OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Page County

James E. Buracker
James Edward “Spading” Buracker, 50, of Luray, died on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
He was born on Dec. 9, 1962, in Harrisonburg and was a son of Windle Wayne Buracker and Hester Mae Atkins Buracker of Luray.
Mr. Buracker worked in the maintenance department for the Town of Luray. He was an official for the Harrisonburg Umpires Association and the Shenandoah Basketball Officials Association.
On Jan. 28, 2006, he married the former Pamela Robb Kerkhoff, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his parents and his wife are a daughter, Rebecca K. Griffith of Luray; and four sisters, Sue Whittaker, Vickie Smoot and Melinda Aleshire, all of Luray, and Wendy Kling of Shenandoah.
A memorial service was conducted on Sunday, April 7, at Luray High School by the Rev. Mike Forney.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family for his daughter’s education or to the Luray Little League.

John F. Dofflemyer
Msgt. John Franklin “Johnnie” Dofflemyer, (USAFR, Ret.), 95, of Front Royal, died on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 11, 1917, in Page County and was a son of the late Hiram Jackson Dofflemyer and Mattie B. Jenkins Dofflemyer.
Mr. Dofflemyer served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves in 1972. He also worked for Avtex Fibers in Front Royal and retired as a fork lift operator. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, where he served as an usher for 50 years, and was a member of Knights of Columbus John Carrell Jenkins Council 7771, where he was a 4th Degree Knight. He was also a member and former commander of American Legion Giles B. Cook Post 53, member of VFW Post 1860, and a former member of the Warren County Izaak Walton League, Loyal Order of Moose, BPOE and the Holy Name Society.
His wife of 58 years, Mary T. Hanlon Dofflemyer, preceded him in death.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Norma J. Dofflemyer, are seven children, John Dofflemyer Jr. of Chesapeake, Carol D. Smith of Greensboro, N.C., Barbara A. Bray of Cape Coral, Fla., Robert Dofflemyer of Fredericksburg, Francis “Tony” Dofflemyer of Richmond, Joseph “Joe” Dofflemyer of Front Royal, and Michelle D. Williams of Stephens City; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial was conducted on Monday, April 8, at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church by the Rev. Jerome Fasano. Burial was in Panorama Memorial Gardens with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Giles B. Cook Post 53, 22 W. Eighth St., Front Royal, Va. 22630; or to Knights of Columbus John Carrell Jenkins Council 7771, 120 W. Main St., Front Royal, Va. 22630.

Wanda A. Hudson
Wanda Anne Hudson, 80, of Luray, died on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Whispering Pines Assisted Living.


She was born on June 26, 1932, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Cletus Brubaker Lamb and Mildred Mary Brubaker Lamb.


Mrs. Hudson retired as a secretary from the Page County Treasurer’s Office after 25 years of service. She was a member of Luray United Methodist Church.
On Feb. 3, 1951, she married James B. Hudson, who survives.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Eddie Hudson of Penn Laird, and Steve Hudson of Stockbridge, Ga.; two daughters, Patti Meadows of Penn Laird, and Deborah Anne Hudson of Luray; two sisters, Joyce Herndon of Verona, and Charlene Burrill of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two step grandchildren; and one step great-grandchild.
A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, April 6, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Erich Bennett and Pastor Frank Painter. Burial was in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.
Memorial contributions may be made to Relay For Life, 934 Judy Lane Ext., Stanley, Va. 22851.

Beverly L. Braxton Jr.
Beverly Leon Braxton Jr., 71, of 115 Meade St., Luray, died on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Life Care Center of New Market.
He was born on Aug. 27, 1941, in Hot Springs and was a son of the late Beverly L. Braxton Sr. and Patti J. Jackson Braxton.
Mr. Braxton had worked as a heavy equipment operator for D.A. Foster, with 40 years of service.
On June 22, 1964, he married the former Hazel Jean Burrill, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Beverly L. Braxton III of Harrisonburg; two daughters, Deborah E. Becks and husband William Roger Becks of Elkton, and Angela E. Caison of Luray; two sisters, Phyllis Mack and Carolyn Jackson, both of Hot Springs; a brother, Roger Braxton of Hot Springs; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Braxton.
A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, April 9, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Pastor Archie Webster. Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery in Luray. (Paid Obituary)

Billy M. Hitt
Billy Mark Hitt, 74, of Strasburg, died on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Winchester.
He was born on May 6, 1938, in Shenandoah and was a son of Virginia Aleshire Hitt of Luray and the late Coe Willie Hitt.
Mr. Hitt was a member of the Lebanon Lutheran Church, Strasburg Moose Lodge 403 and was retired from Moore Brothers Construction with 33 years of service. He was a crane operator, a welder and did a number of jobs for Moore Bros. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Surviving with his mother are his wife, Carolyn Pangle Hitt; two daughters, Sharon Hitt Alexiou of Leesburg, and Marsha Ann Myers of Vinton; four brothers, Coe W. Hitt Jr. of Elkton, Jerry and David Hitt, both of Shenandoah, and John Hitt of Luray; two sisters, Janie Stewart of Shenandoah, and Katie Good of Luray; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy and Ronald Hitt; and a sister, Peggy Knight.
A funeral service was conducted on Sunday, April 7, at Lebanon Lutheran Church by Pastor J.D. Cutlip. Burial was in the Lebanon Church Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice Inc., 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, Va. 22601; or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310, White Plains, N.Y. 10605.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.stoverfuneralhome.com.

Gregory A. Miller
Gregory Allen Miller, 45, of Luray, died on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Page Memorial Hospital.
He was born on May 19, 1967, in Luray and was a son of Eldon Lynwood and Margaret Williams Miller of Luray.
Mr. Miller was a 1985 graduate of Luray High School. Following graduation, he worked for Wrangler in Luray for a number of years as a service machine mechanic. Upon leaving Wrangler, he was employed by George Mason University in Fairfax as a carpenter. He was a member of the Morning Star Lutheran Church in Luray and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
On Sept. 19, 1992, he married the former Debbie Sue Good, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his parents and his wife are a daughter, Megan N. Miller of Luray; a sister, Linda Lowry of Stanley; and four nieces. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elzie T. and Effie Williams, and Philip and Vilottie Miller, all of Luray.
A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, April 6, at the Morning Star Lutheran Church by the Rev. Jeffrey D. Marble. Burial was in the Morning Star Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Morning Star Lutheran Church, 424 Valleyburg Rd., Luray, Va. 22835.

James S. Wright
James Scott Wright, 35, of 703 Printz Mill Rd., Luray, died on Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Burkeville.
He was born on Sept. 30, 1977, in Elkhart, Ind., and was a son of Jo Ann Barnett Yager of Charleston, W.Va., and the late Thomas Scott Wright.
Surviving in addition to his mother are a son, James Wright of White Pine, Tenn.; a brother, Thomas G. Wright of Luray; his fiancee, Linda Good of Luray; his grandmother, Lorraine Wright of White Pine, Tenn.; his grandfather, James Barnett of Charleston, W.Va.; a niece, Tayla Wright of Luray; and a nephew, Ezra Wright of Stanley.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. (Paid Obituary)

Brendan H. Deane
Brendan “Brent” H. Deane, 25, of Elkton, passed away Wednesday April 3, 2013.
He was born November 9, 1987, in Harrisonburg, Va. Surviving parents are his father, Donnie D. Deane of Shenandoah, and his mother, Vicki R. Tolsma and husband Robert of McGaheysville.
Brent graduated in 2006 from Spotswood High School. He enjoyed sports, fishing and hunting. His greatest love was music and loved playing his guitar. He was formerly employed at K.V.K. in Shenandoah and Lowe’s in Ruckersville. Brent was a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Elkton.
Brent is survived by his sister, Erica Comer and husband Brad and their children, Hailey and Aidan of Shenandoah; his stepbrother, Dakota Tolsma of Elkton; his paternal grandparents, Delmer “Diz” and Jackie Deane of Elkton; an uncle, Scott Ruffner of Stanley; an aunt, Dale Hensley of Charlottesville; and a number of cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Philip E. and Fern Ruffner of Shenandoah; and an aunt, Terry Palmer of Shenandoah.
A memorial service was conducted on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton by the Rev. James B. Martin Sr. Burial was private.
The family received friends at the funeral home prior to the memorial service on Saturday.
Memorial donations may be made to the VA Wildlife Center, 1800 S. Delphine Avenue, Waynesboro, Va. 22980.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.kygers.com. (Paid Obituary)

Ronnie L. Street
Ronnie Lee Street, 62, of Luray, died on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at Page Memorial Hospital.
He was born on July 15, 1950, in Rowe and was a son of the late Anthony Wayne Street and Edith Mae Hess Street.
Mr. Street worked as a carpenter.
He is survived by four brothers, Kellis Eugene Street of Rowe, Needem Carl “Fuzzy” Street of Winchester, Michael Wayne Street of Manassas, and Randy Street of Nokesville; four sisters, Jean Darmon of Topping, Diane Ennis of Catlett, Suzie Fuller of Ohio, and Kathy Cottrill of Nokesville; and his fiancee, Sarah Sue Bone of Luray. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Lewis Street
A fu neral service was conducted on Saturday, April 6, at the Bradley Funeral Home by Dr. Charles Jolley. Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Luray.

Ernest Pritchett Jr.
Ernest Lewis “Buddy” Pritchett Jr., 75, of Winchester, died on Friday, April 5, 2013, at Heritage Hall in Front Royal.
He was born on June 9, 1937, in Rappahannock County and was a son of the late Ernest Lewis Pritchett Sr. and Nellie Lillard Pritchett.
His wife, Lina Pritchett, preceded him in death.
Mr. Pritchett was a retired painter and an avid golfer.
He is survived by eight siblings, Mary Smith, Edna Scott, Doris Dawson, Joyce Parsons, Shirley Williams and Sandra Stocktinski, all of Front Royal, Robert Pritchett of Rileyville, and Janet Lafferty of Stanley; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Ernest Lee Pritchett; and a sister, Edna Whitworth.
A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, April 9, at Maddox Funeral Home. Burial was in the Prospect Hill Cemetery.

Charlotte Lucas
Charlotte Lucas, 94, of 121 N. Court St., Luray, died on Friday, April 5, 2013, at MontVue Nursing Home.
She was born on July 4, 1918, in Stanley and was a daughter of the late Ernest Lee and Mattie Lee Dinges.
On June 1, 1937, she married Raymond Arnold Lucas Sr., who died April 17, 2000.
She is survived by a son, Raymond A. Lucas Jr. and wife Juanita of Luray; two daughters, Barbara A. Stroupe and husband Charlie, and Deborah L. Jenkins and husband Larry, all of Luray; three grandsons, Chuck Stroupe of Luray, Jason Jenkins and wife Jennifer of Luray, and Spencer Lucas and wife Carrie of Lafayette, Ind.; two granddaughters, Kristi Cubbage and husband Chad of Stanley, and Tina Clark and husband Eddie of Dayton; and seven great-grandchildren, Lindsay Stroupe, Natelie Cubbage and Olivia Cubbage, all of Stanley, Caeley Brashears of Luray, Marcus Beahm of Fredericksburg, Lucas Clark of Dayton, and Campbell Lucas of Lafayette, Ind.

 She was preceded in death by five sisters, Dollie Getz, Catherine M. Housden, Lucille A. Housden, Louella V. Knott and Hilda Weakley; and five brothers, Robert Lee, Rudolph “Doc,” Garland “Ike,” Herbert “Beady” and Howard Russell Dinges.
A funeral service was conducted on Monday, April 8, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Gary Nicholson. Burial was in the Leaksville Cemetery in Luray.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Luray Volunteer Fire Department, 1 Firehouse Lane, Luray, Va. 22835; or to the Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 266, Luray, Va. 22835. (Paid Obituary)

Barbara A. Short
Barbara Ann Hartley Short, 70, of Luray, died on Friday, April 5, 2013.


She was born on July 1, 1942, in Winchester and was the daughter of the late Dallas Hartley Sr. and Minnie F. Donald Hartley.


She was a librarian at Kanawha County Public Library in Charleston, W.Va., and at the Page Public Library in Luray. She had worked at Sears Roebuck in Winchester and was a member of the Morning Star Lutheran Church in Luray.
Barbara married Gerald K. Short on March 15, 1964, who passed away July 28, 2006.
She is survived by a son, Christopher Short of Luray; a daughter, Monica Arnold and son-in-law Marc of Charleston, W.Va.; a brother, Dallas Hartley and sister-in-law Carolyn of Winchester; two granddaughters, Chelsea Arnold, and Ciara Floyd and husband Brian of Charleston, W.Va.; a brother-in-law, David Short and wife Teresa of Luray; and a sister-in-law, Susan Short of Oklahoma. She is also survived by a loving niece and nephews; and by fiance Jacob E. Fox of Luray.
A funeral service was conducted on Monday, April 8, at the Morning Star Lutheran Church in Luray by Pastor Jeffrey Marble. Burial was in the Morning Star Lutheran Cemetery.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Morning Star Relay For Life Team, in care of Carolyn Burner, 736 Fairview Rd., Luray, Va. 22835; or to the Page SPCA, P.O. Box 62 Luray, Va. 22835. (Paid Obituary)
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