Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham

Louise H. Shifflett

Louise Harris Shifflett, 89, of Harrisonburg, passed away peacefully Friday morning, Dec. 27, 2013, at the Sunnyside Presbyterian Home, with her family by her side.
Mrs. Shifflett was born Jan. 22, 1924, in Page County, to the late Ben­jamin Ray and Bessie Mae Shifflett Harris.

She was raised in the Naked Creek area of Elkton and attended Shenandoah High School.
Louise, along with her hus­band, lived in Elkton for many years until they moved to Har­risonburg in 1978.
She was employed with Elkton Ele­mentary School in the cafete­ria for 25 years.

On Dec. 24, 1942, she was united in marriage to the late Oliver “Bobwire” Shif­flett, who passed on Feb. 12, 2010.
She was also preced­ed in death by her son, Argie G. Shifflett, in 2005, and brothers, Charles and Elwood Harris.

She is survived by her sons, Rodney R. Shifflett and wife, Mary Frances, of Elkton and Jimmy Shifflett, and wife, Barbara, of Penn Laird; six grandchildren, Tina Sipe, Amy Shifflett, Jessica Shifflett, Tony Shifflett, Benji Shifflett, and Jason Shifflett and wife, Sharon; three great­-grandchildren, Andrew Sipe, Hannah Sipe and Quinn Shif­flett; brother, Junior “Ray” Harris of Florence, S.C.; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Funeral services wereheld Monday afternoon at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisonburg with Paul O’Gorek officiating. Entombment followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Friends may call or visit at the homes of Rodney and Mary Frances (383-9097) or Jimmy and Barbara (271-2143) at any time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospi­tal, P.O. Box 2151, Mem­phis, TN 38101-2151. An online guestbook may be signed at – Paid obituary

Constance M. Spitzer

Constance “Connie” Mae Spitzer, 84, of Grot­toes, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at her home.

She was born, in Tole­do, Ohio, on Dec. 23, 1929, and was a daughter of the late Cornelia (Dean) and William S. Lam.
She had worked for Good Printers in Harrison­burg.

On May 3, 1947, she was united in marriage to Charlie A. Spitzer Sr., who survives.

She is also survived by three sons, Dale Spitzer of Grottoes; Alan Spitzer of Asheville, N.C. and Robin Spitzer of Manas­sas; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes.

A funeral service was conducted Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at John­son Funeral Service Grot­toes Chapel, with the Rev. D. Glen Langston officiat­ing.
Burial followed at the Port Republic Mutual Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

John G. Crawford

John Grier Crawford, 90, of Harrisonburg, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

He was born, on June 22, 1923, in Cooleemee, N.C., and was a son of the late John G. Crawford Sr. and Lola Carter Craw­ford.
He was a graduate of High Point College in High Point, N.C.

He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and re­ceived a Pur­ple Heart.
He moved from Falls Church to Harrisonburg, where he had lived for 27 years.

He was a chemist with the Food and Drug Administra­tion before retiring.
He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Sons of American Revolution, a 32nd-degree Mason, the Shriners and Scottish Rite.

On Oct. 27, 1956, he married the former Mary Lou Mueller, who survives.

He is also survived by two daughters, Kathy Cheatham of Fairfax and Cheryl Hutcheson of Ashburn; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, his twin, Frances Wainio of Marblehead, Ohio and Edna Harding of Charlotte, N.C.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Meredith Chapel at Sunnyside Retire­ment Community in Har­risonburg with the Rev. Paul O’Gorek officiating.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Of­fice of Development 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, or by visiting the web­site at www.shrinershospi­
Online condolences may be sent by vis­iting www. lindseyharrison­

Nancy M. Painter

Nancy Marie (Painter) Painter, 69, of Luray, passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Whispering Pines Assisted Living in Luray.

Family received friends at the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013.

A memorial service was held at Cal­vary Independent Brethren Church on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. Private burial was at Evergreen Memorial Gar­dens in Luray.
Services were performed un­der the direction of the Bradley Funeral Home, 187 E. Main St., P.O. Box 442, Luray, VA 22835.

Howard E. Pirkey

Howard Eugene Pirkey, 88, of Grottoes, passed away Fri­day, Dec. 27, 2013, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 27, 1925, in Elkton, a son of the late Frank and Mamie Grimm Pirkey.

He was a mem­ber of Dayton VFW Post in Day­ton, Masonic Lodge No. 269 in Waynesboro and the First Baptist Church of Grottoes.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

The family received friends Monday evening at Forest Chapel Brethren Church in Crimora, where funeral ser­vice was held at 11 a.m. Tues­day. It was conducted by Pastor Mark Wingfield and assisted by Matthew Coiner. Burial followed in the church ceme­tery.
The family requests contributions be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Chil­dren.

Surviving are his wife, Katherine Crissman Pirkey of Grottoes; sons, Larry E. Pirkey of Grottoes and Fred M. Pirkey of N.Y.; two grand­children; and five great-grand­children.
Valley Funeral Service of Edinburg was in charge of arrangements.

Blenda A. Schultz

Blenda Ann (Hoover) Schultz, 64, of Weyers Cave, passed away on Sat­urday, De­c. 28, 2013, at her home.

She was born, in Staunton, on Aug. 9, 1949, and was a daughter of the late Mildred (Gilbert) and Merlyn Abraham Hoover and a stepdaughter of Alice Hoover of Grottoes.
She worked as a Li­censed Practical Nurse at Packaging Services, AMP and KennaMetal.

She was a member of Harriston Christian Center.
On Oct. 28, 1989, she was united in marriage to Charles Clayton Schultz II of Weyers Cave.

Surviving, in addition to her husband and stepmother, are two daughters, Cindy Gibson of Grottoes and An­gela Frazier of Staunton; a stepson, Charles Schultz III of Grottoes; two sisters, Kathy Miller of Stu­arts Draft and Judy Kivett of Grottoes; a brother, Den­nis Hoover of Moneta; and four grandchil­dren.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes, with Pastor Durwood Cowan and Pastor Cole Scrogham officiating.
The family received friends on Monday, Dec. 30, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society 420 Neff Ave, Suite 210 Harrison­burg, VA 22801 or RMH Hospice 2010 Health Campus Dr. Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.

Edward M. Whitely

Edward M. “Eddy” Whitely passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in Balti­more, Md.

He at­tended Grace & Saint Peter’s School, Car­dinal Gib­bons High School, the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Towson State University.
He was the founder and co-owner of Orion’s Objects, an award-winning midcentury furniture and art gallery in Baltimore. He was an avid lover of the outdoors.

Surviving are his mother, JoeAnne Whitely; grandmother, Virginia R. Sonen; brother, Gregory Dean Whitely; a nephew and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Whitely.

A memorial service was held in Baltimore.
Visitation was at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013.

A graveside service was held Sat­urday, Dec. 28, 2013, at the Whitely Family Ceme­tery on Mount Pleasant Road near Elkton.
The family requests a kind act or charitable contribution in Eddy’s honor.
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