URBANNA — Shirley Faulkner Gills passed away in her home in Urbanna on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015 with her devoted son David Gills was by her side. She was the daughter of the deceased Robert and Florene Faulkner.  In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her husband Howard, three sisters and two brothers.  She was a loving woman and her remaining family will miss her deeply.


WINDSOR — Nannie Mae Pond Edwards, 84, passed away on Dec. 20, 2015. Born in Isle of Wight County, she was the daughter of the late John Allen Pond and Katie Wise. She is predeceased by her husband, Clarence Edwards and daughter, Shirley E. Moore.

Nannie was a loving homemaker and member of Bethany United Methodist Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary Lou Shelton (Carley); granddaughters, Courtney Amaral and Krystal Smith; sisters, Susie Lowry and Rosalee Baker; and brother, John Pond.
Her graveside service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 23, 11 a.m. at St. Luke's Memorial Park in Smithfield, with the Rev. Michael Frank officiating. The visitation is Tuesday, Dec. 22, 6 – 7 p.m. at Parr Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 97, Smithfield, VA 23431. Condolences may be posted online at www.parrfuneralhome.com.

Joel David Lipmanson, 82, major, U.S. Army, retired, died Dec. 16, 2015, Dover, Del. after a short illness. 

 Joel was born in Philadelphia, Penn., where he graduated from Central High School for Boys and Temple University. Throughout college he participated in the ROTC program, and entered the military upon graduation. It became his career. His international service included tours in Panama, Korea, Vietnam, and Germany. After retirement, Joel resided in the Newport News/Hampton/Norfolk area of Virginia until he moved to the Dover area in 2007. A 50-year, 3rd degree Mason, he was an active member of the Union Lodge AF-AM No. 7 in Dover.

 Joel was a widower. He is survived by his son, Stephen Emil Lipmanson of Hampton; daughter Susan Lipmanson Richter and son-in-law William Richter and granddaughter Meagan Richter, all of Smithfield; sister Judith E. Lipmanson Ph.D. of Smyrna, Del.; nephew Michael E. Gluck, Ph.D. of Washington, DC; niece Jennifer Leigh Gluck of Lorain, Ohio and many cousins in the Philadelphia area.

 In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a favorite charity in his memory, such as the Smyrna Opera House, a Masonic charity, a Shiners hospital, or to any Veterans' organization.
A memorial service for family and friends will be held in Dover shortly after the new year.

Willie "Witty" Donahoe Minton, 97, passed away in her home Dec. 16, 2015. She was a native of Caroline County and had lived in Smithfield since 1937.

She was the daughter of the late William F. Donahoe and Lucie Baughan Donahoe, and was the widow of Mills Ross Minton, III. She was the oldest active member of Benns United Methodist Church. 

In her early married life she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir.  She was a past member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Historical Society.  She was a former member of the Junior and Senior Woman's Clubs.  Every Monday found her playing bridge with her club for 72 years.

She is survived by her niece, Mary Ainslie Latimer and husband Art, of Suffolk; a great niece, Elizabeth Hazelwood Jamerson and great-great niece, Ainslie Hudson Jamerson of Richmond. 

Special thanks to her dedicated caregivers, Michelle Shannon, Mary Chapman, Paulette Cypress, Victoria Mattia and long time friend, Donna Skinner.  Thanks also to the Riverside Hospice Group for their professional services.

A graveside service will be held at St. Luke's cemetery, Monday, Dec. 21, 11 a.m. by the Rev. O.H. Burton and the Rev. Robert F. Cofield Jr.
Memorial contributions may be made to Benns United Methodist Church, 14571 Benns Church Blvd., Smithfield, VA 23430 or to the Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 97, Smithfield, VA 23431. Condolences may be registered online at www.parrfuneralhome.com.

Dilsey Maryliza “Cuty” Ricks passed away Dec. 11, 2015 at Sentara Obici in Suffolk. Born on Sept. 7, 1924, she was married to the late Willie M. Ricks. She was a native of Surry County and was preceded in death by one son, Robert L. Bailey Sr.

She is survived by her sons, Charles W. Bailey (Mary) and Melvin R. Bailey, both of Wakefield and Terrance N. Ricks (Rachel) of Suffolk; daughters, Earnestine Ricks of Dinwiddie and Barbara Ricks of Wakefield; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; three sisters-in-law; and the Oak Grove Baptist Church family. 
A public viewing will be held Friday, Dec. 18, 6-8 p.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Wakefield. A funeral service follows on Saturday, Dec. 19, noon at the church.