York County and Poquoson Obituaries
|Ronald Edward "Ron” Smith
Ronald Edward "Ron” Smith, 73, passed away after a short illness on Saturday, February 4, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. He
was a native of Wrightsville Beach, NC, and Poquoson resident the past 54 years. Ron retired in 1991 as a self-employed general contractor.
He served honorably in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn Benson and Agustus
Buxton Smith Jr. He is survived by his daughters, Renee Smith Meredith & husband Daryl of Poquoson, and Shelby Smith Hopkins of
Radford, VA; former wife of 21 years, Joan W. Smith; a grandchild, Blane Hopkins of Radford; and four brothers, Daniel P. Smith of
Odd, WV, Robert L. Smith of Salem, VA, James D. Smith of Poquoson, and William H. Smith of Indonesia. The family will receive
friends Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:00-7:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, immediately followed by a time to share memories
and celebrate Ron’s life at 7:00 PM. Other times the family will be at Renee’s home, 13 Laydon Way, Poquoson. "Ron was a loving
father, grandfather, brother, and uncle.”
|Delma Marjorie Presson Bristow
Delma Marjorie Presson Bristow was called to heaven on February 6, 2017 after a valiant struggle with dementia.
She was born on September 3, 1930 in Newport News and quickly made her way to Dare, Virginia to stay only leaving to visit friends
and grandkids. She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Robert and Hazel Presson; two brothers, Franklin and Wallace
Presson and a sister, Frances Burcher. She married her high school sweetheart, John Bristow, and they had three children- Robert, Donna
and Debra. She had four grandchildren – Brooke and Mitchell Bristow and Terrence and Sean Gleason; and two great grandchildren –
Layla and Wyatt. She is survived by her brother Walter Presson and many nieces and nephews.
Miss Delma was devoted to her family, church and community. Her family was the center of her world. She doted on her grandchildren
and they all have fond memories of her chocolate ice cream, chocolate cake and tractor rides. She was famous for reunions bringing
together family to meet each other to share stories and good times. Celebrations for her 70th and 80th birthdays were each attended by
over 100 family members, friends and coworkers.
Faith was another cornerstone for her. She was a lifelong member of Providence United Methodist Church. She served on the Church
Board of Trustees, was President of the Lucy Cox Circle, managed the Cemetery Fund and provided her famous sweet pickles and jam
for the annual bazaars.
She loved the Dare community and when the post office moved to Grafton and wouldn’t post her letters from Dare, she put "From
Dare” on her car license for everyone to see. Delma and Johnny became fixtures in the community through their operation of Johnny’s
Orchard in Dare, Virginia, growing apples, pears and berries. Following Johnny’s passing she continued to grow and sell raspberries
She was a career woman who worked for the York County School Board and U.S. Army Civilian Personnel at both Ft Eustis and Ft
Monroe. She was devoted to her work and took great pride in being a civil servant.
After retiring, Miss Delma was active in a number of civic activities including volunteering at the Food Pantry. She was a former member
of the Daughter of the American Revolution – Charles Parish Chapter NSDAR. She was a founding member the York County
Historical Society and York County Historical Museum as well as member of the York County Historical Committee. She served as a
host at the Yorktown Historical Society museum every Sunday after church and enjoyed telling visitors from around the world about
our history and great community.
The family would like to thank the staff of both Home Helpers and Riverside Hospice for their continued support. Both staffs provided
Ms. Delma with love and kindness which the family will never be able to repay.
A visitation will be held at Amory Funeral Home in Grafton on Friday, February 10 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held
on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Providence United Method Church followed by a grave site service and a reception in the
church Social Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Providence Methodist Church Cemetery Fund.
Miss Delma will be missed by friends, the community and especially her family for her devotion to God, her beloved community and
for her family.
|Stephen Graham Boggs
Kannapolis, NC - Stephen Graham Boggs, 71, of Yorktown Va. formerly of Kannapolis, went to be with his Lord on Friday, February 10,
2017 at his residence. Death was unexpected.
Stephen was born August 30, 1945 in Iredell County a son of Claudine Canup Boggs of Kannapolis and the late Edgar G. Boggs, Jr.
Stephen was employed at the Newport News Ship Building where he was an electrical engineer until his retirement.
Stephen was a 1963 Graduate of A.L. Brown High School and a 1969 graduate of NC State University where he received his Bachelor‘s
Degree in Engineering. He was a member of the Wolf Pack Club. While at A.L. Brown he was a member of the A.L. Brown Marching
Stephen enjoyed sports and was a coach of girls’ softball and basketball teams.
He was an active member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Yorktown where he was head usher, helped with the Easter Egg
Project and went on many mission trips. He was a member of the God and Grit’s Club, a member the Mariner’s Museum and the Sons
of Confederate Veterans.
Stephen was a former member of Jackson Park United Methodist Church where he was a member of Troop 100 Boy Scouts and had
received the Order of the Arrow. His family was instrumental in starting the Boy Scout Troop at the church.
Those family members left to cherish his memory in addition to his mother; include his brother, Jeff Boggs and wife Sharon of
Kannapolis, a nephew; Brian Boggs, aunts; Joyce Noble and husband Walter St. Petersburg, Fl. and Sue Starnes and husband Duane of
Raleigh. He is also survived by numerous cousins.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Whitley’s Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. James Pauley.
Interment will follow in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Salisbury. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 30 minutes prior to the
Whitley’s Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Boggs. Online condolences may be sent to www.whitleysfuneralhome.com Local
arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton,VA
|Bland W. Burcher
Bland W. Burcher died suddenly at home February 8, 2017.
Bland was born in Newport News and was a lifelong resident except for two years of military service as a chaplain’s assistant. He graduated
from Newport News High School in 1952 and never lost touch with many dear classmates.
He was preceded in death by his parents Roy H. and Mary Jane Williamson Burcher, his sister Alice Lee Dale (Linwood), and brother
Roy H. Burcher Jr. (June), infant daughter, and twin infant grandsons.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years Patricia and his children Suzanne Rios (Victor), Dan Burcher (Amy), Janie Lisagor
(Matt) and eight grandchildren (Kate Rios, Lauren Rios, Rachel Rios, Kelly Burcher, Meredith Burcher, Brett Burcher, Hannah Lisagor,
Joshua Lisagor), sister Jackie Harris, his best 4 legged friend, Winston, and a host of wonderful loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bland was probably best known for singing and playing with his band "BW & The Cruisers” for over 20 years and later with the
Burcher family band "The Family Feud” for many years after the Cruisers.
Bland was retired from Virginia Natural Gas as superintendent of Construction and Operations. He was very active in the community
with Peninsula Homes Builders, and Peninsula Association of Realtors. He served many years on the Board of Directors of the Peninsula
YMCA and the Salvation Army. He was one of the first members of Oyster Point Rotary of the Virginia Peninsula, and was an active
member for many years after his retirement. He served on their Board of Directors, and was a Paul Harris Fellow.
He was quick to love, fast to forgive, and passionate about keeping his friends and family close. Everything he did was for his family.
He considered children and grandchildren an unexpected and amazing gift and was so proud as they grew to be responsible and wonderful
parents. He died on the eve of his and Pat’s 60th anniversary and Pat received a special package from him the next morning. God
is so good.
The last few years were a challenge health-wise but he continued to live with courage and hope. He still enjoyed time at the Outer Banks
with his family and looked forward to many more years but God in his infinite mercy called him home and granted him a merciful passing
from this life. As he always said "I’ll talk to you whenever.”
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church, 38 Hoopes Rd, Newport News, Va. 23602.
A celebration of life will be held at Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church Saturday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Reception with family and friends to follow immediately after the service.