Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Wilmalee D. Lam

Wilmalee Delois Lam, 73, of Elkton, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born July 21, 1943, in Elkton, and was a daughter of the late Emmett and Ollie Lam.

Wilmalee was employed at Sleepwear in Elkton for 34 years and later Blue Bell in Shenandoah, until her retirement. She attended Elkton Pentecostal Church and more recently Landmark Tabernacle Church in McGaheysville.

Surviving is her husband of 55 years, Boyd W. Lam.

Also surviving are her daughter, Lisa Lam of Elkton; son, Marty Lam of Elkton; sister, Margie “Clarice” Shifflett of Elkton; grandchildren, Sabrina Lam and Dakota Lam; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Arimetha Sellers, Allie Lam and Hester Lam; and one brother, Owen Lam.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor L. Keith Powers officiating. Interment followed at Elk Run Cemetery.

The family received friends Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Emily Couric Cancer Center, 1240 Lee St., Charlottesville, Va. 22903.

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Janet E. Foster

Janet Evers Foster, 93, of Rockingham, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born in Bridgewater, on Oct. 16, 1923, and was a daughter of the late William D. and Effie (Hollen) Evers.

She attended Bridgewater College and earned a degree in elementary education from Radford University.

For 27 years, she taught elementary grades at Colonial Elementary School in Botetourt County. During those years, she, with the help of her students, researched and published a history of the community of Blue Ridge.

She was a lifetime lover of music, majoring in that discipline at Bridgewater College, and singing in various church choirs. She enjoyed reading, flowers, bird-watching and traveled to all 50 states and several overseas countries.

She was a member of Bridgewater Church of the Brethren.

She was united in marriage, on April 21, 1944, to Paul Bible Foster, who survives

Also surviving are two daughters, Ann Brown of Midlothian and Kaye Cline of McGaheysville; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, with the Rev. Jeffery Carr and the Rev. Robert E. Alley and the Rev. Chris Zepp officiating. The family will receive friends following the memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, 420 College View Drive, Bridgewater, VA 22812, or Heifer International, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, AR 72203.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Dr. David Johnson

Dr. David Johnson, 76, of Rileyville, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.

A celebration of his life will be held at Rileyville Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Donations can be made to Shenandoah Baptist Church (428 Fourth St., Shenandoah, VA 22849) in honor of the heating/air conditioning project.

Arrangements are by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.

Brownie F. Cave

Brownie Frances Comer Cave, 101, passed away Nov. 18, 2016.

She was born Aug. 21, 1915, at Ingham, Va., along the banks of the Shenandoah River, to the late Fanny Josephine Baugher Comer and Franklin Pierce Comer.

Her entire life was lived in Page County.

She attended Grove Hill Elementary School, riding there in a horse-drawn wagon. She graduated from Stanley High School at the age of 16, and from Madison College (now JMU). She later earned a master’s degree in reading from the University of Virginia. She began her teaching career at Stanley School in 1935, and most of her 30-year career was spent there, except for several years at Verona Elementary. She also coached girls’ basketball teams at Stanley High School.

On Aug. 12, 1939, she married Herman Emmett Cave, who preceded her in death on Sept. 29, 1975.

She is survived by three daughters, Lois Frame of Richland, Wash., Suzanne Pettit of Winchester and Rosemary Comer of Shenandoah.

She shared her love of history and geography on family vacations to all of the contiguous U.S. states and parts of Mexico and Canada.

She is also survived by a sister, Peggy Sepsic of McKeesport, Pa.; and seven grandchildren.

She was an amazing seamstress, making tailored dresses and costumes of all types for her girls’ many activities. As a gardener, she planted unusual crops along with the more popular ones and shared her bounty. She was a member of Mount Zion Church of the Brethren, where she was a Sunday school and vacation Bible school teacher, church secretary and a member of the ladies group.

She cherished her work with the local PCEA, District G, and was a member of the National Association of Teachers of Reading and attended some of their conferences worldwide.

Friends and family gathered at Mount Zion Church on Tuesday, Nov. 22, and the funeral was held there Wednesday, Nov. 23. Burial was in the church cemetery.

To honor her voracious reading and her position as first patron at the William Kibler Library in Stanley, memorial contributions may be made to the library (P.O. Box 129, 140 Main St., Stanley, VA 22851) or to Mount Zion Church (1177 Mount Zion Road, Luray, VA 22835).

Warren H. Minnick Sr.

Warren Harding Minnick Sr., 93, of McGaheysville, passed away Nov. 19, 2016.

He was born Feb. 25, 1923, near Timberville, and was a son of the late Luther Allen and Rose Wilt Minnick.

He lived his early life in the Cootes Store and Melrose communities before moving to McGaheysville.

He was employed with Shenandoah Poultry for 20 years and Holly Farms for 10 years before retiring.

On May 18, 1943, he married Evelyn Marie Corbin Minnick, who preceded him in death on March 19, 2011.

He is survived by four sons, David Minnick of Harrisonburg, Warren “Sonny” Minnick Jr. of McGaheysville, Gary Minnick of Timberville and Franklin Minnick of Broadway; eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

According to his wishes, all services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elkton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 152, Elkton, VA 22827.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Oliver B. Mowbray

Oliver Burgess Mowbray, Sr., 91, of Grottoes, passed away Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, at Willow Estates Retirement Home.

He was born in Charlottesville, on April 27, 1925, and was a son of the late Lusby and Sadie (Shifflett) Mowbray.

He had been the paint manager at the Farm Bureau until 1971 and he went into farming full- time.

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

He was united in marriage, on Oct. 25, 1948, to Bernice (Riggleman) Mowbray, who preceded him in death on Nov. 19, 2006.

He is survived by four children, William Mowbray of Grottoes, Rose Good of Harrisonburg, Dianne Guthrie of Grottoes and Gloria Lucas of Grottoes; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, with the Rev. Carter Dean officiating.

Burial followed the funeral and was held at the Mount Olivet Cemetery with military grave rites performed by the Dayton American Legion Post No. 27.

The family received friends on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be sent to the Grottoes Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1187, Grottoes, VA 24441.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Lavinia Y. Hartley

Lavinia (Lou) Y. Hartley, 90, of Elkton, passed away Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born July 1, 1926, in Philadelphia, Pa., and was a daughter of the late Edward and Beatrice McCoy Young.

She moved to Elkton when she was 11 years old.

She graduated from Elkton High School in 1942 and from Jefferson School of Commerce in 1944.

She was a member of Saint Peter’s United Methodist Church in Elkton.

She retired from Dunham-Bush with 26 years of service in 1991 and then worked at BeeJay’s for four years and Rite-Aid for 15 years.

She was a member of Home Demonstration for 20 years, Saint Peter’s Ladies’ Aide for 40 years, Elkton Fire Company Auxiliary for 10 years and volunteered with hospice for 10 years.

She loved to read books, play bingo and enjoyed bus trips, craft shows and people. She loved to cook Sunday meals for her family.

She is survived by her children, Randy Hartley of Stanardsville, Lou Ann Shifflett, Linda Layman and Rodney Hartley, all of Elkton; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The Rev. L.J. “Dickie” Campbell Jr. conducted a funeral service at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.

Burial followed the funeral and was held at McCoy Family Cemetery.

Friends may call or visit the home of Lou Ann and Dennis at anytime.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Ladies’ Aide, 6439 East Point Road, Elkton VA 22827.

Sam F. Funkhouser

Sam Francis Funkhouser, 91, of Somerset, passed away at home on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

He was born in Harrisonburg, on Aug. 31, 1925, to the late Mary Elizabeth and Ozias Tiffany Funkhouser.

He volunteered for the Navy during World War II, where he served on a ship in the Pacific.

On Aug. 29, 1947, he married the late June Revercomb.

He graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in history in 1950. He and his wife moved to Glen Cove Farm in Somerset in Aug. 1950.

He served on the ASC Board, the Farm Credit Board, Orange Planning Commission and had been a member of the Barboursville Ruritan Club.

He is survived by children, D. Wayne Funkhouser of Jacksonville, Fla.; Joe A. Funkhouser of Somerset and Steve P. Funkhouser of Somerset; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A private ceremony was held by the family.

Keith W. Cline

Keith Wayne Cline, 56, of Harrisonburg, passed away Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, at his home.

Mr. Cline was born Feb. 1, 1960, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of Paul Cline of Stuarts Draft and Patricia Derrer Griffin of Harrisonburg.

He was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of Montevideo High School.

He was employed with Sunlite Plastics in Weyers Cave for many years.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Sara Brown of Port Republic and Heather Meadows of Elkton; two brothers, Galen Cline and Trent Cline; sister, Paula Beam; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering was held Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at the Grottoes Rescue Squad.

Condolences may be made to the family online at

Edna I. Garrison

Edna Irene Garrison, 96, of Mount Crawford, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016.

She was born Nov. 3, 1920, in Augusta County, and was a daughter of the late James Henry and Loretta Shifflett Garrison.

She was a member of Blue Ridge Independent Church in Elkton and enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She retired from Metro Paints after a lengthy career.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with pastor Gerald Meeks officiating. Interment will be private at St. Peter’s Church Cemetery in Elkton.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday prior to the service at the funeral home or any time at the home of Loretta and Mike Clark in Harrisonburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Grottoes Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 67, Grottoes, VA 24441.

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