In Memoriam – William “Bill” Hamner – VPAR Past President 1982

William “Bill” Wallace Hamner of Williamsburg, VA passed away peacefully on November 19, 2020. Mr. Hamner was born in Rockfish, Virginia on February 1, 1937 to Wallace Albert Hamner and Lauve Wright Hamner . On December 27, 1962 he married Sarah Neblett Hamner of Bristol, Virginia at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. He graduated from the University of Richmond with a BS in Business.

Bill was, perhaps, best known in Hampton Roads as the founder of Hamner Development Company, a company he built from scratch. During his career he developed a significant portfolio of office properties in Oyster Point in Newport News, as well industrial properties throughout the region. However, friends, family, personal acquaintances, clients, and business associates will remember him best for the kindness, fairness, and generosity he shared with each of them.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sarah Neblett Hamner of Williamsburg, Virginia. He also is survived by his daughter, Mary Katherine Hamner Black and her husband Hugh R. Black of Charlotte, North Carolina as well as his son, William Wallace Hamner, Jr and his wife Carmen Manning Hamner of Williamsburg, Virginia. He is survived by his four grandchildren, Sarah Katherine Black, Samuel Orr Black IV, Katherine Anna Hamner, and Elizabeth Margaret Hamner.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace Albert Hamner and Lauve Wright Hamner of Rockfish, Virginia and his sister Anne Hamner Bryant of Waynesboro, Virginia.

Due to the current uncertainties surrounding gathering restrictions occasioned by COVID 19, a funeral service will be held for immediate family only at Bruton Parish Episcopal Church on Saturday, November 21.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made, in Bill’s name, to a favorite charity.

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Published in Daily Press on Nov. 20, 2020.

In Memoriam – H. Jennings Bryan, Jr.

H. Jennings Bryan, Jr., 93, left this world on March 17, 2019. He was a native of Newport News, a graduate of Atlantic Union College, past president of the Pioneers Club, and served on numerous boards and foundations. He operated Century 21 Bryan Realty for over 50 years, retiring in 1989. He served on the Newport News Hampton Board of Realtors and was awarded a lifetime membership in the organization for his contributions to the industry. He was active in the Kiwanis Club for over 50 years, having served as President and Lt. Governor of the Capital District. He introduced the “Teenager of the Year” and “Terrific Kids” programs to the Peninsula. Recognizing accomplishments of local youth was one of his passions. He was a recipient of the George F. Hixon Award. He was a member of Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, having served as a deacon and elder in the church.Jennings was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Jennings, Sr. and Marguerite Brooks Bryan. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Jane Bryan; his daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Alexander Mackintosh of Atlanta, GA; his sons and daughters-in-law, Henry Jennings (Bucky) Bryan III and Susan of Newport News and Thomas David Bryan and Paige of Richmond; eight grandchildren, Laurie Gandy, Alex and Stuart Mackintosh, Katy Green, Jessica O’Reilly, and Mason, Taylor and Davis Bryan; and five great-grandchildren.A Celebration of his Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hidenwood Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or the Sturge-Weber Foundation. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

Published in Daily Press from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2019

In Memoriam – H. Jennings Bryan, Jr.,

H. Jennings Bryan, Jr., 93, left this world on March 17, 2019. He was a native of Newport News, a graduate of Atlantic Union College, past president of the Pioneers Club, and served on numerous boards and foundations. He operated Century 21 Bryan Realty for over 50 years, retiring in 1989. He served on the Newport News Hampton Board of Realtors and was awarded a lifetime membership in the organization for his contributions to the industry. He was active in the Kiwanis Club for over 50 years, having served as President and Lt. Governor of the Capital District. He introduced the “Teenager of the Year” and “Terrific Kids” programs to the Peninsula. Recognizing accomplishments of local youth was one of his passions. He was a recipient of the George F. Hixon Award. He was a member of Hidenwood Presbyterian Church, having served as a deacon and elder in the church.Jennings was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Jennings, Sr. and Marguerite Brooks Bryan. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Jane Bryan; his daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Alexander Mackintosh of Atlanta, GA; his sons and daughters-in-law, Henry Jennings (Bucky) Bryan III and Susan of Newport News and Thomas David Bryan and Paige of Richmond; eight grandchildren, Laurie Gandy, Alex and Stuart Mackintosh, Katy Green, Jessica O’Reilly, and Mason, Taylor and Davis Bryan; and five great-grandchildren.A Celebration of his Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hidenwood Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or the Sturge-Weber Foundation. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

Published in Daily Press from Mar. 19 to Mar. 20, 2019

In Memoriam – Cathryne “Caye” Mosteller Garrett

It is with great sadness, that we share the news of Caye Garrett’s recent passing. Her obituary and funeral arrangements are below.

 

Cathryne “Caye” Mosteller Garrett was born in Charlotte County, VA, on March 13, 1927, into a family that had been in Virginia since 1620 (now for 16 generations). She was one of six siblings including her twin sister with whom she celebrated her 90th birthday last year. She grew up during the Great Depression. She went on to attend Longwood College (now University) but before finishing moved to Hampton, Virginia, where she obtained a job with NASA (then called NACA).

She met her husband, Ben Garrett, and they had two sons. She lived most of her life in Hampton until she moved into a retirement condominium in Poquoson, VA, in her 80’s. She was widowed at age 50, and while she remained socially very active, never remarried.

After obtaining her real estate license, she became a female pioneer in the real estate industry

in 1963 and traveled the world to military bases looking for potential clients moving to the Hampton Roads military bases.

 

She ran Garrett Inc. Realtors and Caye Garrett Realty, but spent the latter part of her career as

part of Long & Foster Realty after selling her business to them. She won too many awards to

list, obtained multiple designations in the real estate industry and continued learning new

techniques in training classes up until she was 88-years-old. She bought, sold and managed her

own rental property up until she was 88 as well. During her real estate career, she encouraged many others to enter the real estate industry.

 

She always dressed impeccably and loved to participate in ballroom dancing up into her mid 80’s. She went on numerous cruises, also traveling the world, and loved to entertain. She was an active member of the Hampton Yacht Club and the James River Country Club. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Hampton for over 50 years.

 

She was predeceased in death by her husband, Ben Garrett Sr., her oldest son, Benjie Garrett

Jr., her youngest sister, Bette Mosteller, who was the head librarian at Christopher Newport

University. In addition her twin sister, Margo, and her brother Paul both passed away in the last year. Two of her siblings are still alive, Robert and George Mosteller.

She is survived by her son, Greg Mosteller Garrett, grandchildren, Gregory Mosteller Garrett Jr,

Trent Kennedy Garrett, Adam Benjamin Garrett, Benjamin Ellis Garrett III, and Sarah Cathryne Garrett, named after her. She had 4 great grandchildren with the 5th expected next month.

 

There will be a visitation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hampton, VA, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. this Friday afternoon. Then the memorial service will occur at the First Presbyterian Church, on Armistead Avenue in Hampton, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

How You Can Help – In Memory of Karla Grase

So many people have been asking what they can do for Karla Grase. Rose & Womble has notified us a fund for the family has been set up through the Rose and Womble Foundation.

 

 

Donations for the Karla Grase Family

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