Obituaries — Page County

Sara W. Davis

Sara Winegard Davis, 77, of Elkton, died on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born on Feb. 11, 1939, in Rockingham County and was a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Winegard and Mabel Stanley Winegard.

Mrs. Davis was an active member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton and had attended Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church in Mount Sydney. She was a homemaker and had also worked with her husband in his fire/rescue equipment business.

On July 30, 1957, she married, Edwin “Wayne” Davis, who died on May 20, 2013.

She is survived by three daughters, Terri Davis May and Sara Catherine “Cathy” Huffman, both of Shenandoah, and Nancy Lee Dinges of Grottoes; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five step grandchildren; five step great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Nelson “Buggs” and Otis Nelson Winegard; and a sister, Mabel Lee Thornton.

A funeral service was conducted on Thursday, Dec. 29, at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton by the Rev. Alda Gunn, the Rev. John Crawford III and the Rev. David Vaughan. Burial was in the Elk Run Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkton Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 91, Elkton, Va. 22827.

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Gardner L. Kitchens Jr.

Gardner Levin Kitchens Jr., 74, of Shenandoah, died on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016.

He was born on Oct. 24, 1942, in Bishopville, Md., and was a son of the late Gardner Levin Kitchens Sr. and Mildred Mae Stephens Kitchens.

Mr. Kitchens was a Navy veteran and self-employed carpenter.

He is survived by two sons, Robert L. Kitchens of Berlin, Md., and William G. Kitchens of Bishopville, Md.; a brother, Earl Kitchens of Bishopville, Md.; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service was conducted on Friday, Dec. 30, at the Bradley Funeral Home. Burial will be held in Maryland at a later date.

Darlene M. Nyman

Darlene May Krob Nyman, 74, of Luray, died on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at Winchester Medical Center.

She was a daughter of the late Benjamin Krob and Lourine Kasl Krob.

Mrs. Nyman worked at Massanutten Resort in the Customer Service department.

On July 15, 2005, she married David Erik Nyman, who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Claude R. McConniel Jr. of Houston, Texas, and Jason S. McConniel of Pearland, Texas; a daughter, Nancy Merck of Houston, Texas; three brothers, Larry Krob of Cuba, Kan., Paul Krob of Houston, Texas, and her twin Darell Krob of Wichita, Kan.; two granddaughters, Sarah Higginbotham of Houston, Texas, and Ava Taylor McConniel of Pearland, Texas; and twin grandchildren due in April.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, at her home at 558 Mockingbird Lane, Luray . (Paid Obituary)

Sydney D. Comer

Sydney Delano Comer, 77, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, at the Lane Purcell Hospice House.

He was born in Luray, Va., raised his family in Jacksonville, Fla., and spent the last years of his life loving The Villages, Fla.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Rose, of 55 years; two daughters, Vanessa Caffrey and husband Patrick, and Dara McGonigle and husband Robert; and three beautiful granddaughters, Rachel, Leia and Samantha Werner.

A celebration of life event will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Hibiscus Recreation Center.

In lieu of flowers, you may consider a memorial contribution to Cornerstone Hospice, Lane Purcell House or a charity of your choice. (Paid Obituary)

Leonard W. Smith

Leonard Wayne Smith, 70, of 1196 Piney Hill Rd., Luray, died on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016.

He was born on May 29, 1946, and was a son of the late George Albert Smith and Ruth Virginia Turner Smith.

Mr. Smith worked as a self-employed carpenter.

On Sept. 25, 1993, he married Karen Sue Dinges Smith, who died on April 3, 2012.

He is survived by three sons, Allen and Aaron Smith, both of Luray, and Michael Smith of Stanley; two grandsons, Seth Michael and Justin Wayne Smith, both of Stanley; and a granddaughter, Mikayla Sue Smith of Luray.

A memorial service was conducted on Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Lily of the Valley Independent Church. (Paid Obituary)

Irene B. Riley

Irene Beahm Riley, 98, died December 28, 2016, at MontVue Nursing Home in Luray, Va.

She was born July 25, 1918, in the Rocky Branch section of Page County to Isaac William Beahm and Ollie Mae Waters Beahm.

She is survived by a son, Franklin E. Riley (wife Judy), and grandson Christopher A. Riley, all of Luray, Va.; and granddaughter Lori Riley Maxfield (husband Stefan), and great-grandson Liam Maxfield of Seattle, Wash.

On September 18, 1940, she married Jesse William Riley, who died on April 30, 1990. A sister, Murle V. Judd, and a cousin, who was raised as a brother, Elwood Waters, are both deceased.

She was the last surviving member of her husband’s and her immediate family. She was also a lifelong member of the Luray Church of the Brethren.

Family night was held at the Luray Church of the Brethren on Friday, December 30, from 7-8 p.m. A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 31, by the Rev. Mary Cline Detrick and the Rev. Michael Fike at the church, followed by a meal. Burial was private at Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lu ray Church of the Brethren, or to the Blue Ridge Heritage Project of Page, 127 S. Court St., Luray, Va. 22835. (Paid Obituary)

Laura L. Whyte

Laura Lynn Whyte of Rileyville, Virginia, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2016, in Winchester, Virginia.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal, Virginia, with Chaplain Jennifer Compton officiating. Burial will follow in Howellsville Cemetery, Front Royal.

Laura was born to Cheryl and Leon Boyd on August 17, 1963, in Warrenton, Virginia.

Laura was adored for her contagious smile and laugh that filled any room she entered, her continuous persistence to care for animals and love for nature, her artwork and creativity which captivates all and for her love for those she adored dearly, her uncles, grandparents, children, grandchildren and friends.

She is survived by her mother, Cheryl Cameron; her father and stepmother, Leon and Patricia Boyd; uncles Lyle Cameron Jr., John Cameron and Roy Boyd; younger siblings, Michelle McLaughlin, Lee and Heather Mergler, Timothy McLaughlin, Christopher and Laura Boyd; nieces, Kalea Obermyer, Haley, Ainsley and Emalee Boyd; nephew, Cooper Mergler; children, Janelle and Gabriel De Jesús, Joseph Arnold, Rebecca Bowen, Corey Bowen, Rosaleigh Gauthier-Tyger, Daniel Lyster-Mensch and Autumn Bowen; grandchildren, Pablo and Jovanni Colon, Antonio, Mariah and Laughlin De Jesús, and Isaiah Arnold, and the love of her life and lifelong partner in all adventures with whom she shared 30 years of life, Abner Randolph Bowen Jr., “Randy.”

The family was to receive friends on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation at are welcome. (Paid Obituary)

Michael L. Burner

Michael Lynn Burner, 54, of Mount Jackson, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his family.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, January 7, at 11 a.m. at Valley Funeral Service, Bowmans Crossing. The Rev. Nathan Robinson will officiate. Burial will follow in the Mount Jackson Cemetery.

Mr. Burner was born May 24, 1962, in Luray, son of Elsie K. Burner of Edinburg and the late Donald Lee Burner.

He was employed with Street Trucking and formerly worked for Richard’s Wilbert, George’s and Appalachian Freight. He was a former member of the Mount Jackson and Edinburg Fire Departments.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia “Pat” Kuykendall.

Mike is survived by his wife, Karen I. Burner; a son, Adam L. Burner of Woodstock; a daughter, Amanda N. Burner Kerns of Mount Jackson; a stepson, Anthony Smith of Mount Jackson; a sister, Anna Davis of Woodstock; two brothers, Ronald Burner and wife Pam of Waynesboro, and Robert “Poss” Burner and wife Missy of Mount Jackson; six grandchildren, Jada Burner, Eli Kerns, Amber Smith, Hunter Smith, Harley Smith and Amy Smith; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Poss Burner, Ronnie Burner, Guy Gochenour, Mickey Grandstaff, Tommy Hefner and Kenneth Knupp. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Shaw and Street Trucking.

The family will receive friends, Friday, January 6, from 6-8 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service, Bowmans Crossing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to your local fire department.

Arrangements by Heishman Funeral Home Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch.

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Dorothy W. Conley

Dorothy Wyant Conley, 89, of Elkton, died on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born on March 10, 1927, in Elkton and was a daughter of the late John Elmer Wyant and Cora Belle Williams Wyant.

Mrs. Conley was a homemaker, avid gardener and lifelong Baptist. She moved to McGaheysville in 2013 to reside with her caretakers, Donna and Philemon Resendiz.

On Jan. 28, 1948, she married Dewey Edward Conley, who died on June 4, 2011.

She is survived by a son, Glen Conley of Elkton; a sister, Mary Evelyn Halterman of Richmond; a brother, Nelson Wyant of Weyers Cave; a grandson; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Eunice Lilly; and four brothers, Everett, Eugene, Lynwood and Elwood Wyant.

A funeral service was conducted on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton by Pastor Donald Leatherman. Burial was in the Koontz Cemetery in Page County.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Elkton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 152, Elkton, Va. 22827.

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Linda L. Louderback

Linda Lou Louderback, 73, of Elkton, died on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.

She was born on July 20, 1943, in Elkton and was a daughter of the late Claude and Agnes Baugher Louderback.

Ms. Louderback was a 1961 graduate of Shenandoah High School and was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, where she was treasurer of the Young at Hearts Club and the United Methodist Woman. She worked for the Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., as a clerk and later as a labor relations specialist for 37 years before retiring.

She is survived by a sister, Jo Louderback of Elkton. She was preceded in death by a brother, Owen Louderback; and a sister, Karen Sue Louderback.

A memorial service was conducted on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at Christ United Methodist Church in Shenandoah by the Rev. Stephen Creech. Burial was private in the Rest Haven Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 152, Elkton, Va. 22827; or to Christ United Methodist Church, 501 Senior Ave., Shenandoah, Va. 22849.

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