OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Frances V. Grimsley


Frances Virginia Grimsley, 90, of Shenandoah, passed away Feb. 22, 2016.

She was born, in Shenandoah, on Sept. 6, 1925, and was a daughter of the late Otis Olin and Minnie Irene Kite Grimsley.

She attended Shenandoah High School and was employed with Sleepwear before retiring in 1994. She was a member of Grove Hill United Methodist Church, serving as treasurer for 47 years.

She was also a member of the Virginia Grand Lodge of Virginia.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She loved to travel, knitting, sewing and visiting with people.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at Grove Hill United Methodist Church with Pastor Ellen Martin of ficiating. Burial was private.

Friends may call at the home of Allen and Tina Comer at any time.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Grove Hill United Methodist Church.

Lindsey-Kyger Funeral Home in Shenandoah handled arrangements and condolences may be sent by visiting www.lindseykyger funeralhome.com.



Robert G. Hilty


Robert Galen Hilty, 83, of McGaheysville, passed away Feb. 26, 2016, with his family surrounding him.

He was born July 8, 1932, in Dayton, Ohio, a son of the late Wesley G. and Minnie S. (Greider) Hilty.

He accepted Christ and was baptized in his youth. He was a member of the Hildebrand Mennonite Church, serving as trustee, Sunday school superintendent, song leader, board member and sexton.

He is survived by his wife, Cretora Lois (Bear) Hilty; six children, Lois Ann Mast, Susan M. Hoover, Jeannette F. Hartman, Benjamin D. Hilty, Carol E. Barnhart and Crystal J. Landes; one sister, Miriam E. ( Hilty) Good; 29 grandchildren; and 45 great- grandchildren.

The McMullen Funeral Home in Harrisonburg was in charge of arrangements.

Family received friends on Feb. 28, 2016, at the Pike Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg.

The funeral was held at Pike Mennonite Church on Feb. 29, 2016.



Larry A. Smith Sr.


Larry Alan Smith Sr., 67, of Stanley, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, at Page Memorial Hospital in Luray.

Visitation was held at Bradley Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016.

The service was held at the Bethlehem Christian Church on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.

Burial was at Bethlehem Cemetery, in Stanley. Services performed under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.



Roger E. Wyant


Roger Elwood Wyant, 62, of Elkton, passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at the Sentara RMH Medical Center.

Mr. Wyant was born Oct. 1, 1953, and was a son of the late Elwood Herman and Mary Genive Samuels Wyant.

He was a heavy-equipment operator for Nielsen and Riddleberger in the past and was self-employed as a brick and block layer.

He enjoyed music and was the lead guitarist and banjo picker in the Johnny Clifton Band.

He was an avid hunter and a member of the NRA and loved having cookouts.

He is survived by wife, Carolyn Collier Wyant; a son, Shannon Wyant of Elkton; daughters, Angela Dove of McGaheysville, Lori Hensley of Elkton and Lacey Morris of Elkton; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A funeral service was held Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Carter Dean officiating and David Samuels assisting.

Burial followed at Jollett Cemetery in Page County.

Friends may call or visit the Wyant home at any time.

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



Donald L. Foster


Donald Lee “Donnie” Foster, 74, of McGaheysville, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born April 10, 1941, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Jesse M. Foster and Naomi Foster Conley.

He attended Montevideo High School and completed his education after joining the U.S. Army, in which he served 10 years.

He was employed with Reynolds Metals Co. for 30 years before retiring.

He was a member of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Lynnwood and the Rion Bowman VFW Post No. 632.

On Sept. 15, 1962, he married the former Patricia A. “Pat” Thompson, who survives.

He is also survived by a son, Jeff Foster of Fredericksburg; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.

Honoring his request, he will be cremated.

The family received friends Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, where a memorial service was then held with the Rev. Wayne Wright officiating.

Inurnment was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Rion-Bowman VFW Post No. 632, 450 Waterman Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, or the Elkton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 152, Elkton, VA 22827.

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.



James F. Werner


James F. Werner, 82, of Roanoke, and formerly of Harrisonburg, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.

He was born in Alexandria, on Jan. 14, 1934, to the late Leon Franklin and Mildred Sterling Werner.

His family moved to Harrisonburg in 1936 and he was a 1952 graduate of Harrisonburg High School, where he played football.

He volunteered for the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War.

He owned and operated Werners Market for more than 25 years. He was a life member of VFW Post 632 and served in all positions on local, district and state levels, and was state commander of the VFW 1993-94.He was a commercial pilot and was a search mission pilot for the Civil Air Patrol.

He served as assistant fire chief for the city of Harrisonburg with more than 40 years of volunteer and paid service. He was a Virginia state fire instructor and emergency medical technician for many years.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge and was “Outstanding Elk” in1983.He has received numerous awards with the VFW, state and local civic organizations over his lifetime.

He was a life member of Hose Company No. 4 and Fire Company No. 1 in Harrisonburg and current member of McGaheysville Fire Company. He was past commander of the American Legion Post 27 in Dayton for a number of years and was an active volunteer with the Virginia Veterans Center, with over 5,000 hours of service and over 1,000 miles traveled each month, and served on the Veterans Relations Committee of Virginia Veterans Care Center for many years.

He was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg.
In 1958, he married Dixie Lea Spitzer, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Shortridge Werner; children, James F. “Jeff” Werner II of Keezletown, Jill Moffett of Harrisonburg, John Werner of Long Beach, Calif. and Larry Werner of McGaheysville; and five grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Pastor Paul Glovier officiating.

Burial followed in Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 3229 Burnett Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229.

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



Darlene F. Jenkins


Darlene Frances (Dodson) Jenkins, 60, of Stanley, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at MontVue Nursing Home in Luray.

Visitation was Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at Mercy & Grace Fellowship Church, where the service was held Tuesday, March 1.

Burial will be at Thomas Cemetery Tanners Ridge in Stanley.

Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home Inc. in Luray.



Alice V. Breeden


Alice Virginia (Jenkins) Breeden, 85, formerly of Kite Hollow Road in Stanley, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at MontVue Nursing Home.

A graveside service was held at Bethlehem Cemetery on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.

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



Sarah M. Steele


Sarah Marie Steele, 41, of Fishersville, passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, at Augusta Health after a brief illness.

She was born in Harrisonburg, on Nov. 14, 1974, and was a daughter of Joyce (Mongold) Jackameit and stepfather, William Jackameit, of Staunton, and birth father, Carlos Ray Simmons of McGaheysville.

She was a 1992 graduate of Turner Ashby High School and a 1996 graduate of Bridgewater College. She loved to travel, enjoyed hiking and anything with her boys.

She worked as an accountant for Accutech Blades in Verona and was a member of Fishersville United Methodist Church.

On Oct. 11, 1997, she was united in marriage to Jeffrey Steele, who survives.

She is also survived by two sons, Logan and Dylan.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater with Pastor Ryan Oswald officiating. Burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Augusta Regional SPCA, P.O. Box 2014, Staunton, VA 24402, and/or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

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



Irene D. Hughes


Irene Dovel Hughes, 88, of Elkton, passed away peacefully, with her son and daughter-in-law by her side, on Feb. 18, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

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

Irene retired from Sleepwear in 1989 and was always a homemaker at heart. She enjoyed gardening, cooking for extended family members and was a member of the Elkton Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Irene is survived by son, Lynn A. Hughes and wife, Tina, of Elkton; brother, Layton Dovel of Elkton; two sisters, Maxine Day of Elkton and Margaret Sipe of Inwood, W.Va.; previous daughter-in-law, Missie Hughes of Luray; close friend, Debbie McNett of Dayton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

On Sept. 1, 1951, she married James Owen Hughes, who preceded her in death in 1989. In addition to her parents and husband she is preceded in death by a son, Gary Owen Hughes; brothers, Harry Dovel, Calvin Dovel and Lynwood Dovel; sisters, Ruby Dovel, Mamie Lam and Clara Akers.

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.

Pallbearers were Cole McCoy, Roger Good, Larry Davis, Randy McNett, Gary Shifflett, Wayne Lam and Billy Rhodes. The honorary pallbearers were Kaytie McCoy and the late Cody McCoy. – Paid obituary



Layton L. Jerrells Sr.


Layton Lee “Bugs” Jerrells Sr., 70 of Harrisonburg, passed away Feb. 28, 2016, at his home.

He was born Sept. 11, 1945, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of Robert and Ann Baker Jerrells.

He was a member of the Eagles in Harrisonburg and a funeral assistant with the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg and Elkton for many years.

He had previously worked at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens and was a longtime mechanic.

He was a lifetime resident of Harrisonburg and was a “Ridger,” growing up in the Ridge Road area of Harrisonburg.

He is survived by a son, Layton L. Jerrels Jr. of Harrisonburg; a daughter, Lori Ann Puffenbarger of Mathias, WVa., a longtime companion, Martha Southers of Harrisonburg; two sisters, Ebbie and Barbara Jean; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Family and friends honoring his life will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

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



Jean R. Glick


Jean Racer Glick’s physical life ended on Feb. 28, 2016, at the age of 87. She died at the Bridgewater Home, where she had been a resident since 2008.

Jean was born and raised in Rappahannock County, Va., the only child of Clarence and Mabel Jenkins Racer.

She helped her parents operate a country store, developed a passion and skill for music, and played the organ and piano for her Baptist church in Washington, Va.

After graduating from Washington High School, she attended Bridgewater College, where she met and later married Don Glick, who died in 1987.

They are survived by five children, Fred Glick and spouse, Kate, from McGaheysville, Cheryl Glick Chandler and spouse, Rick, from Port Republic, Karen Glick Metzler and spouse, Steve, from Hot Springs, Donna Glick and partner, Alan Zaremba, from Waltham, Mass. and Larry Glick and spouse, Sharon Spangler, from Rockingham. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Jean worked in the business office of Rockingham Memorial Hospital, and also was a retail clerk for several department stores in Harrisonburg. She was a bridal consultant and wedding director for more than 30 years, working with many couples throughout the Harrisonburg-Rockingham County area.

She loved being with her family, enjoyed music, sports, arts and crafts, had a special interest in local artisans, and collected many family heirlooms. All who knew Jean were well aware of her enduring love for the color purple.

The Glick family spent many years and maintained special relationships with the Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, where Jean served as an organist, pianist and Sunday School teacher. More recently, she was a member of the First Church of the Brethren in Harrisonburg, and appreciated her many friendships with that church family.

The family wishes to express its sincere gratitude for the care Jean received from the staff of the Bridgewater Home, Sentara Hospice, and Rockingham Physicians, and from the visits, cards, and prayers of many extended family members, friends, and pastors.

The family welcomed visitors at the Kyger Funeral Home, east of Harrisonburg, on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

There will be a private burial service at the Mill Creek Church of the Brethren cemetery.

A celebration of Jean’s life and faith will be held at the First Church of the Brethren, 315 South Dogwood Dr., Harrisonburg, on Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to support the Don Glick Memorial Scholarship. Checks can be made to Rockingham Educational Foundation, Inc. and mailed to REFI, 100 Mount Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. Please note on the check: “Don Glick Scholarship”

Online condolences can be sent to www.kygers.com. – Paid obituary



Eugene L. Meadows


Eugene Larrick Meadows, 75, of Elkton, passed away Feb. 28, 2016, at his home.

Mr. Meadows was born April 29, 1940, in Rockingham County near Elkton, and was a son of the late Fred and Addie Mae Lam Meadows.

He worked for Stanley Furniture for 25-plus years and Augusta Lumber until he retired. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a lifetime member of the NRA. He also enjoyed NASCAR and wrestling.

Mr. Meadows is survived by his son, Neil Meadows and wife, Becky, of Elkton; a granddaughter, Rebekah Kimble and husband, Tracy, of Harrisonburg; brothers, Dennis Meadows and Fred Meadows, both of Elkton; sisters, Leona Breeden, Lorraine Shifflett and Reba Breeden of Elkton.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Dawn Meadows; a brother, Welford Meadows, and sisters, Lena Hammer, Norma Jean Lam and Ivy Hensley.

At his request there will be no formal visitation. The casket will remain closed.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at the Kyger Funeral Home chapel in Elkton officiated by Pastor Travis Hensley. The family receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. before the service.

Burial followed in the Hensley’s Cemetery.

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



Lloyd R. Shifflett


Lloyd “Ray” Shifflett, 78, of Elkton, passed away Feb. 27, 2016, at his home.

He was born Dec. 12, 1937, in Elkton, and was a son of the late Bertram and Ora Eppard Shifflett.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy from 1954-56 and attended Elkton High School.

He worked at McQuay for 19 years, then worked with his wife at Joan’s Bakery, then at Shenandoah National Park.

On Aug. 7, 1969, he married Joan Koontz Shifflett, who survives.

He is also survived by stepsons, David H. Jones and Dale E. Jones; stepdaughters, Teresa (Terry) Shifflett and Joni Matte; a brother, Garland Shifflett of Lakewood, Colo.; a sister, Anita Herring of Silver Springs, Md.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Condolences can be made at www.kygers.com.



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