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Miscellaneous Manassas City, Virginia Obituaries


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Charles W. Arrington Jr.
Charles Wayne Arrington Jr., infant son of Charles Wayne Arrington Sr. and Katherine Perdue of Manassas, was born Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, and died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Glenwood and Alice Arrington. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Don and Irma Perdue of Manassas; nine aunts; 10 uncles; and numerous cousins. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Lee Funeral Home, 8521 Sudley Road, Manassas, where a funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Aubrey Sanders officiating. Interment will follow at Stafford Memorial Park in Stafford. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, Attn. Anne Marsh, 3312 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042.

Lyle A. Cram Sr.
Lyle A. Cram Sr., 66, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was born Feb. 24, 1935, in Bismarck, N.D., the son of Viola Cram and the late George Cram. He graduated from Bismarck High School and was a graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. He came to Virginia from North Dakota in 1954, where he was stationed in Norfolk with the U.S. Army. He spent time in Korea and Virginia with the 10th Mountain Division. He was a staff sergeant when he left the service. He was retired from the Montgomery County, Md., Office of Housing and Community Development in 1994. He was active in the Democratic Party in Prince William County, serving as chairman of the Woodbridge Democratic Committee. He was a candidate for the Prince William County Board of Supervisors from the Woodbridge Magisterial District when it was created in 1975. He had served on the Prince William County Planning Commission and was presently chairman of the Prince William County Board of Zoning Appeals. He spent many years volunteering in the Prince William county area, serving as president of the Woodbridge Little League, coaching a team and umpiring. He was an umpire for the Little League for 25 years. He was assistant district administrator for District 9 Little League for many years. He was named the Woodbridge Little League Man of the Year in 1977. He also umpired baseball and refereed football at most of the high schools in Northern Virginia and topped off his referee career by refereeing the Virginia State High School League Football Championship in the late '70s. He and his wife, Helen, were recently named Volunteers of 2001 by the Woodbridge Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Helen Thompson Cram; two sons, Brian Cram of Centreville and Lyle Cram of Fort Campbell, Ky.; one daughter, Sandra Prettyman of Milton, Del.; five grandchildren; his mother, Viola Cram of Bismarck, N.D.; one sister, Janice Fields of Dickinson, N.D.; and six brothers, Donald Cram of Florida, Bobby Cram of Scottsdale, Ariz., Gerald Cram of Crystal Lake, Ill., George Cram of L'Anse, Mich., Mark Cram of Minneapolis and David Cram of San Francisco. The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Mountcastle Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd., Dale City, with a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Interment will be held at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Bismarck. There will be a visitation at Eastgate Funeral Home on Thursday evening and a funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bismarck. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to cancer research for pancreatic cancer to PanCAN, P.O. Box 1010, Torrance, CA 90505, or to the Cancer Center of the University of Virginia.

Muriel G. Grant
Muriel G. Grant, 74, of Ocala, Fla., died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at Estelle's Hospice House in Ocala. She was an Episcopalian. She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Robert R. Grant of Ocala; three daughters, Leslie Roland of Kingsland, Ga., Patricia Canestra of Ashburn and Kathleen Gaw of Canton, Ohio; four sons, Terrance Gaw of Arlington, Robert Larry Grant of Manassas, W.B. Grant of Stafford and Mark Ray Grant of Warrenton; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Visitation and services will be private. Burial will be held at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Marion County, P.O. Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478. Dennison Funeral Home, Stafford, is in charge of arrangements.

Derek C. Williams
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Derek Carl Williams, 42, of Manassas, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church. He was a distinguished member of the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. He was the vice president of the Stonewall Jackson High School PTSO and of Marsteller Middle School PTO. He attended Manassas St. Thomas United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Corine and Zell Williams Sr.; and his brother, Zell Williams Jr. He is survived by his wife, Debra Williams; his children, Jamie R. Williams, Rachel A. Williams, Walter A. Williams and Rebecca C. Williams, all of Manassas; five sisters, Patricia Jackson, Glenese Williams, Terri Williams, Shirley Floyd and Aquanita Williams, all of Miami; and his stepmother, Bennie Lee Williams of Miami. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Price Funeral Home, 9609 Center St., Manassas. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Manassas St. Thomas United Methodist Church, 8899 Sudley Road, Manassas, the Rev. Bob Brookover officiating. Interment will be held at Lakeside Memorial Park in Miami at a later date.

Sybil E. Woodard
Sybil Evelyn Covington Woodard, of Westminster at Lake Ridge, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2001, at Potomac Hospital, Woodbridge. She was born in Lindale, Ga., and graduated from Cave Spring High School. She then went to nursing school and became a registered nurse in 1940 from Crawford W. Long Hospital. She married in 1941 and lived in Atlanta for 10 years before moving to Prince William in 1951. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, the Bethany Sunday school class and the Agape Fellowship of United Methodist Women, the Woodbridge Women's Club, the Rocky Run Garden Club and Historic Dumfries Virginia Inc. She was also a charter member, first president in 1953 and founder of the Trowel Garden Club of Triangle. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wilbur Woodard Sr.; her brothers, Roscoe Covington and Arthur Eugene Covington Jr.; a son, James David Woodard; and a grandson. She is survived by four children, Gail Merrily Woodard Sztanko, Michael Robin Woodard, Lynda Frances Woodard Raguz and Stephen Eugene Woodard; two stepchildren, John Wilbur Woodard Jr. and Carolyn Rutherford Woodard Bibault; a brother, William Sidney Covington; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Mountcastle Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd., Dale City. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1400 G St., Woodbridge. Interment will follow at Dumfries Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alexander Eugene Sztanko Memorial Scholarship Fund at St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Dennis E. Harrelson
Dennis E. Harrelson, 42, of Manassas died Friday, May 10, 2002, at Prince William Hospital in Manassas. Preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Lee Harrelson in 1999, and his father, Thomas D. Harrelson II in 2002, he is survived by one son, Thomas D. Harrelson III of Manassas; one daughter, Victoria Leigh Harrelson of Manassas; his mother, Marie B. Harrelson of Manassas; one sister, Kathleen Harrelson of Manassas; four half brothers, one half sister and lifelong friends, Mickey Gray and Barbara Brinson. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Price Funeral Home, 9609 Center St., Manassas, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Rev. Larry Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at Stonewall Memory Gardens, Manassas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville MD 20852 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 699, Vienna, VA 22183-0699 in memory of Dennis E. Harrelson.

Emerson Higbee
Emerson Higbee, retired Engineman 1st Class, U.S. Navy, 84, of Woodbridge, died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at Annaburg Manor in Manassas. A resident of Woodbridge since 1962, he was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. He was former chaplain of Alexandria Washington Masonic Lodge #22, former member of the Manassas Masonic Lodge #182 and active member of the Occoquan Masonic Lodge #310. Survivors include his wife, Ida Higbee of Woodbridge; three sons, Marty Higbee of New Jersey, Billy Higbee of Florida and Edward Higbee of Catlet; one sister, Norma Nickles of Tennessee; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home, 3200 Golansky Blvd., Woodbridge, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Larry Thompson officiating. Interment will follow at Quantico National Cemetery with full military honors.

Lucas A. Reid
Lucas Austin Reid, 5 of Bristow, died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at the Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. He was born on July 10, 1996 in Fairfax to Dwayne and Serena (nee Adams) Reid. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, George Reid. Survivors include his parents of Bristow; a younger sister, Alexa Reid of Bristow; his paternal grandmother, Carolyn Reid of Fairfax; maternal grandparents, Philip and Elizabeth Adams of Fairfax; maternal great-grandparents, Lillian Collins of San Antonio, and Matthew and Irene Baginski of Garfield, N.J. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Blasius-Baker Funeral Home, 9320 West St., Manassas. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Fairfax Memorial Park, 9900 Braddock Road, Fairfax.

Thomas H. Dunn
Thomas H. Dunn, 61, of Gainesville, chief operating officer of RGII Technologies Inc., and retired Naval A-3 navigator, died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at George Washington University Hospital. He was born in Durham, N.C. He entered the United States Navy in 1958 and retired after 21 years of military service. After retirement from the Navy, he worked in the civilian community for several federal government contractors, including McDonnell Douglas, EG&G, ORI, ANADAC, Technautics and SIR. Dunn joined RGII Technologies Inc. in November 1995, as vice president, and shortly thereafter was promoted to chief operating officer. As COO, he supported RGII's chief executive officer and president in developing the organization's strategic and policy framework. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Susan; his four children, Tamara, Ryan, Aaron and Jacquelyn; two brothers, Robert and Norman Dunn; and a sister, Eve Perakis. Friends will be received today, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lee Funeral Home, 8521 Sudley Road, Manassas. Services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m., at St. Thomas United Methodist Church, 8899 Sudley Road, Manassas, followed by Honor Guard Memorial escort at 1 p.m. at Quantico National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in the name of Thomas H. Dunn to the American Cancer Society.

Thomas E. Frazier
Thomas Edward Frazier, 70, of Remington, died Sunday, May 12, 2002, at McGuire VA Medical Center, Richmond. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the U.S. Navy for four years. He was retired as the assistant chief electrical inspector for Prince William County. He attended the Union Primitive Baptist Church at Sumerduck where he enjoyed singing with the choir. He was dedicated to his family and enjoyed his farm life and his cattle. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lyle Edward and Iva Virginia Frazier; and one brother, Albert Frazier. Survivors include his wife, Wanda H. Frazier of Remington; one son, Gary Frazier of Remington; two daughters, Donna L. Fulcher of Sumerduck and Wanda V. Hitt of Rixeyville; two brothers, Rodger Lee Frazier of Spotsylvania and David A. Frazier of Morrisville; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Moser Funeral Home, Warrenton, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, with Elder Gary Utz officiating. Burial will follow at Sumerduck Baptist Church Cemetery, Sumerduck. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Union Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Judy Canard, 215A Fernwood Place, Warrenton, VA 20186 or to Remington Volunteer Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 159, Remington, VA 22734.

Laura A. Hall
Laura Ann Hall, 51, of Minerva Fisher Intemediate Care Facility, Vienna, died Saturday, May 11, 2001, at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She worked at Mount Vernon Le Enterprises for 12 years and the past four years at Central Fairfax Services, Fairfax. She was a member of Peace Baptist Church, Vienna. She was a regular participant in the Dance Club and Thursday Night Mixers at the Minerva Fisher Home. She is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, M. Page Hall II and Becca Via-Hall of Stafford; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mullins & Thompson Stafford Chapel.

Arnaldo Rivera-Vasquez
Arnaldo "Al" Rivera-Vasquez, died Sunday, May 12, 2002, at his residence in Springfield. He had been a resident of Northern Virginia for 26 years and had served as a specialist 4 in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his sister, Aida Colon. Survivors include two daughters, Angie Ceverina Rivera of Alexandria and Andrea Janell Rivera of Lake Ridge; one sister, Nilsa Rivera of Springfield; one brother, Eduardo Rivera of Springfield; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at Mountcastle Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd., Dale City, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. Doug Duty officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Quantico National Cemetery.

Mary F. Brennan
Mary Frances Brennan, 55, of Dale City, died Saturday, May 11, 2002, at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she married in 1968 and as the wife of a Marine, traveled a great deal. She and her husband, Dennis, moved to Dale City in 1984 where she enjoyed charity work, bowling, bingo and raising her children. Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Maj. Dennis James Brennan, USMC retired; one daughter, Sandra Lynn Brennan of Pennsylvania; one son, Eric Scott Brennan of England; her mother, Norma Raffa of Pennsylvania; two sisters, Virginia White and Tina Springer, both of Pennsylvania; and two grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Mountcastle Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd., Dale City. Services will take place at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Marine Memorial Chapel in Quantico. Burial will follow at Quantico National Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Always and Forever Memorial Program, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720.

Janet L. Caudle
Janet Louise Caudle, 60, of Clifton, died Saturday, May 11, 2002, at Prince William Hospital. She was born in Alexandria. Preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Edith (Dove) DePretis, she is survived by her husband, John E. Caudle of Clifton; one son, John E. Caudle III of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one sister, Patricia Ann Caudle of Manassas; four grandchildren and one great-grandson. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight and 10 a.m. until service time at noon Thursday at Blasius-Baker Funeral Home, 9320 West St., Manassas, with the Rev. Garland Day officiating. Burial will follow at Sudley United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Hilda I. Clark
Hilda Irene Clark, 85, of Manassas, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at Annaburg Manor in Manassas. Preceded in death by her husband, Austin Clark in 1951, and her son, William Clark in 1997, she is survived by one daughter, Shirley Proctor of Manassas; two sisters, Ellen Faulk and Mary Martin, both of Sterling; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lee Funeral Home, 8521 Sudley Road, Manassas. Burial will be private at Fairfax City Cemetery.

Marvin R. Hrubes
Marvin Ray Hrubes of Lake Ridge, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at his residence. Born the son of an Iowa railway worker in 1944, he served for four years in the U.S. Navy. He began his union career as a volunteer organizer for the Retail Clerks in 1968. In 1970, Hrubes joind the Retail Clerks Union Local 30 in Mason City, Iowa. In 1971, he became an international repesentative for the Clerks and coordinated the unions first-ever health care organizing crew in 1972. His hard work earned him appointments as assistant to the director of the professional division of the Retail Clerks International Union in 1975, assistant to the UFCW Internationl President in 1985, UFCW Communications an dResearch Departmetn director in 1985, appointed director, Field Service Departemnt in 1994, elected to the UFCW executive board as international vice president and director, Field Services Department in 1995. He was chair of the Coalition of Labor for Prince William County, secretary-treasurer for the National Council of Senior Citizens as well as coordinator for A. Phillip Randolph Institute in Prince William County and the Board of Directors, Super Leaders for the National Football League Players Association in Washington, D.C. Hrube was a member of the Committee of 100 for Prince William County, a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, past co-chair of the Executive Board Member Council of Institutional Investors in Washington, D.C., a voting member of the Board of Directors International Founation of Employee Benefit Plans, a trustee for the UFCW Union-Industry Pension Fund as well as a member of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife of 31 yars, Susan K. Hrubes; one daughter, Lisa R. Riley of Dumfries; one son, Matthew R. Hrubes of Dumfries; his mother, Elsie Hrubes of Anchorage, Alaska; two sisters, Kathy Chamberlain and Carol Schuller, both of Anchorage; three brothers, Duayne Hrubes of Anchorage, Alvin Hrubes of Montrose, Colo., and Edwin Hrubes of Las Vegas, Nev. The family will receive freinds from 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday at Mountcastle Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd., Dale City, with a rosary service at 8 p.m. Services will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m., at St. Elizabeth Ann Sseton Catholic Church, 12805 Valleywood Drive, Lake Ridge, with private interment. Memorial contributions may e mde in his name to ACTS, P.O. Box 74, Dumfries, VA 22026 or to the American Heart Association, c/o Memorisl & Tributes Processing center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.

W.S. Johnson
W.S. Johnson, 66, of Dale City, died Monday, May 13, 2002, at Potomac Hospital. He was a member of the VFW, the American Legion and the Moose Lodge. After serving 20 years in the U.S. Army and retiring in 1975, he began working for the U.S. Post Office. He was a courier in Washington, D.C., Alexandria and finally in Prince William where he retired after 20 years of service. He attended Pleasant Church in Alexandria. He enjoyed yard work. Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Marva Yvonne Johnson; one son, Michael Shaun Johnson of Woodbridge; two grandchildren; two brothers, Rozell Johnson of Georgia and Willie C. Johnson of New Jersey. The family will receive friends from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday at Mountcastle Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd., Dale City, where services will be at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Quantico National Cemetery.

Earlene R. Lloyd
Earlene Roberta Lloyd, 61, of Gainesville, died Saturday, May 11, 2002, at Prince William Hospital. Preceded in death by her parents, Beverly and Mary Jane Corum, she is survived by her husband, Melvin Lloyd of Gainesville; three sons, Lonnie Lloyd Sr. and Gary Lloyd, both of Gainesville, and Larry Lloyd of Winchester; one daughter, Kelisia Lloyd of Gainesville; one brother, Thomas Corum of Manassas; and eight grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 15008 Lee Highway, Gainesville, the Rev. Boykin Young officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Arrangements by Ames Funeral Home Inc., Manassas.

Mae G. Mertz
Mae Geraldine Mertz, 86, of Manassas, died Saturday, May 11, 2002, at Prince William Hospital. She was born in Bloomsburg, Pa., and was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Manassas. She was preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Margaret (Mabus) Klingerman; her husband, William K. Mertz; one brother, Ralph Klingerman; and one sister, Helen McCracken. She is survived by a niece and her husband, Peggy and Bob Schilpp of Manassas. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until a memorial service at 4 p.m. Thursday at Bethel Lutheran Church, 8712 Plantation Lane, Manassas, with the Rev. Michael Tassler officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Elan Cemetery, Berwick, Pa. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Bethel Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 8712 Plantation Lane, Manassas, VA 20110.

James W. Snavely
James Walter Snavely, 68, of Stafford, died Sunday, May 12, 2002, at his home. He was a retired U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant. Survivors include his wife, Kiyoko Snavely; one daughter, Jane Brown of Stafford; four sisters, Marie Beeman of Cortland, N.Y., Grace Mudge of Binghamton, N.Y., Elaine Ellis and Betty Harris, both of Owego, N.Y.; four brothers, Frank Snavely, Richard Snavely, and Kenneth Snavely, all of Endicott, N.Y., and Bob Snavely of Louisiana. A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 2300 Fall Hill Ave., Suite 210, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. Arrangements by Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford.


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