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Area Deaths - May 2, 2012

Henry Harrison Horton
Henry Harrison Horton, 86, of Farnham passed away peacefully on Friday, April 20, 2012, with his loved ones at his side. He ascended to his reward after a brave battle with leukemia. He was a man of incredible faith and strength and leaves behind a lasting legacy of love and kindness to all that he touched.
Henry served with the Fourth Marine Division throughout World War II, with 23 months of that service spent in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.
After his military service, he began his career with the U.S. Postal Service, starting as a substitute letter carrier and later retiring as deputy regional director of the Washington U. S. Post Office Dept. in 1971. Henry then spent several years as a consultant on postal affairs.
One of his most significant achievements was his participation in the development of an emergency gasoline rationing contingency plan for the federal government during the 1974 energy crisis. He later worked for Sears Roebuck and Co., where he served as credit authorization manager for the greater Washington, D.C., area.
Henry and his family resided for many years in Alexandria, where he was a deacon at Woodlawn Baptist Church, near Fort Belvoir. After moving to Colonial Beach, he served as a deacon at Colonial Beach Baptist Church and as a member of the Colonial Beach Planning Commission.
Henry was a member of Popes Creek Baptist Church, the American Legion, Fourth Marine Division Association, NARFE, American Assn. for Postal Supervisors and the National Assn. of Letter Carriers.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 65 years, Betty J. Horton of Farnham; a daughter, Donna J. Barden (Marshall), of Montross; two sons, Ronald W. Horton (fiancee Coral Wheeler), of Culpeper and Darrell B. Horton (Betty), of Montross; daughter-in-law Joan Horton of Stafford; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by daughter Nancy A. Sjogren of White Plains, MD. Henry was also “Grandpa” to a huge extended family who loved him dearly.
A memorial celebration was held Friday, April 27, at Popes Creek Baptist Church, Montross, with the Rev. Richard Headley officiating.
Interment will be at a later date at Quantico National Cemetery in a private family service.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Virginia, Box 2098, Tappahannock, VA, 22560 or Popes Creek Baptist Church, Box 592, Montross, VA, 22520.
Online condolences may be expressed at foundandsons.com.

Bessie Robinson Hitchens
Bessie Robinson Hitchens, 96, of Tappahannock departed this life Saturday, April 21, 2012, at her residence.
She is survived by her daughter, Gwendolyn Thomas and her husband, Russell, and numerous nieces.
A service was held Friday, April 27, at First Baptist Church, Tappahannock with the Rev. Vernon Keeve officiating and the Rev. Marion Tapscott as eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Service of comfort is entrusted to Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock. Online condolences are at washingtonfh.com.

Estelle S. Riemer
Estelle S. Riemer of Silver Spring, Md., died Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph A. Riemer; loving mother of Michael, Sharon, Joey and Dale; and cherished grandmother of Charlie, Heather, Mckenzie, Blake, Brady, Casey, Cody and Emily. She is also survived by four great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Monday, April 30, at Potomac Baptist Church, King George. Interment was in the church cemetery.
The family requests memorial contributions be made in her name to Potomac Baptist Church, 8103 Comorn Rd., King George, VA 22485.
Online register may be found at hinesrinaldifuneralhome.com.

Elmira B. Watts
Elmira B. Watts, 92, of Colonial Beach passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.
A funeral was held, Tuesday, May 1, at New Monrovia Baptist Church, Colonial Beach. Interment will be in Historyland Cemetery, King George.
Arrangements are being handled by Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home, Warsaw.

Charlotte F. Horsey
Charlotte F. Horsey, 94, of Spotsylvania County died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Evangelist Paula and Pastor Harry Wallace of Henrico; three granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held on Wednesday, May 2, at People’s Union Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Harry Wallace officiating. Burial will be Saturday, May 5, in Nanticoke Cemetery, Nanticoke, MD.
Online guest book available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Douglass Ann Walsh Hovey
Douglass Ann Walsh “Dougie” Hovey, 64, of Birmingham, AL, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012.
She was born June 25, 1947, in Nashville, TN, and lived in Mount Pleasant, TN, in her early years. She moved to Fredericksburg in 1961 and graduated from James Monroe High School and then Radford College. She moved to the Birmingham area in 2008.
Dougie enjoyed gardening, reading, taking walks and helping others. She gave of herself endlessly and was pleased with her mother’s nickname for her, “Care and Share.” Family was a very important part of her life.
First and foremost, she loved spending time with her husband, Robert, whose hometown is Fredericksburg. Additionally, she cared for her nieces, nephews and their children as if they were her own. Hearing stories of her grand-nieces and grand-nephews gave her much joy, as did sharing special occasions with them and all of her family.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three stepchildren, Bryan Hovey (Cathy) of Fredericksburg, Deborah Hovey Boutchyard (Chris) of Spotsylvania County and Eric W. Hovey of King George County; twin sister Margaret E. Walsh and brother James F. Walsh (Peggy), all of Birmingham; and many nieces and nephews. Dougie was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth M. Walsh.
The family received friends Monday, April 30, at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, AL. A graveside funeral was held the same day in Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham.
Tributes may be made at Dougie’s memorial page at southern heritagefunerals.com.
The family requests donations be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (namialabama.org).

John Charles Middlebrook
John Charles Middlebrook, born August 6, 1958, recently passed away unexpectedly while out in his pickup camper.
Mr. Middlebrook graduated from King George High School in June 1976. He moved to Houston, Texas in 1978 and worked there for five or six years, returning to Harrisonburg, VA in 1982 to live with his parents where he worked for about  20 years assisting in the maintenance of his father’s apartments.
After the demise of his parents he sold their home and went west to the Arizona and New Mexico areas in 2008. He was living in the Truth or Consequences area at Hillsboro where he   passed away at age 54. He never married.
He was preceded in death by his parents Edgar Norden and Mary Ellen Middlebrook.
He is survived by his sister Mary Sue Leeper of Harrisonburg and brother Edgar Norden Middlebrook, Jr., of Bullhead City, Arizona.

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