Friday, July 19, 2013

Jul. 18, 2013 @ 06:46 PM

Lois G. Duke

HAMPTON, Va. — Lois G. Duke, 87, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, after a long courageous battle with cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

She was a native of Aurelian Springs, N.C., and was a resident of Hampton for the last 68 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Lois was retired from Hampton Public Schools after serving as a secretary at Bethel High School. She was a longtime member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and a volunteer at the former Hampton General Hospital for 10 years.

Lois was preceded in death by her husband, George V. Duke, four brothers, and two sisters. She is survived by her two daughters, Carolyn D. Widener and spouse, Stanley, and Lela Duke; four grandchildren, Chris, Terri, Chase and Brittany; and one great-granddaughter, Elisia.

The family will receive friends starting at 1 p.m. Sunday at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 151 Wythe Parkway, Hampton, followed by a celebration of Lois’ life, which will be held at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Friends are encouraged to to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, Va.

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Dorothy A. Bolton

PASCHALL — Dorothy Allen Bolton passed away at her home where she was born and lived her entire life on Thursday, July 18, 2013.

Dorothy, born on Oct. 18, 1927, was the oldest of nine children born to Ivey Allen and Ida King Bolton, both deceased. She leaves behind a legacy of the best of Southern cooks, whose table was always set and ready for guests and who, on even the most difficult occasions, offered food knowing it would make the situation easier.

Her generosity was exceptional and there were few within miles that were not comforted by her excellent food. She started cooking for the family of 10 when she was 16 and all of her siblings throughout the years brought friends home to eat at Dorothy’s table knowing it would be an unforgettable event. Her home was filled often with her siblings, nieces and nephews. Dorothy cared for her mother in her mother’s later years and was her constant companion. Mother and daughter leaned on each other. She was very resourceful. When she started having difficulty walking, she drove for a senior friend who no longer drove but could do the walking errands for both of them. She was very fortunate to live in a small rural community where neighbors looked out for each other, whether it was by sharing fresh homegrown vegetables and fruits or just a visit to check on a neighbor.

She was a lifetime member of Jerusalem United Methodist Church.

Dorothy’s interest in cooking was surpassed only by her love of family, and even her vocation was in the food field. At the end of her 27 years of employment by the Coordinating Council of Senior Citizens Nutrition Program of Warren County, she was recognized for her faithful and excellent service. During those years many graced the tables of the Senior Citizens Center and binding friendships were formed.

In addition to her parents, Miss Bolton is predeceased by two sisters, Lois Hazel Bolton and Evelyn Marie Bolton; brother-in-law Clarence B. Stephenson; nephew Scott Stephenson; and great-nephew Brandon Allen.

She is survived by six siblings — Frances Stephenson, of Poquoson, Va.; Ivey Bolton, of Paschall; Betty Jean Capps and husband Clinton, of Arcola; Jeanette Kimball and husband Allen, of Manson; Frank Bolton and wife Carolyn, of Paschall; and Franklin Bolton and wife Kay, of Paschall. She is also survived by 11 nieces and nephews — Michael Stephenson, Weldon “Chip” Capps, Ivey “Al” Bolton, Timothy Capps, William “Bill” Bolton, Allen Kimball, Davis Capps, Gregory Kimball, Heather Trent, Chad Watkins and Tiffany Bolton — and 27 great-nieces and nephews.

Dorothy considered all of these nieces and nephews her own grandchildren. Her nephews will serve as her pallbearers.

During her illness Dorothy was lovingly cared for by family and an excellent nursing staff to whom the family owes much gratitude.

The Rev. Betty Willis and the Rev. Josh Horne will conduct funeral services at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Jerusalem United Methodist Church. Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 19, at Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton.

Flowers are accepted or memorial donations may be made to Jerusalem United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund.

Online condolences may be made at


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Emma Rosyter

HENDERSON — Emma Royster, 101, of 550 Kate Bullock Road, died Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Kerr Lake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Michael Creek Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Reginald Lloyd officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Viewing took place Thursday at the funeral home and will continue today at the church one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service.