Obituaries — Page County

Merle G. Manuel

Merle G. Manuel, 95, of Shenandoah, died on Sunday, June 26, 2016, at her home.

She was born on April 12, 1921, in Page County and was a daughter of the late Cecil F. and Emma Breeden Sampson.

Mrs. Manuel was a seamstress at Sleepware in Elkton for many years. She was an avid gardener and a member of the Newport Church of the Brethren.

On Sept. 20, 1941, she married Winfred “Bud” Manuel, who died on Sept. 16, 2008.

She is survived by two daughters, Betty Purdham of Stanley, and Shelby McCoy of Shenandoah; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Meneely; three brothers, Harold, Elwood and Roy Sampson; and two sisters, Dorothy Lam and Margaret Rothgeb.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, at the Newport Church of the Brethren by Pastor Duane Painter. Burial will be in the Rest Haven Cemetery in Shenandoah.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Newport Church of the Brethren, 408 Newport Rd., Shenandoah, Va. 22849.

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David Lucas

David “Buddy” Lucas, 92, died on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at MontVue Nursing Home.

He was born on Nov. 1, 1923, in Page County and was a son of the late Levi and Lucy Coverstone Lucas.

Mr. Lucas served in the U.S. Army Air Force from April 1943 to January 1946 and was a member of the Avis O. Comer VFW Post 8613. He retired as a boilermaker and was an avid fisherman and bird hunter.

On Dec. 25, 1965, he married the former Evelyn Mae Hammer, who died on Oct. 14, 2014.

He is survived by two sons, David “Junebug” Lucas of Shenandoah, and Steven Lucas of Elkton; three daughters, Brenda Lam and Karen Martin, both of Shenandoah, and JoAnn Cave of Stanley; a stepson, Gary Hammer of Stanley; a stepdaughter, Carolyn Campbell of Elkton; six grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 13 step great-grandchildren; and seven step great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Ellen “Tink” Grimsley.

A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, at the Lindsey-Kyger Funeral Home in Shenandoah by Pastor Terry Wyant-Vargo. Burial was in the Methodist Cemetery with military rites by Avis O. Comer VFW Post 8613.

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JoAnn Nuckols

JoAnn Nuckols, 68, of Dayton, died on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

She was born on Oct. 2, 1947, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Morris Alfred Buracker and Catherine Louise Buracker.

She is survived by a daughter, Teresa A. Rice; five sisters, Bonnie Buracker, Anna May Gray and Betty Lou Turner, all of Staunton, Mary Catherine Burner of Luray, and Barbara Jean Knupp of Harrisonburg; three brothers, Larry Wayne Buracker of Bentonville, Robert Alfred Buracker of Madison, and Terry Fitzgerald Buracker of Luray.

A graveside service was conducted on Saturday, June 25, at the Mount Zion Church of the Brethren in Luray by the Rev. James Kite. Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery.

Brenda M. Foltz

Brenda May Foltz, 65, of 482 Top Road, Shenandoah, died on Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

She was born on Dec. 8, 1950, in Virginia and was a daughter of the late Avery Price and Elva Mae Dofflemoyer Price.

Mrs. Foltz was a member of the Newport Christian Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Paul Edward Foltz Sr., are three sons, Bradley Foltz, Brian Foltz, and Paul Foltz Jr. and wife Joanna, all of Shenandoah; a brother, Gary Alan Price and wife Kay of Stanley; and two grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted on Sunday, June 26, at the Newport Christian Church by the Rev. Tracy Shifflett. Burial was in the Newport Cemetery in Shenandoah. (Paid Obituary)

Anna B. Hensley

Anna Belle Hensley, 80, of 146 Old Stanley Rd., Stanley, died on Saturday, June 25, 2016.

She was born on June 7, 1936, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late Kermit Cornelius Good and Virginia Ruth Painter Good.

Mrs. Hensley worked at Page Memorial Hospital as a registered nurse for 27 years, retiring in 2003. She was a member of the Stanley Seventh-day Adventist Church, Stanley Volunteer Rescue Squad (former vice president), Stanley Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the PMH Auxiliary.

On Dec. 17, 1955, she married George Amos Hensley, who died on July 11, 2012.

She is survived by a brother, Alvin Good and wife Ruby of Stanley; five nieces, Patricia Ann and husband Earl Coe, Connie Herd, Elaine and husband Frank Weakley, Penny Jenkins and fiancé Jim Stoneberger, and Wilma and husband Kent Knight; two nephews, Jack Rhinehart and wife Denise, and Bennie Rhinehart and wife Gail; 16 great-nieces and nephews; and 18 great-great-nieces and nephews.
 She was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Elaine Rhinehart; and a brother, Virgil Lee Good.

A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, June 28, at the Stanley Seventh-day Adventist Church by Pastor Sam N. Millen and Elder Roy Campbell.

 Burial was in the Stanley Advent Cemetery.

Charles S. Munson

On Saturday, December 12, 2015, Charles Sola Munson passed away in Los Angeles, California.

Charles Sola was born on November 17, 1934, in Rileyville, Page County, Virginia, to Charles Bishop and Louise Virginia (Sours) Munson.

He grew up in the mountains of Virginia with his other siblings. He attended Luray High School in Luray, Virginia.

Charles Sola loved being in the woods and working at his sawmill. He cut lumber, made shavings for the many chicken houses in Page/Rappahannock counties, built custom homes (with the help of his children and their friends) and you could find a stack of firewood by the sawmill (you were on the honor system to pay). He loved to go down the Shenandoah River (fish, canoe) with his children. He was a Boy Scout leader when the boys were young. He loved to travel; he made many trips out west to discover what was just over the hill. He loved to stop and talk with the sheepherder or the cattleman that he saw out in the field or in a barn.

He is survived by five children, Tim (wife Janice), Tom (wife Amie), Terrell, Mike and Jennifer; sisters, Barbara, Patsy, Betsy, April (Lucy) and Martha; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren with one great-grand on the way; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Bill, John, Page, Annabelle, Amelia and Anna Catherine; and children Charles and Christopher.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, at Lake Arrowhead, Luray, Virginia.

Samuel S. Supples

Samuel Scott Supples, age 48, of Shenandoah, Va., died on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at INOVA Fairfax in Falls Church.

Supples was employed by Bechtel and was a member of Mount Lebanon Church in Shenandoah, Va.

He was the son of Jack William and Margaret June (Taylor) Supples of Shenandoah. He is also survived by one daughter, Jessica Supples, and one granddaughter, Rylee Supples, both of Stanley; one sister, Amy and husband Mike Curtis, and two nephews, Matthew and Logan Curtis, all of Shenandoah, Va.

The family received friends on Friday, June 24, at Mount Lebanon Church from 6-8 p.m., with funeral services at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at Mount Lebanon Church with the Rev. Jim Martin Sr. officiating.

Interment was in the Mount Lebanon Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the family for his granddaughter, Rylee.

Arrangements were handled by the Bradley Funeral Home, Luray, Va.

Martha G. Pettit

Martha G. Pettit, 91, of Luray, was “swept away” from Life Care Center, where she was a resident, to her heavenly home on Monday, June 27, 2016.

She was born November 7, 1924, and was the daughter of the late Vangie and Ermon Gray.

On February 10, 1947, she married Dennis G. Pettit. He died on March 31, 1996.

She is survived by two daughters, Connie Strickler (Dale) and Alice Smith (Eddie), and one son, Leroy Pettit (Sandra). She is also survived by one sister, Frances Gray, and one brother, Larry Gray.

Two sisters, Jane Leake and Nancy Kibler, and one brother, Philip Gray, are deceased.

She had seven grandchildren, two step grandsons, 10 great-grandchildren, four step great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and another great-great-grandson due in December.

She helped raise some of her siblings and other family members. She had numerous nieces and nephews.

Martha was known to many as “Sook,” a nickname given to her as a child. She was a lifelong member of St. George’s Episcopal Church and a member of the Altar Guild. She spent all of her life in Page County.

She worked as a waitress at Skyland, Panorama and the Mimslyn Inn.

She will be greatly missed by all of those that had the pleasure of being a part of her life.

The family was to receive friends on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016, at 2 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Pine Grove with the Rev. Scott Dillard officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Luray.

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