Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Nancy J. Jefferson

Nancy Jean (Supinger) Jefferson, 82, of Bridgewater, passed away surrounded by her family on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.

She was born in Harrisonburg, on Jan. 17, 1934, and was a daughter of the late John Hansford and Margaret Virginia (Bricker) Supinger.

She graduated in 1953 from Bridgewater High School, where she enjoyed basketball and cheerleading. Upon graduation, she worked for Green Auto Parts as a secretary and attended business school before marrying and moving to Northern Virginia.

She was known for her peach jelly and was an avid gardener. She enjoyed cooking and shopping.

She retired from Com-Sonics in May of 1996 and later moved to Coles Point, Va., to enjoy life on the banks of the Potomac River.

She was a member of Coles Point United Methodist Church.

She is survived by four children, Robert R. Jefferson Jr. of Mount Crawford, Susan E. Berry of Mexico, Mo., Carrie M. Schumann of Orange and Amy Franey of Warrenton; a sister, Betty Lucas of Bridgewater; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Weyers Cave United Methodist Church, Weyers Cave, with Pastors Peggy Packard and Matthew Kirkland officiating.

Burial was at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

The family received friends Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

William L. Rone

William Lee Rone, 66, of Elkton and formerly of Jasper, Ala., passed away Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, at Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville.

He was born April 6, 1950, in Mississippi, and was a son of the late James Gilbert Rone and Lucele Gain Rone.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Rone, who passed away March 17, 2007.

He is survived by his sister, JoAnn Lam of Elkton; and a niece.

A private burial will be held at a later date in Alabama.

Condolences may be shared with the family at

Ruby M. Turner

Ruby Marie Grandle Turner, 84, of Rockingham, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at Augusta Health Center.

She was born Aug. 27, 1932, in Rockingham County, to the late Floyd Irvin and Clora Marie Emerson Grandle.

She worked in the housekeeping department at Avante Nursing Home in Harrisonburg before retiring.

She was a member of Bethel Church of the Brethren in Keezletown.

On Sept. 22, 1950, she married Allen Winfred Turner, who preceded her in death on June 30, 1999.

Surviving are one sister, Betty Bush of Elkton; one brother, Bobby Grandle of Rockingham; a special cousin, Donna Baker of Wardensville, W.Va.; a special caregiver, Judy Reedy of Staunton; five nieces and 11 nephews.

Pastor William Staton conducted a funeral service Friday, Jan. 13, at Bethel Church of the Brethren.

Burial was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Church of the Brethren Women’s Fellowship, 3061 Armentrout Path, Keezletown, VA 22832, or Bethel Church of the Brethren Treasury.

Online condolences may be left at

Kathryn C. Armentrout

Kathryn Clements Armentrout, 76, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, at her residence.

She was born in Upper Tract, W.Va., and was a daughter of the late Nellie Full VanMeter and Kermit Kimble.

She married the late Sammie L. Armentrout on July 22, 1972, in Mount Jackson.

She retired from Pilgrim’s Pride in Timberville.

She loved being outside and planting in her gardens.

She enjoyed collecting hummingbirds, attending yard sales and attending bluegrass concerts.

She is survived by one son, Walter “Jug” Clements III of New Market; two daughters, Shelia Wittig of New Market and Betty Morris of Grottoes; one stepdaughter, Rachel Knupp of Harrisonburg; one stepson, Sammie Armentrout of Bowmans Crossing; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Connie Alt; a brother, Ivan Full, both of Maysville, W.Va.; and her previous husband and father of her children, Walter “Whitie” Clements Jr. of New Market.

Per her wishes, her body was cremated.

The family received friends Friday, Jan. 13, at Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

Intermentwas at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens east of Harrisonburg.

The family requests memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Lt. Col. Richard J. Lorette

Lt. Col. Richard John Lorette, 87, of Massanutten, passed away Jan. 10, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jan; three daughters, Joanne Sperandio Lorette, Patricia A. Phillips and Jeannemarie Lorette Levy; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Osborn of Mesa, Ariz.

He graduated in 1950 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, served combat tours in Korea and Southeast Asia, and was a navigator in the U.S. Air Force during his 23 years in the military.

He taught at the Air Force Institute of Technology after earning his doctorate in business administration at the Harvard Business School.

He retired from military service and taught at several universities for the next 15 years, including SUNY Binghamton, University of Southern California and Loyola University.

Having lived in Massanutten since 1987, he was active in the Massanutten Lions Club and the Elkton United Methodist Church choir. He helped create a number of local charities to support Lions activities as well as some charities that support children and local schools. Golf was his favorite sport.

A memorial service was held at Elkton United Methodist Church on Saturday, Jan. 14. Burial will be at West Point at a time to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lions of Massanutten Foundation Inc. (LOMFI President, P.O. Box 373, McGaheysville, VA 22840) or to Friends of the East Rockingham Communities Inc. (FERCC Treasurer, 242 Kensington, Elkton, VA 22827).

Kenneth W. Fletcher

Kenneth William Fletcher, 83, of Elkton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at his home following a long illness.

He was born April 3, 1933, in Tazewell, and was a son of the late Samuel and Minerva Tolliver Fletcher.

He moved from Bryans Road, Md. to Shenandoahin 1990, after retiring from PEPCO in Washington, D.C. He moved to Elktonin 2015.

He was a member of Grove Hill United Methodist Church, Ashlar No. 125 Masonic Lodge and the Avis O. Comer VFW Post 8613 in Shenandoah.

He was a veteran and served time in Germany.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shelbia Jean Fletcher; a daughter, Tamula Fletcher Ayers; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sister, Edith Perkins.

The Rev. Ellen Martin conducted the funeral service at noon Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at the Grove Hill United Methodist Church in Page County.

The family received friends from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the church.

Burial was private.

Memorial gifts may be made to CMTA, P.O. Box 105, Glenolden, PA 19036, or Grove Hill United Methodist Church, 980 U.S. Highway 340 North, Shenandoah, VA 22849.

Online condolences may be sent to the Fletcher family by visiting

James V. Haag Jr.

James “Jim” Vincent Haag Jr., 71, of Grottoes, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

He was born Jan. 25, 1945, in Philadelphia, Pa., and was a son of the late James V. Sr. and Lillian Ingram Haag.

He spent his childhood summers at Ocean City, N.J.

He served our country during the Vietnam era in Germany, where he would spend his free time writing letters to loved ones for the wounded servicemen.

He was an avid model train enthusiast.

He was a member of the Grottoes Church of the Brethren, enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, canning vegetables, fishing and vacationing near the ocean.

He was employed as a chemical operator at Merck.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sally Kaylor Haag; three sons, James “Jamie” V. Haag III of Mount Crawford, Jonathan K. Haag of Maryland and Jason C. Haag of North Carolina; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Grottoes Church of the Brethren with Pastors Cole Scrogham and Olen “Guy” Hudson officiating.

Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 67, Grottoes VA 24441, or American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

Condolences may be shared online at

Doris J. Mayne

Doris J. Smith Mayne, 66, of Shenandoah, passed away Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at the Virginia Commonwealth University hospital in Richmond.

A graveside memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock with Kevin Gerber, of Faith Baptist Church of Broadway, officiating.

She was born in Page County, to the late Ruth Ann Kirtley Smith and George William Smith on Jan. 3, 1950.

She is survived by her very special friend, Walter V. Saunders of Stephens City; a son, Aaron Lofton Sr. of Edinburg; a brother, Larry Smith of Grottoes; sister, Ann Davis, of Keezletown; brother, Donnie Smith of Timberville; one grandchild,; and one great-grandchild.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Sunset View Memorial Gardens, P.O. Box 747, Woodstock, VA 22664.

Ellen M. Morris

Ellen Marie Roach Morris, 89, of Stanardsville passed away Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Elkton.

Ellen was born Sept. 21, 1927, in Charlottesville, a daughter of the late John Irving Roach and Polly Morris Roach.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Morris Sr., and all of her siblings.

She was the last surviving sibling.

Ellen is survived by her daughters, Jannie M. Greiman and her husband, Larry, of Stanardsville, Gloria Faye Shifflett and her husband, Dick, of Elkton; son, James W. Morris Jr. of Stanardsville; her “pride and joy” granddaughter, Priscilla Faye Shifflett and fiancé, Eric, of Shenandoah; special nieces, Kay Lamm and Lorraine Lewis; special nephew, Ernest Shifflett Jr.; and a special neighbor and friend, Nona Williams.

A graveside service was held Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Middle River Pentecostal Church Cemetery with Pastor James Akerson officiating.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Brooke Bostic and Medi Home Health and Hospice for all of their love and support.

The family would also like to thank Pastor James Akerson for his faithfully visits to Ellen and to Ryan Funeral Home for its kindness during this difficult time.

An online guestbook is available at Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville was in charge of arrangements. — Paid obituary

Margaret Lam

Margaret “Marlene” Lam, 84, of New Market, passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, 2017, at Life Care Center in New Market.

As per her wishes, no services were planned.

She was born March 30, 1932, in New Market, and was a daughter of the late Ollie Lee and Zelda Stroop Grim.

She was retired from Rite Aid, working in the Timberville and Woodstock stores.

She was a member of the Mount Jackson Women of the Moose.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll LaVerne Lam Sr.

She is survived by four children, Beverly Lam of Edinburg, Debbie L. Marazzo of Miramar, Fla., Carroll Lam Jr. of New Market and Jim Lam of New Market; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue, 600 N. Main St., Suite 109, Woodstock, VA 22664.

Arrangements were in the care of Heishman Funeral Home, Valley Funeral Service Branch, Bowmans Crossing.

Condolences may be sent online at

Linda S. Harlow

Linda Sue (Wright) Harlow, 59, of Shenandoah, passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Shenandoah.

She was a daughter of the late Bessie Wright.

She is survived by her husband, Roy Lee Harlow, whom she married on Sept. 6, 1996; a son, R.L. Harlow of Stanley; two sisters, Michelle R. Hensley of Harrisonburg and Tina M. Bolyard of McGaheysville; a brother, Brandon L. Wright of Elkton; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Page County Animal Shelter SPCA, P.O. Box 62, Luray, VA 22835.

Bradley Funeral Home in Luray is handling arrangements.

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