OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Page County


Madison M. Shinaberry


Madison Montgomery Shinaberry, 21, of Rockingham County, died on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at her home.



She was born on Feb. 28, 1995, in Harrisonburg and was a daughter of Curtis Craig Shinaberry and Ellen Coleman Bryant Shinaberry of Rockingham County.



Ms. Shinaberry was a 2012 honor graduate at Turner Ashby High School and attended the Massanutten Regional Governor’s School. She was a Johnson Scholarship recipient and dual-degree student at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. Her extracurricular activities included a semester study abroad at the International Institute of Business in Copenhagen, Denmark, and an internship on Capitol Hill with Speaker of the House John Andrew Boehner. 
She was a member of the Rockingham Ballet Theatre in Bridgewater and at age 11 was invited to train with the American Ballet Theatre Young Dancer’s program in New York City. She was one of 20 dancers selected to attend the American Ballet Theatre’s summer dance program in Bermuda.



Ms. Shinaberry was an advocate for organ donation and lobbied the Virginia Board of Education to incorporate organ donation education into Virginia public schools’ ninth grade physical education classes. 



Surviving in addition to her parents are a sister, Elizabeth Barrett Shina-berry of Rockingham County; and her grandmother, Nancy C. Bryant of Harrisonburg.



A memorial service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Bridgewater United Methodist Church by the Rev. Stephen Creech and the Rev. Nick Kozel.

Memorial contributions may be made toward a scholarship fund at Washington and Lee University, Office of University Development, 204 W. Washington St., Lexington, Va. 24450; or toward a research grant at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, 4401 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15224.



Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.



Arthur R. Blosser


Arthur Ray Blosser, 60, of Stanley, died on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

He was born on June 26, 1956, in Stanley and was a son of the late Raymond Haskell Blosser and Flossie Virginia Good Blosser.

On July 31, 1973, he married Dixie Darlene Stroupe Blosser, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two brothers, Raymond Haskell Blosser Jr. of Luray, and Gary Blosser of Stanley; and three sisters, Emma Brown of Shenandoah, Wanda Clatterbuck of Stanley, and Helen Hilliard of Elkton. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Misty Dawn Blosser; and two sisters, Brenda Lillard and Alda Painter.

A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Stanley New Hope Pentecostal Church by Pastor Randy Miller. Burial was in the Stanley Advent Cemetery.

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



Virginia L. Royer


Virginia Louise Royer, 87, of Shenandoah, died on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.

Burial will be private at George Comer Cemetery.

Condolences can be sent to www.kygers.com.



Melvin M. Mowbray


Melvin Merrill Mowbray, 102, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., died on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016.

 He was born and raised in Shenandoah.

Mr. Mowbray joined the Navy in 1931 at the age of 17, eventually obtaining the rank of chief petty officer before retiring in 1961 after 30 years of service. During his early service, he flew with dignitaries including Winston Churchill and Adm. John McCain Sr. He earned the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He also worked in the Civil Service for 20 years.



Surviving in addition to his wife of 67 years, Mary Mowbray, are a daughter, Cecilia; three sons, Robert, Alan and John; and numerous grandchildren.

Per his wishes, there was no visitation, viewing or funeral service.

A memorial celebration was held at Hardage Giddens Funeral Home in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., on Sunday, Dec. 18.

Memorial donations may be made to the Melvin M. and Mary E. Mowbray Endowment Scholarship at the University of North Florida, which was established to support the educational needs of enlisted personnel and their dependents. Donations can be made in care of the Military and Veterans Resource Center, University of North Florida, 1 UNF Dr., Building 57, or go to www.unf.edu.





Lewis A. Barrett


Lewis Albert Barrett, 90, of Alexandria, died on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, at Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria.

He was born on Oct. 17, 1926, in Luray and was a son of the late Michael James Barrett Sr. and Nettie Pearl Wheeley Barrett.

Mr. Barrett was an Army veteran, having served in World War II, and had worked as a manager at Safeway. He was a member of the Page United Methodist Church and the Potomac Masonic Lodge 5.

On Sept. 4, 1949, he married Wanda Hope Mauck Barrett, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Lewis M. Barrett of Woodbridge, Kent Barrett of Madison, and Stephen Barrett of Alexandria; a daughter, Susanne Bertrand of Cincinnati, Ohio; a brother, Michael J. Barrett Jr. of Alexandria; six grandchildren; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles M., Richard J. and John N. Barrett; and three sisters, Bessie May Richardson, Virginia Lee Cootes and Lillie Catherine Mauck.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, at the Bradley Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.

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



Martha J. Printz


Martha Jean Printz, 71, of Luray, died on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

She was born on Dec. 18, 1944, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Harry Printz and Elva Virginia Judd Printz.

Ms. Printz had worked as a custodian at Wrangler and was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church.

She is survived by a son, David Nealis of Luray; a brother, Leroy Printz of Luray; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Golden Lichliter Jones Printz.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, at the Bradley Funeral Home.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 266, Luray, Va. 22835; or to the Luray Volunteer Fire Department, 1 Firehouse Lane, Luray, Va. 22835.



Billy J. Spain


Billy Jerome Spain, 81, of Luray, died on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, at MontVue Nursing Home.

He was born on Aug. 5, 1935, in Luray and was a son of the late Harold Spain and Virginia Maude Dodson Gochenour.

His wife, Frances Spain, preceded him in death.

He is survived by two sons, Charles Timothy “Tony” Spain and wife Loretta of Luray, and Michael Spain, also of Luray; four daughters, Patricia Chappell and husband Harry of Roanoke, Sharon Lundy and husband Odis of Stanley, JoAnn Miller and husband Steve of Madison, and Mary Jane Stanley and husband Charles of Luray; two brothers, Roger L. and Gary D. Gochenour, both of Luray; four sisters, Peggy M. Reed of Luray, and Virginia Stidham, Betty Cubbage and Linda Pettit, all of Stanley; 24 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and his first wife, Rena Gray of Luray.

He was preceded in death by a son, Roger Clifton Spain; three brothers, Charles C. “Tippy,” Wayne and Louis L. Spain; two sisters, Kathryn Spain and Joan Gochenour; a grandson, Michael Jerome Spain Jr.; and a granddaughter, Laura Stanley.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 24, at the Stanley New Hope Pentecostal Church by Pastor Randy Miller. Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Luray.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, at the church. (Paid Obituary)



John P. Blankenship


John Preston Blankenship, 69, of 772 Rileyville Rd., Rileyville, died on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at Winchester Medical Center.

He was born on Feb. 17, 1947, in Luray and was a son of the late John Thomas Blankenship and Violet Elizabeth Runyon Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship was an Army veteran and had worked as a supervisor for Wrangler, with 40 years of service.

On Feb. 17, 1973, he married Evelyn Stella Blankenship, who died on Nov. 16, 2012.

He is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline Diane Greer of Luray, and Jennifer Dawn Blankenship of Rileyville; a son, John Daniel “J.D.” Blankenship of Rileyville; two brothers, Bruce Blankenship of Rileyville, and Raymond Blankenship of Valparaiso, Fla.; a sister, Virginia Lineberry of Warner Robins, Ga.; and three grandchildren; Danielle Morgan Greer, Brookelynn Michelle Greer and Tristan Gabriel Greer, all of Luray. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Lee, Thomas and William Blankenship; and two sisters, Thelma Ertle and Etta Mae Ramsey.

A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Eric Croft. Burial was in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray, with military honors by the VFW Comer-Jones Post 621.

The family received friends on Friday, Dec. 16, at the funeral home. (Paid Obituary)


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