On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, God in His infinite wisdom sent His angels to escort His beloved servant, James Clinton “Jimmy” Jones to his heavenly home. He answered God’s call at Norfolk Sentara Hospital where he transitioned peacefully to meet his Master.
Known to many as Jimmy, coach, and Jay, he had an immeasurable impact on the lives of many. Jimmy was born on Sept. 27, 1959 to the late Charles “Kirk” and Mabel Jones of Isle of Wight County.
Jimmy is a 1977 graduate of Smithfield High School. In 1984, after an infantry stint in the U.S. Army, he attended Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina receiving a B.S. in sociology. It was at FSU that he became a member of Omega Psi Pi Fraternity. He later sought a Master’s Degree in administration and supervision from North State University.
Jimmy’s heart for young people, coupled with a love of sports, was a natural fit for his role as a teacher and coach. His career spanned 29 years in Franklin and Suffolk public schools. During his tenure, he was twice named Coach of the Year. His greatest pride was witnessing the positive development and success of his students. He dedicated his life to encouraging, motivating and helping them. His calling was to ensure their success and through them his legacy lives on.
He leaves to cherish his memories his devoted son, James Javon Jones and granddaughter Carmen Jones, of Chesapeake; a brother, Charles “CP” Jones of Hampton; three sisters, Lohrer Mise (David), Hampton, Cleder Jones, Newport News and Polly Brown (Benjamin), Prince George; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, and devoted friends to include Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Whitley and Sam and Barbara Jones.
A Celebration of Life takes place on Saturday, April 29, 11 a.m. at Lakeland High School, 214 Kenyon Road Suffolk. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 28, 5 to 8 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church Family Life Center, 517 Main St., Smithfield with the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Service. Burial is on Monday, May 1, 11 a.m. at the Albert G Horton Memorial Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk.
Arrangements by Poole’s Funeral Home 357-4742.
God, in His infinite wisdom and power, called Timothy Perry Tucker from his earthly labor to his eternal rest on April 19, 2017.
He was a native of Isle of Wight County and was born to the late James Edward Tucker and Beatrice Hardy Tucker. He was baptized at an early age and held his membership at Shiloh Baptist Church, Zuni, Va.
He was employed at Gwaltney of Smithfield for many years and served as Supervisor for most of his tenure. Timothy was known as “jack of all trades” and he demonstrated that well at Main Street Baptist Church where he transferred his membership in 1975. Whether the job was electrical, carpentry or plumbing, he had a “foot” on it. He served faithfully as a deacon for 32 years, a member of Sunday School, Finance Committee, Men’s Fellowship as well as chair of Deacon Board. He also served on the Board of Directors for Church Manor, Inc., Covenant Place, Inc., and Evergreen Acres, Inc. After his retirement in 1996, he was able to dedicate more of his time to the work of the church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Beatrice Tucker, brothers; Arcelious, Wilbert and Sherbie Tucker.
His presence will be greatly missed and cherished by his wife, Audrey and daughters, Veronica Gibson, Timothene Tucker, Melanie Wilkerson and grandson, Timothy Jamel Sampson. Sisters: Shirley Morrison, Yvonne Lindsey, Carol Purdie (Tillery). Brothers: Louis (Bettie), Bobby (Rosetta), and Willis tucker; Neville Fields and Harold Ashe (Robin); sisters-in-law, Betty C. tucker, Shirley Newby, Elizabeth Newby and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Cathy Ann Bair, 61, passed away unexpectedly at home, Friday, April 21, 2017. Born in Missouri, Cathy was the daughter of the late Gary and Myra Montgomery Bair. She had been a longtime resident of Smithfield.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Cathy will be remembered for her “free-spirit’ and contributions she made to the community. She was always on the go and could out-do any “energized bunny.” She worked at Cowlings Restaurant and Little’s Supermarket, She was a private duty care-giver and worked as a care-giver with AmeriCare.
Cathy was a beloved mother, and devoted grandmother and is survived by her daughter, Melissa Triplett and her husband, Arlo; and grandchildren, Michelle, Ryan and Liam.
Services are pending and in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton
Friends and family are encouraged to post condolences and remembrances at colonialfuneralhomesmithfield.com
CARROLLTON — Jerry Lee Bailey, 52, passed away Tuesday, April 18, 2017. He was a native and lifelong resident of Isle of Wight, a beloved eldest son of Rollis I. Bailey Jr. and Marie Talton Bailey and grandson of Rollis Bailey Sr. and Elsie (Buttercup) Harrell Bailey and Chester and Irene Talton. He is survived by a brother, Ronnie Bailey; a sister, Susan Sauder and her fiance’ Will Greer; a special nephew, Bailey and niece Bridgette.
Jerry was a passionate carpenter and woodworker. He loved to help and care for others with his crafts and hands. He was a caregiver, great cook, gardener and avid fisherman and hunter.
In addition, Jerry was adopted and loved by many friends: O.A. and Hazel Spady; Jim, Elizabeth, Richard, Jimmy and Steve Turner; Jackie Lee, Shirley and Kim Hooker; Bruce and Darlene Spady; Jimmy Holland, Paul Evert; Steve and Rhonda Culpepper; Ronnie Fields; and two canine pals, Button and Jackson. A special appreciation goes to Julie South for 13 years of service as a friend and counselor and special thanks to Steve Bowman and Joey Willard for their friendship and guidance.
Family and friends gathered to remember Jerry on Saturday, April 22, at Colonial Funeral Home in Carrollton with the service given by Kim Hooker. The family would like to thank all who attended and sent condolences. Thanks to Marty and Nancy Lynn Delk for their special care and kindness.
Bonnie Nance Pryor, 57, of Smithfield, unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, April 18 at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk. Survived by her two daughters, Caroline and Sally, her son-in-law Caleb, her granddaughter, Charlotte, and a multitude of friends and neighbors, Bonnie is sorely missed by many. She was a gardening enthusiast, animal lover and friend to all. Her last years were spent in the company of Smithfield’s friendly township, making friends and lovingly restoring the Valentine House and its gardens. She is buried at Rosewood Memorial Park in her hometown of Virginia Beach.