Larry L. LeHew

On Friday, October 23, 2020, Larry Leon LeHew passed away at his beloved home, Bel Air.

Larry was born on February 14, 1937, in Front Royal, Virginia to Eva Rosalie and Homer Clyde LeHew. He was a lifelong resident and a direct descendant of Peter LeHew who was accredited with the founding of LeHewtown, which later became Front Royal.

Larry was a 1955 graduate of Warren County High School. Soon after graduation, he found himself in the water well drilling business. A career lasting until his death.

When he wasn’t working, which he almost always was, he sang with the likes of Bing Crosby, Gary U.S. Bonds, Freddy Fender and Patsy Cline. He shared a stage with the
Platters, Danny & the Juniors and the group Peter, Paul, and Mary.

His greatest passion, other than people, was horses. Since the 1960’s, Larry bred some of the finest horses in the area which, still today, compete up and down the East Coast. More than once, he had the best horse on the grounds at Charles Town. He fox hunted for 50 years and was Master of the Rappahannock Hunt for 20 years and then Master of the Thornton Hill Hounds for 20 more.

Preceded in death by his parents, Larry is survived by his wife of 28 years Pamela L. LeHew, his sons Larry L. LeHew, Jr. and wife Mary, Jeffrey L. LeHew and wife Sondra and daughter Wendy LeHew-Condrell and husband Bill, two sisters Lorraine LeHew Hultquist, husband Arne deceased and Linda LeHew Smith and husband Bobby, five grandchildren Jeffrey (Jay) LeHew, Jr., Lindsay LeHew, Nicholas LeHew, Jade Condrell and Gray Condrell who truly loved their larger than life “Big Dad”. In addition, there are several nieces and nephews.

The memorial service will be held Friday, October 30 at 3 PM at Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal with Sammy Campbell officiating. After entombment at Prospect Hill Cemetery, the family will gather with friends at Bel Air to celebrate a local legend.

Pallbearers will be Jeffrey LeHew, Jr., Nicholas LeHew, Jake Campbell, Dr. William Condrell, Robert Smith and John Hultquist. Honorary pallbearers will be Dell Ennis, John Marlow, Gary Settle, Ralph Smith, Charles Sims, Edwin Eastham and Arne D. Hultquist.

Contributions can be made to the; Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630.

  18 comments for “Larry L. LeHew

  1. Carey Williamson and Denise Mathews
    October 27, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of Larry. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Jim Miller
    October 27, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Jeff ,Sondra and Family –Sorry for your Loss-Larry will be missed by all that knew him We R Diminished

  3. Douglas Jones
    October 27, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    As a fellow member of the class of 55, I was very sorry to hear about Larry’s passing. Blessing to Pam and all of his family and friends. He will be missed.
    Douglas Jones

  4. Connie C. Jones
    October 28, 2020 at 3:45 am

    Our deepest condolences go out to Pam, Jeff, Sondra and family.
    Larry was a wonderful man. Our family may have to rethink Christmas Eve, as he always started our Christmas Eve entertainment off when he dropped in for a quick visit, short drink, great jokes and stories. May your many memories help you through the days ahead.

    Warmest thoughts,
    Jean Cornwell, Connie, Jim, Karen and Larry

  5. Joanna Driggs
    October 28, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    John and I extend our condolences to the entire LeHew family. He was a much beloved man who was unique in many ways. From high school days, to his business success , to his days on horseback, his musical talents, and especially the joy he found sharing his cherished Bel Air, he was true to his larger than life personality. What a guy!

  6. Steffanie Burgevin
    October 28, 2020 at 12:58 pm

    Larry was a bright, fun, talented, energetic, happy person. My sincere condolences to Pam, and the whole family.

  7. Brad (B.K.) Haynes
    October 28, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    My deepest sympathy to all the family of Larry! I remember talking over good times of years ago with him and sharing our thoughts about music, and horses. His absence will be a big loss to all of us. Thoughts and prayers to each of you.

  8. Tom & Judee Canterbury
    October 28, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    So sad to see this icon pass. Charming and exuberant, he did not go unnoticed. He always showed an enthusiasm for life. I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. Condolences to his wife and the rest of his lovely family. He was truly loved and will be sorely missed. 💙

  9. Chuck Lawrence
    October 28, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Wendy, Jeff and family.
    What great memories of of your Dad I have growing up with you all. His love for the horses and everything about fox hunting and racing. Last time I spoke with him he still had that sparkle in his eye for loving life. Celebrate a life well lived!
    Chuck Lawrence,

  10. Brent Payne
    October 29, 2020 at 12:06 am

    My deepest sympathies go to Pam and all the family! I first met Larry when I was fox hunting years ago and remember his talent as a singer and his band that I first heard after a hunt party. Rest In Peace, Larry!

    Brent Payne

  11. Donna Teabo
    October 29, 2020 at 1:32 am

    My deepest condolences to Jeff, Wendy, Pam and your families. He was larger than life and I know he’ll be missed by many, especially those of you he loved the most. Keep those fond memories close to your heart and may they bring you comfort in the days ahead.

  12. Malcolm Barr Sr.
    October 29, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Deepest sympathy to the entire LeHew family from a fellow Thoroughbred horseman and lover of all animals, great and small. R.I.P., Larry.

  13. Jean and Patrick Stafford
    October 30, 2020 at 10:22 am

    No one had more fun at Fairfax Hunt Balls than Larry when he was singing Mustang Sally. He was a born entertainer. Our deepest condolences to all the family.

  14. Gene's Plumbing Svc Inc
    October 30, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers & deepest sympathy to the family of Larry.

  15. Brenda Lockhart
    October 30, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    My sympathy to Pam and his family. I have memories of him and his band performing at Warrenton National Guard Army, my husband, Jack Lockhart has in his record collection Larry’s album. He even graciously let us use his stable for my sons wedding rehearsal party. I hold fond memories of him when he and Jack got together. He will be missed.

  16. Doug Forbes
    October 30, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Jeff and Wendy Sue;
    Patty and I were truly sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I have some great memories of coming by the house and barn, always laughing at your Dad’s antics, and am amazed to this day at the easy way he adopted my nickname as if it was the most natural thing in the world. I know how much he loved to get his horse out on the track for a run, even late into the evening. His New Years parties were always great fun. And who else would let a bunch of young drivers pile around a classic Rolls Royce? Please accept our condolences, and apologies for not being able to make the service.

  17. Alvin (AJ) Dellinger Jr
    October 31, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Larry will be missed in our town. I remember him showing me the well he did for me and also blessed us to come bale hay with Ralph and others on the Dellinger farm. His humor was something everyone will remember. My condolences to Pamela and the whole family. I pray for peace and comfort for the family too during this time.

  18. Laura Hunt
    November 3, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Miss hunting with him at Rappahannock and Thornton Hill and those parties at Bel Air. Don’t rest in peace, keep partying and singing!

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