Memorial Funeral Home

Our mission at Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Service is to provide exceptional and meaningful funeral service experiences for the families we serve through teamwork, dedication and professionalism; and to provide our community with comprehensive death, dying and bereavement resources.
We believe that you deserve to have a funeral which will genuinely reflect the life of your loved one. You have the right to expect that we will honor the dignity of your family and respect your wishes. We will meet your needs and expectations, offer you a safe place to grieve and help you begin a new life. It is what we believe that you deserve.
We are a full service, locally owned funeral home that has been serving the Hopewell area for over 80 years. Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Service is committed to providing superior professional services at a fair price. Our staff is passionate about caring for families with the highest degree of compassion, professionalism and integrity.


Our Obituaries

Wilson Gene Thompson

August 10, 2017

Wilson "Gene" Thompson, Sr., 81, of Prince George passed away on Thursday, August, 10, 2017 at his residence surrounded by the loving presence of his family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Forrest Eugene and Nancy Kay Thompson and his loving wife of 57 years, Velma Ann Thompson. He is survived by his son, W. "Bubba" Thompson, Jr. (Kathy); two daughters, Valorie "Sissy" Rickman (Greg),...
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Robin Joy Harlow

August 2, 2017

Robin Joy Harlow, 63, of Colonial Heights passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, John Elliotte Harlow, Sr. and Flossie Fishel Harlow; her step-mother, Esther Henderson and a sister, Marie H. Bell. Robin is survived by her son, Brandon Leigh Harlow; four furry grand babies; her sister, Loretta H. Moneymaker and husband, Ronnie; brother, John E. Harlow,...
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James Emmett Williams

July 28, 2017

James Emmett Williams, 69, of Prince George passed away on Friday, July 28, 2017. He is preceded in death by his mother, Violet Johnson Williams. He is survived by his daughter, Tracey Williams Hearington and husband, Joe; his son, Jay Williams; grandchildren, Maelee Hearington, Emma Hearington, Brooke Pritchett; great grandchild, Briley; father, James Hargrave Williams; sister, Patsy Williams...
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Frances Markham Brinkley

July 24, 2017

FRANCES MARKHAM BRINKLEY, 94, OF HOPEWELL, WIFE OF THE LATE REV. RICHARD L. BRINKLEY, SR. BECAME AN ANGEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ON MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017. SHE WAS BORN IN BEDFORD COUNTY TO THE LATE CHRISTOPHER C. MARKHAM, SR. AND LOVEDAY GLADYS MARKHAM ON MARCH 17, 1923. SHE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HER SISTERS, MARY ALICE COOK, HILDA M. QUICK , CARRIE LEE MARKHAM ; BROTHER, CHRISTOPHER C....
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James Bobby Taylor, Sr.

July 18, 2017

James L. "Bobby" Taylor, Sr., 79, of Hopewell became an angel of the Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. Bobby was born in Bedford County to James Loving Taylor and Alma Leigh Lewis on September 29, 1937. He was preceded in death by both parents and an infant daughter, Terry Lynn Taylor. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Margaret L. (King) Taylor; four children, Margaret...
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Frances Emory

July 6, 2017

Frances Parker Emory On July 6, 2017, Frances Parker Emory died peacefully surrounded by her family's love at Carolina East Medical Center. She was born in Hopewell, VA, February 27, 1926 and lived there most of her life. Frances and her husband Bob moved four years ago to McCarthy Court, New Bern, NC to be closer to family. She was a person of great faith and a life-long member of First...
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Sandra Maxine Myers

July 5, 2017

Sandra Maxine Myers, 75, of Petersburg went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. She is preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Cora Mae Smith Sturkey and a brother, Fenneson Wayne Sturkey, Sr. Sandy is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, George Henry Myers, Sr.; her daughters, Wanda Cherubini (Charles Sr.), Betty Myers-Knight, Tamara Gage (Eric); son, George H. Myers, Jr...
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Jack Violette

December 30, 1945 - July 2, 2017

Jack Vernon Violette, 71, of Hopewell passed away on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at his residence. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Ettie Aultman Violette; a sister, Sandra Arms; brother, Harvey "Butch" Violette, Jr. and step mother, Granny Annie. He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Betty Jo Yeary Violette; daughters, Meredith Emory (Binky), Andrea Boyette (Timmy); step...
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Rev. Delmer Boyd Chandler, Sr.

June 10, 1944 - June 16, 2017

Rev. Delmer Boyd Chandler, Sr., 73, of Hopewell, passed away on Friday June 16, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Virley Willie Chandler, Sr., and Georgie Marie Spangler Chandler and a brother, Buddy Chandler, Jr. Rev. Chandler was a member of The Association of International Gospel Assembles, Inc. and was an ordained minister for 50 years. He retired from Phillip Morris after 20...
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Edward "Ed" Wisneski, Jr.

June 13, 2017

Edward Victor Wisneski, Jr, 72, of Prince George went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mable Peiffer Wisneski. Ed is survived by his soulmate and best friend of 26 years, Nadine Lewis; his daughters, Kristi Williams (Skip Keyser) and Carol Wisneski; the mother of his daughters, Virginia Wisneski; step daughter, Melissa Barkley; step...
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Alonza Lee Jackson

May 23, 2017

Alonza Lee Jackson, Sr., 97, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. During his last days he was surrounded by family full of love and laughter. Alonza was born November 26, 1919 in Tin City, N.C. He was one of 13 children born to Alonzo and Minnie Jackson. Alonza was fortunate enough to fall in love twice having been preceded in death by his first wife, Claris Jackson. He...
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Marilyn Ann Mulkey

October 25, 1950 - May 11, 2017

Marilyn Ann Blalock Mulkey, 66, of Hopewell passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at her residence. She is preceded in death by her father, Paul C. Blalock. Marilyn is survived by her sons, William Ronald Mulkey (Jessica) and Paul Michael Drake; grandchildren, Katherine, David, Bobby, Cathy and Abby; mother, Doris L. Blalock; sister, Carolyn Asbill; brothers, Doug and Andy Blalock and numerous...
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Hun Che Chan Yam

December 9, 1929 - May 4, 2017

Hun Che Chan Yam, 86, formerly of Harrisonburg, VA, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Hopewell, VA. Mrs. Yam started Golden China Restaurant with her husband, Lai, in Harrisonburg in June of 1972. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lai Luen Yam, and son, Yee Wai Yam. She is survived by three sons: Yee Wong Yam and wife, Li Qun; Yee Yan Yam and wife, Sau; and Yee Kwan Yam and wife, Jin,...
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Jerry Frank Andrs

November 29, 1932 - May 3, 2017

Jerry Frank Andrs, 84, of Chester went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, Karel and Anna Sempaur Andrs and four siblings. Jerry is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, Gloria Clark Andrs; his children, W. Dean Andrs, Allen F. Andrs (Kristin), Brenda A. Wallace (Ronnie), Clark S. Andrs (Amanda); grandchildren, Austin, Courtney, Alyssa;...
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Beuford Roy Bennett

December 24, 1940 - April 26, 2017

Beuford Roy Bennett, 76, of Hopewell entered Heaven's Gates Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at home surrounded by his family. Born and raised in Ronceverte, West Virginia he is preceded in death by his parents, Echols and Madge Holliday Bennett; his sisters, Mila Mitchell, Evidene Morgan, and Arminta Weikle; and brothers, Edwin Bennett and Orlie Bennett. Beuford is survived by his loving wife of 56...
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Diane Smith Ward

March 30, 2017

Diane Smith Ward, 77, of Charles City, VA, formerly of Hopewell, VA, passed away on March 30, 2017. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard Dale Ward (Dickie) and her sister, Joyce Smith Cobb. Diane was born in Hopewell, Virginia on June 6, 1939 to Violet Milliken Smith and Eugene Enoch Smith. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. C. Sharone Ward and her husband, Dr. Samuel...
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Verona Frances Okum

October 23, 1930 - March 1, 2017

OKUM, Verona Frances, 86, of Hopewell went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. She was the daughter of Henry and Rosa McCulley and was raised by her beloved, Eola Frances Duck. Verona is preceded in death by her husband of over 40 years, Otto B. Okum; daughter, Darlene Carey and sister, Mary Constenbader. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Okum; four sons, Otto Okum, Jr.,...
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Agnes Virginia Tennant

March 6, 1922 - February 9, 2017

Agnes "Virginia" Thompson Tennant, 94, of Hopewell passed away at her residence on February 9, 2017. She was born on March 6, 1922. She is preceded in death by her parents, The Rev. Joseph H. and Thetus Jean Thompson; her husband, Freeman Lester Tennant and her son, E. Howard Lane, Jr. Virginia is survived by her loving daughter, Jean Lane Emory (Milton); grandchildren, Lauree Emory Lee (Joe),...
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Ruth B. Collins

December 7, 1920 - February 8, 2017

COLLINS, Ruth Blevins, 96, daughter of J. Nicholas and Dora B. Blevins, and born in Walnut Hill Township, Ashe Co., NC. She is predeceased by her parents, Dora and James Blevins; her husband, Buford Wayne Collins; a son, James Buford Collins and siblings, Arthur, Thomas and Fanny Blevins, Esther Dostie, Alma Barnett and Jessie Crockett. Ruth is survived by a sister, Alma Atwood of Green Valley,...
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Mary Lou Keeney

March 17, 1941 - February 4, 2017

Mary Lou Keeney, 75, of Prince George passed away at her residence on Saturday, February 4, 2017 surrounded by her family. She is the daughter of Ocie Blankenship Nichols and George Nichols, Sr. Mary is also preceded in death by her sisters, Doris Seabolt and Flora "Micky" Priddy. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Warren Keeney; children, Robert Lee Nichols (Sheila), Patricia Stevenson...
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Melvin J. Purvis

November 23, 1927 - January 30, 2017

Melvin James Purvis, 89, of Hopewell Went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 30, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, Marshall and Margaret Daniel Purvis; his loving wife of 30 years, Jo Ann Purvis; two brothers and three sisters. Melvin is survived by his sister-in-law and caregiver, Lee Ann Purvis, nieces, a nephew, cousins and friends. Melvin was WWII Navy veteran and retired from...
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Myrtle Christine Gray

September 21, 1933 - January 28, 2017

Myrtle Christine Gray, 83, of Hopewell went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 28, 2017. She is the daughter of the late Rev. Jonah G. and Mary Nobles Perry. Christine is also preceded in death by her husband of 23 years, Lamar Gray; grandson, Christopher Traylor, Step children, Bud Outlaw and LaMar Gray and sister, Mary Harper. She is survived by her son, James Outlaw (Karen); her daughter...
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William Eldon Compton

January 28, 1981 - January 23, 2017

William Eldon Compton, 35, of Prince George passed away suddenly on Monday, January 23, 2017. He is preceded death by his parents, John David Compton, Sr. and Carolyn Ann Compton Slagle; his grandfather, Eldon (Ikie) Compton and an uncle, Larry Wayne Compton. William is survived by his brothers, sisters, grandmother, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and the rest of his family and friends. William...
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Edward Henry Lewis, Jr.

October 7, 1937 - January 17, 2017

Edward "Eddie" H. Lewis, Jr., 79, passed away January 17, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward H. Lewis, Sr. and Irma P. Lewis. Eddie is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Diann; his daughters, Tammy and Cristy; son in law, Barry Bayes, Sr.; two grandchildren, Barry Jr. and Kimi; sisters, Marilyn Long and Dorothy Phillips. Eddie loved his family and spending his time tending...
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James David Porter

December 22, 1955 - December 24, 2016

James David Porter, 61, of Prince George, Virginia passed away on Saturday December 24, 2016. He was the son of the late D.F. Porter, Sr. Porter was employed by Phillip Morris in the blending department of the tobacco processing. He loved to fish and hunt and was an avid golfer. He is survived by his wife of 22 years Suzette, mother: Virginia Ann Nelson, step father Robert Nelson, children;...
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Clarence Lee Huggins, Jr

April 25, 1926 - December 10, 2016

Dr. Clarence Lee Huggins, Jr., 90, of Prince George formerly of Cleveland and Port Charlotte, Florida passed away at his residence on Saturday, December 10, 2016. He was the son of the late Lucille Eldridge and Clarence Lee Huggins, Sr. Clarence is predeceased by his first wife, Carolyn King and his son, Clarence Huggins III. He is survived by his wife, DR. Marie Cui Huggins; daughters, Patricia...
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Thelma M. Jenkins

April 26, 1923 - November 19, 2016

Thelma M. Jenkins, 93, of Hopewell, passed away on Saturday November 19,2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred A. Jenkins, a son, Robert O. Jenkins, and her parents JW and Bettie Rickman. She was a lifetime member of West End Presbyterian Church, loved gardening and her flowers however her pride and joy was her family, and she was always available for...
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Robert Davis Walker

October 7, 1935 - November 18, 2016

Davis Walker, 81, of Hopewell, passed away on Friday November 18, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert O. and Thelma Cain Walker, and his son Robert Duane Walker in 1967. Davis was a Prince George Police Officer and retired in 1991 after 24 years of service, he was also a Hopewell Police Officer for 5 years prior to joining the Prince George Police Department. He was a member of...
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Richard Earl Gleason

September 15, 1927 - November 15, 2016

Richard Earl Gleason, 89, of Chester Virginia passed away on Tuesday November 15, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty Sheets Gleason, his son, Richard Wayne Gleason and his parents Grover and Isa Gleason. Richard was retired from Dupont after 35 years as an Electrical Foreman, was a veteran of the United States Navy serving in WWII, was born in Hopewell where he resided for most of...
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Mary Samko Wray

November 15, 2016

WRAY, Mary Samko, 99, of Blackstone and Hopewell went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Barbara Nossal Samko; previous spouses, Frank Homolik and Willie Wray and a son, Frank Joseph Homolik. Mary is survived by her sister, Julia Samko; extended family, Raymond and Rachael Powell, Virginia and Cotton Brooks, Hubert Swindler Jr. and...
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Frank Thomas Rickman

October 3, 1940 - November 14, 2016

Frank Thomas Rickman of Hopewell, Virginia passed away November 14th, 2016, at age 76. He was the son of the late Annie James Rickman and Billy Boyd Rickman. Frank loved fishing, cooking and telling his family's history. He had a deep love for his family and is survived by two sons, five grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Family visitation will be held Thursday, November 17, 2016 from...
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Niki Karousos

October 29, 2016

Niki Karousos, 77, passed from this life on October 29th, 2016 at home and at peace surrounded by her children and closest family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerasimos (Jerry) Karousos in 1976 and God has now rejoined their marital crowns in eternity. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Aristotle Kourkoumelis, Harry Mellis, Petros Kourkoumelis and sister, Anthi Metaxa. ...
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Barbara Meehan Briggs

July 12, 1944 - October 16, 2016

Barbara Meehan Briggs, 72, of Prince George passed away at her residence on Sunday, October 16, 2016. She was the daughter of Martin and Beatrice Fries Meehan and a nephew, Eric Hausmann. Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 18 years, Jon C. Briggs; sisters, Carol Hausmann (Herbert) of Henrico and Judith Crompton (Pierce) of Stuart, FL; nephew, Geoffrey Hausmann (Sarah) of Minneapolis, MN...
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Elbert Richard Sampsell

October 4, 2016

Sampsell, Elbert Richard, 88, of Hopewell died Oct. 4, 2016, after an illness. He was predeceased by his first wife, Nora Lee Adcock Sampsell; daughter, Paula Shapiro; parents, Charles and Mary Sampsell and his siblings. He is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter, Pamela (David) Feibish of Richmond; granddaughter, Ashley (Zachary) Morris of Atlanta; grandson, Justin Shapiro of Shanghai, China...
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Nellie Pearl McKinley

October 1, 2016

MCKINLEY, Nellie Pearl, 80, of Hopewell passed away on Saturday, October 1, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Everett and Amy Messenger. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Richard McKinley; her children, Lorena Shumate, Richard McKinley, Robert McKinley (Donna); grandchildren, Kelly Coward, Daniel Shumate, Heather McKinley, Brittani Heare (Jonathan), Robert D. McKinley and 8...
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Frank Solesbee

September 27, 2016

Franklin Eugene Solesbee, 76, of Prince George passed away at his residence on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. He was the son of the late Eugene and Elizabeth Glass Solesbee and was preceded in death by his sisters, Barbara Cabaniss, Lois Goodwin, Shirley Wellington and brother, James "Butch" Solesbee. Frank is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sarah Ellis Solesbee; his son, Frank Solesbee,...
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Deborah "Debbie" Evanko

June 20, 1957 - September 21, 2016

Deborah "Debbie" Evanko, 59, of Hopewell, passed away on Wednesday September 21, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband; David Evanko and a son; Jonathan M. Evanko. Debbie was employed at John Randolph Hospital as a Nurses' Aid and retired after 17 Years of dedicated service. She is survived by her son; Christopher "Chris" Evanko, mother; Marjorie Garrison, father; Louis "Sonny" Wyatt ...
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James "Butch" Solesbee

September 12, 2016

James A. "Butch" Solesbee, 63, passed away on September 12, 2016 at his residence in Hopewell. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eugene A. and Elizabeth Glass Solesbee and his sisters, Barbara Cabniss, Lois Goodwin and Shirley Wellington. Butch is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Betty Solesbee; his son, David Solesbee (Joan); step-daughter, Arlene Brown (Dwayne); step son, Calvin ...
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Dennis Stewart

August 26, 2016

Dennis Lynn Stewart, 62, of Hopewell passed away at his home on Friday, August 26, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Dennis is preceded in death by his parents, Dennis and Thelma Rickman Stewart and his niece, Blair Stewart. He is survived by his brother, Keith Allen Stewart and wife, Patsy; nephew, Keith Allen Stewart II and wife, Tina; nieces, Angie Turcotte and husband, Jeff, Rhonda Jolly;...
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Wallace Keener

August 13, 2016

Wallace S. Keener, 89, of Hopewell went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 13, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents the late William Thomas and Frances Robinson Keener; sister, Beverly Doeg and six month old infant sister, Betty. Wallace is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Jewel McLean Keener; his children, Alan Keener, Michael Keener and wife, Carol, Julie Boswell and...
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Sarah Briggs

October 4, 1936 - August 9, 2016

Sarah I. Briggs, 79, of Hopewell went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Wilson M. and Edna Mae Wright. Sarah is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Jack Briggs; sister, Martha McCoy and a great grandson. She is survived by her daughters, S. Darlene Shelton (Cary) and Donna J. Gladwell (Robby); grandchildren, Heather S. Thornton ...
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Mary Perry Harper

August 7, 2016

Mary Magdalene Perry Harper, 87, departed this earthly life on August 7, 2016. Mary was residing in Arlington, TX at Avalon Memory Care Center at the time of her passing. She was born in Greenville, NC on August 28, 1928 to the Reverend Jonah Griffin Perry and Mary Nobles Perry, she attended high school in North Carolina and later in life completed her Bachelors and Master's Degree in Elementary...
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Gladys A. Berry

January 7, 1927 - August 7, 2016

BERRY, Gladys A., 89, of Hopewell, VA went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 7, 2016. She was the daughter of the late John C. & Winifred Ammons. Gladys is predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Otis N. Berry; a son, David L. Berry and her sister, Christelle Melvin. Gladys is survived by her daughter, Jean Blankenship; sons, Dennis W. Berry (Toni), Larry D. Berry (Marie); granddaughters, Jo...
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John David Compton, Sr.

August 13, 1957 - July 25, 2016

John David Compton, Sr. (Big David, Loverboy, DUCK) 58, peacefully passed away at his home Monday, July 25, 2016. Born on August 13, 1957 in Prince George (Petersburg), VA where he was a lifelong resident. He was the son of the late Eldon (Ikie) Compton and was also preceded in death by his brother, Larry Compton and grandson, Kaleb Hubbard. David is survived by his wife, Cora Compton; children,...
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Joe B. Tate, Sr.

July 25, 2016

Joe Burke Tate, Sr., 94, of Hopewell went to be with the Lord and his wife on Monday, July 25, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Sarah Jessee Tate; a son, John Tate and his loving wife of over 60 years, Elizabeth Tate. Joe is survived by his sons, Joe Tate Jr. (Mary) and James (Sheri); grandchildren Julie Thompson, Cory Tate, Joey Tate, Rob Tate; great grandchildren, Jacob...
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Dorothy "Miss Dottie" Bresnyan

April 3, 1941 - July 7, 2016

BRESNYAN, Dorothy Rose, 75, passed away at her residence on Thursday, July 7, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer. She is the daughter of the late Dorothea Rowan and Howard Dickerson, Jr. and is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Bresnyan. Dorothy is survived her daughters, Sharon Fatcher, Karon Jones and Jennifer Michel; grandchildren, John Fatcher, Tiffany Mecleary, Blaze Mecleary...
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Violet Lawson

February 5, 1945 - June 25, 2016

Violet Ruth Lawson, 71, of Hopewell went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 25, 2016. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jake and Mary Dykes, two brothers and two sisters. Violet is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Tommy Lawson Sr.; her son, Tom Lawson Jr.; grandchildren, Hannah Katherine, William Andrew, Zoe Sophia Lawson; a brother, Thurman Dykes; three sisters, Irene Moore,...
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Elizabeth Blair Stewart

February 6, 1985 - June 23, 2016

Elizabeth Blair Stewart, 31, of Hopewell, passed away on Thursday June 23, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Mary Elizabeth Warren Stewart. Elizabeth was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church of Hopewell. She was an avid bowler and loved meeting people. It was often said that Blair never met a stranger. She is survived by her father, Keith Allen Stewart and wife, Patsy; daughter, Aaliyah...
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Julian Neal

April 24, 1943 - June 21, 2016

Julian Neal, 73, of Prince George passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents Marcus and Annie Homolik Neal. Julian is survived by his son, Kevin Neal and caregiver and friend Robbie Lyden. Julian was an employee of Allied Signal and Firestone for over 35 years. The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 26, 2016 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home,...
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Alma Wray Davis

May 5, 2016

DAVIS, Alma Wray, 83, of Prince George passed away May 5, 2016. Alma was born in Hopewell but lived most of her life in Prince George County. She was a long time carrier for the Hopewell News before retiring. Alma was preceded in death by her parents, James and Mamie Wray, her husband of 45 years, Ralph A. Davis, Sr. and her brother, Earl Wray. She is survived by her son Ralph (Allen) Davis Jr.;...
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Emma Margaret Minor

April 15, 2016

Emma Margaret Minor, 96, of Prince George went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 15, 2016 after a brief illness. She was born in Hopewell, VA on January 9, 1920 to Andrew and Eva Kovalick. She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Charles Minor, Jr.; daughter, Jeanette Fulcher and sisters, Mary Kei, Josephine Balazik, Katie Janosik and Anna Martin. Left to cherish her memory are her...
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Muriel Joyce Harris

July 17, 1923 - April 3, 2016

Muriel Joyce Scott Harris, 92, of Hopewell passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, she was the daughter of Bernard and Winifred Scott. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Peter Scott; her husband, Claude "Simp" Harris, Jr. and her oldest son, Ray Scott Harris (Sandra). Muriel is survived by her daughter, Claudia Wilding (Doyle); her son,...
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Freeman Lester Tennant

March 8, 1926 - April 2, 2016

F. Lester Tennant, 90, of Hopewell went to be with the Lord on April 2, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Asa and Icie Moore Tennant and his son, Elver Howard Lane Jr. Lester is survived by his loving wife, Agnes Virginia Tennant; his daughter, Jean Emory (Milton); grandchildren, Lauree Emory Lee (Joe), Kelly Emory Tanner, Cody Lee Emory; two great grandchildren, Ryan Drew Bell, Emma...
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Martha Jean Smith

June 25, 1945 - March 11, 2016

Martha Jean Smith, 70, of Hopewell, passed away on Friday March 11, 2016. She was the daughter of the later Russell Max and Anna Morrison Fogle. Jean loved her family and especially her grandchildren. She is survived by four children; Ernest Benny Sargent and wife Mary of Chesterfield, Brenda L. McFarland of Hopewell, Ricky L. Sargent and wife Lisa of Chesterfield, Robert "Bobby" Sargent of...
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James "J.B." Bess

November 12, 1985 - February 13, 2016

BESS, James Brice "J.B.", 30, of Colonial Heights passed away February 13, 2016. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sheryl King Bess and his son, James Bentley Bess. He is survived by his wife, Rose Norvell Bess; sister, Ashley Brooke Bess; niece, Kaylee; nephew, Jaxston; brother, Joe Bess; grandmother, Sandra King Sahnow (Billy); father-in-law, Larry Norvell and numerous, aunts, uncles and...
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Thelma Pearl Beers

August 18, 1927 - February 7, 2016

Thelma Pearl Beers, 88, of Hopewell, passed away on Sunday February 7, 2016 with her granddaughter by her side. She was preceded in death by her parents; John and Pearl Morris Hall, husband; Roy Beers, daughters; Sharon Barrese, Joyce Richards, Shelia Milam, and a sister; Roberta Lane. Thelma was retired from AT&T information systems in Orlando, Florida where she was employed as a communication...
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Roger Dale Drumheller

April 29, 1952 - January 28, 2016

Roger Dale Drumheller, 63, of Hopewell went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 28, 2016. He is preceded in death by his parents, Natalie Peters and Cecil W. Drumheller, Sr. and a brother, Cecil Drumheller, Jr. Roger is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sherry Drumheller; his son, Brian Drumheller; his daughter, April Drumheller; his furry four legged friends, Trouble and Dixie,...
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Shirley Lee Boyce

January 31, 1931 - January 25, 2016

In loving memory of Shirley Lee Kirby-Boyce 84, formerly of Colonial Heights, VA. who peacefully passed away in San Antonio Texas on January 25, 2016 due to renal failure. Born in Kitzmiller, MD on January 31, 1931, Shirley was the loving wife of the late Peter Russell Boyce for 61 years, who passed away on March 16, 2014. She was only 16 days old when she was preceded in death by her mother...
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Angelo Spiros Frangopoulos

April 29, 1934 - January 2, 2016

Angelo Spiros Frangopoulos, 81, of Chesterfield passed away on Saturday January 2, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents; Spiros and Sofia Frangopoulos, and a brother Victor Frangopoulos. Born in Aliquippa Pa, he graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls PA., where he earned his engineering degree. After forty years of service he retired from Honeywell, formerly Allied Chemical, he...
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Elsie Torvund Ahrend

October 24, 1927 - December 29, 2015

Elsie Torvund Ahrend, 88, of Hopewell, formerly of Spotswood NJ, passed away on Tuesday December 29, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents; Ingvard and Martha Goss Torvund, and her husband; Capt. George F. Ahrend. Elsie was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church for 13 years where she was a member of the Allen Circle, prior to joining Wesley United Methodist Church she was a member...
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William Bill Draper, Jr.

March 19, 1932 - December 21, 2015

William E. "Bill" Draper, Jr. 83, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Monday, December 21, 2015, after a period of declining health. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and two sisters. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Beverly; his daughter, Jill Brandon (James); granddaughter, Meredith Driskill, all of Mechanicsville; his son, Jerry Draper (Amber...
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Jessica Melaine Daniel

December 11, 2015

Jessica Melaine Daniel, 39, of Colonial Heights passed away on Friday, December 11, 2015. She is preceded in death by her father, Robert Tirpak. Jessica is survived by her mother, Teresa Daniel; maternal grandmother, Doris Shields; aunts, Judy Carlisle, Denise Randolph-Saluck; uncles, Bruce Jones (Faith), Brian Jones (Patti); cousins, Justin, Christopher, Wesley, Gregory and Jason. The family...
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Kenneth W. Quinn

November 28, 2015

QUINN, Kenneth Wayne, 56, of Salem went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 28, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Francis Augustus and Margaret Cicero Quinn and a brother, Stephen Quinn. Kenneth is survived by his siblings, Robert Quinn (Maureen), Francis Quinn (Sharon), Lillian Carlson (Doug), John Quinn, Michael Quinn (Bonnie), Mark Quinn; Special Caregiver, Tracy; and...
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William Ralph Williams

February 13, 1925 - November 25, 2015

WILLIAMS, William "Ralph", 90, of Chester passed away on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Henry and Ethel A. Dillard Williams; his sister, Edith Harden and a brother, James Thomas Williams. Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Courtney Williams; his daughter, Virginia Samko; granddaughters, Melissa Samko Muncy (Adam), Francy Samko Daniels ...
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Dean McNew

November 22, 2015

MCNEW, Dean Wade, 77, of Hopewell went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 22, 2015. He is survived by his loving daughters, Deana Harris and Tamera Davis; granddaughter, Tiffany Black; grandsons, Travis Chapell, Jr., Christopher Davis and Steven Davis; great granddaughter, Glorie Lynn Chapell, sister, Martha Hicks and a special niece, Leslie Burdette. Dean was a past member of Colonial...
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Ernie J. Cibula, Sr.

November 19, 2015

Ernest "Ernie" J. Cibula, Sr., 71, lifelong resident of Prince George, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 19, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, the late Emmett A. and Mary Skalsky Cibula. Ernie is survived by his devoted loving wife of 28 years, Sylvia Diane Marks Cibula; his daughters, Victoria Oldmixon (Scott) and Elizabeth Holland (Danny); three grandchildren, Madison...
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David Wayne Humphrey

October 31, 2015

David Wayne Humphrey, 38, of Prince George passed away on Saturday, October 31, 2015. He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Tabitha Walker; parents-in-law, Janice Fuller and Robert Much; grandfather-in-law, Donald Matthews; extended family-in-law, Elizabeth Walker, Cindy Martin, James and Crystal Walker, Dudley, Jo, Amanda and Tony Matthews; David and Ashley Murphey, Eddie, Destiny,...
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Frank Thomas Ellis

October 29, 2015

Frank Thomas Ellis, 89, of Warrensville, S.C., formerly of Hopewell, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 29, 2015. He is reunited in death with his wife of 56 years, Mattie Catherine Hayes Ellis and his parents, Henry Bragg and Mable Barnett Ellis. Frank is survived by his sons, Nathan Thomas Ellis (Kathy) and Morris Van Ellis (JoAnn); his daughters, Brenda Stodder (Bob) and Rita...
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Eddie J. Rafey

October 28, 2015

Eddie James Rafey, 81, of Hopewell, Virginia passed peacefully on October 28, 2015 He was born to parents of Lebanese descent; Wacilla and Sam Rafey, and is predeceased by two children, Galeb and Amed, and a brother, Richard. Also preceding him are two brothers and a sister born to Wacilla and George Ameen; George, Ernest, and Edna. He will be remembered with much love by his sons, Richard E...
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Melva Helen Morris

October 27, 2015

MORRIS, Melva Helen, 98, of Lillington, N.C., formerly Hopewell, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October, 27, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles Thomas and Roberta Robinson Morris. Melva is survived by her brother, Jimmy Morris; her niece, Kay Thomas; numerous great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends. Melva was a teacher for Prince George for over 35 years and a...
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Betty Jane Rosser Lowder

November 15, 1928 - October 26, 2015

Betty Jane Rosser Lowder, 86, of Hopewell, passed away on Monday October 26, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore Evans and Mary Martha Denney Rosser and her husband Richard E. Lowder. Betty was employed by the Hopewell School System for many years prior to her retirement, was well known for her arts and crafts, loved traveling with her husband Richard, and especially loved...
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Frank Riley Baker

October 17, 2015

BAKER, Frank Riley, BCM Retired USN, 101, of Wakefield went to be with the Lord on the morning of Saturday, October 17, 2015. He is reunited in death with his loving wife of 72 years, Mary Elizabeth Hall Baker. Frank is survived by his sons, Dr. F. Russell Baker (Anita), Robert Richard Baker (Janice), Dennis Hall Baker (Amelia); his daughters, Nancy Boyd Baker Ninio (James) and Jane Baker Trant;...
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Imogene Nunn Bell

October 17, 2015

Imogene Nunn Bell, 86, of Prince George went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 17, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Phillip M. and Ethel Dickerson Nunn. Imogene is survived by her loving husband of nearly 60 years, Ronald Bell Sr.; her sons, David J. Bell (Ginna), Timothy Ray Bell (Mary) and Ronald Bell Jr. (Diana); 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; her sister, Joann...
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Sylvia "Susie" Wood

September 30, 2015

WOOD, Sylvia "Susie" Estep, 77, of Hopewell went to be with the Lord on September, 30, 2015. She was the daughter of Frank and Ada Crockett Estep. Susie is preceded in death by her husband Earl Wood Sr. She is survived by her daughter, Sheliah Dovel (Ronnie); her son, Earl Wood Jr. (Lisa); grandchildren, Leslie and Michael Wood; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in Virginia, West Virginia...
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Betty Jean Johnson

September 28, 2015

Betty Jean Johnson, (Betty Roberts) 59, of Hopewell, passed away on September 28, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Betty was the daughter of the late Marvin W. and Maggie B. Roberts of McKenney, Va. She is survived by her beloved brother, Kenneth Roberts (Sheri). She was the devoted, loving wife of Robert L. Johnson. They began their married life forty four years ago and together, were...
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Bernice Mae Vick Westerman

November 26, 1924 - September 27, 2015

Bernice Mae Vick Westerman, 90, of Burlington NC, formerly of Hopewell, passed away on Sunday September 27, 2015 with her daughter by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Westerman, Jr., parents, Luther B. and Gladys Taylor Vick, brothers; Raymond Vick, Samuel Vick, and Luther Vick, Jr. Bernice was a loving mother, wife, grandmother and great grandmother. She was always...
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David Carl Boyette

September 17, 2015

BOYETTE, David Carl, 73, of Hopewell went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 17, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lucy Daniel and Walter W. Boyette. David is survived by his loving wife of several years, Dottie Watson Boyette; his two sons, Brian K. Boyette and Timothy D. Boyette; grandchildren, Brian Boyette II, Kayla Dawn Boyette and Noah Lee Boyette; and many sisters,...
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Wanda Gail Greever

December 12, 1951 - September 11, 2015

Wanda Gail Greever, 63, of Prince George, passed away on Friday September 11, 2015 at her residence with her husband by her side. She was preceded in death by her mother Joyce Kidd Price. Wanda was employed as a nurse for many years and then went into the Mortgage business. She was married to her husband Glenn for over 11 years and loved her children, especially her grandchildren. Wanda is also...
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Mildred Perdue Huffman

September 2, 2015

Mildred Perdue Huffman, 90, of Prince George, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 2, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Waymouth Huffman; her daughter, Regina Golding; her son, Wendell Huffman; three grandchildren; a great grandson; her sister, Rachel Mowbray and a host of numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Mildred's passions included tending to her...
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Joe Beverly

August 31, 2015

Joe Edwin Beverly, 75, of Prince George, formerly of Kentucky, went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 31, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, the late Geneva Hobson and Miles Beverly. Joe is survived by his children, Keith Beverly, Tanya Jo Beverly and Timmy Beverly (Kim); their mother, Linda Beverly; his grandchildren, Timothy, Zachary, Grace and Matthew Beverly; sisters, Caroline...
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Susan Margaret Cook Hobbs

November 20, 1918 - August 30, 2015

Susan Margaret Cook Hobbs, 96, of Hopewell, died Sunday, August 30th at Superior Residency in Niceville, Florida. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents Harvey Benson and Jessie Bethea Cook of Lake City, SC. , Husband of 50 years James Jordon Hobbs, Sisters: Eugenia Cox Dunn, Josephine Wright, Jessie Lou (Lucy ) McDaniel, Brothers: Bethea and Vardell Cook, Nephews: Larry McDaniel, Ben...
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Theresa Buchanan Shelton

February 11, 1929 - August 18, 2015

Theresa B. Shelton, 86, a lifelong resident of Hopewell, Virginia, passed away at home on August 18, 2015 with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Cary Easley Shelton, Sr.; four brothers, Jack, James, Henry and Carl; two sisters, Lena and Margaret and a daughter-in-law, Betty-Jean. Theresa is survived by her four sons, Cary Jr., David, Jimmy, Ralph and...
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Elsie Keller Shaver

August 12, 2015

ELSIE MAE KELLER SHAVER, 84, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. She was the oldest child of J.J. and Texie Keller of Keysville, VA. A Charlotte County native, Elsie was born on July 29, 1931. As a young girl she loved caring for and riding her beautiful horse "Flash". Mrs. Shaver was musically talented and performed live on Crewe, VA radio station WSVS-AM in the 1940s,...
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Marie W. Stoupa

August 10, 2015

Marie W. Stoupa, 91, of Prince George died in her sleep after a brief illness to be awakened by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was born to Nathaniel "Ed" Wilson and Nellie Wilson of Littleton, N.C. on October 2, 1923. Marie was married to decorated WWII veteran, Roland Stoupa. She is survived by her three sons, Steve, Karl and Eric all of central Virginia; her brother, Douglas Wilson of...
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Harry Lee Meadows

April 29, 1944 - August 3, 2015

Harry Lee Meadows, 71, of Hopewell passed away on Sunday August 2, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was the son of the late Charlie and Lorena Meadows. Harry was an avid hunter and loved to fish even though his wife Shirley could catch more than he did. His greatest passion was working on antique automobiles. He loved his family and spending time with them and it was said that Harry never...
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Billy Eugene Bailey

August 1, 1931 - July 31, 2015

Billy Eugene Bailey, TSgt Retired USAF, 83, of Chester, passed away on Friday July 31, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas R. and Mary Vann Tysinger Bailey and his loving wife Gertrude. Billy served in the USAF as a Radar Operator from 1950 until 1975 retiring with the rank of TSgt after 22 years 10 months of Honorable service to his country. He saw service in Korea and Vietnam...
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Christine Burnley

July 29, 2015

Christine M. Burnley, 98, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Tyler's Retreat at Iron Bridge. She was born on December 9, 1916, in Edgecomb County, NC to the late John D. Moore and Lula W. Moore and was preceded in death by her husband, Richard M. Burnley, Sr. Christine was also preceded in death by her brothers, George W. Moore and J. Gordon Moore and her sisters, Annie L. Wyatt and...
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Leonard Meier, Jr.

July 28, 2015

Leonard A. Meier, Jr., 85, of Taylorsville, North Carolina, formerly of Prince George, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Nora Evans and Leonard A. Meier, Sr.; his loving wife of 40 years, Charlotte Fenn Meier; three sisters, Elaine, Goldie and Joy Ann; and 2 children, Linda Wheeler and David Lamberson. Leonard is survived by his...
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Dorothy Rayner

July 26, 2015

Dorothy Ann Rickman Rayner, 72, of Hopewell went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 26, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Annie James and Billie Boyd Rickman, Sr. Dorothy is preceded in death by her brothers, Billie "Buck" Rickman, Jr. and David Lee Rickman and a sister, Thelma Stewart Sanford. Dorothy is survived by her son, Raymond Robert Parenteau II (Deborah); her daughter, Angela...
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Edward L. Courtney, Sr.

July 22, 2015

Edward L. Courtney, Sr., 89, of Prince George went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward C. and Maggie Lyles Courtney; his brother, Rev. Vernon E. Courtney and his sister, Shirley Woodard. Edward is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Hazel J. Courtney; his sons, Edward Courtney, Jr. (Kelly) and Kenneth Courtney (Denise); daughter,...
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Sharon Le Barrese

June 21, 1947 - July 18, 2015

Sharon Le Barrese, 68, of Hopewell, formerly of Piscataway New Jersey, passed away on Saturday July 18, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Leroy Beers. Ms. Sharon was employed by Dollar Tree as a cashier who was dedicated to her profession along with all her customers. She was a loving person who was kindhearted to everyone and it was said that she never met a...
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Katchig "Mike" Abrahamian

April 26, 1928 - July 16, 2015

Katchig "Mike" Abrahamian, 87, of Hopewell, passed away Thursday July 16, 2015 surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arpiar and Araxi Aprahamian, loving wife Bobbie Yvonne Abrahamian, and a son William Katchig Abrahamian. Katchig is survived by one son Gary Abrahamian, five daughters; Tonette Burlison, Terri Abrahamian, Sandra Aldridge, Patti Elder, Christy...
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Virginia Stewart

July 13, 2015

Virginia Elizabeth McClary Stewart, of Prince George, went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 13, 2015. She was born in Orange County, the daughter of the late James Thomas McClary and Emma Brown McClary. Virginia is reunited with her husband, John R. Stewart and her two sons, Edgar and Thomas Gordon Riner. She is survived by her daughter, Debra Ann Croft and husband, Bob of Prince George; her...
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Evelyn Mason

July 9, 2015

Evelyn "Abby" Mason, 65, of Prince George passed away on the evening of Thursday, July 9, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, Dora and Lawrence White and her loving husband of 41 years, Lloyd L. Mason, Jr. Evelyn is survived by her daughters, Rebecca Hart (David), Deborah Lowman (Philip), Jennifer Scott (Dennis Faile); her sons, Timothy Choate (Emily), Lloyd Mason, III (Lydia); 9...
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Carol Lynn Christopher

July 8, 2015

Carol Lynn Christopher, 52, of Disputanta passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at her residence. She is preceded in death by her father, Daniel B. Christopher. Carol is survived by her daughter, Summer Lynn Christopher; mother, Dorothy Christopher; her sisters, Barbara Wessel (Mark) and Connie Sylvester (Rocky); brother, Rob Christopher (Brandy); her nephew, Trevor Jarvis and many furry babies...
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Elizabeth Swimelar

July 7, 2015

Elizabeth Swimelar, 85, of Hopewell went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. She is preceded in death by her parents, the late Barbara and John Samko; her husband of over 40 years, Hubert Arthur Swimelar, Sr. and a son, Michael Swimelar. Elizabeth is survived by her son, Hubert Swimelar, Jr.; 2 sisters, Julia and Mary; a devoted niece, Rachel and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The...
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Jerry Lynwood Bond, Sr.

June 18, 2015

Jerry Lynwood Bond, 75, of Prince George went to be with the Lord on Thursday June, 18 2015. Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, the late Gladys Davis and Hughey S. Bond. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Brenda Bond; his daughters, Julia Bond and Jan McMillen; his son, Jerry L. Bond, Jr., 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and a sister, Teresa McWilliams. A memorial...
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Francis "Frank" E. Morgan, Jr.

May 21, 2015

Francis "Frank" E. Morgan, Jr., 75 of Chester entered into Heaven quietly in the arms of his love, Betty on the morning of Thursday, May 21, 2015. Frank was preceded in death by his parents of Ocala, Florida. He was a barber/stylist for 52 years. Frank had a heart of gold and was loved by all. From very humble beginnings, Frank was punctual, dapper and always a hero for the little guy. He was...
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Herbert "Bo" Bryant, Jr.

May 16, 2015

Herbert "Bo" Bryant, Jr., 72, of Prince George went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 16 2015. He is preceded in death by his parents, the late Evelyn Brown and Herbert W. Bryant, Sr. Bo was a longtime member of Woodlawn Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, on the board of deacons and was a Sunday school teacher for the men's Sunday school class. He retired from Honeywell, formerly...
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Esther D. Henderson

February 14, 1928 - May 9, 2015

Esther D. Henderson, 87, of Colonial Heights, passed away Saturday morning May 9, 2015 surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Daw Tate and Ruthie Pierce Henderson, loving husband of 23 years, John E. Harlow, Sr., one daughter, five sisters, and two brothers. Esther was retired from Brown and Williams Tobacco Corp. where she was employed as a machine operator, was a...
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