Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Irene B. Carter

Irene Bertha Davis Carter, 87, of Elkton, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 23, 1930, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late Jasper and Gertrude Davis.

On Dec. 5, 1957, she married Melvin Sherrill “Wash” Carter, who preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 2004.

She was a lifetime member of the Mount Sinai Baptist Church, where she served as a deaconess and sang in the church choir.

She is survived by a daughter, Paulette I. Davis Dowell of Elkton; a son, Daniel E. Davis Sr. of Harrisonburg; 12 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Ruth Davis, Corena Moore and Dorothea Sanders, all of Elkton.

A funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with the Rev. Francis H. Belle officiating.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until noon prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow the funeral and be at Mount Sinai Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to Sentara RMH Hospice, 2000 Beery Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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Barry L. Hummel

Barry Lynn Hummel, 58, of Timberville, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Harrisonburg, on Oct. 18, 1958, and was a son of Corene (Armstrong) Hummel of Dayton and the late Fravel Hummel.

He worked as a rolloff truck driver for Rockingham County.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his companion of 15 years, Cathy F. Oscar of Timberville; two children, Dane Oscar of Timberville and Angel Oscar of Mount Sidney; two grandchildren; two sisters, LaDonna F. Plaugher of Dayton and Monna L. Knott of Dayton; two brothers, Allen F. Hummel of Dayton and Lanny S. Hummel of Keezletown.

A funeral service was held at Briery Branch Church of the Brethren on Sunday, June 11, 2017, with Pastor Randy Cosner and Pastor LaDawn Knicely officiating.

Burial was at Briery Branch Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P. O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148- 0142, or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601, or Johnson Funeral Service, P. O. Box 41, Bridgewater, VA 22812, to help with funeral arrangements.

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Wilda M. Baker

Wilda Maxine Baker, 90, of Harrisonburg, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 25, 2017, at Oak Grove Manor in Waynesboro.

She was born Oct. 16, 1926, in Grottoes, to the late Theodore R. Rogers and the late Anna M. Rogers.

She graduated from Port Republic High School and Dunsmore Business College.

She worked as a receptionist at Camelot Nursing Home and was a member of Asbury Memorial Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert M. Baker.

She is survived by her children, Maurice (Marty) Baker, Darlejean (Deej) Baker, Donna B. Wetsel and Sharon B. Canevet; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Yvonne Knopp Walker.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2017, at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Augusta Health Hospice or the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board.

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Roy H. Morris

Roy Howard Morris, 83, of Shenandoah, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at Life Care Center of New Market.

He was born Oct. 30, 1933, and was a son of the late Welty and Hettie Williams Morris.

He served in the U.S. Army, earning rank as corporal.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the A.B. Torrence Construction Company and Stone and Webster Construction before retiring.

He was an avid fisherman along the Shenandoah River and enjoyed hunting.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Mabel Jean Jones Morris; a daughter, Tammy Yager of Shenandoah; two sons, Eddie Morris and Randy Morris of Shenandoah; a stepdaughter, Linda Short of Shenandoah; a sister, Shirley Shifflett of Elkton; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Friends may also call at the children’s homes at anytime.

Burial was held at Elk Run Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, VA 22849.

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Ruby A. Nicholson

Ruby Ann “Nanny” Nicholson, 76, of Shenandoah, passed away June 10, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

She was born April 14, 1941, in Page County, and was a daughter of the late Hulbert and Ethel Jewell.

She was a hairdresser and owned her own business in Elkton for 25 years, She then worked at the Hair Cuttery in Harrisonburg until she retired in 2014.

She was a member of Ray of Hope Church in Harrisonburg and attended Shenandoah Pentecostal Holiness Church.

She sang Gospel music and played the piano with several groups throughout the Shenandoah Valley, which gave her much joy. She loved spending time with her family.

On Aug. 15, 1996, she married Frank Nicholson who survives. She is also survived by a daughter, Donna Cave; three sons, Craig Nicholson, Allen Nicholson and Will Nicholson; one brother, Donnie Jewell; two sisters, Bonnie Robichaud and Sandy Kite; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held Tuesday June, 13, 2017, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton with Pastor Jimmy Kite officiating. Burial was at the Newport Christian Church Cemetery.

Friends may call or visit anytime at the home of her granddaughter, Sheena, in McGaheysville.

Memorial donations can be made to the Building Fund at the Shenandoah Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Julia A. Dinges

Julia Annette (Gray) Dinges, 55, of Stanley, passed away June 10, 2017.

The family will receive friends at Stanley United Methodist Church Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from noon to 2 p.m., with the funeral to be held at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Graves Chapel Cemetery in Stanley. Arrangements are by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.

Nancy J. Campbell

Nancy Jean (Strawderman) Campbell, 72, of Stanley, passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

A service was held at the Leaksville Cemetery on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Burial followed the funeral service and was at Leaksville Cemetery in Luray.

Robert T. McCann

Robert “Bob” Thomas McCann, 83, of Elkton, passed away June 7, 2017, in Broadway.

He was born Oct. 21, 1933, in Port Jervis, N.Y., to the late Thomas J. and Agnes Kohe McCann.

He was a trooper with the New York State Police for 26 years before retiring.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He was a member of Holy Infant Catholic Church and played the bagpipes in New York.

He belonged to numerous patriotic organizations.

On April 17, 1980, he married the former Ivy Louise Riglemon, who preceded him in death on May 28, 2017.

Surviving are two daughters, Robyn Fulk of Richmond and Tara McCann-Banghart of Port Jervis, N.Y.; stepchildren, Brian Corcoran of Florida, Kevin Corcoran of Rhode Island, William Corcoran of York, Pa. and Tara Layman of Elkton; one grandson; and a brother, William G. McCann of Broadway.

By his request, he will be cremated and taken to New York at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkton Emergency Squad, 20871 Blue and Gold Drive, Elkton VA 22827.

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Earl J. Oscar

Earl Jay Oscar, 63, of McGaheysville, passed away Thursday, June 8, 2017.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Ann Davis Oscar; one stepdaughter, Anna Marie Ross; one stepson, Mark Ladd; and two sisters, Cathy Oscar of Timberville and Sandra Morris of Weyers Cave.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ruby Garrison Oscar.

He was born Feb. 3, 1954.

He was a feed manager for Stoney Run Farms in McGaheysville. He worked as if he was an owner, and during his 40 years he became part of the Smith family farm.
Being raised on a farm all his life, he enjoyed his own little farm by raising calves, pigs and chickens, and having a garden.

A graveside service was held Monday, June 12, at Union Chapel Cemetery in Weyers Cave, with Fred Smith and Pastor Josh Shifflett officiating.

Friends were received Monday at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg or at the cemetery.

Donations can be made to the Weyers Cave Fire Department, 1235 Keezletown Rd., Weyers Cave, VA 24486, or Sentara RMH Hospice, 2000 Beery Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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