Leesburg, VA Obituaries

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Geralene Sylvia (Canard) Leach

Geralene Sylvia (Canard) Leach, 77, of The Plains, VA, passed away on September 9, 2021 after a lengthy illness. Known to most as Gerri, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. She was born on December 28, 1943 to the late Horace(Sr) and Cora Canard. After marrying and graduating from Marshall High School, she went on to be an employee of the Federal Government for several years. After the birth of her second child, she retired to become a full time Homemaker. Gerri enjoyed cooking, baking, and spending time with her family and friends. She was also fond of her pets, tending to flower beds, and local day trips. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, David Leach Sr; four children, David (II), Randall, Darryl, and Dana Leach; two grandchildren, Amanda and Taylor Leach, and one great grandson, Trenton Padgett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four siblings, Horace (Bud) Canard Jr, Dorothy (Canard) Williams, Betty (Canard) Walters, and William (Billy) Canard. The family will receive friends on Monday, September 20 from 6pm-8pm at Royston Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 21 at 1pm. Interment will follow at the Marshall Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Baptist Church of Warrenton, VA,and/or The Plains Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Arrangements by Royston Funeral Home, Marshall,VA.
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Peter H. Dougherty

Peter Hansen Dougherty, 68, died Sept. 12, 2021 at his home in Sarasota, Florida. Unlike most events in his life, his death was completely unexpected and came as a shock to all who knew and loved him. Pete was born on Jan. 19, 1953 in Bronx, NY. He grew up and attended school in West Patterson, New Jersey where he began forming lifelong friendships from Kindergarten through his high school graduation. He pursued his college education at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia where he served as class president and a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He also served on their Board of Trustees and was a founding member of the National Alumni Council. Pete was married to Sandy (Helsel) on Aug. 17, 1974 until her death in 2006. He then reconnected with a childhood friend, Jan and they were married on June 30, 2007 until his death. He was blessed to have two women who loved him fiercely and supported him in all of his passions. We only wish they could have convinced him to stop wearing socks with sandals. But alas, they did their best! Pete was the father to Megen Boyle (husband David), Bryan Dougherty (wife Emily), and Elizabeth Dougherty and stepfather to Dan Stewart. He was the grandfather to Gavan McDaniel, Adam Artzer V, Olivia Boyle and Addison Boyle. Let's not forget the love he had for his cats Beans and Leah. In addition to being survived by his wife Jan, children and grandchildren, he is survived by his sisters Susan and Margaret and numerous nieces and nephews. Pete lived the majority of his adult life in Charles Town, WV where was a constant contributor to the community. He began his career in Jefferson County where he worked in the parole and probation offices before serving as a magistrate from 1977-1983. He then worked serving former Congressman Harley Staggers, Senator Jay Rockefeller IV until transitioning to the Department of Veterans Affairs where he served as the first national director of Homeless Veterans programs and the interim director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and acting deputy assistant secretary of government affairs. He also was a member and President of the Jefferson County Board of Education for 25 years, including 21 years as President. It is fitting that he ended his career the same place it began serving as Sheriff of Jefferson County from 2013 to 2020. Pete was selfless in his desire to serve his community and made it his lifelong dream to always contribute wherever he could. What a mark he left behind to the causes he was able to be a part of. The Charles Town Kiwanis Club, local Boy Scout troops, Asbury United Methodist Church, Jefferson Community Ministries, multiple Homeless Veterans organizations, D&E College, the WV promise advisory board are just a few of the causes he volunteered for. He took great honor in sponsoring the Jefferson County Teacher of the Year so they could participate in Leadership Jefferson. Pete led by example his entire life. He led with grace, compassion, and unwavering love and support of which his wife, children and family could not be more proud. There will be a service at Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town, WV at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 19, 2021. Following the service, please join us for a celebration of his life at 5 p.m. at Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, Virginia. In lieu of flowers and donations, please volunteer for a cause, help a neighbor, lend a hand. Donations can also be made for the Pete Dougherty Scholarship Fund which will provide educational scholarships for post secondary education at Davis & Elkins College for Jefferson County students. c/o Bryan Dougherty, 128 Baltusrol Dr. Charles Town, WV 25414.
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John W. Presley

John Wiley Presley, 71, of Harpers Ferry, WV, departed this life Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 at Reston Hospital in Reston, VA. He was born in Jenkinjones, WV on June 1, 1950, to the late James Louie and Bessie Jones Presley. He attended schools: Jenkinjones Elementary, Anawalt Jr. High, and Gary High School where he graduated from in 1967. Following graduation, he attended Bluefield State College, and then decided to join the United States Air Force where he served for 4 years and was honorably discharged in 1972. He then relocated to the Northern Virginia area where he became employed with the Department of the Navy as a Boiler Plant Supervisor. After 26 years of service, he retired in 2010. In addition, John was also a retired member of Steamfitters Local Union 602. After retirement, he enjoyed hitting the golf course to improve his swing, taking pictures, planning and attending Reunions, but most of all, spending time with his family.
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Hazel Irene "Skeeter" Bussard

Boonsboro, MD — Hazel Irene “Skeeter” Bussard, 88, of Boonsboro, MD passed away on Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, MD. She was born on September 13, 1932 in Clarke County, VA to the late Calvin Luther and Clara Rebecca McDonald Armel. She was preceded in...

Brandi Ann Lash, September 6

Brandi Ann Lash, 29, died tragically on Labor Day, September 6, 2021, from a boating accident in the water by Hatteras & Ocracoke Islands, NC. Born on April 7, 1992, in Reston, VA she was the youngest daughter of Leslie and Rick Lash and sister to Brittany and to her deceased oldest sister, Tiffany who sadly died on April 11, 2018.

Mary Lou Langlet

Mrs. Mary Lou Langlet passed away on September 9, 2021. She departed this life at her homestead in Charles Town, West Virginia, surrounded by her loving son, Mark Langlet, and her wonderful caretakers, Deanna and David Smith. Mary Lou was born on December 8, 1927, to John and Louella Lovelace....

Larry Kinch Bowman of Lovettsville, Virginia, formerly of Shippensburg

Larry Kinch Bowman passed away at the age of 73 on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at his home in Lovettsville, Virginia. Larry is survived by his loving children, Kelsea Bordoe of Round Hill, Virginia, Kevin Bowman of Austin, Texas, and Kim Williams (Joey) of Purcellville, Virginia; his grandchildren, Nora and Logan Williams; his brothers, Gary Bowman, Don Bowman and Steve Bowman; and his sister, Shirley Perry. He is also survived by his former spouse, Linda Bowman.

James L. Taylor

James L. Taylor passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Jim or Coach Taylor as he was affectionately known, attended Eagle Avenue Elementary School in Charles Town and graduated from Page-Jackson High School. After graduating high school, Taylor enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Korean War. After serving...
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Tammy Michele Simpson

Tammy Michele Simpson of Marshall, VA, left this world unexpectantly on Monday, September 6, 2021, to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Tammy was born on May 31, 1966, in Winchester, VA to Ralph and Jane Williams. Tammy was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She was known for her kind soul and loving hugs.
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Kathy M. Cogle

Kathy M. Cogle, 72, of Charles Town, WV passed away Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV. Born April 18, 1949 in Brunswick, MD, she was the daughter of the late Earl Harper and Beulah Thompson Harper. She was a member of Silver Grove United Methodist...

Lillian Elnora Whiting Wood

On August 27, 2021, Lillian Elnora Whiting Wood "Lil", 87, a retired Marine Corps civilian of 51 years and 50-year resident of Annandale, Va., died of congestive heart failure and chronic kidney disease. She was born in East Millsboro to Forrest and Elizabeth Whiting. She was preceded in death by...

Larry Kinch Bowman

Larry Kinch Bowman passed away at the age of 73 on September 2, 2021 at his home in Lovettsville, VA. Larry is survived by his loving children, Kelsea Bordoe of Round Hill, VA, Kevin Bowman of Austin, TX, Kim Williams (Joey) of Purcellville, VA, his grandchildren Nora and Logan Williams, his brothers Gary Bowman, Don Bowman, and Steve Bowman and his sister Shirley Perry. He is also survived by his former spouse, Linda Bowman.
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Wilton "Skip" Royston

Wilton “Skip” Royston passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord Saturday, September 11, 2021, under the wonderful care of Blue Ridge Hospice of Winchester. Skip was born on January 1, 1939, in Millwood, VA the son of the late Wilton Raymond Royston and Charlotte Brown Royston. Skip is survived by his loving wife Dorothy J. Royston of 61 years; two children, Tony Royston and wife Tracy Royston of Martinsburg, WV; Lisa Jones of Berryville, VA; four grandchildren, Samantha Royston, Allyson Royston, Joshua Jones, and Daniel Jones; and two great-grandchildren.

Senga Margaret Merry Reid

Senga Margaret Merry Reid, 87, of Ashburn, Virginia died on September 8, 2021. Mrs. Reid will be interred in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Bluemont, Virginia on September 18 at 10:00 a.m. Born in Glasgow, Scotland on September 29, 1933, she was the daughter of. Harold Smith and Agnes Dixon...
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James L. Taylor

James L. Taylor passed away Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Jim or Coach Taylor as he was affectionately known, attended Eagle Avenue Elementary School in Charles Town and graduated from Page-Jackson High School. After graduating high school, Taylor enlisted in the US Navy and served in the Korean War. After serving...

Betty Kilgour

After a bout with pneumonia that left her too weak to recover, Betty Kilgour, 90 years old, bid her family and friends good-bye and with faith and love breathed her last breath at home with her daughter, Jennifer, on Thursday, July 22nd. Betty Gene Litton Kilgour was born at home...
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William Sherrill Madison

On September 4, 2021, William Sherrill Madison left this life to meet whatever adventures await him in the great beyond. With the kindest smile and an un-judgmental heart, Will was one of those rare folks who had the ability to listen deeply to others, and to truly allow those around him to feel seen and heard. Will was also a man of many talents; he was an exceptional carpenter and an artistic woodworker. He was a wonderful and enthusiastic chef who delighted in creating delicious meals with his family. He was also a talented musician and enjoyed playing guitar and singing for friends and family.

Phyllis Ann Kaser

Phyllis Ann Kaser, 87, of Leesburg, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2021. Phyllis was born in 1933 in Clyde, Ohio to the late Louis and Laura Lafollette. She graduated from Freemont Ross High School in 1951 before attending the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing and receiving her diploma with a concentration in Pediatric Medicine in 1954.