York County and Poquoson Obituaries
|Willaim "Billy” Moore
William F. "Billy” Moore, 75, a native of Poquoson & Newport News resident for 46 years, passed away peacefully on Wednesday,
November 20, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was a retired truck driver, and a U.S. Navy veteran. Billy was preceded in
death by his mother, Francis Moore, father, TJ Moore, and step-mother, Evelyn Moore. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Moore; two
sons, Lynn Moore and Glenn Moore; seven grandchildren, Chelsey, Noah, Jonathan, Amanda, Jeffrey, Jared, and Amber; three great grandchildren,
Riley, Kingston, and Adalynn; a brother, Jon Lee; and sisters, Esther and Beverley. The family will receive friends
Tuesday, 1-2:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, immediately followed by a Memorial Service at 2 PM by Lynn Moore.
Inturnment will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park, Newport News, with Navy honors. "Special thanks to Personal Touch Hospice for
their care and support.” Online condolences to www.claytorrollins.com .
|John W. Wainwright III
John Wesley Wainwright III, 76, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Hampton Sentara Careplex, surrounded by
his family. Born 11/29/36 in Newport News, he was the son of the late Helen B. and John Wesley Wainwright Jr. John is
survived by his wife, Judy M. Wainwright; brother, Thomas Wainwright and wife Toni of Providence Forge; sister, Janet
Kessler and husband Shirley of Poquoson; two children, Deborah Wainwright of Jacksonville, Florida, and Kevin M.
Wainwright and wife Candi of Quarryville, PA; and grandson, Seth Daniel Wainwright of Quarryville, PA. He was preceded
in death by his son, John Wesley Wainwright IV. John attended ODU and graduated from the NASA Langley
Apprentice School. He retired from NASA after more than 25 years of service as the Head of Construction Management. He
received many awards for his contributions and service. John enjoyed playing the steel guitar and was a member of the
Country Playboys band during the 70’s. Following retirement, he worked as a Home Designer for many local builders. He
also enjoyed travel, gardening, and remodeling his home for 50 YEARS!!! He was a very creative person with a GREAT
sense of humor. Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 1:45 PM, Saturday, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, immediately
followed by the Funeral Service at 1:45 PM by Rev. Charles Jones. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park,
Newport News. Memorial contributions can be made to Operation Cat Snip online at operationcatsnip.org, or a charity of
your choice. Online condolences to www.claytorrollins.com.
|Marquis Woodrow "Mark” Neighbors
Marquis Woodrow "Mark” Neighbors, 65, a native of Key West, FL, grew up in Charleston, SC, and has been a Poquoson resident for 23
years, passed away at home on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. He was a contractor and founder of Compass Contracting, Inc. in Hampton,
and had been a partner with RPC Industries in Hampton. He enjoyed flying his airplane, fishing, hunting, woodworking, restoring old
cars, exploring the wilderness of Montana, and piddling in his garage. Mark was preceded in death by his father, Elbert Neighbors, and
grandson, Keagan Neighbors. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Sherry Neighbors; sons, Samuel and Berton; daughters, Laura and
Taylor; mother, Faye Lanier; brother, Alben Neighbors; grandchildren, Ashley and Katie; and special friends, Billy Thomas, Bill Harris,
and Tyler Bransford. A Celebration of Mark’s life will be held Tuesday, 7:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson by Rev. O.
H. Burton, Jr. A reception will follow at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the
M.C.V. Foundation in support of the Pauley Heart Center, P. O. Box 980234, Richmond, VA, 23298. Online condolences to www.claytorrollins.
com . "Special thanks to the MCV Hospital, and Sue of Virginia Hospice, for their care and support.”
|Peggy Honicker Wright
Peggy Honicker Wright, 66, passed away Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Peggy was a lifelong resident of the Peninsula. She was a
1966 graduate of Kecoughtan High School, and was a former member of Grafton Baptist Church. Peggy was a loving wife, mother
and grandmother; and was always there for anyone that needed help. She loved summer and the sun, boating and the beach,
and just spending time with her family and friends.
There just aren’t words to describe how amazing Peggy was. She and Bud were high school sweethearts, and they were married
shortly after high school. They weren’t just husband and wife, they were very best friends. Peggy had the wonderful gift of compassion,
she made it a point to go out of her way to help those who needed her. She was an excellent listener, and was a genuine
source of comfort, whether it was emotionally, financially, or whatever was needed, she was always there with moral support
when she was needed. She was a rare person indeed, and she will be forever missed by those who loved her the most.
Peggy is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Wilson "Bud” Wright Jr.; a son, Wilson "Will” Wright III of Yorktown; a
daughter Shannon Wright Nelson of York County; a niece Amy Estabrook; 2 grandchildren Chandler Nelson and his wife Kristi
and Katie Nelson; and her former daughter-in-law Missy Wright.
A graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, November 22, 2013, at Peninsula Memorial Park. The family will receive
friends from 1-2:30 at Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
|George Thomas Bata
George Thomas Bata, 81, passed away peacefully November 22, 2013 at York Convalescent Center. George was born
on December 26, 1931 in Zlin, Czechoslovakia. He immigrated to the United States in the mid 1940’s to Belcamp, Maryland. He
earned two degrees from John Hopkins University in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.
George was a long time resident of Grafton and retired from Siemens Automotive Corporation, Newport News in 1996
after 41 years of service. He held over 30 US patents in his name. He was extremely dedicated to his family. His hobbies included
playing the piano, fishing, tennis, exercising and he was a member of Riverside Wellness Center for decades.
Left behind to cherish his memory is his wife of 55 years, Eva Marie Bata; his children Anne and husband Bill Ambrose
of Newport News; Michael and wife Christine Bata of Yorktown; Catherine and husband Robert Edwards of Yorktown; his
grandchildren Aaron & Casey Bata, and Jessica & Zachary Edwards.
A funeral mass will be held on Friday, November 29th, 10:00 am, at Saint Joan of Arc Church in Yorktown where he has
been a long time parishioner. Family will receive friends immediately following the liturgy. In lieu of flowers memorial donations
may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter, 6350 Center Dr, Norfolk, VA 23502.
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.