Barbara June VanEpps, 82, of Enon, Va., passed away June 3 2014.

She was born on Aug. 17, 1931, in Belleville, N.Y., to the late Allen and Doris Brown. Barbara was raised in upstate New York and was a graduate of Belleville Central School, where she played basketball and was a cheerleader. She met Paul VanEpps and was married in Belleville, N.Y., on Aug. 25, 1951. They started their adventure as a couple in France, and resided in Illinois, Texas, Florida, New York and finally resided in Virginia in 1968. Barbara was active member of the Bermuda Hundred United Methodist Church, and was one of the original teachers at the Bermuda Hundred Preschool. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed being around children. She enjoyed camping and traveling and walks in the neighborhood. She also enjoyed having visits from family and friends as their home became a destination point for travelers. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Paul, in 2011, and her sisters Marcia Clark and Carolyn MacVean.

Barbara is survived by five children, Robert A. VanEpps and wife, Jenny, of Panama City, Fla., Richard P VanEpps and wife, Cathy, of Wanyesboro, Va., Sheron J. Denoff of Chesterfield, Va., Roger J VanEpps and wife, Danette, of Omaha, Neb., and Randal B VanEpps and wife, Susan, of Leesburg, Va.; 12 grandchildren, Carol (Andy), Christopher, Matthew, Eric (Emily) Laura, Paul (Blair), Phillip (Elena), David, Scott, Amanda, Byron and Caroline; two great-grandchildren, Edward, Virginia.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Bermuda Hundred United Methodist Church, 2025 Florence Ave., Chester, VA 23836. The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall following the service. Condolences may be registered online at

Funeral Home

J.T. Morriss & Son Incorporated
3050 West Hundred Road Chester, VA 23831
(804) 748-2500

Published in The Progress-Index on June 5, 2014