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Area Deaths - January 7, 2009

Timmy Dean Taylor

Timmy Dean Taylor, 41, of Fredericksburg passed away Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Timmy loved to fish, play basketball, and go boating. He also loved music and playing cards (Tonc). He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan.
Timmy was a terrific painter, having painted his girlfriend's salon, Blessed Hands.
He is survived by his father, Ernest, and wife, Cecilia Taylor of King George County; his mother, Louise Taylor of Spotsylvania County; five brothers, Chris Taylor, Levi Taylor, Tony Taylor, Lewis Taylor and Chad Taylor, all of Fredericksburg; his girlfriend, Lisa Brown; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Jan.2,2009, with interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed to Timmy's family at foundandsons.com.

Frances P. Cunningham

Frances Pettey Cunningham, 88, of Colonial Beach passed away quietly on Friday, Dec. 26, 2008, at Mary Washington Hospital.
A native of Alexandria, Mrs. Cunningham moved to Colonial Beach in 1987.
Widow of William T. Cunningham, she is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Robin Cunningham; her daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Walter Anderson; and her three grandchildren, James, Matthew, and Virginia Anderson.
A private funeral was held on Friday, Jan. 2, with interment in Bethel Cemetery in Alexandria.
Online condolences may be expressed to Frances' family at foundandsons.com.

Peggy M. Mason

Peggy 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.

Ellwood E. "Shorty" Jones

Ellwood Elvin "Shorty" Jones Sr., 84, formerly of Colonial Beach passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Fredericksburg.
Born in Washington, D.C., Shorty had retired as a carpenter and was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in Colonial Beach.
He was the widower of Mary K. Jones. He is survived by three sons, Ellwood E. Jones Jr. of Colonial Beach, Calvin J. Taylor of Hayes and Edgar S. Keiter of Dayton, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time. The arrangements have been entrusted to Nash & Slaw, King George.

Henry Charles Seavey

Henry Charles Seavey, 77, of Palmyra died suddenly Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, of a brain hemorrhage.
He was born Sept. 12, 1931 in Boston, Mass., and was the son of Charles and Claudia Seavey.
He is survived by his wife, Martha, whom he married in 1966; their three children, Richard Seavey, Teresa Seavey Brinton and Eric Seavey, and their families; Caroline and Megan Seavey, John Zarmakoupis, Ron, Samantha Bea and Mara Brinton, Lara and Andrew Seavey, and Bridget and Olivia Boggs.
He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.  In 1973, he began working at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, where he worked until he retired in 1999. In 2000, he and Martha moved to Lake Monticello in Palmyra. There, he was an officer in the Knights of Columbus council at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
He was a man with many hobbies and enjoyed beermaking, model airplanes, chess, target shooting, NASCAR, the Green Bay Packers, the Montreal Canadians, and, most passionately. the Boston Red Sox.
He was an avid history buff and volunteered for archaeological activities in Fredericksburg at George Washington's boyhood home and at sites in Palmyra. He loved languages, classical music and travel. In September, he took a family trip to England for his niece's wedding and then went on to Turkey to visit historical and religious sites. He was a compassionate man who loved all animals, especially dogs--and his dog, Jackson, will miss him.
His greatest legacy was being a devoted husband, father and friend to his children, and grandfather to his six grandchildren. He was always present for life's everyday moments with them as well as the important events.  The day before he died was spent babysitting and playing with his grandchildren in Richmond.
The Rev. Alan Lipscomb will preside over a memorial mass being celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Palmyra.
The family would like to thank the Lake Monticello Volunteer Rescue Squad and the staff at Martha Jefferson and U.Va. Hospitals for their compassionate and competent care.
Memorial donations in Hank's honor can be made to Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church (note the Haiti Ministry) at 4309 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, Va. 22963; or to an animal care charity of one's choice. Friends may sign the guest book at hillandwood.com.

Lillian Edwards

Lillian Edwards of Laurel, Md., and formerly of King George County, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, the Daughters of America, and the Doll Club.
She was the wife of the late P.W. Edwards; loving mother of Lillian Jeanette Hairfield, Robert Edward Musgrove, Laura Ann Bresnahan, and the late James Barton Musgrove, and sister of Estelle Spotswood Riemer. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sisters, two brothers and one grandchild.
 Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Donaldson Funeral Home P.A. 313 Talbott Ave., Laurel, Md.  A funeral will be held at noon Thursday, Jan. 8, at Potomac Baptist Church, 8103 Comorn Road, King George.
Memorial donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 11331 Amherst Ave., Silver Spring, Md. 20902; or Arthritis Foundation, Box 96280, Washington, D.C. 20077-7491. The family requests any flowers sent to be sent to the church.

Jessica Lynn Proffitt

Jessica Lynn Proffitt, 18, of King George County left us Friday, Jan. 2, 2009.
She was a proud 2007 graduate of King George High School.
Jessica was the beloved daughter of Ronald and Bonnie Proffitt and loving sister of Justin Proffitt of King George. She is also survived by her grandparents, Paul and Ruth Oram and Bob and Janet Daymude; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Jimmy L. Proffitt.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

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