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EDITH LACKEYEdith McClung Lackey of Lexington passed away June 20, 2016, after a short stay at Golden Living Center in Buena Vista. She was born Sept. 16, 1920, in Fairfield to the late Romer Hansford and Myrtle Eakin McClung. Edith spent her whole life as a nurturer and caregiver. At the age of 18 upon graduation from Fairfield High School, she left home to travel to Clifton Forge, and be a caregiver for an elderly lady. She saved her money from that job and a waitress job to pay for one of her younger siblings to attend Business College. This was the continuing story through her life. Until two years before her death she made homemade bread and jam to take to new people in the neighborhood, prepared goodie boxes at Christmas which she delivered to all her friends in the community, and took care of ailing family members in her home. She volunteered as a Gray Lady at Stonewall Jackson Hospital, worked blood drives and provided after-hours service to the military with the American Red Cross. Edith taught the 3-year-old nursery at the Lexington Presbyterian Church for decades and traveled around the state teaching other Presbyterians the newest methods of instruction. Her “children” still remembered her fondly as she would relay anecdotes of their antics as 3-year-olds. She was a lifetime member of the Presbyterian Women and served in nearly every capacity on the board of that body and was a faithful circle member. She was a member of the Lexington Woman’s Club for 61 years until the time of her death. She led the club as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, Hospitality chair, Ways and Means chair, and historian. Edith loved the new, younger members and reminded others that these women were the life-blood of the club. She and Ralph mentored many newlyweds who chose to rent a small apartment from them. Although they had only one child by birth, they were surrogate parents to many young couples who still hold her dear. In 1944 she married Ralph Davidson Lackey who predeceased her in 2011 after 67 years of marriage. She is survived by one daughter, Cheryl Lackey Fairchilds and her husband J. Vern Fairchilds Jr. of Lexington; one grandson, Page Barnhart Fairchilds and his wife Holly Jo of Salem; and two great-grandsons, Isaac Ryan and Gabriel O’Brien Fairchilds of Salem. She is also survived by one sister, Polly Ann McClung of Staunton, and numerous nieces and nephews. Burial will be at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery Thursday, June 23, at 1:30 p.m. with a memorial service following at 2 p.m. at the Lexington Presbyterian Church. A reception will follow in Dunlap Auditorium where the family will receive family and friends. Visitors may call at the home of Cheryl and Vern Fairchilds, 40 Aerie Overlook, Lexington, at any time. Edith always valued educational opportunities and for this reason in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lexington Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund, c/o Jeanne Alexander, 1285 Brownsburg Tpk., Rockbridge Baths, VA 24473.
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GEORGE GANSZGeorge Lewis Gansz died peacefully on June 18, 2016, at his home in Mt. Vernon. He was 92.Born April 5, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pa., he graduated from Olney High School and apprenticed with his father as a church organist and choirmaster. He then served as an infantry officer in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, receiving the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Presidential Unit Citation. Following the war, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Temple University and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, both in music. Additionally, he earned Licentiate and Fellow degrees in music from University College London, and privately studied conducting under Eugene Ormandy, Pierre Monteux, and Fred Waring, and organ performance under E. Power Biggs.Embarking on a career in higher education, he notably taught at Lehigh University, Centenary University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Rutgers University, among others. He finished his career as music director at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, where he also retired and lived for over 40 years. His musical legacy lives on in his published choral and organ compositions that continue to be performed in the United States and Europe.He was preceded in death by his parents George Gansz and Irene Schloendorn Gansz, and his wife of 62 years Martha Sealey Gansz. He is survived by his sister Phyllis Gansz-Greene (Sam) of Yarmouth, Me.; daughter Elaine Gansz Bobo (Lee) and granddaughter Reese Bobo of Mt. Vernon; and son David Gansz (Regan Parker) and grandchildren Sarah Gansz and Dylan Boczar of Shepherdstown, W.Va.
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DORIS TOWLERDoris Wilson Towler, 83, of Buena Vista, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Golden Living Center. Born April 3, 1933, in Rockbridge County, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Jobie Wilson and Grace Cash Wilson.She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.She was also preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters. Surviving are her husband of 39 years, John E. Towler; daughters Gloria J. Nash and Cheryl D. Rochester (Randall E.); four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters Charlotte Campbell and Joyce Simpson; special family members Paul Davis, Jimmy Simpson, Tony Towler and Stevie Wilson; and numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service was conducted Friday, June 17, at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens by Pastor Sam Smith. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Buena Vista Rescue Squad.Arrangements were handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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RONALD MAUCK SR.Ronald Lynn Mauck Sr., 60, of Lexington died Friday, June 17, 2016, at his home.Born April 20, 1956, in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Ralph Leo Mauck and Hilda Hevener Fitzwater Mauck. Mr. Mauck retired from Overnite/UPS Freight after 35 years of service and was a dedicated member of the Fairfield Rescue Squad. Ronnie loved his Harley, his dog Jake, and his family. Surviving are one son, Ronald L. Mauck Jr. and wife Staci and their children, Casadee and Clayton; one daughter, Renee Mauck and her daughter Kaylee Davis; his children’s mother, Judy Mauck; brother, Tom Mauck and wife Betsy; special friend, Justin Dunn; and many nieces and nephews.In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in loving memory of Ronnie to the Effinger Volunteer Fire and Rescue or to a charity of your choice. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Wednesday, June 22, at Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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SARAH WALLINSarah Margaret Wallin, 100, of Lexington died Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Havenwood Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 10, 1915, in Rockbridge County, a daughter of the late Henry Wise Brown and Mattie Fix Brown. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emery Eldridge “Pop” Wallin; one sister, Virginia Brown; one brother, Tom Brown; and one niece, Rada M. Brown. Mrs. Wallin was a member of the Lexington Presbyterian Church, and she was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Margaret was a director for the USDA, and retired after 35 years of service. Surviving are three nephews, Ted Brown, Tom Brown and Henry Brown. A graveside service was conducted Saturday, June 18, at Oxford Presbyterian Cemetery by Dr. William Klein. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in loving memory of Margaret to the Oxford Presbyterian Church, 143 Oxford Lane, Lexington, VA 24450 or to the Lexington Presbyterian Church, 120 S. Main St., Lexington, VA 24450. Arrangements were by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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DELTON JARVISDelton Dewayne “Sam” “Whitey” Jarvis, 75, of Waco, Texas, formerly of Lexington, went to heaven Tuesday, May 24, 2016.He was born Nov. 15, 1941 in Lexington to the late Robert T. Jarvis and Edna Grow Jarvis Fix.He is survived by five children and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Also surviving are one brother, Robert “Randy” Jarvis; and three sisters, Sandra “Kay” Williams, Elizabeth “Betty” Porterfield and Vickie J. Long.A private memorial was held June 3 in Timber Ridge.
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MARY PATTERSONMary Elizabeth (Coyner) Patterson, 97, widow of William Frank Patterson II, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016, in Brightview Baldwin Park in Staunton.Mrs. Patterson was born on Jan. 4, 1919, in Waynesboro, a daughter of the late David Joseph and Booker (Brown) Coyner.In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Patterson was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Coyner; and three sisters, Nellie C. Harris, Lillian C. Pinkham and Lucille C. Phillippe.Mary was an active member of New Providence Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday school, served as an elder, clerk of the session and numerous other committees within the church. Mrs. Patterson retired from Rockbridge County School System as a teacher and educator and previously taught in the Augusta County School System. She was a founding member of “The Wednesday Club,” she enjoyed doing needlework, quilting, and working in her gardens.Surviving is a son, William Frank “Pat” Patterson Jr. and his wife Alice of Brownsburg; two daughters, Ann P. Shultz and her husband Fred of Mt. Crawford and Mary Tate Kenneally and her husband Yerry of Gainesville; five grandchildren, Sally LeCras and husband Tim, Will Patterson and wife Kirsten, Gregg Shultz and wife Gayle, Beth Childs and husband John, and Kelly Kenneally and husband Michael; 10 great-grandchildren, Garret Shultz, Grant Shultz, Greg “G.W.” Shultz, Matt LeCras, Sam LeCras, Will Childs, Ben Childs, Luke Childs, Jack Patterson and Betsy Patterson; and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.A memorial service was conducted Sunday June 19, in the New Providence Presbyterian Church by Rev. Dr. Bill Harris. Burial was private in New Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery.It is suggested those desiring make memorial contributions to the New Providence Presbyterian Church, 1208 New Providence Road, Raphine, VA 24472 or the March of Dimes, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605.Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive, Staunton, is in charge of her arrangements.Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.coffmanfuneralhome.net.
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