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Area Deaths - January 13, 2010

Henry Clay Williams

Henry Clay Williams, 93, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. He was born Jan. 16, 1916.
He married Elsie Virginia Lunsford in 1940 and they had one daughter, Gail Tennille.
In 1970 Clay and Elsie moved from Springfield to make their home at Longfield Farm in King George County, where Clay raised Black Angus cattle. Clay was a member of the Farm Bureau, the Ruritans, Colonial Beach Methodist Church and then Trinity UMC in King George. For years, he volunteered with the Cancer Society to drive patients needing chemotherapy to treatment.
He was predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Elsie Williams. He is survived by four sisters-in-law, Madileane Williams, Lucille Lunsford Alderton, Evelyn Lunsford and Martha Lunsford; his daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Gail Williams Wertz and Dr. Andrew Ball of King George; and step-granddaughters Jennifer Ball Truitt and Katherine Ball Lemuz and their children.
He is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews: Ralph, Nancy and Donna; William and Dermott; Annie and Linda; Richard, Marie and Kathy; Ronnie, Faye and Kevin; Margaret, Barbara and Sally; and Jane, Donna and Ernie; as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.
A funeral was held Sat. Jan. 9 at Trinity UMC, King George. Private burial will be in Millbank Farm.
Funeral arrangements are by Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the H. Clay and Elsie Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o the King George Ruritan Club, Box 2, King George Va. 22485, or American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Eleanor Mattison Geyer

Eleanor Mattison Geyer, 86, of Westmoreland County, VA, died on Dec. 29, 2009 at Mary Washington Hospital.  
Mrs. Geyer was born in Altmar, NY.  She also lived in Ambler, PA and was the widow of Albert G. Geyer, III of Ambler, PA.
She is survived by two sons; Albert G. Geyer (Jane) of Warsaw, VA and Charles A. Geyer (Anne) of Oak Grove, VA.
Also surviving are  two sisters; Virginia Pollic of Richland, NY and Ruth Larrabee of Detroit, MI; five grandchildren: Claudia Bracero, Houston, TX, Julie Geyer, Alexandria VA, Pierson Geyer, Colleen Geyer and Mary Claire Geyer all of Oak Grove, VA; and three great-grandchildren: Liam Geyer, Julian Bracero and Elena Bracero.
Visitation is from 3-4 p.m.  Sat., January 16, at Nash and Slaw Funeral home, King George, VA. with a brief service to follow.
 In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions be made to the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St. Colonial Beach, VA 22443.

Louise H. Chinn

Louise H. Chinn, 83, of Spotsylvania County died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Golden Living Center of Fredericksburg.
Mrs. Chinn was born in Spotsylvania County, graduated from Spotsylvania high school and attended Mary Washington College.
She was a former longtime member of Falmouth Baptist Church where she had served as church secretary for several years. She also was a member of Spotsylvania Emergency Concerns Association (SECA).
Mrs Chinn retired from Spotsylvania County treasurers office.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, J.T. Chinn; three daughters, Peggy Hartsell and her husband, David, of New Bern, N.C., Susan Busch and her husband, Tom, of Richmond, and Annette Schaul and her husband, Steve, of King George County; son-in-law David Longfellow of Waco, Texas; three grandsons, three granddaughters and one great-grandson; brother James E. Hawkins of New Jersey; several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Gerry Hawkins. She was preceded in death by daughter Nancy Chinn and brother Lester Hawkins.
A service was held Thurs., Jan. 7, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Leslie Powers officiating. Burial  followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to SECA, Box 923, Spotsylvania, Va. 22553, or Falmouth Baptist Church Building Fund, 302 Colonial Lane, Fredericksburg, Va 22405.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Pam Correa

Pam Correa, 55, of King George County was carried to her heavenly father on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at her home.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Pam worked as a registered nurse for many years. She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen L. Correa.
She is survived by a son, Shawn Correa of Florida; her father, Richard L. Correa Sr. of King George; five brothers, Richard, Dave, Mark, Shawn and Darren Correa; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. Her cremated remains will be laid to rest in a private ceremony in Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, N.Y. 10016.

Freddie Stanley Miller

Freddie Stanley Miller, 71, of Oak Grove passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2009. He is survived by his loving wife, Marie Miller; three sons; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 20 at Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Francis Z. Garrett

Francis Z. “Frank” Garrett, 67, of King George County died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at his home.
Survivors include his wife, Frances L. Garrett; a son, Tom Garrett and his wife, Sharon, of Spotsylvania County; two daughters, Theresa Chewning and her husband, Ronald, and Sonya Garrett and her fiance, Thomas, all of King George; three sisters, Gloria Roberson of Tennessee, Marsha Boger of King George and Nichelette Balderson of Stafford County; and nine grandchildren.
Services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.   Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Judith Irmgard Vogue

Judith Irmgard Vogue, 79, of King George County passed away Thur.Jan. 7, 2010, at her home.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Harvey L. Vogue; their four children, Halle A. Ray of King George, Curtis E. Vogue of San Diego, Calif., Eric L. Vogue of King George and Laurel L. Elrick of Albuquerque, N.M., as well as four grandchildren. She is also survived by her two brothers, Donald H. Heinze of New Mexico and Ernest O. Heinze of California.
A registered nurse, she completed her training at Lennox Hill Hospital in 1950 and practiced nursing in medical centers in San Francisco, Milwaukee, and Denver before retiring to become a full-time homemaker, mother and supportive military wife.
She was an avid crafter, producing award-winning work in knitting, crocheting and cross-stitch.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Ed Johnson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Contributions in her memory may be made to: Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407. Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

John E. Johnson

John E. Johnson, 85, of Montross died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010.
He was known to most as president of the Bank of Montross until his retirement in 1983. He was past president of the Rappahannock Shrine Club, a 32nd- degree Mason and a member of the Jesters. He was a member of Currioman Baptist Church and served as chairman of the board of deacons, a trustee, Sunday school director and a member of many other committees. He was commander of Montross Post 252 of the American Legion and a charter member of Montross Landman Lodge 293, A.F.& A.M. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following his banking career, he was actively engaged in the real estate and appraisal business.
He is survived by his wife, Doris S. Johnson; and his son, J. Michael Johnson.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Currioman Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church from noon until the time of the funeral.
Memorial contributions may be made to Currioman Cemetery Fund, Box 841, Montross, Va. 22520.

James Mason Grigsby

James Mason Grigsby, 84, of Colonial Beach passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at his residence.
Mason worked as a police officer for Colonial Beach and served on the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad. For more than 50 years he built houses and did carpentry work. In recent years, Mason helped his wife sell vegetables on Route 205 just outside the Beach Gate. In his final years, he enjoyed sitting on the front porch watching everyone go by.
Mason is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mildred M. Grigsby of Colonial Beach; six daughters, Ruth Norris, Shirley Hall, Frances Bowen Crawford and her husband, William, and Debbie Balderson and her husband, James, all of Colonial Beach, Bertha “Kitty” Luna and her husband, Hal, of Fredericksburg and Barbara Murphee and her husband, Michael, of King George County. Mason was the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind a very special puppy dog, Rosie.
A funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Ron Okrasinski officiating. Burial will follow in Meadow-Brooke Memorial Garden, King George.
Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Nina Mae Berry Gautier

Nina Mae Berry Gautier, 96, of Washington, N.C., died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009.
Born Dec. 18, 1912, in Hyde County, N.C., she was the youngest of four children born to Lenora and Ottavy Berry. She had two brothers, Claude and Ransey, and a sister, Orpha.
Nina went into training as a registered nurse, graduated and worked for Tayloe Hospital in Washington, N.C. There she met and married James Gautier Jr. They eventually moved north to Dahlgren, where they live for 50-plus years.
She gave up nursing in the late 1950s and opened a florist shop. Nina was active in the Eastern Star, Garden Club and Oakland Baptist Church, and had many other interests. She retired and sold the florist shop before moving to Fredericksburg. In her later years, she moved back to Washington, N.C.
Nina is survived by a daughter, Barbara Gaumont-Lanvin and husband Jean-Louis of Washington, N.C.; three sons, retired Capt. James B. Gautier and wife Ann of Burke, Bryan R. Gautier of King George County, and Rodney E. Gautier of Fairfax; 15 grand-children; and 20 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service honoring Nina’s memory will be held at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. Burial of her ashes will follow at the Oakland Baptist Church cemetery in Owens.
Friends are welcome and the family will receive guest at the Oakland Baptist Church Hall immediately following the service.

John Francis Rovert

John Francis Rovert, 48, of Spotsylvania County died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Rovert was a devoted son, and a generous brother, uncle and friend.
He worked as a computer scientist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren since 1985 and was an avid Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres fan.
Survivors include his mother, Ann F. Rovert; two sisters, Rosanne Alomar of Palmdale, Calif. and Christina Bacca of Bristow; two nieces, Andrea and Tatiana Bacca; two nephews, Talal and Sammy Alomar; and extended family in the Niagara Falls area.
Mr. Rovert was predeceased by his father, John, and a brother, David.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 at Dahlgren Chapel. Burial will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Niagara Falls, N.Y., at a later date.
John was a long-term cancer survivor, having been first diagnosed and treated at age 9. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, c/o Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Elm & Carlton Streets Buffalo, N.Y. 14263.
Online quest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

William Patrick Parnell

William Patrick (“Bill”) Parnell, 87, of Stratham, N.H., passed away Jan. 6 after a long illness following complications from heart valve replacement surgery. Bill was the husband of Journal Contributing Editor Pat Parnell.
 Bill and Pat would have celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Jan. 29 this year.
A former resident of Falls Church, Va., Bill was born in Easthampton, Mass., the son of the late James Parnell and his wife Mary, a native of Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland.  
In addition to his wife Pat, he is survived by four sons and their wives. Howard and Mary Parnell, now of Falls Church, Va., are both former editors of The Journal. Bill and Pat’s other sons are William B. and Bernadette of Derry, N. H.; Edward J. and Ellen of Richmond, Va.; and Larry and Janice of Lansdowne, Va.
Bill was pre-deceased by a half-sister, Mae Ryan; by his brother and sister-in-law, James and Sadie Louise Parnell; and by Howard and Mary’s infant twins, Liam and Sadie Claire Parnell. There are eleven surviving grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and his sister-in-law, Ruth Herrink, and her family.
He was salutatorian of his graduating class at St. Michael High School, Northampton, Mass., and received his B. A. Summa Cum Laude from St. Anselm College, Class of 1943. He held an M. A. from Boston University and pursued further graduate studies at Columbia University, NYC.
He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II, completing his training as a communications officer at Harvard University.
Bill taught American history at Canisius College in Buffalo, N. Y., and at Annandale High School in Annandale, Va. After his retirement, Bill worked in the reference library of the Army Times newspaper in Washington, D.C. Upon moving to Stratham, N.H., Bill worked as a paralegal, doing real estate title abstracting.
A communicant of St. Michael Church in Exeter, N. H., Bill was active as a volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. He and his wife, Pat, were home communion ministers for the shut-ins. While living in Falls Church, Va., Bill was active in Democratic Party politics and in a Falls Church citizens group, Citizens for a Better City.
Bill enjoyed reading, especially history and biography, as well as mystery novels, and he was very fond of Celtic and folk music.  He was a strong Red Sox fan and an avid Washington Redskins supporter. His family and friends appreciated his quick mind and his wry sense of humor as well as his integrity and compassion.  He was a devoted family man, especially delighting in time spent with the youngest members. He and his wife enjoyed traveling, particularly with Elderhostel programs. Bill and Pat made three trips to Ireland, getting acquainted with his mother’s relatives there.
SERVICES: A schedule of services can be found at www.brewittfuneralhome.com. A funeral Mass is scheduled for noon, Saturday, Jan. 16, at St. Michael Church, Exeter. Interment will be in Old Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Va., at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, St. Michael’s Church, 9 Lincoln St., Exeter, NH 03833. To sign an on-line guest book, visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.

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