OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Chesney W. Hardy


Chesney Wayne Hardy, 97, a resident of Park Gables at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, passed away March 30, 2017.

He was born Nov. 16, 1919, in Cooper, Texas, and was a son of Maude Whitlock Hardy and Lewis Herbert Hardy.

His childhood years were spent in Pearsall, Texas.

He was a graduate of Southwest Texas State College, where he was accepted into the Civilian Pilot Training Program and where he later received the FAA civilian pilot license.

He served in the Army Air Corps as a pilot in World War II.

After the war, he entered Southwestern Baptist Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. After graduating, he became a mission pastor at First Baptist Church, Staunton. After two years there, he was accepted into the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, serving four and one half years.

Following his naval service, he served 26 years with Christian Children’s Fund in Mesa, Ariz.; Dallas and Victoria, Texas; and Richmond.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Ashland, and West Side Baptist Church, Harrisonburg.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Towe Rouse Hardy, whom he married July 2, 1955.

Other survivors include his sister, Mrs. Charles Parker of Sequim, Wash.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He and his wife made their home in Ashland, for 40 years before retiring to Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community.

For several years, he was a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 11 a.m., in the Strite Auditorium of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, with Pastor Steven Landis and the Rev. Troy Pearson officiating.



Steven D. Provow


Steven Dean Provow, 67, of Shenandoah, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017, at INOVA Fairfax.

The family received friends Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Newport Christian Church, where the service was slated to be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday, April 5.
Arrangements are by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.



John B. Woodyard


John Buffington (Jack) Woodyard, 92, of Port Republic, passed away March 8, 2017.

A World War II U.S. Air Force veteran, he was born in Flushing, N.Y., on Aug. 15, 1924, to the late Hubert and Grace (Knapp) Woodyard.

He was raised in Great Neck, N.Y., and Nutley, N.J., and formerly of New Providence, N.J., and also Woodstock.

He was the proprietor of Cross Keys Antiques for more than 30 years and an avid antique refinisher, whose works were on display throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

He leaves behind his son, John of Libertyville, Ill.; a daughter, Joanne (Woodyard) Attanasio of Parsippany, N.J.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

He also leaves behind his many friends in the Valley, particularly those who for years joined him for breakfast at the C&S Diner in Elkton.

There was a private cremation on March 10, 2017.

Out of respect for his wishes, no memorial service is planned.

Donations to the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation in his memory are encouraged online at www.shenandoahatwar.org.

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



Sandra S. Conley


Sandra “Sandy” Sue Conley, 54, of Harrisonburg, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2017, at her home.

She was born Oct. 12, 1962, in Harrisonburg, and was a daughter of Mary Catherine Kuykendall Sions and the late Harold Arthur Sions.

She worked for Graham Packaging for 28 years.

She was known for always having a smile on her face and enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her longtime companion, Thomas “Tommy” Fink Sr.; a son, Jeffrey “J.C.” Conley; two daughters, Amy Sager and Melinda Mullenax; five brothers, Norman Sions, Roger Sions, Kenneth Sions, Lawrence Sions and Robert Sions; two sisters, Gloria Shockey and Nancy Shockey; and two grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Monday, April 3, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Harrisonburg, with Pastor Dan Horning officiating.

Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends Sunday at the funeral home in Harrisonburg.

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



Linda J. Dovel


Linda Jane (Doerr) Dovel, 70, of Elkton, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at the Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 22, 1946, in Meyersdale, Pa., and was a daughter of the late Ray Edwin and Evelyn Pauline Tressler Doerr.

She lived her early life in Maryland and moved to Elkton, where she and her husband were in the cattle business until his death in 1985.

Later, in 1987, she purchased M&S Auto Parts, which she sold in 2009.

She was an entrepreneur and philanthropist; her latest venture was owning and operating the Rivercrest Farm & Event Center.

She was president of Autodealz, Village of the Valley, and various other local businesses.

She was a very talented floral designer and enjoyed decorating for Christmas and having many open houses in her home during the Christmas holidays.

She was a member of Saint Peter’s United Methodist Church and also attended Elkton EUB Church.

On Nov. 26, 1968, she married Paul A. Dovel Jr., who preceded her in death on May 1, 1985.

She is survived by a son, Paul A. Dovel III of Elkton; two sisters, Florence May “Snookie” Friend of Accident, Md. and Nancy Jean “Sam” Deckman of McHenry, Md.; two brothers, Carl R. Doerr of Thompson, Ohio and Ronald R. Doerr of Accident, Md.; and a a devoted niece, Nancy Jo Fratz Shelton of Shenandoah and Deep Creek, Md.

The family received friends Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Saint Peter’s United Methodist Church in Elkton.

A funeral service was held Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton with Pastor Rick Robertson officiating.

Burial was at the Methodist Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elkton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 152, Elkton, VA 22827, Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, VA 22849, Elkton Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 91, Elkton, VA 22827, Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Department, 201 Pennsylvania Ave., Shenandoah, VA 22849, St. Peter’s UMC Ladies Aid or the Kids for Christ Program, 6439 East Point Rd., Elkton, VA 22827.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg handled arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.



Edward S. Shoemaker


Edward Stanley Shoemaker, 73, of Staunton, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at his residence.

He was born April 19, 1943, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Loren Franklin and Myrtle Lucille (Shifflett) Hoover.

Prior to retirement, he was employed by Hershey Chocolate in Stuarts Draft.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg.

He was an active member for more than 30 years with the Staunton Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed his time with the Oak Ridge Hunt Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife, widower of Linda Kay (Coyner) Shoemaker.

Family members include a daughter, Melynda (Shoemaker) Walton of Norfolk; two grandchildren; a brother, Carroll Hoover of Penn Laird; a half-brother, Steven Shoemaker; a half-sister, Stacy Shoemaker Davis; and a very special niece, Heather Benson Eppard.

Also dear to him were his group of friends over the years from Hilton Head, S.C. Seacrest Resort.

A funeral service was conducted Sunday, April 2, 2017, in the Henry Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial was in Greenville United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family received friends Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Staunton Volunteer Fire Department, 500 N. Augusta St., Staunton, VA 24401.

Condolences may be sent to online at www.henryfuneralhome.net.



Sharon Shifflett


Sharon “LeAnn” Shifflett, 57, of Harrisonburg, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born June 12, 1959, in Harrisonburg, and was a daughter of the late Leonard and Betty Swartz.

She was a 1977 graduate of Harrisonburg High School and worked as a waitress for many years.

She enjoyed much of the music from the ’70s and ’80s and loved to attend concerts.

In April of 1989, she married Jeffery Allen Shifflett, who preceded her in death in 1998.

Surviving family includes her children, Herman Jordan Shifflett and Karissa Jean Shiffl ett; four grandchildren; brothers, Bobby and L.H. Swartz; and a sister, Holly Swartz-Hamilton.

A memorial service was held Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Family received friends following the service.

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



Hattie G. Casey


Hattie Geneva (Ray) Casey, 86, of Grottoes, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017, at her home.

She was born in Mount Meridian, on Oct. 18, 1930, and was a daughter of the late Sadie (Hall) and Clinton Ray.

She retired from G.E. in 1993 after 32 years of service.

She was a member of Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in New Hope since early childhood.

On March 8, 1947, she was united in marriage to Herbert Davis Casey, who preceded her in death on Feb. 10, 2017.

She is survived by two daughters, Sadie Graves of Grottoes and Maxine Brown of Davenport, Fla.; two sisters, Mary Francis Burnette of Baltimore, Md. and Carole Bell of Maryland; three grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

The family received friends Monday, April 3, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes.

A funeral service was conducted Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at Bethany United Methodist Church in Weyers Cave with Pastor John Benson officiating.

Burial was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

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



Barbara F. Alger


Barbara Fay (Stoneberger) Alger, 61, of Lucas Hollow Road in Stanley, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at her home.

A service was held at Graveside-Leake’s Chapel Cemetery on Monday, April 3, 2017.

Burial was at Leake’s Chapel Cemetery in Stanley.



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