Our Obituaries

Mary Jo Weldon

November 5, 1923 - December 12, 2017

Mary Jo Weldon made her way to heaven on December 12, 2017 after living a rich and happy life of 94 years. Born on November 5, 1923 in Bassett, Arkansas, she moved in her early years with her mother, father and older brother through the small towns and farm country of northern Mississippi and west Tennessee. Her fondest childhood memories came from growing up on the Henning Farm along the banks...
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Russell Hugh Chandler

April 22, 1951 - December 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Rosemarie D. Hall

March 11, 1928 - December 9, 2017

Rosemarie D. Hall departed life peacefully at home on December 9th; she was 89 years old. A lifelong resident of James City County, she spent all but her final 12 years on her family property in the Grove area of the county. For decades in the mid-1900's, she owned the structure that served as a landmark country store for the local people. She leased the building that was variously operated as...
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Charles S. Brown

October 1, 1920 - December 9, 2017

Dr. Charles S. Brown, formally of Waukegan, IL, died peacefully in Williamsburg, VA, on December 9 at age 97. Dr. Brown, a native Virginian, is survived by three children: Mrs. Keith B. Dubois (Chuck) of Williamsburg, VA; Mr. Charles S. Brown, Jr. (Renee) of Pittsboro, NC; and Mr. Robert Allen Brown (Susie) of Germantown Hills, IL; as well as seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He...
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Virginia June DeGraff

July 6, 1931 - December 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Philomene Florette Bourassa Hood

October 21, 1915 - December 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Marion S. Watson

June 6, 1922 - December 8, 2017

Marion S. Watson, widow of retired Colonel William H. Watson, Jr., and a resident of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on December 8, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was the only child to Augustus Thomas Small, Jr. and Evelyn Clay Small of Macon, Georgia. Marion was born June 6, 1922; her grandparents, Augustus Small and Minnie Pearce Small, adored her. Marion loved to travel and saw much of the...
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Irma M. Fields

August 1, 1921 - December 7, 2017

Irma Miller Fields, widow of Dr. Joseph E. Fields II and a resident of Willliamsburg, VA, passed away on December 7, 2017. She was born August 1, 1921 to George & Kathryn (Wilhelmi) Miller in Bancroft, Iowa.She was a 1939 graduate of St. John's High School in Bancroft, Iowa and attended the St. Anthony Hospital School of Nursing and earned a nursing degree. She later earned a degree in medical...
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James William Gentry

August 14, 1926 - December 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Shirley L. Gignac

July 19, 1936 - December 3, 2017

Shirley (Laughy) Gignac, RN of Williamsburg, VA, formerly of Lynnfield, MA died suddenly and entered into the hands of God on December 3, 2017. Shirley was born in Sanbornton, NH and was the sixth child in a family of nine children. She graduated from Franklin (NH) High School where she met her future husband, Mike, beginning a friendship and marriage that spanned 65 years. Upon graduation from...
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Evelyn Janet Romero

August 15, 1942 - December 3, 2017

Evelyn Janet Romero was born on 15 Aug 1942 at Snodland, Kent, England to Arthur and Grace Constance Williamson. The Lord called her home on 3 Dec 2017. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Robert Allan Romero. The Williamson family of six girls, Hannah, Miriam, Gracie, Eileen, Norma, Evelyn, and two boys, Charlie and Michael, were raised in Snodland. Only two of her siblings, her...
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Elizabeth Travers Tyler

July 15, 1963 - December 2, 2017

Elizabeth "Liz" Tyler took her last breath peacefully at Sentara Hospital on December 2 in Williamsburg, VA at the age of 54. Her loving family will sadly and sorely miss her.Liz, whom her family affectionately called "Bet," was born on July 15, 1963, in Gloucester, VA to Alma Stokes and Samuel Tyler. She graduated at the top of her class from Gloucester High School, VA in 1981. She married her...
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Joan T. Peltier

February 21, 1930 - December 2, 2017

Joan T. Peltier, 87, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2017, with her family at her side.One of six children of Edward and Sophia Schroeder, Joan was born in 1930 in La Porte, IN. She received her Registered Nursing degree at St. Joseph's Nursing School in Indiana where she met her late husband Hubert C. Peltier. An incredible wife of 63 years and wonderful mother of six...
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William Anthony DeBono,

July 10, 1930 - December 2, 2017

William A. DeBono, Jr., 87, of Williamsburg, passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary; his sisters, Mary and Ada; and a brother, Vincent.William joined the United States Army and served during the Korean War, earning a Bronze Star decoration for his service. He graduated from Manhattan College with a BS in Political Science and later...
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Dorothy Ann Travers

August 19, 1948 - December 1, 2017

Dorothy A. Travers of Toano died Dec. 1, 2017. Services will be held at St. John the Baptist Church, 2588 Forge Rd., Toano on Fri., Dec. 8 at noon, with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.
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Audrey Kay Page

October 6, 1978 - November 29, 2017

Audrey Kay Page, 39, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC. Her strong faith in God and devotion to family and friends were a constant support to her.Audrey Kay was born October 6, 1978 in Williamsburg, VA. She was a graduate of Longwood College, majoring in Psychology. She was an employee of James City County, where...
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Marc Benjamin Young

August 3, 1955 - November 28, 2017

Marc Benjamin Young, age 62, passed away on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 in his home in Toano, Virginia. He was born in Painesville, Ohio on August 3rd, 1955 to Frank and Ramona (Milford) Young. Marc attended Mentor High School and received his High School Diploma in 1973. He served as a member of the US Navy from 1973-1975 and received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from...
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Henry Howard Franken

December 19, 1971 - November 28, 2017

Henry Howard Franken, 45, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on November 28, 2017. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rona Lee Franken; sister, Paulla Jean Franken Miller and grandparents.Howard was married to his beautiful wife Stacy for 16 years. He liked collecting old coins, old cars/motorcycles, hunting/fishing and enjoyed the outdoors. He attended Warwick High School, was a motivated...
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Rose Ann Messer

July 16, 1968 - November 28, 2017

Rose Ann Messer, 49, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, November 28, 2017. She is survived by her parents, Arlie and Janice; her aunt, Barbara; her two sons, Matthew and Brandon; and her six grandchildren, Raychel, Graycie, Pheobe, Brendan, Matthew James, and Bradley. She was a tiny woman with a big heart who touched the lives of everyone who met her. The memorial service will be...
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Dennis Gregory Thiel

December 2, 1937 - November 28, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Samuel Ernest Patton

June 5, 1929 - November 27, 2017

Samuel Ernest "Sam" Patton, Jr., 88, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away November 27, 2017. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Samuel Ernest Patton, Sr. and the late Agnes Eleanor Woolen. He had a strong passion for the game of football. While at the University of Virginia earning his Master of Education, Sam played varsity football and spent many years thereafter as a highly...
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Jane Oleyar Emmerson

May 2, 1925 - November 26, 2017

Jane Oleyar Emmerson, 92, lately of Williamsburg and a longtime resident of Surry County, passed away on November 26, 2017. Born on May 2, 1925 in Flint, Michigan, she was one of six children born to Michael Hudak Oleyar and Anna Cocula Oleyar. Her parents emigrated from Czechoslovakia around 1920 to settle on a farm outside of Flushing, Michigan, where Jane, then known as Mary, was raised. ...
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Marian Virginia Owen

March 16, 1931 - November 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Joyce Elaine Selvig

July 31, 1940 - November 22, 2017

Joyce Cooper Selvig entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on 22 November 2017. She was 77 years of age.Mrs. Selvig was born on 31 July 1940, in Stamford, Connecticut, to Charles and Hilda Cooper. She graduated from Stamford High School and was an executive secretary for many years. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Walter K. Selvig. Mrs. Selvig lived...
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Robert A. Greene

August 16, 1929 - November 21, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Priscilla Nicholson Briggs

April 2, 1938 - November 21, 2017

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Albert Franklin Golding

May 15, 1928 - November 20, 2017

Albert "Al" Golding passed away quietly on Monday, November 20, 2017 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. Born in Charlottesville, Virginia, Al spent much of his time learning the history of his family and having many adventures at the "farm" called "Wheatland" in Buckingham County, Va. which had been in the family since the late 18th century. Al interrupted his studies at Randolph Macon...
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Jaquelin Cochran Nicholson

September 18, 1917 - November 20, 2017

Jaquelin C. Nicholson of Williamsburg, VA passed away on November 20,2017. The first baby born in the original Alexandria Hospital, she was the third child of Thomas B. Cochran and Rebecca Courtenay Marshall Cochran. She graduated from St. Agnes School and from Sweet Briar College. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years Dr. Charles Thomas Nicholson, Jr. She is survived by two...
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Stephen Puleo

May 24, 1934 - November 20, 2017

WILLIAMSBURG- Stephen Puleo, 83, of Williamsburg, VA, died on November 20, 2017, after a brief illness. Stephen was born May 24, 1934 and raised in Providence, RI. After graduating from high school, he joined the Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. He obtained an Accounting Degree from McNeese State University in Louisiana and became a CPA. Stephen worked many years as a Senior Tax...
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Joelle Anne Lee

September 8, 1953 - November 19, 2017

Joelle Anne Lee entered into eternal life on November 19, 2017. She was born on September 8, 1953 in Chateauroux, France to Charles and Helene Gardner. She was preceded in death by her Mother Helene Lucienne Gardner. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Robert Bryne Lee; her father, Charles Gardner; her brother, Phillip and his wife, Deborah Gardner; her son, Nicholas Lee and his wife...
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Helen Marion Reuther

August 29, 1923 - November 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Jeffrey Dean Bullock

September 9, 1963 - November 16, 2017

Jeffrey D. Bullock, 54, was called home on Thursday, November 16, 2017. He joined his mother, Mary B.; two brothers, Randy and Michael; and a host of beloved relatives in the presence of our Lord.Jeffrey is survived by his father, Hubert (Rusty); stepmom, Pat; daughter, Amanda; granddaughter, Kaya; brother, Anthony; sister, Julie; and loving fiancée, Rhonda Scott.Visitation will be held at Nelsen...
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Arthur Branan

September 14, 1922 - November 15, 2017

Arthur Branan, Jr. died in Williamsburg, VA, on November 15, 2017 at the age of 95. He was predeceased by his parents, Lillian Nutting Branan and Arthur Branan; a brother, William Branan, and a sister, Lillian Branan Jeltrup. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Lou Knight; a daughter, Linda Branan Riggs (Dr. Gary A.); a son, Gregory Knight Branan (Susan); and four beloved grandchildren....
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Gladys Ruth Wiggins

October 20, 1939 - November 14, 2017

Gladys Ruth Wiggins, 78, peacefully passed on November 14, 2017. She spent her early years near Moncks Corner, SC., with her uncle and aunt, Johnny and Ella Rodgers.As a teenager, she relocated to Newport News, VA., where she attended Warwick High School. Here she met and married her beloved husband of 62 years, Lyle Oneal Wiggins.Gladys is predeceased by two brothers, Edward and Roger Kinard,...
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Patricia Stanley Umstead Eaton

December 1, 1924 - November 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Bryce Leslie Sweet

April 20, 1949 - November 13, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Salvatore Joseph Vitale

August 8, 1928 - November 13, 2017

Salvatore Vitale, 89, passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017.He was a successful clothing manufacturer for ladies wear and owner of Leslie Ann Fashions in New York, NY. He was a faithful member of St. Olaf Catholic Church, and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree. Salvatore was a loving son, caring and adoring husband, as well as a great father, grandfather and great...
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Donna Kuhn

October 3, 1942 - November 12, 2017

Donna Lois Kuhn, 75, passed away November 12, 2017. She is preceded in death by husband, Alois J. Kuhn; parents, Virginia and Louis Nowakowski; and brother, Francis Noe. Donna was a member of St. Bede Catholic Church. She loved gardening and was also a member of the Azalea Society of America.Survivors include daughters, Melanie Cummins (Joe), Nina Luhrman (Joe), Rachel Mayo, and Maria Kennedy ...
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John Adrian Blais

April 22, 1933 - November 12, 2017

Memories of the SeashoreMay your sails be filledwith a friendly breeze.May the ocean's waves be still.And as the sun sets in the west,may you travel where you will.And whether you be near or far,my friend you'll always be.We've shared so muchthroughout our lives,our love for land and sea.
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Margaret Evans Fletcher

December 31, 1931 - November 9, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Calvin Edwin Wrisley

April 14, 1935 - November 9, 2017

Calvin "Cal" E. Wrisley, Jr., of Williamsburg, passed away November 9, 2017 at the age of 82. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary L. Dean Wrisley; his parents Calvin E. and Zetta Hamilton Wrisley; his brother, Paul Wrisley; and younger sister, Sheila.In his early years, Cal really loved school. He enjoyed reading; particularly thrillers and suspense and dancing. He loved adventure and...
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Charles Robert Justus

February 8, 1940 - November 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Daniel Michael Donaldson

February 13, 1960 - November 7, 2017

Daniel Michael Donaldson, 57, of Williamsburg, passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017. He was predeceased by his father, Daniel E. Donaldson and his brother, Kenneth Donaldson.After serving his country in the U.S. Army, Daniel received the ICOM Decoration and later became a warehouse employee of the Naval Weapon Station in Newport News. He was a faithful member of the Powerhouse of Praise...
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Debborrah Kay Friberg

July 12, 1953 - November 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Gertrude Mary Trecarten

December 6, 1928 - November 5, 2017

Gertrude Mary Trecarten, born December 6, 1928, passed away on November 5, 2017 at Edgeworth Park after a prolonged illness.
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Russell Eugene Coberly

December 17, 1956 - November 4, 2017

Russell Eugene Coberly, 60, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Junior Coberly and brother, Ronald Lee Coberly. He is survived by his mother and father, Peggy and Jack Hughes; brothers, Richard Coberly, Jesse Coberly and his wife, Tracey, Tommy Coberly and his wife, Teresa; sisters, Peggy Lauderman and her husband Arlis ...
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Gerry Harder Poriss

March 20, 1927 - November 3, 2017

Gerry Harder Poriss, nee Geraldine Jeannette Harder, was born March 20, 1927, in Chicago, Illinois and died in Williamsburg, Virginia, on November 3, 2017.She was preceded in death by her parents, William S. and Edna J.Harder, her husband of 42 years, Ralph G. Poriss, and her devoted friend, Arthur Auvermann, Jr. She is survived by many cousins, including Lori Stauber of Orland Park, Illinois...
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Clara Turner Cash

July 15, 1917 - November 3, 2017

Clara T. Cash, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and a resident of Williamsburg, Virginia, since 2002, passed away on Friday, November 3, 2017. Born July 15, 1917, she was 100 years old.Clara Cash was the seventh daughter, the ninth and sole surviving child of William Anthony Turner and Clara Cox Turner. She graduated from Wilberforce University in 1940 with a BA degree in Home Economics. Her...
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Mary Faust Galfo

February 13, 1926 - November 3, 2017

Mary Faust Galfo, 91, passed away on November 3, 2017 at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. Mary was born on February 13, 1926, in Buffalo, New York, to Florence and Howard Faust. She graduated from University of Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree, and after completing one year of medical school at UB, she became a medical technologist. She later earned...
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James Henry Neal

September 19, 1934 - November 1, 2017

James Henry Neal, 83, surrounded by his family went peacefully with the angels to his final destination on November 1, 2017. There were no goodbyes, just “see you later”. He was a 1954 graduate of Hampton High School, and 1965 graduate of the Apprentice School, NASA. After retiring from NASA in 1993, he enjoyed gardening, tending to his banana trees, and cruising the Haven in his...
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Julia Mildred Adie

August 31, 1915 - October 31, 2017

Julia Mildred (Farnham) Adie, loving wife and mother, died on October 31, 2017 in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was 102 years old. Mrs. Adie was born August 31, 1915 in Hope, Kansas to Ernest N. and Katie (North) Farnham. She was the youngest of six children. She attended Kansas State University for three years, receiving a certificate to teach elementary grades. To obtain experience, she taught...
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David Clark Dowling

November 8, 1960 - October 30, 2017

David C. Dowling, a 26-year resident of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away on October 30, 2017, after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma.Dave was born November 8, 1960, in Watertown, New York. He attended Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, before earning his master's degree from Michigan State University. He married his best friend and love of his life, Dana, on September 12, 1992. ...
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Wayne Irwin Yohe

May 5, 1939 - October 30, 2017

Colonel Wayne "Skip" Yohe, Command Fighter Pilot USAF (Retired) slipped the surly bonds of Earth on October 30, 2017 in his final flight and has "put out his hand and touched the face of God".Skip was born May 5, 1939 in Hanover, PA to Lester and Kay Yohe. He graduated High School in Havertown, PA and then earned a BA in Physics at Gettysburg College where he met and eventually married his...
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Kenneth Stanley Womack

February 2, 1936 - October 28, 2017

Kenneth "Pete" Womack, 81, passed away on October 28, 2017. He was born in Lynchburg, VA to the late James and Margaret Womack.He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1954 to 1958 and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1960 and served 24 years before retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard Base in Yorktown, VA. The next 10 years were spent working at Newport News Shipyard.Pete received many awards and medals...
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Donald Seymour Buck

September 18, 1938 - October 25, 2017

Donald Seymour Buck, 79, of Williamsburg, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. He was predeceased by Marshall Seymour, Rufus Seymour, Janie Buck, and Robert Buck, his parents.Donald retired as a Financial Executive from the IBM Corporation. He was a devoted member of St. Bede Catholic Church.Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Kathy Faulk Buck; sons, Roderic Buck (Latasha),...
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Margaret Jean Moore Fosdick

February 2, 1928 - October 24, 2017

Margaret Jean Moore Fosdick, 89, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. She was born on February 2, 1928 in Cobleskill, NY to Isabelle and Chauncey Moore. On October 23, 1948, she married George Warren Fosdick in Lake George, NY.Margaret had been a resident of Patriots Colony since August 2007. She was a practicing Methodist and a devoted mother and wife. Margaret was...
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Robert Wayne Moss

January 21, 1947 - October 23, 2017

Robert Wayne Moss, 70, of Williamsburg, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2017. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Lena Forehand Moss.Wayne was a talented classical musician and a former employee of Colonial Williamsburg. He earned his bachelor's degree in Fine Arts for 17th and 18th Century Performance Practices from Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin, Ohio. In his spare time, he loved to salt...
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Carol Edna Peters

December 28, 1921 - October 23, 2017

Carol Edna Peters was born in Milwaukee, WI and passed away at the age of 95 at Patriots Colony in Williamsburg, VA with family by her side. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 70 years, Darrell F. Peters, and her grandson, Jonathan Peter Cole. She leaves behind her 4 daughters Donna King (Michael), Marilyn Peters, Joan Cole (James) and Karen Barbalace (Philip); 5 grandchildren,...
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Paul Victor Jones

April 12, 1927 - October 23, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Marilynn O'Neill Roche

March 27, 1940 - October 21, 2017

Marilynn O'Neill Roche, 77, passed away on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at home in Williamsburg, VA. She was born on March 27, 1940 in Kansas City, MO to Francis and Mary O'Neill Roach.Marilynn grew up in Kansas City, MO. She graduated from Notre Dame de Sion High School in Kansas City in 1958. After high school, she attended the University of Paris, (Sorbonne), from 1958-59 and received a BA from...
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Chu Cha Kim

February 10, 1925 - October 21, 2017

Chu Cha Kim, 92, passed away peacefully at home on October 21, 2017, following a brief illness. She is survived by four children and their spouses: Kim Maloney and partner Peter Kao; Shin Murphy and husband Timothy; Bobby Kim and wife Naomi, all of Williamsburg; and Grace Kim and husband Eric Ahn of Fairfax. Also surviving are her grandchildren Ronald Kleveland and wife Denise of Williamsburg;...
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James Roland Kearns

March 19, 1935 - October 21, 2017

LTC (Ret) James R. Kearns, 82, passed away peacefully at home on October 21, 2017, surrounded by his wife and daughters. He was born in Asheboro, North Carolina, on February 19, 1935. After high school, he attended Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, and then enlisted in the United States Army. One of his postings was Panama, where he met and married his wife, Patricia Steiner, in 1959. The...
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Lois Konrad Noll

August 12, 1928 - October 20, 2017

Lois K. Noll. Age 89Died peacefully in her home October 20, 2017Lois was born and raised in Somerville, NJ, a graduate of Somerville High School in 1946 and Dean College in 1948. Lois met and married Horace "Ace" Noll in 1952. They resided and raised their family in Flemington, NJ, before retiring to Williamsburg, VA.Lois was a lifetime golfer and recorded golf's ultimate achievement "a hole-in...
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David Cowles Griffin

April 17, 1925 - October 19, 2017

David Cowles Griffin, 92, of Williamsburg, VA, formerly of Hollywood, MD, died at home October 19, 2017. He was born in Simsbury, CT, April 17, 1925 to Margaret and Walter Griffin. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Novella (Harsh); their 5 children, Tammy Berryhill, David Griffin (Debra), Rebecca Butler (Charles), James Griffin (Donna) and Joelle Griffin Russell (Penn); and 6...
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Delanna Moring Parsons

June 30, 1951 - October 18, 2017

Delanna Moring Parsons, a former teacher for Newport News schools, passed away on October 18, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband, Jesse J. Parsons; brother and sister-in-law, Robert "Bob" and Treva Moring; nephew, Matthew Moring; and niece, Amanda Moring Meyers. Service information will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial...
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Gerald Delmont Clarke

February 19, 1940 - October 17, 2017

Gerald Delmont "Jerry" ClarkeJerry Clarke, 77, passed away peacefully Tuesday, October 17, 2017 following a long battle with cancer. He was born in Chesterfield County, VA on February 19, 1940. Following graduation from Thomas Dale High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy spending most of his six years of service on submarines. The highlight of his time in the Navy was meeting his future wife,...
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Hudson Franklin Edwards

October 13, 1931 - October 17, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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John Hayes Dobson

October 22, 1942 - October 16, 2017

John H. Dobson, 74, died on October 16, 2017. He retired from the U.S. Navy after 35 years of service, including during the Cuban Crisis of 1961. Mr. Dobson is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, Jeff, Lee, and Brian and their spouses; and nine grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Friday, October 20 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg,...
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Susan Davis Shepard

April 5, 1939 - October 15, 2017

Susan Davis Shepard, 78, of Williamsburg passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, October 15, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents, Herman Ray Davis and Ruth Perry Davis of Jacksonville, NC and an infant brother Perry Davis. Susan was born in Rocky Mount, NC where she spent her early childhood. Her family moved to Jacksonville, NC in 1954. Susan graduated from...
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William Gene Hall

November 16, 1956 - October 13, 2017

William (Bill) Gene Hall, Jr, age 60 of Williamsburg, died peacefully on October 13, 2017 following a long illness. Bill was born November 16, 1956 in Ardmore Oklahoma, the son of William Gene, Sr. and Mary Olga Hall. He grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He received his BS in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University, minoring in Military Science at University of Michigan where he...
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Maggie Dorothea Bolden

August 30, 1934 - October 12, 2017

Maggie Dorothea Bolden, 83, born on Aug. 30, 1934, departed this life on Oct. 12, 2017. Visitation will be held at 9:00 AM on Sat., Oct. 21 with services beginning at 11:00 AM at Holy Tabernacle Church of Deliverance, 14749 Warwick Blvd., Newport News. Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park. Condolences may be shared at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen...
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Martha Howard Patten

January 14, 1946 - October 12, 2017

Martha (Marty) Howard Patten, 71, of Williamsburg, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, October 12, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin Brown Howard, of Washington, NC, and Martha Jones Howard, of Belhaven, NC. Marty was married for over 49 years to the love of her life, Donald N. Patten, who survives her. Marty...
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Mary Turner Siler

October 25, 1922 - October 12, 2017

Mary T. Siler, 94, of Williamsburg, and formerly of Richmond, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017. She was predeceased by her husband, Evan D. Siler. She is survived by her daughter, Courtney Frantz and her husband Richard Vines; two grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.nelsenwilliamsburg.com.Arrangements under the...
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John F. McDermott

February 13, 1928 - October 11, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Daniel Gordon Stimson

September 28, 1949 - October 10, 2017

Daniel G. Stimson, 68, of Williamsburg, VA, former Director of Track and Field at the College of William and Mary, passed away October 17, 2017. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, coach and mentor and kept in close contact with many former athletes and coaches, enjoying every part of their lives. He was known for his infectious optimism in the face of adversity and always said "There's...
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Lawrence James Grossman

July 29, 1970 - October 10, 2017

Larry "Pirate Guy" Grossman, 47, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. He proudly served his country in the US Army. Following his military service he worked as a landscaper.He is survived by his son, Matthew Grossman; daughter, Katherine Wahlman; granddaughter, Katelynn Wahlman; his parents, Gloria and Bill Saunders; brother, Shawn Grossman; sister in law, Michelle...
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Debra Ann Graves Wyckoff

November 1, 1952 - October 10, 2017

Debra Ann Graves Wyckoff, 64, of Charles City, VA, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. She was born on November 1, 1952 and predeceased by her father, Charles E. Graves, Sr.A resident of Charles City since 1980, Debbie graduated from Riverside School of Nursing with her Registered Nurse Diploma in 1973. She went to work for Williamsburg Community/Sentara Hospital Emergency Room in 1973. She...
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Duie Laython Brantley

May 16, 1933 - October 8, 2017

Retired Air Force SMSgt Duie Laython Brantley, 84, passed into Heaven, early Sunday morning, October 8, 2017, in Williamsburg, Virginia.He is survived by his wife, Marlies Brantley; daughter, Linda Robinson; stepson, Mitch Worley (Debi); grandchildren, Casey Worley, Danny Worley, Sherrie Perger, Amie Farmer (Ross) and Christopher Robinson (Jennifer); 6 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Carol...
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Lois Campbell Page

March 11, 1926 - October 6, 2017

Lois Campbell Page, 91, passed away October 6, 2017, in Williamsburg, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Garland Page, and 2 sons, James Page and Joseph Page.Lois was a member of the Walnut Hills Baptist Church in Williamsburg, Virginia.She is survived by sons, Michael Page (Deborah) and Patrick Page (Jennifer); and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.Services will...
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Richard David Nagle

November 15, 1926 - October 2, 2017

In loving memory of our loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. Commander Richard D. Nagle Jr. passed away on October 2, 2017 at Edgeworth Park at New Town in Williamsburg, Virginia.Commander Nagle was born in Little Silver, NJ to the late Richard and Delia Nagle. Upon entering the navy on November 9th, 1944 Commander Nagle served honorably for 30 years earning many medals, awards...
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Alice Rice Cottingham

March 6, 1930 - September 29, 2017

Alice Rice Cottingham, 87, of Williamsburg, passed away September 29, 2017. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Phelps Cottingham, Jr.Alice was a retired teacher from the Williamsburg-James City County Public School system and a parishioner of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Greensprings Garden Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and...
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Hayden Judson Silver

September 7, 1933 - September 28, 2017

SILVER, Hayden Judson Jr., of Williamsburg, died peacefully on Thursday, September 28, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hayden Judson Silver, Sr. and Margaret Brewer Silver; and is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ann Carter Wendenburg Silver; three children, Hayden Judson Silver, III ("Jay"), and his partner Lisa James Dixon, Wendy Ann Bugg and her husband, Wadsworth Bugg,...
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Joseph Paul Cesario

March 18, 1938 - September 27, 2017

Joseph Paul Cesario, "Joe", 79, passed away on September 27, 2017 at Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Angelo and Antoinette Cesario and brother of Paul Cesario. Joe served in the United States Air Force Reserve from August, 1956 to July, 1962. Following his military service, he was Director of Information Technology for...
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Jose Carlos Ruiz

April 11, 1926 - September 26, 2017

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, José Carlos Ruiz, 91, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family.Born in La Libertad, El Salvador he came to the United States to study foreign affairs at Loyola University. There he met and married the love of his life, Ethel Valentine Ruiz, who preceded him in death in 2015.His career began in New Orleans as Chancellor & Vice Consul of the...
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Tobin LeRoy Vreeland

July 28, 1971 - September 26, 2017

Tobin L. Vreeland, 46, of James City County, formerly of Hamburg, New York, passed away on September 26, 2017.Tobin is survived by his wife, Lisa Marie Vreeland and their son, Grant Alexander Vreeland; his other son, Cody Alan Vreeland and his mother, Melinda Myers; mother, Karen Vreeland; father, F.L. Skip Vreeland; brother, J.Todd (Anne) Vreeland and their two children, David and Gina; sister,...
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Evelyn Ann Alderman Carter

April 28, 1927 - September 26, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Carol Patterson

January 18, 1946 - September 25, 2017

Carol Bryant Patterson of Williamsburg, VA died at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA surrounded by her family on September 25, 2017. She was 71 years old.Carol is survived by her four children and their spouses: Lanny Bryant and Heidi Lipkie Harris of Centennial, CO; Michael Brennan and Terri Hamlett Harris of Williamsburg, VA; Emily Elizabeth Patterson of Memphis, TN; and...
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Betty Lee Ducote

March 9, 1931 - September 25, 2017

Betty Lee DuCote (née Adams), 86, passed away Monday, September 25th, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.Her life began in Washington, DC on March 9th, 1931. She was loved and raised by the late Harvey B. Adams and Alice L. Adams. She danced her way through Western High School and upon graduation took a job at Georgetown University. On one eventful night in November, 1951 at the Calvert...
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Betty Jane Rorrer Garrington

October 20, 1927 - September 24, 2017

Betty Jane Rorrer Garrington passed onto the Lord on 24 September 2017 in Williamsburg, Virginia where she was a long-time resident. Born and raised in West Virginia, Betty received her Bachelor's Degree in Science and at a later date completed her Master's Degree. After leaving her hometown, Betty moved to Buckroe Beach, Virginia where she met her husband, Percy E. Garrington, and began...
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Barbara-Fenella Wahl Roberts

June 24, 1927 - September 24, 2017

Barbara-Fenella Wahl Roberts, 90, passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Williamsburg. Barbara was born to General Lutz Wahl, (The Adjutant General, U.S. Army, in the 1920's) and Fenella Hero Wahl on June 24, 1927. She was raised in Washington, D.C. and went to Holden Arms School in D.C. and the Gardener School in New York City.Barbara married Austin L. Roberts, Jr in 1945 and they had 4...
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Gloria Frances Lang

January 5, 1929 - September 22, 2017

Gloria Lang passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017. She was born on January 5, 1929, in New York City. Her family moved to Astoria, Long Island, in her early teens and lived there until she entered college at the State University of New York at Fredonia, to become a teacher. At Fredonia, she met Fred, which began a love affair for their long marriage.Gloria taught school in East Hampton,...
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William Walter Popelka

June 20, 1934 - September 21, 2017

William Popelka, 83, of Williamsburg, VA passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017.He was a graduate of Union Endicott High School and Cortland State, and earned his Master's Degree from St. John's University. A veteran of the U.S. Army, William proudly served his country during the Korean War. Following his military service, he was the principal at East Meadow High School. He was an avid...
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Wilbur Dean Peterson

October 16, 1931 - September 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Tommie F. Karns

March 24, 1932 - September 20, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Vera Ernestine Payor

March 28, 1923 - September 19, 2017

Vera E. Payor peacefully passed from this life to her eternal home on September 19, 2017. She was born on March, 28, 1923 in Detroit, Michigan. Vera is survived by her two daughters: Paulette Parker and Nancy Payor as well three grandchildren: J. Daniel Parker (Tracy), Rebekah Semus (Joe) and Joshua Parker (Laura), as well as eight great-grandchildren: Joseph Semus, Jacob Semus, Kathryn Semus,...
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Opal Inez Lowery Eddins

October 6, 1917 - September 18, 2017

Opal Inez Lowery Eddins passed away peacefully in the loving presence of her family on September 18, 2017. She was 99 years old. Opal was born on October 6, 1917, the fifth and youngest child of Needham Jefferson Lowery and Effie Modessa (Dessie) Dunlap Lowery of Carlisle, Texas. She graduated from Trinity High School and obtained her teacher's certificate from the Huntsville Teacher's...
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John Patrick Lott

December 26, 1936 - September 16, 2017

John (Jack) Patrick Lott died on Saturday, September 16, 2017 after an extended illness. John and his wife Marcia (Marty) raised four fine children. He is survived by them and his grandchildren. His family is his legacy.Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia at a later date.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please give to a charity of one's...
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Nancy Martha Jakobs

November 23, 1940 - September 15, 2017

Nancy M. Jakobs, 76, of Williamsburg, died on September 15, 2017. She was born November 23, 1940 in Los Angeles, California. She was a member of King of Glory Luthern Church, an active participant in Bible studies, choir, and evangelism. She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Frederick H. Jakobs.A memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, September 23, at King of...
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Gail Pedrick McNaughton

August 15, 1942 - September 15, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA.
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Joseph L. O'Brien

June 7, 1927 - September 14, 2017

Joseph L. O'Brien, M.D. was born in Paterson, NJ on June 7, 1927 to Joseph M. and Agnes O'Brien. After grade school, he attended St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City graduating in 1944. He entered the Navy V-12 Program and was sent to Princeton University. In an accelerated wartime program, he completed his premedical requirements in two years and entered Cornell Medical College in 1946. While at...
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