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Obituaries, week of August 6: Meeks, Evans, Fallin, Veney, Byrd

Posted on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 2:09 pm



William Franklin Meeks (Peanut), 47, of Front Royal VA passed away at Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Winchester, VA on Tues. July 15, 2014 after battling cancer.

He is survived by his mother, Annie Ruth Summerlin Ulfig of Warsaw, VA, his stepfather, Ed Ulfig of Montross, VA, his daughter, Brittany Meeks of Montross, brothers Henry Graham Meeks Jr. and wife Debbie of Ohio and Jay Lee Eubanks of FL and a sister, Eunice Diana Davis of Warsaw, VA. He is also survived by nieces Michaela and Shelby Meeks of NC and nephews Kai Meeks of NC and Wayne Davis of Warsaw, VA.

He was born on Oct. 17, 1966.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nicole Meeks, his father, Henry Meeks Sr., and his grandparents.

A graveside service will be held on Sat. Aug. 9, 4 p.m. at 63 St. James Lane and South Tidwells Rd. in Montross.




Isabel “Peggy” Evans 92 of Montross died Monday, July 28, 2014 in Waldorf, MD.

She was born March 8, 1922 in Glen Dale, CA to late Nye E. Emmons and Isabel W. Emmons. In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her husband Woodland R. Evans sons, William N. Evans and Ronald J. Evans; daughters, Lucille M. Smith and Margaret A. Lindamood and three brothers.

She is survived by her son Robert W. Evans; sisters, Mary Anna Bucci and Hazel Daniels; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

Peggy enjoyed crocheting and crossword puzzles. Her family was very important to her, she loved them very much.

The family received friends August 2, 2014 from 11 with funeral service immediately following at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home LaPLata, MD. Interment was at Trinity Memorial Gardens Waldorf, MD.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Charles County, 2505 Davis Rd., Waldorf, MD 20603

Pallbearers were Donnie Smith, Doug Randall, Jimmy Willet III, Bill Evans, Christopher Smith, Allen Rouse and Archie Verdiglione.

Honorary bearers were Sonny Lindamoood, Jimmy Willett and Ricky Rouse.

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Jessie Marie Powers Fallin, 90, a longtime resident of Montross, Virginia, died peacefully on July 28, 2014 at the Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge in Charlottesville, Virginia and entered the gates of the Kingdom. Her gentle kindness and nurturing love will be forever cherished by family, friends, and caregivers.

Appropriately born on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1924 in Sturgills, North Carolina, she was the youngest of seven children. Her beautiful mother, Elizabeth Peake, passed away when Jessie was two years of age, followed within 10 months by the death of Winfield Powers, her dear father. She was raised by her beloved grandmother, Jane McCrady Peake until the age of sixteen at which time she lived with her older, adored sister, Ola Worley and her husband, Mert and their family in Bristol, Tennessee.

Jessie Marie married her beloved Landon on June third 1942 in Bristol, Tennessee. Together, they raised their children, Donna Marie, Stephen Thomas and Lisa Lee in the Washington, D.C. area where Landon was the President of Fallin Realty, Inc. on Capitol Hill. Two daughters and one son did not survive and passed away before birth while one infant daughter lived for several days. What a joyful reunion in Paradise.

The loss of her mother and father at such a tender age opened her heart to a special compassion for children and she was honored to work with the Baptist Home for Children in Bethesda, Maryland where she served as the President of the Board of Church Representatives. There she met young Leo Shipp, who began spending holidays with the family, eventually becoming an honorary son.

A woman of deep faith, she taught Primary Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. where she was also a faithful member of the choir. She and Landon were also devoted members of the monthly ministry of friendship and fellowship to the patients of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. After retiring, Landon and Jessie moved back to the banks of the beautiful Nomini Creek on Deep Point in Montross, Virginia where they attended the Currioman Baptist Church and Jessie taught adult Sunday school as well as Vacation Bible School. She was a life member of the Friendship Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Washington, D.C.

An accomplished painter, she studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington. A lover of beauty, every plant she touched seemed to flourish at her gentle hand and she especially enjoyed marigolds, petunias, blackeyed susans and roses. Through the years, Jessie and Landon traveled the world and especially enjoyed a family trip to the Motherland, beautiful Ireland in 1994.

Jessie was famous for her succulent home cooked meals that nourished both body and soul. Many a meal was lovingly prepared solely with vegetables from their garden and fresh fish from the Nomini Creek.

Predeceased by her three sisters and brother, Ola Worley, Grace Hart, Alta Faust and Carl Powers, her oldest daughter, Donna Marie and late groom of 62 years, Landon Fallin.

Survived by her son, Stephen Thomas of Manassas, Virginia, daughter, Lisa Lee (Jack) of Camp Springs, Maryland, Leo Shipp of College Park, Maryland, grandchildren, Timothy Robert, Rachel, Jessica, Aimee, Sonia Marie, Landon Nathaniel, Joshua Alexander, and Landon Matthew. Additionally, great grandchildren including Sydney Anne and Madeline Grace, numerous nieces and nephews including Roxanna White, Charles, James and Fred Worley, and Robert Burnett, dear husband of beloved, late niece June Burnett, sister-in-law Doris Fallin, cousin Vergie Dungan, and sisters Hazel Magdalene Britton and Blanche West.

Though diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2004, Jessie’s love and light continued to shine brightly, abundantly blessing those around her and teaching us all profound lessons of compassion, patience, and the great importance of living in the moment.

The family would like to express our deepest appreciation to social worker, Marie and her husband, Matt Mierzejewski and children Peter Joseph, Thomas Gabriel, and Mary Olivia for being ever present with our Lord’s love and tenderness, the outstanding staff, past and present, of the memory care community, Vista, the compassionate staff of the Health Care wing of the Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge and Hospice of the Piedmont.

The loving kindness of social worker Marie Mierzejewski and the beautiful staff of Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge played an immeasurable role in Jessie’s health, serenity and contentment that she enjoyed for many years in Charlottesville, Virginia despite the ever progressing Alzheimer’s.

A celebration of Jessie’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Currioman Baptist Church of Montross, Virginia with interment following in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services. Welcomed expressions of sympathy may be considered in the form of contributions to Samaritan’s Purse (Operation Children’s Christmas Box in Memory of Jessie Fallin) PO Box 3000 Boone, N.C., 28607 or The Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Virginia 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA, 22901.

Proverbs 31:28




Alice Burnell Veney passed away Saturday, July 12, 2014, at her residence in Emmerton. She was born August 7, 1934 in Emmerton and attended Richmond County schools. She was the widow of Vinson Randolph Veney; mother of the late Dr. Herbert L. Veney and daughter of the late Plummer and Pearl Brown. After nurturing her five sons and one daughter through their school years, Alice began helping to support her household through her domestic capabilities.  She took much delight in spearheading “House of Burnell” Catering Services. Her great quality of love also placed her in numerous homes where she cared for the children of other families.

She united with Mulberry Baptist Church in Emmerton early in life and held many positions: deaconess, usher, missionary, youth sponsor and performed duties wherever she could provide her services.  She was also affiliated with God’s Word in Action Christian Ministry

She served with several community organizations including the Salvation Army, NAACP, Richmond County School Board Selection Committee, Northern Neck Nurses Association, Hospice Program, volunteer services for the sick and elderly and numerous other activities.

Surviving are her children, Vinson Russell Veney (Joann), Ernest Divella Veney (Alicia), Robin Wayne Veney (Karen), David Nathaniel Veney (Karen), Valentina Veney (Cliff); 10 grandchildren, Senobia Veney, Diandra Veney, Devin Veney, Imani Veney, Jennifer Hill, Donna Dancy, Robin Wayne Veney Jr., Tierra Williams, Keshawna Veney and Tená Veney; 11 great-grandchildren: Ariana, Malachai, Maddy, Amaya, Mykel, Christopher, Tre’Vante’, Tavian, Jamarre, Amarjae’ and Kavontae; five sisters, Estelle Burrell, Edna Cousins, Virginia Greene, Ruby Meade, Delores Moody; one adopted daughter, Myra Edwards; one adopted sister, Meta Sampson; one brother, Thomas Brown; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Mulberry Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery.




Robert I. Byrd, Jr. of King of Prussia, PA passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

He was the son of the late Ida Jones and Robert Byrd Sr.

He served in the U. S. Air Force following which he studied at Quaker City School of Aeronautics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  In 1961, he was employed at Eastern Airlines as an aircraft mechanic.  He became a supervisor and was awarded Mechanic of the Year in 1972. The award was a medallion made of metals that were flown around the moon by Apollo 18, ironically on Robert’s birthday in 1968.  After 29 years of service, Eastern Airlines folded, and Robert went to work at Carnival Airlines, where he was a mechanic until the closure of their Philadelphia facility.  He then worked at UPS Airlines until he retired after 13 years.

At an early age Robert joined Angel Visit Baptist Church in Dunnsville. Later he joined Second Baptist Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania.

Surviving are his wife, Sylvia; daughter, Alita Byrd; stepchildren, Allison Jones Smith and Chris Jones; grandson, Devon Byrd; sister, Gloria Byrd Queen and  a host of other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by an older brother, who died in infancy.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Angel Visit Baptist Church, Dunnsville. Interment at the church.