York County and Poquoson Obituaries

Elizabeth "Betty” Louise Grohs
Grohs imageElizabeth "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
Firth imageCarrie 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
Bradley imageGeorge 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
Velardi imageLori 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
Hudgins imageKimberly 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.
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