Obituaries — Page County
Chester R. Thomas
Chester Ray Thomas, 86, of Luray, died on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at MontVue Nursing Home.
He was born on Jan. 29, 1926, in Luray and was a son of the late Harold Roscoe Thomas and Florence M. Kelly Thomas.
Mr. Thomas was an Army veteran of World War II and had worked at the Virginia Oak Tannery. He was a member of the Luray VFW Post 621 and the American Legion Post 22.
On Jan. 17, 1950, he married the former Betty May Taylor, who died on Sept. 26, 2004.
He is survived by four sons, Jeffrey E., Michael L. and Tony A. Thomas, all of Stanley, and Harold Roscoe Thomas of Rileyville; two daughters, Regina K. Pumphrey of Tennessee, and Jennie L. Vaughn of Luray; a brother, Bobby Thomas of Stanley; two sisters, Helen Gray of Stanley, and Loretta Thomas of Richmond; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the Beahm’s Chapel Church by Pastor George Milgram and Pastor Frank Painter. Military honors will be conducted by the VFW Comer-Jones Post 621.
The family will receive friends on Saturday at the church prior to the service from 10-11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Edward L. Short
Edward Lee Short, 94, of 52 Reservoir Ave., Luray, died on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Whispering Pines Assisted Living.
He was born on July 28, 1917, in Stanley and was a son of the late Thomas Benton Short and Grace Virginia Blosser Short.
Mr. Short was an Army veteran of World War II and managed Luray Home Laundry for years. He was a member of the Luray United Methodist Church, VFW Comer-Jones Post 621 and the Luray Ruritan Club.
His wife, the former Ruby Fern Grandstaff, died on April 28, 2000.
He is survived by two Godchildren, Leslie Ellis and David C. Foltz, both of Shenandoah. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Roy, James and Rufus Short, and John Short Hawkins; and four sisters, Virginia Apperson, Pauline Fox, Florence Snow and Virgie Davis Lang.
A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery by the Rev. Erich Bennett, with military honors by the VFW Comer-Jones Post 621.
The family was to receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at the Bradley Funeral Home. (Paid Obituary)
Barbara K. Pullen
Barbara Kite Pullen, 68, of Shenandoah, died on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at her home.
She was born on July 15, 1943, in Page County and was a daughter of the late Irby Kite and Louise Koontz Kite.
Mrs. Pullen was a member of the Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene and was a graduate of JMU with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She taught in the Page County Public School system for more than 35 years and taught the GED Program at the Work Force Center in Luray and the Tech Center in Stanley. She was named Teacher of the Year in Page County and also Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year in Luray. She served as secretary for the Grove Hill Community Center in Shenandoah.
On Jan. 11, 1963, she married, William Bryan Pullen, who survives.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Eric K. Pullen of Shenandoah; a brother, Douglas Kite of Shenandoah; two sisters, Jane Lee Doss of Troutville, and Diana Kite of Berryville; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Alexander.
A funeral service was conducted on Wednesday, March 28, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton by Pastor Jim Harrison. Burial was in the Grove Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery in Shenandoah.
Memorial donations may be made to the Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 4th Street, Shenandoah, Virginia 22849.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.kygers.com.
Clarendia “Cindy” A. Knighton Reule, 69, wife of Thomas E. Reule, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at the home of her sister in Sumter, S.C.
Born in Shenandoah, Va., she was a daughter of the late James W. Knighton and Helen Frances Plumb Knighton.
Mrs. Reule was retired from the Page County Department of Social Services in Shenandoah, Va.
Surviving are her husband of Hayes, Virginia; two sons, Kelly Ray Comer, and Bryan Nelson Price and wife Lisa; four brothers, Freddie Knighton and wife Carolyn, Bob Knighton, Glennie Knighton and wife Nancy, and Donnie Knighton and wife Betty Jane, all of Virginia; one sister, Becky Haley and husband Marvin of Sumter, S.C.; and three grandchildren, Hana Price, Ella Price and Kellie Haley. She was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Knighton.
The family will receive friends from 10-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the East Point United Methodist Church on Route 602, where a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m.
Memorials may be made to the Page County High School Athletic Association in Shenandoah, Va.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com
Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and Crematory, 221 Broad St., is in charge of the arrangements (803-775-9386). (Paid Obituary)
Carolyn Reid, 102, of Bridgewater, formerly of Mount Sidney, died on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Bridgewater Home.
She was born on Aug. 23, 1909, in Franklin, N.Y., and was a daughter of the late Ervin S. Rhodes and Bertha Barber Rhodes.
Mrs. Reid was a member of the Salem Lutheran Evangelical Church, where she was active in the E.L.C.W and the Adult Bible Class. She was a member of the Friendship Club of Mount Sidney and the XYZ Club of Mount Sidney.
On Nov. 18, 1934, she married Edson Cutler Reid, who died on Sept. 27, 1991.
She is survived by six children, Priscilla Cronk of Arcade, N.Y., James Reid and Helen Wright, both of Staunton, Nancy Woody of Verona, Ed Reid of Shenandoah, and Ruth Flick of Mount Sidney; a sister, Inez Huftalen of Hendersonville, N.C.; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was conducted on Sunday, March 25, at the Salem Lutheran Evangelical Church by the Rev. Christopher D. Carr and Chaplain Debra Huffman. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions be made to the Salem Building Fund, P.O. Box 38, Mount Sidney, Va. 24467.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.
John E. Adams
John Edward Adams, 78, of 578 Old Farm Rd., Luray, died on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester.
He was born on Oct. 4, 1933, in Johnstown, Pa., and was a son of the late Charles Asher Adams and Lucille Harrington Young Adams.
Mr. Adams spent 21 years in the Air Force, having served in Vietnam, and was postmaster for the Rileyville Post Office. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner.
On Jan. 1, 1958, he married the former Wanda S. Sedwick, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Michael B. Adams of Timberville, John R. Adams and wife Lori Adams of Suffolk, and Christopher P. Adams and wife Cheryl Adams of Luray; two brothers, Monte Adams of Bellingham, Wash.; and Charles Adams of Tavares, Fla.; a sister, Rebecca Seirup of Anaheim Calif.; and five grandchildren, Jessica, Benjamin and Brandon Adams of Suffolk, and Alexis and Morgan Adams of Luray. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Farmer and Celeste Leffler; a brother, Jeffrey Adams; and two grandchildren, Brandon and Jacob Adams.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the Antioch Independent Bible Church by Pastor Frank Painter. Military honors will be conducted by the VFW Comer-Jones Post 621.
Memorial contributions may be made to Choices, 216 West Main St., Luray, Va. 22835; or to a charity of choice. (Paid Obituary)
Dallas E. Meadows
Dallas Eddie Meadows, 66, of Elkton, died on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Journeys Crossing in Elkton.
He was born on Oct. 17, 1945, in the Jollett area of Page County and was a son of the late Howard and Effie Watson Meadows.
Mr. Meadows graduated from Page County High School in 1965. He enlisted in the United States Air Force, having served in Vietnam with the 1964th Communication Service Unit during the Tet Offensive. He attended the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton, was a member of the Mason Dixon Red Angus Association, the Jr. O.U.A.M and the Gooden Brothers VFW Post 9292 in Elkton. He graduated from Blue Ridge Community College with an Associate in Applied Science degree in electronics and raised purebred Red Angus cattle.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Donna F. Meadows, are a son, Martin C. “Marty” Meadows; four sisters, Agnes Davis of Elkton, Doris Winn of Blackstone, Lanie Knight of Elkton, and Sandra Dinges of Harrisonburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Eunice Belle Meadows; and a brother, Phillip Meadows Sr.
A graveside service was held on Wednesday March 28, at the Elk Run Cemetery in Elkton with military rites by the Gooden Brothers VFW Post 9292. A memorial service followed at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton conducted by the Rev. Robert W. Smith Jr.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Ave. Suite 211, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.
Preston E. Mathews
Preston Edward “Sickle” Mathews, 66, of Bentonville, died on Monday, March 19, 2012, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 17, 1945, at his family home in Bentonville and was a son of the late William Oswald Mathews and Pauline Corbin Mathews.
Mr. Mathews was a carpenter and later a cattle farmer for Vernon Kemp Farm in Strasburg, most recently working at Lockhart Farms in Bentonville.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 47 years, Carol Jean Stoneberger Mathews, are a son, Larry Mathews Sr. of Bentonville; two daughters, Linda Diane “Pebbles” Mathews of Luray, and Vonda Kay Mathews of Bentonville; three brothers, Allen Greenfeild, Harold Wayne and Jerry Lee Mathews; six sisters, Connie Ruth Grimm, Barbara Ann Smelser, Ann Elizabeth Jenkins, Linda Lee Beahm, Mary Lou Stoneberger and Martha Sue Henry; three grandchildren; and a step grandson. He was preceded in death by three brothers, William Ray, Billie Oswald and Elmer Lee Mathews; and two sisters, Anna Louise Tinsman and Joyce Marie Kenney.
A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, March 24, at the Maddox Funeral Home by the Rev. Cecil Jones. Burial was in the Bentonville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, Va. 22601; or to Blue Ridge Opportunities, 37 Water St., Front Royal, Va. 22630.
Leona G. Dean
Leona G. Meadows Dean, 76, of Elkton, died on Thursday, March 22, 2012, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
She was born on Nov. 18, 1935, and was a daughter of the late Carl Jefferson Meadows and Artie Melissa Lam Meadows.
On Sept. 28, 2002, she married Theodore “Ted” Dean, who died on June 4, 2009.
She is survived by two daughters, Glenda Breeden of Elkton, and Brenda Comer of Shenandoah; two sons, Gary Meadows of Shenandoah, and Wade Meadows of Scottsville; six sisters, Alberta Meadows, Roxie Hughes, Stella Stickley, Ruby Williams, Thelma Whitehead and Eunice Lam; one brother, Carl Jefferson Meadows Jr. ; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Gloria Gail Meadows Evans; and a grandson.
A funeral service was conducted on Sunday, March 25, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton by Pastor Alva Hurley. Burial was in the Jollett Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to her church, Jollett Hollow Bible Mission Church, P.O. Box 513 Elkton, Va. 22827; or to the Elkton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 152, Elkton, Va. 22827.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kygers.com.
Rudolph Wayne “Zeb” Breeden, 63, of Elkton, died on Friday, March 23, 2012, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Jan. 29, 1949, in Page County and was a son of the late Arthur Randle “Riddle” Breeden and Bertha Lee Breeden.
Mr. Breeden worked at M&W Woorley Construction Company and for Rockingham Poultry for many years.
He is survived by three brothers, Johnny A., Bernard Lee and Charles Richard “Ricky” Breeden; one sister, Evelena Mae Breeden; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by five brothers, Clee, Clifton, Ray, Robert and Lewis Breeden; and one sister, Mary Lee Breeden.
A funeral service was conducted on Monday, March 26, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton by Pastor Ronald Spencer. Burial was in the Samuel Cemetery in Elkton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the RMH Cancer Center, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.kygers.com.
Donald S. Huffman, 78, of Front Royal, died on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Winchester Medical Center.
He was born on Jan. 24, 1934, in Rileyville and was a son of the late Jesse Elmer Huffman and Mabel Manuel Huffman.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Dorothy Huffman, are a son, Donald Todd Huffman of Front Royal; a daughter, Cynthia Huffman Trump of Lawrenceville, Ga.; a brother, Elwood Manuel Huffman of Luray; three grandsons; and one great-grandson.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 30, at the Maddox Funeral Home by the Rev. Teresa Sharp. Burial will follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice Inc., 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, Va. 22601.
Helen I. Bradley
Helen Irene Bradley, 86, of Luray, died on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Page Memorial Hospital.
She was born on Oct. 29, 1925, in Virginia and was a daughter of the late Carson Melvin Stoneberger and Mina Irene Bradley Stoneberger.
On July 21, 1964, she married Junior Lynwood Bradley, who died on Aug. 21, 2011.
She is survived by four daughters, Diane M. Higgins and Judy Marie Morris, both of Elkton, Donna Lynn Rosser of Luray, and Carolyn B. Rebstock of Rileyville; two sons, Steve Allen Stoneberger and Michael Lynwood Bradley, both of Luray; four brothers, Billy Joe Stoneberger of Bedford, Paul Larry Stoneberger of Stanley, Kenneth Wayne Stoneberger of Luray, and Jacob William Stoneberger of Denver, Colo.; a sister, Bertha Maybelle Good of Luray; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Randolph Wayne Stoneberger; a daughter, Joan Susan Bradley; a sister, Isabelle Good; and four brothers, Alfred C. “Pete,” Samuel L., Roy Lee and James E. Stoneberger.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at the Rileyville Church of the Brethren by Evangelist Earl E. Painter. Burial will be in the Alger family cemetery in Rileyville.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the church.