York County and Poquoson Obituaries

Jeffery James Conover
Conover imageJeff Conover, 52, passed away peacefully at home on January 19, 2016. He enjoyed his career at NASA Langley Research Center and the many friends he made at work, playing in the softball league, and his involvement in the Poquoson community. He coached children of all ages in football, basketball, soccer, and baseball. He was especially appreciative of all the children, parents and the members of the Poquoson Little League Board as he enjoyed his service with them. Jeff loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing the Chesapeake Bay and loved salmon fishing in Alaska. He enjoyed deer hunting in West Virginia and elk hunting in Colorado. He was an avid boater and water skier and enjoyed "pulling" anyone who dared go behind his boat! All of those memorable experiences were shared with hundreds of dear friends and family whom he will miss. Jeff is survived by his wife, Stephanie Conover; son, Christian Conover; parents, Jim and Carol Conover; uncle, Lee Heil and Kelli Schaeffer; sister, Dana Pomerantz and husband Dave; and, nephew and niece Zach and Maeghan Pomerantz. Jeff's loving grandparents, Harold and Florence Conover and Clara Heil, predeceased him. A family visitation will be held 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, Saturday, January 30, 2016, at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Poquoson, immediately followed by a memorial service led by Pastor Brent Staul. Jeff endured a long battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a neurodegenerative disease that still requires much-needed research. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the MSA Coalition at multiplesystematrophy. org or 1-877-737-5999. Special thanks to the round-the-clock caregivers who have been angels: Linda, Lillian, Cathy, and Kara. Special thanks to Joyce and Cookie from Sentara Home Hospice. You are all wonderful and your daily blessings were a godsend and will continue to be for those whom you serve. Claytor Rollins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.
Ralph Bernard Wyatt, Jr.
Wyatt imageRalph Bernard Wyatt, Jr. , 66, fell into the loving arms of his Heavenly Father on Jan. 22, 2016, at home with his wife and children. He was born in Richlands VA. As an adult he worked in the coal mines. The family moved to Newport News in 1984. For 32 years he worked for Dominion Terminal Associates as an electrician, until his fight with cancer lead him to retire his position as Electrical Supervisor. At age 18, Ralph gave his heart to the Lord, and lived a strong Christ-like faith from then on, never wavering. He exemplified what it means to be a Christian, walking in humility, serving others, full of grace, and inspiring all he encountered with the Joy of the Lord. He served as a Pastor, Deacon, and Sunday School Teacher. Ralph and Sue were active members of Victory Church in Poquoson VA. He enjoyed time with his children, grandchildren, traveling, and riding his Harley motorcycle. Ralph was preceded in death by parents Ralph and Ruth (Null) Wyatt, sister Debbie (Wyatt) Meadows. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Sandra Sue (Settle) Wyatt, happily married for 46 years; three children, Jonathan David Wyatt and wife Deborah (Lotz) Wyatt, Bernard Kelly Wyatt and wife Jennifer (Stump) Wyatt, and Jennifer Leigh Wyatt-Doty; eight grandchildren; Kaitlyn, Dakota, Zachary, Montana, Delaney, Gabriel, Devin, and Ashleigh; two sisters, Linda Thacker and Teresa Keene; and many loving family members. A visitation will be held 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at Victory Church, Poquoson, followed by a Celebration of Life Service. An additional visitation will be held 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Friday, January 29, 2016, at Hurst-Scott Funeral Home, Richlands, VA, and a Homegoing Service will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 30, 2016 followed by a burial at Green Hills Memorial Gardens, Claypool, VA. Memorial contributions may be made to Victory Church, 410 East Yorktown Road, Yorktown, VA, 23693 and The American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A102, Newport News, VA 23606. Claytor Rollins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com. Ralph was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love and the beauty and peace that would await him after his passing.
Grace Hamrick Croswell
Croswell imageGrace Hamrick Croswell, 84, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2016. Grace was a native of Rutherford, NC and former resident of Hampton before moving to Gloucester in 1978. Grace was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church and enjoyed painting and sewing. She was a loving wife, Mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Grace was preceded in death by her first husband Bob Hamrick and a daughter, Martha Patterson sons, Robert Hamrick, David Hamrick and Danny Croswell and sisters, Beatrice Rollins and Kathleen Sweatman and brother Mack Scoggins and is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Jerry Croswell and daughters, Mary Hall (Jay) of Hobgood, NC, Gaye Northrop of Gloucester; sons, Dale Hamrick (Angel) of Edenton, NC, Dallas Hamrick (Karen) of Gloucester; a brother William Scoggins of Mariposa, CA 22 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM January 28, 2016 in Amory Funeral Home with interment to follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to Community Care Hospice, 200 Green Street Suite 202, Williamston, NC 27892.
Ursula R. "Dolly” Taylor
Ursula R. ‘Dolly’ Taylor, 73, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Dolly was a native and lifelong resident of the Peninsula. She was a former employee of Pittsburgh Paints and was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Yorktown, VA. Dolly was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ursula Williams Richardson and her husband of 21 years, George T. Taylor. She is survived by 2 aunts, Josephine Williams Gilman and Nancy Williams, a host of cousins, and special friends, Marie Parcel and Jim Strong. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 11:00 am at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Yorktown with Father Michael Joly officiating. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to York County Fire and Rescue/Life and Safety, P.O. Box 532, Yorktown, VA 23692.
Steven Robert Reynolds
Reynolds imageSteven Robert Reynolds, 64, passed away suddenly and so unexpectedly on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Steve was born in Burlington, VT and was a peninsula resident since 1962. He graduated from Warwick High School in 1969. Steve founded Reynolds Drywall, Inc. in 1976 and operated the business successfully for 39 years. He attended Seaford Baptist Church and was a devoted follower of Christ. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, and was the rock of his family. Steve is survived by his wife of 42 years, Carol Newton Reynolds; his daughter Stacy Waller and her husband John of Seaford; his mother Beatrice Reynolds of Newport News; 3 sisters, Margaret Clark (Harold) of Newport News, Sheila Robinson of Mansfield, TX and Patricia Rife of Newport News; a brother Robert J Reynolds (Leslie) of Dandy; 3 grand children, Dylan, Samantha and Madison, and was anticipating a 4th grandchild due in July. A service of celebration will be held at 5:30PM on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Seaford Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at a reception following the service in the church social hall. Memorial donations may be made to Mercy-USA, 44450 Pinetree Drive, Suite 201, Plymouth, MI 48170 or to the Seaford Baptist Church Building Fund, 1311 Seaford Road, Seaford, VA 23696. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
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