Obituaries — Page CountyMargaret Baliles
Margaret Jean Baliles, 92, of Luray, died on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
She was born on April 18, 1921, in Luray and was a daughter of the late Eldon V. Rickard and Geneva Mae Dofflemyer Rickard.
Mrs. Baliles was a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School, Class of 1939. She worked for the FBI, Commerce Department, Department of the Air Force and the Department of Defense. She was a member of the Luray United Methodist Church, UDC, Red Hat Society, Luray Caverns Country Club Ladies Association, Town and Country Supper Club, Page County Heritage Association and the Chesapeake Yacht Club in Shady Side, Md.
On Feb. 28, 1942, she married Maurice Dylon Baliles, who died on July 25, 2007.
She is survived by two sisters, Barbara Jennings and Vivian “Tib” Slye, both of Luray. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Nancy Mae Goode and Dorothy Whitaker.
A funeral service was conducted on Sunday, June 16, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Erich Bennett. Burial was in the Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.
Memorial donations may be made to the Luray Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 266, Luray, Va. 22835; or to a charity of choice.
Journey Cubbage Jr.
Journey Allen Cubbage Jr., 46, of Stanley, died on Monday, June 17, 2013.
He was born on Nov. 15, 1966, in Luray and was a son of the late Journey Allen Cubbage Sr. and Nancy Jean Dallas Cubbage.
Mr. Cubbage worked for Delaware North Corporation, with 20 years of service in the maintenance department. He was a member of Lighthouse Tabernacle in New Market.
On Feb. 16, 2013, he married the former Kathy Ann Turner, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a stepson, Michael Odell Rexrode Jr. of Timberville; and his grandmother, Lucille Cubbage of Stanley.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, at Lighthouse Tabernacle by the Rev. Charles Clinedinst. Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Luray.
The family was to receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at the church.
Charles R. Nester
Charles Ray Nester, 68, of Luray, died on Friday, June 7, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Nov. 14, 1944, in Laurel Fork and was a son of the late Jesse and Alpha Mae Collier Nester.
Mr. Nester served in the United States Army and spent 23 years as a manager at Wrangler.
On Sept. 2, 1967, he married the former Brenda Bond, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a sister, Nancy Slusher of Falls Church; a brother, Leon Nester of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Cosby Cox and Melvina Roberts; and a brother, Hugh Paunee Nester.
A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, June 11, at the Vaughan-Guynn McGrady Funeral Home Chapel in Hillsville by the Rev. Eric Bennett. Burial was in the Nester Cemetery in Laurel Fork.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation, P.O. Box 79563, Baltimore, Md. 21279.
Miles Portlock III
Miles Franklin Portlock III, 66, of Greenville, N.C., died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Vidant Inpatient Hospice.
He was born on June 29, 1946, in Newport News and was a son of the late Miles and Jacqueline Portlock.
Mr. Portlock grew up in Orkney Springs, assisting his family in running their resort hotel, now known as Mont. He was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School in Mount Jackson and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, earning numerous medals. He worked in the freight industry, retiring in 2013 to Greenville.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 25 years, Linda Krebs Portlock, are four children, Scot Christman of Fredericksburg, Rebecca Christman of Richmond, Kathryn Barrett of Milton, Fla., and Anne Phelps of Richmond; a sister, Victoria Thomas of Luray; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Orkney Springs at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 22.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675.
Friends may send online condolences by visiting www.jimmysawyerfdl.com.
Bobby Lewis Keyser, 79, of The Plains, died on Friday, June 14, 2013, at Fauquier Health and Rehabilitation. He was born in Luray on July 13, 1933, a son of Bessie and James Keyser.
A resident of Fauquier County since 1950, Mr. Keyser was a retired tree surgeon and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
His wife, Alice Pauline “Polly” Keyser, preceded him in death.
Survivors include two daughters; Elizabeth Diane Grimes of Evington, Va., and Raejean Keyser Mercer of The Plains. Mr. Keyser was the proud grandfather of Elizabeth Ann Carroll, Paul Mercer III, Tracy N. Snyder and Matthew Phillips, and great-grandfather of Tyler Devers and Hailey Snyder.
The family received friends on Sunday, June 16, 2013 from 7-9 p.m. at Moser Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held at Moser Funeral Home at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 17, with Dr. Vinton Williams officiating. Interment was in Marshall Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 8803 James Madison Hwy., Warrenton, Va. 20187. (Paid Obituary)
Larry T. Breeden
Larry Thomas Breeden, 66, of Luray, died on Sunday, June 16, 2013, at MontVue Nursing Home.
He was born on June 3, 1947, in Luray and was a son of the late Thomas Lee Breeden and Augusta Cloude Breeden.
On June 28, 1966, he married the former Mary Ann Lang, who died on July 31, 2010.
He is survived by two sons, William Doyle Breeden and Larry Dale Breeden, both of Luray; a grandson who was raised in the family home, Daniel Lee Breeden of Luray; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Quentin Parlett. Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery in Luray.
A memorial service for James Sigler will be held at 2 p.m. this Saturday, June 22, at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.
David A. Dean
David Allen Dean, 54, of Elkton, died on Friday, June 14, 2013, at his home.
He was born on July 27, 1958, in Rockingham County and was a son of Reva E. Meadows Shifflett and the late Hensel Lee Dean.
Mr. Dean attended Montevideo High School and the White Hill Church of the Brethren in Stuarts Draft. He owned and operated David Dean Construction and was also an over-the-road truck driver.
He married the former Patricia “Patti” Hollingsworth, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his mother and his wife are three daughters, Jennifer Dean Thomas of Stanley, Amber Dean of West Virginia, and Kayla Dean of Elkton; a stepson, Ralph Mace of Mount Solon; two stepdaughters, Tiffany Newlen of Stuarts Draft, and Jessica Newlen of Waynesboro; a brother, Nolan Dean of Elkton; a sister, Patricia “Pat” Housden of Harrisonburg; three grandchildren; a step granddaughter; his stepfather, Lewis Shifflett; and his stepmother, Shirlee Dean.
A graveside service was conducted at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at the Elk Run Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Kyger Funeral Home, 115 Nicholson Road, Elkton, Va. 22827, to help with funeral expenses.
Ralph E. Sprong
Ralph Edward Sprong, 75, of 902 Fleeburg Rd., Shenandoah, went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 14, 2013.
He was born on March 17, 1938, in Illinois and was a son of the late Waltman Sprong and Ruby Gauntt.
The Rev. Sprong was a veteran of the United States Navy, having served as a machinist for 20 years. He was a graduate of Eastern Mennonite University and served as pastor at Oak Grove Methodist Church, Grove Hill Methodist Church, Stanley Methodist Church, Bethlehem Christian Church and various independent churches. He also worked as a postal carrier in Stanley for nine years.
On March 3, 1965, he married the former Linda Marie Howland, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Denise A. Ambrose and husband Scott Ambrose of Stanley; two sons, Eric L. and Mark W. Sprong, both of Shenandoah; and two grandchildren, Megan Rodgers and fiance A.J. Good of Harrisonburg, and Michael Ambrose of Stanley.
A funeral service was conducted on Monday, June 17, at the Shenandoah Pentecostal Church by Pastor Gary Saler, the Rev. Dickie Campbell and Pastor Leroy Hulvey.
Memorial contributions may be made to World Vision, 2300 S. Garfield Ave., Commerce, Calif. 90040. (Paid Obituary)
Eva K. Price
Eva Katheryn Price, 90, of Luray, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Page Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient four days. She had been a resident at MontVue Nursing Home for the past three years.
Mrs. Price was born June 7, 1923, in Stanley, a daughter of the late William Lester and Cora Ellen Jenkins Seal.
On Jan. 19, 1942, she married Elmer Harold Price, who died June 23, 2006.
Mrs. Price was a member of Luray Christian Disciples of Christ Church. She sang in the choirs of Luray and Bethlehem Christian churches for more than 50 years. She retired in 1987 from Leggett Department Store in Luray, where she had worked for 13 years as a sales clerk. She continued to work part time until 1991.
Mrs. Price is survived by a son, Donnie Price and wife Sue of Luray, and two daughters, Bonnie Ellis and husband Bennie, and Sue Carol Keyton, all of Luray; seven grandchildren, Cheryl Petefish of Stanley, Randy Ellis of Crozet, Kurt Ellis of Shenandoah, Lori Snidow of Chesterfield, Amy Azano of Blacksburg, Korey Keyton Schwartz of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Kathy Keyton of Wilmington, N.C.; 13 great-grandchildren, Casey and Taylor Petefish, Austin Ellis, Anna Brown, Madison and Tanner Ellis, Blake, Nate and Cam Snidow, Kadriana Keyton, Tyler Schwartz, and Eve and William Azano. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Elsie Beahm and Myrtle Oakes.
A funeral service was conducted on Friday, June 14, 2013, at the Bradley Funeral Home by the Rev. Stan Peerless and the Rev. Warren Brubaker. Burial was at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.
Pallbearers were Randy Ellis, Kurt Ellis, Austin Ellis, Wayne Petefish, Dave Snidow and Corey Schwartz.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Luray Christian Church Disciples of Christ Memorial Fund, 2 Amiss Ave., Luray, Va. 22835. (Paid Obituary)
Samuel P. Saufley
Samuel Paul Saufley, 59, of Grottoes, and more recently of Elkton, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013.
Sam was born in Harrisonburg on June 6, 1954, and was a son of LaRue “Bitsy” (Eddins) Saufley of Grottoes and the late Paul M. Saufley.
Sam served as adult education supervisor and teacher at Valley Vocational Tech Center. Sam received a National Heritage Conservation Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution for planning historical renovation work on the Grandma Moses House on Saturday, March 6, 2004. He also served as a guest professor at JMU, Virginia Tech and EMU. He and his fiancee co-owned the Dogwood Pet Lodge in Elkton.
Sam touched so many lives with his kind loving gentle nature and eagerly shared his vast knowledge with anyone. He was a lifelong member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Weyers Cave.
He was engaged to Brenda Jolly of Elkton, who survives.
Samuel is survived by two sons, Erik H. Saufley of Harrisonburg, and Nick E. Saufley and partner Robert Saufley of Bridgewater; a sister, Gail S. Higgins (Frank) of Covington, Va.; nieces and nephews, Ryan M. Higgins (Liane) and great niece Madeline of Charlotte, N.C., and Laura M. Higgins of Harrisonburg; Brenda’s children, Shelley Liddle (Tony) of Elkton, Robin Hensley (Josh) of Elkton, Michael Jolly of Culpeper, Anthony Smoot of Elkton, and Charles Jolly (Crystal) of Wakefield, Va.; seven grandchildren, Derek Liddle, Carly Liddle, MaKenzie Jolly, Gabbi Hensley, Ryan Hensley, Tori Smoot, and Travis Jolly. He is also survived by his first wife, Debra Huffman, mother of his children. Sam was preceded in death by a son, Luke Samuel Saufley.
A memorial service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Weyers Cave Community Center, with the Rev. Jim Harris officiating. Burial will be private.
Friends may call the home of Bitsy Saufley on Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sam Saufley Scholarship, 49 Hornet Road, Fishersville, Va. 22939.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com. (Paid Obituary)