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Area Deaths - January 11, 2012

Vincent Lee Martin

Vincent Lee “Vince” Martin, 40, of Ladysmith died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at his home.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Sharon Noszek-Prouty and Woodrow L. Prouty of Ladysmith; his brother, Timothy R. Noszek Jr. of Spotsylvania County; stepbrothers Billy Prouty of Ladysmith, Tommy Prouty of Spotsylvania and Kyle Prouty of King George County; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 7, in the chapel of Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green.

Sign register book online at storkefuneralhome.com.

Annie S. Vargo

Mrs. Annie S. Vargo, 87, a lifelong resident of King George County, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at her home.

She was the wife of the late Paul Vargo. Annie had retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, after 38 years as an administrative officer. She was a faithful lifetime member of Trinity United Methodist Church of King George where she served God with beautiful music as the organist for more than 60 years.

Annie loved life and it loved her back. Above all, she loved her faith, family and friends and a good laugh. She had a passion for being outside, gardening or cutting her grass, and playing the organ. She made many friends at work and in her community.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, Ulysses and Isabella Staples, and two brothers, Roy and Joe.

Annie is survived by her daughter, Karen Ann Vargo-King (Mike), of Warrenton; her son, Wesley Dean Vargo (Vickie), of Castle Rock, CO; two grandchildren, Brandon Vargo and Michelle Vargo; one stepgrandchild, Michael A. King (Sunny); one stepgreat-grandchild, Dawson King; two sisters-in-law, Heleyn Suhoza and Mary Agnes Kapelewski; two nieces; one great-niece; one great-nephew; one great-great-niece; and three great-great-nephews. Also surviving are a special cousin, Catherine DeBernard, and her family and friends, many of whom are extended family members.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, 11089 James Madison Parkway, King George.

A funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 9425 Kings Highway, King George.

Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Mary Elizabeth Golden

Mary Elizabeth Golden, 91, of Port Royal went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at her residence.

She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Yvonne Harper (and Bernard) and Jacquelyn Gaines (and William); four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; a devoted housemate and friend, Elizabeth Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation was held on Friday, Jan. 6, at C.W. Edwards Funeral Home, Bowling Green.  A celebration of life was held Saturday, Jan. 7, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Supply.

The Rev. Irving Woolfolk Jr. delivered the eulogy. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to cwedwardsfuneralhome.com.

William Nick Burrell, Jr.

William Nick Burrell, Jr., 81, of King George died on January 10, 2012 at his home following many years battling prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.  

He was a lifelong resident of King George County, born June 6, 1930 to the late Nick and Essie Woodall Burrell.  

Nick  worked 20 years at FMC and retired from Quantico Marine Base in 1990 after 22 years of civil service.  He enjoyed building houses and took great pride in his craftsmanship.  He was a longtime member of Potomac Baptist Church where he served as Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and Choir Member. He was a past volunteer for King George VFD.  Nick loved gardening and providing family and friends with his harvest.  He was an avid turkey hunter, loving to “call in” a gobbler.

He is survived by his son Rod Burrell (Kay), of King George; daughter Rhonda L. Burrell and husband, Denny Botkin, of Englewood, FL; grandchildren Christin Perry (Rob), of Ashburn, and Nicholas Burrell of Aldie; great-grandchildren Noah and Natalie Perry of Ashburn; brother Russell Burrell of Norfolk, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Cornelia “Nene” Burrell; his parents; his brothers Fred and Frank Burrell of Dahlgren and James Burrell of King George.

Mr. Burrell was blessed for three years with tender care at home by Phyllis Jett, Mary Byrd, Renee Johnson and Cozetta Pryor.  For all their kindness and capabilities the family is deeply grateful.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home,  King George.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Richmond Chapter, 4600 Cox Road, Suite 130, Glen Allen, VA 23060 or Medi Home Health and Hospice, 125 Olde Greenwich Dr., Ste 150, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.

Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com

 

Area Deaths - January 4, 2012

Agnes Irene Beverly

Sister Agnes Irene Beverly departed this life on Christmas Day, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at 12:55 p.m. at her home in King George County.
Mrs. Beverly was born Feb. 6, 1919, in Wampum, PA, to the late Mr. James Henry Holmes and Mrs. Lucy Ann Holmes.
Mrs. Beverly confessed faith in Christ and joined Peoples Union Baptist Church at an early age, under the leadership of the Rev. Tyler. She was a devoted member, and served as a young adult in the Rev. Tyler’s Amen Corner.
She was a cornerstone of the church. She sang in the senior choir for more than 40 years, and served as its president under the leadership of the Rev. William Brown; served as church financial secretary for more than 41 years; served as a trustee for more than 50 years; and served as a missionary for more than 30 years. She established and was president of the Pastor’s Aide Club for the Rev. Brown, and was president and a member of the usher board for 30 years. She was an inspiration and initiator of fund-raising and special programs in the church.
She was also president of the PTA at Ralph J. Bunche High School for one year, owned Red Top Grill Restaurant in Edgehill for more than seven years, had her own line of clothing, and designed garments for herself and others bearing her own label, “Made Especially by Agnes Beverly.” She baked homemade cakes, pies and rolls, taking them to church to share with members on Sundays. She was always ready to serve, and prepared food during special occasions at the church.
She was a CNA at Heritage Hall Nursing Home, King George; a senior cook at Circle Restaurant, King George; and a waitress at the General Washington Inn, Fredericksburg.
Mrs. Beverly was united in holy matrimony in 1935 to James Franklin Beverly, who preceded her in death in 1992. To this union of 62 years, six children were born.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughter, Lucy Beverly of Myrtle Beach, SC; her sons, James Beverly of Burkeville, William Beverly of Silver Spring, MD, and Albert Beverly of King George; two sisters, Mary Watson of Goldvein and Martha Beverly of Goodyear, AZ; two sisters-in-law, Beatrice Holmes and Laura Holmes, both of Comorn; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 31, at People’s Union Baptist Church, King George, with viewing one hour prior to the service. Lee Funeral Home, Warsaw, is handling the arrangements.

Ronald E. Smith

Ronald E. Smith, 64, of Colonial Beach passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at his home.
Ronald is survived by his wife, Rose Marie Smith; two daughters, Lisa Marie Ringuette (David), and Christy Lee Smith (Craig); a son, Ronald Smith Jr.; a “special daughter,” Gay Laxton; and five grandchildren, Jessica, Ashley, Derek, Nehemiah and Tony.
A funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 31, at Colonial Beach Baptist Church, with the Rev. Johnny Almond officiating. Interment followed at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oak Grove.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Harry Junior Deale

Harry Junior Deale, 83, of Spotsylvania County passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at his home.
Mr. Deale was born May 8, 1928, in Brokenburg, the son of the late Harry Deale Sr. and Rowena Sorrell Deale.
He was also a member of Hebron Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Iris Simms Deale; a daughter, Leona Deale Williams (Russell), of King George; a son, Ricky Deale (Cyndi), of Spotsylvania; two granddaughters, Chelsea and Carlee Deale; two great-granddaughters, Ashley Beckham and Courtney Marshall; one great-grandson, Tanner Marshall; honorary daughter Mary Napier (Clyde); and sister Alma Deale Sullivan.
He was preceded in death by his grandson, Michael Edward Marshall Jr., in 2005; sisters Audrey Deale Oakes and Lois Deale Williams; and his brothers, Marvin S. Deale and Glenroy Deale, who was killed in 1950 in the Korean War.
A service was held Saturday, Dec. 31, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Bob Ellinger and the Rev. Carol M. Markham officiating. Burial followed  in Hebron Baptist Church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hebron Baptist Church Building Fund, 6855 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA, 22551.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Betty F. Bailey

Betty F. Bailey, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.
She was a native of Ivor and lived there most of her life. Her last years were spent with her son, Martin Bailey, in Dahlgren.
She was a homemaker and worked 11 years as a teacher’s aide at Ivor Elementary School. She loved her church and served in numerous ministries throughout the years.
Survivors include son Martin Bailey of Dahlgren; brothers John T. Faircloth Jr. and Hermer H. Faircloth; sister Selma Graves; grandson Mark Bailey; and two great-grandsons.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John T. Faircloth Sr. and Hope S. Faircloth; husband John Earl Bailey Sr.; son John Earl Bailey Jr.; and brother Allen Faircloth.
A funeral was conducted Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Ivor Baptist Church with the Rev. Chad McGinnis and the Rev. Cliff Hedges officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Ivor Baptist Church, 8506 Bell Ave., Ivor, VA, 23866; or Oakland Baptist Church, 5520 James Madison Parkway, King George, VA, 22485.
The family is being served by the Wakefield Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at jtmorriss.com.

Donald Edward Dobson

Donald Edward Dobson, 64, of King George County died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at his home.
Mr. Dobson had retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren. Most recently, he was the owner and operator of Double D Lawn Service.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah “Debbie” Dobson; his daughter, Tammy Lynn Barnett; two grandchildren, Shawn Thompson and Samantha Sullivan; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Woodrow and Louise Dobson; his brother, Kenneth Dobson; and his sister, Cecilia DeShazo.
A service was held Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Covenant Funeral home. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Trudy Clifton, 113 Tallpines Drive, Locust Grove, VA, 22508.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Pearl Lorraine Pekar

Pearl Lorraine Billiot Pekar, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Pearl was born June 6, 1928, in Alton, IL, to Joseph Alvin and Ruth Cook Billiot. She majored in music, science and English at Columbia College in South Carolina. Pearl married Michael Aloysius Pekar in 1952 and raised three children. She received her master’s degree in education from the Univ. of VA in 1970. Pearl worked in Virginia public schools for more than 30 years as a teacher and administrator; she was one of the first female principals in the state. In 1991, she co-founded Ambassadors Christian Academy in King George. She retired in 1996.Serving the Lord was her highest priority. Pearl was active in the Catholic church; she and husband Michael helped establish several parishes in rural locations, and she served as a CCD director and RCIA teacher. She was a charter member of the Women’s Club in King George.
She leaves behind daughter Jessie Pekar Earles, (Larry), and grandsons Timothy and Jonathan of Houston, TX; son Michael Pekar Jr., (Mary Kay), and grandchildren Ruth, Beth and Charles of Lamberton, MN; son John Paul Pekar, his wife, Kara, and granddaughter Amanda of King George; and brothers Harry and Alvin Billiot of SC.
The family will receive friends at Nash & Slaw funeral home, King George, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5. The funeral will be at Sacred Heart Chapel, NSWC Dahlgren, at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6. Interment will follow in Quantico National Cemetery at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Helen Marie Dickinson

Helen Marie Craun Dickinson, 98, entered into the presence of the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, in Melbourne, FL, surrounded by her family.
Born May 11, 1913, in Mount Sidney, VA, she was the daughter of John Elmer Craun and Clara Bell Landes. She was married to the late James M. Dickinson of Index, and was previously a member of Colonial Beach Baptist Church, Colonial Beach.
Helen was predeceased by her husband, James; son Robert L. Dickinson; sister Evelyn Craun Gray; and brother John Leslie Craun.
Survivors include her daughter, Lois Smith (Ron) of Melbourne; five grandchildren, Karen McPherson (Keith) of Palm Bay, FL, Christine Mingonet (Scott) of Fort Mill, SC, Steven Smith of Melbourne, Ryan Dickinson of Palm Coast, FL, and Corey Dickinson of Deltona, FL; five great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Tyler Mingonet and Rachel, Sarah and Jacob McPherson; brother Merlin Craun of Lebanon, Pa.; sister-in-law, Leola D. Dennison of Index in King George County; and numerous loved nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Round Hill Baptist Church, 16519 Round Hill Road, King George, with a viewing prior to the service at noon. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. After the burial, the family will receive friends at a reception in the church fellowship hall.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, will coordinate final arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Helen’s memory to Round Hill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 467, King George, VA 22485.

Area Deaths - December 28, 2011

Jean S. Clare

Jean S. Clare passed from this world Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, surrounded by her family and friends at Mary Washington Hospital.

She lived life surrounded by family, friends and an abundance of loved ones who must now cope with this tremendous loss.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred Miller and William P. Dalton; a brother, Harold Nelson Dalton; and, most recently, her husband, Robert L. Clare III, who passed just a year before her.

Jean is survived by two sisters, Rozella Seaman of King George and Lois Ponder (Charles) of Ladysmith; five children, Dale Sisson (Myrtle), Dickie Sisson (Denise), Bonnie Rollins (Carl), Carol Porter (Tony) and Pam Garcia (Nicki); and a stepdaughter, Linda Clare (Sue); all of King George; 11 grandchildren, Dale Sisson Jr., Michael Sisson, Ashley Sisson, Amanda Sisson, Richard Sisson, Becky Skebo, C.W. Rollins, Candi Porter, Caryn Porter, Danielle Garcia and Nicholas Garcia; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom will cherish the memories that they shared with Jean.

The memory of her humorous and loving nature will be sure to provide comfort for her loved ones during this difficult time. Jean lived a generous and kind life.

She was a lifetime member of the Dahlgren Rescue Squad, and enjoyed regaling others with stories of times spent on the squad. She owned and operated Clare Ambulance Service, by which she provided care to her patients and to those who worked with her.

She was a member of Round Hill Baptist Church, where she participated in the activities of the Young at Heart Sunday school class.

She will surely be remembered for her beneficent personality, which was recognizable even to a stranger. She will be greatly missed, and will forever remain in our hearts.

Visitation for family and friends was held Thursday, Dec. 22, at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home in King George.

A service was held Friday, Dec. 23, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, King George. Interment followed at Round Hill Baptist Church cemetery, King George. Family and friends received guests at Tabernacle Baptist Church following the service.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Lois Marie Brown

Lois Marie Brown, 55, of Fredericksburg passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at her residence surrounded by her family.

She is survived by four daughters, Lyndsey, Casey, Kimmie and Danielle Brown, all of Fredericksburg; nine grandchildren; her parents, Elsworth and Lois Sheppard; three brothers; and three sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the family receiving friends an hour prior to the service. Burial will be private.

Memorials may be made in her name to Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Attn: Brown Family, 1621 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, Va 22401.

Online condolences may be made at mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com.

Mary J. Redmond

Mary J. Redmond, 73, of Montross passed away Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital after a long battle with diabetes and heart failure. God extended his almighty hand of love and took her to eternal life.

She was born Dec. 3, 1938, to the late Charlie and Julia Johnson.

She leaves behind her husband, David Redmond; her children; her grandchildren; and her great-grandchildren.

A wake was held for family and friends Thursday, Dec. 22, at Siloam Baptist Church, in Montross. A funeral was held Friday, Dec. 23, at the church, with the Rev. Connie Jones Jr. officiating.

William G. Wood

William G. “Bill” Wood, 86, of King George County went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.

Survivors include his two children, son Dwight Wood and daughter Vickie Anderson (James), all of King George. He also is survived by his sisters, Annie Brown and Minnie Lemley and his brother, Larry Wood, all of North Carolina. Bill also had seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends.

He was a member of King George Church of God.

His life was celebrated with a visitation Monday, Dec. 26, at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, King George.  A service was held at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Lance Bacon officiating.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, in Bethany Cemetery, Baldwin, NC.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Margaret H. Ratcliffe

Margaret H. Ratcliffe, 88, of Fredericksburg died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at The Crossings at Falls Run.

Mrs. Ratcliffe was extremely active in community affairs with her late husband, Wilbur Stuart Ratcliffe Jr.

She was a member of the Lions Club for more than 40 years and was active in Shrine clubs and the Spotsylvania Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of James Monroe Chapter United Daughters of 1812, Ladies Oriental Shrine, Accaba Court and Order of the Eastern Star King Carter Chapter. She was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church.

Survivors include two sons, Stuart Douglas Ratcliffe (Nancy), of Jacksonville, FL, and Wilbur Stanley Ratcliffe (Martha), of Haymarket; grandchildren Andrew Ratciffe (Marie), Michael Ratcliffe, Jennifer Ratcliffe Largen (David), Kelly Ratcliffe Hall (Brian), Kathryn Ratcliffe and Alexander Ratcliffe; and two great-granddaughters, Elizabeth Ratcliffe and Audra Hall. She is also survived by her dear sister-in-law, Adelaide Ratcliffe Agrelius.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Stuart Ratcliffe Jr.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at the funeral home. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Donor Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607; or to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 125 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 150, Fredericksburg, VA, 22408.

Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

 

Area Deaths - December 21, 2011

Lawrence “Eddie” Carr, III

Lawrence “Eddie” Carr III, 24, of King George County passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.
Eddie was born on July 29, 1987. He retailed sales of auto parts in King George. He loved hunting, cars and  was a member of King George Ruritans.
Eddie is survived by his parents, Lawrence “Larry” Carr, Jr. and Linda R. Carr both of King George; uncle Elisha Roberts Jr; Aunt Betty Pruett (Harold); Aunt Brenda J. Roberts; Aunt Tammy Fleming (Steve), and 6 cousins.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 21 at King George Church of God.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at King George Church of God with the Rev. Lance Bacon officiating.
Interment will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27 at Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Troop 191 Campership Fund, 1191 Woodstock Rd., King George, VA, 22485  or King George Ruritans Scholarship Fund, Box 2, King George, VA, 22485.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George is handling the arrangements.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com

Michael Anthony Boswell

Michael Anthony Boswell Sr., 50, of Mineral passed away Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at University of Virginia Medical Center.
He is survived by a son, Michael Boswell Jr. of Mineral; his parents, Frank and Mary Boswell of Colonial Beach; a brother, Frank Boswell Jr. (Tammy), of Stafford County; a sister, Kim Capps (Bobby), of Springfield; and two granddaughters, Courtney and Kay-Leigh Boswell.
Michael was preceded in death by his daughter, Amy Boswell.
Michael’s family received friends Thursday, Dec. 15, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels-Cremation Service, in Fredericksburg. A graveside service followed in Mount Comfort Cemetery, Alexandria.
Michael’s family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Found and Sons Funeral Chapels, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Online condolences may be expressed to Michael’s family at foundandsons.com.

Michael Don Artman

Michael Don “Mick” Artman, 66, of King George County passed away Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in King George of complications from diabetes. He was born Sept. 15, 1945, in Lebanon, IN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Eugene Artman and Maxine Hamilton Artman, and his brother, Richard Eugene Artman, all of Sheridan.
He was married to Sharon Lee Brandenburg on Aug. 2, 1969, in Noblesville, IN.
Michael is survived by his wife, Sharon Lee Artman of King George; his two children, Elizabeth Artman Plaster (James), of Asheville, NC, and Matthew Michael Artman of Chapel Hill, NC; and two grandchildren, Michael Walton and Anna Grace Plaster.
The family received friends in a celebration of his life on Friday, Dec. 16, at Stewart’s Steak House, in Sheridan, IN. The funeral was private.
The family requests a memorial donation in his name be made to the American Diabetes Association, dia betes.org or 1/800-DIABETES.
Condolences may be sent to mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com.

James Michael Conlon

James Michael Conlon, 72, of Montross went to heaven on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, surrounded by his wife and family.
Mike was born in Davenport, Iowa, was trained in the Midwest in sciences and engineering and was educated around his family’s kitchen table.
From 1961 through 1997, he worked for the Environmental Protection Agency.
He would tell people time and time again that the smartest decision he ever made was to marry Donna K. Ebel in 1963. During their 48 years of marriage, Donna and Mike reared and educated four daughters: Ann Griesmer (Dan), of Nashville, TN, and their children, Conlon and Katie; Mary Sinnott (Jim), of Crofton , MD, and their children, Molly, Sarah and Charlie; Rachel Kliewer (Mark), of Springfield, and their children, Emma and Grace; and Molly Hogan (Pat), of Springfield, and their children, Megan and J.P.
A funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 17, at St. Paul’s Catholic Mission Church,  in Hague.
The family requests donations be made to the St. Labre Indian School; visit stlabre.org for details.

Ella Mae Richards

On Dec 16, 2011 in the home of her sister and brother-in-law Charles and Alberta Byrd, God extended his almighty hand of love and gently took Ella Mae Richards home to eternal life.
Ella graced this world with her stylish presence on October 26, 1916. She was the second of six children born to the late Richard and Lucy Richards. She was educated in the public schools of Westmoreland County VA.
She moved to Washington DC where she attended school at night while working during the day. After graduating from Cardoza High School she then enrolled in a Nursing School and graduated as an LPN. She worked for many years as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Dr. Lippo’s Medical Office and then as a private nurse in various homes and hospitals. During her work experience she had the opportunity to travel extensively including London England and Paris France.
Ella accepted Christ as her personal savior at an early age uniting with the Little Zion Baptist Church, Oak Grove VA. She also had affiliation with the Vermont Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, DC. After retirement she moved back to Virginia to be reunited with family and friends. She served faithfully in the church as President of the LZBC Floral Ministry and an active member of other church activities for many years. She was willing to work wherever she was needed until she was no longer able to attend.
Ella also called “GOLD” was a loving and devoted woman to her family and friends. She touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with. She was loved and well known to all as Aunt Ella.
Ella was preceded in death by her loving parents, the late Richard and Lucy Richards; a Brother John Richards; two sisters Josephine Jones and Lucille Davis.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory: one brother Charles Arthur Richards of Chester PA; one sister Alberta R. Byrd (Charles), of Colonial Beach VA; one God child Leroy Thomas of Washington DC and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.
A visitation was held on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.  The funeral was held on Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Little Zion Baptist Church in Colonial Beach.  Interment was in the Robbs Hill family cemetery, Oak Grove, VA.
Condolences may be made online at www.brooksfuneralhome.com.

Calvin H. Savage

Calvin H. Savage, born April 4, 1951, departed this life, Saturday, December 10, 2011 at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA after a tragic burn incident and advanced lung cancer.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Mae Savage and his stepson Michael.
He is survived by his mother, Josephine Harris, his brother Tony Savage of Reedville, and brother John Savage of Newport News.
In addition, he is survived by his loving “Beach Family”, Linda and son John; Ronnie Mothershead (Sandi) and Everett.
Calvin had a strong work ethic, working as a paper boy when he was young, and later as a truck driver, a meat cutter at Food Lion and a long time employee of the Town of Colonial Beach.
He had numerous interests, was multi-talented and creative. He loved NASCAR, especially Mark Martin, was an avid Redskin fan, enjoyed baseball, Clint Eastwood movies, the program, Antique Road Show, fishing, and most of all the water.
He had especially fond memories of his grandson Brett and loved children. Calvin was a perfectionist and enjoyed home remodeling projects, the outdoors, growing plants and cooking on the grill for close friends and family.
He had a huge collection of model cars and caps.  Calvin was a dog lover and was devoted to his yellow lab, “Buddy”.
A memorial service is planned for a later date. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Area Deaths - December 14, 2011

Gary E. Stepp

Gary E. Stepp, 77, of Westmoreland County died peacefully at his home on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.
For the past 22 years he was the owner of Stepp’s Harbor View Marina on Mattox Creek in Westmoreland County. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, he served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot. After leaving the Air Force, he had a long career with Westinghouse Electric in Pittsburgh, PA. After retiring from Westinghouse, he moved to Westmoreland, where he bought and operated his lifelong dream, a family-owned and -operated marina for recreational boating, which combined the three great loves of his life, his family, the water and boats.
Gary is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 57 years, Helen G. Stepp; his son, Bryan K. Stepp of Westmoreland, who now manages and operates the family marina; his daughter, Valerie Stepp of King George; his daughter-in-law, Paula Stepp of Westmoreland; his three grandchildren, Andrew Stepp of Westmoreland, Laura Stepp of Richmond and Megan Stepp of Westmoreland; and his sister, Gayle Kramer Allen of Powell, OH.
He was predeceased by his son-in-law, John E. Tyler Jr.
A service to celebrate Gary’s life was held Saturday, Dec. 10, at The Presbyterian Church on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg.
Donations be made in Gary’s name to the American Heart Association.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements. An online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

John Francis Burgess

John Francis “Mutt” Burgess, 87, of King George County died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011.
John was a World War II veteran, and had retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center and from his second job as an auto mechanic, but he continued his love of growing roses.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Burgess, and brothers Clayton Burgess, George Burgess and Roland Burgess.
Survivors include sisters Lucille Forest of Townsend, MA, Margaret Bailey of San Diego, CA; brother Claude Burgess of Crewe; son Thomas Burgess (Patty), of Dahlgren; daughter Susan Horman (Roger), of King George; and grandchildren Michael Burgess (Katie), of Charlotte, N.C., and Stephen Burgess of Roanoke.
The family received friends at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
A graveside service was held Saturday, Dec. 10, at Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to Dahlgren United Methodist Church, Box 1797, Dahlgren, VA, 22448.

Robert Rudoph Gordon

Robert Rudolph “Dickie” Gordon, 76, of Warsaw departed this life Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.
Dickie had retired from the U.S. Army, having served his country for 21 years, four months and 14 days. He also retired from the Tappahannock Police Department after 14 years of service.
He devoted 24 years to the Richmond County Little League and was one of the charter members. He was the first African-American chief umpire and on the board of directors of the league.
He is survived by his wife, Dora Vaughan Gordon; four children Wanda Henderson (Tyrone), Derrick Gordon (Lisa), James Gordon (Alice), and Crystal Bailey (Rahsaan); three sisters, Delma Arthur (James), Princess Arthur and Alice Yvonne Lacey; and one brother, George Stanley Crawley.
Visitation was held Saturday, Dec. 10, at Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd.
A memorial service was held at Good Hope Baptist Church, Dunnsville.
A funeral was held Sunday, Dec. 11, at Good Hope Baptist Church, Dunnsville, with the Rev. Bill Williams, pastor, officiating and Minister James Gordon as eulogist. Interment will be in the church cemetery with full military rites.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Good Hope Baptist Church, Dunnsville, Va.
Online condolences are at washingtonfh.com.

Donald P. Raines

Donald P. Raines, 74, of King George County died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He is survived by three sons, Robert D., Don and Chris Raines; one daughter, Hope Raines; and one sister, Mary Hylton.
A viewing was held Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal. A graveside service followed in Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle.
An online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

James Rufus Oliff

James Rufus Oliff, 94, of Montross died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.
Mr. Oliff was a World War II Army veteran and a retired auto body repairman.
Mr. Oliff is survived by his wife, Dora A. Oliff; his daughter, Diane O. Michael of Crofton, MD; his granddaughter, Ashley Michael; two sisters, Altha Parr of Charlottesville and Mary Sanford of Colonial Beach; and two brothers, Charlie Oliff of Montross and William Oliff of Upper Marlboro, MD.
A funeral was held Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Ephesus Christian Church, Foneswood, with interment in the church cemetery.
The family received friends Monday, Dec. 12, at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel, 17546 Kings Highway, Montross.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ephesus Christian Church, Box 3, Foneswood, VA, 22461.
Online condolences may be made at welchfuneralhomeva.com.

Area Deaths - November 9, 2011

Bobby W. Thacker

Bobby W. Thacker, 74, of King George County passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at home surrounded by his family.
Mr. Thacker was a U.S. Army veteran. He later started his family business, Professional Building Maintenance. He was a member of Elks Lodge 875 and Eagles Lodge 4123. Mr. Thacker had a deep love for his family and pets. He also enjoyed eating crabs at Captain Billy’s in Popes Creek, MD.
Survivors include his companion, Hale Pecor of Stafford County; three sons, Alexander Raymond Thacker (Ashley), of King George, Justin Lindsey Thacker and his girlfriend, Chassidy Camper, of Stafford, and Sean Stacey Thacker (Cheryl), of Stafford; a daughter, Kimberly Anne Stricklin of Stafford; two brothers, Lester Thacker of Minnesota and Clarence Thacker of Stafford; five grandchildren, Tyler, Jacob, Alexis, Campbell and William Thacker; numerous great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Clifton, Ernest, Alton and John; and three sisters, Elsie Whidden, Florence Morris and Bessie Clark.
The family received friends Friday, Nov. 4, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel. A funeral was held Saturday, Nov. 5, at the funeral home chapel. Interment was in Mount Comfort Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Fairview Beach Residence Association, Box 183, King George, VA. 22485.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

John William Robinson

John William Robinson, 68, of Orlando, Fla., formerly of King George County, passed away Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at a Florida hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Laverne Robinson, three daughters and one son, all of Florida; his mother, Margaret Holmes Robinson, of Clinton, MD; three sisters, Betty Ward, Alberta Robinson and Edna Robinson; and three brothers, Jackie Robinson, Frank Robinson and Peyton Robinson.
Services were held Oct. 29, 2011, at Woodlawn Funeral Home, Gotha, FL, followed by cremation.

Clarence Bowman, Sr.

Clarence Bowman Sr. of Colonial Beach passed away Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty Junkins; a son, Clarence Bowman Jr.; seven grandchildren, Teresa Craig, Trace Marshall, Paul Crist Jr., Crystel Crist, Leroy Crist and Chelsea Junkins; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
The family received friends Thursday, Nov. 3, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, in Fredericksburg.
Services were private.

Warner Buren Pitts

Warner Buren Pitts, 89, of Montross went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011.
He was a charter and lifetime member of the Westmoreland Fire Dept., a World War II Army veteran and a retired electronics technician for the Naval Surface Warfare Center.
He was the widower of Mildred Henderson Pitts.
He is survived by two sons, William Murry Pitts (Meredith Ann) of Rockville, MD, and Stephen Buren Pitts (Deborah) of Montpelier; and two brothers, Mahlon E. Pitts of Mount Holly and Vaden Stein Pitts of Florida.
He is also survived by two grandchildren, Stephen Corey Pitts and Kelly Marie Pitts; and two great-grandchildren, Emily Madison Pitts and William McCormally.
The family received friends at the Montross Chapel of Welch Funeral Home, where a funeral was  held Sunday, Nov. 6.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Westmoreland County Fire Dept., Box 222, Montross, VA, 22520.
Online condolences may be made at welchfuneralhomeva.com.

Robert Lynn Delano

Robert Lynn “Bobby” Delano, 61, of Loretto died peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at his residence.
Born June 7, 1950, to the late Calvert Hugh and Pollyanna Boughan Delano, Bobby grew up in Howertons, attended Center Cross Elementary School and graduated from Tappahannock High School in 1969. He was a lifelong member of Howertons Baptist Church.
Bobby joined the U.S. Air Force in 1969 and was honorably discharged in 1971. He was an insurance agent for Southland Life and Life of Georgia for many years and most recently worked for Monumental Life Insurance in Richmond.
Bobby is survived by his wife, Ellen Wolfe Delano; his daughter, Casey Delano Thrift (Bryan), two grandsons, Davis and Braden, and baby Thrift due in February, all of Smithfield; his four sisters and their husbands, Carol Ann Neist (Terry) , Betty Page Weiss (Jackie), Sandra Ball (Corey), all of Howertons, and Faye King (Wayne), of Warsaw. He is also survived by his brother, Kenny Delano (Patricia), of Desha; his youngest brother and best friend, Rodney of Howertons; his aunt, Betty Delano of Warsaw; his uncle and aunt, Joseph and Angie Boughan of Newport News; and a number of nieces, nephews and their families.
A service was held Friday, Nov. 4, at Howertons Baptist Church, with  interment in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the donor’s choice.
Marks-Bristow Funeral Home, Tappahannock handled the arrangements.

Deanna Lee Rose

Deanna Lee Rose, 34, of King George County died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011.
Survivors include her children, Ashlyn, Megan and Kelsey.
The family received friends Saturday, Nov. 5, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. Services will be private.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Walter G. Pierce

Walter G. “Watermelon” Pierce, 49, of Colonial Beach passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at VCU Medical Center, Richmond.
He was a former truck driver for Darl Concrete.
Survivors include his wife, Renita; his mother, Rose Jeannette Pierce; three sons, James Johnson, Alonzo Smith and Walter Johnson; two daughters, Latoya King and Mataya Johnson; five brothers, Otis Johnson, retired Sgt. 1st Class Rydell Pierce, Lewis Johnson, William Pierce and Randolph Brown; seven sisters, Selinda Owens, Evelyn McDowney, Laura Quarterman, Ross Ann Bumbrey, Stella Campbell, Angela Newman and Staff Sgt. Lecola Pierce.
Viewing will start at noon Thursday, Nov. 10, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, with the family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m.
The service will be at noon Friday, Nov. 11, at First Baptist Church, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. David Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
Online guest book is at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Zelda L. Jackson

Zelda L. Jackson, 90, of Tappahannock departed this life Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at The Orchard of Warsaw.
Arrangements are incomplete at Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock.

Robert Lawrence Brown

Robert Lawrence Brown, 89, of King George County passed away Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Fredericksburg.

Area Deaths - December 7, 2011

John Edward Wood

John Edward Wood, 52, of King George County passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at home.
John was a computer analyst and a former member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Yvette Wood; two sisters, Loretta Wood Staples and Mary Ellen Tippett; a brother, Billy Joe Wood Jr.; and three nieces, Chris, Ashley and Jenny.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 3, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Randy Allensworth officiating.
Burial will be private.
Donations may be made to Medi Hospice, 125 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 150, Fredericksburg, VA, 22408.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Muscoe Russell H. Garnett

Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett Jr., 68, of “Elmwood Farm,” Loretto, died peacefully at his residence on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.
Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett and Helene Wallace Garnett. He was also preceded in death by his siblings Agnes Wallace Garnett Leary and James Mercer Garnett.
Muscoe grew up in New York City, graduated from Trinity School and attended McGill College. After school, he moved to Richmond, where he began his career in insurance. While in Richmond he met his wife, Roberta, and in 1979, moved with her and their two children, Madeline and Muscoe, to Elmwood, which was the summer home of his youth.
Muscoe continued to practice insurance in Fredericksburg and was active in his local community. He served on the vestry at Vauter’s Episcopal Church and was a former board member of Aylett Country Day School and St. Margaret’s School. Muscoe was influential in the fundraising for and formation of Tappahannock Volunteer Fire Department Station 3 in Loretto. He was dedicated to the preservation of farm land and was instrumental in the founding of the Essex County Countryside Alliance. Muscoe was also a longstanding member of the Society of The Cincinnati, Sons of the Revolution and the Commonwealth Club.
Muscoe is survived by his wife, Roberta Thompson Garnett; his daughter, Madeline Garnett Foresman and her husband, David Lee Foresman, of Alexandria; his son, Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett III and his wife, Helen Mundin Garnett, of Richmond; four grandchildren, David Lee Foresman Jr., Eleanor Hunter Foresman, Henry Garnett Foresman and Muscoe Russell Hunter Garnett IV; one sister, Anne Garnett Boenning of Gladwyn, Pa.; one brother, Stephen Hunter Garnett of Jamestown, R.I.; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Vauter’s Episcopal Church. Burial followed in the family cemetery at Elmwood.
Memorials may be made to Vauter’s Episcopal Church, Box 154, Champlain, VA, 22438; or the Tappahannock Volunteer Rescue Squad, Box 583, Tappahannock, VA, 22560.
Marks-Bristow Funeral Home, Tappahannock, is handling arrangements.

Albert Ericksbon, Jr.

Albert Erickson Jr., 93, of Colonial Beach passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Westmoreland Rehabilitation Center in Colonial Beach.
Albert graduated from MIT in 1941, with a master’s degree in chemical engineering. He retired from the U.S. government Naval Sea Systems Command. Albert was a member of the American Chemical Society and American Stamp Collectors.
Albert is survived by a daughter, Patricia Erickson of Lovettsville; a son, Richard Erickson and his wife, Susan, of Belle Vernon, PA; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie O. Erickson.
A funeral was held Thursday, Dec. 1, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Oak Grove. Interment followed at Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
Donations may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 8096 Leedstown Road, Oak Grove, VA, 22443.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Jay Harold Fowler, Sr.

Jay Harold Fowler Sr., 72, passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital surrounded by his family.
Jay was born Dec. 7, 1938, to Nelson and Lizzie Mae Fowler of Gaffney, SC. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 15 years. After retiring he enjoyed working as an electrician. In his free time he loved coaching his children in sports, bowling, playing horseshoes and spending time out on his boat fishing.
Jay is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gloria; son Wayne (Dianne) of King George; daughter-in-law Barbara of Dale City; grandchildren Jessie Coldwell (Willie), Brittany Fowler, Brooke Fowler, Felicia Cheek (Jeff), Ariana Cook (Kevin) , Espree Fowler, Mariah Fowler, Christian Fowler and Nelson Fowler; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Shirley McDaniel; and son Jay H. Fowler Jr.
The funeral was held Friday, Dec. 2, at Round Hill Baptist Church, King George. Interment followed in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Rev. Joseph E. Toliver

The Rev. Joseph E. Toliver, 91, of King George County passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg.
Pastor Toliver had served as pastor emeritus of Mulberry Baptist Church in Emerton, Zion Baptist Church in Chance and New Mount Zion Baptist Church in Caret.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Toliver of King George; two sons, Joseph E. Toliver Jr. (Dorothy) of Huber Heights, OH, and George T. Toliver of Myrtle Beach, SC; three daughters, Agatha T. Coleman (Edward) of Staunton, Jacqueline T. Hines (Paul) of Fort Washington, MD, and Ramona Toliver of Los Angeles, CA; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three stepsons, Antonio H. Lewis Sr. of Jacksonville, FL, and Mario V. Lewis (Carolyn) and Carlos H. Lewis (Peggy), all of Tappahannock; two stepdaughters, Detria M. McCallum (John) of Teaneck, NJ, and Imore M. Long (Roderick) of New Rochelle, NY; and five stepgrandchildren.
He was a life member of the Dahlgren Rescue Squad. He was a charter member and past president of the local NAACP Chapter. He served King George as a School Board and social services board member and as local chapter AARP president.
As a freedom fighter he was instrumental in the building of the Ralph Bunche High School in King George. He was a county school bus driver. He was also a past master and treasurer of King George Lodge 314, Prince Hall Affiliate, and was a past patron of Guiding Star 216, Order of the Eastern Star PHA.
A viewing was held Friday, Dec. 2, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal. The family also received friends at Antioch Baptist Church, in King George, VA 22485 and Essex High School in Tappahannock, VA.
A funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 3, at Essex High School, with Dr. Larry Finch as eulogist and the Rev. Lester Harvey officiating. Burial was in Salem Baptist Church cemetery, King George.
Donations may be made to United Parkinson Foundation, 360 West Superior St., Chicago, IL, 60610.

Clara L. Pugh

Clara L. Pugh, 78, of Champlain departed this life Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, in a Fredricksburg hospital.
She is survived by her husband, John L. Pugh; three daughters, Martha Newman of King George, Barbara Ann Campbell of Tappahannock and Florine Brown of Fredericksburg; two sons, Craig Parson of Colonial Beach and John E. Pugh of Warsaw; and sister Maggie Johnson and brother Fred Reynolds, both of Hustle.
A visitation was held Friday, Dec. 2, at Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock.
A funeral was held Saturday, Dec. 3, at Antioch Baptist Church, Champlain, with the Rev. Danial Goodall, pastor, officiating. The interment will be in the church cemetery.
Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock, is handling the arrangements.

Cassandra Faye Bourne

Cassandra Faye Bourne, 61, of King George County passed away Monday, Nov. 28, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Cassandra was a dedicated mother, loving grandmother and friend.
She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Cassandra is survived by a daughter, Cathy Hoffman (Paul), of King George; four sons, Arthur Bourne Jr. (Melissa), of Essex County, and Dennis (Anita), Tony (Terri), and youngest son, Michael Bourne, all of King George; her mother, Geraldine Shelton of King George; and two brothers, James Shelton and Walter Shelton Jr., both of King George; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Monday, Dec. 5, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel.
Interment followed in Historyland Cemetery, King George.
Online condolences may be expressed at foundandsons.com.

Marion Margaret Righter

Marion Margaret Righter, 39, of Colonial Beach winged her flight from this mortal realm on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2011.
Born Sept. 13, 1972, in Richmond, Marion left behind a loving family and close circle of friends.
Marion grew up in Rappahannock County and Virginia Beach.
At heart Marion was an artist, which was reflected in her career as an interior designer in Savannah, GA, and antiques shop owner in Atlanta.
Mourning her passing are her parents, Margaret and Richard Racine of Colonial Beach; her younger sister and dearest friend, Emily Righter Isenberg (Ethan), of Richmond; and her close companion, Charlie Harris of Colonial Beach. Other survivors include her maternal grandmother, Esther D. Dunlap; aunts Katherine Orlins and Carol Dunlap Scruggs of Northern Virginia; paternal grandmother Barbara Racine of Colonial Beach; and cousins Melanie Orlins of North Dakota and Andrew and Bryant Scruggs and her uncle, Michael Scruggs, of Northern Virginia.
A memorial celebration of her life was held on Monday, Dec. 5, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Colonial Beach.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Westmoreland County Animal Shelter; or St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Box 420, Colonial Beach, VA, 22443
Internment will be at St. Mary’s Columbarium at a later date.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Ronald Carroll Walsh, Sr.

Ronald Carroll Walsh, Sr., 64, of Colonial Beach, passed away on December 4, 2011.
He was retired from Facilities Management Division in Fairfax County.
He is survived by two sons, Ronald C. Walsh, Jr. (Terry), and Scott R. Walsh, all of Colonial Beach and a daughter Ashley P. Walsh of Annandale, VA, two brothers, Herbert W. Walsh, Jr. (Marilyn), of Garrisonville, and Larry M. Walsh (Pam), of Montross. He is also survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel with Pastor Wade Wilkins officiating.
Interment will be in Currioman Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Ronald Walsh, Jr., Scott Walsh, Larry Walsh, Herbert W. Walsh, Jr., Adam Walsh and Shawn Walsh.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lung Cancer Research Foundation, 845 3rd Ave., 6th Fl., New York, NY 10022..
Online condolences at www.welchfuneralhomeva.com.

Charlotte Dyer Boran

Charlotte Dyer Boran, 96, passed away on December 2, 2011, at the Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Stuart, VA.  
Mrs. Boran was born and raised in Alexandria, VA, where she met and married her late husband, Roland Joseph Boran.  
They raised three sons there and retired to Colonial Beach, VA, in 1975.  There she became a devoted member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church.  Her wit, charm, and sparkling personality won her countless friends in the Colonial Beach community.
She is survived by her three sons, Edgar Louis (Kathleen) of Spring, TX; Roland Michael (Christine) of Woolwine, VA; and Paul David (companion Diana) of Woodstock, VA, and a sister, Bette Dyer Walling, of Banning, CA.  
She is also survived by nine grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren, all of whom loved their “Sharlie” very deeply.  
A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 12 Lossing Avenue, Colonial Beach, Virginia.

Area Deaths - November 2, 2011

John Kelly Hubble

John Kelly Hubble, 37, of Woodford died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.
Born in Fredericksburg, he had worked for 15 years at Accurate Foreign Car Parts in King George County. Throughout his life he loved riding dirt bikes and Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roger Edward Hubble and Wanda Jean Simpson.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene Hubble; his children, Tyler John “TJ” Hubble and Britney Marie “Boo” Hubble; a sister, Candy Mann; his stepmom, Glenda Wilkerson; uncle Bill Simpson and aunt Blondie; his nephew, Justin Mann; and his best friend, Chris Pernia.
A funeral was held Thursday, Oct. 27, at Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green, with the Rev. Randy Newsome officiating.
Memorial contributions be made at any PNC branch to an account set up in the name of his son, Tyler John Hubble.
Sign register book online storkefuneralhome.com.

Josephine Womack Goad

Josephine Womack Goad passed away Oct. 25, 2011, at Heritage Hall in King George County, where she was lovingly cared for in her last few years.
Born in Welch, WV, on Sept. 25, 1920, she was the daughter of Edward W. and Elizabeth Payne Womack.
She was preceded in death by her husband, G.A. Goad; two sisters, Eleanor Elizabeth Ockerman and Blanche Wilson Magann; two brothers, Ward Franklin Womack and Edward William Womack Jr.; and her son-in-law, Thomas Herschel Murray.
She is survived by her daughter, Anna Belle Murray of Columbus, OH; her son, John D. Goad (Gay), of Fredericksburg; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Jo filled her life with music and loved to sing. As a young girl she was a lovely pianist and had a natural talent to play by ear. In addition to delicious aromas coming from her kitchen, sounds of her music and singing would draw people to the breakfast table.
She also loved nature and was known for feeding the birds and watching for wildlife around her home. A special thank-you to Heritage Hall Nursing Home for the loving care that gave her comfort, which extended Jo’s life; we are forever grateful.
A graveside service will be held at Forest Memorial Park in Milton, W.Va., at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Box 96011, Washington, DC, 20090; or Trinity Episcopal Church, 825 College Ave., Fredericksburg, VA, 22401.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Richard Edward Crossman

Richard Edward Crossman, 87, of King George County passed away while celebrating his birthday with family on Oct. 25, 2011, in the Hospice House in Concord, N.H.
He was born Oct. 13, 1924, in Ira, Vt., the son of Gerald H. and Grace Merrithew Crossman. He married Pauline Bertha Graichen, who passed away Sept. 17, 1997.
Mr. Crossman received an honorary degree in theology from Bell Meadows College. He was a missionary for the African Inland Mission and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Fredericksburg.
Mr. Crossman enjoyed reading, gardening and taking long walks.
Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth Kantz of Boscawen, NH; four sons, Richard W. Crossman of King George, Joel A. Crossman of Loudon, NH, James Crossman of Boscawen, NH, and Karl R. Crossman of Waxhaw, NC.; four brothers, Ted Crossman of Waxhaw, NC, the Rev. Ivan Crossman of Carver, MA, the Rev. Dean Crossman of Pittsford, VT, and John Crossman of Ira, VT; a sister, Olive Stevens of Elmer, NJ; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held Saturday, Oct. 29, in East Clarendon Cemetery, Clarendon, VT.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House, 240 Pleasant St., Concord, N.H. 03301.

Chastine Gillespie Trigger

Chastine Gillespie “Gill” Trigger, 85, of Westmoreland County died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and Korea. He retired as a farmer in Westmoreland.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann Trigger; two sons; three stepchildren, Sharon East, Mary Ellen Howard and Thomas David Harmon, all of Maryland; and caregiver David Reynolds of the home. Gill was the last of 16 brothers and sisters.
A funeral was held Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Billy Bowler officiating. Interment followed in the Trigger family cemetery in Westmoreland.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Area Deaths - November 30, 2011

Andrew Rolf Dabbs

Andrew Rolf “Andy” Dabbs, 34, of Westmoreland County died suddenly at home on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011.
Born April 19, 1977, in Washington, DC, Andy was employed as an operations research analyst for NSWC Dahlgren, in support of our warfighters around the globe. Through the years, he served his community as a firefighter in positions that included president, captain 2A and chief 2A. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Andy was always willing to help his fellow citizens and community.
He loved his Harley Firefighter Edition motorcycle and his beloved canine friend, Enapy. He was an avid Redskins fan and his friends loved his cooking.
He was a 1995 graduate of King George High School and of Longwood College with a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
He is survived by, and will be sadly missed by, his father, Larry Dabbs of Glen Allen; mother Glyndon Dabbs of Dahlgren; his brother and best friend, Eric Dabbs of Dahlgren; uncle and aunt Jerry and Dottie Hudson of Johnstown, Pa; special companion Diane King of Westmoreland Shores; and other family and friends.
Andy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Mildred Dabbs and Rolf and Charlotte Hudson.
The family received friends Monday, Nov. 28, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, in King George.
A funeral was held Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Dahlgren United Methodist Church in Dahlgren.  Interment followed in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
Memorial donations may be made to King George Fire and Rescue, Box 466, King George, VA, 22485; or Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, VA, 22443.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Wesley Braewood Childress

Wesley Braewood Childress, 35, completed his earthly journey on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at his home in Gloucester, with his wife by his side.
Wesley grew up in Stafford County and graduated from Stafford High School. Wes found his calling in service to his country in the U.S. Air Force and the Virginia Air National Guard at Langley AFB. Master Sgt. Wesley Childress traveled the U.S. and parts of the world working on F-15s, F-16s and F-22s.
Wes became a friend to all he met. He loved many outdoor activities including hiking, canoeing and riding his motorcycle. Wes could have fun in just the simple things in life.
May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him including his beloved dogs, Harley and Efes.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James W. Childress; aunt Judith L. Childress; and sister Jennifer L. Childress.
Wesley is survived by his wife, Kelley McDonough Childress of Gloucester; his parents, Carolyn and William Childress of King George County; brothers Ryan W. Childress and friend Melina Eaken of Culpeper and Benjamin H. Childress (Elizabeth); nephew Aadan of Spotsylvania County; grandmother Louise B. Childress of King George; maternal grandparents Myrtle and Clifton A. Synan of Caroline County; mother- and father-in-law Marie and Michael McDonough of Philadelphia,PA; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at Providence Baptist Church, Hayes,VA.
The family will receive friends at the home of Wesley’s parents in King George from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 (Call 540/809-7151 for more information).
Thanks to all family and friends for the support and love given to Wesley and his family.
Special thanks to the surgeons, oncologists, nurses and staff of the Williamsburg Sentara VOA; officers and enlisted members of the 192 Fighter Wing; and the Brothers of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club for the kindness, support and love they have given to Wes “CHILI” and his family.
In memory of Wes, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Attn: Mrs. G. Edward Mowry, 7274 Joseph Lewis Road, Hayes, VA, 23072.
Hogg Funeral Home and Crematory, Gloucester Point, is handling arrangements.

William Michael Finn

William Michael Finn, 56, of King George County passed away Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011.
He is survived by a son, Jason Sanders; one grandson; and four siblings, Olivia Finn, John Finn, Barney Finn, and Helen Annette Finn.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be made at mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com.

James Thomas Hussey

James Thomas Hussey, 69, of Colonial Beach passed away Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, at Carriage Hill Memory Lane in Fredericksburg.
He was born in Washington, DC, on May 10, 1942, a son of the late Elmer Q. and Dorothy Rhine Hussey.
James worked as a tile setter for John King Tile Inc. He also worked for many years as a skilled carpenter and craftsman, a trade he learned from his father. His hands were weather-worn, and he will be remembered for the many homes, custom cabinets and other beautiful things that were built with his skills. He had a great love for pets, and always had a husky, his best friend.
He was united in marriage on Sept. 14, 1962, to Nancy E.M. Connelly, who preceded him in death on Sept. 29, 2003.
He is survived by four children, James W. Hussey, Nanette Pickeral(John R.) Pomfret, MD, Russell E. Hussey of Milford and Keith Hussey (Thuy Minh Thu) of Colonial Beach; two brothers, Richard Lee Hussey and William A. Hussey; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A funeral was held Saturday, Nov. 26, at Briery Branch Church of the Brethren, Dayton, VA, with Pastor Randy Cosner officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pet Harbor Rescue, Box 73, Bowling Green, Va. 22427.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at johnsonfs.com.

Robert Eugene Pounds

Robert Eugene “Bob” Pounds, 80, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., formerly of Dahlgren, passed away Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Bob retired as an accountant with the U.S. government. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a member of the American Legion and Elks Lodge and a proud graduate of the University of Richmond.
He is survived by a son, Todd K. Pounds (Patti) of Annapolis, MD; sister Audrey Morrison of King George; brother Raymond Warren Pounds of Florida; and two grandsons, Michael and Kevin.
The family received friends Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, where the service was held. Burial will be private.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Jay Harold Fowler, Sr.

Jay Harold Fowler Sr. passed away Monday, November 28, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital surrounded by his family.
Jay was born December 7, 1938 to Nelson and Lizzie Mae Fowler of Gaffney, SC. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 15 years. After retiring he enjoyed working as an electrician. In his free time he loved coaching his children in sports, bowling, playing horse shoes, spending time out on his boat fishing.
Jay is survived by his wife of 50 years Gloria, son Wayne (Dianne) of King George, Daughter-in-law Barbara of Dale City, grandchildren Jessie Coldwell (Willie), Brittany Fowler, Brooke Fowler, Felicia Cheek (Jeff), Ariana Cook (Kevin), Espree Fowler, Mariah Fowler, Christian Fowler, and Nelson Fowler, and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Shirley McDaniel, and his son Jay H. Fowler Jr.
The family will receive friends Thursday, December 1, at Nash and Slaw in Colonial Beach from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held Friday, December 2 at 11 a.m. at Round Hill Baptist Church.
Interment will follow at Historyland Memorial Park.

Area Deaths - October 26, 2011

Charles Andrew Clatterbuck

Charles Andrew Clatterbuck, 71, of Montross went to be with the Lord on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011.
He was a retired auto body mechanic manager.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Elliott Clatterbuck; and one sister, Lucy Hall (Steve), of Chantilly. He was preceded in death by sister Betty Ann Holmes.
A funeral was held Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Montross Chapel of Welch Funeral Home. Burial was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Westmoreland County Rescue Squad, Box 37, Mount Holly, VA, 22524.
Online condolences may be made at welchfuneralhomeva.com.

Terry Lee Roberts

Terry Lee Roberts, 65, of Stafford County passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Roberts had retired from NSWC Dahlgren, and worked part time at a VA ABC store. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and a life member of the NRA.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Ruby Roberts; his daughter, Katherine Roberts Feltner (Randy); his brother, Edward Thomas Roberts III; his sister, Beverly Roberts Payne; a very special niece, Rhonda Snellings; and other nieces and nephews Stacy Barlow, Daren Payne, Matthew Payne and Kristin Roberts.
A service was held Saturday, Oct. 22, at Covenant Funeral Service chapel, Fredericksburg. Interment will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Attn: Trudy Clifton, 113 Tallpines Drive, Locust Grove, VA, 22508; or to the SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, VA, 22408.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

William Alfred Richardson

William Alfred “Snip” Richardson, 84, of Tappahannock departed this life Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at his residence.
He is survived by 10 nieces; seven great-nieces; one nephew; six great-nephews; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held Friday, Oct. 21, at Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd. A funeral was held Saturday, Oct. 22, at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Caret. The Rev. Lester Harvey, pastor, did officiate. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at washingtonfh.com.

Leroy Spencer Pollard

Leroy Spencer Pollard, 39, of Tappahannock departed this life Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, in Essex County.
Leroy was employed as a service manager with Ryder Truck Co.
He is survived by his daughter, Faith Desiree Pollard; his best friend, Marisa Fortune; his parents, Roy and Verna “Judy” Pollard; one sister, Christy Pollard Johnson; his grandmother Bernice Hence; great-grandmother Marion Pitts; and grandfather Henry Mathew Pollard.
A visitation was held at Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock. The funeral was held Friday, Oct. 21, at Beulah Baptist Church, Minor, with the Rev. Floyd Johnson officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at washingtonfh.com.

Daniel Matthew DeVault

Daniel Matthew DeVault, 35, of King George County, beloved husband and father, passed away at VCU Medical Center, Richmond, on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, following a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born June 10, 1976, in Great Falls, MT, to Harry and Sandy DeVault. He graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife fisheries. He was united in marriage to Ana Lilia-Ruiz on May 2, 2010.
Dan is survived by his wife, Ana; daughter Sierra; his parents; siblings Lisa Hockaday and James DeVault; and brother-in-law Bobby Hockaday. He is also survived by niece Jordan DeVault; and nephews Justin and Alec James Hockaday.
The family received friends  Saturday, Oct. 22, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, and held the service there.
Donations may be made in Daniel’s memory to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago, IL, 60631.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Adele Bruce Kline

Adele Bruce Kline, 90, of Lynchburg died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. She was the wife of the late Edward Snyder Kline for 38 years.
Born Tuesday, July 26, 1921, in the Philippines, Adele was daughter of the late Thomas Bruce and Adeline Ciccione Bruce.
Adele is survived by two daughters, Mary Hill (Roland), of Lynchburg and Nancy Kline (Scott Avera), of Palm Springs, CA, son Edward Kline (Karen), of Albuquerque, NM; son in-law Guillermo Oliver of Yauco, Puerto Rico; and five grandchildren, Weston Hill, of Raleigh, NC, Steele Hill of Lynchburg, Maria Adella Oliver of Yauco, and Kelley Kline and Kendall Kline, both of Albuquerque.
In addition to her parents, and husband, Adele was preceded in death by a daughter Bonnie Kline Oliver.
Adele was a graduate of the U.VA.School of Nursing, and proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Although she had lived in Lynchburg for the past 12 years with her family and a beloved menagerie of animals, she considered her home to be Sunnyfields Farm in King George County. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, King George. She always lived her life true to what she believed through civic duty, community service and family leadership. Her life was an inspiration of strength to all who knew her.
Family and friends celebrated her life at her Lynchburg home, on Sunday, Oct. 23.
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting tharpfuneralhome.com.

Sylvester Beverly

Sylvester Beverly, 69, of Montross passed away Oct. 23, 2011, at his residence.
Survivors include three daughters, Sylvia Smith of Fredericksburg and Lisa McDowney and Judy Smith, both of Colonial Beach; three sons, John Wright of Bowie, MD, Eric Wright of Washington, DC , and Gabert Smith of Colonial Beach; 21 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Lewis Johnson of Washington, DC.
A funeral will be held at noon, Friday, Oct. 28, at New Monrovia Baptist Church, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Welford McDowney officiating.
Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, and for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

James Bartley Ramsey

James Bartley “Bart” Ramsey, 43, of Colonial Beach passed away Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at his residence.
Bart loved all types of music. His hobby was arts and crafts.
He is survived by his mother, Lorna J. Ramsey of the home; father Ronald W. Cooper; sister Jamie E. Garcia; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Thomas L. Ramsey.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 25, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Willard Bowen officiating. Burial was private.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Thelma E. Allen

Thelma E. Allen, 99, of King George County passed away Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at her residence.
Thelma had retired from the Navy Department as a secretary in 1975. She was a member of Oakland Baptist Church in King George.
She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Oakland Baptist Church cemetery, King George, with the Rev. Guy Mattox Jr. officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Oakland Baptist Church, 5520 James Madison Parkway, King George, VA, 22485.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Julia Mae Bushrod Murphy

Julia Mae Bushrod Murphy, 87, of Washington, D.C., died Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Macedonia Baptist Church, Colonial Beach.
Lee Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements.

Area Deaths - November 23, 2011

Denise Lynn Tucker Petree

Denise Lynn Tucker Petree, 49, of Sandston, VA, passed away November 12, 2011, in Richmond.  
She was the Manager of Clinical Research for Alliance Research Group in Richmond.
Denise was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Lee Petree. She was the daughter of Peggy Lawler Tucker and the late Donald Tucker, both of Colonial Beach.
Besides her mother, she is survived by a sister Constance Tucker Kennedy (Bruce) of Ruther Glen; a brother David Tucker (Cindy) of Colonial Beach; her nephew Michael Abner of San Francisco, CA; and her niece Christina Tucker of Churchville, NY.
Burial will be private.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the animal rescue organization of your choice.

William E. Dillon

It is with broken hearts that we announce the passing of our husband, father and grandfather, William E. “Mickey” Dillon, 73, of Spotsylvania County, surrounded by his loved ones on Nov. 17, 2011, at VCU Medical Center in Richmond.
William was affectionately known to most as Mickey.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Evelyn Rodgers Dillon; his daughters, Tammy Peck (Eddie), Tina Gabbard and her fiance, Michael, and Teri Dillon and her fiance, Adam; 12 grandchildren, including Tylor Dillon, whom he raised; one great-granddaughter; and a special niece who looked up to Mickey as her own father, Virginia Carol Fines. He is also survived by his sister, Shirley Carneal of Spotsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mickey was preceded in death by his parents, Gusty and Sadie Dillon of King George County, where he grew up and graduated from King George High School. He was also preceded in death by five brothers and six sisters.
Mickey retired from Quantico in 1996, but had worked most of his life for United Van Lines, Hilldrup Transfer & Storage.
The family received friends Monday, Nov. 21, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A service was held Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the funeral home chapel. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Thomas J. Blankenbaker, Shane Margrave, Ricky Blankenbaker, Ralph Williams, Adam Mills and Michael Fizer, and honorary pallbearers will be Charles Loving, Jeff Branham and William “Butch” Williams.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

John F. Donley

John F. “Jeff” Donley, 86, of Colonial Beach died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Jeff was born June 7, 1925, in Bryan, Ohio, to James and Nora Donley.
He lived for most of his life in Vienna and moved to Colonial Beach in 2003.
He was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy in the submarine service.
He worked for most of his adult life as a sound engineer for NBC, including time with the White House press during the Carter and Reagan administrations. He served as vice president of the NABET Union, and was an active member of the Democratic Party.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Mary Wheaton Donley; his four children, John Donley (Elizabeth), Jim Donley (Debbie), Jeff Donley (Tracey), and Lori Petterson (Dennis); 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Area Deaths - October 19, 2011

Fred William Borden, III

Fred William Borden III, 66, of Huntly passed away at his home Monday, Oct. 10, 2011.
Mr. Borden was born Dec. 18, 1944, in Washington, DC, son of the late Fred William Borden II and Juanita Knicely Borden of Strasburg. He was the owner of Fred W. Borden Plumbing.
Surviving, along with his mother are his wife, Janet Borden of Huntly; one son, Fred W. Borden IV of Colonial Beach; one daughter, Malinda Dillard (Michael), of Fairfax Station; two stepsons, Michael Blaisdell and Benjamin Blaisdell, both of Fredericksburg; two sisters, Marilyn Stull of Manassas and Brenda Farley of Woodstock; one brother, Darryl Borden of Strasburg; mother-in-law Mary Delores Baker of Huntly; three grandchildren, Lindsay Dillard and Hailey Dillard, both of Fairfax Station, and Tori Rupert of Culpeper; and two stepgrandchildren, Conner Blaisdell and Cassidy Evans of Fredericksburg.
He was preceded in death by his brother Daniel Borden.
All services will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Flint Hill Volunteer Fire Department, Box 150, Flint Hill, VA, 22627.
Arrangements are by Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal.

Mary Theresa Dressel

Mary Theresa Dressel, 87, formerly of Fredericksburg, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, in King George County.
Arrangements are incomplete at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Fredericksburg.

Joseph Wilson Staples

Joseph Wilson Staples, 26, of King George County passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, in King George.
Joseph was born in Hampton and was a graduate of King George High School. He was a former member of the U.S. Navy and a member of Hanover Baptist Church.
He loved writing music, playing the guitar, singing and theology.
He is survived by a son, Gabriel M. Staples of Madisonville, TN; his parents, Harold and Loretta Staples of King George; a sister, Ashley Staples of King George; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 15 at Hanover Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Rick Crookshank officiating. Burial was private.
Contributions may be made to Hanover Baptist Church, Box 774, King George, VA, 22485.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Shirley Hill Helm

Shirley Hill Helm, 75, of Desha departed this life on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, in a nursing home in Warsaw.
She is survived by her husband, Hugh O. Helm; one sister, Bertha Hill Woody of Tappahannock; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Friday, Oct. 14, at Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd. A funeral service was held Saturday, Oct. 15, at Beulah Baptist Church in Minor. The Rev. Floyd Johnson, pastor, did officiate. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at washingtonfh.com.

Earl “Wayne” Clark

Earl “Wayne” Clark, 63, of Montross went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011.
He retired from the Dahlgren Naval Surface Weapons Center in 1994.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and earned two medals, the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with three stars. He also received the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon.
Wayne was a charter member and life member of the Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad.
He coached 17 consecutive years of Little League football and other sports through the Westmoreland County Recreation Department.
He was preceded in death by parents Norman and Elizabeth Clark and sisters Charlotte Bartlett and Patricia Douglas.
He is survived by best friend and wife Linda Clark; daughter Christine Reynolds (Tim); sons Kevin Clark and Alicia Holland and Stephen Clark and Pamela Abbott; six grandchildren, Jennifer McMinn, Andrew and Matthew Wilson, Hannah and Tiffany Clark and Aaron Clark; two great-grandchildren, Conner McMinn and Kayleigh Wilson; brother Otis Clark; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to give a special thanks to all the staff at Salem Health & Rehab for all the care given to Earl.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 15, at Currioman Baptist Church, 2383 Zacata Road, Zacata.
Donations may be made to the Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad, Box 1174, Montross, VA, 22520.
Arrangements are by Paitsel Funeral Home,  found at paitselfh.com.

Deborah Kay Dickinson Lamb

Deborah Kay Dickinson Lamb, 53, went home to be with the Lord peacefully in her sleep at home Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011.
Debbie was born in Fredericksburg and lived with her grandparents in Colonial Beach. She graduated from Colonial Beach High School and married in 1976.
Debbie worked in Quantico as a secretary for the Department of Public Works and also for the Spotsylvania County Schools bus system. She later became a stay-at-home mom.
Debbie is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 35 years, Walter Irvin Lamb Sr.; and their two sons, Walter Irvin Lamb Jr. and his companion, Jenny, and Joshua Nathanial Lamb (Aleah).
Debbie was blessed with four grandchildren, Brenden, Trinity, Zeke and Fenton; and six stepgrandchildren, Ty, Dailie, Jenny, Courtney, Chance and Gage. Additional survivors include her father, Jack Dickinson (Gail); her dear grandmother, Louise Dickinson; and two aunts, Carolyn Cooke (Donald), and Joan Drummond of Colonial Beach. Debbie was the granddaughter of the late Shelton Dickinson.
A celebration of Debbie’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, 8096 Leedstown Road, Oak Grove, VA, 22443, with Ernest Combs officiating.
Debbie’s family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Debbie’s remains were cremated.
Online condolences may be expressed to Debbie’s family at foundandsons.com.

Robert A. Wood

Robert A. Wood, 80, of King George County went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011.
Robert was a loving husband, father and grandfather to all his family.
Robert would often go without things he and his wife needed to help another family member in need.
Robert enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and NASCAR.
He was preceded in death by son Marvin Wood; daughter Janet Rawlette; his mother, Lucy Goodman; and his father, Herman Wood.
Robert is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ethel Wood; two daughters, Anita Laufenberg and Sheila Stafford; two sons, Roger Wood and Carlson Wood; 11 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
The family received friends Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the funeral home.
Interment will follow in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

 

Area Deaths - November 16, 2011

Walter G. Pierce

Walter G. “Watermelon” Pierce, 49, of Colonial Beach passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at VCU Medical Center, Richmond.
Survivors include his wife, Renita; his mother, Rose Jeannette Pierce; three sons, James Johnson, Alonzo Smith and Walter Johnson; two daughters, Latoya King and Mataya Johnson; five brothers, Otis Johnson, retired Sgt. 1st Class Rydell Pierce, Lewis Johnson, William Pierce and Randolph Brown; seven sisters, Selinda Owens, Evelyn McDowney, Laura Quarterman, Ross Ann Bumbrey, Stella Campbell, Angela Newman and Staff Sgt. Lecola Pierce.
A viewing was held Thursday, Nov. 10, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal.
The service was held Friday, Nov. 11, at First Baptist Church, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. David Cunningham officiating.
Burial followed in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
Online guest book is at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Robert Lawrence Brown

Robert Lawrence Brown, 89, of King George County passed away Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Fredericksburg.

Parran David Abell

Parran David “P. D.” Abell, 53, of King George County passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at his home.
Born Jan. 22, 1958, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Mary E. “Nancy” Abell of Indian Head, MD, and the late Parran C. Abell.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Terry; one son, Jason Elliot; three daughters, Kelsy Leigh, Elyse Cecil and Aldyn Frances; two sisters, Patti Belknap (Dale), of Charlotte Hall, MD, and Joni Settle and her husband, Wayne, of LaPlata, MD; and many nieces and nephews.
Raised in Indian Head, P. D.  graduated from Lackey High School in 1976. P. D. owned and operated his own construction business throughout his career.
As a skilled carpenter and mason, he used his talents to frame residential homes throughout Southern Maryland before moving to King George, where he built custom homes.
Married for 27 years, he was a loving family man who enjoyed being outdoors, working on his farm and hunting.
The family received friends Sunday, Nov. 13, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in King George. A funeral was held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, King George, Monday, Nov. 14, followed by burial at the family property.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Jesse B. Beverly

Jesse B. Beverly, 46, of Ruther Glen, formerly of King George County, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital. The date of death was incorrect in the earlier obituary. Cedell Brooks Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Diane Connelly Hunt

Diane Connelly Hunt, 49, of King George County passed away suddenly Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at MCV Hospital in Richmond.
Born March 7, 1962, in Fredericksburg, she was the wife of Ronald B. Hunt and the daughter of the late Marion P. Connelly Jr. and Mary Connelly.
In addition to her husband, Ronny, she is survived by her three sons, David, Matthew and Stephen Hunt of King George; her mother, Mary Connelly of Dahlgren; and her sisters, Debbie Gitlin of Stafford County and Brenda Hastings of King George.
Raised in King George, she graduated from Mary Washington College with degrees in math and physics. She was employed with URS at Dahlgren.
Married for almost 27 years, she was a wonderful, loving and caring wife and mother to her family.
She was very active with the community and church. She loved playing the piano, and played for a gospel quartet and as pianist for Oakland Baptist Church since the sixth grade. She was also a member of the Praise Team at Oakland.
Diane was always found wherever her boys were, whether it was at the baseball field, swimming pool, cross country field or keeping track of them at school.
She will be greatly missed and remembered by her family and friends.
The family received friends from Saturday, Nov. 12, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. A funeral was held Monday, Nov. 14, at Oakland Baptist Church, King George, with burial following in Oakland Baptist Church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oakland Baptist Church, 5520 James Madison Parkway, King George, Va. 22485; or to a college fund to be set up for the boys.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Francis Taylor, IV

Francis “Bucky” Taylor IV, 72, of Colonial Beach passed away Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital after a short illness.
Born in Hagerstown, MD, Bucky retired from NSWC Dahlgren as an electronics technician after 36 years.
Bucky is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 24 years, Jean E. Taylor; a stepson, Jimmy Ferrell (Lori); two grandsons, Matthew and Christopher Ferrell; a granddaughter, Jamie Whitaker; two sisters, Sandra Fox and Sharon Totman; an aunt, Jean York; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Genevieve and Francis Taylor III; and a son, Francis Taylor V.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Grace United Methodist Church cemetery, Rollins Fork, with the Rev. Tom Jennings officiating.
Donations may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Box 608, Colonial Beach, VA, 22443.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

J. Clifford Hutt

J. Clifford Hutt, age 91, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at his home in Nomini Grove, VA.
The family will receive guests at Welch Funeral Home, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Nomini Grove, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would request donations be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.welchfuneralhomeva.com.

Daniel O. Teyhen

Daniel O. Teyhen, 71, of King George County passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at Mary Washington Hospital.  His death was the result of a recent stroke.
He is survived by daughter Kim Jones, and sons Gary Teyhen, Michael Teyhen, and Daniel P. Teyhen; stepson Dean Hoagland; and grandchildren, Christopher, Robert, Matthew, Ashley, Samantha, John Patrick, Joseph, Danielle; and step-granddaughter Kirstyn.
Originally from  Hunderton County, New Jersey, Dan lived and worked in King George area for many years. He was self-employed as a heavy equipment operator and skilled excavator, working mainly in King George and Westmoreland counties.
Dan leaves behind many loving friends in Stratford Harbour near Montross. He served on the Board of Directors of the Stratford Harbour HOA for the past several years.  He was known for his willingness to volunteer his skills and labor for the community, and kept close ties with friends and neighbors through daily visits.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 20, at Stratford Harbour Clubhouse, 2657 N. Independence Dr., Montross, VA.

Cora Louise Heislup

Cora Louise Heislup, 81, of Colonial Beach died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011.
She had retired as a ranger for Outdoor World Resort in Oak Grove. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the VFW Auxiliary and had devoted many hours of public service to the community.
She is survived by three daughters, Gloria D. McCauley (Roger), of Free Union, Lois Marie White (Billy), of Alexandria, and Wanda L. Reed (Steve), of Colonial Beach; two sons, Julian David Heislup Jr. (Carol), of Free Union, and Stewart Patrick Heislup (Donna), of Colonial Beach; two brothers, Nobel and Harvey Stewart; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
A special thank-you to her caregiver, Donna Heislup.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George is in charge of arrangements.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Area Deaths - October 12, 2011

Barbara Ann Lucas

Nancy Ann Ross, 78, of King George County went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, after a long illness.
She was born Nov. 1, 1932, in Dixfield, ME, the daughter of Linwood and Marjorie Witham.
Mrs. Ross was a devoted Proverbs 31 homemaker who “watched over the affairs of her household.” She created beautiful homes, provided home-baked delicacies and made colorful quilts and cuddly dolls for her loved ones.
In the early ‘60s she was a Scout leader for the Brownies and Girl Scouts in King George. In the late ‘60s she and her husband moved back to New England.
During the ‘70s she worked in the Bus Ministry and youth group at Calvary Bible Church in Derry, NH.
While members of the Trinity Bible Church in Londonderry, NH, she and her husband worked on the missions board from 1978 to 1991. She also supervised the church kitchen operations and was known as the “Kitchen Queen.”
After her husband retired, they moved back to King George, where they built their current home in 1994. Since 2001 they have been members of Tabernacle Baptist Church, where they worked on missions until 2007.
Surviving are her husband, Charles Leonard Ross; sons, Brian R. Ross and Kirk L. Ross; and daughter, Deborah L. Ross; 14 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at Tabernacle Baptist Church on Friday, Oct. 7,  with Dr. Sherman Davis officiating.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Janet Marie Vanover

Janet Marie Vanover, 77, of Oak Grove, widow of Earl C. Vanover Jr., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.
She was a retired teacher and band director in Prince William County public schools.
She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn V. Nichols, Oak Grove; three brothers, F. Bruce Thomas, Colonial Beach, Mark W. Thomas, Charlottesville, and David L. Thomas, Fredericksburg; and grandchildren Cole, Carl, Marti, Courtney and Tyler.
She was predeceased by sons Earl C. Vanover III and John Bradford Vanover; grandchild Casey; her parents, Francis John and Dorothy Marie Thomas; and her stepmother, Stella Thomas.
The family received friends at the Montross Chapel of Welch Funeral Home.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 8, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Oak Grove.
Donations may be made to St. Peter’s Outreach Fund, Attn: Wanda Mason, 601 Colonial Ave., Colonial Beach, VA, 22443.
Online condolences may be made at welchfuneralhomeva.com.

Raymond A. Webb

Raymond A. Webb, 79, of King George County passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 15, 1931, in Milo, ME. He graduated from Milo High School in 1949.
Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, served in the U.S. and Germany, attained the rank of sergeant first class and was honorably discharged in December 1952. He completed graduate studies and was awarded a master’s degree in history in 1960 from the University of Maine.
In July 1960, he was appointed a revenue officer with the Internal Revenue Service. In 1965, he was promoted to the position of national office collection analyst and transferred to Washington, D.C.
In 1965, he was commissioned a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Navy Reserves (Intelligence), retiring in 1983 with the rank of commander. During his service with the Internal Revenue National Office he was promoted to higher management positions, including that of director, planning staff (Computer Services) and retired in 1987 as special assistant to the assistant commissioner (Computer Services).
Raymond was a member of several Masonic Orders including Scottish Rite and National Sojourners.
Raymond married Sylvia J. Henderson of Milo, Maine, in 1954. She is a licensed practical nurse in the state of Virginia. They are the proud parents of four children; Mark A. Webb (Robin) of King George, Beth J. Grice (Keely) of Charlotte, N.C., Todd E. Webb (Carla) of King George and Lynn A. Cox (Dave) of Sarasota, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Interment will be private at a later date in Maine.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Thomas E. McGinty

Thomas E. McGinty, 53, of Colonial Beach passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He was born in Birmingham, MI. He was a steamfitter for Local Union 602 in Gaithersburg, MD.
He was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Colonial Beach. He loved music, was very devoted to his daughter and was his wife’s Superman.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer L. McGinty of Colonial Beach; two daughters, Gabrielle Roselyn McGinty of Colonial Beach and Aarin Capella of FL; son Jeremiah McGinty of FL; father Gerald McGinty of Charlotte, NC; four brothers, Stephen, Mike, John and Jim McGinty; and sister Marge McGinty.
He was predeceased by his mother, Margaret McGinty.
A funeral was held Monday, Oct. 10, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Kent Rahm officiating. Burial was private.
Donations may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Box 420, Colonial Beach, VA, 22443.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com

Vivian Ware Carter

Vivian Ware Carter, 88, of Colonial Beach passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at Westmoreland Rehabilitation Center in Colonial Beach.
She was the widow of Howard “Pickles” Carter.
She is survived by two brothers, Charles E. Pugh (Nancy), of Spotsylvania County and Bobby W. Pugh (Peggy) of Lynchburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside committal of cremains will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Mount Comfort Cemetery, 6600 South Kings Highway, Alexandria, with the Rev. Paul Campbell officiating.
Donations may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

James Eldridge Messick

James Eldridge Messick, 70, of Coles Point passed away Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011.
He had retired as an ordnance specialist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center and was a member of Carmel United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Jinx Messick; two sons, Russ Messick (Debbie), and Todd Messick; and two granchildren, Loren Messick and Kara Messick.
He is also survived by the mother of his children, Pam Messick. He was preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Murphy.
The family received friends from Sunday, Oct. 9, at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel.
A funeral was held Monday, Oct. 10, at Carmel United Methodist Church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Cople District Volunteer Fire Department Company 3, Box 51, Kinsale, VA, 22488;
to Westmoreland County Little League, Box 894, Montross, VA, 22520;
or to the Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 142 Woodland Heights Road, Warsaw, VA, 22572.
Condolences may be made at welchfuneralhomeva.com.

Jaxson Lee Johnson

Infant Jaxson Lee Johnson, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He is survived by his parents, Jennifer Leigh and Johnnie Elbert Johnson Jr., a brother, Johnnie Elbert Johnson III, maternal grandmother Susan Lorrine Finotti, and paternal grandmother Clara Ann Johnson, all of Colonial Beach; and maternal grandfather Randy Lee Campbell of Colorado.
He was preceded in death by grandfather Johnnie E. Johnson Sr.
Services will be held at a later date.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach is handling the arrangements.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

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