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Area Deaths - July 28, 2010

Frances Marchant Baker

Frances Marchant Baker, 93, passed away Saturday July 17, 2010, at Farnham Manor.
She was born Frances Miriam Marchant on April 8, 1917, in Kinsale to her parents, William Bartlett “Cap’n Bill” Marchant and Frances Myrtle Hudson Marchant.
She moved to Colonial Beach in 1926. She graduated from Colonial Beach High School as valedictorian in 1934, attended Blackstone College for women 1934 through 1936, and graduated as salutatorian.
Frances married Alvin E. Baker in 1938 and lived on Yellow Hill Dairy Farm, where she helped with the farming and bookkeeping.
In 1957, Frances resumed her career for the Naval Surface Warfare Center and was assigned various projects, which included the ASROC, Poseidon and Polaris missile defense systems. She retired in 1977 and, in 1979, she and her husband wintered in Bradenton, Fla. for 14 years. Her husband, Alvin, died in 1996, and she continued to live winters in Bradenton until 2001.
In 2001, Frances moved to Farnham Manor and lived there until her death.
Frances is survived by a daughter, Frances Suzanne van der Valk (Ubbo), of Highland, Md.; her sons, David English Baker(Cathey), of Fairfax Station, and Edward Bartlett Baker(Paige), of Colonial Beach; two grandchildren, Frances Elizabeth van der Valk of Columbia, Md., and Marcellus Ubbo van der Valk(Claire), of Bethesda, Md.; stepgrandchildren Laural Koons(Carl), and daughters AnnMarie and Callie of Fredericksburg, Brad Madden(Stephanie), and daughter Hannah of Glenn Allen; and a sister, Jacqueline Reamy Curtis of Colonial Beach.
Frances was preceded in death by her brother, William Bartlett Marchant, and sister Malinda Marchant Brown.
A funeral was held Thursday, July 22, at Colonial Beach United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Brant Hays officiating. Interment followed in Round Hill Baptist Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Colonial Beach United Methodist Church, Box 189, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Helen Jones Richards

Helen Jones Richards, 91, of Supply departed this life Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at a local nursing home.
She is survived by one stepdaughter, Eula Myers of Tappahannock; a stepson, Billy Richards of Hustle; nine step-grandchildren; three nieces, Rebecca Fortune of Washington, D.C., Ida Jeter of Sparta and Margo Keeles of Richmond; eight nephews, Leon Roy of Sparta, Irving Roy and Curtis Roy of Supply, Edward Roy of Indiana, Sherman Roy of Fredericksburg, Michael Johnson of Tennessee, Robert “Boo Top” Fortune of Hustle and Thomas “Tom” Fortune of Chance.
A memorial service was held Saturday, July 24, at Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock.

David Mark Campbell

David Mark Campbell, 49, of King George County died Thursday, July 22, 2010, at his residence.
Mr. Campbell lived in King George for 10 years. He loved working, gardening and his animals. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ann Jenkins.
Survivors include his father and mother, David Campbell Jr. and Delores Bliss Campbell of King George; sisters Nora Greer of King George and Diane Sill of Springfield; his grandmother, Nora Fitzgerald of Amherst County; aunts Mary Berberich of Mount Carmel, Ill., Marian Wood of Madison Heights and Shirley Gates of Alexandria; great- aunt Edna Bliss of Alexandria; five nephews; one niece; one great-nephew; and numerous cousins.
A funeral was held Tuesday, July 27, at Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Elfie Finn-McKenzie officiating. Interment followed in Fletcher’s Chapel cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Fletcher’s Chapel, designated to those affected by the Gulf oil spill, 8330 Fletcher’s Chapel Road, King George, Va. 22485.
Please share your thoughts and feelings about Mark on his Facebook page.

Robbie Waller Allen, Jr.

Robbie Waller Allen Jr., 82, of Virginia Beach passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth.
Robbie was born March 29, 1928, in Bowling Green, the son of the late Robbie W. Allen Sr. and Alma D. Allen. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Diane Williams Allen.
He is survived by two sisters, Alma Marsh of Falmouth, and Ella Doster of Richmond; four daughters, Donna Allen Coley(Michael), of King George County, Robin Roland(Bob), of Fayetteville, N.C., Shelley Leader(Malcom), of Dickinson, Texas, and Susan Cohn(Sheldon), of Virginia Beach; two sons, Don (Cindy), of Lothian, Md., and Darrell(Merritt), of Tijeras, N.M.; five grandchildren, David Roland, Darcy Flynn, Brendan Allen, Rebecca Cohn and Molly Cohn; and two great-grandchildren, Kia Baron and Donny Roland.
Robbie served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years, retiring in 1966. The remainder of his career was spent in defense contracting. An ardent advocate of continuing education, his proudest accomplishments were earning his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland in 1971, and watching all six of his children graduate from college.
Upon retirement, Robbie and Diane loved traveling together, their favorite destinations being Hawaii, Thailand and Disney World. He spent his last years in Virginia Beach, enjoying the ocean front, the symphony and opera.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, at the Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, with the Rev. Jack A. Marcom Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at noon in Quantico National Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to any institution of education or a symphony orchestra of one’s choice, or to the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Box 998, Quantico, Va. 22134-0998.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Ronnie B. Webb

Ronnie B. Webb of Wicomico Church, Va. departed this life on July 22nd, 2010 after a brave battle with cancer.  Ronnie was born on April 10, 1943 as the youngest of six children to Vernon and Addie Webb.  He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers -   Henley Webb, Herbert Webb and James Webb. 
Ronnie is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, William and Shirley Webb of Lottsburg; his sister, Catherine Cross, of Baltimore, Md., two sons, Allen Webb and wife Lori of King George, Va. and  Ronnie Webb, Jr. of Lancaster, Va.; four grandchildren and five step-grandchildren to include Sarah Webb (OK), Elizabeth Webb (CA),
Matthew Webb (VA) , Addie Webb (VA), Dameon Hinson (VA), Taylor Hinson (SC), Christian Hinson (VA), Bryce Hinson (VA), Jared O’Connell (VA); one great-granddaughter, Amy Grace Webb of San Diego, CA, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and a faithful friend, Ann Atkins, of Richmond, Va.
Ronnie was formerly employed by Lillian Lumber Company and had been retired for several years, having been a life-long resident of the Northern Neck.  He also loved music and was in several country bands as a bass guitar player earlier in his life. 
He helped entertain many local residents at various events throughout the area.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, July 25, 2010 at Melrose United Method Church in Lottsburg, Va. at 2:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Melrose UMC Cemetery Fund.
 

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