Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Ruth M. Good

Ruth Myra Good, 78, of Luray, passed away Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, at Avante Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Harrisonburg.

Mrs. Good was born in Luray. on Nov. 25, 1937, and was a daughter of the late Fred A. and Betty J. Henry.

She worked at Luray Caverns and at Kmart in Front Royal for many years before retiring.

She is survived by her husband, John Good; a daughter, Vickie Winegord; and a grandson.

Burial was private at Mount Zion Church in Luray.

Condolences can be made to the family by visiting

Peggy L. Shull

Peggy Lynn Shull, 55, of Dayton, passed away Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at her home.

She was born in Harrisonburg, on Sept. 8, 1960, and was a daughter of Harry Lee Shull of Dayton and the late Charlotte Lee (Shipe) Shull.

She was a member of Victory Fellowship Church and had worked for the Rockingham County Public Schools as a custodian.

Surviving, in addition to her father, are her stepmother, Dorothy Lee Shull of Dayton; two sisters, Barbara May of Sipesville, Pa. and Susan Wealthy of Elkton; a brother, Allen E. Shull of Rockingham; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at Victory Fellowship Church on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, with Pastor W. L. “Sonny” Henkel officiating.

Burial was private.

The family received friends Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bridgewater Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Bridgewater, VA 22812, or Victory Fellowship, P.O. Box 326, Dayton, VA 22821.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Maxine D. Rinaca

Maxine Dofflemyer Rinaca, 87, of Shenandoah, passed away July 11, 2016.

A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at Fields United Methodist Church in Shenandoah with the Rev. Dr. Larry Aikens Jr. officiating.

The family will receive friends from 11 to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service at church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Fields United Methodist Church, 501 Senior Ave., Shenandoah, VA 22849 or the Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, VA 22849. — Paid obituary

Arley E. Hilliards

Arley Edward Hilliards, 80, of Stanley, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, in Stanley.

You may sign the book from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Bradley Funeral Home in Luray, where visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10.

A graveside service will be held at Hilliards’ Family Cemetery in Stanley Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, at 11 a.m.

Arrangements are by Bradley Funeral Home Inc. in Luray.

Rachel I. Ramey

Rachel Irene (Alger) Ramey, 77, of Luray, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at Montvue Nursing Home in Luray.
A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at 2 p.m. Arrangements are by Bradley Funeral Home Inc. in Luray.

Charles A. Taylor

Charles Allen Taylor, 61, of Rawley Springs, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

Mr. Taylor was born Jan. 14, 1955, in Baltimore, Md., and was a son of the late Charles and Joyce Satterwhite Taylor.

He was raised in Elkton and enlisted in the U.S. Army.

He was employed with Marshalls, Perdue and George’s in security.

He had an interest in carpentry work and collecting coins and knives.

Surviving is his wife of 25 years, Drema Atkinson Taylor.

Also surviving are his brother, Richard “Larry” Taylor of Elkton; sisters, Diane Taylor of Harrisonburg and Lora Downey of Elkton; stepchildren, Robert Atkinson of Rawley Springs, Jeffrey Estes of Moorefield, W.Va., Teresa Chance of Martinsburg, W.Va. and Tammy Clasby of Appalachia, Va.; six stepgrandchildren; and numerous step great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Brenda F. Wood

Brenda Fay Wood, 68, of Harrisonburg, passed away Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at Brookdale Assisted Living.

She was born in Harrisonburg, on Aug. 8, 1947, and was a daughter of the late Enoch Weaver Wood and Vida Marie (Meadows) Van Lear and stepfather Bernard Van Lear.

She worked as a secretary at Virginia State Police headquarters in Harrisonburg for 21 years and retired in October 1996.

She was a member of the State Police Association. Brenda was a member of the First Assembly of God.

She is survived by an aunt; uncle; a special friend, Shirley Terry of Harrisonburg; and numerous cousins.

A funeral service was held at First Assembly of God on Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, with the Revs. Jeffrey B. Ferguson and Trevor Whetzel officiating.

Burial followed at Saint Paul’s Cemetery in Weyers Cave.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901, or Raynaud’s Association Inc., 11 Topstone Road, Redding, CT 06896.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Francis J. Walton

Francis James “Jim” Walton, 95, of Harrisonburg, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016.

He was born July 14, 1921, in Cadillac, Mich. He was the son of the late John O. Walton and Julia Root Walton.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater and was a member of the Carlson Raiders.

He lived in Michigan most of his life.

He graduated from Eastern Michigan University, where he was captain of the football team.

He was a teacher and then retired from General Motors, where he worked for 30 years.

In his retirement, he lived in northern Michigan and Florida and then moved to Harrisonburg, in 2000 to help with White Oak Lavender, his daughter’s family farm.

He was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, camping, traveling, bowling, golf and football.

He was a talented carpenter.

He built two of the family homes and he made many handcrafted projects for his family.

He loved spending time with his family.

He was preceded by his wife of almost 70 years, Jessie Ruth Meade.

His surviving family includes a son, Dr. James Meade Walton of Port Angeles, Wash.; daughters, Jane Walton Wree of Lakeland, Fla. and Julie Walton Haushalter of Harrisonburg; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Interment services will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery alongside his wife, who passed away in April 2015.

Joy E. Sandy

Joy Elizabeth Rhodes Sandy, 86, passed away at home in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 2, 2016, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

She was born June 13, 1930, in New Market, and was a daughter of the late Joseph F. and Nellie Garber Rhodes.

She grew up in the Smith Creek area and graduated from New Market High School and business school in Winchester.

On Aug. 27, 1953, she married Edward A. Sandy of Weyers Cave, who survives.

She worked as a bookkeeper at several businesses in the Shenandoah Valley until moving with her family to Louisville in 1980. Most recently, shewas responsible for several administrative duties at Logan Lavelle Hunt in Louisville.

She enjoyed gardening, country music, watching birds, visiting her good friends, watching all sports and especially watching the University of Louisville competitions.

As a young woman, she was an avid softball player and she continued her love of sports throughout her life.

She was a longtime supporter of the Humane Society of Kentucky.

She is also survived by her children, Kathryn Hope Sandy of El Paso, Texas; Margaret Ann Howser of Louisville, Ky.; and Edward A. Sandy II of Port Republic; a sister, Hope Voyten of New Market; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family received visitors at Theis Funeral Home in New Market, between 6 and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016.

A graveside memorial service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m., at Saint Matthew’s Cemetery in New Market.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be directed to the local humane society of choice in her memory.

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