Obituaries — Page County
Ralph E. Davis
Ralph Elwood “Johnny” Davis, formerly of Mount Airy, Md., died on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas.
He was born on Dec. 14, 1926, in Shenandoah at Naked Creek and was a son of Lloyd and Verbena Davis.
His family relocated to Baltimore, Md., from Shenandoah. As a teenager, he worked loading trains at Camden Yards. Mr. Davis was a Navy veteran. He worked as a millwright for Bethlehem Steel for 40 years until his retirement. He was an avid gardener.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Teresa “Terry” Davis, who died in 1981.
He survived by two daughters Diana Bachman of Hagerstown, Md., and Laura Davis of Ijamsville, Md.; his wife and two stepdaughters of San Antonio, Texas; and a stepdaughter of Brisbane, Australia.
There are no services planned at this time.
Eunice Helen Buracker, 83, of Stanley, died on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012.
She was born on Sept. 15, 1928, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late William Albert Nease and Viola Cathern Offenbacker Nease.
Mrs. Buracker attended Stanley High School and was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Pine Grove.
On Feb. 10, 1949, she married Billy Vernell Buracker, who died on Sept. 1, 2003.
She is survived by a son, Billy Vernell Buracker of Stanley; two daughters, Kathryn G. Lam of Stanley, and Nancy Jo Buracker of Rileyville; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert “Paul,” Glen and Edward Nease.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 420 Neff Ave., Suite 110, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.
Ethel M. Painter
Ethel Mae “Susie” Painter, 88, of Stanley, was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. She was the daughter of Russell “Pete” Painter and Ervilla C. Short Painter.
On July 11, 1944, she married L. Adolph “Duke” Painter, who preceded her in death on August 8, 1986.
She is survived by her loving children, Bonnie Bradley and Brenda Gochenour, both of Luray, Rusty Painter, Becky and Chuck Short, Tammy and Rob Smelser, Lori Nealis and Jacob Baugher, and Wanda Tharpe, all of Stanley.
Also surviving are: grandchildren, Karen Weakley, Suzanna Painter, Stephanie Bond, Krista Nealis and Maegan Kibler, all of Stanley, Jason Gochenour, Bobby Jo and Larry Seekford of Luray, Eric Sours and Cassindy Baker of Timberville; great-grandchildren, Taylor Weakley, Sydney Weakley, Gavin Henry and MaeKayla Kibler, all of Stanley, Brianna and Mason Seekford of Luray, and Kristian Sours of Bridgewater; one sister, Lorraine Kitts of Stanley; other loved ones, Bubba Gochenour of Luray, Cheryl Painter of Stanley, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was proceeded in death by a son, Rickie A. Painter; a sister, Edna Bradley Rosenfield; two brothers, David “Bud” Painter and Russell J. “Jack” Painter; and son-in-law Page Bradley.
Services were held at Stanley Baptist Church on Saturday, September 1, 2012, with interment at the Stanley Advent Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stanley Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department or to an organization of your choice. (Paid Obituary)
Raymond E. Fox
Raymond Eugene Fox, 72, of Chiefland, Fla., died on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville, Fla.
He was born on Sept. 26, 1939, in Luray and was a son of the late Raymond Leo Fox and Ruth Marie Bradley Fox
Mr. Fox was a general contractor and a veteran of the United States Navy. He had resided in Rileyville until 2004, when he moved to Florida. He was an avid fisherman and photographer.
He is survived by three daughters, Tamara “Tammy” Fox Mangleburg of Plantation, Fla., Amy Fox Jansson of Fredericksburg, and Jean Fox Green of Richmond; a son, Steven Fox of Fredericksburg; two brothers, Bobby Fox of Luray, and Earl Fox of Harrisonburg; five sisters, Doris Judd and Eileen Sours, both of Luray, Garnetta Luscombe and Mable Stich, both of Topeka, Kan., and Lennis Marlow of Front Royal; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Curt Fox; and two sisters, Muriel Henry and Hattie Fern Jenkins.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Morning Star Lutheran Church by the Rev. Jeff Marble.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Bradley Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VFW Comer-Jones Post 621, 218 Veterans Lane, Luray, Va. 22835.
H.F. Karnes Jr.
H.F. Karnes Jr., 71, of Shenandoah, died on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
He was born on June 8, 1941, in Harrisonburg and was a son of the late Henry F. and Daphna Harris Karnes.
Mr. Karnes grew up in Shenandoah but moved to Hagerstown, Md., in his youth. He graduated from South Hagerstown High School in 1959 and attended the University of Maryland at College Park. He served in the United States Army from 1961-1964, where he was a member of the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence and served on the staff and faculty of the U.S. Army Intelligence School at Fort Holabird, Md. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.
He was a member of the St. Peter Lutheran Church and was past master of the Ashlar Lodge No. 125 in Shenandoah, Luray Royal Arch Chapter 4, was past commander of the Luray Commandery No. 19 and a member of the American MENSA. He was production manger at Genie Company where he worked from 1965-2004. He was an avid gardener.
On July 1, 1966, he married Eleanor McCoy Karnes, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Henry F. Karnes III of Shenandoah, and Randal Good of Luray; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Services were private.
Memorial contribution s may be made to the Shenandoah Volunteer Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, Va. 22849; or to the Page County Animal Shelter, 1261 Goodrich Rd, Stanley, Va. 22835.
Roberta K. Davis
Mrs. Roberta Kay Burner Davis, 67, of Harrisonburg, Va., died August 29, 2012, after a long illness.
She was the daughter of the late John Thomas and Bernice Catherine Jones Burner of Luray, Va.
She graduated from Luray High School Class of 1963.
She is survived by her three children, Mr. John Anthony Burner of Luray, Va., Mrs. Aimee Jill Green of Manchester, N.H., and Mr. Timothy Andrew Davis of Harrisonburg, Va. One of her joys in life was her granddaughter, Karah Nicole Davis of Churchville, Va.
Services were private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, Virginia chapter. (Paid Obituary)
Derrell E. Shifflett
Derrell Elwood Shifflett, 65, of Elkton, died on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Dec. 23, 1946, in Harrisonburg and was a son of Elwood Clegg and Reba Edith Lam Shifflett of Elkton.
Mr. Shifflett grew up in Elkton and was a 1965 graduate of Elkton High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He worked at Reynolds Aluminum and was a car salesman for more than 25 years at several area dealerships. He had owned and operated the Elkton Motel since 1995. He was a member of the Shenandoah Moose Lodge and the Gooden Brothers VFW Post 9292 in Elkton.
On April 20, 1966, he married Margie Ann Rodeffer Shifflett, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his parents and wife are two sons, Derrick S. and Troy A. Shifflett, both of Elkton; a daughter, Beth S. Perrier of Elkton; two brothers, Larry W. and Gary A. Shifflett, both of Elkton; and seven grandchildren.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton by the Rev. Gerald Meeks. Burial will follow at Elk Run Cemetery in Elkton with military rites by the Gooden Brothers VFW Post 9292.
The family was to receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the funeral home. The casket will remain closed.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the RMH Hospice, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.kygers.com.
Curtis L. Woodward
Curtis Lee Woodward, 48, of 603 W. Main, Apt. 4, Luray, died on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at Winchester Medical Center.
He was born on Aug. 18, 1964, in Albemarle and was a son of Lewis Mack Woodward of Washington and Betsy Belle Berry Woodward of Luray.
Mr. Woodward worked as a security guard for American Security.
On Nov. 24, 1989, he married the former Sally Louise Shifflett, who preceded him in death.
Surviving in addition to his parents are his stepmother, Bernice B. Woodward of Washington; a sister, Janet M. Leake and husband Ronald Leake of Luray; a brother, Wayne Alan Woodward and wife Sharon Woodward of Washington; a stepbrother, John Lee Jr. and wife Darlene Lee of Culpeper; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clint Lewis Woodward.
A funeral service was conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Daniel D. Herring and the Rev. Bobby Jenkins. Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Luray. (Paid Obituary)
Albert J. Judd
Albert Joseph Judd, 79, of Luray, died on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.
He was born on Nov. 27, 1932, and was a son of the late B.F. Judd and Eva C. Strickler Judd Painter.
Mr. Judd was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. In 1967, he began his career as a police officer for the Town of Luray working through the ranks, retiring in 1996 as police chief. Following retirement, Mr. Judd worked at the Luray Wal-Mart for 11 years. He was an active Mason and member of the Luray Lafayette Lodge No. 137, Luray Royal Arch Chapter 4, Luray Commandery No. 19 and was a former Shriner.
On Aug. 9, 1967, he married the former Doris F. Seal, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Faith Cubbage and Cynthia Hamilton, both of Luray; a son, Albert Joseph Judd Jr. of Harrisonburg; a brother, Mark Judd of Waynesboro; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, B. Allen Judd; a brother, Frank Judd; and a sister, Mary Nimmo.
A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Pastor Chris Walk er. Burial was in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray, with Masonic rites and military honors by the VFW Comer-Jones Post 621.
Morris R. Jeffries
Morris Russell Jeffries, 82, of Luray, died on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012.
He was born on Jan. 17, 1930, in Amissville and was a son of the late Howard Wilson Jeffries and Mary Dorothy Campbell Jeffries.
On April 16, 1951, he married the former Viola Marie Tutt, who preceded him in death.
He is survived by two sons, Nolan Dale and Columbus Howard “Jim” Jeffries, both of Luray; a daughter, Sylvia A. “Sibbie” Jeffries of Luray; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Morris R. “Sonny” Jeffries Jr.; four sisters, Fannie Wilma Jeffries, Lillian Mae Green, Dorothy Wigginton and Lydia Jeffries; and three brothers, Hubert H., David M. and Howard Wilson Jeffries.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, at the Bethel Baptist Church by Pastor Stephanie Callwood. Burial will be in the Bundy Family Cemetery in Luray.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Bradley Funeral Home.