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Area Deaths - April 27, 2011

Donald Lawrence Crawford

Donald Lawrence Crawford, 62, of Fredericksburg passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011, at his residence.
He was a North Carolina Wesleyan graduate of 1970. He retired as a social studies teacher after working for King George Middle School and Lancaster, North Stafford and Brooke Point high schools. He was most proud of his cross country teams at North Stafford.
He is survived by his wife, Kim; two children, Donald Kord Crawford (Jessi), of Manteo, NC, and Katherine Elizabeth Spain (Gordon), of Spotsylvania; grandchildren Austin Lawrence Crawford Spain and Mattox Lee Spain; two sisters, Sandy Crawford Williams (Ralph), and Tina Ewing Dickinson (Robert), both of Spotsylvania; a special cousin, Linda Powell (Mitchell), of Spotsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest and Theresa Ewing, and a special uncle and aunt, Lloyd and Audrey McGhee.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the family receiving friends an hour prior to the service. Interment will be private.
Memorials may be made in his name to North Carolina Wesleyan, c/o Eddie Coats, 3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd., Rocky Mount, NC, 27804.
Online condolences may be made at mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com.

Raymond Francis Smart

Raymond Francis “Joe” Smart, 71, of Fredericksburg died April 17, 2011, at Hughes Home.
A Massachusetts native, Joe was born Sept. 19, 1939, in Pittsfield. He was raised in Dalton, MA, and graduated from Dalton High School in 1957, and was an accomplished athlete, and played football, basketball and baseball throughout high school.
He graduated from North Adams State College in 1962. After college, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive and retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of valiant service.
Joe was a devoted father and a loving husband. He was also a faithful companion to his pets and loved all creatures, great and small.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Ann M. Smart. He is survived by two sons: Shawn (Diane), of King George and their children, Preston, Chelsea and Olivia; and Scott (Susie), of Spotsylvania, and their children, Nicole Brooks, Christopher Brooks (Myeth), and their children, Matthew, Michael and Claire.
The family expresses their deep gratitude to Hughes Home and Home Instead for the care and support they provided Joe.
A Mass of Celebration was held Monday, April 25, at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Interment followed with military honors in Quantico National Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Disabled Veterans of America, Attn: Gift Processing, Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH, 45250-0301; or DAV.org to donate online.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Yvonne J. Newman

Yvonne Jackson Newman went home to be with the Lord on April 18, 2011, at the Laurels of University Park in Richmond, after a long illness.
She was born on Aug. 20, 1939, to the late Lepius and Ethel Jackson Newman. Yvonne was preceded in death by one son, Kevin Newman.
Early in life Yvonne confessed Christ as her personal Savior and became a member of New Monrovia Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Lloyd Watts. She loved her church family and served on the Senior Usher Board and the Kitchen Committee until her health declined. Yvonne truly loved the Lord and her family, and she was a friend to everyone.
She leaves to cherish her special and everlasting memory her children Gerald, of Ford Dix, NJ, Sharon Darlene Davis (Clay) of Spotsylvania, Douglas (Joyce) of King George, Gwendolyn (Keith) of Temple Hills, MD, Ronald (Angela) of Essex County, Carlus (Marsha) of King George and Michele of Colonial Beach; her grandson, Lonnie “Peanut,” whom she raised in Forestville, Md.; 27 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jean Newman and Dorothy Kendall, both of Colonial Beach; two brothers, Lepius Newman of Colonial Beach and Linwood Newman of King George; one goddaughter, Lecola Pierce; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends who loved her.
A viewing was held on April 23, at New Monrovia Baptist Church in Colonial Beach, followed by the funeral. Interment was in Historyland Memorial Park Cemetery in King George.
Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home in Warsaw is handling arrangements.

Alvin R. Tate

Alvin R. Tate died Friday, April 22, 2011, at Farnham Manor, where he had been a resident since 2005.
He was born on October 27, 1932, in Rollins Fork. Up until his stroke in 2002, which led to his residence in assisted living, he had been a farmer, spending most of his life on the same small farm where he was born.
He was an Army veteran and served in the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie R. and Mamie L. Tate; his brother, William M. Tate; and his sister, Elinor Victoria Inscoe.
He is survived by his former wife, Eula Mae Tate, and their children, Alvin W. Tate, Victoria L. Tate, Bonnie W. Neal, Ann E. Tate and Ellen Marshall and their families, which include nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Helen M. Tate; two nephews; and his dear friend Mary M. Nash.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Farnham Manor for the exceptional and loving care they provided.
A funeral service was held Tues., April 26, at Grace United Methodist Church, Rollins Fork. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, Box 608, Oak Grove, VA, 22443, or Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department, Box 1310, Oak Grove, VA, 22443.
Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Lottie Smith Mace

Lottie Smith Mace, 101, of Colonial Beach passed away Monday, April 25, 2011, at Westmoreland Rehabilitation Center.
Lottie was a member of the Eastern Star in Northern Virginia.
She is survived by her son, Harry “June” Smith (Barbara), of Colonial Beach; her grandchildren, David Hendrix, Kenny Lee Harrison (Michelle), and Barbara Madison (John); great-grandchildren Colin, Emily, Ian and Michael; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Lottie was preceded in death by her daughter, Irene Hendrix; three sisters; and three brothers.
A memorial service was held Friday, April 29, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. William Bowler officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Pearl E. Streets Carter

Pearl E. Carter, 83, of Blunt Creek, N.C., formerly of King George County, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Blunt Creek.
Daughter of the late Walter and Elizabeth Streets, she was born September 7, 1928 in King George County, Virginia.
Pearl received her education in the King George County Public School System. She confessed her belief in Christ at an early age and attended Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in King George.
She was united in holy matrimony to the late Joseph Carter. From this union three children was born. Pearl transferred her membership to St. Stephen’s Baptist Church, where her husband was a member.
Pearl is preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Carter, son Ralph Streets, two sisters Dorothy Russ and Sadie Carter, two brothers Robert Streets and Clarence Streets.
She leaves to cherish her memory her three children; Mary Carter Battle (Joe) of Blounts Creek, NC, Joseph Carter, Jr. (Ethel) of Fredericksburg, and Charles Streets of King George; three grandchildren, Darnise Carter, Dorian Carter, and Joe Carter, one great grandchild Adarius Carter, a devoted niece Ethel Washington of King George; one sister Lottie Frenzley of King George, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends Friday, Apr. 29, 2011, 10 a.m. at St. Stephens Baptist Church, 9142 Comorn Road, King George.  A funeral will follow at the church at 11 a.m. with interment in the church cemetery.
Cedell Brooks Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Online guest book can be signed at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Creed C. Eller

Creed C. Eller, 78, of King George County passed away Saturday, April 23, 2011, at home.
Creed was born in Rayburn County, Ga. He retired as a U.S. government employee at NSWC, Dahlgren, and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marie R. Eller; two daughters, Karen Sorrell (Ritchie), of King George and Kathi Bezeredi (Dan), of Spotsylvania County; a son, Kevin Eller (Regina), of King George; a brother, Rondal Eller of King George; three sisters, Barbara Jenkins and Joyce Fines, both of King George, and Doris Rogers of Ashland; three grandsons; three granddaughters; and three great-grandsons.
Creed was preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Ellen Eller.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wed. April 27 at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in King George. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 28, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Ted James officiating. Interment will follow in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090; or to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Galen Eugene Sembower

Galen Eugene Sembower, 67, died in his home in King George, VA on Saturday, April 23, 2011 after a three year battle with Multiple Myeloma.  He was born n Cumberland, MD, on July 4, 1943, but grew up across the state line in Hyndman, PA.  
Galen was very active in scouting and became an Eagle Scout in 1960.  After graduating from Hundman High School, he attended Allegany Technical Inst. in Pittsburg, PA, where he received a degree as an Electronics Technician.
He then enlisted in the Army in 1963, served as a calibrations technician and radar repairman in France and Germany.  After an honorable discharge in 1966, he worked as a calibrations technician for Martin Marietta in Baltimore and then Bunker Ramo in Silver Springs.  He then settled into a career with IBM that lasted until his retirement in 1994.  He worked another ten years for and retired from Lockheed Martin, to his home in King George.  He loved yard work, Corvettes, golf and socializing with friends and neighbors.  He was an active member in the United Methodis Men’s Group.  
Galen is survived by his wife, Janice Lee Sembower, of King George; a son, Allen Lee Sembower, of King George; a daughter, Cathy Ann Sembower, of Charleston, SC; a sister, Carolyn Lehman, of Buffalo Mills PA; and three grandsons.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2011, at Trinity United Methodist Church, in King George, VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation of Richmond, VA or Trinity United Methodist Church, King George, VA.

Lucille Alma Rhame Carver

 Lucille Alma Carver, 86, a resident of Colonial Beach since 1971, passed away April 14, 2011.
An intimate service was held at her place of rest at Fort Lincoln Cemetery.
 Mrs. Carver was born in Columbia, SC in 1924. She grew up in Washington D.C. and attended McKinley High School.
Mrs. Carver was a Baptist and regularly attended services by the Colonial Beach Baptist Church during her stay at the Westmoreland Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
She married her high school sweetheart, Fred Carver in 1947. Mrs. Carver retired from the National Institute of Health in Bethesda MD.   
Mrs. Carver was most known for her loving demeanor and philanthropic tendencies. Even in the throes of Alzheimer’s disease, she could still recite church hymns and gospels.
Survivors include her sons Fred (Skip) and his wife Brownie: Warren and his wife Lori: grandchildren Russell Carver, Christopher Carver (wife, Kathy), Katie Spiekerman (husband, Chuck) and great-grandchildren, Jacob and William.

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