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Area Deaths - January 14, 2009

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Peggie M. Mason

Peggie M. Mason, 81, of King George County passed away Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at her residence.

Born and raised in Culpeper County, she was a graduate of Culpeper High School. She graduated from Mary Washington College in 1948.
Her first job was teaching at King George High School for one year. Upon marrying Brooke Mason, she moved to Fairfax County and resumed teaching in Arlington County schools for approximately 10 years.

After adopting her son, Larry, she retired from teaching for three years, then returned to her teaching career. Later she became a full-time florist in Fairfax.

Following the purchase of Gautier Florist in Dahlgren, she and her husband, Brooke, purchased their home, Lothian, built in 1720, where she resided until her death.

She bought a floral business in the King George County Courthouse area in 1982, and was joined in business by her son, Larry Mason, the same year.

Mrs. Mason was a member of Two Rivers Baptist Church in King George, and was a charter president of the Flower Arranging Guild of Virginia, located in Fairfax.

Survivors include her son, Larry Mason and his wife, Donna, of Colonial Beach; two granddaughters, Jessica Gallihugh and Katelyn Mason; two great-grandchildren, Makayla Gallihugh and Zack Rector; a niece, Sandi Calhoun of Chesterfield County; and her caregivers, Phyllis Jett, Betsy Lofton and Hazel Sumiel.

Her funeral was held on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Peyton Wiltshire officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va. 22485.

Note:  For 80 years, Peggie M. Mason corrected classmates, neighbors, teachers and more on the correct spelling of her name.  This writer first met Mrs. Mason through her donations of flowers to the KG Vol. Fire Dept. &  Ladies Auxiliary dinners, receptions and other events.  For 20 some years, I never knew her name was spelled, Peggie.  In last weeks paper, I made the mistake she had corrected all her life.  I apologize to all those affected by this error, and have re-run the obituary with the correct spelling.  Peggie Mason was instrumental in bringing beauty to others through her love and skill with flowers and plants and for her generosity. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Respectfully, Lori Deem

Fred E. Simmons
Fred E. Simmons, 54, of Fairview Beach died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Cindy; three daughters, Christa Rorrer, Nikki Van DeWeert and Angela Stafford; one brother, Michael Simmons; one sister, Deborah Foerter; three grandsons; two granddaughters; numerous nieces and nephews; and his very best friend, Bob Leveille.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 10, at Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist Church, 8330 Fletcher's Chapel Road, King George.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Fred's name to the Fairview Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 6060 Riverview Drive, King George, Va. 22485.

Online condolences may be expressed to Fred's family at foundandsons.com.

Caroline Shugars
Miss Caroline Shugars, 93, passed away Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at her residence at Wilburn Gardens, Fredericksburg.

The third of six children, Caroline was born in Shippensburg, Pa., to Edith M. and John F. Shugars on July 2, 1915. After graduating from Shippensburg State Teachers College, Caroline taught for several years in the Pennsylvania secondary school system.

While teaching, she continued her education and received her master's degree in Library Science from the University of Michigan. She retired in 1985 after a long career as a librarian in the D.C. public school system, most notably McKinley High School. She and her sister, Mary Jean Shugars, lived in Washington, D.C., for roughly 60 years--40 of which were at Quebec House, off Connecticut Ave., N.W. Upon retirement, Caroline enjoyed travel, reading, church work, cultural activities, and visiting with family and friends.

Caroline was known for her generosity and kindness. She gave much to her community, including volunteering with Meals-on-Wheels and with the local library. Through her church and area activities, she helped many young career women get established in the Washington area.
Caroline moved to Wilburn Gardens one year ago. Her family wishes to express their appreciation to all her new friends and the staff at Wilburn Gardens for their loving care.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Jean Shugars of Fredericksburg; a brother, James E. Shugars of Calabash, N.C.; nieces and nephews, including James Moneyhon of Dahlgren; and grand-nieces and grandnephews.

A memorial service is scheduled for a later date. Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy can be made in the form of contributions to Alzheimer's Association, Greater Richmond Chapter, 4600 Cox Road, Suite 130, Glen Allen, Va. 23060; or Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.

Dorothy Marders Rose

Dorothy Marders Rose, 82, of King George County died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.

A native of Index, Mrs. Rose was a retired division head secretary at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren. An active member of Shiloh Baptist Church, she was a former clerk as well as a member of the Bettie McGinnis Sunday school class and the Women's Missionary Union, and also a former member of the King George Farm Bureau Women's Association.

The widow of Ernest E. Rose, she is survived by one daughter, Donna G. Loan and her husband, John, of Covington; granddaughter Crystal St. Clair-Canaii and her husband, Mario, of Hampton; two grandsons, Adam Loan and his wife, Courtney, of Covington, and Robert Rhinehart and his wife, Corina, of Albuquerque, N.M.; six great-grandchildren; and one special nephew, Rob Southern of New York City. She was predeceased by one daughter, Barbara Elaine Rose.

The funeral was held at Saturday, Jan. 10, at Shiloh Baptist Church, with the Rev. Todd Kube, the Rev. Richard Headley and the Rev. Charles Anderson officiating. Burial  followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Shiloh Baptist Church Family Life Center (Mortgage Principal), 13457 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485.

Leonard V. Short

Mr. Leonard V. Short Sr., 69, of Fredericksburg died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.

He was a retired foreman with PEPCO and a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Wanda; seven children, Diana Short of Stafford County, Ronald Short of Partlow, Donald Short of Wyoming, Marsha Spicer of Stafford, Susan Short of Stafford, Leonard Short of Spotsylvania and Amanda Parkinson of Bowling Green; eight grandchildren, Cullen Short, Breana Short and Scarlett Short, all of King George County, Kristen Kuppert of Fredericksburg, Kurt Kuppert Jr. of North Carolina, Travis Taylor of Spotsylvania, Zachary Short of Spotsylvania and Caleb Short of Spotsylvania; and three great-grandchildren, Alyson, Raygan and Kurt Kuppert III. He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Sydney Parkinson.

His funeral was held January 12th 2009.  Internment will take place in Quantico National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Monday, January 26.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association.

To offer online condolences, please visit mullins thompson.com.

H.U. "Bud" Tressler, Jr.

H.U. "Bud" Tressler Jr., 60, of Colonial Beach died Friday, Jan. 9, 2009, at his residence.
The Maryland native was the owner and operator of Fat Freda's Restaurant in Colonial Beach. He was president of the Westmoreland Shores Civic Association, a member of the Mount Pleasant Ruritan Club and a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Wathen Tressler of Colonial Beach; his son, Shayne H. Tressler and his wife, Kim, of Bullock, N.C.; his daughter, Belinda Tressler Tusing and her husband, John, of Adamstown, Md.; son Michael A. Wathen and his wife, Edy, of Williamsport, Md., and son, Charlie Morrison and his wife, Amy, of Frederick, Md.; five grandchildren, Shayna "Beaner," Hunter "Big Rig," Madison, Danyele and T.J.; best friend Greg Lucas and his wife, Yolanda, of Mount Airy, Md.; a brother, and two sisters.

A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Willard Bowen officiating. A visitation with family and friends will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to ZeroCancer .org.

W.W. "Capt Billy" Elliott

Willard Wesley "Capt. Billy" Elliott, 67, of King George County died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at Augusta Medical Center.

Willard was born July 9, 1941 in Fredericksburg. He was the son of the late Willard Lee and Josephine Rollins Elliott.

Mr. Elliott was a lifelong waterman. Capt. Billy, as he was known by family and friends, was a member of Good News Baptist Tabernacle.

He loved to spend time with his grandchildren. At his request, his remains will be scattered on the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers, where he spent all of his working life.

On June 12, 1990, he married Evelyn Collins, who survives. Willard also is survived by two daughters, Donna Dudley and Debra Osborne; three sons, Steven D. Elliott, James and Rickie Collins; 10 grandchildren, Steven Elliott II, Faith Elliott, Chris, Kristen, Kevin, Wesley, Joshua, Nathan and Carter Collins, and Nicholas Osborne; four sisters, Dorothy Reynold, Norma Townsend, Shirley Selph and Terry Hutsell; and a brother, Jerry Elliott.

Memorial contributions can be made to Augusta Medical Center, Box 1000, Fishersville, Va. 22939; DeVita Staunton Dialysis, 29 Idlewood Blvd., Staunton, Va. 24401; or Good News Baptist Tabernacle, 17192 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485.

Charles T. Gallahan

Charles Travis "Charlie Boy" Gallahan, 77, of Crimora, formerly of Stafford County, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at his residence.

He retired from VDOT after 40 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Gallahan; his sisters Margaret G. Taylor of King George County and Emma G. Bradshaw of Spotsylvania County; his special nephews, Bruce Crow and his wife, Tammy, of Waynesboro, and Troy Faulconer and his wife, Melanie, of Stafford; his sister-in-law, Barbara Crow, and her husband, Jimmy, of Waynesboro; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Annie Gallahan, and his sister Anna D. Garland.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 14, in Sunset Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. H. Lowell Self officiating.

Memorials may be made to AMC Hospice of the Shenandoah, 64 Sports Medicine Dr., Box 215. Fishersville, Va. 22939.

Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneral service.com.
 

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