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   colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com. 

 

 

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 colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

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.  www.SturtevantFuneralHome.com 

SUFFOLK— James Edwin Turner Jr., 83, died Dec. 27, 2017.  A native of Isle of Wight County, he was the son of the late James Edwin and Mamie Gilliam Turner.  Jim was a lifelong member of Benns United Methodist Church in Smithfield.  He graduated from Virginia Tech with an engineering degree, working for Newport News Shipbuilding, Electric Boat as president, and lastly General Dynamics, where he retired as chief operating officer.  Jim was very active in his community and was a member of the North Suffolk Rotary Club and North Suffolk Social Club.

Professionally, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1998, which honored him for “leading the implementation of innovative engineering and design processes, and establishing a new standard for naval ship design and acquisition.”  In 1999, he received the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award from the Navy League of the United States, which honors industry leaders who have made major contributions to U.S. maritime strength.

Jim served on the Academy of Engineering Excellence, the Virginia Tech Foundation Board of Directors, the College of Engineering’s Committee of 100, and was a charter member of The President’s Circle.  Jim also served on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors from 1994 to 2002, and was the University’s Rector from 1997 to 2002.  Virginia Tech presented Jim with the University Distinguished Achievement Award, the Alumni Distinguished Service Award and the University’s highest award, the William H. Ruffner Medal.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Nelms Turner; two sons, James Edwin Turner III and Steven L. Turner Sr. and wife Cindy; brother, Richard L. Turner and wife Pam; three grandchildren, Skye Catherine Taten and husband Bryce, Steven L. Turner Jr., and Adam J. Turner; and two great-grandchildren, Kai and Kalea Taten.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2 p.m. in Benn’s United Methodist Church by the Rev. Betsy Caudill.  Burial will be in St. Luke’s Cemetery.  Sturtevant Funeral Home, Bennetts Creek Chapel, Suffolk, is handling arrangements.  Contributions may be made to Benn’s United Methodist Church or the Western Tidewater Free Clinic, 2019 Meade Pkwy., Suffolk, VA  23434. www.SturtevantFuneralHome.com 

 

Joseph Ray “Ray Ray” Barlow Jr., 86, passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. Born in Isle of Wight County, Jan. 25, 1931, he was the son of the late Bessie Wright and Joseph R. Barlow Sr. He was a native of Isle of Wight, where he farmed and lived on the family’s Mt. Castle Farm.  

Ray is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley K. Barlow; daughter, Lynn Briggs (Robb); sons, J. Ray Barlow III (Crista), and Bryan K. Barlow (Missy); grandchildren, Vaughn, Kelsey, Ross, Jake, Joey and Colton; sister, Mary Lou B. Haverty (Howard, deceased); and brother, Dr. Thomas W. Barlow (Sandra); and a host of extended family and friends, all who loved Ray and now hold his memory near.

Ray was a 1949 graduate of Smithfield High School and a 1953 graduate of Virginia Tech, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He served in the U.S. Air Force with stations in Japan and Hawaii before returning home to Smithfield to run the family farm. In addition to farming, he worked for several years with the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (VDACS) as a meat inspector. He also loved fishing, rabbit hunting and spending time in his garden.

A service celebrating Ray’s life will be held Thursday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m. in Smithfield Baptist Church, where he has been a lifelong member, with the Rev. Bob Cofield officiating. Burial will be private in Ivy Hill Cemetery. Following the memorial service, the family will receive friends at a reception in the Family Life Center of the church.  
Memorial contributions may be made to Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 87, Smithfield, VA 23431 or to Smithfield Baptist Church, Music Program, 100 Wainwright Dr., Smithfield, VA 23430.

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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