Washington column for April 18

Remembering John Eubank

Rappahannock County has lost another dear friend to many. John Randolph Eubank passed away on April 10, and was a lifelong resident of Rappahannock County who loved his county and friends and would do anything for them. John drove a school bus for Rappahannock County Public Schools for more than 45 years and worked as a barber for 50-plus years. A funeral service was held last Sunday at Found and Son Funeral Chapel in Culpeper.

John Eubank passed away last week. A life member of the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department, Sperryville barber and Rappahannock County school bus driver, he will be missed by many. Photo by Ray Boc.
John Eubank passed away last week. A life member of the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department, Sperryville barber and Rappahannock County school bus driver, he will be missed by many. Photo by Ray Boc.

I remember when my daughters were small, Christie decided one day out of the blue that she and her sister Heather Dawn needed a new hairstyle. Well, Christie got the scissors and gave her sister and herself a haircut indeed. My father had to take both down to John Eubank in Sperryville to try to even up their hair so it wouldn’t be so noticeable. Well when I got in from work it was very noticeable. Heather Dawn had had long curls, and needless to say that was the first time I saw what they call the bob hairstyle!

My son Jonathan liked to go to John’s for the free lollipops. These are memories one can hold to your heart for lifetime.

“When I went to get a haircut from John, I usually got a lot more,” said Sperryville resident Ray Boc. “He knew what was going on in Sperryville and Rappahannock County. In fact, a couple of times I recall that he told me information about my wife Barbara Adolfi’s business activities that I had yet to hear about.”

Boc says Eubank was also an occasional source for material in Barbara’s Sperryville column. “I was also amazed at how much he knew about my life activities,” he said. “John gave much to the community and has been been sorely missed since his illness made him but an infrequent visitor to his Sperryville barbershop. The Barber of S’ville has left us.”

God looked around his garden, and found an empty place. He then looked down upon the earth, and saw your tired face. He put his arms around you, and lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful, he takes nothing but the best. He knew you were suffering, he knew you were in pain, he knew that you would never get well on this earth again. He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb, so he closed your weary eyelids, and whispered, “Peace be thine.” It broke our hearts to lose you John but you didn’t go alone, for part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

John, you will be missed, but memories of you will always be in our hearts.

Hiking the trail

Hiking the Appalachian Trail can be a great adventure, and part of the appeal is getting away from civilization and the comforts, security and predictability of home. In unfamiliar settings where unpredictable weather, unfamiliar terrain and the unexpected are the rule, planning and preparation are keys to an enjoyable and safe hike. This is what Alex Baumgardner recently decided to do.

The 31-year-old son of Douglas and Margaret Baumgardner of Washington began his hike of the trail early Saturday morning (April 6) at Springer Mountain in Northern Georgia, the southern terminus of the 2,185-mile trail. Carrying a 37-pound backpack with a tent, sleeping bag, water, food for five days, clothing and more, he plans to take about six months to reach the northern end of the trail, in Katahdin, Maine.

As in Bill Bryson’s book, “A Walk in the Woods,” Alex hopes to challenge himself physically and also enjoy seeing and discovering the landscape and nearby towns of the 14 states the trail winds through. He began this adventure alone, but reports that he has already teamed up with some new friends met along the way.

Let’s keep Alex in our prayers for a safe and rewarding hike.

WVFR breakfast

Don’t forget the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue breakfast this Saturday (April 20) from 7 to 11 a.m. Come on out and enjoy those flapjacks with sweet syrup, delicious protein scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and more. Adults cost $8 ($4 for kids 4-12, 3 and younger eat free). Proceeds are used to fund daily operations. For more information, call 540-675-3615.

Washington Baptist news

Washington Baptist Church holds its annual Grandma’s Attic indoor yard sale this Saturday (April 20) from 8 to 1, and this year’s sale features some of the best items yet, including a nice kitchen table and chairs, a chest of drawers, a wicker patio set, fans, a set of skis, dishware, books, beautiful framed pictures and much more. Though no sales will be conducted until Saturday morning, you can come by the church on Friday to look things over. Anyone still wishing to donate items should contact the church office at 540-675-3336.

Also on Fodderstack Saturday, the church’s Men’s Brotherhood will be manning their annual hot dog/hamburger and soup lunch stand starting at 10 a.m. next to the Theatre at Washington. All proceeds from both fundraisers benefit the church activities.

Customers appreciated at CFC

CFC Farm & Home Center’s Customer Appreciation Day is this Saturday (April 20), with goodies sold by the 4-H starting at 9 a.m., Graves Mountain Preserves taste-testing and a Master Gardeners help desk. Pennington Seed’s Stacy Marshall is also on hand from 9 til 1, and live-on-location WJMA-FM is providing “Today’s Country” music from 10 till noon. Friday and Saturday also feature ton and pallet pricing on all feeds, fertilizer, lime, mulch, stones and more. Call the Coop at 540-987-8555 for details.