away on November 21, 2014.Mrs. Hill was a music teacher in the local area. She was preceded in death by her husband, Trevor Hill.Services will be private. Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.
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Bobby Jo Rowe

January 9, 1931 - November 21, 2014

Bobby Jo Rowe, age 83, of Williamsburg VA, passed away on November 21, 2014. She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence Isaac Hawk; her mother, Ethel Leona Hawk; and her sister, Latane H. Custis.Bobby Jo is survived by her son, William J. Rowe, III (Ann Marie); her daughter, Robin D. McGarry (Mark T.); her son, Robert L. Rowe (Sherry Kelly-Ivey); her grandchildren, Cristi L. Aguirre, ...
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Jack Earl Smith

June 28, 1929 - November 20, 2014

Jacklin E. Smith, a longtime resident of Williamsburg, passed away on November 20, 2014 after a brief illness. He was raised in "the homeplace", the home built by his Father and his Uncle John, in Rocky Mount, N.C. His proud parents were Hiram Gentry and Minnie Mae Smith (Ward). Jack was preceded in death by his witty and devoted wife, Gerry. He is survived by two loving daughters,...
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Caroline Broadwater Mayes

February 2, 1947 - November 20, 2014

Caroline Broadwater Mayes passed away peacefully on November 20, 2014, after a long illness. Caroline was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky, on February 8, 1947, to William Clinton and Dorothy Goodloe Broadwater. She graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky in 1969. That same year, she married John Lee Mayes; they divorced in 1973. Caroline always knew she wanted a career helping other...
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Arlene Rose Jaspers Geldreich

March 3, 1939 - November 19, 2014

Arlene Rose Jaspers Geldreich, age 75, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on November 19, 2014.She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard M. Geldreich, Sr; and her parents, Rosella and George Jaspers.Arlene was a member of St. Bede Catholic Church. She majored in Business Administration and received a B.S. from Fairleigh Dickerson University, where she served as Valedictorian and a member of...
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Diane Dawn Smith

April 19, 1960 - November 17, 2014


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Marty D. Dickerson

May 6, 1949 - November 16, 2014

Martin (Marty) David Dickerson passed away on November 16, 2014 at the age of 65. Marty was born on May 6, 1949 in Fort Smith, Arkansas, the son to the late Dr. Cecil Dickerson and Helen (nee Plunkett). For 32 years, Marty was a devoted and popular educator and highly successful coach in Montgomery County, MD. He retired from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD, where he enjoyed the...
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Antoinette G. Brusca

May 8, 1924 - November 15, 2014


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Hazel Marie Stevens

November 9, 2014 - November 14, 2014

Hazel Marie Stevens, born November 9, 2014, was taken home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on November 14, 2014. She was preceded in death by her Grandfather Massie Conwell Stevens and Uncle David B. Stevens.Even though she was with us for a short period of time her parents, John R. and Bobbi Jo C. Stevens, loved her dearly. We know that we will enjoy that sweet reunion one day. She...
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Donald Irwin Woolfolk

November 25, 1935 - November 13, 2014


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Jessie Mae Powell Adams

April 23, 1922 - November 11, 2014


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Kenneth Jerome Hill

October 8, 1938 - November 11, 2014

Kenneth J. Hill, age 76, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on November 11, 2014.He was preceded in death by his father, Ted S. Hill, mother, Mary Anderson Hill, and sister, Dorothy Hill Dodson. Kenneth served in the U.S. Army and was a Richmond Police Officer. He also worked for Cheatham Annex and after retirement, he worked at the Chickahominy Bridge as a supervisor. Kenneth was a member of the...
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Mary Tylee Wright

January 10, 1909 - November 10, 2014

Mary Tylee Wright, age 105, of Williamsburg, VA, died November 10, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, J. Handly Wright. Mary was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1909 and married Handly in 1929. During their marriage, they lived at times in New York, Alabama, Missouri, Illinois and finally Virginia where they retired first to King and Queen County and then to...
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Jack K. Melnik

August 22, 1929 - November 10, 2014

Jack K. Melnik departed this life on Nov. 10, 2014 to join his beloved wife, Bok Soon Melnik affectionately known as Jeannie, in God's great Heavenly Kingdom. Jack was born in Zablotow, Poland on August 22, 1929, where he endured the horrors of World War II first from the Soviets and then from the Nazis. Jack saw his parents killed by Nazi bombs and watched his younger brother die in the slave...
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John E. Shackelford

June 21, 1942 - November 9, 2014

John Edgar Shackelford, age 72, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on November 9, 2014. He retired from the National Park Service.John is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Burroughs Shackelford; his sons, Robert Shackelford and Jason Shackelford; his daughters, Melinda Elam (Nick), Rebecca Hart (Richie) and Joy Snyder (Aaron); fourteen grandchildren; five great...
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Mariann Aiello Zensen

March 15, 1941 - November 9, 2014

Mariann Zensen, age 73, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on November 9, 2014. She was preceded in death by her father, Amadeo Aiello; her mother, Adelina Sbuttoni Aiello; and her infant daughter, Allison Zensen.Following her graduation from Salem State College, Mariann worked for the California School District and the U.S. Department of Defense as a school teacher. She enjoyed volunteering and...
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Robert Anthony Benedict

April 5, 1926 - November 8, 2014


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Tyler Anthony Cole

November 18, 1987 - November 7, 2014

Tyler Anthony Cole, 26, passed away unexpectedly and went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 7. He will be truly missed by his family and many friends.He is survived by his mother, Kim King; sister, Danielle King and brother, Mack Spratley. He is also survived by his two children, Tymia and Jamal Brown.A memorial service will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd.,...
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Sanford MacCallum Whitwell

March 25, 1924 - November 7, 2014

Sanford MacCallum "Sandy" Whitwell, 90, born March 25, 1924, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2014, with his family by his side. He was born in Tacoma, WA to Alice Ruth MacCallum and George Edward Whitwell, and is also predeceased by his sisters, Marie Louise and Margaret Ruth Whitwell. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan Eicker Whitwell, four children and their spouses, Susan Ruth...
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James Lewis Ferro

February 17, 1934 - November 5, 2014

James L. Ferro of Williamsburg, VA, died peacefully Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, after a brief illness. Jim was born in Utica, New York on February 17, 1934, the son of Lewis A. and Marguerite (Scala) Ferro. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carol Lee (Brooks) Ferro of Williamsburg; a daughter, Lisa, of New Boston, New Hampshire; three...
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Carolyn Mudrick Benedict

July 14, 1931 - November 3, 2014


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Wesley Reilly Cleaves

June 13, 1937 - November 3, 2014

Wesley Reilly Cleaves, of Cape Coral, FL, passed away on November 3 at the age of 77. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 57 years, Barbara Mae Cleaves; his mother, Beatrice; and his father, Wesley A.Wes was the owner of various auto and motorcycle shops over the years in Ft. Myers, Florida. He was also a very active member of the Life Church mentoring a young adults group for over 20...
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William Henry Gibson

February 1, 1920 - November 3, 2014

William Henry "Bill" Gibson, 94, died Monday, Nov. 3, at Morningside of Williamsburg. Bill was a native of Charlotte Courthouse, VA and had been a Williamsburg resident since 1954. Mr. Gibson served in World War II in the 306th Hospital core and later retired from Lance, Inc. in 1982. He attended Grace Baptist Church. He is preceded by his wife, Mildred "Bunny" Birch Gibson; his...
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Helen Martin Melkonian

October 10, 1952 - November 2, 2014


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Alan Eugene Brewer

October 13, 1943 - October 31, 2014


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Mary Johnson Gilchrist

October 18, 1930 - October 31, 2014

Mary Johnson Gilchrist, blessed wife, mother and true friend, died October 31, 2014, at 84 years old. She was the daughter of the late H. Aubrey and Alvah Gray Ford, and sister of the late H. Aubrey Ford, Jr. She is survived by her husband of sixty years, J. W. Stuart Gilchrist, Jr.; son, H. Victor Gilchrist (Kathy); daughter, Mary Gray Sachtjen (Barry); son, J.W. Stuart Gilchrist III (Susan);...
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