Obituaries For Carter Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel in Newport News, Virginia

Thomas Calvin Chestnutt August 27, 1946 - August 26, 2017
Thomas "Tom" Chestnutt passed away on August 26, 2017, surrounded by family. Tom was a graduate of Mathews High School, class of 1965, and a graduate of Virginia Tech, class of 1969. The proprietor of Chestnutt Bay Furnishings and The Farmhouse, Tom spent 40 years as a purveyor of fine furnishings. The giant yellow chair in front of the Farmhouse grew to be a fixture in the Toano community. Previously, he was employed by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and served as merchandise manager for Williamsburg Merchants, including the College Shop, The Christmas Shop, and Madison's. He was an active member of Faith Fellowship Church, Williamsburg, and previously served as a deacon at Greensprings Chapel. He was an avid reader of history and religious texts and a lifelong fan of the Washington Redskins.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 50 years, Carol Chestnutt; his three children, Chris Chestnutt, Viki East (Lann), and Cheryl Bowie; seven grandchildren, Madison Bowie, Dylan Chestnutt, Adam Chestnutt, Peyton Bowie, Tyson East, Jackson East, and Brooklyn East; and two brothers, David Chestnutt and Bob Chestnutt. He was predeceased in life by two other brothers, Fred and Jim Chestnutt.
Tom was known for his kind, generous, and gentle demeanor. He was a loving husband and father and also completed missionary work in Brazil and Israel. He served his community as a member of The Gideons, in the jail ministry, and in the "Vibrant Life" homeless ministries. In addition to serving his community, he served his country by volunteering for both the U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. It can truly be said that he gave of himself to others.
A memorial service in his honor will be held at 5:30 PM on Wed. August 30, 2017 at Faith Fellowship Church, 112 Schoolhouse Lane, Williamsburg VA 23188.

Mildred Hargrove, 97, passed away on August 22, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. A visitation will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday August 28, 2017 at Carter Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel, 251 Richneck RD., Newport News VA 23608. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM, with an interment immediately thereafter at Peninsula Memorial Park. Please check this space for further information.
William Edward Smith, November 7, 1933 - August 18, 2017
A visitation for William E. "Bill" Smith, AKA "Smitty" will be held from 7-8 PM on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Carter Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel, 251 Richneck Rd., Newport News VA 23608. Funeral services will be held on Saturday August 26, 2017 at Antioch Baptist Church 110 Antioch Rd., Susan VA 23163, at 11:00 AM, with an interment immediately thereafter.
Lizzie J. Willis November 10, 1955 - August 10, 2017
A visitation will be held from 7-8 PM on Friday August 18, 2017 at Carter Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel, 251 Richneck Rd., Newport News VA 23608. Funeral services for Lizzie J. Willis will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Colossian Baptist Church, 856 Old Fort Eustis Blvd., Newport News VA 23608. An interment will be held immediately thereafter at Greenlawn Cemetery, 2700 Parish Ave., Newport News VA 23607
Delois Reid Cann, October 20, 1939 - August 12, 2017

Delois Reid Cann was born October 20, 1939 in Halifax County, North Carolina. She was educated in Newport News, Virginia school system and graduated from Huntington High School. Delois met and later married Dennis Cann.

Our BELOVED Delois Cann passed away on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at home surrounded by family.

Delois was faithful in her walk with the LORD. She was a GOD-fearing and devoted wife and mother who walked totally by faith and not by sight. She was a humble sweet spirit, who always made you feel that you were her favorite. She had a very strong work ethic and would say ‘work smart not hard - not only do your job well, but learn the next person’s job so prayerfully you would be hard to replace’.

Living the majority of her adult life in Newport News, she truly enjoyed gardening roses and gardenia flowers, and vegetables. She loved drawing and coloring with her grandchildren and taught them how to cook. She played card and board games and outdoor activities. She was well known, loved and cherished by her family and many in her community (lovingly called “The Candy Lady”). She was a great caregiver and loved by all the children she took care of including many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Delois retired from Newport News Public School System where she loved her work as cook in the cafeteria, where she was well known for her cooking skills, especially her homemade rolls and sweet potato biscuit. She also worked many years at the Coast Guard Base in Yorktown, Virginia.
Delois was preceded in death by her parents Delois and Isaac Reid and brother Christopher Reid. Left to cherish her memory and celebrate her legacy is her husband, Dennis S. Cann, her children: Cathy Coleman (Kelvin), Kevin Reid, Karl Lyles (Angela), Christopher Lyles (Fonda), and Denise Cann; 19 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and a host of other family members and friends.

At the end of her life she allowed her granddaughter (Kara) to do a short video. In that video she was asked what was her greatest joy and her response was her BABIES! We know you didn’t want to leave and we didn’t want you to, but we shall always cherish our memories together. SOAR SWEET ANGEL!!!

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday August 19, 2017 at 3:30 PM at Shepherdsville Baptist Church, 8729 Fary's Mill Rd., Gloucester VA 23061. An interment will follow at the Shepherdsville Cemetery immediately thereafter.

Neville Alston "Al" Creary, September 1, 1935-August 6, 2017
Neville Alston "Al" Creary passed away on August 6, 2017 at Riverside Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Al emigrated to the United States and became a U.S. Citizen and pursued a lifelong career in carpentry. Al was an avid cyclist, competing in bicycle races well into his 70's. He had a sunny pleasant disposition, a quick smile, and was always a pleasure to have around. He was a friend to many and will be missed by all. He leaves to cherish his memory many friends, but particularly his partner Faye E. Edlow will miss him dearly. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday August 11, 2017 at Carter Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel, 251 Richneck Rd., Newport News VA 23608. An interment will follow immediately thereafter at Hampton Memorial Gardens.

In Loving Memory of Dennis Kelley
Our beloved Dennis Kelley was one of twelve children born to Wilson Kelley and Thelma Jones of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Dennis married Harolette Johnson in 1978. Married 39 years, they raised two beautiful children. Dennis was a devoted husband, father, and recently, a proud grandfather.
Born with the "gift of gab", Dennis never met a stranger. He never held back any punches and was always quick to tell a joke to make people laugh. He was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, he had a heart of gold and a beautiful smile.
Dennis loved driving and rebuilding old classic cars and faithfully supporting the Washington Redskins football team. His mastery of the "poker face" allowed him to take pleasure in winning money during a friendly game of poker with family and friends. He was also an avid bowler, participating for many years with his Fort Eustis league.
Dennis retired from the United States Army after serving over 20 years, where he received numerous awards and recognitions, including serving in the Gulf War. After retirement from the military, he worked as a skilled truck driver, traveling up and down the east coast. There were few vehicles he did not master.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Harolette, daughter, Janelle (Camille), son, Brandon (L’Oréal) and grandson, Jaxon. Sisters, Lois Jackson, Judy Manns (Harvey), Jenny Hales (Rolin), and Carol Neal (David). Brothers, James Kelley (Roxanne), William Kelley (Pam), Raymond Kelley (Deborah), and Jackie Kelley (Pat). Sisters in law, Deborah Primous (Khalid), Connie Harrod, Wendy Johnson, brother in law, Harvey Bakari (Marie), and a host of nieces and nephews, and special family friend, Ethel Durden. Dennis Kelley was preceded in death by his parents, Wilson Kelley and Thelma Jones, his brother Benny Warren Kelley, sisters Doris Rankins, and Ann Miller.
Special thanks to all of his military comrades and brothers in arms whom he considered family, they were very special to him and supported him in so many ways. We thank you for your service.
Even during illness, Dennis’ spirit was resilient and strong, defying medical diagnosis. He gracefully left this world in peace to reside in his heavenly home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to your favorite charity.

Kevin Alexander Lewis, born on April 3, 1959 was called home on July 6, 2017. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Valerie Lewis, father Calvin Lewis, son Kevin Lewis II, daughters Megan Lewis and Angelica McKiver and a host of close family and friends. There will be a memorial service on Friday July 14th at Shiloh Baptist Church 105 Goosely Road, Yorktown, VA 23690, at 12:00pm.

Viola Retina Jones Nishid, August 6, 1957-July 3, 2017
Ms. Viola Retina Jones Nishid passed away on June 3, 2017 following a brief illness. She was born in Williamsburg in 1957 and remained in the area for most of her life, most recently residing in Newport News. Known affectionately as "Tina" she is survived by four brothers and one sister, and a dear companion, Willie Williames. She was a member of First Baptist Church Morrison where she assisted with the Food Bank Ministry. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held in August on her birthday. Memorial donations in her honor may be made to First Baptist Church Morrison, 12720 Patrick Henry Drive, Newport News VA 23608.
Helen Virginia Green, June 25,1918 - May 26, 2017
Helen Virginia Green, 98, passed away on May 26, 2017, surrounded by family. Services will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Rising Sun Baptist Church, Lackey, VA. A viewing will be held at 10:00 AM, and funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM. She is survived by her caretakers, Mrs. Almeda Swinton (Pete) and Mr. Kilroy Fitzgerald, formerly of Newport News Shipyard.
Henry Burns, December 6, 1941- May 14, 2017
Mr. Henry Burns passed away peacefully at his residence on May 14, 2017 surrounded by family and friends. A service will be conducted at Shady Grove Cemetery, a later date, at his family home of Selma, Alabama.
Zora Francis Webb, February 17, 1928 - May 10, 2017
Zora Francis (Pearl) Webb passed away on May 10, 2017 after a prolonged illness. Her early life began in Stevensonville, Tennessee as the oldest daughter of Frank and Anna Belle Amis. In 1951, she moved from Tennessee to Fort Worth where she married and raised her four children. Her ex-husband’s employment with IBM resulted in the family moving from Texas in 1974 to Bowie, Maryland, back to Texas and eventually to Burke, Virginia. By 1985 she had settled in Falls Church, Virginia and worked as a sales associate for Lord and Taylor. In 1992, upon her retirement from Lord and Taylor, she made the decision to relocate to Gloucester, Virginia
Her time in Gloucester was spent working for the Agency on Aging with the “Meals on Wheels Program”, as a volunteer with the Gloucester Public Library and Army Community Service at Fort Eustis. More importantly, her spiritual needs were met as a loyal member of First Baptist Church of Ordinary. This important relationship has sustained her up until the end of her days. Her commitment to God was expressed in her own words prior to her death: “ Never assume that what accomplishments you have enjoyed were done by you alone, God enabled you to do so. Praise his Holy Name.”
Left to mourn her passing are:
Children - Linda Webb McClellan, Bobby Joe Webb Jr., Paulette Elaine Webb, Alen Dwayne Webb. Linda (spouse Sylvester’s) children - Erin Dale Byrd, Corinne (spouse Duron) Bell and Allison McClellan. Grandchildren - Hausson and Jai Byrd.
Bobby’s son - Dwayne Webb.
Paulette’s children – Ashley (spouse Mike) Lamothe, Steven Webb (father Stanley Ellison). Grandchildren - Tatiana and Aubree Lamothe.
Alen (spouse Diedre’s) children - Lynsey, Brice, Kirstie, Cameron, Andrew and Hazel Webb
Siblings - Betty Lou McClain and Hennah Amis.
A multitude of much loved nieces and great-nieces, nephews and great-nephews, cousins and friends.
In answer to her prayer to be one with God, Zora Francis Webb’s funeral service will be held 18 May 2017, 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of Ordinary, 4213 George Washington Memorial Highway, Hayes, Virginia 23072. Interment will be in Pinecrest Cemetery in Columbia, Tennessee.

Ruby Bostic, February 7, 1942 - May 7, 2017
A private family viewing for Mrs. Ruby Bostic was held at Carter Funeral Home on May 8, 2017.

Nidia Diaz-Hernandez, July 12, 1951- May 7, 2017
Services for Nidia Diaz Hernandez will be held on Friday May 12, 2017 at 9:30 at the Carter Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel, 251 Richneck Rd., Newport News VA 23608. An interment will be held immediately thereafter at Williamsburg Memorial Park, 130 King Henry Way, Williamsburg VA 23185.
March 6, 1944 - May 1, 2017

Visitation will be held from 6-9 pm on Tuesday May 9, 2017, at Carter Funeral Home, 251 Richneck Rd., Newport News, VA 23608.
Homegoing services will be held at 11:00 am on Wed., May 10 2017, at First Baptist Church, Denbigh 3628 Campbell Rd. Newport News VA 23602.
Interment and repast will be held immediately thereafter at Shepherdsville Baptist Church, 8729 Fary’s Mill Rd. Gloucester VA, 23061.
More information to appear via Daily Press and this website soon.

John Jordan obit photo
August 30, 1922 - April 30, 2017

John Marshall Jordan, 94, of Newport News was reunited in death with his wife of 70 years, Pierrette Jordan, on April 30. John was born in Lynchburg in 1922, one of 12 children born to Wilson and Libby Jordan. He answered the call to serve his country and enlisted in the Army in 1942. While serving in Marseille, France, John met Pierrette and the two married in 1945. John and Pierrette moved to New York, where John retired from National Grid in 1985. Those who remain to honor his memory include son Benny Jordan and fiance Jeanine Hamilton, daughter Rena Jordan and husband Max Valcourt, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and John’s siblings Geraldine, Ruby, and Billy.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 6 at World Outreach Worship Center, 1233 Shields Road, Newport News. A Viewing will begin at 10 a.m. The funeral services will begin at 11 a.m.

THOMAS DENTON DOGGETT December 29, 1936 - May 1, 2017
In the quiet of the morning, Monday, May 1, 2017, Thomas Denton Doggett, surrendered his life here on earth and transitioned to his "Heavenly Home". He is survived by his devoted wife, Deborah Doggett. Homegoing Service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday May 6th at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 171 Semple Farm Road, Hampton, Va. 23666. An interment will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday May 9, 2017 at Hampton Memorial Gardens.
LELAN KAY CARPENTER April 27, 1968- April 18, 2017
A Memorial service for Lelan Kay Carpenter, daughter of Mrs. Mary Boyd, and beloved member of the Boyd family, shall be held at 11:00 AM on Monday May 1, 2017 at Carter Funeral Home, 251 Richneck Rd., Newport News VA 23608. An interment shall follow immediately thereafter at Rosewell Memorial Gardens, Providence Rd., Gloucester Point VA, 23061.

HECTOR RIVERA MARCH 6, 1939 - APRIL 20, 2017


Synthia Ann Gordon, August 19, 1952 – January 21, 2017

Cynthia Denise Green-Bryson, January 9, 2017

Sgt. James L. Holt, November 26, 2016

HECTOR RIVERA MARCH 6, 1939 - APRIL 20, 2017