OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Page County


Alexandria M. Hemp


Alexandria Mae “Alexa” Hemp, 3-months-old, of Shenandoah, died on Monday, July 3, 2017.

She was born on March 31, 2017, in Harrisonburg and was a daughter of Shawn Michael Hemp and Holly Jo Twiddy of Shenandoah.

Surviving in addition to her parents are two brothers, Benjamin Shifflett and Jameson Hemp; her grandparents, Daniel and Jeannie Twiddy of Shenandoah, Jason and Susan Blose of Baker, W.Va., and Tammy Adams of Mount Sidney; and her great-grandparents, Linda Freeze, Nancy Angeles and Larry Alexander.

A memorial service was conducted on Sunday, July 9, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.

Condolences may be shared by visiting www.kygers.com.



Fay L. Whitmer


Fay Louise Whitmer, 77, of McGaheysville, died on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.



She was born on Sept. 13, 1939, in Shenandoah County and was a daughter of the late Robert F. Dellinger and Iva Dellinger Tusing.

Mrs. Whitmer was a member of the Mount Olive Brethren Church. She was a supervisor at Elkton Garment for 36 years and then went to work for Shenandoah Wrangler. She was an avid cook.

On July 6, 1955, she married Frank W. Whitmer Jr., who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three children, Donna Shifflett, Frank W. Whitmer III and Beth Mowbray; six siblings, Phyllis Halterman, Luella See, Christine Taylor, David Dellinger, Junior Dellinger and Donnie Dellinger; eight grandchildren; two step grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.



A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, July 8, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg by Pastor Fred Miller. Burial was in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com.



Deborah S. Campbell


Deborah Sue Campbell, 55, of Luray, died on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

She was born on Sept. 7, 1961, in Luray and was a daughter of the late James William Wallace and Darlene Campbell Wallace.

On April 14, 1979, she married Carson Wesley Campbell, who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Stephanie Earles of Luray, and Michelle Puffenbarger of Elkton; three brothers, David Allen Wallace of Stanley, and Greg Scott Wallace Sr. and James William Wallace Jr., both of Luray; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Frankie Lee Wallace.

A funeral service was conducted on Sunday, July 9, at the Luray Pentecostal Church by the Rev. Daniel D. Herring. Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Luray.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Luray Pentecostal Church, Luray, Va. 22835.



Louise C. Richards


Louise Catherine Richards, 85, of Luray, died on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

She was born on Feb. 20, 1932, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late Claude Smelser and Minnie Blanche Cubbage Smelser.

Mrs. Richards was a member of the Trinity Church of the Brethren.

On Feb. 8, 1952, she married Paul Lemuel Richards, who died on April 10, 2008.

She is survived by three daughters, Geri Faye Bean and Paula Billings, both of Luray, and Robin Runyon of Shenandoah; two sons, Eric and Galen Richards, both of Luray; two sisters, Virginia Corbin of New Market, and Iva Sours of Luray; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Darlene Good; a son, Delmas Richards; two brothers, Owens E. and Willard Smelser; and a sister, Mary Elizabeth Smelser.

A graveside service was conducted on Sunday, July 9, at the Leake’s Chapel Church of the Brethren in Stanley by the Rev. Charles R. Turner.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Church of the Brethren, 385 Mount Zion Rd., Luray, Va. 22835.



Ellsworth M. Sickles


Ellsworth Martin “Marty” Sickles, 71, of Luray, Martinsville and Wellington, Kan., died on Sunday, May 14, 2017, at his home in Wellington.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1945, in Baltimore, Md., and was a son of the late Ellsworth Sickles and Doris Sickles Burton.

Mr. Sickles graduated from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School, where he studied auto mechanics. He enlisted in the United States Army, serving two tours in Vietnam from 1966-1967 and from 1969-1970. After retiring from the Army with full honors at a rank of Sergeant First Class, he worked in the emergency room as a nurse at Page Memorial Hospital until 1990.

While in Kansas, he was employed at Erwin Army Hospital at Fort Riley, and later as a nurse in the Liver Transplant Clinic at MCV-VCU Medical Center in Richmond, retiring in 2008. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

On Nov. 11, 1967, he married Brenda Carol Gross Sickles, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a sister, Mary Dreibelbis of Ashland, Ohio; two brothers, Benjamin Franklin Burton Jr. of Keyser, W.Va., and Robert Burton of Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Rebecca Ann Sickles of Wichita, Kan., and Jayne Elizabeth Sickles of Junction City, Kan.; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Benjamin Franklin Burton; and two brothers, Michael and Charles Burton.




A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 North Bank St., Luray.

Online condolences may be shared at www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.






Golda K. Shomo


Golda Kathleen Shomo, 83, of Shenandoah, died on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Journey Crossing Assisted Living in Elkton.



She was born on Oct. 8, 1933, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late Ezra Dovel and Beulah Florence Housden Dovel.



On Feb. 14, 1954, she married Robert R. Shomo, who died on Aug. 21, 2015.



She is survived by two sons, Jeffrey Shomo of Culpeper, and Gregory Shomo of Warrenton; a daughter, Cynthia Offenbacker of Elkton; six brothers, Ervin E., Earl W., Bobby L. and Charles Dovel, all of Stanley, and Randolph and Roger D. Dovel, both of Shenandoah; a sister, Maxine D. Viands of Manassas; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by a sister, D. Louise Maher; and a brother, Roy Elmo Dovel.

A funeral service was conducted on Monday, July 10, at the Leake’s Chapel Church of the Brethren in Stanley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shenandoah Volunteer Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, Va. 22849; or to the Leake’s Chapel Church of the Brethren, Stanley, Va. 22851.



Oneida G. Mason


Oneida Gray Mason, 86, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died on Friday, June 30, 2017, at Jefferson Medical Center.

She was born on Sept. 7, 1930, in Martinsburg, W.Va., and was a daughter of the late Claude Gray and Ollie Gray.

Mrs. Mason retired from the Martinsburg Paper Box Company. She was a graduate of Martinsburg High School Class of 1948.

Her husband of 61 years, Ray M. Mason, preceded her in death.

She is survived by a son, Craig Mason of Martinsburg, W.Va.; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Gray; and three sisters, Gertie McDaniel, Velva Merchant and Goldie “Bobbie” Bohrer.

A funeral service was conducted on Wednesday, July 5, at the Brown Funeral Home by the Rev. James D. Riley Jr. Burial was in Rosedale Cemetery.



Lennis G. Lucas


Lennis G. Lucas, 82, of Waldron, Mich., died on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Evergreen Manor in Montpelier, Ohio.

She was born on July 20, 1934, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Fred and Vertie Hinton Gochenour.

Mrs. Lucas had lived her earlier years in Luray. For the past 54 years, she and her husband resided in rural Waldron, owning and operating a farm. She was a homemaker, a member of Freedom Farm and attended Betzer Community Church in Camden, Mich.

On Nov. 25, 1954, she married James W. Lucas, who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Larry Lucas of Morenci, Mich., and Chester Lucas of Waldron, Mich.; two brothers, Nelson Gochenour of Luray, and Garnett Gochenour of Stanley; three sisters, Hilda Moyer of Luray, Valda Short of Archbold, Ohio, and Ruth Stump of Harrisonburg; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, David Lucas; four sisters, Joyce, Dorothy, Alma and Rena; and four brothers, Nevin, Elwood, Carson and Keith.

Private services were conducted by Pastor Kim Repp. Burial was in the Waldron Cemetery.

Arrangements were handled by the Eagle Funeral Home in Hudson, Mich.

Memorial donations may be made to Gideons International.

Condolences may be shared by visiting www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.



Larry S. Bradley


Larry Steve Bradley, 66, of Luray, died on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Winchester Medical Center.

Mr. Bradley was born on Oct. 22, 1950, in Luray and was a son of the late Robert Clyde Bradley and Leoma Irene Bradley.

He is survived by two sons, Steve “Tee” Bradley of Elkton, and Donnie Orye of Bentonville; two sisters, Judith Arlene Good and Sandra Kay Painter, both of Stanley; three brothers, Bobby Carlton and C. Melvin Bradley, both of Luray, and Douglas Clyde Bradley of New Market; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, G. Page Bradley and James Leroy Hoak.

A funeral service was conducted on Monday, July 10, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Pastor Andy Seastrom. Burial was in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with expenses.



Trudy K. Dodson


Trudy Kay Dodson, 74, of Charlottesville, died on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at her 
home.

She was born on Sept. 7, 1942, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late Elbert Franklin Cubbage and Florine Hilliard Cubbage.

Mrs. Dodson retired from Sperry Marine. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and other organizations.

Her husband of 53 years, John W. Dodson Jr., preceded her in death.

She is survived by a daughter, Brenda Dodson of Charlottesville; four sisters, Ruby Quintrell of Harrisonburg, Nancy Alberti of Orange, Doris Good of Shenandoah, and Gayle Hammer of Stanley; one brother, Wayne Cubbage of Luray; two grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Cubbage; and a sister, Janice Chrisman.



A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 14, at the Mount Jackson Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, at the Hill and Wood Funeral Home.



In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Way, Suite 300, Charlottesville, Va. 22911; or to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 160, Charlottesville, Va. 22902.



Condolences may be made to the family at www.hillandwood.com.



Christopher L. Shifflett


Christopher “Shifty” Lee Shifflett, age 29, of Shenandoah, Va., passed away tragically on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

He was the son of Bret and Vickie Morris Shifflett and was born August 18, 1987, in Harrisonburg.

He graduated from Page County High School and Virginia Tech and was employed with Merck and Company.

Chris was very talented, he enjoyed playing his guitar as well as other musical instruments. In his spare time, he loved floating the river, being in the mountains, riding his motorcycles and, most of all, spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by the love of his life, Heather D. Brophy; his brother and best friend, Michael W. Shifflett, all of Shenandoah; paternal grandparents, Claude and Marguerite Shifflett of Elkton; maternal grandfather, Benjamin Morris of Shenandoah; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.

Chris was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Virginia Ferrell Morris.

The family received friends on Friday, July 7, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton. Friends also visited at the family home.

A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the funeral home by Pastor L.J. “Dickie” Campbell. Interment followed at Rest Haven Community Cemetery in Shenandoah.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Department, 201 Pennsylvania Ave., Shenandoah, Va. 22849; and/or to the Shenandoah Volunteer Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah.

Condolences may be shared at www.kygers.com. (Paid Obituary)



Ivan P. Dinges


Ivan Page Dinges, 83, of Yagers Road, Luray, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017.

He was born in Page County on Dec. 16, 1933, and was the son of the late Howard Russell Dinges and Hazel Marie Hinton Dinges.

Ivan graduated from Luray High School in 1952, where he was involved in all sports. He was also a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA), and on Nov. 11, 1978 received the Young Farmers of Virginia Outstanding Farm Family Achievement Award. He attended Virginia Tech studying animal husbandry, served in the U.S. Army, was a postal mail carrier on Luray’s Route 3 and was a longtime beef cattle farmer.

Ivan played VFW baseball in the Massanutten League for many years and was a life member of the Luray Church of the Brethren.

He is survived by a sister, Irma Jane Dinges Housden; a nephew, David Owen “Doc” Housden and wife Felicia; and a great-nephew, Charles Michael Housden, all of Luray. He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Charles Owen Housden.

The family received friends at the Bradley Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 11, from 7-8 p.m. and at the home of his nephew on Mechanic Street in Luray.

A funeral service was conducted on Wednesday, July 12, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial was in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray, with military honors by the VFW Comer-Jones Post 621.

Memorial contributions may be made payable to the V.A. Hospital, Cardiovascular Unit, and mailed to Irma Housden, 1247 Bixlers Ferry Road, Luray, Va. 22835. (Paid Obituary)




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