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Area Deaths - March 30, 2011

Marjorie Jean Deem

Marjorie Jean Deem, 90, of Springfield, VA, died March 23, 2011.
Born August 21, 1920, to the late Mildred and John W. Dollman, Jean was the beloved wife of the late Jack W. Deem, Sr. and the loving mother of six children.  
Survivors include her six children,  Jack W. Deem, Jr. (Lori), Jeffrey D. Deem (Linda), Michael J. Deem, Jennifer L. Deem (Bruce), Joel R. Deem and Jeannine D. Purdy (Bart), and by her older sister Clarice Davenport.
Jean is also survived by her grandchildren, Jeffrey, Michael, Christen, Ryan,  Jack III,  Mayjean, Amanda, Benjamin and Justine; and great-grandchildren, Lauren, Camryn, Tate, Devlin, Carrie and Carter.
Relatives and friends called at Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 5755 Castlewellan Dr., Alexandria, VA, Monday, March 27.
A funeral service was held on Monday, March 28, at Sunset Hills Baptist Church,  Alexandria, VA. Interment followed in Mount Comfort Cemetery, Alexandria.  The ashes of her late husband, Jack W. Deem, Sr. were interred at the same time.
Memorial contributions may be made to DAR; the American Red Cross; Sunset Hills Baptist Church 3500 Franconia Road Alexandria, VA 22310 or Virginia Hills Baptist Church 6507 Telegraph Road Alexandria, VA 22310.
You are invited to sign the online guestbook at jeffersonfuneralchapel.com.

Phyllis Ruth Curtis

Phyllis Ruth Curtis, 68, of Colonial Beach passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011, after a long-term illness at Mary Washington Hospital.
She is survived by six children, Robert Briscoe, Vicki Ridgeway, Virginia Dement, Linda Dement, Carol Hagy and Deborah Brantley; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Carol R. Lindley of Florida and Ruth Van Sickle of North Carolina. Phyllis was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Payne, and sister Janet Perrell.
No services are planned.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Jay H. Fowler

Jay H. Fowler Jr. died Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at his home surrounded by his family.
Jay was born on Aug. 23, 1961, to Jay and Gloria Fowler of Colonial Beach. He graduated from Colonial Beach High School in 1980, and then went on to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard for 17 years. He was a member of Grace Life Community Church. He enjoyed coaching his children in multiple sports, was an AWANA commander and in his free time, enjoyed fishing and playing racquet ball, tennis and golf.
Including his parents, Jay and Gloria, he is survived by his wife, Barbara S. Fowler; seven children, Jessie Coldwell (Willie) of Colonial Beach, Felicia Cheek (Jeff) of Dale City, Ariana Cook (Kevin) of Dale City, Espree Nall (Alain) of Dale City, Mariah Fowler, Christian Fowler, and Nelson Fowler of Dale City; one brother, Wayne Fowler (Dianne) of King George; his grandmother Thelma Hales of Colonial Beach; his in-laws, Ray and Justine Bunnell of Anderson, SC, and Ray and Betty Rivera of Rio Rancho, NM; and his seven grandchildren, Wyatt, Chase and Logan of Colonial Beach and Bryanna, Emma, Silas and Rhys of Dale City.
Family and friends were received Monday, March 28, at Grace Life Community Church, 9560 Linton Hall Road, Bristow. The funeral was held Tuesday, March 29, at the church. Interment followed in Quantico National Cemetery.

Lawrence J. Brown

Mr. Lawrence J. Brown, of King George County, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at his home on Rectory Lane after a courageous battle with cancer.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 48 years, Maria Elena Ognio Brown; and a daughter by a previous marriage, Ms. Sandra Lynn Brown.
Born in New York City on Dec. 1, 1921, Mr. Brown received his primary and secondary education there and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of the City of New York. He was a geology graduate of the University of New Mexico and obtained a master’s degree in Business administration from the University of Northern Colorado.
Qualified in five engineering disciplines, he worked successively for Continental Oil Co., the Atomic Energy Commission, the U.S. Army at Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah, and finally the U.S. Navy here at Dahlgren, from which he retired in 1987 after 36 years of service.
Mr. Brown had multiple and diverse interests, most of them involving the outdoors. He enjoyed camping, hiking, motorcycling, gardening and anything that kept him physically active. His love for travel took him and his wife to all 50 states of the Union and 32 countries abroad, and yet he found time to grow and take care of indoor plants, including those in the Smoot Library, and kept himself well informed on photography and motor vehicles.
Mr. Brown was a veteran of World War II, serving his country in Gen. Patton’s 3rd Army in the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He also served in the U.S. National Guard while residing in Albuquerque.
Arrangements for burial in Arlington National Cemetery are under way. The ceremony will take place on the date designated by that institution, at which time information will be relayed to friends and associates who may wish to be present when he is laid to rest.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any one of the following: Trinity United Methodist Church, Box 155, King George, Va. 22485; St. John’s Episcopal Church, Box 134, King George, Va. 22485; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 5486 St. Paul’s Road, King George, Va. 22485; Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 South Point Parkway, or The American Cancer Society, 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, Va. 23060.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Eugene H. Sullivan

Eugene H. “Woody” Sullivan, 82, of King George County went to be with Jesus on Saturday, March 26, 2011. He passed away peacefully the way he wished, surrounded by his children and grandchildren and their families.
Mr. Sullivan was born Feb. 5, 1929. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Wilma C. Sullivan. He was the son of Rosser and Bertha Sullivan and was youngest son of 11 children.
Mr. Sullivan was a loving and devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather, always putting his family first. He loved riding his tractor, plowing his fields, taking care of his cows and traveling the countryside.
Gene, as many also called him, was on the Industrial Authority in King George County for many years. He was a member of the Stafford County Lions Club and was on the board of the Fredericksburg Fair.
Mr. Sullivan worked at the Fredericksburg Shoe Factory when he was a teenager. He then enjoyed a 42-year banking career, beginning with his first job at the People’s Bank of Stafford. He advanced to executive vice president with the Bank of Westmoreland in Colonial Beach, and its branches at King George, Dahlgren, Callao and Hague. He later continued with First Virginia Bank until his retirement.
Survivors include his loving children, Mark G. Sullivan (Janice) of Stafford; Ross A. Sullivan (Melissa) of King George; Laurie E. Settle (Thomas) of Stafford; seven grandchildren, Jonmark Sullivan (Christi), Sarah Sullivan, Keegan Sullivan, Aubrey Tzortzinis (Nick), Tim Johnson, Melissa Stanley (Wesley), and T.J. Settle (Stephanie); nine great-grandchildren, Mykenzi, Camden, and Cohen Sullivan, Tyler Johnson, Kaia Wood, Cameron and Branson Stanley and Kaitlin and Trey Settle; two sisters, Olive S. Simmons and Patricia Moore; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family received friends Tuesday, March 29, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the funeral home with the Rev. Charles Anderson, a dear friend of the family, officiating the celebration of Eugene Sullivan’s life. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312 or to the American Heart Association, Memorials Processing Center, Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

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