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                                                                     John Michael Donlon 

Captain John Michael Donlon, USN, Retired, 95, of Groton, CT, died peacefully in the comfort of his home on December 26, 2022. Born in Amsterdam, NY on September 1, 1927, to the late Hugh P. and Frances Nadler Donlon, John was the second-oldest of four brothers. His three brothers – Charles, Thomas, and Edward – all predeceased him. John is also predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Anita Snyder Donlon.
John is survived by his children, daughter Michelle (Donlon) Buchanan and her husband, Howard Buchanan; son CDR Michael P. Donlon, USN (RET) and his wife, Rebecca (Zimmerman); son Patrick H. Donlon; son CDR Kevin C. Donlon, USN (RET) and his wife, Lori (White); son SGM Thomas F. Donlon, USA (RET) and his wife, Elizabeth (Barci); daughter Mary C. Donlon and her husband, Timothy D. Shafman; and daughter Kelly Donlon Hoy and her husband Randy A. Hoy. John is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and his sisters-in-law Mrs. Jeanne Donlon, Mrs. Maureen Donlon and Ms. Carole McAuliffe.
John spent his youth in Amsterdam during the Great Depression, raised by his father, after he lost his mother when he was 7. From an early age, John had a calling for the sea and the military. At 9, he became a Sea Scout; at 16, he entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, completing one year before he became old enough to attend the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in June, 1949. Newly commissioned as an Ensign, he married his great love, the former Anita Snyder of Chadds Ford, PA, the very next day. Together they had 7 children. Theirs was a marriage spanning 60 years of deep love, faith, and commitment, marked by long navy deployments and 26 household moves, treasured annual family vacations at Wellfleet, Cape Cod, and travel with friends and family until Anita’s death in 2009. At John’s death, his lineal descendants numbered 64: 7 children; 28 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.
Captain Donlon’s distinguished and respected naval career of 30 years began aboard the destroyers VOGELGESANG and PUTNAM before he attended Submarine School in 1950 and served two tours of duty on submarines SENNET and SEA DOG before he returned to Submarine School in 1952 as an instructor in the Officer Course for two years. He resumed sea duty in USS BANG and a year later became Executive Officer of USS HALFBEAK. Captain Donlon completed the Advanced Nuclear Power Course at New London in 1960, whereupon he trained at the prototype reactor at Windsor, CT and at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, Pittsburg. He then served as Executive Officer of TINOSA at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, New Hampshire.
He assumed command of USS SHARK in 1963, during which time he was awarded the Legion of Merit and the ship received the Navy Unit Commendation. During his tenure, SHARK was also awarded the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award as first in battle efficiency in the Atlantic Fleet. After detaching from SHARK, he attended the Polaris Command Course at Dam Neck, VA then commanded USS WOODROW WILSON from 1966-68.
Captain Donlon commanded Submarine Division FORTY-TWO from 1968-69, and then reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, as Head, SSN Program Coordination Branch. He served as Commanding Officer of Submarine Tender L.Y. SPEAR from 1971-73, for which he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. He commanded Submarine Squadron SIX from 1973-75, and was awarded a second Legion of Merit. Captain Donlon then served his last tour of duty as Chief of Staff, Commander Submarine Group TWO until his retirement in July 1979, marked by an award of a third Legion of Merit.
After leaving active duty he served as a consultant for General Public Utilities in the wake of the Three-Mile Island incident before he spent 15 years as a logistics engineer for the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics Corporation in support of TRIDENT operational submarines.
A devout Roman Catholic, John was a communicant at Sacred Heart Church in Groton, where, in his later years, he attended daily Mass and formed many personal relationships among his fellow parishioners, becoming a fixture at funerals, baptisms, confirmations and school events. John also served for many years as a committee member for the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich’s annual Red, White and Blue Mass honoring U.S. Military Veterans.
John was an avid student of naval history; a prodigious NY Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle devotee; a passionate croquet competitor against his brothers; a determined beach jarts player; a skilled whistler; a fan of limericks of questionable taste; a master at name jokes; a Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit champion; an avid watcher of Jeopardy; and a lifelong NY Giants fan. All who knew John were amazed by his encyclopedic memory; his fierce patriotism; his loquacity; his loud and impassioned defense of his opinions and his beliefs; his laughter; his stubbornness; and most enduringly, his big heart. His children will fondly remember his love for Anita and for his children, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren; his pride of country and the U.S. Navy; his self-deprecating humor; his adherence to rules; the massive breakfasts he made us following Sunday Mass; his ice cream floats; his Christmas tree travails; and long, exciting trips in the family station wagon to visit our relatives.
After John’s health declined during the last four years of his life, his superbly skilled and devoted live-in caregiver Alice lovingly and respectfully made his dream of remaining in his home until the end of his life a reality. John’s family is forever grateful for Alice’s expert care and concern for him. We would also like to thank John’s entire care team from Lighthouse Home Health, especially his nurses, MaryElla and Sue, aides Kim and Barbella, and his physical therapist, Carolyn. John benefited immensely from their care and concern, and not surprisingly, he also enjoyed receiving the attentions of these talented and engaging women.
A visitation will be held on Friday, January 6th, from 4-6 p.m. at Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames Street, Groton, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, January 7th at 1 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 55 Sacred Heart Drive, Groton. Interment with Full Military Honors will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Meals-on-Wheels in John’s memory at www.tvcca.com.
BYLES-GROTON MEMORIAL HOME
310 Thames St.
Groton, CT 06340
860 445 4844

                                                                            H. Brock Barkley, Jr. 

H. Brock Barkley, Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died on January 11, 2023. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 5, 1927, the son of H. Brock Barkley and Thelma Maurine Dutt. He was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949, and received a second Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1955.
He married his high school sweetheart, Edith Sumner Stowe, in 1950. During his 12 years of naval service, they lived in Rhode Island, California, Virginia, Idaho, and Massachusetts. Also during those years, their three children were born. Following their Navy years they lived in Michigan, Ohio, Idaho, and ultimately settled in Lynchburg in 1981.
In the Navy, he served on the USS Valley Forge, then was selected as one of the first four officers in Admiral Rickover’s Nuclear Navy program to develop nuclear surface ships. He trained at the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Idaho in nuclear physics and engineering, and was involved in the construction and testing of the nuclear reactors for the Navy’s first nuclear-powered surface ship, the USS Long Beach. Once it was commissioned, he served as power officer, a key member of its first crew.
After leaving the Navy in 1961, he continued his scientific and nuclear career. He worked at Bendix as supervisor of the Space Power Section. He worked for NASA at the Plum Brook Station as Chief of the Reactor Division. He worked for Aerojet Nuclear Company, the prime contractor for the Department of Energy at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, as the Assistant General Manager for Power Reactors. He then held several positions at Babcock & Wilcox, including Manager of International Business and Director of Space and Defense Systems. He ended his career as a consultant for Ebasco, in charge of all reactor systems.
He enjoyed visiting his family in the places they lived including California, Oregon, Wisconsin, Haiti, Mali, and Nepal. He enjoyed many world-wide tours and cruises after his retirement. He also regularly organized family reunions in interesting places around the country so the entire family could be together.
He served his community in many ways. He was church organist, served as deacon and elder in the Presbyterian church, served on school funding committees, community music organizations, and civic organizations. He was a member of the IEEE, the Rotary Club, and the American Guild of Organists. He loved being surrounded by family, listening to classical music and opera performances, skiing with family, sailing, and he never missed his daily crossword puzzle or Jeopardy. He was a life long cat lover.
He is survived by his three children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren: Daughter Margaret Barkley Byess, spouse Richard Byess, and their children: Abigail Byess; and James Byess, partner Meghan Dalton. Son H. Brock Barkley III, spouse Sebastiana Costello Barkley, and their children: Benjamin Barkley, spouse Rachelann McIntyre Barkley, and child Javonta McIntyre; Timothy Barkley and child Eevee Yard; Joshua Barkley; and Katherine Barkley Richardson, spouse Virgil Richardson, children Eleanor Richardson and Tobias Richardson. Daughter Jane Stowe Barkley and her children: Emily Barkley-Levenson, spouse Jeremy Kopman, child Rafael Barkley-Kopman; and Amanda Barkley-Levenson, spouse James Anderson.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the Westminster-Canterbury Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his memory to sponsor a dog or cat at the Lynchburg Humane Society: https://lynchburghumane.org/donations/honor-memory/.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory
220 Breezewood Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24502
Phone: (434) 237-9424
Brock Bar

                                                                                 Edward S. Briggs

Vice Admiral Edward S. Briggs, USN (Retired) died peacefully at his home in Escondido, CA in the presence of his family on November 22, 2022.
Born in St. Paul Minnesota, he was the second of three sons of Charles W. Briggs, prominent attorney and member of the Briggs and Morgan Law Firm, and Lois Johnson Briggs. He committed his lifetime to his family, naval service, and the nation. He was a Pacific Fleet sailor for most of his career with wartime experience as both a naval aviator and surface warfare officer; intervening assignments in England, the Pentagon, and the Atlantic Command punctuated his 39 years of service. An advocate of superior education for the nation's youth and an apprentice author, he dedicated his retirement years to both avocations. As an avid golfer (MN HS Champion 1944), he was known to smell the roses on the links along the way.
Briggs attended the University of Minnesota High School and Sullivan School in Washington DC before entering the United States Naval Academy in 1945. Upon graduation in June, 1949, he married his high school sweetheart, movie actress Nanette Parks, daughter of Superior Court Judge Clayton and Evelyn Parks of St. Paul. Ed and Nan began their 35 years of Navy life together as he entered naval flight training in Pensacola, Florida, earning his wings there in 1951.
A member of Fighter Squadron 192, Briggs flew the F4U-4 Corsair and the F9F-5 Panther jet during and following the Korean War, operating from the aircraft carriers Princeton and Oriskany. His naval aviation career continued in 1954 with subsequent tours as a basic and advanced flight instructor, Air Intelligence Officer in the carrier Ranger, and Heavy Attack Squadron 124 for training and qualification in the nuclear capable A3D Sky Warrior in 1961.
Then a Lieutenant Commander, Briggs left naval aviation in 1962 and began a new naval career as Executive Officer of the destroyer USS Harry E. Hubbard (DD 748). Following assignments in England at the Joint Services Staff College and U.S. Naval Forces Europe Command, he took command of the destroyer USS Turner Joy (DD (951) during two deployments to the Vietnam War Theater, 1966-1968. Immediately upon relief as Commanding Officer was a tour as Surface Operations Officer for Commander Attack Carrier Striking Force, U.S. Seventh Fleet. After a Pentagon assignment, Captain Briggs became Commanding Officer of the guided missile frigate USS Jouett (DLG/CLG 29) in 1971 and then Deputy Commander and Chief-of-Staff U.S. Seventh Fleet. Beginning in 1973 he served as Fleet Operations Officer for the Commander-in-Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet. He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in 1975.
In flag officer billets Vice Admiral Briggs served as Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group Three, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Commander Navy Recruiting Command; Commander Naval Logistics Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Commander Naval District Pearl Harbor; and Deputy Commander-in-Chief and Chief of Staff U.S. Pacific Fleet. His last assignment was as Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, retiring in 1984.
In retirement, Admiral and Mrs. Briggs made their home in Escondido, California where he was soon engaged as a member of the county school districts' Curriculum and Instructional Development Committees at San Diego Unified and Escondido Elementary and High School levels. He was chairman of the latter committee for four years, 1985 to 1998. At the same time and until his death he remained an active supporter of the Navy and Armed Forces through the Navy League, San Diego Military Advisory Council, the Recruiting District Advisory Council, and as a mentor of the NJ ROTC Unit at Orange Glen High School in his hometown.
As an apprentice author he wrote his family history and a series of dissertations that included A
Return To Liberal Education, The War We Are In, The Promised Land, A Case For National Security, A Civics Lesson --- The Constitution, and The Afghanistan Challenge. In 2014 he co-authored the policy paper Climate Change, Energy Policy, and National Power published by Heartland Institute of Chicago.
Vice Admiral Briggs is survived by his wife Nanette, son Jeffrey, grandchildren Kathryn Lee Daly and Edward Shannon Briggs, and two great grandchildren.
Please write jbriggs@jbriggslaw.com for memorial information.
 
Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 29, 2023.


                                                                      Alexander Thomson

CAPT Alexander (Al) Dingwall Thomson, USN, Retired, of Lorton, passed away peacefully at age 97 on January 19, 2023. He was born in Scotland and immigrated to the USA at a young age. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1949 and was commissioned an ensign in the Navy. He married Elinor Mae Ufer on June 11, 1949. Al was a veteran of WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War. After retiring from the Navy, he worked as a defense contractor before permanently retiring.
Alexander is preceded in death by Alexander Deas Thomson (father), Elizabeth Dingwall Thomson (mother), Betty Thomson Westhoven (sister) and Elinor Ufer Thomson (wife).
Alexander is survived by CAPT Alan Douglas Thomson, USN, Retired (son), Judy Hall Thomson (Alan's wife), Linda Susan Thomson (daughter), Aaron Daniel Thomson and Gregory Alan Thomson (grandsons), Allison Mathis (Gregory's wife), and Caroline Elizabeth Thomson (great granddaughter).
Funeral services will be at Fort Meyer Chapel followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery; date to be determined.
Published by The Washington Post on Jan. 29, 2023

                                                                                            Peter Sarris 

Peter John Sarris, of Deerbrook, died on March 2, 2023 at Rosalia Gardens Assisted Living. He was 97 years old. He was born on January 13, 1926 in Antigo, a son of John and Sylvia (Tsiboris) Sarris. Peter's father and uncle started the Sarris Brothers Sweet Shop in Downtown Antigo which operated from 1920 to 1961.
Peter graduated from Antigo High School in 1944 and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Mr. Sarris was a World War II era and Korean War veteran having served in the United States Navy.
Peter married Norma Grant on January 8, 1955, at Peace Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on June 21, 2015.
After his military service, he received his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
He had a long career as a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch in Detroit and Green Bay. He enjoyed spending the summers at Bass Lake with his family and friends.
Peter was a lifelong athlete who played high school football and basketball and later in life enjoyed running and golf.
Survivors include two daughters, Robin Sarris of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Terri (Frank Pahl) Sarris of Ann Arbor, Michigan; two sons, John (Elizabeth Rathke) Sarris of Madison, Grant (Adriana) Sarris of Leawood, Kansas; four grandchildren, Olivia, Sofia, Peter, and Emma Sarris.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Peter Hallop; brother, Arthur Sarris; and sister, Betty Demopoulos.
A memorial service may be held at a later date.
Burial will take place at the Elmwood Cemetery in Antigo.
Memorials in Peter's name may be directed to LeRoyer Hospice.
A special thank you to the staff at Rosalia Gardens, Hands with Hearts, and LeRoyer Hospice for their loving care.
Bradley Funeral Home
1550 Neva Rd
Antigo, WI 54409
(715) 623-3787
https://www.bradleyfh.com/obituary/654324/Peter-Sarris/
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                                                   Lemond DeKern Lang

On March 2, 2023, God called Lemond “Deke” Lang of Worthington home to heaven after 95 years. A native of Russell, Kentucky, Deke attended school at Berea College before attending and graduating from the US Naval Academy in 1949. In 1950, Deke married Ironton, Ohio, native JoAnne Kurtz, and the two of them began a journey together that would last 70 years. Deke was a proud Navy Seabee and served in Korea and Japan during the Korean War. After his service in the navy Deke and his wife JoAnne returned to Ohio to raise their family. In Columbus, Deke worked for North American Aviation (later Rockwell) and Ashland Chemical Company (from which he retired in 1991). Deke was known for his kindness, his sense of humor, his creativity and his dedication to his family. Deke and his wife were very social and had many friends who they loved dearly. Deke loved his country, was a master woodworker, building many beautiful pieces of furniture, and was an avid reader his whole life. Deke and wife JoAnne also traveled extensively, visiting many locations though out the U.S., Canada, Australia/New Zealand and western Europe. Deke was also very interested in military history, loved the Christmas season and was a lifelong photographer. Deke’s photos include his time at the U.S. Naval Academy, his years in the Navy, literally many thousands of family photo, 8mm home movies and vacation photos of the many locations that he and JoAnne visited. Photos of particular interest include photos of midshipmen assigned to the U.S.S. North Carolina taking a swim in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, panoramic photos of war-torn Seoul, South Korea, photos of historic sites in Britain and polaroid photos that were manipulated to look like water color paintings. He was an active member of Worthington Presbyterian Church, the Worthington Historical Society, VFW Post 2398 and a Riverside Hospital volunteer. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, JoAnne, and by his parents Adam and Clara Lang and his three sisters. He is survived by daughter Linda (Bill) Yost, son Robert Lang, granddaughter Michelle (Eric) Anderson, grandson Alan (Jean) Yost, great-grandson Henry Anderson, nephew William Hackworth and niece Dawna Boehmer. Calling hours are Thursday March 9, 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Worthington Presbyterian Church, 773 N High Street. Service will follow at the church at 2:00 PM, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Local VFW Post 2398 at PO Box 243 Worthington, OH 43085 or a charity of your choice.

​                                                                                  Theodore Albert Curtin 

Age 97, in Duxbury, Massachusetts, March 19, 2023.
Commander, U.S. Navy (retired), of Plymouth, formerly of Norwood, loving husband of the late Grace (Sansone) of Plymouth, devoted father of Theodore J. and Leonard T. of Plymouth, and the late Mary Catherine Curtin; loving son of the late Dr. Timothy J. and Albertine (Mailhiot), and stepson of the late Olive (Poirier) Curtin of Norwood; brother of Timothy J., Jr. of Stamford, CT, and the late Peter M. of Chula Vista, CA. A native of Norwood, Ted was a 1949 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1969 including aboard the USS Juneau in the Korean War and as commanding officer of the submarine ARGONAUT (SS475) during the Cuban missile crisis. Following his naval career, he returned to his hometown and became a history teacher at Norwood High School from 1970-80. Retiring to Plymouth, he worked as a historical role-player aboard the Mayflower II for 17 years through 1997; and was active in social and political causes.
The most important event in Ted’s life was his marriage, in 1954, to Grace Sansone, his high school classmate. Their 68-year partnership of love, service and friendship touched many lives through their generosity and kindness.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 547 Washington Street, Norwood on Tuesday March 28th, 2023 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery, Norwood. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are welcome in memory of Ted to a charity of one’s choice, or an act of kindness that gives someone great happiness.
Gillooly Funeral Home
126 Walpole Street
Norwood, MA 02062


                                                                             James H. Scott

Jim was born January 1, 1927, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Anthony and Louise Scott. He grew up in Jasper, Alabama, with his brother Wiley. When he was about seven or eight years old, his fondest wish for Christmas was a red bicycle. When he came down the stairs on Christmas morning to see his gift from Santa, he said, "I got a g#& d#@% blue tricycle!"
As he grew, he proudly became an Eagle Scout and worked in his mother's flower shop. He loved playing football, and once ignored an injury to his collarbone because his mom was watching, and he knew she would pull him from the game. If that happened, he would not have been able to earn his letterman's jacket.
His fascination with flying started when Jim was about fifteen years old during his first plane ride on a Barnstormer Biplane. During the flight, the engine began to quit and the pilot had to find a safe place to land, which ended up being in a cornfield. Luckily no one was injured, but the plane got pretty banged up, which caused the propeller to break off. Once the plane was towed away, Jim ran over to the site of the wreck and took one of the propellers, which he kept until this day. He was obviously not deterred and began flying lessons at the age of 16.
Jim graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1949, and received his Naval Aviation wings in 1950, and joined Fighter Squadron 112, where he flew a F9F-2 Panther Jet during the Korean conflict. Following this tour, he flew as an exchange aviator on the HMS Eagle in the Royal Navy, where he had the unusual privilege of participating in the Royal Navy flyover for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
He spent the next two years as an instructor in the basic and advanced air training commands. After completing the General Line Course at the US Naval Postgraduate School in 1958, he received orders to the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal as Flight Deck Officer, followed by other duties aboard USS Intrepid, USS Enterprise, USS Shangri La, and USS Saratoga.
In 1966, Jim attended the School of Naval Warfare, Naval War College and then reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C., for a year as the NATO Plans Officer. In 1969, he flew the A-4 Skyhawk as the Commander of Attack Carrier Wing Twenty-One on the USS Hancock off Vietnam, and then returned to Washington, D.C., as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations for Prisoner of War and Missing in Action (POW-MIA) matters.
Jim then returned to Vietnam, taking command of the ammunition ship USS Butte. In 1974, he became the Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal, and in 1975, as a Rear Admiral, became the Commander of Tactical Wings, US Atlantic Fleet at the Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. In 1977, he was commander of NATO Iberian Atlantic Area in Portugal, and in 1979, he was the commander of the Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia.
He retired from the Navy in 1980. In his 31 years of proud service to his country, he was awarded three Legions of Merit, a Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, five Air Medals for Valor, Two Navy Commendation Medals, and several Korean and Vietnam campaign medals. Although he was always proud of his service, he couldn't share all of his stories from the Navy, because according to Jim, "they were too classified to tell."
Jim was married to Jean Seevers Scott for 55 years. They met on a blind date while Jim was in flight training at NAS Corpus Christi. Before their date, Jean had undergone oral surgery, which meant she had difficulty eating and speaking. After their date ended, Jim said, "she was the cheapest but also the best date he'd ever had!" They enjoyed traveling and seeing the world together, and made wonderful memories during the military moves throughout Jim's career. He deeply loved his family and taught their three children to finish what you start and to always do your best.
In his free time, Jim loved dove hunting, reading, collecting model cars, building model trains - complete with landscapes, and barbequing. He always said he made the best chili in the world. He enjoyed a good meal of steak or ribs, and all of Jean's gourmet cooking. With his sweet tooth, he liked banana pudding, Blue Bell vanilla ice cream or a Snickers candy bar, washed down with tea, Coke, or the occasional martini.
He loved listening to Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Herb Alpert, and Tijuana Brass. In fact, one of the family's most cherished memories of Jim was when they lived in Rhode Island in the mid 1960s. There were several feet of snow on the ground, and it was so cold outside. Jim opened all the windows and danced and sang to Herb Alpert's music while barbequing outside. He loved watching football and rooted for the Cowboys, but especially enjoyed Alabama and Navy games. His family will remember him rooting, "go Navy, beat Army!" They will also fondly recall him saying, "Roger that," "Good on ya," and imitating the Pillsbury Dough Boy's giggle every time he was poked in the tummy.
Jim was a very generous and humble man. He had a compassionate heart and was passionate about helping others. This along with a love of good BBQ, led Jim to found the Corpus Christi Mustangs, a group of local businessmen and community leaders who have banded together to provide Texas-sized barbeques for worthy charity causes, in 1988. To date, the Corpus Christi Mustangs have raised over nine million dollars for various charities. He was a member of the USO of South Texas, the Navy League, Boy Scouts of America, Rotary Club, and the Kiwanis Club. He also played a crucial role in bringing the USS Lexington to Corpus Christi. Currently, the "Blue Ghost" museum is one of the biggest attractions in South Texas.
Jim leaves behind his daughter Nina Manville; his son James Scott, Jr.; his daughter and son-in-law Margie and Severo Garza; his grandchildren Jason (and Cindy) Mulkey, Victoria (and Tommy) Evans, and Micaela Garza; and his great-grandchildren Sierra Mulkey and Thomas "Little Man" Evans. He is reunited with his beloved wife Jean, his parents Anthony and Louise Scott, and his brother Wiley Scott. His family would like to thank his caregivers, family, friends, and the Corpus Christi Mustangs.
To honor the life of Rear Admiral Scott, a memorial service will begin at 11 am followed by Final Military Honors on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Church of the Good Shepherd. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Corpus Christi Mustangs, Good Samaritan Rescue Mission in Corpus Christi, or the YWCA of Corpus Christi.

                                                                                    Joel Rabinowitz

 97, February 11, 2023; beloved husband and best friend of Frances (nee Rothman) for 70 wonderful years; loving father of Dr Arthur (Dr Maria Ponsillo), David (Randie) and Dr Richard (Lori); cherished "Poppie" and grandpa to Ben and Rebecca, Michelle (Keith) Goldstein, Mark, Josh, Jacob (Molly), and Lena; much loved great grandpa of Parker and Chase Goldstein, wonderful brother, uncle and friend to all who knew him. Joel joined the US Navy in May 1944, went on to officer training in Annapolis, MD 1945-1949, was a commissioned Lieutenant and served from 1949-1954. He was a Korean War Veteran serving in the Quartermaster Corp earning the National Defense Ribbon, Navy Occupation WWII Ribbon, Navy Citation American Theater and the WWII Victory Ribbon. Memorial donations in his honor may be made to the Friends of the Jewish Chapel – US Navy, www.fojcusna.org/contribute. Funeral Service, Monday, February 13, 2023; 10 AM at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, 1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL. Interment Shalom Memorial Park. For the link to view the service, shiva information and to leave condolences: www.shalommemorial.org or (847) 255-3520
                                                     Robert Evans Fellowes 

Commander Robert "Bob" Evans Fellowes, USN (Ret.), of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on May 24.

Bob was born in Westfield, NJ, on July 21, 1927. The family moved to Tucson, AZ when he was 9. After graduating from Tucson High School, he spent one year at the University of Arizona from Tucson High School in 1944 and received a congressional appointment to enter the United States Naval Academy in 1945.

Following graduation in June 1949, he was stationed on USS Randall (APA-224, home ported at Little Creek Amphibious Base in Virginia Beach) until entering flight training in 1950. He received his wings in November 1951, served in two anti-submarine squadrons: VS-22 and VS-32, and was Commanding Officer of VRC-40 Carrier Onboard Delivery. He served on USS Randolph (CVS-15) as Navigator, then as Executive Officer, and was Commanding Officer when the ship was decommissioned in 1969.

In the summer of 1954, Bob married Mary Jane Rumfelt in Norfolk, VA, prior to entering the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He received a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from M.I.T. in 1957 and was a member of Sigma Xi, a Scientific and Engineering Research Honor Society.

After his retirement from the Navy in 1975, Bob studied accounting at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, and then worked for a C.P.A. firm in Virginia Beach until 1979, at which time he joined the faculty of Christopher Newport College (now University) in Newport News, VA, where he taught Accounting until retirement in 1995.

In addition to his wife of 68 years, Bob is survived by 4 children, 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren: Ted and his wife Dagmar and their 3 children: Peter, Thomas and Elisabeth; Lisa, (Jim Keck) their son Ryan; Paul, his two daughters, Tori and Jane; and David (Monica).

Bob was preceded in death by both of his brothers, RADM Frederick G. Fellowes, USN, (retired), USNA Class of ’53; and CAPT John H. Fellowes, USN (retired), USNA Class of ’56.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Williamsburg House of Mercy or the charity of your choice.


                                                                        Thomas J. Walters
Thomas J. “Tom” Walters, 97, was called home by God on Monday, July 3, 2023, may he rest in eternal peace. Tom was born in New York City in 1926 and raised in Muncie, Indiana, by his parents Mae and Glenn Walters. He resided in Newport News and Smithfield for over 45 years, including the past 35 years. As an active member of First United Methodist Church in Newport News, he was a member of United Methodist Men and the FUMC mission board for several years. He believed deeply in God that the Holy Spirit watched over him and blessed him by putting the right people in his life at critical times.
Tom earned an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy on merit, graduating in 1949 with a Bachelor of Science degree. The Navy sent him to M.I.T., where he earned a Master of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering degree and a Master of Nuclear Engineering degree. He joined Admiral Rickover’s Naval Reactors group and became a vital team member in building the modern nuclear Navy stationed at the Newport News Shipyard. He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve with the rank of Commander.
In 1971, Tom joined a private engineering consulting firm in Washington, D.C., where he worked on complex engineering projects for the U.S. Navy, large international energy companies, and utilities worldwide. Upon retirement, Tom and his wife, Libby, built a house in Smithfield and later moved to The Chesapeake Retirement Community in Newport News in 2003. In retirement, Tom shared Libby’s passion for lifelong learning, travel, sailing, and reading on various subjects. Additionally, he advocated for protecting local marine life and campaigned on behalf of a candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from Virginia. He was a true patriot, devoted husband, beloved father, and friend to all who crossed his path.
Survivors include two daughters, Deborah W. Barnett, O.D. (William) of Virginia Beach, Rebecca J. Latta (Michael) of High Point, NC; two sons, Edward T. Walters (Barbara) of Naples, FL, Kenneth B. Walters (Lynn) of Damascus, MD; four grandchildren, Thomas C. Barnett, R.N.
(Veronica, M.D.) of Spokane, WA; Rachel A. Barnett of Virginia Beach; Michelle Hilger (Kris) of Spofford, NH; Susan M. Walters (Robert Gazdzicki) of Beach Park, IL; and great-grandchild Harriet Barnett. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth J. “Libby” Walters, and daughter, Mildred M. Walters.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 10:00 am at The Chesapeake Retirement Community, 955 Harpersville Rd., N.N., VA 23601. The family requests that in place of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church Foundation, 10246 Warwick Blvd., N.N., VA 23601, or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.


                                                                          Edward Irwin McQuiston 
Commander Edward I. McQuiston Jr., USN (Ret.), died on 15 April 2023 in La Jolla, CA.
Born 1926 in Hawaii to Dorothea and Captain Edward I. McQuiston ’21, “Ed” was 15 and living in Honolulu when Pearl Harbor was attacked. In the days following, he patrolled Waikiki as a Boy Scout enforcing blackout orders. He graduated from Coronado High School in San Diego (1943) and enlisted in the Navy. Ed graduated with the Naval Academy Class of 1949.
His first assignment was on Roosevelt. He became a naval aviator and was deployed in two wars. He flew combat missions along the North Korean coast and headed the Weapons Department on Ranger (CV-61) in the Gulf of Tonkin. Squadrons VP-812, VP-29, VP-17 and VAHM-10 took him to Kodiak AK, Whidbey Island, WA, Astugi, Japan, and Kwajalein Island. He was a flight instructor in Pensacola, FL, and a branch head at Naval Air Systems Command in Washington, DC. He earned a master’s degree in management at the Naval Postgraduate School, and later returned as a curricular officer for the Management program. He retired from the Navy in 1971 after 27 years of service to his country.
From 1971-1991, Ed worked for the California Society of Certified Public Accountants Education Division as the Director of Management Education. He worked in program development of management, self-study and personal finance planning.
Ed became interested in photography in high school. Starting with a $2 Kodak “Brownie” and later, a twin lens reflex camera, it was his lifelong hobby. In black and white and color, he shared his passion for life in movies and prints. He became known as the “official” photographer at Casa de Manaña, regularly hanging portraits of residents, their pets and ocean life. He played golf into his 90s and always had candy in his bag for sharing. A crack bowler when younger, he took up video bowling and even scored a perfect game. Ed was quick to laugh and made friends easily. He was devoted to his family and always put them first.
Ed met his wife, Bonnie, in 8th grade. They went to a school dance costumed as half of a hot air balloon basket. When they danced together, they seemed to be drifting aloft. Ed never forgot that date. They celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary February 2023.
Bonnie died 12 days before Ed. They are survived by their daughters, Connie and Barbara; and grandson, Fergus. 

                                                                          Peter Scott Swanson​
    
Pete Swanson was born in Pocatello, Idaho In 1926. It should be said
that from an early age, Pete loved a good joke and his sense of humor
stayed intact for 96 years. Here is the rest of his story:
After graduating from Pocatello HS in 1944 he joined the Navy V-12
program. He was assigned to the unit at ISU and during the year there
he received an appointment from Senator Henry Dworshak to the US
Naval Academy from which he graduated in 1949.
After graduation he went into flight training earning his wings in 1950
as an attack pilot. Pete served two combat tours aboard the
PHILIPPINE SEA and KEARSARGE flying combat missions as a
bomber pilot in the Korean Conflict and was shot down twice by
enemy fire.
Upon his return to the United States, fortunate circumstances brought
Pete and his childhood schoolmate DeEtte, also a Pocatello native
together. They fell in love and married in 1953. As Navy life unfolded,
they had 3 wonderful children: Kathleen, Carrie and Peter.
Pete’s orders took him to several posts, subsequent duty stations
included: Teaching Math at USNA; Serving in the Joint Search and
Rescue Center in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Officer in charge of the
Atlantic Fleet’s Nuclear Warfare School in Oceana VA; Strike Warfare
Officer then Navigator of the USS Enterprise (CVN 65); Graduate with
distinction at the Naval PostGraduate School in Monterey CA earning
his Masters in Computer Systems Management;
Head of the Aviation Statistics Branch on staff of the Chief of Naval
Operations; Commanding Officer Naval Command Systems Support
Washington DC. His personal decorations include 3 Meritorious
Service Medals, 2 Air Medals, 3 Navy Commendation Medals,
Vietnam Meritorious Unit Gallantry Cross Award.
After retirement from USN in 1976, CAPT Swanson worked with
various national security defense corporations, retiring from Computer
Sciences Corporation in March 1993.
In his Golden Years, he and DeEtte traveled far and wide to Europe,
the Caribbean, and enjoyed family time at the Outer Banks of North
Carolina, Seattle WA, and Shenandoah National Park along with
duties as USNA Class of 49 Treasurer. His beloved DeEtte passed
away in 2015.
Pete is survived by his two daughters, a son and two sons in law:
Kathleen Smith of Silverdale WA, Carrie Edwards of Midlothian VA
and Peter JB Swanson of Centreville VA; 5 grandchildren, and 7 great
grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy are requested to be sent to the US Naval
Academy Foundation, USNA Class of 49 


                                          Harry Edward Baumgarten Jr. 

Harry Edward Baumgarten, Jr., 99, passed away while under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky on December 14, 2023. He was born in St. Matthews, Louisville, at home on a stormy night to Harry and Lena Fritz Baumgarten on August 24, 1924. The Baumgarten family moved to Owensboro in the 1930’s, where Harry grew up and graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1942. He began his college career at St. Louis University, then entered the Army in 1943.

In 1945 he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1949. While at Annapolis, Harry was a member of the varsity crew and was twice a four-striper of the 5th Battalion, during which he led the 5th Battalion in President Truman’s inaugural parade. On Harry’s second interaction with Truman, he led his battalion up the stairs to Bancroft Hall for breakfast, where President Truman was waiting. Harry said, “Good morning, Mr. President,” and promptly tripped.

After the Naval Academy, Harry was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the newly formed United States Air Force. He underwent pilot training in Texas, and then was an instructor pilot in the B-25 at Reese AFB, Lubbock, TX. Following combat crew training in the B-26 at Langley AFB, VA, he deployed to Korea in 1952, where he flew 52 Night Intruder combat missions, earning 3 Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Following Korean combat service, Harry attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana to pursue graduate studies in electrical engineering, working on development of the ILIAC computer.

While home one weekend on leave, his sister Charlotte introduced him to a lovely young Charlene Cross, a recent University of Kentucky graduate who impressed him with her golf skills. Eight months later, they were married.

Harry was working toward his PhD when he was reassigned to the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH, working with the RAND Corporation. Subsequently, he was assigned to the Foreign Technology Division. A sudden reassignment took him and his family to Oslo, Norway, as Assistant Air Attache at the American Embassy. It was here that he earned a promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. Harry and Charlene spent 4 happy years there, spying on the Russians and loving the Norwegians, while welcoming their fourth child.

His stateside assignment after Norway was to the University of Louisville as Professor of Aerospace Science and Director of Air Force ROTC. He retired from the Air Force in 1969. Notably, his military service spanned the U.S. Army (1942-45), the U.S. Navy (1945-49), and the U.S. Air Force (1949-69).

Harry moved his family to Owensboro to join the family business, Davis Distributers, which was established by his father. He spent the next five decades devoting himself to his family, community, and church. He served on Junipero Serra Club International, Saint Vincent DePaul Society, Owensboro Catholic and Blessed Mother school boards, founding member of Hospice of Owensboro, Help Office, and various Blessed Mother parish ministries.

Harry and Charlene were parishioners of Blessed Mother for 50 years and, most recently, St. Stephen Cathedral. After Harry finally retired from Davis Distributors, he and Charlene moved to a home on the 10th fairway at The Summit, and enjoyed 25 happy years.

As Dad would always say, “It was a good flight.”

He had a good flight.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Sr., and Lena J. Fritz Baumgarten; siblings Mary Helena Gordon, Martha Lauzon, Charlotte Baumgarten, Joseph Baumgarten, and James Baumgarten.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Charlene Cross Baumgarten, his brother Richard (Pat) Baumgarten of Atlanta, GA, his six children, Harry E. Baumgarten III (Mary) of McKinney, TX, Diane Hastings (George) of Contoocook, NH, Julie Cooper (Roger) of Louisville, KY, Katherine Anderson (Eric) of Easton, MD, Kjell Baumgarten of Bowling Green, KY, and Holly Pfeifer (Mark) of Owensboro, 21 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Expressions of sympathy take the form of contribution to Hospice of Western Kentucky 3419 Wathen's Crossing, Owensboro, KY 42301 or St. Benedict’s Homeless Shelter 1001 West 7th Street Owensboro, Kentucky 42301

The funeral Mass will be 12:00 pm Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at Saint Stephen Cathedral. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm with prayers at 7:00 pm Tuesday December, 19, 2023 at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial with military honors will follow Mass at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memories and messages of condolence may be shared with the family at www.glenncares.com.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory
900 Old Hartford Rd
Owensboro, KY 42303
(270) 683-1505 

 Harry Edward Baumgarten Jr. (August 24, 1924 — December 14, 2023)

Harry Edward Baumgarten, Jr., 99, passed away while under the care of Hospice of Western Kentucky on December 14, 2023. He was born in St. Matthews, Louisville, at home on a stormy night to Harry and Lena Fritz Baumgarten on August 24, 1924. The Baumgarten family moved to Owensboro in the 1930’s, where Harry grew up and graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1942. He began his college career at St. Louis University, then entered the Army in 1943.

In 1945 he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1949. While at Annapolis, Harry was a member of the varsity crew and was twice a four-striper of the 5th Battalion, during which he led the 5th Battalion in President Truman’s inaugural parade. On Harry’s second interaction with Truman, he led his battalion up the stairs to Bancroft Hall for breakfast, where President Truman was waiting. Harry said, “Good morning, Mr. President,” and promptly tripped.

After the Naval Academy, Harry was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the newly formed United States Air Force. He underwent pilot training in Texas, and then was an instructor pilot in the B-25 at Reese AFB, Lubbock, TX. Following combat crew training in the B-26 at Langley AFB, VA, he deployed to Korea in 1952, where he flew 52 Night Intruder combat missions, earning 3 Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Following Korean combat service, Harry attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana to pursue graduate studies in electrical engineering, working on development of the ILIAC computer.

While home one weekend on leave, his sister Charlotte introduced him to a lovely young Charlene Cross, a recent University of Kentucky graduate who impressed him with her golf skills. Eight months later, they were married.

Harry was working toward his PhD when he was reassigned to the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, OH, working with the RAND Corporation. Subsequently, he was assigned to the Foreign Technology Division. A sudden reassignment took him and his family to Oslo, Norway, as Assistant Air Attache at the American Embassy. It was here that he earned a promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. Harry and Charlene spent 4 happy years there, spying on the Russians and loving the Norwegians, while welcoming their fourth child.

His stateside assignment after Norway was to the University of Louisville as Professor of Aerospace Science and Director of Air Force ROTC. He retired from the Air Force in 1969. Notably, his military service spanned the U.S. Army (1942-45), the U.S. Navy (1945-49), and the U.S. Air Force (1949-69).

Harry moved his family to Owensboro to join the family business, Davis Distributers, which was established by his father. He spent the next five decades devoting himself to his family, community, and church. He served on Junipero Serra Club International, Saint Vincent DePaul Society, Owensboro Catholic and Blessed Mother school boards, founding member of Hospice of Owensboro, Help Office, and various Blessed Mother parish ministries.

Harry and Charlene were parishioners of Blessed Mother for 50 years and, most recently, St. Stephen Cathedral. After Harry finally retired from Davis Distributors, he and Charlene moved to a home on the 10th fairway at The Summit, and enjoyed 25 happy years.

As Dad would always say, “It was a good flight.”

He had a good flight.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Sr., and Lena J. Fritz Baumgarten; siblings Mary Helena Gordon, Martha Lauzon, Charlotte Baumgarten, Joseph Baumgarten, and James Baumgarten.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Charlene Cross Baumgarten, his brother Richard (Pat) Baumgarten of Atlanta, GA, his six children, Harry E. Baumgarten III (Mary) of McKinney, TX, Diane Hastings (George) of Contoocook, NH, Julie Cooper (Roger) of Louisville, KY, Katherine Anderson (Eric) of Easton, MD, Kjell Baumgarten of Bowling Green, KY, and Holly Pfeifer (Mark) of Owensboro, 21 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Expressions of sympathy take the form of contribution to Hospice of Western Kentucky 3419 Wathen's Crossing, Owensboro, KY 42301 or St. Benedict’s Homeless Shelter 1001 West 7th Street Owensboro, Kentucky 42301

The funeral Mass will be 12:00 pm Wednesday, December 20, 2023, at Saint Stephen Cathedral. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm with prayers at 7:00 pm Tuesday December, 19, 2023 at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial with military honors will follow Mass at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memories and messages of condolence may be shared with the family at www.glenncares.com.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory
900 Old Hartford Rd
Owensboro, KY 42303
(270) 683-1505
                                                                   Kathleen Collins (Widow of William D. Collins)
                                                           Kathleen Kelly Collins (Nov. 11, 1929 - Nov. 10, 2023) 
SAINT HELENA - Kathleen Kelly Collins passed away peacefully at her home on November 10, 2023, in St. Helena, CA, just one day short of her 94th birthday. She was surrounded by many family members and will be dearly missed, but lovingly remembered. Kathy was a woman full of gentle grace and genuine love.
Born on November 11, 1929, in Chicago, IL, to Dennis Hughes and Aileen Carney Kelly, Kathy was then raised in Des Moines, IA. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, later earning her Master of Arts degree from Stanford University. She worked in New York for the Rockefeller Foundation and taught school in Palo Alto, France and Germany. Kathy had three brothers, Dr. Dennis Kelly III (deceased), Brian Carney Kelly and Michael John Kelly (deceased). In 1960, Kathy married William David Collins Jr., Lt. USN, Ret., an electrical engineer who was a widower with five children. They are William David Collins III (Christine), Ann Oddie Collins (deceased), Dr. Henry Hoeffer Collins, M.D. (Nicole), Mary Kelly Collins (Lee), and Peter Joseph Collins (Susan). They also had two children of their own, Michael Dennis Collins (Karen) and Kathleen Carney Alberigi (Leo).
They raised the seven children in an apricot orchard in Los Altos Hills, and in 1967 purchased a vineyard in St. Helena. They founded Conn Creek Winery and Bill always said that Kathy was the heart and soul of the business. After the children were raised, Kathy and Bill traveled throughout the world, taking in as many wonders as they could.
Grandchildren include: William David Collins IV, Esquire (Lisa), Dr. Katie Collins Hoey, M.D. (Tom), Commander Deirdre Erin Collins USN, Erica Helene Hays, Sofia Helene Collins, Ryan Spencer Collins (deceased), Christopher Kelly Collins (Chelsea), Oran Moon Collins, Maja Fendley Rose Collins, Gabriel Michael Alberigi (Kyrie), Dominic Francis Alberigi, Mariah Jinai FuQuan Alberigi, Teresa Jianmarie Alberigi, Isaac JohnMark Alberigi, and Peter Anthony Alberigi. Great-grandchildren are: Wyatt Collins, Remy Collins, Connor Collins, Clara Collins, Rebecca Alberigi, Margaret Alberigi, Genevieve Alberigi and Elisabeth Alberigi.
Kathy was an active volunteer in her children's schools and her church. She served thirteen years on the Board of Community Health Clinic Ole, four years as Chairwoman and two years as Beneficiary Chairwoman of the Napa Valley Wine Auction. She was an Emeritus Member of St. Vincent de Paul Ministry of St. Helena Catholic Church where she volunteered for many years. An active backpacker, hiker and skier, Kathy introduced the entire family to skiing. She also loved to read, bringing boxes of books home each summer specific to each of the children's interests.
In her later years she took poetry classes at the Napa College Upper Valley Campus and became a prominent member of the Solstice Creative Writers. Her sensitive and reverent writing style always reflected compassion for nature, especially egrets that she often saw on their property. She held the highest respect for their field workers of their vineyard, calling them extended family. Among those are Arnold Rojas (deceased), Martin Macias, Federico Pulido, Mauricio Vazquez and Bernardo Vazquez.
Kathy's kindness, as seen through her soft eyes and warm smile, will be greatly missed, but her tender heart will forever live through her own words: "Snowy egret you pump along wiping the sky clean after the storm Great tundra swan conspicuous creature moving ponderously overhead Is it an eagle? Is it an osprey? Soaring in long slow sloops in a spirit of majestic grace What secrets do you carry as you sashay the sky? Why do you fly along? You exude presence of peacefulness an evidence of joy." - Kathy Collins (2010).
The Collins family would also like to thank caregivers, Rosa M. Gordillo, Rosa I. Gordillo, Carmen V. Gordillo, Maria T. Maldonado, and Maria E. Pirngruber, for their gentle and warm care.
Services will be held on December 16, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Helena Catholic Church. Reception to follow.
Donations can be made in memory of Kathy to Community Health Clinic Ole or to Providence Hospice Napa Valley.
Published by St. Helena Star from Nov. 23 to Nov. 30, 2023.


                                                                             Robert Octavius Minter, Jr.  
Robert Octavius Minter, Jr. (December 20,1926 – January 8, 2024) of Kitty Hawk, NC passed away peacefully on January 8, 2024, at 97 years of age.
Known to his family and friends as Bobby, Robert was a native of Martinsville, Virginia. He graduated early from Martinsville High School in 1943, at age 15. Being too young to be accepted at Annapolis, he completed a Naval Academy Preparatory Course at Severn School and earned an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in the class of 1949. While attending the Academy, Robert was a member of the varsity golf team. Upon graduation, he remained at Annapolis temporarily as an instructor in the Department of Seamanship and Navigation. Prior to his assignment in the fleet, he married the love of his life, Catherine Ann Goode on June 6, 1949. Robert served in the United States Navy until 1954, promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade. He was a veteran of the Korean War, participating in the Incheon Invasion. Upon completion of the war, he transitioned to the Naval Reserve.
Following his service, Robert and Ann moved back to Martinsville to raise their family. Robert joined Martinsville Novelty Corporation, where he spent the next 40 years of his professional life. During that time, he served as Secretary, First Vice-President, and President of the corporation. In addition, Robert was on the Mayor’s Commission on Human Values and a Chairman of the local Red Cross Chapter. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Martinsville and also served on their Board. He was a member and director at Chatmoss Country Club, where during his leisure time, he continued to enjoy the game of golf.
Upon retirement, Robert and Ann moved to the Outer Banks to be closer to their family. Relocating to the beach gave him the opportunity to fulfill his passions for family, friends, fishing, shelling, and golf. While living in Kitty Hawk, NC, Robert worked part-time at TW’s Bait and Tackle, which he called his dream job, as this introduced him to several of his favorite fishing spots. He and Ann also became members of Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church.
Robert is survived by his daughters, Pamela Minter Melson (Butch) of Chesapeake, VA, and Catherine Minter Hammill of Kill Devil Hills, NC, one grandson, Adam Minter Comfort of Harrisonburg, VA, three granddaughters, Emily Comfort Woodburn (Michael) of Washington, DC, Ann Leslie Hammill Hopkins (Christopher) of Raleigh, NC and Catherine Hammill Creef (Justin) of Manns Harbor, NC, two great-grandchildren, Jack Steven Woodburn and Harrington Ann Hopkins. He is also survived by three nephews and their families. Robert was predeceased by his parents, Robert Octavius Minter, Sr. and Isabel Kester Minter, his wife of 67 years, Catherine Ann Goode Minter, his brother, John Kester Minter, and his son-in-law, Martin Leslie Hammill.
Robert will be remembered for his honest nature, meticulous manner, gentlemanly ways, and tender heart. A memorial and graveside service will be held in Martinsville, VA at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.
Twiford Funeral Homes, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.
Twiford Funeral Home
Outer Banks, NC
500 Budleigh Street
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-2449 | (252) 986-2554

                                                                                 Helen Elizabeth Redditt Reid  
Helen Elizabeth Reid, age 97, (January 19, 1926 - January 1, 2024) passed away on January 1, 2024 at her daughter’s home in Maryland.
She was born January 19, 1926, at home on Delta Pinelands Cotton Plantation in Scott, Mississippi. Her farm was not mechanized, and all work was done with mules and human effort. She was evacuated to the hills on April 20, 1927, 1 day before the levee broke in the historic Mississippi River flood of 1927. The family’s home, car and property were destroyed in the flood, and it was several years before the farm was viable again.
Helen graduated from Mississippi State College for Women and became a home economics teacher. She married Charles E. Reid, Jr on his graduation day from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland and embraced the military life. During their marriage, they lived in Pensacola, Florida; Corpus Christi, Texas: Norfolk, Virginia; Monterey, California; Champagne-Urbana, Illinois; Oxnard, California; Anaheim, California; McLean, Virginia; Clifton, Virginia. After retirement, they lived in Richmond, Virginia and she moved to Greenville, SC near her daughter. She taught students in Virginia and Mississippi for 20 years.
Being the wife of a naval officer onboard aircraft carrier with the Pacific fleet, she raised 4 children of her own, 3 of her grandchildren and one “adopted” son, along with various other children who needed a place to stay. She cared for her own mother for 8 years at her home and nursed her husband through Agent Orange-related Parkinson’s Disease. She leaves 4 children: Karen (Scott) McCombe, Deborah (Glenn) MacPherson, Charles (Aura) Reid III, and John Reid. She also leaves an additional “son” whom she raised, Jorge Rivera (George). She also leaves 7 grandchildren: Sara (Richard) Marlow, Debbie (Matt) Roemer, Alvaro Jerez, Alison (Andy) Roark and Leah (Colin) Butler, Ian Reid and Fletcher Reid. In addition, there are 11 great grandchildren: Christian Roemer, John Marlow, Samantha Roemer, Alexandra Jerez, Jacquelyn Roark, Richard Marlow, Lillian Roemer, Hannah Roark, Liam Marlow, Cole Butler and Beau Butler. She also leaves her wonderful aide Jacqueline Brown Garrett, who was a close friend, caregiver and confidante.
Helen had a number of “super powers”: she collected and cared for numerous stray animals and children; kept a household of many children and animals going while her Navy officer husband was at sea 9 mo. at a time; shepherded 5 persnickety teens through to adulthood, was able to feed 10 people with 1 pound of meat; modified one formal dress 8 times in 20 years for herself; sewed most of her own and her children’s clothes; made the best fried chicken in the world which recipe has never been duplicated; and finally, organized, packed and moved her family every 2-3 years with the military.
Helen will be committed to the columbarium at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD next to her husband. Service will be held at the Naval Academy Chapel for family. No date has been set.
Helen described herself as a “Tough Old Bird”. As a military wife, she had an “edgy” sense of humor, but was always a perfect lady in public. Her favorite things were family, chocolate (anything), African violets and Boston Terriers. She never missed an appointment at the beauty salon. She will be missed by many people. Farewell, Mama.
McPherson Funeral Services and Cremations, P.A.
12827 Old Fort Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
(301) 292-4603


                                                                 Mary Catherine "Mickey" Boughton 

On June 25, 2023, Mary Catherine “Mickey” Boughton passed away peacefully at age 94 surrounded by her family after a brief illness. 

Mickey was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from Barat College with her BA in Education. 

She married the love of her life, Ace Boughton in 1949 and they remained together for 69 years. While raising her six children, she became a reading specialist and taught elementary students. She played golf until she was 90 and was an active member in both bridge and book clubs. She enjoyed completing Sudoku and the NYT Crossword Puzzle over coffee and spending time with her friends and family. Her Catholic faith was constant, and she found strength in it when challenged in life. 

She is survived by her six children; Ann (Tom Davis); Gus Boughton (Genie); Ellen (Tom Fix); Joan (Henry Kleeman); Katie (Barry Burdiak) and Mary (Patrick Kinmartin) and her sister, Joan O’Brien. Mickey was loved by 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 

In honoring Mickey’s wishes, her Funeral Service and Internment will be held privately with family members. 

A Celebration of Life Tea will be held at Tara Golf & Country Club on Sunday, July 23, 2023, from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. 

In Mickey’s honor, please consider donating to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. You can make a gift online at: mda.org/thankyou. 

Toale Brothers Funeral Home & Crematory - Bradenton Chapel
912 53rd Ave W.
Bradenton, Fl
941-955-4171 





                                                                          Richard Bays Blackwell, Sr. 
of Kingsport, TN passed away February 8, 2024, at NHC HealthCare, Kingsport, TN.
Mr. Blackwell was born on November 15, 1928, in Dante, VA, Russell County and achieved the ripe old age of 96. He was the devoted son of the late Samuel C. and Carrie Gilliam Blackwell of Dungannon, VA. Mr. Blackwell attended Grade Schools in Dungannon, Wise, Norton and Gate City, VA. He attended High School in Gate City and Pennington Gap, VA, where he graduated in 1944 first in his class. Richard entered Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA in June 1944 and attended until June 1945.After leaving VMI, Mr. Blackwell entered the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. While there, he was the manager of the Navy Football Team. He graduated in 1949.
Mr. Blackwell served for over 20 years as an officer in the United States Navy. Richard retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander in 1969.
After retiring from the Navy, Richard received a Master of Arts Degree in Education in 1972 from Trenton State College. Mr. Blackwell was a member of Gate City United Methodist Church in Gate City, VA.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary Patsy Sandidge Blackwell and his son, Richard B. Blackwell, Jr. Mr. Blackwell is survived by his son, Robert M. Blackwell, Sr. and his wife, Marilyn of Churchville, PA, his daughter, Patricia H. Blackwell Reeser and her husband, John of Hatfield, PA, stepson, Mark Bishop of Kingsport, TN. Richard is also survived by his grandchildren Robert M. Blackwell, Jr., Victoria E. Reeser (Jamie Litwiller), Laura E. Dafoe (Taylor), and John D. Reeser II, and great-granddaughter, Patricia Dafoe.
Graveside services will be conducted on March 2, 2024, at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA. Everyone will gather at Gate City Funeral Home for the procession to the cemetery at 10:30.
A special thank you to Marcella Roberts and her staff at Brighter Days for the wonderful care they gave Richard over the past eight years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to Gate City United Methodist Church, Gate City, VA. An online guest register is available for the Blackwell family at www.gatecityfunerals.com.
Gate City Funeral Home
136 Beech Street
Gate City, VA 24251
276-386-7033
https://www.gatecityfunerals.com/