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Area Deaths - October 6, 2010

Louise Reed Durham

Louise Reed Durham, 83, of Spotsylvania County died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Carriage Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Ms. Durham was a lifelong member of Mine Road Baptist Church. She had retired as an L.P.N. and had worked with Continued Home Care Nursing.
Survivors include her sons, Durwood E. Durham(Gail), of King George County and Duane Durham(Neena), of Spotsylvania; her daughter and her primary caregiver, Debbie J. Durham, who shared her mother’s home in Spotsylvania; her grandchildren, Elizabeth and Kathryn Durham; her sister Lily Margaret Hitch of Camp Hill, Pa.; and her stepgrandchildren, Sandra Furr of Spotsylvania and Ronald Samuel of King George.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Durham, and her brothers, Bernard Evans Dickinson and James G. Dickinson.
A service was held Saturday, Oct. 2, at Mine Road Baptist Church with the Rev. James Eure and the Rev. Ray Farrow officiating. Burial will follow in Mine Road Baptist Church cemetery. Pallbearers were Buck Acors, Ronnie Acors, Mark Lane, Jeff Lane, Frankie Claypoole, T.C. Waddy, Lester Poeitiger, and Lindsey Durham.
Memorials may be made to Mine Road Baptist Church Building Fund, Box 11111, Post Oak Road, Spotsylvania, Va. 22551.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Vicki Lynn Harris

Vicki Lynn Harris, 55, of King George County passed away Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010.
She is survived by two daughters, her father, one sister and one brother, and one granddaughter. A private memorial service will be held at a later date in West Virginia.
Arrangements are by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
Online guest book is available at nashlandslawfh.com.

Elmer Wilson Tyler

Elmer Wilson “Pop” Tyler, 74, of King George County died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton, Md., as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Mr. Tyler was born in King George on March 25, 1936. He was predeceased by his parents, Mrs. Maggie Williams and Mr. Sammy Jordan; his stepfather, Mr. William P. Williams; four sisters, Ms. Mary Tyler, Mrs. Frances Johnson, Ms. Josephine Cherry and Ms. Earlene Shellings; and one brother, Mr. Earl Williams.
Elmore graduated from Ralph Bunche High School, and retired a master sergeant from the U.S. Army after 25 years. He later retired a second time from the Department of the Treasury.
Mr. Tyler was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church. He also was a member of American Legion Post 329, and was active in political and civic organizations.
Survivors include one daughter; brothers Clyde Tyler, William C. Williams Sr., Vernon Williams, Ralph Williams and Wayne Williams; sisters Phyllis Johnson, Christine D. Johnson and Lorraine Peyton; one granddaughter; God-children Alicia Johnson, Keshaun Williams and Rowland Tolliver II; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
The family received friends from Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Good Hope Baptist Church, King George. The family will also receive friends Oct. 6 from 10 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the service.
Services will be held at Little Ark Baptist Church, Owens, on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at noon. His pastor, the Rev. Robert Williams, Good Hope Baptist Church, will deliver the eulogy. Interment will follow in Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens, King George.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Ralph Bunche Alumni Association, Box 1175, King George, Va. 22485.
Lee Funeral Home of King George is handling the arrangements.

Della Thomas Mullin

Della Thomas Mullin, 92, of Colonial Beach passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at Westmoreland Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in Arlington to Naomi Pickett Thomas and Jesse Thomas.
Predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Vincent Mullin, she is survived by her children, Helen Mullin Kondra of Greer, S.C., and George Wayne Mullin of Gainesville.
She was blessed with six grandchildren, Maureen Cirbee Yadgood, Stephen Cirbee, Jeneanne Cirbee Busche, Cheryl Mullin Mazzei, Scot Mullin and Thomas Cirbee, who predeceased her. They were her “pride and joy.” She also found delight in her 17 great-grandchildren. In addition, she leaves behind a dear friend and caregiver, Mary Kay Turner of Colonial Beach.
A resident of Colonial Beach since 1961, Mrs. Mullin was very active in the community, both in the Citizen Association and Taxpayer Association. She was devoted to both the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad and the Colonia Beach Fire Department, serving as a life member of both organizations.
She had the distinction of riding for one or another of these organizations in every Potomac River Festival Firemen’s Parade since 1968.
Prior to working with her husband in their Colonial Beach business, Mullin Real Estate, Mrs. Mullin worked at Burton Ford in Montross. During World War II, she owned and operated Clarendon Beauty Salon in Arlington.
The family will receive friends at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in Colonial Beach on Thursday from 2 to 4 p,m. and 6 to 7 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington on Friday at noon.
An expression of sympathy may be made in the form of a contribution to either the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad or Colonial Beach Fire Department.
Online guest book may be signed nashandslawfh.com.

Ralph I. Merrill, Sr.

Ralph Isamel Merrill, Sr., 92, of Colonial Beach, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Wilburn Gardens in Fredericksburg, VA.
He was born in Beaufort, NC, on Dec. 21, 1917, the son of the late Willbert J. and Mary Lewis Merrill.
Ralph was a member of Groveton Baptist Church in Alexandria and active in many civic and church organizations.  He was a member of Penn Daw VFRS and served as their captain in Alexandria.  He was a member of the BSA and Scout Master of Troop 693.  He became a member of Henry Knox Field Lodge 349 in Potomac in September 1954.
He was past Worshipful Master and honorary member of Mt. Vernon Lodge 219.  He helped charter Mount Vernon 178 Order of the Eastern Star.  He was Past Grand Tall Cedar of Lebanon Forest 136 in Alexandria; past Worshipful Master of Landman Lodge 293 in Montross; District Grand Master of the 9th Masonic District in 1986-87; High Priest of RAM in 1987; member of Scottish Rite; Acca Shrine and the Rappatomac Shrine Club and drove his mini car in area parades.
He belonged to the Old DominionCommandary in Woodbridge 11 SKT Knights Templar in Woodbridge; and member of Wakefield 77 Order of the Eastern Star, Colonial Beach.
He belonged to AARP in King George County and was an active member in the Senior Citizens of Colonial Beach, where he delivered meals for many years.
Ralph was preceded in death by his brother, Wilbur L.B. Merrill, who passed away in 2006; and his sister, Lucille Dickerson, who passed away on Sept. 27, 2010.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Dollie L. Merrill, of Colonial Beach.  Other survivors include his son and caregiver, Ralph Merrill, Jr.; daughter, Loyce Richards; granddaughters Paige Ferguson and Tracy Garcia; grand sons Larry Swain and Scott Swain; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
Ralph liked living in Colonial Beach where he enjoyed friends, gardening and fishing.  His garden was especially known by folks for its bounty and his generosity in sharing the vegetables.
At his request, burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributons may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church, Oak Grove.
Arrangements are being handled by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in Colonial Beach.

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