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Ruth Ellen Dunn Virginia Beach - Ruth Ellen (Smartt) Dunn, 85, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014 after a brief illness. She was born February 6, 1929 in Chattanooga, TN. Ruth was predeceased by her husband of sixty two years Willis E. Dunn, a son Kevin Dunn, daughter Melissa (Dunn) Cole and a great grandson Matthew Dwyer. Ruth retired as a teacher's assistant with Norfolk Public Schools after thirty two years of service, working with both students and their parents. She was a member of Gateway Free Will Baptist Church for the last forty five years where she taught Sunday school class for over thirty two years. Mom was the friendliest and the most outgoing person you would ever meet. She never met a stranger and would give you whatever she had if you needed it. You could talk to her for ten minutes and you would know everything about her and her family whom she loved dearly. Mom will be missed by all who knew her. We need to remember it's not goodbye but see you later Mom. Ruth leaves behind a loving family to cherish her memory a son, Garland Harris and his wife Ann of Norfolk, daughter, Linda Fletcher and her husband Doug of Pekin Ill, brother, Erby Cody of Tunnel Hill, GA, sister, Pauline (Dot) Parker of Chattanooga, TN. She also leaves nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be conducted Friday, April 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Gateway Free Will Baptist Church, 5473 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach. Pastor Brent Patrick and Reverend Dale Burden will officiate. A reception will be held immediately following the service at the church. Burial will take place Monday, April 21, at 10 a.m. in Albert G. Horton, Jr. Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Road Virginia Beach. The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyer.com . Read Obituary
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Walter Henry Elliott Windsor - Walter Henry Elliott, 90, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Riverside Regional Medical Center following a recent illness. Born in Northampton County, NC, Walter was the son of the late John Henry and Manie Liverman Elliott. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Anna Barlow Elliott; his devoted son, Wayne Randolph Elliott; his two granddaughters, Ann Marie Elliott and Amy Beth Vick and her husband, Davis; two sisters, Annie Elliott Nurney of Portsmouth and Sarah Elliott Britt of Smithfield; and a host of nieces and nephews and extended family. A resident of Isle of Wight County most of his life, Walter was a self-employed farmer. He was a heart surgery survivor and was a strong participant in the Mended Hearts Chapter, #119, of Riverside Hospital. Walter was a member of Central Hill Baptist Church and the Young Men's Sunday school class. Family and friends will gather for visitation 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17, in Colonial Funeral Home. A service celebrating Walter's life will be held 11 a.m., Friday, April 18, in the funeral home with Rev. Roger Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Luke's Memorial Park. The family expresses thanks to the staff and doctors of Riverside Hospital for their concern and care during Walter's illness. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Heart Association, IOW Chapter, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060; Isle of Wight Rescue, PO Box 97, Smithfield, VA 23431; and Central Hill Baptist Church, Building Fund, 10270 Central Hill Road, Windsor, VA 23487. Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield, VA. Read Obituary
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Doris Yvonne Frederick Norfolk - Doris Yvonne Frederick, "The Buckeye" and an angel, was called home Tuesday morning, April 15, 2014, after a long fight with many health complications. She passed peacefully in her sleep at Norfolk General Hospital. Yvonne was born June 3, 1944 in Ashville, Ohio, daughter of the late John and Evelyn Beavers. She was raised on a working farm with her three brothers and a sister. She was a graduate of Scioto High School, class of 1962. Yvonne married Leonard in 1971 and after he was stationed in Norfolk, they called Norfolk their home for the next 41 years. She raised two daughters, and was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Yvonne had a beautiful soul and was always giving. She loved to bake, especially with her granddaughter. She was an avid bowler, loved to dance, play cards and bingo. She was a club manager and lifelong member of the American Legion Tidewater Post 327 Auxiliary. Yvonne was preceded in death by her brothers, Ray, Gene and Paul Beavers. She leaves behind her husband of 43 years, Leonard L. Frederick; her daughters, Stacey L. Hempfer (Raymond F. Hempfer, Jr.), and Amy J. Frederick (Nathan T. Razza); grandson, Joshua Jordan; granddaughter, Krystal M. Razza; greatgrandson, Kegan Jordan; sister, Donna M. Kunder (Howard Kunder); many nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends. A service will be held Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m. at the Hollomon-Brown, Tidewater Drive Chapel. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. A burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Condolences may be offered to the family at: www.hollomon-brown.com Read Obituary
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Dr. William Fulgham Suffolk - Dr. William Mathews Fulgham, 81, died peacefully at his home in Suffolk, Va. on April 10, 2014. Dr. Fulgham was born in Windsor, Va. on July 17, 1932, the son of the late John Rawls Fulgham and Gypsie Louise Mathews Fulgham. Dr. Fulgham graduated from Windsor High School in 1950 and from the Virginia Military Institute , Class of 1954. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia in 1959, and practiced dentistry in Heidelberg, Germany from 1959 to 1962, as a Captain in the United States Army Dental Corps. He then practiced dentistry in Norfolk and Suffolk for many years. VMI held a special place in his heart. He loved VMI and Lexington and had a unique and lasting bond with his "Brother Rats" and other alumni. His license plate told the story: "VMI 54." He was a past President of the Keydet Club and active in other alumni affairs. Dr. Fulgham also loved Cape Hatteras, where he spent many happy days with family and friends deep sea fishing on his boat, the "Keydet". He was a past Commodore of the Hatteras Marlin Club and was often referred to as Captain Billy. He is survived by his lovely and extraordinary wife of 59 years, Nancy Ann Newman Fulgham. She was the love of his life. He is also survived by a daughter, Katherine Fulgham Bryant and her husband, Lawrence H. Bryant, of Norfolk; a daughter, Julie Fulgham Galleher and her husband, M. Huntley Galleher, of Saluda, Va.; and three grandchildren: Nancy Bryant Pappas and her husband Alex Pappas of Washington, D.C., Charlotte Mathews Bryant of New York, N.Y., and William Huntley Galleher of Elon, N.C. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Tilson Wilroy of Ahoskie, N.C. He was predeceased by two brothers, John Rawles Fulgham Jr. and Eldon Charles Fulgham, formerly of Dallas, Texas. A graveside service will be held at Holly Lawn Cemetery in Suffolk at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014, conducted by the Rev. Michael D. Halley of the Suffolk Christian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VMI Foundation. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family. Condolences may be registered at www.rwbakerfh.com . Read Obituary
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John Francis George Norfolk - John Francis (Frank) George III died April 11, 2014 at home in Fairfax, California surrounded by family. Frank was admired for his strength, courage and determination through his long battle with multiple myeloma. Frank was born January 19, 1944 in Norfolk, Virginia to John Francis George, Jr and Suzanne Lewis George. He attended Norfolk Academy followed by the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Law. Frank left the East Coast after law school, headed for California where he practiced law as a masterful and highly respected trial lawyer for over 40 years. Frank is survived by his wife, Linda McKenzie George; three daughters, Victoria and her husband Adam Wise, Alexandra, and Jesslyn; granddaughter Shelby Wise; and sister and brother-in-law, Victoria and Barton Myers. Frank's fatherly love and devotion extended to his beloved nieces and nephews who cheered him greatly throughout the final years of his life. Frank's passions were many including the family home, mid-century furniture and art, classic cars, reading and sailing. From his days as a teenager racing hydroplanes and working as a lifeguard Frank loved being on the beach and in the water whether Virginia Beach, Stinson Beach, Hawaii, Puget Sound or the Baltic Sea. He most enjoyed time with his family, daughters and precious granddaughter. Frank shared his passion, enthusiasm, wit and humor with everyone around him, and those who knew Frank felt privileged to have him in their lives. A special thank you to Heartland Hospice Care who assisted the family in caring for Frank at home, and to the doctors and staff at Kentfield Rehabilitation & Specialty Hospital who enabled the family to bring Frank home for the final days of his life. Keeping to his wishes there will be no memorial service. Memorial donations may be made to the Marin General Hospital Foundation for the benefit of their Center for Integrative Health & Wellness, http://maringeneral.org/about-us/foundation/ways-to-donate ; or to the Myeloma Institute for Research & Therapy at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, http://myeloma.uams.edu/giving/ . Read Obituary
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