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York County and Poquoson Obituaries
Jean B. Forrest
Forrest imageJean B. Forrest, 84, a native and lifelong resident of Poquoson, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Riverside Hospital surrounded by her family and friends. She was the daughter of the late Mary P. and Linwood I. Burcher, and wife of the late Jack N. Forrest. Jean was a 1947 graduate of Poquoson High School, and a graduate of Mary Washington College. She was a teacher/librarian with the Poquoson School System for 37 years, and a member of the Poquoson Retired Teachers Assn. Many lives were touched by her years of teaching. She was a member of Tabernacle United Methodist Church and sang in the choir for many years. Many of Jean’s fondest memories were her early years of boating and her love of gardening. She was at her happiest at the "Florida house”. Jean is survived by a son, Nathan Forrest; a daughter, Mary Curran; brother, Cornell Burcher; granddaughter, Valarie Torrenti and significant other, Chris Gibbs; grandson, Andrew Curran IV and significant other, Melanie Janik; as well as her greatgrandchildren who were the apple of her eye, Morgan, Madisyn and Avery Torrenti, and Logan Wahls. The family will receive friends Friday, 7-8:30 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, and other times at her home, 145 Bennett Road. A funeral service will be held Saturday, 2:00 PM, at Tabernacle United Methodist Church by Rev. Barry Throckmorton. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton. Memorial donations may be made to Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 831 Poquoson Ave., Poquoson, VA, 23662, or to the Poquoson Retired Teachers Assn., 401 Bridgewood Dr., Yorktown, VA, 23693. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com. "Jean was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her.”
John David Wydur
Wydur imageJohn David Wydur, 72, passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2014. He was a native of Jamaica, New York and peninsula resident since 1964 and moved to Seaford in 1975. He was an Air Force Veterans and served as a flight instructor for 8 years before becoming owner and operator of Mills Marina, Seaford in 1975. He enjoyed flying , Sailing and a good game of poker. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Carole Wydur and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Grathwohl. Service will be private as he requested. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.
David B. Thurlow
Thurlow imageLTC. (Ret.) David Burdette Thurlow, 82, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 6th at Riverside Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his loving wife and family. He was the son of the late Dwight and Thelma Thurlow of Bangor, Maine. He resided in York County for forty years, after retiring from twenty years of service in the United States Army. One of his great passions in life was flying, and he was a master aviator with over 5,000 hours of flying time. He served two tours in Vietnam, and was especially honored to receive the Purple Heart Medal. He received numerous other medals during his career as well, including the Bronze Star for Valor. He was a member of the Mt. Moriah Two Bridges Nahe Lodge No. 823 in Germany. David was a graduate of the University of Maine and received two masters’ degrees from Hampton University, as well as an Education Specialist degree from Georgetown University. Throughout his life he was an avid reader, music lover and traveler. During his retirement years, he especially enjoyed playing musical instruments. David leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 43 years Patricia Burcher Thurlow; son, David (Kathy) Thurlow; daughter, Lisa Hydrick; stepdaughter, Denise (Jim) Parroco; brother, Dana (Georgia) Thurlow; and many grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday July 14, 2014, 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 in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Peninsula SPCA, 523 J Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


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