John H. Smedley, Sr.

August 24, 2012

Smedley, Sr., John Obituary

John H. Smedley, Sr., 64, of Front Royal, Virginia, died Friday, August 24, 2012, at Wnchester Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 1st, at 11:00 a.m. at the Riverton United Methodist Church (map/directions) conducted by the Rev. Michael Derflinger.  Burial will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery (map/directions).

Mr. Smedley was born September 25, 1947, in the Johnson’s Nursing Home in Front Royal, son of the late Charles Lewis “Sheep” Smedley and Myrtle Mae Rudacille Smedley.  He was the Commissioner of Revenue of Warren County for 24 years.  Previously he was employed as Tax Assessor for Warren County, as an independent distributor for The Washington Post, owner/operator of The Blue Ridge Market, and employed at Warren Quality Shop.

Mr. Smedley was a member of the Virginia Association of Assessing Officers, Commissioner of the Revenue Association of Virginia, Commissioner of the Revenue Executive Board-past member, Virginia Association of Local Elected Constitutional Officers, West Central Commissioner of the Revenue Association, Virginia Association of Local Tax Auditors, Izaak Walton League - Treasurer for twenty-one years, Warren County Republican Committee, Riverton United Methodist Church – President of the Men’s Group, past member of the Front Royal Rotary Club served as Treasurer for six years, and was a Paul Harris Fellow, past member of the Front Royal-Warren County Jaycees serving as President and won the Outstanding Young Man of Warren County and Outstanding Young Man of America in 1975, former member of the Chamber of Commerce of Front Royal and Warren County.

Surviving are his wife Doris Ann Dodson Smedley; two sons John H. Smedley, Jr. and his wife Melissa of Fort Valley and Christopher Kelley Smedley and his wife Linda of Stephens City; two daughters Desiree Nicole Smedley of Front Royal and Jessica Lesley Margaret Smedley Pinker and husband Jason of Bristow; three brothers Donnie Milton Smedley, Winifred Lee “Win” Smedley, and Charles William “Shavey” Smedley all of Browntown; a sister Geneva Mae “Sally” Stogdale of Front Royal; eight grandchildren Brittney Kaye Fletcher, Alyssa Kathryn Smedley, Deadra Valexity Smedley, Diane Marie Smedley, Wesley Dwayne Smedley, Christopher Evan Smedley, John Preston Smedley, and Andrew Chase Turner; a great-granddaughter Valexity Mae Jo Jenkins; an aunt and uncle  Margaret and John Torrence; a sister-in-law Jimmye Ann Dodson; and thirteen nieces and nephews Tamara Lee “Tammy” Buracker, Trey Dodson, Leonard Wayne Smedley, Danny Milton Smedley, Michael David Smedley, Deborah Lynn Dawson, Lori Ann Barnett, William Lee Smedley, Charles Martin Smedley, Bryan Beavers Smedley, Jason Bradley Smedley, Walter Lee Vickers, Jr., and Kimberly Vickers Shifflett.  He was preceded in death by a brother Leonard Louis Smedley and a sister Lois Ann Smedley.

Pallbearers will be Dominic Repici, Richard Campbell, Wendall Davis, Norman Shiflett, David Blanton, Ralph Smith, Burt Sours, and Jesse “J.R.” Dove.


Honorary pallbearers will be staff members of the Commissioner of the Revenue Office; Crystal Jarvis, Emily Jordan, Deanna Heishman, Roy Boyles, Linda Fuller, Chrissy Thomas, Vivian Lake, and Sherry Sours.


The family will receive friends on Friday from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Riverton United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riverton United Methodist Church, 55 East Strasburg Rd., Front Royal, VA  22630.

Services are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home.


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August 31, 2012

Visitation - Riverton United Methodist Church, Front Royal - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


September 1, 2012

Funeral Services - Riverton United Methodist Church, Front Royal - 11:00 a.m.


September 1, 2012

Burial - Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal

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