Clore-English Funeral Home

11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA


Sara "Cap" or “Cappie” Catherine Longerbeam

November 22, 1952June 23, 2020
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She was better known as Cap or Cappie to her friends. This was a nickname of unknown origin given to her by me, her older sister. I am Nancy Longerbeam Zalokar (Bob), name rhymes with salad bar. I am two years older and wiser than Cap or her twin sister, Lottie Jane Green (Wayne).

Other than the pancreatic cancer she endured since being diagnosed in December, 2019, I would say her only other major loss was the death of our brother, Tayman Rafter (Carol Ann) in November, 2019, and the fact that she had to tell her beloved niece and nephews, Ann Rafter Richman (Shane), Keith Rafter and Kyle Rafter, she would not be around to give them her honest and direct advice. She was available at any time to do the same with her other niece and nephew, Jonathan Hunter Green and Casey Lynn Green, and given the chance would have continued that tradition with her great-niece and great-nephew, Alex and Jackson Green.

She graduated from Culpeper County High School in 1971, but I would say her true education, attitude and views on life came from our single mother, Julia (Junie) Kyle Longerbeam, who died in 2003; and our aunt, Odessa (Dot) Kyle Hand.

I know she was sad she could not make it to the beach July 5th with her closest and dearest friend, Jane Burke, but accepted this as she did most things with “It is what it is” or “It’s all good”. Her most recent place of employment, Walmart, was a source of friends, many who loved her; some, not so much.

Her work here was done. She received a call, sort of an offer you can’t refuse, from an appointment from which she will not be returning. The assignment came with a huge sign-on bonus and a reunion with family and friends, most of whom she had not seen for a long time. No doubt, her dogs, Pogo, Hershey and Chloe, will be in attendance. Her mission takes her to a wonderful place where music, laughter and love are guaranteed. I believe her wishes would be for all to celebrate that her mission here is complete. I know we can all agree we will miss her pickiness, her humor and her unfiltered honesty. I would like to add there are not, and never will be, enough thank yous and love for all the neighbors, friends, Hospice of the Piedmont caretakers, Hospice nurse, and social workers to truly express the unending amount of care and giving. It will make me more grateful for life as it truly is, as opposed to what the media portrays.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be Friday, July 10, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, Virginia 22701. (masks are required for all visitors please - due to COVID-19)

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Culpeper Animal Shelter, 10144 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, Virginia 22701.

Fond memories and condolences may be shared with the Longerbeam family through clore-english.com. The Longerbeam family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home with these arrangements.


  • Celebration of Life Gathering

    Friday, July 10, 2020


Sara "Cap" or “Cappie” Catherine Longerbeam

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Mary Ann Aylor Jenkins

July 12, 2020

Dear Nancy and Lottie, I'm so sorry for your loss. And so sorry I didn't make it to the visitation Friday evening. I had planned to be there, but it didn't work out.

My fondest memories are, of course, our fun times on Park Ave. and learning to ride a bike in your basement, on you all's bike. :) And I'm ever grateful to your precious mom, Miss Junie Bug to me, for taking me along to the Tea Room for Red Cross swimming lessons. All of you and your family were family to me.

God bless you and fill you with His wonderful peace that passeth all understanding as you grieve the loss of Miss Cappie. Love, Mary Ann

Dawn Wolfington

July 3, 2020

I am so sad to hear about Catherine’s passing. I used to cut her and her mother’s hair even after I stopped working in a salon. I made house calls to go cut their hair up until my 4th child was born. I will miss seeing her when I go to Walmart, we always chatted for a couple of minutes if there was time. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time. Catherine, until we meet again!

Dianna Atkins

June 29, 2020

Cap was a great neighbor, then we all become good friends.
My husband Donnie and I will most definitely miss her, and her visits ❤️

Maureen Nelson

June 28, 2020

Cappie was my sister's sister-in-law but became a part of my family through family gatherings. She loved on my children as if they were her niece and nephew. We will miss her laughter and stories. She was courageous and left behind a kind spirit and lots of good memories.

Douglas Kyle

June 28, 2020

I will miss our monthly visits at Walmart discussing our families, with Cap’s honesty and frankness about how she felt about everything.
She will be in heaven with June, Dot and Tay talking and fussing about the Kyle family members, with Tom Hand in the corner, not able to get a word in!

Love, cousin Doug

Nancy Longerbeam Zalokar

June 27, 2020

For those who have shared your memories of Cap. I love them. For those of you who are
considering sharing and have not, please do. It is heart warming to hear you stories, funny, good or not so good.

Cappie and Lottie, being twins, were thicker than thieves, growing up. If you think having a single sibling is difficult, try two. I would try to pit one against other, growing up. It never lasted, it was like trying to keep magnets apart.

Bless you all for your memories, thoughts, love and prayers. I will miss my straight forward confidante and sister, but love your memories.

Nancy Longerbeam Zalokar

Janet Gray

June 26, 2020

My Condolences to Cap family and friends. Whenever I stopped in at Walmart and needed help, Cap was always helpful and kind. She will be truly missed. Rest In Peace

Lilibet Cooper

June 26, 2020

My sister, Mary G. Harris and I were good friends with Cappie & Lottie. We grew up in the same neighborhood. I will always remember them letting me borrow their Barbie dolls and beautiful clothes. Cappie & my sister, Goodie, were best friends many years ago & found each other later in life & started where they left off. They became best friends again. I am sure there are many people that will miss you, Cappie. May you fly high with the angels.

Audrey Bryce

June 25, 2020

So sorry to hear the news of Cappie she surely will be missed by so many .I am have very fond memories of her at Brandy Baptist Church . She was faithful to church and community and taught many children Sunday School and Bible School including my children .Also enjoyed my visits to Walmart running into her.

Laura Maddox

June 25, 2020

When I was a little girl, I thought Cappie was the coolest person I had ever met! I cherish memories with her at Brandy Baptist Church and vacation Bible school. I always enjoyed seeing her at Walmart and catching up. I still think she is one of the coolest people I ever met.