OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Norval E. Fisher


Norval Eldon Dean Fishel, 86, of Broadway, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at Avante at Harrisonburg.

He was born Feb. 5, 1931, in Lost City, W.Va., to the late Bessie Evelyn Fishel Stewart.

He was a farmer for 26 years. He had worked at Brown and Root Construction and at DuPont in Waynesboro for 18 years. He was a carpenter and a handyman and loved farming, gardening, fishing, hunting, woodworking and traveling.

He was a member of Linville United Methodist Church, an honorary member of Linville-Edom Ruritans and a member of Recycled Teenagers.

On Aug. 22, 1951, he married the former Della Pauline Whetzel, who preceded him in death on Feb. 22, 2000. In 2002, he married the former Janice Fishback, who preceded him in death on April 21, 2003.

Surviving are three sons, Gary Fishel of Mount Solon, Mervin Fishel of Grottoes and Tim Fishel of Mount Crawford; two daughters, Evelyn DeSarno of Grottoes and Bernice Hedrick of Port Republic; one sister, Juanita Stepp of Singers Glen; special friend, Arletta Mae Clutteur of Broadway; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Brian Posey led a funeral service Friday, Oct. 13, at the Grandle Funeral Home Chapel in Broadway.

Burial was at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Linville-Edom Ruritans, 3752 Linville Edom Rd., Linville, VA 22834, Linville United Methodist Church, 5180 Kratzer Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802, or Sentara Hospice, 2000 Beery Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.grandlefuneralhome.com.



Elda D. Kibler


Elda Nadine Dove Kibler, 89, of Harrisonburg, passed away Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born Sept. 3, 1928, in Fort Seybert, W.Va., and was a daughter of the late Rev. John Luther and Ada Ester Siever Dove.

She most recently attended Bethel-Keezletown Church of the Brethren.

On Jan. 20, 1951, she married Melvin “Gene” Kibler, who preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 2003.

Surviving are her children, Carol Kibler Smith of Keezletown, Dale Kibler of Harrisonburg and Tammy Kibler Harper of Fulks Run; siblings, Alvin Dove, Ivy Mitchell and Ruth Boyers; and five grandchildren.

Pastor William Staton conducted a funeral service Tuesday at Bethel-Keezletown Church of the Brethren.

Burial was at New Hope Cemetery.

The family received friends Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of fl owers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel-Keezletown Church of the Brethren, 3061 Armentrout Path, Keezletown, VA 22832.

Those wishing to leave an online condolence to the family may do so by visiting www.mcmullenfh.com.



John W. Fitzwater


John “Bubby” William Fitzwater, 85, of Dayton, passed away Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at his home.

He was born June 19, 1932, in Timberville, and was a son of the late John C. and Nannie Lillian Feddon Fitzwater.

He was a lifelong resident of the Valley.

He was employed at Rocco Poultry Plant and was an S.I.A. security guard.

An avid hunter and fisherman, he enjoyed cooking for family, with bread being his specialty, and he always grew a good garden.

On March 27, 1959, he married Carolyn Lee Sites Fitzwater, who survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John W. Fitzwater III of West Virginia and Mark L. Fitzwater of Dayton; a daughter, Rebecca A. Wiggins of Harrisonburg; two brothers, Richard Alvin Fitzwater of Harrisonburg and Gene Franklin Fitzwater of Grottoes; a sister, Josie Scott of Harrisonburg; a half-sister, Lisa Chittum of Harrisonburg; 10 grandchildren; and 24 great- grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Pastor Jimmy Kite officiating. Interment will follow at Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at the funeral home.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Robert B. Butts


Robert “Bob” Bowman Butts, 67, of Penn Laird, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

Mr. Butts was born June 22, 1950, in Detroit, Mich., and was a son of Margaret Ritchie Pence and the late Robert E. Butts.

He moved to Rockingham County in 1995 after living in Staunton for 14 years. He was employed with E&M Auto Paint Supply in Staunton, Waynesboro and Harrisonburg as a supervisor until 2000. He then owned and operated Car Magic By Details and, at the time of his death, owned Auto Detail.

He was a member of Cherryvale UMC in Staunton.

Being an animal advocate, he took care of many feral cats in the area, many of which he thought of as his children.

He enjoyed golfing, bowling, was a Life Master Bridge player and was an avid UNC Tar Heels basketball fan.

On April 5, 1975, he married Carol Whitmore Butts, who survives.

In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by two brothers, James K. Butts of Boerne, Texas and E. Franklin Pence of Carrollton, Ga.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cat’s Cradle, 128 W. Market St., Suite 102, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Randall E. Hartley


Randall “Randy” Edward Hartley, 70, of Stanardsville, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at his home.

He was born March 18, 1947, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Edgar Hartley and Lavinia Young Hartley.

He graduated from Elkton High School in 1965 and Newport News Apprentice School in 1970.

He was employed at Sullivan Mechanical for many years and was most recently employed at the ABC Store in Ruckersville.

He was a member of Massanutten Hunting Club.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie Hareford Hartley; three children, Carrie Comer and Randy Hartley, both of Elkton, and Hannah Hartley of Stanardsville; a stepson, William Adams of Winchester; siblings, Lou Ann Shifflett, Linda Layman and Rodney Hartley, all of Elkton; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday, Oct. 13, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with the Rev. L.J. “Dickie” Campbell Jr. officiating. Burial was at McCoy Family Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elkton Alumni Association, 923 River Rd., Elkton, VA 22827.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Gabriel B. Reeves


Gabriel Brian Reeves, infant son of Thomas Reeves and Gabriella Lopez of Harrisonburg, passed away Oct. 14, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

He is also survived by great-grandparents, Nancy Hildebrand of Denton, Md., Gladys Hedrick of Bridgewater, Pedro Lopez and Elijah Beltran of Mexico and Raul and Carol Cortez of Timberville; and his grandparents, Kristina and Ronald Hedrick of Rockingham County, Kenneth Reeves of Harrisonburg, Candice Fernandes of Roanoke and Jorge Lopez of Martinsburg, W.Va.

The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A funeral will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the funeral home chapel in Harrisonburg.

Interment will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the March of Dimes, 1275 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605.



Walter A. Campbell


Walter “ Walt” A. Campbell, 79, of Broadway, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

He was born Oct. 6, 1938, in the Timberville area, and was a son of the late Fred Melvin and Daisy Marie Strawderman Campbell.

He was one of the first employees at Walker Manufacturing in Harrisonburg, retiring after 40 years of service as a maintenance supervisor. He co-owned Preventative Maintenance Center, an automotive repair shop in Timberville.

He was known at Eastside Speedway in Waynesboro, where he never missed a race and could always be found as “Mr. Maverick.”

He had a huge passion for and loved animals.

He is survived by his wife, Norma W. Campbell; daughter, Mitzi A. Campbell; stepdaughter, Johnna Chandler; stepson, Keith R. Halterman; brother, Ricky A. Campbell; sister, Genevieve F. Flick; and three stepgrandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rockingham- Harrisonburg SPCA, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, VA 22803, or www. rhspca.org/donate.html in his honor.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Geanna Scott-Flax


Geanna Scott-Flax, 66, of Elkton, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born June 24, 1951, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late Paul Nelson and Selena Brown Scott.

She was previously employed in health care and more recently with Rockingham County Public Schools in the transportation department.

She loved being together with family and friends, especially while cooking.

She is survived by a daughter, Precious D. Scott; and her sisters, Karyn Henri Pettaway of Maryland and Vicki Jackson of Boston.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg.

Burial will be private at Newtown Cemetery in Harrisonburg.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Harry R. Bowers


Harry Richard “Fuzz” Bowers, 91, of Harrisonburg, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, at Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born April 10, 1926, in Dayton, Ohio, and was a son of the late Wilmer and Clara Bowers.

He graduated in 1944 from Harrisonburg High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He was considered by many to be the best athlete ever to graduate from Harrisonburg High School.

After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army and was a veteran of overseas duty during World War II.

In 1946, he was discharged and came back and attended Shenandoah College in Dayton, playing basketball and baseball.

In the fall of 1947, he was awarded a full scholarship to Wake Forest University for basketball as well as baseball, later transferring to Bridgewater College and playing sports there as well.

When he graduated from Bridgewater, he went to work for Merck and Co. for four years before taking his first coaching position in 1957 at Broadway High School.

He was the head basketball coach and also assisted in coaching the football team.

In 1963, he became head basketball coach at Harrisonburg High School, leaving in 1966 and going to work for Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Department as the first athletic director, retiring in 1981. He is in the Hall of Fame at Harrisonburg High School, Bridgewater College and Broadway High School.

In 1981, he married Betty Dovel Bowers, who survives. Also surviving are two stepsons, Charles Stover and Douglas Stover; a stepdaughter, Jacklyn Daugherty; four stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and three brothers, Donnie Bowers, William Bowers and Charles Bowers.

Honoring his wishes, his body was cremated and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Victory Fellowship Church in Dayton with Sonny Henkel officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made in his honor to a charity of your choice.

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





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