OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Lester S. Mongold


Lester Selvester Mongold, 94, of Timberville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg.

He was born in Petersburg, W.Va., and was a son of the late Charles W. and Carrie E. Ours Mongold.

He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and a life member of the Chimney Rock VFW Post 9660.

He served in World War II in the U.S. Navy aboard the battleship the USS Wisconsin from 1944-45. He earned five battle stars for operations in Leyte, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Japan.

He was a farmer and candled eggs at Neff’s egg house and the Farm Bureau. He worked at Hilltop Hatchery, ShenValley Meat Packers and retired from Dunham-Bush after 20 years service.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and horses.

On July 4, 1981, he married the former Ruth A. Ashenfelter, who survives.

Also surviving are daughters, Mildred Branner of New Market and Betty Lou Mongold of Timberville; sons, Frederick Mongold of Fulks Run and Lester Leafue Mongold of Broadway; a stepdaughter, Gay M. Shifflett of Elkton; a sister, Emma Lahman of Broadway; a brother, Bobby C. Mongold of Blountsville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pastor Kirk Shipley conducted a funeral service Friday, Jan. 8, at the Grandle Funeral Home chapel in Broadway.

Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

Military honors were given by the Chimney Rock VFW Post 9660.

Online condolences may be sent at www.grandlefuneralhome.com.



Frances M. Smith


Frances M. Webster Smith, 93, of Harrisonburg, died Jan. 10, 2016, at Grace Health & Rehab in Stanardsville.

She was born Jan. 13, 1922, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late Jasper and Bertha Mathias Layman.

She retired from claims personal at American Postal Workers Union in Rockville, Md.

In addition to being a member of the APWU, she was also a member of the United Methodist Church.

On Aug. 14, 1941, she married her first husband, Harold L. Webster, who preceded her in death on Nov. 19, 1967.

On Sept. 14, 1976, she married her second husband, James Wood Ford Smith, who preceded her in death on March 9, 1996.

Surviving are sons, Gary Webster of Elkton, Larry Webster of Jessup, Md., Eugene Webster of Laurel, Md., Jimmy Webster of Laurel, Md. and Les Webster of Harrisonburg; brothers, Earl Layman and Gilbert Layman, both of Harrisonburg; sister, Fleta Terry of Hampton; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The Rev. David Burrough conducted a funeral service Tuesday at Grandle Funeral Home Chapel in Broadway. Burial followed at the Dayton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, 1700 Reservoir St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or to the Harrisonburg SPCA, P. O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

Online condolences may be sent at www.grandlefuneral­home.com.



Bessie R. Mitchell


Mrs. Bessie Roletta (Stoneberger) Mitchell, 97, of Brunswick, Md., passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at the home of her daughter, Grace, in Frederick, Md.

Born Oct. 9, 1918, in Stanley, she was a daughter of the late Wilmer and Mary (Dovel) Stoneberger.

Mrs. Mitchell was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She was a member of the New York Hill/New Hope UMC in Brunswick.

She worked at Price Electric in Frederick, the Umbrella Factory in Frederick, Watsons Restaurant in Frederick and cooked the meeting meals for the Petersville Ruritans.

She was also a past president of the Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance Auxiliary.

She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, traveling and loved bluegrass music.

She is survived by her daughters, Dorothy Guarnaccia of Connecticut, Grace Schroyer of Frederick and Gloria Deener of Brunswick; seven grandchildren, one foster grandchild; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great- grandchildren and many stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three husbands, Harvey T. Derflinger (1963), Haze T. Halley (1979) and Arthur T. Mitchell (2001).

The family received friends Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at the John T. Williams Funeral Home in Brunswick, Md., where funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 11. Officiating was Pastor William Carpenter. Interment was at Union Cemetery in Lovettsville, Va.

Memorial donations can be made to either Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, Md.; The New Hope UMC, building fund, 7 S. Maryland Ave, Brunswick, Md., or the Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance Auxiliary.



Marie E. Thomas


Marie Elizabeth Hale Thomas, 86, of Elkton, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016.

She was born Nov. 22, 1929, in Kentucky, and was a daughter of the late Lonnie P. and Bessie Bice Hale and Gertrude King Hale.

She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church in Elkton and retired from Sleepware after 30 years of service.

She enjoyed cooking and feeding family and friends, canning and gardening.

On April 15, 1949, she married Henry Davis Thomas, who preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 1998.

She is survived by daughters, Carolyn Lambert of Grottoes and Donna Dovel of Elkton; a brother, Preston Hale of Richmond; sisters, Shirley Broughton of Sevierville, Tenn. and Yvonne Smith of Georgia; a caregiver like a daughter, Bonnie McDonaldson of Elkton; eight grandchildren; 18 greatgrandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at the Freewill Baptist Church in Elkton with the Rev. Billy King officiating.

Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be sent to the Thomas family by visiting www.kygers.com.



James T. Bell


James (Jimmie) Theron Bell, 86, of McGaheysville, passed away Jan. 8, 2016, at his home.

Jimmie was born in Arlington, Va., on Aug. 8, 1929, and was the son of the late Boyd Annie Bell and Marguerite Deere Bell.

Jimmie lived in the Northern Virginia area for 49 years before moving to the Valley. He graduated from Falls Church High School in 1948.

On June 15, 1958, he married Thelma Ann Dean of McGaheysville. She was the daughter of the late Theodore (Joe) Dean and Beulah Ashenfelter Dean.

Jimmie was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 17 years before coming to Merck and Co. in 1978 and retired from Merck in August 1990.

Jimmie was an Army veteran and served in the Korean War from April 1952 until February 1953.

He attended and was active in Elkton Pentecostal Church until his health declined.

Besides his mother and father, he is preceded in death by brothers, Boyd Bell, Tom Bell and Joe Bell, and sisters, Jane Flynt and Marguerite Crigler.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Thelma; son, James Arthur Bell and wife, Terry, of McGaheysville; grandson, James Aaron Bell and wife, Ashley, of Shenandoah; stepgranddaughters, Kim and Shannon Myers; great-grandson, Connar Bell; and stepgreat-granddaughter, Nevaeh Puffenbarger.

The family received friends at the Elkton Pentecostal Church on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. Pastor Travis Hensley and the Rev. Harold Kephart conducted the funeral service Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the church.

Burial followed at Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville with military rites by the Virginia Army National Guard Honor Guard. Friends may call the family home at anytime.

Arrangements were handled by Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at P. O. Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675. – Paid obituary



Jay H. Morris


Jay Hugh Morris, 69, of Harrisonburg, passed away Jan. 7, 2016, at his home.

He was born Jan. 16, 1946, in Augusta County, to the late James Clifton and Delia Garrison Morris.

He worked in the poultry industry for many years.

He was a lifelong resident of the Shenandoah Valley. He loved Elvis and the Yankees, and was known for his witty sense of humor.

Surviving are his companion of 20 years, Helen Harrak of Harrisonburg; a son, Michael Morris of Roanoke; a brother, Claude Morris of Grottoes; and a sister, Peggy Huffman of Staunton.

A celebration of life was conducted Jan. 10, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

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



William R. Judd


William “Bill” Robin Judd, 68, of Elkton passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016.

He was born July 14, 1947, in Washington, D.C.

He was a son of the late Benjamin and Eva Judd. He grew up in Arlington, Va..

He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of several veterans organizations.

He was employed for more than 30 years with the federal government and later with Lockheed Martin and SAIC.

Visitation was held Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Following the visitation, the family gathered at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church social hall in Elkton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hahn Cancer Center; 2008 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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



Bonnie S. Comer


Bonnie Sue Grimsley Comer, 65, a lifelong resident of Shenandoah, passed away on Sunday morning, Jan. 10, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born on Dec. 21, 1950, in Page County, and was a daughter of the late Doris Jean Grimsley.

She graduated from Page County High School in 1968.

She was employed with Avtex Fibers in Front Royal for 21 years and worked at the Alma Poultry Plant and retired after five years.

She was a member of the New Life Gospel Church.

On Feb. 10, 2001, she married Allen K. Comer, who survives. She is also survived by a son, Travis A. Grimsley of Shenandoah; a stepdaughter, Jenny Mae Comer of Elkton; two sisters, Juanita M. Meadows of Elkton and Della Grimsley of Shenandoah; a brother, Dannie Lynn Grimsley of Shenandoah; and a granddaughter.

She enjoyed all family dinners, the Avtex picnic, chatting on Facebook and cheering for the Washington Redskins.

Friends and family may call at the Lindsey-Kyger Funeral Home in Shenandoah on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, from noon to 6 p. m.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at New Life Gospel Church with Pastors Jim Kite and Carter Dean officiating. Burial will be at Sam Comer Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Shenandoah Rescue Squad and Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Department.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.lindseykygerfuneralhome.com.



Jerry L. Lam


Jerry Lee Lam, 65, of Elkton, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at his home.

He was born Jan. 27, 1950, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Leonard Allen Lam and Norma Jean Meadows.

He retired from Beam Brothers Trucking, where he was employed for more than 10 years. He also hauled water for more than 45 years all over the area.

He enjoyed sitting on his front porch listening to bluegrass music and also attending bluegrass festivals.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Jane Lam; daughter, Melissa Hutchinson; and a grandson.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Brad Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kyger Funeral Home to help with unexpected funeral expenses.

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



Mary C. Smith


Mary Catherine (Royer) Smith, 87, of Bridgewater, passed away Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born in Rockingham County, on Nov. 28, 1928, and was a daughter of the late Charles Menafee and Ollie Margarette (Morris) Royer.

She was the owner and operator of Mary K Ceramics in Harrisonburg. She was a member of Sunrise Church of the Brethren.

On June 8, 1948, she was united in marriage to John Ellis Smith, who preceded her in death on Feb. 25, 2005.

Surviving are three children, Mary Ann Myers of Staunton, Carroll Ellis Smith of Powhatan and Steve Smith of Cross Keys; a sister, Janet Via of Grottoes; six grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Lantz Chapel of the Bridgewater Retirement Community at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, with the Rev. Richard Wehrle and the Rev. J.D. Glick officiating.

Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

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



Kevin D. Bragg


Kevin Dirk Bragg, 50, passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at his residence in McGaheysville.

He was born in Harrisonburg, on March 19, 1965, to the late William and Rebecca Harper Bragg.

He was a member of Mount Olive Brethren Church in McGaheysville.

He graduated from Spotswood High School in 1983 and was employed at R.R. Donnelley for 28 years.

Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Dorothy “Star” Starlene Kennedy Bragg; a son, Michael Bragg of Weyers Cave; a daughter, Amber Bragg of Charlottesville; a granddaughter; and a brother, Jim Sinnit.

The Rev. Dr. Frederic Miller conducted a funeral service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at Mount Olive Brethren Church in McGaheysville.

Interment followed the service and was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Olive Brethren Church, 2977 Pineville Rd., McGaheysville, VA 22840.

Condolences are welcome at www.kygers.com.


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