OBITUARY

Garry Wayne Foley

March 15, 1954August 4, 2018
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Garry Wayne Foley, age 64, of Fieldale, Virginia passed away on Saturday August 4, 2018. Garry was born March 15, 1954 to the late Frieda Ramsey Foley and Jesse Foley.

In addition to his parents, Garry was preceded in death by two sons, Damien Andrew Bennett Foley, and Sean Michael Foley.

Garry proudly served in the United States Air Force for four years and the Army Reserves for three. He dedicated 23 years of his life as a Boy Scout Leader and was also a member of Rangeley Ruritan Club. Garry worked many years as an occupational therapy assistant at Stanleytown and Blue Ridge Rehab. During his free time, he enjoyed watching baseball and football, and was dedicated to spending time with his family. He was a wonderful artist with numerous talents such as playing piano by ear, along with playing guitar and trombone.

Garry is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Patricia Foley; daughter, Laura Ann Foley Carter (Daniel); step-son, Brian Lemon (Connie); sister, Frieda Ann Sawyer (Doug), brother, Barry Foley (Jennifer); step- granddaughters, Brianna Gammons (Jeff), Abby Lemon, and Makenna Lemon; and grandson, Landon Blake Carter.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, August 7th at 2:00 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at Henry Memorial Park. Visitation will be held an hour prior to the service.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.collinsmckeestonebassett.com for the Foley family.

  • FAMILY

  • Freida Ramsey Foley, Mother
  • Jesse Foley, Father
  • Patricia Foley, Wife
  • Laura Ann Foley Carter, Daughter
  • Daniel Carter, Son-in-law
  • Damien Andrew Bennett Foley, Son
  • Sean Michael Foley, Son
  • Brian Lemon, Step-Son
  • Connie Lemon, Step-daughter in law
  • Freida Ann Sawyer, Sister
  • Doug Sawyer, Brother-in-law
  • Barry Foley, Brother
  • Jennifer Foley, Sister-in-law
  • Brianna Gammons, Step- Granddaughter
  • Abby Lemon, Step- Granddaughter
  • Makenna Lemon, Step- Granddaughter
  • Landon Blake Carter, Grandson
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Barry Foley, Active Pallbearer
  • Brian Lemon, Active Pallbearer
  • Damodar Thapa, Active Pallbearer
  • Daniel Carter, Active Pallbearer
  • Jason Stinnett, Active Pallbearer
  • Robert Stinnett, Active Pallbearer
  • Robert Szuba, Active Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 7, 2018
REMEMBERING

Garry Wayne Foley

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Gladys King

August 6, 2018

Patricia,
Sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God is able to give comfort during this difficult time.

Jordan Oldham

August 6, 2018

Sending my thoughts & prayers to Patricia and the extended family.
May God give you all peace, comfort & strength.

Devonia Swiney

August 5, 2018

Gary was a very sweet and quiet gentleman. When he worked at Blue Ridge, there were many days when he took money out of his own pocket to not just feed the residents and staff but to also make equipment for them to make their day to day life better. Praying for Laura and the family.

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Biography

Garry Wayne Foley was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Garry always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Garry was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

       His parents were Freida Ramsey and Jesse B. Foley. Garry was raised in Roanoke. Always able to express himself well, Garry possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Garry was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Garry was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Garry was raised with two siblings. He had one sister, Freida Ann Sawyer and one brother, Barry Foley. Garry had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Garry showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Garry enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He took part in baseball. He was in boyscouts and band. In his spare time he liked to be creative and build, loved to climb trees, and enjoyed bike riding.

Friends and acquaintances found Garry an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Garry was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of his best friends were Randy Williamson, Barry Pendri, Donna Rutherford, and Doug and Kip Rumberg.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Garry was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He graduated from William Fleming High School in 1972. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite classes in high school was math and band.

      When the goal of college was in sight, it became important to Garry. Again, his direct, “down to earth” approach served him well. He was able to absorb complex concepts and had an acute sense of how things worked. He also pursued graduate school, earning his associates degree in art history. His favorite course was art. Gary was known for displaying and selling his art.

      Friends and acquaintances found Garry an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Garry was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. While growing up, one of his best friends was Berry Pentry.

      On October 10, 1998 Garry exchanged wedding vows with Patricia Ellen Hicks at the Family Cabin of Eagle Rock Virginia. Garry was attentive to Patricia's feelings, and he charmed Patricia and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Garry was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid himself, Garry identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Garry was blessed with three children, two sons, Damien Andrew Bennett Foley, and Sean Michael Foley; one daughter, Laura Ann Foley Carter, and one step-son, Brian Lemon. He was also blessed with one grandson, Landon Blake Carter and three step- granddaughters, Brianna Gammons, Abby Lemon, and Makenna Lemon.

      Garry was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Garry’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Garry was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Garry could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was Occupational Therapy assistant at Stanleytown and Blue Ridge Rehab. He was employed for numerous years.

      Garry was a vetern of the United States Air Force and Army Reserves. Garry was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

      Garry enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were Cooking, Hunting and Fishing. He also loved feeding the birds at Blue Ridge Health and Rehab. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also more satisfied in sharing his interests with others.

   Garry was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were Football and Baseball.

      Garry was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made him a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which he belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Garry worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals such as the High School Reunion Committee,. Throughout his later years, Garry was an active member of the Rangeley Ruritan Club and was a dedicated Boy Scout Leader for 23 years.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Garry truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. His favorite vacations included going to the mountains and visiting the Family Cabin.

      Garry passed away on August 4, 2018 at At his home in Fieldale, Virginia. Garry fought a brave battle against cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Patricia Foley; daughter, Laura Ann Foley Carter (Daniel); step-son, Brian Lemon (Connie); sister, Frieda Ann Sawyer (Doug), brother, Barry Foley (Jennifer); step- granddaughters, Brianna Gammons, Abby Lemon, and Makenna Lemon; and grandson, Landon Carter. Services were held at Collins Funeral Home in Bassett, Virginia. Garry was laid to rest in Henry Memorial Park in Bassett, Virginia.

      Garry was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Garry Wayne Foley.