Obituaries — Page CountyRoy C. Bell
Roy C. Bell, 79, of Luray, died on Saturday, April 13, 2013.
Mr. Bell was a District native, grew up in South East Washington and graduated from Eastern High School. After serving in the U.S. Army, he worked for the Washington Gas Light Company as a field clerk. He then joined the U.S. Capitol Police Force and was a graduate of the FBI National Academy, retiring as Deputy Chief in 1992.
Mr. Bell was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the York and Scottish Rite, the Shrine, and the Knight’s Templar. He was also a member of the Page United Methodist Church, former president of the Rotary, former president of Crimesolvers, and a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the VFW.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 55 years, Georgia Bell, are a daughter Cynthia Rogers; and three grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, at Page United Methodist Church in Luray.
The family was to receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at Blue Ridge Funeral Service in Luray.
Memorial contributions may be made to Page United Methodist Church.
Kenneth A. Burner
Kenneth Allen Burner, 69, of Stanley, died on Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Stephens City.
He was born on June 24, 1943, in Luray and was a son of the late Melvin K. Burner and Ruth Velvet Comer Burner.
Mr. Burner was owner-operator of a tractor trailer leased with Daily Express and was a member of the New Market Eagles 4264.
He is survived by a son, Ronald Casey Burner of Luray; a brother, Ronald Lee Burner Sr. of Orange City, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Allen Burner Jr.; and a sister, Anna M. Griffith.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Stanley Volunteer Fire Department.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with expenses.
Ivan K. Purdham
Ivan Kenneth Purdham, 92, of Stanley, died on Monday, April 15, 2013, at Winchester Medical Center.
He was born on April 30, 1920, in Stanley and was a son of the late Wylie O. Purdham and Beulah V. Good Purdham.
Mr. Purdham was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a lifelong member of the Stanley United Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer for more than 50 years and as a lay leader.
His first wife, Katherine Dorothy Petefish Purdham, preceded him in death.
On July 27, 1997, he married Margaret Whitesell Gallup Purdham, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Kenny L. Purdham and wife Betty J. Purdham, and Douglas L Purdham and wife Karen Paige Purdham, all of Stanley; two stepsons, Mike Gallup and companion Jen Hillmann of Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., and Steve Gallup and wife Dianne Gallup of Cary, N.C.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Lloyd; and an infant sister, Aileen.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, at the Stanley United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Graves Chapel Cemetery in Stanley, with military honors by the VFW Comer-Jones Post 621 of Luray.
The family was to receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at Stanley United Methodist.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Graves Chapel Church, Stanley United Methodist Church, Stanley Volunteer Fire Department or to the Stanley Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Arrangements were handled by the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray. (Paid Obituary)
LaGretta Alice Rodgers Shifflett, 91, of Elkton, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at her home.
She was born on March 27, 1922, in Elkton and was a daughter of the late George Russell and Stella Estel Propst Rogers.
Mrs. Shifflett grew up in Elkton and was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton, the United Methodist Women, Rebekah Lodge 63 in Shenandoah, E.A.U.S., and volunteered with Meals on Wheels. She retired from Blue Bell in Shenandoah after 31 years of service.
Her husband, Wilmer Clinton Shifflett, preceded her in death.
She is survived by a son, Douglas Shifflett of Elkton; a sister, Betty Jean Suden of Spokane, Wash.; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sons, Terry Lee Morris and Larry Joseph Morris; a daughter, Tappy Gooden; three brothers, Ernest, Fred and Sam Rogers; four sisters, Gladys Hollins, Lucille Hensley, Mildred Rogers and Janet Strickler; and a grandson.
A funeral service was conducted on Saturday, April 13, at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Elkton by the Rev. Robert W. Smith Jr. Burial was in the Elk Run Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 513 E. Spotswood Ave., Elkton, Va. 22827; or to the Elkton Area United Services, P.O. Box 383, Elkton.
Online condolences may be sent to the Shifflett family by visiting www.kygers.com.
Ruby Blanchard, 86, of Newport News, died on Sunday, April 7, 2013.
She was born on May 2, 1926, in Warren County and was a daughter of the late Harrison and Rosie Wood.
Mrs. Blanchard spent her early years in the Shenandoah Valley before moving to the Newport News area. She was an active volunteer.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Hilbert J. Henry and W. Boyce Blanchard.
She is survived by five children, Jerry Henry of Yorktown, Tim Lamb and Barbara Pitchford, both of Newport News, W. Boyce “Bud” Blanchard of Rocky Mount, and Jeannine Blackburn of Troutville; a brother, Roger Wood of Rileyville; two sisters, Barbara Bosley of Stanley, and Julia Mulcahy of Moncks Corner, S.C.; and 18 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil and Harrison Wood; a sister, Isabelle Wheeler; and three children, Betty Burton, Annette Freed and James “Ernie” Blanchard.
The family received friends on Friday, April 12, at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News.
Bessie N. Collier
Bessie Naomi Meadows Collier, 82, of Shenandoah, died on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
She was born on Dec. 28, 1930, in Page County and was a daughter of the late David V. and Lena Taylor Meadows.
Mrs. Collier, prior to her illness, attended the Church of Faith in Shenandoah, where she was baptized.
On July 1, 1949, she married George E. Collier, who died in June 1980.
She is survived by four sons, Donald, Mickey and Barry Collier, all of Shenandoah, and Vernon Collier of Luray; one daughter, Sharon “Sherry” Good of Shenandoah; one sister, Wanda Hogan of Rayville, La., and Elkton; three brothers, Leroy and Page Meadows, both of Elkton, and Larry Meadows of Stuarts Draft; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Clyde, Harry, Roger, Billy and David Meadows; and three sisters, Pauline Meadows, Ester Rimel and Arbutus Conley.
A funeral service was conducted on Monday, April 15, at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church by Pastor Ellen Martin. Burial was private at Jolliet Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 2170 Fleeburg Road, Shenandoah, Va. 22849.
Arrangements were handled by Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.