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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 - 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 - 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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Area Deaths - June 3, 2009

 James W. Nave

James W. Nave, 74, of Fredericksburg passed away Monday May 25, 2009, at his home.
James was an avid fisherman and never missed an opportunity to cast a line.
James is survived by his sons, James W. Nave Jr. of Unionville, Michael W. Nave of Stafford County, and David Smith and Jim Smith, both of Fredericksburg; his brothers, Joseph, John and Roderick Nave, all of Fredericksburg; his sisters, Mary Hewitt of Stafford and Lilly Mae Casey of North Carolina; as well as nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
James was preceded in death by his brother Andrew Nave and his stepdaughter Helen Dishman.
A graveside service was held  Thursday, May 28, at the Nave family cemetery in King George County.
Online condolences may be expressed to James' family at foundandsons.com.

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Area Deaths - May 27, 2009

Estelle Green Huddleson

Estelle Green Huddleson, 65, of King George County died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at the home of her brother Kelley Green.

She was a member of Montague Baptist Church; and worked at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., for 12 years; worked at the King George Elementary School cafeteria from 2002 until 2005, and was a greeter at Wal-Mart. She also was a member of the VFW 3103 Ladies Auxiliary in Fredericksburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle Huddleson; her parents, John and Sissie Green; her brothers, Stanley, John Jr. and Harold; and her sisters, Elizabeth Garnett and Jean Minter.

She is survived by her sister Virgie Farmer of Fredericksburg; two brothers, Kelley and Aubrey Green of King George; 20 nephews and nine nieces; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and three Godchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday, May 23, at Montague Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Kenneth Brooks officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.

Arrangements are being handled by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
Online condolences may be posted at nashandslawfh.com.

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Area Deaths - April 22, 2009

John B. "Johnny" Ransone

   John Berkley "Johnny" Ransone, 50, of Lexington Park, MD, formerly of Colonial Beach, VA, died April 16, 2009 at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Home in Lexington Park, MD after a long illness.
   Survivors include one son, Brandon, of Hollywood, MD; his mother, Blanche J. Ransone; a sister, Dale R. Sawdy and husband Cecil G., all of Colonial Beach; two uncles, Garnet B. Jett of Colonial Beach, and Keith W. Slocum of Avon Park, FL; a niece, Shannon S. Jernigan of King George; several cousins; and a dear friend, Barbara Jones of Lexington Park, MD.
   Mr. Ransone was a member of the Order of DeMolay and attended Colonial Beach School.  He joined the U.S. Army at the age of 18 and served for seven years.  He was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, MO., Frankfurt, Germany, and Fort Campbell, KY.  He worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center for several years.  In 1996 he moved to Lexington Park, MD and worked for Goot Oil Co. and Southern Maryland Oil Company.
A private service will be held at a later date.
   The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Margaret Elizabeth W. Welch

   Margaret Elizabeth Whittemore Welch, 74, of Falmouth passed away Monday, April 6, 2009, at her home after a brief struggle with cancer. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
   Margaret was born April 17, 1934, in Buncombe County, N.C., to the late Harry Martin and Ruth Elizabeth Dillingham Whittemore. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1952, and was a retired federal employee. The majority of her service was with the D.C. Department of Corrections in Lorton, Fairfax County.
   She moved to Falmouth in 1992. In the years since retirement, she enjoyed working in her yard and nurturing the many flowers and plants surrounding her home. She was an avid follower of the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. and a loyal fan of the Washington Redskins.
   Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, William "Bill" Welch; her youngest son, Richard "Bart" Welch; and brothers James "Jim" Whittemore and John "Johnny" Whittemore.
   She is survived by her sons and their spouses: Wes and Diane Welch of Springfield; Les Welch of Harrisonburg; Ash and Lisa Welch of Warrenton; and Kelley and Peggy Welch of Stafford County. She also is survived by her six grandchildren: Matt and Dan Welch of Springfield, Taylor Welch of Warrenton, Chip Welch of Stafford, and Britteny and Richie Welch of North Carolina; an aunt, Faye Whittemore Robinson; sister-in-law Kay Whittemore; nephew Mark Whittemore; and numerous other relatives, all of North Carolina.
   Margaret also leaves behind her lifelong friend and sister-in-spirit, Doris Caton of Stafford, as well as her dear friend, Paul Bohrer of Colonial Beach.
Burial will be private.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Washington Hospice, c/o Mary Washington Hospital Founda-tion, 2600 Mary Washington Blvd., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.

Lacy M. Richardson

   Lacy M. Richardson of Sandston departed this life Monday, April 13, 2009.
   He was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Pearl Richardson.
   He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Coombs and her husband, Ron; his grandsons, Jack and Joshua Coombs; his two sisters, Dorothy Merryman and Edna Lee; his nephew, Joe Minter; his niece, Linda Beer; and his devoted friend of 17 years, Joan Ferrell.
   He was a member and past master of Babcock Lodge 322 and a deacon at Round Hill Baptist Church in King George County.
   A funeral was held Friday, April 17, at Nelsen Funeral Home in Richmond, VA. Interment followed in Washington Memorial Park.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Round Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, Box 467, King George, Va. 22485.

Gary B. Mayer

   Gary B. Mayer, 58, of King George County went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 12, 2009, at his home, surrounded by his family.
   A native of New Jersey, Gary worked for several years with his father at Haywood Auto Body Shop. He had been employed by Mary Washington Hospital until his illness.
   Survivors include his loving wife, Marian Scott Mayer; two daughters, Tiffany Campbell Johnson of Fredericksburg and Kemisha Mayer Roper of Cameron, N.C.; one son, David Wayne Scott and his wife, Diane, of Tappahannock; and his stepmother, Mary Mayer of King George. He also leaves to cherish his memory two sisters, Ruth Mayer-Martin and her husband, Walter, of Linden, N.J., and LaVerne Mayer of King George; three brothers, Haywood Sr., and Edward Mayer, both of Rahway, N.J., and George Mayer of Jackonsville, Fla.; his godmother, Bernice Mason; two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Frye and her husband, Willis, of King George and Bernice Lumpkin of Fredericksburg; one brother-in-law, William Scott and his wife, Sharon, of King George; and his devoted friends, Rachel Lewis, Gloria Jett, Tina Vaughan, Crystal Frye, Kim Hopkins and Cynthia Beverly Freeman.
   He was preceded in death by a brother Timothy Mayer.
A celebration of life was held Saturday, April 18, at Antioch Baptist Church, King George. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
   Lee Funeral Home of King George, handled the arrangements.

Virginia Berry Grimes

   Virginia Berry Grimes, 83, of Fredericksburg died Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital. She was the widow of Allen J. "Sug" Grimes.
   Mrs. Grimes worked for many years at J.J. Newberry in Fredericksburg and later worked for several years at Giant Food in Fredericksburg. She was a longtime member of Fredericksburg United Methodist Church. Virginia was a beloved mother and grandmother who devoted her life to her family.
   Survivors include her son, Thomas B. Grimes and his wife, Eileen, of Fredericksburg; her daughter, Deborah G. Stroud and her husband, Dennis, of King George County; her grandchildren, Wendy Hallenbeck and her husband, Jeff, Thomas B. Grimes Jr., Christy Noakes, Donald L. Jett Jr. and his fiancee, Cheryl Crane, Dennis Scott Stroud and his wife, Tracey, and Lauren Ashley Stroud; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great- grandchildren; her sister, Joann Carpenter and her husband, Ralph, of Stafford County; her brother, William Berry, of Fredericksburg; and several nieces and nephews.
   A funeral was held  Saturday, April 18, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel with the Rev. Nancy Compher officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were David Carpenter, Scott Carpenter, Ronnie Payne, Jeff Newton, Charles Newton and Jeff Hallenbeck.
   Memorials may be made in her name to Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 308 Hanover St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.
   Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Mildred C. "Mickey" Bailey

   Mildred Collins "Mickey" Bailey of King George County passed away suddenly Tuesday, April 14, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Ralph Stuart Bailey.
   She is survived by her four children, Mildred Stuart Austin, Mary Harter Bailey, Collins Andrew Bailey and his wife, Pam, and William Frederick Bailey and his wife, Judy; and four grandchildren, Joshua and his wife, Elizabeth, Caleb, John and Mary Hannah. Also surviving are her two greyhounds, Ollie and Magic.
   The family received friends  Saturday at Bliley's-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond, Va. 23230, before the funeral service. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greyhound Pets of America, Richmond Chapter, Box 70811, Richmond, Va. 23255.

Jean Rebecca Wheeler

   Jean Rebecca Wheeler, 68, of Bowling Green died Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
   She is survived by five sisters, Pauline Lomax and Evelyn Blaze, both of Ruther Glen, Roberta Cook of Spotsylvania County, Joanne Lewis of Fredericksburg and Flossie Lewis of Port Royal; three brothers, Otis Wheeler of Supply, Ernest Ellis of Spotsylvania, and Jessie Wheeler of King George County; her devoted companion, Harry Childs of Bowling Green; and devoted friend and caregiver, the Rev. Cynthia Golden of Bowling Green.
   A funeral was held  Saturday, April 18, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Supply, with the Rev. Irving Woolfolk officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
   Online guestbook is available at brooksfuneralhome .com.

Susan Brent Mullen

   Susan Brent Mullen, 41, of King George County passed away peacefully Thursday, April 16, 2009, at home, surrounded by her family and friends. Susan had fought a courageous battle with cancer.
   Susan retired after 22 years of service as a vehicle maintenance coordinator at Hilldrup Moving and Storage in Stafford County. She was a member of Potomac Baptist Church in King George.
   Susan enjoyed playing bingo and cards, and spending time with her family and friends. She also was a proud supporter of the "River Rat Racing" team. She was a 1985 graduate of King George High School.
   Susan is survived by her loving husband of 16 years, Stephen Mullen, and their three beautiful daughters, Brandy Brent of King George, and Brittany Mullen and Breanna Mullen, both of the home; and her two grandsons, Ty and Thomas of King George. She also is survived by her mother, Mildred Brooks, her brother, Rusty Brooks, and her sister, Teresa Heironimus, all of King George; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Susan was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Brent, and her stepfather, Rosser Brooks.
   A celebration of Susan's life was held  Sunday, April 19, at Potomac Baptist Church, King George, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund.
   Online condolences are available at nashandslawfh. com.

Robert T. Johnson

   Robert T. Johnson, 72, of Montross died Friday, April 17, 2009, at his daughter's home in Colonial Beach. Arrangements are incomplete at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal.

Cyrus B. Jackson

   Cyrus B. Jackson, 55, of Washington, D.C., formerly of King George County, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Washington Hospital Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal.

Area Deaths - May 20, 2009

June Sullivan

June Sullivan, 83, of Tappahannock died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.
Survivors include her grandchildren, Ashley Ann Fricke and Crystal Ann Fricke; and her brother, Allen Ronald Stevens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Sullivan; her son, Jimmy Stevens; and her daughter, Elizabeth Fricke.
Services will be private.
Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Robert E. Larman

Robert E. Larman 54, of King George County passed away Friday, May 8, 2009, at his home.
Born in Washington, D.C., Robert is survived by two sons, Robert Larman McCormick of Charles Town, W.Va. and Joey Larman of Gaithersburg, Md.; one daughter, Tammy Hardy Larman of Malboro, Md.; two stepchildren, Todd Christian and Jessica New, both of the home; and eight grandchildren: Timothy and Marcus Hardy, Kimberland and Selena Larman, Blake Christian, Autumn Dawn Kidd, Daniel New Jr., and his best little buddy, Samuel Ray New. Also surviving is his companion of eight years, Reda Christian of King George, whom he loved dearly and his sister-in-law, Samantha Hill, whom he loved as a sister.
He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Robert E. and Hazel A. Larman, and his beloved and well-remembered sister.
A funeral celebrating Robert's life was held  Thursday, May 14, at the funeral chapel of Found & Sons, Fredericksburg, with Pastor Patrick Davis officiating.  Interment followed in the Sparks Family Cemetery, 1160 Brooke Road, Falmouth.
Pallbearers were his best friend Stanley I. "Butch" LiCalzi, James "Jimmy" Shelton, his son-in-law Daniel New, his nephew Jake Kidd, Trevor McHugh and Jason Rodgers.
Online condolences may be expressed to Robert's family at      foundandsons .com.

Neva Jean Bosworth

Neva Jean Bosworth, 77, of Colonial Beach passed away Saturday May 9, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She was born April 9, 1932, in Galloway, W.Va., a daughter of the late Sidney Duvall and Madeline Hunt Duvall Tenney. She was united in marriage Oct. 27, 1957, to Robert L. Bosworth, who preceded her in death in 1984.
Survivors include one sister, Carolyn Duvall Schoudt, wife of the late George Schoudt of Tucker, Ga.; two nephews, Gregory and wife Pat Schoudt of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Jeff and wife Doris Hardin of Warren, Ohio; two nieces, Penny and husband Darrell Hite of Leesburg, S.C., and Kelly Hardin of Southington, Ohio; and several great-nieces, nephews and cousins.
Neva helped rear two nephews, Eric and wife Hope Bosworth, and David Bosworth, both of King George County.
She was preceded in death by one sister; Phyllis Duvall Hardin.
Neva was owner and operator with her husband of the Paul Baker potato chip company in Colonial Beach from 1972 to 1980, She worked for the Department of Defense for the Army division at the Pentagon for years and, after retiring, returned to her role as a homemaker. She completed one year at Fairmont State College.
Neva loved making wreaths and floral arrangements, and she was a Methodist by faith.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 13th at the Wright Funeral Home 216 N. Walnut St. Philippi, W.Va., with the Rev. Alicia Rapking officiating.  Interment  followed in the Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery.
  Condolences may be expressed to the family at wrightfuneralhomeservices.com.

Allen Perry "J.R." Sweeney

Allen Perry "J.R." Sweeney, 65, of King George County died Sunday, May 10, 2009.
Born March 16, 1944, in Washington, D.C., Mr. Sweeney was a baker for Safeway Stores for 24 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam era. He was a member of Round Hill Baptist Church in King George.
He was a guitar musician for 50 years and played for a longtime group known as Canyon Creek. He was an avid Redskins fan and enjoyed most being with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Lucy Sweeney; four sons, David A. Sweeney of Waldorf, Md., David W. Johnson and his wife, Joy, of King George, Joshua Johnson and his wife, Allison, of Ruther Glen, and Matthew Vargas and his wife, Mabel, of King George; eight daughters: Cindy Christopher and her husband, James, of Spotsylvania County, Regina Wathen and her husband, Lewis, of Mechanicsville, Md., Tina Donaldson and her husband, Bobby, of Hughesville, Md., Terry Sweeney of Calvert County, Md., Hollie Sweeney of Laurel, Md., Sharon Hall of Charlotte Hall, Md., Dorothy Brooks and her husband, VaDawn, of King George, and Jessica Sisco and her husband, Robert, of Spotsylvania; two brothers, Roger Baugher of Hopewell and Lonnie DuBeau of Silver Spring, Md.; two sisters, Phyllis Moran and Barbara Ridney, both of Bowie, Md.; and mother-in-law Ruby Burch. He also is survived by 31 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Mr. Sweeney was preceded in death by his parents, Allen Sweeney and Anna Agnes Dalton; his father-in-law, John E. Burch Sr., and his brother Clay DuBeau.
A funeral was held Wednesday, May 13, at Raymond Funeral Chapel, La Plata, Md., with Pastor Lester Curtis officiating. Interment followed in the United Methodist Church cemetery in Dentsville, Md.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Sweeney's memory may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
Arrangements are entrusted to Raymond Funeral Service, P.A., 5635 Washington Ave., La Plata, Md. 20646.

Kathryn "Babe" Turley Lane

Kathryn "Babe" Turley Lane, 76, of Frederick County died Thursday, May 7, 2009, in a local nursing facility.
Mrs. Lane was born in 1932, in California, the daughter of the late Elmer and Marie Ruth Turley. She was a homemaker.
Her husband, Charles W. Lane, whom she married June 23, 1951, preceded her in death on Jan. 11, 1996.
Surviving are her daughters, Cathy Schultz and her husband, Daryle, of Winchester, and Patricia Holliday and her husband, Robert, of Wintergreen; her son, Michael Lane and his wife, Sharyn, of Colonial Beach; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Chuck Turley and his wife, Barbara, of Delaware. Two sisters, Evelyn Rhodes and Margie Duval, preceded her in death.
A memorial service was conducted Sunday, May 17, at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel, in Winchester. Interment will be in Quantico National Cemetery, on Friday, May 29, at 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, Va. 22601.
Sign guestbook at ompsfuneralhome.com.

Ollie Oliver Olive

Ollie Oliver Olive, 74, of Stafford County, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Ollie was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 4123. He had retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren, after 26 years of service. He served in the National Guard, and was an avid fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of five years, Polly Olive; his son, Francis Bennett Olive and his best friend, Trina Erwin, of Spotsylvania County; two grandsons, John Taylor Olive and Samuel Thomas Olive; a niece, Carol Ann Gulick; a nephew, Cliff Payne; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
Pallbearers were James Clarke, Dale Craig, Butch Williams, Gregg Harding, Cliff Payne and Maurice Burton. Honorary pallbearers included John Taylor Olive and Samuel Thomas Olive.
Ollie was predeceased by his first wife, Crystal H. Olive; his father and mother, Aubin and Bertha Olive; and his sister and brother-in-law, Audrey and Murlie Pates.
A funeral service was held Friday, May 15, at Found & Sons Funeral Chapels-Cremation Services, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Carroll Markham and the Rev. M. Paul Curry officiating. Interment took place in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences may be sent to Ollie's family at foundandsons.com.

Margaret C. Wholey

Margaret Coates Wholey, 88 of Fredericksburg died Friday, May 15, 2009 at Mary Washington Hospital.
Survivors include two sons, Jeff  Wholey; Kevin F. Wholey and wife, Virginia, all of Fredericksburg; brother, Frank Coates, Jr. of Colonial Beach; three sisters, Edna Adkins of Fredericksburg, Barbara Owens of Montross and Gladys Coates of King George; four grandchildren, Chris Wholey, Samantha Wholey, Logan Wholey and Shannon Wholey.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, May 19, at Covenant Funeral Service Fredericksburg Chapel. Burial will be at 11a.m. Wednesday, May 20 at Quantico National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association Memorial Processing Center Box 5216 Glen Allen, VA  23058 or to the Alzheimer’s Association 2217 Princess Anne St. Suite 106-1F Fredericksburg, VA  22401.
Online guestbook at covenantfuneralservice.com.

William B. "Billy" Spencer

William Burnley "Billy" Spencer, 59, of Fredericksburg died Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital following a brief bout with cancer.
Mr. Spencer retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren after 32 years of service, having worked in the electric shop and the J Department. He was an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his loving wife of 37 years, Debbie Spencer; two daughters, Lorie Bland and her husband, Timmy, and Renee Brown and her husband, Bear; his sister, Diana Payne and her husband, Earl; three grandchildren, Brandon, Michael and Devinn; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral was held Monday, May 18, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Bruce Lee, Dan Dolan, Jimmy Franklin, Buzz Quesenberry, Timmy Bland and Bear Brown.
Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Gregory Vincent Marsh

Gregory Vincent Marsh, 71, of Colonial Beach died Sunday, May 17, 2009.
He was the widower of Nancy Williams Marsh.
Survivors include two sons, Kevin G. Marsh of Farnham and William D. Marsh of Colonial Beach; a daughter, Robin M. Phillips of Haynesville; three grandchildren; and one great-grandaughter.
A funeral was held  Tuesday, May 19, at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel, 17546 Kings Highway, Montross.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 4600 Cox Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060.

Florence Anna L. R. Stuerzel

Florence Anna Lillian Ramm Stuerzel passed away peacefully on May 16, 2009 supported by family and friends.
She was born October 15 1919 in Bronx, NY to Ferdinand and Elizabeth (Bruning) Ramm.  She attended school in NY, graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High.  Florence married John F. Stuerzel on April 25, 1943 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bronx NY.
Preceded in death by her husband John and brothers Herbert, Henry and Ferdinand Ramm, she is survived by her sister Eleanor Schaefer of Youngston, FL; her three children, Katherine E. Phillips, John F. Stuerzel III, and Richard G Stuerzel; six grandchildren: Beth Phillips, Neil Phillips, Gretchen Stuerzel, Elizabeth Stuerzel Helsel, John F, Stuerzel, IV and Arianne Stuerzel and her great grandson, Jonathan Spencer Phillips.  She is also survived by ten nieces and three nephews.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star since 1938, Worthy Matron in the Bronx as well as Westchester and Grand Representative to Minnesota.  She was active in Scouts, VFW, American Legion, long time member of the Our Savior Lutheran Church and a member of the Croton Senior Citizens organization.  
She was employed by Gristede Brothers in the Bronx until her move to Croton.  There she was employed by the Croton Cortland News and Our Savior Lutheran Church.
She moved to King George, VA in 1999 to live with her daughter, Katherine.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00p.m. Friday, May 22 at Dahlgren United Methodist Church with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.
A later service will be held at Croton-on-the-Hudson, NY.

Paul F. Guy

Paul F. Guy, 89, of Stafford County died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mr. Guy had retired from the United States Marine Corps and was a veteran of World War II, having served at the Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942. He later retired as a water plant operator at Quantico. He was a member of the American Federation of Government Employees, Local No. 1786.
He is survived by Nellie Kendall Guy, his wife of 68 years; four children, Judy Metz of Bay St. Louis, Miss., Paul Guy Jr. of King George County, Beverly Grace Brown of Melbourne, Fla., and Winnie Sullivan of Stafford; two sisters, Rene Watson and Annie Sampson of Troy, Tenn.; and 43 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 21, in Quantico National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Abundant Life Assembly of God, 200 Onville Road, Stafford, Va. 22556.
Arrangements are being handled by Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Reverend Dr. Ben Jones, Jr.

The Reverend Dr. Ben Jones Jr. of Spotsylvania County died Monday, May 18, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal.
He was the Pastor of Living Ark Baptist Church in King George and well respected throughout the community.

Area Deaths - April 15, 2009

Harry Gene Taylor

   Harry Gene Taylor, 84, of King George County died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at his residence.
Mr. Taylor was a World War II Marine Corps veteran, having served as a sniper scout, and was a member of the Sniper Scout Association. He was a retired computer specialist for the Veteran's Administration and a member of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. He also was also a member of Kingdom Baptist Church.
   Harry loved the Lord and spent over 30 years in the study of the Book of Revelations, writing many articles and accumulating an untold wealth of knowledge concerning the Last Days.
   Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Margaret G. Taylor; his son, S. Gene Taylor and his wife, Mary, of Spotsylvania County; his step-daughter Norma Faulconer of Stafford County; his grandchildren: Jennifer Williams, Justin Taylor, Ralph Faulconer Jr., Troy Faulconer and Ricky Faulconer; 10 great-grandchildren; his sister Rose Burch of Amarillo, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   A funeral was held Friday, April 10, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel with the Rev. Craig A. Poston and the Rev. Willis A. Dempsey officiating. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
   Memorials may be made in his name to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407, or to Kingdom Baptist  Church, 1717 Stafford Ave., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.
   Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Helen Stewart Jones

   Helen Stewart Jones, Ed. D., 94, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, after an extended illness.
Dr. Jones was born Dec. 22, 1914, in Stafford County. She attended Stafford public schools. In 1936 she graduated from Mary Washington College and embarked on a career in education. She taught in Gloucester County and the cities of Emporia and Alexandria before returning home in 1965 to Stafford, where she served as director of guidance at Stafford High School until her retirement in 1980.
   Throughout her life, she was dedicated to the education of young people at all levels.
   Dr. Jones earned a master's degree from George Washington University in 1950, and her doctorate from American University in 1970. Her doctoral thesis was a 400-page document entitled "A Historical Study of Public Education in Stafford County from 1865 to 1965."
   Throughout her life, Dr. Jones was dedicated to preserving historic sites, buildings and history in general. She was a founding member of Historic Falmouth Towne and Stafford Inc., now known as the Stafford County Historical Society. She was active in Citizens to Serve Stafford, the Northern Neck Historical Society, the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, the Wilderness Society and the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Virginia.
   In 1991, the University of Mary Washington honored Dr. Jones with the Distinguished Alumna Award. The Stafford Historical Society in 2001 named Dr. Jones as one of its Keepers of Knowledge. Her efforts and generosity saved "The Little Red Barn" from destruction. The historic barn was moved, at her expense, from the Hartwood Elementary School property to her land and remains there today to commemorate the agricultural heritage of the region.
   Hartwood Presbyterian Church was foremost in Dr. Jones' mind and heart. Through her efforts, the church has been placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Dr. Jones was a devoted member of the church. All her actions were guided by her deep faith.
   Dr. Jones is survived by several cousins, including Thomas L. Segar and his wife, Barbara, and her devoted companion and caregiver Mary Combs.
   A funeral was held Saturday April 11, at Hartwood Presbyterian Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
   Honorary pall bearers were Curtis Dickinson, Norman Steak, Kenneth Houchin, Walter Embrey, Sandy Helms, John Pearce and Phyllis Sprague.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hartwood Presbyterian Church, 50 Hartwood Church Road, Hartwood, Va. 22406, or to the University of Mary Washington Foundation, 1119 Hanover St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401
   Services for Dr. Jones are under the care of Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel.

Edward Baumgardner

   Edward Baumgardner, 62, of King George County passed away Thursday, April 9, 2009, at his home.
   Edward was a Vietnam War veteran and an avid fisherman with strong family values.
   Edward is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jane; his sons, Chris and David; his daughters, Deborah and Jennifer; his mother, Mary Baumgardner; his sister, Mary Lee Elliott; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   A funeral celebrating Edward's life was held Tuesday, April 14, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper. Interment    followed in Culpeper National Cemetery.
   Online condolences may be expressed to Edward's family at foundandsons .com.

Rodney Linwood Belcher, Sr.

   Rodney Linwood Belcher Sr., 72, of Sealston, formerly of Mathews County, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at his home.
   Survivors include his wife, Margaret Belcher of Sealston; three sons, Rodney L. Belcher Jr. of Wake, Franklin C. Belcher of Spotsylvania County and Carlton L. Belcher of Mathews; a sister, Shirley McGrory of Florida; and 13 grandchildren.
Services will be private.
   Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Sarah E. Dye

   Sarah E. Dye, 83, of Haymarket died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at Heritage Hall Rehabilitation Center in King George County.
   Sarah was born March 7, 1926, in Falmouth. She was the daughter of the late Archie and Susan Burton. Mrs. Dye was preceded in death by her husband, William Gaines Dye, and one son, Milton Green Jr.
   Surivivors include a son, Harold "Buzzy" Green and his wife, Pam, of Fredericksburg; and one daughter, Leathea Raye Sliger and her husband, Don, of Strasburg. Also left behind are daughter-in-law Jenny Green, the widow of her late son Milton, of Colonial Beach. She was known by her nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren as "Nannie."
   Sarah was a wonderful mother and a dedicated Nannie to many, and she will be greatly missed.
   A funeral was held Wednesday, April 15, at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, where the  internment followed. The Rev. Timmy Dobson officiated at the service.
   Arrangements were entrusted to Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Manassas, under the direction of Michael Davis. Please sign the online guest book at bakerpostfh.com.

Richard W. "Ricky" Carpenter

   Richard William "Ricky" Carpenter Jr., 57, of Colonial Beach died Friday, April 10, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital, as a result of an automobile accident in King George County.
   Ricky was a native of Falmouth and the son of the late Richard and Peggy Carpenter. He was a park ranger for Westmoreland State Park and co-owner of J III Specialties with his son, Richie, who was with him at the time of the accident.
   Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Jackie K. Carpenter; two daughters, Karen Weimer and her husband, Michael, and their son, Truman, Melissa Berner and her husband, Jeff, and their children, Robert and Grace, all of Ruther Glen; a daughter-in-law, Hollie Carpenter, and her children, Haeley and Richard IV, of King George; three sisters, Shelly Campbell of Falmouth, Sandy Covington of Spencer, N.Y., and Tina Phillips of Falmouth; and several nieces and nephews.
   A funeral was  held Tuesday, April 14, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Jack A. Marcom Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Historyland Memorial Park in King George.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the King George County Fire and Rescue, 8122 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

R. W. "Richie" Carpenter

   Richard William "Richie" Carpenter III, 26, of King George County went to walk streets of pure gold with his father at his side, Friday, April 10, 2009.
   Mr. Carpenter was a life-long resident of King George and a graduate of King George High School. He was a co-owner of J III Specialties with his father, Ricky, and also worked closely with his mother at the business.
   Richie was loved by everyone he encountered and was a brilliant mechanic and metal fabricator. Richie spent most of his time enjoying his work and playing with his children. He was a great and loving husband to Hollie, and a fabulous father to his children, Haeley and Richard IV.
   Survivors include his wife and best friend, Hollie G. Carpenter; two adored children, Haeley Carpenter and Richard Carpenter IV; his mother, Jackie K. Carpenter; two sisters, Karen Weimer and her husband, Michael, and their son, Truman, of Ruther Glen and Melissa Berner and her husband, Jeff, and their children, Robert and Grace, of Ruther Glen; his maternal grandparents, Patricia and James Lepore of Stafford County; his father and mother-in-law, Abraham and Glenda Kulynych; and his sister-in-law, Katherine Kulynych, all of King George; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
   Richie will be truly missed and never forgotten.
   A funeral was held Tuesday, April 14, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Jack A. Marcom Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Historyland Memorial Park in King George.
   Memorial contributions may be made to King George County Fire and Rescue, 8122 Kings Highway, King George, Va. 22485.
   Online guestbook at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Area Deaths - May 13, 2009

Fred Morris Carver

Fred Morris Carver, 86, a resident of Colonial Beach, died May 1, 2009.
A small private service was held at the Mary Washington Health Care Facility in Colonial Beach and burial followed at Fort Lincoln Cemetery.
Mr. Carver had a career and retired as a professional firefighter at Engine #5 in Georgetown, D.C.  He also spent many years in the private employ of the Pepsi-Cola Company.
Mr. Carver was born in Washington , D.C. in 1923.  He grew up in D.C. and the Westmoreland County area of Virginia.  He graduated from McKinley Tech High School in D.C.  He was drafted into the Army during WWII, and was in the second wave of soldiers to land on Omaha Beach.  He was with the Army through Paris, Brussels, Antwerp, and the Battle of the Bulge.
After the War, Mr. Carver married his high school sweetheart, Lucille A, Rhame, and started a new life in Kensington, MD.  Fred and Lucille moved into the Ebb Tide Beach area of Colonial Beach in 1971.
Survivors include his sons Fred (Skip) and his wife, Brownie; Warren and his wife, Lori; grandchildren Russell Carver, Katie Spiekerman (husband, Chuck), Christopher Carver (wife, Kathy), and great-granchild, Jacob.

Guadalupe Chen

Guadalupe Chen, 83, of King George County died Sunday, May 3, 2009, at the residence of her son.
A native of Mexico, she is survived by one son and one daughter, five grandchildren, and three sisters and two brothers.
A funeral was held Friday, May 8, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home Memorial Chapel, Port Royal.
Donations in her memory may be sent to Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., 17th floor, Chicago, Ill. 60601, or visit AL2.org.
Online guestbook is available at brooksfuneralhome .com.

Leonard David Maza Sr.

 Leonard David Maza, Sr.,  86, died April  29, 2009, in Ocala, FL.   He was born January 12, 1923, in Chicago, IL; and was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Jocelyn Nickerson Maza, and his son L. "David" Maza, Jr.
"Lenny" was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran, master carpenter, talented artist, active Boy Scout Master, and avid traveler.  Legacy of his carpentry talents are enjoyed in many private homes and churches throughout Cape Cod.  Lenny moved to Hernando, FL from So. Orleans, Mass, in 2002, to care for his ailing wife and enjoy a milder climate.
Survivors include his daughter Mary L. Zappulla (Gerald) of King George; granddaughters:  Cheryl L. Feeser (Steven), of King George, VA and Angela M. Tessier of Port Royal, VA; three great-grand daughters:  LeighAnna C. Feeser, Kennedy A. Tessier, and Madison E. Tessier, and one great grandson:  E. Michael Feeser.
A graveside service and celebration of his life, will be in So. Orleans, MA, and his remains will be interned, with his wife, at Evergreen Cemetery, North Eastham, MA. later this summer.

Ester Nash Thomas

Ester Nash Thomas, 83, of Montross went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 5, 2009.
Mrs. Thomas was a retired mathematician at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren. She was a member of Popes Creek Baptist Church and a community volunteer. She was the widow of Charles E. Thomas.
She is survived by seven siblings; numerous nieces and nephews; and close friends and a dedicated staff of caregivers.
A funeral was held Friday, May 8, at Popes Creek Baptist Church, Baynesville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Popes Creek Baptist Church, c/o Elizabeth M. Nash, Box 592, Montross, Va. 22520, or Riverside Tappahannock Hospice Support Services, 658 Hospital Road, Medical Arts Building A, Suite 201, Tappahannock, Va. 22560.
Online condolences may be made at welchfuneral homeva.com.

Welford "Dick" DeShazo

Welford “Dick”  DeShazo, 65, life-long resident of  King George, Virginia passed away on  Thursday, May 7, 2009, surrounded by family and loved ones.
He was a member of Two Rivers Church in King George.  Soon after graduating from King George High School, Mr. DeShazo joined the Army and served in the Vietnam War.  Following his service, he began a career at the Quantico Marine Corps Base and retired in April 2005.  He was preceded in death by his parents James Buck and Virginia DeShazo, and two brothers, Howard Mitchell DeShazo and Harry Milton DeShazo.
After retirement he enjoyed the many interests he had pursued throughout his life.  He was an avid hunter and spent many wonderful days on his boat fishing.  He had many a story to tell about the ones that got away and the ones he caught.  He also loved gardening and sports, especially basketball.
He devoted most of his time to his adoring family and especially cherished the time he spent with the five grandchildren he and Joan were blessed to have.   He loved them more than life itself and would do anything for them.  They especially kept him going through the dark times of his illness.
Mr. DeShazo is survived by his dedicated and loving wife of 42 years, Joan Turner DeShazo; two sons, James DeShazo, his wife, Kerry, and their three children, Cali, Owen, and Meghan of Montpelier, Virginia; Kevin DeShazo, his wife, Amy, and their children, Caeden and Nicholas of  Middletown,  Connecticut; two sisters, Katherine Burgess and Eleanor James, both of Stafford, Virginia.
His strength and outlook during his bout with cancer was amazing.  He bravely fought with everything he had to beat the illness.  He always said he would beat it, but in the end he was ready to go to his final home above and left knowing he had done all he could on this earth.  Dick had so many friends who loved to be with him.  He will be always be missed and remembered for his courage and devotion to his family.  Throughout his illness he was an inspiration to everyone he knew and met.
A funeral service was held on Monday, May 11 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg with Rev. Peyton Wiltshire and Rev. Bob Ellinger officiating. Entombment  followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Two Rivers Church Building Fund P. O. Box 1425, King George, Va 22485.
Dick’s family wishes to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers during his illness.
An online guestbook is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Elizabeth G. "Pep" Lumpkin

Elizabeth G. "Pep" Lumpkin, 84, of Hustle, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Samuel Lumpkin of Hustle; her daughter, Joyce Brown of Camp Springs, Md.; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral was held Monday, May 11, at Mount Olive Baptist Church, Hustle, with the Rev. Charles Johnson officiating. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery, Supply.
Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

John W. Brown

John W. Brown, 86, of King George County died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He is survived by a sister, Emma Cole of Bowling Green, and a brother, James A. Brown of King George.
A funeral was held Tuesday, May 12, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, with the Rev. Harry Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Brown family cemetery in KG.

Area Deaths - April 8, 2009

Sylvia Ann Gilbert

Sylvia Ann Gilbert, 22, of Spotsylvania County died Saturday, March 28, 2009, in Alexandria.
She attended Colonial Beach schools and graduated from Spotsylvania High School in 2005. She also attended Northern Virginia Community College and had worked as a cashier and a receptionist in Spotsylvania County.
She is survived by her father, Jack Eldridge Gilbert, and stepmother, Tammy, of Dale City; her mother, Sharon D. Gilbert and stepfather, Jack R. Gilbert Jr. of Spotsylvania; her maternal grandmother, Alva L. Godwin of Colonial Beach; her paternal grandparents, Jack and Rose Gilbert of Spotsylvania; two sisters, Sabrina Lee Gilbert of Spotsylvania and Jessica Ann Gilbert of Dale City; and her niece Alexis D.M. Johnston of Spotsylvania.
A funeral was held April 3, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Wayne Gilbert officiating.
Pallbearers were Marion Franklin Godwin II, James J. Giblin, Lawrence H. Gilbert, Daniel W. Gilbert, Pete Page and Steve Williams. Burial followed in Historyland Memorial Park in King George.

Louisa Lay Morton

Mrs. Louisa Lay Morton, 92, of Warsaw, formerly of Alexandria, died Tuesday, March 31, 2009. She was the widow of Woolridge Brown Morton Jr.
Mrs. Morton is survived by her son, the Rev. Woolridge Brown Morton III of Waterford; three daughters, Louisa Morton Chute of Tappahannock, Marion Morton Carroll of Baltimore, Md., and Lucie Morton Garrett of Broad Run; nine grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9, at St. John's Epsicopal Church, Warsaw. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Richmond County Public Library or St. John's Episcopal Church.
Online condolences may be made at welchfuneral homeva.com.

Deaconess Violet Parker

Deaconess Violet Parker, 78, of King George County died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at her home.
Born Jan. 21, 1931, in Westmoreland County, she was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Colonial Beach.
She is survived by her husband, Deacon Charles Stanley Parker Sr. of King George; her mother, Mrs. Rosetta McDowney Toliver of Colonial Beach; two sons, Charles and Sherman Parker; five sisters, Mary Smith, Margie Payton, Roberta Brooks, Mildred Reed and Shirley Dowell; two brothers, John and Morris Toliver; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one uncle, Veola McDowney. She was preceded in death by her father, John Toliver.
A funeral was held  Saturday, April 4, at Macedonia Baptist Church, Colonial Beach.
The Rev. James White, pastor, officiated, and the Rev. Jeffery O. Smith, pastor of Union Prospect Baptist Church, Cologne, delivered the eulogy. Burial followed in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.

Roy Winston Hoback

Roy Winston Hoback, 87, of Gainesville died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at his residence. He was formerly of Stafford County and a member of Hull's Memorial Baptist Church. He was a retired  U.S. Marine Corps master sergeant and World War II veteran and served as shop director over airplane piston and jet engine maintenance and overhauling.
Following retirement, he owned and operated Hoback's Sunoco and two other service stations in Falmouth. His third career was in heavy equipment repair, being in charge of small engine and hydraulic repairs for the Hazel Corp.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Vernon Snellings Hoback; his children, Roy and his wife, Luann, Diane, Roger, Ron and his wife, Jane, and Sharon; his brother, Ken Hicks; his sisters, Sue Coley and Wanda Ferguson; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter Carol Patterson, sister Ruby Davis and grandson Chris Carter.
He was extremely patriotic and loving, and will long be remembered for his love of God, country, Marine Corps, wife and family.
A funeral was held  Tuesday, April 7, at Hull's Memorial Baptist Church. Interment followed in Quantico National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in his name to Capital Hospice, 10530 Linden Lake Plaza, Suite 200, Manassas, Va. 20109, or to Hull's Memorial Baptist Church, 256 Enon Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22406.
Arrangements are being handled by Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

London R. Woolfolk

London R. Woolfolk, 45, of Fredericksburg died Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He attended Fredericksburg city schools and graduated from James Monroe High School. Prior to the decline of his health, he worked for Professional Building Maintenance for 10 years.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Lewis Woolfolk; two sons, Carlos and Demetrice Ferguson of Fredericks- burg; his mother, Frances Woolfolk; one sister, Melissa Renee Lewis and husband Richard Stevenson; two brothers, Eddie Woolfolk Jr. and his wife, Emma, and Gregory Woolfolk and his wife, Donna, all of Fredericksburg; his father- and mother-in-law, Frederick B. and Josephine Brown of King George County; one sister-in-law, Virginia Brown, of Fredericksburg; three brothers-in-law, Larry Lewis and his wife, Celane, of Fredericksburg, Mark Lewis and his wife, Rachel, of Ladysmith, and Chester Lewis and his wife, Michelle, of Culpeper; and one special niece, Ni' Asia J. "NiNi" Winfree, of Spotsylvania County. He also is survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
A funeral was held  Monday, April 6, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Anthony M. Jones officiating. Burial and family repast was held at St. Stephen's Baptist Church, King George, immediately following the service.

Thomas M. Madatic

Thomas M. Madatic, 58, of King George County passed away suddenly Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
He had retired from the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren. Tom was an avid woodworker and had planned and built his timber-framed home.
He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne; his sons, T. Jared, Jed M. and Jacob I.; and many family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all.
A funeral will be held April 8, at Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home in Latrobe, Pa. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. April 18, at his church, Peace Lutheran, in King George.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church.

Robert Lee Morris

Robert Lee Morris, 72, of Colonial Beach, Virginia, formerly of Manassas, Virginia passed away Thursday, April 2, 2009 at his home.
He had retired from the VDOT Merrifield Residency and was an antique car enthusiast.
Mr. Morris is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Annette "Ann"; one brother, James and wife Diana; four sons, Bobby Lee, Eddie and wife Debbie, Darrell and Robbie; one daughter, Betty Jo and husband Bob; one step daughter, Missie Ridgeway and her husband Bruce and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday April 6, 2009 at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas with the Rev. Gene Wells officiating.  Interment followed at Stonewall Memory Gardens, Manassas, VA.
Expressions of sympathy may  be  contributions to Mary Washington Hospice 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 in memory of Robert Lee Morris.
Condolences may be sent to www.piercefh.com

Danny Dean Sanders

Danny Dean Sanders, 62, of King George County went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 4, 2009, at his residence.
Mr. Sanders was a member and an usher at Mountain View Baptist Church. He was an avid bass fisherman and enjoyed classic cars and working on his 1969 Camaro. Danny also loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his children, Teresa Roberson and her husband, Darrell, and Patricia Clift and her husband, Monty, all of Stafford County, and Gary Sanders and his wife, Kristina, Jason Sanders and his wife, Candice, and Jonathan Sanders, all of King George; eight grandchildren, Brittany Clift, John Clift, Ashley Sanders, Crystal Roberson, Casey Sanders, Courtney Sanders, Austin Sanders, and Emily Carol Sanders; four brothers, Tuck Sanders of Sumerduck, Dexter Sanders of Culpeper County, Edgar Sanders of Kentucky and Randall Sanders of Florida; and one sister, Debbie Sturgill of Kentucky.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Carol Sanders.
A funeral will be held at noon Wednesday, April 8, at Mountain View Baptist Church with the Rev. Keith Robinson and the Rev. Willis A. Dempsey officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Don Fike, Bob Stevens, Jeff Lenox, Steve Dempsey, Clayton Clark and Paul Atkinson.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain View Baptist Church Building Fund, 6713 Passapatanzy Dr., King George, Va. 22485.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Christine Lee Lewis

Christine Lee Lewis, 95, of Burgess passed away Saturday, April 4, 2009.
She was born in the Shiloh area of King George County to Thomas E. Lee Sr. and Elizabeth Garber Lee. Christine had retired as assistant postmistress, and was a member of Fairfields Baptist Church in Burgess.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Lee Lewis, and a sister, Geraldine Lee McDaniel.
She is survived by a sister, Mary Elizabeth Saunders and her husband, Robert, of Alexandria; one brother, T. Eldred Lee Jr. and his wife, Nannie, of Fredericksburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
 A funeral was held Tuesday, April 7. Burial  followed in Fairfields Baptist Church Cemetery.
 Memorial contributions may be made to Northumberland Volunteer Rescue Squad, Box 1, Reedville, Va. 22539.
  Online remembrances may be made at faulknerfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Cecelia a. DeShazo

Cecelia Ann Dobson "Celie" DeShazo, 68, of King George County, died Sunday, April 5, 2009 at Mary Washington Hospital.
Born in King George on March 19, 1941, Celie was the daughter of the late Woodrow Wilson and Louise Howard Dobson.  She also was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth L. Dobson.
She is survived by her loving husband of more than 49 years, James B. DeShazo; one brother, Donald E. Dobson; three children, Shelia A. DeShazo Rollins and her husband, Gerry, James Bryan DeShazo and his wife, Linda, and Troy E. DeShazo and his wife, Belinda; five grandchildren: Scott Rollins, and Brittney, Brandy, Samantha and Ryan DeShazo; and several nieces and nephews.
Celie was a generous contributor to her church.  She served the Lord as a choir member and Sunday school teacher, and participated on several committees and numerous special functions.  In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing, crafts and doll collecting.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at Potomac Baptist church, with the Rev. Dennis L. Newton, pastor, officiating.  
 In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Potomac Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, Box 701, King George, VA 22485.
Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, King George is handling the arrangements.

Edward Walter Potter

Edward Walter Potter, 69, of King George County passed away Friday, April 3, 2009, at his home.
Edward's family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until noon Thursday, April 9, at Franconia Penecostal Free Will Baptist Church, 7146 Beulah St., Alexandria. A funeral celebrating his life will be held at noon at the church. Interment will follow in Schurtz Cemetery.
Friends may send online condolences to Edward's family at foundandsons.com.

Area Deaths - May 6, 2009

Selma S. North

   Selma S. North, 87, widow of Caroll D. North, passed away at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. She was the daughter of George A. Reed and Pearlie Little Reed.
Born in St. Mary's, W.Va., Selma had made King George County her home for nearly 68 years.
   Her family and their well-being were always foremost in her mind. Her love had no bounds and it was her love and devotion, and occasional nudge, that kept the family on track. She will be deeply missed by her family and her close and dear friends.
   She is survived by her three children, Dale North and his wife, Ruth, of Chesapeake, Lester North and his wife, Bobbi, of Falmouth, Mass., and Sue Dulaney of Anchorage, Alaska; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She also is survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
   She was the only living child of George Reed and was predeceased by her five brothers, Carl, Lawrence, William, Homer, and Roy; her five sisters, Doris Roberts, Sina Williamson, Edith Childers, Hazle Beckman and Mary Dean Reed; and one great-grandson, Joshua Bourgeois.
   The funeral was held Monday, May 4, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with burial  in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
Expressions of sympathy in Selma's name may be made to Mary Washington Hospital Home Health Care, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.

Christine D. Waters

   Christine D. Waters, 73, of Clinton, Md., died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at her residence.
   She is survived by two daughters, Jewel Gilliam of Temple Hills, Md., and Shirley Gilliam of Petersburg; two grandchildren; four sisters, Marjorie Wynn and Joyce Blakey, both of Charlottesville, Julia Mae Thompson of Colonial Beach, and Frances Holmes of King George County; and three brothers, Eugene Dudley and Benjamin Dudley, both of Colonial Beach, and William Dudley of King George.
   A funeral was held  Saturday, May 2, at First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. David Cunningham officiating. Burial was in Historyland Memorial Park, King George.
   Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, is handling the arrangements. Online guestbook available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Evelina Johnson

   Evelina Johnson, 82, of Dahlgren died Monday, April 27, 2009, at her residence. She was born in the West Indies.
   She is survived by her husband, Preston C. Johnson, and devoted nephew Barry Jagbir, both of Dahlgren.
   A funeral was held  Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Little Ark Baptist Church, Owens, with burial in the church cemetery.
   Arrangements are being handled by Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal. Online guestbook is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Marianne Richards

   Marianne Richards, 46, of King George County died Friday, May 1, 2009, at VCU Medical Center in Richmond.
   Born in Washington, D.C., she was a daughter of the late Frank and Lorraine Reynolds.
Marianne was a nursing administrative assistant at CTS in Fredericksburg and attended Calvary Chapel, Fredericksburg, where she was part of the praise team. She had a passion for the youth and loved serving the Lord.
   Marianne is survived by her husband of 20 years, Steve Richards; her son, Steven Richards; her daughter, Schianne Richards; two brothers, Mike Reynolds and Pete Reynolds; and one sister, Valerie Zechariah.
   A service to celebrate Marianne's life was held Tuesday, May 5, at Calvary Chapel, Fredericksburg, with Pastor Mark Ramirez and Pastor John Hinson officiating.
   In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to benefit a ministry that was special to Marianne, c/o Calvary Chapel, 1103 Potomac Ave., Fredericksburg, Va. 22405.
   Laurel Hill Funeral Home, Spotsylvania, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Wilda K. Stone

   Wilda K. Stone, 78, of Stafford County died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at Carriage Hill Nursing Home.
   Mrs. Stone was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Ray Stone. She was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.
   Survivors include her son, Andy Stone and his wife, Sharon, and their children, Corey, Kendall and Cole, all of Fredericksburg; her son, Samuel Stone and his wife, Lorrie, and their children, Jennifer, John and Brandy, all of Fredericksburg; her daughter, Debra Dedman, and her children, Chrissy Olson, David and Matthew Dedman, all of Fredericksburg and Jamie Dedman of Florida; her daughter, Linda King and her daughter, Lindsay of Charleston, S.C., and her sons, Richard and Mark, of King George County; a sister, Mary Louise Brochetti of Yatesboro, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Frances Houchin and her husband, Bill, of King George; six great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   A service was held Thursday, May 7, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. Jim Davidson officiating. Burial  followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Her grandsons served as pallbearers.
   The family gives a special thanks to Mary Washington Hospice and Carriage Hill Nursing Home.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the White Oak Fire Dept., 12 Newton Road, Falmouth, Va. 22405, or to the White Oak Rescue Squad, 535 White Oak Road, Falmouth, Va. 22405.
   Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

James Mark Barnes

   James Mark Barnes, 20, of Colonial Beach died Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Kinsale.
   Mr. Barnes was handyman who had plans to go to college. He was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Colonial Beach, the Order of Eagles, and the Moose Lodge in Colonial Beach.
   Survivors include his stepfather, Nick Danfora of Fredericksburg; two brothers, James and Joseph Barnes; three sisters, Cindy Barnes, Nowell Danfora and Star Danfora; maternal grandmother Dorothy Walburn; five uncles; and guardian James E. Boaz.
   A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 7, at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, with the Rev. Ron Okrasinski officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter's Cemetery, Oak Grove.
Visitation will occur from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Box 420, Colonial Beach, 22443.

Area Deaths - April 1, 2009

Mary Elizabeth Pegelow

Mary Elizabeth Pegelow, 103, passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, at the home of her grandson in Fredericksburg.
Mary was born on Sept. 3, 1905, and spent most of her life in the Lorton area and at Colonial Beach. She was a most loving mother and grandmother who will be truly missed by her entire family.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary Linnell Ball and her husband, Bruce; her sons Paul F. Pegelow Jr. and his wife, Virginia, and Donald R. Pegelow and his wife, Lynne; eight grandchildren, Kerry Ball, Janice Beall, Ray Pegelow, Melinda Rice, Dan Pegelow, Thomas Pegelow, Dale Pegelow and Jill Armm; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Frederick Pegelow and her parents, Norman and Linnie Shepherd.
The family would like to give special thanks to granddaughter-in-law Kaye Pegelow and her caregiver, Pat Ackuayi, for the excellent care and devotion they provided during her illness.
A funeral was held at Thursday, March 26, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. Interment  followed in the Pohick Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cranford United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, Box 212, Lorton, Va. 22199.
Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

Pearl E. Maultsby

Pearl E. Maultsby, 90, of King George County, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
A native of Indiantown, Md. She was the widow of Edward L. Maultsby and attended Baptist and Methodist churches.
Survivors include her six sons, Thomas E. Maultsby of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Fred W. Maultsby of Clarksville, Md., Larry P. Maultsby of Linthicum, Md., Ronald E. Maultsby of Fulton, Md., Raymond E. Maultsby of The Philippines, and Dennis J. Maultsby of Laurel, Md.; one daughter, Bonnie L. Riffle of Grantsville, W.Va.; her brother, Raymond Crismond of King George; her sister, Dorothy Morris of Virginia Beach; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by daughter Barbara L. Colver.
Her funeral was held Thursday, March 26, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with the Rev. Michael Finn-McKenzie officiating. Burial was in the Tabernacle cemetery in King George.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Pearl's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va. 22485.

Deborah J. Bushrod

Deborah J. Bushrod, 52, of King George County died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge.
Born in Washington, D.C., she was a retired school administrator and educator for the King George County school system. She was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
She is survived by one son, Arthur Bushrod III of King George; two daughters, Amanda Bushrod of King George and Adrienne Bushrod of Waldorf, Md.; her mother, Sylvia Williams of King George; two grandchildren, Alaijah and Aiden; and her father- and mother-in-law, Arthur and Ida Bell Bushrod of King George. She was preceded in death by her father, Bernard Johnson, and her brother, Rodney Williams.
A funeral was held  Saturday, March 28, at Macedonia Baptist Church, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. Joseph Hayden officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Linda Ann Bland Barker

Linda Ann Bland Barker, 45, of King George County died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
She was a shift manager at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Fredericksburg for three years and previously was the shift manager for KFC in Dahlgren for five years.
She is survived by one daughter, Lashawnda Bland of Spotsylvania County; one son, James Barker of King George; her parents, James and Yvonne Bland of King George; one brother, Anthony Bland of Spotsylvania; and three sisters, Melissa Saunders and Berdina Clark of Spotsylvania and Jamie Bland of King George.
A funeral was held Monday, March 30, at Salem Baptist Church, Jersey, with the Rev. Leonard G. Bland officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, is handling the arrangements. Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome.com.

Jean W. Gouldman

Jean W. Gouldman, 71, of King George County died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Gouldman was a lifelong resident of King George and had retired from NSWC Dahlgren after 30 years of service. Most recently she had been employed at Dr. Canizare's office in King George for 30 years.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in King George.
Survivors include her son, Jerry S. Gouldman and his wife, Kim, of King George; her sister, Elizabeth Stephens of Fredericksburg; one granddaughter, Mary Gouldman; and one great-granddaughter, Lexi Burke, both of King George.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tori Burke.
A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Oakland Baptist Church, King George, with the Rev. Cliff Hedges officiating. Burial will follow in Historyland Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association.

Ellyn C. Alvarez

Ellyn C. Alvarez, 69, of Colonial Beach died Friday, March 27, 2009, at Essex House in Tappahannock.
She is survived by one daughter, Angela Shaffer of Annandale; four sons, Carl Roynon of Colonial Beach, Wayne Roynon of Alexandria, Mike Roynon of Louisiana, and James Mullins of Florida; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Ellyn loved ceramics and enjoyed making, painting and selling her creations.
A funeral was held Monday, March 30, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach. Burial was in National Memorial Park, Falls Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may go to the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.
Bessie Mae Sayles
Bessie Mae Sayles, 97, of Tappahannock died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at a local health care center.
She is survived by one nephew, Jacob Wormley of Tappahannock.
A viewing was held at Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock, and the funeral was conducted  Tuesday, March 31, at St. John Baptist Church, DeSha, with the Rev. Linwood Jones offiating. Interment  followed in the church cemetery.

Frances Butler

Frances Butler, 82, a lifelong resident of Fredericksburg, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, following a long illness.
Frances Rosmond Sullivan, 68, of Spotsylvania County died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond.
Survivors include her husband, Edward N. Sullivan; her sons, Chester E. Taylor Jr. of Spotsylvania and Stanley Sparks of Tappahannock; her daughters, Patricia Morgan of Spotsylvania and Judy Sparks of Phoenix, Ariz.; her brother, Jack Faulkner of Fayetteville, Pa.; her sister, Elizabeth Gumola of Auburndale, Fla.; and her grandchildren, Danny Allen Hale, Chester E. Taylor III and Sara Morgan.
A graveside service was held  Tuesday, March 31, in Sunset Memorial Gardens with the Rev. R. Kenneth Brooks officiating.
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With more than 35 years of federal government service, Ms. Butler retired from Dahlgren, where she had served as a travel coordinator. She enjoyed traveling, listening to music, playing the organ and searching for old genealogy records.
She was a lifelong member of St. Mary of the Imma-culate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Fredericksburg, and was active in the Altar Guild, the Magdalenes, and the Thursday Morning Ladies Craft Group. In her younger years, she was very active in the church choir and served as the director of the choir for a number of years.
Ms. Butler was predeceased by her parents, Sydney and Anna DeBruyn Pounds. She is survived by numerous cousins.
A Mass of the Resurrection was  celebrated Tuesday, March 31, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Interment followed in Oak Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to the building fund at St. Mary Catholic Church, 1009 Stafford Ave., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.

Catherine Louise Rhine

Catherine Louise Rhine, 82, of Colonial Beach died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Roland W. Rhine of the home; four daughters, Janice Chauncey of Colonial Beach, Judy Shell of Washington, D.C., Joan Musgrove of Colonial Beach, and Brenda Sims of Colonial Beach; her son, David W. Rhine of Colonial Beach; two sisters and five brothers; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. She was predeceased by a daughter, Shirley Rhine.
A funeral will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, with visitation taking place from 1:30 until the start of the service. Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 2, in Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, Md.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, 225 Dennison St., Colonial Beach, Va. 22443.

Area Deaths - April 29, 2009

Irma Lee Fitzgerald

   Irma Lee Fitzgerald of King George County passed away peacefully at Heartfields of Fredericksburg Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008. Born Oct. 30, 1919, in South Carolina, "Skeets" or "Skeeter" was 89 years old when she died from complications surrounding Alzheimer's disease. She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard W. Fitzgerald Jr.
   Survivors include her brother, Joseph D. Lee of Stephens City; a daughter, Diane Lee Fitzgerald of California and her son, Hunter Kegley, of Tennessee; and a son, Michael Fitzgerald and his wife, Wendy, of King George, and their children, Jason Fitzgerald of King George and Jessica Tschirn of Westmoreland County.
   Skeets had a special fondness for the flowering dogwood trees. To celebrate this, her memorial service was held Saturday, April 25, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, followed by burial in Historyland Cemetery.

Mary Ann Minter Leake

   Mary Ann Minter Leake, 72, of Fredericksburg went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 20, 2009, at her daughter's home, surrounded by her family. Ms. Leake passed after a long battle with cancer.
   She was preceded in death by her mother, Rosie Virginia Rose Minter; her father, Nathaniel Woodrow Minter; her stepmother, Edna Minter; her brother, Woodrow Minter Jr.; her sister, Virginia Wharton; her stepbrother, Lawrence William Griffis; and granddaughter, Starr Elaine Carneal.
   She was a former member of Montague Baptist Church in King George County, and she worked at Morganstern Pants Co. for over 30 years.
   Surviving family members include two daughters: Regina Coppage and Cheryl "Lynn" Thompson and her husband, Elvin, all of Fredericksburg; three sons, Ralph "Ray" Coppage Jr. and his wife, Nettie, Woodrow James Coppage and his wife, Faith, of Fredericksburg, and Darrell Wayne Coppage of Spotsylvania County; an adopted grandson, Brian Leake of Fredericksburg; two sisters, Ruby Coleman and her husband, Elton, of Thornburg, and Lillian Perry and her husband, Howard, of Caroline County; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and one on the way; a host of nieces and nephews; a lifelong friend and ex-husband, James E. Leake; and special friends Donna Bowie, Nancy Tate, and Frank and Emma Leake.
   A funeral was be held Thursday, April 23, at the funeral home, with the Rev. R. Kenneth Brooks officiating. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
   Pallbearers were Mark Coleman, Gary Griffis, Kenneth Griffis, Stevie Griffis, Bobby Leake, Marty Jones, Todd Leake and John Truslow.
   The family would like to give special thanks to her caregivers, Christine Fleshman and Ashlee Elder, as well as Mary Washington Hospice.
   Online guest book is available at covenantfuneral service.com.
Cyrus B. Jackson
   Cyrus B. Jackson, 55, formerly of King George County, died Saturday, April 18, 2009.         Arrangements are being handled by  Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal.

Mary E. Green

   Mary E. Green, 87, of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at Neshaminy Manor Nursing Home in Warrington, Pa.
   Born April 25, 1921, in King George County,  Mrs. Green worked as a key-punch operator for the federal government before retiring. She was a member of Union Bethel Baptist Church, King George, where she served on the Deaconess Board. She also was a member of the NAACP for many years.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Green, and her parents, James and Martha Lucas Banks.
   She is survived by two stepsons, Waldo and Thomas Woods, both of Philadelphia; two stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
   A funeral was held Saturday, April 25, at Union Bethel Baptist Church, with the Rev. Donnell Howard officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
   Arrangements are being handled by Lee Funeral Home, King George.

Joan H. Hancock

   Joan H. Hancock, 76, of Dahlgren died Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at her home.
   A native of Washington, D.C., she was a homemaker and a member of Oakland Baptist Church, AARP and TOPS. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rayner B. Hancock, and a son, Thomas J. Putnam Jr.
   Survivors include her children: John A. Putnam and his wife, Sheryl, Charlotte A. Flaherty, Deborah A. Wagner and her husband, Mark E., Cindy B. Putnam, and stepdaughter Lorena Thompson Bonita; two sisters, June Bryant and Elaine Richards; her brother Joseph Holden; 10 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
   A memorial service was held  Saturday, April 25, at Oakland Baptist Church, King George. Burial of ashes will be in the church cemetery.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Oakland Baptist Church, 5520 James Madison Parkway, King George, Va. 22485.
   Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert T. Johnson

   Robert T. Johnson, 72, of Montross died Friday, April 17, 2009, at his daughter's home in Colonial Beach.
   He is survived by his wife, Irene Johnson; three daughters, Betty Graham, Carolyn Kirkland and Renita Pierce; and three sons, Robert Johnson Jr., Garry Michoux and Dale Lewis; two brothers, and four sisters.
   A funeral was held  Saturday, April 25, at Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal, with the Rev. Dr. David Cunningham officiating.
   Online guest book is available at brooksfuneralhome .com.

Kristina Lee Burd

   Kristina Lee Burd, 19, of King George County died Monday, April 20, 2009, in Fredericksburg.
   She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Deborah and Horace Green of Pawley Island, S.C.; her father and stepmother, James and Carol Burd of King George; one sister, Hillary Canada of King George; two brothers, Sean Burd of Garrisonville and Travis Burd of Pawley Island; grandmothers Janice Burd of Richmond and Beulah Houck of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; grandparents Charles and Nancy Crouch of Fairfax; and many other family members and friends.
   A memorial service was held at 8 p.m. at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George with burial on Friday April 24 in Westhampton Memorial Park, Richmond.

Cyrus B. "Rosalee" Jackson

   Cyrus B. "Rosalee" Jackson, 55, of Washington, D.C., formerly of King George County, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at Washington Hospital Center.
   He is survived by a daughter, Tiffany White of Dahlgren; two brothers, Lawrence Jackson of King George and James Ford of Spotsylvania County; and seven sisters, Betty Montague of Waldorf, Md., Debbra Ford, Audrey Gerald and Kimberly Parker, all of King George, Wanda Parson of Colonial Beach, Cynthia Johnson of Stafford County and Valerie Johnson of Ashburn; and a stepmother, Doris Veney.
   A funeral was held  Thursday, April 23, at First Baptist Church Ambar, King George, with the Rev. William T. Frye officiating. Burial was on Friday, April 24, in Quantico National Cemetery.
   Arrangements are by Cedell Brooks Funeral Home, Port Royal.
   Online guest book is available at brooks funeralhome.com.

Melissa Wright

   Melissa Wright, 60, of King George County and formerly of Waldorf, Md., died Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at her home.
   Born in Washington, D.C., she had been active and instrumental in the formation of Boy Scout Troop 1780 in Waldorf. She was an avid reader, and devoted her life to her family.
Survivors include her husband, Pete Wright; three children, Monica Robey of King George, Kelly Wright of Richmond, and Joe Wright of Walnut Hill, Fla.; five grandchildren, Matt and Timmy Robey, Amanda Brickell, and Elizabeth and Victoria Wright.
   A funeral was held  Sunday, April 26, in the chapel of Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green.
   Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to a church or synagogue of one's choice.
   Sign register book online at storkefuneralhome.com.

Edward Dillard Pierce

   Edward Dillard Pierce, 74, of St. Stephens Church departed this life Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at a Tappahannock nursing home.
   He is survived by three sons, Edward Authur Pierce of Woodbury, N.J., Oliver L. and Tony Pierce of Richmond; three sisters, Clara Tompkins of Tappahannock, Jane Hudson of Bowling Green and Lourene Payne of Sparta; and two brothers, James Pierce of Spotsylvania County and Terry Pierce of Harrisburg, Pa.
   A funeral was held Sunday, April 26, at First Mount Olive Baptist Church, Newtown, with the Rev. Frederick Young officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
   Online condolences may be posted at washingtonfh .net.

Area Deaths - March 25, 2009

James Allen Garnett

   James Allen Garnett, 55, of Baltimore, Md., formerly of King George County, died Monday, March 16, 2009.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Garnett of King George; four brothers, Earl Garnett and Ricky Garnett, both of Baltimore, David Garnett of Fredericksburg and Marshall L. Garnett of King George; and four sisters, Bernice Contee of Clinton, Md., Mary "Pookie" Johnson of Partlow, Anita Garnett of King George and Betty Edwards of Richmond.
   A funeral was held Saturday, March 21, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Supply, with the Rev. Irving Woolfolk officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
   Online condolences may be sent to brooksfuneral home.com.

Sally B. Mastin

   Sally B. Mastin, 77, of Fredericksburg, loving mother, grandmother and devoted wife, was called to the Lord, Monday, March 16, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital.
   Survivors include her children, Ronald R. Mastin and his wife, Brenda of Louisa County, Evelyn J. Shepard of Fredericksburg, James T. Mastin and his wife, Lisa, of Fredericksburg, Gary W. Mastin and his wife, Mary. of Triangle; two brothers, Thomas Brinklow of King George County, and Bobby Brinklow of Richmond; her sister, Louise Crismond of Front Royal; six grandchildren, Ronald R. Mastin Jr., Steven Shepard, Sara Goodwyn, Melanie Mastin, Bailey Mastin and Nicole Mastin; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Ludwell Mastin Jr., and her grandchildren Amanda Leann and Megan Mastin.
   A funeral service was held Friday, March 20, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel with  the Rev. Carol M. Markham officiating.  Interment  followed in Quantico National Cemetery.
   Online guestbook is available at covenantfuneral service.com.

William Edward Carter

   William Edward Carter, 63, of Roanoke, formerly of King George County, died Friday, March 13, 2009.
   A funeral was held Thursday, March 19, at First Baptist Church Ambar, King George, with the eulogy by the Rev. Franklin Grant.
   Cherishing his memory are two loving sisters, Delores Carter of Fredericksburg and Minister Mary Carter of Spotsylvania County; and three brothers, Robert Carter of Fredericksburg, Lawrence Carter of Spotsylvania and James Street of Stafford.

Sanford Lee Musser, Jr.

   Sanford Lee Musser Jr., 53, of King George Couny passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009.
   Our Dad was a father to many, and will be missed by more than can be counted. He loved the wind on his face while riding his Harley, the beauty of being on the water, and his family.
   He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lori McDonald; his sister Lynn Glasco; his 13 children, Sandra Rutter, Samuel Shaver, Sanford Buhl, Stephanie Buhl, Robert Richardson, Sabrina Buhl, Tamora Deal, Dana Cahill, William McDonald III, Nena Buhl, Tanya Musser, Jessica Musser and Dustin Musser; and his many, many grandbabies. He joins his father and mother Sanford and Della Musser, his brothers and sister Timothy Musser, Bobby and Cindy Hancock, and his son Anthony Deal in Heaven. "Although he may be gone, he will live on in our hearts forever. We love you Dad."
   Memorial services will be held at his son's house in King George on Saturday March 28. Information for the services can be obtained at 540/905-2649.
   Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, is handling the arrangements.

Ida May Pettiford

   Ida May Pettiford, 97, of Champlain departed this life on Tuesday, March 17, 2009.
   She is survived by one foster daughter, Delores Nickles of Philadelphia, Pa.; one foster son, Leroy Pettiford of Warsaw; and four sisters, Minnie Reynolds, Bernice Beverly, Delores Green and Ada Mae Ashlock, all of Champlain.
   A funeral was held Saturday, March 21, at Antioch Baptist Church, Champlain, with the Rev. Daniel Goodall, pastor officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.
   Online guestbook is available at washingtonfh.com.

Estelle V. Owens

   Estelle V. Owens, 101, went home to be with Jesus on Tuesday, March 17, 2009. Although she had resided at Washington & Lee Home for the Elderly in Montross for the last year, she lived most of her life in Dickenson County.
   Estelle joins in Heaven her husband of almost 50 years, Leland C. Owens; three sons: Estel C. Owens, Frank P. Owens and Gary W. Owens; one daughter-in-law, Elaine S. Owens; and one grandson, E. Dean Owens.
   She leaves behind to celebrate her life, granddaughter Debbie O. McInnis and husband Steve McInnis of Locust Grove; granddaughter Dina O. Shiflett of King George County and fiance Jerry M. Thompson of Stafford County; grandson Jim W. Owens and wife Sharon Owens of Ladysmith; granddaughter in-law Debra S. Owens of Spotsylvania County; one sister, Bess Counts of Bristol; one sister in-law, Ellie Sutherland of Baltimore, Md; and two daughters-in-law, Barbara B. Hill of Germantown, Md., Cherie O. Dye of Bristol, Ten. She also is survived by seven great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, numerous stepgreat and great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many, many loving friends.
   Estelle's family would like to extend to Washington & Lee Home for the Elderly our deepest gratitude for their loving care to Mom-maw and for treating her as family.
   Their care and concern have touched our hearts and made a difficult time a lot easier to bear. We thank you.
   Celebration services were held on Saturday, March 21, at Lick Creek Church in Nora. Interment followed in Mountain View Cemetery, Bristol. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Haysi Funeral Home and by Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
   The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to Hospice Care or Washington & Lee Home for the Elderly, at Box 1077, Montross, Va. 22520.  

Richard Edward Short, Sr.

   Richard Edward Short Sr., 69, of Fredericksburg died Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at his daughter's house.
   Mr. Short was a laborer for the Virginia Department of Transportation and formerly worked at Bailey Funeral Service.
   Survivors include his wife, Josephine Short of Spotsylvania; a son, Richard Short Jr. of Spotsylvania; three daughters, Debbie Jackson of Ashburn, Geraldine Ford of Spotsylvania and Cynthia Lash of King George; a brother, the Rev. Willie Short of Richmond; two sisters, Ida Walker and Grace Thompson, both of Lawrenceville; and five grandchildren.
   A funeral was held Tuesday, March 24, at Shiloh Baptist Church (Old Site) in Fredericksburg, with the Rev. Charles Wormley officiating. Burial followed in Glen Haven Memorial Park, Stafford.

Catherine Ann Elliott

   Catherine Ann Elliott, 46, of Spotsylvania County passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at Mary Washington Hospital surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
   Mrs. Elliott is survived by her husband, Steven D. Elliott; her parents, Otis and Sarah Toler of Fredericksburg and Robert and Margaret Estes of Dillwyn; her children, Jacob S. Buchner Sr., Joy A. Lachacz and Faith A. Elliott, all of Spotsylvania; her grandchildren, Jacob S. Jr., Johnathan E., Jaylynn and Wayne E. Buchner, all of Spotsylvania, Cassin L. and Abigail A. Brooks, and Ryan C. Lachacz; her sister, Sherry A. Isaacs, of Spotsylvania; and two brothers, George W. Estes of King George County and David E. Mead Jr. of Spotsylvania.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Steven A. Lachacz.
   A memorial service will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Found & Sons Funeral Chapels, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg.
   In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 124 Park St. S.E., Vienna, Va. 22180.
   Online condolences may be expressed to Catherine's family at foundandsons .com.

Lucia C. Rosner

   Lucia C. Rosner, 82, of Colonial Beach died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at her home.
   Born in Romania, Ms. Rosner was a member of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church in Colonial Beach and supported many different organizations. She was the widow of Dr. Edmond Rosner.
   She is survived by her devoted friend Peggy L. Steffey of Colonial Beach and by several cousins.
   A Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26, at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Colonial Beach. Burial will be private.
   In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.
   Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, Colonial Beach, is handling the arrangements.

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