Reverend Dr. Donn Keith Langfitt

Published 4:51 pm Tuesday, April 27, 2021

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The Reverend Dr. Donn Keith Langfitt, 87, died Friday, April 16, after a long illness, surrounded by his loving wife and family.

Born to Bruce and Helen Bohnert Langfitt, Charleston, West Virginia in 1933, Donn Langfitt went on to serve as a minister for nearly 60 years in the Presbyterian Church. Donn received his undergraduate degree from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, his Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond and a Doctor of Divinity in Small Group Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

Throughout his career, Donn was known for his humorous and thoughtful sermons. He enjoyed the storytelling process and wrote poetry and humor columns for multiple publications throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Over the course of his career, he served pastorates in Franklin, North Carolina, Arlington, Herndon, Staunton and retiring in Maitland, Florida. He then served interim pastorates in Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia. Donn loved coming into the challenge of a church in transition, stabilizing the congregation and helping them on the path to lasting ministry.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children, Gary Langfitt and his wife, Rebecca Bostrom, of Dublin, Ohio, Rebecca Earhart and her husband, Christopher, of Staunton, Dr. Mark Langfitt and his wife, Susan, of Easton, Maryland, Ellen Langevin and her husband, Mark, of Oviedo, Florida and David Langfitt and his wife, Pamela, of Glen Allen.

He is survived by his grandchildren: Sarah Earhart, William Earhart and his wife, Dr. Erin Earhart, Caitlin Langfitt and her husband, Charles King, Benjamin Langevin and his wife, Erika Queen-Langevin, Madeline Langfitt, Emma Langfitt, Matthew Langfitt and Joshua Langfitt. He is survived by his great-grandchildren: Henry Earhart and Eleanor Earhart.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 30, at The Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg. Social distancing and mask wearing are required. Private spreading of ashes will take place at the Covenant Presbyterian Church Memorial Garden in Staunton and interment of ashes will take place at the Rough Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Phenix.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad at 510 William St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, the Capital Fund of The Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg at 810 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 or the church of your choice.