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Area Deaths - March 3, 2010

Kate Bell Gray

Kate Bell Gray, 90 of Fredericksburg went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at her home.
Born and raised in Essex County, Kate moved to Fredericksburg as a young woman. Kate was married to the late Thomas A. Gray. She was affectionately known to family and friends as Katie Bell.
Upon moving to Fredericksburg, Kate worked at Mary Washington College. She later became employed at Mary Washington Hospital in the dietary department. She retired from the hospital after more than 30 years of service. Although retired, Kate continued to work for many years as a companion aid.
Kate was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She loved social functions with family and friends, and was very active in local politics and neighborhood civic meetings.
Survivors include one son, Winston and his wife, Brenda, of Spotsylvania County; two daughters, Cynthia and her husband, Howard, of Spotsylvania and Sheila and her husband, Sherman, of Fredericksburg; one brother, William “Dick” Mercer of Fredericksburg; nine grandchildren, Deborah Smith of Philadelphia, Pa., Sarah Cook of Spotsylvania, Robin Gray of Nanjemoy, Md., Cynthia Brown of Sandstone, Michelle Paige of Fredericksburg, Amanda Mobley of Spotsylvania, Colette Price of Spotsylvania, Rosaline Gooden of Lanham, Md., and Scarlet Smith of Fredericksburg; two sisters-in-law, Emmaline Gray of Fredericksburg and Mary Sue Gray of Spotsylvania; two brothers-in-law, Wilbur Gray of King George County and Gould Gray of Tappahannock; and 14 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her eldest son, Charles Thomas Gray, and her brother, Herbert Douglas Mercer.
A funeral was held at noon Friday, Feb. 26, at Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site), Fredericksburg.
The family received friends at A.L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home.

Robert ‘Earl’ Byrnes

Robert “Earl” Byrnes, 56, passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, in Palm Bay, Fla., where he lived with his wife, Brenda, and great-grandson Xavier Byrnes.
A Celebration of Life open house was held at the Prince William County Police Association Hall, 14288 Independent Hill Dr., Manassas, Va. 20112, on Sunday, Feb. 28.
Earl grew up in Manassas, then moved to Spotsylvania County in 1980, where he settled until 1999, when he moved to Florida.
He was predeceased by his parents, Robert Earl and Mary Byrnes.
He is survived by his son, Robert Byrnes; daughter-in-law Christine; granddaughters Jessica and Jenna, both of Fredericksburg; his former wife and mother of Robert, Donna Beauchamp, of Montross; one daughter, one son, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one brother-in-law by marriage; one brother, Michael Byrnes and wife Virginia of Spotsylvania; six sisters, Mary Smith Bullington of Gainesville, Ruth Kathleen Sharp of Dale City, Teresa Byrnes of Spotsylvania, Dorothy Shifflett and husband Joseph of Caret, Barbara Quinn and husband Patrick of Manassas and Dianne Bryant and husband Darron of Woodford; 16 nieces and nephews, and 15 great-nieces and -nephews.

Christine K. Hiltner

Christine K. Hiltner , 78, of Montross, formerly of Fredericksburg, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at her son’s residence in King George County.
Mrs. Hiltner worked as a bookkeeper for Silvey Chevrolet in Fredericksburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bergen “Buddy” Hiltner.
Survivors include her son, Eric Hiltner of King George; her sister, Annastasia Czika of Georgia; and her step- brother, Rickey Kupreanik of North Carolina.
A service will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 27, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 9221 Forrest Hill Ave., Richmond, Va. 23235.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Sarah Hales Cooke

Sarah Hales Cooke, 90 of Colonial Beach passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, after a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Cooke, in 1990. She was a lifelong house-wife, dedicated to the care of her family and a committed servant to her Lord through her church, Colonial Beach Baptist.
She is survived by her sons, Elton and his wife, Barbara, of Arusha, Tanzania;  Donald and his wife, Carolyn, of Westmoreland County; Ralph of Henrico County, and Kenneth and his wife, Vicki, of Colonial Beach; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; her brother, Nick and his wife, Thelma, of Colonial Beach; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held on Monday, March 1, at the Colonial Beach Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnny Almond and the Rev. Bob Higgins officiating. Burial was at Round Hill Baptist Church cemetery, followed by a reception that was hosted by the WMU of Colonial Beach Baptist Church.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Donald, Christopher, Brian, Travis, Ryan, Tyler, Joshua and Tevin. Memorial contributions may be made to Colonial Beach Baptist Church WMU, Box 27, Colonial Beach, VA. 22443. Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach handled the arrangements. Online guest book available at nashandslawfh.com.

Peggy B. Sullivan

Peggy B. Sullivan, 69, of King George County died Monday, March 1, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Sullivan was a member of the Patawomack Indian tribe. She retired from Safeway after 30 years of service. She loved her flowers and gardening.
Survivors include her husband, Robert D. Sullivan Jr. of King George; her son, Robert Shane Sullivan, and his wife, Cynthia Ann, of Fredericksburg; her daughter, Kimberly Roberson and her husband, John, of Corolla, N.C.; four brothers, Frank “Pappy” Bullock, Carlton Jack Bullock, Roger “Bow Legs” Bullock and Gordon “Dootsie” Bullock; four sisters, Shirley “Lany” Holland, Joyce Brown, Carol Ann Coffey and Kathy “Tina” Harding; her sisters-in-law, Catherine Phillips, and Pat Decatur and her husband, Bob; her grandson, Justin Sullivan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 5, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. H. Lowell Self officiating. Interment will follow in Hulls Memorial Baptist Church cemetery in Falmouth.
Pallbearers will be Kurt Decatur, Kevin Phillips, Hubert Roberson, Robert P. Sullivan, Dakota Decatur and Jesse Madison.
Memorials may be made to the ALS Association for Lou Gehrig’s Disease, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, Md. 20855.


 

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