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Area Deaths - December 30, 2009

James L. Jordan


James L. Jordan, 80, of King George County died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at his residence.
He is survived by seven daughters, Loretta John, Arlene Davis, Vernice Johnson, Brenda Jordan, Leslie Jordan, Vickie Jordan and Maricha Anderton; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
A funeral was held on Saturday, Dec. 26, at Shiloh Baptist Church in Port Royal with the Rev. Lester Harvey officiating. Burial was in the Salem Baptist Church cemetery.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.



Julia Ada Gaines


Julia Ada Gaines, 72, of Hustle departed this life on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, at her residence.
She is survived by one daughter, Eleanor Diane Jackson and husband Theodore of Hustle; and three sisters, Lorraine Chambers of Fredericksburg, Ann Gray of Chicago, and Pearl Corbins of Tappahannock.
A viewing was held  Thursday, Dec. 24, at Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock. The funeral was held  Saturday, Dec. 26, at Mount Olive Baptist Church, Hustle, with the Rev. Charles Johnson, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to washingtonfh.com.

Dorothy B. Whorton

Dorothy B. Whorton, 77, of Spotsylvania County passed away Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, at her home.
Dorothy was born Sept. 25, 1932, in Amissville, the daughter of the late Athey Buckner Burke and Dissie Jenkins Burke.
Dorothy was a member of Jeffersonton Baptist Church in Jeffersonton and was gentle, compassionate and selfless.
She exemplified kindness to all who were fortunate to know her. She was first and foremost a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose faith, grace and love firmly anchored her family. She absolutely enjoyed cooking and loved to watch football and was always an avid Washington Redskins fan.
Dorothy is survived by her children, George Whorton Jr. and his wife, Margaret, of Amissville, Shirley Hope and her husband, Jim, of Fredericksburg, Edward Whorton and his wife, Martha, of Culpeper, and Loretta Becker and her husband, Mike, of Spotsylvania; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a brother, Nathan Burke of Baxley, Ga., and a sister, Pearl McConchie of Colonial Beach.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, George Marshall Whorton Sr.; two sisters, Inez Whorton and Ida Mae Clark; and two brothers, Lee Burke and Ronnie Burke.
A funeral was held Monday, Dec. 28, at the Clore-English Funeral Home, with the Rev. Marshall Braylo officiating, and being assisted by Chaplain Bob Shultz. Interment followed in Culpeper National Cemetery, 305 US Ave., Culpeper.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, Va. 22701. Condolences may be sent to clore-english.com.

Robert P. Johnson

On Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, Robert Pierce “Doc” Johnson, 87, went home and is now resting peacefully in the loving arms of his Heavenly Father.
Mr. Johnson served gallantly in World War II, surviving the sinking of his ship, the USS Colhoun, off the coast of Guadalcanal. He served 20 years in the Navy.
He retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren.
Doc was preceded in death by his loving wife, Virginia Howard Johnson.
He is survived by his precious daughter, Patricia Anne Johnson Maness, and her husband, Mark, of Fredericksburg; and two brothers, James Johnson of Monterey and William B. Johnson of Fredericksburg. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Virgie Howard, brother-in-law, Carlton Howard and numerous nieces and nephews.
Doc is also survived by his “special” daughter, Stacy Lynch Muehlhauser, who cared for him with love and compassion.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, Dec. 30, in Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Ronnie Ford officiating.
The family received friends Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Fredericksburg SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408, or to the American Cancer Society, c/o Trudy Clifton, 113 Tallpines Ave., Locust Grove, Va. 22508.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Danny Mullins

Daniel Glenn “Danny” Mullins, 59, of Stafford County died Friday, Dec. 25, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Mullins had worked for Stafford County as a landfill supervisor before becoming disabled. He was a member of Fredericksburg Eagles Lodge 4123.
Survivors include his daughter, Shelly Shackelford and her husband, James, and his granddaughter, Shelby Shackelford, all of Stafford; his brothers, Jimmy R. Rose of Michigan, Roger R. Rose of South Carolina, Steve Mullins of North Carolina and Frank Mullins of King George County; his sister, Barbara S. Clements of Caroline County; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Beatrice Lester.
A funeral was conducted Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation-NoVA/DC Chapter, 2011 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., 6th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20006.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Laura Miller

Laura Mae Northington Miller, 89, of Colonial Beach journeyed to a more peaceful existence on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009.
Laura was born Aug. 23, 1920, in Prattville, Ala., to the late Leslie and Fannie Northington.
Mrs. Miller was a devoted member of St. Peter’s Episcopal church in Oak Grove, and a dedicated attendee of the Senior Citizen’s Center in Colonial Beach.
A graduate of Autauga County High School and Massey Business College in Alabama, Mrs. Miller worked for the federal government as a secretary and stenographer for approximately 35 years at the Pentagon. She lived in the Northern Virginia area for 60 years before moving to Colonial Beach, where she had resided for the past 10 years.
Survivors include her stepdaughter, Marie Bowie and her husband, George; three grandchildren, Donna Dodd and her husband, Jimmy, Charles Bowie and his wife, Susie, and Laura Coates and her husband, Robert; 11 great-grandchildren, Chris, Lisa and Sandi Dodd, Latane Bowie, Cainon, Jordan, Leah and Karsten Coates and Buddy, Billy and Joey Gibson, all of the Colonial Beach area. She also leaves behind a sister, Patty Turner, and a brother, Mags Northington, in Alabama; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Laura was predeceased by her husband, George Francis Miller, and granddaughter Debbie B. Gibson.
A funeral was held Wednesday, Dec. 30, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Oak Grove. Burial took place Thursday, Dec. 31, in National Memorial Park, Falls Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Cemetery Restoration Project, Box 370, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443; the American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va. 22485; Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443; or a charity of one’s choice.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Online guest book available nashandslawfh.com.

Lownes S. Leizear

Lownes Samuel “Mouse” Leizear, 87, of Oak Grove passed away Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris E. Leizear.
Born May 11, 1922, in Hyattsville, Md., he was a son of the late Sam and Aggie Leizear. He was one of seven children.
Mouse was a proud World War II veteran, who served in the Army as a rifleman. He was wounded during the war and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
He had a career as an operator at A.H. Smith Sand and Gravel plant in Branchville, Md. He was a member of the Branchville Volunteer Fire Co. & Rescue Squad, and a devoted member of the Neighborhood Watch in the Placid Bay community. He was a longtime member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.
His hobbies included woodworking, gardening, watching westerns, listening to gospel music, sharing his memories of World War II and traveling to visit friends.
Survivors include his longtime companion, Lois Griffin of Oak Grove; his son, Gregory Leizear of College Park, Md.; his daughter, Karen Espinoza of Colonial Beach; his sister, Gladys Allen of Manchester, Md.; his grandchildren, Heather and Johnny Gutridge, and Juana and Alberto Espinoza; and his great-grandchildren, Emma Trau and George Gutridge.
He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.
The family  received friends Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, where a service was held, Wednesday, Dec. 30.  Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, in Cheltenham VA Cemetery, Cheltenham, Md.

Ulysses Edwards

Ulysses Edwards, 66, of Falmouth died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at Sentara Hospital in Norfolk.
He had been employed by CMC Concrete in Manassas for more than 20 years.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Edwards; three sons, James Edwards, Vaughan Edwards and Ulysses Edwards Jr.; three daughters, Yolanda Jenkins, FiFi Williams and Alicia Evan-White; four sisters, Victoria Smith, Johnnie Mae Saunders, Margaret Lyburd and Frankie Forest; a special niece, Rosalyn Mc- Kine; and his devoted companion, Celia McKinney.
A funeral will be conducted at        1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at First Baptist Church Ambar, King George, with the Rev. William Frye officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
Online guest book available at brooksfuneral home.com.

Area Deaths - December 23, 2009

Patricia June VanDeWeert

Patricia June Turner VanDeWeert, 77, well-known resident of Towanda RR 2, Towanda Twp., PA. passed away Thursday morning December 17, 2009 at her home, surrounded by her loving and devoted family.
“Pat” as she was known by her family and many friends was born February 26, 1932 in Walton, N.Y. to  the late Floyd and Alice Hammond Turner.  She was a graduate of Matamoras High School, Matamoras, PA.  Class of 1950 and was honored as Valedictorian of her class.  
On June 20, 1953, Pat married Bernard W. VanDeWeert in Norwich, N.Y. and their marriage brought forth nine children.
While raising her family, Pat assisted her husband in the operation of their farms beginning in Richford, N.Y. and continuing in Harford, N.Y., Etna, N.Y., King George, VA.  and later the Fox Chase Farm in Towanda Twp., PA.  until their retirement.  Pat also managed the Fox Chase Restaurant for 12 years working alongside her family in their successful business.  
Her love and devotion for her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren was immense and paramount in her life.  Family gatherings at home were always very special with many memorable times shared by all.  Pat will be fondly remembered for her kind and gracious personality, inner strength and positive influence on the many lives she touched.  She will be deeply missed.
Pat was a member of the North Towanda United Methodist Church and TOPS.  Pat enjoyed cooking and traveling.
Surviving are: Her beloved husband of 56 years, Bernard W. VanDeWeert Sr. of the home; nine children: twin daughters, Linda and Lois VanDeWeert of Towanda RR 2; Diane Bride and her husband David Bride of Towanda RR 4; Brenda Buchholz and her husband William Buchholz of King George, VA.; Garry VanDeWeert and his wife Linda VanDeWeert of Towanda RR 2; Floyd VanDeWeert and his wife Lori VanDeWeert of Towanda RR 2; Cheryl Morris  and her husband Lewis Morris of Towanda RR 2; Bernard  VanDeWeert Jr. of Elmira, N.Y.; Patti Hartmann and her husband Rob Hartmann of Towanda RR 2; “Special Sons”, Jose Nazar, Steve Smeck and Dell Stahr;  27 Grandchildren:  Heather C., Kevin, Becky, Lillea, Christa, Heather B., Sara, Andrew, Willie, Nikki, Carrie, Hannah, Kelly, Mo, Jessi, Jenni, Kate, Ella, Brenda, Richard, Lewis, Maggie, Olivia, Emily, Dylan, Jessica and Mason; 20 Great Grandchildren; her sister, Priscilla Fierro of Virginia; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her  parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Floyd Turner, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Henry and Helen VanDeWeert and her grandson, Tate Hendrik Blokzyl.
The family received friends on Saturday Dec. 19, at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home 217 York Ave. Towanda, PA.
The funeral service was held Sunday, December 20, 2009 with the Rev. Jean Montgomery, pastor of the North Towanda United Methodist Church officiating.
Interment followed in the Cole Cemetery, Towanda Twp., PA
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be directed to the North Towanda United Methodist Church in care of Jake Guffey, Treasurer, RR 1 Box 297, Towanda, PA. 18848 in Patricia June VanDeWeert’s memory.

Gladys Mae Grigsby Fagan

Gladys Mae Grigsby Fagan of Spotsylvania County went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at the age of 87.
The daughter of Wilbur and Myrtle Tate Grigsby, Gladys was born in Lerty, Westmoreland County. In 1959, she and her family relocated to the Fredericksburg area, where she resided until her death. She was married for nearly 52 years to Marbury A. Fagan, who predeceased her. A homemaker, she also was a babysitter for many area children. In her later years, she worked for her son, Charles, at the Corner Thrift Shop in Fredericksburg, where she enjoyed meeting and talking with customers and friends.
A faithful, loving and deeply caring wife, mother, and Mema, her life revolved around her family. She is survived by six children, Jo Ann Fagan Hite and husband Joe Hite of Nags Head, N.C., formerly of Bowling Green, Linda L. Fagan Sealy and husband L. Franklin Sealy of Spotsylvania, Marbury A. Fagan II and wife Patricia Wood Fagan of Powhatan, Charles R. Fagan and wife Glenda Fagan of Stafford County, Donna K. Fagan Truslow of Caroline County, formerly of Falmouth, and Michael S. Fagan of James City County.
Also surviving are three brothers, William H. Grigsby of Warsaw, Wilbur Grigsby Jr. of Hanover, and Garland W. Grigsby Payne of Virginia Beach; 18 grandchildren: Leigh Uithoven, Andy Hite, Scott Hite, Lori Simms, Chip Simms, Matthew Sealy, Jessica Sealy, Micah Burns, Jonathan Fagan, Sarah Fagan, Joshua Fagan, Charles Fagan II, Allison Fagan, Sean Fagan, Andy J. Truslow, Erin Fagan, Amanda Fagan and Alena Fagan; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
The family received friends at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, on Friday, Dec. 18. Funeral services will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Fredericksburg, at noon Saturday, Dec. 19, with Rectors James C. Dannals and Charles Raymond Sydnor officiating. Pallbearers were Gladys’ grandsons.  Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Linann Brown

Linann Brown, 69, of Dahlgren passed away Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Born in Tylertown, MS, Linann was a data entry supervisor for a government contractor and a member of Oakland Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Robert McClain Brown of Newburg, Md., and Michael Brown of Dahlgren; three daughters, Melony Laine Brown and Ann Chester, both of Dahlgren, and Kathy Dalrymple of Middleburg, Fla.; a brother, George Shoemaker of Tylertown, Miss.; a sister, Patsy Brumfield of Tylertown; and eight grandchildren. Linann was predeceased by her husband, McClain Brown, and son Eugene Brown.
A funeral was held  Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, with the Rev. Sherman Davis officiating. Burial  followed in Round Hill Baptist Church cemetery.
A visitation was held Monday, Dec. 21, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
Contributions in Linann’s memory may be sent to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Online guestbook is available nashandslawfh.com.

Patricia Harris McConnell

Patricia Harris McConnell, 62, of Montross passed away on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009, at her son’s home.
Patricia was one of four daughters born to the late Walter and Ruth Harris. She worked as a dental assistant for 30 years for Dr. Preston Burns, and was a two-time cancer survivor. She also loved gardening.
Patricia is survived by her son, Patrick McConnell and his wife, Lisa, of Fredericksburg; her sister, Retha Harris of Stafford County; her grandchildren, Emily and Matthew McConnell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service celebrating Pat’s life was held Monday, Dec. 21, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg.
The family asks that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society, 124 Park Street S.E., Vienna, Va. 22180.
Online condolences may be expressed to Pat’s family at foundandsons.com.

Carroll Byrd Gore, Jr.

Carroll Byrd Gore Jr., 66, of Stafford County died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009, at his residence, surrounded by his family. Mr. Gore had retired as president of Carroll B. Gore Builders.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Gore; his children, Christopher C. Gore of Stafford and Matthew S. Gore of King George County; his brothers, Michael Gore of Summerville, S.C., and Steve Fincham of Woodbridge; his sisters, Patricia Roach, Sue Mitchell and Sharon Sullivan, all of Fredericksburg; four grandchildren, Christopher K. G. Sullivan, Matthew A. Gore, Sierra K. Gore and Bryce M. Gore; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carroll and Olive Gore; and one brother, William Wayne Woody.
Services will be private.
The family received friends Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorials Processing Center, Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Area Deaths - December 16, 2009

 Carl Milton Apperson, Sr.

Carl Milton “Pop” Apperson Sr., 82, of Fredericksburg died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009.
Mr. Apperson was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and retired from the Virginia National Guard. He was a lifelong member and deacon at Fairview Baptist Church. He loved the outdoors, gardening, and most of all, camping with his children.
Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Sadie Faulkner Apperson; four sons: Carl Jr. and his wife, Maria, of Spotsylvania County; Danny and his wife, Daisy, of Colonial Beach; Timothy and his wife, Debra, of Spotsylvania; and Curt of Winchester; two daughters, Rebecca Conyers and her husband, Leonard, of Stafford County, and Constance Frye and her husband, Danny, of Roanoke; one brother, Norman Apperson of Florida; 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Percy C. and Maude Hicks Apperson; two sons, Terry and Glen Apperson; three grandchildren, Justin and Cory Apperson, and Jenna Conyers; and three siblings, Clayton, Percy and Gloria.
A funeral was held Friday, Dec. 11, at Fairview Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert W. Sizemore officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
The family received friends Thursday, Dec. 10 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
Memorials may be made to the Fairview Baptist Church Building Fund-RS, 900 Charlotte St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401 or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation- VA Chapter, 2727 Enterprise Parkway, Suite 104, Richmond, Va. 23294.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Ralph C. O’Donnell

Ralph C. O’Donnell, 91, of Ocala, Fla., formerly of Stafford County, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2009. He was an Army veteran and later retired from Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Catherine “Kitty” O’Donnell.
Survivors include daughter Janice Cross; grandson Ralph Spillman; granddaughter Cathy Bullock; and longtime companion, Mary Theuner.
A celebration of life service was held Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at Sunset Memorial Gardens Chapel.

Elsie Lunsford Williams

Elsie Lunsford Williams, 89, died Monday evening, Dec. 7, 2009.
Elsie was born April 7, 1920, the daughter of Margaret and John Swetnam Lunsford of Independent Hill on Bull Run near Manassas. She had two sisters, Lucille and Hazel, and five brothers, Charles, John, Gordon, Early and Floyd. She attended Hoadley Grammar, a two-room school, then graduated from Occoquan High School and Manassas Business College.
She worked at the Navy Department in Washington, D.C., during World War II, and was the official Air Raid Blackout Warden for her Arlington neighborhood.
She married H. Clay Williams of Cofield, N.C., when she was 20 years old. She continued her position with the Navy Department until giving birth to her daughter, Gail Tennille.
In 1970, Elsie and Clay moved from Springfield to make their home at Longfield Farm in King George County.
Elsie applied her administrative skills as the secretary of King George High School during the 1970s. In that position, she befriended and supported numerous King George High School students.
In the mid 1970s, she was stricken with cancer, which she bravely fought, entering an experimental program of the National Institutes of Health. She was a 35-year cancer survivor and after her recovery, she was a staunch volunteer in the community supporting, encouraging and informing others facing the challenges of cancer and chemotherapy.
She was not afraid to show by her example that it is possible to fight cancer and win.
Elsie was wonderfully artistic and leaves beautiful flowers, drawings and paintings. But most importantly, she leaves a legacy of her love and kindness and the many strong and valued friendships that she maintained throughout her life.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Henry Clay Williams of Longfield Farm, King George; her sister, Mrs. Lucille Lunsford Alderton, 104 years of age and of King George; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Evelyn Lunsford and Mrs. Martha Lunsford; her daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Gail Williams Wertz and Dr. Andrew Ball of King George; and stepgranddaughters Jennifer Ball Truitt and Katherine Ball Lemuz and their children. She is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews: Annie and Linda; Richard, Marie and Kathy; Ronnie, Faye and Kevin; Margaret, Barbara and Sally; Jane, Donna and Ernie; Ralph, Nancy and Donna; and William and Dermott, as well as a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
A visitation was held  Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 9425 Kings Highway (Route 3), King George, followed by a funeral at 11 a.m., also at the church. A private burial at Millbank Farm  followed.
Funeral arrangements are by Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
Memorial contributions may be made to the King George Chapter of the American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va. 22485, or Trinity United Methodist Church, Box 155, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guestbook is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Walker Washington

Walker Washington, 72, of Fredericksburg passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris E. Washington.
Walker is survived by two children and their spouses, Linda R. Washington (Michael) of Spotsylvania County and Andre X. Washington (Brenda) of Fredericksburg; three sisters, Ann Cole (William) and Shirley Washington (Theodore) of Rappahannock Academy, and Doris Jones of King George County; six brothers, William Washington (Linda) of Saint Pauls, N.C., Lloyd Washington (Dorothy), Richard Washington (Geneva), and Tyrone Jones of Rappahannock Academy, Robert Jones (Priscilla) of Texas and Van Robinson (Ursula) of King George; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A viewing was held Saturday, Dec. 12, at A.L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home, 200 Butternut Drive, Fredericksburg, where the funeral service was held  Sunday, Dec. 13, followed by interment in Mount Lawn Cemetery, Woodford.
On-line condolences may be sent to albennettandsonfuneralhome.com.

Walter Frederick Klotz, Sr.

Walter Frederick Klotz Sr. of Colonial Beach passed away Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009, three days shy of his 100th birthday.
Mr. Klotz was the last surviving founder of the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad and was known for his quick wit and humor. He was known to many as the proprietor of the Gem 5 & 10 store in Colonial Beach, which he owned and operated for over 25 years.
Mr. Klotz was born Dec. 11, 1909, in Washington, D.C., to Lena and William Henry Klotz, and spent several years of his youth in Colonial Beach before returning to Washington.
He worked numerous jobs prior to and during the Great Depression, including working as a printer’s assistant, a candy maker, a meat cutter and Safeway store manager before joining the Washington Rapid Transit Co. in 1931, where he worked with his brother, William, driving buses and streetcars.
After moving to Colonial Beach for good in 1945, Mr. Klotz managed the King Cotton Hotel, and owned and operated the Playland Novelty Store and the Willow Lunch restaurant on the boardwalk. In 1949, he purchased Gem 5 & 10, known to townspeople and vacationers as the store with the largest variety of “penny candy” in the region. He operated there until his retirement in 1975. He also served as town magistrate in Colonial Beach for six years.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Marguerite. He is survived by his daughter, Margie Staples and her husband, Mitchell, of Colonial Beach; son Walter F. Klotz Jr. and his wife, Joan, of King George County; grandchildren Rick Frank and his wife, Kellie, and Kathy Staples, all of Fredericksburg, and Mitchell Staples Jr. of Woodbridge; great-grandchildren Sarah Frank and Emily Frank of Fredericksburg; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Monday, Dec. 14, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach.  Interment followed at Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens (formerly Historyland Memorial Park) in King George. The family received friends Monday from 10 a.m. until the start of the funeral.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Helen Lewis Finn

Helen Lewis Finn, 82, of Spotsylvania County died Monday, Dec. 7, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg.
Born June 1, 1927, in Montgomery County, Md., she was the daughter of the late Earl Thomas and Mildred Viola Gue.
 She was the wife of the late Quincy R. Finn.
Surviving children are Olivia Finn of Richmond, William Finn of King George County, John Finn of Denver, Colo., Barney Finn of Spotsylvania and Helen Finn of Fredericksburg; and eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned at a later date.

Nancy Elaine Cleek

Nancy Elaine Cleek, 63, of Stafford County died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Ms. Cleek was a native of Fredericksburg and was the daughter of the late Billy Cleek and Margaret Cleek Beach. She had retired as a civil service employee at Dahlgren. She was a member of First Christian Church.
Survivors include her son, Troy Cleek; three grandchildren, Michael Cleek of Ohio and Hailey Cleek and Cheyenne Cleek, both of Stafford; three sisters, Barbara Burgess of Stafford, Phyllis Newton of Colonial Beach and Tammy Burrus of Spotsylvania County; two stepbrothers, Terry Beach of Richmond and Dennis Beach of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. Gary Staddan officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Vincent Dodd, Jesse Dodd, Dean Dodd, Ronald Dickinson, Tommie Walters and Chad Perry.
The family received friends Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Trudy Clifton, 113 Tallpines Ave., Locust Grove, Va. 22508.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Area Deaths - December 9, 2009

Emily Rae Thomas

Emily Rae Thomas, 62, of King George County died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at her residence.
Rae was a former driver for the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, Fredericksburg, for more than 20 years.
She is survived by her father, Luther Q. Johnson; three sons, John H. Thomas Jr., Paul A. Thomas and Kevin L. Thomas; her daughters, Josephine T. Thomas and Diamond L. Taylor; two brothers, Luther F. Johnson and Lloyd N. Johnson; and one sister, Ruth J. Johnson.
A funeral was held Friday, Dec. 4, at First Baptist Church Amber in King George, with the Rev. William T. Frye officiating. The remains will be cremated as she requested.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome .com.

Garnett W. Mothershead

Garnett W. Mothershead, 90, of Foneswood went to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009.
Mr. Mothershead was the widower of Auburn B. Mothershead, and was a retired farmer, an elder emeritus of Ephesus Christian Church, and served with the Farmers Home Administration for a number of years.
He is survived by a son, Gerald W. Mothershead and his wife, Susan; a daughter, Ellen Martin and her husband, Bill, of Montross; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a great- grandson.
A funeral was held  Saturday, Dec. 5, at Ephesus Christian Church, Foneswood, with interment in the church cemetery. The family received friends Friday, Dec. 4, at the Montross Chapel of Welch Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ephesus Christian Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Sue France, 9642 Newland Road, Warsaw, Va. 22572 or Bon Secours Hospice, 1822 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, Va. 22560.

Edward F. Colston

Edward F. Colston, 65, of King George County died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009, at his home.
Born in Richmond, Mr. Colston was a retired physicist at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren. He graduated from the University of Richmond and received his graduate degree from East Carolina University.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Colston; his children, Lynne Coats, Scott Colston and stepson Robert Hobson; his brother, Newton Colston; and his grandchildren, Samantha, Matthew, Vaughan, Steele and Blake. He was predeceased by his son John.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his memory be made to King George Fire & Rescue, Inc., Box 466, King George, Va. 22485, or the Salvation Army, Box 179, Fredericksburg, Va. 22404-0179.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements.
 Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.
Patricia Ann Nestoryak
Patricia Ann “Pat” Nestoryak, 62, of King George County passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Pat is survived by her husband of 43 years, Bob; her mother, Eleanor Burnham of North Carolina; four sisters, Harriet Campbell of New York, Connie Burnham of Georgia, Deborah Gensler of North Carolina and Marion Ohler of King George; seven brothers, Crawford Burnham Jr. of Florida, Crawford Burnham III of New York, Robert Burnham of Georgia, Paul Burnham of New York, Gregory Burnham of New York, John Burnham of North Carolina and Frank Burnham of North Carolina; and numerous other relatives including her special niece, Brandy Stepaniak, her special nephews, Ricky, Michael and Christopher; and a special aunt, Sheila Phillips of New York.
She was preceded in death by her father, Crawford L. Burnham; a brother, Edward J. Burnham; two sisters, Barbara Fink and Ethel Peters; a nephew, Edward J. Burnham Jr. and a special uncle, Lucky Phillips.
A memorial service celebrating Pat’s life was held  Sunday, Dec. 6, at Fletcher’s Chapel United Methodist Church with Pastor Elfie Finn-McKenzie officiating.
Online condolences may be expressed to Pat’s family at foundandsons.com.

Mabel Crouch Bryant

Mabel Crouch Bryant, 95, of Colonial Beach and Alexandria, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, at Bowling Green Healthcare Center. She was the widow  of Mr. James Bryant.
Mrs. Bryant was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.
She is survived by her great-nieces and caregivers, Sharee Skinner of Caroline County and Tamra Wheeler of Louisa County; her sisters, Mrs. Frances Van Dornes of Lively and Mrs. Edith Perkins of Carrollton, Ky.; her sisters-in-law, Mrs. Barbara Crouch of Fredericksburg and Mrs. Bea Crouch of West Virginia; her stepdaughter, Mrs. Betty Elliott of Alexandria; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at Mount Comfort Cemetery, Alexandria, with Dr. Randy Newsome officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Bryant’s name to the Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
The register book is available online at storkefuneralhome.com.

Jean Pecoraro

Jean Pecoraro, 81, of King George County passed away Thursday Dec. 3, 2009, at Heritage Hall. Found and Sons Funeral Chapels will be handling the arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

Dr. Julie A. Cahn

Dr. Julie A. Cahn, 42, of King George County lost her struggle with cervical cancer on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.
Julie, a pharmacist at Costco in Fredericksburg, was a devoted Catholic and a member of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Fredericksburg.
She is survived by her husband, Michael, and son William Ralph Cahn, 4, of King George; son Kristofer Chad Watson, 22, of Missouri; her mother and father, Donald and Mary Gerum of Tomahawk, Wis.; and four sisters, Debbie Boskovic of Inverness, Ill., Laura Canterbury of Springfield, Mellisa Gerum of Cantonsville, Md., and Heather Gerum of West Chester, Pa.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at St. Mary Catholic Church.  Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.
A rosary service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, with visitation to follow until 8 p.m. at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
Memorials may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Area Deaths - December 2, 2009

Timothy Wayne Sears, Jr.

Timothy Wayne “T.J.” Sears Jr., 25, of Spotsylvania County died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009.
T.J. loved being with his girlfriend, Tara, and their son, Anthony. He was an avid sports fan: he loved the Redskins; basketball, where he held a record for shooting three-pointers; and Texas Hold ‘Em.
He was a 2002 graduate of Spotsylvania High School. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Nancy and Barry Thomas of Spotsylvania; his girlfriend, Tara Rose and their son, Anthony Clay Sears; his brother, Tyler Thomas of Spotsylvania; his sister, Amanda Sears and her children, Kayleigh and Cameron Sears, all of Spotsylvania; his grandparents, Joan and Kenneth Hilburn Sr. of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; aunt and uncle Karen and Michael Trivett of Spotsylvania; his uncle, Kenneth Hilburn Jr. and his aunt, Virginia Freeman of Colonial Beach; cousins Mikie and Krissy Trivett, and Avery Hilburn; and his father, Timothy W. Sears Sr. of Fredericksburg.
A funeral was held Saturday Nov. 28, at Spotsylvania Church of God, with Pastor Donald Jones officiating. Interment followed in Laurel Hill Memorial Park.
The family received friends Friday, Nov. 27, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been set up for his 6-year-old son, Anthony.  Donations may be made to the Anthony Clay Sears Trust Fund, Carter Bank, 1204 Bragg Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Virgie Rozell Howland

Virgie Rozell Howland, 94, of Fredericksburg died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009.
Mrs. Howland was born Aug. 18, 1915, in Alabama, a daughter of the late Lee Roy and Lola Crabtree Rozell. She was known to her family as “Snooks.”
A prolific quilter, she gifted quilts to all family members, and on special occasions of births and weddings. She was an avid antiques collector, and she enjoyed tending her roses. Mrs. Howland retired from the FMC plant and continued working with her brothers at Rozell Brothers Grocery in Guinea. She was a longtime member of Shiloh Baptist Church in King George.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Howland was preceded in death by her first husband, John Milton Joblin; and second husband Lewis H. Howland; her siblings, Dawson Girland Rozell, Lorraine Rozell Anthony, Macwayne Rozell, Amelda Rozell Acors, Gene Rozell, Margie Rozell Serett, Bonnie Rozell and Ray Rozell.
Survivors include her brother, Cecil T. Rozell of Heathsville; an aunt, Mary Nunnery of Spotsylvania County; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends, including longtime friend, Mary Lee Ellis.
A funeral was held Monday, Nov. 30, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Randolph M. Newsome officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.  
Pallbearers were Gary Rozell, Maxie Rozell, David Rozell, Ronnie Acors, Blake Rozell and Lonnie Serrett.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 13457 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Sharon Kay McMurtry

Sharon Kay McMurtry, 58, of Potomac Landing in King George County left for Paradise on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at Potomac Hospital, after courageously fighting breast cancer for 15 months. She was surrounded by her husband and loved ones.
Sharon graduated from Norman High School in Oklahoma in 1969. She then went to the University of Oklahoma School of Pharmacy, where she completed her studies and began her 34- year career.
Sharon will be remembered for her kind and gentle spirit. She continuously expressed genuine concern for others. Sharon’s family and friends feel honored to have known her.
Survivors include her husband, Lawrence T. “Larry”; her son, Brent E. Conditt of Fredericksburg; her step-son, Jason L. McMurtry and his wife, Jodie, of Prince George County; her step-daughter, Holly R. McMurtry of Midlothian; two sisters, Pamela Pierce and her husband, Michael, Ph.D., of Laramie, Wyo., and Linda Watters and her husband, David, M.D., of Woodland, Utah; two grandsons, Zach and Jake Conditt; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell C. and Dorothy Barthel Childress; and her in-laws, Lawrence R. and Martha V. McMurtry.
A funeral was held  Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. Mark A. Miller officiating. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
The family received friends from Monday, Nov. 30, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Potomac Hospital Foundation, 2300 Opitz Blvd., Woodbridge, Va. 22191, or to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank, Box 1006, Fredericksburg, Va. 22402.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Jeanette W. Wiley

Jeanette W. Wiley, 80, of King George County died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, in Fredericksburg.
Jeanette was a former employee of the U.S. House of Representatives.
She is survived by her sons, Jeffrey L. Wiley of King George and Gregory T. Wiley of Holland, Michigan; a daughter, Karen Wiley Nichols of Jalisco, Mexico; a sister, Marion Chandler of Springfield; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  Jeanette was the widow of Lynwood L. Wiley.
No services are scheduled.
Contributions may be made to the Greater Fredericksburg Area SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, VA, 22408.
Online guestbook is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Alvin Kenny Ellyson

Alvin Kenny Ellyson, 66, of King George, VA died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009 at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline L. Ellyson; three children:  Kenny Wade Ellyson, Norman Ellyson, Dorothy Ellyson Prince; five sisters:  Kathryn E. Mitchell of Haynesville, VA, Mary E. Burke of Tappahannock, VA, Betty E. Baker of Swanboro, NC, Sophia Ward of Quinton, VA and Martha Lopsis of Quinton, VA.He is also survived by eight grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  He was pre-deceased by a brother, Jessie A. Ellyson.
Online guestbook is available a www.nashandslawfh.com

Area Deaths - October 14, 2009

Joan Louise Carosella

Joan Louise “Mrs. C” Carosella, 76, of King George County passed away Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, in Stanardsville. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.
Nanny, who will be missed, is survived by her children, Denise Seton and Matthew Carosella; four grandchildren, Paul, Victoria, Jonathan and Nicolas.
Ryan Funeral Home,Ruckersville, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , is in charge of arrangements.

Jerry Paul Puckett

Jerry Paul Puckett, 70, of Fairview Beach passed away Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009. Jerry was a native of Buchanan County and a resident of Fairview Beach for 19 years. He was the owner of Puckett Brothers Construction Co.

Jerry was a member of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division and a team member of Morgan-McClure’s Kodak Film racing team.
Jerry will be greatly missed by his family as well as his many friends because of his compassion, generosity and humor.
Jerry is survived by two children, Susan and David Puckett of Fairview Beach; three grandchildren, Wade, Willa and Kadence; four brothers, Larry Lee Puckett of Stafford County, Fred Puckett of Lancaster, Pa., Tommy Puckett of Glade Springs and Danny Puckett of Guyton, Ga.; a sister, Peggy A. Fox of Rosedale; one aunt, Lois Owens of Lakeland, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by Barney, his beloved four-legged friend and travel companion.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Dollie Puckett, and a brother, Sammy Puckett.
Jerry’s family received friends Saturday, Oct. 10, and a memorial service followed at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. Burial will be private.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Edward William Painter

Edward William Painter, 59, of Fredericksburg passed away peacefully on Wednesday Oct. 7, 2009, at his home.
Eddie is survived by his mother, Helen V. Painter, of Fredericksburg; his daughter, Michelle Kerr, of College Park, Md.; his brother Larry W. Painter of Fredericksburg; four sisters, Dolly V. Diamond of Lovettesville, Shirley A. Conley of Dale City, Robin J. Morgan of King George County and Phyllis M. Bogley of Gaithersburg, Md; two grandchildren, Andrew and Caitlin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Eddie was preceded in death by his father, William A. Painter, and his brother John L. Campbell.
Interment will be held privately at Quantico National Cemetery at a later date.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society, 124 Park St. S.E., Vienna, Va. 22180.
Online condolences may be expressed to Eddie’s family at foundandsons.com.

Rita Pollard Lund

Rita Pollard Lund, 59, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at her residence in Fairview Beach.
Ms. Lund was born Aug. 28, 1950, in Vallscreek, W.Va., daughter of the late Willard and the late Faye Perry Pollard. A resident of King George for the past 18 years, she previously lived in Alexandria and Arlington.
She was the wife of James W. Lund, whom she married on Dec. 30, 1969.
Ms. Lund was a wonderful, intelligent, generous and loving person with highly noteworthy abilities and achievements in many different areas of endeavor. After high school graduation, she went on to nursing school and then worked for doctors in Arlington and in Washington, D.C.
She then worked for Watergate Management Associates, which managed The Watergate in Washington.
She then worked on Capitol Hill for a congressman from Iowa. From there, she joined the White House staff in President Carter’s Domestic Policy Office. When President Carter was replaced by President Reagan, Ms. Lund was one of only a very small number of White House staff who were asked to stay to work for President Reagan.
In the Reagan White House, Ms. Lund worked for President Reagan’s Science Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
In 1983, when President Reagan’s deputy science adviser left the White House to form his own telecommunications company, he asked Ms. Lund to leave the White House and work for him. So Ms. Lund spent the next 12 years working in Washington for Telecom Futures Inc., an international telecommunications company that specialized in satellite-based telecommunications systems. During that time period, Ms. Lund traveled extensively all around the world. Her travels included multiple trips to China, beginning in 1983 when visits to China were still rare.
While working for Telecom Futures Inc., she was also a consultant to Scott Science and Technology and to Vanguard Space Corp. Both were companies in the business of launching rockets to put satellites into space.
She was a member of AIAA, NAFE, Women in Aerospace, the American Space Transportation Association, and Competitive Alliance Space Enterprise.
Ms. Lund has been recognized in “Who’s Who,” in “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” and in “Who’s Who of American Women.”
For the last 14 years, Ms. Lund worked as manager of operations and a corporate officer of Puckett Brothers Construction Co. in King George. For many years, she was also a commonwealth of Virginia marriage commissioner.
She was predeceased by two sisters, Juanita Davidson and Patricia Campbell; a brother, Donald Pollard; nephews Marty Pollard, Marcus Pollard and Norman Pollard; and a niece, Michelle Pollard.
She is survived by her husband, James Lund; a sister, Donna Knight; brothers Ronald Pollard, Norman Pollard and David Pollard; nephews Kirby Davidson, Donald Campbell Jr., Jason Pollard, Shaun Pollard, Jacob Knight and Tyler Pollard; and nieces Regina Gernatt, Cindy Carl and Madison Pollard.
A viewing was held at Covenant Funeral Service, 4801 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, on Sunday, Oct. 11.  A funeral service in her honor was held in the Fredericksburg Chapel of Covenant Funeral Service on Monday, Oct. 12.  Friends are invited to attend.
Burial will take place in Historyland Memorial Park.
Covenant Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. An online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Donald Gordon Schleigh

Donald Gordon “Donnie” Schleigh Jr., 64, of Fredericksburg died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Donnie was employed by Rappahannock Regional Jail until his retirement. He was an avid Redskins and NASCAR fan.
Survivors include his two daughters, Erika Schleigh of King George County and Debra Adcock and her husband, Norwood, of Caroline County; his son, Jeff Simmons of Spotsylvania County; two sisters, Patricia S. Mills and her husband, Wayne, and Denise Gibson and her husband, Charlie, all of Fredericksburg; four grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
There remain several “special” people in Donnie’s life, including his uncle and aunt, Clint and Celia Payne; Maria Abel; and Nick Berrie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Alice Schleigh.
A graveside service was held  Monday, Oct. 12, in Falmouth Cemetery. The family received friends Sunday, Oct. 11, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
Online guest book is available at covenentfuneral service.com.

Helen Britt Black

Helen Britt Black, 96, of King George County died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, in Colonial Beach.
Originally from Bladensburg, Md., Mrs. Black was a longtime resident of King George. She held various posts with the federal government in Washington, D.C., before retiring. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in King George and AARP. She was formerly active in TOPS and other organizations.
She was the widow of Kinchen Britt and Armand Black.
Survivors include her son, Robert Lee Britt and his wife, Constance Britt, of King George; her daughter, Violet Blythe and her husband, Bill, of Ripon, Calif.; her sister, Ruth Kiefer of Port Richey, Fla.; four grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; and four stepchildren.
A funeral was conducted Monday, Oct. 12, at Shiloh Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Todd Kube and the Rev. Richard Headley officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Margaret W. Walker

Margaret W. Walker, 87, of Dahlgren passed away Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009. She was the widow of John H. Walker Jr. and also was preceded in death by her sister, Francis W. Grubbs of Richmond.
Originally from Chesterfield County, Margaret graduated from Mary Washington College in 1942. She then worked at the Naval Proving Ground in Dahlgren for 10 years as a mathematician before devoting her time to her family. She was a member of Oakland Baptist Church and her interests included gardening, genealogy and reading.
She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Walker Pillis of King George County; two sons, Gregory K. Walker of Beltsville, Md., and John H. Walker III of Chesapeake; and three grandchildren, John IV, Devin and Vicky.
Burial will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to the L.E. Smoot Memorial Library, 9533 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485, or The American Heart Association, Greater Richmond Area, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, Va. 23060.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, nashandslawfh.com, is in charge of the arrangements.


Area Deaths - November 25, 2009

Paul Rufus Rice

Paul Rufus Rice, 84, of Stafford County died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at his home.
Among his survivors are nine children. In his home lived granddaughter Paula Ann Rice and her children, Chelsea, Courtney, Andrew, Caylee and Adam.
A funeral service was held Thursday, November 19, 2009 at McCoy Funeral Home Chapel, 150 Country Club Dr., SW, Blacksburg, Va. 24060.
“You need to see that he is up and away as the trees sway spirit and all standing so tall. He watches above knowing our love and praying for us not to be sad for another day forget me not is what he would say but move on with me”--Chelsea

Janet C. Johnson

Janet C. Johnson, 48,  affectionately known as “Smokey,” entered into eternal rest on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at her home in Bowling Green.
Janet was born May 9, 1961, to Alice Kenny and the late Jesse Pierce. She joined Zion Grove Baptist Church at an early age, under the leadership of the late Rev. Dr. S.H. Carter. She served with the Youth Choir, the Youth Ushers and BTU. She later became a Sunday school teacher, president of the Board of Christian Education, secretary for the Trustee Ministry, superintendent of the Sunday school and the first female deacon of Zion Grove.
She sang with the Voices of Zion Choir and also founded and sang with Grace X Three Gospel Singers.
She leaves to cherish her memory one son, Prentiss Twiggs of Bowling Green; two grandchildren, Namir and Naiaja Smith, and an adopted daughter, Myeisha Smith, all of Richmond; one adopted son, Mitchell Twiggs of Dawn; her goddaughter, India Anderson; her mother, Alice Kenny of Woodford; one brother, John Kenny and his wife, Sheila, of Woodford; a devoted aunt and godmother, Gloria Reynolds and her husband, Aubrey, of Woodford; six aunts; five uncles; a devoted cousin and best friend, Greer Johnson of King George County; three nieces; two nephews; Baron Johnson of Accokeek, Md.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Janet was preceded in death by her father, Deacon Jesse Pierce, stepfather John Kenny and brother Bradley Kenny.
A visitation was held at C.W. Edwards Funeral Home Inc., 16476 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, Va. 22427.
A homegoing celebration was held Saturday, Nov. 21, at Zion Grove Baptist Church, 9450 Richmond Turnpike, Woodford, Va. 22580. The Rev. Kenneth J. Grasty, pastor, will deliver the eulogy. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Online condolences are available at cwedwards funeralhome.com.

Dolores Carmen Torralbas

Dolores Carmen Torralbas, 79, of King George County went to be with the Lord on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, in Fredericksburg.
She was born in New York City and was a graduate of Mary Washington College. After graduation, she was a teacher at James Monroe High School. She married and moved to Cuba until 1961, when she and her husband moved to Waldwick, N.J. She remained there for 32 years, first as a teacher, and then as a principal at Waldwick High School.
Survivors include two daughters, Ann T. Cocke and her husband, Thomas F. Cocke IV, of King George and Annette Torralbas of Vienna; four grandchildren, Ashley Dennison, Thomas F. Cocke V, Christopher Torralbas and Steven A. Cocke; one great-grandchild, Nathan L. Dennison Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben R. Torralbas; and her son, Ruben J. Torralbas.
A gathering of friends was held Tuesday, Nov. 24, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. All other services will be held at a later date in Waldwick, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dolores Torralbas Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Waldwick High School, 155 Wyckoff Ave., Waldwick, N.J. 07463.

Robert Temple Ryland, Jr.

Robert Temple Ryland Jr. of “Farmington” in King and Queen County passed away Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009.
He was born in Weeksville, N.C., in 1930, the son of Robert Temple Ryland and Neva Austin Ryland. At the age of 11, he moved with his family to Sharps, where his father was teacher, principal and later superintendant of Richmond and Westmoreland County schools. He attended the University of Richmond and graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in electrical engineering in 1951. He married Anne Mitchell Motley, his childhood sweetheart from Sharps, in 1952.
They moved to Sharon, Pa., where he designed transformers for Westinghouse. In 1954, he began his federal career at the Naval Proving Ground, Dahlgren, becoming involved in computer hardware design and computer management.
Mr. Ryland held deputy and acting department head assignments in Test and Evaluation, Engineering, Electronics Systems and Warfare Analysis. He served as head of the Electronics Systems Department, the Strategic Systems Department, the Protection Systems Department and the Personnel Department. He served on the Technical Director’s staff, including as assistant to the director.
In 1989, he was appointed head of the Engineering and Information Systems Department, the position from which he retired in 1992.
He received numerous awards and commendations including, the John Adolphus Dahlgren Award (Dahlgren’s highest honor) for his achievements in the fields of science, engineering, and management; the NAVSWC Human Awareness Award, in recognition of individual worth and dignity; the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, in recognition of contributions of high value to the U.S. Navy; and was a charter member of the United States Senior Executive Service, a corps of executives selected for federal government service based upon their leadership qualities.
He attended the Federal Executive Institute at the University of Virginia, and participated in several Brookings Institution conferences.
Mr. Ryland was active in many community organizations. He was a charter member of the Dahlgren Lions Club. He was a member of the King and Queen County Planning Commission, serving as chairman, and was instrumental in developing the county’s Comprehensive Plan. He was a member of the King and Queen Historical Society, serving both as president and treasurer. He had been a member of the King and Queen Tavern Museum Council since its inception. He was also an avid Redskins fan and longtime season ticket holder.
He was a devoted member of Bruington Baptist Church, serving as deacon for many years and chairman of various church committees. He served on the executive committee of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society. He was moderator of the Mid-Tidewater Baptist Association and served in many other capacities.
Mr. Ryland’s enthusiasm for life was evident through a lifetime of service, a love of country, an ongoing desire to learn, a love of history, a passion for gardening, a love of books, and an inquisitive passion for science, engineering and technology. His great love of family was evident through a lifetime of leadership, caretaking, guidance, family historian, mentoring, sharing and support for both his immediate and extended families.
Mr. Ryland is survived by his wife, Anne Motley Ryland, of “Farmington,” King and Queen. He is survived by his brother, John Newton Ryland III and wife Darlene of Danville, and his sister, Dorothy Ryland Garber of Cobbs Creek. He is also survived by his five children and their spouses: Elizabeth Ryland Newton and husband Jeff of Culver, Ind.; Robert Temple Ryland III and wife Cheryl of McCalla, Ala.; Anne Ryland Glubiak and husband Peter of Walkerton; Catharine Ryland Wolford and husband Jerry of Supply; and John Motley Ryland and wife Donna of King George County.
His grandchildren are Thomas Hurst Newton, Patricia Anne Newton, Robert Temple Ryland IV (Kristen), Austin Brooks Ryland, Leonora Mitchell Ryland, Joshua Davis Glubiak (Meg), Zachary Ryland Glubiak, Somerville Gwathmey Glubiak, Joseph Edward Wolford (Katherine), Andrew Jackson Wolford, Benjamin Ryland Wolford, Sarah Temple Ryland, Melanie Anne Ryland, and Samuel Motley Ryland.
A memorial service will be held at Bruington Baptist Church, King and Queen, on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 1 p.m., with a reception afterward for friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bruington Baptist Church Building Fund, 4784 The Trail, Bruington, Va. 23023.

Jacqueline Joyce Armell Hyde

Jacqueline Joyce Armell Hyde, 82, of Oak Grove passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.
Jacqueline was born in Warrenton and worked for the American Red Cross, and was a retired real estate agent.
Jacqueline is survived by her husband of 62 years, Stuart Ashby Hyde; her daughter, Bonnie Jean Martin of Yanceyville, N.C., and her husband, Forrest Martin; her son, Michael Ashby Hyde of Oak Grove and his fiancee, Terri Lee Newman; her brother, Richard Armell and his wife, Channing, of Basye; and her stepmother, Bernice Armell Baker of New Market. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Christin Michelle Umsted of Whitesboro, Texas, and her husband, David; Rachel Mallory Day and her husband Jeremy of Colonial Beach; and Seth Michael Hyde of Dahlgren. She was preceded in death by son Ronald.
A celebration of Jacqueline’s life will be planned in the near future for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 4905 Radford Ave., Suite 209, Richmond, Va. 23230 or one’s local hospice organization.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements. .Online guest book is available at at nashandslawfh.com.


Area Deaths - October 7, 2009

Mary Sievers

Mary Sievers, 64, of Stafford County passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She attended Agape Ministry Church in King George County.
Mary is survived by a daughter, Patricia G. Hall of Stafford; two sons, Waymon G. Shrewsbury Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Fredericksburg, and Michael J. Shrewsbury and his wife, Bonnie, of Glade Hill; two sisters, Shirley West of Delaware and Jeanetta Beer and her husband, Howard, of King George; four brothers: Johnny Hatfield and his wife, Naioma, of Davin, W.Va., Donald Hatfield and his wife, Terri, of Brandywine, W.Va., Gary Hatfield of Fredericksburg, and David Hatfield and his wife, Lisa, of Kopperston, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Jimmy and Shannon Hall of Stafford, and Waylon and Holly Shrewsbury of Glade Hill; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral celebrating Mary’s life was held Friday, Oct. 2, at Sumerduck Baptist Church in Sumerduck,  VA with Pastor Jeanetta Beer officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed to Mary’s family at foundandsons.com.

Kathleen A. Nesbitt

Kathleen A. Nesbitt, 54, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, surrounded by her family at the home of her parents in Manasquan, N.J., after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.
She was  a resident of Fredericksburg since 1977.
Kathy was born in Neptune, N.J. She attended St. Denis Grammar School, Wall Intermediate School, and graduated in 1972 from Wall High School, where she excelled on the girls varsity basketball and track teams. She was a finalist in discus at the state track meet in 1973. She was also a member of Wall High School’s award winning military drill team. She graduated from Longwood College (now Longwood University) in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. While at Longwood, she was also a member of the women’s fencing team.
Kathy was employed by the Department of Defense, teaching physical education and Art to pre-K through eighth-grade students at Dahlgren School on the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Kathy’s commitment, enthusiasm, motivation, skills and spirit helped many students identify, plan for and reach their goals. Because of Kathy’s dedication to her field and to her students, she was named “teacher of the year” multiple times.  She retired in January 2009 after 28 years.
Kathy was also a talented artist who graciously contributed her artistic talent to the Rappahannock Youth Sympathy Orchestra Violin Project in Fredericksburg. Local artists painted retired violins that were auctioned to raise funds for this community based organization. Her patriotic and Civil War themed violins consistently brought top bids.
Kathy was predeceased by her brother, Robert B. “Bobby” Nesbitt, her maternal grandparents, James and Edith Kenyon, and her paternal grandparents, Harry and Ruth Nesbitt.
She is survived by her parents, Robert and Edith Nesbitt of Wall, N.J.; her sister, Vicki Nesbitt of Fredericksburg; her brother, Douglas Nesbitt and his wife, Stacey, of Wall; and her beloved nephews, Taylor and Keegan Nesbitt of Wall. She is also survived by our wonderful, caring friend Lisa Herr of Fredericksburg; and her little dog, Sky, and her lovebird, Nike.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Friday, Oct. 2, at St. Denis Roman Catholic Church, 90 Union Ave., Manasquan, N.J. 08736. O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Highway 35, at New Bedford Road, Wall, N.J., 07719, handled the arrangements.
Monetary donations may be made in Kathy’s name to the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, New Brunswick, N.J., or the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, 195 Little Albany St., New Brunswick, N.J. 08903-2681.
For further information or to send condolences to the family, please visit obrienfuneralhome.com.

Rene Debets

Rene Debets, 70, formerly a longtime resident of King George County, left to join his daughter Ali in heaven Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009.
Rene was an active businessman and community member in the area for 40 years. He managed Historyland Memorial Park for over a decade and created the Faithful Friends pet cemetery and Veterans Memorial Program for which he was honored as VFW’s man of the year. He served as president of and was instrumental in starting both the King George Little League and REACT chapters. He helped bring the first cable television service to the county.
Rene was a longtime employee of Metropolitan Life Insurance, and owned Stillwagon Insurance Agency. He was an avid coin collector.
Rene leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 37 years, Nancy Debets. He also leaves his legacy behind in his sons and their spouses: William (Stephanie), Joe (Glenda) and Dan (Stephanie) and (Brenda). He was most proud of his six grandkids, Jessie, Jacob, Collin, Cody, Joe-Joe and Hunter. He will be sorely missed by all his extended family.
A memorial service to celebrate his life was held Sunday, Oct. 4, in Spotsylvania. He was laid to rest in Tioga County Memorial Gardens in Mansfield, Pa., on Tuesday, Oct. 6, with a small graveside service for family and close friends.
Arrangements are being handled by James A. Carlton Jr. Funeral Home in Wellsboro, Pa.

Annie Maude Epps

Mrs. Annie Maude Epps, 80, of King George County died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital. She was born Feb. 14, 1929, in Caroline County, the daughter of Newton Johnson and Ethel Garnett.
Mrs. Epps worked at Mount Rose Canning Co., King George, and was a member of Salem Baptist Church, King George. She was the widow of John T. Epps.
She is survived by two sons, Lawrence M. Johnson of Waldorf, Md., and Jack W. Johnson of King George; three daughters, Dorothy R. Johnson and Fannie Mae Bumbrey, both of King George, and Phyllis L. Bates of Cheltenham, Md.; two brothers, Ernest Lee Johnson of King George and Edward Johnson of Williamsburg; three sisters, Garnett Hackett of Montross, Annie Marie Berkley of Crew and Mary E. Grimes of King George; two brothers-in-law, Calvin Grimes of King George and George Berkley of Crew; two sisters-in-law, Doris Johnson of King George and Irene Johnson of Montross; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral was held Monday, Oct. 5, at Salem Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Leonard C. Bland officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Lee Funeral Home, King George.

Arnold L. Goodwin

Arnold L. Goodwin, 82, of Colonial Beach died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at his home.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Quantico National Cemetery.
Memorials in his memory should be made to Mount Zion Baptist Church, 5141 Dunbrooke Road, Tappahannock, Va. 22560.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Joan Louise Carosella

Joan Louise “Mrs. C” Carosella, 76, of King George County passed away Saturday, Oct. 2, 2009, in Stanardsville. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.
Nanny, who will be missed, is survived by her children, Denise Seton and Matthew Carosella; four grandchildren, Paul, Victoria, Jonathan and Nicolas.
Ryan Funeral Home, Ruckersville, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , is in charge of arrangements.

Rosetta M. McDowney Toliver

Rosetta Mary McDowney Toliver, 95, of Colonial Beach, VA, passed away on October 2, 2009, at the James River Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center, Newport News, VA.
  She was born on August 22, 1914 in Maple Grove, VA, to the late James McDowney and Elizabeth Glascoe McDowney.  She was predeceased by her husband, John Morris Toliver and two daughters, Violet Parker of King George, VA and Margie Payton of Colonial Beach, VA.
She is survived by two sons, Morris Toliver, Fredericksburg, VA and John Toliver (Odessa), Hyattsville, MD; four daughters, Mary Smith, Elizabeth City, NC; Roberta Brooks (Willie), Lanham, MD; Mildrd Reed, Upper Marlboro, MD; and Shirley Dowell (Bobby), Hampton, VA; two sons-in-law, Charles Parker, Sr. King George, VA and Rev. Charles Payton Colonial Beach, VA; 22 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren; one brother, Veola McDowney (Evelyn), Fort Washington, MD; one sister-in-law, Margaret McDowney, Colonial Beach, VA; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church, Colonial Beach, VA, on Saturday, October 10.
The Home-going Service will begin immediately thereafter with Rev. James E. White, Sr., Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Lee Funeral Home, Inc., 12055 James Madison Parkway, King George, VA, 22485.

Area Deaths - November 18, 2009

Helen E. Payne

Helen Elizabeth “Bootsie” Payne, 84, of Colonial Beach, VA, died Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, at her home.
Born in Washington, D.C., she was an office manager for Electrolux Vacuum Co., and held membership in the American Legion, the Lions Club, the Moose Lodge, VFW, Colonial Beach Tourism and Colonial Beach Historical Society and the Old Dominion Boat Club in Alexandria.
She is survived by her husband, Donald E. Payne of the home; a son, Michael Klimkiewicz and his wife, Patti, of Reston; granddaughters Ashley Ciano and husband Eric of Atlanta, and Kelly Swartz and husband Matt of Alexandria; and grea-grandchildren Jack Ciano and Brady Ciano, both of Atlanta, and Tyler Swartz and Cooper Swartz, both of Alexandria.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with a visitation beginning one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Payne’s memory may be made to the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, VA 22443.
Online condolences may be posted at nashandslwfh.com.

Phillip Young Rowe

Phillip Young Rowe, 82, died at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va on Sunday Nov. 8, 2009.  He was born in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 22, 1926.  
Mr. Rowe was a graduate of the University of Maryland at College.  He was an employee of the Naval Surface Warfare at Indian Head, Md.  
He lived in King George with his wife, Yvonne Klopsis Rowe, who survives him.
Other survivors include his brother Joseph Y. Rowe, and his children and stepchildren: Susan H. Wolfe, Martha Jessica Rowe, Peter Rowe, Russell Chatman, Lisa Johnson Olivia Reynolds, Ellen Buchman, and Mike Cote.
Mr. Rowe is also survived by his eighteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Interment will be private.  Memorial contributions may be made to Mary Washington Hospice,  5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22407.

Jack Harvey Oliff, Sr.

Jack Harvey Oliff Sr., 83, of Montross went to be with his lord and savior Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, after having a massive heart attack at his home.
He served in the Army from 1948 to 1951 and reached the rank of tech sergeant. He was a longtime employee of Virginia Lumber Co. in St. Leonard, Md.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra; seven children, William Holden of the home, Michael J. Oliff of Hollywood, Md., Jack H. Oliff Jr. and wife Donna of Owens, Md., John S. Oliff and wife Laura of St. Leonard, Nancy J. Zebron of Linthicum, Md., Melinda A. Kirby and husband Michael of Prince Frederick, Md., and Joseph A. Oliff and wife Alice of Huntingtown, Md.; eight grandchildren, Billy, Reza, Monica, David, Debbie, Cullen, Greg and Amber; and two great-granddaughters, Bailey and Carley.
Also surviving are three brothers, James and Charles Oliff of Montross and William Oliff of Upper Marlboro, Md.; and two sisters, Althea Parr of Charlottesville and Mary Sanford of Colonial Beach.
A funeral was held Sunday, Nov. 15, at Welch Funeral Home, Montross. Interment followed in Ephesus Christian Church cemetery, Foneswood.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Life Ministries, 535 Euclid Ave., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443, or the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, Va. 23060.

Kevin M. Martino

Kevin M. Martino, 45, of King George County died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at his residence.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia McSwain of King George, and two brothers, Marc Martino of Long Island, N.Y., and Christopher Martino of Fredericksburg.
A funeral was held  Saturday, Nov. 14, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, Port Royal, with the Rev. Lance Bacon officiating.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.  

James A. Adkins

James A. Adkins, 74, of Spotsylvania County passed away Thursday Nov. 12, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Adkins was born Feb. 20, 1935, in Toledo, Ohio, to Harvey and Anna Adkins.
Retiring after a number of years in auto sales, Mr. Adkins worked as a driver for FREDericksburg Regional Transit in King George County. He was also a member of St. Mary Catholic Church.
Mr. Adkins is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Marilyn; three sons, David James Adkins and wife Pam of Colorado, Dennis Gregory Adkins and wife Brenda of Stafford County and Brad Adkins and wife Amanda; a brother, Donald Adkins of Florida; a sister, Rose Marie Hass of Ohio; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family received friends Sunday, Nov. 15, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Home, Fredericksburg chapel, 1621 Jefferson Davis Highway.
A Mass of Christian burial was offered  Monday, Nov. 16, at St. Mary Catholic Church with interment to follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, 1009 Stafford Ave., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401-5418.
Condolences may be sent to mullinsthompsonfuneralhomefredericksburg.com.  

Larry Neal Busic

Larry Neal Busic, 58, of Spotsylvania County died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at his residence.
He had many loves, but first and foremost was the Lord, then his family, the Redskins, a 1969 Roadrunner, his 1987 Trans Am and his motorcycle. He worked at Powell’s furniture for more than 23 years.
Survivors include his three daughters, Kristina Busic of Vernon, Conn., and Keri Hinken and her husband, William, and Jamie Schoonover, all of Stafford County; his brother Gary Busic Sr. of Spotsylvania; three sisters Helen Lehr of King George County, Linda Bullock of Spotsylvania and Patricia Holloway of Spotsylvania; and six grandchildren, Tristan, William, Kyle, Adam, Caleb and Samantha.
A service was held Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. Matthew Kindig and Helen Lehr officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hazel Lee and Theodore Carlis Busic Sr.; and his siblings Frances Smith, Sylvia Wedding and Theodore Carlis Busic Jr.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Area Deaths - September 30, 2009

Martha E. “Daisy” English

Martha E. “Daisy” English, 87, of Colonial Beach, formerly of Alexandria, passed peacefully into the hands of the Lord whom she so loved on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009.
She is survived by her loving husband, Karl English; her son, James Beck; her daughter, Kathryn Hokenson; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving is her pet poodle, Princess.
A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 25, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, followed by a reception at the Colonial Beach Moose Lodge.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

John Wayne Shea

John Wayne Shea, 62, of Dahlgren died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at his residence. Born in Portsmouth, N.H., he was a retired civil service employee at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren.
Mr. Shea was a member of the Kenmore Club in Fredericksburg and Dahlgren United Methodist Church, as well as a former member of the Dahlgren Rescue Squad and the King George Jaycees.
He is survived by his three children, Kimberly Keyser and husband Gary of King George County, Kelly Daub and husband Terry of Spotsylvania Couny, and Chris Shea and wife Jenni of King George; two brothers, Lee Shea and wife Karen of Eliot, Maine, and Louis Shea of Oxford, Maine; and 10 grandchildren.
A funeral was held  Thursday, Sept. 24, at Oakland Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Cliff Hedges and the Rev. Ed Johnson officiating. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Kenmore Club.
Arrangements are being handled by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Brian Christopher Burrell

Brian Christopher Burrell, 23, of Hustle died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Rappahannock Academy, the result of an automobile accident.
Survivors include his mother, Mary B. Gaines of Hustle; his father, Floyd Allen Jr. of Clinton, Md; two brothers, Shane Allen, and Floyd A. Allen, both of Alexandria; and maternal grandmother Mary J. Burrell of Tappahannock.
A funeral was held Friday, Sept. 25, at Angel Visit Baptist Church, Dunnsville, with the Rev. Russell Smith officiating. Burial followed at Good Hope Baptist Church, Dunnsville.
A visitation took place Thursday, Sept. 24, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Matilda Baker

Matilda Baker, 82, of Fredericksburg passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Heritage Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in King George.
Mrs. Baker was born on June 11, 1927, in Wynne, Ark., to Julius and Margaret Becker Baker, and resided in Memphis, Tenn., for 40 years.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Baker was predeceased by her husband, William Lee Baker Sr.
She is survived by a daughter, Peggy Stevens, and husband Eric of Fredericksburg; two sons, William “Bill” Baker Jr. of King George, and David Baker of Reston; two grandchildren, Tatiana and Jacob Stevens, both of Fredericksburg; two sisters, Pat Meade of Memphis and Rita Walters and husband James of Bentonville, Ark.; brother Herman “Bill” Ballmann of Wynne, Ark.; and a sister-in-law, Dawn Ballmann of Fargo, N.D.
The family received friends  Friday, Sept. 25, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Home, Fredericksburg Chapel. A mass of Christian burial was offered Saturday Sept. 26, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fredericksburg. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com.

Donald Mason Grigsby

Donald Mason Grigsby, 71, of Rollins Fork died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at his residence.
Born in Colonial Beach, Mr. Grigsby was a retired project manager at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, and was a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He also was a part-time truck farmer.
He belonged to Shiloh Baptist Church and was a member of the VFW in Colonial Beach and the American Legion in King George. He was a loving husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend, and will be greatly missed by all.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Doris Grigsby; his daughter, Debbie Weir and husband Tim of Dallas, Texas; two sons, Donald M. Grigsby Jr. and Darren Grigsby, both of Rollins Fork; a sister, LaVerne Patton of San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Walter “Buddy” Grigsby of Colonial Beach; four grandchildren, Glenn, Lori Lea, Bryce and Blake; and great-grandchild Savannah.
A funeral was held Sunday, Sept. 27, at Shiloh Baptist Church, King George, followed by the burial in the church cemetery.
A visitation was held Saturday at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Mr. Grisby’s memory 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.

Morris T. “Flop” Flohr

Morris T. “Flop” Flohr I, 100, passed away Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital. He was born in York, Pa.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Romaine Spahr; his daughter, Loma Dale Norbeck; and brother Robert Flohr.
He is survived by his son, Morris T. Flohr II and his wife, Phyllis Logan Flohr, of Fairview Beach; his brother George Flohr and his wife, Geraldine, of York; five grandchildren and one stepgranddaughter; seven great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-granddaughter; and numerous great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
While attending school, Mr. Flohr had part-time jobs delivering milk in the morning on a horse-drawn milk wagon, as well as being a newspaper delivery boy and working at a candy factory. As an adult, he was a foreman in the monotype casting room at The Maple Press. He was an active member in The Boy Scouts of America for 20 years and was recognized for his dedication by being presented the Silver Beaver award.
A funeral will held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in York. Arrangements are by Etzweiler Funeral Home, York.


Area Deaths - October 28, 2009

 Zigmund J. Radolinski

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Zigmund Joseph Radolinski, 93, passed away on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009.
Zig was born in Brooklyn, N.Y,, on July 17, 1916. He worked in the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, from 1936 until 1938, and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1938, serving for 25 years. Zig served his country during World War II in the Pacific, the Korean War, and in operations in China, Cuba and other locations. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Zig continued service to his country as a pilot with Air America in Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, retiring from Air America in 1975.
Zig was predeceased by his beloved wife, Dorothy Louise Wolff Radolinski. Zig is survived by sons, John Michael and Stephen Joseph; his daughters, Mary Frances and Anne Marie; grandchildren Grace, Jesse, Lily, Zachary, Madeline and Sophia; great- grandson Jayden; sisters Marie Savage and Alice Rohan; and extended family and friends.
The family received friends Sunday, Oct. 25, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Oct. 26, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with burial to follow in Quantico National Cemetery.
Donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105, or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, Donor Services, Box 4072, Pittsfield, Mass. 01202.

Rose Mary Gray Heard

Rose Mary Gray Heard, 59, of Decatur, Ga., formerly of Center Cross, departed this life Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009.
She is survived by her husband, Barry J. Heard; one daughter, Twana Gray Mason of Baltimore; three sisters, Katherine Gray Bayton, Julia Gray and Emma Gray, all of Center Cross; and one brother, Ray A. Gray of Baltimore.
A viewing was held Friday, Oct. 23, at Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock. A funeral was held Saturday, Oct. 24, at Angel Visit Baptist Church, Dunnsville, with the Rev. Carla Lightfoot officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to washingtonfh .com.

Gertrude D. Ferrell

Gertrude D. Ferrell passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at Hearts at Home in King George after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mrs. Ferrell had just celebrated her 92nd birthday on Oct. 12. She was a life member of Round Hill Baptist Church, having joined in 1926. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Bernard Ferrell. Together, they owned and operated the King George Body Shop.
She also served as postal clerk for the U.S. Post Office for 33 years and was a life-long member of the King George Volunteer Fire Department.
She is survived by two children, Joan B. Ferrell and Rodney B. Ferrell and his wife, Barbara, all of King George. She also leaves behind four grandchildren: Michael Motley, Anna Langrehr and husband Barry, Ernie Lopez and Shelley Ferrell; and five great-grandchildren.
A visitation was held  Sunday, Oct. 25, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. The funeral was held at Monday, Oct. 26, at Round Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ted James officiating, and burial in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Round Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, Box 467, King George, Va. 22485; Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason Scholarship Fund, 9337 Hickory Lane, King George, Va. 22485; or the American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va. 22485.
Over the years, Gertrude enjoyed cooking and baking, and spent many days handwriting her own cookbooks. She was a good and faithful friend to all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Flossie Annella Ratcliffe

Flossie Annella Ratcliffe, 94, died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Alexandria.
Miss Ratcliffe was born Feb. 5, 1915, in King George County, to the late Benjamin U. and Flossie Harris Ratcliffe.
She graduated from College Height High School, where she was the valedictorian of her class. She earned a B.S. degree from Fredericksburg State Teachers College with a major in commercial education and minors in English and social science. She was a member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Honorary Society, Modern Portias and the Town Girls Club.
Miss Ratcliffe taught commercial classes in several Virginia school systems before being admitted to the University of Tennessee, where she received her master’s degree. She had additional training in her field at New York University. Her last teaching position was at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
After her teaching career, she was employed by the state department in Washington, D.C. in 1947. She spent several years in Vienna, Austria, as an instructor of secretarial subjects with the Troop Information and Educational Division of the U.S. Army. When she returned to Washington, she worked for the Agency for International Development until her retirement in 1977.
She was a member of the Episcopal church and the United States Daughters of 1812.
Survivors include two sisters, Anne R. Webb of Alexandria and Marjorie R. Morse of Fredericksburg; a brother, Raymond C. Ratcliffe Sr. of Alexandria; two nephews, Raymond C. Ratcliffe Jr. of Bowling Green and Cleland P. Ratcliffe of Franklin, Tenn.; and a niece, Anne Morse Stossmeister of Lexington, N.C.
A service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. Scott Covington officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Robert John “Bobby” Emigh

Robert John (Bobby) Emigh, 51, of Greensboro, NC passed away, Saturday, October 24, 2009 at his home.  Bobby was an avid fan of all sports, but more so of football.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of Rheanell Day of King George and the late Robert Emigh and was the step-son of John Day of King George.
He is survived by one brother, David Emigh of Greensboro, NC, four sisters; Rheanell Emigh of Greensboro, NC, Cindy Lodhi and husband Farquan of Greensboro, NC, Pamela Hyles and husband Dave of King George and Suzanne Carbahal of King George.
A memorial service was held October 26, 2009 in Greensboro, NC.  Bobby’s ashes will be spread over his father’s grave at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, in Aspen Hill, MD.

Area Deaths - Sept. 23, 2009

Richard Earl Bumbrey

Richard Earl Bumbrey, 84, of Fredericksburg passed away Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at Woodmont Rehabilitation Center. He was born Dec. 22, 1924, to the Rev. Richard Harrison and Cora Winston Bumbrey of King George County.
Earl was raised and educated in the Spotsylvania County schools. He was baptized at an early age at Second New Hope Baptist Church, Spotsylvania, where he was a deacon and a member of the choir. He later joined Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site), where he was a Deacon, member of the men’s chorus and Boyd’s Volunteer Chorus. He retired after 30 years of service with Sylvania Plant (FMC).
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Vernice Tyler, Serena Brown, Lena Burnette and Viola Shelton; and one brother, Veola Bumbrey.
Earl leaves to cherish his memory his devoted and loving wife of 65 years, Rosabelle Lola Bumbrey; two sons, Richard Bernard and wife Karen of Fredericksburg, and the Rev. Robert Earl and wife Terri of Stafford County; one daughter, Theresa Elizabeth Allen and husband Daniel of Spotsylvania; two devoted in-laws, Elizabeth Banks and husband Bobby, and James Preston Walker and wife Vivian; three sisters, Eliza Williams, Gertrude Wilkerson and Eunice Lewis; five sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; several foster children; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The funeral was held Sept. 18, at Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site), Fredericksburg. Interment will be in Quantico National Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed at albennettandsonfuneralhome.com.

Leslie Jordan

Leslie Jordan of Colorado Springs Colo., formerly of King George County, died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, in Pen Rose Hospital in Colorado Springs.
A veteran of World War II, he had retired after 32 years of service at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren.
Survivors include his children, Cindy Ryan, Jeff Jordan and Lisa Rameret; a sister, Marguriet Morgan; four grandchildren; eight nieces; and a dear friend, Bradley Anderson.
A graveside funeral service was held Friday Sept. 18, in Historyland Memorial Park, King George. Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green, is handling the arrangements.

Barnett Harrison

Barnett Harrison, 89, of Hustle departed this life Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Alberta Harrison; and three sons, Christopher A. Harrison of Richmond, Catlett N. Harrison of Arlington, and Craig L. Harrison of Richmond.
A viewing was held Sept. 18, at Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, and one hour before the funeral on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Mount Olive Baptist Church, Hustle, with the Rev. Charles Johnson, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Service of comfort is entrusted to Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock.

Charlotte G. May

Charlotte G. May, 87, of Fredericksburg died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at her daughter Norma’s home.
Mrs. May  was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She had retired from Safeway Stores. An avid gardener, cook and shopper, she also loved to sew.
Survivors include her son, David C. May of Fredericksburg; two daughters, Norma M. Groves and Marie M. Sullivan, both of Fredericksburg; two brothers, Llewellen Graves of Orville, Calif., and Charles Graves of King George County; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great- grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life, husband Norman C. May.
A funeral was held Friday, Sept. 18, at Covenant Funeral Service Chapel, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Robert W. Sizemore officiating. Burial followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

William Iva Tuppings

William Iva Tuppings, 78, of Center Cross departed this life Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, in a Richmond hospital.
He is survived by one daughter, Beverly Reed and husband William of Montross; one son, Sylvester Tuppings and wife Angie of Center Cross; one sister, Mabel Taylor and husband James of Stevesville; and one brother, Raleigh Tuppings of Center Cross.
A viewing was held Sept. 18, at Union Hope Baptist Church, Center Cross, and one hour before the service held Saturday, Sept. 19, at the church, with the Rev. Alvin Hargrove, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Service of comfort is entrusted to Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at washingtonfh.com.

Isaac Blair Tate

Isaac Blair Tate, 26, of Colonial Beach died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He is survived by his mother, Linda G. Tate of Colonial Beach; one sister, Marilyn D. Tate of Fredericksburg; and his maternal grandparents, Nellie Isabel Tate and William E. Tate Jr., both of Colonial Beach.
A funeral was held Saturday, Sept. 19, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, with the Rev. Deborah Straughter officiating, with burial in Historyland Memorial Park.
Service of comfort is entrusted to Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal. Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Frank Kerr

Frank Kerr, 83, of Heritage Hall, King George, formerly of Richmond, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009. The body was cremated, and no service is planned. Arrangements were handled by Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal.

Dr. Gerhard Kosmahly

Dr. Gerhard Kosmahly, 89, of Mineral died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at Hanover Health and Rehabilitation, where he was recuperating from major surgery.
A native of Germany, he immigrated to the United States with his late wife, Marga Kosmahly, and young daughter, Helga. Upon completing his medical training requirements, he started a general medical practice in 1960 in Mineral, where he practiced for over 30 years before retiring in 1992.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Gudrun Kosmahly; his daughter Helga K. Gallahan and her husband, William B. Gallahan, of Colonial Beach; his daughter Karen K. Wiles and her husband, Edwin O. Wiles, of Mechanicsville; three grandsons, Derek Gallahan of New York City, N.Y., Colin Gallahan of Winston-Salem, N.C., and T.J. Wiles of Baton Rouge, La.; and four great-grandchildren, Nell and Samantha Gallahan of New York City, and Will and Thomas Gallahan of Winston-Salem. Other survivors include his stepsons, Hans-Peter Loew of Germany, along with his daughter, Anna Loew Stevenson of Missouri, and  Alexander Loew of Germany.
Burial will be private, and the family would like any expressions of sympathy to be made to the Mineral Volunteer Fire Department, 201 E. First St., Mineral, Va. 23117, or the Mineral Volunteer Rescue Squad, 203 E. First St., Mineral Va. 23117.

Florence Chenault Truslow

Florence Chenault Truslow, 92, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at her residence in Gwynnfield.
She was born May 25, 1917, in Caroline County. She was the widow of Henry Lee Truslow, and the daughter of the late Headly Vicus and Maggie Lumpkin Chenault. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Nellie Taylor and Ruby Farmer, and her brothers, Rudolph, Willie, Herndon, Edgar Lee and Arthur Chenault.
Florence is survived by her daughter, Judy Allen of Gwynnfield, and her son, Kenneth Lee Truslow and his wife, Faye, of King George County. “Grandma” and “Nana,” as she was lovingly called, is also survived by her grandchildren, Karen Leigh Truslow, Jeffrey Todd Truslow and his wife, Shari, Jennifer Allen Wilson and her husband, Chris, and Laura Leah Allen; and her great-grandchildren, Brad- ley, Tyler, Juliet, Kaylee and Eli Truslow, Justin Probst and Abbie Wilson. She is also survived by one sister, Dorothy Allen of Champlain; many nieces and nephews; and a loving caregiver, Nancy Pollard.
Florence and Henry owned and operated Truslow’s Store in Champlain for 32 years. She was a lifelong member of Upper Essex Baptist Church, Country Friends, the XYZ Club and NARFE.
A funeral was held Tuesday, Sept. 22, at Marks-Bristow Funeral Home, Tappahannock. Interment will follow in Upper Essex Baptist Church cemetery.
While flowers are welcomed, memorial contributions may be made to the Cemetery Fund of Upper Essex Baptist, Box 225, Caret, Va. 22436.

Jerry V. Rollins

Jerry V. Rollins, 49, of Fredericksburg passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond.
Mr. Rollins was preceded in death by his father, Henry Lee Rollins; two sisters-Carrie Taylor and Tonya Rollins; and two brothers, Stuart Taylor and Lionel Taylor.
Mr. Rollins was born May 6, 1960, and served in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include a son, Antonio Johnson of King George County; his mother, Clementine Taylor of Darlington, S.C.; three sisters and their spouses, Roseland V. Grant (Harold) of King George, Saundra Walker (James) of Fredericksburg, and Amy Montes of Triangle; four brothers, William R. Taylor of Petersburg, Glenn Taylor (Marcia) of Fredericksburg, Henry Rollins (Connie) of Culpeper and Darryl Rollins of Orange; his paternal grandmother, Martha Rollins of Spotsylvania County; two granddaughters; five uncles; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; a family of very special children he shared his life with, and a devoted friend, Gloria Jean Manmiller.
A funeral was conducted by the Rev. Carson M. Jackson at C.W. Edwards Funeral Home, Inc., Bowling Green, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 23, with interment in the Salem Baptist Church cemetery in Jersey.
Service of comfort is entrusted to C.W. Edwards Funeral Home, Bowling Green, A. Stevie Adams, funeral director.

Barbara A.Millar

Barbara A. Millar, 78, of King George County died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009. She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Annie Dovell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert A. Millar Sr.; a stepson, Robert A. Millar Jr; a stepdaughter, Malinda Hancock; sister Jennette Fuschini; and nephew Brett Fuschini.
Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Peatross and her husband, Edgar, of Dale City, Valerie Melen and her husband, Bill, of Fayetteville, N.C., and Kelly Summerson and her husband, Phil, of King George; four sons, Michael Morehouse and his wife, Linda, of Petersburg, Larry Morehouse and his wife, Martha, of Richmond, Daniel Morehouse and his wife, Julie, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and Kevin Reid of Alexandria; two sisters, June Rae of Tucson, Ariz., and Darlene Mohler of Springfield; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 14 great-stepgrandchildren; two nieces and three nephews; and a special cousin, Mary Lou Carroll of Roanoke.
A funeral was held Wednesday, Sept. 23. at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. Interment was  in Historyland Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, Box 4072, Pittsfield, Mass. 01202.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Lenora “Nomay” Queen

Lenora Mae “Nomay” Queen, 56, of Fredericksburg departed this life early Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She leaves in loving memory a son, Darrell Queen Sr., and his longtime friend Barbara Lewis, and a daughter, NaKeisha Queen, all of Spotsylvania County; two grandchildren, Darrell “DJ” Queen Jr. of King George County, and Dominique Quan Harris of Spotsylvania; her mother, Margaret Christopher; eight sisters, Deborah, Jerlean and Juanita Christopher, Deloris Finnie and her husband, John, Vera Craig, Estelle Peterson and her husband, Howard, Jean Williams and her husband, George, and Vivian Brooks; two brothers, Paul Christopher and his wife, Vivian, and Lindsey Washington Sr. and his wife, Carol; a sister-in-law, Millie Queen; and five brothers-in-law, Charles Queen and his wife, Beth, Richard, Mark, Thomas and James Mitchell; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
A funeral will be held at 10:30a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Found & Sons Funeral Chapels-Cremation Service, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg,.Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences may be expressed to Nomay’s family at foundandsons.com.

Carlton T. Pearson

Carlton T. Pearson, 91, of Colonial Beach died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital. He was a charter member of Colonial Beach Moose Lodge and the Westmoreland Democratic Party.
Mr. Pearson was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Donna H. Pearson; his five daughters, Cheryl Kelly, Linda Nugent, Judy Faunce, Valerie Heflin and Kellie Pearson; two sons, Carlton S. Pearson and Drew E. Pearson; his sister, June Bartley; 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Colonial Beach United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Brant Hays officiating. Burial will follow in Historyland Memorial Park.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Box 212, or Colonial Beach United Methodist Church, Box 189, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

W. Steven Reed

W. Steven Reed, 81, of the Armed Services Retirement Home, Washington DC passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2009.
He is survived by a brother R. Jerrell Reed, nephew R. Dana Reed, great nephew and niece Cody and Molly Reed, as well as lifelong friends Doc and Ellie Caruthers allof Colonial Beach.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Norma “Sis” Reed.
Steve was born in Colonial Beach on February 7, 1928 where he resided until joining the U.S. Army after graduation from Colonial Beach High School.  He retired as a Master Sergeant after a career spanning 30 years.  Steve was a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, where he retired from the Army and continued working for the U.S. State department until the end of the conflict.
Steve was a member of the American Legion Post 148 as well as VFW Post 10574 in Colonial Beach.

Martha E. English

Martha E. English, 87, of Colonial Beach died Thursday, Sept. 17, at Westmoreland Rehabilitation and Heathcare Center in Colonial Beach. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Area Deaths - October 21, 2009

John M. Roman

John Michael Roman, 53, of Sykesville, MD, passed away in Duck, NC on Tuesday, October 6, 2009.

Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of John Roman and the late Dorothy Stewart Roman.

He is survived by his wife, Jessie Sanders-Roman of the residence. Mr. Roman will be remembered for his appreciation of reading and love of traveling. He will be deeply missed.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Roman is survived by his father, John Roman of Frederick, MD, two sisters, Susan M. Fox and husband, Stephen of Frederick, MD,  Jane A. Nudge and husband, James of Annapolis, MD, and two brothers, James R. Roman and wife, Bonnie of Dahlgren, VA, and William G. Roman and wife, Shelly, of Sterling, VA.

A Mass celebrating the life of John M. Roman was held Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Eldersburg, Maryland. A lunch reception immediately followed the service in the church gymnasium.

Memorial donations can be made to C.O.P.D. International by visiting their Web site www.copd-international.com or by mailing to 131 DW Highway #627, Nashua, NH, 03060.

Twiford Funeral Homes, Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC assisted the family with arrangements.

Emily A. Howell

Emily A. Howell, 34, of Stafford County died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2009, in King George County. She was a student at George Mason University.

Survivors include two sons, Evan and Anthony; one sister, Layla Quintana of King George; her father, Doyle Howell of North Carolina; and her mother, Dorothy Stephens of North Carolina.

A funeral was held  Friday, Oct. 16, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. Burial followed in Historyland Memorial Park, King George. Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Margaret Viola G. Hepler

Margaret Viola Goodman Hepler, 94, of King George County died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at MicAnd Assisted Living LLC, Fredericksburg.

Born Feb. 5, 1915, in Ashe County, North Carolina, she was a member of Hanover Baptist Church, King George, and was the widow of Worth D. Goodman and Leslie Hepler.

She is survived by son Thomas D. Goodman and wife Lois of Dinwiddie; daughter Flora Louise Funk of King George; son Jerry D. Goodman of King George; brother Jack Wood of Maryland; sisters Maude Burrus of Lenoir, N.C., Lula Mae Evans and Barbara Rolland, both of Elkton, Md., Hortense Coffey of Quaker Hill, Conn. and Frances Funk of Bedford; nine grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held Saturday, Oct. 17, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Richard Headley officiating. Burial was in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.

The family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Fredericksburg Branch Office, 2217 Princess Anne St., Suite 106-F1, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.

Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Charles J. Cohen

Charles J. Cohen, 98, of King George County died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at Heritage Hall, King George. 

Dr. Cohen was one of the pioneers in establishing the Dahlgren naval base as an internationally recognized center of national defense research.

He  is survived by his wife, Dorothy, of Westmoreland County and his daughter, Elissa Steeves, of Blacksburg.

A Baltimore native who entered Johns Hopkins University at the age of 15 and emerged with a Ph.D., Cohen began his work as a mining geologist, first in Africa and then in South America.

Beginning his career at the Dahlgren base in the 1940s, he became one of the world’s leading authorities on using large digital computers to solve critical scientific problems. He helped confirm the Earth’s pear-shaped gravitational field, which led to the development of the Global Positioning System.

During his long career at the King George County base, which ended in 1977, Cohen helped lead Dahlgren’s entry into research that was key to the development of guided ballistic missiles.

Soft-spoken and self-effacing, Cohen was held in awe by Dahlgren scientists of the 1950s and 1960s. A recent history of the base, “The Sound of Freedom,” described him as “an uncommonly gifted mathematician with keen foresight and initiative.”

An annual award named for Cohen was established this year at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division to honor excellence in science and technology.

Services and private burial will be held at a later date.

Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is in charge of the arrangements.

Viola K. Shultz Witte

Viola Kerns Schultz “Vi” Witte, 89, of Colonial Beach died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at Westmoreland Rehabilitation Center.

Vi was born April 3, 1920, in The Plains, Fauquier County, a daughter of the late Harry and Vergi Kerns.

A graduate of Marshall High School and Strayer Business School, she worked in Mr. Starling’s law office, then at Missionhurst in Marymount as an administrative assistant, then at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in McLean as an office manager.

Vi attended St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church from its opening in the 1960s through the 1990s. She then attended St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Colonial Beach. She was active in the Eastern Star, Elks, Moose and American Legion. She also delivered Meals on Wheels for more than 15 years and was active within her Ebb Tide community as treasurer for nearly 20 years, assisting with all functions.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her six siblings and her husbands, Edwin Schultz and Lawrence Witte.

Vi is survived by her sons, Wayne Schultz of McLean and John Schultz of Montross; one grandson, Derek Schultz of McLean; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be conducted at noon on Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Memorial Garden of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Colonial Beach, with Father Ron Okrasinski officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach. Online guest book at nashandslawfh.com.

Thomas Willie Jackson, Sr.

Thomas Willie Jackson Sr., 79, of Colonial Beach passed away Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Mr. Jackson was born Feb. 17, 1930, in Covington, Ala., to Jessie and Needa Carrell Jackson. He worked as a sheet metal worker and was a member of the Sheet Metal Union Local 100 in Suitland, Md.

Mr. Jackson was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Edythe Jackson, as well as a son, Thomas Willie Jackson Jr.

He is survived by three daughters, Mary Lou Jackson of King George County, Donna Lambrose of Spotsylvania County, and Janet L. Jackson of Baytown, Texas. Also surviving are five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and his “lady friend,” Hattie Bolton of King George.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Home, Fredericksburg chapel, 1621 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, where a funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 23.

Interment will follow in National Memorial Park, Falls Church.

Condolences may be sent to mullinsthompsonfuneral homefredericksburg.com.

Wilma Lindsey Clare

Wilma Lindsey Clare, 84, of Mechanicsville, formerly of King George County, passed away Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville.

She was the widow of the late Robert Logan Clare, Jr.

Born and raised in Sylvatus, she was a business teacher at King George High School for 34 years until her retirement in 1987. While there, she sponsored the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and was a chairperson for the business department. Wilma was a member of Potomac Baptist Church and the clerk for 40 years as well as a Sunday school teacher.

After retiring, she became very active in the AARP and served as a group leader for The Grand American Tours, and during that time she and her husband enjoyed traveling throughout the world. She also assisted with emergency calls for the King George Volunteer Fire Department.

Wilma is survived by three children, Alice C. Biddle and her husband, Rob, of Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte C. Snyder and her husband, Michael, of Ellicott City, Md., and Charles L. Clare and his wife, Susan, of Mechanicsville; and nine grandchildren, Jason Biddle, Tyler Biddle, Matthew Snyder, Nicholas Snyder, Natalie Snyder, Sarah Clare, Erin Clare, Cory Cumbia and Alexis Cumbia.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.

A funeral will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 22, at Potomac Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dennis Newton officiating. Burial will follow the service in the Potomac Baptist Church cemetery.

Contributions may be made to King George Fire and Rescue, Box 466, King George, Va., 22485.

Online guestbook is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Area Deaths - September 16, 2009

Charles “Charlie” D. Slick

Charles “Charlie” Donald Slick, 79, succumbed to complications from COPD Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He was born Sept. 7, 1929, in Chester, Pa., but primarily resided in the Fredericksburg area and Baltimore, Md.
In 1946, he received an honorable discharge from the United States Coast Guard, and for 50 years continued to serve in the American Merchant Marine. Donald was one of the many veterans who served and died while still waiting for Congress to approve benefits granted to other World War II veterans but thus far denied to merchant mariners. He was a member of the Spotsylvania Baptist Church.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Estelle Slick, and his dearest friend, Marjorie Massey. He is survived by his daughter, Dawn Yvette Cropper, her husband, John, and their son, Justin, all of Dover, Pa.; grandson Brandon Myers and his wife, Madelyn, of Redline, Pa.;  his sister, Jane C. Pomeroy and her husband, Art; brother Ted W. Slick; nephew Thomas F. Coghill and his wife, Teresa Nagy; niece Daurne Coghill; nephew Troy Coghill and Kristin Pacello; niece Tish Coon, and her husband, Tom; nephew Eric Pomeroy and Wanda Sanders; nephew Justin Pomeroy; nephew Wade Puckett; nephew Stacy Payne; cousin and dear friend Ollie K. Stephens, and his cousin Dorothy Stephens; and devoted friends Cindy Lynard, Jennifer Massey and Jeremy Farmer, and Dick and Linda Westerburg. Also surviving is his cat, Sissy.
Mr. Slick donated his remains to the State Anatomical Program in Richmond; there will be no formal funeral service. However, those wishing to make a memorial contribution, we encourage to do so to the organization of one’s choice. Plans for a memorial service are not yet determined, but will be communicated when the details are confirmed.
Donald was an adventurous man with a wide range of talents, including flying small aircraft, bricklaying, television repair, collecting Indian artifacts and playing guitar.
He spent his life at sea but would come ashore occasionally to touch our lives and make indelible impressions on us all. His stories of strange lands and escapades were endless and seldom in need of embellishment to entertain.
He was a larger-than-life character with a constant Cheshire grin, a quick wit, a gorilla heart, and an undeniable charm--he was hard to resist. Donald was a man of great humor and vitality--he will be deeply missed by those touched by his spirit.

Maude Elizabeth Taylor

Maude Elizabeth Taylor, 57, of King William departed this life Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at a local hospital.
She is survived by one daughter, Bonita Martin and her husband, Tony, of King William; two sisters, Ernestine Watts and Lois Brooken; and five brothers, Archie, Robert, Ernest, Kevin and Terry.
The funeral service was held on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Gethsemane Baptist Church in King William,with the Rev. Ruben Carter, pastor, officiating.  Interment was in the church cemetery.
Service of comfort was entrusted to Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock.  Online condolences may be expressed to the family at washingtonfh.com.

Charles Bernard Tate

Charles Bernard Tate, 53, of Richmond and formerly of Westmoreland County, departed this life Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at a Richmond hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Ware Tate, and one daughter, Tiffany Nicole Tate, both of Richmond, and his brother, Tony Shelton of Montross.
Viewings were held Friday, Sept. 11, at Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, and again at Siloam Baptist Church, Montross.  The funeral was held Saturday, Sept. 12, at Siloam Baptist Church, with the Rev. Connie Jones, pastor, officiating.  Interment followed in the Tate’s family cemetery.
Service of comfort was entrusted to Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock.  Online condolences may be expressed to the family at washingtonfh.com.

Patricia Tyler Kerr

Patricia Tyler Kerr, 75, of Colonial Beach passed away Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, in Fredericksburg. Patricia retired from the Naval Space Command at NSWC, Dahlgren.
She is survived by two daughters, Catherine A. Gorfida and her husband, Michael J., of Colonial Beach, and Tracy K. Sivak and her husband, John A., of King George County; six grandchildren, Jason P. Lasher and his wife, Tracy, Christopher J. Lasher and his wife, Kristen, Alexander R. Gorfida, Madison A. Gorfida, Jacob T. Sivak and Ryan D. Sivak; and four great-grandchildren, Riley A. Lasher, Tyler C. Lasher, Trent J. Lasher and Travis A. Lasher.
Patricia was the widow of Smith Peter Kerr III.
A funeral Mass was celebrated  Saturday, Sept. 12, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Jerome Magat officiating. Burial will be private.
Contributions may be made to Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va., 22443.
Online guestbook is available at nashandslawfh.com

Wallace Shelton, Sr.

Wallace Shelton Sr., 84, of Tappahannock departed this life Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, in a Richmond Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Bertharine Shelton; one daughter, Barbara Vaughan of Dunnsville; six sons, Wallace Shelton Jr., Michael Shelton, Rodney L. Shelton, Wayne T. Shelton and Antonio Shelton, all of Tappahannock, and William A. Shelton of Richmond.
A viewing was held  Friday, Sept. 11, at Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock, and again one hour before the funeral on Saturday, Sept. 12, at St. John Baptist Church, in DeSha, with the Rev. Linwood Jones, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Service of comfort was entrusted to the Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at washingtonfh.com.

Edward F. Jones

Edward F. Jones, 89, of Dahlgren died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at Farnham Manor in Farnham.
Born in Jenkintown, Pa., Mr. Jones was a graduate of Penn State and Eastern Baptist Seminary in Philadelphia. He retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center as a mechanical engineer, and having served as pastor at churches on the Eastern Shore. He was predeceased by his wife, Martha W. Jones.
Mr. Jones was a very caring and giving man who touched many lives. He was a member of Westmoreland Independent Baptist Church.
He is survived by one son, Alcova W. Jones and his wife, Janice; three stepgrandchildren, Arlie Roberts, Della Docherty and Angela Mock; and many great-grandchildren.
A funeral was held Sunday, Sept. 13, at Westmoreland Independent Baptist Church, with the Rev. Robert Warnick and the Rev. Ken Overby officiating.  Burial was in St. Peter’s Church cemetery, Oak Grove.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, is in charge of the arrangments. Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Mildred Henderson Pitts

Mildred Henderson Pitts, 84, of Montross went to be with the Lord on Friday, Sept. 11, 2009.
She was the daughter of the late Murray T. and Ellie S. Henderson. She was a lifelong member of Currioman Baptist Church, and had retired as a florist at Bridget Bouquet, formerly known as Earlene’s Flowers in Montross.
Mildred was a loving daughter, sister, mother, wife, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be missed by many.
She is survived by her husband, W. Buren Pitts; two sons, William Murray Pitts and his wife, Meredith Ann, of Rockville, Md., and Stephen Buren Pitts and his wife, Deborah, of Montpelier; two grandchildren, Stephen Corey and Kellie Marie; and two great-grandchildren, Emily Madison and William McCormally. She also leaves behind one sister, Lois H. Doleman of Montross; and three nieces, Sherry Stuart and her husband, Charlie, Lois Lynn Hazelwood and her husband, Ernie, and Susan Halley and her husband, Larry.
A funeral was conducted Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Currioman Baptist Church, Zacata. Interment followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends Monday, Sept. 14, at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Currioman Baptist Church Cemetery Endowment Fund, c/o Brenda Riley, Box 841, Montross, Va. 22520.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at welchfuneralhomeva.com.

Keith Campbell

Keith Campbell, 42, of Brandywine, Md., passed away Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at a southern Maryland hospital.
He was the son of Alvin and Doris Campbell. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Kimberly Campbell.
A funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, at Macedonia Baptist Church in Colonial Beach.
Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home of Warsaw has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Catherine Marie Doerr

Catherine Marie Doerr, 89, of Colonial Beach died Monday, Sept. 14, after a long illness, succumbing to the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.
She was the widow of Clement M. Doerr and will be dearly missed.
She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law: Tim and Sally Doerr of Westfield, N.J., Fred and Elva Doerr of Germantown, Md., Jim and Bucky Doerr of Colonial Beach, and Bob and Sharon Doerr of Lake Jackson, Texas. She also is survived by two siblings, Dorothy Fulfer of Burleson, Texas, and Hugh Higgins of Cleburne, Texas. She was preceded in death by sister Betty Jones.
A funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Scottie Jackson officiating. Further services and burial will be in Cleburne, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Doerr’s memory may be made to Riverside Tappahannock Hospice, 840/493-6130.
Online condolences may be made at nashandslawfh .com.

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