SURRY — Wayne Alexander Sprouse passed away on Nov. 14, 2017. Wayne was born on Dec. 13, 1929.  He was preceded in death by his sisters, Julia Daughtery and Mary Jane McKaig. 

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 53 years, Earlene; children, David Koren (Robbie) of Ashland, Elysia Edmondson (Richard) of Chesapeake, Merri Branchaud (Phillip) of Suffolk and Michael Sprouse (Angelia) of Suffolk; eight grandchildren, a great-grandson and many cousins, nephews and friends.

Wayne will be remembered for his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and also for his years as a chemist and a quality control manager at Lipton Tea. He was an elder at Suffolk Presbyterian Church and a member of Surry Methodist Church.  Wayne was recently re-elected vice-mayor of Surry. 

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m. at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery 5310 Milners Road, Suffolk, by the Rev. Ray Roland. 
The family is being assisted by R. W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk. Condolences may be offered online at 

Arlene Collins Hassell, 81, passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. A native of Richwood, W.V., she had been a Battery Park resident since 1970. Mom was always a hard worker and it showed in how she lived her life.  Raised in the coal fields of West Virginia, she started work early in life working at a clothes pin factory before traveling down to North Carolina in the summer of 1958.  It was there she met the love of her life, Vernon, and they married in November 1958.  Together, they raised three sons and in the summer of 1970 moved to Battery Park.   A Proverbs 31 type woman, mom was a former member of Battery Park and Carrollton Baptist and most recently Harvest Fellowship Baptist Church where she attended as much as her health would permit.  

A beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Arlene was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Vernon, and is survived by three sons, Nathan (Mary), Donald (Tracy) of Smithfield, Jack (Anita) of Carrollton., and grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel, Hannah, John, James, Emerald, Cory, Robin, Jalee, Cody, Caleb and Basil; and great grandchildren, Gabrielle, Kaden, Zoey, Eric Jr., Philip and Addison; a sister, Elaine Piper, and a brother, Leo Collins.  

A celebration of life service will be conducted Tuesday Nov 7, 11 a.m. at Harvest Fellowship Baptist Church with the Pastor Randy Green officiating. Burial will follow in Battery Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 - 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 at Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield. 
The family wishes to express their special thanks to Tina Henry and Georgina Foumthim for the love and care they provided mom for the last two years of her life.  The family suggests memorials to Harvest Fellowship Baptist Church Building Fund, 19290 Battery Park Road, Smithfield, VA 23430. Condolences may be registered online at

Doris Harpine Hurst, 81, of Smithfield, passed away on Oct. 26, 2017. Born on Jan. 31, 1936 in Staunton, she was the daughter of the late Harold S. and Elizabeth P. Harpine. She was predeceased by a sister, Betty Boggs of Hampton, and a brother, Harold David Harpine of San Francisco, Calif. 

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Donald; her two children, Karen Norman (Tim) and Michael (Rick) Hurst (Sally); and six grandchildren, Matt, Palmer, Spencer, Sarah, Jacob and Emily. Doris was a 1954 graduate of Newport News High School. In 1966, her father opened Hilton Frame Shop in Newport News and Doris took over the operation of the business upon his death in 1982. She continued running the business until September 2016, closing the shop when she reached the age of 80.

Through the years, Doris created many of the costumes for several local community theatre groups including Smithfield Little Theatre, Peninsula Community Theatre, and Poquoson Little Theatre. She also had a knack for attracting stray dogs and cats. The family will receive friends at Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield, on Thursday, Nov. 2, 6 - 7 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m.  Burial will be at a later date in Staunton. 
The family wishes to thank the staff of Riverside Convalescent Home for the kind, gentle and loving care provided during the final month of Doris’ life. Memorial donations may be made to LINK of Hampton Roads, 10413 Warwick Blvd. Newport News, VA. 23601 or or to the Isle of Wight Humane Society, PO Box 273, Smithfield, VA 23431. Condolences may be registered online at

LAUREL, MD — Dr. Shirley Itensil Wilson of Laurel, Md. fell into eternal rest on Oct. 19, 2017. She was a professor emeritus at Delaware State University, adjunct professor at Howard University and worked for the Washington, D.C. Department of Social Services. She is survived by a loving family.  Please join them Saturday, Nov. 4, at noon at Mount Tabor Church of God in Christ in Smithfield with the Rev. C.L. Sellers Jr. officiating. In lieu of flowers, make contributions to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


John William Fowler Jr., 68, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Born and raised in Fox Hill, he was a faithful member of Fox Hill Central United Methodist Church. John loved being outside boating, fishing, hunting, and especially gardening because he loved to share his bounty with his neighbors. A 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rite, he was a member of Monitor Lodge #197, and a member of good standing of the Peninsula Shrine Club of Khedive Shrine Center. He retired from Graybar Electric in 2014 and enjoyed having more time to spend with his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Amy Fowler; his daughter, Jennifer Vincent and her husband, Keith and their children, Tyler, Madie and Josh; his son, John W. “Bubba” Fowler, III and his significant other, Brandy and her daughter, Destinee; his sister, Irene Griffin and her husband, Ken; his brother, Thomas Fowler and his wife, Marcia; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Oct. 24 at Fox Hill Central United Methodist Church by the Rev. Eric J. Vaudt. Burial with masonic rites will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. 
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, National Direct Response Headquarters, 1200 Hosford St., Suite 101 Hudson, WI 54016-9316.