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William B. Ramey Jr., 1937 – 2007

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Bill Ramey led a blessed life filled with family and spiritual purpose. He was born on June 11, 1937, just outside of Winchester, Va. His parents, Boyd & Elsie Ramey, and his only sister, Margaret Johnson, still live in Winchester. His daughter, Rita DeFilippo, lives in Ashburn, Va., with her husband, Mike, and their two daughters, Chloe and Sophia.

As a young man, Bill was active in the 4-H Club, the church, and he also played trombone in the high school band. He went to Shenandoah University, Lebanon Valley College, and received his Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He was ordained as an Elder in 1964.

He served the following churches: Mount Horeb (Harrisonburg), Highland Park (Roanoke), First Church (Dayton, Ohio) , Trinity (Richmond), Bethany (Purcellville), Chester (Chester), Raleigh Court (Roanoke). He retired in 1997.

In 1999 he was the marriage celebrant for the wedding of his daughter, Rita, to Mike DeFilippo. In 2002 he became a grandfather to Chloe Elizabeth, and then he became a grandfather again in 2004 when Sophia Grace was born. He was a loving granddad who enjoyed playing with the girls and being part of their lives. Family and history were so important to him. He loved to tell stories of the history of Winchester and of his life growing up on a farm.

During his lifetime, Bill enjoyed traveling both in the United States and abroad. His trips included France, England, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Canada and Jerusalem. One of his trips to Mexico was with Habitat for Humanity where he helped construct homes for families there. Bill’s interests also included a love of classic cars and of organ music and musical theater.

By nature, Bill was a counselor and mentor. He thoroughly enjoyed serving as a mentor for candidates for the ministry, which he did many times during his career. He served on the Winchester District Church Location and Building Committee. He also chaired the committee which developed the Crossroads United Methodist Church in Ashburn (where his granddaughters now attend preschool). In recent years, he worked on the Evangelical United Brethren archives committee

at Shenandoah University.

Bill Ramey will be remembered by many as a beloved pastor, a mentor, a spiritual leader, and someone who brought great comfort and a warm smile to so many people who knew him. He will be remembered by family as a loving and supportive father and grandfather. We are proud to celebrate his life and continue his legacy.

— Rita DeFilippo




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