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Area Deaths - May 12, 2010

Winfield Shanklin

Winfield Shanklin, 76, of King George County died Friday, April 30, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Shanklin of Fredericksburg, and one sister, Elizabeth Whiting of King George.
A funeral was held Saturday, May 8, at Shiloh Baptist Church, Port Royal, with the Rev. Lester Harvey officiating, and burial in the church cemetery.
Arrangements are by Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal.
Online guest book is available at brooks funeralhome.com.

Edward Lewis Ransome

Edward Lewis “Eddie Boy” Ransome, 69, departed this life Friday, April 30, 2010, at his residence in St. Stephens Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mable Ruffin Ransome, and one son, Craig Ransome, both of St. Stephens Church; and one granddaughter, Courtney Ransome of Westmoreland County.
A visitation was held Friday, May 7, at Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock. A funeral was held Saturday, May 8, at Beulah Baptist Church in Minor, with the Rev. Floyd Johson, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Samuel Franklin Ryan

Samuel Franklin “Sam” Ryan, 73, of Fredericksburg died Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Ryan was a native of Orange County, son of the late Frank and Opal Ryan. He was a 1955 graduate of Orange County High School, where he lettered in four varsity sports and held several school records. Mr. Ryan worked for the highway department in the Culpeper office and later moved to Fredericksburg in 1968 with VDOT. He then worked for White and Weeks Furniture store for several years.
Sam graduated from Germanna Community College and retired as a building administration manager for the Department of Defense at the Pentagon.
Sam was a councilman for the city of Fredericksburg and a member of Masonic Lodge No.4 A.F.&A.M. He was also a longtime member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church, where he taught the Friendship Bible Study class and was a life deacon.
He used his caring and generous spirit as he volunteered for organizations such as the United Way and Micah Ministries. He was a big Redskins fan and loved golfing with his buddies.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Kay M. Ryan; his children, Angela Powers and her husband, Leslie, of Fredericksburg and Jed Ryan of King George County; his granddaughters, Rebecca Powers, Audrey Kay Ryan, Marie Powers and Abigail Ryan; his sister, Mary Ryan Ratcliffe of Spotsylvania County; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Mason Ryan, and a sister, Tina Ryan Peyton.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. J. Larry Haun and the Rev. Patti English officiating. Pallbearers will be Derrick Peyton, Rod Morris, Fred Howell III, Jeff Skinner, Garland Tyree and Bill Young. Members of the Friendship Bible Study class will serve as honorary pallbearers. Interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery in Gordonsville with his son-in-law, the Rev. Leslie A. Powers, officiating.
The family received friends Tuesday, May 11 at the funeral home, followed by a Masonic memorial service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fredericksburg Baptist Church, 1019 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401 or to the American Diabetes Association, Memorials Processing Center, Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Cecilia Gay Degraef

Cecilia Gay Robinson Degraef, 54, of Fredericksburg passed away Friday, May 7, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Cecilia was born Dec. 3, 1955. She was a very creative person and enjoyed bowling, scrapbooking and most of all, playing with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her mother, Mary Robinson, of Colonial Beach; lifetime partner, Jack Samuels; two sons, Jason Degraef and his wife, Brianna, and Kyle Degraef; five grandchildren, Mason, Aiden and Madison Degraef and Justin and Katie Grimm; five brothers, Mike Robinson of Ohio, Steve Robinson of Fredericksburg, Pat Robinson of California, Brian Robinson of Iowa and George Robinson Jr. of California; and two sisters, Colleen Wilson of Colonial Beach and Margurite Ferreira of Maryland. She also leaves behind a close friend, Donna Kratzert; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, George Robinson Sr.
The family received friends Tuesday, May 11, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, followed by a celebration of her life.  Interment will take place in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences may be sent to Cecilia’s family at foundandsons.com.

Jesse C. Walker

Jesse C. Walker, 84, of Shady Spring, W.Va., formerly of King George County and Fredericksburg, died Saturday, May 1, 2010, at University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.
Mr. Walker proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He retired from the federal government.
Mr. Walker is survived by his wife, Sharon Walker of Shady Spring. He is also survived by two daughters, Brenda Elkins and husband Danny of Fredericksburg, and Carlette Dryden and husband Larry of Marietta, Ga.; and five grandchildren, Keith Dunn and wife Katrine of Newberry, Fla., Kimberly Dunn of Fredericksburg, Kyra Chrisemer and husband Jason of Naples, Fla., and Christina and Christopher Heflin of Atlanta, Ga.
Mr. Walker had eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; four stepchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren. Also surviving is his beloved pet, Riley.
A memorial service was held May 8 at Perry Memorial Methodist Church in Shady Spring, W.Va.

Chester McDowney

Chester “Freddie” McDowney, 75, of Westmoreland County died Friday, May 7, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. McDowney was born Jan. 26, 1935, in Westmoreland County to Delores Carter and the late Will Chester McDowney, and was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Whiting McDowney.
He worked as a rigger at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren. He attended Macedonia Baptist Church, Colonial Beach, where he was a member of the senior choir.
Mr. McDowney is survived by his mother, Delores C. Simms of Baltimore; three sons; four daughters; one brother; six sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law; one aunt; one uncle; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A visitation was held  Tuesday, May 11, at Macedonia Baptist Church, Colonial Beach, and a funeral will be held at noon, Wednesday, May 12, with the Rev. James White officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Lee Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements.

Anthony Feather

Anthony Feather, 16, of King George died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.  Viewing will be Friday, May 14 from noon to 8 p.m. at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal. The funeral will be held Saturday, May 15 in the auditorium at King George Middle School. There will be a viewing at the school from 10 a.m. to noon.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

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