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Area Deaths - January 28, 2009

Jeanne H. Johnson

Jeanne H. Johnson, 54, of Spotsylvania County died Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at her home.
Survivors include her husband, T. Shane Johnson; two sons, Joseph Shane Reynolds of Laconia, N.H., and Casey Scott Ratliff and his fiancee, Sarah E. Karas of Spotsylvania; two daughters, Trisha Rae Harrington of Fredericksburg, and Aubrey Ruth Tzortzinis and her husband, Nicholas, of King George County; her mother, Eunice N. Wood and stepfather, Harold Wood, of Virginia Beach; a brother, Larry Eugene Hall of Virginia Beach; a sister, Peggy Finegan and her husband, Stephen, of Floral City, Fla.; and seven grandchildren: Corbin Neil King, Avery Taylor King, Madison Paige Reynolds, Joshua David Reynolds, Kaia Laurana Wood, Phoebe Aliza Reynolds and Liam Scott Ratliff.
A memorial service was held  Thursday, Jan. 22, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel. Interment will be private.
Memorial may be made to the Children's Cancer Foundation, Inc., 1052 Flagtree Lane, Baltimore, Md. 21208.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Betty M. Ballard

Mrs. Betty Merryman Ballard, 66, of Spotsylvania County passed away Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Born Oct. 27, 1942, in King George County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Sr. and Murnie Merryman. She was preceded in death by three brothers, John, Elmer and Edward Merryman.
Betty is survived by her son, Ronald Ballard and his wife, Tiffaney, and her granddaughter, Amber, all of Stafford County; her daughter, Traci Smith, and her grandson, Dylan, of Saluda.
She also is survived by one brother, Robert Merryman Jr. of King George County; five sisters: Helen Green and Judy Harding, both of King George, Ruth Bowie of Stafford, Alice Houser of Spotsylvania and Shirley Jewell of Alexandria; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at  Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, Sunset Memorial Gardens.
The family is being served by Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel.

Everett D. Carrington

Everett Donovan Carrington 94, a longtime resident of 1109 Stafford Ave., Fredericksburg, passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at Woodmont Center.
Mr. Carrington was a native of Kentucky and was the son of Luther A. Carrington and Anna Riley Carrington. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during World War II. Following his time in service, Mr. Carrington worked for the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren for over two decades, retiring in 1983. He was a longtime member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church and Fredericksburg Elks Lodge 875.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 67 years, Lucille B. Carrington; devoted daughter Diane Carrington of Fredericksburg; niece, Betty B. Cwiklinski and husband, David, of Richmond; three nephews, Bowie Brooks, Brad Bowie and Randy Bowie and his wife, Shelly, all of Fredericksburg; a host of extended family members and many friends, including a special caregiver friend, Nancy Brown, who will mourn his loss.
A funeral was held Friday, Jan. 23, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. J. Larry Haun and Rev. Patti English officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were David Cwiklinski, Bowie Brooks, Allen Chewning, Robert Bowie, Emmett Farmer, and Corbin Bowie.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association-Fredericksburg Office, 2217 Princess Anne St., Suite 106-F1, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Larry Rivers

Larry Rivers, 69, of Knoxville, Tenn., and formerly of Colonial Beach, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009, in Knoxville.
A member of the Catholic church, he was predeceased by his wife, Ethel Rivers. He is survived by three sons, Mitchell, Craig and Ken Rivers; and five brothers, two sisters and two grandchildren.
A graveside service in Historyland Memorial Park, King George, was held Saturday, Jan. 24. Nash & Slaw Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Floyd T. Rose, Jr.,

Floyd T. Rose Jr., 76, of Great Falls died at his residence Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Brooks Rose, of Great Falls.
He was the son of the late Floyd Temple Rose and Thelma Gray Rose.
Mr. Rose is survived by his siblings: Azele Synan of Fal-mouth, Stella Rose of Lynchburg, Gordon P. Rose of King George County, Preston L. Rose of Great Mills, Md., and Peggy A. Briggs of King George. He also is survived by his niece, Paige Wells and husband, Mark, of Crofton, Md. He was predeceased by his older sibling, Jaclyn Rose.
Mr. Rose attended public schooling in King George and served with the U.S. Air Force during the early 1950s as a military policeman in Japan. Mr. Rose retired from the Columbia Broadcasting System as an audio technician. He traveled extensively with the press corps during the Reagan and Bush administrations. He was affiliated with Stagehands Local 52 as a lighting technician at the National Theatre in downtown Washington, D.C., and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Mr. Rose was an avid enthusiast and collector of antique classical automobiles, spending many hours in restoration of vehicles in his garage with his nephew Mark.
The Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden St., Herndon, is handling funeral arrangements, with internment  the Cedar Hill Cemetery, 4111 Pennsylvania Ave., Suitland, Md.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be offered to a local animal welfare shelter and/or local hospice in his memory.

Robert Vincent Beavers

Robert Vincent Beavers, 76, of Colonial Beach passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2009.
Mr. Beavers was born in Alexandria on Oct. 20, 1932. He was a crew dispatcher for the RF&P Railroad (Potomac Yards) before his service in Korea. His many accolades include several medals for service as well as an illustrator, cartoonist and writer for the Stars and Stripes newspaper during wartime.
Bobby, as many knew him, spent more than 45 years as a designer for Conklyn's Florist of Alexandria before retiring to Colonial Beach.
For many, he is best known for his expressive use of vocabulary, his storytelling and jokes, and his profound gift to create.
He is survived by Shirley, his wife of 56 years; his brother, Edward Beavers and his wife, Phylis; his sister, Patricia Morris and her husband, Robert; his daughter, Lesley; his son, Lance and his wife, Linda; and four grandchildren, Barrett Vail and her husband, Joseph, Alicia and Brian Jarboe, and Robert Beavers.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in Colonial Beach.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted to the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad New Building Fund, 225 Dennison St., Co-lonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Elisa Mae Ransome

Elisa Mae Ransome, 61, of Penns Grove, N.J., and formerly of Tappahannock, died Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009.
She is survived by her husband, Wilbert Ransome of Penns Grove; her four children, Corey Ransome, Toby Ransome and Terrell Stewart, all of Penns Grove, and Tanya Boykin of King George County; two brothers, Melvin Pollard and Thomas Pollard Jr., both of Tappahannock; five sisters: Mary Lou Mayo of Baltimore, Peggy L. Norman and Margie Pollard, both of New Jersey, Valrie White of Delaware and Delia "Dee Dee" Johnson of Tappahannock.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, Jan.27th , at Beulah Baptist Church, Minor, with the Rev. Floyd Johnson, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock.

E. Michelle Kosko

E. Michelle Kosko, 66, of King George County, formerly of Wallington, N.J., died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009.
Ms. Kosko had retired as an elementary school teacher, having taught in King George and Parsippany-Troy Hills, N.J. She was a member of the King George Ruritans.
She is survived by a sister, Beth A. Newton and her husband, Roger, of King George.
The family received  friends from on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. Further arrangements and burial will take place in New Jersey.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Research or to American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va. 22485.

Doris J. Weeks Cropper

Doris Jeanette Weeks Cropper 63, of King George County died Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
Marie Baardsen
Marie Baardsen, 91, of Arlington died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in King George County.
Mrs. Baardsen was born in Leesburg and was the widow of Alf George Baardsen. She was the loving mother of two daughters, Barbara Jean Megee of Colonial Beach and Gail Marie Baardsen of Fredericksburg, and one son, Gary Fjel Baardsen of Fredericksburg. She also is survived by her sister, Virgie Edwards of Warrenton; eight grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Her funeral will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach.

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