Obituaries, week of Nov. 14: Isaac Anderson V, Anthony Edward Bryant, Marjorie Balderson Bryant, Eleanor Fairfax Demastus, Mary Ellen Lee Fulcher, Maxine Hinton Ganger, Frederick Dove Harman Jr., Clarence J. Jett, Margaret A. Madison, Lois A. McKenney, James Booker Sisson .

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 11:36 am

Isaac Anderson V


Isaac “Ike” Anderson V, 84, of Lottsburg, died on Wednesday, November 7, 2012. Ike was a WW II Army Veteran and a retired Branch Manager with Ford Motor Credit in Richmond.

He is survived by his daughter, Lynn Ellen Anderson of Salisbury, MD; his son Isaac “Andy” Anderson VI of Slidell, LA; his special friend and companion, Barbara Scott of Lottsburg; his faithful dogs, Suzette and Katie; and many friends.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 9, 2012 at Heathsville UMC, Heathsville. The Reverend Jim Godwin officiated.  Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 at Saint Philips Episcopal Church Cemetery, Quantico, MD.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heathsville United Methodist, 39 Courthouse Road, Heathsville, VA 22473 Church or to the Callao Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 82, Callao, VA 22435.


Anthony Edward Bryant


Anthony Edward Bryant, 52, of Reedville,  passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. He was a retired waterman.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Josephine S. Harris, his father, William W. Harris, and his brother, Calvin H. Savage.

He is survived by his brother, John W. Savage, of Newport News, Virginia.

A graveside will service will be held at Onancock Cemetery, Onancock, at a later date.

Online remembrances may be made at


Marjorie Balderson Bryant


Marjorie Balderson Bryant, 88, of Warsaw, widow of Arnold Bryant, died on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Mrs. Bryant was the retired owner of Bryant’s Service Center and was a member of Totuskey Baptist Church.

Survivors are her son, Douglas Arnold Bryant (Billie Sue) of Farnham; her daughter, Donna B. Jewell (Roy Lee) of Warsaw; four grandchildren, Todd Jewell, Janet Childs, Tammy Bryant and Tina Hughes; seven great-grandchildren, Matt, Josh and Jacob Jewell, Kristen and Kaylee Childs, Austin and Abigail Boone; her brother, Edwin Balderson (Marcia) of Roanoke; her sister, Burnette Neufer of Tysons Corner; and her sister-in-law, Edna Butler of Warsaw.  Mrs. Bryant was preceded in death by her daughter, Ellen Ruth Bryant.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Totuskey Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Danny Maupin and Pastor Jimmy Dunn officiated. Pallbearers were Matt Jewell, Josh Jewell, Jacob Jewell, Todd Jewell, Austin Boone, Norman Childs, and Richard Hughes.  Memorial contributions may be made to Totuskey Building Fund, c/o Keith Smith, 1364 Totuskey Church Road, Warsaw, VA 22572 or Hospice of Virginia, P. O. Box 2098, Tappahannock, VA 22560.


Eleanor Fairfax Demastus


Eleanor Fairfax Demastus, 66, of Callao, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. She was a homemaker and the daughter of the late Frederick Griffith and Dorothy Brooks Fairfax.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Ann Parker, grandson, Jocko C. Parker, both of Fredericksburg; two brothers, Frederick G. Fairfax, Orlando, Fla., William H. Fairfax, Hague; four sisters, Ada F. Wright, La., Lynette F. Hammond (Eddie) Tappahannock, Darlene H. Ray and Charlene Shiewer, both of Maryland. She was preceded in death by a devoted friend, Lewis Brann.

A memorial graveside service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 at Yeocomico Episcopal Church, Tucker Hill with Rev. Catherine Swann officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Riverside Hospice, 618 Hospital Road, Medical Arts Building A, Suite 201, Tappahannock, Va. 22560.

Condolences may be made at


Mary Ellen Lee Fulcher 


Mary Ellen Lee Fulcher of Kinsale departed this life suddenly on Oct. 24, 2012 at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital surrounded by her husband, sister, daughters, and niece by her bedside. She was born Aug. 15, 1940 in Kinsale and remained a servant of her community her entire life. She was the daughter of the late Eliza Johnson Lee and Fred Stephen Lee, and the oldest girl among five children. Two brothers, Calvin S. Lee Sr. and Frank A. Lee, and two sisters, Catherine L. Conley and Carolyn Melinda Lee. Both brothers and Carolyn have preceded her in death.

As a child, she joined Zion Baptist Church where she began her Christian journey. She served on the choir, junior missionary circle and other activities. Mary was educated in Westmoreland County Public Schools and went on to further her education at St. Pauls College in Lawrenceville, Va. where she received a B.S. in Education. She later earned her M.S. from Virginia State University. Improving children’s lives was truly Mary Ellen’s life’s work. She served as an educator for a total of 42 years between the Westmoreland and Richmond County School systems. In addition to teaching, she drove the school bus for eight years. Mary began her teaching career at Montross Elementary before the schools were integrated. After integration, she taught between Montross Elementary and Cople Elementary, where she taught Physical Education. Mary also taught Drivers Education at Washington and Lee High School. She ended her teaching career at the Northern Neck Vocational School teaching alternative education. The years at the Vocational School were the highlight of her career. With the eager anticipation of her first grandchild, Mary retired from the Richmond County School system in 2003.

She moved her church membership to Potomac Baptist Church to be with her mother (Eliza Lee) where she served diligently in several ministries for over 20 years. She was involved in several committees that were successful in completing many upgrades at the church. Until her death, she served as Chairman of the Deaconess board among other roles. Mary started the Senior Citizens Program that met every other Wednesday. This included Bible Study and other activities for the Seniors of Potomac and the community. The group participated in many activities such as group walks, board games, dining and numerous day trips. The group toured the White House, the Washington Cathedral and downtown Washington, D.C. She loved her work with the church and was proud of its advancements.

On Aug. 28, 1963, Mary Ellen married her husband and lifelong partner, John William Fulcher. From this union they had one daughter, Jovanni Mercedes Robinson. She also saw fit to help raise several of her nieces, cousin’s children and neighbors; bringing them up with the love and consistency of family. Mary and John William also raised Darlene Wilson Thomas, or “Boo” as she is affectionately called by her family and friends. She also called Dottie, Patsy, Velvet, Towanda and Kenny her children.

Mary leaves behind her husband and best friend John William Fulcher; her beloved daughter, Jovanni M. Robinson (Julius); grandchildren, Evan Julius Robinson and Morgan Grace Robinson; devoted sister, Catherine L. Conley (James H. Conley); her brother’s children, Deborah Lee Parrott, Wanda Kelly, Karen Johnson, Valerie Price; nephews, Calvin S. Lee Jr. and sister’s son Aurelio Conley; sisters-in-law, Margaret Johnson, Ernell Parrott, Mary Fulcher and Alease Reed. Also, she leaves behind several very special friends including Priscilla Sizer, Odessa Smith, Doris Carter, Hope Barnes, Sandra Lewis and Mildren Brown, and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and other family members, friends, and associates.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 1 at Potomac Baptist Church, Hague. Pastor Andrew Tribble officiated. Interment followed at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Kinsale. Pallbearers were Kenny Bibbens, Christopher Lee, Willis Parrott Jr., Johnathon Brown, Calvin S. Lee Jr., James Page, George Tate, and William Wilson Sr.

Funeral services entrusted to the Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home.


Maxine Hinton Ganger


Maxine Hinton Ganger, 92, of Fredericksburg passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 at Hughes Home in Fredericksburg.

Born in Robley, Va., Mrs. Ganger moved to the Washington DC area in 1940 where she attended George Washington University.  She was the widow of Robert E. Ganger and is survived by her children, Carol V. King of Fredericksburg and Bruce H. Ganger of Fredericksburg; and five grandchildren, Robert C. King of Arlington, Carl H. King of Fredericksburg, Virginia S. King of Charleston, S.C., Paige L. Ganger of Harrisonburg, Preston H. Ganger of Fredericksburg and one great grandchild, Jude R. Ganger of Fredericksburg.

In retirement, Maxine was active in volunteer activities in White Stone, Va where she settled in 1973 and lived for 25 years.  She enjoyed writing poems for her grandchildren, and Maxine was a gifted quilter and needle pointer.

She was a member of Farnham Baptist Church in Farnham, Va for over 85 years, and also a member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church.

Maxine was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Family received friends  Friday, November 9 at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, where a viewing was held.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m Saturday, November 10 at Farnham Baptist Church and burial was in Farnham Baptist Church Cemetary.  Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, handled arrangements.


Frederick Dove Harman Jr. 


Frederick “Fred” Dove Harman Jr., of Callao and formerly of Fairfax, passed away in Mechanicsville on November 2, 2012.

He was born January 30, 1928 in Elkins, West Virginia, the son of Frederick D. Harman, Sr. and Susie Blackwood Harman.  Preceding him in death were his sisters Sarah I. Harman and Sue Harman Bergren and his brother John C. Harman. The surviving members of his immediate family are younger brothers Jacob D. Harman and William P. Harman and nieces Eva Bergren Cronin, Pamela Bergren Crow, and Rebecca Bergren Warwick.

Fred also is survived by the love of his life, best friend, and partner Anne Smith Harman to whom he was married for 59 years; his son, Frederick W. Harman and wife, Shirley of Tazewell, Virginia and daughter, Sarah Harman and husband, Jerry Hopkins of Callao.

He was a proud graduate of Elkins High School and Davis & Elkins College and a lifetime member of the Alumni Associations of each. West Virginia has produced no son or daughter more proud of his heritage and home state.

A veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean War, Mr. Harman retired in 1984 after serving for over 30 years as a Civilian Personnel Officer at the Naval Surface Weapons Laboratory in Dahlgren, the Naval Ordinance Station in Indian Head, Maryland, the David Taylor Model Basin in Carderock, Maryland, and the Defense Mapping Agency in Glen Echo, Maryland. At his retirement he received the Award for Meritorious Civilian Service.

After retiring he and Anne embraced their time together and traveled the country, especially to Arizona, visiting relatives and friends, returning afterward to their home in Mosby Woods in the City of Fairfax. For many years they made their winter home in Labelle, Florida and had a vacation hideaway in Elkins.

To all who knew him, he was recognized as an honest and practical man. By nature he was kind, patient, good natured, and respectful of others. A man of deep convictions and abiding trust in the Lord, he showed his faith by the example he set in the way he lived.  If he told you something, you could trust it to be true. He did not just make commitments, he kept them. His friends were friends for life and he kept in touch with many. His many friends are his chosen family.

By the same token he also would answer any question asked honestly and succinctly; you knew the answer. If you did not want the question answered, you should not have asked it.

Fred’s and Anne’s home has always been open to everyone, be they friends, family, or new acquaintances. An invitation was seldom extended or needed because all were welcome – this is well known. There were many times when the house was filled with far more “Family Members” than just Harmans and this suited Fred; it reflected how he was raised. He was a man who embraced his life and the lives of others and people were drawn to and followed his leadership because of this.

After his family, his family of friends, and love of his hometown of Elkins, Fred was especially fond of the Mountain State Forest Festival which he and Anne attended all of their lives, their many friends in Mosby Woods and Labelle Woods Resort, and each new day which he embraced as a new chance to live.

If the measure of a man’s life is his contributions to others, the company he has kept, and the friends made, Fred was a success in every way. He was a devoted husband, father, and friend and everyone he touched is better for him having been a part of their lives.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Henderson United Methodist Church, 72 Henderson Drive, Callao, VA  22335.

In lieu of flowers Fred’s family requests that donations in his honor and memory be made to the Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Highway, Heathsville, VA  22473, or the Countryside Wesleyan Church, 17750 Palm Beach Boulevard, Alva, FL  33902.


Clarence J. Jett


Clarence “Pete” J. Jett, 91, of Lottsburg, passed away on Thursday, November 8, 2012. He was retired from Maintenance with the FAA, and was in the U.S. Army Air Force.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Luther J. Jett and Hellen S. Jett. He is also preceded in death by his sisters, Ruby J. Hammack, Marie J. Robertson, and Henrietta J. Luttrell; his brothers, E. Leroy Jett, E. Garnett Jett, Albert J. Jett, Luther S. Jett, Phillip L. Jett, Charles F. Jett; and a nephew, William Luttrell.

He is survived by two sisters-in-law, Charles F. “Mickey” Jett, and Phillip L. “Carolyn” Jett; one first cousin, Judy Jett;  he is also survived by his nieces, Melissa J. Traylor, Tina J. McCarter, Mary M. Beasley, Debbie Jett, and Stacy Jett; nephews, Michael A. Jett, Keith Jett, Ronald L. Jett, Gessner B. Jett, Ed Jett, John Jett, Jon Jett, and Phillip Jett; and a host of grand-nieces and nephews, and close friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Faulkner Family Funeral Home, Burgess, Virginia from 1-2:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow at 2:00. Burial will be at Roseland Cemetery, Reedville.


Margaret A. Madison


Margaret A. Madison, 70, of Reedville, Virginia passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2012. She was a member of Fairport Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her son, Jerry L. Madison.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Earl L. Madison.

She is also survived by her son, Earl L. Madison Jr. of Elkton; her daughter-in-law, Lisa M. Madison of Reedville; her sister, Alice Farmer and her husband, Elbert, of Md.; her brother, James “Jimmy” Denkines and his wife Pamela, of Md.; two grandchildren, Nichole Madison, and Jared Madison, and one great grandchild.

The family received friends at Faulkner Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Burgess, Virginia, on Monday, November 5, 2012 from 6 to 7 p.m. Funeral Services followed at 7 p.m. Graveside services were held Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at Elk Run Cemetery in Elkton.

Memorial donations may be made to Fairport Baptist Church, 2399 Fairport Road, Reedville, Virginia, 22539

Online remembrances may be made at


Lois A. McKenney


Mrs. Lois A. McKenney, 76, of Callao, passed away on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.  She was the widow of George Lomax McKenney.

She is survived by her two sons, R. Michael McKenney (Almeda) of Callao and George Bruce McKenney; two grandchildren, Caroline McKenney and Patrick McKenney. She was preceded in death by her brother, Walter Roy Ashburn.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, November 9, 2012 at Henderson United Methodist Church. The Reverend Lou Ann Frederick officiated. Interment was in the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Henderson Happy Meals, P.O. Box 22, Callao, VA 22435.


Harry Fulmer Smith Sr.


Harry Fulmer Smith Sr., 85, of Haynesville, passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Delorise Fisher Smith; two sons, Harry Smith, Jr. and Howard Smith (Joanne), all of Haynesville; three grandchildren, Chris Smith of Ashville, NC, Danielle Sanders (Wade) of Warsaw and Jonathan Smith (Bethany) of Urbanna; two great-granddaughters, he called his little girls, Abigail and Cassidy Sanders.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel with interment in the Totuskey Baptist Church Cemetery.  Pastor Danny Maupin and Pastor Lee Farmer officiated. Pallbearers were Jonathan Smith, Chris Smith, Johnny Dodson, David Dunaway, Wade Sanders, and Jimmy Barnes.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 7167 Scholarship Fund, c/o Harriett Potter, 402 Folly Neck Road, Warsaw, VA 22572.


James Booker Sisson 


James Booker Sisson, 76, of Heathsville, passed away Thursday, November 1, 2012. Booker was a retired parts manager for Rappahannock Tractor, a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of Smithland Baptist Church.

Survivors are his daughter, Kimberly Sisson Staples (Charles) of Chester; his brother, Raymond Sisson of Heathsville; three sisters, Delois Atkins of Heathsville, and Henrietta Newsome and Gladys Newsome, both of Lottsburg.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 5, 2012 at Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel with interment in Smithland Baptist Church Cemetery. The Reverend Ian McManarney officiated.

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