OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Page County


Addison D. Thomas


Addison D. “Delman” Thomas, 75, of Stanley, died on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.

He was born on Dec. 14, 1940, in Stanardsville and was a son of the late James Parker Thomas and Anne Frances Painter Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Antioch Independent Bible Church in Luray.

On Nov. 17, 1964, he married Kay Frances Thomas, who died on May 26, 2014.

He is survived by a daughter, Kathy Thomas of Stanley; two sons, William “Billy” and Joe Thomas, both of Luray; a sister, Mary Catherine Rothgeb of Luray; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Charles M. Kline Jr.; and a sister, Janet Yvonne Alger.

Services are planned for a later date.



Elizabeth J. Feller


Elizabeth Jane Feller, 88, of Luray, died on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at MontVue Nursing Home.



She was born on March 13, 1928, in Sperryville and was a daughter of the late Click Cave and Lilly Obelia Cave.

On June 21, 1943, she married Eddie Andrew Foster, who died on April 25, 1972.

She is survived by two daughters, Bonnie Sue Fox of Luray, and Jo Ann Foster of Stanley; three sons, Ricky S. and Norman Foster, both of Stanley, and Lonnie W. Foster of Luray; a stepdaughter; 13 grandchildren; five step grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Mitchell D. Foster; three sisters, Bessie Elvis Buracker, Gertie Cave and Bertha Buracker; and a brother, Douglas Cave.

A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Luray Pentecostal Church by the Rev. Ray Berry. 

Burial was in the Cave Family Cemetery in Dark Hollow.





Graham A. Colley


Graham Alma Colley, 79, of 2973 Vaughan Summit Rd., Luray, died on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016.

He was born on May 20, 1937, in Virginia and was a son of the late Riddle Colley and Virgie Owens Colley.

On Jan. 18, 1957, he married Martha Ellen Jones Colley, who died on April 13, 2015.

He is survived by two daughters, Lourine Cooney and husband Tom of Sterling, and Jeannette Campbell of Rileyville; a son, Billy Alma Colley and wife Carol of Luray; a sister, Fairy Rose of Chester; two brothers, Darrell and Gary Colley, both of Stanley; two grandsons, Jason Colley and Alex Cooney, both of Sterling; and a granddaughter, Olivia Cooney of Sterling.

A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Eric Croft. A graveside service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Fairfax Memorial Park.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Wednesday one hour prior to the service, from 10-11 a.m. (Paid Obituary)



Sharon J. Jenkins


Sharon Jean Jenkins, 62, of Luray, died on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016.

She was born on July 11, 1954, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Elwood Martin Comer Sr. and Margaret Lee Croft Comer.

She is survived by two sons, Larry Allen and Eddie Wayne Good, both of Stanley; two brothers, James Comer of Mississippi, and Wayne Comer of Shenandoah; two sisters, Bonnie Owens and Betty Burrill, both of Luray; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her companion, Bruce Turner of Luray. She was preceded in death by a son, Teddy Good; and a brother, Elwood Comer Jr.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Eric Croft.

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



Thomas L. Holt


Thomas Lowery Holt, 74, of McGaheysville, died on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.

He was born on Feb. 9, 1942, in Highpoint, N.C., and was a son of the late Samuel Holt Sr. and Mary Baines Holt.

Mr. Holt previously resided in Page County and was employed at Food Lion in Elkton. He was a member of Redeeming Love Fellowship Church in Shenandoah and Mount Olive Brethren Church in McGaheysville.

He is survived by a brother, David Holt of Maryland. He was preceded in death by a brother, Sam Holt Jr.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, at Redeeming Love Fellowship Church in Shenandoah by Pastor Leroy Hulvey and Melanie Wylie.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Alvin W. Prince


Alvin Woodrow “Monk” Prince, 78, of Stanley, passed away on Monday, December 5, 2016, at his residence.

Monk was born on September 1, 1938, in Rockingham County and was the son of the late Carl and Iva Good Prince.

He retired from Wal-Mart after 15 years of service and was a member of the Calvary Independent Brethren Church in Stanley, Va.

On June 30, 1957, he married Esther Pettit Prince, who survives.

In addition to his wife, Esther, Monk is survived by two daughters, Donna P. Jenkins and husband Keith, and Karen P. Frymyer and husband Rick; two grandchildren, Ginger A. Alger and husband Fred, and Bryan K. Frymyer and wife Brittany; five great-grandchildren, Dalton Alger, Nick Alger, Alexis Frymyer, Lucas Frymyer and Olivia Frymyer; one brother, Carl “J.C.” Prince Jr. and wife Millie; and a friend who was considered family, Sylvia Davis.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2016, at the Calvary Independent Brethren Church at 525 Brady Road, Stanley, with Pastor Charles Turner officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service with a meal at the church.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com. (Paid Obituary)



Hazel T. Breeden


Hazel Thelma Breeden, 95, of Elkton, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Page Memorial Hospital in Luray.

She was born March 23, 1921, in Page County and was the daughter of the late Arthur A. and Bertie Belle Meadows.

Hazel worked in the dining area at Sunnyside Retirement Home before retiring. She enjoyed cooking and working in her vegetable and flower garden. She attended the Furnace United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Nelson Breeden; her son, Larry N. Breeden; three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by her daughters, Louella Hensley and husband Smiley (Elkton) and their children, Mark (Ann) Hensley, Tina (Angel) Gonzalez, Tony (Sherry) Hensley and Lou Ann (Dan) Bussiere, and Thelma Davis and husband Welford (Elkton) and their children, Bradley (Pam) Davis, Glenn (Kim) Davis, Carol (Brandon) Roudabush and Karen (Jeremy) Cave; a daughter-in-law, Connie Breeden and her children, Amy Meacham (Gary) and Chad N. Breeden; 18 great-grandchildren, Tristan and Jordan Gonzalez, Tyler and Luke Bussiere, Cheyanne Sayres, Brooke, Joshua, Nathan and Taylor Hensley, Courtney, Caleb, Connor and Riley Davis, Arianna and Wyatt Roudabush, Akaeus Cave, Emily Plum and Ryan Breeden; a great-great-grandchild, Cash Sayres; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastor Rick Robertson officiating.

The family received friends an hour prior to the service.

A private burial was held at Jollett Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Elkton Rescue Squad, 20871 Blue and Gold Dr., Elkton, Va. 22827; and/or Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad, 25 Memorial Dr., Luray, Va. 22835.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com. (Paid Obituary)



Terry T. Johnson


Terry Tyrone Johnson, 61, of Washington, D.C., died on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Johnson was born on April 6, 1955, in Washington, D.C., and was a son of the late Theodore Cornelius Johnson and Edna Yvonne Burrill Johnson.

He is survived by two brothers, Douglas Frederick Burrill of Fort Washington, Md., and Trent Justice Johnson of Harrisonburg. He was preceded in death by a sister, Renee Yvonne Johnson; and four brothers, Bryant Mitchell, Larry Theodore, Jerry Jerome and Theodore Cornelius Johnson Jr.

Services are planned for a later date.



Roxy A. Gray


Roxy Anthony Gray, 76, of 3702 Pine Grove Rd., Stanley, died on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016.

Mr. Gray was born on Jan. 16, 1940, in Stanley and was a son of the late Edward Cecil Gray and Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Gray.

He is survived by a nephew, David Reed of Harrisonburg. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Bobby Gordon, Lakey Franklin “Chet” and Hubert Cecil “Barney” Gray; and a sister, Minnie Lee Reed.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Pine Grove. (Paid Obituary)



Maria P. Erazo


Maria Pedrina Erazo, 47, of Luray, died on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16, at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Luray.

A wake will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the church.



Vernon F. Merkey


Vernon F. Merkey, 88, of Ankeny, Iowa, died Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Meadowview Memory Care Village in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. on Friday, December 16, at Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church officiated by Pastor Pat Fish (720 Edgewood Rd., NW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52405). Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service. Teahen Funeral Home is serving the family.

Vernon is survived by his four children, Anne (Chett) Mitchell of Elkhart, Ind., Steve (Sara) Merkey of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Janice (Scott) Yetmar of Strongsville, Ohio, and Kent Merkey of Minneapolis, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Dan (Mary) Merkey of Claremore, Okla.; and a sister, Esther Neher of Pierce City, Mo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; three brothers, James, George and Ike; and two sisters, Edith and Ella.

Vernon was born on June 13, 1928, in Cordell, Okla., the son of John and Cora Miller Merkey.

He married Mary Frances Wood on June 13, 1954, at Bethlehem Church of the Brethren in Boones Mill, Va.

He graduated from McPherson College, Bethany Theological Seminary, and served as a minister for 44 years for the Church of the Brethren, retiring in 1998. During his career as a minister he served churches in Missouri, Virginia, Iowa and Indiana prior to his retirement at Ankeny.

After retiring from the ministry, Vernon lived an active lifestyle spending much of his free time caring for his yard, flower garden, vegetable garden and fruit trees. He also enjoyed visiting with family and friends, going for walks and traveling.

A major focus of Vernon’s life was helping other people in various ways. He would appreciate, in lieu of flowers, a memorial donation directed to Habitat for Humanity, The Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences can be left at www.teahenfuneralhome.com. (Paid Obituary)



Elizabeth G. Worden


Elizabeth Gamble Worden, age 79, died on December 7, 2016, surrounded by family at her home for the past two years, Oak Lea at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Va.

Her sense of family included the excellent care giving team at Oak Lea, whom she loved and who loved her in return.

Elizabeth was born on January 6, 1937, in Louisville, Ky., daughter of the late Reverend Edge Wynne Gamble and Evelyn Rogers Gamble. She was the oldest of three children, her brothers, Mark Gamble and Paul Gamble, survive.

She attended Asbury College in Kentucky until she married Richard Lee Worden, from Pikeville Ky., on August 24, 1957.

First and foremost, Elizabeth was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her charm, intellect, and special ability to connect with others made her an invaluable asset to her husband as he fulfilled his calling as a United Methodist minister. With these gifts that she possessed in such abundance, she blessed the lives of countless individuals.

Elizabeth was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis in her early twenties. While she struggled with the disease most of her life, she refused to let this define her. Her life is an example of what can be accomplished with determination and what a positive impact one can make despite physical limitations. Her devoted husband always supported her and helped her live to her full potential.

Elizabeth worked for 25 years as an administrator for Accotink Academy, a private school in Springfield, Va. The owner of the school, Elaine McConnell, became Elizabeth’s best and lifelong friend.

In addition to being a pastor’s wife and having a career at Accotink Academy, Elizabeth opened a gift shop in Luray, Va., Zib’s Country Connection, in the 80’s. “Zib’s” as it was known, was an outlet for Elizabeth’s business acumen, people skills and creativity. Elizabeth also expressed her creativity through sewing and creating embroidered quilts; she made personalized quilts for all eight of her grandchildren, each one a labor of love.

Elizabeth and Richard moved to Virginia in 1960 upon Richard’s appointment to the Virginia United Methodist Conference. They lived in Northern Virginia, Roanoke and Richmond, wherever Richard’s appointments took them. Both Richard and Elizabeth fell in love with the Shenandoah Valley and moved to Luray upon Richard’s retirement in 1999. In January 2015, they moved to Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg as Elizabeth’s health declined. She made every place they lived, including VMRC, a loving home.

In addition to her husband, Richard, Elizabeth is survived by her three daughters and their families, Beth Mallalieu and husband Mark, Becky Echard and husband Mark, and Amy Slaubaugh and husband Todd. Her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren are Richard Mallalieu and wife Alexis, Benjamin Mallalieu and wife Whitney, Hannah Mallalieu Rogers and husband Andrew, Thomas Mallalieu, Emily Echard Sheppard and husband Chris, Allison Echard, Andrew Echard and Mason Craun, and great-granddaughter Peyton Mallalieu. She was preceded in death by her great-grandson, Conner Mallalieu.

A celebration of her life was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 10, 2016, in Strite Auditorium at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, 1475 Virginia Ave., Harrisonburg, Va., followed by a reception.

The family welcomed friends at the Mallalieu home in Luray on Friday, December 9, between 7-8 p.m. and at the Echard home in Harrisonburg on Saturday from 1-3 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community’s Samaritan Fund.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com. (Paid Obituary)



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