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Area Deaths - September 16, 2009

Charles “Charlie” D. Slick

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

Maude Elizabeth Taylor

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

Charles Bernard Tate

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

Patricia Tyler Kerr

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

Wallace Shelton, Sr.

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

Edward F. Jones

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

Mildred Henderson Pitts

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

Keith Campbell

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

Catherine Marie Doerr

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

Area Deaths - Sept. 2, 2009

Mary D. Mudd

Mary D. Mudd, 95, of Colonial Beach died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, in Colonial Beach.
The widow of Clarence E. Mudd, Mrs. Mudd was a retired cafeteria manager at Colonial Beach schools and also was the former owner and operator of Mudds Snack Bar on the Colonial Beach boardwalk. She also was involved in various town activities.
She is survived by five sons: Robert L. Bradel and wife Joice of Lenoir, N.C., Charles E. Mudd and wife Sandra of Colonial Beach, Danny A. Mudd and wife Belinda of King George County, Clarence E. Mudd of Dahlgren and William E. Mudd of Lenoir; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and also a number of great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral was held Saturday, Aug. 29, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, with Johnny Almond officiating. Interment was in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
Contributions in Mrs. Mudd's memory may be made to the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Box 212, Colonial Beach, Va, or to a charity of one's choice.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Edwin Veolo Hutt, Sr.

Edwin Veolo Hutt Sr., 91, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, in Newland after a brief illness.
Mr. Hutt was born Feb. 15, 1918, in Neenah, the son of J. Edwin Hutt and Helen Caruthers Hutt. He was preceded in death by son Edwin V. Hutt Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Ann L. Hutt; his children, Merrill B. Hutt, Mike and Debbie Hutt, William and Connie Hutt, Roger and Kathleen Hutt, Robin-Hutt-France, and Keith Morris; and his grandchildren: Maria and Adam Clarke; Jeffrey Dean Jones; Jessica, Hudson, Morgan Hutt, Michael Hutt, Drew and Annie Hutt; Heather and R.J. Hutt; and Amanda and Josh Morris.
Mr. Hutt was the owner-operator of A to Z Antiques in Tappahannock, and the former owner-operator of Northern Neck Tire and Recapping in Warsaw and Kilmarnock. He was a longtime member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and current senior warden. He was an active member of the Northern Neck District Boy Scouts for the past 50 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Mr. Hutt touched many lives through his volunteer work with Little League, Boy Scouts and church activities. He was truly loved and will be missed by his family and friends.
His family received friends at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel, Montross and his funeral was held Friday, Aug. 28, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Nomini Grove.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, in care of Daniel Hutt, 1819 Neenah Road, Montross, Va. 22520.

James D. Garner

James D. Garner, 95, of Stafford County died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009.
Mr. Garner was a native of Stafford County and the son of Daniel "Lucky" and Blanche Garner. He was the oldest and last surviving of eight children.
Mr. Garner had retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, after 28 years. He enjoyed Stafford County politics and was an avid gardener.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Bowie Garner.
Survivors include his son, Bobby Garner and his wife Patricia of Stafford; two grandchildren, Ricky Garner and his wife Diana of Georgia, and Trina Rodriguez and her husband Carlos of Spotsylvania County; two step-great-grandchildren, Amanda Rodriguez and Michael Rodriguez; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held Saturday, Aug. 29, at Oak Hill Cemetery, with Dr. Robert W. Sizemore officiating.
Memorials may be made to Mary Washington Hospice 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407, or to Fairview Baptist Church Debt Retirement Fund, 900 Charlotte St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Stewart S. Wilkins

Stewart Sylvester Wilkins, 54, born in New York City, resident of Fredericksburg and retired gunny sergeant of the United States Marine Corps, passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Wilkins was preceded in death by his parents, Saul and Sarah Wilkins.
He is survived by his wife, Tammy Simien-Wilkins; his sons, Jonathan Wilkins and daughter-in-law Katoia of Ohio, and Fred Wilkins of Alexandria; his daughters, Shawntae Wilkins-Wright and her husband, Abdul Wright, of New York, Thelma Wilkins in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Japan, and Chardonnay Wilkins of Richmond; his stepdaughter, Tezshera Downey of Montross; his stepson, Cree Parris of Fredericksburg; three granddaughters, Mackenize Wright, Michaela Wright and Kaia Wilkins; two grandsons, Jakhye Wilkins and Jaice Wilkins; five sisters; one brother; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. Interment will follow at noon in Quantico National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Lung Cancer Foundation, 222 N. Midvale Blvd., Suite 6, Madison, Wis. 53705.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Kathy Sawdy

Kathy Sawdy, 56, of King George County passed away Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, in Richmond.
Kathy was a retired librarian at the Aegis Data Center, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren.  She enjoyed traveling, gardening and crafts.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Mert Sawdy, of the home; a son, Brian Sawdy and his wife, Angelia, of King George; a daughter, Kristin Gagliardo, and her husband, Peter, of King George; three sisters, Donna Reedal and her husband, Steve, of King George, Wendy McKinnon and her husband, Ed, of King George, and PJ Harrison and her husband, Ted, of Kansas City, MO.; two brothers Ralph Moses and his wife, Diana, of King George and Tom Rice of Waynesboro; stepfather Johnnie Rice of King George; two grandchildren, Brandon Sawdy and Johanah Gagliardo of King George; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 11a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Historyland Memorial Park, King George, with the Rev. Richard Headley officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the:  American Cancer Society,  c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, VA 22485.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com

Dolores Ann Shifflett

Dolores Ann Shifflett, also known as Annie, has gone to be with Jesus.
She was so loved and will be missed by her children; John, Deborah, Wayne, David, and Karen. She is also leaving behind 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She also leaves her little dog Phoebe.
A viewing was held at Lee’s Funeral Home in Clinton, Md, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009.  A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 10 a.m. followed by interment in Washington National Cemetery in Suitland Maryland.
Donations can be made to Hospice in Fredericksburg, Va.

Area Deaths - August 26, 2009

Theodore Lawrence Martin

Theodore Lawrence “Ted” Martin, Jr., 93, of Stafford County, died on Monday, August 17, 2009 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA.
He is survived by two sisters, Katie Dickinson and Mildred Grigsby; two brothers, John O. Martin and Albert Martin; his children Ralph Martin, Randall and Gayle Martin, Teddy and Diana Martin, and Sally and Ron Crouch; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his stepchildren William Weddle, Jr., Michael and Cindy Weddle, James and Helen Weddle, Leonard and Carol Weddle, and Sara and Kevin Beckwith; 11 stepgrandchildren and four great-stepgrandchildren.
A visitation was held  Wednesday, August 19 at Johnson Funeral Home, Locust Grove, VA. The funeral service was held on Thursday, August 20 at the funeral home and burial followed in Historyland Memorial Park, King George, VA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22407.
Online guest book available at johnsonfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

Mark Crandal Sparks

Mack Crandal Sparks, 52, of Spotsylvania County died Thursday, August 13, 2009 at his home.
Mr. Sparks attended Fork Union Military Academy and was a graduate of King George High School. He was a master electrician and the former electrical inspector for Spotsylvania County. Mack enjoyed riding his '66 shovelhead for over 20 years. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
Survivors include his father, Charles K. Sparks, Sr. of King George; his brother, Charles "Kenny" Sparks, Jr. of King George; his niece, Amanda; and two special friends, Bridgette and Nicky. He was preceded in death by his mother, Audrey G. Sparks.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, August 24 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. Interment will be private.

Area Deaths - August 19, 2009

George A. Edwards

George A. Edwards, of North Palm Beach, Florida, passed away August 12, 2009, at the age of 78.
Born in King George County, he moved to Florida in 1956 to work for his brother Fred as an electrician. In 1958, George married Nancy Hubbard. Together, they started Edwards Electrical Enterprises in Lake Park in 1977. Although a quiet man, he was well known and well liked in the community.
After retiring in 1992, he devoted his life to restoring antique automobiles, enjoying his grandchildren, and traveling. He was a charter member of Oceanview United Methodist Church, a founding officer of the local Early Ford V8 Club, and enjoyed touring with the Veteran’s Motor Car Club. He was a passionate Dallas Cowboys fan.
He is survived by Nancy, his wife of 51 years; children: George, Jr. (Maggie) and James, of Colonial Beach; Mark of Jupiter; Stephen (Antonella) of North Palm Beach; and Wendy (Tim) of Wilmington, North Carolina. He is also survived by one sister, Olive King of King George; seven grandchildren: Nikki Edwards; Brad, Jeff, and Eric Hunt; Lexi, Taylor, and Christian Edwards; and one great-grandchild, Brandon Edwards.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 22, at Oceanview UMC, Juno Beach, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to your local hospice in his memory.

Phyllis M. Kay

Phyllis M. Kay, 49, of Rollins Fork died Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at home.
She was an employee of Food Lion in Dahlgren, and a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Rollins Fork.
She is survived by her sons, Ricky R. Kay and his wife, Krystal, Eric M. Kay of Gretna and Andrew K. Kay of the home; two sisters, Dorothy K. Morris of Colonial Beach and Diane Hodge of Locust Grove; two brothers, Carlton Lee Kay of Orange County and Thomas E. Kay of Colonial Beach; six grandchildren, Anthony, Denise, Natalie, Olivia, Ricky Jr. and Aden; her best friend forever, Mary Jo Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral was conducted Friday, Aug. 14, at Grace United Methodist Church with Janie Nickle officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
The family received friends  Thursday, Aug. 13, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Tappahannock Hospice, 618 Hospital Road, Tappahannock, Va. 22560.

Myrtle Pollard

Myrtle Pollard, 84, of the Battery community of Tappahannock departed this life Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, in Richmond.
She is survived by one daughter, Rose Young, and two sons, Guy Pollard and Joseph Pollard, all of Tappahannock; two sisters, Marian Taylor of Waverly and Josephine Beverly of Fredericksburg.
A funeral was conducted Friday, Aug. 14, at New Liberty Baptist Church, Beazley. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Louise Balderson Fenwick

Louise Balderson Fenwick, 89, of Dahlgren passed away Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, in Fredericksburg.
Louise was a homemaker and a member of Nomini Baptist Church in Westmoreland County.
Survivors include a daughter, Helen F. Cook, and special friend, Bill Forrest, both of Chesapeake; six grandchildren, Keith Cook and his wife, Mary Ann, Deborah Howard and her husband, John, Sheri LeHew and her husband, Bill, Rebecca Provo and her husband, Alan, Scott Fenwick, Adam Fenwick and his wife, Debbie; 12 great-grandchildren, Maggie, Matthew, Jenny, Johnathan, Justin, Erin, Billy, Sarah, Christopher, Alexis, Emily and Preston; and two daughters-in-law, Barbara Fenwick and Denise Fenwick.
Louise was predeceased by her sons, William and David Fenwick.
A funeral was conducted Friday, Aug. 14, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Guy Mattox Jr. officiating. Interment followed in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
Contributions may be made to King George Fire & Rescue, Box 466, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book at nashandslawfh.com.

Barbara Owens Howland

Barbara Owens Howland, 64, of King George County passed away Thursday, Aug. 13, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Barbara was a retired child-care provider and a homemaker.
Survivors include a daughter, Deborah Lynn Howland of the home; a sister, Shirley Pitts and her husband, Charles, of King George; three aunts, Dorothy Ellis of King George, Mabel Wine of Charlottesville, and Bertha Wroten of King George; a niece, Sandy Houston and her husband, Darryl, of King George; two great-nieces, Joanna and Hailey Houston of King George; and a number of cousins. She was a second mother to Kristen, Michael and Becky Monroe and "Gran" to Daniel Lee. Barbara was predeceased by her husband, Carroll G. Howland.
The funeral was held Monday, Aug. 17, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Ted James officiating. Following the service, interment took place in Round Hill Baptist Church cemetery.

Jack D. Reed

Jack D. Reed, 78, of King George County died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Reed was president of Reed Equipment Co. in Fredericksburg. He attended school in Caroline County and graduated from Fishbourne Military Academy. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1951 with a degree in political science. He was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by one daughter, Roslyn Lee Nuesch of Crozet; one son, William Woolfolk Reed of King George; five grandchildren, Willie, Liz, Christopher, Sabrine and Hunter; four great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Christine Oxman. He was the widower of Nancy Lee Reed.
Services and burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, General Washington Chapter 7, Box 1207, Fredericksburg, Va. 22402.

Connie Towers

Connie Towers, 82, of Colonial Beach, formerly of Morningside, Md., died Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She was an avid bingo player.
She is survived by three daughters, Carole L. Gardner of St. Petersburg, Fla., Charlotte Wallingsford of Colonial Beach and Catherine Shepherd of Silver Spring, Md.; two sons, Howard Gorinson of Silver Spring and Charles D. Towers of Forestville, Md.; two sisters, Marie Haydock of Illinois and Ellen Pulverenti of Florida; one brother, David L. Gates of Illinois; seven grandchildren, Angie, Johnny, Jackie, Justin, Sean, Casey, and Charles II; and three great-grandchildren, Gavin, Kaylee and Kristopher. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Towers.
A visitation will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach. A funeral will follow at 5 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Headley officiating. Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Children's Cancer Society.

Area Deaths - August 12, 2009

James Lewis Carver

James Lewis Carver, 84, longtime resident of Spotsylvania County, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at his home.
Mr. Carver was born and raised in King George County, the son of George Thomas Carver and Fannie Shelton Carver. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Myrtis V. Carver; his sister, Beatrice Clark of Keezletown; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, George "Billy" Carver and Paul Carver, and four sisters, Esther Newton, Margaret Payne, Bernice Sullivan and Fannie Bullock.
Mr. Carver was a well-known builder and developer in the Fredericksburg area. He opened Carver's Floor Service in 1949 and over the next 50 years developed, along with several partners, many area subdivisions, including Clearview Heights, Westwood, Spring Valley, Waverly Village, Lyndale, Machodoc Harbor, South Oaks, Oakland Park, North Club, Timbers, Wilburn Farms, Sheraton Hills and Bayberry Estates.
He was active in the building associations, having served as president of the Fredericksburg Area Builders Association in 1987 and 1988. He was elected a life member of the local board in 1990. He was a member of the state association and had served on the national board of home builders for seven years.
Mr. Carver was named builder of the year in the state of Virginia in 1991, and was given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, and elected to the state hall of fame in 2000. In 2002, he was the top spike leader in Virginia and No. 34 in the nation.
Mr. Carver was president of Fredericksburg Country Club in 1976 and again in 1978. He served on the Building Appeals Board for Spotsylvania from 1978 until 1984 and on the County Planning Commission from 1988 until 1996; and was awarded a certificate for completion of the VPI Institute for Planning Commissioners on Oct. 11, 1992.
Mr. Carver was a member of the American Contract Bridge League, having achieved life member status in 1977, and was certified as an ACBL Club Director in 1970.
He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, and a member of both Elks Lodge 875 and American Legion Post 55 for more than 50 years. Other memberships included the Disabled American Veterans, the Loyal Order of Moose, Fredericksburg Rotary Club, the Fredericksburg Rod and Gun Club, and Ducks Unlimited.
He had been active in the Stafford County Vocational Education Foundation since 1989, serving as its president for more than 10 years. In 1994, the Stafford Rotary Club presented Mr. Carver with the Vocational Service Award, and he was awarded the Prince B. Woodward Citizenship Award by the Fredericksburg-Stafford-Spotsylvania Chamber of Commerce in 1995.
A funeral was held Friday, Aug. 7, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with Pastor Willis A. Dempsey officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens with military honors.
Pallbearers were Earl Payne, George Carver, Donald Carver, Gregory Henderson, Joe Clift and Jerry Clift.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fletchers Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 8330 Fletchers Chapel Road, King George, Va. 22485 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.

Patricia Ethel Collins

Patricia Ethel Collins, 88, of King George County passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Collins was born March 24, 1921, at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota, the daughter of George A. and Anna Hill Baine.
She was employed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, under Indian Affairs, teaching Native American women about their rights, until her retirement in the mid-1980s.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Collins was predeceased by her husband, Gerald, and her daughter, Anne Newton.
She is survived by a son, Gerald Collins; three granddaughters, Dana Newton, Juli Hawkins and Susan Norton; two great-granddaughters, Britney Buskirk and Chelsea Buskirk; one great-grandson, Jace Hawkins; one great- great-grandchild, Cooper Davis; and several nieces and nephews.
The family received friends on Friday, Aug. 7, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Services, Stafford Chapel, 186 Shelton Shop Road, Stafford, where a funeral service was held at 1 p.m., with interment in Stafford Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family request expressions of sympathy take the form of donations  to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., Seventh Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001.
Condolences may be sent to mullinsthompson.com.

Pastor Norman W. Jackson

Pastor Norman Wyatt Jackson Sr., 77, of Spotsylvania County died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009. He was born in King George County on Aug. 25, 1931, to the late Nimrod and Phoebe Jackson.
Survivors include his loving wife, June N. Jackson; one daughter, Cassandra Jackson of Washington, D.C.; five sons, William "Vance" Jackson of Hyattsville, Md.; Nimrod "Lance" Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, of of Fredericksburg, Craig Jackson of Landover, Md., Timothy Jackson and his wife, Shirley, of Riverdale, Md., and Freddie Jackson of Spotsylvania; five stepdaughters, Michelle Stewart of Spotsylvania, Shana White and her husband, Gregory, of Spotsylvania, Tonya Jones and her husband, Gregory, of Battle Creek, Mich., Frankie Silver and her husband, Raymond, of Spotsylvania, and Bondara Buckner of Spotsylvania; one brother, Nimrod L. Jackson of Washington, D.C.; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by son Norman W. Jackson Jr. and brothers Andrew Jackson and Theodore Jackson.
A funeral was held Monday, Aug. 10, at Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site), Fredericksburg. Interment was in Glyn Haven Memorial Gardens, Stafford.

Susan J. Wright

Susan J. Wright, 38 of Colonial Beach, VA died Tuesday August 4, 2009 as a result of a car accident.
She is survived by four children: Courtney Williams and husband David, of Topping, VA., Shannon Rollins of Colonial Beach, James Wright of Alexandria, VA, and Cody Wright of Alexandria, VA; her mother, Roberta "Bert" Rollins of Colonial Beach; two sisters:  Dawn Inman of Colonial Beach, and Debbie Spalding of Clearwater, FL; grandson Thomas Williams of Topping, VA and an unborn grandchild. She is also survived by her fiance Craig Trivette of King George and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, one niece, cousins, friends, and her dog, Zeus.
She was pre-deceased by her father, Tom Rollins.
A memorial service will be held from 2-4pm, Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the Colonial Beach Moose Lodge.    Nash and Slaw Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

John E. "Bluebird" Toombs

John Edward "Bluebird" Toombs, 82, of Fredericksburg died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Toombs was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. He was a member of Fredericksburg Eagles Lodge 4123.
Survivors include his two daughters, Sharon Wilson and Judy Hall of Fredericksburg; four sisters, Jean Newcomber of Stafford County, Betty Lee Hinkel of Magna, Utah, Hilda Blakley of King George County and Joan Green of Spotsylvania County; three grandchildren, Troy Garrett, Jason Wilson and Kacey Diaz and her husband, Lucas; five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Jaclyn, Justin, Shane, and Hayden; and several nieces and nephews. He also is survived his loving pet, Duke. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jackie H. Toombs; his parents, John J. and Eva May Toombs; and brothers James A. "Shotgun" Toombs and Charles J. "PeeWee" Toombs.
A funeral was held Sunday, Aug. 9, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. Willie B. Guill officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were James F. Blakley, Lucas Diaz, Glenroy Green, Tyler Lee, Rutledge Webb and Jimmie R. Blakley.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Pauline Bowman Callis

Pauline Bowman Callis, 58, of Montross died Friday, Aug. 7, 2009.
Mrs. Callis is survived by her husband, Roger "Kenny" Callis; two daughters, Gwendolyn Jewel Selfe of Tappahannock and Carrie Beth Gregory of Warsaw; five grand-   children; her mother, Virginia Richards of Oldhams; and five sisters, Mary DeAtley of Colonial Beach, Estelle Myers of Wichita, Kan., Ann Church of Colonial Beach, Brenda Schools of Warsaw and Linda Patterson of Orange County.
A funeral was conducted  Tuesday, Aug. 11, at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel, with burial following in Currioman Baptist Church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Mrs. Hilda Bronner, Box 65, Haynesville, Va. 22472.

George Curtis Marshall

George Curtis Marshall, 94, of Igo in King George County, passed away Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, in King George.
Curtis was a lifelong farmer in King George and a member of Potomac Baptist Church, as well as an avid hunter and fisherman.
Curtis is survived by a daughter, Wanda C. Marshall Owens and her husband, James, of Jacksonville, Fla.; a son, Norman Marshall and his wife, Mary, of King George; three sisters, Juanita Sutton and her husband, Irwin, of North Carolina and Fannie Heimer and Virginia Purks, both of King George; a brother, Iviason Marshall of King George; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Curtis was the former husband of Margaret Mullen Marshall and Mildred Marshall.
A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Potomac Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Newton and the Rev. Willis Dempsey officiating.. Following the service, interment will take place in Potomac Baptist Church cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Potomac Baptist Church, Box 701, King George, Va. 22485.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at nashandslawfh.com.

Area Deaths - July 8, 2009

Helen Armstrong Lilly

Mrs. Helen “Bonnie” Armstrong Lilly, 66, of Colonial Beach, Virginia, passed away on June 12, 2009, in the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, VA.
She was the wife of Darrell Clark Lilly for 20 years. They were married in Ottawa, Kansas while she was employed as the administrative assistant to the president of an international crane company. She and her husband moved to Colonial Beach in 1999.
Born in Wilmington, DE, she was the only daughter of William W. and Helen Armstrong, long-time residents of Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA.  
She is survived  by her husband, and three brothers: W. Warren Armstrong of Allentown, PA, J. Scott Armstrong of Drexel Hill, PA, and H. Lloyd Armstrong of Newbury, MA plus numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was a graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School in 1960 and a graduate of Hood College in 1964 with a B.S. degree. Shortly after graduating from Hood, she began working for NCR Corporation teaching computer systems usage to bank clients. She moved to McLean VA to work with Head Start Women in Fairfax County. From there she went to work with Sen. George McGovern’s presidential campaign in 1972 as the assistant radio news director. After the campaign she began working with the women’s movement and in 1974 was elected president of the Northern Virginia National Organization of Women (NOW). She had her own interior decorating firm, catering to upscale clients in the D.C. area for many years.
 A memorial celebration of her life will be held for family and friends on August 15, 2009, from 10:30 -12:30 p.m. at The Grange Estate, 143 Myrtle Ave., Havertown, PA.

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Area Deaths - August 5, 2009

Deaconess Margie Payton

Deaconess Margie Payton, 70, of Colonial Beach died Friday, July 24, 2009, at Genesis Heath Care Center, Arlington.

She was the wife of Pastor Charles V. Payton, and the first lady of Morning Star Baptist Church in Montross.

A funeral was conducted  Wednesday, July 29, at Macedonia Baptist Church, Colonial Beach.

Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home, Warsaw, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Robert Mason Sealy

Robert Mason Sealy, 82, of Spotsylvania County died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at his home.

Mason was born in the Partlow area of Spotsylvania to the late Robert and Ivy Sealy. He was a 1944 graduate of Spotsylvania High School, and a U.S. Navy veteran, having served two years during World War II. He was a member of Sylvania Heights Baptist Church. Mason worked for 30 years in the accounting department of the FMC plant, and 27 years at Fredericksburg Auto Auction. He was a member of Elks Lodge 875 for 53 years. He was an avid softball player and manager, having played in the FMC league and the Fredericksburg City Fast Pitch League. He later managed and played with W.L. Allen Concrete (Allen's A's). Mason managed and played on several teams that won local and state titles.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Christine B. Sealy; his daughter Janice Sealy of Spotsylvania; his grandson Richard M. Pates of Beaverdam; his great-grandson, Cole Mason Pates of King George County; his brother Frank Sealy and his wife Linda of Fredericksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Reta Sealy Pates; a grandson, Dennis Lee Beall Jr.; and a brother, Louis Elwood Sealy.

A funeral was held Saturday, Aug. 1, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Paul Harfst officiating. Burial with military honor  followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Wayne Kellum, Glenroy Green, Bobby Frank Sealy, Matthew Sealy, Ronnie Jordan and Kevin Jordan.

Online guestbook at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Eugene B. Benson, Jr.

Eugene B. Benson Jr., 68, of Glen Allen passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2009, after a lengthy illness.

He is survived by his children, Donna Durrett and her husband, Hunter Jr., of Bumpass and Dale Benson and his wife, Melissa, of Milford; his grandchildren, Kristina Durrett and Dale Benson Jr.; one brother, Bobby Benson of Glen Allen; and one sister, Frances Thorpe of Colonial Beach.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Sr. and Carlotta Benson; and two brothers Paul Sr. and Franklin Benson.

The family received friends   Sunday, Aug. 2, at Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland.

A graveside service was held Monday, Aug. 3, in Pohick Episcopal Church cemetery, Lorton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association or to the American Lung Foundation.

June Elizabeth Edgell

June Elizabeth Edgell, 83, of King George County died Friday, July 31, 2009, at Civista Medical Center in La Plata, Md.

Born in Indian in Tazewell County on June 1, 1926, to the late Lawrence and Oakley Rose, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Edgell, and her three brothers, Cecil, Glen and Finley Rose.

Mrs. Edgell graduated from Big Creek High School in War, W.Va., and worked at the Naval theSurface Warfare Center in Dahlgren before retiring.

She is survived by her son, Kenneth Edgell, of Fredericksburg; her daughter, Kathy Riffe, of Moucks Corner, S.C.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

She loved to play golf and was a past club champion at Dahlgren Golf Course. She was a member of Hanover Baptist Church.

Over the past several years, June's ability to work around her house and to travel was limited. Still, she was looked after quite well by her dear friends, especially neighbors Rondal Eller and Billy Polen.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with a memorial service following immediately at 7 p.m.

Donations in June's memory may be made to King George Fire & Rescue, Box 466, King George, Va. 22485.

Online condolences may be posted at nashandslawfh.com.

Danny L. Williams

Danny L. Williams, 56, of Milford died Friday, July 24, 2009, in Colonial Beach of an apparent heart attack.

He was employed for 16 years in the maintenance department for King George County schools.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Williams; one son, Derek Williams; three daughters, Danielle Wil liams, Fortune Williams and Camilla Williams; and one grandson, Daveon Purce, all of King George. He also leaves behind his mother, Madeline Williams of Milford; five sisters, Jacqueline Williams of Woodford, Ada Ferguson of Dawn, Janice Kilgore of Ruther Glen, Saundra Williams of Manassas and Audrey Hammonds of Fayetteville, N.C.; and two brothers, Robert Williams of Milford and David Williams of Fredericksburg.

A funeral was conducted Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Old King George High School Auditorium, 8246 Dahlgren Road.  Burial followed in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.

Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Online guestbook at brooksfuneralhome.com

Donald G. Kline

Donald G. Kline, 79, of King George County passed away, Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home. Out-of-state funeral arrangement information is available at foundandsons.com.

David Franklin Drummond

David Franklin Drummond, 67, of Colonial Beach passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at Henrico Doctors' Hospital in Richmond.

David was born Sept. 14, 1941, in Fredericksburg, to the late Dorsey Jehu and Elizabeth Jeanette Barnes Drummond.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jo Ann M. Drummond; his son, David F. Drummond Jr., and his wife, Ashley F. Drummond, of Colonial Beach; one brother, Dorsey J. Drummond Jr., and his wife, Joy K. Drummond, of Mt. Holly; one sister-in-law, Joan D. Drummond of Colonial Beach; two granddaughters, Caitlin Dawn Drummond and Elizabeth Rose Drummond of Colonial Beach; one grandson, Jacob Curtis Van Duyn of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by two sisters, June Drummond and Jean Edwards, and brother James Barnes Drummond.

David was a 1959 graduate of Oak Grove High School, in Oak Grove, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 until 1965, serving aboard the USS Lowry during the Vietnam War and Cuban Missile Crisis. He was a member of the Westmoreland Jaycees and was a fan of car racing and classic cars.

David was employed for 33 years at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, until his retirement in January, 1997. He then served as trustee and custodian at Colonial Beach Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Bell Tower Sunday school class.

The family received friends Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Colonial Beach Baptist Church. Burial will be in Historyland Cemetery, King George.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests expressions of sympathy be made to Colonial Beach Baptist Church, Box 27, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443, the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Box 212, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443, or Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.

Online condolences may be posted at nashandslawfh .com.

Area Deaths - July 1, 2009

Kathleen Delores Seay

Kathleen Delores Seay of Glen Allen and Colonial Beach, passed away on June 30, 2009.
She was preceded in death by her father, Carl F. Shields; sister, Maureen Shields; two brothers, Michael and Kevin Shields; and a nephew, Patrick Shields.
She is survived by her husband, William R. "Bill" Marion Shields; two brothers, Dusty Shields and wife Barbara, and Sandy Shields; sister Marlene Biggs and husband Johnny; four grandchildren, Trey, Nicholas and Hunter Painter and Maverick Anderson; also many nieces and nephews who were special to her.
Kathleen was a long time employee of Wachovia Bank with 30 plus years of service where she developed many friendships and life long friends.  
The family will receive friends from 6-8pm, Tuesday, July 7th at Nash & Slaw, Colonial Beach Chapel, 3rd Street, Colonial Beach, Va.  Interment will be private.

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Area Deaths - July 29, 2009

Jessica R. Gohring

Jessica Ruth Gohring, 23, of Bronx, N.Y. passed away Saturday, July 25, 2009, in King George County.
Jessica was a recent graduate of Hofstra University in Long Island. She loved all sports and was a member of the MetNY U23 rugby team.
She is survived by her parents, Edward and Doris Gohring of King George; a brother, Michael Arthur Gohring Sr. of King George; and her paternal grandparents, Roger and Amy Gohring of Ceres, Calif.
A funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Ted James officiating. Burial will follow in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
A visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va. 22485 or to American Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17, Chicago, Ill. 60601.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at nashandslawfh.com.

Michael A. Gohring

Michael Arthur "Little Man" Gohring Jr. 5, of King George County passed away Saturday, July 25. 2009.
He was a student at King George Elementary School.
Survivors include his parents, Michael A. Gohring Sr. and Loretta L. Hamilton, a sister, Breanna Hamilton, and a brother, Dustin Hamilton, all of the home; maternal grandparents, Robert L. Pitts and Linda S. Pitts of King George, and Edward W. Gohring and Doris B. Gohring of King George; paternal great-grandparents, Roger and Amy R. Gohring of Ceres, Calif.
A funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Ted James officiating. Burial will follow in the Ferrell family cemetery on Pine Hill Road in King George.
A visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at the funeral home.
Contributions may be to Round Hill Baptist Church, Box 467, King George, Va. 22485.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at nashandslawfh.com.

Dr. Timothy O. Smith

Dr. Timothy O'Neal Smith, 53, of Columbia, Mo., formerly of Dahlgren, died Friday, July 17, 2009, at his residence. He was the son of the late Olie Smith.
He is survived by his mother, Pearl Smith of Dahlgren; his two sisters, Gretna Y. Smith of Virginia Beach and Amy R. Smith of Spotsylvania County; and his brother, Thomas J. Louden of Fredericksburg.
A graduate of King George High School, Dr. Smith attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He earned his master's degree and Ph.D. at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Timothy was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha and a charter member of its Fredericksburg chapter.
A funeral was held at Saturday, July 25, at Union Shiloh Baptist Church, Laneview, with the Rev. Frederick Young officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Online guestbook is available at brooksfuneralhome.com

Dorothy Anne Glass

Dorothy Anne Glass, 70, of Greenville, PA passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 22,2009 at UPMC Horizon, Greenville.  She was born on August 27, 1938 in Greensburg, PA to her parents, Thomas and Dorothy (Klingensmith)Chalmers.  She was a 1955 graduate of Greensburg Salem High School.
She was a member of Greenville Alliance Church, where she previously served as Deaconess.  Her interests included painting, reading, needle work, ceramics, and spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard H. Glass, whom she married on January 21, 1956 and who passed away on January 7, 2006; her parents; and a brother, Kenneth Chalmers.
Surviving Dorothy is her family, including three daughters, Cindy Kyle and husband Tim of Mercer, PA, Sharry Holdren and husband Jay of Raleigh, NC and Deb Campman and husband Bob of Greenville; three sons, Richard "Chip" Glass and wife Bobbette of New Castle, PA, K. Daniel Glass of Greenville, and Rev. David Glass and wife Lisa of King George, VA; her mother, Dorothy Chalmers of Greenville; a sister, Patty Hall of Greenville; sixteen grandchildren including, Rick Glass, Bobby Glass, Marlie Glass, Polly Kyle, Britten Holdren, Dru Holdren, Kolby Holdren, Tate Holdren, Evie Holdren, Mazie Holdren, Nickie Campman, Cristi Campman, Liz Campman, Karissa Glass, Isiah Glass, and Lila Glass; a great-grandchld Samuel Campman.
A Funeral and Committal Service was held Saturday, July 25th at Loutzenhiser-Jordan Colonial Funeral Home in Greenville, PA with the Rev. David Glass, son of the deceased officiating.  Burial was in Delaware Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Mahaffey Christian Camp and Conference Center, PO Box 277, Mahaffey, PA., 15757.

Charles E. Scranage

Charles E. "Eddie" Scranage, 88, of King George County passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Annie Minerva Scranage of King George; one son, Donald C. Scranage of Oxon Hill, Md.; one daughter, Elaine Ward of Lorton; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Perry Scranage Sr. of King George; and four sisters, Juanita Washington, Margie Bumbrey and Pansy Bumbrey, all of King George, and Mary Clark of Richmond.
A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30, at Little Ark Baptist Church, Owens, with the Rev. Dr. Michael T. Bell officiating. Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, July 31, in Quantico National Cemetery.His remains may be viewed from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal. The family will receive friends thereafter from 7 to 8 p.m.

Earl Clyde Conway

Earl Clyde Conway, 65, of King George County died Monday, July 20, 2009, at his home.
He is survived by one brother, Warren Conway and his wife, Hattie, of Stafford County; and two sisters, Hilda White of King George and Jeanette Canada and her husband, Willie, of Fredericksburg.
A memorial service was held  Tuesday, July 28, at Bailey Funeral Home, Fredericksburg.

Cornelia Charlotte Mundy

Cornelia Charlotte Mundy, 70, known as "Aunt Connie" to many folks, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Jeanette Mundy; one sister, Lena Errico and one nephew, Charles M. Mundy.
Born Oct. 14, 1938, in New York City, she moved to King George County and attended Mary Washington College, graduating with a degree in mathematics. She worked many years at the Naval Weapons Laboratory in Dahlgren (now known as the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division). She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in King George.
She is survived by her brother, Dr. Charles B. Mundy and wife Elsie; her nieces and nephews Cindy Mundy and husband David Cochran, Christine Mundy and husband Donald Combs, Claude Mundy and fiancee Patricia Vickers, Cary Mundy and lifelong companion Greg Kelley, Michelle Mundy and husband Charles M. Mundy, Frank Errico and wife Jenny, and Tina Errico. She is also survived by her beloved dog Angel.
A funeral was held Tuesday, July 28, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, 11089 James Madison Parkway (U.S. 301), King George, with the Rev. Michael D. Finn-McKenzie officiating. Burial  followed in Oak Hill Cemetery in Fredericksburg.
Miss Mundy, an animal lover, requested that all contributions be made, in her name, to the Fredericksburg Regional SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408.
An online guest book is available at nashandslawfh .com to leave personal messages for family and friends.

Dorothy E. Thomas

Dorothy E. Thomas, 90, of Colonial Beach died Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at Sunrise of Severna Park, Md. She was the widow of Lloyd B. Thomas.
A retired bookkeeper for the state of Maryland, she was the former treasurer and an active member of Colonial Beach United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.
She is survived by two sons, Larry Elliott and Larry C. Thomas; three daughters, Carol Whittington, Kathy Stelle and Eileen Weaver; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Helen Hennig. She was preceded in death by son Jeffrey Elliott and great-granddaughter Sabrina Barony.
A funeral will be held Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Fort Myer Chapel (adjacent to Arlington National Cemetery), with interment in Arlington National Cemetery. A memorial service for Mrs. Thomas will be held at Colonial Beach United Methodist Church at a later date.
Contributions in Mrs. Thomas' memory may be made to Colonial Beach United Methodist Church, 1 Washington St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Online condolences may be made at hardestyfuneral home.com

Rhonda Bryant-Kidwell

Rhonda Bryant-Kidwell, 37, of Colonial Beach passed away Friday, July 24, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Rhonda was a homemaker, and is survived by her husband, Ryan Kidwell, and her two daughters, McKayla Bryant and Toni Kidwell, all of the home; her father, Danny A. Bryant; her mother and stepfather, Pamela Bryant-Scruggs and Willie Scruggs; and a brother, Kevin R. Bryant.
A funeral was held Wednesday, July 29, at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Colonial Beach. Burial will be private.
Online condolences may be expressed at nashandslawfh.com.

Danny L. Williams

Danny Larry Williams, 56, of King George County died Friday, July 24, 2009, in Colonial Beach. He was born in Sparta, VA, June 29th, 1953 and lived in Milford, Va.
Visitation is scheduled from Noon to 8p.m. on Friday, July 31st with  the family receiving friends from 7-8p.m. at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, 25662 A.P. Hill Blvd, Port Royal, VA.
A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, August 1st, 2009 at 11:00a.m. at the Old King George High School, 8246 Dahlgren Road, King George.  Remains may be viewed one hour prior to the service.  
Burial will be at Historyland Memorial Park, King George immediately following the service.
Online guestbook available atbrooksfuneralhome.com

Area Deaths - June 24, 2009

Ralph Louellen Johns

Ralph Louellen Johns, 84, of Tappahannock departed this life Thursday, June 11, 2009, in a Richmond hospital.
He is survived by two daughters, Dr. Sonja Johns-Sharp of Goochland, and Aritha F. Willoughby of Washington, D.C.; one son, Ralph E. Johns of Powhatan; and two sisters, Irene Ellis of Philadelphia, and Velora Johnson of Covington, Ga.
A viewing was held June 19, at Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock. The funeral was Saturday, June 20, at Angel Visit Baptist Church, Dunnsville, with the Rev. Carla Lightfoot, pastor, officiating. Interment was in Edward and Levy Cemetery, Waverly.
Arrangements are entrusted to Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock.

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Area Deaths - July 22, 2009

Arbutus Tompkins Vanover

Arbutus Tompkins Vanover, 66, loving mother and grandmother, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2009, at her home with her loving family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer.
She was a retired employee of the Prince William County school system and was of the Freewill Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Lee Vanover Sr.; her parents, Frank and Nora Tompkins; and three brothers, Donnie, Buford and Cephas Tompkins.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Vicky and Tom Motley of Rockingham, N.C., and Patricia and Paul Walsh of Rhoadesville; one son, Boyd Lee Vanover Jr. of Colonial Beach; six grandchildren, Tommy Motley, Greg Motley, Amanda Walsh, Tracy Walsh, Morgan Vanover and Marissa Vanover; one great-grandchild, Peyton Michael Lee Walsh; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Clifford and Geraldine Tompkins of Johnson City, Tenn., and Danny and Maggie Tompkins of Wise; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Norma Tardiff of Springdale, Ark., and Clayetta and Lee Hobbs of Pound; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral for Arbutus Vanover was  held Sunday, July 19, at the Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel in Wise, with the Rev. Randy Carter officiating. Burial followed in Shelcy Mullins Cemetery in Pound.
Donations in Arbutus Vanover's memory may be made to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 3302 Bourbon St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22408.
Sturgill Funeral Home, 1621 Norton Road S.W., Wise, Va. 24293 is in charge of arrangements.

Renee Marie SeGuine

Renee Marie SeGuine, 75, of Colonial Beach, died Monday, July 13, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Survivors include her daughters, Stephanie Phipps of Glenn Dale, Md., Barbara Kaltenheuser of Washington, D.C., Donna Carter of Fredericksburg, and Angela Engelmann of Derwood, Md.; her brother, Roi SeGuine of Falls Church; her sister, Joan Beavers, of Toms Brook; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Christopher Carter, and her sisters Nonie SeGuine and Barbara Sandusky.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 23, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Colonial Beach. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
A second Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., at a future date.
Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Gunnery Sgt. David S. Spicer

Marine Gunnery Sgt. David Shane Spicer of Montross died Monday, July 13, 2009, outside Delhi, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations against enemy forces.
He proudly and honorably served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps as an explosive ordnance disposal technician. He had joined the Marines in 1994, upon graduation from high school in Ohio.
David was born Oct. 13, 1975, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Sandra and Gary Lockwood. On July 23, 2005, he married Katrina A. Thompson, who survives him. They made their home in Montross.
He was stationed for a number of years at Indian Head, Md., with CBIRF and continued his service with the Second EOD Company aboard Camp Lejune, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his infant son, David Shane Spicer II, on July 18, 2008.
In addition to his loving parents and devoted wife, he is survived by his beloved daughter, Abigail; his soon-to-be-born son, Chance; and his mother-in-law, Linda Armstrong, who resides with the family. He also leaves behind his three brothers; one sister; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, most of whom reside in Ohio.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
Burial will take place with full military honors at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 23, in Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation. woundedeodwarrior.org . 540/373-2766.

Area Deaths - June 17, 2009

Thomas Byrd

Thomas Byrd, 62, of Tappahannock departed this life Monday, June 8, 2009.
He is survived by his niece, Ann Lewis-Jones of Greensboro, N.C., and a host of cousins and friends.
A viewing was held  Thursday, June 11, at Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock. The funeral was held Friday, June 12, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Hustle, with the Rev. Charles Johnson, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Services of comfort are entrusted to Washington Funeral Home.

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Area Deaths - July 15, 2009

Susan Lucks Gardner

Susan Lucks Gardner, born January 7, 1958, beloved wife of Paul Brian Gardner, passed away on July 6, 2009, after a long valiant battle with cancer.  Susie was active in many Colonial Beach organizations, including the Colonial Beach Fdn., Party on the  Potomac, the Historical Society, and the Chamber of Commerce.  She and her husband Paul co-owned Blue Moon Productions and the Blue Moon Antique shop on North Irving Avenue in Colonial Beach.
She leaves behind her parents, David J. Lucks, Sr. and Elizabeth A. Lucks; stepmother Diana Wilson; brother David J. Jr.; sister-in-law Mary; nieces Megan and Rachel; step sisters Emily and Alice; aunt Jane Dowrick Whitlow and her husband Michael; uncle Charles Dowrick, Jr. and his wife Laura; as well as nephews and nieces and cousins.  Also surviving are her mother and father-in-law Alice M. and Frank W. Gardner; sisters-in-law Lydia Leeds, April Gardner, and Ami Cannon.
An informal memorial service will be held at Dockside Restaurant on the point in Colonial Beach, Virginia on Thursday, July 16th at 1:00p.m., followed by a reception at St. Mary's Parish House at 2:00p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, c/o Fr. Ron Okrasinski,  P.O. Box 420, Colonial Beach, Virginia, 22443. Nash & Slaw Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia Manuel Atkins

Virginia Manuel Atkins, 90, passed away Monday, July 6, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She was born to George Washington Manuel and Dora Lee Gwinn Manuel on Aug. 31, 1918, in Wythe County. She was the widow of Joseph H. Atkins, who passed away in 2002.
Virginia held several retail positions while living in the Washington, D.C., area.  She also was employed as a receptionist at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach.
Virginia enjoyed her membership at Rebecca Lodge 94, VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Daughters of Virginia, Eastern Star and the Woman's Bible class of Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Virginia was predeceased by her son Steve Atkins in 2006 and by 14 brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her sons David Atkins and his wife, Sandra, of Glenville, N.Y., and Joseph Atkins of Colonial Beach; three grandsons, David Robert and his wife, Mona, and Daniel and William Atkins; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Friday, July 10, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach. Burial was in Historyland Cemetery, King George.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 8096 Leedstown Road, Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.

Viola Haislope Mason

Viola Haislope Mason, 85, of Stafford County died Thursday, July 9, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital. She was a longtime member of St. George's Episcopal Church.
Viola was the daughter of Fannie Evelyn and Thomas Monroe Haislope, born in Millenbeck (Slab Town) in 1924. She was proud of her Northern Neck heritage and proudly claimed her position as a "Necker!"
Mrs. Mason was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Melba Packett of Warsaw.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Samuel P. Mason; her two sons, Thomas Mark Mason and Byron K. Hinton and his wife, Patricia; her grandchildren, Brandon and Ashley Hinton; and her sister, Louise White and her husband, John, of Burkeville.
Mrs. Mason was a retired civil servant from the Dept. of the Navy at Dahlgren; a life member of the Izaak Walton League for which she was a past president of the Virginia Division, and past member of the National Endowment Board. She served Stafford County for many years as a commissioner on the Wetlands Board.
The funeral service was held Saturday, July 11 at Covenant Funeral Service,  Fredericksburg, Va. with the Rev. Larry Lenow officiating.  Interment followed in the Corrottoman Baptist Church cemetery in Ottoman.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the church of one's choice or the Micah Ministries of Fredericksburg, 1013 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Robert Joseph Crowder

Robert Joseph "Bob" Crowder, 65, of Stafford County died Friday, July 10, 2009, at his home, surrounded by family after a brief and courageous battle with stomach cancer.
Bob was born Aug. 27, 1943, in Washington, D.C., where he grew up. After receiving his bachelor's degree in physics at Lynchburg College, he began his career at the Naval Weapons Laboratory, now Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division, in exterior ballistics where aiming data for Navy projectiles and unguided missiles were produced. He retired in 2003, after 38 years of service, ending his career as head of the Command and Combat Control Systems Division. He was the recipient of many awards and honors, including the John Adolphus Dahlgren Award in 2000.
He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy S. Crowder; his three children, Robert Crowder Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Stafford, Grant Crowder and his wife, Elizabeth, of Annandale, and Sydney Crowder of Stafford; his sister, Patricia Montrief and her husband, Wayne, of Stafford; five granddaughters, Avery, Laurel, Haley, Reese and Caroline; three nephews; two nieces; and many special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert England Crowder and Laura Isabel Lankford Crowder.
A longtime resident of Stafford, most of his enjoyment came from his family, and from his days spent vacationing on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland. He battled and beat prostate cancer in 1998, and regularly attended local prostate cancer support groups for the past 10 years, making many new friends.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 14, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. James Vaught officiating. Burial was private.
In lieu of flowers, it was Bob's request that memorial contributions be made to either the Cancer Center of Virginia, 6105 Health Center Lane, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407, specifying that donations be utilized for the Prostate Cancer Support Group, or to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Alfred Michael Arnott

Alfred Michael Arnott, 51, of King George County died Friday, July 10, 2009, at his residence.
He was born July 21, 1957, in Morristown, N.J., to Jeanne M. Arnott and the late Alfred S. Arnott.
He worked as a senior systems engineer for Chugach at Dahlgren. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church and the American Legion, and was a plank owner on the USS Halyburton FFG 40.
Survivors included his wife of 25 years, Carol A. Arnott; his children, Courtney F. Silverthorn, Ph.D., and her husband, Matthew, of Gaithersburg, Md., USMC Cpl. Daniel M. Arnott of Jacksonville, N.C., and Alyssa M. Arnott of King George; his mother, Jeanne M. Arnott of Piscataway, N.J.; his brothers, Stephen Arnott and his wife, Melinda, of South Bound Brook, N.J., and Timothy Arnott of Spotsylvania County; his sister, Jill Robb and her husband, Andrew, of Glen Ellyn, Ill.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Colonial Beach. Burial will follow in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
The family  received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
Memorial contributions may be made to wounded warriorproject.org.
Online guest book at nashandslawfh.com.

Michael R. McGinniss

Michael R. McGinniss, 45, of King George County died Sunday, July 12, 2009. He was a self-employed drywall installer and boat mechanic, who loved to sail.
He is survived by his five children: Amanda, Samantha, Michael, Ryan and Allison McGinniss; two sisters, Patricia M. Bowler and husband Billy Bowler Jr., and Jeannie M. Allison and husband Kenny Allison; a number of nieces and nephews; and his fiancee, Kelly Powers.
A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 16, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with Helen Lehr officiating the cere-mony.  Burial will be private.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at the funeral home.
Arrangements are being handled by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.

Bertha Mae Stevens

Bertha Mae Stevens, 95, of King George, VA died Sunday, July 12, 2009 at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Stevens, born March 8, 1914, was the widow of John M. "Jack" Stevens. She was the oldest member of Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Women.
Survivors include her children, Marie Williams and her husband, Herbert of King George, Jean Fulford and her husband, Elton of Sarasota, Fla., John Stevens, Jr. and his wife, Ethel of Glenolden, Pa., Joseph Stevens and his wife, Loraine of Triangle, and Robert Stanley Stevens and his wife, Lorraine of Stafford County; 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 24 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Shirley Snellings and Roberta Thompson.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 16 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel with Rev. Keith Boyette and Rev. Elfie Finn-McKenzie officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 15 at the funeral home.

Area Deaths - June 10, 2009

Elise G. Roane

Elise G. Roane, 70, of Tappahannock departed this life Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at her residence.
She is survived by two daughters, Laverne Smith of Pennsylvania and Juanita Brown of Tappahannock; two sons, Earl Roane and William "Billy" Roane, both of Tappahannock; and three sisters, Ella Mae Roane, Jean Campbell and Louisa Garnett, all of Tappahannock.
The funeral was held Saturday, June 6, at St. John Baptist Church, DeSha, with the Rev. Linwood Jones, pastor, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed at washingtonfh.net.

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