Dr. David Carter Blanton, 68, of Front Royal, VA died Friday, July 1, 2022, at Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Center due to respiratory complications.
David was born on January 13, 1954, in Winchester, the son of the late William Douglas and Louie Eldonia Morris Blanton.
Surviving is a daughter, Kirsten Blanton of Gainesville, and a brother, Gray Blanton of Front Royal. He is also survived by three nephews, Chris Peterson, Alex Blanton, and Devin Blanton, and their families.
Along with his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, William Douglas Blanton, Jr., and a sister, Cherry Blanton Peterson. David was also predeceased by his beloved Chihuahua, Tiger, by 12 hours. They will be interred together.
David graduated from Warren County High School in 1972 and then attended Randolph-Macon College. He completed his DDS degree in 1979 from the VCU-MCV School of Dentistry. He returned to Front Royal to open his own dental practice where he worked until his retirement in 2010.
As long as David’s health allowed he was an active member of Riverton United Methodist Church. He was the audio/visual technician for services as well as a participant in church grounds maintenance. Pastor Roberson said it was accurate to say he was Chief Sausage Gravy Preparer for church fundraising breakfasts. David was also an Officer of Elections in Front Royal.
The Blanton family owned Redskin season tickets for 30 years and David was an avid fan. He attended 1984, 1988, and 1992 Super Bowls.
There will be a memorial service for David on Friday, July 29th at Riverton United Methodist Church officiated by Rev. Marc Roberson at 1:00 pm. The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service beginning at 12:00 pm. Interment will be immediately following the service at Prospect Hill Cemetery. Reception to follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Riverton United Methodist Church, 55 East Strasburg Road, Front Royal, VA 22630.
Thomas “Tommy” G. Tharpe, Sr. (1949 – 2022)
Thomas “Tommy” G. Tharpe, Sr., 73, of Browntown, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 3, 2022, at his home.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 8, at 3:00 p.m. at Prospect Hill Cemetery, with Sammy Campbell officiating.
Tommy was born July 21, 1949, in Browntown, Virginia, the son of the late Vernon David and Edith Virginia Rudacille Tharpe.
He worked for Kibler Furniture Company in Front Royal for 50 years. Tommy never met a stranger and would always talk to anyone he came in contact with. His laughter, quick wit, and jokes will be long remembered for many years to come. He will be greatly missed by his family and numerous friends.
Surviving is his devoted wife of 53 years, Sharon B. Tharpe; one son, Thomas “Tommy” G. Tharpe, Jr. and wife Melissa of Winchester; one brother, Roger “Perks” Tharpe of Kenansville, North Carolina; three grandchildren whom he dearly loved and cherished, Tyler Faye Tharpe, Chloe Elizabeth Tharpe, and Thomas Evan Tharpe; a very special friend, Stephanie Tharpe, mother of Tyler Faye Tharpe; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Eddie Tharpe and Jack Tharpe.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 8, at Maddox Funeral Home from 2-2:45 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601.
Jo Ann Summerlin
Jo Ann Summerlin, 74, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at Winchester Medical Center.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022, at 11:00 am at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal, with Captain Hawk of the Salvation Army and Sammy Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at Shenandoah Memorial Park.
Jo Ann was born on June 3, 1948, in Front Royal to the late Homer and Nina Funk Pullen. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Summerlin; son, Harrison Potter; daughter, Joyce Bennett; brother, Homer Allen Pullen; sister, Mary Berry, and grandson, Timmy Jenkins.
She began her ministry journey at birth and later became an ordained minister. Over the years, she has faithfully taught and preached at the Salvation Army, where she proudly holds the honor of being a Corps Sergeant Major.
She was a kind, generous, intelligent lady who inspired people with her faith, devotion, and trust in God. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, minister, and friend. She was serious about her work for the Lord, but she was also known for her sense of humor and amiable personality. Her love for her family was unmeasurable. She will truly be missed.
Survivors include three sons, John Potter (Bonnie), Dale Potter, and John Clatterbuck (Dawn); five daughters, Pam Potter, Judy Emerson, Jo Potter, Faye Campbell (Billy), and Eunice Potter; sister, Margaret Pultz and Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Justin Patterson, Randy Fullerton, Ashton Hoffman, Matt Maynard, Kevin Davenport, and Jason Neal.
The family will receive friends on Friday, October 7, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Salvation Army, 357 Cloud Street, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.
William “Bill” Brooks Beverlin (1952 – 2022)
William “Bill” Brooks Beverlin of Front Royal, Virginia, passed into the presence of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 24th, 2022, at the age 69.
Bill was born in Flint, Michigan, on October 3, 1952. Preceding him in death were his parents, Dean Beverlin and Lila Jean Bastedo-Beverlin of Salem, WV; and his three brothers, Darryl Dean Beverlin of Buckhannon, WV, John Burt Beverlin of Shermans Dale, PA, and Danny Drew Beverlin of Fairmont, WV. He is survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Robin Shea Lovell-Beverlin of Front Royal, VA, and three sons, Christopher Sean Beverlin of Front Royal, VA, and William Riland Beverlin (Jeremiah, Melina, and Emma) of Strasburg, VA, and Steven Ray Richardson (Matthew and Austin) of Leon, WV; nephews, Willard Dean “Willie” Beverlin of Clarksburg, WV, Kevin Brooks Beverlin of Enola, PA, and nieces, Jeanne Jennifer Beverlin-Alami of Camp Hill, PA and Vanessa Joanna Beverlin of Lemoyne, PA.
He was a 1970-graduate of Doddridge County High School in West Union, WV. Bill’s career started in the US Army in 1971. He honorably served with distinction as a Military Police Officer and Sentry Dog Handler. He served a 13-month tour overseas in Korea and Vietnam. Bill was named “Soldier of the Quarter” for the 13th Support Brigade at Ft. Hood, TX, in 1975.
After leaving the Army, Bill continued his public service as an investigator for the Russell County Sheriff’s Office, Lebanon, VA. In time, he moved his young family to Northern VA and became integrally involved in the construction boom of the early 1980s. Rising in the ranks from a concrete-mixing Operator, Bill became Plant Manager of the Sterling Branch of the AMAX Corporation, a parent company of Herndon Concrete. From there, Martin-Brower recruited him – the primary distributor of McDonald’s food in the Mid-Atlantic. In 1990, he sought a more family-friendly schedule, becoming a Mobile Lounge Operator for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA). In those 23 years of service, he rose to the rank of Deputy Manager of Airport Operations, Mobile Lounge Division, Dulles International Airport.
In retirement, Bill and Robin often vacationed at their Smith Mountain Lake residence, where they enjoyed boating and fishing, loving the “Lake Life.” They traveled the East Coast in pursuit of NASCAR events. “Bronco Billy” could often be seen at events in Richmond, Martinsville, Bristol, Daytona, Atlanta, and Talladega. They also enjoyed motorcycling and horses.
Bill was a jovial spirit, a philanthropist, and an animal enthusiast, including beloved dogs Tipper and Fargo. He will be gravely missed as a dedicated husband, father, grandpa & friend. May William Brooks Beverlin rest in peace at the feet of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for eternity.
Visitation will be held at Maddox Funeral Home on what would have been his 70th birthday, in Front Royal, VA, on October 3, 2022, at 1:00 pm, with services to follow at 2:00.
Marjorie Snarr Fox (1929 – 2022)
Marjorie Snarr Fox, 93, of Front Royal, Virginia, died of the effects of Lewy Body Dementia on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at Evergreen in Winchester, Virginia.
Mrs. Fox was born in Lebanon Church, Virginia, on June 21, 1929, the daughter of the late J. Frank and Florence (Bucher) Snarr.
She met her late husband George on a blind date, and they married in 1948. They traveled extensively together for years and made many friends. Marge always loved having people over. She enjoyed Happy Hours and could get an amazing dinner together in a half hour.
She graduated from Shenandoah Business College in 1946 and went to work as a talented Executive Secretary with G.W. Powers Insurance, then with FMC/Viscose until her daughters were born. She returned to work first at the First Baptist Church, then at Randolph Macon Academy. Finally, she returned to her first job at G.W. Powers Insurance, by this time owned by Mr. Power’s son, Bill.
The last of her generation, she was predeceased by her husband, George Fox; and by her siblings, James A. Snarr (Doris), Madeline Heishman (Denny), Don Snarr (Betty), and Walter Snarr (died as an infant).
Surviving is her daughters, Mitzi Fox (Rick Nowell) of Front Royal and Cindy Fox Fehd (Joel) of Tunnel Hill, Georgia; and grandchildren, Erin Tatum (Doug), Kelsey Fox (Scott), Devon Price, and Sarah Fox Price.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 4 at 10:00 a.m. at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal, followed by a graveside service at noon at Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock with The Rev. Joel Fehd officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W Cork St, Winchester, VA 22601.
Judy M. Smith (1943 – 2022)
Judy M. Smith, nee Barnett, 79, of Front Royal, Virginia, and Pasadena, Maryland, passed away on September 27, 2022, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease peacefully in her sleep.
A graveside service will be held on Friday, September 30, 2022, at 2:00 pm at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Front Royal, with the Rev. Matt Waters officiating.
Mrs. Smith leaves her husband of 59 years, Sidney Smith; daughter, Stephanie Smith (Amy Thompson); sister, Roseanne B. Mobley; brothers, Frank H. Barnett Jr. (Cathy Steed), William P. Barnett Sr., and George E. Barnett (Connie) and numerous beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, and innumerable friends.
Born in Front Royal on August 3, 1943, her father, Frank H. Barnett Sr., was instrumental in starting the predecessor to the current Warren Memorial Hospital. Her mother, Rose C. Barnett, was a devoted elementary school teacher.
For much of her career, Judy was a devoted federal employee. She was a team leader and manager in taxpayer services at the Internal Revenue Service and was in charge of cash management at the treasury department.
After leaving federal service, Judy went on to a successful commercial real estate and appraisal career. While Judy was very successful and focused on her business endeavors, she was most known for her devotion to her family and friends.
Judy’s passions included world travel, dancing, sailing, reading, music, and enjoying the view from her front porch. She enjoyed life’s moments big and small. Judy was a wonderful hostess and cook well before being a “foodie” was a thing.
Judy’s greatest gift was being a partner in a 59-year love story with Sid. Their marriage was built on love, caring, trust, and mutual consideration.
Judy’s starring role was being her best friend and mother to Stephanie.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association in the name of Judy Smith.
Jeffery Allen Fincham, Jr. (1986 – 2022)
Jeffery Allen Fincham, Jr., 36, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away suddenly on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at his home.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 29, at 2:00 pm at Maddox Funeral Home with Steve Foster officiating. Inurnment will be private.
Jeffery was born July 19, 1986, in Front Royal, Virginia, the son of Jeff Fincham Sr. and Kelly Lynn Gifft-Carter.
He worked for Jeff Fincham’s Tree and Landscaping.
Surviving is his father, Jeff Fincham, Sr., and wife Tracy of Toms Brook; mother, Kelly Lynn Gifft-Carter of Front Royal; paternal grandmother, Lillie K. Fincham of Front Royal; maternal grandmother, Peggy L. Nicholson of Front Royal; one sister, Amy Fincham of Winchester; and three brothers, Nathan Fincham, Cody Fincham, and Dylan Fincham, all of Front Royal.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 28, from 6:00 -8:00 pm at the funeral home.