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William Hennessy Jr.

William Hennessy Jr.

William David Hennessy Jr., 51, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at Lynchburg General Hospital.

He was born April 1, 1963, and was preceded in death by his father, Mike Hennessy.

He leaves behind his mother, Mabel Hennessy; five sisters, Marie Burruss, Lisa Merryman, Jessica Shelton, Sharon Shumaker and Ashley Hartford; and two brothers, Bill Hennessy and Michael Hennessy.

The family would like to thank Lynchburg General Hospital and the Central Virginia Training Center in Lynchburg for all they have done.

The funeral will be private.

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Rosa Conway French

Rosa Conway French

Rosa Conway French, 91, of Fredericksburg went from labor to reward peacefully on Sept. 19, 2014, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Rosa was born and raised in Sealston in King George County. She was the daughter of the late Fred Hunter and Columbus Gray Conway. She joined Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) on June 1, 1955, and was a member of 10 different church organizations over the years until her health failed. She still attended whenever she could. She left her job to become a housewife and babysitter for her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Mitchell, Sidney and Lindsay Conway; and two sisters, Alice Conway and Mary Coghill.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Frederick French Sr.; two sons, Wallace (deceased) and Frederick French Jr. (Cousey), and two daughters, Carolyn Richardson (Doug) and Rosalin, all of Fredericksburg; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, Avani; one godchild, Rita McKenzie; one sister-in-law, Sadie Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins whom she loved dearly.

Viewing will be from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at C.W. Edwards Funeral Home, 16476 Richmond Turnpike, Bowling Green, and two hours prior to the service on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the church. The funeral will be held at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site), 525 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Fletchers Chapel Road, King George.

Online guest book is available at cwedwardsfuneral home.com.

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Don H. Morris

Don H. Morris

Don Harold Morris, 75, of Fredericksburg died Sept. 20, 2014, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Don taught engineering at the university level for 42 years, including 28 years at Virginia Tech. He also taught at Mississippi State University, Iowa State University and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Sandra S. Morris; his daughter, Mary Beth Rowles and husband Steve, of King George County; his brother, Kerry Morris and wife Diane, of Piperton, Tenn.; and his sister, Sharon Davis and husband Wendell, of Olive Branch, Miss.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 308 Hanover St., with a reception to follow in Kobler Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Don and Sandra Morris Endowed Scholarship, MSU Foundation, Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762, or to a charity of choice.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.

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Sgt. Charles C. Strong

Sgt. Charles C. Strong

Sergeant Charles Calvin Strong, USMC, 28, of Suffolk, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Herat Province, Afghanistan.

Sergeant Strong was born Nov. 24, 1985, and is survived by his wife, Taylor Adams Strong; his unborn daughter who is due in December; his parents, Donald and Mary Strong; his maternal grandparents, Charles and Alice DeCosa; his brother, Jasen; his niece, Ryleigh; his beloved dog, Theodore Maximus; and other family and friends by whom he will be sorely missed and forever honored.

Sergeant Strong was the definition of a true patriot. He lived his life passionately, serving his country and fellow Americans both at home and abroad. In addition to his service to the Marine Corps, Sergeant Strong was a selfless volunteer to people in need.

At the time of his death, Sergeant Strong was a critical skills operator attached to the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. He had served in the Marine Corps since 2003. He was a dedicated, hardworking Marine on his fourth deployment. He had previously deployed twice to Iraq: In 2005, he was in Iraq as a motor transport operator, and, in 2006, he returned as the only vehicle recovery operator for his battalion and supporting units. In 2011, Sergeant Strong deployed to Afghanistan as a team leader and navigator for all logistical mounted patrols.

Upon returning from this deployment, he began training and applied for the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) Assessment & Selection. His hard work and dedication, coupled with his passion to succeed, culminated with his selection to this elite unit in 2013. After selection, Sergeant Strong returned to his parent command and was assigned to Fox Company 2nd MSOB, where he served as an Element Member (EM).

Sergeant Strong's personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (second award), the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (third award) and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Sergeant Strong absolutely loved spending time with his family, friends and his dog, Theodore, and he embraced life with passion. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and prior to his death was building his own custom chopper, a labor of love for which he collected each individual part and ensured each was "Made in the USA." He relished reloading his own ammunition, was an avid marksman, enjoyed target practice and shooting, and always took meticulous care of his guns. Additionally, Sergeant Strong liked to work on cars, enjoyed yard work, exercise and the great outdoors, as well as making people laugh and engaging in the occasional debate.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Covenant Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel. Burial will follow in Quantico National Cemetery with full military honors.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.

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Olinger M. Dye

Olinger M. Dye

Olinger M. "Honey" Dye, 92, of Hartwood went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.

Mr. Dye was born on Dec. 15, 1921, in Hartwood, where he was a lifelong resident. He was the son of the late Ben and Aurie Dye.

Mr. Dye was a World War II Army veteran, having served in the Pacific theater. His life's work was farming. He enjoyed all types of hunting, especially fox hunting, and judged many local and national foxhound field trials. Mr. Dye was a lifelong member of Richland Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and choir member.

Survivors include his son, Wayne Dye (Kirsten), of Hartwood; his daughter, Judith Welch, of Indian Head, Md.; grandchildren Ashton Dye (Jessica) of Hartwood, Rebecca Dye of Hartwood, Matthew Dye of Knoxville, Md., and Stephen Welch, Tyler Welch, Garrett Welch and Connor Welch, all of Indian Head, Md.; two brothers, Benjamin Dye and Judson Dye, both of Stafford County; sisters Geneva Pinard of Stafford, Bernice Walker of Stafford and Olivia Domzalski of Delaware.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude Beach Dye; brothers Astor Dye, Baney Dye and Lafayette Dye; and sister Madie Blaisdell.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Richland Baptist Church, Fredericksburg. The Rev. William E. Jeffcoat will officiate. Mr. Dye's grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 42470 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.

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Robert E. Napier

Robert E. Napier

Robert Ernest "Bobby" Napier, 80, of Fredericksburg went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. He was a member of Kings Highway Baptist Church in Fredericksburg.

Bobby served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1954, and retired as a construction superintendent.

He is survived by a son, Robert Tyler Napier of Fredericksburg; two daughters, Wanda J. Napier of Fredericksburg and Lesley Rohde of Orange; two granddaughters, Nikki Dowling and Krista Dowling of Stafford; and a sister, Janice Clements of Charlottesville. He is also survived by two nephews, Jeff Clements and his wife, Wanda, of Eldersburg, Md., and Greg Clements of Charlottesville.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; son Steven Troy; his parents, Ernest and Madeline Napier; and a half brother, Steven.

A visitation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Johnson Funeral Home, Locust Grove. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jim Clore officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Unionville.

Online guest book is available at johnsoncares.com.

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Lewis Jackson

Lewis Jackson

Lewis Jackson, 85, of Elkton, Md., formerly of Tappahannock departed this life on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock.

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Irene E. Limerick

Irene E. Limerick

Irene E. Limerick, 80, of Fredericksburg passed away Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Ms. Limerick had served as a volunteer at Mary Washington Hospital and the Elks Lodge.

She is survived by numerous family members.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22407, or to the charity of one's choice.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.

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