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York County and Poquoson Obituaries

Hobie Kopczynski
Kopczynski imageHobie Kopczynski, 18, passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Hobie was a native and lifelong Seaford resident. He attended St. Luke’s Pre-School, Seaford Elementary, Yorktown Middle School, and was a graduate of the York High School class of 2013. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Tabbmanian and Poquoson Youth Wrestling Leagues. Hobie also played center for the York-Seaford Bulldogs, Yorktown Middle School, and York High School football teams. As a senior he led the Falcons to the playoff s with his friend and quarterback of 14 years, Austin Norman, with whom he snapped the ball to over 45,000 times. He proudly served on the York County Youth Commission for three terms and volunteered with the York County Safety Town project every summer since he began middle school. He was honored to receive a mentorship to work with Dr. Paul Evans during his senior year of high school, striving toward his life’s goal of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. He was a freshman at VCU working on his major of a Pre Med Degree. He loved to wash and detail cars, attend vacations with his family, eat at fine restaurants, Jet Ski, and just be with his family. Hobie had a beautiful and infectious smile, kind heart and respect for others that earned him praise from many throughout his short life. Hobie was a good boy and a wonderful man. He attended Zion United Methodist Church, Seaford. He was a preceded in death by his grandfathers, Vincent "Ski” Kopczynski and Harry "Tabb” Smith. He is survived by his loving and devoted parents Kathy and Barry Kopczynski, a loving little sister, Landyn Kopczynski, grandmothers, Betty Lou Kopczynski and Judy Smith, aunts and uncles, Steve and Julie Kopczynski, Robbie and Sherri Kopczynski, Cammie and Jimmy Butler, and Barry Wade and Renee Smith, cousins, Hunter Kopczynski, Haley Stevenson (Jimmy), Wade, Cole and Gracie Smith, Marshall Butler who was more like his little brother, and Kristen Kopczynski, great aunt and uncles Lindy "Bubba Lin” Wade, Preston Smith (Meyong), and Julie Feeser (Frank). Hobie also leaves to cherish his memories many cousins and friends. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 3, 2014, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church. A Celebration of Hobie’s Life will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, April 4, 2014 in Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church, Yorktown with Rev. Lisa Barbery and Rev. Kathy Gochenour, officiating. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family asks that if you are able, wear blue and white if you are a York friend and black and yellow if you are a VCU friend to show unity of these communities touched by Hobie. Memorials may be made in Memory of Hobie to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court Glen Allen, Virginia 23060. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home.
Dorothy "Dot” Soles Moore
Moore imageDorothy "Dot” Soles Moore, 82, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Dot was a native of Glenns, VA and a Yorktown resident since 1950. She was a graduate of Middlesex High School. She was a former employee of Hornsby Oil and Shields Oil and worked for James R. Reed Associates as a field sampler, bookkeeper and project coordinator until retiring in 1995 after 20 years. Dot enjoyed playing Bonko but her favorite love was entertaining all of her caring and devoted friends. Once dot was a friend whether you were right or wrong she would be a friend forever. She was a member of Providence United Methodist Church and volunteer with many different projects at the church. Dot was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Lucille Soles; a sister, Gloria Jean Dunn and a brother Wilmer Soles and is survived by her husband of 61 years, Clarence "Bubs” Moore; 2 sisters, Irma Hite of Glenns, VA and Barbara Ann Berry and her husband William of West Point and a brother, Edward Soles and his wife Martha Jean of Urbanna, VA. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Providence United Methodist Church in Yorktown. The family will receive friends from 9:30 am until service time at the church. A reception will follow the service in the church social hall. Interment will be held at 1:30 pm at Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the York County Fire and Rescue /Life Safety, P.O. Box 532, Yorktown, Va., 23692 or to the Providence United Methodist Church, 113 Old Dare Road, Yorktown, Va., 23692. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
Margaret Jane ‘Gibbs’ Rowe
Rowe imageMargaret Jane ‘Gibbs’ Rowe, 86, passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband William Rowe, Sr., and leaves a son, William, Jr.; and two grandchildren, Cynthia and William III. Margaret was a 37 year cancer survivor; a retired school bus driver of 46 years for the York County School Division; an active member of the York County Senior Center Board; and a member in good standing of the Onawa Council of Pocahontas. A graveside service will be held 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. C. Douglas Akers officiating. The family will receive friends on from 6-8 pm on Saturday, April 5, at Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in her memory to the Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 113 Old Dare Road, Yorktown, VA 23692 or the Senior Center of York, 5314 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23692. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
Paula Faye Freeman
Freeman imagePaula Faye Freeman, a native of Poquoson, lost her two year battle with cancer at Riverside Regional Medical Center on April 5, 2014, four days after her 71st birthday. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Helen Richardson Freeman, and two brothers, William Herbert "Dickie" Freeman and Francis Scott Freeman. She is survived by her sister, Emma Louise Holloway; her nieces and nephew, Jean C. "JC" Holloway, Rita Louise Mosser, Sherry Holloway Holder & husband Tony, Kathie Faye McBride and husband Larry, Delores Freeman Tharpe, and William Herbert Freeman; numerous great-nieces/nephews, and cousins on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay; and her extended family.Paula began her work career at Newport News Shipbuilding and soon relocated to take a position at the Cape Charles Air Force Station on Virginia's Eastern Shore. When the military closed the Air Force station, Paula started working at Bay Shore Concrete on the Eastern Shore until she retired there in 2005, and then moved back to Poquoson to be near her family. She was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed playing softball in her younger years. Her true passion, though, was watching the Washington Redskins. A die-hard Redskins fan, regardless of whether they won or lost, she would always say "Hail to the Redskins". Family and friends will gather to celebrate Paula's life on Monday, April 7, 2014, 4 – 6:00 pm at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, 836 Poquoson Ave, Poquoson. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: P.A.W.S, P.O. Box 2204, Poquoson, VA, 23662. Online condolences to "Paula was a true friend to all who knew her; she was strong and courageous to the very end. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered forever.”
Benjamin Austin Freeman., Jr.
BFreeman imageBenjamin Austin Freeman, Jr., age 77, passed away after a lengthy illness on Saturday, April 5, 2014. Austin was preceded in death by his father and mother, Benjamin Austin Freeman, Sr. and Lillie Butler Freeman, by his sister Lillie Marie Benton, and by his brother Paul Ray Freeman. Austin leaves to embrace his memory his wife, Melba Blewett Freeman, his son, Timothy A. Freeman and wife Donna Eller Freeman, his son Richard Kelly Freeman, his "favorite granddaughter” Samantha Marie Freeman, and his "favorite grandson” Benjamin Alan Freeman. He also leaves his sister Joyce Freeman Tracy, brother-in-law Paul Benton, sisters-in-law Mattie B. Flowers and Pamela B. Mann as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins, including two very devoted cousins, Etta B. Thompson and Marion "Snookie” B. Shields. He graduated from Poquoson High School, Class of ’55, and from the IBEW’s electrical apprenticeship program. Initially he worked as an electrician for several local contractors but he retired from Newport News Shipbuilding in 2000 after 41 years of service. The family will receive friends Tuesday, 2:00-3:00 PM at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, immediately followed by a funeral service at 3:00 PM at the funeral home by Pastor Dan Cromer of Emmaus Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton. At other times the family will be at the home. In lieu of flowers the family recommends contributions to the Poquoson Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squads, P.O. Box 2099, Poquoson, VA 23662. Online condolences to Deep appreciation is expressed to Cindy Persons who often helped with Austin’s care during his lengthy illness and to the Friends Sunday School Class of Emmaus Baptist Church for their fervent prayers and food provided. Appreciation is also expressed to Riverside Hospice for the professional and caring concern they exhibited in this very trying time for him and his family.


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