OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Page County


John R. Lucke


John Ryon Lucke, 66, of Timberville, died on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at his home.

He was born on March 10, 1951, in Springfield, Ill., and was a son of the late William Hunter Jr. and Alice Defrees Lucke.


Mr. Lucke had recently worked at Wal-Mart and was an avid wookworker.

On Feb. 29, 1976, he married Elisabeth Flournoy Lucke, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Caroline Flournoy of Waynesboro, and Odessa Lucke of Missouri; a son, Jesse Lucke of Texas; a brother, Hunter Lucke of Shenandoah; two sisters, Lindsay Lucke of Massachusetts, and Drusilla Claridge of New Mexico; and three grandchildren.

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



Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery, Blue Ridge Hall MSC 9020, 601 University Blvd., Harrisonburg, Va. 22807.



Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.grandlefuneralhome.com.



Michael W. Street


Michael Wayne “Tom” Street, 63, of Luray, died on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.



He was born on April 1, 1954, in Grundy and was a son of the late Anthony Wayne Street and Edith Mae Hess Street.

Mr. Street had worked as a custodian at Stonewall High School, retiring on Sept. 30, 2016, with more than 25 years of service.

His wife, Theresa Ann Barr Street, died on Dec. 4, 2012.

He is survived by four sisters, Jean A. Darmon of Topping, Kathy Cottrill of Nokesville, Diane Ennis of Catlett and Suzie Fuller of Abingdon; and a brother, Needem Carl “Fuzzy” Street of Winchester. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Jerry Lewis, Kellis Eugene, Ronnie Lee and Randy Street.

A funeral service was conducted on Monday, Oct. 2, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Erich Bennett. Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Luray.





Kenneth L. Armel


Kenneth Leroy Armel, 66, of Stanley, died on Saturday, Set. 30, 2017.

He was born on Feb. 20, 1951, in Winchester and was a son of the late Donald Stuart Armel and Inez Catherine Netherton Armel.

Mr. Armel had resided in the Manassas area before moving to Stanley in 2016. He owned and operated the family business, Armel Trucking/DSE Trucking for 30 years, and had worked for Danny Barrett of Manassas, retiring in 2016. He had served in the National Guard and was currently working in the maintenance department at Luray Caverns Country Club.

On Nov. 21, 1969, he married Faye Alma Lacy Armel, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Stephanie Dawn Armel of Dumfries; a son, Kenneth Wayne Armel of Stanley; two brothers, Donald S. Armel Jr. of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Robert G. Armel of Reston; a sister, Judith Cebula of Manassas; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Melissa Faye Armel.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Oct. 15, at the Bradley Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Ave., Suite 210, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.



Danny D. Morris


Danny Darious Morris, 69, of Elkton, died on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Morris was born on Dec. 6, 1947, in Page County and was a son of the late Julian Morris.



He is survived by his wife, Doris Ann Morris.



All services are private.



Condolences may be sent to http://www.kygers.com.



Dianne K. Lowman


Dianne Koontz Lowman, 66, of Elkton, Va., passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at her home. She was born on May 24, 1951, in Harrisonburg, Va., and was the daughter of the late Kenneth Philip and Rena Blanchard Koontz.

On June 18, 1978, she married George Edgar Lowman, who preceded her in death on April 17, 2006.

Dianne embraced her religion daily and was selfless in giving to others. She was a dedicated member of Grace Covenant Church in Harrisonburg and passionately supported Breaking Free in Timberville and Safe Harbor in Richmond. Dianne received her M.Ed. from James Madison University and her EdD from the University of Virginia. She was an educator for many years and later a professor of education at Eastern Mennonite University, Liberty University and James Madison University. Dianne also specialized in counseling and occupational therapy. She sponsored children through Compassion International and volunteered for missions in Ukraine and Nepal. She found great enjoyment in helping others and loved to read.

Surviving are her son, Heath Lowman and wife Jeannie of Luray; a brother, Ken Koontz and wife Pat, and a sister, Karen Campbell and husband Marshall, all of Elkton; two grandchildren, Kalee and Caleb Lowman; a brother-in-law, Richard Lowman and wife Barbara; and two nephews, Shawn Campbell and wife Rebecca, and Duane Campbell and wife Erin.

A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton by Pastor Merle Shank. Interment followed at Koontz Cemetery in Page County.

The family received friends on Friday, September 29, 2017, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Breaking Free, 15150 Strooptown Rd., Timberville, Va. 22853.

Condolences may be shared at http://www.kygers.com (Pai.d Obituary)



Patricia M. Pflugshaupt


Patricia M. “Pat” Pflugshaupt passed peacefully at home in Fairfax City surrounded by family on September 13, 2017, the day after her 85th birthday.

Pat is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 65 years, Leo A. Pflugshaupt. She was a beloved mother of Jan (Bill) Kingdon, Ann Pflugshaupt (Dwight Rudd), and James (Melanie) Pflugshaupt; cherished grandmother of Sarah (Mike), Grace, Will, Brittany (Danny), Craig, Steven and Dylan; a wonderful great-grandmother to Preston, Holden and Libby; and a loving sister to Wanda Barrett and Preston Mauck. Her beloved son, Alfred Glenn, preceded her in death.

Services were held on Saturday, September 16, at the Fairfax United Methodist Church, with visitation on Friday, September 15, at Demaine Funeral Home in Fairfax.

Interment was private at the Fairfax City Cemetery, conducted Monday, September 18.

Memorial contributions may be made in Pat’s name to Historic Fairfax City, 10209 Main St., Fairfax, Va. 22030, where Pat was a treasured volunteer for many years; or to the Fairfax United Methodist Church, where she was a member for more than 60 years. (Paid Obituary)



Evelyn L. Ford


Evelyn Louise Ford, 91, of Fort Valley, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home in Woodstock.

The funeral service will be held Monday, October 9, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Valley Funeral Service in Bowman’s Crossing. Dr. E. Gordon DeMerritt will officiate. Burial will follow in Isaiah Clem Cemetery in Fort Valley.

Mrs. Ford was born July 26, 1926, in Alexandria, daughter of the late Ola E. and Mary Williams Garten.

She was a member of Oak Hill Church of the Brethren in Fort Valley, a founding member of the Northern Virginia Archers, active in the Fort Valley Senior Group and a blood donor for the Red Cross having given over 10 gallons.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas John Ford; two daughters, E. Sharon Garner and Debbie Ford; and brothers and sisters, Francis “Buck” Garten, Dorsey Garten, Emma Craft, Mettie Elliott, May Tabler and MaryOla Hill.

She is survived by five children, Madeline L. Selby and husband Murray of Fort Valley, Linda C. Grimes of Manassas, Thomas Ford and wife Sherry of Luray, Gary Ford and wife Anne of Gainesville, and James Ford and wife Carmen of Powhatan; 25 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Sunday, October 8, from 5-7 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 2151, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-2151.

Online condolences may be left at http://www.http://valleyfs.com (Paid. Obituary)



Douglas B. Burner


Douglas B. Burner, of Harrisonburg, Va., and formerly of Shenandoah, Va., died on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

Doug was born on January 6, 1948, to Hazel Flick Burner and the late Paul B. Burner.

Doug was a retired industrial electrician and was employed with the IBEW for a number of years before retiring in 2012.

Doug graduated from Page County High in 1966, where he was very proud to be nominated the “Best Looking” in his class. Doug excelled in football earning him the Golden Helmet Award as well as being named All-State Linebacker. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

In later years, Doug enjoyed planting “lots” of tomato plants to share with friends and neighbors.

Doug is survived by his mother, Hazel Flick Burner of Shenandoah; a brother, Barry P. Burner and wife Jean of Watchung, N.J.; a sister, Paula Burner-Kibler and husband Wayne of Luray, Va.; a niece, Lauren Burner-Lawrence and husband Tim of Brooklyn, N.Y.; as well as a special aunt and uncles, Betty and Phil Secrist and James Flick, and numerous cousins and a special friend, Lucille Connolly of Jeffersonton, Va.

Per Doug’s wishes he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 14, at Christ United Methodist Church at 3 p.m., with a reception to follow the service.

A very special thanks to all the nurses and caregivers on 3West at Sentara Medical Center for their excellent care and compassion.

Thanks to George Hirschmann, Wayne Beers and Carl Dellinger, who were loyal and faithful friends.

Memorial contributions can be made to Christ United Methodist Church, earmarked Sound System, 501 Senior Ave., Shenandoah, Va. 22849. (Paid Obituary)



William Kline


William “Shorty” Kline, 73, of Luray, died on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017, at MontVue Nursing Home.
Services are pending at the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray.




Margie F. Sinnett


Feb. 28, 1925 – Sept. 25, 2017
Margie Fox Mills Sinnett, 92, of Fredericksburg, passed away on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at Carriage Hill Health and Rehab Center.

Mrs. Sinnett was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg and retired from Sears after 35 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Russell Mills; her second husband, John Sinnett; and a niece, Martha Nickerson. 


She is survived by a niece, Doris Talley of Luray; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

Services were held on Thursday, Sept. 28, at Christ Lutheran Church. Interment followed at Oak Hill Cemetery. (Paid Obituary)



Thomas E. Jenkins


Thomas Edward Jenkins, of Sperryville, Va., was called home on September 28, 2017, at 2:58 p.m. while surrounded by family.

Eddie, as he preferred to be called, was born on Mount Vernon Farm, where he worked as a farmer for most of his life. He spent 18 years at Avtex in Front Royal before going back to farming full time. He retired in 2008 after heart surgery. He had a great love for Mount Vernon Farm that he called home until his death.

His greatest love was his family. At the age of 13, he and his kin were intensely bonded by the sudden death of his father at an early age. His brothers, sisters and himself became tight knit as they took care of each other and their mother. Eddie passed on this bond to his own family. He always did what he could to make sure they were cared for, like growing a garden that fed the whole family every year.

He married and had four children, which were his greatest pride and joy. As his family continued to grow, so did his heart. He cherished the memories he made at the yearly family reunions, where he chatted with relatives, partook in the cornhole tournament, if only to share his opinion and coach, and watched as all of his children ran around and played. He could always be found cheering on his grandchildren at sporting events and rarely missed an opportunity to support RCHS athletics. Members of the community will never forget his presence as he sat in the corner at every sporting event.

He is survived by the love of his life, whom he married August 5, 1960, Mildred Jenkins of Front Royal; four children, Wanda Early and husband Michael of Rixeyville, Va., Wendy Reid of Sperryville, Va. and companion Larry Brown, Kathy Atkins and husband Jerry of Browntown, Va., and Thomas E. Jenkins II and wife Bobbie Jo of Stanley, Va.; nine grandchildren, Angela Jenkins and husband Adam of Washington, Va., Wally Reid and wife Heather of Culpeper, Va., Tiffany Kibbe and husband David of Winchester, Va., Krystal Smoot of Browntown, Va., Eric Esparolini of Abilene, Texas, Megan Early and fiancé Lance Walters of Rixeyville, Va., Taylor Jo and Tyler Jenkins of Stanley, Va., and Christian Lucas of Stanley, Va.; five great-grandchildren, Brianna Settle, Mirandah and Ryan Jenkins, and Dylan and Olivia Reid; three sisters, Shirley Hitt, Margaret Bright, and Nancy Jenkins and husband Frank; and a brother, Bobby Jenkins and wife Linda.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lloyd and Carrie Jenkins; two brothers, John Jenkins Jr. and Charles Jenkins; and a sister, Rachel Ann Jenkins.
Eddie was loved and respected by family and friends and will be greatly missed.

The family received friends on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, Va.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 1 p.m. at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel. Interment followed in Sperryville Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to RCHS Athletics; checks payable to RCHS Athletics, Eddie Jenkins in the memo line, 12576 Lee Hwy., Washington, Va 22747.

An online guestbook and tribute wall are available at http://www.foundandsons.com

Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper served the family. (Paid Obituary)



Hester R. Balser


Hester Ruth “Tiny” Balser, 93, of Harrisonburg, formerly of Elkton, died on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg.

She was born on Sept. 28, 1924, in East Orange, N.J., and was a daughter of the late Carl Eugene Olimski and Mary Brown Olimski.

Mrs. Balser 

was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist in Elkton. She retired from Sleepwear and had previously been employed with Metro Pants, Blue Bell and Sancar.

On April 15, 1942, she married Raymond Elwood Balser Sr., who died on March 7, 1980.



She is survived by three children, Mary B. Rinker of Bridgewater, Laura B. Housden of Shenandoah, and Samuel A. Balser of Timberville; 13 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 She was preceded in death by a son, Raymond E. Balser Jr.; a daughter, Katherine Hummel; four brothers; and one sister.



A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton by Pastor Millard Sonifrank. Burial was in the Elk Run Cemetery.



Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.



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



Johnny E. Wyant


Johnny Earman Wyant, 57, of Elkton, died on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, at his home.

He was born on Nov. 12, 1959, in Harrisonburg and was a son of Evelyn “Bonnie” Wyant and the late Lynwood Earman Wyant.

Mr. Wyant graduated from Elkton High School and was employed for more than 30 years at Sullivan Mechanical Contractors Inc.

On May 21, 1988, he married Rosalie Snow Wyant, who preceded him in death.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two sisters, Vickie W. Smith and Alison Wyant Minnick, both of Elkton; a granddaughter; and several nieces. He was preceded in death by a brother, Calvin Lynwood Wyant.

A funeral service was conducted on Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton by Pastor Carter Dean. Burial was in the Hensley’s United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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



Margaret L. Hill


Margaret Louise Hill, 79, of Stanley, died on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at Blue Ridge Hospice.

She was born on Nov. 9, 1937, in Virginia and was a daughter of the late Joseph Turner Beahm and Laura Catherine Young Beahm.

Mrs. Hill owned and operated Hill Rest Home for 20 years, retiring in 2000. She was a member of the Rileyville Assembly of God.

On April 4, 1956, she married Marvin Lee Hill, who died on Oct. 11, 1989.

She is survived by three sons, Daniel Allen Hill of Oak Harbor, Wash., and Gregory Glenn and Cecil Edward Hill, both of Harrisonburg; a daughter, Deborah Lewis of Harrisonburg; a brother, Howard Lynnwood Beahm of Luray, three grandchildren, including Kristina N. Hill of Stanley, whom she raised; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Earl Beahm and the Rev. Arthur W. Beahm; and a sister, Evelyn Pearl Seal.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Evangelist Doug Gochenour, with visitation one hour prior to the service, from 1-2 p.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.

Memorial contributions may be made to Kristina Hill to help with expenses.



William T. Dickson


William Thomas Dickson, 74, of Luray, died on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born on Nov. 17, 1942, in Lynchburg and was a son of the late Ralph Thomas Dickson and Anne McLennan Dickson.

Mr. Dickson graduated in 1961 from E.C. Glass High School and in 1967 from Virginia Tech, where he was a Hokie Club member. He taught and coached at various schools throughout the Commonwealth, including Blacksburg High School, Jefferson Forest HS, Orange County HS, Dinwiddie HS, Amherst County HS and Luray HS, from which he retired in 2008.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Tracie Gentry Dickson, are three sons, William Andrew “Andy” Dickson of Buford, Ga., Lucas Kincaid Dickson of Mooresville, N.C., and Montgomery Scott “Monty” Dickson of Luray. He was preceded in death by a son, Matthew Thomas Dickson.

A funeral service was conducted on Monday, Oct. 2, at the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray by the Rev. Eric Croft.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Ave., Suite 210, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.



Frederick W. Williams


Frederick Wayne Williams, 81, of Luray, died on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017.



He was born on June 28, 1936, in Luray and was a son of the late John Robert Williams Sr. and Vallie Sours Williams.

Mr. Williams worked as a plumber for J. Rex Burner Co. Inc for 40 years.

On July 5, 1958, he married Beulah Maxine Berry Carroll Williams, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Timothy Williams and Charles Henry “Juno” Carroll Jr., both of Luray; three daughters, Tina Fox, Dianne Marie Keeney and Tammy Sullivan, all of Luray; a sister, Lula Belle Atkins of Luray; 14 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Loretta Mawyer; and two brothers, Randy and John Robert Williams Jr.

A funeral service was conducted on Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Chester Knighting and Garland “Bubba” Gochenour. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.



Memorial donations may be made to the Luray Fire Department, 1 Firehouse Lane, Luray, Va. 22835.



Agnes P. McCoy


Agnes Pearl McCoy, 88, of Stanley, died on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

She was born on Nov. 3, 1928, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late Hiram Tasel Campbell and Thelma Lee Campbell.

Mrs. McCoy was a member of the Blue Ridge Pentecostal Church.

On June 27, 1947, she married Clarence William McCoy, who died on June 2, 1979.

She is survived by three daughters, Doris Jean Campbell, Mary Jane Campbell and Joyce Marie Tharp, all of Stanley; two sons, Dennis Paul McCoy of Luray, and Clarence William McCoy Jr. of Stanley; three sisters, Diana L. Long of Stanley, L. Sylvia Shifflett of Bridgewater, and Audrey L. Herring of Front Royal; 13 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jo Ann Faye Campbell; two sisters, Gladys Louise Campbell and Ellen Thomas; and a brother, Hiram Tasel Campbell Jr.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the Blue Ridge Pentecostal Church by the Rev. Jack Campbell and Pastor Randy Miller. Burial will be in the McCoy Family Cemetery. The family was to receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the church.






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