York County and Poquoson Obituaries

Gay Stieffen Shaw
Shaw imageGay Stieffen Shaw, 100, died on Monday, August 8, 2016. Mrs. Shaw was born in Richmond, VA to P.V. Stieffen and Esther Gray Stieffen. She was a lifelong resident of the Peninsula. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1933 and from Farmville State Teachers College (now Longwood University) in 1938. She formerly taught school in the Hampton school system. She was a member of St John’s Episcopal Church, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, Merrimac Garden Club and the Lifelong Learning Center at CNU. Gay was preceded in death by her parents; her husband William H Shaw, Jr.; her daughter Nan Niblock and a brother B.P. Stieffen. She is survived by her son, William H. Shaw, III (Kathryn) of Williamsburg; brothers, S. Wallace Stieffen (Jackie) of Croaker and Dennis R. Stieffen (Lynn) of Hampton; sister-in law, Mary Stieffen of Atlanta and a brother-in-law S. Franklin Edwards of Grafton; 5 grandchildren, Peter G. Shaw (Kristin) Cleveland Heights, OH, Jeffrey W. Shaw (Barbara) of Locust Hill, VA, Robert M. Niblock (Beth) of Alexanderia, VA, Sarah K. Shaw of Oakmont PA, Mary A Shaw of Williamsburg; 2 great grandchildren, Quinn and Nathaniel Niblock and several nieces and nephews. Interment will be private at Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
Dorcas Duncan Kenne
Kenne imageDorcas Duncan Kenne died on July 9, 2016 after battling illness for 2 years. Dorcas, born in Pulaski, VA, was a Newport News resident for over 55 years. A retired Civil Service employee and a talented artist, she was an active member in various local art groups and the Comte de Grasse chapter of DAR. She is recently predeceased by her husband, of 54 ½ years, Bill Kenne, and is survived by 2 daughters, Teresa and Anna Kenne. Her Memorial Mass will be on Friday, August 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM at St Joan Catholic Church, Yorktown, VA. In lieu of flowers, please make all memorials to the MCV Foundation to Support Brain Research at the VCU Parkinson and Movement Disorder Center www.vcuhealth.org/give or by mailing a check to PO Box 980275, Richmond VA 23298 in the name of Dorcas Kenne. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.
Manuel Torres
Torres imageManuel Torres, affectionately called Papa, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016. He was born on October 29, 1933 in Naranjito, Puerto Rico. He joined the Army in 1954, and two years later married his childhood sweetheart (whom he adored), Obdulia Figueroa. Together, they travelled around the world while he honorably served the U.S. Army for 22 years and received the Bronze Star along with other numerous service related achievements. He was a decorated Korean and Vietnam War veteran. In 1976, he retired to Newport News, VA and began a second career delivering mail throughout Hampton Roads for the Post Office until 1995. Manuel was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He was a kind and gentle person who loved his family dearly and cherished every family gathering. He was the type of person who would be there for you if you needed anything – especially a great big hug. He loved boxing and baseball; he was a big Yankees fan who could always accurately predict the World Series Champions. Everyone made their bets based on his predictions. His quick wit and sense of humor always had everyone on edge because you never knew what he was going to say, but it always resulted in smiles and laughter. He was preceded in death by his sister, Laudelina Crespo, his brother, Roberto Torres, and his grandson, Jacob Nisbet. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Obdulia, his son Victor Torres (Debbie Torres), his daughters Carmen Torres-Nisbet (Ed Nisbet), Lina Kennedy, and Judy Purne (Mikael Purne), along with four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is at peace, and is probably teaching Jacob the finer points of baseball. We love and miss you. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 16 at St. Jerome’s Church, in Newport News, VA. A Catholic mass will be led by Reverand Jong Bayta and a reception will follow. The interment will take place at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, VA. at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Kenneth C. Ellis
Ellis imageKenneth C. Ellis, 65, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016. Kenneth was a native of Grand Haven, MI and a peninsula resident for 30 years. He worked as a truck mechanic with Cooks Moving Service for 27 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a member of the CCCG Hunt Club. He enjoyed working on cars and watching NASCAR and routing for Kyle Busch. He was a preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Arlene Ellis and a son, Brent Ellis and is survived by his wife of 45 years, Debbra Eberly Ellis and a daughter Dianna Hall and her husband Richard of Newport News a sister Barbara Johnson and her husband John of Florida and 2 brothers, Dennis Ellis and his wife Kristen of Texas and Dan Ellis and his wife Kim of Grand Haven, MI; 2 grandchildren, Marisa Lynette and Isaac Corgan A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM Friday, August 19, 2016 in Amory Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service.
James F. "RED” Angell
Angell imageJames F. "Red” Angell, 95, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 14, 2016, with family by his side. He was a native of Franklin County, VA; born to John G. Angell and Steelia Gay Mills, he was the youngest of 6 children. James joined the Army Air Corps and served in WW II from 1944 to 1946 in the Pacific Theater aboard a B29 Bomber, stationed on Tinian Island when the war ended. Returning home, he resumed his career at Newport News Shipyard, retiring from the X18 welding Department as a supervisor in 1983. Following retirement, he spent his time woodworking, fishing and crabbing, attending bluegrass festivals, enjoying life with family and friends, and tinkering on various projects in his garage. James was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, loving wife of 41 years, Iris, and newborn daughter Rebecca. He is survived by his son, John Angell of Seaford, VA; a daughter Judy Furches and her husband Steve of Yorktown, VA; grandchildren, Jimmy and Danielle Angell, Jim and Melina Furches; a host of nieces and nephews in and around Franklin County, VA. He is also survived by a special friend, Janet DeJarnette, and her family of South Boston, VA and surrounding communities. To honor Dad’s legacy, our wish is for you to extend a random kindness to someone with no expectation of recognition or reward. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Amory Funeral Home Chapel; burial with Military honors to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in Amory Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be directed to the charity of your choice.
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