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Obituaries, week of Jan. 23: Cockrell, Coffey, Cole, Phillips

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm

E. R. “Dick” Cockrell Jr.

E. R. “Dick” Cockrell Jr., 84, passed away January 2, 2013. Born August 16, 1928, he was the son of Ernest R. Cockrell, Sr. and Virginia Cockrell. He was predeceased by his brother, Mallory Cockrell and sister, Ilva Cockrell Sampson.

Dick called himself a “double Hokie” in that he was a Virginia Tech alumni and worked for 38 years for Virginia Cooperative Extension Service. A native of Miskimon, Va. in Northumberland County, he and Todd, his wife, arrived in then Princess Anne County in 1953 where he became the assistant county agent. Later with the merger of the county and the City of Virginia Beach, he became the Director of Agriculture, a position he held until his retirement in 1986. He served on the Virginia Beach Planning Commission for eight years, with four as the chair. Dick also was King Neptune XIV and was proud to represent rural Virginia Beach with that honor.

He was a 59 year member of St John’s Baptist Church serving in many roles, including building chairman, trustee and Deacon Emeritus.

Mr. “C” had a lifelong passion and commitment to the agricultural community and was its advocate throughout his life.

He is survived by Todd Rowe Cockrell, his wife of 61 years and his daughter, Susan Cockrell and son-in-law, John Mulholland. Also surviving are his beloved nieces, Diane (Bobby) Luttrell, Natalie (Harry) Norris and Katherine (J.R.) Bowen and his nephews, David (Marion) Rowe and Ed (Jayme) Cockrell and their extended families.

A visitation was held Friday, January 4 at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 5 at 11:00 a. m. at St. John’s Baptist Church, 2300 Holland Rd. in Virginia Beach. Graveside services were held Sunday, January 6 at Providence Baptist Church in Miskimon. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Alice Marie Smith Coffey

Alice Marie Smith Coffey, 88, of Warsaw, passed away on Jan. 13, 2013. She was the widow of John Howard Smith and Frederick Coffey, a homemaker and a member of Menokin Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Bob S. Smith (Arlene) of Warsaw; daughter, Mary A. Marks (Ray) of Moorehead City, N.C.; brothers, Alvin Balderson of Tappahannock and Irvin Balderson (Vickie) of Lively; sister, Viola Connelly (Neal) of Warsaw; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Howard E. Smith and Donald G. Smith.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel with Pastor Wade Wilkins officiating. Interment was in Menokin Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Hospice, 618 Hospital Road, Tappahannock, Va. 22562 or Richmond County Emergency Services, Warsaw, Va. 22572.

Online condolences may be made at Welch Funeral Home.

Mamie Ellen Cole

Mamie Ellen Cole 94 of Farnham, passed away January 16, 2013.

She is survived by her children, Mary Thomas (Harry), Walter Barrow Sr., Ann Bowen (Adam); five grandchildren, Theresa Thomas, Rob Barrow, Chris Barrow, Boyd Headley, Beth Sanders; two great-grandchildren, Coleman Barrow and Cole Sanders.

A private family service will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations may be made to the Richmond County Rescue Squad.

Online remembrances may be made at

Virginia A. Phillips

Virginia A. Phillips, 72, of Callao passed away January 2, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Phillips.

She is survived by her fiancé, Nathan Blackwell of Fredericksburg. She is also survived by her daughters, Cynthia Dunn, of Callao and Debra D. Exline and her husband, Brad of Maryland; one son, Robert R. Gallahan Jr. of Valley Forge; two brothers, James Wilson, and Roy Mills; eight grandchildren, Korrie Gallahan, Allen Nolen, Michael Dunn, Bradley Exline, Harley Dunn, Matthew Exline, Rachel Gallahan, Mac Gallahan; and four great-grand children, Thomas Nolen, Kay-Kay McGann, Kylie Exline, and Wyatt Gallahan.

Burial will be private.

Online remembrances may be made at