Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Edward L. Thomas

Edward Lee Thomas, 88, of Harrisonburg, passed away Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at Sunnyside Retirement Community.

He was born Oct. 7, 1928, in Timberville, and was a son of the late Roy Emanuel Thomas and Violet Virginia Turner Thomas.

He was a member of the Harrisonburg Elks Lodge BPOE 450 since 1958.

He umpired softball for the Harrisonburg Recreation Department for 30 years.

He was a member of the Rockingham Poultry Servicemen’s Organization for many years and served as president for two terms.

He worked for Heatwole Hatchery from 1947 until 1981, retiring from Perdue Farms in 1993.

He barbecued chicken for the Virginia State Fair, using his recipe, for many years. He also participated in the chicken barbecue for the Rockingham County Fair.

He was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church.

On May 2, 1948, he married the former Catherine (Snookie) Blosser, who preceded him in death on May 14, 2014.

Surviving are four children, Dusty Thomas of Harrisonburg, Becky May of Harrisonburg, Julie Howdyshell of Bridgewater and Tommy Thomas of Bridgewater; three brothers, Robert Thomas of Grottoes, Roy Daniel (Danny) Thomas of Martinsville and James Wilson (Willie) Thomas of Harrisonburg; a sister, Betty Vaught of Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Paul O’Gorek and Pastor Randy Cosner conducted a memorial service Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at 7 p.m., at Briery Branch Church of the Brethren.

The family received friends following the memorial service.

Burial was private. The body was cremated.

Online condolence may be made to the family at

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sunnyside Health Care, 3935 Sunnyside Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or to the Briery Branch Church of the Brethren, Building Fund, 6628 Briery Branch Rd., Dayton, VA 22821.

Gladys D. Holloway

Gladys Davis Holloway, 92, of McGaheysville, passed away Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, in Harrisonburg.

She was born Sept. 7, 1924, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late Robert Lee and Elizabeth May Berry Davis.

She was a member of the Brown Memorial Community Church in McGaheysville and had attended the McGaheysville United Methodist Church.

She was a seamstress at Blue Bell in Elkton and had worked at Bond Lumber Co.

Her husband of 54 years, Gordon Kimball “Kemper” Holloway, passed away July 6, 1995.

She is survived by a son, W.H. “Bill” Holloway of McGaheysville; daughters, Shirley Holloway Gilkerson of Bridgewater and Peggy Holloway Delawder of Bergton; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Pastor Marlene Chandler will conduct the service and burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville.

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

Memorial gifts may be made to a charity of the donors choice.

Online condolences may be sent at

Alvin J. Landes

Alvin Junior Landes, 85, of Harrisonburg, passed away Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Harrisonburg, on June 15, 1932, and was a son of the late Kenneth R. and Mary F. (Shirkey) Landes.

He was the owner of Lindsey Water Conditioning in Harrisonburg.

He was a member of Spring Creek Church of the Nazarene.

He loved working in his flowers, hunting antiques and being with his family.

He was in the Virginia National Guard.

He was united in marriage, on Nov. 24, 1965, to Mary Catherine (Layman) Landes, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Charlene Offenbacker of Verona and Linda Legg of Bridgewater; a son, Roger “Rocky” Landes of Bridgewater; a stepson, Steven Layman of Bridgewater; five brothers, Bobby Landes of Harrisonburg, Carl Landes of Harrisonburg, Al Landes of Keezletown, Donnie Landes of Harrisonburg and Doug Landes of Harrisonburg; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A funeral was held at Johnson Funeral Service Chapel in Bridgewater Tuesday, Sept. 5, with the Rev. Tony Martin officiating. Burial was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1477, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

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Stephen B. Schellhorn

Stephen Barry Schellhorn, 67, of Harrisonburg, passed away Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.

A son of the late Joseph Roy and Adrienne Barry Schellhorn, he was born in Hyattsville, Md., on Jan. 17, 1950.

He was employed as an accountant with Amtrak for nearly 30 years, working out of Washington, D.C.’s Union Station and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. He resided in those areas before relocating to Harrisonburg to help care for his parents and officially retiring several years later.

He was a comedy and science-fiction enthusiast, as well as a World War II aficionado. He was also an award-winning model kit builder.

On Dec. 29, 1972, he married Sara Corinne Foster, who survives.

He is also survived by a daughter, Catherine “Beth” Schellhorn of Harrisonburg; and sisters, Catherine B. Schellhorn of McGaheysville and Carolyn M. Windmiller of Harrisonburg.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at First Assembly of God Church in Harrisonburg with Pastor Jeff Ferguson and Pastor Trevor Whetzel officiating.

The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. prior to the memorial service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with unexpected final expenses.

Peggy D. Lam

Peggy Dallas Lam, 84, of Shenandoah, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, at Journeys Crossing in Elkton.

She was born Sept. 8, 1932, in Stanley, and was a daughter of the late Patrick Henry Alger and Emma Catherine Dallas Lloyd.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death, in 1985, by her husband, James Harold Lam Sr.; a sister, Doris Painter; a brother, Danny Alger; and a grandson, Jason Lam.

Peggy was a hairstylist and operated out of her home for many years. She retired in 2001 due to declining health.

Peggy had a love for laughter, decorating and the work put into her flower garden. She enjoyed spending time with her dogs and took pride in the importance of being well dressed.

She is survived by her son, James H. Lam Jr. and wife, Carolyn, of Shenandoah; daughter, Terry LeTourneau of Luray; sisters, Dot Cave, Lou Comer, Shirley Thomas, Bonnie Burker, Kathy Cardin and Debbie Breeden; brothers, Fred Alger, Dwight Alger, Randolph Alger, Early Alger, James Alger and Jackie Alger.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, Chris Lam, Robin LeTourneau, Billie Jo Ecroyd and Rachel Dean; 10 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Monday at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at the funeral home chapel with Pastor Travis Hensley officiating.

Burial was at Victory Baptist Church (Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery) in the Comertown area of Shenandoah.

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David A. Winfrey

David A. Winfrey, 74, of Beaverdam, Va. passed away August 6, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Winfrey. He is survived by four sisters.

He was a graduate of Elon College and the University of Virginia.

He was a teacher, principal and director of transportation in Hanover County, as well as a teacher and principal at Shenandoah Elementary School.

In honor of his 11 years of service at Shenandoah Elementary and in celebration of a life well-lived, a memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Shenandoah Elementary School auditorium.

Janet S. Logan

Janet Odelle Shenk Logan, 91 of Luray, passed away Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at Winchester Medical Center.

She was born June 16, 1926, in Luray, and was a daughter of the late Lacurgus W. and Annie Nunn Shenk.

She lived her entire life in the Luray area and was a Luray High School graduate.

She was a member of the Saint Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church in Luray, where she was active in many church activities.

She worked at First National Bank in Luray and retired after 42 years of service.

She also worked at Culpeper High School for a number of years.

On Dec. 4, 1948, she married James Tharpe Logan, who preceded her in death on May 8, 1999.

She is survived by a son, James T. Logan Jr. of Harrisonburg; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Saint Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.

Memorial gifts may be made to Living Legacy, West Luray Recreational Center, P.O. Box 223, Luray, VA 22835.

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