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York County and Poquoson Obituaries
Benjamin Stuart McIntosh
Benjamin Stuart McIntosh, 62, passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Benjamin was a native of Hampton and a lifelong peninsula resident. He enjoyed playing the guitar and was given the nickname of "Guitar man" by his father. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Lou McIntosh. He is survived by his father Benjamin N. McIntosh, Jr. and his wife Peggy of Yorktown; 3 sisters, Donna Gail Hostetler (Jeffrey) of Smith Mountain Lake, Brenda Louise King (David) of Middletown, MD and Cynthia Evelyn Kuahine of Yorktown; and a brother, David Lee McIntosh. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 PM, Friday, January 16, 2015 at Parklawn Memorial Park..Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.
Susan Louise Church
Susan Louise Church, 62, passed away on Sunday, January 11, 2015. Susan was a native and lifelong resident of Newport News. She graduated from Ferguson High School and was a secretary in the ICU unit in Mary Immaculate Hospital for the last 32 years. She is survived by her companion and husband Wayne "Red" Church since 1977; a daughter, Jenny T. Wagner (Joe); 2 sons, Steve Turner (Natalie) and Jeffrey Turner (Unique); a sister, Betty Youens (Greg); 3 grandchildren, Eric Thompson, Tawni Greatorex and Brandon Turner; and 1great-granddaughter, Ave Thompson. Susan's family and friends will gather from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Thursday in Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
James Ian Smith
Smith imageJames I. Smith, 86, passed away on January 12, 2015 after a long illness. He was born in Mahaffey, Pa in 1929 and was a resident of York County, VA. Jim entered the United States Air Force at age 17. During his years of service, he married Marilyn Pray Smith, his devoted wife of 62 years. He retired from the military after 24 years of service, and subsequently retired after 20 years of employment with York Oil Company. He enjoyed his later years as an employee of York County Parks and Recreation. He was also a Past Master and was a member of the Army and Navy Lodge #306, 32nd degree, Hampton, VA. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Jay and Alma Smith, and his two brothers, Bill and Don. Jim will be cherished by his loving wife, Marilyn and his five daughters, Jamie Hodges, Kim Hogge, Mary Jo Cooper, Julianne Kiedinger, Lori Johnson and their spouses. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Jean Smith, a brother-in-law, Jim Pray, and a host of nieces, nephews and many caring friends. He will be fondly remembered for his patriotic tributes, profound wisdom, Sunday blessings, and delicious "meat-on-the-grill." A private family gathering will be held. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
Barbara C. Bolton
Bolton imageBarbara C. Bolton, 74, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015. Barbara was born and raised in Morgantown, WVA and was a Peninsula resident since 1960. She was a former bus drive for the Hampton City Schools. She resided in North Carolina where she was preceded in death by her husband Charlie W. Bolton. She relocated back to York County to be with her four children, where she was a former sales associate at 7-11 in the subdivision of Edgehill in York County. She is survived by Donna Matney and Cliff of Newport News, Brenda Robertson and Howard of Yorktown, Stephen Conner of Hampton and David Conner and Stephanie of Lanexa. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Jennifer, Deseree, Brandy and Cheyenne; three great-grandchildren, Katie, Ethan and Emily. She is loved and will be missed dearly by her family and friends. A funeral service will be held at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 14, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. The family will receive friends following the service in the funeral home. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, January 16, in the cemetery of Jerusalem United Methodist Church in Warrenton, NC.
Linwood G. "Lil' Red" Burcher
Burcher imageLinwood G. Burcher "Lil' Red" passed away on January 11, 2015. He is now at peace and with his beloved wife Doris Riggins Burcher. He is survived by his daughter Cyndi Faller and her husband Rich, grandchildren Alex, Kelli and her husband David. He leaves his brother-in-law Otis Riggins and his wife Laura, sister-in-laws and a long list of nieces and nephews. Lin was proud of his career of over 30 years at NASA where he worked with the Mercury, Apollo, LDEF, Space Shuttle and many other programs. He was a great friend and mentor to so many. He could fix anything with some string, a clothespin, and super glue. If it couldn't be fixed with WD40 or duct tape it wasn't broken. He could build anything he wanted using his machinist skills - don't touch his mailbox! We love him dearly and will miss him greatly but know that he is in a better place with Doris, his parents, brothers, sister and his other friends and family who have passed before him. A celebration of his life will be held in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home at 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 15, 2015. The family will receive friends following the service in the funeral home.
Marion Florence Hohfeldt
Marion Florence Hohfeldt, 89, departed this world on Thursday, January 15, 2015, to join her beloved husband, Roy. Born in Hamilton, Ontario on March 10, 1925, she moved in her teens to Detroit, where she met Roy Hohfeldt and his large, welcoming and very loving family, which soon became her family as well. They married upon his return from England, where he served in the Eighth Air Force during WWII. Having been told she could never have children, her greatest surprise and joy in life was raising her three children, and later spending time with her grandchildren. A star member of her high school swim team, she always loved the water, both the beach in Florida and the lake in Northern Michigan. She was fascinated with birds everywhere, including from the deck of her daughter's home in Poquoson, where she and Roy moved in 1998 when her health was declining. Before her vision was greatly diminished, she was an avid reader and a painter, especially of birds, a great talent she discovered only in her late fifties. May she now be singing and dancing in the light with Dad. Marion is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Harris Luscomb of Poquoson; son and daughter-in-law, Ross and Denise Hohfeldt of Onsted, Michigan; and daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Tony Jiskra of Maryville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Jennifer Concannon, Katherine Luscomb, Jennifer Hohfeldt Rufener, John Hohfeldt, Eric Jiskra, Nathan Jiskra and Aaron Jiskra; her dear 'sisters-in-heart,' Carol Ferguson of Shelby Township, Michigan, and Jean Merciez of Warren, Michigan; and a multitude of nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, Poquoson, on Saturday, January 24th, 11:00 AM by Rev. Barry Throckmorton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of the Poquoson Library, 500 City Hall Ave., Poquoson, VA, 23662, or the Organ Fund at Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 831 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson, VA, 23662, or to The Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc., 1033 Long Prairie Road, Suite 5, Flower Mound, TX, 75022. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com. Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is assisting with arrangements.
"Buster" David M. Firman
Firman imageBuster David M. Firman, 67, a native of Poquoson, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 16, 2015. Buster was a commercial waterman all his life. His love for the waters of Poquoson was second only to his family. Buster was preceded in death by his father Fred Firman and grandson, Derrick Owen. He is survived by his mother Essie Firman of Poquoson; his life partner, Flo Burt; daughter, Tammy Owen and Doug Denny; daughter, Wanda Mullins and husband Foy; three granddaughters, Amber Lyons and husband Zach, Kaleigh Mullins, and Gracie Mullins. He was part of a large family of brothers, sisters, nieces, and nephews. Visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 18, 1-2 PM, followed immediately at 2 PM by a Funeral Service conducted by Pastor Buddy Chapman, all at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. Interment will follow at Weston Cemetery, Poquoson. The family will receive friends at Buster's mother's home at other times. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com.
Linda Lee Eastman
Linda Lee Eastman, 71, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Arrangements, by Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, are incomplete.

 





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