MAX MEADOWS – William Harvey Mabe Sr., age 94, of Max Meadows, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.
He was born March 31, 1919 in Draper, son of the late Harry S. and Ida Via Mabe. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Humphrey Mabe, and brothers and sisters, Louise Manuel, Arthur Mabe, Bobby Mabe, Sue Irvin and Gene Mabe.
After graduating from Max Meadows High School, he began working for the Newport News Shipyard during World War II. He returned to Max Meadows and began his career with New Jersey Zinc Co., retiring as mill foreman after 38 years of service. Bill loved the outdoors, animals, farming, hunting, traveling and watching vintage westerns. He was a devoted husband to his late wife of 72 years, Virginia, and a loving father to six children.
Bill is survived by his children, Betsy and Dan Collins of Williamsburg, Billy and Frances Mabe of Max Meadows, Rodney Mabe of Max Meadows, Tony and Tiny Mabe of Max Meadows, Dorothea and George Shannon of Williamsburg and Michael and Kay Mabe of Austinville; grandchildren and spouses, Danielle Collins of Woodland, Calif., Philip and Teresa Mabe of Max Meadows, Wesley Mabe of Max Meadows, Lesley and Lesa Mabe of Fincastle, Tonya and Alan Freeman of Max Meadows, Michael Kay Mabe and Scott Stevens of Charlotte, N.C.; 10 great grandchildren; sister, Patty Jackson of Bracey; brothers, Julian Mabe of Lorain, Ohio and James Mabe of Max Meadows, and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at the family cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at Barnett Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be sent to the family atwww.highlandfuneralservice.com.
Barnett Funeral Home, Wytheville, is serving the Mabe family.