Dorothy Gretchen Pech Williams

Dorothy Gretchen Pech Williams

​​​​​​“Dot” Gretchen Pech Williams, 89, died at her home surrounded by her daughter Joyce, friend Lea, and her beloved babies Jacky, Jilly and Mickey, on June 21, 2017. Born August 14th, 1927 in Buffalo New York, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Viola Pech of Buffalo New York. Dot was predeceased by her favorite sister Mary Vassallo, and her brother Raymond Pech.

Dot worked as the officer manager for Williams Taxidermy Studio, owned and operated by husband F. Leonard Williams, who died in August 2006. Dot was the best mom, grandmother and friend anyone could ask for.

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Clarence V. Schoolcraft

Clarence V. Schoolcraft

Clarence V. Schoolcraft, 80, went to be with the Lord on June 20, 2017. He was born to the late Charles and Virginia Schoolcraft. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Missionary Church. He retired from Yellow Freight where he drove 2 ½ million miles accident free.

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Francis Ivan Carter

Francis Ivan Carter

Service Location: West Suffolk Baptist Church
Service Date: June 18, 2017, 4:00 pm

          Francis Ivan Carter, 79, went to be with the Lord on June 16, 2017. He was the son of the late Elisabeth Kilby and Wallace E. Carter. He was preceded in death by his first wife Kathleen and a son Kenneth F. Carter.

          Francis was a member of West Suffolk Baptist Church. He retired as a First Sergeant from the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office after 30 years of service in law enforcement; and he was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Suffolk Lodge #41.

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Leslie Raymond Wilson Jr.

Leslie Raymond Wilson Jr.

Service Location: R. W. Baker Co. Funeral Home and Crematory
Service Date: June 19, 2017, 10:30 am

Leslie Raymond Wilson, Jr. went to be with the Lord on June 14, 2017. He was the son of the late Lois C. and Leslie R. Wilson, Sr. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years Elizabeth Burroughs Wilson.

Leslie served in the US Air Force and was a member of Suffolk Christian Church. He was a great father; he was a very loyal and giving father, always making the sacrifices for the love of his family. He will be truly missed by his family.

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Ruth Hard Rives

Ruth Hard Rives

Service Location: St. Luke’s Church
Service Date: June 25, 2017, 2:30 pm

Our precious Mother, Ruth Hard Rives, 92, went home to Jesus on June 12, 2017. Her whole family misses her greatly, but we are comforted that she is with her Lord and Savior!

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Otto F. Flachsmann

Otto F. Flachsmann

Service Location: Ebenezer United Methodist Church
Service Date: June 14, 2017, 3:00 pm

Otto F. Flachsmann, 87, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017. He was predeceased by his wife Audrey. He was a native of Michigan and retired United Methodist pastor.

He is survived by his son, Allan and wife Shari,  two daughters, Alyce Lyon and husband Roger, Kay Liszka and husband Rick, and four grandchildren, Mychelle Flachsmann, Keri Murray, Katie Ruehl and Stacy Casavan. 4 greatgrandchildren, Christopher Hudson, Nathan and Audrey Ruehl, and Braden Casavan.

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Anne Pruitt Everett

Anne Pruitt Everett

Service Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Service Date: July 1, 2017, 11:00 am

Anne Pruitt Everett, 75, of Suffolk, VA, died quietly at home on June 10, 2017. She is survived by her son, Robert Ryland Everett, Jr. and his wife, Lucinda Smith Everett, of Richmond; Bob Everett, lifelong friend and former husband, of Norfolk; and her sister, Sally Pruitt Thacker, of Augusta, GA.

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Patricia Marie Cisco

Patricia Marie Cisco

Patricia Marie Cisco of Capron, Virginia passed away peacefully Friday, June 9, 2017.  Born June 8, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Martha Elizabeth Carr Atkinson. Pat was a former manager of IGA in Wakefield and worked for Ann’s Dress Shop for many years, but the time she spent with her family is what she cherished the most. She was a loving and devoted mom, grandmother, sister, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

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Patricia Irene Bunner

Patricia Irene Bunner

Patricia Irene Bunner of Waverly passed away peacefully Friday, June 9, 2017. Born July 31, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Robert Donald Armishaw and Thelma Lorraine McCormick Armishaw. Patricia loved her animals and spending time outdoors, especially at the ocean. She has a gift for planting and growing flowers.

Left to cherish her memory is her brother, Robert Armishaw; companion and friend, Fred E. Ramsch, Jr. and friend, James Bunner. Patricia will also be deeply missed by her church family at Faith Community Church.

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Rodney Allen (Rod) Taylor

Rodney Allen (Rod) Taylor

Service Location: St. Mary’s of the Presentation
Service Date: June 8, 2017, 11:00 am

            Rodney Allen (Rod) Taylor of Suffolk, Virginia, 56, died unexpectedly on June 2, 2017.  Born in Carrollton, Kentucky, he was predeceased by his parents, Howard R. Taylor and Jean A. Taylor and his brother, Robert C. Taylor. 

            He is survived by his wife, Priscilla, son Brandon (Cindy), daughter Delaney, and sister Beverlie Taylor (Jennifer), and grandchildren Grace and Nicholas.  In addition, he will be missed by brothers and sisters in law, nieces and nephews, and many cousins and friends.

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Lannie Morris Chitwood

Lannie Morris Chitwood

Service Location: Millfield Baptist Church
Service Date: June 4, 2017, 2:00 pm

Lannie Morris Chitwood, 67, of Ivor, Virginia, peacefully passed away, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, surrounded by his family who loved him so very much. He died at Duke Hospital after a 10 year battle that he won with Mesothelioma. Born in Martinsville, Virginia, he lived most of his young life in Collinsville, Virginia and his adult life in Ivor, Virginia.

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Eunice Rountree Whitley

Eunice Rountree Whitley

Eunice Rountree Whitley, 81, went to be with the Lord on May 30, 2017. She was the daughter of late Edith Hayes and Gerald C. Rountree and was predeceased by her husband of 52 years James Lee Whitley and by her brothers Vernon Kirkman Rountree, James Edward Rountree and Thomas Earl Rountree.

Eunice was a member of Wilroy Baptist Church, and member of the Faith Seekers Sunday School Class. She retired from Lipton Tea with 31 years of service. She worked for a number of years at Denison’s.

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Ernestine Brooks Edmondson

Ernestine Brooks Edmondson

Service Location: Lake Prince Woods
Service Date: June 9, 2017, 2:00 pm

            Ernestine Brooks Edmondson born on January 27, 1929 passed away peacefully on May 28, 2017.  She was preceded in death by her parents Ernest T and Laura A Brooks and the father of her children Earl L Edmondson.

            She graduated from Richmond Professional Institute with a degree in Chemistry.  She continued her education while being a wife and mother to obtain Masters degrees in Education and Library Science.

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Joan Wood Every

Joan Wood Every

Joan Wood Every of Waverly passed away peacefully Saturday, May 27, 2017. Born November 6, 1935 in New York, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Louise Wilson Wood. Joan was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. Along with her parents, Joan is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Robert Eschner; her sisters, Eillen Cullen and Dolores Cook and a great-grandchild, Isabella.

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Bubba Sims

Bubba Sims

Herman Burton Sims, Jr. “Bubba” of Waverly passed away peacefully Saturday, May 27, 2017. Born November 6, 1984, he was a son of Herman Burton Sims, Sr. “Burt” and Lucy Marie Westfall Sims. Bubba loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He enjoyed playing softball and used to coach Tee-ball. Bubba worked at Row-Mic Construction Company and was a former member of Waverly Volunteer Fire Department. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Billie Earl Sims and his maternal grandmother, Leonia Westfall.

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Juanita Ward Speight

Juanita Ward Speight

Juanita Ward Speight, 95, passed away May 22, 2017. She was predeceased by parents, Cuthbert and Mary Ward, and sister, Vivian W. Felton.

She was a member of Oxford United Methodist Church and a retired elementary school teacher from Nansemond County and the City of Suffolk. She was also active in many organizations over the years.

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David A. "Buddy" Darden

David A. "Buddy" Darden

Service Location: Suffolk Christian Church
Service Date: May 25, 2017, 2:00 pm

David A. (Buddy) Darden, Sr. passed away on Saturday, May 20, 2017. He was born on July 19, 1923 in Chuckatuck, Suffolk, VA. He was the son of the late Pearl Underwood and Lemuel Fenton Darden. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 70 years Dorothy “Dot” Darden, they married in 1946 on Valentine’s Day, his brother James F. Darden, Sr, his daughter in law Bruce Hill Darden.

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Mary Letha Olson

Mary Letha Olson

Service Location: Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer
Service Date: May 22, 2017, 10:00 am

Mary Letha Olson was born in Bland County, Virginia on May 22, 1934. She graduated from Bland High School in 1951. After graduating from McLain’s Business College she worked for the Appalachian Power Company in Bluefield, West Virginia and came to Southeast Virginia in 1955. She worked for 10 years at Fort Eustis. She and her husband were married in March of 1959 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Norge, Virginia. They moved from Williamsburg to Sussex in 1967, and became members of Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer that same year.

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Thomas Edwin Reese

Thomas Edwin Reese

Service Location: Wakefield Baptist Church
Service Date: May 28, 2017, 2:00 pm

Thomas Edwin Reese, 84, of Wakefield, VA passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 after a brief illness. Thomas was born in Purdy, VA, the son of the late Thomas Emmett and Mary Blanche Short Reese. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Anne Reese Carson.

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Percy Mack Britt

Percy Mack Britt

Percy Mack Britt of Wakefield passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 16, 2017 surrounded by his family. Born June 18, 1945 in Southampton County, he was a son of the late Percy Lee Britt and Betty Jane Saunders Britt. Mack was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. He worked at R.M. Felts Packing Company for 46 years and enjoyed playing and singing music. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Red Britt, Boney Britt, Clifton Britt, Tiney Holt and Helen Fowler.

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