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CRAVOTTA Jr., CHARLES A.  
    CHARLES A. CRAVOTTA, JR. (Age 83)   Of Lake Anna, Virginia, died Saturday, April 25, 2015 at his home. He was the husband of the late Leona Goldberg Cravotta, whom he married April 7, 1955. Born February 26, 1932, in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was a son of the late Dr. Charles A. and Emma Bolay Cravotta. Upon graduating from Swissvale High School in 1950, he attended the University of Pittsburgh where he received a bachelor's degree in vertebrate zoology as an ROTC Cadet. Commissioned in 1954 as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, he completed graduate studies in physiology at the School of Aviation Medicine, Gunter AFB, Ala. After 20 years of active duty, including stations in Montgomery, Ala. Tyndall AFB, Fla., Las Vegas, Nev., Beale AFB, Calif., and U-Tapao Thailand, with frequent TDY to Kadena AFB Okinawa, he retired as Lieutenant Colonel in 1974. Notable service included the development and testing of pressure suits and associated life support systems used for high altitude, supersonic flight by Central Intelligence Agency and USAF pilots of the A-12 and SR-71 "Blackbirds," chronicled by the Roadrunners Internationale, of which he was a member. From 1974-85, he lived in the Washington D.C. area where he was a senior analyst, space systems engineer at the CIA in Langley, Va. After retiring to Lake Anna, he established two part-time businesses, Charlie's Custom Golf and Lake Anna Tax Service. He is survived by a daughter, Lynda Martin of Lake Anna; two sons, Dr. Charles A. Cravotta III of Bethel, Pa., and Michael W. Cravotta, of Virginia Beach; four grandchildren: Katelyn and Liesel Martin, Charles A. Cravotta IV, and Caneel Cravotta; and a brother, Rev. Warren Cravotta of Duncansville, Pa. Cremation has taken place at Covenant Funeral Service in Fredericksburg, VA. A celebration of life in honor of Mr. Cravotta will be held at Lake Anna at a later date. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to a favorite charity. Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralservice.com  
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Published in The Washington Post on May 3, 2015
DAY, VIRGINIA E.  
  VIRGINIA E. DAY   Transitioned peacefully on April 27, 2015. Family will greet friends on Wednesday, May 6, 10:30 a.m. until Celebration at 12 Noon at Canaan Baptist Church, 16th & Newton Sts., NW. Professional services by JOHN T. RHINES FUNERAL HOME.
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DEGGES, SHIRLEY A.  
    SHIRLEY ANNE DEGGES   At the age of 91, after a long happy life, Shirley Degges, residing in her childhood home, died peacefully surrounded by her children on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Beloved daughter of the late Almos Davidson and Viva Jaques Neeld of Huntingtown, MD, sister of the late Robert Davidson Neeld and the late Patricia Anne Neeld Phillips. Beloved wife of the late James Elmer Degges, Jr. Beloved mother of Patricia Degges Jones of Elizabeth, CO, Catherine Anne Degges, (fiancée, Michael J. Dunigan) of Woodbine, MD and James Robert Degges, (Sepideh Arya Degges) of Huntingtown, MD; proud grandmother of Heather Anne Karasch and great-grandmother of Kaelyn Anne Karasch, both of San Diego, CA. Shirley spent her youth growing up on the Chesapeake Bay. After attending two years at Stephens College, she moved to New York to study acting, until she decided to become a run way model for Jones of New York. Once she returned to the Washington, DC area, she married James Degges, became an office manager for a physician until she settled down to be a full time wife and mother. A celebration of her life will be held at the family home at Plum Point, Huntingtown, MD on Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will follow at a later date. Please view and sign the family guestbook at: www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com  
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DeLANCEY Sr., MERLE M.  
  MERLE MILLER DeLANCEY, SR.   Merle DeLancey, Sr., of Annapolis, MD, and previously of Alexandria, VA passed away on Friday, May 1, 2015. Born on September 14, 1938 to the late Clyde and Helen DeLancey in Martinsburg, WV, Merle was a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Merle would go on to a successful career in printing, as one of the founders of the East Coast's largest sheetfed pressroom, Peake DeLancey Printers. He also loved entertaining, golf, horseracing and spending time with family. Merle is survived by his wife Connie; his son, Merle, Jr. (Jacque) of Alexandria, VA; his daughter, Susan DeLancey of Annapolis, MD; four stepdaughters, Dianne (Karl) Oristian of Centerville, MD, Donna Miller of Crownsville, MD, Darlene (William) Hackett of Chester, MD, and Suzanne (James) Spencer of Centerville, MD; two sisters, Peggy (Charles) Stephey of Waynesboro, PA and Helen Jean Kerlin of Burnt Cabin, PA; two grandchildren, Addison and Miller DeLancey; and numerous step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to celebrate Merle's life on Wednesday, May 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. Please contact a family member for more information. An online guestbook is available at: www.kalasfuneralhomes.com  
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DIXON, JAMES W. - Hyattsville  
  James Walter Dixon   Passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. He is survived by his niece, Julia Knight, great nephew, Roland Knight, Jr, great-great niece, Raygen Knight, great-great nephew, Roland Knight, III, brother-in-law, Joe Massey and several aunts and cousins. The viewing will be held on Wednesday, May 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 10:30 a.m. The services will be held at J.B. Jenkins Funeral Home located at 7474 Landover Road in Landover, Maryland. The interment will be at Harmony Memorial Park.
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GARCIA, ANGELA  
  ANGELA GARCIA (Age 88)   Of Bealeton, VA died at Inova Fairfax Hospital on Monday, April 27, 2015. She is survived by her husband, Leonardo Garcia; her children, Caridad Rodriguez and Leonardo Garcia; and her six grandchildren, Nikolas, Alexandra, Sophia, Andres, Victoria and Miguel. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at All Saints Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA on Monday, May 11, 2015 at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
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Published in The Washington Post on May 3, 2015
GEBHARDT, JOYCE F. - X.  
  JOYCE FAIRLEY GEBHARDT   Of Dumfries, VA entered into rest on April 26, 2015 after a long battle with kidney cancer. Joyce was born and raised in Augusta, GA and later moved to the Washington D.C. area. She began her young Civil Service career working at the library at Fort Gordon, GA and later for the Corp of Engineers before finishing her 35 year career with the Transportation Security Administration. Joyce was a graduate of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA. Joyce was a member of Dumfries United Methodist Church. She is survived by her brothers Bruce Fairley of Columbia, S.C., Barry Fairley and his wife Sharon of Newnan, GA and many loving nieces, nephews and their families. Joyce could always bring a smile through her caring, loving and considerate manor. She valued her friends, family and church. We ask that you celebrate Joyce's life by sharing memories of her in your thoughts and prayers with friends and family. A memorial service will be held with the family at a later date. We would like to give a special thanks to the doctors and health care workers that cared for Joyce and the co-workers, friends and family that gave her encouragement during her tragic illness. Parrott Funeral Home & Crematory in charge of arrangements, 770-964-4800.
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GILLIS, CHERRY V. - Washington Dc  
  CHERRY VIRGINIA GILLIS   Our beloved sister, cousin, aunt and friend died quietly on March 29, 2015 at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center while visiting Cheyenne, WY. Born in Henderson, KY she spent her formative years in Evansville, IN and graduated from Central High School. Upon her graduation from the University of Evansville she moved to Washington, DC. There she was a social worker for the Salvation Army, then became assistant to US Representative Walter Fauntroy and his successor Eleanor Holmes Norton. She retired as Vice President of Operations for East of the River Community Development Corporation. She was preceded in death by her parents Rev. James and Mrs. Florida Gillis, sister Rashida Arnold and brothers James, George, Charles and Paul. In lieu of services, donations or memorials our ever thoughtful Cherry requested a living gift from surviving family and friends - do something nice for someone else today. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to online guest book or: The Gillis Family 140 Golf Course Drive - Unit 226 Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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GLASCOE, CARRIE D.J.  
  CARRIE DAISY JENIFER GLASCOE   (Age 91)   Passed peacefully on Monday, April 27, 2015 of Mechanicsville, Maryland. She is survived by daughters, Aurelia M. Marshall and Janice Glascoe-Swann; son, Cornell P. Glascoe (Phyllis) and a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Monday, May 4, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville, Maryland from 9 a.m. until Mass at 11 a.m. Interment Queen of Peace Cemetery, Helen, Maryland.
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GOODIN, EUNICE M.  
    EUNICE MARTHA GOODIN (Age 84)   Of Rockville, MD, passed away suddenly on April 25, 2015. Born in Bagley, MN, to Leonard and Florence Thompson, Eunice was raised with her two sisters, Lois and Mary, in the Dakotas and Minnesota. She attended the University of Minnesota for her undergraduate and Master's degrees in music, and taught music in St. Paul, MN, San Diego, CA, and Deerfield, IL. In 1961, Eunice wed Robert H. Goodin, with whom she cherished 44 years of marriage. Eunice was the loving center of a family to three sons, John (Kathy) of Fairfax, VA, Mark (Joanna) of McLean, VA and Peter (Solveig) of Portland, OR; and six grandchildren, Jack, Anna, Cate, Nora, Soren, and Stig. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Anderson; niece, Deborah Anderson; nephews, Stephen Anderson, Peter Geist, and David Geist; as well as numerous cousins. Eunice loved to play the piano, sew, and keep up with a wide circle of friends from her church and across the country. A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 4, at 11 a.m., at Faith United Methodist Church, 6810 Montrose Road, Rockville, Maryland 20852, where she was a long-time member. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to World Vision www.worldvision.org or Strathmore www.strathmore.org Please view and sign the family guestbook at: www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com  
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