VIRGINIA HORSEMAN ROBERT “BOBBY JOE” PILLION 1934 – 2014

BOBBY-PILLION-2009(Blue Ridge Hunt) The foxhunting community lost a beloved member Sunday, January 12, in the passing of Robert Joseph “Bobby Joe” Pillion, 79, of Millwood, Virginia.

Bobby was born July 23, 1934 in Rose Hill, Virginia, son of the late White Ray Pillion and Sallie Emma Pauley Pillion. He was a horseman for Shan Hill Farm in Millwood; was a member of Blue Ridge Hunt; a ring master with Upperville Colt & Horse Show for 40 years; was in the Virginia Horseman Association Hall of Fame; and Whipped in Blue Ridge Hunt from 1966 until his retirement. He married Iona Ferguson Pillion on March 13, 1970 in Boyce, Virginia. Surviving with his wife are three daughters, Cathy Anne Pillion-Dorsey of Charlottesville, VA, Rebecca Louise Mason of Winchester, VA and Sarah Dunbar Yost of Winchester, VA; a son, Michael Ray Pillion of Culpeper, VA; a sister, Hope Irene Gregg of Lovettsville, VA; a brother, Harvey Eugene Pillion of Delaware, OH; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. A son, Robert Douglas Pillion, preceded him in death.

This always jovial, soft spoken, so very kind gentleman will be sorely missed by many, many people.

A memorial service will be held 4:00 P. M. Friday, January 17, 2014 at Long Branch Plantation, Millwood, with The Rev. Karin MacPhail officiating. Burial will be private.

Condolences, stories, documents and photos may be posted in the guestbook online at Enders and Shirley Funeral Home: http://www.endersandshirley.com

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601.

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