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Area Deaths - April 20, 2011

Thomas Lee Pullen

Thomas Lee Pullen, 55, of Spotsylvania County passed away Thursday, April 7, 2011, at his home.
Thomas is survived by his wife of 34 years, Deborah Lee Pullen; his son, Christopher Thomas Pullen and his fiancee, Crystal Bryant, and his daughter, “Little Debbie,” all of Spotsylvania; five grandchildren, Celes, Caden, Michael, Trinity and Kylie, all of Spotsylvania; his brother, Larry Pullen (Liz), of Winchester; his sister, Darlene Pullen and her life partner, Jennifer, of AZ; his half brother, James Reid of King George; his mother-in-law, Patricia Sudduth of Spotsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held in his honor Thursday, April 14, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels-Cremation Service, Fredericksburg.
Online condolences may be expressed to Thomas’ family at foundandsons.com.

Courtney Jordan

Courtney Jordan, 83, of Fairview Beach died Saturday, April 9, 2011.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Potomac Baptist Church, King George.
Found and Sons Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

Regina Catherine Donahue

Regina Catherine Donahue, 85, of Stafford County, formerly of Fairfax, passed away Monday, April 11, 2011.
She was preceded in death by her late husband of 59 years, Conrad Donahue.
She is survived by 10 children, Conrad James Donahue of Middletown, RI, Anne Donahue-Bethel of Woodbridge, Stephen Donahue of Toronto, Canada, Paul Donahue of Pittsburgh, PA, Tom Donahue of Burgess, Mark Donahue of Newport, William Donahue of Stafford, Mary Donahue of Baltimore, MD, Teresa Donahue-Markham of Palmyra and Lori Donahue-Misenko of Mechanicsville; 23 grandchildren; and eight great- grandchildren.
The family received friends Sunday, April 17, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Friday, April 15, at St. William of York Catholic Church. Interment was Monday, April 18, in Quantico National Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at mullinsthompsonstafford.com.

Annette Ross

Annette Ross, 45, of Tappahannock departed this life Monday, April 11, 2011, in a Richmond hospital.
She is survived by five sisters, Arlene Roane, Beverly Johnson, Phyllis D. Ross, Donnetta Harvey and Samantha Price; and one brother, James R. Ross.
A visitation was held at Washington Funeral Home,  and  St. John Baptist Church, where the funeral was held on Saturday, April 16,  with the Rev. Linwood Jones officiating.Interment was in the church cemetery. Online guest book is at washingtonfh.com.
Marcella Racine Purdy
Marci Purdy, 52, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at her home in Owings Mills, MD, after a 17-year battle with cancer.
Born June 12, 1958, in Kansas City, MO, she was the daughter of Barbara Racine and the late Robert Racine of Colonial Beach. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 17 years, Wayne Purdy, and three brothers, Michael Racine (Jackie), of Fenton, MI, Richard Racine (Margaret), of Colonial Beach, and William Racine (Pam), of Virginia Beach.
Marci lived most of her life in Virginia Beach, and was a 1976 graduate of Princess Anne High School. In a family with three boys, she was the only one to play high school football.
She pursued a career with the U.S. Air Force, where she became a technical sergeant (E6), and later was a weather technician. She was responsible for the “go-ahead” for one of the space shuttle missions and was personally congratulated by President Reagan. A veteran of the Persian Gulf War, Marci’s military career took her across the globe. She retired after 20 years of service.
In 1990 Marci met her husband, Wayne, in Aviano, Italy. Marci and Wayne enjoyed the world together, They loved to travel with friends and family.
She earned two master’s degrees in aeronautical science and professional aeronautics. Marci began another career with the Army Corps of Engineers as a safety officer, and most recently worked for the Office of Homeland Security.
Her love of dogs was evident with Jake, Shultzy, Gretchen, Foxy, Roxy and Rusty.
She was an active member of the Colonial Yacht Club in Colonial Beach and King George American Legion Post 89.
Marci’s body was donated to science. Final arrangements are being made for a military burial with full honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a high school scholarship that has been set up in her name at Colonial Yacht Club, Box 359, Colonial Beach, VA, 22443.

Frances A. Musselman-Sullivan

Frances Addair Musselman-Sullivan, a kind and gentle soul, left this earth Wednesday, April 13, 2011, to spend eternity in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ.
Frances was a homemaker while here on earth, giving love, kindness and Christian guidance to all who came into her life. She was born on Nov. 3, 1936, in WV to Marshall and Chloe Deskins Addair, who went to heaven before her.
Although she had lived in Stafford County since her teen years, she always called WV home. She was a talented musician who played the guitar and various other stringed instruments and sang beautifully until her last days. She could sing anything, but “mountain music” was her favorite and she took pride in her heritage.
She had such great pride for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Frances is survived by her daughter, Theresa M. Boutchyard (Richard); her two sons, H. Wesley Musselman (Pam), and Scott M. Musselman (Melissa); nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, with another one due in June; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She came from a large family of which three sisters remain: Ruby Love of Caroline County, Josephine Jett of Spotsylvania County and Shirley Jones of Roanoke.
Frances was preceded in death by her late husband, Wayne Sullivan; and three sisters and two brothers, who all went to heaven before her.

A funeral was held at Monday, April 18, at Ramoth Baptist Church, with Pastor Brent Vickery officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed to Frances’ family at foundandsons.com.

Matthew David Manning

Matthew David Manning, 55, of Fredericksburg passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at his residence.
He received his bachelor’s degree in English literature from Virginia Commonwealth University and his master’s in library science from Florida State University.
He is survived by his sister, Susan Wilson (Glenn), of Richlands, NC; two brothers, Mark Manning (Donna), of Lexington, KY, and Daniel Manning of King George; niece Melissa Manning; and nephew Christopher Manning. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Crystal Keneman Manning.
The service will be private.
Arrangements are being handled by Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel.

Joyce S. Coates

Joyce S. Coates, 79, of Colonial Beach passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011, at her home.
Joyce was a homemaker and a lifelong member of Colonial Beach Baptist Church, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a contributor with Jackie Shinn to the “Remember When” column in the Westmoreland News. Joyce also ran the Another Time Antique Shop in Colonial Beach with Jackie Shinn.
Joyce was the widow of Frank F. Coates Jr. and is survived by her son, Frank F. Coates III (Candace), of Colonial Beach; two grandchildren, Frank F. Coates IV (Michele), of Colonial Beach and Ashley Coates Gray (Paul), of King George; a great-grandson, Hunter Coates Bristow of Colonial Beach; and her lifelong friend Jackie Shinn.
The family received friends Tuesday, April 19, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, at Colonial Beach Baptist Church, with the Rev. Johnny Almond officiating.
Interment will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oak Grove.
Contributions may be sent to Colonial Beach Baptist Church, Box 27, Colonial Beach, VA, 22443; or Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, VA, 22443.
Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Jerry Bruce Redford

Jerry Bruce Redford, 66, of Warsaw, VA died April 13, 2011, at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.
Born November 7, 1944, in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Hampton A. and the late Nellie C. Redford.
He attended public schools in Washington, DC, which is where he was born and raised, until he relocated to Prince George’s County, MD.  He was a resident of Warsaw, VA, and was formally of King George, VA.
He was extremely talented and took great pride in his work as a landscaper.
His October 5, 1978 marriage to the late Dawn M. Redford (Pitner) was blessed with five children.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dawn M. Redford, and his sister, Mary Lorraine Janey.
He is survived by his daughters, Sherry Butler (Tyrone), Jerri and her fiancé Brad, Dawn (Jason), and Donna and her fiancé Clifton; and his son, Guy S. Redford (JR).
He is also survived by his grandchildren: Tiffany, Tiara & Karlee Butler; Arianna, Tyreek & Caden Carroll; Skye Redford, James (LJ), Isaac & Jasmine Smith; Gabriel & Dameon Southard; William King, Jordan Redford, Brittany Kline and Nevaeh Lambert; his brother, John F. Redford;  his sister, Anna Marie Robbins; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 10 a.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Indian Head, MD.

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