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.

Mildred Satterfield Mayes, 91, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 in her Smithfield home. She was the daughter of the late John P. Satterfield and Ethel Busby Satterfield Elving. 

She was born in Cradock on Jan. 15, 1926 and attended Portsmouth Public Schools. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, class of 1942, at the age of 16. 

Mildred worked for Dr. W. Curtis Outten as a dental assistant. She was married to the love of her life, Thomas B. Mayes for 67 years. She had one son, Thomas Lee Spencer Mayes, whom she adored. 

She was very proud of her ancestry. She was a member of the Jamestowne Society. Her 10th great grandfather, Francis Clements, was a member of the House of Burgess, serving Surry County, as well as their Clerk of County Court form 1697 – 1708. 

She was a devout Episcopalian and woman of faith. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched, above all her surviving son, Tom. 

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m. at Olive Branch Cemetery by the Rev. Les Ferguson, clergy of St. John’s Episcopal Church of Suffolk. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warriors.


Janet Goodrich Jones, 80 of Smithfield passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 with her husband Ward by her side.   Janet was the daughter of the late Robert Lee Goodrich and Mattie Ellis Goodrich.  She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Richard Ward Jones Jr. and their son Richard Ward Jones, III (Frank).  She is also survived by a sister, Paulette Wells.  

Janet retired from the business office at Verizon Telephone after 40 years of service.  A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. in Mill Swamp Cemetery, Ivor, with the Rev. Becky Gwaltney officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 20, 6-7 p.m. at Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield.  
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, P O Box 97, Smithfield, VA 23431.  Condolences may be registered online at