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6 Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 THE JOURNAL www.journalpress.com VINESSA DEE YERKIE CORDER Vinessa Dee Yerkie Corder, 56, of Oak Grove passed away Tuesday, September 6, 2016, in Fredericks- burg with her family by her side. She was born November 12, 1959 to the late John W. Yerkie Jr., and Dorothy Bayne Yerkie of Piscataway, Md. Vi- nessa grew up in Piscataway. She was an interior designer, and had a pas- sion for historic preservation of her house, Sweet Briar. She was a lady of many talents that enjoyed the simple things in life like gardening, antiqu- ing, and time spent with her family and friends. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Donald J Corder; son Dal- las Bayne Corder; daughter Dalila Jane Corder Nelson (Matthew); three grandchildren, Matthew Jr., Penelope, Emmeline, and a grand- son on the way. One sister, Cindy; four brothers, John (Buddy), Walter, Vincent, Jacob (Jack) Yerkie, and ex- tended family and friends. A celebration of life service was held at Oak Grove Baptist Church Monday, September 12. Interment followed in St. Peter's Cemetery, Oak Grove. A reception followed the services in the church fellowship hall. Donations may be made to Shri- hers Children's Hospital. Online condolences may be left for the fam- ily at www.storkefuneralhome.com (Nash and Slaw Chapel). JUNE ASHTON STEPPE On Saturday, September 3, 2015, June Ash- ton Steppe, was called home to be with her Lord. June Caro- lyn Ashton was born in Teto- turn, VA on June 14, 1927, to Henry Benjamin Ashton and Nellie Wilkins Ashton. She grew up on the fam- ily farm and attended the one room Madison School for elementary and middle school where her mother was the teacher. Reading by the age of 3, June graduated from King George High School as Salutatorian at the age of 16 and graduated from Mary Wash- ington College in 1947 with a Bach- elor of Arts in Spanish. June took her first job teaching Spanish at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA. She returned home to teach at Potomac Elementary School in Dahlgren, VA, and then took a job as a teacher at Dahlgren Elementa- ry School located on what was for- merly known as the Naval Weapons Laboratory (NWL). Overall, June dedicated 42 years to the teaching profession and never wavered on the lences may be left for the family on- ning in 2005. Zeke was a long time non, Tiffany, Ashley, Andrew III and Liz would always ask how some- importance of education as a road to line at storkefuneralhome.com, member of CAW-Capital Area Sarah; great-grandchildren Lily, Tea- one else was doing when she saw or success. Woodworkers. After retiring he be- gan, Quinnlyn, Thatcher, A. B. IV, spoke with people. Far from being June married Andrew Jollette "Jol- CHARLES J "ZEKE" MILLER came very active with "Fredwerks" Yeardley and Estelle; sister Catherine shy, she was frank, had a great sense ly" Steppe on June 27, 1953 at Round a MakerLab in Fredericksburg. One Payne(Bob) and nephew Bobby of of humor and good spirit. Although Hill Baptist Church. They shared a Charles J. "Zeke" Miller passed of Zeke's last achievements in Feb- Sarasota, Fla. she never had children, the large passion for dancing, college sports, away unexpectedly from a heart at- ruary was to regain his Ham Radio At his request, a funeral will not number of nephews and nieces she and, most of all, family. They spent tack on March 22, 2016. He was a license choosing the vanity call sign be held. A private interment will be helped raise were all kids of "Aunt more than 20 years of marriage to- retired Navy Chief having served for of W4KTY in honor of his wife of 36 held at St. Peter's Cemetery in Oak Liz". She had grace, style and an gether before Jolly's death on August 24 yrs. and a Software Engineer for yrs. He never wasted a single day of Grove at a later date. eye for treasures whether antique 15, 1973. 26yrs. his life. figurines, china or statuary. When Upon her return from Alexandria, Charles was born in Sparta Wis- Charles is survived by his beloved MERLE R. MCGiNNiSS it came to sports, she admired Ray June spent all of her remaining years consin. After he graduated from and adored wife Kathryn 'Kate' Mill- Merle R. McGinniss, 93, of King Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens who living in Dahlgren enjoying her time Kaiserslautern High School in Ger- er of Colonial Beach, his good friend George, died Saturday, September she often referred to as her boy- with family and lifelong friends. She many he enlisted in the US Navy. and son Jan K Miller (Janice) of 17, 2016. A funeral service will be friend. built her"forever home" on Williams He served with RVAH-1 which re- Culpeper VA, only brother Donald held 11 Am Thursday, September 22, In 2005, she was diagnosed with Creek and treasured every day she sponded to the seizure of the USS .G Miller (Karen Winston) of Spa- 2016 at Storke Funeral Home (Nash lung cancer but did not let grass spent on the water. She was avery Pueblo, RVAH-12 during Vietnam' kaneWA, muchlovedgrandchildren and Slaw Chapel, King George. grow under her feet. It was common active member of Oakland Baptist and RVAH-3, RVAH-9 until the RC- Devin J Miller and Karli A Miller Burial will follow in Shiloh Baptist to see her at the family's quarterly Church where she sang in the choir, 5C Vigilante planes were retired. In of Culpeper Va. Additionally he is Church Cemetery. The family will birthday celebrations. taught Sunday School and worked 1977 he went on Active Reserves at- survived by his sister-in-law Jacque- receive friends 6-8 PM Wednesday, Elizabeth leaves to cherish her with both the Girls in Action and tending and graduating from Florida line S Traner (Mike) of Boca Raton September 21 at the funeral home. loving memories: husband, James Royal Ambassador programs. She Atlantic University. He returned FL, brother-in-law Thomas B Me- Harold "Mushie" Robinson; broth- also had several leadership positions to active duty serving at FASTOR- Cullough (Maria) of Venice CA, and GLEN S. DAVIES ers-- Rufus Johnson, Jr. (Camille), in the Women's Missionary Union AGRULANT NAS Brunswick ME two favorite nephews Michael T Tra- Glen S. Davies was born on Sept. Wayne Johnson, William "BJ" John- (WMU). June was an active member after which he served with Fighter ner of Austin TX and Tommy P Tra- 18, 1948, departed this life on Sept. son (Rita), twins Donald Edwards of the Mary Washington Alumnae Squadron VF-33 NAS Oceana VA. ner of Boca Raton FL. Charles was 10, 2016 and resided in King George, (Sherrie), and Ronald Edwards Association, serving on the scholar- In April 1986 VF-33 was deployed predeceased by his parents James G VA. (Jackie), Stewart Edwards (Betty); ship committee and traveled to vari- on the USS America and participat- and Alice M Miller. A funeral service will be held at sisters-- Katherine J. Stevens (Per- ous locations to interview applicants, ed in "Operation E1 Dorado Canyon" His Family invites friends ofLittle Ark Baptist Church, 15681 cy), Channie Layne (Tommie), Ruby After she retired from Dahlgren the bombing of Libya. While serving Charles 'Zeke' Miller to join them at Haynesworth (James), Phyllis Taft Owens Dr. Owens, VA on Friday, (Ray), and Patricia Moore (Clyde); School, June remained active in her with VF-33, Charles a self-taught an inurnment service at Arlington Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. with burial to community and worked part time at programmer, created "The Naval National Cemetery Tuesday Sept. follow in the church cemetery. Ar- one aunt Mrs. Fannie Woolfolk; the King George Welcome Center. Aircraft and Flight Record Manage- 20th at 10:00 am. seven brothers-in-law--Melvin Rob- She was also member of the Garden ment System" a software program. In lieu of flowers, contributions rangements are being handled by inson (Delores), John Henry (Joyce), Club, and community choirs. She This program saved hundreds of may be made in memory of Charles Brooks Funeral Home in Bowling Tommy (deceased), Edward (de- traveled extensively both nationally man hours and was adopted Fleet J. Miller to the Inova Heart & Vas- Green, VA. A full obituary will be ceased), Jackie Ray Robinson, Willie and internationally and cherished wide. As a result Charles received cular Institute Cardiac Surgery Re- published at a later date. Robinson (Barbara), Bernard Rob- her memories made in all locales, his third Navy Achievement Medal search Fund/Fund #367. On the inson (Gilda); four sisters-in-law-- June was known as"Doonie" to her and a cash award which he promptly memo portion of a check or a small SHIRLEY J. EUZASETH ROBINSON Alice Smith (Herbert), Dorothy , grandchildren, and loved to read and spent on a newer, bigger and faster note accompanying the donation, it Shirley J. Elizabeth Robinson, was White (Leonard), Louise Robinson sing to them and taught them how to computer system, can be specified who the contribu- born on September 25, 1940 in Caro- (deceased), Etheline Robinson (de- be kind to one another and animals! While serving at Naval Ocean Sys- tion is made in memory of and the line County, Virginia to the late Ru- ceased); and a host of nieces, neph- June.was known by all for her kind- tems Center Point Lama, San Diego program the gift is to be earmarked, fus Johnson, Sr. and Emma Twisdale ews, cousins, other relatives and ness, generosity, intelligence, wit and CA Charles attained his Masters in Inova Health Foundation, 8110Johnson Edwards. God called her friends. her special ability to see the sunny Software Engineering from National Gatehouse Road, Suite 200, East Falls home peacefully from Retreat Doc- A funeral service was held at St. side of life. We are all blessed to have University. Upon retiring he joined Church, VA 22042 tars' Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, Luke Baptist Church in Ruther Glen, been touched by her life. TRW as a Systems Software Engi- on September 10, 2016 at the age of VA. with burial following in the In addition to her husband, June neer and relocated to Leesburg Vir- ANDREW BLIGHT WALKER SR. 75. Brown family cemetery. was predeceased by her brother, ginia where he work on projects for Andrew Blight Walker Sr., 83, of She is survived by her husband, Henry Wilson Ashton, and one NOAA and the FAA. When oppor- Colonial Beach passed away Friday, James Harold Robinson of Capi- BARBARA A. KOHN daughter, Mary Jollette. She is sur- tunity knocked, he joined Gensym September 9, 2016 at his home. A tal Heights, Maryland, as well as 11 Barbara A. Kohn, 83, of Colonial vived by three children - Andrea Corp. where he was a Sr. Software lifelong resident of Colonial Beach, siblings. Liz, as she was lovingly re- Beach passed away on September 8, Collins, (Woody) of Royse City, TX, Consultant for 10 yrs. before joining Mr. Walker as a young man was a ferred to was educated in the Caro- 2016. Barbara spent a career in Civil Jan Sproul (Mitchell) of Leesburg, Northrup Grumman from which he waterman and carpenter. After his line County Public School System. Service as a Human Resources Spe- VA and Gilbert Steppe (Lisa) of West retired, service in the U. S. Army, he worked She was introduced to James cialist. After her career, she became Grove, PA; eight grandchildren - AI- Zeke was a true renaissance man at and retired from the Naval Weap- through the late Henry Twisdale af- active with the Colonial Beach Art- 1 lyson Ostien (Joe), Andrew Berg- ever learning and growing; master- ons Laboratory in Dahlgren. In ter he asked, "Who's that pretty girl ists Guild and her creativity was an strom, Lauren Garrison (Seth), Rob- ing and succeeding in all of his en- 1968, he started his own construe- over there in the red dress?" during inspiration to many. Barbara loved eft Sproul (Whitney), Julie Sproul, deavors. He was an accomplished tion company and was soon joined a night out at Mary's Inn on Route being a Colonial Beach resident and Mac Sproul, Kent Collins and Megan artist in many mediums; fine fur- by his two sons. A. B. Walker & Sons 1 in Ashland. Liz later joined him was known for her love of the arts Collins; two great- grandchildren - niture maker, photographer, skilled acquired a reputation for excellence in Washington DC in 1961. They and her beloved cats. Abigail Garrison and Andrew Gar- wood tuner, and adept at pen and and to this dayis known as one of the married in 1971 and resided in DC She is preceded in death by her rison; and her long-time friend and ink sketching. He built his own cam- finest home builders in the region, and Marlow Heights before settling former husband, David B. Kohn. She cherished companion Harold Cow- puter numerical navigated router Mr. Walker was a member of the Co- in Capital Heights where they have is survived by her children Trudi L. ar& and most recently was playing with lonial Beach Masonic Lodge #199 for lived for 35 years. Kohn, Jordan D. Kohn (AnnMarie); A funeral service officiated by Pas- his CO2 laser cutter. His largest and 53 years. For 20 years, she worked at the and 3 grandchildren Cannot M. tars Cliff Hedges and Guy Maddox perhaps most memorable achieve- He is survived by his wife of 59 Frito-Lay plant in Maryland as an as- Critchley, Tamer A. Kohn and Des- will be held Saturday, October 29, ment was a decade long rehabilita- years, Shirley E. Walker; son An- semblyline worker where she bagged mond D. Kohn. As an expression 2016 at the Oakland Baptist Church tion and expansion of an historic drew Blight Walker, Jr.(Shirley J.) potato chips and other snacks, of sympathy, memorial contribu- in King George at llam with visita- house, turning it into his retirement of King George; daughter, Belin- Later, she became an independent lions may be sent to Wendy's Feline lion 1 hour prior. Interment will fol- home in Colonial Beach. da Layman of home; son, Joseph home caregiver for selected clients-- Friends. low at Round Hill Baptist Church He enjoyed his season tickets to Walker(Amanda) of Redington becoming an extension of their fam- Online condolences may be left at Cemetery in King George. 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