New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | July 19, 2019

Myrtle Geneva Marr Philbates

Myrtle Geneva Marr Philbates, 97, of West Point, VA, passed away June 28, 2018.

Geneva was a long-time member of Pamunkey United Methodist Church. She was an avid gardener and a member of the Lively Ladies Club.

Geneva was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Philbates; her parents, Frederick Marr and Myrtle Buford; six brothers and two sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Smither (Miller); son, Walter Philbates (Linda); two granddaughters, Donna Edmonds and Mary Bush (Dean); three great-grandchildren, Tiffany Bush, Justin Bush, and James Edmonds Jr.; one great-great-granddaughter, Ella Jane Edmonds; two sisters, Joyce Adams and Vonnie Tuck; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Monday, July 2, 11 a.m. at West Point Christian Church, 290 W. Euclid Blvd., West Point, VA 23181. Interment followed at 2 p.m. at Pamunkey United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family received friends on Sunday, July 1, 6 to 8 p.m. at Vincent Funeral Home, 417 11th Street, West Point, VA 23181.

Memorial donations may be made to Pamunkey Memorial Association, 15821 Pamunkey Church Road, Lanexa, VA 23089. Tributes may be posted at