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Carl Milton Apperson, Sr.
Carl Milton “Pop” Apperson Sr., 82, of Fredericksburg died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009.
Mr. Apperson was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and retired from the Virginia National Guard. He was a lifelong member and deacon at Fairview Baptist Church. He loved the outdoors, gardening, and most of all, camping with his children.
Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Sadie Faulkner Apperson; four sons: Carl Jr. and his wife, Maria, of Spotsylvania County; Danny and his wife, Daisy, of Colonial Beach; Timothy and his wife, Debra, of Spotsylvania; and Curt of Winchester; two daughters, Rebecca Conyers and her husband, Leonard, of Stafford County, and Constance Frye and her husband, Danny, of Roanoke; one brother, Norman Apperson of Florida; 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Percy C. and Maude Hicks Apperson; two sons, Terry and Glen Apperson; three grandchildren, Justin and Cory Apperson, and Jenna Conyers; and three siblings, Clayton, Percy and Gloria.
A funeral was held Friday, Dec. 11, at Fairview Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert W. Sizemore officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
The family received friends Thursday, Dec. 10 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
Memorials may be made to the Fairview Baptist Church Building Fund-RS, 900 Charlotte St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401 or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation- VA Chapter, 2727 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 104, Richmond, Va. 23294.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.
Ralph C. O’Donnell
Ralph C. O’Donnell, 91, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Stafford County, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2009. He was an Army veteran and later retired from Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Catherine “Kitty” O’Donnell.
Survivors include daughter Janice Cross; grandson Ralph Spillman; granddaughter Cathy Bullock; and longtime companion, Mary Theuner.
A celebration of life service was held Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at Sunset Memorial Gardens Chapel.
Elsie Lunsford Williams
Elsie Lunsford Williams, 89, died Monday evening, Dec. 7, 2009.
Elsie was born April 7, 1920, the daughter of Margaret and John Swetnam Lunsford of Independent Hill on Bull Run near Manassas. She had two sisters, Lucille and Hazel, and five brothers, Charles, John, Gordon, Early and Floyd. She attended Hoadley Grammar, a two-room school, then graduated from Occoquan High School and Manassas Business College.
She worked at the Navy Department in Washington, D.C., during World War II, and was the official Air Raid Blackout Warden for her Arlington neighborhood.
She married H. Clay Williams of Cofield, N.C., when she was 20 years old. She continued her position with the Navy Department until giving birth to her daughter, Gail Tennille.
In 1970, Elsie and Clay moved from Springfield to make their home at Longfield Farm in King George County.
Elsie applied her administrative skills as the secretary of King George High School during the 1970s. In that position, she befriended and supported numerous King George High School students.
In the mid 1970s, she was stricken with cancer, which she bravely fought, entering an experimental program of the National Institutes of Health. She was a 35-year cancer survivor and after her recovery, she was a staunch volunteer in the community supporting, encouraging and informing others facing the challenges of cancer and chemotherapy.
She was not afraid to show by her example that it is possible to fight cancer and win.
Elsie was wonderfully artistic and leaves beautiful flowers, drawings and paintings. But most importantly, she leaves a legacy of her love and kindness and the many strong and valued friendships that she maintained throughout her life.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Henry Clay Williams of Longfield Farm, King George; her sister, Mrs. Lucille Lunsford Alderton, 104 years of age and of King George; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Evelyn Lunsford and Mrs. Martha Lunsford; her daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Gail Williams Wertz and Dr. Andrew Ball of King George; and stepgranddaughters Jennifer Ball Truitt and Katherine Ball Lemuz and their children. She is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews: Annie and Linda; Richard, Marie and Kathy; Ronnie, Faye and Kevin; Margaret, Barbara and Sally; Jane, Donna and Ernie; Ralph, Nancy and Donna; and William and Dermott, as well as a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
A visitation was held Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 9425 Kings Highway (Route 3), King George, followed by a funeral at 11 a.m., also at the church. A private burial at Millbank Farm followed.
Funeral arrangements are by Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
Memorial contributions may be made to the King George Chapter of the American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va. 22485, or Trinity United Methodist Church, Box 155, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guestbook is available at nashandslawfh.com.
Walker Washington, 72, of Fredericksburg passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris E. Washington.
Walker is survived by two children and their spouses, Linda R. Washington (Michael) of Spotsylvania County and Andre X. Washington (Brenda) of Fredericksburg; three sisters, Ann Cole (William) and Shirley Washington (Theodore) of Rappahannock Academy, and Doris Jones of King George County; six brothers, William Washington (Linda) of Saint Pauls, N.C., Lloyd Washington (Dorothy), Richard Washington (Geneva), and Tyrone Jones of Rappahannock Academy, Robert Jones (Priscilla) of Texas and Van Robinson (Ursula) of King George; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A viewing was held Saturday, Dec. 12, at A.L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home, 200 Butternut Drive, Fredericksburg, where the funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 13, followed by interment in Mount Lawn Cemetery, Woodford.
On-line condolences may be sent to albennettandsonfuneralhome.com.
Walter Frederick Klotz, Sr.
Walter Frederick Klotz Sr. of Colonial Beach passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, three days shy of his 100th birthday.
Mr. Klotz was the last surviving founder of the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad and was known for his quick wit and humor. He was known to many as the proprietor of the Gem 5 & 10 store in Colonial Beach, which he owned and operated for over 25 years.
Mr. Klotz was born Dec. 11, 1909, in Washington, D.C., to Lena and William Henry Klotz, and spent several years of his youth in Colonial Beach before returning to Washington.
He worked numerous jobs prior to and during the Great Depression, including working as a printer’s assistant, a candy maker, a meat cutter and Safeway store manager before joining the Washington Rapid Transit Co. in 1931, where he worked with his brother, William, driving buses and streetcars.
After moving to Colonial Beach for good in 1945, Mr. Klotz managed the King Cotton Hotel, and owned and operated the Playland Novelty Store and the Willow Lunch restaurant on the boardwalk. In 1949, he purchased Gem 5 & 10, known to townspeople and vacationers as the store with the largest variety of “penny candy” in the region. He operated there until his retirement in 1975. He also served as town magistrate in Colonial Beach for six years.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Marguerite. He is survived by his daughter, Margie Staples and her husband, Mitchell, of Colonial Beach; son Walter F. Klotz Jr. and his wife, Joan, of King George County; grandchildren Rick Frank and his wife, Kellie, and Kathy Staples, all of Fredericksburg, and Mitchell Staples Jr. of Woodbridge; great-grandchildren Sarah Frank and Emily Frank of Fredericksburg; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Monday, Dec. 14, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach. Interment followed at Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens (formerly Historyland Memorial Park) in King George. The family received friends Monday from 10 a.m. until the start of the funeral.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.
Helen Lewis Finn
Helen Lewis Finn, 82, of Spotsylvania County died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg.
Born June 1, 1927, in Montgomery County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Earl Thomas and Mildred Viola Gue.
She was the wife of the late Quincy R. Finn.
Surviving children are Olivia Finn of Richmond, William Finn of King George County, John Finn of Denver, Colo., Barney Finn of Spotsylvania and Helen Finn of Fredericksburg; and eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned at a later date.
Nancy Elaine Cleek
Nancy Elaine Cleek, 63, of Stafford County died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Ms. Cleek was a native of Fredericksburg and was the daughter of the late Billy Cleek and Margaret Cleek Beach. She had retired as a civil service employee at Dahlgren. She was a member of First Christian Church.
Survivors include her son, Troy Cleek; three grandchildren, Michael Cleek of Ohio and Hailey Cleek and Cheyenne Cleek, both of Stafford; three sisters, Barbara Burgess of Stafford, Phyllis Newton of Colonial Beach and Tammy Burrus of Spotsylvania County; two stepbrothers, Terry Beach of Richmond and Dennis Beach of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. Gary Staddan officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Vincent Dodd, Jesse Dodd, Dean Dodd, Ronald Dickinson, Tommie Walters and Chad Perry.
The family received friends Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Trudy Clifton, 113 Tallpines Ave., Locust Grove, Va. 22508.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.