Kipp Gillette Jones, 64, of Smithfield passed away on Sept. 2, 2017.  Kipp was the son of the late Jesse Eugene Jones and Edna Felts Jones.  He had retired as an accountant, was a talented musician and a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.  Kipp is survived by his brother, Larry Eugene Jones and his wife Shamsoon; two aunts, Virginia Brown of Mt. Holly and Agnes Matheis, of Montross, along with numerous cousins.  
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 11  a.m. at St. Luke’s Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Pam Jordan 18214 Farmview Lane, Windsor, VA 23487 or The Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, P O Box 97, Smithfield, VA 23431.  Condolences may be registered online at

David Russell Sawyer, 74, of Smithfield passed in peace on Aug. 26, 2017 after a brief illness.  He was the son of Katherine E. Edwards and Joseph S. Sawyer.  

David retired from Newport News Shipbuilding and was proud of a number of innovative patents he held for the shipbuilding industry.  He was a founding member of the Isle of Wight Fair Committee and served as chair of the fair for several years.  He was an ardent amateur historian with a particular interest in World War II and the Civil War Battle of Smithfield.  David was also an avid photographer and always had a camera nearby.  He was a member of Oakland Christian Church.  David never met a stranger and always had a story to share.  
He loved his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Martha (Marty) G. Sawyer; two daughters Michelle Sawyer and Angela (Angie) Russell.  He is survived by two sisters, Melissa Sawyer and Joyce Larkin (Ed); two brothers, Richard Sawyer and Paul Edwards (Gail); a son-in law, Michael Russell (Denise); two grandchildren, Holly Russell and Sam Russell; three special children (Kayla Reagan Garnett, Kacie Reagan, and Daniel Reagan) who became family when his son-in law remarried;  a number of nieces and nephews, including Andrea Clontz (Bobby) to whom he was particularly close; and his long-time companion, Diego the Cat. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. in St. Luke’s Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to a favorite charity. Condolences may be registered online at

John Brendan Cleary, 66, of Smithfield passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.  Brendan was the son of the late Dr. Thomas John Cleary and Faith Hughes Cleary.  Born in New York state, Brendan had been a resident of Smithfield for the past 40 years.  He worked as a lab supervisor at Riverside Regional Medical Center.  Brendan was a life member of the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department, a proud member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and attended Trinity United Methodist Church.  Through all of his work and community accomplishments, Brendan was most proud of his family.  

He dearly loved his wife of 35 years, Sandra Williams Cleary; his sons, Brendan Hunter Cleary and Chase Williams Cleary; and especially grandson, Maddox Williams Cleary.  Brendan is also survived by sister, Maureen Faith Cleary and nephew, Gary Chiaramonte; brother, Thomas Roy Cleary (Maureen); sister, Jo-Anne Faith Cleary; sisters in law, Rebecca Williams Hannah (Robert) and Patricia Williams; mother-in-law, Barbara W. Williams. He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Max M. Williams.  

Brendan had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting.  He was a self-taught craftsman and enjoyed sharing his skills with his sons, Hunter and Chase.  His first and only grandchild, Maddox, brought him immense love and joy.  Brendan and his sons are tried and true New York Mets fans.  
A funeral service with Fireman’s Honors will be held on Friday, Sept. 1, 11 a.m. at Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield, with the Rev. Leon Basham officiating, followed by a reception at the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department.  The family will receive friends on Thursday, Aug. 31, 6 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made in Brendan’s memory to the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department, 1804 S. Church St., Smithfield, VA 23430.  Condolences may be registered online at


WINDSOR—Peggy A. Mercer, 83, went to be with the Lord on Aug. 27, 2017. Formally of Glade Springs, she was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Hester Arnold. She spent 33 years helping educate young children by teaching in several different school systems. She was a member of Central Hill Baptist Church where she served on numerous committees.

Peggy is survived by her devoted husband of 61 years, Charles E. Mercer. She left the world while holding his hand. Peggy is also survived by her daughter, Deborah M. White and husband, Lloyd; her son, Charles David Mercer and wife, Renee; five granddaughters; Katherine Holland and husband, Joey, Laura Ballard and husband, Robbie, Megan Mercer, Brooke DiStasio and husband, Scott, and Candace Mercer; four great-grandsons; William Holland, Jackson Holland, Wyatt Ballard and Charles Ballard; and one great-granddaughter, Allison Holland. She is also survived by one sister, Betty Sturgill and husband, Cecil; one nephew, Jeff Sturgill and wife, Melissa; and three aunts, one great-niece and 10 first cousins.

Family and friends will gather for visitation Friday, Sept. 1, 6-7:30pm, in Colonial Funeral Home.  A life celebration service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens.                                                                                           

The family suggests memorial contributions to Central Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 10270 Central Hill Road, Windsor, VA 23487 or Isle of Wight Academy, C/O Mary Margaret Wells, PO Box 105, Isle of Wight, VA 23397.
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


On Aug. 24, 2017, Barbara Spencer Simmerman was called home to be with her Lord at the age of 82 years.  She was born in Surry, the daughter of the late Clarence and Dorothy Grubbs.  She was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. John W. Spencer; and son, David Spencer.  Barbara served as a pianist at several local churches, playing for over 42 years.  She also formerly worked as a librarian for the Blackwater Regional Library.  She was a member of Maranatha Southern Baptist Church where she served as pianist and Sunday school director.   

Barbara is survived by her children, Susie Rogers (Kenny), Beverly A. "Buz" Seward III, Robin Gynn (Harold), Martha Newsome (Clarence), Dorothy Murray, Linda Tuck (Mike), Elizabeth Leonard, Anthony Seward (Lisa), Jimmy Spencer; daughter-in-law, Caroline Spencer; 22 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; sister, Carol Andrews; brother, D. Michael Grubbs; several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Aug. 26, at Maranatha Southern Baptist Church with the Rev. Clyde Alderman officiating.  Burial followed at Mill Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Maranatha Southern Baptist Church, Windsor Rescue Squad, or Windsor Volunteer Fire Department.  The family would like to give special thanks to Lake Prince Woods and her dear friend, Yvette King.  Condolences may be registered online at