Vernon C. 'Pop' Payne


Vernon C. "Pop" Payne, 82, a contractor who ran a construction company that renovated houses and built custom furniture, died of prostate cancer June 14 at his home in Fort Belvoir.

Mr. Payne was born in Avondale, W.Va. He served in the Army during World War II and received a Bronze Star.

After the war, he moved to the Washington area and started Payco Contractors.

His marriage to his first wife, Loretta Payne, ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Anne Payne of Fort Belvoir; three sons from his first marriage, Vernon C. Payne II of Manassas, Jerry C. Payne of Alexandria and Lenny C. Payne of Washington; a brother; a sister; and four grandchildren.

Mary T. Healy

Government Statistician

Mary T. Healy, 80, a retired government statistician, died of congestive heart failure June 23 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She lived in Sterling.

Mrs. Healy, a native of Detroit, was a Navy veteran who served during World War II. She moved to the Washington area in 1949 to take a clerical position with the Air Force Department at the Pentagon.

She worked as a statistician for the CIA for about 10 years, until 1984. She then worked a few years as a customer service representative for the Naval Federal Credit Union and as a stocker for a Giant Food grocery store in Sterling.

She was a member of Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in Sterling.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, James J. Healy of Sterling; two children, Edward Healy of Kitty Hawk, N.C., and Catherine Landis of Allentown, Pa.; and a grandson.

Her son Robert Healy died in 1994 and son Raymond Healy died in 2000.

William Allen Berlew

VA Medical Administrator

William Allen Berlew, 85, a retired medical administration officer for the Veterans Administration, died June 17 of advanced dementia at the Casey Home Hospice in Rockville.

He was born in Old Forge, Pa., and came to Washington in 1939 to work for the Census Bureau as a clerk. He attended Lackawanna Business College in Pennsylvania.

A year later, he was drafted into the Army in the Selective Service's "goldfish bowl" drawing. He served in World War II with the Army's 15th Evacuation Hospital in Africa and Italy, receiving a battlefield commission to first lieutenant.

Later recalled to the Korean War, he was stationed at Fort Meade in Florida for 18 months.

In 1946, Mr. Berlew joined the Veterans Administration, working in Kansas City, Mo., Winston-Salem, N.C., and Washington before retiring in 1975.

Mr. Berlew, a longtime Wheaton resident, moved two years ago to the National Lutheran Home in Rockville.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Gertrude Doherty Berlew; four children, Steve Berlew and Valerie Barbourboth of Cary, N.C., Bonnie Delmar of Gaithersburg and Kim Kovacic of Herndon; and 10 grandchildren.

Robert J. Forsell

Aircraft Mechanic

Robert J. Forsell, 77, a retired aircraft mechanic with American Airlines, died of congestive heart failure June 20 at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Forsell, who was born in Plains, Pa., worked at American Airlines from 1954 until his retirement in 1980.

He moved to the Washington area in 1948. He was a member of St. Phillip's Catholic Church in Camp Springs and St. Louis Church in Alexandria.

His wife, Dolores Javage Forsell, whom he married in 1952, died in 1993.

Survivors include two children, Robert J. Forsell Jr. and Claire M. Forsell, both of Alexandria; three brothers; and a sister.

Jess W. Henley

Army Colonel

Jess W. Henley, 88, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army and Social Security administrator, died after a heart attack June 5 at Memorial Hospital in Easton. He was a resident of McLean.

Born in Seloca, Ala., Col. Henley joined the Army in 1935 and served in the North African and European theaters for four years during World War II. After the war, he was stationed at various military posts in Germany and in the United States, including Fort Meade, Fla.

Upon retirement from the Army in 1959, Col. Henley worked for the Social Security Administration, adjudicating disability cases until retiring from that job in 1981.

He was a member of St. John's Roman Catholic Church in McLean, and his interests included golfing, the Washington Redskins and horse racing.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Agnes Una Sugrue Henley of McLean; six sons, Gene Henley of Sandy Spring, Brian Henley of Severna Park, Michael Henley of Glen Burnie, Joseph Henley of McLean, William Henley of Easton and John Henley of Annandale; five daughters, Deirdre Ohler of Parker, Colo., Laura de Armond of Las Vegas, Mary de Armond of Federalsburg, Md., Patricia Frasier of Vienna and Geraldine T. Drake of Fairfax; a brother; a sister; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.