Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Carolyn S. Ferrell

Carolyn Sue Ferrell, 66, of Shenandoah, passed away March 25, 2016, in Charlottesville.

Mrs. Ferrell was born Dec. 26, 1949, in Page County, and was a daughter of the late Luther and Gloria Painter Dovel.

She grew up in Page County and attended Mount Lebanon Christian Church.

She enjoyed planting flowers around her home and spending time with family.

She worked for Great Eastern Resorts for the past 11 years.

On Sept. 24, 1966, she married Ralph V. Ferrell, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Mike Ferrell of Shenandoah; brother, Alan W. Dovel of Stanley; and a sister, Dixie Mowbray of Elkton.

The Rev. Guy Lee Ferrell and Pastor Carter Dean conducted the funeral service 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at the Mount Lebanon Christian Church near Shenandoah.

Burial followed the funeral service and was held in the church Cemetery.

The family received friends Tuesday at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, VA 22849, or the Mount Lebanon Christian Church, 1030 Comertown Road, Shenandoah, VA 22849.

Online condolences may be sent to the Ferrell family by visiting

Mary M. Lambert

Mary “Sissie” Magdalene Lambert, 74, of Harrisonburg, passed away Monday, March 21, 2016, at her home.

She was a daughter of the late James Robert and Lillie Virginia Black Lambert.

She was a homemaker and lifelong resident of “The Ridge” area of Rockingham County.

She is survived by her many nieces and nephews, including her special caregiver, Barbara Sipe Kyger and daughter, Carrie, of McGaheysville.

Pastor Jim Kite conducted a graveside service Friday, March 25, 2016, at Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren Cemetery, which is located in Harrisonburg.

Arrangements were handled by Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Jo Ann Gray

Jo Ann (Alley) Gray, 69, of Stanley, died March 9, 2016.

The family received friends at Saint George in Pine Grove on March 28, 2016, with the funeral held at Saint George on March 29.

Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.

Delores J. Breeden

Delores “Lois” Jean Stanley Breeden, 76, of Elkton, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at her home.

She was born May 20, 1939, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late Ernest and Myrtle Tappy Stanley.

She enjoyed Friday night Gospel hymn sings, writing poetry and the company of family and friends.

She was a member of the Assembly of God in Shenandoah.

After 30 years, she retired from Wrangler as a seamstress.

On March 2, 1959, she married Owen Raymond Breeden, who preceded her in death in 2011.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Breeden of Elkton; a grandchild; a great-grandchild; a niece and nephew, who were raised in the home, Judy Taylor and Roy Lee Stanley of Stanley; brothers, David Stanley, William Stanley, Larry Stanley, Roy Dale Stanley, all of Stanley, Charles Ray Stanley of Luray and Donald Lee Stanley of Shenandoah; and sisters, Barbara Lansberry and Carolyn Huffman, all of Luray.

A funeral service was held Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Carter Dean officiating.

Burial followed at Elk Run Cemetery.

The family receive friends Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial gifts may be made to Kyger Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Online condolences can be made to the Breeden family by visiting

Patricia A. Dean

Patricia Ann Dean, 73, of Harrisonburg and formerly of Elkton, passed away March 23, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born June 20, 1942, in McGaheysville, and was a daughter of the late Herbert Wilson and Sarah Ann Shifflett Beasley.

She enjoyed listening to bluegrass and gospel music, loved to color and enjoyed visiting with her many nieces, nephews and beautiful lifelong friends from Blue Bell-Wrangler. She was an inspector at Blue Bell-Wrangler before retiring.

On June 20, 1957, she married Junious O. Dean, who survives.

She is also survived by her sons, Monte of Shenandoah, Marty and Mickey, both of Harrisonburg, and Max of Broadway; a brother, Grover Cleveland Beasley of Elkton; and seven grandchildren.

A memorial service was be held Monday, March 28, 2016, at the Kyger Funeral Home chapel in Elkton with Pastors John Bradshaw and Jim Tongue officiating.

Burial was private at Dean Mountain Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, NE 68010, or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105.

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Robert F. Early

Robert “Bob” F. Early, 81, of Harrisonburg, passed away March 22, 2016.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Eunice May Early of Broadway.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Life Early; a daughter, Cindy Early Mueller of Gainesville, Fla.; a son, Dr. Todd F. Early of Greensboro, N.C.; stepdaughters, Kara Bare of Harrisonburg and Tracy Morris of Roanoke; a sister, Dorothy Long of McGaheysville; three grandchildren; and a stepgrandson.

He was born in Broadway, served in the U.S. Army, was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, and a Master Mason, Lodge No. 27.

He was owner and manager of several successful companies during his career, most notably Arrow Supply Co. of Charlotte, N.C. and VIP Scooters of Harrisonburg. He loved music, was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending time with his family.

There was a private graveside service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.

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Paul W. Rodgers

Paul Wayne Rodgers, 62 of Shenandoah, passed away March 28, 2016, at his home.

Mr. Rodgers was born Jan. 28, 1954, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Winfred and Evelyn Lucille Rankin Rodgers.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with family and his grandsons.

He did maintenance and construction work for the CIA at Langley Air Force Base. He was a member of the Valley Church in Harrisonburg.

On April 10, 1976, he married Darlene Freeze Rodgers, who survives.

He is also survived by his daughters, Tessa Rodgers and Tiara Rodgers Smelser, both of Harrisonburg; a brother, James Rodgers of Shenandoah; a sister, Jane Myers; and two grandsons.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Larry Rising and Brad Shifflett officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery in Shenandoah.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Valley Church, 1680 Country Club Road, Harrisonburg VA. 22827.

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Esther L. Sprinkel

Esther Lydia Kagey Sprinkel, 100, a lifelong resident of the Mole Hill community near Dayton, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016.

She was born Feb. 9, 1916, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late Jacob C. and Annie M. Good Kagey.

She graduated from Dayton High School, where she was valedictorian and received an associate degree from Shenandoah College. She was the oldest living alumnus. During World War II, she was employed at the War Price and Ration Board, where she met her future husband, Henry Gordon Sprinkel.

She was later employed at Rockingham Co-Operative Farm Bureau and U.S. Forest Service, retiring in 1980. She was a long-term active member of Dayton United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school for many years.

On Aug. 27, 1944, she married Henry Gordon Sprinkel, who preceded her in death Feb. 16, 1981.

She is survived by her children, James G. Sprinkel of Broadway, Margaret S. Geisert of Keezletown, William F. Sprinkel of Port Republic and Frank C. Sprinkel of Bridgewater; 11 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Dayton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Bird offi ciating. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dayton United Methodist Church.

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