CARROLLTON — H.M. “Dude” Vaughn, 87, passed away on Saturday, July 1, 2017.

After a 41-year career with the Newport News Shipyard, he retired in 1992 as the power house operator. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and its Liberty Builders. His love of antique cars led him to be a member of several antique car clubs. He enjoyed spending time in his yard and tending to his flowerbeds.   

 Surviving members of his family include his wife of 67 years, DeGloria Darnell Vaughn; children, Mike Vaughn and Denise Vaughn Prescott; grandchildren, K.C. Vaughn Marlino, Kate L. Vaughn; great grandchildren, Shanna Marlino, Christian Vaughn, Jordan Marlino, and Alyssa Grishaw.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 5, 2-3 p.m. at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home.  Following the visitation, a service will be held at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.
Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666.

Ada Crocker Thompson, loving wife, mother and aunt, passed away at her home on June 28, 2017 at the age of 88.  Ada was born to parents Charlie B. and Nettie Turner Crocker who predeceased her.  She was also predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Charles A. “Andy” Thompson, who passed away Feb. 4, 2016; sisters, Odelle C. Holleman, Tera C. Wyatt and a brother Cecil L. Crocker.  She is survived by a son, Russell K. Barlow, and a sister, Nell C. Owen (Sonny).  She is also survived by a special niece, Linda Raye H. Evans; nieces, Patricia C. Edmundson (John), Wanda C. Pearson, Susan O. Saunders (Whit) and Alice O. Adams; and a nephew, Cecil L. Crocker Jr. 

Except for a few years in Portsmouth and Carrollton, Ada lived all her life in Smithfield.  She was a secretary/bookkeeper and worked for several area businesses.  She retired from the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in 1991.She was a member of Smithfield Baptist Church and was a kind, gentle lady who loved her family and friends. 

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 2, 2 p.m. in the chapel of Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield, with burial to follow in St. Luke’s Memorial Park.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday July 1, 6 - 7:30 p.m. The family would like to thank Angie Batten and Angie Rowland, faithful caregivers, who showed love and support for Ada. 

Memorial donations may be made to Smithfield Baptist Church, 100 Wainwright Dr. Smithfield, VA 23430, the Alzheimer’s Association at or the Isle of Wight Volunteer Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 97, Smithfield, VA 23431.  
Condolences may be registered online at

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dorothy May Luter Hobson died June 25, 2017, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House at Southminster, Charlotte, NC, due to complications arising from a broken hip.  Dorothy was born in Smithfield, VA, on February 1, 1946.  She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Williamson Luter, Jr., and her mother Pearl Stockman Sykes Luter.  Dorothy is survived by her husband William Patrick (Willie) Hobson; their four sons Robert and wife Karen, Ross and wife Trish, Patrick and wife Kristin, Brad and wife Caroline; and by her grandchildren Ross, Jr., Helen, Elizabeth, William, Henry, Lilly, Juliette, and McKinley.  She is also survived by her brother J. W. Luter III and wife Karin and by her sister Sue Luter Anderson and husband Ernest.  

Funeral services will be private.  The family will receive friends, to remember Dorothy and to honor her life, on Tuesday, July 25, between 5 and 8 p.m., at the home of Patrick and Kristin Hobson, 2401 Ansley Court, Charlotte, NC. 

It was Dorothy's wish that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth Poe Funeral & Cremation Services, 1321 Berkeley Ave Charlotte, NC 28204.  Online condolences at  Phone: 704 641-7606    


Debra Ann Clark Ruccolo, 65, passed away on June 12, 2017. She was born April 20, 1952 to the late Dolores Bauerlein and Joseph Clark.  From a military family, she traveled the world and fell in love with places like Morocco and East Asia. 

Debra lived in Smithfield for the past 25 years with her family and beloved pets. Left to cherish her memory is her son, Victor Ruccolo; her daughter, Vanessa Ruccolo; and her husband of 39 years, Michael Ruccolo.

Debra was best known as a loving homemaker, a beloved manager at the local Food Lion, a gifted psychic and creative spirit, and the brightest light in any room. We love and miss our Sunny.
Services are private and in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, 14214 Carrollton Blvd. Carrollton.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at


Viola Penelope Skinner Edwards of Smithfield went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 17, 2017. She was born on Feb. 16, 1926, in Hertford County N.C. to Charles Palin and Mamie G. Skinner. She has lived in Isle of Wight County for 84 years. She was a member of Benn’s United Methodist Church. She married the love of her life, William Joseph Edwards, on March 27, 1948. They shared 56 years of a wonderful life together before Bill passed away in 2004. She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Tempie S. Moody and Beatrice S. Underwood; her brother, Roy Elton Skinner; and her nephews, Harry W. Underwood Jr. and Roy Elton "Billy" Skinner.

Viola enjoyed one of most fulfilling careers anyone could have. She was a loving mother to her twin daughters, Robin and Ann. That career spanned more than 60 years. She added the role of active grandma more than 30 years ago when her grandchildren were born and in the past eight years she became known as “GG” to her great grandchildren. She participated in whatever activities her daughters or grandchildren were involved. She could out shop her daughters. She would go to a ball game during the day and ballet performance at night.

She is survived by her twin daughters, Robin Edwards Whitley and Ann Edwards Andrews and her husband, Jerry; her grandchildren Joseph Garland Whitley and his wife Toni, Hope Andrews Hunter and her husband, Nick, Jeri-Lee Andrews Russ and her husband, Justin, and William Michael Whitley and his wife, Katie; her great grandchildren David Noah Russ, Colbie Faith Russ, Reece Kameron Whitley, John Robert "Jack" Hunter, Elizabeth Penelope "Penny" Russ, Rhett Orion Whitley and Katherine Hope "Kate" Hunter. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Albert Skinner; and many nieces and nephews who were very special to her.

Because of her love for both her church and education, memorial donations may be made to Benn’s United Methodist Church, 14571 Benn’s Church Blvd., Smithfield Virginia or Isle of Wight Academy, P.O. Box 105, Isle of Wight Virginia 23397.

The family will receive family and friends at Benn’s United Methodist Church Family Life Center on Tuesday, June 20, 7-8:30 p.m. The family also welcomes friends and family to visit at the home of her daughter, Robin. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 21 at 2 p.m. at Benn’s United Methodist Church, Smithfield. Burial will follow at St. Luke’s Memorial Park. 
Arrangements are being handled by Andrews Funeral Home and Crematory of Gloucester and Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton.