Christopher Lee Wills, “Big Chris,” went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. Chris was born March 3, 1954 in Welch, W.Va., and was preceded in death by his father, Calvin W. Wills and mother, Hazel Wills. He leaves behind his wife, Sarah D. Wills, three daughters, Tabitha Jeffers (Devin), Leslie Wills (Emmanuwa Bailey) and Courtney Watkins; a son, John Babb III (Lauren); and nine grandchildren. 

A loving family man, Chris enjoyed hunting, fishing, family and softball. He was a husband, father and grandfather. 

A celebration of life was held Feb. 19 at Healing Waters Worship Center in Carrollton with Pastor William McCarty officiating. 

Arrangements were handled by Steele-Bullock Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at 21147 Boundary Road, Carrollton, VA 23314. 

William H. (Bill) Reed, Captain, SC, USN, retired, of Smithfield passed away peacefully on Feb. 16, 2018 surrounded by his children.  

Bill was born July 17, 1938, in Grosse Pointe, Mich. to Howard and Dorothy Reed.  He grew up in Bay Village, Ohio.  He attended Bay High School and Edwin Denby High School, Detroit, Mich.  In 1961, he graduated from the University of Michigan and was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps.  It was while at the U of M he met Margo Miller, a student at Michigan State University.  They were married June 1961.  Margo was his beloved, devoted wife and loving companion of 49 years, who passed away in 2010.

Bill’s active duty Navy assignments included Newport, R.I.; Norfolk; Honolulu, Hawaii; Washington D.C.; Monterey and Alameda, Calif.; Athens, Ga.; Mayport, Fla.; San Diego and Oakland, Calif.; Territory of Guam, and Arlington.  His duties at sea included supply officer, USS Hartley (DE-1029); assistant supply officer, USS Ranger (CV-61); and supply officer, USS Saratoga (CV-60). In addition, he was honored to be the commanding officer of the Naval Supply Depot Guam from 1984-1986.  Due to his extensive association and duty involving aviation logistics support, he was designated as a naval aviation supply officer.  His personal military decorations include two awards of the Legion of Merit, five awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Navy Commendation Medal.  Captain Reed retired in 1991 after 30 years of service to his country.  

In retirement, Bill and Margo moved to Smithfield in 1998 and resided in Gatling Pointe, where they enjoyed an active social life with dear friends.  Bill is survived by his loving children; daughter, Susan and husband Greg Page of Smithfield; daughter, Lisa, and husband Don Simmons of Smithfield; and son, David, and wife Jennifer of Centreville.  He is the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  His grandchildren are Evin Page Greensfelder, married to Jeffrey Greensfelder, Zachary Page, Carter Page, Rachael Simmons, Ansley Simmons, engaged to Sammy Blum, Reed Simmons, Rebecca Reed, and great granddaughter, Margot Greensfelder.  Bill is also survived by his older brother, Robert Reed of Portland, Ore., and younger brother, Albert Reed of St. Clair Shores, Mich.

A service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church in Smithfield on Monday, Feb. 19 at noon.  At a later time, Bill and Margo’s remains will be transferred to Arlington National Cemetery.  

Bill was committed to ensuring the maintenance and care of the rose garden in front of Christ Episcopal Church in memory of his wife.  Donations, in lieu of flowers, would be welcome for the perpetual care of the garden in memory of his everlasting love for Margo. Condolences may be registered online at

SURRY — Iva “Polly” Jones Seward, 88, of Surry passed away Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. She grew up in Amelia County, graduated from Longwood Teachers College, and began her teaching career in Surry in 1950.  From 1974 to her retirement she held the position of Surry County Schools food service supervisor. She was a member of Surry Baptist Church, a charter member of the Surry Business and Professional Women’s Club, a member of the National Delta Kappa Gamma Society, a former member of the Surry County School Board, a member of the Williamsburg Doll Club, and a lifetime member of the Surry Historical Society.  Polly could do just about anything she set her mind on doing.  She loved to garden, cook, sew, attend church and go to auctions. 

She was preceded in death by her husband K. Marshall Seward, her baby son K. Marshall Seward Jr.; her parents John and Essie Jones; and her three brothers, John Jr., Roger and Mason.

Left to cherish her memory are her two children, a daughter, Jeannie Seward Rowland and husband, Ray; a son, John Marshall Seward and wife, Anne; her grandchildren whom she loved dearly, Matthew Faubion and wife, Rachel, Kevin Faubion and wife, Kimberly, Hannah Seward, Nicholas Seward; and great-granddaughter Olivia Faubion; three sisters, Hilda Tucker, Mary Davis and husband, Jim, Ruth Houck and husband Stuart; and bunches of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m. at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home 11414 General Mahone Hwy Wakefield, VA 23888 with the Rev. Ray Rowland officiating. Burial will follow at Moore’s Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to either Surry Baptist Church, P.O. Box 147 Surry, VA 23883 or Epworth UMC, c/o Jack Easter, 300 Bluegrass Road, Midlothian, VA 23114. Condolences may be posted at our website, 

FRANKLIN — William B. Oshman, 73, passed away, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018.

Bill was born May 14, 1944 in Norfolk to the late Z. Frank and Annie Mae (Edwards) Oshman. He graduated from Granby High School in 1962 and graduated Norfolk College in December 1963. He joined the Coast Guard in 1964 as a culinary specialist.  On Jan. 5, 1983 he married Carole Oshman in Isle of Wight County. 

Bill was a retired warehouse supervisor from Nansemond Cold Storage.  He was church treasurer and an active member of Tucker Swamp Baptist Church, where everyone knew him as “Uncle Bill.”  Bill was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.

Bill is survived by Carole, his wife of 35 years; three sons, David Oshman and his wife, Jennifer, Darren Stauffer and his wife, Mary and Carl Stauffer and his wife, Sharon; three daughters, Robin Conner and husband, Donald, Stacy Pauley and husband, Chris, and Karen Russo; nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. 

A graveside celebration of life service will be held Sunday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m. at Tucker Swamp Baptist Church with the Rev. Curt Faison officiating. A reception will follow the service in the Family Life Center of the church. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, to please make donations in memory of “Uncle Bill” to Tucker Swamp Baptist Church, 37527 Seacock Chapel Rd., Zuni, VA 23898.

HAMPTON—Sandra Castle Smith, 78, passed away Monday, Feb. 2, 2018. Born in Maryland, Sandra graduated from Hampton High School and worked at VEPCO and APAC as an accounts representative before retiring. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Hampton where she sang in the choir. She loved to sew and garden. She also had a great love for her dogs and raising her chickens for eggs.

Sandra is predeceased by her parents, John and Pinkie Castle, and her son Donnie Bryant, Left to cherish her memories are her son, John Bryant (Crystal); brother, Jack Castle; her significant other, Thomas Uzzell; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, at First Presbyterian Church, Hampton. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to First Presbyterian Church, 514 south Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23669.