Death Records

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library / Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

When searching for Death Records, check these sources:
We have published books of death records (929.36 Fre) and cemetery records (929.5 Fre), and the manuscript index includes cemeteries.
The state of Virginia recorded death records from 1853 to 1896 and 1912 to present.

Former Funeral Homes

*Funk and Ray Records984 WFCHS
Funeral Service Records 1901-1927 (Indexed within each year)

*Kurtz Funeral Home Records—985 WFCHS—1867-1937 (indexed within each year)

*Parlett Funeral Home Records—114 THL—1924-1947 (indexed)

Samsell Funeral Home Records, Stephens City, VA—MMF1528 WFCHS—1906-1941
(extracted & indexed)

Shanholtz, Jugertha L.—Funeral Records—1648 WFCHS—1898-1931, indexed

*These records are recorded on CD: Extant Funeral Records of Winchester—Frederick County, VA
929.5 Fre


Carper, Edgar W., Notes of–990THL/WFCHS, obituaries and funeral cards for local residents, 1876-1953, indexed, Lois Marbert Collection.

Cartmell, Thomas K. Papers–164 WFCHS Scrapbook, Miss Mary E.R. Cartmell 1846-1892.
SEE Inventory for index.

Henkel, Alfred D. Collection–162 WFCHS/THL, Scrapbooks 1-5 indexed. SEE Inventory for indexes.

Obituaries clipped from The Winchester Star from 1899- (ongoing project), arranged in alphabetical order within each year. Ask for MMF Obituaries—year.

Parrish, John Journals–306 WFCHS, 1875-1885 Birth and Death Abstracts, 1898-1911 List of deaths.

Rees, Jonah L. Collection–370 WFCHS, Scrapbook, Mary Rees 1888-1914. SEE Inventory for index.

Ritter, Ben Collection–12 WFCHS, Box 4 Miscellaneous Notes; incomplete index of Winchester newspapers and other sources, 13 folders arranged in alphabetical order.

Sencindiver, Lucille Collection–1451 WFCHS Scrapbook. SEE Inventory for index.

Current Funeral Homes

Cartwright Funeral Home (Primarily African-American)
Phone: (540) 662-5282
232 Fairfax Lane
Winchester, VA 22601
No record of dates
Michael R. Phelps and Associates Funeral Directors
Phone: (540) 869-6549
5095 Main Street
Stephens City, VA 22655
Records kept from Sept. 1, 1998 to present
Enders & Shirley Funeral Homes & Crematory
Phone: (540) 955-1062
5095 Main St.
Berryville, VA 22611
Records kept from 1930 to present
Omps Funeral Home & Cremation Service
Phone: (540) 662-6633
1600 Amherst St.
Winchester, VA 22601
Records kept from 1936 to present
Jones Funeral Home & Crematory
Phone: (540) 662-2523
228 S. Pleasant Valley Road
Winchester, VA 22602
Records kept from 1991 to present on microfiche

Major Cemeteries in Winchester-Frederick County Area

(Archives does not have records of the following cemeteries. Contact cemetery office for list of interments.)

Catholic Cemetery (contact cemetery office for list of internents)
Office of Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Phone: (540) 662-5858
1717 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Records kept from May 4, 1854 to present
Location: Corner of N. Loudoun and Pall Mall
Orrick Cemetery
Phone: (540) 662-9763
Valley Avenue
Orrick Cemetery Records #250 THL
Mount Hebron Cemetery
Phone: (540) 662-4868
305 E. Boscawen St.
Winchester, VA 22601
Web site:
Gravestone inscriptions are available on the cemetery website
Records kept from 1844-1876 to present (incomplete, includes Reformed, Lutheran, and Stonewall Cemetery)
(microfilm records at Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, 1843-1976)
Index available for 1844-1976
Mount Hebron Cemetery Collection #84 THL
Shenandoah Memorial Park (contact cemetery office for list of internments)
Phone: (540) 667-2012
522 South Paper Mill Rd.
Winchester, VA 22601
Records kept from 1957 to present
Location: Off of Front Royal Road
National Cemetery, Berryville Ave. Winchester, VA
Central Office, 305 U. S. Ave., Culpeper, VA, 22701
National Cemetery, Collection #1502 THL

Death certificates on microfilm for 1912-1953 at Vital Statistics of Library of Virginia; microfilm available through interlibrary loan from the Library of Virginia.  See (outside link) or more information.

Death records after 1953 at Virginia Department of Health, Office of Vital Records & Health Statistics, P.O. Box 1000, Richmond, VA 23218-1000. Info line 804-662-6200–this is a recording.  Obituary Website: (outside link).