Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Owen A. Morris

Owen Ashby Morris, 92, of Elkton, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 9, 2016.

Mr. Morris was born on Sept. 4, 1923, in Elkton, and was the son of the late William and Sara Morris.

Besides his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Juanita Monger Morris; sons, Richard Wayne Morris and Randall Steven Morris Sr.; and numerous brothers and sisters.

Owen was a member of the Bakers and Confectionary Union. He loved Cadillacs and spent most of his time at thrift stores, Burger King and McDonalds.

He is survived by grandchildren, Aron D. Morris and wife, Tracey, Randall Morris Jr. and wife, Amanda, Samantha Morris and husband, Jesse; and great-grandchildren, Benjamin Morris, Austin Johnson, Bailee Morris, Trey Morris, and Shana Morris; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Friday, May 13, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Reverend Danny Herring officiating.

Interment followed at Elk Run Cemetery.

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Nora L. Darrah

Nora Lee (Benson) Darrah, 82, of Crimora, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 23, 1934, in Mint Spring, a daughter of the late Robert Hampton and Pearl Alena (Sorrells) Benson.

She was a member of the New Hope United Methodist Church and was retired from the United States Postal Service as a postmaster for 16 years in Steeles Tavern. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and spending time with family.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 60 years, Charles E. Darrah, are two sons, Robert “Bucky” Darrah of New Hope and Kent Eric Darrah of Harrisonburg; two brothers, Stanley Benson of Spottswood and Robert Benson of Radford; four grandchildren; and one stepgranddaughter, Ellie Graham.

The family had a private memorial service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Hope Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 38, New Hope, VA 24469, or the New Hope United Methodist Church, c/o the General Fund, P.O. Box 86, New Hope, VA 24469.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Ruby V. Rhinehart

Ruby Virginia (Breeden) Rhinehart, 91, of Stanley, died Friday, May 13, 2016, at MontVue Nursing Home.

Family received friends at Newport Christian Church on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

A funeral service was held at Newport Christian Church on Monday, May 16, 2016. Services performed under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.

Robert P. Hunter

Robert “Bob” Paul Hunter, 89, of Grottoes, passed away Monday, May 9, 2016, at his home.

He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on May 2, 1927, and was a son of the late Nina Pearl (Lam) Hunter and Robert Paul Willis.

He spent his early years with his grandparents, the late Paul and Nettie Lam of McGaheysville, before moving to Pennsylvania.

He retired from Faulkner Motors in Pennsylvania after 40 years as an auto mechanic, and he attended Grottoes Church of God. He served in the U.S. Navy as a seaman 2nd Class in WWII. He enjoyed sales or auctions.

On June 2, 2001, he was united in marriage to Glenna McCallister (Roadcap) Hunter, who survives.

He is also survived by three stepdaughters, Jennifer Garrison of Grottoes, Karen Wright of Waynesboro and Melesa Duncan of Massanutten; three stepsons, Jeff McCallister of Waynesboro, David McCallister of Staunton and Gregory Roberts of Kintnersville, Pa.; 13 stepgrandchildren; and 14 stepgreat-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Thursday, May 12, 2016, at Port Republic Mutual Cemetery with Pastor Glenn Hughes and the Rev. Jim Joyner officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grottoes Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 67, Grottoes, VA 24441, or Grottoes Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1187, Grottoes, VA 24441.

Condolences may be sent at www.

C. Wayne Jarrell

C. Wayne “Beany” Jarrell, 78, of Shenandoah, died Saturday, May 14, 2016, at his home.

A son of the late John and Katie Jarrell Rinaca, he was born in Page County on July 13, 1937.

He served in U.S. Navy.

He was employed with Reynolds Metals and retired after 37 years.

He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and the Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Company for 63 years, where was the oldest active member and previously held the positions of chief, captain and president.

On Sept. 3, 1959, he married the former Shelby Jean Foltz, who survives.

Also surviving are a son, Steven W. Jarrell of Shenandoah; and a sister, Linda Rinaca of Richmond.

The family received friends Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at Christ United Methodist Church in Shenandoah with the Rev. Stephen R. Creech officiating.

Interment followed in Rest Haven Cemetery in Shenandoah with military rites by the Avis O. Comer VFW Post 8613.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 501 Senior Ave., Shenandoah VA 22849, Shenandoah Fire Company, 201 Pennsylvania Ave., Shenandoah, VA 22849, or the Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, VA 22849.

Douglas T. Harmon

Douglas Trabue Harmon, 97, of Harrisonburg, passed away May 13, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born in McGaheysville, to Cletus Franklin and Marie (Winsboro) Harmon, on Dec. 9, 1918.

He was active in the field of transportation all his life including Smith Transfer, Houff Transfer, City Cab in Harrisonburg and Virginia Courier Service.

He was an active member of St. Michael’s United Church of Christ and served as deacon, elder and trust officer. He also served as past master and life member of the Eureka Lodge 195 of Bridgewater, member of the Valley Shrine club, ACCA Temple and Order of the Eastern Star.

On April 17, 1937, he married Lenna Virginia Huffman, who survives.

He is also survived by two sons, Richard Larry of Charlottesville and James C. of Bridgewater; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a brother Page Harmon of Staunton.

A memorial service was held Monday, May 16, 2016, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater. Burial was private with Masonic rites.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael’s United Church of Christ, Box 101, Bridgewater, VA 22812, or a charity of choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.

Robert L. Cavey

Robert Leon Cavey, 76, of Fulks Run, passed away May 12, 2016, at his home.

He was born July 25, 1939, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Thomas Leon and Helen Pearl Spitzer Cavey.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years.

He worked for Riddleberger Brothers for 38 years until his retirement and enjoyed watching and playing sports.

On Sept. 25, 2008, he married Reinetta Boyd, who survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Angela Rose Moore of Emporia; stepchildren, Kaye Andrews of Mount Clinton, Bobby Boyd of Fulks Run and James “Jimmy” Boyd of Harrisonburg; a sister, Janet Hill of Harrisonburg; a brother, Charles Cavey of Elkton; three grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.

At his request, the body will be cremated and there will be no formal services. Friends may call at the home, 7673 Hopkins Gap Road in Fulks Run, at any time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sentara RMH Cancer Center, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg VA 22802. Condolences may be made to the family at

Douglas A. Ringle

Douglas Allan Ringle, 62, of Shenandoah, passed away May 11, 2016.

He was born Aug. 26, 1953, to the late William “Bill” and Alice Secrist Ringle.

He worked as a carpenter and was employed with Nielsen Construction.

He is survived by his wife, Cinda Ringle; a stepson, Paul M. Shifflett; and sisters, Vickie R. Comer and Debbie R. Foltz.

All services were private. Friends are welcome to call or visit the home anytime. Memorials may be made to the Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, VA 22849. Condolences may be made to the family at

William N. Baker

William Nicholas “Nick” Baker, 54, of Massanutten, passed away from a brain tumor on May 5, 2016, in Leesburg.

Born in Rockingham County, he was a son of William Patterson Baker and the late Mary Ann Menefee Jarrels.

He graduated from Montevideo High School and trained at Vo-Tech to become a brick mason. He later worked at RR Donnelley & Sons.

He built three homes at Massanutten and completed home improvements on many other houses in this community.

As a member of the Massanutten Lions Club, he enjoyed hosting the annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities. He also volunteered with fairs, basketball tournaments and fundraising galas for numerous nonprofit organizations and participated in the Race for Hope in Washington, D.C., to raise money for brain tumor research. He was an avid fisherman. He also relished baking cookies at his sister’s bakery, gardening, canning peaches, making banana pudding and napping during Sunday NASCAR races.

He is survived by his father; stepmother, Lois Baker; stepfather, Norman B. Jarrels; sisters, Julie Baker Metz of Leesburg and Kelly Baker Payne of Smithfield; and a brother, Marty Lee Baker of Mount Crawford.

A celebration of his life will be held at Hopkins Pond, which is next to the entrance of the Massanutten Resort, on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at 2 p.m.

Donations in his memory may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice.

Margaret L. Shifflett

Margaret Lucille Shifflett, 92, of Harrisonburg, passed away Friday, May 13, 2016.

She was born April 16, 1924, in Raphine, and was a daughter of the late Herman Clint and Grace Gibson Coffman.

She was a lifelong resident of Harrisonburg. She retired from Sancar Corp. and was a member of Westside Baptist Church.

Her husband, Leon Wilson Shifflett Sr., preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 1990.

She is survived by two daughters, Patty Caviness of Shenandoah and Sandra Dean of Harrisonburg; two sons, Leon Shifflett Jr. of Weyers Cave and Roger Shifflett of Harrisonburg; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the funeral home with Pastor W.L. “Sonny” Henkle officiating. Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

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