OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


William D. Turner


William “Bill” David Turner, 79, of Elkton, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016.

He was born April 14, 1937, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late William and Ila Turner.

He was a self-employed carpenter and attended the Upper Room Church in Elkton.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Turner; daughters, Melody Turlington of Smithfield and Debbie Turner of Dayton; a son, David Roach Turner of Stanardsville; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Barbara Hensley officiating.

Interment followed at Elk Run Cemetery.

The family received friends Tuesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.kygers.com.



George R. Poindexter


George Raymond Poindexter, 75, of Grottoes, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2016, at his home.

He was born in Harrisonburg, on May 9, 1940, a son of Annie (Poindexter) Taylor.

He retired from Westinghouse/McQuay International and was a member of Mount Moriah United Methodist Church of Grottoes.

He is survived by his mother; a brother, Howard Taylor Sr.; a very special friend, Faye Sullivan; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Mount Moriah United Methodist Church in Grottoes. Burial was at the church cemetery.

Donations may be made to Mount Moriah United Methodist Church, c/o Ms. Tracey Veney, 300 S. Dogwood Drive, Apt. A, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Services by McCutcheon’s Funeral Home.



Agnes A. Jones


Agnes A. Jones, 91, of Roanoke and formerly of Biglerville, Pa. and Penn Laird, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

She was predeceased by her husband, John L. Jones Sr.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda Sehy of Evergreen, Colo. and Joyce Menefee of Goodview, Va.; a son, Andy Jones of Grottoes, Va.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Friday, May 6, 2016, at the Friendship Retirement Village chapel.

The funeral service followed. Interment was Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

Condolences may be sent at www.oakeys.com.



James N. Thomas


James Newall Thomas, 78, of Elkton, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

He was born Dec. 14, 1937, and lived in the Evansville, Ind. and Henderson, Ky. area until 2008, when he and his wife, Dottie, moved to Virginia.

He was a son of the late Madeline (Miller) Schwartz, Oliver Schwartz and Cecil Thomas.

He worked the majority of his career as a technician for National Cash Register in Evansville, Ind., attended Christian Fellowship Church in Evansville and served in the U.S. Air Force.

He was united in marriage to Dottie (Bitter) Thomas, who survives.

He is also survived by a son, Jett Thomas of Evansville, Ind.; a daughter, Joi Thomas Gayre of Elkton; and eight grandchildren.

It was his wishes to be cremated and no services are scheduled.

Memorial contributions may be made to the following organizations, where Jim’s grandchildren attend: Blue Ridge Christian School, 100 Dinkle Ave., P.O. Box 207, Bridgewater, VA 22812, or Lawrence Central Performing Arts Association, 7300 E. 56th St., Indianapolis, IN 46226.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.



Gloria E. Reid


Gloria Elaine Fairchild Reid, 70, of Staunton, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016.

She was born in Cross Keys, on Feb. 8, 1946, to Langdon Connell and Fleta Reedy Fairchild.

She is survived by two sons, Donald Sidney Reid II (D.) and Langdon Fairchild Reid; four grandchildren; and her first cousin and “sister,” Patty St. Dennis.

She was a lifelong member and active at Olivet Presbyterian Church, directing Christmas plays, attending circle meetings, vacation Bible school and teaching Sunday school. She received the Olivet Presbyterian Woman of the Year Award. In the community, she served on numerous boards, including Weekday Religious Education, Historic Staunton Foundation and Summit Square Retirement Community, as well as driving for Meals On Wheels.

She enjoyed volunteering, scrapbooking, sewing, watching a “good ol’ movie” and sitting in the sunshine with her cocker spaniels.

Memorials may be made to the Memorial Fund of Olivet Presbyterian Church, 1019 Richmond Road, Staunton, VA 24401.

Henry Funeral Home handled arrangements.



Damon J. Middleton


Damon Jeffrey Middleton, 17, of McGaheysville, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016.

He was born on May 23, 1998, in Phoenix, Ariz., and was a son of Chris and Vanessa Garber and Jason and Stacey Middleton.

He attended East Rockingham High School and Allegany High School in Cumberland, Md.

He enjoyed snowboarding, movies, wakeboarding and spending time with his family and friends. He was on the wrestling and football teams at both East Rock and Allegany high schools.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his siblings, Sofia Garber, Gabrielle Mignon and Noah Mignon; and his grandparents, John and Kaye Garber; Ronaldo and Milagros Otero, Pam Middleton of Cumberland, Md.; Dennis and Beverly Taylor of Pennsylvania.

Friend were received Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the Upchurch Funeral Home in Cumberland, Md. A memorial service followed at the funeral home.

A celebration of life service will be held May 21, 2016, at the Elkton VFW, beginning at 2 p.m. All are welcome.



Mary L. Turner


Mary Lee Turner, 88, of Harrisonburg died May 5, 2016, at her residence.

She was born June 26, 1927, in Cross Keys, and was the daughter of the late Rollin E. and Mary Anna Rodeffer Trobaugh.

She was a devoted wife and mother, and was a Rockingham County school bus driver for several decades.

She was a charter member of the Mount Tabor United Methodist Church.

On Aug. 26, 1950, she married the late Gifford D. Turner, who preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2012.

Surviving are sons, Keith Turner of Harrisonburg, Lane Turner of New Market and Jeryl Turner of Nashville, Tenn.; a grandson; four stepgrandchildren; and a sister, Kathleen “Kitty” Lambert.

Pastors Kay Gentry, Archie Webster and Dr. Mike Normoyle led a memorial service Monday at the Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Lacey Spring.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, or to the Wounded Warrior Project; P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Condolences may be sent at www.grandlefuneralhome.com.



Louise D. Wilberger


Louise D. Wilberger, 94, of Grottoes, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at her home.

She was born June 3, 1921, and was a daughter of the late Alpha (Eavey) and Jasper Davis.

She was an active resident of the Grottoes community for more than 70 years.

She had worked for the Grottoes Pharmacy until she was well into her 80s. She was an active member of Grottoes United Methodist Church.

On April 12, 1941, she was united in marriage to Charles Benson Wilberger Jr., who preceded her in death on March 28, 2009.

She is survived by three daughters, Nancy Shickel of Bridgewater, June W. Edwards of McGaheysville and Linda W. Myers of Harrisonburg; four sisters, Ruby Kessler of Verona, Isabel Fitzgerald of Barren Ridge, Helen Swisher of Staunton and Peggy Bocock of Greenville; two brothers, Roger Davis of Barren Ridge and Jasper Davis Jr. of Staunton; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday, May 8, 2016, at Grottoes United Methodist Church with Pastor Brian Posey officiating. Burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grottoes United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5, Grottoes, VA 24441. Condolences may be sent online at www.johnsonfscom.



Bernice D. Hutton


Bernice Davis Hutton, 87, of Elkton, passed away May 6, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 13, 1928, in Page County, and was a daughter of the late Edward I. and Frances J. Batman Davis.

She was a 1945 graduate of Shenandoah High School and attended Strayer Business College in Washington, D.C.

She was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton and enjoyed crocheting, needlepoint and won many blue ribbons over the years at the Rockingham County Fair for her work. She loved watching NASCAR, especially Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick, and enjoyed working on crossword puzzles.

She worked at Virginia National Bank for many years and was a cashier at 7-Eleven in Elkton, and numerous local stores.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Maxwell Miller Hutton, whom she married June 12, 1948.

She is survived by sons, Maxwell M. Hutton Jr. of Harrisonburg and John Mikel Hutton of Elkton; a daughter, Patricia Hutton Shifflett of Elkton; six grandchildren; a sister, Anne D. Oscar of McGaheysville; and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

A funeral was held Tuesday May 10, 2016, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton. Pastor Dickie Campbell led the service. Burial followed at Elk Run Cemetery. The family received friends Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Elkton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 152, Elkton, VA 22827.

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



William L. Lam


William Layton Lam, 76, of Stanley, died May 7, 2016.

The family received friends Monday, May 9, 2016, at Blue Ridge Pentecostal Church, with the service Tuesday, May 10, at the church.

Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.



Douglas W. Williams


Douglas Wayne Williams, 54, of Elkton, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016.

He was born Aug. 22, 1961, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of Ashby M. Williams and the late Peggy Joyce Stepp.

He was a mechanic at Air Conditioning Services in Broadway since 1988.

He enjoyed mushroom hunting, working on cars and spending time with his family.

He was a student of the last graduating class of Elkton High School in 1980 and was a member of the East Point United Methodist Church.

In addition to his father, he is survived by a brother, Ashby R. Williams of Elkton; sisters, Diane Shifflett, Jennifer Morse and Sarah Kyger, all of Elkton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Rick Robertson officiating.

Burial will follow at Elk Run Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to East Point United Methodist Church, 6439 East Point Road, Elkton, VA 22827, or Elkton Rescue Squad, 20871 Blue and Gold Drive, Elkton, VA 22827.

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



Evelyn L, Wyant


Evelyn Louise Wyant, 82, passed away May 8, 2016, at her home in Harrisonburg.

She was born Feb. 14, 1934, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late George and Willie Lilly Dean.

She was employed as a bus driver with Rockingham County Schools for 22 years.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Avis Lee Wyant; daughters, Deborah “Debbie” Wyant of Harrisonburg, Ava “Jeanie” Hoover of Penn Laird and Christal Curry of Dayton; a son, Ronald “Ronnie” Wyant of Harrisonburg; sisters, Erma Davis, Shelby Landes, Margaret Lam and Phyllis Fulk; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p. m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A graveside service for Mrs. Wyant will be held at 11 a. m. Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville.



Freda H. Jones


Freda Hypes Jones, 87, died Sunday, May 8, 2016, at her home in Harrisonburg after a month-long illness.

She was born June 27, 1928, in Princeton, W.Va., and was a daughter of the late Frazier William and Lessie Mae Belcher Hypes.

On Aug. 25, 1948, she married Dr. James Kyle Grimm, who preceded her in death. On Aug. 8, 1985, she married Dr. William F. Jones, who died July 5, 1991.

Surviving are a daughters, Jimmie G. Murphey of McGaheysville, Dianne Gail Grimm of Harrisonburg and Julia Spencer Grimm of Tega Cay, S.C.; a sister, Janice Hypes Surface of Princeton, W.Va.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg.

A memorial service will be held a later date at Vision of Hope United Methodist Church’s chapel for family and close friends.

Condolences are welcome at www.kygers.com.



Dr. Jon M. Trabosh


Jon M. Trabosh D.D.S., 69, of Harrisonburg, formerly of Elkton for 23 years, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Jon was born March 24, 1947 in Pottsville, Pa., and was a son of the late Helen and Joseph Trabosh.

Dr. Trabosh has been practicing dentistry for more than 36 years. He graduated from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry in 1980 and opened his Elkton practice in 1988.

Dr. Trabosh has been a member of the Academy of General Dentistry since 1980 and in 1998 he earned his “Mastership” from the Academy of General Dentistry and did a fellowship at the International Congress of Oral Implantology.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy formore than 14 years: six years in the submarine force as a machinist mate on the USS James Monroe, SSBN 622 and eight years as a Lieutenant Commander in the Dental Corps, where he graduated from the advanced residency program.

He had a wide interest in various hobbies including photography, lapidary work, fishing, boating, beekeeping, camping, scuba diving, traveling, and general craft work.

In addition, Dr. Trabosh was active in the local community and was a member of the Elkton Masonic Lodge, Elkton Ruritan Club and the Elkton Progressive Improvement Committee (EPIC).

On Feb. 1, 1969 he married his wife of 47 years, Joanne L. Trabosh.

She survives, along with a son, Michael J. Trabosh and wife, Shannon; a daughter, Jennifer L. Trabosh; a brother, Paul J. Trabosh; a sister, Celia J. Staples and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday May 14, 2016, at 2 p.m., at the Kyger Funeral Home chapel in Harrisonburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to EAUS-Jon M. Trabosh Memorial Dental Fund; P.O. Box 383 Elkton, VA. 22827 or Sentara RMH Foundation Critical Care Unit Fund, in memory of Dr. Jon Trabosh; 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA. 22801.


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