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Area Deaths - February 3, 2010

Irene Lortie

Irene Lortie of King George County passed away Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at her home.
She lived in and around Montgomery, W.Va., for the first part of her life. Irene was a member of Wilderness Community Church.
She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Dana Rex Lortie; a son, Nutie Ray Miller and his wife, Judy, of Cross Lanes, W.Va.; two daughters, Linda Incao of Warrenton, Pa., and Dee Dee Holloran and her husband, Joe, of Philadelphia, Pa.; two sisters, Pauline Mascaro and her husband, Lou, of Montgomery, W.Va., and Hilda Keffer of Kimberly, W.Va.; two brothers, Bill Bob Hill and his wife, Patsy, of Hughes Creek, W.Va., and Luther Ray Hill of Ohio; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Mabel Hill; and a son, Larry Lee Miller.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 30, at Wilderness Community Church, with Pastor Keith Boyette officiating. Burial will be in Hill Cemetery in Belva, W.Va., at a later date.  Online condolences may be expressed at foundandsons.com.

Stephen Chuhta

Stephen Chuta, 78, of Fredericksburg, VA, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home.
Mr. Chuhta had retired as a program manager from the Department of Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Edith H. Chuhta; two sons, David Chuhta of Trumbull, Conn., and Glenn Chuhta of Colonial Beach; a daughter, Sandra Mallette of Hanover, Pa.;  his sister, Theresa Engelke of Melbourne, Fla.; and six grandchildren.
A service was held Monday,  Feb. 1, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.  Burial was  in Quantico National Cemetery with military honors.
Memorials may be made to The Myositis Association, Attn: Development Department, 1737 King St., Suite 600, Alexandria, Va. 22314.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Alvin L. Jett

Alvin L. Jett, 80, of Spotsylvania County passed away Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Jett is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mrs. Shirley Jett of Spotsylvania; two sons, Robert and his wife, Barbara Ann, of King George County, and Ricky and his wife, Carla, of Spotsylvania; and three daughters, Linda Cole and her husband, Gary, Lori Shelton and her husband, Bobby, and Kathy Curtis and her husband, Burt, all of Spotsylvania. Additional survivors include a sister, Geraldine Shelton of King George; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ralph; son William Alvin Jett; and a grandson, Ronald Doggett Jr.
A funeral for Mr. Jett was held Monday, Feb. 1. at Found & Sons Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Ray Farrow officiating. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
The family requests contributions in his name be made to Found and Sons to cover funeral expenses.
Online condolences may be made at foundsandson.com.

William Douglas Payne

William Douglas “Doug” Payne Sr., 87, of Colonial Beach died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Payne was born July 6, 1922, in Marshall, a son of the late Percy and Edith Fishback Payne. He was a veteran of World War II, and had been an electrician for 40 years.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Payne was preceded in death by his wife, Jesse Jane Payne; one daughter, Gwennie Payne; and one brother, Francis Payne.
Survivors include one daughter, Dale P. Thomas of Fredericksburg; three sons, Doug Payne Jr. of Marshall, Randy Payne of Amissville and Allen Payne of Colonial Beach; one sister, Charlotte Duncan of Marshall; one brother, Vernon Payne of Winchester; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A funeral was held Monday, Feb. 1, at Royston Funeral Home, Marshall, officiated by the Rev. Steven Payne. Interment was in Marshall Cemetery.

Charles Hart

Charles “Chuck” Hart, 64, of King George County died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at his residence.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Hart of King George; two daughters, Susan L. Davidson of King George and Claudia Hart of Lansing, Mich.; a son, Charles Hart Jr. of King George; his sister, Mildred Rose of Mississippi; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Cedell Brooks Memorial Chapel, Port Royal, with the Rev. William T. Frye officiating. Mr. Hart’s body was cremated.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Anthony D. Del Giacco

Surrounded by his family at home, Anthony D. “Tony” Del Giacco, 70, born in Troy, N.Y., and a longtime resident of Fredericksburg, was welcomed into God’s Kingdom on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010.
Tony was proud of his honorable service in the U.S. Army and attended Potomac Baptist Church in King George County. He retired after more than 30 years of dedicated service as manager of Martin & Boyd Spring Works in Washington, D.C.
Survivors include his best friend and loving wife of 40 years, Patricia Lynch Del Giacco; his six children, Michael, and his wife, Sandy, of De Pere, Wisc., David, and his wife, Gina, of Lake Forest, Calif., Kellie Liming of Spotsylvania County, Daniel of Troy, N.Y., Andrea Vrooman and her husband, Steve, of King George, and Michelle Del Giacco Kelley of Stafford County; a sister, Ann Yamin, and her husband--and Tony’s special friend--Daniel, of Brainard, N.Y.; a brother, Albert, and his wife, Carolyn, of Troy; 12 grandchildren, Joshua Reaver, Candace Wine, Danielle Del Giacco, Samantha Kelley, Rachel Liming, Matthew Pitts, Nicole Del Giacco, Billy Kelley Jr., Carley Vrooman, Katie Del Giacco, Kasey Liming and Amanda Del Giacco; and two great-grandchildren, Remy Reaver and Trinity Nuckols.
Tony was preceded in death by his parents, Michael S. Del Giacco and Pasqualina Del Giacco; sisters Marie DePaoli, Antoinette Swingle, Virginia Archambeault and Lorraine LeFleur; and mother-in-law Emma Lynch.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Potomac Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dennis Newton officiating. Interment will follow at 1 p.m.  in Quantico National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary Washington Hospice 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407, or to Potomac Baptist Church, 8109 Comorn Road, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Stewart George L. Darling

Stewart George Louis Darling, 28, of King George County died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at his residence.
Survivors include his parents, Ronald Darling of King George and Lori Darling of Georgia; his sisters, Jen and Athena Darling, both of Georgia; his paternal grandparents, Helen and Wayne Darling of Michigan; his maternal grandmother, Ruth Smith of California; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
There will be no services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, 8479 St. Anthonys Road, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Ruth E. McDaniel

Ruth E. McDaniel, 93, of King George County went to meet her savior on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010.  She had been lovingly cared for at Hearts at Home and by the Medic Home Health and Hospice.
Ruth was born June 30, 1916, in Washington, D.C., a daughter of the late Robert and Irene Rawlette McCauley.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Thornton F. McDaniel; a brother, Robert McCauley; and two sisters, Ethel Bredekamp and Hilda Hazard.
She is survived by one son, Rick and his wife Maggie McDaniel; her cherished granddaughter, Michelle McDaniel; and Frances Ensminger, her dearest friend, all of King George,  and two nephews and three nieces.
She was raised in King George by her grandparents.  She and her husband together ran T. F. McDaniel Grocery in King George for more than 40 years.  She was a lifelong member of Hanover Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years, and also taught the BTU and vacation Bible school.
Her friends will miss her contagious laughter and sense of humor.  Also missed will be her childhood tales of “little Ricky,” her competitive weekly Boggle game, her summertime love of croquet and her enduring passion for the welfare of animals.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in KG.   
A service will begin at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Bill Boyer officiating.  Interment will follow in Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens, (formerly Historyland Memorial Park) in King George.
Memorial contributions may be made to Medic Home Health and Hospice, 3302 Bourbon St., Fredericksburg, VA, 22408 or KG Animal Rescue League, Box 1003, Dahlgren, VA, 22448.
Online guestbook is available at www.nashandslawfh.com.

Eva Arlen Sanders

Eva Arlene (MeMe) Sanders, 69, of Mechanicsville, MD, formerly of Colonial Beach, VA, died February 1, 2010 after a brief illness.  
Arlene was predeceased in death by her husband, Robert (Bob) Sanders and her mother, Elizabeth (Betty) Duley.  
She is survived by her four children, Cathy Shumaker, Jimmy Alderson (Nancy), Steve Alderson (Lynn), and Kelly Raley (Hoppy).  
She is also survived by her 6 grandchildren: Josh Shumaker, Mike Alderson, Amanda Shumaker, Shane Alderson, Ashlee Alderson and Samantha Raley and one great-grandchild, Landon Gatton.  
MeMe is also survived by her BFF, Kim Young whom was also her caregiver during her recent illness.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time but are being handled by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home in Mechanicsville, MD., brinsfieldecholsfuneral.com.

Area Deaths - January 27, 2010

Katherine Childrey Smith

Katherine Childrey Smith, 86, of King George County passed away Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, William Taylor Smith Jr.; their five children, William T. Smith III of Port Royal, Elizabeth B. Stobie of Tucson, Ariz., Sandra S. Pickett of Fredericksburg, Albert E. Smith of Prairie, Miss., and Linda G. Smith of King George; as well as eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Ann G. McAvoy of Ohio.
A secretary and bookkeeper, she completed her training at Pan American Business School in 1942 and worked for many organizations during her long career. She retired for several years after World War II to raise five children, and returned to work when the youngest started school.
Mrs. Smith was an avid knitter, making countless sweaters and other items. She loved children and always enjoyed time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Friday, Jan. 22, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Richard Headley officiating. Interment will be at a later ate at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in King George.
Contributions in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society or one’s charity of choice.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Donald Lee Wheeler, Sr.

Donald Lee Wheeler Sr. of Colonial Beach passed on to everlasting glory on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010.
Don was the son of Edward Carl and Nettie Owen Wheeler, and was born and raised in Savage, Md., along with his five brothers and one sister: Leonard, Joan-Ann, Bobby, Marvin and Ricky.
Don worked his entire career at the University of Maryland physical plant, College Park campus. He was a joyful member of Welcome Grove Baptist Church as well as the Colonial Beach Moose Lodge.
Don is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Hester Susan, and their children, Marsha, Teresa and Donnie, and other loved ones he was honored to call his children: Bill, Mike, Anita and Allen. He is also survived by his grandchildren; he truly believed that each and every one was his greatest pride and joy: Christopher, Ashley, Douglas, Brandon, Victoria, Julie, E.C. and A.J.
And as Don ended each night that we were with him, we all now say to him: “Goodnight, Sweet Dreams, God Bless, I love you” to our beloved Honey, Daddy and Pop-Pop.
His family  received friends  Thursday, Jan. 21, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, where a funeral was held Friday, Jan. 22.
Interment followed immediately at Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens, King George. Afterward, family and friends gathered at Bowie’s Restaurant, State Route 3, Oak Grove, for fellowship and healing.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Ruth Snyder McIntosh

Ruth Snyder McIntosh, 94, of King George County passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.
She is survived by her sons, Richard F. McIntosh and his wife, Deborah, and John “Larry” McIntosh and his wife, Mary “Sue”; seven grandchildren; 14great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Richard and Deborah will be receiving friends at their home from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31. Please contact them directly for directions.
The family is under the direction of Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service.

Gustie Wallice Sullivan, Jr.

Gustie Wallice Sullivan Jr., 65, of King George County died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Stafford County.
Survivors include his sisters, Diane Richardson of Partlow and Wanda Ponton of Stafford; and his best friend, Betty Ann Fincham of King George.
Gustie requested that no services be held.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

John Edwards Shaw

John Edwards Shaw, 67, of King George County went to be with his Lord and Savior and was found deceased in his home Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010.
John was born Oct. 4, 1942, in Portsmouth, and was preceded in death by his parents, James Robert Shaw and Carlie Meece Shaw.
John is survived by two brothers, George R. Shaw and his wife, Elaine, of Spotsylvania County, and James A. Shaw and his wife, Dean, of King George; one sister, Gloria S. Peregory of Spotsylvania; four nieces, Susan McCalmont of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Sharon Campbell, Mary Jenkins and Teresa Haynes, all of Spotsylvania; four nephews, James D. Shaw and Timothy W. Shaw, both of King George, Michael Peregory of Spotsylvania and Joseph Peregory of Mineral.
John was a well-known local artist. His painting of a squirrel chewing on an apple made the cover of Virginia Wildlife magazine in 1977, thus launching his artistic career. John left his Dahlgren space surveillance job in 1982 to become a full-time artist.
John attended the King George Church of God, where he was involved with the benevolent ministries. The last nine years of John’s life were spent giving and caring for others. In recent years, John’s Christian faith led him to paint religious themes, including a detailed painting of the Crucifixion, titled “He’s Alive, I’m Forgiven,” that includes 50 different details and characters, all drawn from Scripture.
All the proceeds from sales of prints of this painting go to benefit the benevolent ministries at the King George Church of God.
John’s funeral was Saturday, Jan. 23, at King George Church of God, with the Rev. Lance Bacon officiating. Burial followed in Meadow-Brooke Memorial Gardens (formerly Historyland Memorial Park) King George.
Pallbearers were Kirk Burns, Bill Blakely, Michael Peregory, James D. Shaw, Jeffrey Hughes and James Mauro.
Contributions in John’s memory may be made to King George Church of God Benevolent Fund, 8095 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is handling the arrangements.  Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Lawrence F. Altaffer, Jr.

Lawrence F. Altaffer Jr., 85, of Warsaw passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. He was the widower of Virginia S. Altaffer, a member of Warsaw Baptist Church, and a retired manager for Pet Dairy.
Mr. Altaffer graduated from Warsaw High School and entered the Navy V12 Program, attending VMI and U.Va., and graduating from University of South Carolina. After graduation from USC, he joined the U.S. Marines and served as a first lieutenant in World II and the Korean conflict.
Survivors are his son, Dr. Lawrence F. Altaffer III of Syria; his daughter, Elizabeth A. “Betty” Lumpkin and her husband, Billy, of Richmond; four grandchildren and their spouses, Virginia Anne Lumpkin, Anne Altaffer Asplin (Brian), Elizabeth Altaffer Fedowitz (John), and Lawrence F. Altaffer IV; and two great- grandsons, Max and Henry Fedowitz.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 23, at Warsaw Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. The family received friends at the home after the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Warsaw Baptist Church.

Kenneth G. Thorsted

Kenneth G. Thorsted, 80, of Fredericksburg passed away Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose, who passed away in 2001.
He was an aeronautical engineer who was recognized as a propulsions expert and retired from the NSWC in Dahlgren. He held several patents for inventions in the aerospace industry.
He is survived by 12 children: Michael K. Thorsted and his wife, Stacey, of Spotsylvania County; Michelle “Shelley” M. Morgan and her husband, Dennis, of Spotsylvania; David G. Thorsted and his wife, Laura, of Rhoadesville; Patti T. Payne and her husband, Rick, of King George County; Laure D. Browne and her husband, Joe, of Spotsylvania; Stevie L. Thorsted and his wife, Pam, of Freeport, Fla.; Gregory G. Thorsted and his wife, Mary, of King George; Teresa T. Seamon and her husband, John, of Alamogordo, N.M.; Gary E. Thorsted and his wife, Teresa, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Martin L. Thorsted and his wife, Chris, of Roswell, N.M.; Mark B. Thorsted and his wife, Shelby, of Fredericksburg; and Susie M. Thorsted of Fredericksburg.
Mr. Thorsted is also survived by one sister, Darlene Hooper of Anaheim, Calif., 35 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family received friends and a rosary was held on Friday, Jan. 22, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service Fredericksburg Chapel.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Jan. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with interment to follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, or the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal, 200 N. Glebe Road, Suite 811, Arlington, Va. 22203.
Friends may offer online condolences at mullinsthompson.com.

Zula Ferrara Ware

Zula Ferrara Ware died in her home Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband John W. “Jack” Ware.
She is survived by her children, Marguerite Ware Keady, John Waller Ware Jr., Frances Ware Lieb and her husband, Joseph Lieb; her grandchildren, Anne Ware Keady, John Walter Keady, Jennifer Frances Lieb and Katherine Marguerite Lieb. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Anna Roberts Ware, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Zula was born in Fredericksburg and graduated from Mary Washington College. She taught commercial education in Falls Church and at Strayer Business College before moving to Essex County.
At Tappahannock High School, she opened the Commercial Education Program. She also met Jack Ware who would become her husband for 33 years.
Together they shared a love of family, laughter, good food, and a Christian spirit that inspired them to help friends and neighbors as well as strangers who were in need.
Zula’s parents immigrated to America from Italy, and her Italian heritage helped to shape her values. She was a devout Catholic and was one of the founding members of St. Timothy Catholic Church. Her love of her faith and her family were the primary forces in her life. Frequently she demonstrated this love with bountiful Italian meals, which she served to her family, neighbors and anyone in need.
The family received visitors Friday, Jan. 22, at Marks-Bristow Funeral Home, Tappahannock.
The funeral Mass was celebrated  Saturday, Jan. 23, at St. Timothy Catholic Church, followed by the burial in Rappahannock Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Timothy Catholic Church, Box 129, Tappahannock, Va. 22560.

James Wallace Musselman

James Wallace “Wally” Musselman III, 84, of King George County, formerly of Colonial Beach, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at his home.
Mr. Musselman was a proud U.S. Navy World War II combat veteran and a life member of VFW Post 10574 in Colonial Beach and American Legion Post 89 in King George.
He is survived by his son, James W. Musselman IV and his wife, Catherine M. Lutzen, of King George; his daughter, Debra Deans of Gainesville, Fla.; his sister, Mildred Ehrhardt of Springfield; and his grandchildren, James W. Musselman V of Colonial Beach and Debra Deans of Gainesville.
A visitation was held  Monday, Jan. 25, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, and the funeral was held Tuesday, Jan. 26, with the Rev. Janie Nickle officiating. Burial wasbe in Quantico National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in his memory be made to Boy Scout Troop 258 of Colonial Beach, c/o Kitty Norris, 154 Lea Road, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Area Deaths - January 20, 2010

Paul Edward Bohrer

Paul Edward Bohrer of Colonial Beach passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010. He was one of 13 children and the son of John and Ethel Bohrer of Berkley Springs, W.Va.
He resided most of his life in Arlington and then retired in Colonial Beach in 1985. There he built a sunroom, garage addition and bulkhead, all while on crutches, with the help of his beloved wife. Paul was a veteran of World War II, having joined the Merchant Marines at 16 years of age.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Marion Raymond, who passed away in 2004, their 2 year old daughter Linda, their married son, Paul Jr. and his dear friend Margaret Welch.
He is survived by his daughter Sherri and her husband, Robert Piriak; his two grandchildren, Tammy Sandler and Chris Williges; along with six great-grandchildren, Blake, Samuel, Paige, Ellie, Naomi and Daniel Sandler.
The family received friends on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at the Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel. Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 14.

Sarah E. Robinson

Sarah E. Robinson, 92, of King George County died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010. She was a member and church mother at Salem Baptist Church and served on the deaconess board.
She is survived by two daughters, Geraldine Robinson and Dorothy McDowney; and one son, Woodford Robinson III, all of King George; one sister, Margaret Robinson of Washington, D.C.; four brothers, Frank, Robert, Major and George Holmes, all of King George; 27 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral was held Sat., Jan. 16, at Salem Baptist Church, Jersey, with the Rev. Leonard G. Bland officiating.  Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends  at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, VA.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Pauline A. Perry Gibson

Pauline Auguster Perry Gibson, 89, of Stafford County passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at Bowling Green Healthcare Center with her family at her side. She was the widow of William Francis Gibson, who died in 1966.
Mrs. Gibson, born Dec. 30, 1920, in Fredericksburg, was the daughter of the late William Samuel Perry and Della May Minter Perry. She was a homemaker and a longtime childcare provider. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Stafford.
Her survivors include four daughters, Mary Lee Boutchyard and her husband, Roger, of Stafford, Betty Jo Mitchell of Mechanicsville, Wilma G. Vaughn and her husband, Steve, of Spotsylvania County, and Deborah G. Sauder and her husband, Mark, of King George County; six grandchildren, Roger L. Boutchyard II, Sherri R. Boutchyard, Shelley M. Michalski, Shaun L. Mitchell, Jamie S. Rexroad and Amanda McClure; nine great-grandchildren, Scott Boutchyard, Krystal Constien, Jon Boutchyard, Ragan Michalski, Madison Michalski, Jacob Mitchell, Cameron Rexroad, Alyssa McClure and Jaysen Cox; one great-great-grandchild, Lawson Boutchyard; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mae Madgeline “Madge” Brooks; and three brothers, Leonard Stuart Perry, Clarence William Perry and James Melvin Perry.
A visitation and funeral was held  at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. H. Lowell Self officiating.
Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the American Diabetes Association, Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312; or to the American Cancer Society, c/o Trudy Clifton, 113 Tallpines Ave., Locust Grove, Va. 22508.

Esther Blanch Trigger

Esther Blanch Trigger, 81, of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away Monday, Jan. 11, 2010.
Miss Trigger was born and raised in King George County, graduated from King George High School, then moved to Tacoma Park, Md., where she lived before moving to Texas to be near her sister.
Miss Trigger is survived by a sister, Lois Barker and her husband, Donald, of North Richland Hills, Texas; and a brother, Alfred S. Trigger of King George. She was predeceased by her brother Everett F. Trigger, also of King George, and 12 nieces and nephews.
She was a member of Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, where she served as a deaconess for many years. Her church was a very important part of her life.
A memorial service will be held on April 4, 2010, in Tacoma Park, Md.

Bobby Wayne Montrief

Bobby Wayne Montrief, 71, of Stafford County went to be with the Lord, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.
He retired from Naval Surface Warfare Center after a career of 38 years.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia C. Montrief; five children, Kevin Wayne Montrief and his wife, Cindy, Joy Leigh Montrief, Mark Alan Montrief and his wife, Susan, Scott Wilson Montrief and his wife, Wesley, and Jennifer Elizabeth Montrief; eight grandchildren, Jordan, Tanner and Kali England Rozum, and Katelyn, Luke, Isaac, Leigha and Garrett Montrief; three sisters, Faye Stultz, Margaret Martin, and Bonnie Montrief; and several nieces and nephews. He also shared his love with 39 foster children over the years. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter.
A funeral was held Mon., Jan. 18, at Ferry Farm Baptist Church, with the Rev. James Vaught officiating. Entombment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens mausoleum.
Pallbearers were the Rev. Paige Young, James Reagan, Vincent Carr, Dale Middleton, Trevor Meade and Brock McDaniel. Honorary pallbearer was Brogan McDaniel.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Ferry Farm Baptist Church Building Fund, 1 Westmoreland Drive, Fredericksburg, Va. 22405, or to U.Va. Cancer Center-Melanoma Research, Box 800773, Charlottesville, Va. 22908-0773.
Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Charles Noble Robertson, IV

Charles Noble Robertson, IV, 63, of Colonial Beach, died Saturday, January 16, 2010 at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Robertson was a native of Riverside, Connecticut. He was a U.S.M.C. Vietnam Combat veteran and later served at 8th and I in Washington, D.C. as a member of the Presidential Honor Guard. Early in his work career, he was a group home counselor in Alexandria. After moving to Stafford in 1978, he began working for Fredericksburg City Juvenile Domestic Court. Later in his working career, he worked in project management and new homes sales in Stafford. In 1990, he established Curb Appeal Landscaping, which he ran until his retirement in 2008.
He joined the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department in 1978 where he was a life member, past president, and an honorary lieutenant. Charlie was a Board of Supervisors original appointee of the Stafford County Fire and Rescue Commission. He was a member of the Stafford American Legion Post 290 and the historic Friendship V.F.D. in Alexandria, VA. For a number of years, he was the team leader and lead instructor for the Rappahannock Region CISM Team. Upon retirement, he moved to Colonial Beach, where he became a member of the Colonial Beach Fire Department where he currently served as Chaplain. He was also the dock master at the Bayside Marina.
Charlie was a member of Aquia Episcopal Church, where he served as a lay Eucharistic minister.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Merry E. Robertson; two brothers, Bill Robertson of New Jersey and Eric Kreuter of Connecticut; a sister, Betsy Kreuter of Connecticut; one nephew; and four nieces.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, January 22 at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel with the Rev. Cuthbert Mandell and Rev. Jay Morris officiating.
Interment will be private.
Members of the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, January 21 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Stafford V.F.D., Box 127, Stafford, Virginia, 22555 or to the Colonial Beach V.F.D., 312 Colonial Ave., Colonial Beach, Virginia 22443.

Gregory Neal Tapp

Gregory Neal Tapp, 58, of Sebree, KY passed away 11:45 A.M. Sunday January 17, 2010 at his home.
He was a graduate of Western Kentucky University, a FFA advisor and a teacher (4 years) in King George County, Virginia.  He was also a deacon at Pennyrile Church of Christ in Madisonville.
He was preceded in death by his mother Norma Tapp (2009).
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kris (Ungemach) Tapp; his father J.A. Tapp; two sons, Kelby Tapp and Kaleb Tapp, all of Sebree, KY; one daughter, Cassie (Tapp) Orr and her husband Grant of Mayfield, KY; a brother, Keith Tapp, of Sebree, KY; two sisters: Cindy and her husband Jerry Brown of Sebree, KY and Joann Tapp of Nashville, TN; and two grandchildren, Hayden and Addyson Orr.                                                
Services will be 1:00 P.M. Wednesday January 20, 2010 at Pennyrile Church of Christ Church, 4915 Hanson Rd.( US Hwy 41 two miles south of Hanson), Madisonville, KY.
Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Poole, KY
Bro. Lewis Stanley, Barry Webb, and Dr. Jon Partlow will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Hospice, P.O. Box 305, Dixon, KY 42409
Online condolences may be made at tomblinsonfuneralhomes.com

John E. Shaw

John Edward Shaw, 67, of King George, VA. died at his home.  
Nash and Slaw Funeral Home of King George are handling the funeral arrangements, which were incomplete at press time.

Area Deaths - January 13, 2010

Henry Clay Williams

Henry Clay Williams, 93, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010. He was born Jan. 16, 1916.
He married Elsie Virginia Lunsford in 1940 and they had one daughter, Gail Tennille.
In 1970 Clay and Elsie moved from Springfield to make their home at Longfield Farm in King George County, where Clay raised Black Angus cattle. Clay was a member of the Farm Bureau, the Ruritans, Colonial Beach Methodist Church and then Trinity UMC in King George. For years, he volunteered with the Cancer Society to drive patients needing chemotherapy to treatment.
He was predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Elsie Williams. He is survived by four sisters-in-law, Madileane Williams, Lucille Lunsford Alderton, Evelyn Lunsford and Martha Lunsford; his daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Gail Williams Wertz and Dr. Andrew Ball of King George; and step-granddaughters Jennifer Ball Truitt and Katherine Ball Lemuz and their children.
He is also survived by 19 nieces and nephews: Ralph, Nancy and Donna; William and Dermott; Annie and Linda; Richard, Marie and Kathy; Ronnie, Faye and Kevin; Margaret, Barbara and Sally; and Jane, Donna and Ernie; as well as great-nieces and great-nephews.
A funeral was held Sat. Jan. 9 at Trinity UMC, King George. Private burial will be in Millbank Farm.
Funeral arrangements are by Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the H. Clay and Elsie Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o the King George Ruritan Club, Box 2, King George Va. 22485, or American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Eleanor Mattison Geyer

Eleanor Mattison Geyer, 86, of Westmoreland County, VA, died on Dec. 29, 2009 at Mary Washington Hospital.  
Mrs. Geyer was born in Altmar, NY.  She also lived in Ambler, PA and was the widow of Albert G. Geyer, III of Ambler, PA.
She is survived by two sons; Albert G. Geyer (Jane) of Warsaw, VA and Charles A. Geyer (Anne) of Oak Grove, VA.
Also surviving are  two sisters; Virginia Pollic of Richland, NY and Ruth Larrabee of Detroit, MI; five grandchildren: Claudia Bracero, Houston, TX, Julie Geyer, Alexandria VA, Pierson Geyer, Colleen Geyer and Mary Claire Geyer all of Oak Grove, VA; and three great-grandchildren: Liam Geyer, Julian Bracero and Elena Bracero.
Visitation is from 3-4 p.m.  Sat., January 16, at Nash and Slaw Funeral home, King George, VA. with a brief service to follow.
 In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions be made to the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St. Colonial Beach, VA 22443.

Louise H. Chinn

Louise H. Chinn, 83, of Spotsylvania County died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Golden Living Center of Fredericksburg.
Mrs. Chinn was born in Spotsylvania County, graduated from Spotsylvania high school and attended Mary Washington College.
She was a former longtime member of Falmouth Baptist Church where she had served as church secretary for several years. She also was a member of Spotsylvania Emergency Concerns Association (SECA).
Mrs Chinn retired from Spotsylvania County treasurers office.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, J.T. Chinn; three daughters, Peggy Hartsell and her husband, David, of New Bern, N.C., Susan Busch and her husband, Tom, of Richmond, and Annette Schaul and her husband, Steve, of King George County; son-in-law David Longfellow of Waco, Texas; three grandsons, three granddaughters and one great-grandson; brother James E. Hawkins of New Jersey; several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Gerry Hawkins. She was preceded in death by daughter Nancy Chinn and brother Lester Hawkins.
A service was held Thurs., Jan. 7, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Leslie Powers officiating. Burial  followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to SECA, Box 923, Spotsylvania, Va. 22553, or Falmouth Baptist Church Building Fund, 302 Colonial Lane, Fredericksburg, Va 22405.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Pam Correa

Pam Correa, 55, of King George County was carried to her heavenly father on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at her home.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, Pam worked as a registered nurse for many years. She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen L. Correa.
She is survived by a son, Shawn Correa of Florida; her father, Richard L. Correa Sr. of King George; five brothers, Richard, Dave, Mark, Shawn and Darren Correa; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. Her cremated remains will be laid to rest in a private ceremony in Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, N.Y. 10016.

Freddie Stanley Miller

Freddie Stanley Miller, 71, of Oak Grove passed away Monday, Dec. 28, 2009. He is survived by his loving wife, Marie Miller; three sons; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 20 at Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Francis Z. Garrett

Francis Z. “Frank” Garrett, 67, of King George County died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, at his home.
Survivors include his wife, Frances L. Garrett; a son, Tom Garrett and his wife, Sharon, of Spotsylvania County; two daughters, Theresa Chewning and her husband, Ronald, and Sonya Garrett and her fiance, Thomas, all of King George; three sisters, Gloria Roberson of Tennessee, Marsha Boger of King George and Nichelette Balderson of Stafford County; and nine grandchildren.
Services will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.   Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Judith Irmgard Vogue

Judith Irmgard Vogue, 79, of King George County passed away Thur.Jan. 7, 2010, at her home.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Harvey L. Vogue; their four children, Halle A. Ray of King George, Curtis E. Vogue of San Diego, Calif., Eric L. Vogue of King George and Laurel L. Elrick of Albuquerque, N.M., as well as four grandchildren. She is also survived by her two brothers, Donald H. Heinze of New Mexico and Ernest O. Heinze of California.
A registered nurse, she completed her training at Lennox Hill Hospital in 1950 and practiced nursing in medical centers in San Francisco, Milwaukee, and Denver before retiring to become a full-time homemaker, mother and supportive military wife.
She was an avid crafter, producing award-winning work in knitting, crocheting and cross-stitch.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Ed Johnson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Contributions in her memory may be made to: Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407. Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

John E. Johnson

John E. Johnson, 85, of Montross died Friday, Jan. 8, 2010.
He was known to most as president of the Bank of Montross until his retirement in 1983. He was past president of the Rappahannock Shrine Club, a 32nd- degree Mason and a member of the Jesters. He was a member of Currioman Baptist Church and served as chairman of the board of deacons, a trustee, Sunday school director and a member of many other committees. He was commander of Montross Post 252 of the American Legion and a charter member of Montross Landman Lodge 293, A.F.& A.M. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Following his banking career, he was actively engaged in the real estate and appraisal business.
He is survived by his wife, Doris S. Johnson; and his son, J. Michael Johnson.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Currioman Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church from noon until the time of the funeral.
Memorial contributions may be made to Currioman Cemetery Fund, Box 841, Montross, Va. 22520.

James Mason Grigsby

James Mason Grigsby, 84, of Colonial Beach passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, at his residence.
Mason worked as a police officer for Colonial Beach and served on the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad. For more than 50 years he built houses and did carpentry work. In recent years, Mason helped his wife sell vegetables on Route 205 just outside the Beach Gate. In his final years, he enjoyed sitting on the front porch watching everyone go by.
Mason is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Mildred M. Grigsby of Colonial Beach; six daughters, Ruth Norris, Shirley Hall, Frances Bowen Crawford and her husband, William, and Debbie Balderson and her husband, James, all of Colonial Beach, Bertha “Kitty” Luna and her husband, Hal, of Fredericksburg and Barbara Murphee and her husband, Michael, of King George County. Mason was the proud grandfather of 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind a very special puppy dog, Rosie.
A funeral was conducted Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Ron Okrasinski officiating. Burial will follow in Meadow-Brooke Memorial Garden, King George.
Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Nina Mae Berry Gautier

Nina Mae Berry Gautier, 96, of Washington, N.C., died Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009.
Born Dec. 18, 1912, in Hyde County, N.C., she was the youngest of four children born to Lenora and Ottavy Berry. She had two brothers, Claude and Ransey, and a sister, Orpha.
Nina went into training as a registered nurse, graduated and worked for Tayloe Hospital in Washington, N.C. There she met and married James Gautier Jr. They eventually moved north to Dahlgren, where they live for 50-plus years.
She gave up nursing in the late 1950s and opened a florist shop. Nina was active in the Eastern Star, Garden Club and Oakland Baptist Church, and had many other interests. She retired and sold the florist shop before moving to Fredericksburg. In her later years, she moved back to Washington, N.C.
Nina is survived by a daughter, Barbara Gaumont-Lanvin and husband Jean-Louis of Washington, N.C.; three sons, retired Capt. James B. Gautier and wife Ann of Burke, Bryan R. Gautier of King George County, and Rodney E. Gautier of Fairfax; 15 grand-children; and 20 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service honoring Nina’s memory will be held at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 16. Burial of her ashes will follow at the Oakland Baptist Church cemetery in Owens.
Friends are welcome and the family will receive guest at the Oakland Baptist Church Hall immediately following the service.

John Francis Rovert

John Francis Rovert, 48, of Spotsylvania County died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Rovert was a devoted son, and a generous brother, uncle and friend.
He worked as a computer scientist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center at Dahlgren since 1985 and was an avid Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres fan.
Survivors include his mother, Ann F. Rovert; two sisters, Rosanne Alomar of Palmdale, Calif. and Christina Bacca of Bristow; two nieces, Andrea and Tatiana Bacca; two nephews, Talal and Sammy Alomar; and extended family in the Niagara Falls area.
Mr. Rovert was predeceased by his father, John, and a brother, David.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14 at Dahlgren Chapel. Burial will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Niagara Falls, N.Y., at a later date.
John was a long-term cancer survivor, having been first diagnosed and treated at age 9. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, c/o Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Elm & Carlton Streets Buffalo, N.Y. 14263.
Online quest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

William Patrick Parnell

William Patrick (“Bill”) Parnell, 87, of Stratham, N.H., passed away Jan. 6 after a long illness following complications from heart valve replacement surgery. Bill was the husband of Journal Contributing Editor Pat Parnell.
 Bill and Pat would have celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on Jan. 29 this year.
A former resident of Falls Church, Va., Bill was born in Easthampton, Mass., the son of the late James Parnell and his wife Mary, a native of Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland.  
In addition to his wife Pat, he is survived by four sons and their wives. Howard and Mary Parnell, now of Falls Church, Va., are both former editors of The Journal. Bill and Pat’s other sons are William B. and Bernadette of Derry, N. H.; Edward J. and Ellen of Richmond, Va.; and Larry and Janice of Lansdowne, Va.
Bill was pre-deceased by a half-sister, Mae Ryan; by his brother and sister-in-law, James and Sadie Louise Parnell; and by Howard and Mary’s infant twins, Liam and Sadie Claire Parnell. There are eleven surviving grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and his sister-in-law, Ruth Herrink, and her family.
He was salutatorian of his graduating class at St. Michael High School, Northampton, Mass., and received his B. A. Summa Cum Laude from St. Anselm College, Class of 1943. He held an M. A. from Boston University and pursued further graduate studies at Columbia University, NYC.
He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II, completing his training as a communications officer at Harvard University.
Bill taught American history at Canisius College in Buffalo, N. Y., and at Annandale High School in Annandale, Va. After his retirement, Bill worked in the reference library of the Army Times newspaper in Washington, D.C. Upon moving to Stratham, N.H., Bill worked as a paralegal, doing real estate title abstracting.
A communicant of St. Michael Church in Exeter, N. H., Bill was active as a volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. He and his wife, Pat, were home communion ministers for the shut-ins. While living in Falls Church, Va., Bill was active in Democratic Party politics and in a Falls Church citizens group, Citizens for a Better City.
Bill enjoyed reading, especially history and biography, as well as mystery novels, and he was very fond of Celtic and folk music.  He was a strong Red Sox fan and an avid Washington Redskins supporter. His family and friends appreciated his quick mind and his wry sense of humor as well as his integrity and compassion.  He was a devoted family man, especially delighting in time spent with the youngest members. He and his wife enjoyed traveling, particularly with Elderhostel programs. Bill and Pat made three trips to Ireland, getting acquainted with his mother’s relatives there.
SERVICES: A schedule of services can be found at www.brewittfuneralhome.com. A funeral Mass is scheduled for noon, Saturday, Jan. 16, at St. Michael Church, Exeter. Interment will be in Old Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Va., at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, St. Michael’s Church, 9 Lincoln St., Exeter, NH 03833. To sign an on-line guest book, visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.

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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.


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