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Area Deaths - March 9, 2011

Thomas H. Williams

Thomas Henry Williams Jr., beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather, was born June 9, 1934, at Freedman’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., to Thomas Henry Williams Sr. and Roberta Smith Williams. He went to his eternal rest on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at approximately 1:30 p.m. at the VCU Medical Center in Richmond.
Thomas, sometimes known as “Bobby,” of King George, and his wife, Loretta, were married for more than 47 years. They were married in Goochland, at the home of her deceased grandmother.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta; four children, Lorinda T. Jeter of King George, Anthony T. Williams  (Linda), of King George, Nathan H. Williams  (Monica), of Henrico, and Sharon Y. Hayden (Paul), of Spotsylvania County; three sisters, Peggyanne Whitley of Camp Spring, MD, Ro-Burma Ware of Randallstown, MD, and Janice Wallace of Washington, DC; one brother, Miguel Williams of Suitland, MD; seven grandchildren; four great-grandsons; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Thomas attended Cardozo High School in Washington, D.C. He was a Korean War veteran, and served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. Of the many places he was stationed, his favorite location was Greenland, where he especially enjoyed mountain climbing. He attended the National Art Academy and had an apprenticeship with the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C., where one of his more interesting duties was working with Congressional Records. He was also on the Metropolitan Police Force in Washington, D.C., and worked at the Library of Congress for several years, where he met his wife, Loretta. He also worked at White Packing Plant in King George and Printpack in Fredericksburg.
Thomas had several hobbies: hunting, fishing, photography and traveling. He especially enjoyed family histories, which is why he spent so much of his time working with genealogy.
A funeral was held Saturday, March 5 at A.L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home, 200 Butternut Drive, Fredericksburg, with Elder Lindsay O. Green officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fredericksburg.
The family asks that contributions be made to the American Heart Association.
Online condolences may be expressed at albennettandsonfuneralhome.com.

Betty C. Sprouse

Betty C. Sprouse, our dear, sweet Mom, Mudder and Granny, was called home by her Savior at the blessed age of 86. Betty, originally of Charlottesville, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Westmoreland Rehab and Healthcare Center in Colonial Beach.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James F. Sprouse; her siblings; and her parents.
She will be lovingly remembered by her son, Larry, (Dotti), of Colonial Beach. She also leaves four granddaughters, Angie (Mac), Faith, Tami (Artie), and Lori, to cherish many memories. She was the very proud great-grandmother of six, Mac, Kyle, Kayli, Dylan, Madi and Hayden. She also leaves behind a special nephew, Don Bickers and his family of Charlottesville.
Granny blessed all of our lives with so many laughs and plenty of memories. She loved to shop and could cook a meal made for a king. She had many friends whom she loved dearly and treated as family. Her family was the highlight of her life and she took great joy in watching it grow.
Our family would like to express our gratitude to the staff of Westmoreland Rehab and Healthcare Center for their loving care and kindness shown in the last few years of her life.
A celebration of Granny’s life with a graveside service was held Monday, March 7, in Riverview Cemetery in Charlottesville, where she will be laid to rest to join Papa. The Rev. Larry Wingfield will officiate.
Contributions may be made to Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Leonard Leroy Holmes

Leonard Leroy Holmes, 55, of King George County passed away Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home.
A funeral service was held Monday, March 7 at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Darnell Howard officiating. Burial followed in First Baptist Church of Ambar cemetery in King George.
Online condolences may be expressed to Leonard’s family at foundandsons.com.

Margurete P. Corr

Margurete P. Corr, 93, of Fredericksburg passed away Friday, March 4, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Corr was a member of Round Oak Baptist Church and a former member of Zora Baptist Church. She worked for Coca-Cola and Janny-Marshall Co.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David L. Corr. Survivors include her sister, Lillian Mills; four nieces, Annie Mae Jones of Spotsylvania County, Ann Ritter of Dale City, Virginia Flournoy of Florida and Trudi Barnes of Montross; two nephews, John Bullock Jr. and James Bullock Sr., both of Spotsylvania; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
A funeral was held Monday, March 7 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Randolph M. Newsome officiating. Interment  followed in Oak Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Bullock Jr., James Bullock Sr., Jay Phillips, Tony Bullock, Eddie Bullock, Chris Bullock and Neal Bullock.
An online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Eugene W. Bowie

Eugene W. Bowie Sr., 88, of Oak Grove went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 4, 2011.
He was born on March 8, 1922, at Laurel Grove Farm in Oak Grove. Mr. Bowie was a U.S. Navy combat veteran, serving during World War II in the South Pacific. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he came home to work the family farm and to be a waterman. Later he also worked in real estate, helped run Bowie Brothers Sand and Gravel and established and ran Winter Harbor Seafood in Oak Grove for 25 years.
Mr. Bowie is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Virginia P. Bowie of the home; two sons, Eugene W. Bowie Jr.(Max), and Larry W. Bowie(Judy); grandchildren Merci Bowie (Josh Lukens),Gabrielle Bowie, Eugene Bowie III(Micah), Beth Bowie, Brandon Bowie and Whitney Cannon (Shawn); and great-grandchildren Kyra Newnam, Nicholas Silvestri, Eugene Bowie IV and A.J. and Brayden Cannon. Other survivors include his brother George Bowie (Marie); his sister Dollie Bowie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mr. Bowie was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Elizabeth Bowie; his brother Charles “Legs” Bowie; and his sisters Agnes Moss and Sophie Tillette.
The family wishes to express sincere thanks for the very loving care given by Linda Beavers, Dina Stephan and Margaret Stephan. Your kindness and devotion shown to our “Pop” will never be forgotten.
A funeral was held Tuesday, March 12, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Randall Snipes officiating. Interment followed in St. Peter’s cemetery, Oak Grove.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 1096 Leedstown Road, Oak Grove, Va. 22443; or Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

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