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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.

DOREEN (BELLABY PRITTS) WILLA of Lexington known for her joyful outlook, strength, love, intelligence, resilience, and British wit and humour in the face of numerous adversities, died peacefully in her sleep at home on June 27, 2014, at age 84.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

DOREEN (BELLABY PRITTS) WILLA of Lexington known for her joyful outlook, strength, love, intelligence, resilience, and British wit and humour in the face of numerous adversities, died peacefully in her sleep at home on June 27, 2014, at age 84.

She loved to play bridge and golf, became a great cook, found British TV irresistible and was a voracious reader and an accomplished seamstress of her daughters’ costumes, school clothes and wedding dresses. She was always proud of her English heritage but also of her naturalized U.S. citizenship. She was resolute in her beliefs and had an amazing ability to manage cantankerous people.

Born Feb. 22, 1930, in Nottingham, England, to Thomas “Les” and Annie “Nancy” Bellaby, as a child she survived both her father’s accidental death and the WWII bombings that destroyed neighbors’ homes. During the Korean War she married Victor Wayne “Pug” Pritts, an England-based U.S. Air Force communications officer and, eight months pregnant, moved to his hometown of Oakland, Md., where she and her in-laws struggled with their Appalachian and her British accents.

Widowed by her young husband’s 1967 fatal heart attack, she was left to raise their four children, ages 5 to 12. Three years later she married Frank Alex Willa, moved to Chadds Ford, Pa., and had another daughter. Retired in 1990, Doreen and Frank moved to a 1700s farmhouse on nine acres in the Shenandoah Valley near Lexington with a view of the mountains and lots of room for vegetable and flowers gardens, dogs, cats and even a few head of cattle. Following Frank’s severe stroke in 1996, she became his full-time caregiver until in 2000 she was widowed again at the age of 70. She insisted on remaining in the farmhouse and did so with increasing support from her children.

She is survived by her brothers John Bellaby (Pamela) of Dunoon, Argyle, Scotland and Michael Lamont (Adela) of Richmond; children Theresa Anne Cassling (Edward) of Newark Valley, N.Y., Sandra Lee Pritts of Staunton, Brenda Lynn Doyle of Lexington, Michael Eric Pritts of Troutvile and Nancy Willa Dayton (Mark) of Catonsville, Md.; grandchildren Sara Kate Doyle, Max and Melanie Pritts and Alec Dayton Willa; sisters-in-law Susan Fulk, Linda Grabarek (Paul) and Barbara Pritts; a large step-family; a host of nieces, nephews and friends; and probably some British cousins we don’t know about.

Interment is Sunday, July 13, at 2 p.m. at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, 314 with reception to follow at the Piovano Building. (formerly the rescue squad). 

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Central & Western Virginia Chapter, 1160 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA 22901 (or go to www.alz.org)

Cynthia Sue Penne passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in the presence of her family.

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Cynthia Sue Penne passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, in the presence of her family.

Born April 29, 1952, in Berwyn, Ill., Cynthia attended Houghton College and the Eastman School of Music, where she majored in Viola Performance. After settling in Lexington, Cynthia enjoyed a 40-year career as a classical violinist, violist and strings teacher. In addition to performing in several Virginia orchestras and ensembles, she served as a strings instructor at Washington and Lee University and created Lexington’s Suzuki Strings program for children. She shared her love of music with many in Lexington and the Rockbridge and Bath County areas. Cynthia was characterized not only by her passion for music, but also her natural gift for gardening. She was a member of the Lexington Herb Guild, a supporter of local fine arts, an avid reader and a devoted friend.

Cynthia is survived by her husband Andrew C. Johnson Jr., daughter Emily Shea, stepson Christopher Johnson, mother Florence Penne, sisters Mary Penne Mays and Alice Marks and brother David Penne. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Penne.

A memorial service will be held at Lexington Presbyterian Church on Saturday, July 19, at 11 a.m. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Fine Arts In Rockbridge (FAIR).

Cheryl Frost Jarvis, 57, of Lexington died June 29

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Cheryl Frost Jarvis, 57, of Lexington died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at her home.

Born May 8, 1957, in Lexington, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Peck Frost and Katherine Luecker Frost.

Cheryl was a member of the Greater Vision Pentecostal Assembly. She was employed as a machine operator at HDT, former member of the Fairfield Rescue Squad where she served as an EMT, and loved to ride motorcycles and fish.

Surviving are her husband, Tony Jarvis; one son, Michael Frost and wife Heather; two stepchildren, Crystal Jarvis and Chase Jarvis, all of Lexington; biological mother, Vivian Maxine Anthony of Staunton; six siblings, Wanda Gansan of Churchville, Anthony Cash of Md., Jay Fields of North Carolina, Michael Fields of Georgia, Kevin Fields of Harrisonburg, and Jason McCelland of Troutville; three grandchildren, Ryen Beach, Jonathan Entsminger and Christopher Clark; three God children, Jessica May Hahn, Caleb Andrew Fine and Jared Clifton Simmons; and best friend, Tamara Lea Simmons.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Horace Douty officiating. Burial will follow at Timber Ridge A.R. Presbyterian Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Cheryl to the Lexington Fire Department, 708 S. Main St., Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

 

 

Anthony Thompson, 52, of Buena Vista died July 1

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Anthony Thompson, 52, of Buena Vista died Monday, July 1, 2014, in Buena Vista.

He was born July 15, 1961, in Staunton, the son of the late Willie and Ruby Thompson.

He was employed at Ocala Gas Company in Ocala, Fla., Anton Trucking in Goshen, Luck Stone Trucking, Moffett Paving and Excavating in Staunton, and Meade Trucking Company in Verona.

He was a member of the Goshen Volunteer Fire Department and Goshen Baptist Church. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with his family, and driving his 1977 black Trans Am.

He is survived by his four sisters, Shirley Craft and husband John of Staunton, Sandra Heizer of Greenville, "Willie" Frances Watkins and husband Tom of Roanoke, and Betty Gail Hudson of Ocala, Fla.; eight nephews and five nieces; and close friend and caregiver Debbie Fitzgerald.

He was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Robert Hudson and Harold Heizer.

A funeral service will be conducted at Craigsville Funeral home at 2 p.m., July 5, with Pastor Scott Reese officiating. Interment will be in Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Goshen Fire Department.

Arrangements are being handled by Craigsville Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.craigsvillefuneralhome.com.