Our Obituaries

Beverly Joy Arabian

September 21, 1935 - May 19, 2018

Beverly Joy (Yaghjian) Arabian, age 82, of Mathews, Virginia died peacefully at home on Saturday, May 19, 2018. She was predeceased by her parents, V. Benjamin and Hilda (Ford) Yaghjian and a brother, Martin B. Yaghjian. Beverly was an avid reader, an animal lover, and supported the Gloucester Humane Society. She cherished her pet chihuahua, Annie. She was a lifelong resident of Rhode Island,...
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Charles Isadore Petrauskas

June 8, 1945 - May 11, 2018

Charles Isadore Petrauskas, 72, of Grimstead, Virginia passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Riverside-Walter Reed Hospital, Gloucester, Virginia. He was a member of Gwynn's Island Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Petrauskas; a brother, Jim Petrauskas (Darlene); a sister, Alberta Hensel (William) and nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on...
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Mary Brooke Forrest

October 10, 1929 - May 10, 2018

Mary Brooke Forrest, 88, of Port Haywood, Virginia passed away, at her home, on Thursday, May 10, 2018. She is survived by her son, James "Jim" Sanders. No services are planned at this time. Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel, Mathews, Virginia is assisting the family
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Mary Brooke Forrest

October 10, 1929 - May 10, 2018

Mary Brooke Forrest, 88, of Port Haywood, Virginia passed away at her home on Thursday, May 10, 2018. She is survived by her son, James "Jim" Sanders. Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel, Mathews, Virginia is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Joyce Hutson Hudgins

May 20, 1931 - May 7, 2018

Joyce H. Hudgins, 86, of Mathews, VA passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018 at Riverside-Mathews Convalescent Center. She was a dedicated homemaker, devoted wife and a loving mother and grandmother. Joyce was a member of Peniel-Friends Church, Onemo, VA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Gladys Hutson; and a son, W. Steve Hudgins. She is survived by her husband of 70 years,...
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James Sheldon Foster

December 5, 1944 - May 4, 2018

James Sheldon Foster, 73, of Cobbs Creek, VA, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018. He retired as a Logistics Management Specialist with the Department of Defense at the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown, VA. After retiring from the Weapons Station, he drove a school bus for the Middlesex County school system. He was a member at Cornerstone Fellowship Church, Cobbs Creek, VA. He was also a member...
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Ronald Edward Church

July 10, 1961 - May 3, 2018

Ronald Edward Church, 56, of Mathews, Virginia passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018. He is survived by his father and step-mother, Gary and Jackie Church; his mother and step-father, Mary and Bill McGeary; his children, Deanna Spain, Sierra Church, and Zachary Church; grandchildren, Olivia and Chandler; a sister, Tammy Whitmore and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will...
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Charles Corson Bunting

August 23, 1932 - May 2, 2018

Charles C. Bunting, 85, of Port Haywood, Virginia passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. He was an animal lover and an avid horticulturist. He was a member of St. Mathews United Methodist Church, Mathews, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Cora Bunting; one daughter and a son; six step-children; his grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was also survived by two brothers and...
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Elaine Josephine Morecraft

April 5, 1938 - April 28, 2018

Elaine J. Morecraft, 80, of Bohannon, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She loved cooking, horses, and her grandchildren. She was survived by two daughters, Colleen S. Biczis and Kim Biczis; and one son, Tommy Biczis; and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel,...
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J. M. "Mickey" Brown

April 29, 1945 - April 25, 2018

J. M. "Mickey" Brown, Sr., of Port Haywood, Virginia, age 72, just four days shy of his 73rd. birthday, passed away on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. He was a lifelong resident of Mathews County. Mickey graduated from Mathews High School in 1963. He retired from Huntington Ingalls in 2006 after 42 years of service in Electrical Trades training, Dept. 026. Mickey developed a successful lawn care...
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Nellie Mae Owens

August 7, 1939 - April 21, 2018

Nellie Mae Owens, 78, of Hudgins, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Born and raised in Mathews County, Virginia, Nellie Mae was a home-run hitter and one of the top softball players in high school. She was a founder and lifetime member of the Mathews County Rescue Squad, which is only one example of her generous, caring...
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Donna Elaine Walborn

September 15, 1950 - April 17, 2018

Donna "Tudy" Elaine Walborn, 67, of Bohannon, Virginia, passed away on April 17, 2018, after a short battle with cancer. She worked for the Lighthouse for the Blind in West Palm Beach for many years. She had a strong love for animals and music. She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald E. Anderton, and Elizabeth Christian Anderton; and her husband, James Walborn. She is survived by her...
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Ellen Garfield

April 8, 2018

Ellen Garfield, 63, of Cobbs Creek, formerly of Wall, NJ passed away on April 8, 2018. Ellen was born in New York, NY and lived in many states throughout her life. She spent her career teaching Art History at Monmouth University in NJ before retiring and moving to Virginia. She was predeceased by her beloved parents, Alvin and Elizabeth Garfield. She is survived by her 3 children: Ari...
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Frank Thomas Monaghan

September 23, 1921 - April 6, 2018

Frank Thomas Monaghan, 96, of Cobbs Creek, VA passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, VA. There are no arrangements at this time. Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel, Mathews, VA is assisting the family.
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Nellie Lovelace Hankins Schmidt

March 16, 1916 - April 3, 2018

Nellie Lovelace Hankins Schmidt, age 102, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 in the loving presence of her adult children and their spouses. Mrs. Schmidt, a long-time resident of Savannah, was born on March 16, 1916 in Fordwick, VA. After graduating from Mary Baldwin College, she served her country in the United States Navy as a Lt. J. G. in the WAVES. During the World War II,...
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Donald Lee "Donnie" Smith, Sr.

June 10, 1944 - April 2, 2018

Donald (Donnie) Lee Smith, Sr. 73, of Gwynn's Island, VA passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018. Donnie was born the son of the late Miriam and William Smith. At a very young age he started his love of being a commercial fisherman, which was his passion throughout his whole life. Due to health reasons later in life, he became a professional truck driver which he enjoyed for 18 years meeting many...
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Francis Albert Roy

January 31, 1922 - April 1, 2018

Francis Albert Roy, 96, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2018 at Riverside-Mathews Convalescent Center. Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements. Arrangements are pending at this time.
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Pauline Callis

October 24, 1928 - March 28, 2018

Pauline P. Callis left this life to go to her heavenly home on March 28, 2018. Pauline was born on October 24, 1928, to Benjamin Delmar Preston and Sarah Hudgins Preston in Mathews, Virginia. Pauline enjoyed her home and working with her flowers. She was blessed by her church family at Bethel Methodist Church. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents Benjamin and Sarah Preston, her husband...
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Darnell E. R. Wells

November 6, 1952 - March 26, 2018

Darnell Rowe Wells, age 65, died peacefully at home in Mathews, VA. on Monday, March 26, 2018. She was born and raised on Gwynn's Island, VA. She graduated from Mathews High School, received a Bachelor of Education degree from VCU and a Master in Education degree from Binghamton University. She taught school for many years in and out of the area, prior to her son being born in 1983. She was a...
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Mary Gilmore Keen

June 4, 1931 - March 21, 2018

Mary Gilmore Keen, 86, of Mathews, Virginia passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Riverside-Saluda Convalescent Center. She was predeceased by her husband, George Keen; her parents, E.L. & Francis Phillips; her brother, Everett Phillips. She is survived by nephews, David Phillips, and Mark Phillips; 2 nieces, Cassandra Blodgett and Shawna Mays; and several great nieces and nephews. Mary...
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Mildred Hudgins Diggs

March 19, 2018

Mildred Hudgins Diggs, born November 3, 1923 went home to be with the Lord peacefully on Monday, March 19, 2018. She was born and raised in Mathews County and was an active member of Beulah United Methodist Church. She was involved for many years with the United Methodist Women, Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The King's Daughters, and The Mathews County Woman's Club. She married the love of her life...
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Henry Wilson "Snookie" Guill, Jr.

March 26, 1937 - March 18, 2018

Henry Wilson "Snookie" Guill, Jr. of New Point, VA passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Heron Cove at Sanders Convalescent in Gloucester, VA. He was 80 years old. He was preceded in death by his wife and sweetheart Ethel Curling Guill in 2004. He is survived by his cousin and dear friend Barbara Moore Curling of North Chesterfield, VA and many of Ethel's nieces and nephews....
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James Richard Ford

December 10, 1927 - March 5, 2018

James Richard Ford, 90, of Hudgins, Virginia, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018. He was born in Richmond, Virginia, and retired after over 30 years from VEPCO as a Boiler Operator. Upon retirement, James and his wife Cindy moved to Hudgins, Virginia. Before he started working at VEPCO, he served in the U.S. Army. He was a faithful member of Redeeming Grace Baptist Church, and served as a...
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Neal Edward Messer

July 21, 1928 - March 2, 2018

Neal E. Messer beloved husband of Maxine Messer went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 2, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. God saw you were getting tired, and a cure was not to be. So, he put his arms around you and whispered, "Come to Me". With tearful eyes we watched you and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped...
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Betty Lane Respress

July 15, 1933 - February 26, 2018

Betty Lane Respress, 84, died suddenly, Monday, February 26, 2018 at her home in Gloucester, VA. She was born July 15, 1933 in Mathews, VA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ellis (Dick) and Thelma Lee Armistead Respress; her Betty Lane Respress, 84, died suddenly, Monday, February 26, 2018 at her home husband Ellsworth German; her sons, Dale LeMere, Michael Keith Crewe and sister,...
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Marianne Soule Campbell

July 26, 1938 - February 11, 2018

Marianne S. Campbell, age 79, passed away peacefully at her home in Cobbs Creek, VA on February 11, 2018. She was predeceased by her husband Odie Campbell, Jr. She is survived by her beloved daughter Julia Campbell and her best friend Mary Ann DelRosso. Marianne enjoyed the outdoors, animals, yard sales, and was a devoted mother and friend to her daughter Julia. A Memorial Service will be held at...
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Bobby Christopher Williams

May 22, 1948 - February 9, 2018

Bobby C. Williams, 69, of Gwynn's Island, VA., formerly of Richmond, died on Friday, February 9, 2018. He was a retired Sergeant with the City of Richmond Police Department. He was a decorated officer with 27 plus years of service. He was predeceased by his parents, Willie and Edith Williams of Elizabeth City, NC. Survivors include, his wife Theresa Williams of Gwynn's Island; daughter Christy...
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Jimmie Hoyt Carroll

April 22, 1940 - February 2, 2018

Jimmie H. Carroll, age 77, of Mathews, VA passed away peacefully on February 2, 2018. Jimmie was born in Vardaman, Mississippi on April 22, 1940. He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Hayes Carroll and his mother, Eleanor Suzanne Boyd and his sister, Donna Carroll Pell. He is survived by his devoted wife of 59 years, Joyce Minter Carroll; his three children, Jimmie Carroll, Jr., Charlene...
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Robert Gerald "Jerry" Ramsey, Sr.

March 22, 1940 - February 1, 2018

Robert Gerald (Jerry) Ramsey, Sr., age 77, passed away at his home in Hallieford, VA on February 1, 2018. He was born in Norfolk, VA on March 22, 1940 to the late Harry E. Ramsey, Sr. and Kathleen S. Ramsey. In addition to his parents, Jerry was predeceased by his wife Jahn Thomas Ramsey. Survivors include a son Robert G. Ramsey, Jr. and his wife Rhonda Hudgins Ramsey of Mathews, VA and a...
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James Michael Brown, Jr.

July 10, 1966 - January 25, 2018

James Michael Brown, Jr., 51, of Onemo, VA passed away unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Michael was a great guy, loved to joke, make people laugh and deer hunting was his passion. He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Betty Jean Brown; his daughter Meagan Brown; father James M. "Mickey" Brown, Sr. and wife Barbara; mother Diane Rammell and husband Charles; sisters...
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June Clarke Shipley

March 21, 1937 - January 22, 2018

June Clarke Shipley of Cobbs Creek, daughter of deceased parents Josephine and Wilburn Clarke, passed away on January 22, 2018. June was also predeceased by her husband of 60 years, William Warren Shipley. She is survived by son, Scott Shipley of Newport News and granddaughter, Leslie Shipley of Mathews; Devoted sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Winder Gayle of Cobbs Creek and Brenda and...
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Potter Dwight Pavlovsky

April 19, 1942 - January 20, 2018

Potter D. Povlovsky, 75, of Cobbs Creek, VA passed away unexpectedly on January 20, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Linda. No services are planned.
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Marion R. Earls

February 4, 1947 - January 16, 2018

Marion R. Earls, 70, of Hallieford, died Tuesday January 16, 2018. Born February 4, 1947, in Huntsville, Alabama. She was a resident of Mathews since 1987, she enjoyed cooking, traveling, family, and friends. She was known to most as Mema. She was there to help with anything anyone needed, especially food. She was raised cooking and never stopped. If there was an event, she brought food. If you...
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Barbara Booker Lewis

February 10, 1937 - January 10, 2018

Barbara Ann McGowan Booker Lewis of Cobbs Creek, VA passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at the age of 80. She was born in West Point, VA on February 10, 1937. Barbara married Cecil M. Booker, Jr., who died in 1988 and they had a daughter, Beth. Barbara married Robert M. Lewis on July 20, 2002 and her family expanded to include three sons; Donnie Lewis, Ronnie Lewis and James Rose. She...
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Rachel C. Morgan

October 3, 1938 - January 7, 2018

Rachel C. Morgan, 79, passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018 surrounded by family. Rachel was born October 3, 1938 in Mathews, Va., to the late Thomas Vaden and Dorothy Estes Crewe. She graduated from Mathews High School. The widow of the late James R. Morgan, they spent the majority of their lives raising their children in Mobjack. She was also predeceased in death by her siblings Cecil,...
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Celine Compagnon DeRuffieu

June 3, 1935 - January 6, 2018

Celine Compagnon DeRuffieu, of Mathews, Virginia, a remarkable and beautiful woman, is finally free again. She passed peacefully on 1/6/18, after 82 years of an interesting, adventurous and service oriented life. Celine was born in Cuba, daughter of a French Count and Spanish lady, and emigrated to America when she was 18. She never looked back. After marrying and having 4 children, Celine...
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Travers Thompson

January 29, 1924 - January 5, 2018

Travers Thompson, age 93, passed away peacefully at his home in Cobbs Creek, VA on January 5, 2018 after a short battle with cancer, with his wife of 72 years by his side. He was born on January 29, 1924 on Goshen Farm in Redart, VA. Cmdr. Thompson retired from the United States Navy after 30 years of service. Travers was preceded in death by his son, John Travers Thompson. He is survived by...
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David Keith Davenport

April 8, 1956 - December 30, 2017

David Keith Davenport of Gloucester, VA, age 61, passed away on December 30, 2017. David was predeceased by his dad on December 2, 2003, also his mother July 4, 2017. He is survived by his wife Candace Davenport; his brother Joey and Lynn Davenport of Mathews, VA.; his sister, Shelia Oakley; niece Tori Oakley; nephew Luke Oakley of Mathews, VA and other nieces and nephews that are out of state....
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Inez Ward Smith

May 13, 1916 - December 30, 2017

Inez Ward Smith, 101, surrounded by her family, went to be with the Lord Dec. 30, 2017. A lifelong resident of Mathews, VA, she was born May 13, 1916. She was a member of Emmanuel UMC, United Methodist Women, Mathews Women's Club, a volunteer for American Red Cross, was active in bowling leagues and card clubs, and loved gardening. She was County Court Clerk of Gloucester, Mathews, and Middlesex...
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Montrue Elizabeth Milby

November 22, 1950 - December 25, 2017

Montrue Elizabeth Milby, 67, of Mathews, Virginia went to be with her Lord on Christmas morning, Monday, December 25, 2017. Her family was her greatest love and her children and grandchildren knew the warmth of an unconditional love that had no bounds. She had many dear, lifelong friends and never failed to make new ones, as she was kind hearted to a fault and always tried to find the good in...
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Janis Weddington Waddell

April 7, 1942 - December 23, 2017

Janis Weddington Waddell passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at her residence in Mathews, Virginia (Birdwood). Janis was born in Concord, NC on April 7, 1942. She grew up in Florence, SC, moved to Northern, VA in 1965. Later settled in Mathews in 1992. She fell in love with the community and her home. Her life was full of many loving friends and traveling to many wonderful places with her...
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Anne Parker Downs

August 22, 1928 - December 21, 2017

On December 21, 2017, Anne Downs was thrilled to be able to go home to Heaven and be reunited with so many loved ones. Anne was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on August 22, 1928 to Thomas and Rose Vogellus Parker. She was the oldest of five children. She was a highly intelligent, feisty, Irish woman. At 16, Anne went to work in the office of Hercules Ship repair, which was situated on the Hudson...
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Charles Lester White, Sr.

January 2, 1922 - December 21, 2017

Charles L. "Pete" White, Sr., 95, passed away at his home on Thursday, December 21, 2017 while playing with his dog, Kiera, in the backyard. He was born in Mathews County and resided there most of his life. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II and spent the majority of his career with the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. A shipbuilder by training he worked at...
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Mary Louise Thomas

February 15, 1929 - December 20, 2017

Mary Louise Thomas, 88, of Port Haywood, passed away on December 20, 2017 after a long illness. She was predeceased by her husbands, Toliver Pugh and Charles Thomas, and her son-in-law, Robert Freeman Owens, Sr. Mary was a member of Beulah United Methodist Church, Bavon, VA. She leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Tyrone Pugh; her daughters, Violet Owens and Pearl Waddell (James); her...
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Harry Kenneth Brown, Jr.

January 27, 1938 - December 17, 2017

Harry Kenneth Brown, Jr., passed away at his home in Hudgins, VA on Sunday, December 17, 2017. Ken, a good and gentle man, was born in Tarentum, PA on January 27, 1938 to Harry Kenneth Brown, Sr. and Grace Rishel Brown. He grew up in Mathews, VA, graduated from Mathews High School in 1956 and Salem College, Salem WV in 1960. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Joanne Brown...
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Cloe Ora Griffith

March 15, 1930 - December 9, 2017

Cloe Griffith, 87, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at her home in Port Haywood, Virginia. She is preceded in death by her husband, Moses Benjamin Griffith. Cloe was a registered nurse and she retired from the State Health Dept. in Richmond, Virginia. She is survived by her 6 children; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. She is also...
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John Howard Bell

May 5, 1924 - December 3, 2017

John Howard Bell, age 93, passed away at his home in Cardinal, VA on Sunday, December 3, 2017. John was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD. He had a distinguished career in the US Navy as a fighter pilot and served during WWII and the Korean War. After his retirement from the Navy, John and his wife Marnie moved to Mathews County in 1975. John loved fishing, golfing, and volunteering in the...
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Mary Cathryn, Drummond

November 1, 1938 - December 2, 2017

Cathryn "Cassie" Drummond, 79, of Hudgins, Virginia passed into glory on December 2, 2017 surrounded by loving family. A Gwynn's Island native, Cathryn was born on "the Island" November 1, 1938 to Charles Earl and Virginia Isabel Ward. A graduate of Mathews High School, she began her career as a secretary at the YMCA in Richmond, VA, eventually attaining a position as a salary administrator at...
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John Edward Smiley

July 17, 1935 - November 15, 2017

John (Smiling Jack) Edward Smiley, 82, of Gwynn's Island passed away on November 15, 2017. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, wife of 53 years, Lena Rae, and daughter, Karen Rollins. He leaves behind two daughters, Debbie Torza (Jack) and Jackie Allen (Rick), Son-in-law Troy Rollins; eight grandchildren; Jack Torza, Jennifer Nosse, Jessica Dickson, Amy Deuell, Bridgette McCool,...
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Howard Malmar Almond

April 11, 1951 - November 8, 2017

Howard Malmar Almond of Cobbs Creek, VA, born April 11, 1951, died at his home surrounded by his family on November 8, 2017. He was the husband of Mary Richardson Almond and son of Patricia Almond and the late D. Henry Almond. He is survived by his wife, his daughters, Emily Almond Hudson (Drew) and Page Almond (fiancée Nate Kelsey); grandchildren, Madison, Wesley, and Will Hudson; step-children...
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Durward O. Anderson, Jr.

January 7, 1941 - November 7, 2017

Durward O. Anderson, Jr. passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Rocky Mount, NC on January 7, 1941, son of Durward O. Anderson, Sr. and Myrtle Gibson Anderson. He was a devoted and selfless husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is already deeply missed by us all. He worked in Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. for over 40 years...
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Mildred L. (Mickey) Charles

January 17, 1923 - November 3, 2017

Mildred J. "Mickey" Lauer Charles, age 94, of Midlothian, VA departed this life on November 3, 2017. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 17, 1923 to William J. and Emma Mosbacher Lauer. Mickey and her husband of 53 years, Thomas A. Charles lived in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania before retiring to Gwynn's Island, VA in 1983, where they spent 16 wonderful years together. Following...
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Barry Stephen Diggs

January 26, 1948 - October 17, 2017

Barry Stephen Diggs, 69, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on October 17, 2017. Barry was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and he retired from Civil Service with the James River Reserve Fleet. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents Weldon and Virginia Diggs. Barry is survived by two sons, Barry Stephen Diggs II of Norfolk, VA and Brian Christopher Diggs of Orlando, FL;...
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Ann Talmage Fuller

March 4, 1926 - October 9, 2017

Ann Talmage Fuller, 91, of Port Haywood, VA passed away on October 9, 2017. Ann was born in Petersburg, VA to Edward O. and Leon V. Talmage. She graduated from Richmond Polytechnic Institute and worked as a medical lab technician. Ann enjoyed fishing and gardening and was a Master Gardener. She was a member of the Coast Guard Auxillary and the Mathews Yacht Club. Ann was preceded in death by her...
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Robert T. "Bobby" Respess, Sr.

June 21, 1935 - September 19, 2017

Robert T. "Bobby" Respess, 82, of Mathews died on September 19, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents Curtis and Nina Respress and sister Hilda Stoudt. He is survived by his children Nina Gresham and her husband Bill, Robert Respess, Jr. and his wife Tracy, Gin Evans and her husband Chris and Len Sears and her husband Scott; grandchildren Christina, Dylan, Katherine, Caroline, Coleman,...
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Delores "Lois Ann" Armistead

February 27, 1950 - September 17, 2017

Delores (Lois Ann) Armistead, 67, of Cobbs Creek passed away on September 17, 2017. She was a devoted wife, loving and wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her mother Martha Shields, father Melvin Armistead, sister Virginia (Ginny) Clark and brothers Richard and Jamie Armistead. She is survived by her husband of 51 years Ralph Armistead, sons...
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Wayne Thomas Dunn

November 19, 1942 - September 16, 2017

Wayne T, Dunn, age 74, of Mathews, VA passed away at his home Saturday, September 16, 2017. Wayne was born in Portsmouth, VA and lived in VA. Beach for 38 years before moving to Mathews. He is predeceased by his parents, Charles and Inda Dunn. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Dunn; his children, Wayne T. Dunn, Jr., Kali Vogel, Sharon Phillips, Tammy Smith and Eric Weller; a brother, Howard...
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Lucille Tyssen

December 12, 1924 - September 12, 2017

Lucille Tyssen, 92, of Gwynn, VA passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Riverside-Mathews Convalescent Center. Lucille was a longtime charter member of the Williamsburg Moose Lodge and an avid bowler for many years at which she won many trophies. She loved skiing, camping, fishing, dancing and cats which she called her "babies". She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother and a...
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Byron Lynn Duff

February 29, 1944 - September 2, 2017

Byron L. Duff, 73, of Cobbs Creek, took his final flight on Saturday, September 2, 2017 He was born and raised in Illinois and received his degree from the University of Illinois in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. Byron lived life fully and particularly enjoyed his sailing years which included a six month cruise on the intercoastal waterway and a trip to the Bahamas. Byron...
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James Langley "Bud" Owens

September 30, 1929 - August 30, 2017

James "Bud" Langley Owens, 87, passed away on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at his home in Hudgins, Virginia. Bud was born in Mathews County and graduated from Mathews High School. He was a member and deacon of Mathews Baptist Church and was a founder and lifetime member of the Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad. Bud was in the U.S. Army for 3 years. He was a lifetime waterman and Postmaster of Redart P...
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Beulah Rainier Sadler

December 26, 1923 - August 24, 2017

Beulah R. Sadler, age 93, passed away on August 24, 2017. She was a member of Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church where she had been an active member of the Myrtle Matthews Sunday School Class. She also belonged to the Lilly Hopkins Missionary Circle at Salem United Methodist Church. Besides her church activities, Beulah was a member of the Oriental Chapter No. 30, of the order of the Eastern...
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Gloria White smith

May 28, 1931 - August 22, 2017

Gloria Mae White Smith, 86, of Emporia, Va., passed away August 22, 2017, at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia, Va. She was born May 28, 1931 in Mobjack, Va., to the late Luther Clyde White and Lola Brooks White. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Walter Murden Smith, her sister Juanita White Johnston, and one step-great-grandchild, Geneva Ward. Gloria is survived...
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Robert Henry "Bobby" Haab

September 20, 1954 - August 16, 2017

Robert "Bobby" H. Haab, 62, left this world unexpectedly to his eternal home on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Bobby was a beloved and godly husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. A gifted inventor, engineer and entrepreneur, he spent his life doing what he loved, surrounded by the people he loved most. He is survived by his wife, Connie; daughters, Amanda Bishop and Kelly Haab; a...
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Anna Wildberger Rew

December 31, 1908 - August 8, 2017

Anna Wildberger Rew, age 108, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Commonwealth Senior Living, Kilmarnock, VA. Anna was born in 1908 in Maryland to Henry and Blanche Wildberger. Anna was married to George Revel Rew in 1929. She lived a very long and active life. She deeply loved her family and she will be greatly missed. Anna was predeceased by her husband, George Revel Rew; parents, Henry...
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Lori Partin Lanier

June 28, 1963 - August 2, 2017

Lori Partin Lanier, 54, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at her home in Port Haywood, Virginia. She is survived by her husband, Mark Lanier; a son, Mark Lanier II; a daughter, Rachel Lanier; parents, James & Ann Partin; a sister, Sharon Daniels and brothers, Ian and Richard Partin. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from noon to 1:00pm at Cornerstone Fellowship...
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John William Tiller, Jr.

May 25, 1949 - August 2, 2017

On August 2, 2017 John "J.W." Tiller, Jr. set sail into the sunrise on his new adventure. John was a kind and humble man. For those of us who knew him, we have our own special memories. So raise a glass in a toast to John and to red skies at night, a sailor's delight. Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel, Mathews, VA handled the arrangements. Fair Winds ...
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Lenore Rowe Todd

March 13, 1935 - August 2, 2017

Lenore Rowe Foster Todd of Gwynn's Island, Virginia, died on August 2, 2017. Known to friends and family as Pookie, Len, Grandma, or Nana, she was born on Gwynn's Island on March 13, 1935, to the late R. Otis Foster and Katherine Rowe Foster. As a young adult, she studied and worked as a radiology technician while living in Charleston, S. C. There she met and married her husband, Winfred G....
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Don Keith "Donnie" Haynes

August 14, 1950 - July 28, 2017

Don K. ( Donnie) Haynes, 66, of North, passed away on July 28, 2017. Donnie was born on August 14, 1950 in Gloucester, Virginia, and was the son of Doris and Bill Haynes. Growing up, he learned the trade of carpentry and began to learn the trade of auto mechanics as he reached his adulthood. These trades, along with many other talents, were the cornerstone of his diverse mechanical and handyman...
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Dorothy Davenport

September 18, 1935 - July 4, 2017

Dorothy Davenport, born Sept. 18, 1935, passed on to Heaven on July 4, 2017. She was married to Billy Joe Davenport, Sr. (deceased). She is survived by her sons David and Candie Davenport and Billy Joe, Jr. and Lynn Davenport; daughter Sheila Oakley; Grandkids Tori and Luke Oakley; Great-Grandkids Ella and William; sisters Eleanor Hodges (Alabama), Bo and Howard Chandler and Jeannie and David...
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Patricia Ann Fleischer

August 21, 1949 - June 29, 2017

Patricia Ann Dale Fleischer, 67, of Mathews, Virginia entered into eternal rest on Thursday, June 29, 2017. She was born in Dunn, NC to Edna Roth Moss, deceased and Clawson Lee Dale. She was also preceded in death by her son, Robert Moody, Jr. She graduated from Varina High School in 1967 and Richard Blande Community College. She retired as a supervisor from the Virginia Dept. of Motor Vehicles...
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Joyce Hudgins

February 27, 1935 - June 26, 2017

Flora Joyce Hudgins, 82, of Port Haywood, Virginia went to be with her Lord and family on Monday, June 26, 2017. She was born on February 27, 1935 in Hallieford, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents Eva and Leslie Hudgins; her loving husband of 54 years, Tabb Hudgins; and by her sister, Betty Ann & McCoy Hudgins. She is survived by her niece, Brenda Payne and her husband Rick of...
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Minnie Revere Mitchem

May 18, 1929 - June 24, 2017

Minnie R. Mitchem, 88, of Gwynn passed away on June 24, 2017 at Riverside-Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester. Born on May 18, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Mr.& Mrs. Wainwright Rowe Revere, and wife of the late James Sidney Mitchem, Jr. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her brother Paul T. Revere. She leaves to cherish her memory, her only child, Kathy Rowe (Timmy...
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Ricky Anderson Haywood

December 16, 1964 - June 23, 2017

Ricky Haywood, 52 , of New Point, Virginia passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017 at his home. A Celebration of Ricky's Life will be held on July 8, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the home of Renee Haywood, 254 Evans Road, Mathews, Virginia. Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home, Mathews, Virginia is assisting the family.
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Sharon "Shari" Flann

October 27, 1950 - June 19, 2017

Sharon "Shari" Flann, 66, of Mathews, Virginia passed away at her home on Monday, June 19, 2017. Shari is survived by her husband James Flann. All Services will be private. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the charity of your choice. Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home, Mathews, VA is assisting the family.
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Katherine Ann Mizell

March 13, 1927 - June 17, 2017

Katherine Ann Taylor Mizell, 90, of Fredericksburg, VA and formerly of Mathews, VA passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Mary Washington Hospital. Ann was predeceased by her husband Joseph C. Mizell. She was a long-time resident of Mathews, VA and also was a resident of Mizpah Nursing Home for many years. She is survived by her niece, April Heamstead of Colonial Beach, VA. She will be buried...
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Willa Barr Murphy

August 5, 1933 - June 9, 2017

Willa Gay Barr Murphy, 83, of North, VA passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017. She is survived by her daughter Christine Anthony and her son James Murphy. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at Saumsville Christian Church, Mauretown, VA at 1:30 pm. Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home is helping the family with arrangements.
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Millard Grant Callis

May 22, 1935 - June 7, 2017

Millard G. Callis, 82, passed away unexpectedly on June 7, 2017, at his home. He was born and raised on Gwyn's Island, Virginia. After graduating from Mathews High School, he enrolled in the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School graduating four years later as a machinist. He then was drafted into the Army serving in Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Knox, Kentucky and Frankfort, Germany. While in...
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Christina (Tina) Taylor

June 27, 1965 - June 3, 2017

Christina (Tina) Taylor, 51, of New Point, VA passed away on June 3, 2017 at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond, VA. She is survived by her husband, Wayne and her son, Ryan, both of New Point; her father and four brothers. A Memorial Service will be held at Beulah United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations to help...
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Betty Jane Henry

October 2, 1924 - May 21, 2017

Betty Jane Henry, 92, of Newport News, VA, went home to be with the Lord on May 21, 2017, at the home of her daughter. Born in North Apollo, PA on October 2, 1924, she was the daughter of Clyde and Esther McDevitt. She was a graduate of Apollo High School and Duff's Business School in Pittsburgh. She worked as a secretary several places including the steel mill, Pittsburgh Theological Seminaey...
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Jude Everett Hopkins

May 17, 2017 - May 17, 2017

"Baby Boy" Jude Everett Hopkins passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Mary Immaculate Hospital. He is survived by his parents, Andrew Hopkins and Megan Freeman Hopkins of Mathews, VA. A Private Graveside Service will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Colosse Baptist Church Cemetery, West Point, VA. Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home, Mathews, VA is assisting the family with the...
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Thomas Joseph Furey

March 10, 1932 - May 13, 2017

Thomas Joseph "Tom" Furey of Gwynn's Island died on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the age of 85. He leaves his wife of 60 years Joanne (Grant) Furey; daughter Kathy and her husband Ray Hunley; son Eric; son Dan and his wife Kristina; son Matt and his wife Margie; grandsons Eric, Brad, Tim, and Lucas; grand daughters Ashley, Shannon, Alexandra and Madeline; brothers John and Franklin; sisters Carol...
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Mickey Lynn Adams

November 13, 1951 - May 7, 2017

Mickey Lynn Adams, 65, of Mathews, Virginia passed away on Sunday, May 7, 2017. He retired from Chesapeake Corporation (currently WestRock) after 43 years of service. He was an avid outdoorsman, loved being on the water and in the mountains. Also, he loved the Yankees and Redskins. He is predeceased by his parents William Rodney Adams and Ida Mae Adams; his brother, William Leonard "Lenny" Adams...
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Craig James Ruliffson

November 28, 1967 - April 12, 2017

Craig James Ruliffson, 49, of Hudgins, VA passed away peacefully on April 12th., surrounded by his parents and sister, knowing he was loved. Craig was so much like his father, both of whom loved the simple things. He loved the joy of hiking the Grand Canyon as a youngster in the 4th. grade, with his class and his dad. He was always exploring and always very active. He was happiest when he was...
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Bertha Sophie Prancl

May 14, 1922 - April 8, 2017

Bertha Sophie Prancl, 94, of North, Virginia passed away on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Riverside Doctors Hospital, Williamsburg, Virginia. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Sier and son-in-law Douglas. No Service planned at this time. Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home, Mathews, Virginia is assisting the family.
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Nancy Mason Hughes

May 19, 1947 - April 7, 2017

Nancy Mason Hughes, beloved wife of Reverend Everett Hughes of fifty years, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2017 in Mathews, VA. Nancy was born on May 19,1947, in Norfolk, VA. She was a retired Trust Officer and Vice President from SunTrust Bank. She is preceded in death by her parents Cleon and Madeline Mason. She is survived by her sister, Joyce Grudzinski (Phil), her son, Irving (Buster...
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Eva Mae Grinnell

March 1, 1935 - April 6, 2017

Eva Mae Grinnell, 82, went to be with the Lord Thursday, April 6, 2017. She went to Eastern Pilgrim College in Allentown, PA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Grinnell. She is survived by her children; Garland and Patricia McBride, Kitty and Norman Redden, David and Carol McBride, Terry Hudgins, Amber (Sissie) Grinnell, and Edward Grinnell, Jr.; 7 grandchildren and 6 great...
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Jonna Ingrid Olsen

January 26, 1920 - April 5, 2017

Jonna Ingrid Olsen, 97, of North, passed away Wednesday, April 5th at Mathews Convalescent Center. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Jonna lived in the United States since 1953. She worked as the head cafeteria chef for Lenape Valley Regional High School in New Jersey and retired at the age of 70. She moved to Mathews, Virginia in 2005. Jonna lived independently until recently when she moved first...
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Gladys H. Podd

March 17, 1916 - April 2, 2017

Gladys H. Podd, 101, born on March 17, 1916 passed away peacefully April 2, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband Eugene and is survived by her son, Robert Podd, and daughter, Joan Podd, two grandsons, Jason and Jordan Podd and three great-grandchildren, Emma, Bradford and Elle. Gladys was a friend to many people byt treasured the friendships if Vickie, her hairdresser, Mrs. Joanne...
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Paul T. Revere

May 8, 1934 - April 2, 2017

Paul T. Revere, age 82, went to his heavenly home Sunday, April 2, 2017. A native of Mathews, he retired in 2006 after 38 years of residential painting, 23 years with his son Wayne. Paul loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandson Brad and Lab Buttons. Paul was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Rita Hudgins Revere. He is survived by a son, Wayne T. Revere, and...
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Billy L. Bowden

August 18, 1934 - March 30, 2017

Billy L. Bowden, 82, of Hallieford, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 30, 2017. A native of Cape Charles, Virginia he graduated from Cape Charles High School in 1951 and Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School in 1957. He also served in the Virginia Army National Guard, 111th. Artillery, 5th. Missile Battalion. He retired from Newport News Shipbuilding as an Engineering...
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Betsy Fulton Duff

October 14, 1937 - March 27, 2017

Mrs. Gordon "Betsy" Fulton Duff went home to God on Monday, March 27, 2017. Betsy passed peacefully after her battle with ALS. Betsy was born October 14, 1937 in Lynchburg, VA to Roscoe and Iola Jane Fulton. She attended E.C. Glass High School and went on to graduate from James Madison University in 1959. She was a school teacher, a realtor and a marketing manager during her working career. ...
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Claude Gilbert White, Sr.

August 20, 1942 - March 25, 2017

Claude Gilbert White, Sr., 74, passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Claude was a one-of-a-kind guy, a long distance truck driver, an accomplished storyteller and wonderful friend to everyone he met. He was born on August 20, 1942 to Gilbert and Georgie White. Claude lived in New Point until he married his wife, Janice and moved to Gloucester. Claude was predeceased by his parents and his...
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Jessamine P. "Jesse" Christie

July 30, 1944 - March 21, 2017

Jessamine "Jesse" Pearce Christie, went home to be with our Lord and Savior, on March 21, 2017, surrounded by her family. Jesse was born in Rocky Mount, NC, to Pauline and Johnnie Pearce on July 30, 1944. She was a bright ray of sunshine from her first breath to her very last. After graduating high school, she attended Lenoir-Rhyne College and eventually moved to the Tidewater area, in Virginia...
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John Marion "Peanut" Robbins

January 25, 1931 - March 21, 2017

John M. Robbins "Peanut", longtime Onemo resident and friend to all departed this life to spend Eternity with his wife and love of his life Bennie Robbins on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. John M. was born on January 25, 1931 to Tennessee and Mary Jane Robbins in Robbins Chapel, Virginia. He moved to the Peninsula in 1950 to attend the Shipyard Apprentice School. It is during this time he met and fell...
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Harley Victor Dee

November 15, 1914 - March 18, 2017

Obituary Harley Dee, a resident of Mathews County since 2014, passed away at home in Hudgins, Virginia on March 18, 2017 at the age of 102 years and 4 months. Mr. Dee is predeceased by parents, John James and Lillian Berg Dee, sister, Bette Dee, and the many members of the Dee, Berg and Garland families who emigrated to Peru, IL and LaSalle, IL in the 1880's establishing the first generation...
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Allan Haley Jones

June 27, 1940 - March 14, 2017

Allan Haley Jones, 76, of North, VA died on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital. He was predeceased by his parents, Edmond H. Jones, Jr. and Rena Aldrich Jones. Allan is survived by numerous cousins. A Graveside Service will be held at H. C. Smithers Cemetery, Hudgins, VA at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Arrangements by Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home, Mathews, VA
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Gerald Lee Morgan, Sr.

December 10, 1926 - March 7, 2017

Gerald L. Morgan, Sr., 90, of Mathews passed away peacefully on March 7th, 2017. Gerald was the son of Luther and Helen Morgan. He was a Mathews High School graduate of 1944. He served as a Merchant Marine. Gerald acquired his Captain's license in New York and served as the Captain of an oil tanker. His Master Captains license with unlimited tonnage for the whole East Coast is on display at the...
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Lillian Murray (Diddy) Hudgins

March 5, 1924 - March 4, 2017

Lillian (Diddy) Hudgins was born March 5, 1924 to Martha Gertrude & Vernon Christopher Hudgins. The eighth child of ten, she was predeceased by her parents; her siblings Christine V. Hudgins, Hilda Snow, William L. Hudgins, V. C. Hudgins, Jr. (Jim Jim), Cathryn Lewis, Frances McPherson, Elton Hudgins, Dick Hudgins and June Hudgins; and a niece Carolyn "Mac" Gregory. Although Diddy never married...
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Gloria Fay Stanford

January 26, 1929 - February 19, 2017

Gloria "Fay" Stanford, 88, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 19, 2017, with her family by her side. She was a native of Newport News, VA and retired from Riverside Regional Hospital. She was a resident of Mathews, VA. Fay was born January 26, 1929 in Newport News to Carrie (nee Savedge) & Herbert Councill. She is preceded in death...
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Lawrence Leo Tewey

August 3, 1941 - February 14, 2017

Lawrence "Larry" Tewey, age 75, of Wake, VA passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Larry is survived by his wife Laura S. Tewey. A Memorial Service will be held ot 11:00 am on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Church of the Visitation in Topping, VA. Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home, Mathews, VA assisted the family with arrangements.
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