Obituaries — Page County

Leona W. Layman

Leona Whitmer Layman, 87, of Broadway, died on Friday, May 12, 2017, at her residence.

She was born on Feb. 3, 1930, in Rockingham County and was a daughter of the late Herman L. and Beulah Hillyard Whitmer.

Mrs. Layman worked 27 years as a press operator for Ileen in New Market. She was a member of the Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Tenth Legion and the Ryan-Bowman VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

On April 30, 1947, she married Carl A. Layman, who died on March 21, 2009.

She is survived by two sons, Bill Layman of Rockingham County, and Duane Layman of Stanley; a sister, Phoebe Knight of Waynesboro; a brother, Billy Whitmer of Florida; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three step grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; and three step great-great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by an infant son, five brothers and three sisters.

At Mrs. Layman’s request, her body was cremated and there will be a memorial service at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Golda Fisher-Robinson

Golda B. Fisher-Robinson, 91, of Luray, formerly of Augusta, W.Va., died on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Winchester.

She was born on Oct. 5, 1925, in Tennessee and was a daughter of the late William C. and Bertha Waycaster.

Mrs. Fisher-Robinson was a member of the Woods Chapel Independent Church in New Market.

Her first husband, Homer L. Fisher, died on July 12, 1986. On Nov. 23, 1994, she married her second husband, Lawrence D. Robinson, who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband are five sons, Chester Fisher of Augusta, W.Va., Wayne and Stanley Fisher, Brian Fisher of Ridgeley, W.Va., and Randy Hatfield of Waldorf, Md., whom she raised; eight grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Mary Gail Everett and Janice E. Fisher, one brother and four sisters.

A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, May 16, at the Giffin Funeral Home and Crematory in Capon Bridge, W.Va., by Pastor Denzil Davis and Pastor Glen Turner. Burial was in the Tearcoat Cemetery in Augusta, W.Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Woods Chapel Independent Church, P.O. Box 148, New Market, Va. 22844.

Sweezy service

Ethel Emma Sweezy, 88, of Shenandoah, passed away April 10, 2017.

Her family will be holding a celebration of Ethel Emma’s life at 1 p.m. this Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Church of the Valley in Shenandoah.

All are welcome to share with her family this “amazing woman’s long life.”

In lieu of flowers, me morial donations can be sent to the Church of the Valley, Shenandoah, Va. 22849. (Paid Notice)

Michael J. Houck Sr.

Michael Joseph Houck Sr., 56, of 850 Friendly Lane, Stanley, died on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born on Feb. 14, 1961, in Arlington and was a son of Francis Joseph Houck Sr. of Pennsylvania and the late Lynda Sue Brinkley Houck-Gray.

Surviving in addition to his father are two sons, Michael Houck Jr. of Shenandoah, and Brian M. Marshall of Luray; a brother, Francis Joseph Houck Jr.; three sisters, April L. Olinger of Bealeton, Dawn Pimentel of Melbourne, Fla., and Robin Deavers of Stanley; two grandchildren, McKenna and Logan Houck of Shenandoah; and a cousin, Vicki Gill of Florida. He was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Teresa Buracker; and his stepfather, Christopher C. “Buddy” Gray.

A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, May 13, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Charles Clinedinst. Burial was in the Bethlehem Cemetery in Stanley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Page County Relay For Life, 934 Judy Lane Ext., Stanley, Va. 22851. (Paid Obituary)

Melinda A. Samuels

Melinda Ann “Mouse” Samuels, 61, of Luray, died on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

She was born on Oct. 19, 1955, in Virginia and was a daughter of Virgil Payne of Virginia and Loretta Ann Jewell of Luray.

Ms. Samuels worked for VF Corporation and was a member of the Morning Star Lutheran Church, Luray Moose Lodge 1413 and the New Market Eagles 4264.

Surviving in addition to her parents are a son, Jonathan Lee Noser of Luray; five brothers, Tommy “Bo” and Jeff Jewell, both of Stanley, David “Joe” and Franklin Jewell and Ricky Payne Sr., all of Luray; a sister, Terri Rhinehart of Luray; and a grandson. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Danny Jewell and an infant brother Keith.

A memorial service was conducted on Monday, May 15, at the Morning Star Lutheran Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morning Star Lutheran Church, 424 Valleyburg Rd., Luray, Va. 22835.

Betty L. Jones

Betty Lou Jones, 69, of 1155 Balkamore Hill Rd., Stanley, died on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

She was born on Nov. 26, 1947, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Theodore Young and Sara Catherine Wood Young.

Mrs. Jones was a member of the Rileyville Assembly of God.

On Sept. 23, 1967, she married Ray W. Jones, who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Angela Burker of Stanley; a son, Michael Jones, and wife Crissy of Rileyville; three brothers, Donald and Theodore Young, both of Rileyville, and Doug Young of Luray; five grandsons, Trent and Eli Jones, both of Rileyville, Douglas and Ray Burker, and Justin Burker and wife Rachel, all of Stanley; and four great-grandchildren, Autumn, James, John and Mason Burker, all of Stanley. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Raymond, Clarence, James, John and Ralph Wesley Young; and two sisters, Mildred Young and Virginia King.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family will receive friends at the residence at any time.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. (Paid Obituary)

Albert D. Barnes

Albert Dwight Barnes, 85, of Front Royal, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Warren Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by his beautiful and loving wife, Nancy M. Barnes, of 62 years. He is also survived by three brothers and three sisters; children Albert Duane Barnes and wife Linda Barnes, and Vicky Llewellyn and husband Steve Llewellyn. He was very fortunate to have eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Dwight was born December 5, 1931, in Osawatomie, Kansas, to the late Albert Allen Barnes and Miriam Barnes.

He was a retiree from Sprint, with 39 years of service. He served in the United States Army, 865 AAA, and received two bronze stars for his time in the Korean War. He also was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He loved his local favorite sports teams, the Washington Redskins and Washington Nationals.

A graveside service was held on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Panorama Memorial Gardens located in Strasburg, Virginia. A reception followed at the Giles B. Cook Post 53, American Legion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rivermont Volunteer Fire Department or to the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements were handled by Maddox Funeral Home Inc. in Front Royal, Virginia. (Paid Obituary)

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