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Area Deaths - August 12, 2009

James Lewis Carver

James Lewis Carver, 84, longtime resident of Spotsylvania County, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at his home.
Mr. Carver was born and raised in King George County, the son of George Thomas Carver and Fannie Shelton Carver. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Myrtis V. Carver; his sister, Beatrice Clark of Keezletown; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, George "Billy" Carver and Paul Carver, and four sisters, Esther Newton, Margaret Payne, Bernice Sullivan and Fannie Bullock.
Mr. Carver was a well-known builder and developer in the Fredericksburg area. He opened Carver's Floor Service in 1949 and over the next 50 years developed, along with several partners, many area subdivisions, including Clearview Heights, Westwood, Spring Valley, Waverly Village, Lyndale, Machodoc Harbor, South Oaks, Oakland Park, North Club, Timbers, Wilburn Farms, Sheraton Hills and Bayberry Estates.
He was active in the building associations, having served as president of the Fredericksburg Area Builders Association in 1987 and 1988. He was elected a life member of the local board in 1990. He was a member of the state association and had served on the national board of home builders for seven years.
Mr. Carver was named builder of the year in the state of Virginia in 1991, and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, and elected to the state hall of fame in 2000. In 2002, he was the top spike leader in Virginia and No. 34 in the nation.
Mr. Carver was president of Fredericksburg Country Club in 1976 and again in 1978. He served on the Building Appeals Board for Spotsylvania from 1978 until 1984 and on the County Planning Commission from 1988 until 1996; and was awarded a certificate for completion of the VPI Institute for Planning Commissioners on Oct. 11, 1992.
Mr. Carver was a member of the American Contract Bridge League, having achieved life member status in 1977, and was certified as an ACBL Club Director in 1970.
He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, and a member of both Elks Lodge 875 and American Legion Post 55 for more than 50 years. Other memberships included the Disabled American Veterans, the Loyal Order of Moose, Fredericksburg Rotary Club, the Fredericksburg Rod and Gun Club, and Ducks Unlimited.
He had been active in the Stafford County Vocational Education Foundation since 1989, serving as its president for more than 10 years. In 1994, the Stafford Rotary Club presented Mr. Carver with the Vocational Service Award, and he was awarded the Prince B. Woodward Citizenship Award by the Fredericksburg-Stafford-Spotsylvania Chamber of Commerce in 1995.
A funeral was held Friday, Aug. 7, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with Pastor Willis A. Dempsey officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens with military honors.
Pallbearers were Earl Payne, George Carver, Donald Carver, Gregory Henderson, Joe Clift and Jerry Clift.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fletchers Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 8330 Fletchers Chapel Road, King George, Va. 22485 or to the American Cancer Society, c/o Trudy Clifton, 113 Tallpines Ave., Locust Grove, Va. 22508.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Patricia Ethel Collins

Patricia Ethel Collins, 88, of King George County passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Collins was born March 24, 1921, at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, the daughter of George A. and Anna Hill Baine.
She was employed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, under Indian Affairs, teaching Native American women about their rights, until her retirement in the mid-1980s.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Collins was predeceased by her husband, Gerald, and her daughter, Anne Newton.
She is survived by a son, Gerald Collins; three granddaughters, Dana Newton, Juli Hawkins and Susan Norton; two great-granddaughters, Britney Buskirk and Chelsea Buskirk; one great-grandson, Jace Hawkins; one great- great-grandchild, Cooper Davis; and several nieces and nephews.
The family received friends on Friday, Aug. 7, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Services, Stafford Chapel, 186 Shelton Shop Road, Stafford, where a funeral service was held at 1 p.m., with interment in Stafford Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family request expressions of sympathy take the form of donations  to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001.
Condolences may be sent to mullinsthompson.com.

Pastor Norman W. Jackson

Pastor Norman Wyatt Jackson Sr., 77, of Spotsylvania County died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009. He was born in King George County on Aug. 25, 1931, to the late Nimrod and Phoebe Jackson.
Survivors include his loving wife, June N. Jackson; one daughter, Cassandra Jackson of Washington, D.C.; five sons, William "Vance" Jackson of Hyattsville, Md.; Nimrod "Lance" Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, of of Fredericksburg, Craig Jackson of Landover, Md., Timothy Jackson and his wife, Shirley, of Riverdale, Md., and Freddie Jackson of Spotsylvania; five stepdaughters, Michelle Stewart of Spotsylvania, Shana White and her husband, Gregory, of Spotsylvania, Tonya Jones and her husband, Gregory, of Battle Creek, Mich., Frankie Silver and her husband, Raymond, of Spotsylvania, and Bondara Buckner of Spotsylvania; one brother, Nimrod L. Jackson of Washington, D.C.; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by son Norman W. Jackson Jr. and brothers Andrew Jackson and Theodore Jackson.
A funeral was held Monday, Aug. 10, at Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site), Fredericksburg. Interment was in Glyn Haven Memorial Gardens, Stafford.

Susan J. Wright

Susan J. Wright, 38 of Colonial Beach, VA died Tuesday August 4, 2009 as a result of a car accident.
She is survived by four children: Courtney Williams and husband David, of Topping, VA., Shannon Rollins of Colonial Beach, James Wright of Alexandria, VA, and Cody Wright of Alexandria, VA; her mother, Roberta "Bert" Rollins of Colonial Beach; two sisters:  Dawn Inman of Colonial Beach, and Debbie Spalding of Clearwater, FL; grandson Thomas Williams of Topping, VA and an unborn grandchild. She is also survived by her fiance Craig Trivette of King George and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, one niece, cousins, friends, and her dog, Zeus.
She was pre-deceased by her father, Tom Rollins.
A memorial service will be held from 2-4pm, Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the Colonial Beach Moose Lodge.    Nash and Slaw Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

John E. "Bluebird" Toombs

John Edward "Bluebird" Toombs, 82, of Fredericksburg died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Toombs was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. He was a member of Fredericksburg Eagles Lodge 4123.
Survivors include his two daughters, Sharon Wilson and Judy Hall of Fredericksburg; four sisters, Jean Newcomber of Stafford County, Betty Lee Hinkel of Magna, Utah, Hilda Blakley of King George County and Joan Green of Spotsylvania County; three grandchildren, Troy Garrett, Jason Wilson and Kacey Diaz and her husband, Lucas; five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Jaclyn, Justin, Shane, and Hayden; and several nieces and nephews. He also is survived his loving pet, Duke. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie H. Toombs; his parents, John J. and Eva May Toombs; and brothers James A. "Shotgun" Toombs and Charles J. "PeeWee" Toombs.
A funeral was held Sunday, Aug. 9, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. Willie B. Guill officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were James F. Blakley, Lucas Diaz, Glenroy Green, Tyler Lee, Rutledge Webb and Jimmie R. Blakley.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Pauline Bowman Callis

Pauline Bowman Callis, 58, of Montross died Friday, Aug. 7, 2009.
Mrs. Callis is survived by her husband, Roger "Kenny" Callis; two daughters, Gwendolyn Jewel Selfe of Tappahannock and Carrie Beth Gregory of Warsaw; five grand-   children; her mother, Virginia Richards of Oldhams; and five sisters, Mary DeAtley of Colonial Beach, Estelle Myers of Wichita, Kan., Ann Church of Colonial Beach, Brenda Schools of Warsaw and Linda Patterson of Orange County.
A funeral was conducted  Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel, with burial following in Currioman Baptist Church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Mrs. Hilda Bronner, Box 65, Haynesville, Va. 22472.

George Curtis Marshall

George Curtis Marshall, 94, of Igo in King George County, passed away Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, in King George.
Curtis was a lifelong farmer in King George and a member of Potomac Baptist Church, as well as an avid hunter and fisherman.
Curtis is survived by a daughter, Wanda C. Marshall Owens and her husband, James, of Jacksonville, Fla.; a son, Norman Marshall and his wife, Mary, of King George; three sisters, Juanita Sutton and her husband, Irwin, of North Carolina and Fannie Heimer and Virginia Purks, both of King George; a brother, Iviason Marshall of King George; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Curtis was the former husband of Margaret Mullen Marshall and Mildred Marshall.
A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Potomac Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Newton and the Rev. Willis Dempsey officiating.. Following the service, interment will take place in Potomac Baptist Church cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Potomac Baptist Church, Box 701, King George, Va. 22485.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at nashandslawfh.com.

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