York County and Poquoson Obituaries

Don Farrell Parks
Parks imageDon Farrell Parks, 71, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 13, 2016. Don was a resident of Hampton, but was born and raised in Poquoson. He retired in 2003, after working more than 30 years at Dominion Virginia Power. He managed the Messick Men’s Softball Team for years and truly enjoyed his family and many friends. Don was preceded in death by his Father, Auther "Buddy” Parks and mother, Lillian Louise Parks. He is survived by his sisters, Sherry Parks Perok and husband Larry and Robin Kay Diemont and husband Tim; nephews, Derrick Diemont, Tony Diemont and wife Mailelani; nieces, Sherri Kaye Dykstra and husband Tim, Lorrie Challoner and husband Ryan, and Tammi Glidewell and husband Chris; special friends, Donnie White, Alicia Hudgins and her children Riley and Eli. Visitation will be on Monday, September 19, 2016, from 1:00PM-2:30PM, immediately followed by a funeral service all at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. Burial will take place at Weston Cemetery, Poquoson, immediately following the funeral service. Online condolences to  claytorrollins.com
Eleanor C. "Mom-Mom” Dawson
Eleanor C. Dawson (Mom-Mom), 90, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, with her family by her side. She was a native of Oahu, Hawaii and a resident of Hampton and Newport News for the past 23 years. Eleanor was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hampton. Eleanor was preceded in death by her loving parents, Glen and Ida Simmon; her siblings; and her husband, Arthur. She is survived by her son, Arthur E. Grundmann, III and wife Janis; daughter, Lenore Lavoie and husband Robert; grandchildren, Lori Ann Girard (Marshall), Danielle Remy (Mike), Rebecca Murphy (Chris), Kendra Callies (Andrew), William Grundmann, Russell Grundmann, and Kathy DeVol; great-grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel, Jacob, Jonas, Alyssa, Justin, Kaitlin, Gillian, Ashlynn, and Colleen. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, September 22, 11:00 AM, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hampton. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton. If you are able to attend the service, the family requests that: "you do not wear black, but wear bright cheery colors. Thank you!!” The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent in memory of Eleanor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. Claytor Rollins Funeral Home is in charge. Online condolences to  claytorrollins.com .
Sidney Jay Fox
Fox imageSidney Jay Fox, 65, died Tuesday, September 14, 2016. Sidney was born and lived in Newport News until he and his family moved to Seaford in 1965. He was a graduate of York High School and attended TNCC. He worked first as an electrician, and later in plumbing and heating sales. He lived most of his life in Suffolk, and returned to York County in 2014. Sid liked people and music, and had recently picked up his guitar again. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Erwin A. and Katherine J. Fox, and his brother Stephen A. Fox. He is survived by his brother, William A. Fox, and his wife Mary, of Williamsburg, and four nephews. Graveside services will be held today, Friday, September 16, at 10:00 a.m.at Peninsula Memorial Park. A reception for family and friends will follow, at Colonial Harbor, 2405 Fort Eustis Blvd, Yorktown. The family wishes to thank Sid’s many friends and the staffs at Colonial Harbor, and Interim Healthcare there, for their kindness and friendship. Thanks also to Dr. Yu Guan of TPMG Yorktown for her special care and concern for our brother. Memorials may be made to Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, 2401 Aluminum Ave., Hampton, VA 23661. Amory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Grace Thomas Owens
Owens imageGrace Thomas Owens, 87, of Grafton, VA died on Thursday, September 15, 2016 after a long illness, at Commonwealth Assisted Living Gloucester House, Gloucester, VA. She was preceded in death by the father of her children, Clarence S. Evans; her parents Olivia and Dewey Thomas; her siblings Edith Brown, Ethel Constance and Franklin Thomas. She is survived by her loving husband Alfred Owens; her faithful children Dewey W. Evans and Virginia A. Evans of Gloucester, VA, Kenneth T. Evans and Nan R. Evans of Hayes, VA and Paul C. Evans and Vickie Evans of Newport News, VA. She also leaves four grandchildren C. Blair Evans, Andrew T. Evans, Joshua P. Evans and Rebecca Gwilliams and three great-grandchildren Macie Evans, Leah Evans and Payton Gwilliams. The family wishes to extend special thanks and gratitude for all the employees and staff at the Gloucester House Assisted Living and Palliative Care Units. You treated us as your family and loved Grace as we did, we could not have asked for more. A memorial service conducted by Pastor Bill West will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, September 19, 2016, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the funeral home. A graveside service will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park in Hampton, VA. Memorial donations may be made in Grace’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6350 North Center Drive, Norfolk, VA 23502.
Tony Lee Ferguson
Ferguson imageTony Lee Ferguson, 62, passed away at home in the early morning of Thursday, September 15, 2016. Tony was a graduate of York High School Class of 1973. He loved socializing with all of his friends at the Cactus, The Beachcomber, and the Fleet Reserve in Yorktown. He worked at the Tabb Wal-Mart for the last 4 years. He was and is dearly loved and missed by Cookie-Gerri, his lady love of 21 years. Also by all of the bluebirds and other birds that he loved to watch and feed in the yard. He also loved Elvis and karaoke. He was preceded in death by his parents, Myrtle and Olvin and brother Jerry. Tony is survived by his brothers Donnie (Susie), Ronnie, and Olvin (Jan); his sister Peggy Richardson (John), and many nephews and nieces. Also always in his heart and mind Brandon and Brian. A Celebration of Tony’s Life will be held at 6:00 PM on Monday, September 19, 2016 in Amory Funeral Home Chapel. A reception in his honor will follow at the Beachcomber. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Cancer Society.
William Watson "Pottsie” Martin
Martin imageWilliam Watson "Pottsie” Martin, 78, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. He was a native of Hampton, and a Poquoson resident most of his life. He retired in 1991 as a Manager at Bell Atlantic after 35 years, and then went on to work 12 years in Maintenance for the Poquoson Public Schools. He will be remembered by family and friends as "Mr. Fix It”. Pottsie was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he served on the Trustee’s Committee, in the Men’s Club, and the Men’s George Amos Chorus. He was a Life Member of Poquoson Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept., where he served as First Assistant Chief, President of the Fire Dept., and Captain of the Rescue Squad. He was a Past-President of the Tidewater Firefighters Assn. Pottsie was a member of the Poquoson Masonic Lodge #49, and was an Officer in the Colonial Chapter #40 – Order of the Eastern Star. He was previously owner of Martin Video, and he served on the Poquoson Planning Commission. He also sang in the Laymen’s Quartet in Poquoson. Pottsie was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and best friend, Kay Quinn Martin; father, William Colbert Martin; mother, Ethel Lufsey Martin; and grandson, Jacob Daniel Bowen. He is survived by his special friend, Kathryn Freeman; daughter, Dana Martin Creasey and husband Delbert; son, William Gregory Martin and wife Kay; grandchildren, Brielyn Nicole Bowen, April Elyse Martin, Christopher Blaine Martin, Christie Bascetta & family, and Allison Phillips & family; sister, Audrey Reddekopp; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and his many beloved friends. Masonic Rites will be conducted Thursday, Sept. 22, 7:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, followed by visitation until 8:30 PM. Other times the family will be at the home, 24 Laydon Way. A Celebration of Pottsie’s life will be held Friday, Sept. 23, 2:00 PM, at Trinity United Methodist Church led by Rev. Charles R. Stacy. Entombment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1294 Poquoson Ave., and/or to the Poquoson Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 2099, both in Poquoson, VA, 23662. Online condolences to  claytorrollins.com .  "Pottsie was loved, and blessed with an infinite heart and devoted his life in service to others.”
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