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Donald L. Snellings

Donald L. Snellings

Donald L. Snellings, 81, husband of Betty Ann Foster Snellings for 52 years, died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, at the VA Medical Center in Lexington.

Born Jan. 24, 1933, in Fredericksburg, he was the son of the late Vernon Ellsworth Snellings and Erma Lillian Coppage. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Oriskany in the Korean War.

Don was a lifelong horseman. He excelled in both riding and training in the hunter-jumper sport, and was one of the youngest qualifiers for the National Equitation finals at age 16, finishing second. He rode and trained many outstanding show horses, and was elected to the Virginia Horse Show Hall of Fame in 2010. In 1980, Don was recruited as yearling manager by Spendthrift Farm, when Spendthrift was arguably the largest commercial Thoroughbred nursery in the country.

After leaving Spendthrift as manager in 1985, he held similar management positions with Strodes Creek, Seahorse and Angus Glen Farms. He loved trail riding, and, with his famous paint horses, became a familiar face at local as well as on national trail rides. Don also loved boating on the lakes of Kentucky and on the Chesapeake Bay with family and friends.

Betty and Don have two wonderful children, Donnie L. Snellings (Elizabeth) and Diana Snellings Robbins (Lansdon). He has five grandchildren, Audrey, Morgan, Westin, Kendall and Lansdon IV. In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by sister Patricia Dyke (Wilbur) and nephews Randy (Sherry) and Kevin. His friends are beyond counting. Everyone who knew this fine man loved him, and his passing leaves a void in all the lives he touched.

A memorial to celebrate Don's life will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at Fasig-Tipton on Newtown Pike. Kerr Bros. Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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M. Keith Frandsen

M. Keith Frandsen

Melvin Keith Frandsen, 75, of Stafford County passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Frandsen had worked as a security officer for Wackenhut for 40 years, and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He attended Brigham Young University and served a two-year mission in the Western States Mission in Colorado, and a six-month humanitarian mission in Idaho Falls, and had also served as a Sunday school teacher and Cub Scout leader. He enjoyed gardening, flying and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Katherine Frandsen; his stepchildren, Brenda Paschal, Bonnie Grizzle, Branson Behmer, Brittney Montalvo and Bethany Aggieri; a brother, Waldon Frandsen; two sisters, Karen Jenkins and Annette Beck; and 10 grandchildren.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1399 Courthouse Road, Stafford. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Quantico National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Missionary Fund-Aquia Ward, 1399 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.

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Janet Cox

Janet Cox

Marion Janet Cox, 79, of Falmouth died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Mrs. Cox was a member of Falmouth Baptist Church, where she served as church hostess, and was a founder of the funeral reception ministry. Mrs. Cox retired after 23 years as the cafeteria manager at Drew Middle School. She received her degree as a nutritionist.

Mrs. Cox was devoted to her family and was a beloved "Nannie." She has now gone to Heaven to be with the love of her life, her late husband, Carl H. Cox.

Survivors include her three children, Dona Banks (Steve), Pam Banks (Greg) and Chuck Cox; three brothers, Gary, Alfred and Michael Payne; her sister, Gloria Chittum; six grandchildren, Reece Banks (Brandi), Chris Cox (Jennifer), Allen Cox (Heather), Taft Banks (Leesa), Ashton Banks and Tommy Cox; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Falmouth Baptist Church. Entombment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to Falmouth Baptist Church, 302 Colonial Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22405.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.

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Bennie L. Greene Jr.

Bennie L. Greene Jr.

Bennie Lee Greene, Jr., 81, of Milford departed this life on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete at C.W. Edwards Funeral Home in Bowling Green.

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Harry J. Cross

Harry J. Cross

Harry Joseph Cross, 78, of Locust Grove was called home Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at Carriage Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Pam Cross; children Harry Joseph Cross II and Brian Raines (Amy); four grandchildren, Hunter (Melissa), Katelyn, Garrett and Joseph; great-granddaughter Elissa; brothers Douglas and Ronnie Cross; and a special aunt, Helen Covington Bunn.

Mr. Cross was born Aug. 20, 1936, in Washington, D.C., and was raised in Alexandria, where he graduated from George Washington High School in 1955. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Cross worked for the federal government for 38 years before retirement.

Mr. Cross was a member of Ferry Farm Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and sang with the choir and praise team. He was also a member of the Izaak Walton League of America, a former president and secretary of the Alexandria Chapter, former secretary of the state division and former president and secretary of the Fredericksburg Rappahannock Chapter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Henry and Kathryn Louise Cross; and by a son, David James Cross.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Ferry Farm Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Laurel Hill Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund, Ferry Farm Baptist Church, 1 Westmoreland Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22404; or to the Endowment Fund, National Office of the Izaak Walton League of America, 707 Conservation Lane, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.

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Thelma Coote-Hampton

Thelma Coote-Hampton

Thelma Tavares Coote-Hampton, 78, of Howerton departed this life Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at a local hospital.

A viewing will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at Washington Funeral Home, 1404 Tappahannock Blvd., Tappahannock. A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Grace Episcopal Church, 604 Howerton Road, Millers Tavern, with Father Vincent S. Hodge officiating. Interment will be private.

Send online condolences to washingtonfh.com.

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Carlton Brown

Carlton Brown

Carlton E. Brown, 71, of Fredericksburg passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at Mary Washington Hospital.

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

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Frances P. Henning

Frances P. Henning

Frances Pitts Henning, 76, of Montross passed away Monday, Sept. 29, 2014.

She was the widow of James Walter Henning Jr., and had retired as an FBI lab technician.

She is survived by brothers James Pitts of Alpharetta, Ga., Frankie Pitts of Chiefland, Fla., and Robert Barker and Wayne Barker, both of Montross; sister Alberta Johnson of Snell; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 4335 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060; or to the American Cancer Society, Attn. Westmoreland County Memorials, 895 Middle Grounds Blvd., Suite 154, Newport News, VA 23606.

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