Our Members honor our dear departed friends and fellow Lions.

Roland Preston

The Reverend Roland Preston Sr., 76, of Stafford County departed this life on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Mary Washington Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

He was the pastor of Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church in Stafford and a member of the Chancellor Lions Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stuart and LolaBelle Preston; his stepmother, Daisy Preston; two sons, Roland Preston Jr. and Rodney Preston; one daughter, Kathleen Greenhow; one grandchild, Sierra Tibbs; his father-in-law, Lemuel Johnson; and one son-in-law, Michael Johnson.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Bernice Preston; three daughters, Cynthia Johnson, Camella Preston (Pete Bundy) and Beatrice Tibbs (Harry); two sons, Reginald Preston Sr. (Sylvainia) and Ray Preston Sr.; eight grandchildren, Ray Preston Jr. (Marsha), Reginald Preston Jr. (Ziara), Rodney Johnson (Danielle), Veronica Preston, Joseph Preston and Roland, Carl and Bryan Greenhow; five great-grandchildren, Trinity, Iyanna and Aliza Preston, Tatyanna Wright and Camille Johnson; one brother, Clarence Preston (Mary); one son-in-law, Alden Green; his mother-in-law, Bernice Johnson; his best friend of 18 years, Walter Pennino; and a host of family and friends. He also leaves behind his two dogs, Simba and Duke.

A service will be held at noon Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at A.L. Bennett and Son Funeral Home, 200 Butternut Drive, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408. A public viewing will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, Jan. 3, from 4 to 8 p.m., with family receiving friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church cemetery; 135 Chapel Green Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22405. A repast will not be held on the day of the service.


Harvey B. Lightner 

Harvey Berton Lightner, 64, of Fredericksburg died Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond.

Mr. Lightner was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of Moose Lodge 1655, the Chancellor Lions Club and the National Rifle Association. He was known in the community as Bert the Magician. He was an IT specialist for the EPA in Washington, D.C.

Survivors include his wife of 41/2 years, Karen Lightner; his father, Roger Lightner; two sisters, Kathleen Lightner Goodman and her husband, Joel, and Becki Chewning and her husband, John; and his nieces and nephews, Patrick, Sarah, Patience, Ashley, Adam, Nicole, Chris, Erin, Danny, Courtney and Olivia. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Lightner.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Quantico National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Box 11454, Alexandria, Va. 22312; to Spotsylvania Fire and Rescue, Box 818, Spotsylvania, Va. 22553; or to Chancellor Lions Club, 2215 Plank Road, Box 206, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.

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