BOWERS, JOSEPH RICHARD KENYA (Age 51)
On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, at his residence in Alexandria, VA. Mr.
Bowers was born in South Haven, MI and was a Washington area resident
since 1966. He retired from AT&T Communications in March 2001, after a 30
year career. He was a graduate of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington,
VA. He is survived by his parents, Joseph and Mieko Bowers of South Haven,
MI and his three sisters, Josephine M. Bridson of South Tetagouche, Canada,
Sakura Lee McGilvrey of Bowie, MD and Rita Ellen Walkup of Alexandria,
VA. He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenya Takeichi of Kyoto,
Japan. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many
other relatives and friends.
Lawrence Alan Breeden, 63, passed away on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Arlington, VA after a short battle with cancer. Born on December 13, 1950 in Arlington, VA to Elijah and Kathryn (Alexander) Breeden, Larry is survived by his children Lauren V. Breeden and George A. Breeden. Larry was the chief operating officer of Live Action. He resided in Ashburn, VA.
Michael Raymond Cadle, 40, a self employed bricklayer and Army veteran of the Vietnam War, died at Fairfax Hospital Sept. 8, 1988 of injuries received in a traffic accident. Mr Cadle, a resident of Fairfax, was born in Bristol, VA., and raised in Arlington. He graduated from Washington-Lee High School and served in the Army for two years about 1970
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn McAdams Cadle, and three children, Michal A. Jr., Christopher and Patrick Cadle, all of Fairfax Station; his mother, Louise Cadle of Falls Church; three sisters, Barbara McCollom, Carol Holder and Sandra Kennedy, all of Falls Church, and three brothers, Raymond and Larry Cadle, both of Falls Church, adn Jeffry Cadle of Vienna.
Of Stafford County passed away Monday, December 25, 2017 at her home.
Her death was peaceful and expected with family at her bedside. Mrs. Grossman had had a long career and retired
Survivors include her husband, Howard Grossman; daughter Julie Emerson (Fred); grandchildren David Emerson and
Paula Emerson; siblings Claudia DePollo (Mark), Les Colburn (Peggy), Alan Colburn and Betsy DeVito (Rob); and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Nancy Elliott died on March 10th at home with her husband, Bob Adams, at her side. She was born on April 5, 1950 at Women’s Hospital in Washington DC, and she grew up in Arlington, Virginia. She attended Washington and Lee High School, where she was a cheerleader and made many of her lifetime friends. During her high school years, she was fortunate to be able to travel throughout Europe for a summer with friends, camping most of the time. Later, she became a member of the Arlington Virginia Committee of One Hundred. She earned her bachelor's degree from Randolph-Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, Virginia. Soon after graduation, Nancy took a position in the press office of U. S. Senator Lawton Chiles of Florida on Capitol Hill. Initially, she was secretary to the Senator’s Press Secretary, Jack Pridgen. Upon hearing of her death, Pridgen said, "She proved to be such a quick learner and hard worker that she was quickly promoted to the position of Assistant to the Press Secretary. Her dependability and quality work made my job a lot easier. I was able to turn any project over to Nancy, and she would work out the details and carry it beyond my and the Senator's expectations." She continued in this role until she was recruited by the senator's wife to manage the restoration of a brownstone located near the U. S. Supreme Court. It became Florida House, a center of support for Floridians visiting Washington. For years, Nancy carried full responsibility for the facility's operations, dealing with administration, fundraising and the coordination of the Board of Directors. Later in her working career, she was a Vice President at EPB, an international public relations firm. In 1987, she married Bob Adams and moved to New York. While living in New York, she was the Executive Director of the Malignant Hypothermia Association, where she was in charge of fund raising and led the effort to educate doctors, nurses and hospitals about malignant hypothermia, a genetic disease.In 1992, she moved to Atlanta and focused on her home and her work at her church, St. Dunstan’s Episcopal. For two different two-year periods, she was the volunteer treasurer at the church, and for many years was the church Registrar. Nancy had many interests including gardening, traveling, bridge, and playing golf, often times with her husband and his golfing friends. During one round of golf, one of the guys said, “It just isn’t fair that she gets to hit from the red tees when we’re playing for money.” She also loved visiting, traveling and sharing life’s experiences with her six grandchildren. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Betsy Elliott, and her brother, Harry Elliott, all of Northern Virginia. She is survived by her husband, Bob Adams, her stepsons Rob Adams (Connie Adams) of Houston, Texas, James Adams (Toni Adams) of Pikeville, TN, Michael Adams of Houston, Texas, and six grandchildren Bryan, Amber, Gary, Ashley, Abigail, and Laurel Adams. She is also survived by a brother, Thomas Elliott of Vienna, Virginia.
Donna Marie Elliott Gartland of Jacksonville, FL joined our Lord on December 24, 2018. Beloved wife of Kevin Gartland for almost 50 years. Mother of Shena (Keith) Williams, Gillian (Ramiro) Gonzalez. Grandmother to Mason and Dean Rockwood, Isabella, Carolina, Ramiro and Emma Gonzalez. Great-grandmother to Adam Rockwood. Sister of Carol (Pat) Kuhn and Steven (Renee) Elliott. With a strong Catholic faith she loved the Lord, her family and her many animals.
Nancy F. Goodheart died November 18, 2013 after a year of treatment for cancer. She was 63 years old. Nancy was born in Seattle, Washington and came to Tallahassee to attend FSU where she received her B.S. in Social Welfare and Sociology. Nancy dedicated her life to helping others in various social welfare positions in Texas and Florida. She began her career in Florida as a school social worker and eventually served with Economic Services progressing to become Interim Director of the Florida Abuse Hotline, for which she worked tirelessly to improve. After her ten year tenure at the Hotline, Nancy worked in developing the HomeSafenet system, which coordinated Florida's child welfare system with the Federal and other state agencies. All who met Nancy soon realized her devotion to animals and their welfare. She spent many years working with local wildlife rehabilitatiion organizations. Nancy is survived by her husband, Chuck Goodheart, and her children Nickolaus Goodheart, Megan Goodheart, and Mattthew Goodheart.
Jackie’s parents were Curtis and LaVaughn Fleming. Curtis a well-educated man, and LaVaughn, a radically converted woman of God from North Dakota Mennonite’s Brethren community. Jacqueline Fleming, born in 1950 was the apple of Curtis’ eye. She learned to sing in church, with a rising intellect and wide ability of talents. Through Curtis’ promotion from Napa to Washington, DC, the family was uprooted. Jackie was 13 years old. With her keen sense of humor, she found many friends at Christ Pentecostal Church and Washington-Lee High School. Jackie now grew into the maturity of her accomplishments and skills. She handled well the word of God, singing both harmony and solos, knitting and sewing, dried flower arrangements, piano and could speak to large numbers of people. Jackie could balance making the honor roll in college with singing in two Christian bands, and performing solos at church. She was a Sunday school teacher to many and helped them to grow in their faith and with her deep knowledge of God’s word. I
In the mid-1970s, her gifts expanded as both secretary to Pastor Jollay, and disc jockey/program manager of WCTN. Jackie had one of the first cooking shows on a Christian radio station, and knew most of the great Christian artists of the day. She learned even more crafts from her friend of over 44 years, Roxanne Barnes. After a successful career in music, Jackie worked for the federal government, with focus on Health and Human Services. For 23 years, Jackie gained honors, awards and promotions for her work. In the last years of her career, she would sit as subject matter expert behind three of the nine budget presenters to the US Senate Subcommittees. Jackie helped to shatter many “‘glass ceilings” where women were previously not allowed to have medical training or be executives.
For many years after retirement due to disability, Jackie taught the adults at Arlington Assembly of God and sang at Capitol Baptist. Her teaching was deep and practical: many were amazed at her command of Scripture. As her illness grew, she focused on the healing passages of Scripture. She continued to minister at DaVita with all her nurses and caregivers. Her Collection of Healing Verses is available in the Fellowship Hall of Arlington Assembly of God, or by email: email@example.com.
On Wednesday, April 6, 2005, at her home. LINDA M. POWELL, wife of Clayton E. Powell; mother of Jarrett and Jaideysh Powell; grandmother of Jarrett Powell, II. She is also survived by a sister and two brothers, Evelyn Fortune, Wilton and Brian Hendrick; her daughter-in-law, Debra Powell; son-in-law to be, Jermaine Hector; four aunts, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
RICHARD E. HENNING, JR.
On March 31, 2010 of Arlington, VA. Beloved husband of 33 years of Renee S. Henning; father of Richard E. Henning, III and Michel S. Henning;
brother of Bruce Henning and Dr. Patricia Henning. He is also survived by many other loving family members.
Rick was a generous donor to numerous charities and political causes.
Donna H. Shelburne, 64, of Christiansburg, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph A. Hillegass; brother, Michael S. Hillegass; and brother-in-law, L.E. Codner. Donna is survived by her husband, Jack Shelburne; her two sons, Matthew T. Shelburne and Stephen A. Shelburne; her mother, Leatrice S. Hillegass; a sister-in-law, Nancy S. Codner. Also many nieces and nephews, including Sarah Vaden Danielson; and other extended family and friends. Donna was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Arlington, Va. She was a member of the Church of Christ. Donna taught elementary school in Montgomery County for 28 years. She taught special education, third grade, fourth grade, and was a Reading Specialist. She also enjoyed music, singing, and traveling with her family.
Terry Coleman Hillerich passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015. Terry was born in Washington, DC on December 23, 1949. He attended Washington Lee High School and graduated from Bridgewater College with a Bachelor of Arts in physical education. He is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years, Judy; his loving children, Tre (35), Diana (34), Brian (32), and Chris (30); and his grandchildren, Taylor (13), Emma (12), Adriana (7), Kennedy (6), Leo (5), Lee (4), Reagan (2), and Lincoln (1 month).
Terry was a proud supporter and treasurer for Friends of Arlington Parks, a volunteer group of private citizens who share an interest in preserving and extending the Arlington, VA public park system. He was also a very proud member of the motorcycle community, devoting the past decade to teaching and maintaining the Motorcycle Rider Training Program at NVCC. His dedication is captured in a message from Esther S. Parantoni, Director of the Design & Implementation Workforce Development Division at Northern Virginia Community College:
"Terry has been with the college for years and we not only came to rely on his expertise and years of knowledge, we also came to love him as part of the NOVA family. We will miss him very much. And we want you to know how much he has set the standard for safety and expertise in our motorcycle program. He worked tirelessly, not only to provide the best program, but because he believed in the program and making a difference in people's lives. His loyally to serving others is exceptional. He would always step in to pick up a class when an instructor cancelled, and he was always there to ensure new instructors were on-boarded into the teaching realm. His loyalty put him through long hours and in all sorts of weather and he never complained. And his loyalty has undoubtedly saved the lives of hundreds of students who learned from him."
Marsha’s perpetual optimistic spirit was contagious and a source of strength and encouragement to all who came in contact with her. In recognition of her tireless volunteer efforts to our community, Marsha was honored as a Boulder Pacesetter in February 2010. Her category was “Quality of Life,” most appropriate. It was said at that ceremony that “Marsha chose to take the extra step, and take the extra time to reach out and help people.” Marsha’s contributions to local non-profits included Safe House, The Childrens Museum, and most recently, the BVSD School Lunch Program and PEN, The Parent Engagement Network. PEN’s mission, as was Marsha’s, is to focus on providing school age parents with information, assistance and resources regarding the health and wellness of their children.
Linda Marsha Moritz was born December 21, 1949. She graduated from George Washington University in 1972. In 1977, she and John married and have lived in Boulder since then.
She is survived by her husband, John, her two favortite boys, Nicholas and Zachary, her parents, Jean and Tuck Huey, her brothers, Mark and Doug, daughter-in-law, Gloria Pohl Moritz, and granddaughter, Xenia, nieces Danielle, Marielle, McCall, Dylan, Jane, Maggie and nephew John.
One of Marsha’s last wishes for all her family and friends is summed up as follows: “In the end people will not remember what you said or even what you did, but how you made them feel.” Marsha had a way and an attitude that made everyone feel included and comfortable, Those blessed with her friendship or acquaintance will miss her radiant smile and the tender mercies of her heart!
Frank Lempicki died suddenly on Saturday September 8, 2018 at age 67. Frank and his twin brother Steve were born in San Antonio, Texas on November 11, 1950. Their father was an Army medic and so, as a military family, the boys moved frequently as they grew up. Their parents Stanley and Helen Lempicki are deceased and Steve now lives in Texas. Frank is also survived by his wife Beverly, their daughter Sharon and son-in-law Travis, grandchildren Traci, Jay, and Chris, and many friends.
Frank graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA and Grantham Technical School. He served in the Army in the 1970s and then was an electronics technician for Slye Electronics and a local area networks (LAN) technician at the MITRE Corporation and Ungermann-Bass Inc.
Frank received his amateur radio license in high school and remained an active "Ham" all of his life. He was a member of the Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club and particularly enjoyed providing technical support and encouragement to new members of the amateur radio hobby.
On Friday, June 28, 2013, the beloved wife of Milt Drewer, III and daughter of the late Bill and Jeanne McAdams, passed away in
Bluffton, SC at her home surrounded by family and friends. Ellie was born on July 16, 1948 in Phoenix, AZ and moved with her family
to Pittsburgh, PA soon thereafter. In 1960, Ellie moved with her family to Arlington, VA and graduated from Washington-Lee High School
in 1968. She was a member of Saint Ann's Catholic Church in Arlington. After moving to McLean, VA, Ellie and Milt became members of
Saint John's Catholic Church. They moved to Bluffton, SC in 2004, where they became members of Saint Andrew's Chapel.
Ellie was predeceased by her parents; Milt's parents, Milton Drewer, Jr. and Susie Drewer; her beloved sister, Susie McAdams
Galarneau; sister-in-law, Bobbi McAdams; and brother-in-law, Billy Drewer. Ellie is survived by her husband of 39 years, Milt
Drewer III; son, Milt Drewer IV (Stacy), and their daughter, Payton; son, Paul Drewer (Kristina), and their daughters, Emma and
Raegen; and daughter, Nicole Drewer Simms (Nathan). Ellie is also survived by sisters, Marilyn O'Neil (Bob), Connie
Williams (Bob), and Helen Gatewood (Traber); brothers, Bill McAdams (Grace), Joe McAdams (Kathy), and Charlie McAdams; brothers-in-law,
Alan Drewer (Lora) and Joel Galarneau; sisters-in-law, Carol Mortensen and Sharon Drewer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ellie will be greatly missed by her family and friends, who will cherish their fond memories of her. A Mass and inurnment was held on
July 5 at Saint Andrew's Chapel in Bluffton, SC.
Roger Edward Myers, 62, of Martinsburg, died Monday, October 1, 2012, at City Hospital.
Born December 30, 1949, he was the son of the late Carlin Wilson Myers and Gloria (Fitzgerald) Myers.
He is survived by two sons, Elijah Myers and Isaiah Myers, both of California; and two brothers, Victor Myers, of Martinsburg, and Gilbert Myers, of Ohio.
Larry Eugene Pirkey, 66, of Grottoes went to be with his Lord on Sunday, September 11, 2016. He was born November 12, 1949 in Newport, RI and was the son of Katherine (Crissman) Pirkey and the late Howard Pirkey. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his brother, Fred Pirkey. He owned and operated his field and road business of towing and repair service in Grottoes. He served his country in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam era.
In 1969 he married his sweetheart, Carolyn Wilson Pirkey, together they raised two children, Carrie P. Gibbons and husband Deon Gibbons of Stuarts Draft and Larry (Rusty) E. Pirkey, Jr. of Grottoes. He was grand daddy to Drew Gibbons, Brittany Gibbons, Ginger Gibbons, Christopher Pirkey and Zackary Pirkey. Larry was a friend to many and helpful to all who needed him.
On Thursday, December 7, 2006 of Arlington, VA. Loving daughter of the late Edward and Gloria Roeder;
sister of Shirley Hoisington and her husband Kent, Gail Harper and her husband Jim, Pam Specht and her
husband Scott, Karen Clarkson and her husband Roger and Michelle Stokes and her husband Andy. Surviving are
14 nieces and nephews and eight grandnieces and nephews. Also surviving is her loving companion Max.
Peggy Lee Sawyer Seagrave passed away in France in 2016. She was born April 28, 1950 in Washington, D.C., and graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She first worked in the film archives of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, at the National Archives. She then joined the Smithsonian Institution to produce exhibits and publications for the Bicentennial Celebrations, and the Hall of American Enterprise . Moving to TIME-LIFE Books, she became a senior researcher and senior picture editor producing many volumes in their popular historical series on World War II, Seafaring, and Planet Earth. Peggy was married to Investigative Journalist and Best Selling author Sterling Seagrave for 35 years. Together they worked together and/or coauthored the Soong Dynasty, Yamato Dynasty,, Dragon Lady--the life and Legend of the Last Empress of China and the Gold Warriors. Sterling Seagrave passed away in 2017. Peggy is survived by her two children Jocelyn and Sean.
Peggy Lee Sawyer was born in Washington D.C. in 1950 and graduated from Washington-Lee High School with the class of 1968. She then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with honors in 1972. Peggy first worked in the film archives of the John F. Kennedy presidential library at the National Archives, then joining the staff at the Smithsonian Institution to produce exhibits and publications for the Bicentenial Celebrations and the Hall of American Enterprise. Moving on to TIME-LIFE Books, she became a senior researcher and picture editor, producing many volumes in their original and popular historical series on World War II, Seafaring, and Planet Earth. She met the author Sterling Seagrave while working at TIME-LIFE and they subsequently married. Peggy researched and co-authored a number of influential books on Asian history, beginning with The Soon Dynasty, followed by Dragon Lady: The Life and Legend of the Last Empress of China. She subsequently researched and co-authored the acclaimed The Yamato Dynasty, the first multi-generational biography of the Japanese imperial family that included its women. Peggy's most impressive project was her publication in 2005 of The Gold Warriors, a historically groundbreaking account of the Japanese wartime looting of Asia and the subsequent recovery efforts of the U.S. government. The book is considered a seminal historical analysis of that adventure, and of related post-war U.S. foreign and economic policies. Peggy spent most of the last two decades of her life traveling and living in Holland, England, Portugal and Spain, finally settling in Banyuls-sur-Mer, a French coastal village at the foot of the Pyrenees on the Mediterranean Sea. She passed away there in 2016.
SCALES GREGORY L. SCALES On Friday, December 19, 2008 at his residence, GREGORY L. SCALES, devoted husband of Marilyn Scales; father of Raymond Scales, Trena Robinson, Stephen Clark, Sr. and Katrina Mercer; son of Mary Koblitz; brother of Ellen Bea, Tia Scales, Charles Augins and Larry Scales. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, mother-in-law, Gladys Jones; stepfather, Frank Koblitz; one daughter-in-law; one son-in-law; four sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; one aunt; two uncles; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
SPRIGGS, JEROME R. "Jerry"
On Friday, May 27, 2005 at Virginia Hospital Center, JEROME R. SPRIGGS, father of Angela T. Spriggs, Kaci T. Spearman and Ronald J. Dawkins; brother of Rev. Karen Spriggs-Lyles, Rev. Sandra Stansbury, Candace Kelly, Iris Hurtt, Curtis B. Spriggs Sr., Jonathan E. Spriggs, Lawrence E. Minor, Vincent Minor and Terrance Jones. Also survived by three grandchildren, one son-in-law four sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, numerous aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.
John Dester Stewart, Jr. (66) of Manassas died Saturday, July 23, 2016, in Remington surrounded by family after a seven-month battle with cancer. Born January 9, 1950, in Raleigh, North Carolina, he lived on military bases across the country before settling in Arlington, Virginia in the late 1960s. After working for several years in various service jobs, he became an apprentice locksmith at Rollins Lock and Safe. John, along with his wife, opened Sterling Lock and Key in the 1970s, Econolock in the 1980s, and Patriot Locksmith Academy in the 2000s. He continued locksmithing until 2015 as a member of the IUOE local #99 Union and AECOM. John took great joy in his locksmithing work, his family, tinkering with computers and electronics, the Washington Redskins, bluegrass music, traveling to tropical locations, scenic drives, entrepreneurship, and teaching. He took great pride in his family and friendships, and always encouraged those in his life to
I remember John, he was an engaging fella who liked joking and laughing at jokes. I didnt spend a lot of time around him but had lunch with him off and on in the school lunch room. He was fun to be around.
Richard (Dick) John Thaxter was born October 13, 1949 in Washington, DC. He was raised in Arlington, VA, where he attended Washington Lee High School, spending a portion of his senior year as a congressional page on Capitol Hill. He attended the University of Virginia from 1968-1972 and remained a life-long fan of Cavaliers baseball, football, basketball, and soccer. He spent his entire career working at the Library of Congress before retiring in December 2014 after 43 years of federal service. During his years at the Library, Dick was instrumental in developing a number of specialized personal computer programs that streamlined the Library's cataloging activities. The last several years of his career were spent working as an automation coordinator at the Library's National Center for Audio Visual Conservation in Culpeper, VA. Dick was an avid musician/guitarist and was active in several online guitar forums. As a result, he developed a wide network of guitar friends and acquaintances that extended across the entire United States and beyond. He was a regular at various guitar gatherings where he was known for his quick wit, good humor, musical talent, and being an all-around nice guy. Dick was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2013 and after battling the disease for 2 ½ years, passed away November 10, 2015.
Dick is survived by his wife Lidia Heretz of Unionville, VA, and their 3 children: Kathy Thaxter of Charlottesville, VA, Adam Thaxter of Fredericksburg, VA, and Peter Thaxter and his wife Jessica Blaemire and their 2 daughters Brynna and Rowan of Manassas, VA. He is also survived by his daughter Julie Thaxter-Gourlay of Port Chester, NY, along with her husband Matt Urbania and their son Henry; his brother John Hall (Mike) Thaxter, Jr. and his wife Dee of Sparks, MD; and his sister Anne Thaxter and her wife Sandy Kenyon of Fredericksburg, VA. He is pre-deceased by his parents John Hall Thaxter and Esther (Hessie) Shoup Thaxter of Locust Grove, VA.
By James Cullum and Carla Branch
If there is an historic or civic organization in Alexandria that did not benefit from Doug Thurman's talent, it is hard to find. Over the years, he volunteered thousands of hours to such groups as the Alexandria Convention and Visitor's Association, the Alexandria League of Women Voters, Alexandria Republican City Committee, Friends of Carlyle House, the Historic Alexandria Resource Commission, Living Legends of Alexandria, the Old Town Civic Association and St. Paul's Episcopal Church. On Jan. 10, Thurman died after a long illness. He was 60 years old.
Doug Thurman (Courtesy Photo)
“Doug was a wonderful man and an amazing citizen of Alexandria. He was deeply beloved by many,” said Amy Millican, a close friend of Thurman's and a member of St. Paul's.
Stephanie Pace Brown is the president of the Alxeandria Convention and Visitors Association. “Doug Thurman was a thoroughly admirable person. Beyond the substance of his contributions, he was an example of civility and intellect that set a standard for public discourse in Alexandria,” she said.
Thurman, who worked at the National Archives, served four years on the Old Town Civic Association Board, two of those years as vice president. He was a former President of the Alexandria Historical Society, OTCA’s representative to the ACVA, the Friends of Carlyle House Historic Park board and the Historic Alexandria Resources Commission. Thurman was a member of the ARCC and managed a City Council campaign for fellow Ballyshaner Pat Troy. He also made donations to the Athenaeum and to St. Paul’s, most notably to help establish the church’s new head start program for underprivileged children.
“All of us who have served with Doug know him to be an extraordinary gentleman, a tireless volunteer, an advocate for the cause of historic preservation in Alexandria—and a treasured friend,” said longtime friend and civic activist Michael Hobbs. “What has struck me particularly about Doug in those capacities that I have known first-or second-hand of his service, is that his service has never been merely as a 'letterhead' member or 'resume-building' exercise. He has always been one of, if not the most, hard-working and dedicated members of the organization and/or its board.”
"Doug was a tireless advocate for Alexandria's heritage and historic sites. I was honored to also consider him a friend. His untimely passing is a great loss to our community," said Lance Mallamo, Director of the Office of Historic Alexandria.
I grew up traveling around due to my father's career in the U.S. Army. I lived many places for one year. Arlington was one of two places I lived for five years. Doug Thurman was one of a very few people I remember being friends with at Washington Lee High School. I won't tell you about the one incident I remember about Doug. It involved a date and his advice to me about that date.
I left Arlington in May 1968, before graduation, although the school gave me my diploma (I guess, I don't know where it is)
From Lisa Grinnell on February 14th, 2019
Doug was kind, funny, adventuresome. I remember his enthusiasm our senior year about a new musician he insisted another friend and I accompany him to see. I was a Beatles and Motown fan, never heard of the guy he was raving about. There we were in an intimate setting watching Jimmy Hendrix a few feet away performing on his lone electric guitar in the Hilton Hotel ballroom. Reading Doug’s obituary, I am not surprised to hear of his dedicated, hands-on approach to civic service and leadership. I am sad he died so soon and will always remember his generous spirit.
Although I haven't seen Tim in many years, I believe "gentle soul" would describe him totally. He had the softest, sweetest laugh of anyone I've ever met and when he shook his head and said, "I don't care" it was never in the sarcastic cultural way we think of now. It Just meant that he took people and their life stories at face value. He wasn't looking at the "excuse" or "reason" he was looking purely at the person and what kind of human being they were. There was no judgement there. He was such a wonderful person.
Of Frederick, Maryland, passed away Friday July 12, 2013 at the family home in Arlington, VA. He was born in Washington, DC on November 20, 1950 and lived all his life in the metropolitan area. He is survived by his mother, Mandy Tomlinson; one brother, Edward Tomlinson, Jr.; and two nephews, Keith and Kevin Tomlinson. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Tomlinson, Sr. and by his sister-in-law, Patricia Tolson Tomlinson.
Born August 14, 1951, in Washington, DC, Mr. Bayliss was the son of the late Orrie Bruce Bayliss, II, and Phyllis Jean (Hicks) Steele. Orrie was a resident of Little Orleans, Maryland at the time of passing.
A graduate of Washington Lee High School, Arlington, VA, Bruce enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving eight years and retired from the Federal Government as an Electronics Specialist with 25 years of service working at the Pentagon. After retirement, he worked for the NOAA for a few years. Bruce was a member of the National Rifle Association. He was a computer genius, a collector of many things, and an avid animal lover.
Bruce is survived by his wife of 37 years: Mary (Peyton) Bayliss; and his daughters: Elyssa Moeller and husband, Jason; Amie Berglund and fiancé, Wally Stemple; Heather Tracey and fiancé, Jimmy Price: and Sarah Dixon and fiancé, Matt Keebaugh. He also leaves behind his sister: Ann Steele; his brother: Bobby Steele; his grandchildren: Sierra, Peyton, Donavan, Amara, Olivia, Breanna, Molly, Evie, Lilli, and Abby; his great granddaughters: Alaina and Harper; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Jackie Carson Evans, 67, of Moorefield, WV passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester, VA. Born on October 15, 1949 in Petersburg, WV, he was the son of Harry V. and Lucy Evans. He graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA and then went on to serve in the United States Army. Jack worked with his father at Town Square Pizza Inn in Arlandria, VA until purchasing the Evans Motel in Moorefield, WV, which he co-owned and operated with his wife for over 40 years. Jack was a baptized member of the Moorefield Church of the Brethren. He was also a member of the American Legion, a Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of West Virginia, A.F. & A.M. Moorefield Lodge No. 29, and the Sons of Union Veteran of the Civil War 7th WV Infantry. He was a past member of the Valley View Golf Association and the Hardy County Rod and Gun Club. Jack also served on the Board of the Hardy County Senior Center and the Moorefield Planning Commission. Jack was preceded in death by his father, Harry. He is survived by his mother, his wife, his sons, granddaughters, sister; brother, and a host of relatives and friends.
ROBERTA H. GILLS "Bobbie"
Roberta Heather Gills "Bobbie," age 63, of Arlington, VA passed away peacefully on June 7, 2014. Roberta was born in Washington, DC and lived most of her life in Arlington, VA. An avid student and activist, Roberta recently graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with honors. She was a passionate advocate of the fight for human rights and dignity for all people. She is survived by her mother, Clara S. Gills, brother, George W. Gills, sister-in-law, Thu Nyugen, sisters Suzanne J. MacInnis and Janet G. Kimble as well as many close cousins, aunts and friends.
Kenneth Michael ‘Mike’ Griffith, 63, of Sterling, VA, passed away at home on Monday, September 8, 2014 surrounded by his loving family.
A local to Northern Virginia, Mike was born in Arlington on August 25, 1951. He was the son of Joseph Thomas Griffith and the late Elaine Davis Griffith. Raised in Arlington, Mike attended Washington-Lee High School and Virginia Tech.
As a skilled mechanic, he began his working years in various private auto shops. In 1984 he was hired by the US Postal Service where he worked as a Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor. He retired in January after thirty years of dedicated service.
Mike was an avid fan of baseball – GO NATS!—and enjoyed NASCAR racing, especially during the Earnhardt years. He was also a committed Hokie. He was happily content to hang out in his garage tinkering with his family’s “fleet” of vehicles with the wide screen TV broadcasting a sporting event.
His greatest love, though, was his family. He was totally devoted to his wife, Claire, and their daughters Theresa, Leanne, and Carly.
In addition to his beloved wife and daughters, Mike leaves others to cherish his memory including his dad, Tom, and siblings, Sandie Staples, John Griffith, and Suzanne Kelly.
HUDSON FALLS --- Linda A. “Meema” Brill, 61, of Oak St., Hudson Falls, passed away Tuesday afternoon, May 22, 2012 at Glens Falls Hospital.
Born Oct. 21, 1950 in Washington D.C., she was the daughter of the late John L. and Lorraine M. (Reice) Hardesty.
Meema graduated from St. Cecilia's Academy, Class of 1969. She worked for Adirondack Pediatrics and Orthopedic Associates of Saratoga.
More recently, Meema was a very active member of Seventh-day Adventist Church of both Kingsbury and North Creek, where she made a lot of good friends. Anyone who ever met this woman will tell you she was very special. She had a way about her that was so welcoming and warming, and was loved by so so many.
She cherished every minute spent with her dog, Luke, who was much more than just a pet to her.
In addition to her parents, Meema was predeceased by few, and survived by many loving siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews.
Survivors include her three children: Dennis J. Brill and his wife, Laura, of Fort Ann, Amy J. Crowley of Derry, New Hampshire, and Kelly N. Koone and her husband, Curtis, who Linda really considered a son, of Queensbury; seven grandchildren: Joseph C. Koone-17, Jordan C. Koone-16, Mickey C. Koone-12, Kersten A. Crowley-13, Caleb Rich-15, Noah Rich-9, and Allie Wright-3; Meema’s former spouse and father of her children, Dennis E. Brill; and her beloved canine companion, Luke.
Meema wanted to be remembered with this wonderful saying: "I loved my family more than anything in the world. My children and grandchildren gave me a reason to live when life became difficult. If I offended anyone along the path of my life or was a disappointment to family or friends in any way I hope that I will be remembered with forgiveness and love." "Most of all I want to be reunited with all those I have loved when Gods promise of salvation and eternal bliss is realized"
Chuck and I grew up across the street from one another. I knew him throughout his all too brief life. Best memories:
Folding boxes as kids at Mario's for free pizza.
Riding our bikes (on the sly) to parkington (way too young, even for the 1950s) and buying a goldfish. Finding its forgotten skeleton in his garage and having a guilt-ridden full-out funeral and burial for the fishbehind his garage
Collecting Mario's Miniature Golf's lost golf balls in his back yard and trading them back for free play there.
Playing in his basement coal bin! (cleaned up as a storage space, having "modern" oil hesat there then.
First tree house
Fighting and saying "Get off my property - FOREVER!!" whoever's house we were at during the skirmish had the pleasure of making that demand of the other.
We drifted apart as besties by W-L years. I was at UVa when I learned of his untimely death. Peace, brother.
Paul E. Bohle, 57, of 345 N. 11th St., Lebanon, PA died Wednesday, November 5, 2008, in his home. He was born August 15, 1951, in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Charles A. and Virgie A. Sealem Bohle. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam conflict. Surviving are wife Cynthia (Cyndi) Bicknell Bohle of Lebanon; children Jarrett Bohle of Texas, Jessica, spouse of Craig Charpentier of Massachusetts, Bruce Gessel Jr., spouse of Tina Gessel of Lima, Ohio, Dan Gessel of Jacksonville, Florida, Sheri, spouse of Keith Denham of Hagerstown, Maryland; sisters Jean Lochary of Maryland, JoAnn Gibson of Florida and Martha Percle of Louisiana; grandchildren Bruce Gessel III, Allyssa Gessel, Ashley Gessel, Bradlee Gesse, Amber Gessel, Brittany Denham, Brienna Denham, Jackson O'Jala, and Jessica Bohle. He was preceded in death by brother James Porter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 30, 2004; Page LZ01
Fauquier County School Board members marveled at Chairman Bronwyn H. Lambelet's ability to whip out PowerPoint presentations practically with her eyes shut, even though she was a few decades older than most tech whizzes. Now Lambelet's colleagues are reeling at the news that she died of a heart attack on Christmas day at the age of 53 -- decades too young, they say.
"Shock is an understatement," said J. David Martin, Fauquier school superintendent.
The School Board is now missing a dedicated leader, a quick wit, in Martin's words, a "master communicator." Lambelet had been chairman of the board for four of the past five years, in a county where four of her five children are still students.
Over the next six weeks, Martin said, the board will appoint a resident from Lambelet's Marshall District to take her place. The School Board will then petition in Fauquier County Circuit Court to hold a special election in November so voters can choose someone to fill the seat until 2007, when Lambelet's term would have expired.
Since she was first elected to the board in 1999, Lambelet oversaw School Board responses to rapid growth in the student population, which is increasing about 2 percent a year and recently topped 10,000. During Lambelet's tenure, the board directed the construction of Brumfield Elementary and Auburn Middle schools. Recently, Lambelet spearheaded the board's push for a bond referendum to build the county's third high school.
Lambelet, who was known as "Broni," helped board members forge a tight union even as they debated difficult and sometimes contentious issues, said board member Ernest L. Gray Jr. (Lee). And although she was a staunch supporter of the district, its teachers and its children, Lambelet was never afraid to point out flaws in the system, even if her views were unpopular, Gray said.
"If she was on the losing side of a vote, she picked it up as the will of the board and went forward with it as if it had been her own," he said.
Lambelet also served as the board's "institutional memory" -- she could recall discussions at meetings that took place years ago and quickly dig up the minutes, said board member Susan Murray (Center).
Lambelet, an Arlington native and 25-year resident of Fauquier County, was dedicated to children and education, colleagues and family members said. Before being elected to the School Board, she served for several years on the board's special education advisory committee and helped direct several community theater projects.
Lambelet was also director of marketing and administration for Learning Tree Farms, a school field trip destination on 2,000 acres in Delaplane, where children learn about natural habitats and local history.
When she was not at work, Lambelet devoted time to her five children -- one is a graduate of Fauquier High School and four are still students in the district -- and her garden, said her husband, David.
His wife, Lambelet said, had "an uncanny and sometimes infuriating tendency to be right." But most of all, he and others who knew her said, she will be remembered for her warmth and caring.
"She knew everybody as a person," Martin said. "That was very important to her to know about them. And then everything else was just on top of that."
Her bonds with others could weather major changes: Lambelet remained close to her son Michael's ex-wife, Stephanie Rathbun, who answered the telephone at the Lambelets' Orlean home Tuesday. Rathbun, like Michael a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, said that she was recently stationed in Hawaii and that Lambelet was planning to visit her.
"She took me into the family," Rathbun said. "She was an amazing woman."
Jean Burleson Musgrove, 48, of Manassas, diedWednesday, Aug. 11, 1999, at Prince William Hospital. She retired from IBM as a management systems administrator. She is preceded in death by her husband of 22 years, John Thomas Musgrove Jr., who diedin 1993. Survivors include one daughter, Lisa Marie Musgrove of Manassas; three sisters, Joan Blum of Lovettsville, Janet Spence of Manassas, and Judy Seltmann of Falls Church; and three brothers, Jones "Buddy" Burleson Jr. of Charleston, S.C., James Edward Burleson of Lovettsville, and Jon L. Burleson of Warrenton
Stephanie passed away on Jan. 5, 2013 from complications associated with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) from which she suffered for many years. Stephanie graduated from Virginia Tech in 1973 with a BS in Geophysics. Throughout her life she maintained her love of geology, Pekingese dogs, and her family.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Traube; her daughter and son-in-law, Miralina and Brandon Stewart; her two amazing grandsons, Logan and Mason Stewart; her step-mother, Dolores Burner, and her sisters, Lori Hill, Nancy Hood, Sandy Temple, and Susan Urbanek.
Deaconess Brenda Joyce Carmichael Lee, The Comeback Kid, was born August 20, 1951 to the union of Mrs. Rutha M. Key Carmichael and the late Johny H. Carmichael in Anniston Al. She matriculated through the Arlington County Public School System and graduated from Washington-Lee High School. Upon graduation, Brenda attended the University of Portland, Oregon. By 1970, Brenda met and married Mr. Philemon T. Reid. On January 25, 1971, she gave birth to her first child, Philemon T. Reid II.
In 1976, Brenda met Sylvester L. Lee. They were joined in holy matrimony on July 9, 1977. They welcomed into their family on December 20, 1978 their daughter Lynnetta Patrice Marie Lee who was followed by Stephanie Yvette Lynn Lee on May 18, 1980. Brenda traveled and enjoyed the life of a military wife until she and Sylvester relocated their family to Colonial Heights, Virginia. She was employed by the United States Postal Service in which she later retired.
Brenda was an active member of the Calloway United Methodist Church in Arlington, VA throughout her youth and upon settling in the Colonial Heights Community, she joined in Christian fellowship with the Tabernacle Baptist Church, Petersburg, VA in 1997. She was an usher and later ordained as a Deaconess under the Pastorate of Rev. Dr. Robert A. Diggs, Sr. in 2000. Brenda served faithfully un until her illness prevented her participation.
Brenda was lovingly and affectionately known as The Baby and Mousie among the tightly knit Carmichael children, many of whom were present at her passing.
We will always remember her spirit, her smile and her fierce devotion to the family. Her love, her sensitivity to the needs of others, and the fullness to which she lived her life will continue to impact our lives for the better.
Michael Lee Christesson, 63, died Monday, September 7, 2015, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Clovis, New Mexico, on September 10, 1951 to Bobby and Billie Christesson (nee Tarleton). At the time of his death, he resided with his sister, Vallorie Prout (Philip) of Harwood, MD. He is also survived by a brother, Richard Christesson (Patty), of Melbourne, Florida, as well as niece Katy, nephew Kyle, three great nieces and one great nephew. Mr. Christesson was an entrepreneur interested in everyone and everything. At the time of his death, he was working on a tax program that encouraged large corporations to invest in philanthropic works. He was also a friend of Bill W. for 19 years.
Clemenceau Diann Lynn, 58 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma formerly of Johnstown, Pennsylvania died August 9th, 2008 in Oklahoma. Born March 17, 1950, in Johnstown daughter of the late James W. and Marilyn L. (Birkhimer). Survived by brother, Donald and wife Wanda, of Oklahoma City. Diann was a former member of the Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren.
I do not think anyone will remember my sister. Our family relocated to Arlington VA after Diann became ill. She was a sophomore in Pinellas Park, Fl when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1966. Diann had brain surgery to remove the tumor but because of the location of the tumor the doctors could not remove it and we were told that Diann had only two years to live. To be closer to family we moved to Virginia once Diann was able to travel. Thinking about it is amazing Diann flourished in life as well as she did. Cobalt (radiation) was not very advanced in 1966 but I guess it was enough to kill the brain tumor. The radiation is also what led to felling health, May of 2008 Diann started getting minor strokes; she Diann has listed as Washington-Lee class of 1969 but she was home schooled. The family attended her graduation ceremony in the gymnasiums but Diann never walked up to receive her diploma, she got overheated and scared and left before her name was called. Diann's home room teacher was Mr. Armstrong. I remember that because he was also my geometry teacher. Diann was never married nor did she have children. She lived with my parents until their death and then with me for a short period. She lived in Grace Living Center in Bethany, Oklahoma from August 2000 until her death. Diann did very well there spending her days doing crafts, oil painting, word search magazines and kept me broke buying magazines and books.
Carolyn Sue Gilliam Pociask of Urbanna, born February 22, 1951 in Wise to Edna A. Stallard Gilliam and Frank E. Gilliam, was called to be with her Lord on March 4, 2013.
Sue graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, and from Tidewater Community College. She served as Assistant Director of Human Resources at the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board, and served as the current President of the Kiwanis of Middlesex. In both of those capacities she enjoyed helping others and serving the community.
During her years living in Arlington and Portsmouth she worked at Clarendon Trust Co., and Citizen’s Trust Co. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt. She was a friend to all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Edna Gilliam, and brother, Robert Clark Gilliam. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Dr. Joseph Pociask of Urbanna; her sons, Josef (Amanda) of Christiansburg, Christopher (Sara) and Anton (Shannon), both of Portsmouth; six beautiful grandchildren, Josef Francis Jr., Margaret Sue, Ashlyn Marie, Nathan Patrick, Landon Everett and Bradon Samuel, whom she loved and adored; brothers, Everett Burton Gilliam (Bobbie) of Clover, S.C., and Ronnie Fulton Gilliam of Urbanna; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. There are many dear lifelong friends too numerous to name, and many other neighbors and friends who had the privilege to know her, and whom she loved dearly.
October 4, 1950 - June 14, 2018
John “Jack” Steven Gorman age 67, of DeKalb, formerly of Geneva, Illinois passed away June 14, 2018. He was born October 4, 1950 in Norfolk, Virginia to Patrick and Jean Gorman. He came to the Fox Valley when he was 22 years old. He met his bride to be on a blind date in St. Charles, and they were soon married. He enjoyed all sports, and taught his kids football and wrestling. Jack loved family car vacations, and seeing all the sites along the way.
He is survived by his loving wife Peggy Sue, son Bill, daughter Kim, sons; James, and Joe, three grandchildren; Josh, Maddie, Kailee, brother Pat (Joanne), George (Beth), and sister Tracy (Henry).
Jack was preceded in death by his mother and father, and son in law Mike.
Jack will be dearly missed by everyone, and Peggy will always have a special place in her heart for the love of her life.
Debra Lynn Hall (2010) Dr. Debra Lynn Hall, an 18-year resident of Newport News, died after a lengthy illness on Feb. 19, 2010.
Dr. Hall was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Arlington, Va., where she attended Washington and Lee High School, graduated from Brown University in 1973 and from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1977. She obtained her residency training in a hospital in Birmingham, Ala. Dr. Hall was an UroGynecologist with an independent practice for 12 years (1996-2008) in Newport News and was on the Staff at Riverside Regional Medical Center and Mary Immaculate Hospital. Prior to establishing her own practice, Dr. Hall served on a local medical office staff for four years, trained as an UroGynecologist in New England for two years, and practiced as a Gynecologist for approximately 10 years with Group Health in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hall was a member of Menchville Baptist Church, an active participant in the local Kennel Club, and, most recently, volunteered as a Doctor at Peninsula Institute for Community Health. Prior to locating in Newport News, Dr. Hall helped establish a woman's health clinic in Saudia Arabia and served on its staff for a year. She resided at 31 Hertzler Road in a house which she had built to back upon the Warwick River.
Dr. Hall is survived by her mother, Geneva B. Hall; two brothers, Walter II and Robert; five nephews and nieces; and four beloved Schnauzers.
JAMES S. JUNE Arlington Probation Officer On Thursday, December 13, 2007. Devoted husband of Beatrice June, step-father of Jennifer, Richard, SR., and Norman Ruffin; brother of Carolyn, Patricia, Claude and Charles June. He is also survived by grandchildren Memoro, Richard Ruffin, Jr., Nadia and Jordan Norris. Mother-in-law Alemetia Ruffin; three sisters- in-law, two aunts, one uncle, numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Romayne Kelly Ashley passed away on August 9, 2017. She lived in Madison, VA was formerly from Herndon, VA. Graveside service, 11 a.m., Saturday, August 12 at Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Herndon, VA. Survived by husband, David Wayne Ashley. She also leaves two dotsons, Molly and Sugar.
Ronald Ove Laird, born May 29th 1950 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington DC was called home by our Lord May 13, 2018. The brother to Debra, Gail and Janet (who predeceased him) and his wife of 44 years Carol Laird (Bradford) and father to Anna Stalvey (Laird) and Rebekka Laird. He was raised in Arlington, Virginia and attended Patrick Henry Elementary, Swanson Junior High and Washington -Lee High School1, graduating in 1969. He passed of compliactions with liver cancer that was diasgnosed one year ago in May 2017. His love of music and cars and motorcyles are what he enjoyed the most although his friends made him even happier. He spent his days riding his Kawasaki Volcun Drifter in the Shenandoah Valley and strumming tunes on his left handed guitar.
Jonathan E. Lawson, (2014) 62, Formerly of Washington, DC, passed away suddenly in his sleep, in Wardensville, WV on February 20, 2014. He is survived by his daughter Nicole, and brother, Michael O'Connor (Patricia). Those who knew and loved him will greatly miss his deep laugh and generous heart.
David Burton Maginnis (2011) (CPA-MBA-CFE) On Tuesday, July 5, 2011, David passed away while living in Austin, TX. Surviving is his mother, Betty Maginnis of Arlington, VA. He was predeceased by his father, Hayden R. Maginnis, CDR, USN (Ret.) and his brother, Robert H. Maginnis.
It is with the saddest and heaviest of hearts that we announce the death of Jimmy Nalls, longtime Nashville resident and one of rock and blues greatest guitarists. He died as a result of complications from his valiant 22-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease and multiple injuries sustained in a fall at his home on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
Mr. Nalls’ incredible run as a world-class guitarist began in 1970, when he moved from the suburbs of his home in Arlington, Virginia, to New York City to play with Australian folk singer Gary Shearston and Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary. Mr. Nalls quickly became an in-demand session guitarist at New York’s famed Record Plant studio, and played with several musicians and bands with ties to then up-and-coming Capricorn Records in Macon, Georgia. As a result, Mr. Nalls moved to Macon in 1976 and joined three musicians who’d just parted ways with the Allman Brothers Band – keyboardist Chuck Leavell, bassist Lamar Williams and drummer Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson. Together, the four musicians formed the jazz-rock supergroup Sea Level, and over a six-year period recorded five highly-acclaimed and influential albums and toured the world non-stop, building a loyal following that still exists today. After Sea Level, Mr. Nalls continued his distinguished career by playing guitar with a who’s who of bands and musicians, including Dr. John, Gregg Allman, Bill Anderson, The Nighthawks, T. Graham Brown, Don McLean, Jack Pearson, Lee Roy Parnell, Lloyd Price, Charly McLain, among many others. Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1995, Mr. Nalls recorded and finished his first solo record, Ain’t No Stranger, in 1999 – earning him high praise and critical acclaim from both the media and his peers. He toured sporadically, but his struggles from Parkinson’s began to affect his everyday life. Despite these challenges, Mr. Nalls and longtime friend and collaborator, blues artist Dave Duncan, began to write and record music for his second solo record. But though he tried to work through the hindrances posed by the continued onset of Parkinson’s, Mr. Nalls ultimately was unable to finish the record, and all of the songs remained in various stages of completion on his home studio’s computer hard drive until 2014.
“Gabriel Hernandez came to me with several of Jimmy’s unfinished songs, and we made the decision to reach out to some of mine and Jimmy’s close friends to help finish the record,” said Joe Glaser, owner of Nashville’s Glaser Instruments, and Mr. Nall’s longtime personal friend. “Jimmy and his family were struggling every day, and unless you’re in their shoes you really have no idea what it’s like. We have witnessed it firsthand for a long time, so when we presented everyone with this opportunity to help finish this record, all of them jumped at the chance to do it. Everyone wanted to help.” The Jimmy Nalls Project – unheard, original music regrettably shelved nearly 16 years earlier by Mr. Nalls due to complications and symptoms from his battle with Parkinson’s – was finally released on June 19, 2017, a mere three days before his untimely death.
From the beginning, the idea was to retain the spirit of Mr. Nalls’ original recordings. It was the guest artists’ option to complete their respective tracks in whatever styles deemed appropriate. While a few artists made their contributions remotely, many added their parts in some of Nashville’s world-renowned studios that offered free time to help complete the project, most notably The House of Blues. “Having some of it recorded here in Nashville gave us the opportunity for Jimmy to be present, grinning from his wheelchair – something that helped reinvigorate his self-esteem,” Mr. Hernandez said. “Nothing was as rewarding as seeing the smile on his face as he spent time in the studios, lending a helping hand where and when he could, and watching his friends and former colleagues come together to help him finish his long-awaited second solo effort.” All of the artists were fully aware of the history and current challenges facing Mr. Nalls and his family. Even more importantly, they’ve all realized just how lucky they are to do what they love – which is to make and play music. “We did this for our brother Jimmy Nalls, but really for all of us, too” said Chuck Leavell, The Rolling Stones’ long time keyboard player and bandleader. “We’re all did it with the hope his fans will enjoy the music, but also to give them an opportunity to support an important cause.”
Mr. Nalls – born James Albert Nalls III on May 31, 1951 – is survived by Patricia Diane “Minni” Nalls, his devoted wife of 38 years; their two children, Jennifer Amanda Greer and her husband John Milton Greer, and James “Buddy” Albert Nalls IV and his fiancé Sabreena Inta; his brother Jeff Nalls and sister Jo Lynn Nalls Hendrickson; and his three grandchildren Amanda Laine Manso, Robert Tyler Manso and Nathan James Manso.
An individual and independent man, master cabinetmaker, brother, frat brother, father, musician, midnight fisherman, athlete, storyteller, character and strider on this earth, profoundly missed by those who love him still.
After high school he attended the University of Virginia and received a baccalaureate in religious studies for which he felt quite proud, considering the times and the hitchhiking and Yosemite and the Hell’s Angel party, and boxcar rides through the desert, the list goes on. Having survived, he went to work with the crew building the metro and thereafter learned the trade and the craft that sustained him throughout his working years. The quality of his work was extremely important to him and his projects can be seen throughout many prominent houses in the metro area and in his own residence which he built in the wilds of Prince William county. He lived there until the end with a good woman, and the good company of many lifelong friends, including his reprobate Irish terriers, and his beloved daughter Jessie. He was a passionate collector, excelled in games of skill and chance, a merry prankster, a rebel. And always, there was the music. Above all, Jamie had the gift of clarity which brought success in all he attempted: whether in work or play, he made things happen. He was the genuine article and hearts broke wide open the day he died. However painful, it is comforting to know nevertheless that James Nash is ‘Still At Large’.
Hubert K. O'Bannon was known to everyone as Obie. And it often seemed as if everyone knew Obie. He was that kind of guy. He loved people and they loved him. He never forgot a name or a face. He was almost always the tallest person in the room, so he was hard to miss. And no matter the reason for a particular gathering or event, he made it better. He made people happy. His beloved wife Ellen recently noted that if a person had to go someplace they didn't want to go and do something they didn't want to do, they could have no better companion than Obie. She was, of course, right. Obie was born on July 26, 1951 in Washington, DC and grew up in Arlington, VA. He graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, CA in 1974 and returned to DC where he found employment on Capitol Hill before beginning his railroad career with the Penn Central where he worked on legislative issues surrounding the reorganization of seven bankrupt northeastern railroads into the congressionally-mandated Consolidated Rail Corporation, or Conrail. Obie spent the remainder of his railroad career at the Association of American Railroads, retiring in 2011 as senior vice president of government affairs. Throughout his railroad career, he worked on numerous landmark pieces of legislation, many still positively affecting the industry. Obie loved golf. He was an accomplished player who recorded a lot of rounds at the Chevy Chase Club and at the Ford Plantation in Georgia. In addition to playing a lot of golf, he constantly thought about the game, read about the game and watched a lot of it on television. It was not unusual to find Obie on the couch, intently watching the rerun of a tournament from Malaysia or Spain. And he was funny. He loved to laugh and had the rare ability to guffaw loudly at his own jokes. Obie was not above reciting a joke's punch line an additional time or two for added effect. He was a great friend and a dedicated and proud family man. Obie is survived by Ellen, the light of his life and wife of 40 years; their daughter Blakley Burton of Chicago; their son Philip O'Bannon (Ashley) of New York; two precious grandchildren, Beckett and Tori Burton; and two sisters, Dona O'Bannon of Bethesda, MD and Marsha O'Bannon of San Francisco. Obie died peacefully on Saturday, February 10, 2018 after a heroic battle with gastric cancer. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 16 at Christ Church, Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancer at Georgetown Comprehensive Cancer Center.He was a great friend and a dedicated and proud family man. Obie is survived by Ellen, the light of his life and wife of 40 years; their daughter Blakley Burton of Chicago; their son Philip O'Bannon (Ashley) of New York; two precious grandchildren, Beckett and Tori Burton; and two sisters, Dona O'Bannon of Bethesda, MD and Marsha O'Bannon of San Francisco. Obie died peacefully on Saturday, February 10, 2018 after a heroic battle with gastric cancer.
Most of us remember Obie as being a good friend; but, many of us also remember his great sense of humor. I'll never forget the time we got pulled over on Lorcom Lane one fall evening after visiting the Blarney Stone near Dupont Circle.. As i recall, there were probably 5 or 6 of us, including Obie --slightly enebriated and crammed into Dean Mimm's gray volkswagon with the sunroof. We might have attracted attention because one of us was standing up with half a torso extended out the sunroof as the car was flying along--i don't remember. But, when the car stopped and we were finally all out of the car, t the cop laughed and asked: "What is this a Clown Mobile? "-- which obviously stuck as the nickname for Dean's car. He then asked if we'd been drinking; At which point Obie responded: "No Sir, I play basketball for Mo Levin"
Earl Clayton Parham, born January 7, 1951 entered into eternal rest on Monday, September 18, 1995 at Arlington Hospital. Earl was the son of Larua Faggins Parham adn the late John Clayton Parham.
Earl joined the Greater Saint Paul Baptist Church of Washington, DC, at an early age. He was a graduate of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. He also attended Lincoln Technical Institute in Washington, D.C., where he obtained a degree in automotive mechanics. Earl was a hard working man; he was employed by M&S Auto Service of Arlington, VA for over 17 years.
Earl leaves to cherish his warm and caring memory, his mother, Laura Faggins Parham of Rawlings, VA; his wife, Cynthia Brackett Parham of Arlington, VA; three sisters, Loretta Alfred of Manassas, VA; Jerline Forman of Arlington, VA, and Patricia Stith of Rawlings, VA; a devoted mother-in-law, Bertha Brackett of Rawlings, VA; two sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; five aunts; two uncles; and a host of other relatives and friends. Earl was a "second" father to six nieces, Giselle Alfred, Tarana Stith, Natasha Stith, Raeshawn Stith (deceased), Tationna Ripley, and Shawntell Ripley; two nephews, Alfred Forman Jr., and Clarence Jones, Jr.; and one great niece, Anesha Prosise.
There is an open gate at the end of the road,
Through which each must go alone.
And there is a light we cannot see,
Our Father claims his own.
Hi John, What a beutiful tribute to my sister. Thank you. I am a Professor of Music Education, and Chair of the Department of Music at Central Connecticut State University. How about you? I would love to hear from you!
From John O'Neill on April 4th, 2019
So -- amy aging takes a toll. My first trubute submitted was done thinking of Carlotta - Jan's older sister. Jan is Carlotta's dear sister lost at so young an age in a tragic accident. Still, the three of us enjoyed a lot of happy times together. I think of the three of us as always being a threesome - so I guess reversing their names results from that.
Jan and Carlotta were great friends and wonderful individuals. I'd love to know news of Carlotta...
From John O'Neill on April 4th, 2019
Jan was a good friend. She lived a couple blocks away, and we enjoyed doing things together with her sister, who was lost in a car accident while we were students. I remember best about her that she was exceedingly kind and thoughtful to others...
Fred Marion Pirkey of New York City was born May 7, 1951 in Lexington, Va., passed away January 18, 2016 in New York. He was the son of Katherine C. Pirkey and the late Howard W. Pirkey.Mr. Pirkey had lived in N.Y. since graduation. Some of you may recall that he was President of the Art Club at W-L, Art Editor of the Penman senior year and a member of the Thesbian Honor Society. He was a self employed designer. He loved flowers and gardening.He is survived by his brother, Larry and wife, Carolyn of Grottoes; a niece, Carrie Anne Gibbons and husband, Deon of Stuarts Draft, Va., and their children; a nephew, Larry "Rusty" Pirkey Jr., and his children, of Grottoes, Va
ROBIN J. PREUIT CUFFE (Age 55) Of Northern, VA. On Sunday, February 4, 2007 at the Virginia Hospital Center. Beloved wife of Ron Cuffe; loving mother of Matt Cuffe; daughter of Russell Preuit and the late Jean Preuit; daughter-in-law of Marjorie Cuffe and the late Donald Cuffe; sister of Sally Cudd, Russ Preuit and Betsy Warwick. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Regan was born November 25, 1950 in Salem, Oregon, the daughter of George E. and Kathleen B. Robinson. She died on August 24, 2014 at her home on Whidbey Island, Washington. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire and Simmons School of Library Science. She served as a librarian and library administrator in King, Stevens and Whatcom Counties in Washington, as well as in Oregon and Rhode Island. She was founder and publisher of the Librarians Collection Letter. She was a passionate advocate for libraries and literacy. She was an active opponent of attempts to constrain or control public access to information. She is survived by her son, Sam Kolyer of Kettle Falls, Washington, and brother, Anthony B. Robinson (Linda), of Seattle. (Correspondence to PO Box 803, Coupeville, WA 98239) Regan lived with integrity and joy. Her many friends and family members grieve her loss but give thanks for her life, a life well lived. Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 4, 2014
Kristi Dorn Smith On August 30, 2010, former resident of Arlington, VA. Taught music and was the lead of several bands in the early 80's. Daughter of the late Spencer and Elaine Smith. Survived by her son, Spencer; sister, Victoria (Thomas) Barrett; niece, Elaine Barrett; nephew, Thomas Barrett, III and an aunt, Shirley Sharp.
Karen A. Todd Anderson, 58 of North Port, Florida passed away at her home March 7, 2009. Karen was born January 15, 1951 in Washington, DC the daughter of the late Irvin and Violet (Wozniak) Todd. Karen moved to North Port in 1976 from Arlington, Va. She was a Medical Transcriptionist for the Bay Pines Regional office in St. Petersburg for 10 years until her retirement. She was a member of San Pedro Catholic Church; she was the reunion coordinator for the past 9 years for the Washington Lee Class of 1969 located in Arlington, Va. The beloved wife of Andy Anderson of North Port, sister, Linda Gordon and niece Kate Gordon both of Bradenton, Fl; best friend, Linda Logan of Sunset Beach, NC; and a number of extended family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all.
Seth Warren Wilson, age 65 of Southport, North Carolina passed away on Sunday March 19, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Seth is predeceased by his father Warren “Hank” Wilson, and is survived by his mother Geraldine “Geri” Wilson, sister Carola Keller and her husband Lamar of Savannah, Georgia. Seth is lovingly remembered by his wife of 36 years Denise Wilson along with their two adoring daughters Sarah Wilson of Los Angeles, California, and Katie Wilson of Santa Monica, California. Seth recently became a first-time grandfather to Sarah’s daughter Quinn Grace Johnston. Seth was born on June 13, 1951 in McCook, Nebraska, and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. He graduated from Washington and Lee High School in Arlington, VA and later earned his degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. After the completion of his studies at Virginia Tech, Seth began a challenging and very successful career that took him all over the world. Working on projects with the Army Corps of Engineers military construction program, Seth was the Construction Inspector at Walter Reed Medical Center and also at Ft. Sam Houston’s Brook Army Medical Center. He later became the medical facility construction project manager and NATO construction project manager for the Corps’ Europe division in Frankfurt, Germany, and followed as the medical program manager Headquarter Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C. He later moved on to become the Corps of Engineers, Resident Engineer in Honolulu, Hawaii. After the completion of his work at the Army Corps of Engineers, Seth transferred agencies to work as the medical construction specialist for the US Army Surgeon General in Washington, D.C. Seth’s work allowed him and his loving family to travel extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and Korea. His colleagues and friends fondly attribute his career successes to his ability to work toward solutions in a calm, cooperative, and analytical manner. After retiring, Seth and Denise moved to Southport, North Carolina, where he enjoyed reconnecting with the things he loved the most: relaxing with his family, playing golf, and saving turtles. While in Southport, Seth also volunteered at the Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity showcasing his quick wit, self-effacing nature, sense of humor, and tireless effort to get the job done. He and Denise frequently visited their parents in Floyd, Virginia and Savannah, Georgia to offer love, encouragement and support. His mother could always count on him every month to climb up on the roof and brush away the pine needles.