York County and Poquoson Obituaries
|Elizabeth "Betty” Louise Grohs
Elizabeth "Betty" Grohs, 83, of Newark, DE, passed away on Monday, July 11, 2016, at Dominion Village in Poquoson, VA. Born on
November 7, 1932, in Unionville, PA, to the late John Paul and Eleanor Heald Galloway, Betty resided in Newark, DE for nearly 60 years
and in Poquoson for the past year. She met the love of her life, Richard "Dick" Grohs, while attending King’s College in Delaware City,
DE, and they were married on April 14, 1954. Always a positive and cheerful person, Betty was loved by all. She was happiest when surrounded
by friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Whether teaching in the classroom, or serving in
the children’s ministries of her church, she always had a heart for children and they loved her in return. Betty will be greatly missed by
her husband, Richard Walter Grohs, of 62 years; son Rich Grohs, and his wife, Deb, of Poquoson, VA; daughters, Cheryl Warrington of
Langhorne, PA and Linda Burke, and her husband, Don, of Langhorne, PA; six grandchildren, J.R. (Heidi), Kristin (Kevin), Josh
(Mandie), Jake (Courtney), Ryan and Daniel; and 12 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her two brothers John (Edna) Galloway
and Ron (Janice) Galloway, and sister Barbara (Ed) Pietlock. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 16, 2016 in Newark, DE. We
would like to thank Dr. Suzette Worbois of Visiting Physicians Association, the staff of Hospice of Virginia, and especially the staff at
Dominion Village of Poquoson who cared for Betty like family. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions in Betty’s
memory be made to the National Parkinson Foundation (parkinson.org) or Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 308 Possum Park Road,
Newark, DE, 19711. Online condolences in Delaware to www.rtfoard.com , and in Poquoson to claytorrollins.com.
|Herbert Gilmore "Bert” Fraser
Herbert "Bert” Gilmore Fraser, 79, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 11, 2016 in Grandy, NC. He was born July 16, 1936 in Rome, NY to the late Taylor
Colonna Fraser and Marjorie Johnson Fraser. He was an electrical estimator at Ft. Monroe and a member of Jarvisburg Church of Christ. He is survived by Jean
Fraser, his wife of fifty-three years; two sons, Bruce and wife, Lee of Christ Church, New Zealand and Scott and wife, Kim of Poquoson, VA; daughter, Lisa of
Hampton, VA; brother, Peter and wife, Susan; five grandchildren, Lauren, Elizabeth, Taylor, Liam and Julian; and multiple nieces and nephews. The family will
receive visitors from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, 2016 at Jarvisburg Church of Christ, 121 Forbes Road, Jarvisburg, NC 27947. A celebration of his life
will follow at 1:00 p.m. Burial will take place Monday, July 18, 2016 at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton, VA at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family request
donations be made to the building fund of Jarvisburg Church of Christ. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com in Poquoson, and twifordfh.com in Jarvisburg.
|Carrie James Firth
Carrie J. Firth, 90, passed away Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at home with her family by her side. She was a native & lifelong resident of
Poquoson, and was a devoted mother and a homemaker always considering her family to be her greatest treasure. She was a member of
Trinity United Methodist Church. Carrie was preceded in death by husband, John W. Firth; Son, Michael Firth; parents, Elijah and Sadie
Firth Cox; and all her brothers and sisters. She is survived by her sons; James E. Firth and wife Violet, and Bruce R. Firth and wife Rita;
daughters, Carrie Selby, Frances Messick and husband Billy, and Arlene Sauve; nine grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; and ten
great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held Monday, July 18, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, immediately followed by a Funeral Service led by
Pastor David Price all at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton. At other
times, the family will be at the home of Arlene Sauve. Memorial contributions may be made to Poquoson Volunteer Rescue Squad., P.O.
Box 2099, Poquoson, VA, 23662. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com. "Special thanks to Riverside Hospice and Home Health Care,
especially Denise Cyrus.”
|G. Earl Bradley
George Earl Bradley, 88, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016.
He was retired from Frito Lay, Inc. in 1992.
Left to cherish his memories is his wife of 37 years, Emily Wells Bradley; a son James Earl Bradley; a stepdaughter Janice A. Moreland
and her husband John of Mobile, AL; brothers, Calvin Mac Bradley and his wife Eunice of Roanoke Rapids, NC, Clinton Bradley and his
wife Lorraine of Emporia, VA; and a sister Hazel Conn, also of Emporia. He is also survived by his grandchildren Samantha and
Christopher Bradley, Emily K. Bearth and her husband John, Donald G. Berg, Craig T. Hare and his wife Maria; great-grandchildren
Benjamin, Jessica and Kristin Bearth, John Lachlann Hare and Surri Hare; and several nieces and nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents William Henry Bradley, Sr. and Jennie O’Dell Bradley; brothers, W.H. Bradley, Jr., Simms
Bradley and Catherine Kirkland.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 17, 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. Memorials may be made to the York County Fire
and Rescue/Life Safety, P.O. Box 532, Yorktown, VA 23692.
|Lori Ann Velardi
Lori Ann Lile Velardi, 55, died July 10, 2016. She was born April 14, 1961 in Bossier City, Louisiana.
She spent most of her childhood in Newport News, Virginia and graduated from Ferguson High School, Christopher Newport
University, and Longwood University. Lori was a gifted teacher and an extraordinary elementary school librarian who loved her students
and whose students loved her. Her greatest pleasure as a librarian was creating a lifelong joy of reading in her students. She had
many friends at Gildersleeve Middle School, Sedgefield Elementary School, and Poquoson Elementary School. We would like to extend
a special thanks to her students who sent her get-well cards. She enjoyed reading these every day. Lori’s smile lit up the room, and one
of her greatest gifts was the ability to make everyone feel comfortable. Lori loved the beach, a good book, a cold beer, dinners with her
friends, reading the newspaper cover to cover every day along with completing the crossword puzzle (in ink), and trash television (anything
beginning with "The Real Housewives of … ” was a personal favorite). She loved Halloween and the movie "Hocus Pocus,” and
Christmas and the movie, "Elf,” and could quote line by line from either movie at a moment’s notice, and she loved her best friends:
Jenifer, Jean, Donna, Mary, Teresa, Janet, Liz, Amy, and Mindi.
Lori was the loving mother of her two children, Nicholas L. Velardi of Newport News, and Lauren A. Velardi, of Charlottesville; and is
survived by their father, Dominic Velardi (the current titleholder of "World’s Best Ex-Husband”) of Newport News; her parents, Don
and Eileen Lile of Newport News; her sister, Debbie McDonough and her husband, Chip McDonough of Hayes; her brother, David Lile
and his husband, Fred Ehlers, of Atlanta; her nephews, Mark McDonough and his wife, Tiffany, of Gloucester and Christopher
McDonough of Newport News; her great-nieces, Kylee McDonough, Kamryn McDonough; her great-nephew, Declan McDonough and
many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Lori’s family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the 5th floor oncology nurses at Riverside Hospital who provided such kind
and exceptional care for her. We would also like to thank Gayla Guishard of Grace Hospice and the wonderful Riverside Home Health
Care nurses who cared for her so well.
A memorial service celebrating Lori’s life will be Tuesday, July 19th at Christ United Methodist Church, 133 Deep Creek Rd., Newport
News VA 23606 at 11:00 AM officiated by Rev. Tom Tipton. There will be a visitation at the church starting at 10 AM. A reception will
immediately follow the service at the Warwick Yacht and Country Club 400 Maxwell Lane, Newport News, Va., 23606. Amory Funeral
Home in Grafton is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to: Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing stomach Cancer, Raising Awareness,
Funding Research, Supporting Patients and Achieving the DREAM! https://www.debbiesdream.org.
|Kimberly Lee Hudgins
Kimberly Lee Hudgins, 53, passed away Monday, July 11, 2016.
Kim was a native and lifelong resident of the Peninsula. She attended Tabb High School and was self employed.
Kim is survived by her father Billy McGeary and his wife Mary; 2 daughters, Alicia Hudgins of Hampton and Ashley Blanar and her
husband Steve of Mineral Point, PA; and 2 grandchildren, Riley Moore and Eli Carr. She is also survived by her loving companion,
Kenny Diaz and her sister-in-law Sherry Wheless and her husband Ron.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 16, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. The family will receive
friends following the service.
Donation American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A-102, Newport News, VA 23606.