OBITUARY

Lewie F. Blessing

September 26, 1946September 28, 2020
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Lewie Franklin Blessing, 74 of Lyndhurst, VA, after a long extended battle with cancer, has gone home to rest in Heaven. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Warren Blessing and Nannie Ruth Burnett, and one brother, Herman Lee Blessing, two nephews Timmy and Terry Blessing, all of Wythesville, VA.

He is survived by his wife, Murhl (Stemple) Blessing of Lyndhurst, VA; one son, Aaron Blessing and wife, Heather of Middlebrook, VA; four step children, Michael of Purcelleville, VA, Brian McCauley and wife, Brenda Jean of Middletown, MD, Matthew McCauley and wife, Karen of San Antonio, TX, Rhonda Shifflett of Fishersville, VA; eight grandchildren, Aiden Blessing, Timothy “TJ”, Cheyanne Nolan, Casey McCauley, Caroline Tacy, Brenna McCauley, and Ryan and Colin McCauley and one great grandchild. He was also survived by three sisters, Christene Bowles and husband, Dr. Albert Bowles and Betty Jo Blessing all of Tenn, Kitty Wilkins and husband, Eric of Wytheville, VA; one brother, Jerry Blessing and partner, Dianne of Dublin, VA. He also had many, many nieces and nephews that he loved very much.

After graduating from George Wytheville High School, Lew served in the US Marine Corp. He worked at Augusta County Service Authority after graduating from Virginia Tech. Lew was a member at Main Street United Methodist Church in Waynesboro, and loved his church family. He was also a member of the Waynesboro Elks Lodge 2270. He did many hours of volunteer work. Lew loved to travel, he liked fishing, hunting, golf, and time with family.

Lew was a family man. He loved nothing more than having the family together on Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or just because. He often told people, “510 Chinquapin” was the best restaurant around.

He was always busy with “do it yourself” projects around the house. Lew loved flowers, and he had them everywhere. He loved life and made every day count. He had many friends, Elks brothers and sisters, and travel buddies. He was always ready to take a trip, with friends or family. Cruises, Hilton Head, Cancun, out west, trips to other country’s with family or friends, or just a few days in New England. And it was always an adventure, with stories he loved to share.

Lew was a giver too. Thirty years ago, he gave both his heart and his kidney away in the same week. The kidney was given to his nephew Bart, and his heart to the love of his life, Murhl.

A celebration of Lew’s life will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Main Street United Methodist Church, 601 W Main St, Waynesboro, VA with Pastor Joe Shoop and Rev. Linda Kusse-Wolfe officiating. Those wishing to attend are asked to please wear a face mask and practice social distancing.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Lew’s memory to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to the Cleveland Clinic by visiting www.my.clevelandclinic.org/giving/make-a-gift.

Lew was diagnosed with cancer in 2000. Thanks to the wonderful doctors and nurses who cared for him, we were blessed to have him for 20 more years.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes.

Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories online with the family by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.

  • FAMILY

  • He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman Warren Blessing and Nannie Ruth Burnett, and one brother, Herman Lee Blessing, two nephews Timmy and Terry Blessing, all of Wythesville, VA.


    He is survived by his wife, Murhl (Stemple) Blessing of Lyndhurst, VA; one son, Aaron Blessing and wife, Heather of Middlebrook, VA; four step children, Michael of Purcelleville, VA, Brian McCauley and wife, Brenda Jean of Middletown, MD, Matthew McCauley and wife, Karen of San Antonio, TX, Rhonda Shifflett of Fishersville, VA; eight grandchildren, Aiden Blessing, Timothy “TJ”, Cheyanne Nolan, Casey McCauley, Caroline Tacy, Brenna McCauley, and Ryan and Colin McCauley and one great grandchild. He was also survived by three sisters, Christene Bowles and husband, Dr. Albert Bowles and Betty Jo Blessing all of Tenn, Kitty Wilkins and husband, Eric of Wytheville, VA; one brother, Jerry Blessing and partner, Dianne of Dublin, VA. He also had many, many nieces and nephews that he loved very much.

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  • DONATIONS

  • the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or to the Cleveland Clinic by visiting www.my.clevelandclinic.org/giving/make-a-gift

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • A Celebration of Life Service

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Officiating

Memories

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Chet and Donna Anderson

October 4, 2020

Chet and I are so sorry to hear about Lewie's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Murhl and your entire family. May God be with you in your time of deep sorrow!
With Deepest Sympathy,
Donna and Chet Anderson

Angie and Timmy Kirtley

October 2, 2020

Murhl, you and the family have been in our prayers. Lew was a wonderful man! I remember when you and him first starting dating and your wedding. Please accept our deepest condolences.

Debbie and Kin Yancey

October 2, 2020

Lew was always such a delightful man. Always greeted you with a smile and a hug. Thinking of Murhl too as she has lost her soul mate. There’s no doubt he’s got a smile on his face and he’s dancing in heaven!

Lynn Maupin

October 2, 2020

Lew was a wonderful person and a great neighbor. He loved to laugh and visit with neighbors. Loved his wife dearly and his dog Penny. We will surely miss talking and visiting him. Rest In Peace Lew!

Rick and Shirley Calhoun

October 2, 2020

Lewie and I were classmates and friends at George Wythe High many years ago (Class of 64). We were so sad to hear of his passing. Lewie had a magnetic personality, he was always friendly, funny, and just plain fun to be with are fond memories of him. Shirley and I send our prayers to the family. May God's grace give you comfort at this difficult time.

Dale & Joan Perry

October 1, 2020

Our deepest sympathies in your family’s loss.
You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

Barbara clifton

October 1, 2020

Aaron we are so sorry about the loss of your dad.You are in our prayers .Love you Barbara &Earl Clifton

Jack Jones

October 1, 2020

Dear Murhl and Family,

I just wanted to say how very very sorry I am to hear that your husband Lew passed away. I only met him a few times during the time Murhl and I worked at UVA but it was easy to see how much Murhl absolutely loved her husband and that he was a well respected and very fine man. I wish you and your family peace and comfort in the days ahead.

Sincerely,
Jack Jones

Catherine & Bud Hullett

September 30, 2020

Murhl-we are so so sorry to hear of Lew's death. We have so many found memories of our time together & being your Chinquapin neighbor for so many years. We will never forget Lew's great laugh & his never ending energy working around the house. We are so very sorry of your loss.

Ron Hiserman

September 30, 2020

Murhl, my heart goes out to you and your family. I cannot find the words to help you in your grief. Hold on to all you family and friends. The most fun memory I have of Lew is when he came through the doors at the CFC Christmas party with the red jacket and all the flashing lights. What a show stopper. And his socks-what more can I say. My Love to you and if you need to talk --call be morning, noon or night. I can' sleep anyways. I really mean this.
GOD BLESS YOU----Lew will always be with you . Ron

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