OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Page County


Neil S. Hensley


Neil Samuel Hensley, 62, of Elkton, died on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

He was born on May 27, 1954, in Harrisonburg and was a son of the late Osba Earl Hensley and Ruth Louise Shifflett Hensley.

Mr. Hensley attended Elkton High School. He owned and operated Neil Hensley Carpentry Contractors and also built timeshares for Massanutten Resort for many years before retiring in 2007. He also owned and operated Old Pine Farm in Shenandoah, where he raised purebred Angus cattle, and was a member of the Virginia Angus Association.

On Dec. 31, 1984, he married Frances “Sissy” Merica Hensley, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Joshua N. Hensley of Nashville, Tenn.; two daughters, Andrea H. Hensley of Elkton, and Miranda Crowley of Shenandoah; two brothers, Jessie Hensley of Shenandoah, and Paul Hensley of Elkton; a sister, Betty Mae Hensley of Elkton; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Earl O. Hensley; a sister, Gail Morris; and a grandson.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton by the Rev. Rick Robertson and John Crawford. Burial will follow in the Elk Run Cemetery.

The family was to receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 8735 Plantation Lane, Manassas, Va. 20110; or to the American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Ave, Suite 210 Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.

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



Beulah E. Billings


Beulah Estell Billings, 89, of Luray, died on Monday, June 6, 2016, at Avante in Harrisonburg.

She was born on Oct. 16, 1926, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Casper Wright and Isabelle Sharpe Wright.

Mrs. Billings worked as a cook for the Inn Town in Luray for 30 years and was a member of St. John’s Baptist Church.

She is survived by seven sons, Robert, Casper, Kevin, Francel and Dudley Billings, all of Luray, Gregory Billings of Philadelphia, Pa., and Arthur Billings of Sterling; four sisters, Geneva Winfield of Front Royal, Portia Wright of Luray, Gilda Hawkins of Bushwood, Md., and Loyella Chew of Warrenton; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Patrick Billings; and three brothers, Arthur, Casper and Richard Wright.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, at St. John’s Baptist Church. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Luray.

The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday one hour prior to the service, from 1-2 p.m.



Shelby J. Lowery


Shelby J. Lowery, 65, of Henrietta, N.C., formerly of Shenandoah, died on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at the Hospice House of Rutherford County.



She was born on Oct. 26, 1950, in Luray, and was a daughter of the late Julius Rosser and Iva Bradley Rosser.



Mrs. Lowery worked as a substitute teacher in the public schools and as an inspector for the Craddock and Terry Shoe Company for several years.

 She was a homemaker and member of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Shenandoah.



Surviving in addition to her husband of 31 years, Roger “Charlie” Lowery, are two sons, Bobby Hudgins of Arvonia, and Kenneth Hudgins of Henrietta, N.C.; two brothers, Doug Rosser of Shenandoah, and Tim Rosser of Luray; and three grandchildren.



Services were conducted on Saturday, May 28, at the Harrelson Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Johnny McCarty.




Ruth C. Pence


Ruth C. Pence, 85, of Elkton, died on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at her home.

She was born on June 7, 1930, in Rockingham County and was a daughter of the late Robert Lee Crawford and Georgianna Lawson Crawford.



Mrs. Pence worked at the Grottoes Knitting Mill, Alliance in Shenandoah and was manager at the Dollar General Store for many years. She was a former member of St. Stephen’s Church in Berrytown in her youth and attended Lighthouse Tabernacle in Elkton. She was a homemaker.



On Aug. 3, 1956, she married Clyde Norman Pence Sr., who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Barbara Bailey of Elkton; a son, Rusty Pence of Gallatin, Tenn.; two sisters, Lillie Hawkins of Elkton, and Joyce Potter of Raceland, Ky.; and five grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by three brothers, Lloyd R. Crawford Sr., Robert Crawford Jr. and John Crawford; and two sisters, Ethel Meadows and Grace Meadows.



A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, June 4, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton by Pastor James Kite. Burial was in the Elk Run Cemetery.



Memorial contributions can be made to the Elkton Rescue Squad, 20871 Blue and Gold Dr., Elkton, Va. 22827.



Joseph E. Foltz


Joseph Edward Foltz, 60, of 374 Meadowview Dr., Luray, died on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at Page Memorial Hospital.

He was born on Sept. 16, 1955, and was a son of the late Preston Foltz and Elsie Burner Dorman.

Surviving in addition to his companion, Mary Miller of Luray, are a son, Joseph Daniel Foltz of Dobson, N.C.; two sisters, Ellen Lemmer of Culpeper, and Cindy Reid of South Carolina; and two grandchildren, Eduardo and Brianna Foltz.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058-5216. (Paid Obituary)



Walter W. Buracker


Walter William Buracker, 81, of 165 Ida Hollow Rd., Luray, died on Saturday, June 4, 2016.

He was born on Aug. 18, 1934, in Stanley and was a son of the late Frank Buracker and Rose Marie Aleshire Kaminski.

Mr. Buracker was a member of the Ida Grove Gospel Chapel.

On Nov. 21, 1959, he married Mary Jane Somers Buracker, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Billy Buracker of Stanley; three daughters, Pamela Turner and Katrina Banach, both of Luray, and Cheryl Good of Stanley; four brothers, Windle Wayne Buracker of Luray, and Danny, Donnie and Randy Berry, all of Stanley; a sister, Connie Lou Somers of Luray; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leonard Frank and Junior James Buracker; a sister, Peggy Buracker; and a great-grandchild, Auna Sherfey.

A funeral service was conducted on Wednesday, June 8, at the Mount Zion Church of the Brethren by Pastor Pete Campbell. Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Luray.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Page One Cancer Fund.



Humie J. Kite


Humie Junior Kite, 75, of 1670 Mayland Rd., Broadway, died on Friday, June 3, 2016.

He was born on Oct. 17, 1940, in Luray and was a son of the late Humie Lee Kite Sr. and Pauline Housden Kite.

Mr. Kite was a member of the New Market Lighthouse Tabernacle in New Market.

On Oct. 17, 1966, he married Eileen Beatrice Morris Kite, who died on July 14, 1988. On June 30, 1989, he married Brenda Jenkins Kite, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Darrell Kite and wife Doris of Stanley, and Chad Figgins Sr. and wife Catherine of Madison; two daughters, Barbara Ashburn and husband Wilson of Harrisonburg, and Gail Pennington and husband Jerry of Weyers Cave; a sister, Alda Powell of Elkton; a brother, Orville Kite of Stanley; 11 grandchildren, Michelle Shifflett, Melissa Gooden, Shania Kite, Dakota Kite, Kim Strickler, Timmy Ashburn, Marcy Campbell, Chad Figgins Jr., Jordan Figgins, Aiden Figgins and Amber Figgins; and three great-grandchildren, Rebekah Shifflett, Jacob Shifflett and Lily Gooden. He was preceded in death by a brother, Nelson Kite; and four sisters, Agnes Foltz, Frances Alger, Faye Harlow and Tressie Dinges.

A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, June 7, at the New Market Lig hthouse Tabernacle in New Market by the Rev. Charles Clinedinst. Burial was in the St. Luke Cemetery in Stanley.



Mary M. Fisher


Mary Jane Mangus Fisher of Stanley (Luray), Va., passed away in the early morning hours of June 5, 2016.

She was born on November 2, 1920, in Luray to Julian and Olive Rose Price. Always an angel on earth to anyone that knew her, she has now gone to her heavenly kingdom.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband of 23 years, William G. Mangus Sr., and her second husband of 31 years, W. Carlisle Fisher.

Left to cherish her glorious memories are her three sons and their families, Gene Fisher (Betsy) and children Lynn (Tom) and Paul of Winchester, Cary Mangus (Jeanne) and children Chip and Scott (Buffy) of Roanoke, and Bill Mangus and children Trey (Ferrell) and Rob (Emily). In addition, there are 11 great-grandchildren who have been immensely blessed by being in her presence and receiving her warmth and love, Fisher and Hannah Mangus; Reese, Avery and Mallory Mangus; Liam and Winston Mangus; and Retzler and Robert Mangus.

Thank you to the many nieces and nephews that have provided her with so much care over the past several years. She truly loved you, each and everyone.

Jane’s legacy is and always will be one of faith in her Lord. The years as a Sunday school teacher, the years as a member of her choir, her Walk to Emmaus are just a few examples of her life of that faith.

Bless you Mary Jane! Thank you, God, for her presence here.

The family received friends from 3-7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, at the family home at 305 Riverdale Farm Road, Stanley. The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at the Stanley Baptist Church with interment at St. Luke Lutheran Church Cemetery in Stanley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stanley Baptist Church, 730 East Main Street, Stanley, Va. 22851; or to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 6457 Leaksville Road, Stanley, Va. 22851.

Arrangements provided by the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.




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