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Betty Lou Smedley Lillard (1937 – 2021)

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Betty Lou Smedley Lillard, 83, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021, at Fox Trail Senior Living in Front Royal.

Betty Lou Smedley Lillard

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home with Sammy Campbell officiating. Interment will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Betty was born October 29, 1937, in Front Royal, Virginia, daughter of the late Clarence William and Sudie Katherine Curry Smedley.

She retired after many dedicated years from Aileen, Inc. in Flint Hill. She was a member of Riverton United Methodist Church and had recently been attending Love Revival Ministry Center.

Surviving is two sons, David Wayne Lillard of Stanley and Robert Lee Lillard of Front Royal; one sister, Ruth Stillwell of Front Royal; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Michael Glenn Lillard; two daughters, Debra Marie Moats and Janet Diane Green; one brother Gilbert Smedley; and a sister, Mary Fogle.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Following the service at the graveside, the family will have a time of food and fellowship at the Front Royal Fire Hall on Commerce Ave. Anyone that would like to bring food, please have it at the fire hall on Sunday before the service.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 26 from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Sherris G. Turner (1964 – 2021)

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Sherris G. Turner, 57, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 18, 2021, from complications of COVID-19 that she had contracted from the UVA Hospital during her three-week stay.

Sherris G. Turner

Sherris was born to the late Robert Jackson Turner Sr. and Catherine Downing Turner on August 11, 1964, in Front Royal, Virginia. She graduated from Warren County High School class of 1982 and was working towards her Peer Mentoring Certificate at Northwestern Community Services. She was adored by all her family and friends for her resilience.

Surviving Sherris are her mother; two sisters Robin Banjoman (Howard) and Jazan Turner, of Front Royal; Numerous nephews and nieces who she had loved and had loved her back immensely; and a special great-nephew Javontae Turner.

Sherris is predeceased by her brother Robert J. Turner Jr. and sister Stefinie Turner Johnson.

Services for Sherris will be private. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 1:00 pm at 323 Pine Street, Front Royal, VA, 22630. Masks will be required to attend the celebration of life.

Donations can be made to the family to assist with covering the costs of the celebration of life. Donations may be mailed to 323 Pine Street, Front Royal, VA 22630.

Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal, Virginia.

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Russell Lee Whorton Figgins (1989 – 2021)

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Russell Lee Whorton Figgins, of Front Royal, VA passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD following a five-week battle with Covid. Russ died on his 32nd birthday.

Russell Lee Whorton Figgins

Russell was born on Oct. 19, 1989, in Charlottesville, Virginia, son of Russell L. Figgins and Beverly K. Figgins of Front Royal. He was a graduate of Skyline High School Class of 2007.

Russ will be long remembered for his happy-go-lucky attitude, his love of dogs, his voracious appetite for reading, his respectful demeanor to everyone he met, and his love of family.

In addition to his parents, Russell L. Figgins and Beverly K. Figgins, Russ is survived by a sister, Jessica Figgins, of Front Royal and a maternal grandmother, Sandra L. Whorton, of Flint Hill. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Thurman F. Whorton, and his paternal grandparents, Abner and Berniece Figgins.

Russell is survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins, whom he loved very much. He was especially close to his aunt, “Ant” Donna Grimsley, of Limeton. His family will cherish the warm memories of time spent together and the adventures shared.

Russell is also survived by close friends Pat Cooper and William “Plug” Matthews, whom he considered as family.

Russell had not been vaccinated when he contracted Covid and he regretted that decision. He told his mother, “Mom, I wish I’d listened to you and gotten the shot.” Sadly, they were the last words he ever spoke to her.

The doctors, nurses, and staff at Johns Hopkins took excellent care of Russell and supported the family with daily updates on his condition. They also implored us to “beg everyone you know” to get the Covid vaccination. While vaccinated people can contract the virus, nearly all Covid deaths are occurring in the unvaccinated.

Due to the high rate of Covid in the community, there will be no service. Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal, Virginia.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630.

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Eleanor M. Ryan (1938 – 2021)

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Eleanor M. Ryan, 83, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at the Lynn Care Center.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, October 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Willis Chapel Cemetery with Sammy Campbell officiating.

Eleanor was born April 4, 1938, in Chester Gap, Virginia, the daughter of the late Dudley and Julia Pullen.

Surviving is a son, Chris Ryan of Marshall; five sisters, Ruby Reid of Culpeper, Ellsie Wines and Sue Taylor both of Front Royal, Barbara Morris, and Sandra Pullen both of Chester Gap; one brother, Bradley Pullen of Chester Gap; four grandchildren Lynzee Ryan, Shane Ryan, Kelsey Ryan, and Shyanne Ryan all of Florida; and two great-grandchildren Brantley Hill and Ryland Rudolph both of Florida.

Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Gracie Himes and Ann Williams; and two brothers, Billy Pullen and Frank Pullen.

Friends and family may call at Maddox Funeral Home on Saturday, October 23 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.maddoxfuneralhome.com

Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal.

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Shirley Juanita Ramey Turner (1936 – 2021)

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Shirley Juanita Ramey Turner, 85, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, in the comfort of her own home.

A funeral service will be held for Shirley at 3 P.M. on Monday, October 25, 20212 at Maddox Funeral Home 105 W Main St. Front Royal with Sammy Campbell officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Following all services, the burial will take place at Prospect Hill cemetery.

Shirley was born on February 27, 1936, in Front Royal, Virginia to the late Jackson and Dora Smith. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Earl Leon Turner; her first husband, Joseph Floyd Ramey; her sister, Mary Ann Callas; and her nephew, Aaron Davis.

Shirley was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church for many years of her life.

Surviving Shirley is her two sons, Joseph Floyd Ramey Jr. (Rosann) and Dana Lorne Ramey; her sister, Wanda Brown; her grandchildren, Joseph Douglas Ramey (Michelle), Jason Brian Ramey (Bethany), and Brianne K. Wells (William); her step-grandchildren, Trey Shoemaker (Nicolette) and Katherine Wilkerson; her great-grandchildren, Alia Manning, Lacey Ramey, Kylee Ramey, Caroline Ramey, and Madeline Ramey; her one great-great-grandchild, and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

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Laura Bell Lichtenberger (1954 -2021)

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Laura Bell Lichtenberger, 67, of Linden, Virginia passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021, at Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Laura Bell Lichtenberger

Laura was born on March 4, 1954, in Washington D.C. to the late Elizabeth Speakman Bell; she was also preceded in death by her husband, Adolf John Lichtenberger III; and her maternal grandmother, Lillian E. Speakman.

Laura graduated from Broad Run High School, Class of 72, and is a Virginia Tech graduate.

Surviving Laura is her loving daughter, Erin Lichtenberger; and her siblings, Paul Bell (Birgit), John Bell (Theresa), and Heather Bell.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your local ASPCA.

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Doris Jean Gordon Anholt (1940 – 2021)

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Doris Jean Gordon Anholt, loving mother, granny, sister, and dear friend, passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021, at Lynn Care Center in Front Royal.

Doris Jean Gordon Anholt

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, October 23 at 3:00 p.m.at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. Jeff Fletcher. Inurnment will be private.

Doris was born January 1, 1940, in Manassas, Virginia, the daughter of the late Vernon Roscoe Gordon, Sr., and Margaret May Kincheloe Gordon. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Doris was a gifted crafter who loved Christmas. She enjoyed shopping with Sweetie and her trips to Rehoboth Beach. Doris especially enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are two daughters, Theresa Johnston and husband Darrell of Front Royal, and Robin Hawkins and husband Shawn of Stafford; one brother, Vernon R. Gordon, Jr. and wife Lorey of Fairfax; four grandchildren, Blair Smith and husband Peter, Jenna Johnston and boyfriend John, Sadie Hawkins, and Ryan Hawkins; three great-grandchildren, Abigail, Dane, and Dylan; nieces and nephews, Vicki Jarma, Lori Duron, Zachary Gordon, Brandon Gordon, and Cammie Gordon Ryder; several great-nieces and nephews; and last but certainly not least, her faithful and loving four-legged daughter “Sweetie”.

She was married to the late Robert William Anholt, Jr. for 52 years.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 23 from 2-3 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank the Lynn Care Center and all of the staff of Shenandoah Gardens for all of their loving care over the past two years.

In her love for animals, the family request that donations be made to the Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

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