York County and Poquoson Obituaries
|Peter Lance "Pete” Fraser Sr.
Peter Lance Fraser Sr., 73, a native of Hampton and Poquoson resident for 17 years, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 10, 2017
surrounded by his family. He was a 1964 Hampton High School graduate, and retired from Boyle Transportation in 2007 after 22 years.
Pete was a Vietnam Army veteran, and a member of Next Level Church, Yorktown. Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Taylor &
Marjorie Fraser, and brothers Taylor Fraser (Dotty) and Bert Fraser. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Susan Fraser; children, Peter
Lance "PJ” Fraser Jr. (Mandie), Joshua Adam Fraser (Michelle), Gillian Fraser Milton (Adam), Jimmy Williams (Amy), and Steve
Williams (April); grandchildren, Lance, Isla and Harper Fraser, Emily, Garrett, Kyndel, and Blake Williams, and Connor and Taylor
Badger; and two sisters-in-law, Helen Fraser and Jean Fraser. The family will receive friends Saturday, July 15, 6:00-7:30 PM, at Claytor
Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, and other times at his home. A Celebration of Pete’s life will be held Sunday, July 16, 2:00 PM, at Next
Level Church, 3105 Hampton Highway, Yorktown, led by Pastor Rob Shepherd. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park,
Hampton, with military honors. "Pete was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend
to all.” Online condolences
|Karen Insley Firman
Karen Insley Firman, 57, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. She was a graduate of
Poquoson High School, Class of 1978, and drove a school bus for Poquoson Public Schools for many years. Karen was a member of
Trinity United Methodist Church and Poquoson Ladies Auxiliary. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Blossom
Insley. She is survived by her daughter, Heather Davis; sons, Bryce Firman and Ira Tate, Jr. (Amanda); grandchildren, Haley Davis,
Makenna Tate, and Nathan Tate; sister, Sherry Hargrave (David); aunt and uncle, Edna Mae and Gene Barr; and, many nieces and
nephews. Visitation will be held Saturday, July 15, 12:00 Noon – 1:30 PM, immediately followed by a Funeral Service, all at Claytor
Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. Burial will follow at Hampton-Veterans Memorial Gardens, Hampton. At other times, the family will
receive friends at 42 Cedar Rd., Poquoson. Donations may be made to Poquoson Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department., P. O. Box 2099,
Poquoson, VA 23662. Online condolences
Josephine Barnett, age 82 of Wayne, died on Sunday, July 9, 2017 in Newport News, Virginia.
Josephine was the devoted mother of daughter Barbara Dygert and her husband Jim of Seaford, VA; son James and his wife Lisa of
Wayne; seven grandchildren; Patrick Barnett, Ryan Barnett, Casey Barnett, Andrea Dygert, Elisabeth Barnett, Stephanie Dygert, and
James Barnett, Jr; she was pre-deceased by her beloved husband; John Philip Barnett in 2016, and by her son; Stephan Barnett in 1996.
Friends may visit with the family on Sunday July 16, 2017 from 2-6 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer
Funeral Services will be held Monday, July 17, 2017 at 10 AM from the funeral home, then to St Mary’s RC Church 17 Pompton Ave,
Pompton Lakes where at 11 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Josephine will be laid to rest with her husband on Tuesday, July 18, at
the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ.
|Mattew Charles Gowen
Matthew Charles Gowen, 22 of Yorktown, passed away on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 after a tragic car accident.
Born October 18, 1994 in Newport News, Virginia. He will be remembered for his unwavering love and ability to make others laugh.
He is survived by his parents Clint and Elaine Gowen; his son Matthew Wade Gowen; Sister Nicole Gowen. He also leaves grandparents
Margaret and Clinton Gowen, and Mary Lou Burgess; Nephews Landon Reid Thomas; Aunts and Uncles- Becky Burgess, Bobby and
Michelle Burgess, Larry and Deborah Burgess; Cousins- Tammy Sadjak, Kirstie Odom, Daniel and Jamie Burgess.
Viewing will be held Sunday July 16th from 5:00-7:00 pm at Amory Funeral Home in Grafton. The funeral service will be Monday the
17th at 12:00 pm at Amory Funeral home with a graveside service immediately following at Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News,
Virginia. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Matt’s name to Hampton Roads Morning of Hope charity. http://www.HamptonRoadsSOS-Hope.org/
Ellie Mitchell, 88 was called to be with the Lord and rejoin her husband, George Mitchell, on July 13, 2017. She was born in Glenridge NJ
March 29, 1929 to George Atkins and Marie Louise Lafeller. She was Christened Marie Eleanor Atkins and graduated from Montclair
High School. She went on to secretarial school and moved to New York City and worked on the 23rd floor of the RCA Building. She
lived in SOHO before it was popular and "rubbed elbows” with a number of celebrities. One of her fondest memories was watching the
Rockettes practice from her office.
She moved to Hampton, Virginia in 1950 and met George on a blind date. They were married on June 3rd 1952 and settled in Denbigh
where they raised their two children Lisa and David. She was a legal secretary for a prominent attorney for 20 years in Newport News.
The family moved to Seaford in 1972. She was very active in the Yorktown Woman’s club, the Seaford Yacht Club and Yorkminster
Prebyterian Church, where she was an elder. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed boating with her husband. She was devoted to
her family, and her dog, Joy.
She left behind; her daughter Lisa Emde and her husband Scott; her son, David Mitchell, her five Grandchildren Michelle Lindsay,
Rachel Emde, Will McBride, Scotty Emde, and Tyler Mitchell, and her two great grandchildren Tanner and Mia Lindsay along with
many nieces and nephews; to cherish her memories.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Amory Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mark Jernigan, officiating.
A reception in Ellie’s honor will follow at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church Social Hall. Interment will follow at 3:00 PM in
Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service.
|James William "Futs” Diggs Jr.
James William "Futs” Diggs Jr., 91, went on to his heavenly home to be with his Lord and Savior and family and friends who have gone
before, on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. He was a native of Gwynn’s Island, and a Poquoson resident for 79 years. He was a Navy WWII
veteran; a lifelong waterman; a member of Trinity United Methodist Church & the Men’s Bible Class; and the Poquoson Masonic Lodge
#49. Futs was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Sarah Virginia Diggs; parents, James & Susie Diggs Sr.; brothers, Ed Diggs and
Ernest Diggs; sisters, Mary Ward and Florence Martin; and granddaughter, Keresa Gayle Diggs; He is survived by his children, Hilda
Spain (Bob), Winfrey Diggs (Penny), Elmer Diggs (Debbe), and Debra Bunting (Grayson); sister, Gloria Lindsay (Paul); eleven grandchildren;
twenty-six great-grandchildren; fourteen great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Elethea Diggs and Ramona Diggs; and numerous
nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family will receive friends Sunday, July 16, 2-3:00 PM, at Trinity United Methodist Church,
Poquoson, immediately followed by a Celebration of Futsie’s life at 3:00 at the church, led by Pastor Buddy Chapman, followed by military
honors. A reception will then be held at the church. An interment service will be held Monday, July 17, 2:00 PM, at Parklawn
Memorial Park, Hampton, with Masonic rites. At other times the family will be at his home. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Poquoson Volunteer Fire & Rescue, P. O. Box 2099, or to the Poquoson Masonic Lodge, P. O. Box 2067, both in Poquoson, VA, 23662. The
family extends special thanks to caregivers Sharon Reece who was constantly by his side, and Amy Deans, for their loving care and support.
"Futs was a kind and caring man who always thought of others first, and loved being on the water and being with his family.”
Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson is in charge. Online condolences