OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Page County


Elsie M. Housden


Elsie Mae Housden, 91, of Shenandoah, died on Monday, May 23, 2016, at Life Care Center in New Market.

She was born on Oct. 30, 1924, in Page County and was a daughter of the late Headley and Mamie Judd Morris.

Mrs. Housden was a member of the Church of the Valley, where she taught Sunday school and helped with Vacation Bible School. She was an avid baker and seamstress.

Her husband, Elwood L. Housden, preceded her in death.

She is survived by four daughters, Janet Williams, Beverly Keyser, Jeannie Morris and Judy Fields; a sister, Virginia Foltz; two brothers, Ben and Gary Morris; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Joyce Ann McCoy and Lois M. Williams; four brothers, Harold, Johnny, Louis and Pete Morris; two sisters, Gladys Comer and Ruth Rodgers; and a great-grandson.

A funeral service was conducted on Friday, May 27, at the Church of the Valley in Shenandoah by Pastor Alfred Comer. Burial was in the Mount Lebanon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Shenandoah Volunteer Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, Va. 22849.

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



James R. Dofflemyer


James Randolph “Randy” Dofflemyer, 83, of Elkton, died on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

He was born on June 19, 1932, in Rockingham County and was a son of the late James Oscar and Mary Virginia Hawkins Dofflemyer.

Mr. Dofflemyer served in the U.S. Army for two years. He lived in Springfield, where he worked as a barber for more than 40 years. He retired and moved back to the Shenandoah Valley 20 years ago and was a member of the Blue Ridge Independent Church.

On Feb. 28, 1956, he married Rose Zelia Shifflett Dofflemyer, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three children, Teresa Smiroldo of Arlington, Wayne Dofflemyer of Stafford, and Lisa Burton of Manassas; one brother, Gene Dofflemyer of Elkton; six sisters, Carolyn Breeden and Connie Lam, both of Elkton, Joyce Hans-brough of Shenandoah, Syvilla “Billie” Hensley of McGaheysville, Sandra Hensley of Penn Laird, and Barbara Breeden of Mount Jackson; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Peggy Sipe, Aline Nieswander, Christine Breeden and Linda Shifflett; a brother, Dickie Dofflemyer; and a granddaughter.

A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, May 28, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton by Pastor Gerald Meeks and Pastor David Wade. Burial was in the Elk Run Cemetery, with military rites by the Gooden Brothers VFW Post 9292.

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting www.kygers.com.



Lorine J. Sutton


Lorine Joyner Sutton, 94, of Raleigh, N.C., died on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at The Laurels of Salisbury.

She was born on Nov, 12, 1921, in Rockingham County and was a daughter of the late William Lewis Joyner and Ada Lee Dixon Joyner.

Mrs. Sutton
 was a member of the Elon Community Church and the Women’s Fellowship. She graduated from Elon College in 1957 and taught first grade for 26 years. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and the Virginia Education Association and was an avid gardener.

Her husband of 62 years, the Rev. Thomas Daniel Sutton, preceded her in death.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Falcone of Raleigh, N.C.; a son, Thomas Eugene Sutton of Salisbury, N.C.; a sister, Darnese Stone of Reidsville, N.C.; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda White; two sisters, Louise Lawson and Inez Till; and three brothers, William Harvey, Ira Odell and Paul Joyner.


A funeral service was conducted on Sunday, May 29, at the Lowe Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Bob Wachs. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Rowan County, 720 Grove St., Salisbury, N.C. 27144; or to Elon Community Church UCC, 271 N. Williamson Ave, Elon, N.C. 27244.


An online register book is available at www.lowefuneralhome.com.



Pearl E. Boyers


Pearl Elizabeth Comer Merica Boyers, 93, of Elkton, died on Monday, May 23, 2016.

She was born on June 19, 1922, in Page County and was a daughter of the late James Sherman and Lucy Breeden Meadows.



Mrs. Boyers worked at the Alma Poultry Plant for many years before retiring and was a member of the Open Door Church of Harrisonburg.



Her husband, Claude Boyers, preceded her in death.

She is survived by two daughters, Gail R. Lam of Elkton, and Elizabeth A. Fitzgerald of Waynesboro; two brothers, Johnny B. and Manuel Meadows, both of Elkton; a sister, Bessie Meadows of Elkton; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia Simmers; a son, Richard Lee Comer Jr.; six brothers; four sisters; and two grandchildren.



A funeral service was conducted on Thursday, May 26, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton by Pastor Dan Bassett. Burial was in the Elk Run Cemetery.



Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, Va. 22901.



Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting www.kygers.com.




Tommy D. Buracker 




Tommy David Buracker, 83, of Luray, died on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Grace Health and Rehab in Stanardsville.

Arrangements are being handled by the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.



Martha L. O’Sullivan


Martha Lee O’Sullivan, 63, of Shenandoah, died on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

She was born on Oct. 20, 1952, in Charlottesville and was a daughter of the late Margarette Sutherland.

Mrs. O’Sullivan graduated from Elkton High School in 1971 and was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Shenandoah. She was a homemaker and avid gardener.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Paul O’Sullivan, are a son, Michael Dovel of McGaheysville; four stepchildren, Patrick Sullivan of Lincoln, Neb., Kevin O’Sullivan of Elkton, Collene Young of Camby, Ore., and Joan Sullivan of Lincoln, Neb.; three brothers, Charles “Billy” Sutherland of Elkton, and Donnie and Paul Sutherland Jr., both of Shenandoah; and numerous step grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted on Sunday, May 29, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton by Pastor Stephen Creech. Burial was in the Methodist Cemetery in Shenandoah.

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



Marshall Cooper Jr.


Marshall R. Cooper Jr., 68, of Basye, died on Monday, May 23, 2016, at Winchester Medical Center.

He was born on Oct. 19, 1947, in West Virginia and was a son of the late Marshall Raymond Cooper Sr. and Winfred Huffman Cooper.



Mr. Cooper owned and operated his own construction company since 1994. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Mount Jackson, the Gold Wing Chapter R Motorcycle Club in Harrisonburg, the Eagles in New Market and was one of the founders of the Massanutten Amateur Radio Club.

On Oct. 18, 1987, he married Gloria J. Cooper, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Monica Lynn Cooper of New Market; three stepchildren, Bonnie Painter and Connie Frady, both of Stanley, and Gregory Gochenour of Shenandoah; a sister, Amerallus Teter of Timberville; two grandchildren; four step grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.



A private memorial service will be held at a later date.



At his request, Mr. Cooper was cremated, with arrangements handled by the Dellinger Funeral Home.





Charles F. Shuler


Charles Franklin Shuler, 89, of Elkton, died on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at his home.

He was born on June 10, 1926, in Shenandoah and was a son of the late Fred Amos Shuler and Alma Comer Shuler.



Mr. Shuler served as postmaster in Elkton for 39 years from Jan. 1, 1950 to Jan. 3, 1989. Prior to that he was a teacher of vocational agriculture at Marshall High School and director of membership relations for Rockingham Cooperative Farm Bureau. He was an honor graduate of Shenandoah High School, Class of 1942, and also an honor graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1947 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education.



Mr. Shuler was a veteran of World War II.
He was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church in Shenandoah and a life member of the Gooden Brothers VFW Post 9292. He was a Mason in the Elkton Lodge 74 AF&AM, later renamed the Charles Franklin Shuler Lodge 74 AF&AM. He was a member of the Luray Royal Arch Chapter 4, Luray Commandry, Richmond Scottish Rite Bodies, ACCA Temple of the Shrine and Milnes Chapter 3 Order of the Eastern Star.



On Sept. 6, 1958, he married Martha Kelly Newton Shuler, who died on May 18, 2015.

He is survived by a daughter, Mary Valentino of McGaheysville; a son, Lee B. Shuler of Elkton; two sisters, Mary Frances Johnson of Lynchburg, and Eva Holtzman of Alexandria; two brothers, Fred Amos Shuler of Birmingham, Ala., and Dr. James Marshall Shuler of Blacksburg; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Newton Shuler; and a sister, Elizabeth Wampler.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, at the First Christian Church by the Rev. James Perry and Carl Howard. Burial will be in Coverstone Cemetery, with masonic rites by the Grand Lodge of Virginia.



The family was to receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.



Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, 312 Third St., Shenandoah, Va. 22849; or to Coverstone Cemetery, P.O. Box 67, Shenandoah.




Vera M. Allen


Vera Mary Allen, 77, of 512 River Valley Rd., Rileyville, died on Monday, May 30, 2016.

She was born on Aug. 28, 1938, in New York, N.Y., and was a daughter of the late Frank Pacousky and Vera Ann Kovark Pacousky.

Mrs. Allen worked as a clerk at Food Lion for 20 years and was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church.

On April 26, 1958, she married Otha Donald Allen, who died on June 7, 1997.

She is survived by two daughters, June Farnsworth and husband Albert, and Donna M. Milbourne and husband Ed, all of Luray; nine grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Michael Allen; and a great-granddaughter, Gracie Marie Smith.

A celebration of life service is planned for a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, Luray, Va. 22835; or to the Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 266, Luray. (Paid Obituary)



Randell E. Gray Sr.


Randell Eugene Gray Sr., 70, of Stanley, died on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

He was born on June 6, 1945, in Stanley and was a son of the late Gilbert Gray and Dorothy Crawford Bowen.

On March 20, 1965, he married Jo Ann Alley Gray, who died on March 9, 2016.

He is survived by four sons, Brad, Harold, William W. and Randell E. Gray Jr., all of Stanley; eight brothers, David G. Gray of Timberville, Gilbert Gray Jr. of Harrisonburg, and Jackie, Danny, Dewayne, Kevin, Jeffrey and Philip Gray Sr., all of Stanley; three sisters, Darlene Gray of Harrisonburg, Sonia Dinges of Stanley, and Patricia Beydler of Woodstock; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Gray.

A graveside service was conducted on Tuesday, May 31, at the Graves Chapel Cemetery in Stanley by Pastor John Thomas.



Good memorial


A memorial service to celebrate the life of Isabel Good will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Stanley Seventh-day Adventist Church.

A light supper and fellowship will follow the service.



Janice I. Finney


Janice I. Finney, 79, of Luray, died on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

She was born on April 19, 1937, and was a daughter of the late Ernest George Halt and Marguerite Emma Troetschel Halt.

On Jan. 21, 1955, she married Bert Stewart Finney, who died on Oct. 5, 1996.

She is survived by three daughters, Amy Jo Bailey, Shari Bowers and Lee Ann Finney, all of Luray; and a son, Randall S. Finney of Stafford. She was preceded in death by a sister, Elaine Thompson; and a brother, Ernest W. Halt.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 3, at the Bradley Funeral Home.



Charles E. Southard


Charles Edward Southard, 72, of York, Pa., passed away peacefully at his residence on Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

Mr. Southard was born in Luray, Virginia, on August 11, 1943, and was the son of the late Charles W. and Louise V. (Pettitt) Southard.

Charles honorably served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War and attended the Air Force electronics school. He was an electronic technician and worked for Cummins (Chicago). He enjoyed science fiction books and movies.

He is survived by his two daughters, Barbara Bell and Paulette Rozankowski, both of Baltimore; and four grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Southard.

All services are private. The Austin H. Eberly Funeral Home Inc., Dallastown, is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the York County SPCA, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York, Pa. 17406.

To share memories, please visit www.eberlyfuner alhome.com.



Daniel H. Abbott


Daniel Harvey “Jack” Abbott, 89 of Rileyville, died May 27, 2016, at his home.

He was born on October 27, 1926, in Rileyville and was a son of late Daniel Sim and Edith Shenk Abbott.

Mr. Abbott was a retired dairy farmer and lifelong resident of Rileyville. He was a member of Rileyville Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and Sunday school superintendent over the years. He was a lifelong member of the Rileyville Ruritan Club and held many offices in his earlier years. He served on the Board of Directors of the Shenandoah Mutual Fire Insurance Company for many years. Mr. Abbott was an avid horseman and continued his lifelong love of horses into his later years, continuing to ride in his 80s.

He is survived by his son, Bruce Abbott of Lynchburg, Va. He is also survived by his daughter, Jane Williams of Clinton, Maryland, and his daughter, Linda, and son-in-law Tom Mowery of Rileyville. In addition, he is survived by six grandchildren, Daniel, Amanda, Michael and Hannah Mowery, all of Rileyville, and Brooke and Brennan Abbott of Lynchburg. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Abbott was also survived by his very close friend and farm helper of more than 50 years, Walter “Bubby” Kibler of Rileyville.

He was predeceased by his wife, Elaine “Nooky” Norris, who died on January 18, 1985. He was also predeceased by five sisters, Lucille Bruce, Frances Abbott, Mildred Robinson, Virginia Kemp and Polly Somers.

Family received friends at Rileyville Baptist Church Monday, May 30, from 7-8 p.m., with a funeral service Tuesday, May 31, at 11 a.m. at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rileyville Ruritan Club in his memory; or to the Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, Va. 22601.


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