Laura Marie Bare, 30, of Smithfield passed away on Dec. 10, 2017 after a brief illness.  Laura is the daughter of Glen Alan Bare (Tina) of Edgewater, Fla. and Lorie Colleen Vonderborn (William) of Smithfield.  She is survived by her daughter, Sadie Mae Colleen Wilson and son, Dylan Bare-Crocker; two sisters, Casey Vonderborn and Kailee Cereghino and fiancé, Bobby Wilson; her paternal grandmother, Lillian Bare and maternal grandfather, Retired Major Harry Dolan. A service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6 p.m. in Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield.  Condolences may be registered online at

On Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, Charles Thomas Ford gathered his instruments and headed towards the heavenly choir. Born June 27, 1947 in Smithfield to Mary Etta Wellons Ford and Charlie Ford, Charles was the former executive secretary and minister of music for Main Street Baptist Church for more than 40 years. Charles was a 1965 graduate and class president of Westside High School, and attended of Norfolk State University.  He was a musical icon in Hampton Roads that touched the lives of many area musicians and vocalists.  He served as a former president of the Hampton University Choir Director’s and Organists’ Guild.

Survivors include sisters Edna Ford Powell and Martha Ford Evans Jackson; nephews and nieces, Julian Evans, William and Tracey Powell, Charles and Tanesha Powell, Danielle D’Amico Lawrence and Mary D’Amico Gentile; grand-nephew and grand-nieces, Cameron Powell, Amaya Powell and Kailyn McMilan; special cousin, Glender Wellons who preceded him in death; and many other cousins, friends and church family.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. at Main Street Baptist Church Smithfield. Viewing will be held Thursday, Dec. 14, 4-7 p.m. accompanied by music and reflections from 5:30-7 p.m. also at Main Street Baptist Church.  Professional services entrusted to Shivers Funeral Chapel.

CARROLLTON — Helen Rose Smoot, passed away Friday, Dec 8, 2017. Born in West Virginia on Oct. 28, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Myrtle Moore Herald. Helen, in her earlier years, was a teacher with the West Virginia public school system, where she taught fourth and sixth grade. She has been a resident of Isle of Wight County for 40 years and a member of Carrollton Baptist Church.  

Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Buel Smoot; son, Jerry N. Smoot; brother, Ray Herald; and a sister, Brookie Bramlett. She leaves to cherish her memory a son, Virgil R. Smoot (Anne); daughters, Noretta D. Davidson (Ralph) and Twilla S. Fulks; sister, Jo Anne Fisher and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

A life celebration service will be held in Colonial Funeral Home at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, with the Rev. Lee Hess officiating. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations can be made to Carrollton Baptist Church, PO Box 267, Carrollton, VA 23314 or to the American Cancer Society, Isle of Wight Relay for Life, c/o Mrs. Pam Jordan, 18214 Farmview Lane, Windsor, VA  23487.
Arrangements are by Colonial Funeral Home, 14214 Carrollton Blvd. Carrollton, VA. Family and friends may share condolences and remembrances at

John Morgan Wellons Jr. of Windsor passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Born Aug. 16, 1947, he was a son of Clara Virginia Catron Wellons and the late John Morgan Wellons Sr. John served his country in the United States Air Force and was a graduate of Mississippi College where he majored in history. He was also a member of Central Hill Baptist Church, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and a Baptist minister. John was a good Christian man and will be missed by all who knew him.

Along with his mother, left to cherish his memory is his sister, Virginia “Jenny” Wellons Rhodes and her husband, Dusty of Zuni; his brother, Mark Edward Wellons and his wife, Nancy of Kouts, Ind.; a niece, Lindsay Wellons Murray and her husband, Chris of St. Paul, Minn. and numerous cousins. 

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 14, at Central Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Brad Jones officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. Burial with military honors will follow the reception at the Mill Swamp Baptist Church cemetery. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home, Wakefield Chapel is serving the family. Condolences may be posted at  

Sherry Manning Clark, 70, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer.  Born in Bassett, March 3, 1947, Sherry was the daughter of the late Lois Bishop and Andrew Manning Jr. She was a 1965 graduate of Hampton High School. 

In addition to her parents, Sherry was preceded in death by her brother, Barry L. Manning; and granddaughter, Sammie Bachand.  She leaves to cherish her memory, her beloved husband of 29 years, Raleigh Clark; five children, Kelly Williamson (James Jr.), Danette Bachand (Duane) of Hampton, Ernest S. Montgomery of Newport News, Clifton R. Clark (Kristy) of Smithfield, and Alissa Ellis of Surry; grandchildren, Andrew (Jessica), Brandy (John), Corey (Candice), Josh, Paige, Brandon, Ethan, Brittany, Jonathan, Kaitlyn, Michael, Cassey, Corey, Isaiah and Jeremiah; six great-grandchildren; life-long friend, Sharen Talley, along with a host of extended family and friends, all who will sorely miss Sherry.

At the age of 16, Sherry was employed at Roses Department Store. Later, she worked at Giant Open Air Market, Howard Johnsons Motel, and Miller & Rhoads department store.  She continued her management career working at the Fashion Bug department store, at Home Quarters Warehouse, and finally Lowe’s Home Improvement Store.

Upon meeting her husband, Raleigh, in 1988, Sherry moved to Smithfield.  For the past 30 years, she has worked mules, raised farm animals and her beloved pomeranians.  She and Raleigh have showed mules at the Isle of Wight County Fair where she chaired the livestock committee.  They have given wagon rides at Chippokes Plantation and the Newport News Fall Festival and Children’s Festival.  For the past 10 years, Sherry has been a member of the OVPR, enjoying camping and hosting the semi-annual ladies tea.

A service celebrating Sherry’s life will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m. in Colonial Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jeff Cannon officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service.  Burial will be private.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Isle of Wight Relay for Life, c/o Pam Jordan, 18214 Farmview Road, Windsor, VA  23487.
Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, 14214 Carrollton Blvd. Carrollton. Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at