Obituaries for Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2001

James S. Compton

James Sidney “JC” Compton, 55, of Manassas, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at Prince William Hospital.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ebgert and Eura Hale (nee Richey) Compton; one daughter, Tracy L. Compton; and one brother, Arthur Eugene Compton.

He is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Lynn Compton of Manassas and Jessica Dawn Compton of Woodbridge; three sisters, Cathaolene Dahl of Florida, Barbara Compton Spangler of Manassas and Brenda Rowland of Murray, Ky.; a close and special friend, Roxie Giles of Manassas; and four grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Blasius-Baker Funeral Home, 9320 West St., Manassas, where funeral services will be held Wednesday at noon, the Rev. Golden Vance officiating. Burial will follow at Stonewall Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Blasius-Baker Funeral Home, c/o James Compton, 9320 West St., Manassas, VA 20110

Mary E. Kennon

Mary E. Kennon, 97, of Manassas, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2001, at Prince William Hospital.

She was active in local clubs and church and social activities in Ft. Meyer, Fla., and Manassas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer; and three stepchildren, Howard, Odessa and Vivian Fay.

She is survived by one son, Joseph H. Davis of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; one daughter, Paula D. Huycke-Athanas of Manassas; one stepdaughter, Lillian M. Jones of Sini Valley, Calif.; 19 grandchildren, numerous great, great-great, and great-great-great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at Westover Baptist Church, 10301 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, on Oct. 13 at 4:30 p.m., the Rev. Randy Haynes officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Westover Baptist Church Building Fund, 10301 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas, VA 20109.

George Keith Lyons

George Keith Lyons, 88, of Manassas, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2001, at Prince William Hospital following a long illness.

Born in Washington, D.C., he moved to Haymarket in 1920 and finally to Manassas in 1923.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Peacock Dulany Devening, whom he married in 1989; his brother, Gordon Kenneth; and four stepsons, Donald C. Devening, Henry C. Devening, Robert G. Devening and Scott D. Devening.

His first wife, Nancy Waters Lyons, died in 1984. He presented the Nancy Weir Waters Lyons Scholarship Fund to Osbourn High School in her memory.

In 1929, he graduated from Manassas High School. For several years, he traveled much of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia, selling structural steel and builder’s hardware.

He served as a master sergeant in the 42nd Division of the U.S. Army during World War II. He was part of the force liberating the concentration camps at Dachau, for which he received a Bronze Star.

In 1947, he began the first flower store in Manassas, the Lyons Bouquet Mart.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, where he served as senior warden for 23 years and was a trustee. His was a longtime member of the Manassas Volunteer Fire Company, a founding member of the Manassas Lions Club, a member of the Masonic Order, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Trinity Episcopal Church, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 9325 West St., Manassas, VA 20110.

Michael W. Phillips

Michael W. Phillips, 47, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2001.

He was a native of Newport News and had attended New Market Baptist Church. He was a self-employed builder.

Survivors include his mother, Irma C. Bell of Newport News; his stepfather, Herbert W. Bell of Hayes; one daughter, Kathy Phillips of Roanoke; one son, Eric W. Phillips of Fairfax; one sister, Debra P. Mullins of Westminister, Colo.; one brother, Keith R. Phillips of Woodbridge; and many nieces, nephews and special friends.

The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at W.J. Smith & Son Funeral Home, 210 Harpersville Road, Newport News, where a graveside service wil be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, the Rev. Tommy Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.

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