Norma Dell Burton Crocker, “Grammy”, 80, died Monday, July 6, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.  Born in Dendron, Norma was the daughter of Garland C. Sr. and Minnie Hill Burton.  In addition to her parents, Norma is preceded in death by her husband, Cecil L. Crocker Sr. and a daughter, Yvonne B. Crocker, and three brothers, Garland C. Burton, Jr., James Hill Burton Sr., and Carl Martin Burton.  

     Norma was a beloved and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister.  She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Patricia C. Edmundson, and her husband John R. III, Wanda C. Pearson and Cecil L. Crocker Jr.; five grandchildren, Lauren Riley, Sarah Capehart, Benjamin Pearson IV, Kaitlan Coates and Alexander Pearson; three great-grandchildren, Jocelyn, Roman and Suri; and her loving siblings, Richard L. Burton,Sr., Alice Morgan, Judith Applegate and Virginia Goldos.

For many years Norma was a loan officer for local finance companies in addition to being a stay-at-home mom and a meticulous housekeeper.  She and her late husband, Cecil, will be remembered as the ‘best dancers in Isle of Wight County”.  She was quirky, with a great sense of humor. 

She supported the VFW and was a member of the Woman’s Auxiliary.  In her last days, Norma looked forward to visits from friends and family, especially her children, siblings — cracking jokes and funning with whoever was around.

     A graveside funeral service will be held Thursday, July 9, 11 a.m., in St. Luke’s Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Donald R. Rhoton officiating.  

     The family expresses thanks to the staff of Compassionate Care Hospice for their comfort and support during Norma’s illness.  The family suggests memorial contributions to VFW Post 8545, 223 Washington St. P.O. Box 461,Smithfield, VA 23431 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675

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 

Rufus Ashton Baines Jr., 71, went to be with the Lord on July 3, 2015. Rufus was born June 9, 1944 to the late Erma and Rufus Ashton Baines Sr. He was also predeceased by a brother Richard Baines; sister-in-law Janice Baines and brother-in-law Jack Riddick.

Rufus was a 1962 graduate from Suffolk High School in Suffolk , attended Elon College and entered the US Army, training at the Army Signal School in Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey in 1963. He served in the Signal Corp, Crypto Unit from 1963- 1966 in Taipei, Taiwan and Fort Dietrick, Md. He worked for Navy Security Communications, Crypto Unit in Syracuse, N.Y. for 1966 to 1971.  He graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy 53rd Basic Training School and served as a Trooper with promotions to Senior Trooper, Special Agent as Undercover Drug Agent and Asset Forfeiture Unit, retiring in 1996. He worked as a bailiff and the victim witness coordinator with Essex County Sheriffs Office in Tappahannock, retiring for a second time in 2003. In Orange, he worked for Grymes Drug Store for several years

Rufus has served as president of the Rappahannock County Lions Club and was a former member of Rotary International. He has been active in many churches serving on the vestries of Trinity Episcopal in Washington, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tappahannock and St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in Orange. 

His is survived by his wife, Lynne Oliver Baker Baines of Rhodesville; sons Robert Ashton Baines and Valerie Ames of Honey Brook, Penn., and Lee Baines and wife Sharon of True Blue; grandchildren Evan, Grace, Jack , Max and Thomas Baines; a Danish exchange son, Thomas Bergmann, and Danish grandson, Alexander; sister Joyce Baines Riddick of Suffolk and Nancy Baines White and husband George of Smithfield; nieces Terri Baines and husband Richard of England, Pam Carr and husband Mike, Kelly Powell and husband Brian of Suffolk; nephews Mark Baines and wife Amanda of Gloucester, and Jeff Baines and wife Tanya of Berlin, Germany; nine great nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life for Rufus Ashton Baines, Jr. will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Lin Hutton and the Rev. Jennings Hobson on July 12, 1 p.m. at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, 119 Caroline St., Orange.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Orange Free Clinic, PO Box 441, Orange, VA 22960, St. Thomas Episcopal Church Restoration Project, 119 Caroline Street, Orange, VA 22960, or to a charity of your choice. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at



Irene Marie Reynolds Current, 88, passed away at home Saturday, June 27, 2015 after a brief illness.  Born in Midvale, N.J., Irene was the daughter of the late Harry W. Sr. and Marie Ebele Reynolds.  Formerly of Butler, N.J., Irene was the wife of the late, Donald Drake Current (d.2005) 

A resident of Smithfield for more than 17 years, Irene was an member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Mature Methodist Women and was especially interested with the food pantry ministry of the church and with the Isle of Wight Christian Outreach Program.

A beloved and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Irene leaves to cherish her memories two daughters, Patricia Ferrence of Sumter, S.C. and Donna Bernstein of Richmond; five grandchildren, Amy Collins, Scott Bernstein, Jennifer Clemmons, Tommy Ferrence and Melissa Bernstein; eight great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Courtney, Tyler, Ashlynn, Zyon, Chloe, Isabella, and Alexa; two sisters, Dorothy Coss and Jean Miller (Don); a brother, Harry W. Reynolds Jr., and a host of extended family and friends.

A service celebrating Irene’s life will be held Friday, July 3, 7 p.m. in Trinity United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Andrew Ensz officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service in the Family Activity Center.  Burial will be private.

The family suggests memorial contributions to IOW Christian Outreach Program, PO Box 253, Smithfield, VA  23431.

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 

SURRY — Mary Elizabeth “Mary Beth” Bailey Moody, of Mill Neck Farm, Surry, died at home, Sunday, June 28, 2015.  She was a native and lifelong resident of Surry County and was the daughter of the late Hendricks L. and Inez Barham Bell Bailey.  

A graduate of Surry High School, Mary Beth worked and retired from Dominion Virginia Power, Surry Nuclear Power Station, as a Health Physics Administrative Assistant.  Mary Beth was a member of Surry United Methodist Church and served as treasurer of Oak Grove United Methodist Church for many years.  She was a member of the Bacon’s Castle Memorial Association Board of Directors and served as secretary to the board for 20 years.

A beloved and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Mary Beth leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Jeanette Winder-Tipling of Midlothian; her son, Terry J. Moody of Surry and Goochland; her grandson, J. Bradley Winder Jr. and his wife, Andrea;  her granddaughter, Kelsey Marie Moody; and her great-granddaughter, Bailey Elizabeth Winder.  She is also survived by special cousins, Deborah Faison Jones, her husband, Tommy, and his daughter, Christen J. Clarke; Fulton Faison and his wife, Debbie, and daughter, Bettie Nicole Faison and son, Rob Faison.

Family and friends will gather Wednesday, July 1, 10 a.m. for visitation in Surry United Methodist Church, followed by a service celebrating Mary Beth’s life at 11 am, with the Rev. Ray Rowland officiating.  Burial will follow in Bacon’s Castle “Old Brick Church” Cemetery.

The family expresses heartfelt thanks to Gen West, Taylor Barlow, and Nancy Beale for their love, many acts of kindness and faithfulness to Mary Beth in her last days.  The family suggests memorial contributions to Surry United Methodist Church, PO Box 118, Surry, VA  23883 or Surry Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 133, Surry VA  23883.

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 

Sarah Alma Britt, 85, of Ivor passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at Sentara Obici Hospital. She was a member of Tucker Swamp Baptist Church and a member of the Senior Citizen Groups at Tucker Swamp Baptist Church, Ivor Baptist Church and Wakefield Baptist Church. Mrs. Britt was preceded in death by her parents, Willis B. and Alma Sarah Britt; her husband of 50 years, Narvie Frank Britt Sr., and a brother, Everett Britt.
Left to cherish her memory is her son, Narvie Frank Britt Jr. and wife, Fredia McClung Britt; three sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held July 3 at Tucker Swamp Baptist Church with the Rev. Curtis Faison officiating. Burial followed in Ivor Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Mrs. Britt’s memory to either Ivor Volunteer Rescue Squad P.O. Box 228 Ivor, VA 23866 or to Forever Young Senior Adults 37527 Seacock Chapel Road Zuni, VA 23898. Condolences may be posted at
R.W. Baker & Company Funeral Home and Crematory, Wakefield, assisted the family with services.