Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Leon T. Rhinehart

Leon Thurston Rhinehart, 80, of Crimora, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.

He was born in Linville, on Feb. 7, 1935, and was a son of the late Velva (Blosser) and Ralph Rhinehart.

He retired from VEPCO and had attended Linville Congregational Christian Church.

In his earlier years, he was a “truck-drivin man,” and later became a full-time “wheeler-and-dealer.”

He was united in marriage, on Feb. 5, 1952, to Marguerite Pauline (Armentrout) Rhinehart, who survives.

He is also survived by six daughters, Patricia Troutman of Broadway, Janice Shull of Stanardsville, Diane Garcia of Grottoes, Debbie Parrish of Bumpass, Barbara Bowser of Woodstock and Brenda Shifflett of Penn Laird; a sister, Betty Snyder-Driver of Bridgewater; 15 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and a great-great­-grandson.

A funeral service was conducted Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes with Pastor Eddie Dean officiating.

Burial followed at Linville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grottoes Fire Department, P.O. Box 67, Grottoes, VA 24441, and/or Grottoes Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1187, Grottoes, VA 24441.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Philip L. Harshbarger

Philip Lynn Harshbarger, 73, of Weyers Cave, passed away Jan. 30, 2016.

He was born July 6, 1942, to the late John Carl Harshbarger Sr. and Alma Baker Harshbarger.

He was proud that most of his ancestral lines extended directly back to the 1700s in the Shenandoah Valley.

He is survived by a brother, John Carl Harshbarger Jr..

He graduated in 1961 from Middle River High School in Weyers Cave, and in 1963 from Woodrow Wilson Technical School in Fishersville. He worked for several garages, Dixie Gas, the Virginia Department of Transportation, retired from Western State Hospital and operated the family farm.

His hobbies and interests included attending steam and antique tractor shows.

He was a member of Summit Church of the Brethren.

Burial was private.

A memorial service will be held at Summit Church of the Brethren on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m., followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. Donations in his name may be made to a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be sent at

Rickey L. Woodward Sr.

Rickey Lee Woodward Sr., 62, of Stanley, died Feb. 6, 2016.
The family received friends Monday, Feb. 8, at Bradley Funeral Home in Luray, where the funeral was held Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Burial was at Stanley Advent Cemetery.

Edgar M. Keller

Edgar Milton “Skip” Keller, 85, of Timberville died Feb. 2, 2016, at Avante at Harrisonburg.

He was born Feb. 3, 1930, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Elbert Lee and Lilly Mae Barb Keller.

He worked at Rockingham Poultry for 32 years before retiring.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He attended Timberville Church of the Nazarene and was a member of the American Legion.

On Sept. 6, 1969, he married the former Goldie Strawderman, who preceded him in death Aug. 1, 1996.

Surviving are one stepdaughter, Juanita Sites of Linville; three stepsons, Guy B. Orebaugh of Timberville, Charles Orebaugh of Stanley and Harold Orebaugh of Harrisonburg; five stepgrandchildren; and six stepgreat-grandchildren.

The Rev. Todd Thomas conducted a funeral service and committal Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Grandle Funeral Home chapel in Broadway. Burial was in the Timberville Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at

Alice J. Adkins

Alice June Adkins, 70, of Bedford and formerly of McGaheysville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at the home of her daughter.

She was born March 5, 1945, in Harrisonburg, and was a daughter of the late Melvin Leon and Almeda Pearl Miller Adkins.

She attended Grottoes Church of Christ and was employed in healthcare for many years.

She graduated from Montevideo High School.

She is survived by a daughter, Marla P. Hardy of McGaheysville; sons, Phillip L. Yudowitch of Lynchburg and Dustin A. Yudowitch of Richmond; a sister, Peggy Nadeau of McGaheysville; a brother, Ronald Adkins of Dayton; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life gathering will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at Grottoes Church of Christ, 4626 Eastside Highway in Grottoes. Interment will be private at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville.

Arrangements are being handled by Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Katherine E. Hammer

Katherine (Kathy Kyger) Ella Hammer, 60, of Elkton, passed away Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Richmond following complications from a bone marrow transplant from battling cancer.

She was born in Pennsylvania, on June 21, 1955, and was a daughter of Delores Kesner Hammer and the late Winston Rodney Hammer.

She enjoyed church, taking vacations, living life to the fullest and driving her classic cars to cruise-ins.

She had been employed with PCA in Harrisonburg for nearly 15 years prior to her illness.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her daughter, Marie Kyger Bradley of Elkton; three grandsons; her sister, Donna Lawson of Elkton; three brothers, Gene Hammer of Elkton, Ronnie Hammer of McGaheysville and Rodney Carlton Hammer of Elkton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

A funeral service was held Sunday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Carter Dean officiating.

Interment followed at Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist with final expenses.

Carroll W. Reedy

Carroll Wayne Reedy, 64, of Fulks Run, died Feb. 5, 2016, at the Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born July 8, 1951, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Owen and Velma Donovan Reedy.

He owned and operated Carroll W. Reedy Excavating for a number of years.

He was a member of the Mountain Grove Church of the Brethren.

On May 23, 1970, he married the former Dorothy Ann Reedy, who preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2014.

Surviving are a son, Travis Reedy of Fulks Run; a daughter, Misty Reedy of McGaheysville; two grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; a brother, Warren Reedy of Fulks Run; and a sister, Ava Dove of Fulks Run.

Jerry Shiflet conducted a funeral service Monday at the Mountain Grove Church of the Brethren in Fulks Run.

Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be at

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