OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Page County


James F. Hoak


James Francis Hoak, 82, of Harrisonburg, died on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at his home.

He was born on Aug. 12, 1933, in Luray and was a son of the late Isaac Newton Hoak and Martha Somers Hoak.

Mr. Hoak graduated from Bridgewater College in 1955. He was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy in May 1956 and served as an aircraft carrier fighter pilot. He also served as an alternate astronaut for the NASA Apollo Space Program. After his military career, he became a flight officer for United Airlines and retired as a senior captain in 1993.

He was an active member of the Muhlenberg Lutheran Church for nearly 50 years, where he also served as a trustee. He was a member of the Harrisonburg Rotary Club, the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Shriners International. He was an avid woodworker.

On May 28, 1960, he married Dolores Heatwole Hoak, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four sons, Michael, Gregory, David and Stephen Hoak, all of Harrisonburg; a brother, Dale Hoak; five grandchildren; three step granddaughters; and a niece and nephew.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, at the Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, with a reception to follow. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Muhlenberg Lutheran Church, Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, the Sentara Cancer Center or Sentara Hospice.



Florence L. Jones


Florence Lenora Jones, 86, of Louisa, formerly of Stanley, died on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at the Louisa Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on Oct. 18, 1929, in Woodruff, S.C., and was a daughter of the late Dewy Cogdill and Nellie Clark Cogdill.

On Oct. 30, 1946, she married Fearman Hesky Jones, who died on Oct. 10, 1999.

She is survived by two daughters, Brenda K. Delarosa of Bradenton, Fla., and Patricia Stanley, also of Florida; two sons, Jackie R. Jones of Luray, and Robey E. Jones of Stanley; and numerous grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda P. Jones; a son, Fearman Jones Jr.; and three brothers.

Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Luray.



Arthur B. Frazier


Dr. Arthur Benjamin Frazier, 85, of Roanoke, died on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem.



He was born on April 7, 1930, in Page County and was a son of the late William Ervin Frazier and Anna Cathryn Knupp Frazier.

Dr. Frazier was a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia. He was in family practice in Virginia Beach following medical school and worked at DePaul Hospital from 1969-1981 and from 1981-1995 as a radiation oncologist at Carillion Hospital in Roanoke.

 He was a member of Greene Memorial United Methodist Church and had been a member of the Newport Church of the Brethren.

 He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. He served as president of the Virginia Division of the American Cancer Society from 1991-1993 and was a board member of the United Methodist Family Services.



On Aug. 9, 1952, he married Hazel Hall Hootman Frazier, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Frazier of Roanoke; two sisters, Cathryn Seese of Bridgewater, and Janice Hardy of Wilmington, N.C.; and two brothers, Forrest Frazier of Bridgewater, and James Ervin Frazier of Pittsburgh, Pa.

 He was preceded in death by a son, David Frazier; and a sister, JoAnn Milan.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church in Roanoke by the Rev. Gary Heaton. Burial will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery in Page County.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to United Methodist Family Services, 3900 W. Broad St., Richmond, Va. 23230.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.



Betty L. Grim


Betty Lou Grim, 65, of Stanley, formerly of New Market, died on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Page Memorial Hospital.

A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, at Wood’s Chapel Independent Bible Church in New Market. Burial was in the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in New Market.


Services were handled by Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.



Iva M. Comer


Iva Marie Comer, 84, of 1812 U.S. Hwy. 340 Business West, Stanley, died on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born on Jan. 7, 1932, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late Herbert Kelley Breeden and Nora Lee Painter Breeden.

Mrs. Comer was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Stanley.

On Oct. 27, 1951, she married Ralph Allusian Comer, who died on March 18, 1996.

She is survived by two daughters, Cindy Ann Good and husband Jeff of Stanley, and Janet Arlene Lawson and husband Wayne of Stanley; two sons, Kenneth Lee Comer and wife Juanita of Luray, and Steven Lynwood Comer of Stanley; a sister, Rose Mae Alger of Stanley; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Floyd and Herbert Allen Breeden; and a sister, Charlene Campbell.

A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, March 5, at the Fellowship Baptist Church by the Rev. Donnie Sherfey. Burial was in the Leake’s Chapel Cemetery in Stanley. (Paid Obituary)



Bernadine B. Wells


Bernadine Butcher Wells, 92, of 13 Meadow Lane, Luray, died on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at Page Memorial Hospital.

She was born on March 30, 1923, in Herndon and was a daughter of the late Paul Brown and Maxie Brown.

Mrs. Wells was a member of the Luray United Methodist Church.

On Sept. 6, 1942, she married James Stanley Wells, who died on March 8, 1998.

She is survived by two daughters, Jackie Spicer of New Market, and Gerry Hendrickson of Bealeton; a son, Rich Wells of Ashburn; two sisters, Evelyn McGhee of Purcellville, and Mary Brumfield of Luray; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a special friend and neighbor, Barbara Good, whom she considered as family. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Vivian Withrow and Pauline Sullivan; and three brothers, Garland, Buster and Bill Brown.

A memorial service was conducted on Saturday, March 5, at the Luray United Methodist Church by the Rev. Erich Bennett. A private graveside service was held at the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Page Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 200 Memorial Dr., Luray, Va. 22835; or to the Luray United Methodist Church. (Paid Obituary)



Ronald L. Alger


Ronald Leon Alger, 73, of Stanley died on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

He was born on June 13, 1942, in Stanley and was the son of the late Medford L. Alger and Alma Comer Alger.

On April 21, 1978, he married his best friend, Betty Lou Culver, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Rhonda Alger Campbell and husband Darrell Campbell, and Patricia Culver Stokes, all of Luray.

He is also survived by two brothers, Gary Alger of Stanley, and Danny “Porky” Alger of Shenandoah; and three sisters, Lois Hinkle of Broadway, Wanda Estep of Shenandoah, and Judy Hammer of Elkton. Also left to cherish his memories are four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family received friends at the Bradley Funeral Home on Friday, March 4, 2016, from 7-8 p.m.

A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Sat urday, March 5, by the Rev. Charles Turner. Burial was at Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray. (Paid Obituary)


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