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Obituaries

James E. "Red” Gillikin
GillikinJ imageJames E. (Red) Gillikin, Jr. In the early morning hours of June 13, 2019, Red slipped the heavy bonds of this earth for a peaceful, heavenly home above. He was born in December, 1928, at home, in Otway, NC. He was the first child of James E. and Emma C. Gillikin. In 1938, the family moved to Seaford, VA. From 10 years old onward, Red attended school in York County and graduated from Poquoson High School in 1946. After High School, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, he wanted to FLY. In August 1948 Red and his high school sweetheart, Jeanie Shackelford were married and went on to have a 65 year, fruitful, loving partnership, until Jeanie's untimely death in 2014. Red and Jeanie gave 30 years of military service to the United States of America. They were both among the many patriotic youth of World War II. Serving their country was a duty and honor they bore proudly. Red was a loving husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend. He is survived by his son Gary Steven of Poquoson, Va, daughter Susan Powell (Pete) Lenes of Gulfport, MS, two grandchildren: Chad Lenes of Austin, TX and Sean Lenes of Phoenix, AZ, one great granddaughter, Saylor Lenes of Long Beach, MS, two brothers, Alex Bradley(Beverly) of Poquoson, VA and Darrell Lee. Red also leaves behind a sister-in-law Ann Foeste-Elderege of Atlanta, GA along with several nieces, nephews and an extended family of Masons and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eugenia (Jeanie), his parents and four of his siblings, Eli, Pauline, Catherine and Peggy. All final arrangements will be private and limited to immediate family. Gary and Susan request that any expressions of condolence, respect or grief be made as contributions in Red and Jeanie's names: to the Messick Cemetery Association or to Trinity Methodist Church, both of Poquoson, VA.
Bonni Lee (Maupin) Ashburn
AshburnB imageBeloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, and Friend. "Bonni Lee (Maupin) Ashburn passed peacefully in her home in Yorktown, VA on June 7th, 2019. She was surrounded by family and her favorite music while making the transition to be with her Lord and Savior in Heaven. She courageously battled pancreatic cancer for just over 1 year following her diagnosis. She embodied grace, faithfulness, strength, selflessness, and extraordinary love for God, her family, and friends throughout her battle and life. During this time, she still managed to put others first, ensuring no birthday, holiday, or anniversary was forgotten without a hand-written card, gift, or social media post. Bonni was born July 25th, 1943 in Moline, Illinois to Evelyn Grace Kester Maupin and Warner Garst "Bud” Maupin. She grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia where she attended Warwood High School. Bonni attended Richmond Polytechnic Institute (now VCU) for fashion design. It was there she met Don Milton Ashburn. The two were married August 25th, 1962 at Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church in Wheeling, WV. They would have celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary this August. She worked at Heritage Hut Antiques for 5 years, Ann’s Fashions for 15 years, and Nancy Thomas Gallery for 6 years. She was active in the "Women of the Church” group at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church in Yorktown, VA and served as a youth leader. Bonni volunteered as a school tutor and at the school library. She was active in the Piney Point Garden Club for many years. Her friends describe her as the picture of class, thoughtfulness, and elegance. Bonni enjoyed spending time with family, music, theatre, drawing, reading, and gardening. She loved Colonial Williamsburg, the Outer Banks, and Busch Gardens, especially during Halloween. Her fun-loving spirit was contagious to everyone around her, and she always enjoyed a good laugh. She never met a stranger and absolutely adored people. Bonni is survived by her husband, Don; two beautiful daughters and sons-in-law, Sheri Dunn and husband Rick of Washington, DC, Melody Cleland and husband Preston "Cubby” of Apex, NC; two granddaughters, Casey and Harper Cleland, also of Apex, NC; a brother, Robert "Bob” Maupin, and many cherished friends and extended family members. She will be deeply missed and remembered by all. A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held at 2:00pm Saturday, June 22nd at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church (6218 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown, VA 23692) followed by a brief reception. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Yorkminster Presbyterian Church, or to a charity of your choosing.”
Marion Janette Beasley
BeasleyM imageMarion Janette Beasley, 90, passed away on Thursday Morning June 13, 2019. Marion was born in Newport News and was a lifelong York County resident. She was the first nurse employed by York County Public Schools and retired in 1990 from York high School. She was a member of the Hampton Roads Seven Day Adventist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years Gouldin Beasley, Jr and is survived by her daughter, Patricia (Pat) Rachita (Vasile) of Yorktown and a son Wayne Beasley (Sophia) of Rocky Mount, NC a brother Edgar John Brock, Jr. of Charlottesville and a sister Marie Haas of Suffolk, and 3 grandchildren, Curtis Wayne Beasley, Emily Beasley Poe (Eric) and Mirela Rachita and 3 great-grandchildren Charlotte, Blaine and Cade Poe. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, June 17, 2019 in Amory Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Grafton Christian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Harrison Edward Brauer
BrauerH imageHarrison Edward Brauer died on June 8, 2019. Little Harrison fought a tough battle since his birth on July 11, 2018. He was beautiful with an angelic face, awesome hair, a gentle soul and a curious and impish spirit. He loved rocking on the porch with his Granny while listening to the sound of birds singing at dawn. He delighted in exchanging coos and squeals with his twin sister, and in face touching until the eye poking and hair pulling started. He loved listening to good music and even bad singing, his crinkly books, stroller walks and the sounds of the outdoors. Harrison is survived by his parents, Kathleen Waclawski and Clint Brauer; his brother Caden and his twin sister, Julie; his grandparents, Kathy and Chris Brauer, Karen and Edward Holloway, and Joan Kennedy; his godfather, Joe Chop; his great grandfather, Robert Kennedy, great grandparents, Margie and Ernie White, and his great grandmother, Shirley O’Reilly, and a very large and loving extended family. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Anthony Waclawski. The family deeply appreciates all those who lovingly participated in the joy of Harrison’s miraculous life, and the care received from CHKD, especially his neurosurgeon, Dr. Joseph Dilustro, and from Edmarc nurses Jasna Krispinsky and Bekah Carcamo. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Harrison’s memory to Edmarc Hospice for Children (https://edmarc.org/donate-now). A celebration of Harrison’s life will be held at Immaculate Conception Church, 2150 Cunningham Dr. in Hampton on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 3 p.m. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.
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