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