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  www.colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

 

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.

Robert Lee Lane, 92, of Smithfield passed away on June 8, 2017 with his family by his side.  Robert was the son of the late Fletcher Beedles Lane and Mary Ida Latimer Lane.  He is survived by his daughters, Susan L. Maltby and her husband David, and Barbara Lane Kopotic; four grandchildren, Wendy M. McClure, Christopher Maltby, Lauren Gangaware and Erin Betler; and seven great-grandchildren.  

Robert had retired as an electrical supervisor at the Norfolk Naval Yard and he was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp and Army National Guard.  He was also preceded in death by his grandmother, Annie Whitley Batten, and brothers, James and Fletcher. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Riverside Healthy Living Communities and Riverside Hospice for their care and kindness during the past year.  
Visitation will be held in Trinity United Methodist Church, on Saturday June 17, 2 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Jeff Cannon officiating.  Condolences may be posted online at www.littlesfuneralhome.com.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Donald Glenn Carr, 60, passed away June 5, 2017.  He was born in Franklin, the son of the late Charlie "Jack" Eugene Carr and Josephine Mae Rucco Carr.  He retired as a supervisor for International Paper.  He was a founding member of Elevate Church and was an integral part of the church. 

Donald is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jacqueline Whitley Carr; daughter and son-in-law, Kristy Carr Bryant (Adam); son and daughter-in-law, Thomas-Steele Carr (Haley); grandchildren, Braydon, Hudson, Brooklyn, Camden Bryant and Elijah Carr; sister and brother-in-law, Debbie Carr Harver (Duane); brothers and sisters-in-law, Mike Carr (Vicki), David Carr (Sue) and Mark Carr; mother-in-law, Martha Whitley; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Linda Whitley Wangerin (John); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 8, 6 p.m. at Parr Funeral Home & Crematory with Pastor Thomas-Steele Carr officiating.  A time of fellowship will follow the service at the funeral home.  Burial will be private for the family at Colosse Baptist Church Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Elevate Church, earmarked for the Building Fund at 23486 Deerpath Trail, Windsor, VA 23487.  Condolences may be registered online at www.parrfuneralhome.com.

CARROLLTON—Franklin “Frank” Reed Sharon, 81, passed away at home, Sunday, June 4, 2017, surrounded by his family.  Born in St. Petersburg, Fla.. Frank was the son of the late James Reed and Anna Virginia Lester Sharon.  He lived in Isle of Wight for nine years, having been a former resident of Florida, Tennessee and Georgia.  

Frank was a devoted husband and beloved father and grandfather.  He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 61 years, Myrna B. Sharon; two sons, James “Jim” F. Sharon and Charles “Chuck” L. Sharon; and eight grandchildren, Amber T., Kane D. and Gage D. Sharon, Charles F., Mariah C., Brittany K., and Tyler J. Sharon, and Catherine Hancock and a host of extended family and friends.

For some 20-plus years, Frank worked as a fireman and paramedic for the city of St. Petersburg, Fla., retiring in 1978.  He was then a security officer for independent companies. He was a history buff and a member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and was a past officer of the camp.

      A service celebrating Frank’s life will be held Thursday, June 8, 7 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends following the service.  Burial will follow at a later date.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Frank’s memory to the Sons of the Confederacy, Isle of Wight Avengers Camp #14, Scholarship Fund, c/o Keith Morris, 130 Kings Point Drive, Suffolk, VA  23434.
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  www.colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com.

 

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