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York County and Poquoson Obituaries
Barbara Luella Stant Hackney
Hackney imageBarbara Hackney, 80, passed away June 1st in her home while battling pancreatic cancer with her son Russell by her side. A Celebration of Life service will be at her home in Poquoson on June 21st from 12-3pm. All who knew her are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Poquoson Animal Welfare Sanctuary (P.A.W.S.) PO Box 2204, Poquoson, VA, 23662. To see pictures and leave remembrances, please visit: Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is assisting with arrangements.
Aurelia Quinby Mitchell James
James imageAurelia Quinby Mitchell James, 98, widow of Leonard Eldon James and long time resident of Hampton, departed this life on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Mrs. James, a beloved wife and mother, was born June 3, 1917 in Troy Hills, New Jersey and was the daughter of Nelson Howell Mitchell and Margaret Howard Hanway Mitchell. She graduated from Morristown High School in New Jersey and was a member of the Parsippany Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She attended the George Washington University in Washington D.C., where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. After college Mrs. James worked for the International Labor Office, which was a member of the League of Nations. While working at the ILO, she was invited to tea at the White House by President and Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt. She moved to Hampton with her family in 1950. Known by her friends as "Ree" she was an active volunteer in the community. Ree was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church and taught Sunday School. She was a volunteer in the Hampton General Hospital Auxiliary, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, HELP, and the Hampton Public Library Gift Shop. Ree was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, lending support to her husband who served as National Commander of the American Legion. She was also a member of the Merrimac Garden Club, the James River Country Club, the Hampton Yacht Club and the Hampton Sewing Group. Ree was devoted to her family and her friends and frequently entertained them in her home. Ree was preceded in death by her husband Leonard Eldon James, a prominent attorney in Hampton. She is survived by her four children, Nancy Noyes James Buhl and her husband John Martin Buhl, Jr. of Richmond, Aurelia Quinby James Amory and her husband Charles Reginald Amory, Jr. of Hampton, Sally Leonard James Andrews and her husband William Chapman Andrews, III of Williamsburg, and Leonard Eldon James, Jr. of Richmond; her eleven grandchildren, John Martin Buhl, III, Elizabeth Buhl Fricke, James Quinby Buhl, Aurelia Amory Scharnhorst, Charles Meade Amory, Margaret Amory Haynes, William Chapman Andrews, IV, Anne Hampton Andrews, Martina Mitchell James, Aurelia Fairbank James, and Leonard Eldon James, III; and fourteen great grandchildren. A Celebration of Ree's life will be held Friday, June 19, 11:00 AM, at St. John's Episcopal Church by Rev. Samantha Vincent-Alexander. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. A reception will then follow at the Hampton Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, 100 West Queens Way, Hampton, Virginia 23669, or to Jackson-Feild Homes, 546 Walnut Grove Drive, Jarratt, Virginia 23867. Online condolences to . "Special thanks to Ree's excellent caregivers, Heidi Blake, Sara Edwards, Victoria Hale, Justina Keller, and Anntoine Whitaker for their care and support." Claytor Rollins Funeral Home and Crematory, Poquoson, is in charge of arrangements.
John Sherman Coats
Coats imageJohn Sherman Coats, born on 12 November 1960, joined his parents in the Lord’s presence on Sunday, 14 June 2015 at the age of 54. Johnny was the first-born son of John William and Annie Mae Coats, honoring them with his service to the United States Navy onboard the USS Nimitz, followed by his 30 year welding career at Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipbuilding. Johnny leaves behind a sister, Rebecca Flanigan, her husband Michael and their two children, Kane and Nathan; a brother, Timothy Coats, his wife Janet and their three children, Rachel, Daniel, and Matthew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins who were close to his heart. Johnny was a member of Seaford Baptist Church and could often be found sitting at the information desk on Sundays. His last days were laden with escalating health complications, and his journey home to his Heavenly Father was a demonstration of God’s mercy. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, June 18, at Seaford Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Howard officiating. The family will receive friends 1 hr prior to the service in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Seaford Baptist Church, P.O Box 207, Seaford, VA 23696.


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