Obituaries — Page County

John S. Tennies

John Snyder Tennies, 77, died on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016.

He was born on May 21, 1938, in Williford, Ark., and was a son of the late DeForest U. Tennies Sr. and Amanda Waggoner Tennies.

Following his high school graduation, Mr. Tennies enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served six years of active duty and nine years in the Army Reserve. He moved to Virginia in 1981 and worked at Camp Overlook as maintenance director from 1982 until his retirement in 2000.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 23 years, Joyce McCulley Tennies, are a daughter, Debra Braswell of Ray City, Ga.; seven stepchildren, Mary Brown of Kingsville, Ohio, Melissa Bloom of Erie, Pa., Edna Saul of Chesterfield, Ronald Anderson of Amelia, Melody Shaw and Dianna Siever, both of Shenandoah, and Julie David of Buckingham; a foster son, Shawn Shifflett; two brothers, the Rev. DeForest Tennies Jr. of East Randolph, N.Y., and Glenn Tennies of Lodi, Calif.; one sister, Ella Broscious of Grottoes
; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and foster children. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Phillip, Lloyd and Newton Tennies; two sisters, Nellie Coffee and Mary Yackovitch; and one granddaughter.

A celebration of life service is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Glovier Chapel, Camp Overlook, 3014 Camp Overlook Lane, Keezletown.

Memorial donations may be made to Camp Overlook; or Someone Cares Ministries, c/o Faith Lighthouse Chapel, 104 Jamestown Road, Randolph, N.Y. 14772.

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Patricia L. Covington

Patricia Louise Covington, 80, of Luray, died on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at the Life Care Center in New Market.

She was born on April 17, 1935, in Akron, Ohio, and was a daughter of the late Andrew Diehm and Florence Hogan Diehm.

On May 15, 1954, she married Robert Andrew Covington, who died on June 29, 2005.

She is survived by three sons, Jeffrey Lynn, Michael Kent and David Brian Covington, all of Luray; two brothers, David Diehm of Waterford, Mich., and Dennis “Sam” Diehm of Tampa, Fla.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Terrence Edward Covington.

Services are planned for a later date.

Vesta M. Southerly

Vesta Mae Southerly, 95, of Luray, died on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at MontVue Nursing Home.

She was born on Sept. 8, 1920, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late Walter Painter and Mary Frye Painter.

Mrs. Southerly was employed at the Luray Textile for 35 years and was a member of the Luray United Methodist Church.

On Nov. 25, 1936, she married I. Claude Southerly, who died on Aug. 25, 1969.

She is survived by seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Jackie W. and Claude Southerly Jr.; a daughter, Nancy Gray; seven sisters, Vivian Courtney, Mabel Painter, Nelly Painter, Vida Seekford, Jesse Linda Painter, Mona Jobe and Ludesta Jobe; and four brothers, Paul, Riley, Leonard and James Painter.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray by the Rev. Erich Bennett.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 266, Luray, Va. 22835.

Brenda M. Richards

Brenda Mae Richards, 63, of Stanley, died on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.

She was born on Feb. 14, 1952, in Washington, D.C., and was a daughter of the late James W. Story and Edna Mae Wallace Story.

Mrs. Richards worked at Wrangler for 12 years as an inspector.

On Oct. 23, 1972, she married Larry Lee Richards, who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Cindy Newlon of Falls Church, and Shawna Williams of Stanley; a brother, James W. Story Jr. of Stanley; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Mike, Marty and Stuart Lee Story.

A memorial service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at St. Mark Lutheran Church by the Rev. R. Nicholas Eichelberger. Visitation was held on Wednesday at the church prior to the service, from 10-11 a.m.

Fike memorial

A memorial service for Lorraine Virginia Texiere Fike is planned for 1 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren.
Mrs. Fike, 95, died at the Bridgewater Home on Jan. 16, 2016.

Rickey L. Woodward Sr.

Rickey Lee Woodward Sr., 62, of 697 W. Main St., Stanley, died on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016.

He was born on July 6, 1953, in Stanley and was a son of the late Leedy “Pete” Judd Woodward and Beatrice Mae Hilliard Woodward.

Mr. Woodward owned and operated R.W. Painting for 20 years and was a member of the New Market Eagles 4264.

On Dec. 24, 1991, he married Sonja Faye Beahm Woodward, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Kelli Ponn and Cassidy Woodward, both of Stanley; a son, Rickey Lee Woodward Jr. of Stanley; a sister, Cinthya Mae Gochenour of Luray; two brothers, Terry Allan Woodward of Stanley, and Timothy Ray Woodward of Luray; a grandson, Jacob Lucas of Stanley; and a granddaughter, Marci Basnight of Stanley.

A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Bradley Funeral Home. Burial was in the Stanley Advent Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Page County 4-H, 215 W. Main St., Stanley, Va. 22851. (Paid Obituary)

Nelson A. Gray

Nelson Acre Gray, 84, of Luray, died on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at the Newton D. Baker VA Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

He was born on May 21, 1931, in Stanley and was a son of the late Vernon Washington Thomas Gray and Lillian Virginia Weakley Gray.

Mr. Gray was an Army veteran, having served during the Korean War. He worked in the construction field and was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Pine Grove.

On July 30, 1954, he married Nina Mae Sours Gray, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Kay Marie Gray of Luray, and Virginia Ann Washington of Fredericksburg; two sons, Nelson Acre Gray Jr. of Remington, and Robert Allen Gray of Manassas; five sisters, Hannah Evelyn Drake of Florida, Charlotte Virginia Sours of Luray, Sylvia Ann Davis and Daisy Deloris Leake, both of Stanley, and Elizabeth Cover Comer of Grottoes; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Alvan Vernon Gray and Wallace Hamilton Gray; and a sister, Mildred Lillian Thompson.

A memorial service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Charles R. Turner. Burial will be private at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the VAMC, 510 Butler Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va. 25405.

Lowell A. Wold 

Lowell Allen Wold, 78, of Stanley, died on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at Winchester Medical Center.

Mr. Wold was born on Aug. 8, 1937, in Fargo, N.D., and was a son of the late Leonard Wold and Alice Flaa Wold.

He is survived by two sons, John Dallas Armentrout of Tampa, Fla., and Richard Armentrout of Key West, Fla. He was preceded in death by his fiancée, Dorothy Belle Armentrout.

A memorial service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Dr. Charles Jolley. Visitation was held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 1-2 p.m.

Laurie J. DeWater

Laurie J. DeWater, 54, of Luray, Virginia, passed away on January 26, 2016.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, at the Main Street Baptist Church.

Laurie is survived by three daughters, Jessica DeWater of Alberta, Amanda DeWater of Luray, and Nicki DeWater of Mattawan, Mich.; and eight grandchildren, Cassidy, Lindsey, Dustin, Caleb, Logan, Emma, Noah and Joshua.

Laurie was preceded in death by her mother, Ruby Shelton, and her father, Kornelius Vliegenthart; and two brothers, Rick Tucker and Kornelius “Chug” Vliegenthart Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Main Street Meals, handled by Main Street Baptist Church. (Paid Obituary)

Richard F. Batman

Reverend Richard Franz Batman died on Friday, February 5, 2016, at Rockland Place in Wilmington, Del.

He was born in Newark, N.J., in 1932, the son of the late Connor B. and Beryl Batman.

Mr. Batman moved to Silver Spring, Md., just before World War II, where he spent his youth and was an active member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, where he was inspired to join the ministry. He graduated from Roanoke College in 1954 before attending Gettysburg Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1957. He was called to service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boonsboro, Md., in 1959. He joined Redeemer Lutheran Church in Damascus, Md., in 1960, where he oversaw the construction of the church’s first building. From 1970 to his retirement in 1988, he led St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Newark, Del. He also served as interim pastor at Faith Lutheran Church in Suffolk, Va., after moving to Williamsburg, Va., in 1998. He was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Williamsburg.

Dick, as he was known by his friends, was known for his quick smile and sense of humor. He loved traveling, camping, canoeing, reading, music and was skilled at playing the organ. He enjoyed genealogy and computers.

He was a devoted husband to Louisa (Satchwell) for 51 years, who preceded him in death, and a caring parent to his children and grandchildren, whom he treasured.

He is survived by his children, Stephen B. Batman and wife Kal of Arvada, Colo., David R. Batman and wife Elsa of Hockessin, Del., and Anne Batman Holder and husband Kirt of Roswell, Ga.; and his grandchildren, Kathleen Batman, Connor Batman, Owen Batman, Isabelle Holder and Jackson Holder.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 12, 2016, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 701 S. College Ave., Newark, Del., where friends may call starting at 10 a.m. Burial will be private in Luray, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to either Gettysburg Seminary, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, Pa. 17325; or to the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease, 100 Haven Avenue, Suite 29D, New York, N.Y. 10032.

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