Sadly, Compatriot Buddy Beale has crossed over the river to rest under the shade of the trees in the early morning of January 27, 2012.   2nd Lt. Cdr. Buddy Beale has been our Camp's Newsletter Editor since our chartering in September, 2006.  Nothing can be said here that would adequately describe Buddy's patriotism and devotion to the Avengers Camp, or to describe his valiant struggle to survive his many medical issues. To all who knew him, Buddy was a loyal friend and an example to everyone.  We will miss our fellow Compatriot, and recognize his greatness as a human being.  The Camp will always honor Buddy's memory.  He is pictured below with his beloved wife Helen in 2007.


Franklin “Frank” Reed Sharon

CARROLLTON—Franklin “Frank” Reed Sharon, 81, passed away at home, Sunday, June 4, 2017, surrounded by his family.  Born in St. Petersburg, Fla.. Frank was the son of the late James Reed and Anna Virginia Lester Sharon.  He lived in Isle of Wight for nine years, having been a former resident of Florida, Tennessee and Georgia.  
Frank was a devoted husband and beloved father and grandfather.  He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 61 years, Myrna B. Sharon; two sons, James “Jim” F. Sharon and Charles “Chuck” L. Sharon; and eight grandchildren, Amber T., Kane D. and Gage D. Sharon, Charles F., Mariah C., Brittany K., and Tyler J. Sharon, and Catherine Hancock and a host of extended family and friends.
For some 20-plus years, Frank worked as a fireman and paramedic for the city of St. Petersburg, Fla., retiring in 1978.  He was then a security officer for independent companies. He was a history buff and a member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and was a past officer of the camp.
      A service celebrating Frank’s life will be held Thursday, June 8, 7 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends following the service.  Burial will follow at a later date.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in Frank’s memory to the Sons of the Confederacy, Isle of Wight Avengers Camp #14, Scholarship Fund, c/o Keith Morris, 130 Kings Point Drive, Suffolk, VA  23434.
Service arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, 14214 Carrollton Blvd. Carrollton, VA.  Family and friends are encouraged to share condolences and remembrances at

(Obituary copied from the Smithfield Times, June 7 edition)

Frank was a long time member of the Isle of Wight Avengers Camp, SCV for many years. He served as our Chaplain and only resigned that position when his health forced him to do so. He was loved and respected by all compatriots. We will all remember him with affection and love. He was a friend to all, and will be greatly missed.



John Brendan Cleary
May 22, 1951 - August 26, 2017

John Brendan Cleary, 66 of Smithfield passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Brendan was the son of the late Dr. Thomas John Cleary and Faith Hughes Cleary. Born in New York State, Brendan had been a resident of Smithfield for the past 40 years. He worked as a lab supervisor at Riverside Regional Medical Center. Brendan was a life member of the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department, a proud member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and attended Trinity United Methodist Church. Through all of his work and community accomplishments, Brendan was most proud of his family. He dearly loved his wife of 35 years, Sandra Williams Cleary; his sons, Brendan Hunter Cleary and Chase Williams Cleary and especially grandson, Maddox Williams Cleary. Brendan is also survived by sister, Maureen Faith Cleary and nephew, Gary Chiaramonte; brother, Thomas Roy Cleary (Maureen); sister, Jo-Anne Faith Cleary; sisters in law, Rebecca Williams Hannah (Robert) and Patricia Williams; mother-in-law, Barbara W. Williams and father-in-law the late Max M. Williams. Brendan had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a self-taught craftsman and enjoyed sharing his skills with his sons, Hunter and Chase. His first and only grandchild, Maddox, brought him immense love and joy. Brendan and his sons are tried and true New York Mets fans. A funeral service with Fireman’s Honors will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017, at 11 o’clock a.m. at Little’s Funeral Home, Smithfield, Virginia, with the Rev. Leon Basham officiating, followed by a reception at the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department. The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 31, 2017, from 6 to 8 o’clock p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial Contributions may be made in Brendan’s memory to the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department, 1804 South Church Street, Smithfield, VA 23430. Condolences may be registered online at

Thursday, August 31, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Little's Funeral Home and Cremation Service
1515 S. Church Street
Smithfield, Virginia 23430
Funeral Service
Friday, September 01, 2017
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
John Brendan Cleary
May 22, 1951 - August 26, 2017

Obituary copied from the Daily Press


John Morgan Wellons, Jr.
Windsor, VA
08.16.1947 - 12.08.2017
Served in the
Air Force
John Morgan Wellons, Jr. of Windsor passed away peacefully Friday, December 8, 2017. Born August 16, 1947, he was a son of Clara Virginia Catron Wellons and the late John Morgan Wellons, Sr. John served his country in the United States Air Force and was a graduate of Mississippi College where he majored in History. He was also a member of Central Hill Baptist Church, a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and a Baptist minister. John was a good Christian man and will be missed by all who knew him.
Along with his mother, left to cherish his memory is his sister, Virginia “Jenny” Wellons Rhodes and her husband, Dusty of Zuni; his brother, Mark Edward Wellons and his wife, Nancy of Kouts, IN; a niece, Lindsay Wellons Murray and her husband, Chris of St. Paul, MN and numerous cousins.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Central Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Brad Jones officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall. Burial with Military Honors will follow the reception at Mill Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home, Wakefield.

Obituary copied from the R.W. Baker Funeral Home web site.


Carl E. Cuthrell, 88, of Carrollton

Weymouth Funeral Home
March 8, 2023

Carl E. Cuthrell (Weymouth Funeral Home)
Celebration Of Life Service: 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2023

Location: Riverview Methodist Church

Time of Fellowship: Following the Service

Location: Rescue Evangelical Friends Church

On Saturday, February 11, 2023, Carl E. Cuthrell, 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Carl was born to Cecil and Edna Cuthrell in Norfolk, VA. On December 23, 1960, he married “the love of his life”, Naomi Lorene Marshall and moved to Hampton, VA. They also lived in Newport News, VA, Lexington, NC and most recently, Carrollton, VA.

Carl and Lorene recently celebrated 62 years of blissful marriage.

Carl is survived by his wife, Lorene; his sons, Byron and Benjamin (David); his grand-daughter, Zoe; his brother, Clint Post (Simone); a sister-in-law, Cynthia Marshall and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at Riverview Methodist Church in Carrollton, VA. A Time of Fellowship will follow at Rescue Evangelical Friends Church in Rescue, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rescue Evangelical Friends Church/ Building Fund – P.O. Box 87, Rescue, VA 23424. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.



Daniel "Danny" Johnson
1949 - 2023

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Sturtevant Funeral Home - Bennetts Creek Chapel
2690 Bridge Road
Suffolk, Virginia

Memorial Service
Jan. 3, 2024
1:00 p.m.
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Daniel Johnson Obituary
SUFFOLK - Daniel Wright "Danny" Johnson, 74, of the 5200 block of Bennetts Pasture Rd. passed away on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 in his home. He was born on July 21, 1949 in South Carolina to the late Orville and Mae Johnson. Danny retired as a superintendent from W.F. MaGann; and after retirement, he and his wife loved to travel. He was a member of the Frankfurt American High School Association and the Sons of Confederates; coached for Wilson Little League in Portsmouth for 18 years; and was a diehard Minnesota Vikings fan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Johnson.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years Luann Johnson; two sons, Jake W. Johnson and Mandy Holmes and Jared "JD" Johnson; a daughter in love, Sharon L. Stallings and husband Waldo; foster son, Robert Uren; a sister, Judi Purkey and husband Gary; seven grandchildren, Tessa Johnson and husband Brian, Haleigh Wilson, and Drew, Ty, Sara, Megan and Morgan Stallings; a great grandchild, Saylor Perry; and a host of extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1 PM on Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at Sturtevant Funeral Home, Bennetts Creek Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Condolences may be made to the family online at

Published by The Virginian-Pilot on Dec. 31, 2023.