York County and Poquoson Obituaries

Alejandro A. Vazquez
Vazquez imageDr. Alejandro A. Vazquez passed away peacefully on June 17, 2016 at the age of 93. Originally from Ecuador, he came to the United Sates in 1963 and settled down in Maryland where he worked as a chemist with the University of Maryland, and later with the Maryland Department of Agriculture until his retirement in 1984. Alejandro, or "Alex”, or "Alex Sr.” as he was also known was a kind and gentle man. He was well liked and easily made friends. Preceded in death by his brother Hugo, and later his wife Mariana, he moved to the Peninsula upon her death in 1995. His years as a Peninsula resident were blessed by the presence of new friends and the presence of his son’s family. He led a good life, and was someone that enjoyed life, and was at peace with himself. Alejandro is survived by his son Alex , daughter-in-law Noris, and his beloved grandson Carlos. In addition, he is also survived by daughter Amelia Vazquez and her family. He really loved his family. He is also survived by a very dear friend, Barbara Hughes and her family. He will be missed, and will always live in the hearts of all who knew him. A Memorial service will be held Friday, June 24, 3:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, by Deacon Joe Gonzalez. Interment will be in Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, at a later date. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com
Rita Phillips
Phillips imageRita Phillips, 94 years of age, passed away Wednesday, June 15, 2016 in the Hospice House in Williamsburg, Va. Born in Clintwood, Virginia, she was the daughter of Albert King and Kanna Lambert. She was a graduate of Clintwood High School and worked in the Selective Service Board during her young adult life. Rita married Judge Glyn R. Phillips in 1950 in Brooklyn, Md. They were married until his death in 1993. She remained in Clintwood until 1995 when she moved to Abingdon, Virginia. Rita is survived by one sibling, Louise Horner of Baltimore, Md. She was preceded in death by seven siblings and a grandson Phillip Mahood. Rita is survived by her loving children, Debbie Lee Peters and her husband, Tim of Yorktown, Virginia, Jennifer Lynn Mahood and her husband Larry of Bluefield, Virginia, and Glyn R. Phillips Jr. and his wife Paulette of Clintwood, Virginia. Rita’s grandchildren are John Anderson II and wife Chelsea, Rita E. Hefner and her husband, David, Rachel L. Anderson, Blaine Mahood, Jennifer(Maggie) Mahood, Glyn R. Phillips III and Mary Morgan Phillips. She also had three great grand children: Beyla and Ava Hefner and Jennings Kase Mullins. Rita was a generous and loving person who was a long time member of the Clintwood United Methodist Church. She later joined the congregation of Carvosso United Methodist Church when she lived in Abingdon. She was kind and supportive to both friends and family. She loved her family immeasurably and that feeling was reciprocated. She was greatly cherished in life and will be sorely missed in death. The family would like to acknowledge the kind and loving support offered through Medi-Hospice Services of Newport News, Virginia and in her final days. The Hospice House of Williamsburg, Virginia. Their care to our mother and support to us as a family was deeply appreciated. Her service will be held on June 19, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at Clintwood United Methodist Church. Visitation begins at 2:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be Glyn Phillips III, Tim Peters, Blaine Mahood, David Hefner, Larry Mahood, and Morris Skeen. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Clintwood United Methodist Church. Mullins Funeral Home and Staff are serving the Phillips Family. Online condolences may be made at www.mullinsfuneralhome3@verizon.net
William "Bill” Alvin Byars, Jr.
Byars imageWilliam Alvin Byars, Jr., 89, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at St. Francis Nursing Center in Newport News after an extended debilitation from a stroke. He leaves as survivors Ronald Byars, an only son living in Hampton, VA, a brother, George H. Byars of Winston Salem, NC, a granddaughter, Leah Byars, a grandson, Eadmund "Graham” Byars, and many close friends. A resident of the Virginia Peninsula since 1948, he was born on September 22, 1926 and raised in Chester, SC. Family knew him as "Billy”, and later shortened that to "Bill”. Mr. Byars led a full life throwing himself into many ventures throughout the years. He served 42 years in many facets at N.A.S.A, Langley, Hampton, VA during the time that space travel became established for the first time. Earlier, he served active duty in the U.S. Army during W.W. II throughout the Pacific Theater for 18 years, proudly serving his nation. During the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, off and on, he found a new branch of the military in the U.S. Coast Guard to serve as an auxiliary worker and reservist. Mr. Byars attended Clemson University and was trained in aviation repair before the war, at Cal. Alera Technical School, in Glendale, CA. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Yorktown. He also was associated with the Masons at St. Tammany’s Lodge, No. 5, A.F. & A.M. in Hampton, and was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. A memorial service will be held at Amory Funeral Home in Grafton, officiated by the reverend Doug Echols on Friday June 17, 2016 at 7 p.m. Interment will be held on Saturday June 18, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Chester, SC at the Evergreen Cemetery.
William Ray McPherson
McPherson imageWilliam "Ray” McPherson, 68, passed away Monday, June 20, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ada & Edgar McPherson. He is survived by five children, Rhonda McPherson Smith, Jeffrey Ray Ogburn, Teresa McPherson Ferguson, Tracey McPherson Forrest, and Jason Ramone McPherson; two brothers, Bubba McPherson and Chet McPherson; three sisters, Sandra Goad, Connie Thompson, and Nancy Greene; eleven grandchildren, Scott Simmons, Steven Forrest Jr., Katlynne Thomas, Hayley Forrest, Jeffrey Ogburn Jr., Gunnar Ogburn, Caiden Ferguson, Brenden Ferguson, Savannah McPherson, Lexi Smith, and Jaxon "Cash” McPherson; and two greatgrandchildren, Madden Link Forrest and Sailer Elaine Forrest. Visitation will be Thursday, June 23, 6-7:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, followed by a Memorial service at 7:00 at the funeral home. Burial will be private at a later date. Online condolences toclaytorrollins.com
Nicholas Andrew Ferri
Ferri imageNicholas Andrew Ferri, 25, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016. He was born in Newport News and grew up in York County. He graduated from Hampton Christian where he played baseball and basketball, and was lucky to be a member of the 2009 State Champion Baseball team his senior year. Nick loved playing guitar, baseball, having his dog Roxi with him, and had a special place in his heart for his grandparents. He had the love of his girlfriend Hayley and the support of his best friends, Jamie, Davey and Derek. Nicholas is survived by his parents Bill and Marlene Ferri and his grandmother Sandra Johnson; many friends, family, aunts, uncles, cousins and his stepfather Rick Burton. A Celebration of Life service with casual attire the way Nick lived his life will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 24, 2016, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. The family will receive friends following the service in the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to Animal Aid Society, 80 Butler Farm Rd., Hampton, VA 23666
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