New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | May 18, 2024

Obituaries

James Richard Duncan

By Community Member | May 14, 2024 10:06 am

James Richard “Rick” Duncan, of Quinton, Virginia, made his way to his eternal home on May 11, 2024. Rick was born in Hampton, Virginia, on November 9, 1957. He spent his childhood there and as an adult, moved to New Kent. Rick enjoyed a career in emergency services. He started out as a volunteer firefighter with Company 1 in New Kent, where he served as Chief for a time. In December 1987, he was hired as a firefighter with the City of Richmond, where he worked full-time until his retirement in July 2016. Upon his retirement, he pursued a career…
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James Lafayette Wise Jr.

By Community Member | May 7, 2024 3:08 am

James “Jay” Lafayette Wise Jr., 87, of Charles City, Virginia, died early in the morning of May 3, 2024. Jay was born in New Orleans, educated as the only Baptist student at his Jesuit High School, and then went to Carson-Newman University in Tennessee, where he met his wife. He earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University and remained an LSU Tigers fan for the rest of his life. Jay became a board-certified pediatrician. Among his medical adventures included relief work in Haiti, service as a lieutenant in the United States Navy, the position of Medical Examiner for Charles…
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Jeannette Howard

By Community Member | April 1, 2024 6:03 pm

Jeannette Howard, born Jan. 30, 1928, after 96 years of devoted worship, faith, and trust in her Lord Jesus, finally met Him face-to-face on March 16, 2024. She was born in Richmond, Virginia, to the late Charles and Maude Windsor. Jeannette was a graduate of MCV School of Nursing where she worked on the Labor and Delivery floor, a job she claimed was the best job in the world because she got to rock all the babies in the nursery. In 1953, she and her husband Farrar moved to Charles City County where he opened his doctor’s office, and she…
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Victor R. Golderos III

By Community Member | March 26, 2024 1:43 pm

Victor R. Golderos III, 80, passed away on the Lord’s day of rest, Sunday, March 10, 2024. Victor was born to the late Dr. Victor R. Golderos Jr. and Hilda Hubbard Golderos. He graduated from John Marshall High School of Richmond in 1964. After 28 years of dedicated service, he retired from Phillip Morris. Victor was a 50-year Masonic Veteran of Metropolitan Lodge #11, A.F. & A.M. He was also past president of the Providence Forge Ruritan Club. His family will remember him as a loving family man. Victor was the type of person who would help anyone who needed…
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Steven McLaughlin

By Community Member | March 5, 2024 7:37 pm

Steven McLaughlin, 67, of Quinton, Virginia, passed away peacefully in his home on Jan. 20, 2024. Steven was born on Mar. 29, 1956, the oldest child to Bert and Elsie McLaughlin. He was a member of Providence United Methodist Church. Steven was a stranger to no one. As a people person, he would often be seen in conversation with anyone around and never ran an errand without seeing someone he knew. Steven is preceded in death by his father, Bert E. McLaughlin; sister, Theresa M. Smith; and nephew, Jason A. Meade. He is survived by his mother, Elsie S. McLaughlin;…
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Shirley Shumaker

By Community Member | March 3, 2024 1:02 pm

Shirley Shumaker, a resident of Quinton, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Feb. 18, 2024 in her home surrounded by her family. She was born on Apr. 9, 1931, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, Eddie C. Shumaker. There will be a private graveside service at a later date.

William Michael Babich

By Community Member | February 22, 2024 9:40 pm

William Michael (Mike) Babich, 76, of Providence Forge, Virginia, departed life peacefully on Feb. 22, 2024. Mike was born on Feb. 12, 1948, in Richmond, Virginia. He was a self-described lifelong student of the internal combustion engine and a machinist by trade. There was nothing Mike could not fix. He loved fishing, target shooting, motorcycle riding, and figuring out how things worked. A master craftsman in his trade, Mike developed countless friendships throughout his 35-plus years operating Babich Machine Company. He loved his country and his family. His smile, wit, and soul will be missed. Mike was preceded in death…
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Jack Eugene Lee

By Community Member | February 7, 2024 12:37 am

Jack Eugene Lee, born Feb. 19, 1943, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, surrounded by family at his home he designed and built in Lanexa, Virginia. Jack was a retired Senior Chief, husband, father, grandfather, friend, mentor, builder, and hero upon his passing. He grew up in the small town of Auburn, Nebraska after moving from his birthplace of Cando, North Dakota as a child. Of the many different jobs he had growing up, carpentry and building led Jack to enlist in the United States Navy as a Seabee (construction battalion) in 1968, just before the United States’…
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Kenny Driscoll

By Community Member | January 29, 2024 11:11 pm

Kenny Driscoll, 78, of Lanexa, Virginia, passed away on Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, at home. Kenny was born in Alexandria, Virginia, to Jack and Essie Driscoll, and spent most of his years between Buena Vista and Williamsburg. Kenny retired as a machinist supervisor for Phillip Morris. His after-retirement ownership of Stewart’s Grocery in Lanexa brought him great joy and earned him many valued friendships in the county. Kenny was preceded in death by his parents, Augustine Lilton “Jack” Driscoll and Mary Catherine Driscoll; biological other, Essie Jaunita Cash Lawhorne; and his great-grandson, Coleman Tucker Young. He is survived by his…
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Robert Wayne Mallory

By Community Member | January 3, 2024 11:08 am

Robert Wayne Mallory, of Lanexa, Virginia, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his wife and sons, after a short but brave battle with cancer, on the morning of Dec. 30, 2023. Rob was born on Aug. 15, 1969, in Newport News, Virginia, to Harold Wayne Mallory and Beverly Ann Conley. He was raised in Hampton, Virginia, where he graduated in 1987 from Bethel High School. Rob made his way into a 34-year career in fire protection where he was certified in backflow, fire pumps, and waterboard systems. He earned Levels 1 and 2 of his NIACETS and made…
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