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Lori Ann Templeton

January 6, 2022

Lori Ann Templeton, 54, of Lynchburg, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, January 6, 2022. She was the loving wife of Darrell Templeton for 34 years.

Lori was born on May 31, 1967, a daughter of Larry and Bonnie Roots. She was a graduate of Lynchburg Christian Academy, hosted our house church “river church”, and worked over 20 years in the family business, R. Ashby Templeton Paving. What she loved most and brought her immense joy was being a Mom and Nana. She dedicated her whole life to her family. She was a homemaker to her children growing up and was very active in her granddaughters’ lives. She loved spending time with her family and friends at the river. She loved the mountains and going to Nags Head, and she enjoyed hosting people and always made them feel special and welcome. She was so beautiful and she radiated her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by her children, Lexi Stinnette (Chris), Levi Templeton, and Matt Moser (Katy); granddaughters, Layla and Livia Stinnette; sister, Amy Roots Gwartney (Mark); brother, Richard Roots; several nieces and nephews; along with her Stimpleton clan and river family.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. A celebration of life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 13, 2022, by evangelist Roger Roller, at North Bedford Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Lori Templeton to, Good Shepard’s Fold (

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family.


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I am so so sorry about Lori passing. She was such a sweet lady. I know you are going to miss seeing her around with the grandchildren but she will be looking down on you. I know she loved being around her children and being at the river. Daryl , I can't imagine what you are going through after having the love of your life not here with you. Prayers for you all through the days to come. Love Liz Stinson

Posted by Elizabeth Stinson on January 12, 2022

Lexi, Chris and Family - Keeping you all in thought and prayer during this most challenging time in the loss of Lori. May the Lord continue to keep his loving arms around each of you and give you comfort. May the memories you all have made and cherish so much remain in your hearts forever and sustain you in the weeks ahead. Love and Blessings.

Posted by Debbie Martin on January 12, 2022

We are both so saddened by the passing of Lori and our hearts are breaking for you Darrell, Lexi and Levi. Please let us know if we can do anything. ❤

Posted by Debbie & Virgil Naff on January 12, 2022

Darrell, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. This will be a challenge like you have never faced before but one that your strength and faith in God will guide you through. Please know that we, as well as many others, are here to support you in any way we can. Ed and Lisa

Posted by Ed and Lisa Ramsey on January 11, 2022

I have never met Mrs. or Mr. Templeton,; but I have met their son, Levi. By meeting Levi, I can tell you that his Mom and Dad have done a wonderful job in raising their child because I found in him all the attributes of a man of character. Our children are only on loan to us from a Heavenly Father that loves them so much, that He allowed His only Son to die for their sins…long before they were even born. A man of character does not just happen; it takes molding and making. He must “see” how to love others, be instructed to share with others and know how to lead others. This is the job of his parents and though I never met Lori Ann, I can tell you who she is and what she is like by looking at Levi. Lori is more alive today than ever before. Know that God has never called an emergency meeting at His Throne because someone arrived in Heaven early. We only lose this mortal coil when our job here is finished. Lori arrived in her Fathers House, the Celestial City of God…right on time! You will miss her here but for a short time as now the bars of clay that once held her soul and the doors of her flesh have burst wide open and have set her free to the arms of her loving Savior; Jesus. She has left a family behind that will have many people testify of her kindness and loving nature but nothing will point us toward her good works and the God who loves each of us as will that family that now has experienced great but temporary loss. Levi, you are what your mom and dad put into you- go make them proud! It’s ok to mourn for your Mom but never grieve for her timelessly because Heaven is a great place to be and God was waiting on her. “We sorrow not as those that have no hope!” Help your Dad too, he will have an empty chair at his table. I look forward to meeting your Mom when my job is finished!

Posted by Rusty Smallwood on January 11, 2022

Darrell, you may not remember me, I am the lady Lori took under wing, @ JCrew in 2010, Lori was a wonderful young woman a breathe of fresh air. A very Spiritual young woman, she gave me my first prayer journal. And I have continued to write every day since. She quit work after Lexi was born. She came with Lexi to see me in Big Island. I pray the Lord will heal our hearts. I loved her, but GOD loved her best. Will be praying. Just finished up radiation in Charlottsville for brain tumor. Love you guys.

Posted by Dorothy R Lightfoot on January 11, 2022

Darrell & family: We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lori. I will never forget how kind she was to my children and me. When you are the parent of a special needs child, you never know beforehand how people will react to them. Lori always treated us with the utmost love, dignity, and respect; especially my son. That really meant so much to us. Please know that you all are in our prayers. May you all find comfort in knowing that she is with Jesus and completely healed. David, Betty, & Nathan Smith Josh & Jennifer Piercy

Posted by Smith & Piercy families on January 10, 2022

Darrell and family, I am deeply sorry to learn of Lori's passing. My condolences and prayers are for you.

Posted by Reve Carwile, Jr. on January 10, 2022

Darrell and family, I am deeply sorry to learn of Lori's passing. My condolences and prayers are for you.

Posted by Reve Carwile, Jr. on January 10, 2022

Darrell and family, I am deeply sorry to learn of Lori's passing. My condolences and prayers are for you.

Posted by Reve Carwile, Jr. on January 10, 2022


Posted by Anonymous on January 10, 2022

Very sorry for your loss Darrel. We are praying for you and your family. Take care!

Posted by Scott Barringer on January 9, 2022

Darrell, I'm very sorry for your loss and wanted you to know I am thinking of you. Be well, my friend. David

Posted by David Thomasson on January 9, 2022

Darryl I am so sorry to read and learn of Lori's passing. Please know that you are in Kit's and my prayers. We are in FL for this month and will not be able to attend the funeral service, but will be thinking about you and your family. God bless, David and Kit.

Posted by David Burnett on January 9, 2022

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