Harry Stanford Bemis, 97, of Woodstock, died Wednesday December 21, 2011 at Consulate Health Care of Woodstock.
He was born on September 28, 1914 in Toms Brook and was the son of the late Clarence Miller and Roberta Copenhaver Bemis. Harry spent his life being a dedicated farmer and took pride in being a Ford tractor mechanic. He was a member of Toms Brook United Methodist Church. The Woodstock Police Department personally elected him to be the Neighborhood Watchman and Mayor of Hisey Avenue. He enjoyed watching westerns, NASCAR, and listening to Johnny Cash. Many people know Harry by his love of sharing “tall tales” and his great sense of humor. He enjoyed his daily outings to McDonalds and Walmart for fellowship with family and friends.
Harry was married to the late June Crabill Bemis on March 25, 1933. Harry is survived by his daughter, Nancy Bemis Painter; special nephew, Joseph “J.B.” Crabill of Texas; grandson Michael Painter and wife Patty of Strasburg; granddaughter Glenda Funk and husband Robert “Bobby” of Toms Brook; and granddaughter Holly Markley and husband Darrin “Toby” of Edinburg; six great-grandchildren, Alicia Bly and husband Jeff; Gretchen Brill and husband Keith; Brigette and Hunter Funk; Whitney and Tucker Markley; and great-great-granddaughter Karaline Brill. He was preceded in death by his eleven siblings.
The family will receive friends Monday, December 26 at the Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock from 7 to 9:00 PM. The funeral will be at the same location on Tuesday, December 27 at 11:00 AM conducted by Pastor Howard Lutz. Burial will follow at Toms Brook Cemetery. Following the service the family will gather for food and fellowship at Toms Brook United Methodist Church.
Pallbearers will be James Bemis, Richard Beeler, John Racey, Paul Racey, Marvin “Buster” Burner, and Carroll Estep. Honorary pallbearers will be Helen Burner, Phoebe Ambrose, James Beidler, Jerry Miller, Mike Kline, Allen Cook, Wallace Murden, James Didawick, and Freddie Helsley.
Memorial contributions may be made to Woodstock Rescue Squad, 132 W Reservoir Road, Woodstock, Virginia 22664.