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Area Deaths - August 31, 2011

Aloncita Frazier Lewis

Aloncita Frazier Lewis of King George County went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at her residence.

Born in Westmoreland County, she was a retired domestic worker and school bus driver for King George public schools for over 40 years.

Survivors include three daughters, Jacquelin Ward (LeRoy), Gwendolyn Lewis and Urzetta Lewis; one grandson, Wayne E. Howell Jr. (Karim); two great-grandchildren, Wayne E. Howell III and Wrayna E. Howell; one foster son, Maurice Beverly (Cynthia); and two nieces, Rosa L. Redman and Frances Gowdy. She was preceded in death by her husband, James G. Lewis.

The family received friends Friday, Aug. 26, at Lee Funeral Home, King George. A funeral was held Saturday, Aug. 27, at Antioch Baptist Church, King George. Burial followed in Historyland Memorial Park.

John Gustafson

John “Gus” Gustafson, 74, of Fredericksburg passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1957.

Gus is survived by his wife of 41 years, Dorothy Louise Gustafson; four sons, Charles Childress of Spotsylvania County, Lewis Lloyd of Fredericksburg, and Chris Childress (Angie), and John D. Gustafson and his companion, Connie Bruner, all of Spotsylvania; five daughters, Patsy Light (Chris) of Spotsylvania, Cindy Hinson (John), of Fredericksburg, Jean Reardon (Gene) of Spotsylvania, Pam Musselman (Wesley), of King George County and Tina Frame (Roger), of Spotsylvania; two sisters, Sylvia Rhoden of Spotsylvania and Shirley Eaigle (Leonard), of Florida; 27 grandchildren; 31 great- grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Gus was preceded in death by his parents, Wilhelm and Helen Gustafson, and two daughters, June and Deborah.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be expressed to Gus’ family at foundandsons.com.

Walter McDowney, Sr.

Walter “Mack” McDowney Sr., formerly of King George County, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011.

He was the beloved husband of Jo Ann Webb-McDowney; and father of Walter Jr., Tyrone, Janean and Trey. He is also survived by three brothers, a sister, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral was held Tuesday, Aug. 30, at First Baptist Church of Highland Park, 6801 Sheriff Road, Landover, MD.

Arrangements by Chinn Baker Funeral Home, Arlington.

Norma F. Dunn

Norma F. Dunn, 89, of King George County passed away Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.

She was born in Washington, D.C., and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was very devoted to her family, a very active member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in King George and a member of the Legion of Mary.

Norma is survived by a daughter, Linda Carol Dunn Estes (Allen A.), of King George; a sister, Margaret L. Busch of Reston; a brother, Robert E. Frankfurt of Georgetown, DE; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Harold E. Dunn Jr.; her sons Harold E. Dunn III and James G. Dunn Sr; and her parents, Wilhelmina and Robert Frankfurt.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, King George, with the Rev. Vincent Bork officiating.

Interment will follow at Historyland Memorial Park, King George.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Box 275, Colonial Beach, Va., 22443.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Florence M. Fisher

Florence M. Fisher, 85, of Stafford County passed away Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.

She had retired from Pratt Medical Center after 22 years and was a longtime member of Bethel Baptist Church, both in Fredericksburg.

She is survived by three sons, Thomas P. Fisher Jr. (Sharon Ann) of Fredericksburg, Larry M. Fisher of Falmouth and Dennis F. Fisher of Fairview Beach.

Special thanks to three very special caregivers, Shannon Kent, Ann Eckard and Carolyn Frazier.

The family will receive friends at Jones-Ash Funeral Home, Heathsville, on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 1 to 2 p.m. A funeral will follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Melrose United Methodist Church cemetery.

Online remembrances may be made at jonesashfuneralhome.com.

Arthur H. Hudson

Arthur H. Hudson, 78, of Fredericksburg passed away at Golden Living Center on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011.

Arthur was preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey Sr. and Ellie Hudson; brothers Benjamin, Jack, Lewis and Charles; and sister Ethel Hudson.

Arthur is survived by his brothers John T. (Nancy) of Colonial Beach and Aubrey Jr. (Sharon) of Fredericksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mountcastle Funeral Home, 13318 Occoquan Road, Woodbridge.

A funeral will be held at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the funeral home, with interment to follow in Mount Comfort Cemetery in Alexandria.

Virginia S. Nessenthaler

Virginia S. Nessenthaler, 103, of Fredericksburg died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Mrs. Nessenthaler was the oldest living member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church and celebrated the 80-year anniversary of her baptism in October of 2010.

She had retired from civil service as the clerk of the selective service board for Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County.

Survivors include her daughter, Jane Mann and her companion, Ralph Gallahan, of Fredericksburg; two grandchildren, Jennifer Mann Foran (John), of Hampstead, MD, and Lt. Col. Stephen Charles Mann (Valair), of Centreville; five great-grandchildren, Danielle Sealy, Caroline Foran, Matthew Foran, Ravyn Mann and Miles Mann; a foster niece, Paulette Kidwell of Las Vegas; and numerous cousins.

Mrs. Nessenthaler was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Charles Nessenthaler, and a foster brother and his wife, Robert L. and Carol Pound.

Mrs. Nessenthaler was a charter member of Victory Rebekah Lodge 12; and a member of Daughters of America Council 26, in which she held local, state and national office; and Fredericksburg Senior Citizens.

In 1933, Mrs. Nessenthaler established her summer home on Second Street at Fairview Beach in King George County. She was the original pioneer and many families generated homes and connections from that spot she loved so much on the Potomac River. Mrs. Nessenthaler started a Sunday morning outdoor chapel overlooking the Potomac that continued for 11 years with the support of the Rev. Dennis Newton, pastor of Potomac Baptist Church.

A service was held Saturday, Aug. 27, at Fredericksburg Baptist Church, with the Rev. J. Larry Haun officiating, with burial in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were  Timothy Ruppalt, Gene Mullen, Joe DeBernard, John Foran, Christopher Pierson and Robert DeBernard.

Memorials may be made to the Fredericksburg Baptist Church Building Fund, 1019 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.

Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Area Deaths - August 24, 2011

Virginia S. Nessenthaler

Virginia S. Nessenthaler 103, of Fredericksburg died Monday, August 22, 2011 at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Nessenthaler was the oldest living member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church and celebrated the 80 year anniversary of her baptism in October of 2010.  She had retired from civil service as the clerk of the selective service board for Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania.
Survivors include her daughter, Jane Mann and her companion, Ralph Gallahan of Fredericksburg; two grandchildren, Jennifer Mann Foran and husband, John of Hampstead, MD and Lt. Col. Stephen Charles Mann and wife Valair of Centreville; five great grandchildren, Danielle Sealy, Caroline Foran, Matthew Foran, Ravyn Mann and Miles Mann; a foster niece, Paulette Kidwell of Las Vegas, NV; and numerous cousins.Mrs. Nessenthaler was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Charles Nessenthaler and a foster brother and his wife, Robert L. and Carol Pound.
Mrs. Nessenthaler was a charter member of Victory Rebekah Lodge #12; Daughters of America Council #26 in which she held local, state and national office; and Fredericksburg Senior Citizens.
In 1933 Mrs. Nessenthaler established her summer home on Second Street at Fairview Beach in King George County. She was the original pioneer and many families generated homes and connections from that spot she loved so much on the Potomac River. Mrs. Nessenthaler started a Sunday morning outdoor chapel over looking the Potomac that continued for eleven years with the support of Rev. Dennis Newton, pastor of Potomac Baptist Church.
A service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 27 at Fredericksburg Baptist Church with Rev. J. Larry Haun officiating. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.  A sunset farewell service will close the day at Oak Hill Cemetery. In the event of inclement weather all services will take place at the church.
Pallbearers will be Timothy Ruppalt, Gene Mullen, Joe DeBernard, John Foran, Christopher Pierson and Robert DeBernard.
Memorials may be made to the Fredericksburg Baptist Church Building Fund, 1019 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

 

Ret. Col. Joseph P. O’Toole

Retired Col. Joseph Patrick O’Toole, 87, of Vienna, who was a member in the Army Air Corps and later the U.S. Air Force and the CIA, died from respiratory failure on July 26, 2011, in Reston Hospital.
He was born on Sept. 26, 1923, in Butte, MT, to the late Patrick and Ida O’Toole, and then grew up on the south side of Chicago during the Great Depression.
Col. O’Toole enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942, becoming a B-17 pilot in the 8th Air Force, 95th Bomb Group, flying 25 missions out of Horham, England, and receiving a Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster and an Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.
After the war he returned to Chicago, where he attended the Aeronautical University of Chicago and graduated with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1949.
He returned to active duty, and during this time he met and married the late Joan V. Erhart of Chicago Heights, IL, on Nov. 29, 1952, at St. Agnes Church in Chicago Heights.
Two months after their wedding, she joined him on assignment in Germany. Together they explored Europe, and their journey was a source of many stories through the years.
In 1959, he was assigned to 6594th Satellite Test Wing , Sunnyvale, Calif., to work on the new Discoverer project. Not known until 1995 when it was declassified, the Discoverer/Corona Project was the nation’s first photo reconnaissance satellite whose imagery allowed the U.S. government to make more informed national security decisions based on accurate information, rather then speculation about what was going on behind the Iron Curtain. This joint Air Force/CIA effort was the cornerstone for agencies such as the National Reconnaissance Office. Then Maj. O’Toole was chief of controllers, and he and his staff developed the procedures to control the satellites in orbit. The Air Force awarded several Outstanding Unit Awards to the personnel on this project.
In 1965, he was transferred to the Space and Missile Systems Organization in Los Angeles, where he was director of test operations for the Manned Orbital Laboratory (MOL) Program, the Air Force’s first manned space program. He was responsible for the planning and management of MOL’s orbital operations including data systems, flight planning and flight direction. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding contributions.
After cancellation of the MOL program in 1969, Col. O’Toole was sent to the Electronic Systems Division at Hanscom Field, Bedford, MA, where he was responsible for the development of an advanced airborne command post for the National Command Authority and Strategic Air Command.
In 1971, Col. O’Toole was assigned to the Pentagon and the Defense Intelligence Agency as a staff development engineer. He was responsible for developing new systems for collection and surveillance for the National Command Authority and forces in the field. During this period, he was awarded a Legion of Merit Award for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service.
In 1974, Col. O’Toole retired from active duty but continued working in the same role as a civilian for the CIA. He continued to work on various projects and, in 1981, was promoted to the Senior Intelligence Service. He retired from the CIA in 1987 and was awarded the CIA Career Intelligence Medal.
His hobbies included woodworking, painting, photography and going to the gym on a regular basis. He is survived by his three sons, Terrance (Sandi), of King George County, Timothy (Meighan), of Gainesville and Sean (Colleen), of South Riding; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Fort Myer Chapel, followed by interment in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to ALS Association-DC/MD/VA Chapter, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD, 20855.

Patricia Syndor Pinkard

Patricia “Patsy” Syndor Pinkard, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Callao, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011.
She was a retired supervisor at G.T.E. Phone Co. and a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Callao.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Charles W. Pinkard Jr.; son Charles “Chuck” W. Pinkard III (Jackie), of Ruther Glen; sister Mary S. Parr of Warsaw; and grandson Charles “Chucky” W. Pinkard IV.
The family received friends Friday, Aug. 19, at Jones-Ash Funeral Home in Rainswood. A funeral was held Saturday, Aug. 20, in the funeral home chapel, followed by burial at Totuskey Baptist Church in Warsaw.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 30 Broadway, Suite 2900, New York, N.Y. 10006.
Online remembrance may be made at jonesashfuneralhome.com.

Ruth Chatfield Turner

Ruth Chatfield Turner, 99, entered into eternal rest on Aug. 12, 2011, at The Orchard in Warsaw.
Beloved wife of the late Booker C. Turner, she was born Nov. 13, 1911, in Scotch Plains, NJ. Before moving to Tappahannock, Mrs. Turner lived in Plainfield, NJ. She was preceded in death by her sister, Virginia L. Wingfield.
She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted cousin, Irene Harris; goddaughter, Beverley Danner (Edward); three devoted longtime friends, Marilyn and George Hurdle and Howard Banks; and many relatives and friends.
Ms. Turner was a well-known and successful entrepreneur in Scotch Plains and Plainfield. One of her many honors included an appointment as advisor on the Board of Council of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists of New Jersey.
A viewing was held at the Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock.
The service was held Saturday, Aug. 20, at First Baptist Church, 401 Marsh St., Tappahannock, with the Rev. Vernon Keeve, pastor, officiating and the Rev. Dr. Marion Tapscott, eulogist. Interment followed in First Baptist Church cemetery.

Stephen Leroy Hagens

Stephen Leroy Hagens, 71, of Westmoreland County died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete at Lee Funeral Home, King George.

Rosa Mae Dickens

Rose Mae Dickens, 70, of Westmoreland County died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011.
A funeral was held Saturday, Aug. 20, at New Monrovia Baptist Church in Colonial Beach.
Arrangements by Lee Funeral Home, King George.

Jason Matthew Earley

Jason Matthew Earley, 35, passed away Aug. 3, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital after a battle with a long illness. He was surrounded by his family.
Jason was born Aug. 9, 1975, in Arlington. He graduated from Annandale High School and then went to Lincoln Tech University, where he graduated at the top of his class in HVAC. He worked at Jones-Rogers Heating & Air in Chantilly for 13 years. Jason loved sports and video games. Jason’s love for animals was amazing.
Jason is survived by his father and mother, Ronnie and Pam Earley of King George; his brother and best friend, Brian Hanson of Manassas; his uncles and aunts, Dan and Sandy Caton of King George, Keith Liles and Robin Salmon of Amissville, Marvin and Kathy Spindle of Midland, Brian and Connie Siegrist of King George, Rhonda Barbour of Amissville, and Donna Earley of King George; and numerous cousins and friends.
Jason was loved by all who knew him, and will be missed always. He always had a smile on his dimpled, blue-eyed, blond-haired face; and he had a personality to match.
We know where and how you are now, Jason, and we will see you sometime in the future. Until then, we love and miss you with all our hearts. You made us so proud to call you our son. Be happy, Peanut!

Mary L. Gardner

Mary L. Gardner, 80, of Colonial Beach passed away Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at VCU Hospital in Richmond from an apparent heart failure.
Mary was born in Cleveland; raised in Fulton, NY; and was a graduate of Syracuse University. Married to Chet Gardner for 58 years, they raised seven children. She had a long career as a journalist and editor.
Mary was involved in the Upstairs Theatre, was a local coordinator for the Bluemont Concert Series and was a member of the Colonial Beach Historical Society. She frequently volunteered at the town museum and as a reading tutor. She was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 4315 Ladies Auxiliary, and recently served on the committee for Bay Area Agency on Aging. She loved participating in the Library Book Club.
She is survived by two sisters, Catherine Bintz and Liz McNamara; seven children, Ellen Smyth, David Gardner, Ann Matalavage, Lynn McGee, Debbie Herrmann, Diane Sutphin and Cathy Kirby; and 13 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester E. “Chet” Gardner.
The family invites friends for visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, 131 3rd St., Colonial Beach.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 203 Dennison St., Colonial Beach. Interment will be held in Arlington National Cemetery, alongside her late husband.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Colonial Beach Historical Society.
Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Area Deaths - August 17, 2011

Annie T. Costin

Annie T. Costin, 89, of King George County passed away Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, at her home.
A native of Norwich, CT, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Victoria Bukata and the widow of R. Raymond Shepherd and Robert J. Costin.
She was a Catholic and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 60 Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her daughter, Roberta “Sandy” Sanford of King George; her son, Robert Jarvis (Doris) of Bremerton, WA; and five grandchildren, Laura Kranzler (Dan) of Santa Barbara, CA, Jennifer Moore (Bill) of Renton, WA, Joann Jarvis-Olivas (Henry) of Lyden, NM, Julia Jarvis of Sante Fe, NM, and Jake Sanford of King George.
The family received friends Sunday, Aug. 14, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, in Norfolk.
A grave side service was held Monday, Aug. 15, in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Norfolk.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be offered to the family at hollomon-brown.com.

Christine Mae Estep

Christine Mae Estep, 83, of Colonial Beach died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011.
A funeral was held Monday, Aug. 15, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels, 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper.
Interment will be later that afternoon in National Memorial Park, Falls Church.

Preston Johnson

Deacon Preston Johnson, 90, of Dahlgren departed this life on Monday, August 15, 2011 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA.
He was born on August 4, 1921 in Dahlgren, to the late Deacon Fairfax and Catherine Johnson. He married Evelina Hamilton in November 1959 in St. James Trinidad. He resided in Jamaica, New York for 33 years.
When he moved back to Dahlgren, VA in 1969 he rejoined Little Ark Baptist Church. He became a deacon under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. John W. Chapman, Sr. He was also a longtime member of the Young Men’s Jubilee. He was a faithful servant and leader until his health began to fail him.
Deacon Preston began his working career at NSWC Dahlgren before joining the Navy during World War II. He also served during the Korean War. After he was discharged from the Navy he moved to New York where he worked for Air France as an aircraft mechanic for 37 years. In his leisure time he loved to fish and work in his garden.
He was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years, Evelina, his son, Keith, and his brothers, Thomas, Purcell, and Augustus.
Deacon Preston is survived by his sister, Romay Davis of Alabama, his brother, Stansberry Johnson of California, a special friend, Audrey Jagbir of Trinidad, his nephews Barry Jagbir (Judith) of New York, Desmond Jagbir (Carmen) of New York, Stephen Roberts (Shirley) of Florida, Russell Jagbir (Jennifer) and Lennie Jagbir all of Trinidad, and Clint Johnson of California, his goddaughter, Roslyn Jagbir of New Jersey and his nieces Margaret Jagbir of Virginia, Karen Battles of Maryland, Lydia Gadaleta of California, Artie Johnson of Florida, and a host of great nephews and nieces.
Visitation will be held Friday Aug. 19, 2011, from noon-8p.m., at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, 25662 A.P. Hill Blvd., Port Royal, VA.   
The funeral service will take place Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at 11a.m., at Little Ark Baptist Church, 15681 Owens Dr. King George, VA.  A viewing will be held one hour before the service.   
Burial will be in the church cemetery following the service.
Online guestbook can be found at www.brooksfuneralhome.com

Clarence D. Stephenson

Clarence David Stephenson, age 92, passed away on August 13, 2011 at Heritage Hall, King George, VA.
Clarence, born in 1919 in Indiana County, PA, is predeceased by his parents, David and Grace Sutor Stephenson.
He is survived by his wife, Marcella Manner Stephenson; sister, Rebecca Salsgiver; children: Grace Stephenson, Richard Stephenson, Nancy Prothero, and Alice Martin; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
Mr. Stephenson graduated from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh.
During World War II, he served in the US Army Air Force as a “link trainer” instructor. Prior to and after the war, he was a high school teacher, followed by employment with the Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Instruction. He later was a local newspaper editor and ran a part-time home mimeograph business. He retired as a caseworker with the Pennsylvania Dept. of Public Welfare in 1977.
Mr. Stephenson’s passion and avocation was local history and he spent much of his life researching and documenting history of the area in which he lived. Three of his best-known books are “The Pennsylvania Canal, Indiana and Westmoreland Counties”; “The Impact of the Slavery Issue on Indiana County”; and the five-volume “Indiana County 175th Anniversary History”.
Recognitions include appointment to the Southwestern Pennsylvania Heritage Preservation Commission; Indiana University of Pennsylvania President’s Medal of Distinction; commendation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; and official designation as Indiana County Historian by the county commissioners.
He was life member of several local historical societies and a member of his local American Legion Post, Lions Club, and Presbyterian Church.
A memorial service will be held in the Marion Center Presbyterian Church, 206 High St, Marion Center, PA, at 2p.m. on Saturday, August 20 2011.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Clarence’s name to the Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, 200 S. Sixth St., Indiana, PA, 15701-2999 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC, 20090-6011.

Area Deaths - August 3, 2011

Elizabeth Mitchell Balderson

Elizabeth Mitchell Balderson, 102, of Warsaw went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 27, 2011.
She was the widow of C. Ashby Balderson, and a member of Rappahannock Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Carl Balderson and his wife, Jane, of Staunton; daughter Gail Dise of Woodbridge; brother Ira Mitchell of Bellefonte, PA; and sister Alma Fenwick of Montross. She is also survived by grandchildren Kevin Dise and wife Amber of Woodbridge, Allen Balderson and wife Colleen and Andrew Balderson, all of Louisville, KY; and great-grandchildren Christopher Balderson, Jason Dise and Kyle Dise.
The family received friends Friday, July 29, at Welch Funeral Home-Montross Chapel, 17546 Kings Highway, Montross.
A funeral was held Saturday, July 30, at Rappahannock Baptist Church, Newland, with interment in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Rappahannock Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1645 Jones Creek Road, Warsaw, Va. 22572.
Online condolences may be made at welchfuneralhome.com.

Alice H. Densmore

Alice H. Densmore, 62, of Colonial Beach passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at her residence.
Alice was a retired secretary and administrative chief with the U.S. Navy at Andrews Air Force Base. She was noted for her kindness, generosity and love of animals.
She is survived by her husband, retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Joe M. Schepers of the home; two daughters, Susan R. Tourville of Rising Sun, MD, and Wendy S. Stumpf of Baltimore; three grandchildren, Crystal, Chucky and David; two great-grandchildren, Brooke and Jamie; and her longtime best friend, Patricia Dutton.
A funeralwas held Saturday, July 30, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Richard Headley officiating. The family received friends two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment was held Monday, Aug. 1, at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Attn: Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Ronald K. Van Cleve

Ronald K. Van Cleve, 74, of Colonial Beach, formerly of Manassas, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital with family present.
Ronald was born in Sisseton, SD. He retired from the Fairfax County School Board. He was a member of American Legion No. 148 and Moose Lodge No. 1267, both in Colonial Beach.
Ronald is survived by his wife, Dorothy Crouch Van Cleve; three sons, Ronald K. Van Cleve Jr. and wife Katherine of Manassas, Curtis Wayne Van Cleve and wife Shelly of Austin, Texas, and Brian Scott Van Cleve and wife Peggy of Colonial Beach; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Ruby Van Cleve; a brother, Russell Van Cleve Jr.; and a son, Larry Allen Van Cleve.
A funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Ron Okrasinski officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Buckhall Cemetery in Manassas at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va. 22485, or to the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Michael David Arthur

Michael David Arthur, 58, of Fredericksburg passed away Thursday, July 28, 2011, at his residence.
Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline Arthur of Fredericksburg; his son, David Arthur of Fredericksburg; sisters Alice Schuckel of Mount Airy, MD, and Mary Troxell of Lynn Haven, FL; as well as his nephew, Erik Schuckel of Brick, NJ, and cousin Peter Cook of Falls Church.
Michael was a devoted husband, and a loving father to his son, David. He enjoyed bicycle riding near the beach and skiing down the slopes. He received his doctorate in mathematical physics from Virginia Tech. He worked as a scientist at Dahlgren for more than 19 years.
A Celebration of Life service will take place at St. Matthias United Methodist Church, 426 Deacon Road, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Moss Free Clinic, 1301 Sam Perry Boulevard, Suite 100, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Eugene W. Lee

We sorrowfully announce the passing of Mr. Eugene W. Lee, the owner and manager of the Lee Funeral Homes in King George and Warsaw.
A viewing was held Friday, July 29, 2011, at Lee Funeral Home, 12055 James Madison Parkway, King George.
A funeral was held Saturday, July 30, 2011, at Antioch Baptist Church, 11102 James Madison Parkway, King George, Va. 22485, with the Rev. Dr. Larry Finch officiating.
The establishments will continue to serve the surrounding areas, giving the same dedicated service that has been their hallmark for the last 52 years.

Area Deaths - July 27, 2011

James R. Cannon, USMC, Ret.

Retired Marine Corps Maj. James R. Cannon, 74, a resident of Los Lunas, NM, formerly of the Fredericksburg area, died Thursday, July 14, 2011.

He is survived by his wife, Judy Cannon; sons Kevin Cannon and Corey Cannon; daughters Dawn Smith and Faith Cook; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brothers Jack Cannon USMC (retired) and Lonnie Cannon (Betty); sister June Trigger of King George; and numerous other relatives. He also leaves his beloved dogs, Bear and Daisy.

He was preceded in death by brother Joseph Cannon and his parents, Clyde and Tishie Belle Cannon of Tennessee.

After graduation from high school Jim entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served two tours in Vietnam, earning two Purple Hearts. He proudly served 24 years. After his retirement, he was a historian for the Marine Corps.

Jim was a Baptist, and everything he did reflected his Christianity. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

French-University Chapel in Albuquerque, NM, is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to a local no-kill animal shelter.
 

Linda S. Dodd

Linda S. Dodd, 62, of King George County passed away Monday, July 18, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.

She was a retired CNA with Westmoreland Rehab Center.

Her survivors include her husband of 22 years, Linwood Dodd Jr.; a son, Steven Welch of Woodstock; her father, Everette B. Swain of Chesterfield; three sisters, Brenda Below of Chesterfield, Patricia Swain of Manassas and Sandra Dee Singleton (Larry) of Myrtle Beach, SC.

A funeral was held on Thursday, July 21, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. David Richards officiating. Burial followed in Round Hill Baptist Church cemetery, King George.

Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.
 

Kathy Maxfield

Kathy Maxfield of Colonial Beach passed away Thursday, July 21, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Kathy was a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and friend. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Colonial Beach.

She is survived by her husband, Danny Maxfield of the home; her mother, Clara Johnson of Colonial Beach; four children, Michelle Muse (Pierce), of Colonial Beach, Charles Phillips Jr. (Melissa), of Fredericksburg, Jeffrey Trew of Colonial Beach and Lindsey Maxfield of King George; two sisters, Dianna Greene of Montross and Linda Cooksey of King George; a brother, Johnny Johnson Jr. of Colonial Beach; and four grandchildren, Parrish, Reilly, Kennedy and Shawney. Kathy was preceded in death by her father, Johnny Johnson.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 26, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Denise Marth officiating.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, VA, 22485.

Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com.
 

Frances Talley Hughes

Frances Talley Hughes, 90, of Fredericksburg died Thursday, July 21, 2011, following a long illness.

She was one of seven daughters of the late Etta and Frank Talley of Randleman, N.C. She was born in Randleman on April 13, 1921. Educated in the Randleman school system, she went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1943.

She married George Daniel Hughes Sr. in June 1945. Mrs. Hughes taught elementary school for many years. She and her husband, with their son George Jr. and daughter Lynne Ellen, also lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Bogota, Colombia; Newington, Conn.; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Greensboro, before settling in the Fredericksburg area in 1972. While living in Fredericksburg, she worked with the Fredericksburg 4-H Extension Service.

One of her favorite pastimes was playing bridge, and she attained the rank of grand master in the 1980s. She was a member of the Retired Officers Club and an active volunteer with the Mary Washington Hospital Women’s Auxiliary.

Surviving are her son, George Daniel Hughes Jr. (Margene), of King George County; her daughter, Lynne Ellen Buker (Rick), of King William County; three sisters, Dot Williams of Winston-Salem, N.C., Ruth Sherman of Wilson, N.C., and Mary Upton of Clinton, N.C.; four grandchildren, Daniel Hughes (Elizabeth), of Williamsburg, Kyla Johnson Sine (Eric), of Winchester, and Timothy Jack Hughes and Christopher Hughes, both of King George; and one great-grandson, Brock Sine, age 3, of Winchester.

A family and friends visitation will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, and 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel.

A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday, with Pastor Guy Mattox, Pastor Scott Roberts and Pastor Lytle Buckingham officiating.

Interment will be in Quantico National Cemetery at a later date.

The family requests any gifts and donations be given to the Fredericksburg Christian School Capital Fund, 9400 Thornton Rolling Road, Fredericksburg, VA, 22408; or to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be made at mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com.

Doris M. Duncan

Doris M. Duncan, 89, of Colonial Beach passed away Monday, July 25, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Doris ran a preschool day care at her home in Manassas. She was a former Sunday school teacher in Manassas and a current member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Allen David Duncan; a daughter, Edith Mae Keller of Colonial Beach; a stepdaughter, Donna Ann Shipe of Hedgesville, W.Va.; two sons, William Thomas Bartlett and Patrick O. Bartlett, both of Manassas; two stepsons, Allen David Duncan Jr. of Frederick, MD, and Clinton Michael Duncan of Big Stone Gap; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, James L. Bartlett, and a daughter, Ellen Compton.

A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in King George, with the Rev. Randall Snipes officiating.

Interment will follow at 1 p.m. in Stonewall Memory Gardens, Manassas.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com
 

George Samuel Saunders, Jr.

George Samuel Saunders Jr., 73, of Montross went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 24, 2011.

He was a member of Nomini Baptist Church, a retired deputy with the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office,  was retired from Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, and a retired U.S. Army veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara J. Saunders; three sons, Donnie Saunders (Kaye), of King George, Ronnie Saunders (Mary) of Warsaw and Todd Saunders (Deborah) of Warsaw; one daughter, Jane Lynn Scott (Timmy) of Warsaw; and nine grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers Albert “Sonny” Saunders (Audrey) of Linwood, PA and Billy Saunders (Elaine) of Montross and Michael G. Saunders (Cheryl) of Montross; sisters Marjorie A. Gamer (Freddie) of Warsaw, Carolyn Newsome (Carrington) of Farnham and Wendy Darcangelo (Al) of Fredericksburg.

He was predeceased by brother Robert Saunders.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, at Nomini Baptist Church, Montross, VA. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Nomini Baptist Church Maintenance Fund, Box 136, Montross, VA, 22520; Westmoreland County Volunteer Fire Dept., Box 222, Montross, VA, 22520; or Montross Rescue Squad, Box 1174, Montross, VA, 22520

Online condolences are at welchfuneralhomeva.com.
 

Edna M. Herbert DeBernard

Edna Margaret Herbert DeBernard, born July 10, 1918 and recently celebrating her 93rd Birthday,  passed away peacefully on July 20 at Palm City, FL.

Edna met the love of her life, Lewis Michael DeBernard, at the young age of 16 while attending high school and working at Vallentines Book Store in Washington, DC. They courted and dated in 1934, and were married in May of 1941.  Both were native Washingtonians.

Edna and Lew went to work for Potomic Electrical Power Co. prior to the War. For many years they resided in Arlington, VA, where they raised a family and ran an Electrical, Heating and A/C contracting business.  They retired to Palm City, FL in 1983 residing at Martin Downs. Their loving relationship has spanned some 77 years.

In May of this year Edna and Lew celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with family and friends at Hutchinson Island.

Edna loved family and friends. She loved to sing and was always active in the Lutheran Church in Arlington, Virginia and Florida. 

They are founding members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palm City, where Edna was laid to rest at a service held on Monday, July 25, 2011.

Edna is survived by her husband Lew, daughter Cynthia Jean DeBernard Santoro (Ronald), of Portland, OR, and son Lewis Michael “Mickey” DeBernard, Jr. (Marjorie), of Pinehurst, NC.

Edna is survived by her grandchildren: Christopher Jordan Simmons, Rebecca Marie DeBernard Martin, Rachel Claire DeBernard Daniel, and Robert Michael DeBernard.  Edna is also survived by her great grandchildren: Hannah Claire Martin, Baden Anthony Martin, and Alexander Jordan Simmons.

Edna is predeceased by brother Edgar Herbert, sister Kathryn “Kay” Libert, sister Ruth Fascnacht, and brother Henry “Bud” Herbert.

The family requests donations be made to the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Palm City’s Youth Group. Donations should be sent to the attention of Pastor Tom Hartley; Immanuel Lutheran Church; 2655 SW Immanuel Drive; Palm City, FL 34990.

Area Deaths - June 22, 2011

Kenneth Mason Scruggs

Kenneth Mason Scruggs, 69, of Fredericksburg died Friday, June 10, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Scruggs was the son of the late Edward Scruggs and Ruth Thomas Hockaday. He was a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He served in the U.S. Air Force for five years and was a former county administrator for King George County. Mr. Scruggs had most recently worked as an accountant and a Realtor. He was a member of Elks Lodge 875.
Survivors include his stepmother, Mary Ellen Scruggs of Fredericksburg; eight half brothers and half sisters, Virginia Synan of Fredericksburg, Shirley Villareal of Fredericksburg, Edward M. Scruggs III of California, Connie Lambert of Bowling Green, Ernie Scruggs Sr. of Fredericksburg, Earl W. Scruggs of Fredericksburg, James Scruggs of Stafford County and Teresa Orrock of Caroline County; two stepsons, Joshua and John Michael Nixon of Lynchburg; a stepbrother, Donnie Hockaday of Fredericksburg; numerous nieces, nephews and aunts; and many friends.
A funeral was held Thursday, June 16, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Richard J. Finck and the Rev. Terrance Naumann officiating. Interment followed in Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Fredericksburg Regional SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Everett Preston Lewis

Everett Preston Lewis, 76, of Waldorf, Md., formerly of Dahlgren, died Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at Civista Medical Center in LaPlata, Md.
He is survived by two daughters, Katrina Jackson of Camp Springs, MD, and Jessie Gurley of Washington, D.C.; three sisters, Dorothy Exum of Capitol Heights, MD, Savannah Halliburton of Dahlgren and Roberta Holmes of Quantico; four brothers, Chester Lewis of Dahlgren, Phillip and Raymond Lewis Jr., both of King George, and Charles Lewis of Germany; and two grandchildren.
A funeral was held Monday, June 20, at Little Ark Baptist Church, Owens, VA.  
Interment will follow in Heritage Cemetery, Waldorf, MD.
Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, is handling the arrangements.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

James Anderson Cook

James Anderson Cook, 68, of King George County died Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at his home.
Mr. Cook worked as a land surveyor for Larry Scartz before retiring in 1995. He was active with EPWSC in Woodbridge and the Woodbridge Little League.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Mary Ann Cook; two sons, Jimmy Cook (Patty), Spotsylvania County and Michael Cook (Sonda), of King George; two daughters, Cathy Carman (Bill), of Manassas and Cindy Iddings (Bill), of Elkins, WV; two brothers, George Cook of Lewes, DE, and Lewis Cook of Alexandria; a sister, Anna Mae Weller of Alexandria; and six grandchildren, Chris Carman, Amber Cook, Devon Cook, Chaynce Cook, Tiffany Chapman and Brandon Grooms.
A service was held Monday, June 20, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.  Burial will followed in Mount Comfort Cemetery.
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.

Tongjai Bell

Tongjai Bell, 39, of King George County passed away Thursday, June 16, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She was born in Bangkok, Thailand, the daughter of Kimwa and Chokchai Thongtaewboon.
Tong was a wonderful wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend.
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Wilson Andrew Bell, and their four children, Lisa Rawinnipha Bell, Amitra Eleanor Bell, Rakseena Rose Bell and Ronakit Andrew Bell, as well as her close friends Lek, Mem and Tuk, and many others who were touched by her love and generosity.
A service was held Tuesday, June 21, at The Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Virginia S. Wilkins

Virginia S. Wilkins, 88, of Colonial Beach died Friday, June 17, 2011.
Virginia was born in Chicago on June 16, 1923, and was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Luther E. Wilkins, in 1998.
Mrs. Wilkins retired from the Westmoreland County school district, where she worked as a school nurse from 1972 to 1991. Prior to that, she worked as a public health nurse in King George County for four years.
She graduated from the University of Virginia School of Nursing, Class of 1947, as a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. She met her husband while serving a six-month tour of duty as a student nurse at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond.
She was a life member of the Thomas Jefferson Society of the Alumni Association of the University of Virginia, an honorary life member of the Virginia Congress of Parents and Teachers and a member of several professional organizations.
She was an active member of Round Hill Baptist Church, where she served for many years as Sunday school secretary and vacation Bible school secretary. She was also a lifelong member of the church choir.
Survivors include her daughter, Sharon W. Cockrell (Ashby),  of Longwood, FL; a son, Richard E. Wilkins (Andrea), of Colonial Beach; five grandchildren, Sarah and A.J. Cockrell of Longwood, FL, Wynter W. White (Joe) and Brittany E. Wilkins of Stephens City and Joe Slater of Colonial Beach.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Round Hill Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Ted James and the Rev. Lester Curtis Jr. officiating. The committal of ashes will immediately follow in the church cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of memorial contributions to the Round Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, 16519 Round Hill Road, Box 467, King George, VA, 22485, or to a charity of choice.
Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com

Charlotte Clare Snyder

Charlotte Clare Snyder, 51, of Ellicott City, Md., passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 17, 2011, at home from complications of hypertension.
She was born in King George County, to the late Robert Logan and Wilma Lindsey Clare. Charlotte is survived by her loving husband, Michael Snyder; sons Matthew and Nicholas; daughter Natalie; sister Alice C. Biddle (Rob) of Charlotte, NC; and brother Charles L. Clare (Susan) of Mechanicsville.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Harry H. Witzke’s Family Funeral Home of Ellicott City.  Online at: harrywitzkefuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church or the American Heart Association.

George Clifton Hubbard

George Clifton Hubbard, 55, of Colonial Beach died June 15, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Survivors include his children, Christopher Hubbard of Ewa, Hawaii, Matthew Hubbard and Michael Hubbard, both of Jupiter, Fla., and Patricia Hubbard of Lyles, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Sky Nicole and Jeremy Dewayne; father Douglas B. Hubbard Sr. of Colonial Beach; brother Douglas B. Hubbard Jr. of King George; sisters M. Susan Shipp of Winchester, Mary Ann Chaffin of Springfield and Cathy Rodriguez of Berwyn Heights, Md.; and stepbrothers Stacy B. Hubbard of Jacksonville, Fla., and Tracy S. Hubbard of Fredericksburg. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Steele Hubbard; and his twin sister, Linda Hubbard.
A private burial will be held in Beallsville, MD, on Wednesday, June 22.

Area Deaths - July 20, 2011

Doris M. Stout

Doris M. “Dot” Stout, 87, of King George County passed away July 10, 2011, at Emeritus at Wilburn Gardens in Fredericksburg.
Doris was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on June 2, 1924. She met her husband, Dira S. Stout Jr., while he was stationed with the U.S. Navy in Newfoundland during World War II. They were married for more than 65 years.

In addition to her husband, Dira, Doris is survived by her daughters, Jeanette S. Murray of Charlotte, NC, and Yvonne S. Hall (Ronnie) of King George; a grandson, Jason Hall (Linda); and two great-granddaughters, Kelsie and Kayleigh Hall of Moyock, NC. Dot is also survived by two special family members: her niece, Lorraine Johnson, and nephew, Basil Butt (Audrey), of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland.

Doris was preceded in death by a son, Donald G. Stout; her parents, William and Annie Tobin; and all five of her siblings.
She was a devoted member of Dahlgren United Methodist Church. Her life’s mission was to make friends and to help everyone. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy.
The family would like to express a special thanks to all the memory-care employees at Wilburn Gardens who truly loved Doris, and gave her such outstanding care for three years. They were her loving family.
A funeral was held on Thursday, July 14, at Dahlgren United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ed Johnson officiating. Interment followed in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2217 Princess Anne St., Suite 106--1F, Fredericksburg, VA, 22401.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George is handling the arrangements.

Mary Patricia Ahearn

Mary Patricia “Patty” Ahearn died July 9, 2011, at her home in Colonial Beach.
Patty was born in Arlington, Oct. 30, 1950. She grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Wakefield High School. Patty moved to Colonial Beach in 1987 with her mother and worked for the federal government at Dahlgren until she retired due to health problems. She was a member of the American Legion, the VFW and Eagles and Moose clubs.
Patty was a devoted daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She lived her life according to the standards set by her mother and strived to show kindness, compassion and love to everyone around her. She lived fully, courageously and honestly, and the Beach is a sadder place without her.
Patty is survived by her brothers Freddy Ahearn of Fredericksburg and Timothy Ahearn of Shelton, WA; and her sister, PJ Drury of Huntington, TN. She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces, including Billy Ahearn and Tammi Gibbons; and great-nieces Ashley and Jennifer Ahearn and Kayla Gibbons, and great-nephew John Gibbons. She leaves behind many friends including Pat Wells and Lorraine Rich. She also leaves behind her beloved pet, Angel.
Patty was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Kingree; father Thomas John Ahearn; and brother Thomas Ahearn.
A memorial service was held at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, in Colonial Beach, on Tuesday, July 19.
Donations may be sent to Wendy’s Feline Friends, 1228 Holly Vista Drive, Colonial Beach, VA, 22443.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Maj. James R. Cannon, Ret.

Retired Marine Corps Maj. James R. Cannon, 74, a resident of Los Lunas, NM, formerly of the Fredericksburg area, died Thursday, July 14, 2011.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Cannon; sons Kevin Cannon and Corey Cannon; daughters Dawn Smith and Faith Cook; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brothers Jack Cannon USMC, Ret.) and Lonnie Cannon (Betty); sister June Trigger of King George; and numerous other relatives. He also leaves his beloved dogs, Bear and Daisy.
He was preceded in death by brother Joseph Cannon and his parents, Clyde and Tishie Belle Cannon of Tennessee.
After graduation from high school Jim entered the United States Marines and served in Vietnam. He proudly served 24 years. Jim loved to spend time on the computer emailing, working out at the gym, eating, and walking with his wife. He was a Baptist, and everything he did reflected his Christianity. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
French-University Chapel in Albuquerque, NM, is handling the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to a local no-kill animal shelter.

Hilbert A. Newton

Hilbert A. Newton, 88, of Stafford County passed away Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Newton was born in King George County in 1922 to the late Joseph and Lena Newton. After Pearl Harbor he joined the U.S. Navy for six years. After his discharge in 1948, he was employed at NSWC, Dahlgren Division until he retired in 1977.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Iris H. Newton; his children, Vena Sale of Ferry Farm, Tyler Newton of Stafford and Conley Newton, of Tullahoma, TN, his sister, Esther Stevens; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, E.P. Newton.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be sent to Riverside First Church of God, 3641 Fall Hill Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401; or to White Oak Rescue Squad, 535 White Oak Road, Fredericksburg, VA, 22405.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Area Deaths - June 15, 2011

Margaret Lee Rodgers

Margaret Lee O’Bryhim Rodgers, 89, of Colonial Beach, formerly of Falmouth, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at her home.
Mrs. Rodgers was the widow of the late Albert C. Rodgers. She was preceded in death by her three children, Albert Wayne Rodgers, Deborah Jane Rodgers and Rodney Michael Rodgers.
Mrs. Rodgers was a lifelong member of Falmouth Baptist Church. She was also a member of VFW Post 3103 Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include her caregiver and the mother of her grandchildren, Shirley Hanks (Bill), of Colonial Beach; two grandchildren, Tammy Lynn Armstrong and her companion, Robert Waugerman, of Fredericksburg and Shawn Michael Rodgers (Cindy), of Fredericksburg; two great-grandchildren, Christopher Armstrong and Chelsie Rodgers; one great-great-grandson, Jayden Smith; and a daughter-in-law, Kerri Rodgers of Fredericksburg.
A funeral was held Friday, June 10, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Jack A. Marcom Jr. officiating. Entombment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Priscilla Jane Tinnell

Priscilla Jane Tinnell, 62, of Beaverdam died Wednesday, June 8, 2011.
Priscilla was a member of Rodes United Methodist Church in Afton. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She enjoyed puzzles, especially Sudoku, and spending time with her grandchildren. Her family was very important to her.
Survivors include two sons, Tony Tinnell (Carrie), of Beaverdam and Mark Tinnell (Lauren), of Ruther Glen; two daughters, Lisa Tinnell of King George and Tara Krassner of Fredericksburg; her mother, Charlene Woodard of Beaverdam; the father of her children, J.T. Tinnell of Fredericksburg; brother Earl W. Woodard of Waynesboro; sister Loretta M. McKinney of Midlothian; and eight grandchildren, Megan, Amanda, Brian, Bethany, Sarah, James, Brooke and, soon, Riley.
Priscilla was preceded in death by her father, Earl E. Woodard; and brother Van O. Woodard.
A service was held Saturday, June 11, at Covenant Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Ken Delage officiating. Burial followed in Holly Memorial Gardens in Charlottesville.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Barry Robert Nicholson

Barry Robert Nicholson, 62, of King George County died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at his home.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Bonnie Nicholson; his son, William E. Nicholson (Patricia); his father, Robert William Nicholson; and two sisters, Toni Kimmell and Mary Nicholson.
A funeral was held Saturday, June 11, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

James Arthur Woodmancy

James Arthur Woodmancy, 84, of King George County passed away Tuesday, June 7, 2011, with his family by his side at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Woodmancy was the former owner and operator of Paradise Estates Mobile Home Park. He was also a founding member of the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife, Ferne; her large family, who he referred to as “his” family; a menagerie of animals; and many cherished friends, to name a special few, Mary Lou Blue, James Hughes and Randy Pryor.
A memorial service was held  June 11, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 2010 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA, 22401; or to the Stafford SPCA, 2101 Jefferson Davis Highway, 2nd Floor, Stafford, VA, 22554.
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John Michael Conaty

John Michael Conaty, 74, of Colonial Beach passed away Friday, June 10, 2011, at home.
John was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Anne Conaty; his children, Kevin M. Conaty (Jennifer),  Stacy C. Petry (William L.), and Adrienne Jones (Adam); his grandchildren, Adam M. Jones, Patrick W. Jones, Jessica A. Cole (Chance), J. Travis Heffler III, Sydney N. Petry, Jacob W. Petry, Elizabeth A. Conaty and Shane M. Conaty; a great-granddaughter, Addison G. Cole; a brother, Edward Conaty; and two sisters, Mary Estelle and Helen Crawbuck (C. Bruce). John was predeceased by a son, Paul G. Conaty.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Quantico National Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, VA, 22443; or to a charity of one’s choice.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, is handling the arrangements.
Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Donald “Don” Hill

Donald “Don” Hill of King George County passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at his residence after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Don was born in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 28, 1932, to the late John D. and Anna Naumann Hill.
He grew up in Dahlgren and graduated from King George High School in 1951. He attended Concordia Teachers College in Chicago before entering the U.S. Air Force. Don spent from March 1954 until February 1957 with the 6912th Radio Squadron Mobile in Landsberg, Germany. He worked in the computer field in both Washington, D.C., and Dahlgren until his retirement in 1988.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jean Stone Hill; a son, John D. Hill (Cristi), of King George; two daughters, Linda Furman of King George and Candace Matsumoto (Alan), of Fishers, IN; four granddaughters, Tasha Matsumoto of Salt Lake City, UT, Carrie Matsumoto of Chicago, and Brooke Payne (Ernie),  and Hannah Briscoe (Scott), all of King George; and one great-grandson, Brayden Payne.

Don was a lifelong Redskins and Chicago Cubs fan. He was a charter member of Two Rivers Baptist Church in King George.
A memorial service was held  Tuesday, June 14, at Two Rivers Baptist Church, with the Rev. Peyton Wiltshire and the Rev. Richard Fink officiating.
Donations may be made to Two Rivers Baptist Church Mortgage Fund.
Jean would like to thank her church family for all their love and support during Don’s illness.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Edgar Newton

Edgar “Skinny Winks” Newton, 74, of King George County died Friday, June 10, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Survivors include his sister, Esther N. Stevens; his brother, Hilbert Newton; his loving caregivers, Samantha Popham and Christine “Tinka” Bast; and numerous extended-family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Canaan’s Faith Church of God, 1470 Forbes St., Falmouth, with the Rev. Timothy Dobson officiating.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Robert G. Henderson

Robert Gordon Henderson, Sr., 80, of King George, escaped the burdens of this world on Sunday, June 12, 2011.
Mr. Henderson owned and ran Henderson’s Grocery for over 50 years.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jacqueline Kendall Henderson; his son, K. Lee Henderson; his sister, Virginia Henderson Whelan; his granddaughters, Jeannette Nestor, Susan Henderson and Bobbi Henderson; great granddaughters, Aly Henderson, Victoria Henderson and Mary Henderson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eula Henderson and Lettie Newton Henderson; his son, Robert “Bob” Henderson, Jr.; sisters, Evelyn Johannpeter and June Ware.
Visitation is  from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A memorial service will be held at 1p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the funeral home Chapel. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wendy’s Feline Friends, 1228 Holly Vista Dr. Colonial Beach, VA 22443 or to Grace Church of Fredericksburg, 1141 Heatherstone Dr. Fredericksburg, VA 22407.

Kenneth Mason Scruggs

Kenneth Mason Scruggs, 69, of Fredericksburg died Friday, June 10, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

Area Deaths - July 13, 2011

Mildred Lucille Lewko

Mildred Lucille Lewko, 80, of Colonial Beach passed away Sunday, July 3, 2011, in Spotsylvania County.
Mildred was born in Washington, D.C., on March 27, 1931. She was a property manager of a high-rise apartment in Northern Virginia and a member of Colonial Beach United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, George Lewko Jr.; three sons, Michael G. Lewko, William R. Lewko and Stephan G. Lewko; a daughter, Brenda S. Cahill; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elinor B. Reid and William Ralph Reid.
A memorial service was held Friday, July 8, at Colonial Beach United Methodist Church, Colonial Beach. Burial was private.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, Attn: Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, VA, 22485.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Pansy Myrtle Lewis Kimble

Pansy Myrtle Lewis Kimble, 91, of Lorton, Woodbridge and King George County, went to her maker on July 2, 2011.
She was born Dec. 22, 1921, in Petersburg, WV. She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Ella Mae Lewis. She had retired as a practical nurse at DeWitt Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir. Her husband, Junior T. Kimble, preceded her in death on July 8, 1980. She was also preceded by her loving granddaughter, Lisa Anne Kimble on Dec. 22, 2006.
Her family includes daughters Jean Mae Rose (Robert), Dyerline Noll (Edward), and Sandra Massey (Michael); sons Jack T. Kimble (Robin),  James W. Kimble (Shirley); 17 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; her brother, Ralph Lewis (Alberta), and sisters Mildred Riggleman and Leona Kimble.
A service was held Thursday, July 7, at Kimble Funeral Home, 206 S. Main St., Franklin, WV, 26807.  Burial followed in Cherry Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090 or online at alz.org.

Ruby Virginia Lotts Ott

Ruby Virginia Lotts Ott, 93, widow of David J. “D.J.” Ott Jr., died Monday, July 4, 2011, at Greenfield Assisted Living residence in Fredericksburg.
She was born Feb. 23, 1918, in Raphine, a daughter of the late Erskine and Venie Wiseman Lotts.
Prior to retirement, Mrs. Ott was employed by West Virginia University Hospital.
She was a member of Olivet Presbyterian Church in Staunton.
In addition to her husband, who preceded her in death on May 22, 1999, she was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.
Family members include a daughter, Betty Trigger (Tom), of Fredericksburg; a daughter, Anna Ott and her companion, Frank Cataldi, of Stafford County; a sister, Iva Myrtle (Marvin),  of Spotswood; a grandson, Jeffrey Trigger of Fredericksburg; a granddaughter, Laura Driskell (Bryan), of King George County; and one great-granddaughter, Madisyn Driskell.
A graveside service was conducted by the Rev. Harry Johns, Thursday, July 7, in the Old Providence ARP Church Cemetery in Spotswood.
Condolences may be sent to the family at henryfuneralhome.net.

Lucy Marie DeStaefano

Lucy Marie DeStefano, 96, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died at home in Colonial Beach on Monday, July 4, 2011, with her daughter at her side.
She was born in Long Island City, NY, on May 2, 1915. She married Vincent Joseph DeStefano (deceased July 20, 2007) on June 13, 1943. They were married for 64 years.
Survivors include two children, Anthony “Tony,” (Terri), of Chesapeake Beach, MD, and Florence “Florie,” of Colonial Beach. She had nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Lucy was a talented seamstress and salesperson.
After his service in the Army, Jim and Lucy moved to the Washington, DC, area, settling in College Park, MD. After retirement in 1978, Lucy and Jim moved to Naples FL, and lived there until returning to the Washington area in 2002. They settled into a retirement community in Fredericksburg in October 2005. After Jim died, Lucy lived in Colonial Beach with her daughter.
“Lady Lucy” was with her husband during many events while he was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Archbishop Michael J. Curley Council, 2809, College Park, MD.
A viewing was held at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, on Thursday, July 7. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, Colonial Beach, on Friday, July 8. Burial was private at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Crain Highway, Cheltenham, MD.

Elizabeth Bryant Reed

Elizabeth Bryant Reed, 105, of Warsaw, formerly of Montross, widow of Linwood Warren Reed, passed away July 5, 2011.
She was a homemaker and a member of Providence United Methodist Church.
She is survived by daughters Ruby Reed Campbell and Esther Reed Winebarger of Warsaw; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by daughter Irma Reed McCarty.
A funeral was held Friday, July 8, at Providence United Methodist Church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Providence United Methodist Cemetery Fund, attn: Christine Jones, Box 913, Montross, VA. 22520
Online condolences may be made at welchfuneralhomeva.com.

Lehmer W. Henderson

Lehmer W. “Boozie” Henderson, 78, of White Oak died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Henderson was a Stafford County native and a U.S. Navy veteran. He had retired as a carpenter and was a country musician who played with many bands in the area. Mr. Henderson was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Alma B. Henderson; two sons, Timothy Henderson (Katherine),  of Falmouth and Gregory Henderson and partner Brian White of Charleston, SC; grandson T.J. Henderson; several aunts and uncles; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family received friends Friday, July 8, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A service was held Saturday, July 9, at the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. H. Lowell Self officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Attn: Trudy Clifton, 113 Tallpines Drive, Locust Grove, VA, 22508.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Otis L. Newton

Otis L. Newton, 69, of King George County passed away Friday, July 8, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Otis graduated with honors from Randolph-Macon College in 1972, was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity and a member of Mountain View Baptist Church.
Otis made a career working for the federal government in various positions, eventually retiring from the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2004.
Otis is survived by his wife of 48 years, Beverley; two sons, Justin Wade Newton (Chelle), of Winchester and Monte Duane Newton (Tracy), of King George; a daughter, Lori Maree Newton of King George; his beloved mother-in-law, Elizabeth M. Rose of King George; a brother, Lee Newton (Mildred), of Stafford County; three sisters, Irene Newton and Linda Vickers, both of Spotsylvania County, and Carolyn Powell of Raleigh, NC; and eight grandchildren, Randy, Ben, Jamie, Joey, Brett, Makenna, Karsyn and Elise. He also leaves his beloved pets.
Otis was preceded in death by his parents, Ludwell and Margaret Newton; sister Parthenia; and his niece, Leahcim.
The family received friends Tuesday, July 12, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels Cremation Service, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg. A graveside service  was Wednesday, July 13, in Zoan Baptist Church cemetery, 5888 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Tim Dobson and the Rev. Brenda Bourne officiating.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations in Otis’ name to the King George County Department of Emergency Services, 10459 Courthouse Drive, King George, Va. 22485.
Online condolences may be sent to Otis’ family at foundandsons.com.

James E. Carter

James E. Carter, 74, of Colonial Beach, formerly of Bowling Green, passed away Friday, July 8, 2011, at home.
James was a retired VDOT employee.
He is survived by a cousin, Jerome Carter of Maryland; and his close friend, Brenda Robinson of Washington, D.C.
A gathering of friends will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 16, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach.
Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Area Deaths - June 8, 2011

Irwin Reber Sutton

Irwin Reber Sutton, 87, of Roanoke Rapids, NC, died Monday, May 30, 2011, at Magnolia Gardens of Warrenton.
Mr. Sutton was born Aug. 20, 1923, in St. Clairsville, OH, the son of the late Ralph Sutton and Elizabeth Reber Sutton Dunlap. He was a World War II Air Force veteran and a member of the VFW. He was a 50-year member of Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge 4 A.F.&A.M. and a member of Rosemary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Francis Juanita Sutton of Roanoke Rapids; son Ralph Sutton (Bonnie), of King George; daughter Barbara Franklin of Raleigh, NC; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one stepson, Carroll Wayne Purks (Betty) of Rappahannock Academy; two stepdaughters, Cynthia P. Nichols (Gregory) of Roanoke Rapids and Sherry Purks of Las Cruces, NM; seven stepgrandchildren; and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.
The family received friends Thursday, June 2, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, where a Masonic service was held. The funeral was held Friday, June 3, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dennis Newton officiating. Entombment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolent Fund of Rosemary Baptist Church, 936 Jackson St., Roanoke Rapids, NC, 27870; or Potomac Baptist Church, 8103 Comorn Road, King George, VA, 22485-7128.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Audrey B. Redmond

Audrey B. Redmond, 45, of Spotsylvania County, formerly of Oak Grove, died Friday, May 27, 2011, at her residence.
She was employed as a program analyst for the Federal government for 21 years before retiring in 2008.
She is survived by her husband, Paul Redmond of Spotsylvania; one daughter, Brittany Redmond of Spotsylvania; her father, Milton Byrd of Oak Grove; and her sister, Lisa Byrd of Forestville, MD.
A funeral was held Friday, June 3, at Little Zion Baptist Church in Oak Grove, with the Rev. Earl Howerton officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Cedell Brooks Funeral Home of Port Royal, VA handled the arrangements.
Online guest book is at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Russell T. Endicott

Russell T. “Monk” Endicott, 71, of King George passed away Monday, May 30, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Russell was born in Grundy. He was an ironworker in the tri-state area. He loved golf as much as running wild and free.
Russell is survived by his children Pamela Ivey of King George, Lisa Ivey (Paul), of King George, Katherine Pipes (Fred), of Stephens City, Beverly Endicott of Thornburg, Joy Holcomb (Robert), of King George, Jeffery Endicott (Carlotta), of Paw Paw, WV, and Russell Endicott (Cynthia), of Middletown, MD; four brothers, Junior Endicott (Alma),  of Abingdon, Doug Endicott (Barbara),  of King George, Harold Endicott of King George, and Rondale Endicott (Donna), of Nokesville; a sister, Helen Shortridge (Fred),  of Tazewell; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Russell was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Souleyrette Endicott; a son, Eddie Endicott; and a sister, Lois Ann Coffee.
A memorial service was held  Saturday, June 4, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. Burial will be private.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Edna N. Wilkerson

Edna N. Wilkerson, 77, of Spotsylvania County went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 30, 2011.
Edna had retired from Marine Corps Base Quantico and was a member of Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Wilkerson; her father and mother, Jennings B. and Ethel N. West; a daughter, Patricia Diane Donovan; and great-grandchildren Brandon Luttrell, Logan Strother and Lance Strother.
Edna is survived by three daughters, Joan Eagle (Bobby),  of Spotsylvania, Ethel Johnson (Ray),  of King George and Teresa Payne (Kenny-Ray), of Spotsylvania; nine grandchildren, Wendy Luttrell, Melissa Hoskins, Michael Johnson, Larry Strother Jr., David Johnson, Richard Donovan Jr., Deanna Norton, Dakota McCauley and Montana Stuczynski; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Edna loved to work in her flower gardens, watching the hummingbirds, and spending time with her family and friends. She was a loving mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed.
A funeral was held Friday, June 3, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. R. Kenneth Brooks officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Shirley A. Middleton

Shirley A. Middleton of Colonial Beach went to sleep Sunday, May 29, 2011, surrounded by family, and now waits for the Second Coming of Christ.
Survivors include her loving husband, William S. Middleton Jr.; their son, Billy Middleton III; their daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jo and Michael Martineau; and beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A service was held at Carter Memorial Church, in Warsaw on Sunday, June 5.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Stephen Lee Gayle

Stephen Lee Gayle, 55, of Stafford County passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at his home, Killdeer Hill.
Steve was truly a gentle-spirited man, whose love of his fiancee and family heritage defined him. Preserving the integrity of his farm through a conservation easement was more important to him than monetary gain. His generous, caring spirit led him to a career as an EMT and as a lifetime volunteer member of the White Oak Volunteer Rescue Squad. He loved all animals and opened his home to every stray that was brought home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Frances Gayle; and a stepdaughter, Carla Rowley.
Survivors include his loving fiancee, Tina Bennett of the home and her son, William Joseph Bennett; his brother, John Robert Gayle (Rhmalda), of The Glebe, Stafford; one niece, Tara Gayle; two nephews, John Gayle Jr. and Derek Gayle; two special cousins, Elizabeth Pruett and Janet Gayle Harris; and numerous other cousins.
The family received friends Saturday, June 4, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A graveside service was held  Sunday, June 5, in the family cemetery at The Glebe, 1374 White Oak Road, Stafford County.
Memorial donations in his name may be made to White Oak Volunteer Rescue Squad, 535 White Oak Road, Fredericksburg, VA, 22405; or to the Fredericksburg Christian Health Center, 1129 Heatherstone Drive, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Rev. Dr. John H. McKay

The Rev. Dr. John H. McKay, 82, of Bowling Green died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Born Feb. 10, 1929, in Chesterfield County, Dr. McKay was a member of Zoar Baptist Church in Locust Grove. He retired in 2002 from Zoar Baptist Church, where he served as pastor for more than 14 years. He retired from the Department of the Navy in 1994, after nine years with the civil service as a secretary.
In his ministry of more than 50 years, he served churches in the counties of Caroline, Spotsylvania, Culpeper, Rappahannock, Hanover, Louisa, Henrico, Goochland and Orange.
A 1946 graduate of Thomas Dale High School in Chester, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond in 1959; a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC in 1964; a certificate of clinical pastoral education from the School of Pastoral Care at Bowman Gray School of Medicine and Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, NC, in 1967; and a doctorate from Fredericksburg Bible Institute and Seminary in 1983.
Dr. McKay was active in the ministry of gospel music during his career and after his retirement from the pastorate. He recorded his first album of gospel songs in 1994.
Survivors include his children, John H. McKay Jr. (Gretchen), of Abbottstown, PA, the Rev. Barbara M. Jacobs (Alan), of Spotsylvania, Sherry Pfenninger (Jerry),  of King George, Emily “Jeannie” Skebeck (Lenny), of Spotsylvania, and Pamela Williams (Michael),  of Winchester.
He is also survived by six grandchildren, Robin Jacobs, Joseph Skebeck, Jacob Skebeck, Makayla Williams, Kristen Carter and Danielle Carter; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Dr. McKay was preceded in death by his parents, Warren Lee McKay and Annie Springhill McKay; three sisters, Helen Allen, Mabel Coleman and Grace Nunnally; and three brothers, the Rev. Clyde McKay, the Rev. Richard McKay and the Rev. J. Lewis McKay.
The family received friends Friday, June 3, at Sylvania Heights Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, followed by the funeral service, with the Rev. Kenny Brooks officiating. Interment will be in Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery, in Locust Grove.

Lawrence J. Brown

Lawrence J. Brown of King George County passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2011.
His remains will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, June 14, at 2 p.m.
If you would like to be there, your presence would be most welcome and appreciated by the family.

Veronica Marie Wentzel

Veronica Marie Wentzel, 41, of King George County passed away Wednesday, June, 1, 2011, in Westmoreland County.
Veronica was a homemaker and attended King George Church of God.
She is survived by her husband, Duane Wentzel of King George; daughter India Thompson of King George; son Julius Johnson of Oregon; stepdaughter Lauren Wentzel of King George; sister Bonnie Pounders of Missouri; and parents Carmen Stradel and Jerry Westberry.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 11, at King George Church of God, with the Rev. Lance Bacon officiating.
Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

James E. Coates

James E. Coates, 79, of King George County passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
James was a retired ordnance man at NSWC Dahlgren, a U.S. Army veteran, a former member of Hanover Baptist Church in King George, a current member of Memorial Baptist Church in Port Royal, a lifelong member of the King George Volunteer Fire Department and was a former chairman of the King George Fall Festival.
James is survived by his wife, Lori J. Coates of King George; four children, Wanda Hernandez of Kingman, Ariz., Walter S. Coates and his significant other, Sarah Call, of King George, James E. Coates II (Tena),  of King George and Grace C. Lee (Tom), and her husband, Tom, of Coles Point; and seven grandchildren. James was preceded in death by his first wife, Amelia P. Coates.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 9, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Sherman Davis and the Rev. Mike Raphael officiating. Interment will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oak Grove.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to King George Fire and Rescue, Box 466, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Jeffery Alan Green

Jeffery Alan Green of Brookneal passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011, after a long battle with cancer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ezra and Jessie Green. He is survived by his wife, Linda Green of Brookneal; three children, Jeffery A. Fain of King George County, Nicole Gregory of Stafford County and Jeffery D. Green of Richmond; three stepchildren, Kristen and Victoria Jenkins of Brookneal and Andrew Mann of King George; two brothers, Michael Green (Rennie), of Appomattox and Steve Green (Ann), of King George; one sister, Lori Roberson (Lori),  of King George; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Tabernacle Baptist Church in King George at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 11.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the family may be sent to Wachovia Bank to an account for Linda Green.

Area Deaths - July 6, 2011

Roland M. Finney, Sr.

Roland M. Finney Sr., 78, of Fairview Beach in King George County passed away Monday, June 27, 2011, at Kindred Hospital in Richmond after a long illness.
Mr. Finney was a U.S. Navy veteran; a life member of VFW Post 3103 and a member of American Legion Post 290. He had worked for Robert B. Payne for many years and retired as the co-owner of Foster Fuel and Cool. He also remodeled and built homes for a number of years.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Hancy K. Finney; four children, Melvin R. Finney Jr. of Fairview Beach, Dorothy Mae Keaton (Carlos), of Fauquier County, Alvin Dale Finney of White Oak and Tracy Lee Finney of Fairview Beach; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Edith W. Shelton of Fredericksburg, Anna O. Finney of Quantico, Helen M. Wingo (Louie),  of Florida and Virginia F. Garner (Bobby),  of King George; two brothers, Charles R. Finney (Pauline), of Spotsylvania County and William L. Finney (Marion), of Stafford County; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Elsie Finney; and two sisters, Mary E. Tingler and Celesta M. Powell.
A funeral was held Friday, July 1, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. R. Kenneth Brooks officiating. Interment with military honors followed  in Quantico National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to King George Fire and Rescue, 8122 Kings Highway, King George, VA. 22485 or to Fairview Beach Erosion Fund, Box 183, King George, VA. 22485.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Gladys Newman

Gladys Newman, 48, of Colonial Beach died June 29, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Services will be held at noon Thursday, July 7, at New Monrovia Baptist Church, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. McDowney officiating. A viewing will be from 10 a.m. to noon.
Arrangements by Lee Funeral Home, King George.

Susan J. Barrett

Susan J. Barrett, 58, of King George County passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at her residence.
Mrs. Barrett was a member of Falmouth Baptist Church. She was an LPN graduate of Fredericksburg School of Nursing and had worked for 20 years at Woodmont. Her most enjoyable time nursing was for Dr. Ryan Anderson at Pratt Medical Center. She was also a member of VFW 3103 Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include her husband, George E. Barrett; her daughter, Crystal Barrett-Weeks of King George; her son, Gene Barrett (Lisa), of Oak Grove; her six grandchildren, Katie, Brittany, Summer, Mason, Bret and Damion; her brother, Phillip Teter of Fredericksburg; her sister, Sandra Weaver of Warrenton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Joy Teter; and a brother, Michael Teter.
A gathering of family and friends was held Saturday, July 2, at the Covenant Funeral Home chapel in Fredericksburg, with Mr. Dalton Mallory offering the eulogy. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Eugene P. Pooley

Eugene P. Pooley, 82, of Colonial Beach died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Mr. Pooley was cremated.
Lee Funeral Home, King George, is handling arrangements.

Clara Ashton Purdue

Clara Ashton Purdue, 82, of Colonial Beach died Monday, June 27, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
A funeral was held Tuesday, July 5, at First Baptist Church, Colonial Beach.
Arrangements are by Lee Funeral Home.

Helen C. Okrasinski

Helen C. Okrasinski, 91, of Colonial Beach passed away Thursday, June 30, 2011, in Colonial Beach.
Born in Irvington, NJ, Mrs. Okrasinski was a homemaker and a former receptionist and co-owner of a family business with her late husband, Stanley Okrasinski, in Newark, NJ. She was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Colonial Beach, where she was with the ECW, a thrift shop volunteer and a lay Eucharistic minister.
Helen is the widow of Stanley A. Okrasinski.
She is survived by a son, the Rev. Dr. Ron Okrasinski of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Colonial Beach, and his wife, Claudette, both of Colonial Beach; a sister, Adele Wichowski of Philadelphia, Pa.; a brother, Joseph Gorny of Stuart, Fla.; two grandchildren, Jeremy Okrasinski (Melissa),  of Fredericksburg, and Martha Okrasinski of Colonial Beach; and a great-granddaughter, Madeline Okrasinski of Fredericksburg.
She was preceded in death by her son Richard J. Okrasinski and her sister Lorraine Maiter.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 6, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Colonial Beach, with the Rt. Rev. David C. Jones, the Rev. Dr. Ron S. Okrasinski, the Rev. Kent Rahm and the Rev. Barbara Willis officiating. A reception will follow in the church parish hall. Burial will be private.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Memorial/Building Fund or to the Rectors Discretionary Fund, Box 420, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, is handling the arrangements.
Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

David Andrew Flemer, Sr.

David Andrew Flemer Sr., beloved husband of Alice Weir Flemer, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2011, at home in Ashburn.
He was the dear son of the late Lewis and Catherine Flemer; loving father of David Andrew Jr., Thomas Matthew and Samuel Marc; cherished grandfather of Grace Elizabeth, Nathaniel Thomas and Caitlyn Alexandra; and beloved brother of Lewis, Thomas, William and Susan.
David was born in Lancaster, PA. He grew up on the family farm, Walnut Hill in Oak Grove, VA. He attended Oak Grove High School and graduated from the College of William & Mary with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. He received his master’s in biology from the University of Richmond and his Ph.D. in zoology and aquatic ecology from Rutgers University.
A service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oak Grove at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, with the Rev. Dr. Christopher Agnew presiding. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with visitation in the church’s parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s, through the parish office at Box 177, Montross, VA, 22520, or to the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, in honor of Dr. Joseph Herman, Dr. Daniel Laheru and staff. Visit hopkinsmedicine.org/ kimmel_cancer_center for a giving form.
The family would like to thank the staff at Capital Caring Hospice for all of their care and support.
Leave online condolences at welchfuneralhomeva.com.

Mildred Lucille Lewko

Mildred Lucille Lewko, 80, of Colonial Beach died Sunday, July 3, 2011, in Spotsylvania County. Nash & Slaw Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Pansy Myrtle Lewis Kimble

Pansy Myrtle Lewis Kimble of Lorton, Woodbridge and King George County died Saturday, July 2, 2011.
Kimble Funeral Home of Franklin, W.Va., is handling the arrangements.

Area Deaths - June 1, 2011

Robert L. Ansel

Robert L. Ansel, 58 of King George County, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at Mary Washington Hospital after a short battle with cancer.
Bob was employed by The Anderson Company in Manassas, Virginia.
He was an avid hunter and a great outdoorsman.  His passions were hunting and golfing.
Bob also loved spending time with his Labs, Raven and Molly.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Jeanne Ansel, of the home; a son John Michael Ansel, daughter in law Jody and grandson, Tanner Gracien Ansel, all of Springfield, West Virginia.
A Celebration of Life was held, Tuesday, April 26, 2011 in Manassas, VA.  
Covenant Funeral Services in Fredericksburg handled the cremation services.

Virginia Owens Carrick

Virginia Owens Carrick, 85, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Fairfax County and Montross, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Carrick was the daughter of William C. and Maude Owens. She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Hope Chapter 73.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard E. Carrick; and her son, Richard E. Carrick Jr.
Survivors include her daughter, Claudia O. Soper and her husband, Cleve; her daughter-in-law, Sherry K. Carrick; special niece Jackie Partlow; several nephews; three grandchildren, Denise O. Campbell and her husband, Gary, Bryan S. Livesay and his wife, Tanya, and Matthew Carrick; and five great-grandchildren, Dustin Davies, Gary R. Campbell, Seth Campbell, Victoria Campbell and Ryleigh Livesay.
A service was held Friday, May 27, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Alton S. Owens

Alton S. Owens, 72, of Colonial Beach died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at his home. A memorial service will be held at noon, Saturday, June 4, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach. Online guest book is at nashandslawfh.com.

Sylvia Banks

Sylvia Virginia Banks, 76, of Colonial Beach passed away Monday, May 23, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Sylvia enjoyed and loved cats, painting and dancing. She was best known for her creation of Styrotown Colonial Beach.
Sylvia is survived by two daughters, Ronda Thomas and Kathy Banks; and two sons, Don Banks and Ronnie Skie. She also leaves behind numerous friends in Colonial Beach.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Gail.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be expressed to Sylvia’s family and friends at foundandsons.com.

Lawrence F. Banke

Mr. Lawrence F. Banke of Ocala, FL, formerly of Colonial Beach, passed away May 22, 2011, at the age of 87.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn A. Banke, and extended family and friends.
Mr. Banke was buried with military honors Friday, May 27, in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Bealeton.
Arrangements made by Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Ocala, and Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton.

William “Billy” Crawford

William “Billy” Crawford, 67, of Colonial Beach entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 16, 2011.
Billy was a mechanic and was retired from C&S Auto in King George County. He loved drag racing and could always strike up a conversation about cars.
Billy is survived by his wife, Mary Frances; two sons, David Crawford and his wife, Kelly, and Danny Crawford and his wife, Jessie; two stepdaughters, Frances Vaughan and Katie Collins and her husband, Patrick; two brothers, Richard Wilder and his wife, Brenda, and Larry Wilder and his wife, Tammy; two sisters, Amie Wilder and Dottie Sprouse and her husband, Larry; and several nieces and nephews. He also is survived by his special children, Scooter, Brutis, Cinnamon and Tux.
A memorial service was held Monday, May 30, at Colonial Beach Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Box 212, Colonial Beach, VA 22443; or Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, VA, 22443.
Online guest book can be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Douglas Wayne Minter, Jr.

Douglas Wayne “D.J.” Minter, Jr. of Fredericksburg passed away Sunday, May 29, 2011 at Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC.
He was a member of Montague Baptist Church and graduated from King George High School. He loved woodworking, cats, gardening, cooking and fishing. He was an avid NASCAR fan and loved riding his 4-wheeler.
Survivors include his parents, Douglas W. and Laura Madison Minter; his maternal grandparents, Peggy and William Madison; his paternal grandmother, Margaret Minter; his brother Daryl Minter; his aunt, Jenny Kulp and her husband, Gerald and several other aunts; uncles; cousins; and other relatives including an especially close cousin, J.B. Durrette; and many special friends.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A service will be at 2pm Thursday, June 2, 2011 in the funeral home Chapel, with the Rev. R. Kenneth Brooks officiating.  Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center Box 5216 Glen Allen, VA 23058 or to the American Lung Association 9702 Gayton Rd. #110 Richmond, VA 23238.
Online quest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Area Deaths - June 29, 2011

Rickey L. Lambert

Rickey L. Lambert, 58, of Stafford County entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 17, 2011, at his residence.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip E. and Blanche G. Lambert; a sister, Barbara A. Jackson; and a brother, Phillip E. Lambert.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte; two sons, Rickey J. Lambert (Dawn) and Joe L. Lee (Carillene), both of Stafford; three daughters, Talaya A. Lambert of Stafford, Shante N. Parker of Fairfax and Blanche Carter of Maryland; three brothers, Jessie J. Lambert (Darlene) of Westmoreland County, Tony W. Lambert of Stafford and Larry Lambert (Vanessa) of Stafford; and four sisters, Blanche G. Berryman (Jake) of Stafford, Gladys V. Lambert (Donald) of Stafford, Racheal Jackson (Vernell) of Spotsylvania County and Catherine R. Lambert of Opal.
A funeral was held Saturday, June 25, at A.L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home, Fredericksburg, VA. Burial was in the Bumbrey-Lee family cemetery, Stafford.
Online condolences may be expressed at albennettandsonfuneralhome.com.

Bertha Marrs Burgess

Bertha Marrs Burgess, 83, of Spotsylvania County passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She was born in Albermarle County on Oct. 28, 1927, to the late Russell Lee and Mary Gardner Marrs.
Mrs. Burgess was a member of Salem Baptist Church and enjoyed cooking, gardening and caring for children.
She was the widow of Harrison Lee Burgess. Mrs. Burgess was also preceded in death by daughter Katherine Burgess Monroe; and grandson William “Willie” Burgess.
Survivors include her son, Wayne Franklin Burgess (Charlene), of King George County; her daughter, Peggy Burgess Bryant of Spotsylvania; five grandchildren, Jake Burgess, Robert Monroe, Tracey Smith, Kim Dean and Jessica Hogan; nine great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Franklin H. Marrs and William A. “Billy” Marrs, both of Spotsylvania.
A funeral was held on Friday, June 24, at Covenant Funeral Service chapel, in Fredericksburg.
Burial followed in Salem Baptist Church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Dennis Charles Koenig

Douglas Charles Koenig, 67, of Spotsylvania County died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at his home.
Mr. Koenig retired as a master chief in the U.S. Navy. He also retired from EG&G Technical Services in Dahlgren.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine G. Koenig; two sons, Scott Koenig (Kimberly), of Dover, DE, and Jeffrey Koenig of Spotsylvania; two grandchildren, Kayla and Logan; and his brother, Mark Koenig of Woodhaven, MI.
A funeral was held Saturday, June 25, at Redeemer Lutheran Church. Interment followed in Laurel Hill Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA, 22407.
Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Allen Wayne Yates

Allen Wayne Yates, 57, of King George County died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Yates worked at McLane Mid-Atlantic and worked for R.L. Perkins Hauling and Excavating. He was an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his wife, Melody A. Yates, of King George; his three children, Allen W. Yates, II (Lisa), of Fredericksburg, Jamie L. Yates(Maria Dyson), of King George and Amber Nicole Yates, of King George; his parents, Grover Yates and Thelma Yates, of Stafford County; his brothers, George Yates, of Stafford, Jeff Yates, of Roanoke and Randall Yates, of Stafford; and his four grandchildren, Ashlee, Ethyn, Sofia and Zoe.
A service was held Monday, June 27 the Covenant Funeral home chapel, with burial in Stafford Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society c/o Trudy Clifton, 113 Tallpines Dr., Locust Grove, VA 22508.

George Leonard Jackson, Jr.

George Leonard “Cadillac Jack,” “Lying Jack,” “Smooth Jack” Jackson Jr. went home to be with Jesus on Monday, June 20, 2011.
George was born March 29, 1930, to Evelyn and George Jackson Sr. He graduated from Richmond County High School in Farnham.
He joined the U.S. Army and received an honorable medical discharge in 1951. Over the years, he was employed as a weapons engineer at Dahlgren Naval Weapons Center, a chauffeur for Mr. Mike Minor and a bartender at the Fredericksburg Country Club. After retirement, he spent many years providing noteworthy home improvement to many. He was a member of Top Cats (a men’s social club), the Masonic lodge of King George Chapter 314, and the Van Club.
George was raised in a Christian home, gave his life to Christ and became a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Downings. He married Lois E. Martin in 1952, and from this union three children were born: Francenia, Gregory and Thomasine Jackson. Prior to their marriage, Deborah Logan Parker was born.
In 1972 George married Emily M. Posey, who had three sons, Joseph, Gerald and Thessalonia Posey.
George was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Cornelius Milton and James Howard; one sister, Rosie Jackson; and one stepbrother, David Frazier.
George is survived by his wife, Emily M. Jackson of Colonial Beach; four children, Deborah Logan Parker of Dallas, TX, and Francenia D. Jackson-Claiborne (Horace), Gregory A. Jackson (Eva) and Thomasine A. Jackson-Clifton (Zachary), all of Fredericksburg; six siblings, Vernon A. Jackson of Baltimore, Christopher E. Jackson of Spotsylvania County, Calvin A. Jackson of NJ, Dunrue O. Wilson of TX, Erlene B. Jackson of Danville and Ida Hite of Richmond; a stepmother, Bessie F. Jackson of Richmond; three stepsons, Joseph D. Posey of MD, Gerald V. Posey of NC and Thessalonia Posey (Sandra) of Reston; one stepsister, Gail Jones; one stepbrother, George Frazier; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, June 28, at A. L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home, 200 Butternut Drive, Fredericksburg.
Online condolences may be expressed at albennettandsonfuneralhome.com.

Jane Ballard

Jane Ballard, 64, of Stafford County passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 4123.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Davis (Wallace),  of King George County and Angela Healy  (Barry), of Stafford; one son, Thomas Ballard Jr.  (Danielle),  of Spotsylvania County; eight grandchildren, Thomas, James and Ashley Davis, Brittany Ballard and Thomas Ballard III and Christopher, Bryan and Barry Healy; three great-grandchildren, Austin, McKenna and Madisyn; a sister, Doris Martin of Baltimore, Md.; a brother, Mark Pritt of Orange County; and her best friend, Elizabeth Franklin.
A service was held on Tuesday, June 28, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford, with burial following in Stafford Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be made at mullinsthompsonstafford.com
Stuart L. Shannon
Stuart L. Shannon, 67, of Aylett, formerly of Bowling Green, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at his home.
He had worked as a mechanical technician for many years for Fas Mart, Sheetz and finally Northwind Mechanical.
Survivors include his wife, Julie Shannon; two children, Sheila Jenkins of Fredericksburg and Stuart Shannon Jr. of Colonial Beach; three stepdaughters, Janet, Victoria and Lisa Byrd, all of Richmond; a brother, Richard Shannon of Kentucky; and a sister, Dot King of Colonial Beach.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 28, in the chapel of Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green.
Sign register book online at storkefuneralhome.com.

Homer James Preston

Homer James Preston, 90, died Friday, June 24, 2011.
Dr. Preston was a 31-year employee with the Dept. of Agriculture. After his retirement he did volunteer work in underdeveloped countries. He was a family man who served his country and was a Navy war veteran.
He was born June 5, 1921, the son of the late Florence Davies Preston Ludwick and Warren Preston. He was also preceded in death by brother Henry Preston and step-father Fred Ludwick.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Doris Stockton Preston of Virginia. He is also survived by his elder son, Warren Preston, his wife, Laura, and their daughter, Amanda; his daughter, Sherilyn Preston and partner Doug Descaro; and his younger son, Wayne Preston and wife Tara and children Allison and Tyler. He was loved by many, and his gentle soul and heart-warming smile will be dearly missed.
A chapel service was held at National Funeral Home, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, on Tuesday, June 28.
Donations may be made in Homer’s memory to American Veterans, amvets.org. or nationalfh-mp.com.

Merle B. Conard

Merle B. Conard, 90, of Berrien Center, MI, passed away at Lakeland Specialty Hospital in Berrien Center, on Saturday, June 25, 2011.
 Merle was born on March 20, 1921, in Cayuga, IN, the eldest child of Alfred and Dolly (Beaver) Conard.  
In spite of the Great Depression, he made it through the 8th grade, then had to leave school and work to help support the family.  He shoveled and hauled coal, labored in many occupations, and joined the Civil Conservation Corp to feed the family on $20 per month.
He was a master with his hands, could repair or gerry-rig about anything, and his unspoken motto was “I can do it”.  
He was a factory worker, painter, salesman, cabinet-maker, refrigeration engineer, and mechanical maintenance supervisor. Merle always found work, refused to take unemployment payments his entire life, and he taught his children a strong work ethic.
 He was drafted into the United States Army on August 23, 1944, and participated under fire in three Pacific beach landings (Okinawa, Saipan and Leyte).  As a heavy machine gunner, Merle was always on the front lines, and in one daring raid he and a buddy used explosive satchels to knock out a huge enemy gun that was firing at Navy ships.  He lost many companions in the landings and subsequent fierce fighting; he received the Purple Heart, along with other decorations for bravery.  He said many times with a laugh, “The Army did the work, and the Marines got the glory!”
 Merle loved to have fun, taking his family on wonderful swimming trips, and no fish was safe from his rod and reel.   He taught his children to fish, and loved to fish with them and with his dad. He made friends easily.
 He experienced a life-changing conversion when he heard Billy Graham preach on television, and for the rest of his life faithfully read the Bible, attended church as long as he was able, and spoke to everyone about his love for Jesus Christ.
 Merle is survived by two sons, William Wayne Conard (Ruth), of Rock Hill, SC, and Dennis Earl Conard (Jan), of Hemet, CA; two daughters, Brenda Sue Merkel (David) of Berrien Springs, MI, and Margaret Ann Poole (Glenn), of Benton Harbor, MI; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren, and a brother, Melvin Conard, of South Bend, IN.  
He is also survived by his first wife and mother of his children, Sarah Belle (Montague) Conard of Benton Harbor, MI.
 Three of the Conard brothers served simultaneously in WWII: Merle, Gerald and Howard.  Merle was preceded in death by two brothers, Gerald Conard, and Howard Conard, a medic, who died in battle three days before the armistice of WWII; and a sister Rhoda Koessler.
 Friends may call from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, June 30 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI.  
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10:00 AM Friday, July 1, at Oakridge Baptist Church, 766 Oakridge Dr., St. Joseph,  officiated by Rev. Dave Broome.
Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, Berrien Springs.  
Memorials may be made to Lakeland Auxiliary at Berrien Center, 6418 Dean’s Hill Road, Berrien Center, MI 49102 or Designed to be Pillars, P.O. Box 120494, St. Paul, MN 55112, web site www.designedtobepillars.org

Area Deaths - May 25, 2011

James Powell Jorgenson

James Powell Jorgenson, 57, died peacefully, Friday, May 20, 2011, at his home in Roanoke, VA.
Born December 19, 1953 in California, James was the son of the late John H. and Grace P. Jorgenson.
Jim is survived by his brothers, J. Harry Jorgenson (Patty), of Washington, DC and Lewis V. Jorgenson of Roanoke.  Lewis was James’ caregiver for the last 15 plus years.  
James is also survived by his sister Grace L. (Lori) Jorgenson Deem (Jack); nephew, Jack W. Deem, III and niece, Mayjean L. Deem, all of King George, VA.
Also missing Jim is his faithful dog, Homer.
Oakey’s Funeral Service & Crematory/East Chapel in Roanoke is handling the funeral arrangements.  
A memorial service will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, where his remains will be laid to rest along side his parents.
Online condolences may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and will be forwarded to her brothers.  
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Mitchell R. Embrey

Mitchell R. Embrey, 63, of Colonial Beach died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at his residence.
Mr. Embrey was a retired U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam. He was also retired from the Army National Guard.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Linda Embrey; a daughter, Melina Embrey; a son, Christopher Embrey; a sister, Mildred Embrey Brassart; three grandchildren, Shawn, Jesse and Aaron Stanley; and a nephew, Travis W. Brassart.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jasper Embrey; and his brother, Herby Embrey.
Services will be private.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

William Crawford

William “Billy” Crawford, 67, of Colonial Beach entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 16, 2011.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 30, at Colonial Beach Baptist Church. Burial will be private.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Beulah Frances Cornette

Beulah Frances Wentz Cornette, 96, of King George County died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at Westmoreland Health Care in Colonial Beach.
A longtime resident of Chesapeake, she had resided in King George for the past 24 years.
She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, its Women’s Missionary Union and AARP.
She was born July 3, 1914, in Portlock, Norfolk County. She was the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Annie Sawyer Wentz, and the widow of Joseph T. Cornette Sr.
She is survived by two sons, Joseph Thomas Cornette Jr. (Gloria), of Winnetka, CA, and John Steven Cornette (Vera) of King George; three grandchildren, Thomas Jeffrey Cornette of Camarillo, CA, Rodney Scott Cornette of West Hills, CA, and Stephanie Cornette of King George; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Doris Ballance of Coinjock, NC; and a brother, Benjamin Franklin Wentz of Suffolk.
A graveside service will be held at Rosewood Memorial Park, Virginia Beach at a later date.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George is handling arrangements.

Lucille Dodson Breeden

Lucille Dodson Breeden, 86, of Fredericksburg passed away Thursday, May 19, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She was a member of Spotswood Baptist Church in Spotsylvania County and the Spotswood Primetimers.
Lucille is survived by a son, Ronnie Bell of Spotsylvania; two daughters, Judy Boyle of King George County and Barbara Palmer of Chesterfield; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Audrey Seay of Orange County and Katherine Rider, formerly of Fredericksburg.
A visitation was held Tuesday, May 24, in Sunset Memorial Park, Fredericksburg, followed by a graveside service. The Rev. Jim Stone did officiate.
The family requests that contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Box 96011, Washington, DC, 20090-6011.
For an online obituary and guest book, visit johnsoncares.com.

Courtney Jordan

Courtney Jordan, 83, of Fairview Beach departed this life Saturday, April 9, 2011.
Corky was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Stephens Jordan. He is survived by his daughter, Virginia Trigger; granddaughter Leslee Tingle (Bruce); nephew Tim Ruppalt (Karen); and several nieces.
Courtney served during World War II in the Merchant Marine sailing on the renowned Liberty Ships. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was retired from the Baltimore City Fire Department and later again retired from Mary Washington College’s physical plant.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at Potomac Baptist Church, 8103 Comorn Road, King George.
Memorials may be made to Ring Dog Rescue, Box 28632, Richmond, VA,23228.

Neva Blanche Muse

Neva Blanche Wright Muse, 88, of Colonial Beach went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 21, 2011.
Mrs. Muse was the widow of Leonard Anadale Muse.
She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Oak Grove, and was a retired school teacher for the Westmoreland County school system.
She is survived by one son, Larry A. Muse (Ruth Ann), of Colonial Beach; one daughter, Janice M. Frye (Joseph), of Fredericksburg; three grandchildren, Daniel J. Frye (Darragh), of Richmond, John L. Frye of Colorado Springs, CO, and Meredyth L. Frye of Fredericksburg and Statesboro, GA.
The family received friends Tuesday, May 24, at the Montross Chapel of Welch Funeral Home, Montross.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lillian Pounds Dyer Educational Fund, c/o Oak Grove Baptist Church, 8096 Leedstown Road, Colonial Beach,VA, 22443.
Online condolences may be made at welchfuneralhomeva.com.

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