OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Edwin Deane


Edwin “Buzzy” Deane, 90, of Stanardsville, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017, at his home.

He was born Aug. 30, 1926, in Greene County, to the late E. Whitelow Deane and Myrtle Haney Deane.

He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and the pastor of Sandy Bottom Pentecostal Church for more than 50 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mabel Lam Deane; three sons, Jerry Deane of Craigsville, Phillip Deane of Cantonment, Fla. and Eddie Deane of Stanardsville; five grandchildren; a stepgranddaughter; four great-grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

A funeral service was slated to be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at First Bible Baptist Church in Stanardsville officiated by his family, Eddie, Philip and Jordon Deane.

The interment will be in Lydia Pentecostal Church Cemetery.

Visitation was held Tuesday at First Bible Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Christian Academy, 225 Crusaders Ct., Stanardsville, VA 22973, or the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.

Preddy Funeral Home in Madison wass in charge of arrangements.



Robert M. Lane Jr.


Robert M. Lane Jr., 73, of Elkton, and formerly of Virginia Beach, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017, with his family by his side after a prolonged illness.

He was a retired civil servant after 30 years of service.

Most recently, he worked for Massanutten Resort on the golf courses as a golf marshal. He was an avid sports fan for Spotswood High School

He served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert M. Lane and Francis Riddle Lane.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sue H. Lane; sons, Todd Lane and Jeffery Lane; a daughter, Robin Lane; eight grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.

Services will be scheduled at a later date and held in Virginia Beach. Arrangements are being handled by Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

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



Vonnie S. Swindall


Vonnie Smith Swindall, 75, of Broadway, passed away March 16, 2017.

She was born July 1, 1941, in Virginia, to the late Albert and Lucy Evans Yankey.

She was a secretary for Social Services in Harrisonburg.

She was married to Bennie Swindall Sr. of Broadway.

Also surviving are a son, Jeff Smith of Rockingham; a grandson; two sisters, Mary Hamlett of Danville and Barbara Cox of Huntsville, Ala.; and two brothers, Lee Yankey of Timberville and Sidney Yankey of Broadway.

The family received friends Saturday, March 18, at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

The Rev. Ernest Halterman will conduct a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Grandle Funeral Home Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Broadway Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 666, Broadway, VA 22815.

Condolences may be left for the family at www. grandlefuneralhome.com.



Leroy Comer


Leroy “ Ross” Comer, 77, of Stanley, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

Visitation was Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Lighthouse Gospel, where the service followed.

Burial was at Leake’s Chapel Cemetery in Stanley.



Letha G. Liskey


Letha Good Liskey, 97, of Harrisonburg, died peacefully Friday, March 17, 2017, at Woodland Park (VMRC).

She was born in Rockingham County, on March 10, 1920, and was a daughter of the late John Michael and Letha Boyers Good.

She attended Linville Edom School and Harrisonburg Public Schools.

She was employed in the cafeteria of Elkton High School for many years and retired from the Elkton Garment Co. shipping department in 1985.

After retirement she enjoyed volunteering at Rockingham Memorial Hospital and traveling with her sister or friends.

She was a member of Otterbine United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg.

She is survived by two children, Sandra Leap of McGaheysville and Michael Liskey of Edinburg; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

A funeral service was held Monday, March 20, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with the Rev. David Vaughan officiating.

Burial was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Good Samaritan Fund at VMRC, 1401 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

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



William Carpenter Jr.


William “W.B.” Carpenter Jr., 70, of Mount Crawford, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at his residence.

He was born July 7, 1946, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late W. Bailey Carpenter and Lucille Cox Carpenter.

He served in the U.S. Navy and owned and operated Maple Grove Dairy. He worked as a dairy farmer most of his life until he retired.

When he was younger, he was an avid tractor puller and was known regionally for driving “The Bandit.”

He was a member of the Virginia Amvets Post 7, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion.

He was also a member of St. Andrews United Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Brenda Wheeler Carpenter.

He is also survived by two sons, Brad Carpenter and Brian Carpenter, both of Mount Crawford; four grandchildren; and a sister, Kay Fry of Staunton.

A memorial service was held Monday, March 20, 2017, at St. Andrews United Church of Christ in Weyers Cave, with the Rev. Doyle Payne officiating.

Burial was at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Andrews United Church of Christ, 1083 Dices Spring Road, Weyers Cave, VA 24486.

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



Glenwood L. Lam


Glenwood L. Lam, 70, of Elkton, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at his home in Mount Pleasant.

He was born June 8, 1946, in Elkton, and was a son of the late Forrest and Vivian Eppard Lam.

Glenwood graduated from Elkton High School in 1964 and enjoyed hunting, woodworking and the Baltimore Orioles.

He retired as a mechanic in 2001 from Merck and Co. after 32 years of service.

He was a member of the Blue Ridge Independent Church.

On June 15, 1975, he married Karen Dean Lam, who survives.

He is also survived by a daughter, Stacey Breeden and husband, Tracey; sons, Jonathan Lam and Jeremy Lam of Elkton; grandchildren, Matthew May and wife, Katie, and their children, Bryna, Skylar and Ethan of Penn Laird, Ryan May and wife, Stephanie, and Brooke Erbaugh and husband, Kyle, all of Grottoes; stepgrandchildren, Mason and Hunter Breeden of Grottoes; a brother, Kenneth Lam and wife, Bonnie; sister, Betty Eppard; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Norman and Lucille Dean, all of Elkton.

The family received friends Friday, March 17, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Friends may visit at the home in Mount Pleasant at any time.

A funeral service was held Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Blue Ridge Independent Church in Elkton with Tracey Breeden and the Rev. Gerald Meeks officiating.

Burial was at the Lam-Eppard Cemetery near Elkton.

Memorial contributions can be made to Blue Ridge Independent Church, 38 Independent Road, Elkton VA 22827, or Elkton Rescue Squad, 20871 Blue and Gold Drive, Elkton, VA 22827.

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



Kay W. McDonald


Kay Whetzel McDonald, 67, of Harrisonburg, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, March 19, 2017, at her home.

She was born March 29, 1949, in Harrisonburg, and was a daughter of the late Vernon “Johnny” and Helen Parker Whetzel.

She was a 1967 graduate of Harrisonburg High School and worked for ROCCO Building Supply for many years.

She later worked at The Roof Center in Baltimore, Md., from where she retired.

After returning to the Valley in 2015, she continued to be an avid Spotswood High School and George Mason University sports fan.

Surviving family includes her husband, Kevin Lee McDonald; four children, Krista Rivera, Tracy Dodson, Heather McDonald Sztobryn and Christopher McDonald; four grandchildren; and a brother, Ron Whetzel.

The family received friends Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Spotswood High School Booster Club, 368 Blazer Drive, Penn Laird, VA 22846.

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



Shelby M. McCoy


Shelby Manuel McCoy, 75, of Shenandoah, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born Feb. 10, 1942, in Page County, and was a daughter of the late Winfred and Merle Sampson Manuel.

On June 22, 1963, she married William Raymond McCoy III, who preceded her in death on Oct. 15, 2008.

She worked for the Town of Shenandoah as treasurer for 20 years before retiring in 1998.

She was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church, where she served on several committees.

She also served as the secretary of Shenandoah High School Alumni Association for many years.

She enjoyed going on trips with her children and grandchildren as well as spending time with her entire family.

Surviving family include a daughter, Kelly L. Vandenberg of Gustavus, AK.; a son, Matthew Carson McCoy of Elkton; and two granddaughters.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m., prior to a memorial service held at 3 p.m., on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Christ United Methodist Church in Shenandoah with the Rev. Dr. Larry G. Aikens Jr. officiating.

The family asks that family and friends stay and join them for a meal following the service in the church social hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, VA 22849 or Christ United Methodist Church, 501 Senior Ave., Shenandoah, VA 22849.

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



Vivian C. Gaynor


Vivian (Comer) Gaynor, 90, of Shenandoah, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017, at Whispering Pines Assisted Living in Luray.

She was born July 9, 1926, in Shenandoah.

She was a member of First Christian Church of Shenandoah, where she served as an elder, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school and was active in the CWF.

She also belonged to Food for Friends, the Shenandoah Crafters Club, the Edith Rebekah Lodge and the Eastern Star.

She worked for the Town of Shenandoah for 31 years as town treasurer and clerk.

On June 26, 1971, she married James “Pat” Patrick Gaynor, who preceded her in death on June 17, 2015.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Lester Lee Comer, and mother, Ella (May) Comer.

A graveside service was held Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the Coverstone Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Memorial contributions can be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601, or the Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Shenandoah.

Bradley Funeral Home in Luray handled the arrangements.



Curtis F. Ball


Curtis Fields Ball, 82, of Grottoes, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Selma, Va., on March 28, 1934, and was a son of the late Doris Rebecca (Tyree) and Charles Preston Ball.

He retired from General Electric and attended Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was united in marriage to Sylvia (Forsythe) Ball, who preceded him in death on Feb. 26, 2017.

He is survived by two daughters, Karen Michael of Harrisonburg and Tammy May of Bergton; a sister, Nancy Henderson of Smith Mountain Lake; four grandsons; and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 24, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes with Pastor Jim Harrison and Michael Henderson officiating.

Burial will follow at Dayton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wingfield Ministries (Lodestar Mountain Inn Program), 2389 Grace Chapel Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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



Hubert R. Pellman


Hubert Ray Pellman, 98, of Harrisonburg, passed away March 16, 2017, at Oaklea Nursing Home in Harrisonburg.

He was born Nov. 29, 1918, in Snyder County, Pa., a son of the late LeRoy and Elizabeth Pellman.

His long life was devoted to his family, his teaching and his service in the Mennonite Church.

He graduated from Freeburg High School as valedictorian of his class in 1936. He received a Junior College Diploma from the newly founded Eastern Mennonite School in Harrisonburg in 1938; an A.B. in history from Susquehanna University in 1940; an M.A. in English from Bucknell University in 1941; and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1958.

He taught English at Eastern Mennonite College/University from 1941 to 1943, and from 1947 until his retirement in 1984, when the university named him a Professor Emeritus of English.

His legacy continues under the Hubert R. Pellman and Mildred Pellman Literature Scholarship fund, established under the Hubert Pellman Endowed Chair. Each year, selected students at Eastern Mennonite University receive assistance from this fund.

He also taught at Westmont College in 1964-65; and in Sapporo, Japan, where he taught at Hoksei Gakuen University in 1974-75.

His second calling was for service in the Mennonite Church, culminating in his ordination as a minister in 1953 and his pastorship at Mount Vernon Mennonite Church near Grottoes, for the next 17 years.

He authored a number of published histories: “Eastern Mennonite College, 1917-1967” (1967); “Mennonite Broadcasts” (1979); “Seventy-five Years of Mutual Aid” (1989); and “A Pellman History” (1996).

He maintained a wide range of interests, especially in biology, history and in current events.
He was a lifelong gardener and lover of nature who could name the stars, the wildflowers and the birds.

He and Mildred Kauffman, who survives, married in 1941, and they celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary last summer.

He is also survived by two children, Donald Pellman of Franklin, Vt. and Carol Pellman Mishler of Singers Glen; five grandchildren; his brothers and sisters, William Pellman, Charles Pellman, Ferne Pellman and Miriam Maust.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, at McMullen Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg.

Burial, at the Weaver’s Mennonite Church Cemetery, will be private.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Hubert and Mildred Pellman Literature Scholarship fund at Eastern Mennonite University, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, or to the VMRC Samaritan Fund, 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Condolences may be made by visiting www.mcmullenfh.com.

The McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.


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