Pastor Richard Harrison Yowell (1970 - 2018)

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Pastor Richard Harrison Yowell, 48, of Timberville, VA, was found at peace July 7, 2018.

He was born February 15, 1970 in Warrenton, VA to the late James Richard and Elizabeth Kehoe Yowell.

Richard was the pastor at Mt. Olivet Church of the Brethren in Timberville, and former pastor at Cedar Run Church of the Brethren.

He was a U.S. Army veteran during Desert Storm.

He received his associate degree from Lord Fairfax Community College in education, his bachelor's degree from JMU in psychology, and was pursuing his master's degree in substance abuse counseling at Liberty University.

He was a moderator of the Shenandoah District Conference, a member of the Shalom Team of the Shenandoah Church of the Brethren, and a counselor at Cross Roads Counseling.

Richard was a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and an instructor. He was a brother of AXP fraternity at Longwood University.

He dedicated his life to helping those in need and serving countless in his ministry with weddings, funerals, and vigils for those in the community.

On June 15, 1996 he married the former Christal Hamons, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Parker Yowell and Jackson Yowell, both of Timberville; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth "Libby" Yowell of Timberville; one sister, Mary Liza Yowell of Kill Devil Hills, NC; one brother-in-law, Charles Hamons and wife Janice of TN; one niece, Jessica McGee of Timberville; one uncle and aunt, Duke and Lois Yowell of Marshall, VA; an aunt, Nancy Thompson of Front Royal, VA; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Pastor Glenn Bollinger will conduct a Celebration of Life at 10 a.m. Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Broadway High School Auditorium.

His body was cremated.

There will be no viewing or visitation at Grandle Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shenandoah District Church of the Brethren Outdoor Ministries Program, 4896 Armentrout Path, Keezeltown, VA 22832.

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Published in Northern Virginia Daily on July 12, 2018
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