Lester William Thomas Virts

Male 1920 - 1993


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  • Born  24 Apr 1920  Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Died  22 Oct 1993  Frederick, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried  Mount Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I9  Virts
    Last Modified  23 Apr 2017 

    Father  Oscar Franklin Virts,   b. 9 Apr 1877, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1967, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Catherine Mann,   b. 10 Mar 1877, Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Mar 1942, Lovettsville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1899  Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1  Group Sheet

    Family  Lillie Mae Hackley,   b. 31 Jul 1922, Loudoun Heights, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1973, Leesburg, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  24 Feb 1944  Loudoun County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified  7 Oct 2012 
    Family ID  F7  Group Sheet

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    Lester William Thomas Virts and Lillie Mae Hackley
    Lester William Thomas Virts and Lillie Mae Hackley
    Lester was born April 24, 1920 in Lovettsville, Virginia to Oscar Franklin and Mary Catherine Mann Virts. He died October 22, 1993 in Frederick, Maryland. He married Lille Mae Hackley on February 24, 1944. She was born July 31, 1922 in Loudoun Heights, Virginia to Robert and Rose Belle Speaks Hackley. She died January 6, 1973 in Leesburg, Virginia. Both are buried in the Cemetery at the Mt. Olivet Methodist Church in Lovettsville.

    Photo courtesy of Raymond E. Virts Family
    Mary Catherine Mann, Lester William Thomas Virts and Oscar Franklin Virts
    Mary Catherine Mann, Lester William Thomas Virts and Oscar Franklin Virts
    A Virts Country Butchering
    A Virts Country Butchering
    The hog has been scaled in the trough and here (left to right foreground) Russell James Virts, James Green and Lester William Thomas Virts are scrapping off the hair with hog scrappers.
    A Virts Country Butchering
    A Virts Country Butchering
    Elmer Swartz stirring the Poudin, Raymond Eugene Virts, Lester William Thomas Virts, Clarence Lanham, Benton Stone stirring Ponhaus (scrapple) and Daniel Fleming.


    James Marion Virts (1848-1933) Group Photo
    James Marion Virts (1848-1933) Group Photo
    left to right:

    Russell James Virts, William Michael Everhart, Sr., Harrison Riley, Theodore Roosevelt Virts, Milford Leonard Everhart, Leon Conner, James Marion Virts, Lester William Thomas Virts (little boy)

    Photo courtesy of Raymond E. Virts Family

    Headstones
    Lester William Thomas Virts (1920-1993) and Lillie Mae Hackley (1922-1973) Headstone
    Lester William Thomas Virts (1920-1993) and Lillie Mae Hackley (1922-1973) Headstone

    Albums
    A Virts Country Butchering
    A Virts Country Butchering (14)
    November was the time for butchering hogs. It has been a fall tradition in the Virts family for well over 100 years. The Raymond E. Virts family on the Long Lane in Lovettsville, Virginia always butchered on Thanksgiving day. You might consider the butchering day as a family reunion held several times each November as this even would bring together siblings, cousins and friends. There was always a friendly competition amongst Raymond's brothers to see who had the largest hog. It was not uncommon to have a hog have a dressed weight of over 400 pounds. Such a hog would produce over 40 pound hams that would be sugar cured. Most local families had a butchering and would usually slaughter form 2 - 14 hogs, depending on the size of the family. Butchering is nearly extinct today. You will only find a hand full of families that still carry on the tradition. Hardly anyone even knows how to do it anymore. I would have to say it is a dying art. Just click on the picture to see it enlarged and to get a description.
    Oscar Franklin Virts and Mary Catherine Mann
    Oscar Franklin Virts and Mary Catherine Mann (17)

  • Notes 
    • Frederick Post, October 23, 1993

      Mr. Lester William Thomas, resident of Lovettsville nearly his entire life, died Friday, October 23 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Lillie Hackley Virts, who died in 1973. Born April 24, 1920 at Lovettsville, he was a son of the late Oscar and Mary Virts. Surviving are a foster son, Joseph W. Jenkins of Lovettsville; two brothers, Theodore Virts and Russell Virts, both of Lovettsville; two sisters, Jessie Frye of Lovettsville, and Goldie Stone of Leesburg, Va. Mr. Virts was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Virts. Interment was in the Mt. Olivet Methodist Cemetery, Lovettsville.
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      Lester worked on various dairy farms in the Philomont, Virginia area in his younger years. He later worked for Gallaham Excavating and later for the Virginia Department of Highways from which he retired. Lester moved away from Lovettsville in the 1940's after his marriage to Lillie Hackley. Lester and his family lived in Philomont and Purcellville, Virginia area until the mid 1970's. Lester and his wife did not have any children of their own but did raise for most his life Lillie's sister Alice Hackley Jenkins son Joseph Jenkins. He returned to Lovettsville in the mid 1970's after the death of his wife were he lived the rest of his life with his Joe and his family.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2730] Virginia, Birth Records, 1912-2014, Delayed Birth Records, 1854-1911.

    2. [S207] The Frederick Post, October 23, 1993.