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Obituaries, Week of Nov. 21: Demastus, Johnson, Lee, Newman

Posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Eleanor Fairfax Demastus


Eleanor Fairfax Demastus, 66, of Callao, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. She was a homemaker and the daughter of the late Frederick Griffith and Dorothy Brooks Fairfax.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Ann Parker, grandson, Jocko C. Parker, both of Fredericksburg; two brothers, Frederick G. Fairfax, Orlando, Fla., William H. Fairfax, Hague; four sisters, Ada F. Wright, La., Lynette F. Hammond (Eddie) Tappahannock, Darlene H. Ray and Charlene Shiewer, both of Maryland. She was preceded in death by a devoted friend, Lewis Brann.

A memorial graveside service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 at Yeocomico Episcopal Church, Tucker Hill with Rev. Catherine Swann officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Riverside Hospice, 618 Hospital Road, Medical Arts Building A, Suite 201, Tappahannock, Va. 22560.

Condolences may be made at www.welchfuneralhomeva.com

Mary Ellen Lee Fulcher


Mary Ellen Lee Fulcher of Kinsale departed this life suddenly on Oct. 24, 2012 at Riverside Tappahannock Hospital surrounded by her husband, sister, daughters, and niece by her bedside. She was born Aug. 15, 1940 in Kinsale and remained a servant of her community her entire life. She was the daughter of the late Eliza Johnson Lee and Fred Stephen Lee, and the oldest girl among five children. Two brothers, Calvin S. Lee Sr. and Frank A. Lee, and two sisters, Catherine L. Conley and Carolyn Melinda Lee. Both brothers and Carolyn have preceded her in death.

As a child, she joined Zion Baptist Church where she began her Christian journey. She served on the choir, junior missionary circle and other activities. Mary was educated in Westmoreland County Public Schools and went on to further her education at St. Pauls College in Lawrenceville, Va. where she received a B.S. in Education. She later earned her M.S. from Virginia State University. Improving children’s lives was truly Mary Ellen’s life’s work. She served as an educator for a total of 42 years between the Westmoreland and Richmond County School systems. In addition to teaching, she drove the school bus for eight years. Mary began her teaching career at Cople Montross Elementary before the schools was integrated. After integration, she taught between Montross Elementary and Cople Elementary, where she taught Physical Education. Mary also taught Drivers Education at Washington and Lee High School. She ended her teaching career at the Northern Neck Vocational School teaching alternative education. The years at the Vocational School were the highlight of her career. With the eager anticipation of her first grandchild, Mary retired from the Richmond County School system in 2003.

Later, she moved her church membership to Potomac Baptist Church to be with her mother (Eliza Lee). There she served diligently in several ministries for over 20 years. She was involved in several committees that were successful in completing many upgrades at the church. Until her death, she served as Chairman of the Deaconess board among other roles. Mary started the Senior Citizens Program that met every other Wednesday. This included Bible Study and other activities for the Seniors of Potomac and the community. The group participated in many activities such as group walks, board games, dining and numerous day trips. The group toured the White House, the Washington Cathedral and downtown Washington, D.C. She loved her work with the church and was proud of its advancements.

On Aug. 28, 1963, Mary Ellen married her husband and lifelong partner, John William Fulcher. From this union they had one daughter, Jovanni Mercedes Robinson. She also saw fit to help raise several of her nieces, cousin’s children and neighbors; bringing them up with the love and consistency of family. Mary and John William also raised Darlene Wilson Thomas, or “Boo” as she is affectionately called by her family and friends. She also called Dottie, Patsy, Velvet, Towanda and Kenny her children.

Mary leaves behind her husband and best friend John William Fulcher; her beloved daughter, Jovanni M. Robinson (Julius); grandchildren, Evan Julius Robinson and Morgan Grace Robinson; devoted sister, Catherine L. Conley (James H. Conley); her brothers’s children, Deborah Lee Parrott, Wanda Kelly, Karen Johnson, Valerie Price; nephews, Calvin S. Lee Jr. and sister’s son Aurelio Conley; sisters-in-law, Margaret Johnson, Ernell Parrott, Mary Fulcher and Alease Reed. Also, she leaves behind several very special friends including Priscilla Sizer, Odessa Smith, Doris Carter, Hope Barnes, Sandra Lewis and Mildren Brown, and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and other family members, friends, and associates.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 1 at Potomac Baptist Church, Hague. Pastor Andrew Tribble officiated. Interment followed at Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Kinsale. Pallbearers were Kenny Bibbens, Christopher Lee, Willis Parrott Jr., Johnathon Brown, Calvin S. Lee Jr., James Page, George Tate, and William Wilson Sr.

Funeral services entrusted to the Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home.


Funeral Notices

Naomi Johnson, 77, of Montross, the wife of Pastor James L. Johnson, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 10 at her home. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church, Montross. A wake service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lyells Chapel Baptist Church, Warsaw. Interment will be in the Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home, Warsaw.

Funeral services for Gloria J. Newman will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. at Galilee Baptist Church, Montross. Viewing one hour prior to service. Interment will be in the Galilee Baptist Church Cemetery.