Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Grover C. Beasley

Grover Cleveland Beasley, 82, of Elkton, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born Dec. 13, 1933, in the Swift Run Gap area, and was a son of the late Herbert W. and Sarah Shifflett Beasley.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Frances Shifflett Beasley, on July 31, 2003.

He enjoyed playing softball in his earlier years and attended many games. He also had a love for bluegrass music and yard sales.

For many years, he worked as an independent stone mason.

He is survived by his children, Allen Beasley, Franklin Cleveland Beasley and Lisa Beasley Shifflett, all of Elkton; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Wednesday, May 25, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Burial was private.

Friends may call at the Beasley home at anytime.

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John D. Aleknas

John Dale Aleknas, 75, of Section, Ala. and formerly of Danville and Beardstown, Ill. and McGaheysville, passed away May 20, 2016, at his mountaintop home with family at his side.

He was born Oct. 17, 1940, in Tilton, Ill., to Frances and John C. Aleknas.

On Feb. 2, 1962, he married Doris Hicks, who surviveshis

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Mark E. Thaney.

He is survived by a daughter, Jamie Burns of Springfield, Ill.; a son, John M. Aleknas of McGaheysville; two grandchildren; and sisters, Ann Aleknas of Danville, Ill. and Susan Star of Williamsport, Ind.

He was a devout Christian and an active member of the Scottsboro Community Church of God in Scottsboro, Ala.

He was a brilliant mechanical engineer and an expert in air conditioning. He began his career at Bohn Aluminum in Danville and Beardstown, Ill., continuing at Dunham-Bush in Harrisonburg, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Beijing, China and Monterrey, Mexico. He retired in October 2015 from HTPG in Scottsboro, Ala.

A graveside service and interment was held Friday, May 27, 2016, at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg, with Pastor Charles Clinedinst officiating.

Memorials may be made in his honor to Scottsboro Community Church of God.

Condolences can be made to the family at

Hilda M. Good

Hilda Mae (Cubbage) Good, 84, of Stanley, died Monday, May 23, 2016, at Life Care Center of New Market.

Visitation was held Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Stanley New Hope Pentecostal, where the service was held Friday, May 27.

Burial was at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.

Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home Inc. in Luray.

Randell E. Gray Sr.

Randell Eugene Gray Sr., 70, of Stanley, died Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Stanley.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at Graves Chapel Cemetery in Stanley.

Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home Inc. in Luray.

James R. Dofflemyer

James Randolph “Randy” Dofflemyer, 83, of Elkton, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

He was born June 19, 1932, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late James Oscar and Mary Virginia Hawkins Dofflemyer.

He served in the U.S. Army for two years.

He lived in Springfield, where he worked as a barber for more than 40 years and then retired back to the Valley 20 years ago and was a member of the Blue Ridge Independent Church.

On Feb. 28, 1956, he married Rose Zelia Shifflett, who survives.

He is also survived by his children, Teresa Smiroldo of Arlington, Wayne Dofflemyer of Stafford and Lisa Burton of Manassas; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Gene Dofflemyer of Elkton; and six sisters, Carolyn Breeden of Elkton, Joyce Hansbrough of Shenandoah, Connie Lam of Elkton, Syvilla “Billie” Hensley of McGaheysville, Sandra Hensley of Penn Laird and Barbara Breeden of Mount Jackson.

A funeral service was held Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Gerald Meeks and Pastor David Wade officiating.

Burial followed at Elk Run Cemetery with military rites by Gooden Brothers VFW Post 9292.

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting

Pearl E. Boyers

Pearl Elizabeth Comer Merica Boyers, 93, of Elkton, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016.

She was born June 19, 1922, in Page County, and was a daughter of the late James Sherman and Lucy Breeden Meadows.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Claude Boyers.

She worked at the Alma Poultry Plant for many years before retiring and was a member of the Open Door Church of Harrisonburg.

She is survived by two daughters, Gail R. Lam of Elkton and Elizabeth A. Fitzgerald of Waynesboro; two brothers, Johnny B. and Manuel Meadows of Elkton; a sister, Bessie Meadows of Elkton; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Thursday, May 26, 2016, at the Kyger Funeral Home chapel in Elkton. Pastor Dan Bassett will conducted service.

Burial followed at Elk Run Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting

Mary K. Long

Mary Katherine Rubush Long, 80, of McGaheysville, passed away May 24, 2016.

She was born Nov. 8, 1935, in Augusta County, to the late John and Margie Huffman Rubush.

In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by a brother, John H. Rubush Jr.

Mary graduated from Madison College and was a longtime member of Mill Creek Church of the Brethren in Port Republic.

She taught kindergarten and Sunday school classes for 40 years and influenced thousands of children’s lives from her home, church and at Keezletown Elementary School.

She was a member of the Wayland Women’s club, enjoyed gardening and making candles and recycling for fundraising events. Children played a significant role in Mary’s life and it is said “she will never graduate from kindergarten.”

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Ed Long Jr.; sons, Tim and wife, Cristy, of Keezletown, Edward “Chip” Long III and wife, Rhonda, of Penn Laird, and Charles and wife, Robin, of Dayton; grandchildren, Kyle Long and wife, Hailey, Jeffrey Long, Blair Long, Jeremy Long and fiance, Katie, Jordan Long, Bryli Long, Logan Long, Grayson Long, Gannon Long; great-grandchildren, Lydia Long and Molly Anne Long; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Rubush; and extended family and friends.

A memorial service was held Sunday, May 29, 2016, at the Mill Creek Church of the Brethren with Pastor Jim Miller and Pastor Wayne Pence officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ed Long Jr. Family “Career and Technical Education Scholarship Fund,” through the Rockingham Education Foundation Inc., 100 Mount Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, or the Mill Creek Church of the Brethren Christian Education Fund, 7600 Port Republic Road, Port Republic, VA 24471.

Martha L. O’Sullivan

Martha Lee O’Sullivan, 63, of Shenandoah, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016, with her family by her side.

She was born in Charlottesvillem on Oct. 20, 1952, and was the daughter of the late Margarette (Daniel) Sutherland.

In 1971, she graduated from Elkton High School and was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Shenandoah.

She was a homemaker and loved to take care of her flower gardens.

She is survived by her husband, Paul O’Sullivan; a son, Michael Dovel of McGaheysville; stepchildren, Patrick Sullivan of Lincoln, Neb., Kevin O’Sullivan of Elkton, Collene Young of Camby, Ore. and Joan Sullivan of Lincoln, Neb.; brothers, Charles “Billy” Sutherland of Elkton, Paul Sutherland Jr. of Shenandoah and Donnie Sutherland of Shenandoah; and numerous stepgrandchildren.

The funeral service was held Sunday May 29, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Stephen Creech officiating. Interment followed at the Methodist Cemetery in Shenandoah.

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Nellie L. Knight

Nellie Louise Knight, 90, of Harrisonburg, passed away May 27, 2016, at her home.

She was born Sept. 25, 1925, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late Samuel Ford Kibler and Anna Mae Baker Kibler.

She was a homemaker.

On June 10, 1943, she was united in marriage to Charles E. Knight, who passed away July 7, 2011.

Surviving are her children, Betty Sampson, Bonnie Warner, John Knight and Charles Knight Jr.; two sisters, Anna Lee Branner and Shirley Jarrells; one brother, Bill Kibler; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held.

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Travis L. Reedy

Travis Lee Reedy, 45, of Fulks Run, died May 24, 2016, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 24, 1970, to the late Carroll Wayne and Dorothy Ann Reedy Reedy.

He was a sheet metal mechanic for Air Quality Systems. He was an elder of the Valley Church of Christ in Harrisonburg.

He loved the outdoors, old cars and was an avid hunter.

On Oct. 1, 1993, he married the former Chrissy Sonifrank, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Sara Reedy of Spring Grove, Va.; a son, Zachary Reedy of Fulks Run; a granddaughter; and one sister, Misty Reedy of McGaheysville.

Dr. M. Todd Collier conducted a funeral service last Saturday at Valley Church of Christ. Burial at Mountain Grove Cemetery was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Broadway Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 666, Broadway, VA 22815.

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Elsie M. Housden

Elsie Mae Housden, 91, of Shenandoah, died Monday, May 23, 2016, at Life Care Center in New Market.

A daughter of the late Headley and Mamie Judd Morris, she was born on Oct. 30, 1924, in Page County.

She was a member of the Church of the Valley and she taught Sunday school and helped with Bible school.

She loved to bake cookies, work with crafts and crocheted beautiful clothes for dolls and made beautiful quilts.

She was married to Elwood L. Housden, who preceded her in death.

Surviving are daughters, Janet Williams, Beverly Keyser, Jeannie Morris and Judy Fields; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Virginia Foltz; and two brothers, Ben and Gary Morris.

The family received friends Friday, May 27, 2016, at the Church of the Valley in Shenandoah. The funeral service followed at the Church of the Valley with Pastor Alfred Comer officiating.

Burial was in Mount Lebanon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, VA 22849.

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Charles F. Shuler

Charles Franklin Shuler, 89, of 1742 George Merck Lane, Elkton, died Saturday, May 28, 2016, at home.

He was born June 10, 1926, at Shenandoah, and was the oldest son of the late Fred Amos and Alma Comer Shuler.

Charles served as postmaster at Elkton for 39 years, from Jan. 1, 1950 to Jan. 3, 1989. Prior to that, he was a teacher of Vocational Agriculture at Marshall High School and director of Membership Relations for Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau.

He was an honor graduate of Shenandoah High School in 1942, and also an honor graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education where he was elected to membership in Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

He was a veteran of World War II and while serving in the U.S. Army attended Language School at the University of Minnesota for one year studying the Japanese language. This was followed by service as an interpreter with Headquarters Company of 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division in Kyoto, Japan, in 1946.

On Sept. 6, 1958, he married the former Martha Kelly Newton of Slocomb, Ala., who preceded him in death on May 18, 2015.

He is survived by one daughter, Mary Valentino of McGaheysville; one son, Lee B. Shuler and wife, Elizabeth, of Elkton; and three grandchildren, Ryan Joshua Pettie, Bryant Austin Shuler and Grace Elizabeth Shuler.

Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Mary Frances Johnson, and husband, John, of Lynchburg, and Mrs. Eva Holtzman of Alexandria; two brothers, Fred Amos Shuler and wife, Virginia, of Birmingham, Ala., and Dr. James Marshall Shuler and wife, Margaret, of Blacksburg.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth Wampler, and son, Charles Newton Shuler.

During his long life, he received numerous honors and recognition for civic, religious, and business activities. Among them, president of Elkton Lions Club, past district deputy governor of Lions Club International, 15 years on the Board of Rockingham Memorial Hospital, and former trustee of Rockingham- Harrisonburg United Givers Fund. Lifelong member of First Christian Church of Shenandoah, where he served as Sunday school superintendent, elder, trustee, treasurer and chairman of the board. Served on the local board of Sovran Bank for 30 years, and was chairman for 10 years. He was past president of Chapter 164, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, a life member of Gooden Brothers Post 9292 of Veterans of Foreign Wars and served as Virginia state president of National Association of Postmasters in 1956, followed by six years as state secretary-treasurer. He was a former member of the National Executive Committee and national vice president of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States.

Charles was very active in the Masonic Fraternity. He was made a Mason in the Elkton Lodge No. 74 AF&AM, on May 5, 1952, which was later renamed the Charles Franklin Shuler Lodge No. 74 AF&AM in his honor. He served as master in 1958, and continuously as secretary from 1959 until 2011.

He was elected Grand Master of Masons in Virginia in 1971, and at the time of his death was the Senior Past Grand Master. The Grand Lodge of Virginia honored him with its two highest awards; The George Washington Distinguished Service Medal and the John Blair Jr. Medal. He was member for more than 50 years in the Charles Franklin Shuler Lodge No. 74 AF&AM, Luray Royal Arch Chapter No. 4, Luray Commandry, Richmond Scottish Rite Bodies and ACCA Temple of the Shrine. He was coronated a 33 Degree Scottish Rite Mason in 1997. He served on the board of governors of the Masonic Home of Virginia from 1989 to 1996, and was president for three years. He was a member, and past patron of Milnes Chapter No. 3 Order of the Eastern Star, and was a member of the Virginia Eastern Star Home Board.

Charles was president of the Coverstone Cemetery Board (EUB) in Shenandoah for many years.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at 11 a.m., at First Christian Church in Shenandoah.

Burial, with Masonic Rites by the Grand Lodge of Virginia, will be at the family plot in Coverstone Cemetery.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 312 Third St., Shenandoah, VA 22849, or to Coverstone Cemetery, P.O. Box 67, Shenandoah, VA 22849.

The Rev. James Perry and Carl Howard will conduct the service.

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