Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Lee P. Price

Lee Page Price, 85, of Elkton, passed away Aug. 25, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, where he was a patient for two weeks.

He was born June 14, 1931, in Page County, and was a son of the late William Preston “Bogus” Price and Edna Florence Grimsley Price.

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

He worked at Dulles International Airport for many years, fueling airplanes until his retirement.

He moved back to “Comertown” to be near his brothers and sisters, where he ran Comertown Grocery, which has been in operation for more than 100 years. He finally had to close the store four years ago because of bad health.

He loved to work with wood and built many birdhouses. He loved the outside and was great with growing flowers, especially roses.

On Jan. 7, 1954, he married Beatrice Deavers, who preceded him in death on Jan. 24, 1984.

He is survived by his fiancé, Irene Morris Davis of Elkton; son, Page Allen Price; daughters, Cathy Price Comer and Brenda Price Saylor; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Hazel Price Comer; a brother, Earl Price; and a special nephew, W. Denny and Diane Price, all of Shenandoah.

A funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 29, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastors Carter Dean and James Kites officiating.

Burial followed in the Mount Lebanon Church Cemetery in Comertown.

Memorial donations can be made to the Elkton Rescue Squad, 20871 Blue and Gold Drive, Elkton, VA 22827; Building Fund for Assembly of God, 712 Maryland Ave., Shenandoah, VA 22849; and Sentara RMH Palliative Care, 1931 Medical Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Deborah J. Ward

Deborah June Heishman Ward, 58, of New Market, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at home.

She was born Jan. 8, 1958, at the Hinkle Maternity Home at New Market, and was a daughter of Mary P. Phillips Heishman Hill of New Market and the late Douglas Heishman.

For years, she was a delivery person for the Northern Virginia Daily newspaper. She had also been employed by 7-Eleven, the Bowman Apple Products of Mount Jackson and was most recently employed by Masonite Door Co. of Stanley.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Ward.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a daughter, Michelle Lantz Fowler of Hampton; three sisters, Barbara Mason, Carolyn May and Alice Tiffany; and two grandsons.

The family received friends Saturday at Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

It was her request to be cremated.

Arrangements were entrusted to Theis Funeral Chapel.

Evelyn F. Kyger

Evelyn “Ebbie” Faye Kyger, 67, of Harrisonburg, passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at her home.

She was born Dec. 5, 1948, in Harrisonburg and was a daughter of the late Robert and Ann Baker Jerrells.

She was a devoted homemaker and matriarch of her family.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, George Nelson Kyger.

Also surviving are her daughters, Becky Taylor of Harrisonburg, Nicole Roman of Bridgewater and Lisa Armentrout of West Virginia; a son, Robert Kyger of Grottoes; a sister, Barbara Jean Terrell of New Hope; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Thursday, Aug. 25, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Interment was private.

Joan P. Belspulsi

Joan Phipps Belspulsi, 85, passed away Aug. 27, 2016.

She was born Sept. 12, 1930, in Canastota, N.Y,, a daughter of Alton A. and Mildred Boice Phipps.

She relocated in 1999 from Syracuse, N.Y., to Port Republic.

She was a devoted wife to her husband of 46 years, Michael A. Belpulsi until his death in 1999.

She was is survived by a daughter, Stephanie Walker of Keezletown; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service and burial will be held in New York at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham ASPCA.

Mary H. Alexander

Mary Hodnett Alexander, 80, of Harrisonburg, passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at Sunnyside Retirement Community.

She was born in Alexander City, Ala., on March 29, 1936, and was the daughter of the late Homer Gaines and Gertie Lee Thomas Hodnett.

She graduated from Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City and was a homemaker.

In her early years, she was employed with the Turkish Embassy and the FBI.

She attended Port Republic United Methodist Church and was a member of the ladies bridge club.

She was an avid gardener and enjoyed canning her own vegetables.

On April 25, 1959, she married Dr. Robert Bowman Alexander, who preceded her in death on Feb. 7, 1991.

She is survived by a son, Robert Stephen Alexander of Riva, Md.; a daughter, Stephanie A. Berry of Madison; three grandchildren; a twin brother, Cary Hodnett of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg on Friday, Aug. 26, with the Rev. Carl Ripley officiating.

Burial was at Port Republic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 800773, Charlottesville, VA 22908, or Anne Arundel Medical Center, NEO Natal NICU, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401, or online at www.aahs. org in her memory.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Rosie M. Hensley

Rosie Mae Hensley, 90, of Penn Laird, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, at the Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Jan. 3, 1926, in Rockingham County, and was a daughter to the late Amos Russell and Ruth Grandle Phillips.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Farrel Hensley.

In the late 1930s through early 1940s, she made peanut butter crackers in the Sellers home. She worked at the Timberville Cannery and Poultry Plant, as well as helped her husband with his tile business. She taught people how to swim and worked on the farms.

She was a member of the Mountain Valley UMC, where she taught Bible School, and Mount Olivet Christian Church, where she was president of the Ladies Auxiliary and sang in the choir.

She also loved to square dance and was a member of the Massanutten Mountain Cloggers. She was a homemaker and was a caregiver to the elderly, taking care of them in her home as well as theirs.

Surviving family include daughters, Jacklyn Skinner of McGaheysville and Rosetta Shifflett of Elkton; brothers, Johnnie Phillips of Broadway and Raymond Phillips of New Market; sisters, Catherine Armentrout of Keezletown, Verdie Huffman of Keezletown, Anna Lucy Moomaw of Timberville and Barbara Derrow of Broadway; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at Mountain Valley United Methodist Church near Lacey Spring, with the Revs. Bill Statten and J.O. Phillips officiating.

Burial followed at Mountain Valley Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, do something kind for a neighbor or a friend in an anonymous and God-honoring way.

Condolences can be made to the family by visiting

Eugene L. Eppard

Eugene Larick Eppard, 82, of Elkton, passed away Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, in Charlottesville.

He was born May 11, 1934, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Elmer Clyde and Gladys Mae Hensley Eppard.

Eugene was born and raised in Rockingham County and after his retirement moved to Greene County. He enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, deer and bear hunting, and was an avid coon hunter.

He worked for Westinghouse for 15 years and then went on to Cave Hill Mechanical and Neff Masonry. He was a self-employed farmer and was a member of Hensley’s United Methodist Church in Elkton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Hensil F. Eppard, Lonnie L. Eppard and Berlon C. Eppard; sister, Beulah Lam; and daughter-in-law, Sherry Eppard.

He is survived by sons, Larry Eugene Eppard and wife, Carolyn, of Stanardsville, Clyde Edward Eppard and Bobby Lee Eppard and wife, Patti, of Elkton; brother, Jesse R. Eppard and wife, Carolyn, of Elkton; sister, Beatrice of Baltimore, Md.; grandchildren, Larry Eppard Jr. of Stanardsville, Brandi Nicole Lawson and husband, Troy, of Shenandoah, Clyde “Edward” Eppard and wife, Ginger, of Elkton, Bradley Eppard and wife, Alison, Derik Eppard and wife, Missy, and Joshua Eppard, all of Elkton; great-grandsons, Matthew Eppard, Derik Eppard Jr., Tyler Cardin, Tanner Eppard, C.J. Lawson; and great-granddaughters, Macayla Eppard, Brittany Lawson, Kailee Eppard and Mckenna Eppard.

A memorial service was held Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Carter Dean officiating.

Friends may call or visit Eugene’s home in Stanardsville at any time.

A private burial was held at Hensley’s United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the Greene County Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 302, Stanardsville VA 22973.

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting— Paid obituary

James M. Reedy

James “Peanut” Mahone Reedy, 57, of Broadway, died Aug. 26, 2016, at Davis Medical Center in Elkins, W.Va.

He was born Nov. 10, 1958, in Harrisonburg, and was a son to Jessy and Mary Fulk Reedy of Timberville.

He was a self-employed tree surgeon.

He is survived by a son, James W. “J.W.” Reedy of Timberville; two sisters, Renee Lohr of Timberville and Dorothy “Sis” Constable of Timberville; his girlfriend, Crystal Meadows of Elkton; and two grandchildren.

Pastor Frank Tusing conducted a graveside service Tuesday at Linville Creek Cemetery in Broadway.

Condolences may be left at

Patricia J. Oakey

Patricia Jean “Patt” Oakley, 64, of Stanley, passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at Winchester Regional Medical Center.

She was born May 16, 1952, in Richmond, a daughter of June Peterson Oakley and the late Bruce Oakley.

She was a woman of action and throughout her life was committed to helping others as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in inner-city Philadelphia, a social worker at the Matthew 25 free health clinic and a primary care nurse practitioner in Page County.

She was an adventurous spirit, a champion canoeist, a master gardener and dog lover. An avid bluegrass fan, she loved and supported live music and the arts.

She is survived by her husband, Fred MacDonald; her daughter, Carrie Dougherty; two grandchildren; three stepchildren, Tony MacDonald, EJ MacDonald and Cyndi Cronley; six stepgrandchildren; her stepfather, Jack Bertram; three sisters, Chris Oakley, Barb Levisay and Sandy Mueller; and four nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Page Free Clinic, P.O. Box 45, Luray, VA 22835.

A celebration of her life will be held at her home in Stanley, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Leila F. Smith

Leila “Sissy” Frances Smith, 80, of Penn Laird, passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at Willow Estates, where she lived for around 10 years.

She was born Feb. 14, 1936, in Page County, and was a daughter of the late Connie and Lottie Smith.

She was a member of the Furnace United Methodist Church on Naked Creek.

She is survived by her brothers, Alva “Al” P. Smith and Jennings “Wilson” Smith; sisters, Anna Meadows, Wilda Meadows and Dorothy Smith, all of Elkton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was slated to be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, at Furnace United Methodist Church with Pastor Rick Robertson and the Rev. Kevin Poeckert officiating.

Burial was scheduled to follow at The Koontz Family Cemetery.

The family received friends Tuesday at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Memorial donations can be made to Furnace United Methodist Church, 19836 Naked Creek Road, Elkton VA 22827.

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting

Joseph C. McCray

Joseph Clyde McCray, 59, of Barboursville, passed away Aug. 28, 2016, at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.

He was born May 4, 1957, in Staunton, to the late John Clyde McCray.

He is survived by his mother, Shirley Rexrode McCray of Harrisonburg; his wife, Betty Nicholson McCray of Barboursville; a daughter, Stacie McCray; one brother, Ricky McCray, both of Harrisonburg; one sister, Gena Anderson Raymond of Fulks Run; two grandchildren; and a niece and a nephew.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 11 a.m., at the Ruckersville Baptist Church with visitation one hour before the service.

Interment will be held at 3 p.m. in Rileyville Cemetery in Rileyville.

Leonard N. Shifflett

Leonard Nelson Shifflett of Houston, Texas, and formerly of Elkton, passed away Aug. 22, 2016.

There will be a memorial service held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at Vision of Hope United Methodist Church, located at 1723 Port Republic Road, Harrisonburg, officiated by the Rev. David Burch.

Interment will immediately follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

Subscribe to our mailing list
Twitter  FaceBook  RSS