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Area Deaths - August 17, 2011

Annie T. Costin

Annie T. Costin, 89, of King George County passed away Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at her home.
A native of Norwich, CT, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Victoria Bukata and the widow of R. Raymond Shepherd and Robert J. Costin.
She was a Catholic and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 60 Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her daughter, Roberta “Sandy” Sanford of King George; her son, Robert Jarvis (Doris) of Bremerton, WA; and five grandchildren, Laura Kranzler (Dan) of Santa Barbara, CA, Jennifer Moore (Bill) of Renton, WA, Joann Jarvis-Olivas (Henry) of Lyden, NM, Julia Jarvis of Sante Fe, NM, and Jake Sanford of King George.
The family received friends Sunday, Aug. 14, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, in Norfolk.
A grave side service was held Monday, Aug. 15, in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Norfolk.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be offered to the family at hollomon-brown.com.

Christine Mae Estep

Christine Mae Estep, 83, of Colonial Beach died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011.
A funeral was held Monday, Aug. 15, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels, 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper.
Interment will be later that afternoon in National Memorial Park, Falls Church.

Preston Johnson

Deacon Preston Johnson, 90, of Dahlgren departed this life on Monday, August 15, 2011 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA.
He was born on August 4, 1921 in Dahlgren, to the late Deacon Fairfax and Catherine Johnson. He married Evelina Hamilton in November 1959 in St. James Trinidad. He resided in Jamaica, New York for 33 years.
When he moved back to Dahlgren, VA in 1969 he rejoined Little Ark Baptist Church. He became a deacon under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. John W. Chapman, Sr. He was also a longtime member of the Young Men’s Jubilee. He was a faithful servant and leader until his health began to fail him.
Deacon Preston began his working career at NSWC Dahlgren before joining the Navy during World War II. He also served during the Korean War. After he was discharged from the Navy he moved to New York where he worked for Air France as an aircraft mechanic for 37 years. In his leisure time he loved to fish and work in his garden.
He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years, Evelina, his son, Keith, and his brothers, Thomas, Purcell, and Augustus.
Deacon Preston is survived by his sister, Romay Davis of Alabama, his brother, Stansberry Johnson of California, a special friend, Audrey Jagbir of Trinidad, his nephews Barry Jagbir (Judith) of New York, Desmond Jagbir (Carmen) of New York, Stephen Roberts (Shirley) of Florida, Russell Jagbir (Jennifer) and Lennie Jagbir all of Trinidad, and Clint Johnson of California, his goddaughter, Roslyn Jagbir of New Jersey and his nieces Margaret Jagbir of Virginia, Karen Battles of Maryland, Lydia Gadaleta of California, Artie Johnson of Florida, and a host of great nephews and nieces.
Visitation will be held Friday Aug. 19, 2011, from noon-8p.m., at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, 25662 A.P. Hill Blvd., Port Royal, VA.   
The funeral service will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at 11a.m., at Little Ark Baptist Church, 15681 Owens Dr. King George, VA.  A viewing will be held one hour before the service.   
Burial will be in the church cemetery following the service.
Online guestbook can be found at www.brooksfuneralhome.com

Clarence D. Stephenson

Clarence David Stephenson, age 92, passed away on August 13, 2011 at Heritage Hall, King George, VA.
Clarence, born in 1919 in Indiana County, PA, is predeceased by his parents, David and Grace Sutor Stephenson.
He is survived by his wife, Marcella Manner Stephenson; sister, Rebecca Salsgiver; children: Grace Stephenson, Richard Stephenson, Nancy Prothero, and Alice Martin; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
Mr. Stephenson graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh.
During World War II, he served in the US Army Air Force as a “link trainer” instructor. Prior to and after the war, he was a high school teacher, followed by employment with the Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Instruction. He later was a local newspaper editor and ran a part-time home mimeograph business. He retired as a caseworker with the Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Welfare in 1977.
Mr. Stephenson’s passion and avocation was local history and he spent much of his life researching and documenting history of the area in which he lived. Three of his best-known books are “The Pennsylvania Canal, Indiana and Westmoreland Counties”; “The Impact of the Slavery Issue on Indiana County”; and the five-volume “Indiana County 175th Anniversary History”.
Recognitions include appointment to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Commission; Indiana University of Pennsylvania President’s Medal of Distinction; commendation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; and official designation as Indiana County Historian by the county commissioners.
He was life member of several local historical societies and a member of his local American Legion Post, Lions Club, and Presbyterian Church.
A memorial service will be held in the Marion Center Presbyterian Church, 206 High St, Marion Center, PA, at 2p.m. on Saturday, August 20 2011.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Clarence’s name to the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, 200 S. Sixth St., Indiana, PA, 15701-2999 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC, 20090-6011.

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