OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Earl J. Price Sr.


Earl Jefferson “George” Price Sr., 81, a lifelong resident of Shenandoah, passed away Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.

He was born Jan. 5, 1936, in Shenandoah, a son of the late William “Bogus” Preston and Edna Florence Grimsley Price.

In February 2016, he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior.

He was an employee with IBEW for 30 years, before retiring in 1999.

He was a former member of the Shenandoah Moose Lodge and Eagles. He loved all sports, enjoyed playing pool and cards and listening to bluegrass music.

He was a member of the Mount Lebanon CCC Church.

He is survived by his best friend and companion, Sonya Wheeler of Shenandoah; four sons, Earl “Jeff” Price Jr. of Shenandoah, David Wayne Price of Springfield, Mo., and Gary Scott Price and Preston “Jaybird” Price, both of Shenandoah; two daughters, Patricia “Sisann” Ann Cubbage of Penn Laird and Brenda Wright of Shenandoah; seven stepchildren, Steven Wheeler of Raphine, Dennis and Jeremy Wheeler of Shenandoah, Tonya Mick of Timberville, Michael Wheeler and Kristen Campbell, both of Stanley, Sean Wheeler of Shenandoah, Dale Good of Luray and Kay McDaniel of Stanley; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Hazel Comer of Shenandoah.

The family received friends Friday, Sept. 22, at Mount Lebanon CCC Church. A funeral was held Saturday, Sept. 23, at the church with the Rev. Jim Martin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Mount Lebanon CCC Church, 1030 Comertown Rd., Shenandoah, VA 22849.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseykygerfuneralhome.com.



Ward D. McDonald


Ward David McDonald, 75, of Fishersville, passed away Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at Augusta Health.

Born Dec. 3, 1941, in Elkton, he was a son of the late Lurtie David and Edith (Life) McDonald.

He attended Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, Stuarts Draft.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed with DuPont, where he worked in the maintenance department for 38 years.

He was an avid sports fan, enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and listening to political radio.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Marie McDonald.

Survivors include his children, Sherry Mayo of Fishersville, Norman McDonald of Fishersville and Ward H. McDonald of Staunton; six grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; and his siblings, Roland D. McDonald of McGaheysville and Gloria McDonald Meyers of Harrisonburg.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene in Stuarts Draft with Pastor Charles Perkins officiating. Burial followed in Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville.

Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, 2348 Tinkling Spring Rd., Stuarts Draft, VA 24477.

Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.



W.C. Good


W.C. “Man” Good, 79, of Elkton, peacefully passed away with his family by his side, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at his home.

He was born Oct. 12, 1937, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Wilmer Jasper “Jack” and Addie “Grandma Jack” Breeden Good.

He was employed at DuPont for more than 35 years before retiring in 1996.

After retirement, he spent time on his farm, hunting, trout fishing with friends, butchering and enjoying the outdoors.

He was a member of the Elkton Pentecostal Church and was the former commissioner of the Valley League Baseball.

He is survived by his wife, Pearline Dovel Good, whom he married July 28, 1984.

He is also survived by his three daughters, Kitty Lynn Morris, Sandy Bebber and Lisa Adldoost; seven grandchildren; four great-grandsons; and two sisters, Delores Frazier and Betty Campbell.

The family received friends Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, at the Elkton Pentecostal Church.

A funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at the Elkton Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Travis Hensley and the Rev. James Bebber officiating.

Burial followed the funeral and was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

Friends may visit the home of Pearline at any time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sentara Hospice, 2000 Beery Rd., Harrisonburg VA 22801.

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



Willard E. Dean


Willard Elijah Dean, 88, of Elkton, passed away Sept. 23, 2017, at Envoy of Staunton.

He was born March 15, 1929, in Greene County, and was a son of the late Elijah and Dorothy Shifflett Dean.

On June 8, 1953, he married Anna Mae Lam Dean, who preceded him in death on July 24, 2011.

He proudly served in the U. S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and was an avid hunter.

He was the overseer at the Dean Mountain Cemetery for many years and organized the installation of the flagpole in the cemetery.

He was a carpenter by trade with Union No. 388 and worked at North Anna for many years.

He is survived by sons, Ed Dean of Elkton, Gary Dean of Stanley and Forrest Dean of Elkton; a daughter, Teresa Lynn Dean of Elkton; brother, Junious Dean of Harrisonburg; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton with Pastor Carter Dean officiating.

Burial will follow the funeral service and be in the Dean Mountain Cemetery in the Shenandoah National Park.

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

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



Virginia J. Wamsley


Virginia June “Ginny” Wamsley, 80, of Shenandoah, passed away Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.

She was born March 25, 1937, in Plain City, Ohio, and was a daughter of the late Herbert Cecil Arthur and Emma Colletta Lindsay Arthur.

She married James “Paul” Wamsley, who survives, on Dec. 31, 1973.

Together, they played many music venues throughout California and the Pacific Northwest, as well as the Florida Keys, Texas and Virginia.

Throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, she was both a homemaker and a talented business woman, having owned several restaurants, obtaining her cosmetology license, working in the credit industry, as well as working with her husband in the pawn business.

She was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

When they retired from the pawn business in Newport News and moved to Shenandoah in October 2012, they wanted to spend their time giving to others. So in 2013, the Wamsleys became registered therapy dog handlers.

At the time she passed away, she had brought smiles to more than 4,000 patients in various hospitals, nursing homes and senior centers in the Page County area with her beloved dog, “Jubilee.”

She is survivied by her daughters, Debra O’Connor and Reva Watts; sons, Bradley Stevens and James Wamsley; brothers, Dick Arthur and Charles “Buddy” Arthur; sisters, Erma Jean Swearingen and Kay Powellson; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a local Humane Society.

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



Virginia D. Gilmer


Virginia Dawson Gilmer grew up in Chevy Chase, Md., a suburb of Washington, D.C., and attended schools in Washington, including Western High School and George Washington U., where she majored in sociology.

After graduation, she served as a social worker in the Social Service League of Montgomery County, Md. until her marriage, in 1942, to her high school sweetheart, John Bentley Gilmer.

During World War II, she was able to remain with her husband while he served as a Coast Guard officer in Fernandina, Fla. and Charleston, S.C. When he was assigned to service in the Aleutian Islands, like many war wives, she returned to her parents’ home.

After the war ended, the Gilmers moved to McLean, Va. with two small children.

John Gilmer worked mainly with the Department of Agriculture. In 1961, Virginia began working, for more than 30 years, for the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf in Washington, which advocated oral education for deaf children.

In 1992, the Gilmers moved to Vinson Hall in McLean, a residence for retired military officers.

John Gilmer died in 1995 and in 2008, Virginia moved to Park Place in VMRC in Harrisonburg.

Her son, George, and his wife, Connie, live in Elkton and her daughter, Virginia, teaches lyre music to children in Kings Langley, near London, England.

She is also survived by one brother, Grail Dawson of Mendocino, Calif.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

n lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Woodland Park Green House Fund of VMRC, 1491 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, in the Detwiler Auditorium at VMRC.

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



Eva F. Kyger


Eva Florence Lam Kyger, 88, of Mount Crawford, passed away Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at her home after a long battle with cancer.

She was born May 15, 1929, in Elkton, and was a daughter of the late Cletus and Pauline Cubbage Lam.

On April 13, 1946, she married James Edward Kyger, who preceded her in death after 68 years of marriage.

She was a founding member of the Elkton Seventh-day Adventist Church, where she remained a faithful member until her passing.

She lived in Elkton and McGaheysville before moving to Mount Crawford 13 years ago.

While living in Elkton, she and her husband, James Edward Kyger, owned and operated a store in Newtown and another store on U.S. 340 (The Rock Store). She worked for several businesses before her retirement.

She was an avid gardener and loved her flowers.

She is survived by a son, Charles Kyger; a daughter, Carol Morral; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Julia Merica of McGaheysville.

The family received friends Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton. Friends and family may also call at her home at anytime.

Pastor Roger Mace and Pastor Richard Coston led the funeral at Elkton Seventh-day Adventist Church on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Burial was at Elk Run Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkton Seventh-day Adventist Church Building Fund, 20995 Blue and Gold Drive, Elkton, VA 22827.

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



Thelma M. Cash


Thelma Mae “Granny” Cash, 94, passed away recently.

She was an avid Chris tian and a member of the Ray of Hope Church in Harrisonburg for many years.

She was a daughter of the late Stuart and Rosie Morris of Grottoes.

On May 27, 1940, she was united in marriage to Harry T. Cash, who preceded her in death in July 1975.

She is survived by a a son, Melvin “Pete” Cash of Bridgewater; a daughter, Elnora Skidmore Carpenter of Staunton; a brother, Ben Morris of Danville; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson.

The family received friends Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater with pastors James Kite and Chaplain David Kite officiating.

Burial will follow the funeral service and be held at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Johnson Funeral Service to aid in burial expenses.

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



Randell L. Comer


Randell L. Comer, 82, of Arnold, Md., passed away Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

He was a son of William Russell Comer and Virginia Comer.

He attended Shenandoah High School, graduated in the Class of 1955 and helping it win the state basketball championship. He was an Army veteran and held the rank of sergeant.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Comer; a daughter, Bridget Miciche; and two grandsons.

Family and friends may visit Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Barranco & Sons, P.A., Severna Park Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at 1 p.m., in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at the Maryland Veteran Cemetery in Crownsville, 1122 Sunrise Beach Rd., Crownsville.

Online condolences may be made at www.barrancofuneralhome.com.



Robert F. Parker Jr.


Robert “Rob” Frances Parker Jr., 65, of Grottoes, passed away Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Keene, N.H., on April 17, 1952, and was a son of the late Pauline (Pinkham) and Robert Frances Parker Sr.

He worked for Super 8 in New Market and was a member of Life Harvest Church in Verona.

On Sept. 24, 1989, he was united in marriage to Michele (Lavoie) Parker, who survives.

He is also survived by three daughters, Alison Myers of Englewood, Fla., Heidi Sedler of Montana and Robin Johnson of Grottoes; a son, Michael Parker of Grottoes; three sisters, Sharon Perry, Ellen Rhodes and Coralee Tessier, all of New Hampshire; two brothers, Roy Parker of Manassas and Dale Parker of Vermont; and eight grandchildren.

The family received friends from 6 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.

Condolences may be sent at www.johnsonfs.com.



Russell C. Stroop


Russell Charles Stroop, 88, of Keezletown, passed away Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Avante Nursing Home.

He was born June 9, 1929, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Lester and Rebecca Griffith Stroop.

He was employed by Metro Pants, H.D. Lee and retired from Sancar.

Surviving are two sons, Rodney Stroop of Keezletown and Eddie Stroop of Florida; his siblings, Ruel Lee Stroop and Maxine Perry, both of Harrisonburg; and numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens with Sandra Cave officiating.

There was no formal visitation.

However, friends were received at the funeral home on Monday.

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



Samuel J. Flook


Samuel Jarrels “Sam” Flook, 63, a lifelong resident of Harrisonburg, passed away Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at his home after an 18-month battle with kidney cancer.

He was born March 8, 1954, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Samuel Walton and Mary Frances (Jarrels) Flook.

He was an alumnus of Broadway High School, James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University.

He retired, in 2013, from Merck & Co., where he worked for more than 30 years. He started as an operator before becoming a supervisor and later was a senior automation engineer and a telecommunications specialist.

In his retirement, he also worked as a consultant for Merck, Rockingham County Schools and Dick Myers Auto Group.

He was a former member of the Fellowship United Methodist Church and Linville United Methodist Church, and was most recently a member of the Mill Creek Church of the Brethren.

On April 10, 1976, Sam married the former Connie Sue Ritter, who survives.

He and his wife were proud supporters of JMU athletics and held season tickets to both the football and basketball teams from 1975 to the present.

He is also survived by two children, Jennifer Hansen of Coral Springs, Fla. and Christian Flook of Fairfax; and a grandson.

A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 3 p.m., at Mill Creek Church of the Brethren with Pastor Glenn Bollinger officiating.

His body was cremated, and burial will be held privately at Fellowship United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends now in their home and following the service on Oct. 8.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mill Creek Church of the Brethren in support of a new picnic shelter, 7600 Port Republic Road, Port Republic, VA 24471, or to Weekday Religious Education, 204 E. Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 1866 E. Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Arrangements are entrusted to McMullen Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared by visiting www.mcmullenfh.com.





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