OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Pamela M. Taylor


Pamela M. Taylor, 58, of Elkton, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center after a battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born June 12, 1958, in Rockingham County, to the late L. Verton Moyers and Freida Puffenbarger Moyers.

She was a “mom of all moms” and always said spending time with her children and grandchildren was her best medicine.

She worked in dry cleaning for more than 30 years and recently went to work as a teller at Blue Ridge Bank in McGaheysville.

On Aug. 30, 1985, she married Keith E. “Butch” Taylor, who survives.

She is also survived by her children, Candida Arrington, Christopher W. Reeves, Sean Taylor and Sara Taylor; nine grandchildren; and a sister, Teresa Crider.

A funeral service was held Friday, March 10, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Wayne Pence officiating.

Burial followed at Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville.

The family received friends last Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting http://www.kygers.com.



Jean M. Life


Jean M. Life, 69, of Hilliard, Ohio and Venice, Fla., and formerly of Elkton, passed away Feb. 6, 2017.

She was born, in Harrisonburg, on Sept. 27, 1947.

She was a homemaker, member of Dublin Presbyterian Church and enjoyed cooking, entertaining, traveling and storytelling.

She also wrote a book about the years she spent living in China, entitled “Life in China, My Story.”

Survivors include her husband, Ralph Life, of Hilliard, Ohio and Venice, Fla.; daughters, Sarah Life Metzger of Dublin Ohio and Amanda Life Pavlik of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren; and father and mother-in-law, Granville and Ruth Life of Elkton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hamilton and Goldie Meadows.

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday March 18, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton, with Pastor Dan Bassett officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent at http://www.kygers.com .



Frances J. Hannah


Frances J. Hannah, 87, of Luray, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017.

She is survived by her children, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and siblings.

Her life was full and she enjoyed gardening, church activities and participating in her children and grandchildren’s lives.

She served in the U.S. Army before moving to Luray in the 1950s and was one of Luray’s first businesswomen.

She was, for many years, a leader in the ladies Altar Society of Our Lady of the Vally Catholic Church.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, at Bradley Funeral Home; prayer time will be from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 16, at our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Luray. All are welcome.



Betty T. Armentrout


Betty T. Armentrout, 82, of Rockingham County, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017.

Born July 4, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Robert Lee and Margaret Thompson.

She was raised in the Mountain Valley community and enjoyed telling stories of her younger days.

On May 31, 1949, she married Melvin L. Armentrout, who preceded her in death.

Together they raised four sons and successfully operated a local dairy farm and later a beef cattle operation. Along with the farming, she was a well-known antique dealer, book collector and avid reader.

She was very active in the community as a Girl Scout leader and ‘The Home Demonstration Club’ in the Melrose area. She was a diligent volunteer for many charitable organizations.

She was a member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, where she served as secretary for many years.

She is survived by three sons, Russell W. Armentrout, M. Leon Armentrout Jr. of Augusta County and Tim R. Armentrout of Rockingham; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Floyd Thompson of Columbia, N.C.

A funeral service was held Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisonburg. Pastor Valarie White Ritter conducted the service.

Interment followed at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family received friends Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of choice.

Condolences may be shared online at http://www.kygers.com.



Lester J. Crawford


Lester Junior Crawford, 87, of Grottoes, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the Harrisonburg Health & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born April 6, 1929, and was a son of the late Nellie (Knight) and Grover Cleveland Crawford.

He had retired from Shenandoah/ Holly Farms/ Tysons after 40 years of service and was one of the first employees who started with the company.

He had attended Maranatha Bible Mission in Harrisonburg and Grottoes United Methodist Church.

On Sept. 11, 1948, he was united in marriage to Arvilla (Turner) Crawford, who preceded him in death on June 10, 1992.

He is survived by four children, Sue Logan of Roanoke, Steve Crawford of Harrisonburg, Sharon Crawford of Grottoes and Crystal Knight of Bridgewater; six grandchildren; a special granddaughter, Shereen “Sheeny” Minnick, who was more like a daughter; seven great- grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Mount Clinton Church Cemetery with Pastor Laney Knight officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to aid in funeral expenses, c/o Johnson Funeral Service, P.O. Box 41, Bridgewater, VA 22812.

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



Emily W. Dean


Emily Wise (Homan) Dean, 68, of Bridgewater,passed away at her home in Morgantown, W.Va., after a brief battle with cancer on Monday, March 6, 2017.

She was born Oct. 4, 1948, in Harrisonburg, the only daughter of the late Orville Glick Wise Sr. and Lillian Frances Homan.

She was preceded in death her first husband, Dennis W. Fowler.

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Rodney of Morgantown, W.Va.; two granddaughters; a brother, William Roscoe Wise of Grottoes; and three stepdaughters, Lea, Megan and Carey Dean.

She graduated from Turner Ashby High School in 1967 and the Elizabeth Brant School of Business in Staunton.

She maintained a career in business management and accounting with several different companies in both south Florida and Virginia until retiring from Ethan Allen in Bridgewater in 2004.

A gathering in her honor for family and friends will occur later this spring in Bridgewater.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Company (http://www.bridgewaterfire.com/donate/) or WV Hospice Care (https://hospicecarecorp.org/donate-now).

Professional services are under the direction of Smith Funeral & Cremation Care, 108 Holland Ave., Morgantown, W.Va.

To send condolences, visit http://www.smithfuneralandcremationcare.com.



Deidra A. Connellee


Deidra Ann “Dee Dee” Connellee, 71, of Port Republic, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017.

She was born in Wisconsin, on April 11, 1945, and was a daughter of Clifford Clement.

She was a member of Mount Olive Brethren Church in Pineville.

She was united in marriage, on June 29, 1962, to Richard Earl Connellee, who preceded her in death on Oct. 14, 2007.

She is survived by a son, Richard “Rick” E. Connellee Jr. of Grottoes; daughter-at-heart, Julie Smith; a sister, Audrey Davis of Rice Lake, Wisc.; a brother, Patrick Clement of Rice Lake, Wisc.; a grandson, Slade Connellee; and a special friend, Delores “Dee” Morris.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2017, at Mount Olive Brethren Church in Pineville with Pastor Dr. Fredric Miller officiating.

Burial will follow at the Port Republic Mutual Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grottoes Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1187, Grottoes, VA 24441, and/or Grottoes Fire Department, P.O. Box 67, Grottoes, VA 24441.

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



Oliver P. Clements


Oliver Powhatan Clements, 67, of Elkton, passed away March 7, 2017, at the Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 21, 1950, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Leon and Peggy Smith Hansbrough.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

He loved restoring old tractors and spending time with his grandchildren.

He was a member of the Wolftown Pentecostal Church and worked in construction as a welder and carpenter before retiring.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Ruby Shifflett Clements; a son, Brent “Boo” Clements of Shenandoah; stepdaughters, Cindy Rodgers of Harrisonburg and Wanda Eppard of Elkton; eight grandchildren; brothers, John Clements of Elkton, David Clements of Keezletown and Greg Hansbrough of Grottoes; and sisters, Vivian Hensley and Claudine Lam, both of Elkton.

The family received friends Thursday, March 9, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

A funeral service was held Friday, March 10, 2017, at Wolftown Pentecostal Church in Madison County with Pastor Jeff Shifflett officiating.

Burial followed the funeral and was at Elk Run Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences may be sent to the Clements family by visiting http://www.kygers.com.



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