Lucy Elizabeth Monroe

Church Member

Lucy Elizabeth Monroe, 85, who was active in the women's organizations of Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Burke, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 30 at her home in Annandale, where she lived since 1949.

Mrs. Monroe was a native of Standardsville, Va., who came to the Washington area in the early 1940s.

Her interests included gardening and cooking.

Her husband of 60 years, John W. Monroe, died in August.

Survivors include four children, the Rev. Wayne Monroe of Narrows, Va., Perry Monroe of Burke, Roger Monroe of Woodbridge and Sherry Koonce of Richmond; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Melinda McFarlin Lukasz

Verizon Senior Specialist

Melinda McFarlin Lukasz, 51, a Verizon senior communications staff consultant who worked for the telecommunications company and its predecessor since 1986, died of lung cancer Nov. 16 at Georgetown University Hospital. She lived in Washington.

Mrs. Lukasz began her career in 1986 with what was then Bell Atlantic. She joined the company as manager and executive producer of Online, a news show on the corporate television network. She advanced through positions in corporate and employee communication, most recently arranging trips made by Verizon senior leaders to company locations around the country.

Mrs. Lukasz was born in Grinnell, Iowa. She graduated from American University and worked as an assistant editor for Television Digest in Washington. In the late 1970s, she moved to Heidelberg, Germany, with her husband, John Lukasz, and took a job as a civilian editor in the U.S. Army headquarters office in Europe. She also was an editor of a regional entertainment digest for U.S. forces in Germany.

She was a Special Olympics volunteer and an avid worldwide traveler.

In addition to her husband, of Washington, survivors include her mother, Madeline McFarlin of Pompano Beach, Fla., and a sister.

L. Reed Miller

Washington Lawyer

L. Reed Miller, 83, a communications lawyer who was a partner in the Washington law firm of Arnold & Porter and its predecessors for 50 years until he retired in 1995, died Nov. 27 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He had pneumonia.

Mr. Miller began his career with the firm in 1945, when it was known as Arnold & Wiprud. He had recently been discharged from the Army Judge Advocate General's office, where he served as a major during World War II.

Over the years, he represented television and radio stations in license renewal applications before the Federal Communications Commission and at hearings before the U.S Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

He became an authority on communications issues and served as president of the Federal Communications Bar Association.

A West Virginia native, he was a 1939 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of West Virginia University and a 1941 graduate of its law school.

He settled in Washington in 1944 and served as a trustee of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Emilie Miller of Washington; three sons, Michael Miller of Washington, George Miller of Ocean Township, N.J., and Clinton Miller of San Pedro, Calif.; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Helen C. Roddy


Helen Coletta Roddy, 90, a volunteer who did work for Meals on Wheels, Head Start and Birthright of Washington, a Catholic charity organization, died of pneumonia Nov. 28 at her home in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Roddy, who lived in the Washington area since 1942, was a 1934 honors graduate of Notre Dame College in her native Cleveland. She received a master's degree in social work from what is now Case-Western Reserve University and had worked as a social worker for a Catholic orphanage in Parma Heights, Ohio, that was founded by her grandmother.

She was a member of the sodality of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Chevy Chase and of Christ the King Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

Her husband of 58 years, Francis James Roddy, died in 2000.

Survivors include six sons, Francis M., of Kennewick, Wash., James E., of Rochester, N.Y., John P., of Gaithersburg, Martin T., of Cincinnati, Paul V., of Rockville and Jerome P., of Silver Spring; four daughters, Mary Jo Porter of Pittsford, N.Y., Bernadette A. Shannon of Arlington, Regina M. Spaulding of Dayton, Ohio, and Margaret R. DeHart of Blacksburg, Va; a sister; 23 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Percy W. Jones Jr.

Baptist Minister

The Rev. Percy William Jones Jr., 67, an associate pastor of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Arlington for the past 11 years who also had operated Alexandria rehabilitation centers since 1989, died of cancer Nov. 26 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

He operated the Percy Jones Drug Rehabilitation Center from 1989 to 1999. Since then, he had owned and operated the Percy Jones Rehabilitation Center for Senior Citizens. From 1985 to 1987, he served on the staff clergy at Alexandria Hospital.

Mr. Jones, a North Carolina native, was a graduate of Norfolk State University. He received a master's degree in education from Old Dominion University and attended the Virginia Union University seminary and the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1977.

Before coming to the Washington area in 1984, he had worked in Norfolk as a teacher and school administrator and also had held posts with the Model Cities program.

His first wife, Theodora, died in 1971. His second marriage, to Mary Jones, ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Delina Tyree of Dale City, Va., and Percy III, of Fort Washington; two brothers; three sisters; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Constance F. Zarbo

Program Analyst

Constance F. Zarbo, 70, a program analyst with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who had worked for the Commerce Department for the past 40 years, died of lung cancer Nov. 28 at the Casey House Hospice. She lived in Rockville.

Mrs. Zarbo was born in Havre de Grace, Md., and raised in Washington. She was a graduate of Central High School and attended George Washington University.

Her marriage to James Zarbo ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, Christopher, of Piedmont, Calif., and two grandchildren.

John Adams

Fairfax High Graduate

John Adams, 64, a Washington native and Fairfax High School graduate who moved from Chicago to Winchester, Va., in July 2002, died Nov. 28 at Winchester Hospital. He had lung cancer.

Mr. Adams, who served in the Navy from 1958 to 1965, attended the University of Richmond. He lived in Louisiana and then Chicago, where he had been a building contractor.

His marriage to Mona Adams ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Marlene, of Chicago; a daughter by his first marriage, Lisa Adams of New Orleans; three brothers, Thomas E., of McDowell, Va., Bert K., of Staunton, Va., and Robert L., of Timberville, Va.; and three sisters, Betty Baker of McLean, Anne Gresham of Columbia, Va., and Joan Vipperman of Winchester.