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Harry Stevens, Jr.

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Harry Lee Stevens, Jr., 49, of Gainesville, passed away unexpectedly June 25, 2017.

Born July 14, 1967 in Goodrich, MI, he was the son of the late Pamela Price Stevens and Harry Lee Stevens, Sr. On January 3, 1987 in Davison, MI, he married the former Dana Rae Winnick, who survives.

Harry served in the United States Army for over 20 years as an engineer, communications specialist, Army recruiter and an Army IG. He worked as a Civilian Inspector General for the Department of Defense, and was a member of both the Regulators Bike Club and the War Fighters Motorcycle Club – George Washington Chapter.

Survivors include his loving wife, Dana Rae Stevens of Gainesville; one daughter, Rhiann Amaya Stevens also of Gainesville; one son, Kyle McKenzie Stevens and his wife LaBrea of Fort Bragg, NC; his father, Harry Stevens, Sr. of Greenbush, MI; two brothers, Eric Helms and his wife Marilyn of TX; Dave Burton of Burton, MI; his mother-in-law, Shirley Ann Winnick also of Burton, MI; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 10001 Nokesville Road, Manassas. A celebration of Harry’s life will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Richard Losa officiating.

Interment with military honors will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Harry’s name to ACTS, P.O. Box 74 Dumfries, VA 22026.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center, under the direction of Michael Post. Please sign the guestbook at

William Shepherd Colonna

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William "Bill" Shepherd Colonna age 67 of Manassas VA died on 6/17/17. He is predeceased by his Father, Edward "Ed" A. Colonna, Mother, Blanche Kelley Colonna, brother, Edward "Ned" Colonna. Services will be held at Pierce Funeral Home, Manassas VA on June 26, 2017 6 PM-8 PM. Graveside service will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park Newport News, VA on 6/27/17 1 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to New Hope Christian Church Manassas VA.

Herman Buddy Cash

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WOODBRIDGE – Herman “Buddy” Cash, 89, passed peacefully surrounded by family and friends at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center on the morning of June 18, 2017.
Buddy is survived by his loving wife of 68 years Jeanene Cash; his daughters and “sons” Cynthia and Doug Christian; Donna and Tommy Wighington; granddaughter Shannon Wighington; sisters Edna Brightwell and Geraldine McFaden; sister-in-law Joyce Gaddy, brother-in-law Earl Feagans; “granddogs” Sable and Tara; and many close friends.
Born and raised in Lynchburg, VA of the Baptist faith, he was the son of the late Harry and Maggie Cash. Buddy honorably served his country as a member of the United States Navy from 1946-1948 and on a weekend joy ride, met the love of his life, Jeanene Feagans. They married on February 26, 1949 and in July of 1962, he made Woodbridge, VA his new home with his wife and two daughters.
Buddy’s first love and priority was always his family. He was the patriarch of the family and a father figure to many. His passion for street rods is a love that is shared across the family. A master welder and a jack of all trades, there wasn’t a task too big or small that he wouldn’t tackle. In his later years, he enjoyed spending time at his other home at Cobb Island, MD with the ones he loved.
Services will be held at Mountcastle Cunningham Turch Funeral Home at 13318 Occoquan Rd Woodbridge, VA on June 30, 2017 at 2pm.
Those who knew and loved Buddy are welcome to attend his memorial service. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Elmer "Bob" Wiser

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Elmer “Bob” Wiser, 88, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family Friday, June 9, 2017 at his home in Catlett, Virginia.

An entrepreneur, he worked in the trucking and landfill industries before retiring to his farm. He enjoyed farming and hunting and his dog “Buddy” along with time spent with family and friends.

He is survived by his children, Robert Wiser (Virginia), Russell Wiser (Katherine) and Tammy Suter (William), his grandchildren, Kyle and Hunter, his sister, Gladys L. Woodson and many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, at Pierce Funeral Home in Manassas. A reception will be held at the Youth for Tomorrow campus following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Youth for Tomorrow, 11835 Hazel Circle Drive, Bristow, VA 20136.

J. Jarvis Taylor

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James Jarvis Taylor, age 94, of Alexandria, Virginia passed away Monday, June 19, 2017 at the Capital Caring in Arlington, Virginia.

He was born on June 26, 1922 in Raleigh, North Carolina the son of the late George W. and Ella F. (Browne) Taylor.

Part of the Great Generation, he served in the US Army as Private 1st Class from 1942-1945. He fought in the Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) in Rhineland, Central Europe and was awarded the Bronze Star; Combat Infantry Badge; Good Conduct Metal; American Campaign Metal; Europe, Africa, Middle East Metal; Victory Metal WWII and WWII Occupation Metal. He enjoyed his career as a Right-of-Way agent for 32 years with the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company, which was later Bell Atlantic, until his retirement.

He was a history enthusiast whose interest ranged from the Civil War to the
99th Infantry Battalion (Sep); Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge; King William County Historical Society and the Albemarle Genealogical Society.

Survivors include his son, Charles M. Hudgins and wife Lynn of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandson, Kevin J. Hudgins of Alexandria, VA; niece, Sandra T. Cottrell and husband Len; nephews, Ronald W. Taylor and wife Karen, Jerry L. Taylor and wife Gloria.

The family will receive friends from 7:00-9:00pm Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, Virginia. Graveside services will be held at 10:00AM Friday, June 23, 2017 at Stonewall Memory Gardens with Rev. Dr. Billy G. Tatum officiating.

Harry Jackson Hensley, Sr

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Harry Jackson Hensley, Sr., age 71, of Haymarket, Virginia passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the Novant Health Haymarket Medical Center.

He was born on October 10, 1945 in Haymarket, Virginia the son of the late Nathan J. and Irene B. (Payne) Hensley. He retired from the Aqua Coating Company. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan R. Hensley.

Survivors include his two sons, Harry J. Hensley, Jr of Warrenton, Virginia and John N. Hensley of Haymarket, Virginia; three sisters, Christine Gotta of Massachusetts, Pauline Adkins of Manassas, Virginia and Mamie Russell of Manassas, Virginia; two grandchildren, Josh and Jesse Hensley; three great grandchildren, Cheyenne, Jackston, and Athena Hensley.

The family will receive friends from 11:30-12:30pm Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, Virginia where funeral services will be held at 12:30pm with Rev. Dr. Billy G. Tatum officiating. Interment will follow at Stonewall Memory Gardens.

Donald Ransom Eskridge

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Donald Ransom Eskridge, age 89 of Manassas, VA died on June 17, 2017 at his residence surrounded by family. He is survived by his son Mark Eskridge and wife Ada; his grandchildren Teresa Roca and husband Miguel, Mark David Eskridge, Jennifer Ross and husband Terrell and James Eskridge and wife Sarah and by 7 great grandchildren. Funeral services will take place at Pierce Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, VA 20110 on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM with the family receiving friends one hour prior to the service. Interment Stonewall Memory Gardens.

Wesley Charles Hoskinson Jr.

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Wesley Charles Hoskinson, Jr., age 57, passed away on June 18, 2017 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA.

He was born on January 6, 1960 in Alexandria, VA to the late Wesley Charles Hoskinson, Sr. and Ruth Elaine (Hatton) Hoskinson.

Predeceased by his parents and one sister: Evangeline Hoskinson.

Survivors include his loving wife of 31 years, Alice Hoskinson and daughter: Chasmine Hoskinson.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, VA at 7:00 PM with the family receiving friends from 6:00 PM until service time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or American Cancer Society, 124 Park St SE, Vienna, VA 22180 in loving memory of Wesley C. Hoskinson, Jr.

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Thomas Eddy Merritt

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Thomas Eddy Merritt, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Manassas Health and Rehab Center in Manassas, VA.

He was born on October 2, 1945 in Denver, CO. Mr. Merritt was the past Chief of Manassas Park Volunteer Fire Department and retired from Fairfax County as an Accident Reconstruction Specialist. He loved trains, rock and roll and John Wayne.

Survivors include his loving wife of 22 years, Revah Merritt of Manassas Park, VA; one son: Eric Yetter of Lee County, FL; one daughter: Kristin Johnson and husband Leroy of Culpeper, VA; one brother: Dennis Merritt of Florida and one grandson: Terence Dangerfield of Culpeper, VA.

All services will be private.
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Luise Seitz Breiter

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Luise Seitz Breiter went home to be with the Lord on June 16, 2017. She passed peacefully, with family at her bedside and a smile on her face.

Luise was born on September 19, 1933 in Furth, Germany. She met Manfred Breiter from Bremen, Germany in an English class in New York. Together they raised a family in Manassas, Virginia.

Luise is survived by her loving husband Manfred Breiter; two daughters: Anita Waggy and husband Bart and Caroline Morgan and husband Ken; two granddaughters: Amanda Waggy and Lee Holbrook; and Johanne Waggy and Shawn Andrews, as well as many friends far and near.

A private family ceremony will be held to bring Luise home and complete the family circle. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

There will be a Celebration of Life in the near future, date to be determined.

Jean B. Herr

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Jean Herr (Age 87), beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017. Born on October 30, 1929, in Andover, MA, Jean lived the majority of her life in the Manassas, VA area. She was preceded in death by her parents, George M. Ballantyne and Helen T. (Carroll) Ballantyne, and brother, George C. Ballantyne. Jean devoted her life to her family, her faith and her community, and was loved by all who knew her, especially her five children. Jean was their teacher, counselor, advisor, coach, chauffeur, driving instructor, cheerleader, match-maker, family historian, spiritual leader and prayer warrior, and she passed on to them her Scotch-Irish heritage, her love of God and deep Catholic faith.
Jean also was a pillar of the Manassas community. A member of All Saints Catholic Church since 1955, she helped plan, organize and support the building and expansion of the church on Stonewall Road. She helped raise money to build Prince William Hospital, served as the first President of the Manassas Park PTA, established the Manassas Park-Yorkshire Little League and the Manassas Park Fourth of July Parade. More recently, Jean organized happy hours and began the annual St. Patrick’s Day gathering at her condominium building for her friends and neighbors. Always the life of the party, Jean loved to laugh and was quick with a joke or a story, enjoyed winning card games, dominoes and Trivial Pursuit, and she dearly loved dancing, any style – line, tap, swing, jitterbug and Jazzercise.
Matriarch of her loving family, Jean is survived by her children: sons Charles and wife Jackie; Bill and wife Terri; George and wife Roxanne; daughters Ellen (Herr) Guptill and husband Brian; Patsy (Herr) Fullerton and husband Sam; 15 grandchildren Andy Herr, Carroll Herr, David Herr, Scott Guptill, Jean (Guptill) Anderson, Shannon Dempsey, Erin (Fullerton) Tracy, Sam Fullerton, Alison (Fullerton) Duncavage, Ryan Herr, Meghan Herr, Shane Herr, Brady Herr, George Herr, Jr., and Kelly Herr; 11 great-grandchildren Elle, Aidan and Andrew Herr; Miranda and Patrick Salgado; Kelly and Caitlin Anderson; Zoe Zimmer, Dryden Dempsey, Rachel and Jake Tracy, and many dear friends.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6-8 PM at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, VA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 22, 10 AM, at All Saints Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA, followed by interment at Stonewall Memory Gardens, 12004 Lee Highway, Manassas, VA.
Flowers or a donation to Catholic Charities are welcome expressions of sympathy.

Robert W. Buckner

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On 13 June 2017, Robert W. Buckner passed away from complications caused by pneumonia. Bob was born on 28 January 1935 to Lawrence and Elizabeth Buckner of the Bronx, New York. Bob graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1952 and went on to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. While at West Point he met the love of his life, JoAnn Paradiso… they married after his graduation in 1957 (go Army beat Navy). After serving in the military, Bob returned to “da Bronx” and attended Columbia University and became a Physical Education instructor. He taught at his Alma Mater, DeWitt Clinton, for 35 years. He loved his job and those he worked with. Bob especially loved the time when he was coaching. During his time at DeWitt Clinton, he was the head coach for the Clinton basketball team and assistant coach for the football team. After a successful run with high school basketball and football, he went on to coach basketball at Manhattan College. Bob and JoAnn raised four children in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. He switched to coaching female sports at Hastings High School when his daughter, Barbara, was a member of the basketball team. Bob and his family shared many summers together at Coventry Lake in Connecticut, always hosting extended family and friends, leaving us with many special memories.
In retirement, Bob enjoyed summers in the mountains of Blowing Rock, North Carolina and winters in sunny Vero Beach, Florida. Bob is predeceased by his wife of 58 years, JoAnn, and his eldest son Richard. He is survived by his children Barbara, Ted, Robert, and their families as well as Richard’s wife, Apiwan, and her family, and Bob’s brothers, Richard and Roy, and their families.
A celebration of life will be planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG), United States Military Academy at 1698 Mills Road, West Point, NY 10996 in memory of Robert W. Buckner, USMA Class of 1957.

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