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Area Deaths - September 21, 2011

Ellen Glasser Hamilton

Ellen Hamilton, 64, of King George County, formerly of Wilmington, DE, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011.
Ellen’s life was full of love and joy, but her greatest joy was sharing her life with her two children, Aldwyn Hamilton de Cabrera and Thomas Hamilton, and her adored companion, Al Hales.
She loved the sea. She would wake up early to collect seashells before all the other beachcombers, she taught her kids at an early age not to fear big waves and deep water, and she travelled the seas with Al in their sailboat, Phoenix. She even swam in the middle of the Gulf Stream, despite Al’s reservations. She loved adventure.
From gardening and cooking to sailing and traveling, Ellen marked everything she did with a vibrancy and brightness of color that was easy to see. She had a unique personal style that was full of flair and zest. She radiated warmth.
That warmth extended out to everyone whose lives she touched. She had a lifelong commitment to working with American Indians, from her work with the Dept. of the Interior on federal Indian probate law to building homes on the Rosebud Reservation. She co-founded The Wellness Community of Delaware, an organization which provides therapeutic support for people impacted by cancer. When she worked with Planned Parenthood of Delaware, the trials of all the women who came through those doors were always close to her heart.
She is survived by her two children, Aldwyn of Washington, DC, and Thomas of Los Angeles; her two brothers, Fred and Bob; her companion, Al; and her honorary grandchildren, John, Haley and Piper.
A service was held Saturday, Sept. 17, at Ellen and Al’s house, in King George, VA.
Please send donations to The Wellness Community of Delaware, 4810 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE, 19807, or to wellnessdelaware.org.

Elva Muse Battaile

Elva Muse Battaile, 99, of Montross went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011.
She was a member of Ephesus Christian Church and the widow of Benjamin Larkin Battaile Jr.
She is survived by her son Ben L. Battaile III (Betty), of Montross; granddaughter Anne B. Garner (Jay), of Hague: and two great-grandchildren, Chloe and Mary Frances Garner.
She was preceded in death by son Robert M. Battaile; brother Marvin Muse; and sister Lois Orndorff.
The family received friends on Wed. Sept. 14, at the Montross Chapel of the Welch Funeral Home, Montross.
A funeral was held Thursday, Sept. 15, at Ephesus Christian Church, with interment in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ephesus Christian Church Memorial Trust Fund, Attn: Leon Durham, 1303 Holly Vista Drive, Colonial Beach, VA, 22443.
Online condolences may be made at welchfuneralhomeva.com.

William Thomas Scott

William Thomas “Boy Baby” Scott, 82, of King George County passed away Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at his residence.
Survivors include his wife, Mabel Scott, two sons, Darryl Scott (Roma) and William “Jessie” Scott, and one daughter, Janice Scott Williams (Ralph), all of King George; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sarah Triplett of King George.
Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal handled the arrangements.
A service was held Saturday, Sept. 17, at Little Ark Baptist Church, Owens, with the Rev. Dr. Michael T. Bell officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Gary T. Garrison

Gary T. Garrison, 58, of King George County passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, in Westmoreland County.
Gary was employed with Local Union 689 as an engineer with D.C. Metro.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Garrison of King George; three sons, James T. Garrison (Linda), of Lebanon, PA, Benjamin T. Garrison and Christopher T. Garrison, both of King George; his mother, Lorraine Fake of Lebanon, PA; his father, Charles E. Garrison of Baltimore, MD; a brother, Wayne Garrison (Sharon), of Pasadena, MD; stepbrother Clarence Kreiser of Myerstown, PA; two stepsisters, Barbara Perkins of Westfield, PA, and Donna Spraut of Tamaqua, PA; three grandchildren, Christian, Erin and John; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 17, at Oakland Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Cliff Hedges officiating.
Donations may be made to Oakland Baptist Church, 5520 James Madison Parkway, King George, VA, 22485; or to the National Audubon Society, 1150 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC, 20036.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is handling the services.

Lora Brown

Lora C. Brown, 43, of Colonial Beach died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Frederick Anthony Brown, her mother, Evelyn “Vickie” Cox, three daughters, Tynicia Cox (Andrew), Taneiya Brown and Arve Brown, two sons, Frederick Jr. and Jeremiah Brown, one grandson; and her brother, Emmitt Cox III, all of Colonial Beach; and a half sister, Terry Davis of King George County.
Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal is handling the arrangements.
 A funeral was held Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Little Zion Baptist Church, Oak Grove, with burial in the church cemetery.
Online guest book available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

William Roy DeShazo, Jr.

William Roy “Billy” DeShazo Jr., 83, of Fredericksburg died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at Hughes Home.
Billy graduated from Falmouth High School in 1946. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran serving from 1950 to 1956. He worked at Farmer’s Creamery for 20 years and later retired from Safeway in 1989.
He loved spending time with his grandchildren, and enjoyed fishing and woodworking.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Betty Hall DeShazo; two daughters, Robyn DeShazo Dang  (Phil), of Brentwood, TN, and Luci DeShazo Clark (Gary), of Canon City, CO; three grandchildren, Emily Clark and Jack and Nick Dang; two sisters, Frances Folden of Falmouth and Nancy Jennings of King George County; two brothers, Raleigh deShazo of Richmond and Richard DeShazo of SC; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Roy DeShazo Sr. and Lucy Owens DeShazo, and a sister, Martha DeShazo Puckett.
The family received friends Sunday, Sept. 18, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A funeral was held Monday, Sept. 19, at the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Patti English officiating.
Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery with military honors.
Memorials may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407; or to the Greater Fredericksburg Area SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, VA, 22408.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Forrest Millar Thomas

Forrest Millar “Tommy” Thomas, 57, of Colonial Beach died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, in North Carolina.
He was born Sept. 11, 1954, in Westmoreland County.
He is survived by one daughter, Jennifer L. Lucas (Floyd), of Fredericksburg; five grandchildren, Brittany, Kaitlyn, Morgan, Jordan and Jaylen; one brother; one sister; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Sept. 21, at First Baptist Church, 619 Jackson St., Colonial Beach.

Lester Dewite North

Lester Dewite North of King George County passed away Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, after a long illness.
Lester was born in Fredericksburg on June 24, 1943, to the late Caroll D. and Selma North.
He was raised in Dahlgren and was a graduate of King George High School and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
He retired from the U.S. Geological Survey after more than 40 years of service as a computer specialist.
During his tenure he had the opportunity to serve two tours in Saudi Arabia, two tours of marine geology in Woods Hole, MA, and then completed his service as a computer systems security specialist with the Geologic Division in Reston.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbi, of King George; son Dewite,(Gina) and their son Christian of Annandale; daughter Susan and her son Peter Bourgeois of King George and daughter Julie Bourgeois of Richmond; four great-grandchildren, Nathan, Kayla, Alexandra and Kenny Bourgeois; brother Dale and his family of Chesapeake; and sister Sue and her family of Anchorage, Alaska.
He was predeceased by grandson Joshua Bourgeois.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home in King George. The Rev. Richard Headley will officiate.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Interment will follow in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary Washington Home Health Care, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

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