OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Evelyn O. Berkheimer


Evelyn Oliver Berkheimer, 85, of Elkton, passed away Feb. 16, 2016, at Journeys Crossing in Elkton.

She was born Nov. 29, 1930, in McGaheysville, and lived most of her life in Baltimore. She was a daughter of the late Lester Edgar Oliver and Edna Virginia Keyton Oliver.

She was active in the American Legion, in which she was a past president.

In July 1980, she married Andrew Berkheimer, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by a daughter, Arlene Cornell of Baltimore; a sister, Lorraine Oliver W. Smith of Elkton; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren, Taylor Fleek, Jimmy Fleek and Shane Grant.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home with the Revs. Travis Hensley and Danny Herring officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville.

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting www.kygers.com.



JoAnn M. Good


JoAnn Michael Carper Knicely Good, 80, of Dayton, passed away Feb. 16, 2016, at Virginia Commonwealth University Heath Systems.

She was born March 9, 1935, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late Howard Leon and Anna Virginia Billheimer Michael.

She was an avid gardener and enjoyed cooking for her family. She was a member of the Bank Mennonite Church and had volunteered for hospice and Gift and Thrift for many years.

She was married, on Jan. 17, 1954, to Charles Edward Carper Jr., who preceded her in death March 25, 1987. Her second marriage, on June 11, 1993, was to Byard Ervin Knicely, who preceded her in death March 28, 2003. She married, on Aug. 7, 2010, Howard Samuel Good, who survives.

Also surviving are eight children, Etta Good of Keezletown, Diane Horst of Harrisonburg, Dewitt Carper of Keezletown, Charles Carper III of Keezletown, Sue Shenk of Linville, Anna Good of Dayton, Jacob Carper of Keezletown and Sarah Frum of Keezletown; her stepchildren, Ramona Hartman, Dawn Mallow, Myrna Wenger, Marion Knicely, Keith Knicely, Fred Knicely, Blaine Knicely and Willard Knicely, Catherine Campbell, Stanley Good, Carolyn Stoltzfus, Doris Heatwole, Grace Hege and Beverly King; her brothers and sisters, Elmer Michael, Mary Jean Nankivell, Janet Clements, all of Keezletown, and Ellis Michael of Tampa, Fla.; 18 grandchildren; 55 stepgrandchildren; 15 great- grandchildren; and 48 stepgreat-grandchildren; and a special friend, Irene Heatwole of Dayton.

Ministers of the church led a funeral service Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at the Bank Mennonite Church. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Berea Christian School, 1351 Garbers Church Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or Calvary Christian School, 6083 Mount Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Condolences may be made at www.mcmullenfh.com.



Rachel E. Utz


Rachel Everlene (Campbell) Utz, 62, of Stanley, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Stanley.

Visitation was held Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at Bradley Funeral Home in Luray, where the service followed.

Burial was at Shenandoah Memorial Park in Winchester.

Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home Inc. in Luray.



Loretta M. Mitchell


Loretta Marie Mitchell, 57, of Broadway, died Feb. 17, 2016, at Sentara RMH.

She was born Oct. 28, 1958, in Harrisonburg, and was a daughter of the late Orie and Emma Berkett Hoover.

She was a homemaker, but had worked at Food Lion in the deli.

She attended Woods Chapel Independent Bible Church.

On May 3, 2002, she married Raymond Hugh Mitchell Jr., who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Samantha Knupp of Elkton; a son, Jeremy Mongold of Mount Crawford; two stepsons, Chad Mitchell of Broadway and Shay Mitchell of Lexington, Ky.; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; a stepgreat-grandchild; and a sister, Brenda Carr of Criders.

She was cremated. A memorial service will be held Feb. 27, 2016, at 2 p.m., at the Grandle Funeral Home chapel by Pastors Tim Miller and Barbara Krumm.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home after the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Broadway Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 666, Broadway VA 22815.

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



Mary Lou G. Shifflett


Mary Lou Grimsley Shifflett, 81, of Elkton, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born in Page County, on Nov. 29, 1934, and was a daughter of the late Noah Thomas “Tommy” and Virginia Cave Grimsley.

She attended Shenandoah High School. She was a homemaker and a member of the Shenandoah Pentecostal Holiness Church.

She grew up in Page County and moved to Elkton in 1957.

On July 16, 1955, she married Joseph W. Shifflett, who survives.

She is also survived by her sons, Larry Shifflett and Thomas “Tucker” Shifflett, both of Elkton; three grandchildren; two greatgrandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Hammer of Elkton; and several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at Shenandoah Pentecostal Holiness Church.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at the church with Larry Sullivan and Pastor Carter Dean officiating.

Burial followed at Elk Run Cemetery.

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



Lorene V. Jenkins


Lorene Virginia Louderback Jenkins, 85, of Shenandoah, passed away Feb. 17, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born in Shenandoah, on May 22, 1930, and was a daughter of the late Charles H. and Virgie Foltz Louderback.

She was a lifelong resident of Shenandoah and graduated from Shenandoah High School.

She was a member of the Newport Christian Church, an active member of the Newport Christian Church Women’s Fellowship, Grove Hill Friendship Club and the Newport-Grove Hill Ruritans.

She enjoyed sewing and gardening.

On Nov. 25, 1950, she married James Benjamin Jenkins, who survives.

She is also survived by her children, Debra J. Bailey of Kenly, N.C., Elizabeth Williams of Verona, James D. Jenkins of Luray, Robert W. “Robbie” Jenkins of Shenandoah and Charles E. Jenkins of Shenandoah; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, at Newport Christian Church.

A funeral service was held at the church on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, with Pastors Tracy Shifflett and Earl Painter Jr. officiating.

Burial followed in Newport Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Newport Christian Church, Women’s Fellowship, 307 Newport Road, Shenandoah, VA 22849.

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



Myrtle V. Nesselrodt


Myrtle Virginia Whetzel Nesselrodt, 98, of Keezletown, passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at her daughter’s home in Timberville.

She was a daughter of the late Earl and Bertha Hose Whetzel and was born June 11, 1917, in West Virginia.

She was married to Berlin James Nesselrodt Sr. in 1935; he preceded her in death in 1998.

She grew up in Woodstock. Following marriage in West Virginia, she moved to the Valley and eventually settled in Keezletown. She was homemaker, gardener and farmer’s wife. She had been employed with Rockingham Memorial Hospital and was a seamstress with Metro Pants Co. and Sancar. She enjoyed her church family at Bethel-Keezletown Church of the Brethren.

Surviving are her son, Eugene “Donnie” Nesselrodt of Keezletown; daughters, Juanita Burtner of Keezletown and Judy Wolfe of Timberville; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The Rev. William Staton conducted a funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg. Interment followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.



Wayne R. Freeze


Wayne Ronald Freeze, 81, of Stanley, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Stanley.

He was born Jan. 10, 1935, in Luray, Va.

The service was held at Church of the Valley on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, with Alfred C. Comer Jr. and evangelist Earl E. Painter.

Burial was at Newport Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Visitation was at Bradley Funeral Home Inc. on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Memorials can be made to a charity of your choice.

He was a member of Church of the Valley.

On Sept. 6, 1953, he married Lois Ann (Kite) Freeze, who survives.

He is also survived by daughters, Debra Rodgers and Darlene Rodgers, both of Shenandoah, Dixie Dinges and Donna Dofflemyer, both of Luray; sons, Wayne R. Freeze Jr. of Shenandoah and Douglas A. Freeze of Stanley; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther Edward Freeze and Nellie Ette (Higgs) Freeze.

Services performed under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.



Timothy M. Lam


Timothy Michael Lam, 55, of Elkton, passed away Feb. 18, 2016, at his home.

He was born Nov. 3, 1960, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of Thomas Randolph Lam and the late Beulah Virginia Eppard Lam of Elkton.

He graduated from Elkton High School in 1979. Voted “Best All Around” by his senior class, he was a valued member of the football and track teams.

For 34 years, he worked at James Madison University, where he took tremendous pride in the pristine athletic fields and university grounds which were perfectly manicured under his care. He loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors and was actively raised in the Elkton Pentecostal Church.

On March 29, 2001, he married Carla D. Powell, who survives. He is also survived by a sister, Cynthia Lam Jackson.

A funeral service was held Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at the Elkton Pentecostal Church with Pastor Travis Hensley officiating and Pastor Kinzy Reed assisting.

Interment followed at Elk Run Cemetery.

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting www.kygers.com.



Irene D. Hughes


Irene Dovel Hughes, 88, of Elkton, passed away peacefully on Feb. 18, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 3, 1927, in Harrisonburg, and was a daughter of the late C.M. and Carrie Hanes Dovel.

She retired from Sleepwear in 1989 and was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and was a member of the Elkton Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by a son, Lynn A. Hughes of Elkton; a brother, Layton Dovel of Elkton; and two sisters, Maxine Day of Elkton and Margaret Sipe of Inwood, W.Va.

On Sep. 1, 1951 she married James Owen Hughes, who preceded her in death in 1989.

A funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with the Rev. Brad Lewis officiating.

Interment followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions, Jr. Order of United America Mechanics No. 149. P.O. Box 458, Elkton VA 22827.



Carl L. Armentrout


Carl Luther “Lute” Armentrout, 81, of Keezletown, passed away Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at his home.

He was born Jan. 1, 1935, in Keezletown, and was a son of the late Wade Lee and Ora Boyers Armentrout.

He worked many years as a carpenter for Nielsen Builders and Stone and Webster Construction. He then worked for Valley Blox, where he retired in 2000.

In his retirement, he spent many hours working in his shop at home on furniture and crafts. Many of these items were donated to churches and charities. As a cancer survivor, he shared his experiences with others and supported them in their battles and gave them hope. He loved his church and was an avid golfer.

On May 8, 1954, he married Nancy Lee Armentrout, who survives, along with their children, Carla Newman and Wade Luther Armentrout; a grandson; and a a sister, Joyce Allman.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at 11 a.m., at the Keezletown United Methodist Church. The Rev. Joel Robinette will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Keezletown United Methodist Church at 1456 Indian Trail Road, Keezletown, VA 22832, and Cat’s Cradle at 124 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Condolences may be sent at www.kygers.com.



Alan R. Thompson


Alan R. Thompson of Elkton, Va., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 21, 2016. Born in Round Hill, Va., in 1921, he was 94 years old.

He is survived by his wife, June Lemley Thompson, whom he married in June 1959, as well as nieces, Katherine Cole, Letitia Thompson and Jayanne Wemmers, and nephews, Robert and Russell Thompson. He also has several grandnieces, their spouses and children.

He was the last member of his immediate family born to Hayward C. and Etta Price Thompson.

In 1923, the family moved to Stony Point Farm in Hillsboro, Va. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Strayers Business College and Southeastern University in Washington, D.C.

He served with the U.S. Army in Alaska during World War II from 1942 to 1945. In 1949, he moved to Elkton and purchased Rollers 5 cent and 1.00 store. One year later, the store became a part of the Ben Franklin retail chain, which was made up of locally owned and franchised stores. He changed his store location two times before moving his store to Stuart Avenue in 1969.

On Nov. 1, 1986, after 37 years in Elkton, he retired from the variety store business. He was actively involved in his church and community.

He was a member of the Elkton United Methodist Church and served as a trustee for several years. He also served two four-year terms on the Elkton Town Council. He was a member and past president of the Elkton Lions Club and belonged to the local VFW. He was also active in the Charles Franklin Masonic Lodge in Elkton.

The funeral service will be held at the Elkton United Methodist Church on Feb. 27, with a viewing at 10 a.m. and the service to follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at the Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro, Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkton United Methodist Church, 205 Warren St., Elkton VA 22827. – Paid obituary



Reese F. Leigh


Reese Ford Leigh, 25, of Elkton, died Feb. 12, 2016, in a traffic accident.

Mr. Leigh was born Oct. 15, 1990, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of Arthur Leigh of Elkton and Rebecca Leigh, and companion Jeff Phillips of Fulks Run.

He served our country in Iraq as a member of the U.S. Army and enjoyed larping, karate and video games.

Besides his parents, he is survived by brothers, Art Miller and Jess, Luray, Johnny Leigh, Elkton; sisters, Mary Fulk, Timberville, Elizabeth Leigh and Dwight Craig, Shenandoah, Melody Leigh, Elkton, Montana Leigh, Mississippi, aunts, Linda Leigh, Brenda Leigh, Elizabeth Lewis and Patricia Wilson; uncles, Reese Leigh, Thomas Miller, Steven Miller, Danny Wilson, Michael Wilson, Randy Wilson and Colton Wilson.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton. Burial will be private at Leigh Family Cemetery near Elkton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Kyger Funeral Home to help with unexpected funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be sent at www.kygers.com. – Paid obituary



Maxene F. Smith


Maxene Ferrell Smith, 87, of McGaheysville, passed away Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.

She was born May 19, 1928, in Page County, to the late Lee C. and Mary Ola Sampson Ferrell.

She worked as a quality control inspector at the Shenandoah Knitting Mill, Metro Pants in Harrisonburg and at Walker. She also ran her own beauty shop in Shenandoah and sang with the church choir.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Dickie D. Smith of McGaheysville; a stepson, Steven L. Smith of Harrisonburg; and a sister, Thelma Offenbacker of Elkton.

All services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the McGaheysville Fire and Rescue, 80 Stover Drive, McGaheysville, VA 22840, or to a charity of choice.



Nancy J. Foote


Nancy Jane Foote, 77, of Stanley, passed away Feb. 22, 2016, in Harrisonburg.

She was born Oct. 7, 1938, in Virginia, and was a daughter of the late James and Eula Rice Duncan.

She was a caregiver to her parents for many years. She worked at Wrangler as a seamstress and Appomattox Garment Co. and later ARA Services in the Shenandoah National Park.

She is survived by her former husband and father of her children, Wilbert S. Lam of Elkton; a son, Wade Lam of Stanley; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward Foote.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at Beahm’s Chapel Church with the Rev. Doug Gochenour officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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

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


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