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York County and Poquoson Obituaries
Gerald Anthony Held
Help imageGerald Anthony Held, 86, passed away Sunday, October 4, 2014. Gerald was a native of Allentown, PA and was a former resident of Hagerstown, MD before moving to the Peninsula in 2012. He was employed as an engineer with Mack Truck for 27 years until his retirement in 1987 .He was a veteran of the US Navy and proudly served his country during WWII. Gerald is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margaret P. Held; a son Gerald J. "Jerry" Held and his wife Tammy Rose of Yorktown; a brother Richard Held and his wife Gladys of PA; and 3 grandchildren, Conor and Madison Clapsaddle, and Hailey Held. He also has numerous relatives and friends spread throughout the country. He was preceded in death by his brothers Bud, Courtney, Eugene and Cletus, all of Allentown. A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Yorktown, VA. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
Chief Wallace James Robertson
Robertson imageChief Wallace James Robertson, 74, of Yorktown passed peacefully October 8, 2014 with his beloved wife of fifty-two years, Gloria Kaye Robertson, by his side. Wallace is survived by his twin brother Walter D. Robertson (Carol), sister Anna L. Gordon, son Wallace R. Robertson (Teura), and daughter Alicia F. Sullivan (Richard), son-in-law Joe Pack, grandchildren Joseph Richard Pack Jr., Christopher & Michael Robertson, Aiden, Ellie, Shea & Bruin Sullivan and loyal companion "Rooty." Wallace is preceded in death by his daughter Tamara Kaye Pack, parents Theodore and Lydia Robertson, brothers John B. Robertson and Alvin T. Robertson, and sister Audrey J. Weiler. Wallace's life revolved around his dedication to the fire service. He had a very distinguished career of thirty seven-years, beginning in 1960 with the Williamsburg Fire Department, later accepting a position with the State Fire Marshalls Office, and eventually going on to become the first career Fire Chief and Public Safety Director for York County, where he served for twenty-four years. In York County he was responsible for transforming a small rural department into a sophisticated modern agency, complete with an enhanced 911 emergency operations center. Wallace was a member of many public safety organizations including the Virginia State Fire Chiefs Association, The International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the "Baggers Group" and the State Emergency Operations Center in Richmond. Upon his retirement, Wallace was honored as the first recipient of the "Spirit of York" award. At home, Wallace was a loving husband, dedicated father, and proud grandfather. He had the ability to make everyone feel welcome and loved in his home, and was always able to bring out smiles with his witty sense of humor that was quick to provide laughter. He also loved his John Deere tractor, pick-up truck "Lizzy," and convertible "Toplus1." Wallace always put others first, and friends meant everything to him. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed and remembered by all. A celebration of Wallace's life will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 11:00am at Seaford Baptist Church, followed by burial services at Zion United Methodist Church with Fire Department Honors. Seaford Baptist will be open for family and friends Friday morning beginning at 9:00am. Immediately following the services the family will gather for fellowship at Atlantic Emergency Solutions Facility located at 144 Freedom Blvd in Yorktown. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
Wallace W. Williams
Williams imageWallace Wellington Williams went to be with his Lord on October 11, 2014. Born in 1928 to parents Wallace W. Wellington Sr. and Roberta Fleming Williams of Wicomico, VA. He was a Navy Veteran and a volunteer at Southeastern Correctional Ministries. Wallace will be remembered by all who knew him for his kindness and generosity. Wallace was a former member of the World Outreach Worship Center (formerly Denbigh Church of God). He was a financial advisor and lived in York County for the last 45 years. Wallace was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenneth Lee Williams, sisters Ethel Wilkins and Ann Young. He is survived by his wife Marjorie Corbett Williams, daughter Kerry Williams Gil and husband Christian, granddaughter Sarabel Gil, grandson Noah Gil, and sister Esther Childers. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Monday October 13, 2014 in St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church were his wife is a member and he attended for the past 10 years. The family would like to thank the staff at The York Convalescent Center for their care during the past 9 months. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his honor to Southeastern Correction Ministries (www.secorrmin.com) 40 King Way Hampton, Va 23669. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, Va.
Margaret Shirley Brown
Brown imageOne of God's Angels got her wings today. Shirley passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with diabetes and kidney disease. She was known for her smile and her never-ending kindness. Shirley will be missed by all whose lives she touched. She was the first born of 5 children of Robert and Pearl Neading. She drove a school bus for the York County School Division for 27 years before retiring in 1995 and was a member of Hornsbyville Baptist Church. Shirley is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 45 years Ronald; a daughter, Margaret D. Brown and her fiancé Steve Schultz of Hampton; a son, Robert E. Brown of Seaford; a sister, Grace Ann Tinney and her Husband Terry of Seaford; and a brother, Robert Neading, Jr. of Newport News. She is also survived by 2 grandchildren, Amber Grace Brown and Adam David Brown; a host of nieces and nephews; 2 lifelong friends Faye Adam and Mae Wenzel and many others. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Patty Farmer and Nancy Tarakis. The family wishes to thank the staff at Peninsula Davita for all the care and love shown to Shirley while she was there. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, October 16, 2014 in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Jones officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service until 2:30PM. A graveside service will follow at 3:15 PM in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Suffolk, VA. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.


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