OBITUARIES

Page County - December 22, 2011



Herbert M. Kinney
The Rev. Herbert Morgan Kinney, 91, of Elkton, died on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at Willow Estates in Penn Laird.
He was born on May 31, 1920 in Worcester, Mass., to the late George Herbert and Hope Willson Kinney.
The Rev. Kinney came to the area in 1943 from Providence, R.I., where he graduated from the Providence Bible Institute. He was pastor for the Church of Solsburg near Elkton for 51 years. He was involved in CBM ministries for 57 years. He and his wife taught Bible in the public school system for more than 50 years.
On June 15, 1943, he married, Luella Barr Kinney, who died on April 7, 2000.
He is survived by nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at the Church of Solsburg by Pastor Josh Shifflett. Burial will follow in the Elk Run Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Solsburg, P.O. Box 282, Elkton, Va. 22827.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kygers.com.

Patsy A. Weaver
Patsy Ann Weaver, 66, of Stanley, died on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, at Page Memorial Hospital.
She was born on Nov. 23, 1945, in Harrisonburg and was a daughter of the late William Alfred and Shirley Lee Jenkins Dovel.
Mrs. Weaver worked as a custodian for Page County Public Schools and was a member of the Rileyville Church of the Brethren.
On July 3, 1961, she married Lee Roy Weaver, who died Aug. 6, 2011.
She is survived by a son, Lee Roy Weaver of Stanley; two brothers, William A. “Billy” Dovel Jr. of Luray, and Larry Gene Dovel of Stanley; a sister, Barbara Dianne Dovel of Luray; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Randal Anthony Weaver.
A funeral service was conducted on Monday, Dec. 19, at the Rileyville Church of the Brethren by the Rev. Eric Croft. Burial was in the Calvary Independent Brethren Cemetery in Stanley.
Mem orial contributions may be made to the Rileyville Church of the Brethren.

Gloria M. Couteret
Gloria Mae Stidham Couteret, 48, of Clearfield, Pa., formerly of Luray, died on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011.
She was born on Aug. 31, 1963, in Wise County and was a daughter of the late Anderson Stidham and Margie Broyles.
She is survived by three daughters, Brandi Waters of Stanley, and Tiffany and Brittany Couteret, both of Clearfield, Pa.; two sisters, Sue Dinges of Stanley, and Sandy Smith of Luray; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Sam Couteret; and three brothers, Freddie, Sonny and Lee Stidham.
A funeral service was conducted on Friday, Dec. 16, at the Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home in Clearfield, Pa., by the Rev. Lowell MacDonald.

Charles Boone
Charles “Leroy” Boone, 76, of Hedgesville, W.Va., died on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at City Hospital in Martinsburg. 


He was born on Sept. 22, 1935, and was a son of the late S. Martin and Bessie Stout Boone. 


Mr. Boone was a veteran of the United States Army, where he served as a military police officer. He retired from the CIA and was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 


Surviving in addition to his wife, Eileen Whitacre Boone, are a son, Dave Boone of Hendersonville, N.C.; one stepbrother, Roger Nicholas; one stepsister, Iris Moulder; one half-sister, Shirley Self of Luray; and two step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Boone; two sisters, Dorothy Clark and Kay Clem; and one half-brother, Bill Stout. 


A memorial service was conducted on Monday, Dec. 19, at Brown Funeral Home by Pastor Tom Boggess, with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.
Online condolences may be offered at www.Brown FuneralHomesWV.com.

Charles A. Burner
Charles Alfred “Farmer” Burner, 56, of Luray, died on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Dec. 18, 1954, in Luray and was a son of the late Richard Lee Burner Jr. and Phyllis Virginia Burner.
Mr. Burner worked for Harrisonburg Honda for seven years as an auto-body tech.
On July 5, 1985, he married Jo Ann Campbell Burner, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Charles Adam Burner of Luray; two brothers, Larry Wayne Burner of Stanley, and Ricky Lee Burner of Enterprise, Ala.; and a sister, Deborah Lynn Burner Kibler of Front Royal. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lora Ann Malone and Susan Virginia Jenkins.

A memorial service was conducted on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Sam Holt, moderator.

Kenneth Stoneberger
Kenneth Mack Stoneberger, 79, of Stanley, died on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at MontVue Nursing Home.
He was born on June 26, 1932, in Stanley and was a son of the late Elmer Lloyd and Lue Willie Cubage Stoneberger.
Mr. Stoneberger was a member of the Blue Ridge Pentecostal Church.
On Dec. 15, 1962, he married the former Ollie Mae Campbell, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sisters, Agnes Hensley, Alma Lucas and Doris Stoneberger, all of Stanley. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Mattie Blanche Kibler and Elizabeth Lucas; and two brothers, Floyd and Leon Stoneberger.
A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Blue Ridge Pentecostal Church by the Rev. Jack Campbell and the Rev. Peggy G. Corbin. Burial was in the Leake’s Chapel Cemetery in Stanley.



Charles Sandross Jr.
Charles Peter “C.P.” Sandross, 66, of Magnolia, Texas, died on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Tomball Regional Hospital in Tomball, Texas, after a brief battle with liver failure.
He was born on Aug. 17, 1945, in Front Royal and was a son of the late Charles Peter Sandross and Mildred Getz Sandross. He spent his early childhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Washington, D.C. From the age of 10, he was raised by his maternal grandparents, the late Lawrence Hobart and Dora Lee Alger Getz of Rileyville.
Mr. Sandross graduated from Luray High School in 1963, where he played varsity football and basketball. He attended Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale. He served in the Army from July 17, 1969, through Feb. 17, 1971. He was stationed in Ben Het, Vietnam, with B-Battery 6th Battalion 14th Artillery Regiment.
Mr. Sandross moved to Texas in July 1973, first to Houston, then to Magnolia in August 1997. He was self-employed as a distributor/wholesaler of candy and other fundraising products to non-profit groups for Action Fundraising Company.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 38 years, Elois “Spring” Pottinger Sandross, are a son, Charles “Chuck” Peter Sandross III; a sister, Allena Wood of Fort Valley; a brother, Glenn Seal of Magnolia, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held on Monday, Dec. 19, at the Windwood Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas.
Condolences may be sent to the family at 29714 Abilene St., Magnolia, Texas 77354.

Leonard M. Wright
Leonard Milton Wright, 91, died on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at home.
He was born on Jan. 2, 1920, in Frederick County and was a son of the late Carl K. and Lela Brumback Wright.
Mr. Wright lived and worked all of his life on the farm that had been started by his grandfather. He was a farmer, fruit grower, cattleman and also known to the community as a horseman. He was a member of the Cedar Creek Primitive Baptist Church, the Virginia Cattleman’s Association, the Fruit Growers Association and past member of the Opequon Saddle Club.
On May 17, 1947, in Page County, he married the former Gladys Mae Shenk, who died Sept. 15, 1993.
He is survived by a son, Vernon Carl Wright of Frederick County; a daughter, Ruth Ann Wright Boyer of Frederick County; four grandchildren; a step grandson; and eight great-grandchildren. A sister, Ruth E. Wright, died March 24, 1944.
A funeral service was conducted on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Jones Funeral Home Chapel by Elder Forrest Atwood and Pastor Aaron W. Fitch. Burial was in Mount Hebron Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Henry and Gladys Brumback FFA Sc holarship Fund, c/o Carol Swanson, 249 Dower Lane, Strasburg, Va. 22657; Cedar Creek Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Carol Swanson, 249 Dower Lane, Strasburg, Va. 22657; or to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, Va. 22601.

Edward D. Pitts
Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Edward Dowson “Shorty” Pitts, 84, of Bowling Green, died on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.
He was born on May 3, 1927, in Kidds Fork and was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Pitts.
Mr. Pitts served in two branches of the military during three wars ― the U.S. Navy during World War II and the U.S. Army in Korea and Vietnam. He retired after 24 years of service, then worked for several years for the U.S. Postal Service in Maryland.
Mr. Pitts then moved to Luray and worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Shenandoah National Park for a number of years as an equipment operator. Upon retirement and following the death of his first wife, Viola Burns Pitts, he returned to Bowling Green in Caroline County.
Surviving in addition to his second wife, Lauria Samuel Pitts, are six stepchildren, including Kenny E. and Jesse J. Burns of Luray, and Donna R. Lucas of Stanley; a brother, Robert W. “Dick” Pitts; four sisters, Lillian P. Pavy, Mabel P. Weymouth, Ellen P. Carter and Ruth E. Pitts; and a number of step grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service with military honors was conducted on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Antioch Christian Church in Bowling Green by Dr. William Blake.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Antioch Christian Church or to the Disabled American Veterans.

Bob Daugherty
Bob “Bad Dog” Daugherty, age 71, of Dublin, Ga., died December 16, 2011, at Fairview Park Hospital.
Mr. Daugherty was born in Staunton, Va., to the late Forrest LeRoy Daugherty and the late Stella Rosetta Thomas Daugherty.
He lived in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia before moving to Dublin in July 2010. He was a retired law enforcement officer and was president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 65 in Luray, Va., for approximately 15 years and served as president of the Emerald City FOP 101 in Dublin.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie G. Daugherty of Dublin; a daughter, Debbie Rodgers of Staunton, Va.; two granddaughters, Christina Rodgers and Monica Rodgers; one great-grandchild; a sister Mickie Harris of Staunton, Va.; a nephew, Jeff Shuey of Staunton, Va.; a niece, Mary Shuey of Edgewood, Md.; a stepson, Jeffrey Dickerson of Dublin; and a step granddaughter, Cassandra Dickerson of Dublin.
The family will receive friends at their home at 304 St. Francis Place, Dublin. There will be no formal services.
Visit www.townsendfuneralhome.com to sign the online memorial register. (Paid Obituary)

Juanita Presgraves
Juanita Belle Presgraves, 76, of Luray, died on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.
She was born on March 10, 1935, in Luray and was a daughter of the late John Lloyd and Bertha Virginia Sigler Presgraves.
Mrs. Presgraves had worked as a machine operator at Wrangler and was a member of the Vaughn Summit Baptist Mission.
Her husband, Granville Junior Presgraves, preceded her in death.
She is survived by a son, Granville Eugene Presgraves of Luray; three brothers, Kenneth Presgraves of Hampton, and Leonard Leroy and Vance Edwood Presgraves, both of Luray; two sisters, Phyllis Elaine Jones and Wanda Deloris Jenkins, both of Luray; and one grandson. She was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Wayne Presgraves.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 22, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Pastor Mark Hopkins. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.
The family was to receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 266, Luray, Va. 22835.

Arthur W. Gray
Arthur Winfield “Dick” Gray, 82, of Stanley, died on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011.
He was born on July 24, 1929, in Stanley and was a son of the late Rufus Keller Gray and Ruth Virginia Gray.
Mr. Gray was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Pine Grove.
On June 28, 1947, he married the former Ruth Richards, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Billy M. and Stephen D. Gray, both of Stanley; two daughters, Deborah G. Nealis of Luray, and Vicky G. Caton of Stanley; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was conducted on Monday, Dec. 19, at St. George’s Episcopal Church. Burial was in the Graves Chapel Cemetery in Stanley.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. George’s Episcopal Church.

Francinia Mason
Francinia Mason, 61, of MontVue Nursing Home, died on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011, at the nursing home.

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