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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

 

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