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Raymond Miller McCorkle (1932 – 2022)

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Raymond Miller McCorkle, 90, departed this life on December 4, 2022, as a resident of Lynn Care Center, Front Royal, VA. He went on to join the Love of his Life, ‘Doris Jane’, his wife of 71 years.

Raymond Miller McCorkle

Born November 16, 1932, he was the son of Oscar Sanford and Hattie Vanettha McCorkle from Charlotte, NC.

Ray, known by many, served in the United States Army from 1946-1949. He was stationed at Ft. Belvior, VA. He served as a Medical Supply Specialist with the 707 1st Medical Group.

He worked for Giant Food as a Journeyman Meat Cutter in Herndon, Chantilly, and Fairfax, VA, and finally retired from the store in Warrenton, VA. Before that, he worked at Grimsley’s Market in the 1960s and drove a school bus part-time for John S. Mosby Academy. Many evenings spending his time with another talent, sign painting, anything from billboards along Rt. 522, or painting race cars for Winchester Speedway. He also created and painted the sign for John S. Mosby Academy that sat at 15th Street.

He was a member of the area Odd Fellows IOOF Club for over 50 years, serving as Treasurer/Secretary. Ray was as a member of Marlow Heights Baptist Church and served as a Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent for several years. Ray was a great man of Faith and served his community well, and was a caring Family Man.

Racing being his most prized hobby, he raced  Go-Karts on the weekends early in his life at the local tracks.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris J. McCorkle; a son, Jerry Wayne McCorkle; and daughter, Karen Sue Cole. He was also preceded by his brothers, Elmer McCorkle, Karl McCorkle, Paul McCorkle, and Sidney McCorkle, and one sister, Cora Lee Griffin, all of Charlotte, North Carolina.

He has one surviving brother, Larry Dean McCorkle, and his wife, Judy, in Huntersville, N.C. He’s also survived by a son, Ken McCorkle of Winchester, VA; daughter, Lorie Thurston of Inwood, WV; grandsons, Aaron McCorkle, Joseph McCorkle, and wife Kelli, Bradley Marcey, Jonathan Cole, and wife Lindsay, Joshua Cole and wife Chelsea, Jerry Wayne McCorkle II, and Jeremy McCorkle; granddaughters, Jenny McCorkle, Desiree Marcey, and Stephanie Lillard and husband Brian; great-grandsons, Julian Marcey, Elijah McCorkle, and Brayden Marcey; great-granddaughters, Emaley Furr, Haley James, Jasmine Schuler, Madalyn Lillard, Makayla Lillard, Cierra Cole, Lydia Cole, and Breanna Marcey; two great-great-grandchildren, Azelea James and Liam Furr; many nieces and nephews in The Carolina’s, Virginia Georgia, and South Carolina; and his adopted children, Joy Baker of Bristow, VA, Donald Cline of Front Royal, VA, and Toni Reuter of Atlanta, GA.

Services will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W. Main St., Front Royal. Interment will follow in Shenandoah Memorial Park, on Front Royal Pike. Visitation one hour before the service.

The family asked that any donations be made to Marlow Heights Baptist Church, Front Royal, VA, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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Giles “Bob” R. Henry Jr. (1944 – 2023)

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Giles “Bob” R. Henry Jr., 78, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023.

Giles “Bob” R. Henry Jr.

Bob was born in Front Royal, Virginia, on November 15, 1944, the son of the late Giles R. Henry Sr. and Margrette D. Henry.

Bob leaves behind two daughters, Kelly R. Knowles-Miller (husband Rob) and Shannon H. Kim (husband Brian); two grandsons, David W. Knowles Jr., and Adin W. Kines Jr.; one great-granddaughter, Kennedy A. Knowles; partner, Catherine Allen and her daughter, Carter Coberly (husband Joe) and their son, Cooper Coberly and one sister, Patsy Grove.

Bob was preceded in death by his son-in-law, David W. Knowles, and brother-in-law, John B. Grove.

For forty years, Bob was a painting contractor. He owned and operated Quality Decorators Inc. He became a class A contractor and owned and operated G.R. Henry Jr. Construction. He was well-known throughout the area for building homes of the highest quality.

Bob loved boating, traveling, and living life to the fullest.

The interment will be private.

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Deborah L. “Debbie” Kenney (1952 – 2023)

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Deborah L. “Debbie” Kenney, 70, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at the home of her son in Front Royal, surrounded by her family.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 7, at 2:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, with Sammy Campbell officiating. The inurnment will be private.

Debbie was born April 18, 1952, in Washington D.C., the daughter of the late Franklin Louis and Elizabeth Lou Carpenter Kenney.

Surviving is her children, Rick Marders of King George, Virginia, Becky Ellifritz and fiancé James Dressler of Front Royal, Patrick M. Morris and wife Kelly of Front Royal, and Crystal Morris Porter and husband Mike of Front Royal; one brother, Bill Kenney and wife Pam of Dayton, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, Ricky Marders, James Anthony Rawlings, Azelyn Marsh, Kaleb Marsh, Erika Jenkins, Nathan Charles Morris, Grant Ellifritz, Zackery Franklin, Sierra Porter, Allie Porter and Titan Teter; three great-grandchildren, Theo Glascoe, Aryah Glascoe and Autumn Marsh; and her kitty, Peek A Boo.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Destiny Marders and Joseph Quade.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, February 7, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in Debbie’s name to the Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

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Diane Victoria Garber (1985 – 2023)

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Diane Victoria Garber, 37, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away at Winchester Medical Center on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, February 5, 2023, at 3:00 pm at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal, with Pastor Peter Kennedy officiating.

Diane was born on February 18, 1985, in Woodbridge, Virginia, to the late Larry Rasmussen Sr. and Susan Hamilton Peacemaker. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Larry Rasmussen Jr., and her grandfather, Robert Rasmussen.

Surviving along with her mother are her grandmother, Patsy Rasmussen; son, Dawson Garber; two daughters, Mira Capcara and Delilah Rasmussen; three brothers, Michael Rasmussen Sr. (Kelsey), Stephen Rasmussen (Amanda) and Tristan Phillips; sister, Traci Wallace (John) and grandson, Timothy Racine.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to her children.

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Wanda Lee Kibler Mathews (1933 – 2023)

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Wanda Lee Kibler Mathews, 89, of Page County, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at Skyview Springs Health and Rehab in Luray, Virginia.

Wanda Lee Kibler Mathews

A funeral service will be held on Monday, February 6, at 2:00 pm at Maddox Funeral Home, with Pastor Jeffrey Lucas officiating. Interment will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Front Royal.

Mrs. Mathews was born April 26, 1933, in Page County, Virginia, the daughter of the late John William and Pearl Sarah Hill Wood. She was married to the late William “Billy” Mathews.

Mrs. Mathews was a member of the Riverview Independent Gospel Church.

Surviving is three sons, Walter “Bubby” Kibler of Rileyville, Robert Orman Kibler of Luray, and Frank T. Kibler of Shenandoah; two daughters, Martha P. Knott, and B.J. Campbell, both of Rileyville; a special grandson, Greg Kibler of Rileyville; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Mathews was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband and the father of her children, Josh Kibler; her second husband, Billy Mathews; and three daughters, Patricia Ann Kibler, Debbie Sue Kibler, and Phyllis C. Hulliham. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Pallbearers will be Tyler Campbell, Hayden Campbell, Josh Hensh, Johnny Hensh, Austin Runyon and Payton Lucas.

Honorary pallbearers will be Riley Waters and Timmy Buracker.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, February 6, from 1:00 to – 2:00 pm.

Memorial donations may be made to the family c/o Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

 

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Preston Edward Barbour (1946 – 2023)

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Preston Edward Barbour of Front Royal, Virginia, was born May 30, 1946. When Preston was born, the Memorial Day Parade was going by his house, and year after year would say that the parade was to celebrate his birthday. Preston, at an early age, would grow to love many things, including sports, music, and his family. If you were looking for Preston, find the nearest baseball game. Baseball would remain a major part of his life until the end, and had he not injured his arm while being scouted, he would have gone on to play in the minor and possibly major leagues. He also loved music and started playing the tuba while in school. He attended Criser High School (the all-African-American High School in Warren County), where he was a proud marching band member and graduated as the Salutatorian.

Preston Edward Barbour

Upon graduation from high school, Preston graduated from Virginia State College (now Virginia State University) of Petersburg, Virginia, with a degree in Political Science. There he played in the marching band and met his future wife, Carolyn Boykins, of Newport News, Virginia. After graduation, wanting to find a teaching position and coming from a long line of educators, including Hilda J. Barbour, he applied to Northwestern Elementary (now Claude Thompson Elementary). He was hired by then principal, Mr. E.K. Washington. Preston would eventually move to W.G. Coleman Elementary and later Marshall Middle School with a career that lasted over 47 years with Fauquier County Public Schools ending with his retirement in 2017.

Mr. Barbour, A.K.A “Mr. B.” was a very beloved educator who taught his students the curriculum and about life, manners, and of course, how to dance and sing. Mr. Barbour was also known for loving coffee and telling his students on the first day of class that he wanted coffee and popcorn for Christmas. Mr. Barbour taught several subjects, most teaching United States History during his career. He truly had a gift for giving his students not only a love of learning but a love of the subject. Preston was also a former American Legion Community Band member and was considered by many to be an excellent bartender. He loved watching a good baseball or basketball game and would always root for the Washington Redskins (Commanders) no matter what!

After retirement, Preston kept himself busy with the church he loved throughout his life, John Wesley United Methodist Church of Front Royal, where he served in various capacities. However, shortly after retirement Preston was diagnosed with dementia, and on September 11, 2022, he contracted COVID, then while at a rehabilitation facility, he developed an extremely severe bed wound which resulted in his passing on January 25, 2023, at his home in Front Royal, Virginia.

He is survived by his wife Carolyn, son Brian and daughter-in-law Lori of Stephens City, Virginia. His grandchildren William and Montgomery of Stephens City. His siblings Charles (Vera) of Fayetteville, North Carolina; Dorothy “Dottie” (James) Prather of Mitchelville, Maryland; Gerald (Beverly) of Yonkers, New York; Brenda of Forestville, Maryland; and Sybil of Bethesda, Maryland, honorary “son” Michael (Sherry) Williams of Front Royal, Virginia, as well as, a large number of nieces and nephews, cousins, and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mattie (Johnson) Barbour, and a sister Yvonne.

The family of Preston would like to thank the medical staff of Winchester Medical Center, Heritage Hall, Shenandoah Medical Associates, Winchester Neurological Consultants, and Ami Grisby for their medical care. Also, lifelong friends Robert (Bobby) Travis, Creedell Fitzhugh, and many other friends and family for their love and support of Preston.

While flowers and cards are appreciated, the family asks instead that you consider a donation in his honor to the Alzheimer’s Association or his home church, John Wesley United Methodist of Front Royal, Virginia.

The family will receive friends on Friday, February 3, 2023, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Moser Funeral Home, 233 Broadview Ave. Warrenton, Virginia 20186.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Riverton United Methodist Church. Funeral Service will begin at 1:00 pm at the Riverton United Methodist Church, 55 E. Strasburg Road, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

Online condolences may be expressed at moserfuneralhome.com.

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Ramon Orlando Hernandez-Valcarcel (1928 – 2023)

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Ramon Orlando Hernandez-Valcarcel, 94, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at Commonwealth Senior Living.

Ramon Orlando Hernandez-Valcarcel

A memorial service will take place later at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mr. Hernandez was born in Puerto Rico on September 19, 1928, to the late Abelardo and Manuela Valcarcel Hernandez. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Susana Hernandez, seven sisters, and two brothers. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean War.

Survivors include his son, Ray Hernandez; daughter, Sylvia S. Montgomery (Norman); granddaughter, Lauren Puckette (Drew); two great-grandchildren, McKinley and Harrison Puckette; nephew, Frankie Ortiz, and two nieces, Lucy Senise and Yvonne Bailey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org.

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