Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Patsy M. Fitzwater

Patsy McCall Fitzwater, 87, of Elkton, passed away peacefully March 16, 2016, at Lewis Gale Montgomery Hospital in Blacksburg.

A daughter of the late Samuel Leonard McCall Sr. and Elizabeth Cogbill McCall, she was born Sept. 25, 1928, in Charlotte, N.C.

Patsy was also preceded in death by her three sisters, Elizabeth Yates, Mary Gaylor and Catherine “Ginny” Bowman,; and two brothers, Samuel McCall Jr. and Johnson “Jack” McCall.

Pat was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and greatgrandmother “Nana,” homemaker and friend to many. Pat loved surrounding herself with good people and being actively involved with her passions. One of her favorites: making beautiful floral arrangements. Pat was a charter member and lifetime member of the Blue Ridge Garden Club. She held the offices of both president and treasurer.

Pat was an active member of the Elkton United Methodist Church since the late 1940s. She was a member of the Elkton Methodist Women and held the office of treasurer. She served as financial secretary of the Elkton United Methodist Church and served on numerous other committees over the decades.

Pat received a visit from the Rev. David T. Reynolds the day before passing at Lewis Gale Montgomery Hospital, who comforted Pat and delivered a family prayer in her hospital room with family members holding hands in a circle around her. Pat was surrounded by many who loved her and even in her last week at the hospital had all the hospital staff fall in love with her, captured by her charm.

She was a member of the Amanda Kite Circle. Pat also volunteered at the Elkton Community Library and at RMH Hospital with the Pink Ladies. She loved playing cards and was a member of the bridge club.

Pat recently celebrated her 67th wedding anniversary, on Feb. 16, to Norman Victor Fitzwater Jr., who survives.

She is also survived by her son, Norman V. Fitzwater III and wife, Joyce; two granddaughters, Nicole Fitzwater Boyle and husband, Justin, and Sarah Hope Price and husband, Ben; two great-grandchildren, Brooke Hope Price and Brodie Knox Price, all of Blacksburg; and many loving nieces and nephews, including, Patsy Garber and husband, Jimmy, (children, Lisa Wells and Wes Garber) who comforted and helped Pat and the immediate family tremendously.

The family is extremely grateful to neighbors, Rose and Mike Warren of Elkton, who loved them and helped them daily.

The Rev. David T. Reynolds led the funeral service Saturday, March 19, at Elkton United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Elk Run Cemetery. Pallbearers will be family members Justin Boyle, Ben Price and Wesley Garber, and Norman’s childhood friends, Andy Bazzle, Victor Bennington, and Richard Davis.

Memorials may be made to the Elkton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 82, Elkton, VA 22827.

We will miss Nana’s warm spirit and know she is watching over us and in our hearts forever! – Paid obituary

William M. Weaver

William Melvin Weaver, 86, passed away March 13, 2016, in Oak Lea at Virginia Mennonite Community Center.

He was born Oct. 23, 1929, near Fivepointville, to Benjamin and Katie Weaver.

He married Viola W. Martin, who survives, on Aug. 25, 1951.

He attended Eastern Mennonite College.

While serving as a pastor at South Seventh Street Mennonite Church, he taught music, Bible, and shop at three different Christian Day Schools: Conestoga, Ephrata and Gehmans.

He also served as a pastor at Rissers Mennonite Church and Dillers Mennonite Church.

He was the founding pastor of Halifax Mennonite Community Church during the years he worked for Camp Hebron as program director.

Singing and gardening brought him much joy in his life.

He is also survived by four daughters, Priscilla Jutzi of Reading, Pa., Aldine Musser of Stephens City, Karen Weaver of Harrisonburg and Lucinda Swartzentruber of Keezletown; a son, Curt of Portland, Ore.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Marvin and Irvin.

A memorial service will be held at Bowmansville Mennonite Church in Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m.

Another memorial service will be held at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, in the Detwiler Auditorium, on Tuesday, April 12, at 10:15 a.m.

Barbara A. Bosley

Barbara Allen Wood Bosley, 83, of Stanley, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016, surrounded by her family.

She was born Oct. 4, 1932, and was a daughter of the late Harrison McKinley and Rosie Nicholson Wood of Rileyville.

On June 1, 1950, she married Louis L. Bosley of Stanley.

Both were very active in their community of Stanley. She was a member of Bethlehem Christian Church of Stanley and was a founding board member of Hospice of Page County.

She is survived by three sons, Louis M. (Doc), Carroll K. and Stephen A. Bosley, all of Stanley; a daughter, Christi H. Baker of Stanley; 12 grandchildren; 13 greatgrandchildren; and a sister, Julia Mulcahy of Moncks Corner, S.C.

She and her husband owned and operated many businesses in Stanley and her landmark was owning The Hawksbill Diner for more than 30 years.

Funeral services were held at Bradley Funeral Home on Monday, March 21, 2016, with Pastor Andy Seastrom.

Burial was at the Bethlehem Christian Cemetery in Stanley.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Stanley Rescue Squad or Bethlehem Christian Church.

George W. Helyer

George William Helyer, 84, of Shenandoah, passed away Thursday, March 17, 2016.

He was born March 10, 1932, in Michigan, and was a son of the late Ralph E. and Ella Schimdt Helyer.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korea War. Most of his life he worked as a carpenter.

Survivors include a son, William G. Helyer; a daughter, Lori D. Helyer, both of Harrisonburg; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Geneive Patterson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home chapel in Harrisonburg.

Memorial contributions can be made in his honor to the VFW Post 8613, 1103 Varina Ave., Shenandoah, VA 22849.

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Helen W. Diehl

Helen Whitmore Diehl, 84, of Weyers Cave, passed away March 15, 2016, at Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville.

She was born July 3, 1931, in Philadelphia, Pa., a daughter of the late Amos McKinley Whitmore and Minnie Mitchell Whitmore.

She graduated from Linville-Edom High School in 1947, where she loved home economics and won many ribbons for track. She attended Madison College (now JMU), where she excelled in synchronized swimming, and Rockingham Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.

She had been employed at RMH at the supervisor’s office and in the Dietary Department, and also as a nurse’s aide in the office of Dr. Richard H. Smith Jr.

On April 29, 1950, she married the late David R. Chapman Jr. of Keezletown.

On Feb. 23, 1980, she married the late Leon H. Diehl.

She enjoyed gardening and growing roses, canning, baking, bingo and her cats and dogs.

She was a member of Weyers Cave United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by two daughters, Diane C. Williams of Harrisonburg and Denise C. Sager of Timberville; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, John J. Whitmore of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister, Frances Plecker of Harrisonburg; a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and greatnephews; six stepgrandchildren; and eight stepgreat- grandchildren.

Private burial was held Friday.

A memorial service was held at Weyers Cave United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 19, 2016, with Pastor Peggy Packard officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911 in her memory; Harrisonburg- Rockingham SPCA, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, VA 22803; or Weyers Cave Volunteer Fire and Rescue, 1235 Keezletown Road, Weyers Cave, VA 24486.

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Richard S. Craun

Richard Stewart “Buck” Craun, 56, of Grottoes, passed away March 18, 2016. He had health issues for years.

He was born in Nashville, Tenn., on March 29, 1959.

He graduated from Montevideo High School in 1978.

He worked as a truck driver for many years and was a member of Faith Alive Church in Elkton.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Ann Wease Craun Blizzard.

He is survived by his father, Welty P. Craun, and wife, Sue, of Grottoes; a daughter, Stacey Lynn Craun Harris of Elkton; three sisters, Phyllis Craun Armentrout of Harrisonburg, Susan Craun Messenger of Summerville, S.C. and Linda A. Craun-Luger of Winchester; his first wife, Deborah Louise Craun; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was be held at the Johnson Funeral Service chapel in Grottoes at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2016, with the Rev. W.L. “Sonny” Henkel officiating.

The family received friends at 10 a.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Grottoes.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Daniel D. Gray

Daniel David Gray, 22, of Stanley, died Monday, March 14, 2016, in El Paso, Texas, while serving in the U.S. Army.

Surviving are his mother, Jennifer Bywaters of Stanley; father, Cletus Calvin Gray Jr. of Stanley; sisters, Ashley A. Gray and Brittany B. Gray, both of Stanley; and grandparents, Cletus and Maxine Gray Sr. and Roy and Lois Bywaters, all of Stanley.

The family received friends Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Stanley Adventist Church .

The funeral was held Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at 2 p.m., at Stanley Adventist Church.

Burial was at Bethlehem Cemetery in Stanley.

Memorial contributions can be made to Page Youth Football League, 1861 U. S. Highway Business 340 West, Stanley, VA 22851, in his memory.

Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home Inc. in Luray.

Harry G. Saufley

Harry Garland Saufley, 80, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016, at his home.

Born in Grottoes, he was a son of the late Floyd and Cora Edna Saufley.

He served in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and Funkstown Lions Club. He did volunteer work over the years and loved coaching basketball and baseball. He was an outstanding athlete and played for Virginia Tech varsity basketball as a walk-on.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and master’s degree from James Madison University. Most of his career was spent working for Potomac Edison Co. in management.

He is survived by his wife, Martha McWilliams Saufley; a daughter, Karen Lynne Steinbach of Finksburg, Md.; two sons, Eugene Scott Saufley of Williamsport, Md. and James Garland Saufley of Towson, Md.; three grandchildren; and four brothers, Warren Saufley of Grottoes, Carl Saufley of Mooresville, N.C., Robert Saufley of Weyers Cave and Richard Saufley of Marion, Va.

The service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 21006 Twin Springs Drive, Chewsville, Md. Pastor Linda Warehime will officiate.

Burial will be at Mount Edgewood Cemetery in Grottoes.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Funkstown Lions Club – Luther Knight, 16331 Shinham Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740, and Bethel United Methodist Church.

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