Obituaries — Shenandoah County

The Rev. Richard M. Bland

The Rev. Richard M. Bland, 86, of Strasburg, and formerly of New Market, passed away April 30, 2016.

Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market will be handling arrangements.

Dolan W. Combs

Dolan Wayne Combs, 63, of Mt. Jackson, passed away April 29, 2016 at Winchester Medical Center.

His cremains will be interred in New Dale Cemetery near Lost River, WV.

Combs was born Aug. 19, 1952 in Bergton, son of the late Austin Wayne Combs and Audrey Wilkins Combs Mowery.

He was employed with Shen-Paco.

He is survived by two half-sisters, Dolly Mongold and Patricia Mauck of Toms Brook; and brother, Dwight Combs of Mt. Jackson.

Online condolences may be left at

Frances R. Crabill

Kindness and listening without judgment was her genius. Frances was a happy, fun person. She loved to plan and host a party. She gathered others around her effortlessly and instinctively, a rare quality.

She was born in Rockingham County in the Bowman family home on Jan. 10, 1927. She lived in Chicago early in life, then moved to her paternal grandfather’s dairy farm near New Market where she grew up. She attended Broadway High School, then Bridgewater College, and taught seventh-graders in Annandale, Va. Married in 1951, she had three children, and worked for Newport News schools for over 30 years.

Frances passed away on Nov. 10, 2015, after a short illness, gracious to all to the end.

She was preceded in rest by her beloved grandfather, John S. Roller; grandmother, Ida Brower Roller; parents, John M. Roller and Iva M. Bowman Roller; stepmother, Mary (May); sister, Catherine Roller; stepsister, Lillian Singletary; aunt, Ruth Bowman; two Roller uncles, Mark and Paul; three Roller aunts, Rachel (White), Minnie (Wagenschien) and Barbara (Smith) with whom she grew up.

She is survived by her loving children, sons, Michael and Carl, and daughter, Rena Crabill and son-in-law, John LaDue; her sister, Lois Blackwell; and nieces/nephew, grand-nieces and -nephews.

An interment service will be held at 11 a.m. May 7, 2016, at Endless Caverns/Fairview Church of the Brethren, 484 Fairview Church Rd., Timberville, Va. 22853.

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Elbert A. Henry

Elbert (Abe) Allen Henry, 80, passed away May 1, 2006 at Sentara Hospice House, Virginia Beach, Va.

He moved to Virginia Beach in 2013 to live with his daughter and her husband. He lived in Front Royal for 77 years.

After graduating from Warren County High, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in France.

He was in several service organizations over the years but enjoyed his membership in the American Legion Post 53 until his death, insisting on remaining a member even after his move.

His last employer was Randolph Macon Academy.

Elbert was predeceased by his wife, Frances Figgins Henry; his father, Ollie Davis (Monk) Henry; and his mother, Virgie Ella Figgins Henry.

He leaves behind his daughter, Kathy Corley and her husband Joseph of Virginia Beach; two step daughters, Doris R. Rector and husband Robert of Vero Beach, Fl. and Mary R. Henry and husband James of Middletown, Va.; two grandchildren, three great grandchildren; four step grandchildren; five step great grandsons; and one brother, Leon D. Henry and his wife Nancy of Winchester, their two children and families. There also remains a large extended family and many friends.

Burial will be in Shenandoah Memorial Park Friday, May 6 at 11 a.m.

Gerald A. Jenkins

Gerald Allen Jenkins, 79, of Winchester, passed peacefully from this world into the arms of his Heavenly Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ surrounded by friends and family on Monday, May 2, 2016.

He was born Sept. 7, 1936 in Saumsville, the son of George Franklin and Beulah Gibson Jenkins.

Professionally, he worked as a truck driver.

He enjoyed golfing, fishing, bowling and Bingo.

He was married to Rosa E. Jenkins for 48 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Teresa Jenkins and her partner Dawn Cowne of Bayse, Brenda Rosenberg and her partner Matt Blosser of New Market, Kimberly Joyce of Florida, and Yvonne Scheina and her husband Patrick, Rose Luttrell, and Tiffany Jenkins, all of Winchester; 16 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and four siblings.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Phelps Funeral Chapel, 311 Hope Drive, Winchester with Pastors Dan and Lee Prock officiating.

Friends were received on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Phelps Funeral & Cremation Service.

Online condolences can be left at

George R. Johnson

George Richard "Dicky" Johnson, 81, a resident of Toms Brook, Va., passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

A memorial service for Mr. Johnson was conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Toms Brook United Methodist Church with Rev. Stanley A. Thompson officiating. Military honors were conducted by Shenandoah American Legion Post 77, Strasburg, Va.

He was born in Maryland on April 16, 1935, a son of the late Marguerite Frances Holler Johnson.

He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Korean War, a retired machinist with General Electric and a member of the Toms Brook United Methodist Church.

He was the husband of the late Juanita Kay Putman Johnson.

In addition to his wife and mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Johnson.

Surviving are three sons, Burton Lane Johnson and wife Brenda of Strasburg, Bryan Lee Johnson of Toms Brook and Keith Allen Johnson and wife Melanie of Toms Brook; eight grandchildren, Sarah McKenzie and husband Robert, Jesse Vandall and husband Larry, Rebecca Johnson, Brittany Crabill and husband Travis, Alyssa Johnson, Theresa Monse and husband Wayne, Stephen Meadows and wife Joanna, and Michael Meadows; 11 great grandchildren, Regan Crabill, Destinee Monse, Kayla Monse, Zachery Monse, Brandon Monse, Natalie Vandall, Luke Vandall, Jake Vandall, Mason Meadows, Avery Meadows and Chloe Meadows; two great-great-grandchildren, Anya Hunt and Bryson Hamman; and one sister, Shelba Funk of Woodstock, VA.

Honorary pallbearers were Bob Dean, Freddy Kline, Steve Sherman, Jerry King and Charlie Barton.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Memorials may be made to the Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 620, Strasburg, Va. 22657.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va. served the family of Mr. Johnson.

Jerry L. Mathews

Jerry Lee Mathews, 58, of Bentonville, Virginia passed away on Monday, May 2, 2016 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W. Main St., Front Royal, Virginia with burial to follow at Panorama Memorial Gardens, Strasburg Road, Strasburg, Virginia.

Jerry was born Feb. 27, 1958 in his family home to the late William Oswald Mathews and Pauline Corbin Mathews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Bill, Ray, Preston, and Elmer Lee; and two sisters, Joyce and Louise.

He was a graduate of Warren County High School , Class of 1977. He enjoyed hunting, was a NASCAR fan and an avid outdoors man.

Survivors include his son, Cody R. Mathews and fiance Jessica Riley of Bentonville; daughter, Shalee O. Mathews of Front Royal; two brothers, Allen Mathews and Wayne Mathews, both of Bentonville; six sisters, Connie Grim of Winchester, Barbara Smelser, Mary Lou Stoneberger and Martha "Sue" Henry, all of Bentonville, Ann Jenkins and Linda McDonald, both of Front Royal; two grandchildren, Dawson Lee Leatherman and Brooklyn Paige Mathews; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends.

The family received friends on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Joseph (Sweetie) Stoneberger, Gregory Mathews, Rod Mathews, Brian Woddell, Jay Lamb, Matthew (Hoss) Sharp and David Riley Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Mathews Sr., Clyde Burkhart, Sam Lamb, Darrell Mathews and Larry Mathews Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to SONA Bank in memory of Jerry Mathews.

Gladys G. Miller

Gladys Virginia Grove Miller, 81, of Woodstock, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016 in Hagerstown, Maryland.

The funeral was held Wednesday, May 4 at 11 a.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock. Pastors Anna Havron and Joe Fleming officiated. Burial followed in St. Luke Cemetery in Woodstock.

Mrs. Miller was born April 2, 1935 in Shenandoah County, daughter of the late Charles W. and Hattie Florence Hinkle Grove.

She was a 1953 graduate of Woodstock High School and a school bus driver for 37 years for Shenandoah County. She also formerly worked at Blue Bell, Woodstock Manufacturing and Woodstock Poultry.

She was a member of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church at Fairview and attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Jerome.

She enjoyed weaving rugs.

She is survived by two sons, Randy Dellinger and wife Bobbi and Kevin Miller and wife Shelly, both of Maurertown; sister, Elsie Woods of Edinburg; grandchildren, Christina Kibler, Kevin Miller Jr., Cody Miller, Cole Miller, Timmy Lockhart, Bryan Lockhart, and Sean James; and great grandchildren, Quinton, Evan, Kylie, Shelby, Skylar, Brandon and Jacob.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Calvin Grove and grandson, Larry Lockhart.

Pallbearers were Sean James, Cody Miller, Bryan Lockhart, Timmy Lockhart, Robert Shrum, Hunter Kibler, Freddie Miller and Randall Grove.

The family received friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contribution may be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church 3055 Fairview Rd., Woodstock, Va. 22664.

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Stacey R. Nadeau

Stacey Raynelle Nadeau, 45, of McGaheysville, Va. passed away Monday, April 25, 2016 at Life Care Center in New Market after a two-year battle with cancer.

She was born on Jan. 11, 1971 in Brunswick, Ga. to Frank and Peggy Nadeau of McGaheysville, Va.

She will be remembered for her love of God and devotion to her family and friends. She was an active member of and worship leader for The Life Church at Brown Memorial in McGaheysville, Va.

Stacey retired earlier this year as the Supervisor of Historical Interpretation at New Market Battlefield. During her tenure there she helped bring greater focus to the experience of the Bushong family on whose farm the battle occurred. She also took a leading role in recruiting, training and outfitting a dedicated corps of volunteers who bring the site's history alive.

In addition to her parents she is survived, by her sisters, Kerry Kellogg of Grottoes, Tiffany Knupp and Elizabeth Rodriguez both of McGaheysville; brothers, Albert Nadeau of Downington, Pa. and Andrew Nadeau of Camp Pendleton, Ca. as well as several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service was held at 3pm on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at The Life Church at Brown Memorial, 9843 Town Hall Rd. McGaheysville, Va. with Pastor Glen Steiner who officiated.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Life Church at Brown Memorial.

Private family inturnment will be made at a later date.

Donna S. Olinger

Donna Sue Olinger, 68, of New Market, Va, passed away on April 27, 2016 at her residence.

She was born May 9, 1947, daughter of the late Anna Lee Sites.

Donna is survived by her husband, Gary E. Olinger; a son, Dustin E. Olinger and wife Lindsey of New Market; a grandson, Reilly Olinger; sister, Mary Martin of Waynesboro, Va.; and brother, Beau Ryan, Charlottesville, Va.

She was a member of the Quicksburg United Methodist Church, Quicksburg, Va.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Valley Funeral & Cremation Service, Bowmans Crossing, Va.

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Roy N. Palmer Sr.

Roy Nelson Palmer Sr., 85, of Timberville, Va., died April 27, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 5, 1930, in Virginia to the late Florence Smith.

Roy was a truck driver for Breyer’s Ice Cream. He attended Grace Mennonite Fellowship in Lacey Spring.

On June 11, 1949, he married the former Vergie Leodia Ritter, who survives.

Also surviving are five sons, Roy Palmer Jr. of Mount Jackson, Randy Palmer of Broadway, Joey Palmer of Fulks Run, Bobby Palmer of Timberville and David Palmer of Roanoke; three daughters, Joanne Sosa of Timberville, Sarah Hamlin of Harrisonburg and Megan Borror of Timberville; one brother, Earl Smith of Strasburg; one sister, Evelyn Dimon of Strasburg; 16 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pastor Bradley Kolb conducted a graveside service 11 a.m. Monday at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

The family received friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Grandle Funeral Home.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Grandle Funeral Home, P.O. Box 114, Broadway, Va. 22815, to help with funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be left for the family

Jack N. Rickard

Jack Van Ness Rickard, devoted husband, servant of the Lord, a true Southern Gentleman, and a loving father, grandfather, and uncle, entered into His Lord and Savior’s presence hand in hand with his wife, Betty, on April 26, 2016.

He shared sixty years of wedded love and life and longed to be with her since her passing on Sept. 27, 2003.

He was born in Strasburg, Va. on June 5, 1923, and grew up delivering papers and doing all sorts of work including carpentry and mechanics. Mr. Rickard, a lifelong resident with a family history of 200 years in the Shenandoah County area, graduated from Stephens City High School in 1941.

During World War II, he was assigned to the Virgin Islands where his mechanical skills enabled him to devote patriotic service to the US Navy. After the War ended, he eventually brought his new bride, Betty Louise Moore Rickard, to the Virgin Islands for an extended honeymoon after they were married on September 12, 1943 in Hagerstown, MD. Together, they ministered to the military members as he completed his tour of duty for the US Navy.

Upon return to the Valley with his bride, he settled on the family farm, built a home and raised three wonderfully talented and gifted daughters who shared with him a love for Southern Gospel Music. As a family, they traveled to many concerts, hymn sings, and events associated with quartet music. His love for the Statesmen Quartet, the “Big Chief” Jim Wetherington, Doy Ott, Jake Hess, Rosie Rozell and Hovie Lister gave him great joy and hope. During his pilgrimage, he and his family visited all the lower “forty-eight” and Alaska. He especially enjoyed pulling his camper trailer to Bar Harbor, Maine in the fall season and to Florida in the winter.

He served for 38 years with the Shockey Companies as a foreman and field superintendent in the casting yard and was well loved and respected by each and every member that he worked with in the plant. He embraced a servant leadership role that touched so many lives. He could do anything and everything that he found before him and never met a problem that did not have a solution.

His service to the Lord and works follow him now and for eternity. He was part of the founding and growth of the Full Gospel Assembly of God in Winchester, Va., (now Abundant Life Church, Stephens City). He served on the Trustee Board and was the Sunday School Superintendent. His car always had enough room for as many as would fit when they went to church every time the door of the church opened. He never knew a stranger.

Jack was a supporter of Southern Light Radio and over its 25 year history gave countless resources of time, talents and treasures. He was an instrumental supporter of Headlight in Trucking Ministries, David Wilkerson Ministries, Inwood Assembly of God, and the Pilgrim Tract Society. He not only gave a cup of cold water to weary pilgrims, but became most commonly known as the “Bread Man” with his countless loaves of bread he made. He wore out nine bread machines ensuring that family, friends, and neighbors had a loaf of fresh bread. He has numerous nephews, nieces, and extended family who loved his smile, laughter and generous heart that overflowed with compassion and grace for all. He always had room at his table for anyone who came by for a visit and a fresh cup of coffee. He was a good and faithful man who whatever he did, it was well done and on the day of his heavenly arrival, he received many rewards and crowns.

Besides his dearly loved and departed wife, Betty, he now awaits his daughters, Marjorie Ann Clemson (Marlin), Jacqueline Louise DeHaven (Donald), and Sheryl Jane Hesse (Daniel), his grandson, Mark DeHaven (Lisa), Lane DeHaven, and Great Grandson, Cole Van Ness DeHaven. He rests now with his parents, Roy and Mary Belva Rickard, a sister, Janice Long, and a brother, Roy “Sonny” Rickard and many beloved family and friends who rejoice with him in His reward.

Pallbearers will be Mark DeHaven, Lane DeHaven, Douglas DeHaven, Donald DeHaven, Paul McFarland Jr, and Todd McFarland.
 Honorary pallbearers were Hershell Kelly, Gary Kelly, Randy Rickard, Alan Rickard and Rick Thweatt, James Butts and Scott DeHaven.

Services were held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at the Jones Funeral Home in Winchester, Va. with a viewing from 12:00–1:00 p.m. and a funeral service followed at 1:00 p.m. The Reverend James E. Schuelke officiated and an internment service followed in the Mount Olive Methodist Cemetery in Hayfield, Va.

Mary V. Wheeler

Mrs. Mary Virginia (Gheen) Wheeler, 86, of New Market, passed away Monday morning, May 2, 2016 at her home.

She was born May 28, 1929 in Fairfax County, Va. and was a daughter of the late James David and Helen Proctor Gheen.

Mrs. Wheeler is survived by her daughters, Virginia Elaine Meade and Charlotte Ann Wheeler Spencer; a brother, Donald Gheen; grandchildren, Sydney Spencer, Brent R. Blare, Rebecca Hatfill and Roger G. Meade Jr.; and a cousin, Shirley Baker.

She was predeceased by her husband, Keith C. Wheeler Jr.; a grandson, Anthony K. Blare; and three bothers and three sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 2016 at Valley Central Church of Christ north of New Market. The Revs. James Burke and Harold Wetzel will officiate. A reception will be held at the church following the service.

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice.

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

Mary I. Whetzel

Mary Isabel Whetzel, 94, of New Market, peacefully passed from this earth on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

She was born May 22, 1921 in Fort Valley, daughter of the late Claude McKinley Cave and Hattie Bell Dinges Cave Phillips.

She had worked at New Market Aileen, Inc. for 29 years prior to her retirement.

Mrs. Whetzel was a member of Front Royal Church of the Brethren and when health permitted attended Valley Central Church in New Market.

She was married March 10, 1942 to Charles Alden Whetzel who preceded her in death March 4, 1994.

She was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, Elizabeth Diann Whetzel; sisters, Louise and “Teetie” Elva Mae; and a special sister Gladys.

She is survived by three sons, Claude "Joe" Whetzel and wife Linda, Pastor Bobby W. Whetzel and wife Pastor Diann, Alden "Augie" Whetzel and wife Marie; grandchildren, Bryan and wife Leslie, Sherrie and husband Michael, Laurie and husband Frank, Brett and wife Tammy, Amanda, Amber, Megan, and Jeffrey; great grandchildren Kyle, Alicia, Rowen, Elie, Kainen, Hunter, Kristen, Nathaniel, Maddie, Lily, and Alana; great great grandchildren, Aldon, Jade, and Sariah. Also surviving is a special care giver Tammy Jenkins.

A funeral service was held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson with the Pastor Hardy Lutz and Pastor Diann Whetzel who officiated. Burial followed at Massanutten Cemetery in Woodstock.

Pallbearers were her grandchildren and Ronnie Markley.

The family received friends on Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

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