Rene Raymond Dufour, 77, of Hot Springs, Virginia, passed into eternity from his residence at Hillandale Farm on August 27, 2012. Rene was born August 5, 1935 in Hot Springs at the Bath County Community House, the son of the late Louie Pierre Dufour and Clara Stinnett Dufour. He attended grade school in Ashwood and graduated high school from Greenbriar Military Academy in Lewisburg, WV. He also attended Linden Hall Academy and Georgetown University in Washington DC. Rene was a fine athlete in prep school, excelling in basketball, track & field and boxing. Rene served in the US Army and spent time in Korea during the Korean War. Rene returned stateside and worked for American Airlines for several years in Washington DC before returning to Bath County. In 1959, Rene married the love of his life, Mary Madge Alexander and they celebrated 53 years of marriage. In 1963, Rene and Madge moved to Hot Springs and made their home at Hillandale Farm. Rene quickly become involved in serving his community in various capacities including serving on the Bath County School Board for 20+ years, the chairman of the Republican Committee, many years on the Electoral Board in Bath County, a member of Fort Lewis Hunt Club, the Bath Cotillion Club, The Bath County Athletic Boosters Club, The Bath County Airport Authority and the Bath County Community Hospital Board for many years. He served for years as the chain marker for the Bath County Chargers football and was a faithful member and Greeter along with his wife Madge, at Faith Covenant Family Church. Rene was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, golf and work on his farm. He is member of the Greenbriar Military School Alumni.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, John Rene Dufour.
Rene’s greatest joy was his wife and family. He was a devoted husband to Madge for 53 years and the adored father & grandfather to 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Children include Laura Shaver and husband Pastor Steve Shaver of Hot Springs, Dawn Smithwick and husband Dr. William Smithwick of Louisville, KY, a son Louie Dufour and wife Teresa of Hot Springs, a daughter Mary Claire Gram and husband Pastor Bill Gram of Hot Springs and the late John Rene Dufour. Grandchildren include Alex Shaver and wife Maddie, of Cameron, N.C., Tyler Shaver of Radford, Virginia, Trey Shaver of Hot Springs, Brannan Smithwick of Roanoke, Virginia, Holly Smithwick Webster and her husband Matthew of Lexington, KY, Bryce Smithwick of Louisville, Chad Dufour of Virginia Beach, VA, Abby, Lindsay, Isabella and Nicholas Dufour all of Hot Springs and Benjamin Briggs of Cookeville, TN; two great grandchildren, Tyler and Hunter Shaver of Cameron, NC; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Dufour of Virginia Beach; and a treasured family member Jean Sullenberger of Staunton, VA.
A celebration of his Life will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 1, 2012 at McLaughlin and Young Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Union Chapel. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post 1033 Curtis A. Smith Honor Guard.
Memorial Contributions may be made to The John Dufour Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 14, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445; The Faith Covenant Family Church, Box 551, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445; or to the Hot Springs Rescue Squad, P.O. Box N, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445