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York County and Poquoson Obituaries
Alfred Spencer "Al” Roberts
Roberts imageAlfred Spencer "Al” Roberts, 85, a native of Everett, WA, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015, with his loving family by his side. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1947-58, and during the Korean War he fought at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, earning him the distinction of being a "Frozen Chosin Marine.” Al worked for Boeing in Seattle for 25 years before moving to Poquoson and founding Dynamic Engineering in Newport News in 1972. In 1990, Al began working with TriModels, Inc. of Huntington Beach, CA until retirement in 2009. Al was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley Spencer & Mildred Hjort Roberts, and brother, Wayne Roberts. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Jean Roberts; two sons, Mark Spencer Roberts of Anthem, AZ, and Keith Spencer Roberts & wife Leslie of Poquoson; three daughters, Karen Roberts Enneking & husband Paul of Poquoson, Valerie Roberts Padgett & husband Don of Ashburn, VA, and Susan Roberts Rogers of Commerce, GA; sister, Corrine Roberts Lindberry of Sedro-Woolley, WA; fifteen grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Monday, August 17, 2015, 7:00–8:30 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. A Graveside service will be held Tuesday, August 18, 10:00 AM, at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton, with Marine Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, 3800 Fettler Park Dr., Suite 104, Dumfries, VA, 22025. Online condolences to . "Semper Fi”.
Ben Johnson Hancock
Hancock imageBen Johnson Hancock, Jr. 78, passed on to his eternal reward on Thursday, August 13, 2015. Ben was a native of Gretna, VA and a Peninsula resident since 1955. He was a graduate of Gretna High School class of 1955. He also graduated from the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School in 1960, where he was employed until retiring in 1998 as a General Foreman in the machine shop, after 43 years of service. He was a member of the Army Reserves. Ben also served 12 years as Chairman of the Advisory Board for Morgan James Publishing and 3 years as Senior Vice President of Morgan James Publishing. Ben loved the Lord and served many years as an Elder at Grace Fellowship Church in Hampton, VA. He presently attended New Covenant Church and served as an Elder there until 2012. He also served approximately 30 years on the School Board of Hampton Christian Academy, stepping down only due to health in 2015. Ben was a devoted family man and dearly loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He could always be found cheering on his children and grandchildren at any sports event they participated in. As an avid Washington Nationals fan, he enjoyed watching the games right up until his passing. Ben loved to travel with his wife Carolyn, and they were blessed to see many parts of the world together. Ben was a spiritual father to many and to know him was to love him. He was a kind, gentle man and will be sorely missed. We are rejoicing that he is in Heaven enjoying his eternal reward and that we will see him again someday. Ben is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carolyn Jeanfreau Hancock and his children, Steven R. Hancock (Allison) of Chesapeake, VA, Cynthia H. Sauer (David) Yorktown, VA, Lisa H. Hollingsworth (Russell) of Seaford, VA, and David L. Hancock (Susan) of Newport News, VA; 8 grandchildren, Bradley Hancock, Joel Hollingsworth, Jessica Sauer Howard (James), Joshua Hollingsworth, Logan Sauer, Ethan Hancock, Katelyn Sauer and Morgan Hancock; 2 great grandchildren, Blake Hancock and L.J. Howard, a brother, Richard Charles Hancock (Janet) of Gretna, VA; a brother-in-law Marcel Francis Jeanfreau, Jr. (Cheryl) of Abbeville, LA. We would like to give a special thanks to Gentiva Hospice and Steve Burnette for the outstanding care and support we received during this difficult time. A Celebration of Ben’s life will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 29, 2015, at New Covenant Church, 1079 Big Bethel Rd., Hampton VA 23666. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hampton Christian Academy, 2419 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton VA 23666 or to New Covenant Church. Arrangements by Amory Funeral, Grafton, VA.
John D. "Whitey” Lewis
John "Whitey” D. Lewis, 87, passed away Friday, August 14, 2015. Whitey was a native of Baltimore, Md. and has been a Seaford resident since 1962. He served 21 years in the United States Coast Guard and rose to the rank of Master Chief Electrician. After retiring he worked at Horn Brothers Shipyard and Abbott Realty. Whitey will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Whitey was predeceased by his beloved wife Essie and step son Jerry Burkett. He is survived by his step son Larry Burkett and wife Betty from Jacksonville FL; a daughter Brenda Strickland of Richmond VA; 7 grandchildren, John, Megan, Kristopher, Joshua, Jerry Jr., Kim, and Wayne and 9 great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 22, in the Chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd. Suite A-102, Newport News, VA 23606.
George Wilhelm
Wilhelm imageGeorge C. Wilhelm, age 75, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at his daughter’s home. George will be remembered as a good man. A charismatic storyteller as well as an awesome listener. A loyal friend who knew no strangers. He was proud to wear his country’s uniform as he served throughout the world and during the Vietnam War. Every day, he served his family as a good provider, a great husband and the best Dad. He was an avid card player; Pinochle was favorite game and was a great bowler. George was born in New Freedom, PA and was a Peninsula resident since 1972. He retired from the US Army as a Sergeant First Class, in 1981 after 23 years of faithful service to his country. He was then employed as a housing inspector at Ft. Eustis, an Airport Dispatcher, and a Public Safety Officer in the Communications Office at Kingsmill. George was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Verneda Wilhelm and a brother Ronald "Jake” Wilhelm. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 54 years, Marie Wilhelm and 2 daughters Sheri Caroline Gregerson and Derek of Newport News, VA and Colleen Wilhelm of Richmond, VA. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren Bradley, Brittney and Mackenzie; a sister Joan Missell of Leesburg, FL; a sister-in-law Joan Wilhelm of York, PA; numerous nieces and nephews as well as countless friends, especially Herb and Jan. A celebration of his life will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, August 22, 2015 in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Ronald Dominic Darone
Darone imageRonald Dominic Darone, 71, passed into the arms of God on June 19. Ron was a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army and a decorated Vietnam veteran with 26 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dominic and Dorothy Lowrey Darone. He is survived by his children Emily Dominique Darone, Janie Rebecca Darone, Scott R. Darone (Marin), and Sharon "Mandy” Darone Parmer (Chuck) and granddaughter Meghan Noelle Parmer; cousins, nieces, and extended family and friends, including Kaye T. Darone. Ron was a member of Providence United Methodist church and a dedicated servant for the Kairos prison ministry of Virginia. A Celebration of Life will be held at Providence,113 Old Dare Rd., Yorktown VA, on Saturday August 29th at 1:00 PM, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted in his memory to Kairos of Virginia, P.O.Box 182, Woodbridge VA 22194. A burial with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.


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