Obituaries —Shenandoah County

Elbert H. Barb

Elbert Hose “Hosie’’ Barb, 87, of Winchester, Va., formerly of Mathias, WV died on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at the Dutch Haven Assisted Living in Maurertown, Va.

Hosie was born on July 4, 1929 in Lost City, WV, a son of the late Homer and Lena Berta Dellinger Barb.

He was a veteran in the United States Army having served in the Korean War where he received the Purple Heart.

He worked for Perry Engineering in Winchester, Va. for 20 years.

He was a member of the Mountain View Church of the Brethren and VFW Post # 7780 both in Mathias, WV. Hosie married Pauline B. Strawderman Barb on Feb. 19, 1954 in Mathias, WV.

Surviving with his wife of 62 years are two sons, Franklin B. Barb and William C. Barb, both of Winchester, Va.; a brother, Amos Barb of Fulks Run, Va.; three sisters, Mary Shoemaker of Baker, WV, Vergie Fulk of Fulks Run, Va. and Edna Wilkins of Harrisonburg, Va.; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by two sons, Rodney Barb and Wayne Barb.

A funeral service was held at the Mountain View Church of the Brethren in Mathias, WV on Sunday, July 10, 2016 at 2 p.m. Officiating was Pastor Olan Bailey. Interment was in the church cemetery. Family received friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain View Church of the Brethren, 315 Middle Cove Rd., Mathias, WV 26812.

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Nancy L. Church

Nancy Lee Cooley Church, 64, a resident of Middletown, Va., entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, July 6, 2016.

A graveside service for Mrs. Church was conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2016 in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Middletown, Va. with the Rev. Clay Knick officiating.

She was born in Winchester, Va. on Jan. 30, 1952, a daughter of the late Paul Garven and Helen Virginia Jenkins Cooley.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Middletown and a retired Program Director with Blue Ridge Opportunities.

She loved to sing, cook and bake. Nancy was avid fan of the Washington Nationals and loved bluegrass music.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Garven "Dickie" Cooley.

She is survived by her beloved son, John A. Church of Middletown; her dog, Max; two nieces, Susan Whittington and husband Earl of Maurertown, Va. and Theresa S. Henson and husband Doug of Middletown, Va.; and her sister, Joanne Stickley.

Pallbearers were John Church, Shawn Palmer, Doug Henson, Earl Whittington, Earl Cutlip, Mark Dalton, Ray Steele and members of the Middletown Fire and Rescue.

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

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va. is serving the family of Mrs. Nancy Church.

Ellen C. Dever

Ellen Catherine Brumback Dever, 96, died peacefully at her home in New Market, Va. with family members present on July 8, 2016 after a short illness.

Ellen was born on Dec. 12, 1919 in Middletown, VA at Belle Grove. She was the oldest of five children of the late John Herbert and Lizzie Catherine Brubaker Brumback. Her twin brother, Eldon Brumback, was born several minutes later.

Ellen worked on the family farm and graduated from Middletown High School in 1938.
S he attended James Madison University and earned a bachelor's of science degree in Home Economics in 1942.

Ellen met Robert F. Dever, a former Navy pilot in 1946 in Martinsburg, WV where they both worked in extension. Ellen and Bob were married on Marcy 27, 1948 at Belle Grove and eventually settled in Adelphia, Md. to raise a family.

In 1961 the family moved to New Delhi, India with USAID, where Ellen taught at the American International School until they returned to the United States in 1964. Ellen continued to teach until she retired in 1975, when she and Bob built their home outside New Market, Va. to be closer to family and friends.

Ellen was devoted to her family and home throughout her life. She enjoyed gardening, reading, quilting, traveling and had been an active member of Manor Memorial United Methodist Church.
 She was active at Belle Grove, where she served as a docent and participated in numerous activities and fund raising. She was a long time active member of the New Market Garden Club.

Ellen is survived by her husband of 68 years, Robert F. Dever of New Market, Va.; her daughter, Linda C. Howard and husband Joel Howard of Tuscan, Az.; her son, James R. Dever of Rileyville, Va. and grandchildren, Sage and Erik Dever; and her son, Steven F. Dever and wife Debra D. Dever of Manassas, Va., grandchildren, Jason, Loren and Tyler Dever and great grandchildren, Emily and JJ.
Ellen will be greatly missed by her brother, Clyde J. Brumback and wife Douglas C. Brumback of White Post, Va. and their family; by the families of her predeceased siblings, Eldon Brumback, Malcom Brumback and Jane Housum; and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends and neighbors.

Ellen donated her body to the University of West Virginia's Medical School.

A memorial service and celebration of Ellen's life was held on Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m. at Manor Memorial United Methodist Church, New Market, Va.

A reception for family and friends was held immediately following the service at Farrow Hall, Manor Memorial United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Belle Grove Plantation, Middletown, Va.

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

Martha F. DeVito

Martha F. DeVito, of Woodstock, Virginia and previously of Vienna, Virginia, died peacefully at her home from complications of cancer on July 6. She was 82.

She is survived by a sister, Sara Bridges of Prattville, Alabama; her two sons, Rob and Jeff; daughters-in-law, Betsy (Hynek) and Amy (Voss); and four grandchildren, Kristen DeVito Wever (Ryan), Sarah DeVito, Nicholas DeVito and Michael DeVito.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph DeVito.

Martha was born in 1933 somewhere in Autauga County, Alabama and raised the last of eight children in nearby Prattville.

Known affectionately by her family as "Tot" due to her small stature, Martha moved to Washington D.C. after high school working for the FBI and then at WTTG Channel 5 Television where she met her husband Joe. They moved to Vienna in 1957.

While raising her boys in Vienna, she was employed at various places including United Virginia Bank, Yeonas Homes and Long and Foster as a realtor.

Martha moved to Shenandoah County in 2001, first living at Bryce Resort in Basye and finally in Woodstock where she was quite active in her church and community.

Martha was a very caring, selfless woman, always thinking of others especially those less fortunate and in need. She was a devoted and giving mother and grandmother, and friend to many. She will be missed.

Service were held at Woodstock Presbyterian Church on Saturday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice.

Peggy L. May

Peggy Lee May, of Weems, Va., died Sunday, July 3, 2016.

She was born September 12, 1926.

Peggy is survived by two daughters, Deborah Besley of Clifton, Va., and Barbara Icyda of Stuart, Fl.; four grandchildren, Emily Besley, currently teaching in Malaysia, Penny Lovejoy, a registered nurse in Northern Virginia, Lee Icyda, a professional sailor and entrepreneur living in Lyons, Co., and Ross Icyda, a dentist living in Boston, Ma.; one great granddaughter, Haylee May Lovejoy; and two brothers, Donald Lee Rickard of Williams Bay, Wi., and Larry Allen Rickard of Heathsville, Va. Additional family members include sons-in-law, Charles Besley and Teri Icyda; granddaughter-in-law, Elizabeth Icyda, grandsons-in-law, Lance Lovejoy and Jordan Johnson; sister-in-law, Carol Rickard; and brother-in-law, Jim Peed.

Peggy is predeceased by her husband, Walter Tennyson May, who died in the year 2000.

After graduating high school in 1944, Peggy found the allure of the American West compelling. She found employment at the Grand Canyon's Bright Angel Lodge and cherished always her memories as a Harvey Girl.
 A love of family, travel and adventure and an abiding interest in local art and architecture characterizes Peg and Walt's life together as they Airstreamed throughout North America during the 1970s and 80s. Then it was sailing.

In her later years, Peggy discovered the rewards of hospital volunteerism. Joining the ranks of a group of dedicated volunteers, she and her colleagues have contributed enormously to the wellness of their community.

Peggy will be laid to rest next to her husband, Walter, in Panorama Memorial Gardens, at 4917 Strasburg Road near her hometown of Strasburg, Va.

Graveside services were held Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Linda Harding who officiated.

A reception will follow at the Strasburg Christian Church, 165 High St., Strasburg, Va.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck, P.O. Box 975, White Stone, Va. 22578 would honor Peggy's love of animals or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research at

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Linda L. Nye

Linda Lou Nye, 52, of Strasburg, Virginia, passed away at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

She was born in Carlisle, Pa., the daughter of Darlene Nye, of Newville, Pa., and the late Lloyd Nye.

She worked as a Commercial Truck Driver for Family Dollar Distribution for 12 years, then at Monoflo for three years.

Linda’s many hobbies included photography, metal detecting, sightseeing, hiking, being outdoors, and horseback riding. She loved her cats, making her various crafts (especially scrapbooking), going to flea markets, thrifting, and yard sales. Most of all, she enjoyed anything to do with history that she could drive to.

Surviving are her three sons, Charles, Clinton, and Colton Reed, all of Middletown, Va.; her grandson Isaiah Reed; her partner, Roy Reed; sisters, Kelly Nye of Perry County, Pa., Jackie Nye of Newville, Pa.; brothers, Tim Nye, of Newville, Pa., Bryan Nye (Linda McCrea Nye) of New Cumberland, Pa., and Mike Nye of Newville, Pa.

Along with her father, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Beatrice Gipe Nye, whom she was very close to.

The family received friends on Sunday, July 10, 2016, from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel, 1260 Front Royal Pike, Winchester, Va., 22602.

A funeral service was held Monday evening, July 11, 2016 at Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel at 6 p.m.

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Jamil H. Roberts

Jamil Honesty Roberts, 37, of Winchester passed away Saturday, July 2, 2016.

A funeral service was conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Strasburg Christian Church with the Rev. Lucy Hughes, the Rev. Alvin West and the Rev. Carter Alsberry Jr. whom officiated.

The family received friends at the church from 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday.

Jamil was born September 29, 1978 in Winchester, the son of Carroll Honesty "Boo" and Janet Marie Strother Roberts of Strasburg.

He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving with his parents are his wife, Jennifer Lynn Weatherholtz Roberts; five children, Khloe M. and Kamden J. Roberts, both of Winchester, Malikhi H. and Jada M. Roberts, both of Strasburg and Ahrianna I. Ulloa of White Post; step-children, Kaylin M. Miller of Mt. Jackson, and Brooklyn A. and Emma G. Miller, both of Winchester; his sister, Natasha M. Mickel and husband Ronald and their children Chase and Chandler of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; his maternal grandparents, Shirley and Louis Newman of Strasburg; and his parents-in-law, Garrett and Carolyn Weatherholtz of Mt. Jackson.

Pallbearers were Ricky Abruzere, George Johnson, Chester Roberts, Luke Warner, Joshua Warner and Jay Roberts.
 Honorary pallbearers were Justin Gulick, Matt Lawson, Shannon Gulick, Wayne Alsberry, Teddy Deneal, Deon Roberts and Josh Ritenour.

Memorials may be made to Jennifer W. Roberts, 15 E. Whitlock Ave., Winchester, Va. 22601 or to the Jamil H. Roberts Burial Fund, c/o Stover Funeral Home, Inc., 177 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657.

The Roberts family is in the care of Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Strasburg.

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Richard C. Roller

Richard Crabill Roller of Mountain Home, Idaho, passed away June 29, 2016 at Saint Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho.

He was born July 24, 1949, the son of the late Boyd W. and Anna Crabill Roller.

Rick was a graduate of Strasburg High School, Class of 1967. In 1971 he graduated from Virginia Tech with an Engineering degree.

Rick served on active duty with the U.S. Army 101st Air Borne Division and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lt. Colonel with 25 years of service. He worked for the U.S. Civil Service as an environmental engineer.

He is survived by his wife, Theresa J. Roller; one daughter, Heather Moorman of Wilson, Texas; one brother, Ron Roller of Strasburg, Virginia; one sister, Susan Siepmann of Goodyear, Arizona; and three grandchildren.

Rick will be laid to rest with full military honors in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery, Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Genevieve G. Stickley

Genevieve Gruver Stickley, 99, of Reliance, Va., died on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal, Va.

Mrs. Stickley was born Nov. 26, 1916, daughter of Harry E. Gruver and Mary Virginia (Mamye) Cooley Gruver of Reliance.

Genevieve graduated from Middletown High School and Winchester Business College. She worked in Winchester as a bookkeeper for the Sanitary Dairy owned by Shingleton.
In 1939, she married William R. Stickley of Reliance and they built a home in Reliance where they lived for 57 years until his death in 1996.

After breaking her hip in 2009, Mrs. Stickley moved to an assisted living apartment at The Southerlands Retirement Community in Front Royal, Va. The Southerlands is now owned by Commonwealth Assisted Living and the family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff for the loving care she received while a resident there.

Mrs. Stickley was a lifelong member of Reliance United Methodist Church where she served in many capacities. Genevieve was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was a Sunday school teacher, secretary to the board of trustees, Christmas program director, and most recently she was the chairman of the board of trustees as well as chairman of the Reliance Cemetery board of trustees.

Genevieve was active in the Home Demonstration Clubs of Warren County, and she was a 4-H leader who took groups of young people to compete in district and state competitions as well as a VPI short course training. She was a substitute teacher for Reliance Elementary School.

After several years as a homemaker, Mrs. Stickley went back to work as the office manager for her uncle, J.S. Cooley. After Mr. Cooley's death in 1978, she ran the business for several years until selling it to Quarles Petroleum in 1983, when she retired. 
Following retirement she and her husband spent many enjoyable hours traveling in their airstream trailer and camping with friends from the camping clubs to which they belonged. They also enjoyed gardening, their grandchildren and wintering in Eustis, Fl.

Mrs. Stickley is survived by daughter, Beverly Stickley Morrison and husband Eddie of Front Royal, Va.; granddaughter, Donna Sue Rettberg and husband Fred of Bentonville, Va.; grandson, William Alton (Al) Atwood and wife Kim of Happy Creek, Va.; great grandchildren, Rachel, Ryan and Amanda Rettberg, and Ashley, Alex and Aadon Atwood.

She is predeceased by her husband, William R. Stickley; her granddaughter, Angela Faye Atwood; and her sister, Clara Belle Clem.

Funeral services will be conducted by the Reverend Linda Lowe at the Reliance United Methodist Church on Friday, July 15 at 11 a.m.

The family will receive friends one hour before the service.

Interment will follow the funeral at the Reliance Cemetery immediately proceeded by a reception in the fellowship hall of the Reliance United Methodist Church.
Pallbearers will be Ray Patterson, Troy Oakes, Russell Stickley, Wesley Hammack, Jamie Judy and Robert Gruver.

Honorary pallbearers will be trustees of the RUMC and the United Methodist Men.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Reliance United Methodist Church, c/o Joyce Broy, 565 North River Rd., Middletown, Va. 22649.

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

George M. Tederick Sr.

George Mitchell "Mitch" Tederick Sr., 85, of Winchester, Va., died peacefully in the loving arms of his Heavenly Father and with his family by his side on July 12, 2016 at Westminster Canterbury in Winchester, Va.

A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, July 16 at 11 a.m. at Reliance United Methodist Church, 1571 Reliance Rd., Reliance, Va. and the Rev. Robert E. Clayton II will preside.

Mitch was born Oct. 24, 1930 in Travelers Rest, SC and was the son of the late Reverend Luther Paul Tederick and Myrtle Tate Tederick.

He spent much of his early childhood in Edinburg, Va. and in 1943 at the age of 13 his family moved to Reliance so that his father could pastor the church in Reliance.

Mitch graduated from the Warren County High School, Class of 1949. He was a great high school athlete in basketball, football and baseball. Although he greatly enjoyed football, he considered baseball his truest passion. Mitch varsity lettered in all three sports while at Warren County High School and amazingly he received his first varsity letter in 8th grade in baseball.

Mitch went to Randolph Macon Academy (RMA) for a post graduate year prior to attending college. He was recruited by the United States Military Academy (West Point) and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VPI) to play both baseball and football, ultimately choosing VPI because of his southern roots.
 Mitch went on to play football and baseball at VPI and was a four year varsity letterman in baseball. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 1954 and was commissioned as a United States Army Officer.

Mitch met his future wife, Maria Amelia Delgado Carrion of Puerto Rico when she was a freshman at Radford College, then the women's division of VPI. Their loving courtship lasted six years and they married in 1957.

Mitch proudly served his country and achieved the rank of Major.
 Shortly after his honorable discharge, he went back to RMA to teach, serve as Commandant of Cadets and of course, coach baseball and football. After spending nine years at RMA, Mitch took on the role as the first Warren County 4-H Director responsible for the groundbreaking of the first two cabin clusters.

In 1987 he became a successful business entrepreneur along with his wife. Together they built, operated and managed a general store known as the Apple Mountain Store in Linden, Va. He thoroughly enjoyed serving the local community living on Apple Mountain and surrounding area with fresh produce, pastries, Texaco gasoline and local arts and crafts for 12 years before selling in 1999.
 Mitch and his wife also operated Mela's Boutique at Creekside in Winchester, Va.

Mitch's love of his wife, his sons, his daughters-in-law and his nine grandchildren was ever so present in his laughter and smile. He happily spent time farming and gardening or at the beach, but was happiest around his family, which meant everything to him and he to his family. 
Around the Tederick compound in Front Royal, a passerby would commonly hear the laughter of children and the exclamations of, "Papi", which he thoroughly enjoyed.

Mitch was a member of the Front Royal Rotary Club, the Ruritan Club, the Kiwanis Club, and Mountain Falls Hunt Club.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Mrs. Maria Amelia Delgado Carrion Tederick, Winchester, Va.; four sons and their spouses George M. Tederick Jr. and Lisa of Front Royal, Mark A. Tederick and Joy of Woodbine, Md., Matthew A. Tederick and Susan of Front Royal, and Manuel A. Tederick and Jackie of Warren County; one brother, Paul Tederick of Stephens City, Va; two sisters, Jeanette Meyers of Stephens City, Va. and Juanita Hutton of Frederick County, Va.; and nine grandchildren, Murphy Tederick, Ryan Tederick, Megan Tederick, Garrett Tederick, Adelina Tederick, Cristina Tederick, Stuart Tederick, Matthew Tederick II and Kade Mitchell Tederick.

Pallbearers will be Mitch's four sons.
The family will receive friends on Friday, July 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 W. Main St., Front Royal, Va..

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Edward Smith, Dr. William Major, the caregivers at Firstlight and especially the outstanding, loving care provided by the nurses and staff of Westminster Canterbury in Winchester, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury Employee Appreciation Fund, 300 Westminster Canterbury Drive, Winchester, Va. 22603.

Richard L. Tusing

Richard Luther Tusing, 77, of Mt. Jackson and Staunton, died Friday, July 8, 2016 at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

He was born February 6, 1939 in Hepners, Va., son of the late Luther Leonard and Anna Louise Zerkel Tusing.

He was one of the first AFLAC Insurance Agents in the state of Virginia and worked for the company for over 40, years. He was a member of the Old Timers Society of AFLAC.

He was a life time member, a charter member and had been President of the Augusta County Lions Club.

Mr. Tusing raised and showed miniature horses.
 He was an avid sports fan. He was a well known athlete in his younger years.

Mr. Tusing was married 55 years to Carolyn Lucas Tusing, who preceded him in death, May 27, 2015. They were married July 16, 1960.

He is survived by a daughter, Dawn Tusing Burris of Charlottesville; a son, Michael Tusing of Staunton; and a grandson, Dr. Jon-Ryan Burris of Rochester, NY.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, David Lynn Tusing.

Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Shenandoah County, P.O. Box 173, Woodstock, Va. 22664.

Cremation arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

Shirley T. Wymer

Shirley Tilden Wymer, 87, of the Oranda Community of Strasburg, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016 at his home.

A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July13, 2016 at Meadow Mills Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Fred Mauck and the Rev. Larry Miller who officiated. Burial was in Walnut Springs Cemetery, Oranda with military honors by Shenandoah American Legion Post No. 77, Strasburg.

Mr. Wymer was born July 27, 1928 in Shenandoah County, a son of the late Lester Roy and Robie Catherine Spiker Wymer.

He retired from Genstar after many years of service and also from Susan B. Miller Nursing Home in maintaince.

He was a lifelong member of Meadow Mills Church of the Brethren and a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Korean War.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Patsy Ruth Miller Wymer; his children, Ruth Aumiller and husband Ed of Edinburg, Gloria Good and husband Ernest of Luray, Dale Wymer of Strasburg and Melissa McDonald and husband Sean of Strasburg; six grandchildren, Cheryl Good, Crystal Foster, Veronica Oliver, Amy Good, Zachary McDonald and Nathan McDonald; his great-grandchildren, Matthew Funkhouser, Olivia Aumiller Carpenter, Leigha Foster and Logan Foster; two sisters, Louise Wymer and Gartha Harper, both of Strasburg; and a brother, Stanley Wymer.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Wymer, Glen Wymer and Daryl Wymer; and three sisters, Jacqueline Good, Cornelia (Neal) Gray and Mary Jane Wymer.

Pallbearers were Zachary McDonald, Nathan McDonald, Jimmy Henry, Gary Wymer, Ray Copeland and Wayne Miller.

Honorary pallbearers were Bob Miller, Dennis Brill, Timmy Hodson, Brian Copeland and Mike Wymer.

Friends called during the day at the Wymer home.

Stover Funeral Home, Strasburg was in charge of arrangements.

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