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Obituaries, week of March 20: McAllister, Rice, Lowe, Zysk, Nalls

Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Edward A. “Jake” McAllister

Edward A. “Jake” McAllister, 66, of Coles Point, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013.  Eddie was retired from GTE and a member of Coles Point United Methodist Church. Eddie proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He had a love for his family, his friends, and his neighbors. Fall was his favorite season when he would always stop to listen to the geese migrating to the Northern Neck for the winter. This passion for waterfowl was evident in the hours he spent in his shop making decoys. Jake was a lifetime member of the Rappahannock Carvers Guild.

Survivors are his wife, Betty Allen McAllister; his son, Edward Allen McAllister II (Danielle) of Warsaw; his two grandchildren, Madison E. “Cupcake” McAllister and Joshua C. “Little Jake” McAllister; brother, Bobby McAllister; and sisters, Inna Henderson, Grace Lee Martin (J.B.), Lois Thorne (Jack), and Kathy Lee. Jake was preceded in death by his grandmother, Grace Hughes, his mother, Kathryn Pleasants, his father, Robert McAllister, and a brother, Robert McAllister.

Memorial services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Carmel United Methodist Church in Kinsale. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  The family requests memorial contributions to Coles Point UMC, P.O. Box 114, Hague, VA 22469.  Online condolences may be made at

Evelyn Shelton Rice

Mrs. Evelyn Shelton Rice, age 82, of Reedville died Saturday, March 16, 2013.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Emory Carl Rice, Jr. and her daughter, Carlyn Rice Lewis. She is survived by her son and his wife, E. Carl, III and Andrea Rice; two grandchildren, Emory Carl “Cory” Rice, IV and Heather Lynn Rice and a son-in-law, W. Larry “Gooby” Lewis all of Reedville.  “Miss Ebbie” as she was known to her friends, was a retired teacher in schools throughout the Northern Neck and a Sunday school teacher at Bethany UMC of Reedville for many years.  She was also a life member and past president and secretary of the Northumberland Vol. Rescue Squad of Reedville.  A graveside service was held Tuesday, March 19, 2012 at Roseland Cemetery, Reedville.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Northumberland Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Reedville, VA  22539.

Howard Herman Lowe Jr.

Howard Herman Lowe Jr., “Herman Jr., Dada, Pop, Grandpa and Deacon Lowe” as he was fondly known, was called to his eternal resting place on March 1, 2013 at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Hanover County. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle and cousin, and a good friend to all who knew him.

Deacon Lowe was born December 17, 1938 to Howard Lowe Sr. and Mary E. Lowe in Hyacinth, Northumberland County. He was a 1960 graduate of Central High School, Claraville. He attended RCC for plumbing and electrical classes. He served in the Special Missile Unit of the U.S. Army. While serving he met and married Barbara A. Williams. After his Honorable Discharge he returned to Hyacinth and joined Zion Baptist Church, Kinsale, where he served as Usher, Trustee, Assistant Treasurer, Sunday School Teacher, Member of Zion’s Men Choir, Mass Choir, and Men’s Fellowship. His final duty was Director of Deacons.

He was active in the community as well: past Worshipful Master of Masonic Lodge #212, worker of the Gideon Ministry, Boy Scout Leader of Troop 250, Tie-breaker of the Northumberland County School Board and sponsor for the Westmoreland County Relay for Life. He worked with the Northern Neck Housing Coalition and was a member of the Association for Plumbers and Electricians and Northumberland Chamber of Commerce.

He worked for Ralph Luthy for many years who, upon his retirement, turned over his business to Deacon Lowe who named it Lowes Plumbing & Electrical Service. He was also a caretaker for Mr. Sam Iseman of Callao. Later these two formed Lowes Hardware.

Deacon Lowe leaves to cherish his loving memory his wife of 50 years, Barbara; his daughters, Stephanie Lowe, Ft. Washington, MD, Andrea L. Taylor, Oxon Hill, MD and Karen Powell (Terrence), King George; 10 grandchildren, Lakesha, Montay, Antoine, Shaquan, Kalynn, Jada, Carmen, Arianna, Terrence Jr. and Aniya; five great-grandchildren, Kemauri, Jahmir, Saniya, Jermonte and Chase; aunts, Betty McCoy, Upper Marlboro and Gertrude Lowe, Hague; sister-in-law, Felicia Dixon (Alfred), Atlanta, GA and Andrea Ford (Ted), Canoga, CA; brother-in-law, Commodore Williams III; eight nieces and four nephews; special friends, Donn Hall, Paul Jones, Richard Jones, Gary Smith, Dexter Monroe and Lewis Blackwell Jr. plus a host of cousins and friends that loved him dearly. He was predeceased by special cousins, Frank “Weatherbird” Smith and George “Mack” McCoy.

He had a passion for the Washington Redskins and his pet, Shadow; enjoyed hunting, fishing and reading the Bible.

Services were held Tuesday, March 5 at Zion Baptist Church, Kinsale, officiated by Donn Hall Sr. and Paul Jones Sr. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Zion Baptist Church Deacons. Honorary Pallbearers were grandsons and Zion Baptist Church Men’s Fellowship.

We the family of the late Deacon Howard Herman Lowe, Jr. wishes to thank each and everyone for their cards, phone calls, flowers, visitations & monetary gifts and food during his sickness and passing but most of all for your prayers.

A special thank you to Dr. Gelrud and his staff at Regional Memorial Medical Center, Zion Church Deacons/Deaconess, Deacon Lewis Blackwell, Smith, Williams, McCoy family, Mrs. Eleanor Morris, and Inspirational Hour, and the Weldon Fisher Funeral Home.

Blessings and prayers to Apostle Donn Hall, Pastor Paul Jones, Apostle John Bibbens, other clergy and the Zion Baptist Church family who rendered such a beautiful and spiritual home going celebration.

With Love, Wife Barbara A. Lowe

Children: Stephanie Lowe, Andrea L. Taylor, Karen L. Powell, Grandchildren/Great Grandchildren.

Heinz R. “Bob” Zysk

Heinz R. “Bob” Zysk, 69, of Ophelia, Virginia, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Born in Oldenburg, Germany to Heinrich and Maria Zysk, Bob came to the U.S. in 1953.

Bob is survived by his wife, Patricia Zysk; his daughter, Kim Bagatell of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and his sister, Rosemarie Nary of Reedville. He is also survived by his grandsons, Dillon and Jack Bagatell; his son-in-law, Michael Bagatell; his stepdaughter, Lisa Thorpe and her fiancé Toby Thomas; granddaughters Lexi, Tara and Taylor Thorpe, all of Denton, Maryland; his brother-in-law, Alan Nary of Reedville and his mother-in-law, Betty Beckwith of Kilmarnock.

Bob was employed by the Chrysler Corporation for 32 years as a district manager. He retired in 2001.

Bob was larger than life. In addition to entertaining friends and family, he enjoyed boating, traveling, construction projects and sharing his opinion. Bob was always there to help friends with favors large and small. He didn’t sit still often.

Bob last visited his relatives in Germany with his wife last May and he enjoyed hosting his grandsons’ extended summer visit last July. Bob was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by all.

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 16 at the Faulkner Family Funeral Home in Burgess. Memorial donations may be made in Bob’s name to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.

Moira Thompson Nalls

Moira Thompson Nalls, 75, of Heathsville passed away Monday, March 11, 2013. She worked real estate for many years in Northern Virginia before she retired to the Northern Neck. She was a member of the Chesapeake Bay Garden Club since 1999, a member of the American Rose Society and an avid gardener. Mrs. Nalls will always be remembered for the loving wife, mother and grandmother that she was.

She is survived by her husband, W. Lewis Nalls Jr.; her daughter, Anne Franos and her husband, Eric of Erie, Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, Nicholas Franos, Matthew Franos and Zachary Franos; cousins, Jim and Jacquie Dow of Massachusetts; one niece, Cyndy Stanley and her husband Lee of White Fish, Montana.

The family received friends Thursday, March 14, 2013 at Faulkner Family Funeral Home, & Crematory, Inc., Burgess. A funeral service was held Friday, March 15, 2013 at the funeral home. Interment followed at Roseland Cemetery, Reedville.

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