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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 27, 2018


Jan Purcell

By Community Member | May 4, 2018 12:42 pm

Jan Purcell, 77, of Providence Forge, VA, formerly of Hampton and Richmond, VA, passed away May 1, 2018. Jan was born to Arnold and Irene Duggins of Ceclia, KY. She was the youngest of four children and the last surviving member of that generation. Jan moved to Richmond as a young woman and married Dick Purcell. They ran a successful coffee business together while they raised their only child, Michelle. Jan moved on to work in the cemetery industry in Virginia and North Carolina for many years until her retirement. Jan was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and…
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Patricia Ellen Shively Foley

By Community Member | April 23, 2018 11:22 am

After a life well lived, Patricia Ellen Shively Foley died March 14, 2018, in the comforting presence of family and friends. Pat was born July 13, 1953 in Northampton County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She spent her early years enjoying the sun, sand, and ocean breezes. Her enduring love of the best and passion for beach combing grew deeply in her soul. Pat also spent part of her childhood and young adulthood in Tampa, Florida, until a job opportunity at Shore Memorial Hospital as a cardiac tech brought her back to Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Later, when Pat found…
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Richard Rene Gingras

By Community Member | April 10, 2018 1:15 pm

Richard “Dick” Rene Gingras, of Quinton, VA, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, April 2, 2018. Dick was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was a resident of Quinton for over 30 years. Dick leaves behind his wife of 34 years, Debbie Gingras (Gooden); two daughters, Lisa Gingras of Quinton and Laura (Ben) Stanfield of Varina, stepson, Robert Own of Richmond; three grandchildren, Anna (12), Aurora (7), and Gideon (5); three brothers, Roger (Barbara) of Salem, NH, Raymond (Cindy) of Methuen, MA, and Ronald (Susan) of Windham, NH; two sisters, Celeste Beaulieu (John) of Concord, NH and Christine…
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Granton Hiawatha Adkins

By Community Member | April 9, 2018 9:10 pm
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Granton “Grant” Hiawatha Adkins, 49, went to be with the Lord on April 4, 2018. Grant will be remembered for his heart of gold, great sense of humor, singing, guitar playing, and the love he had for his children, grandchildren, family, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Granton and Fay Adkins; maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Varina Adkins; and paternal grandparents, E. Hiawatha, Doris, and Lucian Adkins. He is survived by his four loving children, Ryan (Heather), Leah (John), Tiffany (Jamie) and Samantha; grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Hailee, John, Jonah, Layla, Conner, and Landen; brother, Jody; nephew, Logan; honorary…
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Danny J. St. Mary

By Community Member | April 9, 2018 8:30 pm

Danny J. St. Mary, 84, of Quinton, VA, passed away April 1, 2018. He was a strong, kind, gentle man who was immediately liked by everyone he met. Danny could be as happy in a shack in the woods as he would be in the grandest of mansions. For 35 years, he was a field service engineer for Interstate Electronics. After retiring, he worked 10 years for the Virginia Racing Commission. He truly loved horseracing and handicapping the races; sometimes they were good picks and he won money, but sometimes it didn’t quite work out in his favor. For a…
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Anna Hill Davis

By Community Member | April 3, 2018 4:04 pm

Anna Hill Davis, 85, of New Kent, VA, passed away March 31, 2018. She was born in Salem on Nov. 1, 1932, to the late Fred and Gertrude Hill. Anna graduated from Andrew Lewis High School and Roanoke Memorial School of Nursing. She received her nurse practitioner degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Her nursing career spanned 46 years and she exemplified the true meaning of a nurse. Anna enjoyed painting, playing bridge, collecting recipes and cookbooks. She was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church where she was a senior warden, a member of the altar guild, and…
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Janet Weymouth Whitlow

By Community Member | March 28, 2018 1:49 am

Janet Weymouth Whitlow, of Quinton, VA, received her angel wings on Mar. 23, 2018, defeating cancer and going to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was born on July 11, 1964. She was a loving Christian wife, mother, and daughter. Janet’s father started Chesterfield Insurers Inc. in 1960, a company specializing in writing insurance polices for many volunteer fire and rescue squads and organizations within the state of Virginia and eastern North Carolina. Janet assumed the responsibility, ownership, and presidency of the company upon her father’s passing. Janet was a lifetime member of the VAVRS Women’s Auxiliary,…
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Stacy Shiflett

By Community Member | March 26, 2018 8:50 pm
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Stacy Shiflett, 50, of New Kent, VA, passed away Mar. 22, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Tricia B. Shiflett; his children, Caleb, Maddie, and Tyler Shiflett; parents, James and Lottie Shiflett; brother, Dennis Shiflett; father and mother-in-law, Don and Frances Bradley; and brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Megan Bradley. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Mar. 27, 5 p.m., at Corinth Baptist Church, 11650 New Kent Highway. The family received friends after the service at the church. Tributes may be posted online at

Margaret Lawson Mills

By Community Member | March 12, 2018 5:51 pm

Margaret Lawson Mills, 92, of New Kent, passed away with her family by her side on March 11, 2018. Margaret loved spending time with her family and was especially well-known for her delicious homemade pies. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Edward “Buster” Mills. She is survived by her son, Monty Mills and wife, Marilyn; daughter, Linda Bryant and husband, Bobby; grandchildren Susan Milby, John Mills, Becky Davis, and Buster Bryant; brother, Clarence Lawson; sister, Edna Carter; 10 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Mar. 14, 11 a.m. at Vincent…
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Patricia Gale Gammon

By Community Member | March 6, 2018 5:58 pm

Patricia Gale Gammon, 49, unexpectedly left this earth on Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018. She was born on Dec. 16, 1968 and resided in Providence Forge. Patricia was preceded in death by her father, Donald Wayne Gammon Sr. She leaves behind a son, Jason D. Waitman Jr. (Katelynn); mother, Sue D. Gammon; two brothers, Donald W. Gammon Jr. (Tina) and William A. Gammon (Darrell); her Lil’ Sis, Rebecca G. Wilkerson (Steven).; seven nephews, Gregory, Dale, Cody, Kevin Eric, Aaron, and Stevie (Goober); two great-nieces, Autumn and Terra; lifelong friend, Paula Sisk; and lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. A memorial…
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