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 William D. “David” Wampler, Jr

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William D. “David” Wampler, Jr

  • Birth 14 Apr 1956 Harrisonburg City, Virginia, USA
  • Death 15 May 1987 Singers Glen, Rockingham County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Bridgewater, Rockingham County, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 14866660

David & I met on a blind date... the first for both of us! My aunt worked in the office at Wampler Foods and kept after me to "meet her boss". I was 22 at the time and politely told her no. She insisted. She continued to tell me how we would make the perfect couple! "Yeah, right", I thought. In the mean time she was receiving the same hesitation from David. Finally we both agreed and met, with my aunt, for a "date" at Pizza Hut. A year and a half later we were married!

The month we got married he received his first shipment of turkeys for a commercial breeder hen operation on his farm at Singers Glen. He was also working on his masters degree and assisting with the Charolais operation at his parent farm, May Meadows. Less than 4 months later he went up on the house roof to adjust the antenna (to watch the World Series) and fell, suffering a severe head injury. He spent the next year in hospitals and rehab centers. By Christmas of 1986, with the help of home nursing care, we were able to bring him home. He was unable walk or to speak but we had developed alternate communication methods. He passed away in May, due to respiratory failure, a complication of the head injury.

Obituary from The Daily News Record, Harrisonburg, VA 05/16/1987:


W. David Wampler Jr., 31, of Singers Glen died Friday morning at his home. Mr. Wampler had been in ill health since suffering a severe head injury while working at his home in October 1985.

He was born April 14, 1956 and was the son of William D. and Bonnie Lou May Wampler.

Mr. Wampler graduated from Turner Ashby High School in 1974 and from Virginia Tech in 1978. He owned and operated a turkey breeder operation at Singers Glen and was the assistant office manager of Wampler Foods until his injury.

He was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity alumni, the Virginia Charolais Association, 4-H All Stars,the Dayton Ruritan Club, the Special Riding Program for the Handicapped and was a leader of the Dayton 4-H Club.

He was a member of the Board of Ushers of the Dayton Church of the Brethren.

On June 22, 1985, he married Jetta Christine Bradburn, who survives.

Also surviving, in addition to his wife and parents, are two sisters, Melinda W. Smith of Boca Raton, Fla. and Suzanne Wampler (1964-2006) of Charlottesville, VA; a brother Charles W. Wampler II of Birmingham, Mich.; and a grandmother, Mae Wampler of Bridgewater, VA.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren by the Rev. David Brunk. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Bridgewater. The family will receive friends 7 - 8:30 today at the Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family has ask the memorial contributions be made to the Virginia 4-H Foundation and designated to the W. David Wampler Memorial Fund, c/o Pete Martens, Rockingham County Extension Office, Main Street, Harrisonburg Va. 22801

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  • Created by: Jetta Earhart
  • Added: 9 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14866660
  • Jetta Earhart
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William D. “David” Wampler, Jr (14 Apr 1956–15 May 1987), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14866660, citing Oak Lawn Cemetery, Bridgewater, Rockingham County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Jetta Earhart (contributor 46850896) .