Our Obituaries

Virginia Prettyman Merrill

December 20, 1915 - November 11, 2015

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Betsy Ann Fitzgerel

December 18, 1954 - November 9, 2015

Captain Betsy Fitzgerel, (USNR, Retired), 60, of Williamsburg, VA, died on Monday, November 9, 2015, following a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.Captain Fitzgerel was born in Naples, Italy to Captain John H. and Jessanne R. Fitzgerel. As a Navy junior, she moved frequently eventually settling in Columbia, South Carolina where she graduated from the University of South Carolina with honors...
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John Alfonzo Blackburn

February 13, 1923 - November 8, 2015

John A. Blackburn, of Williamsburg, passed away on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at the age of 92. A wake will be held on Wednesday, November 11, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Online condolences may be shared at www.nelsencares.com.
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Marcia MacKenzie Kirkpatrick

April 11, 1928 - November 7, 2015

Marcia MacKenzie Kirkpatrick, age 87, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on November 7, 2015. She was born on April 11, 1928 in Evansville, Indiana, daughter of Dr. Pierce and Dorothy Hardigg MacKenzie. Marcia attended Bosse High School and graduated from The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. She was active in Student Government, and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta. She was...
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Nona Dell Wheeler

September 8, 1927 - November 6, 2015

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Edith Michel Davis

March 23, 1928 - November 4, 2015

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Marilyn Richards McGinty

June 6, 1936 - November 3, 2015

Surrounded by the love and warmth of her children and grandchildren, Marilyn Richards McGinty died on November 3, 2015. It was a sunny Election Day - "a good day for the Democrats" as she liked to say. Marilyn was born in Carbondale, PA and was raised in Honesdale, PA. In 1956 she married John J. McGinty of Hawley, PA. They raised their children in Philadelphia, PA. Marilyn attended...
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Norma Jo Cormier

November 22, 1933 - November 2, 2015

After a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, Norma Cormier, 81, wife of Col John Cormier (USAF Ret), passed away on November 2, 2015 at the Patriots Colony Springhouse assisted living facility in Williamsburg, Virginia. Norma was born in Vernon Texas and met John in Fort Worth while they were in high school. They were married in 1949 and became an Air Force family in 1951. Their marriage...
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Shelby Leigh Pressley

April 13, 1993 - November 1, 2015

Shelby Leigh Pressley, 22, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on November 1, 2015. She joins her father, Roderick Paulsen, who passed away in 1997. Shelby was born in Pueblo, Colorado and moved to Virginia with her mother, Lisa, and her sister, Heather, shortly after Roderick's death. She then grew up in the Williamsburg area.Shelby was a dedicated cheerleader at Bruton High School until she...
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Wayne MacDonald

September 2, 1952 - October 31, 2015

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John Charles Ruscus

July 21, 1942 - October 31, 2015

John C. Ruscus, a longtime resident of Williamsburg, VA, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2015. A career Army Sergeant, John retired after 28 years and worked for FedEx Ground, Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg and Target. John is survived by his wife of 45 years, Monica; his brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Judi Ruscus; and 10 nieces and nephews.The visitation will be held on Thursday,...
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William Herbert Chamberlain

November 25, 1931 - October 31, 2015

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Akiko Sakuma Miller

March 16, 1929 - October 30, 2015

Mrs. Akiko (Katie) Sakuma Miller died peacefully in Williamsburg, VA on October 30, 2015 at the age of 86.Mrs. Miller was born in Japan to the late Seshichi and Sue Saeto Sakuma on March 16, 1929. She moved to Coeburn, VA in 1958 with her first husband Douglas Wayne Blevins. After moving to Williamsburg, Mrs. Miller worked as an assistant housekeeper for 40 years. She married Charles P. Miller on...
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Roy Glenn Turman

January 23, 1950 - October 29, 2015

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Jean F. Scott

October 31, 1929 - October 29, 2015

Jean Scott passed away on October 29, 2015 at Morningside in Williamsburg, VA. She retired from James City County in 1994. Her passion was her yard work, a mixture of flowers from her Mom's yard and garden centers. She is survived by her children, Sandy Sammons Cheatham (Frank), Wayne Scott (Debbie) and Ed Scott. She was survived also by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The family...
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Sally L. Hershberger

October 29, 1935 - October 27, 2015

Oct. 29, 1935 - Oct. 27, 2015Sally L. Hershberger, 80, of Williamsburg, VA, formerly of Sarasota, diedon Oct. 27, 2015. Funeral arrangements by:Nelsen Funeral Home.
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Josephine Peake

October 23, 1928 - October 27, 2015

Josephine Peake, 87, a native of Melba, Idaho, passed away at home surrounded by family, on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 in Williamsburg, VA.She was a farm girl from Idaho who headed east with her husband Cliff, to raise a family, launch a career, see the world, and gather lifelong friends along the way. After raising her children, Jo embarked on a successful 20 year banking career, serving as a...
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Maria Estrella Silva

November 11, 1950 - October 25, 2015

Maria E. Silva, of Williamsburg, VA became our angel on October 25, 2015. She was born in Puerto Rico on November 11, 1950, to the late Pedro and Juana Rodriguez. She leaves behind her siblings Mildred Valentin, Joe Rodriguez, Mel Rodriguez, their spouses and children.Maria was a dedicated RN in many New Jersey, Syracuse, NY and Virginia hospitals as a critical care nurse. She referred to all...
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Mary Kay Cassidy Fisher

January 27, 1923 - October 23, 2015

Mary was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1923. Her father worked for the H. J. Heinz Company. During the Depression, Mary went to live with a friend of her family, Leonne Dickinson, who Mary calls Mom, and was raised by her on Harbison Street, a beautiful tree-lined street, on the North Side of Pittsburgh. Mary went to Oliver High School, where she met her future husband, James J. Fisher....
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Mary Frances Spear

January 30, 1940 - October 23, 2015

Mary Frances Gaylor Spear, beloved wife, cherished mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 23, 2015.Mary Frances was born on January 30, 1930 in Kinston, NC to Charles and Mary Manning Gaylor. She was the fourth of 7 children. She graduated from Grainger High School. On April 3, 1960, she married her childhood sweetheart, William Thomas Spear (Tommy). They...
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Carl Gustav Finstrom, Jr.

September 23, 1936 - October 18, 2015

BROOKLYN - Carl Finstrom, a resident of Williamsburg since 1991, died October 18, 2015 following a long struggle bravely waged with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. His unfailing good humor and positive attitude was noted by all the medical personnel who cared for him during his illness. Carl, only son of Christiana and Carl Gustav Finstr?m Sr. was born in Illinois in 1936 and grew up in the Chicago...
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Douglas Wayne Olson

August 20, 1946 - October 18, 2015

Douglas Wayne Olson, born August 20, 1946 to Wayne and Geneva Olson in Ellsworth, Iowa, passed away Sunday, October 18 from complications of an accident.Growing up on the farm, his father taught him how to build and maintain mechanical equipment. He took that skill to Iowa State and earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He spent his career with Anheuser Busch, 8 years in St. Louis and 23...
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Teresa Lee Dinse

June 19, 1959 - October 18, 2015

Teresa Dinse, age 56, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on Sunday Oct 18, 2015.She was preceded in death by her father, James Calvin Howard.Teresa worked as a Sales Manager. She was a member of St. Bede Catholic Church. Teresa created the York/Williamsburg/Poquoson/James City Professional Fire Fighters, Paramedics and 911 Dispatchers IAFF Local 2498 Auxiliary and served as President from 1993...
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Eddie Wayne Thompson

June 27, 1974 - October 17, 2015

Eddie Wayne Thompson, age 41, of Lanexa, passed away on October 17, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Wayne Thompson and Patricia Gaynelle Thompson. Eddie worked for the County of York Fire & Life Safety as a firefighter for over 20 years. He enjoyed boating on the Chickahominy River, riding his motorcycle, hunting, going to the beach, cooking, and spending time with his...
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Joseph M. Sizoo

June 20, 1920 - October 17, 2015

Joseph M. Sizoo passed away suddenly on October 17, 2015. He had resided in Williamsburg, Va. since 1976. He was born in Somerville, NJ, June 20, 1920, to the late Rev. Dr. Joseph R. Sizoo and Florence M. Sizoo. His education at Williams College was interrupted by service in World War II from 1941 to 1946 in the US Army Air Corps. He graduated from George Washington University in Washington D.C....
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John Leo Klein

August 3, 1930 - October 17, 2015

John "Jack" Leo Klein, of Williamsburg, passed away on October 17, 2015, at the age of 85. He worked for the US Defense Logistics Agency as an accountant for the government. Jack was a long time active member of St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg.Jack is survived by his wife, Gertrude P. Klein; son, Mark G. Klein (Deborah); daughter, Susan M . Stadsklev; and grandchildren, M. Tyler Klein,...
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Kenneth Charles Almquist

April 20, 1946 - October 17, 2015

Kenneth Charles Almquist, Maj. (USAF Ret.), left his earthly family to join his heavenly family on October 17, 2015, after a courageous battle against cancer. Born April 20, 1946, Ken, or "Pop-Pop," as his beloved grandchildren knew him, grew up in Patterson, California and graduated from Patterson High School. He completed his B.A. in Mathematics magna cum laude from North Park University in...
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Nancy Alice Scott

July 20, 1938 - October 16, 2015

Nancy Boyette Scott passed away peacefully at home with her family on October 16, 2015. Nancy was born July 20, 1938 in Kenly, NC. She graduated from Rex School of Nursing in Raleigh, NC in 1959 receiving a degree as a Registered Nurse. Nancy faithfully supported her husband and family while living around the world as an Army wife; retiring in Williamsburg, VA. She was a member of Faith...
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Kenneth Robertson McLaren

November 10, 1933 - October 15, 2015

A patriotic American and retired Coast Guard service member, Kenneth "Ken" Robertson McLaren ended his journey on this earth on October 15, 2015, he was 81. His new journey has started and hopefully a happy, productive road is pointing him in good directions.Ken was born and spent his early years in Oak Park, IL. Eventually after graduating from college with a Bachelor's degree in accounting, he...
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Thomas R. Rosche

November 3, 1932 - October 12, 2015

Thomas R. Rosche, 82, of Williamsburg, died peacefully on October 12, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family. Tom was born in Massillon, OH on November 3, 1932. He moved his family to Williamsburg in 1973 and there he continued a 43 year career with Verizon, reared his four daughters, and built a life well-lived, including membership in various civic organizations and St. Bede Catholic...
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June E. Ullrich

January 17, 1933 - October 11, 2015

June E. Ullrich, 82, of Williamsburg, VA, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on the Lord's Day, October 11, 2015. She was born on January 17, 1933 in Passaic, NJ, to the late Harold and Margaret Clark. June was a music lover and played the piano and sang in the choir. As a young woman, she often accompanied her father on the violin at church. She met the love of her life...
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Jesse Sommers Tarleton

November 1, 1928 - October 8, 2015

Jesse Sommers Tarleton, age 86, was born on November 1, 1928 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania and died on October 8, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, after a long illness. He was a kindhearted, loving husband and father, and he will be dearly missed.Upon graduation from high school, Jesse served in the occupation army in Japan from 1946-1948 as the camp sports reporter. He then received a B.S. in...
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Audrey L. Boyle

August 2, 1938 - October 8, 2015

Audrey Lily Boyle, age 77, of Toano, VA, passed away on October 8, 2015.She was preceded in death by her father, George Jacobs; mother, Ethel Jacobs; sisters, Margaret Giles, Iris Jacobs and Rosemary Groom; and her daughter, Theresa Boyle Anderson.Audrey worked for Carolina Furniture in sales for over 25 years. Left to cherish her memories are her daughter, Jennifer Dreybus; her son, Patrick...
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Margaret Ann Barley

January 13, 1942 - October 8, 2015

Margaret Barley passed away peacefully at home in Williamsburg, VA, on October 8, 2015, following a battle with brain cancer. She was 73. Margaret was born in Valley Mills, WV. She was the youngest child of Jack and Olive Boley. When she was in the third grade, she met her life's one-and-only sweetheart, David A. Barley. David and Margaret graduated from St. Marys High School together in...
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Louis William Neal

February 2, 1920 - October 7, 2015

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Matilda Norfleet Young

January 5, 1927 - October 6, 2015

Matilda Young died on October 6, 2015 in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was predeceased by her husband Col. Stewart Young (USAF,Ret.) and by her sister Caroline Church of Lenox, MA. Mrs. Young, daughter of the late William James Norfleet and Carrie Mason Norfleet, was born in Washington, D.C. in 1927, and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1948 she and Stewart Young, who was starting an Air...
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Kenneth Allen Oakland

February 10, 1962 - October 6, 2015

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Mary Anne Daly

May 3, 1939 - October 6, 2015

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James Clayton Bullock

July 4, 1945 - October 5, 2015

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Rondell Lomont Graves

December 8, 1980 - October 4, 2015

On Sunday October 4, 2015 God un-expectantly and without warning called home Rondell Lomont Graves, gave him his wings and assigned him to his heavenly duties. Ron G, as he was so affectionately called, was born on December 8, 1980 to Arlene Ashby and Robert Barbour. We will forever hold many fond memories of his infectious laugh, great sense of humor and his love for the Dallas Cowboys. He...
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Dawna Dale Seibel

June 9, 1959 - October 4, 2015

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Holyce Jean Hernandez

February 2, 1938 - October 1, 2015

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Robert Emory Markwood

November 16, 1932 - September 30, 2015

Robert Emory Markwood was born November 16, 1932, in Macon, Georgia. He was the fifth of seven children of Frank and Mary Rodes Markwood. When Bob was still a young child, the family returned to Charlottesville, Virginia. He was raised by his Aunt, Elizabeth Markwood after the death of his parents when he was about five years old. He grew up in Charlottesville and attended the Miller School,...
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Robert Eugene Fritts

May 3, 1934 - September 28, 2015

Former U.S. ambassador Robert E. Fritts died on September 28, 2015. He had lived in the Williamsburg area since 1991. Born in Oak Park, Ill. and with a University of Michigan degree, he served as a Navy officer on destroyers before entering the U.S. Foreign Service in 1959. Initial overseas posts included American embassies in Luxembourg, Japan, Indonesia and the Sudan. In 1973, he...
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Corrie Elizabeth Shaner

March 7, 1950 - September 28, 2015

Corrie Elizabeth Shaner, age 65, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on September 28, 2015.She was preceded in death by her father, Richard W. Dunn; her mother, Raydene Dunn; and her sister, Cathy E. Dunn.Corrie retired from the McDonald Army Hospital in Ft. Eustis as a Patient Affairs Representative. She enjoyed surf fishing, going to Disney World and spoiling her grandchildren.She is survived by...
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B.J. Walker

May 9, 1936 - September 28, 2015

BJ "Jim" Walker, 79, passed away on September 28, 2015. He was born May 9, 1936 and grew up in Mount Hope, West Virginia. He and his first wife, Shirley, lived in Woodbury, Minnesota where they raised three daughters. BJ was a 37 year employee of UNIVAC/Sperry/Unisys, where he was Director of Operations in Roseville. His passion was serving as a volunteer paramedic and fireman for the...
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Thomas Earle Lindfors

February 13, 1943 - September 26, 2015

Thomas Earle Lindfors Sr., LTC (RET), of Williamsburg, departed this world on September 26, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Marie Lindfors, and his brother, Richard Edwin Lindfors.He was a career Army officer, whose service included multiple overseas tours of Germany and Korea, before retiring after 21 years. He later retired from his second career at the State...
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Jane Dens McManigal

July 31, 1927 - September 24, 2015

Jane Dens McManigal, 88, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, September 24 while surrounded by her family at her home at Williamsburg Landing in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was born on July 31, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Jacob and Helen Dens. Jane also known as "Ga Ga" by her grandchildren was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She loved her...
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Koda T. Jarvis

January 24, 1989 - September 23, 2015

Koda T. Jarvis, age 26, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on September 23, 2015. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 30 from 5-7pm, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg. Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.
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Darrell Richard Morse

March 27, 1981 - September 23, 2015

Darrell Richard Morse, age 34, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on September 23, 2015. He was preceded in death by his brother; Dallas Travis Morse; and his grandmother, Sadie Rorer.Darrell worked in construction for Billy Hellmann. He loved spending time with his children and family and was a hard worker.He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Beth Ann Morse; his mother, Susan Morse; his father...
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Radford Wanis Jessee

November 6, 1925 - September 22, 2015

Radford Jessee of Brandon, Florida, passed away at Brookdale Assisted Living in Williamsburg, VA. He was a WWII veteran, serving in the U. S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific, and was retired from Southeast Milk, a central Florida dairy cooperative, in Plant City, FL. Along the way he served as a Virginia State Policeman in Stuart, VA, a Justice of the Peace in Martinsville, VA, filmed NASCAR...
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Lillian Irma McCoy

March 16, 1925 - September 20, 2015

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Rosemary Eble Policastro

January 21, 1926 - September 17, 2015

Rosemary Eble Policastro, 89, of Williamsburg, VA passed away September 17, 2015, at WindsorMeade.A native of New Orleans, LA, born January 21, 1926, she was the second youngest of six children of the late Charles James Eble, Jr. and Mary Alma Eble. She was the wife of Colonel (USA RET) John Justin Policastro, whom she married in New Orleans on January 4, 1947 and who died in Williamsburg, VA on...
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John Garfield Hodges

May 19, 1963 - September 17, 2015

John Garfield Hodges, Jr, age 52, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on September 17, 2015. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Rowe Jones; his grandmother, Mildred C. Rowe; brother, Ronald L. Hodges; and uncle, Virgil E. Rowe.He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Patricia G. Hodges; his 4 legged best friend, Kela; sister, Brenda L. Hodges; aunts, Dorothy Goswick and Linda Rowe; cousins...
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George Bernard Rose

August 30, 1933 - September 16, 2015

George Bernard Rose, age 82, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on September 16, 2015. He was born in Goldsboro, NC; raised in Newton Grove, NC.He was preceded in death by his parents; Burton E. Rose and Myrtie Lee Rose; and first wife, Jean S. Rose.George was a graduate of Edwards Military School and East Carolina University. He received his master's degree from Golden Gate. He was a retired...
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William Erlon Adams, Sr.

October 22, 1932 - September 13, 2015

William E. Adams, Sr., of Williamsburg, passed away on September 13, 2015 at the age of 82. Born in Richmond, VA, to the late Erlon H. Adams and Ocie B. Adams, he is also preceded in death by his son, Willie Adams, and his best buddy, Barney.He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and retired from the civil service in Ft. Eustis. He was a longtime member of James River Baptist Church...
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Michael Allen Shiller

December 7, 1949 - September 7, 2015

Michael Allen Shiller, age 65, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on Monday, September 7, 2015. Michael graduated from Christopher Newport College, continued his education at VA Commonwealth University receiving his master's degree, followed by doctorate work at from Kent State University, Ohio. He was an Assistant Professor and Director of theatre at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South...
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Katherine Anne Freel

April 6, 1988 - September 6, 2015

Katherine ("Kate") Anne Freel passed from this life on Sunday, September 6, 2015. She was born on April 6, 1988 in Danville, PA. She was the younger of two children born to Annie Hemmer Gallagher and the late John Rhodes. Kate is survived by her children, Layton and Olivia; her mother, Annie Gallagher; her stepfather, Mike Gallagher; her brother, Andrew Rhodes and his wife, Holly Rhodes; her...
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Vernon Ray Jenkins

February 2, 1924 - September 6, 2015

Vernon R. Jenkins, "Ray", of Williamsburg passed away peacefully on September 6, 2015 at the age of 91. A native of Richmond, VA, Mr. Jenkins retired from the U.S. Navy after 31 years of service. Mr. Jenkins was a devoted member of the Gideon's- Williamsburg (Camp).He was a former member of the Great Bridge Baptist Church and taught there for 22 years. For the past seven years he was a member of...
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Thomas Barrie Williams

September 8, 1966 - September 4, 2015

Thomas Barrie Williams, 48, died September 4, 2015. Tom was the son of Margaret Whelan Williams of Williamsburg and the late Colonel J. Barrie Williams.Tom proudly served in the U.S. Army. A chef trained at the Le Cordon Bleu, Tom spent 20 years in the restaurant business. He loved to cook and to make people laugh, and he loved his children and his family. Tom is survived by: his children,...
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Roscoe A. Bierbrauer

June 24, 1972 - September 4, 2015

Roscoe A. Bierbrauer, of Williamsburg, passed away on September 4, 2015, at the age of 43. He is preceded in death by his mother Karen. Roscoe worked as a premier banker for Suntrust, dedicating many years to the finance industry. He enjoyed fishing, golf, and the NY Yankees and was a devoted coach to the Williamsburg Youth Baseball League and the American Legion Post 39 Senior Baseball team.He...
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Sophie G. Bowe

February 27, 1933 - September 1, 2015

Sally Bowe, age 83, of Williamsburg, passed away on September 1, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Bowe.Sally worked for the Department of Defense as a Transportation Agent. She was a member of St. Bede Catholic Church and loved to travel, garden and cook. She also loved music and the theatre. She is survived by her daughter, Ann Bowe; her son, Michael and Valerie Bowe;...
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Shirley Louise Longacre

January 9, 1925 - August 31, 2015

Shirley H. Longacre of 116 Tanbark Lane, Williamsburg, VA, formerly of 455 Priestley Avenue, Northumberland, died on August 31, 2015. She was born January 9, 1925 in Northumberland, the daughter of Robert L. and Mildred Hassinger Herman.On January 9, 1946, she married John E. Longacre who preceded her in death on June 21, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Larry Allamong.She...
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Janice Bauder Cookingham

January 14, 1929 - August 31, 2015

Janice Bauder Cookingham, age 86, of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away on August 31, 2015 after having enjoyed a productive and happy life. She was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Wilmington, Delaware where she attended grade and high schools. In 1946, she was admitted to Syracuse University and graduated with honors in 1950 with degrees in journalism and home economics which she put to...
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Bruce Robert Pugh

June 26, 1933 - August 31, 2015

Bruce Robert Pugh, age 82, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on August 31, 2015.He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce M. and Sylvia Pugh and his daughter, Marilyn M. Stoeffler.Bruce worked for the U.S. Government as a Medical Technician in the Dept. of Defense. He was a member of Walnut Hills Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing, golfing, playing bridge and camping.He is survived by his...
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Howard Thurston Heun

May 12, 1914 - August 27, 2015

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Mary Ellen Geddes

December 25, 1920 - August 27, 2015

Mary Ellen Geddes, 94, died on August 27, 2015. Her husband, John Andrew Geddes, had predeceased her.She was born in Savannah, Georgia on December 25, 1920 and grew up in Forest Hills, New York. Before moving to Kingsmill in 1985, she had lived in Darien, Connecticut for thirty years.She attended the College of William and Mary, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She was...
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Earl Grant Bland

July 14, 1938 - August 27, 2015

Earl Grant Bland, of Williamsburg, VA, died on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the age of 77. He was born on July 14, 1938 in Lonaconing, MD. At age 18, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the 3rd Marine Division. Earl then joined the Maryland State Police force and later, the Baltimore City Police force. He spent the remainder of his career in computer technology. Earl...
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Jayne Haugen Smith

January 10, 1921 - August 27, 2015

Jayne Smith passed away quietly on August 27, 2015 at Walter Reed Convalescent Center in Gloucester, VA, at the age of 94. She was born in Altoona, PA on January 10, 1921 to the late Paul and Corabelle Haugen. After living in Chicago and Minneapolis, she and her husband, John Smith settled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where they lived from 1940 to 1960 and had their 4 children. They then moved to...
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Charles Leslie Jenkins

August 26, 2015 - August 26, 2015

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Charles L. Jenkins

August 26, 2015 - August 26, 2015

Charles L. Jenkins, 72, died on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Metcalf Jenkins; his brother Larry W. Jenkins and his wife Dana; his three children, Kerri Jenkins Rhodes and her husband, Taylor, Brian Jenkins and his wife, Michelle and Traci Jenkins Fairheart and her husband, Rusty; his six incredible grandchildren, Taylor Jr, Abby, Blair, Jack, Emma Rose, and...
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Melton A. Shell

November 8, 1946 - August 24, 2015

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Regina Hudson

October 27, 1921 - August 24, 2015

Regina Hudson, 93, passed away peacefully on August 24, 2015, following a long illness.She is survived by her daughter, Dianne L. Vogel and son, James W. Hudson, Jr. (Sharon). Additionally, she leaves two granddaughters and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Hudson, three sisters and four brothers.A private graveside service is planned in Rockville, MD...
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Gregory Stuart Haynes

November 26, 1961 - August 23, 2015

Gregory Stuart Haynes, 53, of James City County, passed away unexpectedly early Sunday Morning. Mr. Haynes collapsed in his home late Saturday night, and after many attempts to revive him, he was pronounced dead at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital on August 23, 2015. Mr. Haynes was a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and spent his early years volunteering for the Fredericksburg Rescue...
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William Robert Monaghan

September 1, 1923 - August 22, 2015

William Robert Monaghan, age 91, of Williamsburg, passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2015, with his loving wife of 68 years, Florence Kearney Monaghan, by his side. He is survived by his brother Donald (Patricia), and many loving nephews and nieces near and far. Bob was a member of St. Bede Catholic Church. He loved his job, constructing the steel work in PA and NJ. He was an avid fan of the...
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Lyle Everett Thomas

January 6, 1927 - August 21, 2015

Lyle Everett Thomas, of Williamsburg, passed away August 21, 2015 at the age of 88. He was born January 6, 1927 in Cameron, Missouri. His boyhood years were spent in Hannibal, Missouri where he graduated from Hannibal High School in 1944. Shortly thereafter he joined the Navy. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree, with a major in mathematics, from the University of Michigan in 1947. He also was...
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Daniel John Hanley

January 28, 1945 - August 20, 2015

Daniel J. Hanley, of Williamsburg, passed away on August 20, 2015 at the age of 70. He was born January 28, 1945 in New York, NY, to the late Daniel J. and Catherine C. Hanley (Quinn). Daniel was a graduate from Brookline High School in Brookline, MA. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force following graduation; he then had a long time career in management of municipal water supply....
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Richard Willard Storey

December 27, 1926 - August 18, 2015

Richard W. Storey Jr., 88, of Williamsburg, passed away on August 18, 2015.Richard was a lifelong Episcopalian. In his early years, he proudly served in the U.S. Army and enjoyed racing hydroplanes and playing tennis. Following his retirement as an engineering technician from NASA, he and his devoted wife traveled the United States enjoying the beauty of this nation. Above all, he cherished...
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Ronald Keith Lucas

August 27, 1939 - August 16, 2015

Ronald Keith Lucas Sr., 75, passed away at home on August 16, 2015, following a long illness. Ron was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, and moved to Williamsburg 36 years ago after living and working in Maryland, California, and northern Virginia for many years. He is survived by Ronald Keith Lucas, Jr., his son in New Bern, North Carolina, and recently of California; Emma Kay Lucas, his former wife,...
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Lillian Gardner Croft

September 25, 1922 - August 16, 2015

On August 16th, a perfectly warm and sunny Summer day, Lillian Gardner Croft left the comfort of her home surrounded by her two loving daughters and her family and ascended into Heaven knowing how much she was loved by all those whose lives she had touched while here on Earth. Lillian was born in Darlington County near Hartsville, South Carolina on September 25, 1922 where she spent much of her...
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Franklin Thomas Stevenson

October 19, 1942 - August 14, 2015

Franklin Thomas Stevenson "Frank", age 73 of Williamsburg, formerly of Houston, Texas, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 14, 2015. Born in Chicago, Illinois on October 19, 1942, he was the son of the late Mildred and Dr. Murphy Stevenson. He was the beloved husband of the late Lynne Rosmond Stevenson; loving father of Rebecca (Bunion) Winstead of Louisburg, NC and Patty Stevenson of...
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Richard Townsley Jennings

December 28, 1933 - August 13, 2015

Richard Jennings was an extraordinary man.  Because he was a gentle introvert, you had to know him well to realize and be awed by his many remarkable gifts.Born in New York City in 1933, he grew up in a close-knit family that suffered many hardships.  His mother Cora and Father Alfred, were hard-working, intelligent people who raised two sons, Richard and his older brother Donald,...
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Duane Arthur Wilder

February 3, 1953 - August 13, 2015

Duane Wilder, 62, passed away on August 13th while resting in his home in Williamsburg, VA. Born in Alpena, MI, he was the oldest son of Shirley (Keetch) and the late Arthur Wilder, and the brother of Darwin and Dennis Wilder. He is survived by his wife, Jackie (Morris) and their 3 children: Samantha Wilder, Cody Wilder, and Nicole Maaguo, along with her husband Shabani and their 3 children,...
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William Brockmann

December 19, 1927 - August 10, 2015

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Frederic Philip Simon

January 7, 1934 - August 9, 2015

Frederic Philip Simon, age 81, of Williamsburg, VA, passed peacefully on Sunday, August 9, 2015. He was born January 7, 1934 to the late Maurice and Charlotte Simon in Newark, New Jersey.He graduated from Pennsylvania Military College with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. Fred served in the Army and became a USCG Licensed Captain. He was a member of the James City County Rotary...
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Bernice Johnson Shultis

September 26, 1924 - August 7, 2015

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Ethel Marie Ruiz

January 25, 1927 - August 7, 2015

Ethel Marie Valentine Ruiz, 88, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on Friday, August 07, 2015 at Hospice House surrounded by her family.Ethel was one of three girls born and raised in New Orleans, LA. She was an avid music lover and guitar teacher. She and her adoring husband of 67 years, José Carlos, were world travelers. She and her husband resided in various locations within the United...
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George R. Berger

August 13, 1922 - August 4, 2015

George R. Berger, age 92, passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2015 after a long illness. He was predeceased by sons, Jeffrey and Gregory. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jeanne; his son, Barry; and grandchildren, Prudence, Seth and Bryan.George was a World War II naval pilot and a University of Maine graduate. Following a preliminary career in manufacturing, he spent 26 years with Sun Oil...
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Hazel Tanner Mathias

June 4, 1927 - August 3, 2015

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Nancy Koerts Rivolta

November 17, 1932 - August 2, 2015

Nancy Koerts Rivolta completed her earthly journey unexpectedly on August 2, 2015 following an automobile accident in Williamsburg. She was born November 17, 1932 to Helen Grace and Harry William Voorhess in Livingston Manor, New York. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, John Joseph Rivolta, Jr. of Williamsburg; son, John Joseph Rivolta III (Nikki) and daughter, Lisa Marie Rivolta (Joan...
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Johnny QuoVadis Wright

April 27, 1955 - August 1, 2015

Johnny QuoVadis Wright "Chip" or "Johnny Q," age 60, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 1, 2015. He was born on April 27, 1955 and was a lifelong resident of Williamsburg, VA. He was the beloved son of QuoVadis Williams Wright and the late John P. Wright.Johnny is survived by his sons, Eric Pridgen and Jonathan Wright; his brothers and sisters, Johnsie Holloway, Jonathan (Carol)...
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Violet Kerr Watson

October 23, 1918 - July 31, 2015

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Keith Alan George

May 2, 1975 - July 29, 2015

Keith Alan George, age 40, passed away in Williamsburg, Virginia on July 29. Keith was born and raised in Palm Beach County, Florida but also spent several of his formative years in Williamsburg. While in Virginia, Keith was a proud member of the Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps.Keith studied at the Florida Institute of Technology and went on to become a commercial airline pilot for 13...
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Allen Woodger Himes

August 9, 1926 - July 29, 2015

Allen Woodger Himes, 88, of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed peacefully in his home on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Allen was the beloved husband of Kay Himes (Silber). Born August 9, 1926 in Odessa, Missouri, he was the sixth child of the late Gordon Allen Himes and Roberta Bryant Himes. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Darlene Hickman (d. 1985) and a son, Paul Allen Himes. Allen...
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James O'Neil Shaw

April 7, 1944 - July 29, 2015

Devoted husband, loving father, and cherished friend Dr. James O. Shaw Jr, 70, of Williamsburg went to be with Jesus for all of eternity on Wednesday, July 29th. He spent the past 18 years fighting the cancer demons but no more! He is forever at peace and with his Savior. Dr. Shaw led a disciplined and fruitful life, graduating first in his class at Varina High School, first at Randolph Macon...
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Derick Blaine Bellis, Jr.

January 1, 1987 - July 28, 2015

Derick Blaine Bellis, Jr, age 28, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on July 28, 2015.He worked for Snow Companies as a Web Developer and in Tech. Support. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, VA.Derick graduated from Jamestown High School in 2005 and received his Bachelors in Game Development and Design in 2009 from ITT Technical Institute. He loved all sports, especially soccer...
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Debbie Kay Effemey

July 15, 1952 - July 28, 2015

Deborah K. (Wright) Effemey, who passed away on July 28, 2015 (2 weeks after her 63rd birthday), was one of the first female naval officers stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. Debbie joined the Navy in 1977 after deciding that she needed to see "all of the colleges in Virginia." Debbie attended JMU, ODU, Thomas Nelson Community College, eventually graduating from the...
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Beth Winfrey Jones Hethcock

August 21, 1921 - July 26, 2015

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Priscilla Fuller Downs

March 25, 1924 - July 25, 2015

Priscilla Fuller Downs, of Williamsburg, died on Saturday, July 25, 2015. She was born on March 25, 1924 in Springfield, Massachusetts and was the daughter of Everett and Gertrude Fuller. With her parents and her brother, Everett, Priscilla grew up in Woodbury, NJ and she then travelled on her own to Williamsburg, VA where she attended and graduated from The College of William and Mary. After her...
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Nicholas Andrew Throckmorton

January 21, 1991 - July 24, 2015

Nicholas "Nick" Andrew ThrockmortonBorn: January 21, 1991On July 24, 2015 Nick was called home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was called at such a young age and caught every one by surprise.Nick was preceded in death by his Grandmother, Joan Hearn; his Grandfather, Joe Zaleta; and his Uncle, Daniel "Danny" Zaleta.Nick is survived by: his Daughter, Payton Nicole Minor [of Mathews]...
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