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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 18, 2021

Obituaries

Gail Bareford Hardinge

By Andre Jones | May 12, 2021 10:43 am

Dr. Gail Bareford Hardinge, 62, of New Kent, departed her earthly body on May 9, 2021 after a brief, but courageous battle with ALS. Gail was known for her quick wit, her loud laugh, and her sage advice. She will be missed by many. In her professional life, Gail was a tireless advocate for public education and spent the last 17 years working for the College of William and Mary. She served 18 years as a member of the New Kent County School Board. Prior to that, she worked many years as a school psychologist for Williamsburg-James City County and…
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Evelyn Burrell Funn

By Community Member | April 22, 2021 6:58 pm

Evelyn “Bay” Burrell Funn, 77, of Charles City, Virginia, went home to be with the Lord on Mar. 22, 2021. She leaves to cherish her precious memories her husband fo 58 years, James E. Funn Sr.; three children, Kathy Adkins (Robert), Karen Christian (Alex), and James E. Funn Jr.; three grandchildren, Brandon Funn (Ashley), Enrico Adkins (Loreyna), and Erica Christian; granddaughter-in-law Mary Adkins; six great-grandchildren, Dorrian, Arianna, Zaiden, Kyrie, Addison, and Levi; and a host of other family members and friends. A funeral service was held on Saturday, Mar. 27, 1 p.m. at Vincent Funeral Home, Providence Forge, Virginia. A…
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Grace Anne Goodman

By Community Member | March 29, 2021 1:57 pm

Grace Anne Goodman, 87, of Buena Vista, Virginia, and formerly of Quinton, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, Mar. 27, 2021. Grace was born on Apr. 27, 1933 in Newport News, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Arthur M. Murden and Thelma E. Hudgins Murden. She was preceded in death by her first husband of 27 years, Johnnie E. Lewis Sr.; second husband of 34 years, Jess Goodman Jr.; and daughter, Debbie Denton. Grace is survived by her children, Regina M. Noel (Dusty) and Johnnie E. Lewis Jr. (Shelly); grandchildren, Krystal Anne Clark, Dusty Reid Noel, Dawna Frances Camden,…
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Margaret Ice

By Community Member | March 17, 2021 10:50 am

Margaret Ice, 73, of New Kent County, passed away unexpectedly on Mar. 13, 2021. She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Daniel Ice; and her siblings, Mary Manes and Stephan Brown. Margaret is survived by her children, Benjamin Ice (Angie) and Elizabeth Dzula (Don); four grandchildren, Leia and Ava Ice, Madelyn and Andrew Dzula; siblings, Patricia Paruscio, Marie Harris (Terry), and Sue Cook; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will miss her dearly. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2021, at Vincent’s Funeral Home in Providence Forge. A graveside service…
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Freeda Remell Pruitt

By Community Member | March 15, 2021 9:25 pm

Freeda Remell Pruitt, 55, of New Kent, passed away tragically on March 11, 2021. Freeda was a charming and lively woman who loved everyone she met, and they couldn’t help but love her too. She loved serving others and shared her gift of hospitality while working at many area restaurants, most recently Lakeside Restaurant in Lanexa. Spending time with her grandkids was a great joy to Freeda, especially if it was at the beach or pool side. Freeda was preceded in death by her father, Clyde Harrison Pruitt, brother, Vaughn Pruitt, and nephew, Daniel Franklin. She is survived by her…
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Samuel Irvin Charity Jr.

By Community Member | March 5, 2021 12:23 am

Samuel “Scootie Red” Irvin Charity Jr., 70, of Charles City, Virginia, completed his job here on earth on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Gwendolyn Charity; two daughters, Arese Stewart and Lenora Charity; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, Ethan Charity; three sisters, Colleen Hall, Evelyn Adkins, and Dawn Cotman; other siblings and family members, Oliver Walter, Tracy Jones, Karen White, Jamie Coleman, and Rodney Coleman. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

John Mitchell Williams

By Community Member | March 1, 2021 5:31 pm

John Mitchell Williams, 57, formerly of New Kent, Virginia, was called home at the age of 57 on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. John was born in New Kent on July 1, 1963. After graduating from New Kent High School (after never missing a day) in 1981, he relocated to the southeastern part of Virginia, or “The 757” as he would come to affectionately call it later in life. His first years were spent as a student at Old Dominion University, graduating in 1985 with a marketing degree. While enrolled, he pledged the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Tau Lambda Chapter in…
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James W. Leftwich

By Community Member | March 1, 2021 5:12 pm

James “Jimmy” W. Leftwich, 61, of New Kent, Virginia, ended his battle with cancer and entered into eternal rest on Feb. 26, 2021. Always in good spirits, Jimmy fought for 17 months after his initial diagnosis. Jimmy believed, to quote Hunter S. Thompson, “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, “Wow, what a ride!” Jimmy spent his entire career working with his hands as a carpenter, home builder, and fashioned beautiful pieces in his…
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Kathleen Althea Carter

By Community Member | March 1, 2021 5:03 pm

Kathleen Althea Carter, 88, of Charles City, Virginia, passed from time to eternity on Feb. 23, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert H. Carter Sr.; and daughter, Bertha R. Carter. Kathleen leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Herbert Jr. and Lynne Carter, Lloyd Sr. and Elaine Carter, Pearl and Blandon Dwyer, Althea and Henry Miles Jr., and Cheryl and Archer Jones Jr.; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Loretta Crawley; and a host of other relatives and friends. A walk-through viewing was held on Monday, Mar. 1, 2021, 4-6 p.m. at Vincent Funeral Home, 9923…
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Rufus V. Lemon

By Community Member | February 22, 2021 11:55 am

Rufus V. Lemon passed away on Feb. 15, 2021. Rufus was born on Sept. 12, 1948. He lived a majority of his life in Charles City before moving to Princeton, New Jersey, at the time of his passing. He is survived by his daughter, Shelly B. Archer; son, Alphonso Jefferson; grandchildren, Alyssa Thompson, Alston Archer, and Alyson Moses; and brother, Luster Lemon.

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