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York County and Poquoson Obituaries

William Topping "Billy” Hunt
WHunt imageWilliam Topping "Billy” Hunt II, 58, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, died Tuesday, February 13, 2018, after a short illness. Billy worked for the City of Newport News from 1985 to 2000. He worked in construction and as an all-around handyman his entire life. Billy was a perfectionist in all he did and never told anyone "no” to anything they asked him to do. He was a kind and big hearted man who could do anything with his hands. Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Jean and Charles "Hobby” Hunt. He is survived by his daughter, Amber; granddaughter, Riley; and faithful companions Harley and Daisy. They were his life. He is also survived by sisters, Debby Oakley (Donnie), Patty Diggs (Doug), and Sharon Perez (Arturo). Visitation will be held Friday, February 16, 6:30–8:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home. A Celebration of Billy’s life will be held Saturday, February 17, 12:00 Noon at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Poquoson. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News. After the graveside, all are welcome to bring a covered dish and join the family at Surfs Up Restaurant, Poquoson. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, 836 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson, VA 23662 to help cover funeral expenses. "Billy was one of a kind. We will miss you Poo-Paw.”  Online condolences to claytorrollins.com
Andrew A. Rossi
ARossi imageAndrew A. Rossi, 91, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Rossi. Andrew was born in Genoa, Italy, and endured hard times during World War II. He served in the Italian and American Merchant Marine, immigrated to America, served honorably in the U.S. Army as an MP and translator during the Korean War, worked in construction and trucking to support his family, and eventually became a successful businessman in New York City, owning his own import/export company in the World Trade Center until his retirement. He loved his family, opera (Pavarotti), tennis (Federer), dancing, pasta, and ‘The African Queen’. He had no patience for cold food or loud talkers. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his sons Paul C. Rossi and wife Lorraine, Charles A. Rossi and wife June, and Andrew (Andy) V. Rossi; grandchildren Valerie Rossi, Stephen Rossi, Lauren Rossi, and Nicole Rossi; nieces and nephew Janet Equale and husband Joseph, Sandra Nuti and husband Renzo; Andrea Rossi and wife Nicoletta; grand-niece and nephews Michelle Equale, Paul Equale (wife Cathleen), Ryan Equale (wife Laura), Fabrizio Nuti, and Federico Rossi; great-grand-nieces and nephews Danielle, Anthony, Vincent, Robert, Joey, AnnaRose, Rocco, Leo, and Leighton. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Amory Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday February 19, 2018 in St. Mark Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Hampton Memorial Gardens, Hampton, VA. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Shirley M. Harvey
Shirley M. Harvey, 77, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2018. Mrs. Harvey was a native of England and former resident of Oxon Hill, Maryland before settling on the peninsula in 1997. She enjoyed spending time with her family and was an extraordinary cook and baker. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years Marvin K. Harvey, Sr. and is survived by her sons, Marvin K. Harvey, Jr. and his wife Robin of Yorktown and Michael A. Harvey and his wife Elizabeth of Maryland; two sisters, Mary and Ann; two brothers, Tony and David along with two grandchildren, Aaron and Christina and 5 great-grandchildren, Alex, Christian, Sam, Logan and Lilly and a dear friend Ann Inscoe. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 17, 2018 in Amory Funeral Home Chapel.
Joan Raymond Tallman Householder
JHouseholder imageJoan Raymond Tallman Householder, 94, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Joan was a native of Portsmouth, VA before moving to Hampton and then Yorktown in 1969. She was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church with the Alter Guild and Daughters of the King. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, PEO and Mayflower Society. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years John Henry Householder and is survived by her son John Henry Householder II and his wife Pamela and 3 grandchildren, Michelle Brooks and her husband Kevin, John Patrick Householder and Jessica Richards and her fiancé David Heywood and five great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 in Grace Episcopal Church with Rev. Carleton Bakkum officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. A reception will be held following the services in the Parish House. Memorial donations may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 111 Church Street, Yorktown, VA 23690.
Arthur Lee Yates, Sr.
Arthur Lee Yates, Sr. 93, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Mr. Yates was a native of Virginia. He was an Army Veteran of World War II serving from June 1943 until February 1946. He was a retired construction worker. Mr. Yates preceded in death by his wife Fannie Yates and is survived by his daughter, Cassandra Boknight and sons, Arthur L. Yates, Jr. and John Yates and his wife Constance and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A private memorial service will be held at Amory Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at a later date in Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, New York. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.
Eleanor Horton Garland Dunavant
EDunavant imageEleanor Horton Dunavant, age 89, passed away on February 14, 2018, surrounded by her family. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Jimmy. Eleanor was born November 3, 1928 in Richmond, Virginia to Ruth Richardson Horton and Robert Gold Horton. Eleanor attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, Virginia and Richmond Professional Institute (VCU). Eleanor worked as a fashion illustrator for Thalhimers, Berry Burk, and as a technical illustrator at NACA before retiring to raise her family. She continued her passion for illustration, creative endeavors and organizing throughout her life. When she was younger, she was a Sunday school teacher and active member of Grace Episcopal Church, in Yorktown. She lived in the Marlbank Farm, neighborhood in Yorktown for 52 years and was an active member in the community. She was most proud of her Virginia heritage and will be remembered as a true southern lady. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband James Condrey Dunavant, daughter Katherine Condrey Dunavant and brother, Robert "Buddy” Gold Horton, Jr. Eleanor is survived by her daughter, Martha Dunavant Fishwick, son-in-law, Paul Anthony Fishwick, and granddaughter, Laura Katherine Fishwick. We are thankful for the love and attention that were provided by her caregivers. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday March 4, 2018, in Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown. A reception will immediately follow the service. In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice.
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