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Obituaries

Dorothy Marie Richardson
DRichardson imageDorothy "Dot” Marie Richardson passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Tuesday, October 9, 2018. She was born to Floyd Strickland and Ruthie Mae Reed on May 20, 1936, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. Dot was an Air Force/Civil Service wife for 41 years, having lived in places such as Texas, Japan, Alaska, Florida, and finally settling in Tabb, Virginia. She was a cafeteria worker at York Co., schools for over ten years. Dot was an avid bowler and quilt maker. She crafted over 100 quilts, at least one for each family member. Dot was a member of the Tidal Waves Square Dance Club for many years. She served as the club’s First Lady, Secretary/Treasurer, and class coordinator. Dot was the Virginia State Square and Round Dance Convention Director in 2013 along with her husband. They were also the Region 5 (Tidewater Area) State Directors for many years. Dot was a member of Northside Christian Church. Dot is survived by her husband of 63 years, George (G. T.) Richardson of Tabb. She is also survived by her daughters Jeanne and husband Jim Hughes of Hampton, and Jo and husband Bill Boyd of Tabb. Dot is also survived by two sisters, Jean Wisdom of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Donnie Jo Vines, of Mt. Olive, Mississippi, and two brothers, Jimmie Strickland of Florence, Alabama, and Lois Eugene Strickland. Dot also is survived by five grandchildren: Jason Dudley and wife Christina, Joy Dudley, Colleen Dudley, Shane Boyd and wife Amanda, and Colin Boyd and three great-grandchildren, Oliver, Margaux, and Whitaker Dudley. Dot never met a stranger. She doted on her friends and family and loved them dearly. The family would like to thank the many very special and loving friends, who are too many to name, for their love and support. Memorial donations in Dot’s memory may be made to Northside Christian Church, 1300 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown, VA 23693. A Celebration of Life will be held at Northside Christian Church Saturday October 13 at 1:00 pm with a reception following in the Student Center. A private burial will be held later next week at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, Va.
Michael and Michelle Welborn
MMWelborn imageOn October 8, 2018 Michael and Michelle Welborn passed peacefully together surrounded by the ones that love them most. Mike and Shellee enjoyed riding Harleys, visiting the mountains, watching Orioles baseball, and spoiling their grandchildren. They spent 25 years of marriage growing their family and tackling life’s obstacles hand in hand. We invite you to join us on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 2 PM to celebrate the life and love they shared. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the ALS Association in their honor.
Dr. Vernon Netto
VNetto imageDr. Vernon Netto passed away Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at his home in Poquoson. He is survived by a loving family and many dear friends. Friends and family are welcome to visit and have quiet reflection 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, October 14th at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home Chapel. A Memorial Service will be held 6:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home and light refreshments will be served.
Richard Norman Wood
RWood imageRichard Norman Wood, 79, passed away on Monday, October 15, 2018. Richard was a native of Seaford, VA and was a lifelong resident of the peninsula. He graduated from York High School in 1957 and was a former employee of Newport News Shipbuilding and was owner of R.N. Wood Contracting Company from 1969 to the present. He was an avid bowler and fisherman and enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church. Richard was preceded in death by his father Jessie Wood; his mother Mildred and stepfather Kelly Corder; and brothers, Billy, Bob and Thomas Wood. He is survived by his companion, Joanne Murphy; son Harold Wood; daughters Tracy Fletcher and her husband Dana and Melissa Sawyer; stepson John Gilley and his wife Angie; stepdaughter Cathy Higgins and her husband Ricky; and his sister Priscilla MacAurther. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Garett, Joshua, Zachary, Amanda, Jensen, Katie S., Katie G., Ryan and Tyler; 6 great-grandchildren, and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday, October 17, at Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, October 18, at Zion United Methodist Church in Seaford. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.
Matthew John Lengyel
MLengyel imageMatt passed away very unexpectedly at his residence on Tuesday October 2, 2018 in Newport News. He was born on in Westerly, RI. He then moved to Ledyard, CT where he spent his childhood and some of his adult life. He then moved to Newport News, VA for work and married his wife, Pam Smith, and soon became a father to his two angels, Kira and Caitlyn. He started working in Wastewater for the City of Newport News where he met some wonderful people and lifelong friends. After 7 years, he decided to leave there and branch out and start MJL Construction. His company became very successful and he completed jobs all over the Peninsula and surrounding areas. Early on in his business, he met his good friend, Sheila, who helped him create flyers and quickly had him working on homes for sale. The business really flourished once people saw his magnificent work performed. He was a very well known and liked contractor for his work ethic and finished product he delivered, his great personality in dealing with his clients and businesses. He loved his two girls dearly and they were the apple of his eye. Matt was a hard worker and was out working almost 7 days a week but yet still made time for family and helping take care of them and taking care of the house. Matt and MJL Construction will be truly missed but never forgotten. He is truly at peace and rest now. I would like to express special appreciation to his friend Brad who has his own business however stepped up to the plate to help Matt with his busy schedule as Matt had lost his former worker to health issues. We are so grateful for the help so Matt did not have to stress his self out. He expressed it many times. Also last but not least, Debbie, who was a long time friend and also Matt’s secretary. She dug him out of a hole many of time. There are many people that were special to Matt but too many to name. He leaves behind his two daughters, Kira and Caitlyn; his parents John and Arlene Elias of CT and many other beloved family members, also from CT. Services will be held Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at 2 pm in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. The family will receive friends after the service at Matt’s residence. Matt will be cremated and go home with his daughters to their family home where they were raised with their father. In lieu of flowers, please go to Matt’s go fund page under Matt’s Angels and Future Superstars to help his daughter’s mother raise his girls and have his oldest, Kira, finish college and Caitlyn to enter college in 4 years. Thank you everyone for your love and support.
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