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Area Deaths - January 27, 2010

Katherine Childrey Smith

Katherine Childrey Smith, 86, of King George County passed away Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, William Taylor Smith Jr.; their five children, William T. Smith III of Port Royal, Elizabeth B. Stobie of Tucson, Ariz., Sandra S. Pickett of Fredericksburg, Albert E. Smith of Prairie, Miss., and Linda G. Smith of King George; as well as eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Ann G. McAvoy of Ohio.
A secretary and bookkeeper, she completed her training at Pan American Business School in 1942 and worked for many organizations during her long career. She retired for several years after World War II to raise five children, and returned to work when the youngest started school.
Mrs. Smith was an avid knitter, making countless sweaters and other items. She loved children and always enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Friday, Jan. 22, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Richard Headley officiating. Interment will be at a later ate at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in King George.
Contributions in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society or one’s charity of choice.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Donald Lee Wheeler, Sr.

Donald Lee Wheeler Sr. of Colonial Beach passed on to everlasting glory on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.
Don was the son of Edward Carl and Nettie Owen Wheeler, and was born and raised in Savage, Md., along with his five brothers and one sister: Leonard, Joan-Ann, Bobby, Marvin and Ricky.
Don worked his entire career at the University of Maryland physical plant, College Park campus. He was a joyful member of Welcome Grove Baptist Church as well as the Colonial Beach Moose Lodge.
Don is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Hester Susan, and their children, Marsha, Teresa and Donnie, and other loved ones he was honored to call his children: Bill, Mike, Anita and Allen. He is also survived by his grandchildren; he truly believed that each and every one was his greatest pride and joy: Christopher, Ashley, Douglas, Brandon, Victoria, Julie, E.C. and A.J.
And as Don ended each night that we were with him, we all now say to him: “Goodnight, Sweet Dreams, God Bless, I love you” to our beloved Honey, Daddy and Pop-Pop.
His family  received friends  Thursday, Jan. 21, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, where a funeral was held Friday, Jan. 22.
Interment followed immediately at Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens, King George. Afterward, family and friends gathered at Bowie’s Restaurant, State Route 3, Oak Grove, for fellowship and healing.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Ruth Snyder McIntosh

Ruth Snyder McIntosh, 94, of King George County passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.
She is survived by her sons, Richard F. McIntosh and his wife, Deborah, and John “Larry” McIntosh and his wife, Mary “Sue”; seven grandchildren; 14great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Richard and Deborah will be receiving friends at their home from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31. Please contact them directly for directions.
The family is under the direction of Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service.

Gustie Wallice Sullivan, Jr.

Gustie Wallice Sullivan Jr., 65, of King George County died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Stafford County.
Survivors include his sisters, Diane Richardson of Partlow and Wanda Ponton of Stafford; and his best friend, Betty Ann Fincham of King George.
Gustie requested that no services be held.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

John Edwards Shaw

John Edwards Shaw, 67, of King George County went to be with his Lord and Savior and was found deceased in his home Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.
John was born Oct. 4, 1942, in Portsmouth, and was preceded in death by his parents, James Robert Shaw and Carlie Meece Shaw.
John is survived by two brothers, George R. Shaw and his wife, Elaine, of Spotsylvania County, and James A. Shaw and his wife, Dean, of King George; one sister, Gloria S. Peregory of Spotsylvania; four nieces, Susan McCalmont of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Sharon Campbell, Mary Jenkins and Teresa Haynes, all of Spotsylvania; four nephews, James D. Shaw and Timothy W. Shaw, both of King George, Michael Peregory of Spotsylvania and Joseph Peregory of Mineral.
John was a well-known local artist. His painting of a squirrel chewing on an apple made the cover of Virginia Wildlife magazine in 1977, thus launching his artistic career. John left his Dahlgren space surveillance job in 1982 to become a full-time artist.
John attended the King George Church of God, where he was involved with the benevolent ministries. The last nine years of John’s life were spent giving and caring for others. In recent years, John’s Christian faith led him to paint religious themes, including a detailed painting of the Crucifixion, titled “He’s Alive, I’m Forgiven,” that includes 50 different details and characters, all drawn from Scripture.
All the proceeds from sales of prints of this painting go to benefit the benevolent ministries at the King George Church of God.
John’s funeral was Saturday, Jan. 23, at King George Church of God, with the Rev. Lance Bacon officiating. Burial followed in Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens (formerly Historyland Memorial Park) King George.
Pallbearers were Kirk Burns, Bill Blakely, Michael Peregory, James D. Shaw, Jeffrey Hughes and James Mauro.
Contributions in John’s memory may be made to King George Church of God Benevolent Fund, 8095 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements.  Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Lawrence F. Altaffer, Jr.

Lawrence F. Altaffer Jr., 85, of Warsaw passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. He was the widower of Virginia S. Altaffer, a member of Warsaw Baptist Church, and a retired manager for Pet Dairy.
Mr. Altaffer graduated from Warsaw High School and entered the Navy V12 Program, attending VMI and U.Va., and graduating from University of South Carolina. After graduation from USC, he joined the U.S. Marines and served as a first lieutenant in World II and the Korean conflict.
Survivors are his son, Dr. Lawrence F. Altaffer III of Syria; his daughter, Elizabeth A. “Betty” Lumpkin and her husband, Billy, of Richmond; four grandchildren and their spouses, Virginia Anne Lumpkin, Anne Altaffer Asplin (Brian), Elizabeth Altaffer Fedowitz (John), and Lawrence F. Altaffer IV; and two great- grandsons, Max and Henry Fedowitz.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 23, at Warsaw Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. The family received friends at the home after the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Warsaw Baptist Church.

Kenneth G. Thorsted

Kenneth G. Thorsted, 80, of Fredericksburg passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose, who passed away in 2001.
He was an aeronautical engineer who was recognized as a propulsions expert and retired from the NSWC in Dahlgren. He held several patents for inventions in the aerospace industry.
He is survived by 12 children: Michael K. Thorsted and his wife, Stacey, of Spotsylvania County; Michelle “Shelley” M. Morgan and her husband, Dennis, of Spotsylvania; David G. Thorsted and his wife, Laura, of Rhoadesville; Patti T. Payne and her husband, Rick, of King George County; Laure D. Browne and her husband, Joe, of Spotsylvania; Stevie L. Thorsted and his wife, Pam, of Freeport, Fla.; Gregory G. Thorsted and his wife, Mary, of King George; Teresa T. Seamon and her husband, John, of Alamogordo, N.M.; Gary E. Thorsted and his wife, Teresa, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Martin L. Thorsted and his wife, Chris, of Roswell, N.M.; Mark B. Thorsted and his wife, Shelby, of Fredericksburg; and Susie M. Thorsted of Fredericksburg.
Mr. Thorsted is also survived by one sister, Darlene Hooper of Anaheim, Calif., 35 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family received friends and a rosary was held on Friday, Jan. 22, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service Fredericksburg Chapel.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Jan. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with interment to follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal, 200 N. Glebe Road, Suite 811, Arlington, Va. 22203.
Friends may offer online condolences at mullinsthompson.com.

Zula Ferrara Ware

Zula Ferrara Ware died in her home Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband John W. “Jack” Ware.
She is survived by her children, Marguerite Ware Keady, John Waller Ware Jr., Frances Ware Lieb and her husband, Joseph Lieb; her grandchildren, Anne Ware Keady, John Walter Keady, Jennifer Frances Lieb and Katherine Marguerite Lieb. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Anna Roberts Ware, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Zula was born in Fredericksburg and graduated from Mary Washington College. She taught commercial education in Falls Church and at Strayer Business College before moving to Essex County.
At Tappahannock High School, she opened the Commercial Education Program. She also met Jack Ware who would become her husband for 33 years.
Together they shared a love of family, laughter, good food, and a Christian spirit that inspired them to help friends and neighbors as well as strangers who were in need.
Zula’s parents immigrated to America from Italy, and her Italian heritage helped to shape her values. She was a devout Catholic and was one of the founding members of St. Timothy Catholic Church. Her love of her faith and her family were the primary forces in her life. Frequently she demonstrated this love with bountiful Italian meals, which she served to her family, neighbors and anyone in need.
The family received visitors Friday, Jan. 22, at Marks-Bristow Funeral Home, Tappahannock.
The funeral Mass was celebrated  Saturday, Jan. 23, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, followed by the burial in Rappahannock Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Timothy Catholic Church, Box 129, Tappahannock, Va. 22560.

James Wallace Musselman

James Wallace “Wally” Musselman III, 84, of King George County, formerly of Colonial Beach, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at his home.
Mr. Musselman was a proud U.S. Navy World War II combat veteran and a life member of VFW Post 10574 in Colonial Beach and American Legion Post 89 in King George.
He is survived by his son, James W. Musselman IV and his wife, Catherine M. Lutzen, of King George; his daughter, Debra Deans of Gainesville, Fla.; his sister, Mildred Ehrhardt of Springfield; and his grandchildren, James W. Musselman V of Colonial Beach and Debra Deans of Gainesville.
A visitation was held  Monday, Jan. 25, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, and the funeral was held Tuesday, Jan. 26, with the Rev. Janie Nickle officiating. Burial wasbe in Quantico National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his memory be made to Boy Scout Troop 258 of Colonial Beach, c/o Kitty Norris, 154 Lea Road, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

 

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