Carl L. Plum

Carl L. Plum of Woodstock, VA passed away Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester after a battle with lymphoma.

Born June 2, 1934, he was 81 years old and lived every moment to the fullest.  All his family and friends know that no words can describe what an understanding and caring person he was and will always carry a special memory of him in their hearts.

After graduating from Shenandoah High School in 1953, he joined the army for two years, then continued his education getting a BA in Secondary Education from Shepherd College, WVA in June 1959, and Masters of Arts in Education from Madison College in Harrisonburg, VA in 1962.

His 33 year education career began in Shenandoah County as the first head football coach at Central High School in 1959, followed by 4 years as principal at Edinburg Elementary, 14 years as principal at Central High School and concluded as Supervisor of Transportation for the Shenandoah County Public Schools.

In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by Lynn Nicholas Plum, the youngest of three sons.

He was a Loving husband to his wife Etta Frances for 60 years.  Surviving are his two sons, Dennis and Gary Plum; four grandchildren, Morgan, Katie, Matthew and MaKenna; sister, Helen Wolverton; nephew, Russell Wolverton; brother-in-law, Kinley Comer and wife Cheryl, Allen and David Comer and several cousins.

Carl was a member of Antioch Church of the Brethren and a devoted servant and friend within the church family.

Memorial service will be Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Antioch Church of the Brethren, Woodstock, VA.  Pastors George Bowers and Stephanie Litten will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shenandoah Animal Shelter in Edinburg, Va or Antioch Church of the Brethren, Woodstock, VA.

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12 Condolences to Carl L. Plum

  1. Lisa Pence Simmons says:

    I remember Mr. Plum and his kind and gentle nature as my principal at Edinburg Elem and again later at CHS. Our families also spent time together on picnics or day trips. All are wonderful memories. My deepest sympathy to the Plum family.

  2. Ann B. Lloyd says:

    Coach Plum was a kind and considerate man who helped all six of us Baber children make it through the rigors of high school as well as coaching Marvin, the oldest, in football. He went out of his way to help and assist us in many ways, all deeply appreciated and remembered these many years later. “Well done, my good and faithful servant” are the words God greeted him with. Rest in peace and know that you will be long remembered. Thank you to each member of his family for sharing him with all of us throughout his long career. He was a person who truly made a difference.

  3. Edna Whitmer says:

    I worked at Central for a few years and enjoyed being around him. Prayers for the family.

  4. Jan Robinson says:

    The class of 1953 Shenandoah High School, has lost a leader and a dear friend. We will miss him terribly. Any event, he was always there unless there was a conflicting family matter. No words can express the sorrow I feel. Prayers to Etta and sons.

  5. Janet (Lillard) Smith says:

    Please accept my sympathy, Mrs. Plum, Dennis, Gary and family members. Mr. Plum was an encouraging school principal and, more importantly, a good man.

  6. jania jones fravel says:

    I remember Mr Plum as a soft spoken, understanding man who was always willing to listen to both sides of the story and was always fair and compassionate in his discipline. May God give you peace and comfort in the days, weeks and months to come and may memories of times spent with him give you joy. Its not goodbye, its till we meet again.

  7. Eric and Dawn Stalbird Estep says:

    Mr. Plum was the Principal at Central when the Class of 79′ attended school and he always roamed the halls with a smile on his face and a positive attitude to back it. Our condolences to the family for their loss and may they find comfort in knowing that God has surely received another angel. Rest in Peace Mr. Plum and God Bless your family.

  8. Deepest sympathy to the family of Carl Plum. Mr. Plum was principal when I was in high school (Class of ’80) and he always had a warm smile and greeting!! I think he considered everyone in his school to be his “kids” and that special feeling to the students will always be a part of our memories. RIP to a great and caring man. Hugs and prayers to his family.

  9. Vicki (Hodges) Powell says:

    Mr. Plum was a genuine leader with a calm demeanor, full of reliability and integrity. Although my interactions with him were from afar, I looked up to him. Even with little contact – upon seeing him in the school, he made the eye to eye exchanges in which I haven’t forgotten. His presence made school a safe place for me because during that time in my life I needed a highly regarded leader for me to follow. To all of you that have been touched by him from afar or closely in his family, carry his goodness forward and allow that to be his legacy. May God Bless you and keep you forever!

  10. Lisa Whittington Kiracofe says:

    Mr. Plum was a very kind and gentle leader of CHS. He treated everyone fairly and was well respected. Praying you find comfort in the memories you have created with this wonderful man. Rest in peace Mr. Plum.

  11. Carla Vann Lewis says:

    My prayers and thoughts are with your family at this difficult time. I graduated from Central in 1978 and fondly remember Mr. Plum as a dedicated and kind leader.

  12. Jerry Richman says:

    I remember Mr Plum as principal when I graduated from Central in 1978. Condolences to the family.