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Richard William Tennett (1963 – 2022)

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Richard William Tennett, 58, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

A funeral service will be held for Richard at 11:00 am on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W Main St, Front Royal with Sammy Campbell officiating. Following all services, the burial will take place at Howellsville United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Richard was born on December 29, 1963, in Warren County to the late James and Hazel Tennett. He was also preceded in death by his former significant other, Ethel V. Flynn; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings.

Surviving Richard is his significant other, Bobbie Spencer; his sons, Delbert and Christopher Flynn; his uncle Robert M. Tennett; his 11 grandchildren; his good friend, Michael McDonald and numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard loved passing the time by going fishing.

Pallbearers will be Chris Tennett, John Duncan, David Boyce, Steve Boyce, Joe Wines, and Jeffrey Costello.

Honorary Pallbearers are Michael McDonald and Robert M. Tennett Jr.

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Robert David Simpson (1978 – 2022)

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Robert David Simpson, affectionately known as “Rob,” 44, of Bentonville, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.

Robert David Simpson

Rob was born on May 14, 1978, in Falls Church, Virginia, to Donald and Karen Miller Simpson. Rob was a devoted father, brother, son, uncle, and adoring and loving husband. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking, fishing with his brother and father, and his annual family canoe trip with his son, father, brother, uncles, and nephews. Aside from being outside, Rob loved working with his hands and renovating the home he shared with his wife.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Jane “Bam Bam” Miller. Surviving along with his parents are his wife, Julia Simpson; son, Tyler Simpson; three daughters, Adriana Simpson, Karissa Rodriguez, and Olivia Simpson; brother, Daniel Simpson; four sisters, Michelle Anderson, Christine Simpson, Jennifer Jackson, and Catherine Jackson; stepmother, Valerie Simpson; nephews, Jacob Sterner and Mason Simpson and nieces, Ella Simpson and Abigail Anderson.

Rob spent his younger years in Clifton and Burke, Virginia, with his dearest friends and spent the majority of his adult life in Manassas, Virginia, raising his children before moving to Bentonville, Virginia, to live out his dream of living near the Shenandoah River. He enjoyed spending his summers camping, canoeing, and floating on the river with his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial donations be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038, or online at supporting.afsp.org.

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James “Jim” Clayton Pugh Jr. (1932 – 2022)

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James “Jim” Clayton Pugh Jr., 90, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at Commonwealth Assisted Living.

James “Jim” Clayton Pugh Jr.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 11:00 am at Marlow Heights Baptist Church, 517 Braxton Road, Front Royal, with Pastor Jim Bunce and Pastor Wayne Woodard officiating. Burial will follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Pugh was born on April 18, 1932, in Roanoke, Virginia, to the late James Sr. and Bittie Carr Pugh. He was also preceded in death by his two brothers, Charles Pugh and Robert Pugh, and his sister, Geneva Peyton. He was a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he was a multi-year varsity football letterman. He was a member of Marlow Heights Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Betty Darden Pugh; two sons, Thomas Pugh (Cindy) of Morgans Point Resort, Texas, and James C. Pugh III (Gretchen) of Huntly, Virginia; two daughters, Patricia Aadahl (Richard) of Williamsburg, Virginia and Tracy Delaney (Russell) of Roanoke, Virginia; two brothers, George Pugh (Kimmy) of Huntsville, Alabama and Franklin Pugh of Roanoke, Virginia; seven grandchildren, Darren Pugh, Heather Shipe (Kyle), Holly Hoover (Jesse), Hannah Delaney, Cameron Aadahl (Jordan), Rachel Delaney and Samuel Delaney; step-grandson, John Randall Perry and four step great-grandsons.

The family will receive friends one hour before the church service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601, or to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131.

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Louise Kress Clark (1934 – 2022)

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Louise Kress Clark, 88, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal.

Louise Kress Clark

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 13, at 2:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, with Rev. Jim Bunce officiating. Interment will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Clark was born August 7, 1934, in Saltville, Virginia, the daughter of the late Herbert S. and Hattie Anderson Kress. She was a charter member of Marlow Heights Baptist Church and the Red Hat Society in Front Royal.

She was married to the late Oscar H. Clark, Jr. for 60 years before his passing in 2012.

Mrs. Clark was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brothers Ralph and Wayne Kress.

Surviving are a son, Ron Clark and wife Ginny of Glen Allen, Virginia; one daughter, Kelly Clark Wilson and husband Chris of Waynesboro, Virginia; one brother, Bryan Kress and wife Linda of Front Royal; one grandson, Nathan Clark of Hopewell, Virginia; one granddaughter, Elyse Clark and husband Wesley of Westminster, Massachusetts; brother-in-law, Tom Clark and sisters-in-law, Joyce Clark Davis and Dorie Shriver; a host of fondly remembered, nieces, nephews, cousins, especially Jackie and Walt McAuliffe and Louise’s companion Brad Haynes.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Clark, Elyse Clark, Wesley Tse, Mark Lalumondiere, Scott Hesson, and Sean Marchi.

The honorary pallbearer will be her brother, Bryan Kress.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 13, from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Warren Memorial Hospital for taking such great care of Louise.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marlow Heights Baptist Church, 517 Braxton Road, Front Royal, Virginia 22630, or Warren Memorial Hospital Foundation, 351 Valley Health Way, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

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Donald “Scott” Laidlaw (1960 – 2022)

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Donald “Scott” Laidlaw, 61, of Middletown, Virginia passed away Monday, August 1, 2022.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Scott was born December 25, 1960, to the late Robert and Joan Kerly Laidlaw. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Laidlaw.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Barbara “Barb” Laidlaw; daughter, Samantha Laidlaw; son, Ian Laidlaw; three sisters, Kim LeBlanc, Dawne Miller, and Valerie Laidlaw. Also, surviving are nine nieces and nephews, Leslie Guthrie, Tyna Renner, Sarah Barb, Justin LeBlanc, Jeremy LeBlanc, Nathan Miller, Taylor Miller, Tanner Dockman, and Emily Dockman.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to PRS, 10455 White Granite Drive, Suite 400, Oakton, VA 22124.

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Jack Junior Cook (1961 – 2022)

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Jack Junior Cook, 71, of Linden, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at his home in Linden.

Jack Junior Cook

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home with Sammy Campbell and Dave Senter officiating. Interment will follow in the Atkins Family Cemetery in Linden.

Junior was born June 7, 1951, in Front Royal, Virginia, son of the late Marvin Harley and Sylvia Hawkins Cook.

He worked for H.N. Funkhouser in Front Royal.

Surviving is his loving and devoted wife of 40 years, Penny E. Cook; one son, Daniel Cook (April) of Chester Gap; one daughter, Tiffany Duckworth (Keith) of Winchester; two granddaughters, Madison Cook (Kacey) of Bentonville and Abby Cook of Boyce; one grandson, Hunter Cook of Linden; and four sisters, Lucy Greenfield of Strasburg, Hilda Shell of Front Royal, Rosie Sherman of Front Royal and Lorretta Purdy of Front Royal.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Abe Cook and Ray Cook; niece, Melissa Cook; and nephew, Chris Senter.

Pallbearers will be Todd Jenkins, Gordon Shell, Travis Cook, Billy Sperry, Jake Perkins, and Amber Christian.

Honorary pallbearers will be Logan DeHaven, Colton Senter, Matthew Clatterbuck, and David Bowley.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Helping Hands Cancer Outreach, 424 A. South Street, #134, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

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Karen Lynn Starke (1961 – 2022)

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Karen Lynn Starke, 61, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Friday, August 5, 2022, at Winchester Medical Center.

Karen Lynn Starke

A memorial service will be held on August 20, 2022, at 11 am at Dynamic Life Ministries Church with Carlton and Elvi Rodgers officiating.

Mrs. Starke was born on March 29, 1961, in Washington, DC to the late Donald and Ruth Saylor. She was a member of Dynamic Life Ministries Church.

Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Miller “Lenny” Starke of Front Royal; son, Wesley Saylor (Melisia) of Front Royal; three brothers, Jeff Saylor of Clear Brook, Virginia, Troy Saylor of Manassas, Virginia, Greg Saylor of Hauge, Virginia; sister, Lorri Saylor of Hartfield, Virginia and two grandsons, Wesley Jr. and William both of Front Royal.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dynamic Life Ministries, 1600 John Marshall Highway, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

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