OBITUARIES

Obituaries - Page County



Barry Richards Jr.
Barry Randolph “Rudy” Richards Jr., 39, of Stanley, died on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012.
He was born on Oct. 15, 1972, in Harrisonburg and was a son of Barry Randolph Richards of Luray and the late Janet Elizabeth Turner Richards.
Mr. Richards worked for Wrangler and was a member of the Blue Ridge Pentecostal Church in Stanley.
Surviving in addition to his father are a daughter, Telsie Williams of Stanley; and two sisters, Crissy Lucas and Kim Painter, both of Stanley.
A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Blue Ridge Pentecostal Church by the Rev. Jack Campbell. Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Luray.

Patricia L. Burch
Patricia Louise Burch, 70, of Luray, died on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at Page Memorial Hospital.
Ms. Burch was born on Feb. 7, 1941, in Maryland and was a daughter the late Carroll and Edith Burch.
She is survived by four sons, Rodney Knight of Ranson, W.Va., Robert Knight of Crossville, Ala., and Cecil Hill and Alex Shuler, both of Harrisonburg; three daughters, Penny Knight of Silver Spring, Md., Sandy Knight of Luray, and Tracy Osti-Helsey of West Virginia; a sister, Carol Spears of Silver Spring, Md.; a brother, Gary Burch of Maryland; 17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathy Waters; and a sister, Carolee.
A funeral service was conducted on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Pastor Shawn Treadway. Burial was in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.

Francis A. Soper
Francis Arlo Soper, 93, of New Market, died on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at Shenandoah Place in New Market.
He was born on May 19, 1918, in Minneapolis, Minn., and was a son of the late George Roy Soper and Inez Mattson Soper.
Mr. Soper was editor of Listen Magazine for 35 years.
On Sept. 10, 1942, he married the former Eunice Floy Butterfield, who died on April 16, 2009.
He is survived by a daughter, Lois E. Ford of Frederick, Md.; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Maggie McCoy Soper; a daughter, Lori Esther Soper; and a sister, Alice Soper.
Arrangements are being handled by the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Luray Rotary Club, Shenandoah Place Special Projects Fund or to the Luray Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Kenneth Breeden
Kenneth Wayne “Kenny” Breeden, 69, of Stanley, died on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012.
He was born on Dec. 10, 1942, in Luray and was a son of the late Ella Louise Breeden Cubbage.
Mr. Breeden was a driver for Henry Trucking of Front Royal for 35 years.
He is survived by a sister, Gracie M. Berry of Stanley.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Isaac N. Louderback III
Isaac N. Louderback III, 97, of Winchester, died on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012.
Mr. Louderback was born on Oct. 10, 1914, in Page County and was a son of the late Isaac N. Louderback Jr. and Rosalee Manor Louderback.
Mr. Louderback was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a staff sergeant for the 45th Infantry Div., 158th Field Battalion. He was awarded the Bronze Medal with Valor for action during the Italian Campaign and the Purple Heart during action at Anzio Beachhead, Anzio, Italy.
Mr. Louderback attended the University of Virginia, the American University of Shrivenham England, the University of Richmond and the Nixon-Clay Business College. He was a graduate of the University of Texas.
Mr. Louderback worked for the Internal Revenue Service for more than 33 years. During the Great Depression, he worked three and a half years for the Civilian Conservation Corps in the Shenandoah National Park near his home in Stanley.
Mr. Louderback was active in more than 30 civic and fraternal organizations. He was a Boy Scout and active adult leader for many years. He was a member of the Lions Club International for 72 years and was honored with the Melvin Jones Fellowship in 1998. He was an active Freemason, who was recognized in 2009 by The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. of Virginia for 70 years of service. He was a member of numerous Masonic lodges.
His wife of more than 70 years, the former Virginia “Winnie” Vorous, died on June 15, 2011.
He is survived by two nieces and four nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles; and a sister, Phyliss.
A Masonic service was conducted on Sunday, Jan. 22, at Jones Funeral Home. A private burial service was held on Monday, Jan. 23, at Evergreen Cemetery in Berryville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sight Foundation, c/o Winchester Lions Club, P.O. Box 2921, Winchester, Va. 22604.

Joan G. Rathe
Joan G. Rathe, 73, of Stanley, died on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at Page Memorial Hospital.
She was born on Aug. 3, 1938, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late Odis and Essie Wilson Good.
Mrs. Rathe was a member of the Twin Valley Full Gospel Church.
On Sept. 15, 1961, she married Robert D. Rathe, who survives.
Surviving in addition to her husband are four daughters, Sue Corbin of Harrisonburg, Sandra Dee Rathe and Patricia Campbell, both of Stanley, and Michelle High of Linville; three sisters, Frances Stroupe, Maxine Lucas and Anna Mae Bailey, all of Stanley; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy “Dick” and Jesse Garfield Good.
A funeral service was conducted on Monday, Jan. 23, at the Bradley Funeral Home. Burial was in the Graves Chapel Cemetery in Stanley.

Venton E. Plum Jr.
Venton Eugene “Gene” Plum Jr., 62, of Elkton, died on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at the University of Virginia Medical Center after a massive stroke.
He was born on Aug. 29, 1949, in Charles Town, W.Va., and was a son of the late Venton Eugene Plum Sr. and Geraldine Whitmore Plum.


Mr. Plum was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. He served in the U.S. Army for 20 years with duty stations in Hawaii, Korea and Germany. He was last stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, where he retired in September 1987. He was employed by Merck and Company in Elkton as a chemical operator.
Mr. Plum was a member of American Legion Post 188, VFW Post 632 in Harrisonburg, where he was past commander, Shenandoah Moose Lodge Post 2176, Masonic Lodge, A.F.&A.M. Ashlar Lodge No. 125 in Shenandoah, and the Eastern Star Milnes No. 3.


On Oct. 5, 1987, in he married Brenda Jo “B.J.” Havlin Plum, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Keith Plum of Gardner, Mass.; a stepdaughter, Michelle McConnell of Indianapolis, Ind.; his stepmother, Charlotte Plum of Ranson, W.Va.; a sister, Mary Kay Gray of Ranson, W.Va.; a stepson, Breck Allan LaMar of Lawton, Okla.; five grandchildren; and a niece.
A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton by the Rev. Stephen Creech with military rites by the Harrisonburg VFW Post 632. 

Burial was in the Elk Run Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to www.kygers.com.

Emma L. Wood
Emma Lindsley Johnson Wood, 100, formerly of Vestal, N.Y., died on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.
Mrs. Wood resided with her niece and caregiver Ruth Vogdes of Stanley.
Surviving in addition to a stepdaughter and stepson are a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, a stepson, and a sister, Alma Pauler.
A funeral service will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Twin Orchards Baptist Church in Vestal, N.Y.
The family will receive friends at the church on Thursday from 2 p.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Disaster Relief Fund at Twin Orchards Baptist Church. Arrangements are with the Coleman and Daniels Funeral Home, Vestal.

Arthur J. Arcand
Arthur Joseph Arcand, 75, of Stanley, died on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.
He was born on Jan. 25, 1936, in Morristown, N.J., and was a son of the late Wilfred and Freida Beers Arcand.
Mr. Arcand had worked as a personnel manager for Lever Brothers and attended Christ Episcopal Church.
On May 30, 1980, he married the former Roberta J. Jones, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Sherree Arcand of Boco Raton, Fla.; and a son, James W. Arcand of Grant Pass, Ore. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Michele Arcand.
A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Christ Episcopal Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 16 Amiss Ave., Luray, Va. 22835; or t o Heifer International, Attn. Donor Services, P.O. Box 8058, Little Rock, Ark. 72203.

Jesse A. Foster
Jesse Ann Foster, 55, of Rileyville, died on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Winchester Medical Center.
She was born on March 14, 1956, in Fairfax and was a daughter of the late Dennis Jessie Dillon and Rozelda Lansberry Frye.
Mrs. Foster was a member of the Compton Praise Temple.
On Oct. 2, 1973, she married Charles Elwood Foster Jr., who survives.
Surviving in addition to her husband are four daughters, Marcy Lynn Kling of Stanley, Becky Stepp of Elkton, Cynthia Gail Foster of Luray, and Melissa Beth Foster of Rileyville; a son, Charles Elwood Foster III of Luray; two brothers, Dennis Alfred Dillon and Matt Harrison Dillon, both of Luray; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert MaCall Young and Clifton Young.
A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Luray Pentecostal Church by the Rev. Bowles. Burial was in the Rileyville Cemetery.

Robert Jenkins
Robert L. Jenkins, 83, of 38 O’Flinn St., Luray, died on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.
He was born on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 1928, in Luray and was a son of the late Charles Franklin Jenkins and Viola Virginia Alger Jenkins.
Mr. Jenkins retired from the U.S. Air Force as master sergeant and from the Civil Service.
On May 8, 1954, he married the former L. Maxine Rothgeb, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Cindy Miller and husband Kenny Miller of Rileyville, Patty Thomas and husband Rick Thomas of Luray, and Kathy Jenkins and Kurt Harrell, also of Luray; two sisters, Lorene Wilson and Martha Fox, both of Luray; a grandson, Ryan Thomas of Luray; and two granddaughters, Pam and Robin Miller of Rileyville.

 He was preceded in death by a brother, Leo Jenkins; and three sisters, Flossie J. Bailey, Ada Moyer and Pearl Thompson.


A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Bradley Funeral Home.

 Burial was in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Fourth Floor, Winchester, Va. 22601.
 (Paid Obituary)

Donald F. Johnson 


Donald Frances Johnson, 66, of Luray, died on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center.


Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements.

Lorena Thomas Wells Kelley
Lorena Thomas Wells “Wenah” Kelley, the Lord’s faithful servant went home to her heavenly Father on Saturday, January 21, 2012. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family.
She was born August 10, 1925, in Pacolet, near Spartanburg, South Carolina.
She was a graduate of Winthrop College, Rock Hill, South Carolina, with degrees in biology and English.
She married John A. Kelley upon his return from World War II.
Ms. Kelley was a teacher; a children’s choir director at Franconia Methodist Church; she worked with Cub Scouts; sang in the choir of every church she attended and was a Shepherd for Lake of the Woods Church. She was an avid golfer, accomplished painter, and calligraphy artist and played the piano most joyfully with the children’s choir, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Kelley; her father and mother, James Hadden Sloan Wells and Carrie Lorena Wells; and a sister, Mary Hadden Wells Walker.
She is survived by her sons, Robert W. “Bob” Kelley and daughter-in-law Sarah “Sally” Kelley, and John H. “Jack” Kelley and fiancee Sandra Brown. Survivors also include granddaughters, Christie Kelley Leitz and husband Greg, and Shannon Kelley Ford and husband Mark; a grandson, James Pearson “J.P.” Kelley; as well as great-grandchildren, Corrinn and Parker Ford, and Rebecca and Johnathan Leitz. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Carolyn Walker Germain and husband Jacques, Charles “Chuck” Walker and wife Linda, Janet Walker and Hadden James Walker; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
A family visitation was held on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, from 5-7:30 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, Locust Grove, Va.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Lake of the Woods Church, Locust Grove, Va. A reception will follow the service. The committal service will be held at 2 p.m. at Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, Va. The Reverend Tom Schafer will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Lake of the Woods Fire and Rescue Department and Lake of the Woods Church.
An online guestbook and obituary are available at johnsoncares.com. (Paid Obituary)

Judith Page MimsWhitlock
Judith Page Mims Whitlock passed away January 21, 2012. Judy was born on May 20, 1926, in Luray, Virginia. She was the fourth daughter of Ralph E. and Josephine Nichols Mims.
She was the salutatorian in the 1943 graduating class of Luray High School where she was on the varsity tennis and basketball teams. Her beauty and talent earned her the title of Miss Page County. At the Mimslyn Inn, which was built by her family in 1931, she enjoyed horseback riding and other activities. After attending the College of William and Mary for two years, she transferred to the University of Virginia. While there, she met her future husband, and fellow student W. Carl Whitlock Jr. who had served as a Naval Aviator in the Pacific during World War II. They married in 1947 and raised four sons.
After moving to North Carolina in 1953, her husband had a 30 year career with the DuPont Company. While living in North Carolina, Judy was an active member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and the Eastern Carolina Women’s Tennis League. She raised her four sons to be strong, independent individuals. She loved going to the N.C. beaches as well as her family’s summer house on the Shenandoah River in Page County, Va.
After her husband’s retirement in 1982, they moved to Charlottesville. They lived in the 1926 home by the University of Virginia where her husband had been raised. They soon became members of the Boar’s Head Sports Club where she once again excelled at tennis. Judy continued to travel to Wrightsville Beach where two of her sons had beach cottages. She also loved being closer to the Shenandoah River house and the families of her two sons who live in Ivy.
Judy had a great sense of humor and was a very authentic person. She was very outgoing and loved to travel. Her many erudite aphorisms, often called “Nana-isms,” have been passed down to the next generation and will be part of her legacy.
Judy is survived by her husband, W. Carl Whitlock Jr. of Charlottesville; her sister, Patricia Mims Moore of Medford, Oregon; her four sons, Lawrence and his wife Priscilla of Ivy, Allan of Hillsborough, N.C., William and his wife Rebecca of Greensboro, N.C., and Mason and his wife Anne of Ivy; one granddaughter, Keller of Ivy; six grandsons, Benjamin and his wife Elizabeth of Wilmington, N.C., Austin of Charlottesville, Matthew of Philadelphia, Pa., Brian and Stephen of Greensboro, N.C., and Foster of Ivy; and one great-grandson Carter of Wilmington, N.C.; as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Judy was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers-in-law, Madalyn and her husband Bill McFarland, Peggy and her husband Brad Henry, and Dr. Robert Moore.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 28, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ivy, Virginia. The family will receive friends following the service in the Parish Hall of St. Paul’s Ivy. A private interment will be held at Riverview Cemetery.
Special thanks from the family to caregivers at Hospice of the Piedmont and to the staff at the Mountainside Senior Living for their dedicated and loving service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, Va. 22911; or to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 851 Owensville Rd., Charlottesville, Va., 22901.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com or to #3 Gildersleeve Wood, Charlottesville, Va. 22903. (Paid Obituary)

Carol J. Runyon

Carol Jean Runyon, 83, of Luray, died on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at MontVue Nursing Home.
She was born on Nov. 13, 1928, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Robert Lee and Ada May Swartz Shenk.
Mrs. Runyon had worked at Luray Textile.
On July 18, 1952, she married Vernon William “Abe” Runyon, who died on June 26, 1994.
She is survived by two daughters, Wilma Waters of Luray, and Juanita Lee Black of Lorton; two sons, James Stewart Runyon and Robert Eugene Runyon, both of Luray; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Claude, Ray, Earl and Curby Shenk; and three sisters, May Shenk, Rosey Ruffner and Susie Shenk.
A funeral service was conducted on Friday, Jan. 20, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Kitty Hahn. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Fourth Floor, Winchester, Va. 22601.


Joan C. Nichols
Joan Catherine Nichols, 65, of Luray, died on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at the Life Care Center in New Market.
She was born on Jan. 10, 1947, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Robert Leo and Catherine Cave Jenkins.
She is survived by a son, Barry W. Nichols of Luray; a daughter, Tara A. Nichols of Luray; five grandchildren; and two step grandchildren.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, at the Mount Carmel Regular Baptist Church by Pastor Mark Hopkins. Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Bradley Funeral Home.

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