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Obituaries

Jeanette Lee Ammons
AmmonsJ imageJeanette Lee Ammons, 58, died unexpectedly on March 11, 2019. She was a native of Poquoson but lived in Gloucester for most of her life. She worked as a Lancome cosmetologist at Leggett for almost 20 years. After that, she worked as a gemologist at the Precious Gem in Williamsburg for approximately 20 years. She loved the colorful side of makeup and the sparkle and color of gems. She loved her daughters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren and spent as much time with them as possible. Her favorite place to be was with her family at the beach. Those who knew her called her the sweetest, most beautiful woman they had ever met. She was a surrogate big sister to cousins and the neighbor children, and they remember her as always being the one to show them how to properly apply makeup. She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Roger Dell Ammons; daughters Diane Lynn Boothe (Jeremy) and Jennifer Marie Moore (Ben); parents, James and Jean Morse; brother James Morse Jr. (also affectionately known as Bubba); sister Julie Timmons (Chris); grandchildren Lucas and Lauren Boothe; sister-in-law Julie Baker (Blue); brothers-in-law Jack Ammons (Lisa) and Samuel Ammons; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Jeanette’s family will receive visitors on Friday, March 15 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home 836 Poquoson Ave. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, March 16 at 11:00 AM at Emmaus Baptist Church, 814 Yorktown Road in Poquoson. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.
Andrea Lee Starkey
StarkeyA imageAndrea Lee Starkey, age 72, died at her home in Poquoson, VA, surrounded by her family in the early morning hours of Monday, March 11th after a several year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born in Bellingham, WA on February 19, 1947 to Colonel Lloyd Winfield Brown, a decorated WWII veteran, and Rowena Delia Brown and was the youngest of two daughters. Andrea is survived by her husband of 47 years, Charles Donald Starkey, Jr., who she met while attending Christopher Newport University, as well as five children – Randy Ward and his wife Carol, Shawn Starkey, Josh Starkey and his wife Laurie, Vanessa Sigmon and her husband Steve, and Amanda Roberts and her husband Kirt – and grandchildren Max, Ana, Kaylee, Emma, Ian, Ariel, Shawn Jr., and Charles. Andrea will always be remembered as a kind and loving wife, mother and grandmother who became affectionately known by all family members as simply "Grammy”. She was a strong, formidable woman with a deep love of family, reading, picnics and laughter. She spent several years working in the Newport News school system as a teaching assistant and teacher. A celebration of Andrea’s life will be held at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home at 836 Poquoson Avenue, Poquoson VA 23662 on Saturday, March 16th, at 2 pm with a reception to follow. A kind deed in her honor is the ideal memorial contribution. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.
Billy Ray Shelton
SheltonB imageBilly Ray Shelton was called by God to his Heavenly home on Thursday, March 7, 2019. He fulfilled his assignments appointed to him by God. He was a faithful and loving husband to Linda his wife for 50 years. Also he was a loving father to Billy II, David and Brian. God blessed him with 5 grandchildren; Roy Finchum, Victoria Rose Shelton, Bolar, Guree, and Michael Tagge. Kate, wife of David, and Toogie wife of Billy II were like daughters to his life. Also Dee Tagge was like a daughter. All were gifts to his life. Billy was a nuclear pipefitter with the Newport News Shipyard for about 36 to 37 years. He was a very faithful and hard worker. Bill loved to fish, hunt, raise large vegetable gardens and play bluegrass music. He also played other styles beautifully like Praise and Worship. He played the mandolin in a bluegrass band called "Hard Travelin Bluegrass Band”. He loved to play his mandolin in churches and nursing homes. He played on the worship team at his church, Gospel Lighthouse Worship Center in King and Queen Co., God also blessed him to play guitar and banjo. He played in many churches and weddings. He loved to serve others. As his wife, Rev Linda Shelton received assignments to go to different churches, God used him to bless people by playing his mandolin on the worship teams. He was a special angel sent by God to help his wife Linda on her journey. He is survived by his wife, Rev. Linda Shelton; sons: Billy Shelton II and his wife Toogie, David Shelton and his wife Kate, Brian Shelton and special daughter Dee Tagge. He is also survived by his brother Jerry and sisters; Patsy, Carolyn, and Rita, 5 grandchildren Roy, Victoria Rose, Bolor, Guree and Michael. His homegoing celebration will be held on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM in Grace Fellowship Church, 609 Aberdeen Rd, Hampton, Va. 23661. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Parklawn Memorial Park, Arrangements are being handled by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
Emilee Doub Mason
MasonE imageEmilee Doub Mason passed away a few days before her 89th birthday after a lengthy decline. Born in Toano, Virginia, she was the youngest child of Cora Carper and Roscoe Michael Doub. Emilee was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Eloise (Hoke), Marian (Jensen), David, and Cyrus, her husband Carson William, "Bill,” Mason, II (Major, USAF, retired), and daughter Carol Bryant. She is survived by her daughter, Patrice Hobbs (Carl), grandson Cory Bryant, granddaughter Jenna Bryant, great granddaughter Lillyth, and many nieces and nephews. The Doub family moved from Toano to Onancock, Virginia when Emilee was five. After graduating from Onancock High School, where she was Salutatorian of her class, Emilee attended Farmville State Teachers College (now Longwood University) for a year before returning to Onancock where, in addition to working, she acted in several plays, sang alto in the Methodist Church Youth and Adult Choirs, and was director of the Methodist Youth Fellowship. She was a finalist in the 1952 Miss Virginia contest. Emilee and Bill met in the summer of 1950 and were engaged the following New Year’s Eve. Their marriage was delayed while Bill began his Air Force career as an Aviation Cadet. During this time, the Doubs moved to Alexandria, Virginia where Emilee shared an apartment with a childhood friend and worked as a secretary. Emilee and Bill married in April 1953. Bill’s Air Force assignments took them to Moody AFB in Valdosta, Georgia, Tyndall AFB in Panama City, Florida, O’Hare Field, Chicago, Illinois, Naha AFB, Okinawa, Japan, where Patrice was born, Griffiss AFB, Rome, New York, where Carol was born, and Loring AFB, Caribou, Maine. When Bill was posted to Thule Air Base, Greenland, Emilee and her daughters lived in Hagerstown, Maryland near Bill’s family. After returning from Thule, Bill was stationed at Langley AFB, Hampton, Virginia. The family moved to what would become their permanent home in Seaford, Virginia in 1964, where they joined Zion United Methodist Church. Emilee’s love of church, music, and writing led her to become supervisor of the Children’s Sunday School, coordinator of the Vacation Bible School, director of the Cherub Choir, and member of the adult Choir for 19 years. She was a Brownie Troop leader, substitute teacher, and instructional aid in math and reading. In the late 1980s Emilee began writing children’s stories. Several have been published and continue to sell. In 1980, the family reconnected with Jenny Martele, nee Vergote, a Belgian orphan whom Emilee and Bill had "sponsored” for several years in the 1960s. The bonds of that relationship were such that Emilee and Bill considered Jenny to be their third daughter and Patrice and Carol thought of her as a sister. Jenny and her family remain close to the family. Wherever she went, Emilee found new friends and brought out the best in people. The family thanks the staff of The Gardens of Warwick Forest Hospice for the care and affection they showered upon Emilee and for the support they generously gave to the family. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Zion United Methodist Church, Seaford, Virginia . Interment will follow at 2:00 pm at the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity that Emilee would appreciate. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
Ogeni Medanat Atallah
Ogeni Medanat Atallah, 90, passed away on Friday March 15, 2019. A graveside service will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 2:00 PM in Rosewell Memorial Gardens, 3608 Providence Road, Hayes, Virginia. Final Arrangements are coordinated by Amory Funeral Home at 410 Grafton Drive, Grafton, Virginia, 23692.
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