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Shirley H. Wilmore, 95, of Buena Vista, died peacefully Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Buena Vista.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Shirley (Tomlin) Huffman Wilmore

Shirley H. Wilmore, 95, of Buena Vista, died peacefully Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Buena Vista. She was the daughter of the late Howard and Nettie (Spence) Tomlin.

She retired from Burlington Mills in Glasgow after 29 years of service and continued working for Clelia Agnor’s catering business in Lexington for many years.   She was a member of the Buena Vista Presbyterian Church and past member of the Elliott’s Hill United Methodist Church in Rockbridge County. She also served as a member of the Buena Vista American Legion Auxiliary, Lexington Lioness Club and the Rockbridge Arthritis Support Group. She will be remembered for her strength of character and sense of humor as well as her devil’s food/caramel icing and bunny cakes.  

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Gardner Huffman; her second husband, Walter B. Wilmore; infant daughter, Marjorie Isabelle Huffman; son, Raymond E. Huffman; brothers, Ben and Bill Tomlin; sisters, Emma Watts and Martha Nixon; and special friend Jay Donald.

Surviving members of her family include son Thomas E. Huffman Sr., of Buena Vista; daughter Brenda H. Taylor (Ed) of Waynesboro; step-son, Walter “Doc” Wilmore (Ann) of Lexington; daughter-in-law Lucille Biby of Staunton; granddaughters Kim Thompson of Oak Island, N.C.; Terri Wheeler (Kirk) of Buena Vista; Brooke Dalton (Matt) of North Stonington, Conn; Grandson, Thomas E. Huffman, Jr., of Wrightsville Beach, NC; step-grandson, Kelly Wilmore (Jackie) of Daleville; eight great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and one step-great-granddaughter. Also surviving are family members Mary Huffman, Jan Craft and Mandy Daniel, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bolling, Grose and Lotts Funeral Service. The funeral will be conducted at the Buena Vista Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, July 8, at 1 p.m. by the Rev. George Chapman and the Rev. Bart Hellmuth. Interment will follow at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Buena Vista Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 406, Buena Vista, VA 24416.