Joy Smelser Fairfax

Joy Smelser Fairfax, 64, of Bentonville, Virginia passed away on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at Warren Memorial Hospital.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 20, 2023 at 11 AM at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal with Pastor John Kenney officiating.  Burial will follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal.

Mrs. Fairfax was born on January 13, 1959 in Front Royal to the late Ray B. Smelser and Lorraine Poe Smelser.  She was also preceded in death by her step daughter, Tonya Fairfax.  She was a member of Life Point Church in Front Royal and was the owner of the Hair Station in Front Royal.

Surviving along with her mother are her husband of ten years, Warren B. Fairfax of Bentonville; step son, Bucky Fairfax (Jessica) of Cary, North Carolina; two sisters, Terri Smelser Wines (Rick) of Front Royal and Michelle Smelser Fletcher (Todd) of Bentonville; two step grandchildren, Grayson Fairfax and Stella Fairfax both of Cary, North Carolina; nephew, Derek R. Fletcher of Bentonville; two nieces, Hannah Wines of Conroe, Texas and Rachel Wines of Fairfax, Virginia and her dog, Vinnie.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 19, 2023 from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Life Point Church, 1111 Shenandoah Avenue, Front Royal, Virginia 22630 or to the Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.

  21 comments for “Joy Smelser Fairfax

  1. Brenda Murphy
    March 14, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    Lorraine and family, so sorry to hear about Joy. She was a great lady and will be missed. She always had a smile on her face any time you met her. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Love Brenda Smelser Murphy.

  2. Connie Runyon
    March 14, 2023 at 2:58 pm

    Terri, Lorraine and family,
    I’m so very sorry to learn of Joy’s passing.
    I recall our visit with her at the salon years ago. She was a very nice woman.
    I love and miss you Terri. God bless and comfort you all during this difficult time.
    Love & Prayers

  3. Linda Lockhart
    March 14, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    Joy was a good friend. We will miss her so much. So full of life and Happy always. She was coming to Reedville this weekend. To see me. Joy I love you and you will be missed. God please be with Warren and Joys family. Rest in peace my Dear Friend.

  4. Janet
    March 14, 2023 at 8:03 pm

    Rest in Peace Sweet Lady. You’ll surely be missed.

  5. Jean Isner
    March 14, 2023 at 8:23 pm

    I have never known anyone in my life who had a more appropriate name. To all of Joy’s family and loved ones, you have my deepest sympathy. She has been a dear friend to me for about 35 years and I will miss her terribly.

  6. Betty
    March 14, 2023 at 9:46 pm

    prayers for Lorraine and family. Sorry for your loss. Joy was a special lady, she will be missed.

  7. Miriam Campbell
    March 14, 2023 at 10:53 pm

    So saddened with this sudden and way too soon loss to many. Heartfelt sympathies to her family and Joy’s closest friends. May precious memories and the JOY she gave, bring comfort now and the days ahead. 🌹

  8. Cathy Pugh
    March 15, 2023 at 4:08 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Joy was a dear friend. I am praying for God to comfort each of you in His own special way.

    • March 16, 2023 at 1:59 am

      please consider having Joy’s services livestreamed. there are so many of us who are handicapped and cannot attend the services because of health concerns. i personally have known Joy for over 25 years
      we have shared her doing my hair and she and I learning painting classes together. please reach out, try and make this possible for so many of us
      thank you

  9. Lynne Alger
    March 16, 2023 at 12:36 am

    So sorry for your loss. Joy was a very nice person. It was a shock seeing this tonight. Had not heard of her being sick. Sending hugs and prayers to her family and friends.

  10. hope l BETT
    March 16, 2023 at 10:31 pm

    The light we loved in Joy’s countenance shines ever brighter in the presence of her Maker.
    With a heavy heart,
    Bonnie Crank

  11. Lynne McClure
    March 17, 2023 at 12:19 am

    Warren, Chuck and I are so very sorry to hear of your wife Joy’s death. We are praying for your comfort in grief, that memories will be some solace to you. Come see us in Florida.

  12. Sarah Kohn, John & Jordyn
    March 17, 2023 at 1:37 am

    Joy was such a sweet lady so kind and caring. She will be missed.
    Prayers to her entire family.

  13. Donna Berryman
    March 17, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel at the loss of Joy. Joy’s smile and caring ways will be missed by everyone who knew her. Our hearts go out to the family in this difficult time.
    With a heavy heart,
    Ruby Morrison and Family

  14. Betty Bernice Stockner
    March 18, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    I not only lost a hair dresser I also lost a very good friend. There are no words to express the emptiness that Joy,s passing leaves. Rest in peace, Joy.

    Betty Stockner

  15. Phyllis Woodward
    March 19, 2023 at 5:23 pm

    Lorraine and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Joy’s passing. You are in my prayers.

    • Ginger Bowman
      March 20, 2023 at 5:36 pm

      My heart is broken. I concerdered her as my friend, as well as the best hair stylest I ever had. I went for my appointment today and was going to show her my Grandsons birthday card he made me. I am so , so sad to hear the news. Prayers for her family. I will miss her, and am having a hard time dealing with this. I loved her! Rest in peace Joy. And thank you for your sweet friendship. I will miss you

  16. David & Wanda Koff
    March 19, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    Lorraine and family,
    Our hearts and prayers go out to you for God’s peace and comfort in your time of grief.

  17. Deborah Carter
    March 21, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    Lorraine and family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May your faith and sweet memories carry you through. ❤️

  18. Millie carney thomas
    March 28, 2023 at 4:17 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Many memories of overnight visits growing up together in Bentonville. Millie Carney Thomas

  19. Joann
    March 28, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    Joy was an absolute pleasure to know. I met her a few years ago when she became my hairdresser. Such a wonderful personality. A very kind woman who knew how to talk to anyone who entered the salon. She was a gift and will surely be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends. With sincere sympathy for your loss.

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