Mary Ellen Phillips Gray, 90 years young, passed peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 15, 2017 at the James River Convalescent Center in Newport News. 

Mary was born on April 1, 1927 to the union of the late Ed and Clara Banks Phillips in Suffolk.  Mary received her formal education in the Suffolk, Virginia Public School System. She worked at the Planters factory in Suffolk, Virginia for over 46 years. After retirement from Planters, she was employed by Isle Wight County schools as the special needs school bus monitor and a cafeteria aide. 

Mary was a lifelong member of St. Paul Baptist Church in Suffolk. She was active in several church groups including the senior choir and usher board. Mary was also a member of the Suffolk Elks Lodge, Sigma Gamma Rho Philos of Suffolk and was the former president of Local Union No 2426 U.A.W. in Suffolk. 

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Clara Phillips; her beloved husband, Charles Henry Gray Sr.; and eight brothers, John Lee, Henry, Isam and Fletcher Williams and Crumpler, Frank, Edward and Clinton Phillips. Survivors include her daughter, Evelyn Edwards Anderson; four stepchildren Loris Ann Jones, Laverne G. Davis, Tammy Gray and Charles Henry Gray Jr.; grandchildren, Troy Anderson, Terry (Sharon) Anderson, Janine Betts, Charles Henry Gray III, Yolanda Gray-White, Raven Gray and Carla Heard; great-grandchildren, Alexandra and Andrew Anderson; Ernest Roberts, her “special son”; Hope Ellison, her “special granddaughter,” and a host of other relatives and friends.

Special thanks to mom’s caregivers, Teresa Davis and Marsha Dudley; they loved her dearly.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at St. Paul Baptist Church, 806 Lincoln Ave., Suffolk. Burial will follow at Carver Memorial Gardens in Suffolk. Arrangements are under the care of Poole’s Funeral Home, Smithfield.  
Contributions can be made in Mary’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Cancer Society. Flowers are also welcome.


S. T. Stanley Jr., “Woofa,” 67, of Smithfield passed away Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 at his residence with his family by his side.  S.T. was born in Franklin to the late Shirley Thomas Stanley Sr. and Elizabeth Elenore Fowler Stanley.  He was a retired painter, loving husband and father, who enjoyed fishing with his daughters and grandchildren.  He is survived by his wife of 46 years Mary Katherine Williams Stanley; two daughters, Kathy Lynn Martin (Brian) and Patricia Lynn Widener (Jamie); eight grandchildren, Brian “Booboo,” Shanea, Joshua, Miranda, Colton, Jamie “Leigh,” Cassie and Tyler; four great-grandchildren, Trey, Alayna, Nathan and James; and sisters, Joyce Ann Jennings and Barbara Jean Massionett.  Services will private.  Condolences may be registered online at


WINDSOR — Mildred Strawn Cofield, 88, passed away Oct. 9, 2017 in Consulate Nursing Center in Windsor. Mildred was the daughter of the late Luther O. and Claudia Strawn Thomas. In addition to her parents, Mildred was predeceased by her brother, Dave Glenn Strawn. 

Cherishing her memory are two sons, H.P. “Trip” Cofield III (Melissa) and Garry S. Cofield (Rita); a brother, Jerry Strawn (Adlevia); and three grandchildren, Meredith C. Cheng (Charles), Joshua D. Cofield and Ryan M. Cofield. 

Mildred graduated from McLeod School of Nursing as a registered nurse and was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nursing Corp during WWII. She retired from Maryview Hospital as a head nurse, and concluded her career with a local general practitioner, Dr. Phillip Thomas. Mildred was a member of Woodland United Methodist Church, taught the high school Sunday school class, was a member of the United Methodist Women and the church choir. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, she was active with Relay for Life. 
       A life celebration service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 13, at Woodland UMC with the Rev. Amanda Newman and the Rev. Robert Cofield Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 - 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia, or to Woodland UMC Blachford-Raveling Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be registered at


Glenn Aubrey Hoy, 83, of Smithfield lost his courageous battle with cancer on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.  He was born Jan. 9, 1934 in Staunton, and was the son of the late Ella Florence Shepherd and Guy Oliver Hoy.  

Glenn served his country in the Navy, attended Penn State University, and retired from Newport News Shipbuilding after 38 years.  He then went on to own his own construction company.

He is survived by his beloved wife Gail Hoy, his little dog Aubrey, and his six children; Glenn A. (Debbie) Hoy, II, Lesa (Andy) Ankney, Sonja (Tony) Brown, Rodney D. (Kim) Hoy, Steve Waddell (Becky Reed), Debra Locke (Steve Remesic); two sisters, Mary Joan Bower (Ted) and Valerie Tilley; 19 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Glenn was preceded in death by a brother, G.O. Hoy, and two sisters, Irene Wakefield and Betty Fisher.  

Visitation will be held from 6 - 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 9 at Colonial Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10t at Smithfield Baptist Church, 100 Wainwright Drive, followed by burial in St. Luke’s Memorial Park.  Committal will be immediately followed by a reception in Smithfield Baptist Church.

The family suggests memorial contributions to IOW Relay for Life, American Cancer Society, C/O Pam Jordan, 18214 Farmview Lane, Windsor, VA  23487.
Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, 14214 Carrollton Blvd., Carrollton, 23314. Condolences and remembrances are encouraged at

VIRGINIA BEACH — John H. Peterson, Sr., 95, of First Colonial Inn in Virginia Beach, died on Sept. 24, 2017. A native of Mt. Olive, N.C., he was predeceased by his wife, Rose, one brother and five sisters. He is survived by his son, John Jr. (Jo Ann); sister Helen (H.J.); two grandsons, John III (Stacy) and Lucky (Elizabeth); four great-grandchildren, Penn, Gage, Greer and Vaughan.

John retired from the U.S. Naval Submarine Service, Piqua, Ohio Nuclear Power Facility, and Virginia Power. He resided in Smithfield for more than 35 years and was formerly a member of Cedar Point Country Club, the American Legion, VFW, and Subvets.

The Peterson family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to his caretaker, Michelle Spyres, and her aides, Maria and Pat for their love and devoted care of our "Daddy Pete."

A "Tribute to John Sr." will be held in Virginia Beach at 6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Great Neck Chapel of Holloman Brown. A mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 2 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Smithfield followed by a burial in St. Luke's Memorial Park.

Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at