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Obituaries, week of Sept. 25: Evans Jr., Harman, Prather, Rose

Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

James McDonald “Mac” Evans Jr.

James McDonald “Mac” Evans Jr., 85, of Tappahannock, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Beale Memorial Baptist Church in Tappahannock with Pastor David Donahue officiating. The family will greet friends and relatives at a reception at Beale Memorial following the service.

Mac was born in Richmond, Virginia on July 28, 1928. He attended St. Christopher’s High School in Richmond, followed by studies at the University of Miami and Hampton-Sydney College. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force on August 7, 1954. Most of his career was spent working in insurance and real estate businesses.

Mac is survived by one son, James McDonald Evans III of Ellenwood, Georgia; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Evans of Richmond; two grandsons, James McDonald Evans IV of Charlotte, North Carolina and William Justin Evans of Greenville, South Carolina; and one granddaughter, Jennifer Nicole Evans of Ellenwood, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Beale Memorial Baptist Church, the Tappahannock Volunteer Rescue Squad or the Tappahannock Police Department.


Helen Inez Ingram Harman

Helen Inez Ingram Harman, 99, of Sanford, NC passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at the Peak Resources Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center. She lived in Montross for many years and was a member of St. James Episcopal Church there.

She was born December 16, 1913 in Washington, DC to Benedict Wilbert and Hattie Elizabeth Jones Ingram of Washington, DC and Burgess, VA. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Ensor Harman; one sister, Lillian Mae Settle and two brothers, Orville Jones Ingram and Weston Lee Ingram.

Helen is survived by four children, Michael Charles Harman of the Philippines, Bette Jean Padgett of Callao, Peggy Ann Nelson of Sanford, NC and Linda Susan Alwine of Miami, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 14 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Sanford, NC. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.


Bob Prather

Robert Ellis “Bob” Prather, 73, of Montross, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 16, 2013. Bob was born in Pittsburg, PA. He is survived by his special friend, Marcia Jenkins and his granddaughter, Pamela Boone of Maryland. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis Smith and Margaret Wand Prather; his sister, Nancy Prather Laws; his wife of 35 years, Lorraine “Smokey” Prather and his twin step-daughters, Jane and June. Bob operated a heavy equipment repair shop in Kinsale. Many considered him an angel for his unsolicited gifts of labor, money and helping hands. Bob was a Untied Methodist Lay Leader and Lay Speaker and he attended Edgewater United Methodist Church. His neighbors in Glebe Harbor are hosting a Celebration of Life service on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Glebe Harbor Clubhouse, 751 Glebe Harbor Drive, Montross, officiated by Rev. Jon Davis, pastor of Edgewater United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Edgewater United Methodist Church, c/o Yvonne Minor, Treasurer, 1441 Nomini Grove Road, Warsaw, VA 22572. Bob’s remains will be interred at a private service in Townville, PA.


Joseph H. Rose 

Joseph H. Rose, 93, of Falmouth died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at Mary Washington Hospital.

Mr. Rose was a veteran of World War II, having served with Headquarters Co., 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry, 36th Texas Division in Italy, Germany, Austria and France. He was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in combat.

He was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church, and both he and his wife, Gaynelle, taught Sunday school there for several years. He was a member of the Lions Club and also served as a rifle instructor for the NRA. Joe was the first person to receive a mechanical license from the Shannon School of Aeronautics.

He and his wife were both great lovers of big band music, especially Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey. Joe often said that they had danced a thousand miles to the grand music of Glenn Miller. He believed that the highlight of his dancing was doing the Grandfather’s Waltz in The Nutcracker that was performed at Mary Washington College.

Mr. Rose was preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of 70 years, Gaynelle Rose; parents Melvin and Nannie Rose; and several siblings. Survivors include two sisters, Barbara R. Bell of Montross and Gloria R. Shearwood (Richard) of Tappahannock; brother Gerald Rose (Ann) of Tappahannock; devoted niece, Carol Embrey of Alexandria; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

Memorials may be made in his memory to the Fredericksburg SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.