Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Channing Y. Armell

Our beloved Channing Yorke Armell, of Basye, Va., departed this earthly world on June 1, 2016 after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

She was born Sept. 2, 1952 in Woodstock, Va.

Channing was a loving and caring woman devoted to her husband of 39 years, Richard A. Armell; and three children, Lorrie Saar of Jeffersonville, In., Lawrence Armell of Basye, Va. and Teale McCleaf of Cupertino, Ca. Channing also leaves seven grandsons, one granddaughter and three great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Francis Canaday (Nee Craig) and her stepfather, Aubrey F. Canaday.

Surviving is her father, Ollie Russell Hansberger Jr.; her sister, Wendy G. Higgins of Annapolis, Md.; two brothers, Jeffrey Hanser of Rancho Sante Fe, Ca. and Timothy Hansberger of Ellenton, Fl.; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Channing was a valued member of the University of Maryland family where she worked for almost two decades before she moved to the Shenandoah Valley in 1990.

During her 25 years in the Valley, Channing became one of the most loved and admired members of the Bryce Resort Community, as both a member and employee.
 Channing's gentle heart, commitment to family and community, and love of children led her to a career as a doula, where she helped countless mothers and newborns. Channing also provided marketing services for Shenandoah Place and assisted her husband at Creekside Realty.

Channing was an outstanding golfer, winning many awards including the Bryce Resort Women's Club Championship. She played competitive softball in both Maryland and Virginia, was an avid Texas Hold 'Em poker player and loved vacationing in Aruba, earning Honorary Citizenship.

Channing's infectious personality and incredible sense of humor touched the lived of so many. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many and will be greatly missed.

Flowers or memorial contributions may be sent to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Basye with the Rev. David Drebes who officiated. Burial followed in Prince of Peace Church Cemetery.
Family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were handled by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

Carolyn S. Campbell

Carolyn Sue Campbell, 77, of Fort Valley, Va., passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Woodstock, Va.

Carolyn was born in Primroy, Tn. on May 22, 1939, a daughter of the late Lillie (Davis) and Joseph Leach.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Campbell; four brothers, James Leach, Bobby Leach, Alfred Leach and Harold Leach; and one sister, Wilma Woody.

Carolyn is survived by her daughter, Rhonda (Greg) Melton of Fort Valley; two sisters, Mildred Taylor of Ohio; Doris Davis of Tennessee; three brothers, Jerry Leach, Richard Leach and Billy Leach, all of Tennessee; and two grandchildren, Amanda Melton of Woodstock, Va. and Joey Melton of Fort Valley, Va.

The family received friends 6 - 8 p.m. Friday, June 3 at Valley Funeral & Cremation Service, Bowmans Crossing.

A funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4 at Faith Lutheran Church in Fort Valley, with Pastor Alfred Lawrence who officiated. Burial followed in Crossroads Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Billy Leach, Josh Leach, Jeremy Leach, Larry Sowers Sr., Larry Walters and Charles Melton Jr.

Honorary pallbearers were Joey Melton, Eugene Bulatko, Eric Horsley, Wade Teets, Johnny Chandler and Mark Chandler.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Fort Valley Volunteer Fire Department, 7088 Fort Valley Rd., Fort Valley, Va. 22652.

Arrangements were the care of Valley Funeral & Cremation Service.

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Constance I. Hepner

Constance "Connie" Idelia Hepner, 88, of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at Consulate Health Care in Woodstock.

The funeral service was held Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. at Antioch Church of the Brethren. The Reverend George Bowers officiated. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.

Mrs. Hepner was born Sept. 20, 1927 in Clear Brook, Va., daughter of the late Dewey Robert Brown and Carrie Clevenger Brown.

She was a member of Antioch Church of the Brethren and the Willing Workers. She was a former member of Ladies Aid of St. Luke Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Robert Brown.

Connie is survived by her husband of 69 years, Fred R. Hepner Sr.; three children, Bonnie Ann Hepner Keith and her husband Tommy of Woodstock, Frederick R. Hepner Jr. of Edinburg, and Noah Edward Hepner of Moorefield, WV; step daughter, Sue E. Dovel of Woodstock; 10 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Tim Cooper, Sam Heishman, Chad Kuykendall, Butch Kuykendall, Kenny Johnson and Denny Fravel.

Honorary pallbearers were grandsons, David Arlon Polk, James Edward Hepner, Frederick Lee Hepner and Andrew James Hepner.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Antioch Church of the Brethren Building Fund, 23502 Senedo Rd., Woodstock, Virginia 22664.

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James Himelright

James "Jimmy" Himelright, 76, of Strasburg, Va., passed Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A Celebration of Life Service for Mr. Himelright was conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at the Shiloh United Methodist church with the Rev. Kathleen Haynes and the Rev. William Erbach Sr. who officiated. Burial followed in Lebanon Church Cemetery.

Mr. Himelright was born in Strasburg, Va. on Oct. 17, 1939, a son of the late Delmar W. and Velma Bowman Himelright.

He was a 1957 graduate of Strasburg High School and later served in the U. S. Air Force.

Mr. Himelright was a self-employed carpenter and worked at Page Brook Rentals until his retirement after 35 years.

He loved to be outdoors and had quite a sense of humor. Mr. Himelright was a life-long member of Shiloh United Methodist Church having served on various committees.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Winford F. Coffman Jr.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Gloria Jean Coffman Himelright; a son, Craig Allan Himelright of Strasburg, Va.; a sister, Janet H. Ballowe (James Sr.) of Strasburg, Va.; brothers-in-law, Larry R. Coffman of Zepp, Va. and Ronald C. Coffman of Los Angeles, Ca.; special nephews, Richard Coffman, Terry Ballowe, Ray Ballowe, Bain Coffman and Chad Holland; and a special niece, Lynda Ballowe.

Pallbearers were J.T. Anderson, Robert Nuckles, Frank Smoke, Mike Frank, Jack Colvin and John Rosenberger.

Honorary pallbearers were Terry Ballowe, Ray Ballowe, Richard Coffman, Steve Rinker, William Meeker and Jan Brittingham.

The family received friends at Shiloh United Methodist Church on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church, 2594 John Marshall Hwy., Strasburg, Va. 22657 or the Strasburg Fire Department, P.O. Box 347, Strasburg, Va. 22657.

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Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va. is serving the family of Mr. Himelright.

Lawrence D. Johnson

Lawrence Doyle Johnson “Pap’’, 87, of Stephens City, passed away on Sunday,June 5, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Lawrence was born Oct. 1, 1928 in Summersville, WV, son of the late Thomas and Rosie Johnson. Lawrence married Frances “Sis” Jett, Feb. 1, 1951, in Woodstock, Va. They have four children, Roy Johnson and his wife, Ruby, of Stephens City, Sandra McDonald, Judy Emmons and her companion, Daniel Denson, all of Winchester, and Jimmy Johnson and his wife, Joan, of Star Tannery. He is also survived by his sister, Thelma Johnson of Stephens City. He has four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters, Frank Johnson, Chad McDonald and Dustin McDonald all of Winchester, Ethan Johnson of Mountain Falls, and Kelsey Johnson and Lacey Hoover of Stephens City.

He was predeceased by a sister, Opal Blanchfield and brother, Thomas E. Johnson. He retired from Stephens City Lime Kiln and was the owner of Johnson’s Shoe Repair.

Lawrence’s love of the outdoors was apparent in his life. He was a founding member of the Opequon Saddle Club and Opequon Rodeo. Hunting and gardening was another love. You could always find Lawrence making something in his shop.

A funeral service was held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Stephens City, with Pastor Paul Campbell who officiated. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens, Woodstock.

Pallbearers were family members, Jimmy Johnson, Ethan Johnson, Chad McDonald, Dustin McDonald, Daniel Denson and Travis Plaugher. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank his special caregivers, Sherry Russell and her sister, Terry, for all their help.

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Humie J. Kite

Humie Junior Kite, 75, of Broadway, died Friday, June 3, 2016, in Broadway.

His body will be taken home to his residence, where the family will receive friends at anytime. Service was held at Lighthouse Tabernacle in New Market Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at 11 a.m.

Burial was at St. Luke Cemetery at Alma, in Stanley, Va.

Services were performed under the direction of The Bradley Funeral Home Inc.

Donald R. Lineweaver

Donald Ray Lineweaver, 70, of Star Tannery, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A graveside service was held Monday June 6, 2016 at 2 p.m. in Sunset View Memorial Gardens. Reverend Jonathan Fletcher officiated.

Donald was born Sept. 23, 1945 in Woodstock. He was the son of the late Gilbert and Katherine Clowser Lineweaver.

He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Strasburg Moose Lodge # 403.

He retired from Henkle Harris as a machinist.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Mitchel.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Rush Lineweaver; a daughter, Melody Jenkins and husband Jimmie of Toms Brook; a sister, Ailon Hollingsworth of Woodstock; two brothers, Ed Lineweaver of Alexandria and Frank Lineweaver of Manassas; two grandchildren, Shanell Jenkins and significant other Jeremy Crider of Mt. Jackson and Jimmie Jenkins Jr. and wife Kim of Edinburg; and two great grandchildren, Rylee and Chelsee Jenkins of Edinburg. He is also survived by his lovable dog Dazy and his kitties.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Cancer Center at Winchester Medical Center, 1840 Amherst St., Winchester, Virginia 22601 or The Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Rd., Edinburg, Virginia 22824.

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Gary K. Lyon Sr.

Gary Kenneth Lyon Sr., 81, a resident of Strasburg, Va., passed away Friday, June 3, 2016 at Greenfield Senior Living in Woodstock, Va.

A memorial service for Mr. Lyon was conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kathleen Haynes and the Rev. William Erbach Sr. who officiated.

Mr. Lyon was born in Washington, D.C. on April 8, 1935, a son of the late Hiram Welford Lyon Sr. and Ruth Lee Butcher Lyon.

He retired from management after 30 years of service from what is now known as Verizon.

He was a member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in the Mt. Olive community of Toms Brook, Spurmont Lodge 98 A.F. & A.M., Almas Shriners, Blue Ridge Shrine Club, Scottish Rite and the John Dove York Rite.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Hiram "Bud" Lyon Jr.

Survivors include his loving wife, Barbara Golden Lyon; one son, Gary Kenneth Lyon Jr.; a daughter, Cynthia Lee Lyon; his grandchildren, Jennifer, Natalie and Jacqueline and great grandchildren, Blake and Karsyn.

The family received friends on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.. with Masonic Rites given at 7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Children's Hospital, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Fl. 33607; Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington D.C. 20090-6011; or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, Va. 22601.

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

Irvin D. Magin

Irvin D. Magin, 83, who worked as a mapping specialist for the Central Intelligence Agency for 30 years before retiring in 1988, died Sunday, May 29, 2016 at his home in Broadway, Va.

As a research analyst with the agency's map library in Langley, Va., he was affectionately known as the "Map Man".

Born on Jan. 30, 1933 in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of the late E. Fred Magin and Mary E. (Franklin) Magin.

Growing up in Westminster, Md., he graduated high school in 1951 and then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.
 He served from 1951-1954, including a tour in Korea. He was a member of one of the Corps' most feared and respected operations groups, "Remington's Raiders", from which he was discharged as a sergeant.

Following discharge, he graduated from Washington State University in 1958 with a degree in Geography.

A long-time resident of Frederick, Md., upon retirement he settled near New Market, Va. on Massanutten Mountain.

During retirement he served the Shenandoah County Library and its affiliate, New Market Area Library. He was the author of the library's "Shenandoah County Gazetteer and Historical Geography".
 His continued interest in things geographic and historic allowed him to produce a trivia piece n both World War II and of Shenandoah County. His greatest personal achievement was in the completion of a gazetteer of unusual place names in the U.S. with particulate emphasis on the names born of the American Indian.

Irvin is survived by two children, Erik D. Quanbeck of Port Bryon, NY and Tracy Magin Sorg of Fort Collins, Co.; and six grandchildren.

A small graveside service is planned for a later date in the Taylorsville United Methodist Church in Taylorsville, Md.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Irvin Magin's name to the New Market Area Library.

Arrangements are in the care of Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

Patricia S. Rose

Patricia Sullivan Rose, 71, of Raleigh, NC passed away after a brief illness on May 19, 2016 in Wake Medical Center in Cary.

Born on Nov. 14, 1944 in Shenandoah County, Virginia; she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Wilbur “Bill” Sullivan and Jane Jennings Sullivan. Patricia graduated from Roanoke College June 4, 1967 and married Thomas Hadley Rose September 9, 1967. Patti was a social worker, homemaker, and business woman.

She is survived by her daughter: Margaret-Jane, son-in-law: Scott, son: Patrick, and grandson: Alexander Scott Lofty.

A Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, June 12, 2016 beginning at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Mitchell Funeral Home, with a tea reception to follow in Patricia’s honor. Memorials can be made to the NC Conservators Center, SPCA, Humane Society, or the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Beverly J. Smith Jr.

Beverly Jay "BJ" Smith Jr., 28, of Edinburg, died Monday, June 6, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

Mr. Smith was born December 24, 1987 in Harrisonburg, son of Beverly Jay and Michele Kagey Smith of Edinburg.

Also surviving are a son, Joshua Power; two sisters, Brittany Smith and Mary Bair and her husband Chris; a brother, Ryan Smith; five nieces, Julia Binion, Danika Pieratt, Lacey Kagey, Leigha Kagey, and Jaelynn Bair; and three nephews, Drew Binion, Lukas Kagey and Drake Bair. He is also survived by his grandfather, Ralph Kagey and many, many friends and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Matthew and Bryan Smith; and grandparents, Delores Kagey and Ward and Shirley Smith.

A memorial service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson with Pastor Glen Turner officiating.

The family will receive friends after the service until 4 p.m.

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Richard Wilkins

Richard "Ricky" Wilkins, 62, of Woodstock, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2016 in Winchester.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Ricky was born March 3, 1954 in Woodstock, Virginia. He was the son of the late William Wilkins Jr. and Helen Louise Wilkins.

He was a professional musician for 47 years with performances at the Grand Ole Opry, for the troops as part of the Department of Defense during the Persian Gulf War, and at the Kennedy Center. He also performed other venues with his wife, Amanda.

He is survived by his wife, Amanda; and two daughters, Lillian Grace and Madeline Cavinall Wilkins.

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Rebecca C. Wright

Rebecca “Becky” Elizabeth Cooley Wright, of Wilmington, NC died early Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter. She was 80 years old.

Born January 2, 1936 in Shenandoah County, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Cecil Franklin Cooley and the late Mary Ann Hollingsworth Cooley of Woodstock, Va. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all.

She was preceded in death by husband, Donald “Don” Wright.

Rebecca was one of six children who grew up in the family home in Woodstock. Rebecca was proud to have graduated from Marion College in 1956 and loyally supported that school and also Roanoke College for her entire life.

She and Don were married June 20, 1956 and lived in Charlottesville, Va. where they were faithful members of St. Mark Lutheran Church.

She worked as a secretary in the Engineering School at the University of Virginia for a short time and then became a mother and homemaker to their growing family. She loved cooking, baking and working in their garden and canning the wonderful fruits of their labor. She and Don made apple butter in the fall each year with friends and family and her children now carry on this wonderful tradition.

After Don started WWW Electronics in 1968, she worked in many ways to help support the family business. That same year they moved into a home they built in Earlysville, VA and she continued to live there for another 40 years. Her family has many fond memories of gathering for a great feast at that house on the Sundays after Christmas for many years.

She is survived by her children and grandchildren; Karen Lowdon (Ian) of Roanoke, VA, their children, Rebecca Lowdon of St Louis, MO, Sarah Lowdon (Tatiana) of Boston, MA, and Andrew Lowdon (fiancé Britnae Purdy) of Durham, NC; Linda Wright (Jeff Morris) of Earlysville, VA and her children Kathi Gibson (Junior) of Charlottesville, VA and Brian Weeks (Leighann) of Schuyler, VA; and Nancy Dawdy (Kent) of Wilmington, NC and their children Erin Escobar (Michael) and Ginger Dawdy, all of Wilmington, NC. She is survived by two great-grandchildren, Warren Weeks and Morgan Gibson. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Rebecca is survived by one sister, Betty Rhodes of Maurertown, VA; brother-in-law Pete Wright (Dianne) of Staunton, VA; and sisters-in-law Mary Lou Odum (Fred) of Welch, WV, Shirley Wright, Joycie Wright, Margie Cook, Barbara Wright, Pam Wright, and Becky Lytton, all of Woodstock, VA.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Dick Cooley (Joyce) and Johnny Cooley (Ruth); sisters Helen Harrison (Gordon) and Dorothy Spicer (David). She was predeceased by brothers-in-law David Rhodes, James Wright (Anna), Junior Wright, Dick Wright, Jerry Wright, Jack Wright, Wayne Wright, and Allen Cook.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 11 am to 1 pm at the River of Life Worship Center, Wilmington, NC on Saturday June 11, 2016.

A funeral service will be held at 2 pm Saturday, June 18, 2016 at St. Mark Lutheran Church and burial will follow at Monticello Memory Gardens in Charlottesville, VA. The service will be conducted by Rev. Wynemah Hinlicky. A visitation to receive family and friends will be held Friday evening June 17 from 6 pm – 8 pm at Hill and Wood Funeral Home in Charlottesville and also at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

Pallbearers will be family Pete Wright, Brian Weeks, Andrew Lowdon, Junior Gibson, Michael Escobar and friend Bob Forsyth.

The family sends special thanks to her caregivers and "dear friends" at The Commons at Brightmore in Wilmington and the very special staff at Lower Cape Fear Hospice who treated her with the utmost dignity and kept her comfortable during her last days. We rejoice that she is now reunited with husband Don and her family and friends who are in heaven.

Donations in Rebecca’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

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