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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 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.

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