Obituaries — Elkton / RockinghamRosa V. McDorman
Rosa Virginia “Jinnie” McDorman, 88, a resident of Shenandoah, passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Quicksburg, on Aug. 16, 1925, and was a daughter of the late Amos Lee and Rosella Lloyd Clem.
She lived the majority of her life in Shenandoah. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, the VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary, and the Women of the Moose.
She was employed at the Knitting Mill and the Genie plant, formerly Alliance Manufacturing. She retired from Genie after 32 years.
On March 20, 1943, she married Harry Lee “Cheese” McDorman, who preceded her in death on Jan. 17, 1999.
She is survived by seven children, Harry F. McDorman of Shenandoah, Amos L. McDorman of Harrisonburg, Sandra V. McDorman of Harrisonburg, Rose Hensley of Elkton, Sharon “Sherrie” K. Derrow of Elkton, Teina M. Merica of Shenandoah and Jenny L. Meadows of McGaheysville; 13 grandchildren, 19 greatgrandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
The family received friends Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Christ United Methodist Church. A funeral service was held Thursday, Aug. 29, at the church with the Rev. Stephen Creech officiating. Burial was in Rest Haven Community Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the W. O. T. M., Attn: Patsy Miller, P. O. Box 238, Shenandoah, VA 22849, or Christ United Methodist Church, 501 Senior Ave., Shenandoah, VA 22849.
Online condolences may be sent at www.lindseykygerfuneralhome.com.
Leonard O. Albrite
Leonard O. “Tom” Albrite, 88, of Harrisonburg, passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
He was born, in Rockingham County, on Feb. 4, 1925, to the late John L. and Jennie Fitzwater Albrite.
A lifetime resident of this area, he graduated from Harrisonburg High School and served in the U. S. Navy. He was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, Elks Lodge BPOE No. 450, a lifetime member of Hose Co. No. 4, the Harrisonburg Fire Department and Harrisonburg Rescue Squad.
He retired after 39 years with the State of Virginia ABC Board. In 2009, he was inducted into the Harrisonburg High School Hall of Fame and was an avid football fan.
On Jan. 11, 1948, he married the former Phyllis Shickel, who survives.
Also surviving are daughters, Cindy Barnes of Grottoes and Shelia Lam, and of Harrisonburg; a sister, Beatrice Knopp of Harrisonburg; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The Rev. C. Edward Pruitt and the Rev. Wayne Wright conducted a graveside service Saturday morning, Aug. 31, 2013, at Dayton Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the RMH Hahn Cancer Center, 2008 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, Va., or to the Otterbein United Methodist Charity Fund, 176 W. Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
Online condolences may be sent at www.kygers.com.
John W. Koons
John Wesley Koons, 69, of Stanley, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Life Care Center in New Market, where he had been a patient for the last two months.
He was born, on Jan. 26, 1944, in Waynesboro, Pa., to the late Watson Eugene Koons and Helen Marie Kauffman Koons Shockey.
He was a 1961 graduate of Waynesboro High School. He spent many years in the printing industry in various roles, including salesperson to well-known clients such as NOW and Ralph Nader. He was later employed as store manager for The Room Store in Fredericksburg, Falls Church and Winchester. He retired in 2008.
He was a member of Leakes Chapel Church of the Brethren, where he had served as president of the Men’s Fellowship, a member of the choir and also a deacon. He loved to travel, draw and paint, ride his motorcycle and play golf.
On April 3, 1993, he married the former Karen Michele Painter, who survives.
He is also survived by two daughters, Kimberly Bain of Waynesboro, Pa. and Michelle Black of Waynesboro, Pa.; and three grandchildren.
The funeral service was conducted at Leakes Chapel Church of the Brethren by Pastor Mark Ray on Saturday, Aug. 31,
Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leakes Chapel Church of the Brethren Picnic Shelter Fund or to the American Cancer Society. Friends and family may call or visit at the home of Kristi Hilliard at any time.
Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home Inc. in Luray.
David E. Monteaux
David Eugene Monteaux, 51, of Shenandoah, passed away Aug. 29, 2013, at his home.
He was born Sept. 24, 1961, in New Jersey, and was a son of Cecilia Simmons of Bevins, Texas, and the late Martin R. Monteaux.
He grew up in Texas and was a skilled tow-truck driver. He owned and operated his own big rig before becoming ill.
He is survived by his wife, Dana Monteaux; sons, David E. Monteaux II of Shenandoah and Brandon Monteaux of Stafford; daughters, Summer Doyle of Louisiana and Victoria “Morgan” Treger, at home, stepfather, Jim Bevins of Waynesboro; brothers, Richard Monteaux of Houston, Texas and John Bevins of Waynesboro; sister, Darlene Mallet of Louisiana; a grandchild.
Pastor Todd Stroop conducted the funeral service Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisonburg. Burial followed in the Elk Run Cemetery in Elkton.
Online condolences may be sent to the Monteaux family by visiting kygers.com.
Mabel W. Smith
Mabel (Mae) Williams Smith, 87, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. She had been a patient at Sunnyside Healthcare since September 2011.
She was born Oct. 17, 1925, in Montgomery County, Va., to Walter and Lucille Swaim Williams.
She spent the early years of her life in the Alberene area of Albemarle County, where she completed her elementary education in the one-room school at Alberene and high school education at Scottsville High School. She also attended Mary Washington College.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, W. Henry Smith.
Also surviving are her daughters, Susan Houston of New Kent and Patricia Watson of Massanutten; and two granddaughters.
She was a gifted homemaker, an accomplished painter, and a charter member of the Wayland Women’s Club. She enjoyed bridge and with her husband restored a 19th century mountain log home in the Beldor Hollow area of Elkton.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the funeral home with the Rev. Bob Talbott officiating.
A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Riverview Cemetery in Charlottesville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 199 Water St., 23rd Floor, New York, NY, 10038.
Condolences may be sent to by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.
Ernest J. Hensley
Ernest Jennings Hensley, 91, of Shenandoah, passed way Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at the Harrisonburg Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Hensley was born Jan. 28, 1922, in Rockingham County near Elkton, and was a son of the late Hiram A. and Rosetta Lam Hensley.
He owned and operated Jennings Amoco near Elkton for 15 years and was a crew leader at Shenandoah National Park for 16 years, before retiring.
He was a member of the Free Pentecostal Church in Harrisonburg and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He is survived by a son, Jeffrey K. Hensley of Elkton; daughters, Carolyn Hensley Clements Lamb of Stanardsville, and their mother, Cathaline Hensley, Lisa Hensley Foltz of Shenandoah, and her mother, Iva Gochenour; and two grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at the Elkton Pentecostal Church in Elkton. The Rev. James Shoemaker, the Rev. Pearl Richardson and the Rev. Travis Hensley conducted the service.
Burial followed at Elk Run Cemetery in Elkton with military rites by the Gooden Brothers VFW Post 9292.
Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.
Online condolences may be sent to the Hensley family by visiting www.kygers.com.
Gilbert L. Purdham
Gilbert Lee Purdham, 91, of Stanley, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.
Pastors Leroy Hulvey and Marty Breeden will conduct the funeral at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Bradley Funeral Home in Luray, where visitation was from 7 to 8 p. m. Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Burial will be at the Graves Chapel Cemetery in Stanley.
Sudie F. Foltz
Sudie Frances Foltz, 84, of Shenandoah, passed away on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in Harrisonburg.
Mrs. Foltz was born on Feb. 23, 1929, in Page County. She was a daughter of the late David E. Henderson and Minnie Marie Andrews Henderson Yeager.
She was a lifetime resident of the Shenandoah area and was a member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She was also a member of the Avis O. Comer VFW Post No. 8613 Auxiliary in Shenandoah.
She was employed as an operator with The Alliance Co. in Shenandoah.
On Jan. 25, 1969, Frances married Roy Lee Foltz, who preceded her in death on Feb. 20, 1996.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Hansbrough of Shenandoah; and two granddaughters.
A funeral service was held on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Shenandoah. Bob Thomas conducted the service.
Burial followed at the Rest Haven Cemetery in Shenandoah.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 332, Shenandoah, VA 22849.
R. Virginia Snead
R. Virginia Snead, 93, of Augusta County, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at Augusta Health, Fishersville.
She was born July 5, 1920, in Pensacola, Fla., a daughter of Thomas Rodney and Wave McKenzie Shearer.
She attended Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church where she was a member of the Ruth Circle. A graduate of Western High School in Washington, D.C., she attended Madison College (now JMU), worked 10 years at the World Bank in Washington, and did 13 years of volunteer work with the Pink Ladies in Ormond Beach, Fla.
A memorial gathering was held Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Stuarts Draft Retirement Community.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. Morris Snead, USMC.
Surviving are three children, Dale Boxley, Thomas Snead and Ric Snead; a brother, Bob Shearer; a sister, Georgia Weiss; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Services will be conducted at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P. O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. McDow Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Condolences may be shared online at www.mcdowfuneralhomeinc.com.