York County and Poquoson Obituaries

Howard G. "Duddy” Forrest Jr.
DForrest imageHoward G. "Duddy” Forrest Jr., 89, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017. He was the husband of Betty Cox Forrest, and a native and resident of Poquoson before moving to The Chesapeake retirement community, Newport News. He was the son of the late H. Garland Forrest and Nonie Amory Forrest. He was also preceded in death by his infant daughter, Nonie Elizabeth; a sister, Dorabelle F. Cox; and a sister- in-law, Lucille Cox Pace. He is survived by his sons, Howard G. Forrest III, and Kenneth Melvin Forrest and wife, Marty; two granddaughters, Corie Forrest and Kelli Forrest; a great-granddaughter, Lucianna Sandoval; two step-grandchildren; a nephew, Richard Cox; and several extended family members. Duddy attended VPI before leaving to serve in the U.S. Army. He was employed at Newport News Shipbuilding for 39 years, retiring in 1987 as a Contract Administrator. He was a member of Tabernacle UMC where he had previously served on the Administrative Board, Chairman of Evangelism, and member of the Men’s Chorus. Duddy’s former service at his home church, Trinity UMC and St. Lukes’ UMC included Sunday School Teacher, Board Member, and Lay Leader. He served as Worship Chairman at The Chesapeake. Duddy’s community service on the Peninsula included being an organizer of Troop 51 and Cub Pack 51, BSA; President of Poquoson Lions Club and being named a Melvin Jones Fellow; Chairman of Poquoson School Board; Poquoson Town Council; Chairman of Poquoson’s Economic Development Committee; Mayor, City of Poquoson; Chairman of Thomas Nelson Community College Advisory Board; President of the TNCC Foundation Board; and Member of the Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation Board. A Memorial service will be held at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Poquoson on Saturday, March 18, 2017, 11:00 AM, led by Rev. Dr. James N. Earley II and Rev. Dr. Nancy Hayes. A reception will follow at the church. Burial will be private. Memorials may be given to the Virginia Baptist Homes Foundation, 955 Harpersville Rd., Newport News, 23601, or a favorite charity. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com . Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is in charge of arrangements. "The Family would like to thank the entire staff at The Chesapeake for all their care, and for making Duddy’s last years enjoyable and comfortable.”
Shari Kaye Etheridge
SEtheridge imageShari Kaye Etheridge, 48, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Shari was a native of Gloucester and Seaford, VA. She worked for Suter Printing in Williamsburg until her health declined, and spent her remaining years as the caretaker of her mother-in-law and fatherin- law, both preceding her in death. Shari was proud of nothing more in life than her children, and their many friends who she considered her own children. She loved watching Yankees baseball games, and there was no bigger Derek Jeter fan than her. Christmas time was spent baking her world famous monster cookies to distribute to her beloved family and friends. She donated 9 years of her time to Gloucester Youth Baseball, where families knew her as "The Hot Dog Lady”, never missing an opportunity to serve her home-made hot dog chili. Shari is survived by her husband of 25 years, Ivan, her daughter Casey Arden (Mike), son Ray, parents Casey and Evon Lemon, brother Bill Lemon, life-long best friend Vicki Burbage, and countless others.The family would like to send special thanks to neighbor Susan Shaw, friend Barbara Zeno, friend Charles Allen, and the Builder’s Class at Zion Methodist for all of their support for the family. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Zion United Methodist Church with Rev. David Magruder officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church social hall. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in her honor to The Doorways in Richmond,VA where she spent many of her remaining days. www.thedoorways.org Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
William (Bill) D. Comstock
Comstock imageWilliam (Bill) D. Comstock, 89, passed away at home on Saturday, March 11, 2017 surrounded by his loved ones. He served in the US Army, Virginia National Guard and retired after 40 years of service from Newport News Shipbuilding. He was a member of Messick Baptist Chapel and The American Legion Post 273. He loved sports, playing golf, music and whistling. He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandfather. He was always there for his family and will be missed dearly. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Peggy Comstock, three daughters Jeanette Dryden, Lisa Miller, Judy Lewis (Doug), six grand children Annette Hogg (Phillip), John Dryden (Vanessa), Cristina DeMars, Donna Tweedy, Jason Minton and Jessica Croft (Chris) and ten great grandchildren. A sister, Hazel Cronk, sister-in-laws, Jean Krowe and Mary Lee Dryden, and many loving nieces and nephews. Bill also loved his beloved cat, Bootsie. Special neighbors Bob and Polly McGhee, Marty and Sherry Graham and Greg and Cheryl Dryden whom he most cherished. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Messick Baptist Chapel at 1118 Poquoson Ave, Poquoson, VA. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Poquoson Fire/Rescue Department at PO Box 2404, Poquoson, VA 23662. The family would also like to extend a special thanks to Intrepid Hospice and Sentara Hospital Oncology floor for the wonderful care they provided to Bill during his illness.
William Raymond Holloway, Jr.
Holloway imageWilliam Raymond Holloway, Jr., age 89, of 1106 Jackson River Turnpike, Hot Springs, Virginia died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at his residence. He was born December 8, 1927, in Hampton, Virginia, to the late William Raymond Holloway, Sr. and Earsie Forrest Holloway. He served in the United States Army and was a 1952 graduate of the NASA Aeronautical Apprentice School, receiving honors in the pyrotechnic program. In 1944 he began a distinguished 32 year career with NASA, becoming an aeronautical engineer and technician, Methods Writer and worked in Quality Assurance of Government Contracts. He was an expert mathematician, and a metal model maker. In 1963, he built the first drone. During his distinguished career with NASA, he traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada, including the Arctic. He was instrumental in the research and development of the 1969 Apollo II moon landing space craft. He was also assigned to the development, research and testing of the Mars Landing of the Viking Space Craft in 1975. He also worked with the Wallops Island flight and testing program and NASA research and development at Langley Air Force Base. He was a liaison with foreign engineers visiting the United States hoping to develop space programs in their own countries. He was a former member of his home church, Trinity United Methodist Church in Poquoson, a charter member of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Yorktown and Eden United Methodist Church in Hot Springs. He was also a member of the American Legion Holloway-Moore Post 92 and the National Rifle Association. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Glenda Shaw. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Jessie Janet Broce Holloway of Hot Springs; a foster daughter, Tina Roberts; a brother, Kenneth F. Holloway of Great Bridge; two brothers-in-law, Reid Broce and wife Katie of Richmond, and Eddie McCallister and wife Claudia of Hot Springs; two sisters-in-law, Amy Buettner of Texas, and Shirley Broce, of Florida; a number of loving and caring nieces and nephews; special relatives, Patty and John Hazelwood, Sarah Hall, Bill and Sue George, and David and Becky George; and special caregivers, Mike Deaner, Josh Deaner, and Tabby Cook. A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM in Alleghany Memorial Park, Low Moor with Reverend R. Spencer Broce and Reverend David T. George officiating. Pallbearers will be Todd Borchers, Mike Deaner, Josh Deaner, Joseph Pritt, Roy Pritt, and Bartlett Ailstock. Friends may gather at the gravesite prior to the service. Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge is handling arrangements. The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project. To send condolences to the family online, please visit  www.nicelyfuneralhome.com.
Kathryn (Kathy) Willis Slonaker
Slonaker imageKathryn (Kathy) Willis Slonaker, 71, passed away March 17, 2017 in Newport News, Virginia. Kathy was born in Newport News and graduated from Warwick High School. In 1995 Kathy moved to Honey Brook, Pennsylvania. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved to craft, cross-stitch, quilt, garden, read, and she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Slonaker, her mother Catherine Willis Atkins, her father, Edwin Willis, Sr. and her brother, Edwin Willis Jr. She is survived by her son, Clint Burcher of Gloucester, daughter Margaret Ann Fischer and her husband Samuel of TN, step-daughter Cari Clapper and her husband Joshua of PA, step-son Richard Slonaker and his wife Bunny of NJ, sisters Juanita Scripter of Yorktown and Slavia Thompson of Newport News, close friend Ernie Green of Yorktown, VA, ten grandchildren Chris, Danielle, Brittany, Allen, Jonathan, Gabriel, Eve, Brittany, Alexa and Nate, and four great-grandchildren Daeton, Allen, Shelby, and Reese. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM. Monday, March 20, 2017 in Amory Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be private at a later date.
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