Obituaries — Page County

Wilbert S. Lam

Wilbert Stafford Lam, 84, of Elkton, died on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born on July 7, 1931, in Page County and was a son of the late Seibert and Beulah Lam.

Mr. Lam served in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan. After military service, he worked as a carpenter and retired from the National Park Service in 1996. He played various musical instruments and attended Jollett Bible Mission Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Eunice Lam, are a son, Wade Lam; two stepsons, Samuel J. and Andrew Jr. Lyles; five half brothers, Junior, Donnie, Michael, Ricky and David Lam; six half sisters, Alma Thomas, Kay Lam, Aleina Lam, Sue Baugher, Charlotte Lam and Deana Lam; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; six step grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Woodrow “Woody” Lam; two brothers, Leroy and Daniel Lam; a sister, Velma Lilly; four half brothers, Kenneth, Wayne, Delmas Page and Randolph Lam; and a half sister, Teresa Lam.

A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton by Pastor Jim Ritenour and Evangelist Doug Gochenour. Burial was private.

Memorial contributions can be made to Jollett Bible Mission Church, 4431 Jollett Rd., Elkton, Va. 22827.

Condolences may be sent to the Lam family at

Donald W. Diehl

Donald W. Diehl, 67, of Harrisonburg, formerly of Mount Crawford, died on Friday, June 3, 2016, at his home.

He was a son of the late Russell John Diehl and Hazel Marie Diehl.

Mr. Diehl retired from the Walmart Distribution Center in Mount Crawford after a career in security, working for WLR Foods as chief of security operations. He was an avid reader.

On Aug. 2, 1980, he married Betty Lou Holsinger Diehl, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by four sons, Jeffrey W. Holsinger, Gary W. Diehl and Stephen M. Diehl, all of Harrisonburg, and Douglas A. Diehl of Bridgewater; two daughters, Crystal Diehl of Shenandoah, and Kimberly Spence of Churchville; a brother, Stanley J. Diehl of Mount Crawford; and 11 grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted on Wednesday, June 8, at the Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren.

The family requests donations toward funeral expenses. These may be sent to Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren, 2788 Taylor Spring Lane, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801. Any funds remaining will be donated to the church.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Keith S. Costella

Keith Shawn Costella, 55, of Stanley, died on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

He is survived by his fiancée, Sandra Kay Alexander of Stanley.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Mary F. Pence

Mary Florence Pence, 82, of Shenandoah, died on Monday, June 13, 2016.

She was born on Sept. 24, 1933, in Rockingham County and was a daughter of the late Ralph T. Price and Catherine Davis Price.

Mrs. Pence was a school bus driver for Page County Public Schools for more than 30 years. She worked for Sleepwear as a seamstress for many years and was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church and Step Builders Sunday School Class.

On Jan. 2, 1954, she married Frank Allen Pence, who died on Feb. 12, 2012.

She is survived by three sons, Frank A. Pence Jr. and Steven Lee Pence, both of Shenandoah, and David Wayne Pence of Pennsylvania; a daughter, Carolyn Sue Graves of Powhatan; two brothers, Leroy Price of Dayton, and Ralph Price Jr. of Shenandoah; three sisters, Phyllis Price and Betty Holloway, both of Harrisonburg, and Maxine Mitten of Chesterfield; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Jeanna Meadows, Cathy Price and Della Morris.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 17, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton by Pastor Stephen Creech.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday one hour prior to the service, from 10-11 a.m.

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

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting .

Charles W. Cubbage

Charles Walter Cubbage, 88, of Stanley, died on Monday, June 13, 2016, at MontVue Nursing Home.

He was born on Dec. 21, 1927, in Stanley and was a son of the late Ernest Cubbage and Brownie Esther Lucas Cubbage.

Mr. Cubbage was a member of the Stanley New Hope Pentecostal Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Lena Mae Alma Nauman Cubbage, are two sons, Woodrow J. “Woody” and Dennis W. Cubbage, both of Stanley; a sister, Flossie McCoy of Stanley; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a brother, Virgil Cubbage; and four sisters, Hilda Mae Cubbage Good, Josie Jeanette Good, Maggie Lucas and Lucille McCoy.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at the Stanley New Hope Pentecostal Church by Pastor Randy Miller and the Rev. Tony Cubbage. Burial will be in the Seekford Family Cemetery at Alma.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, at the church.

White memorial

A memorial gathering for Christine Ellen White, 88, of Luray, will be conducted at 9 West Old Barn Road in Luray from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.

Diane L. Rollins

Diane Lynn McGirr Rollins of Hedgesville, W.Va., formerly of Luray, Va., died on June 11, 2016, at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. She was 68 years old.

She was very active in church activities at Hedgesville United Methodist Church and loved children and animals. She has gone to “Rainbow Bridge” to her awaiting pets that have gone before.

Mrs. Rollins was preceded in death by her parents, Grover and Ethel Huff; one brother Chuck; and one sister Kay.

Mrs. Rollins is survived by her husband, Bill Rollins; one son, Michael McGirr, and wife Kelly; one daughter, Heather Rollins Atkins, and husband Tony; six grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, many friends and family; a very special brother, G.C. Huff, and wife Nancy.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 19, 2016, from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. at the Raymond Funeral Service, P.A., 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, Md., where funeral services will be held on Monday, June 20, 2016, beginning at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Dennis Jackman officiating.

Interment to follow at Dentsville Methodist Cemetery in La Plata, Md. Pallbearers are Kyle Staymates, Christopher Grissom, G.C. Huff, Phil Rollins, Tony Atkins and Michael McGirr. Honorary pallbearers are Tanner Staymates and Ryan Atkins.

Memorial contributions, in loving memory of Di ane, may be made to Hedgesville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 35, Hedgesville, W.Va. 25427.

Mattie O. Cyrus-Leacraft

Mattie Oree Cyrus was born on July 3, 1921, in Luray, Virginia, to the late John William Cyrus Jr. and Hazel Viola Giles Cyrus. She was the first of their eight children and was affectionately called Oree.

Oree had many fond memories of growing up in Page County with her seven siblings. She attended school in Luray and finished high school in Richmond, Virginia.

As a young adult, Oree moved to Washington, D.C., and married Haskew Leacraft Sr.

Oree worked at the White House for 29 years and retired in 1995 under President Clinton. She was a devoted mother, who loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of the Mount Olive Lutheran Church for 63 years.

Oree was know for her awesome cooking. Her family and friends loved her homemade rolls, pies, cakes and the list goes on and on. A visit to Oree’s home always included great conversation with something delicious to eat and to take home.

She is survived by her sons, Haskew Jr. and David; one sister, Audrey Thurston; one sister-in-law, Frances Cyrus; three grandchildren, Michael Leacraft, Ricardo Leacraft and Lisa Burns; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her oldest son, Rudolph Leacraft; and six siblings, John W. Cyrus (Junior), Lois Sherrill, Robert Cyrus II, Samuel Giles Cyrus Sr., Shirley Outlaw and Roger Cyrus.

A memorial services was conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, at the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church.

Oree had a long life and often said, “I never expected to live so long.”

Oree resided for decades on 35 Street in D.C. with her sons, Haskew and David. During her last few months of life, Oree was lovingly cared for by her grandson, Ricardo, and his mother, Kathleen, in Portsmouth, Virginia. She died on June 7, 2016, in Portsmouth.

Oree will be greatly missed by a host of relatives and friends.

William H. Foltz

Mr. William “Bill” Henry Foltz, 69, a resident of Shenandoah, Va., died Friday, June 10, 2016.

A son of the late William B. and Dorothy Lucille McAlister Foltz, he was born on March 19, 1947, in Shenandoah, where he lived his entire life. He graduated from Page County High School.

Bill enjoyed working at KVK Precision Specialties for 18 years. He also enjoyed the outdoors, NASCAR Racing and loved people in general. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Shenandoah Moose Lodge 2176 and the New Market Eagles.

He is survived by a brother, Charles I. Foltz and wife Lois of Delaplane, Va.; two sisters, Patricia “Pat” Foster and husband Dwight of Stanley, and Kathryn Marie Deavers and husband Kenneth of Shenandoah; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, along with many friends.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Shenandoah.

A double funeral service for he and his father, who just recently passed away, will follow at 11 a.m. at the church with Pastor Phyllis Diamond officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Department, 211 Pennsylvania Ave., Shenandoah, Va. 22849; or to Shenandoah Volunteer Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, Va. 22849.

Lindsey-Kyger Funeral Home is handling arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Robert Blackwell

Robert “Bob” Blackwell passed peacefully at his home in Springfield, Va., on June 4, 2016, surrounded by family and caregivers.

He was born on Aug 1, 1941, in Miami, Fla., son of Francis P. Davis Sr. and Edna Earle Blackwell (deceased); was adopted and raised by his maternal grandparents, Lewis L. Blackwell and Mary I. McElveen (deceased).

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Douglas Davis and Michael Andrew Chandler; and one sister, Carol Lea Davis.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 40 years, June Nickerson Blackwell; sons Robert L. Jr. (Deborah) of Goldvein, Va., and David L. of Springfield, Va.; sisters Miriam Butler of Tavares, Fla., and Kathy (Dale) Cammon of Mableton, Ga.; grandchildren Greg, Tim and Jessica; great-grandchildren Steven and Aralyn; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

Robert (aka Bob, Bobby, B2,) served in the United States Army from 1959-1981 retiring as a Master Sergeant for INSCOM/ASA. Recipient of numerous awards and commendations, Bob was a quiet and humble person who was loved and respected by subordinates, peers and superiors alike. As a civilian he also worked for the CIA, Intercon Network Systems, McDonnell Douglas and L.P. Baier. He retired from civilian work in 1997 for health reasons.

A service will be held at the Old Post Chapel Fort Meyer preceding interment with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. A notice will be posted when the date is known. A “Celebration of Life” will be held for family and friends (date to be determined).

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to one of the following: Army Emergency Relief Fund (; National Museum of the U.S. Army (; or Veterans of Foreign Wars (;jsessionid=3ADA7659C87794340625C6B9E38477F2.app274b?df_id=4620&4620.donation=form1&s_src=GIVINGPAGES_WAYSTOGIVEMEMORIAL); or to a charity of your choice.

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