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Area Deaths - Mar 18, 2009

John Michael "Mike" Clift

John Michael "Mike" Clift, 47 of King George died Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at his home.
Mr. Clift was a member of Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist Church in King George county.
He was a member of the Virginia Plumber and Mechanical Inspectors Association and the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association.
An avid hunter and woodworker, he always gave a helping hand to neighbors and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Donna L. Clift; a son, Troy Lee Clift; a daughter, Jamie Lynn Clift; his parents, Joe F. and Janice P. Clift of Spotsylvania; brothers, Joe "Fitz" Clift, Jr and wife Trudy, of King George and Jeffrey P. Clift and wife, Amie, of Palm Coast, Florida; a sister Julie Mersiowsky and husband, Scott of Spotsylvania; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on Saturday March 14, 2009 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg with the Rev. J. Larry Haun officiating.
A graveside service was held on Monday March 16, 2009 at the Blue Grass Cemetery in Highland County, with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Nick Mason Scholarship Fund c/o Vic & Christine Mason, 9337 Hickory Lane, King George, VA 22485
Online guestbook at covenantfuneralservice.com

Fenece Elsie Evans Dewar

Fenece Elsie Evans Dewar, 76, of Colonial Beach, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 18,2009. 
She was retired from the printing office for the U.S. Government, and was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 139, Clarinton, MD. 
She was the widow of Joseph Ralph Dewar.  She is survived by two sons; Eric Dewar, Silver Springs, MD and Kenneth Dewar, Colonial Beach; two sisters, Faith Fink, Frederick, MD and Fietta DeGroat, Florida.
She was preceded in death by a son, Roy Dewar; a daughter Vivian Dewar, and two sisters, Ruth Groves and Fern Cole.
A graveside funeral service was held on Friday, March 13, 2009 at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
Online condolences may be left at welchfuneralhomeva.com

Alva Grace King Rollins

Alva Grace King Rollins, 89, of Montross, formally of Colonial Beach, VA went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 9,2009. 
Mrs. Rollins was a cook for Parker Crab Shores for many years. 
She was the widow of Cecil Calbert Rollins.
She is survived by a daughter; Rosie Irene VanDeusen, of Montross, two sisters; Juanita Thrift, Warsaw, and Florence Reamy, Virginia Beach.  Also surviving are three grand children; Nancy Lynn VanDeusen, William Allen VanDeusen, Kenneth Calbert VanDeusen, and a great grandchild, Justin Caruthers.
A graveside funeral service was held on Thursday, March 12, 2009 at Popes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Baynesville, VA.   The Rev. Richard Headley officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alva G. Rollins Fund,  c/o Welch Funeral Home, 17546 Kings Highway, Montross, VA 22520.
Online condolences may be made at welchfuneralhomeva.com

Caroll D. North

Caroll D. North, 91, son of the late Ira and Ethel Wogan North, passed away at his home in King George County on Friday, March 6, 2009.
Born in Athens County, Ohio, and raised in St. Mary's, W.Va., he moved to King George in October 1941 to a new job at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren.
He was very proud of his involvement in the early developmental work being accomplished during those years. He loved to tell stories of his life, his friends, and his work in his years of federal service.
After surviving an accidental explosion of a bomb at the "Shell House," he took a position in "K Lab" where he served as a computer operator on the earliest large scale computers being developed for the Navy, the AIKEN relay system, and Naval Ordinance Research Calculator (NORC). He retired in 1975 from federal service and continued working in King George for many years.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 68 years, Selma North, and three children: Dale North and his wife, Ruth, of Chesapeake, Lester North and his wife, Bobbi, of Falmouth, Mass., and Carolyn Sue Dulaney of Anchorage, Alaska;  seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He also is survived by three brothers: Pearl North of Reno, Ohio, Russell North of Mansfield, Ohio, and Gene North and his wife, Gwen, of Houston, Texas; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by one great-grandson, Joshua Bourgeois; two sisters, Lorraine and Alice; and a brother, Elden.
The funeral service was held at Friday, March 13, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, followed by burial  in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Mary Washington Hospital Home Health Care, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.

Fred C. "Hobo" Fines, Jr.

Fred C. "Hobo" Fines Jr., 59, of King George County, died Friday, March 6, 2009, at his home. He was a retired truck driver.
Survivors include three brothers, Jerry Fines and John Fines, both of King George, and Steven Fines of Headwater; sister Debbie Squire of Louisa; and seven nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Saturday, March 14, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. Burial will be private.
Donations in Hobo's name should go to King George Fire & Rescue, Box 466, King George, Va. 22485.

Jacques Recht

Jacques Recht, 78, born in Belgium and educated in England and Belgium, passed away at Riverside Hospital, Tappahannock, on Sunday, March 8, 2009.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Liliane, as well as sister Yvette Storck of Montross and grandnephew Robert John Storck.
His early career included 24 years as an engineer in European fermentation industries. During that time he became an avid sailor.
Jacques decided to take a sabbatical to build a 36-foot Wharram catamaran and to leave Belgium to cross the Atlantic. He and his wife, Liliane, left in August of 1978, arriving in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in May of 1980. Prior to their U.S. arrival they traveled extensively, stopping in Spain, North Africa, Morocco, the Canary Islands, the Cabo Verde Islands, the Caribbean and the Bahamas.
Through the inland waterways they reached Yorktown on the Fourth of July 1980, a sign of their destiny. Stopping in Kinsale on the 11th, they were invited to a party at the Great House where they made the connection that ultimately led to a successful collaboration at Ingleside in Oak Grove.
From 1980 until 1995, Jacques was Ingleside Plantation Winery's first winemaker. Along with his Ingleside commitment Jacques consulted with wineries in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and, after his retirement, in Texas. Most recently, he consulted with a new winery, Athena Vineyards in Burgess.
Always interested in research, he helped found the ODU Enological Research Facility, which studies the health effects of Virginia wines.
Recognized worldwide for his expertise in enology, he wrote for Wine East magazine for 25 years, and was recently recognized by the American Wine Society with the 2007 Award of Merit for his achievements throughout the eastern U.S.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Riverside Tappahannock Hospice, 618 Hospital Road, Tappahannock, Va. 22560.
A private memorial will be held at a later date.

William Edward Carter

William Edward Carter, 63, formerly of King George County, died Friday, March 13, 2009 at Avante Nursing Home in Roanoke. Arrangements are incomplete at Serenity Nursing Home, Roanoke.

Charles E. Mitchell, Sr.

Charles Edward Mitchell Sr., 73, of Colonial Beach, died Sunday, March 15, 2009, at his residence.
Survivors include his sons, Charles Mitchell Jr. and Don Mitchell; his daughters, Jeanie Jarrett, Carol James, Janice Mitchell, Connie Mitchell, Georgia Sparks and Becky Mitchell; his best friend in life, Carol Anne; his brothers, Don Mitchell, Arthur Mitchell and Wallace Mitchell; his sisters, Margaret Ramsey and Karen Waldroupe; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughters, Scarlet and Cathy Mitchell, and two brothers, George and Bobby Mitchell.
"Dad, you will be loved, respected and missed by all."
Services will be private.
Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

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