Evangaline Lillian Wheeler

Dance School Owner

Evangaline "Vangie" Lillian Wheeler, 46, owner of a dance school in Washington and a retired Verizon maintenance administrator, died of respiratory failure and dilated cardiomyopathy June 22 at Washington Hospital Center.

A Washington native, she graduated from H.D. Woodson Senior High School and received a degree in business management from the University of the District of Columbia. She worked with Verizon for 25 years before retiring on disability in June.

Ms. Wheeler, who began taking dance lessons at age 4, opened the Asa Academy Dance School in 1990. She served as director until becoming ill.

She performed and taught tap, toe, ballet and liturgical dance. She danced in several plays at the Lincoln Theater in the District, the Publick Playhouse in Cheverly and Evangel Temple in Upper Marlboro. She also performed at the Black Family Reunion on the Mall. She volunteered as a dance teacher at, among other places, Aiton Elementary School, the Incarnation Dance School, D.C. Department of Recreation facilities and a Verizon conference with a group of employees.

Ms. Wheeler was a member of the Greater People Union Baptist Church in Washington, where she served as director of the youth ministry and volunteered with several other ministries.

She was a member of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists Inc. and the International Teachers of Dance Inc.

Her marriage to Darryl Freeman ended in divorce.

Survivors include her mother, Angaline Copeland of Washington.

Barbara Mary Ferrell

School Cafeteria Manager

Barbara Mary Ferrell, 88, who worked 15 years at the cafeteria at J. Enos Ray Elementary School in Takoma Park before retiring as its manager in 1974, died of cardiovascular disease July 12 at her home in Annapolis.

Mrs. Ferrell was born in England, where as a member of the Royal Army Nursing Corps during World War II she met her future husband, James Ferrell, an American soldier.

They moved to the Washington area in 1945, and she became a U.S. citizen in 1951.

Mrs. Ferrell and her husband lived in Hyattsville for about 40 years until 1986, when they moved to Clover in Halifax County, Virginia. They settled in Annapolis in 1992.

Mrs. Ferrell's interests included knitting, gardening, reading, playing cards and going to the Annapolis Senior Center on Tuesdays.

Her husband died in 1994.

Survivors include a daughter, Linda Felesky of Annapolis, and a granddaughter.

E. Barclay Van Doren

Energy Department Judge

E. Barclay Van Doren, 64, a former McLean resident who retired in 2001 after 16 years as chairman and chief administrative judge of the Energy Department's Board of Contract Appeals, died July 12 at his home in Cameron, Mont. He had Burkitt's lymphoma, a rare form of cancer.

Mr. Van Doren, who was born in Rahway, N.J., graduated from Harvard University in 1962 and from the University of Michigan law school in 1965.

He entered the military and served nine years in the Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps, retiring from active military duty as a captain in 1975. He continued in the Air Force Reserve, serving as a staff judge advocate for Air Training Command and Tactical Air Command.

His military decorations include the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

Mr. Van Doren worked nine years as a senior procurement attorney for the Energy Department before his appointment to the Board of Contract Appeals in 1985.

After 26 years in McLean, he moved to Montana's Madison River Valley in 2002.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Janet Van Doren of Cameron; two children, Clay Van Doren and Cary Van Doren, both of Denver; his father, Emerson Van Doren of Vero Beach, Fla.; and a sister.

John H. Earhart


John H. Earhart, 72, a retired firefighter with the city of Alexandria and master barber, died of coronary disease July 13 at a medical center in Hershey, Pa. He had lived in Columbia since 1989.

Mr. Earhart, who was born in Lancaster, Pa., joined the Alexandria Fire Department in 1960 and retired 25 years later. While with the department, Mr. Earhart worked as a barber, often cutting the hair of his fellow firefighters and the fire chief.

He enjoyed building miniature crafts, collecting firefighting memorabilia and hunting small game.

He was a member of the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.

His marriage to Ellen Earhart ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Army Col. Douglas Brandt Earhart of Springfield and Mark Russell Earhart of Carmel, Ind.; two brothers; and three grandchildren.

E. Bertha 'Bert' Brunson

Church Member

E. Bertha "Bert" Brunson, 95, a former government secretary who was a charter member and elder of Little Falls Presbyterian Church in Arlington, died of complications from congestive heart failure July 2 at Virginia Hospital Center.

Mrs. Brunson, who lived in the Washington area for more than 60 years, was a native of St. Louis. She attended the University of Illinois at Champaign before moving to Washington in the 1930s to take a secretarial job with the Federal Emergency Relief Administration.

She was a founding member of the Tuckahoe Recreation Club in McLean; a member of the Williamsburg Women's Club in Arlington; and a volunteer with the Arlington-East Falls Church Civic Association and Meals on Wheels.

Her interests included gardening, playing bridge and reading.

Her husband, Woodrow W. Brunson, died in 1997. Their son, Paul M. Brunson, died in 1951.

Survivors include three children, Stephen H. Brunson of Keller, Tex., Carol Brunson of Fairfax and Sharon Brunson of Oakton; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter.