On Tuesday, Aug. 15, Jimmy “Bootsie” Powell, 62, entered his eternal home in heaven. He was born in Suffolk, the son of Jean C. Powell and the late James Wallace Powell Sr. He is survived by his loving mother, Jean, and his precious daughter, Tara Elizabeth Powell, who was the light of his life. 

He is also survived by his uncle, Vernon Carr Sr. and his wife Patty; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and his dog, Miley. 

He spent part of his childhood in the Central Hill area.

Jimmy retired from the Coca-Cola Company after 20 years of service and most recently served as regional account manager for Monster Energy Company. He was a member of Jackson Memorial Baptist Church in Chesapeake and an active member of the Suffolk Golf Course Association. Jimmy was a loving and devoted father and son. He was an avid golfer and lived life to the fullest. He was a great friend who will be missed by all. His contagious smile and laughter will never be forgotten. 
Jimmy’s celebration of life service was held Aug. 19 at Central Hill Baptist Church, Windsor with Pastor Tommy Larson officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Jackson Memorial Baptist Church missions. Online condolences can be made at www.LovingFuneralHome.com

 

PORTSMOUTH—Julia Mae Murphy, 98, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. She was born on May 26, 1919 to the late Willie and Julia Darden Murphy. Julia graduated from James Madison University, received her master’s from the College of William and Mary and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was a teacher in Norfolk County for 20 years and an elementary supervisor and a principal for the Hampton public school system, where she retired. 

In addition to her parents, Julia was preceded by two sisters, Mary Jane Murphy and Lucile Murphy; and a brother, Willie Thomas Murphy. 

She is survived by a sister, Dean Murphy Gilmore; two nieces, Cynthia Gilmore Barnes and Judy Murphy Arnold and her husband, Don; three nephews, Willie Carl Gilmore and wife, Mary, Christopher Allen Gilmore and wife, Erica, and Thomas J. Murphy; three great-nieces, Jennifer Gilmore, Cecilla Trautz and Cosby Arnold; three great-nephews, Cody Barnes, Zachary Gilmore and Hayes Arnold; and a great-great niece, Carleigh Trautz. 

A graveside service was held Aug. 14 in St. Luke’s Cemetery, Suffolk. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Centenary United Methodist Church children’s ministry. 
Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel is handling the arrangements. 

Helen Faye Wells Thompson, 67, of Smithfield passed away on Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017 at her residence.  She was the daughter of the late Charles Lee Wells and Mary Brown Wells.  Helen is survived by her husband of 43 years, Edward Joseph Thompson Sr.; her daughters, Lisa Marie Thompson (Steven), Cynthia Faye Thompson (James) and son Edward J. Thompson Jr .(Aimee). She is also survived by two brothers, Bill Wells and Elton Lee Wells.  The family will receive friends on Sunday Aug. 20, 3-4 p.m. at Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield.  A graveside service will be held on Monday Aug. 21, 11 a.m. in Central Hill Baptist Church cemetery.

CARROLLTON — Hazel Marie Blankenship Harris, 91, wife of the late Luther Fred Harris, passed away at home Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, surrounded by her family, following an extended illness.

Born in McAlpin, W.V., Hazel was the daughter of the late Cora Bell Whitt and Joe Carlton Blankenship.  She was formerly of Stuart and Hampton for 61 years and had lived in Isle of Wight since 2011. 

In addition to her parents, and husband, Hazel is preceded in death by a son, Rickie Harris; a brother, Joe Blankenship; and three sisters, Helen Sink, Louise Deal, and Guydie Haskins.  She leaves to cherish her memories two daughters, Teena Harris and Sharon Voiers; and a son, Michael Harris; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.

Family and friends will gather for visitation 6-8:00 pm, Monday, Aug. 14, 6-8 p.m. at the family home, and Harris Farm.  A graveside funeral service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2 p.m. in Patrick Memorial Gardens, Stuart.  

She was a seamstress by trade and worked at both Kate Greenway and Coates and Clarke dress factories.  She was affectionately known as “Big Nanny” by many.
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 colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

BATTERY PARK — Curtis Oliver Drummond, 82, passed away Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.  Born in the Accomack, Curtis grew up in Isle of Wight County. He was the son of the late Curtis Raymond and Lillian Irene Johnson Drummond.  Curtis was a 1951 graduate of Smithfield High School, where played baseball and had an opportunity to play baseball in the major league.  He served in the U.S. Army, and came back to Battery Park to work in the family seafood business.  He retired from SW Rawls Petroleum Company. 

Remembered as a “special man” by close family and friends, Curtis is survived by his wife of 22 years, Carol W. Drummond; three daughters, Kathy Richardson, Karen Fletcher, Kimberly Perry; two sons, Kevin Drummond and Bart Drummond; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.

In his pastime, Curtis was an avid fisherman and a fan of Yankees baseball and the Green Bay Packers football team.

Family and friends will gather for visitation Tuesday, Aug. 15, 6-7:30 p.m., at Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton.  A graveside funeral service will be held 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16, in St. Luke’s Memorial Park.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the IOW Chapter, Relay for Life, c/o Pam Jordan, 18214 Farmview Lane, Windsor, VA  23487.  
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 colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

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