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Obituaries, week of Aug. 21: Baylor, Goodwin, Knight, Sanders, Tate, Walker

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Gregory Gerard Baylor


After a brief illness, Gregory Gerard Baylor departed this life July 26, 2013. Gregory was born June 26, 1952 to the union of Ezekiel Baylor Sr. (Joe) and Gladys Nielson Baylor in Washington, D.C.

Gregory joined Siloam Baptist Church at an early age. He attended DC Public Schools. In the 10th grade he became a cadet at Phellps Vocational High School and he completed 11th and 12th grade at Frank W. Ballou High School.

Gregory joined the Merchant Marines and toured such places as Naples, Greece, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Alaska, Panama, San Francisco, Calif., New York, and other states with the United States. Upon completing the Merchant Marines, Gregory worked for the United States Postal Service for many years as a mail clerk. Gregory loved the Lord and knew the Bible very well. He loved to sing and was very fond of music. He will be greatly missed by all and his love will remain in our hearts forever.

He was preceded in death by his only son, Donta M. Baylor. He leaves to mourn his father, Ezekiel Baylor (Joe) and a loving and devoted mother, Gladys Baylor of Montross; a sister, Christal Baylor-Peyton of Fort Washington, Md.; two brothers, Elvon Baylor of Montross and Kent Taylor of Fairmont Heights, Md.; five aunts, Carolyn Dixon, Frances Ashton, Mary Nelson and Dorothy Baylor, all of Montross, Marie Lee of Waldorf, Md.; two uncles, Raymond Baylor and Roger Nelson of Montross; two nieces, Jeneka Reed of Ft. Washington, Md. and Kentay Gilchrist of Greenbelt, Md.; one great-niece, Evonni Gilchrist; two nephews, Giovanni Little and Kymani Gilchrist; a very special friend, Christine Braxton of Colonial Beach and a host of cousins, relatives, and friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 1 at Siloam Baptist Church.

Interment followed in the church cemetery.  Pastor Connie Jones officiated.

Rev. Henry C. Lee served as Eulogist.

Pallbearers were Giovanni Little, Pierre Dixon, Eric Broome, Curtis Ashton, Kent Taylor and Jason Corbin.

Funeral services entrusted to the Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home.


Frederick Goodwin


The Reverend Frederick Deane III, 69, of Richmond, passed away Friday, August 16, 2013, at his home. He was a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma and the Virginia Theological Seminary. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick Deane Goodwin Jr. and Ruth Scott Goodwin. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Kathryn Kramer Goodwin; two children, Frederick Deane Goodwin IV and Katie Scott Goodwin; brother, John Scott Goodwin; aunt, Fenton B. Goodwin; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 31 at Yeocomico Church, 1233 Old Yeocomico Rd., Kinsale, Va. 22488. Interment church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cople Parish Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 110, Hague, Va. 22469.


Mary Virginia Doleman Knight


Mary Knight of Baynesville died on Sunday, August 18, 2013. Mary was born on May 11, 1924 at Chisford, VA. She was the daughter of Henry Osbourne Doleman and Virginia Dare Conroy Doleman.

She is predeceased by Fletcher Estall “Jigger” Knight, who died in August 2008. He was her devoted husband for almost 65 years. Jigger and Mary lost an infant daughter, Jacqueline Gay Knight, in 1952 due to an allergic reaction.

Mary is survived by four children, Michael C. Knight and his wife Molly of Charlottesville, Suzanne K. Tolson and her husband Billy of Montross, Hope K. Bunch and her husband Billy of Warsaw, and Peggy K. Beasley of Callao and her fiancée Michael Smith. Mary had nine grandchildren, Michael C. Knight II, Kathleen K. Barrett, Robert F. Knight, Tena T. Haydon, Rebecca T. Swann, Jill B. Indugula, Justin L. Bunch, T. Jeffrey Beasley Jr. and Jacqueline E. Beasley. There are 20 great grandchildren, Scott, Traver, Luke, Faith, Molly, Corinna, Bryn, Jackson, Stuart, Andrew, Johnathan, Sophia, Austin, Megan, Chantz, Niam, Myan, Carter, Wyatt and Bailee.

Mary is also preceded in death by her brother, James Henry Doleman and her sister, Helen Doleman Bryant.

Mary was a member of Pope’s Creek Baptist Church of Baynesville. She loved to sing in the choir and she was involved in several church activities. Mary and Jigger were also part of a traveling religious quartet; “Daddy sang bass and Mama sang tenor!”

Mary graduated from Madison College and she taught school in Westmoreland County for close to 30 years. During her career, she coached track, softball and basketball. She led the lady “Tigers” of Washington and Lee High School to several district championships. She was known as a strict but fair teacher who demanded the best from her students. In her retirement years, Mary enjoyed tutoring several local students without charge. She just loved teaching.

Mary was known for her great cooking. The doors of her home were open to family and friends every Christmas Eve for a celebration of food and fellowship. Mary really loved to shop and she had a gift for everyone at Christmas. She raised blackberries and made the most delicious jellies and jams. Anyone who visited in her home had to take a jar of jelly with them.

Mary helped organize the Ladies Auxiliary of the Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad. She catered many weddings and receptions to raise start-up funds for this organization. Mary was a founding member of the Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad. She and her husband, Jigger, were trained Cardiac Technicians. They spent 10 years of their retirement running calls throughout the Montross area.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Montross Volunteer Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 1174, Montross, VA, 22520 or the Popes Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Elizabeth Nash, P. O. Box 592, Montross, VA   22520.

Mary was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She had a generous heart. She will be sorely missed by those who loved her.


Timothy “Timmy” Wayne Sanders


Timothy “Timmy” Wayne Sanders, 28, of Montross, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2013. He was a construction worker for B&N Construction, a skilled craftsman, an avid hunter, a supporting brother, and a loving father.

He is survived by his parents, Charles “Wayne” Sanders (Janet) and Charlene Doljac (Steve); sons, Jeremiah, Isaiah and Mikie; daughters, Skylar and Addison Sanders, and Nevaeh; brothers, Wayne Sanders Jr. (Meredith) and Connelly Worrell (Joanna); and sisters, Connie Bowen (Kevin), Crystal Pembleton (Chuck), Becky Berry and Rebecca Taylor (Shawn).

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Rappahannock Baptist Church. The family received friends Tuesday evening at the Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel.  Contributions may be made to the Timmy Sanders Burial Fund, c/o Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel, 17546 Kings Highway, Montross, VA 22520.


John Edgar Tate Jr.


John Edgar Tate Jr. was born to Gertrude Reed Tate and John Edgar Tate Sr. on Oct. 21, 1942 in Montross. He transitioned from this life to eternal rest on Aug. 9, 2013 at Bon Secours Regional Memorial Hospital in Mechanicsville with his daughter, Pamela and grandson, Brian at his side.

At an early age, John committed his life to Christ, was baptized and became a member of Siloam Baptist Church in Montross. In recent years, he rededicated his life to Christ and became a member of Clarksville Baptist Church in Warsaw.

John was educated in the Westmoreland County Public School System at A. T.

Johnson High School. On Feb. 22, 1964, he married Shirley Ann Elizabeth Kelly of Warsaw and moved to Washington, D.C., where they lived for 35 years. From this union two daughters were born, Sherry Ann and Pamela Rena.

John worked at the National Institutes Health (NIH) as a laboratory technician for more than 30 years and when he retired in December 1999 he returned to Montross with his wife and oldest grandson, Raphael, whom they raised.

John was a hard-working and meticulous craftsman who designed his own home and created things of beauty from wood and metal with strong hands and a sharp mind. Every one of his projects began with a great plan   a vision – that he followed in detail to completion. He worked tirelessly to see that every project he designed was functional, attractive to the eye and durable. His fine works are part of the legacy that he leaves behind.

John leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife of more than 49 years, Shirley Tate; two caring and dedicated daughters, Sherry Ann Tate (Eric Yeager) and Pamela Rena Tate (Michael Brooks), both of Washington, D.C.; three grandsons, Raphael, Brian and Caden; a loyal and devoted brother, Richard Tate (Jamie) of Aylett; a brother-in-law and dear friend, Gerald Kelly (Mary); a true friend until the end, Everett “Blood” Hodge; six nephews, Christopher Wise, James “Teddy” Thompson, Gerald Kelly Jr., Robert Kelly, Jeremy Tate and Justin Tate; two nieces, Barbara Dixon and Dianne Kelly and a host of loving cousins, friends, and other relatives.

Funeral services where held Saturday, Aug. 17 at Clarksville Baptist Church, Warsaw. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Rev. Michael Reed officiated. Pallbearers were Howard Branson, Jeffrey Branson, William “Sam” Branson, Robert Kelly, Brian Tate, Jeremy Tate, Justin Tate and Raphael Tate. Honorary pallbearers were James Arthur, Bill Bryant, Arthur Carey, Earl Carey, Larry Carey, James Dickens, Everett Hodge, Gerald Kelly Sr., Charles Reed and James Thompson.

Funeral services entrusted to the Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home.


Mary Tayloe Murphy Walker


Mary Tayloe Murphy Walker, formerly of Mt. Holly, died on August 6, 2013 at her home in St. Stephens Church. Born May 15, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Emily Griffith Murphy. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Walker Jr. and a brother, Robert Murphy Jr. Mary was a teacher of young children and a lifelong member of Cople Parish.

She is survived by her daughter, Beverley Tayloe Walker Donovan; a sister, Jane Murphy Hellinger; nieces, Margot McKaig and husband, Rick, Katherine Hutchens and husband, Jeffrey; a nephew, Karl Hellinger; great nieces, Talley Hamway and daughter, Gabrielle, Allison Walker Hutchens;  and sisters-in law, Rosa Walker Lewis and Shelby Murphy.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Yeocomico Episcopal Church, Tucker Hill. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Cornerstone Food Bank, P.O. Box 68, Aylett, VA 23009 or to Cople Parish, P.O. Box 110, Hague, VA 22469.