Mary Alberta Maine Rose, 93, passed away Jan. 14, 2018.  She was born in Providence, R.I., the daughter of the late Orrin Albertus Maine and Jennie Ann Hannon Maine.  She was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Dale “Red” Haywood Rose Sr. 

Mary is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lorita J. and Edward Lawler Sr.; son and daughter-in-law, Dale H. Rose Jr. and Brenda Rose; grandchildren and their spouses, Edward J. Lawler Jr. (Lorraine), Robert Walker (Diane), Monica Lawler, Cecelia Daniels, David Walker (Tina), Marianne Brandt (Chris); and seven great grandchildren.
Services will be private.  Condolences may be registered online at


Ann Powell Eley, 83, of Suffolk, passed away Jan.14, 2018. She was born in Suffolk to the late Joseph and Mary Powell.  Ann was a graduate of Windsor High School, Class of 1952.  

Ann worked full time as a purchaser at Gwaltney Foods and after her retirement there she managed the books and the crew (Dicky and Ricky) for Eley Landscaping, not to mention she could out work them both.  She also made time to work in their garden by picking, shelling, canning and freezing.  She cooked the best “butter beans.”  The Sunday meals we all shared from her corn bread to deserts, especially chocolate meringue pie, and you-name-it, she could cooked it better than anyone.  Ann was blessed to be able to keep her grandbabies, who loved and called her “Annie Nannie.”

She is predeceased by her husband of 62 years, William R. Eley Jr.; and daughter, Cathy Lester; two sisters; and three brothers.  Survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Cynthia Edwards, and Debra Carter (Steve); son and daughter-in-law, William R. “Ricky” Eley III (Tina); son-in-law, Tim Lester; grandchildren, Britt Crowley (Tracy), Meghan Bockelman (Kaden), Sarah Jo Theisen (Matt), Caleigh Burns (CJ), William R. Eley IV (Tristen); great grandchildren, Jakob, Blair, Ali, Cash, William R. Eley V (“Liam” due in April); sisters, Helen Saunders and Betty Sue Pippin (Roy); brothers, Ed Powell (Carolyn) and Charles Powell; two special sisters-in-law Jean and Judy Powell; and many nieces and nephews.

We want to thank the staff at Consulate Health Care Windsor for the care they provided our mom over the past 11 years.  Special thanks to Kim from Heartland Hospice Care.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1 p.m. at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 7-8 p.m. at Parr Funeral Home and Crematory. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be registered online at


Debra Ann Starling, 61, passed away at home unexpectedly, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. 

Born in Rushville, Ind., Debra was the daughter of the late Betty McDaniel and Wilbur L. Lee.  She had made her home in Smithfield since 2005. 

A beloved wife, devoted mother and grandmother, Debra leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 43 years, Jerry Wayne Starling; her daughter, Anna Michelle Wells (Jason); her son, Joshua Michael Starling (Amanda); grandchildren, Aidan, Lucas and Jackson; other family members to include, brother, Charles Robert Lee; sister-in-law, Jo Ann Honeycutt (Billy); and a host of extended family and friends.   

 After Debra graduated from Knightstown High School in Indiana, she married her husband, Jerry. As a U.S. Army wife and government employee, she travelled around the United States to include a tour in South Korea.  Returning to this country, they were stationed at Ft. Rucker (Ala.), and Ft. Campbell (Ky.).  During these formative years of her family, they relocated back to Indiana where Debra home-schooled the children.  Most recently before retiring in Smithfield. Debra worked for the Peninsula Agency on Aging.   

 In the next chapter of her life, Debra and her daughter were the founders and proprietors of The Feathered Nest, a boutique-type soap and body lotion crafter.  She enjoyed setting up her booth at local shows and enjoyed introducing her care products to customers.  She thoroughly enjoyed conversation and would “light-up” for the opportunity to share with the clients that stopped by her booth.   

 A service celebrating Debra’s life will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, noon, in Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, with Donald and Vesta Wentworth as eulogists. Family and friends will gather from 10 a.m. and until service time for visitation.  Burial will follow in St. Luke’s Memorial Park.  The life celebration will continue, following interment, hosted by the American Legion, Post 49, 818 S. Church St., Smithfield.

Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, 14214 Carrollton Blvd. Carrollton.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at 



Margaret Kennedy White passed away on Jan. 8, 2018. She was born in Norfolk on March 16, 1927, to William and Sally Duncan Kennedy. She graduated from Maury High School in 1944, The College of William and Mary in 1948, and enjoyed a long teaching career at Smithfield High School.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband Gwaltney W. “Buddy“ White Jr., son Gwaltney W. “Bud” White III, brothers William and Thomas Kennedy, and sister Ann Eure.

She is survived by her daughter, Sally W. Beckett and husband Rob of Virginia Beach; grandson, Gwaltney Wright and wife Samantha of Chesapeake; granddaughter, Lauren Caughorn and husband Nick of Virginia Beach; and great-grandchildren Landon and Juliana Wright and Brody and Chase Caughorn.

The family would especially like to thank her caregivers Lita Heninger, Marilyn Sanchez and Marilyn Curtis for the loving care and companionship they provided.

Per Margaret’s request, there will be no services.

The family suggests memorial contributions in Margaret’s memory to Isle of Wight Rescue, PO Box 97, Smithfield, VA  23431
Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, 14214 Carrollton Blvd. Carrollton, VA.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at

WINDSOR — Virginia Wilson Jordan Bailey, “Ginny” to her family and friends, died Dec. 29, 2017 in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. at the age of 98. She was born in Benn’s Church on St. Patrick’s Day 1919, the ninth and last child of Charles Samuel and Annie Atkins Jordan. Raised on the family farm during the Great Depression, she learned well the value of hard work, perseverance and trusting in the providence of the Lord. She attended Madison College, received a teaching certificate and taught elementary school in Norfolk, Holland and Windsor. 

In 1947, she married Charles Frederick “Fred” Bailey of Windsor and became the mother to their three children: a daughter, Janan Bailey Usher, wife of Charles L. Usher of Southern Shores, N.C.; and twin sons: David C. Bailey of Edmond, Okla., husband of Robin Brakhage, and William F. “Bill” Bailey of Charlotte, N.C., husband of Laura Williams. 

When the children got older, Ginny started a private kindergarten in her home and helped many Windsor-area preschoolers develop social skills and a love for learning. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed sewing clothes, knitting and making all kinds of things for her home. She was a member of Windsor Congregational Christian Church where she taught children’s Sunday school, actively participated in a women’s circle for many years and served as a deaconess. 

Ginny adored her five grandchildren, Lindsay Usher, Neil Bailey, Ellen Usher, Heather Bailey and Sean Bailey Blunk, and spent as much time with them as she could.  “Nana” showed them unconditional love, helped them to sew and make all kinds of things and taught them how to play cards, of course! She was an avid and accomplished bridge player and tutored many Windsor-area women in the art of the game and the accompanying fellowship. She loved to cook and passed on many favorite recipes to her family, including caramel cake, fried chicken, scratch-made biscuits and pecan pie. 

She loved her children and their spouses and was so much more than a mother or mother-in-law, always supporting and encouraging them and helping them in any way that she could. She leaves a legacy of love, laughter and a zest for life that inspires everyone who knew her. In addition to her children, their spouses and grandchildren, she is survived by five great-grandchildren and dozens of nieces and nephews. We mourn and grieve her passing from this life but rejoice that she is now in heaven with her Savior.
A reception will be held at the Windsor Congregational Christian Church on Thursday, Jan. 4, from 12:30 - 2 p.m. with a funeral service in the church starting at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suffolk.  Sturtevant Funeral Home, Bennetts Creek Chapel, Suffolk, is handling arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of Windsor Congregational Christian Church, 4 N. Court Street, P.O. Box 407, Windsor, VA 23487.