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Area Deaths - February 29, 2012

Virginia M. Wilkes

Virginia M. Wilkes, 85, of Colonial Beach was called home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012.
Virginia was preceded in death by her loving husband, Wylie Wilkes, and her loving sister, Helen McMahan.
Virginia is survived by her son, Donald Wilkes Sr.
She was a loving grandmother to Ginny Phipps (Mark), and Donald Wilkes Jr. (Teresa); and beloved great-grandmother to Staci Phipps, Mark A. Phipps, Cynthia Wilkes, Amanda Wilkes and the late Victoria Wilkes.

Nena Ester Crouch

Nena Ester Crouch, 87, of King George County, formerly of Clifton, passed away Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Woodmont Nursing Center in Fredericksburg.
Mrs. Crouch was born July 31, 1924, in Arcola, a daughter of the late Mort and Nettie Ann Smith Byrne.
Survivors include her loving husband of 69 years, Harry R. Crouch; two children, H. Ray Crouch (Pam), of Spotsylvania and Lois Ann Deem (Jerry), of King George; one sister, Helen Downs; six grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral was held Thursday, Feb. 23, at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center St., Manassas. Interment followed in Middleburg Memorial Cemetery, Middleburg.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 11240 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA, 22030.
Condolences may be sent to piercefh.com.

Rosa L. Hayes

Rosa L. Hayes, 83, of Colonial Beach passed away Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, in Forestville, MD.
A funeral was held Saturday, Feb. 25, at First Baptist Church, Colonial Beach. Interment was in Historyland Cemetery, King George.
Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home, Warsaw, is handling the arrangements.
Jeffrey L. Blakley
Jeffrey L. Blakley, 51, of King George County passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.
Jeffrey was employed with Walmart at Ferry Farm and previously at the CVS Distribution Center. He was a member of Potomac Baptist Church in King George.
He is survived by two daughters, Heather M. and Katie L. Blakley, both of Spotsylvania County; his father, Thomas R. Blakley of King George; a brother, Gary T. Blakley (Shirley), of King George; and a grandson, Demari A. Coleman of Spotsylvania. Jeffrey was formerly married to Kimberly Blakley of Spotsylvania.
The family received friends at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
A graveside service was held Saturday, Feb. 25, at Potomac Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Dennis Newton officiating.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

John Boniface III

John Boniface III, 46, of King George County passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012.
John was a graduate of VMI. For the past 15 years, John was a certified building official for municipalities.
John is survived by his wife, Tamara Lynn Boniface of Nags Head, NC; a daughter, Abbe Boniface of Austin, TX, two sons, John “Beau” Boniface IV and Brooks Boniface, both of Austin; his father, John Boniface Jr. M.D. (Billie), of King George; his mother, Carole H. Boniface of Spotsylvania; and three sisters, Blaire Morris of Fredericksburg, Beth Boniface of Morristown, TN, and Barbara Harvey of Spotsylvania. He was predeceased by sister Rebecca Boniface.
Family and friends are welcome to attend John’s memorial service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Ron Okrasinski officiating.
Donations may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Discretionary Fund, Box 420, Colonial Beach, VA, 22443.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Myrtle Lillian Hynson Balderson

Myrtle Lillian Balderson, 89, of Montross (Flat Iron), widow of Leonard Balderson, passed away on February 27, at Farnham Manor where she had resided since February 2009.
A lifelong resident of Westmoreland County, she worked at Stratford Hall as a tour guide and also demonstrated spinning and weaving. She opened and operated “The Corner Store” at Lerty, a popular stopping spot for a homemade lunch and camping supplies.
Throughout her life, Myrtle was very self-sufficient. She was a prolific gardener with vegetables, fruits and flowers.
For years she found much enjoyment at the Colonial Beach Senior Center. She was fond of various crafts and was an avid reader. Myrtle was a member of Ephesus Christian Church.
She is survived by her devoted daughter Mary Frances Butler of Forestville, MD and the friends and neighbors whose lives she touched.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. with funeral services at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Welch Funeral Home, Montross.
Pastor Wade Wilkins and Rev. Mark Anderson will officiate. Interment will be held at Ephesus Christian Church, Foneswood.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Ephesus Christian Church, P.O. Box 3, Foneswood, VA, 22572 or the Montross Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1174, Montross, VA, 22520.
Online condolences at www.welchfuneralhomeva.com.

Barbara J. Huff

Barbara J. Huff, 74, of King George County, previously of Milton, Florida, passed from this life to eternal Glory on Sunday February 19, 2012.  
She resided with her son, Jerome Huff, and daughter-in-law, Judy.  
She leaves her other children: Gerard Huff (Denise) of Goochland, VA, Clifford Huff (Jodi) of Clio, MI, and Mary Ann Davis of Kansas.  
She is also survived by her mother: Irene R Goodrow, her sisters: Patricia Elliott (Mike), and Sister Rose Edward, CSC, her grandchildren: Mandy, Marissa, and Jason Huff; Emily Hooker (Sean), Sarah, and Alice Huff; Chris Geraci (Sarah), and Daniel (Audrey Geraci); Joe Huff; Larry and Haley Davis.
Barb was predeceased by: daughter, Jackie J (Mike) Geraci, husband, Arthur F Huff, and father, Clifford E Goodrow.
A memorial service will be held March 17, 2012 at 1 PM at the NDW Protestant Chapel at Dahlgren with interment being planned for July 13, 2012 at Flint Memorial Park in Mt. Morris, Michigan.

Jack Leonard London

Jack Leonard “Daddy Jack” London, 86 of Front Royal, Virginia, died Thursday, February 23, 2012, in a local nursing facility.
Mr. London was born in 1925 in Alexandria, VA, the son of the late Elias Alexander and Olga London.  He was a contractor in Virginia.  Mr. London was a graduate of George Washington High School.  He was a World War II Veteran of the United States Navy, serving in the Pacific Fleet on the USS Massachusetts.
Surviving are two daughters, Sherri Lynn of Alexandria, Karen K. and husband, Scot of Front Royal; sons, Craig A London of Alexandria, Jack L. London and wife Andrea of Virginia Beach; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and sister, Bernice McDonald of Alexandria.
A graveside service with military honors will be conducted at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans P.O. Box 14301. Cincinnati, Ohio, 45250-0301. ATTN: Gift Processing or Alzheimer’s Association, P.O Box 96011, Washington D.C, 20090-6011.
 Please view obituaries and tribute wall at www.ompsfuneralhome.com.

Area Deaths - February 22, 2012

Robert L. Osborne

Robert L. Osborne Jr., 62, of Stafford County passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at his home.
Robert was best known for his love of nature and the outdoors. He enjoyed bird-watching, and he built his log cabin to be closer to the outdoors. He also had a passion for antique muscle cars.
Robert leaves behind his wife of 19 years, Linda Charlene Osborne; two daughters, Jennifer Dreistadt of King George and Jacqueline Vance of Stafford; one son, Bob Osborne of Charlotte, NC; and three grandchildren, Mark and his wife, Celia, Rachael and Seth. He also leaves two sisters, Susan Plewa (Rick) of Pennsylvania and Karen Straut (Ron) of Florida; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.
The family received friends for a memorial gathering on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels-Cremation Services, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg.
Robert’s family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations in his name to the Wildlife Rescue League, Box 704, Falls Church, VA, 22040.
Online condolences may be expressed to Robert’s family at foundandsons.com.

Charles A. Roehl

Charles A. Roehl, 91, of Lake Ridge died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.
He was a former longtime resident of McLean.
He is survived by his loving wife, Lura F. Roehl; two sons, John T. Roehl and James S. Roehl; and four grandchildren.
The family suggests that contributions may be made in Charles’ name to Westminster at Lake Ridge, c/o Resident Death Supporting Fund, 12191 Clipper Drive, Lake Ridge, Va. 22192; or to the American Cancer Society, cancer.org.

Nancy J. Browning

Nancy J. Browning, 62, of Fredericksburg passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Survivors include her son, Bill Snow of Fredericksburg; daughters Mechelle Robinson of Orange County and Nicole Blalock of Colonial Beach; sister-in-law Frances Thacker of Fredericksburg; and sisters Winnie Sullivan of Fredericksburg, Patsy Goddard of Marietta, GA, Brenda Osterheld of Spotsylvania County and Margaret Williams of Fredericksburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George L. Browning; her parents, Thomas Willard Thacker Sr. and Frances Atkins Thacker; and her brother, Thomas Willard Thacker Jr.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Chester L. Beaty

Chester L. Beaty, 70, of Colonial Beach passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at his home.
Chester was born in Front Royal and was employed by Carl W. Miller & Sons in Fairfax.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Yvonne M. Beaty; four sons, Earl H. Beaty (Alisha), of Harrisonburg, Sanford and James Beaty of Tennessee, and Roy Jesse Jr. (Theresa), of Spotsylvania County; three daughters, Peggy Payne (Roger), of Stafford County, Jeri Williams of Winchester and Diane Wall (Butch), of Louisa County; two sisters, Nancy Cox of Indiana and Yvonne Rimalar of New York; 24 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.
Chester was preceded in death by son William Jesse and brother Albertus Beaty.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Randall Snipes officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service.
Interment will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 24, at Detrick Cemetery, Fort Valley.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Barbara J. Huff

Barbara J. Huff, of King George County, previously of Milton, Florida, passed from this life to eternal Glory on Sunday February 19, 2012.  
She resided with her son, Jerome Huff, and daughter-in-law, Judy Huff.  
She leaves her other children: Gerard Huff (Denise) of Goochland, VA, Clifford Huff (Jodi) of Clio, MI, and Mary Ann Davis of Kansas.  
She is also survived by her grandchildren: Mandy, Marissa, and Jason Huff; Emily Hooker (Shawn), Sarah, and Alice Huff; Chris Geraci (Sarah), and Daniel (Audrey Geraci ); Joe Huff; Larry and Haley Davis.
Barb was predeceased by daughter, Jackie J (Mike) Geraci
A memorial service will be held in the near future at the NDW Protestant Chapel at Dahlgren with interment at a later date in Mt. Morris, Michigan.

Area Deaths - February 15, 2012

Roy Lewis Jessee, Sr.

Roy Lewis Jessee Sr., 74, of Fredericksburg passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Mr. Jessee was an avid NASCAR and Washington Redskins fan, and he loved to fish. He belonged to VFW 290.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Jessee of Fredericksburg; son Roy Jessee Jr. (Theresa), of Spotsylvania County; daughters Christina Jessee of Stafford County, Peggy Payne (Roger), of Stafford, Jeri Williams of Winchester, Diane Wall (Butch), of Louisa County and Vickie Sullivan of Spotsylvania; sister Verona Marion of King George County; 20 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Grover and Willie Jessee; son William Lewis Jessee; and brother Randy Jessee.

A service was held Friday, Feb. 10, at Covenant Funeral Home, Fredericksburg. Entombment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Frank Wayne Griffith

Frank Wayne Griffith, 69, loving husband, father, grandfather and brother passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.

Frank attended the University of Richmond and was an acclaimed southpaw pitcher who signed with the New York Mets, playing until injured. He was recently inducted into the King George High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Frank worked for more than 35 years as a sales executive for Woodfin Oil Co. He was an avid golfer and longtime member of Meadowbrook Country Club. He enjoyed being with his “Bubbas,” spoiling his grandchildren and taking care of his loving mother. Frank was a generous, easy-going man who brought fun and laughter to all those who encountered him in life.

Frank is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Susan Effron Griffith; mother Margaret Allensworth Griffith; elder daughter Elizabeth Griffith Jens (Eric); younger daughter Laura Griffith Ritchie (Patrick); four grandchildren, Hannah Margaret Jens, Eric Jens IV, Madison Grace Ritchie and Lucas Griffith Ritchie; two sisters, Judy Griffith Crockett and Gay Griffith Baker (Bud); and two sisters-in-law, Elaine Effron Dunn and Lynn Effron Katz (Alan). Frank is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

A visitation was held Friday, Feb. 10, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. Burial will be private in Westmoreland County.

Contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 601 Colonial Ave., Colonial Beach, VA, 22443.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Mary Evelyn Holmes Rodgers

Mary Evelyn Holmes Rodgers, 52, departed this life Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at her residence in Henrico County.

She is survived by her husband, Stefan Rodgers; one daughter, Charlene Holmes of Richmond; two sons, Anthony and Demetrius Holmes, both of Richmond; four sisters, Diane Harvey, Arlene Newbill and Phyllis Harvey, all of St. Stephens Church, and Wanda Robinson of King George County; and three brothers, Ivory Holmes of St. Stephens Church and Robert Fauntleroy and James Holmes, both of Aylett.

A viewing was held Friday, Feb. 10, at Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd. A funeral was held Saturday, Feb. 11, at First Mount Olive Baptist Church, Newtown, with the Rev. Fred Holmes officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Online condolences are at washingtonfh.com.

June Virginia Garner Ketchel

June Virginia Garner Ketchel, 88, of Colonial Beach passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012.

Born in Washington, D.C., on June 23, 1923, she was preceded in death by her first husband, James Rufus Atkinson, killed in action in World War II; her only daughter, Donna Marie Atkinson Frese; and her second husband, Clarence Ketchel on March 19, 1998.

Surviving are son Barry Ketchel of Colonial Beach; two grandsons, Barry Ketchel Jr. of Colonial Beach and Christopher Johnston of Fulks Run; two granddaughters, Jamie Ketchel of Colonial Beach and Jennifer Sova of Roanoke; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, followed by a graveside service at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD.

Calvin W. Norris, Sr.

Calvin W. Norris Sr., 83, of King George County passed away peacefully Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. He was surrounded by his entire family at the time of his passing.

Calvin was a true patriot and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in both World War II and the Korean War. He then served faithfully and proudly with the U.S. Railroad Service, as had his father and uncle, before retiring once again. He was a member and supporter of the National Rifle Association, serving as a marksmanship instructor. Calvin was proud of his service to the United States and of his children who carry on his patriotic legacy as employees of federal civil service and King George County public service.

He is survived by his wife, Bert Norris; children Charlotte, Calvin Jr., Patti, Donna and Jim; and his loved ones, Joyce Nave and her children, 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Calvin left a large circle of friends who will always have fond memories of him.

Burial will be private.

Donations in Calvin’s memory be sent to support Veterans of Foreign Wars at vfw.org/contribute; or to the King George Fire & Rescue Squad, Box 466, King George, VA, 22485.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

William Clifton Jones

William Clifton Jones, 84, of Colonial Beach passed away Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Clifton was born in Westmoreland County near Montross. He retired from the Virginia ABC Board after 38 years of service, with most of his career as manager of the ABC store in Colonial Beach. Clifton was a U.S. Navy veteran during World War II and a member of Masonic Lodge 199 in Colonial Beach, serving as master in 1960.

Clifton is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean C. Jones of the home; two sons, W.C. Jones Jr. (Debby), of Mechanicsville and Brent Jones (Cathy), of Colonial Beach; three grandchildren, Taylor, Wesley and Kayla; and sister-in-law Beatrice Jones of Montross.

A funeral was held on Monday, Feb. 13, at at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Richard Headley officiating. Interment followed in Round Hill Baptist Cemetery, King George.

Donations may be made to Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, VA, 22443.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Ricky Davis

Ricky Davis, 46, of Fort Washington, Md., son of Zellda Carter Davis, died at home Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.

A service will be held at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Macedonia Baptist Church, Colonial Beach. Lee Funeral Home, Warsaw, is handling arrangements.

James Bernard Payne

James Bernard Payne, 69, of Montross departed this life on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, in a Mechanicsville hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Lavada Payne; one daughter, Marjorie Beverly of Fredericksburg; three sons, James Bernard Payne of Fredericksburg and Keith Payne and Anthony Reynolds, both of Tappahannock.

A funeral was held Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Morning Star Baptist Church, Montross, with the Rev. Charles Payton, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Services of comfort entrusted to Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, VA.

Online condolences at washingtonfh.com.

Ralph T. Jenkins

Ralph T. Jenkins, 66, of Colonial Beach died Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, at his residence.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Vicki, who was the love of his life; his son, Chris Wade Jenkins (Nancy), of Richmond; his stepson, Wayne Bellamy (Liz), and their son, Jason, all of Dunfield; his sister, Joanne Jenkins Doggett (Donny), of Fredericksburg; his brother-in-law, Ronald Guice and his daughter, Alicia, of Fairfax; his sister-in-law, Debbie Guice (Steve), of Fairfax; and two little ladies who brought him great joy singing to them “A Bushel and a Peck,” his granddaughter Kylee and his niece Nicole.

A service will be held at noon Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel.

Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Hospice of Tappahannock, 618 Hospital Road, Tappahannock,VA, 22560.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Carolyn A. Marshall

Carolyn A. Marshall, 70, of King George County passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at her home.

Mrs. Marshall was born Nov. 22, 1941, in Washington, D.C., to Kenneth and Virginia Olson. She grew up in Alexandria and graduated from Mount Vernon High School.

She was the longtime proprietor of the Virginia Florist, a family business for 43 years, in the Belle View Shopping Center of Alexandria. Along with her family, she was a longtime resident of Alexandria.

Carolyn is survived by her husband of 46 years, B.T. Marshall; two sons, Erik Marshall and Mark Marshall (Amy); two grandchildren, Amanda and Adam Marshall; and her mother, Virginia C. Olson.

Carolyn was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was extremely proud of her family and always had a warm smile for everyone.

Carolyn’s positive outlook on life was an inspiration to everyone around her.

Relatives and friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 5755 Castlewellan Drive, Alexandria, where a funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, with interment to follow in Mount Comfort Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org.

Carol Bernice Beavers

Carol Bernice Beavers, 69, of King George County passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Carol had retired from Quarles Fuel Network and was a member of Solid Rock Baptist Church in King George.

She is survived by three daughters, Teresa Settle of Nanjemoy, MD, and Glenda Ott and Carol Rose, both of King George; six grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband, David E. Beavers, and her son, David E. Beavers Jr.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Denny Greenwalt officiating. Interment will follow in Shiloh Baptist Cemetery, King George.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Solid Rock Baptist Church, Box 628, King George, Va. 22485.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Lucille V. Weeks

Lucille V. Weeks, 89, of Henrico County, formerly of King George County, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, at the home of her daughter in Henrico.

Arrangements are incomplete at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal.

 

Area Deaths - February 8, 2012

Frederick Bright

Frederick “Freddie” Bright, 76, of King George County passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Freddie was born in Upper Darby, PA, on May 23, 1935. He moved to King George in 1973.
Fred was a U.S. Marine for eight years, active and reserve. He then was a welder for more than 50 years. He was a member of Local 602 Steamfitters Union, working for many contractors. He was employed by the federal government at the Bureau of Engraving, Justice Department. He retired in September 2001 from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren.
Fred volunteered at George Washington’s Birthplace, assisting the rangers by caring for the farm animals and, with interpretation when needed. He was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2003 for the National Park Service Northeast Region. He also received a certificate for his volunteer work from Colonial Beach.
He was an active member of Sacred Heart Chapel and a Chotank Hunt Club member. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, swimming, snow skiing, walking, having his name and picture in the newspaper and talking.He never met a stranger and wanted to thank everyone who has been kind to him throughout his life.
Fred had many cherished memories. As a youngster on his way to school he would regularly talk with Albert Einstein and ask him many questions. While in New York with his father he saw the SS Normandie lying on her side. As a child he performed in three motion pictures. As an adult he rescued folks from three different car accidents.
Freddie is survived by daughters Pamela Bright, Deborah Plamondon, Patricia Phipps and Erin Finch; adopted son Shannon Burkett; grandchildren Ronald Rosasco, Ian Custalow, Jason Boykin, Marc Salgado, Trina Plamondon, James Gliniewicz, Samantha Phipps, Patrick Sweeney, Gregory Gliniewicz, Matthew Phipps, Michael Sweeney, Rachael Plamondon and Dylan Finch; great-grandsons Skylar Boykin and Ian Kai Custalow; sister Polly McDermott; and many nieces and nephews.
Freddie was preceded in death by his wife, Delia “Pat” Bright; parents Thelma and Fred Bright; sister Gloria Halpern; daughters Sharon, Kerry and Michelle; son Sean; and granddaughter Kay Leigh Plamondon.
A memorial Mass was celebrated Saturday, Feb. 4, at Sacred Heart Chapel, Naval Support Facility Dahlgren.
Donations may be made to a local hospice of one’s choice.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Thomas Coleman

Thomas Coleman, 63, departed this life Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at his residence in Tappahannock.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy Coleman; one daughter, Susanne Coleman; five grandchildren; three sisters, Peachie Coleman, Marie Thompson and Dorothy A. Bundy; and four brothers, Gene, Melvin, Ricky and James Coleman.
A viewing was held on Thursday, Feb. 2, at Washington Funeral Home Chapel, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, VA, followed by a funeral, with the Rev. Charles Johnson officiating.
Burial was on Friday, Feb. 3, in Mount Olive Baptist Church cemetery in Hustle.
Online condolences are available at washingtonfh.com.

Mary Louise Wilen

Mary Louise Wilen, 74, of Fredericksburg passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at her residence.
She had retired after 36 years with the U.S. government. Mary was an active member of the OSD Coin Club.
She is survived by a daughter, Leslie Smith (Rodney), of King George County; a son, Jay B. Wilen (Cindy), of Annapolis, MD; a sister, Shirley Pope (Gary), of Brandywine, MD; a brother, Jack Bryant of Tennessee; four grandchildren, Sean, Brendon, Connor and Duncan; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Saturday, Feb. 4, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Randy Allensworth officiating.
Burial was private.
Donations may be made to the Boy Scouts, 701 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21211.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Charles Kenneth Sparks, Sr.

Charles K. Sparks Sr., 87, of King George County went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012.
Born Jan. 7, 1925, in Ettowa, TN, to Mack and Josephine Sparks, he was the youngest of seven.
On June 5, 1948, he married Audrey Aline Garner.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1949 to 1953. He was then a government worker at the U.S. Naval Weapons Laboratory in Dahlgren and later a Realtor.
After retiring, he helped raise his granddaughter. Charles was a former Boy Scout leader in Dahlgren.
He loved the mountains and listening to bluegrass music.
He was a member and a deacon of Hanover Baptist Church, and a member of Memorial Baptist Church.
Charles’ beautiful smile and sense of humor will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Left to cherish his memory are his granddaughter, Amanda Clark (Kyle), and their children, Landyn and Bentley of Spotsylvania; grandson Kristopher Warden (Rita), and his children, Kaylea and Kaleb of Coeburn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mr. Sparks was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey; sons Crandell and Kenny; and his siblings.
A service will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 11, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with Pastor Mike Raphael officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
An online guest book is available for condolences at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Area Deaths - February 1, 2012

Saadet Hines

Saadet Hines, 51, of King George County passed away Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Saadet was born in Adapazar, Turkey. She was a clothing designer, a member of King George Garden Club and Master Gardener Society.
She is survived by her husband, Chris W. Hines; three stepchildren, Christopher, Kyle, and Megan; her mother, Melek Cologlu of Turkey; and four brothers, Oktai Cologlu, Recai Cologlu, Orhan Cologlu and Osman Cologlu, all of Turkey.
A funeral was held Saturday, Jan. 28, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Saadet’s name to the charity of one’s choice.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Rachael R. Harrington

Rachael Rudacille Harrington, 96, of Montross, formerly of Front Royal, died Saturday, January 28, 2012, at Hidden Springs Senior Living in Bentonville. She was the wife of the late Clyde Lee Harrington.
Mrs. Harrington was born January 1, 1916, in Rappahannock Co., daughter of Edward E. Rudacille and Mariah Best Rudacille Moss.  
She was retired from the Food Service Division of the Arlington Public School System. She was a member of the Front Royal United Methodist Church having served in the Martha’s Circle. She was the oldest living member of the Front Royal Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Surviving are a daughter Joy Harrington Bishop of Montross; a sister Gloria Martin of South Boston; two grandsons David B. Bishop, Jr. of Payton, Colorado and Clyde W. Bishop of Pueblo, Colorado; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at the Front Royal United Methodist Church and was conducted by The Rev. Gary Heaton.
Entombment followed in Shenandoah Memorial Park in Winchester.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Front Royal United Methodist Church, 1 West Main St., Front Royal, VA  22630.

Sally Huxtable Hammond

Sally Huxtable Hammond, 79, of Colonial Beach passed away Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at her daughter’s home.
Sally was born May 10, 1932, in Surrey, England, to the late Tom and Kit Redford.
She had retired from the Colonial Beach school system after a long career as a school secretary. She was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Colonial Beach, and supported many ministries there. She also enjoyed time with the Methodist Church exercise group and her monthly card group.
Sally will be remembered for her kind heart, quick smile and contagious laugh. Her loving spirit is a legacy she leaves to all who knew and loved her.
Survivors include her children, Thomas Huxtable (Johnna), of Virginia Beach and Catherine Jones (Brent), of Colonial Beach. Sally also had two grandchildren, Wesley Jones (Michelle), and Kayla Jones.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Sterling Huxtable, and Glenn Hammond.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at the church.
Contributions may be made in her name to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Box 420, Colonial Beach, VA 22443; or to the Colonial Beach Fire and Rescue Squad, Box 212, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book is 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 - January 18, 2012

Norman Edward Stepney

Norman Edward Stepney, 71, of Port Royal passed away Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Norman was born July 13, 1940, in King George and worked as a truck driver for more than 30 years.
He is survived by daughters, Brenda Cannon of Centreville, Janet Brown of Fredericksburg and Stephanie Stepney-Sciascia of King George; one son, Norman E. Stepney Jr. of San Bernardino, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Blanche Frye; his father, James Peyton; and daughter Maria Stepney.
There was a service Friday, Jan. 13, at the First Baptist Church of Ambar, King George, with the Rev. William Frye officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Memorial donations be made to the Kidney Foundation or Mary Washington Hospice.
Online guest book is at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Penny B. Coleman

Penny B. Coleman, 69, of Fredericksburg passed away Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Coleman was a native of Fredericksburg and the daughter of the late Harold Doggett and Frances Snellings Brown. She was a graduate of James Monroe High School.
She was the widow of Carlton C. Coleman and was preceded in death by a brother, Sammy B. Brown.
Survivors include her two sons; Steven C. Coleman (Karen), of King George and Mark S. Coleman of Fredericksburg; and one sister, Lisabeth B. Graninger of Fredericksburg.
No memorial service is planned. Burial will be private.
Online condolences may be expressed to Penny’s family at foundandsons.com.

William H. Green, Jr.

William H. Green, Jr. of Tappahannock, VA, departed this life Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.
He is survived by his son, Leroy S. Green of Tappahannock, his daughter, Fay R. Nance of Millersville, MD, and one brother, James Henry Green of Spotsylvania.
The funeral service was held Saturday, January 14, 2012 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Supply. The Reverend Irvin Woolfolk, Pastor officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Elaine M. McCullough

Elaine M. McCullough, 68, of King George County passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Elaine was born and raised in PA, and was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in King George. She was a gentle soul who always saw the good in everyone and was happiest when she was helping others.
Elaine is survived by her husband of 42 years, John M. McCullough of the home; a daughter, Jane M. McCullough of San Diego, CA; two sons, John J. McCullough (Leslie), of King George and Michael G. McCullough (Rebekah), of Moorefield, WV ; and three grandchildren, Isabel and Olivia of King George and Aubrey of Moorefield.
The funeral was held Sunday, Jan. 15, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Terry Naumann officiating.
Interment was Monday, Jan. 16, in Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill, PA.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Patsy Young Hawker

Patsy Young “Pat” Hawker, 77, of Fredericksburg died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at her home.
Mrs. Hawker had retired from Central Fidelity Bank, originally Rappahannock Savings and Loan. She was the daughter of the late William D. and Katherine McGhee Young and was preceded in death by her sister, Joyce Evans Niemann.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne D. Hawker; her two sons, Marc S. Pritchett (Barbara), of Juneau, AK, and Craig A. Pritchett (Lillian), of Spotsylvania County; two stepsons, Darren M. Hawker (Tonya), of Mechanicsville and Mark S. Hawker (Kelly), of Richmond; her brother, William D. Young Jr. of Waldorf, Md.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her very close friends Grady and Terry Stout of Fredericksburg and Bob and Suzanne Marshall of King George County.
The family received friends Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Quantico National Cemetery.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Alice Gertrude Zorn

Alice Gertrude Zorn, 86, of King George County passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Zorn was a member of Two Rivers Baptist Church and sang in its choir.
Survivors include her son, Reggie Zorn (Debbie); her daughter, Karen Smith (Casey); her sisters, Burnley “Sparky” Grady and Grace Shelton; her grandchildren, Reggie “Sport” Zorn (Sally), Danny Good (Deanna), Mark Good (Kristin), Kimberly Perkins (Tom), John Burgess (Bridget), Zachary Zorn and Kelli Zorn; 17 great-grandchildren; her caregivers, Tenessa Shank, Cherika Cole and Vivian Shank; and her dog, Max.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Coleman Zorn, and her brothers, William J. Fines, Vernon Reed Fines and Kenneth Hall “Jim” Fines.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens,
Memorials may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2217 Princess Anne St., Suite 106-1F, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Thomas “Wayne” Garnett

Thomas “Wayne” Garnett, 62, of King George County passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012 at Heritage Hall Nursing Home.
Wayne was a graduate of King George High School (1968) and joined the United States Air Force shortly after. He was a Vietnam War veteran and worked as a construction worker in Louisiana before returning to King George where he continued to work construction.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents, Charles and Elizabeth Garnett.  
Wayne is survived by a brother, John F. Garnett (Vickie), of King George; two sisters, Gloria Burrell (Buddy), of King George, and Laura Sumner of Orlando, FL; one aunt, Virgie Farmer of Fredericksburg;   two uncles, Aubrey Green and Kelly Green both of King George; four nieces and four nephews; five great nieces and six great nephews; family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Contributions can be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Post 3103, 2701 Princess Anne St , Fredericksburg , VA, 22401 .
Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Edna L. Bredland

Edna L. Bredland, 89, died Wednesday, January 12, 2012 in Silver Spring, MD. She is preceded in death by her husband Ralph Andrew Bredland and her granddaughter, Tammy Murray.
Born in Missouri, she graduated from business school, moved to Washington DC and worked at the Department of war. She married and spent the remainder of her life as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
She is survived by her son Bruce Bredland (Kathy), of Laurel, MD; her daughter, Drue Murray, of Colonial Beach, VA; grandchildren, Patrick (Alice), Colleen (Andrew), Daniel (Maureen), Sarah and Christopher (Nichol); and great grandchildren, Suzanna, Hailey, Cadence, Samuel, and Alexana.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at Riderwood, Oak Grove, 3160 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20904. The inurnment service at Arlington National Cemetery will be scheduled for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in her name to the American Cancer Society or Montgomery County Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive Suite 100 Rockville, MD. 20850.

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

 

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