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‘Marty’ Martineau

Oliver Kent “Marty” Martineau, 81, a longtime Fredericksburg resident, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2014, at his home.

Marty was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a former manager of Princess Anne Bowling Center. Marty retired from the federal government in 1981. After retirement, he worked at the Fredericksburg Auto Auction for a number of years. He was a member of Fredericksburg Elks Lodge 875.

Survivors include his wife, Sue R. Martineau; four sons, Kevin Martineau and wife Diane of Fredericksburg, Michael Martineau and wife Mary Jo of Ruther Glen, Joe Martineau of King George County and Lee Robinson of Ruther Glen; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Agnes Halfacre and husband Boyd of Chicago and Elizabeth Grohnke and husband Bryan of Fairfax County; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A Mass of celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 28, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Laurel Hill Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com.

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John A. Milstead

John A. Milstead

John A. Milstead, 86, formerly of Franconia, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Fredericksburg.

He was a dear husband for 62 years of Marian; father of Gary, Teri (Johnson) and Louise (Hahler); grandfather of Randon, Melissa, Jason, Eric, Lachel, Conor and Katie; and great-grandfather of Liam and Sydney. John is also survived by a brother, James; sister Joan; and beloved friends Bobby and Peggy.

John was a member of Sheet Metal Local 100 for 65 years and served in the U.S. Army.

Friends are welcome at Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, and at noon Wednesday, July 30, where a chapel service will begin at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow in National Memorial Park, Falls Church.

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Alvin E. Payne

Alvin E. Payne

Alvin Edward "Eddie" Payne Jr., 94, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 26, 2014. Eddie had been a lifelong resident of Fredericksburg. He was described as a "Renaissance man" in a book written about him by the Historical Fredericksburg Foundation's Oral History Project.

Eddie was truly a self-made man and entrepreneur. In the 1940s, he and his wife, Ruth, started Payne Electric Company in downtown Fredericksburg. They sold and repaired radios, televisions, washers, dryers, refrigerators, electric ranges and other household appliances, even pianos. Eddie was also an electrical contractor, sold electrical supplies and wired many residential and commercial buildings in the area. Later, when Payne Heating and Cooling was formed, the business was relocated to a building he built from the ground up in the Four-Mile Fork area. He was active in the Kiwanis Club, where he boasted a perfect attendance record, and served as president of the local chapter for many years. After retiring from the retail business, Eddie developed the adjacent land, which is now known as Stonefront Plaza, and commercial/industrial warehouse buildings in the area.

Eddie lived a colorful life. As a young adult, he and his wife, Ruth, had a country band called the Happy Rovers. They entertained audiences with a weekly radio show and regular live performances, playing once with Patsy Cline. Later, they formed the Stardusters, a large group playing big-band music of the '40s and '50s to clubs from Washington, D.C., to Northern Virginia.

Always a risk-taker, Eddie competed as an amateur boxer, flew airplanes, privately and for the Civil Air Patrol, raced cars and owned the Fredericksburg Motor Speedway. He started playing golf in his late 50s, was upset if he didn't shoot his age or better while in his 70s and, at the age of 82, won a National Seniors Golf Championship. He later went to school to learn how to build custom golf clubs, which he did well into his 90s. Eddie was a passionate man who maximized every opportunity he had in life.

Eddie is survived by his devoted wife of 70 years, Ruth Stevens Payne; son Ron Payne (Wendy Woods) of Manakin-Sabot; daughter Robyn Payne Modly (Tom) of Annapolis, Md.; and four grandchildren.

A celebration of Eddie's life will be held at noon Wednesday, July 30, at Fredericksburg Baptist Church, 1019 Princess Anne Street. A reception will follow. The family will have a private burial.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Eddie's memory to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22407; and to Fredericksburg Baptist Church, 1019 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.

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Charles Longerbeam Sr.

Charles Longerbeam Sr.

Charles "Chuck" Longerbeam Sr., 81, of Fredericksburg passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014. Arrangements are incomplete at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel.

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Randolph Skinner Jr.

Randolph Skinner Jr.

Randolph Skinner Jr., 67, of Fredericksburg passed away Saturday, July 26, 2014, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel.

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