Berkeley L. White 52
Berkeley L. White, 52, of Washington, D.C., formerly of King George County, departed this life at his residence, Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, after a short illness.
Born Jan. 17, 1950, in King George, he was an orthodox Jewish priest and a mental health counselor at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.
He is survived by five brothers, Lomax White Sr. and Percil Branham, both of King George, Mitchell White of Alexandria, the Rev. James E. White Sr. of Spotsylvania County, and William Branham of Caroline County; and three sisters, evangelist Helen Poole and Lillian Branham, both of King George, and Mary Branham-Latney of Suitland, Md.
A funeral will be held Thursday, Jan. 16, at noon at Bailey Funeral Service in Fredericksburg. Burial will be in Historyland Memorial Park in King George. Father Edward James will officiate. The body may be viewed today at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Gerald G. Toombs 64
Gerald G. Toombs, 64, of Colonial Beach passed away to be with his Lord Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Gerald lived in the Colonial Beach area for the past 25 years. He played football for James Monroe High School and was the batboy for the "all-stars" baseball team in the early 1950s. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force.
Gerald was the son of the late Sidney and Bertha Toombs of Fredericksburg.
He is survived by his children, Gerald Jr. of Phoenix, Ariz., Jody Grant of Las Vegas, Nev., and Sidney Toombs of King George County; his sisters, Charlotte Shannon of Slidell, La., and Sandra Klopsis of Port Orange, Fla.; his beloved uncle, Raymond Toombs and family of Fredericksburg; and his former wife, Dale, and sons of King George; four grandchildren; and many loving nieces and nephews. All who knew and loved him will surely miss him.
A memorial gathering of friends will be held at a later date.
Lillian M. Settle
Lillian Mae Settle, 92, of Fredericksburg, formerly of Montross, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003.
Mrs. Settle was the widow of James Claughton Settle.
She was a member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church and had retired as an administrative assistant to the surveyor of the District of Columbia. She also retired as secretary to the directors of Stratford Hall Plantation.
She is survived by a niece, Bette J. Padgett of Callao; a brother, Weston L. Ingram of Minneapolis, Minn.; a sister, Helen I. Harmon of Sanford, N.C.; a grandchild, Thomas R. Padgett III; and several other nieces and nephews. A son, James Claughton Settle Jr., preceded her in death.
A funeral was held Friday, Jan. 10, at Nomini Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Nomini Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o William F. Howeth, 2789 Cople Highway, Montross, Va. 22520.
Welch Funeral Home, Montross, handled arrangements.
Virginia Gardner Jones 80
Virginia Gardner Jones, 80, of Stafford County, formerly of Dahlgren, died Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, at her home in Stafford.
She was the widow of Arthur L. Jones Sr., who died last year.
Mrs. Jones and her husband moved from Richmond to the naval base at Dahlgren in 1942, where he worked for 30 years, rising to the position of assistant technical director.
Survivors include her three sons, Arthur L. Jones of Roswell, Ga., Edward W. Jones of Fredericksburg and Alan G. Jones of McLean.
Mrs. Jones donated her body to the state for medical research. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Contributions in her memory may be made to St. George's Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.
Virginia R. Rowe
Virginia Dahlgren Reynolds Rowe, 83, of Spotsylvania County died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at Mary Washington Hospital. She was the first child born on the Navy base at Dahlgren in 1919.
Mrs. Rowe was a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Colonial Beach.
Surviving are her husband, Edward C. Rowe; two daughters, Mary Kay Wolfe and Sheila Ann Wolfe, both of Colonial Beach; a son, John M. Wolfe on Unionville; six grandchildren, Kelly Garland Devers of Fairfax, Dale R. Garland of Massaponax, Kristin V. Lent of Jackson, Miss., Kirstie Lee Wolfe of Louisiana, Edward K. Steckler of Spotsylvania and Kathy S. Truesdell of Pea Ridge, Ark.; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Marion Downey.
A graveside service was held in Sunset Memorial Gardens on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, handled arrangements.
Carline Decatur 74
Carline Haney Decatur, 74, of Fredericksburg died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at Mary Washington Hospital. She was the mother of Carmond D. Robbins and mother-in-law of Richard Robbins, both of King George County.
A lifelong area resident, Mrs. Decatur was the widow of Raymond R. Decatur. She was an active member of the Fredericksburg Lioness Club and a member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church.
In addition to her daughter and son-in-law of King George, Mrs. Decatur is survived by another daughter, Raylene Decatur and her husband, John H. Kundts, of Denver, Colo.; as well as two granddaughters, Charlotte and Ella Kundts of Denver.
A funeral service was held today at Covenant Funeral Service Chapel. Burial was private. Dr. Larry J. Haun officiated.
Memorials may be made to the Lions Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Mr. Harry Rosnick, Box 360, Fredericksburg, Va. 22404.
Virginia Blake 101
Virginia Nolte Blake, 101, of King George County died at her home Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2003.
Born in Richmond, she was the widow of James A. Blake.
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara B. Burckell of King George, with whom she made her home for 30 years; a sister, Eleanor N. Moriconi of Richmond; two grandsons, J. Blake Caravati and his wife, Paula C., of Charlottesville and Thomas B. Burckell and his wife, Janet F., of King George; two granddaughters, Elaine C. Newell and her husband, Thomas, of Bellevue, Wash., and Maureen B. Schell of Durham, N.C.; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jacqueline B. Caravati.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 11, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Richmond. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Richmond. The Rev. Adrian Harmening, O.S.B., officiated.
Another memorial service will be held in King George at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the King George County Historical Society Building Fund, Box 424, King George, Va. 22485; or to the St. Gertrude High School Capital Campaign, 3215 Stuart Ave., Richmond, Va. 23221.
Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George, handled arrangements.
Lois D. Shreve 83
Lois D. Shreve, 83, of Colonial Beach died Saturday, Dec. 21, 2002, at Mary Washington Health Center in Colonial Beach.
She is survived by one grandchild, Patricia Lynn Compton.
Before her retirement, Mrs. Shreve was an employee of Fairfax County Hospital and was a school bus driver for Prince William County Schools.
A funeral was held Tuesday, Dec. 24, at Clore-English Funeral Home in Culpeper County. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.
Maureen W. Shelton 50
Maureen West Shelton, 50, of Spotsylvania County, formerly of New Hampshire, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at Mary Washington Hospital of metastatic breast cancer. She was a former King George County school teacher.
Mrs. Shelton had retired as a fourth-grade school teacher from the Spotsylvania County public school system after 25 years. She was born in Concord, N.H., the daughter of Eugene C. and Ruth McInnis West. Maureen was a 1970 graduate of Bishop Brady High School in Concord and received her bachelor's degree in 1974 from Keene State College in Keene, N.H. She relocated to Virginia and taught fourth grade in King George for nine years and Spotsylvania for 16 years.
Mrs. Shelton is survived by her husband, William Bradford "Brad" Shelton of Spotsylvania; two sons, Edward Lee Shelton and Dwayne George Shelton; a daughter-in-law, Lisa Ann Shelton; two grandchildren, Edward Michael Shelton and Jordan Briann Shelton, both of Spotsylvania; her mother, Ruth McInnis West of Concord, N.H.; a sister, Denise W. Blair of Spotsylvania; a brother, Kevin J. West of Palm Harbor, Fla.; uncles; aunts; nieces; nephews; and cousins.
Mrs. Shelton loved her family, friends, teaching, reading, cooking and especially her grandson and granddaughter. She was a communicant at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Spotsylvania. Maureen was predeceased by her father, who died in 1961.
A funeral was held Tuesday, Dec. 31, at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Fredericksburg. The Rev. David P. Meng officiated.
Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Spotsylvania Chapel, handled arrangements.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Spotsylvania Volunteer Rescue Squad, Box 101, Spotsylvania, Va. 22553.
Marguerite Mattox Aug. 8, 1908, passed away Dec. 25, 2002
Marguerite "Jimmy" Stuessy Mattox, born in Chicago on Aug. 8, 1908, passed away Dec. 25, 2002. She was the mother of Dr. Guy Mattox Jr. of King George County.
She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Henrietta Stuessy and the widow of Guy D. Mattox. She was raised in Miami, graduated from Westhampton College and lived in the Richmond area since 1930. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Richmond for 72 years, where she served as the staff librarian. She was a homemaker and interested in knitting, crocheting, crewelwork and reading. Since 1980 she was a resident of Lakewood Manor Baptist Retirement Community, where she died on Christmas Day.
She was predeceased by five siblings.
In addition to her son of King George, she is survived by two other children, Marilla M. Haas of Fredericksburg and Ione M. Libeau of Manassas; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 30, at Simms Center at Lakewood Manor. Interment was private.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Benevolent Fund, c/o Lakewood Manor Baptist Retirement Community, 1900 Lauderdale Drive, Richmond, Va. 23233.
Esther P. Harris 90
Esther Pauline Lewis Harris, 90, of Tappahannock departed this life Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at her residence. She was a retired school teacher, having taught in Westmoreland County.
She also taught in Essex, Hanover, King William and Buckingham counties, retiring in 1974 after 41 years. She served on the Essex County School Board and the Jury Commissioner.
Survivors include two daughters, Carole Harris Harper of Tappahannock and Maxine Braxton Johnson of New York; two sons, Lorenzo Harris of Winchester and Ricardo Harris of California.
A funeral was held Friday, Dec. 27, Grace Episcopal Church in Millers Tavern. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock, handled arrangements.