Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Remembering our neighbors.
The following information is from local funeral homes' online obituaries. Have an obituary you would like featured on Lorton Patch? Email email@example.com. Tara Jenene Morlu, of Lorton, July 13, 1973 - March 16, 2013 Blanche Soltys, of Lorton, Oct. 10, 1922 - Mar 5, 2013 Mario R. Martinez, of Lorton, Sept. 7, 1950 - Feb. 25, 2013 Elizabeth A. Lancaster, of Lorton, Feb. 12, 1931 - Feb. 25, 2013 Barbara Jean Webb, of Lorton, Dec. 7, 1937 - Feb. 25, 2013 Walter L. Etheridge, of Lorton, June 11, 1919 - Feb. 24, 2013 Angeline Ujakovich, of Lorton, April 7, 1923 - Feb. 16, 2013 Mary F. Mancuso, of Lorton, March 16, 1929 - Feb. 9, 2013. Aldonia Robinson, of Lorton, Feb. 26, 1945 - Feb. 7, 2013. William R. Rogerson, of Lorton, July 26, 1961…
Monday, January 28, 2013
He loved to be busy.
Ray Rainwater, the owner of the Rainwater Concrete Debris Landfill in Lorton, died of heart failure on Jan. 5 at age 85. He was surrounded by his family at his home on Mason Neck. His widow Linda Rainwater is managing, and she smiles generously as visions of her husband pass through her mind. "The last words that he said… He called out my name and the kids came and got me, and he said 'Linda.' He hadn't moved for hours, but he looked up in a very controlled way," she said, "and he lifted up his left arm and put it on my shoulder and walked it underneath my hair, and he said, 'Love,' and that was his last word. It was such a beautiful, beautiful thing." The story of Ray and Linda Rainwater is about true love, and to her, he was a force of …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Officials from Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties met in Arlington to discuss six potential sites Thursday.
Local, state and Congressional leaders met Thursday in Arlington to discuss six potential sites for a new FBI headquarters and to present a unified front in their commitment to landing the new federal complex somewhere in Northern Virginia. Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, who called the meeting, said leaders from Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties had a "singular focus" in bringing the FBI headquarters to the Old Dominion. "We're all committed to finding a home for the FBI in the commonwealth of Virginia," Moran said during a news conference following the meeting. "We are all going to promote Virginia as the best place for this relocation." Arlington's role was simply as host. It has not put forth any potential sites …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Team leader for Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates in Springfield died Thursday in car accident to be remembered by friends and family.
Sarah Mae Jones of Woodbridge, 29, will be remembered at a gathering of Jones' family and friends at Covenant Funeral Service in Stafford from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Jones, who worked as a team leader for Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates in Springfield, died in a car crash on Interstate 95 on Thursday, Sept. 6. Jones worked for a number of years at Woodbridge Animal Hospital and was a team leader for CVCA. She is survived by her parents, Roscoe and Joan Jones of Stafford, brothers Jesse and John, grandparents Phyllis R. Davis and Donald Lee Davis and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Jones, a graduate of Brooke Point High School and student at Northern Virginia Community College, was popular with co-workers, …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Tell us your thoughts on the death of the man who took those historic first steps.
His family called him "a reluctant American hero," who was just doing his job. But Neil A. Armstrong, who died Saturday in Cincinnati at age 82 of complications from heart bypass surgery, was a hero. He was just shy of his 39th birthday when he lumbered down the ladder from the Apollo 11 spacecraft and stepped onto the stark lunar landscape on July 20, 1969. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," he said, as Americans around the country watched in awe at the live footage from dark space, so far away. Local residents can explore that historic moment at the National Air and Space Museum in Dulles and in D.C. That step fulfilled a challenge President John F. Kennedy issued in the early 1960s —to put a man on the moon by …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Lyons, 74, gave decades to community organizations, including LCAC, Gunston Hall Plantation and the Mason Neck Citizens Association Board.
Gerald Lyons, that staunch Mason Neck advocate, untiring volunteer and friendly neighbor, died on Thursday, Aug. 16. He was 74. "He was a dear," said Sallie Lyons, of her husband of 42 years. "He loved to do his art and share his ideas with people. He wasn't happy if he wasn't doing something artistic for a good reason." Lyons, a talented graphic designer with a wickedly sharp wit, passed away after suffering from a stroke on Aug. 10. "Jerry", as his friends called him, was born on Feb. 1, 1938, in Springfield, IL. He studied architecture at Southern Illinois University and Washington University in St. Louis, before he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1961. Lyons served two years in the Army, and it was there that he got a penchant for …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Obituaries of residents in July and August
Editor's Note: These are obituaries as posted by local memorial homes and tributes.com. Vanessa Colbourn, 51, of Lorton, passed away Aug. 12. A memorial service was held on Thursday, Aug. 16. at Shiloh Baptist Church. Internment will be at Douglas City Cemetery in Douglas, GA. Michael Moore Reddan, 70, of Lorton, passed away on July 9. A memorial service is pending. Dexter Horn, 68, of Lorton, passed away July 3. A memorial service was held at the Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home in Woodbridge. Have an obituary you would like posted on Patch? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
John C. Pratt, from Springfield, died from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash.
A soldier originally from Springfield, Va. was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon release. Chief Warrant Officer 5 John C. Pratt was 51 years old. He died over the weekend in Kabul from injuries he received during the crash. Pratt was in an AH-64 Apache helicopter made by Boeing. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but it does not appear enemy fire was a factor. Another soldier, 26-year-old Capt. John R. Brainard from Maine, was also killed. More than 1,850 people have died in the conflict in Afghanistan since it began. According to the U.S. casualties database run by icasualties.org, 134 of those who have died are from Virginia. An additional 679 Virginia natives have been injured.
Friday, December 30, 2011
McCutcheon, 95, served as the Mount Vernon commissioner on the Fairfax County Park Authority Board until 2010.
Gil McCutcheon, 95, passed away on Wednesday night. McCutcheon served as the Mount Vernon commissioner on the Fairfax County Park Authority Board for 18 years and was an instrumental part of many local projects, including the acquisition and planning of Laurel Hill. Born in Alton, Illinois, McCutcheon studied engineering at the Virginia Military Institute. He received a degree in public administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and also studied personnel administration and labor relations at Columbia University. He has been a resident of Fairfax County for almost 60 years. He worked as a collective bargaining agent for the State of New Jersey and went on to work for the Commission for Conciliation at the U.S. Department of Labor; Federal …
Monday, December 19, 2011
He was a driving force in Fairfax County
Monday, December 19, 2011
Lifelong community leader Stephen Hartwell died peacefully at age 96 on Dec. 14, at his home, Riversedge, at Mt. Vernon, Virginia. Mr. Hartwell, a former chair of the Fairfax County Planning Commission, was conceived in Paris during World War 1 and was born in Philadelphia, PA on April 15, 1915. "He was a kind, generous and wonderful man, and he will be dearly missed," said Mr. Hartwell's son, Rob. "One thing that happened this evening that I have never witnessed before, at about the time he passed away, was a flock of 14 Bald Eagles flying together, and thought it was an omen of some kind. They were flying through my back yard on course directly for his house, albeit a few miles away." Mr. Hartwell graduated from the Lafayette College …