Daniel Winston Durrett, 85, of Lyndhurst, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at 1 p.m. from the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes. For those desiring to leave online condolences, sign the register book, please visit Reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.
Fred "Buddy" R. Stone, 85, was called to meet the Lord on Friday, February 7, 2020. He was born in Stuarts Draft on February 2, 1935, the son of the late Thomas L. Stone Jr. and Dorothy Howard Stone. Buddy graduated from Wilson Memorial High School with the class of 1953 and was retired from McQuay International. He was a volunteer at Augusta Health and had served as an Elder in Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church. He was a past President of the Fishersville Ruritan Club and for many years he coached little league sports. He enjoyed music, gardening and loved spending time with his family and his little dogs, Jenny and Jezebel. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Elizabeth Wampler Stone; his children, Josh and Teri, Jan and Larry, Jill and Charlie, and Joseph and Greg; his grandchildren, Stephanie and Kent, Jeremy and Trish, Jody and Hank, Jamey and Josh, Josh and Kay, Sara, and Kayla; his great-grandchildren, Kyle, Logan, Landon, Lauren, Clinton, Weston, Natalee, Brayden, Brody, Olivia, Oaklynn and Owen. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, February 9, 2020, in Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 30 Tinkling Spring Drive, Fishersville, with a Memorial Service to be held immediately following in the Sanctuary conducted by the Rev. Patrick Ryan and the Rev. Merle Fisher. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Augusta SPCA, 33 Archery Lane, Staunton, VA 24401 or to the Shenandoah House, c/o Augusta Health Foundation, P. O. Box 100, Fishersville, VA 22939. Share memories and condolences at www.charltonandgroomefuneralhome.com. In the event that Fred survived his wife he wrote the following humorous option for his obituary: He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 Yrs. Elizabeth. He is survived by many adoring lady friends and his family etc. etc. etc.
Ramona Kelly Tait, of Waynesboro, Va., passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 6, 2020, while surrounded by many of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and husband. She was born on January 21, 1930, in Drewry's Bluff, Va. to Gene Kelly and Helen Rainey Kelly. She was preceded in death by her four younger brothers, Darrell, Bill, Jerry, Pat and her three younger sisters, Ann, Doris, and Maurica. Ramona's father, was involved in major construction jobs during the very busy World War II period. Because of this her family moved a lot during her early years, but much of her formative years were spent in and around Chester, Virginia where she received her secondary education at Thomas Dale High School. Immediately following high school graduation, Ramona entered the work force as a major "bread winner" for her family of younger siblings. Ramona and Robert "Bob" A. Tait married April 6, 1957. During their 63 years of marriage, they had six children, Genie Tait ( Jim) Capps, Robert Kelly Tait of Chattanooga, Tenn., Andrew L. Tait of Staunton, Va., Thomas Tait, Teri Tait Conlon of Newport News, Va. and Laura Tait (Darrell Bradley) of Staunton, Va.; 10 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. In addition to many moves as a young child, she moved several times during her married life. She longed for "stability" in one home, and finally settled for over 30 years in her beloved home in Waynesboro. She always had one or two well-behaved pet dogs or cats in the house. She even had a small group of chickens as well-behaved pets in the backyard. Her favorites were Hilda (a very intelligent, big black German Shepard she had in the 1960's) and her last dog (Honey) remained her much loved members of the family. Ramona had a number of jobs as the family moved. She retired from the American Safety Razor in Verona, Va. in 1992. Generosity was always Ramona's strongest trait. All her life she has put "others needs" ahead of her own. Even with limited resources, she found a way to provide a home for both parents and three sisters for extended periods. In addition, she was "home" for several of the grandchildren. She accomplished this while taking care of her own large family. Ramona was always the stabilizing force and "quiet strength" of her family. This angel is deeply loved and will surely be missed. The family thanks Dr. Jack Breaux , the caring nurses and staff at Augusta Health for the excellent and compassionate care through Ramona's final days. Also, a special thanks to the nurses and staff at the Shenandoah House for providing a gentle, caring environment that allowed our mother to pass peacefully. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020, at Charlton and Groome Funeral Home, 619 Lifecore Dr. Fishersville, followed by a Celebration of Life Ceremony at 2 p.m. Share memories and condolences at www.charltonandgroomefuneralhome.com.