, 2014


Ronald J. Gooding
VIENNA—Ronald James Gooding of Vienna peacefully passed away on September 1, 2014, after a battle with lung cancer.

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Susan; and sons, Stephen and Aaron; his sister, Judith (Alan) Burk; sister-in-law, Margaret Gooding; uncles, William “Bill” Geise and Tim (Patsy) Giese; and many other relatives, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Ida Gooding; and his brother, Wallace Gooding Jr.

Funeral services were held September 6 at National Memorial Park, Falls Church.


Edward B. Crockett
HARRISONBURG—Edward “Branch” Crockett, 43, of Harrisonburg passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at Sentara-RMH Medical Center.

He was born in Alexandria on April 29, 1971, the son of Edward H. “Ned” and Shirley Branch Crockett of Irvington.

Branch graduated from Oakton High School in Oakton and received his master’s at James Madison University in business administration.

He was a graphic design consultant and for the past 17 years operated his business, Stealth Ink. Branch also was an adjunct professor at James Madison University where he taught graphic design. He was a member of the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition.

Before moving back to Harrisonburg, he resided in California for 10 years. Branch returned to Virginia to continue his two favorite hobbies, mountain biking and sailing with his father.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Leah Crockett Bradford, of Wilmington, N.C.; nieces and nephews, Britton Branch Fuller, Chloe Brooks Powell and Sumter Crockett Powell, all of Wilmington, N.C.

Branch was very involved in the Harrisonburg community and leaves behind many people who will remember him as an amazing, fun-loving, kind and loyal friend.

A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, P.O. Box 1014, Harrisonburg, VA 22803, or the charity of one’s choice.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at lindseyharrisonburg.com.


Ralph E. Page
LANCASTER—Ralph Edwin Page, 94, of Lancaster died on September 2, 2014, at Rappahannock General Hospital after a long illness.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce; four sons, Stephen Ralph Page, Ronald Franklin Page (Gail), Ralph “Rocky” Earl Page (Melanie) and William Gary Page (Cindy). He leaves behind two grandsons, William Logan Page and Shane Franklin Page.

He was a retiree of the C & P Telephone Company and worked his entire career in Washington, D. C.

Ralph was a veteran of World War II and was stationed in England, and he was the navigator on the “Tiny Angel,” B-17 aircraft, and was shot down over Germany and taken Prisoner of War (POW). He remained a POW until liberated by General Patton in 1945. Ralph never forgot his crew, the ones killed when the plane was shot down nor the ones he kept in touch with throughout the many years. They are now flying together, young, healthy and happy. Rest in peace.

Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date and will be announced at that time.

Memorial gifts would be welcomed by the Shirley Perkins Memorial Fund for Animals, 810 Griffins Landing Road, Lancaster, VA 22503, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517, or Hospice of Virginia, P.O. Box 2098, Tappahannock, VA 22560.

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.

Willie Rock
FARNHAM—Willie “Junior” Rock, 81, of Farnham died September 7, 2014.

He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church, Callao. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and served in the Korean War. He also spent over 28 years as a crane operator doing construction, and retired as foreman from Wood Preservers in 1998.

Mr. Rock was predeceased by his brothers, Ronnie W. Rock and Leonard L. Rock.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Audrey L. Rock; son, Chad A. Rock of Callao; sisters, Mary Ellen Butler of Callao, Nancy R. King of Farnham and Eloise R. Taylor of Farnham; and grandson, C. Aaron Rock.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, September 12, at Jones-Ash Funeral Home, Heathsville. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 13, at Bethany Baptist Church. Burial will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Riverside Tappahannock Hospice, Building A, 618 Hospital Road, Tappahannock, VA 22560.

Online remembrances may be made at jonesashfuneralhome.com.


William A. Ryan
WHITE STONE—William Alphonsus “Bill” Ryan, 95, formerly of White Stone, and more recently of Edenton, N.C., died August 30, 2014, in his home.

Mr. Ryan was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on August 30, 1919, and was the son of the late Thomas and Greta Todd Ryan. A graduate of St. John’s University School of Law in New York, he was a retired attorney having practiced law in Huntington, N.Y., for nearly 40 years. For many years he was also active with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in which he offered his legal services pro bono to those in need.

A member of St. Anne Catholic Church and the Edward G. Bond Post 40 of the American Legion, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps having served during World War II.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Josephine Ryan, his brother, Matthew Ryan, and his son, Stephen Ryan.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 28 years, Diana Ryan; daughters, Deirdre Davis and Alison Anderson; sons, Thomas Ryan, Patrick Ryan, Kevin Ryan, Steven Hinson, Gary Hinson and Mark Hinson; and 14 grandchildren.

A memorial mass was held September 3 in the parish hall of St. Anne Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Edenton-Chowan Food Pantry, P.O. Box 643, Edenton, NC 27932.

Online condolences may be made at millerfhc.com.


Margaret A. P. Saunders
KILMARNOCK—Margaret Ann Pierce Saunders passed away September 6, 2014, at the age of 81, with her children by her side.

She was the daughter of the late John Thomas and Grace Whittaker Pierce and the widow of S. Leo Saunders and Chandler H. Luckham.

She was predeceased by an infant sister, Joyce Theresa Pierce; and a sister and her husband, Grace Emilie Pierce and B. Hampton Lewis.

Surviving are two sons and their wives, Thomas Purnell and Sylvia Welch Saunders and retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Stanley L. “Sandy” and Patty Randall Saunders; a daughter and her husband, Ann Pierce Saunders McCarty and retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Robert Don McCarty; six grandchildren, Amber Dawn Saunders, Tiffany Jade Saunders Wolfe and her husband, Tim, Holly Elizabeth Saunders, James Everette Lincoln Saunders and his wife, Ashley W. Hall, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Adam Christopher McCarty and his wife, Amanda Elizabeth McCarty, and Chelsea Jordan McCarty; two much loved and cherished great-grandchildren, Addison Elizabeth McCarty and Oliver Tabbs Wolfe; a brother, J.T. Pierce; nephews, Tracy, Ben and Kevin Lewis, and Elgin and Jacob Pierce; nieces, Lisa Lewis Webster and Shaun Pierce; loved nieces and nephews of her husband Leo’s family; and her very special friend, Henrietta Smith, who made her life so much easier for over 60 years.

Visitation was held September 8 at Morattico Baptist Church, Kilmarnock. Funeral services were held September 9 at the church followed by interment at Corrottoman Baptist Church Cemetery, Ottoman.

Memorial contributions may be made to White Marsh Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 24, Lancaster, VA 22503, or Corrottoman Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 48 Ottoman Ferry Road, Lancaster, VA 22503.

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.

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