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York County and Poquoson Obituaries
Velvet Sartori Taylor
Taylor imageVelvet Sartori Taylor, 49, of Seaford passed away unexpectedly on Friday, January 23, 2015. Velvet was a strong positive influence on many people including friends, neighbors, coworkers and relatives. Her message was always hopeful, happy and encouraging of others. Velvet was born in Sharon, CT and was the oldest daughter of Velvet and Ray Sartori who still reside in Dover Plain, NY. She has resided in Seaford for the last 25 years. She worked as civil employee Contract Specialist for the DOD Aviation Applied Technology Directorate at Fort Eustis. In 1986, Velvet married Travis Taylor. Travis is a retired officer of the United States Coast Guard. The couple moved to Seaford when Travis accepted an assignment at the Yorktown Coast Guard Base. Amanda, born in 1987 and Jon, born in 1991 added to the family. The military lifestyle provided Velvet and Travis many opportunities for travel including a three year assignment in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from 2002 to 2005. The family flourished in the military and reflected the best qualities of this lifestyle. Velvet especially enjoyed the role as a military wife, making it a means of personal development and progress. Velvet had an ability to make others comfortable. With friendly talks she was able to help others generate ideas, calm troubled moments or explore options. She was reliable and trusted by many for her advice and guidance. The best advice was typically accompanied by laughter, smiles and Velvet's sensible reassuring contribution to the plans. She could make even the most oppressive situations seem more palatable and acceptable. Most friends will miss this the most. Velvet is survived by her husband of 28 years, Travis Taylor; a daughter, Amanda Rae Taylor of Yorktown, and a son LTJG. Jon Travis Taylor (Apprentice Marine Inspector)of New Orleans, LA. She is also survived by her parents Ray and Velvet Sartori; two sisters, Jessie Rundall (Jimmy) of Kent, CT and Sara Taylor (Kevin) of Dover Plains; a brother Jason Sartori (Tonya) of Dover Plains, and several nieces and nephews, Dylan, Casey, Lincoln, Jaxon, and Melanie. Friends and family will gather from 4:00 - 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 28, at Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. A celebration of her life will follow the visitation at the River Walk Restaurant in Yorktown on Wednesday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers or donations, the family requests that friends find a way to remember Velvet in a manner that she would like. Our vision is that everyone finds an appropriate time to enjoy a good meal with those you love and offer a toast to Velvet. She will be smiling with you!
Herman S. King
King imageHerman Stowell King, 85, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Herman was a native of West Virginia and a peninsula resident since 1960. He retired as a News Director for WXGM Radio in 2008 and worked for WGH Radio for 20 years prior to that.A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in Amory Funeral Home Chapel. Memorial may be made to the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society 6620 Jackson Lane, Gloucester, VA 23061.
James Scarboro "JIM" Bowman, Jr.
Bowman imageJames Scarboro "Jim" Bowman, Jr., a World War II veteran and founding member of Seaford Baptist Church, passed away at the age of 90 on Saturday, January 24, 2015. Jim was a native and former resident of Graham, NC and a Peninsula resident since 1951. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and graduated from North Carolina State University in 1951. He worked for NASA at Langley Research Center as an aeronautical engineer for 38 years and retired in 1989. In 1962 Jim helped establish Seaford Baptist Church. He was an ordained Deacon, Sunday School superintendent and served on many church committees. After retiring from NASA, Jim volunteered as a docent for the Virginia Air and Space Center conducting tours at the museum and serving in the Education Resources Center. He was preceded in death by his first wife Rachel Coble Bowman and is survived by his second wife Marcia Bowman; a daughter, Beth Bowman Anderson and her husband Jonathan of Richmond, VA; two sons, Jim Bowman III and his wife Samantha of Rockville, MD and David Bowman and his wife Ellen of Cincinnati, OH; a sister, Julia Reaves of Southern Pines, NC; three brothers, Jack Bowman and his wife Doris of Southern Pines, NC, J.A. Bowman and his wife Delores of Burlington, NC and Bill Bowman and his wife Joyce of China Grove, NC; seven grand children, Jim Bowman IV and his wife Joann, Chris Bowman and his wife Amanda, Charles Bowman, Josh Bowman and his wife Rachael, Matt Bowman, Katie Bowman and Sarah Anderson; and four great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Seaford Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Howard officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Alamance Memorial Park, Burlington, NC. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Seaford Baptist Church, 1311 Seaford Road, Seaford, VA. 23696. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.
Donald Neil Hiemstra
Hiemstra imageDonald Neil Hiemstra, age 77, passed peacefully on Thursday, January 22, 2015. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and had resided in the Newport News area since 1971. He proudly retired from the US Air Force after 30 years of service at Langley Air Force Base as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1988. Don was preceded in death by his parent's Cornelius (Neil) Hiemstra and Jeanette Gruizenga Hiemstra of Kalamazoo, MI, and his first wife of 46 years, Melva Pierce Hiemstra and their son, Douglas Hiemstra (survived by Patty White). He is survived by his loving second wife of 9 years, Sarah Duke Hiemstra, and children, Thomas Hiemstra of Queen Creek, AZ (Cathy), Patricia Hiemstra Terrill of Yorktown, VA (Chet), Scott Hiemstra of Crescent, PA (Lorie), Kevin Duke of Yorktown, VA (Paula), and Deborah Duke Sumblin of Hubert, NC (Gary). He is also survived by grandchildren, Leslie Summerlin, Ashley Smith, Jennifer Bassett, Kayla Hiemstra, Tyler Hiemstra, Julia Hiemstra, Andrew Duke, Emily Duke, Chad Sumblin, Jennifer Brown, and Ryan Sumblin, and nine greatgrandchildren, and their beloved dog, Dana Rose. Don is also survived by brothers, Robert Hiemstra (Erselle) of Hot Springs, AR and Kenneth Hiemstra (Sue) of Bad Axe, MI, and sister, Cheryl Hiemstra Stephens (Ray) of Kalamazoo, MI. Don graduated from Portage Central High School in Michigan in 1956, and later graduated with honors with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from St Leo University in Newport News, VA. During his years of military service, Don served as an aircraft mechanic, a flight engineer, and a training manager. During his maintenance and flying years, he traveled the world with his family, living in Texas, Maine, Japan, Hawaii, North Carolina, Philippines, Virginia, and Spain. During the four years his family was in the Philippines, he spent most of his time flying C-130s in Vietnam. Don earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation, and Vietnam Service Medal with 8 Bronze Service Stars, and countless others. Since his retirement, he has remained an active member of the TAC Tankers Association. After his retirement from the Air Force, Don worked as a Training Support Acquisition Specialist for the Army Training Center (ATSC) at Fort Eustis, VA. He served as Project Officer and Contracting Officer's Representative in all aspects of the contract life cycle for many years. He retired after 14 years of service. Don was a very devoted member of Christ United Methodist Church, continuing to attend services on-line even after his illness worsened over the past nine months. His devotion and service to the Boy Scouts of America spanned over 45 years. In more recent years, he acted as the Chartered Organization Representative of Christ United Methodist Church for Troop 43. A college scholarship was named in his honor for the Elwood Carter & Donald Hiemstra Scholarship. Don's hobbies included NASCAR racing and working on old cars, always hoping to fully restore his own 1940 Mercury. He also enjoyed his Motor Home, spending many happy trips with Sarah, family, and friends. Don loved his family, his church, the Boy Scouts and his many friends and co-workers. He was loved dearly by all who knew him and will be truly missed. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, January 26, 2015, at Christ United Methodist Church in Newport News. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Sunday, January 25, at Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. Donations in Don's memory may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 133 Deep Creek Road, Newport News, VA, 23606.
James Carroll "Joe" Childers
Childers imageJames Carroll "Joe" Childers, 91, died Tuesday, January 20, 2015. He was born to Francis David and Ethel Clark Childers in Canton, NC, and was raised in Swannanoa, NC. After graduating from Swannanoa High School in 1943, he moved to Newport News and entered the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School. He graduated in 1947 as a shipfitter. He played on the only undefeated Apprentice football team; the 1943, 150 pound team went 7 and 0. He retired in May of 1986 as a General Foreman after forty-three years of service. He was a member of Yorkminster Presbyterian Church, Warwick Lodge # 336 AF+AM, Apprentice Alumni, and the Mariner club. Mr. Childers is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Esther Williams Childers; his daughter Lynn Douse and her husband David and his son Clark Childers and his wife Susan. He was "Pop"to his six grandchildren, Laura (Jonathan) Shernit, Nathan (Desiree) Douse, Erin Douse, Joshua (Amanda) Childers, Adam and Christopher Childers and six great-grandchildren, Daelyn, Benjamin and Mason Childers, William and James Shernit and Emma Douse. After a private burial, there will be a memorial service at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 23, at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church, 6218 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23692. The family would like to express their thanks and affection for the staff of The Gardens of Warwick Forest for their excellent care, and love far above their job descriptions. Though it was a place he never wanted to be, it was made a comfortable way station by their love for Pop and Mimi. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, 601 Children's Lane, Norfolk, VA 23507 in Honor of Adam Childers, a Survivor. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
Emma "Mam Mam" Lucille Miskell Gordon
Gordon imageEmma "Mam Mam" Lucille Miskell Gorden, 90, a native of Poquoson, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Lucille attended school in Poquoson and became an LPN Nurse later in life. She retired from Hampton General Hospital and was called back into nursing service at Dominion Village where she worked until age 70. Lucille was a founding member of Poquoson Assembly of God (Victory Christian Center) where she held many positions including teacher, singer, deaconess, and spiritual advisor. Only God knows how many lives Lucille touched during her nursing ministry, she was always available to pray for the needs of those hurting. Lucille was preceded in death by her first husband Edward Miskell of 46 years, and husband Donald Gorden of 19 years; parents, Jacob and Laura Martin; brothers Amos, Elwood, Nelson, Roy, and sister, Lillian. Mam Mam is survived by her son Jimmy Miskell, Sr. and wife Phyllis; grandchildren Sherry Bliga, Jimmy Miskell, Jr. and fiancé Imelda, Tabitha Watkins and husband Todd, and Joseph Miskell and wife Mindy; great grandchildren, Drew and Kyndall Watkins, Sammy Bliga, and Reegan and Zane Miskell; her step-children, Sharon, Jeanette, and Ed; step-grandchildren, Andy and Megan. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, 4:00 PM, at Victory Christian Center, Poquoson with Pastor Jame` Bolds presiding. Interment will be private at a later date. The family will receive friends at Tabitha's home, 2 Wainwright Drive, at other times. Many thanks to all the nurses, Hospice, and care givers for their kindness as they cared for Mam Mam. Online condolences to . Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is assisting with arrangements.


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