Obituaries — Page County

JC Choat

JC “Bud” Choat, 89, of Farmerville, La., formerly of Luray, died on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

He was a son of the late Robert Joshua Choat and Melvina Spangler Choat.

Mr. Choat moved to Farmerville in 1989 and was a charter member of the Crestview Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was a farmer in East Carroll Parish for a number of years, a craftsman, artist and contractor. He assisted in the construction of the Smithsonian Art Museum and Metro Subway in Washington, D.C., and had also worked for Boeing Co. He was a member of the Union Parish Council on Aging.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 72 years, Sylvia McAdams Choat, are two daughters, Joan Frazier of Ruston, La., and Shawn Martin of Fredricksburg; three sons, Les Choat of Sterlington, La., Curtis Choat of Luray, and Ron Choat of El Dorado, Ark.; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

A funeral service was conducted on Friday, May 19, at Crestview Baptist Church by Brother Wayne Whiteside. Burial was in the Crestview Cemetery.

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Harold W. McAlister

Harold William “Willie” McAlister, 77, of Shenandoah, died on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

He was born on Dec. 29, 1939, in Page County and was a son of the late Harold Norman McAlister and Freda Marie Good McAlister.

Mr. McAlister was a member of the Bible Holiness Church and was a veteran of the United States Army. He had worked at Luray Textile, Mick or Mack, Rack and Sack and in the poultry industry.

He is survived by three siblings, Blanche Comer, and Joseph and Millard McAlister. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Samuel, John, Arthur and James McAlister; and four sisters, Ruth McAlister, Frances McAlister, Cora McLean and Gail Comer.

Friends and family may visit the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, and Thursday, May 25, to sign the guest book. Friends may also visit at his home at any time.

Burial will be in the McAlister Family Cemetery in Comertown at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Shenandoah Volunteer Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, Va. 22849.

Online condolences may be sent to the McAlister family by visiting

Nancy J. Campbell

Nancy Jean Campbell, 72, of Shenandoah, died on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

She was born on Feb. 23, 1945, in Harrisonburg and was a daughter of the late Jacob Samuel Strawderman and Marjorie Irlene Rudder Strawderman.

On Nov. 9, 1964, she married Charles Lee Campbell, who died on Feb. 25, 1991.

She is survived by two daughters, Melody Sue Seager and Sandra Jean Campbell, both of Stanley; two sons, Charles Lee Campbell Jr. of Stanley, and Steven Michael Strawderman of Winchester; three brothers, Robert Eugene and William Grant Strawderman, both of North Carolina, and Roger Allen Strawderman of Woodstock; three sisters, Ruth Eileen Richardson of North Carolina, and Evelyn Louise Runion and Alice Virginia Young, both of Stanley; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Ann Strawderman; and two brothers, Jackie Carroll and Michael Steven Strawderman.

A graveside service was conducted on Sunday, May 21, at the Leaksville Cemetery in Luray.

Keith R. Weatherman 

Keith Reid Weatherman, 57, of Rileyville, died on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

He was born on Nov. 19, 1959, in Luray and was a son of J. Cleo Marston Weatherman of Rileyville and the late James David Weatherman Sr.

Mr. Weatherman retired in 2014 from Dulles IMPC Post Office as a supervisor, with 27 years of service. He owned and operated Pay-Less Entertainment for 10 years and was a member of the Page United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to his mother are a son, John David Weatherman of Rileyville; a stepdaughter, Aileen Dierig of Rileyville; and two brothers, Ken W. Weatherman of Luray, and J.D. Weatherman.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 25, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Laura Stratton and Garland “Bubba” Gochenour. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.

The family was to receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, at the funeral home.

Brandan L. Hardy

Brandan Lee Hardy, 32, of Timberville, died on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

He was born on Oct. 20, 1984, in Harrisonburg and was a son of Deborah Hardy Shoemaker Lantz of Broadway.

Mr. Hardy had worked for Riddleberger Brothers in Harrisonburg.

Surviving in addition to his mother are four brothers, Ronald Shoemaker of North Carolina, Wesley and Danny Hardy Jr., both of Broadway, and Steven Hardy of Shenandoah; a daughter, Emmaly Davis Hardy of Keezletown; his stepfather, Jonathan Lantz of Broadway; and a stepdaughter, Brianna Vaughn of Keezletown.

His body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Grandle Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Lois M. Render

Lois Mildred Render, 88, of Luray, died on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at her home.

She was born on May 18, 1928, in Leivasy, W.Va., and was a daughter of the late Guy Smith and Iva Nicholas Smith.

Her husband, Charles Render, preceded her in death.

She is survived by a niece and several nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Lloyd, Darrell, Hugh and Guy Smith Jr.

A memorial service was conducted at her home in Luray on Sunday, May 21.

Services were handled by the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.

Shirley Ruffner 

Shirley Ruffner, 70, of Luray, died on Monday, May 22, 2017, at her home.
Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton is handling arrangements.

Mozelle F. McKendry

Mozelle (Fowler) McKendry, age 91, 
of Fairfax and Luray, Va., passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, peacefully with family by her side.

She was the beloved wife of the late Neil and mother of the late Sean; loving mother to daughter Kerry; grandmother (Momo) to Allison, Melissa, Millie, Thomas and Molly; great-grandmother to Madeleine, Kasey, Kimberly and Sean. Also survived by sister Julia (Leon) Penick and brother Larry (Mary Elder) Fowler. She was predeceased by her parents, T.N. (Bernice) Fowler, and sister Elwyn (Richard) King.

Born and raised on a farm in Martin, Tenn., she moved to Alexandria, Va., where she began her teaching career and met Neil. She married Neil in 1957 and taught fourth grade for 25 years. She was a faithful servant to God, her church and community. Her cheerful smile will be missed by many.

A celebration of life will be held at the Demaine Chapel, 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, Va. 22151, on Saturday, June 10, at 11 a.m., with a reception to follow. Interment will be private.

Arrangements are under the direction of Demaine Funeral Home, Springfield, Va. (Paid Obituary)

James C. Shenk

James Carroll “Buddy” Shenk, 77, of Mercersburg, Pa., passed away Friday, May 19, 2017, at his home.

Born May 17, 1940, in Luray, Va., he was the son of the late Robert Shenk and Hazel L. Atkins Aleshire.

Buddy’s family was his life and he loved all of his many friends. He had a love for country music and bowling.

He is survived by his seven siblings, Benny Shenk and wife Jean, Jerry Aleshire and wife Gail, Greg Aleshire and wife Carolyn, Steve Aleshire and wife Cheryl, Sandy Stottlemyer and husband Ray, Terry Aleshire and wife Debbie, and Jackie Finn and husband Tom; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Carl Aleshire.

Services were held Wednesday, May 24, at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown, Md. Pastor Dean Metcalf officiated. Burial was in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, May 23.

Memorial donations may be made to Community Rescue Service Inc., 110 North Eastern Blvd., Hagerstown, Md. 21740.

Online condolences are accepted at www.min (Paid Obituary)

Esta M. Grimsley

Esta Mae Grimsley, 99, of 3049 Ida Rd., Luray, died on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Whispering Pines.

She was born on April 2, 1918, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Leslie Burner and Julia Alger Burner.

Mrs. Grimsley worked at Luray Textile for 40 years.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, John Cletus Nichels Sr. and Merle Franklin Grimsley.

She is survived by a sister, Anna Jeannette Griffith of Luray; a brother, Maurice C. Burner of Luray; two grandsons, Robert Lee Nichels of Manassas, and Gerald Paul Nichels of Hagerstown, Md.; three granddaughters, AnnMarie Nichels Powers of Fairfax, Leslie Marie Settle of Amissville, and Lisa Marie Laycock of Fairfax; nine great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Claire M. Byram of Washington. She was preceded in death by a son, John Cletus Nichels Jr.; two sisters, Dorothy Evelyn Marston and Mildred Burner; three brothers, Raynard, Malcolm and Leslie B. Burner Jr.; and a granddaughter, Brenda Lee Nichels.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 27, at the Mount Zion Church of the Brethren by Pastor Pete Campbell. Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Luray.

The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Friday, May 26, at the Bradley Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ida Grove Gospel Church, Luray, Va. 22835. (Paid Obituary)

Barbara A. Hansbrough

Barbara Ann Hansbrough, 68, of Shenandoah, passed away peacefully at her home Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

She was born October 15, 1948, in Harrisonburg and was the daughter of the late Paul Conard Gray and Sudie Frances Foltz.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, David “Ike” Gray; and her beloved dog, Emmitt Paw.

Barbara worked at Pioneer Bank in Stanley, where she retired in 2006. She enjoyed summertime, flowers and was a lifetime member of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, who were her pride and joy.

On December 31, 1999, she was united in marriage to James Hansbrough, who survives.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Crystal Breeden Burker and husband Ralph of Shenandoah; her stepsons, James S. Hansbrough and wife Jenny of Harrisonburg, Michael P. Hansbrough and wife Cameron of Medina, Tenn., and Jared J. Hansbrough and wife Victoria of Darnestown, Md.; her grandchildren, Avery and Brock of Harrisonburg, Max and Hannah of Medina, Tenn., Wolf and Ryder of Darnestown, Md., and Cristian Torres of Stanley.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Shenandoah with Pastor Phyllis Diamond and Pastor Bob Thomas officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Page County SPCA, 1261 Goodrich Rd., Stanley Va. 22851.

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