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Area Deaths - November 3, 2010

Sandra Lee Conway

Sandra Lee Conway, 66, of Montross died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond.
Mrs. Conway was a native of Richmond and a former resident of Fredericksburg. After moving to Westmoreland County she worked for over 14 years as the assistant director of parks and recreation for Westmoreland.
Survivors include her husband of almost 50 years, Bennie Lee Conway Jr.; two daughters, Wendy Lee Conway Fletcher (Jimmy), and Sandy Lee Conway Winkler (Bill), all of Spotsylvania; her son, Bennie Lee Conway III (Karen), of Colonial Beach; two granddaughters, Stacy Lee Fletcher and McKenzie Lee Conway; her sister, Virginia L. Cecil of Mechanicsville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Conway is also survived by her faithful four legged companion, Precious. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Carlton B. Tinsley and Marshall L. Tinsley.
A service was held on Friday, Oct. 29, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Clyde Coleman officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Isiah Randolph Norman

Isiah Randolph Norman, 86, of King George County, passed away on Oct. 25, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Isiah was born in King George on Oct. 28, 1923. He worked at NSWC, Dahlgren Division, for 40 years. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. He was predeceased by his parents, Ollie and Ida Norman.
He is survived by his wife, Natalie B. Norman; two daughters, Bernice Loraine Beverly (Donald), of King George, and Ruby Cassidy; one granddaughter, Donna Beverly, of Newport News; one stepson, Thomas Bundy (Jane), of Columbia, Md.; and one stepdaughter, Cheryl Lomax (Theodore), of Massaponax.
A funeral was held Oct. 30, at Antioch Baptist Church, with Minister Wayne D. Upson officiating. The Rev. Joseph E. Toliver will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Lee Funeral Home, King George.

Wanda C. Owens

Wanda C. Owens, 70, passed away Oct. 12, 2010.
She was born in Spotsylvania County on Feb. 23, 1940. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, James.
She is survived by her daughters Brenda Ethington (Stanley), and Rhonda Lariviere (Rich); her brother, Curtis Norman Marshall (Mary); her grandchildren, Mike McClelland (Michelle), Nick McClelland, Samantha Long (Brandon), Marc McClelland and Richard David Lariviere; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at Potomac Baptist Church, King George. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, in Arlington National Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to either AMVETS or Vietnam Vets.
Local arrangements are by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
Guestbook may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Lawrence Harry Harris, Sr.

Lawrence Harry “Larry” Harris Sr., 88, of Fredericksburg died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Harris retired from the United States Army after 20 years of service. He was a combat veteran of World War II, a recipient of a Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge and a Korean War veteran. He continued to serve until his retirement from civil service with the Army at the Pentagon and the Navy Space Command at Dahlgren. Mr. Harris received the Army Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Award from the Department of Defense in recognition of contributions he made to the United States government and the armed forces. He was a talented artist and illustrator.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Barbara Louise Walsh Harris; eight children, Larry Harris Jr. (Katherine), of Hamilton, MA,  Helen Lee Harris Johnson (Barry Wayne), of Stafford County, Bobbie Ann Canter (Mark Alan), of Stafford, John Rex Harris (Cathy),  of Hartwood, Dorothy May Limbrick of Vienna, Marjorie Hope Day (Warren, Jr.), of Colonial Beach, Thomas Lee Harris of Woburn, MA, and Charles Stanley Harris of Colonial Beach; 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Quantico National Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Lavoie officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Attn: Donor Services, 7020 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville, Fla. 32256.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Mary Washington Hospital emergency staff, ICU unit staff and all those who cared for him. A special thank you is also extended to Dr. Lee Berlad, Dr. Henry Clemo and all the other doctors who so graciously gave of their services.
Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Mary Evelyn Darley

Mary Evelyn Darley, 100, of Colonial Beach passed away Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She was born and resided in Alexandria where she raised her family, later moving to Colonial Beach. Evelyn maintained her own home in Colonial Beach until her 90s, living with her grandson, James Boaz.
She is the widow of William F. Darley.
She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Clift of King George County and Evelyn Brown of Spotsylvania County; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandson. Evelyn was preceded in death by five children, Elizabeth, Billy, Butch and Carroll Darley and Norma Bright.
A funeral was held Monday, Nov. 1, at the chapel of Mount Comfort Cemetery, Alexandria, with the Rev. Michael Finn-McKenzie officiating.
Contributions may be made to Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Andrew W. Johnson

Andrew W. Johnson, 57, of King George County passed away Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Andrew was born in Sharon, Pa. He was a longtime employee of RCCI and was currently employed by Perry Engineering Inc. as a heavy equipment operator. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, best friend and soul mate, Susan C. Johnson, of the home; two sons, Steven A. Johnson (Tiffani), of White Plains, MD, and Gregory A. Johnson of Springfield; three stepchildren, Gene Holder (Kaye), of Heth, AR, Angela Thornhill of Amory, MS, and Johnny Box (Missy), of Amory; a sister, Karen Lichti (Richard), of Holland, MI; and numerous grandchildren. Andrew was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
A celebration of life and gathering will be held at a later date.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Carroll Jones, Jr.

Carroll “Rusty” Jones Jr., 82, of Ebb Tide Beach died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, at his residence.
Mr. Jones was retired from the Metrobus system after 38 years of service. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America, was a former member of the Moose Lodge of Fairfax County and Colonial Beach, and was a director with the Ebb Tide Beach Association.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy T. Jones; three children, Stephen T. Jones of Fairfax, Carol I. Camp of Leesburg and William E. Jones of Culpeper; two stepchildren, N. Gayle King of Ashburn and Mike Tompkins of King George; a sister, Helen Bunting of Iowa; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Johnny Almond officiating. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to the start of the service. Interment will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, in Union Cemetery, Leesburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book available to nashandslawfh.com.

Area Deaths - October 27, 2010

Ruth Madoline Bickel

Ruth Madoline Bickel, 82, of Frederick, Md., formerly of Colonial Beach, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010. She was born Ruth Madoline Taylor in Washington, D.C.
Ruth was the loving and devoted wife of Robert W. Bickel, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War; the proud and devoted mother of Karl W. Bickel of Monrovia, MD, retired Lt. Cmdr. Kevin J. Bickel of Ashburn, Keith W. Bickel of Frederick and Kirk Bickel of Gaithersburg, MD; proud and devoted grandmother of U.S. Marine Corps veteran Brian M. Bickel of Warfordsburg, PA, Darren L. Bickel of Ashburn, Christopher W. Bickel, a disabled USMC veteran of the Iraq war, of Frederick, USMC Cpl. Jared L. Bickel, currently serving in the Pacific, Lindsey M. Bickel of Frederick and Brett M. Bickel of Monrovia, MD; proud and devoted mother-in-law of Robin B. Bickel of Frederick, Bernardene Bickel of Ashburn and Teresa A. Bickel of Damascus, MD; loving sister of Raymond Robertson, a USN veteran, of Charlotte, NC, and Mary Jane DeVaughn of Fredericksburg; and a loving sister-in-law, Kathleen Ruble, of New Cumberland, PA.  She was preceded in death by her grandson, Ryan J. Bickel and her brother, Thomas Jerman.
After their marriage, Ruth and Robert raised their family in Kensington, MD, and shared retirement years in Colonial Beach and Fort Myer, FL. They later settled in Frederick.
A visitation was held Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the Chapel Mausoleum of Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 9501 U.S. Route 15 N., Frederick, with the funeral Wednesday, Oct. 20. A foot procession followed the service to the Veterans Garden of Honor II for interment.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, Box 1799, Frederick, Md. 21702, or to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org).

Larry Eugene Huffman

Larry Eugene Huffman Sr., 66, of Colonial Beach passed away Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010, at VCU Medical Center.
Larry was born in Anderson, Ind., and retired after 34 years as a computer specialist for the information management department at Pax River. After retiring, he worked for Burch Oil of Solomons Island., Md.
He was a member of American Legion Post 148 Colonial Beach, and enjoyed fishing, boating, camping and spending time with his family.
Larry is survived by his wife, the love of his life for 44 years, Lois “Judy” Weeks Huffman of the home; a son, Larry Huffman Jr. and his wife, Amanda; a daughter, Melissa Rumble; a sister, Nancy Lou Huffman of Texas; his grandchildren, Stephen Dettmer Jr., Shyla Rumble, Larry Huffman III, and Emma and Ava Huffman; a niece, Marcia Bartlett of Texas; his nephews and their spouses, Gerald and Jean Davis, Wayne Huffman and Earl and Helen Huffman of Indiana.
Larry was predeceased by his parents, Donald and Genevieve Huffman.
Larry’s service will be private.
In memory of Larry, donations may be made to Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guestbook may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Lisa Marie Daugherty

Lisa Marie Daugherty, 30, of Colonial Beach passed away Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. Lisa is survived by her husband, a daughter, her father and her grandparents.
A graveside service was heldMonday, Oct. 25, 2010, in Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens, King George.
Online guestbook may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Elise Huddleston

Elise “Chick” Huddleston, 89, of King George County died Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at her residence.
She was a member of Rebecca Lodge Victory No. 12 and the Silver Star Rebecca Lodge, and past state president of the Retired Officers Ladies Association in Arizona.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, John; a daughter, June Huddleston of Levean, Ariz.; three sons, Thomas Huddleston of Richmond, Jerry Huddleston of Glen Allen and Robert Huddleston of Midlothian; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lilian Lufsey of Richmond.
The family received friends Monday, Oct. 25, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel. A funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tuesday, Oct. 26, followed by the burial in Westhampton Memorial Park, Richmond, Va.
Memorials may be made in her name to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Park way, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407, or to King George Rescue Squad.
Online condolences may be made at mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com.

Carolyn Hathcock

Carolyn Hathcock, 55, of Colonial Beach passed away Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at her residence.
Carolyn was an active member of the Montross Rescue Squad and the Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department.
She is survived by her mother, Irene V. Davis of the home; a sister, Brenda Hartshorn and her husband, Rich, of Morganton, GA; a niece, Lauren Howell of Centreville; two nephews, Jonathan Savin of Manassas and Brad Savin of Charlotte, NC; and a great-niece, Saphia Howell of Centreville.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Richard Headley officiating. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Dept., Box 159, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443 or to the Montross Rescue Squad, 72 Lyells St., Montross, Va. 22520.
Online guestbook may be signed at nashandslawfh. com.

Teresa Vaughn Carr

Teresa Vaughn Carr, 83, of Fredericksburg, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at her residence.
Mrs. Carr was a member of Woodland United Methodist Church in Culpeper, and attended Fredericksburg Baptist Church. She was a member of the Fredericksburg Country Club, an avid golfer, and enjoyed bowling and gardening.
Mrs. Carr was preceded in death by her husband, Hiter D. Carr; and her sister, Ann Watts.
Survivors include her daughters, Terry Carr Robinson and her husband, Scott, of Ninety Six, S.C., Donna Carr Meagher and her husband, Tom, of Dallas, Texas, and Jane Carr Spearbeck and her husband, Ned, of La Plata, Md.; her sister, Jean Burke of King George; four grandchildren, Janice Spearbeck, Taylor Meagher, Kimberly Schoch, and Danielle Voss; and four great-grandchildren, Jacob Schoch, Colby Voss, Jensen Schoch, and Camryn Voss.
The family would like to thank several people who have supported the family throughout the years, Charlene Gondal, Dr. Patrick McManus, Mary Beth Reckmeyer of the Senior Care Center at Mary Washington Healthcare, and Mary Washington Home Health and Hospice.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. J. Larry Haun officiating. Entombment will follow in the cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Alzheimer’s Association, 2217 Princess Anne St., Suite 106-1F, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401 and Mary Washington Home Health and Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Online guestbook at covenantfuneralservice.com

Area Deaths - October 20, 2010

Reba Jean Hart

Reba Jean Hart, 67, of King George County peacefully passed away Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at her home.
Reba retired from CSC, a government contractor at Naval Surface Warfare Center-Dahlgren.
She is survived by her husband, Robert A. Hart of the home; two sons; Tom Hart (Shelbi), of California, and Keith Hart (Lori), of King & Queen County; a sister, Becky Powell of North Carolina; two grandchildren, Ashlynn and Kristina Hart; a brother- and sister-in-law, John and Rosie Hart of Woodbridge and a special friend, Norajane Donaldson.
A funeral was held on Friday, Oct. 15, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Richard Headley officiating. Interment followed in Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens, King George.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Barbara Ann Conley

Barbara Ann Conley, 57, formerly of King George County, went home to be with the Lord at 12:32 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at UVA Medical Center.
She was born July 8, 1953, in Fredericksburg, to Hurley and Beulah Medley. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister Helen Weeks.
Survivors include her children, Earl J. Conley II, Maria L. Walacavicz, Curtis L. Conley and Harry R. Violet III, whom she raised as her son; 20 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three brothers, James Fox, Charlie Fox and Steve Medley Sr.; and two sisters, Shelby Sanders and Jeannette Elswick.
She also left behind her children’s father, best friend and ex-husband, Earl J. Conley Sr., and many other family members.
A funeral celebrating her life was held Friday, Oct. 15, at Mine Road Baptist Church, on Post Oak Road in Spotsylvania. Burial followed in Stafford Memorial Park. Pastor Ray Farrow will be officiating.
She will be greatly missed and was loved by all who knew her.
Please make donations to The Relay for Life at the American Cancer Society in Barbara Conley’s name to 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, Va. 23060.

Maude Lillian Bullock

Maude Lillian Bullock, 95, of Sealston died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at her residence.
Survivors include several cousins, nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in Oak Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to King George Fire and Rescue, 8122 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Lillian Mildred Barr

Lillian Mildred Barr, 92, of Colonial Beach, formerly of Dale City, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at Westmoreland Rehabilitation Center, Colonial Beach.
Lillian was the widow of Glen O. Barr. She is survived by two sons, John Barr of Stephens City and Fred Barr of Fredericksburg; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Lillian was predeceased by her daughters, Rosemary Barr and Joyce Barr Bayuvick; and a granddaughter, Sharon Barr Desmuke.
A funeral was held Saturday, Oct. 16, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach. Interment was on Monday, Oct. 18, in Harmony Cemetery, Burton, W.Va.
Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen For the Cure, Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Franklin E. Johnson

Franklin E. Johnson, 61, of Fredericksburg, formerly of King George County, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Vernice Johnson; two daughters, TaVonia and Tangela Johnson; one sister, Erica Johnson; and three brothers, Milton, Harold and Anthony Johnson.
A funeral was held Monday, Oct. 18, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, with the Rev. Leonard G. Bland officiating. Burial was in Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

MSGT Bobby J. Lockard

Master Sergeant Bobby J. Lockard, 79, of King George died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at his residence.
Master Sgt. Lockard started his military career in 1946, serving with the occupational forces in Japan. He served in Korea and is a survivor of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. After returning from Vietnam, he retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1971. He was a valiant Marine and his family is proud of his service.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Roberta M. Lockard; his sons, Lloyd A. Lockard, Robert P. Lockard, M. Shawn Lockard and Matthew P. Lockard; his daughter, Shannon M. Williamson; his grandchildren, Devin C. Lockard, Derek D. Williamson, Lance E. Williamson, Tyler C. Williamson, Michael C. Lockard and Alaina E. Cotton; and his great-granddaughter, Elise Cotton.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel at the National Museum of the Marine Corps with the Rev. Peyton Wilshire officiating. Interment will follow in Quantico National Cemetery with full honors. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, Box 179, Fredericksburg, Va. 22404.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Elinor V. Inscoe

Elinor Victoria Tate Inscoe, 88, of Colonial Beach passed away on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010 at Mary Washington Hospital.
Elinor began working at the Naval Proving Ground on the gun line as a data recorder.  She had a 25 year career working in the data recording and processing division reducing data on many of the gun weapon systems at the Dahlgren base.
Elinor was very active in her community throughout her life.  She was the organist at Grace United Methodist Church for 65 years and served as the church treasurer for thirty plus years.  Elinor also enjoyed working on the church history.
She was born January 1, 1922 at her home in Rollins Fork.  She was proceeded in death by her loving husband, Ed Inscoe, her brother Bill Tate and her parents, Willie and Mamie Tate.
She is survived by her brother Alvin R. Tate, her sister-in-law Helen Tate and her two children, Robert and Alan Tate, and their families.
She is also survived by her sister-in-saw Eula Mae Tate and her five children Ellen Marshall, Ann Tate Vicki Tate, Bonnie Neal and Alvin W. Tate and their families.  She is survived by her nieces and nephews including Mildred Rollins, Arlene Lily, Eddie Winfield, Lynda Doherty, Pat Apperson, and Ralph Logan and their families.  She is also survived by her dearest friends Ruth Worrell and Mary Groves.  
Elinor left behind six grand nieces and nephews and seven great grand nieces and nephews.  She leaves behind her cherished church family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in Colonial Beach.  The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Grace Methodist Church in Rollins Fork, VA with interment to follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Grace Methodist Church Cemetery Fund or to the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad or Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Dept.

Elmer Callie Putnam

Elmer Callie Putnam, 81, of Milford died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at his home.
He was born Dec. 4, 1928, in Richmond, a son of the late Callie Lee Putnam and Earnie Payne Putnam. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy E. Putnam, and a daughter, Linda Bolton.
He served in the U.S. Army until he was honorably discharged in 1956. He worked as a farm manager and construction superintendent for many years, until he and his wife began operating a nursing home in Jeffersonton, until their retirement.
He is survived by his children, Murdock Putnam of Milford, Brenda G. Putnam of Raleigh, NC, Charles D. Bolton Jr. of King George County and James H. Bolton of Orlean; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family received friends Friday, Oct. 15, at Moser Funeral Home, in Warrenton.  A funeral service was held on  Oct. 16, and interment followed in Orlean Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 3302 Bourbon St., No. 2, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408.
Online condolences may be made at moserfuneralhome.com.

Area Deaths - October 13, 2010

Katherine Heinbaugh

Katherine Heinbaugh, 68 passed away Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at Mary Washington Hospital.
She retired from Spotsylvania County in July 2004 after 26 years of service.
Katherine is survived by three daughters, Teresa Stailey(David), of King George County, Debbie Rodgers(Leonard), and Jeanie Medley(Larry), all of Spotsylvania County; two sons, Ricky Heinbaugh(Donna), and Ray Heinbaugh(Andrea), all of Spotsylvania; a brother, Gordon Weeks, Jr. of Fredericksburg; a sister, Christine Gayle of Manassas; 13 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her long time companion, Ronald (Jake) Gordon.
A funeral service was held Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels-Cremation Service, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg.  with the Rev. Ray Farrow officiating.  Interment followed in Meadow Brooke Memorial Gardens, King George.  
Katherine’s family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Mine Road Baptist Church Youth Missions Fund, 11111 Post Oak  Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22551.
Online condolences may be expressed at foundandsons.com.

Della Thomas Mullin

Della Thomas Mullin, 92, of Colonial Beach passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at Westmoreland Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in Arlington to Naomi Pickett Thomas and Jesse Thomas.
Predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Vincent Mullin, she is survived by her children, Helen Mullin Kondra of Greer, S.C., and George Wayne Mullin of Gainesville.
She was blessed with six grandchildren, Maureen Cirbee Yadgood, Stephen Cirbee, Jeneanne Cirbee Busche, Cheryl Mullin Mazzei, Scot Mullin and Thomas Cirbee, who predeceased her. They were her “pride and joy.” She also found delight in her 17 great-grandchildren. In addition, she leaves behind a dear friend and caregiver, Mary Kay Turner of Colonial Beach.
A resident of Colonial Beach since 1961, Mrs. Mullin was very active in the community, both in the Citizen Association and Taxpayer Association. She was devoted to both the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad and the Colonia Beach Fire Department, serving as a life member of both organizations.
She had the distinction of riding for one or another of these organizations in every Potomac River Festival Firemen’s Parade since 1968.
Prior to working with her husband in their Colonial Beach business, Mullin Real Estate, Mrs. Mullin worked at Burton Ford in Montross. During World War II, she owned and operated Clarendon Beauty Salon in Arlington.
The family received friends at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in Colonial Beach. A graveside service was held at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington.
An expression of sympathy may be made in the form of a contribution to either the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad or Colonial Beach Fire Department.
Online guest book may be signed nashandslawfh.com.

William Joseph Hiller, Jr.

William Joseph “Bill” Hiller Jr. 66, of Colonial Beach passed away Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at his home.
Bill was a retired engineer with the U.S. government and a member of Westmoreland Independent Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Erdene D. Hiller, of the home; two daughters, Deborah Hiller of Colonial Beach and Angelia McGrady of Hamlin, W.Va.; two sons, William R. Hiller of Arizona and Jeffrey Davis of Colonial Beach; 10 grandchildren, Billy, Hannah and Erdene Hiller, Jeffrey, Kyle, Jamie, Chasity and Shannon Davis, and Ryan and Andrew McGrady; and two great-grandchildren.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William J. and Helga Hiller; and his daughters Naomi and Sharon Hiller.
A funeral was held Saturday, Oct. 9, at Westmoreland Independent Baptist Church, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Robert Warnick officiating. Interment followed in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Oak Grove.
Contributions may be made to Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443, or the Colonial Beach Fire Department, Box 212, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh .com.

Ralph William Bishop

Ralph William Bishop, 85, of King George County, formerly of Baltimore, Md., died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at his home.
Mr. Bishop was a retired U.S. Coast Guard employee with 36 years of service. He was a Mason, a member of Hanover Baptist Church in King George, and Moose Lodge, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, all of Colonial Beach. Ralph also liked to hunt.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Lee Bishop, of the home; and a daughter, Lynn Bishop, of the home. He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
A funeral was held Sun., Oct. 10, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Rick Crookshank officiating. Interment followed in Hanover Baptist cemetery, King George.
Donations in his memory may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Online guest book may be signed nashandslawfh.com.

Lewis Rollins

Lewis Rollins, 90, of Fredericksburg died Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, at his home.
Mr. Rollins retired from the U.S. Naval Weapons Laboratory, Dahlgren, as a supervisor in the Ordinance Department after 35 years of service. Following his retirement, he worked at Liebenow’s Hardware and the Fredericksburg Auto Auction until the age of 86.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Margaret Rollins; two daughters, Betty Lou Nininger(Elgin),  and Delores McCants(Thomas); five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family would like to convey a special “Thanks” to Dr. Dong Lee, to Mary Washington Hospice and to Comfort Keepers.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family asks that memorials be made in Lewis’ name to Mary Washington Hospice.
Friends may offer online condolences at mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com.

Area Deaths - October 6, 2010

Louise Reed Durham

Louise Reed Durham, 83, of Spotsylvania County died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Carriage Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Ms. Durham was a lifelong member of Mine Road Baptist Church. She had retired as an L.P.N. and had worked with Continued Home Care Nursing.
Survivors include her sons, Durwood E. Durham(Gail), of King George County and Duane Durham(Neena), of Spotsylvania; her daughter and her primary caregiver, Debbie J. Durham, who shared her mother’s home in Spotsylvania; her grandchildren, Elizabeth and Kathryn Durham; her sister Lily Margaret Hitch of Camp Hill, Pa.; and her stepgrandchildren, Sandra Furr of Spotsylvania and Ronald Samuel of King George.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Durham, and her brothers, Bernard Evans Dickinson and James G. Dickinson.
A service was held Saturday, Oct. 2, at Mine Road Baptist Church with the Rev. James Eure and the Rev. Ray Farrow officiating. Burial will follow in Mine Road Baptist Church cemetery. Pallbearers were Buck Acors, Ronnie Acors, Mark Lane, Jeff Lane, Frankie Claypoole, T.C. Waddy, Lester Poeitiger, and Lindsey Durham.
Memorials may be made to Mine Road Baptist Church Building Fund, Box 11111, Post Oak Road, Spotsylvania, Va. 22551.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Vicki Lynn Harris

Vicki Lynn Harris, 55, of King George County passed away Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010.
She is survived by two daughters, her father, one sister and one brother, and one granddaughter. A private memorial service will be held at a later date in West Virginia.
Arrangements are by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
Online guest book is available at nashlandslawfh.com.

Elmer Wilson Tyler

Elmer Wilson “Pop” Tyler, 74, of King George County died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at Southern Maryland Hospital in Clinton, Md., as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Mr. Tyler was born in King George on March 25, 1936. He was predeceased by his parents, Mrs. Maggie Williams and Mr. Sammy Jordan; his stepfather, Mr. William P. Williams; four sisters, Ms. Mary Tyler, Mrs. Frances Johnson, Ms. Josephine Cherry and Ms. Earlene Shellings; and one brother, Mr. Earl Williams.
Elmore graduated from Ralph Bunche High School, and retired a master sergeant from the U.S. Army after 25 years. He later retired a second time from the Department of the Treasury.
Mr. Tyler was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church. He also was a member of American Legion Post 329, and was active in political and civic organizations.
Survivors include one daughter; brothers Clyde Tyler, William C. Williams Sr., Vernon Williams, Ralph Williams and Wayne Williams; sisters Phyllis Johnson, Christine D. Johnson and Lorraine Peyton; one granddaughter; God-children Alicia Johnson, Keshaun Williams and Rowland Tolliver II; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
The family received friends from Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Good Hope Baptist Church, King George. The family will also receive friends Oct. 6 from 10 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the service.
Services will be held at Little Ark Baptist Church, Owens, on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at noon. His pastor, the Rev. Robert Williams, Good Hope Baptist Church, will deliver the eulogy. Interment will follow in Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens, King George.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Ralph Bunche Alumni Association, Box 1175, King George, Va. 22485.
Lee Funeral Home of King George is handling the arrangements.

Della Thomas Mullin

Della Thomas Mullin, 92, of Colonial Beach passed away Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at Westmoreland Rehabilitation Center.
She was born in Arlington to Naomi Pickett Thomas and Jesse Thomas.
Predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Vincent Mullin, she is survived by her children, Helen Mullin Kondra of Greer, S.C., and George Wayne Mullin of Gainesville.
She was blessed with six grandchildren, Maureen Cirbee Yadgood, Stephen Cirbee, Jeneanne Cirbee Busche, Cheryl Mullin Mazzei, Scot Mullin and Thomas Cirbee, who predeceased her. They were her “pride and joy.” She also found delight in her 17 great-grandchildren. In addition, she leaves behind a dear friend and caregiver, Mary Kay Turner of Colonial Beach.
A resident of Colonial Beach since 1961, Mrs. Mullin was very active in the community, both in the Citizen Association and Taxpayer Association. She was devoted to both the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad and the Colonia Beach Fire Department, serving as a life member of both organizations.
She had the distinction of riding for one or another of these organizations in every Potomac River Festival Firemen’s Parade since 1968.
Prior to working with her husband in their Colonial Beach business, Mullin Real Estate, Mrs. Mullin worked at Burton Ford in Montross. During World War II, she owned and operated Clarendon Beauty Salon in Arlington.
The family will receive friends at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in Colonial Beach on Thursday from 2 to 4 p,m. and 6 to 7 p.m. A graveside service will be held at Columbia Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington on Friday at noon.
An expression of sympathy may be made in the form of a contribution to either the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad or Colonial Beach Fire Department.
Online guest book may be signed nashandslawfh.com.

Ralph I. Merrill, Sr.

Ralph Isamel Merrill, Sr., 92, of Colonial Beach, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Wilburn Gardens in Fredericksburg, VA.
He was born in Beaufort, NC, on Dec. 21, 1917, the son of the late Willbert J. and Mary Lewis Merrill.
Ralph was a member of Groveton Baptist Church in Alexandria and active in many civic and church organizations.  He was a member of Penn Daw VFRS and served as their captain in Alexandria.  He was a member of the BSA and Scout Master of Troop 693.  He became a member of Henry Knox Field Lodge 349 in Potomac in September 1954.
He was past Worshipful Master and honorary member of Mt. Vernon Lodge 219.  He helped charter Mount Vernon 178 Order of the Eastern Star.  He was Past Grand Tall Cedar of Lebanon Forest 136 in Alexandria; past Worshipful Master of Landman Lodge 293 in Montross; District Grand Master of the 9th Masonic District in 1986-87; High Priest of RAM in 1987; member of Scottish Rite; Acca Shrine and the Rappatomac Shrine Club and drove his mini car in area parades.
He belonged to the Old DominionCommandary in Woodbridge 11 SKT Knights Templar in Woodbridge; and member of Wakefield 77 Order of the Eastern Star, Colonial Beach.
He belonged to AARP in King George County and was an active member in the Senior Citizens of Colonial Beach, where he delivered meals for many years.
Ralph was preceded in death by his brother, Wilbur L.B. Merrill, who passed away in 2006; and his sister, Lucille Dickerson, who passed away on Sept. 27, 2010.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Dollie L. Merrill, of Colonial Beach.  Other survivors include his son and caregiver, Ralph Merrill, Jr.; daughter, Loyce Richards; granddaughters Paige Ferguson and Tracy Garcia; grand sons Larry Swain and Scott Swain; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
Ralph liked living in Colonial Beach where he enjoyed friends, gardening and fishing.  His garden was especially known by folks for its bounty and his generosity in sharing the vegetables.
At his request, burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributons may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church, Oak Grove.
Arrangements are being handled by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in Colonial Beach.

Area Deaths - September 1, 2010

Rubynette Campbell Sanford

Rubynette Campbell Sanford, 86, of Montross, widow of Milton Sanford, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010.
She was retired stenographer for the Cooperative Extensive Service, and a member of Currioman Baptist Church, where she served as clerk for 45 years, church historian, a Sunday school teacher and various other committees.
Mrs. Sanford is survived by a son, Frankie Sanford (Patsy) of Bracey; and three brothers, Preston Campbell (Yvonne) of Ocean City, Md., Wallace Campbell(Barbara) of Southern, and Gilbert Campbell (Shirley) of Daytona Beach, Fla. She is also survived by a granddaughter, Sheila Sanford(Douglas); two great-grandchildren, Leah Hall(Justin) and Brandee Jones (Jeff); and four great-grandchildren, Blake Hall, Tarryn Hall, Carter Hall and Jackson Jones.
Also surviving is close friend and sister-in-law, Ruby Campbell.
A funeral was held Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Currioman Baptist Church. Interment followed in Currioman Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Currioman Cemetery Endowment Fund, Box 841, Montross, Va. 22520.
Online condolences may be made at welchfuneralhomeva.com.

Susan Johnson Roberts

Susan Johnson Roberts, 83, of Oak Grove went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. She was born on Sept. 17, 1926.
She is survived by two wonderful sons, Theodore Streets Jr. and Ronald Streets of Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Inita Baylor of Montross and Rosie Vaughan of King George County; two brothers, David Johnson of King George and Lawrence Johnson of Washington; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family received friends at Little Zion Baptist Church, Oak Grove, Va., on Thursday, Aug. 26.
The funeral was held Friday, Aug. 27, with the Rev. Earl T. Howerton, pastor, officiating.
Arrangements are entrusted to Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home, 22883 Kings Highway, Warsaw, Va. 22572.

Virginia Brown

Virginia Brown, 87, of Colonial Beach passed away Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010.
A funeral was held Saturday, Aug. 28, at First Baptist Church of Colonial Beach.
Arrangements are by Lee Funeral Home, King George.

Edna Lee Morris

Edna Lee Morris of Fredericksburg passed away at the age of 100, on Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at Golden Living Center.
Mrs. Morris is survived by a son, Howard Morris of Dahlgren; two daughters, Darlene Stevens of Locust Grove and Mary Rose of Fredericksburg; 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Morris, and son Randolph Morris.
Her funeral was held Thursday, Aug. 26, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel. Burial followed in Beulah Baptist Church in Westmoreland County.
Online condolences may be made at mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com.

Mary Ann Early

Mary Ann Early, 59, of Charlottesville made the journey back home to God on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, succumbing to a long illness. She died peacefully at her home with her family at her side.
She was preceded in death by her parents, the Honorable Horace A. Revercomb Jr., and Mrs. Mary Virginia Revercomb of King George County, and her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Revercomb Wilson, of New Cumberland, Pa.
She is survived by her brothers, James A. Revercomb of Ashland and the retired Honorable Horace A. Revercomb III; her husband, John H. Early, of Charlottesville, and their daughter, Mara Rhodenizer (Trey), of Charlottesville; and three grandsons, Carter, Peyton and Harris. She also leaves behind her dear and devoted friend and caretaker Judy Willis, of Charlottesville.
She was a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Nursing, and was employed as a registered nurse at the UofVA Hospital for 17 years. She was a member of Saint Paul’s Ivy Episcopal Church,
A memorial service was held Sunday, Aug. 29, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ivy, officiated by Rector Miller Hunter. Interment was  private in the churchyard.
Donations be made in her honor to the American Heart Association, or to the Hospice of the Piedmont.

Julian H. Griffith

Julian H. Griffith Jr., 92,  of King George County died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010,  at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Griffith was born May 18, 1918, in Fredericksburg. He was the son of the late Julian Hungerford Griffith Sr. and Cornelia Flemer Griffith.
Mr. Griffith retired from civilian employment at the Dahlgren Navy base. He then had time to enjoy many years of gardening, always looking forward to planting time in the spring, and sharing vegetables from the garden with his friends and family.
Mr. Griffith is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Margaret Allensworth Griffith; his son, Frank Wayne Griffith (Susan), of Chesterfield; his daughter Judith Griffith Crockett of Bristol; his daughter Jacqueline Gay Baker (Vernon), of King George; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by one brother, Edward Colville Griffith (Margaret Ann), of Fredericksburg.
A funeral was held on Saturday, Aug. 28, at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, in Oak Grove. A private interment followed the service and reception.
The family received friends at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in King George.
Memorial donations may be made to King George Fire and Rescue, 8122 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485, or Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, c/o Wanda D. Mason, 601 Colonial Ave., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Helen M. Koval

Helen M. Koval passed from this life to be with her Lord on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She had been lovingly cared for, for 10 years at her home with her daughter and son-in-law.
Born April 22, 1930, to Paul and Willie Ensminger in Iaeger, W.Va., she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, John R. Koval, on Aug. 24, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Harry Ensminger of Stevenson, W.Va., Joe Ensminger of Chattanooga, TN, and Jack Ensminger of Charlotte, N.C; sisters-in-law Gwen Ensminger of Bolton, MA, Marie Ensminger, of Bluefield, WV., Helen Ensminger of Charlotte, and Judy Ensminger of Hixon,TN; and her dearest friends, Nellie Taylor, Mae Porterfield Hall and Inga Graham, all of Fredericksburg.
She is survived by her only child, Carla, and her husband, the Rev. Dr. Robert L. Russell; a granddaughter, Rhonda M. Richardson (Tommy), and their daughters, Carlyn, Caitlyn, and Cristalyn; her grandson, Robert L. Russell II (Kermora), and their two children, Alexis and Robert.
Helen is also survived by a brother, Ted(Ruth), of Jacksonville, FL; her beloved brother Fred, who visited her faithfully for 10 years and his wife, Frances, of King George; a brother, Ray (Verna), of Princeton, WV.; her only sister, Dorothy Wiles of Spring Valley, WV;  and a dear friend, Jean Lohr Mosely of Mount Airy, N.C.
She also leaves behind many dear nieces and nephews--too numerous to mention--but not forgotten.
A funeral was held Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel with her son-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Robert L. Russell officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Theodore J. Bakker

Theodore J. “Ted” Bakker, 55, of Grand Rapids, Mich., went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dan and Elizabeth Bakker; and a sister, Janet Bakker.
Ted is survived by his brother, Donald Bakker (Kathi) of King George County; his nephew, Donald W. Bakker (Lana) of King George; his nieces, Cheryl Kleinman (Lloyd), of King George, and Michelle Whitelaw (Ryan), of Talbot, Tenn.; nine great-nephews; two great-nieces; one great-great-nephew; and one great-great-niece.
The funeral was held Sunday, Aug. 29, at Stroo Funeral Home, 1095 68th St. S.E., Grand Rapids, MI, 49508,  with the Rev. George Aupperlee and the Rev. Bob Boersma officiating. Interment followed in Blain Cemetery.
Contributions in Ted’s memory may be made to Pine Rest Christian Hospital, 300 68th St. S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49548.

Mary Cooper

Mary A. Cooper, 89, of Colonial Beach died Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at Richmond Community Hospital.
She is survived by two brothers, Farrish Purce of King George County and Marrill Purce of Colonial Beach; and one sister, Selena Johnson of Clinton, Md.
A funeral will be held Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, with the Rev. Earl T. Howerton Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Maryland National Memorial Park in Laurel. Remains may be viewed one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Clyde C. Stone

Clyde C. Stone, 59, died at home on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born and raised in King George County.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Carson Stone of AL. Clyde is survived by his mother, Mamie Stone of King George; sisters Ida Williams of King George, Dorothy Crabtree of Colonial Beach, Hazel Massey of Port Royal, Shirley Askew of Woodland, NC, and Anita Mullins of Havelock, NC; brothers Kenneth Stone of King George, Donald Stone of Orange County and Gene Stone of Spotsylvania County; and multiple nieces and nephews.
Clyde was a longtime resident of Havelock, NC, and employee of Gray’s Texaco. He will be truly missed by his family, friends and co-workers.

Brenda I. Thomas

Brenda I. Thomas, 59, of Colonial Beach died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Tommy Thomas of Colonial Beach; one daughter, Lisa Daugherty (Shawn), of Colonial Beach; her parents, Bobby and Louise Wood of Colonial Beach; one brother, Billy Wood(Carol), of Mechanicsville, Md.; and one granddaughter, Sarah Louise Daugherty.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens, in King George, with the Rev. Richard Headley officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va. 22485.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Annabelle Williams Dickens

Annabelle Williams Dickens, 91, of King George County passed away Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at Antioch Baptist Church. Arrangements are by Lee Funeral Home, King George.

Christopher M. Garrison

Christopher M. “Big Country” Garrison, 31, of Colonial Beach died Monday, Aug. 30, 2010.
Born in Farmville and a graduate of Colonial Beach High School, he was employed by PAR Services.
He is survived by his mother, Jeanne Acree and brother, Douglas W. Garrison (Lori), all of Colonial Beach; two sisters, Ashley and Kelsey Garrison of Drakes Branch; paternal grandmother Bernice Hailey of Keysville; and three nieces.  Also surviving is his former wife and friend, Tina Chrisman. He was preceded in death by his father, M. Douglas Garrison; paternal grandfather Bobby Hailey; and maternal grandmother Elizabeth Jenkins.
A funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Richard Headley officiating. Burial will be private.  A visitation will be held Friday, starting at 2p.m. until the funeral service.
Donations in his memory may be made to Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, VA 22443 or Colonial Beach Vol. Fire Dept., Box 212, Colonial Beach, VA 22443.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com

Area Deaths - September 29, 2010

Patrick Lawrence McDonald

Patrick Lawrence McDonald, 35, of King George County, formerly of Spotsylvania County, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Christine Aaron McDonald, and his grandparents Lawrence Aaron, Thomas R. McDonald and Bernadine Aaron.
He leaves behind his father, Thomas R. McDonald Jr.; a brother, Steven Craig McDonald; a sister, Kelly Elizabeth McDonald; his wife, Tracey Shannon McDonald; and grandmother Angeline A. McDonald.
Patrick was a 1993 graduate of Spotsylvania High School, and a journeyman electrician and a member of the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Patrick was an avid Redskins fan and a Dallas Cowboys hater.
He will always be remembered for his love for cooking, music and affection for “his children,” pets Sensi and Kaya.
A celebration of Patrick’s life will be held at a later date.
Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.
A memorial service for Patrick was held Saturday, Sept. 25, at Found & Sons Funeral Chapels-Cremation Service, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg.

Louise S. Brown

Mrs. Louise S. Brown, 93, resident of Heritage Hall, King George County, died Monday, Sept. 20, 2010.
She was the widow of Walter Blair “Bill” Nixon Jr. and Donald Wayne Brown. She was a member of Andrew Chapel Church; and past Matron of Emily B. Chinn, order of the Eastern Star Chapter 83, Warsaw.
She retired from the Maritime Commission in Washington near the end of World War II, and from the Bank of Montross in 1982.
She was preceded in death by daughters Ellen Hasselvander and Donna Sviatko.
She is survived by daughter Gail Davis(Steve), of King George, and Jerry Sviatko of Alexandria; two sisters, Helen Suttle of Stafford County and Edythe Woodring of Richmond; five grandchildren, Dainan Gibson; Stephen Davis Jr.; Chris Davis; Melody Herbert and Courtney Sviatko; seven great-grandchildren, Aaron Landman; Thomas and Alexandra Gibson; Jamie, and Emma, Allie and Anna Davis; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 24, in the sanctuary of Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, Montross. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Arrangements are by Welch Funeral Home, Montross.

Lester B. Green

Lester B. Green, 69, of King George County passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Lester lived his entire life in King George County and was a heavy equipment mechanic/operator, retiring in 2006 with Local Union 77. He was a NASCAR fan, gardener, fisherman, handyman and loved horseshoe pitching. He had a heart of gold, and was always willing to lend a helping hand.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Faye Green of the home; daughter, Kathy Musick(Byron),of King George; son Gary Green(Cheryl), of King George; his mother, Kathleen B. Wiley. of King George; two sisters, Judy Carter of King George and Darlene Stanley of Reading, Pa.; three grandchildren, Remington Green of King George, and Gary and Christopher Green, both of Spotsylvania County.
He was predeceased by his father, Oliver Ray Green, and his brothers, Elmer H. and Ray Green.
Lester’s funeral was held Saturday, Sept. 25, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Sherman Davis officiating. Interment followed in the Green Family cemetery, King George.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va., 22485.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Irma Carpenter Jackson

Irma Carpenter Jackson, 90, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at Westminster Retirement Center in Lake Ridge, where she had lived for 10 years.
Mrs. Jackson was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Annandale. Mrs. Jackson was born in Rutherfordton, N.C., daughter of Jonathan Harvey and Irma Clark Carpenter. She graduated from Appalachian State, and studied at the University of Virginia and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, Richmond.
She was a teacher in Fairfax County public schools for 20 years and a published genealogist. She was Past Regent of the Henry Clay Chapter of the NSDAR and Elder Emeritus of First Presbyterian Church, Annandale.
Her husband, George S. Jackson, died in 1968. Survivors include one son, G. Terry Jackson(Jane), of Savannah, Ga.; a daughter, Irma J. Lowry(Robert), of King George County; five grandchildren, Robert Lowry Jr., Kimberley L. Shuler(Steve), Nancy L. Kantsios(George), G. Scott Jackson(Diane), and Rebbecca J. Carey(Clinton), 14 great-grandchildren; and also three sisters, Dale C. Ward of Rutherfordton, Julie C. Hicks of Russellville, Ky., and Janna C. McMahan and husband James of Greenville, S.C.
A funeral was held Saturday, Sept. 25, at Rutherfordton Presbyterian Church, with Dr. Don Scofield officiating. Interment will be in the Rutherfordton City Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held at Westminster at Lake Ridge on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m.
Donations may be given to Westminster Chapel Fund, Lake Ridge, Va. 22191 or First Presbyterian Church, Annandale, Va. 22003.
An online guest register may be viewed at mcmahansfuneralhome.com.

Patricia Ann Brown

Patricia Ann Brown, 58, of Colonial Beach died on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010, at VCU Medical Center in Richmond.
She was born in Virginia and was the daughter of the late Herbert and Anna Severance Brown. She is survived by her five children, Jeffrey J. Pittman, Tina M. Anderson, Robert J. Pittman, Angela D. Grier and Brian M. Pittman; 10 grandchildren, Talaya Pittman, Jay Pittman, Amanda Rawlette, Destiny Pittman, Stephani Anderson, Joshua Anderson, Amellia Pittman, Emily Pittman, Jerimiah Pittman and Noah Grier; and two brothers, Michael and Timothy Brown.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 25, at Colonial Beach Baptist Church, 10 Garfield Ave., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443, with Pastor Johnny R. Almond officiating.
Arrangements are by the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Home & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard.
Condolences may be registered at ealvinsmall.com.

Jeanne H. Miller

Jeanne H. Miller entered into rest peacefully at her home in Colonial Beach on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, after a valiant battle with cancer.
Jeanne was born June 19, 1932, in Fayetteville, N.C., and was for many years a resident of Fredericksburg. She was a member of the Moose Lodge, and was previously active in politics.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade Miller.
Jeanne is survived by her children, Jaymes R. Richardson of Chicago and Cynthia L. Richardson of Alexandria; and four stepsons, Franklin W. Miller of Spotsylvania County, William C. Miller of Ladysmith, David N. Miller of Spotsylvania and Michael W. Miller of Falmouth.
A celebration of her life was held Sunday, Sept. 26, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in King George.
Online guest book may be signed nashandslawfh.com.

Aubrey Hoyt Roles

Aubrey Hoyt Roles, 63, of King George County passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; a sister, Ellen Carter of Spotsylvania County; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel, on Sunday, Sept. 26. Burial followed in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Friends may offer online condolences at mullinsthompsonstafford.com.

Charles R. Martin

Charles R. “Chief” Martin, 81, of King George County entered into rest on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, in Norfolk, where he had been cared for after suffering a fall 3 years ago.
He was born Jan. 12, 1929, in Blairstown, N.J., to the late Bradley and Hazel Simmons Martin. He was preceded in death by his younger sister, Carolyn Drake, and his younger brother, Jerry Martin.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 59 years, Marilyn J. Clark Martin; four daughters, Rebecca McDougal of Pine Bluff, Ark., Victoria Wissing of Hutchinson, Kan., Dawn Ryan of Norfolk and Pamela Garlitz of Willow Street, Pa,; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his older sister, Jean Hannah of Newton, N.J.
Serving 31 years in the U.S. Navy, which included two wartime deployments to Vietnam, he rose to the rank of master chief mess specialist. His many awards and decorations include four Edward Francis Ney Memorial Awards for the best shore enlisted dining facility in Naval District Washington, in 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1978, which he earned while stationed at Dahlgren; a Vietnam Campaign Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars; the Navy Unit Commendation Medal for Expert Rifleman; and 12 letters of commendation and appreciation.
Following his Navy career, he worked as a civil service employee at the Dahlgren Commissary. He also enjoyed singing in the choir as a faithful member of the Dahlgren Chapel.
His life was celebrated Monday, Sept. 27, at the Naval Support Activity Dahlgren Chapel, with the service officiated by Navy Chaplain Lt. Richard Malmstrom.
Interment was held Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Forest Lawn Cemetery, 8100 Granby Street, Norfolk, Va. 23505.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
Contributions may be made in Charlie’s memory to the American Heart Association.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh .com.

Kathy Lynn Edgell Riffe

Kathy Lynn Edgell Beckelhimer Riffe, 56, of Moncks Corner, S.C., died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at Trident Medical Center, in Charleston, S.C.
Born in Fredericksburg on March 4, 1954, to the late Harry and June Edgell, she was preceded in death by first husband Ronald Beckelhimer. She graduated from King George High School.
She is survived by her husband Mack Riffe; son Landon Beckelhimer; daughter Lauren Wise(Alan); and two grandchildren, Dayna and Angie, all of Moncks Corner; and a brother, Kenneth Edgell, of Fredericksburg.
A private service will be held at a later date.

Barbara Stein Cooper

Mrs. Barbara Stein Cooper, 86, passed away on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at her home in Colonial Beach, surrounded in her final days by her loving family.
Mrs. Cooper was an active, beloved member of the close-knit Colonial Beach community which had been her home for 63 years. Following her marriage in 1947 to William I. Cooper, she came to Colonial Beach as a relative stranger, yet she leaves as one of its most respected citizens.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Cooper was involved in business and civic affairs in Colonial Beach, and the community and its people were nearly as dear to her as her family. She was a regular volunteer at the Colonial Beach Visitors Center, where she could be found most any weekend during the spring and summer, chatting with tourists and helping in any way she could.
Born May 28, 1924, in Martins Creek, Pa., Mrs. Cooper was the daughter of Harry A. and Dorothy H. Stein. Desiring a college education, but needing money to pay for it, she moved to Washington, D.C., after high school and went to work for the Rubber Reserve Corp., which was established by President Franklin Roosevelt to control the flow of rubber, a wartime necessity.
She later moved to Virginia and matriculated at Madison College (now James Madison University), from which she graduated in 1946 with a degree in chemistry.
Except for a year teaching science in Colonial Beach, Mrs. Cooper worked full-time with her husband in family businesses (Cooper’s Store, DARL Bottled Gas and DARL Concrete & Fuel Oil). Following his death in 1981, she continued to assist her sons in the businesses in any way she could.
Throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, Mrs. Cooper juggled her job, raised four children, and somehow found time for a variety of community activities and fundraising events. She was especially active in the local PTA while her children were in school, serving as president and in many other capacities. She pioneered a PTA fashion show fundraiser that was a staple of the organization for many years.
Mrs. Cooper’s lifelong passions were her family, her friends, and her community. She also had a yen for new experiences. After her husband’s death in 1981, she began traveling the world with four of her dearest friends, Virginia Frye, Peggy Hall, Gloria Rogers and Irene Dodd.
Mrs. Cooper also treasured her 50-plus-year friendship with her caring neighbor, Margie Staples.
Mrs. Cooper’s survivors include four children and their spouses, Douglas and Randee Cooper of Fredericksburg, Larry and Nancy Cooper of Colonial Beach, Robin and Bob Byrd of La Plata, Md., and Alan and Elizabeth Cooper of Lynchburg.
She also is survived by eight grandchildren, William Joshua and Andrew Cooper, Alex and Hannah Cooper, Toni and Justin Byrd, and William and Leigh Cooper.
Mrs. Cooper was also preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Robert Stein, whose widow, Mary, their three children and five nieces and nephews, were always very special to her.
A funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, 131 Third St., Colonial Beach, Va., 22443. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Fredericksburg.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to one of several organizations in Colonial Beach: The Abraham & William Cooper Memorial Library, Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, The William I. Cooper VFW or The Mary Washington Hospital Hospice.
In recent weeks, many people have showered Mrs. Cooper and her family with compassion. The family would like to thank Dr. Lisa Sarber and her staff for their many kindnesses, with special appreciation for the loving care provided by Judy Bowie, whose generous spirit helped make a difficult time more bearable for all.
Special thanks also go to the caregivers from Comfort Keepers (Blossom and Theresa) and Helen Richards. Last but not least, Randee Cooper’s near-constant presence at her mother-in-law’s bedside was a gift of love.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Area Deaths - August 25, 2010

Doris Ann Cropper Shannon

Doris Ann Cropper Shannon, 45, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Born to Charles and Doris Cropper on March 8, 1965, she was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Cropper Jr.
Survivors include her husband, Tony Shannon; a stepson, Chris Shannon of Colonial Beach; a brother, Robert Cropper; two sisters, Amy Peyton (Lawrence), and Vicky Cropper, all of King George; and numerous nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Malik, who called her his “Dee-Dee.”
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Christian Outreach Tabernacle Church, Jim Morris Road in Spotsylvania County, with the Rev. Norman Galimore officiating.

Henry Wilson Ashton

Henry Wilson “Coach” Ashton, 85, of Tappahannock died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010.
Coach Ashton was born and raised on a farm in the Tetotum area of King George County. In 1940, he graduated from King George High School, where he was a member of the basketball and baseball teams.
After graduation, he served his country proudly in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a radio operator on the B17 bombers.
After his discharge in 1946, he enrolled at the College of William and Mary. He was a regular infielder on the Tribe’s baseball team in his senior year, and went on to play semipro baseball for several teams in King George and Tappahannock. In 1950, he graduated from William and Mary with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
After teaching and coaching junior varsity basketball at King George High School for one year, Coach Ashton accepted a position as a physical education teacher and coach at Tappahannock High School in 1951. For many years he coached all boys and girls sports at the high school, including football, baseball, boys basketball, and boys track.
Although he loved all the sports he coached, baseball was always his first love. In 1988 he was named state baseball Coach of the Year by the Virginia High School Coaches Association. In 1991, he received the ultimate honor for a coach when the baseball field at Essex High School was named for him. He cherished this honor for the rest of his life and took great pride in helping to make the field one of the finest facilities in the region. In his final year as head coach, the 1999 team won the Group A state championship. He retired as head coach after that season, having won 425 games. He continued to serve as an assistant coach for the Essex High School baseball team until the 2009 season. Along with his coaching duties, he served as athletics director at both Tappahannock and Essex high schools. He taught physical education, Spanish, and driver’s education. He touched many lives in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and behind the wheel in the driver’s education car.
He was a longtime member of Beale Memorial Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and a member of the adult choir. He was a devoted fan of the Washington Redskins, and he shared his passion for the team with his son and grandson.
As a baseball fan, he loved to watch the Atlanta Braves and admired their manager, Bobby Cox. Earlier in his life, he had been a longtime fan of the Washington Senators, and he was happy to live to see baseball return to the nation’s capital.
Coach was loved by many in the Tappahannock community, in the Northern Neck, and in his native King George, and he will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his son, Henry Benjamin Ashton II (Annette); his grandson, Henry Benjamin Ashton III; and his sister, June Ashton Steppe, all of Dahlgren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 43 years, Madeline Fenwick Ashton, who was the most supportive spouse a coach could ever have; and by his parents, Henry Benjamin and Nellie Wilkins Ashton.
A funeral was held Thursday, Aug. 19, in Beale Memorial Baptist Church, Tappahannock. Interment will followed in Essex Cemetery.
Arrangements were handled by Marks-Bristow Funeral Home, Tappahannock.

Marie M. Saft

Marie M. Saft, 90, of Greenfield Assisted Living, in Stafford County, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. Marie was a longtime resident of Dahlgren.
Marie was born Sept. 17, 1919, to James T. and Eva B. Murray of Binghamton, N.Y. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather Thomas Murray and a brother, James T. Murray Jr.
Marie is survived by her husband, Woodrow “Woody” Saft, of Stafford; three children, Clare L. Painter, Rose M. Johnson (Sonny), and Thomas P. Saft, all of King George County; and nine grandchildren: Catherine M. Ritz (Mike) of Fort Worth, Texas; Wendy Shepherd (Joe), of King George; Michael A. Painter of Three Rivers, Mi.; S. Nichole Houck (Keith), of King George; John D. Painter of Fort Worth; Abbey Crew (Randy), of Wilmington, N.C.; Christy Lingerfelter (Jason), of Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; Lauren Saft of Virginia Beach; and Dana Saft of King George; six great-grandchildren, Christopher Ritz, Joseph Ritz, Sarah Ritz and Karen Ritz of Fort Worth, and Joshua Lingerfelter and Faith Lingerfelter of Elmendorf AFB; and one niece, Marie Post of Orange City, Fla.
Marie and Woody were married on Aug. 7, 1943. They traveled the world after retirement.
Marie was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel, Dahlgren, since 1942. She worked at K-Lab and Space Surveillance before retiring from civil service. Marie was an avid card player, bingo player and loved to be with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her many friends.
A memorial service was held at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, King George, on Saturday, Aug. 21. Interment will be private.

Mary Kelsie Anderson

Mary Kelsie Anderson, 78, of Colonial Beach went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010.
Born in Alexandria on Sept. 16, 1931, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 51 years, Leon Stewart Anderson, as well as her mother, Kelsie G. Quayle, and her three brothers, Ronald, Roderick and Robert Quayle.
She will forever be missed by her three children, Mimi Fowler, Donna Crooker and Stewart Anderson (Bonita); her seven grandchildren, Brittany and Brooke Fowler, Kenny, Kimberly and Kristi Crooker, and Will and Nina Anderson; her nine great-grandchildren; and extended family and many friends.
She was a member of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Alexandria and, most recently, of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Colonial Beach. She was also an active member of the Legion of Mary.
In 1987, Mary retired from the Social Security Administration after more than 30 years of service.
Mary was an active member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Moose Lodge, and the American Legion. She enjoyed donating her time to many events and charities of her local church and the Colonial Beach Ladies Auxiliary.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Father Vincent Brok and the Mary Washington Hospital Hospice staff. Her prayers will always be with you.
The family received friends Thursday, Aug. 19, at Cunningham Funeral Home, in Alexandria, where a funeral was held Friday, Aug. 20.  
Interment followed in Quantico National Cemetery.

Freda Chilton Clift

Freda Chilton Clift, 76, of King George County passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, peacefully at home with her family by her side.
She was born Freda May Chilton on March 30, 1934, to Earl and Mary Chilton of Stafford County.
In 1955, she married the love of her life, Gene Clift and moved to King George, where she and Gene set up home and, upon her first child’s birth, she became a full-time homemaker.
Freda was a lifetime member of the King George Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, a longtime member of Trinity Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years, and a member of the United Methodist Women’s Organization.
Freda loved to cook and often provided meals to the sick and to shut-ins. Her “Freda” bread will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She loved to tend her vegetables and flower gardens. Friday trips to Fredericksburg with her dear friend Verda Thompson were a highlight for 30 years.
She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, James E. “Gene” Clift; her children, James “Bowie” Clift(Marlene), of Christiansburg, Bryan Clift (Venue), Venus, of King George, and Paula Clift Spiller of King George; and grandchildren Sarah and Cole.
She is also survived by her sister, Susie C. Hicks; brothers Earl Chilton Jr. (Emily), and Ernest “Punk” Chilton (Shirley), all of Bowling Green; and sister-in-law Ann, who was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Chilton.
Freda will be dearly missed by everyone whose life she touched.
A funeral was held Saturday, Aug. 21, at Trinity United Methodist Church in King George, with the Rev. Charles Chilton (Freda’s first cousin) and the Rev. Michael Finn-McKenzie, pastor, officiating.
The family expresses their sincere appreciation to Judy Clift, Visiting Angels, Medi Hospice and Dr. Lisa Sarber and staff for the loving care given to Freda.
Memorial contributions may be made to the following: Clift-Thompson Endowment Fund, c/o Trinity United Methodist Church, Box 155, King George, Va. 22485; King George Fire and Rescue, Box 466, King George, Va. 22485; or Medi Home Health and Hospice, 125 Olde Greenwich Drive, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Toni Kazuko Seratte

Toni Kazuko Seratte, 75, of King George County passed away Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital, surrounded by family and friends.
Mrs. Seratte was born in Kumamoto City, Japan. She married her husband, Leymon D. Seratte, on Nov. 28, 1958.
Mrs. Seratte worked at the commissioned officers’ club at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, from 1971 until retiring in 1992.
Survivors include her husband of almost 52 years, Leymon Seratte; her three children, Kathlene Seratte of Spotsylvania County, Lee Seratte (Judith), of Fredericksburg, and Randolph Seratte (Tita), of Winchester; her grandsons, Devon Lambert and Graham Seratte; her granddaughter, Mary Antonette Sharp of Winchester; and her great-granddaughter, Mikyla Sharp.
Condolences may be expressed in the form of contributions to the American Lung Association, lungusa.org; or the Dahlgren Rescue Squad, 16037 Dahlgren Road, King George, Va. 22485.
A graveside interment service was held on Tuesday, Aug. 24, in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fredericksburg.
Online condolences may be posted at nashandslawfh .com.

Jean Marie Hicks

Jean Marie Hicks, 50, of Colonial Beach died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, at her home, with her family at her side.
Mrs. Hicks was a dispatcher for the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office and a member of the Eagles Lodge in Colonial Beach. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Robert E. and Elizabeth A Childers; and one brother, Richard L. Childers.
She is survived by her husband, Harry L. Hicks, of the home; one son, Ian L. Hicks of Colonial Beach; three brothers, Robert A. Childers of Fredericksburg, William “Wild Bill” Childers of Colonial Beach, and Thomas E. Childers of Montross; and one granddaughter, Lillian Deanna Hicks. Also surviving are 13 nieces and nephews; and two great-nieces and -nephews.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Aug. 24, with the Rev. Richard Headley officiating. Burial will be private.
Contributions in her memory may be made to any Westmoreland County Volunteer Fire Department or Rescue Squad of your choice.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

James E. Chappell

James E. “Butch” Chappell, formerly of King George County, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, in Gaston, S.C.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Chappell Knable.
He is survived by children Christopher Tedeton of Mineral, and Loren J. Hills, Byron J. Chappell and Greta L. Chappell of West Palm Beach, Fla.; former wife Teresa Chappell of West Palm Beach; and by seven brothers and five sisters: Linda Sullivan, Nancy Madison, John Chappell, Carolyn Lumpkin, George Chappell, David Chappell, Kenneth Chappell, Joseph Chappell, Stephen Chappell, Diana McQueen, Franklin Chappell and Donna Chappell and by numerous nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, at with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, at J.P. Holley Funeral Home, 8132 Garner Ferry Road, Columbia, S.C. Burial will be at a later date.
Donations may be made to South Carolina Combat Veterans (Disabled), c/o W.J. Bryan Dorn Veterans Medical Center, 6439 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, S.C. 29209.

Area Deaths - September 22, 2010

Agnes Gayle Harris

Agnes Virginia Gayle Harris, 94, of King George County died peacefully on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, surrounded by her family at her home, Aspen Grove Farm, where she was born and raised.
She was a graduate of Mary Washington College and Traphagen School of Design in New York City. She was a lifetime member of Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church and was active through the church on mission trips, including a trip to Alaska when she was 80 years old.
Mrs. Harris was on the Smoot Library Board, and she served as a director for the Frank C. Pratt Mental Health Board. Gardening was her favorite hobby, and she loved digging in her flowers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis M. Harris Jr.; her parents, Thomas B. Gayle II and Nellie Pratt Gayle; her brothers, T. Benton Gayle III, Alex P. Gayle, Byron C. Gayle and Robert L. Gayle; her sisters, Esther G. Winston, Lillian G. Winston and Ruth G. Winston; and a son-in-law, Michael S. Pruett.
Survivors include her daughters, Elizabeth Pruett and Janet Gayle Harris, both of King George; grandchildren Elizabeth G. Weadon and her husband, Howard, and Bradford S. Pruett; great-grandson James Michael Weadon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held Thursday, Sept. 16, in Glebe Cemetery, 1374 White Oak Road, Stafford County, with the Rev. Elfie Finn-McKenzie and the Rev. Keith Boyette officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 8330 Fletchers Chapel Road, King George, Va. 22485.
An online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice .com.

Maggie I. Davis

Maggie I. Davis, 93, of Colonial Beach passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
A funeral wa held Friday, Sept. 17, at Lee Funeral Home, King George.

Benny Franklin Martin

Benny Franklin Martin, 74, of Stafford County died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Martin was a member of Regester Chapel United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Newton C. Martin Sr. and Florence Saunders Martin.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Martin of Stafford; two sons, Mark W. Martin(Sandra), N.C., and Barry K. Martin and his fiancee, Pam Toms, of King George County; a daughter, Sharon F. Martin-Brooks(Donald), of Spotsylvania County; four grandchildren, Samuel A. Martin, Ashley M. Craiger, Amanda E. Martin and Bruce H. Martin; a stepson, Ivan L. Grant(Esther), of Stafford; and a stepdaughter, Deborah L. Hall(Richard) , of King George.
Also surviving are three stepgrandchildren, Brian K. Grant, Jason S. Grant and Sherrell Borders; two stepgreat-grandchildren Devon Repass and Kyle H. Grant; three brothers, John R. Martin(Mary), of Woodbridge, Clarence W. Martin(June), of Stafford, and Newton C. Martin Jr. of Stafford; a sister, Edna M. Peatross of Spotsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Monday, Sept. 20, 2010, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel, with the Rev. Theodore Smith officiating. Burial followed in Stafford Memorial Park.
The family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Trudy Clifton, 113 Tallpines Ave., Locust Grove, Va. 22508, or to Regester Chapel United Methodist Church, 85 Bells Hill Road, Stafford, Va. 22554.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Roger Paul Smith

Roger Paul Smith, 60, of King George County, formerly of Bradford, Pa., died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at his home.
Mr. Smith was a self-employed CPA and was predeceased by his father, Paul C. Smith.
Survivors include his mother, Helen E. Smith of Bradford; his brothers and sisters, Karen Brennan(Art), of Blairsville, Pa., Gary Smith of Bradford, Eileen Tempero(Jim), of Brookline, Mass., Rodney Smith(Leslie), of King George, and Annette Hanke(Steve), of Celina, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Bradford, Pa.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements.
An online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Gregory Allen Catlett

Gregory Allen Catlett, 23, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 in King George, VA.
He is survived by his son, Dante Green, two brothers, one sister and his girlfriend, Tana Green.
He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, to include Cherokee King and James Russell Devers.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Nash and Slaw Funeral Home in King George is handling the arrangements.

Area Deaths - August 18, 2010

Elizabeth U. Wilson

Elizabeth U. Wilson, 63, of Etters, Pa., and formerly of King George County, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010.
She retired from the Pennsylvania State Department of Administration. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, New Cumberland, where she was a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Staff Parish Committee and a former member of the choir. She was also a member and secretary of the Jewel Classic bowling league.
She is survived by a son, Christopher A. Updegraff of Etters; a daughter, Michelle L. Updegraff of Etters; two brothers, James Revercomb of Richmond and Horace Revercomb III of King George; a sister, Mary Ann Early of Charlottesville; a sister-in-law, Karen R. McLaughlin, and husband William Jr., of Camp Hill. Pa.; and a brother-in-law, Robert G. Updegraff, and wife Fern of Kennesaw, Ga. She was preceded in death by husbands Dean R. Updegraff and Carl H. Wilson.
Services were held Saturday, Aug. 14, at her church, with the Rev. Donald R. Slaybaugh Jr. officiating. Interment was in Rolling Green Memorial Park, Camp Hill.
Stone & Murray Funeral Home, New Cumberland, Pa. handled the arrangements.
 Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 415 Bridge St., New Cumberland, Pa. 17070.

Elwood Morris Embrey

Elwood Morris Embrey, 90, of Stafford County passed away Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at his home.
Elwood was a member of Rock Hill Baptist Church and American Legion Post 28. He was a veteran of World War II.
Elwood is survived by a son, Ronnie L. Embrey (Rosalie),of King George County; a sister, Helen Flack, and a brother, Albert Embrey, both of Stafford; five grandsons, Roger L. Embrey (Holly), of Stafford, Brian K. Embrey of Orange, David L. Embrey (Tammy), of West Virginia, Michael W. Embrey of Stafford, and Clayton F. Embrey (Megan),  of Silver Spring, Md.; two granddaughters, Loretta J. Malowicki of King George and Rhonda S. Griffin (Butch), of Warsaw; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey, and son Roger.
Elwood’s family received friends Thursday, Aug. 12, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels-Cremation Service, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg. The funeral was Friday, Aug. 13, with Pastor Dick Harmon and Pastor Paul Curry officiating. Interment will followed in Stafford Memorial Park.
Online condolences may be expressed to Elwood’s family at foundandsons.com.

Janette Donald Garka

Janette Donald Garka, 67, of King George County went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Anne Donald Garratt.
She is survived by her daughter, Heather Garka; her son, Scott Garka; a brother, John Garratt; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Aug. 12, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060.
The family suggests that contributions be made to St. Michael’s Catholic Church Building Fund at the above address.

Joyce Musser

Joyce “Blondie” Musser, 51, of Bumpass passed away Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, at her home.
Joyce enjoyed arts and crafts along with spending time with her Island friends.
She is survived by her husband of 27 years, William “Hoot” Musser; a daughter, Casey Nelson (Patrick Duff), of Florida; a grandson, Logan Duff, and a granddaughter, Megan Duff, both of Florida; and two sisters, Mary Nelson of King George County and Melissa Collier (Tracy), of Spotsylvania County. She also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.
Joyce was preceded in death by her son, Willie Musser.
A service of remembrance celebrating Joyce’s life was held on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the family home, 10800 Carlton Drive, Bumpass, Va. 23024, with Pastor Roger Smith officiating.
Online condolences may be expressed to Joyce’s family at foundandsons.com.

Doris Ann Shannon

Doris Ann Shannon, 45,  of King George County, formerly of Colonial Beach, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete at Angelus Funeral and Cremation Traditions, Richmond.

Elizabeth A. Olenick

Elizabeth A. “Betty” Olenick, 90, of Heartfields Assisted Living of Fredericksburg, and formerly of Dahlgren, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.
Elizabeth was born in Coaldale, Pa., and was the oldest of six children born to James V. and Elizabeth P. Breslin.
After graduating from St. Mary’s High School, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a secretary to John L. Lewis and the United Mine Workers. While in Washington, she met and married Peter J. Olenick Jr., the love of her life, and they moved to Dahlgren in 1956.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years.
Survivors include two children, Peter J. Olenick III (Mary Frances),  of Gloucester, and Mary Beth Carter (Wayland “Dee”), of King George County.
Elizabeth loved to be surrounded by her five grandchildren, Mary Jo Brunner (Tom), Rachel Oney (Eric) , Cathleen “Katie” Zeytoonian (Dan), Wayland D. Carter IV, and Joseph Ryan Carter.
She has six great-grandchildren, Joseph and Max Brunner, Amber and Lucia Oney, and Lance and Peter Zeytoonian; a sister, Mary Arner of Tamaqua, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth was a member of Sacred Heart Chapel in Dahlgren for more than 50 years, and recently was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of Fredericksburg. She loved her friends and neighbors both in Dahlgren and at Heartfields Assisted Living.
A Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated Saturday, Aug. 14, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in King George. Interment followed in Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens in King George.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Nash and Slaw Funeral Home in King George is handling the arrangements.

Area Deaths - September 15, 2010

 Franklin White

Franklin White, 56, of King George County died Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 11, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal. 

Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

John B. Maguire

John B. “Jack” Maguire,  79, of Colonial Beach passed away Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.

He was an owner of John B. Maguire CLU & Associates Insurance Investments and Financial Planning. He served on the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors, was a member of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, was a dedicated public servant, and served on many boards in Westmoreland County and the state of Virginia.

Jack is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nancy L. “Mema” Maguire of the home; two daughters; Teresa Carter (Barry), of Virginia Beach, and Kathleen Jenkins (Brian), of Stuarts Draft; three grandchildren, Jeremiah, Shannon and Kristen; and two brothers, Barry Maguire of Florida and Charles Maguire of Fairfax.

Jack was preceded in death by a son, John Patrick Maguire.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, Sept. 14, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Colonial Beach, with interment following at Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens, King George.

Contributions may be made to Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.

Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Marjorie Buffington Alexander

Marjorie Buffington Alexander, 90, of King George County, formerly of Ormond Beach, Fla., died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, in her home.

Mrs. Alexander was born Jan. 25, 1920, in Washington, D.C., daughter of John W. Buffington and Grace Grossnickle Buffington. She was the granddaughter of Medal of Honor recipient John Ezra Buffington.

She was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, King George, and was with the FBI in Washington, later was secretary at Brent Realty Corp. and Chipman Electric Co. Inc. in Brentwood, Md.

She was preceded in death by her son Lynn W. Alexander, and is survived by her children JoAnn Alexander Brissey (Teddy), of King George, Edward L. Alexander of Lumberton, Miss., Stefan D. Alexander (Karen), of Huntley, and JoAnne S. Alexander, the widow of Lynn W. Alexander, of King George; she was the proud grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with a memorial service to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to King George Fire and Rescue Squad, Box 466, King George, Va. 22485 or to King George Animal Rescue League, Box 1003, Dahlgren, Va. 22448.

Online guest book available at nashandslawfh.com.

Amelia Phillips Coates

Amelia Phillips Coates, 68, of Warsaw died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at Riverside Hospital in Tappahannock. Arrangements are incomplete at Welch Funeral Home, Montross.

Maggie Ida Davis

Maggie Ida Davis of Colonial Beach died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Lee Funeral Home, King George.

William Seymour Storke

William Seymour “Billy” Storke, 89, of Dahlgren died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Son of the late Rev. C.W. Storke and Malsena Storke Thorne, Billy was born in Shipman, Va., but grew up and lived his entire life in King George County. He graduated from King George High School, attended Mary Washington College and served during World War II in the Army Air Corps. He worked for several years as a civil servant at NSWC Dahlgren before entering the automobile business.

He first sold Chevrolets and then owned dealerships known as Newton-Storke, selling Chryslers and Fords in Dahlgren and Bowling Green. He ended his career in Port Royal and King George with the dealership Davis-Storke Chrysler, Plymouth and Dodge Inc.

He was a lifelong member, trustee and choir member of Shiloh Baptist Church. Billy was a past president of the KG Chamber of Commerce and past chairman of the KG Industrial Development Authority, and served on the Union Bank and Trust advisory board. For many years, he served as the master of ceremonies for the King George Fall Festival Parade. Since moving to Heartfields, he also served as president of the residents association there.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Martha O’Brien Storke; his son, Greg Storke; his brother, Dwight C. Storke Sr.; his stepbrother, DeWitt Thorne; and Edna Garner, who was raised as a sister.

Survivors include his daughter, Renee S. Baughan of Richmond; two grandchildren, Adam and Melissa Baughan, both of Richmond; nephew Dwight C. Storke Jr. of King George; niece Brenda J. Storke of Richmond; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, King George, with Pastor Mike Jesse and Pastor Dwight C. Storke Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shiloh Baptist Church Family Life Center debt retirement fund.

Sign register book online at storkefuneralhome.com.

Gregory Allen Catlett

Gregory Allen Catlett, 23, of King George, died Saturday, September 11, 2010.

He is survived by his son, Dante Green, two brothers, one sister, his girl friend, Tana Green and many nieces and nephews, and James Russell Devers.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Nash & Slaw Funeral Home of King George is handling the arrangements.

Carl Morgan Mangold

Carl Morgan Mangold, 89, of King George County, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 at his home.  

Mr. Mangold was born July 24, 1921, in Seabrook, MD, son of Carl and Mary E. Morgan Mangold.  He served his country during World War II as a tower control operator in Great Britain for the Army Air Force.  He was employed for 38 years as a lineman for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company before retiring in King George, VA. with his family in 1972. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church, King George, and served as an Elder with the church. 

He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Allen, and his brother, Earle W. “Dutch” Mangold.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Ola Mae Phillips Mangold and his children, Michael Andrew and Peter John (Kathleen) of King George.  He was the proud grandfather of Andrew Thomas, Morgan Cole, Theresa Lynn and Brodie Earle and was a surrogate grandfather to Mark Reed of Woodbridge and Becky Thaxton of King George.  He had numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends that he held dear all his life.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with a funeral service to follow at 11a.m. Interment will follow in Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens, King George.  

Online guest book available at nashandslawfh.com

Ella Christine Scranage

Ella Christine Scranage, 62, of California died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, Calif., following a brief illness.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory one foster sister, Constuella Scranage Cook of King George County; one foster brother, Lawrence McPherson Scranage of Charlottesville; three nieces, Betty Scranage-Rushing of Oakland, Sherron Gaines of San Pablo, Calif., and Tarsha Gaines of Hercules, Calif.; and two nephews, Robert A. Gaines and Vincent Gaines of Oakland.

A funeral will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at Lee Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Leonard Bland officiating.

Interment will follow in the Union Bethel Baptist Church cemetery in King George.

Agnes Gayle Harris

Agnes Gayle Harris, of Aspen Grove Farm in King George, died Mon. Sept. 13. Arrangements are incomplete at this time, and are being handled by Covenant Funeral Home.

Area Deaths - August 11, 2010

Russell Scott Harrell

Russell Scott Harrell, 43, of Spotsylvania County died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Harrell of Spotsylvania County; the mother of his children, Kimberly K. Harrell of Westmoreland County; his parents, Jean & Russell Harrell, of Spotsylvania; his son, Preston Wayne Harrell(Jessica), of Spotsylvania; his daughter, Samantha K. Bryant(Jason), of Spotsylvania; his brother, David Bruce Harrell(Tracy), of Spotsylvania; his sister, Vikki Arnold of Spotsylvania; a grandson, Dylan Lucas; a grandmother, Elizabeth Harding of Spotsylvania; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
A memorial service was held Friday, Aug. 6, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Rita Laverne Lightfoot

Rita Laverne Lightfoot, 64, of King George County passed away peacefully Saturday evening, July 31, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital. She was surrounded by her family and friends during her final hours.
A member of the Dahlgren Chapel Family, she loved the fellowship, acceptance and support they offered her.
Preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Alice “Tinker” Erwin, she is survived by her devoted husband, John “J.T.” Lightfoot; her children, April Ann Tavin and Tia Denny of California, and Jeri L. Berryman and Robert Lightfoot; her granddaughter, Shalayne Berryman; and her brothers, Alan and Leon Erwin, all of Texas.
A service of remembrance will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Yvonne L. Davis

Yvonne L. Davis, 77, of Colonial Beach passed away Thursday, July 29, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
A funeral was held Thursday, Aug. 5, at Good Hope Baptist Church, 17223 Good Hope Road, King George.
Services are by Lee Funeral Home, King George.

Earline Patricia Johnson

Earline Patricia Johnson, 47, of King George County died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She is survived by two daughters, Latoya Johnson and Laqueasha Scott, one son, Lewis Scott, and her parents, Anderson and Shirley Johnson, all of King George. Also surviving are eight brothers, George, Timothy, Michael, Kevin, William and Thomas Johnson, and Kevin and Larry Beverly; six sisters, Laverne Smith, Verlette Davis, Delorise McDowney, Mary Johnson, Cynthia Freeman and Barbara Johnson; and one granddaughter.
A funeral was held at Monday, August 9, at St. Stephens Baptist Church, King George, with Bishop-elect Anthony Jones officiating. Burial followed in Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens, King George.
Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, handled the arrangements.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Clifford Wilkerson

Clifford “Buddy” Wilkerson of Spotsylvania County went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Lawrence Wilkerson and Gladys Dillon. Also preceding him in death were his brother, William Wilkerson; his sister, Gladys Rogers; a daughter, Patricia Diane Donovan; and great-grandchildren Brandon Luttrell, Logan Strother and Lance Strother.
Buddy is survived by his wife of 58 years, Edna Wilkerson; three daughters, Joan Eagle(Bobby), of Spotsylvania, Ethel Johnson(Ray), of King George County, and Teresa Payne(Kenny-Ray), of Spotsylvania; seven grandchildren, Wendy Luttrell, Melissa Hoskins, Michael Johnson, Larry Strother Jr., David Johnson, Richard Donovan Jr. and Deanna Norton; and 18 great-grandchildren.
A service was held Sunday, Aug. 8, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. R. Kenneth Brooks officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle, 910 William St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Charles Allen Carter

Charles Allen “Rod” Carter, 76, of Fredericksburg passed away Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He was an Air Force veteran and had retired from the Dahlgren Naval Weapons Laboratory and Fredericksburg Auto Auction.
Survivors include his daughter, Charlotte Ann Unterseher(Jeremy), and three grandchildren, Landon, Nora and Connor, of Phoenix, Ariz.; a stepdaughter, Mary Kay Chatt of Tarboro, N.C.; three sisters, Mary Elizabeth Wine and Betty Newsome of Fredericksburg, and Nancy Johnson(William), of Spotsylvania County; and two brothers, John Cole Thomas(Marie), and George Thomas of Fredericksburg. He also had numerous nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and -nephews.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Jack A. Marcom Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Donations may be made to Knights of Pythias Lodge 22 Widows’ Fund, 330 Wallace Lane, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408, or the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Phyllis Sisson

Phyllis Sisson went to her eternal celebration with the Lord on Monday, August 9, 2010 with her family by her side after a courageous fight with lung cancer.
Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, Richard A. Sisson; her mother, Margaret Herrera; a sister, Frankie Reynolds and a brother, L.W. Reynolds.
She is survived by her son and caregiver, Christopher W. Swann of King George County; her daughter and comfort giver, Myra Hardesty(Bill), of Dentsville, MD and also Gene and Mary Yaukey.  Three very special people in her life were her son, John C. Yaukey, her niece, Mary Margaret Pitts and her grandson, Justis Hardesty. Phyllis was especially loving and proud of her grandchildren, Kayla, Justis and Mylee Rose Hardesty and Brittany and Liane Swann.
Services will be held at a later date at Charles County Four Square Church in LaPlata, MD.
Donations may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 or to the American Cancer Society, c/o Trudy Clifton, 113 Tall Pines Avenue, Locust Grove, VA 22508.
Online condolences may be expressed to Phyllis’ family at foundandsons.com.

Area Deaths - September 8, 2010

Vernon Lee Bourne, Sr.

Vernon Lee “Bo” Bourne Sr., 79, of Woodford passed away Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010 at Retreat Hospital, Richmond.
Mr. Bourne was a member of Knights of Pythias 22 and a union carpenter for 42 years.
He is survived by his loving companion, Anita Alsop of Fredericksburg; five sons, Vernon Jr. of Stafford County, Arthur of Essex County, and L. Wayne, Terry and Henry Bourne of King George County; three sisters, Margie Shackleford, Charlotte Cooper and Edna Wilson; and his former wife, Geraldine Bourne of King George.
A memorial gathering was held Thursday, Sept. 2, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels-Cremation Service, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Virginia, Suite 200, 2120 L St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037; or a favorite charity.
Online condolences may be expressed at foundandsons.com.

Nathaniel Ray Hairfield

Nathaniel Ray Hairfield, 73, of Spotsylvania County passed away Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Hairfield was retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren. He was the son of the late Venton and Woodrith Brooks Hairfield.
He was a life member and former chief of Chancellor Volunteer Fire Department and served with the Fredericksburg Special Police from 1975 until 1981.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Helen C. Hairfield; his son, Ray Hairfield (Judy), of Spotsylvania; his brothers, Shelton Hairfield (Jan), of Colonial Beach and Ronnie Hairfield (Tina), of Spotsylvania; his sister, Annette Samuels (Hurley),  of Fredericksburg; his granddaughter, Julia Aguilar (Keven); two great-grandchildren, Emma Aguilar and Catherine Aguilar; and several nieces and nephews.
A service was held Saturday, Sept. 4, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Stephen D. Hay officiating. Entombment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Chancellor Volunteer Fire Department.
Memorials may be made to the Chancellor Volunteer Fire & Rescue Squad, Box 41100, Fredericksburg, Va. 22404, or to the American Cancer Society, Fred/Spotsy/Staff Unit, c/o Trudy Clifton, 113 Tallpines Ave., Locust Grove, Va. 22508.
An online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Orvis H. Baker

Orvis H. “Chuck” Baker, 71, of Dahlgren died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Born in Pennsylvania, he had retired after 27 years in the United States Navy. He then worked as a civil servant at the commissary at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division.
Survivors include his wife, Tina Baker; three children, Kristy Baker, Michael Baker and Sean Baker; three brothers, Arthur, Charles and Billy, and two sisters, Barbara and Bonnie; and five grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 3, in Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle.
Sign register book online at storkefuneralhome.com.

Annabelle W. Dickens

Mrs. Annabelle W. Dickens, 91, of King George County quietly and peacefully slipped away in the early hours of Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Dickens was born March 19, 1919, in King George to the late George Fleming and Ella Williams. She later moved to Washington, D.C., where she graduated from Armstrong High School in 1939.
On Sept. 10, 1944, she married George Dallas Dickens in Washington, and adopted her beloved husband’s six children as her own. From those six children, she was blessed with 20 grandchildren, 57 great- grandchildren and more than 41 great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Dickens committed her life to Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Antioch Baptist Church in King George. Throughout her long life, she never wavered in her Christian commitment and was a quiet prayer warrior who believed in the power of prayer and unconditional love.
In addition to her devoted Christian service, Mrs. Dickens had a distinguished career as a civil servant. She was employed as the Supervisor of Files at the United States District Courthouse, Washington, D.C., from 1944 until 1977. Like her sister, Dorothy J. Barnett, before her, Annabelle had the privilege of being one of the very first African-Americans to work in the federal courthouse.
For over 40 years, Mrs. Dickens was a member of the Orchidians Inc., a social organization whose mission was to support charitable causes in the D.C. area. With the Orchidians, she traveled all over the world to destinations including Mexico, England, Spain, Alaska, Nova Scotia and the Caribbean.
Preceding her in death were her husband, George D. Dickens; her sons, George, Charles and James Dickens; her daughters Corine Frazier and Marjorie Stapleton; her grandsons Darryl Dickens, Ernest Stapleton Jr. and Elton O. Jewell II; her sisters, Mary W. Jones and Dorothy J. Barnett; and her brother, George Thomas Williams.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Ann D. Anderson of King George; and a host of devoted grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
A funeral was held Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at Antioch Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Larry Finch Sr. officiating. Arrangements are by Lee Funeral Home, King George.
Memorial donations may be made to the Antioch Baptist Church Building Fund, Box 36, King George, Va. 22485; or to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.

Mitchell Lawson

Mitchell “Jack” Lawson, 82, of Fredericksburg passed away Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rita Mae Lawson; three daughters, Joslin Sue Kee (Gregory), of Westmoreland County, Jackie Torrice and her companion, Steven LeBlanc, and Vicki Miller, all of Fredericksburg; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters; one brother; and several nieces and nephews.
No services will be held, at Jack’s request.
Online condolences may be expressed at foundandsons.com.

David Alan Legenzoff

David Alan Legenzoff, 23, of King George County, formerly of Erie, Pa., died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at his home.
He was an avid hunter and golfer.
Survivors include his parents, Alan and Susan Legenzoff; sisters Andrea Legenzoff of Waterford, Pa., and Emalee Legenzoff of Fredericksburg; his girlfriend, with whom he resided, Torri Scarano; his grandmother, Jean Legenzoff of Kissimmee, Fla.; nephew Tyler; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 3, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Dick Jackson officiating. Interment will be private.
Memorial donations be made in his memory to the David Legenzoff Memorial Fund, c/o PNC Bank.
An online guestbook is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Christopher Lee Radford

Christopher Lee Radford, 26, of King George County died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010.
Survivors include his wife, Vanessa R. Radford of King George; his father, Raymond Wayne Radford (Donna), of Fredericksburg; his mother, Sonya Radford and her husband, Dennis Luekert, of Fredericksburg; a brother, Dylan Radford of Orange; two sisters, Brittany Radford and her fiance, Donald Lee West III, of King George and Amanda Beach (Dennis),  of Stafford County; his grandparents, Betty Ann Radford of Spotsylvania and Darlene Stevens (Stewart), of Locust Groove; two nieces; two nephews; and numerous cousins.
A funeral was held Monday, Sept. 6, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. Cliff Hedges officiating and interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
An online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Martha Jeanette Skidmore

Martha Jeanette “Nettie” Skidmore Jarvis, 87, of King George County went home to be with the Lord Jesus on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Nettie worked for Virginia Shoe Co. in Fredericksburg and was truly loved by all who knew her.
Survivors include her children, Delores Abney (Glenn), Steven Samuel Skidmore Jr. (Jean), and Bernard Jarvis; her sister Ruby Caldwell; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Steven Samuel Skidmore; her second husband, Virgil E. Jarvis; her parents, Clem J. and Nellie Mae Morgan; her sister Lillian P. Houck; and four brothers, Raymond H. Morgan, Minor W. Morgan, Alfred O. Morgan and Joseph W. Morgan.
A service was held Tuesday, Sept. 7, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Willis A. Dempsey, the Rev. Brent Vickery and the Rev. Paige Bowman officiating. Burial followed in the Potomac Baptist Church cemetery in King George.
Memorials may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407; to Potomac Baptist Church, 15371 Ridge Road, King George, Va. 22485; or to Ramoth Baptist Church, 478 Ramoth Church Road, Stafford, Va. 22554.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Alma Headley Hynson

Alma Headley Hynson, 94, of Warsaw passed away Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church and a charter member of the VFW Auxiliary Post 7167.
She was the widow of W. Edward Hynson, and was preceded in death by seven brothers, two sisters and her son-in-law, Clarence E. Smith.
She is survived by her daughter, Gloria H. Smith of King George County; two granddaughters, Cindy Chalkley (Chris), of King George, and Cathy Snyder (Roy), of Harrisonburg; three great-grandchildren, Claire Chalkley, Ella Chalkley and Collin Snyder; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Victory Baptist Church, Warsaw, with burial in Cobham Park Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends after 1 p.m. at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Callao Rescue Squad, Box 32, Callao, Va. 22435.

Arthur Lacey Jr.

Arthur Lacey Jr., 80, of Montross died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at his home.
Arthur was born July 3, 1930, to the late Arthur Andrew Sr. & Anlo Hankins Lacey in the Crossville community of Vernon. He moved to Virginia in 1970 and was owner and operator of Arthur Lacey & Sons Trucking Company.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; five sisters; his youngest son, Ricky Vern; and three grandchildren.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 59 years, Florine Lacey of Montross; four sons, Melvin Lacey of Montross (Deborah, of Millport, AL), Leonard Lacey (Renee), of Stafford County, Robert Lacey (Hazel), of Bowie, Md., and Maurice Lacey (Margaret), of King George County; three daughters, Janet Lacey of Montross, Abigail Johnson (Dave), of Doswell and Charlotte Scott (Tony), of Jacksonville, N.C.; one sister, Felestine Lacey Barnes of Compton, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Bobbie Hackett of Kinsale and Mae Ruth Wells of Fayette, Ala.; 21 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at United Faith Christian Ministries, Stafford, with the Rev. Leonard B. Lacey officiating and A.L. Bennett & Son Funeral Home directing.
A memorial service and burial will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Temple Star Baptist Church in Vernon, Ala.
Online condolences may be expressed at at albennettandsonfuneralhome.com.

Area Deaths - August 4, 2010

June Sylvester Long,

June Sylvester Long, 82, of Colonial Beach died Thursday, May 13, 2010. She was born on June 12, 1927.
A memorial service was held Saturday, July 31, 2010, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 203 Dennison St., Colonial Beach.

Roy N. Mullins

Roy N. Mullins, 62, of Partlow passed away Saturday, July 24, 2010, at his home.
He was the son late Herschel “Jack” and Reba Maggard Mullins. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a truck driver and plumber.
Roy is survived by his wife of 39 years, Mildred; a daughter, Ruby Burcham (John), of Partlow; two sons, Joseph Mullins (Tina), of Partlow and James Mullins of King George County; his sister, Uva Branham of Richmond; and three grandchildren, Jackie Mullins, Kyle Burcham and Ashleigh Burcham, all of Partlow.
A funeral was held at the Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service-Spotsylvania Chapel on Wednesday, July 28, with the Rev. Jerry Mullins officiating. Interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery.
The family asks that memorial donations in Roy’s name be made to the American Cancer Society.
Friends may offer online condolences at mullinsthompsonspotsylvania.com.

Elsie Lavern Clatterbuck

Elsie Lavern Clatterbuck, 75, of King George County died Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at Golden Living Center.
She is survived by three sons, Eric Clatterbuck, Antonia Clatterbuck and Tracey Clatterbuck.
A funeral was held Saturday, July 31, at St. Stephens Baptist Church in King George, with Bishop-elect Anthony Jones officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, is handling the arrangements.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

George William Garbers

George William Garbers, 85, of Colonial Beach passed away Sunday, July 25, 2010, at his residence.
George had retired from the U.S. Navy as a master chief gunner’s mate with 24 years of service. He also retired from the University of California at Los Alamos, N.M., and was a member of VFW Post 10574, Colonial Beach.
George is survived by his wife, Valerie Garbers, of the home; three daughters, Paula Johnson of Oregon, Randi Sue Robertson of Missouri and Kali Rose Garbers of Colonial Beach; three sons, Mark Garbers of Alaska, George William Garbers Jr. and Christopher Carl Garbers, both of Colonial Beach; a brother, Charles A. Garbers of Alexandria; two grandchildren, George William Garbers III and Elizabeth Ann Garbers, both of Colonial Beach.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 22, 2010, in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington.
Contributions may be sent to VFW Post 10574, 107 Hawthorne St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.

Lydia Kelly Connelly

Lydia Kelly Connelly, 94, of Fredericksburg died Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at her residence.
Mrs. Connelly was the widow of Richard Franklin Connelly, who passed in January 1987.
She worked at the Public Works Department at Dahlgren, retiring in the ‘70s.
Survivors include her daughters, retired Lt. Col. Vivian Connelly of Fredericksburg and Felicia Cox (Richard), of Fallston, Md.; three granddaughters, Lydia Diklich (Donald), Donna Sue Cox, and Amy Phillips (Brett); and one great-grandson, Julian Cox.
A graveside service was held Saturday, July 31, in Oak Hill Cemetery, with the Rev. Nancy Compher officiating.
Memorials may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407, or to Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 308 Hanover St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Helen Thayer

Helen Thayer, 97, of King George County died peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.
A lifelong resident of King George, Mrs. Thayer was a homemaker and former co-owner of a country store in the county with her husband, the late James P. Thayer Sr.  The Thayers were married for 77 years.
She was a former member of Oakland Baptist Church of King George.
Survivors include her son, James P. Thayer Jr. (Amy) of King George, her caregivers. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Monday, Aug. 2, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. Interment was in Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens in King George.
Memorial contributions may be made to King George Fire & Rescue, Box 466, King George, Va. 22485, or King George Sheriff’s Office, 9483 Kings Highway, Suite 5, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

James H. Bland

Deacon James H. Bland, 91, of Dahlgren died Thursday, July 31, 2010, at Hearts at Home in Dahlgren.
Mr. Bland worked as rigger leader at Naval Surface Warfare Center-Dahlgren until retiring in 1974. He was a member of Little Ark Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Deacon Ministry and former member of the men’s Jubilee Chorus.
He is survived by his son, William Bland of Dahlgren; four daughters, Dorothy Johnson of Dahlgren, and Eleanor Norris, Joann Barnes and Joan Freeman, all of Houston, Texas; 13 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Little Ark Baptist Church, in Owens, with the Rev. Michael T. Bell serving as eulogist and the Rev. W.L. McKinley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Remains may be viewed Friday at the funeral home, starting at noon, with the family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m., and also one hour prior to the service at the church.
Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, is handling the arrangements.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Edward Brown

Edward Brown, 81, of Colonial Beach passed on Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Westmoreland Rehabilitation & Heath Care Center in Colonial Beach.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at First Baptist Church in Colonial Beach, with a viewing Saturday morning from 10 until the funeral time at the church. Interment will be in Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens in King George.
Arrangements are by Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home, Warsaw.

Francene King Barber

Francene King Barber, 80, of Irvington, formerly of Warsaw, passed away Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at Westminster Canterbury.
Mrs. Barber was preceded in death by her son Lewis, and grandson Luke.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, John Clark Barber Sr.; a son, John C. Barber Jr. (Grace); grandsons Carlton “Carl” (Sabrina), and Philip Scott Barber.
She was born in Currituck, N.C., attended high school in south Norfolk, and graduated from Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C.
She lived with her husband, a forester in southern cities. While living in Macon, Ga., she taught several subjects at A.L. Miller High School, and later in high schools in Alexandria. While in New Orleans, she became a licensed tour guide, and later a guide in Washington, D.C.
After moving to the Northern Neck in 1986, she continued to work in travel and tourism. She was chairman of the Northern Neck Tourism Council, and represented Richmond County on the board of Potomac Gateway Welcome Center and rose to chairman. After working in the Richmond County Tricentennial Celebration in 1992, she became an organizer of the Richmond County Museum and directed an all-volunteer staff and organization until her retirement in 2008.
A noteworthy project she completed was the restoration of the 1926 William Atkinson Jones Memorial, a gift from a grateful Philippine people.
Recently, Mrs. Barber co-authored the book “Warsaw,” a pictorial depiction of Warsaw, Va. She also served on the vestry of St. John’s Episcopal Church and was very active in the Episcopal churches in the communities where she lived.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richmond County Museum, Box 884, Warsaw, Va. 22572 or Saint John’s Episcopal Church, Box 1083, Warsaw, Va. 22572.
A funeral will he held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, with interment following in Emmanuel Cemetery, Emmerton. Online condolences may be made at welchfuneral homeva.com.

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