Richard M. Marshall, III


Norfolk - Richard Melvin Marshall III, 87, died Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital following a prolonged illness.

Born in Norfolk on January 20, 1930 to Richard M. Marshall II and Irene Burwell Whitehead, Richard attended Granby High School and was an engineering graduate of Virginia Tech. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post 35. He also flew RC planes with the Tidewater Radio Control Club. He attended Zion Grace United Methodist Church.

Richard was an avid reader, loved World War II history, and was a talented model ship and airplane builder. He was a master tinkerer and loved working in his shop and around the house. He loved living on the water and spent countless hours working on his many boats. He could often be found rowing with one of his loved ones or just his dog. He loved his family dearly and enjoyed caring for them all.

Richard is survived by his wife, Betty Gotautas Marshall, of 22 years; sons, Richard Melvin Marshall, IV and wife, Lela, Robert Burwell Marshall and wife, Angela; daughters, Christianna Scholefield and husband, Mark, Tracey Midgett, and Sharon Lloyd. He also leaves to cherish his memory seven granddaughters, eight grandsons, and one great grandson. Also left to miss his daily walks is his beloved dog, Chase. He is preceded in death by his son, John Kenneth Marshall, and brother, Hugh Burwell (Chuck) Marshall.

Roger Lee Spoor



Roger Lee Spoor, 57 years old, of the 3200 block of Creekwood Road, was received in heaven on July 13, 2016. He was surrounded by friends and family. He was predeceased by his mother, Donna Dunn of Superior, WI. He is survived by his loving wife and soul mate of 35 years, Jill Holly Spoor; daughter, Samantha Danielle Spoor, Jennifer Nicole Batte and her husband Bobby Batte, who Roger considered his son; grandchildren, Ava Rayn Baker and Lincoln Daniel Quesenberry; father, Kennith Joseph Spoor; sister, Julie Scroggins; brothers, Todd Spoor, John Wertz and Keith Wertz; brother-in-laws, Joel Fabian, John Fabian and Joe D'ABrosca; sister-in-law, Jody Fabian; and many other loving cousins, nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles. Roger was honorably discharged from the U. S. Navy in 1984. He was the proprietor of Franklee Irrigation and Landscaping for the last 29 years. Roger was a member of the Tidewater Radio Control Club for 16 years and his passion was constructing and flying WWII airplanes with his "band of brothers" of TRC. Roger was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor to many and will be deeply missed by all. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at Saint John Lutheran Church, 8918 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23503, immediately followed by a Celebration of Life at the VFW Post 4809, 5728 Bartee St., Norfolk, VA 23502. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Harold Brenneman

Harold Brenneman


A short story by Henry Jones: Harold Brennaman passed away February 13, 2016. Somebody ask me how old he was a few months ago when we were flying. I said he was 90 years old and we both laughed. He said,” he still has it”. He was flying very well. He often pointed out a few things to me when I was flying to make my patterns look a little better. He also knew how to tweak a motor and the right prop to use for max performance. When ever I had a question when I was building , he always had an answer, and what ever I might need to complete the task. He was one of the founding members of our club, and taught some of our Flight Instructors how to fly. Hal was responsible for starting the Jet Fly at Fentress and was always interested in the success of our club. He was still buying and building planes like he was 50 years old. We just both finished new Aero Works , Profile Extra 260 20 CC size, that we were going to fly as soon as the weather permitted.

Hal was born 1926 in Huntingdon Pa. and entered the NAVY in 1943. He was in Aircraft Maintenance during the 2nd World War. After the war was over, he stayed in the service and applied for a commission. He was stationed in Texas while serving in the Korean war. He was also in Vietnam, where he commanded 50 River Boat Squadrons. He served on the Bonhomie Richard, and on many ships as the XO. He was the Captain of an LST, which was the largest ship that he commanded. His total service time was 36 years. He retired as a Commander. And to this we say, “ thank you sir for a job well done”. 

Allen Porter



Chesapeake - Allen Wayne Porter, 79, of Chesapeake, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 9, 2015. 

Allen was born on June 14, 1936 in Pueblo Colorado. He was the son of the late Leo Irwin and Lillian Pearl Porter. He was predeceased by his brother, Chuck Porter.

Allen retired as Chief after 22 years in the U.S. Navy. He attended Christopher Newport University where he received his Criminal Justice degree. He was a Bail Bondsman and enjoyed flying remote controlled aircrafts.

Left behind to cherish his memory is his loving wife, Mabel Porter; children, Irwin Porter (Patricia), Shirley Snow, Nancy Carter, Bonnie Averitt (David), Larry McCann (Barbara), Becky Smith (Smitty), Mike McCann (Norma), Vernon McCann (Brenda) and Roger McCann (Stephanie); brother, Earl Porter. He also leaves behind 24 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at the Great Bridge Chapel of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Rd. Chesapeake, 23322. Interment will follow at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens.

Fred Welsch


Norfolk - Frederick Wesch, 92, died May 3, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, and is survived by his daughter, Ricki; her husband, Jim; three grandchildren and three great grand children. A U.S. Navy veteran of WW II, he served in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters and later was in the Bay of Pigs invasion. After retirement, he was a Warehouse Supervisor. His true love was building radio-controlled model airplanes and flying them with his Tidewater Radio Control Club friends. A graveside service will be held at Hampton National Cemetery, Marshall Ave., Hampton, Va., on Friday, May 24, at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Medi Home Health & Hospice, 8100 Three Chopt Rd., Ste. 226, Richmond, VA 23229; or to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, JEBLCFS, 1481 D St., Ste. 103, Virginia Beach, VA 23459

Robert Tabler


 Robert Y. Tabler Jr. ROCKVILLE, Md. - Mr. Robert Y. Tabler Jr., 83, formerly of Rockville, Md., and Virginia Beach, died Saturday, April 30, 2011. He was the husband of Margaret N. Tabler of Frederick, Md., for 61 years. Born Oct. 18, 1927 in Washington, D.C., Robert was the son of Robert Y. Tabler Sr. and Lois A. Tabler. He grew up in Bethesda, Md., graduating from BCC High School in 1946. Robert then attended Montgomery Junior College in Rockville, Md. He served as an Airman in the U.S. Navy Reserves for eight years, being honorably discharged in 1957. An avid aviator his whole life, Robert flew an airplane before he drove a car. Besides his passion as a pilot, Robert built by hand and flew model radio control airplanes as well. An active member of the Tidewater Radio Control Club in Virginia Beach, he received many trophies and awards for his flying ability. Robert's other passion in life was boating. Growing up, he spent many summers on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay with his grandmother. Sailboats and power boats would always be an important part of h