IVOR — Margaret Anna Atkins Harris, 84, passed away at home, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, after a lengthy illness.  Born in Surry County, she was the daughter of the late Eddie and Nora Wells Atkins.  In addition to her parents, Margaret is preceded in death by her husband Sidney, sons, Eddie, Tim and Johnny, and granddaughter, Robin Carr.

A beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Margaret will be remembered as a hard-working woman, who worked alongside her husband, Sidney, on the family farm.  She was also a bus driver for Isle of Wight County Schools for more than 40 years and worked for more than 20 years in the cafeteria at Smithfield High School.  She was an active member of Mill Swamp Baptist Church and the ministry of the church over the years.

Margaret leave to cherish her memory her son, William “Tootie” Clayton and his wife, Brenda; two daughters, Joyce Harris Carr and Cynthia D. Hedgepeth; a sister, Nora Mae Adkins; a brother, Tommy Adkins and his wife, Grace; ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family.

Family and friends gathered for visitation Nov. 5, in Mill Swamp Baptist Church.  A service celebrating Margaret’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 6, in the church’s family life center, with the Rev. Jim Jones officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  

The family suggests memorial contributions to Mill Swamp Baptist Church Building Fund, 8100 Mill Swamp Road, Ivor, VA  23866.
Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, Smithfield, Isle of Wight and the surrounding communities.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

 

Florence Grace Brelsford Cofer passed away on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 at age 92, after a brief battle with cancer.  

Grace was born in England in 1923 and lived most of her childhood years in Dittisham, a quaint little British village on the River Dart.  It was in Dittisham during World War II she met Lt. Frank M. Cofer of the U.S. Army who would return after the war to make Grace his bride in 1947. In 1941, Grace was conscripted (drafted) into the workforce, working at the Vickers-Armstrong Factory in Trowbridge, England.  Her job included filing wing supports on the MK V Spitfire.  While working at Trowbridge, she was selected to meet and speak with Queen Mother Mary (Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother) on April 14, 1943.  She always considered that encounter as one of her most memorable moments and liked to share experience with others she met.  

Grace joined Bethany United Methodist Church after arriving from England in 1947.  She was an active member of the church serving by teaching Sunday school, baking/donating cakes for various events & donating knitted items for fundraising events.  She took great pride in growing daffodils in the spring and beautiful roses from early summer into the fall.  Grace took great pride in making watermelon rind pickles.  She shared many of her knitted dishcloths, roses, and pickles as gifts to doctor, friends and neighbors.

Frank and Grace shared 59 years together before he passed away in 2006.  They worked side by side for most of those years as owners of Greenway Poultry Farm, raising thousands of chickens and delivering fresh eggs to hundreds of customers in Hampton, Newport News and Smithfield.

In addition to her husband, Grace was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Anne Andrews Brelsford, and her only brother, Jim Brelsford.  Her loving survivors include her son, Jim Cofer of Smithfield and his wife Sherry, daughter Myra Anne Harmer of Bellingham, Wash. and her husband Terry, daughter Rosemary Lewis of Martinsville, and her husband Fred.  In addition, Grace will always be remembered by her grandchildren and families, Chris (Whitney) Cofer  and daughters Madison and Macy of Bridgewater,  Brad (Susan) Cofer and son Jackson of Smithfield, Michael (Tanya) Lewis and daughters, Addison and Kinsey of Fayetteville, N.C., Maria (Jeremy) Rohr and daughter, Marilynn of Allen, Texas, Michelle (Andrew) Montanaro of Newport News, and Courtney Harmer of Chicago, Ill.

A celebration of life service was held Oct. 25 at Bethany United Methodist Church, Smithfield with Pastor Michael Frank officiating.  Burial followed in Bethany United Methodist Church cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Bethany United Methodist Building Fund, c/o Raymond Edwards, 13088 Mill Swamp Road, Smithfield, VA 23430.
Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, Smithfield, Isle of Wight and the surrounding communities.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

Mary Anna Crocker Overton, 95, of Chesterfield, passed away on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nathan and Laura May Crocker; sister, Ethel Walden; and nieces, Joyce O’Neill Swain and Vivian Walden. 

She was longtime owner/operator of Harrowgate Grocery and Apartments. She also served many years of civil service for the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. 

She is survived by her beloved dogs, Ralph, Woody and Kita; niece, Helen Walden; great-nieces, Laurie O’Neill, Stephanie Bowen, Shelley Logan, Sharon Rosengreen, Avery Coffman and Layne Coffman; great-nephews, Lin O’Neill (Debbie), Steven Dean and Shawen Dean; numerous great-great-nieces and nephews. 

The family will receive friends on Thursday, Oct. 22, 5-7 p.m. at the Chester Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. 

A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L Street, NW, Washington DC 20037. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.

 

Ray W. Moore, 90, passed away on Oct. 6, 2015. He was born on Elliott’s Island, Md. and lived most of his life in Cambridge, Md. Ten years ago he moved to Smithfield and resided in Magnolia Manor.
Ray graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1949 and received his masters from Washington College. He taught biology and chemistry and then was a high school principal for 16 years. Mr. Moore served in the Army Air Corp during World War II and was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
During his lifetime, he was interested in boating, reading, and traveling, especially Europe and Florida. While living in Smithfield he collected cans at the ballfield and pool with the proceeds going to support Golden Retriever Rescue, Education + Training (GRREAT). Ray outlived his brothers and sister and his wife, Anita. He is survived by his daughter Jane Jones, son-in-law, Dale, grandchildren Valerie Savage (Nicholas) and Morgan Jones and great-granddaughter, Adelyn. 
Services will be held in Cambridge. Memorial donations can be made to SEVA GRREAT, P.O. Box 8014, Yorktown, VA 23693 or Benn’s United Methodist Church, 14571 Benn’s Church Blvd. Smithfield, 23430.
Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, Smithfield, Isle of Wight and the surrounding communities.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

 

Wesley Edwin Gibbs Jr., 62, passed away Oct. 17, 2015.  He was born in Suffolk, the son of Lola E. Gibbs and the late Wesley E. Gibbs Sr. He retired as a self-employed welder.  Wesley was a member of the Smithfield Hunt Club for 44 years where he served as past president.  He was an outdoorsmen who loved gardening, hunting and fishing.
Including his mother, Wesley is survived by his brother, Ronnie L. Gibbs and his wife, Brenda; and nephew, Clifford L. Gibbs.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. at St. Luke's Memorial Park with the Rev. Tommy Reynolds officiating.  Friends may join the family for a visitation Tuesday night from 5-7 p.m. at Parr Funeral home & Crematory, 3515 Robs Dr., Suffolk.  Memorial 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 www.parrfuneralhome.com.                                                                                

 

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