OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County


Janet F. Bennington


Janet Flick Bennington, 84, of Elkton, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016, at the Sentara RMH Medical Center, where she was surrounded by her family.

She was born July 4, 1931, in Elkton, and was a daughter of the late Joseph V. Flick Sr. and Mary Frazier Flick.

She owned and operated Sports R Fun in Elkton for a number of years.

She was a member of the Elkton Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton, where she was an active member participating in many church functions.

She volunteered at Elkton Area United Services, was a member of the Elkton Area Community Center senior group and the Young at Heart group of Shenandoah.

She enjoyed cooking, tending her flower gardens and caring for her grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

On July 24, 1950, she married George Edward Bennington, who preceded her in death on July 8, 2004.

She is survived by a son, Victor Bennington of Elkton; a brother, James Flick of Harrisonburg; sisters, Hazel Burner and Betty Secrist, both of Shenandoah; two granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.

The Rev. David Vaughn conducted the funeral service Friday July 8, 2016, at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton.

Burial followed in the Eastlawn Memorial Gardens near Harrisonburg.

Friends may call at the home of her son at any time.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Evangelical United Methodist Church Building Fund, 513 E. Spotswood Ave., Elkton, VA 22827.

Online condolences may be sent to the Bennington family by visiting www.kygers.com.



Mary A. Handley


Mary Ann Handley, 53, of Rockingham, passed away July 10, 2016, at her home.

She was born April 28, 1963, and was a daughter of Mildred W. Lutz of Rockingham and the late Martin D. Lutz.

She had been employed as a cashier at Sharp Shopper in Harrisonburg.

She was a member of Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Tenth Legion, where she had been a youth Sunday school teacher. She was an avid Redskins fan and a collector of Elvis Presley and Princess Diana memorabilia.

Surviving in addition to her mother, are daughters, Ashley Nicole and Stephanie Alyssa of Rockingham; and two brothers, Michael D. Lutz of Barboursville and John Martin Lutz of Rockingham.

A celebration service to honor her life and memory will be held at Bethlehem UCC in Tenth Legion with the Rev. Robert Edwards officiating and will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are by Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethlehem UCC, 11923 N. Valley Pike, Broadway, VA 22815; or Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, Attn: Donations, P.O. Box 1477, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

Online condolences may be left at www.grandlefuneralhome.com.



Elsie C. Spitler


Elsie Catherine Spitler, 91, of Luray, died Monday, July 4, 2016.

She was born July 15, 1924, in Luray, and was a daughter of the late James Franklin Batman Sr. and Eva Earle Judd Batman.

She was a graduate of Luray High School and worked as a clerk for the Town of Luray.

She was a member of the Luray United Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star for 54 years.

In 1946, she married Bernard Oswald Spitler, who died March 13, 1981.

She is survived by a son, Gregory B. Spitler of McGaheysville; a daughter, Susan Miller of Fredericksburg; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was conducted Friday, July 8, at the Luray United Methodist Church by the Rev. Erich Bennett.

Burial was in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.

The family received friends at the church on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Luray United Methodist Church or to the Order of the Eastern Star.



Jackie L. Vaughan


Jackie Lynn Vaughan, 45, of Shenandoah, passed away Sunday, July 3, 2016 at her home.

She was born in Harrisonburg and was a daughter of the late Rondal E. “Jack” Vaughan and Betty J. Comer Vaughan Emerick.

She attended Page County High School and lived her entire live in the Shenandoah community.

She is survived by two sisters, Brenda Marshall and Patricia Moubray; a number of nieces and nephews; and companion, Donald Lucas of Shenandoah.

A memorial service was held Thursday, July 7, 2016, at the Shenandoah Community Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to assist with the funeral expenses.

Lindsey-Kyger Funeral Home in Shenandoah handled arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to by visiting www.lindseykygerfuneralhome.com.



P. ‘Pauline’ Kite


P. “Pauline” Kite, 82, of Elkton, passed away Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 31, 1934, and was a daughter of the late Everette Shifflett and Ottie Lee Hensley.

She was a manager for Dollar General for more than 15 years and worked for Blue Bell and 7-Eleven in Elkton for many years.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and was a member of the Blue Ridge Independent Church in Elkton.

She is survived by a son, Ricky Kite; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a step-great-granddaughter; a step-great-great- granddaughter; and a brother, Elwood Shifflett.

A funeral service was held Friday, July 8, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Gerald Meeks officiating.

Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call or visit the home of Ricky at anytime.

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



Linda D. Hubart


Linda Darnell Osborne Hubart, 63, of Elkton, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016.

She was born Sept. 6, 1952, in Chilhowie, and was a daughter of the late Charles Henry and Lula Mae Yarber Osborne.

She was of the Baptist faith and a member of the ladies auxiliary of Goodin Brothers VFW Post in Elkton. She was also a member of the Shenandoah Moose Lodge 2176.

She loved bluegrass music and loved to dance. Her passion was flowers and her family.

On Oct. 20, 2012, she married Roger Allen Hubart, who survives.

Also surviving are daughters, Kristi Gentry of Elkton and Laura Sue Davis of Collinsville; brothers, Roger “R.C.” Osborne, James Osborne, Patrick Osborne and David Osborne; sisters, Cora Belle Osborne Kline and Barbara Osborne Frye; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Harrisonburg Free Will Baptist Church with Pastor Paul J. Collins and Roger Osborne officiating.

The family received friends Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the Elkton Emergency Squad, to which you can also give memorial contributions, at 20871 Blue and Gold Drive, Elkton VA 22827.

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



Ruth A. Witmer


Ruth A. Witmer, 75, of Leetonia, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, July 3, 2016, at her home.

She was born Nov. 3, 1940, in Columbiana, Ohio, and was a daughter of the late John Robert and Barbara Ellen (Shaum) VanPelt.

She attended the Salem Mennonite Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Lorraine Witmer of Monterey, Phyllis Benner of McGaheysville and Thelma Witmer of Dayton; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and brothers, Lloyd VanPelt, Floyd VanPelt and Wayne VanPelt, all of Columbiana, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 8, at Pleasant View Mennonite Church in Columbiana, Ohio. The Salem Mennonite Church ministry officiated.

Burial followed in the Pleasant View Mennonite Cemetery.

The family entrusted Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in Columbiana, Ohio, with the arrangements.

Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.



Nyoka F. Eppard


Nyoka Faye Eppard, 71, of Elkton, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016.

She was born May 25, 1945, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter of the late William Henry Lam and Nannie Dean Lam.

She worked as a machine operator at Walker Manufacturing for 21 years.

She enjoyed camping on Skyline Drive, listening to bluegrass and gospel music and loved her dog, Jack.

On July 30, 1982, she married Alton Ray Eppard, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Johnny Dale Bolton Jr. of Timberville and Christopher Lynn Bolton of Harrisonburg; daughter, Dana Michelle Simmers of Broadway; two stepdaughters, Angela Eppard and Tracee Eppard; brothers, Johnny Lam of McGaheysville and William Lam of Elkton; sisters, Alwinna Dean of Stanardsville, Frances Bolton of Harrisonburg and Rosa Turner of Elkton; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

In lieu flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Harrisonburg-Rockingham County SPCA, 2170 Old Furnace Road, Harrisonburg VA 22803.

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



William S. Bryant


William “Billy” Strawder Bryant, 90, of Elkton, passed away Saturday, July 9, 2016.

A son of the late Fred and Maggie Bryant Brown, he was born, in Rockingham County, on Aug.15, 1925.

He graduated from the Lucy F. Simms School and was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during World War II.

He was employed at his family’s local store on East Point Road in Elkton before a longtime career with the Northern Virginia contracting firm, D.A. Foster.

He was a member of the Saint Hebron Baptist Church in Elkton.

He was an avid fan of the Washington Redskins, watching sports and old westerns.

Surviving are his sons, William F. Brown of Harrisonburg and Gregory S. Brown of Esmont, Va.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery near Elkton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.


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