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Area Deaths - September 29, 2010

Patrick Lawrence McDonald

Patrick Lawrence McDonald, 35, of King George County, formerly of Spotsylvania County, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Christine Aaron McDonald, and his grandparents Lawrence Aaron, Thomas R. McDonald and Bernadine Aaron.
He leaves behind his father, Thomas R. McDonald Jr.; a brother, Steven Craig McDonald; a sister, Kelly Elizabeth McDonald; his wife, Tracey Shannon McDonald; and grandmother Angeline A. McDonald.
Patrick was a 1993 graduate of Spotsylvania High School, and a journeyman electrician and a member of the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Patrick was an avid Redskins fan and a Dallas Cowboys hater.
He will always be remembered for his love for cooking, music and affection for “his children,” pets Sensi and Kaya.
A celebration of Patrick’s life will be held at a later date.
Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.
A memorial service for Patrick was held Saturday, Sept. 25, at Found & Sons Funeral Chapels-Cremation Service, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg.

Louise S. Brown

Mrs. Louise S. Brown, 93, resident of Heritage Hall, King George County, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010.
She was the widow of Walter Blair “Bill” Nixon Jr. and Donald Wayne Brown. She was a member of Andrew Chapel Church; and past Matron of Emily B. Chinn, order of the Eastern Star Chapter 83, Warsaw.
She retired from the Maritime Commission in Washington near the end of World War II, and from the Bank of Montross in 1982.
She was preceded in death by daughters Ellen Hasselvander and Donna Sviatko.
She is survived by daughter Gail Davis(Steve), of King George, and Jerry Sviatko of Alexandria; two sisters, Helen Suttle of Stafford County and Edythe Woodring of Richmond; five grandchildren, Dainan Gibson; Stephen Davis Jr.; Chris Davis; Melody Herbert and Courtney Sviatko; seven great-grandchildren, Aaron Landman; Thomas and Alexandra Gibson; Jamie, and Emma, Allie and Anna Davis; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 24, in the sanctuary of Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, Montross. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Arrangements are by Welch Funeral Home, Montross.

Lester B. Green

Lester B. Green, 69, of King George County passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Lester lived his entire life in King George County and was a heavy equipment mechanic/operator, retiring in 2006 with Local Union 77. He was a NASCAR fan, gardener, fisherman, handyman and loved horseshoe pitching. He had a heart of gold, and was always willing to lend a helping hand.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Faye Green of the home; daughter, Kathy Musick(Byron),of King George; son Gary Green(Cheryl), of King George; his mother, Kathleen B. Wiley. of King George; two sisters, Judy Carter of King George and Darlene Stanley of Reading, Pa.; three grandchildren, Remington Green of King George, and Gary and Christopher Green, both of Spotsylvania County.
He was predeceased by his father, Oliver Ray Green, and his brothers, Elmer H. and Ray Green.
Lester’s funeral was held Saturday, Sept. 25, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Sherman Davis officiating. Interment followed in the Green Family cemetery, King George.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va., 22485.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Irma Carpenter Jackson

Irma Carpenter Jackson, 90, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at Westminster Retirement Center in Lake Ridge, where she had lived for 10 years.
Mrs. Jackson was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Annandale. Mrs. Jackson was born in Rutherfordton, N.C., daughter of Jonathan Harvey and Irma Clark Carpenter. She graduated from Appalachian State, and studied at the University of Virginia and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond.
She was a teacher in Fairfax County public schools for 20 years and a published genealogist. She was Past Regent of the Henry Clay Chapter of the NSDAR and Elder Emeritus of First Presbyterian Church, Annandale.
Her husband, George S. Jackson, died in 1968. Survivors include one son, G. Terry Jackson(Jane), of Savannah, Ga.; a daughter, Irma J. Lowry(Robert), of King George County; five grandchildren, Robert Lowry Jr., Kimberley L. Shuler(Steve), Nancy L. Kantsios(George), G. Scott Jackson(Diane), and Rebbecca J. Carey(Clinton), 14 great-grandchildren; and also three sisters, Dale C. Ward of Rutherfordton, Julie C. Hicks of Russellville, Ky., and Janna C. McMahan and husband James of Greenville, S.C.
A funeral was held Saturday, Sept. 25, at Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Don Scofield officiating. Interment will be in the Rutherfordton City Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at Westminster at Lake Ridge on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m.
Donations may be given to Westminster Chapel Fund, Lake Ridge, Va. 22191 or First Presbyterian Church, Annandale, Va. 22003.
An online guest register may be viewed at mcmahansfuneralhome.com.

Patricia Ann Brown

Patricia Ann Brown, 58, of Colonial Beach died on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at VCU Medical Center in Richmond.
She was born in Virginia and was the daughter of the late Herbert and Anna Severance Brown. She is survived by her five children, Jeffrey J. Pittman, Tina M. Anderson, Robert J. Pittman, Angela D. Grier and Brian M. Pittman; 10 grandchildren, Talaya Pittman, Jay Pittman, Amanda Rawlette, Destiny Pittman, Stephani Anderson, Joshua Anderson, Amellia Pittman, Emily Pittman, Jerimiah Pittman and Noah Grier; and two brothers, Michael and Timothy Brown.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 25, at Colonial Beach Baptist Church, 10 Garfield Ave., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443, with Pastor Johnny R. Almond officiating.
Arrangements are by the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Home & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard.
Condolences may be registered at ealvinsmall.com.

Jeanne H. Miller

Jeanne H. Miller entered into rest peacefully at her home in Colonial Beach on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, after a valiant battle with cancer.
Jeanne was born June 19, 1932, in Fayetteville, N.C., and was for many years a resident of Fredericksburg. She was a member of the Moose Lodge, and was previously active in politics.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Miller.
Jeanne is survived by her children, Jaymes R. Richardson of Chicago and Cynthia L. Richardson of Alexandria; and four stepsons, Franklin W. Miller of Spotsylvania County, William C. Miller of Ladysmith, David N. Miller of Spotsylvania and Michael W. Miller of Falmouth.
A celebration of her life was held Sunday, Sept. 26, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in King George.
Online guest book may be signed nashandslawfh.com.

Aubrey Hoyt Roles

Aubrey Hoyt Roles, 63, of King George County passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; a sister, Ellen Carter of Spotsylvania County; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel, on Sunday, Sept. 26. Burial followed in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Friends may offer online condolences at mullinsthompsonstafford.com.

Charles R. Martin

Charles R. “Chief” Martin, 81, of King George County entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, in Norfolk, where he had been cared for after suffering a fall 3 years ago.
He was born Jan. 12, 1929, in Blairstown, N.J., to the late Bradley and Hazel Simmons Martin. He was preceded in death by his younger sister, Carolyn Drake, and his younger brother, Jerry Martin.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 59 years, Marilyn J. Clark Martin; four daughters, Rebecca McDougal of Pine Bluff, Ark., Victoria Wissing of Hutchinson, Kan., Dawn Ryan of Norfolk and Pamela Garlitz of Willow Street, Pa,; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his older sister, Jean Hannah of Newton, N.J.
Serving 31 years in the U.S. Navy, which included two wartime deployments to Vietnam, he rose to the rank of master chief mess specialist. His many awards and decorations include four Edward Francis Ney Memorial Awards for the best shore enlisted dining facility in Naval District Washington, in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1978, which he earned while stationed at Dahlgren; a Vietnam Campaign Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars; the Navy Unit Commendation Medal for Expert Rifleman; and 12 letters of commendation and appreciation.
Following his Navy career, he worked as a civil service employee at the Dahlgren Commissary. He also enjoyed singing in the choir as a faithful member of the Dahlgren Chapel.
His life was celebrated Monday, Sept. 27, at the Naval Support Activity Dahlgren Chapel, with the service officiated by Navy Chaplain Lt. Richard Malmstrom.
Interment was held Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Forest Lawn Cemetery, 8100 Granby Street, Norfolk, Va. 23505.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
Contributions may be made in Charlie’s memory to the American Heart Association.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh .com.

Kathy Lynn Edgell Riffe

Kathy Lynn Edgell Beckelhimer Riffe, 56, of Moncks Corner, S.C., died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at Trident Medical Center, in Charleston, S.C.
Born in Fredericksburg on March 4, 1954, to the late Harry and June Edgell, she was preceded in death by first husband Ronald Beckelhimer. She graduated from King George High School.
She is survived by her husband Mack Riffe; son Landon Beckelhimer; daughter Lauren Wise(Alan); and two grandchildren, Dayna and Angie, all of Moncks Corner; and a brother, Kenneth Edgell, of Fredericksburg.
A private service will be held at a later date.

Barbara Stein Cooper

Mrs. Barbara Stein Cooper, 86, passed away on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at her home in Colonial Beach, surrounded in her final days by her loving family.
Mrs. Cooper was an active, beloved member of the close-knit Colonial Beach community which had been her home for 63 years. Following her marriage in 1947 to William I. Cooper, she came to Colonial Beach as a relative stranger, yet she leaves as one of its most respected citizens.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Cooper was involved in business and civic affairs in Colonial Beach, and the community and its people were nearly as dear to her as her family. She was a regular volunteer at the Colonial Beach Visitors Center, where she could be found most any weekend during the spring and summer, chatting with tourists and helping in any way she could.
Born May 28, 1924, in Martins Creek, Pa., Mrs. Cooper was the daughter of Harry A. and Dorothy H. Stein. Desiring a college education, but needing money to pay for it, she moved to Washington, D.C., after high school and went to work for the Rubber Reserve Corp., which was established by President Franklin Roosevelt to control the flow of rubber, a wartime necessity.
She later moved to Virginia and matriculated at Madison College (now James Madison University), from which she graduated in 1946 with a degree in chemistry.
Except for a year teaching science in Colonial Beach, Mrs. Cooper worked full-time with her husband in family businesses (Cooper’s Store, DARL Bottled Gas and DARL Concrete & Fuel Oil). Following his death in 1981, she continued to assist her sons in the businesses in any way she could.
Throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, Mrs. Cooper juggled her job, raised four children, and somehow found time for a variety of community activities and fundraising events. She was especially active in the local PTA while her children were in school, serving as president and in many other capacities. She pioneered a PTA fashion show fundraiser that was a staple of the organization for many years.
Mrs. Cooper’s lifelong passions were her family, her friends, and her community. She also had a yen for new experiences. After her husband’s death in 1981, she began traveling the world with four of her dearest friends, Virginia Frye, Peggy Hall, Gloria Rogers and Irene Dodd.
Mrs. Cooper also treasured her 50-plus-year friendship with her caring neighbor, Margie Staples.
Mrs. Cooper’s survivors include four children and their spouses, Douglas and Randee Cooper of Fredericksburg, Larry and Nancy Cooper of Colonial Beach, Robin and Bob Byrd of La Plata, Md., and Alan and Elizabeth Cooper of Lynchburg.
She also is survived by eight grandchildren, William Joshua and Andrew Cooper, Alex and Hannah Cooper, Toni and Justin Byrd, and William and Leigh Cooper.
Mrs. Cooper was also preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Robert Stein, whose widow, Mary, their three children and five nieces and nephews, were always very special to her.
A funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, 131 Third St., Colonial Beach, Va., 22443. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Fredericksburg.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to one of several organizations in Colonial Beach: The Abraham & William Cooper Memorial Library, Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, The William I. Cooper VFW or The Mary Washington Hospital Hospice.
In recent weeks, many people have showered Mrs. Cooper and her family with compassion. The family would like to thank Dr. Lisa Sarber and her staff for their many kindnesses, with special appreciation for the loving care provided by Judy Bowie, whose generous spirit helped make a difficult time more bearable for all.
Special thanks also go to the caregivers from Comfort Keepers (Blossom and Theresa) and Helen Richards. Last but not least, Randee Cooper’s near-constant presence at her mother-in-law’s bedside was a gift of love.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

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