Harold Andrew “Dukie” Racey, 72, of Woodstock passed away Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Warren Memorial Hospital. The funeral will be held Wednesday, September 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Liberty Baptist Church near Strasburg. Reverend Ron Stiefel and Pastor Joe Fleming will officiate. Burial will follow in Cedar Creek Christian Church Cemetery in Zepp.
Mr. Racey was born June 15, 1939 in Zepp, son of the late Carl Guy and Allie Mae Plaugher Racey. A 1958 graduate of Woodstock High School, Dukie started his career as a huckster with his dad and worked at Shaffer’s in Woodstock, Blue Ridge Poultry and VDOT. He was owner and operator of PTL Enterprises for 31 years. A lifetime member of Cedar Creek Christian Church, he served as Deacon, Sunday School Superintendant, Church Board Chair, member of Disciple of Christ Men’s Fellowship and cemetery committee. Dukie enjoyed sharing his musical abilities with others as a member of the Mountain Melody Band. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Emma Jean Whittington; sister, Loretta Mae Racey and brother, Carl G. Racey, Jr.
He is survived by his wife, Robyn G. Racey; six children, Wayne Andrew Racey and his wife, Tarilyn of Strasburg; Lisa R. Osborne and her husband, Mark of Hurt, VA; Teresa D. Borden and her husband, Darin of Woodstock; Melody R. Cook and her husband, Darrell of Edinburg; Holly A. Kingree and her husband, Dale F. of Woodstock and Anthony P. Hamrick and his wife, Tonya R. of Woodstock; sister, Eva R. Gochenour of Woodstock; fourteen grandchildren, Christopher L. Pangle, Marielle R. Fusaro, Derek E. Davis, Brannon C. Racey, Andrew S. Davis, Mark S. “Steven” Osborne II, Taylor R. Davis, Jeremiah “Tyler” Osborne, Jordan C. Davis, Allyson J.N. Borden, Trent A. Cook, Darin L. Borden Jr., Lindsey M. Hamrick and Levi W. Hamrick; three great grandchildren, Christopher Lee Pangle Jr., Colton Andrew Pangle and Destiny Faith Pangle; many nephews and nieces; and his beloved poodles, Bear and Precious.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be those who played music with him through the years and the 1958 graduating class of Woodstock High School.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at Liberty Baptist Church.
Dukie will always be remembered for his ministry of music, his generous heart, and love for people.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Harold “Dukie” Racey Memorial Fund, C/O of BB&T, 200 N. Main Street, Woodstock, VA 22664.