John Marvin Garr John Marvin Garr passed away at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sunday, February 17, 2013, at the age of 88. He was born on February 25, 1924, to John Henry and Mary May Garr in Orange, Virginia. John married Barbara Lee Vawter in Louisa County on August 3, 1962. He was a Sergeant in the United States Army Air Force during World War II, serving on le Shima. Returning to Culpeper, he was employed by the C & P Telephone Company/Bell Atlantic, retiring after 38 years of service. He was a member of the Culpeper Host Lions Club for a number of years, served as President for one term; member of the Verizon Telephone Blue Ridge Chapter; a life member of the Veterans of Foreign War, serving one term as Commander for VFW Post 2524; and was former member of the Germanna Foundation and the Madison County Historical Society. John was chairman of Keep Virginia Beautiful Committee, representing Culpeper when the Town of Culpeper took first place and was named the number one small town in America; served on the Culpeper Town Council for 16 years, serving on various committees, chairman of the finance committee; served as chairman of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Planning District Commission representing the Town of Culpeper. After his retirement from the telephone company, John did volunteer work at Culpeper Regional Hospital and was a faithful member of the Culpeper Baptist Church. John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Lee Vawter; daughter, Margie Anna Garr, and son, Daniel Roberts Garr and Gabrielle DiGiandomenico, all of Culpeper; a stepson, Samuel L. Cave Jr. of Springfield, Virginia; stepdaughter, Dorothy Ann Leon and her husband, John Anthony Leon Jr. of High Point, North Carolina; granddaughter, Hayley Nicole Garr of Culpeper; step grandchildren, Jonathan Patrick Mitchell of Herndon, Virginia, Samara Suzanne Collins and her husband, Kyle Collins, of Charlotte, North Carolina, Molly Janan Corvin and her husband, Andrew, of Roanoke, Virginia, Julianne Bree Leon of Greensboro, North Carolina, Andrew Bryan Leon of Shelby, North Carolina; siblings, Kenneth Ray Garr of Culpeper, Mary Jean Craye of Fredericksburg, Homer Grey Garr of Chester and Jesse James Garr of Richmond. In addition to his parents, his siblings, Elizabeth Breeden, Herbert Hoover Garr and Erma Louise Waugh, preceded John in death. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, 2013, at Fairview Cemetery in Culpeper, with Pastor David Williamson officiating and military honors provided by VFW Post 2524 and American Legion Post 330 Honor Guards. Following interment, the family will gather back at Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 South West Street for a time of food and fellowship. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to the Fauquier County SPCA, P.O. Box 733, Warrenton, VA 20188. Condolences mat be given at clore-english.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA 22701.
This obituary was originally published in the Culpeper StarExponent.