Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Anthony D. Boyd

Anthony Duane "Tony" Boyd, 37, a resident of Maurertown, Va. passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017 at his residence.

A memorial for service Tony will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friday, March 24, 2017 at Stover Memorial Chapel.

Tony was born in Woodstock, Va. on Feb. 23, 1980 a son of Douglas Madison Boyd and Tammy Vance.

He worked as an installation contractor for HughesNet.

Tony was a wonderful father to his daughter Isabella and had a smile for everyone he met.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Lillian Louise Ryman; paternal grandmother, Beulah Fay Cole; step grandmother, Shelby Held.

Survivors include his wife, Brandy McFarland Boyd and daughter, Isabella; his mother, Tammy Vance North (Tim); his father, Douglas Madison Boyd (Tracy); maternal grandfather, Daniel Ryman; maternal grandparents, Charles and Joyce Vance; paternal grandparents, Marcus and Nancy Boyd; sisters, Nikita Faye Boyd, Stephanie Nicole North, Brandi Michelle North, Samantha Renee North; step brothers, Timothy Davis and Mike Davis

Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Meadows, Tim Davis, Kenny Hundley, J.J. Dailey and Jeffrey Dailey.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions in memory of Tony may be made to Autism Society of Virginia, 10467 White Granite Drive, #324, Oakton, VA 22124.

You may sign the guestbook and submit condolences to the family online at Stove.r Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Tony Boyd.

Lacy E. Cochran

Lacy E. Cochran, 95, of Mathias, W.Va., went quietly into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg.

He was born June 15, 1921, in Greenbrier County, W.Va. He was the oldest son of the late David F. and Ada Hankins Cochran.

He is survived by his wife, Florence; three sons, Wendell and wife, Faye, of Mount Jackson, Darrell and wife, Madaline, of Alexandria, and Mark and wife, Joyce, of Raleigh, N.C.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He also is survived by one sister, Dorothy Newhouse, of Baltimore. One son, David, two brothers, Joseph and Edward, and two sisters, Edith and Glenna, preceded him in death.

Lacy had a long and remarkable life. He grew up in the midst of the Great Depression on a small hilly, rocky farm in Greenbrier County. The lessons and discipline he learned there shaped his whole life.

Inspired by a high school agriculture teacher, he became the first of his family to attend college, when he entered Berea College in Berea, Ky., in the fall of 1939.

He left school in 1941 to work in the war industry in Baltimore; after being drafted in 1943 he served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps, including 21 months overseas in Great Britain. He was discharged as a master sergeant in January 1946 and returned to Berea to continue his education. He was proud of his service to his country and the fact that all four of his sons, two of his grandsons, and his great-granddaughter also served.

His first day back on campus he met a pretty, charming, and smart Kentucky girl. Six months later, on July 21, 1946, Lacy and Florence were married in the college chapel. Their love and devotion for each other was unsurpassed.

After graduation in 1947, he took his first teaching job in Greenbrier County in the fall of 1947 and moved to Moorefield High School in January 1948 in the middle of an epic blizzard.

In 1952, he became the vocational agriculture and shop teacher at Mathias High School and became “Mister Cochran” to generations of students. At Mathias High, Lacy built one of the most successful Future Farmers of America programs in West Virginia. Scores of his students were designated “State Farmers.” Teams he coached won statewide land judging contests and parliamentary procedure contests. Four of his students (two at Moorefield and two at Mathias) won state public speaking contests. One pair of students won the statewide talent contest. One student was named Star Poultry Farmer of America and two won the coveted American Farmer degree. Lacy was named an Honorary State Farmer and Honorary American Farmer in recognition of the success of his students.

He also taught adult farmer education programs, helping bring advances in agriculture technology and science into practice. In 1975, he became director of vocational education in Hardy County. In that role, he helped oversee the construction of a new county vocational center at Baker, W.Va. He retired from Hardy County Schools in 1986, but he continued to serve for several years by managing the East Hardy High Scholarship Fund, which he helped establish.

While he was teaching, he attended summer classes at West Virginia University, receiving a master’s degree in agriculture education in 1954. He was a staunch Mountaineer sports fan.

As busy and successful as he was as a teacher, Lacy had several sideline pursuits, mostly to help supplement his teaching salary. He sold mail order men’s suits from the W.Z. Gibson Co. of Chicago; he sold World Book encyclopedias, and he developed a successful insurance business as an agent for Farmers Mutual of West Virginia.

He also was a devoted member of the Mathias Ruritan Club, where he amassed a 50-year-plus record of perfect attendance. He served two terms as president and one year as West Virginia district governor. Last year, the Mathias club honored him as the “Ruritan of the Year.” After moving to Mathias, he and Florence became devout members of Cove Chapel United Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday School for more than 50 years. His faith in the Lord carried him all along his life’s journey.

After he retired, Lacy continued to manage his insurance agency. He also spent time growing irises, gladiolus and dahlias much to the delight of those passing by the family’s small Cove Road acreage. He loved family gatherings and especially rejoiced in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family received friends Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m., at McKee Funeral Home in Baker. A funeral service was conducted on Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home by the Rev. Jonathan Hedrick and Pastor Heather Rogers. He was buried in a private ceremony at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Mathias.

Contributions may be made in Lacy’s honor to the East Hardy High Scholarship Fund or to other charities.

All arrangements were handled by McKee Funeral Home, Baker, W.Va.

Larry R. Coffman

Larry Russell Coffman, 78 of Star Tannery, died Friday, March 17, 2017 at his home.

Mr. Coffman was born Oct. 2, 1938 in Strasburg, son of the late Winford Franklin Coffman, Sr. and Elizabeth Marie Hammon Coffman.

He served in the United States Army.

He retired from Rickards Masonry of Front Royal.

He was a member of the Strasburg Moose Lodge # 403.

He was preceded in death by his wife Charlotte Faye Coffman.

He is survived by a son, Richard T. Coffman and his wife, Paula of Star Tannery; a sister, Gloria Jean Himelright of Strasburg; and a brother, Ronald Clark Coffman of Los Angeles, California.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is also preceded in death by a brother, Winford Franklin Coffman, Jr.

He was an avid turkey hunter and a loyal baseball fan.

A Memorial Service will be at a later date.

The family will receive friends at Richard and Paula’s home any time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Star Tannery Volunteer Fire Department, 950 Brill Road, Star Tannery, VA 22654.

Cremation arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

Jean M. Duffield

Jean Morris Duffield, 85, of Strasburg, Va., passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 at Heritage Hall of Front Royal.

A memorial service for Mrs. Duffield was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Stover Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Bill Wade officiating.

Jean was born in Strasburg, Va. on Feb. 22, 1932, a daughter of the late Wilber Webster and Anna Mary Airhart Morris.

Jean was a lifelong member of the Strasburg United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for 32 years and served many years as the kitchen coordinator.

Jean was a local Girl Scout Leader for many years and an avid Washington Redskins fan.

She was the wife of the late Robert Hugh Duffield.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two siblings, Betty Wright and Roger Morris.

Survivors include her children, Kerri D. Barnhouse of Madison, Oh., and Tonya S. Duffield and Jennifer D. Cook, both of Strasburg, Va.; her grandchildren, Caitlin Barnhouse of Carrboro, NC and Nathan West of Strasburg, Va.; her siblings, Margaret E. Morris of Strasburg, Va., Mildred Dawson of Venezuela, and Mary Funk and Donald Morris, both of Strasburg, Va.; and her loving dog, Sissy.

Honorary pallbearers were Troy Dean, Tim Sutherly, Kevin Stickley and Dennis Barnhouse.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Friday evening.

Memorials may be made to Strasburg United Methodist Church, Community Dinner Program, 114 W. Washington St., Strasburg, VA 22657.

You may sign the guest book and submit condolences to the family online at

Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA served the family of Mrs. Duffield.

Mary A. Fadely

Mary Ann Fadely, 87, of Woodstock, passed away peacefully at her home with her daughters by her side March 13, 2017.

She was born in Woodstock to the late Fred Gordon and Rena Keller Wolverton on Dec. 19, 1929.

Her beloved husband, Ralph Eugene Fadely, whom she married on March 22, 1953, preceded her in death in 2014.

She graduated from Woodstock High School and E. F. Palmer Business School in Woodstock. She was employed as Deputy Clerk with the Shenandoah County Circuit Court and retired after 20 years of service.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Woodstock. She had the gift of music and served the Lord as organist of the church for many years.

She is survived by her two daughters, Debra Ann Fadely of Woodstock, and Wanda Sue Williams (Steven) of Emigrant, Montana; a sister, Jane Vehrencamp of Wofford Heights, California; brother-in-law, Donald Fadely (Alma) of Mt. Jackson; sister-in-law, Betty Jones (Carroll) of Mt. Jackson; and many nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn Crabill; brothers, Irving, Gordon and Charles Wolverton; and her brother and sister-in-laws, Beverly and Reva Bowman.

Mary Ann was a devoted wife and mother. She loved spending time with family and she enjoyed visiting with friends. During the summer months, she was often found in the kitchen canning vegetables, and she loved baking.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19 at First Baptist Church, Lakeview Drive, Woodstock. Pastor Darryl George officiated.

Burial will be private at a later date in Sunset View Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St. # 405, Winchester, VA 22601; or First Baptist Church, 116 Lakeview Dr., Woodstock, VA 22664.

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Arrangements are in the care of Heishman Funeral Home, Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch, Bowmans Crossing.

Myrtle O. Gentry

Myrtle Virginia Ornduff Gentry, 95, of Front Royal, passed away on Monday, March 20, 2017, in the Lynn Care Center in Front Royal.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, March 23 at 10 a.m. at the Culpeper National Cemetery with Sammy Campbell officiating.

Mrs. Gentry was born on Dec. 11, 1921, in Abingdon, Virginia, daughter of the late Stuart Hutton Ornduff and Hazel Elizabeth Sexton Ornduff.

Mrs. Gentry lost her mother and was raised from the age of 11 by her father and step-mother Lillian Ornduff, whom she dearly loved.

Surviving are two sons, Douglas Wayne Gentry of Chillhowie and Jerry Michael Gentry of Front Royal; three daughters, Judy Lynn Jordan of Warrenton, Deborah Elizabeth Warren of Perryville, Arkansas, and Connie Sue Gentry of Strasburg; three brothers, Irvin Ornduff, Malcolm Ornduff, and Larry Ornduff all of Abingdon; two sisters, Joyce Ornduff and Karen Ornduff both of Abingdon; 13 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Gentry's memory to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements were handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Inc., Front Royal, VA.

Edith R. Head

Edith M. Reynard Head, 85, of Woodstock, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at her home in Woodstock.

Mrs. Head was born Oct. 31, 1931 in Leesburg, daughter of the late Carl and Alma Moran Reynard.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Melvin Head.

She is survived by two daughters, Diane Brainard of Dearborn Heights, Mi. and Norris J. Kelly of Woodstock; a son, Michael Head of North East, Md.; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Warren C. Lowe.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, 207 Mosby Lane, Front Royal, VA 22630 in her memory or on their web site at

Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

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Gaylon L. Ludwig, Sr.

Gaylon Lee Ludwig, Sr., 87 of Edinburg, died Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

Mr. Ludwig was born Dec. 11, 1929 in Edinburg son of the late William Hunter and Stella Helsley Ludwig.

He was a retired mechanic.

Mr. Ludwig was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Hamburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Louise George Ludwig.

He is survived by three daughters, Helen Ludwig Smootz and her husband Earl of Mt. Jackson, Louise Ludwig Tusing and her husband Larry of Shreveport, Louisiana, Barbara Bailey and her husband Daniel of Basye; a son, Gaylon Lee Ludwig, Jr. of Mt. Jackson; a daughter-in-law Debbie Ludwig of Strasburg; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife he is also preceded in death by a son, William Joseph Ludwig.

He enjoyed spending time with his friends at Mt. Jackson and Woodstock Burger King and also at Edinburg Motors.

A funeral service was held Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home In Woodstock with the Rev. Katie Gosswein officiating. Burial followed at Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.

Pallbearers were grandsons, Jason Sibert, Joshua Smootz, Logan Tusing, Larry Tusing, Jr., Shawn Hepner, Damion Ludwig and Brian Ludwig.

Honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters, Crystal Ludwig, Brandie Ludwig, Amy Sine and Sarah Fleming.

The family received friends Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gaylon L. Ludwig, Sr.’s Burial Fund, c/o of Dellinger Funeral Home, 157 N. Main Street, Woodstock, VA 22664.

Clarence E. Mumpower

Clarence Edward "Sam" Mumpower, 83, of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday morning, March 15, 2017 at his residence.

Sam was born Nov. 16, 1933 at Bristol, Va. and was the son of Samuel Edward and Lillie Mae Misner Mumpower.

He served in the United States Army after graduating from college. He was a retired Math teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools.

Sam is survived by his wife, Jean C. Mumpower; two daughters, Rebecca Jean Mumpower and Alice Anne Mumpower Bauserman; and a grandson, Noah Edward Bauserman.

He was a member of Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market where a memorial service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Jeffrey Sonafelt officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Reformation Lutheran Church Pre-School Program, P.O. Box 896, New Market, VA 22844.

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

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Paul D. Nelson

Paul Dexter Nelson, 85, of Woodstock, passed away Friday, March 17, at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Fort Valley. Reverend Shelby DePriest officiated. Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Mr. Nelson was born Aug. 22, 1931 in Boston, Ma. son of the late James and Beatrice Bishop Nelson. He enlisted in Army at Ft. McNair in Washington, DC and served four years with the Old Guard Unit. He then enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at Bolling AFB and Andrews AFB. He served at Pease AFB in New Hampshire, Laredo AFB and Lackland AFB in Texas and the Air Force Academy in Colorado. His overseas duties were in Japan, Iwo Jima, Southeast Asia and two tours in Panama. He later went to the Air Force Academy for 20 years of civil service. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Fort Valley Ruritan Club, Lions Club in Colorado Springs and the Retired Enlisted Association in Colorado Springs.

He is survived by his wife, Elsie McClanahan Nelson, whom he married on April 19, 1952; two brothers, James Nelson Jr., and Richard Nelson both of Riley, Ks..; grandson Beau Johnson and wife Anais; great grandson, Dominic Johnson; nephew Kevin Hoppen and wife Dale of Sandwich, Ma.. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia Phillips; three sisters, Ruth Hoppen, Jean Abbott and Polly Nelson and brother, Franklin Nelson.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 4260 Ft. Valley Road, Fort Valley, VA 22652 or the American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Avenue #210, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Beverly W. Sprunger

Beverly “Bev” Whittington Sprunger, age 70, formerly of Strasburg died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at her home in Stovall, North Carolina.

Graveside rites were conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Fishers Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Sprunger was born Nov. 25, 1946 in Washington, D.C. The daughter of the late Murle Alonza and Agnes Thelma Smith Whittington. She was a homemaker and a retired resident manager of Massanutten Manor, Strasburg. She was the wife of the late LeRoy “Lee” Clinton Sprunger.

Surviving are her children, Melanee Himelright and husband, Tony of Strasburg and Kevin Richardson and friend, Brandi of Elgin, Illinois; four step-children, Faith Senyo of Harlan, Indiana, Hope Archbold and husband, Calvin of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Cliff Sprunger and wife, Victoria of Stovall, North Carolina and LeRoy “Pete” Sprunger, Jr. and wife, Kelly of Friendship, Texas; Seventeen grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Family and friends visited at Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. 177 No. Holliday St., Strasburg from 1 till 5 p.m. on Monday.

Vernon H. Stead

Vernon “Verno” Harrison Stead, Jr., 55, formerly of Edinburg, passed away Friday, March 17, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV. A private graveside service with military honors will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ Cemetery in Edinburg, where he was a member, by Reverend Stephanie Heishman Litten.

Mr. Stead was born Oct. 27, 1961 in Woodstock, son of Fay Ward Hiner of Edinburg and Vernon H. Stead Sr. of Fort Valley.

He was an Army veteran and recently received his high school diploma in Dec. of 2016.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Russell and Pauline Ward, step father, Robert Hiner and paternal grandparents Aubrey and Catherine Stead.

Surviving, along with his parents are his brother, Ronald Stead and wife Mary of Edinburg; step brothers, Douglas Hiner of Mt. Sidney and Michael Hiner of Cross Junction; half-brothers, Duane Stead and JonMichael Stead both of Edinburg; aunts, Mary Anna Frye of Maurertown, Betty Showman of Mt. Jackson, Catherine Olinger of Quicksburg and Jeanne Agentis of Allentown, Pa..; special friend Kenneth Richman of Edinburg; nieces, Elizabeth Crumrine and husband Michael, Kristina Stead, Morgan Miller and Dylan Miller; great niece Mackynzie Venable and his private tutor and close friend, Roberta Olis of Martinsburg, WV.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John’s United Church of Christ, c/o Nancy Gochenour,1010 Headquarters Road, Edinburg, VA 22824 or Martinsburg VAMC, 510 Butler Ave., Martinsburg, WV, 25405.

Friends visited at Heishman Funeral Homes Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch in Bowman’s Crossing, from 9-3 Tuesday-Thursday.

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