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Area Deaths - July 8, 2009

Helen Armstrong Lilly

Mrs. Helen “Bonnie” Armstrong Lilly, 66, of Colonial Beach, Virginia, passed away on June 12, 2009, in the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, VA.
She was the wife of Darrell Clark Lilly for 20 years. They were married in Ottawa, Kansas while she was employed as the administrative assistant to the president of an international crane company. She and her husband moved to Colonial Beach in 1999.
Born in Wilmington, DE, she was the only daughter of William W. and Helen Armstrong, long-time residents of Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA.  
She is survived  by her husband, and three brothers: W. Warren Armstrong of Allentown, PA, J. Scott Armstrong of Drexel Hill, PA, and H. Lloyd Armstrong of Newbury, MA plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was a graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School in 1960 and a graduate of Hood College in 1964 with a B.S. degree. Shortly after graduating from Hood, she began working for NCR Corporation teaching computer systems usage to bank clients. She moved to McLean VA to work with Head Start Women in Fairfax County. From there she went to work with Sen. George McGovern’s presidential campaign in 1972 as the assistant radio news director. After the campaign she began working with the women’s movement and in 1974 was elected president of the Northern Virginia National Organization of Women (NOW). She had her own interior decorating firm, catering to upscale clients in the D.C. area for many years.
 A memorial celebration of her life will be held for family and friends on August 15, 2009, from 10:30 -12:30 p.m. at The Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Ave., Havertown, PA.

Ronald H. Elza, Sr.

Retired U.S. Marine Sgt. Ronald Hayes Elza Sr., 59, of Montross died Sunday, June 28, 2009.
He was born Dec. 18, 1949, in Baltimore, Md., to the late Julius H. Elza Jr. and Marion S. Elza. He was a disabled veteran who received the Purple Heart medal for his services in Vietnam. Ron supported community and military organizations throughout his life.
He is the devoted father of Shannon E. Burgess, Marine Lance Cpl. Ronald H. "Bear" Elza Jr., Angel America Elza and Ronald H. "Rocky" Elza III; dear brother of Janet Elza Russell and Geraldine Elza; loving grandfather of Emma J. Burgess; dear father-in-law of Kevin D. Burgess and Sky Elza.
The family received visitors at the family-owned Singleton Funeral & Cremation Services, 1 2nd Ave. S.W. (at Crain Highway), Glen Burnie, on Thursday, July 2. The funeral ceremony was held at Glen Burnie United Methodist Church Friday, July 3.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 N. Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, Va. 22203; the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, 1107 Kenilworth Drive, Suite 202, Baltimore, Md. 21204; or Lebanon United Methodist Church, Neenah Road, Montross, Va. 22520.
Interment will be in Glen Haven Memorial Park, Glen Burnie, Md.
Visit singletonfuneralhome.com for further information.

J. Wilton Greene, Sr.

J. Wilton Greene Sr., 93, of Spotsylvania County died Monday, June 29, 2009, at Carriage Hill Nursing and Rehab Center.
A native of Spotsylvania County, he was the son of the late Lester and Mattie Greene. He was a longtime farmer and had served on the Spotsylvania County Assessment Board for 25 years.
Mr. Greene had worked at various Spotsylvania County voting precincts. He was a member of Round Oak Baptist Church, where he played the piano in years past.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Lola K. Greene; daughter Shirley Martin and her husband, Melvin, of Spotsylvania; seven grandchildren: Kevin Martin of Spotsylvania, Dale Brooks of Stafford County, Cindy Greene of Spotsylvania, Lora Fluet of Colonial Beach, Jacqueline Keating of Spotsylvania, Melissa Middlebrook of Caroline County, and Kimberley Hamlett of Spotsylvania; 15 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Greene was preceded in death by a son, Joseph "Buddy" Greene Jr.; two grandsons, Keith Martin and Gregory Scott Greene; great-grandson Charles Hamlett III; two brothers, Carl Greene and Verna Greene; and a half-brother, Harry Lee.
A funeral was held Friday, July 3 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg with the Rev. Randolph M. Newsome officiating. Burial  followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Bettie Peyton

Bettie L. Peyton, 73, of Colonial Beach died Thursday, July 2, 2009, at Westmoreland Rehabilitation and Heathcare Center.
She is survived by five sons, Donald, Sterling, Charles, William and Joseph; six daughters, Violet, Emma, Phyllistine, Brenda, Bertha and Ruby; 24 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She also is survived by one sister, Rosie Richards, and one brother, James Peyton.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 9, at Good Hope Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Robert Williams officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Arrangements are by Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal. Online guest book is available at brooks funeralhome.com.
Mary Graves Davis
Mary Graves Davis, 88, of Montross went to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 2, 2009.
She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Mission Church, and was the widow of William Robert Davis.
She is survived by a son, Kenneth Robert Davis of Hague; a daughter, Gail D. Dunn of Winston Salem, N.C.; a brother, James W. Graves of Clear Springs, Md.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A funeral was held  Monday, July 6, at St. Paul's Catholic Mission Church, Hague. Interment followed in St. Aloysius Catholic Church cemetery, Leonardtown, Md.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Westmoreland County Rescue Squad, Box 37, Mount Holly, Va. 22524 or to Hospice of Virginia, 1328 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, Va. 22560.

Thomas E. Pemberton

Thomas E. Pemberton Jr., 70, of Fredericksburg died Friday, July 3, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Pemberton was a native of Fredericksburg and a graduate of Spotsylvania High School. He served in the National Guard and worked at G&H Manufacturing for 26 years. He then retired from Massaponax Building Components after 19 years.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rachel Pemberton; a son, Bryan Pemberton and his wife, Brenda, of King George County; four grandchildren, Todd Newton, Tiffany Alexander and her husband, Rett, Joey Newton and his wife, Ashley, and Jennifer Newton; two great-grandchildren, Sidney Alexander and Peyton Alexander; two sisters, Elsie P. Curtis and Anna Lee Ballard and her husband, Joseph, all of Stafford; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Tuesday, July 7, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. James Vaught officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Rett Alexander, Joey Newton, Todd Newton, David Ballard, Pete Wright, Martin Jones and Larry Bivens.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Carter's Crusaders Fund for Carter Harris at any First Market Bank.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Philip Edward Goodwin

Philip Edward Goodwin, 71, of Colonial Beach died Sunday, July 5, 2009, at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Pearl Goodwin; two children, Philip E. Goodwin Jr. and his wife, Linda, and Michael S. Goodwin and his wife, Denise; his sister, Jane E. Madaris and her husband, John; her brother, Robert S. Goodwin; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Colonial Beach United Methodist Church, with burial to follow in the St. Peter's Church cemetery, Oak Grove.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Colonial Beach Methodist Church, Box 189, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Arrangements are being handled by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach.

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