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Lawrence E. Shepherd

Lawrence E. Shepherd

Lawrence Eugene "Larry" Shepherd, 70, of Stafford County died Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at his home.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A graveside service will be held at noon Friday, Aug. 1, at Green Lawn Cemetery in Bowling Green.

A full obituary can be found at covenantfuneral service.com.

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Thomas Purkins

Thomas Purkins

Thomas Purkins, 88, of Prince William County passed away Friday, July 25, 2014, in hospice care.

Mr. Purkins was born March 24, 1926, at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, D.C., the son of the late Gerald Monds and Kathryn Grigsby Purkins of King George County.

He grew up at Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., and later lived in King George. He was educated at the Devitt Preparatory School, the Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia and the University of Nuevo Leon School of Medicine.

Mr. Purkins served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a sergeant and infantry squad leader in the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. After the war in Europe ended, he served as an honor guard to Gens. Patton and Eisenhower. Mr. Purkins had a long career in medical sales and after retirement spent much of his time doing genealogy research and helping countless others research their lineage. He stayed active in his Regimental Association and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

Mr. Purkins was recently predeceased by his brother, Gerald R. Purkins. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Roeder Purkins of Woodbridge; his son, Thomas Purkins of Providence Forge; and his cousin John Grigsby of Arlington and his cousin Betty Ann Grigsby Wilson of Annandale.

Graveside services will be held at noon Thursday, July 31, at Oak Hill Cemetery, 1902 Plank Road, Fredericksburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to OWL VFD, 910 Highams Court, Woodbridge, VA 22191.

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Jerry W. Bailey

Jerry W. Bailey

Jerry W. Bailey, 71, of Ladysmith departed this life on Friday, July 25, 2014.

He will be remembered often by his family: mother Ruth Howell; wife Mary Bailey; sister Bonnie Martin; one nephew; five nieces; 14 great-nieces and -nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Jerry was well-known for his long service with the Virginia Department of Forestry and his passion for fishing.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Storke Funeral Home, 111 S. Main St., Bowling Green.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations be made to the Ladysmith Volunteer Rescue Squad or Fire Department.

Online condolences may be left for the family at storkefuneralhome.com.

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Charles F. Longerbeam

Charles F. Longerbeam

Charles Franklin "Chuck" Longerbeam Sr., 81, of Fredericksburg passed away at Mary Washington Hospital on Sunday, July 27, 2014.

He was born Dec. 30, 1932, in West Virginia to George and Nevie Longerbeam. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and a granddaughter, Lisa Mawyer Hamilton.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Longerbeam; two sons, Charles Longerbeam Jr. and Richard Longerbeam (Lea); a daughter, Debra Mawyer; three grandchildren, David W. Mawyer, Pamela L. Mawyer and Joshua C. Longerbeam; and four great-grandchildren, Danielle Hamilton, Austin Mawyer, Maximus Mawyer and Leo Chambers.

Chuck was an Army veteran, having served from 1953 to 1955. He was a member of Fredericksburg bowling leagues for more than 20 years.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, where a funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30. Interment will follow at noon at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to mullinthompsonfreder icksburg.com.

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Patricia J. Piercy

Patricia J. Piercy

Patricia Jane Piercy, 68, of Stafford County passed away at her home on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

She was born in Washington, D.C., on May 14, 1946, to Kenneth and Betty Studds.

Patricia is survived by her loving husband, Robert Piercy; two sons, Bobby Piercy and Bill Piercy; a daughter, Tammy Felts; four grandchildren, Laura Piercy, Justin Piercy, Kiersten Felts and Casey Felts; three brothers, Kenny Studds, Johnny Studds and Robbie Studds; and a sister, Mary Lee Heizing.

The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford Chapel, 186 Shelton Shop Road.

Interment will be private.

Condolences may be sent to mullinsthompsonstaf ford.com.

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Rodney K. Fairchild

Rodney K. Fairchild

Rodney Keith Fairchild, 55, of Caroline County died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Mary Washington Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

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Joyce King

Joyce King

Joyce Ann King, 70, of Fredericksburg passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at her home.

Arrangements are incomplete at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Fredericksburg.

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