Jesse L. Puffenbarger
1937 - 2021
Bear Funeral Home
14 Green Hill Ln
Churchville, VA
Jesse L. Puffenbarger

Churchville - Jesse Lee Puffenbarger, 84, of Churchville, died Wednesday (July 28, 2021) in King's Daughters' Community Health and Rehab Center.

Born January 6, 1937 in Highland County, he was a son of Eli and Ida Jane (Eckard) Puffenbarger. Jesse was employed by VDOT for many years, retiring as a painting supervisor. Jesse loved gardening, hunting and following NASCAR. A skilled "backyard mechanic," he enjoyed restoring numerous older-model cars and trucks. He was a member of Jerusalem Chapel United Brethren in Christ Church.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, George Wilmer Puffenbarger and Raymond Carl "Jack" Puffenbarger; three sisters, Cleta Jane Smith McCray, Ruby Pearl Spitzer and Margaret "Arlene" Hodge; and a special friend, Cecilia Byrd Mays.

Surviving are two children, Earl Puffenbarger and wife Terry of Staunton and Darla Whitley and husband Ray of Stuarts Draft; a brother, Charles "Bud" Puffenbarger of Staunton; a sister, Norma Jean Eutsler and husband Homer of Staunton; three grandsons, Brett Puffenbarger and wife Jody, A. J. Whitley and Philip Whitley; numerous nieces and nephews; the mother of his children, Opal Griffin Goble of Stuarts Draft; and his two furry friends, Chip and Amber.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 31 in Jerusalem Chapel United Brethren in Christ Church, officiated by Pastors Mark Tinsley and Denny Sites.

Memorials may be directed to Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center, 1001 Mt. Torrey Rd., Lyndhurst, VA 22952.

Bear Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Published by The News Leader from Jul. 28 to Jul. 31, 2021.
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