Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Erik C. Shifflett

Erik Carl Shifflett, 51, of Penn Laird, passed away June 3, 2017, at his home.

He was born Dec. 8, 1965, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of Amos Owen and Doris Crawford Shifflett of Penn Laird.

His love of the Shenandoah Valley community was evident through his dedication to his church, profession, friends and family.

He was member of Mount Olive Brethren Church.

He earned a degree in business administration from JMU in 1988. For the past nine years, he served as the quality and patient safety coordinator at Sentara RMH. He was passionate about improving the culture of safety at RMH and was dedicated to insuring that patients receive safe, quality care.

Fitness and discipline were always important parts of his life. After earning his Sandan black belt in Kuniba-ha Shito Ryu, he later discovered a passion for the competitive and fun nature of CrossFit.

He enjoyed dirt-biking as a child, taking motorcycle day trips throughout the Valley and camping “off the grid” in Sugar Grove, W.Va.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Denise Dean Shifflett, whom he married Sept. 30, 2000; sons, Austin Shifflett and Tanner Shifflett, both of Dayton; daughters, Emma Shifflett and Leah Shifflett, both of Penn Laird; brothers, Gary Shifflett of Maryland and Keith Shifflett of North Carolina; and a sister, Cindy Wittig of Singers Glen.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Memorial gifts may be made to Sentara RMH Foundation and earmarked for the Quality and Patient Safety Department, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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David J. Crosbie

David “Dave” James Crosbie, 85, of Bridgewater, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017, after a battle with cancer.

He was born Nov. 28, 1931, in Harvey, Ill., and was a son of the late James Prentiss and Albendina Rodenberg Crosbie.

He was a graduate in the 1950 class at East Aurora High School. In 1955, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Aurora College, where he played both baseball and basketball. He was a charter member of the college’s Hall of Fame, a winner of the Prestigious Spartan Award, sophomore class president, senior class vice president, two-time Athlete of the Year and was junior marshal.

He retired from Kawneer Manufacturing after 21 years of service as personnel manager and had previously been under the employ of Compana and Barber Green in Illinois.

His volunteer work included tutoring adults so they could achieve their GED. At Montevideo Middle School, he conducted a competitive news quiz for eighth- grade social studies students for 15 years and was asked to be the graduation speaker at Spotswood High School in 2006.

He was an avid hunter of golf balls and donated more than $11,000 to the Wayland’s Women’s Club from the sale of the golf balls.

He served on the board of the Valley Baseball League and was a fan of and traveled with the Spotswood High School girls’ basketball team.

Surviving family include his wife of 61 years, Lois Ann Chambers Crosbie; daughters, Susan Mae Crosbie Bradshaw, Carole Anne Crosbie, Catherine Marie Crosbie Burke and Kelly Lynn Crosbie Myers; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Linda Crosbie Kling; and a brother, Warren Crosbie.

A memorial service was held Saturday, June 3, at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg.

Memorial contributions can be made to Wayland Women’s Club.

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Hobert W. Hensley

Hobert W. Hensley, 89, of Elkton, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born April 12, 1928, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Seibert Samuel and Sally Emily Dean Hensley.

On Nov. 1, 1991, he married Annabelle Long Hensley, who passed away May 5, 2006.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, during which he received a Purple Heart and five Bronze Stars.

He enjoyed playing checkers, hunting merkels in the spring and playing the banjo.

He is survived by a son, Terry Wesley Hensley; a daughter, Barbara Ann Meadows; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Donnie Hensley of Harrisonburg and Terry Hensley of Illinois; and sisters, Leona Lam and Lucille Dean, both of Elkton.

The family received friends Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

A funeral was held Thursday, June 1, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Josh Shifflett officiating. Burial was at Elk Run Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Dayton American Legion, 3021 John Wayland Highway, Dayton, VA 22821.

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