VIRGINIA BEACH When pharmacist David Kilgore left Rite Aid three-plus years ago, customers transferred their prescriptions to his new, small independent business. They admired the way he connected with them on a personal level. Monday, they placed flowers at his pharmacy's doorstep after learning the 46-year-old was shot during a morning robbery and later died.
Jeremiah Denton Jr., who as an American prisoner of war in Vietnam made the world aware of the abuse POWs were suffering, died Friday at 89 in a Virginia Beach hospice.
He was a naval aviator based at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach when his A6 Intruder was shot down over Vietnam in 1965. He subsequently endured seven years and seven months of confinement.
VIRGINIA BEACH Mary Russo, who transformed Virginia Beach’s volunteer service program from an idea to a source of pride and savings, died Wednesday after a brief illness. She was 87.
UPDATE: The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Oman Funeral Home, Great Bridge Chapel at 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake. The family will receive friends at the same location on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. More information is available through the funeral home at www.omanfh.com. ____ CHESAPEAKE
CHESAPEAKE Dr. W. Stanley Jennings Sr., a founding doctor of Chesapeake General Hospital, died Friday at his Norfolk home. He was 87. Jennings worked as a family physician for 55 years. He was born in Old Norfolk County and graduated from Great Bridge High School, according to an obituary published online by Oman Funeral Home & Crematory.
RICHMOND Millie McAuliffe got to watch her son reach political heights in January when he was sworn in as Virginia's 72nd governor, even though she couldn't attend the rain-drenched ceremony at the state Capitol. A month later, she is gone.
A Peninsula business leader who built one of the nation's largest plumbing, heating and electrical supply companies has died. Lloyd U. Noland Jr. died Friday at age 96, according to family members. He was a former president of Newport News-based Noland Co., which was bought in 2005 by WinWholesale Inc. of Dayton, Ohio, in a $250 million deal.
Joshua P. Darden Jr., a soft-spoken but persuasive philanthropist who created civic organizations, raised billions of dollars for others and mentored a distinguished collection of political and business leaders, died Wednesday in Virginia Beach. He was 77 and had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for several years.
Jeanette "Cookie" Cooke-Dabney, a fashion standard bearer who enjoyed an extended career as a model, died Monday. The Virginia Beach resident was 58. Cooke-Dabney had been hospitalized at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center in Norfolk after suffering a ruptured aneurysm backstage during a fashion event Thursday night in Portsmouth.
UPDATE: A state burial is planned for Dec. 15 for Nelson Mandela, the Associated Press is reporting.
Nelson Mandela, the former political prisoner who became the first president of a post-apartheid South Africa and whose heroic life and towering moral stature made him one of history’s most influential statesmen, died Thursday, the government announced. He was 95.
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