OBITUARIES

Page County - December 29, 2011



Aimie M. Akers
Aimie Margie Armstrong Akers, 92, formerly of Luray, died on Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Chambrel in Williamsburg, where she had resided for the past three years.
She was born on April 8, 1919, in Milo, Okla., and was a daughter of the late Walter James and Cassie Jane Straily Armstrong.
Mrs. Akers attended Oklahoma University in Norman, Okla., working as a lifeguard during her college years, and was later employed as a telephone operator. She and her husband served with the U.S. Foreign Service overseas in Japan, Turkey, France and Kenya, and retired to Luray, where they had lived for 35 years.
On Feb. 22, 1941, she married Howard Alan Akers, who died on March 30, 2003.
She is survived by two daughters, Janet Akers Wallington of Williamsburg, and Mary Melinda Akers of Takoma Park, Md.; a son, Howard Alan Akers Jr. of Waynesboro; a sister, Myrtle Maggie LeCrone of Plano, Texas; a brother, Malcom Sam Armstrong of Ardmore, Okla.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Leonard Jackson, Walker Henry and Freeman Floyd Armstrong.
A graveside service was conducted on Monday, Dec. 26, at the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

JoAnne Rodriguez
JoAnne May Rodriguez, 58, of Stanley, died on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at Blue Ridge Hospice. Arrangements are pending at the Bradley Funeral Home.

Virgil F. Pettit
Virgil Franklin Pettit, 89, of Stanley, died on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at St. Mary Hospital in Richmond.
He was born on Feb. 2, 1922, in Stanley and was a son of the late Flossie Weakley.
Mr. Pettit was an Army veteran, having served in the Pacific in World War II. He was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church, and a lifetime member the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department and the VFW Post 7899 in Stanley.
Mr. Pettit began his electrical career at Page Power Company, then with Walter Reed Army Hospital to Harry Diamond Lab, retiring from Pettit’s Electrical in 1997.
His wife, Betty June Buracker Pettit, died on March 13, 2006.
He is survived by a daughter, Joyce A. Housden and husband Douglas of Crozier, Va.; three brothers, Kenneth, Carol and Stuart Weakley; four sisters, “Sis” Alsop, Mary Wash, Doris “Dottie” Thompson and Linda Weakley; a grandson, Michael Housden and wife Jennifer of Mechanicsville, Va.; two great-grandchildren, Katherine Housden and Andrew Housden of Mechanicsville; and special nieces and nephews, Levi, Kim, Doreen and William.
A memorial service was conducted on Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, at St. George’s Episcopal Church by the Rev. Anne Scupholme. (Paid Obituary)

Maxwell F. Short
Maxwell Franklin Short, 74, of Winchester, died on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Winchester Medical Center.
He was born in 1937 in Luray and was a son of the late Garland and Reva Short.
Mr. Short owned and operated the Melmax Room from 1970-1986. He was a member of the Eagles Club, Moose Club, Elks Club and the American Legion. He was a veteran of the United States Army.
His wife, Anita Mearkle Short, died on March 27, 1980. In 1982, he married Margaret “Peggy” Gibson Short.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Scott Short of Winchester, and Jeff Short of Salem; two stepsons, Michael Lee Clem Jr. and James Albert Grose Jr. both of Winchester; a sister, Susan Short of Oklahoma; and a brother, David Short of Luray; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Short.
A funeral service was conducted on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at Omps Funeral Home by the Rev. Paul Campbell. Burial was in Shenandoah Memorial Park with military honors by VFW Post 2123.
Online condolences may be sent to www.ompsfuneralhome.com.

Douglas B. Petefish
Douglas “Bruce” Petefish, 81, of Stanley, died on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Page Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Nov. 24, 1930, in Stanley and was a son of the late Conard Dewey and Thelma Ruth Painter Petefish.
Mr. Petefish was an Army veteran, having served during the Korean War. He attended the Stanley United Methodist Church.
On Aug. 8, 1958, he married Judith Koontz Petefish, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Julie A. Petefish, and Kim Comer and husband Robert L. Comer, all of Stanley; a brother, Melvin Earl Petefish of Girard, Ohio; a grandson, Robert Bruce Comer of Stanley; and one granddaughter, Savannah Comer of Stanley. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Bobby Lee, Dennis W. and Conard D. Petefish Jr.
A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Stanley United Methodist Church. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Luray for Youth Fishing Day . (Paid Obituary)

Robert “Buddy” P. Housden
Robert “Buddy” Phillip Housden, of Stanley, Va., passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2011, at MontVue Nursing Home in Luray, Va.
Buddy was born on August 18, 1926 in Elkhart, Ind., and was the son of the late Clarence S. Housden, Elton V. Housden Laslo and Alamanda L. Housden.
He worked various jobs during his employment years, including ARA/Skyline Drive and Page County Public Schools. He later worked at Crown Door Company, from which he retired. He was a member of Leake’s Chapel Church of the Brethren in Stanley, Va..
He is survived by one brother, Smokey Housden of Stanley; five sisters, Emma West of Williamsburg, Va., Nancy Campbell, Martha Graves and Carolyn Dovel, all of Stanley, and Bonnie Dovel of Shenandoah; and a number of special nieces and nephews.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Betty L. Painter; and a brother, William C. Housden.
The family received friends on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. at Leake’s Chapel Church of the Brethren.
Funeral services were conducted by Pastor Mark Ray and Pastor Charles Turner at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at Leake’s Chapel Church of the Brethren.
Burial services followed at Graves Chapel Cemetery, Stanley, Va. (Paid Obituary)

John Calcamp Jr.
John W. Calcamp Jr., 90, of Luray, died on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011.
He was born on July 17,1921, in Mountain Lake Park, Md., and was a son of the late John William and Ocea Myrtle McRobie Calcamp.
Mr. Calcamp was an Army veteran, having served during World War II. He retired as an accountant for the postal service.
On Dec. 18, 1945, he married the former Irma Elizabeth Basye, who died on March 15, 2010.
He is survived by a daughter, Virginia Ann Breeden of Luray; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Marion V. McEvoy
Marion Valentine McEvoy, 97, of Luray, died on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at Hawksbill Assisted Living.
She was born on May 10, 1914, in Rosendale, N.Y.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 266, Luray, Va. 22835.

Owen F. Shifflett
Owen F. “Flukie” Shifflett, 82, of Elkton, died on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011.


He was born on May 9, 1929, in the East Point area of Rockingham County and was a son of the late John W. and Matilda Lam Shifflett.
Mrs. Shifflett was a member of the Full Gospel Lighthouse Tabernacle near Elkton. He was a member of Elkton High School’s first football team in 1948, scoring the team’s first touchdown. He also played baseball for the Elks and later with the Valley League’s Elkton Blue Sox. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and retired from McQuay.
On Aug. 20, 1956, he married Carolyn June Smith Shifflett, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Richard O. Shifflett of Elkton, Keith W. Shifflett of Shenandoah, and Terry E. Shifflett of Grottoes; four daughters, Vicky L. Vergara, Tammy J. Rice, Carolyn S. Huffman and Crystal M. Weaver, all of Grottoes; two brothers, Lloyd E. “Blackie” and Oklen “Red” Shifflett, both of Elkton; 16 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Stewart, Winston, Austin, Johnny, and his twin, Lowen “Flukie” Shifflett; and two sisters, Myrtie Morris and Alma Shifflett.
A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at the Full Gospel Lighthouse Tabernacle near Elkton by the Rev. Ronald Spencer and the Rev. Homer Frazier. Burial was in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shifflett family, c/o Kyger Funeral Home, 115 Nicholson Road, Elkton, Va. 22827, to help with expenses.
Online condolences may be sent to the Shifflett family by visiting www.kygers.com.

Malcolm C. Harrell
Dr. Malcolm Coleman Harrell, 83, of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, died on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.
He was born on April 5, 1928, in Lynchburg, and was a son of the late Curtis Parke and Shirley Sowers Harrell.
Dr. Harrell spent his early years in Luray and in 1945 joined the U.S. Navy. After his service, he attended Mars Hill Junior College in Asheville, N.C., the University of Richmond and graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in 1954. In 1955, he moved to Timberville, where he operated a dental practice for 35 years, later retiring to Edinburg.
Dr. Harrell was a member of the Virginia Dental Association, the Shenandoah Valley Dental Association, various Dental Study Clubs and was a Fellow of the Virginia Dental Association. He was active in church work, holding many offices, including that of trustee. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Lion’s Club and worked with Habitat for Humanity of Shenandoah County.
In 1951, he married Rebecca Nancy Spahr of Kingwood, W.Va.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Vicky H. Germroth of Edinburg, Nancy H. Lowden of Richmond, and Beth H. Papworth of Virginia Beach; a brother, Philip Harrell of Luray; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister.
A memorial service was conducted on Friday, Dec. 23, at Strite Auditorium, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community. Burial was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VMRC Good Samaritan Fund, 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, Va. 22802.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.grandlefuneralhome.com.

Christina Marie Jenkins Owens
Beloved wife and mother, Christina Marie Jenkins Owens, age 78, of Sneads Ferry, N.C., died peacefully after a brief stay at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center in Wilmington, N.C., on December 26, 2011.
Born March 6, 1933, in Woodville, she was the daughter of the late Hubert and Blanche Jenkins.
Christina is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, James Thomas (Tommy) Owens of Sneads Ferry, N.C. Also surviving are her devoted children: daughter, Sue Raeburn and her husband, Doug; daughter, Mary Owens and her husband, Mark Wakefield; son, James Richard (Buddy) Owens and his wife, Well; daughter, Debby Riley and her husband, Hank; and daughter, Teresa Nifong and her husband, Doug. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Katie and Brett Raeburn, Tina and Danny Riley and Zachary and Joshua Nifong. She is also survived by her beloved brother, Roy and sister-in-law, Myrtle, of Amissville, Va. She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Jenkins, and brothers Earl Jenkins and Carson Jenkins.
Chris loved growing up in her beautiful home, Stonehaven, in Woodville, Va. After graduating from high school, she attended the Garfield Hospital Nursing School in Washington, D.C. She lived in the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area for over 25 years, where she and Tommy raised their large and lively family. She enjoyed her work as a RN in nursing homes in Northern Virginia/Jacksonville, N.C., as well as the Council of Aging. She worked until health issues finally forced her to retire in the late 1980s
Christina triumphed over many health problems in a determined and positive manner. She survived a liver transplant in 1987, which offered her 25 more years to enjoy life with her family and friends. She loved people and never met a stranger. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting, and knitting; watching and feeding birds, and reading. She always saw the bright side of life and never complained. She was an inspiration to all who knew and loved her.
Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, December 28, at Salem Baptist Church, 198 Sneads Ferry Rd., in Sneads Ferry, N.C. A memorial service will be held at the church at 2 p.m. on Thursday, December 29.
Flowers for the memorial service may be sent to Salem Baptist Church or memorial contributions may be made in Chris’ name to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, N.C. 28401 or the National Foundation for Transplants, 5340 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, Tenn. 38119.
Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home, Holly Ridge. (Paid Obituary)

Richard McPherson
Richard Gerald McPherson, 74, of Shenandoah, died on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011.
He was born on Aug. 27, 1937, in Rhodes, Mich., and was a son of the late William and Effie McPherson.
Mr. McPherson owned and managed an assisted living facility in Shenandoah for 28 years. He was a member of the Elkton Seventh-day Adventist Church.
On Aug. 14, 1977, he married the former Mary Ellen Purdie, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Lillian McPherson of Oregon, and Andrea McPherson of Shenandoah; three sons, Gerald McPherson of Austin, Texas, and Kevin and Donald “Rod” McPherson, both of Shenandoah; a brother, Larry McPherson of Flint, Mich.; a sister, Evelyn Leavitt of Florida; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Rodney and LeRoy McPherson; five brothers, George, William “Bill,” Roy, Cliff and Donald “Don” McPherson; and three sisters, Lillian Freidle, Pearl Chubb and Fern LaFave.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, at the Elkton Seventh-day Adventist Church by Pastor Dale Long and Dr. Roger Mace. Burial will be in the Mount View Cemetery in Rileyville.
The family will receive friends from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, at the Elkton Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shenandoah Volunteer Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, Va. 22849; or to the Elkton Seventh-day Adventist Building Fund.
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