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News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | February 23, 2019


Shirley D. St. Mary

By Community Member | October 3, 2018 9:03 am
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Shirley D. St. Mary, 81, of Quinton, VA, passed away on Sept. 28, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Danny J. St. Mary. Shirley is survived by a daughter, Tina Goodwin of Ashland; two sons, Steven St. Mary (Sharon) of Quinton, VA and Rick St. Mary (Melissa) of Providence Forge, VA; six grandchildren, Jason St. Mary (Angie), Jessica St. Mary, Joey St. Mary (Lacey), Tyler Goodwin, Davis Goodwin, and Ricky St. Mary; and five great-grandchildren, Jackson Robertson, Jayden St. Mary, Starlett St. Mary, Daniel Ownby, and Layla St. Mary. A celebration of life service…
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Norman D. Thomsen

By Community Member | September 15, 2018 1:23 pm

Norman D. Thomsen, 91, of Sun City, Arizona, died Aug. 16, 2018, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Norman was born Feb. 18, 1927, to Christian and Emma (Sorenson) Thomsen on his family’s farm in Brookings County, South Dakota. He attended a rural elementary school and completed high school in Brookings. He served in the U.S. Navy during World Ward II at the San Diego Naval Base in California, achieving the rank of Seaman Second Class. After his discharge in 1947, he earned a journalism degree from South Dakota State University. Norman married Patricia Westling of Centerville, South Dakota,…
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Frederick Griffith Bahr

By Community Member | September 15, 2018 1:21 pm

Frederick Griffith Bahr, a New Kent County Board of Supervisor member from 1996-2000, passed away peacefully at his home in Lanexa, VA, on Sept. 12, 2018 after a six-month battle with cancer. Frederick was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mary Fairfax Griffith of Warsaw, Virginia, and Frederick Charles Bahr, of New York City. The family moved to Detroit, Michigan, in 1933. Bahr attended Andover Prep School and received his bachelor’s degree from Yale University where he played football and boxed, earning the nickname “Fearless Fred.” Frederick married Robin Louise Renfrew of Birmingham, Michigan, in 1954 and had three children. After…
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Mary Elizabeth Dodson Baber

By Community Member | September 1, 2018 4:23 pm

Mary Elizabeth Dodson Baber, 92, of New Kent, was called to with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Mary was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and was always active in church wherever she lived. She truly loved being with and taking care of her family. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Baber Sr.; and her son, Carl Baber Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Esther Smith (Charles); daughter-in-law, Pat Barber; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A graveside funeral service was held Saturday, Sept. 1, at Bethany Christian Church, 2402 Bethany Church Road,…
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John Lloyd Throckmorton

By Community Member | September 1, 2018 4:16 pm

John Lloyd Throckmorton (Johnny), 74, of New Kent, VA, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. Johnny was a farmer and loved farming, his greenhouses, and his tractors. He enjoyed listening to country music, fellowship with his Masonic brothers at the Lodge, and especially spending time with his family and friends. He was a big man with a huge personality who will be greatly missed. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Sharon Throckmorton; father, Linwood A. Throckmorton; niece, Beth Johnston. Johnny is survived by his brother, Wilford Throckmorton (Betty); nephews, Linny…
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Grosjean Graves Crump Jr.

By Community Member | August 28, 2018 9:21 pm
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Grosjean Graves Crump Jr. (Dusty), 90, departed his life after leading and rich and rewarding life on August 27, 2018. Dusty was born on June 1, 1928, in Washington D.C. He was raised in New Kent County where he knew no stranger. Dusty was a trustee of New Kent Chapel for 50 years, a member of New Kent County’s School Board for 24 years, and a Mason for 50 years at Mann Page Lodge #357 AF & AM. Dusty was in the Air Force, serving in the Berlin Airlift during World War II. He was in charge of hangers at…
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Patricia Withrow Tench

By Community Member | August 27, 2018 6:54 pm

Patricia Withrow Tench, 85, of Charles City, died August 24, 2018. Pat retired from Bell Atlantic Telephone Company after 30 years of service. Pat was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Luther and Anna Withrow; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Wanda Withrow; brother-in-law, John Claytor; and niece, Janet Pool. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Charles R. Tench Sr.; sister, Jane Claytor; stepchildren, Margie Hula, Charles R. Tench Jr., Robert H. Tench II, and Robin Schreiber and their families; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Monday, August 27, 2018, at Mt. Pleasant…
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Barbara A. Sturtz

By Community Member | August 13, 2018 8:21 am

Barbara A. Sturtz, 70, of Shacklefords, VA, passed away Aug. 11, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Hodges; sister, Patsy Gill; and brother, Whitey Hodges. Barbara is survived by her husband of 50 years, Herbert Sturtz; daughter, Jeanette Best (Michael) of New Kent; two sons, Timothy Sturtz of Mechanicsville and Brian Sturtz (Becky) of King William; mother, Mildred Hodges of Barhamsville; two grandchildren, Austin Sturtz and Jessica Best; two sisters, Ruby Martin and Gloria Richardson; and many other family members. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date….
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Lora Rose Mead Binns

By Community Member | August 12, 2018 11:14 am

Lora Rose Mead Binns, 93, departed Silver Hill Farm for her eternal home on Aug. 8, 2018. She was the wife of the late E. Pearson Binns Jr. Lora took pleasure in writing notes, going out with friends, and making new ones. She often said that she was blessed to be surrounded by the beauty and the kindness of the people in the New Kent community. Lora touched many lives with her compassion, welcoming presence, and inspiring faith. She has met her creator with joy in her heart and peace in her soul. She leaves behind her loving children; Edwards…
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Kevin Kane

By Community Member | July 31, 2018 10:42 am

Kevin Kane, 60, of Norfolk, VA, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Kane; and sister, Candace Holland. Kevin is survived by his son, Christopher; mother, Mildred; five siblings, Timothy (Lydia), Colleen (Richard), Dennis (Tammy), Kathleen, and Annie (Bob); along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, 2 p.m. at Vincent Funeral Home, 9923, Pocahontas Trail, Providence Forge, VA. Family received friends prior to the service. Tributes may be posted at

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