Obituaries — Page County

Mary W. Wash

Mary Weakley Wash, 88, of Dothan, Ala., died on Sunday April 9, 2017.

She was born on Dec. 25, 1928, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Ernest Weakley and Flossie Pettit Weakley.

Mrs. Wash was a member of the First Methodist Church of Dothan, Ala. She and her husband started Wash’s Foods in 1954. She served as secretary and treasurer for 30 years until the business was sold in 1984. She and her husband retired to Sarasota, Fla., then moved to Dothan in 2007.

Surviving in addition to her husband of 63 years, M.C. “Pete” Wash, are three sisters, Jackie Alsop of St. Louis, Mo., Linda Weakley of Stanley, and Dottie Thompson of Greenville, Ind.; three brothers, Carrol Weakley of Richmond, Jerry Weakley of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Ken Weakley of Stanley; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her caregiver, Mary W. Wash. She was preceded in death by a son, R.J. “Rick” Wash; a sister, Jeaney Bobsin; and three brothers, Virgil, Granville and Garland Weakley.

A memorial service was conducted on Thursday, April 13, at the Ward Wilson Funeral Home in Dothan by the Rev. Allie Freeman.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1380 West Main St., Dothan, Ala. 36301; or to Covenant Hospice Care, 5041 North 12th Ave., Pensacola, Fla. 32504.

Samuel Jones Jr.

The Rev. Samuel Paul “Pastor Sam” Jones Jr., 83, of Bridgewater, died on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Bridgewater Retirement Community.

He was born on Dec. 22, 1933, in Newport News and was a son of the late Samuel P. Jones Sr. and Grace Bradshaw Jones.

A graduate of John Marshall High School in Richmond, he received a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1957 from the University of Richmond, and a Master of Divinity degree in 1961 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.

The Rev. Jones served as pastor at Poroporone Baptist Church, Riverdale Baptist Church, Harrisonburg Baptist Church and Warrenton Baptist Church. He retired from full-time ministry in 1999 and served interim pastorates at several churches. He served as pastor at Stanley Baptist Church and as senior adult chaplain at Harrisonburg Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Mary Sue Ludington Jones, are a son, Jeffrey Alan Jones of Vernon, Vt.; a daughter, Susan Michelle Payne of Weyers Cave; and a sister, Helen O. Jones of Richmond.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, April 29, at Harrisonburg Baptist Church, 501 S. Main Street. A private burial will be conducted at Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bridgewater Retirement Community Healthcare Foundation (Endowment Fund), 302 N. Second St., Bridgewater, Va. 22812; Harrisonburg Baptist Church Missions, 501 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, Va. 22801; or to Sentara RMH Medical Center, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.

Peggy J. Bailey

Peggy Jean Bailey, 73, of Delaplane, died on Monday, April 17, 2017, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

She was born on June 10, 1943, in Luray.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Eric Jackson Bailey, are two daughters: Kelly J. Bailey-Shellington of Stephens City, and Iva June Jenkins of Marshall; one sister, Patricia Taylor of Luray; two brothers: James Butcher Carter of North Carolina, and Gary Carter of Luray; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted on Monday, April 24, at the Mount Morris Baptist Church in Hume by the Rev. Leroy Stewart. 
Burial was in the Mount Morris Community Cemetery.

Online condolences can be given at

Alice F. Jewell

Alice Faye Jewell, 58, of Culpeper, died on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

She was born on Feb. 12, 1959, in Page County and was a daughter of Bertha Stoneberger Good of Luray and the late Arthur G. Good.

Surviving in addition to her mother and her husband, Arthur Alvin Jewell Sr., are a daughter, Jennifer Vealey of Culpeper; a son, Arthur Jewell Jr. of Culpeper; three brothers, Gerald G. and Ronald W. Good, both of Luray, and Donald R. Good Sr. of Shenandoah; five sisters, Susan Ann Good, Bonnie Lou Mace, Shirley B. Wallace, Debra K. Turner and Annabelle “Darlene” Painter, all of Luray; and two grandchildren.

A graveside service was conducted on Friday, April 21, at the Fairview Cemetery by Pastor Lee Brown.

Arrangements were handled by the Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper.

Keegan L. Eakle

Keegan Lee Eakle, infant, of Dayton, died on Monday, April 17, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center from anencephaly.

He was a son of Danny Lee Eakle Jr. and Jennifer Kisling Eakle of Dayton.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his twin brother, Elias Ryker Eakle; a sister, ShLace Lynn McKay Eakle; a brother, Landon Xavier Eakle; and his grandparents, Charlene Frances Parsons of Dayton, James Boyd Kisling Sr. of Shenandoah and Dan Lee Eakle Sr. of Charlotte, N.C.

A graveside service will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens.

Cubbage addition

The obituary for Virginia E. Cubbage, published in last week’s Page News and Courier, did not include one of her siblings.
Mrs. Cubbage was preceded in death by a sister, Iva Blanche Cubbage.

Suellen H. Foxhall

Suellen Hudson Foxhall passed away peacefully Friday, April 7, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas, at the age of 66.

Whether you knew her as Mom, SuSu, Swell, Tia Susita, Foxie, Ms. Foxhall, or simply Suellen, she was a steadfast friend to all who knew her. She loved life, loved people and her energy had no bounds. She was unimaginably positive and generous, always doing for others. She had a heart of gold and instantly brightened any room she entered. She was a true angel on earth.

Suellen was born in Luray, Virginia, on August 15, 1950, to mother Ruth Eleanor Mathews Hudson, and father John Robert Hudson Sr.

She grew up with older brother John Robert Hudson Jr. and graduated from Luray High School as the salutatorian of the Class of 1968. She went on to Furman University, where she proudly earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish in 1972, then her master’s degree from la Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, in 1973. She began teaching and in 1975 married Roger Foxhall. From there they began moving with the military – Alabama to Germany to San Antonio – and her love for travel was ignited.

Her son, Matthew, was born in San Antonio in 1981. The family next moved to Maryland, and her daughter, Christina, was born in Bethesda in 1985. Germany, Washington, D.C., and Colorado Springs all followed; then finally San Antonio in 1995, where she stayed the remainder of her life.

Suellen began teaching in San Antonio and in 1999 helped open Ronald Reagan High School. She taught Spanish, always encouraging “family, friends, fun, food, and FIESTA” and there was nothing she enjoyed more than supporting her PALS, Peer Assisted Leadership group. In 2015, Suellen was honored as a finalist for the North East Independent School District’s “Teacher of the Year” based on her love of teaching, positivity and consistent mindset of service to others. Her passion for her students went far beyond the classroom. She was always attending performances, games, weddings and fundraisers to show support. Whatever was important to them was important to her.

Suellen retired in 2016 after 18 years of service with NEISD and 25 total years of teaching in the classroom. While she was passionate about teaching, nothing made her happier or prouder than being a mom to Matt and Christina, grandmother “SuSu” to Madison, and staying connected to her Virginia and South Carolina families and friends. Suellen was the embodiment of positivity, believing that no matter what life threw your way, you could always make a choice to be happy.

Though Suellen’s time on earth was cut far too short, we take solace in knowing she is Jazzercising her way through Heaven, sipping on piña coladas at the beach, taking as many pictures as she wants, and watching her beloved San Antonio Spurs from the best seat in the house.

Suellen was preceded in death by her parents and brother.

She is survived by her son, Matthew Foxhall and his wife, Amy Foxhall; daughter Christina Foxhall and her fiancé, Sean Johnson; granddaughter Madison Foxhall; a loving extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws; and a bounty of friends, students, colleagues and admirers.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 1-2 p.m. at Main Street Baptist Church, 15 E. Main St., Luray, Va.

A celebration of Suellen’s life will be conducted at 2 p.m. at Main Street Baptist. A memorial service of the interment of her ashes will immediately follow at Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery Pavilion, 1224 U.S. Hwy. 211 East, Luray, Va.

Family and friends are invited to continue the celebration of Suellen’s life at her childhood home, which was graciously offered by Mark and Mary Malone at 148 South Court Street, Luray, from 4-6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to your local chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (Paid Obituary)

John D. Weakley

John David Weakley, 83, of Luray, passed away on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

He was born on April 10, 1934, in Luray and was a son of the late Everett David Weakley and Mary Frances Vanner Weakley.

Mr. Weakley worked for the United States Postal Service for more than 20 years.

On July 11, 1958, he married Dorothy Buracker Weakley, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Sonya Weakley of Bethesda, Md.; a sister, Sybil Weakley Dodson of Luray; and two granddaughters, Alexandria Mason of Blacksburg, and Casandra Mason of Chapel Hill, N.C. He was preceded in death by a brother, William “Bill” Vanner Weakley.

A graveside service will be held at Leaksville Cemetery on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 11 a.m.

Visitation will be conducted at the Bradley Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 7-8 p.m.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Christ Episcopal Church, Luray, Va. 22835. (Paid Obituary)

Ruth B. Koepke

Ruth Marie Bailey Koepke passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home in Woodstock.

She was born on June 23, 1920, in Page County, Va., a daughter of the late William A. and Ada Deavers Bailey.

She was a 1939 graduate of Luray High School, attended Washington Missionary College in Takoma Park, Md., and graduated from Cleveland General Hospital School of Nursing in Cleveland, Ohio.

On November 11, 1944, she married John LeRoy Louis Koepke, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Stella Bailey of Luray; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 28, at 11 a.m. at the pavilion in Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery, with Pastor Sam Millen and the Rev. James Kite officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Page County Public Education Foundation, 735 West Main Street, Luray, Va. 22835, in her memory.

Friends may call at her sister-in-law’s home, 147 South Court Street in Luray, at any time. (Paid Obituary)

Margie E. Shirley

Margie E. Shirley passed away in Knoxville, Tennessee, on April 23, 2017, at the age of 84.

She was a lifelong resident of Luray, Virginia, before moving to Tennessee to be near her daughter and grandson.

A loyal and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Margie will always be remembered for her love of others, generosity, and being the ultimate hostess throughout her life. She would always put others first and her fun-loving spirit is a beautiful legacy.

Margie was preceded in death by her beloved husband, David L. Shirley; and her parents, Benton and Lorene Long.

She is survived and will be greatly missed by her daughter, Kathy Shirley; a grandson, Bradley Waters; and other extended family and friends.

The family would like to recognize Summit View of Rocky Top for their excellent care and compassion.

The family will receive friends at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel on Thursday, April 27, from 5:30-6 p.m. A memorial service will begin at 6 p.m. with Chaplain Dan Hix officiating.

In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Arthritis Foundation in her memory at

Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Shirley family and invites you to view and sign their online guestbook at (Paid Obituary)

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