OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Jackson M. Raines Sr.


Jackson “Jack” Marshall Raines Sr., 88, of McGaheysville, passed away Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born in Keezletown, on Jan. 16, 1928, and was a son of the late Annie (Marshall) and Charles E. Raines Sr.

He retired, after 45 years of service, from Merck, where he was a lab technician and supervisor.

He was a member of Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, youth counselor and deacon.

He served in the U.S. Navy during Word War II.

He served on several boards for Rockingham County, was an active member of the McGaheysville Ruritan Club (Ruritan of the Year twice), was an avid sports fan, and played basketball for Merck & Co.

He loved the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Redskins and was an avid walker, who walked nearly every day.

On Sept. 13, 1946, he was united in marriage to Peggy (Kennedy) Raines, who survives.

He is also survived by a daughter, Ramona Pence of Port Republic; three sons, Jack Raines of McGaheysville, Jerry Raines of Culpeper and Billy Joseph Raines of Loudonville, Ohio; five sisters, Nancy Byrd of Dayton, Mary Sepulveda of Pensacola, Fla., Ellen Blose of Penn Laird, Ruth Smith of Harrisonburg and Linda Garber of Flat Rock, Va.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at Mill Creek Church of the Brethren in Port Republic with the Revs. Jim Miller and Wayne Pence officiating.

Burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Monica Pence Barlow Endowment Literacy Fund, c/o REFI Foundation, 100 Mount Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.



Virgil H. Breeden


Virgil Hunter Breeden, 83, of Stanley, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, at Page Memorial Hospital in Luray.
Visitation was at Bradley Funeral Home on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Burial was at the Pettit Family Cemetery in Stanley.
Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.



Alvin Lucas & Arlena Lucas Stalvey


A memorial service for Alvin Lucas, of Gaston, S.C., and Arlena Lucas Stalvey, of Spring Hope, N.C., son and daughter of Carl F. and Inez C. Lucas of Shenandoah, will be held Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Shenandoah Pentecostal Holiness Church with Jimmy Kite officiating.



Marvin S. Hedrick


Marvin Samuel Hedrick, 85, of Keezletown, died Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.
Arrangements are being handled by McMullen Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.



Arthur E. Boyers Jr.


Arthur Elmer “Butchie” Boyers Jr., 65, a resident of Keezletown and Pleasant View Home of Broadway, passed Monday, Nov. 7, 2016.

He was born Dec. 13, 1950, and was a son of the late Arthur Elmer and Mary F. Long Boyers of Keezletown.

He loved NASCAR, his race car collection, looking at his picture books of the family and his NASCAR cards. His favorite NASCAR driver was Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 88.

He is survived by three sisters, Patsy Smith of Keezletown, Peggy Clary of Mount Crawford and Lois Huffer of Mount Sidney.

The family received friends Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. Friends are welcome to call at the home of Patsy Smith of Keezletown at any time.

Burial was held Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at Keezletown Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Turner House, P.O. Box 426, Broadway, VA 22815, or Broadway Rescue Squad, 525 S. Main St., Broadway, VA 22815.

Condolences may be sent at www.kygers.com.



John T. Keenan


John Thomas Keenan, 73, of Elkton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at the Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born Aug. 31, 1943, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was a son of the late Patrick and Marie Keenan.

He served in the U.S. Army for 21 years as a combat medic with several tours in Vietnam.

He worked at RMH for many years as a nurse and as a machine operator at Genie in Shenandoah, from which he retired in 2005.

He was a life member of the Gooden Brothers VFW Post 9292.

On Jan. 26, 1974, he married Deborah Pence Keenan, who survives.

He is also survived by a son, Shawn Patrick Keenan of Roanoke; daughter, Nicole Iris Barsteika of Elkton; four grandchildren; a sister, Carol Gebhardt; and brothers, Patrick Keenan and Richard Keenan.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor David Vaughan officiating. Military rites were conducted by the Gooden Brothers VFW Post 9292.

Memorial contributions can be made to Sentara RMH Heart and Vascular Care Unit, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg VA 22801.

Condolences can be made at www.kygers.com.



Lloyd E. Ritchie


Lloyd “Buck” E. Ritchie, 92, of Sunnyside Retirement Community, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.

He was born April 22, 1924, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Clarence and Beulah Coberly Ritchie.

He was preceded in death by his wife, June Smith Ritchie.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a longtime member of Massanutten Presbyterian Church and enjoyed camping, fishing and spending time with his family.

He was dedicated to his work at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center as head of buildings and grounds and, more recently, with Keith’s Auto Sales.

Surviving are his daughters, Karen S. Leecy of Penn Laird and Trudy R. Pannell of Harrisonburg; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service was held at Massanutten Presbyterian Church on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, with Pastors John Leggett and Ann Pettit officiating.

Entombment was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens with military rites by the Dayton American Legion Post No. 27.

Memorial gifts may be made to Blessings in a Bag Ministry, c/o Massanutten Presbyterian Church, 50 Indian Trail Road, Penn Laird, VA 22846.

Online condolences can be shared through Kyger Funeral Home at www.kygers.com.



Evelyn M. Blose


Evelyn Mae Blose, 89, of Elkton, passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at Grace Health and Rebab of Greene County.

A daughter of the late John and Lydia Meadows, she was born April 28, 1927, in Rockingham County.

She was a seamstress at Elkton Garment Company and, following her retirement, she continued sewing clothes and making quilts.

She attended several Elkton area-churches including more recently the Church of Solsburg.

She was an avid gardener and loved to can vegetables from her garden.

Surviving are a grandson; two great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Bernard Meadows and Matthew Meadows, both of Elkton; sisters, Geneva Good of Luray and Vernell Baugher of Elkton; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Blose.

The funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, at Church of Solsburg in Elkton with Pastor Josh Shifflett officiating. The family received friends following the service at the church.

Interment was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg. Services were with Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.



Jacob B. Smith


Jacob Benjamin “Ben” Smith, 98, of Mount Crawford, passed away Nov. 12, 2016.

He was born April 21, 1918, and lived all of his life in Rockingham County.

He was a son of the late Henry Floyd Smith and the late Lesta Long Smith.

He was a farmer all his life.

He attended the Mountain View Fellowship Church of the Brethren and was a member of the Cross Keys/Mill Creek Ruritan Club for many years.

He is survived by a son, Dr. J. Douglas Smith of Bridgewater; a granddaughter; a great-granddaughter; a sister, Hazel Diehl; and a brother, Dr. Bobby Smith, both of Bridgewater.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with the Rev. Wayne Pence officiating.

Interment will be private at Mill Creek Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain View Fellowship Church of the Brethren, 8601 McGaheysville Road, McGaheysville, VA 22840.



Jonas L. Lam


Jonas Lee Lam, 84, of Elkton, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at Avante at Harrisonburg.

He was born Aug. 6, 1932, in Elkton, and was a son of the late William Lam and Ethel Lam.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He enjoyed church and retired from the State Highway Department after 25 years of service.

On Dec. 15, 1956, he married Leona Hensley Lam, who survives.

He is also survived by a daughter, Diana Lynn Breeden; a son, Rodney Lee Lam; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

A funeral service was held Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Harold Kephart officiating.

Burial followed at Elk Run Cemetery.

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting www.kygers.com.




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