Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Wade M. Bly

Wade Marshall Bly was released to his eternal life on May 26, 2016.

He was born in Winchester, Virginia on July 7, 1961.

He is survived by his lifelong companion, Pam Rosenberger; his children, Tara Bly and husband, Joshua, Kara Megan Bly and companion Nathan, Jessica Bly, and Eric Bly; his grandchildren, Olivia, Natalie, Melanie, Colton, Jacob, Allyson, Trevor and Haley; his nephew, Joshua; a very special niece, whom he thought of as a daughter, Victoria Pitcock; his mother, Gladys Ritenour; a sister, Kim Funkhouser; his brothers, Bobby Bly, Todd Bly, Dennis Bly, Gary Bly and Kenny Bly; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins aunts, uncles; and people who referred to him as Dad, especially Justin Gulick.  

He was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Bly and his step-mother, Anna Mae Bly, by whom he was raised.

Wade was a member of Strasburg American Legion Post 77 and Hites Chapel United Methodist Church.

Honorary pallbearers will be Warren Richard and Hunter Hollar.

Wade loved everyone he met unconditionally and talked to them about any and everything. His infectious personality always made you feel comfortable, alive and happy. He had a profound love for God and his family.

A celebration of his life will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2016 at Strasburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. John B. Haynes Jr. officiating.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until service time at the church.

Memorials contributions for Wade M. Bly may be made to Stover Funeral Home, Inc., 177 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Virginia 22657.

Gordon D. Bowman II

Gordon Derwood “Sonny” Bowman II, 81, died peacefully at his home in Mt. Jackson, Va. on Saturday, May 28th, surrounded by family and friends.

A successful businessman, philanthropist and one of the Shenandoah Valley’s most notable citizens, Mr. Bowman was born on July 27th, 1934 in Mt. Jackson, the only son of Gordon D. Bowman and Martha Elton Cadwallader Bowman. Raised in an apple growing family, he became President of Bowman Apple Products in December 1975, and served in that capacity until August 2009 when he became Chairman of the Board and ultimately retired in December 2011.

Mr. Bowman was a proud and loyal graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Throughout his life, he was active in fund-raising efforts for his Alma mater, receiving the distinguished service citation from the school’s Agriculture Alumni Association. During his college years, he played football for the Hokies, and was a member of Phi Beta Phi, the Phi Sigma Biological Society, the Horticulture Club, UT Prosim, the VT Athletic Association, the VT German Club, and the Corp of Cadets.

Upon graduation from Virginia Tech with a degree in Horticulture in 1956, he went into active service in the US Army from 1956-58 and served in the Reserves until 1964. Following an overseas deployment to France, he attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with an MBA in 1961, before joining his parents in operating the family business.

A lifelong orchardist, fruit processor and stalwart champion of the Virginia apple industry, Mr. Bowman served as a founding member of the Apple Processors Association, past Board member of the Processed Apple Institute and a member of the Virginia State Horticulture Society, Virginia Apple Growers Association, and the Dwarf Fruit Tree Association. He also served under President George W. Bush in 2006 as a member of the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Advisory Committee.

Mr. Bowman was a past Chairman of the Board at Massanutten Military Academy, interim President and member of the Board of Trustees, most recently serving as Trustee Emeritus. He also served as a Director for the Shenandoah County Library Foundation and was a past member of the Shenandoah County School Board.

As a native of Shenandoah County, he focused his philanthropic efforts locally. He was a benefactor to numerous local organizations, including the Shenandoah County Free Clinic, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, the Boy Scouts, the 4-H and the Bowman-Shannon Cultural Arts Center. His firm conviction that quality higher education is critical to the future of young people residing in rural Virginia compelled him to create the Bowman Educational Scholarship Treasure (BEST), and to support the Virginia Tech Riva study abroad program in Switzerland.

Mr. Bowman is survived by his daughter, Lauren and her husband James G. Williams IV of Mt. Jackson, Va.; son, Gordon D. “Todd” Bowman III and wife Charlotte, of Fort Mill SC; four treasured grandchildren, Tristan and Baylen Williams of Mt. Jackson, Va. and Grayson and Genevieve Bowman of Fort Mill, SC; sister Peggy B. Zirkle of College Park, Md.; and niece Pamela D. Zirkle of Annapolis, Md. He is predeceased by both parents and his sister, Patricia A. Jordan of Alamogordo, NM.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 9:00pm on Friday, June 3rd at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson, Va. A memorial service will be held at Dellinger at 2:00pm on Saturday, June 4th, followed by a private graveside service at the Mt. Jackson Cemetery. A celebration of Mr. Bowman’s life will commence immediately following the service at The Yellow Barn in Shenandoah Caverns, Va.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St. #405, Winchester, Va. 22601; the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Rd., Edinburg, Va. 22824; or the Mt. Jackson Fire and Rescue Squad, 6044 Main St., Mt. Jackson, Va. 22842. 

Alger L. Coffelt

Alger Lee Coffelt, 83, of Edinburg, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 5, 1932 in Woodstock and was the son of the late Joseph Melvin and Goldie (Windle) Coffelt.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Brett Cooper.

Mr. Coffelt was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served in Korea. 
He was a farm manager most of his life. He raised Angus cattle and thousands of turkeys during his career.

In his younger days, he enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. In his retirement years he loved to go camping with his family and friends.

Mr. Coffelt is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary (Baker) Coffelt; three daughters, Jane Ryman (Dwayne) of Edinburg, Joan Fletcher (Robert) of Edinburg and Julie Cooper (Butch) of Woodstock; six grandchildren, Dawn deCourcy, Matthew deCourcy (Stephanie), Jarrett Cooper (Nicole), Jordan Cooper, Skyler Fletcher (Ashleigh) and Jennifer Wiatrowski (David); and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, 2016 in Cedarwood Cemetery with Pastor Katie Gosswein who officiated.
 The family will receive friends at home anytime.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Rd., Woodstock, Va. 22664.

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

Thoughts, Concerns and Remembrances to

Faye Coffelt

Faye Coffelt, 81, of Edinburg, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Winchester.

Services will be private. Pastor Lisa Coffelt will officiate.

Friends can call at the house anytime.

Faye was born Nov. 21, 1934 in Edinburg. She was the daughter of the late Marvin and Emily Grandstaff Thomas.

She was a 1953 graduate of Edinburg High School. She loved square dancing and visiting nursing homes, where she shared her love of square dancing. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, William Coffelt Sr.; a son, Billy Coffelt Jr. and wife Lisa of Edinburg; a granddaughter, Allison Coffelt; sister, Jeanne Gochenour and husband Sam; and a brother, Johnny Thomas and wife Katherine.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg, Virginia 22824 or St. John's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Edinburg, Virginia 22824.

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Victor W. Dill

Victor Win Dill, of Berkeley Springs, WV, died on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born March 10, 1950, in Winchester, Va.,he was the son of late Earl Broadus, Sr. and Virginia Irene Bateman Dill.

Victor was a member of the Berkeley Springs Church of Christ. He attended schools in Gainesboro, Va. Victor served two tours in Vietnam with the United States Army as a gunner and a land clearer. He was the owner/operator of Dominion Concrete. Victor was a member of RisingerStotler VFW Post #4019 in Berkeley Springs.

He enjoyed farming here in Berkeley Springs and in Moorefield, WV. Victor enjoyed cutting down trees, working on his sawmills and building log cabins with his wife, tinkering on old tractors and loved spending time with his dog Stormy.

Victor is survived by his wife of 20 years, Brenda Estella Poffinberger Dill at home, two stepsons, Darryl Stotler of Front Royal, Va., Darren Stotler and wife Angie of Rio, WV, four sisters, Merle Kerns and husband Dale of Gainesboro, Va., Mary Kelly and husband Leonard of Siler, Va., Pearl Bozeak and Judy Tripplett, both of Winchester; three brothers, Jimmy Dill and wife Gloria, Luther Dill, all of Winchester, and David Dill and wife Mary of Middletown, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers, Earl Dill Jr., Harry Dill, John Dill and Mark Dill.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 30, 2016, at the Berkeley Springs Church of Christ, 290 S. Green St., Berkeley Springs, WV with Russell “Dick” Bartrug and Van Sprague officiating. Burial with graveside military honors was provided by the Tri-State Honor Guard and was in the PoffinbergerDill Cemetery, off of Green Gate Road.

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Howard E. Dix

Mr. Howard Ellen Dix, of Halifax, passed away May 26, 2016.

He was born in Indianapolis, In. on Jan. 25, 1922 and was 94 years old. He was the son of the late Marvin Dix and the late Bertha Clark Dix.

He was a member of Berry Hill Presbyterian Church and a WWII Navy veteran.

He owned and operated the Halifax Exchange Store.

Mr. Howard Ellen Dix is survived by two daughters, Brenda D. Fox and husband Raymond of Mt. Jackson, Va. and Shirley D. Crews and husband Henry of Lynchburg, Va.; one brother, Charles Dix of Florida; three grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel Matthews Dix; his second wife, Geraldine Schmidt Dix; one son, William Howard Dix; and one sister, Helen Mason.

A funeral service was held Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roger Wilborn who officiated.
 Burial followed on Monday, May 30, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Robersonville City Cemetery, Robersonville, NC.
 The family received friends Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 2 p.m., one hour prior to the service.

For memorials, please consider the Halifax Volunteer Fire Department, 375 North Main St., Halifax, Va. 24558.

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Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, Va. 24592.

Harry J. Doman

Harry James "Buckwheat" Doman, 57, of Front Royal, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, June 2 at 2 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home with Sammy Campbell who officiated. 
Interment will be private.

Harry was born on October 7, 1958 in Winchester, son of Matthew and Susan Doman of Calhoun, Ga.

He worked for B&B Signal as a foreman.

Surviving with his parents are his wife, Tammy Doman; one son, Mychal Slayden and wife Brittany of Winchester; two daughters, Brandy Ritenour and husband Zach of Fort Valley, and Nicole Doman of Winchester; one step-son, Thomas Evans of Florida; one step-daughter, Candice Smallwood and husband Daniel of Woodstock; one brother, Donnie Doman and wife Bonnie of Winchester; four sisters, Brenda Russell and husband Robert of Georgia, Mary Bauserman and husband Gary of Zepp, Cindy Rush and husband Larry of Winchester, and Susan Ann Doman of Georgia; and 10 grandchildren.

The family received friends on Thursday, June 2 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Randell E. Gray Sr.

Randell Eugene Gray Sr., 70, of Stanley, died on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

He was born on June 6, 1945, in Stanley and was a son of the late Gilbert Gray and Dorothy Crawford Bowen.

On March 20, 1965, he married Jo Ann Alley Gray, who died on March 9, 2016.

He is survived by four sons, Brad, Harold, William W. and Randell E. Gray Jr., all of Stanley; eight brothers, David G. Gray of Timberville, Gilbert Gray Jr. of Harrisonburg, and Jackie, Danny, Dewayne, Kevin, Jeffrey and Philip Gray Sr., all of Stanley; three sisters, Darlene Gray of Harrisonburg, Sonia Dinges of Stanley, and Patricia Beydler of Woodstock; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Pamela Gray.

A graveside service was conducted on Tuesday, May 31, at the Graves Chapel Cemetery in Stanley by Pastor John Thomas.

Betty O. Higgins

Betty Joy Overington Higgins, born in Kansas on December 2, 1930, passed away peacefully at the Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va., on the evening of May 27, 2016, at age 85.

She passed with her family by her side. Betty had been battling multiple health issues for many months. When her time came, she faced it with the amazing amount of courage that was the hallmark of her personality.

Betty Joy was the daughter of Rachel and Frank Davis, and had one sister, Jane Taylor.

She was a D.C. area resident for many years then moved with her husband, George Higgins, and youngest daughter, Jennifer, to Edinburg, Va. when she was in her late 50s.

Betty was a beloved mother, grandmother and just recently became a proud great-grandmother. She was an independent, spirited, and very generous woman, completely devoted to her family and friends.

Betty was very fond of telling family stories and the nurse, whom was also in attendance at the time of her passing, told the family that Betty said that her children were the love of her life. The nurse added that she had never met anyone who had such courage in the face of adversity.
 Betty Joy lived up to her name, she was a joy to all whom she loved and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her son, Brian Overington (Anne); two daughters, Carolyn Wolfe (Scott) and Jennifer Fedor (Paul); grandchildren, John Overington (Jenna), Catherine Sturtevant (John), Elizabeth Overington and Jillian Fedor; and great grandchild, Amelia Sturtevant.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Rachel Davis; sister, Jane Taylor; first husband, George Overington; and her second husband, George Higgins.

A Memorial Mass, with a time to be determined, will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 130 Keating Dr., Winchester, Va. 22601, with a luncheon directly after the service.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to her favorite charities and organizations: Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Winchester, VA, WETA (PBS), Blue Ridge Hospice, and The Nature Conservancy.

Arrangements are being handled by Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville, Va.

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Martha W. Holsinger

Martha Whitmer Holsinger, 94, of Broadway, died May 30, 2016, at Shenandoah Place Assisted Living in New Market, Va. Mrs. Holsinger was born Nov. 8, 1921, in Mayland, Broadway, Va., and was a daughter of the late Claude F. Whitmer and Pearl Gaither Whitmer.

She was a graduate of Broadway High School. After graduating, she worked as a secretary for several local businesses, and for 25 years worked for Rockingham County Public Schools as a teaching assistant. After retiring, she worked at “The Exception” a local gift shop in Harrisonburg. Martha was a lifelong member of the Bethel Church of the Brethren, Mayland, where she served in many capacities. She loved cooking, entertaining and most of all her family.

On Dec. 28, 1941, she married Beverly L. Holsinger, who preceded her in death on March 30, 2006. A brother, Bruce Whitmer, and a sister, Jean, also preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Barbara H. Harvey and husband, Hobert Harvey, of Broadway; two sons, Ronald Holsinger and Madylin Croy of Harrisonburg, and Jeffery Holsinger and wife, Susan, of Broadway; six grandchildren, Timothy Harvey and wife, Lynette, Sarah Harvey Wichael and husband, Brandon, Brent Holsinger and wife, Laura Toni-Holsinger, Lauren Simmons and husband, Nick, Grant Holsinger and Jordan Holsinger; eight great-grandchildren, Emily, Zachary and Rose Harvey, Luke Wichael, Lucy Toni-Holsinger, Myles Toni-Holsinger, Tucker Breeden and Emma Simmons; a sister, Joann Whitmer Crider of Broadway; and two sisters-in-law, Helen Whitmer of New Market and Betty Holsinger of Timberville; five nieces; and one nephew.

The Rev. Tim Harvey will conduct a private graveside service Friday at Bethel Church of the Brethren, Mayland Cemetery.

Friends may call anytime at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway. The casket will be closed.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Church of the Brethren, 11374 Phillips Store Road, Broadway, VA 22815 or Broadway Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 666, Broadway, VA 22815.

Online condolences may be left for the family

A special note of thanks to the staff of Shenandoah Place Assisted Living for the wonderful and loving care that was given to our mother for the past eight years!

Audra G. Whetzel

Audra Geneva Shoemaker Whetzel, 78, of Broadway, unexpectedly went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, May 28, 2016. Mrs. Whetzel was born April 9, 1938, and was a daughter of the late Gilbert and Mary Elizabeth Lam Shoemaker.

Audra worked for H.D. Lee and Rockingham Memorial Hospital as a CNA and later as a recovery room tech. In her retirement years, she enjoyed serving the public by working with her daughter at Flowers and Cakes By Debbie in Harrisonburg. Throughout her career, she was always known for her beautiful smile and her loving and caring attitude toward everyone she met.

She was a member of Mountain Grove Church of the Brethren in Fulks Run and attended Bethel Mennonite Church near Broadway while her health permitted. She always served the Lord as one of his faithful prayer warriors.

On Sept. 19, 1953, she married Ashby Arnold Whetzel.

She is survived by her husband, Ashby A. Whetzel and three daughters, Melody and Gary Dahmer of North Carolina, Phyllis and Jeff Hartman of Harrisonburg, and Debra Westfall and Allen Fulk of Timberville.

Audra is also survived by four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is survived by two brothers, Leonard Shoemaker of Broadway and Matthew Shoemaker and wife, Catherine, of New Market; two sisters, Alda Knupp and husband, Charles, of Broadway and Naomi Myers and husband, Wilmer, of Broadway; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Shoemaker.

A Celebration of Life service was held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel Mennonite Church. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

The family received friends Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway or anytime at the home of Debbie Westfall and Allen Fulk.
Audra will be greatly missed and always loved by all those who knew her.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

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