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Area Deaths - February 8, 2012

Frederick Bright

Frederick “Freddie” Bright, 76, of King George County passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Freddie was born in Upper Darby, PA, on May 23, 1935. He moved to King George in 1973.
Fred was a U.S. Marine for eight years, active and reserve. He then was a welder for more than 50 years. He was a member of Local 602 Steamfitters Union, working for many contractors. He was employed by the federal government at the Bureau of Engraving, Justice Department. He retired in September 2001 from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren.
Fred volunteered at George Washington’s Birthplace, assisting the rangers by caring for the farm animals and, with interpretation when needed. He was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2003 for the National Park Service Northeast Region. He also received a certificate for his volunteer work from Colonial Beach.
He was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel and a Chotank Hunt Club member. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, swimming, snow skiing, walking, having his name and picture in the newspaper and talking.He never met a stranger and wanted to thank everyone who has been kind to him throughout his life.
Fred had many cherished memories. As a youngster on his way to school he would regularly talk with Albert Einstein and ask him many questions. While in New York with his father he saw the SS Normandie lying on her side. As a child he performed in three motion pictures. As an adult he rescued folks from three different car accidents.
Freddie is survived by daughters Pamela Bright, Deborah Plamondon, Patricia Phipps and Erin Finch; adopted son Shannon Burkett; grandchildren Ronald Rosasco, Ian Custalow, Jason Boykin, Marc Salgado, Trina Plamondon, James Gliniewicz, Samantha Phipps, Patrick Sweeney, Gregory Gliniewicz, Matthew Phipps, Michael Sweeney, Rachael Plamondon and Dylan Finch; great-grandsons Skylar Boykin and Ian Kai Custalow; sister Polly McDermott; and many nieces and nephews.
Freddie was preceded in death by his wife, Delia “Pat” Bright; parents Thelma and Fred Bright; sister Gloria Halpern; daughters Sharon, Kerry and Michelle; son Sean; and granddaughter Kay Leigh Plamondon.
A memorial Mass was celebrated Saturday, Feb. 4, at Sacred Heart Chapel, Naval Support Facility Dahlgren.
Donations may be made to a local hospice of one’s choice.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Thomas Coleman

Thomas Coleman, 63, departed this life Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at his residence in Tappahannock.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy Coleman; one daughter, Susanne Coleman; five grandchildren; three sisters, Peachie Coleman, Marie Thompson and Dorothy A. Bundy; and four brothers, Gene, Melvin, Ricky and James Coleman.
A viewing was held on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Washington Funeral Home Chapel, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, VA, followed by a funeral, with the Rev. Charles Johnson officiating.
Burial was on Friday, Feb. 3, in Mount Olive Baptist Church cemetery in Hustle.
Online condolences are available at washingtonfh.com.

Mary Louise Wilen

Mary Louise Wilen, 74, of Fredericksburg passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at her residence.
She had retired after 36 years with the U.S. government. Mary was an active member of the OSD Coin Club.
She is survived by a daughter, Leslie Smith (Rodney), of King George County; a son, Jay B. Wilen (Cindy), of Annapolis, MD; a sister, Shirley Pope (Gary), of Brandywine, MD; a brother, Jack Bryant of Tennessee; four grandchildren, Sean, Brendon, Connor and Duncan; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Saturday, Feb. 4, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Randy Allensworth officiating.
Burial was private.
Donations may be made to the Boy Scouts, 701 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21211.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Charles Kenneth Sparks, Sr.

Charles K. Sparks Sr., 87, of King George County went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012.
Born Jan. 7, 1925, in Ettowa, TN, to Mack and Josephine Sparks, he was the youngest of seven.
On June 5, 1948, he married Audrey Aline Garner.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1949 to 1953. He was then a government worker at the U.S. Naval Weapons Laboratory in Dahlgren and later a Realtor.
After retiring, he helped raise his granddaughter. Charles was a former Boy Scout leader in Dahlgren.
He loved the mountains and listening to bluegrass music.
He was a member and a deacon of Hanover Baptist Church, and a member of Memorial Baptist Church.
Charles’ beautiful smile and sense of humor will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Left to cherish his memory are his granddaughter, Amanda Clark (Kyle), and their children, Landyn and Bentley of Spotsylvania; grandson Kristopher Warden (Rita), and his children, Kaylea and Kaleb of Coeburn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Sparks was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey; sons Crandell and Kenny; and his siblings.
A service will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 11, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with Pastor Mike Raphael officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
An online guest book is available for condolences at covenantfuneralservice.com.

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