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Lawson Triplett

Lawson Sylvester Triplett

Monday, March 25th, 1935 - Monday, December 23rd, 2019
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Obituary

Lawson Sylvester Triplett, Jr., 84, of Bolivia, NC, formerly of Winchester, VA, died on December 23, 2019.

Known as “JR” and “Super Trucker” to his friends, he was born on March 25, 1935 in Winchester, VA, the son of the late Lawson S. Triplett, Sr. and Ethel Hodgson Triplett Talhelm. One of six siblings, he learned a strong work ethic as a young boy after losing his father at age 10. That ethic drove him to serve his country proudly in the U.S. Air Force at age 17 and earned the National Defense Service Medal and Conduct Medal. He was able to return home from the Air Force to graduate with his Class of 1953 at James Wood High School.

JR spent 48 years behind the wheel of a big rig. Trucking was in his blood and next to his family, is what made him happiest. He knew every truck stop, mile marker and interstate along the east coast. He won many truck driving competitions to include Virginia Rookie of the Year 1971, first place Straight Truck Roadeo 1973, second place ATA National Truck Roadeo 1973 in Denver, CO, and third place ATA National Truck Roadeo in 1974 in Minneapolis, MN. NASCAR was his favorite sport and he was a lifelong fan of the Wood Brothers and #21. Some of his fondest memories were meeting David Pearson, Bill Elliott, Mark Martin, Carl Edwards and Jack Roush. A boy’s dream was realized when he was able to sponsor Mark Martin’s #9 Red Apple Group Ford in the Busch Series at Richmond in 2005.

JR married his “Sweetheart”, Peggy Ann Lichliter on September 28, 1968. They shared nearly 40 years before she went to be with the angels on June 27, 2008. He is survived by his daughter, Tammy Triplett-Kesky (Rich) of Bolivia, NC; son, Anthony J. Triplett “AJ” of Bunker Hill, WV; his four grand-“girls” as he liked to call them, Megan Kesky, Brooke Kesky, Kiley Triplett, and Ava Triplett; brothers, William “Brother Bill” of Wardensville, VA, and Wesley “Brother Frank” of Winchester and many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his dear sisters, Elsie Jones, Georgeanna Triplett, and Nancy Orndorff.

Visitation will be Monday, December 30, 2019 from 6-8pm at Jones Funeral Home in Winchester. A funeral service and burial will be conducted at St. John’s Lutheran Church with The Reverend Sonya Williams Giersch officiating on Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in JR’s memory to Victory Junction at 4500 Adams Way, Randleman, NC 27317 or https://victoryjunction.org.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, December 30th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, December 30th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Jones Funeral Home - Winchester
    Address
    228 S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
    WINCHESTER, VA 22601
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  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Saint Johns Lutheran Church
    Address
    Back Mountain Road
    WINCHESTER, VA 22602
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Sonya Williams Giersch
  • Interment

    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 |
    When
    Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
    Location
    Saint Johns Lutheran Church Cemetery
    Address
    Back Mountain Road
    WINCHESTER, VA 22602
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Margaret Boppe

Posted at 08:49am
He was my late mother, Mary Cooper's cousin. She often spoke of her cousins and how hard everyone worked back at Mountain Falls. I remember him at her funeral. I am sorry that they family is going through this loss. My prayers are with you.
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Ismet Nuri

Posted at 02:18pm
Rest in peace. SloMoShun
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Jimsimon@atmc.net

Posted at 09:06pm
Mr. JR was a wonderful man and neighbor. He will be missed. Our prayers are with the family.
Wendy and Jim Simon
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