Harold Andrew “Dukie” Racey

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.

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15 Condolences to Harold Andrew “Dukie” Racey

  1. Sam & Shirley Kibler says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Dukie passing away. He was a delight to be around and will be greatly missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family.
    May God continue to comfort and guide you.

  2. Roy A. Stokes says:

    A person like Dukie comes along very rarely in this world~ I certainly benefited from his warm example of humanity and will remember to be more patient, tolerant and caring…just like Dukie.

  3. Reva Buchanan says:

    To The Family,
    So sorry of Dukie’s passing He always had a great time playing music and most of all the hymns we learned as children, which all of us that sing know. You have my deepest sympathy
    Reva Buchanan Fort Valley,Va.

  4. Anna Orndorff Ruffner says:

    Duke and my dad Arthur Orndorff were friends .He was a very talented musician and he served the lord by singing the lords praises.he will be missed.Our prayers are with the family.God will help you as he helped us when our son Robbie went home to be with the Lord on august 11th ,2003.I know Duke is with the Lord now and He will have no more pain or sorrow.Randy and Anna Ruffner and family

  5. Anthony Eden says:

    Dorothy and I will forever miss Dukie and the wonderful music brother Al, Paul, and Louie played together. Dukie truly cared about everyone and never met a stranger. I will always remember the great fellowship we all had at bible study with Dukie and Robin. God Bless You Dukie

  6. Angie Watkins says:

    We did not have the pleasure of knowing “Duke” for very long as he just started working with Eagle Systems. When he first came in the office I remember commenting to others about how good natured and patient he was. I feel fortunate to have been able to meet him. My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire family. Angie Watkins – Eagle Systems, Winchester,Va.

  7. Pat Jones says:

    So sorry to hear about Dukie passing. He was a great person who loved his fellow man and God. Just know that he is with Jesus. He is already singing with the angels. Pat Jones Mt. Jackson, Va.

  8. Denise Vernon - Nationwide Truckers Insurance Service Inc. says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Harold “Dukie” Racey. We were fortunate enough to know Mr. Racey only two short years but he left an impression in our hearts. Mr. Racey always had a smile on his face and a kind word everytime he came by our office and he will be greatly missed. God Bless you Mr. Racey,

    Denise Vernon
    Nationwide Truckers Insurance Agency Inc.

  9. Charley & Friends Band says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

  10. Mike Mayhew says:

    When I met Dukie he was doing what he enjoyed so much.. playing his music with and for his friends. When I asked him if he would play a benefit his answer was “sure! ” Thank you Dukie, go with God

  11. The family of Jorge Pereira and Pedro Sanchez of Speedy's Auto Express says:

    We were very sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Harold Racey. It was a pleasure to have known him, and we send our prayers and sympathies to his family.

  12. The family of Jorge Pereira and the staff of Tony's Pizza says:

    Our hearts and prayers go with the family of Mr. Harold Racey at this difficult time.

  13. Patti Stickley says:

    Holly and Dale, Wayne and Tarilyn,
    Heartfelt sympathy to each of you and your families in the death of your dad. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. The Family of Julius & Janet Smith says:

    We are very sorry to hear of Dukie’s passing. But his music will live on in each and everyone of us. He is continuing his music with god. We will always have his music in our hearts. Dukie will be greatly missed. Ours prayers go out to his family.

  15. Sharon Fahnestock Creamer says:

    Dear Family
    I was sad to hear of Dukie’s passing BUT I know where Dukie IS. I seen his faith in action and know that he had a personal relationship with our Lord and savior. I too am family Dukie is my mother Ruth Feathers Fahnestock first cousin so that makes Dukie my second cousin. Love, prayers and God’s peace to the family. Sharon