Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Millard G. Wright

Millard Grove Wright, 84, of Weyers Cave, passed away Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at Harrisonburg Health & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Dec. 19, 1931, and was a son of the late Leta (Cline) and Paul Wright.

He graduated from Weyers Cave High School, Class of 1949, and from Valley Vo-Tech with a business degree in 1950.

He was a deacon at Pleasant Valley Church and served as treasurer for a number of years.

He and his brother owned and operated a dairy farm in Weyers Cave.

He enjoyed serving on various agriculture related boards and committees.

After retiring from the dairy, he worked at Harrisonburg Auto Auction.

On March 19, 1954, he was united in marriage to Ruth (Wade) Wright, who survives.

He is also survived by two daughters, Susan Thompson of Waynesboro and Jenny Andes of Grottoes; two sisters, Dorothy Wampler of Mount Sidney and Helen Shiflet of Fort Defiance; a brother, Nelson Wright of Weyers Cave; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service was conducted Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, at Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren in Weyers Cave with Pastor Ron Wyrick officiating.

Burial was private.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

John S. Tennies

John Snyder Tennies, 77, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016.

He was born May 21, 1938, in Williford, Ark., to the late DeForest U. Tennies Sr. and Amanda Waggoner Tennies.

The family moved back to New York in 1941. Following his high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served six years of active duty and nine years in the Army Reserve.

He moved to Virginia in 1981 and worked at Camp Overlook as maintenance director from 1982 until his retirement in 2000.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Joyce McCulley Tennies; daughter, Debra Braswell of Ray City, Ga.; stepchildren, Mary Brown of Kingsville, Ohio, Melissa Bloom of Erie, Pa., Edna Saul of Chesterfield, Ronald Anderson of Amelia, Melody Shaw and Dianna Siever of Shenandoah and Julie David of Buckingham; a foster son, Shawn Shifflett; 17 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and foster children; brothers, the Rev. DeForest Tennies Jr. of East Randolph, N.Y. and Glenn Tennies of Lodi, Calif.; and one sister, Ella Broscious of Grottoes.

A celebration of life service is scheduled for May 22, 2016, at 3 p.m., at Glovier Chapel, Camp Overlook, 3014 Camp Overlook Lane, Keezletown, VA 22832.

Memorial donations may be made to Camp Overlook or Someone Cares Ministries, c/o Faith Lighthouse Chapel, 104 Jamestown Road, Randolph, NY 14772.

Condolences may be sent at

Pamela B. Compton

Pamela Baker Compton, 64, died Jan. 13, 2016, at Sunnyside Communities in Harrisonburg.

Born July 7, 1951, she was a daughter of Harold R. and Dorothy Baker and grew up in Newtown Square, Pa.

She graduated with a bachelor’s in education from Shippensburg College.

She obtained a master’s in education from Temple University.

Upon graduation, she taught in Vermont and Pennsylvania before relocating to Virginia.

She spent the last 19 years of her 30-year teaching career at Bonnie Brae Elementary School in Fairfax.

She loved to read, to do cross stitch and to play with her dog.

She helped students learn to read during her retirement years at Peak View Elementary School.

She was a member of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, William E. Compton Jr.; a son, Michael Compton; a daughter, Kathy Bollen; two grandsons; and her sisters, Susan Baker Seamon of Laguna Niguel, Calif. and Joanie Wylie of Wayne, Pa.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 30, at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church. The Rev. Robert F. Humphrey and the Rev. Brett M. Davis officiated.

Memorial donations may be made to Bonnie Brae Elementary School, 5420 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA 22032, to purchase new library books or to the Sunnyside Fellowship Fund, 3935 Sunnyside Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Bessie L. Wright

Bessie Lee Wright, 77, of Shenandoah, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, at Avante.

She was born Jan. 30, 1938, in Page County, and was a daughter of the late Thomas Leo and Mary Catherine Wright of Shenandoah.

She is survived by four children, Linda Sue Harlow of Shenandoah, Michelle Renee Hensley of Harrisonburg, Tina Marie Bolyard of McGaheysville and Brandon Leon Wright of Elkton; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her brothers and sisters, Billy Wright, Bobby Wright, Buddy Wright, Benny Wright, Bruce Wright, Betty Hensley, Bonnie Smith, Brenda Wright, Becky Turner and Beverly Shifflett.

The family received friends at the home of Linda Harlow on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.

A private service was held with Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg handling arrangements.

Charles R. Atkins

Charles Robert “Bob” Atkins, 89, of Cross Keys, passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at Sunnyside Retirement Community.

He was a lifelong resident of Rockingham County.

He was born Nov. 9, 1926, to the late Charles Ashby and Edna Mary Grady Atkins.

He graduated from Port Republic High School.

He and his wife were the founding owners and operators of Atkins Litter Service Inc.

He was a lifelong Presbyterian, spending his youth and young adulthood at Cross Keys Presbyterian Church. He was also active in the First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, where he served as a deacon and elder, as well as longtime treasurer of the B.F. Wilson Men’s Bible Class.

He was also a member of the Rockingham Union Lodge No. 27, receiving his 50-year pin in 2015.

On July 14, 1950, he married Elizabeth Anderson Atkins, who preceded him in death on Dec. 15, 2015.

Surviving family include daughters, Sharon Lam, Mary Morris and Nancy Miller, all of Rockingham; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Paul O’Gorek will conduct a celebration of life service at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Sunnyside’s Meredith Chapel.

The family will enjoy meeting friends following the service.

A private burial at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens will be held earlier in the day.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham SPCA, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, VA 22803, or Sunnyside Fellowship Fund, 3935 Sunnyside Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Heather L. Harold

Heather Lee Harold, 21, of McGaheysville, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.

She was born April 15, 1994, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of Melissa A. Harold.

She enjoyed fishing, mudding, music, helping and caring for animals, spending time with her nephews, crafting, monster truck shows and working with paranormal explorations.

She graduated from East Rockingham High School in 2012 and attended Massanutten Technical Center.

She then was employed at Fair Haven Residential Service as a CNA.

She is also survived by a daughter, Hazeleigh Lyric Harold; her fiancé, Nathan Shaver; a sister, Ashley Dawn Campbell; a grandmother, Patty May; and a great-grandmother, Mae Harold.

A funeral service was held Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Burial will be at a later date.

The family received friends following the funeral service Friday evening.

Contributions may be made to Kyger Funeral Home due to unexpected funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting

Jessie C. Rice

Jessie Claude Rice, 84, of Elkton, passed away Jan. 29, 2016, at his home.

He was born Oct. 26, 1931, in Mars Hill, N.C., to the late Neil and Elizabeth Rigsby Rice.

He worked for Hinkle Construction for many years. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed camping. He was known for his storytelling.

He moved to Elkton in 1970 from Irwin, Tenn.

He is survived by his wife, Berlon J. Harris Rice; three daughters, Yuvonda Breeden, Linda Faulk and Wanda Miller; two sons, Gregory Rice and Rick Rice; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Linda L. Federowicz

Linda Lou Federowicz, 59, of Harrisonburg, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter and son-in- law on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.

She was born, in Harrisonburg, on March 28, 1956, and was a daughter of the late JoAnn (McCain) Federowicz and Clyde Reedy.

She worked for Campus Corner in Harrisonburg for more than 20 years.

She is survived by a par tner, Richard “ Rex” Rexrode; daughter, Cynthia Miller of Port Republic; two sisters, Donna Smith-Long of Linville and Carissa Poe of Broadway; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes with Pastor Harvey Yoder officiating.

Burial will follow at Port Republic Mutual Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Team Sami, 3097 Hobby Horse Lane, Broadway, VA 22815.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.

Lawson C. Fawley

Lawson Clinton Fawley, 92, of Mathias, W.Va., died Feb. 1, 2016, at Timberview Crossings in Timberville.

He was born March 6, 1923, in Dovesville, Va., to the late Howard Wilson Winfield and Roxie May Fawley.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He survived Pearl Harbor and received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

He was a member of Lost City Baptist Church. He was a quality control inspector at Walker Manufacturing for 18 years before retiring and had also worked at Neff Lumber Mills as a lumber inspector.

After his retirement, he enjoyed working in his woodwork shop.

On March 31, 1967, he married the former Cleta A. Foltz, who preceded him in death July 14, 2009. He was also married and divorced from his first wife, Viola See Fawley, and second wife, June Elizabeth Lewis Fawley.

Surviving are seven sons, James Fawley of Walls, Miss., David Fawley of Moorefield, W.Va., Steven Lewis of Harrisonburg, Kenneth Fawley of Broadway, Benjamin Wilkins of Toms Brook, Samuel Wilkins of Broadway and Thomas Wilkins of New Market; three daughters, Debra Crawford of New Market, Anita Cave of Stanley and Pamela Smith of Broadway; one brother, Curtis Fawley of New Port Richey, Fla.; three sisters, Lina Ritchie of Broadway, Katie Kline of Harrisonburg and Mary Lee Campbell of Timberville; 31 grandchildren, 39 greatgrandchildren and one greatgreat-grandchild.

The Rev. Delmar Shoemaker will conduct a funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway. Burial, with military rites by Dayton American Legion Post 27, will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mathias. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Grandle Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to any fire department or rescue squad of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be at

Janet P. Arehart

​Janet Palmer Arehart, 56, of Penn Laird, passed away peacefully Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at the family’s home.

She was born, in Harrisonburg, on March 9, 1959, and was a daughter of Lois and Forrest “Tiny” Palmer Sr. of Harrisonburg.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband of 32 years, Michael Arehart; two sons, Hunter Arehart and Brent Arehart; a granddaughter; a sister, Beth Hart of Rockbridge Baths; and a brother, Forrest Palmer Jr. of Dunbar, W.Va.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Pastor Danny Herring officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p. m. Friday Feb. 5, 2016, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rockingham/ Harrisonburg SPCA, 2170 Old Furnace Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22803, or the UVA Children’s Hospital, P. O. Box 400314, Charlottesville, VA 22904, or http:/childrens.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.

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