Helen Faye Wells Thompson, 67, of Smithfield passed away on Wednesday Aug. 16, 2017 at her residence.  She was the daughter of the late Charles Lee Wells and Mary Brown Wells.  Helen is survived by her husband of 43 years, Edward Joseph Thompson Sr.; her daughters, Lisa Marie Thompson (Steven), Cynthia Faye Thompson (James) and son Edward J. Thompson Jr .(Aimee). She is also survived by two brothers, Bill Wells and Elton Lee Wells.  The family will receive friends on Sunday Aug. 20, 3-4 p.m. at Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield.  A graveside service will be held on Monday Aug. 21, 11 a.m. in Central Hill Baptist Church cemetery.

CARROLLTON — Hazel Marie Blankenship Harris, 91, wife of the late Luther Fred Harris, passed away at home Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, surrounded by her family, following an extended illness.

Born in McAlpin, W.V., Hazel was the daughter of the late Cora Bell Whitt and Joe Carlton Blankenship.  She was formerly of Stuart and Hampton for 61 years and had lived in Isle of Wight since 2011. 

In addition to her parents, and husband, Hazel is preceded in death by a son, Rickie Harris; a brother, Joe Blankenship; and three sisters, Helen Sink, Louise Deal, and Guydie Haskins.  She leaves to cherish her memories two daughters, Teena Harris and Sharon Voiers; and a son, Michael Harris; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.

Family and friends will gather for visitation 6-8:00 pm, Monday, Aug. 14, 6-8 p.m. at the family home, and Harris Farm.  A graveside funeral service will be held Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2 p.m. in Patrick Memorial Gardens, Stuart.  

She was a seamstress by trade and worked at both Kate Greenway and Coates and Clarke dress factories.  She was affectionately known as “Big Nanny” by many.
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.

BATTERY PARK — Curtis Oliver Drummond, 82, passed away Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.  Born in the Accomack, Curtis grew up in Isle of Wight County. He was the son of the late Curtis Raymond and Lillian Irene Johnson Drummond.  Curtis was a 1951 graduate of Smithfield High School, where played baseball and had an opportunity to play baseball in the major league.  He served in the U.S. Army, and came back to Battery Park to work in the family seafood business.  He retired from SW Rawls Petroleum Company. 

Remembered as a “special man” by close family and friends, Curtis is survived by his wife of 22 years, Carol W. Drummond; three daughters, Kathy Richardson, Karen Fletcher, Kimberly Perry; two sons, Kevin Drummond and Bart Drummond; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.

In his pastime, Curtis was an avid fisherman and a fan of Yankees baseball and the Green Bay Packers football team.

Family and friends will gather for visitation Tuesday, Aug. 15, 6-7:30 p.m., at Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton.  A graveside funeral service will be held 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16, in St. Luke’s Memorial Park.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the IOW Chapter, 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.

HENRICO — Edith Anne Dunkley Morris Branum of Henrico, and formally of Powhatan, went to be with her heavenly Father on Aug. 8, 2017. She was born in Richmond on May 4, 1925 to Charles Stevens Dunkley and Charlotte Edmonds Dunkley.

She was the widow of Mickey Morris and Roy D. Branum. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Dunkley, and sister, Eloise Maxey; her daughter Charlotte Johnson; and her two grandchildren, Lisa and Lori Johnson.

She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Gale and her 27-year companion, Mike Delk, and Fran Brown and her husband, Buzz Brown; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Dunkley; son-in-law, Kenneth Johnson; three grandchildren, Paula Lowe, Brian Gale and Mickey Brown and his wife, Kimberly; 10 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great grandchildren; five nephews, six nieces; and cousins, Bob and Mary Jones.

Edith was a long time and faithful member of May Memorial Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school when her children were young. She made sure her girls were active in their church with the GA’s, choir and playing the organ at May Memorial. She was also a switchboard operator. 

A funeral service will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. at Bennett and Barden Funeral Home in Powhatan. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. She will be buried following the service at Powhatan Community Cemetery

Edith’s family would like to thank Dr. Stanley Furman, Cynthia Taylor, Teresa Newcomb, RN, Tammy Harris, Rose Chambers and the entire staff at Westport Rehabilitation Center for their expert care and compassion toward the family.
Donations may be made to May Memorial Baptist Church, 3922 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan, VA 23139 or the Powhatan Volunteer Rescue Squad, 3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA 23139. 

 

Carol Smith Saunders, 72 of Smithfield, passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side.  Carol was born in Newport News, the daughter of Capt. Charles Thomas Smith and Marguerite Weaver Smith. 

Carol retired from Newport News Shipbuilding Credit Union. In retirement she enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren, who were the love of her life.

Carol is survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert F. (Bob) Saunders; her son Robert F. (Rob) Saunders Jr. and his wife Heather; and two grandchildren, Keegan and Easton Saunders.  She is also survived by her mother, Marguerite Weaver Smith; and two sisters, Bonnie Gay Smith and Rebecca S. Woods and her husband, Fletcher.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday Aug. 8, from 6 - 7 p.m. at Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield followed by a memorial service at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Carol’s honor may be made to The Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters at www.chkd.org. Condolences may be registered online at www.littlesfuneralhome.com

 

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