Obituaries — Page County
Kelly E. Hammer
Kelly Eugene Hammer, 74, of Elkton, died on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Hammer was born Sept. 23, 1937, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late Ashby and Sarah Merica Hammer.
Mr. Hammer had previously been employed by Moore Brothers in Alexandria and Maphis Chapman as a welder. He retired from Rocco in Dayton after 15 years of service as a knife sharpener. He was an avid trout fisherman.
On Feb. 28, 1958, he married, Izetta Jewel Meadows Hammer, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Eddie E. Hammer of Timberville; four daughters, Judy Morris, Sandra Shifflett and Marsha Hammer, all of Shenandoah, and Tonya Fidler of Elkton; two brothers, Elwood Hammer of Shenandoah, and Lee Hammer of Elkton; six sisters, Frances Lam, Ruth Turner, Virginia Hitt and Marie Shifflett, all of Elkton, Anna Mae Staton of Florida, and Shelia Good of Shenandoah; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Roy, Ed and Claude Hammer; and three sisters, Arbutus Meadows, Audrey Teter and Margaret Shifflett.
A private graveside service was conducted at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens near Harrisonburg by the Rev. Jimmy Kite.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Ave., Suite 210, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.
Online condolences may be sent to www.kygers.com.
Nannie S. Blakley
Nannie Screatha Blakley, 77, of Harrisonburg, died on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Shenandoah.
She was born on Nov. 4, 1934, in Rockingham County and was a daughter of the late Raynord and Nina Shifflett Royer.
Mrs. Blakley was a supervisor at San-Car in Harrisonburg for 38 years and had worked at T&E Meat Market for 18 years before retiring.
Her husband, Bennie Lee Blakley, preceded her in death.
She is survived by a daughter, Lisa Blakley, of Shenandoah. She was preceded in death by son, Bennie Lee Blakley Jr.
A graveside service was conducted on Wednesday, April 11, at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Carol Conrad.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisonburg SPCA, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, Va. 22803.
Lula B. Sigler
Lula Belle Sigler, 68, of Stanley, died on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at MontVue Nursing Home.
She was born on Nov. 6, 1943, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late Robert Austin Comer and Pearl Elizabeth Dodson Comer.
Ms. Sigler was a member of the Luray Church of the Brethren.
She is survived by two sons, A. Shawn and Noah Zane Sigler, both of Luray; four sisters, Sandra Comer Reed, Sue Dawson and Shelby J. Shenk, all of Stanley, and Betty J. Waters of Luray; a brother, Joseph M. Comer of Luray; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth W. and Robert “Bob” Comer Jr.; and two sisters, Ann E. Good and Lois O. Rickard.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Luray Church of the Brethren by the Rev. Charles J. Comer.
Douglas E. Good
Douglas Eugene Good, 74, of Stanley, died on Saturday, March 31, 2012.
He was born on Jan. 4, 1938, in Luray and was a son of the late James Edmond Good Sr. and Gernie Virginia Stoneberger Good.
Mr. Good had worked as a maintenance supervisor for the Town of Stanley.
His wife, the former Naomi Marie Burker, died on Oct. 17, 1998.
He is survived by a son, Jeff Good of Stanley; a daughter, Tina Marie Good of Stanley; a brother, Russell “Acie” Good of Stanley; a sister, Reva Jones of Luray; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, James Edmond Good Jr.
A private service was conducted.
William Glenn Frazier, 89, of Luray, died on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at MontVue Nursing Home.
He was born on April 21, 1922, in Felton, Del., and was a son of the late Virgil Frazier Sr. and Eva Greenley Frazier.
On July 13, 1946, he married the former Edith Lorraine French, who died on May 17, 2007.
He is survived by a daughter, Diana F. Pierce of Luray; two sons, Martin Frazier of Portland, Ore., and Stephen Frazier of Ashland, Ore.; two brothers, Ray Frazier of Michigan, and Bruce Frazier of Delaware; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Rebecca Beall Jackson Graves
Rebecca Beall Jackson Graves, Senior Vice President of Luray Caverns Corporation and a resident of Luray, died April 6, 2012, at her home.
Mrs. Graves was born September 27, 1922, in Bennettsville, South Carolina, and was the daughter of the late John Murchison Jackson, Sr. and Rebecca Beall Gates. She was the stepdaughter of the late Adelaide P. Jackson and the late Charles H. Gates.
She was married on November 29, 1944, to Henry Theodore Northcott Graves, who died July 8, 2010.
Mrs. Graves was graduated cum laude from the University of Miami in 1943 with a degree in Music Instruction. While at the university, she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority, the Nu Kappa Tau, the highest women’s honors sorority at the University and the Sigma Alpha Iota, the National Music Sorority. After her marriage and move to Luray, she became involved in her husband’s various businesses at Luray Caverns and served as Senior Vice President of Luray Caverns Corporation and its affiliated companies until her death.
Early in her marriage, she became a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. She served this organization for many years and held offices at the local, state and national levels. She served locally at the highest level as Regent of the John Rhodes Chapter and the state as Virginia State Regent. Nationally, she served as Curator General. She was also a member of the Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, the Daughters of Colonial Wars and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Mrs. Graves enjoyed music all her life. She was a gifted pianist and organist. She was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, where she served as organist for over 50 years. She sang in the Shenandoah Valley Choral Society for a number of years and most recently has sung in the Page County Community Chorus. She also served on the board of the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival. She was a member of the Page Public Library Board, the Tuesday Night Supper Club, the Red Hat Society and the Luray Garden Club.
She is survived by six children, Rebecca Beall Hudson, Cornelia Walton Spain, John Howard Hershey Graves, and James Roderick Oughten Graves and wife Isabel, all of Luray, Katherine Murchison Fichtler and husband Richard Fichtler of Montana, and Elizabeth Duvall Vitu and husband Jean-Pierre Vitu of France. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, John M. Jackson III of Bennettsville, S.C.; and a daughter-in-law, Joyce Gray Graves. She was preceded in death by her eldest son, Henry Theodore Northcott (Harry) Graves II; a sister, Cornelia Maloney; and a stepbrother, Charles Gates.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, April 12, at Christ Episcopal Church, Luray,Virginia. Burial and reception will follow immediately at Limair.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Graves’ memory to the NSDAR Museum, Washington, D.C.; or the Christ Episcopal Church organ fund. (Paid Obituary)
Doris M. Good
Doris Marie Good, 75, of Shenandoah, died on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Avante in Harrisonburg.
She was born on Feb. 27, 1937, in Washington, D.C., and was a daughter of the late Arthur Francis Woods and Elsie Marie Jenkins Woods.
Ms. Good was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Luray Ward. She was an avid painter and gardener and volunteered at the Shenandoah Community Library.
Her husband, Gilbert Good, preceded her in death.
She is survived by two sons, Donald L. Good of Springfield, and Gary L. Good of Dripping Springs, Texas; two daughters, Donna L. Berry of Centerville, and Brenda G. Raynes of Hamilton; a brother, Lloyd Woods of Charleston, W.Va.; her stepmother, Dorothy Woods; a stepsister, Dawn Gustafson; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Elsie Jane Good; and one great-grandchild.
A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, April 7, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton by Bishop Gene Stockner. A graveside service was held on Monday, April 9, at Brown’s Chapel Cemetery in Reston.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shenandoah Community Library, 418 S. Third St. Shenandoah, Va. 22849.
Doris J. Stroupe
Doris Jean Stroupe, 76, of Stanley, died on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Page Memorial Hospital.
She was born on Aug. 20, 1935, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late George A. Foltz and Reda Mae Knight Foltz.
Mrs. Stroupe was a lifetime member of the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
On Feb. 2, 1952, she married Tommy Wayne Stroupe, who died on Dec. 4, 1995.
She is survived by two daughters, Dixie Darlene Blosser of Stanley, and Tammy Waters of Luray; her companion, Donald Richards of Stanley; and two granddaughters. She was preceded in death by a sister, Lois Kern; and one granddaughter.
A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, April 7, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Pastor Frank Painter. Burial was in the Leaksville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department, Stanley, Va. 22851.
Chellie Hazel Alger Bruce, 90, of 1225 Reservoir St., Harrisonburg, died on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center.
She was born on Sept. 16, 1921, in Virginia and was a daughter of the late Gilbert Dean and Mary Ellen Rodgers Dean.
Mrs. Bruce was a life member of the Rileyville Church of the Brethren and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Elkton. Chellie was a people person who loved to entertain family and friends by preparing fabulous meals. She also loved to garden and travel.
On May 16, 1939, she married Rumsey L. Alger Sr., who preceded her in death.
She is survived by two daughters, Shelby J. Buracker and son-in-law Ralph Buracker of Front Royal, and Phyllis L. Seal and son-in-law Robert Seal of Luray; three sons, Jerry A. Alger and daughter-in-law Martha Alger of Dayton, Larry E. Alger and daughter-in-law Theresa Alger of Richmond, and Rodgers Dean Alger of Pensacola, Fla.; a sister, Neva B. Comer of Stanardsville; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and first husband, Rumsey L. Alger Sr., she was preceded in death by a son, Rumsey L. Alger Jr.; three sisters, Lelia D. Bickers, Anna Roach and Wilma Deane; her second husband, R. Wallace Bruce; and one great-grandson, Charles Stockner.
A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, April 10, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Dr. Rob Buchanon. Burial was in the Alger, Ed. Cemetery in Rileyville. (Paid Obituary)
Karen S. Smith
Karen Sue Smith, 47, of Luray, died on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Winchester Medical Center.
She was born on June 25, 1964, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Norris Lee Dinges Sr. and Tressie Mae Kite Dinges.
Mrs. Smith was of the Pentecostal faith.
On Sept. 25, 1993, she married Leonard W. Smith, who survives.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Aaron Smith of Luray; two stepsons, Allen Smith of Stanley, and Michael Smith of Luray; four brothers, Gary Allen and Norris L. Dinges Jr., both of Stanley, Kenneth Wayne Dinges of Shenandoah, and Bruce Wayne Dinges of Elkton; and two step grandsons.
A funeral service was conducted on Friday, April 6, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Larry Sullivan and the Rev. Mike Reynolds. Burial was in the Stanley Advent Cemetery.
Ruth L. Waters
Ruth Lillie Waters, 92, of Luray, died on Monday, April 9, 2012, at Page Memorial Hospital.
She was born on July 10, 1919, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Reuben Franklin Rothgeb and Lillie Bell Cave Rothgeb.
Mrs. Waters was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by two husbands. Her first husband, Claude Burke, died on July 6, 1946, and her second husband, Albert Waters, died on Dec. 14, 1989.
She is survived by a daughter, Mary Ann Waters Vaughan of Luray; a son, James M. Burke of Stanley; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Beatrice Kibler, Mary Catherine Grubbs and Edna Mayes; and two brothers, Reuben F. Rothgeb Jr. and David S. Rothgeb.
A funeral service was conducted on Wednesday, April 11, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Dr. Charles Jolley. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.
Memorial donations may be made to the Main Street Baptist Church Youth Group.
Gary D. Triplett
Gary Drew Triplett, 61, of Luray, formerly of Front Royal, died on Sunday, April 8, 2012.
He was born on Jan. 20, 1951, in Winchester and was a son of the late Claude E. Triplett and Billie J. Lee Triplett.
Mr. Triplett worked at the Shenandoah House in Front Royal.
He is survived by his two sisters, Claudia J. King of Mount Falls Park, and Joanne L. Rogers of Winchester; a brother, Philip D. Triplett of Florida; a half-brother, Claude E. Triplett Jr. of Strasburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at Jones Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held in the Old Bethel Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made to www.jones fu neralhomes.com.
Col. Alexander H. Morrison, 95, of Lexington, died on Sunday, April 8, 2012.
Originally from Luray, Col. Morrison joined the VMI faculty upon his graduation from the Institute in 1939 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, and served continuously for the next 42 years, except for periods of military service and graduate studies, retiring in 1981.
During his career as a cadet, Morrison served in ranks from private to lieutenant, was a member of the editorial staff of the Cadet newspaper, was a member of the business staff of the Bomb yearbook and the 2nd Class finance committee. He was the founding head of the Department of Economics, and served as department head for 12 years.
His academic career was interrupted by World War II service in the South Pacific and by service with the ROTC detachment at the Citadel during the Korean War. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1959.
Working with the Red Cross he was instrumental in establishing community blood drives. Col. Morrison was also active in a local Boy Scout troop, a supporter of Camps for the Blind Children and an active member of R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church.
In 1975, he married Josephine Witherspoon Rogers, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a sister, Anne Morton Morrison of Luray.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Rockbridge Area Free Clinic, Rockbridge Area Hospice or the National Camps for Blind Children, Lincoln, Neb. 68506-0097.
Lewis C. Broyles
Lewis Casper Broyles, 72, of Luray, died on Monday, April 9, 2012.
He was born on July 16, 1939, in Luray and was a son of the late Casper Broyles and Edith Seal Broyles.
Mr. Broyles was a member of the Rileyville Baptist Church.
On Jan. 17, 1999, he married the former Romayne Finnell, who died on Oct. 1, 2011.
He is survived by four sisters, Anna Cody and Virginia Cody, both of Luray, and Frances Weaver and Ruby Campbell, both of Stanley; and a stepson, Clarence Frazier of Luray. He was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys M. Jenkins.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Pastor Chris Walker. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.
The family was to receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, at the funeral home.