Obituaries — Warren County

Christopher C. Cullers

Christopher Craig Cullers passed away at his home in Hammonton, N.J., on Sunday, April 3, after a nearly three-year battle with cancer.

Chris was born May 23, 1964, in the Bronx, N.Y., the son of Shamsi Cullers, of Clearwater, Fla., and Bob and Pat Cullers, Front Royal.

After graduating from Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa., he spent his working career at Custom Lawn Care in Port Republic, N.J. The landscaping and fencing business was founded by his father-in-law, Dick Grove, also one of the country's leading antique duck decoy dealers. When he retired, Chris and his partner, Jarrod Grove, ran the company for nearly 20 years.

Chris was an avid fisherman and deer and duck hunter, including many floats on the Shenandoah River with his father. He made trips to Front Royal to visit his grandmother, Gae Cullers on Lee Street.

Surviving with his mother, father, and stepmother, are his ex-wife, Cindy Gove Cullers of Margate, N.J.; two daughters, Morgan Cullers, completing her master's degree at Stockton University, Port Republic; and Haily Cullers, a rising senior at Berklee School of Music in Boston; and his sister Suesan Cullers Sullivan, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Gae Cullers and a sister, Dina Cullers.

Funeral services were held April 8 at St. Paulís Methodist Church in Port Republic, with burial following in the church cemetery.

Durward E. Fox Jr.

Durward Eugene ìJuniorî Fox Jr., 75, of Front Royal, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Winchester Medical Center.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, April 26, at Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Fox was born on Dec. 7, 1940, in Wolf Summit, W.Va., to the late Rev. Durward Eugene Fox Sr. and Edith Bailey Fox.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Edward Fox.

Survivors include his three sisters, Phyllis Henry of Front Royal, Margaret Summers and her husband David of Fairview, W.Va., Linda Underwood and her husband Jimmie of Front Royal; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association at

Arrangements were by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal.

Charles R. Fristoe

Charles Russell Fristoe — "Charlie" to everyone who knew him — of Front Royal passed away on Tuesday, April 26, after a brief illness. He was 94.

He was an active member of the Front Royal Presbyterian Church. During World War II, he served in India with the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war he served in the Air Force Reserves, retiring with the rank of master sergeant after 33 years of service. He worked at Avtex Fibers for more than 35 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Loma Roope Fristoe; two brothers, John Milton Fristoe and Forrest William Fristoe; and a sister, Evelyn Grace Duckworth.

He is survived by a sister, Ruth Ellen Austin; his favorite daughter, Kathryn F. Gilliam of Front Royal; his favorite son, Terry Wayne Fristoe and wife Patricia Fristoe of Front Royal; two grandsons, Rob Traister and Aron Fristoe; four granddaughters, Laura Gilliam, Evan Dalton, Mary Gilliam and Kellyn Sawyers; and eight great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Edward C. Dawkins will lead a celebration of Charlieís life at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church. The service will be followed by a reception at the church.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Front Royal Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal.

Carl G. Rowland

Carl Gene Rowland, 60, of Bentonville, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Maddox Funeral Home, conducted by Pastor Beth Glass. The family will receive friends after the service until 4 p.m.

Mr. Rowland was born Jan. 4, 1956, in Arlington, son of the late Robert Gene Rowland and Betty Lois Bunch Huber. He retired as a plumber.

Surviving are his life partner Joyce Easter; one daughter Michele Kornicker of Pottstown, Pa.; two brothers, Robert Dean Rowland and wife Debbie of Manassas and James Lee Rowland of Casselberry, Fla.; one sister, Sherrie Jeanette VanBuren and husband Mark of Bealeton; and one grandson, Chase Greenwalt. Along with his parents, Mr. Rowland was preceded in death by his brother David Kyle Rowland.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or

Helen M. Shipe

Helen Mae Shipe, 88, of Woodstock, passed away April 13, 2016, at Royal Haven Nursing Home, Front Royal.

A graveside service was held Tuesday in Fairview Cemetery in Gore. Burial followed the service.

Arrangements were being handled by Phelps Funeral and Cremation Service, Winchester.

Edith M. Williams

Edith Marie Williams, 91, of Chester Gap, was called home to be with her Lord and Saviour on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, at her home.

A gathering of friends and family and celebration of her life were held Saturday, April 23, at Chester Gap Baptist Church, with Pastor Mike McCartney officiating. Interment followed the service in the Williams Family Cemetery in Chester Gap.

Edith was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Chester Gap, to the late Daniel H. and Ethel Elkins Williams. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Albert Randolph Williams in 2008; a daughter, Frances Mae Williams Rudacille in 2013; brothers, James Williams and Raymond Dulin; and numerous half-brothers and half-sisters.

As a young woman, Edith dispatched calls for the newly established Chester Gap Fire Department. She was employed by American Viscose and Old Virginia Packing Co. and was a member of Chester Gap Baptist Church.

Edith leaves behind to cherish her memory four children and their spouses, Betty and Floyd Lilly and Randy and Teresa Williams of Chester Gap; Shirley and Bill Prosser of Inwood, W.Va.; and Greg and Lisa Williams of Front Royal; son-in-law, John Rudacille of Winchester; five special grandchildren, Jim Lilly of Front Royal; Angela Davis and husband Billy of Browntown; Jake Williams of Newport News; Amy Mawyer and husband Timmy of Strasburg and their unborn child; and Emily Williams of Blacksburg; three loving great-grandchildren, Lauren Lilly of Culpeper; Logan Davis and Nicholas Davis of Browntown; one great great-child, Anekah Lilly of Culpeper; one sister, Effie Foster of Culpeper; numerous nieces and nephews; and her adored birds, Al and Nicky.

Pallbearers were Billy Davis, Jake Williams, Timmy Mawyer, Logan Davis, Nicholas Davis, Dale Williams, Ronnie Williams and Larry Settle.
Honorary pallbearers were Angela Davis, Amy Mawyer, Emily Williams and Lauren Lilly.

Edith always made sure visitors never left her house hungry and even though she taught us how to cook, no matter how many times we attempted them, we were never able to replicate her dishes.

We will always cherish times we spent with you, especially our Sunday lunches after church, but we are comforted knowing that you are now reunited with your beloved husband and cherished daughter.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to the Frances Mae Rudacille Scholarship Fund at Chester Gap Baptist Church, 41 Waterfall Road., Chester Gap, VA 22623.

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