David Paul “Dave” Stump, 79, of Petersburg went to be with his Lord July 19, 2022, at home.
He was born on June 24, 1943, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, the son of the late Clement and Glona (Parsons) Stump.
Mr. Stump loved God and his family. He had a lifelong passion for farming.
In high school he was a member of FFA. He graduated from Petersburg High School in 1961. After graduation, he went to Virginia to work until Uncle Sam called. After two years in the Army, he returned home and went to work at Allied Paper in Petersburg for 26 years until their closing. He then went to work for Tri-County Concrete (Fairfax Materials) as a truck driver. After his retirement, he worked with Mallow Farms for seasonal harvests.
He never met a stranger. His witty attitude allowed him to make many lifelong friends along his journey. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need of his help.
Mr. Stump was a member of the Gordon Chapel United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Landes Ruritan for more than 30 years, where he was a board member for several years and received Ruritan’s highest honor, the Tom Downing Award. He was a faithful blood donor, giving 17 gallons in his lifetime.
His wife of 52 years, Cynthia (Vickie) VanMeter Stump, survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Toni Hedrick and husband, Tom, and Amanda Fleming and husband, Allen, all of Petersburg, and Paula Gerstell and husband, CT of Statesville, North Carolina; three granddaughters, Traci Hedrick Rightsell and husband, Paden, Katie Gerstell and Alyssa Gerstell; a grandson, Andrew (Andy) Fleming; a step-grandson, TJ Hedrick and wife, Brandi; two step-great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Regina Stump of Litchfield Park, Arizona; and his special cat, Jeffie.
He was also proceeded in death by an infant sister; and a special “brother,” Randy Stump.
A funeral service was held Friday in the chapel of the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg with Pastor David Webb officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery in Petersburg with military honors accorded by Grant County Veterans Honor Guard and West Virginia Army Honor Guard.
Memorials may be made to Landes Ruritan Club, 5337 Franklin Pike, Petersburg, WV 26847 or Gordon Chapel United Methodist Church, 40 J F Stump Lane, Petersburg, WV 26847.
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