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York County and Poquoson Obituaries
William "Bill” Larkin Davis
Davis imageWilliam Larkin Davis Jr, 82, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Bill was born in York Co. and was a lifelong peninsula resident. He was a member of Asbury Wesleyn Church, was an active volunteer with the Newport News Public School System, a Korean War Army veteran and was an avid gardner. Bill retired as a field engineer with NCR after 36 years of service. He is survived by his wife of 33 ½ years Barbara, 2 sons, Larkin Davis and his wife Roslyn of Newport News, Scott Davis and his wife Danette of Grass Valley, CA, his daughter, Pam Davis Steele and her husband Bobby of Newsome, VA, his sister, Mildred Davis of Yorktown, 8 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends Friday, May 15, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. A funeral service will be held Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm in Asbury Wesleyn Church, 605 Harpersville Rd, Newport News, VA 23601. Interment will be in Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery, Yorktown. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Asbury Wesleyn Church building fund. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home.
Gerlean McMillion McCarty
Gerlean "MOM” McMillion McCarty, 83, passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Gerlean was a native of Esty, West Virginia and a Yorktown resident since 1953. She retired from Coats and Clark in 1988 after 30 years of service. After retiring she worked for York County Public School in the cafeteria at Tabb Middle School. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Hamby and is survived by her loving husband of 66 years Ralph W. McCarty and a daughter, Cheryl McCarty of Yorktown; a sister, Ireta Johnson and her husband Bee of Lewisburg, WVA and a son-in-law Ray Hamby and many nieces and nephews and her loving dogs April and Pugsley A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, May 18, 2015 in Amory Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial park. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 3:00 to 4:00 PM in the funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the SPCA 523 J Clyde Morris Blvd. Newport News, VA. 23601or The Animal Aid Society, 80 Butler Farm Rd. Hampton, VA. 23666. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home.
Joyce Marie Thomas
Joyce Marie Thomas, 83, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Joyce was a native of Richmond, VA and a lifelong peninsula resident. She graduated from Newport News High School in 1953 and retired from C & P Telephone with over 40 years of service and was a member of Alpha Omicron Master. She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband of 64 years Millard S. "Bud” Thomas; a sister, Lois and her husband Theodore C. Kramer, Jr; a nephew, Theodore Kramer III and his wife Valarie and 3 nieces, Terry Boyd and her husband Steve, Cynthia Dunivan and her husband David and Constance Hickman and her husband Spencer and 2 great nieces Wendi Keffer and her husband Karl and Emily Young. A graveside service will be held at 3:30 PM on Friday, May 15, 2015 in Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorial may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements are by Amory Funeral Home.
Bobby C. Liles
Bobby C. Liles, 87, a native of Fox, Oklahoma, a Texas resident for many years, and longtime Poquoson resident, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He retired as a pilot from the U. S. Air Force after 21 years, mainly flying the C121 Super Constellation. Bobby later worked for Bendix Corp. on the N.A.S.A. Apollo Space Program. He loved vegetable gardening, and tending to his beautiful lawn and gardens. Bobby is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia L. Liles; five children, Pamela Adams of Mathews, VA, Sharon Liles of Poquoson, Karen Regan & husband Keith of Yorktown, Susan Thompson & husband Tommy of Morristown, Arizona, and Michael Liles & wife Sue of Fredericksburg, VA; six grandchildren, Christopher Thompson, Benjamin Thompson, Seth Regan, Travis Tucker, Spencer Tucker, and Kaitlin Liles; two great-grandchildren, Matthew Thompson and Alexander Thompson; and his adored cat, Annie. Inurnment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Poquoson Volunteer Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 2099, Poquoson, VA, 23662. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com . Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is assisting with arrangements. "Special thanks to the V. A. Palliative Care Unit, and to Dr. Tammy Beavers, for their care and support.”
Glenn David Parks Sr.
Parks imageGlenn David Parks, Sr, age 58, passed away peacefully Saturday, May 9, 2015 after a long battle with Diabetes, surrounded by his loving family. He was Co-owner of Vintner's Cellar Winery of Yorktown and former General Manager of Betty's Plumbing and Heating. He attended Northside Christian Church. Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 14 years, Jennifer T. Parks, his children, Heather Day, Glenn D. Parks, Jr. and his wife, Yvonne, Christopher Parks and Benjamin Woods; brother, Wayne H. Parks and sister, Cheryl Parks Gallagher; his grandchildren, Cole Parks, Mackenzie Guy, Skyler Parks and Lily Woods and his dogs, Maggie Moo and Scooter. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayman H. and Betty Sue Parks. The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 7:00 p.m. in the W.J. Smith & Son Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Jones officiating. The family request that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Diabetes Association , 870 Greenbriar Circle, Tower II, Suite 404, Chesapeake, VA, 23320. Glenn will be remembered for the loving husband, father and grandfather that he was. Please send condolences to www.wjsmithandsonfh.com.
Joseph Matthew Porfert
Porfert imageJoseph Matthew Porfert, 28, a wonderful son, grandson, and friend, died unexpectedly on May 6, 2015. He is survived by his parents, Harry R. Jr. and Veronica Bowers Porfert, of Norfolk, Va.; his grandmothers, Rose A. Porfert-Machado of Turlock, Calif., and Iris L. Bowers of Lima, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Harry R. Porfert Sr. and Donald L. Bowers. Joe was a graduate of Maury High School and of Old Dominion University with double majors in English and education. He was a member of Church of the Ascension. He worked in and loved Ghent. He was a teacher, tutor, writer, bartender, server and IT specialist. Most of all, he was a man of depth, empathy, laughter, sarcasm, searching, giving, and of love. He was the best friend one could have. He loved music, animals, and good beer. A funeral and reception will be conducted on Friday, May 15th at 3 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 405 Talbot Hall Road, Norfolk, Dress is casual. The Rev. Stewart Tabb will offer the service. Burial will be in Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery in Lima, Ohio. Memorial donations may be made to the Norfolk SPCA. Services are in the care of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk Chapel. Online condolences may be offered to the family through hdoliver.com.
Janet L. Griffith
Janet L. Griffith, 77, of Southport, North Carolina, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2015, at Autumn Care, The Palms in Shallotte, North Carolina. She was surrounded by the love of her family and trusted caretakers. Born July 30, 1937, Janet was the eldest child of the late Oscar C. and Lola Clark Hamilton of Pike County, Kentucky. She graduated top of her class from Oceana High School in 1955, where she met many cherished friends she maintained relationships with throughout her life. After marrying her high school sweetheart Jim in December 1954 and having two beloved daughters, Janet devoted her life to her family while simultaneously excelling as a strong career-minded woman. She spent over a decade in upper management for the Avon Company before becoming a small business owner. She was very proud of her childrens' clothing boutique, Patches N Lace, and involved her sister Janive to help in her endeavors. In her next venture, side by side with Jim, Janet grew to become a well-respected real estate agent for Coldwell Banker in the Poquoson, Va. In addition to everything she did, Janet was able to fulfill a life-long goal by authoring a book entitled Down The Creek...A Kentucky Memoir. Hers was a story mixed with a memoir about her grandmother and the life the family led growing up in Kentucky. Janet fiercely loved her family, near and far. Her home and heart were always open to anyone who needed it, guaranteed with one of her famous home cooked meals. She loved children, and gardening, and found beauty in all walks of life. Janet is preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Lola Hamilton, her son-in-law Mark Junglen, her sister and brother-in-law Janive and Al Leonard, and nephew Mike Leonard. She is survived by her husband of almost 61 years, James Griffith of Southport, NC; two daughters, Sherri Junglen and Rebecca Lentini (Ralph); two grandchildren Jessica and Tyler; two great-grandsons Benjamin and Berkley; five sisters, Donna Denando (John), Linda Robinson (Joe), Wanda Ball (Doug), Saundra Philyaw (Ted), Karen Albright (Larry); two brothers Tom Hamilton (Linda), Ron Hamilton; one brother-in-law Adrian Griffith (Joyce) and numerous treasured nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00pm, Thursday May 14, 2015 at the Brunswick Funeral Services Chapel with Rev. Eddie Hill officiating. Interment will follow in the Brunswick Funeral Services Memorial Gardens. Private online condolences may be sent to the family at www.brunswickfuneralservice.com. The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to the entire staff at Autumn Care. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request memorial contributions be made in honor of Janet to: Autumn Care, The Palms, 237 Mulberry Street, Shallotte, NC 28470. Brunswick Funeral Services, Shallotte, NC.

 





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