|Lorne T. Sonley - Agricultural economist
Lorne T. Sonley, 86, of Warrenton, died March 26, 2002, at his home.
Born Nov. 29, 1915, in Manilla, Ontario, he was the son of Edith Mollon
and Hilliard R. Sonley.
Mr. Sonley and his wife, Susan, moved to Fauquier County in 1980, where
he continued to commute to Washington, D.C., until his retirement from
the World Bank.
Mr. Sonley graduated from Guelph University in Ontario with a degree
in economics. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during World
War II and after the war went on to graduate studies in economics at the
University of Chicago. He served in various foreign aid efforts with U.S.
government agencies and most recently worked with the World Bank as an
agricultural economist until his retirement. He spent many years living
overseas in connection with his work. He retired to Warrenton and with
his wife, Susan, and became a competitive rose grower and organic farmer.
They loved fishing and camping in northern Quebec, and have a trophy Northern
Pike and Walleye on the wall at home. A lucky trophy size lake trout still
swims free somewhere in Quebec.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan Blake Sonley; his son,
Thomas Sonley and his wife Margaret and their daughters Rebekah and Sandra,
all of Warrenton; his son, Timothy Sonley and his wife Janis and their
sons Ben and Jack and daughter Joanna, all of Potomac, Md., and his sister,
Millicent Naito of Portland, Ore.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., April 1, at Rectortown United
Memorial contributions may be made to Fauquier Hospital, 500 Hospital
Drive, Warrenton, Va. 20186.
R.A. ‘Ram’ McClanahan - U. S. Marine
Richard Allen "Ram" McClanahan Jr., 36, of Remington, died March 25,
2002, at his home.
He was born May 28, 1965, in Warrenton.
Ram served in the U.S. Marines from 1983 until 1992, serving honorably
in the Persian Gulf War. He was a recipient of many medals for his service
and was given an infield promotion to the rank of sergeant for his meritorious
and courageous service under fire. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans
of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of
Haymarket Baptist Church.
He is survived by a son, Brandon Bruce McClanahan of Las Vegas, Nev.;
his mother, Linda Rorrer McClanahan of Remington; his father, Richard A.
McClanahan Sr. of Bowie, Md.; his maternal grandmother, Mildred C. Fletcher
of Remington; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Paul W. Rorrer and Albert
and Virginia McClanahan.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 28,
at Moser Funeral Home. The Rev. Michael Payne will conduct a memorial service
conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 29, at Moser Funeral Home. Burial will
follow at the Warrenton Cemetery with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Remington Volunteer Fire
and Rescue Co., P.O. Box 159, Remington, Va. 22734, or to the Remington
United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 86, Remington, Va. 22734.
Hazel S. Hall - Warrenton resident
Hazel S. Hall, 64, of Warrenton, died March 22, 2002, at Fauquier Hospital.
She was born Nov. 7, 1937, in Essex County, a daughter of the late
Bessie Helen Samuels.
Hazel liked to be considered a paraprofessional and homemaker. She
was an active member of the Warrenton Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Bobby D. Hall; a son, Bobby D. Hall
II of Warrenton; a daughter, Helen H. Olinger of Bealeton; three sisters,
Evelyn Blackley, Henrietta Snellings and Gwendolyn Dickerson, all of Fredericksburg,
and a brother, Hurley Samuels of Fredericksburg.
Rev. Jay Lawson held a graveside service March 26 at Bright View Cemetery
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O.
Box 1749, Vienna, Va. 22183-1749, or to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America,
100 West Clarendon, Suite 2200, Phoenix, Ariz. 85013.
Nina H. Jones - Freelance writer
Nina Holt Jones, 90, died March 20, 2002, at Culpeper Health and Rehabilitation
She was born in Lewisburg, W.Va., the daughter of Emma McWhorter Holt
and Robert Byrne Holt.
She and her husband, who preceded her in death, moved to Warrenton
Mrs. Jones became active in a number of local organizations, among
them The Hospital Auxiliary, The Fauquier Historical Society, Friends of
the Library and The Community Concert Association. She was a freelance
writer, sometimes using the pen name Louise Newman. For a time, she wrote
a column for The Fauquier Democrat. She was a member of the Warrenton Presbyterian
Mrs. Jones is survived by a son, local attorney H. Ben Jones Jr., and
two grandchildren, Laura Holt Jones and H. Ben Jones III.
Graveside services were held at Rosewood Cemetery in Lewisburg, W.Va.,
on March 25.
Memorial contributions may be made to Warrenton Presbyterian Church,
P.O. Box 187, Warrenton, Va. 20188.
Daniel L. Robinson - Horse trainer
Daniel Lee Robinson, 58, of Marshall, died March 21, 2002, at Fauquier
Mr. Robinson was born at Delaplane on May 25, 1943, son of the late
John Henry Bushrod Robinson and Helen Marshall Robinson of Marshall.
Mr. Robinson was a horse trainer for many years.
He is survived by his mother; nine sisters, Susie E. Penic and Lillian
R. Stribling of Paris, Va., Helen E. White, Gloria Paige and Linda F. Sonnie,
all of Marshall, Shirley C. Marble of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., Julia B. Rennick
of Winchester, Barbara Tracey of Leesburg and Doris C. McGhee of Upper
Marlboro, Md., and two brothers, Walter A. Robinson of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.,
and John H. Robinson of Ossington, N.Y.
The Rev. William Swann conducted the funeral March 26 at the Ashville
Baptist Church near Marshall. Interment took place in the Westview Cemetery
Betty J. Reynolds - Active in church
Betty Jean Reynolds, 75, of Culpeper, died March 22, 2002, at her home.
Born May 8, 1926, in Grafton, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late
Rayman L. and Blanche Smith Brand.
Mrs. Reynolds was a member of the Culpeper Women’s Club, the Culpeper
United Methodist Church and the Susanne Wesley Circle of the church. She
enjoyed flower gardening, playing bridge, reading, bowling and working
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Ray Reynolds of Culpeper;
two daughters, Marlene Whittakker of Gainesville, Charlotte Keeley of Jeffersonton
and Gayle Ferrell of Warrenton; a son, Bill Reynolds of Fredericksburg;
a sister, Madelon Kidwell of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; seven grandchildren,
and a great-granddaughter.
The Rev. John Crawford III and the Rev. Marvin Cook conducted the funeral
March 26 at the Culpeper United Methodist Church. Burial took place in
the Culpeper Masonic Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society,
P.O. box 1747, Culpeper, Va. 22701.
Henry L. Martin - Fauquier native
Henry Lee Martin, 55, of Triangle, died March 22, 2002, at Northern
Virginia Community Hospital.
Born Dec. 18, 1946, in Fauquier County, he was a son of the late Harvey
W. and Blanche Virginia Shifflett Martin.
Survivors include two sisters, Frances L. Sneed of Triangle and Mary
O. Odom of Aulander, N.C., and three brothers, Franklin Martin of Florida,
Thomas E. Martin of Maryland and Jerry Martin of Richmond.
A service took place March 25 at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. Interment
was at Bright View Cemetery near Warrenton.
Richard Burns - Steeplechase jockey
Richard Burns of Chestnut Forks, near Warrenton, died June 1, 2002,
at Carroll Manor Nursing Home in Washington, D.C. He was 76.
Mr. Burns was born Nov. 1, 1925.
Mr. Burns served in the Navy during World War II after which he rode
steeplechase racehorses owned by Mrs. Marion duPont Scott, trainer for
Raymond Woolfe, and later worked for owner-trainer John Maloney. Both his
father and brother William were successful steeplechase riders. Later Mr.
Burns rode and worked with local hunters for Andrew Bartenstein and Harcourt
He is survived by two sisters, Margaret B. Curtis of Manassas and Frances
Sampson of North Carolina, and two brothers, Samuel Burns of Washington,
D.C., and Tommy Burns of Manassas.
He was predeceased by his parents, Willie and Lillie Burns; a brother,
William Burns, and a sister, Isabelle Burns.
The Rev. Lemuel Montgomery will conduct the funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday,
June 6, at Joynes Funeral Home in Warrenton. The family will receive friends
for an hour before the service. Burial will take place in the National
Cemetery in Culpeper.
Marsyl S. Hammond - Racehorse breeder
Marsyl Stokes Hammond, a breeder of racehorses, died peacefully in her
sleep on May 30, 2002, at her home, Liberty Hall, in Culpeper County.
Born in Washington, D.C., in 1920 and educated in England, she was the
daughter of Sylvanus Stokes Jr. and Margaret Fahnestock Drummond-Wolf.
Prior to moving to Culpeper, Mrs. Hammond lived for 20 years at Foxhill
Stud near Middleburg.
She was married in Cairo, Egypt, to R. V. C. Montgomerie-Charrington
and subsequently married to Ogden Hammond of Palm Beach, Fla. She bred
horses both in England and in the United States, and owned such notable
mares as Boudella, Orabella and In-Command.
Mrs. Hammond is survived by her son, Robert S. Montgomerie-Charrington,
and two grandsons, Russell E. Montgomerie of Boca Raton, Fla., and Robert
A. Montgomerie of New York, N.Y., as well as by her stepson, Ogden H. Hammond
III of Cape Cod, Mass., and Spencer J. Montgomerie, a great-grandson.
Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the
Culpeper County Humane Society, 10144 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, Va.
22701, or to the Fauquier SPCA, P.O. Box 733, Warrenton, Va. 20188-0733.
Charles Acrey Dodson - Amissville resident
Charles Acrey "PaPa" Dodson, 85, of Amissville, died May 30, 2002,
at his residence.
He was born Feb. 28, 1917, in Rappahannock County to the late George
Ernest Dodson and Neva Nicholson Dodson.
Mr. Dodson was a member of Forest Grove Baptist Church in Viewtown.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gladys Wilson Dodson of Amissville;
two sons, Charles Dodson of Amissville and Billy Dodson of Culpeper; four
daughters, Barbara Settle and Joan Reid, both of Amissville, Rebecca Frazier
of Rixeyville and Helen Edwards of Catlett; two brothers, Robert Dodson
of Bealeton and Milton Dodson of Grand Junction, Colo.; two sisters, Mattie
Hackley and Florine Smith, both of Amissville; 13 grandchildren, and eight
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Geneva Frances Dodson; one
grandchild, Dickie Reid; three brothers, Jack, Eugene and Thomas Dodson,
and five sisters, Neta Scott, Nellie Nicholson, Birdie Hackley, Gladys
Mozingo and May Settle.
The funeral took place June 4 at Found and Sons Chapel with Rev. Charles
Interment was in the Amissville Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Rapidan, P.O.
Box 1715, Culpeper, Va. 22701.
Martha C. Brent - School teacher
Martha Carter Brent, 96, of Warrenton, died June 3, 2002, at the Culpeper
Baptist Retirement Community.
She was born Oct. 22, 1905, in Rectortown, a daughter of the late Mr.
and Mrs. Shelby Hill Carter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence D. Brent Sr.
She was a graduate of William and Mary College and taught primary grades
in Fauquier County for 23 years. She was a member of the Phi Mu Fraternity
at William and Mary. She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in
Warrenton and worked as a volunteer of the Fauquier Hospital Auxiliary
in the Thrift Shop for 18 years.
She is survived by a son, L. D. Brent Jr. of Warrenton; three grandchildren,
Laura Westerman of Marshall, Holly Hite of Manassas and John Brent of Morgantown,
W.Va., and three great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Friday, June 7, at 1 p.m. at Warrenton
Cemetery by Rev. Roma Maycock.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Gary L. Kemp - Army veteran
Gary L. Kemp, 56, a contracting officer for the Department of Defense,
died of a heart attack May 29, 2002, at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
He lived in Bealeton with his wife of 12 years, Rosemary, and their
two children, Gary Jr. and Kathy. In addition to them survivors include
daughter, Yancy Jennings and her son, Kyle Lynch of Spokane, Wash.; daughter,
Becky Patterson of Oklahoma City, Okla., and her children, Kaemon, Kyra
and Malcolm Jr.; four aunts and one uncle, Al and Melba Alviso, Virginia
Fulmore, Reba Gillespie, Velma Kemp, and their families.
Mr. Kemp, born Dec. 9, 1945, in Holdenville, Okla., was the only child
of the late LaVerne and Vera Kemp.
Mr. Kemp served his country as an officer in the U.S. Army from May
1966 through August 1972, including logistics officer, operations and training
staff officer, supply staff officer, administrative officer and flew helicopters
in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, as field artillery unit commander. He later
served as a contracting officer, at times holding other contracting positions
within the Department of Defense, for 20 years.
He studied accounting and business management at Cameron University
in Lawton, Okla., South Oklahoma City Junior College and Central State
University in Edmond, Okla.
He was past master of Del City Masonic Lodge 536 in Del City, Okla.;
a member of the Guthrie Scottish Rite in Guthrie, Okla.; India Temple Shrine
in Oklahoma City, and the National Sojourners Inc. Mr. Kemp served as vice
president of the Tinker Air Force Base Gun Club for two years.
He resided in Bealeton starting in 1994 and was a member of the Warrenton
Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed fishing, trap and skeet shooting, and joined
the Izaak Walton League of America Inc.
Masonic services were held June 4 at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton
and a graveside service took place the following day at Culpeper National
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children,
International Shrine Headquarters, 2900 Rodey Point Drive, Tampa, Fla.
Julias Johnson Jr. - Navy cook
Julias Johnson Jr., 78, of Portsmouth, died May 26, 2002, at the Naval
Medical Center in Portsmouth.
He was born Oct. 2, 1923.
Mr. Johnson retired after 30 years as a cook in the U.S. Navy. He served
20 years at the Depaul Hospital in Norfolk.
He was a 32nd Degree Mason, Prince Hall Shriner and member of Arabia
Survivors include his wife, Lewahana Johnson of Portsmouth; two sons,
Julias Johnson III of Norfolk and Johnny Johnson of Warrenton; a daughter,
Cyneese L. Johnson of Portsmouth; three sisters, Alberta Baker of Cleveland
and Louise Williams and Gloria Chapman, both of Natchez, Miss., and three
The Rev. Melvin Boone conducted the funeral June 1 at New First Baptist
Church in Portsmouth. Burial took place at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in
Francis E. Baker - Front Royal resident
Francis Edward Baker, 48, of Front Royal, died May 24, 2002, at Jefferson
County Hospital in Ranson, W.Va.
He was born Aug. 15, 1953.
Survivors include his parents, Francis and Georgianna Baker of Front
Royal; two daughters, Christal Chavis of Manassas Park and Amanda Chavis
of Manassas; two sons, Francis Chavis of Front Royal and Darryl Payne of
Warrenton; as sister, Nancy A. Baker of Front Royal; a brother, Perry Baker
of Front Royal, and four grandchildren.
The Rev. Lemuel Montgomery conducted a graveside service June 1 at
the Mt. Morris Community Cemetery near Hume.