, 2014

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Robert M. Bridge
KILMARNOCK—Robert Michael “Mike” Bridge, 38, of Kilmarnock passed away on September 26, 2014, with friends and family by his side.

Details on a memorial service will be announced at a later date. His remains will be interred at the cemetery of the Center Hill Church of the Brethren in Kittanning, Pa.

Mike was born in Kittanning on November 14, 1975. He graduated from Lancaster High School in Lancaster.

Mike is survived by his mother, Judith L. Bridge of Kilmarnock (formerly of Kittanning); his brother, Joseph Patrick Bridge Jr.; his nephews, William, Connor and Hayden; his niece, Annika, and many loving friends.

Mike is preceded in death by his father, Joseph Patrick Bridge Sr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck.

The family would like to thank the Hospice of Virginia and the many special friends who lent their time and talents over the past few weeks.

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Samuel Bryan Chandler
MONTROSS—Samuel Bryan Chandler, 69, of Montross passed away on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at his beloved home, “Lawfield,” after a courageous five-year battle with multiple myeloma.

He was a lifelong member of St. James Episcopal Church and a prominent businessman with 45 years as a Northern Neck Chevrolet dealer.

A 1968 graduate of the College of William and Mary, he is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carol Covell Chandler; sons, Louis Fairfax Chandler (Irina) and Brandon Monroe Chandler; brother, Ferdinand Fairfax Chandler (Bonnie); sisters in-law, Sally (Reggie) and Cathy (Heinrich), and his beloved grandchildren, Natalie Frances Chandler and Anthony Fairfax Chandler. Bryan also leaves behind nieces, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Kimberly, Catherine, and Hannah, and nephew, Tilman, as well as many dear relatives and friends, including his Chevrolet family.

Bryan was a true “Southern Gentleman”…kind and fair, helping others in many ways and serving his community tirelessly. He was the youngest mayor of Montross, and member of the James Monroe Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution; served as former chairman of the board of Westmoreland County Museum, and on the boards of the Riverside Tappahannock Hospital, the Northern Neck State Bank and Rappahannock Community College.

Bryan also was a member of the board of the Westmoreland County “Poor School Society,” an organization formed in 1812 to provide scholarships for children of the county who could not afford an education. He was a member of the Westmoreland County 4-H Club and felt it helped form his values of good citizenship and emotional balance. He set high standards for himself and others of honesty and integrity. He cared about his family with all its generations, his friends, his home, his businesses and employees, the land and its history, the forests and fields of the Northern Neck.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 26, at St. James Episcopal Church, Montross, with the Rev. Alan Hooker, the Rev. Tim Steeves and the Rev. Peter Worthington officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Danny Allensworth, Doug Barrese, Maurice Bosse, Virgil Hayden, Greg Headley, Dave Mason, Brian Newsome, Edwin Tate and Tlman Waegner.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church Christmas Child Fund, P.O. Box 1077, Montross, VA 22520; Westmoreland County Museum, P.O. Box 247, Montross, VA 22520; or Hospice of Virginia, P.O. Box 2098, Tappahannock, VA 22560.


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Phyllis Cook
LANCASTER—Phyllis Cook, 97, of Lancaster passed away September 27, 2014.

She was born in 1916 to John and Hephzibah Lewis of Manchester, England.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Margery Hilton; her first husband, Royal Marine Commander John Catterall ; and her second husband, Leslie Arthur Cook.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Paul Denkinger; two grandsons, Eric (Wendy) and Mark (Michelle) Denkinger; three great-grandchildren, Victoria, Hailey, and Jax Denkinger; and several nieces and nephews.

During World War II, Mrs. Cook worked in a British bomb factory then moved to Banbury, Oxfordshire, where she worked as a tailoress for the Horton General Hospital. She was a member of the Women of the Moose in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 2, at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock.
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George F. Crichton Jr.
LANCASTER—George Franklin Crichton Jr., 87, an electrical engineer in the Washington, D.C., area for many years and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, departed this earth to be with the Lord on September 26, 2014, at his home in Lancaster.

He was born in Woodbury, N.J., on January 6, 1927, the son of the late George F. Crichton and Virginia Jackson Crichton. At age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the destroyer USS Benner during combat operations in the Pacific. He and his shipmates survived a typhoon as the ship barely escaped capsizing. His military service was a touchstone for the rest of his life.

After the war, he had a distinguished career as an electrical engineer with several Washington-area firms. At one point, while updating the security system in the White House, he was greeted and thanked by President Richard Nixon for his work.

He and his wife, JoAnne Mullen, moved to the Northern Neck in 1994, where he pursued his love of cruising and fishing in the Chesapeake Bay area. He raised oysters as a hobby on the Corrottoman River. He also enjoyed gardening, boatbuilding, cooking, stock car racing, Jim Beam and New Orleans jazz. His love of his family was paramount in his life.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jackson Crichton.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, JoAnne Mullen Crichton; his sister, Nancy Crichton Day and her husband, Joseph, of Santa Fe, N.M.; his daughters, Janis Crichton of Silver Spring, Md., Diane Ward and her husband, Chip, of Gaithersburg, Md., Sue Fortin and her husband, Larry, of Frederick, Md., Joan Cabrera and her husband, Hector, of Frederick, Md.; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and his beloved dog, Katey.

He was a member of the Great Falls Lions Club, River Bend Country Club, Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club, KIWS Rotary Club, Yankee Point Racing and Cruising Club and the Moran Creek Yacht Club.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 4, at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock. A private interment will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Virginia, P.O. Box 2098, Tappahannock, VA 22560; or the Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 975, White Stone, VA 22578.

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Ron Deel
MORATTICO—Ron “Mickey” Deel, 73, of Morattico died September 27, 2014.

He grew up in southwest Virginia, the son of the late Kermit and Mary Sue Deel.

He is survived by his wife, Susie Deel; and brother, Douglas Deel.

Deel was a graduate of William King High School in Abington, where he was an All-State football, basketball, and track star in the late ‘50s, and an All- State member of the William King Choir in 1959. He was a graduate of Lees McCrae College and East Tennessee University. He played football and basketball at LMC and ETU, 1959-1963.

He was employed for 30 years with the Virginia State Health Department in Fredericksburg and retired as supervisor before he and his wife moved to Morattico.

A private service is planned.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 75, Morattico, VA 22523, or the Animal Welfare League, P.O. Box 975, White Stone, VA 22578.

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Margaret D. Gerrity
CLARKS SUMMIT, PA.—Margaret Dunton Gerrity of Clarks Summit, Pa., died Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in the Dunmore Healthcare Center.

She was the widow of Frank R. Gerrity who died in 2009.

Born in White Stone, she was the daughter of the late Raynor and Margaret Treakle Dunton. She attended school in Virginia and earned an associate’s in business. Her primary occupation was as an agent of the Internal Revenue Service in Manhattan. She was of the Catholic faith.  

Surviving are daughters Eileen Ranieri and Meg Gerrity, both of Pennsylvania; brother Raynor Dunton of Deleware; sister Peggy Croft of Virginia;  grandchildren Thomas, Allison and Benjamin Ranieri and MacKenzie and Liam Snead; great-grandchildren Gabriel, Thomas, Bernard, Clare, Augustine and Cecelia.

She also was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Paul.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated September 27 at St. Michael’s Church, 1703 Jackson St. West, Scranton, Pa. Interment followed in Cathedral Cemetery.

Vanston and James Funeral Home of Scranton handled the arrangements. Express condolences at vanstonandjames.com.

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Alice M. Lamar
MERRY POINT—Alice Mary Lamar, 87, of Merry Point died on September 25, 2014.

She was the daughter of the late John T. and Marie McClelland.

She is survived by her son, Thomas R. Lamar, and his wife, Susan.

Services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia, P.O. Box 2098, Tappahannock, VA 22560.

Currie Funeral Home Inc. of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.

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Joan McAleese
HEATHSVILLE—Joan M. McAleese, 77, of Heathsville died September 27, 2014.

She retired as a doctor’s office assistant in Clinton, Md.

She is survived by her husband, Francis J. “Mac” McAleese; daughters, Lori Bowen of Lusby, Md., and Dana Lebow of Annapolis, Md.; son, Scott Bowen of Purgitsville, W.Va.; and grandchildren, Sasha and Samuel Peasley.

A funeral service was held September 30 at Faulkner Family Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Burgess. Burial will be private at a later date.

Online remembrances may be made at faulknerfamilyfuneralhome.com.

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Robert A. Rich
KILMARNOCK—Robert Alfred “Buster” Rich, 87, softly and tenderly claimed heaven as his home on September 19, 2014.

He was born on November 3, 1926, to the late Robert Rich and Mazie Sutton Rich in Byrdton.

Buster was employed with Virginia Freight Line Inc., a trucking firm in Kilmarnock, for many years as a long distance driver. He loved driving and this gave him the opportunity to travel to each state in the U.S.

After retiring, Buster began his own contractor carpenter business, using the skills and knowledge taught to him and his brothers by their father. His work can be found throughout the Northern Neck.

Robert was a member of the Palestine Lodge #100 for 31 years, of which 10 years he served as their chaplain. He was very instrumental in the design, construction and maintenance of the Lodge on Good Luck Road.

Robert loved taking out fishing parties and traveling to Florida on summer vacations.

On July 2, 1955, Robert was united in holy matrimony to the late Geneva Nickens. No children were born of this union, however, they did help in raising their nephew, Billy Nickens.

On November 6, 2004, Robert was united in holy matrimony to Marjorie Jones. With this union three stepdaughters and one stepson joined his family.

Robert was preceded in death by his father and mother, Robert and Mazie Rich; his fraternal twin, Louise R. Carter; sister, Delma R. Turner; and brothers, James, Franklin, Charles, Odell, Thornton and Oliver Rich.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie J. Rich; three stepdaughters, Colleen Jones, Jostlyn Holloway and Shirell (Earl) Carter; one stepson, Maurice (Patricia) Jones; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Pearl (Lewis) Conaway, Frances Jones, Betty Williams, Jacqueline King and Glendora Rich; five brothers, Raymond (Barbara) Rich, Carroll Rich, Melvin Rich, Leanderson Rich and Glendyn Rich; three brothers-in-law; eight sisters-in-law; a wonderful host of nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends; one very special nephew, Cornell Conaway; and best friend, Burton Moody.

A funeral service was held September 24 at Calvary Baptist Church. Interment followed in the New St. John’s Baptist Cemetery. Campbell Funeral Home of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.
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