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Area Deaths - July 4, 2012

Henry H. Hanrahan

Henry H. Hanrahan Jr., 90, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, in Toquerville, Utah, at the home of his son, Doug.

He had been fighting a long battle with heart disease. A Virginia native, he was born March 20, 1921, in Portsmouth.

Henry is survived by his wife of 66 years, Louise; and two sons, Henry H. Hanrahan III of King George County and Douglas P. Hanrahan of Toquerville. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Henry was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Russell Hanrahan of Portsmouth; and his sister, Effie Mae Morrison of Virginia Beach.

Henry was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a lieutenant colonel after 26 years of service. He served in World War II as part of the “Greatest Generation,” flying 55 combat missions in the Pacific Theater as a navigator/bombardier in B-25 Mitchell bombers, and served again in the Korean War flying another 55 combat missions in B-26 Invader bombers over North Korea. Henry served with distinction, earning numerous awards and decorations along the way. Included in these awards, and most meaningful to him, are the Master Navigator wings and the Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for valor in Korea.

He retired from the Air Force in 1968, and settled in Nashua, NH, near his last duty station. Following his Air Force career he worked many more years in the manufacturing and computer industries and earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from New Hampshire College. He finally retired from his civilian career at age 70. In 2003 Henry moved back to Virginia, where he built a new home in King George.

Henry was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a life member of more than 50 years at the Suffolk Lodge. It was a great honor for his family to be invited by the lodge to witness the ceremony in which he was awarded his 50-year membership pin.

Henry leaves his family a legacy of a life well-lived as a brave patriot and father. He set the example in leadership, discipline, integrity and loyalty to his country and his family. He will be missed.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 5, in the chapel of Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green, followed by burial with Henry’s fellow warriors in Arlington National Cemetery at 9 a.m. Friday, July 6.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Henry’s name either to the Masonic Lodge of Suffolk; or the U.S. Air Force Memorial.

Sign register book online at storkefuneralhome.com.

Albert Manuel Synan

Albert Manuel Synan, 87, of Spotsylvania County passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012, at his home.

A lifelong resident of Spotsylvania County, he worked in timber cutting and real estate and at the FMC Plant.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Inez H. Synan; his sons, Joseph A.C. Synan of Spotsylvania, William Daniel Synan of King George County and Mark Roderick L. Synan of Spotsylvania; one grandaughter, Meghan Elizabeth Bell Synan of Maryland; three brothers, Robert L. Synan of Georgia, Stanley M. Synan of Stafford and Howard Q. Synan of Oregon; one sister, Lillie A. Price of Fredericksburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Wednesday, June 27, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, followed by a service officiated by Sam McCracken. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Donations may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA. 22407.

Vito Romano

Vito Romano, 64, of Colonial Beach passed away Monday, June 25, 2012, at McGuire VA Hospital in Richmond.

Vito’s family received friends Thursday, June 28, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Friday, June 29, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Colonial Beach. Interment followed in Quantico National Cemetery.

Donations may be made to St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 11 Irving Ave., Colonial Beach, VA, 22443.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Thomas Young Payne

Thomas Young Payne Jr., 84, a resident of Dogwood Village of Orange and formerly of Fredericksburg, passed away Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.

Mr. Payne was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran and had been a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Mae Payne; mother Eva Sealy; father Thomas Payne Sr.; and stepfather Loren Sealy.

Survivors include his son, Charles E. Payne (Linda), of Fredericksburg; stepdaughter Jean Skidmore (Steve), of King George; grandchildren Neil Payne of Dumfries and Tracey Workman of Spotsylvania; great-grandchildren Andrew Payne, Timothy Payne, Angela Payne, James Payne and Cole Workman; sister Evelyn Toney of Spotsylvania; brother Charles M. Payne (Marie) of Richmond; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service was held Friday, June 29, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Willard T. Harvey

Willard T. Harvey, 35, of King George County passed away Sunday, June 24, 2012, at his residence.

He had been employed as an auto detailer for Radley Chevrolet for eight years.

He is survived by his wife, Christy Brown-Harvey of King George; daughter Tiyanna Brown of King George; and sons Trevon Harvey, Deshon Brown and Willard “Noodle” Harvey, all of King George.

The family held a viewing Thursday, June 28, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, and  at Salem Baptist Church, Jersey. The service was held Friday, June 29, at the church, with the Rev. Leonard G. Bland officiating.

Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Walter J. Bullock

Walter J. Bullock, 81, of Colonial Beach and Great Falls passed away Saturday, June 23, 2012, at his home in Colonial Beach with family by his side.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1948 to 1952 on the USS Tanager. He retired from Virginia Power, formerly VEPCO, in 1992 after 40 years.

He was a member of Herndon Masonic Lodge 264, Kena Shriners, Camel Herders and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8241, and a past member of Moose Lodge 1267.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Bullock Sheets; the light of his life and apple of his eye, his granddaughter, Sarah Christine Sheets; and his spouse, Evelyn Beach Bullock. He is also survived by his brothers, Alfred Lawrence Bullock (Lois) and Paul Bullock (Ramona); sisters Ellen Bennett (Jack), Dorothy Courtney and Norma Rumbaugh (Vince); and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Ronald W. Bullock.

A visitation was held Sunday, July 1, at Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden St., Herndon, Va. 20170, with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. A funeral was held Monday, July 2, at the funeral home, with interment in Chestnut Grove Cemetery, Herndon.

Online condolences may be made at adamsgreen.com.

Charles Edward Stuart, IV

Charles Edward Stuart IV, 33, of Montross died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.

Born in Richmond, Charles was a member and pianist of Currioman Baptist Church. He was active in his school and community and became an Eagle Scout at an early age. He graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2002.

He is survived by his parents, Sharon D. Stuart and Charles E. Stuart III of Montross; his grandmothers, Lois H. Doleman of Montross and Barbara C. Edwards of Richmond; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family received friends Thursday, June 28, at Welch Funeral Home in Montross. A funeral was held Friday, June 29, at Currioman Baptist Church in Zacata.

Expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the Currioman Cemetery Endowment Fund, Box 841, Montross, VA, 22520.

Online condolences may be made at welchfuneralhomeva.com.

Herbert Rowland Ingram, III

Herbert Rowland “Ron” Ingram III, 64, died unexpectedly at his home in Montross on Wednesday, June 20, 2012.

He was born Sept. 13, 1947, in Norfolk. As a child he lived in Irvington before moving to Alexandria, where he graduated from F.C. Hammond High School in 1964. He served in the U.S.Air Force from 1964 to 1968. For many years prior to moving to Montross, he lived in White Stone and Palmer.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathleen Long Stone, and a brother, William Paul Ingram.

Survivors include his wife of eight years, Debra Erickson Ingram; his father, Herbert R. Ingram Jr. of Wichita, KS; and his brother Richard R. Ingram of White Stone; son and daughter Paul Ingram and Heather Morrow, both of Kansas City, and daughter Danielle Ingram of Kilmarnock; and several grandchildren, cousins and other family members.

He had become known for his photographic skills. Prior to suffering a stroke, he had worked in the building trade and had played base, six-string and 12-string guitar. Recently, his hobby was building one-quarter-scale model airplanes.

According to his wishes, he was cremated by Welch Funeral Home, Montross, and will be privately interred in the family cemetery in Irvington. His wife will hold a memorial to celebrate his life at a later date. 

Mrs. Ingram requests that any acknowledgment be in the form of tax-deductible contributions to the Hospital Hospitality House of Richmond, 612 E. Marshall St., Richmond, VA, 23219, or to the Stratford Hall VFD Building Fund, 136 Century Lane, Montross, VA, 22520.

Online condolences may be made at welchfuneral homeva.com.

William R. Morris

William R. Morris, 63, of Newland passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012.

William was born Nov. 9, 1948, to the late William E. Morris and Marie Morris.

While serving in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, he received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. 

He retired from NSWC in Dahlgren in 2009 with 42 years of service. After retirement he worked as a part-time contractor, but he stopped in 2011 because of declining health. 

William was a past member of Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad. He enjoyed hunting, spending time with his grandchildren and life.

Survivors are the love of his life, wife Janice L. Morris; son Robert Morris (Kelly); two grandsons, Tyler Morris and Christopher Langford; special sister Doris Tate (Raymond); special brother-in-law Wayne Harrison (Brenda); special cousin Fred Vanderslice (Joyce); sisters-in-law Patti Brown and Lisa King; niece Kelly King; numerous family and friends; and his special pets, dog Oreo and cats Suzie and Foot.

William was preceded in death by son Michael Morris and two brothers, Ned Morris and Kenneth Ellis.

A funeral with full military honors was held Monday, July 2, at Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel, with interment in Welcome Grove Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Richmond County Fire Department Co. 3.

Letha Alice Corbin Gaskins

Letha Alice Corbin Gaskins, 68, departed this life at her residence on Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Tappahannock.

She is survived by one daughter, Latonya Gaskins of Montross; three sons, Keith and James Jr. of Tappahannock and Maurice of Virginia Beach; her father, Percy Corbin of Tappahannock; six sisters, Myrtle Payne of Montross, Cynathia Veney of Warsaw, Barbara Lee of Philadelphia, Rita Corbin of New Jersey, Wanda Wise of Montross and Teresa Gumbs of Woodlake, Wash.; and one brother, Wayne Corbin of Tappahannock.

A visitation was held Monday, July 2, at Washington Funeral Home in Tappahannock. 

The funeral was held Tuesday, July 3, at Grace Episcopal Church, Millers Tavern. Father Vincent S. Hodge, vicar. The interment was in the church cemetery.

Online condolences can be made to washingtonfh.com.

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