York County and Poquoson Obituaries
|Martha Ann Sorrells
Martha Ann Sorrells, 64, passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
Martha was a lifelong resident of the Peninsula, and was employed as a cashier with Rip's Food Store for over 20 years. She was an
avid coffee lover, and was the only person on earth that hated weekends, because there was nothing good to watch on TV.
Martha is survived by her son Roy Sorrells and his wife Danielle of Yorktown; her daughter Jennifer Bonniville and her husband
Joshua of Hampton; 3 brothers, Donald Price and his wife Holly of Sykesville, MD, Eugene Price and his wife Judy of Carrolton, VA,
Bernard Halstead of Newport News, VA; and a sister Diane Evans of Newport News. She is also survived by 2 grandsons,
Christopher and Steven Sorrells; her dog Ali; and host of family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, February 24, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, with Rev.
David Hampton officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd. Suite A-102, Newport News,
|Allen Vincent Canada
Allen Vincent Canada, 82, passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
Vincent was a lifelong resident of the Peninsula. He was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. He was employed as an
automotive painter for 38 years until June 1987. He then worked at Pop's Drive-In until his retirement in 1997. He loved the outdoors,
hunting and fishing and was a life member of the NRA.
Vincent is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Vivian L. Canada; his children, Anna May Hopkins and her husband Chris of
Seaford, Allen Canada, Jr. and his wife Denise of Gloucester, Connie Stinson and her husband Barry of Heathsville, VA, Daryl
Canada and his wife Donna of Yorktown, and Stephen Canada and his wife Joyce of Gloucester. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren,
Jennifer Canada, Dee Dee Matthews, Gerry Hopkins, Jason Stinson, Heather Canada, and Vincent Lee Canada; and 4
great-grandchildren, Madison and Grant Hartman and Hunter and Blair Stinson. Vincent was preceded in death by a grandson,
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Yorktown with
Father Michael Joly officiating. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7-8 pm on
Monday, February 23, at Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
|Mary Gertrude "Trudy" Holmes
Mary Gertrude "Trudy" Holmes, 71, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015.
Trudy was a native of Roaring Spring, PA and was a Peninsula resident since 1968. She retired from Newport News Shipbuilding.
She was an independent, free spirit and loved lighthouses. Trudy was a loving mother and grandmother and a devoted friend.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Martha Weyandt and two brothers, Donald and Scott Weyandt. She is survived
by her daughter Robin Schultz and her husband Mark, whom she considered to be her son as well. She had one granddaughter,
Meghan Schultz whom she adored. She is also survived by her sister Margaret Seymour (and her family Russell, Becky and Alex)
and a sister in law, Mary Jane Weyandt of Valparaiso, Indiana (and her family Dawn, Rhonda, Eric and Brooke.) She is also survived
by special neighbors who were like family to her, Bill and Yvonne Claiborne and Richard and Sharon Toth.
A Memorial service will be held at 4:30 pm on Sunday, February 22, 2015, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton with Dr.
Brad Hoffmann officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.
|Noemi De Gracia Maldonado
Noemi De Gracia Maldonado, 61, passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
Noemi was a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico and was a Peninsula resident since October 2014. She was a loving mother and
grandmother, and enjoyed crafts and cooking.
Noemi is survived by 2 sons, Tito Cuesto De Gracia and Dennis Ramos De Gracia of Yorktown; and Noemi Arroyo (Efrain) of
NC. She is also survived by 8 grandchildren, EJ, Yanira, Rasalie, Jeremy, Jesus, Danieyliz, Mililani, and Isaac.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, February 23, 2015, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
Interment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Newport News, VA.
|Betty Marie Bradley
Betty Marie Bradley, 92, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Warwick Forest. She was a member of
the PEO Sorority. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Bradley. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Elsass &
husband Marion; three grandchildren, Mary Weeks & husband Mark, Brad Elsass & wife Gina, and Tim Elsass; and three greatgrandchildren,
Connor Weeks, Adrianna Elsass, and Jonas Elsass. A Memorial service will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, 10:30 AM, at
Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Poquoson, by Rev. Barry Throckmorton. A reception will follow at the church. Memorial
donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com . Claytor Rollins Funeral Home,
Poquoson, is assisting.
|John Paul "JP" Jared
John Paul "JP" Jared, 78, passed away peacefully after an extended hospitalization on Saturday, February 21, 2015. JP was preceded
in death by his mother, Maudie Verbryke of Fort Worth, TX, and father, Phil Jared. He is survived by his daughter, Cortney Lynn
West and husband Robert Tylor West; sisters, Joanna Bernard and husband Don of Oklahoma City, OK, Denise Thavolsutti and husband
Gamon of Whitney, TX, and Drinda Frisk and husband Mike of Fort Worth, Texas. JP was a very loving father and father-inlaw.
His smile will be missed by many. Over the years, his friendships spanned all age groups and many beyond his years. One sport
for which he always maintained a great love was golf. He played and instructed locally in many clubs around the state, sometimes
for activities that benefited vary worthy causes. JP is going to be dearly missed by his daughter Cortney. They loved each other very
dearly. My Dad made me who I am because he loved me. Thank you Daddy for loving me all my life. You will forever be in my
heart and soul forever. Heaven gained an angel when he received you. He will be missed by his Grand Critters who loved him and
always appreciated his wonderful daily care. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to: PAWS, P.O. Box 2204, Poquoson, VA,
23662. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.
|Col. Charles M. "Chuck" Conrad
Col. Charles M. "Chuck" Conrad, retired U.S. Air Force, died peacefully at home with family on Thursday, February 19, 2015. He
was born April 24, 1920 in Trenton, NJ, and was raised in Barnegat, NJ. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary; sons, Grove
(Kathy), and Chip (Christine); daughters, Margaret, Liz (Marty), Gale (Keith), and Sandy; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a devoted member of the Kiwanis Club. Chuck very much
enjoyed his 30 years in the Air Force, as well as many other things including sailing, hunting, and fishing; however, his greatest
enjoyment came from being with his family and living life his way. He will be missed by many, but none more than his family - we
will miss you more than you could imagine. Thank you for everything, Dad. Visitation will take place Sunday, Feb. 22,from 2 to 3
PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, immediately followed by the funeral service at 3 PM in the church sanctuary by Rev.
Charles R. Stacy and Rev. Milford C. Rollins. Burial will follow at Weston Cemetery, Poquoson, with full Air Force Honors. In lieu of
flowers, the family requests that donations in Chuck's memory be made to the Poquoson Volunteer Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 2099, or
Trinity United Methodist Church (Living Our Faith), 1294 Poquoson Ave., or the Weston Cemetery Association, C/O Sherwood
Emerson, 262 Little Florida Rd., all in Poquoson, VA, 23662. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com . Claytor Rollins Funeral Home,
Poquoson, is in charge of arrangements.
|Emily June Smith Lacks
Emily June Smith Lacks, 91, a native & lifelong resident of Poquoson, passed away at home on Sunday, February 15, 2015. She was a graduate
of Duke University with a B. S. Degree in Nursing, and retired as a nurse from Halifax Community Hospital, Halifax County, VA. June
was preceded in death by her husband, Flournoy Gatewood Lacks; son, Michael F. Lacks; and sister, Audrey Topping. She is survived by
three sons, Mark Lacks & wife Julie, Larry Lacks, and Wallie Lacks & wife Janet; grandchildren, Meriah, Amanda, Wallie Jr., Misty, Christy,
Ali, and Jessica; and thirteen great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Thursday, Feb. 19, 6-7:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral
Home, Poquoson. A graveside service will be held Friday, 1:00 PM, at Smith Memorial Cemetery, Brickhouse Road, Poquoson, by Rev.
Milford C. Rollins. Memorial contributions may be made to C.H.K.D., 601 Children's Lane, 2nd Floor, Norfolk, VA, 23507. Online condolences
|Pearl Opal Hansford
Pearl Opal Hansford, 89, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015.
Pearl was a member of Dandy Baptist Church in Dandy.
She was preceded in death by her husband John A. Hansford; 4 brothers and 6 sisters.
She is survived by two sons, John Wayne Hansford of Suffolk, Michael Hansford of Sinking Spring, PA; a daughter Mary Caroline
Hansford of Yorktown; 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 22, 2015, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. Interment will
follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd. Suite A-102, Newport News,
|Paula Jernigan Thomas
Paula passed away on February 12, 2015 at the age of 56. She is survived by her son Robert Mayo and his children Ryan and Megan, along with her daughter
Christina Dunn and her children Michael, Austin, Shane and Angelina. She was proceeded in death by her parents (SSG RET USA) Philip Dean Jernigan and Mrs.
Bobbie Jernigan. Memorial service will be held at Amory Funeral Home, 410 Grafton Dr in Yorktown on February 19, 2015 @ 6pm.
|Benjamin Harrison Taylor
Benjamin Harrison Taylor, 72, of Yorktown, Virginia, went home to be with his Lord on February 16, 2015.
Benjamin was retired from the United States Air Force, with 21 years of honorable service. He also retired from Civil Service at
Norfolk Naval Base as a Security Officer for the Department of Defense. Benjamin was a member of Seaford Baptist Church.
Benjamin was born May 13, 1942, to Benjamin Harrison Taylor, and Reva Ree Woofter Taylor. He was the eldest of two boys.
Benjamin was preceded in death by his father, Benjamin and his Mother Reva. Also one brother, Bernard Taylor, and four sisters,
Helen Renner, Roxanna Shreve, Roxy Hayes, and Evelyn Shreve.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nomie Taylor, as well as three Children: Benjamin Harrison Taylor III, of Richmond VA,
Melanie Pettus, of Sistersville, WV, and Joseph Taylor of New Mexico. Three grandchildren, Benjamin IV of Luverne, AL,
Jacqueline, also of Luverne, AL, and Isabella of Sistersville, WV. Three sisters, Ruth Hibbs, Sharon Smith, and Daisy Swiger.
Numerous neices and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 22, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in Amory Funeral Home. A funeral Service will be
held at 10:00 AM on Monday, February 23, 2015, in Seaford Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Howard, Officiating. Burial with
full Military Honors will follow at 1:00 PM in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Suffolk.
|David G. Robertson
David G. Robertson, age 54 of Seaford, Virginia left this earthly home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on February 15.
Dave was preceded in death by his mother, Lila Robertson. He is survived by his loving wife, Helen, his father, David "Robbie"Robertson, his Stepmom, Edith, and his constant companion, Filson the Cat. Dave was blessed to have many friends who stood by him
through his lengthy battle with cancer. Dave owned one of the finest mill shops on the east coast and was an accomplished reproduction
furniture builder. Arrangements will be provided by Amory Funeral Home with Services on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Visitation will
be at 1:00pm with the funeral service to follow at 2:00pm. Burial will be at Peninsula Memorial Park following the funeral. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, Virginia
|Alice Faye Wells
Alice Faye Wells, 71, went to be with her heavenly father and family on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
Our beautiful southern belle was the definition of grace and courage until the end. She maintained the style, class, and humor that
was so typical of her, and rarely discussed the challenges she faced, as she never liked being the center of attention. She battled her
illness with indescribable dignity and grace, and we are comforted in the knowledge that Heaven has gained a beautiful saint.
Our beautiful Alice was born in Coalfield, TN, and was a Peninsula resident for over 50 years. She retired from Newport News
Shipbuilding in 2012.
She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Charles Wells; a son, James Wells, and his wife, Deborah, of Yorktown; a daughter,
Cheryl Wells, of Yorktown and her fiancé, Lloyd Holstein; 2 brothers, Freddie Seavers (wife Fran) of Coalfield, TN and Tommy
Seavers of Oak Ridge, TN. She is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Lauren Enos (husband Eric), Zachary Wells, and Gabrielle
Wells; and 2 great-grandchildren, Arianna and Maksim Enos. She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Seavers, and sister,
The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Monday, February 23, at Seaford Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held at
11:00 am on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at Seaford Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the Hampton Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Seaford Baptist Church Building Fund, 1311 Seaford Road, Seaford, VA,
23696, or to the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd, Suite A-102, Newport News, VA 23606.