Terrie Dean values the art of good conversation. One of her favorite holiday pastimes is gathering around the kitchen table with relatives and simply talking for hours on end.
All I want for Christmas is normal.
Melvin Lee Wampler, 81, of Grottoes, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at his residence.
Melvin was born in Weyers Cave on Sept. 15, 1931, and was a son of the late Frank and Ada C. (Hollar) Wampler.
He was a farmer, and attended Cornerstone Church in Harrisonburg and Port Republic United Methodist Church.
On Dec. 21, 1958, he was united in marriage to Eula Catherine (Propst) Wampler, who preceded him in death on April 10, 2012.
Melvin is survived by two daughters, Anna Bowman of Grottoes, and Wanda Wampler-Johnson and husband, Orlando J. “O.J.,“ of Selma, N.C.; two brothers, Garland Wampler and wife Elaine of Sebring, Fla., and Leonard Wampler and wife Janet of Broadway; four grandchildren, Brandon Bowman, Sharanda Brown, Teresa Ritchie and husband, Scotty, and Jeremy Wampler; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Gary Wampler; brothers, Ward and Ray Wampler; sisters, Mildred Andes and Frances Heddings.
A funeral service will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes with Pastor Guy Hudson officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Valley Church Cemetery in Weyers Cave.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com .