Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Katie L. Whitfield

Katie Lou Comer Whitfield, age 87, of Elkton, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at her home.

She was born Sept. 1, 1928, in Shenandoah, and was the daughter of the late Alfred Carson Comer and Myrtle Turner Comer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas V. “Bob” Whitfield, on Aug. 13, 2008.

Survived by daughter, Lou Ellen Whitfield Kirkendall and husband, Mel; son, William E. Whitfield and wife, Sharon; son, Thomas R. Whitfield; granddaughters, Melody Kirkendall Morton and husband, Dave, Adair Kirkendall Terry and husband, Nick, and Marie Whitfield O’Connor and husband, John; eight greatgrandchildren; brothers, Alfred Comer and wife, Millie, Robert Comer and wife, Bonnie, and Jack Comer and wife, Sunny; nephew, Kevin Whitfield and wife, Melanie; and multiple nieces and nephews.

She served on the board of trustees of the Evangelical United Methodist Church and was a member of the Companions Sunday School Class; board of directors of the Elkton Area United Services, as well as a longterm volunteer; board of directors of the Elkton Historical Society, recipient of its “Elkton Heritage Award” and chairwoman of their Jubilee Ball for 25 years; past president of the Elkton Parent Teachers Association and recipient of the PTA “Volunteer of the Year” award; past member of the Elkton Downtown Revitalization Corp., Elkton Progressive Improvement Committee and the Elkton Women’s Club.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, Feb. 13, at Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton, with the Revs. David Vaughn and Ellen Martin officiating.

Friends may call at the Whitfield home anytime.

Condolences may be sent by visiting

Memorial donations may be made to the Katie Whitfield Memorial Fund, which will be used to erect a gazebo in Riverside Park for community use. Contributions may be sent to the Elkton Historical Society, care of Casey Billhimer, P.O. Box 1, Elkton, VA 22827 or www.gofundme. com/hgmbs7j7. – Paid obituary

Leonard E. Good

Leonard “Pete” Earl Good, 86, a lifelong resident of Shenandoah, passed away Sunday morning, Feb. 14, 2016, at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Mr. Good had not enjoyed good health for the past 10 years.

He was born Feb. 12, 1930, in Shenandoah, and was the son of the late Irvin and Gertrude Monroe Good.

He served in the U.S. Army and was a cement finisher.

He was of the Pentecostal faith.

On Aug. 12, 1966, he married the former Juanita Jenkins, who survives.

He is also survived by his daughters, Linda Elaine Kling and Stephanie Owens, both of Shenandoah; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Lindsey-Kyger Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Department, 201 Pennsylvania Ave., Shenandoah, VA 22849.

Juanita V. Cubbage

Juanita Virginia Cubbage, 86, passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at August Health.

She was born May 10, 1929, to the late Juanita Carter, in Philadelphia, Pa.,

She later married and made her home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

She loved cooking and baking, but her passion was for gospel music and family.

She served as a gracious first lady to Morning Star Baptist Church and Saint James Baptist Church, where she was most recently a member.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Samuel E. Cubbage.

She is survived by two daughters; Linda Winston of Waynesboro and Diane Williams of Bowie, Md.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

The Rev. A.T. Crawley conducted a funeral service Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home and Chapel in Harrisonburg.

Interment followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Condolences may be sent at

Lloyd J. Rouse Jr.

Lloyd “Jack” Jefferson Rouse Jr., 80, of Harrisonburg, passed away at his home on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.

He was born in Elkton, on Aug. 10, 1935, and was a son of the late Lloyd J. Rouse Sr. and Nellie Mae Reedy Rouse.

He graduated from Elkton High School and was a senior special agent with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles for 38 years before he retired.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Claudia Page Foster Rouse, on Sept. 17, 2000.

He is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth “Jackie” Paige Rouse of Florida; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A private graveside will be held at Elk Run Cemetery in Elkton with Pastor Paul Glovier officiating, followed by Masonic Rites by the Charles Franklin Shuler Lodge 74 A.F. & A.M. and Military Rites by Dayton American Legion Post 27.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Verona Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 348, Verona, VA 24482.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Lacy K. Rea

Lacy “Kent” Rea, 65, of Grottoes, passed away after a courageous fight against cancer.
He was born Dec. 2, 1950, and was a son of Lacy and Harriet Rea.

He grew up in Mount Jackson and will be remembered by some because of his adventures with “Pete,” his dog, and his love for basketball.

He especially enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School and Madison College.

He spent most of his working life involved with agriculture, especially crop insurance, until his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; two sons, Thomas Rea of Harrisonburg and Zack Rea of San Francisco; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Kathy Rea of Wilson, N.C. and Nancy Long of New Market.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at Massanetta Springs in Stewart Hall.

Burial will be private at a later date.

Friends may call at his home in Grottoes anytime.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Larry W. Mowbray Sr.

Larry Wayne Mowbray Sr., 58, of Elkton, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 16, 1957, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of Barbara Ann Lam Mowbray and the late Nelson James Mowbray.

He enjoyed hunting, music and drawing. He taught himself how to play the guitar and mandolin, loved the outdoors and spending time with his grandchildren.

He attended the Ray of Hope Church and worked as a steel and iron worker before his illness.

Besides his mother, he is survived by wife, Sally Beth Whitmer Mowbray of Elkton; son, Larry W. Mowbray “L.J.” Jr. of Grottoes; daughters, Amy Marie Mowbray Mace of Grottoes and Shanda L. Mowbray of Elkton; two brothers, James N. Mowbray and Ronald E. Mowbray, both of Port Republic; two sisters, Jeanette Smith of Hinton and Loretta A. Osgood of Harrisonburg; and six grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Jimmy Kite and Pastor Carter Dean officiating.

Interment followed at Elk Run Cemetery.

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

Dale F. Turner

Dale Franklin Turner, 69, of Elkton, passed away Feb. 13, 2016, in Harrisonburg after a prolonged illness.

Mr. Turner was born June 1, 1946, in Page County, and was a son of the late Herbert McKinley and Lena Rhinehart Turner.

He grew up in Page County and was a carpenter and heavy equipment operator for A.B. Torrence and Parham Construction before retiring.

He enjoyed playing softball, coin collecting, gardening and planting flowers. He was a NASCAR fan.

On Feb. 4, 1972, he married Rosa (Lam) Turner, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Dale Turner Jr. of Crimora; a daughter, Krista Dofflemyer of Elkton; a grandson, raised in the home and like a son, Brendan Collins; and three other grandchildren, Trinity Dofflemyer, Ty Turner and Lexi Turner.

Pastor Briar Lam conducted the funeral service at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at the Kyger Funeral Home chapel in Elkton.

Burial followed the funeral service and was in Elk Run Cemetery.

The family received friends Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Massanutten Technical Center Foundation, 325 Pleasant Valley Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be at

Ginger L. Wright

Ginger Lea (Howdyshell) Wright, 52, of Bridgewater, passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at her home.

She was born in Harrisonburg, on Feb. 12, 1963, and was a daughter of the late Garland Cloise and Beatrice Ann (Smiley) Howdyshell.

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

She was a graduate of Turner Ashby High School and a member of the Briery Branch Ruritan Club.

On Sept. 23, 1989, she was united in marriage to Thomas Andrew Wright, who survives, of Bridgewater.

Also surviving are two sons, Matthew Wright and Bradley Wright, both of Bridgewater; two sisters, Juanita Lam of McGaheysville and Kathy Auville of Briery Branch; and two brothers, Douglas Howdyshell of Moneta and Dana Howdyshell of Mount Solon.

A funeral service was held at Briery Branch Church of the Brethren on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, with Pastor Kathy Puffenbarger officiating.

Burial followed in the Briery Branch Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Briery Branch Church of the Brethren, Building Fund, 6628 Briery Branch Road, Dayton, VA 22821, or Sentara RMH Hahn Cancer Center, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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