OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Page County


Charles A. Judd


Charles Arthur Judd, 93, of Luray, died on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

He was born on Feb. 5, 1924, in Luray and was a son of the late John Arthur Judd and Gladys Elizabeth Beahm Judd.

Mr. Judd owned and operated Judd’s Jewelry in Luray for more than 40 years, later known as Lemon’s Jewelry. He was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

On July 16, 1950, he married Dorothy Ellen Wheelbarger Judd, who died on Aug. 19, 2001.

He is survived by two sons, Walter P. Judd of Luray, and Steven A. Judd of Illinois; three daughters, Patricia Daniels and Tracy M. Good, both of Luray, and Rebecca “Becky” Grimsley of Verona; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ann Bradford and June Clater.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church by Dr. Eddie Walker and Pastor Alexander C. Zuber. Burial will be in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.

The family was to receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Bradley Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethlehem Lutheran Church.



Helen L. Harrak


Helen Louise Harrak, 75, of Harrisonburg, died on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

Ms. Harrak was born on Sept. 8, 1942, in Virginia and was a daughter of the late Robert Leslie Gochenour and Ruby Louise Parks Gochenour.

She is survived by nine daughters, Terry Harrak of Vienna, JoAnne McDevitt of Mount Jackson, Nora Boykin of Georgia, and Soraya Valenzuela, Deborah Mohr, Donna Townsend, Janet Kuldell, Karen Harrak and Judy Harrak, all of Virginia; a son, Frank Harrak of Georgia; a sister, Zollie Miller of North Carolina; two brothers, Robert Gochenour of Manassas, and Ronnie Gochenour of Virginia; 35 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Gochenour and Lucille Gochenour.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Beahm’s Chapel Pavilion in Luray by Evangelist Doug Gochenour.



Robert L. Owens Jr.


Robert L.“Bobby” Owens Jr., 75, of Elkton, died on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at his home after a four-year battle with cancer.

He was born on March 3, 1942, in Rockingham County and was a son of the late Robert Owens Sr. and Hazel Moyers.

Mr. Owens graduated from Elkton High School and retired from DuPont in Waynesboro after 37 years of service. He was a member of Kings Harbor Christian Fellowship and an avid fisherman.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 28 years, Betty Owens, are three sons, Mike, Rob and Donald Owens, all of Shenandoah; a daughter, Paula Hitt of Shenandoah; a stepdaughter, Tammy Crissell of Greene, N.Y.; two stepsons, Alan and Mark Swisher, both of Elkton; a brother, Ronnie Owens of Elkton; 10 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton by Pastor Dan Hughes. Burial was in the Elk Run Cemetery in Elkton.

Condolences may be sent to www.kygers.com.



Louis Milani


Louis “Keith” Milani, 51, of Winchester, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

A graveside service was held on Monday, October 9, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Panorama Memorial Gardens in Waterlick, Virginia.

Keith was born on September 13, 1966, in Front Royal, Virginia, to Louis William Milani and the late Betty Dawson Yates.

He was a roller operator for Chemung Contracting.

Surviving along with his father are his stepmother, Nancy Milani; two stepbrothers, Robert Breeden and Johnny Breeden; three aunts, Millie Smoot, Linda Wells and Elaine Lingerfelt; three uncles, James Dawson, John Dawson and Stewart Dawson; and numerous nieces and nephews. (Paid Obituary)



David E. Batman


David Earl Batman, 63, of Shenandoah, died on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at his home.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1954, in Harrisonburg and was a son of the late A.E. “Dave” Batman and Bette Lee Hines Batman.

Mr. Batman graduated from Page County High School in 1972 and attended the University of New Mexico and Arizona State University. He worked with his father at Batman Motors for many years.

He is survived by a sister, Linda B. West of Shenandoah.

A memorial service was conducted on Sunday, Oct. 8, at Fields United Methodist Church in Shenandoah by the Rev. Jonathan Lamb. Burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Page SPCA, 1261 Goodrich Rd., Stanley, Va. 22851; or to Sentara Hospice, 2000 Beery Rd., Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.

Condolences may be sent to www.kygers.com.



Burner memorial


A memorial service for Douglas B. Burner will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Christ United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow the service.
Memorial contributions can be made to Christ United Methodist Church, earmarked Sound System, 501 Senior Ave., Shenandoah, Va. 22849.



Robert L. Spitler


Robert Lewis Spitler, 74, of New Market, died on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, at his home.

He was born on July 10, 1943, in Shenandoah County and was a son of the late Edward Spitler and Flora Comer Spitler.

Mr. Spitler was a concrete contractor and member of the Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market.

On June 26, 1965, he married the Trenna Buracker Spitler, who survives.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Lisa Getz of New Market, and Cynthia Parker of Timberville; three brothers, Jacob “Jake” Spitler of Harrisonburg, Wade Spitler of Missouri, and Raymond Spitler of Timberville; three sisters, Betty Leach of Harrisonburg, Lona Fox of Luray, and Doris Long of Timberville; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded him in death by four brothers, Frank White, Harry Comer, and Charles and Dolan Spitler.

A memorial service was conducted on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Reformation Lutheran Church by the Rev. Debbie Dukes.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, Mid Atlantic Affiliate, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, Va. 23060; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105-9959.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.grandlefuneralhome.com.



Armel memorial


A memorial service for Kenneth Leroy Armel will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Erich Bennett.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 420 Neff Ave., Suite 210, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.



Mary E. Jenkins


Mary Elizabeth Jenkins, 96, of Luray, died on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

She was born on Feb. 13, 1921, in Luray and was a daughter of the late James “Pete” Painter and Ruth Mae Moyer Painter.

Mrs. Jenkins was a member of the Luray Church of the Brethren.

On Oct. 12, 1940, she married Archie Lee Jenkins, who died on May 11, 1977.

She is survived by a daughter, Sue Jenkins Sours of Luray; a brother, Carroll Painter of Luray; two grandsons, David Sours and wife Heather, and Eric Sours and wife Carla, all of Luray; and a great-granddaughter, Lauren Sours of Luray. She was preceded in death by a son, Archie Lee Jenkins Jr.; two sisters, Marie Painter and Carolina Painter; a son-in-law, Mark Allen Sours; and a brother.

A funeral service was conducted on Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Luray Church of the Brethren by the Rev. Erich Bennett and Rene Hostetter. Burial was in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.

Memorial contributions may be made to Big Spring Mennonite Church Backpack Program, 2545 Mims Rd., Luray, Va. 22835; or to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. (Paid Obituary)



Page H. Leake


Page Hudson “Hud” Leake, 58, of Hollywood, Md., passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

He was born April 14, 1959, in Luray, Va., to Page Strother and Sapphire “Lea” Leake of Lexington Park, Md.

Page was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County. He was a 1977 graduate of Great Mills High School. He was self-employed as a custom home builder for more than 35 years, with dedicated service to the local businesses and families he worked for.

In addition to his parents, Page is also survived by his sister, Linda Darlene Leake Carrico of Hughesville, Md.; and four nieces. He is also survived by his partner, Donna Broecker of Hollywood, Md. Page was preceded in death by his fiancée, Robin Murphy.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary’s, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Md. 20650.

Arrangements were handled by the Brinsfield Funeral Home. (Paid Obituary)



Lilliard Hilliard


Lilliard “Little Boy” Hilliard, 82, of Stanley, died on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017.

He was born on Nov. 22, 1934, in Stanley and was a son of the late Joseph Hilliard and Mabel Tressie Turner Hilliard.

Mr. Hilliard owned and operated Hilliard’s Barber Shop in Stanley and was a member of the Leake’s Chapel Church of the Brethren.

On Feb. 10, 1953, he married JoAnn Maye Hilliard, who died on Jan. 29, 2013.

He is survived by a daughter, Dawn Knighton and husband Timmy of Stanley; a son, Ronnie Hilliard of Stanley; a sister, Joyce Ann Comer of Stanley; two brothers, Williard “Big Boy” Hilliard of Stanley, and William Paul Hilliard of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; three granddaughters, Brandy Strickler and husband Chris of Stanley, Whitney Cunningham and husband Jeremy of Broadway, and Mariah Gray and husband Taylor of Washington; four great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Gunnar Strickler of Stanley, and Kara and Cole Cunningham of Broadway; and his mother-in-law, Sarah Goode of Stanley.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Adolph “Dockie,” Buddy Carlton and Layton Hilliard; and a sister, Marie Stoneberger.

A funeral service was conducted on Monday, Oct. 9, at the Leake’s Chapel Church of Brethren by the Rev. James Kite, Pastor Keith W. Simmons and Pastor Charles Turner. Burial was in the Leake’s Chapel Cemetery in Stanley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Leake’s Chapel Church of the Brethren, Stanley, Va. 22851. (Paid Obituary)






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