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1. Annex UMC (Staunton; 1969)

Annex UMC is located at
1570 New Hope Road, Staunton, VA
24401-9267; O: (540) 248-2024.
Annex is part of Annex-Crimora
Charge. The 2015-16 appointed pastor
is Gayle Martin Thornberry (husband,
Wesley), a probationary elder serving
her first year at Annex UMC.
She is addressed at P.O.
Box 637, Grottoes, VA
24441-0637;
GayleThornberry@vaumc.org;
C: (540) 414-4722.

Directions: Take I-81 south to Staunton Exit 225; turn left onto Woodrow Wilson Parkway
(Rt. 262 East); take Rt. 257 east approximately 1 mi; turn right onto New Hope Road (Rt. 254); and the
church is on the right 1/8 mile.

Historical Sketch. In 1969 Asbury Methodist Church and Belmont Methodist Church merged
to become Annex UMC [Wrenn 2014].

Cherished Memories. Fred Hansford Painter, 90, of Staunton passed away surrounded by family at
Emeritus of Staunton on Dec. 25, 2012. He is survived by his wife Martha (Sis) Surface Painter with whom he
celebrated 68 years of marriage on Oct. 16. He is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Ann Painter Spangler, and two
sons and a daughter-in-law, James Edward and Jan Jeffreys Painter, and Ricky Lee Painter. He is also survived
by five grandchildren, Kara Spangler Rosenberg of Montpelier, Vt., Katie Painter Falk, of Annapolis, Md., Phillip
Painter, of Waynesboro, Emily Painter Kaye, of Fredericksburg, and Erin Painter of Staunton. Also surviving are
seven great-grandchildren, his sister Ethel Baker, two sisters-in-law, Joyce Painter and Ruth Coffman, and
numerous nieces and nephews. He was born in Augusta Country Oct. 16, 1922, son of Mattie Cash and
Alexander Thomas Painter, Sr. ,who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death were his older sister,
Pauline Lambert, and brothers Raymond Edward Painter, and Alexander Thomas Painter, Jr. A lifelong
dedication to the sheet metal and roofing industry led to his establishing Painter’s Roofing and Heating, Inc., in
1962; prior to that he worked for several prominent local roofing firms. He was an active member of Annex
UMC, and he served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII and the Korean Conflict. He was a charter
member of Barren Ridge Annex Ruritan Club and was proud of his affiliation with Babe Ruth and Little League
Baseball. The family appreciates the love and support given to Fred by the caregivers in the Emeritus Memory
Care Unit. Memorial donations were to made to Annex UMC, 1570 New Hope Road, Staunton, VA 24401. A
service was held at Annex UMC, officiated by Pastor Russell Heinrich, with burial to follow at Augusta Memorial
Park. Active pallbearers were nephews, Daniel, Gary, Roger, Kenneth, and Jeff Baker, and Stephen Lambert.
Honorary pallbearers were Forest Surface, James Lafon, Larry Wills, Johnny Lane, Stephen Shull, Edwin Flesher,
Harrison Hite, Gene Garrison, Grant Brinkley, and A. C. Lawhorne. Arrangements by Henry Funeral Home.

Martha Ann (Sis) Surface Painter, 86, of Staunton passed away at her home in the presence of her
children on Mar. 5, 2014. She was the widow of Fred H. Painter to whom she was married for 68 years. She was
born in Augusta Co. Sep. 15, 1927, the daughter of Laura Fitzgerald and John Albert Surface, Sr. Martha is
survived by a daughter, Carolyn Ann Painter Spangler; and two sons and a daughter-in-law, James Edward and
Jan Jeffreys Painter, and Ricky Lee Painter. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Kara Spangler Rosenberg
of Montpelier, Vt., Katie Painter Falk of Annapolis, Md., Phillip Painter of Waynesboro, Emily Painter Kaye of
Fredericksburg, and Erin Painter of Staunton. Also surviving are nine great-grandchildren: Asa and Abe
Rosenberg, Pfeiffer and Oliver Falk, Emerie Painter, Charlotte and Margaret Kaye, Caden Painter, and Carly
Beverage. In addition, she is survived by a sister-in-law, Ethel Baker, and numerous nieces and nephews. She

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