OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Page County


Phyllis J. Baker


Phyllis Jeanette Baker, 81, of Luray, died on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at Winchester Medical Center.



She was born on July 23, 1935, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Claude Ernest Smith and Rachael Mauck Smith.

Mrs. Baker worked as a nurse at Page Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1989. She then worked at MontVue Nursing Home for six years, retiring in 1996. She was a member of the Beth Eden Lutheran Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and was an avid Bridge player.

On Aug. 30, 1957, she married Robert Wayne Baker, who died on Feb. 20, 1988.

She is survived by a son, Michael H. Baker of Luray; her twin sister, Priscilla Harris of Luray; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Beth Eden Lutheran Church by Alexander C. Zuber.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Beth Eden Lutheran Church.



Elizabeth G. Royston


Elizabeth Genevieve Royston, 87, of Luray, died on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at MontVue Nursing Home.



She was born on Dec. 12, 1929, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late Frank Nelson Foltz and Eula Mae Blosser Foltz.

On Dec. 25, 1952, she married Jerry Y. Royston, who died on Jan. 24, 2008.

She is survived by two sons, Barry Royston of Luray, and Danny Royston of Stanley; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Royston; and a brother, Nelson Foltz.

A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Mill Creek Bible Church by the Rev. John Boyd. Burial was in the Stanley Advent Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mill Creek Bible Church, Luray, Va. 22835; or to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Fourth Floor, Winchester, Va. 22601.



Thomas T. Biggs


Thomas T. “Tom” Biggs, 81, of Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, died on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.



He was born on Aug. 2, 1935, in Luray and was a son of the late Henry Emerson Biggs and Kathleen King Biggs.



Mr. Biggs graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary and his master’s degree in Christian education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education.
He was ordained as a minister of the Word and Sacrament (Presbyterian Church, USA) in 1961. He served as an assistant pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C., and as an assistant pastor at Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church in Norfolk. He also worked as the executive director of Villa International Atlanta.


In 1977, Mr. Biggs served as pastor at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Raphine. He also served pastorates in Oshkosh, Wis., and in Clarke County at Berryville and Stone’s Chapel. Following retirement in 1999, he was an avid traveler and reader.

In 1958, he married Virginia Wilson “Ginny” Biggs, who survives.



Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Linda Biggs Bell of Indianapolis, Ind., and Mary Beth Biggs of Winchester; and two grandchildren.

 He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty King Biggs.

A graveside service was held at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Raphine on Saturday, Feb. 18. A memorial service was conducted on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Massanutten Presbyterian Church by the Rev. John Leggett and the Rev. Ann Pettit.



Memorial donations may be made to the Sunnyside Fellowship Fund, 600 University Blvd., Suite L, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.




Moyer correction


In the obituary for Kenneth R. Moyer, printed in the Jan. 19 edition of the Page News, a daughter was incorrectly listed. In addition to other family members, Mr. Moyer is survived by a daughter, Karen Culver.



Bonnie J. Jenkins


The greatest mother, grandmother and great-grandmother gained her wings on Friday, February 17, 2017. Bonnie Jean Smith Jenkins passed Friday at Winchester Medical Center.

She was born in Luray, Virginia, on November 27, 1943. She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Clinton Cave, her mother, Eva Frances Elizabeth Breeden Cave; and one brother, Henry Garfield Cave.

She is survived by three children, Kim Smith-Glisson of Martinsville, Va., Charles “Chucky” Smith of Luray, and Lorie Brown of Stanley, Va. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was a mother to many as she served along with her mother in the Foster Care Program, where over the years they impacted the lives of more than 100 of those needing love and understanding.

Bonnie was a member of the Trinity Church of the Brethren, where she was very active in transforming it to a great house of worship for all to be welcomed. Many will remember when the parking lot of the church was a very large briar patch and those that know her will understand that was unacceptable.

Her love for cooking and baking were often the headlines of many events and her children all know that nothing is allowed to be fixed from a box or a can. Her infamous “lemon crackers” are a holiday tradition and Colonel Sanders has nothing on her fried chicken.

The family received friends at the Trinity Church of the Brethren on Monday, February 20, 2017, from 7-8 p.m. A funeral service was conducted at Trinity at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

Let us all remember one of her favorite Bible verses: John 13:34, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (Paid Obituary)



Gerald A. Hilliard


Gerald Allan Hilliard, 68, of Stanley, died on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.



He was born on Feb. 18, 1948, in Luray and was a son of the late James Cephas Hilliard and Louise Virginia Stroupe Hilliard.

Mr. Hilliard was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He is survived by a daughter, Amy B. Goode of Toms Brook; two brothers, Kenneth D. and James C. Hilliard Jr., both of Stanley; a sister, Wanda G. Hoak of Luray; and one grandchild.



A memorial service was conducted on Monday, Feb. 20, at Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Charles Turner.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Independent Brethren Church, 1294 Mount Zion Rd., Luray, Va. 22835.



Mark T. Lucas


Mark Tracy Lucas, 42, of Stanley, died on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.



He was born on April 12, 1974, and was a son of Frances Gail Lucas Thomson of Stanley.

Mr. Lucas was a graduate of Page County High School and was formerly employed by Perry Engineering before retiring due to ill health.



Surviving in addition to his mother and his wife, Crystal Lucas, are a daughter, Makalea Lucas; two brothers, Scott and Jason Lucas; a stepdaughter, Whitney Brill; and a step granddaughter.



A funeral service was conducted on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Calvary Independent Brethren Church in Stanley by the Rev. Charles Turner. Burial was in the Mount Zion Church of the Brethren Cemetery near Luray.





Matthew H. Wheeler


Matthew Harrison Wheeler, 17, of Stanley, died on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017.



He was born on April 9, 1999, in Harrisonburg and was a son of Johnny Wheeler and Julie Mathews Wheeler of Stanley.



Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Hannah Wheeler of Stanley; and his grandparents, Joseph “Topsy” Mathews Sr. and Janet Mathews of Stanley. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Betty Wheeler; and his great-grandparents, Harrison Wheeler and Janet Wheeler.

A memorial service was conducted on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Newport Church of the Brethren by the Rev. Mary Trent and Pastor Duane Painter.



Memorial donations may be made to the Page SPCA.





Walter D. Marshall


Col. (Ret.) Walter David Marshall, 80, formerly of Charlottesville, went to be with the Lord on February 13, 2017, in Matthews, N.C.

David is survived by his wife, Harriet Harnsberger Marshall, formerly of Luray; a sister, three children and 14 grandchildren.

He retired from the U.S. Army in 1989 after serving 29 years.

David was a member of Christ Covenant Church (PCA) in Matthews, N.C., where a memorial service was held February 18.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Deacon Fund at Christ Covenant.

Online condolences may be left at www.heritagecares.com.

Arrangements were handled by Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail, N.C. (Paid Obituary)



Jean S. Gregory


Jean Snow Gregory, 69, of Shenandoah, passed away Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

She was born May 21, 1947, in Charlottesville and was the daughter of Mildred Snow and the late James Snow of Stanardsville.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by an aunt and uncle, Margaret and Floyd Orye.

Jean attended VCU and went on to work at Fort Monroe Civil Services, where she retired after 32 years. She enjoyed reading, crafts, baking and knitting.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her son, James Gregory and companion Kimberly Diamond; three grandchildren, Aubrey Gregory, Jammie Gregory and Autumn Deel; a sister, Lisa Meeks Eubert and husband Ed of Taneytown, Md.; and a nephew, Callen Meeks of Taneytown, Md. She is also survived by Ramina and Jimmy Murray and their children, Levi, Laura and Nateya of Shenandoah; Deloris Craig of Elkton; and lifelong friends, Marilyn Keener and Linda Loding.

The family will have private services at a later date.

Online condolences can be made to the family by visiting www.kygers.com. (Paid Obituary)



Paul E. Foltz Sr.


Paul Edward Foltz Sr., 75, of Shenandoah, died on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

He was a son of the late Vernon Foltz and Anna Huffman Foltz.



Mr. Foltz was a member of the Newport Christian Church, where he served as a deacon and with the Men’s Fellowship. He graduated from Shenandoah High School Class of 1960 and was a lifetime farmer. He loved to fish and was an avid outdoorsman.



On Oct. 20, 1956, he married Brenda May Price Foltz, who died on June 22, 2016.



He is survived by his three sons, Bradley Foltz, Brian Foltz, and Paul Foltz Jr. and wife Joanna Foltz, all of Shenandoah; one sister, Mary Frances Nichols of Shenandoah; two brothers, Page L. Foltz Sr. and Carroll L. Foltz, both of Shenandoah; two grandchildren, Sabrina M. Foltz and Isaac H. Foltz; and his aunt, Helen Huffman.

 He was preceded in death by a sister, Hazel Brooks; and a brother, Randolph C. Foltz.



A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at the Newport Christian Church by Pastor Tracy Shifflett, the Rev. Walter E. Lundblad and the Rev. Rick Robertson. Interment was in the Newport Christian Cemetery in Shenandoah.



Memorial contributions can be made to the Newport Christian Church in his memory.



Arrangements were handled by the Bradley Fu neral Home Inc. in Luray. (Paid Obituary)



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