Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Herbert C. Gearing Jr.

Herbert C. "Bud" Gearing Jr., 98, of Maurertown, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Dutch Haven Nursing Home.

A graveside service was held Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 11 a.m. in National Memorial Park in Falls Church, Virginia. Pastor Joe Fleming officiated.

The family received friends Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

Mr. Gearing was born June 4, 1917 in Florida. He was the son of the late Herbert and Madelene Michener Gearing.

He served in the U.S. Army during WW II.

He loved hunting rabbits with his beagle dogs and was an avid organic gardener.

He was preceded in death by his wife Arvilla Dellinger Gearing; three children; and two siblings.

He is survived by two grandchildren, Lisa Kimbrough and Herbert C. Gearing IV; and six great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., Winchester, Virginia 22601.

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Bruce L. Hall

Bruce Lane Hall, 67, of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at his home.

A funeral service was held Friday, March 18, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock. Pastor George Bowers officiated.
Burial will be private.

Bruce was born Aug. 8, 1948 in Pittsburgh. He was the son of the late James and Paula Pyle Hall.

He graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor's Degree in English Education.

He served in the United States Army, receiving the National Defense Service Medal.

He retired from Strasburg High School after 33 years as a teacher and coach for the girls' and boys' basketball teams and girls' softball team.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife, Kay Hall; one son, Michael D. Hall; two daughters, Jessica Armstrong and Laura Patton; a sister, Lucinda Black; a brother, Drew Hall; and six grandchildren.

The family received friends Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Bruce's love of his life was his wife, children, six grandchildren and his dog, Zoey; also Strasburg High School and his students.

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Amelia V. McAboy

Amelia Virginia “Wookie” McAboy, age 73, a resident of Winchester, Va. passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016 at her home in Winchester.

A graveside service for Mrs. McAboy was conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at St. Stephens Cemetery, Strasburg, Va. with Evangelist Charles Doughty who officiated.

She was born in Frederick County, Va. on Oct. 10, 1942 a daughter of the late Wilco Lattney McAboy, Sr. and Lena Mae Lonas McAboy.

She was a member of the Church of Christ at Mountain View in Winchester, Va.

Wookie loved her teddy bears, watching CSI and shopping.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by siblings, ODella “Sis” Atkins, Marshall McAboy, Sidney McAboy, Henry McAboy and Betty McAboy.

She is survived by two sisters, Rachel Neff and husband, Ronald and Shirley Gail McAboy and a brother, Wilco L. McAboy and wife, Marion all of Winchester, Va.

Pallbearers will be George Shimp, Gundy Sea bright, Harry “Connie” Loy, Richard Carter, Zachariah Carter, and Timmy Neff.

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.

You may sign the guest book online at www.stoverfunerlhome.come.

Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va. is serving the family of Mrs. McAboy.

William A. Messerley

William Allen “Wild Bill” Messerley, 68, of Harrisonburg, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2016, at Harrisonburg Health and Rehab.

Mr. Messerley was born May 27, 1947, in Harrisonburg and was a son of Geraldine Weaver Messerley and the late James Garland Messerley.

Bill was a longtime truck driver, having worked for North and South, Hartman’s, Frazier Quarry, Rocco and V&M Trucking. Bill was an avid CB radio enthusiast. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and pigeon rancher. Bill was a longtime member of the Harrisonburg Eagles Aerie 4150.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Charlton Messerley.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, Richard “Rick” A. Messerley and wife, Shawna, and two grandchildren, Autumn and Shane, all of Timberville; sister, Linda Messerley Eastep and husband, Wilson, of Woodstock; brothers, James G. Messerley Jr. and wife, Wanda, and Virgil E. Messerley and wife, Gloria, all of Harrisonburg; and many nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Tuesday, March 22, 2016, from 6 until 8 p.m. at McMullen Funeral Home to celebrate his life. There will be no other formal services.

A private burial will be held at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions may be made to the SPCA, P.O. Box 413, Harrisonburg, Va. 22803.

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Hazel B. Miley

Hazel B. Walters Miley, 90, of Maurertown, passed away March 16, 2016.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. in Sunset View Memorial Gardens, Woodstock.

Arrangements were handled by Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock.

John D. Miller Jr.

John Darrell Miller Jr., 64, of Mt. Jackson, died Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

Mr. Miller was born July 1, 1951 in Shenandoah County, son of the late John Darrell Miller Sr. and Arlena Mae Fadely Miller.

He was a member of the Mt. Jackson Moose Lodge # 979.

He is survived by his significant other, Nancy Cooper.
 Also surviving are two daughters, Chrystal Ponn and Misty Miller; a son, John Miller III; a sister, Joan Henry; two brothers, Danny Miller and Gerald Miller; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson with Pastor Freddie Helsley who officiated.

The family received friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Jackson Rescue and Fire Department, P.O. Box 251, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842.

Cremation arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

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Nellie I. Porterfield

Mrs. Nellie Irene Porterfield, 92, of Silver Spring, Maryland and formerly of New Market passed away Monday, March 14, 2016 at her residence.

She was born Sept. 19, 1923 at New Market and was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Schweinfurt Tusing.

Mrs. Porterfield was a graduate of New Market High School and was a retired administrative assistant with the United State Marine Corps.

She is survived by a son, William R. (Bob) Porterfield of Silver Spring, Md.; grandchildren, Matthew and Elizabeth and great granddaughter, Mikayla.

The Rev. Jeffrey Sonafelt will conduct a committal service 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2 at Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in New Market.

Cremation arrangements by Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

Stanley D. Price

Stanley D. Price, 90, of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home.

A graveside service was held Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Sunset View Memorial Gardens. Reverend Charles Symons officiated.

Stanley was born Oct. 11, 1925 in Woodstock, Virginia. He was the son of the late Alvin and Nell Hyde Price.

He was a retired educator from the Shenandoah County Schools.

He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and later retired from the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of the Woodstock Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Woodstock American Legion Post # 199.

He graduated from Madison College with a Master's in Education.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Lee Price; a son, Donald Pierce; a daughter, Denise Broy; two sisters, Eleanor Sexton and Geraldine Seiler; and three brothers, Alvin Price Jr., Jack Price and Bruce Price.

He is survived by a daughter, Susan Crider and husband Aaron of Woodstock; a son, Richard Pierce and wife Annette of Timberville; 10 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Woodstock Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 142 E. Court Street, Woodstock, Va. 22664.

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Don Richards

Warren County resident Don Richards died on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Lynn Care Center, Front Royal, Virginia.

Don was born on Feb. 1, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. Don was the son of the late Henry and Bessie Resnikoff.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Harriett R. Metzendorf.

He graduated from Syracuse University, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Communications.

Don was a veteran having served in the United States Navy during World War II. He spent his entire career as a radio/television broadcaster and media performer.

After graduating high school in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Don enlisted in the United States Navy. He served aboard Navy Destroyer, the USS Hyman.

Following his naval service, Don entered Syracuse University majoring in communications and graduating in 1951. His first broadcast job as an announcer was with WFBL in Syracuse, NY. That same year he transferred to WIBX, Utica, New York as an announcer. After winning a major audition, Don advanced to WTOP AM-FM-TV in Washington, D.C. It was at these stations that his broadcast career advanced quickly.

He was Walter Cronkite's announcer and later succeeded him as Washington's "Esso Television Reporter", anchoring the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news. As the lead anchorman, he established a vast and loyal audience including President Dwight Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles.

Don achieved international fame as host of The United States Information Agency's television program, "Let's Learn English". The program was viewed in 50 countries worldwide with an estimated daily audience of 50 million viewers. Don was tapped as "the world's most viewed television personality". He received fan mail from around the globe.

In 1973 Don left WTOP to pursue free-lance assignments. He was much in demand as an on/off camera narrator and radio-television spokesman. In his long career Don appeared in, and/or narrated, over ten thousand commercials and videos.
 His longest association was with the Rosenthal Automotive Organization. He represented that company as a radio-television spokesman for over 30 years.
 Nationally, Don was the on camera spokesman for Skippy Peanut Butter, as well as many other national products. His credits also include broadcasts from the White House as presidential announcer.

Locally, Don voiced commercials for Jack Evans Chevrolet, First Bank, Valley Health, and Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Resort. And for many years, Don was sought after as a photographic model appearing on many magazine covers.

Don was always fascinated by the early days of radio broadcasting. In order to relive those days Don created the "Radio Mystery Theater". He introduced to live audiences live recreations of radio programs that originally aired during the Golden Age of Radio.
The programs featured live onstage casts and sound effects utilizing the original scripts from that era of broadcasting. Ticket sales resulted in significant donations to nonprofit organizations such as the Blue Ridge Arts Council and the Humane Society of Warren County. His shows were also presented in Washington and Maryland.

For 10 years Don was a Special Deputy Sheriff for the Warren County Sheriff's Office, proudly serving the Blue Mountain Subdivision.

Don is survived by his two sons, Ronald H. Resnick of Hypoluxo, Florida and his wife Renee and Randall L. Richards of Linden, Virginia; one daughter, Sharon L. Resnick of Boulder City, Nevada and her partner Ray Turner; two grandchildren, Nikki L. Chasteen and Ryan J. Resnick; as well as his loving companion, Susan O'Kelly.

A memorial service to remember, honor and celebrate Don's life will be held at Omps South Chapel on Monday, April 4, 2016; visitation at 11 a.m. and service at 12 p.m., followed immediately by a reception at Omps South Chapel, 1260 Front Royal Pike, Winchester, Virginia 22602.

Don's ashes will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the entire staff at Warren Memorial Hospital and Lynn Care Center for the love, care and support that was shown to Don.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Warren Memorial Hospital Foundation - Lynn Care Center Fund; the Humane Society of Warren County; or the Blue Ridge Arts Council of Front Royal, Virginia.

Doris E. Robinson

Doris E. Borden Robinson, 84, of Woodstock, passed away Friday, March 18, 2016 at Consulate Health Care in Woodstock.

A memorial graveside service will be held Monday, March 28 at 2 p.m. in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock. Pastor Joe Fleming will officiate.

Mrs. Robinson was born June 14, 1931 in Maurertown, daughter of the late William P. Borden Jr. and Margaret M. Bowers.

She was a member of the Woodstock Moose, life member of the Woodstock Rescue Squad, member of the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and American Legion Post #199 Auxiliary.

She was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ at Harrisville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Willard Robinson and brother, William Phillip Borden Jr.

She is survived by two sons, James Gary "Chip" Robinson and wife Beth of Strasburg, and Willard Terry Robinson of Woodstock; one daughter, Brenda Carol Heishman of Woodstock; five grandchildren, Windi Turner, Summer Abruzere, Chessa Robinson, Autumn Robinson Peace and Kodie Robinson; and six great grandchildren, Kaila Hawkins, Quirsten Bell, Jensen Gochenour, Olivia Gochenour, Skylar Robinson and Ashlyn Peace.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John's United Church of Christ-Harrisville in Toms Brook, Va.

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Jack T. Rutz

Jack Tilden Rutz, 85, a resident of Toms Brook, Va, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

A graveside service for Mr. Rutz will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2016 in the New Goshenhoppen United Church of Christ Cemetery, 1070 Church Rd, East Greenville, Pa. 18041.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home in Strasburg, Va on Friday evening from 6-8 p.m.

He was born in Strasburg, Va on Jan. 18, 1931, a son of the late Harry Houston Rutz Sr. and Bertha Drummonds Rutz.

He was a member of Strasburg Presbyterian Church and loved gardening.

Mr. Rutz loved his family and was very close to nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Mae Leh Rutz; a step-son, David Eckhardt; a grandchild, Richard Eckhardt; and siblings, Jim Rutz, Lena Rutz, John Rutz, Harry "Bootie" Rutz Jr., Robert Rutz and Claude "Cub" Rutz.

Survivors include his step-son, Dana Eckhardt of Titusville, Fl.; grandchildren, Anita Eckhardt, Greg Eckhardt and Erin Eckhardt; several great and great-great grandchildren; his siblings, Loretta Campbell and Fred Rutz, both of Strasburg, Va, Eva Ranney of Grand Rapids, Mi., and Jill Riffey of Pa; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Strasburg Presbyterian Church, 325 S. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va 22657.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va is serving the family of Mr. Jack Rutz.

Kevin W. Samuels

Kevin Wayne Samuels, 40, of Luray, passed away March 16, 2016 in Edinburg.

A funeral service was held Saturday at The Bradley Funeral Home following the 6-7 pm. visitation.

Arrangements were handled by The Bradley Funeral Home, Inc., Luray.

Bruce A. Slaughter

Bruce Allen Slaughter, 61, of Winchester, Virginia, died Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at Blue Ridge Hospice Residential Center.

Mr. Slaughter was born in 1954, in Winchester, Virginia, the son of the late Jeanne and Ralph Slaughter. Mr. Slaughter was an iron worker a.k.a Rodbuster.

Surviving are his sons, Kolby Slaughter of Middletown, Virginia, Chris Slaughter of Woodbridge, Virginia; his granddaughter, Skylar Slaughter; sister, Zemma Shand of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and brother, Steve Slaughter of Winchester, Virginia.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Brewbakers Restaurant, 168 N. Loudoun Street,Winchester,Virginia. Inurnment will be in Mount Hebron Cemetery, 305 E. Boscawen St., Winchester, on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.

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Randy W. Waggy

Randy Wayne “Red” Waggy, 55, of Bridgewater, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

Randy was born in Harrisonburg on May 22, 1960, and was a son of Mary Margaret (Hoover) and Roy Waggy of Dayton.

He worked for Virginia Golfcar in Harrisonburg and had operated Waggy’s Auto and Radiator in Harrisonburg with his father for a number of years.

On Nov. 12, 2013, he was united in marriage to Glenda (Gladwell) Waggy, who survives.

Randy is also survived by two daughters, Jeannie Braithwaite and husband, Stephen “Frank,” of New Market, and Sieria Waggy of Bridgewater; a sister, Yolanda Waggy of Dayton; two brothers, Robert Waggy and wife, Kathy, of Mayland and Jeff Waggy and wife, Sharon, of Dayton; nephews, Jeremy Waggy and fianceé, Merrissa Hubbard, and Jeffery Waggy II; a special brother, Al Burn and wife, Lynn, of Dayton and a special sister, Holly Heatwole Smith.

He is preceded in death by his fur baby, Harley Waggy.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, March 25, 2016, at Spring Creek Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Tony Martin and the Rev. Wayne Collier officiating. Burial will follow at Dayton Cemetery.

The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater, or at the home anytime.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family, c/o Johnson Funeral Service, P.O. Box 41, Bridgewater, Va. 22812, to aid in funeral expenses.

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