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Kelly Marie Stevens (1959 – 2022)

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Kelly Marie Stevens, 63, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2022, surrounded by loved ones and with her beloved cats, BoomR and Colonel Sanderz, at her side.

Kelly, also known to some as “Peaches” and “Mom-Mom,” was born on March 22nd, 1959, in Warren County, Virginia, to Norman Ellwood Butler, Sr., and Mary Etta Reid Butler. After graduating from Warren County High School, she moved to California. While there, Peaches met the love of her life, Sherman “Doc Buzzard” Stevens, joining his biker gang “The Escondido Stoners” and later, their hands in marriage on July 11th, 1982.

Kelly spent her life as a caretaker – serving up smiles and friendly banter at Winchell’s Donut House while in California, her years of gardening and landscaping work once moving back to Virginia, and her in-home care of her parents as they grew older. Up until her last few months, she continued doing the outdoor work she thrived on with the people she loved at Stonebridge Farm. She never lost her wild streak, often competing with her daughter and granddaughter for most outrageous hair color (and winning with an orange and black Halloween combo that has yet to be topped), taking cruises to Alaska and the Bahamas, and still hanging with bands backstage into her 60’s.

Kelly Stevens was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Stevens, and her parents, Norman Ellwood Butler, Sr., and Mary Etta Reid Butler.

Surviving is her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Christopher; son-in-law, Jon-David C. Christopher; granddaughter, Anna Leigh Christopher; sister, Linda Mann; and nephew, George Reid Collins.

The family will receive friends and family at noon at her daughter’s home on Sunday, October 2nd.

In honor and memory of Kelly’s love of the outdoors and nature, the family is asking that in lieu of cut flowers, donations or memorial contributions be made to any non-profit organization that helps cats or pollinators, such as www.forthecatssake.org or www.saveourmonarchs.org.

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Arthur “Whitey” Oswood Smoot Jr. (1942 – 2022)

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Arthur “Whitey” Oswood Smoot Jr., 80, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2022, at Winchester Medical Center.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 11:00 am at Prospect Hill Cemetery, 200 West Prospect Street, Front Royal, with Sammy Campbell officiating.

Mr. Smoot was born on February 28, 1942, in Rappahannock County, Virginia, to the late Arthur Sr. and Goldie Riley Smoot. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Faye Mills Smoot. He was a member of the Front Royal Church of the Brethren, a veteran of the United States Army, and retired from Morgan Oil Corporation.

Survivors include his son, Scott Lee Smoot, and wife, April Ann of Pasadena, Maryland; daughter, Dasha Dawn Sealock, and husband, Stephen of Front Royal and two brothers, William “Bud” Smoot of Culpeper, Virginia and Gary Smoot of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Front Royal Church of the Brethren, 106 W 13th St, Front Royal, VA 22630.

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Herbert Daniel Ewing (1950 – 2022)

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Herbert Daniel Ewing, 72 of Winchester, VA, passed away Monday, November 21, 2022, at Winchester Medical Center.

Danny was born in 1950 in Danville, VA, the son of the late James and Beatrice Ewing. He served our country during the Vietnam War in the United States Navy. Danny was a member of the American Legion, an avid hunter and liked to have a good time.

He is survived by daughters, Sarah Tokushima (Ken) of Sendai, Japan, Jennifer Walker (Dwayne) of Buckley, WA; son, James Paul Ewing (Lauren) of Front Royal, VA; grandchildren, Teaghan Ewing, James Walker, Avery Walker and Savannah Walker.

All services for Danny will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Danny to DWR Non Game Program, P.O. Box 90778, Henrico, VA 23228-0778.

Please visit obituaries and tribute wall to ompsfuneralhome.com.

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Lillian “Lill” Ruth Swiger (1943 – 2022)

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Lillian “Lill” Ruth Swiger, 79, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022, at Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Winchester, Virginia.

Services will be private at a later date.

Mrs. Swiger was born on June 15, 1943, in Oakland, Maryland, to the late Elihugh and Myrtle Brown Loughry. She was also preceded in death by numerous siblings. She was an avid BINGO player at the Front Royal Fire Hall.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, William “Bill” R. Swiger of Front Royal; son, William Otis Swiger (Karen) of Cocoa, Florida; daughter, Joyce Ann Martin (Sam) of Winchester; four brothers, Don Loughry of Spotsylvania, Virginia, Ron Loughry of Spotsylvania, Everett “Butch” Loughry of Stephens City, Virginia and Richard “Rich” Loughry of Spotsylvania; sister, Dessie Hall of Petersburg, West Virginia; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Sharon Lee Guirand (1963 – 2022)

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Sharon Lee Guirand, 59, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, in the comfort of her home.

Services will be private.

Sharon was born on July 3, 1963, in Winchester, Virginia, to the late Charles Tigney and Pearl Robinson.

Surviving Sharon is her loving children, Rosetta Clowser, Sheri Brent, Ordessa Bailey, Charles Baltimore, and Gilbert Baltimore; her partner, Robert Hughes; her siblings, Christine Tigney and Rosalind Waller; her grandchildren, Kyra, Madison, Kaiden, Eniyah, Tillman, Ka’Miyah, Barron, Josiyah, Aniyah, Charles Jr., Ariané, Traeshaun, Aluna and Alijah; her great-grandchild, Ke’moni; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Sharon loved to cook, and one of her greatest joys was spending time with her grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Maddox Funeral Home.

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Lisa Faye Fincham Shepherd (1967 – 2022)

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Lisa Faye Fincham Shepherd, 55, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at Winchester Medical Center.

Lisa Faye Fincham Shepherd

A funeral service will be held at a later date.

Lisa was born in Virginia on January 24, 1967, to the late Lynn and Virgie Shepherd. Her husband, Hugh Roy Fincham Jr., and her brothers, Ricky Lynn Shepherd, and Timothy Morris, preceded her death.

Surviving Lisa is her children, Alan Shepherd and his wife Cristy Scroggins, Kimberly Daniels and her husband Leroy Daniels, and Brittany Fariss and her husband Jeremy Fariss; her siblings, Joy Shumate and Tony Shepherd; her grandchildren, Ashlynn, Lily, Gage, Caitlyn, Matthew, Leann, Leroy II, Alan Jr., and Adryenne; her great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Remaleigh; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lisa adored her family and would help anyone she could. She was a caregiver at heart and loved listening to her country music.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Maddox Funeral Home 105 W Main St. Front Royal, Virginia 22630

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Shirley Grubbs Sargent (1925 – 2022)

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Shirley Grubbs Sargent, 97, of Strasburg, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at his home.

Shirley Grubbs Sargent,

Mr. Sargent was born on October 4, 1925, in Warren County, Virginia, to the late Clayton and Mary Belle Graham Sargent. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Homer and Robert Sargent, and two sisters, Madge Sargent and Gretta Robinson. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union No. 26. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served in World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Loretta May Sargent; four sons, Dennis, Ashley, Larry, and Brian Sargent; daughter, Teresa Tate; six grandchildren, Shelley, Amanda, Ronnie, Melissa, Sarah, and Samuel and three great-grandchildren, Nevaeh Kileigh and Harper.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department, 50 Stokes Airport Road, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

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