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Whitten Timberlake Chapel

7404 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA

OBITUARY

Frederick "Fred" Thomas Anstey

January 19, 1929October 7, 2019
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Frederick Thomas Anstey of Rustburg, Virginia passed away on Monday, October 7, 2019. He was born on January 19, 1929 in the family farmhouse in Rustburg to the late Henry Augustus Anstey and Sallie McDaniel Anstey. He was preceded in death by six siblings: Audrey, Barton, Catherine, Richard, Virginia and William. Fred is survived by his wife of 62 years Mary Adel Anstey. They met at a Radford/Virginia Tech church picnic in the early 1950s. They have three children, Mark A. Anstey and wife Tracy Annette Perkins Anstey and their daughter Emily, of Rustburg, Amy Anstey Costello and husband Michael Costello and their daughter Cara of Lancaster, PA, and John C. Anstey and wife Dr. Kara Lee Matala and their daughters, Anna and Charlotte of Roanoke. After graduating from Rustburg High School, where he was selected as a Boys’ State representative, Fred served in the U.S. Navy from 1948-50 aboard the U.S.S. Colleton in Boston, where he played baseball (pitcher) for the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. He was honorably discharged. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1955 and paid back his student loans by serving as a vocational education teacher at Franklin High School in Franklin, Va., and locally at New London Academy. In 1959, he joined the Virginia Department of Transportation as a right-of-way agent. He stayed at VDOT until 1991 and retired as the District Right-of-Way Manager, in which he was in charge of purchasing land for a 10-county area of the state for road expansions. He held various real estate and appraisal certifications during his 32-year career. A man who enjoyed work, Fred opened and ran a farm equipment business for 20 years in Campbell County after his retirement from VDOT. In addition, he tended his beloved registered Herford cattle at the farm where he was born. The farm, which he renamed Dellwood Farm, in honor of his wife, achieved Century Farm status from the Virginia Department of Agriculture – recognizing 100 years of family farming. Fred was involved in his community. He was a 60-year member of the Rustburg Lions Club, where he once served as President and assisted with numerous fundraising events for the charity organization, including a fundraising annual rodeo. He served as the Fire Commissioner of Campbell County and on E-911 Street Naming Committee. Fred and his family are members of Holy Cross Catholic Church. The family would like to thank the staff at Brandon Oaks Life Care Community and Good Samaritan Hospice for the tireless and dignified care that they provided to Fred, especially during the final weeks of his life. The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm at Whitten Timberlake Chapel. A graveside service will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery at 1:00 on Friday, October 11, 2019

  • FAMILY

  • Henry A Anstey, Father (deceased)
  • Sallie M Anstey, Mother (deceased)
  • Mary A Anstey, Wife
  • Mark A Anstey, Son
  • Amy A Costello, Daughter
  • John C Anstey, Son
  • Emily Anstey, Granddaughter
  • Cara Costello, Granddaughter
  • Anna Anstey, Granddaughter
  • Charlotte Anstey, Granddaughter
  • DONATIONS

  • Future Farmers of America (FFA)

Services

  • Visitation Friday, October 11, 2019
  • Graveside Service Friday, October 11, 2019

Memories

Frederick "Fred" Thomas Anstey

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Betsy Cheatham

October 10, 2019

Mr. Fred Anstey was my boss at VDOT for six years. He was a fair, concerned and considerate supervisor. I remember he told me that if I didn’t see him around work every day it meant I was doing my job just fine. Without a doubt, he was the best boss I ever had. He loved his family and his farm. My heart goes out to his wife and children, and I ask God’s blessings on them at this sad time.
Betsy Cheatham, Lynchburg VA

Robert Winston

October 10, 2019

Fred was the last of the Anstey children raised in the Yellow Branch community of Campbell County. Fred and his brother, Barton, were very close to my dad and mom, Sam and Jennie Winston. It is so sad to see the name Anstey dying out! They have been a part of Campbell County's history for over 100 years.

Our prayers are with Dell, Mark, Amy and John and their respective families.

Tom Magri

October 9, 2019

My "Uncle Fred" was well-loved by me and the family. He was wonderful in supporting my mother, Audrey, and always welcoming and engaging with our family. I loved his stories (he had that "Anstey" gift). My immediate family will always remember our trip to the farm when our kids were young, and going out to see the cattle. He will be greatly missed, but I trust he is sharing stories with all kinds of folks in the eternal kingdom.

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Dellwood Farm is named a Century Farm -- recognizing 100 years of family farming -- by the Virginia Department of Agriculture in 2008.

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Courting Couple: Fred and Dell in 1955.

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Dellwood Farm is named a Century Farm -- recognizing 100 years of family farming -- by the Virginia Department of Agriculture in 2008.

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Courting Couple: Fred and Dell in 1955.

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Wedding Day, Nov. 10, 1956

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Anstey Family Farm circa 1940s.

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