James Royal Steptoe Jr.

James Royal Steptoe Jr.

Age 92, New Market, Va.

James Royal Steptoe Jr., 92, of New Market, passed away on Monday, January 1, 2024, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born on May 28, 1931, in Page County and was a son of the late James Royal Steptoe Sr. and Katherine Elizabeth Veney Steptoe.

James was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in the Korean War. James owned and operated Steptoe’s Barber Shop, the family business started by his father in 1921 until his retirement in 2014.

On September 2, 1956, he married Martha Ann Broaddus Steptoe, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Pamela Denise Steptoe of Washington, D.C., and Christie Renee Thornton of St. Robert, MO; a sister, Edith Butler of New Market; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Michael James Steptoe.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, at Manor Memorial United Methodist Church in New Market by the Rev. Stephen R. Creech. Burial will be in the Broaddus Family Cemetery in Luray, with military honors by the VFW Comer-Jones Post 621.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 4, at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue, Woodstock, VA 22664. 

Arrangements are being handled by The Bradley Funeral Home in Luray, Va.

1 Comment

  1. Mr. Steptoe is a man that I truly admired and he always had positive things to say about everyone. I remember his kindness, wisdom and warmth, which left an indelible mark on my heart and he is a person I NEVER stopped loving. He was easy to be around and I will forever cherish him. We not only lost a wonderful person but a library of history. I know his love and light will continue to shine through his family and friends
    With heartfelt sympathy and love!.

    E. Owens Jr.

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