DAPHNE R. SPURLOCK
CLAIRE S. REES
Claire Sinclair Rees, 93, passed away on Friday, November 23, 2018, in Midlothian, VA. She was born in Lakewood, NJ, to the late Mildred Dickerson and Malcolm Sinclair. After graduation from Lakewood High School, she worked for the USO at Lakehurst Naval Air Station. She later worked for the Lakewood Public Schools. In 1959, she moved to Petersburg, VA, and became a valued school secretary in the Petersburg Public School system. In 1971, Claire relocated to North Carolina where she worked as a legal secretary, an office assistant with the Army Corps of Engineers and later as the Town Clerk on her beloved Oak Island. In her later years, Claire resided at The Chesterfield at Brandermill in Midlothian, VA. While living on Oak Island, she participated in many community outreach programs, was a devoted member of Oak Island Methodist Church, was a proud citizen of Brunswick County, and was a generous friend to many. Claire loved all things Scottish and traveled many times to Scotland, country of her ancestors.
She was a treasured mother and grandmother and is survived by her children, Linda Kay Erb and Charles Ligon Kay, Ill, of Washington, DC; by her granddaughter, Maizie Tyler, and great granddaughters, Luxie and Luna Fernandez, of Escondido, CA. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Elmer S. Wentz, of McDonald, PA; her nephews and nieces, Walter L. Wentz, of Washington, DC; Dr. Jeffrey S. Wentz, Brooke Riederer, and JC Wentz of Pittsburgh, PA; and Tyler Wentz of San Diego, CA; and stepsons, Robert Rees of Reno, NV and Ted Rees of Pittsburgh, PA. Claire was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col (USAF RET) Ernest W. Rees, of Oak Island, NC\; by her dear sister, Janet L. Wentz, of Pittsburgh, PA; and by her first husband, Charles Ligon Kay, Jr., of Bradenton Beach, FL. Details of the memorial service to be conducted at Wilmington National Cemetery in North Carolina will be announced at a later date. Gus am bris an la. Condolences may be registered at www. jtmorriss.com.
Daphne Richardson Spurlock of Aiken, SC, formerly of Petersburg, passed away on November 23, 2018, at the age of 94. She died at the home of her daughter, Edith Towns, in Aiken where she had moved in 2017. She was surrounded by family at the time of her death.
Daphne was born on July 15, 1924, in Florence, SC, the only child of Irvine Manning Richardson and Daphne Coker Richardson. She graduated from St. Mary’s Junior College (Raleigh, NC) in 1943, and from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) in 1945 where she earned a B.S. in Business Administration. It was there she met her husband, Harold Norman Spurlock (“Hank”). Daphne and Hank were married 57 years at the time of his death in 2003. Together, they raised four children, Sallie Spurlock Mahan, Irvine Richardson Spurlock, Edith Spurlock Towns, and Harold Norman Spurlock, Jr. Her son Irvine pre-deceased her in 2007.
Daphne was a lifelong Episcopalian. At Christ and Grace Episcopal Church in Petersburg, where she was a member for 44 years, she served as president of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW), chairman of the Altar Guild, and Diocesan Altar Guild Chairman in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. Also while living in Petersburg, she was a member of the Cockade City Garden Club and the Petersburg Garden Club, and she was on the founding boards of Historic Blandford Cemetery Foundation and the Interfaith Adult Day Care.
She loved her home and family, including extended family, and she loved to entertain. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge and working crossword puzzles.
Besides being a true Southern lady to the end, warmly greeting visitors even in her last hours, she was known to all as a woman of strength, dignity, and style. She loved beautiful clothes, as did her mother and grandmother. She had a great sense of humor and could be immensely entertaining as a teller of stories about people and events in her life, a trait she may well have inherited from her father.
She wished to be remembered as a dutiful and loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother as well as a true and loyal friend to those who were in her life.
Besides Sallie, Edith and husband Tony, and Norman and wife Katie, she is survived by her daughter-in-law, Catherine Spurlock and husband John Angevine of Chester, VA; and her nephew, Dan Spurlock and wife Lori Atkins of Waverly, VA, as well as 13 grandchildren and 13 greatgrandchildren. She also is survived by cousins from both her mother’s and father’s sides, and numerous Spurlock nephews and nieces.
In accordance with her wishes, her ashes will be transported to the family burial plot at Cross Creek Cemetery in Fayetteville, NC, so that she can be laid to rest beside her beloved husband and close to her parents. A graveside ceremony will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, February 22, 2019. A memorial service will be held at Christ and Grace Episcopal Church in Petersburg at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 23, 2019.
Memorial gifts may be given in her honor to Crater Area Agency on Aging, Interfaith Adult Day Care, Christ and Grace Episcopal Church – all in Petersburg, VA – or Feed the Children.
Expressions of sympathy may be left by visiting www.georgefuneralhomes.com.
WILLIAM H. VAUGHAN SR.
William Henry Vaughan Sr. entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his sons, William Jr.(Valerie) of Waverly, Markay (Tracy)of Chester, VA, Alvin C.(Marlo) of Clinton, MD; daughter, Fransetta Alvena of Petersburg; three
granddaughters, Tiara Rainey of Stony Creek, Santana and Savannah Vaughan of Clinton, Md; one grandson, Xavier Vaughan of Clinton, MD; greatgranddaughter, Aaliyah Turner; sister, Lucille Vaughan of Brooklyn, NY; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at 12:00 Noon from Rose Of Sharon Church, Waverly, VA, with interment in the Waverly Cemetery, Waverly, VA. Rev Marvin Drew officiating. Brown's Funeral Service, Lawrenceville, Virginia is in charge of the arrangements.