CARROLLTON—Franklin “Frank” Reed Sharon, 81, passed away at home, Sunday, June 4, 2017, surrounded by his family.  Born in St. Petersburg, Fla.. Frank was the son of the late James Reed and Anna Virginia Lester Sharon.  He lived in Isle of Wight for nine years, having been a former resident of Florida, Tennessee and Georgia.  

Frank was a devoted husband and beloved father and grandfather.  He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 61 years, Myrna B. Sharon; two sons, James “Jim” F. Sharon and Charles “Chuck” L. Sharon; and eight grandchildren, Amber T., Kane D. and Gage D. Sharon, Charles F., Mariah C., Brittany K., and Tyler J. Sharon, and Catherine Hancock and a host of extended family and friends.

For some 20-plus years, Frank worked as a fireman and paramedic for the city of St. Petersburg, Fla., retiring in 1978.  He was then a security officer for independent companies. He was a history buff and a member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and was a past officer of the camp.

      A service celebrating Frank’s life will be held Thursday, June 8, 7 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends following the service.  Burial will follow at a later date.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Frank’s memory to the Sons of the Confederacy, Isle of Wight Avengers Camp #14, Scholarship Fund, c/o Keith Morris, 130 Kings Point Drive, Suffolk, VA  23434.
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


Jeffery Chad Ayer, 36, of Smithfield, was God’s gift of love, born on Sept. 17, 1980, and went to God’s loving arms on June 2, 2017.  Jeffery was Baptist by faith.  He was a fun loving, kind-hearted soul. He loved fishing, camping, kayaking, in-line speed skating, building things out of wood and drawing. He was a collector of handguns, swords and knives and loved sharing his journey through life with his best friend, fur-baby pit-bull, Deuce.  

He is predeceased by his grandfathers, Oscar Brim, Marvin Estes and Rusty Ayer, and a cousin, Danielle Ayer.  He is survived by his parents, Kevin and Katherine Ayer; his brother, Joshua Ayer; grandparents, Opal Brim, Frances Estes, Beverly and Neil Hurd, Joanie Ayer; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Ricky Estes. The family will receive friends on Thursday June 8, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield.  A celebration of Christian life service will be held on Friday June 9, 4 p.m. in Parkview Baptist Church, 604 Hilton Blvd., Newport News. 
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Colonel (retired) John C. Dashiell, 90, died peacefully on May 31, 2017 in Smithfield, following a brief battle with cancer. Family surrounded him at the time of his death.   

     Jack, who had deep roots in Isle of Wight County, was born at the Moonefield farmhouse on March 18, 1927, son of Harry G. Dashiell and Segar Jordan Cofer Dashiell.  He was the grandson of Thomas Lafayette Dashiell, Mary Ann Oneida Holloway, John I. Cofer and Mary “Mollie” Jordan.  He and his older brother Harry Jr. grew up happily pursuing the activities familiar to boys of their generation — hunting, fishing, and playing sports.

     Jack (Smithfield High School Class of 1944) wanted to serve his country in World War II so he finished his final year at Augusta Military Academy before attending Virginia Polytechnic Institute and entering the Army as a private in 1945.  Following Officer Candidate School 2nd Lt. Dashiell spent a year in postwar Germany before returning home and earning a Bachelor in fine arts from The College of William & Mary in 1950.

      It was there that he met Dorothy Jean “Dot” Smith, a San Diego, Calif.-born co-ed (William & Mary Class of 1953). They married in May 1951, six months after his recall to active duty, and raised five children while stationed at numerous posts around the States and in Europe.     

     Jack’s Army career included both peacetime assignments and combat tours. He was wounded leading an infantry company assault on Pork Chop Hill in July 1953 (Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman Badge), and later commanded an Air Cavalry Battalion in Vietnam in 1966-67 (two Silver Stars).  He also commanded a stateside Brigade (1972-73); served as the Senior U.S. Military Observer Palestine (1974-75); and completed his service in Heidelberg, Germany, which was a highlight for the family. 

     Following military retirement in 1980, Jack returned to his artisan roots as a wildfowl carver in Alexandria. His calling card was “Ducks by Dashiell” and his meticulous original work earned multiple prizes in competitions from Stone Harbor, N.J. to Charleston, S.C.  Jack and Dot moved to Smithfield in 1995 and resided in a home overlooking the Pagan on what was once the farmland owned by his parents. In 2001, Dot died following 50 years of happy marriage. 

     He later formed a long and happy relationship with Marilyn Conklin Brugh.  They had an active social life together enjoying traveling, dining and the arts.

      Jack is survived by children, John Jr., (Ursula) of Seattle, Wash.; Nancy Dashiell Brandon (Ron) of Eye, England; Andrew of Denver, Colo.; Paul (Judy) of Williamsburg; and Dorothy Dashiell Benson (Mark) of Leesburg. He also leaves 10 grandchildren, Thomas Dashiell (Kate), Helen Dashiell (Dave Wiard), Langley Dashiell Haick (Matt), James Brandon, Mary Dashiell, Hayley Dashiell, Madeleine Dashiell, Zachary Benson, Sydney Benson and Ryan Benson. He leaves three great-grandchildren, Arden Rae Dashiell, Brooklyn Wiard and Jordan Dashiell.

Additionally, he is survived by his companion of 15 years, Marilyn Conklin Brugh (Morgarts Beach); sister-in-law, Ellie Dashiell (Smithfield) and numerous nephews and nieces.

He will be fondly remembered for his love of family, personal courage, dry humor, broad mindedness and as the consummate Virginia gentleman. 

The family is grateful to the Riverside Hospice team and the Riverside Healthy Living Community staff in Smithfield. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Ducks Unlimited in the name of Jack Dashiell. 
 Family will host friends and relatives at the family home in Smithfield on June 18 from 2 – 5 p.m. Burial with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield, is handling arrangements. 


Mary S. McPartlan, 92, of Smithfield passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017 in Sentara Careplex Hospital.  Born in Dorchester, Mass., Mary was a homemaker and a past volunteer at the Smithfield Library.  She was a strong supporter of Nature Conservancy Programs and public literacy programs.  Previously she had taught ceramics classes and had a deep love and appreciation for classical music and James Michener novels.  

She is survived by her sons, Michael A Ricciardi, Louis M. Ricciardi and wife Malina, John C. Ricciardi and David J. Ricciardi; grandchildren, Natalie Rose Ricciardi and Christopher Michael Ricciardi; a sister, Pat Mongeon and a brother, William Searles.  She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lillian and Dorothy, as well as three husbands, Michael J. Ricciardi, Richard Downing and James P. McPartlan.  

The family will receive friends at Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield on Sunday, June 4, 2 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 3 p.m. with burial to follow in St. Luke’s cemetery.  
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Audubon Society, Doctors without Borders or the Smithfield Library. Condolences may be registered online at


Betty Baker Sharpley, of Smithfield passed away peacefully, with her loving husband of 55 years, Skip, by her side.  Betty was the daughter of the late William Cecil Baker and Della Williams Baker of Pocomoke City, Md.  She is survived by her husband, Skip and one son, Eldon D. “Kip” Sharpley III.  

Betty was a dedicated member of the American Legion Post 49 Auxiliary and member of the Eastern Star.  A celebration of life service will be held at a later date and burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the American Legion Auxiliary, PO Box 211, Smithfield, VA 23431 or the Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 97, Smithfield, VA 23431.  Online condolences may posted at