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JOHNNY E. BRAY

Mr. Johnny El­bert Bray, 76, of Peters­burg, VA, en­tered into eter­nal rest at the VCU/ MCV Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Rich­mond, VA, Satur­day, November 3, 2018. He was born on July 13, 1942, in Hollywood, FL. He was the sec­ond child of the late El­bert Bray and Thelma Richard­son. Johnny was also pre­ceded in death by his youngest son, Der­rek El­bert Bray.

Johnny re­ceived his early ed­u­ca­tion in the Hollywood Pub­lic Schools. He grad­u­ated from At­tucks High School and at­tended Ten­nessee A&I Col­lege in Nashville, TN. He earned a Bach­e­lor de­gree in In­dus­trial Arts Ed­u­ca­tion from Florida A&M in Tal­la­has­see, FL. Johnny earned a Master of Sci­ence de­gree in Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion from Vir­ginia State Col­lege (Univer­sity) in Et­trick, VA.

Johnny was a Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tional teacher and a Li­censed Con­trac­tor. He taught in Wood­bridge City Pub­lic Schools, Chester­field County Pub­lic Schools, and Din­wid­die County Pub­lic Schools Sys­tems. He re­tired from Peters­burg City Pub­lic Schools Sys­tem, where he was a lov­ing and car­ing teacher. His co­work­ers and stu­dents were very fond of him.

The church played a vi­tal role through­out Johnny’s life. He was a mem­ber of First Bap­tist Church, Har­ri­son Street in Peters­burg, where he was a mem­ber of the male cho­rus and the Mon­day Evening Bi­ble Class.

Johnny was a mem­ber of the Peters­burg High School Re­tired Teach­ers and a mem­ber of the Vir­ginia Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion. He was also a mem­ber of the Peters­burg and Vicin­ity Bowl­ing League, a mem­ber/ pitcher of the DC Gi­ants and Red Sox Base­ball teams in Din­wid­die, VA.

Johnny leaves to cher­ish his mem­o­ries: a lov­ing and de­voted wife of 54 years, An­tionette Bray; a lov­ing and car­ing son, Darrel Bray of Peters­burg, VA; a god-son of Peters­burg, VA; two sis­ters, Hat­tie Har­ris of Ft. Laud­erdale, FL, and Odessa Turner of Colch­ester, CT; two sis­ters-in-law, She­lia Rober­son (Sher­man) of Brook­lyn NY, and Gwen­dolyn Carter of Ft. Laud­erdale, FL; brother-in-law, Her­bert In­gra­ham (Lena); a life-long de­voted sis­ter/ friend, El­iz­a­beth M. Westbrook and fam­ily of Peters­burg, VA; and a host of nieces, neph­ews, cousins, rel­a­tives and friends.

“Life is just a stop­ping place, a pause in what’s to be, a rest­ing place along the road to sweet eter­nity.”

Ser­vices will be held 11 a.m. Tues­day, November 13, 2018, at First Bap­tist Church, 236 Har­ri­son Street, Peters­burg, VA, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Tillman, pas­tor. The in­ter­ment to fol­low at South­lawn Me­mo­rial Park.

J.M. Wilk­er­son Fu­neral Es­tab­lish­ment Inc., 102 South Av­enue, Peters­burg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilk­er­son­since1874.com.

JU­LIA M. GERHEART

Ju­lia Mar­guerite Gerheart, 79, of Colo­nial Heights, passed away Thurs­day, November 8, 2018. She was born on July 31, 1939, to the late Albert and Ber­na­dine Light in Napoleon, Ohio. Mrs. Gerheart served in the United States Air Force and was a Reg­is­tered Nurse.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band, Roland Gene Gerheart; sons, Roland Gene Gerheart, Jr. of Roanoke, Vir­ginia, and Anthony Louis Gerheart of Rich­mond, Vir­ginia.

Ser­vices will re­main pri­vate.

On­line con­do­lences may be reg­is­tered at www.ealvins­mall.com.

Louise Witt McLaugh­lin, 98, of Peters­burg, passed away Thurs­day, November 8, 2018.

She was born on July 17, 1920, to the late John and Otis Free­man Witt. Mrs. McLaugh­lin was a for­mer mem­ber of Sec­ond Bap­tist Church, now a mem­ber at Mon­u­men­tal Bap­tist Church, and for many years was a sec­re­tary for the Witt Roofing Com­pany.

She is sur­vived by her grand­chil­dren, Ruth Bryan McLaugh­lin of Rei­dville, North Carolina, and Suzanne Keens of North Carolina; great-grand­chil­dren, Dou­glas Grotschel (Jes­sica), Dy­lan Grotschel (Demi), Jared Grotschel, and Kathryn Keens; great-great grand­daugh­ter, Eve­lyn Grotschel; great-great-grand­son, Oliver Gor­don Grotschel; sis­ter, Doris W. Jones of Peters­burg; brother, Gene Witt of Peters­burg; a num­ber of nieces and neph­ews; and a great­niece and de­voted care­giver, Hol­lie Water­man. Mrs. McLaugh­lin was a great lover of her fam­ily and loved God as part of her lifestyle.

Fu­neral ser­vices will be held at 1 p.m. Tues­day, November 13, 2018, at the Colo­nial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Fu­neral Homes and Cre­ma­tory, 2033 Boule­vard, Colo­nial Heights, Vir­ginia 23834, with the Rev­erend Duane Guridy and the Rev­erend Joe Lewis officiating. In­ter­ment will fol­low in South­lawn Me­mo­rial Park, S. Prince Ge­orge. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mon­day at the fu­neral home.

On­line con­do­lences may be reg­is­tered at www.ealvins­mall.com .

WIL­LIAM C. MCCALLISTER JR.

Wil­liam (“Bill” or “Mac”) Creed McCallister Jr., 77, of Prince Ge­orge County, Vir­ginia, passed away on November 5, 2018, with fam­ily at his side. Born in Charleston, West Vir­ginia, he was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents Wil­liam Creed McCallister and Phyl­lis Fowler McCallister. He was also pre­ceded in death by his wife and the love of his life, He­len Shearin McCallister. They are all re­united now in the pres­ence of our Lord and Sav­ior Je­sus Christ.

He was a loyal and lov­ing hus­band, fa­ther, brother, un­cle, grand­fa­ther and great­grand­fa­ther, as well as an avid sports fan and fish­er­man. He served in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1969 as a Chap­lain’s As­sis­tant and was a re­tired Com­mer­cial Floor­ing Con­trac­tor.

He is sur­vived by his brother, Toby A. McCallister (Linda), of Braden­ton, Florida; a nephew, Ryan McCallister of Charleston, West Vir­ginia; a niece, Sara McCallister Hedrick of Lake­wood Ranch, Florida; a brother-in­law and best-friend, Jesse M. Shearin of Din­wid­die, Vir­ginia; a son, Michael W. Ham­let of Chester­field, Vir­ginia, a daugh­ter, Re­becca Ham­let Weaver of Hopewell, Vir­ginia; a daugh­ter, Teresa Ham­let Law­ton (Donald) of Chester­field, Vir­ginia; grand­chil­dren, Bryan P. Ham­let (Nora), Erin Ham­let Cain (Aaron), Crys­tal Weaver Wells (Brian), Paul S. Weaver (April), Kathryn E. Law­ton, and Matthew R. Law­ton; and great-grand­chil­dren, Gar­rick L. Wells, Vivian C. Ham­let, and Micah P. Ham­let.

Do­na­tions in Wil­liam’s name to Prince Ge­orge Fire and EMS, PO Box 68, Prince Ge­orge, VA 23875 are wel­come and ap­pre­ci­ated.

Fam­ily will re­ceive friends on Sun­day, November 18, 2018, from 3-4 p.m., at Cal­vary’s Love Min­istries Church, 118 S. 11th Av­enue, Hopewell, Vir­ginia 23860. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the visi­ta­tion there will be a me­mo­rial ser­vice and a cel­e­bra­tion of Wil­liam’s life at the same lo­ca­tion. Pas­tor Rocky Shearin is officiating the ser­vice.

J.T. Mor­riss & Son Fu­neral Home Inc. is han­dling ar­range­ments, 820 West Broad­way, Hopewell, Vir­ginia 23860.

DONNA L. VTIPIL

Donna Louise Vtipil, born Oc­to­ber 17, 1954, in Hopewell, passed on November 3rd, 2018. She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, Donald Paul Vtipil Sr. and Ruth V. Dal­ton. She was for­merly the Gen­eral District Clerk of Court in Prince Ge­orge, Vir­ginia. A grad­u­ate of Prince Ge­orge High School Donna loved be­ing a ma­jorette and trav­el­ing around the coun­try with the high school band at sev­eral col­lege bowl games in­clud­ing the Rose Bowl pa­rade and Macy’s Day Pa­rade and a for­mer mem­ber of CACT.

She is sur­vived by her chil­dren, Lisa M. Waraksa and Bradley A. Mitchell, and grand­chil­dren, McKin­ley Mitchell and Kassie Mitchell. She is also sur­vived by her si­b­lings, Laura A. Vtipil, Donald P. Vtipil Jr. and wife, Deborah L. Vtipil, David E. Vtipil and wife, Me­lanie L. Vtipil; and nu­mer­ous nieces and a grand­niece.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends Mon­day, November 12th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Me­mo­rial Fu­neral Home, 214 N. 6th Ave in Hopewell, Vir­ginia. A grave­side ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. on Tues­day, November 13th at Prince Ge­orge Pres­by­te­rian Ceme­tery, lo­cated on the cor­ner of Mid­dle Road and Prince Ge­orge Drive, Prince Ge­orge, VA.

Con­do­lences may be reg­is­tered at www. memo­ri­alfh.com.

DIRK A. WEEKS

Dirk Allan Weeks, 63, of Ma­toaca,

VA, died Tues­day, November 6, 2018.

He was pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, Ron­ald El­dridge Weeks, and a brother, Mitchell James Weeks.

Dirk is sur­vived by his mother, Mary Jane Weeks; a brother, David Wade Weeks; nieces, Brandi Hig­gin­botham (Dal­las), Brit­tni Has­sell (Ster­ling), and Amanda Clark Weeks; nephew, Matthew Clark Weeks; great-nieces, Al­lie and Au­drey; great-nephew, Reese, as well as a host of aunts, un­cles, cousins and friends.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Sun­day, November 11, 2018, at the Peters­burg Chapel of J.T. Mor­riss & Son Fu­neral Home. A grave­side fu­neral ser­vice will be con­ducted at 2 p.m. Mon­day at East Ma­toaca Ceme­tery. In lieu of flowers, do­na­tions may be made to Boys Town, 14100 Craw­ford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010 or Wounded War­rior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.

Con­do­lences may be reg­is­tered at www. jt­mor­riss.com.

SHIRLEY B. WRIGHT

Shirley Brooks Wright, 83, of Colo­nial Heights, passed away on Thurs­day, November 8, 2018. She was born on Jan­uary 8, 1935, in Peters­burg, to the late Len­nie M. Brooks Sr. and Emma Spain Brooks. She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, R. B. Wright; and a grand­son, Luke Wright.

Mrs. Wright was a mem­ber of Ma­toaca Bap­tist Church, and a re­tired Per­son­nel Clerk for VDOT.

She is sur­vived by two sons, Robert J. Wright and Bruce B. Wright (Am­ber); grand­chil­dren, Robert C. Wright, Levi A. Wright, and Harper B. Wright; step-grand­son, R. Allen Jes­sup; and step-great-grand­son, Nathaniel A. Jes­sup.

A grave­side ser­vice will be held at 11 a.m. Tues­day, November

13, 2018, at South­lawn Me­mo­rial Park, 1911 Bird­song Road, S. Prince Ge­orge, Vir­ginia 23805. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mon­day, November 12, 2018, at the Colo­nial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Fu­neral Homes & Cre­ma­tory, 2033 Boule­vard, Colo­nial Heights, Vir­ginia 23834.

Con­do­lences may be reg­is­tered at www. ealvins­mall.com .

LOUISE W. MCLAUGH­LIN

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