Obituaries — Page County

David L. Bell

David Lee Bell, 44, of Stanley, formerly of Luray, died on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center, following a brief illness.

He was born on Nov. 18, 1972, in Luray and was a son of the late Buford E. Bell Jr. and Dorothy Jean Turner Bell.

Mr. Bell was employed at Wrangler in Luray for 23 years.

He is survived by his two sons, Dalton and Gunner Bell; three brothers, Bobby, John and James Bell; four sisters, Ann Breeden, Susan Clark, Norma Addison and Becky Bell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was conducted on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Stanley Seventh-day Adventist Church by Elder Roy Campbell. Burial was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to his sons at 196 Sunset Dr., Stanley, Va. 22851 to help with expenses.

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Gary L. Dean

Gary Lee “Pumpkin” Dean, 63, of Shenandoah, died on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

He was born on Feb. 26, 1954, in Harrisonburg and was a son of Lois Comer Herring of Elkton and the late Delmer Dean.

Mr. Dean was a lifelong resident of Page and Rockingham counties and was an avid hunter.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his stepfather, George Herring of Elkton; a son, Jason Dean of Elkton; a daughter, Courtney Dean of Shenandoah; two sisters, Debra Meadows and Vicky Hensley, both of Elkton; a brother, Ricky Dean of McGaheysville; two grandchildren; and his companion, Ann Dean of Shenandoah.

A graveside service was conducted on Saturday, Nov. 4, at McAlister Cemetery by Pastor Carter Dean.

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Ruth B. Woolwine

Ruth Blanche Woolwine, 94, of Tuscarora, Md., died on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at her home.

She was born on Sept. 10, 1922, in the Ida section of Luray and was a daughter of the late John Raymond Miller and Maime Lee Printz Miller.

As a teen, she attended Grace Lutheran Church at Ida before moving to Barnesville, Md. Mrs. Woolwine graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Md., in 1942. She worked at Woodward and Lothrop in Washington, D.C., and at Orme’s Restaurant in Gaithersburg, Md. Her banking career included positions at Maryland National Bank and Suburban Trust Bank. She retired as branch manager with 18 years of service at Sovern Bank at the Department of Energy in Germantown, Md. She was a member of the Upper Montgomery Soroptimist Club and was an avid seamstress and gardener.

Her husband of 42 years, Jesse B. Woolwine, preceded her in death.

She is survived by two sons, John Woolwine of Tuscarora, Md., and W. Roy Woolwine of Mount Airy, Md.; two sisters, Evelyn Thomas of Germantown, Md., and Virginia Woodard of Gaithersburg, Md.; three granddaughters; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Eyler; three brothers, Carl, Max and Alfred Miller; two sisters, Alice Binnix and Reba Windsor; a granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Stauffer Funeral Home by Pastor Tim Simpson. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, Md.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Ave., P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, Md. 21702.

Gwendolyn G. Hays

Gwen Hays, age 74, died peacefully in her sleep early on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Gwen was born on February 13, 1943, in Malone, N.Y. She graduated from high school in Coudersport, Pa., in 1960. At the University of Pittsburgh she was the first ever female in the engineering school with 1,500 men. She received a BS degree in electrical engineering in 1964. She worked for NSA for two years, then for Westinghouse Defense Center (later Northrop Grumman) for 35 years.

Attending night school, she obtained a MBA degree from Loyola University Maryland in 1976. She was a past president of the Baltimore-Washington Section of the Society of Women Engineers. At Westinghouse Gwen became their best program manager. The oral history of her professional career can be found online at “IEEE Gwen Hays.”

After retiring in 2001, Gwen and her husband raised llamas in Rappahannock County, Va. They retired from farming in 2011 and settled in Luray, Va., where she lived until she died. Gwen suffered from four rounds of breast cancer, painful arthritis in her knees, a painful knee replacement and life-long depression.
Gwen is survived by her husband, Clyde Humphrey.

In keeping with Gwen’s express desires, there will not be a memorial service. She will be cremated and her ashes returned to nature.

Donations to the American Cancer Society in her memory are encouraged. (Paid Obituary)

Nellie L. Cubbage

Nellie Louise “Pat” Cubbage, 82, of Stanley, died on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.

She was born on Jan. 19, 1935, in Sneads, Fla., and was a daughter of the late Norton Hill and Bessie Tipton Hill.

On Nov. 17, 1968, she married Ronnie Wendall Cubbage, who survives.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Melissa Campbell of Stanley; two sons, Michael Knight of Stanley, and Bruce Wayne Knight of Monroe, N.C.; two brothers, Thomas Jefferson Hill of Newnan, Ga., and Deloyd Hill of Shenandoah; a sister, Onita Matthews of Valrico, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John and James Hill; and a sister, Marie Lungo.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Stanley Baptist Church by the Rev. Larry Patton and the Rev. Jason Powell. Burial will be in the Cubbage Family Cemetery in Stanley.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Ed Good Memorial Park Walking Trail, P.O. Box 220, Stanley, Va. 22851.

Harry D. Alger

Harry D. “Bucky” Alger, 72, of Shenandoah, died on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at his home.

He was born on Sept. 4, 1945, and was a son of the late Harry and Betty Alger.

Mr. Alger moved from Front Royal to Shenandoah, where he had resided for 18 years. He owned and operated Union Roofing for a number of years and worked in construction. He was an avid sports fan.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Karen Alger, are a stepdaughter, Christine Hoskins of Annapolis, Md.; two sisters, Mary Ann Baggstrom of Blowing Rock, N.C., and Connie Kasadoy of South Carolina; and four step grandchildren.

All services were private.

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Kenneth N. Good

Kenneth N. Good, 80, of Chantilly, formerly of Page County, died on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at Manor Care.

He was born on Sept. 13, 1938, and was a son of the late Arthur and Eula Good.

He is survived by a son, Donald Good of Chantilly. He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth “Little Kenny” Good; two sisters, Carrie Walters and Myrtle Johnson; and two brothers, Lynwood and Arthur G. Good.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Dorothy K. Bass

On April 3, 1929, the world became a better place with the birth of Dorothy Frances Rinaca, and on October 24, 2017, heaven became a better place as it welcomed Dorothy Bass back home.

Dorothy was born in Shenandoah, Virginia, the daughter of Patrick Henry Rinaca and Emma Frances Rinaca.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Phillip, Inman, Lynn and Kenneth Rinaca; and sisters Vivian Rinaca Morris and Margaret Rinaca Higgs.

She is survived by four brothers, Gerald, Allan (Margaret), Melvin (Jean), and Charles Rinaca (Norva); and a sister, Eleanor Sampson.

Dorothy’s world revolved around her faith and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by a daughter, Judy Whittington (David) of Emporia, Virginia, and their children, Rick Whittington (Stephanie), Rebecca Newsome (Nicholas), and Julie Whittington; son Edwin Karnes (Jan) of Sahuarita, Arizona, and their children David Karnes, Angela Cairns, Krista Ziccardy (Daniel), and Timothy Karnes (Christianna); son Wayne Karnes (Rosa) of El Paso, Texas, and his daughter, Susan Karnes; and son Dennis Karnes (Sharon) of Moseley, Virginia, and their daughters, Danielle Winfield (David), and Samantha Karnes. Dorothy also greatly enjoyed each of her 15 great- grandchildren.

Dorothy Bass never met a stranger and made friends easily with a smile and quick wit. She worked hard and sometimes maintained several jobs at the same time to ensure that her children were always cared for and did not go without. She lived and worked in Richmond until her children were grown and then moved to Emporia, Virginia, where she and her daughter opened a peanut shop which became a source of pride for her and a way to talk to strangers, which she loved to do. One of the strangers she bantered back-and-forth with in her store was Presidential candidate Senator Barak Obama, refusing to tell him who she was going to vote for even after his repeated requests.

Dorothy was a woman of great faith and was always active in church and community affairs, including being named mother of the year by the Emporia Junior Women’s Club.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, Emporia, Virginia.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at her childhood church in Shenandoah, Virginia. (Paid Obituary)

Bernice E. Fortner

Bernice Evangeline Fortner, 94, of White Hall, W.Va., died on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, at her home.

She was born on April 4, 1923, in Beverly, W.Va., and was a daughter of the late Early Thomas Judy and Monna Roxie Sponaugle Judy.

Mrs. Fortner was a graduate of Franklin High School, Class of 1941. She was employed by Westinghouse Electric and later Owens-Illinois Glass Company for 37 years. Following retirement, she was an avid bowler, competing in numerous competitions.

Her husband of 55 years, Harold “Bud” Fortner, died in 1999.

She is survived by a son, Harold “Sonny” Fortner of White Hall, W.Va., with whom she resided; two sisters, Ina Kuehl of Pinehurst, N.C., and Patricia Sponaugle of Harrisonburg; three brothers, Gayle Judy of Luray, Earl Judy of Warrenton, and Gary Judy of Lexington; two grandsons; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Ethal Hall; three brothers, Guy, Kermit and Richard Judy; and a granddaughter.

A funeral service was conducted on Friday, Nov. 3, at the Domico Funeral Home in Fairmont, W.Va., by Pastor David Huckins. Burial was in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in White Hall.

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Holmes memorial

A celebration of life service for Elise “Lisa” Holmes of Glen Allen will be held from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12, at The Boathouse at Sunday Park, 4602 Millridge Pkwy., Midlothian.
Memorial contributions may be made to Spencer Kennel, 1405 E. Highway 50, O’Fallon, Ill. 62269.

Justin L. Dovel

Justin Lee Dovel, 89, of Elkton, died on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.

He was born on April 13, 1928, in the Humes Run area of Rockingham County and was a son of the late Ervin Lee Dovel and Joan Elzy Lam Dovel.

On April, 13, 1946, he married Leila Virginia Lam Dovel, who died on Sept. 4, 2012.

Mr. Dovel worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation for a number of years and owned and operated a dairy farm in McGaheysville and Mount Crawford for many years before retiring. He was a member of the Elkton Pentecostal Church and was an avid gardener and fisherman.

He is survived by two daughters, Pearline Good and Debra Seal, both of Elkton; a son, Donnie Dovel of Fort Defiance; a niece raised in the home, Judy Carper of Gaston, S.C.; four sisters, Hilda Plum and Dorthy Wyant, both of Elkton, and Hazel McAlister and Phyllis Slye, both of Shenandoah; four brothers, Isaac, Ernest, Robert and Olen Dovel, all of Elkton; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a grandson.

A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton by Pastor Jim Bebber. Burial was in Eastlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Program for Aging Services, 975 S. High St., Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.

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