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Area Deaths - January 5, 2011

Ruby Taylor Pickett

Ruby Taylor Pickett, 90, of Woodford died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at her home.
Born in Caroline County, she was the valedictorian of her Caroline High School class. She retired from NSWC, Dahlgren. She was the widow of Edwin Lee Pickett.
Survivors include three sons, Lee Pickett (Dawn), of Woodford, David DiPardo of Colonial Beach and Scott Dipardo of Richmond; two grandsons, Derrick and Jason DiPardo; and three great-grandchildren, Megan, Sarah and David Michael DiPardo.
The family received friends from Wednesday, Dec. 29, at Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green. A funeral was held Thursday, Dec. 30, at the funeral home. Burial followed in Lakewood Cemetery.
Sign register book online at storkefuneralhome.com.

Philip Barnett King

Philip Barnett King, 40, of Frederick, Md., died unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 26, 2010, at Frederick Memorial Hospital.
Born in Bethesda, Md., on Dec. 26, 1970, he was the son of John W. King Sr. of Springfield, W.Va., and Karen Gold Knight of Lawrenceville, N.J.
He was employed as a truck driver with James Avery Clark Produce of Frederick. He was a 1988 graduate of Middletown High School, where he played football and was a member of the high school Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Middletown Volunteer Fire Conpany and was an EMT.
Surviving, besides his parents, are his stepmother, Kathy King of Springfield; one sister, Kathi Jackson of Lawrenceville; three brothers, John W. King Jr. (Debbie), of Middletown, Randy Grossnickle of Front Royal and William Francis King of King George County; three nephews, Robert, William and Nathan; one niece, Kayla; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral was held Thursday, Dec. 30, at Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home, 31 E. Main St., Middletown. The Rev. David Coblentz, chaplain of the Middletown Volunteer Fire Company, officiated. Interment was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Middletown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Middletown Volunteer Fire Company.
Online guest book available at dbthompsonfuneral home.com.

Joseph Melville Hargrave

Joseph Melville “Joe” Hargrave, father, grandfather, brother and friend, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital. A resident of King George County, he was 72.
Born in Sharon, Conn., in 1938, Mr. Hargrave studied at Bridgewater College and graduated from Erie Business College. He went on to serve in the Army Finance Corps in Vietnam. His work took him from The Country Club of Virginia to King George Parks and Recreation. In his retirement, he spent many hours with friends at Bowie’s Restaurant and Ola’s.
Joe is survived by a daughter, Susan Courtney, and grandchildren Cheyenne and Emily, in Kingsland, Ga. He is also survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Hargrave Riggs of Corinth, Miss., and Linda Hargrave Spillman of King George County.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Dorothy Hargrave; and a brother, James Lloyd Hargrave.
A funeral was held Saturday, Jan. 1, at Grace United Methodist Church, Rollins Fork. Interment will be held at Quantico National Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Box 608, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Elmer L. Chilton, Jr.

Elmer L. Chilton Jr., 64, of Stafford County died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Chilton was a lifelong resident of Stafford County and son of the late Elmer Lane Chilton Sr. and Mary Sullivan Chilton. He was a 1964 graduate of Stafford High School. Mr. Chilton was a lifelong farmer and the owner of Olde Towne Paint & Glass in Fredericksburg.
Survivors include two brothers, Gilbert L. “Jake” Chilton (Cynthia), of Fredericksburg and Kenneth W. Chilton (Penny), of Westmoreland County; one sister,  Dora C. White (Russell), of Fredericksburg; two nephews, Michael Stewart Chilton and Russell Lane White, both of Fredericksburg; one niece, Anne Chilton Barlas of Cherry Hill, N.J.; two great-nephews; and four great-nieces.
A graveside service was held Monday, Jan. 3, at Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Rick Ritchie officiating.
Memorials may be made to White Oak Fire Department 12 Newton Road, Falmouth, Va. 22405, or to White Oak Rescue Squad, 535 White Oak Road, Falmouth, Va. 22405.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Robert Logan Clare, III

Robert Logan Clare III, 78, of King George County passed away Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital, with his loving wife, Jean, by his side.
Robert was born at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., to the late Veola Clare and the late Thelma Mothershead. He attended Fork Union Military Academy and graduated from King George High School. After graduation, Robert proudly served our country in the National Guard.
Robert was a prominent developer and entrepreneur in King George. He was a founding member of the KG Builders Association, and the last surviving founder of the KG County Chamber of Commerce.
Robert was responsible for the inception and creation of five subdivisions in the county, Sherwood Forest, Indian Acres, Port Clare, Caywoods and Cleveland Manor. Many of his business ventures resulted in improvements for the county, such as the cleanup of Chestnut Hill Mobile Home Park, the rebuilding and repurposing of the old Holiday Inn on Route 301, and the establishment of the Food Lion shopping center on Route 3.
Robert was a member of the Shriners and was a deacon at Round Hill Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, Robert is survived by his sister, Ellen Washington (Bobby); his daughter, Linda Clare and partner Sue Durfee; five stepchildren, Dale Sisson (Myrtle), Dickie Sisson (Denise), Bonnie Rollins (Carl), Carol Porter (Tony), and Pam Garcia (Nicki); and one niece, Dixie Washington Tolley (Gary). Robert also had 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, all of whom will miss him dearly.
It would be a hard task to accomplish to drive through King George County and not see a building or edifice that Robert was responsible for.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at Round Hill Baptist Church in King George, with the Rev. Ted James and the Rev. Sherman Davis officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Round Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, Box 467, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book is at nashandslawfh.com.

Sieglinde I. Vogel

Sieglinde I. Vogel, 72, of King George County, the wife of Rudolf Vogel, passed away Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at her residence, with her husband of 52 years, Rudolf “Ralph” Vogel by her side.
Sieglinde was born in Schreibersdorf, Germany on April 29, 1938.  She was the daughter of the late Walter and Ingeborg Leosch.  She was also preceded in death by her brother Werner Loesch and grandson SGT Nicholas Conan Mason.
In addition to her husband, Sieglinde is survived by her four children and their families, all residing in King George County:  son  Dieter Vogel (Nicky); daughter, Christine Mason (Vic) and their daughter, Carley; son, Michael (Lori) and their sons, Sean, Michael and David; and son, Harold (Diddle) and their sons, Wyatt and Levi.  She is also survived by a sister, Ilona Vogel, of Germany.
In June 1959, Sieglinde and Ralph immigrated to the United States, settling in King George and beginning a rich and active life. Sieglinde’s greatest pride were her four children and the love and success that they have had in their own lives.  After raising her family, she took on the role of “Oma” and continued to nurture the lives of young children, caring for her grandchildren as well as other children in the community.  She continued the tradition of caring as a teaching assistant at Peace Lutheran Preschool, until retiring in May of 2008.
Sieglinde was a dedicated Charter Member of Peace Lutheran Church in King George, where she led the Altar Guild, sang in the choir, and served in many capacities.  She loved spending time with her family and friends, especially in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  She was a master crocheter and accomplished crafter.  She was a caring compassionate person, always there to help anyone in need.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, at Peace Lutheran Church in King George, with the Rev. Terrance Naumann and the Rev. Richard Finck officiating.  Interment will immediately follow the service, at the Mason Vogel Family Cemetery, 9337 Hickory Lane, King George, VA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Sieglinde’s memory may be made to the Peace Lutheran Church Building Fund, 5590 Kings Highway, King George, VA 22485.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

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