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Grace Ellen Little Wright
Grace Ellen Little Wright, 77, of Richmond, formerly of Fredericksburg, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Envoy of Stratford Hill Nursing Center.
She was a member of Salem Baptist Church and the community Bible study.
She is survived by her daughter, Cathy McComber of Colonial Beach; three sons, William Little of Charles Town, WV, Steve Little of Richmond, and Mike Little of Colonial Beach; sister Gladys Staples; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Corbit Little and Joseph Wright; and her son Cortis Little.
A funeral service was held on Friday, March 11 at Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with burial in National Memorial Park.
Online condolences may be made at mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com.
William “Buck” Staples
William “Buck” Staples, 62, of Rappahannock Academy died Monday, March 7, 2011, at his home.
He was a life member of Port Royal Volunteer Fire Dept. and a member of Montague Baptist Church in King George. He retired from Dahlgren Garage, and was a devoted husband.
He is survived by his wife, Viola Staples of the home; his daughters, Kate Bryant of Rappahannock Academy and Sheila Hall of Louisa County; and two grandchildren who were his world, Chelsea Bryant and Miguel Staples. He is also survived by his sisters, Betty Staples of Corbin, Diane Grewe of Camp Hill, Pa., and Doris Madison and Linda White of King George.
A was held Friday, March 11, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in King George, with the Rev. Kenneth Brooks officiating. A burial, with fire department honors, followed in Historyland Memorial Park.
Buck’s family requests donations be made to Port Royal Vol. Fire Dept., Box 119, Port Royal, VA. 22535.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.
Evelyn Sullivan Eustace
Evelyn Sullivan Eustace, 89, of Spotsylvania County died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
Evelyn was born in Stafford County, one of 11 children. She was the daughter of Rosser and Bertha Jett Sullivan. She graduated from Falmouth High School and worked at Grants in downtown Fredericksburg.
She and her husband moved to Spotsylvania in 1953 to raise their family. Evelyn was a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother. She was a homemaker and avid gardener known for her canned vegetables, fruits and jams.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Vernon L. Eustace; four children, Rebecca Mills (Donald), of Spotsylvania, Carol Butler of King George, V. Lee Eustace Jr. (Barbara), of Spotsylvania and Deborah Britt (Phillip),of Knoxville, TN; nine grandchildren, Samantha Knott (Jim), of Raleigh, N.C., Carrie Mills of Richmond, Jon Butler (Christin), of Williamsburg, Jessica Butler of King George, Amanda Cornett of Spotsylvania, Heather Gaydish (Chris), of Ruther Glen, Lee Eustace III of Richmond, Katherine Britt of Knoxville and David Britt of Knoxville; two great-grandchildren, Julianna Cornett and Addison Cornett; two sisters, Patricia Moore and Olive Simmons; brother Eugene Sullivan; sister-in-law Beth Sullivan; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Marc Butler.
A funeral service was held Sat. March 12 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. Interment followed in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
An online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.
Robert Joseph Solbach
Robert Joseph Solbach, 90, of Harrisonburg passed away on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg.
Bob was born March 3, 1921, in Washington, D.C., and was the son of the late Clemens J. and Alice E. Solbach. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepdaughter, Betty Jean Partin.
Bob had worked at the Navy Yard in DC as a machinist for many years before joining Amoco as an oil delivery driver until his retirement in 1976. He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed baseball and was known by his family as the world’s greatest grandpa.
Bob is survived by a sister, Teresa Doten of Cheyenne, WY; three grandchildren, Jean M. Bear, Robert J. Partin Sr. and Christina A. Munson; and five great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Saturday, March 12, at Virginia Memorial Gardens in King George, with the Rev. Dan Bassett officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Arthritis Fdn. at 2201 West Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220; or Colonial Beach Moose Lodge 1267, Box 217, Colonial Beach, VA 22443.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at kygers.com.
Mary Jo Ross
Mary Jo Ross, 83, of King George went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital.
Mary Jo was born in Elkins, WV Most of her life she lived in southern Florida with her husband, Norman, and their family. Six years ago she and Norman moved to King George. Mary Jo, a believer in Christ’s salvation and always an active member in Baptist churches, became a member of Oakland Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Norman, whom she described as the love of her life; son Harold Ross (Debbi), of Dandridge, TN; two daughters, Barbara Kultau (Cary), of Cookeville, TN; and Beth Jo Hedges (Cliff), of King George; sister Valda Martin of Savannah, Ga.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at Oakland Baptist Church on Sunday, March 13.
Memorials may be made in her name to the building fund of Oakland Baptist Church, 5520 James Madison Parkway, King George, Va. 22485.
Online condolences may be made at mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com.
Lucille Lunsford Alderton
Lucille Lunsford Alderton, born June 29, 1905, died at her home at the age of 105 on Wednesday, March 9, 2011.
She was the eldest child of Margaret Lynn and John Swetnam Lunsford of Independent Hill, near Manassas. Lucille grew up on the family farm with her eight siblings: Charles, Hazel, Colvin, John, Gordon, Early, Elsie and Floyd, all of whom she survived.
She survived the 1918 influenza epidemic, which claimed her younger brother, Colvin. Her early life was quite different from the lives we currently live. She grew up in a household that made its own butter from the milk of the family cows, preserved its food from the family vegetable garden and made their own clothes. The rural community was without electricity; the house was lit by lamps and heated by woodstoves. She attended Smithfield Primary School near Minnieville and Bethel High School near Agnewville. Lucille was 15 years old before women were allowed to vote.
She began her professional career in fashion at Woodward & Lothrop in Washington, D.C., following graduation. Two years later she married Richard Pearson and they had one son, Keith. Following her husband’s tragic accidental death, Lucille returned to Washington for several years to live and work.
On Sept. 21, 1935, Lucille married longtime friend Anderson Troxell Alderton in a ceremony performed by Troxell’s father, the minister of White Oak Baptist Church near Fredericksburg. After her marriage, she resumed her career as assistant manager and buyer at the Fashion Plate in Fredericksburg. She was a force in the success of that excellent shop for 22 years. She was a member of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women.
Upon retirement, Lucille and Troxell acquired 80 acres in King George County and made their home there. They traveled America extensively by car. Lucille often hosted the annual family Thanksgiving dinner and was involved in the lives of her brothers and sisters, and nieces and nephews. She was an active member of Colonial Beach Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. Following Troxell’s death in 1989, Lucille moved to a cottage on the farm of her sister and husband, Elsie and Clay Williams in King George, where she resided until the time of her death.
She became a member of the King George Methodist Church and made many contributions of her time, energy, baked goods and support to numerous causes including the Colonial Beach Church scholarship fund, the Ruritans, the Opportunity Shop and the Methodist Men’s and Women’s organizations.
Lucille was predeceased by her son, Keith, and her husband of over 50 years, Troxell Alderton. She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Lunsford and Martha Lunsford; and three grandchildren, Ken Pearson, Richard Pearson and Lucille Peterson. She is also survived by 14 nieces and nephews: Annie, Linda, Gail, Richard, Marie, Kathy, Jane, Barbara, Sally, Margaret, Ronnie, Faye, Donna and Earnest; and numerous great-nieces and -nephews.
A tribute service was held Sunday, March 13, at Nash and Slaw Funeral Home, King George.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. in Stonewall Memory Gardens, 12004 Lee Highway, Manassas, Va. 20109, on Wednesday, March 16.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Clay and Elsie Williams Rural Conservation Scholarship and sent to the Community Foundation, Box 208, Fredericksburg, Va. 22404; or to the King George Chapter of the American Cancer Society, Attn: Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, VA 22485.
Online guest book may be signed at nashandslawfh.com.
Ida Louise Byrd
Mrs. Ida Louise Byrd, 62, of Colonial Beach entered into eternal rest Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 45 years, Milton Byrd; two daughters, Audrey Redmond (Paul), of Fredericksburg and Lisa McGee of Forestville, MD; three grandchildren; two brothers, Raymond Self (Lucille), of TX and Lloyd Self of Maryland; three sisters, Alice Saunders (Edward), of Montross, Deborah Gray (James), of KS and Georgia Phillips (Eldridge), of Petersburg; five brothers-in-law, Charles Byrd (Alberta), Thomas Byrd (Rosa Marie), Everett Byrd (Rose) and Edward Byrd, all of Colonial Beach; two sisters-in-law, Marsha Self of KS and Beatrice Berry (William) of MD; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her brother, John Randall Self.
A funeral was held Monday, March 14, at Little Zion Baptist Church in Oak Grove, with burial following in Grant’s Hill Cemetery.
Lee’s Funeral Home in King George is handling the arrangements.
Mary Newman, 56, of Colonial Beach died Saturday, March 12, 2011. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 18, at First Baptist Church, Colonial Beach, with the Rev. David Cunningham officiating. Lee Funeral Home, King George, is handling arrangements.
DeAzahne Armonteon Winston
DeAzahne Armonteon Winston, 7, of Tappahannock departed this life Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
He is survived by his parents, Angel Jones (and Dennis Outlaw) and Joseph Winston of Washington, D.C.; one brother, DeJahne Winston of Tappahannock; and grandparents Evelyn and Arnold Sorrell of Tappahannock, Ezell Jones of Washington, D.C., and Cynthia Winston of Montross.
Visitation will be held Thursday, March 17, from noon to 3:30 p.m. at Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock, and from 5 to 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, on the corner of Church Lane and Marsh St. in Tappahannock, where the funeral will be at 6 p.m., with the Rev. Vernon Keeve officiating, and the Rev. Connie Jones as eulogist.
Interment will be private.