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Wilbur Back Obituary

Wilbur Kennie Back STAUNTON

Wilbur Kennie "Pops" Back, 78, of Staunton, passed away on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at his residence.

He was born on May 5, 1934, in Staunton, the son of the late Robert Lloyd and Emma King (Cason) Back.

Mr. Back was an active member of Arbor Hill Church of the Brethren. He enjoyed spending time with his family, working on lawn mowers, gardening, auctions and butchering hogs with his brother Charlie every year in November.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby C. Back, who passed away on November 13, 1999; and sisters, Margie Gulley and Nancy Gayhart.

Survivors include daughters, Loretta Fitzgerald and companion, Richard Jefferson, of Staunton, Rebecca Ann Nelson and husband, Jeff, of Staunton, Connie Back and companion, Herman Gentry, of Hinton and Doris Wood and companion, Lloyd, of Staunton; son, Michael Back and companion, Dale Bagarus, of Craigsville; sister, Bonnie Hanger and husband, Johnnie, of Staunton; brothers, George Back and wife, Ora, of Asheville, North Carolina, Marvin Back and wife, Ellen, of Staunton, Frank Preston Back and wife, Dot, of Staunton and Charlie Back of Bridgewater, Virginia; grandchildren, Tiffany Mclear, Becky Lee Wood, Donald Wilson Lucas and Geoffery Byron Nelson; and great-granddaughter, Hailee Mclear.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, September 9, 2011, at Arbor Hill Church of the Brethren, 1473 Middlebrook Road, Staunton, with the Reverend Whitney Parrish officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Lawn Mausoleums and Memory Gardens in Staunton.

Active pallbearers will be J.T. Via, Jeff Miller, Charles Back Jr., Brian Fritz, Jerry Alley, Joey Simmons and Richard Jefferson.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, September 8, 2011, at the Staunton Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, 18 West Frederick Street in Staunton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hill Church of the Brethren, 1473 Middlebrook Road, Staunton, VA 24401.

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This obituary was originally published in the News Virginian.
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Published online on 9/8/2011 courtesy of News Virginian.