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Ariel Briana “Breezy” Grohs (1994 – 2021)

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Ariel Briana “Breezy” Grohs, 27, the most beautiful girl in the whole world, left this earth for a place of peace on Saturday, June 5th at Winchester Medical Center.

Ariel Briana “Breezy” Grohs

Breezy spent her entire 27 years on earth inspiring all who encountered her beautiful soul. Despite a life full of medical issues, every morning when she opened her eyes she smiled, even on her most difficult days. Her spirit was full of light and shined the way for her family. She was a true warrior. Breezy taught us all about defying the odds, fighting to stay, and finding joy in the little things.

Among Breezy’s favorite things was ripping up brown paper bags, she was partial to McDonald’s bags and would demolish them in seconds. She loved Barney the Dinosaur, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Walker Texas Ranger, Family Feud, and Wheel of Fortune. Her exuberant happy squeal was like magic for the ears and brought joy to all who heard it.

Breezy leaves behind her mother (Nicole Foster), her father (John Grohs), stepmother (Cassandra Grohs), stepfather (Eric Cales), brother (John Grohs), stepbrother (James Hanna), and stepsisters (Megan & Maddigan Cales). Along with grandparents Bernie & Becky Foster, Steven & Patricia Richey, Sharon Cales, and Rocky & Kathy Cales. She was also blessed with many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and her lifelong caretaker and cousin (Sherry Henry). She was met joyfully on the other side by her Grandma Sheila Foster, Grammy Adlin “Cookie” Wildman, Grandaddy Bud Smith, Pop Pop John Childrey, Uncle Jay Childrey, Aunt Kim Garver and Aunt Jennifer Richey.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, June 17th, 6-8 p.m. at the event space at Backroom Brewery/Sunflower Cottage, Reliance Road. Service will begin promptly at 6:15 p.m. followed by refreshments and fellowship. The family encourages all who have been touched by Breezy to dress comfortably and join us in celebration of her incredible impact. Most importantly, the family asks that you remember their sweet girl and her warrior spirit by overcoming your obstacles and smiling along the way.

Arrangements were handled by Maddox Funeral Home. Those wishing to make memorial contributions can do so in Breezy’s name to Blue Ridge Opportunities, 37 Water Street, Front Royal, VA 22630.

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Brian Anthony Lucas

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Brian Anthony Lucas, 41, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on June 14, 2021, at Winchester Medical Center.

Brian Anthony Lucas

All services will be private.

Brian was born in Front Royal on January 12, 1980, to the late David and Barbara Lucas. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Racheal Lucas.

Surviving Brian is his children, Abigail Lucas, and Payton Lucas; his siblings, Lisa Kibler (Greg Kibler), Jacqueline Lucas, and Justin Lucas (Melissa Lucas); and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brian’s memorial fund, care of Maddox Funeral Home at 105 W Main St. Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

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Donald Ray “Stoney” “Hard Rock” “Cowboy” “Porky” Stonebreaker, Sr. (1955 – 2021)

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Donald Ray Stonebreaker, Sr., 65, of Winchester, Virginia and formerly of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at Consulate Health Care of Woodstock.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home with Sammy Campbell officiating. Inurnment will be private at a later date.

Mr. Stonebreaker was born July 21, 1955, in Front Royal, son of the late Haven Joseph Stonebreaker and Gladys Mae Menefee Stonebreaker. He worked for many years at the Stockyard in Warren County.

Surviving is a son, Donald Ray Stonebreaker, Jr. of Front Royal; two step-daughters, Maryanna Capps of Strasburg and Fannie Marie Kidwell Barron of Hume; step-son, James Boggess of Stephens City; one sister, Connie Stonebreaker of Winchester; one brother, Roger Stonebreaker of Chester Gap; thirteen grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1-2 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

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Stuart Lee McClanahan Jr. (1972 – 2021)

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Stuart Lee McClanahan Jr., 49, of Front Royal, Virginia Passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021, in his own home.

A funeral service will be held at 2 P.M. on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at Prospect Hill Cemetery with Sammy Campbell officiating. There will be a visitation hour one hour prior to the service time at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W Main St. in Front Royal before processing to the cemetery.

Surviving Stuart is his loving parents, Stuart Lee McClanahan Sr. and Shirley Marie McClanahan; his brother, Matthew Patrick McClanahan; his aunt, Judy Nichols (Roger); and his uncle Ronnie McClanahan (Mona).

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John Lee Cunningham (1988 – 2021)

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John Lee Cunningham, 33, of Strasburg, VA, passed away on June 6, 2021.

John Lee Cunningham

For those of us who mourn his loss, remember that John is not dead; he is more alive than ever in the arms of God the Father, through the sacrifice of his savior, Jesus Christ. John lived a life of service, starting young as an Eagle Scout and moving on to serve in places such as his church. He was dedicated to taking care of others in whatever way they needed. This was embodied in his business, Cunningham’s Chimneys, where he looked forward to helping someone new every day and worked with patience, diligence, and integrity.

John loved unconditionally and without restraint. Among those he loved and left to continue his legacy are his wife of almost 13 years, Katharine Cunningham; his parents, Roger and Lou Ann Cunningham, his parents-in-law, Katharine and Paul Fournier; his siblings, Jerry Andrews (Jodi), Sara Stevenson (Guy), Jonathan Fournier (Heidi), Daniel Fournier (Crystal), Chris Fournier (Amanda), Andrew Fournier (Maria), Heather White (Dan), Michael Fournier, and Stephen Fournier; his nieces and nephews, Joseph, Kate, Tina, Tony, Scott, Ryanne, Travis, Autumn, Camden, Payton, Lillian, Paisley, Wyatt, Finley, Brooks, Porter, and Hallie; his great-nephews, Eevander and Kingstyn, as well as many other family and friends whom he treasured.

John was welcomed into Heaven by his son, Kimber Paul Roosevelt Cunningham, and many beloved grandparents. Please remember John in joy and peace as we know that is how he is living now.

In memory of John, please go the extra mile, grab that strap out of the road, be sarcastic, buy the good one instead of the cheap one, love when they don’t deserve it, go on that crazy adventure, and always choose to be the hands and feet of Jesus.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 2:00 PM at New Hope Bible Church, 80 N. Lake Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the “With Open Arms” ministry, c/o New Hope Bible Church.

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Johnnie Lawrence Gwinn (1943 – 2021)

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Johnnie Lawrence Gwinn, 77, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, at his home.

Johnnie Lawrence Gwinn

Mr. Gwinn was born on November 4, 1943, in Glen Rogers, West Virginia to the late Ray and Della Lockhart Gwinn. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Betsy Gwinn, and two brothers, Thomas and Stevie Gwinn. He was a member of Davis Camp Missionary Baptist Church in Glen Rogers and was a veteran of the US Army.

Survivors include three sons, Bobby, Jackie, and John-John Gwinn; two daughters, Cassandra Fincham and Tammy Lake; two sisters, Patty Miller and Mamie Swiger; brother, Jack Gwinn; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601.

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Raymond Smith Jenkins Jr. (1934 – 2021)

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Raymond Smith Jenkins Jr., 86, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021, at Lynn Care Center in Front Royal.

Mr. Jenkins was born on July 16, 1934, in Hume, Virginia to the late Raymond Sr. and Landora Thompson Jenkins. He was also preceded in death by his son, Thomas Barbee; three brothers, Edward, Elmer, and Wilmer Jenkins, and two sisters, Christabell Bumgardner and Catherine Rutherford. He was a past member of Moose Lodge 829, Front Royal.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Reta M. Jenkins of Front Royal; two sons, Raymond “Ray” S. Jenkins III of Front Royal and John Barbee of Stanley, Virginia; two daughters, Sally A. Berry of Bentonville, Virginia, and Reta Fay Vaught of Front Royal; 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cool Spring Church of God, 3705 Gooney Manor Loop, Bentonville, VA 22610.

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