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Area Deaths - January 4, 2012

Agnes Irene Beverly

Sister Agnes Irene Beverly departed this life on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at 12:55 p.m. at her home in King George County.
Mrs. Beverly was born Feb. 6, 1919, in Wampum, PA, to the late Mr. James Henry Holmes and Mrs. Lucy Ann Holmes.
Mrs. Beverly confessed faith in Christ and joined Peoples Union Baptist Church at an early age, under the leadership of the Rev. Tyler. She was a devoted member, and served as a young adult in the Rev. Tyler’s Amen Corner.
She was a cornerstone of the church. She sang in the senior choir for more than 40 years, and served as its president under the leadership of the Rev. William Brown; served as church financial secretary for more than 41 years; served as a trustee for more than 50 years; and served as a missionary for more than 30 years. She established and was president of the Pastor’s Aide Club for the Rev. Brown, and was president and a member of the usher board for 30 years. She was an inspiration and initiator of fund-raising and special programs in the church.
She was also president of the PTA at Ralph J. Bunche High School for one year, owned Red Top Grill Restaurant in Edgehill for more than seven years, had her own line of clothing, and designed garments for herself and others bearing her own label, “Made Especially by Agnes Beverly.” She baked homemade cakes, pies and rolls, taking them to church to share with members on Sundays. She was always ready to serve, and prepared food during special occasions at the church.
She was a CNA at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, King George; a senior cook at Circle Restaurant, King George; and a waitress at the General Washington Inn, Fredericksburg.
Mrs. Beverly was united in holy matrimony in 1935 to James Franklin Beverly, who preceded her in death in 1992. To this union of 62 years, six children were born.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughter, Lucy Beverly of Myrtle Beach, SC; her sons, James Beverly of Burkeville, William Beverly of Silver Spring, MD, and Albert Beverly of King George; two sisters, Mary Watson of Goldvein and Martha Beverly of Goodyear, AZ; two sisters-in-law, Beatrice Holmes and Laura Holmes, both of Comorn; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 31, at People’s Union Baptist Church, King George, with viewing one hour prior to the service. Lee Funeral Home, Warsaw, is handling the arrangements.

Ronald E. Smith

Ronald E. Smith, 64, of Colonial Beach passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at his home.
Ronald is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Smith; two daughters, Lisa Marie Ringuette (David), and Christy Lee Smith (Craig); a son, Ronald Smith Jr.; a “special daughter,” Gay Laxton; and five grandchildren, Jessica, Ashley, Derek, Nehemiah and Tony.
A funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 31, at Colonial Beach Baptist Church, with the Rev. Johnny Almond officiating. Interment followed at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oak Grove.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Harry Junior Deale

Harry Junior Deale, 83, of Spotsylvania County passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at his home.
Mr. Deale was born May 8, 1928, in Brokenburg, the son of the late Harry Deale Sr. and Rowena Sorrell Deale.
He was also a member of Hebron Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Iris Simms Deale; a daughter, Leona Deale Williams (Russell), of King George; a son, Ricky Deale (Cyndi), of Spotsylvania; two granddaughters, Chelsea and Carlee Deale; two great-granddaughters, Ashley Beckham and Courtney Marshall; one great-grandson, Tanner Marshall; honorary daughter Mary Napier (Clyde); and sister Alma Deale Sullivan.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Michael Edward Marshall Jr., in 2005; sisters Audrey Deale Oakes and Lois Deale Williams; and his brothers, Marvin S. Deale and Glenroy Deale, who was killed in 1950 in the Korean War.
A service was held Saturday, Dec. 31, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Bob Ellinger and the Rev. Carol M. Markham officiating. Burial followed  in Hebron Baptist Church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hebron Baptist Church Building Fund, 6855 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA, 22551.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Betty F. Bailey

Betty F. Bailey, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.
She was a native of Ivor and lived there most of her life. Her last years were spent with her son, Martin Bailey, in Dahlgren.
She was a homemaker and worked 11 years as a teacher’s aide at Ivor Elementary School. She loved her church and served in numerous ministries throughout the years.
Survivors include son Martin Bailey of Dahlgren; brothers John T. Faircloth Jr. and Hermer H. Faircloth; sister Selma Graves; grandson Mark Bailey; and two great-grandsons.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John T. Faircloth Sr. and Hope S. Faircloth; husband John Earl Bailey Sr.; son John Earl Bailey Jr.; and brother Allen Faircloth.
A funeral was conducted Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Ivor Baptist Church with the Rev. Chad McGinnis and the Rev. Cliff Hedges officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Ivor Baptist Church, 8506 Bell Ave., Ivor, VA, 23866; or Oakland Baptist Church, 5520 James Madison Parkway, King George, VA, 22485.
The family is being served by the Wakefield Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at jtmorriss.com.

Donald Edward Dobson

Donald Edward Dobson, 64, of King George County died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at his home.
Mr. Dobson had retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren. Most recently, he was the owner and operator of Double D Lawn Service.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah “Debbie” Dobson; his daughter, Tammy Lynn Barnett; two grandchildren, Shawn Thompson and Samantha Sullivan; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow and Louise Dobson; his brother, Kenneth Dobson; and his sister, Cecilia DeShazo.
A service was held Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Covenant Funeral home. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Trudy Clifton, 113 Tallpines Drive, Locust Grove, VA, 22508.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Pearl Lorraine Pekar

Pearl Lorraine Billiot Pekar, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Pearl was born June 6, 1928, in Alton, IL, to Joseph Alvin and Ruth Cook Billiot. She majored in music, science and English at Columbia College in South Carolina. Pearl married Michael Aloysius Pekar in 1952 and raised three children. She received her master’s degree in education from the Univ. of VA in 1970. Pearl worked in Virginia public schools for more than 30 years as a teacher and administrator; she was one of the first female principals in the state. In 1991, she co-founded Ambassadors Christian Academy in King George. She retired in 1996.Serving the Lord was her highest priority. Pearl was active in the Catholic church; she and husband Michael helped establish several parishes in rural locations, and she served as a CCD director and RCIA teacher. She was a charter member of the Women’s Club in King George.
She leaves behind daughter Jessie Pekar Earles, (Larry), and grandsons Timothy and Jonathan of Houston, TX; son Michael Pekar Jr., (Mary Kay), and grandchildren Ruth, Beth and Charles of Lamberton, MN; son John Paul Pekar, his wife, Kara, and granddaughter Amanda of King George; and brothers Harry and Alvin Billiot of SC.
The family will receive friends at Nash & Slaw funeral home, King George, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. The funeral will be at Sacred Heart Chapel, NSWC Dahlgren, at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6. Interment will follow in Quantico National Cemetery at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Helen Marie Dickinson

Helen Marie Craun Dickinson, 98, entered into the presence of the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in Melbourne, FL, surrounded by her family.
Born May 11, 1913, in Mount Sidney, VA, she was the daughter of John Elmer Craun and Clara Bell Landes. She was married to the late James M. Dickinson of Index, and was previously a member of Colonial Beach Baptist Church, Colonial Beach.
Helen was predeceased by her husband, James; son Robert L. Dickinson; sister Evelyn Craun Gray; and brother John Leslie Craun.
Survivors include her daughter, Lois Smith (Ron) of Melbourne; five grandchildren, Karen McPherson (Keith) of Palm Bay, FL, Christine Mingonet (Scott) of Fort Mill, SC, Steven Smith of Melbourne, Ryan Dickinson of Palm Coast, FL, and Corey Dickinson of Deltona, FL; five great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Tyler Mingonet and Rachel, Sarah and Jacob McPherson; brother Merlin Craun of Lebanon, Pa.; sister-in-law, Leola D. Dennison of Index in King George County; and numerous loved nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Round Hill Baptist Church, 16519 Round Hill Road, King George, with a viewing prior to the service at noon. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. After the burial, the family will receive friends at a reception in the church fellowship hall.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, will coordinate final arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Helen’s memory to Round Hill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 467, King George, VA 22485.

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