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Obituaries Archive

Former FBI worker laments death of spy Arthur Walker

Barry Colvert, the FBI polygraph examiner who got Arthur Walker to confess to his part in one of the most damaging spy operations in American history, said today that he was a little saddened to hear that the man he helped put in prison had died there.

Former Va. Beach delegate Leo Wardrup dies at 77

VIRGINIA BEACH
Leo Wardrup, a feisty retired lawmaker who represented a portion of Virginia Beach in the Virginia House of Delegates for 16 years, died Wednesday night. He was 77.
A Republican and retired Navy captain, Wardrup rose to the chairmanship of the House Transportation Committee. He retired in 2007.

Region's best-known chef was a culinary inspiration

Chef Monroe Duncan has speckled his last pot of roux. But the legacy of Tidewater’s most iconic chef – credited with forever changing the local dining scene – will live on. Duncan died in his sleep late Thursday or early Friday at age 75, 35 years after opening Suddenly Last Summer, the tiny Ocean View restaurant that changed everything.

Police, family gather for Norfolk officer's funeral, burial

VIRGINIA BEACH
Every time Officer Brian Jones worked the night shift with his partner and best friend, Officer Daniel Chaney, Chaney would find him at the patrol car with his Bible out, praying.
“Chaney, you better get right with the Lord,” Jones would say. “Because where we are going now is not half as important as where we are going after this life.”

Memorial service held for teen in Norfolk shooting

NORFOLK The large sanctuary at Tabernacle Church was filled to overflowing Wednesday with mourners honoring Mark Rodriguez, the 17-year-old killed in a random shooting Friday.

Albert Doumar, longtime owner of Doumar's, dies

NORFOLK At Doumar's on Wednesday, stacks of plastic tumblers lined the service counter, as they always do. Cooks pushed barbecue sandwiches and paper trays of fries through the tiny window of the drive-in restaurant to waitresses, as they always have. And cars lined up for curb service from carhops in white tennies and soda-jerk caps, as they have for decades.

Engineer cared about the region's past, future

NORFOLK Louis L. Guy Jr., a civil engineer with a passion for history, died Thursday after a brief illness. He was 76. A former president of the Norfolk Historical Society, Guy worked to preserve local historic sites, including Fort Norfolk in his hometown and Fort Monroe in Hampton.

Portsmouth School Board vice chairwoman dies

PORTSMOUTH
Elizabeth Daniels, one of the first members to serve on an elected Portsmouth School Board, died Thursday, according to board Chairman James Bridgeford. She was 75.
Daniels, who lived in the Cavalier Manor area, began her board tenure in 1996, most recently serving as vice chairwoman.

Pharmacist slain in Beach robbery was much beloved

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.

Vietnam POW Jeremiah Denton Jr. dies in Va. Beach

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.

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