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Area Deaths - February 18, 2009

 Ruth P. Welch "Pat" Grimes

   Ruth Priscilla Welch "Pat" Grimes 86, of Fredericksburg died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009.
   Surviving children are: Kirklyn Humphreys and her husband, Richard, of Fredericksburg, Duane Stratton and his wife, Carol, of Richmond, W.K. Stratton Jr. and his wife, Maureen, of Burbank, Calif., Ross Stratton and his wife, Sherrie, of Madison County; as well as 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
   Moving to Fredericksburg in 1967, Mrs. Grimes worked as a nurse at Mary Washington Hospital. She attended St. Mary Catholic Church. Her marriage to Dr. James E.    Grimes took place on March 10, 1973, in Fredericksburg. They resided in Fredericksburg and King George County.
   Surviving stepchildren are: Deliece Blanchard and her husband, Fred, of Lynchburg, Susan Smith and her husband, Wayne, of Harrisonburg, and Jim Grimes of Ruckersville; and five stepgrandchildren.
   In 1983, Mrs. Grimes established a business to provide medical equipment for use in patients' homes. Pat Grimes, Inc., has now been serving residents of the Fredericksburg area for 25 years.
   Mrs. Grimes was an active member of the Fredericksburg and King George Chambers of Commerce. In 1995, Pat Grimes, Inc., was named "Small Business of the Year" by the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.
   A funeral was held  Saturday, Feb. 14, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. David Martin officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
   Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058.
   Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Elizabeth M. "Betty" Craig

   Elizabeth M. "Betty" Craig, 81, of Rappahannock Academy died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, at Louisa Health Care Center.
   Born in Caroline County, she was the widow of Raymond S. Craig. She had retired from Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, after more than 20 years of service and was a member of Port Royal Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanne Craig.
   She is survived by her daughter Brenda Galyen and her husband, Bradley, of Spotsylvania County; her sister, Mae Carter of King George County; and three grandchildren, Adam Galyen, Raven Galyen and Khris Craig.
   A funeral was held Saturday, Feb. 14, in the chapel of Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green. Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Port Royal Fire and Rescue or American Cancer Society. Sign the register book online at storke funeralhome.com.

Margaret V. "Marge" Smith  

   Margaret V. "Marge" Smith, 83, of Colonial Beach, beloved mother, entered into the arms of Jesus, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at her home.
   Mrs. Smith worked for Peoples Drug Store and after retirement was active in the community of Colonial Beach, and was a member of the Moose Lodge and Oak Grove Baptist Church. She was the widow of Lewis A. "Smitty" Smith.
   She is survived by three daughters, Patricia Ann Luttfring and her husband, Joseph, of Carmichael, Calif., Norma Jean Harrison and her husband, Tommy, of Colonial Beach, and Ruth Louetta Hosgood and her husband, Leroy, of Millington, Md.; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
   The funeral was held Sunday, Feb. 15, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, with the Rev. Willard Bowen officiating. Burial followed in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
   Contributions may be made to the American Heart Associaton, Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058. A special thanks to Hospice of Virginia for their special care.
   Online condolences may be recorded at nashandslaw fh.com.

Lillian N. Toliaferro

   Lillian N. Toliaferro,  84, of Warsaw died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009.
   She is the mother of the Rev. Russell Smith of Macedonia Baptist Church, Center Cross.
   A funeral was held Saturday, Feb. 14, at Angel Visit Baptist Church, Dunnsville.
   Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home, Lancaster, handled the arrangements.

Edgar (Hector) Omar Torres

   Edgar (Hector) Omar Torres, born December 18, 1978, died January 24, 2009 at his residence.  He was laid to rest on January 30th in Massillon, Ohio.
   Mr. Torres was born in Mexico and raised in the United States. He was a carpenter for Real Wood Construction for many years.  
   Survivors include his only son, Eric Omar Torres; the mother of his son, Tammy Redford, and her two daughters, Heather Redford and April Daub, all of King George; his father, mother, sister and two nieces, all of Ohio.  
   A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 21st from 3pm until 5pm at Agape Ministry Church, 9106 Indiantown Road, King George.
  The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Church Benevolence Fund, c/o Agape Ministry, P.O. Box 998, King George, VA 22485.  

Donna Joanne Lee

   Donna Joanne Lee, 68, of Fredericksburg passed away Monday, Feb. 9, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
   Donna was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John L. Richards of Fredericksburg.
   Donna is survived by her husband, Gwin Lee; one daughter, Virginia Lee, three sisters-in-law, Roberta Lee of Richmond, Lillian Robey, and Nancy Butts of Roanoke; her goddaughter, Susan Castillo; her cousins, John W. Drew Jr. of Colonial Beach and Jean Carrier of Dudein, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
   Donna was active in the Daughters of the Confederacy. She attended Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., on a full scholarship and went on to attend the Strayer Business College. Donna worked as head designer at the Smithsonian's History and Technology Building until her retirement in 1969.
   A funeral was held at  Monday, Feb. 16, at St. John's Episcopal Church, 9403 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485, with the Rev. Diane Carroll officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Donna's name to the charity of one's choice; to the SPCA, 1523 Olde William St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401; or to the
   Fredericksburg Rescue Squad, Box 4101, Fredericksburg, Va. 22402.
   Online condolences may be expressed at foundandsons.com.

James Christian Talley

   James Christian Talley, 92, of Arlington Heights, Ill., formerly of Fredericksburg, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.
   Born in New Kent County, Mr. Talley graduated from the College of William and Mary as a physicist where he earned a Phi Beta Kappa key. From there he went to Dahlgren Proving Ground where he worked in various departments and retired in 1973.
   Jim learned to fly a Piper Cub while at college and kept it at the Burgess Airfield near the Dahlgren base. He enjoyed many years of boating on the Potomac River, first with a sailboat and then an inboard, which was used in ski shows held on the base.
   Survivors include his wife, Mary; his daughters, Anne Hiller and her husband, Alan, of El Cerrito, Calif., and Sara Milleson and her husband, Brian, of Auburn, Wash.; his son, Robert and his wife, Pam, of Arlington Heights; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
   There will be a private memorial service at a later date.

Thelma Weston Thompson

   Thelma Weston Thompson, 86, of Montross passed away Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009. She was the widow of Charles Shelton Thompson Jr.
   A funeral was held Monday, Feb. 16, at the Montross chapel of the Welch Funeral Home. Interment followed in the Grant United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lerty.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Bon Secours Hospice, 1822 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, Va. 22560, or to the Westmoreland Volunteer Fire Department, Box 222, Montross, Va. 22520.
   Online condolences may be made at welchfuneral homeva.com.

Lucille A. Tennison

   Lucille A. Tennison, 79, of Fredericksburg went to be with Jesus, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
   Lucille was the daughter of the late Ernest and Blanche Eubank. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Tennison, and a son, Kenneth Tennison.
   Mrs. Tennison was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in King George County.
   She is survived by two sons, Leroy Tennison and his wife, Lorraine, and Larry Tennison; two daughters, Sheila Hayden and her husband, Todd, and Trudy Stiles and her husband, Sonny. She also is survived by a sister, Virginia Maggard; one brother, Wayne Eubank; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
   A funeral was held Monday, Feb. 16, with the Rev. Willis Dempsey officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.

William Allen Nixon

   William Allen Nixon of King George County passed away Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
   William, known to his friends as Bill, is survived by his wife, Lois Loucks Nixon; three married children, Heather Stevenson, Robert Nixon and Marily Nixon; one grandchild, Ian Stevenson; two brothers, Robert Nixon of New Zealand and Jack Nixon of Colorado; and nine nieces and nephews. His sister, Dorothy Burns of Colorado, predeceased him.
   Born in Denver, Colo., in 1925, Bill grew up in Wyoming and Colorado. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and a graduate degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
   As a chemical engineer, he worked for many years with assignments in Japan, England and France, eventually working for and retiring from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (formerly the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission).
   In his spare time, Bill was an avid sailor, beekeeper, vegetable gardener and tree farmer, and proud owner of two Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. He spent his retirement years travelling in the U.S. and Europe, and enjoying life with Lois in King George County. Bill's friends and family will miss his love, friendship, intellect, creativity and quick wit.
   A celebration of his life will be held in April.

Brenda Kay Roth

   Brenda Kay Roth, 55, of King George, Va, passed away on Saturday, February 14, 2009.  She was the wife of Jon Christopher Roth and the granddaughter of Frank and Laura Foley, who raised her.
   She was a homemaker and a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church.
   She is also survived by two sons, Michael Dorsey and Daniel Dorsey of Leesburg, FL, and daughter, Crystal Loxley of King George and a brother, Douglas.
   In addition to her grandparents, she was also predeceased by a brother, Charles Foley.
   Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Thursday, February 19,2009 at Lebanon United Methodist Church with Rev. John C. Ward, officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00am to 12:00noon at the church.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Lebanon United Methodist Church, c/o Charlene Becker, 6160 Menokin Road, Warsaw, VA 22572.  Online condolences may be made at www.welchfuneralhomeva.com

Lee Brown Carey

   Lee Brown Carey, 84, of Fredericksburg died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at his residence.
Mr. Carey served as a Marine Corps raider during World War II and as a photographer during the Korean War. He worked at the Dahlgren Naval Surface Warfare Center and later taught photography at Fort Belvoir for the Department of the Army, retiring after 40-plus years working for the U. S. government.
Mr. Carey was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Katsey S. Carey; and his wife, Fayleen C. Carey.
   He is survived by his daughter, Donna Carey McWhirt of Fredericksburg; a sister, Louise Miller of Baton Rouge, La; three grand- children, Stacee L. Rogers, Christopher S. Rogers and Jason M. Rogers; five great-grandchildren, Shaela Carroll, Rebecca Rogers, Jacob Rogers, Trenton Rogers and Jackson Lee Rogers; and several nieces and nephews.
   A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Ronald Thayer Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in his name to American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058.
   Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Lorraine Breeden Lamb

   Lorraine Breeden Lamb, 81, of Madison County died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at Culpeper Regional Hospital.
   Born Jan. 24, 1928, in Charlottesville, she was the daughter of the late Nettie Pearl Breeden Brookman. She also was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle Ernest Lamb.
   Mrs. Lamb is survived by her lifelong nephew, whom she raised, George Irving Brookman and his wife, Janet, of Fredericksburg; her brother, George Lewis "Buck" Brookman and his wife, Francis, of Fredericksburg; her sister, Mary Marie Malcom of King George County; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Preddy Funeral Home, Orange, with interment in Graham Cemetery.
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, Box 1132, Fairfax, Va. 22038.

Alvin Gene Loving

   Alvin Gene Loving, 59, of Fredericksburg died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009, at his residence.
   Mr. Loving had retired from Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren after 36 years of service. He was a Vietnam veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.
   Survivors include his son, David T. Loving, and his two sisters, June Hall and Jackie Walker, all of Fredericks-burg; and his grandsons, Mathew D. Loving and Noah C. Loving.
   A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Willie B. Guill officiating.
Internment will follow at a later date in Quantico National Cemetery.
   The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in his name to the American Diabetes Association, Memorials Program Processing Center, Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312.
   Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Bettie Fleming

   Bettie Fleming, 69, of King George County died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel.

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