Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Junior L. Slye

Junior Lee Slye, 87, of Shenandoah, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.

He was born Jan. 3, 1930, in Shenandoah, and was a son of the late John Franklin and Christina Thompson Sly.

Except for his time in the Navy, he lived all his life in Shenandoah.

He was a member of the Church of Faith in Shenandoah. He was baptized into the church on Aug. 18, 2009.

He was united in marriage, on Dec. 23, 1952, to Phyllis Ann (Dovel) Slye, who survives.

He is also survived by a son, Carroll James (Jim) Slye of McGaheysville; one granddaughter; three brothers, Claude Sly of Columbus, Ind., Joseph Sly of Shenandoah and Gene Sly of Harrisonburg; a sister, Mary Sly of Harrisonburg; a nephew, who was raised in the Sly home, Everett Eaton of Oklahoma; and a niece, who was raised in the Sly home, Sharon Morris of Shenandoah.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Korean War. He was a life member of the Avis O. Comer VFW Post in Shenandoah, where he spent countless hours preparing meals for Veterans Day dinners as well as being the head of the chicken barbecue crew for many years.

He was a charter member of the Shenandoah Moose Lodge and Massanutten Hunt Club.

He was a master craftsman in the block, rock and concrete masonry field as well as having the knowledge to work in most areas of the building industry.

He was a lover of the outdoors. He loved to garden, hunt, and fish.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Rose Hensley officiating.

Burial was at the Methodist Cemetery in Shenandoah.

The family received friends prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, VA 22849, or the Shenandoah Fire Department, 201 Pennsylvania Ave., Shenandoah, VA 22849.

Condolences may be shared online by visiting

Gladys M. Miller

Gladys Mae Miller, 97, of Harrisonburg, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.

Born in Rockingham County, on Oct. 9, 1919, she was a daughter of the late John R. and Bessie Lee Morris Knight.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Lewis Miller.

She is survived by her son, Jesse R. Miller of Lacey Spring; a daughter, Helen Carper of Harrisonburg; a brother, Elmer Knight of Elkton; a sister, Louise Morris of Penn Laird; 11 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Pastor Jimmy Kite officiating. Interment followed in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

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Robert L. Marshall

Robert Lee Marshall, 78, of Stanardsville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

He was born on July 20, 1939, in Albemarle County, to the late Simmon and Virginia Marshall.

He drove a school bus in Greene County for more than 38 years.

He was an avid farmer who was well known throughout the county. He had a passion for NASCAR and collecting NASCAR and Farmall items.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Marshall; daughters, Tammy Marshall Weldon and Peggy Darlene Ellis; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren, Brayden Marshall and Bentley Seale; and his siblings, Randolph “Randy” Marshall, Margaret Crews and Linda Matheny.

Services were private.

An online guestbook is available at

Sharon S. Dean

Sharon Sue Breeden Dean, 47, of Elkton, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 10, 1970, in Harrisonburg, and was a daughter of the late Linda Ann Lucas Breeden and Arnold Wayne “Wayney” Breeden.

She grew up in Elkton and was a graduate of Spotswood High School.

She was a member of the Elkton Pentecostal Church and loved animals and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Donald E. Dean; her daughters, Montana Dean of New Market and Stephanie Breeden Printz of Shenandoah; sisters, Lisa Lam of Elkton and Tina Cook of Elkton; and a brother, Wilson “Bill” Breeden of Grottoes.

A memorial service was held Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, at the Elkton Pentecostal Church with Pastor Travis Hensley officiating.

Friends may call at the home of her sister, Lisa, at anytime.

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

Services entrusted to Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton, where condolences may be shared by visiting

Wanda K. Hensley

Wanda Kay Hensley, 57, of Elkton, passed away Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, at her home.

She was born Aug. 7, 1959, in Harrisonburg, and was a daughter of Pauline McDonaldson Shifflett of Elkton and the late Lynwood Shifflett.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Timothy “Tim” Hensley; a son, Wesley Hensley of Elkton; a daughter, Jennifer Hensley of Elkton; sisters, Joan Thompson of Crimora and Nancy Helmick of Elkton; and seven grandchildren.

By her request, all services were private.

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Marion C. Boyd

Marion Coffin Boyd, 89, of Nantucket, Mass. and Elkton, passed away peacefully in her sleep Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

She was born in Dorchester, Mass., on March 25, 1928, and was adaughter of Stuart B. and Edith C. Day.

She grew up in Nantucket and graduated from Nantucket High School in 1945.

After attending Bridgewater State Teachers College, she returned to Nantucket, where she married Donald Kane Boyd in 1948.

They owned and operated several Straight Wharf businesses during the 1950s and 1960s, including a laundromat, a bike shop and Susie’s Snack Shop.

Later, she trained to become a registered dietitian and began cooking at the Nantucket Cottage Hospital and then the Island Home.

She relocated to the Shenandoah Valley to help raise her grandchildren in 1992.

She was predeceased by her husband.

She is survived by a son, James Donald Boyd; s daughter, Susan Blackshaw; and eight grandchildren.

Plans for an October celebration of life on Nantucket are being developed.

Feel free to contact Susan at sblackshaw49@ for details.

Condolences may be shared with the family online at the funeral home’s website at

Mabel M. Smith

Mabel Meadows Smith, 85, of Elkton, passed away Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at Whispering Pines in Luray.

She was born Feb. 18, 1932, in the Jollett area of Page County, a daughter of the late Granville and Hilda Samuels Meadows.

She was a faithful member of the Furnace United Methodist Church, in which she was very active. She was a member of the Helping Hands and Young at Heart Group and Adult Choice.

She loved to sew and make quilts.

She had worked at Duplan in Grottoes, Sleepwear in Elkton and Alliance in Shenandoah.

On June 30, 1951, she married Alva “Al” P. Smith, who survives.

She is also survived by two sons, Gary Lee Smith and Danny Allen Smith, both of Elkton; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Hensley, of Elkton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at the Furnace United Methodist Church near Elkton with Pastor Rick Robertson officiating.

Burial will follow the funeral service and be held in the Elk Run Cemetery in Elkton.

She will be taken to her church (Furnace United Methodist Church, 19836 Naked Creek Rd., Elkton) on Wednesday evening, when the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.

Friends may also call at the Smith home at anytime.

Memorial donations may be made to the Furnace United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 65, Elkton, VA 22827.

Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting

Eugene E. Wolfe

Eugene “Gene” Elwood Wolfe, 94, of Harrisonburg, passed away Friday, Aug. 25, 2017.

He was born Nov. 7, 1922, a son of John and Leona Wolfe.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Malissa, in April of 2015.

He is survived by three sons, Gary E. Wolfe of Racine, Wisc., David S. Wolfe of Fairfield, Va. and Steven S. Wolfe of Elkton; a brother, James “Jimmy” Wolfe of Mount Jackson; and a granddaughter.

He graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1940.

He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe during World War II as a paymaster sergeant from 1941-45.

Upon his return home, he attended Madison College to earn a bachelor’s degree in business.

He worked for 36 years as a traveling salesman for Animal Health Products.

He enjoyed volunteering for Meals On Wheels, assisting with the transportation needs of his fellow residents at VMRC, antiquing and seeking out estate sales and auctions.

He was an active member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg.

There was a visitation held at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.

Memorial services were held at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.

Burial services were at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The Good Samaritan Fund: VMRC Foundation, 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

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Hubert W. Payne

Hubert William Payne, 95, of Pleasant Valley, passed away Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born in Mount Clinton, on Oct. 6, 1921, and was a son of the late William and Loney America (Knight) Payne.

He retired from Suter’s Furniture with more than 53 years of service.
He served in the U.S. Army 27th Engineers Combat Battalion in World War II. He was fighting on the front line against Japan when the bombs were dropped.

He loved to spend time with his family.

He was united in marriage on July 3, 1957, to Dorothy (Minnick) “Dot” Payne. They were together for more than 72 years.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Jeannie Crislip of Rockingham; a sister, Thelma Huffman of Rockingham; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.

The family received friends Thursday, Aug. 24, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater. Services will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sentara RMH Hospice, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or Rockingham County Fire & Rescue, 20 E. Gay St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

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