Charles Edward Strother Jr., 78, of Delaplane, passed into the arms of our Lord on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, after an extended battle with bone and prostate cancer.
Born November 29, 1939, in Brunswick, Maryland, to the late Charles Edward Strother Sr. and Hannah Fairfax Washington, he grew up in Fauquier County at Valley View Farm near Delaplane.
Mr. Strother was a 1958 graduate of Randolph Macon Academy in Front Royal and and received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) in 1962. He earned the rank of major in the U.S. Army Reserves and served for 20 years. He was employed as a general agent of Guardian Life Insurance of America for the Washington, D.C., region for 20 years and served on the Board of Trustees for Randolph Macon Academy for 30 years.
Charles was a devout servant of the Lord, a pastor and modern day shepherd. He served as a Sunday school teacher and Home Group Ministry leader at Truro Church and lead Bible Camps at the farm, and participated in and lead missionary trips to many foreign countries, including Brazil, Bolivia, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Cuba. He was the co-founder in 1991 of Victory Thru Jesus Ministry, which provides youth-based ministry education and training and raises funds for various international ministries. He was also devoted to his family and served as an award-winning Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America for 10 years and as a coach for both his sons in Little League Baseball.
At age 50, Charles assumed management of Valley View Farm, where he operated a cattle and sheep operation and built a lasting family legacy by establishing peach, apple and cherry orchards on the farm for pick-your-own customers. In 2016, he co-founded Strother Family Vineyards with his son, Philip Carter, which continues to operate on the farm.
Family left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife of 55 years, Kathleen D. Strother; sons, C. Edward Strother III and Philip Carter Strother; daughter-in-law, Danielle M. Strother; grandchildren, Maximiliaan Zelechowski Strother, Landon Carter Strother, Philip Pierce Strother and Carter Daniel Strother, and numerous extended family members in Christ and friends.
A celebration of Mr. Strother’s life will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at Truro Anglican Church, 10520 Main St., Fairfax, followed by a reception at the church. A graveside gathering will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, July 9, at Leeds Cemetery near Markham. The family then will receive friends from noon until 3 p.m. at Philip Carter Winery, 4366 Stillhouse Road, Hume. Flowers may be sent to Truro Church for the memorial service on July 7 or memorial contributions may be sent to Victory Thru Jesus Ministry, 1562 Leeds Manor Road, Delaplane, Virginia 20144.