Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

William C. Sherwood

William Cullen Sherwood, 84, of Harrisonburg, passed away April 12, 2016.

He was born Feb. 8, 1932, in Washington, D.C., and attended school in Fairfax County.

In 1954, he graduated from the University of Virginia and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

He served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Austria and Germany with the 69th Engineering Company.

He returned to the states to do graduate work at U.Va. and Lehigh University, where he completed a Ph.D. in geology in 1961. Dr. Sherwood began his career as a geologist at the Virginia Transportation Research Council in Charlottesville, before joining the faculty at U.Va.

In 1971, he took a new position at James Madison University, where he taught for 42 years.

He published books and articles in both geology and Civil War history and received several honors during his long career.

He was a dedicated teacher and mentor and leaves behind a legacy of generations of students committed to the study and protection of natural and cultural resources, many of whom are working and teaching in the Earth sciences.

A committed land conservationist, he served on the boards of the Valley Conservation Council, the Piedmont Environmental Council and the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation.

He was a lifelong student of the Civil War and enjoyed the fellowship of the local Civil War Roundtable.

He was a son of Maxwell Cullen Sherwood and Edith Denny Sherwood and is preceded in death by his wife, Phoebe A. Wilson Sherwood, who passed away in 2004.

He is survived by a daughter, Sarah C. Sherwood of Sewanee, Tenn.; two sons, Stuart C. Sherwood of Savannah, Ga. and Aaron M. Sherwoodof Harrisonburg; two grandsons; and his sisters, Shirley VanVleet and Rebecca Keys.

Memorial contributions be made to James Madison University’s W. Cullen Sherwood Outstanding Senior Award, which has been honoring exceptional JMU students in geology and the Earth sciences for several years; the Valley Conservation Council; or the Arthritis National Research Foundation.

Private interment was be at the Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg.

A picnic gathering will be held this summer (date to be announced) for family and friends to come together and celebrate his life.

Betty J. Wright

Betty Jane (Campbell) Wright, 81, of Stanley, died April 11, 2016, at MontVue Nursing Home in Luray.

The family received friends at Bradley Funeral Home in Luray on Friday, April 15, 2016, with the funeral held Saturday, April 16, at the funeral home.

Burial was at Leake’s Chapel Cemetery in Stanley.

Joseph M. Greene Jr.

Dr. Joseph Milton Greene Jr., 66, passed away April 11, 2016, at his home in Mount Sidney.

He courageously fought prostate cancer for 11 years.

He was born in Staunton, a son of the late Joseph Milton Greene Sr. and Madeline Edna Vines Greene.

Two sisters, Mary Jane Greene Miller of Memphis, Tenn. and Rebecca Jolene Greene Porter of Lynchburg, survive

Dr. Greene received his DDS from Medical College of Virginia and completed his pedodontics residency at Medical College of Georgia. He practiced as a pediatric dentist for 35 years in Harrisonburg.

He was a member of Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church and the Harrisonburg Rotary Club.

He also leaves behind his wife, Sandra Lineberry Greene; a son, Joseph Milton Greene III of Warrenton; a daughter, Emily Morgan Greene of Charlottesville; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. May 7, at Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church by the Revs. Beth McCrary and Pat Hunt.

Anyone wishing to honor his memory can support their own favorite children’s charity, the Explore More Children’s Museum in Harrisonburg for the new Dental Activity Area, 150 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801, or the Dr. Joseph M. Greene Jr. Lecture Fund at Augusta University, the Georgia Health Sciences Foundation Inc., 1120 5th St., Augusta, GA 30912.

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Stella M. Rhoads

Stella Mae Rhoads, 93, of Grottoes, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

Ms. Rhoads was born March 25, 1923, in Bradshaw, W.Va., and was a daughter of the late Arthur and Rebecca Estep Green.

She was employed with the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Atlanta prior to moving to Grottoes in 1987 to be closer to her family.

She was a member of the Elkton Church of God and enjoyed playing guitar, singing and going to church.

On April 21, 1943, she married Charles Edward Rhoads, who preceded her in death on July 21, 2015.

She is survived by sons, Charles A. Rhoads of Broadway and Roger N. Rhoads of Easley S.C.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Samuel Sponaugle conducted a funeral service Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Interment followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkton Church of God Building Fund, P.O. Box 123, Elkton, VA 22827.

Ora Mae Shifflett

Ora Mae Shifflett, 77, of Elkton, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at her home.

She was born July 29, 1938, in Franklin, W.Va., and was a daughter of the late William Ray Eye and Mary Rexrode Eye.

She was a nurse’s aide in Long Island, N.Y., at Smithtown General Hospital for 30 years.

In 1996, she moved to Virginia. She was a member. for more than 20 years, of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church in Harrisonburg, where she was a communion assistant. She volunteered with the Neighborhood Watch program.

On Dec. 6, 1954, she married James Oliver Shifflett, who survives.

She is also survived by four children, Ethylene Watson, Marlene Deegan, Darryl Glenn Shifflett and Scott Michael Shifflett Sr.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Harry Allen Eye; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Saturday, April 16, 2016, at the Muhlenberg Lutheran Church in Harrisonburg with Pastor Bob Humphrey officiating.

Burial followed at Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville.

Memorial contributions can be made to Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, 218 E. Market St., Harrisonburg VA 22827.

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Irene M. Armentrout

Irene Mae Armentrout, 87, of Keezletown, passed away April 13, 2016, at Avante at Harrisonburg.

Mrs. Armentrout was born June 2, 1928, in Lynchburg, and was a daughter of the late Amanda Catherine Coleman Harwley.

She was a graduate of Keezletown High School and a member of the Keezletown United Methodist Church. She worked at Shenandoah Poultry for 26 years until its closing. She then went on to work for Mick or Mack on Wolfe Street in Harrisonburg as the Deli Manager for 15 years until her retirement.

On July 24, 1948, she married Howard Rudolph “Bud” Armentrout, who preceded her in death on March 7, 2010.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Ann Heatwole of Keezletown and Tammy Gail Layman of Broadway; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A service was held Sunday, April 17, 2016, at Keezletown United Methodist Church with the Revs. T. Joel Robinette and David Nankivell officiating.

Interment followed at the Keezletown Cemetery.

Friends and family are welcome to pay their respects at the home of Barbara and Gary, 4143 Indian Trail Road, Keezletown, at anytime.

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Brian W. Harold

Brian William Harold, 45, of McGaheysville, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016, from a boating accident that occurred on Lake Gaston in North Carolina.

He was born in Harrisonburg, on Oct. 12, 1970, and was a son of Gerald and Linda Harper Harold.

On July 29, 2000, he married Cathy Ray Harold, who survives. Also surviving are his sons, Clayton and Bradley Harold, both of McGaheysville; his mother, Linda Rogers Adkins of Harrisonburg; his father, Gerald Harold of Harrisonburg; his grandmother, Audrey Harold of Harrisonburga sister, Lori Miller of Grottoes; a stepsister, Rebekah Adkins Gwynn of Kansas City, Mo.; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews.

He graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1989 and was employed with R.R. Donnelley for 25 years.

He was a skilled sport bass fisherman and competed in various tournaments up and down the east coast.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene. Prior to the service, the family will receive friends at the church from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Roanoke Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department (790 Lizard Creek Rd. Littleton, N.C. 27850) for tireless search and rescue/recovery efforts which spanned 10 days from the date of the accident.

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