Obituaries — Page County

Bonnie S. Comer

Bonnie Sue Grimsley Comer, 65, of Shenandoah, died on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at Sentara-RMH Medical Center.

She was born on Dec. 21, 1950, in Page County and was a daughter of the late Doris Jean Grimsley.

Mrs. Comer graduated from Page County High School in 1968. She was employed with Avtex Fibers in Front Royal for 21 years and worked at the Alma Poultry Plant, retiring after five years. She was a member of the New Life Gospel Church.

On Feb. 10, 2001, she married Allen K. Comer, who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Travis A. Grimsley of Shenandoah; a stepdaughter, Jenny Mae Comer of Elkton; two sisters, Juanita M. Meadows of Elkton, and Della Grimsley of Shenandoah; a brother, Dannie Lynn Grimsley of Shenandoah; one granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, at the New Life Gospel Church by Pastor Jim Kite and Pastor Carter Dean. Burial will be in the Sam Comer Cemetery.

Visitation was held from noon - 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Lindsey-Kyger Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Shenandoah Volunteer Rescue Squad or to the Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Department.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

James T. Bell

James Theron “Jimmie” Bell, 86, of McGaheysville, died on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at his home.

He was born on Aug. 8, 1929, in Arlington and was a son of the late Boyd Annie Bell and Marguerite Deere Bell.

Mr. Bell lived in the Northern Virginia area for 49 years before moving to the Shenandoah Valley. He graduated from Falls Church High School in 1948
 and was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean War from April 1952 until February 1953. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 17 years before joining Merck and Company in 1978, retiring in August 1990. He attended and was active in the Elkton Pentecostal Church, until declining health.

On June 15, 1958, he married Thelma Ann Dean Bell, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, James Arthur Bell of McGaheysville; a grandson; two step granddaughters; a great-grandson; and a step great-granddaughter.

 He was preceded in death by three brothers, Boyd, Tom and Joe Bell; and two sisters, Jane Flynt and Marguerite Crigler.

A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Elkton Pentecostal Church by Pastor Travis Hensley and the Rev. Harold Kephart. Burial was in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville, with military rites by the Virginia Army National Guard Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675.

Bessie R. Mitchell

Bessie Roletta Mitchell, 97, of Brunswick, Md., died on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, at the home of her daughter in Frederick, Md.

She was born on Oct. 9, 1918, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late Wilmer and Mary Dovel Stoneberger.

Mrs. Mitchell was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was a member of the New York Hill/New Hope UMC in Brunswick. She worked at Price Electric, the Umbrella Factory and Watsons Restaurant, all in Frederick, Md., and was an avid cook.

 She also served as a past president of the Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance Auxiliary.

Mrs. Mitchell was preceded in death by three husbands, Harvey T. Derflinger (1963), Haze T. Halley (1979) and Arthur T. Mitchell (2001).

She is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Guarnaccia of Connecticut, Grace Schroyer of Frederick, Md., and Gloria Deener of Brunswick, Md.; seven grandchildren; one foster grandchild; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and numerous step grandchildren, step great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Brothers include Dick, Mike, Ellick and Tazwell Stoneberger. Sisters include Ollie Snoots, Ruth Cornelius, Flora Flora, Ora Goode, Mary Rudolph and Myrtle Sigler.

A funeral service was conducted on Monday, Jan. 11, at the John T. Williams Funeral Home in Brunswick, Md., by Pastor William Carpenter. Burial was in Union Cemetery in Lovettsville.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick C ounty, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, Md.; the New Hope UMC, Building Fund, 7 S. Maryland Ave., Brunswick, Md.; or the Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance Auxiliary.

Ahern correction

In the obituary for Richard Berry Ahern, printed in last week’s Page News and Courier, Brandon Miller was incorrectly listed as a stepson.
Mr. Miller is a close member of the family. (Paid Obit Correction)

Charles E. Glass

Charles E. Glass, 90, passed away at his home in Front Royal, Va., on January 9, 2016.

He leaves behind his wife of 72 years, Audrey (Brock) Glass; daughters, Cheryl Ford, Carole Henry and Arleen Chapman; grandchildren, Michael Santorelli, Jenni Bower and Lori DePue; and great-grandchildren, Justin, Caitlin, Patrick, Alyssa and Mason.

Born in Jamaica, N.Y., after graduating high school, he joined the Navy as a radioman aboard the aircraft carrier USS Monterey during WWII. He was a land surveyor, property developer, aerial photographer, licensed sailing captain, pilot and ham radio operator. He taught celestial navigation and also enjoyed skiing, sailing and playing his violin.

Services will be private.

Arrangements are being handled by Enders and Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville, Va.

To view the obituary and send condolences online, please visit (Paid Obituary)

Ruth L. Sampsell

Ruth Lee Sampsell, 76, of 925 Riverview Dr., Luray, died on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, at her daughter’s home in Hollow Run, after a long battle with Leukemia and Pick’s Disease.

She was born on July 31, 1939, in Amissville and was the daughter of the late Haywood Thomas Holmes and Ruth Elizabeth Beach.

Mrs. Sampsell graduated from Luray High School. She worked for Wrangler for numerous years, where she became supervisor over the pressing department until her retirement. After retirement, she worked at Walmart for five years until she retired. She was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

On Oct. 8, 1962, she married Donald Winfield Farmer, who passed away in 2004. In 2007, she married Lowell Delane Sampsell, who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Donald Winfield Farmer II; and two daughters, Deborah Ann Campbell and Darlene Elizabeth Eppard and husband Gregory Troy Eppard. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Jeremy Wayne Farmer and wife Mari Cathern Farmer, Jessica Danielle Campbell, Bethany Caitlin Eppard and Brianna Lee Eppard; and one great-grandson, Jayden David Campbell. She is also survived by two sisters, Ida Bennett Butler and Lucille Mae Price.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Bradley Funeral Home with Evangelist Earl E. Painter officiating. Burial will take place at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.

The family was to receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Bradley Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Lighthouse Gospel Church in Stanley.

Services under the direction of the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray. (Paid Obituary)

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