OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Lerty L. Moats


Lerty Leon Moats, 81, of Weyers Cave, passed away July 31, 2017, at home.

He was born Aug. 27, 1935, in Augusta County, and was a son of the late Harvey and Gladys Moats.

He retired from McQuay after 32 years. After retirement, he worked for Rocco at Naked Creek Farm and helped his son, Johnny, on his poultry farm.

He was a member of Saint Michael’s United Church of Christ.

He loved to spring gobbler hunt, go trout fishing, and hunt whitetail deer in the fall.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Brownie A. Moats; a daughter, Kathy Crissman of Verona; a son, Johnny Moats of Mount Solon; three granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was conducted Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at Saint Michael’s UCC with Hollis Dodge officiating. Visitation with the family followed the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Michael’s UCC, P.O. Box 101, Bridgewater, VA 22812.

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



Ronald E. Kyger


Ronald Eugene Kyger, 68, of Grottoes, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center from complications with diabetes.

He was born March 18, 1949, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Calvin Coolidge and Margaret Jarrels Kyger.

He was a lifetime resident of the area and was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam from 1968-70.

He was a member of VFW Post 632, the Moose Lodge and Port Republic United Methodist Church.

He worked for 27 years at Kawneer, nine years at AMP and also was a driver for Williams Drug Company.

He is survived by two brothers, Charles W. and Larry W. Kyger; one sister, Phyllis A. Alt; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service was conducted Monday at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with the Rev. Jim Joyner officiating.

Burial with military honors was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends Sunday at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Memorial donations may be made to the Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 67, Grottoes, VA 24441, or the Grottoes Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1187, Grottoes, VA 24441.

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



Dorothy A. Loyd


Dorothy Ann Griffith Loyd, 75, of Verona, passed away Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at Augusta Medical Center.

She was born March 14, 1942, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late Homer Dick and Florence Lucille Shoemaker Griffith.

Surviving are her children, Robert E. Griffith Sr. of Verona, Dana Jackson of Waynesboro, Donald Milton Loyd Jr. of Grottoes, and Kristy Beverage of Staunton; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great- grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her family.

Pastor Darren Howdyshell conducted a funeral service Monday at the McMullen Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial was at Mount Zion Cemetery.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.mcmullenfh.com.



Helen R. Wagoner


Helen Rosetta Pullins Whitmire Wagoner, 86, of Waynesboro, passed away Aug. 2, 2017, at Augusta Health.

She was born April 3, 1931, in Augusta County, and was a daughter of the late Roy Pullins and Edith Pickering Pullins.

She graduated from Broadway High School in 1949.

She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.

She loved children and to bake and was a seamstress. She enjoyed picnics and being outdoors.

She is survived by three daughters, Dolores Ann Whitmire Spahr of Redmond, Wash. and Rosemary Wagoner and Leslie Wagoner, both of Waynesboro; two grandsons; a great-granddaughter; and a sister, Alma Spitzer of Harrisonburg.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, David Whitmire Jr. and William M. Wagoner Jr.

The family received friends Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Bethany United Methodist Church.

A funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at the church, with Pastor John Lock officiating.

Burial followed at Naked Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany United Methodist Church, 3700 Lee Highway, Weyers Cave, VA 24486, in her memory.

Lindsey Funeral Home handled arrangements, and condolences may be sent at www.lindseyweyerscave.com.



Donald L. Merica


Donald “Don” L. Merica, 83, of Elkton, passed away, Monday, July 31, 2017.

He was born March 2, 1934, in Page County, and was a son of the late Joseph Clinton and Agnes Harris Merica.

Don served in the U.S. Army and retired from ConAgra Foods, previously Morton Frozen Foods in Crozet.

He was a baseball fan and spent his free time working on his truck, fishing and taking drives on the Skyline Drive where he made many friends.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Beulah B. Merica.

He is also survived by his sons, Tim Merica and Greg McDonaldson; a daughter, Sherry Hensley (Eugene); a brother, Dallas Merica; sisters, Vertis “Peachy” Merica and Brenda Merica; grandchildren, Brandon Merica (Stephanie) Derrick Merica (Sam), Rodney Hensley, (Jennifer) Chris Hensley (Elizabeth), Hollie Lam (Josh) and Chet McDonaldson (Harmony); nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter and many nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Friday Aug. 4, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton. Friends may also visit the home of Ethel Cook at any time.

A celebration of life service was held Saturday, Aug. 5, at the funeral home chapel in Elkton with the Rev. Travis Hensley and Pastor Bob Silling officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kyger Funeral Home to help offset final expenses.

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



Harry R. McCray


Harry Reed McCray, 94, of Staunton, passed away Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at his residence.

He was born March 21, 1923, in Newport, and was a son of the late David Henry Jr. and Lottie Mae (Reed) McCray.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Prior to retirement, he was employed by Westinghouse.

He was a member of Mount Tabor Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alphadine (Meyerhoeffer) McCray

Survivors include a son, Michael Meyerhoeffer McCray of Staunton; a daughter, Julie Anna (McCray) Turner of Staunton; a brother, David Henry McCray III of Steeles Tavern; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Mount Tabor Lutheran Church by the Rev. Alfred Fogleman.

Burial was at Oak Lawn Mausoleum and Memory Gardens.

The family received friends Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at Henry Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Augusta Regional Free Clinic, 342 Mule Academy Road, Fishersville, VA 22939, or to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, P.O. Box 937, Verona, VA 24482.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net.



Mildred Y. Dovel


Mildred Yvonne Dovel, 78, of Elkton, passed away Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Harrisonburg.

She was born June 12, 1939, in the Ida area of Page County, and was a daughter of the late Salathiel “Clark” and Minnie Mae Lam Taylor.

She grew up in Page County and worked in quality control with Genie and Overhead Door before retiring.

She attended the Shenandoah Pentecostal Holiness Church, enjoyed crocheting, was an avid gardener and loved flowers and her two dogs.

On June 20, 1958, she married Noah N. Dovel, who preceded her in death on March 15, 1965.

She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Wheeler and Rolanda Price, both of Shenandoah; companion of 34 years, Gary L. Ferrell; four grandchildren, including Monica Dovel, who was raised in the home; and two great-grandchildren.

Pastor Jimmy Kite and Larry Sullivan will conduct the funeral service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at the Shenandoah Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Community Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Friends were received at the church on Tuesday evening.

Arrangements were entrusted to Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105, or the Rockingham Harrisonburg SPCA, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg VA 22803.

Condolences may be shared by visiting www.kygers.com.



Amo L. Jenkins


Amo Lee (Perkins) Jenkins, 81, of Stanley, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017.

The family received friends at Bradley Funeral Home on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. A funeral was held at Bethlehem Church on Friday, Aug. 4.

Burial was at Bethlehem Cemetery in Stanley.

Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.



Martha E. Garrison


Martha Ella (Crawford) Garrison, 81, of Grottoes, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at Willow Estates in Penn Laird.

She was born in Harrisonburg, on May 13, 1936, and was a daughter of the late James B. and Daisy E. (Randall) Crawford.

She was a member of Church of Christ.

She was united in marriage, on July 18, 1953, to James Edward Garrison, who preceded her in death on April 27, 2014.

She is survived by three sons, Jeffrey Garrison of Grottoes, David Garrison of Verona and Michael Garrison of Grottoes; a sister, Jean Bubb of Grottoes; and two brothers, Tommy Crawford and Harry Crawford, both of Grottoes; 11 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held at the Johnson Funeral Service Chapel in Grottoes on Saturday, Aug. 5, with Dr. Asa R. Talbot officiating.

Burial was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfs.com.



Janet R. Lambert


Janet R. Lambert, 97, of Harrisonburg, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017, at Willow Estates.

She was born Sept. 11, 1919, in Harrisonburg, and was a daughter of the late Aldine Ritchie and Maude McDorman Ritchie.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Samuel M. Lambert Sr.

Her life revolved around her faith, family and friends. She taught Sunday school and was dedicated to the well-being and development of the children of the church and was involved throughout the church’s ministry.

She is survived by a son, Jeffrey Lambert; a daughter, Joyce L. Graves; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at 11 a.m., at the Sunrise Church of the Brethren with Pastor Richard Wehrle officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

A private burial was held at Woodbine Cemetery on Aug. 3.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sunrise Church of the Brethren, 14965 Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.



Paul A.Wyant


Paul Adam Wyant, 90, of Penn Laird, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, surrounded by family at home.

He was born March 30, 1927, in Elkton, and was a son of the late Jacob and Maggie Jane Hensley Wyant. He was the last surviving of his 14 siblings.

He lived a Christ-centered life and was a dedicated member of Bible Way Church in Elkton.

On Nov. 18, 1948, he married Dorothy Shifflett Wyant, who survives.

Also surviving are his son, Ernest “Ernie” L. Wyant Sr. of Harrisonburg; two daughters, Barbara “Barbi” Wyant of Harrisonburg and Bertha “Bert” Rogers of McGaheysville; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a special friend and caregiver, Erica Ortiz.

A funeral was held Friday, Aug. 4, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Pastors James Kite and Audre King officiating. Interment was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Roy R. Hensley


Roy Rudolph Hensley, 64, of Shenandoah, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017.

He was born July 4, 1953, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Ronnie Rudolph and Loretta Frances Shifflett Hensley.

He was a carpenter for many years and enjoyed riding horses and camping.

He is survived by his sons, Roy Hensley II and Scott Hensley; four grandchildren; brothers, Ricky Hensley and Lee Hensley; and his sisters, Sandra Hensley and Lisa Wilson.

A celebration of life service, with Pastor Rick Robertson officiating, was held Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at his home, 146 Lizard Hill Road in Shenandoah. A meal and visitation followed.

Family and friends are welcome to visit at his home at anytime.

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



John J. Re


John Joseph Re, 65, of Harrisonburg and Brooklyn, N.Y., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at the home of his daughter in Elkton.

He was born Jan. 22, 1952, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was a son of the late John and Stephanie Re.

He was a man of many talents. He was a drummer in a band, a yoga instructor for the Great Swami Satchidananda, a top salesman for MCI and ITT, a speed reader instructor and an event planner for celebrity sports figures during his lifetime. He also worked in the U.S. Postal Service for many years.

He is survived by his daughter, Nora Andrea Shifflett; and a granddaughter.

A memorial gathering was held at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017.

Memorial contributions may be made to Big Brothers Big Sisters, BBBS HR, 225 N. High St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

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



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