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Roy O.”Buddy” Beckner, Jr. (1941 – 2022)

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Roy O.(Buddy) Beckner, Jr., 81, of Gainesville, Virginia, passed away on May 23, 2022, at his home in Gainesville, Virginia.

Roy O.(Buddy) Beckner, Jr.

Roy was born in Doctors Hospital in Washington, D.C. to Roy O. Beckner, Sr., and Dorothy Maykrantz Beckner on January 6, 1941. He was raised in Chantilly, Va. He went to Herndon High School and graduated in 1959. In high school, he was a three-year member of the National Honor Society and a three-year letterman in baseball. He continued his education at The University of Virginia, American University, Tulane University, and the Dale Carnegie Institute.

He was the Director of Business Development for S.W Rodgers Co., Inc. in Gainesville, Va. for 29 years until his passing. He spent the majority of his career in land and site development, real estate, home building, and planning with Woodland Properties and The Midland Company among others. He was a charter, founding member of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce where he served on the board of directors from 2006 to 2017, and on several committees. During his career, he served in many capacities and on several boards and committees supporting the construction industry. He was an active member of the Heavy Construction Contractors Association (HCCA), the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, and the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA). He was a past president of the NVBIA Prince William Chapter and the NVBIA Associate of the Year in 2001.

Roy loved spending time with his family and friends, coaching little league sports, playing golf, shooting pool, attending business and social events, attending Washington Nationals games, and spending time at service stations (his father owned an ESSO station), watching movies and dining at his favorite restaurants. He was an avid fan of Washington, D.C. professional, and local college sports teams. He was an avid follower of the PGA Tour. He enjoyed collecting local sports memorabilia, Esso memorabilia, knives, and utility tools (gadgets).

He was preceded in death by his father Roy O. Beckner, Sr., his mother, Dorothy Maykrantz Beckner, and his brother, Robert O. Beckner. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Patricia Gayle (Pat) Beckner; his sons Ronnie Beckner and Kenny Beckner (April) and his daughter Marla McConnell (Mike); three grandchildren, Chelsea Beckner, Casey McCurdy (Timmy), and Trey Beckner; five great-grandchildren, Kayla, Shane Jr., Jackson, Avery, and Zoey; his sister, Tootsie Poland (Buddy); three sisters-in-law, Joy Reed, Pam Deitz (Rex) and Lisa Anderson (Doug); ten nieces and nephews, and twenty-one great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, his preference was to have memorials made to Morgan’s Message, 5816 Wellington Rd., Gainesville, Va. 20155 (morgansmessage.org).

A ‘Celebration of Life’ will take place at a date and time to be determined.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.virginiacremate.com/locations/chantilly-cremation for the BECKNER family.

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Roger A. Heston (1955 – 2022)

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Roger A. Heston, 67, of Bentonville, Virginia, passed away at his home on Monday, December 5, 2022.

Mr. Heston was born on September 24, 1955, in Fairmont, West Virginia, to the late Richard and Margie Drake Heston.

Survivors include his son, Jason R. Heston of Fairmont; two brothers, Clyde Heston of Bentonville and Gary Heston of Fairmont and two grandchildren, Isaiah and Brittany Teets, both of Fairmont.

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Jesse Walker Dove (1991 – 2022)

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Jesse Walker Dove, 31, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

Jesse Walker Dove

He graduated from Warren County High School in 2009. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy before pursuing a career in law enforcement, including Warren County Sheriff’s Department, Strasburg Police Department, and Department of Homeland Security. He was most recently a federal officer and continued to volunteer as a deputy for Warren County.

Jesse was born on January 22, 1991. He is the son of Jesse R. “JR” Dove and Callie Dove of Front Royal, VA. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his loving wife, Marissa Dove, and daughter, Wrenly Mae Dove; siblings, Jessica Phillips (Lonnie), Joshua Dove (Lori), Caitlin Ruckman (Chad); grandparents, Betty and Billy Chapman, and Jim Heflin; and a large extended family.

Jesse was an avid hunter, fisherman, and farmer. He was a fierce and loyal protector of friends and family and took indescribable pride in protecting and serving his fellow citizens in the county, which meant so much to him. He had a smile that would light up a room and was always quick with a joke. Jesse was a loving and devoted man and will truly be missed by all.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 7, from 6 to 8 pm at Maddox Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 8, at 12:00 pm at Riverton United Methodist Church in Front Royal, VA. Burial will immediately follow at St. Stephens Cemetery in Strasburg, VA. Afterward, a fellowship meal will be held at the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department on Commerce Avenue.

Joshua Dove, Chad Ruckman, Evan Massey, Nick Williams, Michael Grove, and Mike Robinson are pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Edward Jones, 1705 Amherst St., Suite 101, Winchester, VA 22601, for the benefit of Wrenly Mae’s Education Fund. Checks should be made payable to Edward Jones. Please indicate ‘Wrenly Dove – 529’ on the memo line.

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Harold Elwood Boone (1935 – 2022)

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Harold Elwood Boone, 87, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 2, 2022, surrounded by family in the comfort of his home.

Harold Elwood Boone

A memorial service will be held for Harold at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 10, 2022, at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W Main St. in Front Royal, with Pastor Jim Bunce officiating. The family will receive guests one hour prior to the memorial service.

Harold was born on October 18, 1935, in Pocahontas, Virginia, to the late William and Bertha Boone. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Betty Jane, Edward Boone, and James Boone, and his grandson, John Dallas Bunch IV.

Surviving Harold is his loving wife of 67 years, Marilyn R. Boone; his children, Harold Wayne Boone (Sandy), Thomas Allen Boone (Dabney), and Patricia Ann Bunch; his brothers, Franklin Daniel Boone (Julie) and Roger Curtis Boone (Franny); his grandchildren, Kristen Roberts Brannon, Justin Scott Rider, and Carrie Ann Boone; and his great-grandchildren, Hadley, Carter Rose, and Joselyn.

Harold was a retired veteran of the United States Army and was very proud to say that during his time working at Mt. Weather, he had personally worked for the White House for three presidents, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson. He was also a golfing enthusiast and wasn’t a half-bad bowler. He was also a member of Marlow Heights Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice at https://brhospice.org/donate/, or the Warren County Humane Society at https://humanesocietywarrencounty.com/donate/

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Marjorie P. Saffelle (1936 – 2022)

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Marjorie P. Saffelle, 85, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at Evergreen Health and Rehab of Winchester, Virginia.

A celebration of life will be held for Marjorie at 1:00 pm on Monday, December 5, 2022, at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W. Main St., Front Royal, Virginia, with Sammy Campbell officiating. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Marjorie was born on December 17, 1936, in Petersburg, Virginia, to the late Ashby and Louise Patterson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Carey Saffelle Sr., and her son, Frank Hedrick Saffelle Sr.

Surviving Marjorie is her children, Laura Anne Saffelle, Artricia Haynes (John), Art Saffelle II (Laura), Margie Smoot (Teddy), Susan Billhimer, Linette Ritter (Jeff), Andrew Saffelle (Krista), and Ginger Batton; her sister, Jane Thomas (Jerry); and her numerous grand and great-grandchildren.

Marjorie loved God and church meant everything to her. Her favorite hobbies were sewing and crafting, and she was a professional at both. She also loved animals and adored her family.

The Saffelle family would like to give a special thanks to all the exceptional staff that has provided care to Marjorie during her time in Winchester.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “All dogs matter” at https://alldogsmatter.co.uk/get-involved/donate/ and the “Dementia and Alzheimer’s Association” at https://act.alz.org/site/Donation2?df_id=51079&51079.donation.

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Albert “Al” Clifford Gutekenst (1946 – 2022)

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Albert “Al” Clifford Gutekenst of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at 11:00 am at St. Jude Catholic Church, 1937 Davis Highway, Mineral, Virginia, with Father Michael Duffy officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Mr. Gutekenst was born on February 17, 1946, in Hartford, Connecticut, to the late James and Zona Smith Gutekenst. He was currently a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal and previously a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Louisa, Virginia. He was a third-degree Knight of Columbus, a founding member of Newington Volunteer Ambulance, a lifetime member of Mineral Rescue Squad, an associate member of Mineral Fire Department, a veteran of the United States Navy serving as a Seabee, and a retiree from the Metropolitan District Commission.

Survivors include his wife of over 34 years, Marilyn Gutekenst of Front Royal; son, James Walter Gutekenst of Louisa; two daughters, Heidi Gail Gutekenst of Belchertown, Massachusetts, and Rose Marie Gutekenst Harvey (Stephen) of Front Royal; brother Patrick Gutekenst of Louisa and two grandchildren, Genevieve Zona Harvey and Oliver Everett Harvey both of Front Royal.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Loaves and Fishes Catholic Food Pantry Charities, 613 N Royal Ave, Front Royal, VA 22630.

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Samuel “Sam” Johnson Burchfield (1929 – 2022)

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Samuel “Sam” Johnson Burchfield, 93, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2022, at Winchester Medical Center.

A funeral service will be held on December 1, 2022, at 1:00 pm at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal. Burial will take place at Tent Church Cemetery in Colliers, West Virginia, on December 2, 2022, at 2:00 pm.

Mr. Burchfield was born on October 15, 1929, in Steubenville, Ohio, to the late Charles and Margaret McKee Burchfield. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Charles Burchfield, William Burchfield, James McKee, and Emmett Burchfield, and a sister, Mary Margaret Grimm. He was a member of Tent Church, the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalman, and the American Legion. He was a Korean War veteran serving in the United States Army.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “Friends of Blackwater, 501 Elizabeth St. Charleston, WV 25311”, “Sierra Club WV Chapter, P.O. Box 4142 Morgantown, WV 26504”, or to “WV Highlands Conservancy, P.O. Box 306 Charleston, WV 25321.

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