Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

E. Ruth Mongold

E. Ruth A. Mongold, 93, of Penn Laird, passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at Willow Estates in Penn Laird.

She was born Jan. 25, 1924, near Broadway, and was a daughter of the late William Bryan and Edith E. Ritchie Ashenfelter.

She was a housewife and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Timberville.

On July 4, 1981, she married Lester S. Mongold, who preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 2016.

Surviving are a daughter, Gay M. Shifflett of Elkton; two stepdaughters, Mildred Branner of New Market and Betty L. Zigler of Timberville; two stepsons, Fred Mongold of Timberville and Lester Leafue Mongold of Broadway; a sister, Connie Hudson of Winchester; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and a number of stepgreat-grandchildren.

The Rev. Barbara Rhodes conducted a funeral service Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Grandle Funeral Home Chapel in Broadway. Burial followed the funeral service and was held at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends Thursday evening at Grandle Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s own choice.

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Shirley E. Black

Shirley Eva Borror Black, 85, of Linville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.

She was born in Pendleton County, W.Va., on Oct. 4, 1931, to the late Millard H. and Viola Kenser Borror.

She moved to Virginia at the age of 10 to Mayland, where she grew up and graduated from Broadway High School in 1949.

On Jan. 23, 1952, she married James W. Black of Harrisonburg, who died on Nov. 30, 2000.

She worked at Red Front Supermarket and then was a caregiver for 30 years, retiring from VMRC.

She is survived by their three daughters, Vicki Heasley of Uniontown, Pa., Sharon Gibson of Harrisonburg and Ellen Pittington of Bridgewater; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandsons; and one sister, Ruth Carrier of Harrisonburg.

A funeral service will be conducted at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisonburg on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, with Pastors Dan Garber and Marlene Chandler officiating. Burial followed at the Herwin Chapel Church Cemetery north of Linville.

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Lucille V. Gooden

Lucille V. (Peale) Gooden, 94, of Winter Haven, Fla., passed away Feb. 1, 2017.

She was born and grew up in Harrisonburg.

She worked as a bomber tire inspector in Akron, Ohio during World War II and was an accomplished saleswoman for Tupperware for more than a decade. She was known for her remarkable sense of humor and storytelling.

She moved in 1989 to be near her son in Winter Haven, where she loved spending time with her grandchildren and tending her yard and garden.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Bernard and Mary Pettit Peale; and her husband, Vernon William Gooden.

She is survived by a sister, Alice O’Roark; a brother, Pat Peale; a son, Gregory P. Gooden; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

O. Lynwood Byerly

O. Lynwood Byerly, 83, of Bridgewater, passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the Bridgewater Nursing Home.

He was born June 23, 1933, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late John Franklin and Minnie (Rumsey) Byerly Sr.

He was a graduate of Linville Edom High School and served in the U.S. Navy for four years.

He sold life and health insurance for more than 50 years and earned several professional designations and national awards.

He also served on the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors for eight years and the board of directors for the Bridgewater Retirement Community.

He was a past member of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, where he served on a call committee and congregation council and taught Sunday School.

He was also a past and active member of Otterbein United Methodist Church and Fishersville United Methodist Church.

Most recently, he was a member of the Bridgewater United Methodist Church.

He also was involved with Industrial and Commercial Ministries, serving as a volunteer chaplain at a local poultry plant.

On Sept. 26, 1954, he married the former Georgia Lee Salt, who survives.

He is also survived by his children, the Rev. David M. Byerly of Williamsport, Pa., Mary E. Brown of Roanoke, Mark S. Byerly of Harrisonburg, Daniel A. Byerly of Richmond and Timothy M. Byerly of Breckenridge, Texas; two sisters, Janetta Borel and Arnetta Armstrong, both of Harrisonburg; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday Feb. 11, 2017, at 11 a.m., at the Bridgewater United Methodist Church with the Revs. Stephen Creech and Jim Harris officiating.

At his request, the body was cremated and there will be no formal visitation.

Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence with the family by visiting www.mcmullenfh. com.

Arrangements entrusted to McMullen Funeral Home.

Roger D. Hensley

Roger Dale Hensley, 52, of Elkton, passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Page County.

He was born Sept. 6, 1964, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Oliver and Charlotte Lee Morris Hensley.

He enjoyed shooting pool, fishing and riding motorcycles.

He was an avid fan of NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was a member of the Shenandoah Moose and the Eagles.

He is survived by a daughter, Danielle Renee Hensley; and two brothers, Steven L. Hensley and Kenneth R. “Kenny” Hensley, both of Elkton.

All services were private.

Condolences may be shared with the Hensley family online by visiting

Elwood W. Eppard

Elwood Wayne Eppard, 73, of Elkton, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.

He was born Nov. 1, 1943, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Edward and Elsie Breeden Eppard.

Elwood enjoyed playing his guitar, singing, fellowshipping with his friends and hymn sings. His hobbies included camping, hunting, fishing and gardening.

In the past he was employed by Maphis Chapman, Padgetts Manufacturing and Merillat Cabinets.

He was a faithful attendant at the Church of Solsburg.

On June 29, 1962, he married, Betty J. Lam Eppard, who survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Elston Eppard and wife, Jane, Angie Lam and husband, Kenny, Kevin Eppard, Bryan Eppard and wife, Mary, David Eppard and wife, Maria; grandchildren, Ashley Jenkins and husband, Timmy, Whitney Lam, Dexter Eppard and wife, Bethany, Daniel, Dalton, Kara and Julie Eppard, Josh Lam and wife, Hollie, Samantha Phibbs and husband, Andrew; great- grandchildren, Alex and Lexi Jenkins, Kynzley, Hunter and Mason Eppard, Eli and Vada Lam, Emme and Wyatt Allman and Peyton Phibbs, all of Elkton; and his sister, Yowleth Lam of Front Royal.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at the Church of Solsburg in Elkton with Pastor Josh Shifflett officiating.

Burial followed at Elk Run Cemetery.

The family received friends Friday at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Memorial contributions can be made to Church of Solsburg, 14697 Rockingham Pike, Elkton, VA 22827.

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Mildred A. Smith

Mildred Ann “Moody” Smith, 85, of Linville, passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 13, 1931, in Edom, and was a daughter of the late William and Blanche King Wenger.

She was employed at Rocco Hatchery, Metro Pants, Herman Hollar Apple Packing and was a bookkeeper for Ruscco Home Specialties and the James Madison University bookstore for nine years.

She was a wonderful cook who enjoyed canning.

She was a member of Cherry Grove United Methodist Church.

On April 9, 1949, she married Carey R. Smith, who survives. Also surviving are four children, Gerry Smith of Linville, Brenda Hess of Rockingham, Danny “Chaz” of Linville and Tommy Smith of Mathias, W.Va.; a sister, Janet Loker of Harrisonburg; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

The body was cremated and all services will be held privately.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cherry Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Linda Ritchie, 9655 Woodlands Church Road, Linville, VA 22834. Condolences may be made at

Edna C. Thomas

Edna Claire Thomas, 85, of Morrill, Neb., passed away at the Mitchell Care Center on Jan. 25, 2017.

She was born in Blair, Neb., on March 13, 1931, and was a daughter of Palmer Clark and Isabel Margaret (Ross) Allen.

At 16, she moved with her family to Morrill, where her father owned and ran the local Delmar Movie Theater.

She moved with her then husband, Warren Thomas, to Evergreen, Colo., for 27 years.

In 1983, she moved to Harrisonburg, where she was employed at Wilson Jewelers.

In 1992, she moved back to Morrill, to care for her mother and she stayed for the remainder of her life.

She was an avid and respected birdwatcher in Colorado and Nebraska and took courses in ornithology from Cornell.

She was strong in her faith and led study groups with BSF and the Christian Women’s Club.

She also loved playing bridge, taking care of her pets and the daily crossword puzzles.

She is survived by sons, Carl Thomas of Morrill, Neb. and John Thomas of Mitchell, Neb.; daughter, Margaret Shady of Elkton; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter; and the father of her children, Warren Thomas.

A celebration of life service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Jones Mortuary in Mitchell, Neb.

A graveside memorial time will take place at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Morrill after the service. Burial will be private.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor be made in care of the family.

Condolences may be left at

Christine F. Brubaker

Christine Francis Brubaker, 93, of Luray, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at MontVue Nursing Home.

She was born March 13, 1923, in McGaheysville, and was a daughter of the late Paul Lam and Nettie Crawford Lam.

She was a member of Fletchers Chapel Community Church and the Edith Rebekah Lodge in Luray.

Her husband of more than 66 years, Eugene Poincare Brubaker, died on Oct. 29, 2009.

She is survived by a daughter, Jean B. Moyer of Luray; a sister, Leona Miller of Grottoes; a granddaughter; a grandson; five great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Alexander C. Zuber.

Burial was in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.

The family received friends Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 266, Luray, VA 22835, or to the Luray Volunteer Fire Department, 1 Firehouse Lane, Luray.

Hazel M. Reed

Hazel Maxine Reed, 80, of Stanley, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at Journeys Crossing in Elkton, where she had resided for several years.

She was born June 28, 1936, in Stanley, and was a daughter of the late Raymond Boss and Bessie Thomas Jenkins.

She was employed as a waitress at Big Meadows/Skyland Restaurant and Mimslyn Inn in her earlier years, and later became a supervisor at H.D. Lee in Broadway.

She was the pastor’s wife, for 18 years, of the Elkton Pentecostal Church, where she supported her husband in his ministry.

On Jan. 4, 1955, Hazel married the Rev. Kinzy Reed, who survives.

She is also survived by her daughters, Wanda Myers of Waynesboro and Nancy Hensley of Shenandoah; a son, K. Dale Reed of Elkton; two brothers, Larry Jenkins of Stanley and Morris Jenkins of Luray; a sister, Iva Richards of Luray; three grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at Elkton Pentecostal Church with Pastors Larry Myers and Jordon Myers officiating.

Interment was held at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

The family received friends Saturday at Elkton Pentecostal Church.

Friends may also call any time at the home of Nancy and Delmas, which is located at 1085 Strole Farm Rd., in Shenandoah.

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Aline J. Stevens

Aline Joyce Monger Stevens, 88, of Elkton, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at the Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born July 2, 1928, in Rockingham County near Elkton, and was a daughter of the late Hiram E. and Ila Mae Hensley Monger.

She had retired from General Electric in Waynesboro after 31 years of service.

She was a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Elkton.

When able, she enjoyed participating in local political campaigns.

In 1948, she married Thomas Robert Stevens, who preceded her in death in 2008.

Her surviving family includes her children, Thomas Robert Stevens Jr., Mary Elaine Stevens Swecker and Ramona Jean Stevens; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at 3 p.m., at the Kyger Funeral Home chapel in Elkton with Pastor Jim Martin officiating.

Burial will be private at Elk Run Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in her memory.

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John Toland Jr.

John “Jack” Toland Jr., 62, of Elkton, passed away Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at his home.

He was born May 22, 1954, in Maryland, and was a son of the late John J. Sr. and Helen O’Brien Toland.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in his earlier years and then began working in construction and roofing.

He later moved to the Shenandoah Valley in 2000 with his wife and children.

On Dec. 2, 1991, he married April Tibbs-Toland, who survives.

Also surviving are six sons, Jay Toland, Billy Tibbs, Brian Tibbs, Shawn Toland, Jeracho Toland and Elijah Toland; six daughters, Sarah Searcy, Dymond Warr, Jackie Toland, Cheyenne Toland, Savannah Toland and Angela Toland; a sister, Catt Sandler; and 20 grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Tyrone Gheen officiating.

Burial will follow at Elk Run Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Food donations can be brought to Bible Holiness, 100 Pine St., Elkton, VA 22827. The family greatly appreciates any donations made.

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