December 31, 1930 – December 17, 2009
Hugh Beverly “Tooker” Estep passed away at home on Thursday, December 17, 2009, surrounded by his family. He was born on December 31, 1930, in Millwood, Virginia, to Stuart D. Estep and Christine P. Estep. He was preceded in death by two brothers, George S. Estep and Thomas D. Estep, both of Berryville.
Tooker grew up in Millwood playing and working with his two brothers. His mother was Postmaster of Millwood. Tooker worked odd jobs until he was drafted into the U.S. Army on June 24, 1952 and served in the Korean Conflict being honorably discharged on March 31, 1954. He received many awards including the Korean Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantry Badge, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and a Commendation Ribbon w/Medal Pendant. After his service in Korea, he returned to Berryville and purchased a gas station on West Main Street. He also worked for the Clarke County School System. In 1962 he went to work for the Mt. Weather Police Department and worked there for 32 years, retiring on May 3, 1993. He was an excellent sharpshooter and during his career, won many marksmanship competitions. His hobbies included hunting and fishing and he was passionate about both. Occasionally, he would tell a “tall tale” about the “one that got away.” Everyone always looked forward to his stories.
He is survived by his loving companion Wanda Gray, two daughters, Catherine Farmer and son-in-law Thomas Farmer of Boyce and Beverley Roy of Winchester, four grandchildren: Thomas Farmer of Newcastle, England, Amy Farmer of Stafford, Virginia, Caitlyn Roy of Winchester and Margaret Emily Roy also of Winchester. He is also survived by Randy Gray and Mitzi Sine and many, many wonderful and dear friends.
Tooker was a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church and a member of the Ruritan Club of Berryville for over 35 years. He loved and looked forward to helping with the Clarke County Fair each year. In addition, he was a member of the Berryville VFW and American Legion Post 41. He touched many lives along the way and will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, uncle and friend to all, and for his generosity to everyone whose path he crossed.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A. M. Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville, VA with Rev. Adam Sowder officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville, VA.
Pallbearers will be Stuart Harrison, Zach Hudson, Scott Levi, Dennis Tipton, Timmy Gray, and Freddie Pierce. Honorary pallbearers will be the Clarke County Ruritan Club, American Legion Post 41, and the Berryville VFW. Honors will be provided by the Clarke County Honor Guard and the Police Honor Guard of Mt. Weather.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 6:00 P. M. and from 7:00 – 9:00 P. M. Monday evening at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boyce United Methodist Church, Outreach Fund, P. O. Box 233, Boyce, VA 22620.