OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Page County


Stanley D. Stephens


Stanley David Stephens, 88, of Fort Valley, died on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.



He was born on Sept. 12, 1928, in Shenandoah County and was a son of the late Dabney Thomas Stephens and Maude Edna Shipe Stephens.



Mr. Stephens was a retired maintenance worker from Luray Caverns Country Club and formerly worked with D.T. Stephens and Sons timber business. He was a member of the Page Valley Baptist Church.



His wife, Lucy Irene Waters Stephens, preceded him in death.

He is survived by a son, Wayne Stephens of Singers Glen; two daughters, Betty Sue Stephens of Fort Valley, and Bonnie Stephens Barton of Edinburg; three brothers, Lester, Charlie and Jerry Stephens, all of Fort Valley; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.



He was preceded in death by four sisters, Gladys Walters, Helen Duncan, Catherine Neff and Mabel Ritchie; and three brothers, Garland “Bud,” Alton “Tommy” and Carl Stephens.



A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, June 3, at Faith Lutheran Church in Fort Valley by Pastor Brian Duncan and Pastor James Cockram. Burial was in the Sibert Cemetery in Fort Valley.



Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Funeral Service, 14116 S. Middle Rd., Edinburg, Va. 22824, for burial expenses.



Online condolences may be left at http://www.valleyfs.com.




McKendry service


A celebration of life service for Mozelle McKendry, of Fairfax and Luray, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the Demaine Chapel, 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, Va. 22151, with a reception to follow. Burial will be private.



William A. Foltz


William Allen Foltz, 83, of Luray, died on Friday, June 2, 2017.



He was born on April 10, 1934, in Luray and was a son of the late Dewey Lee Foltz and Estella Mae Yates Foltz.

On April 17, 1954, he married Betty Ann Keyser Foltz, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two brothers, Edwin “Newt” Foltz of Luray, and Aubrey D. Foltz of Stanley; a sister, Clair V. Fisher of Stanley; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, H. Page and Dewey Lee Foltz Jr.; and a sister, Anna Mae Cullers.

A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, June 6, at Morning Star Lutheran Church in Luray by the Rev. Jeffrey D. Marble. Burial was in the St. Luke Cemetery at Alma in Stanley.

Memorial contributions may be made to Morning Star Lutheran Church, 424 Valleyburg Rd., Luray, Va. 22835; or to New Century Hospice of Harrisonburg, 420 Neff Ave., Suite 110, 
Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.



Robert J. Atkinson


Robert James Atkinson, 55, of Hinton, died on Friday, May 26, 2017.

He was born on Aug. 30, 1961, in Ohio and was a son of Drema Atkinson Taylor and the late Robert Varner Jr.



Mr. Atkinson worked in the field of carpentry and drywall.



Surviving in addition to his mother and his wife, Tammy Lynn Atkinson, are a son, Logan Atkinson of Shenandoah; a stepdaughter, Brittany Kline; a stepson, Brian Thompson; a sister, Dodie Royer of Maryland; two half sisters, Teresa Chance of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Tammy Clasby of Appalachia; a half brother, Jeffrey Estes of Moorefield, W.Va.; and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Robin Smith and Tina Vieth.



A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg by Pastor Jack Campbell.



Condolences may be shared at http://www.kygers.com.




William J. Thornton


William Jasper Thornton, 79, of Luray, died on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.



He was born on Dec. 21, 1937, in Manassas and was a son of the late Clifford Thornton and Bessie Champ Thornton.

Mr. Thornton was a member of St. John’s Baptist Church.

His wife, Gloria Jestine Johnson Thornton, died on May 11, 2004.

He is survived by three daughters, Cathy Dale Atchison of Laurel, Md., Angela Cherie Thornton of Atlanta, Ga., and Natalie Yvette Grayer of Springfield; a son, Chris Antwan Thornton of Luray; four brothers, Oliver, James, Charles and Clifford Jr.; and five sisters, Bessie, Kathlyn, Francine, Ruth and Deborah; and eight grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, June 3, at St. John’s Baptist Church by Pastor Stephanie Callwood and Forrest Freeman. A graveside service was held on Monday, June 5, at the Clifton Union Cemetery in Clifton.



Kenneth L. Presgraves Sr.


Kenneth Lloyd Presgraves Sr., 84, of Hampton, died on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

He was born and raised in Luray and was a son of the late John and Bertha Presgraves.

Mr. Presgraves was employed at Hooper Body Corporation for more than 20 years. He was also employed by Newport News Shipbuilding, Dept. X-32, and retired in 1996. He coached Little League Baseball and was a Scout Master with the Boy Scouts of America.


In 1952, he married Ellen “Peggy” Stanley Presgraves, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by seven children, Katherine Whitt, Kenneth Jr., Kevin, Steve, Delores Johnson, John and Jeff; a brother, Leroy; two sisters, Phyllis and Delores; 23 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Juanita; two brothers, Vance and Jerry; and one daughter, Karen Stanton.

A celebration of life service was conducted on Tuesday, June 6, at the W.J. Smith and Son Funeral Home in Newport News. Burial was in Hampton Memorial Gardens.

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice House of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Pkwy., Williamsburg, Va 23188.


Online condolences may be sent to http://www.wjsmithandsonfh.com.



Kaye V. Norris


Kaye Virginia Keyser Norris, 74, of Woodstock, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017, at her home.

A memorial service was held Saturday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Edinburg. The Rev. Robert Jones officiated. Burial was private at Cedarwood Cemetery in Edinburg.

The family received friends at 123 S. Church St., Woodstock, from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 1.

Mrs. Norris was born March 27, 1943, in Front Royal, daughter of the late Joseph William and Clara Sedwick Keyser.

She was a public school teacher for 39 years, having taught at Woodstock Middle School, Central High School and retired from Broadway High School. She was a member of the Edinburg United Methodist Parish, United Methodist Church Women, Alpha Delta Kappa, Shenandoah County Retired Teachers Association and was on the Board of Charter House.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Richard Eaton Norris.

She is survived by two daughters, Alice Paje Cross and Meredith Fletcher Norris, both of Woodstock; a son, Richard Barrett Norris and fiancée Christina Fawley of Middletown; six grandchildren, Jonathan Norris, Michael Norris, Hannah Norris, Brianna VanMeter, Kathleen Fawley and Matthew Fawley; lifelong friend James A. Cross; and close friend Ron Crabtree.

Memorial contributions may be made to either St. John’s UMC or Wesley Chapel UMC at P.O. Box 310, Edinburg, Va. 22824; or to the Shenandoah County Retired Teachers Scholarship Fund, c/o Margaret Figgins, 348 Hickory Lane, Woodstock, Va. 22664.

Online condolences may be left at http://www.valleyfs.com.

Cremation arrangements were handled by Heishman Funeral Home Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch. (Paid Obituary)





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