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Area Deaths - December 10, 2008

William L. "Bill" Wilson

William L. "Bill" Wilson, 97, formerly of Stafford County and Colonial Beach, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, at Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm, Md. of natural causes.
He was a longtime resident of Virginia and lived in Fairfax County until his retirement from the U.S. Army Night Vision Laboratory at Fort Belvoir. He moved to Widewater in Stafford and later to Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County.An avid outdoorsman, he could be found either building something, hunting, fishing or boating, as the season allowed.
Mr. Wilson was married to Alice Redd Wilson for 59 years until her death in 1993.He is survived by a son, Charles R. Wilson and his wife, Betty Shaffer Wilson; four grandchildren, Charles R. Wilson Jr., Donna Wilson Lashof, Arthur W. Wilson and Paul S. Wilson; and 11 great-grandchildren, Rachael Lashof Cutrufello, Rebekah Lashof and Zachary, Adam, Shannon, Chloe, Ryan, Stephanie, Gilbert, Douglas and Madeline Wilson.
A memorial service was held at Glen Meadows Retirement Community, 11630 Glen Arm Road, Glen Arm, Md., on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at 10 a.m. Interment will be at a later date in South Hadley, Mass., where he was born.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that any memorials be given to the Alzheimer's Association in his name.

Arthur L. White, Sr.

Arthur L. White Sr., 80, of King George County died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. White, a cement finisher, is survived by his wife, Susie White of King George; two sons, Robert White of Fredericksburg and Arthur L. White Jr. of King George; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
A funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 6, at Bailey Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Roland Preston officiating. The burial was in Oakland Cemetery in King George.

Alan Lamar Cox

Alan Lamar Cox, 33, passed away Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He was born May 22, 1975, in Mesa, Ariz. Alan loved farming, tractors and fishing with his brother and father. He was a loving husband, father, son and brother. He loved spending time with his daughter, Alyssa, more than anything.
He is survived by his wife, Jessica Williams Cox; one daughter, Alyssa Cox; one brother, Andy Cox; one sister, Sara Ingram; and his mother, He is survived by his wife, Jessica Williams Cox; one daughter, Alyssa Cox; one brother, Andy Cox; one sister, Sara Ingram; and his mother, Tina Leonard.
A funeral was held Dec. 6, at Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist Church, 8330 Fletchers Chapel Road, King George, Va. 22485. The Rev. Elfie Finn-McKenzie officiated at the service. Interment followed the service in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in Alan's memory to support his pride and joy, his daughter, Alyssa Cox, c/o Stellar One, 1016 Charles St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.
Online condolences may be expressed to Alan's family at foundandsons.com.  

Dorothea "Dottie" Wilhelm

Dorothea "Dottie" Wilhelm, 87, of King George County passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at the home of her daughter.
She was the widow of Herbert L. Wilhelm. Ms. Wilhelm, a retired drafting clerk for C&P Telephone Co., was a devout Christian and active member of Two Rivers Baptist Church in King George.
She is survived by her son, Richard Barry Wilhelm and his wife, Ruth, of Hanover, Pa.; her daughter, Janice Cooper and her husband, Dennis, of Kinsale; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral was held  Dec. 8, at the Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel, with the Rev. Peyton Wiltshire officiating. Interment followed in the Potomac Baptist Church cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Two Rivers Baptist Church Building Fund, Box 1325, King George, Va. 22485; or Riverside Tappahannock Hospice, Medical Arts Building A, Suite 201, 608 Hospital Road, Tappahannock, Va. 22560. Online condolences may be made at welchfuneral homeva.com

Lillian G. Foster Clare

Lillian G. Foster Clare died Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, at her home, Kirkland Hill, in King George County.
Lillian was born July 12, 1922, the third child of parents, Eunice Hudson Foster and Ernest Uriah Foster. She grew up helping her father and three siblings on his farm after her mother died in 1940. Sallie Walker Hudson and W.T. Hudson of Office Hall were her maternal grandparents, and her paternal grandparents were Nannie Courtney Inscoe Foster and Lucian M. Foster of Midway Farm.
Lillian was salutatorian of her 1939 King George High School class, where she had met W. Wilson "Dutch" Clare. Lillian and Wilson were married June 14, 1941, and celebrated 66 years of marriage before Wilson's death on Aug. 18, 2007.
Lillian treasured her Christian faith and was a lifelong member of Shiloh Baptist Church, Shiloh, where she worked tirelessly as a Sunday school teacher for more than 60 years. She also served as WMU director, church hostess and on various other committees. In addition, she willingly worked with school organizations to support her children's participation. She considered her role as wife, mother and homemaker an honored privilege. In the mid-1950s, she was recognized as Outstanding Homemaker of the Year in King George by the King George County Extension Service.
She was a gracious hostess, a wonderful cook and a caring friend who always had a cheery greeting and an understanding heart. She was employed at King George High School as a financial secretary for many years. There, she always delighted in another dimension of her job, helping students, as well as the staff and teachers.
After her husband's retirement as owner of Circle Supermarket, the couple took time away from the farm and real-estate properties to enjoy extensive traveling, yet were always glad to return home to Virginia soil.
She is survived by a daughter, Beverley Ann Clare Coates and her husband, Calvin, and a son, David Foster Clare and his wife, Brenda. Grandchildren are Todd Coates and his wife, Jeanna, Megan Ashley Clare, Jillian Lindsey Clare and Caitlin MacKenzie Clare, all of Stafford County, and Ann-Courtney Coates Winfrey and her husband, Clint, of Dahlgren. Great-grandchildren are Madelyn Jane Winfrey, Skylar Clare Winfrey, Cody James DeCarli and Nicholas Tillman DeCarli. She was preceded in death by her son, Wilson Wayne Clare, and her brothers, Earl and Edwin Foster. Also surviving are her sister, Lois Foster Griffin and her husband, Carlton; as well as sisters-in-law Hester Clare Hayden, Lillian Clare Fizer, Evelyn Jaquay Clare, Ellamae Hunt Clare, Wilma Lindsey Clare and Halcyon Clare Burns and her husband, James; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Dec. 5th with burial following in Potomac Baptist Church cemetery.  The Rev. Todd Kube, the Rev. Charles Anderson and the Rev. Richard Headley officiated at the services.
Memorial remembrances may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church Building Fund, 13457 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485; or to the R.H. Hudson Family Cemetery Fund, c/o Marti Hall, 12039 Canterbury Loop, King George, Va. 22485.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, handled the arrangements

Linda A. Smith

Linda A. Smith, 61, of Colonial Beach died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Smith was a member of the Colonial Beach Moose Lodge and Women of the Moose, where she was a longtime manager.
She is survived by her husband, C.W. Smith; her mother, Mildred Breeden of Colonial Beach; her children, Tara Smith and companion Greg Holmes of Colonial Beach, Wayne L. Cox Jr. and his wife, Donna, of Fredericksburg, David L. Cox of Fredericksburg, Kimberly A. Blackwell of Colonial Beach, Rick Smith and his wife, Sheila, of Falls Church, and Joseph Smith of Falls Church; her brother Willard Godfrey and his wife, Linda, of Manassas; 15 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Larry Crawford officiating. Burial follows in Historyland Memorial Park, King George Cty. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Cynthia V.B. Springer

Cynthia Viola Bosworth Springer, 79, of Woodbridge died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at her residence.
Mrs. Springer was born in Volga, W.Va. She was a 1947 graduate of Belington High School, Belington, W.Va., and a 43-year civil servant, working for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She was an active member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Woodbridge.
She was the widow of William "Bill" J. Springer. Survivors include one brother, Charles Glenn Bosworth of the home; a half sister, Lucille Yearian Nygren of Akron Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. She was particularly close to two nephews, Eric Randall Bosworth Sr. and his wife, Hope Delano Bosworth, of King George, and David Alan Bosworth and his fiancee, Vicki Holbrook, of King George. The apples of her eyes were her great-niece and -nephews, children of Eric and Hope Bosworth, Eric "Randall" Bosworth Jr., Jacqualyn Grace Bosworth and Chance Chadwell Bosworth, all of King George. Mrs. Springer enjoyed her volunteer work at church and the local library.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles William Yearian-Bosworth and Alta Bolyard Bosworth of Colonial Beach; and four brothers, Ernest Ray Bosworth of Rainell, W.Va., Robert Lee Bosworth of Colonial Beach, Franklin Delano Bosworth of Laurel, Md., and Paul David Bosworth of Colonial Beach.
Funeral services were private.  Contributions in Cynthia's memory may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, 13506 Minnieville Road, Woodbridge, Va. 22192.

Charles William Jones

Charles William Jones, 83, of Glen Allen died Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, of pancreatic cancer.
Mr. Jones was born in Spotsylvania County to the late Moses Benjamin and Bessie Oliver Jones. He was a longtime resident of Fredericksburg and attended Spotsylvania County schools. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, as coxswain on the LST 607, ferrying troops and ammunition during the Battle of Peleliu in the Pacific theater.
Following his discharge from the Navy at the end of the War, he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine and made numerous trips to Northern Africa, Europe and South America. He then returned to Fredericksburg, and took employment with Fredericksburg Office Supply and Sylvania Viscose Plant. In 1959, he joined the campus police department at Mary Washington College. After 30 years of service, he retired as the campus police chief.
Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mildred Stephens Jones, of Glen Allen; his daughter Shirley Marie Jones, also of Glen Allen; his son, William Malcolm Jones, of Colonial Beach; his granddaughters, Victoria Noel Jones of Colonial Beach and Daynova Rose Jones of Grand Junction, Colo.; his grandsons, Benjamin Gordon Pearlstine of Raleigh, N.C., and Timothy Andrew Pearlstine of Cooper City, Fla.; a foster sister, Catherine Oliver Bowles of Hollywood, Md.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Barbara Jones Pearlstine; his sister, Jewell Jones Jenkins; his brothers, Moses Benjamin Jones Jr., and Robert Eugene Jones; his grandson, William David Jones; his foster parents, Mary Jane and Robert Wesley Oliver; and his foster sisters, Thelma Oliver Coleman and Agnes Oliver Brown.
A memorial service will be held at a future date. Interment will be private.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to hospice or the American Cancer Society.

Bruce Anthony Verhalen

Bruce Anthony Verhalen, 70, of Colonial Beach died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at his home.
He had retired from AT&T Telephone Co., was a member of the American Legion in Colonial Beach, had served in the U.S. Air Force and was a devoted father and grandfather.
Mr. Verhalen is survived by his three children, Ann Marie Bur of Kent Island, Md., David Anthony Verhalen of Colonial Beach, and Dawn Starr Verhalen of Wisconsin; two sisters, Delores Edwards of Oklahoma, and Connie Verhalen of Wisconsin; his brother, Mark Verhalen of Wisconsin, and two grandchildren, Marleigh Bur and Jack Verhalen. Burial will be private.

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