Obituaries — Page County

Junior L. Shifflett

Junior Lee Shifflett, 62, of Shenandoah, died on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at his home.

He was born on Nov. 21, 1954, in Rockingham County and was a son of Nellie Lee Reed Shifflett of Shenandoah and the late Charles Earman Shifflett.

Mr. Shifflett attended the Assembly of God Church in Shenandoah and was a heavy equipment operator for many years, working for himself and various construction companies prior to his illness. He was a farmer and an avid woodworker.

His wife, Geneva Williams Shifflett, preceded him in death.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two daughters, Tammy Good and Crystal Comer, both of Shenandoah; four brothers, James, Julian, Ernest and Bobby Shifflett, all of Shenandoah; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Meadows.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 16, at the Assembly of God Church by Pastor Carter Dean. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery near Elkton.

The family was to receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the church.

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

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Nathan R. Knight

Nathan Randolph Knight, 29, of Luray, died on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.

He was born on May 29, 1987, in Harrisonburg and was a son of Jesse Knight and Joyce Smith Knight of Luray.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a daughter, Katelin Knight of Luray; and a son, Hunter Knight of Luray.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Pastor Sam N. Millen. Burial will be in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.

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

Thomas L. Rothgeb

Thomas Lester Rothgeb, 66, of Luray, died on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born on Feb. 6, 1951, in Luray and was a son of the late James David Rothgeb Sr. and Hazel Marie Turner Rothgeb.

Mr. Rothgeb had worked for the Page County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years as a jailer. Prior to that he was employed at the Powhatan Correctional Center. As a pastor, he served Valley Central UCC in New Market and at Leaksville UCC and Fletchers Chapel in Luray. He was a member of the Fletchers Chapel Community Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Tiffany Rothgeb Luray; and his caregiver, James Allen Spain of Luray. He was preceded in death by a brother, James David Rothgeb Jr.

A funeral service was conducted on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Leaksville United Church of Christ by Dr. Eddie Walker. Burial was in the Leaksville Cemetery in Luray.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Page SPCA, P.O. Box 62, Luray, Va. 22835.

Richard E. Kite

Richard Edward Kite, 77, of Shenandoah, died on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, after an extended illness.

He was born on March 14, 1939, in Page County and was a son of the late Mervie E. Kite and Linda Mae Foltz Kite.

Mr. Kite was a full-time farmer and an avid hunter and gardener.

On May 22, 1965, he married Doris Richards Kite, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Kenneth Kite of Shenandoah; a daughter, Patsy Miller of Shenandoah; two grandchildren; a great-grandson; and a niece. He was preceded in death by a sister, Marie “Virginia” Foltz.

A graveside service was conducted on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery by Pastor Earl Painter.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 6355 U.S. Hwy. 340 North, Shenandoah, Va. 22849; or to the Shenandoah Volunteer Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah.

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting

Audrey J. Sedwick

Audrey Jean Sedwick, 85, of 123 S. Court St., Luray, died on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017.

She was born on Oct. 12, 1931, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Carl Everett Richards and Virginia Sampson Richards.

Mrs. Sedwick was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Luray.

On Nov. 15, 1947, she married Robert Madison Sedwick, who died on Jan. 4, 1994.

She is survived by two daughters, Elora Lewis of Houston, Texas, and Melinda Sedwick of Luray; a sister, Ruby A. Painter of Luray; two brothers, Glendon A. and Norris A. Richards, both of Luray; a grandson, Christopher Scott Mehaffie of Houston, Texas; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Sedwick-Rust.

Mass was conducted on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church by Father Edward Horkan. Burial was in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.

The family received friends at the church on Friday, Feb. 10. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. (Paid Obituary)

Keith H. Emerson

Keith H. Emerson, 92, of Luray, passed away peacefully Feb. 7, 2017.

He was born Feb. 4, 1925, in Luray, to the late Milton E. Emerson and Elmer Wood Emerson.

At age 18, Mr. Emerson enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with Gen. George Patton’s Third Army in the World War II campaign to liberate Europe. He was among the early American troops to enter the Dachau Concentration Camp in southern Germany after its liberation in April 1945. He graduated from Luray High School after the war.

Mr. Emerson briefly attended Shepherd College, then started a 39-year career at Shenandoah National Park, where he retired as the foreman for buildings and utilities maintenance, managing crews and facilities from Front Royal to Rockfish Gap, a distance of 105 miles. Mr. Emerson, who knew every acre of Shenandoah National Park, began his career there as a ranger and later worked as the park’s sign maker, producing many of the large, routed redwood and cypress signs that still stand. He declined several transfer offers that would have taken him and his family to national parks as far away as California.

Throughout his life, Mr. Emerson had strong connections to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the people who inhabited them. As a boy, he often accompanied and worked with his father, who owned trail horses and oversaw the operation of Freeman Pollack’s stables at the Skyland resort before the land became a national park. At age 11, Keith Emerson attended the park dedication at Big Meadows, where President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke on July 3, 1936.

In the spring of 1953, Mr. Emerson met Gayle Peters of The Plains at the wedding of his nephew and her first cousin. He served as the best man, she as the maid of honor. Six weeks later, the couple eloped to North Carolina and married. Mr. and Mrs. Emerson built a house behind his childhood home and stayed there the rest of his long and truly wonderful life.

Mr. Emerson was a former commander of VFW Post 621 in Luray and a founder of its color guard. He also was a former member of American Legion Post 22, a former member of the town’s volunteer fire department and a member of the Luray United Methodist Church. He and other veterans built the VFW Ballpark in Luray after World War II.

After retiring a month before his 61st birthday, he and his wife traveled widely. He was an avid reader who particularly enjoyed Civil War and World War II history. Mr. Emerson also became well known around Luray for his daily, three-mile walk that started before dawn, and for dutifully raising an American flag in front of his home each morning.

Upon retirement in January 1986, Mr. Emerson recalled in a Page News and Courier interview that seeing a female bobcat and its two kittens ranked among the most memorable experiences during his career. At work, he also once stepped on a copperhead, which left two fang marks in one of his boots. He killed the poisonous snake.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Gayle P. Emerson; two sons, Lawrence K. Emerson and wife Ellen of Warrenton, and Philip G. Emerson and wife Beth of Williamsburg; two grandchildren, Katherine Emerson and Peyton Emerson; a nephew, James M. Emerson Jr.; a niece, Maryglenn Bare; and extended family members.

His four older siblings, Everett L. Emerson, Thelma Emerson Nevitt, James M. Emerson and Geraldine Emerson Woodward, preceded him in death.

The Rev. William A. Ricketts Jr. conducted a memorial service with military honors Saturday, Feb. 11, in the pavilion at Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery. A reception followed at American Legion Post 22.

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

Col. (Ret.) Walter D. Marshall

Col. (Ret.) Walter David Marshall, 80, formerly of Charlottesville, died on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, in Matthews, N.C.

Arrangements are being handled by Heritage Funeral Home in Indian Trail, N.C.

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Ricky L. Talghadar

Ricky Lloyd Talghadar, 63, of Luray, died on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.

The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Bradley Funeral Home.

Burial will be private.

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