Stewart D. Frazier
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 will conduct a memorial service 4 p.m. Monday, Sept.16, 2013 at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton. Burial will be private.
Christi L. Brown
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 will be conducted at 12 noon Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at Oak Grove Baptist Restoration Ministries by Bishop T.E. Payne, Sr. Burial will follow 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 will be 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 will be 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 will follow 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 wias 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
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
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.
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
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.
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, 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.
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. Interment was private.
Kenneth C. Tinsley
Kenneth Carson Tinsley, 67, Staunton, Virginia, husband of Rebecca (Ralston) Tinsley, passed away, Sunday, June 16, 2013, at the Shenandoah Hospice House in Fishersville.
Mr. Tinsley was born April 10, 1946, in Staunton, a son of the late Herbert Anderson and Mary Letha (Davis) Tinsley.
Mr. Tinsley was associated with Victory Worship Center and a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a former employee of the United States Postal Service for over 20 years and was the owner-operator of Tinsley Antiques. He loved antiques and was an avid New York Yankees fan.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sara Tinsley and a sister, Connie Tinsley.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 45 years, are two sons, Phillip Tinsley and his wife, Tina and Aaron Tinsley and his wife, Lisa; four grandchildren, Cole, Sara, Carter and Reagan Tinsley all of Staunton; two sisters, Toby Clark and her husband, Willie and their sons, Kevin and Derek, all of Staunton and Susan Franklin and her husband, Steve, of Fredericksburg; brother-in-law, George Ralston and his wife, Vickie, of New Hope, also survives.
Services will be private.
Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah, c/o Gifted Care, Post Office Box 215, Fishersville, Virginia 22939 or to the Victory Worship Center, 200 Hammond Lane, Staunton, Virginia 24401.
Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive is in charge of his arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at
Robert C. Good
Robert “Bobby” Cameron Good, 81, of Grottoes, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at University of Virginia Medical Center.
Bobby was born in Mill Creek on Feb. 20, 1932, and was a son of the late John F. and Evelyn Virginia (Randall) Good.
He worked at Gayles Market in Port Republic for the last 12 years, and had retired from Jim Sneed Ford in 1997. He was a member of Grottoes Church of the Brethren, and served in the U.S. Army.
On July 31, 1955, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Evelyn (Hargesheimer) Good, who preceded him in death on May 8, 1999. Robert is survived by a daughter, Karen Burruss and husband, Jim, of Port Republic; a stepson, Joe “Sparky” Morris of Grottoes; an adopted sister, Patsy Burkholder of McGaheysville; two grandsons, Jason Mace and wife, Amy, and Adam Mace; and three great-grandchildren, Haley, Harley and Garrett Axl Mace. He is preceded in death by an infant daughter, Laura Virginia Good, and three brothers, John F., Mickie and David L. Good.
A funeral service was conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Grottoes Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Keith Whitmer and Pastor John Neff officiating.
Burial followed at Port Republic Mutual Cemetery with military graveside rites by Dayton American Legion Post 27.
The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2013, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes, or at the home of Carmen “Boots” Good at any time.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 3025 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901, and/or www.cff.org/great_strides/g arrettsgladiators.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.
Melvin E. Venable
Melvin Eugene Venable, 70, formerly of 704 Elizabeth Miller Gardens, Staunton, Virginia, departed this life Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Kings Daughters Community Health & Rehab Center in Staunton.
He was born May 12, 1943, in Staunton, a son of the late Carl Peyton and Virginia (Venable) Parker and stepson, Henry Parker.
Prior to becoming disabled Mr. Venable was a self employed carpenter. He was a veteran of the Armed Forces serving in the time of the Vietnam War. He enjoyed his family and going to church. Mr. Venable was a member of Victory Baptist Church.
Family members include, a daughter, Marquita Venable of Hampton; a son Melvin E. Venable II of Staunton; four stepdaughters and one stepson; two sisters, Mary Venable and Alice Woods (Robert) all of Staunton; four grandsons, Melvin E. Venable III, Jaymond D. Venable-Chisley; Nicholas Palmer and Shaquan Kier; five step grandsons and three step granddaughters; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and an uncle.
He was preceded in death by a son, Marcellus Kier; a brother, Ronald Venable; two sisters, L. Marion Dunnings and Anna Venable and a nephew, Christopher Venable.
A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Victory Baptist Church, 1176 Lee Jackson Highway, Staunton, by Pastor Rader Ogden. Burial followed in Fairview Cemetery, Staunton with Military Honors.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Charlton & Groome Funeral Home, 961 Goose Creek Road, Fishersville.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to Mary Venable and the UVA Dialysis Center at Augusta Health.
Family and friends may share memories and condolences at www.charltonandgroomefuneralhome.com
James “Jimmy” M. Pannell
On Sunday, May 19, 2013, James “Jimmy” M. Pannell, a son of the late Creed Sr. and Bernice (Robinson) Pannell and devoted husband of Dollie M. Pannell quietly passed away at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA.
Public viewing will be held Saturday, June 1, 2013, from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Kenneth L. Jones Funeral Home.
A graveside service was conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Fairview Cemetery.
Professional services provided by the Kenneth L. Jones Funeral Home (540) 886-2601.
Roscoe E. Burgess Sr.
North River Baptist Deacon
Roscoe Edward Burgess, Sr., 83, of Bridgewater, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at his home.
He was born in Bridgewater on July 13, 1929, and was a son of the late Gertrude (Burgess) Johnson.
Roscoe retired after 50 years from installing flooring for Boward Heatwole. He was a member of North River Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, and a member of the church Choir. Roscoe was active in the community and served on the Bridgewater town council for 20 years, the west camp of the Gideons, Bridgewater food pantry, was a chaplain at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, a member of the NAACP, Habatit for Humanity, and a member of numerous choirs.
He was united in marriage on Sept. 17, 1949 to Josephine Gloria (Scott) Burgess, who preceded him in death on Jan. 9, 1999.
He is survived by two sons, Ronald Burgess of Wilmington, DE and Roscoe E. Burgess, Jr. of Bridgewater; a sister, Dorothy Strother and husband Lorenzo of Harrisonburg; four brothers, Bernard Burgess of Harrisonburg, Woodrow Johnson and wife Barbara of Fort Defiance, Alphonso Johnson of Harrisonburg and Harold Johnson and wife Grenell of Elkton. He is also survived by two grandchildren raised in the home, Dale Davis and Gregg Strother, five other grandchildren, Adam Burgess, Evan Burgess, Kevin Madden, Roslynn Williams, and Kisha Jones and15 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Shanella Madden.
A funeral service was held at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31, 2013 with Pastor Leonard Thomas officiating. Burial followed at Greenwood-Ames Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to RMH Hahn Cancer Center, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or Bridgewater Healthcare Foundation, Inc., 302 N. Second St., Bridgewater, VA 22812.
Robert R. “Jack” Davis
Robert Randolph “Jack” Davis, 71, of Elkton, Virginia, passed away May 14, 2013 at Harrisonburg Health & Rehabilitation.
Mr. Davis was born Nov. 24, 1941 in Elkton to the late Jasper John and Gertrude Williams Davis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Jessie Davis, John Jasper Davis, Matthew “Bill” Davis, Russell Davis; sisters, Evangeline Butler, Meldora Williams, Jerline Jackson, Anna Mae McKeithan.
Jack attended the Lucy Simms School in Harrisonburg and was a member of the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church near Elkton. He was a farmer and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his companion of 23 years, Carolyn “Susie” Breeden; children, Elizabeth Ann Majors and husband, Irvin of Elkton, Alkina Williams and husband, Curtis of Nokesville, and Dominque Cubbage of Elkton; sisters, Maggie Allen and husband, Leroy, Irene Carter, Ruth Davis, Corena Moore, Dorothea Sanders and husband, John all of Elkton; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The Rev. Francis E. Belle and Elder Benjamin Cubbage was conducted a funeral service 2 p.m. Friday May 17, 2013 at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton. Burial followed in the Bryant Hollow Cemetery near Elkton.
Paul R. Phillippe
Paul Richard Phillippe, 90, formerly of Staunton, Virginia, went to be with his beloved wife, Lucille Virginia (Coyner) Phillippe, and the Lord on April 26, 2013, at Salem Terrace Assisted Living in Salem, VA.
Mr. Phillippe was born in Augusta County on April 12, 1923, a son of the late Ephraim Marion and Josie Phillippe.
Paul lived his entire life in Augusta County until last fall when he and his wife moved into a retirement home in Salem, VA. He graduated from Beverley Manor High School, attended Virginia Tech and University of Edinburgh, England. Paul served his country during World War II as Technical Sergeant with the United States Army in Germany and France. He was awarded the Purple Heart, bronze stars and numerous ribbons and medals. He was the owner of Paul R. Phillippe, Contractor and built many custom homes in the Staunton and Augusta County area. Upon retirement, he enjoyed raising beef cattle on his farm at Rivermont. He was an active member of Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church and more recently Spring Hill Presbyterian Church. He was a Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, Deacon and Elder and received the honor of Elder Emeritus in the Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his parents, and wife of 66 years, Mr. Phillippe was preceded in death by three brothers, four sisters and one grandson. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Surviving are two sons, Paul R. Phillippe Jr. and wife, Ginnie, of Fincastle and David M. Phillippe and wife, Rose, of Bedford; two daughters, Bonnie P. Garnett and husband, Cal, of Helen, Georgia, and Betty P. Reynolds and husband, Jim, of Vinton; a brother, Wilmer Phillippe, of Waynesboro; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Mary (Coyner) Patterson of Staunton, and Becky Coyner of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Burial was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery. A Celebration of Life service was conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the Spring Hill Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Bill Harris and the Rev. Charles McFarlin.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.coffmanfuneralhome.net.
Alva C. Spangler
Alva Chandler Spangler, 77, of Troy, departed this world on Monday, April 29, 2013, at the Golden Living Center - The Cedars, Charlottesville.
He was born on Dec. 25, 1935, in Hinton, West Virginia, the son of the late Harry H. Spangler and Jessie Marie Williams Spangler.
Alva attended McGuffey Elementary School and Lane High School. He retired from Jefferson/Adelphia Cable, Charlottesville in 1999 with 37 years of service. He was a United States Navy veteran with the rank of EN3 and where he served in the engine room onboard the destroyer, the USS Pursuit.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Booth Spangler; two brothers, Joseph H. Spangler and Fred L. Spangler; and a sister, Betty Lou Gibson. He leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters, Elaine Clark Stewart of Madison, VA, and Dusty S. Minor of Richmond, VA; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his sister, Barbara A. Bunch and her husband, John, of Richmond; two brothers, Thomas E. Spangler and his wife, Mary, of Proffit, and Phillip R. Spangler and his wife, Carolyn. of Stuarts Draft; and numerous nieces and nephews. There will be a gathering of family and friends on Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 1 until 3 p.m., at the Charlton and Groome Funeral Home, 961 Goose Creek Road, Fishersville, with Military Honors rendered at 2 p.m. At a later time, his ashes will be taken back to West Virginia, to be placed with his wife. Family and friends may share memories and condolences and sign the guestbook at
Ardelia D. Thompson
Mrs. Ardelia Demaris Dobson Thompson, age 94, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013.
She was the wife of the late Raymond H. Thompson, Sr. Mrs. Thompson was born Oct. 15, 1918 in Covington, Virginia, the daughter of the late Ira Dobson, Sr. and Medister Johnson Dobson.
She is a graduate of Watson High School, Jefferson Business School and completed a course in Literacy Missions Training and received a certificate in Home Nursing and Infant Care. Mrs. Thompson was very active in her community and church serving as a Life Member and Secretary of the Berean Valley Baptist Association, a position she has held for more than fifty (50) years. Also she served on the Alleghany Chapter of the American Red Cross; Heart Association, Arts Council, American Baptist Churches of the South, and Women for Christ Fellowship, Alleghany Highlands Mass Choir and President of the Women’s Federated Improvement League. A member of Historical First Baptist Church for more than 80 years she has served her church as a Church clerk, Sunday School Teacher, Board of Trustees, Woman’s Improvement Club, Secretary of Senior Choir, Sponsor of the Junior Choir, Virginia Skyline Girl Scout Council, Virginia Easter Seal Campaign and Covington Branch NAACP.
Mrs. Thompson was a former employee of the United States Department of Commerce Bureau, Southern Aid Life Insurance Company, Inc. now Atlanta Life Insurance Company for more than 60 years.
She is the proud mother of a son; Raymond H. Thompson, Jr. and wife, Jackie; grandson, Raymond H. Thompson, III and granddaughter, Jenae D. Thompson. Three brothers, Ira Dobson, Jr., Forrest J. Dobson and Robert L. Dobson, Sr. and wife, Charlene. Also cherishing her memories, a devoted niece, Bernedia P. Minor and a host of other family members and friends.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by five siblings; Tilford Johnson, Rosemary Dobson Pettus, Frances Dobson Perkins, William “Bill” Dobson; and Percy Dobson.
A funeral service was conducted at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Historical First Baptist Church, Covington, VA, with Dr. Willie L. Cannon, Jr., Pastor delivering the Eulogy and Rev. Preston K. Tyler officiating. Interment followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements were by Loving Funeral Home.
Ophelia V. F. Murray
Church Organist and Treasurer
Ophelia Virginia Fuller Murray, 84, of Waynesboro, Virginia, was called home by her Lord on Friday, April 19, 2013, at Augusta Health, Fishersville, VA.
She was born in Augusta County, on Jan. 20, 1929, a daughter of the late Samuel Luther Fuller and Annie Brown Fuller.
Ophelia was retired from General Electric as a senior secretary with over 30 years of service. She was a member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church, Waynesboro, where she had served as organist and Treasurer.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, LaVerne Turner; and brother-in-law, Zach Lewis. She is survived by her husband, Douglas Murray; two daughters, Michele Salisbury and Sandra Williams and her husband, Samuel, all of Waynesboro; one son, Matthew Salisbury and his wife, Gloria, of Hampton; one sister, Anita Lewis of Waynesboro, eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great- granddaughter; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. At Mrs. Murray’s request there will be no viewing and there will be private family services and burial.
The family is being served by Charlton and Groome Funeral Home, Fishersville, VA.
Edith R. Gilbert
Smith Transfer Employee
STUARTS DRAFT - Edith Romelda (Edie) Gilbert, 82, widow of Freddie Irvin Gilbert, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
She was born Aug. 15, 1930, in Buena Vista, daughter of the late Cosby Warner Davis and Annie Holt Davis.
After her husband’s death five years ago, she moved from Buena Vista to live with her daughters. Prior to retirement, she was employed for more than 25 years by Smith’s Transfer, Verona.
Edith was a devoted mother, grandmother and wife. Family was an important part of her life and she generously gave of herself to her family and others. Her greatest joy was spending time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She always had a kind word to say to everyone and was a warm and loving person. To all of the grandchildren, there will never be anyone like “Granny Gilbert” in their eyes. Her life was a testimony to the love of Christ and our family is grateful for all of the wonderful years that God granted us in sharing in her life.
Family members left to cherish her memory include two daughters, Patricia Hartsook and Darlene Yeago and of Staunton; grandchildren, Matthew Hartsook, Jeremy Yeago, Ryan Hartsook, Ashley Brown, and Jordan Long, great-grandchildren, Hannah, Alex and Ethan Hartsook, Haileigh Yeago, Brendon Brown and Ace and Jake Long; two sisters-in-law, Emma Cash and Katie Austin and a special nephew, Bobby Austin and his wife, Brenda, and daughter Lana. In addition, Edith was loved by special friends of her daughters, Kay Dunaway, Beverley Wright and Pam Mitchell. She also was loved by a precious friend, Mabel Napier, who she met in the nursing home during her stay.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at Calvary Baptist Church, 105 Garland Drive, Staunton. Burial will be private.
Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive, Staunton, is in charge of her arrangements.
Howard P. Monroe Jr.
Howard Parker Monroe Jr. “Brother YHWH”, 63, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at his family home in Waynesboro, Virginia.
He was born on Jan. 31, 1950, in Harrisonburg, VA, a son of the late Virginia Brown and Howard Monroe Sr.
He was a disabled Army veteran, who proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He later went on to receive a Bachelors Degree in Afro-American and Ethnic Creative Writing. Brother YHWH enjoyed reading and writing, as he published work sharing his life’s journey entitled, “How I Became Jewish and Negro.” He also enjoyed helping his community and striving for improvements and justices for others.
On March 7, 1987, Brother YHWH married Jacqueline Cherry. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and much more. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Jesus Monroe; and daughter, Virginia Pearl Monroe. He is also survived by four step children, Mark Kennard, Ada Hoover, Narcissus Peebles and James Peebles; and his niece, Nikki Monroe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank Monroe and Charles Monroe; and sister, Nancy Monroe.
At his request, his body was cremated and a celebration of life service for him was held at Rosenwald Community Center at 11 a.m., Monday, April 15, 2013.
Robert “Bobby” Fortune Jr.
Father and Brother
Robert "Bobby" Lincoln Fortune Jr., 62, departed this life on Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
He was born on Sept. 3, 1950, to the late Robert Lincoln and Clara Anderson Fortune.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa M. Fortune; six brothers, Robert Williams, Franklin Williams, Henry Williams, Roger Shepard, William Fortune, and David Fortune; and one sister, Alma Williams.
Robert enjoyed spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking and listening to good ole music. He leaves to honor his memory two sons, David A. Fortune of Richmond, VA, and Shannon K. Fortune of Anchorage, ALA. two daughters, Sandra F. Moore of Richmond, VA, and Angelica L. Howard of Charlottesville, VA; three brothers, Larry Fortune Sr., Richard Fortune Sr. and Darryl Fortune; four sisters, Darlene Kenney and her husband, Claude, Dianne F. Gameli, Carla Gail Fortune, and Kathy Taylor, all of Charlottesville, VA; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a devoted friend, Karen Howard; a devoted cousin, Rodez Anderson; devoted friends, Ralph and Charlotte Terrell; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Robert will be deeply missed!
A memorial service was held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at First Baptist Church, 632 West Main Street, with the Reverend Hodari Hamilton officiating.
Arrangements were handled by J.F. Bell Funeral Home.
Vernon T. Arehart
U.S. Air Force
Vernon Thomas “Tom” Arehart, 82, widower of Dolores (Laskowski) Arehart of 814 Fielding Place, passed away Sunday, April 14, 2013 at his residence.
Mr. Arehart was born on Oct. 2, 1930 in Staunton, a son of the late Vernon Alexander and Mary Dell (Lotts) Arehart.
Tom was a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church and was employed with Staunton Machine Works as a tool and die maker until 1982. He furthered his career with Hershey Chocolate Company as an engineering specialist until his retirement in 1995. He was a Staff Sergeant/Air Crew Chief from 1951 to 1955 with 1500 hours of flight time in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Tom was also a member of the Middlebrook Ruritan Club, a life member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the NRA. He was an avid outdoorsman who liked to target shoot, hunt and fish.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob Arehart and Richard “Dick” Arehart.
Survivors include a son, Richard T. Arehart and wife Sherrie L. of Stuarts Draft; a daughter, Helen M. Parkhurst and husband Chris Reiff of Vienna; two sisters, Betty Beard and husband Charles of Staunton and Sally Brubeck and husband Bill of Middlebrook; four grandchildren, Alycia Arehart, Christopher Parkhurst, Michelle Parkhurst and Lauren Parkhurst and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.
A celebration of life was conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2013 in the Coffman Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Danny Campbell. Burial followed in Thornrose Cemetery.
Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive in Staunton is in charge of his arrangements.