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Area Deaths - December 2, 2009

Timothy Wayne Sears, Jr.

Timothy Wayne “T.J.” Sears Jr., 25, of Spotsylvania County died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009.
T.J. loved being with his girlfriend, Tara, and their son, Anthony. He was an avid sports fan: he loved the Redskins; basketball, where he held a record for shooting three-pointers; and Texas Hold ‘Em.
He was a 2002 graduate of Spotsylvania High School. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Nancy and Barry Thomas of Spotsylvania; his girlfriend, Tara Rose and their son, Anthony Clay Sears; his brother, Tyler Thomas of Spotsylvania; his sister, Amanda Sears and her children, Kayleigh and Cameron Sears, all of Spotsylvania; his grandparents, Joan and Kenneth Hilburn Sr. of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; aunt and uncle Karen and Michael Trivett of Spotsylvania; his uncle, Kenneth Hilburn Jr. and his aunt, Virginia Freeman of Colonial Beach; cousins Mikie and Krissy Trivett, and Avery Hilburn; and his father, Timothy W. Sears Sr. of Fredericksburg.
A funeral was held Saturday Nov. 28, at Spotsylvania Church of God, with Pastor Donald Jones officiating. Interment followed in Laurel Hill Memorial Park.
The family received friends Friday, Nov. 27, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been set up for his 6-year-old son, Anthony.  Donations may be made to the Anthony Clay Sears Trust Fund, Carter Bank, 1204 Bragg Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Virgie Rozell Howland

Virgie Rozell Howland, 94, of Fredericksburg died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009.
Mrs. Howland was born Aug. 18, 1915, in Alabama, a daughter of the late Lee Roy and Lola Crabtree Rozell. She was known to her family as “Snooks.”
A prolific quilter, she gifted quilts to all family members, and on special occasions of births and weddings. She was an avid antiques collector, and she enjoyed tending her roses. Mrs. Howland retired from the FMC plant and continued working with her brothers at Rozell Brothers Grocery in Guinea. She was a longtime member of Shiloh Baptist Church in King George.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Howland was preceded in death by her first husband, John Milton Joblin; and second husband Lewis H. Howland; her siblings, Dawson Girland Rozell, Lorraine Rozell Anthony, Macwayne Rozell, Amelda Rozell Acors, Gene Rozell, Margie Rozell Serett, Bonnie Rozell and Ray Rozell.
Survivors include her brother, Cecil T. Rozell of Heathsville; an aunt, Mary Nunnery of Spotsylvania County; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends, including longtime friend, Mary Lee Ellis.
A funeral was held Monday, Nov. 30, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Randolph M. Newsome officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.  
Pallbearers were Gary Rozell, Maxie Rozell, David Rozell, Ronnie Acors, Blake Rozell and Lonnie Serrett.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 13457 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Sharon Kay McMurtry

Sharon Kay McMurtry, 58, of Potomac Landing in King George County left for Paradise on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at Potomac Hospital, after courageously fighting breast cancer for 15 months. She was surrounded by her husband and loved ones.
Sharon graduated from Norman High School in Oklahoma in 1969. She then went to the University of Oklahoma School of Pharmacy, where she completed her studies and began her 34- year career.
Sharon will be remembered for her kind and gentle spirit. She continuously expressed genuine concern for others. Sharon’s family and friends feel honored to have known her.
Survivors include her husband, Lawrence T. “Larry”; her son, Brent E. Conditt of Fredericksburg; her step-son, Jason L. McMurtry and his wife, Jodie, of Prince George County; her step-daughter, Holly R. McMurtry of Midlothian; two sisters, Pamela Pierce and her husband, Michael, Ph.D., of Laramie, Wyo., and Linda Watters and her husband, David, M.D., of Woodland, Utah; two grandsons, Zach and Jake Conditt; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell C. and Dorothy Barthel Childress; and her in-laws, Lawrence R. and Martha V. McMurtry.
A funeral was held  Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. Mark A. Miller officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
The family received friends from Monday, Nov. 30, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Potomac Hospital Foundation, 2300 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge, Va. 22191, or to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Box 1006, Fredericksburg, Va. 22402.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Jeanette W. Wiley

Jeanette W. Wiley, 80, of King George County died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, in Fredericksburg.
Jeanette was a former employee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
She is survived by her sons, Jeffrey L. Wiley of King George and Gregory T. Wiley of Holland, Michigan; a daughter, Karen Wiley Nichols of Jalisco, Mexico; a sister, Marion Chandler of Springfield; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Jeanette was the widow of Lynwood L. Wiley.
No services are scheduled.
Contributions may be made to the Greater Fredericksburg Area SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, VA, 22408.
Online guestbook is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Alvin Kenny Ellyson

Alvin Kenny Ellyson, 66, of King George, VA died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline L. Ellyson; three children:  Kenny Wade Ellyson, Norman Ellyson, Dorothy Ellyson Prince; five sisters:  Kathryn E. Mitchell of Haynesville, VA, Mary E. Burke of Tappahannock, VA, Betty E. Baker of Swanboro, NC, Sophia Ward of Quinton, VA and Martha Lopsis of Quinton, VA.He is also survived by eight grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  He was pre-deceased by a brother, Jessie A. Ellyson.
Online guestbook is available a www.nashandslawfh.com

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