Thomas B. Yancey 72 of King George, VA died Friday February 15, 2008 in Mary Washington Hospital. He was born on Gayton Farm in Henrico Co. VA. Gayton was a farm over the veins of Gayton Coal Mine which ceased operations in early 1900's.
He moved to King George County with his family in Jan. 1941. He retired, after 34 years of Government service from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Dahlgren, VA., with many commendations and awards. Prior to which he served from Aug 26, 1956 to Jul 5, 1960 with the US Air Force in the Strategic Air Command (SAC) with service both stateside and overseas. Since his retirement, he enjoyed research, writing, and the great outdoors. After about two years of research, he printed his research on his of the Yancey Family line entitled "Some Notes on Alexander Yancey and Mary Ann Elam and Green O'Berry and Elvira Parker", his great grandparents. Then after more research, approx. two more years, he printed in 1996 "Some Early Masons and Masonic Lodges in King George County, VA". He has had articles printed in The Free Lance Star, The Journal, and The Virginia Masonic Herald.
He was Past Master of Colonial Beach Masonic Lodge #199, in 1968, and Charter Past Master of Hudson-Morris Masonic Lodge #80, in King George, in 1980-81. He was Past District Deputy Grand Master of District #8, in 1985 and he was Past Patron and member of Wakefield Chapter No. 77, OES in Colonial Beach, VA.
He holds membership in Acca Temple, in Richmond; past member of the Richmond Scottish Rite Bodies; Royal Arch Chapter, No. 41 in Kinsale; Heritage Shrine Club in King George; Colonial Beach Masonic Lodge No. 199 in Colonial Beach; Hudson-Morris Masonic Lodge No. 80 in King George; Wakefield Chapter No. 77, OES; Lord Culpeper Council No. 152, Allied Masonic Degrees (AMD) and has been Secretary of Hudson-Morris Lodge since 1982. He has been Secretary/Treasurer of Jesse Jefferson Johnson Area Masonic School since Oct. 1998. He was a member of the King George County Historical Society and has presented some of his works to them. He served on the Educational Planning Committee for King George Co. in 1965. The Committee aided in the design of the Proposed New High School on Dahlgren Rd. around the needs of the County. This Committee, a small group of county residents, was chaired by Leon Rosenberg.
He served his county again, on the Board of Zoning Appeals from May 31, 1989 until Sept. 30, 1995. He then served his County on the North Central Regional Drug Task Force as Grand Juror before Jul 3, 1993 thru 1997. He also served on the Highway Safety Commission of King George Co. He was a life-long member of Shiloh Baptist Church where he was baptized Aug 8, 1947. He was elected Deacon on Dec. 4, 1963 and has served as Chairman many times. He has served as chairman on many committees in the Church and Sunday School and was Sunday School Director from 1967 though 1969. Beginning in 1988 and ending in 2005 he was the teacher of the Men's Adult Class and was made a Trustee of the Church in 1999.
In Boy Scout Troop 191 Tom has served as Committeeman for Publicity since 2002.
Mrs. Yancey, a Past Matron of Wakefield Chapter #77, OES, is the former Barbara J. Jett of Fredericksburg, VA. Mrs. Yancey and Bro. Tom resided in the Shiloh area of King George Co. and have a son David B. Yancey of King George; a daughter Laura A. Adams, and her husband Eric Adams of King George; his three grandchildren, Chaila Rigg, Bryant Rigg and Dalton Adams all of King George; his brother, H.B. Yancey and his wife Betty of Florida; nieces, Kristin Yancey of King George and Janet Wrona of Maine and nephew, Stephen Yancey of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary Yancey and his brother, Joe Yancey.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday February 19th at 11:00 AM in Shiloh Baptist Church, King George, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church Monday from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM with a Masonic service beginning at 7:30 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to Hudson - Morris Masonic Lodge Building Fund or Shiloh Baptist Church Life Center.