York County and Poquoson Obituaries
|Charles "Stan" Stanley Gilliland
Charles Stanley Gilliland, 84, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2013. He retired from N.A.S.A. as a Designer, and was a Navy veteran. Stan is survived by his wife of 60 years,
Sue Berry Gilliland; a daughter, Linda G. Rohrbach & husband Gary of Poquoson; and a granddaughter, Amy S. Rohrbach. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made
to P.A.W.S., P.O. Box 2204, Poquoson, VA, 23662. Online condolences to www.claytorrollins.com . Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is in charge of arrangements.
|Franklin Monroe Jackson
Franklin Monroe Jackson, 80, departed his earthly home on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 and went to his spiritual home, not made with hands,
eternal in the heavens. A native of Fernandina Beach, Florida, Frank was a resident of Poquoson/Yorktown for the past 40 years and a member of
Tabernacle United Methodist Church. Frank earned his Eagle Scout rank at the age of 14 and continued throughout his life to support scouting.
After graduating as his high school Valedictorian (1950), Frank attended the University of Florida on a football/track scholarship, graduating in 1954
with a BA in elementary education. He was then commissioned in the US Air Force, attended flight school where he met his wife, and served 22
years as a pilot. Frank was a Staff Officer at Barksdale AFB, LA, Chief of Operations at Goose Bay AFB, Labrador, Canada, and served in Vietnam,
receiving numerous medals and commendations throughout his military career. After retirement he taught fourth grade at Poquoson Elementary
School for 21 years. He was a past Master of Poquoson Lodge #49, past District Deputy Grand Master of Masonic District 14-A, and life member of
Warwick Lodge #336. Frank was a member of Newport News Scottish Rite, Khedive Shine Center and Peninsula Shrine Club. He was past president
of Langley-Monroe Chapter, National Sojourners and past Commander of Heroes of ’76. He was past president and director of Poquoson
Ruritan Club, member of Poquoson Post #273, American Legion, and disabled American Veterans. He was an active member of the MacAdoo
Topping Faith & Fellowship Class of Tabernacle United Methodist Church. He was an active volunteer at Langley AFB hospital since 2000. Frank
fought for his country, served God and his community, loved his family, and treated everyone with kindness, compassion and respect. Preceded in
death by his parents, Warren and Grace Jackson; brothers, Warren, Richard, and David and sister, Juanita Skipper. Frank is survived by his loving
wife of 57 years, Mary Cameron Jackson; daughters, Dr. Donna Poland and Lynn Eck; son; Frank M. Jackson, Jr. (Michelle); sisters, Ann Courson
and Ruth Couch (John); grandchildren, Caitlin and Matthew Poland, Savannah Russo (Sal), Maren Eck, triplets- Franklin, III, Mikayla, and Chloe
Jackson; and his loving dog Aja-girl. A funeral service will be conducted, 11:00AM Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at Tabernacle United Methodist
Church with the burial immediately following in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery in Suffolk with full military honors. Masonic
Rites will be given at 6:00PM Monday evening at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home with the family receiving friends afterward until 8:00PM. Memorial
contributions may be made to Poquoson Ruritan Scholarship Fund at Poquoson Ruritan Club, 115 Lee Avenue, Poquoson, VA 23662.
|Mary Diggs Ward DeForas
Mary Diggs Ward DeForas, 90, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2013 at Bayside of Poquoson. She was a native of Gwynns, Virginia, a resident of
Poquoson for the last 77 years and a member of Victory Christian Center. Preceded in death by her parents, J.W. and Susie Diggs; husbands, John H.
Ward and Jaques DeForas; sister, Florence Martin; brothers, Ed Diggs, Sr. and Ernest Diggs; son-in-law, James Hildreth. Mary is survived by her son, Jerry
Ray Ward (Bertha); daughters, Mary Ward Henley (Vernon) and Janie Ward Hildreth; brother, Winfrey "Futs" Diggs; sister, Gloria Lindsay; grandchildren,
Troy Henley (Teresa), Shawn Henley (Pam), Jerry Ray Ward, Jr. (Marion), Tammy Ward, Pamela Beall, and Paul Wolf, Jr. (Carla); seven great grandchildren;
nine great-great grandchildren. A funeral service will be conducted 2:00PM Monday, December 2, 2013, at Victory Christian Center with
the burial immediately following in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 7:00PM - 8:30PM Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Claytor
Rollins Funeral Home. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Bayside of Poquoson and especially Judy, Tara, and Theresa for their
"around the clock" care in the past for Mary. Online condolences to www.claytorrollins.com.
Festive Sweater Party at the Mariner's Museum
Thursday, December 5th 5:30pm-8:30pm. Meet up with friends after work and join us for the last First Thursdays of the year! Enjoy live music by Something Different With Brad and Ashley, tour the USS Monitor Center and engage in a friendly festive sweater competition for a prize package valued over at $100! Food and adult beverages will be available for purchase.
American Red Cross Blood Donation Opportunities:
Webb Center 49th Street, Norfolk, 23529, 12/4/2013, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM, Sponsor Code:ODU
Patrick Henry Mall 12300 Jefferson Avenue,Newport News, 12/10/2013 1:15 PM 4:15 PM Sponsor Code: PHM
Victory Family YMCA 101 Long Green Blvd, Yorktown, 23693, 12/11/2013, 12:00 PM 6:00 PM, Sponsor Code:VFYMCA
Patrick Henry Mall 12300 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, 12/20/2013 1:00 PM 6:00 PM Sponsor Code: PHM
Join the Parade! Trim your vessel in holiday spirit and join the festivities in the 17th Annual Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade on SATURDAY, December 7th, 7 PM. Register now to participate in the York River competition for Best of Show. Registered boaters receive a participant pennant and Captain’s bag. Registration forms are available at Wormley Creek Marina, online at www.yorkcounty.gov/cyc or call 890-4970.
Yorktown Chorale Concert at Zion United Methodist Church
On Sunday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m., the Yorktown Chorale will be presenting a concert at Zion United Methodist Church, 2109 Seaford Road, in Seaford. All are welcome to this free concert. Light refreshments will follow this event. Any questions, please call (757) 898-7417.
Poquoson Baptist Church’s Christmas Musical ... "One King"
283 Wythe Creek
Rd., Poquoson, VA
birth of our Lord
Jesus Christ. For
all ages free and
open to all. Come
For more information
on the event
Summit Christian Academy is hosting two Open Houses
for families interested in classical Christian Education for children in grades K4 through 12. On Tuesday, January 28th at 7 pm, join us at our Grammar School (K4-6) campus located at 69 Saunders Road in Newport News. On Thursday, January 30th at 7 pm, at our Upper School (7-12) located at 4209 Big Bethel Road in Yorktown.