Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Charles E. Anderson Sr.

Charles Edward Anderson Sr., 62, of Toms Brook, passed away Friday, July 22, 2016 at his home.

A memorial service was conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Stover Memorial Chapel, Strasburg. Officiating was Dr. Jeff Fauver.
 Burial will be in the Lebanon Church Cemetery at a later date.

Mr. Anderson was born Sept. 11, 1953 in Winchester, a son of the late Wilford and Mary Craig Anderson.

He was a member of Valley Baptist Church, Edinburg and retired from doing carpentry and electrical work.

Surviving is his wife, Judy Mae Wilson Anderson, who he married May 11, 1976.
 Also surviving are a daughter, Carolyn Wilson Dinges and companion Joshua Hefey of Strasburg; a son, Charles “Chuck” Anderson Jr. and wife Tabitha of Strasburg; two brothers, Daniel Anderson of Winchester and Oliver Anderson of Penn; a sister, Penny Anderson of Winchester; five grandchildren, Kristen Anderson, Sarah Green, Reagan Anderson and Timmy Anderson, all of Strasburg, and John Anderson of New Market; one unborn grandchild; and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Combs of Winchester.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home, 177 N. Holliday St., Strasburg on Tuesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Charles E. Anderson Sr. Burial Fund, c/o Stover Funeral Home, 117 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657.

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Sharon A. Bentley

Sharon Ann Bentley (nee Corman) died peacefully surrounded by her family at home on July 21, 2016 in Toms Brook, VA at the age of 71.

Sharon is survived and will be greatly missed by her sons, Michael W. Garrison of Charles Town, WV, Craig W. Garrison Sr. of Toms Brook, Va., and Dean F. Bentley of Fountain Hills, Az.; sister, Nancy Glorius of Maryland; her six grandchildren, Hannah Garrison, Courtney Garrison, Craig W. Garrison Jr., Cecilia Garrison, Dion F Bentley, and Marcus Bentley; and her special friend, Dion F. T. Bentley.

She is preceded in death by her father, Gilbert Corman and her beloved mother, Edna Jones Corman.

Sharon was born on Aug. 26, 1944 in Washington, DC.
 After living in Albuquerque, NM and England, she eventually settled into Shenandoah County, Va., where she made career as a bookkeeper for Shenandoah County Public Schools.

Sharon loved her work and enjoyed helping the children and their parents.
She was an animal lover and shared her home with several small breed dogs over the years. Her loyal companion, Wilhelmina, was at her side throughout her last illness and death.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Rd., Edinburg, Va. 22824.

The family would like to thank the staff at Winchester Medical Center CCU and Blue Ridge Hospice for their gentle, kind, and excellent assistance during Sharon's final days. The family would also like to thank the staff at Highlander Family Medicine for their dedication and loving care over the past years.

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Shirley M. Bradley

Shirley Mae Bradley, 61, of New Market passed away Monday night, July 25, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 17, 1954 at Alexandria and was the daughter of the late Glenwood Gary and Alice Mae Shifflet Arrington.

Mrs. Bradley was employed as a health care giver.

She is survived by her husband, Arland Bradley of New Market; a daughter, Cindy Reefer of Harrisonburg; a sister; three brothers and three grandchildren.

Cremation arrangements are being handled by Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

Memorial donations to help defray funeral expenses may be made to Theis Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 419, New Market, Va. 22844.

Clacie F. Coffman Jr.

Clacie "Buddy" Franklin Coffman Jr., 66, of Woodbridge, Va., died Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

He was born August 29, 1949 in Woodstock, the son of the late Clacie Franklin Coffman Sr. and Ruby Ford Koontz Coffman.

He is survived by a brother, Henry Coffman Sr. of Winchester.

A graveside service was held Thursday, July 28, at 11 a.m. in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock with the Reverend Charles Comer who officiated.

Pallbearers were Rickie Stokes, Don Stokes, Willie Squires, Eric Schilling, Henry Coffman Jr. and Henry Coffman Sr.

Arrangements were by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

Joann W. Crider

Joann Whitmer Crider, 86, of Broadway, went home with the Lord Monday, July 25, 2016.

She was born March 4, 1930, and was the daughter of the late Claude F. and Pearl Gaither Whitmer.

She was a graduate of Broadway High School, after which she worked as a secretary for a number of years, and then became a housewife and mother of four daughters. She enjoyed being a camp counselor at Brethren Woods. She worked for Co-Hope in Keezletown, was a sales consultant for Henn Workshops and later became a child care provider for many area children.

On June 12, 1948, she married Roy D. Crider Jr. of Mayland, who preceded her in death Aug. 23, 2001. Also preceding her in death is a brother, Bruce Whitmer; a sister, Martha E. Holsinger; and Joann’s twin sister Jean, who passed when they were 2 years of age . . . and now are reunited after 84 years apart.

Surviving are four daughters, Judy C. Beveridge of Broadway, Becky Crider and husband, Jay, of Broadway, Kathie S. May of New Market, and Helen Crider Caricofe and husband, Len, of Broadway; eight grandchildren, Kevin and wife, Shay, Stacy, Katie and husband, Jeremy, Kelley and her companion, Jack, Jamie, Jason and wife, Laura, Mindy, and Adam and wife, Lisa; 15 great-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her special companion of 13 years, her loveable cat Zoe Belle; a sister-in-law, Helen F. Whitmer; and a brother-in-law, Gary Crider and his wife, Velma.

All services will be private. The family received friends at the Crider home on Elm Street Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. There will be no viewing or visitation at Grandle Funeral Home.

The family wants to thank all who have prayed for us through this difficult time, and for the doctors and nurses at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

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Dennis Donak, II

Dennis "Richard" Donak, II of Luray, Va., beloved son, brother, and uncle, passed away on July 25, 2016 in Front Royal, Va.

Richard was born November 14, 1979 in Woodstock, Va. to Dennis R. Donak, Sr and Nancy Linaburg Donak.

He was a 1997 graduate of Luray High School and an alumni of Lord Fairfax Community College.

Richard was a member of the Randolph Macon Academy Staff in Front Royal where he worked for 16 years. Richard was brilliant with computers and he is credited with writing the programs currently used for student records.

Outside of RMA, Richard's passion was the family farm where he found peace and shared his love of agriculture with his father. Richard especially enjoyed harvest time each year and running the combine. He had a talent for welding, diagnosing, and fixing equipment that will surely be missed.

Beside his parents, Richard is survived by a sister, Carrie Currence and husband, Mark; a brother, Aaron Katz and wife, Kristi; two very special nephews, Daniel and Thomas Currence; and a niece Lesley Katz.

He is preceded in death by grandparents Clyde and Edna Linaburg, and Veda and Martha Donak.

Richard will lay at rest at the family farm located at 1606 Stonyman Rd. in Luray prior to the day of the service.

Services will be led by Pastor Buz Mendhart and Reverend Michael Williams, on Saturday, July 30 at the Luray Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The family will receive friends from 2 - 4 p.m. with the service beginning at 4 p.m.

Burial will follow at Mount Zion Church Cemetery in Luray where Richard will await our Lord's return.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to Randolph Macon Academy Scholarship Fund in memory of Richard Donak, 200 Academy Dr., Front Royal, Va. 22630.

The family thanks you for your prayers and concerns through this difficult time.

Janet L. Fincham

Janet L. Fincham, 85, of Stephenson, Virginia passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

Ms. Fincham was born in 1931, the daughter of the late Emmert and Mae Taylor.

Janet was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. She will be forever remembered for her love of family, reading, cooking and of course her many faithful companions over the years, especially her cat Buggy most recently. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ms. Fincham is survived by her daughter, Tammy Stine of Stephenson, and her two sons, Scott Fincham and his wife, Brenda of Middletown, Virginia and Dennis Fincham and his wife, Carol of Winchester, Virginia; two grandchildren, Sarah Fincham of Middletown, Virginia and Toni Decker and her husband, Cory of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia; one greatgrandchild, Jaxsyn Decker; one sister, Phyllis Norton of Frederick County, Virginia; two brothers, Ray Taylor and his wife, Frances of Stephens City, Virginia and Charles Taylor of Clear Brook, Virginia as well as many extended family and close friends.

A graveside service was conducted on Monday, July 25, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester, Virginia.

Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the Esther Boyd Animal Shelter, 161 Fort Collier Rd., Winchester, Va. 22603.

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Gary D. Frye

Gary Douglas Frye, 57, of Mt. Jackson, passed away May 12, 2016 at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

He was born July 28,1958 in Winchester and was the son of the late James William Frye, Sr. and Beatrice Virginia Zerkel Frye.

In addition to his parents, Gary was predeceased by his wife, Patsy Marie Bowers Frye, who passed away July 24, 2011. They were married on April 6,1985.

Gary was a member of Grace United Church of Christ in Mt. Jackson. He was a forklift driver at Bowman Andros Products for over 30 years.

He is survived by his two brothers, Robert Frye of Mt. Jackson and James William Frye, Jr. of Centreville, Va.; one niece, Julie Frye and her husband, John Miller of Charlottesville; one nephew, Jason Frye and his wife Joie of Morrison, Co.; two great nephews, Jacob and Joshua; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Grace UCC. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the cemetery fund at Grace UCC, P.O. Box 115, Mt. Jackson, Va. 22842

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

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Velma I. Harpine

Velma Irene Harpine, 97, of Timberville, passed away July 23, 2016 at the Life Care Center of New Market.

Mrs. Harpine was born April 9, 1919 in Forestville. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Chloe Will Phillips.

Mrs. Harpine was a longtime resident of Timberville and a lifetime member of Solomon's Lutheran Church and Sunset Drive United Methodist Church.

She worked for the Aileen Company in New Market for many years, retiring in 1968 to become a fulltime homemaker.

On June 1, 1940 she married Albert Harpine, who preceded her in death on April 14, 2000. 
Also preceding her in death is a granddaughter; Monica Harpine Lucas, four brothers; and two sisters.

Surviving are two sons, Gary Harpine and wife Cindy of Mt. Solon and Douglas Harpine and wife Melanie of Broadway; one daughter, Carolyn Landes of Broadway; six grandchildren, Tony, Eric, Mandy, Evan, Britteny, and Jessica; and nine great grandchildren.

The Revs. David Burroughs and Dr. Thomas Murphy conducted a memorial service at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Sunset Drive United Methodist Church in Broadway.
 Burial was private.
 The family received friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

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Sandra K. Light

Sandra Karren Light, 72, of Frederick County, Va., died Saturday, July 23, 2016 in Strasburg, Va.

She was born Dec. 21, 1943 in Huntington, WV; the daughter of Denmar and Peggy Hively Watson.

Karren married James David Light March 24, 1967 in Arlington, Va. James preceded her in death on July 20, 2009.

Mrs. Light was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church.

She is survived by two sons, David Russell Light of Leesburg, Va. and Kristjan Thomas Light of Cross Junction, Va., and one brother, David Michael Watson of Tampa, Fl.

Along with her husband, James, she is preceded by a brother, Mark Watson.

The family received friends on Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 12-1 p.m. at the Jones Funeral Home in Winchester. A funeral followed at 1 p.m. with Rev. Dr. David N. Young who officiated. Entombment was in Shenandoah Memorial Park. Pallbearers were John Harrison, Travis Meyers, David Light and Kristjan Light.

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Nancy C. Talley

On July 13, 2016 Nancy C. Talley of Woodstock, Va. went home to her Lord Jesus and her heavenly family. The heavens sang as she walked through the gates and our Heavenly Father greeted her with open arms. Nancy was a true soldier of God as she touched everyone she met.

Nancy Carroll St. John was born Nov. 24, 1935 in Cullen, Va. to Myrtle and Robert St. John.

She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1954 in Richmond.
Nancy retired from the Federal Government after 30 years of service in 1989.

She was always faithful to her church serving the Lord in many ways: youth choir leader, Sunday school teacher, vacation Bible school teacher, Bible study leader, widows group, and her love of the prison ministry.

She was an armature pro photographer, loved quilting, cooking and reading.

She is survived by her daughters, Bobbi Walker-Foley and her husband Chris and Robbin King; sons, Ronald Blankenship and his wife Bonnie, Jeffrey Talley and wife Linda, Gary Talley and his wife Terri, Greg Talley and wife Donna, David Talley, and Steve Talley; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life for Nancy was held at Shenandoah Community Fellowship at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016 with Pastor Banks Swanson who officiated.

Graveside services were private.

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

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Mary F. Whetzel

Mary Lee Fawley Whetzel, 77, of Timberville, died July 21, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

She was born April 7, 1939, in Moorefield, W.Va., to the late Howard W. and Laura Wilson Fawley.

Mary worked at Rockingham Poultry for over 20 years before retiring. She was a member of Concord United Church of Christ near Timberville.

Surviving are six sons, Harry Whetzel and wife Faye, Curtis “Ernie” Whetzel, Steven “Pluto” Whetzel, all of Timberville, Mark Campbell and wife, JoAnn, of Broadway, Terry Allen Whetzel of Timberville, and Howard “Heidi” Whetzel of Broadway; one daughter, Laura Baker and husband, Chris, of Edinburg; daughter-in-law, Sue Whetzel of Broadway; one brother, Curtis Fawley of Florida; two sisters, Lina Ritchie of Broadway and Katie Cline of Harrisonburg; grandchildren, Anthony Whetzel, Shasta Whetzel, Kathy Strickler, Dustin Whetzel, Michael Whetzel, Emily Campbell, Hunter Campbell, Wyatt Baker and Morghan Baker; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Phillip Fawley and William “Eater” Whetzel; two brothers, Herman “Dick” Fawley and Lawson Fawley; and one sister, Ramona Fawley.

The Rev. Joel Walkley conducted a memorial service 11 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2016, at Grandle Funeral Home chapel in Broadway.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Grandle Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Concord Church Building Fund, C/O Jim Shirkey, 962 Concord Church Rd., Timberville, Va. 22853.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the Broadway Rescue Squad and Fire Department.

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