Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Genevieve M. Fleming

Genevieve “Gene” Marie Josette Fernand Fleming, 88, of Harrisonburg, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016.

She was a resident of Bridgewater Retirement Community.

She was born May 10, 1928, in St. Tropez, France, and was a daughter of the late Albert and Leoncine Rabino Husson.

On April 6, 1946, she married William Richard Fleming in St. Tropez, where they met during World War II. He preceded her in death on Jan. 19, 2006.

After WWII, they moved to Blacksburg and later to Harrisonburg.

She received a bachelor’s degree in arts and arts history from James Madison University and was a passionate artist. She received a master’s degree in language arts from JMU, and went on to teach at Montevideo High School, Harrisonburg Public Schools and JMU.

She was a master gardener and avid reader. She was an avid tennis player and fan and also enjoyed traveling.

Surviving family include a son, Daniel Richard of Harrisonburg; a daughter, Denise F. Michie of Stanardsville; and two grandchildren.

The family invites you to celebrate her life with them at the family’s home in Harrisonburg from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 550, Chicago IL 60631.

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James E. Simmers

James Elwood Simmers, 70, of Broadway, died Aug. 13, 2016, at his residence with his family by his side.

He was born Oct. 5, 1945, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Nelson Stanley and Vesta C. Cook Simmers.

He retired April 10, 2010, as a rural mail carrier after 33 years.

He was a member of the National Rural Letter Carrier Association and the State Association. He was past president of the Broadway Park Association. He was a member of the Bethel Church of the Brethren in Mayland and attended Grace Mennonite Fellowship in Lacey Spring.

On Sept. 17, 1965, he married the former Betty J. Vaughan, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Anthony E. Simmers of Lacey Spring and Kinley N. Simmers of Broadway; one daughter, Tina Knott of Dayton; a brother, Dennis W. Simmers Sr. of Harrisonburg; nine grandchildren; and a special niece, Savannah Ritchie.

Pastors Richard Early and Brad Kolb and Kinley Simmers will conduct a memorial service Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at 4 p.m., at Grace Mennonite Fellowship in Lacey Spring.

Burial will be private at the Bethel Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Memorial contribution may be made to Grace Mennonite Fellowship Building Fund, 209 Lacey Spring Road, Rockingham VA 22802.

Nannie C. Turner

Nannie Catherine (Campbell) Turner, 79, of Stanley, died Aug. 9, 2016.

Visitation was Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at Blue Ridge Pentecostal Church, where the service was held Saturday, Aug. 13. Burial was at Leake’s Chapel Cemetery in Stanley. Arrangements were by Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.

Bonnie D. Miller

Bonnie Diehl Miller, 93, of Harrisonburg, passed away Aug. 10, 2016, at the home of her daughter.

She was born Aug. 29, 1922, and was a daughter of the late Herman H. and Susan Anna Puffenbarger Diehl.

She worked for Lyle Armentrout, commissioner of revenue, nine years at the Turner Ashby High School Library and was a secretary of Greenmount Church of the Brethren for many years.

She enjoyed gardening, cooking, her family and singing with her sisters.

She was a member of the Linville Edom Home Demonstration Group.

She was a member of Greenmount Church of the Brethren.

She traveled to China, the Middle East, Europe and all the United States, but Hawaii.

On July 21, 1943, she married Ralph Wampler Miller, who passed away on Feb. 2, 2011.

Surviving are her children, Peter Marshall Miller of Canton, Ga., Jeannie Lynn Miller and Keri Hall of Charlottesville, Thomas Wesley Miller of Verona, and David R. Miller of Harrisonburg; two sisters, Allison Messerley of Harrisonburg and Delores Hottinger of Cross Keys; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Chaplain Robbie Miller conducted a memorial service Saturday, Aug. 13, at Greenmount Church of the Brethren.

Burial followed the funeral service and was at Greenmount Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Brethren Disaster Ministries, P.O. Box 188, New Windsor, MD 217760188.

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Serenia R. Obaugh

Serenia Renee Obaugh, 38, of Dayton, passed away Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

Serenia was born June 20, 1978, in Shenandoah, and was a daughter of Tony Sampson of Shenandoah and Nancy Housden of Stanley.

She was a graduate of Page County High School and was a member of the Church of the Valley near Shenandoah.

She was a licensed practical nurse for a number of years and a stay-at-home mom.

She enjoyed volunteering at Miss May’s thrift shop in Dayton, camping and spending time with her kids and family.

She also enjoyed flowers and going on vacations.

On May 19, 2007, she married David C. Obaugh, who survives.

She is also survived by her children, Jaedyn, Carleigh and Torilynn Obaugh.

A funeral service was held Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at the Church of the Valley near Shenandoah with the Rev. Alfred Comer officiating.

Burial followed the funeral service and was held at the Leakes Chapel Church Cemetery near Stanley.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Hahn Cancer Center, 2008 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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David S. Burgett

David Spencer Burgett, 85, passed away Aug. 14, 2016.

He was born July 26, 1931, at Beverly, Ky., a son of Gordon and Annie Burgett.

He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and earned a master of education degree from the University of Illinois.

He served in the U.S. Army in Germany for two years and taught high school industrial arts for nine years in Skokie, Ill.

He then was appointed a home missionary of the Evangelical United Brethren Church (now part of the United Methodist Church) and served for 22 years at McCurdy Mission School in Espanola, N.M., from 1965 to 1987.

At McCurdy, he began as an industrial arts teacher, then became high school principal, and eventually school superintendent. In 1987, he accepted a position with the National Division of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries in New York City, overseeing national mission institutions in the U.S., serving in that role for nine years.

In 1996, he and his wife, Carol, retired to Elkton, where he pursued his love of building wooden boats and canoeing on the Shenandoah River.

He also did volunteer construction work and served on the board of Camp Overlook and worked in the food pantry at Elkton Area United Services. He was very active at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton and also led many work groups to needy areas.

He is survived by his wife, whom he married on Aug. 10, 1958.

Also surviving are a two sons, Kevin D. Burgett of Springfield, Va. and Timothy S. Burgett of La Verne, Calif.; a daughter, Julie Ann Martinez of Sterling; eight grandchildren; and a sister, Ramona Ellison of Rising City, Neb.

At his request, his body was cremated. A celebration of life service will be led by the Rev. David Vaughan at Evangelical United Methodist Church Sunday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Evangelical United Methodist Church, 513 E. Spotswood Ave., Elkton, VA 22827.

Online condolences can be made to the family at

E. Muriel Williams

E. Muriel Williams, 85, of Luray, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016.

He was born March 16, 1931, and was a daughter of the late Edward J. and Olga G. Marston.

She was the wife of the late John R. Williams Jr.

She is survived by four children, Sue Price, Donna Baggett, Tracy Black and Bobby Williams; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by her siblings, Elaine Moyer, Eleanor Gochenour, Nancy Cave, Cleo Weatherman and Kenny Marston.

A funeral service was conducted Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Pastor Andy Seastrom.

Burial was at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601.

Barbara J. Clark

Barbara Jean Clark, 49, of Grove Hill, passed away Aug. 9, 2016.

She was born Feb. 15, 1967, and was a daughter of Larry P. Comer and Margie Clark.

She is survived by her sister, Connie Gooden of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; and husband, Scott Price of Shenandoah.

She attended Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Shenandoah.

Before becoming ill, she worked at James Madison University.

A funeral service was held at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton on Saturday, Aug. 13, with Pastor Danny Herring officiating.

Burial was at the Davis Family Cemetery on Grove Hill River Road.

A lunch to celebrate her life was held at the Shenandoah VFW after the burial ceremony.

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Loretta Horst

Loretta Horst, 76, of Weyers Cave, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at her home.

She was born in Broadway, on Feb. 22, 1940, and was a daughter of the late Clara ( Crider) and George Sonifrank.

She was a member of Calvary Mennonite Fellowship.

On May 4, 1962, she was united in marriage to James Horst, who survives.

She is also survived by two daughters, Karen Hochstetler of Rockingham and Kathy Swartz of Grottoes; four sisters, Arlene Miller of Fulks Run, Lillie Lahman of Harrisonburg, Nona Kulp of Indiana and Janet Thompson of Harrisonburg; two brothers, Linden Sonifrank of Dayton and David Sonifrank of Singers Glen; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at Bank Mennonite Cemetery.

A memorial service will follow at Calvary Mennonite Fellowship in Mount Clinton with church ministry officiating.

The family received friends Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

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