Obituaries — Page County

Evelyn R. Campbell

Evelyn Ruth Campbell, 89, of Timberville, died on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Whispering Pines.

She was born on Jan. 28, 1928, in St. Lawrence, N.Y., and was a daughter of the late Arthur Page and Mabel Hoole Page.

Mrs. Campbell retired from Holly Farms in New Market and was a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Timberville.

Her husband, Melvin Campbell, preceded her in death.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Woody of Cumming, Ga.; two sons, Mike Dart of Rileyville, and John Dart of Basye; three stepsons, Bill, Bob and Gary Campbell; a brother, Larry Page of New York; 12 grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

 She was preceded in death by two sons, Fred and Dennis Dart; a grandson; three brothers, Kenny, Stanley and Ronnie Page; and a sister, Beatrice Chappell.

Memorial donations may be made to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham SPCA, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, Va. 22803; or to the Trinity United Church of Christ, 161 Church St., Timberville, Va. 22853.

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Dorothy M. Cubbage

Dorothy Marie Cubbage, 73, of Stanley, died on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at Page Memorial Hospital.

She was born on Oct. 5, 1943, in Stanardsville and was a daughter of the late George Gilbert Shifflett and Alberta Williams Shifflett.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Connie Cubbage, are a daughter, Cathi Gibson of Mineral; a son, James Paul Miller of Farmville; and a brother, Charles Shifflett of Stanley. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence, Junior and James Shifflett; and a sister, Mary Lou Shifflett.

A memorial service was conducted on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Leake’s Chapel Church of the Brethren by Pastor Randy Miller.

Earl J. Price Sr.

Earl Jefferson “George” Price Sr., 81, of Shenandoah, died on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Mount Lebanon CCC Church by the Rev. Jim Martin. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, at the church.

Alice W. Hansberger

Alice Sharon Whiteside Hansberger, 69, of Timberville, died on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at VCU in Richmond.

She was born on June 3, 1948, in Harrisonburg and was a daughter of the late John H. “Bugs” Whiteside Jr. and Mary Louise Brown Whiteside.

Mrs. Hansberger was an office manager at Gilmer Industries Inc. until her death and had also worked at Kmart for 16 years.

She is survived by a daughter, Abigail Louise Hansberger of Strasburg; a brother, Mark Whiteside of Shenandoah; a sister, Brenda Baugher of Shenandoah; and a niece and numerous nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, John Douglas Hansberger; and a brother, John Robert Whiteside.

A memorial service was conducted on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Shenandoah by Pastor Phyllis Diamond and Pastor Mark Briehl.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA; or to Open Doors, 176 W. Market St., Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.

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William C. Groot

William Clarke Groot, 91, of Cross Junction, died on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at MontVue Nursing Home.

He was born on June 28, 1926, in Arlington and was a son of the late Lewis Ellis Groot and Emma Hurlebaus Groot.

Mr. Groot was a veteran of the United States Navy.

On Feb. 18, 1961, he married Peggy Cockrell Groot, who died on Feb. 24, 2011.

He is survived by two sons, Joe Groot of Verona, and Scott Groot of Cross Junction; a daughter, Lisa Marie Laisney of Milton, Fla.; two sisters, Lillian Gwaltney of Fairfax Station, and Edna Mitchell of Rockville, Md.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Emma Day, Elsie Davis and Mary Louise Wood; and a brother, Lewis Ellis Groot Jr.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Bradley Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service, from 10-11 a.m.

Elizabeth A. Lucks

Elizabeth Anne Lucks, 77, of 164 Chapel Village Rd., Stanley, died on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.

Ms. Lucks was born on July 20, 1940, in Arlington and was a daughter of the late Charles Dowerick and Pauline Holsinger Dowerick.

She is survived by a son, David Lucks Jr. and wife Mary E. Lucks of Stanley; a sister, Jane Whitlow of Midlothian; a brother, Charles Dowerick Jr. of Maryland; a granddaughter, Rachel Lucks of Luray; and a great-grandson, Trey Weatherholtz of Luray.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Susie Gardner; and a brother, Lindsey Dowerick.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. (Paid Obituary)

Dennis E. Meadows

Dennis Meadows, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at Timberview Crossings in Timberville, Va.

He was born on April 22, 1929, in Rockingham County and was a son of the late Clarence Meadows and Mamie Jenkins Meadows.

Dennis loved music and was an accomplished steel guitar musician. He was a member of the Kountry Kousins, Virginia Gentlemen and several other bands. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Carolyn Settle Meadows; and his brother, Richard “Jim” Meadows.

He is survived by his three sons, Dennis Meadows Jr. and wife Debra Meadows of Virginia Beach, Gregory Meadows of Harrisonburg, and Jeffrey Meadows and wife Ellen Meadows of New Market; five sisters, Darlene Buracker, Bonnie Comer, Sylvia Propes and Shirley Gray, all of Stanley, and Brenda Grimsley of Shenandoah; three grandchildren, Wayne Meadows, Lauren Meadows and Kristin Ardent; several nieces and nephews; and his first wife, Ruby Meadows of Stanley.

The family received friends at the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray on Friday, September 15, 2017.

A graveside service with military honors was held on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Prospect Hill Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Robert Reynolds.

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

Shirley A. Kelley

Shirley A. Kelley, of Centennial, Colo., passed away at her home on September 11, 2017.

She is survived by her husband, Samuel; three daughters, Suzanne Kelley of Los Angeles, Stacey Ferguson (Randy) of Highlands Ranch, and Samantha Ann Kuo (Jay) of Irvine, Calif.; and a brother, Mark Vick (Cathy) of Whitestone, Va.

Shirley was born in Washington, D.C., February 10, 1937, to parents James C. and Helen (Sullivan) Vick. She graduated from Eastern High School in Washington and began her Federal career as a civilian secretary in the Department of Army’s Pentagon office.

In 1958, she secured a foreign assignment and was transferred that year to the Information Division, HQ, United States Army Europe (USAEUR), Heidelberg, Germany. There she met and married her soldier husband Sam. They were married in a Heidelberg city civil ceremony in 1959 and returned to the U.S. in 1960. After living 19 years in Pennsylvania, she and her family moved to Colorado, then to California in 1985.

After 26 years as a wife and mother, Shirley resumed her Federal government service in Los Angeles. Upon returning to Denver in 1989, she joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8 office. In 2002, she retired as Executive Assistant to the Region 8 Administration, having completed 30 years of Federal government service.

Shirley and Sam celebrated 58 years of marriage this year. They enjoyed traveling, visiting most of the U.S. with vacations in Mexico, Europe and the British Isles.

Shirley’s generous heart, love of family, friends, life, and her steadfast love and faith in Jesus Christ will be greatly missed.

We know that she is in God’s arms. (Paid Obituary)

Earl M. Owens

Earl McKinley Owens, 92, of 228 Owen Lane, Luray, died on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at Winchester Medical Center.

He was born on Aug. 17, 1925, in Bluemont, W.Va., and was a son of the late Thomas Edward Owens and Rosa Lee Breeden Owens.

Mr. Owens retired as a salesman from Schewels in 1975, with 25 years of service, and worked as manager of Tastee Freez in Stanley, Shenandoah and New Market from 1978-1988. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

On July 22, 1947, he married Cornelia Marguerite Gochenour Owens, who died on Nov. 15, 2010.

He is survived by two sons, Jerry Phillip Owens, and Roger Owens and wife Bonnie Owens, all of Luray; three grandchildren, Robbie Owens and wife Sandra Owens of McGaheysville, Jeff Owens of Elkton and wife Edwina Owens of Luray, and Brandy Bailey and husband William Bailey of Elkton; five great-grandchildren, Amanda Owens and husband of Harrisonburg, Tiffany Hart and husband Brian Hart of Stanley, Kristina Money and husband Chris Money of South Carolina, and Austin Bailey and Autumn Bailey, both of Elkton; and five great-great-grandchildren, Hayden Hart and Arianna Hart, both of Stanley, Khloe Renee Money of South Carolina, and C.J. and Daisy, both of Harrisonburg.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruth Mason, Cora Fletcher and Virginia Richards Carter; four brothers, Charles, William Benson, Ernest Leonard and Robert Owens; and numerous half brothers and half sisters.

A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Calvary Independent Brethren Church in Stanley by the Rev. Charles Turner and Pastor John Hitt Jr. Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Luray, with military honors by the VFW Comer-Jones Post 621.

Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the Calvary Independent Brethren Church for the Men’s/Women’s Fellowship and to the Building Fund, in care of 1294 Mount Zion Rd., Luray, Va. 22835. (Paid Obituary)

Jacqueline V. Cave

Jacqueline Victoria “Jackie” Cave, 60, of 7879 Puddle Lane, Shenandoah, died on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

She was born on April 8, 1957, in Harrisonburg and was a daughter of Raymond Seal of Shenandoah and the late Dorothy Stepp Seal.

Mrs. Cave was a 1975 graduate of Page County High School and graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 1979. She was a teacher for 38 years for Page County Public Schools and a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Luray.

On April 29, 1979, she married Carroll “Andy” Cave Jr., who survives.

Surviving in addition to her father and her husband are a daughter, Caitlin Murphy and husband Daniel of Shenandoah; a brother, Robert Seal and wife Lori of Shenandoah; a grandson, Collin Murphy of Shenandoah; and a granddaughter, Madyson Murphy of Shenandoah.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, at St. Mark Lutheran Church by the Rev. R. Nicholas Eichelberger. Burial will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery in Shenandoah.

The family was to receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to a relief organization of choice. (Paid Obituary)

Virginia J. Wamsley

Virginia June Wamsley, of Shenandoah, went home to be with our Lord Monday, September 18, 2017.

She was born March 25, 1937, in Plain City, Ohio, and was the daughter of the late Herbert Cecil Arthur and Emma Colletta Lindsay Arthur.

Ginny, as she was known to family and friends, was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend.

Ginny and the love of her life, James “Paul” Wamsley, shared many adventures together. Having met in San Diego, Calif., in 1973, it was love at first sight. They married December 31, 1973, and were inseparable ever after. Together, they played many music venues throughout California and the Pacific Northwest, as well as the Florida Keys, Texas and Virginia.

Throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, Ginny was both a homemaker and a talented business woman, having owned several restaurants, obtaining her cosmetology license, working in the credit industry, as well as working with her husband in the pawn business. She was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.

When they retired from the pawn business in Newport News, Va., and moved to Shenandoah, Va., in October 2012, they wanted to spend their time giving to others. So in 2013, the Wamsleys became registered Therapy Dog handlers. At the time she passed away, Ginny had brought smiles to more than 4,000 patients in various hospitals, nursing homes and senior centers in the Page County area with her beloved dog, Jubilee.

Ginny leaves behind her adoring husband of 44 years, James Paul Wamsley; daughters Debra (Shawn) O’Connor and Reva (Dave) Watts; sons Bradley (David) Stevens and James (Stephanie) Wamsley; brothers Dick (Sheila) Arthur and Charles “Buddy” Arthur; sisters Erma Jean (Jake) Swearingen and Kay Powellson; granddaughters Angela (Hubert) Baker, Junie (Andy) Wallace, Laura (Chuck) Harrold, Stephanie Phillips, Erin Stevens and Sydney Wamsley; and grandsons Rick (Carla) Allen, Tim Allen and Steven Wamsley. Also left to mourn her passing are 11 great-grandchildren and many much loved nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Her beloved Jubilee will continue her legacy of love by bringing smiles to people who need it most.

In addition to her parents, Ginny was also preceded in death by her brother, Robert; a son, Charles Paul Long Jr.; a grandson, Frankie Wayne Baker Jr.; and a very dear sister-in-law, Sharon Arthur.

Ginny’s laughter, sense of humor, love, generosity and kindness will be remembered by all who knew her.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Kyger Funeral Home, 115 Nicholson Rd., Elkton, Va. 22827.

The family wishes to thank the outstanding CCU nursing staff at Sentara RMH Medical Center and Chaplains Penny, Brenda and Melanie.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local Humane Society.

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