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Area Deaths - October 21, 2009

John M. Roman

John Michael Roman, 53, of Sykesville, MD, passed away in Duck, NC on Tuesday, October 6, 2009.

Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of John Roman and the late Dorothy Stewart Roman.

He is survived by his wife, Jessie Sanders-Roman of the residence. Mr. Roman will be remembered for his appreciation of reading and love of traveling. He will be deeply missed.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Roman is survived by his father, John Roman of Frederick, MD, two sisters, Susan M. Fox and husband, Stephen of Frederick, MD,  Jane A. Nudge and husband, James of Annapolis, MD, and two brothers, James R. Roman and wife, Bonnie of Dahlgren, VA, and William G. Roman and wife, Shelly, of Sterling, VA.

A Mass celebrating the life of John M. Roman was held Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Eldersburg, Maryland. A lunch reception immediately followed the service in the church gymnasium.

Memorial donations can be made to C.O.P.D. International by visiting their Web site www.copd-international.com or by mailing to 131 DW Highway #627, Nashua, NH, 03060.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC assisted the family with arrangements.

Emily A. Howell

Emily A. Howell, 34, of Stafford County died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2009, in King George County. She was a student at George Mason University.

Survivors include two sons, Evan and Anthony; one sister, Layla Quintana of King George; her father, Doyle Howell of North Carolina; and her mother, Dorothy Stephens of North Carolina.

A funeral was held  Friday, Oct. 16, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. Burial followed in Historyland Memorial Park, King George. Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Margaret Viola G. Hepler

Margaret Viola Goodman Hepler, 94, of King George County died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at MicAnd Assisted Living LLC, Fredericksburg.

Born Feb. 5, 1915, in Ashe County, North Carolina, she was a member of Hanover Baptist Church, King George, and was the widow of Worth D. Goodman and Leslie Hepler.

She is survived by son Thomas D. Goodman and wife Lois of Dinwiddie; daughter Flora Louise Funk of King George; son Jerry D. Goodman of King George; brother Jack Wood of Maryland; sisters Maude Burrus of Lenoir, N.C., Lula Mae Evans and Barbara Rolland, both of Elkton, Md., Hortense Coffey of Quaker Hill, Conn. and Frances Funk of Bedford; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held Saturday, Oct. 17, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Richard Headley officiating. Burial was in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.

The family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Fredericksburg Branch Office, 2217 Princess Anne St., Suite 106-F1, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.

Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Charles J. Cohen

Charles J. Cohen, 98, of King George County died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at Heritage Hall, King George. 

Dr. Cohen was one of the pioneers in establishing the Dahlgren naval base as an internationally recognized center of national defense research.

He  is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Westmoreland County and his daughter, Elissa Steeves, of Blacksburg.

A Baltimore native who entered Johns Hopkins University at the age of 15 and emerged with a Ph.D., Cohen began his work as a mining geologist, first in Africa and then in South America.

Beginning his career at the Dahlgren base in the 1940s, he became one of the world’s leading authorities on using large digital computers to solve critical scientific problems. He helped confirm the Earth’s pear-shaped gravitational field, which led to the development of the Global Positioning System.

During his long career at the King George County base, which ended in 1977, Cohen helped lead Dahlgren’s entry into research that was key to the development of guided ballistic missiles.

Soft-spoken and self-effacing, Cohen was held in awe by Dahlgren scientists of the 1950s and 1960s. A recent history of the base, “The Sound of Freedom,” described him as “an uncommonly gifted mathematician with keen foresight and initiative.”

An annual award named for Cohen was established this year at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division to honor excellence in science and technology.

Services and private burial will be held at a later date.

Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is in charge of the arrangements.

Viola K. Shultz Witte

Viola Kerns Schultz “Vi” Witte, 89, of Colonial Beach died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at Westmoreland Rehabilitation Center.

Vi was born April 3, 1920, in The Plains, Fauquier County, a daughter of the late Harry and Vergi Kerns.

A graduate of Marshall High School and Strayer Business School, she worked in Mr. Starling’s law office, then at Missionhurst in Marymount as an administrative assistant, then at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in McLean as an office manager.

Vi attended St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church from its opening in the 1960s through the 1990s. She then attended St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Colonial Beach. She was active in the Eastern Star, Elks, Moose and American Legion. She also delivered Meals on Wheels for more than 15 years and was active within her Ebb Tide community as treasurer for nearly 20 years, assisting with all functions.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her six siblings and her husbands, Edwin Schultz and Lawrence Witte.

Vi is survived by her sons, Wayne Schultz of McLean and John Schultz of Montross; one grandson, Derek Schultz of McLean; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be conducted at noon on Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Memorial Garden of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Colonial Beach, with Father Ron Okrasinski officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach. Online guest book at nashandslawfh.com.

Thomas Willie Jackson, Sr.

Thomas Willie Jackson Sr., 79, of Colonial Beach passed away Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Mr. Jackson was born Feb. 17, 1930, in Covington, Ala., to Jessie and Needa Carrell Jackson. He worked as a sheet metal worker and was a member of the Sheet Metal Union Local 100 in Suitland, Md.

Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Edythe Jackson, as well as a son, Thomas Willie Jackson Jr.

He is survived by three daughters, Mary Lou Jackson of King George County, Donna Lambrose of Spotsylvania County, and Janet L. Jackson of Baytown, Texas. Also surviving are five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and his “lady friend,” Hattie Bolton of King George.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Home, Fredericksburg chapel, 1621 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, where a funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

Interment will follow in National Memorial Park, Falls Church.

Condolences may be sent to mullinsthompsonfuneral homefredericksburg.com.

Wilma Lindsey Clare

Wilma Lindsey Clare, 84, of Mechanicsville, formerly of King George County, passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville.

She was the widow of the late Robert Logan Clare, Jr.

Born and raised in Sylvatus, she was a business teacher at King George High School for 34 years until her retirement in 1987. While there, she sponsored the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and was a chairperson for the business department. Wilma was a member of Potomac Baptist Church and the clerk for 40 years as well as a Sunday school teacher.

After retiring, she became very active in the AARP and served as a group leader for The Grand American Tours, and during that time she and her husband enjoyed traveling throughout the world. She also assisted with emergency calls for the King George Volunteer Fire Department.

Wilma is survived by three children, Alice C. Biddle and her husband, Rob, of Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte C. Snyder and her husband, Michael, of Ellicott City, Md., and Charles L. Clare and his wife, Susan, of Mechanicsville; and nine grandchildren, Jason Biddle, Tyler Biddle, Matthew Snyder, Nicholas Snyder, Natalie Snyder, Sarah Clare, Erin Clare, Cory Cumbia and Alexis Cumbia.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.

A funeral will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, at Potomac Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dennis Newton officiating. Burial will follow the service in the Potomac Baptist Church cemetery.

Contributions may be made to King George Fire and Rescue, Box 466, King George, Va., 22485.

Online guestbook is available at nashandslawfh.com.

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