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Bowers Jr., Wayne Ellsworth - Newport News  
NEWPORT NEWS - Wayne Ellsworth Bowers, Jr, 38, passed away May 10, 2015. He is survived by his mother, Debra Bowers; father, Wayne Bowers, Sr; three children, Erick, Zackery and Alyssa; two sisters, Tiffany Ruiz and Laura Jackson; brother, Robbie Bowers and his maternal grandmother, Jannette Phillips. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2015 in Peninsula Memorial Park. Cremation Society of Virginia assisted the family with arrangements.
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Published in Daily Press on May 22, 2015
Gwathmey, Robin Griggs Reilly - Bruington  
BRUINGTON - Robin Griggs Reilly Gwathmey of Bruington, Virginia was born November 8, 1954 in Richmond and on May 19, 2015 heaven gained another angel with Robin's passing. Known for her contagious laugh, smile, and genuine willingness to lend a hand wherever she was needed, Robin will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and community she loved so much. As matriarch, Robin enjoyed her special time with family at the beach and her home was known as grand central station, keeping her door open to all. Robin was a graduate of St. Margaret's School in 1973, The University of Richmond in 1977 and went on to complete her Masters in Business at The University of Richmond. She was a thirty year employee at Philip Morris as a Quality Control Manager. During that time, she was also an adjunct professor at J. Sergeant Reynolds. She built a very successful accounting business from her home, and most recently was employed at Darrell Kellum, Inc. She was a life-long member of Smyrna Christian Church, serving as a Board member, treasurer, and Elder. Robin is survived by her husband, Richard Cauthorne Gwathmey, Jr., her daughter, Sarah Griggs Reilly, and son, James Robert (Bob) Reilly. In addition, sister, Rebecca Griggs Flanagan, nephew, Forest Lee Flanagan, II (Amy), and niece, Shelby Jean Flanagan (Paul) and special aunt, Anne Griggs Ball. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Robert Griggs and Jean Ann Griggs, brother, George Robert (Bob) Griggs, and brother-in-law, Forest Lee Flanagan. The family will receive friends at B. W. White Funeral Home, 7837 Richmond-Tappahannock Highway, Aylett, Virginia 23009 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Friday, May 22. A funeral service, for Robin, will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, May 23, at Smyrna Christian Church, 3655 Powcan Road, Bruington, Virginia 23023 with internment in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Walkerton Community Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box, Walkerton, Virginia 23177
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Published in Daily Press on May 22, 2015
Hartley, Joseph Earl - Gloucester  
GLOUCESTER - Joseph Earl Hartley, 62, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2015. He was born December 23, 1953 in Norfolk, VA to the late Patricia Williams and Earl Moran. Joe was employed at Fort Eustis for 30 years retiring from McDonald Army Health Center in 2011 due to his health. He was a proud firefighter and EMT for over 20 years. Joe was a "Jack of all Trades" and a friend to all. He was an avid hunter and loved being outdoors. Joe is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronald. He is survived by his loving wife of 17 years, Dawn Hartley; three sons, William (Christina), Michael (Gina), and Darrell (Amanda); nine grandchildren, Taylor and his mother, Miranda, Lane, Sierra, Devlin, Ally, Chloe, Savannah, Dawson, and Riley; brothers, Eugene, James, Michael; sisters, Debbie, Joyce, Cathy; and step-mother, Carolyn Moran. The family will receive friends 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A celebration of Joe's life will follow at 12:00 pm in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Joe's memory to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements under the care of Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory in Gloucester, VA. Floral arrangements may be sent directly to Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666.
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Published in Daily Press on May 22, 2015
Hurr, Robert R. - Newport News  
NEWPORT NEWS - Robert R. Hurr, age 79, a professional trucker was dispatched for the last time on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Bob was an Army Veteran having served during the Korean War. Service in the Army brought him to the peninsula where he met and married the love of his life 58 years ago. He and Betty loved the open road and worked as a team for over 13 years traveling this great land. Upon her retirement, he worked for AAFES until 2001. They both enjoyed Bluegrass and had the time of their life attending many Bluegrass festivals. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Betty, sons, Kenneth D. Hurr and his wife Christine of Newport News and Richard M. Hurr and his wife Rhonda of Poquoson, his brothers, Bill Hurr of Coty, Wyoming and Rick Hurr of Hyshem, Montana, 5 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 24, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM at Warwick River Mennonite Church, 250 Lucas Creek Road, Newport News, VA, 23602. A funeral service will follow immediately in the church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Warwick River Christian School, 252 Lucas Creek Road, Newport News, VA, 23602. Please leave condolences at www.wjsmithandsonfh.com
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Published in Daily Press on May 22, 2015
Jarvis, Lucille - Newport News  
NEWPORT NEWS - Lucille Ketchmore Jarvis, 93, was called to be with her heavenly father Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Riverside Hospital. She transitioned peacefully with her loved ones by her bedside. She was born September 22, 1921 to the late Henerson and Hattie Ketchmore in Warwick County, VA. She was a member of First Baptist Church Denbigh and was educated in the Warwick County School System. In 1968 she started working in the Newport News School System until she retired after 25 years. Lucille was a lifetime member of the NAACP. She received the Outstanding Woman of the Year award in 1982 from the Newport News Business and Professional Women's Club. Lucille was given a lifetime achievement award from the city of Newport News and a citizenship award from President Barack Obama. In celebration of her 93rd birthday, Lucille was also presented with the U.S. flag by Senator Tim Kaine. Lucille was preceded in death by her siblings, her husband, Leroy Jarvis and her sons Horace, Samuel, and Kenneth Jarvis, granddaughter Francine Washington and great granddaughter A'Miracle Moore. Left to cherish her memories are her children: Hattie Camp. Doris James, James Jarvis (Marilyn), Wallace Jarvis, Ernestine Yetman (Carlos), John Jarvis, Renae Roundtree, Wanda Baker, Karen Collins (Ronald) all of Newport News, VA and Terry Jarvis of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 30 grandchildren, 80 great grandchildren, 36 great-great grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. Viewing will be Friday, May 22, 2015 at Cooke Bro. Funeral Home (1601 27th Street N.N., VA 23607 from noon to 6pm. Homegoing Service will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 2pm at First Baptist Church Denbigh (3628 Campbell Rd. N.N., VA 23602.) Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
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Published in Daily Press from May 21 to May 22, 2015
Kearney, James Harvey - Newport News  
NEWPORT NEWS - James H. Kearney of Newport News died Thursday, May 21, 2015. A funeral service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home followed by a time of visitation till 7:00 p.m.. Burial will take place in Snow Hill, NC on Monday. Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home.
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Published in Daily Press on May 22, 2015
Moore, John A. - Williamsburg  
WILLIAMSBURG - John A. Moore, age 94, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on May 19, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Kerr Moore. John earned a PhD and retired from William & Mary College as a professor. He was a member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. John enjoyed bridge, traveling, reading, sports, the stock market and following politics. He is survived by his daughter, Peggy Freeman and grandchildren, Samantha and Andrew Knopfer. A service will take place on Saturday, May 30 at 11am at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 215 Richmond Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com .
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Published in Daily Press on May 22, 2015
Pittman, Benjamin Otis - Elberon  
ELBERON - Benjamin "Otis" Pittman, 78, died May 20, 2015. He was born in Southampton County to the late Charlie J. and Mary Pittman. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Lois Wells. Otis retired from Wakefield Farm Service after 31 years. He was always a friend and he loved life, hunting, and fishing with his children and grandchildren. He leaves his wife of 53 years, Rachel "Rae"; sons, Kenneth (Wanda) and Dean (Summer); grandchildren, Brandon Eggleston (Melany), Britney, Brianne and Deana Pittman, Stone and Slade Custer; and great-grandchildren, Hailey and Mackenzy. He also leaves brothers, Charles (Dot), and Walter (Alice); and a sister, Joyce Kaleita (Bill) of Florida; special uncle, Walter Munford (Deb) of Appomattox and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at R.W. Baker Funeral Home, Wakefield Chapel on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. A memorial service will follow the visitation at the funeral home at 7:00 pm. Donations may be made to the Moores Swamp Building Fund, c/o Tim Jones, 2300 Runnymede Rd., Elberon, VA 23846 or the Surry Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 260, Surry, VA 23883. Condolences may be posted at www.rwbakerfh.com .
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Published in Daily Press on May 22, 2015
Rader, Nan Carol - Yorktown  
YORKTOWN - Nan Carol Rader, 72, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, returned to her heavenly home on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 following a sudden illness. She was a native of Poquoson, and member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Nan was preceded in death by her parents, Robert J. & Nellie West Insley. She is survived by her husband of fifty years, Ronald W. Rader; two loving children, Joy Rader Ellis & husband Chester, and Robert J. Rader; four grandchildren, Kristen Ellis-Cooke, Meagan K. Ellis, Sydney E. Rader, and Rebekah Ferrell; great-grandchild, Blake Taylor Ellis; special cousins, Dot & Roy Davis; special lifelong friends, Diane Edwards and Margaret Cockrell; and many other nieces, nephews, and close friends. A graveside service to celebrate Nan's life will be held Saturday, May 23, 11:00 AM, at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton, by Rev. Carol Bookwalter. Everyone is invited back to her home following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Poquoson Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 2099, Poquoson, VA, 23662. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com . "Nan devoted her life to her family, and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchild, who were the love in her heart."
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Published in Daily Press from May 21 to May 22, 2015
Trebby, Thomas John - Hampton  
HAMPTON - Capt. Thomas John Trebby, 69, died unexpectedly April 15, 2015, after a 10 month battle with gastric cancer. He was born in Lafayette, Indiana, to Claudine Chelmaniak and Francis 'Jack' Trebby, Professor of Engineering at Purdue University, also Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA., where he taught History. Tom attended Gonzaga Preparatory High School, Spokane, Seattle University, Seattle, and Embry Riddle University, Daytona, Fla. While at Seattle U he learned to fly at Boeing Field. He enlisted in the US Army during the Vietnam War where he learned to fly helicopters. He was assigned to the 119th Assault Helicopter Group in 1968-69. He rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer III during his service to the Virginia Army National Guard, Richmond, VA. He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and The Air Medal for services rendered during his tour in Vietnam. The Air Medal citation reads "W1 Thomas J. Trebby distinguished himself by meritorious achievement, while participating in sustained aerial flight, in support of combat ground forces in the Republic of Vietnam┬┐ he actively participated in more than 25 aerial missions over hostile territory in support of operations against communist aggression. During all of these flights, he displayed the highest order of air discipline and acted in accordance with the best traditions of the service. By his determination to accomplish his mission, in spite of the hazards inherent in repeated aerial flight over hostile territory, and by his outstanding degree of professionalism and devotion to duty, he brought credit upon himself, his organization and the United States Army." After military service he flew for Puerto Rican International Airways, San Juan, PR, IRAN AIR, Tehran, Iran, Piedmont Airlines and USAIRWAYS from which he retired in 2004 as Capt. B767-200 ER. He flew a corporate Learjet then went to New Delhi, India, to fly B737-700 for SPICE JET. After returning to the US he joined the Commemorative Air Force and became Executive Officer of the Old Dominion Squadron in Franklin, Va. Capt. Trebby earned aircraft type ratings on UH-1 Huey helicopter, De Havilland Heron, B-727, B-737, B-757, B-767, Learjet and Stearman. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Freddie Wyckoff Trebby, brother, Russell, Boise, Idaho, and nephew, Will Cullen, Katy, Texas. A funeral service will be conducted at 12:45 PM, Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Fort Myer Old Post Chapel, Arlington, VA, followed by interment with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. Friends attending must arrive by 12:15 through Arlington National Cemetery at the Old Post Chapel. For more information or directions, please contact R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245 S. Armistead Ave, Hampton, VA. 757 723-3191 In lieu of flowers please support cancer research.
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Published in Daily Press on May 22, 2015
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