Charles Evans White
Charles Evans White, 65, a top aide to Congressman Frank Wolf for more than a dozen years, died of cancer on July 15 at his home in Oakton.
A funeral will be July 27 at 10:45 a.m. at Fort Myer Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John Kelly, who is pastor of St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church, officiating. A graveside service will follow at Arlington National Cemetery.
White was born in Fort Monroe and spent many of his early years in Texas. He was the only child of Air Force Col. Roy B. White and Anna A. Gmitter White.
White was chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf of Virginia. He became Rep. Wolf's top aide in 1987. He also served as the congressman's campaign manager beginning in 1984 and continuing throughout his career on Capitol Hill. Prior to joining Rep. Wolf's staff, he had worked for the TRW company for several years.
He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1983 with the rank of captain. He was commissioned as an officer in 1957 and first served aboard the USS Bayfield. After submarine training, White served in various capacities in the submarine fleet aboard the USS Picuda, the USS Barbel and the USS Tang, and as the commanding officer of the USS Wahoo. He also served several tours with the Navy's Bureau of Personnel and attended the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
His military honors include the Legion of Merit, the National Defense Medal, the Navy-Marine Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with three stars, the Navy Achievement Medal with gold star, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Navy Commendation Medal with two stars.
He was a 1957 graduate of Texas A&M University and received a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University.
He was an avid reader and runner. Mr. White's other interests included writing poetry, hiking, and photography. He traveled with Rep. Wolf on human rights fact-finding trips to war-torn areas of the world including Sierra Leone, East Timor, Sudan, Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia, Serbia, Chechnya, Algeria, Tibet and Romania and chronicled in photos and on video the human suffering witnessed.
White was a member of St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church in Fairfax.
His first marriage was to Kathleen Kelly, now deceased. A daughter, Lynn White, also preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Mary J. White of Oakton; two daughters from his first marriage, Leigh Sanders of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Leslie White of Smith Mountain Lake,; one stepdaughter, Lt. Michelle Saari of Pensacola, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Kathleen White, Thomas Hummel and Michael Hummel.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Caminul Felix Orphanage in Oradea, Romania, c/o Assist International, PO Box 66396, Scotts Valley, CA, 95067-6396, or to Impact Teams International, c/o Richard Foth, 716 E. Broad St., Falls Church, VA 22046.
Arrangements were made by Fairfax Everly Funeral Home.
Robert Ayer Stevenson, 81, of Falcons Landing Retirement Community at Potomac Falls, died June 23 at the Johnson Center of Falcons Landing.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy McIntyre Stevenson; three children, Monica Stevenson of Brookline, Mass., Roberta Schrage of Vienna, and Gordon Stevenson of Yorktown; two sisters, Grace Rubenstein of Bristol and Elizabeth Stevenson of Cleveland, Ohio; a brother, Harry L. Stevenson of San Diego, Calif.; eight grandchildren, John A. and Kristen MacLeod, Michael, Kathy, Karin Schrage, Betsey and Robert Stephenson; two great-grandchildren, Grace Ayer MacLeod and Kaley MacLeod.
A memorial service was held Sunday at the Falcons Landing Retirement Center. Arrangements were made by Loudoun Funeral Chapel, Leesburg.
Bridget "Toni" Beck, 56, of Hamilton, died July 6 at her home. She was born June 14, 1944 in London, England, a daughter of Bartholomew Herlihy and Margaret Callahan Herlihy.
She was a United Airlines reservations agent for almost 10 years and was formerly with Piedmont and US Airways. She was a member of the Hamilton Book Club and of St. Francis de Sales in Purcellville.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Beck; three children, Adrienne Beck Taylor of Leesburg, Erin Beck of Sterling, Paula Beck of Chicago, Ill.; and brothers, Roger, Paul and John Herlihy of London, England.
An informal remembrance gathering for her will take place at her family's home near Hamilton Saturday, July 22 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with opportunities to address the gathering starting at noon. All are welcome. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Northern Virginia. Arrangements were made by Loudoun Funeral Chapel, Leesburg.
Henry John Dyker, 74, of Lovettsville, died July 3 at the Loudoun Hospital Center in Leesburg. He was born Feb. 4, 1926 in Granville, Ohio, a son of Henry and Edith Bullock Dyker.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 until 1958 achieving the rank of Lt. Commander. His service was in WWII and Korea. He was an air traffic controller at the Leesburg Air Traffic Control Center until he retired in 1981. Following his retirement he was employed with "Every Citizen Has An Opportunity" (ECHO) as a driver and mechanic.
He was a charter member of the Lovettsville/Waterford Ruritan Club. He served on the board of the Lovettsville Historical Society. He was a member of the Lovettsville Game Protective Association and a member of the Virginia Wildlife Federation where he received training and courses on the effects of acid rain on our environment. Following his training, he lectured and showed films on the subject to students and others.
He was preceded in death by a son, John Bryan Dyker. He is survived by his wife, Marlene L. Dyker of Lovettsville; a son, Gregory Owen Dyker and his wife, Ouida of Elizabeth City., N.C.; a daughter, Dawn A. Williams and her husband, Michael of Chantilly; a sister, June Daniels of Newark, Ohio; three grandchildren, Keith and Edith Dyker and Alexa Williams.
A funeral was Saturday at the Brown Funeral Home in Lovettsville with Rev. Roland England Jr. officiating. Interment was private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lovettsville Fire and Rescue Squads, Lovettsville, VA 20180.
Arrangements were made by Brown-Loudoun Funeral Chapel, Lovettsville.
William Randolph Reno, 62, of Purcellville, died July 9 at his home. He was born March 31, 1938 in Fauquier County to James Hurl and Virgie Mae Bryant Reno.
He is survived by his wife, Hattie Ann Reno of Purcellville; three children, Winifred A. Ballenger of Leesburg, William R. Reno Jr. of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and Sharon K. Reno of Berryville; five grandchildren, William Lee Enos Jr., William Reno III, Ellen Marie Reno, Chelsea Ballenger and Samantha K. Finch; a daughter-in-law, Donna Reno; five brothers; and six sisters.
Graveside services were July 11 at Hillsboro Cemetery, Hillsboro, with Pastor Tom Blake officiating. Arrangements by Brown-Loudoun Funeral Chapel, Lovettsville.
Real estate agent
Lioubov "Luba" Williams, 27, of Leesburg, died July 7 at her home. She was born July 31, 1972 in Russia to Stanislav P. and Nadejda V. Orlov.
She is survived by her parents; her husband, Rhys Gustave Williams of Leesburg; a daughter, Sasha Williams of Leesburg; two sisters, Elena Boykova of Russia and Irina Sayle of Woodland Hills, Calif.
A graveside service was July 12 at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, with Rev. Chip Giessler officiating. Arrangements were made by Colonial Funeral Home, Leesburg.
Sarah Leona Huff, 90, of Charles Town, W.Va., died July 11 at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Ranson, W.Va. She was born Feb. 19, 1910 in Clarke County, a daughter of Benjamin Hebber Ashby and Ella May Huff Ashby.
She was a homemaker. She was the owner and operator for many years of the Mecca Resturant in Berryville. She was of Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Howard Huff; a son, Ashby W. Owens and three sisters, Molly Virginia Ashby, Margaret Diffenderfer and Catherine Linaburg; a brother, Amos W. Ashby. She is survived by her children, Thomas E. "Buddy" Owens and wife Emily of Jefferson Village, Charles Town; step-children, Kathleen Lovelace of Charles Town, Louise Fuller of Williamsburg, Helen Cooksey of Hillsboro, Donna Lou McDonald and Charles R. Huff, both of Berryville, Frank H. Huff Jr. of Melbourne, Fla., and David A. Huff of Winchester; a brother, James H. Ashby of Berryville; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was Friday at Shenandoah Memorial Park Cemetery, Winchester. Arrangements were made by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Zion Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 221 East Washington St., Charles Town, WV 25414.
Bernard W. Robinson Sr.
Bernard W. Robinson Sr., 71, of Paeonian Springs, died July 12. He was born July 3, 1929 to Thomas Oliver Robinson and Mabel Jane Gray Robinson.
He was a truck driver and owned his own business as a cement finisher. He was a member of Cedar Lane Bible Way Church in Purcellville.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys L. Robinson; four children, John W. Williams of Culpeper, Rev. Harrison Williams of Culpeper and Jeffersonton, and Bernard Robinson Jr. and Denise Folks, both of Front Royal; three sisters, Lula Williams of Washington, DC, Catherine Powell of Maryland, and Annie Mae Robinson; one son-in-law, Henry Folks; two daughters-in-law, Glenda Williams and Elizabeth Williams; one brother-in-law; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services were held July 19 at First Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Leesburg. Interment was at Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetary in Lincoln.
Funeral arrangements were made by Lyles Funeral Service of Purcellville.
Jerald Wayne Bryant
Physical fitness trainer
Jerald Wayne Bryant, 29, of Sterling, died July 12.
He was born October 12, 1970 in Leesburg to James W. Bryant and Jacqueline Bryant.
He was a life-long resident of Loudoun County. He graduated from Park View High School in 1988. While in high school, Jerry was a drummer in the marching band.
He graduated from George Mason University in 1996 with a bachelor of arts degree. He was self employed as a physical fitness trainer and a bouncer.
Bryant is survived by his mother, Jacqueline Bryant of Sterling and father, James Bryant and step-mother, Bernice Bryant of Derwood, Md.; a brother, Stacy Bryant of Derwood; a sister, Carita McDaniel of Winchester; his girlfriend, Melanie Lalande of Manassas; grandmother, Bernice M. Campbell of Leesburg; great grandmother, Edith Mae Campbell of Leesburg; sisters-in-law Josephine Bryant of Ashburn and Jane Bryant of Vienna; a niece, Jasmine Bryant and a nephew, Jarredd Bryant, both of Vienna; and a host of other family and friends.
Services were held July 17 at First Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Harold S. Stinger officiating. Interment followed at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Hamilton.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Northern Virginia. Funeral arrangements were made by Brown-Loudoun Funeral Chapel in Lovettsville.
Thomas Eldon Hancock
Thomas Eldon Hancock, 76, died July 16 at his home in Purcellville.
He is survived by his wife, Mary G. Hancock; two daughters, Tommie Ann Shively of Roanoke and Jo Ann Hancock-Matyac of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers, Charles Hancock Jr. of Alderson, W.Va. and Max Hancock of Norfolk; three sisters, Nelle Simpson of Bradenton, Fla., Margaret Hancock of Lewisburg, W.Va., and Loraine Steed of Mountain View, Ark.; Three grandchildren, Tami Jo Shoemaker of Purcellville, J.T. Rose of Tennessee and Dominique Shively of Roanoke; and Joseph E. Shoemaker III of Purcellville.
Services were private. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northern Virginia, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22042. Funeral arrangements were made by Hall Funeral Home of Purcellville.
Scott Randall Epling
Scott Randall Epling, 22, of Hamilton died at home on July 15.
He was born on September 30, 1977 in Beckley, W.Va. to Larry Randall Epling and Drema Gail Epling.
He was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his father; a sister Samantha Rae Epling of Charles Town, W.Va; four aunts, Shari Williams Weant of Hamilton, Caryn Williams Breeden of Charles Town, W.Va., Kathy Epling of Camp Creek, W.Va., and Darlene Epling Shrewsbury of Grandview, W.Va.; three uncles, Brian Epling of Virginia, Donald Epling of North Carolina, and Ronnie Epling of Camp Creek, W.Va.; and his grandmothers, Anita Joy Williams of Charles Town, W.Va. and Alice Epling of Camp Creek, W.Va.
Services were held July 18 at Colonial Funeral Home in Leesburg. Interment was at the Williams Family Cemetery in Sand Branch, W.Va.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Williams Family Cemetery, c/o Lewis Williams, 175 Forest Park Ln., Mt. Hope, WV 25880.
Arrangements were made by Colonial Funeral Home in Leesburg.
Norma Alice Virginia Brown Frye, 93, a life-long resident of Lovettville, died July 16.
She was born in Point of Rocks, Md. on Feb. 19, 1907 to the late Newton and Alice Everhart Brown. She was a homemaker and a life-long member of Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church in Lovettsville.
She is survived by her friend and primary caregiver for the past 20 years, Elizabeth A. "Snookie" Mentzer of Lovettsville; nieces and nephews Helen Deister, Joyce Hoopengardner, Bob Frye, Jim Frye, Gene Brown, Russell King Jr.; great-nieces and nephews Linda Mentzer Jeller and husband Keith, Susan Mentzer-Rupp and husband Rick, Randy Brown and wife Leigh, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Frye was preceded in death by her husband, Clark "Jim" Frye and daughter Wapole Frye; two sisters, Gay King and Lackie Mentzer; one brother Bowlus Brown; and a nephew Tom Mentzer.
Services were held at Brown Funeral Home on July 18. Interment was held at Union Cemetery in Lovettsville.
Donations may be made to Hospice of Northern Virginia, 209 Gibson St. NW, Leesburg, VA 20176.
Arrangements were made by Brown-Loudoun Funeral Chapel in Lovettsville.
Patricia Grace Crawford
Patricia Grace Crawford, 70, of Broad Run Farms, died July 14 at the Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Leesburg.
She was born on May 20, 1930 in Maine, a daughter of the late Jasper Ray Smith and Hildred Murchison Smith Civinino.
She was a homemaker and resided in Loudoun County for more than 40 years. She was employed with ARA in the nineteen-seventies and eighties.
She was a member of Gailee United Methodist Church in Broad Run Farms.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hansford Crawford Sr. She is survived by a daughter, Katryna Gibb of Lucketts; two sons, Shane Montgomery Crawford of Lovettsville and John "Smokey" H. Crawford Jr. of Woodbridge; two sisters Natalie Payne of Sterling and Katherine Brewer of Woodbridge; seven grandchildren, Brandon John Crawford, Johnathon Patrick Crawford, Rebecca Leigh Crawford, Brittany Teal Gibb, Amber Renee Crawford, Shane Montgomery Crawford Jr. and Hallie Grace Crawford; several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services were held July 16 at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel in Leesburg. Interment was at National Memorial Park in Falls Church.
Arrangements were made by Loudoun Funeral Chapels in Leesburg.
Retired Vice President
Mary Margaret "Peggy" Simpson, 75, of Rochelle, formerly of Ashburn, died Monday at her residence.
She is the wife of Floyd Simpson and was a retired vice president of Peoples National Bank in Leesburg.
Funeral services are pending at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel in Leesburg.
Customer service representative
Steven Welsch, 56, of Sterling, died July 5 at his residence. He was born July 25, 1943 in Brooklyn, N.Y.
He was employed in the customer service area of Home Depot.
He is survived by his wife, Ronni Welsch of Sterling; his sons, Howard and Jeffrey Welsch; his cousins, Morrisa Zimmeth, Barbara Maged, and many loving friends.
A memorial service was Friday at the Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation in Reston. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 7203 Poplar St., Annandale, VA 22003.
Arrangements were made by Adams-Green Funeral Home, Herndon.