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York County and Poquoson Obituaries
William Walton "Billy" Bishop Jr.
Bishop imageWilliam Walton "Billy" Bishop Jr., 63, passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at home. He was a native of Allendale, South Carolina, and a Poquoson resident for 29 years. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia, and retired in 2010 as Sales Manager for Hampton Roads Harley Davidson after 12 years. He was a Baptist. William Bishop was a proud father and loving husband. His love for motorcycles and the Carolina Gamecocks was only exceeded by the love and wisdom he shared with his family and friends. We truly believe that he did not "lose" his battle to cancer considering he never let the cancer conquer his mind or spirit. He touched every person he met with encouragement, laughter, and love. We, his family, are truly blessed. Billy was preceded in death by his father, William Walton Bishop Sr. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Linda Geissinger Bishop; daughter, Cassie Bishop Burnette & husband, Daniel of Yorktown; son, Jesse Walton Bishop & wife, Valerie of Poquoson; mother, Virginia Jesse Bishop of Allendale; two brothers, Randy Bishop & wife, Tamara of Hampton, SC, and Barry Bishop & life partner, Billy Brooks of Los Angeles, CA; two sisters, Janice Bishop of Allendale, and Sandra Polk & husband, Dickie of Hampton, SC; and many loving nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Sunday, 2-4:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. A Celebration of Billy's life will be held Monday, 11:00 AM, at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Poquoson, by Pastor James H. "Jay" Bowen. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News. "Motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to ride their bikes to the funeral & participate in his last ride to the graveside." Online condolences to
Shirli Hall Roberts
Shirli Hall Roberts, 93, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Born Shirli Jo Hall on July 1, 1921 to Murray and Louise Hall, she lived primarily in central Arkansas, but spent her last years in North Carolina and Virginia. Shirli studied art at the University of Kansas and The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. She was a long time employee of Sears & Roebuck Co., selling jewelry and furniture until her retirement. An avid gardener and seamstress in addition to her art, her nimble fingers were seldom idle. She frequently won blue ribbons for her needlework entries in various county and state fairs, and often delighted friends and family with her beautiful creations. Shirli also enjoyed music, dancing, reading, writing, camping, and traveling. She loved animals, and over the years bred and sold registered cocker spaniels, Persian cats, and owned and operated a commercial rabbitry. She also penned two historical novels which were never published. Shirli was predeceased by her parents, brother, and husbands, Robert H. Roberts of Alexandria, VA, Dennis E. Hall of Danville, VA, and Luther H. Roberts of Scott, Arkansas. She is survived by her five children, Bruce Roberts, Edmund Roberts, Barbara Roberts McWhirter (Mac), Patricia Hall Nichols (John), and Jeanne Hall Gray (Chuck); thirteen grandchildren, Angela R. Swann, Robert A. Roberts, James F. Cherry Jr., Lisa R. McWhirter, Lorrie D. Richardson, James D. McWhirter, Lacy M. Warren, Brian P. Nichols, Jefferson D. Nichols, Rebecca H. Nobles, Regina B. Spears, Melissa B. Bates, and Lindsey G. Hodge; and seventeen great-grandchildren. Services will be in Hendersonville, NC, on Saturday, August 23, 2014, 1:00 PM, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences to
Harriet Patricia French
French imageHarriet Patricia French, 95, joined her heavenly father as she passed on peacefully in her sleep at home as she always wanted, on August 13th, 2014. She was born on Saint Patrick's day, March 17, 1919 in New York, NY to Charles and Henrietta Stephan, and lived most of her life in Yonkers and Verplanck, NY and Naples, FL. She moved to Poquoson in 2007 and spent the winters in Florida until 2012. Harriet was preceded in death by her parents, sister Dorothy Kall, and nephew Steve Kall. She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Charles French Sr.; her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Stella French of Poquoson; daughter and son-in-law Carol and Clayton Gurnett of Sun Lakes, AZ; 6 grandchildren Jennifer French Cyrek and husband Ted, Charles French, Christopher Louis French, Melanie French, Adrienne Dueck and Clayton Gurnett; 7 great-grandchildren, Morgan, Clayton, Max, Ava, Drake, Tess, and Fin; sisterin- law Emma McGuire and family; Godchild and niece Lynn Kall Horn and family; niece Linda Iuele and family; nephew Richard Wayne Kall and family; and many caring and loving friends. In earlier years she was a homemaker, girl scout leader, and employed as a secretary. Her family and friends will always remember her kindness and generosity, and love for crafts, cooking, positive sweet attitude, welcoming nature, and strong faith in GOD. Harriet attended Tabernacle United Methodist Church. She touched many hearts and her love and memory will be with us forever. She will be truly missed. There will be a memorial service at a later time. Memorials may be made to Tabernacle UMC or to a charity of your choice in her memory. Online condolences to (Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poqouoson).
Robert Eugene "Bobby" Shelton
Shelton imageRobert (Bobby) Eugene Shelton, 66, passed away Friday, August 15, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Newport News, VA and lived on the Peninsula most of his life. He proudly served his country in the US Marine Corp and was a veteran of Vietnam. He was an excellent carpenter. He loved to play pool and fish, and was a gifted guitar player. His sense of humor was known to all. Robert was preceded in death by his father Guy G. Shelton and his mother Ruby Alline Barefield; and a brother Thomas I. Shelton. He is survived by two brothers, Billy and Jerry Shelton; two sisters Patsy Maxwell and Rita Shelton. He is also survived by a special friend Pauline Forester Mackey of London, England. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, August 18, 2014, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Sunday, August 17, at the funeral home.


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