OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Warren County


Barbara A. Bracken


Barbara Ann Williams Bracken passed from this life March 19, 2016, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

Barbara was born Jan. 11, 1942, in Front Royal, to Aylor G. and Neville Victoria North Williams.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Gene Austin Williams and sister Dorothy L. Williams Smith.

Her son John Andrew and his wife Nicole live in Winchester with their daughter Ava Joycelyn Ann, who shares Barbaraís birthday. Granddaughter October M. Bracken lives in Summerville, S.C., and attends Trident Technical College. Stepgranddaughters, Kiani and Naomi Hodge live in Brisbane, Australia.

Barbara graduated from Mosby Academy in 1960. She earned her teaching degrees from Shenandoah College and James Madison University. She taught elementary school more than four decades, with 38 years of that time at Sacred Heart Academy in Winchester, where her students benefited from her love of children and teaching.

She is fondly remembered for her kind generosity, love of music, hobbies and community activities, including her support of Boy Scouts Troop 52, helping her son with fundraising for the Warren County Skateboard Park, and her interest in genealogy, including the history of her family in Warren and Rappahannock counties.

Barbara loved attending plays and musicals at Wayside Theater and Shenandoah University and could regularly be seen selling antiques at the Front Royal flea market.

Services were held Tuesday, March 29, at Turner Robertshaw Funeral Home in Front Royal. Private burial service was at Willis Chapel, Huntley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in the name of Barbara to; BSA Troop 52, c/o Pam Thompson, 59 Charles St., Front Royal, VA 22630 or Warren Heritage Society, 101 Chester St. Front Royal, VA 22630.



Dara-Lynn Breeden


Dara-Lynn Breeden, 57, of Strasburg, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016.

A memorial service for Mrs. Breeden will be conducted at noon Saturday, April 2, at Stover Memorial Chapel, 177 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, with Dennis Henline officiating.

Dara was born on Feb. 11, 1959, in Massachusetts, a daughter of Carl Marion and Dorothy Esther Duke Nutt Sr.

Dara was a prominent member of the Elks Lodge No. 2382 in Front Royal and spent a vast majority of her time volunteering in the community for the children, elderly and veterans.

In addition to her parents, Dara was preceded in death by her husband, Paul "Buzzy" Breeden in 2006. She is survived by her children, Jennifer and Jeffrey Czarnecki of Eliot, Maine; Robin Leipfert of Ashburn; Joshua Roop of Hagerstown, Md.; and Donald Roop of Front Royal; her grandchildren Colleen Roop, Justin Czarnecki, Jada Leipfert, Kennon and Karson Roop and Arianna and Amara Boisvert; her mother, Dorothy E. Nutt, three brothers and one sister and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday at Stover Funeral Home, Strasburg.



Roy L. Corbin Jr.


Roy Leon Corbin, Jr., of Winchester, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Chesterfield.

A memorial service was held Saturday, March 19, at Maddox Funeral Home, conducted by Sammy Campbell. Inurnment followed in Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Roy was born Dec. 4, 1971, in Charlottesville, son of Connie Stonebreaker of Winchester and Roy Leon Corbin Sr. of Culpeper. He owned and operated his own tree work business.

Surviving with his parents are his wife Linda Dodson Corbin of Mineral; son Roy Leon Corbin III of Mineral; stepson Justin Butler of Mineral; brother David Lee Corbin of Winchester; granddaughter Savannah Corbin of Mineral; and stepgranddaughter Heaven Butler of Mineral.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family c/o Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W. Main St., Front Royal, VA 22630.



Zachary C. Harper


Zachary Charles ìZachî Harper, 14, of Front Royal, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at his home.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 29, at Rivermont Baptist Church, 575 Catlett Mountain Road, Front Royal, with burial to follow at Bennettís Chapel Cemetery.

Zachary was born Oct. 28, 2001, in Garland, Texas, to William Harper and Beverly Baron Harper.

He was attending eighth grade at Skyline High School in Front Royal.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Walter and Carolyn Harper of Front Royal; maternal grandparents, Charles and Sue Baron of Woodridge, Ill.; sister, Anna Harper of Woodridge, Ill., and brother Joshua Harper, serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. He also is survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal.



James W. Judy


James William Judy Sr, 91, of Middletown, passed away March 22, 2016, in the home where he was born surrounded by family.

Born Oct. 22, 1924, to James Franklin and Lucy Pleasant Hannah Judy. He was the last surviving of 10 children.

He married Anna Margaret Fleming on June 18, 1950, in Winchester. Anna preceded him in death in 2012.

Jim is survived by his children: daughter Lou Ann Thompson, son James W. Judy Jr and his wife Ashby, and daughter Robin ìBeanieî Bentley and her husband, Charlie. His daughter Cynthia J. Perry, preceded him in death in 2000.

Grandchildren: Matthew Thompson, Ryan Perry, Colby Perry and wife Katie, Blake Perry and wife Rachel, Lance Perry, Lacey Perry, James Judy III and wife Josie, Jessica Festa and husband Frank, Zachary Judy, Shelly Katz and husband Gene, Alex Bentley, Jared Bentley and John Bentley.

Great-grandchildren: Hunter Thompson, Trent Perry, Grace Perry, Berkeley Perry, Walker Perry, Avalynn Larrick, Jamilee Festa, Julianna Festa, Savannah Judy, James Judy IV, Sadie Judy and Yiannah Katz.

Jim graduated from Middletown High School in 1942. He was an active member and Sunday School teacher for many years at Reliance United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Methodist Menís Group. Jim was past worshipful master and 50-year member of Spurmont Lodge No. 98, A.F & A.M. He was a past patron of Spurmont Chapter No. 64 OES.

Jim was an inventor of the patented Judy Power Rake and owned and operated Judy Excavating & Landscaping for more than 50 years.

Jim played, pitched and coached the Middletown baseball team for many years and worked out with a Yankees farm team. He was a charter member of the Sherando Warrior Club and avid supporter of Sherando athletics.

A Masonic service was held Friday, March 25, at Jones Funeral Home, Winchester. A memorial service was held Saturday, March 26, at Reliance United Methodist Church with the Rev. Timothy E. Teates and the Rev. Linda Lowe officiating. Burial will be private.

The family would like to thank Blue Ridge Hospice and most especially Josie Judy for taking such loving care of our father during his final days.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester VA 22601; Sherando Warrior Club, 185 S. Warrior Drive, Stephens City, VA 22655; or Shepherd Baseball, 301 N. King St., Shepherdstown, W.Va. 25443.



Goldie W. McDonald


Goldie Frances Williams McDonald, forever 39 years old, of Strasburg, passed away Friday, March 25, 2016, at her residence in her husband Augieís loving arms.

A funeral service for Mrs. McDonald was conducted Tuesday, March 29, at Stover Memorial Chapel, Strasburg, with the Rev. Sonya Williams-Giersch officiating. Burial followed at Panorama Memorial Gardens.

She was born in Warren County, a daughter of the late Bessie Virginia Updike Williams, and was a retired bookkeeper with Funk & Crabill.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her daughter Candace G. Ferguson; her siblings Nelson Lyle Williams, Irene Lake, Amon Williams and great-grandchild Cody Childs.

Surviving are her husband, Roger L. "Augie" McDonald; daughter Donna Leeth and her husband Gary of Strasburg; son-in-law Tim Ferguson of Strasburg; grandchildren Wendy Williams and husband Tim "Tim-Bob," Landon Ritenour, Amanda Ritenour, Derek Miller and Brooke Miller and great-grandchildren, Taylor Childs and Kayla Williams.

Pallbearers were Landon Ritenour, Derek Miller, Tim Ferguson, Gary Leeth, Douglas Kern and Tim ìTim-Bobî Williams. Honorary pallbearer was Jeremiah Ferguson.

Memorials may be made to Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 347, Strasburg, VA 22657, Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 620, Strasburg, VA 22657 or the Humane Society of Shenandoah County, P.O. Box 173, Woodstock, VA 22664.



Aurora G. Napier


Aurora Gwen Napier, infant daughter of Adam and Michelle Napier, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016.

The family received friends Tuesday, March 29, at Maddox

Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private.

Surviving along with her parents are her siblings, Maximus Napier and Logan Napier; paternal grandparents Douglas W. and Kathy G. Napier of Front Royal; maternal grandparents John and Theresa Nemeth of Mahopac, N.Y.; and maternal great-grandparents John and Rose Nemeth and Carmela Colangelo all of The Bronx, N.Y.; and many aunts and uncles.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Theresa C. Nethers Day Care ℅ First Baptist Church, 14 W. 1st St., Front Royal, VA 22630.



Jean M. Ricketts


Jean M. Ricketts, 87, of Winchester, died Monday, March 28, 2016, at Warren Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Ricketts was born in 1928, in Virginia, the daughter of the late Gretna and Henry C. Manuel. She was a graduate of John Handley High School in Winchester.

Mrs. Ricketts was a receptionist at Winchester Memorial Hospital (now Winchester Medical Center) and a homemaker.

She attended Wesley United Methodist Church and Braddock Street United Methodist Church in Winchester.

She was a volunteer with Blue Ridge Hospice and the Winchester Medical Center.

Mrs. Ricketts enjoyed traveling with her husband, first all over the world while he was in the U.S. Navy, then later on Schrock Bus Tours, traveling all around the United States and Canada. She especially enjoyed trips to Florida in the winter.

She married George D. Ricketts Jr. on April 12, 1952, at Braddock Street United Methodist Church.

Surviving with her husband are her sons John E. Ricketts and Carlton D. Ricketts and his wife Jan; grandchildren, Marisa W. Lee and her husband Jeff, Mike R. Whitacre, Jeff M. Whitacre, Alizabeth C. Ricketts, Kyle B. Ricketts, Meredith P. Ricketts; great-grandchildren, Iris S. and William H. Lee.

Her sister Betty Eckman and brother Eddie Manuel preceded her in death.

Jean's family would like to thank all the caregivers who provided the love and support for their mother over the past few years.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel, Winchester. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel, with Dr. Mary Ricketts officiating. Interment will be in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester.

Memorial contributions in memory of Jean may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601.



Helen L. Robinson


Helen Lee Robinson, 89, of Front Royal, formerly of Winchester, passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at her daughter's home in Bentonville.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Panorama Memorial Gardens, 4917 Strasburg Road, with the Rev. Dottie Holden officiating.

Mrs. Robinson was born Nov.13, 1926 in Warren County, to the late Edward ìPeteî and Bertha Deavers Robinson.

She was a 1944 graduate from the Warren County High School. She retired from Winchester Medical Center as an admitting clerk after more than 25 years of service.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Davner Robinson and sister-in-law, Margie Robinson.

Survivors include three daughters, Connie Jenkins and her husband Junior of Bentonville, Susan Judd and her husband David Grizzel of Bunker Hill, W.Va., and JoAnne Smith and her husband Harry of Front Royal; two brothers, Clistis Robinson of Saginaw, Texas, and Billy Robinson and his wife Juanita of Front Royal; five grandchildren, Sheri Johnson (Jim), Gina Jenkins, James Judd (Melissa), Charlie Smith (Melissa) and Aaron Smith (Brenda); seven great grandchildren, Joanna Foster (Robbie), Brian Jenkins, Christopher Smith (Michelle), Michael Smith, Nicholas Smith, Olivia Judd and Aliza Judd; two great great grandchildren, Zoey Smith and Brayden Foster. She is also survived by her beloved nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers will be James Judd, Charlie Smith, Aaron Smith, Jim Johnson and Robbie Foster.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601.

Arrangements by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal.



John D. Willingham Jr.


John Dalton Willingham Jr., 71, of Warren County, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016, in his home.

A funeral service was held Saturday, March 26, at Maddox Funeral Home with Pastor Steven Schetrom officiating. Interment followed in the Prospect Hill Cemetery with military honors.

John was born on Jan. 29, 1945, in Front Royal, son of the late John Dalton Willingham Sr. and Pearl Lee Updike Willingham.

John was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam era. He worked many years for Avtex Fibers until its closing and retired as a trucker from Rappawan and Git-R-Done Trucking.

Surviving are two daughters, Gail Addison (John) and Ashley Willingham (Rodney); one brother Dennis ìGeneî Willingham (Carolyn); one sister, Lois Whitehead (Allen); three grandchildren, Kaelyn Willingham-Beran, Michael Addison and Johnny Addison; one great-granddaughter Serenity Addison; and several nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his brother Donald Willingham.

Pallbearers were Gail Addison, Ashley Willingham, John Addison, Johnny Addison, Greg Willingham and Rodney Torp.

Memorial donations may be made to Shenandoah Oncology c/o Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W. Main St., Front Royal, VA 22630. Please make checks payable to Shenandoah Oncology, and include for Patient Need Fund in the memo line.


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