Obituaries — Shenandoah County

William F. Artrip Jr.

William F. Artrip Jr., also known as "WF" or "Buddie" to most that knew him, passed away at home April 11, 2016.

Born on Nov. 4, 1928 in Frederick County, the son of a highly respected farmer and livestock dealer in the county, the late William F. Artrip Sr. and Leota M. (Dean) Artrip.

Born during the depression and one of six children, Buddie was the oldest son with two brothers, Cecil F. Artrip of York, Pa. and Floyd M. Artrip of Charlottesville Va., along with three older sisters, Virginia Snyder of Boca-Raton, Fl., and Zida Kibler and Juanita Evans of Supply, NC -- both deceased.

On Jan. 15, 1949 he married Enid R. Middleton of Oranda, Va. (Shenandoah County) and continued to cherish their marriage even after her passing in 1991. Once again they will be together forever in our father's home

Surviving are his daughter, Juanita Anne Austin and husband Jesse of Louisa, Va.; a son, William F. Artrip III (Frank) and wife Leigh Ann of Winchester, Va.; five grandsons, who will be serving as pallbearers; a granddaughter; five great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

A stepson, Delmas L. Middleton, preceded him in death.

Buddie grew up during the depression and learned at a young age that hard work was the only road to success and successful he was. He attended Carper Valley Grade School just east of Winchester on Rt. 50 and graduated from Stephens City High School in 1945 at the age of 16.

As a teenager, he and a few of his friends had a small band in which he played the guitar and the mouth harp at the same time. They even won a talent contest held at Handley High School.

At age 14 his father became ill and was confined to a bed so his father signed a paper allowing him to get his drivers license in order to run his father's livestock business. He would drive the cattle truck and his mom would ride with him to the stock sales to open the truck gates because he could not reach them yet.

He became a self-taught, accomplished auctioneer, considered by many to be one of the best in the country. At the young age of 14 he cried his first cattle auction and by age 15 he was crying six auctions a week.
 He never looked back. From New York to Florida he applied his trade at most of the better livestock auctions on the East Coast.
 He was also a cattle farmer and one of the largest horse dealers east of the Mississippi. In his early years he was a commission meat buyer for Armor and Swift Companies along with crying tobacco actions throughout the south.
 He was also highly sought after for real estate sales, farm sales, car auctions and was hired by many of the finest antique auctions. He was even approached by the prestigious antique firm of Sotheby's of New York to come work for them.

He got Winchester's own Patsy (Hensley) Cline her first paid singing job at Melody Lane on Rt. 11 North.

He owned and operated his own bulldozer for many years doing custom work and dug many of the farm ponds in the Eastern Panhandle area and northern Shenandoah Valley.

In 1946, at the age of 17, he was elected treasurer/secretary of the newly formed Farmers Livestock Exchange in Winchester, Va., in which he signed every check for the land purchase to the actual construction of the auction building. He was also one of its first auctioneers. He served many years on their board of directors.

His father, William F. Sr., was one of the original founders of the stock sale and sold the first $100,000 worth of stock in the company to raise the money to build the auction.

Buddie was a long time member of the Opequon Saddle Club of Stephens City, Va., where he loved riding his big horse Red in the timed events.

During his career as an auctioneer and horse dealer he also operated a saddle and tack shop along with starting a new business, selling livestock trailers. A business that has expanded over the years and is now owned and operated by his son Frank and wife Leigh Ann.

He was still doing as many as six sales a week along with the many special auctions held each month. He once cried three sales in one day - a real estate auction held on the courthouse steps in the morning, a farm sale that afternoon and then he drove 100 miles to auction an all-night horse sale in Pennsylvania.

He was a man of many talents. One of his lasting legacies will forever be his farm, Pony Heart Farm, built by him throughout his lifetime. It has become an icon and is recognized far and wide.

His last auction was at the Fauquier Livestock Exchange in Marshall, Va., where he was the main auctioneer for the cattle sales and the only auctioneer for the horse sales for 30 years before retiring.

To him, being the best auctioneer was not just a job but a passion that he truly loved. He always said, "I work for the seller. It is my job to sell his item as high as I can". It didn't matter if they only had one cow or if they were a large dealer. He regarded them all with the same since of duty, to make sure he sold their item at a higher price than they could get anywhere else.

Highly regarded for his knowledge, honesty and fair dealing throughout his life has earned him the respect of virtually everyone who came into contact with him. His business motto was coined from his father before him and has become the family motto as well. "A man's word is his bond, once you give your word don't ever back out, even if ii takes hide, hair and all!!"

Buddie was a loving husband and father who cared deeply for his family. Later in life he loved watching his grandsons, Will and Lee, playing sports as they grew through the years. He was always very proud of his children and grandchildren for their accomplishments and for what they have become. He was always there to lend his guidance and to help teach them how to become successful in life.

He will be missed by all that knew him. A man who definitely left his mark!!!

The family received friends on Friday, April 15, 2016 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at Omps South Chapel.

A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Omps South Chapel with Pastor John R. Austin officiating, who is from Grace Free Will Baptist Church, Louisa, Va.. Interment was in Shenandoah Memorial Park, Frederick County, Va.

Pallbearers were William F. Artrip III, William F. Artrip IV, Walter Lee Artrip, Jesse R. Austin Jr., Jason R. Austin, John R. Austin, and Timothy A. Myers.

In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make a contribution to the Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, Va. 22601 or to a charity of your choice.

Tracey B. Lam

Tracey Dyan Blosser Lam, 47, of New Market, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

She was born December 2, 1968 in Harrisonburg and was the daughter of Phyllis Seekford Shifflett of New Market and the late Kenneth Raye Blosser.

She was employed by New Market Poultry.

Besides her mother, she is survived by her stepfather, Dennis W. Shifflett of New Market; her children, James Blosser and Erika Lam, both of New Market, and Shaina Lam and Jared Lam, both of Mount Jackson.; three brothers, Jeremy Shifflett of Virginia Beach, Tim Shifflett of Junction City, KS, and Hank Blosser of Mount Jackson; grandchildren, Jaxon and Rowyn Miller; the father of her children, James E. Lam; and aunts, uncle and cousins.

The family received friends 7-8 p.m. Friday at Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

Pastor Tim Miller conducted a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wood's Chapel Independent Bible Church north of New Market.

Jo Ann Caputo

Jo Ann Caputo, 75, of Broadway, died Sunday, April 17, 2016 at her home.

Mrs. Caputo was born Sep. 25, 1940 in West Virginia, daughter of the late Clarence Harvey and Margaret Louise Maddy Joyce.

She was a member of the New Market Eagles.

Mrs. Caputo is survived by her companion, William Kile; two daughters, Sandra Lynn Forester of Newtown, Pa. and Lisa Jo Verna of Bristol, Pa.; four sisters, Gloria Jean Flick of Georgia, Janet Dillon of Fergusonville, Pa., Leila Gallagher of Richmond and Dorthy Reynolds of Broadway; a brother, James Joyce of New Castle, Pa.; and two grandsons, Eric Leypoldt of Newtown, Pa. and Louis Verna of Bristol, Pa.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson with the Rev. Matthew A. Diehl officiating.

Condolences may be sent to

Johnny L. Funkhouser

Johnny Lee Funkhouser, 77, of Broadway, Va., died April 17, 2016, at Oak Lea Nursing Home at VMRC.

He was born Oct. 12, 1938, in Woodstock, Va., the son of Conley Funkhouser and Virginia Coffman Funkhouser. On Dec. 21, 1966, he married Betty Driver of Tenth Legion, who survives.

He graduated with honors from Massanutten Military Academy in 1957. He moved on to Virginia Military Institute for two years and then to Madison College, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in 1966. In 1970, he received a master of education degree from the University of Virginia.

His educational career began at New Market Elementary School, where he taught math and science for four years. Moving to Rockingham County, he taught math at John C. Myers Middle School and was an assistant principal before leaving to become assistant principal at the new Plains Elementary School. He served 17 years there and finished his educational career as principal at Fulks Run Elementary, retiring in 1990.

Johnny had many interests. He and Betty collected John Deere antique tractors and memorabilia for many years. In his heart, he was really a farmer who maintained an avid interest in farming while “hanging out” with his buddies at Bending Hollow Dairy. He was also a “wannabe cowboy.” During his many trips of exploring the West, Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo was always exciting, especially the bull riding. He fell in love with Jenny Lake and the Tetons, and Banff and Jasper in the Canadian Park system.

Survivors, besides his wife, Betty, are a sister, Rebecca Susan Bowman; three nephews; and several great-nephews and great-nieces. His cat, Phinn, and his beloved adopted barn cats also survive.

The Rev. Paul Glovier will conduct a graveside service Friday, April 22, 2016, at 10 a.m. at Fairview Church of the Brethren, Endless Caverns. The body was cremated.

Johnny was a lover of wildlife in all its categories and a benefactor for domestic animals. Because of this love, memorial contributions may be made in his name to The Wildlife Center of Virginia, P.O. Box 1557, Waynesboro, Va. 22980, and to Cat’s Cradle, P.O. Box 2128, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Linden F. Gochenour

Linden F. Gochenour, 84, of Woodstock, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2016 at his home.

A funeral service was held Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens. Reverends Howard Lutz and Dale Bowers officiated.

Linden was born Feb. 24, 1932 in Woodstock. He was the son of the late Clarence and Minnie Mae Wetzel Gochenour.

He was a member of Community Mission Church of the Brethren.

He was a lifelong farmer.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Lee, Raymond and Elwood Gochenour.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mildred Hottle Gochenour; a son, Gerald Gochenour and wife Debbie; a daughter, Linda and husband Burke Jessee; two granddaughters, Dana Gochenour and Amy Ridout and husband John; a great grandson, Jack; a sister-in-law, Marvene Gochenour; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Douglas Estep, Rob Kibler, Gene Kibler, Bill Gardner, Jeff Bushong and Kevin Dysart.

Honorary pallbearers were Ray Rau, Burgess Dellinger, Charlie King and George Hawkins.

The family received friends at the funeral home on Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Memorial donations can be made to Community Mission Church of the Brethren Building Fund, c/o Hope Lonas, 1295 Deerhead Rd., Mt. Jackson, Virginia 22842 or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., Winchester, Virginia 22601.

Online condolences can be left at

Dorothy E. Hutchinson

Dorothy E. Hutchinson, 91, of Edinburg, passed away Sunday, April 17, 2016 at Consulate Health Care in Woodstock.

A Memorial Service was held Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. at the Edinburg Christian Church. Reverend Charles Wood officiated.

A celebration of her life and sharing of memories was held immediately following the service in the church Parish Hall.

Burial was private in Riverview Cemetery.

Dorothy was born Dec. 24, 1924 in Alexandria, Virginia. She was the daughter of the late George and Dora Miller Shacklett.

During her career in Woodstock, she worked for Attorney Albert T. Mitchel, was secretary for the town of Woodstock and later worked at the Woodstock Presbyterian Church.

She was an avid bridge player, loved big band music. She was also famous for her "sugar cookies".

She was a member of the Edinburg Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Howard "Sonny" Shacklett.

She is survived by a daughter, Jan Lambert and son-in-law Richard "Doc" Lambert; two grandchildren, Miranda and Matthew Lambert; one great granddaughter, Isabelle Funkhouser; and nieces and a nephew.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Edinburg Christian Church, 210 Center St. Edinburg, Virginia 22824.

Family and friends can call at the daughter's house at any time.

Online condolences can be left at

Floyd F. Kline

Floyd F. Kline, 85, of Edinburg, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Greenfield of Strasburg.

The funeral service was Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the St. Johns United Methodist Church in Edinburg. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens. Reverends Robert Jones and Timothy Teates officiated.

Floyd was born October 10, 1930 in Shenandoah County. He was the son of the late Howard and Edna Wilkins Kline.

He was raised from age 9 by the Jay Lesley Saum family after his mother's death.

He was owner, operator of Kline's Trucking. He also worked for Irvin Inc.
He attended Woodstock High School.

He was a member of the Oddfellows Shenandoah Lodge #82 serving as a Past Nobel Grand, a member of the Edinburg Fire Department serving as Chief and Director, a Charter Member of the Mt. Jackson Moose, a member of the United Commercial Travelers, a member of the Methodist Men and the Ben Franklin Wednesday Prayer Club. He served on the Edinburg Town Council. He was a Charter Member for the Shenandoah County Fire Association, a member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Edinburg.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Fay Levan Fry Kline. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Helen Ramey.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Kline; two sons, Ken Kline (Brenda) of Edinburg and Mike Kline (Sarah) of Edinburg; two sisters, Margaret Hughes of Texas and Betty Yew of Woodstock; and four grandchildren, Dr. Daniel Kline, Amy Kline, Katelin Kline and Benjamin Kline.
Pallbearers will be Mark Irvin, Ned Irvin, Robert Cline, Martin Frech, Jimmy Hollar and Carl Bright Jr.

Attending groups are Edinburg Fire Department, Edinburg Oddfellows and the Wednesday Prayer Group.

The family received friends Friday evening at St. John's United Methodist Church from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with an Oddfellows Service that followed the visitation.

Memorial donations can be made to the Edinburg Fire Department, P.O. Box 11, Edinburg, Va. 22824.

Online condolences can be left at

Kenneth W. Lyon

Kenneth William Lyon, 93, of Fishers Hill, Virginia, passed away April 15, 2016 at Greenfield Senior Living in Strasburg.

Ken served as a cartographer for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey and studied special aerial mapping techniques at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) while serving in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. He was assigned to the 24th Combat Mapping Squadron and "flew the hump" many times in the India-Burma Theater.

Ken put his mapping skills to work and created a life-long business as a Realtor specializing in undeveloped land in the Washington suburban area. He was highly regarded for his integrity and for his ability to identify parcels with unique potential.

Developing an avid interest in 18th Century American glass, Ken became a nationally respected collector and supporter of glass museums.

Along with writing articles for antique glass publications, he served as President of the National Early American Glass Club (now NAGC), and also coordinated the renowned Dorflinger Chapter glass show in Maryland for over a decade. He was honored by being selected as a Fellow of The Corning Museum of Glass and later as a Trustee of the Fellows.

Along with his interest in antique glass, Ken enjoyed a love of all things historical, the natural environments of the Shenandoah Valley and Maine, and he enjoyed birdwatching, with a special love for the Eastern Bluebird.

Ken was born Oct. 14, 1922 in Washington, D.C., the son of the late Thoburn C. Lyon and Lillie Ritenour Lyon.
His sister, Margaret (Betty) Lyon Fox, passed away Feb. 18, 2013.

On Sep. 5, 1947, Ken married Velma Lee Oakley of Washington, D.C., who preceded him in death on Feb. 27, 1977.

A daughter, Cheryl Lyon of Dayton, Virginia survives.

On Sep. 7, 1983, he married Sylvia M. Applebee of Portland, Maine, who survives along with two step-children, Lynn McInnis of Gorham, Maine and Michael McInnis of Portland, Maine; and two step-grandchildren, Matthew McInnis and Elliot McInnis.

A funeral service for Mr. Lyon will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 22, 2016 at Emmanuel Church at Fishers Hill with the Rev. Dan Locke officiating. Burial will follow in the Fishers Hill Cemetery.

The family wil receive friends beginning at 2 p.m. Friday at Emmanuel Church in Fishers Hill.

Pallbearers will be R. G. Bauserman, Donnie Cline, Bill McClanahan, Ray Ritenour Jr., Leon Rohrer, and Richard Walker.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests supporting the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, 9386 S. Congress St., New Market, VA 22844 or installing a Bluebird box in Kenás memory.

You may sign the guest book online at

Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg is serving the family of Mr. Lyon.

Lawrence E. Olinger

Lawrence Eugene Olinger, 85, of Quicksburg, passed away Monday afternoon, April 18, 2016 at the Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

He was born Feb. 2, 1931 in Quicksburg and was the son of the late Ernest Lester and Ada Doris Lam Olinger.

Mr. Olinger was a retired auto and truck mechanic and had been employed by Hearty of Virginia, R.M. War Garage, Mason-Dixon and Highway Motors. He was also a private pilot.
He was a member of Quicksburg United Methodist Church.

Mr. Olinger is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Catherine Ward; three children, Gary Olinger, Steven Olinger and Lisa Coffelt; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

At Mr. Olinger's request, all services will be private.

Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market is in charge of arrangements.

Michael H. Pryor, Jr.

Michael H. Pryor, Jr., 70, of White Post, Virginia, died Saturday, April 16, 2016 at his home after a sudden diagnosis of cancer.

Mr. Pryor was born July 9, 1945 in Cumberland, Maryland, the son of the late Margaret and Michael Henry T. Pryor Sr.

Michael was a Veteran having served with the United States Navy. He was retired from General Electric with more than 26 years of employment as a Production Worker. After retirement he enjoyed his employment as a caregiver with HomeInstead Senior Care. He was a dedicated member of Macedonia United Methodist Church where he participated with the Bluegrass Gospel Choir. Michael was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to many. He can be forever remembered for his love of family, faith and singing. Michael was fanatical about many things including, Coney Island hot dogs, old cars, old time rock and roll, singing and playing the guitar whenever possible. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He married Joanne Adams on June 2, 1967 in Baltimore Maryland. Surviving with his wife of 49 years are two daughters, Chris Sherman and her husband Steve of Strasburg, Virginia, and Michelle Carver and her husband Paul of Winchester, Virginia; two sons, Gregory Imes and his wife Michelle of Willowbrook, Illinois and Michael H.T. Pryor III and his wife Melissa of Clearbrook, Virginia; ten grandchildren whom he loved unconditionally; Justin, Mandy, Kendra, Kala, Colby, Paul III, Luke, Kelly, Sophia and Berk, nine great grandchildren; his sister Susan Pryor of Castro Valley, California and his brother Darrell Oster of Castro Valley, California.

In addition to his parents, Michael was also preceded in death by his sister, Sharon Pryor and two brothers, Dale and Richard Oster.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel. A memorial service will be conducted on Friday at 2 p.m. with visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Pastor Mike Mayton will be officiating. Military honors will be afforded by V.F.W. Post #2123. Memorial contributions in Michael’s name may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia 22601. Please view obituary and tribute wall at

Helen M. Riggleman

On April 12, 2016, God gained a beautiful angel, our loving mother, nana, sister, and friend, who made her way home to be with the Lord.

Helen May Riggleman, 67, of Harrisonburg, was born June 18, 1948, in Bergton, Va. She was a daughter of the late Rudolph and Ruby Delawder Wilkins.

She had a heart of gold and a loving spirit, and was kind to all. She was a loving mother to three daughters, Torina Cook and husband, Randy, Starlisa Delawder, and Jeri Delawder and fiancé, Jeff Stearn, all of Harrisonburg; five beautiful grandchildren, Brandi Cook, Amber Cook and fiancé, Juan Perez Castillo, Braxton Delawder, Hunter Stearn, and Shana Bucy; a great-grandson, Isaiah Delawder; three brothers, William Wilkins and wife, Debbie, of New Market, Dennis Wilkins and wife, Donna, of Broadway, and Rudolph (Duby) Wilkins and wife, Polly, of Broadway; and four sisters, Mary Morris and husband, Fred, of Broadway, Nadine Simmers and husband, Ken, of Mount Crawford, Barbara Payne and husband, Eric, of Harrisonburg, and Chevie Wilkins of Timberville.
Helen worked at Owens Brockway before retiring.

A special thanks to our family and friends who visited Mom at the hospital. Also, to the hospice and all the third floor nurses, Drs. Overby, Shafqat, Neal, Perme, and many others who gave her care over the years. Thank you for all of your prayers and blessings. Mother, we love you and you will forever be missed.

She will be cremated. There will be no services.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Earl L. Ritenour Jr.

Earl (Buddy) L. Ritenour Jr., 86, of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Life Care Center in New Market.

A funeral service was held Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Woodstock United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens. Reverends Robert Hoskins and Robert Moore officiated.

The family received friends at 1 p.m. prior to the service at the church or you can call at the home at any time.

Earl was born Sep. 7, 1929 in Saumsville, Virginia. He was the son of the late Earl Sr. and Virgie Miller Ritenour.

He was a member of the Woodstock United Methodist Church where he served as a lay speaker for many years. He was a member of the Methodist Men and helped organize the Toms Brook Methodist Men.
Buddy retired as a USDA inspector with the state of Virginia.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Lou Thompson and Alice Poe; a grandson, Christopher Johnson; and a nephew, Quinton Thorpe.

He is survived by his wife, Claudette Coyne Ritenour; two daughters, Connie Hockman (Rick) and Rhonda Jones; three grandchildren, Brian Johnson, Justin Yonts and Travis Yonts (Amanda); one step grandson, Nathan Hockman; two great grandchildren; and a step great grandchild.
Pallbearers were Brian Johnson, Travis Yonts, Justin Yonts, Rick Hockman, William Shrum and Wilbur Thompson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Donald Shrum, Buck Shrum, Virgil Thorpe, Douglas Thorpe and Ronald Riffey.

Online condolences can be left at

Helen M. Shipe

Helen Mae Shipe, 88, of Woodstock, passed away April 13, 2016 at Royal Haven Nursing Home, Front Royal.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Fairview Cemetery in Gore. Burial followed the service.

Arrangements were being handled by Phelps Funeral & Cremation Service.

James E. Shirkey Sr.

James Edwin Shirkey Sr., 85, of Timberville, died peacefully on April 14, 2016 at his home with his family by his side after an extended illness with cancer.

He was born Feb. 6, 1931 and was the son of the late Bessie Lee Comer and Melvin Shirkey of New Market, VA.

On June 25, 1951, James married Joann Elizabeth Shifflett, who preceded him in death in October, 2012.

He is also predeceased by one son, James E. Shirkey Jr.

Mr. Shirkey served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956.

He worked at Shen Valley Meat Packers and Pride of Virginia Poultry. He became a truck driver and worked for Mason Dixon and Smith Transfer where he retired. Mr. Shirkey was a hard worker and took pride in his work and providing for his family.

James is survived by two brothers, Wayne and his wife Jessie of Taylor, PA and Allen and his wife Joyce of Staunton, Va.; four sons and one daughter, Joyce (Shirkey) Jones of Fishersville, John of New Market, Jeff of New Market, Joe and his wife Marcy of New Market, and Jason and his wife Sabrina of Toms Brook; eight grandchildren, Matthew Sutphin, Travis Sutphin, Angela Shirkey, J. D. Shirkey, Shana (Shirkey) Smith, Justin Shirkey, Jillian Shirkey, and Leena Shirkey; and several great-grandchildren.

James was an avid fisher, hunter, trapper, and farmer. Anyone who had the privilege of knowing him was quickly aware of his love of hunting and the outdoors.

James was loved by many and will be sadly missed by those who dearly loved him.

Memorial services was conducted on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Woods Chapel Independent Bible Church, 58 Splinter Lane, New Market with Pastor Tim Miller officiating. James's final resting place will be at Fairview Church of the Brethren, Fairview Church Road in Timberville, Va.

Charles E. Whitlock, Sr.

Charles Edward Whitlock, Sr., 77, of Gore, Va. died on April 18, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

Charles was born on Sep. 19, 1938 in High View, WV, a son of the late Cletus and Lucille Johnson Whitlock.

He owned and operated Charles E. Whitlock Used Cars in Gore. He was an avid Nascar and Redskin fan.

Surviving is a son, Charles E. “Eddie’’ Whitlock, Jr. (Christine) in Shanks, WV; two daughters, Judy Ratcliffe (Jamie) of Strasburg, Va., Tammy Fenn (David) of Winchester, Va.; three brothers, Roy and David Whitlock both of High View, WV, Floyd Whitlock of Arizona; three sisters, Martha Lee of Newburg, WV; Judy Little of Indiana and Edna Mae Ware of High View, WV; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Paul Whitlock.

Family will receive friends at the Giffin Funeral Home & Crematory on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 7-8:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Whitlock Family, C/O Giffin Funeral Home, PO Box 100, Capon Bridge, WV 26711. To sign an online guest book, please visit

Anna B. Winkfield

Anna Belle Winkfield, 96, of Strasburg passed away peacefully on April 15, 2016 at Envoy of Winchester where she had received loving care subsequent to hospitalization for her final illness.

Anna Belle was born on Nov. 6, 1919 in Strasburg, Virginia, to parents Margarette (Funk) and Harry Harvey Snarr.

She graduated from Strasburg High School in 1936, Marion College in Marion, Virginia in 1938, and Madison College in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1940 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree. Following graduation from college, she taught high school English at Fishersville High School in Fishersville, Virginia and later at Strasburg High School.

She married Dr. James Marshall Winkfield on April 5, 1943 in Washington DC. During his more than 50 years of service to Strasburg as a family doctor, she was a dedicated helpmate to him in his practice and in his life.

Devoted to her family, her church and her community, Anna Belle was active well into her 80s.

She was a life-long member of St Paul Lutheran Church and the first woman to serve on its Church Council. She represented St. Paul as a member of the original steering committee for Compassion Cupboard of Strasburg, where she continued to volunteer for as long as she was able.

She also served on the Board of Directors of the Strasburg Museum where she was an active volunteer and docent, and she was a member of the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy where she served as treasurer for many years.

Anna Belle loved flowers and was an avid gardener for much of her life, winning many awards in the Massanutten Garden Club flower shows for her beautiful mass flower arrangements.
In 2006, she received the Leo Award from the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce in recognition of her lifelong service to the Town of Strasburg.
Prior to her time at Envoy of Winchester, she resided at Greenfield of Woodstock for nearly three years, making many new friends and enjoying Bible Study, Trivia games and Bingo. Her residences in Strasburg were on Crim Drive and Massanutten Street.

She had a lifelong interest in Strasburg history and was often called upon to recollect names and events from the town's past.

Her family and many friends will always remember her unfailing optimism and her abiding love of life.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Marshall Finnell and husband David of Maurertown, Virginia; her son, Jay Winkfield and wife Debbie of Strasburg, Virginia; four grandchildren, John Marshall Winkfield and wife Shana, James Michael Winkfield and fiance Adriana Mondragon, Courtney Erin McFarland and Jenny Cassandra Finnell; and one great grandson, Jax Michael Winkfield.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her half-brother, Leo "Mose" Snarr; and her lifelong friend, Estelle Johnson.

Anna Belle's family thanks her friends and the staff at Greenfield Woodstock for their devotion and care of her during her residence, and they also recognize the compassionate services of her doctors and the staff at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock and especially at Envoy Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Winchester.

Anna Belle's family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Sunday evening, April 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Her funeral was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Strasburg on Monday, April 18 at 11 a.m. with burial following in Riverview Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Steven S. Snarr, Thomas T. Snarr, John J. Snarr, Conrad A. Helsley, Steven R. Pieper and The Honorable Dennis L. Hupp.

The honorary pallbearers will be Leo L. Snarr Jr. and Robert E. Willey Jr.

A luncheon followed the service at St. Paul Parish Hall. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Compassion Cupboard of Strasburg, Attn. Pat Clem, Treasurer, P.O. Box 611, Strasburg, Va. 22657 or to the Memorial Fund of St. Paul Lutheran Church, 156 W. Washington St., Strasburg, Va. 22657.

Barry W. Zinn

Barry Wayne Zinn, 72, of New Market, passed away April 18, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are being handled by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

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