Loretta Moton-Blair, 62, of Washington, DC (formerly of Elkton) 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 will conduct the funeral service 2pm Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton. Burial will follow in the Mt. Paran Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 Saturday evening at the funeral home in Elkton. Friends may also call or visit at the homes of her sisters, Cynthia James or Sylvia Bostick at anytime.
Memorial donations may be made to the Kyger Funeral Home, 115 Nicholson Road, Elkton, Virginia 22827 to help with unexpected funeral expenses.
William R. Dennett
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.
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 will be 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
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 will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at The Ramp Church with Bishop S. Younger officiating. The interment will be in St. Mary’s Baptist Church Cemetery, Amherst.
Service of Comfort rendered by Davis-Turner Funeral Service.
Paul E. Thorne
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 will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 in Coffman Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Larry Strickler and Pastor Merle Dodson.
Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memory Gardens.
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
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 will be 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 will follow 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.
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 will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisonburg. Entombment will follow the services on Saturday at Woodbine Cemetery Mausoleum in Harrisonburg, with full military honors.
Deborah G. Meek
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 will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2014 in Coffman Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Patrick Pettit. Burial will follow in Augusta Memorial Park.
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. Int.