Jean Rourke Hillegass, 90 years young, passed away peacefully on March 20 after a short illness in her hometown of Norfolk. Mom died the way she lived; surrounded by her children and loved ones. She might be on her way to heaven, but she will never leave our hearts.

Born on Oct. 15, 1926, in Norfolk, to the late Doris M. Rourke, mom married the only man she ever loved, Reon Hillegass, in 1948, and they were together until his passing in 2011. She is survived by Mary Hardy (Gary), of Virginia Beach, Reon G. Hillegass III, of Lake Worth, Fla., Samuel C. Hillegass, of Norfolk, Elizabeth Jean Hillegass, of Norfolk, Timothy J. Hillegass (Julia), of Smithfiel, Jessie Mae Hillegass of Lake Worth, Fla. and Sean F. Hillegass of Norfolk,

She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Heather Hardy Greenhaw, Gary Hardy Jr., Jennifer F. Hardy, Ashley Jean Hardy, Jean Matthias Hillegass, Adam Sotzing, Joseph Hillegass and Ceara G.H. Sotzing; and five great-grandchildren, John H. Greenhaw, Stanley C. Walker III, Faye E. Hardy, Dustin H. Drumheller and Elizabeth J. Hillegass.

Mom was involved with many charities and organizations, including the St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children Auxiliary for more than 50 years, board member for the Little Theater of Norfolk, United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Charlemagne Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Colonist (State Regent), of which she was so proud her license plates read VA DAC, the Order of the Merovingian Dynasty, ODU Town and Gown, and she was the owner of Hillegass Properties and past vice-president of Hillegass Lighting.

But mom's No. 1 job, and the one of which she was the proudest, was as a loving wife and mother. She was the mother of seven, but mom to many, as mom opened the doors to her big house, and even bigger heart to many people and groups over the years. The Hillegass house was home central for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, countless birthday parties over the years, TV commercials, small movies and parties to honor friends and family. Even when the party was to honor someone else, mom's natural charm and wit made her the center of attention, as she held court no matter where she sat.

Warm spring, summer and fall days would find mom sitting on her rocking chair on the front porch, overlooking Stockley Gardens and the world, as she enjoyed every day as if it was her last. 

Mom epitomized the true meaning of a Southern Belle, from her elegant looks, to the way she carried herself with grace and dignity, to her Southern accent, and while she did not finish college, she had a graduate degree in how to raise a family and how to treat people. 

It's said that they don't make 'em like they used to, and in the case of Jean R. Hillegass it has never ben more true.
The family will receive friends from 6 - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 1501 Colonial Ave., Norfolk.  A funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday, March 24 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk.  Burial will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children Auxiliary at 6171 Kempsville Circle, Norfolk, VA 23502.  Online condolences may be offered at www.hdoliver.com.

Carolyn Hansen Geiger, 98, of Hackensack, Minn., died in Smithfield on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Carolyn was born on Dec. 17, 1918, in St. Paul, Minn. to Henry and Jane Duncan Hansen.  They lived most of their lives in a beautiful duplex on 1926 Summit Ave, in St. Paul with their Auntie Caroline Dohs and Uncle Charles Dohs. She attended Central High School in St. Paul and the University of Minnesota where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.

She met James Woodrow Geiger at the university, and they married in April of 1942. He was employed by E.R. Squibb Pharmaceutical Co., General Mills, Wood Conversion Co. and Phillip Morris in Richmond, where they enjoyed living the southern life and visiting with friends. They returned to Minnesota where he worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation until his retirement in 1986. Carolyn was a receptionist for Drs. Dean and Doan in White Bear Lake, Minn. They had a home in Wayzata, Minn. where she tended to her beautiful rose gardens and they spent many winters in Kingsmill on the James in Williamsburg, and in the summer when they retired to their beloved lake home on Woman Lake in Hackensack, Minn. Jim passed away in October of 2003.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings, Charles Hansen and Jane Hansen of Whitmore, Calif. She is survived by her two children, Nancy Geiger Bondurant and her husband, Walton, of Smithfield, and James Richard Geiger and his wife, Mary Beth Murphy of Hayes; four grandchildren, Carey B. Hayslett and her husband, Robert of Smithfield, Ami B. Balderson and her husband, Bob, of Mechanicsville, Walton G. Bondurant III and his wife, Anna of Smithfield, Virginia Teal Geiger of Mountain View, Calif.; and six great-grandchildren, Tyler G. Hayslett and Lily C. Hayslett of Smithfield, Charles R. Balderson III (Chay), and Ella G. Balderson of Mechanicsville, Aubrey A. Bondurant (Lexi) and Walton G. Bondurant IV of Smithfield; several nieces and nephews, and other beloved members of the family including Peggy and Les Rutledge of Smithfield, Alison Rutledge of Atlanta, Ga., Austin and Nicole Rutledge and children Wyatt and Paxton Rutledge of Wake Forest, N.C., and Martha Geiger of Richmond. Carolyn will always be grateful to her good friends in and around Woman Lake, Longville Community Church and her Bridge Club friends, Sandy Powers of Williamsburg, and those who were her caregivers at Magnolia Manor in Smithfield.

A private family service will be held.

Memorial donations may be directed to Child, Girl and Woman Lake Association, Box 335, Longville, MN 56655.
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.

 

Forrest Bracey Scott, 56, died March 12, 2017. Bracey was the son of Janice Bracey Scott of Smithfield, and is predeceased by his father, Forrest Scott.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his three beloved sons, Bradley Thomas Scott, staff sergeant, USAF, Forrest Benjamin Scott of Smithfield, and Patrick Bracey Scott, boatswain’s mate 3rd class, USCG; his two sisters, Jennifer Scott Miller and her husband David W. Miller of Vienna and Amy Scott Frischling and her husband William J. Frischling of New York, N.Y.; his dear friend, Joan Chambliss Mann; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be held on Friday, March 17 at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Smithfield, officiated by the Rev. Jeff Cannon, followed by a reception in the church's family activity center where the family will receive visitors. The reception will be followed by a private burial at Ivy Hill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to his preferred charity: the ALS Association - DC/MD/VA Chapter, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855 or on line at www.alsinfo.org or a charity of your choice.  Condolences may be registered on line at www.parrfuneralhome.com.

WINDSOR — Elsie Mae Barlow O’Berry, 87, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017.   Born in Isle of Wight County, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Eva Savage Barlow.  In addition to her parents, Elsie is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Frank O’Berry (d. 2000), and two brothers, Clyde and James L. Barlow.  

A beloved mother, grandmother and sister, Elsie leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Arlene O’Berry; two sons, Allen O’Berry (Debbie) and Ronald O’Berry; grandchildren, Carol O’Berry, Sandra Frost and Nathan O’Berry; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia B. Edwards (John) and Myrtle Parker (John); and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family. 

Elsie lived a life of service to the community.  She was the glue that held her family together and will be remembered for her love, compassion, and caregiving to anyone in need.  She gave countless hours of service to the Isle of Wight Ruritan Club and was considered an honorary lady of the Ruritans.  She was a lifelong member of Central Hill Baptist Church where she served on the hospitality committee for eons, and was a Sunday school teacher and choir member.

Family and friends gathered March 12 for visitation in Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton.  A service celebrating Elsie’s life was held March 13, in Central Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Brad Jones officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  

The family suggests memorial contributions in Elsie’s memory to Central Hill Baptist Church, 10270 Central Hill Road, 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.

James E. “Jimmy” Rhodes IV, 49, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017.  Jimmy was born in Georgia and had lived in Smithfield most of his life.  He had previously been a truck driver for Carson Hodge Hauling.  

Preceded in death by his father, James E. Rhodes III; his grandparents, William and Louise Whitley; and uncle, Steve Whitley, Jimmy is survived by mother, Shirley Whitley Barncord and her husband, Gary; his sons, Richard A. Copeland and Chris J. Rhodes; a grandson, Nathan C. Rhodes; a sister, Michelle R. Gossip, and her husband, Jim; aunts, Sue Goerger, and her husband, Bob, Jo Anne Dennis, and Darlene Whitley; uncle, Bill Whitley, and his wife, Robin; and a host of extended family.

A service celebrating Jimmy’s life will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, March 18, 11 a.m. in Colonial Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bob Cofield officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. There will be a private burial in St. Luke’s Memorial Park.

The family suggests memorial contributions in Jimmy’s memory to the Carrollton Fire and Rescue Squad, PO Box 77, Carrollton, VA 23314.
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.

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