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Area Deaths - March 14, 2012

Wanda Jane Winters Griggs

Wanda Jane Winters Griggs, 81, of Panama City Beach, FL, died at Gulf Coast Medical Center Saturday, February 25, 2012.
She was born December 25, 1930 in East Liverpool, OH, the daughter of the late James and Ruth (Carroll) Winters. Mrs. Griggs was a resident of Bay County for 31 years, and was a member of St. Andrew Methodist Church.
She was a homemaker who loved her family very much. She enjoyed crocheting, reading books, and doing puzzles.
Survivors include her husband Thomas Miller Griggs, Jr., whom she married September 29, 1948; her children, Thomas Edward (Carol) of Winona, OH, David Allen (Wanda) of Idaho, Randall Arlen (Gail) of Topsham, ME, Loren Michael (Ilana) of Ewing, KY, and Mrs. Mark (Karen) Cawthon of King George, VA; her grandchildren, Denise Ann, Tiffany Sue, Jennifer Lee, Heather Lynn, Shane Thomas, Jarod Allen, Erica Jean, Justin Edward, Anthony Wayne, Jeremiah David, Joshua Mark, Matthew Allen and KaLene Sandra; her great-grandchildren, Jordan, Emily, Addyson, Celeste, Elizabeth Grace, Leon, III, Maxton, Blake and Charles; her sisters, Dorothy Clark of Canton, OH, Joyce Lacey of East Palestine, OH; and her brother, Melvin Winters of Columbiana, OH. She was preceded in death by her brother, James Winters.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at the Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Keith Gann officiating. Interment followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery. Mrs. Griggs’ children served as her pallbearers.
Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 2403 Harrison Ave., Panama City, FL 32405, 850-763-4694. www.kentforestlawn.com, handled the arrangements.

Eliza Ella Coakley

Eliza Ella Coakley, 105, of King George County departed this life to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Hughes Home.
She was a member of St. Stephen’s Baptist Church in King George County. She was the oldest African-American woman in King George.
Survivors include two daughters, Rosetta C. Steward, with whom she resided prior to relocating to Hughes Home, and Esther C. Kay (and Ray) of King George; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
A viewing and a Christian wake was held Friday, March 9, at A.L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home, 200 Butternut Drive, Fredericksburg.
A funeral was held Saturday, March 10, at St. Stephen’s Baptist Church, King George. Pastor Anthony M. Jones delivered the eulogy. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to albennettandsonfuneralhome.com.

Samuel L. Smith, III

Samuel L. “Sam” Smith III, 83, of King George County passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
Sam was born Sept. 24, 1928, in Norfolk and spent his youth in Sandston.
Sam is survived by his wife of 47 years, Peggy Smith, as well as close friends and family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel L. Smith Jr. and Mae Best.
He graduated from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in physics and attended the University of Virginia where he did graduate work in physics. He was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon and Sigma Pi Sigma.
As a research physicist, he worked both at NASA, Langley Field, and NSWC, Dahlgren.
Sam was a member of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and enjoyed hiking and camping out with friends. He enjoyed most sports.
Sam was a member of the Dahlgren Sports Car Rally Club and bowled in men’s, mixed and singles leagues. He loved golfing, boating and fishing. He especially loved his neighbors and friends, to whom he attributed his long life. He will be dearly missed.
The family received friends Tuesday, March 13, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, and held a memorial service following the visitation time.
Memorial donations may be made to King George County Food Bank, Box 130, King George, VA, 22485; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Margaret E. Robinson

Margaret E. Robinson, 85, of Clinton, Md., formerly of King George County, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2012, at Southern Maryland Hospital.
She is survived by three daughters, Betty Ward of Clinton, MD, Alberta Robinson of Hyattsville, MD, and Edna Robinson of Washington, D.C.; three sons, Jackie Robinson of Fredericksburg, Frank Robinson of Trenton, NJ, and Peyton A. Robinson Jr. of Oxon Hill, MD; four brothers, George, Frank, Robert and Major Holmes, all of King George; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal.
The service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, March 16, at Salem Baptist Church in Jersey, with the Rev. Leonard G. Bland officiating. There will be a viewing for one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Online guest book is at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Charles Edward Hinson, Sr.

Charles Edward Hinson Sr., 66, of Warsaw passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012.
The funeral will be Wednesday, March 14, at Warsaw Church of God. Viewing will be for one hour prior to the service.
Washington Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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