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Lion Erk was a colorful Charter Member of the Annandale Lions Club for more than 65 years.  He joined the Annandale Lions upon its formation April 13, 1948, and he participated in projects, attended meetings, and regaled the Club with stories of our early years throughout his years of membership.  According to Lions Clubs International, of the more than 1.3 million members of Lions Clubs worldwide, only 47 are Charter Members with more than 65 years of service.  Lion Erk was a special Lion.

He was the Club's second President, serving from 1949 to 1950.  Starting a new Lions Club was no easier then than it is now, and there was some concern that the new Annandale Lions charter might be revoked due to inactivity.  But the Club rose to the challenge under Lion Erk's leadership, cleared some inactive members from its rolls, and has never looked back. The Annandale community is better for his efforts.

Lion Erk was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship, the highest honor that can be awarded by the Lions Club International Foundation.

Among Lion Erk's favorite stories about the early days of the Club was the rodeo fundraiser in the 1950s.  There was much concern among Club members and the public as to whether the reinforced corral would be able to hold one of the bulls as the bull become more and more aggressive.  There was much general bashing of the corral gate by the bull, whereupon Lion Erk brought a pick-up truck to the gate to buttress it.  The gate held and the bull remained in the corral, but that was the last rodeo fundraiser ever sponsored by the Annandale Lions.

Erk was a WWII Navy veteran, and he served in the Pacific theatre.  He was on a Landing Ship, Tank (LST) in a group heading to an invasion of Japan when the atomic bombs were used in August 1945 bringing about the surrender of Japan.  Before the war he worked in the Arlington Post Office on Washington Boulevard near Clarendon Circle.  Shortly after the war he joined his dad Edwin "Pop" Worden (also a member of the Annandale Lions) in running their lumber business and sawmill.  At one time that operation was on Columbia Pike near where the Pentagon was built.  They moved the sawmill to a tract of land on Rolling Road south of Keene Mill Road.

In the 1950s, when Annandale was still a farming community, Erk had a house on Columbia Pike just east of the Masonic Lodge and Pop lived in an old farm house on 14 acres on Columbia Pike where the Curtis shopping area is located today (The Room Store, Juke Box Caf�, etc).  When Pop sold that land, he moved to an old farm house that was on his sawmill site down on Rolling Road. 

In 1967 Lion Erk obtained a real estate brokers license, and eventually he got into real estate sales activity with Gordon & Meekins in Annandale.  He was a Lion, and he shall be missed.


ERSKINE C. WORDEN "Erk" (Age 95)

Died peacefully on Friday, December 6, 2013, with his daughters by his side. The cause of his death was renal failure. He was born August, 4, 1918, at Washington Grove, MD, in a logging camp to Edwin C. Worden and Florence Whitney Worden.

In the early years, Mr. Worden grew up in Washington, D.C. and later in Arlington, VA and spent many summers at Lake George, NY. Mr. Worden graduated from Washington and Lee High School in Arlington, VA. He married his beloved wife Lorraine Pearson on June 8, 1940. They moved to Annandale, VA in their early twenties.

Mr. Worden worked at the U.S. Post office before he was inducted into the Navy and served in WWII at Okinawa. Upon leaving the service, Mr. Worden owned Worden Lumber Co. with his father for many years. Along with the lumber company, he also raised cattle in Annandale and Gainesville, VA. After his lumber company days, Mr. Worden became a Real Estate Realtor and Broker in Annandale, VA first working for Gordon & Meekins Realty and later for Meekins & Associates, Inc.

Mr. Worden was a Charter Member of the Annandale Lion's Club which formed in 1948 to the present serving as President and in many other capacities. Mr. Worden also belonged to the Washington Hoo Hoo Club; an international lumberman's club which met in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Worden was a Charter Member of Hope Lutheran Church, Annandale, VA in the 1950's. After serving as President of Hope, he held many other positions at the church during the past 50 plus years. Mr. Worden enjoyed bowling starting in his teens and throughout his life and bowled every Tuesday on a team for the past 20 years until his early nineties. He also enjoyed hunting with his twin brother, son-in-law Bob and grandson until well into his eighties. Mr. Worden loved playing poker and enjoyed getting together with his daughter Lynn, nephews, and other family members. Besides, bowling, hunting, and poker, Mr. Worden enjoyed playing cribbage, canasta, and chess.

Erskine C. Worden was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine in 2006 after 66 years of marriage, his father and mother Edwin and Florence Worden, his twin brother Robert and his sisters Marguerite Rodney and Katherine Sullivan. Mr. Worden is survived by his daughters Gail Kolos and son-in-law Bob, Lynn Piercey and son-in-law Vince Buono, his grandchildren Kimberly (Colin) Wrenn, Chris (Linette) Kolos, and Kindra Lee Harrison, three great-granddaughters Megan Kolos, Danielle and Brooke Wrenn, and sisters-in-law Jean (Ralph) Brown and Carole (Don) Gordon and his brother-in-law Glenn (Margaret) Pearson along with nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends, Friday, December 13, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the DEMAINE FUNERAL HOME, 5308 Backlick Rd., Springfield, VA 703-941-9428.

A Funeral Service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 4604 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale, VA on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. Interment will immediately follow at National Memorial Park, Falls Church, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Erskine's name to Hope Lutheran Church. Please view and sign the family's guestbook at:

Published in The Washington Post on December 11, 2013



Lions Club of Annandale
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Annandale, Virginia  22003