Frederick William Headley, 76, died Monday, September 11, 2017, at Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Va. after a brief illness.
He leaves behind his wife and angel of 56 years, Marcia (Brookover) Headley; his two sons, Jeff Headley and Chris Headley; his brother Arthur Headley; his sister Debra Headley; his daughter in-laws Gail Headley (Jeff) and Rebecca Headley (Chris); five beautiful granddaughters and many close friends.
Fred was born and reared in Steubenville, Ohio, the son of Arthur and Emma (Wenner) Headley. After high school, he became an Ohio State Highway Patrolman then enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Fred earned a business degree at Youngstown State University. He also held roles at Aluminum Billets, Republic Steel and Kingsberry Homes before retiring.
Fred enjoyed woodworking, music, computers, reading and Virginia Tech football. Fred lent his technology talents to many friends and local businesses. He was a member of Monumental United Methodist Church. Despite suffering a significant spinal cord injury in 1976, Fred was known for having a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. His entertaining Christmas letters were eagerly anticipated by family and friends. He was a connoisseur of black coffee, Mississippi mud cake and Ben Hegge chocolates.
A memorial service to celebrate Fred’s life will be held Thursday, September 14, at Echols Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Rachel Plemmons officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Monumental United Methodist Church at 300 Southampton Street, Emporia, VA 23847.
Online condolences may be left at www.echolsfuneralhome.com.