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Sherris G. Turner (1964 – 2021)

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Sherris G. Turner, 57, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 18, 2021, from complications of COVID-19 that she had contracted from the UVA Hospital during her three-week stay.

Sherris G. Turner

Sherris was born to the late Robert Jackson Turner Sr. and Catherine Downing Turner on August 11, 1964, in Front Royal, Virginia. She graduated from Warren County High School class of 1982 and was working towards her Peer Mentoring Certificate at Northwestern Community Services. She was adored by all her family and friends for her resilience.

Surviving Sherris are her mother; two sisters Robin Banjoman (Howard) and Jazan Turner, of Front Royal; Numerous nephews and nieces who she had loved and had loved her back immensely; and a special great-nephew Javontae Turner.

Sherris is predeceased by her brother Robert J. Turner Jr. and sister Stefinie Turner Johnson.

Services for Sherris will be private. A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 1:00 pm at 323 Pine Street, Front Royal, VA, 22630. Masks will be required to attend the celebration of life.

Donations can be made to the family to assist with covering the costs of the celebration of life. Donations may be mailed to 323 Pine Street, Front Royal, VA 22630.

Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal, Virginia.

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Daniel Deal Dodson (1928 – 2021)

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Daniel Deal Dodson, 93 of Front Royal, Virginia passed away quietly at the VA Hospital on November 20, 2021.

Dan was born on February 26, 1928, in Rappahannock County to the late William A Dodson and Lizzie Newcomer.

Dan entered the Army in 1946. He married Mary E Whorton on April 7, 1950, and was preceded in death by her on December 13, 2008.

Surviving Dan is his loving children, Dannie Dodson(Anita) of Front Royal, Patti Dodson of Elizabeth City, NC, Wilma Lucas (Troy) of Missoula, MT, Wanda Miller (Alan) of Bloomery, WV, Clay Dodson (Judy) of Strasburg, VA, and Teresa McBride (Barry) of Mt. Gilead, NC; his seven grandchildren, Cassie Whittington of Front Royal, Katie Wilson of Winchester, VA, Chance Whittington of Front Royal, Anthony McBride Jr. of MT Gilead, NC, Shane Dodson of Front Royal, Elliy Lucas of New York, and Hanah Burk of Missoula, MT; and 9 great-grandchildren.

Services will be private.

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Montella L. Herndon (1924 – 2021)

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Montella L. Herndon (97) passed away on November 25, 2021. Montella was born on January 16, 1924, in Fletcher, VA in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She was the beloved oldest daughter of the late Jesse Lam, Sr and Leona Lam; the loving wife of the late Mason E. Herndon; loving mother to her three daughters, LaVaun (Jack), Lynette (Joe), and Letitia; four grandchildren, Jocelyn (David), Tara, Lindsey, Jenna, and three great-grandchildren, David, Ethan, and Selena.

Montella L. Herndon

Montella (Monti) not only was devoted to her family (helping to raise her younger brother and sisters), she had a successful career as an engineer being promoted to management at the C&P Telephone Company in Northern VA, retiring in 1984.

The family would like to thank Hidden Springs Senior Living staff and Blue Ridge Hospice for the love and care they provided.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions in memory of Montella Herndon, be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at stjude.org/donate.

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Joseph “Joe” Daniel Clegg (1985 – 2021)

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Joseph “Joe” Daniel Clegg, 36, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at his home.

Joseph “Joe” Daniel Clegg

Joe was born on November 1, 1985, in Winchester to the late Daniel Jackson Clegg and surviving Hope Ridgeway Clegg.

He is survived by his wife of ten years, Tara Lynn Clegg; three daughters, Jessie, Emma, and Caroline Clegg; paternal grandparents, Danny and Betty Clegg and two sisters, Summer Wilmer and April Gray, and several nieces and nephews.

Joe graduated from Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy in 2003 and completed his bachelor’s degree in 2020. The job he loved most was working with his father at a chemical plant. Following his father’s footsteps, he was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. He enjoyed playing golf with his buddies.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at 11 AM at Fellowship Bible Church, 3217 Middle Road, Winchester, Virginia with the Rev. Mark Carey officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Family Life Ministry, 100 Lake Hart Dr., Orlando, FL 32832.

 

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Wanda Dell Sears (1938 – 2021)

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Wanda Dell Sears, 83, of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at her home.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 26, 2021, at 11 AM at Rivermont Baptist Church, 575 Catlett Mountain Rd, Front Royal with the Rev. Tim Dyke and the Rev. Joshua Moran officiating. Burial will be private.

Mrs. Sears was born on October 19, 1938, in Petersburg, West Virginia to the late Jesse and Ruth Shook Crites. She was also preceded in death by her son, Bruce Sears, and ten siblings. She was a member of Rivermont Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, John E. Sears; son, William D. Sears (Sherrie); two daughters, Tammy Moran (Mike) and Kim Linaweaver (Bill); sister, Mary Lou Hardy; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jonathan Moran, Corey Moran, Justin Linaweaver, Nathan Linaweaver, Chad Sears, and Kevin Lahn.

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

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Lori Floy Fontenot (1958 – 2021)

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Lori Floy Fontenot, 63, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, November 20, 2021, at Winchester Medical Center.

All services will be private.

Lori was born April 29, 1958, in Virginia, daughter of the late John Wellington and Genevieve Robertson Barclay. She was an in-home health care nurse for many years.

Surviving is her loving and devoted husband Darrel Fontenot; one son, Michael James Fontenot and wife Heather of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; and two grandchildren, Antie Fontenot and Caleb Fontenot both of Pittsburg.

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Richard Ambrose Townes

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Richard Ambrose Townes, 90, of Front Royal, Va. Passed away on November 15. 2021.

Richard Ambrose Townes

A funeral service will be held on December 14, 2021, at 11 AM at First Baptist Church in Front Royal.

Richard was born March 21, 1931, to the late Mary and John Townes. He retired from Allegany Power Company.

He was a faithful and dedicated member of First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and a member of other committees and boards.

Richard served his country in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1953.

Surviving him are two children, Turner Clem and his wife Debi of Montgomery, AL., and Pamela Ammerman of Front Royal, Va., 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his 2nd wife, Frances Ard, 1st wife, Fillie Licklider, brother, Jack Townes, and sister, Ruth Gochenour.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 14 W 1st St., Front Royal, Va. 22630.

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