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Area Deaths - August 1, 2012

Philip Vanfossen Oby III

Philip Vanfossen Oby III, 61, of Colonial Beach passed back to God on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at his residence.

Philip was born May 14, 1951 and a native of New York. In his retirement, Philip and his wife, Wendy, created Wendy’s Feline Friends, a non profit cat rescue.

Philip is survived by his wife, Wendy Erskine; daughters, Tess and Jess Oby; his father, Philip Oby Jr; a sister, Anne Elizabeth Burtle; a brother, Steven Oby and many loving friends.

Services will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to Wendy’s Feline Friends, 1228 Holly Vista Dr., Colonial Beach, VA 22443 or Hospice of VA, 1328 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, VA 22560.

Nash & Slaw Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Gene Autry Heiston

Gene Autry Heiston, 73, of King George, VA, formerly of Pomfret, MD,  passed away on July 25, 2012 at Washington Hospital Center.  

Born on January 1, 1939 to the late James M. Heiston and Nancy L. Heiston in Washington DC, Gene had worked as an Iron Worker for over 30 years for Local 201.  

Gene was of the Catholic faith.  He loved to spend time with his family and friends, and his dog, “bud boy”.  He enjoyed taking care of his yard, flowers, the birds, and squirrels.  He also enjoyed listening to country music.  

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brother, John B. Heiston, and grandson, Destin J. Heiston.  

Gene is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judy Heiston; son, Rick Heiston (Laura);  daughters Lisa Rector (Donnie), Jennifer Heiston, Jeanie Heiston, Christine Ryon (Chuck), and son-in-law, James Freeman.  

He is also survived by his brother-in-law; Bob Zell and his daughter, Sherrie;  sister-in-law, Mary & Bill Davis;  aunt, Betty Canady;  nieces, Dorothy Heiston, Bonnie Moore, & nephew, John Heiston.  He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.  

  A funeral mass will take place on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pomfret, MD.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  

Arrangements by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A.

Daniel Beldon

Daniel “Dan” Beldon, 63, of King George County passed away suddenly after a short illness  on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at his residence.

Dan was born March 24, 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He retired as a carpenter and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Dan is survived by his wife, Lucinda Beldon; a son, Zacorary; his mother, Alice Beldon Lewis; two sisters, Judith Barwikowski (Donald), Claudia McCord (James); 5 nephews and 2 nieces.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Historyland Memorial Park, King George.

Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George is handling the arrangements.

Edna B. Purks

Edna B. Purks, 81, of King George County passed away Monday, July 23, 2012.

Edna was the widow of Kenneth W. Purks.

She is survived by daughter Joyce Dodson of Dahlgren; son Raymond Hawkins of Pennsylvania; stepson David Hawkins of Kentucky; two sisters, Pat McDaniel and Virginia Crist, both of King George; brother Lester Mabe Jr. of Fredericksburg; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held Thursday, July 26, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Sherman Davis officiating. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fredericksburg.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Carolyn L. Swope

Carolyn L. Swope of King George County passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on Friday, July 27, 2012.

She leaves behind four daughters and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be held Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Lee Funeral Home, King George.

 

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