James “Jim” John Conrad, 85 passed away Saturday, July 4, 2015, at Riverside Regional Medical Center.  Born in Illinois, Jim was the son of the late Carl and Dorothy L. Bicknase Conrad. 

Jim was a Navy veteran. An employee of Verizon Communication for 39 years, Jim retired in 1990 as an engineer’s assistant.  In his pastime, he enjoyed tennis, golf, and racket ball.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 52 years, Virginia Conrad; two sons, Michael Conrad and Steven Conrad and his wife, Beth; three grandchildren, Shaun, Craig, and Ashley; and six great-grandchildren.

Family and friends will gather Friday, July 10,10 a.m. for visitation at Smithfield Baptist Church, followed by a service celebrating Jim’s life at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. Donald R. Rhoton officiating.  Burial will be private.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, Smithfield, Isle of Wight and the surrounding communities.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

Edith “Pat” Crocker, 86, of Smithfield, entered heaven’s gates on July 6, 2015 at James River Convalescent Center in Newport News.

She was born May 8, 1929 in Canton, NC. To the late Thomas J. and Eva E. Mauney. She lived in New York and Texas before settling in Virginia. Pat was predeceased by her loving husband of 53 years Wallace R Crocker Sr. She was also predeceased by her daughter, Sheila C. Anderson, along with four brothers and three sisters.

Left to cherish her memory are her children and their spouses; Diane (Ernie) Bray of Currituck, N.C., Randy (Pam) Crocker Jr, of Milton, Fla., Terry (Bill) Watts and Neal (Sheri) Crocker of Smithfield; grandchildren Stacy Collins, Chris Bray, Randolph Crocker, Kendall Watts, Kellie Bilafer, Daniel Crocker and Dana Crocker; great-grandchildren Timothy Jessee, Peyton and Connor Torrenti, Avery Bray and Ava Collins;one sister, Martha Hovis of Charlotte, N.C.; one sister-in-law, Virginia Crocker of Newport News; and the many nieces, nephews, special friends and families in the area whose lives she has touched. 

She was a caring wife, mother and homemaker and was an excellent cook who enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. Her hobby was her many cookbooks. Aunt Pat or Nannie was known to many in Isle of Wight. She loved children and made her life caring for them and made sure they felt special. She has cared for so many children and has made such a difference in so many lives. She never met a stranger. She was a very special lady to many. She was a lifetime member of the Smithfield Volunteer Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 8, 6 – 8 p.m. at Terry Watts’ house at 9 James View Circle in Smithfield. A graveside service celebrating her life will be held the following day, July 9, 12:30 p.m. at St Luke’s Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends and family after the service at Terry Watts’ home also.   

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to The Ronald McDonald House of Norfolk.

The family is served by Peninsula Funeral Home. 

Norma Dell Burton Crocker, “Grammy”, 80, died Monday, July 6, 2015, surrounded by her loving family.  Born in Dendron, Norma was the daughter of Garland C. Sr. and Minnie Hill Burton.  In addition to her parents, Norma is preceded in death by her husband, Cecil L. Crocker Sr. and a daughter, Yvonne B. Crocker, and three brothers, Garland C. Burton, Jr., James Hill Burton Sr., and Carl Martin Burton.  

     Norma was a beloved and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister.  She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Patricia C. Edmundson, and her husband John R. III, Wanda C. Pearson and Cecil L. Crocker Jr.; five grandchildren, Lauren Riley, Sarah Capehart, Benjamin Pearson IV, Kaitlan Coates and Alexander Pearson; three great-grandchildren, Jocelyn, Roman and Suri; and her loving siblings, Richard L. Burton,Sr., Alice Morgan, Judith Applegate and Virginia Goldos.

For many years Norma was a loan officer for local finance companies in addition to being a stay-at-home mom and a meticulous housekeeper.  She and her late husband, Cecil, will be remembered as the ‘best dancers in Isle of Wight County”.  She was quirky, with a great sense of humor. 

She supported the VFW and was a member of the Woman’s Auxiliary.  In her last days, Norma looked forward to visits from friends and family, especially her children, siblings — cracking jokes and funning with whoever was around.

     A graveside funeral service will be held Thursday, July 9, 11 a.m., in St. Luke’s Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Donald R. Rhoton officiating.  

     The family expresses thanks to the staff of Compassionate Care Hospice for their comfort and support during Norma’s illness.  The family suggests memorial contributions to VFW Post 8545, 223 Washington St. P.O. Box 461,Smithfield, VA 23431 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675

Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, Smithfield, Isle of Wight and the surrounding communities.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com. 

Rufus Ashton Baines Jr., 71, went to be with the Lord on July 3, 2015. Rufus was born June 9, 1944 to the late Erma and Rufus Ashton Baines Sr. He was also predeceased by a brother Richard Baines; sister-in-law Janice Baines and brother-in-law Jack Riddick.

Rufus was a 1962 graduate from Suffolk High School in Suffolk , attended Elon College and entered the US Army, training at the Army Signal School in Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey in 1963. He served in the Signal Corp, Crypto Unit from 1963- 1966 in Taipei, Taiwan and Fort Dietrick, Md. He worked for Navy Security Communications, Crypto Unit in Syracuse, N.Y. for 1966 to 1971.  He graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy 53rd Basic Training School and served as a Trooper with promotions to Senior Trooper, Special Agent as Undercover Drug Agent and Asset Forfeiture Unit, retiring in 1996. He worked as a bailiff and the victim witness coordinator with Essex County Sheriffs Office in Tappahannock, retiring for a second time in 2003. In Orange, he worked for Grymes Drug Store for several years

Rufus has served as president of the Rappahannock County Lions Club and was a former member of Rotary International. He has been active in many churches serving on the vestries of Trinity Episcopal in Washington, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tappahannock and St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in Orange. 

His is survived by his wife, Lynne Oliver Baker Baines of Rhodesville; sons Robert Ashton Baines and Valerie Ames of Honey Brook, Penn., and Lee Baines and wife Sharon of True Blue; grandchildren Evan, Grace, Jack , Max and Thomas Baines; a Danish exchange son, Thomas Bergmann, and Danish grandson, Alexander; sister Joyce Baines Riddick of Suffolk and Nancy Baines White and husband George of Smithfield; nieces Terri Baines and husband Richard of England, Pam Carr and husband Mike, Kelly Powell and husband Brian of Suffolk; nephews Mark Baines and wife Amanda of Gloucester, and Jeff Baines and wife Tanya of Berlin, Germany; nine great nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life for Rufus Ashton Baines, Jr. will be conducted by the Rev. Dr. Lin Hutton and the Rev. Jennings Hobson on July 12, 1 p.m. at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, 119 Caroline St., Orange.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Orange Free Clinic, PO Box 441, Orange, VA 22960, St. Thomas Episcopal Church Restoration Project, 119 Caroline Street, Orange, VA 22960, or to a charity of your choice. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. Suffolk is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com.



Irene Marie Reynolds Current, 88, passed away at home Saturday, June 27, 2015 after a brief illness.  Born in Midvale, N.J., Irene was the daughter of the late Harry W. Sr. and Marie Ebele Reynolds.  Formerly of Butler, N.J., Irene was the wife of the late, Donald Drake Current (d.2005) 

A resident of Smithfield for more than 17 years, Irene was an member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Mature Methodist Women and was especially interested with the food pantry ministry of the church and with the Isle of Wight Christian Outreach Program.

A beloved and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister, Irene leaves to cherish her memories two daughters, Patricia Ferrence of Sumter, S.C. and Donna Bernstein of Richmond; five grandchildren, Amy Collins, Scott Bernstein, Jennifer Clemmons, Tommy Ferrence and Melissa Bernstein; eight great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Courtney, Tyler, Ashlynn, Zyon, Chloe, Isabella, and Alexa; two sisters, Dorothy Coss and Jean Miller (Don); a brother, Harry W. Reynolds Jr., and a host of extended family and friends.

A service celebrating Irene’s life will be held Friday, July 3, 7 p.m. in Trinity United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Andrew Ensz officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service in the Family Activity Center.  Burial will be private.

The family suggests memorial contributions to IOW Christian Outreach Program, PO Box 253, Smithfield, VA  23431.

Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, Smithfield, Isle of Wight and the surrounding communities.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.