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Walker, Wesley R. - Williamasburg  
WILLIAMASBURG - Wesley R. "Skeeter" Walker was called to eternal rest on Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. His life's journey began on July 16, 1964, the son of Mary C. Walker and the late Wesley Walker. In his youth, he accepted Christ into his life and became a member of Chickahominy Baptist Church. At the time of his death, he was employed by the Pavilion at Williamsburg Place. "Skeeter", as he was so affectionately called, will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. He leaves to treasurer his precious memories, his devoted wife, Christine J. Walker; his daughter, Felicia R. Jefferson; his son, Wesley D. Walker; his mother, Mary C. Walker; his sister, Crystal C. Jones (Efrem); his brothers, Bruce Meekins and Franklin Armstead; his maternal grandmother, Martha C. Armstead; his mother-in-law, Julia G. Jefferson; his favorite nephew, Franklin Seldon; his God-daughter, Nai'zari Robinson; and a host of other loving relatives and many caring friends. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, in Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 11600 Wilcox Neck Road, Charles City, with the Rev. George Magazine officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 410 Carriage Road by 12:30 pm on Tuesday. Mr. Walker may be viewed in the funeral home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday. Professional service entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia 23185. 757-229-3011. whitingsfuneralhome.com
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Published in Daily Press on June 28, 2015
Watkins, Olivia Manning - Smithfield  
SMITHFIELD - Frances Olivia Manning Watkins, 88, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Sentara Obici Hospital and entered the gates of the Holy City a few seconds later. Born in Battery Park, VA, October 18, 1926, Olivia was the daughter of the late Henry Albert and Mary Cam Crawford Manning. She had lived in Isle of Wight County most of her life. A 1944 graduate of Smithfield High School, Olivia was an avid athlete. She played basketball and played on the women's softball team. For many years, Olivia was a bookkeeper and office manager for Smithfield Ham and Products. Olivia was the love of Pastor Donald E. Watkins' life. She married him at the age of seventeen. In those 71 years of marriage, Pastor Watkins commented "she was always a Royal Lady who loved people and was the First Lady at Smithfield Assembly of God. She helped organized Smithfield Assembly of God. She organized the Missionettes program in the church, taking the girls on many camping and ministry trips. She tirelessly helped with building of the origin church building in various projects, even helping lay the tile floors. A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Olivia will be remembered for being a woman of faith, love of Christ and family. She was adamant about not working in the yard or mowing the grass. However, she loved boat rides and fishing. She enjoyed the family vacations to the Outer Banks, NC. In addition to her husband, Donald E. Watkins, Sr., Olivia leaves to cherish her memories her son, Donald Watkins, Jr. and his wife, Cathy; granddaughter, Tracy Williamson and her husband, Greg, and grandson, Donald Christopher Watkins and his wife, Courtney, great-grandchildren, , Summer and Eric Williamson and Caiden Watkins and Callie Jones and step-grandchildren, Megan and Shannon Hall and wife, Dawn; and step-great-grandchildren, Dakota and Lacy Stanford and Haden and Mason Hall. A service celebrating Olivia's life will be held 11 am., Thursday, June 25, in Smithfield Assembly of God with Rev. Larry O'Brien, Rev. Darrin Lindsey, and Revs Aubry and Ann Beale officiating . Burial will follow in St. Luke's Memorial Park. Family and friends will gather 6-8 pm, Wednesday, June 24, for visitation in the church. Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, Smithfield, Isle of Wight and the surrounding communities. Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com
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Published in Daily Press on June 23, 2015
White, Queen Esther - Hampton  
HAMPTON - Queen Esther (Redmon) White, left to be present with the Lord on June 21, 2015, at 88 years old. She was born to Rev. Henry H. and Lillie Redmon in the Piney Grove community of Columbia, SC on Sept. 26, 1926. After graduating from Allen University with a degree in Home Economics, Queen Esther migrated north to find employment. She met her husband, Arthur, along the way and became a military spouse, living in Arkansas, Washington DC, Hampton, VA and Wiesbaden Germany. She has been a resident of Hampton since 1974, when her husband retired from the Air Force. Queen Esther was a Dietitian at George Washington Hospital and Howard University and a substitute teacher in Germany and Hampton, VA ┬┐. A working wife and mother. Queen Esther leaves many to cherish her memory - her daughter, Maxine (Joe); her son, Clayton; four grandchildren, Joy, Erika, Brandon and Michayla; two sisters, Jessie Jiles of Fort Washington, MD (100 yrs. young) and Remell Foster (79 yrs. young) of Washington DC; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Arthur White; her parents; brothers, Henry P., Ira, James B., Leroy, Richard, Floyd; and sisters, Naomi, Edna, Josephine. A viewing is scheduled from noon to 6pm on Friday, June 26, at Ronald C. Perkins Funeral Home in Hampton. A celebration of Queen Esther's life is planned at 11am, Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Bethel AME Church in Hampton, where she has been a faithful and active member for 41 years. Interment will follow at Hampton Memorial Gardens. The family thanks everyone for the outpouring of kindness and is appreciative to doctors and nurses of Sentara Careplex and VA Oncology and services of Sentara Homecare.
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Published in Daily Press on June 25, 2015
Woodward, Virginia Johnson - Williamsburg, VA  
WILLIAMSBURG, VA - Ginny Woodward went to rest in the everlasting arms of God on June 22, 2015. As wife of Pastor Dick Woodward, she served faithfully at his side for 58 years until his death in March of 2014. A native of Norfolk, VA, she graduated from Maury High School before earning her degree at the College of William & Mary Norfolk Division. Gifted musically, she played the violin in the Norfolk Symphony from the age of 15. In 1956 she met and married Dick Woodward at the Tabernacle Church of Norfolk before they founded the Virginia Beach Community Chapel in 1958. As partners in ministry they served there and at the Williamsburg Community Chapel from 1979 until Dick's passing. A devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Ginny is survived by her children, Shere and Woody Perry, Cindy and Mark Kranich, Dean and Lynn Woodward, Virginia Lea Woodward and Dwight Woodward, along with her grandchildren, Megan and Chris Fisher, Morgan Perry, Joy and Randy Martin, Rick and Becca Woodward, Jessey Woodward, and 4 great-grandchildren, Ty, Grey, Eden & Brighton Martin. Born in 1935 as the daughter of Alfred and Edna Johnson, Ginny is survived by her sisters-in-law, Mrs. Pat Johnson and Mrs. Shirley Johnson of Norfolk, VA, and her brother-in-law, Professor Wayne Moyer of Grinnell, Iowa. There will be a Memorial Celebration at the Williamsburg Community Chapel on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 2:00PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mini-Bible College c/o International Cooperating Ministries at 1901 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, VA 23666-4311. "the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases┬┐"
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Published in Daily Press on June 24, 2015
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