York County and Poquoson Obituaries

Robert E. Chitwood
Chitwood imageRobert E. Chitwood, 55, passed away at home Friday, May 13, 2016. He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years before retiring as a Chief. Robert then worked for several years at Newport News Shipbuilding as a Senior Engineering Analyst. Robert was preceded in death by his mother, Myrna Chitwood, and his sister, Cathi Chitwood Mapes. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Nancy Bunting Chitwood; father, Carl Chitwood; sister, Shelley Chitwood; brother-in-law, Dave Mapes; and niece, Marianne Mapes. A graveside service will be held at Smith Memorial Cemetery, Poquoson, Saturday, May 21, 1:00 PM led by Pastor Dan Cromer with military honors. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Smith Cemetery Association, 256 Wythe Creek Rd., Poquoson, VA 23662, or Disabled American Veterans, 210 Franklin Rd SW, Rm 505, Roanoke, VA 24011. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com . Claytor Rollins Funeral Home is in charge.
Norma Moor Fedder Boyle
Norma Moore Fedder Boyle, 89, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 15, 2016. A lifelong native of Poquoson and a graduate of Poquoson High School, Class of 1943, Mrs. Boyle began her career working as a civil servant at Langley AFB. Mrs. Boyle then returned to further her education by earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Hampton University in 1983. Norma practiced nursing for ten years at Riverside Regional Medical Center and Eastern State Hospital. Norma Boyle was also a proud member of Emmaus Baptist Church and Wythe Presbyterian Church. Her passions included square dancing and travelling. She took special pride in the fact that she visited all seven continents, encompassing well over 100 countries. Egypt was known to be one of her favorite countries as she loved riding camels native to the area. Norma was a fearless traveler, obviously, as she proudly went to Antarctica at the age of 80 years young. Norma was preceded in death by her two husbands, John F. Fedder, Jr. and Joseph V. Boyle, Jr.; parents, Alex and Nancy Moore; and sisters, Carrie Martin and Gladys Forrest. She is survived by her son, Jack Fedder and wife Carolyn; daughter, Nancy Brigham and husband Michael; grandchildren, Catherine McGowan, Connie Thomas, Christy Helsel, and Jennifer Brigham; and seven great-grandchildren. The entire family would like to extend their gratitude to Warwick Forest and its employees for their tireless and dedicated service and caring for Mrs. Boyle over these past seven years. Visitation will be held Friday, May 20, 10:00–11:00 AM, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 AM led by Pastor Dan Cromer, all at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton. Online condolences may be sent to claytorrollins.com.
Margery "Margie” Viola Williams Evans
Evans imageMargery "Margie” Viola Williams Evans, 92, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Margie was born to the late Jack T. and Maria Brown Williams in Gloucester. She married the love of her life, William Linwood "Inky” Evans, Sr., and moved to Poquoson where she lived for over 75 years. Margie was preceded in death by her husband, Inky and her brother, Leslie Williams. She is survived by her son, William L. Evans Jr. and wife Lee; daughter, Patricia Dianne Evans, both of Poquoson; grandchildren, Nancy Freeman Humphrey, Floyd Russell Freeman Jr., Ronald Lee Evans, and Davis Ray Freeman-Hall; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-greatgrandchild. Visitation will be held Friday, May 20, 1:30-2:30 PM, immediately followed by a Funeral Service led by Reverend Stanley M. Turnbull, all at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. Burial will follow at Gloucester Point Cemetery (located behind Bethany United Methodist Church) at 1860 Hayes Road, Gloucester Point, VA 23062. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Poquoson Volunteer Fire Dept., P. O. Box 2404, Poquoson, VA 23662. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com
Audrey Backus
Backus imageAudrey Backus passed away at home Tuesday, May 17, 2016, just five weeks after her beloved husband’s death. She was born in Poquoson and lived most of her life there. Audrey was a caring person and would give you her last dime, but she would also tell you what she thought. Audrey was employed at Food Fair Grocery Store for 25 years and in her working years she was also a seamstress, nail technician and great cook. She could do anything she set her mind to, and also loved going on cruises and visits to Atlantic City. Audrey was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Charles "Sonny” Backus; parents, Robert and Annie Holloway; brother, John Wayne; sisters, Vionia and Naomi; and grandson, Robert Christopher Backus, Jr. Audrey leaves behind her loving family; son Robert (Kathy); sisters, Ramona, Brenda (George), and Carol (Allen); brother, Robert (Ellen Mae); her special and caring nieces, Ronnie (Moe), Freda, Tammy (Ty) and Nina; and grandson Wesley (Tina). A Celebration of Audrey’s life will be held Friday, May 20, 6:30 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, led by Pastor George V. Insley Jr. The family will receive friends immediately following the service, and at other times the family will be at Audrey’s home. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502, and/or the Peninsula SPCA, 523 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601, Attn: Megan Steele. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com . "The family would like to thank Mrs. Holloway, their neighbor, for all she did for Audrey; family members who were there for Audrey and Sonny when they were needed the most; and Sentara Hospice and Visiting Angels for taking care of her in her last days.”
Edward Guy Dery
Edward Guy Dery, 67, passed away May 15, 2016. Edward was a native of York County and a graduate of York High School and east Tennessee State University. He was a former resident of Big Stone Gap VA before moving back to York County. He was employed as a CEO of Camellia Foods until his retirement. Edward is survived by 3 brothers, John A Dery of Huntsville, AL, David J. Dery of Gresham, OR and Raymond A. Dery II of Yorktown, VA; 2 sisters, Anne Copeland and Joan A. Dery and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Audrey Dery and 2 sisters, Celina Prutch and Theresa M. Dery. A mass intention will be offered at 5:30 pm on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Yorktown. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
Diane Creech Dennis
Dennis imageMrs. Diane Creech Dennis 60, of Yorktown, VA and formerly of Albany, GA, passed away at her home on May 20, 2016. Born July 6, 1955 in Eustis, FL, Mrs. Dennis was the daughter of the late Charles Clevie Creech and Lucille Hall Creech. She was a homemaker and will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She attended Bethel Holiness Church in Putney, GA. and loved to spend time with her family. In her earlier years she enjoyed working in her yard and had a great love for her dog, Chewey. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Dennis was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Lee Dennis. Survivors include her children, Wyndall and Lisa McGuire of Albany, GA; daughters, Angela Dust and Shaun of Yorktown, VA and Snooker and Ryan Asselin of Murfreesboro, TN; brother, Charles, Leland, Adrian, Roy and Jimmy Creech; sisters, Christine Helms, Carolyn Blizzard and Shirley Barajas and 4 grandchildren. The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Covenant Life Church of God, 706 Urick St. Fruitland Park, FL, 34731. Interment will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Astatula Cemetery, County Rd. 48, Astatula, FL, 34705. Pastor Noah Phillips will officiate. The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2015 at Bethel Holiness Church, 4621 Radium Springs Rd. Albany, GA. 31705. You may express your condolences to the family by visiting www.josephwjonesfuneralhome.com. Joseph W. Jones Funeral Home of Leesburg, GA. was given the honor to serve the Dennis family.
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