OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Justin L. Dovel


Justin Lee Dovel, 89, of Elkton, passed away Thursday, Nov, 2, 2017, at the home of his daughter, Pearline Good.

He was born April 13, 1928, in the Humes Run area of Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Ervin Lee and Joan Elzy Lam Dovel.

On April, 13, 1946, he married Leila Virginia Lam Dovel, who passed away Sept. 4, 2012.

He was a member of the Elkton Pentecostal Church and took care of his wife for many years.

His love was cracking black walnuts and growing vegetables, which he shared throughout the community.

Many days he could be found fishing at Lake Shenandoah or Massanutten.

He worked for VDOT for a number of years and owned and operated a dairy farm in McGaheysville and Mount Crawford for many years before retiring.

He is survived by his children, Pearline Good of Elkton, Donnie Dovel of Fort Defiance and Debra Seal of Elkton; a special niece raised in the home, Judy Carper of Gaston, S.C.; siblings, Hilda Plum of Elkton, Hazel McAlister and Phyllis Slye, both of Shenandoah, Dorthy Wyant of Elkton, and Isaac Dovel, Ernest Dovel, Robert Dovel and Olen Dovel, all of Elkton; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton. Friends may also call at the home of his daughter, Pearline, at any time.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Jim Bebber officiating. Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Program for Aging Services, 975 S. High St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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



Gary L. Dean


Gary Lee “Pumpkin” Dean, 63, of Shenandoah, passed away Oct. 31, 2017.

He was born Feb. 26, 1954, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of Lois Comer Herring and her husband, George, of Elkton and the late Delmer Dean.

He was a lifelong resident of Page and Rockingham counties and enjoyed hunting, fishing and NASCAR.

He is also survived by a son, Jason Dean of Elkton; a daughter, Courtney Dean of Shenandoah; two grandchildren; two sisters, Debra Meadows and Vicky Hensley, both of Elkton; a brother, Ricky Dean of McGaheysville; and a companion, Ann Dean of Shenandoah.

A graveside service was held Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at McAlister Cemetery with Pastor Carter Dean officiating.

Lindsey-Kyger Funeral Home is handling arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseykygerfuneralhome.com.



Nellie Cubbage


Nellie “Pat” (Hill) Cubbage, 82, of Stanley, passed away Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at her home.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Stanley Baptist Church, where the service will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m.

Burial will be at the Cubbage Family Cemetery in Stanley.

Arrangements are by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.



David L. Bell


David Lee “Boomer” Bell, 44, of Stanley, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg following a brief illness.

He was born Nov. 18, 1972, in Page County, and was a son of the late Buford Earl Jr. and Dorothy Jean Turner Bell.

He was employed at Wrangler in Luray for 23 years.

In his spare time, he liked playing cards with friends, attending the Charles Town horse races and walking his dog on the greenway.

He is survived by his two sons, Dalton Bell and Gunnur Bell; three brothers, Bobby Bell, John Bell and James Bell; and four sisters, Norma Addison, Ann Breeden, Becky Bell and Susan Clark.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Stanley Seventh- day Adventist Church with Elder Roy Campbell offi ciating.

Burial was private.

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



William H. Rodeffer Jr.


William “Willie” Howard Rodeffer Jr., 63, of Rockingham County, passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born July 28, 1954, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Rev. William Howard Sr. and Minnie Shores Rodeffer.

He was a 1972 graduate of Montevideo High School and a 1976 graduate of the University of Virginia.

A retired painting contractor, he was known to many for his sense of humor and kindness.

He was a member of Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, where he served as youth leader, teacher, deacon and treasurer.

On Oct. 18, 1980, he was united in marriage to Susan Newman Rodeffer, who survives.

He is also survived by their daughters, Danielle Rodeffer and Brianna Burton; two grandsons; sisters, Janice Tusing and Linda Shifflett; and his brothers, Charles Rodeffer, Gary Rodeffer and John Rodeffer.

A celebration of his life will be conducted Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at 7 p.m., at Mill Creek Church of the Brethren with the Revs. Robbie Miller and Glenn Bollinger officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sentara RMH Hahn Cancer Center, 2008 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or Brethren Disaster Relief, c/o Shenandoah District Office, P. O. Box 67, Weyers Cave, VA 24486.

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



Roberta L. Grass


Roberta Lou Grass, 68, of Elkton and formerly of Daytona Beach, Fla., passed away, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.

She was born July 15, 1949, in West Virginia, a daughter of the late Theda and John Hollen.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Grass, and four siblings.

She is survived by her daughter, Tracy Unnerstall and husband, Chris, of McGaheysville; a granddaughter, Madison Unnerstall; three brothers and two sisters.

The family will commemorate her life privately.

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



Harry D. Alger


Harry ”Bucky” D. Alger, 72, of Shenandoah, passed away, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at his home.

He was born Sept. 4, 1945, and was a son of the late Harry and Betty Alger.

He moved from Front Royal to Shenandoah, where he lived for 18 years.

He owned and operated Union Roofing for a number of years and worked in construction.

He enjoyed playing the guitar, watching NASCAR including Tony Stewart and Rusty Wallace, and was a Redskins fan.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; stepdaughter, Christine Hoskins of Annapolis, Md.; sisters, Mary Ann Baggstrom of Blowing Rock, N.C. and Connie Kasadoy of South Carolina; and four stepgrandchildren.

Services were private.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Edna M. Cook


Edna Margaret (Wright) Cook, 89, of Bridgewater, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 1, 1928, a daughter of the late Edward E. and Cora Alice (Craun) Wright.

She worked at numerous places, retiring from Evers. She was very active in crafts for more than 20 years, loved going to craft shows and enjoyed flowers, especially geraniums.

She was a member of Briery Branch Church of the Brethren.

She was united in marriage, on Nov. 18, 1945, to Alvin Oakley “Oak” Cook, who preceded her in death on Feb. 8, 1985.

Surviving are four children, Judy Grove of Mount Sidney, Wayne Cook and Jerry Cook, both of Grottoes, and Carl Cook of Gainesville, Fla.; two sisters, Mary Knott of Harrisonburg and Alma Gallego of Arlington; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Briery Branch Church of the Brethren Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, with Pastor Randy Cosner officiating. Burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Johnson Funeral Service, P.O. Box 41, Bridgewater, VA 22812, to help with funeral expenses.

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



Naomi V. Showalter


Naomi Virginia Showalter, 94, of Rockingham, passed away Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born in Dayton, on May 29, 1923, and was a daughter of the late Sadie O. (Barnhart) and William Jacob Shank.

She worked at the Duplan Corp. in Grottoes and at American Safety Razor for a number of years.

She was a member of Dayton United Methodist Church. She loved her family and friends, gardening, and enjoyed her flowers.

On Dec. 18, 1948, she was united in marriage to John “ Jake” William Showalter, who preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 1995.

She is survived by a daughter, Yvonne Lambert, and a son, Keith Showalter, both of Mount Sidney; two stepgrandchildren; and 13 stepgreat- grandchildren.

A graveside service was conducted Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at Dayton Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at 7 p.m., at the Dayton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bruce Carper and the Rev. Alda Gunn officiating.

Friends may call at the home of her daughter and following the memorial service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, P. O. Box 937, Verona, VA 24482.

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



Margaret E. Lambert


Margaret Elizabeth Lambert, 93, of Bridgewater, passed away Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.

She was born in Stokesville, on Jan. 7, 1924, and was a daughter of the late Mary J. and George F. Knott.

She worked as a seamstress and home health nurse and attended Landmark Tabernacle Church in McGaheysville.

On July 1, 1944, she was united in marriage to Ervin Delmar Lambert, who preceded her in death on May 4, 2008.

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Rexrode of Rockingham and Patsy Powell of Hinton; two sons, Delmar Lambert of Staunton and Jerry Lambert of Mechanicsville; two sisters, Pearl Berry of Bridgewater and Sarah Gooden of McGaheysville; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

A funeral service was conducted Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at Landmark Tabernacle Church in McGaheysville with Pastor Tony Dovel officiating.

Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery in Bridgewater.

Memorial contributions may be made to Woodland Park Fund, 1340 Woodland Park Circle, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

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




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