Sheron Smith-Piazza peacefully went to heaven to be with our Lord at her home on April 27, 2022, after more than a decade of courageously fighting cancer. Sheron was surrounded by her loving family and friends, and her devoted rescue dog, Coco, all of whom stayed by her side constantly during this lengthy battle.
Sheron was an amazing person who was beautiful inside and out, and she touched many lives during her 61 years on earth. She was an adoring mother and grandmother, a loving sister, a faithful friend, and a deeply devoted wife. Sheron created majesty in her gardens, and she leaves a legacy of beauty and love in the souls she touched throughout her life.
Sheron graduated from high school in Huntsville, Alabama, in 1979, and later served three years in the United States Army. She then served in a number of leadership positions in the business world before seeking her dream and lifelong passion of owning her own landscaping firm. In 2002, Sheron founded and became president of the highly successful Turtle Rock Landscaping, a business she led for twenty years. In this position, she served clients in the Shenandoah Valley and the Washington Metropolitan Area, creating breathtaking landscape designs and building beautiful gardens. One of her long-time clients and dear friend, United States Senator John Warner who was a life-long gardener, often told his friends and neighbors that Sheron was “a remarkably gifted landscaper who made dreams come true.” Sheron also founded Shenandoah Confections in 2013, a tea and chocolate shop on Main Street in Front Royal, where she met her husband and the love of her life, John Piazza.
Sheron was preceded in death by her father and mother, James Edward Smith and Betty Joy (Hill) Smith, and her dear brother, Jimmy Smith, all from Huntsville, Alabama.
She is survived by her adoring husband, Colonel John Piazza (USAF, Retired); children Danielle Christine Dombrowski of Rileyville, Virginia, and son Michael Frances Dombrowski and devoted companion Katya Porter of Bristol, England; sister Darlene Boyd and her loving companion William (Bill) Byrns of Front Royal, Virginia; sister Debbie Wooten and her husband, Billy, and nephews Andy and Eddie Wooten, all from Union Grove, Alabama. Sheron is also survived by her sister-in-law Pat Falting of Bossier City, Louisiana, her brother-in-law John L. Piazza and his wife Mary Jane of Atlanta, Georgia, and step-daughter Casey Piazza Reynolds and husband Timothy Reynolds and grandchildren Bryant, John, and Jillian Reynolds, all of Louisville, Kentucky. Also surviving are many other relatives, all of whom were deeply loved by Sheron.
Sheron is further survived by her fellow Deacons at Rockland Community Church in Front Royal, the members of the Rockland Community Church Women’s Group that she led as president for several years, and her “Gardening with God” Bible study family, a group that she founded four years ago for fellowship and to study God’s word weekly at the Piazza home. Sheron believed deeply that one was closest to God in a beautiful garden, and that the surest sign of God’s presence on earth is His gift of flowers, plants, trees, and shrubs He provides each season.
A religious celebration of Sheron’s life will be held at Rockland Community Church on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at 10:30 in the morning, with a reception in the Rockland Community Church Parish Hall immediately following the service. The service will be celebrated by The Right Reverend Bishop Vince McLaughlin, assisted by Pastors Mary Marshall and Joel Flower.
In lieu of flowers, Sheron and her family request that any donations in her memory be made to the Rockland Community Prayer Garden, a grand prayer garden that Sheron designed and which is currently being built to serve as a place of peace, joy, and meditation for the people of Warren County and beyond. Donations to the Rockland Community Prayer Garden should be sent to Rockland Community Church, attention Mrs. Carol Goddard, at 2921 Rockland Road, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.
Holly Marie Bradshaw (1977 – 2022)
Holly Marie Bradshaw, 44, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2022, in the comfort of her home.
A graveside service date and time will be posted in the upcoming days.
Holly was born on November 8, 1977, in Maryland to her mother, Mary Jane Jones. Holly enjoyed knitting, crafting, and making beautiful art. She was deeply loved by her family.
Surviving Holly is her loving husband of 10 years, Phillip Bradshaw; her mother, Mary Jones; her brother, Matt Slemmer; her sister in law, Michelle Bradshaw; her niece, Audrey Bakker; her father in law, George Bradshaw; her mother in law, Matilde Bradshaw; and numerous extended family members.
Margaret L. Knight Burke Morris (1931 – 2022)
Margaret L. Knight Burke Morris, 91, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2022, at Lynn Care Center.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W Main St. Front Royal, Virginia 22630, with Dr. Reverend Rodney Vickers, Reverend Becky Pucher, and Reverend John Kenney, Jr. officiating. The burial will follow the service at Prospect Hill Cemetery. A visitation will be held from noon to 2:00 pm prior to the service.
Margaret was born on March 2, 1931, in Front Royal, Virginia, to the late Thomas and Mary Knight. Margaret was also preceded in death by her first husband, Ellis Burke, the father of her daughters; her second husband, Ermand Morris; her great-grandson, Trent Alan Williams; her son in law, Bobby Hively; her two brothers and her six sisters.
Surviving Margaret is her loving daughters, Nancy Hively, Katherine Martin (George), and Margaret Williams (Duane); her two stepchildren, Ronnie and Roger Morris; her grandchildren, Tammy Martin, Garry Martin, Angela Williams Vickers, and Eric Williams, and a special granddaughter, Jenna Shultz; her great-grandchildren, Ethan, Emily and Evan Martin, Andrew, and Will Vickers, and Caden and Logan Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Margaret was a lifetime member of the First Assembly of God Church. She retired from Warren Memorial Hospital as a nursing assistant and was also the “Bingo Queen” while she was a resident at Lynn Care.
Pallbearers will be Ethan Martin, Evan Martin, Andrew Vickers, Will Vickers, Caden Williams, and Logan Williams.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to “Tribute to Trent Skatepark” c/o Jennifer Williams at 626 Crystal Lane, Strasburg, Virginia 22657.
Harlee Winter Cornwell (2022)
Harlee Winter Cornwell, three months old, passed away on May 13, 2022, at her home.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
On February 24, 2022, Harlee was born in Front Royal, Virginia, to her parents, Jenna Goodson and Justin Conner.
Surviving Harlee is her loving parents, Jenna and Justin; Her siblings, Eli, Lyniah, Ava, Zayne, Camden, Zailee, and Kailee; her grandparents, Dana Widas and Connie Conner; and her godparents, Stephanie Miller and Devin Samuel.
Harlee was a very loved member of her family who left a very special mark on those lucky enough to meet her in her short time with us and will be greatly missed.
In place of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the services of Harlee, C/O Maddox Funeral Home.
“We love & miss you so much, Harlee watch over our family, love you, baby girl. “
Michael Edward Darr (1969 – 2022)
Michael Edward Darr, 52, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2022, at Winchester Medical Center.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, with Chaplain Roger Vorous officiating. Interment will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Michael was born June 22, 1969, in Front Royal, Virginia, the son of James Alan Darr, Sr of Front Royal, and the late Barbara Jane Andrews Darr.
He was a 1988 graduate of Warren County High School and owned and operated his own drywall business for many years.
Surviving with his father, Alan, are his mother, Patricia “Patty” Darr; significant other, Kimberly A. Satterfield of Front Royal; one son, Tyler Darr (Bridget Fabrizio) of Front Royal; one daughter, Tayler Lippold (Tanner) of Winchester; two brothers, Junior Darr (Stephanie) of Winchester and Tommy Lawson (Nikki Reil) of Front Royal; one sister, Debbie Creighton (David) of Maryland; two grandchildren, Aubrey Darr and Parker Lippold; and two step-daughters, who he thought of as daughters, Madison Satterfield and Ally Satterfield.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Jane Andrews Darr, and a sister, Barbie Darr Collins.
Pallbearers will be Junior Darr, Tyler Darr, Allen Smoot, Chuck Renner, Jeff Kerns, and Tommy Lawson.
The family will receive friends on Monday, May 23, from noon to 2:00 pm at the funeral home.
Kenneth Allen “Mitch” Mitchell (1944 – 2022)
Kenneth Allen “Mitch” Mitchell, 77, of Strasburg, Virginia, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2022, at his home.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 11:00 am at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal, Virginia, with Pastor Dale Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Mitchell was born on October 12, 1944, in Front Royal to the late Price and Bertha Kelly Mitchell. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lena Johnson Mitchell; four brothers, Carl J. Mitchell, Victor E. Mitchell, Clarence W. Mitchell, and Richard L. Mitchell and sister, Betty L. Mitchell. He was a member of Front Royal Moose Lodge #829 and Grace Fellowship Church in Front Royal. He was a veteran of both the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps.
Survivors include his two daughters, Donna Turner Poe (Randolph) of Strasburg and Judith Turner Boyd (Phillip) of Front Royal; three sisters, Katherine J. Barnhart of Front Royal, Ruth E. McDonald of Strasburg, and Doris E. Mitchell of North Carolina; five grandchildren, Gene Jackson (Holly), Eric Jackson (Kailei), Kevin Lane Heflin, Nathaniel Austin Poe, and Sarah Gail Boyd; three great-grandchildren, Chloe, Gavin and Parker; two caregivers, Haleigh Housden and Melinda Weakley and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Boyd, Randy Poe, Kenny Evans, Vincent Carter, Kevin Lane Heflin, and Nathaniel Austin Poe.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ed Dumire, Tony Spencer, Junior Andrews, Chris Ramsey, and Melvin Gochenour.
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 the Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.
Melissa Danielle Cook (1992 – 2022)
Melissa Danielle Cook, 29, of Bentonville, Virginia, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at her home.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 22 at 11:00 am at Maddox Funeral Home with Sammy Campbell officiating. Inurnment will be private.
Melissa was born July 29, 1992, in Front Royal, Virginia, the daughter of Danny and Lisa Cook.
She was a Skyline High School Class of 2010 graduate, a loving wife, mother, daughter, and daughter-in-law, who felt so blessed to have married her best friend and have two amazing children.
Melissa always had a smile for anyone she met. She loved and lived life to the fullest, but her smile was the biggest while watching her kids play baseball. She would be the one cheering the loudest with no apologies given.
She loved to be at her happy place, the beach, going to Nationals games, and her dogs, River and Millie. The family would like to thank Chrissy, Matt, T.J., Ebbie, D.J., and Haley for being in her “Brick Squad”. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.
Surviving with her parents are her loving and devoted husband, Travis A. Cook, and her children, Kole Cook and Kali Cook.
She was preceded in death by her great grandmothers, Anna Lee Cook and Catherine Andrews; her grandmother, Patricia Andrews Kramer; and her dog, Remi.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 22, from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, Virginia 22630, or the Front Royal Little League, 990 Little Egypt Lane, Front Royal, VA 22630.
Following the services, all are welcome to join the family for a time of food and fellowship at the South Warren Volunteer Fire Department in Bentonville.