Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Robert F. Majors Jr.

Robert “Bubba” Franklin Majors Jr., 62, of Elkton, passed away Friday, June 10, 2016.

He was born Oct. 10, 1953, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Janet Loretta Brock Majors and Robert Franklin Majors Sr., who survives.

He retired in April 2007 from Merck & Co., where he worked for 32 years.

He is also survived by his wife, Brenda Lee Majors; a son Jamie L. Majors; a stepson Robert A. Mills; sisters, Charlotte M. Kilby and Grenell Johnson; and 12 grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Saturday, June 18, 2016, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Burial followed at Saint Paul United Methodist Church Cemetery in Elkton.

Memorial contributions can be made to Kyger Funeral Home.

Dorris J. Darne

Dorris “Beanie” Jean Darne, 73, of Port Republic, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016, at her home.

She was born July 11, 1942, in Harrisonburg, and was the daughter of the late Glenn Edward and Geneva Steele Heatwole.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Lewis Darne.

She spent most of her life here in the Shenandoah Valley.

She was employed at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg.

After moving back to Port Republic, she went to work at Blue Ridge Community College as the secretary to the dean of finance.

Most recently, she was employed at the Best Western in Harrisonburg until her illness.

She is survived by her brother, Gary Alan Heatwole of Keezletown.

Her wishes were to be cremated and all services were private.

Friends may call or stop by the home of her brother, Gary, at 4143 Indian Trail Rd. in Keezletown, at any time.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America, 15 S. Franklin St., New Ulm, MN 56073, or the Harrisonburg/Rockingham SPCA, 2170 Old Furnace Road, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

Mercett C. Thompson

Mercett Coleman “Buck” Thompson, 81, of Mount Solon, passed away Friday, June 17, 2016, at his home.

He was born in Rockbridge County, on Feb. 26, 1935, and was a son of the late James Lewis and Irene (Siren) Thompson.

He retired as a farmer from Ivy Dell Acres and attended Mount Solon Pentecostal Church.

On July 22, 1961, he was united in marriage to Charlotte Edith (Kelley) Thompson, who preceded him in death on Jan. 17, 2013.

He is survived by a daughter, Cathy Renee Thompson-Mata of Staunton; four sons, James Thompson of Selbyville, Md., Mike Coleman Thompson of Mount Solon, Stacy Shawn Thompson of Churchville and Travis Allen Thompson of Grottoes; a brother, Pete Thompson of Staunton; eight grandchildren; and five great- grandchildren.

Family received friends Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the family C/O Johnson Funeral Service, P.O. Box 41, Bridgewater, Virginia 22812, to aid in funeral expenses.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Charles W. Cubbage

Charles Walter Cubbage, 88, of Stanley, died June 13, 2016, at MontVue Nursing Home in Luray.
A funeral was held at Stanley New Hope Pentecostal Church on Friday, June 17. Services were performed under the direction of the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.

Chester D. Allen Sr.

Chester Delmar Allen Sr., 65, of Elkton, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Sentara RMH.

He was born March 22, 1951, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Charles and Katherine Allen.

He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church. He worked for West Sand and Gravel in Rockingham County for 14 years.

He is survived by his fiancée, Nicole, and son, Trevor Krepps; a son, Chester Allen Jr.; daughters, Laura Shifflett and Christina Adams; numerous grandchildren; a brother, Carl Allen; and stepdaughter, Karen.

A memorial service was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday June 22, 2016, at Freewill Baptist Church in Elkton with Pastor Billy King officiating.

In lieu of flowersm memorial contributions may be made to Kyger Funeral Home to offset funeral expenses. Condolences may be made to the family at

Ruby K. Wolverton

Ruby Kathryn Wolverton, 99, of Harrisonburg, passed away Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born Oct. 18, 1916, and was the daughter of the late George Washington and Dora Louella Peters Stidley.

She was employed for many years with Rockingham Bag Co. and later worked for Valley Washers Laundry.

She was a charter member of West Side Baptist Church.

On June 1, 1941, she married Paul Wolverton, who preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1966.

Surviving are her children, Fred Wolverton of Buckeye Lake, Ohio, Steve Wolverton of Macon, Ga., Dora Ann Fulk of Harrisonburg and Ronnie Wolverton and of Grottoes; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was the last surviving member of her family.

Pastors Charles Anderson and Troy Pearson will conduct a funeral service Thursday, June 23, 2016, at 11 a.m., at the McMullen Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Powder Springs Cemetery in Basye. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Side Baptist Church, 715 W. Wolfe St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Condolences may be made to the family at

Lake J. Swisher

Lake Junior Swisher, 93, of Lynchburg, passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016.

He was the husband of the late Oleta Genieve Swisher for 64 years.

Born Dec. 12, 1922, in Fairmont, W.Va., he was a son of the late Beulah Cox Swisher and Lake Swisher.

He is survived by a daughter, Sandra L. Snell of Lynchburg; a son, Larry W. Swisher of Penn Laird; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Phyllis Shaw of Monroe, N.C. and Florise Slusser of Fairmont, W.Va.; and a brother, James Swisher of Delaware, Ohio.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He lived in Fairmont until moving to Lynchburg in 2005.

He was a truck driver.

Having a big bass voice, he sang in a quartet and still enjoyed singing.

He was an avid golfer in his younger days.

A former member of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Fairmont, he was attending Heritage Baptist Church in Lynchburg.

A graveside service will be conducted at a later date in Fairmont, W.Va.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory in Lynchburg is assisting the family.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Margie M. Mundy

Margie Marie Meadows Mundy, 82, of Eldersburg, Md., formerly of Waldorf, Md., passed away June 14, 2016, at the Dove House of Carroll Hospice in Westminster, Md.

She was a daughter of the late Lloyd E. Meadows Sr. and Pearl Ware Meadows.

She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Owen Duane Hensley, and her second husband of 40 years, William Bernard Mundy Jr.

She was a secretary and bookkeeper for Home Beneficial Life Insurance Co. for many years, but was retired.

She was a lifetime member of The Evangelical United Methodist Church.

She was a graduate of Elkton High School in 1950.

She is survived by her three sons, Victor Hensley, Lynn Hensley and Kenneth Mundy; a daughter, Debra Farber; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Shelvy Jenkins and Janet Eppard.

Visitation will be on Friday, June 24, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Raymond Funeral Service Chapel, 5635 Washington Ave., La Plata, MD 20646.

A funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016, beginning at 11 a.m., with viewing before, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., at the Raymond Funeral Service Chapel in La Plata. Interment will be held at the Trinity Memorial Gardens, located at 3221 Mattawoman-Beantown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601.

Memorial contributions can be made to Copper Ridge Nursing Home, 710 Obrecht Road, Sykesville, MD 21784, or to The Dove House of Carroll Hospice, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.

Zelda A. Gibson

Zelda Arline Gibson, 91, of Penn Laird, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Envoy Nursing Home in Staunton.

She was born Nov. 30, 1924, in Rockingham County, and was adaughter of the late Emmett and Florence Watson Hensley.

She worked for American Safety Razor, where she was employed from October 1962 until January 1989.

Later in life, she worked as a home health provider.

She loved gardening for her church and community.

Surviving family include a daughter, Patricia Ann Perry; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Maxine Shreckise; and a brother, Mencil L. Hensley.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Massanutten Presbyterian Church.

Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends and there was a viewing one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Massanutten Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 50 Indian Trail Road, Penn Laird, VA 22846.

You can send your condolences to the Gibson family by visiting

Clarence Dean

Clarence Dean, 53, of Franklin, W.Va., passed away Thursday, June 16, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg. He had been a patient at Life Care Center in New Market since November of 2015.

He was born May 24, 1963, in Harrisonburg, and was a son of the late Dennis Dean and Geraldine Williams Dean Richards.

He was a factory worker and a construction worker.

He was an animal lover, enjoyed gardening and helping others.

He is survived by his life partner, Brad Alt of Franklin, W.Va.; a daughter, Emerald Mick of Broadway; two sisters, Denise Meadows of Elkton and Trudy Irvine of Grottoes; and two brothers, Garland Dean of Elkton and T. W. Richards of Grottoes.

A funeral was held Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin with the Rev. Susie Echols officiating. Interment was at the Dean Family Cemetery on the Skyline Drive near Elkton on Sunday with the Rev. Carter Dean officiating.

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