Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Beverley B. Bowman

Beverley Bayne Bowman passed from this life Monday, April 4, 2016.

Before becoming a resident of Pine Meadow Assisted Living in Woodstock she resided in Mt. Jackson.

She was born in Edinburg on October 23, 1925 to Roy O. and Margaret Foltz Bowman.

She was a member of Hawkinstown United Methodist Church, serving as financial secretary and lay leader in her later years.

She retired as a pattern maker from Aileen. After retirement she drove elderly ladies to doctor appts.

She had a zest for life and kept her sense of humor in spite of being in pain much of the time in her last weeks.

She is survived by a daughter, Kathy Bowman Naff and son-in-law Craig of Woodstock; brother, Richard W. Bowman of Edinburg; sister, Betty B. Phillips of Mt. Jackson; sisters-in-law, Barbara T. Bowman of Toms Brook, Ann C. Bowman of New York City, and Clarike Bowman Jahns of Leesburg. She had a special love for all her 22 nieces and nephews, spouses, and their children.

She was predeceased by siblings, Eleanora B. Foltz of Mt. Jackson, Louise B. Bowers of Edinburg, S. Chalmers Bowman of Leesburg, and Billy P. Bowman of Toms Brook.
Family night was held at Valley Funeral Service in Bowman's Crossing.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. in Cedarwood Cemetery in Edinburg beside her parents.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shenandoah County Free Clinic or Blue Ridge Hospice.

Annie W. Buracker

Annie Watson (Smelser) Buracker, 81, of Stanley, passed away March 31, 2016 at Life Care Center of New Market.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Stanley New Hope Pentecostal. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Luray.

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

Natalie Z. Cadmus

Natalie Zirkle Cadmus, passed away on March 25, 2016 at age 91.

Natalie was born May 24, 1924 in New Market, VA to Lewis and Augusta Zirkle, one of six children.

She and the late Robert Cadmus were married February 23, 1947 and settled in New Jersey, where they established two businesses and raised three daughters.

After retirement, Mom and Dad made many cross country trips by land and sea, even driving up to Alaska twice. Mom continued to travel in her later years, often with her daughter, Betty and other family members. She made it to her 50th state, Hawaii, when she was 82.

Natalie is survived by her daughters, Shirley Cadmus of Milton, NC, Betty Cadmus of Coatesville, Pa., and Nancy Franklin and son-in-law Charles of Houston, Tx.; grandchildren, Robert, Jack, and Justin; two sisters, Robbie Jean Zirkle of Bridgewater, Va. and Louie Zirkle Will of New Market, Va.; numerous other nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Natalie was preceded in death by her brothers, Lewis Harold, Franklin Agustus, and Gordon Kemper.

Special thanks to close friend Mike Norce. Always there with his quick wit and comforting manner to cheer Mom. Also, thank you to the staff at St. Martha's Manor and Holisticare. Your care and friendship during this difficult time was immeasurable.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity; St. Martha's Manor, 470 Manor Ave., Downingtown, Pa. 19335; or Holisticare Hospice, 685 Kromer Ave., Berwyn, Pa. 19312.

Thelma L. Conrad

Thelma Lucille Conrad, 89, of Midland, Va., passed away on March 30, 2016 at Amerisist of Warrenton.

She was born on May 21, 1926 in Mt. Jackson, Va., a daughter of the late Harry and Sallie Mumaw Coffman.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd E. Conrad and a sister, Opal Bynaker.

She was a 1947 graduate from Triplett High School at Mt. Jackson. She was a member of the Lutheran Church at Crossroads and attended the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Midland, Va.

She was retired from food service with Prince William County Public Schools.

She is survived by her son and his wife, Glenn F. and Kathy Lee Conrad of Midland; and her brother, John Coffman of Timberville, Va.

The family received friends on Friday, April 1 from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., when funeral services began at Moser Funeral Home, Warrenton, Va.

A graveside service was held on Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m. in Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church Cemetery, Mt. Jackson, Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 13067, Alexandria, Va. 22312 or to Heartland Hospice, 400 Holiday Ct., Suite 101, Warrenton, Va. 20186.

Brian T. Fairis

Brian Todd Fairis, 43, of Stephens City, Virginia, died Friday, April 1, 2016 in the Winchester Medical Center after a courageous eleven year battle against cancer.

Mr. Fairis was born Oct. 3, 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri, son of John Kenneth Fairis and Judith Ann Orndorff Fairis.

He was the manager driver sales for Premium Distributions of Virginia.

He served in the U. S. Army for 20 years with the 116th Brigade 29th Division in Woodstock, Va. He was a combat veteran of Afghanistan 2004-2005.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Winchester; life member of the VFW Post #9760; Strasburg Moose Lodge; Elks Club of Winchester; and the American Legion Post #21.

He married Erica Birch Fairis on Feb. 28, 2004 in Winchester, Virginia.

Surviving with his wife are two sons, Cody Fairis and Tyler Fairis; two daughters, Alexa Fairis and Caitlyn Fairis, all of Stephens City, Va; three sisters, Pamela Lindberg and her husband, Doug, of Danville, Ky., Patricia Harris and her husband, Scott, of Richmond, Va. and Angela Hildreth and her husband, Larry of Prince George, Va; and several nephews and a niece.

His paternal grandparents, William and Ruby Fairis, and maternal grandparents, Franklin Orndorff and Mary Orndorff Krohn, all preceded him in death.

A funeral service was held 3 p. m. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville, with Mr. R. K. Shirley III who officiated. Burial followed in Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville.
Pallbearers were Jack Cunningham, Eric Davis, Chris Hilliard, Rob McDonald, Jim Sparks and Jason Testerman. Honorary Pallbearer was Clay Turner.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Winchester Medical Center Cancer Center Campaign, 220 Campus Blvd, Suite 402, Winchester, Va. 22601.

Beatrice E. Funkhouser

Beatrice Estelle Weatherholtz Funkhouser, 94, of New Market, died April 1, 2016, in Woodstock, Va.

Beaty was born May 6, 1921, in Quicksburg, Va., daughter of the late James Franklin and Nellie Susan White Weatherholtz.

After graduation from Timberville High School, she moved to New Market, where she lived with Mr. and Mrs. Jacob and Behethland Crim.
Jan. 18, 1945, she married Charles R. Funkhouser at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Luray. He preceded her in death Dec. 12, 1979.

Beaty worked at Shenvalee Lodge for many years as a waitress, hostess, desk clerk and switchboard operator. Later, she worked for 17 years at Southern Kitchen as a hostess and cashier. She enjoyed interacting with fellow employees and customers, making friends with people throughout the United States.

She was a member of Reformation Lutheran Church, serving on altar guild, counting, greeting and fellowship committees. She was a member of the Cohee Garden Club and involved in civic work in the community.

Beaty was a loving, compassionate wife, mother and sister.
James D. Weatherholtz, Calvin L. Weatherholtz and Erva M. Berchdorf preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by daughter Ashlin Carol Funkhouser, loving son-in-law John D. Abbott and devoted friend, Lawrence J. Mandala.

She is survived by brothers Landon L. Weatherholtz and Charles D. Weatherholtz. She is also survived by daughter Carolyn F. Abbott, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service was held at 2:30 p.m. April 4, 2016, at Reformation Lutheran Church. The casket was closed.

Family pictures were on display. You are invited to sign the register at Theis Funeral Chapel.

Family and friends are welcome at the Abbott/Funkhouser home.

Memorials: New Market Rotary Club and Reformation Lutheran Church.

Karen H. Gordon

Karen Sue Hines Gordon, a resident of Maurertown, Va., passed away Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Greenfield Senior Living of Strasburg, Va.

She was born at Winchester Medical Center on June 30, 1951, a daughter of the late John Hines Jr. and late Georgianna Poland Hines.

Karen graduated from Strasburg High School in 1968. She then attended Boston College Graduating with a degree in Art.

Karen returned to her beloved Valley and worked briefly with the Project Hope located at Carter Hall in Berryville, Va. A second occupation kept her in the Berryville area at Berryville Graphics for over 20 years.
Her most recent endeavor was creating a mobile pet care service called KARE'N CARE. She walked and fed pets in Maurertown, Woodstock and Strasburg areas. She also was qualified to give medications having studied in pet anatomy.

Karen adored Cats! At times she housed over 20 cats and was constantly looking for responsible homes for the orphaned kitties. Karen was lovingly referred to by the locals as the "Crazy Cat Lady," a moniker she earned and loved. 
The community of people and animals will surely miss her charitable works.

Burial will be private.

You may sign the guest book online at

Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va. is serving the family of Karen Gordon.

Lottie W. James

Lottie Williams James, 87, of Strasburg, passed away March 26, 2016 at her home.

A funeral was held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Phelps Funeral Chapel, Winchester.

Burial will be at a later date.

Arrangements were handled by Phelps Funeral & Cremation Service.

Tammy S. Jennings

Tammy Ellen Stayner Jennings, 54, of Quicksburg, Va., died March 30, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 7, 1961, in Bergton, and was a daughter of Roger Stayner of Broadway and the former Ellen May of Quicksburg.

Tammy was a waitress at Francesco’s Restaurant and a member of Woods Chapel Independent Bible Church near New Market.

On Aug. 7, 2011, she married Timothy Jennings, who survives. Also surviving, in addition to her parents and husband, are one son, Phillip Ritchie of Florida; one brother, Howard Stayner of Nags Head, N.C.; and one sister, Tonya Thomas of Timberville.

The Rev. Glen Turner conducted a memorial service 3 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Woods Chapel Independent Bible Church. The body was cremated.

Online condolences may be left for the family

Helen M. Putman

Helen Miller Putman, 67, of Front Royal, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at her home.

A funeral service was conducted on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home with Pastor William Shifflett who officiated. Burial was followed in Panorama Memorial Gardens.
 The family received friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Putman was born in Clarke County on Oct. 12, 1948, a daughter of the late Edward and Mamie Miller.

She worked in the Coning Room at Avtex for 20 years, and later worked as a cashier for Costco.

She was a member of the Front Royal Church of God.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed her flower garden and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Putman is survived by her husband, Randolph "Tommy" Putman; her daughter, Jennifer Tusing and husband John of Maurertown; her brother, Charles Miller of Front Royal; her sisters, Mary Sechrist of Paris Mountain, Catherine Tisor of Illinois, Jessie Rutherford of Front Royal, Betty Williams of Reliance, Phyllis Hall of Strasburg and Gladys Grimes of Strasburg; her grandchildren, Brandon Tusing, Krissica Tusing, Brady Haden and wife Sabrina; her great granddaughter, Isabella Mae Haden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Putman was preceded in death by her daughter, Misty Dawn Putman in 2015; her brothers, Ernest Miller and Jimmy Miller; and her sisters, Iva Thompson and Peggy Embry.

Pallbearers will be Brady Haden, Tony Rutherford, Randy Grimes, Edmund Miller, Alan Fleet, Derick Williams and Brian Williams.

Personal condolences may be offered to the family online at

Lillian L. Ryman

Lillian Louise Ryman, 70, of Strasburg, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2016 at her home.

Graveside rites were conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in St. Stephens Cemetery, Strasburg with Rev. Deanna Boynton who officiated. Burial followed.

Mrs. Ryman was born May 2, 1945 in Woodstock, a daughter of the late Elijah and Betty Glenna Orndorff Brill.

She was a member of St. Stephens Lutheran Church and a retired state employee.

Surviving are her husband, Daniel Curtis Ryman, whom she married May 2, 1986 at St. Stephens Lutheran Church; six children, Tammy Louise North and finance Tim Davis of Maurertown, Vickey Lee Lake of Front Royal, Julie Michelle Clowser and husband Len of Stephens City, Kenneth Wayne Hundley of Strasburg, Deborah Key Neff and husband Ralph of Strasburg and Curtis Lee Ryman and wife April of Strasburg; a sister, Ethel Ahlers and husband Ed of Toms Brook; a brother, Winston Brill and wife Martha of Strasburg; 17 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Ryman home at anytime.

Memorials may be made to Winchester Medical Center, Cancer Center Foundation Office, 220 Campus Blvd., Suite 402A, Winchester, Va. 22601 or American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, #300, Rockville, Md. 20857.

Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Martha M. Sager

Martha Lee Miller Sager, 71, a resident of Strasburg, Va., passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A memorial service for Mrs. Sager was conducted at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Stover Memorial Chapel with pastor L.E. Crites officiated.

She was born in the Fishers Hill Community of Shenandoah County, Va. on November 28, 1944, a daughter of the late Raymond Grant and Mary Virginia Rhodes Miller.

She was a member of the Emmanuel Church at Fishers Hill.

She was an avid Miami Dolphins Fan as well as the Strasburg Rams.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Michael Lee Sager and two brothers, Raymond G. "Smell-Mel" Miller Jr. and Charles E. Miller.

Survivors include her husband, Virgil Edward Sager of Strasburg, Va; her children, John Sager and wife Nancy of Woodstock, Va., Gary Sager and wife Jacqueline of Strasburg, Va. and Chad Sager and wife Tonya of Toms Brook, VA; grandchildren, Kimberly Lester, Kevin Sager, Kyle Sager and Marissa Sager; step-grandchildren, Megan Erickson and Ashley Barker; one great-grandson; six great-granddaughters; siblings, Gladys Price, and Cecil Miller and wife Betty, all of Strasburg, Va., Paul Miller and wife Carol of Woodstock, Va., Jerry Miller and wife Mary of South Carolina, Judy Hudson and husband Donald of Strasburg, Va. and Marshall Miller and wife Belinda of Toms Brook, Va; and her beloved dog, Mo-Joe.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Friday evening from 7-9 p.m.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 2654 Valley Ave., Winchester, Va. 22601.

You may sign the guest book online at

Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mrs. Sager.

Eloise B. Sellers

Eloise B. Sellers, 100, of Harrisonburg, passed away peacefully in her sleep Saturday morning at Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation, where she had resided for the past two years.

Eloise was born on Sept. 17, 1915, in Mountain Valley in Rockingham County at the home of her maternal grandparents. She grew up on the family farm in Melrose, Va., and reminisced often about her childhood.

She spoke of large country meals served to family and friends, of the social gatherings, harvest time, and attending school at the Melrose School.

As a young adult, Eloise moved to Harrisonburg, where she began her employment career as a nanny. She also worked at many of the city’s downtown restaurants, including the Kavanaugh Hotel and each of the establishments under the Friddles name. She met and became friends with many people during this time, and spoke of working in the downtown during World War II, watching the soldiers come and go, serving wedding breakfasts and dinners to newlyweds who were married before the groom left for war, and rejoicing and weeping at the daily war news. She said once that the day the war ended in Europe was one of the most exciting days she had ever witnessed. Eloise spoke fondly of the young men and women she met while working at Friddles, and how often she would “float” someone money for a Coke and a sandwich, and was proud to say that she was always paid back.

In the late 1950s, Eloise moved to New Market, where she managed the restaurant at the newly opened Return Motel. She remained there for a number of years, before returning to Harrisonburg.
In the latter part of her career, Eloise was employed as a waitress at the Spotswood Country Club and the Holiday Inn. She managed the cafeteria at Shenandoah Poultry for a number of years, and ended her employment years at the Old Virginia Ham Café. She retired in 1988 to care for her ill sister.

Eloise made many, many friends over the years and enjoyed all sorts of gatherings with them. She was an excellent cook and delighted in feeding others. She will long be remembered for her Christmas goodies — fudge, homemade pralines, and “snacks.” She always remembered birthdays.

She was a faithful member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg for most of her adult life and was a very devout woman, reading her Bible and devotions daily.

Above all, Eloise was most devoted to her family. She doted on her great-nephew and great-niece from the time they were born. Both have many fond memories of days spent with Aunt Sellers, who loved them but also made them listen. Some of her greatest joys were meeting and spending time with her two great-great-nieces, Ainsleigh and McKinley.

During the last years of her life, Eloise often remarked that she had had a good life. She had everything she ever needed — a good family, jobs she enjoyed, friends that she could count on and God by her side.
Until the last several months of her life, she remained in good health, and her mind and wit were as sharp as ever.

Eloise was preceded in death by her parents, David and Lena Higgs Sellers; her sister, Frances Sellers; brother, Austin Sellers;, and foster brother, Orlan (Ord) Flick. She is survived by her nephew John Austin Sellers, his wife, Jane (Morrison); her great-nephew, John Austin Sellers Jr., his wife, Heather (Lough); her great-niece, Jillian Sellers Lilly and her husband, Jordan; two great-great-nieces, Ainsleigh Grace Lilly and McKinley Lynn Sellers; and a great-great-nephew, Hunter James Lilly, all of Rockingham County.

Eloise was the last Sellers to reside in the family home on U.S. 11 that was built by her forefathers in 1785.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Fellowship Community Cemetery adjacent to Fellowship United Methodist Church. The service was conducted by the Revs. Don Shull and Adam Blagg.

Per Eloise’s request, there will be no visitation or family time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Otterbein United Methodist Church, 176 W. Market St., Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.

Arrangements are by McMullen Funeral Home, and online condolences may be made to the family at

Ruth M. Sorrells

Ruth Miller Sorrells, 81, of Woodstock, passed away Monday, April 4, 2016 in Winchester.

Services will be Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Edinburg Christian Church with the Reverend Charles Wood officiating. Burial will follow in Cedarwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 - 2 p.m. prior to the service.

Ruth was born Jan. 4, 1935 in Woodstock, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Sudie Foster Miller.

She was a 1954 graduate of Woodstock High School.
She was a member of the Edinburg VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Woodstock American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was a member of the Edinburg Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby E. Sorrells.

Ruth is survived by a daughter, Linda Miller and companion Peter Brunetti; and numerous cousins.

Pallbearers will be Douglas Scaggs, Peter Brunetti and Larry Mace.

Memorial donations can be made to Ruth's burial fund, c/o Dellinger Funeral Home, 159 N. Main St. Woodstock, Virginia 22664.
Online condolences can be left at

Jack A. Swartz

Jack Allen Swartz, age 85, passed away on March 27, 2016 in Palm Bay, Florida.

He was born in Maurertown, Virginia, on Feb. 7, 1931.

A memorial service was held at Fountainhead Funeral Home in Palm Bay on Saturday, April 02, 2016.

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