WINDSOR — Virginia Wilson Jordan Bailey, “Ginny” to her family and friends, died Dec. 29, 2017 in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. at the age of 98. She was born in Benn’s Church on St. Patrick’s Day 1919, the ninth and last child of Charles Samuel and Annie Atkins Jordan. Raised on the family farm during the Great Depression, she learned well the value of hard work, perseverance and trusting in the providence of the Lord. She attended Madison College, received a teaching certificate and taught elementary school in Norfolk, Holland and Windsor. 

In 1947, she married Charles Frederick “Fred” Bailey of Windsor and became the mother to their three children: a daughter, Janan Bailey Usher, wife of Charles L. Usher of Southern Shores, N.C.; and twin sons: David C. Bailey of Edmond, Okla., husband of Robin Brakhage, and William F. “Bill” Bailey of Charlotte, N.C., husband of Laura Williams. 

When the children got older, Ginny started a private kindergarten in her home and helped many Windsor-area preschoolers develop social skills and a love for learning. She was an accomplished seamstress and enjoyed sewing clothes, knitting and making all kinds of things for her home. She was a member of Windsor Congregational Christian Church where she taught children’s Sunday school, actively participated in a women’s circle for many years and served as a deaconess. 

Ginny adored her five grandchildren, Lindsay Usher, Neil Bailey, Ellen Usher, Heather Bailey and Sean Bailey Blunk, and spent as much time with them as she could.  “Nana” showed them unconditional love, helped them to sew and make all kinds of things and taught them how to play cards, of course! She was an avid and accomplished bridge player and tutored many Windsor-area women in the art of the game and the accompanying fellowship. She loved to cook and passed on many favorite recipes to her family, including caramel cake, fried chicken, scratch-made biscuits and pecan pie. 

She loved her children and their spouses and was so much more than a mother or mother-in-law, always supporting and encouraging them and helping them in any way that she could. She leaves a legacy of love, laughter and a zest for life that inspires everyone who knew her. In addition to her children, their spouses and grandchildren, she is survived by five great-grandchildren and dozens of nieces and nephews. We mourn and grieve her passing from this life but rejoice that she is now in heaven with her Savior.
A reception will be held at the Windsor Congregational Christian Church on Thursday, Jan. 4, from 12:30 - 2 p.m. with a funeral service in the church starting at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suffolk.  Sturtevant Funeral Home, Bennetts Creek Chapel, Suffolk, is handling arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund of Windsor Congregational Christian Church, 4 N. Court Street, P.O. Box 407, Windsor, VA 23487.  www.SturtevantFuneralHome.com 

SUFFOLK— James Edwin Turner Jr., 83, died Dec. 27, 2017.  A native of Isle of Wight County, he was the son of the late James Edwin and Mamie Gilliam Turner.  Jim was a lifelong member of Benns United Methodist Church in Smithfield.  He graduated from Virginia Tech with an engineering degree, working for Newport News Shipbuilding, Electric Boat as president, and lastly General Dynamics, where he retired as chief operating officer.  Jim was very active in his community and was a member of the North Suffolk Rotary Club and North Suffolk Social Club.

Professionally, he was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1998, which honored him for “leading the implementation of innovative engineering and design processes, and establishing a new standard for naval ship design and acquisition.”  In 1999, he received the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award from the Navy League of the United States, which honors industry leaders who have made major contributions to U.S. maritime strength.

Jim served on the Academy of Engineering Excellence, the Virginia Tech Foundation Board of Directors, the College of Engineering’s Committee of 100, and was a charter member of The President’s Circle.  Jim also served on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors from 1994 to 2002, and was the University’s Rector from 1997 to 2002.  Virginia Tech presented Jim with the University Distinguished Achievement Award, the Alumni Distinguished Service Award and the University’s highest award, the William H. Ruffner Medal.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Elizabeth Nelms Turner; two sons, James Edwin Turner III and Steven L. Turner Sr. and wife Cindy; brother, Richard L. Turner and wife Pam; three grandchildren, Skye Catherine Taten and husband Bryce, Steven L. Turner Jr., and Adam J. Turner; and two great-grandchildren, Kai and Kalea Taten.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2 p.m. in Benn’s United Methodist Church by the Rev. Betsy Caudill.  Burial will be in St. Luke’s Cemetery.  Sturtevant Funeral Home, Bennetts Creek Chapel, Suffolk, is handling arrangements.  Contributions may be made to Benn’s United Methodist Church or the Western Tidewater Free Clinic, 2019 Meade Pkwy., Suffolk, VA  23434. www.SturtevantFuneralHome.com 

 

Joseph Ray “Ray Ray” Barlow Jr., 86, passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. Born in Isle of Wight County, Jan. 25, 1931, he was the son of the late Bessie Wright and Joseph R. Barlow Sr. He was a native of Isle of Wight, where he farmed and lived on the family’s Mt. Castle Farm.  

Ray is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley K. Barlow; daughter, Lynn Briggs (Robb); sons, J. Ray Barlow III (Crista), and Bryan K. Barlow (Missy); grandchildren, Vaughn, Kelsey, Ross, Jake, Joey and Colton; sister, Mary Lou B. Haverty (Howard, deceased); and brother, Dr. Thomas W. Barlow (Sandra); and a host of extended family and friends, all who loved Ray and now hold his memory near.

Ray was a 1949 graduate of Smithfield High School and a 1953 graduate of Virginia Tech, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He served in the U.S. Air Force with stations in Japan and Hawaii before returning home to Smithfield to run the family farm. In addition to farming, he worked for several years with the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (VDACS) as a meat inspector. He also loved fishing, rabbit hunting and spending time in his garden.

A service celebrating Ray’s life will be held Thursday, Jan. 4, 11 a.m. in Smithfield Baptist Church, where he has been a lifelong member, with the Rev. Bob Cofield officiating. Burial will be private in Ivy Hill Cemetery. Following the memorial service, the family will receive friends at a reception in the Family Life Center of the church.  
Memorial contributions may be made to Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 87, Smithfield, VA 23431 or to Smithfield Baptist Church, Music Program, 100 Wainwright Dr., Smithfield, VA 23430.

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   colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

Mary Otis Sutherland McFarland, 78, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 10, 2017. Mary was born in Dickenson County of southwestern Virginia and graduated from high school in St. Paul. 

She attended Hiwassee College and graduated from Radford College with a teaching degree. Mary met her husband of 55 years, Warren McFarland, during their senior year of college and they were married in the summer of 1962. Mary enjoyed a time of teaching in Florida and then being at home in Tennessee and Virginia to raise her children. Family and friends were the joy of Mary’s life and she doted on her children and grandchildren. Mary and Warren were members of St. Mark’s Methodist Church in Hampton Va. 

Mary was the daughter of the late Caleb W. Sutherland and Clara L. Smith. She is survived by her husband Warren; son David McFarland (Aimee); daughter Mary Anderson (Rodney); grandchildren, Joshua Smak (Caty), Casey Smak, Colin McFarland, Kyle McFarland, April Anderson, Melody Anderson; and brothers, Danny and Harry Sutherland. Mary was preceded in death by a sister Betty Allen and a brother Hugh Sutherland. 
A visitation and memorial service will be held Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. at Little’s Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Smithfield, with burial to follow in St. Luke’s Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or other charity of your choice. Condolences may be registered online at www.littlesfuneralhome.com.

Pauline Frances Goodwyn Barfield of Dendron passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. Born Oct. 14, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Henry David Goodwyn and Annie Thrift Goodwyn. Mrs. Barfield was a devoted wife and mother who loved life and was the peacemaker of the family. She always put her family first and cherished every time the family celebrated together. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard McCoy Barfield; her stepmother, Myrtle Shackleford Goodwyn; her brother, David Henry Goodwyn Jr. and a grandson, Richard Alan Barfield. 

Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Richard McCoy Barfield (Mary), Clifton Earl Barfield (LeeAnn) and Kenneth Alan Barfield; grandchildren, Cynthia Kelly, Mathew Barfield (Lesley), Christopher Barfield (Brittney), and Melanie Robinson (Mike); eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and a nephew.  
A funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m. at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home, Wakefield Chapel with the Rev. Ray Rowland officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Waverly Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Surry Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 188, Surry, VA 23883. Condolences may be posted at www.rwbakerfh.com.  

 

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