OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Page County


Thomas A. Reiss


Thomas Alfred Reiss, 60, of Luray, died on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016.

He was born on June 30, 1955, in Takoma Park, Md., and was a son of the late Frederick Chalres Reiss Jr. and Zelda Evelyn Reiss.

Mr. Reiss was an administrator at Shenandoah Valley Village in New Market for more than 20 years and had worked the last four years as administrator at Elkton Manor. He was a member of the New Market Seventh-day Adventist Church and the New Market Lions Club.

On Nov. 4, 2007, he married Elvia Yolanda Faillos Reiss, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two brothers, Daniel A. Reiss of San Francisco, Calif., and Frederick Charles Reiss III of Middletown; and a sister, Dominique Armentrout.

A funeral service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at the New Market Seventh-day Adventist Church by Elder Buz Menhardt.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 266, Luray, Va. 22835; or to the New Market Seventh-day Adventist Church.



Mary L. Shifflett


Mary Lou Grimsley Shifflett, 81, of Elkton, died on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born on Nov. 29, 1934, in Page County and was a daughter of the late Noah Thomas “Tommy” Grimsley and Virginia Cave Grimsley.



Mrs. Shifflett attended Shenandoah High School. She was a homemaker and a member of the Shenandoah Pentecostal Holiness Church. She moved to Elkton in 1957.



On July 16, 1955, she married Joseph W. Shifflett, who survives.



Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Larry and Thomas “Tucker” Shifflett, both of Elkton; a sister, Dorothy Hammer of Elkton; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by two children, Dawn and Jody Shifflett; and a sister, Margaret Shifflett.



A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Shenandoah Pentecostal Holiness Church by Larry Sullivan and Pastor Carter Dean. Burial was in the Elk Run Cemetery.



Condolences may be sent to www.lindseykygerfuneralhome.com.




Maxene F. Smith


Maxene Ferrell Smith, 87, of McGaheysville, died on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016.

She was born on May 19, 1928, in Page County and was a daughter of the late Lee C. Ferrell and Mary Ola Sampson Ferrell.



Mrs. Smith worked as a quality control inspector at the Shenandoah Knitting Mill, Metro Pants in Harrisonburg and at Walker. She also operated a beauty shop in Shenandoah and was a member of her church choir.

Surviving in addition to her husband of 43 years, Dickie D. Smith, are a stepson, Steven L. Smith of Harrisonburg; a sister, Thelma Offenbacker of Elkton; and a nephew. She was preceded in death by a sister, Virdus L. Dean.



All services were private.



Memorial contributions may be made to McGaheysville Fire and Rescue, 80 Stover Drive, McGaheysville, Va. 22840; or to a charity of choice.




Leonard C. Fox


Leonard Charles Fox, 73, of Luray, died on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.

He was born on Aug. 9, 1942, in Luray and was a son of the late Otis Hamilton Fox Sr. and Elizabeth Sara Sours Fox.

Mr. Fox retired from Wallace Business Forms after 29 years as a forklift operator. He was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and the Luray Moose Lodge.

On June 10, 1995, he married Bonnie Sue Foster, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Tammy S. Beers, Joyce D. Fox and Martha A. Fox, all of Luray; a son, Michael D. Fox of Abingdon; three stepchildren, Gene Minnick, Mike Minnick and Tammy Courtney, all of Luray; two brothers, Hunter William and Otis Hamilton Fox Jr.; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Lynwood Fox; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Stanley New Hope Pentecostal Church. Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with expenses.



Roger G. Painter


Roger Garland Painter, 70, of Luray, died on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.



He was born on Oct. 31, 1945, in Luray and was a son of the late Harvey Garland Painter and Charlotte May Painter.

Mr. Painter had worked in the maintenance department at Shenandoah National Park for 28 years. He was a member of the Luray Seventh-day Adventist Church.

On March 12, 1994, he married Jean Paulette Seal Painter, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Jeremy Painter of Stanley; three brothers, Jennings, Harvey D. and John D. Painter, all of Stanley; a sister, D. Jean Huffman of Stanley; and one grandchild. He was preceded in death by a sister, Judy A. Yager.

A funeral service was conducted on Friday, Feb. 19, at the Luray Seventh-day Adventist Church by Pastor Sam N. Millen. Burial was in the Stanley Advent Cemetery.



Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.



Rachel E. Utz


Rachel Everlene Utz, 62, of Stanley, died on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.

She was born on Dec. 16, 1953, in Front Royal and was a daughter of Raymond Campbell and Alice Kenney Campbell of Luray.

Mrs. Utz was a member of the Grace Fellowship Church in Shenandoah.

On Feb. 14, 1991, she married Floyd Thomas Utz, who died on Sept. 11, 1995.

Surviving in addition to her parents are a son, Shawn Hilliard of Shenandoah; a daughter, Whitney Shifflett of Norfolk; a sister, June Cave of Luray; and four grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted on Monday, Feb. 22, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Wayne Comer and Evangelist Doug Gochenour. Burial was in Shenandoah Memorial Park in Winchester.





Frances V. Grimsley




Frances Virginia Grimsley, 90, of Shenandoah, died on Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.


Lindsey-Kyger Funeral Home in Shenandoah is handling arrangements.




Reese F. Leigh


Reese Ford Leigh, 25, of Elkton, died on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in a traffic accident.

He was born on Oct. 15, 1990, in Harrisonburg and was a son of Arthur Leigh of Elkton and Rebecca Leigh of Fulks Run.

Mr. Leigh served in Iraq as a member of the United States Army.

Surviving in addition to his parents are two brothers, Art Miller of Luray, and Johnny Leigh of Elkton; and four sisters, Mary Fulk of Timberville, Elizabeth Leigh of Shenandoah, Melody Leigh of Elkton, and Montana Leigh of Mississippi.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton. Burial will be private at the Leigh family cemetery near Elkton.



In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kyger Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.kygers.com.



Roberta V. Meadows


Roberta Vaughn Meadows, 59, of Luray, died on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at Winchester Medical Center.

She was born on March 3, 1956, in Luray and was a daughter of Robert Clinton Jenkins and Barbara Elizabeth Judd Jenkins of Luray.

Surviving in addition to her parents are a son, Bobby Joe Meadows of Luray; and a sister, Melody Jenkins of Luray. She was preceded in death by a son, Brett Wade Meadows.

Services will be held at a later date.



Joann Rines


Joann Rines, 77, died on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.
Arrangements are being handled by the Bradley Funeral Home.



Donald Harris


Donald Harris, 79, of Shenandoah, died on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.
Arrangements are being handled by the Bradley Funeral Home.



Wayne R. Freeze


Wayne Ronald Freeze, 81, of Stanley, died on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Stanley.

He was born on January 10, 1935, in Luray and was a son of the late Luther Edward Freeze and Nellie Ette Higgs Freeze.

Mr. Freeze was a member of the Church of the Valley.

On Sept. 6, 1953, he married Lois Ann Kite Freeze, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four daughters, Debra Rodgers and husband James of Shenandoah, Darlene Rodgers and husband Paul of Shenandoah, Dixie Dinges of Luray, and Donna Dofflemyer and husband Tim of Luray; two sons, Wayne R. Freeze Jr. of Shenandoah, and Douglas A. Freeze of Stanley; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Garfield Freeze; and two sisters, Ruby Freeze and Roena Freeze.

A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, at the Church of the Valley by the Rev. Alfred C. Comer Jr. and Evangelist Earl E. Painter. Burial was in the Newport Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Visitation was held at the Bradley Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. (Paid Obituary)



Lorene V. Jenkins


Lorene Virginia Louderback Jenkins, 85, a resident of Shenandoah, passed away on February 17, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born in Shenandoah on May 22, 1930, and was the daughter of the late Charles H. and Virgie Foltz Louderback.

Lorene was a lifelong resident of Shenandoah and graduated from Shenandoah High School. She was a member of the Newport Christian Church, an active member of the Newport Christian Church Women’s Fellowship, Grove Hill Friendship Club and the Newport-Grove Hill Ruritans. She was a loving wife, mother and friend, who enjoyed sewing and gardening.

On November 25, 1950, she married James Benjamin Jenkins, who survives.

She is also survived by her children, Debra J. Bailey of Kenly, N.C., Elizabeth Williams and husband David of Verona, James D. Jenkins and wife Tina of Luray, Robert W. “Robbie” Jenkins and wife Deanna of Shenandoah, and Charles E. Jenkins and wife Denise of Shenandoah; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Dennis Bailey.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2016, at Newport Christian Church.

A funeral service was held at 3 p.m. at the church on Saturday, February 20, 2016, with Pastor Tracy Shifflett and Pastor Earl Painter Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Newport Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Newport Christian Church, Women’s Fellowship, 307 Newport Rd., Shenandoah, Va. 22849.

Lindsey-Kyger Funeral Home in Shenandoah handled arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseykygerfuneralhome.com. (Paid Obituary)



Nancy J. Foote


Nancy Jane Foote, 77, of Stanley, passed away February 22, 2016, in Harrisonburg.

Mrs. Foote was born October 7, 1938, in Virginia and was the daughter of the late James and Eula Rice Duncan.

Nancy was a caregiver to her parents for many years. She worked at Wrangler as a seamstress and Appomattox Garment Company, and later for ARA Services in the Shenandoah National Park.

Mrs. Foote is survived by her former husband and father of her children, Wilbert S. Lam of Elkton; a son, Wade Lam and fiancée Lois Painter of Stanley; a daughter-in-law, Terry Lam of Luray; four grandchildren, Brandon Lam, Emily Lam, Annette St. Clair and husband Darren, and J.T. Lam and wife Emily; three great-grandchildren, Michael St. Clair and companion Regina Good, Madison St. Clair and Wyatt Lam; and a great-great-grandchild, Gracie St. Clair.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Foote; a son, Woodrow S. Lam; and a stepsister, Rachel Aesy.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at Beahm’s Chapel Church with the Rev. Doug Gochenour officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family was to receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Online condolences may be sent to the Foote family by visiting www.kygers.com. (Paid Obituary)



Fred L. Neininger


January 4, 1937 - February 21, 2016
Fred Louis Neininger, 79, of the Bridgewater Retirement Community, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2016, following a stroke. He has been reunited with his loving wife “Pat” in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Fred was born January 4, 1937, in Wheeling, W.Va., and was the son of Robert Frederick Neininger Sr. and Betty Jane Neininger.

A job working for the FBI brought him to Washington, D.C. in October 1955, where soon after he met his future wife and soulmate at Mrs. B’s Boarding House.

He spent 36 years with the Defense Mapping Agency Hydrographic/Topographic Center and served as a Cartographer, Field Office Staff Specialist and a Physical Scientist, receiving numerous awards before retiring in 1992. Fred also served his country in the U.S. Navy Reserve as a radioman. He graduated from George Washington University with a BS in Cartographic Science and was a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda.

Fred was fascinated with aviation as a young child, even drawing airplanes in his mother’s cookbooks. He soloed and earned his private pilot license in May 1968, and was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). He purchased his first airplane, a 1947 Aeronca Chief, and restored it to flight status; and many years later started construction on a “pusher” plane called the Mini Imp. Later in life he became involved in the construction and flying of radio controlled model airplanes.

Fred enjoyed many outdoor sports and was an avid swimmer and snow skier. He also enjoyed woodworking. Two of his major projects were a sailboat he built and named the “TeriTam,” and an a-frame playhouse on stilts … both were the delight of his young daughters. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife Pat throughout the USA and Europe.

Prior to moving to the Bridgewater Retirement Community, Fred and his family first lived in Manassas, Va., for many years where they were members of the Emmanuel Baptist Church. He and his wife eventually retired to Luray, Va., and became members of the Rileyville Baptist Church, where he also served as a Deacon.

Fred is survived by his daughters, Theresa “Terri” (Bill) Aten of Lakeland, Fla., and Tamela (Paul) Tait of Brecksville, Ohio; brother Robert Frederick (Peggy) Neininger Jr. of Ormond Beach, Fla.; stepmother Paulette Neininger of Wheeling, W.Va.; sister-in-law Debbie Dunn Conboy of Hernando, Miss.; two grandchildren, Neilson and Julianna Tait; and nine nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Frieda “Pat” Patricia Raynell Dunn Neininger; his parents, Robert Frederick Sr. and Betty Jane Neininger, parents-in-law, William “Willie” and Louise Dunn; two sisters-in-law, Betty Josephine Armstrong and Shelvy Ann Vaught; and a nephew, Butch Armstrong.

Visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. on February 28 at the Rileyville Baptist Church, followed by a funeral service at 3 p.m. conducted by the Rev. David Johnson and the Rev. Scott Harris. A private family graveside service will follow at Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery. (Paid Obituary)



Richard M. Dwyer Sr.


Richard Melvin Dwyer Sr., 65, of Sperryville, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2016, with his family by his side at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

He was born on April 19, 1950, to the late Thomas J. Dwyer and Ethel Cornell Dwyer.

Mr. Dwyer was a retired carpenter who was also known for his persistent sense of humor. He enjoyed the outdoors, playing cards, and above all spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Linda Jenkins Dwyer; one son, Richard Dwyer Jr. of Sperryville; and two daughters, Cindy Dwyer-Seay and husband Matthew of Fork Union, and Tammy Atkins and husband Neal of Sperryville. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Brittany Dwyer and Marshall “Ryan” Atkins of Sperryville, and Aubrie and Owen Seay of Fork Union. Additional survivors include 10 siblings, Joyce Pullen of Washington, Katherine Gregg of Luray, Betty Sisk of Sperryville, Donna Hoosier and husband Tom of Elkwood, Emily Jenkins and husband Robert of Washington, Andy Dwyer and wife Linda of Sperryville, Edie Bedortha and husband Bill of Huntly, Jim Dwyer and wife Kim of Washington, Jeanie Maxey and husband Floyd of Luray, and Jeff Dwyer of Warrenton. Mr. Dwyer is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Thomas Bryant Dwyer.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray by the Rev. John K. Burke. Burial will be in the Sperryville Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Jenkins, James Jenkins, Tom “Rusty” Sisk, Dale Jenkins, Manuel Garcia, Tony Wayland, Dan Wilson and Ricky Pullen. (Paid Obituary)


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