Evolyn Marie Smithson
Evolyn Marie Smithson, 87, of Norfolk, passed away March 10, 2023. Evolyn was born on March 11, 1935, to Clifford Albert Waters and Beatrice Merline Munro Waters and she grew up in Black River, New York.
She worked as an administrative assistant at United Insurance Company for many years. She was also an active member of Norview Baptist Church where she especially loved teaching children and going on mission trips. She will be greatly missed.
Evolyn leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughters: Janet (Jack) Frost and Sharon Harker; grandchildren: Chris, Joey, Jessica (Frank), Amanda (Jesse), Woody, Levi and David; great grandchildren: Jason and Frankie; her sister, Shirley LaBreck as well as a host of other family members. She was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Robert Lee Smithson; her daughter Merline and sons David and Robert, Jr; her grandson, Jacob; her parents, Clifford and Beatrice Waters; and her siblings: Liz Wideman, Ellie Flint, Mae Provost and Mike Waters.
Evolyn will always be remembered as a loving mother, sister, grandmother, and friend. A service will take place Wednesday, March 15, starting at 2pm at Norview Baptist Church.Send Flowers
Magdalene Rachael Lee
Magdalene Rachael Lee passed away on February 25, 2023 in Chesapeake, Virginia. She was born on September 29, 1934, to Henrey and Rachel Lee of Mount Olive, North Carolina.
Magdalene cherished her time taking care of her family and raising her daughters. She was married to the love of her life, William M. Lee for nearly 40 years before he passed in 1995. She was a member of Emmanuel Tabernacle of Virginia Beach and Living Waters of Norfolk.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Bettie Kenningtin, and Brenda Guendoo; 16 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; sisters: Sally Harper, Grace Trunage, Margaret Crumpler, and Mary Deese. Magdalene was predeceased by her brothers Felton Lee and James Lee; and her daughter, Helen Scarbough.
Magdalene will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
A celebration of life will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at Family Choice Funerals & Cremations.Send Flowers
Susanne Maree Mozley
Susanne Maree Mozley, age 79, left this world too soon on the evening of March 1, 2023. Left behind to grieve her deep loss is her mate of 24 years, Randolph “Randy” Wisswell, who has loved her with all that he has and she likewise in return. They truly completed each other.
Susanne, mostly known as Becky, met Randy at Blakely’s which was a country dance club in Great Bridge. Their romance blossomed and so their story began. Scores of friendships were forged with this couple at this dance club cause Miss Becky never met a stranger. She was even instrumental in giving a few nudges for another romance that blossomed out of that place.
Chesapeake’s finest, Fire Station #7, with a special call-out to A Group. Becky loved these people and they loved her. Having saved Randy’s life, they developed a strong friendship and bond that is so amazing and honorable.
Becky was a well traveled person, going all over the world many times but her heart was happiest in St. Croix with the love of her life, Randy. She was an animal lover, and not just cats and dogs. She was well known in the Arabian Horse industry.
Because of her love of animals, Randy is asking that in lieu of flowers, to make a donation to one of the pet shelters listed below in her memory:
Norfolk SPCA using this link https://www.norfolkspca.com/
Ruff Start STX (click the donate button on the page and mention Becky’s name in the message box) https://www.givebutter.com/ruffstartstx/
A celebration of Becky’s life will be held on Wednesday evening, March 8, 2023 at 4:30 at Family Choice, 5401 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464Send Flowers
Celso G. Tolentino
Celso G. Tolentino, 90, of Sacramento California and Chesapeake Virginia, passed away on February 23, 2023. Celso was born on July 29,1931 in town of Mendez, Province of Cavite, Philippines to Honofre Perido Tolentino and Rosa Gatpandan Tolentino.
He worked as an Accountant at the Social Security System in Manila Philippines for 20 years. After that, he worked as the Commission of Elections Chairman in the town of Mendez, province of Cavite, Philippines for a few years. He and his wife Amelia, retired from public service in the Philippines when they moved to the Sacramento California USA in 1990. He worked various jobs in Sacramento for the next three years and retired in 1993. He was born, raised, and practiced as a Catholic.
Celso is survived by his daughter, Leah Monina Tolentino Ventanilla; son, Rainer Torneros Tolentino; sister, Filomena Tolentino Dimaranan; niece, Lorna Tolentino Poblete; nephew, Ronaldo Aterrado Tolentino; niece, Maria Tolentino Crizaldo; nephew, Arturo Aterrado Tolentino; niece, Maria Victoria Tolentino Dimaranan; Janet Tolentino Dimaranan Viscarra; brother in law, Ernesto Fontanilla; nephew, Eric Fontanilla; and niece, Evonne Fontanilla Donelson.
Celso came from a poor family. His father, Honofore, was a municipal secretary, but had a couple of strokes before he was fifty years old and passed away in 1966. His mother Rosa, to support her three children, Celso, Gregorio, and Filomena, was buying and selling farm crops. While he was in college, pursing his Bachelor of Business in Commerce walked a few miles to go to school. Even though they are a poor family, all three of them completed their degrees; Gregorio was a Layer, and Filomena is a retired school teacher.
After graduating from college, he pursued and retired a career at the Social Security System in Manila Philippines. When was able to save some money, he renovated his parent’s house. He had three children Lea, Rainer, and Julius (he passed away before he was one year old). He was very close to his Parents, Siblings, Nieces, and Nephews and he always come home from Manila to Mendez at least one weekend a month to spend time with everybody.
I, Ronaldo A. Tolentino, can only speak for myself about how he treated us when we were growing up. I can remember spending weekends with his family, his in-laws, as well as a couple of months during summer school break. When I was thirteen years old, he instructed his driver and friend to teach me how to drive a 1941 army jeep at the time. He never hesitated to let me use his army jeep, and eventually his Toyota Corolla whenever he was in our home town. He was also generous with his money; for a young boy, one peso was a lot of money way back in the late 60’s. He used to live in Sacramento California. On January 2020, his first cousin Lolita Fontanilla was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I was scheduled to go visit him but instead, I flew him here to Chesapeake Virginia. The pandemic broke and my wife and I noticed that he can no longer live on his own. We decided to move him here and we took care of him ever since. It was not an easy job to take care of an elderly but I knew it was the right thing to do for all the great things that he did for all of us.
He was predeceased by his parents, Honofre and Rosa; his son, Julius; his wife, Amelia; and his brother, Gregorio.
Celso will always be remembered as a loving son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, godfather and friend.Send Flowers
Michael Lee Aydlette
Michael Lee Aydlette, 77, of Virginia Beach, passed away February 12, 2023. Mike was born on October 20, 1945, and grew up in Norfolk, Va. (in the neighborhood of Ingleside). His parents were Rondal Earl Aydlette and Mary Alice Aydlette (formerly Blackhall from Iron Mountain, Michigan).
Mike worked as a salesman at Sears for over 25 years, sold insurance, officiated softball for many years, and finally drove a cab for Andi’s Taxi service until well into his seventies. He loved sports, especially playing football and then watching his beloved Washington Redskins (most of the time).
Mike may be remembered for his “old school” ways, which means that he practiced honesty and rugged self-reliance, but also that he did not communicate easily about his feelings. Though Mike was perspicacious, he had another side, which revealed a highly nuanced wit. His awareness of current events, geographical knowledge and natural pithiness was appreciated by his many beloved friends.
As Mike gained stature in polite society, he was somehow voted by his peers into the informal position as the totally unqualified chaplain at Dockers Karaoke Pub in Va. Beach, which is a position he held for many, many years.
Mike is survived by his brother and his wife, Mitch and Jeanette, and his two daughters, Heather Winfield and Hillary Moyer. They each have two children and Mike is a great-grandfather. He was predeceased by his brother, Matthew.Send Flowers
Pamela Hope Harris
Pamela Hope Harris, 58, went to be with the Lord on February 10, 2023. She was the daughter of the late Raymond Bateman and Ida Bateman.
Pamela was a member of Bethany Free Will Baptist Church. She loved working with children at her mom’s daycare and her best friend, Nancy Swinson’s daycare.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Jeffrey Harris; children, William (Chloe) Harris and Courtney Harris; three grandchildren: Jaycee, Roman, and Maisie; sister, Valerie; brothers, Raymond and Robert; brother-in-law, Charlie (Debbie) Harris; and many aunts and uncles she loved so much.
A memorial will be held at Bethany Free Will Baptist Church on February 26 at 2pm.Send Flowers
Wanda Jean Rice
Wanda Jean Rice, age 73, went to be with the Lord on January 14, 2023. She was born on March 17, 1949, in Greenville, South Carolina, to Coley L. and Jeneva S. Mann.
Left to cherish her memory are her beloved sons: Kevin Rice and his wife, Denee’ of Norfolk, Virginia; Adam Rice and Jason Rice of Virginia Beach, Virginia; her sister: Bobbie Jo McDonald of Greenville, South Carolina; a large extended family, and dear friends. Preceding her in death was her husband of 30 years, Newell “Brooks” Rice.
As a child of 11, Wanda trusted Christ for salvation and was baptized at her Church of God in Greenville, South Carolina. Her faith guided her as she lived out the Bible verse, “It is more blessed to give than receive.” Her selfless generosity is well known among her friends and family. Giving gifts was her love language.
Wanda graduated from Parker High School in Greenville, South Carolina in 1967. She married “Brooks” Rice in 1973, and they raised their three sons in Virginia Beach.
Wanda’s sons were her pride and joy. Birthdays at Chuck E. Cheese, going to the circus, playing at McDonalds’ playgrounds, and skating were among the many activities Wanda enjoyed with her boys when they were young.
In later years, Wanda worked at QVC and as a home health care provider, where she was a trusted caretaker and companion to those she served.
Wanda’s sense of humor and signature laugh were hallmarks of her spirited, loving character. Words cannot express how much she will be missed.
A graveside service will be held Thursday; February 9th, 2023, at 12 noon, in Woodlawn Cemetery in Norfolk.
Send flowers to Woodlawn Funeral Home. Memorial donations in Wanda’s name may be made to New Temple Grove Ministries Church, 3972 S. Military Hwy, Chesapeake, VA 23321.Send Flowers
Scott Raynor Park
Scott Park, 64, died January 30, 2023 at his home in Virginia Beach, VA after a long and resolute battle against a number of chronic illnesses. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Ellen, his four children, Raynor, Sarah, Terrio, and Anna, and his three grandchildren, Hazel, Ira, and Ellis, as well as his older brother, Larry.
Born in Durham, NC on May 31, 1958 to Lawrence and Marjorie Park, Scott spent most of his childhood in Wilmington, NC. He graduated from NC State in 1981, where he served as a Chancellor’s Aide and was an active member of Delta Upsilon. Shortly after marrying, he and Ellen moved to Virginia, where he accomplished a 37-year career as an environmental engineer for the Naval Department of the U.S. Government.
Scott loved God and always sought to glorify Him with his life. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Norfolk for 39 years, where he served as a beloved mentor in the youth ministry. He also enjoyed raising funds to provide financial support for children through Compassion International.
His most cherished past-time was cheering on his favorite sports teams: San Fransisco Giants baseball, San Fransisco 49ers football, and NC State everything. Chatty from childhood, “Scooter” never met a stranger and loved to share stories, both funny and wise, with any listening ear.
From 2007 until his death, Scott fought to overcome an ongoing list of medical illnesses. He beat unpredictable odds for many years and contributed to medical research through his ongoing treatments. He lived, through sickness and health, by the motto “Never Give Up” and was an inspiration to all he crossed paths with through his medical journey. Even until his last breath, Scott never gave up his will to live and love with purpose and integrity.
A celebration of life will be held at 4:00 pm, Sunday, February 5th, 2023 at First Baptist Church of Norfolk.Send Flowers
Kyle Michael Storm
Kyle Michael Storm, 26, of Virginia Beach, passed unexpectedly January 19, 2023. Kyle was born on December 5, 1996 in Virginia Beach to Robert and Marie Storm.
Kyle loved to learn new skills and loved working as a masonry apprentice and forklift operator with Valcon Masonry. He loved many activities such as; playing pool, target practice, skateboarding and bmx tricks (when younger).
Kyle was (is) a caring, loving (especially of animals), complicated and super smart young man. His presence will be missed each and everyday, but his spirit with be with us always.
Kyle is survived by his parents, Robert and Marie; sister, Emily; grandparents, William and Connie Streeter, Judith Storm and William Storm IV; aunts, uncles, cousins on both sides; loving girlfriend, Amanda Nimmo, and his fur babies.
Kyle will always be remembered as a loving son, brother, and friend.
We do ask that no flowers be sent; if you would like to do something, please make a donation to any charity of your choosing in Kyle’s name.Send Flowers
Deborah Lee, 68, passed away January 21st, 2023 in Norfolk, Virginia.
“Debbie” as she was affectionately known by was born May 28th, 1954 in Norfolk, VA to Tillman Washington Jones and Jacqueline Flora Salter. She was a Behavior Specialist with the City of Virginia Beach until her retirement June 1st, 2021. Those who knew Debbie would tell you she was always helping others and never met a stranger. Debbie loved a good deal. She loved thrift store shopping, lounging in the house cuddled up with a good book or watching Netflix. As much as she loved those things, nothing compared to the love she had for her family. She loved nothing more than being a mother and a “meme” Debbie had a kindness to her that was obvious to anyone who was lucky enough to have known her. She will always be remembered as a loving mother, “meme”, and friend. She will be deeply missed.
Left to cherish her memory is: mother, Jacqueline Salter; daughter, Dena Pierson and husband Mike and their children: Carley Waite, Amber Pierson, Samael Pierson; son, Eric Hewitt and wife Megan and their children, Myles Hewitt and Leah Hewitt; longtime friend and father to her children, Larry Hewitt; stepson, Chris Hewitt and wife Heather and their son, Riley Hewitt; two stepsons, Gregory Lee and wife Krystal and their children Dylan Lee, Stella Lee and Jacob Lee; Michael Lee and his children Zoey Lee and Zachary Lee.
Debbie’s companion, Sam Davidson and his son Sam Davidson Jr. and wife Nat; and their children: Briar Davidson and Decker Davidson.
She is preceded in death by: “Mother-Figure” Betty “Bebe” Thomas; father, Tillman Jones; two brothers: Wayne and Doug Thomas; husband, H.K. Lee; and her grandson, Cameron Hewitt.
A celebration of life will be held at 11am, Saturday, February 4th, 2023 at Family Choice Funerals & Cremations. Following the celebration of Debbie’s life, the family invites everyone back to her home to continue the celebration.Send Flowers