CARROLLTON — Helen Rose Smoot, passed away Friday, Dec 8, 2017. Born in West Virginia on Oct. 28, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Myrtle Moore Herald. Helen, in her earlier years, was a teacher with the West Virginia public school system, where she taught fourth and sixth grade. She has been a resident of Isle of Wight County for 40 years and a member of Carrollton Baptist Church.  

Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Buel Smoot; son, Jerry N. Smoot; brother, Ray Herald; and a sister, Brookie Bramlett. She leaves to cherish her memory a son, Virgil R. Smoot (Anne); daughters, Noretta D. Davidson (Ralph) and Twilla S. Fulks; sister, Jo Anne Fisher and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

A life celebration service will be held in Colonial Funeral Home at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, with the Rev. Lee Hess officiating. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations can be made to Carrollton Baptist Church, PO Box 267, Carrollton, VA 23314 or to the American Cancer Society, Isle of Wight Relay for Life, c/o Mrs. Pam Jordan, 18214 Farmview Lane, Windsor, VA  23487.
Arrangements are by Colonial Funeral Home, 14214 Carrollton Blvd. Carrollton, VA. Family and friends may share condolences and remembrances at

John Morgan Wellons Jr. of Windsor passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Born Aug. 16, 1947, he was a son of Clara Virginia Catron Wellons and the late John Morgan Wellons Sr. John served his country in the United States Air Force and was a graduate of Mississippi College where he majored in history. He was also a member of Central Hill Baptist Church, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and a Baptist minister. John was a good Christian man and will be missed by all who knew him.

Along with his mother, left to cherish his memory is his sister, Virginia “Jenny” Wellons Rhodes and her husband, Dusty of Zuni; his brother, Mark Edward Wellons and his wife, Nancy of Kouts, Ind.; a niece, Lindsay Wellons Murray and her husband, Chris of St. Paul, Minn. and numerous cousins. 

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 14, at Central Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Brad Jones officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. Burial with military honors will follow the reception at the Mill Swamp Baptist Church cemetery. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home, Wakefield Chapel is serving the family. Condolences may be posted at  

Sherry Manning Clark, 70, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.  Born in Bassett, March 3, 1947, Sherry was the daughter of the late Lois Bishop and Andrew Manning Jr. She was a 1965 graduate of Hampton High School. 

In addition to her parents, Sherry was preceded in death by her brother, Barry L. Manning; and granddaughter, Sammie Bachand.  She leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved husband of 29 years, Raleigh Clark; five children, Kelly Williamson (James Jr.), Danette Bachand (Duane) of Hampton, Ernest S. Montgomery of Newport News, Clifton R. Clark (Kristy) of Smithfield, and Alissa Ellis of Surry; grandchildren, Andrew (Jessica), Brandy (John), Corey (Candice), Josh, Paige, Brandon, Ethan, Brittany, Jonathan, Kaitlyn, Michael, Cassey, Corey, Isaiah and Jeremiah; six great-grandchildren; life-long friend, Sharen Talley, along with a host of extended family and friends, all who will sorely miss Sherry.

At the age of 16, Sherry was employed at Roses Department Store. Later, she worked at Giant Open Air Market, Howard Johnsons Motel, and Miller & Rhoads department store.  She continued her management career working at the Fashion Bug department store, at Home Quarters Warehouse, and finally Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.

Upon meeting her husband, Raleigh, in 1988, Sherry moved to Smithfield.  For the past 30 years, she has worked mules, raised farm animals and her beloved pomeranians.  She and Raleigh have showed mules at the Isle of Wight County Fair where she chaired the livestock committee.  They have given wagon rides at Chippokes Plantation and the Newport News Fall Festival and Children’s Festival.  For the past 10 years, Sherry has been a member of the OVPR, enjoying camping and hosting the semi-annual ladies tea.

A service celebrating Sherry’s life will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m. in Colonial Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jeff Cannon officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service.  Burial will be private.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Isle of Wight Relay for Life, c/o Pam Jordan, 18214 Farmview Road, Windsor, VA  23487.
Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, 14214 Carrollton Blvd. Carrollton. Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at


Willie Thomas “T” Warren Jr., 83, of Smithfield, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.  He retired as the manager at Little’s Supermarket where he was known by all as “T.”  He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Debra Sue Warren; his son, Larry Warren, and daughter Jessica M. Dale (John); a brother, John Warren (Joyce); and his special grandsons, John Michael Dale and Brian Christopher Dale.  “T” was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Thomas Warren Sr. and Isabela Story Warren; his first wife, Virginia Lee Warren; and a son Billy Warren.  
A funeral service will be held Dec. 9, at 2 p.m., at Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield with burial to follow in St. Luke’s Memorial Park Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at Online condolences may be registered at

Benjaman (Ben) Elmer Brown, 88, passed away on Nov. 25, 2017. He was a veteran of the Korean War era and retired from Brown and Root Construction Company to live the rest of his days in Rockport, Texas. Born to the late Elmer and Josie Brown in Isle of Wight County, he is predeceased by his wife Mable; brothers, Billy and Bobby (Jane); granddaughter, Nicole; a niece and two nephews. He is survived by two sons, Jim (Carol) and William (Patricia); two daughters, Mary Kautz (Don) and Vickie Kolden (Jeff); two sisters, Martha Powell (Melvin, deceased) and Bess Cochran (Steve); two brothers, Joe and Glenn; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, niece’s and nephews. A graveside service will be held at St. Luke's Memorial Cemetery in Smithfield on Wednesday, Dec. 20th at 1 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity.  Online condolences may be registered at