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Obituaries, week of Dec. 18: Jones, Crossley, Brown, Baylor, Miles, Postell, White, Packett, Bowman, Chatham

Posted on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm


Lois Marie McGregor Jones died peacefully on Monday, December 9, 2013 with her dear ones gathered nearby. Lois was born on May 15, 1927 in Bisbee, Arizona to a copper miner, Curtis Floyd McGregor and his wife, Lois Dawson McGregor. Lois grew up to be the belle of the town, graduating from Bisbee High School and being crowned “Miss Bisbee” in 1945. Soon after, she met her “dream come true,” USAF Lieutenant William A. Jones III, while working at nearby Douglas AFB and they married in 1948. Together they travelled around the world, following his career as a United States Air Force pilot. Eventually they landed in Bill’s home state of Virginia. Bill was killed in a plane crash in 1969 leaving Lois with three young daughters to raise. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism in Viet Nam, and Lois accepted it on his behalf from President Nixon in 1970. She continued to be a devoted Air Force wife for the rest of her life, representing Bill at many official functions in his honor, the most recent being the dedication of the Col. William A. Jones III office building at Andrews Air Force Base in 2011. She also worked as the Assistant to the Executive Director of the Falls Church Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years and managed the Jones family farm in Warsaw. She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. James Church in Falls Church for many years. Lois spent her last several years living in Brandermill Woods, and the family expresses deep appreciation for their tender care. Her family was the most important thing in her life. Left to treasure her memory are her three loving daughters, Anne Jones Gilfillan, Elizabeth Hart Jones, and Mary Lee McGregor Jones Kuhn; two devoted sons-in-law, Rusty Gilfillan and Thomas Kuhn; her beloved grandchildren Lee Kuhn, Jack Davisson, Marjorie McGregor Boehlert, Elizabeth and Eric Lea, Robert Gilfillan, and William and Hannah Gilfillan; and her precious and adorable great-grandchildren Rory and Maeve Gilfillan. A funeral service will be held  Saturday, December 14, 2013 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Warsaw. Interment  followed in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Families of the Wounded Fund, P.O. Box 330 Midlothian, Va. 23113. Online condolences may be expressed at


Helen Headley Crossley died Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in Arlington. She was born in Sharps and was the widow of Fred R. Crossley. Her son, Fred Crossley II died in 1968. As a registered nurse for 77 years, her work included serving as a school nurse in Prince George’s County, MD. She was preceded in death by seven siblings and is survived by eight of her 10 nieces and nephews. She was the oldest member in age as well as the member for the longest time at the East Washington Heights Baptist Church where she served as a deacon. At a later date, there will be a memorial service and burial in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the East Washington Heights Baptist Church, 2220 Branch Ave. SE, Wash. DC.


James H. Brown passed away November 28, 2013. He was born September 3, 1936 to Flora and Collier Brown Sr.

James attended Richmond County Schools.  He was a member and Trustee of Second Baptist Church and a member of both the Men’s Chorus and Senior Choir.

On Feb. 21, 1959, James was united in Holy matrimony to Elsie Epps Brown.

He worked on Pemberton¹s Dairy Farm and later became an Assistant Plant operator Wood Preservers, Inc.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Elsie Epps Brown; three children, Corey Brown (Leslie), Jacqueline Washington (Duane) and Bernadette LeVere (Darryl); eight grandchildren, Courtney, Brittney and Chelsea Brown, Dimitri and Desmond Washington and Destiny, Christopher and Miles LeVere; great-grandchild, Damian Washington; his brothers and sisters, Collier Brown Jr., George Brown (Jean), Thomas Brown, Robert Matthews (Marjorie), Charlie Brown (Linda), Leatrice Scott, Florence Baptist, Shirley Johnson (Jesse) and Doris Miller, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held Dec. 3 at Second Baptist Church.

Interment services were held at the church cemetery.

Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.


Joyce Ann Canada Baylor passed away November 24, 2013. She was born August

16, 1950 to Lucy Canada.

She was a faithful member of New Zion Baptist Church, serving as Trustee, Assistant Church Clerk and a member of the pulpit committee.

She was a 1968 graduate of Richmond County High School in 1968 and continued her education at RCC, graduating with a degree in Microcomputer Applications.

She worked at Levi Strauss and Company for 31 years, continued her career at Wal-Mart and operated her own business, Rejoyce Religious Supplies, with her brother, Frank.

Surviving are her husband of 37 years, Warner Baylor; daughter, Chiquita Baylor; brother, Deacon Frank Canada (Deborah); sister, Norma Jean Shelton (Wallace); aunt, Louise Canada; sister-in-law, Crystal Satchell (Marwin); brother-in-law, Stanley Baylor, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Nov. 30 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Bruington.

Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.


Samuel Edward Miles passed away November 9, 2013. He was born January 28, 1955 to Samuel and Agnes Frances Goldman Miles.

Samuel attended school in Middlesex County, Rappahannock Community College Glenns Campus and Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton.

After retiring from the U.S Army, Samuel worked in Washington, DC at the Pentagon and served as an Administrative Assistant at Walter Reed Hospital and the Navy Medical Center in Maryland.

Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his siblings: Alice A. Miles of Irvington and her daughter, Licia Miles Dandridge of Lancaster; George W.

Miles (Sharon) of Lackey, Va., Milton D. Miles of Saluda and Barbara A.

Miles of Woodbridge; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and -nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held November 6, 2013. Interment services were held at the church.

Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.


Margaret Elizabeth “Liz” “Momma Liz” Thompson Postell was born May 3, 1925 to James Wesley Thompson and Susie Rebecca Thompson in Lottsburg.

She was a member of Zion Lottsburg Baptist Church where she served on the Zion Missionary Society for many years. She attended Julius Rosenwald High School. Liz left for Washington, DC, in search of opportunity and worked as a waitress, performed neo-natal care at Freedman’s Hospital, and served as a nurses’ assistant at Walter Reed Hospital a position she held until retirement.

In Washington, Liz met and married Louis Postell.

Liz was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters and five brothers.  .

Liz is survived by her children, Anthony Falls (Judith) and LaWanda Postell; sisters, Doris Catherine Betts, Lessie Darnell Smith, and Florence Ilva Connor; grandchildren, Justin Falls and Lauren Falls, a great-grandchild, Maggie Campbell-Falls; devoted friends, Shirley Stewart and Sandra Usual, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held November 9 at Macedonia Baptist Church. Interment services were held at the Thompson Family Cemetery, Lottsburg.

Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.


Marion Paul Hudgins White, 74, died December 10, 2013 at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital. Marion Paul was a native of New Point.  For many years he was the manager of the Sears and Roebuck Men’s Department from which he retired as well as retired from the Methodist ministry, having served several churches in the Rappahannock/York District. MP also enjoyed coaching baseball for American Legion Post 75, Northumberland High School, the Lancaster Little League and the Lancaster JV baseball team. MP was active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was chaplain for the White Stone Fire Department. He enjoyed playing golf, attending athletic events and listening to country music. He was a member of the A.F. & A. M. Grand Lodge Lancaster Union No. 88 and The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Mason No. 41.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert Lee and Georgia Hudgins White. He is survived by his daughter, Holly Basta and husband, Harry Haywood; son, Paul Scott White and wife, Maritza; four grandchildren, Kalob Basta, August , Ileana and Rebekah White; and a brother, Claude White and wife, Janice; two nephews, Craig and Gilby White; and a niece, Linda White-Watford. A funeral service, conducted by the Reverend Wayne Moore, was held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point. Interment followed in St. Paul Cemetery. Should friends desire to continue his love for athletics, contributions may be made to the Marion P. White Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 990, Gloucester Point.


Frances Daiger Packett, 88, of Warsaw, passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Mrs. Packett was the daughter of the late William and Georgia Daiger, the widow of Robert Packett Sr., a retired cashier at Family Dollar and a member of Edgewater United Methodist Church.

Survivors are her son, Robert “Bobby” Packett Jr.; daughters, Nancy Clark (Frankie) and Georgia Packett; sisters, Virginia Wood and Mary Jane Knight; and grandchildren, Robbie Daiger Packett and Nicholas Murray. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, William, Irving, Eldred and Ogle Daiger and granddaughter, Elisa Thomas.  The family would like to especially thank Riverside Tappahannock Hospice, The Orchard and a special thank you to Gladys Clark.

Funeral services were held at 12 Noon Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at Warsaw Baptist Church with interment following in the church cemetery. Pastor Larry Schools officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to Edgewater United Methodist Church, c/o David Standbridge, 146 Boyce Point Circle, Montross.


Margaret Elizabeth Fallin, 86, of Farnham, passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. She was a retired Director of Environmental Services, and was the widow of Lester Fallin, Jr. She is survived by her son, James “Jim” Fogarty (Sherry); daughters, Tammy Combs, Diane Tillis, and Rosanne Fogarty; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Bonnie Shedd Hatch and two grandsons, Jordon Fogarty and Wayne Shedd.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 at Warsaw Church of God with Pastor Dave Metz officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN.


Cecil Paul Bowman, 83, of Montross died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Cecil was the husband of the late Edith L. Bowman, a member of Currioman Baptist Church, a member of Montross Moose Lodge # 2333 and a retired security guard for Stratford Harbour Association. He is survived by his sons, Keith Bowman (Judy) of Montross, Paul Bowman (Tonya) of Lenoir, NC and Donald Bowman (Gail) of Lenoir, NC.; one brother, George Marshall Bowman Jr. of North Carolina; four sisters, Roxie Hamlet, Florence Balderson and Reba Alverson (Bill). all of Montross and Betty Sue Kerby of Patterson, NC. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Buddy Lee Bowman; three brothers, Boyd Bowman, Eugene Bowman and George Bowman and two sisters, Jeannette Pipes and Cedren Robbins. A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 16 at Currioman Baptist Church, Zacata. Rev. David McIntire officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to the Currioman Baptist Church, P.O. Box 841, Montross.


A. Stanley Chatham, 83, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. “He Belonged to the Lord.” He was a retired Marine Patrol Officer for VMRC, a member of Westmoreland Lodge 212 AF&AM, a retired waterman and carpenter. He is survived by his wife, Florence H. Chatham; one son, Todd Stanley Chatham of Warsaw; one daughter, Connie Chatham Reynolds (Terry) of Glen Allen; three sisters, Ruby Clark of Warsaw, Dorothy Zeller of Farnham and Bernice Conley of Tappahannock; and three grandchildren, Amber, Kayla and Jonathan Chatham. Memorial service at 2 p.m. Dec. 18, at the Montross Chapel of the Welch Funeral Home. Brother Gordon McDonald and Pastor Ken Overby officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Westmoreland County Fire Department, Company #5, P.O. Box 222, Montross.