OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Keith A. Counts


Keith Allen Counts, 59, of Grottoes, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born in Harrisonburg on May 11, 1957, and was a son of the late Mabel (Showalter) and Gilbert Counts.

He worked as a Chevrolet technician for Consumers Auto Warehouse in Staunton and was a member of Grottoes United Methodist Church.

On Sept. 12, 1987, he was united in marriage to Peggy (Secrist) Counts, who survives.

He is also survived by a son, Kamron Allen Counts of Charlottesville; a daughter, Kendra Rozine Counts of Charlottesville; two sisters, Shelia Shifflett of Bridgewater and Jenell Sipos of Rockingham; and three brothers, Walter Counts of Dayton, Winston Counts of Fulks Run and George Counts of Dayton.

A celebration of life servicewas conducted Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at Grottoes United Methodist Church with Pastor Brian Posey officiating.

Burial was private.

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



Cam J. Wimer


Cam J. Wimer, 84, passed away peacefully at his home in Dayton on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.

He was born May 25, 1932, and was a son of the late Lillian (Moyers) and Cam Wimer.

He retired as a bus driver for the City of Harrisonburg and later operated a private taxi service for the Mennonite community.

He was a lifelong member of Dayton Church of the Brethren and served on the USS Turner while in the U.S. Navy.

On Jan. 14, 1956, he was united in marriage to Eleanor (Phillips) Wimer, who survives.

He is also survived by two daughters, Judith Wimer Wentz of Elkton and Rebecca Puffenbarger of Dayton; a son, Cam “Phil” Wimer of Waynesboro; three sisters, Faye McNett of Montezuma, Margaret Thomas of Dayton and Linda Knox of Bridgewater; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at Dayton Church of the Brethren with Pastors Kevin Daggett and Marty Doss officiating.

Burial will follow at Dayton Cemetery.

The family received friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Lera Wimer Harlow to Behcet’s Disease Foundation, P.O. Box 80576, Rochester, MI 48308.

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



Lela C. Crumley


Lela Caplinger Crumley, 87, of Elkton, passed away Jan. 16, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born May 22, 1929, in Criders, and was a daughter of the late Itheal Franklin and Wilda Dove Caplinger.

She was a homemaker.

On Aug. 19, 1950, she married James Crumley, who preceded her in death on Sept. 1, 2012.

Surviving are five sisters, Nola Murray of Townsend, Mass., and Alverta Dove, Norma Bowman, Lois Burkholder and Beryl Payne, all of Harrisonburg; one brother, Ray Caplinger of Harrisonburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Wayne Pence conducted a graveside service Friday, Jan. 20, at Linville Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Broadway.

The family received friends prior to the graveside service at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain View Fellowship, 8601 McGaheysville Road, McGaheysville, VA 22840.

Online condolences may be left at www.grandlefuneralhome.com.



Beth N. Stroemple


Beth Nicole (Miller) Stroemple, 36, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

She was born July 15, 1980, in Staunton, and was a daughter of Earl Thomas and Sharon Lucille (Whisman) Miller.

She was a member of Laurel Hill Baptist Church and a graduate of Fort Defiance High School’s Class of 1998.

She was employed with Wells Fargo as a financial planner with an associate degree from Blue Ridge Community College.

She also was the owner of C&W Designs.

She enjoyed singing and entertaining for nursing homes, churches and other events. She was a volunteer at Peak View Elementary School in Harrisonburg, loved shopping and caring for and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Sean Supko.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, Bryan Kevin Stroemple, and parents, are two sons, Sean William “Willie” Supko and Cole Thomas Supko; a stepson, Jermi Stroemple; an infant daughter, Paige Anntonitte Stroemple; and their grandparents, Victoria Smith, Jay and Pat Supko, and Richard Stroemple; and two brothers, Richard “Rick” Miller and Jeff Miller.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory by the Rev. Tom Quick.

The family received friends prior to the service.

Condolences may be sent online at www.coffmanfuneralhome.net.



Doris C. Comer


Doris Clatterbuck Comer, 79, passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017.

She was born in Luray, on March 7, 1937, and was a daughter of the late Eula Eppard and William M. Clatterbuck Sr.

She graduated from Stanley High School’s Class of 1957 and played basketball.

She married Douglas Ralph Comer Sr. and lived most of her married life in Newport News.

She was an active member of Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church for 42 years and taught Sunday school for 23 years. She was also a member of the Dana Tyson Circle and served on the Menchville House board of directors. Her great love was tending the church flower gardens.

She also loved spending time with her family, traveling, camping, dancing and shopping for her colorful wardrobe.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years; daughter, Caren C. Cereghino of Lynchburg; and sons, Douglas Comer Jr. and Ricky Comer, both of Yorktown; and six grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held Saturday, Jan. 21, at Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bert Cloud.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Steeple Fund at Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church, 38 Hoopes Road, Newport News, VA 23602.

Cremation Society of Virginia assisted the family.



James M. Shifflett


James “JR” Melhorn Shifflett, 82, of McGaheysville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017.

He was born in Rockingham County, on March 15, 1934, and was a son of the late Pauline (Morris) and James Edward Shifflett.

He retired from Transprint USA in Harrisonburg and was a member of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Lynnwood.

On Sept. 26, 1953, he was united in marriage to Frances (Dofflemyer) Shifflett, who survives.

He is also survived by a daughter, Lorie Ann Cayton of Penn Laird; a son, James A. Shifflett of McGaheysville; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes with the Rev. Rhonda Baker officiating. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville.

The family received friends Thursday, Jan. 19, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 7120 Orebank Road, Port Republic, VA 24471.

Online condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfs.com.



The Rev. Alvin E. Dovel


The Rev. Alvin Edward Dovel, 68, of Elkton, departed this Earth for his reward on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Sept. 10, 1948, in Elkton, and was a son of Unis Shifflett Dovel of McGaheysville and the late Russel Edward Dovel.

Alvin was a loving husband, father, papaw and faithful pastor to Soul’s Harbor Church. He lived a full, fruitful life.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1969-71.

He was a member of the Nationwide Pentecostal Evangelical Association for more than 30 years, where he served as chairman for the past 12 years.

One of his greatest accomplishments was his church, Soul’s Harbor Church, which he built with his dad, brother and other church members.

In addition to his mother, Alvin is survived by his wife, Donna Thomas Dovel, whom he married on Oct. 25, 1969; son, Brian Keith Dovel and wife, Stacy, of Ruckersville; two daughters, Kristy Markee and husband, Brent, of Hedgeville, W.Va., and Charity Blanche and husband, Shaun, of Elkton; daughter-in-law, Nelli Dovel; one brother, Oral Wayne Dovel and wife, Brenda, of Ruckersville; three sisters, Marilyn “Anita” Kee and husband, William, of Shenandoah, Arlene Kelley and husband, Andrew, of Pineville and Fonda Prichard and husband, Arthur, of Weyers Cave; 23 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a wonderful church family; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family received friends Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at Soul’s Harbor Church in Elkton. Interment followed at Elk Run Cemetery.

Condolences can be shared at www.kygers. com.— Paid obituary



Luther G. Morris


Luther Glyndon Morris, 83, of Charlottesville, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Born Oct. 2, 1933, in White Post, Va., he was a son of the late Henry Luther Morris and Lottie Anna Morris. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jeannette Morris.

He was a graduate Shenandoah High School’s Class of 1952 and from the University of Virginia in the Class of 1958. He was a life member of MOAA, USAA, NRA and the Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club.

He was a retired captain with the U.S. Air Force and served as an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville.

Survivors include two sons, Michael Jeffrey Morris of Lake Monticello and Glyndon Morris of Cincinnati, Ohio; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville with the Rev Dr. David G. Forney officiating. Interment will follow in the church memorial garden.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 500 Park St., Charlottesville, VA 22902.

Arrangements by Hill and Wood Funeral Home in Charlottesville.



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