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Ralph Wayne McGinniss

Ralph Wayne McGinniss, 91, of King George County went to be with the Lord Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at his home, Irish Acres.

Born on May 21, 1921, on the family farm near Index, he attended Shiloh School as a young boy and then went on to King George High School. After school, he helped his family on the farm, raising crops and tending to the livestock. Ralph was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He served his country as an aviation ordinanceman in the Navy during WWII. Ralph retired after 38 years at the Main Range at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren as a supervisor. He was a lifetime member of Shiloh Baptist Church, which his late parents helped to start. He served as deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member. Ralph served his community as a member of the King George School Board, the Board of Supervisors and as PTA president. He was a lifetime member and former Commander of American Legion Post 89.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Dorothy McGinniss; his brother, Merle McGinniss; five children, Ralph Wayne McGinniss Jr. (Ellen), of King George, Jack McGinniss (Cathy), of King George, Dianne Sartin (Bill), of Crestview, FL, Lynne Mitchell (David), of King George and Sandy Lay (Nick), of Kure Beach, NC; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Shiloh Baptist Church.

Burial with Navy honors followed in the church cemetery. A reception followed in the New Life Center at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church or American Legion Post 89.

Sign register book online at storkefuneralhome.com.

Viola Virginia Hart

Viola Virginia Hart, 90, of King George County went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at her residence surrounded by her family.

Viola was a member of Potomac Baptist Church, where she was class secretary and a Sunday school teacher. She was very active in her church.

Survivors include her children, Jackie Hart (Karen), Virginia Ann Braden (David), Billy Hart (Joyce), Sandi Chittum and David Hart (Judy); brother Archie Weeks; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Hart.

A service was held Monday, Jan. 21, at Potomac Baptist Church, 8103 Comorn Road, King George. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Potomac Baptist Church, Box 701, King George, VA, 22485.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Joyce Mae Henderson

Joyce Mae Henderson, 75, a native of King George County and longtime Fredericksburg resident, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Carriage Hill Health and Rehab.

Ms. Henderson was a lifelong member of Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church. She had retired from Automatic Rolls of Fredericksburg.

Survivors include her son, Tony F. Henderson; two daughters, Peggy Ann Gore (Ronnie) and Diana P. McCoy (Tom); brother Curtis Nicholson; two sisters, Shirley Armstrong and Rosa Peregory (Lindsay); two grandchildren, Earl McCoy and Teresa Henderson; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Curtis W. and Mary Elizabeth Bruce Nicholson; and her brother, William Nicholson.

The family received friends Saturday, Jan. 19, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A graveside service was held Sunday, Jan. 20, at Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 8330 Fletcher’s Chapel Road, King George, VA, 22485.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Ina Bee Webb Belcher

Ina Bee Webb Belcher, 86, of Stafford County passed away at Woodmont Center on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

She was a born-again Christian; God never left her heart. She lived a good life. She was an avid golfer, having many trophies to show for it. She loved her family and looked forward to the family reunions. She loved flowers and always had beautiful flower gardens.

She is survived by her loving husband of over 63 years, David; daughter Pama Gail Vekasi of Florida; daughter-in-law, Debbie Bowman of Colonial Beach; 10 siblings to whom she was known as “Mother Hen,” Mitch Webb of Pulaski, Lois Butler of Luray, Clyde Webb of Tazewell, Bruce Webb of Virginia Beach, Ray Webb of Tazewell, Ada Van Dyke of Richlands, Sylvia Pelletier of Marengo, IL., Gona Olson of Mound, MN, Bobby Webb of Raven, and Richard Webb of Raven; three grandchildren, Kerry Sullivan, Heidi Thompson and Noelle Homan; and four great-grandchildren, Asher Thompson, Bowen Hogan, Ava Thompson and Noel Hogan.

She was preceded in death by her son, David Alton Belcher II; and sister Leata Neeves.

A service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the family receiving friends prior to the service. Burial followed in Pohick Episcopal Church cemetery.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

Thomas Milton Johnson

Thomas Milton Johnson, 57, of Colonial Beach passed away Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Mary Washington Hospital after a prolonged illness.

Tommy was owner of Johnson Electric in Colonial Beach for six years, and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 4315 of Colonial Beach.

He was predeceased by his father, Edgar Thomas Johnson. His survivors include his partner-in-life, Shelia, and a son, Wayne, both of Colonial Beach; mother Nettie Falwell and stepfather Dan Falwell of Blackstone; sister Linda Bristow (Wayne) of West Point; brother Jimmy Falwell (Melissa) of Blackstone; three nephews; one niece; and many friends.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, Jan. 16, in Lakeview Cemetery in Blackstone.

A school scholarship fund for Wayne Johnson has been established at Wells Fargo Bank, 325 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA. 22401. Checks should be made payable to Shelia Massey with the memo “in memory of Thomas M. Johnson.”

Online guest book is at mcmillianfuneralhome.com.

Eugene William Hite

Eugene William Hite, 90, formerly of Raysal, W.Va., and Sterling succumbed to pancreatic cancer at his home in Fredericksburg on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013.

Gene was born July 14, 1922, in Caretta, WV, to John Henry and Minnie Cruise Hite.

As a teenager, Gene served in the Civil Conservation Corps in West Virginia, Utah and Wyoming. He joined the Navy and, while serving during World War II on LST 306, he was active in the invasion of North Africa, Sicily, the Italian mainland and Normandy.

He was always proud to have served and loved being an American. Whenever he saw the American flag flying, he would say it was the prettiest flag on Earth.

Gene had been a member of United Mine Workers of America since 1945, and worked as a coal miner for 36 years.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather and father-in-law.

He loved reading the Bible, working find-the-word puzzles, watching westerns, camping and going to hunting camp with his son Charles.

He would say his favorite football teams were the Washington Redskins and whoever played the Dallas Cowboys.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Della; sons Ed Hooker and Charles Hooker (Darlene) of King George; his daughter, Carol Hite-Smith (Richard Malloy), of Fredericksburg; six grandchildren, eight great-grand-children; and 10 great- great-grandchildren.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; one sister; one daughter-in-law; and one son-in-law.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg.

Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Princeton, WV.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburs, VA, 22407.

Condolences may be sent to mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com.

James Robert Burns

James Robert Burns, 89, of Dahlgren went to meet his Heavenly Father on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.
He was born March 13, 1923, in McGehee, AR, to James Oliver Burns and Ruby Kirk Burns.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Halcyon Clare Burns of King George County. Three children, Marty Burns Wolfe of Denver, CO, Kirk Jefferson Burns of King George and Deb Burns Crowl and her husband, retired Marine Col. Daniel Crowl, of King George, survive him. He was also blessed with four granddaughters, Jennifer Burns Taylor (Randy), of Stafford County, Kirstyn Danielle Thomas (Kristofer), of Cincinnati, Brittany Crowl Ericson (Marine Capt. Andrew Ericson), of NAS Patuxent River, MD., Lauren Elizabeth-Naomi Crowl of Cincinnati and Jaimilee Clare Crowl of King George; and five great-grandchildren, Robert Taylor, Victoria Jade Taylor, Christopher Taylor, Brody Craig Ericson and Keith Daniel Thomas.
James was the longest living member of his family, and was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
His professional career was spent in government service at the Naval Systems Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division. He came to Dahlgren following his enlistment in the U.S. Navy.
He was very involved in the Masonic fraternity, having held the position of 32nd Degree Mason. A past master of the lodge at Colonial Beach, he was also involved with the Kinsale and Warsaw chapters. He was dedicated to the principles of Masonry and very devoted to his faith and his church.
He is probably best remembered for his love of the water. Whether it be teaching someone to water ski, oyster tonging on the Potomac or rock fishing and crabbing in Williams Creek, his love of the water shone through.
The family received friends from Friday, Jan. 18, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, followed by  a Masonic service. The funeral was held Saturday, Jan. 19, at Oakland Baptist Church, Dahlgren. Interment followed in Potomac Baptist Cemetery, King George, where his final resting spot will be beside his wife. The service was conducted by his lifelong minister and very close friend, the Rev. Guy Mattox.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Marguriete Ross Mitchell

Marguriete Ross Mitchell, 90, of Fredericksburg passed away at Mary Washington Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2012.
She grew up on a peninsula called Tetotum in a secluded area of King George County, bounded by the Upper Machodoc Creek.

During World War II, she was the first woman to work at the Naval Proving Ground in Dahlgren (now Naval Surface Weapons Center) as a lookout, testing and proofing naval guns, ammunition and other ordnance material used in combat on naval warships.

She fired naval guns of all sizes, all the way up to the 16-inch. She once even fired the 18-inch, the largest naval gun ever built for a ship.

She later worked for Nichols department store as a night bookkeeper for more than 20 years.

She was a member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church, Frances Hudgins Mission Group, Calvary-Perry Bible Class and the Fredericksburg Baptist Church Senior Citizens Group.

She is survived by two daughters, Marie N. A. Mitchell of Fredericksburg and Diane Zamora of California; two granddaughters, Dora Wood and Maria Hunt; and three great-granddaughters, Nicole and Kristin Wood and Emma Hunt.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, James Edward Mitchell; parents Dora Elizabeth Lewis and John Wesley Elliott; three brothers, Willard, Samuel and Elmer Elliott; and a sister, Annie Green.

A graveside service was held at Oakland Baptist Church cemetery, King George, Monday, Jan. 14, followed by a memorial service at Fredericksburg Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made in her name to Fredericksburg Baptist Church, Building Upon our Heritage Fund, 1019 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA,22401.

Online condolences may be sent at www.mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com.

James Robert Burns

James Robert Burns 89, of Dahlgren went to meet his Heavenly Father on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013  
He was born on March 13, 1923 in MeGehee, Arkansas to James Oliver Burns and Ruby Kirk Burns.

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Martin Fox

Martin “Buddy” Fox, 82, of Colonial Beach passed away Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at home.
Buddy was the director of maintenance with the city of Alexandria. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion, both in Colonial Beach.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jean V. Fox; a daughter, Bonny Fox Bruno (Frank), of Alexandria; son Thomas E. Fox of Colonial Beach; a sister, Margaret Bowen of Colonial Beach; and a grandchild.

Buddy was preceded in death by son Martin Jay Fox.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach.

Interment followed in National Memorial Park, Falls Church.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslaw fh.com.

Hazel Perkins Gray

Hazel Perkins Gray died Thursday, Jan. 10 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA.

Hazel was  born May 22, 1919 in Charlotte, NC.  She moved to Alexandria, VA at the age of 18 and married the love of her life Robert W. Gray.  Hazel proudly raised 10 children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Gray, her eldest son Robert M. Gray, and her eldest daughter Delores Gray Wright.

Hazel leaves behind eight children, David Gray (Diana) of Columbia SC, Michael Gray (Jean) of Herndon, VA, Danny Gray (Sally) of N. Myrtle Beach, SC, John Gray (Joyce) of Shenandoah, VA,  Mary Walkup (Doug Janezeck) of Virgina Beach, VA, Cathy Steffey of Colonial Beach, Tim Gray (Darlene) of Spotsylvania, and Tom Gray of Colonial Beach, one sister, Katherine Perkins McDaniel, 24 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and 6 great great grandchildren.

The family requests that donations be made in Hazel’s name to St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 275, Colonial Beach, VA 22443.

Services were held at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Boundary Road, Colonal Beach, VA.  Interment followed at Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, VA.

Rita B. Maslock

Rita B. Maslock, 52, of Bowling Green died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She worked at Woodmont Center Nursing Home and had been a caring geriatric nurse for 32 years. She loved singing, butterflies and her two dogs, Abbey and Mikey.

Survivors include her son, Aaron M. Maslock and girlfriend Kacie Luttrell of Bowling Green; three sisters, Shirley Hanks of Colonial Beach, Carolyn Miller of Glen Allen and Bonnie Blum of Spotsylvania County; and foster brother, Peter Stolz of Florida.

A funeral was held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fredericksburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Box 920, Bowling Green, VA,22427.
Sign register book online at www.storkefuneralhome.com.

Suzanne Pryor

A service of remembrance for Suzanne Pryor of Comorn in King George county will be held Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, King George. The family will receive friends in the parish house immediately following the service.

William Edgar Sullivan

William Edgar “Mann” Sullivan, 96, of the Passapatanzy community of King George County died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013.
Mr. Sullivan served in World War II as an airplane mechanic in the Navy. He later worked at Marine Corps Base Quantico and American Viscose Plant and retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center as a refrigeration mechanic.
He and his late wife, Bernice C. Sullivan, were charter members of Fairview Beach Volunteer Fire Department. He was the oldest member of the King George Volunteer Fire Department.
He had played semi-pro baseball and was a member of the Sullivan softball team in White Oak for many years. He loved to bird hunt with his good friends, Mike Cherwek and Harry Bradshaw.
Mr. Sullivan was a member of Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his children, Edgar Wayne “Dickie” Sullivan (Geraldine) of Passapatanzy; Ellen June “Sis” Sullivan Clift (Jerry) of King George; William Lewis “Pete” Sullivan (Judy) of Passapantanzy; eight grandchildren, Darrell Sullivan, Darlene Sullivan, Robert Clift, Gary Clift (Tammy), Leah Clift, Janet Clift, Billy Sullivan and Kevin Sullivan; nine great-grandchildren, Sarah Marshall Castelow (Jerry), Emily Clift Innes (Rich), Morgan Clift, Katie Fisher, Nikki Clift, Brandon Clift, Ronnie and Kevin Sullivan and Breanna Sullivan.
A graveside service was held Sunday, Jan. 13, at Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Robert Clift, Gary Clift, Darrell Sullivan, Billy Sullivan, Kevin Sullivan and Earl Payne.
Memorials may be made to Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 8330 Fletchers Chapel Road, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

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