Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Adrine Y. McCarthy

Adrine Yvonne McCarthy, 78, of Grottoes, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born in Rockingham County, on Feb. 8, 1939, and was a daughter of the late Cecil and Josephine (Jones) McCarthy.

She retired from Cargill in 2012 after 35 years of service.

She attended Mount Moriah United Methodist Church and Oak Grove Baptist Restoration Ministries.

She was a graduate of Lucy F. Simms High School in Harrisonburg.

She is survived by three daughters, Kathy Monroe, Elizabeth Spencer and Jennifer McCarthy, all of Grottoes; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes on Saturday, July 1, with Bishop T.E. Payne Sr. officiating. Burial was at Mount Moriah Church Cemetery. The family received friends prior to the service.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Billie P. Strickler

Billie Paige Strickler, 86, of Shenandoah, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017, at Sentara RMH Health Campus.

She was born Oct. 7, 1930, in Page County, and was a daughter of the late John W. and Frances Lucas Good.

She was a lifetime resident of the Shenandoah Valley and was a member of First Christian Church in Shenandoah, the Shenandoah Women’s Club and the DAR.

She was a graduate of Shenandoah College, where she played on the women’s basketball team.

After graduation, she went to work for Merck for a short time.

She was an entrepreneur who owned and operated Quincy St. Café in Shenandoah for a number of years, and the style shop, and was also a licensed real estate agent for Strickler’s Real Estate.

After her retirement, she loved spending time boating with her husband up and down the East Coast, oil painting and visiting their condo at North Palm Beach, Fla.

Surviving family include her husband of 66 years, Richard P. Strickler; two sons, John R. Strickler of Richmond and Gary S. Strickler of Shenandoah; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life was conducted Sunday, July 2, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton, with the Rev. Jim Perry officiating.

Burial was at Coverstone Cemetery in Shenandoah. The family received friends prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, VA 22849.

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Thelma K. Shifflett

Thelma K. Shifflett, 87, of Harrisonburg, passed away June 22, 2017.

She was born July 7, 1929, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was a daughter of the late Leonard and Maggie Kyger.

She enjoyed crocheting, doing search and find word puzzles, visiting Charles Town, W.Va. and spending time with family.

She is survived by a son, Wayne Viands; daughters, Connie Shifflett, Kathy Landis and Denise Warlitner; three sisters, Almeta, Edna and Gurnie; 10 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service was held for the family.

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Wanda J. Kibler

Wanda “Patsy” Jean Kibler, 71, of Shenandoah, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017.

The family received friends at Mill Creek Bible Church on Saturday, July 1, with the funeral service held Sunday, July 2. Burial was at Rest Haven Cemetery in Shenandoah. Arrangements by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.

Edward J. Turner Jr.

Edward Jackson Turner Jr., 62, of Elkton, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017, after a courageous, 17-year battle with kidney cancer.

He was born Feb. 21, 1955, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of Delores Jean (Sullivan) Turner and the late Edward Jackson Turner Sr.

He grew up in the Runkles Gap area near Elkton.

He was an active member of the Elkton United Methodist Church, where he sang in the chancel choir, served as lay reader and was a past chairperson of the trustees.

He was a member of the Charles Franklin Shuler Masonic Lodge No. 74 in Elkton. He and his fatherwent through the chairs together. They were initiated on Oct. 10, 1978, passed on Feb. 5, 1979 and raised on April 2, 1979. He served as Worshipful Master of the lodge for the year.

He was a 1973 graduate of Elkton High School. He excelled in track and basketball during his high school career. He continued his love for sports by participating in recreational basketball leagues and watching sports throughout his adult life.

He enjoyed following the Baltimore Orioles and the Baltimore Ravens (earlier Colts)

He worked for Merck as a maintenance supervisor for more than 28 years before retiring. He then worked another 10 years for Greenwood Construction at the Merck facility and for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) before retiring for health reasons.

He was an animal lover. He adopted many stray dogs and cats over the years.

He also enjoyed collecting Captain America memorabilia.

On Sept. 9, 2000, he married Michelle (Life) Turner, who survives.

Along with his mother and wife, he is survived by his daughters, Kristin N. Turner of Grottoes and Lea C. Woods of Charlotte, N.C.; his sons, Nathan A. Turner of McGaheysville and Aaron M. Fletcher of Staunton; a sister, Shirley Turner Williams of Elkton; a brother, Jason Turner and of Harriston; and four grandchildren.

The Revs. David T. Reynolds and Rick Robertson conducted a funeral service with Full Masonic Rites Monday July 3, 2017, at the Elkton United Methodist Church.

In memory of our “Captain America,” optional dress for the service was to wear red, white and blue or Captain America shirts.

Burial followed at Elk Run Cemetery in Elkton.

The family received friends Sunday evening at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Elkton United Methodist Church (New Building Addition Fund), 205 Warren St., Elkton, VA 22827, or the Rockingham- Harrisonburg SPCA, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

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Jean M. Chandler

Jean Margaret Turner Chandler, 92, of Bridgewater, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the Bridgewater Home.

She was born in Broadway, on Oct. 22, 1924, and was a daughter of the late Layman Benjamin and Mary (Trumbo) Turner, and was raised by her grandparents, Zack A. and Daisy Layman Turner.

She retired from Red Front.

She was a graduate of Broadway High School’s Class of 1941.

She was united in marriage, on May 16, 1946, to Bernard Harris “Bunny” Chandler, who preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 2000.

She is survived by three children, Marla D. Cook of Bridgewater, Robert G. “Bob” Chandler of Port Republic and Steven D. “Steve” Chandler of Dayton; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and four great- great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens on Monday, July 3, 2017, with Pastor Marlene Chandler offi ciating.

The family received friends Sunday at the home of her son, Bob Chandler in Port Republic.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Clover Hill Fire and Rescue, 2100 Clover Hill Road, Dayton, VA 22821, or Bridgewater Home, 302 N. Second St., Bridgewater, VA 22812.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Velma I. Smith

Velma Irene Smith, 81, of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away June 28, 2017, at Jacksonville Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 26, 1936, in Rockingham County, and was the daughter of the late Archie Lee and Lou Morris Lam.

On March 30, 1956, Velma married Elwood Goldie Smith, who passed away Nov. 12, 2011.

She worked as a secretary at Baird Mobile Homes in Florida for many years.

She is survived by her stepdaughter, Karen Lercy of Penn Laird; and one stepgrandchild.

A graveside service was held Monday, July 3, 2017, at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Harrisonburg, with Pastor Briar Lam officiating.

Condolences may be shared online by visiting

Harlan C. Vandevander

Harlan “Van” Clay Vandevander, 88, of Keezletown, passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017.

He was born in Franklin, W.Va., on Oct. 21, 1928, a son of the late Mayberry Calhoun Vandevander and Ida Belle Hedrick Vandevander.

He drove a truck for Valley Blox prior to retiring from Harrisonburg Truck Terminal after 46 years of service. He was a lifetime member of Hose Company No. 4. He was a member of Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Ann Morris Vandevander.

He is survived by his children, Vickie Lawson, Danny Vandevander and Gary Vandevander; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Charlie Vandevander, Robert Vandevander, McClellan Vandevander, Kearrle Vandevander, Mary Vandevander and Becky Miller.

A memorial service was held Monday, July 3, 2017, at Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren with Pastor Dan King officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren in his memory.

Ruth K. Leidig

Ruth Kindy Leidig, 89, of Harrisonburg, passed away June 30, 2017, after a brief illness.

She most recently lived at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community for 18 years.

She was born March 16, 1928, in Midland, Mich., and was a daughter of the late Leonard Elias and Mabel Ruth Kindy of Midland, Mich.

In February 1951, while attending Eastern Mennonite School in Harrisonburg, she received news that her sister and her eldest child had died from injuries sustained in a house fire.

She immediately abandoned her dream of becoming a missionary nurse and returned to Midland to help care for the four surviving children, all under the age of 5, of her sister and husband, Wilbur Wayne Leidig.

On June 3, 1952, she and Wilbur were married.

Both she and her husband were active members of Midland Mennonite Church and served with Gideon’s International for many years.

She served as the MI State Chaplain for the Women’s Auxiliary.

Defining characteristics of her life include her love for her Lord Jesus, the Bible, her family, the lost, and generously serving others.

Having lost most of her vision to macular degeneration, she frequently enjoyed audio books and listened through the audio Bible several times a year. She was a prayer warrior and intercessor.

She is survived by nine children: Wilbur Leidig Jr. of Lansdale, Pa., Alice Nachtigal of Smyrna, Tenn., Grace Heatwole of Thomaston, Maine, Naomi Litwiller of Grants Pass, Ore., Mary Davis of Cincinnati, Ohio, Paul Leidig of Jenison, Mich., Darlene Beya of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kristine Christophel of Bridgewater and Lynda Strite of Elkton; 24 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; a brother, David Kindy of Noblesville, Ind.; and two sisters, Esther Rupright of Nashville, Mich. and Irene McLaughlin of Arizona City, Ariz.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Wayne Leidig Sr.

A service of celebration for her life will be held at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, in the Detwiler Auditorium, at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8, 2017.

The family will welcome guests from 1 to 2 p.m.

The service will be led by pastors Steve Landis, Glen Litwiller and Kevin Strite.

A second time of celebration for Ruth will be held Saturday morning, Aug. 19, in Midland, Mich.

While living in Harrisonburg, she was an active member of River Oaks Church, as well as VMRC’s Strite Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, sherequested memorial donations be made to River Oaks Church (51-G Burgess Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or online at or mailed to the VMRC Benevolence fund (1501 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802).

Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence by visiting

Arrangements are entrusted to McMullen Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

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