Stafford Howard Koonce, 78, passed away on January 29th, 2020 under the exceptional care of Winchester Medical Center.

Koonce was born in Winchester, Virginia on February 25th, 1941 and grew up outside of Halltown on property owned by his family since the mid-1800s.  A graduate of Harpers Ferry High School, where he played football and participated in the band, he attended Shepherd College pursuing an art education degree, but transferred after three years to Monroe Business College and took a degree in business and accounting.  He was a member of the 167th Air Guard in Martinsburg for a decade before leaving to pursue farming.  His professional career ended with his retirement from Shell Oil Company in 2007.

In August of 1978, he and Mary Virginia Everhart were wed in Shepherdstown.  They were married for 37 years until her death in October of 2015.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, Howard Stafford Koonce and Henrietta Lee Murphy Koonce, brothers-in-law William Sturgis Everhart and Herbert Johnson Everhart, and assorted aunts and uncles.  He leaves a son, Howard Stafford Leigh Koonce of Summit Point, a niece by marriage, Jennifer Everhart King and her family, along with a number of cousins, and his beloved cat, Sam.

Koonce was an avid hunter, fisherman, woodworker, painter, and auction attendee, collecting a variety of items.  Over the years he participated in a number of Jefferson County organizations, including the Jefferson County Farm Bureau, the Jefferson County Democratic Association, and maintained a life membership with the Jefferson County Historical Society.

Friends will be received at the residence on March 1st from 1 to 4 pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission, PO Box 23, Charles Town, WV 25414 or the Jefferson County Animal Welfare Society, PO Box 147, Charles Town, WV 25414.

Arrangements are by the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town.

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