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Obituaries, week of April 10

Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Philip Aylett Hoge

On Friday, Feb.22, 2013, Philip Aylett Hoge, age 77, died peacefully at home.  Beloved husband of Patricia Patten Hoge, he was the son of William Aylett Hoge and Susan Cooke Hoge.  Born in New York City, NY, he was raised in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Proud of his Northern Neck, Virginia roots, he and his family still continue to enjoy weekends and vacations at his boyhood home, Ferry Hill.
His love of the Chesapeake Bay began at an early age in the Northern Neck, as he worked as a ‘waterman’ at age 5, catching and selling soft crabs.  For his fifth birthday, his parents gave him his first sailboat. His love of sailing continued all of his life, and he sailed regularly from age 5 to 65.  An active member of many antique and classic car clubs, he bought, sold and collected cars his entire adult life. Proud of his military service, Philip served eight years in the US Naval Reserves, starting in high school.
An alumnus of Washington and Lee High School, Virginia Episcopal School and Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, he came to Delaware in 1957.  Discovering he was a good salesman, he started out selling automobiles and then in 1964 joined the Carroll W. Griffith Real Estate Company, which he eventually purchased.  At the time of his passing, he was Vice President and Partner at Patterson-Woods Commercial Properties.   A well-known and respected real estate broker, he served as President of both the New Castle County and Delaware Associations of Realtors.  Former President of the University and Whist Club, he was an active member of the Wilmington Rotary Club, the Friday Club, Committee of 100, CIRC, and the Piedmont Club.  A member of Trinity Episcopal Parish, he served for ten years as the President of the Old Swedes Foundation.
He loved exploring the world and interacting with people and considered himself fortunate to have visited most of the continents around the earth.  Philip was proud of the fact that he had been able to accomplish and experience just about everything he ever wanted to do.  A lifelong optimist, he could always see the positive in any situation or person.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, his two daughters, Elizabeth Hoge Lipford (Michael) and Joan Hoge-North (David) and his two stepchildren, Amy Seward Quinn (Theodor) and William Ross Seward (Mary Kay), and ten grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Susan Hoge Ripol (George), his niece and nephew, and numerous cousins, who have remained close throughout the years.
A Celebration of his Life will be held at the family home, “Ferry Hill”, 2861 Cople Highway, in the Mount Holly area, Virginia, on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts to the Old Swede’s Foundation, 806 Church St., Wilmington, DE 19801 or Westmoreland County Museum, P.O. Box 247, Montross, VA 22520.

Arthur Vinson James

Arthur Vinson James, 80, of Hague, formerly of Forestville, Md., died Monday, April 1, 2013. Mr. James was the widower of Shirley Ann James and a
sheet metal worker for Capitol Mechanical Construction. He is survived by daughter, Laura “Lolli” Petrillo (Jay) and stepdaughter, Brenda Robinson (Richard); stepson, Gene Bernhardt; 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Friday, April 5 at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel, with Pastor V. Wade Wilkins officiating. Interment will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Attn: Westmoreland County Memorials, 895 Middle Ground Road, Suite 154, Newport News, Va. 23606.
Online condolences at www.welchfuneralhomeva.com
George Coley Johnson

George Coley Johnson, 80, of Warsaw, passed away on Friday, March 22, 2013 at Carrington Place of Tappahannock.  He was retired as a laborer at Stratford Hall Plantation. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and two brothers, Albert Johnson of Tappahannock, and Douglas Johnson of Laurel, MD.    He was preceded in death by brothers, Arthur Johnson and Irving Johnson and sisters, Dorothy Johnson and Mildred Mayville.
A memorial service was held on March 27, 2013 at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Hospice, 618 Hospital Road, Tappahannock, VA 22560.

Wilbur Willis Slaughter, Sr.

Wilbur Willis Slaughter, Sr., a lifelong resident of Mullins, S.C. passed away Thursday, April 4, 2013 at Westmoreland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Colonial Beach, where he was lovingly, attentively and professionally cared for by the staff for the past 5 years. Following the death of his beloved daughter, Joan Slaughter Quinn, Columbia, S.C. in June 2008, he moved to the home of his son, Willis (Pam) Slaughter in Colonial Beach.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Willie Gertrude McDonald of Columbia; his parents Ida Mae Smith Slaughter of Mullins, S.C. and John Kerr Graves Slaughter of Danville; 2 sisters, a brother; and most of his very large family in Mullins.
He is survived by his son and and loving daughter-in-law, Willis and Pam Slaughter of Colonial Beach; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 3 nieces; 5 nephews and 3 remaining first cousins.
He loved his God, his Church, his family, his friends, his home, his home town, people, music, fishing and his garden. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, Military Police Battalion, Intelligence Company D, AGF Replacement Depot # 1, Ft. Meade, MD.
Funeral arrangements are by Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George and Lee Funeral Home, S.C.
Graveside services were held in the Cedardale Cemetery, Mullins, S.C. on Saturday, April 6. The Rev. Kem Thomas, Macedonia United Methodist Church, Mullins, officiated the service
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Mr. Slaughter’s name to Macedonia United Methodist Church, 402 North Main St., Mullins, S.C. 29574 or to The Westmoreland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, 2400 McKinney Blvd., Colonial Beach, VA 22443.

Benjamin Ogle Tayloe

Benjamin Ogle Tayloe, 95, of Mitchellville, MD, formerly of Montross, passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2013.  He was the widower of Frances Howard Tayloe and a member of Cople Parish.
He is survived by his daughter, Helen Lambert and her husband, Michael  of Petoskey, MI, and by his son,  Benjamin Ogle Tayloe, Jr. and his wife, Laura of Arlington, VA.  Also surviving are six grandchildren:  Joseph and William Lambert and Emma, Julia, James and Grace Tayloe.  He was predeceased by granddaughter, Caroline Lambert.
A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Yeocomico Episcopal Church, Tucker Hill, VA.  Reverend Catherine Swann officiated.  Interment was in Yeocomico Episcopal Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tayloe Memorial Music Fund, PO Box 110, Hague 22469.
Online condolences may be made at www.welchfuneralhomeva.com