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Darrell Frederick Peters

May 14, 1920 - August 29, 2014

Darrell Frederick Peters passed away on August 29, 2014. He was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 14, 1920. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 70 years, Carol E. Peters; their four daughters, Donna (Michael) King, Marilyn Peters, Joan (James) Cole, and Karen (Philip) Barbalace; five grandchildren, Katherine Ferguson, Bradley King, Colin and Ryan Barbalace, and Janna Cole; and seven great...
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Claudia Cowal Tucker

September 23, 1934 - August 26, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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John Oliver Brown, Sr.

January 10, 1928 - August 25, 2014

Mr. John Oliver Brown, Sr. was 86 years of age when God decided to bring home one of his special creations after being in a lengthy home hospice care. John was born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia. He attended and graduated from Burton Heights High School where he played on the basketball team. John later became a member of the United States Army where he bravely served his country in the...
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Joel Harvey

October 26, 1938 - August 24, 2014

Joel Harvey, age 75, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on August 24, 2014. He was preceded in death by his son, Mical and his parents, Abraham and Jennie. He was currently working for Diocese of Southern Virginia as a priest and worked formerly for Diocese of Long Island, NY. Joel was a member of St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Williamsburg.He formerly served as the Vice President-Pastoral...
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Lella Ruth Brice Bennison

May 23, 1918 - August 21, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Shawn Antwone Brooks

June 15, 1977 - August 18, 2014

Shawn Antwone Brooks, born June 15, 1977, of Newport News, VA, passed away on August 18, 2014. He worked for Heating and Air, Auxiliary Systems in Norfolk, VA and also owned his own Landscaping Company. Shawn was a loving husband and son, and a wonderful father.He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Gertrude Brooks; grandfather, Felix Brooks, Sr.; nephew, Brashawnta Brooks; and aunt,...
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Marie Margaret Estok

May 12, 1940 - August 17, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Lloyd Franklin Johnson

June 12, 1930 - August 15, 2014

Lloyd F. Johnson, 84, went to be with the lord on August 15, 2014. He was born in Charles City, VA but was a long time resident of Croaker, VA. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He worked for VDOT and retired from there. Lloyd loved fishing, hunting and his dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Annie Johnson; and his wife of 33 years, Doris Denoy Johnson.Lloyd...
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Jennifer Jane Boatright

July 5, 1960 - August 13, 2014

Jennifer Jane Boatright, 54, was suddenly and unexpectedly taken from us on August 13th. She was the beloved daughter of Jim and Gloria Boatright and an exceptional woman who will be sorely missed by everyone that knew her. Her mother was blessed over the past 2½ years by the loving and tender care from her devoted daughter. Jenn, as she liked to be called, cherished her roles in life as...
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Nancy Harrower McKendree

April 28, 1936 - August 8, 2014

Nancy Harrower McKendree, 78, of Williamsburg, passed away on August 8, 2014. She was preceded in death by her father, F.D. Harrower; mother, Elizabeth Dogherty; and brother, Rev. David Harrower.Nancy worked as a Dental Assistant for Dr. F. Paul Grosso, D.D.S., in Alexandria, VA for 30 years.She was an active supporter of the International Champion Barbershop Chorus, the Alexandria Harmonizers. ...
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Roberta J. Price

September 23, 1924 - August 6, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Geraldine Crump Allen

May 16, 1928 - August 5, 2014

Geraldine Crump Allen passed away on August 5, 2014. Born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 16, 1928, she lived in Williamsburg for more than 65 years. At the beginning of her career, Ms. Allen worked as a supervisor at Trinkle Hall at the College of William and Mary, until 1965 when she advanced her career by enrolling in Business/Secretarial school.Upon graduation from the Peninsula Business...
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Donald Leslie Hoadley

April 13, 1961 - August 4, 2014

Donald Hoadley passed away on August 4, 2014. He had a strong faith and anticipated his journey to Christ. Donald was an outdoors man, who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Donald is survived by his wife, Andrea Hoadley; his son, Matthew and his wife Rachel; a grandchild, who is on the way; his parents, Douglas Hoadley, Sr., and Alice Hoadley; and 2 brothers, Douglas Hoadley, Jr., and Daniel...
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Cameron Milford Chandler

October 19, 1921 - August 4, 2014

Cameron M. Chandler passed away on August 4. Visitation and services will begin at 1PM on Wednesday, August 6, at Nelsen Funeral Home, followed by interment at Williamsburg Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA 23188.
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Ralph Roy DeRosa

February 20, 1945 - August 3, 2014

Ralph R. DeRosa, 69 of Williamsburg, Va., played his final golf round and passed away suddenly on Sunday, August 3. A devoted husband, father, and friend to everyone who shared his company, he is survived by Michele, his wife for almost 39 years, sons Hammel Louis "Ham" DeRosa of Los Angeles, Ca., John Nicholas "Nick" DeRosa of Richmond, Va., sisters Carol Lambiotte and Diana (Mike) MacPherson,...
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Helen Leggitt Yarbrough

June 21, 1927 - August 2, 2014

Helen L. Yarbrough, age 87, of Williamsburg, passed away on August 2, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Yarbrough; parents, Clewis and Ollie Leggitt; brother, Matthew Leggitt; and sister, Jean Del-Manzo.Helen received her Teaching Certification from the Georgia College for Women and taught in Thomaston, GA for 3 years. During the 50's and 60's, she worked as a secretary for...
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Kenneth Walter Buxton

November 4, 1924 - August 1, 2014

Kenneth Walter Buxton of Williamsburg, Virginia, died peacefully at home on Friday, August 1. He was born on November 4, 1924 to Ada Lee Hawken and Walter Henry Buxton in Webster Groves, Missouri. Ken was a logical thinker, a wonderful storyteller and an adventurer. He was a natural mathematician, who at age 16 was called on to teach high school physics and math as World War II was breaking out...
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James Michael Gaynor

October 31, 1950 - July 31, 2014

Jay was Director of Historic Trades at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation at the time of his passing. He was one of the most caring people that you are likely to come across in life and was dearly loved by all family, friends and work colleagues. He had an insatiably enquiring mind and over his life, he developed probably the most comprehensive understanding that has ever been accomplished in...
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Teresa Sylvia Krajecki

December 31, 1927 - July 30, 2014

Theresa Krajecki, age 86, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died on Wednesday morning of July 30, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Ervin Krajecki. She was loved greatly and will be missed by her surviving family. The memorial service will be held Sunday, August 3 at Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg, at 11am.
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Leonard Ferdinand Wagner

September 28, 1920 - July 30, 2014

Leonard F. Wagner, age 93, of Williamsburg, passed away on July 30, 2014. He was born in Detroit, Michigan.Leonard was a graduate of the University of Michigan. He worked as a Sales Manager for Campbell's Soup Company, was an Account Executive for Top Value Enterprises and also worked in Sales and Marketing for National Research Bureau. Leonard served in the Navy during WW II as a Combat Pilot...
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Judith Ann Perry

April 28, 1944 - July 29, 2014

Judith Ann Perry, 70, passed away unexpectedly on July 29, 2014. The daughter of the late Arnold Ralph Perry, Sr. and Lessie Mae Spears Perry, she was born in Clarksburg, West Virginia on April 28, 1944. She held degrees from Concord College and the Medical College of Virginia. She taught mathematics at Man High School, West Virginia, and also in Northern Virginia. She became a physical therapist...
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George Victor Dimitrov

December 30, 1956 - July 28, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Carla Joyce Dunham

May 29, 1935 - July 27, 2014

Carla Joyce Dunham, 79, of Toano, passed away on July 27, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Jessie Henry; and her sister, Ardis Galyen.Carla worked as a secretary for the Department of Defense, retiring from the Ballistic Missile Office. She was a member of Seaside United Methodist Church in Seaside, Oregon.She is survived by her son, Greg Dunham (Chris); daughter,...
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Benjamin Jonathan Haas

May 2, 1919 - July 26, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Roberta Elaine Quint Jones

July 19, 1938 - July 25, 2014

Roberta (Bobbie) Elaine Quint Jones passed away on July 25, 2014 in Williamsburg, VA, after a battle of over 25 years with Parkinson's Disease, and more recently, with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She was born in Machias, ME, July 19, 1938, daughter of Clarence M. Quint and Minerva Louise Hadley Quint (both deceased). After her first four years living in Grand Lake Stream, ME, the family...
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Mitsuko N. Weaver Newman

August 31, 1929 - July 24, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Ralph Francis Box

April 17, 1936 - July 23, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Raymond Charles Jahr

June 12, 1943 - July 23, 2014

Raymond Charles Jahr, 71, passed away July 23, 2014 after a brave and hard fought battle with esophageal cancer. He was a loving husband, father, father-in-law, "Opa", and friend who will be deeply missed. Ray was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 12, 1943. He and his wife Trudy just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in May.After working as an auto mechanic as a young man, Ray worked...
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Carolyn Axberg Adamson

December 1, 1921 - July 22, 2014

Carolyn "Lyn" Axberg Adamson passed peacefully from this life on July 22, 2014 in Williamsburg, VA. Born and raised in Flushing, Long Island, New York to Agnes and Arthur Axberg, she graduated from Bayside High School in Flushing and attended Centenary Junior College in Hackettstown, NJ. She worked as an executive secretary for National Dairy Products Corporation in New York City and was a...
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Kenneth Jon Leary

June 19, 1970 - July 20, 2014

Ken Leary, 44, passed away on July 18, 2014. He was employed by Craft Machine Works, Hampton, VA.Ken is survived by his loving parents, Jack and Brenda Lassiter of Lanexa; his brothers, Mike Leary, Rick Hart and Bobby Lassiter; sister, Andrea Lundy, and his girlfriend Therese Digby.Ken spent his early years with his dad, Tommy Leary of Greenville, TN and Buddy Hart of Ramrod Key, FL.Ken was kind...
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Anna Churley Heermann

December 13, 1914 - July 19, 2014

Anna Churley Heermann passed away on July 19 in Williamsburg, VA. She was 99 years old.She was born December 13, 1914 in Gary, IN. She was the oldest of four children, born to John and Julia Churley. She married Reinhard Eugene Heermann, deceased, on July 30, 1932.Anna is survived by her son, Henry and his wife, Maryann, of Williamsburg, VA; daughters, Shirley Everett of Mahwah, NJ; Martha and...
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Craig Nolan Leggett

August 19, 1963 - July 19, 2014

Craig Nolan Leggett, 50, of Williamsburg, died suddenly on July 19, 2014. He had a great love for his family, surfing, motorcycling, golf, horses and beer. Craig was very active and supportive of his children and had a close relationship with his family.Craig worked over 20 years as a machinist at Standex Engraving of Richmond, VA.He was preceded in death by his brother, Shayne Michael Leggett....
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Phyllis McEldowney Varner

June 11, 1929 - July 17, 2014

Phyllis McEldowney Varner passed away on July 17, 2014 from Alzheimer's Disease. Despite her condition Phyllis often smiled and laughed until her final days. Her caretakers called her "blue eyes" and loved her sweet and warm disposition.Phyllis was born on June 11, 1929 to Robert and Hazel McEldowney. She received her B.A. in music from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She took...
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Hannelore Gawron Surber

October 26, 1933 - July 17, 2014

Hannelore "Hanna" Surber passed away on July 17, 2014. She was born on October 26, 1933 in Hamburg, Germany. She became a US citizen in 1959. Hannelore was preceded in death by two daughters, Patricia Surber and Shirley Ortery. She is survived by a son-in-law, Doug Ortery of Newport News; a grandson, Bryan Ortery (and Stephanie) of Gloucester; and five great-grandchildren, Alex, Bryan, Jr.,...
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Lucille Johnston

January 15, 1926 - July 15, 2014

Lucille Minnie Melvin Johnston, 88, of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away with family by her side on July 15, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Colonel William Russell Johnston.Viewing and fellowship will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg, VA, on July 24, from 6:00 pm ''' 8:00 pm. At 7:30 pm a short service will be held with Reverend Jerry M. Haywood, officiating. In...
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Gilbert Berry McCarter

November 11, 1921 - July 15, 2014

Gilbert Berry McCarter, age 92, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on July 15, 2014. His loving wife of 65 years, Bess Rice McCarter, preceded him in death on November 13, 2010.Berry was born in Amarillo, TX on November 11, 1921, the son of Thomas and Jessie McCarter.He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer "X". From 1945-54, he worked for...
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William Nash Hubbard

December 17, 1928 - July 14, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Juanita Smyth Smiley

February 6, 1932 - July 13, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Leonard Edward Ringler

August 17, 1945 - July 13, 2014

Leonard "Len" E. Ringler of Newport News died Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the age of 68.He was born in Portsmouth VA, but grew up in Williamsburg, graduating from James Blair High School in 1963. He was a member of the ROTC at Va. Tech graduating in 1967. Len attended William & Mary law school, graduating in 1970. He was commissioned in the Army spending 4 years in the JAG Corps....
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James Thomas Dixon

January 10, 1925 - July 13, 2014

Colonel James Thomas (Jim) Dixon, born Orange, TX, Jan. 10, 1925, passed away July 13, 2014, in Williamsburg, VA. He was the son of the late John and Luella Stark Dixon, and was preceded in death by his four brothers and sisters, Dorothy Jane, John Allen, George Cornelius Dixon, and Phyllis Dixon Ross, and also by the love of his life, Helen (Pat) Dixon. Jim grew up in Shreveport, LA, and began...
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Charles Franklin Helderman III

August 5, 1937 - July 12, 2014

Charles F. "Mickey" Helderman (aka "Mike" to his military/government friends and as "Ed Schwartz" to his family & local friends. Displaying his quirky sense of humor he often answered the telephone using that pseudonym). Mickey was 76 when he passed on Saturday, July 12, 2014. He was a native of Charlotte, NC but after ending his military career he and Suzie have been residents of the...
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Katrina Maria Cole

April 30, 1947 - July 12, 2014

Katrina M. Cole, of Williamsburg, passed away on July 12. She is survived by her husband A.J. Cole, Sr. ; daughter, April Wertz (Joseph); grandchildren, Raghyn and Austin Gibbs. Donations may be made in Katrina's memory to the Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy, Williamsburg, VA 23188; The Foundation Fighting Blindness at 888-332-3667, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718,...
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Joan McGhee Adams

August 10, 1941 - July 11, 2014

Joan McGhee Adams, 72, of Toano, passed away on July 11, 2014.She is survived by her husband, Allen Cheatham Adams; children, Mary A. Marks (Steve), Kevin Adams (Terri), Diane Shuster (Jeff); her grandchildren, Christopher Marks, Christine Adams, Tommy and Wayne Meadows; and her brother, William McGhee.She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Pauline McGhee; her sister, Judy M. King;...
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William Franklin Shutt

October 14, 1939 - July 10, 2014

William Franklin Shutt, III, 74, of Williamsburg, passed away on July 10, 2014. He was preceded in death by William Franklin Shutt, Jr., and Edyth Craven Shutt.William retired from IBM, working as a Sr. Systems Engineer. He was a member of Hickory Neck Episcopal Church as well as a member of the Masonic Lodge of Williamsburg, Shriners, NRA, the Lafayette Gun Club, and the Senior Center. He...
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Hudson D. Hudgins

November 5, 1939 - July 8, 2014

Hudson was called to his heavenly home on July 8, 2014. Born in Gloucester, Va. on November 5, 1939. Preceded in death by his parents Fletcher and Mattie Hudgins and brother Edward Hudgins. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife for over 50 years, Beverly Hudgins. He treasured his times with his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchild, neighbors and other special family members...
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James Davies Williams

October 5, 1921 - July 6, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Gregory Lawrence Barnes

September 12, 1951 - July 6, 2014

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Martin Boyd Coyner, Jr.

October 22, 1928 - July 5, 2014

Martin Boyd Coyner, Jr., went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 5, 2014. He was predeceased by his parents, Martin Boyd Coyner, Sr., and Ruth Harding Coyner, and his son, Martin Boyd Coyner, III. He is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, Betsie Gilmer Coyner; his daughters, Meredith (Andy) Klemm and Ruth (Lewis) Bell, and son, Thomas Walker Coyner; his grandchildren, Jack (Goodwyn) Bell,...
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Eleni Makris Rolon

July 9, 1936 - July 4, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Mary Ellen Williams

May 20, 1927 - July 1, 2014

Mary Ellen Williams died at her home in Williamsburg, Virginia on July 1, 2014 after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, Robert O. Williams and her brother, Archibald Gray Smith III; as well as her daughter, Annette Williams Clark and husband, Alexander S. Clark; her son, Edward Gray Williams and wife, Jeannine Williams. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Eleanor Clark, Alice...
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Cynthia Dimsey Pelli

November 22, 1954 - June 26, 2014

Cynthia Marie Dimsey Pelli, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully on June 26, at the age of 59. She was preceded in death by her father, Calvin J. Dimsey I.She was a graduate of George Mason University, where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Most recently Cynthia was a construction manager for Riverside Health System where she was instrumental in the ground...
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Betty Anne Smykowski

November 14, 1950 - June 26, 2014

Betty Anne Smykowski, age 63, died peacefully at home on June 26, 2014, surrounded by her family.Above all else, Betty loved her family. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 42 years, Bernard “Ben” Smykowski; daughter, Lynn Savoie and her husband, Steven; son, Aaron Smykowski and his fiancée, Guinevere Reilly; granddaughter, Emma Savoie; brother and sister-in...
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Gloria Anne Foss

April 29, 1936 - June 26, 2014

Gloria Anne Mains Flinter Foss, wife of General John W. Foss (Retired) died on 26 June, 2014. She was born to Henry and Isabella Mains on 29 April, 1936 in Glasgow, Scotland. As a young girl she lived at the family hotel in Glasgow. In a German bombing raid in 1940, she and her family survived a near miss which destroyed the home across the street. Later the family moved to East Anglia so her...
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Charlia Jack Lathe

February 15, 1928 - June 24, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Michael David Valentine

July 7, 1962 - June 23, 2014

Michael D. Valentine, loving son to James and Charlotte Valentine and faithful friend to so many, passed away June 23, 2014, after a heroic battle with cancer.As a former dry wall installer in Florida, Kentucky and Virginia, he will be greatly missed and forever loved.Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.
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Richard Andrew Forsythe

July 30, 1934 - June 23, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Virginia Mae Taylor

April 26, 1921 - June 22, 2014

Virginia Mae Taylor, 93, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on June 22, 2014. She attended the University of Toledo and was a homemaker. Virginia was also an avid reader, enjoying all kinds of reading material. She was a past Matron of Eastern Star Monarch Chapter, # 279.She is survived by children, James Robert Hayes and Jo Ann Virginia Youhas; grandchildren, Sherri Lee Barnes, Terri Ann...
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Gene Lair Singley

June 10, 1922 - June 21, 2014

Born in Wilmington, Delaware on June 10, 1922 to Paul Winfield Starr and Elizabeth Caroline (Hoffman) Starr, Gene Lair (Starr) Singley died peacefully in her sleep with her children at her side, at home in Williamsburg, Virginia on June 21, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband George, and four of her seven sisters, Mrs. Ruth Smith; Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson; Mrs. Evelyn Worley;...
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Bertram Kime

June 12, 1917 - June 21, 2014

Bertram Kime, 97, passed away on June 21, 2014 at the Walter Reed Convalescent Center, Gloucester, VA. His family would like to thank the staff of Walter Reed Hospice of Tappahannock, who so lovingly cared for him.He loved his family, his church, his many friends and Syracuse University football and basketball.Survivors include his two children, Susan and her husband, Fred Biel of Williamsburg,...
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Walter Bartram Willis III

August 15, 1948 - June 19, 2014

Walter Bartram Willis, III "Bart", 65, of Williamsburg departed this life on June 19, 2014. He was the oldest of 6 children born to Walter B., Jr. and Janie R. Willis on August 15, 1948. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, David A. Willis. Bart is survived by his wife Cheryl A. Willis; son, James Gregory Willis (Kristen). He is also survived by his brother, Carter L. Willis;...
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Vanessa Lane Griffith

May 6, 1970 - June 18, 2014

Vanessa Lane Griffith, 44, of Goldsboro, NC, passed away on June 18, 2014. She was born on May 6, 1970 in San Juan, PR. She received her college degree from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA, and was happily married for ten years to Dale A. Griffith. Vanessa was an avid writer and artist and was very spiritual, loving and kind.She was preceded in death by her two children, Faith and Grayson. ...
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Dan Wilburn Williams, Sr.

July 20, 1925 - June 16, 2014

Dan Wilburn Williams, 88, peacefully left this world on Monday, June 16, 2014 at the Williamsburg Sentara Hospital, after a short battle with cancer.A long-time resident of Williamsburg, Dan was born the eldest child of Zeb and Lila Mae Williams of Seneca, South Carolina. He joined the Marine Corps at an early age, spending the next two years in the Philippines, returning back to the States at...
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Erla Lynne Hartman

December 12, 1938 - June 16, 2014

Erla Lynne Hartman, 75, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on Monday, June 16, 2014. She was a homemaker, who enjoyed being in the Ford's Colony book club and the bridge club. She also loved the lunch bunch, and being wined and dined, as well as traveling the world in search of new adventures.Lynne is survived by her husband, Charles W. Hartman, Sr.; sons, Charles W. Hartman, Jr., (Sally) and...
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Anne Houston Walker

November 18, 1925 - June 16, 2014

Anne H. Walker died on June 16, 2014, in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was born in Pasadena, California in 1925 and moved with her parents to Houston, Texas where her father, William Houston, served as President of Rice University for 15 years. She was married to Thomas Harold Coley, Jr. from 1950 until 1979. In 1987, she married Harry E. Walker and they moved to Williamsburg Landing in 1993. ...
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Ellen Marie Lundevall

August 11, 1967 - June 15, 2014

Ellen Marie Lundevall, 46, of Lanexa, passed away at home, with her husband by her side.She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Old Dominion University in 1994. Most recently she worked as a project manager for the Virginia Department of Transportation.Ellen enjoyed being around animals, particularly her dogs, spending time outdoors and was an avid reader.She is...
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Walter Bernard DeGree, Jr.

January 5, 1933 - June 14, 2014

Walter Bernard DeGree, Jr., of Williamsburg, died June 14, 2014 at his home with his loving wife and step-son, William H.M. Tucker, Jr. by his side along with Harry, his cat. Walter was a graduate and football player for Washington and Lee University. He earned a B.S. degree with special attainments in commerce and was also on the Dean's List.He was a member of Delta TAU Delta Fraternity, ROTC,...
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Michael Andrew Johnson

July 31, 1957 - June 13, 2014

Michael Andrew Johnson, 56, of Lanexa, passed away on June 13, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Johnson; parents, Burley and Wanda Johnson; and sister, Susan Johnson Lee.Michael graduated from Lafayette High School in 1975. He was a Harley enthusiast, who enjoyed motorcycle riding, rebuilding antique cars, fishing and hunting. He is survived by his step son, Randall Kierstead;...
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Johann Pfeffer

March 11, 1929 - June 10, 2014

Johann Pfeffer passed away at Sentara Williamsburg Hospital on June 10, 2014.A celebration of his life will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 14 at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 1:00 ''' 2:00 PM.Johann proudly served his country for over 20 years in the United States Army. A private burial will be held at...
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Ann Ruth Grove

March 17, 1928 - June 10, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Dorothy Simpson Sellinger

June 7, 1932 - June 10, 2014

Dorothy "Dot" Simpson Hutchens Sellinger of Williamsburg and Virginia Beach, VA died June 10, 2014. A native of Marshville, North Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Kate and Clyde Simpson.Dorothy lived in Newport News, VA for several years. As a young woman, she began a career with the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., which included being sent to study computer programming...
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Dorothy Miller Ogden

May 22, 1934 - June 9, 2014

At age 80 she died after a 35-year battle with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. For the last five years, Dorothy has been a virtual quadriplegic but receiving superb, loving care from the staff of Woodhaven Hall at Williamsburg Landing.Married to John B. Ogden for 57 years, she has been his guide, support and steadfast companion. There are four Ogden sons: Jeff of West Orange, NJ; Phil of...
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John Baptiste Paradis

December 22, 1921 - June 5, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Ralph Bruce Ward

July 18, 1921 - June 5, 2014

R. Bruce Ward, 92, passed away peacefully on June 5, 2014. A celebration of his life will be held June 23rd at 10:30AM at Williamsburg Landing where he had resided since 2006. Bruce was born in Connecticut and lived in New England most of his life before choosing to move to Williamsburg.He was predeceased by his first wife, Patricia and by a daughter, Heather Poges. He is survived by his wife...
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Nettie Mae Sherwood

May 21, 1924 - June 4, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Mae Sherwood

May 21, 1924 - June 4, 2014

Mae Sherwood, 90, of Williamsburg, passed away on June 4, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Sherwood; and her grandson, James Arrington.Mae worked in Sales for Peebles Dept. Store and was a member of Grace Baptist Church.She is survived by her daughters, Sandra Wood (Howard) and Gloria Long (Mel); her grandchildren, Eddie and Brian Arrington, and Shaun Long; and 5 great...
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Howard Frederick Teubner

April 30, 1941 - June 3, 2014

Mr. Howard F. Teubner entered into eternal rest on June 3, 2014, following a courageous five year battle with Multiple Myeloma. Howard died peacefully at his home while on Hospice care. Dorothy, his wife of forty-seven years, was at his side. He was born on April 30, 1941 in New York City to the late Howard H. and Leona Teubner, and was the oldest of three siblings. Early on, Howard began a...
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L. Joyce Ferris

March 12, 1944 - June 2, 2014

L. Joyce Booth Ferris, of Williamsburg, VA, died peacefully at home while in the care of her husband and family on June 2, 2014. She fought a three and one-half year courageous battle with breast cancer. Joyce was born March 12, 1944 in Beauty, KY to Sheridan and Bertha Mills Booth.As a member of Saint Bede's Catholic Church, Joyce was privileged to serve as a Eucharistic Minister to its...
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Hildegard Geyer Jett

June 8, 1924 - June 1, 2014

Hildegard Jett, a housewife, mother and grandmother, died on Sunday, June 1st of natural causes at her nursing home in Williamsburg, VA.Mrs. Jett was born in Oppeln, Germany. She was the older of two children. Her father was a local businessman in Oppeln before the outbreak of WWII. Following the outbreak of war, her father was conscripted and later declared missing in action following the...
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Carol Margeson O'Rear

September 14, 1932 - May 31, 2014

Carol O'Rear, devoted wife and matriarch, departed this world to join her beloved husband, David of 60 years on Saturday, May 31, 2014.David and Carol retired to Williamsburg in 1994 from Fairfax, Virginia by way of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, living approximately 20 years in each of those special locales.Carol is survived by her four children; Cindy Gallin of Williamsburg, Marty O'Rear and his...
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Elisabeth Ann Kampfe

October 24, 1947 - May 30, 2014

Elisabeth Ann Kampfe, of Williamsburg, passed away on May 30, at the age of 66. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and cherished friend to all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jean Ellen Aurand. Graduating from Ohio State University in 1969 with a B.A. Degree in psychology, Elisabeth also earned a master's degree in counseling from Liberty University. She was a...
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Mark Robert Haas

June 30, 1982 - May 22, 2014

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Ira Lopaka Partridge

November 14, 1957 - May 20, 2014

Ira L. Partridge, 56, of Toano, died May 20, 2014. The Nelsen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. He was born November 14, 1957 in Honolulu, HI to Robert I. and Bessie J. Partridge. Ira married Gabriele Zelt on March 18, 1988. Ira proudly served his country while serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years. His duty stations were in Fort Lee, VA, Mannheim, Germany, Fort Lewis, WA and Fort Knox,...
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Warren Harding Tignor

October 8, 1923 - May 19, 2014

Warren Harding Tignor, 90, passed away peacefully May 19, 2014. He went home to be with his beloved wife, Urselle, who preceded him 1 week prior. He was born October 8, 1923 in Tignor, Caroline County, VA to J. Bagby and Annie Tignor. He lived most of his life in Williamsburg, VA. He was a beloved man who loved his Lord, country, family and life. He proudly served his country in WWII as an...
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Anthony Aldon Nisich

February 20, 1970 - May 18, 2014

Anthony Aldon "Tony" Nisich, 44, died Sunday, May 18, 2014, at his home in Lanexa, VA, from an apparent heart attack. Tony was a graduate of Lafayette High School, Thomas Nelson Community College, Christopher Newport College, and the Appalachian School of Law. He was admitted to the Virginia State Bar, April 2011.He was preceded in death by his father, Donald A. Nisich, Sr.; maternal...
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Gary Lynn McDonald

January 5, 1951 - May 16, 2014

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Lisa Jo Cockes Judkins

August 31, 1959 - May 16, 2014

Lisa J. Cockes Judkins, age 54, died peacefully at her home in Williamsburg on May 16, 2014. She leaves behind one adult son, Daniel, born during her marriage to Tommy L. Judkins of Surry, Virginia. She is also survived by her mother, Shirley S. Cockes of Elberon, Virginia, and two sisters, Suzie Madigan of Litchfield, Maine and Vicki C. Thompson of Yorktown, Virginia. Lisa's nieces and...
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Carel Tracy Humme

July 2, 1928 - May 16, 2014

Carel Tracy Humme, passed away on May 16 at the age of 85.Carel was active in the Episcopal church his entire life, most recently a member of Bruton Parish Episcopal Church and a lay reader. Carel served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He retired at the rank of Lt. Col. with 30 years of service. Carel continued his career as the chief flight instructor at Ft. Eustis...
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Bernadette Freeman

March 15, 1923 - May 15, 2014

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Margaret C. Hur

June 13, 1922 - May 14, 2014

Margaret C. "Peggy" Hur passed away peacefully in the early hours of May 14, 2014. Peggy had a great enjoyment for the outdoors, and was an active golfer, as well as avid tennis player. Peggy relished the time spent with her family and friends. She was a volunteer for the Sierra Madre Rose Float, for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA, and also was a volunteer at St....
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Jena Wright Kelejian

September 19, 1931 - May 13, 2014

SANDSTON - Jena Wright Lockhart Kelejian died on May 13, 2014 at her residence in Chesapeake, VA. Mrs. Kelejian was born in Asheville, NC on September 19, 1931 to Cecil Wright, Sr. and Georgia Gasperson Wright (both deceased) and moved with her family to Portsmouth, VA in the 1940's, where she graduated from Warren's Private School. She married Carlton Lockhart (deceased) and moved to Sandston,...
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Bernadine Anne Dolan Neill

May 30, 1924 - May 12, 2014

Bernadine "Dee" Ulan Dolan Neill died on May 12, 2014, at the home of her loving daughter.Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on May 30, 1924, she was the daughter of John Anthony and Elizabeth Martin Ulan. She graduated from the West Philadelphia Catholic Girls High School, Philadelphia, PA and the Berkeley School, Orange, NJ.Mrs. Dolan Neill founded Career Development Center, Newport News, VA in 1978, a...
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Urselle Hundley Tignor

October 19, 1922 - May 12, 2014

Urselle Hundley Tignor, 91, passed away peacefully on May 12, 2014. She was born October 19, 1922 in Danville, VA, to Paul and Lena Hundley. She lived most of her life in Williamsburg, VA. She was an energetic woman who loved her family, her Lord and life. She worked for the U. S. Government at Langley Air Force Base as a Payroll Accounting Supervisor, retiring in 1985 with 30 years of...
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Elizabeth Crawford Ehlers

September 8, 1923 - May 11, 2014

Elizabeth "Betty" Crawford Ehlers, 90, died May 11, 2014, in her home in Williamsburg, Va., after a long, happy life.She was known by many names ''' Ma, Grandma, Nana, Aunt Betty. On her 68th Mother's Day, she earned a new name ''' Angel ''' as she passed peacefully from this life into the next.Born Sept. 8, 1923, in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, to William and Hannah Bell, Betty came to the United States...
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Jack C. Burkett

December 29, 1927 - May 9, 2014

J. C. (Jack) Burkett, 86, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 9, 2014. He was born December 29, 1927 in Monticello, MS to Jesse Oscar and Mary Louise Rogers Burkett. Following his graduation from Belvidere (IL) High School, Jack served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater from 1946 to 1949. Jack married Jacqueline ("Jackie") Olson, whom he met at work in Chicago, IL. ...
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Sheree Lee Barcello

October 16, 1954 - May 9, 2014

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Charles James Simmons

September 1, 1925 - May 8, 2014

Lieutenant General, USA, (Ret.) Charles J. Simmons died peacefully, with his family by his side, on May 8th at Woodhaven Hall, Williamsburg Landing. He was born September 1, 1925 to George and Maurine Simmons, and grew up in Amarillo, TX. Charles was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Calvary upon graduation from West Point in 1946. His first assignment was in Austria, where he served as...
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Joseph Robert Van Bergen

November 13, 1920 - May 7, 2014

Joseph Robert Van Bergen, 93, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. He was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and was a graduate of Rutgers University and a veteran of World War II. Joseph resided in Cranford, New Jersey and worked for the Colgate-Palmolive Company in New York City for 30 years where he managed the company's investment portfolio. He was a member of the Elizabeth...
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Curtis Sayre

February 7, 1928 - May 2, 2014

Curtis Sayre, 86, of Williamsburg, was promoted to glory on May 2, 2014.Curtis was a graduate of Cheshire Academy High School and went on to receive his B.A. degree from Penn State and his M.A. degree from Adelphia University. He proudly served with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. Upon his return, he served as both a teacher and social worker, working for NYSTA, Dinwiddie Public Schools...
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Carolyn Louise Tolbert Ashton

March 22, 1939 - April 24, 2014

Mrs. Carolyn Tolbert Ashton passed away peacefully on the morning of 24 April 2014, with her husband, Guthrie, by her side. "Cokey," as she was called by home town friends and those who knew her well, endured a long and painful illness from the effects of an incurable disease, Scleroderma. She was born in Willisville, VA, in Loudoun County, on 22 March 1939 and moved to Leesburg, VA at the age...
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Peter William McGurl

August 5, 1931 - April 24, 2014

Peter W. McGurl, Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired, died on April 24, 2014, at Patriot's Colony in Williamsburg, Virginia.Col. McGurl was born on August 5, 1931, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the son of the late James McGurl and Mary Norton McGurl. After attending Boston Technical High School, he enlisted in the Army in 1950 and served his nation for over 30 years. He graduated from the U.S. Army...
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