Obituaries — Page County

Lee P. Price

Lee Page Price, 85, of Elkton, died on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born on June 14, 1931, in Page County and was a son of the late William Preston “Bogus” Price and Edna Florence Grimsley Price.

Mr. Price was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked at Dulles Airport for many years fueling airplanes until his retirement. Following retirement, he operated Comertown Grocery and was an avid woodworker and gardener.

On Jan. 7, 1954, he married Beatrice Deavers Price, who died on Jan. 24, 1984.

He is survived by his fiancée, Irene Morris Davis of Elkton; a son, Page Allen Price; two daughters, Cathy Price Comer and Brenda Price Saylor; a sister, Hazel Price Comer of Shenandoah; a brother, Earl Price of Shenandoah; six grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul “Pat” Price; and a sister, Edna Price Comer.

A funeral service was conducted on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton by Pastor Carter Dean and Pastor James Kites. Burial was in the Mount Lebanon Church Cemetery in Comertown.

Memorial donations may be made to the Elkton Rescue Squad, 20871 Blue and Gold Dr., Elkton, Va. 22827; to the Building Fund for Assembly of God, 712 Maryland Ave., Shenandoah, Va. 22849; and to Sentara RMH Palliative Care, 1931 Medical Ave., Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.

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Eugene L. Eppard

Eugene Larick Eppard, 82, of Stanardsville, formerly of Elkton, died on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016.

He was born on May 11, 1934, in Rockingham County and was a son of the late Elmer Clyde Eppard and Gladys Mae Hensley Eppard.

Mr. Eppard worked for Westinghouse for 15 years and then went on to Cave Hill Mechanical and Neff Masonry. He was a self-employed farmer and a member of Hensley’s United Methodist Church in Elkton. He was an avid hunter.

He is survived by three sons, Larry Eugene Eppard of Stanardsville, and Clyde Edward and Bobby Lee Eppard, both of Elkton; a brother, Jesse R. Eppard of Elkton; a sister, Beatrice of Baltimore, Md.; six grandchildren; five great-grandsons; and four great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Hensil F., Lonnie L. and Berlon C. Eppard; and a sister, Beulah Lam.

A memorial service was conducted on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton by Pastor Carter Dean. A private burial was held at Hensley’s United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made to the Greene County Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 302, Stanardsville, Va. 22973.

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Lewis S. Stone 

Lewis Salvati Stone, 69, of Luray, died on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016.

He was born on Feb. 15, 1947, in Bartley, W.Va., and was a son of William Henry Stone and Nalvie Verde Glacie Dunford.

Mr. Stone was a veteran and was Pentecostal by faith.

On June 10, 1967, he married Patricia Ann Stone, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Lewis Anthony and Christopher Wayne Stone; four siblings, Bertha Green, William Stone, Juanita Kennedy and Brenda Jessie; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by seven siblings, Ola Mae Cline, Morgan Ball, Fred Stone, Allie Letner, Virginia Stone, Kennedy Stone and Rena Bradshaw.

Services are planned for a later date.

Leila F. Smith

Leila Frances “Sissy” Smith, 80, of Penn Laird, died on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at Willow Estates, where she was a resident.

She was born on Feb. 14, 1936, in Page County and was a daughter of the late Connie and Lottie Smith.

Ms. Smith was a member of the Furnace United Methodist Church on Naked Creek.

She is survived by two brothers, Alva P. “Al” and Jennings “Wilson” Smith, both of Elkton; three sisters, Anna Meadows, Wilda Meadows and Dorothy Smith, all of Elkton; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Elmer O., Vernon R. and Austin L. Smith.

A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Furnace United Methodist Church by Pastor Rick Robertson and the Rev. Kevin Poeckert. Burial was in the Koontz Family Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Furnace United Methodist Church, 19836 Naked Creek Rd., Elkton, Va. 22827.

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Ethel A. Knighting

Ethel Arminda Knighting, 96, of Luray, died on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at MontVue Nursing Home.

She was born on July 11, 1920, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late Arthur Clyde Painter and Laura Virginia Wilson Painter.

Mrs. Knighting worked on the production line at Rockingham Poultry for 30 years. She was a member of the Newport Church of the Brethren.

Her husband, Marshall Holland Knighting Sr., died on March 15, 2002.

She is survived by three sons, Chester David Knighting of Luray, Arthur Andrew Knighting of Rixeyville, and Marshall Holland Knighting Jr. of Lacey Spring; a sister, Flora Ellen Good of Luray; and 10 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Avis, Willard and Winston Painter; and a sister, Josie Painter.

A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Newport Church of the Brethren by Duane Painter, with visitation from 1-2 p.m. Burial was in the Painter Family Cemetery in Stanley.

Patricia J. Oakley

Patricia Jean Oakley, 64, of Stanley, passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, at Winchester Regional Medical Center.

She was born May 16, 1952, in Richmond, Virginia, daughter of June Peterson Oakley and the late Bruce Oakley.

She went by “Patt,” unique, just like her spirit. She was a woman of action, and throughout her life was committed to helping others: as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in inner city Philadelphia, as a social worker at the Matthew 25 free health clinic, and as a primary care nurse practitioner in Page County.

Patt was an adventurous spirit, a champion canoeist, a Master Gardener and dog lover. An avid bluegrass fan, she loved and supported live music and the arts.

She is survived by her husband, Fred MacDonald; her daughter and son-in-law, Carrie and Matt Dougherty, and grandchildren, Ryan and Sadie; three stepchildren, Tony MacDonald (Tammy), E.J. MacDonald, and Cyndi Cronley (Phil), and six step grandchildren; her mother, June Peterson Oakley and stepfather Jack Bertram; three sisters, Chris Oakley (Jim Beall), Barb Levisay (Mark), and Sandy Mueller (Patt), and four nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Page Free Clinic, P.O. Box 45, Luray, Va. 22835.

A celebration of her life will be held at her home in Stanley, Virginia, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 10.

Frederick E. Emmons

Frederick Evert Emmons, 66, was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on August 29, 2016, surrounded by the family he loves.

His devotion to his family as well as his deep faith in Jesus Christ allowed him to find peace and joy in the midst of his struggle against cancer.

Fred was born to Howard and Virginia Emmons, who were both educators, in Roanoke, Va., on September 3, 1949.

He graduated from Roanoke College and began his lifelong calling as an educator teaching civics and world history in Keokee, Va. He selflessly served Page County teaching Spanish at both the high school and community college for more than three decades, and has touched the lives of so many within our community. He faithfully attended Stanley United Methodist Church and loved singing in the choir.

Fred was blessed with a large and loving family. He married his best friend, Deborah Ann Jackson, on November 28, 1981, in Roanoke, Va. Together they proudly raised their two daughters, Emily and Edie.

Fred invested deeply in his wife and children, putting family as the most important aspect of his life. He loved taking his family on vacation adventures ― never going to the same place twice.

Fred was an educator at heart. He loved the arts and was an accomplished painter. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate his life and the fact that he is now at peace with his creator.

Fred is survived by his wife, Debbie; his daughters, Emily and Edie; his grandchildren, Rebekah and Elizabeth; his siblings, Annette, Tony and Timothy; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Fred will be held at Stanley United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 3, at 2 p.m. His family will be accepting visitors at the church prior to the service from 12:30-2 p.m.

The family gratefully asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to Stanley United Methodist Church.

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