Miscellaneous Fauquier County, Virginia Obituaries


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Irma H. Holmes 

Church member 

Irma Hitt Holmes, 68, of Amissville, died July 28, 2000, at her home. 

Born Aug. 9, 1931, she was the daugter of Omega Hitt of Amissville and the late Mason L. Hitt. 

She was a member of Amisville United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the Amissville Homemakers Association. 

In addition to her mother, survivors include two daugters, Ann Simmons of Amissville and Connie Peterson of Marshall; two sisters, Mary Brown and Marion Woodward, both of Amissville; three brothers, Mason L. Hitt Jr. of Warrenton, John Hitt and Martin Hitt, both of Amissville, and three grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edward Holmes. 

The Rev. Karen Adams conducted a memorial service at July 31 at Amissville United Methodist Church. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Rapidan, P.O. Box 715, Culpeper, Va. 22701 or Amissville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 108, Amissville, Va. 20106. 

James Sprouse 

Marshall resident 

James Sprouse, 89, of Marshall, died July 25, 2000. 

Born April 8, 1911, he was the son of of the late Henry and Ella Lee Florence Sprouse of Warrenton. 

Survivors include his wife, Mozella Nalls Sprouse, and a sister, Virgie Sprouse of Herndon. 

A memorial service will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at Royston Funeral Home in Middleburg. 

Virginia F. Bradshaw 

Shop owner 

Virginia Furr Bradshaw, 66, of Key Colony Beach, Fla., and Coles Point, Va., formerly of Middleburg, died July 26, 2000, at her home in Coles Point. 

She was the daughter of Maudie J. Furr and the late Thomad Furr of Middleburg. 

In addition to her mother, survivors include her husband, Charles Bradshaw; three sons, Steve Bradshaw of Key Colony Beach, Michael Bradshaw of Knoxville, Tenn., and David Bradshaw of Winchester; a sister, Jane Furr of Middleburg, and three grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Nancy Smith. 

A memorial service was held Aug. 1 at Middleburg Baptist Church. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Middleburg Baptist Church of the Middleburg Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Chilton H. McDonnell 
Scientist, historian 

Dr. John Chilton Horner McDonnell, 79, of Warrenton, died Sept. 26, 2000, at Fauquier Hospital. 

He was born Oct. 13, 1920 in Fort Dade, Fla., and was raised in Warrenton. 

Dr. McDonnell's roots in Warrenton precede its founding. His parents were Maj. Austin McCarthy McDonnell and Mary Theresa "Kitty" Belt McDonnell. 

Dr. McDonnell completed his undergraduate work at Catholic University and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. His association with Sigma Xi, the scientific society, began in college. 

He participated in the North Africa and Sicily campaigns during World War II from 1942 to 1944, working in chemical warfare. He was employed by the U.S. government at the Naval Ordinance Station in Indian Head, Md., as a research chemist in the research and development division. Dr. McDonnell, "Doc" as he was known, retired after 26 years of service with the Department of the Navy. During his career, Dr. McDonnell received a number of patents for this innovative research. 

Following retirement, the family moved back to Dr. McDonnell's boyhood home of Warrenton. All his life, Dr. McDonnell was an active member of the Society of the Cincinnati, as well as numerous other professional, civic and religious organizations. He was a Third Degree Knight of Columbus in the Father Veger Council and a Fourth Degree in the Bishop Flaherty Assembly. He also was a Secular Franciscan. His family contributed substantially to the Fauquier Historical Society during its inception and Dr. McDonnell continued that tradition with both artifacts and financial gifts, and as a docent for the Old Jail Museum. Additionally, he avidly pursued interests in history, family history, tradition and books. 

Dr. McDonnell's love for the rails included membership in the Piedmont Railroaders, the National Association for Railroad Passengers and others. A ride on the Washington Metro system to the Library of Congress or the Smithsonian Institution, where he held associate membership, was a favorite pursuit. When Washington, D.C., was not on the agenda, he was a regular on Warrenton's Main Street, especially at the library. 

Dr. McDonnell is survived by his wife of 48 years, Beatrice Martin McDonnell of Warrenton; three daughters, Mary Byrne McDonnell of New York, N.Y., Katherine Therese Belt McDonnell of Tucson, Ariz., and Barbara Ann Chilton McDonnell of Springfield; a son, Peter Martin McDonnell of Clinton, Md., and two grandsons. 

He was preceded in death by his sister Autine Byrne McDonnell Hearst. 

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Sept. 29 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton. Interment was in Bright View Cemetery near Warrenton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fauquier Historical Society, P.O. Box 675, Warrenton, Va. 20188, or to the Warrenton Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 3370, Warrenton, Va. 20188. 

John R. Cooke 
Formerly of Warrenton 

John R. Cooke, 88, of Manassas, formerly of Warrenton, died Sept. 30, 2000, at Hospice and Palliative Care in Arlington. 

Born Jan. 28, 1912, in Delaware, he was a son of the late Robert and Fannie Bell Cooke. 

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Laura F. Cooke, of Manassas; a daughter, Shirley L. Allen, of Dale City; a brother, Carl Cooke, of Warrenton; two sisters, Sadie Durham, of Jeffersonton and Edna Wince, of Warrenton; two grandsons, and four great-grandchildren. 

The Rev. Clifford Burroughs conducted the funeral Oct. 3 at Found & Sons Chapel in Culpeper. Interment was in Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Jeffersonton. 

Earl R. Loughborough 
Equestrian columnist 

Earl Randolph Loughborough, 70, of Upperville, died Oct. 1, 2000, at Winchester Medical Center. 

Mr. Loughborough wrote a column for "In and Around Horse Country" in Warrenton, and over the years had been employed by the U.S. Postal Service, Foxcroft School and was a thoroughbred racing official for many years at Delaware Park, the Charles Town Races and Philadelphia Park. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. 

He was born near Aldie and later moved to Fauquier County where he graduated from Marshall High School, lettering in several sports. He was an avid horse enthusiast, was a regular at Rokeby's broodmare barn on the Hunt Country Stable Tour and a member of Upperville Baptist Church. 

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Donna Peachey Loughborough, of Upperville; a brother, Richard Franklin Loughborough, of Boyce; three children, Larry Loughborough of Upperville, Linda Ralston of Monument, Colo., and Rick Loughborough of Gastonia, N.C., and three grandchildren. 

The Revs. Randy Elrod and Gary Chiles conducted the funeral Oct. 4 at Upperville Baptist Church. Interment was in Ivy Hill Cemetery in Upperville. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Upperville Volunteer Fire Department or Upperville Baptist Church. 

Mary R. Borst 

Mary Rial "Mimi" Borst, 87, formerly of Bethesda, Md., and Warrenton, died Oct. 1, 2000, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, following a long illness. 

Born May 5, 1913, in Pittsburgh, she was a daughter of the late Marie Gloninger and Dr. Bruce P. Rial. 

Growing up in Europe, she attended Sacre' Coeur in Florence, Italy, and Mon Sejour, in Aigle, Switzerland. She graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Emmitsburg, Md., and attended the University of Lausanne. 

She married G. Edward Borst, July 13, 1935, and lived in Brussels, Belgium, until the outbreak of World War II. After the war, she accompanied her husband on assignments with the State Department. Fluent in three languages, Mrs. Borst loved travel, art, music and dance. While living in Warrenton, she was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church and was a volunteer at Fauquier Hospital. 

Survivors include two sisters, Rebecca R. McKenna of Chevy Chase, Md., and Ledlie R. Cunningham of Blue Ridge Summit, Md.; two sons, G. E. Borst of Warrenton and Dr. Christopher A. Borst of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three daughters, Elizabeth B. Fannon of Amissville, Aileen B. Snyder of Rixeyville and Susan B. Fawcett of Wolfeboro, N.H.; 10 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her youngest sister, Aileen R. Schwartz; eldest daughter, Rosemary B. Andrews McLean, and her husband. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Piedmont Area Office, Warrenton, 10201 Lee Highway, Suite 210, Fairfax, Va. 22030. 

Tara M. Wilson 
Warrenton resident 

Tara Marie Wilson, 35, of Warrenton, died Oct. 1, 2000, at Fauquier Hospital. 

Born Aug. 7, 1965, in Prince George's County, Md., she was a daughter of Wayne N. and Barbara L. Douglas, of Warrenton, who survive. 

Mrs. Wilson graduated from Winter Haven (Fla.) High School in 1983 and worked as a cashier. 

In addition to her parents, survivors include her husband, Scott Taulbert Wilson of Warrenton; a daughter, Meghan Lynn Wilson of Warrenton; a brother, Matthew Douglas of Warrenton; a sister, Kristie Douglas of Warrenton, and her paternal grandfather, Shields Macurdy of Worthington, Pa. 

A service took place Oct. 4 at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. Interment was in Bright View Cemetery near Warrenton. 

Lois N. Fletcher 
Lifelong church member 

Lois Naomi Fletcher, 93, of Catlett, died Sept. 27, 2000, at Fauquier Hospital. 

Born Jan. 6, 1907, in Stafford County, she was a daughter of the late Thaddeus and Corrine Courtney. 

Mrs. Fletcher was a lifelong member of Grace United Methodist Church at Somerville. A homemaker, she enjoyed gardening. 

Survivors include two daughters, Emogene Lee of Hartwood and Betty Fletcher of Catlett; three sons, Edmund Fletcher of Catlett, Warren Fletcher of Midland and Steven M. Fletcher of Fredericksburg; two sisters, Lenora Christy and Virginia Curtis, both of Fredericksburg; a brother, Wilson Courtney of Fredericksburg; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandchild. 

The Rev. Robert Wolf conducted the funeral Oct. 1 at Grace United Methodist Church. Interment was in the church cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, c/o 2446 Poplar Road, Hartwood, Va. 22406. 

Sally E. Wells 
Fauquier Laundry employee 

Sally Elizabeth Wells, 62, of Warrenton, died Sept. 21, 2000, at Fauquier Hospital. 

Born Nov. 11, 1937, in Virginia, she was a daughter of the late George M. and Bessie Evelyn Jones. 

Mrs. Wells was a member of the Warrenton Baptist Church. She worked 35 years as a clerk for the Fauquier Laundry. 

Survivors include a son, Jerry Wells of Warrenton, and a sister, Lillie Jones of Rappahannock County. 

The Rev. Sam P. Jones conducted a graveside service Sept. 26 at Mount Holly Cemetery near Remington. 

Jean L. Griffith 
Warrenton secretary 

Jean Lewis Griffith, 71,. of Warrenton, died Oct. 1, 2000, at Inova Fairfax Hospital. 

Born Oct. 13, 1928, in Manassas, she was a daughter of the late Percival A. and Emily Round Lewis.
Mrs. Griffith worked as a secretary. 

Survivors include her husband, J. Franklin Griffith of Warrenton; two daughters, Patricia Henderson of Lake Anna and Gayle Jean Green of Gainesville; a son, Lesley Griffith of Warrenton; a brother, Ashby Lewis of Manassas; seven grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. 

The Rev. Ralph Satter conducted a graveside service Oct. 4 at the Warrenton Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 7203 Poplar St., Annandale, Va. 22003. 

Margaret V. Summers 
Child care provider 

Margaret Virginia Summers, 72, of Sperryville, died Sept. 28, 2000, at Fauquier Hospital. 

Born July 6, 1928, she worked as a child care provider.
Survivors include her husband, Robert M. Summers of Sperryville; three foster daughters, LaTonya Aylor of Sperryville and Alicia Bowman and Consuella Bowman, both of Laurel, Md.; two foster sons, Arathon Aylor of Sperryville and David Bowman of Laurel, Md.; three sisters, Pauline Bailey of Woodbridge, Rosa Hawley of Germantown, Md., and Dorothy Reeves of Manassas; a brother, William R. Dove of Washington, D.C., and seven grandchildren. 

The Revs. Boykin Young and John Pendleton conducted the funeral Oct. 2, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Gainesville. Interment was in the church cemetery. 

Carlotta G. J. Jury 
Fairfax resident 

Carlotta Gail Johnson Jury, 50, of Fairfax, died Oct. 2, 2000, in the Inova Fairfax Hospital. 

Mrs. Jury was born Oct. 17, 1949, daughter of the late Rinker A. and Ursula Canard Johnson. 

Survivors include her husband, Jamie B. Jury; three daughters, Saraya B. Sowers Jury of Fairfax, Kacinta J. Jury of Fairfax and Kimberly M. Sowers of Suitland, Md.; three sons, Jackie R. Sowers Jr. of Front Royal, Benny A. Sowers of Woodbridge and William T. Sprouse of Front Royal; a sister, Peggy Leathers of Strasburg and three grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, at Royston Funeral Home Marshall. The Rev. David Cleveland will conduct a service at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Upperville. 

Bedford R. Sisk 
World War II veteran 

Bedford Rinker "Beck" Sisk, 78, of Rectortown, died Sept. 29, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va. 

Mr. Sisk was a retired truck driver and heavy equipment operator in the Marshall and Middleburg area. He was a veteran of World War II who took part in the initial assault during the invasion of Normandy. He was awarded five battle stars and one arrowhead. 

Survivors include a brother, Hubert Leroy Sisk of Winchester; six sisters, Dorothy Ellis of Front Royal, Mollie Payne, Virginia Wines and Pearlie Williams, all of Marshall, Peggy Sisk and Betty Lou Gray, both of Luray. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Smith and Emma Ellis Sisk. 

A graveside service took place Oct. 3 at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Upperville. 

Ann Lisenbee 
Middleburg native 

Ann Lisenbee, 77, of Clearwater, Fla., died Sept. 29, 2000. 

Born and raised in Middleburg, she was a daughter of the late Richard Earl and Nellie Gray Alexander. 

Mrs. Lisenbee was a retired supervisor with AT&T. 

She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Andrews; a sister, Eugenia Trojan of Casper, Wyo., and a granddaughter. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest Lisenbee. 

The funeral took place Oct. 2 at Middleburg United Methodist Church. Interment was in Middleburg Memorial Cemetery.

Leonie K. Schoumacher 
Teacher, photographer, gardener 

Leonie Kramer Schoumacher, 63, of Hume, a longtime teacher and wife of television journalist David Schoumacher, died Nov. 28, 2000, of lymphoma at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. 

Born in North Dakota and educated by the Sisters of the Precious Blood, Mrs. Schoumacher taught at schools in Ohio and Northern Virginia. After leaving the order, she taught at Taylor Elementary School in Arlington. 

Following retirement, she managed the Fine Gifts and Gourmet Foods departments at Nieman-Marcus in Chevy Chase, Md. She also served as a wedding consultant there. 

An avid gardener and accomplished photographer, she exhibited her works at the State Capitol in Richmond in 1995. 

In addition to her husband, survivors include nine brothers and sisters; four stepchildren, and 11 grandchildren. 

Her first husband, Lloyd Hollander, died in 1982. 

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. 

The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Washington, Va. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. box 1749, Vienna, Va. 22183-1749. 

Nellie G. Smith 
Private duty nurse 

Nellie Goff Smith, 64, of Warrenton and Fredericksburg, died Nov. 24, 2000, at her home in Warrenton. 

Born Feb. 19, 1936 in Fauquier County, she was a daughter of the late George Robert Goff and Mabel Lee Taylor Goff. 

She worked as a private duty nurse for many years. She was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church near Warrenton and of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 4123 in Fredericksburg. 

Survivors include her husband, Frank O. Smith of Fredericksburg; a daughter, Carmen N. Gill of Warrenton; two sons, Warren D. Gill and Walter T. Putnam, both of Warrenton; three brothers, Douglas Goff of Front Royal and Howard Goff and George Goff, both of Warrenton; two sisters, Elizabeth Tarr of Warrenton and Jane Mullins of Ft. Washington, Md., and three grandchildren. 

The Rev. John Chadsey conducted a service Nov. 27 at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. Interment was in the Warrenton Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Virginia, P.O. Box 1576, Merrifield, Va. 22116-1576. 

Oscar E. Riggleman Sr. 
Haymarket handyman 

Oscar Eugene Riggleman Sr., 62, of Haymarket, died Nov. 24, 2000, at the Prince William Hospital in Manassas. 

Born Aug. 5, 1938, in Petersburg, W.Va., he was a son of the late Oscar Dayton Riggleman and Leora Landis Riggleman Davis. 

He retired from the General Services Administration in Washington as a sheet metal worker. Since his retirement, he had been a self-employed handyman enjoying his work in remodeling and carpentry. 

Survivors include his wife, Mallie B. Riggleman; two daughters, Scarlet Van Deman and Dawn Smith, both of Gainesville; two sons, Buddy Riggleman and Junior Riggleman, both of Haymarket; two sisters, Mary Ann Williams of Lovettesville and Martha Alice Sites of Stephens City; two brothers, Denver Riggleman and J. D. Riggleman, both of Petersburg, W.Va.; eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wayne Riggleman and Lawrence Riggleman. 

A service took place Nov. 27 at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. Interment was in Middleburg Memorial Cemetery. 

William B. Lawler 
Retired farmer 

William Basil Lawler, 98, of The Plains, died Nov. 26, 2000, at Warrenton Overlook. 

He was a retired farmer. 

The Rev. Dr. Randolph Daniels conducted a graveside service Nov. 28 at the Marshall Cemetery. 

Edwin F. Hardy 
U.S. Navy veteran 

Edwin Frederick Hardy, 70, of Fairfax, died Nov. 24, 2000, at Fair Oaks Hospital in Fairfax County. 

Born Nov. 25, 1929, in Miami, he was the son of Jane Hardy of Largo, Fla., and the late George Tipton Hardy. 

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Hardy worked as a civil engineer. 

In addition to his mother, survivors include two daughters, Patricia Palmer of Warrenton and Susan Johnson of Fairfax, and four grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Hanback Hardy. 

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Warrenton home of his daughter, Mrs. Palmer. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Northern Virginia, 4715 N. 15th St., Arlington, Va. 22204. 

Henry L. Jackson 
Fauquier native 

Henry Leroy Jackson, 63, of Gaithersburg, Md., died Nov. 25, 2000, at the Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center. 

Born July 29, 1937, in Fauquier County, he was a son of the late John R. and Ella Lewis Jackson. 

Mr. Jackson retired from H.D. Smithy Realty. He was a member of Guilfield Primitive Baptist Church in Millwood and Warren Lodge 8. 

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Ann Jackson; two daughters, Joy Jackson of Gaithersburg and Pamela Taylor of Richmond, Texas; a brother, John Jackson of Warrenton; three sisters, Catherine Carter of Front Royal and Katie Lewis and Julia O'Banion, both of Arlington, and a grandchild. 

He was preceded in death by a son, Henry Leroy Jackson Jr. 

Pastors Harold Brown and Francine Singletary conducted a service Nov. 29 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home in Berryville. Interment was in the Mt. Morris Cemetery in Hume. 

Helen O. Rowell 
Warrenton resident 

Helen O. Rowell, 97, of Warrenton, died Nov. 24, 2000, at Oak Springs Comprehensive Care Center in Warrenton. 

Born Jan. 14, 1903, in Sweden, she was a homemaker. 

Survivors include a son, Robert E. Rowell of Warrenton; five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 

Mrs. Rowell was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin L. Rowell, and her daughter, Anna M. Mraz. 

Harvey D. Turner 
Paris resident 

Harvey Douglas Turner, 87, of Paris, died Nov. 27, 2000, at the Winchester Medical Center. 

Survivors include his wife, Georgia Turner; two daughters, Joan Sampson of Leesburg and Diane Turner of South Riding; a son, George Turner of Winchester; two sisters, Margaret Lakes of Leesburg and Evelyn Nickens of Harrisburg, Pa.; five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. 

The Rev. Phillip Lewis will conduct a noon service on Friday, Dec. 1, at Royston Funeral Home in Middleburg. Interment will be in West View Cemetery in Upperville. 

The family will receive friends for an hour before the funeral. 

Arlie J. Stone 
Formerly of Fauquier 

Arlie J. Stone, 78, of Manassas and formerly of Fauquier County, died Nov. 22, 2000, at Prince William Hospital. 

Survivors include a daughter, Corrinne L. Cline of Dumfries; a son, Jim Stone of Laguna Hills, Calif.; a sister, Joan Fagan of Riverside, Calif., and four grandchildren. 

The funeral was private. 

Myrtle W. Payne 
Marshall resident 

Myrtle Wine Payne, 86, of Marshall, died Nov. 18, 2000, at her home. 

Born March 5, 1914, in Marshall, she was a daughter of the late G. Ernest and Hester Payne Wine. 

Survivors include two sisters, Goldie Griffith of The Plains and Ruth W. Leonard of Marshall; a brother, George M. Wine of Marshall; a stepson, Joseph Peyton Kerns of Marshall, and two grandchildren. 

The Rev. Jack Rudy conducted a graveside service Nov. 20 at the Orlean Cemetery. 

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