York County and Poquoson Obituaries

Virginia Susan Burney
Burney imageVirginia Susan Burney, 62, died on Thursday, September 8, 2016. She was a native of Strasburg, Virginia and a resident of Poquoson for 29 years. Susan was preceded in death by her son, Tommy Blane Bly; father, Kermit Blane Orndorff, Sr.; mother, Virginia Angeline Orndorff; sister, Marion Dorsey of Nokesville, Virginia; and brothers, Billy Davis and Everette Davis both of DE. She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Robin Rex; brothers, Kermit "Bimbo” Blane Orndorff, Jr. and wife Francis of Strasburg, VA, Lloyd "Jinx” Davis and wife Donna of Strasburg, VA, and Johnny Davis and wife Dorothy of FL; sisters, Nelsie Jamison and husband Butch of NJ, and Barbara Gross and husband Bob of Salisbury, MD; and many nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held Friday, September, 16, 6:30-8:30 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, VA 23662. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 24, 11:00 AM, at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, Toms Brook, VA 22660, led by Rev. Kathleen Haynes. Claytor Rollins Funeral Home is in charge. Online condolences to  claytorrollins.com
Floyd Russell Freeman
Floyd Russell Freeman Sr., 72, passed on to his home in Heaven on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, after a long bout with cancer. He was a native of Poquoson, and retired as Facilities Director of the Gordon Jewish Community Center, Nashville, TN. He was a member of Bellevue United Methodist Church, and a former member of St. Johns United Methodist Church and Emmaus Baptist Church. He enjoyed visiting his mother and family in Poquoson, and spending time fishing. Floyd Russell was preceded in death by his father, Henry Earl Freeman Sr.; brother, Henry Earl Freeman Jr.; nephew, Doug Freeman; and his beloved grandparents. He is survived by his loving wife, Anita Boyd Freeman; son, Floyd Russell Freeman Jr. (Therese); son, Ray Hall; daughter, Nancy Lynn Humphrey; mother, Pearl "Nancy” Freeman; sister, Hilda Sue Bellamy (Mark); sister-in-law, Jeannie Freeman; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nephews, Darrell Freeman, David Freeman, Christopher Bellamy, and John Mark Bellamy; several cousins; and his beloved pet Tony. A graveside service will be held Saturday, September 10, 2:00 PM, at Emmaus Baptist Church Cemetery, led by Pastor Dan Cromer. Other visitation is at his mother’s home. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville TN, 37203, or Bellevue United Methodist Church, 7501 Old Harding Pike, Nashville, TN, 37221, or Emmaus Baptist Church, 814 Yorktown Rd., Poquoson, VA, 23662. Online condolences to  claytorrollins.com . Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, is in charge.
Regina "GINA” Marie Sheehan
Sheehan imageRegina "Gina” Marie Sheehan, 64, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2016 after a battle with cancer. Gina was a native of Louisville, KY and a York County resident for 35 years. An avid reader and librarian, she retired from the Public Library in 2015. Gina loved to travel, visiting remarkable places like Alaska, Bermuda, Germany, Egypt, and Zeigler. She also enjoyed sailing as a member of the Seaford Yacht Club and flying with her husband. Her parents, Wendolin and Margie Kuehn, and her sister, Carmel Bayers (Ed), preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 39 years Jack Sheehan; and two children–Joanna Sheehan Bell (her husband, Michael) of New York City, and Jack Sheehan (his wife, Jessica née Borash) of Washington, DC. She was blessed with three grandchildren– Brennan, Victoria, and Avery. She is also survived by three sisters, Catherine Duddy (Bud), Ann Greene (Rick) and Mary Drury (Roger) of Louisville, KY; and two brothers, Michael Kuehn (Millie) of Naples, FL and Bill Kuehn (Karen) of Jeffersonville, IN. A celebration of Gina’s life will be held at 6:00 PM Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Seaford Yacht Club. Expressions of sympathy may go to the York County Library Foundation  (yorkcountylibraryfoundation.org)
Gary Lee Carl
Carl imageGary Lee Carl, 70, passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Gary was a lifelong resident of the Peninsula, and a 1964 graduate of Hampton High School. He retired from NASA in 2008 after 40 years of service. He was a member of Ramblers Hunt Club and an Umpire with Denbigh Youth Baseball. He was a member and deacon of Stevens Memorial Baptist Church in Newport News. Gary is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sharon A. Carl; 2 sons Ted Liaros and his wife Shelly of Lockport NY and Greg Carl and his wife Erica of Newport News; a daughters Mary Lou DeBellis and her husband Robert of Williamsburg and Amy Lowaz of Hampton; a sister Myra Carl of Newport News and a grandson Joshua DeBellis. A memorial services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 12, at Stevens Memorial Baptist Church in Newport News with Rev. Jay Russ officiating.
Richard Somers Mertig, Jr.
Mertig imageRichard Somers Mertig, Jr., 54, died peacefully at Regency Health Care Center, Yorktown on Saturday, September 10, 2016. Born October 12, 1961 in Norfolk and reared in Eclipse (Suffolk), he was the son of Viola Hite Nunn and the late Richard Somers Mertig, Sr. He was baptized at and had been a member of Ebenezer UMC in Suffolk and dubbed "The Little Colonel” at his christening because of his mother’s Kentucky heritage. During Richard ‘s childhood he was a member of the Nansemond Swim Club, Cub Scout Pack 43 later in life Richard coached for his daughter’s T-Ball team at Bennent’s Creek Little League, an avid Redskins fan and enjoyed reading, Sudoku, cross wording and spelunking. Richard worked ship repair with Newport News Shipbuilding, Associated Naval Architects, Portsmouth VA, job shopping east and west coast as well as Hawaii and later Plasser American Corp, Chesapeake, VA. maintaining and repairing railroad equipment. Richard was preceded in death by his father Richard S. Mertig, Sr, and a brother Stephen Scott Mertig paternal grandparents, Somers and Sue Mertig and maternal grandparents, Minor and Mabel Hite. He is survived by his loving family, including his dedicated mother, Viola Hite Nunn and his late stepfather William Vance Nunn and his daughter, Nancy; daughter, Kassidy Nicole Mertig and step-son Don Ealey of Smithfield and their mother Kelly Grissom Rogers; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A service to honor Richard’s life will be at a later date in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Crittenden, VA. Memorial donations can be made to Yorkminster Presbyterian Church 6218 George Washington Memorial HWY, Yorktown, VA 23692 or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.
Curtis Ray Henley, Sr.
Henley imageCurtis Ray Henley, Sr., 79, died on Monday, September 12, 2016 at MCV after a brief illness. He was a native of Eastern Shore, Virginia and a resident of Poquoson for 42 years. Curtis was a sheet metal mechanic working for ADVEX for 12 years and then Phillip Morris, retiring in 1999. He served our country in the U. S. Air Force straight out of high school for four years, and was a member of the Poquoson Masonic Lodge. Curtis was preceded in death by his sisters, Joyce Bloxom and Janet Thomas. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Tina Henley; sons, Curtis Ray Henley and wife Judy, and Keith Thomas Henley; grandchildren, Lacy, Savannah, Evan, and Carson. A visitation will be held Thursday, September 15, 6:00-7:00 PM, immediately followed by a memorial service led by Pastor Davy Saunders, all at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. Memorial contributions may be made to Poquoson Volunteer Fire and Rescue Dept., P. O. Box 2099, Poquoson, VA 23662. Online condolences to  claytorrollins.com
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