Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Johnney M. Brown

Johnney Mack Brown, 78, of Stephens City, Va., passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, May 13, 2016 at his home.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, May 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home. A memorial service will begin at 8 p.m. conducted by Sammy Campbell.

Mr. Brown was born March 18, 1938 in Cortland, NY son of the late Earl Joseph Brown, Sr. and Ruth Elizabeth Alger Brown.

He retired as an independent roofing contractor.

Mr. Brown was a member of the Front Royal Moose Lodge and the VFW.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Phyllis Brown.

Surviving are his second wife Sandra Brown of Stephens City; five children, Diana Odgers and husband Bob of Front Royal, Dennis Brown and wife Chris of Middletown, Jeff Brown of Manassas, Todd Brown and wife Karen of Stephens City, and Regina Chapman and husband Jim “Hillbilly” of Stephens City; two sisters, Geraldine Whittington of Front Royal and Eva Crocker of Maine; one brother, Carl Brown of Maine; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren (and one on the way); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents and first wife, Mr. Brown was preceded in death by a son, John William Brown; one sister, Beverly Brown; and three brothers, James Brown, Earl Joseph Brown, Jr., and Robert Brown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brown Family, c/o City National Bank, 100 Elizabeth Dr., Stephens City, Va. 22655.

Frederick E. Bruffy II

Frederick Eugene Bruffy II, (Freddy, FredRock, FredBird) 32, of Middletown Va., passed away on May 14, 2016.

Freddy was born on Oct. 30, 1983 at Va. Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg Va.

He is survived by his Mother Mikki Hazard; Father Fred Bruffy; his Sisters Sara Alfreda Hazard-Hamman and Hannah Elizabeth Bruffy; his brothers Allen Strawn Bruffy and Steve Bruffy. Freddy also leaves behind the ones who held his heart the most, his niece Emma Kate Bruffy and Nephews Blake William Hamman, Trace Stephen Hamman and Mathew Bruffy.

He was employed at McElroy Metals of Winchester Va.

My life is not over. 
I’ve just been reborn. 
So live, Laugh , and Love
. And No longer mourn. 
I have my wings now. 
And I can finally soar. 
So I'll just say to all my friends and family, 
this isn't a goodbye.
Because I'll see you all again one day!
 Wut UP Dog? 
Love you all, 
Fred Rock

Visitation was Thursday evening, May 19, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home.

Funeral service will be Friday at 1 p.m. May 20, 2016 at Jones Funeral Home.

Dora V. Butler

Dora Virginia Butler, 100, of Woodstock, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

A Home-going Celebration was conducted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 12 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Church in Markham with Reverend Douglas Gore who presided.

The family received friends from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the church.

Burial will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 12 p.m. in National Harmony Memorial Park, 7101 Sheriff Rd., Hyattsville, Md. 20785.

Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.

Personal condolences may be offered to the family online at

Frances C. Cullers

Frances "Frankie" Cooley Cullers, 93, of Middletown, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at Lynn Care Center in Front Royal.

At Mrs. Cullers request there will be no services.

She was born Feb. 4, 1923 in the Vaucluse Community of Frederick County, a daughter of the late William E. and Lucy Luzone Hill Cooley.

She was a retired seasonal worker at National Fruit and a homemaker.

She was the wife of the late Arlie Bright Cullers.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Memorials may be made to Middletown Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 111, Middletown, Va. 22645.

Arrangements by Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Strasburg.

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James C. Ellis

Loving husband, father, artist, and innovator James C. “Jim” Ellis of Roanoke passed away at the age of 85, on May 11, 2016.

Jim grew up “Over Home” in Franklin County, Va. and finished high school in Fincastle. He went to Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and then launched an illustrious and prolific career.

In 1952, he married Rebecca Rush, and, together with Becky, his right hand and soul mate, created art, restaurants, restored homes, a loving family, and a life unsurpassed. As well as splendid memories, he leaves behind his devoted wife Becky, son Caleb, daughters Elizabeth Ellis and Laura Miller, as well as Laura's husband Kenny Miller, and his beautiful granddaughters Kerry Miller and Haley Ring, as well as her husband Tyler.

Days before he passed, Jim was covered in sloppy kisses from his great granddaughter Pippa Ring. In death, he is reunited with his dear mother Mary Virginia Lovelace and his loving brother Thomas Ellis as well as extended family and friends. In life, his compassion, storytelling and love of life and family will be sorely missed. In his words, “it’s been a wonderful life”. Living on in countless hearts, Jim is not gone, but gone before us.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Palliative Care Unit at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center in his memory.

A memorial service celebrating Jim’s life will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016 in St Marks United Methodist Church in Daleville. Friends may send their condolences to the family by visiting

Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home and Crematory, 366-0707.

James L. Grandstaff

James Lee Grandstaff, 74, of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 11a.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock. Reverend Ken Sparks officiated. Burial with military honors by Woodstock American Legion Post #199 followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.

Mr. Grandstaff was born March 18, 1942 in St. David's Church in Fort Valley, son of the late Charles Edgar Grandstaff and Ethel Clem Grandstaff.

He was a 1960 graduate of Strasburg High School and an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

He was a manager at Safeway, where he worked for 38 years.

He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Woodstock, the Woodstock American Legion Post #199, the Safeway Breakfast Group, and the Vinh Long Outlaws.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia B. Grandstaff; three sons, Jeff Farnsworth and his wife Gail of Bridgewater, David Farnsworth and his wife Regina of Frederick, Md. and Anthony Grandstaff and his wife Jessica of Strasburg; two sisters, Nancy Shrum of Maurertown, and Janita Giles of Bunker Hill, WV; a brother, Joseph Grandstaff of Harrisonburg; and four grandchildren, Logan and Trevor Farnsworth and Kyle and Tyler Poage.

Pallbearers were Gene Salmons, John Shrum, Barry Shrum, Ken Sparks Jr., Kaleb Sparks and Scott L'Heureux.
 Honorary pallbearers were members of Woodstock American Legion Post #199.

The family received friends Monday from 7-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 1255 Hoover Rd., Woodstock, Va. 22664 or Woodstock American Legion, 411 S. Muhlenberg St., Woodstock, Va. 22664.

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David High Jr.

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

A graveside service was held Friday, May 13 at 2 p.m. in Saumsville Cemetery. Reverend T. D. Gheen officiated.

Mr. High was born Nov. 15, 1946 in Victoria, Va., son of the late David Lewis High and Evelyn Elizabeth Yew High Hackney.

He was a self-employed painter.

David is survived by his wife, Linda Marie High; three children, Ricky Runion and wife Tangela of Mt. Jackson, Sherry Elizabeth High Jones of Toms Brook and David Lewis "Peanut" High of Keezletown; two brothers, Charles R. High of Maurertown and Carl Lee High of Front Royal; half-brother, Lewis High of Romney, WV; grandchildren, Amber Runion, Anthony High and Heather High and their mother Sheri "Lynnster" Tobin, Karla Bodge, Travis High, Jacob Runion, Thomas Jones and Mathew Jones; six great grandchildren; and his beloved dogs, Molly and Stephanie.

Pallbearers were Anthony High, Travis High, Jacob Runion, Carl High Jr., James High and Michael High.

The family received friends Thursday from 6-7 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

Memorial contributions may be made to Linda High (for expenses), 763 Zepp Rd., Maurertown, Va. 22644.

Online condolences may be left at

John D. Long Sr.

John D. Long, Sr., 76, of Middletown, Va., died on May 10th, 2016.

He was born on July 25, 1939, in Indiana, Pa.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Long; his children, John Long Jr., Debbie Long, Doug Long and Terri Hollestelle, grandchildren and a great grandson.

A service was held at the First Baptist Church in Front Royal, Va. on May 14th at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to a charity of your choice.

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Ollie L. Miller

Ollie Leroy Miller, 80, of Stephens City died Monday, May 9, 2016 in Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center.

He was born April 9, 1936 in Winchester the son of Walter and Catherine Henson Miller.

He was a member of the Strasburg Moose Lodge #403 and the Winchester Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #824.

He was an avid hunter and angler.

He is survived by his daughter, Molly A. Armel and her husband James, Sr. of Winchester; two grandchildren, James Armel, Jr. and Justin Armel; a greatgranddaughter, Nakayla Armel; siblings, Levi Miller, Loretta Sargent, and Marie Wyeck; two special friends, Benjamin Smelser and Myla Lillard.

A funeral was held 7 p.m. Monday in the Phelps Funeral Chapel, 311 Hope Dr., Winchester with Pastor Ken Smith who officiated.

Friends were received an hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are by Winchester

Joe Minton

Joe Minton of Sterling, Virginia, slipped the surly bonds of this earth and flew into the blue yonder to be rejoined with his loving wife Nancy, daughter Jean Fogle and son John.

His surviving children, Joan, Mike, Mary Beth, and Diane, were with him throughout his four-day journey.

He was 91.

He had a full and good life.
He and Nancy lived part-time in Fort Valley, Va. for several years, enjoying the nearness of the Fogle family and the special beauty of the area. Many family gatherings and celebrations took place in their home there over the years.
Joe was an aviator, a pilot who loved to slip from the earth into the sky and clouds.

He flew out of Luray and other small airports, often taking one or more grandchildren up to join him. He flew nearly 70 of his 91 years in just about anything with wings.

He flew combat cargo in the China, Burma, India theatre of WWII and piloted the B-47 during the days of the Cold War.

He went on to work in aviation-related industries until his retirement.

He is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren who will all cherish his memory or learn about him from the re-telling of his many stories.

Services to celebrate both Joe and Nancy, who died April 20, 2015, will take place in Herndon and Sterling, Virginia on May 20.

The Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon is handling arrangements.

Contributions in Joe's name can be made to the Jean Fogle Memorial Garden in Woodstock.

Mary C. Phillips

Mary Catherine Phillips, 93, of Stevenson, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Skyline Terrace in Woodstock.
Services will be private and are in the care of Valley Funeral & Cremation Service, Bowmans Crossing.

Jeannette O. Richman

Jeannette Olinger Richman, 97, who lived at 2036 Ridge Rd., west of New Market, and currently resided at N.H.C. in Bluffton, S.C., passed away May 13, 2016, in Bluffton S.C.

Jeannette was born Jan. 1, 1919, in Shenandoah County, and was the daughter of the late George H. and Maggie Branner Olinger.

Jeannette had worked for Alfred Neys in Harrisonburg as a sales clerk. She was a member of the Bethlehem United Church of Christ, where she played the organ for many years. She attended the Timberville Church of the Brethren.

On Sept. 6, 1964, she married Earl W. Richman, who preceded her in death. Jeannette was also preceded in death by sisters, Marie Fulk, Lena Bridgett and Mary Frances Ginn; a brother, George Olinger; and a stepson, David Richman.

She is survived by daughters, Shirley Ann Boppe of Hilton Head, S.C., and Barbara Jean Richman of Baltimore, Md.; sons, George Walter Sellers of Fritch, Texas, and Richard Earl Richman of Chocowinity, N.C.; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a sister, Hilda Turner of Winchester.

A memorial service will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway by Pastor Bernie Fuska. Burial will be private.

The casket will be closed and no family visitation, but you will be able to sign the guest book at the funeral home any time after Wednesday.

She will be brought to Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway, where family and friends may send online condolences to the family at

Alfred A. Robinson

Alfred A. Robinson, husband of Betty Lou Robinson, of Woodstock, Va., died May 13, 2016 at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester.

He was 88 years of age and was born in Port Deposit, Md.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Norman W. Robinson of Trinity, Fl.; two daughters, Karen L. Wickmann of Herndon, Va. and Nancy A. Robinson of Sterling, Va.; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Donna K. Campe and a sister, A. Elizabeth Todd.
Interment will be private in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.

Online condolences may be left at

Richard D. Tevalt

Richard Dallas Tevalt age 90, a resident of Marlboro, VA passed away Wednesday May, 11, 2016 at his farm.

Graveside rites for Mr. Tevalt was conducted 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Green Hill Cemetery, Stephens City with Pastor Richard McDowell who officiated.

Mr. Tevalt was born on May 26, 1925 a son of the late Clarence Eugene and Margaret Edna Carver Tevalt.

Dallas was a member of Hites Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a retired farmer and retired from Abex in Winchester, Va. with 27 years of dedicated service. Dallas loved family picnics, playing baseball (one of the best shortstops) and sitting in the shade enjoying his twilight years.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Josephine Fauver Tevalt; two sons, Richard Joseph Tevalt and wife, Lynn and John Eugene Tevalt and wife, Jannifer; a daughter, Margaret Jane Tevalt and husband, Darren; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Carson Eugene Tevalt.

Pallbearers were Jeremiah Brown, Jason Tevalt, Chris Neff and Calob Ritter.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hites Chapel, 5275 Middle Rd., Winchester, Va. 22602 or a charity of one’s choice in his memory.

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

John W. Veney

John William “Bill” Veney, 65, of Luray, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2016, at his home.

He was born Oct. 5, 1950, in Shenandoah County to the late Charles Edward and Evelyn Johnson Veney.

Bill was a lifetime resident of this area and served in the Army for six years, later joining the Reserves.

In 2015, he retired from Century Link Telephone Co.

He was a deacon at the St. John’s Baptist Church Salem in Luray and a member of the Eagle’s club.

Bill loved golfing, fishing, baseball, his family, grandchildren and leading others to the Lord.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy Veney; two daughters, Wendy Veney and husband, Steve Kozak, of West Virginia and Marcia Munoz and husband, Shawn, of Maryland; four grandchildren, Jace Munoz, Cade Munoz, Gavi Munoz and Olive Kozak; five brothers, Ronald Veney and wife, Vicky, of Luray, Tony Veney and wife, Gloria, of New Market, Leonard Veney and wife, JoLynn, of Quicksburg, Larry Veney of Harrisonburg and James Veney and wife, Virginia, of Broadway; three sisters, Patsy Brown and husband, Larmont, of Middletown, Diane Whitley of Harrisonburg, and Charlene Good and husband, John, of Woodstock; an uncle, Robert Johnson; four aunts, Judy Johnson, Inez Veney, Dorothy Johnson and Dolores Johnson; sisters-in-law, Edmintrest Veney and Alice Veney; and a brother-in-law, Charles Jr. Frye.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a daughter, Carla Williams; four brothers, Jerry, Charles, Richard and Steve Veney; a sister, Elizabeth Frye; a granddaughter, Tori Williams; an aunt, Marjorie Veney, and uncle, John Veney.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg officiated by Pastors John Ruffner, Stephanie Callwood and the Rev. Walter Tutt Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Baptist Church Salem at 14B Stoney Brook Ln., Luray Va. 22835.

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