Mildred Satterfield Mayes, 91, passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 in her Smithfield home. She was the daughter of the late John P. Satterfield and Ethel Busby Satterfield Elving. 

She was born in Cradock on Jan. 15, 1926 and attended Portsmouth Public Schools. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, class of 1942, at the age of 16. 

Mildred worked for Dr. W. Curtis Outten as a dental assistant. She was married to the love of her life, Thomas B. Mayes for 67 years. She had one son, Thomas Lee Spencer Mayes, whom she adored. 

She was very proud of her ancestry. She was a member of the Jamestowne Society. Her 10th great grandfather, Francis Clements, was a member of the House of Burgess, serving Surry County, as well as their Clerk of County Court form 1697 – 1708. 

She was a devout Episcopalian and woman of faith. She will be missed by all whose lives she touched, above all her surviving son, Tom. 

A graveside service will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m. at Olive Branch Cemetery by the Rev. Les Ferguson, clergy of St. John’s Episcopal Church of Suffolk. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warriors.


Janet Goodrich Jones, 80 of Smithfield passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 with her husband Ward by her side.   Janet was the daughter of the late Robert Lee Goodrich and Mattie Ellis Goodrich.  She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Richard Ward Jones Jr. and their son Richard Ward Jones, III (Frank).  She is also survived by a sister, Paulette Wells.  

Janet retired from the business office at Verizon Telephone after 40 years of service.  A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m. in Mill Swamp Cemetery, Ivor, with the Rev. Becky Gwaltney officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 20, 6-7 p.m. at Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield.  
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 registered online at


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