Harold Kenway Bennett II, 94, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.  Born in Ararat, Penn. on Sept. 15, 1922, Harold was the son of the late Pauline Carpenter and Harold K. Bennett.
An U.S. Army-Air Force veteran during WWII, Staff-Sgt. Bennett was stationed in India.  Close to the end of his military stint he married his wife of 71 years, Norah Kathleen O’Brien in Calcutta, India, on Jan. 14, 1946.  Later that year, they returned the states, settling in Ithaca, N.Y.  Harold managed and maintained real estate apartment properties for a number of years.
Then, he retired to Florida and worked as chief engineer at Miami’s Jockey Club.  After some 20 years, living in Florida, Harold came to Smithfield to be close to family.
He was a life member of the VFW.
A beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, Harold leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Norah Bennett; daughters, Eileen Cole, April Jahncke, Carolyn Booth, Patricia Halleran; and son, Harold K. Bennett III; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sister, Esther Davis; brother, Richard Bennett; and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.
A service celebrating Harold’s life will be held 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 24 at Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton.  Private burial will follow in Albert G. Horton Jr. Veteran Memorial Cemetery, Suffolk
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Isle of Wight Relay for Life, C/O Pam Jordan, 18214 Farmview Lane, Windsor, VA 23487.
Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, 14214 Carrollton Blvd. Carrollton, VA.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

SUFFOLK — Dale Owen Bucher Beale, passed away at her home in Driver on Feb. 13, 2017, which is the same day her father passed in 2004. Dale was born Sept. 17, 1953, in Richmond. She was the daughter of Ruth Owen Dickens Bucher and the late Alvin M. Bucher.

Dale will be remembered for her dry sense of humor, her never-ending love for Virginia Tech and dogs, and for her strong opinions and beliefs. Dale was passionate in teaching children and shared an amazing ability to make people feel special through conversation. 

Dale is survived by her mother, Ruth D. Bucher; her sister, Judy Crane, her brother-in-law, Stephen Crane, their two children, William and Laura Crane, and her eight cousins and extended family and friends.

Dale’s graveside funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, in the family plot at Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, with her cousin, Minister Rick Bucher, officiating. 

In honoring Dale’s memory, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association at 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1500 Chicago, Illinois 60606 or online at MDA.org.
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 www.colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. — Alice Faye Smith Johnston, 79 passed away Feb 7, 2017 in a Greenville N.C. hospital. She graduated from Smithfield High School class of 1955. She is survived by her husband, Fritz Johnston; a son, Bobby Large of Nashville N.C.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren: three sisters, Betty Jones of Smithfield, Shirley Burroughs of Woodstock, Ga. and Marian Grady, (Andy)of Portsmouth and a host of nieces, nephews and relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bennie and Merle Smith of Smithfield, three brothers, Bennie Smith, Buddy Smith and Eddie Smith; and a stepson, Lee Johnston. 
A celebration of her life will be held Feb. 26, 2 p.m. at the home of her niece, Kim Campbell 2505 Lake Cahoon Road, Suffolk. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice or the Roanoke Rapids N.C. Veterans Museum, Becker Village Mall 1620 E 10th St. Roanoke Rapids N.C. 27870.


Harry Oliver Dalton, age 88, the eldest child of the late Martin M. and Estle Rowland Dalton, passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Oliver was born March 28, 1928 in Pittsylvania County on his mother’s birthday.  

In addition to his parents and four siblings, Oliver is preceded in death by his wife, Marion Dalton, on March 4, 2006. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Deborah Stafford and her husband, Billy; son, Mark Oliver Dalton; grandson, William Oliver Stafford, affectionately called, Sir William; four sisters, Earline Mann, Anne Bryant, Patsy Talbert and Karen Bronaugh; one brother, Kent Dalton; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.

Oliver worked for the Virginia Department of Soil Conservation for 42 years, followed by 21 years with the Department of Recreation and Conservation.  He was an active member of Smithfield Baptist Church, a deacon and past chair of the board of deacons.  He was past Sunday school superintendant, and served on the building committee to rebuild the church after it burned.  

He was a kind, gentle, genuine man and the ‘salt’ of the earth. He loved nature and the great outdoors, enjoyed fishing, and even in his later years was passionate about taking long walks.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14, in St. Luke’s Memorial Park, with the Rev. Dr. Donald R. Rhoton officiating. The family will receive friends following the graveside service at Smithfield Baptist Church.

The family expresses special thanks to the staff of Willow Creek unit of Riverside Healthy Living, Smithfield, for their love and support given Oliver and them during his stay.  The family request memorial contributions be made to Smithfield Baptist Church, 100 Wainwright Dr., Smithfield, 23430 or Isle of Wight Relay for Life, c/o Pam Jordan, 18214 Farmview Lane, 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  colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.


Emily Jean Munford Atkins, 89, of Windsor, passed away Feb. 8, 2017. She was born in Hopewell to the late Matthew and Susie Munford. She is also predeceased by her husband, Lonnie Robert Atkins Jr.  Jean was a member of Central Hill Baptist Church.

Jean is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Brian and Mary Atkins and Robert and Nora Atkins; grandchildren, Joshua Atkins, Lauren Powell and Lizzy Powell; and sisters, Betty Lou Hicks and Lelia Winn.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, Feb. 12, 2 p.m. at Central Hill Baptist Church, 10270 Central Hill Road in Windsor with Pastor Brad Jones and Pastor Robert Atkins officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 
Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 10, 7-8 p.m. at Parr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3515 Robs Drive in Suffolk. Memorial donations may be made to the Central Hill Baptist Church. Condolences may be registered online at www.parrfuneralhome.com