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Charles W. Strother
Union Baptist Member
Charles W. "Charlie" Strother, 76, of Waynesboro, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at the Shenandoah House, Fishersville.
He was born Aug. 10, 1938, in Augusta County, a son of the late John and Mozelle Strother and was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Ann Diggs Strother.
Charlie retired from Virginia Panel in 2003 with 37 years of service. He was a member of Union Baptist Church, Afton, and Waynesboro Male Chorus. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Sims of Waynesboro; three grandchildren, Felicia and JR and Kimberly, Candace and Glen; two great-grandchildren, Jaya and Enrique; three sisters, Elizabeth Fisher and Betty Strother of Staunton, and Mary Jones (Louis) of Stuarts Draft; one brother, John Strother (Evelyn) of New Jersey; six sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at Union Baptist Church, 783 Avon Road, Afton, 22920, with Pastor Phillip A. Carter officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Charlton and Groome Funeral Home, 619 Lifecore Drive, (formerly Goose Creek Road), Fishersville handled the arrangements.
Memorial and condolences may be shared with the family at www.charltonandgroomefuneralhome.com.

Phyllis M. Henderson Clark
Oak Grove Baptist Member
Phyllis Mary (Henderson) Clark, of Crossroad Lane, passed away Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at Augusta Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fishersville.
She was born June 27, 1949, in Charlottesville, a daughter of the late Howard L. and Mary A. (Washington) Henderson.
She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Restoration Ministries.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Emmett and Howard Henderson; six sisters, Willie Mae Washington, Mildred Clark, Barbara Moore, Nora Sheffey, Alice Massie and Lottie Wade.
Phyllis is survived by five children, Iva Jackson and Alan, Ivy Henderson, Cara Sparks and Christopher, Sr., Corey and Ronnie Clark; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, Carl Henderson and Pat; a special pet, Remington, the Red Tail Macaw Bird; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was conducted Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Oak Grove Baptist Restoration Ministries.
Professional services were entrusted to the McCutcheon's Funeral Home, (540) 943-6938.


Jack M. Williams
Broadway High Sophomore
Jack Merkel Williams, 15, of Keezletown, Viginia, passed away Monday, Sept. 1, 2014, at his home.
He was born Aug. 6, 1999, and was the son of Michael A. Williams and Julia M. Merkel.
Jack was a sophomore at Broadway High School, where he was an honor roll student, a member of the debate, academic, and tennis teams. He had aspirations to become an architect, a physicist, or a doctor. He was always thinking up big ideas for how to help the world; the latest of which was a potential nonprofit “HUGS for HUMANITY.”
Jack was a budding musician, an avid reader and public speaker. He was convinced that he was an atheist, but his family believes he is at peace with God and his heavenly family.
Besides his parents, he is survived by his sister, Nathalie; grandparents, Edith L. Williams of Malvern, ARK, and Philip and Cecilia Merkel of Ashburn; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Jack Albert Williams.
A Celebration of Life service at Trinity Presbyterian Church was held on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Michael Shenk officiating. A shared meal reception
follow at the church.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Valley Associates for Independent Living (VAIL) at 3210 Peoples Drive, Suite 220, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg handled the arrangements.

Marie T. Richardson
Shiloh Baptist Member
Marie (Thompson) Richardson, 88, of 554 N. Charlotte Ave., Waynesboro, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Envoy of Staunton.
She was born on Feb. 10, 1926, in Fincastle, Virginia. She retired from Hershey's Chocolate of Virginia with 10 years of service. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. She was a lifetime member of the NAACP and served as Chaplain with the Christian Women Fellowship Ministries.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter. Marie is survived by six children, Marion Arkward, Ned Johnson Sr. (friend, Rebecca Brown), Gale Richardson-Price, Charles "Huck" Johnson, Sr. (Hilda), Charles Richardson (Shirleen), and Ronnie Richardson (Rosetta); numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was conducted Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Shiloh Baptist Church.
Professional services provided by McCutcheon's Funeral Home (540) 943-6938.

Daryl W. Belton
Union Baptist Lifelong Member
Darryl Wayne Belton, 60, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Branford, Connecticut.
He was born on May 3, 1954, in Augusta County, to the late John and Shirley (Belton) Barber.
His parents preceded him in death. Darryl leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, Edna Regina Belton; his maternal grandmother, Virginia Caul; four daughters; two sons; six sisters; two brothers; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was conducted by the Rev. John Avery Miller at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Pleasant View United Methodist Church.
Professional services provided by McCutcheon's Funeral Home, (540) 943-6938.

Donald W. Johnson
53 Year Pastor
Donald Winston Johnson entered eternal rest in the early morning hours on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at his home surrounded by his wife and daughter.
Born on July 14, 1936, in New York City, the Rev. Dr. Johnson was the youngest son of the late London B. and Martha Ann Johnson.
Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, attended Norfolk State University, and received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in History and Biblical Studies from Union Christian College in New York.
Dr. Johnson's 53 years of pastorates included Union Bethel Baptist Church, Jolliff; First Baptist Church, Court St. Baptist Church, Lynchburg; Union Mission Baptist Church, Crozet; Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Dillwyn; and Union Baptist Church, Waynesboro, from which he retired in June 2012, and was named Pastor Emeritus. He always took delight in encouraging and mentoring younger ministers and colleagues as well as the parishioner in each church. He forever looked for the best in others, expecting excellence, and could find something good in everyone. He usually concluded his motivational addresses with this personal motto: "Good, better, best; Never let it rest; Until your good becomes better; and your better becomes best. And when you've done your best, God will do the rest".
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Herbert, Russell, and Paul; sister, Audrey Chaney; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Vera Hagans. He leaves to cherish his endearing legacy his devoted wife of 49 years, Harriett Hagans Johnson; loving daughter, JaVera Donalda Johnson Bolden and her husband, Christopher Allen Bolden; precious granddaughters, Christina SaVera Bolden "Lump of Sugar" and Allana Danielle Bolden "Sweetie Pie"; sister, Nancy Walker of New York City; brother, Calvin C. Johnson of Atlanta, GA; aunts, Bettye J. Davis and Mary Alice J. Massenburg of Norlina, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Sandra l. Hagans, of VA Beach, and Gail H. Williams and husband, Edward, of Suffolk; brother-in-law, Harold L. Hagans Jr. and wife, Teresa, of Lorton; life-long friends, William and Edith Staten of Hampton; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
A commemorative service was conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Diamond Hill Baptist Church with the Pastor, the Rev. Warren Anderson. Interment was held on Monday, Aug.25, 2014, at 11 a.m.

Donald W. Johnson

53 Year Pastor
Donald Winston Johnson entered eternal rest in the early morning hours on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at his home surrounded by his wife and daughter.
Born on July 14, 1936, in New York City, the Rev. Dr. Johnson was the youngest son of the late London B. and Martha Ann Johnson.
Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, attended Norfolk State University, and received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in History and Biblical Studies from Union Christian College in New York.
Dr. Johnson's 53 years of pastorates included Union Bethel Baptist Church, Jolliff; First Baptist Church, Court St. Baptist Church, Lynchburg; Union Mission Baptist Church, Crozet; Mt. Nebo Baptist Church, Dillwyn; and Union Baptist Church, Waynesboro, from which he retired in June 2012, and was named Pastor Emeritus. He always took delight in encouraging and mentoring younger ministers and colleagues as well as the parishioner in each church. He forever looked for the best in others, expecting excellence, and could find something good in everyone. He usually concluded his motivational addresses with this personal motto: "Good, better, best; Never let it rest; Until your good becomes better; and your better becomes best. And when you've done your best, God will do the rest".
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Herbert, Russell, and Paul; sister, Audrey Chaney; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Vera Hagans. He leaves to cherish his endearing legacy his devoted wife of 49 years, Harriett Hagans Johnson; loving daughter, JaVera Donalda Johnson Bolden and her husband, Christopher Allen Bolden; precious granddaughters, Christina SaVera Bolden "Lump of Sugar" and Allana Danielle Bolden "Sweetie Pie"; sister, Nancy Walker of New York City; brother, Calvin C. Johnson of Atlanta, GA; aunts, Bettye J. Davis and Mary Alice J. Massenburg of Norlina, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Sandra l. Hagans, of VA Beach, and Gail H. Williams and husband, Edward, of Suffolk; brother-in-law, Harold L. Hagans Jr. and wife, Teresa, of Lorton; life-long friends, William and Edith Staten of Hampton; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
A commemorative service was conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, at Diamond Hill Baptist Church with the Pastor, the Rev. Warren Anderson. Interment was held on Monday, Aug.25, 2014, at 11

Coleman D. Neeley
Augusta Street UMC Member
Coleman Denzel Neeley, 21, Staunton, Virginia, of 107 Shawn Circle died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Fort Defiance.
He was born Nov. 18, 1992, in Staunton, a son of Mark Aaron Neeley and Charlotte Ann Fisher.
Mr. Neeley was a student at Chowan University, studying Sports Management.
He was a member of Augusta Street United Methodist Church.
He was an avid basketball enthusiast.
In addition to his parents, family members include three brothers, Tyrone Livingston of Newport News, Aaron Westfield of Cleveland, TNN, and Marclund Neeley of Staunton; two sisters, Nicole Livingston of Newport News and Mia Neeley of Staunton; grandmother, Lee Fisher of Staunton; and special friends, Shai Matthews, Sonny Toye, Trevor Smith, Devon Casey, all of Staunton and "Links".
He was preceded in death by a brother, Nathan Westfield.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Augusta Street United Methodist Church by the Rev. John Benson. Burial followed in Oak Lawn Mausoleum and Memory Gardens.
Active pallbearers were Shai Matthews and Sonny Toye.
Henry Funeral Home handled the arrangements.


Wayne T. White Sr.
Union Baptist Lifelong Member
Wayne Thomas White Sr., 75, of Waynesboro, Virginia, departed this life on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Albemarle County.
He was born on April 18, 1939, in Albemarle County, a son of the late Chester Arthur White and Viola Virginia Steppe White.
He had a lifelong love of farming; he was a retired Teamster and had retired from Friendly Tire Service, Waynesboro, with more than 20 years of service.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Philogene and Matthew White and Carl Steppe. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Loretta Ann Redd White; his children, Carolyn, Cynthia and Donna Redd and Gail Woods, all of Waynesboro, Eddie White and wife, Ayuko, of Charlottesville, Tommy White and wife, Myown, of Richmond, and Beverly, David, Richard and Garry White, all of Waynesboro; three sisters, Emma Steppe of Charlottesville, LaVerne Durrette and husband, George, of Afton, and Jane White of Afton; three brothers, Moses White and wife, Nellie, of Mineral, Roy White and wife, Pat, of Afton, and Richard White and wife, Linda, of Greenwood; 19 grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Union Baptist Church, with Pastor Phillip A. Carter officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Robert F. Haston Jr.
U.S. Army
Robert F. Haston Jr., 95, formerly of 816 Patton St., Staunton, Virginia, departed this life Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Oak Grove Manor Assisted Living in Waynesboro.
He was born Sept. 20, 1918, in Charleston, W, to the late Robert P. and Betty (Twitty) Haston.
He retired from E.I. DuPont with 42 years of service and served in the U.S. Army in World War II.
He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church and served on the trustee board.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 69 years, Ola (Jones) Haston; and three brothers: Elvis, Ray and Elridge Haston.
Left to cherish his memories are four children, Robert Haston III (Eva), Gwendolyn Howard (Roger), Mark Haston and Gary Haston (Sherry); 12 grandchildren, Roger Howard Jr. (Valerie), Eugene Haston (Shawne), Diane Haston, Paige Poole (Kenneth), Gary Haston, Jr. (Rosemary), Eric Howard (Jamie), Brian Haston, Brandy McCarthy, Lindsey Haston, Lauren Haston, Brianna McCarthy and Kelly Millard (Adam) and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was the last of his immediate family.
A funeral service was held 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Interment was at Oaklawn Cemetery.
Entrusted by Kenneth L. Jones

David J. Walker Sr.
U.S. Army
David John Walker Sr. 86, of 400 N. Hancock St., Craigsville, Virginia, died Monday morning, Aug. 11, 2014, at Augusta Medical Center. He was born April 5, 1928, in Fairmont, W.Va., the eldest son of the late Phillip Walker and Viola (Harris) Walker.
Oct. 1, 1958, he married Virginia (Palmer) Walker; she preceded him in death, Feb. 17, 2009.
Mr. Walker was a retired CSX railroad employee, of which he worked for over 40 years. Mr. Walker and his wife served as foster parents to more than 45 children. He was a member of both Aenon-Union Baptist Church in Craigsville and First Baptist Church of Goshen as a deacon and trustee. Mr. Walker was revered for his hard work, self-reliance, and optimism. He was an honorable veteran of the U. S. Army and served during the Korean War.
Mr. Walker is survived by six children, David J. Walker Jr. and wife, Mary, of Bloomington, Ill., Phillip Walker of Craigsville, Stacey Walker and wife, Maria, of Springfield, Ill., Valerie Thompson and husband, Roscoe, of Staunton, Winnie Walker and fiancée, David Conner, of Craigsville, and Dovana Simms of Stuarts Draft; five grandchildren, Maya, Noah, Naomi, Bianca, and Nykia; numerous foster children and grandchildren; an abundance of extended family; and many, many friends throughout the local area. Other than his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Archie Walker, Isaiah Walker, and daughter, Michelle Redman.
A funeral service will be at Craigsville Presbyterian Church in Craigsville, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Michael Turner officiating. Interment will follow in Community Memorial Cemetery in Craigsville. Pallbearers will be John Coffman III, Floyd Byram, Jerome Toles, Paul Edwards and Wayne Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be all friends attending the service.
The family will receive friends from 7 until 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at Craigsville Funeral Home in Craigsville.

Edith B. Kite
Mt. Crawford Native
Edith Bolling Kite, 87, of Mount Crawford, Virginia, passed away at her home Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.
She was born in Rockingham County to the late William and Bertie Landes Meyerhoeffer on Nov. 10, 1926.
Edith enjoyed visiting and spending time with family, watching television, reading, and truly remained sharp her whole life. Edith is survived by her sons, Wayne Edwin Kite of Mount Crawford and Steve Yancey Kite of Harrisonburg; daughters, Wilma L. Loker and husband, Bill, of McGaheysville, Barbara Kite of Mount Crawford, Janet L. Coakley of Singers Glen and Bonnie Futrell and husband, James, of Rich Square, N.C.; sister, Minnie Monger; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Yancey Edwin Kite; daughters, Sharon Kite and Nancy Conley; son- in- law, Jerry Coakley Sr.; brothers, Starless Meyerhoeffer, Wilbur Meyerhoeffer and Ted Meyerhoeffer; and sister, Florence Kite.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisonburg with Pastor Jimmy Kite officiating. Burial followed at East Point Cemetery in Elkton.

Margaret B. Ragland
Keswick Native
Margaret Barrett Ragland was born May 3, 1955, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
She transitioned at her home in Keswick, Virginia on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.
Margaret leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Louis Alphonso Ragland Sr.; her dog, Mia of Keswick; a daughter, Leslie Ragland and a son-in-law, Michael Banks of Richmond; and a son, Louis Ragland Jr. of Florida.
A funeral was held at Union Run Baptist Church of Keswick, Virginia, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at 2 p.m., with the Reverend Ricky White officiating.
A viewing of Mrs. Ragland was held at 1 p.m. at Union Run Baptist Church of Keswick, Virginia, on Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Marilyn A. Williams
Home Instead Caregiver
Marilynn A. Williams, 60, Newport, Virginia, passed away June 27, 2014.
She was born July 1, 1953, to the late Eddie Howard Sr. of Albemarle County and Delores H. Jones of Waynesboro.
Marilynn worked as a caregiver for Home Instead in Newport News.
She is survived by her sons, Kareem McCarthy (Sheena) and Kevin McCarthy; daughter, Keesha Daniels (John); siblings, Eddie Howard II, Terry Howard, Marian Howard and Christopher Howard; 12 grandchildren; step­mother, Marsha Howard; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 1, at 1 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Waynesboro, VA 22980.


 
Barbara A. “Cricket” Redman

Beverley Restaurant Cook
Barbara Ann “Cricket” Redman, 52, of 342 Old Goose Creek Road, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at UVA.
She was born Dec. 11, 1961, a daughter of Homer T. Moats and Charlotte Moats Grande.
Barbara was employed by the Beverley Restaurant as a cook.
She was a member of Life Flow Church.
In addition to her parents, family members include two sons, James L. Miller and Jeremy J. Redman; a daughter Porsha R. Redman, all of Fishersville; three brothers, Delmar Moats Jr., Homer Moats, and Jimmy Strother, all of Staunton; a sister, Frances Christine Moore of Maryland; Tina D. Organ of Staunton; and seven grandchildren.
A funeral service was conducted at 12 noon Thursday, July 3, 2014, in the Henry Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Bill Myrtle.

Dorothy S. Gutshall
Montgomery Ward Retiree
Dorothy (Lotts) Surratt Gutshall, 87, widow of Clement Gutshall passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Augusta Health in Fishersville, VA.
Mrs. Gutshall was born on May 1, 1927, in Raphine, VA, a daughter of the late Howard Gray and Mary Ida (Wheeler) Lotts.
Dorothy was a member of the Third Presbyterian Church. She retired from Montgomery Ward and later became a care giver working at Loyalton Assisted Living and Baldwin Park. She graduated as Salutatorian of her class at Spottswood High School. Dorothy was a loving, compassionate and caring Mother and grandmother who loved her family.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gutshall was preceded in death by her first husband, Chester Surratt and a grandson, Douglas “Doodle” Surratt.
Surviving family members are two sons, Daniel L. Surratt and his wife Mae and David W. Surratt and his wife Janet; a daughter, Linda (Surratt) Smith and her husband Jerry; a step-son, George Gutshall; two brothers, John and Harold Lotts; a sister, Mildred Knight; eleven grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.
A Celebration of Life was conducted at noon, Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Coffman Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Jack B. Wilkers.
Burial followed at Thornrose Cemetery.

Nancy M. Eppard
Sewing Machine Operator
Nancy Meadows Eppard, 53, of Elkton, Virginia, passed away Thursday, June 26, 2014, at her home in Page County.
Nancy was born Oct. 18, 1960, in Page County, and was the daughter of George and Bessie Meadows of Elkton.
She was a graduate of Page County High School and worked at Sleepwear, Wrangler and Cargill before her illness.
Nancy is survived by her husband, Darrell D. “Dolly” Eppard; two daughters, Christy Gissing and fiancé, Wade Alexander, and Breoncha Meadows Eppard, all of Elkton; siblings, Larry “Cat” Meadows, Eddie Meadows, Junior Meadows, Dianne Morris, Malcolm “Mac” Meadows and Eugene “Buck” Meadows; four grandchildren, and numerous extended and adopted family and friends. She was preceded in death by brothers, Gary and Delaney Meadows.
Pastor Carter Dean conducted the funeral service at 6 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Assembly of God Church in Shenandoah.
Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton handled the service.Madison “Sonny” Brown III
City of Harrisonburg Employee.

Mary V. Fields
RMH Hospice Volunteer
 Mary Virginia Fields “Ms. Nancy”, 86, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, died Thursday, June 19, 2014 in Maryland, where she was a resident at her son’s home for the past eight months.
Mary was born on July 29, 1927 in Bridgewater, VA and was the daughter of the late Walton Odessa and Emma Virginia Winston Lee.
She was a member of Christ Gospel Church of Dayton, an honorary member of Abundant Life Christian of Lanham, MD, and a frequent visitor of North River Baptist Church of Bridgewater.
Mary was a recipient of the Home Health Employee of the Year award in the state of Virginia in 1998. She served as a volunteer at the RMH hospice unit.
She was a dedicated worker. She worked at Town and Country department store for 17 years, worked at Co-Hope for 7 years, and worked at First Choice for over 30 years.
On Dec. 25, 1950 she married Robert Allen Fields Jr. who preceded her in death on June 27, 1990.
Mary is survived by four children, Marilyn Erskine (Raymond), of Ronceverte WV, Vanessa Fields-Harris (Kenny), of Hyattsville MD, Nancy Williams of Philadelphia PA, and Norman Fields (Michele) of Bowie MD; two brothers Charles Lee of Bethesda, MD and Emmitt Lee (Jeridene), of Harrisonburg VA. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son Robert Allen Fields III, daughter Priscilla Wade, 2 brothers Charles Kilpatrick, Leonard Walker, 2 sister Charlene Moore, Azalle Lee Johnson, son-n-law Rev. Barry Williams, granddaughter-n-law Rekha Caprice Taylor and 2 nieces Marissa Lee and Vanessa Lee.
Funeral service was conducted at 2 pm Friday, June 27, 2014 at Kyger Funeral home in Harrisonburg, VA. Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.
 
Tony “Tiny” Beasley
U.S. Mail Truck Driver
Tony “Tiny” Eugene Beasley, 60, of Elkton, Virginia, passed away at his home on Monday, June 16, 2014.
He was born in Harrisonburg on Nov. 30, 1953 and was the son of the late Nathan and Margaret Sheehan Beasley.
Tony attended Montevideo High School. He was employed as a stone mason for many years and was a U.S. Mail truck driver for both Chesteen Willis Trucking and T.L. Delk Trucking. Tony was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and enjoyed shooting pool.
Surviving are his son, Nathaniel Walter Beasley and companion, Linda Turner of Elkton; brother, Gary Beasley; sisters, Kathy Beasley, Carolyn Cortez and husband, Raul, and Rose Beasley; three grandchildren, Anthony Beasley II, Lakota Beasley, Kiah Beasley and his companion, Linda Sue Dove.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Anthony Beasley and Jeremy Beasley; brothers, Garland “Pete” N. Beasley and Roy Beasley and sisters, Erma Jean Sanchez and Brenda Conley.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m., Friday, June 20, 2014 at Ray of Hope Church in Harrisonburg with Pastor Jimmy Kite officiating. Burial followed in the Linville Cemetery.

Gladys E. Franklin
Sewing Machine Operator
Gladys Elizabeth Franklin, 87, of Richmond, Virginia, passed away June 19, 2014, at Memorial Regional Medical Center, Mechanicsville, VA.
Miss Franklin was born March 28, 1927, in Elkton, VA, and was a daughter of the late Alvirta Mae Davis Franklin and Osby H. Davis. She is survived by two sisters, Edna Mitchell of Harrisonburg, and Margie Smith and husband, (Smitty), of Chesapeake. She is also survived by three nephews, Melvin Davis, Steven Davis and Henry (Rudy) Fields, all of Elkton; two nieces, Hattie Mae Chadwick of Virginia Beach, and Genevieve Franklin of Elkton; a special cousin, Carrittus Myers of Elkton; a special friend, Fred Johnson of Richmond; and a host of great nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Fields and Mildred Davis, both of Elkton.
Miss Franklin was a member of the Providence Park Baptist Church, Richmond. She moved to Richmond after attending the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind and was employed by Industrial for the Blind as a sewing machine operator until retiring after 30 years.
The family will receive friends June 27, 2014, from 6 to 8 p. m. at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.
The Rev. Francis Belle conducted a graveside service 11 a. m. June 28, at the Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery in the Bryant Hollow area of Elkton.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www. kygers.com.

Madison “Sunny” Brown

City of harrisonburg Employee
Madison “Sonny” Henry Brown III, 58, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2014, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.
He was born on June 16, 1955, and was the son of the late Madison H. Brown Jr. and Hazel Toliver Brown.
Sonny was a lifelong resident of Harrisonburg and was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church. He had previously been employed with the city of Harrisonburg, New York Carpet World and Office Max before becoming disabled in 2004. He had a passion for his family, traveling to the beach, going on cruises, the Miami Heat, New Orleans Saints and his blue Cadillac.
Sonny is survived by his lifetime companion, Cynthia Judy of Harrisonburg; a sister- in-law, Edmonia Washington Brown of Columbus, Ohio; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; special family friends, Edith Nickens, James and Angie Forbus and Noah Brumfield; and his two dogs, Baby Girl and Little Man. He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul James Brown.
A funeral service was held 1 p. m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at John Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wesley Thornberry officiating. Burial followed at Newtown Cemetery. The family received friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www. lindseyharrisonburg. com.
 
 
Charles “Buck “ Kelley

Truck Driver
Charles “Buck” Manuel Kelley, 81, husband of Hattie (Morman) Kelley of 120 Parkersburg Turnpike, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Augusta Health, Fishersville.
He was born Nov. 9, 1932, in Waynesboro, a son of the late Charlie L. and Maryann (Williams) Kelley.
He was educated at Rosenwald in Waynesboro.
Mr. Kelley was a self-employed truck driver who founded C&D Trucking with his son. He moved to New York and returned to Staunton in 1986.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a limo driver. He was also a member of Tour De Gap.
He was preceded in death by his first wife whom he married in 1946, Cleopatra Kier Kelley; two sons, Charles Kelley Jr. and Shawn Kelley; a daughter, Nancy C. Kelley; a brother, William Kelley; and a grandson, Donald L. Kelley Jr.
In addition to his wife whom he married in 2005, family members include three sons, George Kier, Donald Kelley, and James Kelley and wife, Venita; four stepsons, Roger Crawford, Wayne Crawford, Ezell Crawford Jr., and Rodney Crawford; three daughters, Patricia Kelley, Sarah Kelley, and Sheila and husband, William; two stepdaughters, Linda Blakey and Deborah Crawford; a brother, Paul Kelley and wife, Phyllis; 20 grandchildren; 20 plus great-grandchildren; a special daughter-in-law, Connie Kelley; and a number of nieces and nephews, cousins, and relatives.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, in the Henry Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net.

Teddy L. Craig
Spotswood High Graduate
Teddy LaMonte Craig, 52, of Luray, Virginia, passed away Sunday, June 8, 2014 at his home.
Mr. Craig was born April 20, 1962 in Harrisonburg, VA, and was a son of Delois Ann Majors Craig of Elkton, who survives, and the late Thomas Robert Craig, Sr.
Teddy attended Elkton and Spotswood High Schools. Prior to his disability, he was a cement finisher and enjoyed doing odd jobs. He loved his family and life. Teddy was quite a comedian always telling jokes to make people smile.
In addition to his mother, he is also survived by a son, Isaiah Craig; a daughter, Asia Craig; three brothers, Thomas Craig, Jr., Steve Craig and Jeff Craig all of Elkton; two sisters, Myrtle Craig and Anna Craig both of Elkton, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pastor Tommy Jones was conduct a funeral service 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014 at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton. Burial followed in the Majors Family Cemetery in the Fleeburg area of Page County.
The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. prior to the service.
Friends may also call at the home of his mother, Delois Craig at anytime.


Wade Lucas
Mt. Bethel Baptist Member
Wade Bruce “Poppy” Lucas, 63, husband of Janis Gaines Lucas, passed away peacefully May 21, 2014 at his residence.
He was born Dec. 26, 1950, in Wilson, NC, a son of the late Wade Artis and Marjorie L. Lucas.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Robert E. “Buck” Lucas and a sister, Barbara G. Lucas Sharpe.
Mr. Lucas was a member of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife he is survived by three daughters, Tawana Lucas and boyfriend, Scottie Johnson, Deirdre Ramsey and husband, Michael, and Angela Cleveland; nine grandchildren, Jasmine Cleveland, Ernest Cleveland, Ashley Ramsey, Amaya Lucas, Kamiyah Taylor, Payton Ramsey, Leon Johnson, Jr., Jasmine Johnson, and Delonte Johnson; four sisters, Reverend Dr. Patricia Lucas Simmons (William), Peggy Lucas Melton, Deborah Lucas Bullock (Harold), and Sabrina Lucas (David); three brothers, Ervin Lucas (Pam), Billy Lucas, and Vincent Lucas; a special niece, Mechelle Melton; and a host of extended family and special friends.
A celebration of life was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at the Henry Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Willie Washington and the Rev. Dr. Patricia Lucas Simmons. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery.


Elizabeth A. Perry Belton
Union Baptist Church Member
Elizabeth Ann Perry Belton, of 1321 East Main Street, Waynesboro, VA, departed this life Friday, May 16, 2014.
She was a native of Waynesboro, born Nov. 29, 1926, the daughter of the late James Edward Sr. and Lucretia Carter Perry.
She received her early education and graduated from the former Rosenwald High School then furthered her education in Washington, D.C. by completing programs in cosmetology and business. While residing in Washington, she met and later married the late William Lawrence Belton Jr., then serving in the U. S. Army. They traveled as a family for his military post assignments and returned to make Waynesboro their home in 1964. Once returning to Waynesboro, she devoted her life to her children, other family members and service to her church and community, while working from her home as a beautician.
Mrs. Belton was a dedicated lifetime member of the Union Baptist Church. She distinguished herself in service to the congregation as a member of many church organizations and fulfilled several leadership roles including that of the Church Secretary for nearly fifty years. She was appointed by the church as one of its first Deaconesses. Her commitment to service also extended to other community and area organizations through the years, as she took great enjoyment in sharing her time and administrative talents in varied capacities. She served as the President of the local Church Women United, Secretary of the Ministers, Deacons, Stewards and Layman's Union of Virginia, an officer and Trustee of the Berean Valley Baptist Association.
The City of Waynesboro recognized her in 1995 for 28 years of service as an election officer and serving for a period as the Assistant to the Registrar.
She has now reunited with her husband of 30 years, who preceded her in death on May 20, 1980 and her four brothers, John Henry Perry, James Edward Jr., Joshua L. Perry, and Eugene C. Perry Sr.; two sisters, Ann P. Walls and Irene P. Harris, all of Waynesboro.
Her legacy of love and memory is cherished by three daughters, Vermell Grant (Oliver) of Fishersville, Linda Belton of Roseville, Calif. and Karen Garland (Garry) of Charlottesville; one son, Kenneth J. Belton Sr. (Toni) of Salem, VA; five grandchildren, Courtney Grant, Kenneth J. Belton Jr., Issac Belton, Brandon Garland and Brian Garland; one great-granddaughter, Kennedy Zoe Belton; a sister in-law, Elizabeth B. Perry of Waynesboro; a brother in-law, Howard R. Belton (Maxine) of Detroit, Mich.; nieces, nephews, other relatives, including William W. Perry of Waynesboro, Henry G. Haliburton (Christine) of Cherry Hill, N.J., and many friends.
A Celebration of Life service will be Saturday, May 24, 2014, at the First Baptist Church, 301 South Wayne Avenue, Waynesboro at 11 a.m. There will be a family visitation and public viewing at the Union Baptist Church, 820 East Main Street, Waynesboro, Friday, May 23, 2014 from 4 until 7 p.m. The Committal Service took place at the Staunton National Cemetery, 901 North Richmond Avenue, Staunton, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 12 noon.
Professional services provided by McCutcheon's Funeral Home (540) 943-6938


James W. Bryant
U..S. Marine Corps
James William Bryant, 74, of 525 Oak Hill Road, passed away Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Envoy of Staunton.
He was born in Staunton on June 6, 1939, a son of the late Clarence, Sr. and Sarah (Jones) Bryant.
He served and retired from the United States Marine Corps with 31 years of service.
He was a member of Promiseland Baptist Church.
His parents; two sons; three brothers and three sisters all preceded him in death.
James is survived by five children, Faith, Michael, Felicia, Melissa and Ulysses; two brothers, Charles (Charlotte) and Irving (Jeanetta); two sisters, Lorraine and Marion; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at the Kenneth L. Jones Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial followed at Thornrose Cemetery.
Professional services are entrusted to Kenneth L. Jones Funeral Home.


Mary O. Durrette
Union Baptist Member
Mary Olivia Durrette, 92, went to be with the Lord on Tuesay, April 29, 2014.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, and was an only child.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel, of 60 years; five daughters, Barbara, Tonda, Danielle, Pandora, and Donovan; a devoted grandson, Shawn Michael; nine grandchildren; and 13 great- grandchildren. Mary also leaves behind a beloved cousin, Loretta Henderson of Fishersville. She was a devoted member of Union Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Virginia, for many years serving on various committees.
A memorial service in honor of a wonderful mother and friend will be held at Union Baptist Church, Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. The Reverend A.T. Crawley officiated.
The family would like to thank Augusta Health Hospice of Shenandoah, especially Megan Clayton for all her support.


Rev. James M. Stewart
Minister
Rev. James Milton Stewart, passed away on April 27, 2014
He was born Sept. 20, 1916  in Aldie, Virginia.
 A Funeral Service was held,    Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 12 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Aldie, 24337 Old Carolina Road.
Interment followed in Mt. Pleasant Memorial Park,  24337 on Old Carolina Road.
Ames Funeral in Manassas, VA handled the arrangements.

Patrick H. Jackson Sr.
U.S. Navy
Patrick Henry Jackson, Sr., 86, passed away on May 1, 2014 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC .
He was born on March 17, 1928 in Elkton, VA, to Sam and Martha Elizabeth Jackson.
Patrick served in the United States Navy and was a World War II Veteran. He then attended Norfolk State College for carpentry. He went on to work in areas of construction carpentry and was owner of the Crazy Horse and Satellite Club. Patrick went on to retire from VDOT. He later served as a deacon and then minister at Mt. Hebron Baptist Church, Elkton.
Patrick was preceded in death by two sisters, Pearl Jackson Holmes and Martha Ann Williams and four brothers, David Ashby, Walter, William Wade, Harry Lee and former wife Jurlene Jackson.
He is survived by four children, daughter, Marilyn Bundy; son, Patrick Jackson, Jr. and his wife, Tiffany of Elkton; daughter Francine Jackson Rhodes of Phoenix, Arizona and daughter, Patty Regina Cubbage and her husband, Reginald of Greenville, NC. He also leaves thirteen grandchildren, Adrienne Jackson, Aimee Jackson, Jacqueline Frutiger, Kisare Bundy, Traci Frutiger, Clinton Frutiger, Brooklyn Simmers, Regine Cubbage, Malik Jackson, Dante Campbell, Patrick Jackson, III, Gabriel Jackson and Elijah Jackson and seven great grandchildren, Teyah Good, Jahsiah Jackson, Kailee Good, Alexys Meadows, Karter Bundy, Cyrus Capers and Joshua Phillips.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 5, 2014 at 2 p.m. from the Chapel of the Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Home Interment will be in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com

Eunice M. Johnson
Booker T. Washington Student
Eunice Mae Johnson, 64, of 103 Valley Center Drive, Staunton, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at Augusta Health.
She was the youngest of eight children, born Aug. 6, 1949, in Staunton to the late Clayton Sr. and Margaret Ann (Carter) Johnson.
She attended Booker T. Washington High School.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Charles and Joseph Johnson; two sisters, Helen Campbell and Ruth Johnson.
Eunice is survived by one daughter, Cassandra Johnson; two brothers, Richard Johnson (Charlene) and Clayton Johnson Jr.; one sister, Margaret Ann Carey (Isaac); devoted friend, Emma Jean Perry; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at the chapel of the Kenneth L. Jones Funeral Home. Burial was private.

Wayne Hussey
Hussey’s Automotive Owner
Wayne Hussey, 74, of Bridgewater, Virginia, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, VA.
Wayne was born in Rockingham County and lived most of his life in the Dayton/ Bridgewater area.
He was a son of the late Lawrence Hussey and Mary “Peg” Hussey. He was preceded in death by his sister, Joan Eagle. Wayne is survived by his daughter, Pennie Boots and husband, Stephen, from Butler, N. J.; son, Robert “Dusty” Hussey and his fiancée, Jamie Claytor; three grandchildren, Melissa Reedy, Cody Gray and Faith Hussey, all from Harrisonburg; one great-granddaughter, Amaya Williams from Harrisonburg; and his best friend, Mary Speakes from Bridgewater.
Wayne’s passion was always cars. He used that passion to open Hussey’s Automotive in 1972. He worked at the shop until 1989, when his son, Dusty, took over. Retirement didn’t suit him and in 1989 he became a developer before officially retiring in 2007.
Wayne’s passion for cars also included stock cars. He spent years behind the wheel of the number 83. In his racing career, he won two championships and many Sports­manship trophies.
Wayne was a generous and kind man. His favorite place was Pano’s Restaurant, where he had many friends. His laughter and generosity will be greatly missed.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Johnson Funeral Service, 208 S. Main St., Bridgewater. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.



Dewey W. Hinegardner
Bond Lumber Co. Employee
Dewey Wellington Hinegardner Sr., 93, of McGaheysville, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at his home.
Mr. Hinegardner was born June 3, 1920, in Harrisonburg, and was the son of Willie Wilson and Mattie Koontz Hinegardner. His wife, Kathleen Knight Hinegardner, preceded him in death on March 14, 1985.
Dewey was employed by Bond Lumber Co. in McGaheysville for 40 years. He was a lifetime resident of the area who enjoyed woodcrafting, gardening and farming.
He leaves behind a son, Dewey W. Hinegardner Jr. and girlfriend, Deborah J. Gill; one grandson, Dewey W. (DW) Hinegardner III and wife, Brittney, and one great­granddaughter, Brianna Faith Hinegardner, all of McGaheysville.
The Rev. L. J. “ Dickie” Campbell conducted a graveside service 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, 2014, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville. Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton was on charge of arrangements.

Williner P. Crawford
Registered Nurse
Williner P. “ Willie Mae” Crawford, 64, of 2202 Davis St., Staunton, Virginia, departed this life Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 503 Roundhill School Road in New Hope.
She was born June 10, 1949, in Pointsville (Staunton,) a daughter of the late William Sr. and Emma (Howard) Pleasant.
She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and an associate member of Mount Bethel Baptist Church.
She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Eastern Mennonite College in Bridgewater. She retired from Western State Hospital with 32 years of service as a registered nurse.
She was a founding member of the Yard, Hook and Thimble Circle in Staunton.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Raymond Pleasant.
Williner is survived by her son, Kevin Crawford and wife, Cynthia; one brother, William Pleasant Jr.; life companion, Richard Crawford; very devoted friend, Christine “Chrissy Boo” Crawford and her faithful Golden Girls; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
A graveside service was conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Oak Lawn Cemetery.
Public viewing was held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at the Kenneth L. Jones Funeral Home Chapel.
Professional services were provided by Kenneth L. Jones Funeral Home (540) 886-2601.

Albunyer Arrington
Dedicated Teacher
Albunyer Lorine “ Bunnie” Arrington, 84, of Harrisonburg, VA, passed into eternal rest at Sentara Medical Center, Woodbridge, VA, on Thursday, March 13, 2014.
Born Dec. 2, 1929, she was the eldest daughter of the late William Arthur and Jane Serena Smith Arrington.
Bunnie completed her secondary education at Eastman High School in Enfield, N. C., her under­graduate degree at North Carolina A& T State University and her graduate degree at Winston-Salem State University. Bunnie was a dedicated teacher and educator for over 36 years in Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County schools at Lucy Simms School and Spotswood Elementary School in Harrisonburg, VA. A devoted member of John Wesley United Methodist Church and community worker, she served as a Sunday school teacher, church mission­ary leader and in special community service. She was also an active member of the Valley Associa­tion of Retired Educators.
Gathering with family members and friends at annual family reunions and telephone visits with high school classmates and family members were some of her great joys. Bunnie was also a wonderful cook and homemaker who was known for her delicious meals and organization skills. In addition to her par­ents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Luther N. Arrington and Calvert L. Arrington and one sister, Clyde A. “ Bobbie” Wall.
he leaves to cherish her love and fond memories one sister, Vera A. Shivers of Fitzgerald, GA; one brother, William A. Arrington (Doris) of Stafford VA; sister-in-law, Calpurnia Arrington; nephews, Michael W. Arrington, William L. Wall and Marcus G. Arrington (Sandra); nieces, Linda G. Arrington, Pam Benjamin, Serena E. Arrington and Patrice W. Brown (John); one great­niece, Imani E. Arrington; one great- nephew, Aaron Arrington; special friends of many years, Barbara Blakey and Carlyle Whitelow; and a host of loving cousins, relatives and friends.
The Revs. Wesley E. Thornberry and Wilma White conducted a Homecoming Service at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014, at John Wesley United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends at the church at 10 a.m. A second service was held on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Lea & Pope Funeral Home, 215 S. McDaniel St., Enfield, N. C.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting
www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

Leroy E. Brooks
U.S. Navy
 Leroy Edward “Billy” Brooks, 76, of Hagerstown, Maryland, passed away on Monday, March 17, 2014 at NMS in Hagerstown, MD.
Born Aug. 23, 1937 in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Howard Grant Brooks and Mary Ella Grantham Brooks.
He was a veteran of the US Navy.
He is survived by his daughter, Darlene Fields and husband, Kevin Fields Sr.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Louis Brooks; three sisters, Juanita Dotson, Edna Diggs, and Mildred Weaver; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Roslyn Brooks; brother and sister, Leon and Delores Brooks.
Services was held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Mount Zion United Methodist Church with Rev. Ed Hall officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

George H. Fisher
Staunton Native
George Henry “Dinker” Fisher, Jr., 75, of Dooms, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at his residence.
He was born April 14, 1938 in Staunton, Virginia, the son of the late George Henry Fisher, Sr. and Ruby Moore Fisher. He was raised by Cecil Robert Fisher and Rose Alice Fisher, who he considered his parents.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, George Robert “Robbie” Fisher and Owen Lamb Fisher; a daughter, Cindy Lou Fisher Tidd; two daughters-in-law, Diane Fainter Fisher and Brenda Campbell Fisher; a granddaughter, Kristy Renee Liptrap; a grandson-in-law, Joe Liptrap; a son-in-law, Timmy Lam; a brother-in-law, Richard Cleveland; a father- and mother-in-law, Owen and Hawsie Truslow; and three sisters, Mary Smeltzer, Lois Darnell, and Beatrice Desper.
Dinker is survived by his wife of 56 years, Emma Lou “Honey” Truslow Fisher; two daughters, Mary Ann Lam and fiancée, Jeff Bennett of Waynesboro and Charlotte Dee Fisher of Dooms; a brother, Paul Jerome Fisher and wife, Becky of Crimora; eight grandchildren, Brandon Marshall, whom he raised as a son and partner, Demarcus Battle, Jason Tidd and Romona, Duane Lam, Melinda Lou Tyree and Jason, Jeremy Tidd, Winter Dyan Claytor and Frankie, Jaime Marshall and Jessica, Blake Lam and partner Canita Spears; five step-grandchildren, Kenneth Bennett, Randy Bennett, Travis Bennett and Ashley, Clyde Anderson and Leslie, Melissa Serrette and Mark; 22 great-grandchildren,  He also leaves behind numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was conducted at 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the Chapel of Charlton and Groome Funeral Home, 619 Lifecore Drive (formally 961 Goose Creek Road), Fishersville, VA with the Rev. Ray Fisher, officiating.

Loretta Moton-Blair
Elkton Native
Loretta Moton-Blair, 62, of Washington, DC (formerly of Elkton, Virginia) passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the United Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Mrs. Moton-Blair was born September 12, 1951 in Rockingham County to Dorothy Moton of Elkton and the late William Moton, Sr. She was also preceded in death by her brother, William Moton, Jr.
Loretta graduated from Elkton High School in 1968. She had previously been employed by the State Department as an Administrative Assistant, worked in retail at Best Store, and also as cashier for the National Zoo.
In addition to her mother she is survived by her daughter, Angela Blair, and granddaughter (who was the love of her life) JaTerra Bowie both of Maryland; brother, James Jones, Sr.; sisters, Cynthia James, Sylvia Bostick, and Gloria Basden all of Elkton, Rosetta Moton of Washington, DC; and a number of nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles.
The Revs. Michael Turner and Theresa Woodson conducted the funeral service 2 p,m Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton. Burial will follow in the Mt. Paran Baptist Church Cemetery.

William  R. Dennett
U.S. Navy
William “Bill” Richard Dennett, 65, of 2166 Autumn Lane, Harrisonburg, Virginia, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a courageous battle with stage IV lung cancer on March 3, 2014. He was a resident at Oak Lea Nursing Home for the past 17 days.
Bill was born July 5, 1948, at RMH in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Charles and Faith Lam Dennett. He grew up in McGaheysville, VA, and graduated from Montevideo High School in June 1966. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years from 1968 to 1970. He worked at Merck and Co. in Elkton, VA, for 29 years and retired in 2008. Bill enjoyed fishing with his good friend, Bobby Walton, of McGaheysville.
He was a member of Open Door Gospel Church. One of his greatest jobs after retirement was getting to attend church regularly.
On July 25, 1970, he married Gloria Long Dennett, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Billy; two brothers, Donald Dennett of Elkton and Wayne Dennett of Roanoke, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisonburg with Pastor Curtis Hensley officiating. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Monica S. Pence Barlow
Baltmore Orioles PR Director
Monica Susanne Pence Barlow, 36, passed away on the morning of Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, in Columbia, Maryland, due to complications from non-small cell lung cancer.
Monica was born on June 5, 1977, in Downers Grove, Ill., the first child of Wayne and Ramona Pence.
Monica grew up on a Port Republic, VA, farm that has been in her family for generations.
She graduated from Spotswood High School and received her degree from The College of William and Mary in Public Policy and International Relations. While in college, among other activities, Monica volunteered to keep statistics for the baseball team. In her senior year, she began an internship in the Public Relations department of the Baltimore Orioles, moved to Baltimore, and found a career she loved. After her internship and a season working for the Richmond Braves, Monica returned to the Orioles fulltime in 2001.
On Oct. 25, 2008, she married Ben Barlow at Montezuma Church of the Brethren in Dayton, VA. Monica and Ben met three and a half years earlier after their parents talked and decided that their kids had a lot in common and should meet. It was a perfect match from the start, with the two bringing out the best in each other.
Monica is survived by her husband, Ben, at their home in Ellicott City, MD; her parents, Wayne and Ramona Pence of Port Republic, VA; her brother and sister-in-law, Jonah and Fern Pence and their four children, Ivy, Violet, Gideon, and Clover of Port Republic, VA; her sister, Natalie Pence of Chapel Hill, N. C.; her grandparents, Jack and Peggy Raines of McGaheysville, VA; her mother- in-law and father-in-law, Bruce and Marty Barlow of Montezuma, VA; and her brother­in-law, Peter Barlow of Centreville, VA.
Monica was a member of Mountain View Fellowship Church of the Brethren in McGaheysville, VA, and throughout everything her faith sustained her. She was confidant that things would be OK, eventually, regardless of treatments or scans and took great comfort in knowing that “ in all things,” even the terrible ones, “ God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”
(Romans 8: 28) and that nothing could separate her from that love ( 38-39).
A memorial service will be held at Montezuma Church of the Brethren in Dayton, VA, on Saturday, March 8, at 6 p.m. followed at a later date by a service in Baltimore to honor Monica’s life.

Lawrence G. Stamps Sr.
Educator
Lawrence Garnell Stamps Sr's journey to justice began Nov. 1, 1934 in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Sadly Garnell's amazing journey was cut short on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.
Garnell is survived by his loving and devoted wife Eula Diuguid Stamps of the residence on Walkers Crossing. He also leaves to mourn his loss and cherish his memories one precious daughter, Robin Stamps Doby Easter (Jason); three loving sons, Lawrence Garnell Stamps, Jr. (Yvette), Gregory Eugene Stamps, and Antony Carlyle Stamps; and one brother, Duvall Levonne Stamps (Joanne).
Garnell was predeceased by his parents, Willie Daniel Stamps and Mrs. Edith Stanley Bobson Stamps along with three siblings, Willie Daniel Stamps Jr., Carolyn Doretha Stamps, Tracy Davis, and John Marvin Stamps.
L. Garnell was educated in the Lynchburg public school system where he developed his love of education and his thirst for knowledge. He graduated from the esteemed Dunbar High School and went on to pursue a B.A. in English with a minor in History and Government from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore where he graduated with honors. His pursuit of education continued with his graduate studies at Lynchburg College, and the University of Virginia where he was a Fellow in Residence for the Central Virginia Writing Project in 1979.
A memorial service was held Thursday, March 6, 2014, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Court Street Baptist Church. A Home Going Celebration to honor his legacy will be conducted 1 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, at Tree of Life Ministries, 2812 Greenview Drive, with interment at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Professional services entrusted to the care of Franklin-Hutcherson Funeral Home.

Octavia Y. Jackson
Union Baptist Member
Octavia Yvonne Jackson, 70, of Afton, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville.
She was born on April 12, 1943 in Charlottesville to the late John Russell Jackson, Sr. and the late Eliza Dickerson Jackson.
She was a member of Union Baptist Church where she was on the board of Ushers and a member of Helping Hands Club. She retired from ConAgra after 29 years of service.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, John Thomas Jackson.
She is survived by her brothers and sisters, Robert, John Jr., William, Elizabeth, Annie, Martha, Doretha, Mozell, Roger, Liza, Loretta, Danny, Barry and Matt; numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held 1:00 pm on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at Union Baptist Church, 783 Avon Road, Afton, VA 22920, conducted by Pastor Phillip A. Carter.
Charlton and Groome Funeral Home, handled the arrangements.

Joyce A. Massie
Lynchburg Native
Joyce Ann Massie, 49,  Lynchburg, Virginia, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Charlottesville Hospice House.
She was born Nov. 7, 1964, to Lourene J. Massie and the late David Massie Sr.
She was preceded in death by her brother, David Massie Jr.
Those left to cherish her loving memory including her mother are her brothers, Alexander Massie and Lawrence Canada; a sister, Hilda Massie; devoted sisters-in-law, Christine Canada and Stephanie Massie and a host of other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at The Ramp Church with Bishop S. Younger officiating. The interment followed in St. Mary’s Baptist Church Cemetery, Amherst.
Service of Comfort rendered by Davis-Turner Funeral Service.

Paul E. Thorne
Retired Landscaper
Paul Edwin Thorne, 68, husband of Allene Christine (Davis) Thorne of 328 Betsy Bell Road passed away Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at Augusta Health in Fishersville.
Mr. Thorne was born in Staunton, Virginia, on Oct. 3, 1945, a son of the late Charlie Edward and Eva Preston (Cason) Thorne.
Paul was a member of the Middlebrook Church of God. He was a retired landscaper from Village Garden Center and had previously worked for Central Security in Harrisonburg and Henry Funeral Home. He enjoyed collecting stuffed goats and monkeys.
Surviving in addition to his wife of twenty-eight years are two step-sons, Earl J. McCray, Jr. and wife Lisa of Craigsville and Danny McCray of Arlington; a granddaughter, Dana Nicole Shomo and her husband Hunter of Fishersville; a special niece, Sherry Hite of Staunton; a brother, Charles P. “Paw-Paw” Thorne and wife Shirley of Staunton; two sisters, Sylvia T. Shirey and husband Paul C., Jr. of Staunton and Rosa T. “Rosie” Bosserman and husband Ray, Jr. of Stafford; a special friend “brother”, Charles Sheffey and a number of nieces, nephews and many close friends.
A Celebration of life was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Coffman Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Larry Strickler and Pastor Merle Dodson.
Burial followed in Oaklawn Memory Gardens.

Bobby Hawkins
Gardener
UTICA, NY - On Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, the Lord called Bobby Hawkins home from labor to rest after a brief illness at Faxton-St. Lukes Healthcare Center. His beloved wife, Helen, brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Otha Jackson were by his side.
He and his twin brother, William Hawkins, Sr., were born on Oct.  24, 1939, in Dearing, Georgia to the late Isabelle Hawkins-Evans and the late Wesley Hawkins.
The family moved to Utica, New York in the early 70s. Bobby started to work at an early age in Georgia and continued to find various jobs in New York until being hired by Conrail as a B-Operator where he worked from 1971 1990, when he was forced to retire due to an injury on the job.
Bobby leaves behind to mourn him, his wife Evangelist Helen Jackson-Hawkins; a very special person, Johanna DeJeay, of Rome, NY, and their daughter, Cynthia Hawkins, of Schenectady, New York, with her friend, Lucas and children, Santana, Haidi and Lucky; two brothers, Johnnie Hawkins, Sr., William Hawkins, Sr.; two sisters, Anna Hawkins and Martha Hawkins-Enouch; an uncle, Edward-Hawkins; five stepchildren; 28 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren and 3 Godchildren; along with a host of friends and cousins.
Bobby loved his family, his pets and was a friend to all he met. After his retirement, Bobby enjoyed gardening and fishing at our camp in Ogdensburg and running his vegetable stand at home. His parents, two brothers, Alvester Hawkins and Jamie Hawkins, and two sisters, Lillie Hawkins-Clark and Bessie Hawkins-Engram, predeceased Bobby.
The family of Bobby Hawkins wish to send our thanks to Faxton-St. Lukes Medical Center and all the departments that cared for and showed love and concern for our loved one.
Friends may call on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. when funeral services will begin at: Peter Spencer U.A.M.C. Church, 841 Bleecker Street, Utica, NY 13501.
Arrangements by T.Revels-Gibson Funeral Services, Inc. www.trevelsgibson.com

Nancy L.B. Harmon
McGaheysville Native
Nancy Louise Burner Harmon, 86 years, of McGaheysville, Virginia, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
Mrs. Harmon was born in 1927 in McGaheysville and was the daughter of the late Charles (Charlie) Layton Burner and Marie (Mamie) Ethel Yancey.
She graduated from McGaheysville High School in 1944 and attended Madison and Marion Colleges in 1945 and 1946.
On March 25, 1947, she married Eston Bayne Harmon of McGaheysville. The couple started life on a McGaheysville farm. In 1956, the couple sold the farm, moved to a home along US 33 in McGaheysville, and started a gas station, tire and car repair business.
Nancy Harmon was by any measure a leader. Never one to shy away from a challenge she helped form or worked in various clubs responsible for her church or charity in the community. She served in leadership roles in the preservation of the history of the McGaheysville School when the original school burned down. She was very active in promotion of tennis and other athletic endeavors with Rockingham County as well as serving as its Director of Parks and Recreation for many years. She was a champion tennis player in Harrisonburg for her skill level. Nancy was a world traveler having visited all of the countries of the many young college age women she hosted in the summers. These included China, Japan, Kuwait, most of Europe, Mexico, and India.
She raised two sons with the belief that no mountain was too tall to climb. This was her passion and joy in life. She allowed her home to be the community center for many of the active teenagers and their sports or games and even hosted many high school parties and barbeques. She kept educating herself even in her later years. She became accomplished in jewelry design, painting, pottery and other crafts that she took at college extension courses.
Nancy carried that legacy on with her grandchildren by always making their visits to the valley seem extra special.
She is survived by her husband, Eston Bayne Harmon; two sons, Charles Winston Harmon and wife Linda Leet Harmon of Massanutten, VA, and Robert Allen Harmon and wife Beverly Denby Harmon of Greenville, SC.; four grandsons, Steven Layton Harmon, The Rev. Thomas Leet Harmon, Dr. Jakob Burner Harmon, and Mark Coley Harmon; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate Mrs. Harmon’s life was conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 by The Rev. Thomas Harmon and Pastor Glen Steiner at Brown Memorial Community Church in McGaheysville. Burial followed in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville.
The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the church, prior to the service.
Funeral arrangements made by Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Ignacio Arostegui
U.S. Air Force
Ignacio Arostegui, 23, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at Destin, FL.
Mr. Arostegui was born Sept. 22, 1990 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and was the son of Ignacio and Natalia Arostegui.
He was a graduate of Harrisonburg High School and served in the United States Air Force, stationed with the 96th Operations Support Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base for 2.5 years.
Ignacio was a free spirited young man who had a life full of happiness and a beautiful smile that many will always remember.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his son, Jovani; brother, Christian Kevin Arostegui; and his sister, Cristina Santiago; nephew, Yoandri Santiago; neice, Jimena Santiago.
Funeral services was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisonburg. Entombment followed the services on Saturday at Woodbine Cemetery Mausoleum in Harrisonburg, with full military honors.

Deborah G. Meek
Waynesboro Native
Deborah Gail “Debbie” Meek, 56, of 362 Dooms Crossing Road, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at her residence.
Miss Meek was born in Waynesboro on April 24, 1957, a daughter of the late John F., Sr. and Mattie (Gayhart) Meek.
Debbie was a member of the Smyrna Presbyterian Church. She was the light of the Meek family of whom she was surrounded by at the time of her passing.
In addition to her parents, Debbie was preceded in death by a brother, John F. Meek, Jr. and three sisters, Sylvia (Meek) Boone, Stella (Meek) Batten and Carolyn (Meek) Craig.
Surviving are two sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Jo Towler and husband David with whom she made her home and Dora Ann Peery and husband Grover all of Waynesboro; five brothers and sisters-in-law; R.M. Meek and wife Bonnie, David “Butch” Meek and wife Arleen, Randy Meek and wife Lucille, Kenneth Meek and wife Peggy, all of Waynesboro and Lloyd Meek and wife Deena of Greenville; brothers-in-law, Gerald “Pinky” Boone of Roanoke, Hugh Batten, Jr. of Ruckersville and Buddy R. Craig of Verona; sister-in-law, Mary Meek of Waynesboro; twenty-seven nieces and nephews and a number of great nieces and nephews and many special friends also survive.
A Celebration of life was conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in Coffman Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Patrick Pettit. Burial followed in Augusta Memorial Park.

Stewart D. Frazier
U.S. Navy
Stewart Douglas Frazier, 56, of Shenandoah, Virginia, passed away, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at his home.
Mr. Frazier was born Nov. 27, 1956 in Harrisonburg and was a son of Marie Arbutus Frazier of Shenandoah who survives, and the late George Henry Frazier. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his step-son, Jim Corder.
Stewart was a United States Navy Veteran and a lifetime member of the Avis O. Comer VFW Post 8613. He was employed with the Massanutten Police Department for a number of years. He was a very meticulous carpenter and worked in construction and performed a variety of odd jobs.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his companion, Joyce Corder of Shenandoah; his brother, Dwight L. Frazier and wife, Suzanne of Georgetown, SC; his sister, Brenda Haggett and husband, Dan of Shenandoah; step-daughter, Lori Campbell; step-grandson, Gage; a number of nieces and nephews.
Pastor Al Comer conducted a memorial service 4 p.m. Monday, Sept.16, 2013 at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton. Burial was private.


Christi L. Brown
Registration Manager
Christi LaDwan Brown, 51, Staunton, Virginia, of 1701 Springhill Road, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at her residence.
She was born June 17, 1962, in Augusta County, a daughter of Helen J. (Jones) Brown and the late Harold Franklin Carter.
She was the registration manager at Capital Skylines Hotels.
She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Restoration Ministries.
In addition to her mother, family members include a son, Cedric Franklin Brown of Staunton; a daughter, Very LaVelle Brown of Staunton; two brothers, Ericson L. Brown and wife, Jodi, of Virginia Beach and William L. Johnson of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two sisters, Levis B. Johnson and husband, Irvin and Tampa B. Stuart and husband, Robert, all of Staunton; two aunts, LaLaura Wayland and husband, Charles and Vivan Jones; an uncle, Robert Jones and seven grandchildren, Amarea, Azabdijah, Kyiam, and Onyx Brown and Emysja and Ajablea Caul and Crimson Wright.
A funeral service was conducted at 12 noon Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Oak Grove Baptist Restoration Ministries by Bishop T.E. Payne, Sr. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Otis M. Bryant
Church of Christ Member
Otis McKinley Bryant Jr., Waynesboro, Virginia, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at the residence of his son.
Survivors include his son, A. J. Bryant and his wife, Barbara, of Waynesboro and a grandson, Joseph Lee Bryant.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at Shenandoah Heights Baptist Church in Waynesboro by Pastor Paul LaPrevotte and his grandson, Joseph Lee Bryant.
To view the obituary please visit www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.

Marcella R. Tams
Merck & Company Retiree
Gaye McDonald Hume,
Marcella Ruth Tams, 68, a resident of Harrisonburg, Virginia, departed this life on Aug. 18, 2013.
She was born Feb. 2, 1945, in Sioux City, Iowa to the late Marshal P. Tams. She was also lovingly raised by her late grandmother, Clara R. Tams.
She graduated from Lucy F. Simms High School in 1963. She went on to graduate from Eastern Mennonite College. She was employed by Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation, where she touched the lives of many neighborhood youth. She was later employed by Merck, from where she recently retired.
She leaves to cherish her memories, sister, Sharon R. Barber of Grottoes, VA; brother, Ronnie M. Barber of Harrisonburg and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service and a time of remembrance was held on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.www.kygers.com.

Hans H. Schages
U. S. Navy Veteran
Hans Helmuth Schages, 64, of Stuarts Draft,  Virginia, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013.
Hans was a graduate of Wilson Memorial High School and was a Service Technician with Innovative Refrigeration with 15 years of service. He was a Navy veteran with 6 years of service.
Hans loved his Harley-Davidson Motorcycle, motorcycle rallys and camping in the RV. With his wife, Ann, he enjoyed watching and rooting for the Redskins on TV.
Hans is survived by his wife of 30 years, Elizabeth Ann Fauber Schages; Hans was her best friend, companion and  much loved; his three children, Kelly Denise Schages  and Eddie Grant Schages both of Lynchburg and James “Jeff” Fauber Simms of Charlottesville; his four grandchildren, to whom he was known as “Opa”, Brianna Nicole Schages, Andrew Lowell Gregory Schages, McKaylan Brooke Schages and Sarah Simms; his three sisters, Margret Lucas and her husband, Michael of Waynesboro, Christa Ann Cale and her husband, Mark of Waynesboro, Joan Coffey and her husband, Pat of Stuarts Draft; his brother, Peter Schages and his wife, Georgie of Stuarts Draft; numerous nieces and nephews and special neighbors Robert and Sandy and Missy and Victor.
A Celebration of Life gathering of family and friends was held from 6 – 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 at the Charlton and Groome Funeral Home, 961 Goose Creek Road, Fishersville followed at 7 p.m. by a Service of Remembrance conducted by  Pastor Derry Norman.


Lt. Col. Sandra L. Defibaugh
Salvation Army Commander
Lt. Col. Sandra Lou Defibaugh, 62, of 7041 Devereux Circle Drive, passed away Monday, July 29, 2013 at her residence.
Sandra was born Jan. 19, 1951 in Caldwell, WV, a daughter of Betty (Defibaugh) Loomis.
Lt. Col. Defibaugh was a loving and wonderful daughter, she gave her love and time to her family and all those who came into her life. Sandra always put others first on a personal and friendship level. Sandra started to church at an early age and as time passed the Lord called her to serve Him and humanity. Miss Defibaugh was an ordained minister and served many appointments with the Southern Territory of the Salvation Army in Virginia, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Maryland, Florida and Georgia. She served as the Divisional Commander in the Maryland and West Virginia division. At the time of her death Sandra was the Business Administrator and Financial Secretary of the Salvation Army’s National Headquarters in Washington, DC. She served as a faithful servant and to God showing love to others throughout her life.
In addition to her mother Betty of Staunton, survivors include, two brothers, Gary Defibaugh and his wife Linda of Middlebrook and David Hazelwood and his wife Mae of Crozet; a sister, Deborah Morrison and her husband Harold of Staunton; uncles, Everett, Frank and George Defibaugh; aunts, Nellie Howdyshell, Millie Trent, Wilma Chiles, Carol Ryder, Linda Morehart and Hilda Perry; nieces and nephews, Janet Hylton, Nicole Hazelwood, Michael Defibaugh, Matthew Kerr, Emily Corbman, Jamie Morrison and Carla Morrison; a number of great nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends, Jean DePriest, Judy Hartsook and Major David and Cherry Craddock also survive.
A Celebration of Life and a promotion to the Lord was conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at the Good News Ministry Church, 18 Kerry Lane, Staunton, by Commissioner Harold Hinson, Lt. Col. John Needham and Col. Bill Goodier.
Burial followed at Oaklawn Memory Gardens.

Victoria “Tori” S. Morris
Montevideo High Graduate
 Victoria “Tori” Swartwout Morris, age 53, a resident of Penn Laird, Virginia,  passed away on July 28, 2013 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. 
A daughter of the late Richard James and Eunice Strong Swartwout, she was born in Syracuse, NY on Nov. 2, 1959.  She was also preceded death by her sister, Wanda Swartwout.
Tori was raised in Connecticut and later Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada, until moving to the Valley in 1970 with her family. She graduated from Montevideo High School in 1977, obtained her AAS in mental health from Blue Ridge Community College in 1979, her LPN from Massanutten Technical Center in 1985, RN in nursing in 2001 from B.R.C.C,. and her B.S.N from Eastern Mennonite University in 2008.
Tori was employed by Rockingham Memorial Hospital since 1986 as a nurse in the Ambulatory Surgery Center and most recently as the Patient Safety and Accreditation Consultant.  A beloved, hands-on grandmother, she enjoyed spending most of her time with her three grandchildren. She also enjoyed crafting and thrifting.
On June 18, 1977 she married Edward “Eddie” Alan Morris, who survives.  Also surviving are two daughters, Toviah Morris Spencer and husband, David, of Staunton, and Katy Hope Rinker and husband, Marc, of Harrisonburg; her brother, Lawrence D. Swartwout, of Rawley Springs; three grandchildren, Zachary Kayne Floyd, Madelyn Victoria Rinker and Hanna Jane Spencer.
A private committal service and inurnment was held at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.
In lieu of customary floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made to the RMH Foundation, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Rosetta M. Williams
Wife and Mother
Rosetta Mae (Nelson) Williams, 70, of 8 McArthur Street, Staunton, Virginia, departed this life July 21, 2013, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
She was born July 10, 1943, a daughter of the late Samuel J. and Helen Nelson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hurley Williams Jr. Surviving are three daughters, Karen (Arthur) Curry, Debra Williams and Loretta (Earl) Brown; three brothers, Floyd (Opal), Tony (Dawn) and Samuel Nelson; one sister, Sarah (LeRoy) Thomas, Rosetta M. Williams also include her sister-in-;aw, Dorthea Nelson. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Earl Nelson; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was conducted at 12 noon Thursday, July 25, 2013, in the Henry Funeral Home Chapel by Elder Thomas Johnson. Burial will follow in Oak Lawn Mausoleum and Memory Gardens.
Henry Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at
www.henryfuneralhome.net.

Eleanor W. Miller
Shiloh Baptist Member
Eleanor Williams Miller, Waynesboro, Virginia, 86 died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 in Staunton.
She was born July 12, 1927, in Waynesboro, the daughter of the late Hurley Williams and Mamie Shepherd Williams.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty W. Miller and Delores Williams and two brothers, Hurley Williams Jr. and Robert Williams.
Eleanor retired from the General Wayne Hotel with over 30 years of service. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church where she was a deaconess and a member of the flower club.
Survivors include her husband, Alphonso Miller; ten children, Tamara M. Wilmott, Terri L. Gatewood (Samuel), Alphonso P. Miller (Karen), Keith A. Miller, Larry Lassiter (Roxanne), Barbara Pope (Henry), Susan Rose (George), Ronald Lassiter (Linda), John K. Lassiter and Lawrence Williams; a stepsister, Joanne Barber; a stepbrother, Roland Barber; 28 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and a niece, Phyllis Austin.
A funeral service was conducted at 1 p.m., Monday, July 22, 2013, at Shiloh Baptist Church, Waynesboro, VA with the Rev. A.T. Crawley officiating. Interment followed in Riverview Cemetery, Waynesboro, VA.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the nursing staff at Envoy of Staunton.
Family and friends may share memories and condolences at www.charltonandgroomefuneralhome.com.

Philip V. Skievaski
Montevideo High Graduate
Philip Van Skievaski, 58, a resident of Grottoes, Virginia, died Wednesday night at his residence. He lost his life to cancer.
A son of the late Francis and Ardith Aliss Skievaski.
He was born on Sept. 16, 1954, in Gary, IND., and lived the majority of his life in Grottoes. He graduated from Montevideo High School. He liked spending time with his family and enjoyed camping and fishing. Philip was a sports fanatic and in earlier years he enjoyed coaching baseball and basketball.
He is survived by one daughter, Tiffni Trobaugh and her husband, Paul, of Harrisonburg; and two sons, Tony Skievaski of Harrisonburg and Tyson Skievaski and his wife, Robin, of Grottoes; and the mother of his children, Geri Skievaski of Grottoes. He also leaves three grandchildren, Madison and Landon Skievaski and Taylor McHone; two brothers, Cyr Gerard Skievaski of Huntsville, ALA., and Nathan Ben Skievaski of Grottoes; four sisters, Dianne Shifflett of Staunton, Layla Davis of Harrisonburg, Delia Horst of Grottoes and Rene’ Skievaski of Atlanta, GA.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves a very special companion and caregiver, Tina Landes of Grottoes.
Funeral services was held at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, July 20, 2013 at the Chapel of the Lindsey Weyers Cave Funeral Home with Father Silvio Kaberia officiating. Interment followed in St. Paul’s Cemetery at Weyers Cave.

Robert L. Campbell
U.S. Air Force
Robert L. “Bob” Campbell, 83, of Waynesboro, Virginia, passed away, Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Augusta Health. 
He was born July 7, 1930 in West Virginia, son of the late William Campbell and Eliza Ann Haught Campbell.
Bob was an Air Force veteran and served on the first-ever Air Force Honor Guard in Washington, DC.  He retired from DuPont after 28 years of service and was a member of Shenandoah Heights Baptist Church.
He loved hunting, fishing, “Law and Order” and “Jeopardy”.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nira S. Campbell; two daughters, Beth Nuckoles and her husband, Jim of Portland, TN and Barbara Waite and her husband, Lew of Kalkaska, MI; two brothers, Dalton Campbell of Gulfport, MS and Walter Campbell of South Boston: two sisters, Evelyn Hartless and Rosemary Willis, both of Richmond and two grandchildren, Kyle Bradley and Leanna Ferreira and her husband, Trey.
A Memorial Service was held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 26, 2013 at Shenandoah Heights Baptist Church, Waynesboro conducted by Rev.  Dr. Paul F. LaPrevotte.  Military rites were rendered by American Legion Post #340.

Evelyn E. Bland
IRS Employee
Evelyn Eleanor Bland, 80, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Bridgewater Home.
Evelyn was born in Olean, N.Y. Jan. 5, 1933, raised by her grandparents, now deceased, Robert and Minnie McCormick along with older brother Robert (Speed) McFadden, also now deceased.
She graduated from Olean High School, employed by Board of Education there for five years before moving into Buffalo, N.Y. for over 11 years and then employed by Internal Revenue Service, transferred in 1967 to enter computer work with IRS in Washington, D.C., retired in 1988 after 32 years and moved to the Bridgewater Retirement Community in 1997.
Evelyn found her Lord Jesus as Savior and life guide and became involved with the Shenandoah Emmaus Community. Moved her Aunts Mildred DeGroot and Roberta McCormick to live with her until their deaths in Fredericksburg, VA, and then met Herman Bland who became her husband in 1979, living in Fredericksburg, until his death in 1990. She and Herman also had property on the Blue Ridge Mountains at Montebello, VA.
Surviving is a brother, Gene McFadden and wife, Sandy and family in Hanahan, S.C.; niece, Linda (Mrs. Randy) Marcuson and family in Creedmoor, N.C.; nephew, David McFadden and family in Miami, Fla.; nephew, Randall McFadden, of the home; niece, Wendy McFadden in Colorado; stepdaughters, Melinda Cook and Sherry Beers in Woodbridge, VA and stepdaughter, Trina Bland in Fredericksburg. and a stepgrandchild.
She was a member of North River Baptist Church Bridgewater, VA, past officer and member of Shenandoah Emmaus, former member of the Bridgewater United Methodist Church.
A memorial service was conducted Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Lantz Chapel of the Bridgewater Retirement Community with the Rev. Leonard Thomas officiating and Melissa Fretwell assisting.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.

Byron N. Temple Sr.
Pipefitter
Byron Nathaniel Temple Sr., 61, of Harrisonburg, passed away Saturday, July 6, 2013, at his home.
Mr. Temple was born Sept. 7, 1951, in Harrisonburg to the late Warren Leroy Temple Sr. and Lavinia Marguerite Yokley Temple. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Byron Nathaniel Temple Jr.
He was a lifelong resident of Harrisonburg and worked as a pipe fitter. He loved fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his companion, Bette Jean Hudson. Surviving family include his brothers, Frank Kenneth Durrett of Mount Crawford, Warren Leroy Temple Jr. of Washington, D.C., and George Edward Temple of Mountain House, Calif.; sisters, Deborah Louise Carter of Staunton, VA, and Dawn Michele Temple of South Riding, VA.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at John Wesley Methodist Church Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at 2 p.m. Burial was private.
Online condolences are welcome at www.kygers.com.

Christal D. Dean
Ebenezer Baptist Church Clerk
Christal Dionne “Boo” (Darcus) Dean, 40, wife of Dudley S. Dean, of 405 Gooch Street, Staunton, Virginia,  passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, in the University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville.
“Boo” was born Aug. 7, 1972, in Staunton, a daughter of the late Tommy Lee “Boy” Darcus and Linda Marie (Douglas) Darcus.
Christal was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she was the church clerk, a wonderful praise dancer, sang in the Inspirational Gospel Choir and was a member of the Missionary Ministry. Mrs. Dean was employed as a Pharmaceutical Tech at Kroger Pharmacy for 14 years. She was a graduate of Lee High School, class of 1990, was a gold member of the Girl Scouts of America, Troop 923, was named “Who’s Who in American High School” and crowned Miss Congeniality in the Miss Shenandoah Valley Hit African American Pageant.
Surviving in addition to her husband of four years and her mother, both of Staunton, are two brothers; Anthony L. Darcus of Staunton and Tyrone D. Darcus and wife, Tammy Sue, of Churchville; a special uncle, Wayne W. Anderson of Staunton; two nephews, Anthony D. Darcus and Christian Darcus; three nieces, Brittany Darcus, Anika Darcus and Jessica Darcus; a great special niece, Kayden Michelle Darcus; two very close and special cousins, Sharen Anderson and Karen Jones and her son Caleb; a pet dog “Little Bitz”; special friend, Tanya Martin and a number of additional nieces, nephews and many cousins and friends also survive.
A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, in the Ebenezer Baptist Church by Pastor Michael Turner and Pastor Debra Sams.
Burial followed in Thornrose Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.coffmanfuneralhome.net.


Edward S. Burns
U.S Army
Edward Stratton Burns, 73, of Charlottesville, Virginia, died on Monday, June 17, 2013.
He was born on June 21, 1939, in Greenwood, South Carolina. Edward was the son of the late David Burns Sr. and Lillie Rich.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, David Jr., Howard and Clifford Burns. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Betty Burns; six sons, Clifford Allen Burns and his wife, Blair, of Charlotte, North Carolina, James Clark and his wife, Sherry, Edward Burns and Donald Burns, all of Charlottesville, VA, Richard Burns of Lexington, Kentucky, and Michael Burns of Minnesota; five daughters, Betty Key of Charlottesville, VA, Patricia Cotton and her husband, Thomas, of Friendswood, TX, Shelia Curtis and her husband, Garland, of Richmond, VA, Willia Parks and her husband, Lorenzo, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and April Burns of Charlottesville, Virginia; one sister, Marion "Pat" Dixon of Charlottesville, VA; 25 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Edward was a retired C&C Programmer with Teledyne Avionics. He was a graduate of Jackson P. Burley High School. He attended Piedmont Virginia Community College. He was a veteran who served in the United States Army. He was an avid bowler and member of the Piedmont USBC Bowling Association for many years.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday June 24, 2013, at Kingdom Hall, 635 Lynchburg Road, with Hubert Goff officiating. Interment followed at Holly Memorial Gardens. J. F. Bell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements  www.jfbellfuneralhome.com.

Bessie B. Harris
Steadfast Church Member
Bessie Bell Harris, 87, of Sandstone Lane, Stuarts Draft, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at her residence.
She was born on Dec. 14, 1925, in Augusta County, Virginia, to the late Winston and Cora (Brooks) Harris.
She was a member of Steadfast Church of God In Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and five sisters. Bessie is survived by one sister, Wilma Veney of the residence; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was conducted 3 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Steadfast Church of God In Christ.  Professional services provided by McCutcheon’s Funeral Home.

Edward Gardner Jr.
U.S. Army
Edward Gardner Jr., of Charlottesville, Virginia, departed this life on Thursday, June 20, 2013.
He had been a resident of Mountainside Senior Living in Crozet, VA, and most recently Golden Living Nursing Home in Charlottesville.
Mr. Gardner was born on Feb. 18, 1919, in Washington, D.C., to Edward Gardner Sr. and Bessie Anderson Gardner. He was married to R. Louise Harris Gardner for 45 years until her death in 1988. Their family includes two daughters; and one son, Edward Gardner III, deceased.
Mr. Gardner served as a Sergeant in the United States Army during World War II and did tours of duty in Italy and North Africa. After the war he returned home to Charlottesville, and served his community as a Barber for 52 years on Vinegar Hill and other locations around the city. He was a member of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and over the years served as an Usher. During the depression years, his childhood family moved from Washington, D.C. to Shadwell, Virginia, where as a boy he developed survival skills and a lifelong love of animals and nature. His favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing, and he was a member of several hunt and social clubs. As the oldest son in a large family, he was a shining star known to them all as “Brother.” He was preceded in death by several siblings, Delores Bryant, Kathryn Gardner, Vera Brown, Lawrence Gardner, and June Morris. Two sisters, Pearl Lee and Thelma Fowler; and a host of nieces and nephews remain to cherish his memory. His life and legacy are celebrated by those who knew him as “Daddy” and “Grandpa,” daughters, K. Dianne Mathewson of Bethesda, MD, and Doris M. Durham of Windsor Mill, MD; grandchildren, Nicole M. Scott and her husband, Bruce, Mark D. Mathewson and his wife, Chinyere, Sean V. Durham and his wife, Jennifer, Tracey D. Yarborough and her husband, Edward, Brick Dubose, and Brian Gardner; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Elijah, Delaney, Yasmeen, Lleyton, Maya, Chase, Andre, Jadess, and Julian. Ms. Barbara Paige has been a constant companion and bright light in his life, sharing laughter, poetry, encouragement and loyal friendship.
Funeral services was held 12 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church with Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating. Interment followed in Oakwood Cemetery. J. F. Bell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralhome.com.

Lucy E. Woodson
Eastern Star Member
 Lucy E. (Howard) Woodson, 79, formerly of 500 C Street, Staunton, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Avante at Waynesboro.
She was born Sept. 2, 1933, in Waynesboro to the late Larman and Helen (Carter) Howard.
She retired from nursing as a LPN.
She was a member of the Eastern Star and past Commandress of the Daughters of Isis Arabic Court 95 in New Haven, Conn.
Her parents; three brothers, Ernest, Sr., Wayne, and Waddell Howard Sr.; four sisters, Ann Virginia Howard, Evelyn Blair, Viola and Peggy Howard all preceded her in death.
Lucy is survived by one sister, Jean Jones of Staunton; two sister-in-laws, Betty Howard and Vivian Howard; special friend, Elizabeth “Libby” Perry; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at St. James Baptist Church.
Interment was held at Augusta Memorial Park Cemetery.
Public viewing was one hour prior to the service at the church.

Beverly Banks
NAACP President
Beverly Banks, was born July 16, 1960 to the late Frederick and Ollive Dennis Holliday in Washington, DC. Beverly Holliday Banks, of Elkton, Virginia took her heavenly flight on June 15, 2013 at her home in Elkton Virginia after a brief illness.
She grew up in Washington DC, attended Banneker Junior High and graduated from Cardozo High School. She was a member of the Carolina Missionary Baptist Church, where she was an active member of the Carolina Missionary Baptist Church Ensemble. She loved singing with this choir and was a lead soloist on many songs.
She moved to Elkton, Virginia in 1985 where she married Steven A. Banks. To this union one son was born, Skyler Cameron Banks. She joined the Mt. Paran Baptist Church in Elkton, where she was the President of the Choir, Church Clerk for a number of years, Sunday School Secretary. She served as Corresponding Secretary of the Berrean Valley Baptist Association and President of the Harrisonburg Chapter of the NAACP 2005-2010.
She worked in sales for George’s Inc., in Mount Crawford, Virginia, for 24 years.  She loved her job and her co-workers tremendously and they loved her just as much. She enjoyed her co-workers with whom she had much fun and become great friends with many of them. She was the lifeline in the George’s sales office and everyone who came in contact with her, loved and admired her.
Beverly loved and adored her son Skyler. She loved spending time with him and having fun and long talks. Beverly was truly beloved by all of her family members and she loved being with family.  She was the sunshine of every family event, laughing heartily and always smiling and having fun. No matter the occasion, she was going to have fun. She enjoyed life to the fullest.
Beverly leaves to cherish her memory one son Skyler Cameron Banks, three sisters Emma Johnson, Victoria Diggs (Lamont) of Washington, DC and Ollie Smith of Upper Marlboro, MD, one uncle, Rev. Leroy Dennis of Apopka, Florida, one niece, two nephews, a host of cousins, other relatives and friends; two very good friends Mary Madden and Keith Henderson.
A funeral service was held 11a.m. Saturday June 22, 2013 at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton. Burial followed at Mt. Paran Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family received friends from 10~11 prior to the service.

Ajary D. Roberts Sr.
U.S. Army
Ajary Davenport Roberts Sr., age 63, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, died Saturday, June 15, 2013. He was born June 26, 1949, in Winchester, and was a son of the late Robert and Dorothy Davenport.
Mr. Roberts was a veteran of the U.S. military and a long-time employee of Hess Furniture in Harrisonburg. He worked in sales, delivery and repairs. Ajary enjoyed spending time with his family, and his pastimes included playing chess and Surviving are his sons, Ajary D. Roberts Jr., David Moats and Malcolm Roberts; daughters, Kimyatta Roberts, Michelle Moats, Sheena Phillips, La’Niah Roberts and Niasia Roberts; brothers, John, Franklin and Fielding Roberts; his sister, Alfreda Johnson; nine grandchildren and his first wife, Vernetta Keeter.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by son, Lamoi Roberts; daughters, Dorothy Roberts and La’Nasia Roberts; and brother, Edward “D.J.” Roberts.
A funeral service was held at 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Kyger Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Franklin Roberts officiating. Int
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