Obituaries — Elkton / Rockingham County

Donald E. Corbin

Donald Evans Corbin, 79, of Mount Crawford, passed away Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.

He was born in Rockingham County, on Aug. 23, 1937, a son of Floyd E. Corbin and Elton Virginia Burkholder.

He is survived by his daughters, Lynne Rapier, Julie Borghese and Ashley Corbin Wooten; brothers, Jerry, Phil and Joe Corbin; and five grandchildren.

Don dedicated his entire life to teaching and education.

He graduated from Bridgewater College in 1959 with a bachelor of arts degree in history and French, and subsequently received his master of arts in French literature from the University of Maryland.

He became a French professor at the University of Maryland in 1960, then went on to teach French and Spanish at Bridgewater College.

He received his doctorate in foreign language education from The Ohio State University in 1972, where he then taught as a professor of romance languages and co-authored several French and Romanian text books.

He served as head of foreign languages at James Madison University from 1983-90, and remained a professor at JMU until 2015, culminating a 55-year teaching career.

He was instrumental in the inception of the Italian and Japanese programs at JMU, and led numerous studyabroad programs to multiple countries.

Don was named an honorary member of the Foundation of the Romanian-American University, where he was regularly a guest speaker at its campus in Bucharest, Romania.

His lifelong commitment to the students and campus of JMU will be reflected in the second floor Keezell Hall lounge being named in his honor.

He had a passion for travel, new cultures and meeting people. He spoke eight languages, and visited 90 different countries throughout his life, always wanting to learn as much as he could about the world in which he lived. He recently returned from a trip to West Africa, where he spent two weeks visiting several different countries.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m., at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren, located at 420 College View Drive in Bridgewater.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made for foreign language student scholarships.

Please send checks made to JMU Foundation, Foreign Languages #14418, MSC 3603, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.

Online condolences can be made to the family at

Mary L. Comer

Mary Louise (Foltz) Comer, 100, of Stephens City, died Aug. 20, 2016.

Family will receive friends at the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, from 10 to 11 a.m. A funeral will follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Graves Chapel Cemetery in Stanley. Services performed under the direction of Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.

Ronald L. Campbell

Ronald Lee Campbell, 82, of Stanley, died Sept. 4, 2016, at MontVue Nursing Home.

The family will receive friends at Bradley Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, from 10 to 11 a.m., with the funeral at 11 a.m.

Burial will be at Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.

Geraldine M. Raynes

Geraldine Mae Raynes, 92, of Port Republic, passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born in Berwyn, Md., on June 15, 1924, and was a daughter of the late Daniel and Ruth Virginia (Hinkle) Koontz.

She had worked in the sports department of the Washington Times Herald.

She liked to travel, taking trips to Israel and Mexico. She loved to play tennis and was a member of the Harrisonburg tennis club. She also enjoyed hikes with her dog.

She was a member of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Port Republic. She graduated from Port Republic High School, class of 1944.

She was united in marriage, for 68 years, to Henry Clay Raynes.

She is survived by a daughter, Linda Hathaway of McGaheysville; and two sons, Alan Montgomery Raynes of Port Republic and Joseph Raynes of Harrisonburg.

The family receive d friends Sunday, Sept. 4., at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes.

A funeral was held at Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Port Republic on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, with the Rev. Rhonda W. Baker officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Memorial Episcopal Church, 7120 Ore Bank Road, Port Republic, VA 24401.

Condolences may be sent at

Thomas W. Harper

Thomas “Tom” William Harper, 62, of Elkton and formerly of Ruddle, W.Va., passed away Friday, Sept. 2, 2016, at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg after having a courageous battle with Atypical Parkinson’s Disease, Corticobasal Degeneration for the past four years.

He was born Dec. 15, 1953, in Petersburg, W.Va., and was a son of the late Richard L. Harper and Louise Bradfield Harper.

He was a 1972 graduate of Franklin High School.

He served eight years in the U.S. Air Force from 1972-80 and later worked as a sales representative with LBM Office Solutions in Lynchburg.

He worked at Harrisonburg Auto Auction and was a volunteer at Sentara RMH.

He was a member of the Upper Tract Presbyterian Church.

He was an avid golfer and enjoyed riding his motorcycle to West Virginia, watching NASCAR, the Miami Dolphins, the Washington Nationals and the WVU Mountaineers.

On Nov. 26, 1992, he married Gayle Campomezzi Harper, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Tommy Harper of Front Royal and Chad Harper of Odenton, Md.; two stepsons, Michael Frye of Harrisonburg and Patrick Frye of Mesa, Ariz.; two sisters, Phyllis Eye of Frederick, Md. and Sharon Griffeth of Duluth, Ga.; a brother, Dick Harper of Bridgewater; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A time of remembrance and sharing was held Tuesday at Kyger Funeral Home with Mark Briehl officiating.

Memorials may be made to K9’s for Warriors, 114 Camp K9 Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081, or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Donation Processing, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 217415014.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kimblefuneralhomecom.

Willard Phipps

Willard “Bill” Phipps, 65, of Harrisonburg, died Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at home with his loving wife at his side.

He was born June 15, 1951, in Moline, Ill., a son of Donald L. Phipps and Patty Lou (Parrish) Phipps.

He grew up in Atlanta, Ga., graduating from Lake Side High School and attended Georgia State University.

He started his career at WJHL, Johnston City, Tenn., as a weather and sports broadcaster before settling into a long career of radio broadcasting and play-by-play.

He worked in radio under the name “Bill St. John” throughout North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia before moving to Harrisonburg in 1993.

Affectionately known as “Coach Bill,” he worked as a DJ, talk radio personality, and sports and play-by-play announcer for the past 24 years in the Shenandoah Valley.

He was employed by Verstandig Broadcasting for 19 years and was currently employed by Harrisonburg Radio Group on station WSIG 96.9. Bill was the “Voice of the Eagles” for Bridgewater College men’s and women’s sports.

He also announced games for the Clover Hill Bucks each summer and was play-by-play announcer for many High School sports in the Valley for more than 20 years.

He was very passionate about his profession and never considered it a “job.” He took time to encourage athletes, talk to parents and fans, and be a true friend to everyone he met.

Throughout his career he received numerous awards and honors. Most recently the “Bill Phipps Media Award” was established in his honor by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s Sports Information Directors.

His is survived by his wife, Paula Engelke Phipps, who he married July 31, 2008.

He is also survived by a daughter, T’Neil Williams of Swainsboro, Ga.; a son, Ryan Phipps of Statesboro, Ga.; four grandchildren; his father, Don and wife, Jane, of Greensboro, Ga.; twoa brothers, Donnie Phipps of Duluth, Ga. and Steve Phipps of Greensboro, Ga.; two stepchildren, Cassandra King of Woodbridge and Phillip Hanson of Mesa, Ariz.; three stepgrandchildren; and stepbrothers, Stephen and Johnathan Vining.

He battled brain cancer (Glioblastoma) with dignity and courage. He never lost faith that he would be cured.

A Celebration of Life was held Tuesday, Sept. 6, by Pastors Roger Dove and Jim Harrison at the Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene.

Donations may be made to a cancer charity of your choosing.

Gloria D. Sweeny

Gloria Diana Robertson Sweeny, 62, of Chattanooga, Tenn., passed away on Sept. 3, 2016, surrounded by her family after a courageous and joyful journey through life.

She was born to Ira and Lois Grimm Robertson in Harrisonburg.

She was the oldest of six. Growing up, shelived in Harrisonburg, Staunton, Keezletown, Rockville, Miss. and Mount Airy, Md.

She graduated summa cum laude from Linganore High School in Frederick, Md.

Her full obituary is listed with Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Donna J. Long

Donna Jean Long, 62, of Dayton, passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at her home.

She was born in Harrisonburg on April 22, 1954, and was a daughter of the late Norma Lea (Gillispie) Bowers and Welby Marsh.

She retired from Marshall’s in Bridgewater in 1995 and had worked at Wampler Foods in Hinton.

She was a member of Cedar Grove Church of the Brethren in Brandywine, W.Va., and attended Mount Olive Presbyterian Church in Hinton.

She graduated from Potomac High School, class of 1972.

She was united in marriage, on April 6, 2003, to Willis Richard “Rich” Long, with whom she had spent 33 years of her life with prior to his preceding her in death on Jan. 15, 2014.

She is survived by a daughter, Sheena Long Harman of Mount Crawford; six sisters, Cheryl Johnson of Fort Seybert, W.Va., Teresa Shanholtz of Briery Branch, Robbin Spaulding of Charles Town, W.Va., Tina Marsh of Charles Town, W.Va., Wendy Marsh of Franklin, W.Va. and Vikki Schweigert of Meridian, Idaho; and three grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at Mount Olive Presbyterian Church in Hinton on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, with Pastor Stacy Meyerhoeffer officiating. Burial followed at Rawley Springs Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Olive Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 182, Hinton, VA 22831, or American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Ave., Suite 210, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or First Choice Hospice, 370 Neff Ave., Suite P, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Vern O. Crawford

Vern “Odell” Crawford, 72, of the Rocky Bar community in Elkton, passed away Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

He was born April 28, 1944, in Greene County, and was a son of the late James Monroe and Emma Mae Shifflett Crawford.

He operated several area businesses, including a grocery store, used car dealership and towing service.

He was a homebuilder and maintained numerous real estate properties.

He was a loving husband, father and friend to all and was a kindhearted man who would do anything for his family and friends.

He had a love for animals and drag racing.

On April 21, 1962, he married the former Joyce Marie Knight, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Kenneth O. Crawford and Darrell W. Crawford, both of Elkton; a sister, Joyce Shifflett of Earlysville; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many half brothers, half sisters, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, at the Elkton Pentecostal Church in Elkton with Pastors Ted Hott and Travis Hensley officiating.

Burial followed at Elk Run Cemetery.

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

Memorial contributions can be made to the funeral home, 115 Nicholson Road, Elkton, VA 22827, to offset funeral expenses.

Irene M. Reynolds

Irene Mae Reynolds, 84, of Shenandoah, passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at Grace Health and Rehab Center in Stanardsville.

Irene was born June 13, 1932, in Lacrosse, Wisc., and was the daughter of the late Bill and Vivian Welch Olson.

On Sept. 4, 1954, she married Charles Thomas Reynolds, who preceded her in death in 1987.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by a brother, Richard Olson.

Irene devoted her life to raising her four daughters. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, flower gardening, going to the beach and traveling.

She moved to the Shenandoah Valley 30 years ago from Fairfax, Va., after her husband’s retirement.

She was a member of Elkton United Methodist Church and the Amanda Kite Circle.

She is survived by her daughters, Pam Ciamaricone of Charlottesville, Polly Pagnini and husband, Lou, of Danville, Calif., Patricia “Patty” Life and husband, Mickey, of Elkton, and Peggy Croy of Shenandoah; sister, Barbara Lester of Texas; grandchildren, Kayte Croy, Kayce Croy, Kelly Smith, Channon Croy, Nick Ciamaricone, Austin Ciamaricone, Randy Life and wife, Jessica, and Kendra Life; and three great-grandchildren, Eve Life, Emmitt Life and Carl Croy.

A funeral service was held Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Elkton United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Reynolds officiating.

Interment followed at Elk Run Cemetery.

The family will receive friends anytime at the home of Patty and Mickey.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elkton United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 82, Elkton, VA 22827, and Rockingham/ Harrisonburg SPCA, 2170 Old Furnace Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22803.

Anna V. Yancey

Anna Vance Yancey, 83, of LaGrange, Ky., passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, at Baptist Health LaGrange.

She was born in Harrisonburg, on May 16, 1933, to Esther Bowman and Olia “Davey” Vance.

In May 1952, she married John Mauzy Yancey, who preceded her in death in 2014.

Shortly afterwards, her husband enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and they moved to Biloxi, Miss. Following her husband’s service, they moved to Bridgewater and then Gainesville, Fla., where he completed his studies and she cared for their two small children.

In 1960, the family followed John’s career to Savannah, Ga., and in 1962 they packed up again, moving to the Washington, D.C., vicinity.

In 1964, when her husband took a teaching job at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, she decided to go back to college.

She earned her degree in education in 1969 and began her 31-year career as an elementary school teacher. She later earned a master’s of education from Pennsylvania State University while teaching full time.

In 1975, she moved to Kentucky and found a new home with the Oldham County School District. She taught there until her retirement in 2001.

She earned the degree of specialist in education from the University of Louisville in 1981. She was honored with the Ashland Teacher Achievement Award in 2000. Her proudest achievement was being recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Board of Education as the Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year 2000 while teaching at Buckner Elementary.

She and her husband also did work to preserve natural habitats for wildlife in Oldham County.

They were recognized multiple times for their stewardship during the 18 years they lived in a 100-acre forest, including earning the Master Conservation Conservationist Award in 2002 and second place as Outstanding Forest Steward in 2006.

She is survived by a daughter, Kathie Levin of Irvine, Calif.; a son, David Yancey of Northern Virginia; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; brothers, William Vance of Chantilly and John Vance of Chesapeake; and a sister Esther Gordon of Harrisonburg.

Memorial gifts may be made to Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, 12501 Harmony Landing Road, Goshen, KY 40026.

Oldham County Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

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