OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Lois J. Eppard


Lois Jean Samuels Eppard, 80, of Elkton, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born July 11, 1936, in Page County, and was a daughter of the late Marvin Clifton and Mary Meadows Samuels.

She was a seamstress and operator at Metro Pants, Wrangler Plant and Elkton Garment before retirement.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, collecting family history and photographs.

As a child, she attended the Jollett Bible Mission and later on became a Sunday school teacher at Furnace United Methodist Church.

On June 2, 1950, she married Lonnie Leo Eppard, who preceded her in death on April 11, 2012.

She is survived by her son, Lonnie L. Eppard Jr. of Elkton; daughter, Betty Lou Eppard Hensley of Elkton; sisters, Kathleen Lam and Patricia Meadows, both of Elkton; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Don Meadows officiating.

Burial followed at Jollett Cemetery in Page County.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Elkton Rescue Squad, 20871 Blue and Gold Drive, Elkton, VA 22827.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Verlin M. Turner


Verlin Marguerite Turner, 90, of Zolfo Springs, Fla., and formerly of Fulks Run, died Dec. 20, 2016, in Florida.

She was born July 4, 1926, in Luray, to the late W.D. and Martha Cook Nichols.

She was a housewife and a member of Mountain Grove Church of the Brethren in Fulks Run.

On Nov. 13, 1943, she married Carl H. Turner, who preceded her in death on June 13, 1985.

Surviving are three sons, Carl Turner Jr. of Timberville, Stephen L. Turner of Fulks Run and Clay N. Turner of Utah; two daughters, Shelia Berry of Stanley and Lori Ann Mendez of Zolfo Springs, Fla.; one brother, Ernest Nicholas of Broadway; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated.

A private burial will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.grandlefuneralhome.com.



Ronald T. Campbell


Ronald Theron Campbell, 56, of Weyers Cave, passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at Augusta Health in Fishersville.

He was a son of Rochelle Mullenax Campbell of Harrisonburg and the late Theron Campbell.

He previously owned and operated Kokomo Tan in Harrisonburg.

A skilled mechanic, he was also known for his metal crafting ability. He enjoyed spending time in his workshop and was considered a jack of all trades

Surviving, as well as his mother, are his companion, Kimberly Hemp of Weyers Cave; sons, Eric Campbell, Joshua Campbell, Zachary Bowers and Bryan Bowers, all of Harrisonburg; daughter, Roni Bowers of Harrisonburg; brothers, Steve Campbell of Harrisonburg and Greg Campbell of Bridgewater; five grandchildren, seven nephews and one niece; and Travis and Derrick Hemp, who were like sons to him.

A memorial gathering was held at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Lucille C. Robinson


Lucille Catherine (Brown) Robinson, 92, of Grottoes, passed away Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at Montclair Assisted Living in Decatur, Ga.

She was born in Grottoes, on March 5, 1924, and was a daughter of the late Robert William Brown and Annie Elizabeth (Jones) Brown.

On July 16, 1966, she married Billy D. Robinson, who preceded her in death on Dec. 11, 2013.

She worked in the food service industry for 27 years and retired from Bridgewater College Food Service in 1996.

She was a member of the Mount Moriah United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her son, John L. Brown of Alexandria; a daughter, Brenda Harvey of Upper Marlboro, Md.; seven grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at the Johnson Funeral Service Chapel in Grottoes with the Rev. Lucy A Jackson-Hughes officiating.

The viewing and visitation was held before the service. Burial was at Mount Moriah Church Cemetery in Grottoes.

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



Randolph M. Hensley Sr.


Randolph Milton Hensley Sr., 96, of Elkton, passed away Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 23, 1920, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Lurty Avis and Maude Agnes Naylor Hensley.

In May 1946, he married Annie V. Hensley, who preceded him in death on Oct. 7, 2016.

He and his wife moved to Journeys Crossings in 2013.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a stepmother, Florene Barry Hensley.

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

He was a craftsman, working many years building homes for Dean Lumber Co., and was also self-employed as a builder.

In his retirement, he enjoyed fishing, helping on the farm, woodworking, latch hook and basket weaving. He was an avid gardener, starting most of his plants in his greenhouse.

He was a faithful servant at Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton.

He was present and took part at the groundbreaking of Camp Overlook, the Methodist Church camp in Keezletown, serving as an usher at church and preparing meals held at the church.

He is survived by a son, Randolph M. Hensley Jr. of Hernando Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Linda H. Monger of Elkton; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Miller Hensley; sisters, Olga Downey of Fort Pierce, Fla. and Deborah Hensley Morris of Flowery Branch, Ga.; a stepsister, Cheryl Williams Dukes of Flowery Branch, Ga.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held for Mr. Hensley and his wife, Annie, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton with the Rev. David Vaughn and Pastor Dan Bassett officiating.

Military rites will be performed by Gooden Brothers VFW Post 9292.

The family will receive friends following the service with a meal provided by the church.

Friends may visit the home of Junior and Linda Monger at any time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Evangelical United Methodist Church, 513 E. Spotswood Ave., Elkton, VA 22827.

Condolences may be shared online at www.kygers.com.



Gloria F. Smith


Gloria Faye Wolfe Smith, 73, of Timberville, died Dec. 24, 2016, at her residence.

She was born Nov. 22, 1943, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late Eugene and Mable Mook Wolfe.

She retired from Masco Cabinetry in Mount Jackson.

On Oct. 3, 1961, she married Harley W. Smith Jr., who preceded her in death on Jan. 24, 2015.

Surviving are a son, Randy Smith of Luray; four daughters, Penny Lowry of Fulks Run, Kristi Crisp of Elkton, Tammy Clark of Broadway and Sherri Ritchie of Broadway; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five sisters, Bonnie McKenzie of Mount Jackson, Shelia Bowman of Edinburg, Debbie Wood of Fulks Run, Wanda Bowman of Quicksburg and Ginger Burns of Mount Jackson; and one brother, Ronnie Wolfe of Tenth Legion.

Pastor Louie Shafer will conduct a private graveside service at Caplinger Cemetery in Criders. Her body was cremated.

The family will receive friends at her residence at anytime.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Broadway Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 666, Broadway, VA 22815, or the Timberville Fire Department, P.O. Box 101, Timberville, VA 22853.

Arrangements are entrusted to Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.grandlefuneralhomecom.



Goldie E. Pavay


Goldie Elizabeth Pavay, 93, of Washington, D.C., passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg.

She was born in Washington, D.C., on June 30, 1923, and was a daughter of the late Helen (Burroughs) and Lewis Coleman.

She worked as an administrative assistant at Lockheed Martin.

On June 27, 1944, she was united in marriage to Frederick P. Pavay Sr., who preceded her in death.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Pavay of Lake Katrine, N.Y. and Debbie Pavay-Thompson of Port Republic; a son, Frederick Pavay Jr. of Monrovia, Md.; a sister, Lorraine Moriarty of Sunderland, Md.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Snowden Funeral Home in Rockville, Md., and burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park in Rockville, Md.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.ALZ.org and/or the American Cancer Society at www. cancer.org.

Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes, is entrusted with arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.



Betty R. Wise


Betty Ruth Wise, 87, of Grottoes, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at Augusta Health.

She was born in Radford, on June 23, 1929, and was a daughter of the late Bessie (Swain) and Robert Franklin Martin.

She graduated from Radford High School and retired from Packaging Services, where she was a forklift operator.

Surviving are two daughters, Carol Jean Batten and Debra S. Wise; five grandchildren,; five great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Wise Jr.

The family received friends Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, at Johnson Funeral Service Chapel in Grottoes with the Rev. Merle Fisher officiating.

Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.



Virginia L. Royer


Virginia Louise Royer, 87, of Shenandoah, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at the Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Dec. 10, 1929, in Page County, and was a daughter of the late Ted E. Comer and Myrtle Merica Comer Pilkerton.

She worked at Peoples in Hyattsville, Md., and Elkton Sleepwear for many years.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Henning of Shenandoah; sister, Mary Lee Van of River Falls, Wisc.; a grandchild; and four great-grandchildren.

Burial will be private at George Comer Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Oak Grove United Methodist Church, c/o Deborah Comer, 603 Denver Ave., Shenandoah, VA 22849.

Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.kygers.com.



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