OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Harold Williams Sr.


Harold Williams Sr., 87, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016, at his home in Elkton.

He was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Elkton, and was a son of the late Everette and Della Becks Williams.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Meldora Davis Williams, in 1986.

He was a corporal in the United States Army and served in Korea.

He was a longtime member and deacon at Mount Sinai Baptist Church in Elkton and retired from Frazier Quarry in Harrisonburg after 44 years.

In his retirement, he worked with the U.S. Forest Service Senior Program in the Lee Ranger District for 10 years.

He enjoyed his garden, hunting and was an avid baseball enthusiast.

Surviving are his sons, Harold Williams Jr. of McGaheysville and Richard Williams of Elkton; four daughters, Viola Humphries of Lanham, Md., Lillie Brown of Stafford,, Vinda Anderson of Penn Laird and Arlene Williams of Elkton; a brother, Eddie Williams of Maryland; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Francis Belle conducted a funeral service Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Interment followed in the Mount Sinai Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 5197 Bryant Hollow Road, Elkton, VA 22827.



Madge J. Hoover


Madge Jeanette Dove Hoover, 91, of Broadway, died March 3, 2016 at Timberview Crossings in Timberville.

She was born Nov. 3, 1924, in Broadway, to the late Lester B. and Myrtle Turner Dove.

She was a homemaker and was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She was a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Fulks Run and attended Sunset Drive United Methodist Church in Broadway.

On July 31, 1947 she married Dwight William Hoover, who preceded her in death Jan. 1, 2012.

Surviving are five daughters, Lucille Moyers of Harrisonburg, Mary Sue May of Mathias, W.Va., Joyce Fisher of Grottoes, Betty Ann Bare of Harrisonburg and Joan Shifflett of Broadway; two sons, Jim W. Hoover of Broadway and Tom Hoover of Broadway; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The Revs. Joel Robinette and Scott Budde conducted a funeral service Monday at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church.

Burial followed the funeral service and was in the Mountain Grove Cemetery in Fulks Run.

The family received friends on Sunday at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Online condolences may be left at www.grandlefuneralhome.com.



Ronald L. Alger


Ronald Leon Alger, 73, of Stanley, died Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

Visitation was Friday, March 4, 2016, at Bradley Funeral Home in Luray, where the service was held Saturday, March 5.

Burial followed at Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.



Rosemary L. Schultz


Rosemary Leigh Schultz, 59, of Port Republic, passed away Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at her home.

She was born in Bristol, Tenn., on Feb. 2, 1957, and was a daughter of the late Mary (Jennings) and Benjamin Hoover.

On July 17, 2004, she was united in marriage to Chip Schultz, who survives.

She is also survived by two sons, Michael Carpenter of Craigsville and Jason Carpenter of Waynesboro; a stepdaughter, Cassie Taylor of Shenandoah; and two grandchildren.

There were no services scheduled.

Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes was entrusted with arrangements.

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



Dr. Arthur B. Frazier


Dr. Arthur Benjamin Frazier, 85, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem.

He was born in Page County, on April 7, 1930, and was a son of the late William Ervin and Anna Cathryn (Knupp) Frazier.

He had been a member of Newport Church of the Brethren.

He was a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia. He was in family practice in Virginia Beach following medical school until he went to DePaul Hospital from 1969 to 1981 and from 1981 to 1995 as a radiation oncologist at Carillion Hospital in Roanoke.

He was a member of Greene Memorial United Methodist Church.

He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a president of the Virginia Division of the American Cancer Society from 1991-93 and was a board member of the United Methodist Family Services.

He was united in marriage, on Aug. 9, 1952, to Hazel Hall (Hootman) Frazier, of Roanoke.

Also surviving is a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Frazier of Roanoke; two sisters, Cathryn Seese of Bridgewater and Janice Hardy of Wilmington, N.C.; two brothers, Forrest Frazier of Bridgewater and James Ervin Frazier of Pittsburgh, Pa.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church in Roanoke with the Rev. Gary Heaton officiating.

Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery in Page County.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Family Services, 3900 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23230.

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



Richard D. Light


Richard Delmas Light, 72, of Grottoes, passed away on Feb. 29, 2016, at the Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born Monday, Feb. 21, 1944, in the family home in Adolph, a son of the late Olan George Light and Louise Elizabeth Mahanes Light.

Survivors include eight siblings, Alma Hughes of Maryland, Stuart Light of Mill Creek, Earl Light of Mill Creek, Doris Lloyd of Ashland, Herman Light of Mill Creek, Wanda Jones of Buckhannon, Irene Chenoweth of Elkins and Linda Jack of Mill Creek; 18 nieces and nephews and several greatnieces and nephews.

He attended the schools of Randolph County and was a 1964 graduate of Tygarts Valley High School.

A resident of Harrisonburg for 50 years, he was employed by Owens-Brockway/Graham Packaging for 48 years before retiring in 2014.

He was a car enthusiast, enjoyed shopping, visiting amusement parks, the beach, listened to a variety of music genres, enjoyed dining out and indulging his sweet tooth.

His request for cremation was honored. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Randolph Funeral Home Saturday, March 12, 2016, from 10 a.m. to noon.

A memorial service will be held at noon and inurnment will follow in Blue Rock Cemetery in Blue Rock.

The Randolph Funeral Home and Cremation Services has been entrusted with the arrangements for Richard Delmas Light.

Send online condolences to the family at www.therandolphfuneralhome.com.



Annabelle H. Dovel


Annabelle Hughes Dovel, 80, of McGaheysville, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born June 16, 1935, in Page County, and was a daughter of the late James Richard and Carrie Ruleman Hughes.

She attended Landmark Tabernacle Church in McGaheysville. She opened her home to many children for foster care and babysitting.

On Dec. 23, 1954, she married Elwood Dovel, who preceded her in death in 1993.

She is survived by her son, Anthony “Tony” E. Dovel; and a granddaughter.

A graveside service was held Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg with the Rev. L. Keith Powers officiating.

The family received friends Friday at the Dovel home in Mc­Gaheysville.

Memorial contributions can be made to Landmark Missions, P.O. Box 115, McGaheysville, VA 22840.

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



Betty L. Grim


Betty Lou Grim, 65, of Stanley, and formerly of New Market, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Page Memorial Hospital in Luray.

Visitation was Tuesday at Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market. The service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wood’s Chapel Independent Bible Church in New Market. Burial followed at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery, New Market.



I. Marie Comer


I. Marie (Breeden) Comer, 84, of Stanley, died Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

Visitation was Friday, March 4, 2016, at Fellowship Baptist Church, where the service was held Saturday, March 5.

Burial was at Leake’s Chapel Cemetery in Stanley.

Friends may gather at her residence at any time.

Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home Inc. in Luray.



Beverly K. Mahood


Beverly Kay Mahood, 62, passed away Thursday, March 3, 2016.

She was born Sep. 14, 1953, in Rockingham County, to the late Daniel Eugene Hensley and Phyllis Dean Hensley, who survives.

She graduated from Elkton High School in 1971 and from Virginia Tech in 1975 with a degree in business. She also received an MBA from the University of Texas in San Antonio.

She worked as an instructor at the ARC Op Shop for around 20 years and was a member of Mountain View Fellowship Church of the Brethren for the past 12 years.

In addition to her mother, she is also survived by a daughter, Sarah Marie of Winchester; and a number of devoted and special cousins.

A memorial service was held Sunday, March 6, 2016, at Mountain View Fellowship Church of the Brethren officiated by Pastor Wayne Pence.

The family received friends prior to the service.

Burial followed the funeral and was at Elk Run Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain View Fellowship Church of the Brethren; 8601 McGaheysville Road, McGaheysville, VA 22840, or the ARC Op Shop, 620 Simms Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.



Hollis D. Sheffer


Hollis “Billy” Dewitt Sheffer, 83, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016, at his home in Penn Laird.

He was born April 11, 1932, in Bridgewater, and was a son of late Stewart and Rosie Wachael Sheffer.

He worked for the Harrisonburg Electric Commission from 1951 to 1981 as a linesman and meter reader.

After retiring, he and his wife, Juanita, opened The Downtown Grill and Arcade Newsstand in downtown Harrisonburg.

On July 31, 1949, he was united in marriage to his wife of 66 years, Juanita Anderson Sheffer, who survives.

He is also survived by a daughter, Susie McGlaughlin; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Maxine Varner.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at the Keezletown United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joel Robinette officiating. Family received friends following the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Keezletown United Methodist Church, 1456 Indian Trail Road, Keezletown, Va., 22832, or Sentara RMH Hospice, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.



Ronald R. Deviers


Ronald “Buddy” Ray Deviers, 79, of Grottoes, passed away Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, at his home.

He was born Dec. 10, 1936, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Claude and Frances Good Deviers.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Pauline V. Deviers, who passed away on Dec. 7, 2015.

He was a member of the Ray of Hope Church, where he attended for many years.

In his youth, he was a professional boxer and had won the Golden Glove Award.

Later, he worked at Shenandoah Poultry and also distributed Wise Potato Chips for a number of years before retiring in the 1990s.

He enjoyed fishing and bowling.

He is survived by his sons, Ronald Ray Deviers Jr., William Whetzel and Harold Ludholtz; daughters, JoAnn Thompson, Evon Fuchs, Donna Beach, Jamie Williams, Brenda Varner and Barbara Harold; brothers, Jimmy Deviers and Wayne Deviers; sisters, Margaret Deavers and Bonnie Matthews; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren.

Pastor Jimmy Kite conducted a funeral service Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Ray of Hope Church in Harrisonburg.

Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

Memorial contributions can be made to Kyger Funeral Home at 3173 Spotswood Trail, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.kygers.com.



Virgil T. Huffman


Virgil Trobaugh Huffman, 90, of Mount Crawford, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at White Birch Estates.

He was born in Mount Crawford, on Sept. 27, 1925, and was a son of the late Floyd Jasper and Mary Hettie (Trobaugh) Huffman.

He was a farmer and retired from American Safety Razor.

He was a member of Mount Crawford United Methodist Church.

He served in the U.S. Navy. Virgil had a great love of baseball and had played for the Harrisonburg Turks and in the county league for Clover Hill.

He was united in marriage, in February of 1946, to Verna E. (Hodges) Huffman, who preceded him in death in June of 1985.

Surviving are two daughters, Betty H. Puffenbarger of Mount Crawford and Karen K. Dillon of Mount Crawford; a son, Larry D. Huffman of Reidsville, N.C.; a brother, Elwood Huffman of Waynesboro; longtime companion and special friend, Janet Loker; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Mount Crawford United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2016, with the Rev. Russell Heinrich officiating. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. prior to the service at Mount Crawford Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday, March 11, 2016, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Crawford UMC, P.O. Box 84, Mount Crawford, VA 22841.

Online condolences may be at www.johnsonfs.com.



James E. Shifflett


James “Jim” “Old Man” Edward Shifflett, 79, of McGaheysville, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016, at his home.

He was born in Rockingham County, on Sept. 30, 1936, and was a son of the late Virginia (Hardesty) and Sheldon Vernon Shifflett.

He worked for Ethan Allen in Bridgewater until his retirement in 2004 with more than 47 years of service.

On Nov. 22, 1958, he was united in marriage to Barbara (Caracofe) Shifflett, who survives.

He is also survived by three daughters, Linda Stoner of Port Republic, Brenda Wilberger of Keezletown and Wanda Pryce of New Market; two sons, Douglas E. Caracofe of McGaheysville and James A. Shifflett of North Carolina; two sisters, Ethel Alexander of Linville and Lessie Simmers of Harrisonburg; a brother, Dennis Shifflett of New Market; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg with Pastor Gail Heiston officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 420 Neff Ave., Suite 110, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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



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