Lily Belle Boumans Little

Homemaker, Navy Wife

Lily B. Little, 86, a homemaker and Navy wife, died Nov. 8 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital of complications after surgery. She was a longtime resident of Fairfax.

Mrs. Little was born in Broussard, La., where she was a member of the high school Louisiana State Girls Championship basketball team. She attended school to become a beautician and for a time ran her own beauty shop in Lafayette, La.

As World War II approached, she worked in a shipyard in Orange, Tex., and met the man she would marry. She traveled extensively with her husband, a Navy officer, to duty stations throughout the world.

A high point of her life as a Navy wife was entertaining Princess Grace and Prince Rainer of Monaco while on her husband's final sea command on the guided missile cruiser the USS Little Rock.

Mrs. Little used her fluency in French and Italian as a translator at social events in the Mediterranean theater.

In 1968, the family settled in Fairfax, where Mrs. Little was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church.

Her husband of 47 years, Ret. Navy Capt. Charles E. Little, died in 1992.

Survivors include three sons, Charles E. Little Jr. of Columbus, Ga., Michael E. Little Sr. of Oak Hill and Ronald J. Little of Fairfax; four brothers; three grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

William E. Knepper

Foreign Service Officer

William E. Knepper, 75, a 32-year Foreign Service veteran and expert in Latin American economics who retired in 1988 with the rank of minister-counselor, died Nov. 4 at his home in Oakland, Calif. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Knepper was staff assistant to Secretary of State Dean Rusk in the early 1960s and had several postings in Latin America, some dangerous.

In Uruguay from 1967 to 1971, he kept a pistol under his pillow and a shotgun in the corner of his bedroom because of threats from the Tupemaros terrorist group targeting U.S. interests and representatives.

One night, during a small diplomatic dinner party at Mr. Knepper's house, an armed guerrilla intruder tried to force his way inside. A guard prevented the disruption.

Mr. Knepper was at State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research from 1978 to 1983 and left with the title of deputy assistant secretary of state. There, he was liaison to the intelligence community on Latin American intelligence.

He also helped prepare the Kissinger Commission report on Central America and conducted trade negotiations with members of Latin American delegations.

His final assignment was teaching economics at the Inter-American Defense College at Fort McNair.

Mr. Knepper was a native of Kansas City, Kan., and received an economics degree from the University of Kansas, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

After Navy service during the Korean War period, he received a master's degrees in economics and political economy from Harvard University. He also completed all but his dissertation for a doctorate in economics at Harvard.

After retiring from the Foreign Service, he was editor of the Washington Report, a newsletter of the Council of the Americas business group; vice president for research for Consumers for World Trade, a nongovernmental organization; and vice president of St. Georges Corp., a Washington real estate investment firm.

He had a home in the Washington area from 1956 to 1998, when he moved to Oakland from Annapolis.

He was a member of the Cosmos Club and the Harvard Club of Washington. His hobbies included collecting pre-Columbian pottery.

His marriage to Virginia Steven Knepper ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Dr. Alberta FlashmanKnepper of Oakland; two sons from the first marriage, Christopher Knepper of McLean and Michael Knepper of Mill Valley, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

Tharon Marie Antic

School Psychologist

Tharon Marie Antic, 84, a former psychologist with D.C. public schools, died Nov. 15 of cardiac arrest at her home in Bradenton, Fla. Before moving to Florida in 2000, she lived in Bethesda.

Mrs. Antic served a variety of D.C. elementary schools in a roving capacity as psychologist from 1969 to 1987. She was responsible for administering intelligence and achievement tests, as well as assessing emotional and social development. She also helped obtain services for students with learning and emotional disabilities.

Mrs. Antic was born in Louisville and spent much of her youth in sanatoriums for the treatment of tuberculosis. Her family moved to Washington in 1936.

She graduated from George Washington University and received a master's degree in school psychology from the University of Akron in Ohio.

She helped develop employment tests while working at the Pentagon during World War II. In the early 1960s, she worked for the newly formed Peace Corps and in 1963-4 was at the old Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where she developed an interest in educational testing in schools.

She lived in Ohio from 1964 to 1969, before moving to Bethesda.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Dr. Stephen Antic of Bradenton; and a daughter, Maria Antic Hubert of Clearwater, Fla.

Walter P. Weaver


Walter P. Weaver, 69, a librarian at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, died Nov. 13 of congestive heart failure at The Terraces, a nursing home in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Mr. Weaver was born in Washington, where he lived until moving to Daytona Beach in 1998. He graduated from Anacostia High School in 1955 and received undergraduate degrees in library science and sociology from Wilson Teachers College (now the University of the District of Columbia) and Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa.

He was a Health and Human Services librarian from 1955 until his retirement in 1990.

Mr. Weaver was a member of St. Agnes Episcopal Church in the District and later a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Daytona Beach. He was a volunteer at the Daytona Beach Rescue Mission.

He had no immediate survivors.

Georgia A. Holbrook

Dry Cleaning Clerk

Georgia A. Holbrook, 81, who worked for more than five decades at dry cleaners in Alexandria and Crystal City, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 16 at Rappahannock Regional Hospital in Kilmarnock, Va. She was a resident of Reedville, Va.

Mrs. Holbrook, an Alexandria resident from 1947 to 2002, worked at the Blue Ribbon, Seminary and Crystal Valet Dry Cleaners, all owned by Robert E. Smith. She moved to Alexandria in 1947 to work in a torpedo factory but soon moved into dry cleaning.

Born in Coeburn, Va., she worked after her retirement at age 79, helping her daughter run a gift and antiques store in Reedville.

Her marriage to Silvas Holbrook ended in divorce. A daughter, Joy Newberry, died in 1989.

Survivors include three children, Gary Holbrook of Weems, Va., Larry Holbrook and Linda Kramer, both of Alexandria; two sisters; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Zelda Ferris

Office Manager

Zelda Ferris, 76, an office manager and bookkeeper, died Oct. 30 at Fairfax Nursing Center. She had Alzheimer's disease.

She spent 18 years as office manager and bookkeeper for SAID Inc., a data processing company in Falls Church, before retiring in the late 1980s.

Mrs. Ferris was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended business school in New York. She was a bookkeeper at Hudson Pulp and Paper Corp. in New York in the late 1940s and 1950s. She lived in Ohio before moving to the Washington area in 1958.

She resided in Fairfax County and was a member of Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, where she was active in the Sisterhood women's group. She modeled clothing at fundraising fashion shows for the temple.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Bart Ferris of Fairfax County; two children, Laurie Beth Lindsay of Fairfax and David J. Ferris of Burke; and four grandchildren.