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Mr. Colin Brooks, de­parted this life Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 19, 2018, at South­side Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Peters­burg, VA.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments en­trusted to the staff of J.M. Wilk­er­son Fu­neral Es­tab­lish­ment, Inc., 102 South Av­enue, Peters­burg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilk­er­son­


Dr. Ed­win Don­ald Cooke, Jr. was born on Au­gust 8, 1933, in East Or­ange, NJ, he was the son of Ed­win Don­ald, Sr. and Natalie Rose Morse Cooke, died on Oc­to­ber 8, 2018, at the age of 85.

If it were up to Ed, this would be about all that he would say about him­self. He would say that ba­si­cally his life was pretty or­di­nary; how­ever, oth­ers would beg to dif­fer.

He would pre­fer not to men­tion a long list of hon­ors and ac­com­plish­ments, al­though there were many. Ed was grad­u­ated from East Or­ange High School and went on to ma­tric­u­late at A&T Uni­ver­sity in NC, where he re­ceived a Bach­e­lors De­gree. Af­ter a tour with the Air Force, he at­tended Me­harry Med­i­cal Col­lege in Nashville, TN and re­ceived a D.D.S. de­gree. While at Me­harry, he met Mary Ann Bos­ton who was a stu­dent at Ten­nessee State Uni­ver­sity and they were mar­ried on June 14, 1963. Ed was em­ployed with the states of Delaware and North Carolina Health De­part­ments un­til mov­ing to Rich­mond, VA. He prac­ticed den­tistry in the Rich­mond area for over 35 years un­til a stroke cause him to re­tire. He of­ten said, that den­tistry is an art and he was con­sid­ered an artist by many.

Ed was in­volved in many ser­vice and so­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions and made many sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­ni­ties in which he lived. He was al­ways look­ing for the per­fect brother­hood and be­longed to sev­eral fra­ter­ni­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions. Then one day, he went to his mother’s bap­tism in North Carolina. What he saw (men and women of all col­ors and eth­nic back­grounds wor­ship­ping to­gether), made him know that he had found the true brother­hood. Back to Vir­ginia he called a fel­low named, Ho­race Jef­fries and as they say “the rest is his­tory.”

Ho­race help him come to know Je­ho­vah by a com­plete and sys­tem­atic study of the Bible, (Ed had a LOT of ques­tions) and a few months later, Ed was bap­tized as one of Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses in May of 1975. He now felt at home. He de­voted the rest of his life preach­ing the Good News of God’s King­dom and help­ing oth­ers to come to love God and their fel­low man as he did.

He was able to serve in sev­eral ca­pac­i­ties in the or­ga­ni­za­tion, as an Elder in the con­gre­ga­tions where he at­tended and as tem­po­rary worker at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s head­quar­ters. He was a spir­i­tual per­son and de­voted many hours teach­ing many to come to an ac­cu­rate knowl­edge of Je­ho­vah and Je­sus Christ. He con­sid­ered this his great­est ac­com­plish­ment. His wish was that all mankind could ap­pre­ci­ate the ben­e­fit of the Bible as God’s Word.

Ed was a lov­ing hus­band, fa­ther, rel­a­tive and friend who will be sorely missed. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Ed­win Don­ald Sr. and Natalie Rose Morse Cooke; a daugh­ter, Ce­cile “Toy” J. Cooke Thomp­son; a grand­son, Colby R. Jack­son; and a brother, Wil­liam Dew.

He leaves to cher­ish his me­mory: a beloved wife of 55 years, Mary Ann Cooke; three chil­dren, Lisa Marie Cooke Jack­son, Ed­win D. Cooke III and Charles D. J. W. Cooke (Kate); three grand­sons, T.J. Thomp­son (In­grid), Stephen Jack­son (Shan­non), and Craig Cooke; four great­grand­sons, Christo­pher, Sean, Michael and Vic­tor Thomp­son; two nieces, Hazel Dew and Brenda Dew; one nephew, Wil­liam Dew; a de­voted aunt, Mar­ion L. Simp­son; and a host of cousins and friends all of whom he loved dearly.

Ser­vices will be held 2:00 p.m., Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 13, 2018, at the King­dom Hall of Je­ho­vah's Wit­nesses, 3720 Prince Ge­orge Drive, Prince Ge­orge, VA, Bro. John Diaz, of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment will be pri­vate.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, 2018, at the fu­neral es­tab­lish­ment.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments en­trusted to the staff of J.M. Wilk­er­son Fu­neral Es­tab­lish­ment, Inc., 102 South Av­enue, Peters­burg, Va., (804) 732-8911, www.jmwilk­er­son­


Mildred L. Crews, for­merly of Lake City, Flor­ida, passed away Oc­to­ber 7, 2018. She had resided at the Peters­burg Home for Ladies since 1997. Mildred was born May 26, 1924, in Lake City, Flor­ida (Columbia County.) She was the daugh­ter of Wal­ter Ge­orge Lit­tle and An­nie Olivia Evans Lit­tle. Mrs. Crews was pre­de­ceased by her par­ents and hus­bands, Wil­liam F. “Bill” Sheely (KIA in WWII Euro­pean Theater) and Emory Crews, WWII Vet­eran of the Pa­cific Theater, and her sis­ter, Gla­dys Lit­tle Smith. Mrs. Crews was a de­voted wife, mother, and grand­mother. She is sur­vived by her fam­ily: two daugh­ters, Billy Sheely John­son and Dianne Crews Har­away; hus­band, Don­ald L. Har­away; five grand­chil­dren, Michael Duane Har­away, El­iz­a­beth John­son Howard, Pamela Har­away Con­nelly (Mark), Arthur Crews Har­away (Kris­ten), Ash­ley Machree John­son; four great-grand­chil­dren: Wil­liam Sheely Nix, Jack Har­away Con­nelly, Chase Ed­ward Con­nelly and Ma­son Mark Con­nelly; and two neph­ews: David L. Smith and Rickey W. Smith; and former son-in-law, J. Ed­ward John­son.

Dur­ing her pro­fes­sional ca­reer, Mrs. Crews was em­ployed by the Lake City, Flor­ida Branch Of­fice of U.S. Dept. of Agri­cul­tural Sta­bi­liza­tion and Con­ser­va­tion Ser­vices and Lake Shore Hos­pi­tal Ac­count­ing De­part­ment. Mrs. Crews was a life­long mem­ber of Pleas­ant Grove United Methodist Church, Lake City, Flor­ida, and an avid sup­porter of United Methodist Fam­ily Ser­vices, es­pe­cially the Chil­dren’s Homes of both Flor­ida and Vir­ginia.

Fu­neral ser­vices will be con­ducted at 2:00 p.m. Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15, 2018, at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 225 Clare­mont Street, Peters­burg, VA 23803 fol­lowed by in­ter­ment at South­lawn Memo­rial Park. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends in the church par­lor be­gin­ning at 1:00 p.m. Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Peters­burg Home for Ladies,

311 South Jef­fer­son Street, Peters­burg, VA 23803. Ser­vices by the Peters­burg Chapel of J.T. Mor­riss & Son Fu­neral Home. Con­do­lences may be reg­is­tered at www. jt­mor­


Ca­role Anne Diggs Hind­man was born Au­gust 24, 1937, in Hamp­ton, Vir­ginia, to J. Martin and Leone Hud­gins Diggs. Ca­role spent her child­hood in Onemo, Mathews County, Vir­ginia sur­rounded by a large, ex­tended fam­ily. The fo­cal point of Ca­role’s up­bring­ing was Bethel United Methodist Church, where her fam­ily had at­tended since its in­cep­tion around the year 1800. Ca­role grad­u­ated from Mathews High School in 1955 and worked at Lee-Jack­son school for sev­eral years. A gifted mu­si­cian, she played pi­ano and or­gan and sang at nu­mer­ous lo­cal churches, wed­dings and funer­als. Ca­role mar­ried Rev. John Avis Black, II in 1964. Her only child John Avis Black, III was born the next year. Ca­role re­turned to Mathews af­ter liv­ing out of state for a short time and went to work for Dr. Sadler in Mathews un­til her mar­riage to Rev. Wil­liam E. Hind­man in 1976. Bill’s ser­vice in the United Methodist Church took them to charges in Caro­line, Ch­ester­field, Rich­mond, Buck­ing­ham and Lan­caster Coun­ties, and the City of Peters­burg. Ca­role faith­fully served as the con­sum­mate pas­tor’s wife un­til Bill’s pass­ing in 1995, af­ter which Ca­role re­turned to Mathews and her vol­un­teer work at Bethel Church. She served on many com­mit­tees and boards at the church, in­clud­ing the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Coun­cil and serv­ing as a Trustee. Ca­role also took great pride and joy in her flow­ers and gar­dens at her home on Put-in-Creek.

Ca­role passed away on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 08, 2018. She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents Rev. J. Martin and Leone Diggs, and her hus­band Rev. Wil­liam E. Hind­man.

She is sur­vived by her son, John A. Black, III and his wife Lori and their chil­dren Cather­ine, Rea­gan and Tyler Jack­son; her cousins, Shirley (Billy) Snow, Nancy Re­vere, Ge­orge C. (Gail) Ri­p­ley, Jr.; and spe­cial care­giver, Rachel Sim­mons. The fam­ily would like to thank the staff at River­side Con­va­les­cent Cen­ter in Mathews for their com­pas­sion­ate care over the last year of Ca­role’s life.

Fam­ily mem­bers will re­ceive rel­a­tives and friends at Faulkner Fu­neral Homes, FosterFaulkner Chapel, Mathews, VA on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 10, 2018, from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. A grave­side ser­vice will be held at Pear Tree Ceme­tery, Onemo, VA, on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11, 2018, at 11 a.m. with a re­cep­tion to fol­low at Bethel United Methodist Church, Mathews.

Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, Mathews or The Mathews Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, J. Martin Diggs Memo­rial Schol­ar­ship Fund.


Ms. Rose John of Peters­burg, Vir­ginia, de­parted this life Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 9, 2018, at her res­i­dence sur­rounded by her fam­ily.

Pro­fes­sional ser­vices en­trusted to the staff of J.L. Dod­son and Sons Fu­neral Es­tab­lish­ment, 25824 Greensville Ave., Peters­burg, Vir­ginia (North Dinwiddie County). Rev. Jef­frey L. Dod­son, Sr., fu­neral di­rec­tor, (804)732-5959 and (804)834-3330. On­line con­do­lence may be reg­is­tered at www. jl­dod­so­nand­


Mrs. Maryln Bolling Ni­cholas, 66, passed away peace­fully on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 8, 2018, at her home in Peters­burg, VA. She was born May 5, 1952, to the late Henry E. Bolling, Sr. and Cora Fields Bolling of Suther­land, VA.

Maryln was a 1970 grad­u­ate of Dinwiddie Se­nior High School. She ac­cepted Christ at an early age and was a de­voted mem­ber of Cen­ter Star Bap­tist Church, where she served as a dea­coness un­til her health be­gan to de­cline.

Maryln re­tired from the De­part­ment of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle. Be­fore work­ing at the DMV, Maryln drove the school bus while in high school and later taught oth­ers how to drive.

She had many crafty tal­ents which she shared with oth­ers. Maryln was won­der­ful and a well-loved per­son. She en­joyed spend­ing time with her fam­ily and friends. She will al­ways be re­mem­bered for be­ing lov­ing, kind, re­source­ful and will­ing to help any­one in any­way she could.

Maryln leaves to cher­ish her mem­o­ries to a lov­ing and de­voted hus­band of 47 years, Charles Ni­cholas, Sr; chil­dren, Lichelle Stith (Roy) and Charles “C.J.” Ni­cholas, Jr. (Shel­tera); grand­chil­dren, Alex Nev­er­son, Charles “Char­lie” Ni­cholas III, Aniya Stith, Travis Stith and Ce’Asia Ni­cholas; great grand­daugh­ter, Ri­ley Nev­er­son; sis­ter, Phy­dariel Pope; brother, Henry Bolling, Jr.; aunt Thelma Jones; sis­ters-in-law, Mary A. Win­field, Yvonne Short and Tonya Ni­cholas Cobbs (Robert); broth­ers-in-law, Wil­liam Ni­cholas and Larry Ni­cholas (Sharon); nieces, Can­dace Streat, An­gela Mor­gan, An­drea Tucker, Sonya Win­field, Vashonda Short, Brit­tany Ni­cholas, Bev­erly Cobbs and Karen Ni­cholas; neph­ews, Shawn Collins, Henry Bolling III, By­ron Ni­cholas, Brice Ni­cholas, Terry Ni­cholas and Keith Ni­cholas; a de­voted cousin, Kim­berly Jones; and a host of cousins, other rel­a­tives and friends.

Ser­vices will be held 12:00 Noon, Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 12, 2018, in the Chapel of J.M. Wilk­er­son Fu­neral Es­tab­lish­ment, Inc., 102 South Av­enue, Peters­burg, VA, the Rev. Dr., Her­bert W. An­der­son, eu­lo­gist. In­ter­ment to fol­low at the Bates-Bolling Fam­ily Ceme­tery.

J.M. Wilk­er­son Fu­neral Es­tab­lish­ment, Inc., 102 South Av­enue, Peters­burg, Va., (804) 732-8911, watch the fu­neral ser­vices live on­line at www.jmwilk­er­son­


Mr. Ed­ward “Buck” Rose, 84, of 11412 Sapony Church Rd., McKen­ney, VA, en­tered into eter­nal rest Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 9, 2018, at South­side Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Peters­burg, VA.

Fu­neral ser­vices are en­trusted to the McKen­ney Chapel Joseph M. John­son & Son Fu­neral Home, 11107 Doyle Blvd., McKen­ney, VA. (804)478-4411.


Mrs. Mildred Eloise Wing­field Wilkins, 74, of 2964 Home­stead Drive, Peters­burg, de­parted this life on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 9, 2018, at the Re­treat Doc­tors Hos­pi­tal, Rich­mond.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of the Joseph M. John­son & Son Fu­neral Home, 530 South Sy­camore Street, Peters­burg. (804)-863-4411.

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