Sandra Lenora Riley Whorton

Sandra Lenora Riley Whorton, of Flint Hill, VA, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024, in Purcellville, VA following a brief illness.  She was under hospice care at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Vicki Kiker.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 17 at 2:00 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home with Sammy L. Campbell officiating. Interment will follow at the Washington Masonic Cemetery in Washington, VA.

Sandra was born in Washington, DC on January 16, 1943 to Milton and Zella Hart Riley. She was married to Thurman Franklin Whorton.

Sandra, known as Sandy to many customers and friends, was the owner/operator of the Midway Restaurant from 1979 to 1994.   After a one-year retirement, Sandy reopened the Midway in a new location on Water Street in Front Royal in 1995.

She will be remembered for the kind way in which she treated everyone and how she made each person feel.  Sandy will also be remembered for the best home-cooking in the area.  Customers who frequented the Midway felt like family; most were local and came in daily.  Others lived far away but stopped by when they were in town or passing through. The Midway closed in August 2011; Sandy continued to hear from her customers until her death.

Sandra is survived by her children, Jo Ann Henderson (Eddie) of Front Royal, Norma Jean Shaw (Matthew) of Drakes Branch, VA, and Donna Grimsley (Sam) of Bentonville, VA; brothers, Edward Kiker and Keith Kiker; one sister, Connie S. Wiley and a sister-in-law, Frances Aycock Kiker.  She is also survived by her son-in-law, Russell Figgins and his wife Stacy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; daughter, Beverly K. Figgins; brothers, Carl Kelly Kiker and Grady Lee Kiker; sister, Joan Warring; and a grandson, Russell Lee Whorton Figgins.

Pallbearers will be Edward Kiker, Matthew Shaw, Russel Figgins, Samuel Grimsley, Alex Shaw, Ryan Shaw, Gregory Powell, Anthony Moore and Dakota Wines.

The family will receive friends on Monday, June 17 from 1-2 p.m. at the funeral home.

  1 comment for “Sandra Lenora Riley Whorton

  1. Sharon Fairweather
    June 13, 2024 at 12:11 pm

    Loved her cooking!…always ordered the same…western omelet, crispy fried potatoes and onions…everything was always, dare I say perfect? well, it was! She always greeted us with a warm, friendly smile….humble lady, wonderful cook!

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