VIRGINIA BEACH — Roy Edward Austin, age 80, died on July 22, 2017 early in the morning at the hospital with his wife of 39-plus years at his side. This was after an unforeseen complication after a severe stroke two years ago. He was finally scheduled to come home after more than a year of pressure from his wife who watched over him daily for two years. Ed is survived by his wife, Ramona; their two children, Anthony Austin of Virginia Beach, and Heather Austin Logan of Midlothian, as well as a son from a previous marriage, James Austin of Ripley, Miss. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, Lauren Austin of Mississippi and Kylie and Bryce Logan. 

Ed grew up in Ripley Miss., where he was known as Edward, with his older sister, Mary Lois, and younger brother, Bobby. He lived in a simple house absent of modern conveniences until his late teens. He was one of nine students in his class at Palmer school. His childhood highlights consisted of picking cotton, plowing mules, playing baseball and rollerskating. He signed up for the Mississippi National Guard and deployed to Korea. After three years, he was a civilian again until he enlisted in the regular Army.

In the U.S. Army, he was a drill sergeant, fought with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam, and later went to Club Manager School and ran military clubs. His bravery in Vietnam from 1966-1968 earned him a bronze star for Valor. Like many Vietnam veterans, he rarely spoke of the horrors of the war. Yet somehow, during rare down times, along with some buddies, he managed to build an iron swing set for a group of orphan Vietnamese children. He returned to the U.S. and Fort Story in Virginia Beach where he began his new job as club manager and made a successful name for himself as an outstanding manager. There were multiple deployments to Korea and Germany. 

In 1972, while military manager of the Officers Club at Fort Story, he met his future wife Ramona, who was 15 and worked part-time checking coats. She continued to work part-time in different positions while in high school. They became close over the years, but with his orders to Germany, thought they would never meet again. However, he returned to Fort Story 18 months later and eventually they became engaged and married. One last tour in Korea, and two small children, led to his decision to retire after 23 years of service. 

He made the decision to help an old army friend by becoming his assistant manager of a country club in Monroe, N.C. for three years, giving Ramona her first exposure to farm life. Before long they had acquired a menagerie of livestock. Three years later he was summoned back to Virginia Beach by his old boss to take over as consolidated club manager at Fort Story. This was a dream come true for them. Ed set about making the Fort Story Club a destination for both young and old and his beach patio parties commanded huge crowds. He became involved with the 4H Club and helped his son and daughter show livestock in the yearly competition. He left his position at Fort Story 10 years later to spend more time on their farm in rural Virginia Beach and support his wife's career as a physician. They later renovated a 1877 Victorian in Smithfield and Ed became active in the local VFW post. He became cook for their breakfast fundraiser and enjoyed the fellowship and outreach programs.

His health made a significant decline about 15 years ago beginning with several surgeries and hospitalizations. He continued to fight back after each set back. Even after a large stroke April 29, 2015, he slowly began to improve and just before he was to be discharged home, he passed away in the hospital.

Ed was known and admired for his work ethic, integrity and love of country. He adored his wife, and loved his family. He was a man who cared little for self-recognition, but loved helping others. He was a stanch supporter of the military and first responders, and the flag they served under. Years ago, after eating at a local restaurant, he went back in to tell the manager that their U.S. flag was improperly displayed. America has lost one of its most loyal citizens. 
Services will include a visitation at H. D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, on Sunday, Aug. 6, from 4 - 6 p.m. A military service will be held on Monday, Aug. 7, 10:30 a.m. at the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, followed by a reception to celebrate Ed's life at the VFW Post 8545, 223 Washington St. in Smithfield. Online condolences may be made to the family at hdoliver.com.  

Smithfield—Robert (Bob) “Pop Pop” Donald Waxham of Smithfield, Virginia passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at the age of 90. Bob was born to parents Raymond and Lillian Waxham on April 8, 1927 in Silver Creek, N.Y. He grew up on a dairy farm in upstate New York as one of 5 children. Bob enlisted in the Army at age 17 and served in post WWII Japan.  Bob enjoyed attending Princeton, Harvard, Yale and Syracuse where he holds his degree, thanks to Uncle Sam.  In 1956, he married Barbara Taylor Waxham after a very successful blind date and following courtship. Bob enjoyed an illustrious career in medical writing and marketing (listed as a Pioneer in Ultrasound by AIUM), and an even more renowned occupation as a father and grandfather.  After which, he retired to his basement to write books on genealogy (available on Amazon!)  “Smilin’ Bob”, as he was known to friends, was a lifelong Orioles fan, coffee-holic, avid reader and a prolific writer.  He enjoyed teaching the Adult Education Class at Christ Episcopal Church and attending the Mended Hearts Club, Grid Iron Club, Fred Stanton Book Club and his Saturday morning breakfast club at Main Street Restaurant.  Bob is survived by his son, Richard Waxham; daughters, Judy Winslow and partner, Michael Whalen; and Natalie Standley and her husband, Jeff; his granddaughters, Sheridan Grime and her husband, Jason; Jaclyn Smith and her husband, Jack; and Carly Ramsey; his sister, Winnie Mount and sister, Pauline Hutchinson and many, many friends.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie; and his brothers Ed Waxham and Russ Waxham. A Visitation for friends and family is planned for Friday, July 28 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Little’s Funeral Home in Smithfield.  The funeral will be held at Christ Episcopal Church on Saturday, July 29 at 3 p.m.  Bob will be interred in the Christ Church Columbarium following the service.  In lieu of flowers the family is grateful for a donation in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org. Condolences may be registered online at www.littlesfuneralhome.com.

John “Jack” Thomas York, 76, passed away peacefully at home, Friday, July 21, 2017.  Born in Youngstown, Ohio, he was the son of the late Thomas G. and Anne Patricia Gol York.  Jack was an Air Force – Vietnam veteran, retiring as a major, after 21 years of service, and a chief communications computer planner, civil service, for a combined tenure of 42 years of service to his country.

Jack was preceded in death by three daughters, Joann A., Joan B., and Elizabeth Ann York.  He leaves to cherish his memory, the love of his life, Nanette “Nan” A. York, wife of 52 years; children, Patricia Murphy (Joseph), Thomas York (Dawn Renee), Judith York (Sheila Dillon) and Robert York (Dawn Marie); 10 grandchildren, KeriAnne, Eric, Brian, Kinsley, Charlie, Eli, Jillian, Joel, Ayla and Wren; sister, Patricia Christians (Jerry); and a host of extended family members and friends.

It can be said in remembering Jack that he lived a life of patriotism to his country, service to the community, and took part in molding and shaping so many lives. Over the span of his life, Jack received the Bronze Star for his meritorious military endeavors; was a 30-year member of the American Legion and a member of the V.F. W., a member of the Ruritans International and served as a district governor; a member of the Kiwanis, serving as club president.  He volunteered with the American Red Cross in local and state disaster services, with the Leadership Institute of the Virginia Peninsula, United Way, and Sunday school teacher at Langley AFB Chapel.  Jack dedicated 50 years of his energies to the Boy Scouts of America and was council commissioner.

Family and friends will gather Saturday, July 29, 4-6 p.m. for visitation at Colonial Funeral Home and a time and tribute and celebration to Jack’s memory.  A funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 30, in Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 300 Smithfield Blvd., Smithfield.  Burial will be at a later date in Gettysburg National Cemetery.

The family requests memorial contributions to Jack’s memory be made to the Isle of Wight Rescue, PO Box 97, Smithfield, VA 23431.
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.

Frances Ann Edwards LeSueur died July 11, 2017. She was born on July 1, 1942 in Isle of Wight County and retired as a store clerk at Sentry Food Mart. 

She was predeceased by Anna Lee Edwards Fowler and Wesley Lee Fowler; brothers, James (Buddy) Faddie, George Ellis and David Wesley Fowler. 

She is survived by her husband, Lloyd Keith LeSueur; daughters, Theresa Brinkley and Darlene LeSueur; son, Lester LeSueur; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Annie Lee Lawson, Jeanette Sawyer and Brenda Crumpler.
A funeral service was held July 13 at Parr Funeral Home in Suffolk, with Channan Brinkley IV officiating. Burial was at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Suffolk. 

FRANKLIN — Mrs. Carolyn Griffin Williams died peacefully in her home on July 13, 2017, in Franklin, Virginia, at the age of 75. 

Carolyn is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Everett Columbus Williams Jr. of Franklin; her brother, Joseph Clinton “Joe” Griffin Jr. and his wife, Carolyn; and brother Charles Howard Griffin and his wife Connie, all of Windsor. She is also survived by uncle Robert M. “Butler” Butler and his wife, Mary of Colosse; and numerous nieces and nephews. Carolyn was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Clinton “J.C.” Griffin Sr., mother Elaine Butler Griffin, and aunts Hattie G. Fitton and Violet Griffin, all of Windsor.

A native of Isle of Wight County, Carolyn was born on Feb. 20, 1942 in Windsor to J.C. and Elaine Griffin. She graduated from Windsor High School in 1960. Carolyn was married to Everett Williams on July 3, 1960, after which she followed him nationally and internationally in his Air Force and engineering career travels. 

In all of the many places that she lived, Carolyn demonstrated an ability to form deeply caring relationships with those around her, always putting others before herself. While Carolyn was known for her homemaking, decorating and cooking skills, she was better known for being able to make people feel comfortable and loved, even in difficult situations. Although she had no children of her own, Carolyn will be largely remembered as a “mom” to many.

Carolyn’s health care has been primarily located in her home, supported by the medical efforts of Heartland Hospice and many other helpers; including Cindy Smullen, who has cared for and assisted Carolyn for seven years. Other helpers included Raynette, Theresa, Debbie, Vicky, Joyce, Virginia and many others. A special note of gratitude is given to her niece, Melissa Darden, who has provided much comfort and assistance over the last few years.
Family and friends will be received for a visitation from Wednesday July 19, 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Franklin. A funeral service will take place at Franklin Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Thursday July 20. The burial will follow at 3 p.m. at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery in Suffolk. In lieu of flowers, please send remembrances to the Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater at P.O. Box 12693, Norfolk, VA, 23541.  www.wrightfuneralhome.org

 

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