York County and Poquoson Obituaries

Doris Bias Cross
DCross imageDoris Bias Cross, 94, a longtime Poquoson resident, passed away at home on Thursday, November 9, 2017, with loved ones by her side. She was born in Nellis, WV, and grew up in Boone Co., WV. Doris was a retired LPN, and was Director of the FMRS Regional Health Center in Beckley, WV. She loved music and playing the piano, sewing, traveling, and crossword puzzles. She enjoyed her backyard and watching the birds who made their home there. Doris was a devoted daughter, wife and mother who was preceded in death by her husband, John W. "Bill” Cross; brothers, Eugene and Thomas Spencer, first husband, Chester Bias; step-son, John W. Cross Jr.; and son-in-law, Barry Sklar. She is survived by three children, Judith Sklar of Alexandria, VA, James Bias (Mary Frances) of Sophia, WV, and Patricia Bias of Arlington, VA; step-children, Susie Harrell (Carey) and Patti Roberts (John), both of Poquoson; grandchildren, Joel Sklar, Adam Sklar, Jimmy Bias, Scott Bias, Bryan Harrell, Michelle Harrell, Bryce Roberts, and Perry Roberts Harris; great-grandchildren, Justin Bias, Sarah Sklar, and Luke Harrell; and her beloved feline companion, Sassy. The family will receive friends Thursday, Nov. 16, 1-2:00 PM, immediately followed by a Celebration of Doris’ Life at 2:00 PM led by Rev. James N. Earley II, all at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, 2:00 PM, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, WV. The family wishes to thank Doris’ loving caregiver, Sylvia Williams, the Poquoson Fire & Rescue Squad, and Dr. John Hollingsworth and staff, for their care and support. Memorial contributions may be made to the Poquoson Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 2099, Poquoson, VA, 23662; or to PAWS (Poquoson Animal Welfare Sanctuary), P.O. Box 2204, Poquoson, VA 23662. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.
Naomi Martin
NMartin imageNaomi Martin, 40, a native of Japan and 15 year Poquoson resident, passed away Thursday, November 9, 2017 at home with her family. She worked for Drs. Bill and Dawn Hunt for many years. Naomi studied piano for most of her life. She shared her musical gift with her family and friends. Naomi is survived by her husband, Thomas E. Martin; sons Lui and Kai; parents, Shigekazu and Yoshiko Fukusaka; brother, Shigeyuki Fukusaka; sister, Noriko and husband Jun Suzuki; and in-laws, Wayne and Carroll Ann Martin, Aaron, Sandy, and Reagan Martin. A graveside service will be held Saturday, November 11, 1:00 PM, at Smith Memorial Cemetery, Poquoson. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Poquoson Public Library. Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.
Brenda Joyce Frye
BFrye imageBrenda Joyce Frye, 74, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Brenda was a native of Danville, VA and was a peninsula resident since 1953. She was retired from Food Lion and she and her husband owned Brenda Bright Cleaning Service from 1990-2000. She was an avid reader and loved to cook and spend time with her family. Brenda is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Ernest R. Frye; two sons, Wesley Frye (Robin) of Marietta, CA, Jeffrey Frye (Annette) of Williamsburg; a daughter Rhonda Rogers of FL; a sister, Loretta MacDonald (Bob) and three sisters-in-law, Linda Smart, Phyliss Frye and Charlene Wood (Harvey); and a special grandson Alan Hopkins. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 13, 2017, at Coastal Community Church. Interment will follow in Hampton Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church and at a reception at the church following the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Personal Touch Hospice, 733 Thimble Shoals Blvd. Suite 150, Newport News, VA 23606. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
Rosetta Grace Craig
Rosetta Grace Craig, 80, of Yorktown, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 at home. Born September 05, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Elizabeth Fresh of Brandonville, West Virginia. Rosetta was a graduate of Lorain High School, a homemaker, and member of Crook’s United Methodist Church. Her love was spending time with family, gardening, and shopping trips with her two daughters, Carol Hughes and Nancy Root. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Alvin Fresh of Vermilion, Ohio. Rosetta is survived by her steadfast and devoted husband of 53 years, Gerald Ray Craig; two sisters, Doris Fresh and Betty Weidman of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Michael Shawn Hughes; Nancy and David Root of Yorktown along with three grandchildren, Katelyn, Christopher, and Matthew; nieces, nephews, cousins, and family. A celebration of life service will be held on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 2:00 pm at Crooks United Methodist Church in Yorktown. Vibrating with love and light, Rosetta continues her legacy through medical research of the Virginia State Anatomical Program. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes considerations of a donation in memory of Rosetta G. Craig to Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church, 204 Cook Road, Yorktown, Va. 23690.
Robert G. Gregorie
RGregorie imageRobert G. Gregorie, 85, died on Thursday, November 9,2017, in Yorktown,VA. He was born in Albany, GA, on September 29, 1932. After High School, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He then attended and graduated from Georgia Tech U. He moved to Yorktown, VA, in 1957 and was employed at Newport News Ship Building, retiring after 35 years, in 1992. He attended Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown, serving with his rich voice in the Choir. He loved opera and classical music, antique clocks, and railroad lore. He was predeceased by his parents: Charles C. and Bertha (Geddens) Gregorie; his brothers: James, Charles Jr., and John; and his special friend, Steve Zalumas. He is survived by his sisters: Mrs. Helen Bush, Albany, GA, and Mrs. Eva Collins, Des Moines, IA. and their families. The family wishes to extend special thanks to George Parcell, Bob’s faithful caregiver the last five years. At Bob’s wish, there will be no viewing. His funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 11:00 a.m., in Grace Episcopal Church, 111 Church St., Yorktown. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, Va.
Dorothy Caffee Brown
DCBrown imageDorothy Caffee Brown, 80 passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at her home. Dorothy was born on May 30, 1937 to Victor and Audrey Caffee in Norfolk, Virginia and lived most of her life on the Peninsula. She graduated from Hampton High School and attended Madison College. She loved to work in her yard, cook for the holidays and crochet afghans for her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Cecil Edward Brown and her sister Patricia Cowley. She survived by her sons, Bill Brown and his wife Denise, Bob Brown and his wife Keli and Barry Brown and his wife Kim; five grandchildren, Tyler Brown, Jake Brown, Hayley Smith, Alex Brown and Hannah Brown. A celebration of her life will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, November 19, 2017 in Amory Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. David Hampton, officiating. In lieu of flowers, plant something in her memory in a place that is special to you.
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