Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Turner E. Biller

Turner Edward Biller, 87, of New Market, died April 10, 2016, at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home in Woodstock.

He was born May 4, 1928, in Rockingham County and was the son of the late Marshall E. and Zovada Turner Biller.

He worked as a shoe repairman and a cowboy in Nevada for a number of years.

Surviving are four sons, two brothers, and a number of grandchildren.

The body was cremated. A private family service will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Ben F. Fordney

Ben Fuller Fordney, 85, of Washington, D.C., passed away Friday, April 8, 2016, in Harrisonburg.

He was born Feb. 13, 1931, in Washington, D.C. Ben attended school in Loudoun County and graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in 1953.

He was the son of the late Col. Chester Lawrence Fordney, USMC, and Dorothy Nelson Fuller Fordney. He was the grandson of Maj. Gen. Ben Hebard Fuller, 15th commandant of the Marine Corps, and Joseph Warren Fordney, congressman from Saginaw, Mich.

Ben Fordney entered the Foreign Service of the U.S. Information Agency in January 1955. His overseas assignments included duty in Hong Kong, Thailand, Nigeria, Dublin, Ireland, Ottawa, Canada, and Nairobi, Kenya.

He also served with the Voice of America in Washington, D.C., and he was chief of Foreign Service personnel with USIA. He was a press attaché in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1965-1966, and field operations officer in Thailand, supervising USIS field posts during a period of communist insurgency in that country. He was awarded a Meritorious Honor Award by the Department of State for his public affairs program in Ireland in 1972.

After retirement from the Foreign Service in 1981, he attempted a political career, running unsuccessfully for the Board of Supervisors in Loudoun County in 1987, for City Council in Harrisonburg and as a candidate for the House of Delegates from the 26th District in the Shenandoah Valley.

He earned a master’s degree in history from James Madison University in 1987 and taught Western and American history at JMU and Blue Ridge Community College.

He was author of two books on Civil War Gen. George Stoneman, a Union cavalry officer, as well as numerous magazine articles in Civil War publications.

He was the director of the Shenandoah Civil War Associates and co-host on the Civil War on-the-air radio program, broadcast on WSVA in Harrisonburg. He was a board member of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Round Table.

His wife of 57 years, Betty Anne Martz Fordney, preceded him in death Aug. 19, 2011. She accompanied him on all of his overseas assignments and immeasurably helped him with his foreign service, teaching and writing careers.

He is survived by three sons, Christopher Randolph Fordney, Craig Warren Fordney and Jason Lee Fordney; three granddaughters, Kelly Jean Fordney, Katherine Nelson Fordney and Marielle Arwen Fordney; one great-grandchild, Ethan Hernandez; and his companion and caregiver, Shirley Anderson.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Nelson Fordney, who died of illness in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1965.

A Mass of Resurrection was held at noon Wednesday, April 13, 2016, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church with Father Silvio Kaberia who officiated.

The family received friends one hour prior to the memorial service.

Private interment will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Loudoun County.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Community, c/o Fellowship Fund, 600 University Blvd., Suite L, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801, in his memory.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements, and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Joseph Fortunato

Joseph Fortunato, 86, passed away March 29, 2016 at Consulate Health Care in Woodstock.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on April 23 at St. John Bosco in Woodstock.

Internment will follow in Mount Olive Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Shelby M. Frazier

Shelby Lynne Milburn Frazier, 56, of Winchester, died Saturday, April 9, 2016 in Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center.

She was born Dec. 21, 1959 in Gettysburg, Pa., the daughter of Eskridge Camp and Ethel Raigner Milburn. She was a graduate of Handley High School class of 1978 and was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd.

Shelby is survived by her mother and step-father James Miller of Winchester, children, Lloyd Frazier and Kayla Boyd, both of Winchester; grandchildren, Aaleeyah Frazier and Kara Frazier; four sisters, Shirley Spaid and her husband Larry of Gore, Sandra Mason and her husband Stevie of Winchester, Kimberly Brown of Maurertown, and Lisa Fricke and her life partner Ronald Wilson of Ashburn, numerous nieces and nephews.

Her father and a brother-in-law, Jason Brown are deceased.

Friends were received on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. in the Phelps Funeral Chapel, 311 Hope Drive.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, Va. 22601 or The Esther Boyd Animal Shelter, 191 Fort Collier Rd., Winchester, Va. 22603.

Arrangements are by Winchester

Luther B. Hottel

Luther Benjamin “Bennie” Hottel, 93, of Mount Crawford, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

Bennie was born in Quicksburg on Sept. 8, 1922, and was a son of the late Mary Ellen (O’Roark) and Ray Saum Hottel.

The caption under his photo in the Bridgewater High School annual of 1941 noted that “He has an air for melodies, When never a sound is there.”

Music, indeed was an integral part of his life. His beautiful tenor voice would ring out his love for God, church and country. He was often sought to sing solos at weddings, funerals and church events, while also directing the church choir. He was a charter member of the Rockingham Male Chorus, which gave him many happy hours of singing.

He served the United States during World War II as an airplane mechanic in the Army Air Corps stationed in England.

On Sept. 28, 1942, he was united in marriage to Bernice LaBelle (Riddleberger) Hottel, who preceded him in death. Together they provided a strong and stable Christian home for their four children who survive, two daughters, Sandra Hottel, of Mount Crawford and Nancy Fleischman of Crozet, and two sons, Edwin Hottel and wife, Sue, of Harrisonburg and L.B. Hottel Jr. and wife, Sandy, of Shenandoah.

As the years passed, the family grew to contain seven grandchildren, Carissa S. Alexander, Cliff Shiflet, Chris Shiflet, Andrew Fleischman, Paul Fleischman, Rebecca H. Hanson and B. Branson Hottel; four stepgrandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, three step great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter and two step- great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Amy Dawn Hottel; a sister, Louise Hottel Glover; and a brother, Ray S. Hottel Jr.

He served for many years as a route salesman for the Coca-Cola Co. before launching a career as a rural letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, delivering the mail to Rt 1, Mount Crawford until his retirement.

Bennie was a charter member of the Mount Crawford Ruritan Club, a member of Gideon International and an active leader in his church through the United Methodist Men and the choir. In his spare time, he coached Little League baseball for his sons and eventually made a second home for himself on the golf course.

A funeral service was conducted 11 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2016, at Mount Crawford United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Russell Heinrich who officiated. Burial followed at Mount Crawford Cemetery with military graveside rites performed by American Legion Post 27.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater, or at Bennie’s home anytime.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Crawford UMC Organ Fund, P.O. Box 84, Mount Crawford, Va. 22841, and/or Gideons International, P.O. Box 734, Harrisonburg, Va. 22803.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Dolores B. King

Dolores B. King, 92, of Hollingsworth Rd., Woodstock, passed away April 10, 2016 at her residence.

She was the wife of the late August King Jr. and the daughter of the late Albert Blanck and Olga Blanck. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Jan. 27, 1924.

She is survived by daughters, Norine Rohde of Woodstock and Lynne Johnson of Oswego, Illinois; a son, Scott King of Spokane, Washington; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service that was held on Thursday, April 14 at 10 a.m., Fort Valley Community Church, Fort Valley, officiated by Reverend Jennings B. Wood. Burial was in Dry Run Cemetery, Fort Valley.

Pallbearers were Jason Rohde, Burton Jansen, Kelly McClanahan, Jake McClanahan, Mark Deren and Markus Deren.

Friends and family were invited to attend a covered dish dinner at Fort Valley Community Church immediately following the graveside service.

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Roger E. Licklider

Roger Earl Licklider, 76, died at his home in Middletown, Virginia on April 4, 2016.

Roger will always be remembered as a beloved father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend.

Roger was born in 1939 and grew up on 9th Street in Front Royal, Virginia.

He attended school in Warren County and as an avid sports enthusiast, enjoyed playing baseball while on the Babe Ruth League as well as many other sports. As an adult, his love of baseball would carry over to coaching his son's Little League team.

In 1956 Roger married his high school sweetheart, Minnie Funk, to whom he was married for 43 years.

In his early days, he worked at the Silk Mill and later became a foreman for Avtex Fibers. Before retiring, Roger worked as a water treatment operator for ERM Group, Inc.

As a member of the United Methodist Church, he enjoyed attending services in both Front Royal and Limeton and was an active member of the congregation.

Roger was a Lion's Club member and served as a past President.

Preceded in death by his parents, Giles H. Licklider and Louise Brady Licklider, he is also predeceased by his brother, Giles Licklider Jr.

Roger is survived by his children, David Andrew Licklider of Stephens City, Virginia and Josie Ann McCarty and her husband D. Jay McCarty of Clifton, Virginia; his sister, Ann Alger and her husband Shirley of Rileyville, Virginia; his former wife, Minnie Licklider of Front Royal, Virginia.

Roger adored his grandchildren, Christopher Joel McCarty of Atlanta, Georgia, Jesse Tyler McCarty of Fairfax, Virginia, James Cole McCarty of Clifton, Virginia and Ellyse Nicole Licklider of Stephens City, Virginia.

He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends, all of whom will miss him and remember him as a man of humor, dedication and faith.

His Celebration of Life was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9 at Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home in Front Royal.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Roger's name to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., #405, Winchester, Virginia 22601.

Roby Orr

Roby "Doris" Orr, 86, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the Commonwealth Assisted Living Center.

Mrs. Orr was born on Oct. 21, 1929 in Roanoke, Virginia to the late Oscar Clayton Fisher and Lizzie Mae Johnson Fisher.

She is also preceded in death by her husband, Francis Cleveland Orr.

She was a member of the Bethel Community and a homemaker.

Survivors include her daughter, Christina Orr of Boyce, Virginia; son, Brian Orr of Toms Brook, Virginia; granddaughter, Lauren Post of Toms Brook, great grandchildren, Debrionna and Savannah; niece, Marcia Trainer; and her companion of 20 years, Latte the cat.

Inurnment for Mrs. Orr will take place in Panorama Memorial Gardens at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal.

Georgie I. Pritchett

Georgie Idella "Sam" Pritchett, of Linden, Va., was called home from this earth April 2, 2106 to come be with her Lord and family.

Ms. Pritchett was born June 7, 1951 in Warren County, Va., daughter of the late Robert Earl Yager and Georgie Marie Wirt Yager.

She worked at Avtex Fibers, Shenandoah Fiberglass and Strasburg Automotive.

Ms. Pritchett enjoyed her family and friends, being outside watching the deer and wildlife, cooking and baking, and her dogs.

Ms. Pritchett is survived by two brothers, Robert Elton Yager of Nashua, NH and Roger Lee Yager of Front Royal, Va.; her twin, Gracie Madella "Pete" Everhart of Augusta, WV; two sons, Robert A. Hall Sr. and Steven Allen Henso of Front Royal, Va.; five step children, Cheryl Largent, Terry Henson, Dougie Henson, Jeffrey Henson and Kevin Henson; 22 grandchildren; and one great grandchild, with two expected this summer.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, James Walton Yager and a nephew, Jason Allen Yager.

Services will be held at a later date.

Contributions may be made to Funeral Choices of Chantilly, 14522 Lee Rd., Chantilly, Va. 20151.

John F. Reiley

John Fravel Reiley, 75, a resident of Strasburg, Va., passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Greenfield Senior Living in Woodstock, Va.

A Memorial Mass for Mr. Reiley will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church in Woodstock, Va. with Father Michael Dobbins officiating. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Strasburg, Va.

Mr. Reiley was born on Sep. 30, 1940 at the Fravel Hospital in Woodstock, Va., the son of the late Willard Middleton Reiley and Charlotte Fravel Reiley.

Mr. Reiley graduated from Massanuttten Academy and Virginia Polytechnic Institute, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from VPI.

He was a Registered Professional Engineer and had extensive overseas employment in the engineering and construction industry, both with the Army Corps of Engineers and with private engineering firms and contractors.

Mr. Reiley was a member of the St. John Bosco Roman Catholic Church in Woodstock, Va., the Kentucky Rifle Association, the Col. James Wood Jr. Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, as well as a member of the Turner Ashby Camp and the Strasburg Guards Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was also a Benefactor Member of the National Rifle Association.

Mr. Reiley was married for 48 years to the former Susan English Kitchin, who preceded him in death in 2011.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Eric LaHue Reiley and Amber Kay Reiley and his grandchildren, Erin Sydney Reiley and Joshua Neil Reiley, all of Woodstock, Va.; a sister, Martha Eloise Hamman of Edinburg; a sister-in-law, Stephanie K. Dudley of Woodstock, Va.; and numerous cousins reflecting his family heritage in the Valley for some 250 years.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert F. Pangle, Phillip Stickley, Randy Fadely, Robbie Parks, Mark Pangle, Rod Wells, Bert Millikin, Farrell Lichliter, Richard Adams and John McKee.

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

Memorials may be made to Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 620, Strasburg, Va. 22657 or the American Cancer Society, 2654 Valley Ave., Winchester, Va. 22601.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va. is serving the family of Mr. John F. Reiley.

Allan C. Rennie Jr.

Allan Christian Rennie Jr., 62, passed peacefully into paradise with his Lord on April 9, 2016. His family assembled at his bedside in his last days to assist him in his new journey.

He was born on July 28, 1953 in Richmond, Va. Allan was the only son of the late Allan C. and Margaret Creath Rennie.

He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Sine Rennie of Mount Jackson.

He is also survived by four sisters, Gail and Richard Gardner of Goochland, Carolyn L. Rennie of Romania, Anita and Scott Burner of Harrisonburg, and Laura and Kenneth Storey of Richmond. Allan has numerous nieces and nephews from his sisters and step children and grand children from his wife's family.

Allan was very proud of his three sons of his earlier marriage, Austin and Laura Rennie and grandson Aidan of New Brunswick, NJ, Sr. Airman Corey and Stephanie Rennie of Richmond, Va., and step-son Kristopher Mock of Richmond, Va.

Allan served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps for 13 years including assignments overseas. He was proud of his service.

Allan came to the Shenandoah Valley some eight years ago after having found Christ. He met Shirley Sine at a Bluegrass concert and they married on Aug. 8, 2012 at Pleasant View Church.

He and Shirley made their joy living simply and together in the Brethren tradition. He was active in his church and supported a concern for a handicap ramp and activities for the youth.

A Celebration of Allan's Life will be held on Saturday April 16, 2016 at Pleasant View Church of the Brethren at 4197 Conicville Rd. in Mt. Jackson at 1 p.m. A fellowship meal will follow in the church hall.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests memorial contributions to Pleasant View Church for a handicap ramp.

Audrey H. Rosenberger

Audrey Hawkins Rosenberger, 88, of New Market, Va., died April 5, 2016 at VMRC in Harrisonburg.

She was born Nov. 29, 1927 in Charlestown, WV to the late Roy B. Sr. and Olive Pauline Larrick Hawkins.

Audrey was a member of Manor Memorial United Methodist Church in New Market and was active in the choir and the handbell choir for many years.

She graduated from Madison College in 1950 with a degree in Accounting and taught second grade at Ashby Lee Elementary in Shenandoah County for 19 years.

She was a member of the Cohee Garden Club in New Market.

Audrey loved traveling, and being able to pilot a plane, along with her husband.

On Nov. 26, 1950 Audrey married John William "Bill" Rosenberger, who preceded her in death on Aug. 27, 2014.

Surviving are four children, Billie Rosenberger and husband Steve Stroop of Staunton, E. John Rosenberger III and wife Carol of New Market, Jim Rosenberger and wife Abbie of New Market, and Susan Grandfield of New Market; four grandchildren, Annie De Jesus, C. Ryan Powell, John Grandfield, and Benjamin Rosenberger; five great grandchildren, Caroline, Ava, and Harper De Jesus, and Sullivan and Elliotte Powell; one sister, Dorothy Moore of Anahiem, CA; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pastor Bruce Johnson conducted a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Manor Memorial United Methodist Church.

The family received friends following the memorial service at the church.

The body was cremated.

Memorial contributions may be made to Manor Memorial Stained Glass Fund, 9320 North Congress St., New Market, Va. 22844.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Edna Savastone

Edna Savastone, 90, of Woodstock, passed away on Feb. 21, 2016 in Charlottesville, Va.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. April 16 at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Woodstock.

Kevin L. Sibert

Kevin Lee Sibert, 58, of Winchester, went to be with the Lord on April 10, 2016. He passed away at home.

The funeral service was held Thursday, April 14 at 11 a.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock. Pastor Vernon Bray officiated. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.

Kevin was born on May 15, 1957 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital to Carl (Tom) Sibert, who preceded him in death, and Sylvia Morris Sibert of Mt. Jackson.

He was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School.

He was a self-employed life-long painter and was most recently employed by Kee Construction.

He attended the Church of the Good Shepherd in Winchester.

Kevin is survived by his mother; daughter, Kasey Mowery and husband Glenn of Winchester; son, Jamie Sibert of Strasburg; granddaughter, Gracie Mowery and grandson Marshall Mowery, both of Winchester. He was "PawPaw" to these two who deeply adored him, and they were the light of his life.

He is also survived by sisters, Carla Hoover and husband Kenny and Tammy Golladay and fiance Terry Smith, all of Mt. Jackson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Mowery, Caleb Golladay, Terry Smith, Ricky Click, Jay Sperry and Dale Bean.

Honorary pallbearer will be Rick Kline.

The family received friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Good Shepherd, P.O. Box 4146, Winchester, Va 22604.

Kevin was a loving father, grandfather, son, brother and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Online condolences may be left at

Susan G. Smith

Susan passed away at home in the loving arms of her husband, Gerald Smith on April 5, 2016 after sharing fifty-four wonderful years together.

Her wonderful smile and sense of humor that always lit up the room when she was surrounded by her family and friends will be dearly missed.

She was a loving mother of two daughters, Brenda Smith of Woodstock and Robin Hildebrandt of Columbus, Ohio. She has four grandchildren, Zachary Dennison, Daniel Dennison, Kevin Hildebrandt and Sarah Seeger Stein and one great granddaughter, Lilly Seeger Stein. She is also survived by her sisters, Patty Hawkins, Diane Kave, Ramona Garber-Boyce and Mary Jane Harrigan; her brother, H. David Garber; son in law, Allen Hildebrandt and countless aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, in laws and outlaws.

Preceeding her in death were parents, Howard L. and Roxie Katherine Garber and sisters, Rosie Creamer and Carol Carter.

The family received family and friends for a celebration of her life on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 1-6 p.m. at their home.

Contributions may be made to Gainesboro Fire and Rescue Company, 221 Gainesboro Rd., Winchester, Va. 22603. Please note on contribution, “In Memory of Susan Garber Smith”.

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