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Area Deaths - March 23, 2011

Jay H. Fowler, Jr.

Jay H. Fowler, Jr. died at his home on March 22, 2011 surrounded by his family.
Jay was born August 23, 1961 to Jay and Gloria Fowler of Colonial Beach, VA. He graduated from Colonial Beach High School in 1980,  and then went on to serve in the United States Coast Guard 17 years. He was a member of Grace Life Community Church and enjoyed coaching his children in multiple sports, was an AWANA commander, and in his free time he enjoyed fishing, playing racquet ball, tennis, and golf.
Including his parent Jay & 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, VA; He is also survived by his grandmother, Thelma Hales of Colonial Beach, VA, his In-Laws Ray and Justine Bunnell of Anderson, SC, Ray and Betty Rivera of Rio Rancho, NM and his seven grandchildren, Wyatt, Chase, & Logan of Colonial Beach, VA,  Bryanna, Emma, Silas, & Rhys of Dale City, VA.
Family and Friends will be received at Grace Life Community Church, 9560 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA 20136 on Monday, March 28, 2011 from 6-8pm.  The funeral service will be held at his church on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 11:00am. Interment will follow at Quantico National Cemetery.

Frances W. Rector-Rison

Frances W. Rector-Rison, 95, of Colonial Beach went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 14, 2011, at her home.
She was preceded in death by two loving husbands, Everett Rector and Leo Rison; and her son Edward Rector.
Survivors include her youngest brother,  H. “Bub” Trussell of Florida; six children, Rosalie Margels of Stafford County, Marion Howard of Florida, William Rector (Barbara), of Chesapeake, MD., Michael Rector (Kay), of Unionville, Thomas Rector (Debbie), of Warrenton and Donald Rector (Lisa), of Colonial Beach; daughter-in-law Bertha Rector; 26 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-granchildren.
A funeral was held at Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, MD,  Saturday, March 19. Burial followed in Parklawn Cemetery in Rockville, MD.

Harold E. Ramer

Harold E. “Bobby” Ramer, 83, of Stafford County died Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at The Lynmoore in Richmond.
Mr. Ramer was a native of Stafford County and the son of the late David and Zell Ramer. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in World War II, worked at the FMC plant for 25 years and then retired from special services at Quantico.
Survivors include his brother, Frank Ramer of NC; and his nieces, the Rev. Faith Ramer of Independence, VA, Catherine Stribling (Daniel), of Hartwood, Beverly Kowalik (Jim), of  NH, and Tracy Beigie (Jeff), of NJ. He was preceded in death by his son, Larry Ramer.
A graveside service was held Saturday, March 19, in Sunset Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. William E. Jeffcoat officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 2217 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA, 22401.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Natalie Genevieve Cleveland

Natalie Genevieve Cleveland, 95, of King George went home to be with the Lord March 20th, 2011.
Mrs. Cleveland was a home maker for her family and wife to her late husband, David Luther Cleveland. and a Mary Kay consultant for nearly 40 years, until the age of 89. She managed The Music Cellar, in Alexandria, with her husband and son during the 60’s before retiring to Georgia in 1980. She moved to Fredericksburg in 2000 to be closer to her family and friends. Jenny loved the chocolate, Redskins and watching the NFL draft.
She was the mother of one daughter, Rita Dix, now deceased, and survived by one son, David Cleveland. Other survivors include three brothers, Jim Hines, Bill Hines and Charles Hines; nine grand-children, David Cleveland, Scott Cleveland, Kimber Cleveland, JC Mason, Britney Cleveland, Dorian Cleveland, Melanie Cleveland, Jenny Dix and Stacy Ward; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She also leaves behind her nephews Matt Williams and Jim Ed Jones and her very devoted friend and caregiver, Alisa Doggett.
The family will receive friends from 6-8p.m. Thurs. March 24 at Covenant Funeral Service, in Fredericksburg.
A service will be held at 9:30a.m. Fri., March 25 at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Mike Raphael officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Mary Washington Hospice 5012 Southpoint Parkway Fredericksburg, VA 22407.

Dr. Willis A. Dempsey

Dr. Willis A. Dempsey, 83, of King George went to be with the Lord Monday, March 21, 2011 at the VCU Medical Center in Richmond.
Pastor Dempsey was born January 16, 1928 in Orange County to the late William B. and Gertrude L. Dempsey. He attended the Zoar School in Orange County and later attended James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg. He worked for Dominion VA Power for 30 years. As a layman, was the music director at Temple Baptist Church for 15 years.
He was a member of The Gideons International for ten years. While a Gideon, he held the position of Camp President, Church Assignment Secretary, Memorial Bible Secretary, and Camp Chaplain. While on the state cabinet of the VA Gideons, he held the positions of State Memorial Bible Secretary and State Chaplain.
Pastor Dempsey received his Bachelor in Theology from the Fredericksburg Bible Institute and his Doctor of Divinity from the National School of Theology Bible Seminary in Waldorf, MD. He was ordained on July 13, 1975 and served as the Pastor of Mountain View Baptist Church in King George until his retirement on June 30, 1991. During that time he held an average of two revivals each year in other churches.
Throughout his life Pastor Dempsey was privileged to speak in over 100 churches, in nine states, including the state of Alaska. He served as a bi-vocational pastor of Memorial Baptist Church in Port Royal for seven years, retiring for the second time in 2000. Pastor Dempsey held the honorable position of Pastor Emeritus of Mountain View Baptist Church in King George.
He was also a member of Kings Highway Baptist Church in Fredericksburg where he served as Associate Pastor. Pastor Dempsey also served as Chaplain for the KG Sheriff’s Office, and conducted funerals for many area families who did not have a pastor.
Pastor Dempsey is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Joyce Thomas Dempsey; three children, Dr. W. Carlin Dempsey (Linda), of Stafford County, Steve F. Dempsey (Charlene), of King George, and Teresa R. Dempsey of King George; two step-children, Edward Heck (Rita), of Florida, and Debbie Heck of Fredericksburg; five grandchildren, Mark Dempsey (Jill), Matthew Dempsey (Jennifer), Bethany Dempsey, Christina Dempsey Akers(Jeremy), and Hilary Black; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, L. Steve Dempsey (Barbara), of Hartwood. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and one brother.
The family will receive friends from 5-8p.m. Sat., March 26 at Kings Highway Baptist Church, 15 Pine Rd., Fredericksburg, VA.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sun., March 27 at Spotswood Baptist Church. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Edward Humbert, Matt Wagner, James Clore, David Powers, Ernest Taylor, Steve Rodgers, Gene Taylor and Mark Hall.
Honorary pallbearers will be area Pastors, local Gideons, and men from the following churches, Kings Highway Baptist Church, Zion Baptist Church, Leland Park Mission, New Hope Baptist Church, Mountain View Baptist, and Memorial Baptist.
Memorials may be made to The Gideons Int’l, Fredericksburg Camp, 901 Prince Edward St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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