Obituaries — Page County

Barbara F. Alger

Barbara Fay Alger, 61, of Stanley, died on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

She was born on Jan. 1, 1956, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Isaac Tazwell Stoneberger and Hazel Frances Lucas Stoneberger.

On Dec. 7, 1971, she married Danny Lee Ager, who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Bobbi Jo Comer and Frankie Virginia Alger, both of Stanley; two brothers, Joseph Isaac and Harold Leon Stoneberger, both of Stanley; a stepbrother, Timmy Stoneberger of Stanley; a stepsister, Misty Colvin of Staunton; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Danny Lee Alger Jr.; three sisters, Myra Susan Stoneberger, Judy Campbell and Sarah Frances Comer; and two brothers Michael T. and Teddy Franklin Stoneberger.

A graveside service was conducted on Monday, April 3, at the Leake’s Chapel Cemetery in Stanley.

Randolph E. Alger

Randolph Eugene Alger, 55, of Stanley, died on Monday, April 3, 2017.

Mr. Alger was born on Dec. 30, 1961, in Cherry Point, N.C., and was a son of the late Robert Edward Alger Sr. and Violet Louise Bowling Alger.

He is survived by three brothers, James Michael, Martin and Robert E. Alger Jr., all of Stanley; and a sister, Barbara Ann Bryant of Broken Arrow, Okla.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 6, at the Leake’s Chapel Cemetery in Stanley by the Rev. Alfred C. Comer Jr.

The family was to receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, at the Bradley Funeral Home.

Calvin E. Hansbrough Jr. 

Calvin Eugene “Gene” Hansbrough Jr., 65, of Shenandoah, died on Monday, April 3, 2017, at his home. Arrangements are being handled by Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Shelba K. Deavers

Shelba K. Deavers, age 80, of Claymont, Delaware, formerly of Rileyville, Virginia, passed peacefully in her sleep March 31, 2017.

Shelba was a native of Orlando, West Virginia, daughter of the late Ed and Pearl Skinner.

Shelba was preceded in death by her late husband, Allen Deavers; two sons, William “Billy” and Wallace Edward; and a twin sister, Shirley Windsor of Accokeek, Maryland.

She is survived by her siblings, Edsel Skinner of Mathias, West Virginia, Darrell Skinner of Orlando, West Virginia, and Judy Persinger of Winchester, Virginia.

Shelba was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Shelba is survived by her children, Susan Sours of Luray, Virginia, Robert Shaw and wife Norma of Arley, Alabama, Ronald Shaw, Sandra Kline, Daniel Shaw, Donald Shaw of Claymont, Delaware, Shelba Ohles and husband Chris Ohles of Newark, Delaware, and John Shaw of Wilmington, Delaware; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

Shelba loved to play bingo and visit Delaware Park and Harrah’s Casino of Chester, Pennsylvania.

A memorial service was conducted on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, at the Church of the Atonement, 3519 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont, Delaware, at 3 p.m.

A celebration of life service will be held in Shelba’s honor at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Rileyville Church of the Brethren, 480 Rileyville Road, Rileyville, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 7 Mill Brook Road, Wilton, N.H. 03086; or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675-8517. (Paid Obituary)

Linda J. Dovel

Linda Jane Dovel, 70, of Elkton, died on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Sentara-RMH Medical Center.

She was born on Nov. 22, 1946, in Meyersdale, Pa., and was a daughter of the late Ray Edwin Doerr and Evelyn Pauline Tressler Doerr.

Mrs. Dovel lived her early years in Maryland and moved to Elkton, where she and her husband operated a cattle business. Throughout the years, she had owned and operated several businesses including M&S Auto Parts and Rivercrest Farm and Event Center. She also served as president of Autodealz and Village of the Valley. She was a floral designer and a member of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church and also attended the Elkton EUB Church.

On Nov. 26, 1968, she married Paul A. Dovel Jr., who died on May 1, 1985.

She is survived by a son, Paul A. Dovel III of Elkton; two sisters, Florence May “Snookie” Friend of Accident, Md., and Nancy Jean “Sam” Deckman of McHenry, Md.; two brothers, Carl R. Doerr of Thompson, Ohio, and Ronald R. Doerr of Accident, Md.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, John D. Doerr.

A funeral service was conducted on Sunday, April 2, at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton by Pastor Rick Robertson. Burial was in the Methodist cemetery in Shenandoah.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 152, Elkton, Va. 22827; Shenandoah Volunteer Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, Va. 22849; Elkton Fire Department, P.O. Box 91, Elkton, Va. 22827; Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Department, 201 Pennsylvania Ave., Shenandoah, Va. 22849; or to St. Peter’s UMC Ladies Aid or the Kids for Christ Program, 6439 East Point Rd., Elkton, Va. 22827.

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David F. Lightowler

David Francis Lightowler, 69, of Stanley, died on Friday, March 31, 2017.

He was born on Aug. 29, 1947, in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was a son of the late David Lightowler and Rose Katula Lightowler.

Mr. Lightowler was an Army veteran, earning the rank of Master Sergeant, and serving in the Vietnam War. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from American University in 1976 and retired from the Secret Service in 1996, serving under four presidents. He was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Luray, Knights of Columbus Council 8393, Luray American Legion Post 22 and helped with Boy Scout Troop 7 of Luray.

He is survived by two sons, David M. Lightowler of Denver, Colo., and Sean Lightowler of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two daughters, Nancy A. Carueo of Garden Grove, Calif., and Rosanne E. Moore of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a sister, Mary Martin of Midlothian; and one grandchild.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, at the American Legion Post 22 in Luray by the Rev. Lester Horton.

In Pittsburgh, Pa., a memorial service is planned for 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 21, at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 22, 106 Zerkel St., Luray, Va. 22835; BSA Troop 7, Luray; or to BSA Camp Ottari, Mountain Man Program, 2881 Simpkinstown, Rd., Hiwassee, Va. 24347.

Jacob W. Stoneberger

Jacob William “Stony” Stoneberger, 86, of Federal Heights, Colo., died on Friday, March 17, 2017, at a Denver hospital.

He was born on June 22, 1930, in Stanley and was a son of the late Carson Melvin Stoneberger and Mina Irene Bradley Stoneberger.

Mr. Stoneberger embarked on a military career at age 17. Although he volunteered for the Army, he became one of the first members of the Air Force, where he served during the Korean War. He retired from the military with 20 years of service, ending with a rank of tech-sergeant. His second career was in financial business, retiring at age 55.

On Sept. 23, 1950, he married Ellen Louise Frese Stoneberger, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Judith D. Ericson of Castle Rock, Colo.; two sons, Jacob W. Stoneberger Jr. of Federal Heights, Colo., and Jerry L. Stoneberger of Pierce, Colo.; two brothers, P. Larry Stoneberger of Stanley, and Kenneth W. Stoneberger of Luray; a sister, B. Maybelle Good of Luray; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen I. Bradley and Isabelle R. Good; and five brothers, Alfred C. “Pete,” Samuel L., Roy L., James E. and Billy J. Stoneberger.

A funeral service was conducted on Friday, March 31, at the Newcomer Family Mortuary in Lakewood, Colo. Burial with military rites was in Ft. Logan National Cemetery.

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Steven D. Provow

Steven Dean Provow, 67, of 159 Newport Rd., Shenandoah, died on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church.

He was born on March 11, 1950, in Clarinda, Iowa, and was a son of Donna Joan Clark Provow of Des Moines, Iowa, and the late Charles William Provow.

Mr. Provow was a veteran of the United States Air Force and worked for White Communications as an engineer. He was a member of Gideons International and the Newport-Grove Hill Ruritan Club.

On Nov. 30, 1973, he married Mary Louise “Sharon” Provow, who died on April 12, 2000. On March 4, 2017, he married Linda LeMaster Simpson of Winchester, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his mother and his wife are two daughters, Kate D’Lynn Stotler of Cross Junction, and Kelli Jean Marshall of Livingston, Texas; a stepdaughter, Amy Stotlemyer of Winchester; a stepson, Jay Bauserman of Winchester; a brother, Scott Provow of Florida; two sisters, Sally Provow of San Diego, Calif., and Shirley McEntee of Oklahoma; nine grandchildren; and a grandson due June 1, Grant Monroe Stotler.

A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, at the Newport Christian Church by Pastor Tracy Shifflett and the Rev. Walter E. Lundblad. Burial was in the Newport Christian Cemetery in Shenandoah.

The family received friends from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Newport Christian Church Men’s Fellowship, Shenandoah, Va. 22849. (Paid Obituary)

Joshua L. Robinson

Joshua L. Robinson, retired Chief Judge of the 26th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, died on April 3, 2017, at his home in Luray, Virginia.

Judge Robinson was born in Luray on June 3, 1923, the oldest son of the late Henry and Ada Robinson who had immigrated to the United States from Lithuania early in the 20th century.

He is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Estelle Good Robinson.

Judge Robinson graduated from Luray High School as valedictorian in 1940 and from the University of Virginia in 1943 with a B.S. in Commerce. While in college, he was president of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and joined the U.S. Naval Reserve. Later he served on active duty as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

After the war, he began his distinguished legal career as a student at the University of Virginia School of Law. He graduated from the Law School in 1948 with honors that included election to the Order of the Coif and to the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review.

While in law school, he and Estelle were married at Hillel House in Charlottesville on December 22, 1946.

After opening his law practice on Court Street in his hometown in 1949, Judge Robinson continued in private practice until 1972 when he was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge. He served as Judge and Chief Judge of the Circuit, which includes Page, Warren, Clarke, Frederick, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties, together with the cities of Harrisonburg and Winchester, until his retirement in July, 1992. During this time, he was also a popular trial practice instructor at the U.Va. Law School. He also served as chairman of the Committee on Sentencing for the Judicial Conference of Virginia and as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing.

Throughout his life, Judge Robinson was a leader in numerous community organizations, including president of the Luray Rotary Club, commander of the American Legion in Luray and president of the Massanutten Mental Health Association of Harrisonburg.

Judge Robinson, a proud Jew, was a long-standing member of Beth El Congregation in Harrisonburg and also had served as its president and on its Board of Trustees.

The Judge was respected among fellow judges and lawyers for his keen mind, scholarship and love of learning. His friends, family, and community will remember him for his commitment and dedication to fairness and justice for all, his Jewish faith and his family, as well as for his sharp wit.

Additional survivors include his two children, Carol Sue Robinson Schepp and husband Louis of New York, and Eliot William Robinson and wife Liane Schleifer of Atlanta; three grandchildren, Adam Robinson Gorlovsky-Schepp and wife Jeanie of Boston, Caren Robinson Schepp Ieraci and husband Rocco of Pittsburgh, and David Benjamin Robinson of Atlanta; a great-grandson, Jacob A. Gorlovsky-Schepp of Boston; and a sister, Sarah Robinson Miller and husband Milton of Glen Allen. His two brothers, David I. Robinson and Saul J. Robinson, preceded him in death.

Rabbi Joe Blair will conduct the funeral service at Congregation Beth El, 830 Old Furnace Road, Harrisonburg on Thursday, April 6, at 3 p.m., followed by burial at Beth El Cemetery on Old Furnace Road.

The family will receive visitors at Bradley Funeral Home, Luray, Wednesday evening, April 5, from 6:30-8 p.m. In accordance with Jewish tradition, Shiva will be observed at Judge Robinson’s home; visitors will be welcome at 30 Highland Court, Luray, from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, April 7, and from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 9.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a charity of one’s choice.

May his memory be for a blessing. (Paid Obituary)

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