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Huong Tran

Sep 18, 1930 - Oct 16, 2023

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Annandale, VA

Huong B. Tran, age 93, of Annandale, Virginia passed away on Monday, October 16, 2023. A visitation for Huong will be held Wednesday, October 25, 2023 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM at National Funeral Home, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042. A funeral service will occur Thursday, October 26, 2023 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at National Funeral Home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www. NationalFH-MP. com for the Tran family.

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Dorothy Ann Ballenger

Oct 12, 1937 - Jan 20, 2024

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Annandale, VA

"Dorothy Ann Ballenger, age 86, of Annandale, Virginia, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2024. Dorothy was born on October 12, 1937, to Joe and Ouida (Dudley) Ballenger in Columbia, Missouri. Dorothy graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri. Then she furthered her education and went on to the University of Missouri (MU) in Columbia, Missouri. On May 5, 1993, she married Basil Harrington in Virginia. He preceded her in death on September 30, 2002. Dorothy enjoyed playing baseball and bowling, she even joined a bowling league. Dorothy was an avid animal lover. She fed all of her “friends” that would come scratching on her door daily, they enjoy their homemade peanut butter sandwiches and snacks that she would make for them. Her animal “friends” included a fox, coons, rabbits, squirrels, deer, and even a skunk. Dorothy is survived by her three siblings, Karen Lee and Tommy of Columbia, Missouri; Joe Ballenger and Betty of Columbia, Missouri; and Don Ballenger and Ingrid of Bozman, Montana; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Graveside service will be at 11:00 am. Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia, Missouri with Pastor Bruce Williamson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Rhodes Funeral Home, Brookfield, Missouri"

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Mary Michel Cochran

Jan 06, 1942 - Feb 16, 2024

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Annandale, VA

Mary Michel Cochran, age 82, of Annandale, Virginia passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024. A memorial service for Mary will be held Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Messiah United Methodist Church, 62156 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152.

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Dorothy Jane Ramsey Black

Aug 08, 1925 - Dec 31, 2023

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Annandale, VA

Dorothy Jane Ramsey Black, 98, of Annandale, VA. died Sunday, December 31, 2023. She was the daughter of Charles James Ramsey and Elizabeth Senora Parnell Ramsey and was born on August 8, 1925, in Columbus, Ga. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her beloved husband of 59 years, Harold Black; two brothers, Charles James Ramsey, Jr., and Leroy Michael Ramsey of Marietta, Ga.; and five sisters, Mary Ruth Ramsey Johnson of Marietta, GA, Annie Katherine Ramsey Thompson of Homer, Ga., Betty Geraldine Ramsey Spears of Marietta, Ga., Patricia Ann Ramsey Cook of Ellijay, Ga., and Barbara Jean Ramsey of Atlanta, Ga. She is survived by her children, Harold M. Black (Gloria) of Hamilton, VA., Amelia L. Potter (Mitchell) of Arlington, VA., Andrew R. Black (Kathy) of Fairfax, VA, along with 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, sister Sandra Nell Ramsey Williams of Navarre, Fl. and numerous nieces and nephews. Dotty Black was a full time homemaker and a loving wife, mother, sister, friend, cousin, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother. Always the extrovert, she never met a stranger in her life and was always ready to strike up a conversation or lend a helping hand. She loved being in the kitchen and experimenting with various recipes — always tweaking them to make them her own — and of course, NEVER giving away what made her food delicious. Outside the home, sitting at the bridge table and playing a competitive game of bridge was one of her greatest joys - attaining a Bronze Life Master ranking in 2017. She lived life to the fullest and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. A brunch to celebrate her life will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2024 at 10:00AM at Fort Myer Officer’s Club - Patton Hall, 214 Jackson Ave., Fort Myer, VA. 22211 To access Fort Myer : DoD ID card holders (active/reserve/retired military personnel and their family members; federal workers and cleared contract personnel) -- may enter Fort Myer by presenting a Common Access Card (CAC) or DoD- or other federally-affiliated ID card. All non-DoD or non-federally-affiliated ID card holders (includes visitors who do not qualify for DoD ID cards -- guests, volunteers, church goers and nannies, for example) will be directed to Hatfield Gate -- Washington Boulevard at South 2nd Street, Arlington, VA. These visitors must have an NCIC-III (National Crime Information Center) criminal history check prior to being granted access. To prevent long lines and backups at Hatfield Gate, these visitors are encouraged to pre-register at the Visitor Control Center in Building 415, on Fort Myer; or, apply online at: https://pass.aie.army.mil/jbmhh Arrangements by Advent Funeral & Cremation Services, Falls Church, VA.

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Travis Duncan Neal

Mar 24, 1970 - Feb 02, 2024

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Annandale, VA

Travis Duncan Neal, age 53, of Annandale, Virginia passed away on Friday, February 2, 2024. A memorial service for Travis will be held Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Murphy Funeral Homes, 1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA 22046.

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Randolph Laraine Vaughan Meli

Mar 29, 1942 - Feb 03, 2024

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Annandale, VA

With family by her side, Randolph (Randy) Laraine Vaughan Meli peacefully departed this life on February 3, 2024. Randy (“Laraine” to family and hometown friends) was born in Petersburg, Virginia to parents Randolph Biscoe Vaughan Miles and Ivan D. Vaughan. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Robert I. Vaughan. She is survived by husband of 54 years, Donald W. Meli; brother, Donald T. Vaughan (Kit); sister, Nancy Vaughan Jackson (Charles); four nieces (Ali, Becca, Sarah, Anna); two nephews (Drew, Anthony); and eight grand nieces and nephews. Randy grew up in Colonial Heights, Virginia, attended Colonial Heights and Petersburg Public Schools, and Second Presbyterian Church in Petersburg. She loved music and was a lifelong choir member, piano player, and season ticket holder for the George Mason University concert series. She loved reading and her book club. She and husband, Don, enjoyed traveling the world visiting six continents during summer breaks and retirement. Randy graduated from Madison College (now JMU) and was a member and officer of SIGMA KAPPA Sorority. She was a distinguished elementary school teacher at Braddock Elementary in Fairfax County for 31 years and saw many changes to a booming county. Her passion and legacy were service to family, young learners, and the First Presbyterian Church of Annandale where she was a dedicated choir member, elder, deacon, and volunteer for over forty years. In leu of flowers, consider a donation to First Presbyterian Church of Annandale. Rest in peace, sweet and strong and steady soul. A funeral service for Laraine will be held Monday, February 12, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Annandale, 7610 Newcastle Dr, Annandale, VA 22003.

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Dorothy Ann Ballenger

Oct 12, 1937 - Jan 20, 2024

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Annandale, VA

"Dorothy Ann Ballenger, age 86, of Annandale, Virginia, passed away Saturday, January 20, 2024. Dorothy was born on October 12, 1937, to Joe and Ouida (Dudley) Ballenger in Columbia, Missouri. Dorothy graduated from Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri. Then she furthered her education and went on to the University of Missouri (MU) in Columbia, Missouri. On May 5, 1993, she married Basil Harrington in Virginia. He preceded her in death on September 30, 2002. Dorothy enjoyed playing baseball and bowling, she even joined a bowling league. Dorothy was an avid animal lover. She fed all of her “friends” that would come scratching on her door daily, they enjoy their homemade peanut butter sandwiches and snacks that she would make for them. Her animal “friends” included a fox, coons, rabbits, squirrels, deer, and even a skunk. Dorothy is survived by her three siblings, Karen Lee and Tommy of Columbia, Missouri; Joe Ballenger and Betty of Columbia, Missouri; and Don Ballenger and Ingrid of Bozman, Montana; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Graveside service will be at 11:00 am. Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia, Missouri with Pastor Bruce Williamson officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Rhodes Funeral Home, Brookfield, Missouri"

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Charles Edward Coleman

Sep 07, 1955 - Jan 26, 2024

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Annandale, VA

Charles ”Chuck” Edward Coleman, 68, of Centreville, Virginia, passed away on January 26, 2024 in INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Annandale, Virginia. Chuck was born in Memphis, Tennessee to George Welton and Dorothy June Coleman on September 7, 1955. He earned a B.S. in Geography from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1980. Having participated in ROTC, he spent 11 years serving in the US Army Signal Corps, resigning his commission at the rank of captain in 1991. He married Alicia Genevieve Cremins on October 17, 1987 at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Atlanta, Georgia. After his time in the Army, he worked as an RF/Electrical Engineer as a contractor for various companies in the Washington, D.C. area. Chuck enjoyed military history, especially researching WWII aircraft and aircraft crashes, and was a lifelong animal lover. He is preceded in death by his parents, George Welton Coleman and Dorothy June Coleman. Chuck is survived by his wife of 36 years, Alicia Cremins Coleman; his two children Alicia Katherine Coleman of Winston-Salem, NC, Wesley Reid Coleman of Los Angeles, CA; his four sisters Wanda Mark of Atlanta, GA, Karen C. Wallace of Memphis, TN, Pamela J. McDonald of Enville, TN, Tammye Dee Holliman of Memphis, TN; one brother, Welton Eugene Coleman of Hernando, MS; 8 nieces and nephews; 3 grand nieces and nephews; as well as 7 nieces and nephews on his wife’s side of the family. Memorials may be given to Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) https://www.rawldogs.org/ or the Gary Sinise Foundation https://www.garysinisefoundation.org. Funeral services will be held at a later date in Tennessee.

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Jean Marie Ivery

Oct 23, 1934 - Jan 22, 2024

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Annandale, VA

Jean Marie Ivery, 89, of Annandale, Virginia, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday January 22, 2024 with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren pouring in affirmations from around the US and the world. She was born Jean Marie Klees in 1934 to George S. Klees and Elizabeth T. (Chaapel) Klees in rural Williamsport, PA. She grew up as a farmer’s daughter—the middle child of five—with two brothers and two sisters. During the earliest years of her life, her home lacked electricity and modern conveniences, which bred into her a motivation to overcome lack. She particularly disliked the cold. Jean Marie learned the meaning of hard work, even as a child, often putting in entire days on their family truck farm. She attended a one-room schoolhouse for her early education, excelled in her High School studies and graduated with honors. She became a Registered Nurse after earning her degree at Geisinger School of Nursing. Throughout her more than 50 years in nursing, her relational manner with patients nurtured many to health—many at Geisinger Hospital. That caring skill served Jean Marie well throughout her life. As a loving, compassionate and engaged friend, she affected many who knew her—even the store clerks she often befriended. She loved gardening, her plants—she especially delighted in flowers and their exquisite detail—her family, books, and reading—a love that followed her into her later years when she owned a bookstore. She loved traveling, the ocean, beaches, playing games with her kids and grandkids and caring for their hearts. Jean Marie is survived by her first husband and father of their three children, Harry T. Dennen of Danville, PA. Her second husband, Thomas W. Ivery, preceded her in the 1990s. She is also survived by son Tom (Annie) of Orlando, FL, daughter Chris (Robert), living in Vienna, VA and son Bob (living near Berlin, Germany) as well as 9 grandchildren (and spouses, who were dear to her) and nearly 20 great-grandchildren. They often heard from “Gram”, cherished her prayers, and enjoyed her gracious self-sacrificing generosity. At this time the family has not come to a decision for a celebration of life service. Our family is spread far and wide as are many of you who Mom impacted are also spread throughout the world. The website memorial is perhaps our best option. Please take a few moments to write a memory, share a picture or a meaningful moment in your life where Mom blessed you. We can all relish these shared memories with gratitude for her gift of life to us. Thank you for your prayers. We are missing her greatly. Jean's arrangements are in the caring guidance of Winter Oak Funeral Home and Cremations, 1132 E. Plant St. Winter Garden, FL. 34787

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Dr. Peter Paul Perla III

Dec 12, 1951 - Jan 21, 2024

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Annandale, VA

Dr. Peter Paul Perla III, who always insisted on the “doctor” part, passed away peacefully in his favorite chair at home in Annandale, VA, on January 21, 2024. Born on December 12, 1951, in Pittsburgh, Peter is survived by his wife of 48 years, JoAnn, and his children Steven and Sara.Peter attended Duquesne University, where he met the love of his life, JoAnn, as they both received a Bachelors degree in math. Peter went on to receive his Doctorate in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. His education laid the foundation for a 47-year career as an analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses. Peter's contributions were profound; he authored The Art of Wargaming in 1990, which became a seminal work in the field.But beyond his professional achievements, Peter's most important contribution to the world was his constant and unwavering love for his wife and children. He never missed an important moment in their lives, present on the sidelines for soccer games, basketball games, band and play performances. He took pride in their achievements and cherished time with them.Peter was also a bossy older brother to Dennis (deceased), MaryAnn, Debbie, and David, and uncle to many nieces and nephews who will miss their chocolate oranges at Christmas.A true foodie at heart, as the grandson of a baker, Peter was always on a quest for the new best recipe, especially for bread—or at least for attempting to get his rolls to rise as high as his grandfather’s.His love for games was all-encompassing, from wargames (obviously) to board games and card games, and he always, always insisted on a full read-through of the rules before the game began.A more recent passion was watching premiere league soccer on the weekends; He was uncommitted to a particular team at the time of his passing, despite his daughter’s urging to commit to Tottenham.Faith played a significant role in Peter's life, especially in more recent years. Always a weekly Mass-goer, Peter had a profound experience when visiting Italy in 2013, and he took seriously a seemingly personal challenge from (the spirit of) Padre Pio to conform his life more to Christ. He asked questions sincerely, read books, and began saying the rosary and the Litany of St. Joseph regularly. He sang loudly in church (a lovely tenor), and when asked about this, replied that he thought that if he sang loudly, other people might sing too. He also served as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, a role he undertook with great reverence.Peter's legacy is one of wisdom, thoughtfulness, and generosity. He touched the lives of so many people as a mentor and a friend. For someone who was such an introvert that he joked constantly about not wanting to be around people (“Ew, people! Ew!”), he sure made a lot of friends. His presence was a source of stability and inspiration, and he will be deeply missed.In lieu of flowers, Peter’s family suggests memorials be made to Duquesne University, as a scholarship fund is being established in his name. Donations may be sent to Duquesne University, Advancement Services, 305C Administration Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15282, ATTN: Peter Perla Scholarship Fund. Donations may also be made online at www.duq.edu/giving, in memory of Peter Perla.

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Raymond Langhorne Jr.

May 25, 1937 - Jan 16, 2024

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Annandale, VA

Raymond Langhorne Jr., of Annandale VA, entered into rest on January 16th, 2024. He was born May 25th, 1937 in Washington, DC, son of the late Raymond and Mary Ruth (Sheilds) Langhorne. He grew up in Annandale and graduated from Fairfax High School. Ray also completed six years of military service in the Army Reserve. Ray had forty plus years career in banking services, first with the Bank of Annandale, which became the First Virginia Bank, retiring as Senior Vice President of Information Technology. Ray is survived by his partner of 29 years, William Murphy, his sister Mary Louise Langhorne, brother E. Larry Langhorne, and sister in law Theresa (Terry) Langhorne. He was predeceased by his parents, and brother Stephen. Ray loved to travel and visited many destinations, but his favorites were spending time with friends and family in Northern California, Delaware, and his annual trip in February to Key West, where over the years he and Bill made many enduring friendships. There will be a visitation at Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield, VA on Saturday January 27th from 3 to 5 PM.

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