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Barbara Elizabeth Keech
KeechB imageBarbara Elizabeth Keech, 80, of Poquoson, passed peacefully from her home to be with the Lord on April 7th , 2019. She was born in Newport News Virginia on June 22nd , 1938 to Ruby Rainey Keech and Therrell Thomas Keech. Barbara graduated high school from Warwick High in Newport News. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Longwood University, her Master of Science degree from Appalachian State University and her Certificate of Advanced Study from Old Dominion University. Barbara was an accomplished and respected educator. She began her career in teaching at Jefferson Davis Junior High in Hampton but was most known for her 23 years at Poquoson High School where she taught Government and World History. Many of those years she served as a Department Head. Many interests filled her time including boating, fishing, listening to music and gardening. Her college years saw a love of fast cars and she was known to make extra money playing card games. Barbara also was very interested in current affairs and passionate about politics. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Sylvia Mazza, and her special friend, June Tharpe. She is survived and loved by her sister, Jean Nuttall (Donnie) of Poquoson, niece Kathy Chambers (John) of Williamsburg, nephew Kenny Lewis of York County, nephew Tom Deans of Poquoson and niece Amy Deans, also of Poquoson. Barbara also leaves numerous great nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, Nipper and Sadie. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Riverside Hospice or The Humane Society. Visitation will be Wednesday April 17th from 6-7:30 PM at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in Poquoson. Graveside services will be led by Reverend Kathy Gray, Thursday April 18th at 11 AM at Peninsula Memorial Park. A reception celebrating her life will follow at 43 Rens Road in Poquoson. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.
James A. Johnson
JohnsonJA imageJames A. Johnson, 83, of 9 Freeman Drive, Poquoson, passed away on 9 April 2019. He was a native of Waterloo, NY and a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Yorktown, VA. James was a quiet, selfless, gracious man with a heart of gold and never had a foul word to say to anyone. He valued his family above all other things, and worked selflessly his entire life to provide for them, providing them with opportunities to go far beyond his very humble roots. He would do anything for anyone in need, with special emphasis for his grandchildren, wife, and two sons. He grew up in a blue collar family in Upstate NY, working hard to get ahead, and married his high school sweetheart in 1959. As with most boys from that part of NY, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and driving/working on cars. There was seldom a day where he wasn’t driving his car around town with his friends, and ultimately, his wife. He carried many of his friends forward to present day, with some of them ultimately becoming extended family members through marriage. Jim worked in two principal places to provide for his family. The first job was at Seneca Knitting Mill, in Seneca Falls, NY, where he worked hard in the production of socks and other knitted goods. His second job, from which he retired, was at Gould’s Pumps Inc. (now ITT Industries) in Seneca Falls, NY. At Gould’s Pumps, he worked on the pump assembly floor on the end suction side of the factory, successfully assembling pumps from very small size, to enormous industrial size pumps capable of pumping thousands of gallons per minute. He worked hard at the factory, standing for long hours, working with power tools and heavy equipment for 8-12 hours a day. He never complained, even when injured, and he had an amazing ability to get things done. His interest at work was to make money so that his kids wouldn’t have to endure the hardships he endured. He would most likely tell you that was his most significant achievement in life. Outside of work, Jim loved to be outdoors, and he loved sports. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan, who suffered along with the rest of Central NY with their Super Bowl losses and frustrating losing seasons. He loved fishing and hunting, particularly going out to catch lake trout on Cayuga Lake, and one of his proudest achievements was placing first in the Rainbow trout division in a tournament in the early 1990s. He was also very proud of the boat he restored, and the fun times he enjoyed in it with his family. Preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Magdalene McCabe Johnson; sisters Gladys Andre and Rose Benoit; brother, William Johnson, Jim is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Sonia Jones Johnson; sons Matthew J. and Andrew P. Johnson and wife Jennifer Rook Johnson; sister, Emma Johnson Lerkins (Roger); grandchildren, Elizabeth, Samantha, Kellie and Alyssa as well as many other loving relatives and dear friends. Jim will be buried in Maple Grove Cemetery in Waterloo, NY on April 17. There will be calling hours at Doran Funeral Home in Waterloo, NY on April 16 from 4-7 pm, and his funeral mass will be held in St Mary’s Church in Waterloo, NY at 10 am on April 17.
David Arden McCurdy
McCurdyD imageIt is with great sadness that friends of David Arden McCurdy announce the unexpected and sudden passing of "Dave” on February 28, 2019, at the age of 64. Dave was born on June 22, 1954, in Jacksonville, Florida, and was adopted as a newborn by his loving parents, Harry "Mac” and Anna McCurdy who both predeceased Dave. A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Dave attended Auburn University and graduated in 1976 with a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering. In 1974, while attending Auburn, Dave began working as a co-op student at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Upon graduation Dave had numerous prestigious job offers to choose from and ultimately chose to continue working at NASA Langley specializing in acoustics research. After a 32- year career, Dave retired in 2007. Dave had many varied interests. He was devoted to the Boy Scouts, enjoyed artwork, and was an avid history buff (specifically the U.S. space program, civil war and World War II). He was also a collector at heart and collected memorabilia related to all his varied interests. Dave was a true friend and as an adult was blessed to be "adopted” by countless friends and families. In fact, the children of some of these families will fondly remember him as "Uncle Dave”. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Amory Funeral Home, 410 Grafton Drive, Yorktown, Virginia, with Rev. David Hampton officiating. Following Dave’s service, friends are invited to gather to meet one another and reminisce about Dave at the County Grill and Smokehouse, 1215A George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown. Flowers are being respectfully declined and Dave’s friends request that memorial donations be made either to a charity of your choice in memory of Dave or to a charity that would honor Dave’s interests. Friends are encouraged to visit www.amoryfuneralhome.com to share memories and words of condolence with each other.
Anne Severance Sundy
SundyA imageAnne Severance Sundy, 83, went to be with her Lord on Friday, April 12, 2019. A faithful member of Yorkminster Presbyterian Church for 64 years she served as Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday school teacher, Women’s Circle teacher, Elder and Head Usher. She loved to read and was a past President of the Yorktown Library. As a member of the Yorktown Women’s Club she wore her colonial dress for Yorktown Day helping with the ham biscuits and Brunswick stew. She played the piano and loved the beach. She never had a bad word for anyone and always made welcome and accepted everyone she met. She was preceded in death by husband John Sundy in 1983. Cherishing her memory are son David (Terry) of Yorktown, her daughter Diana (Oliver) of Gainesville, Georgia and son Tim also in Georgia. Grandchildren; Krissy, John, Emily and Elizabeth and great grandchildren Beckett and Elsie Grace, sister Shirley Lillard of Kill Devil Hills, NC and brother Gene Severance (Ann) of Baltimore, Maryland and beloved caregiver Lucy Edwards. Visitation will be at Amory Funeral Home, Tuesday, 7:00- 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church Wednesday, April 17th at 11:00 a.m. followed by burial at Peninsula Memorial Park at 2:00 p.m.
Betty Ruth Williams
WilliamsBR imageBetty Ruth Williams, 61, passed away to join her loving son Donny and her parents Arthur and Ruth Bagley with a reunion in heaven with Jesus where there is no more pain on Friday, April 12, 2019. Betty was a loving mother, sister and grandmother and is survived by her daughters, Amanda Griffin of Newport News and Alayna Williams of Jacksonville NC; a brother Glenn Bagley and his wife Mechelle, granddaughters, Shalin Presgraves and Ashley Griffin and a niece Jessica Bagley and nephew James Pace. A Celebration of Betty life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.
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