Our Obituaries

Ailian Huang

November 9, 1962 - January 15, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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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

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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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

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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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

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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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

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Ann P. Snyder

July 13, 1929 - December 31, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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George Gilmer Loving

August 7, 1923 - December 31, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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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

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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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

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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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

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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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

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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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

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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

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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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Gary Lee Atkinson

February 15, 1948 - December 2, 2016

Gary Atkinson, 68 years old and a resident of Williamsburg, Virginia died after a short illness on December 2, 2016.Prior to moving to Williamsburg, Gary lived in Fairport, New York. He was an engineer and employee of the Eastman Kodak Company. His early goal was to retire at the age of 55 and move to Williamsburg, Virginia so that he could golf or fish year round. His goal was met. Gary was...
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Frances Brankley Whitaker

March 18, 1922 - November 30, 2016

Frances Brankley Whitaker of Williamsburg, VA, died on November 30, 2016. She was born on March 18, 1922 in Mecklenburg County, VA to the late Lynn and Estelle Brankley.She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd (Sam) Whitaker; brothers, H.D., Floyd, Joe and Mac Brankley; sisters, Margaret Burton, Bettie Barnes, and Eunice Currin. Survivors include her daughter, Peggy Manger; granddaughters,...
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Sheryll Lynn Edwards

April 5, 1952 - November 28, 2016

Sheri L. Edwards, 64, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on November 28, 2016. She was born in Beaver Falls, PA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frances and George Rozich; sister, Donna Renzo; Aunt, Hazel Wickman; and granddaughter, Hazel Stevens.Sheri was strong willed, loving and caring. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved watching tear...
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Debra Jean Shiflette

July 4, 1959 - November 28, 2016

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William Edmund Hewitt

October 6, 1943 - November 27, 2016

William Edmund (Bill) Hewitt of Williamsburg, Virginia, died at his home with his wife by his side on Sunday, November 27th, due to complications from congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife, Ann; brother, Brian Rivers; Sister-in-law, Laurie Rivers of Cincinnati, Ohio; nephew, Tom Rivers; and many long-time dear friends here in Williamsburg and all over the country.Bill was born in...
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Ruby Deaton Cleary

May 14, 1925 - November 26, 2016

Ruby Deaton Cleary went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 26, 2016 after a lengthy illness. She was 91 years old. Ruby was born Margaret Ruby Deaton, in Mount Gilead, NC on May 14, 1925. She grew up during austere times in a kind and loving Christian home. She moved to Newport News, VA in 1946 after marrying Grant Burris (deceased). From this union they bore 3...
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James Elroy Eacho

November 28, 1948 - November 23, 2016

James Elroy Eacho, 67, of Lanexa, VA, passed away on November 23, 2016. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a Command Sergeant Major (E9). James received military awards over his 30 plus years of dedicated service in the army while serving our great country.He is survived by his children, Amber Eacho and her son, CJ, and Bradley Eacho (Brandi) and their children, Emily and...
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Georgia Ann Morgan

December 12, 1937 - November 23, 2016

Georgia Ann Morgan, 78, passed peacefully on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. She was born in Berea, KY and was a graduate of Stanford High School and St. Catharine College in Springfield, KY. Georgia and husband Donald raised their family in Moon, VA in Mathews County. She taught in the Mathews County Public Schools and was an active member and church organist for Salem United Methodist Church....
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Zantha Goldeana McVey Brown Bassett

December 5, 1917 - November 21, 2016

Zantha Bassett (Gran), 98, Williamsburg, VA, passed away peacefully November 21st, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family. She was an active participant in life, always determined to help and had a sharp mind. She was the third child born to the late Linden Guy and Francis Sparling McVey, December 5, 1917, in Brenham, Kansas. At an early age, the family moved to the farm in Kismet, Kansas,...
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Stewart Taylor Zink

March 17, 1929 - November 21, 2016

Retired Navy Captain Stewart Taylor Zink died peacefully on November 21, 2016, at age 87. Stew was a man of strength, courage, and faith. Born in Kansas City, MO, he was preceded in death by his parents, COL David Daniel Zink (USAR) and Virginia Taylor Zink; his brother David Daniel Zink, II; his first wife Edith (Dee) Pollock Zink; and his second wife Alice (Polly) Kingston Zink. Left to cherish...
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Gaetano Antonio Carrubba

June 13, 1932 - November 21, 2016

Gaetano Antonio Carrubba, 84, died peacefully at Patriots Colony in Williamsburg, Virginia. Mr. Carrubba is survived by a son, Gaetano Gerard Carrubba and his wife, Lori of Newport News, Virginia and a daughter, Tina Spezzano and her husband, Marc, of The Woodlands, Texas; He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Katherine Frances and Sarah Christina; sister, Josephine Carrubba of Palm Beach...
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Stephen Lambert Grimes

October 5, 1989 - November 19, 2016

Stephen Lambert Grimes, 27, passed away suddenly on November 19, 2016 in Williamsburg, VA.Stephen graduated Lafayette High School in 2007 and attended Old Dominion University, where he studied engineering.He enjoyed sports, woodworking, bowling and his pets, but most of all, he loved his family and making people laugh.He is preceded in death by his father, Michael A. Grimes. Survivors include...
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A. Marie Arsenault

July 26, 1934 - November 19, 2016

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Baird Ray Wonsey

February 17, 1926 - November 18, 2016

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Marjory June Menzel

March 3, 1926 - November 17, 2016

ALPHARETTA - Marjory June Diemer Menzel, Age 90 of Williamsburg, VA and formerly Darien, CT, died peacefully on November 18, 2016. She was born March 3, 1926 in New York City to Elmer Clyde and Charlotte Lillian Diemer. Marjory grew up in Westchester County, NY. She attended Columbia University and worked for Marshall Field's as a buyer in New York City. She met her future husband Rene Menzel...
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James Lowry Niles

October 30, 1946 - November 17, 2016

James Lowry Niles of Quinton, Virginia, died on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the age of 70. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia, and was preceded in death by his parents, Ethel and Charles Niles; and his granddaughter, Harper Paige Niles.James was a retired veteran of the United States Army after 26 years of service, serving in the Vietnam War. During his service, he was awarded the...
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Gary Charles Williams

March 21, 1952 - November 16, 2016

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Rowena Elizabeth Wade

September 4, 1938 - November 15, 2016

Rowena "Jill" Elizabeth Wade (nee Edwards) passed away on November 15, 2016 at her Williamsburg, VA home with her husband, Ron, of 58 years at her side. She was a loving mother, wife, daughter and sister. She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris Owens; father, Woodrow Edwards and her brother, Woodrow Edwards Jr. She is survived by her husband, Ronald Wade; children: Karen Smiley (Daniel),...
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Carl Patrick Laughlin

September 28, 1931 - November 15, 2016

Carl Patrick Laughlin, MD, a physician for more than 50 years in Newport News and a member of the medical team for the original Mercury 7 astronauts at Langley Air Force Base, died November 14, 2016 at his home in Williamsburg from pancreatic cancer. He was 85.He was intelligent, compassionate and a consummate physician. Even in his final days, he never lost the core qualities that made him the...
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Donald Herbert McLain

October 1, 1926 - November 13, 2016

After celebrating 90 years of life, on November 13, 2016 Donald Herbert (Mac) McLain transitioned from this life to the next. A native of Ohio, he resided in Virginia after 23 years of service in the US Army, retiring as a W2. He was a veteran of WWII, Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict. After retiring from the military, he worked for Colonial Williamsburg with 20 years of service as a mechanic...
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Sherman Main Clough

April 29, 1927 - November 12, 2016

Sherman Main Clough, Jr., 89, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on November 12, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Suzanne Parsons Clough.Sherm was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts and was a life-long Boston Red Sox fan. He briefly served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946. He received his MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, class of 1950. He retired from...
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Ronald Dexter Williams

July 30, 1933 - November 11, 2016

Ronald Dexter Williams, of Williamsburg, died peacefully on November 11, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Dexter Williams; mother, Gladys Sekot; stepfather, Joseph Sekot; brother-in-law, Marshall Slawson; and his sister, Connie Slawson. Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Carolyn Jean Williams; daughters, Ronda Williams, and Shana Turner; five grandchildren, Candace Riley,...
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Mildred Mary Brennan

June 29, 1922 - November 10, 2016

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Joel Steven Sheppard, Jr.

October 10, 1926 - November 9, 2016

Joel Steven Sheppard, Jr., of Williamsburg died peacefully on November 9, 2016 at age 90. Born in Henrico County, VA to Joel and Hazel Toombs Sheppard, "Joe" was preceded in death by his sisters: Bernice Totty, Eunice Hawkes and Mildred Berry. He is survived by his wife Bonnie Biddle Sheppard and 4 children: J. Steven Sheppard III (Roxanne), Bonnie G. Pizzeck (Don), Stephen A. Wesson and...
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Wayne Johnson Britt

June 29, 1942 - November 8, 2016

Wayne Johnson Britt was the son of Claudine Johnson Britt and Howard Lee Britt of Ivor, Virginia. He was born on June 29, 1942, spent his childhood living in Surry, Virginia and moved to Williamsburg with his family when he was sixteen. He graduated from James Blair High School in 1960 and attended Thomas Nelson Community College. He joined the United States Army Reserve in 1962 and received an...
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Jackie Chandler Brabon

July 14, 1947 - November 7, 2016

Jackie Chandler Brabon, 69, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on November 7, 2016 at the Hospice House of Williamsburg. She was born July 14, 1947 in Kenova, WV and graduated from Granby High School, Norfolk, VA. She was preceded in death by her father, Rex Owen Chandler and her mother, Helen Chandler Gruenke.Jackie worked 17 years at the Naval Air Reworks facility in Norfolk and was a Division...
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Marjorie Clark Ennis Campbell

March 9, 1928 - November 7, 2016

Marjorie Clark Ennis Campbell passed away on November 7, 2016 in Williamsburg, VA. Mrs. Campbell was born March 9, 1928 in Norristown, PA, the daughter of the late Glenn Clark Ennis and Lydia Barnshaw Ennis. She was the widow of Gordon Creston Campbell. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Sara Ennis Stratton.Mrs. Campbell graduated from Norristown High School, Bryn Mawr Hospital School...
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Dorothy Mable Stepp

August 30, 1921 - November 6, 2016

Mabel Stepp passed away Nov. 6, 2016, in Consulate Health Care in Williamsburg. Born Aug. 30, 1921 in Gretna, VA, she moved to Hampton in 1941 and Williamsburg in 1993. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Arlene Mayhew; brothers, John and Tom Mayhew; her husband of 49 years, Leroy Stepp; and great granddaughter, Sarah Pickrell. She is survived by her sister, Hazel Richards;...
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Michael Kenneth Myers

May 18, 1939 - October 29, 2016

Michael Kenneth Myers died October 29th at his home in Williamsburg, VA. A man of impeccable character and significant accomplishment, he leaves behind a remarkable legacy. Born May 18th, 1939 to Kenneth E. Myers and Vivian M. Stark, Michael Myers grew up in Portland, Oregon. He received a B.A. from Willamette University (1962) and continued his education at Columbia University, where he...
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Clotilde Olivia Curtis

June 3, 1930 - October 29, 2016

Clotilde Olivia Curtis passed away October 29, 2016. Born in Panama on June 3, 1930, she is survived by her daughter, Meosotis (Meo) Curtis and her husband, Jeff; daughter, Maria Bakley and her husband, Edward (Ed); son, Joseph (Joe) Curtis and his wife, Karel; son, Shepard (Shep) Curtis; grandchildren, Cynthia (Cindy) Smith and her husband, William (Bill), Kristina Workman and her husband,...
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Varujan John DeMelkon

May 25, 1961 - October 27, 2016

Varujan John DeMelkon, age 55, passed away suddenly at his home in Williamsburg, VA, on October 27, 2016.John was a master jeweler/gemologist and the owner of "Designs by Varujan, Inc." in Williamsburg, VA. A member of the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce, he was also a sponsor of numerous local charities and loved fishing, archeology and watching documentaries.Preceding him in death is his...
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Marjory Arlene Greenwood

May 4, 1925 - October 27, 2016

Marjory Arlene Greenwood, 91, of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed to eternity in the presence of loving family on Thursday, October 27. Mrs. Greenwood was born in Sterling, Colorado, to George and Grace Hofstetter Kohler. She grew up on a farm in Kersey, Colorado and became a licensed beautician. After WWII she met and married Gerald Arthur Greenwood of Greeley, Colorado. Married for 67 years, the...
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Marjorie Lena Beasley

December 5, 1929 - October 26, 2016

Marjorie Lena Beasley, 86, of Toano, VA, crossed over the river to her Heavenly home on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. She was survived by her daughter, Lorraine Beasley (Steve White); grandchildren, Jason, Michele, and Jared Arthur; Tony Beasley (Jess), Angie Jones (Jeff); one great-grandchild, Mo Beasley; brother, Jimmy Miller; sisters, Peggy Owen (Bill), Shirley Miller and sister-in-law, Vivian...
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Doris Mary Staudinger

May 1, 1928 - October 26, 2016

Doris Mary Staudinger, 88, ascended to our Heavenly Father on October 26, 2016 in her home surrounded by loved ones. A longtime resident of Williamsburg, Virginia, Doris was an avid gardener and chef.She was born on May 1, 1928 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island to the late Winfred and Corrine Theriault. In 1949, Doris married John Joseph, where they moved numerous times across the country. They settled...
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Lottie S. Glista

September 22, 1929 - October 26, 2016

Lottie S. Glista, 87, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on October 26, 2016. She was a member of St. Bede Catholic Church. Lottie is survived by her husband, Henry Glista; her son, Robert Glista; and her daughter, Susan Pritchard. A mass will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd., Williamsburg, VA. The family requests no flowers at this...
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Carolyn Patricia Pulley

December 6, 1931 - October 25, 2016

Carolyn P. Pulley passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at her home in Williamsburg after a brief illness. The youngest child of Rose Bradshaw and Lloyd Clarence Pulley, she was born December 6, 1931, in the town of Ivor in Southampton County, Virginia. She was pre-deceased by her parents, four brothers, one half-brother, and four sisters. She is survived by her brother J. Reid Pulley and...
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Mary Virginia Shaw Warren

July 30, 1927 - October 25, 2016

Virginia Shaw Warren, 89, died as graciously as she lived on Tuesday, October 25. Born in Wilmington, NC on July 30, 1927, Virginia attended Westhampton College (now University of Richmond), where she met her future husband, William H. Warren (Bill). Together they raised five children during Bill's career progression that led them from Richmond to Roanoke Rapids, NC, Ashland, VA, West...
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John Raymond Anderson

December 27, 1927 - October 24, 2016

John Anderson of 2901 Francis Chapman, W., Williamsburg, Virginia, departed this life on Monday, October 24, 2016, at home, in the company of his family. He was 89. He was born in Richmond, Indiana on December 27, 1926, and was the last surviving son of 5 boys. He was the son of Mary and Norbert Anderson. He served in the United States Navy from 15 June 1945 to 10 October 1952 and was a...
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Samuel Kennett Wasaff, Jr.

November 3, 1939 - October 24, 2016

Col Samuel Wasaff, Jr. (US Army, Ret) passed on peacefully on October 24, 2016 at Sentara Regional Hospital with his family by his side. He was born to Samuel and Afifa Wasaff and survived by his wife, Kay, children, Jeannie (Alan), Amy (Chris), Steven (Pam), as well as his beloved grandchildren, Katie, Karley, Emily and Maegan. Sam was very proud of his children and grandchildren and warned...
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Jane Riggle Vanaken

February 17, 1940 - October 22, 2016

Jane R. VanAken, 76, wife of John VanAken and mother of John III, David and Andy VanAken, died on October 22, 2016. She was born in Washington, PA on February 17, 1940, the daughter of Dr. Paul and Evelyn Riggle. She graduated Goucher College in Towson, MD where she received a BA in Biology. She then worked at the Pepper Laboratory at the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania.She...
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Sherri Lin Sheldon

August 5, 1959 - October 22, 2016

Sherri Lin Sheldon, 57, of Houston, Minnesota, died on October 22, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Eva Wright, and her sister, Angel Wright. Growing up, Sherri was a gymnast. She joined the Army and became a part of the Army Gymnastics Team before a back injury led to her discharge. In her spare time, she loved to sew and quilt. She was a wonderful wife, mother and...
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Albert Charles Gotthardt

March 19, 1938 - October 21, 2016

Albert "Al" Charles Gotthardt, 78, died peacefully on October 21, 2016, at The Hospice House in Williamsburg, Virginia, surrounded by his family.He leaves his wife of 55 years, Rose Gotthardt; two daughters, Tracey Gotthardt and her husband David Tessler, and Kelly Gotthardt her husband Marc Lambiotte, four grandchildren, Aidan and Sofia Lambiotte and River and Sierra Tessler, and many close...
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Kim Miller Rice

June 11, 1948 - October 20, 2016

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Edward Walter Moriarty

May 6, 1952 - October 19, 2016

Edward W. Moriarty of Williamsburg, Virginia passed away at home peacefully on October 19, 2016 after an eight year battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded by his beloved wife Debbie and daughter Katie.Ed was born on May 6, 1952 in Albany, New York. Ed attended SUNY at Plattsburgh, New York and received a B.A. in Political Science. He enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 19 and...
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Carol Ann Costello

May 5, 1959 - October 19, 2016

Carol Ann Costello, age 57, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Carol was very loving and cared for everyone that she met. She started the women's chapter of The Powhatan Moose Lodge and went on to be a member of the Williamsburg Moose Lodge and achieved all of the women's honors while a member. She worked in the banking industry as a head teller and then transferred into the loan...
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