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Area Deaths - April 29, 2009

Irma Lee Fitzgerald

   Irma Lee Fitzgerald of King George County passed away peacefully at Heartfields of Fredericksburg Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008. Born Oct. 30, 1919, in South Carolina, "Skeets" or "Skeeter" was 89 years old when she died from complications surrounding Alzheimer's disease. She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard W. Fitzgerald Jr.
   Survivors include her brother, Joseph D. Lee of Stephens City; a daughter, Diane Lee Fitzgerald of California and her son, Hunter Kegley, of Tennessee; and a son, Michael Fitzgerald and his wife, Wendy, of King George, and their children, Jason Fitzgerald of King George and Jessica Tschirn of Westmoreland County.
   Skeets had a special fondness for the flowering dogwood trees. To celebrate this, her memorial service was held Saturday, April 25, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, followed by burial in Historyland Cemetery.

Mary Ann Minter Leake

   Mary Ann Minter Leake, 72, of Fredericksburg went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 20, 2009, at her daughter's home, surrounded by her family. Ms. Leake passed after a long battle with cancer.
   She was preceded in death by her mother, Rosie Virginia Rose Minter; her father, Nathaniel Woodrow Minter; her stepmother, Edna Minter; her brother, Woodrow Minter Jr.; her sister, Virginia Wharton; her stepbrother, Lawrence William Griffis; and granddaughter, Starr Elaine Carneal.
   She was a former member of Montague Baptist Church in King George County, and she worked at Morganstern Pants Co. for over 30 years.
   Surviving family members include two daughters: Regina Coppage and Cheryl "Lynn" Thompson and her husband, Elvin, all of Fredericksburg; three sons, Ralph "Ray" Coppage Jr. and his wife, Nettie, Woodrow James Coppage and his wife, Faith, of Fredericksburg, and Darrell Wayne Coppage of Spotsylvania County; an adopted grandson, Brian Leake of Fredericksburg; two sisters, Ruby Coleman and her husband, Elton, of Thornburg, and Lillian Perry and her husband, Howard, of Caroline County; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one on the way; a host of nieces and nephews; a lifelong friend and ex-husband, James E. Leake; and special friends Donna Bowie, Nancy Tate, and Frank and Emma Leake.
   A funeral was be held Thursday, April 23, at the funeral home, with the Rev. R. Kenneth Brooks officiating. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
   Pallbearers were Mark Coleman, Gary Griffis, Kenneth Griffis, Stevie Griffis, Bobby Leake, Marty Jones, Todd Leake and John Truslow.
   The family would like to give special thanks to her caregivers, Christine Fleshman and Ashlee Elder, as well as Mary Washington Hospice.
   Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.
Cyrus B. Jackson
   Cyrus B. Jackson, 55, formerly of King George County, died Saturday, April 18, 2009.         Arrangements are being handled by  Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal.

Mary E. Green

   Mary E. Green, 87, of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at Neshaminy Manor Nursing Home in Warrington, Pa.
   Born April 25, 1921, in King George County,  Mrs. Green worked as a key-punch operator for the federal government before retiring. She was a member of Union Bethel Baptist Church, King George, where she served on the Deaconess Board. She also was a member of the NAACP for many years.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Green, and her parents, James and Martha Lucas Banks.
   She is survived by two stepsons, Waldo and Thomas Woods, both of Philadelphia; two stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
   A funeral was held Saturday, April 25, at Union Bethel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Donnell Howard officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
   Arrangements are being handled by Lee Funeral Home, King George.

Joan H. Hancock

   Joan H. Hancock, 76, of Dahlgren died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at her home.
   A native of Washington, D.C., she was a homemaker and a member of Oakland Baptist Church, AARP and TOPS. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rayner B. Hancock, and a son, Thomas J. Putnam Jr.
   Survivors include her children: John A. Putnam and his wife, Sheryl, Charlotte A. Flaherty, Deborah A. Wagner and her husband, Mark E., Cindy B. Putnam, and stepdaughter Lorena Thompson Bonita; two sisters, June Bryant and Elaine Richards; her brother Joseph Holden; 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
   A memorial service was held  Saturday, April 25, at Oakland Baptist Church, King George. Burial of ashes will be in the church cemetery.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Oakland Baptist Church, 5520 James Madison Parkway, King George, Va. 22485.
   Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert T. Johnson

   Robert T. Johnson, 72, of Montross died Friday, April 17, 2009, at his daughter's home in Colonial Beach.
   He is survived by his wife, Irene Johnson; three daughters, Betty Graham, Carolyn Kirkland and Renita Pierce; and three sons, Robert Johnson Jr., Garry Michoux and Dale Lewis; two brothers, and four sisters.
   A funeral was held  Saturday, April 25, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, with the Rev. Dr. David Cunningham officiating.
   Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome .com.

Kristina Lee Burd

   Kristina Lee Burd, 19, of King George County died Monday, April 20, 2009, in Fredericksburg.
   She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Deborah and Horace Green of Pawley Island, S.C.; her father and stepmother, James and Carol Burd of King George; one sister, Hillary Canada of King George; two brothers, Sean Burd of Garrisonville and Travis Burd of Pawley Island; grandmothers Janice Burd of Richmond and Beulah Houck of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; grandparents Charles and Nancy Crouch of Fairfax; and many other family members and friends.
   A memorial service was held at 8 p.m. at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George with burial on Friday April 24 in Westhampton Memorial Park, Richmond.

Cyrus B. "Rosalee" Jackson

   Cyrus B. "Rosalee" Jackson, 55, of Washington, D.C., formerly of King George County, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Washington Hospital Center.
   He is survived by a daughter, Tiffany White of Dahlgren; two brothers, Lawrence Jackson of King George and James Ford of Spotsylvania County; and seven sisters, Betty Montague of Waldorf, Md., Debbra Ford, Audrey Gerald and Kimberly Parker, all of King George, Wanda Parson of Colonial Beach, Cynthia Johnson of Stafford County and Valerie Johnson of Ashburn; and a stepmother, Doris Veney.
   A funeral was held  Thursday, April 23, at First Baptist Church Ambar, King George, with the Rev. William T. Frye officiating. Burial was on Friday, April 24, in Quantico National Cemetery.
   Arrangements are by Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal.
   Online guest book is available at brooks funeralhome.com.

Melissa Wright

   Melissa Wright, 60, of King George County and formerly of Waldorf, Md., died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at her home.
   Born in Washington, D.C., she had been active and instrumental in the formation of Boy Scout Troop 1780 in Waldorf. She was an avid reader, and devoted her life to her family.
Survivors include her husband, Pete Wright; three children, Monica Robey of King George, Kelly Wright of Richmond, and Joe Wright of Walnut Hill, Fla.; five grandchildren, Matt and Timmy Robey, Amanda Brickell, and Elizabeth and Victoria Wright.
   A funeral was held  Sunday, April 26, in the chapel of Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green.
   Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to a church or synagogue of one's choice.
   Sign register book online at storkefuneralhome.com.

Edward Dillard Pierce

   Edward Dillard Pierce, 74, of St. Stephens Church departed this life Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at a Tappahannock nursing home.
   He is survived by three sons, Edward Authur Pierce of Woodbury, N.J., Oliver L. and Tony Pierce of Richmond; three sisters, Clara Tompkins of Tappahannock, Jane Hudson of Bowling Green and Lourene Payne of Sparta; and two brothers, James Pierce of Spotsylvania County and Terry Pierce of Harrisburg, Pa.
   A funeral was held Sunday, April 26, at First Mount Olive Baptist Church, Newtown, with the Rev. Frederick Young officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
   Online condolences may be posted at washingtonfh .net.

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