Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

June L. Burner

June L. Burner, of McGaheysville, slipped quietly and peacefully into the arms of Jesus Friday morning, Dec. 9, 2016.

She celebrated her 91st birthday on the Skyline Drive in October, enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with family, and then experienced two weeks of rapidly failing health.

Mrs. Burner was a lifelong resident of Rockingham County and was the daughter of the late Willie Conn and Mable Clara Moore Longley.

She graduated from McGaheysville High School and the Rockingham Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was a registered nurse and a member of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps.

She and her husbandestablished Burner Well Drilling.

June was a member of The Life Church at Brown Memorial in McGaheysville, where she enjoyed the church fellowship.

She appreciated being on the farm, preparing meals, reading, traveling, writing poetry, and keeping in touch with her long time friends.

June was preceded in death, in 1992, by the love of her life, her husband George F. Burner. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Tamara Crabill, Nelson Longley and Helen Gleason.

She is survived by two sons, Gary Burner (wife Linda) and Dwight Burner (wife Hope), both of McGaheysville; three daughters, Jane Hoover of Olney, Md., Mary K. Clanahan (husband John) of McGaheysville and Virginia Costello (husband Bud) of Jeffersonton; four grandchildren, Jennifer Gardiner (husband Brian) of Damascus, Md., David Burner of McGaheysville, Emily Burkholder (husband Lewis) of Penn Laird and Michael Clanahan (wife Cory) of McGaheysville; three great-grandchildren, Caitlyn, Patrick and Jacob; sister, Ruth Nail of Dover, Del.; and two brothers, Bill Longley of Dover, Del. and Deyerle Longley of Greenville, S.C.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Pastor Glenn Steiner officiating. Interment was at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville.

Family visitation was held Monday at “The Life Church” at Brown Memorial in McGaheysville.

Memorial contributions can be made to Brown Memorial, P.O. Box 133, McGaheysville, VA 22840.

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Eric S. Shifflett

Eric Scott Shifflett, 45, formerly of Keezletown, died Dec. 4, 2016, from a short illness at Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

He was born Sept. 4, 1971, a son of the late Ashalene Shifflett and William R. Shifflett Sr.

He is survived by his daughter, Summer Denham; two grandchildren; sister, Ann Royer; and brothers, William Shifflett of Woodstock and Preston Shifflett of Grottoes.

He lived and worked in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., for more than 20 years and owned ESS Flooring LLC.

There will be a private burial.

Family and friends will meet at 2 p.m. on Jan. 8, at the Keezletown Ruritan Club to celebrate his life.

Donations can be made to the Ralph L. Sampson Sr. Hope Fund at RMH Foundation.

Herbert L. Cover II

Dr. Herbert Lee Cover II, 94, professor emeritus at the University of Mary Washington, passed away at his Fredericksburg home on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth W. Cover.

He is survived by a son, Herbert Lee Cover III of Fredericksburg; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was a native of Elkton, where the Cover family operated a tannery for nearly 50 years.

He earned a doctorate in chemistry at the University of Virginia and then moved to Fredericksburg in 1949, where he taught at the University of Mary Washington for 35 years.

He had a variety of hobbies throughout his life. After fixing his own television set in the 1950s, he started his own repair business and serviced customers with ridiculously low fees.

Later in life, he directed his attention to fixing lamps. His ability to fix most anything was highlighted in the newspaper, dubbing him as “Mr. Fixit.”

He was an avid player of pocket billiards and a fan of big band music. While studying at the University of Virginia, he had his own band, for which he played the drums.

He was a member of the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church.

A graveside service was held Friday, Dec. 9, at the Elk Run Cemetery in Elkton. Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton handled the arrangements.

Memorial contrbutiotions may be made to the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 308 Hanover St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

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Cheryl L. Hinkle

Cheryl Louise Hinkle, 67, of McGaheysville, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born June 24, 1949, in Frackville, Pa., and was a daughter of Mary Louise Murphy Eiche and the late Charles Eiche.

She was a teacher at Fulks Run and Port Republic elementary schools for 10 years. She went on to establish the Lutheran Foreign Adoption Services, a division of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church.

In earlier years at the church, she was superintendent of the Sunday school classes and a member of the choir.

She and her husband were state leaders in the Virginia Elks Association.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Bob Hinkle; four children, Keri Brown, Ruth Fisher, Daniel Hinkle and Natasha Hinkle; and six grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions can be made to Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, 281 E. Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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Audrey J. Spitzer

Audrey Jean (Dean) Spitzer, 89, of Keezletown, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at her home.

She was born Oct. 14, 1927, and was a daughter of the late Peter A. Dean and Madeline Smith Dean.

She was a homemaker and a member of New Hope Christian Church.

Surviving are her children, Donald Spitzer and Barbara Spitzer, Linda Hodge, Sharon Meadows, Diane Lambert, Debbie Brumfield and Daryl Spitzer; a sister, Bonnie Ray; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Al Landes and Pastor David Robichaud will conduct a funeral service Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, at the New Hope Christian Church. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Friends and family are welcome to call at the home of Debbie Brumfield, 2924 Layman Trestle Road, Harrisonburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Thomas L. Holt

Thomas Lowery Holt, 74, of McGaheysville, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.

He was born Feb. 9, 1942, in High Point, N.C., and was a son of the late Samuel Sr. and Mary Baines Holt.

He previously resided in Page County and was employed at the Food Lion grocery in Elkton.

He was a member of Redeeming Love Fellowship Church in Shenandoah and Mount Olive Brethren Church in McGaheysville.

Surviving is his brother, David Holt of Maryland.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at Redeeming Love Fellowship Church in Shenandoah with Pastor Leroy Hulvey and Melanie Wylie officiating.

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Joyce E. Helmick

Joyce Elaine Helmick, 62, of Elkton, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at her home.

She was born Feb. 11, 1954, in the Linville area, and was a daughter of the late Virginia Goldie Crider.

She spent her entire life caring for people. She was a floor supervisor at Elkton Manor for many years.

She was active in church and attended Mount Olive Presbyterian Church and was a member of the chorus, loved gospel and bluegrass music and had a great passion for dancing.

On Dec. 27, 2009, she married Jeffrey “Mike” Helmick, who survives.

She is also survived by a son, Stanley Morris; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Marie Dunbar; a sister, Bonnie Crider; and two step-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton, with Pastor Stacey Meyerhoeffer officiating.

Burial followed at Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren Cemetery on Boyers Road.

The family received friends Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Memorial contributions can be made to Kyger Funeral Home, 3173 Spotswood Trail, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, to offset unexpected funeral expenses.

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Hilda F. West

Hilda Frances West, 63, of Shenandoah, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.

A daughter of the late Carl F. and Inez Claire McAlister Lucas, she was born April 13, 1953, in Page County.

She attended Bear Lithia Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Barry A. Hensley of Grottoes; two daughters, Kimberly Samuels and April Collier, both of Elkton; eight grandchildren; four brothers, Gordon E., Gary D. and Kenneth D. Lucas and William L. Satterfield; and five sisters, Violet E. Austin, Naomi C. Foley, Jean Sublett, Kay I. Comer and Yvonne I. Loker.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at Shenandoah Pentecostal Church with Pastor Jimmy Kite officiating.

The family received friends after the service.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Ave., Suite 210, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Lindsey-Kyger Funeral Home in Shenandoah handled arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Polly A. Shifflett

Polly Ann Shifflett, 85, of Grottoes, passed away at home on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.

She was born in Harrisonburg, on Oct. 10, 1931, and was a daughter of the late Francis Earl and Anna Fern (Davis) Hawkins.

She retired after 29 years of service as the manager at Grand Caverns. She graduated from Linville Edom High School.

She was united in marriage on June 23, 1950, to Grover Franklin “Pete” Shifflett, who preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2006.

She is survived by three children, Larry Shifflett of Staunton, Debra S. Trobaugh of Mount Sidney and Peggy L. Stewart of Grottoes; two sisters, Mary Campbell of Crimora and Charlotte Pence of Richmond; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at Port Republic Mutual Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, with the Rev. Mark Wingfield officiating.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Grottoes Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1187, Grottoes, VA 24441 or Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 67, Grottoes, VA 24441.

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Hazel T. Breeden

Hazel Thelma Breeden, 95, of Elkton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at Page Memorial Hospital in Luray.

She was born March 23, 1921, in Page County, and was the daughter of the late Arthur A. and Bertie Belle Meadows.

Hazel worked in the dining area at Sunnyside Retirement Home before retiring. She enjoyed cooking and working in her vegetable and flower garden.

She attended Furnace United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Nelson Breeden; a son, Larry N. Breeden; three brothers; and a sister.

She is survived by her daughters, Louella Hensley and husband, Smiley (Elkton) and their children, Mark (Ann) Hensley, Tina (Angel) Gonzalez, Tony (Sherry) Hensley and Lou Ann (Dan) Bussiere, and Thelma Davis and husband, Welford (Elkton) and their children, Bradley (Pam) Davis, Glenn (Kim) Davis, Carol (Brandon) Roudabush, Karen (Jeremy) Cave; daughter-in-law, Connie Breeden and her children, Amy Meacham (Gary) and Chad N. Breeden; 17 great-grandchildren, Tristan and Jordan Gonzalez, Tyler and Luke Bussiere, Cheyanne Sayres, Brooke, Joshua, Nathan and Taylor Hensley, Courtney, Caleb, Connor and Riley Davis, Arianna and Wyatt Roudabush, Akaeus Cave, Emily Plum, Ryan Breeden; great-great-grandchild, Cash Sayres; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Rick Robertson officiating. The family received friends prior to the service.

A private burial was held at Jollett Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Elkton Rescue Squad, 20871 Blue and Gold Dr. Elkton, Va. 22827 and/or Luray Rescue Squad, 25 Memorial Dr. Luray, Va. 22835.

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Donnie E. Lam

Donnie Edward Lam, 80, of Harrisonburg, died Dec. 11, 2016, at Avante at Harrisonburg Nursing Home.

He was born May 21, 1936, in Rockingham County, to the late Ernest Effon and Lelia Morris Lam.

He was a mechanic at the Virginia Department of Transportation before retiring. He was a member of Tenth Legion-Mountain Valley Ruritans and was active in Boy Scout Troop No. 124 for many years.

He was a member of Mountain Valley United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Scott Allen Lam of Harrisonburg and Doane E. “Peanut” Lam of Harrisonburg; and four grandchildren.

Pastor William Staton led a graveside service 11 a. m. Wednesday at Mountain Valley Cemetery.

The family received friends Tuesday at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Memorial contributions may be made to Boy Scout Troop No. 124, c/o Jeff Simmons, 1327 Lacey Spring Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

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