Boston Column for Sept. 30

Coates family holds reunion

The family of the late W.E. Coates met for their annual reunion Sunday at Rappahannock County Park, Washington. Mrs. Frances Coates Thornhill was the first member of the family there, welcoming all others as they came. About 75 members were present.

New pastor called

Rev. Mike Dodson has been called as the new pastor of New Salem Baptist Church. Rev. Dodson is a graduate of Liberty Theological Seminary. He will be retiring soon from his job as a lieutenant in Virginia Beach Fire Department and will be relocating to Culpeper. He graduated from Culpeper High School in 1976.


Mr. and Mrs. Shelvy Frazier were Monday afternoon guests of his sister, Mrs. Marie Atkins on Acornbrook Lane.


Our community has been saddened by the passing of several close friends. Condolences go out to the family of Ray Cannon, retired postmaster and land owner. Services were held at Black Oak Regular Baptist Church for Bill Johnson of Stillhouse Road. Russell Burke, Jr., 58, passed away last week. He was the grandson of Brue and Bessie Burke, longtime residents on the Durant farm, and he was a brother of Donnie Johnston, a freelance writer for the Free-Lance Star of Fredericksburg.

Worth noting

It will be great news to many of our readers to hear that a former resident, Mrs. Minnie Lutt, reached the age of 100 on Aug. 26. She was born in Culpeper in 1910. She has been residing in Los Angeles with relatives for the past 60 years.

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