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Obituaries, week of Jan. 22: Fidler, Stotz, Filkoski Sr., King, Rogers, Simmons.

Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11:52 am


Martha Spencer Fidler, 84, of Sharps, passed away on January 18, 2014.  She was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on July 24, 1929, to Dr. Hunter Boyd Spencer and Kathleen Root Spencer.  She graduated from EC Glass High School in 1946 and attended Westhampton College.  In 1947, she moved with her family to Sharps, Virginia, where she met Walther Balderson Fidler.  They were married in 1950 and spent the rest of their lives together in the village of Sharps.
Martha spent her time creating a home for her husband and children, as well as for many of the children of Sharps.  Her home was always an active one and was the focal point for family reunions and gatherings with friends.  She had an open heart and a listening ear for anyone who needed comfort or advice.  Martha used her natural skills in the areas of carpentry, electrical wiring, and plumbing to fix anything that was broken and was a great organizer of family, church, and village activities.  Her organizational skills were always needed when it came time to pack the car for the annual vacation to Emerald Isle, North Carolina.
As her children grew up and left the home, Martha increased her volunteer activities in the community.  She especially enjoyed her time working at Granny’s Attic in Warsaw.  Throughout her adult life, she was a faithful member and supporter of Milden Presbyterian Church.  She participated in many aspects of the church life, including serving as an Elder and as an active member of the Women of the Church.
Martha was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and her sister Katherine (Kitty) Philpott.  She is survived by her children, Kathleen Fidler Beane (George), Frances Fidler Childs (Wayne), Jane Fidler Dungan, James Robert Fidler II (Tristin); foster daughter, Nancy Thurman McGuire (Joe); her brothers, Hunter Boyd Spencer, Jr. (Virginia) and Robert McCray Spencer (Frances); 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Milden Presbyterian Church on January 24, 2014, at noon with a reception to follow.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Milden Cemetery Fund, c/o Nancy Davis, P.O. Box 8, Sharps, VA 22548.  The family also wishes to thank Hospice of Virginia and Elsie Greene, Martha’s caretaker, for the outstanding care they provided.


Norma J. Stotz, 80, of Charlottesville, Virginia, died peacefully at home on January 9, 2014. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Kerwin “Bud” Stotz; a brother, Daniel deRoos (Diane) of Scottsville, New York; her three children, Joanna Knoll (John) of Palmyra, Virginia, Eric Stotz (Elizabeth) of Amesbury, Massachusetts, and Ruth Foster (Bobby) of Clover, Virginia; and her three grandchildren, Casey Stotz, Andrew Knoll, and Tyler Stotz. She was predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Joan deRoos, and her sister, Jean Fitch.
Norma was born April 15, 1933, in Webster, New York. She graduated from Penfield Central School and the New York State College for Teachers (now SUNY) at Albany. She married Bud on February 15, 1955, and lived in Germany and New York while he was serving in the US Army and attending graduate school. They settled in Dover, New Hampshire, where they raised their family, and in 1980 they moved to Virginia, first Lexington, then Reedville, and most recently, Heathsville. Norma worked as an English teacher, a school aide, and a college secretary throughout her career. She was a talented writer, poet and musician, and she volunteered many hours playing the piano; singing in church choirs, community choruses, and barbershop groups; acting in community theater; and producing church newsletters. She loved God, her family and friends, all things in nature, traveling, and camels.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 8, at 11 a.m. at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1500 East Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.

Filkoski Sr.

Lawrence Filkoski Sr., 72, of Warsaw, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2014.  Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., he spent the last 38 years living in the Northern Neck of Virginia where he worked as a self-employed building contractor with his sons and was recently retired.  He attended Carter Memorial SDA Church.
He is survived by his wife, Joan C. Filkoski; four sons, Butch Filkoski (Shelagh) of Montross, Stephen Filkoski (Lyvouch) of Woodstock, Md., Larry Filkoski Jr. (Britney) of King George and Paul Filkoski (Jennifer) of Montross; a brother, William Hamilton (Linda) of Abingdon; a sister, Patricia McDonald (Russell) of Pittsburgh, Pa. and 13 grandchildren.
Memorial services with a celebration of life were held Sunday, January 19 at Carter Memorial SDA Church, Warsaw.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Carter Memorial Community Service Center, 121 Carter Town Road, Warsaw, Va. 22572.
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Evelyn Crews Tune King, 95 years old, died January 18, 2014 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Evie and Herb Cox in Lottsburg.
Evelyn and her husband, “King,” made their home in Emporia, VA where she was an active member of Main Street Methodist Church.  After moving to Lottsburg, she joined St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Heathsville.  Evelyn loved her friends, dogs, sports, sewing, reading and most of all her family. She was a great story teller, remembering details that made history come alive.
She is survived by her daughter, Evelyn (Evie) King Cox and husband, Herbert Bartle Cox; sons, William (Pete) Esta King and wife, Judy Mills King, of Summerfield, NC, Charles (Boots) Booker King and wife, Donna Gebhardt King, of Richmond; her grandsons, Richard Mark Cox and wife, Susan Dillon Cox, Herbert David Cox and wife, Alison Nyhof Cox, William Esta King Jr. and wife, Wendy Stephens King; her granddaughters, Kathryn Diane Alexander and Lauren Elizabeth King; seven great-granddaughters, three great-grandsons; a number of nieces and nephews; and beloved sisters-in-law, Dot M. King and Philly K. Landrum.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Esta Nathaniel King Jr.  Evelyn was born on a farm, which she loved, in Vernon Hill, Virginia on September 26, 1918.  She was the daughter of the late Minnie Boyd Tune and William Anthony Tune.  She was preceded in death by four brothers, John Rudolph Tune, William Boyd Tune, Younger McDowell Tune and Julian Scott Tune;  one sister, Lena Victoria Tune Clements.
The family is grateful for her life so filled with love and all who enriched it.  Special thanks to members of Riverside Tappahannock Hospice who gave her and her family such loving care and comfort.
A memorial service to celebrate Evelyn’s life will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Heathsville on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. with private burial at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Vernon Hill.
The family asks in lieu of flowers to consider donations to St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, P O Box 40, Heathsville, VA 22473 or Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Thomas B. Hall at P. O. Box 2, Vernon Hill, VA 24597.
Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg, is assisting the family, (434) 237-9424,


Margaret Louise Rogers, 82, died Saturday, January 11, 2014 at Rappahannock General Hospital, Kilmarnock. Mrs. Rogers was born February 14, 1913, in Maryland to James Walter Brown and Mary Francis Brown. After the death of her husband, George Rogers, she moved to Northumberland County, later moving to Lancashire Convalescent Center in Kilmarnock.
She is survived by three sons, Jeffrey Rogers, Roland Rogers and John Rogers; four daughters, Mary Langendorfer, Margaret Ford, JoAnn Todaro and Gail Couture; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life was held January 14 at Lee Funeral Home, Warsaw with interment in Warsaw Baptist Church cemetery, Warsaw.
Arrangements were handled by Lee Funeral Home, Warsaw.


Sherman Hoy Simmons, 74, of Callao, passed away December 2, 2013. He was an Army Veteran, a retired truck driver for Carry-On Trailers and a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Cecilia Simmons; brothers, Charles B. Simmons Jr. and Ralph Simmons; sister, Darlene Haydon; step-sons, Felix Clavel, David Clavel, Grisel Santamaria, and Miguel Santamaria; step-daughter, Veronica Clavel; and step-granddaughters, Brenda Santamaria, and Itzel Santamaria.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles B. Simmons Sr. and Carvelia Estelle King Simmons.
A memorial service was held Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Jerusalem Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Hilda Bronner, PO Box 65, Haynesville, VA 22472.