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Obituaries, week of Jan. 15: Nichols, Davis, Sanford, Allison, Scott, Featherall

Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:43 am


Jackie Lee Nichols, 80, of Warsaw formerly of Woodbridge, Virginia, beloved husband of Darleen R. Nichols, departed this life in the early morning of Thursday, January 9, 2014 at his home.  Jackie and Darleen moved to Warsaw in 2006 following their retirement and two cross country trips.
Jackie was born on October 26, 1933 in Cooleemee, North Carolina.  At the age of three he was run over by an automobile which crushed his right foot leaving him with a lifelong limp and constant pain.  He worked in the cotton mill until 1953 when he joined the U.S. Army.  After leaving the Army in 1955, he settled in Alexandria, Virginia where he met and married Darleen.  He was extremely proud of his service to his country and made a point of thanking other service men and women for their sacrifice.
He had many friends in Warsaw and Richmond County where he assisted Darleen with her writing/photo activities.  Jackie retired from Mount Vernon Estate (George Washington’s home) in 1995 following which he and Darleen made two trips across the country visiting 48 states.  He loved Western movies and western history.  Jackie had been told he was part Cherokee, a fact he proudly embraced.
He is survived by his loving wife of almost 55 years (their 55th anniversary is January 16, 2014); three brothers, James (Daisy) of Salisbury, NC; David, Cooleemee, NC and Samuel (Shelby) of Advance, NC; one sister, Earlene Deadmon (Baxter) of Irmo, S.C.; a brother-in-law (thought of as another brother) Lee Faris (Julie) of Gaithersburg, MD.  His large, extended family includes ten nieces, four nephews, twelve great-nephews and six great-nieces.  One very special great-nephew and best bud, Reece Roberts, who has Downs Syndrome.
Final arrangements by Welch Funeral Home. Jackie chose cremation so there will be no burial services.  A Memorial Service will be held on January 16, 2014 at Welch Funeral Home, 10300 Richmond Road, Warsaw, Virginia. There will be a visitation with family and friends beginning at 6 p.m. followed by a brief service at 7 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of a donation in his name to: Reece’s Rainbow, Down Syndrome Adoptive Ministry; P.O. Box 4024, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20885.  All donations to the organization are tax deductible.


Lawrence J. Davis, 71, of Brandywine, MD, passed away January 10, 2014. He retired in 2005 after 32 years as a Self Improvement Contractor. He was preceded in death by his father, Talmadge B. Davis; mother, Laura V. Wilkins; son, Robert L. Davis and brother, Roger Lee Davis. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Edna Mae Davis; daughter, Dorothy Whitely and her husband, Keith Whitely; son, Michael Davis and his wife, Jennifer Davis; grandchildren, Rodney, Ali, Corey, Donovan, Cassidie, Haylie and Anthony. Family and friends will be received at Lee Funeral Home, Inc. Clinton, MD on Wednesday, January 15 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Upper Marlboro Thursday, January 16 at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Callao.


Mrs. Beverley Fretwell Sanford, 82, of Kennesaw, GA, formerly of Warsaw, VA passed away January 5, 2014. She was born April 10, 1931 in Richmond to Mary Banks and James William Fretwell. After graduating from Farmville High School, Beverley attended Mary Washington College and Virginia Commonwealth University, formerly known as Richmond Polytechnic Institute. She was an artist who enjoyed painting, making hand woven baskets, sewing, growing roses and a variety of crafts. When her daughters were growing up, she loved volunteering whenever needed, and never missed an athletic event or fine arts performance. She always supported and encouraged her daughters in every way.  She also founded the Red Hat Society in Warsaw. Beverley was very fun, social and young at heart. She had a very giving spirit. Beverley moved to Warsaw as a young bride; she was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, she raised her family on Morgan Lane and immensely enjoyed life with her many Northern Neck friends.  In 2005, she relocated to Kennesaw, GA to be near her family. There, she made many new friends and loved her life in Stonebrooke Village.  Beverley will be remembered as a loving mother to her two daughters, who meant the world to her, as a wonderful Ma-Ma to her grandchildren, and for her never ending passion for life. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charles Cordell Sanford; sister, Betty Anne Fretwell; her parents, and her long-time companion, Dick Packett.   Beverley leaves behind her daughters, Mary Bev Barrett (John) and Kathryn Fant (John) and grandchildren, Meghan, Sean and Holly Barrett and Colin and Harrison Fant. Beverley’s family would like to thank the staff at Sunrise of East Cobb for their wonderful and compassionate care.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at St. John’s Episcopal Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Reverend Michael Malone officiated.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Beverley to the Outreach Ministry of St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church in Marietta, GA, where Beverley was met weekly with Eucharist and prayer.


John M. Allison, 82, of Fredericksburg passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 11, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Allison was born in Emmerton on November 7, 1931.  He joined the US Army at the age of 17, honorably served in the Korean War, and retired after 29 years of service.  Not ready to “retire,” John worked for another 28 years for local area companies including VSI, Fredericksburg Auto Auction and Kings Dominion.  He remained a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Emmerton and enjoyed singing, dancing and traveling to visit friends and family.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Jean M. Allison; three daughters, Joanne McDaniel (Mike), Judy King (Dana) and Jacqui Arnold (Larry); four granddaughters, Laura Beauchemin (Michael), Lindsey Griswold (Josh), Jennifer Downs (Brodie) and Muriah Newland; two great-grandchildren, Ethan Beauchemin and Adalynn Griswold; former son-in-law, Boogie Newland; brothers, James F. Allison and William Allison (Ann); and many cherished cousins and extended family members in the Warsaw area.  John was preceded in death by his mother, Nettie Mullin; his father, John D. Allison and special uncle and friend, Jack Mullin, all lifelong residents of Emmerton.
The family will receive friends Monday, January 20, at Covenant Funeral Service,  4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg.  A service will be held Tuesday, January 21, at the funeral home.  Burial followed at Quantico National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to Jerusalem Baptist Church, 8800 History Land Hwy, Warsaw, VA 22572.
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Lola L. Scott, 86, passed away Monday, January 6, 2014 in her Chesapeake home.
Born in Richmond Co., VA, she was the daughter of the late Grover and Effie Lewis. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Bernice Webb; two brothers, Dawson Lewis and Martine Lewis and the father of her children, Ryland Scott. She was a retired School Bus Driver with the City of Chesapeake.
Left to cherish Lola’s memory are her daughter, Kathy Lancaster and husband, John, of Chesapeake; two sons, Paul Scott of Chesapeake and Wayne Scott and wife, Karen, of Palmyra, VA and three grandchildren, James Ratliff, Morgan Scott and Taylor Scott.
The family received friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Bridge Chapel on January 8, 2014. The funeral was conducted January 9, 2014 in the funeral home chapel by Rev. Dick Dinges. Burial followed in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations may be made to Khedive Transportation Fund, 645 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Condolences may be offered to the family at


Eugene Louis Featherall, Sr., 89 of Spotsylvania County, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2014 at Mary Washington Hospital.  He was born on March 23, 1924 in Mayfield, PA.
He is survived by nine children, Barbara Hanlin, Ellie Beard, Marcie McIntyre, Frannie Parr, Toni Bennett, Eugene Featherall Jr., Mary Lewis Todd, Sue Pusinskas and Janet Woolfrey; a sister, Ann Daley; 15 grandchildren, Tom Cook, Mimi Beard-Shimmin, Keith Featherall, Chris Germaine, Sally Dickinson, Keith Parr, Steve Hall, Rainy Clymer, Angela Lewis, Jennifer Lewis, Adam Todd, Peter Pusinskas, Zach Pusinskas, Teresa Conley and James Woolfrey Jr.; seven step-grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and three step-great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruby Featherall; his mother, Mary Grace Featherall; his father, Ralph Santos Featherall; his daughter, Kaye Featherall; 11 sisters and brothers, Mary Laboranti, Kay Molinaro, Tony Featherall, Joe Featherall, Thomas Featherall, Antoinette Coggins, Ralph J. Featherall, Frances Fecina, Anthony Featherall, Eleanor Baker and Vincent Featherall and one step-granddaughter, Jessica Parr.
Gene, as he was widely known, married the love of his life, Ruby Windsor, and with her, raised 10 children.  They were married for 62 years up until her death in 2006.
He served his country as a U.S. Marine in the Pacific Theatre during WWII.  He was also a musician, playing the trombone in the U.S. Army Band while serving in the Army Reserves.
He went on to become a successful Air Conditioning Contractor and Master Mechanic, opening and running his own company, A&R Refrigeration for over 30 years.  He will be missed by his family and friends.
A memorial service was held Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Found and Sons Funeral Chapels – Cremation Service, 10719 Courthouse Rd., Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Private burial will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be expressed to Gene’s family at