Obituaries — Shenandoah County

William J. Alabaugh

William Junior “Spike” Alabaugh, 83, of Cross Junction, Va. died on Friday, May 6, 2016 at the Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center.

Mr. Alabaugh was born on July 14, 1932 in Capon Bridge, WV, a son of the late Buna W. and Mary Ziler Alabaugh. He worked in the receiving department at the Abex Corporation in Winchester for 38 years. Spike was a member of the Gainesboro United Methodist Church, a United States Army Veteran having served in Korea and enjoyed repairing appliances. Mr. Alabaugh married Betty Unger Alabaugh on Feb. 1, 1958 in Hagerstown, Md.

Surviving with his wife of 58 years is a daughter: Pam A. Maphis and her husband Tom of Stephens City; two grandsons: Brian & Bobby Maphis also of Stephens City; and a sister: Rosalie Cornwell of Middletown.

He is preceded in death by a sister: Nellie Smith.

A funeral service was held at the Giffin Funeral Home & Crematory on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7 p.m. Officiating was Rev. Charles Brooks. Inurnment will be privately held in Fairview Cemetery near Gore, Va. at a later date. The family received friends an hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gainesboro United Methodist Church, PO Box 313, Cross Junction, Va. 22625 or the Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, Va. 22601.

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Lt. Col. Stephen S. Eisenhauer

Lt. Col. Stephen S. Eisenhauer, USMC (Ret.) “Steve”, of Winchester, Va., died Sunday, May 1, 2016 from congestive heart failure. He was 84 years old.

He was born Dec. 1, 1931 in Sheffield, Pa; the son of the late Leiser and Martha Swartz Eisenhauer. Steve graduated from Sheffield High School, Sheffield, Pa, and attended the U. S. Naval Academy, where he was graduated and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps in 1954. He married Barbara Ritchie of Sheffield, Pa. in June, 1954.

While at the Naval Academy, Steve was an outstanding student athlete. As a Navy football player he was first team All-America in 1952 and 1953. He was later elected to the Academic All-America Hall of Fame (1992) and the College Football Hall of Fame (1994).

His first assignment was Officer Basic School, Quantico, Va. before entering flight school as NAS Pensacola, Fl. He began his career as a fighter pilot with Marine Fighter Squadron 235 at Cherry Point, NC. He then served as Aide to Maj. Gen. Marion Dawson in Korea. He served at MCAS El Toro, Ca. before entering the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, Ca.

He returned to MCAS El Toro before deploying to Vietnam. Home from Vietnam, he served at Headquarters Marine Corps, Arlington, Va. While there he earned a Masters degree in Statistics at George Washington University, Washington D.C., before retiring from the Marine Corps in 1975.

He then served as a civilian consultant working with Naval Air until 1996. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation, the Naval Academy Alumni Association, the Shenandoah Area Naval Academy Alumni Group, and the Retired Officers Association.

Steve was a member of the North Star Lodge No. 241 in Warren, Pa, an honorary member of Spurmont Lodge No. 98, Strasburg, Va., an honorary member of Winchester Hiram Lodge No. 21, and a member of the Shenandoah Valley No. 543 Chapter of the National Sojourners.

Steve loved to play golf and bridge, and was a former member of the Winchester Country Club.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Winchester, Va.

Steve is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara Eisenhauer, and their two children, Susan Eisenhauer Kessell and her husband Frederick of Lake Wylie, SC and Gregory Stephen Eisenhauer and his wife Elizabeth of Winchester along with two grandchildren, Grace Eisenhauer and Joseph Eisenhauer.

He is preceded in death by an infant son, Brian Lee Eisenhauer and two brothers, David Eisenhauer and Edward Eisenhauer.

A Memorial Service was held Friday, May 6, 2016, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Winchester with Rev. Dr. Dan McCoig, Jr. who officiated.

Inurnment will be at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Va. at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to USNA Foundation for the Athletic Excellence Fund, 25 Maryland Ave., Annapolis, Md., 21401.

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Franklin S. Feathers, Jr.

Franklin Semore Feathers, Jr. age 74, a resident of Stephenson, Va. passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Inova Loudoun Hospital in Leesburg, Va.

A funeral service for Mr. Feathers was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Church of Christ at Mountain View in Winchester, Va. with Evangelist Doug Hardman and Evangelist Charles Doughty who officiated. Burial followed in Gravel Springs Cemetery, Star Tannery, Va.

Mr. Feathers was born in Woodstock, Va. a son of the late Franklin Semore Feathers, Sr. and Sarah Louise Shell Feathers.

He was an active member of the Church of Christ at Mountain View and a retiree of General Electric.

He was a past member of the Shawnee Ruritan Club, loved dirt track races and was a former dirt track driver.

Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years, Helen Feathers of Stephenson, Va.; his beloved children, Dwayne Seldon and wife, Dawnna of Winchester, Michael Seldon of Winchester, Charles Feathers and wife Mary of Stephens City, Sherry Borror of Stephens City, Preston Feathers and wife Renee of Winchester, and Malinda Hatter and husband, Brian of Charlotte, NC; eleven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his siblings, Ethel Moore of Spring, Tx., Edith Lineburg of Winchester, Va., Wayne Feathers, Bonnie Merryman both of Stephens City and Ricky Feathers of Winchester; several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Al Light, Dave Via, Ralph Hoover, Cliff Anderson, Mike Hoffman and Gerald Wakefield.

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

Memorials may be made to the Church of Christ at Mountain View, 134 Narrow Ln., Winchester, Va. 22602.

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

Billy J. Foltz

Billy Joe Foltz, 50, of Mt. Jackson, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

He was born June 9, 1965 in Woodstock and was the son of James Foltz and the late Faye (Richard) Foltz.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his brother, Cray D. Foltz and his uncle, Paul D. Foltz Jr.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Edinburg.

In addition to his father, Billy is survived by his sister, Gail White and husband Tom of Virginia Beach; his aunt, Frances Ann Foltz of Harrisonburg; one niece; one nephew; and one great-nephew.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Katie Gosswein who officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mike Heishman, Alan Dodson, Joe Miller, Jimmy White, Tom White and Dexter Mumaw.

The family received friends one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Conicville Volunteer Fire Department, 763 Conicville Rd., Mt. Jackson, Va. 22842.

Arrangements are in the care of Valley Funeral & Cremation Service.

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Linda L. Hartman

Linda Lee Hartman, 72, of Front Royal, Va., died on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Warren Memorial Hospital.

A graveside service was held in Panorama Memorial Gardens on Monday, May 9 at 3 p.m. conducted by Rev. Alan B. Gray.

Mrs. Hartman was born June 17, 1943 in Front Royal, Va., daughter of the late Edward Lee Fox and Hattie Mae Molden Fox.

She was the wife of the late Paul David Hartman Sr.

Surviving are two sons, Paul David Hartman Jr. and wife Linda of Front Royal and Bruce Elliott Hartman and wife Janet of Hedgesville, WV; one sister, Goldie Hawkins and husband Pete of Culpeper, Va.; six grandchildren, Jimmy Thompson, Teresa Hartman, Matthew Hartman, Christina Gomez, Kimberly Hartman and Felicia Hartman; three great grandchildren, Mark Thompson, Mackenzie Thompson and Carlos Gomez; and two nephews, Eddie Jenkins and Freddie Jenkins.

Arrangements were by Maddox Funeral Home, Inc. in Front Royal, Va.

David High Jr.

David High Jr., 69, of Maurertown, passed away May 10, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

Arrangements, which are being handled by Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock, were incomplete.

Grover C. Mellott

Grover Cleveland Mellott, 89, of Front Royal, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2016 surrounded by his family at his home.

A funeral service was conducted on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home with Pastor Calvin Lowder who officiated. Burial followed in Panorama Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends from 1 until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Mellott was born in Lovettsville on Jan. 14, 1927, a son of the late Carter Milton and Bessie Elizabeth Piper Mellott.

He retired as an electrical mechanic for Potomac Edison after 35 years of service.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and small engine repair. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and great great grandfather.

Mr. Mellott is survived by his daughter, Linda Mellott Beatty (Robert) of Stephens City; his grandchildren, Kimberly Mellott Blevins (Allen), Traci Elaine Beatty, Jennifer Mellott Grant (Scott), Michael Paul Beatty and Geoffrey Cleveland Mellott; his great grandchildren, Timmy Ray Mellott, Taylor Mellott, Owen Beatty, Garrett Grant and Kennedi Mellott; and his great great grandchildren, Addyson Mellott and Oleksy Mellott.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Mellott was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Marie Ault Mellott; his son, Grover Cleveland Mellott Jr.; his brothers, Pete Mellott, George Mellott, and James Mellott; and his sisters, Madeline Mellott, Gladys Painter, Bertha Kenney and Mabel Kenney.

Pallbearers were Michael P. Beatty, Owen M. Beatty, Geoffrey C. Beatty, Gary Phillips and Kyle Grapes.

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Roof B Mullins

Roof B Mullins, 95, of Woodstock Va., went to join the Lord and his wife, Halcie, of 72 years on May 4, 2016.
Burial and services were private.

He was born August 1, 1920. He served in the US Army during WWII and was a Purple Heart recipient. He worked for Virginia Concrete for over 35 years.

He taught his family that your word or handshake was as good as a contract. Hard work showed your character and that family was of the highest importance, he always told us that family takes care of one another and to stay together.

He is survived by his children Larry R Mullins and wife Connie, of Iowa. Daughters Blanche Young and husband Gerald and Ann Melanson, both of Missouri. His grandchildren Steven Turner, Eric Mullins, Shannon Melanson, Carly Crews, Derek Melanson, and Megan Mullins. His great grandchildren Katherine Melanson, Chase and Conner Crews. His Nieces, Nephews, and Cousins.

The family would also like to extend a special thank you to our cousin, Lester Collins of Moorefield, WV. You spent your days this past year sitting with him and we thank you for your dedication, love and taking such good care of him at the end of his life.

We will miss you.

Paul M. Racey

Paul Milton Racey, 92, of Fishers Hill, Virginia, died Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at his residence.

Born Nov. 19, 1923 on Oakdale Dairy Farm in Fishers Hill, Mr. Racey was the son of Earlie Seymour and Verna Olive McIlwee Racey.

He was the youngest and last of his immediate family having been preceded in death by his sisters, Lillian Racey Nau and Mary Racey Orndorff and his brother, Earl Edward Racey.

Mr. Racey was a United States Army veteran having served in the Pacific Theatre with an Amphibious Tractor Division in the Philippines, Island of Leyte during World War II and stateside with the 325th Tank Battalion during the Korean War where he assisted in reopening (then) Camp Irwin.

For 45 years he worked for, and retired from, the company that came to be known as Avtex Fibers in Front Royal. He was a heavy equipment operator.

He was a lifetime member of Emmanuel Evangelical and Reformed Church in Fishers Hill and an associate member of Round Hill Church of the Brethren in Toms Brook. Mr. Racey was active in multiple choirs and served on the council at Emmanuel. He was a member of the American Legion Post 21, was a volunteer at the Compassion Cupboard in Strasburg and willingly shared produce from his gardens.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Virginia Mitchell Racey, whom he married on July 18, 1947, and his son, Ward Stephen Racey.

He is survived by a daughter, Kyna Mitchell Daigle (William) of Winchester; three granddaughters, Chey Anne Racey of New York City, Paula Racey of Fishers Hill and Randi Racey of Winchester; and a very dear friend, Kathy Denton of Strasburg.

A funeral service for Mr. Racey was held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2016 at Stover Memorial Chapel with Pastor Beverly Funkhouser. Burial followed in the Fishers Hill Cemetery.

The family received friends Sunday evening at Stover's from 6 - 8 p.m.

Pallbearers were Larry Baker, Terry Denton, Larry Racey, Ray Ritenour Jr, Bill Spiker and Brian Williams.

Honorary pallbearers were Katie Baker, Albert Stickley, Ellsworth Stickley, William “Poss” Baker, William Funkhouser, and Ronald Orndorff.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Compassion Cupboard, P.O. Box 611, Strasburg Va. 22657-0611 or the Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 620, Strasburg, Va. 22657-0620.

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

Phyllis M. Sine

Phyllis Montrose Sine, 65, of Woodstock, passed away Monday, May 9, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

Services will be private.

Mrs. Sine was born Jan. 22, 1951 in New Market, daughter of the late Orin and Della Ryman Funkhouser.

She was a 1969 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School.

She was an LPN for Dr. Kirkland for over 30 years.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry W. Sine; step-son, Jerry W. Sine II and wife Kim of Woodstock; sister, Betty Golladay and husband Alger of Mt. Jackson; and brother, Orin Funkhouser Jr. and wife Sonja of Gulf Breeze, Florida.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Jane B. Stephens

Jane Marie Bly Stephens, 91, of Front Royal, went home with Jesus on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Lynn Care Nursing Home in Front Royal.

A Celebration Of Life was conducted on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home with Pastor Calvin Lowder officiating.

Entombment was Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 1 p.m. in Panorama Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Stephens was born in Toms Brook on April 4, 1925, a daughter of the late William Joseph and Annie Cebelia Hottle Bly.

She was a homemaker, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was a member of the Valley Bible Church in Stephens City, and very active with the Gideon's Auxiliary. She took mission trips around the world to bring the Gospel to poor and hurting people and to distribute Bibles.

She loved to travel. But above all her family was her greatest joy.

Mrs. Stephens is survived by her husband of 72 years, James Edward Stephens Sr.; her sons, James E. Stephens Jr. and wife Judith of Middleburg and Reverend M. Dwayne Stephens and wife Darla of Ashland; her daughter, Bobbi Andes and husband Reverend Larry Andes of Front Royal; her daughter-in-law, Tracy Stephens Sykes and husband Steve; her son-in-law, Joseph R. Ralls Sr.; her grandchildren, James E. Stephens III, Joseph R. Ralls Jr., Reverend Dean Ralls, Reverend Joshua Andes, Christina Driscoll, Mark Stephens, DeAnna Baker, Nathan Stephens, Joanna Stephens, Courtney Stubley, and Natalie Stephens; and her 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Stephens was preceded in death by her son, Larry Dennis Stephens; her daughter, Donna Delephine Ralls; her brothers, William Joseph (Bill) Bly, Charles Leroy (Buck) Bly, and Douglas Wilson Bly; and her sister, Alice Bly Seal.

Pallbearers were her grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name be made to Gideons International, Front Royal Camp, P.O. Box 206, Front Royal, Va. 22630

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Joan G. Swann

On April 18, 2016, Joan Grace Swann departed this life to be with her savior, surrounded by her friends and family in Jacksonville, Fla.

Her funeral will be at St. Mary’s Pine Lutheran Church in Mount Jackson on May 14, 2016, at 11 a.m.

Inurnment will take place at the Mt. Jackson Cemetery following the service.

Donations in her honor can be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Mary L. Turner

Mary Lee Turner, 88, of Harrisonburg died May 5, 2016, at her residence.

She was born June 26, 1927, in Cross Keys and was the daughter of the late Rollin E. and Mary Anna Rodeffer Trobaugh.

She was a devoted wife and mother, and was a Rockingham County school bus driver for several decades. Mary Lee was a charter member of the Mount Tabor United Methodist Church.

On Aug. 26, 1950, she married the late Gifford D. Turner who preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2012.

Surviving are sons, Keith Turner and wife, Charlynn, of Harrisonburg, Lane Turner and wife, Denise, of New Market, Jeryl Turner and wife, Elaine, of Nashville, Tenn.; grandson, Curtis Turner; stepgrandchildren, Nicki Lutz, John Zirkle, Lindsay Zirkle and Andrew Zirkle; sister, Kathleen “Kitty” Lambert; and nephew, Kent Lambert.

Pastors Kay Gentry, Archie Webster and Dr. Mike Normoyle conducted a memorial service at 11 a.m. Monday at the Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Lacey Spring. Burial will be private.

The family received friends Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Mount Tabor Social Hall.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fl. 33607, or to the Wounded Warrior Project; P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Ks. 66675.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Barry W. Zinn

Barry Wayne Zinn, 72, of New Market, passed away April 18, 2016 at Winchester Medical Center. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 14, at 2:00 p.m. at the Edinburg VFW. Pastor Sherry Waddell will officiate

Barry was born Oct. 16, 1943 in Pennsylvania, son of the late William and Laverna Mae Price Zinn.

He was a maintenance supervisor for Holiday Inn Express.

He was an Army veteran, member of Oak Level United Methodist Church in Fort Valley, Lifetime member of Edinburg VFW Aux., and a member of Mt Jackson Moose, New Market Eagles and Woodstock American Legion.

He is survived by his significant other, Reva Buchanan of Fort Valley; three children, Steve Zinn, Barry Zinn Jr. and Tracy DeWitt all of PA.; and numerous grandchildren.

Online condolences may be left at

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