York County and Poquoson Obituaries

William George "Bill” Emerick, Sr.
Emerick imageWilliam George "Bill” Emerick, Sr., 76, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2016. Bill was born to Londo and Gertrude Emerick on February 22, 1940 and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan. He enlisted in the U.S. Army infantry at age 18, attended Office Candidate School as a Sergeant, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. Bill served overseas tours in Iceland, Germany and three tours in Vietnam. He was wounded three times but only accepted one Purple Heart because he felt the other two were minor wounds. His decorations include the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Silver Star, six Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Air Metal, and many other Army and foreign awards. Bill retired as a Major in 1978 and then worked for the Prudential Insurance Company as a Sales Representative in Florida and Virginia. Bill was an active member of Poquoson Lodge #49; Commandery; a Scottish Rite 320 Mason; the Langley/Ft Monroe Sojourners; the Peninsula Shrine Khedive Temple; the American Legion; and the Disabled American Veterans. Bill is survived by his wife Lisa Emerick; daughters, Catherine Ridgeway and husband Jon, Cynthia Emerick, and Amy Emerick; son, William Emerick, Jr.; step-daughters, Crystal Spaulding and husband John, and Wendy Ervin and husband Byron; brother, Londo Emerick; nine grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his beloved dog and personal guardian angel, Hiram Emerick. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers David and Charles Emerick. Visitation will be held Saturday, May 14, 10:00 – 11:00 AM, immediately followed by a Funeral Service led by Pastor David Cox, with Masonic Rites and full Military Honors, all at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. A reception will follow at the Masonic Lodge in Poquoson. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Khedive Shriners Transportation Fund. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.
Jean Helene Woodward
Woodward imageJean Helene Woodward, 81, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Jean was a native of New York and was a Peninsula resident since 1973. She graduated from Hermitage High School in Richmond, VA in 1953. She was past President and Officer of the York Republican Women’s Club, Officer and Board Member of Virginia Federation of Republican Women, Board Member of National Federation of Republican Women and a Member of the York Exchangettes. In recent years, Jean was active with her "lunch bunch” and the Silver Sneakers. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Woodward, and her brother, John W. Witten. She is survived by her daughter, Helene Woodward Drees, her soninlaw, Robert Drees, and two grandchildren, Sara and Daniel Drees, all of Yorktown. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 14, 2016, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. A reception following the service will be at her home at 110 Pungo Turn, Yorktown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060, or to the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd. Suite A102, Newport News, VA 23606.
Kathryne Caroline Billings
Billings imageKathryne Caroline Billings, 85, of Newport News, was born in Huntington Beach, California, in 1931 and entered into eternal life on May 12, 2016. Kathryne, the epitome of the California girl, loved having fun in the sun! But in 1953, Kathryne, or Kate, as she was affectionately known, traded the shores of sunny SoCal for Honolulu, Hawaii, where she married her sweetheart, Richard A. Billings, who was serving in the U.S. Navy. Kathryne and Richard began a journey that traversed such faraway places as Morocco and Italy, as well as some closer to home like Florida, New Jersey and South Carolina, before finally settling in Newport News, VA in 1970. Kathryne, besides being an avid gardener and pet lover, also worked for several years as a secretary for the FBI, before leaving to raise her young sons. Kathryne lived in Stoneybrook for over thirty- seven years, created a lovely garden in her back yard, tended to many houseplants and was affectionately called, "The Cat Lady.” In her later years there, Kathryne was able to share her love of feeding the ducks daily at the pond on her street with her two young granddaughters, Rachel and Emma Billings. Kathryne was predeceased by her husband, Richard A.Billings, her sister, Kathy Kozlareck, and her grandson, James Wesley Billings. Surviving Kathryne are her son, Thomas Billings, her son James and his wife, Stephanie, and their children, Rachel and Emma Billings. Kathryne’s close friend, Sandra Sullivan, led Kathryne to the Lord, so we know that she is with him now! Per Kathryne’s request, she will be buried with her husband Richard at the National Cemetary in Arlington, VA, and there will be no local service. Kathryne was a genuine sweetheart. Our loss is Heaven’s gain! Prayers and good thoughts are appreciated.
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