Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Douglas C. Arthur

Douglas Clay Arthur, 74, of Strasburg, Va. passed away Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 at his residence.

A memorial service for Mr. Arthur was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m.
 A reception in the Valley Room of the Hotel Strasburg followed the service.

Douglas Clay Arthur was born on July 29, 1942 in Charlottesville, Va.

To say he possessed a love for life wouldn't quite do him justice. If ever a man saw the world through rose-colored glasses, he did. And he encouraged all of us to look through those glasses too.

He met Suzanne when they were both teenagers in Strasburg, and they walked together through the rest of his life.

After graduating from Washington and Lee University School of Law and serving a one year tour in Vietnam, he and Suzanne made their way back to Strasburg where Doug quickly became a valued member of the legal community and the town. 
His calm demeanor and ability to see all sides of a problem and all points of view (while occasionally infuriating to his family) made him a trusted confidant and adviser among his peers. 
He had a successful law practice in Strasburg for 46 years all the while maintaining his true loves: family, music, and sports. Whether he was cheering the Strasburg Rams or the Virginia Tech Hokies, playing a gig with Clay, or out and about with Suzanne or his grandchildren, he would no doubt have a sparkle in his eye and a kind word to share. 
In case you thought his joie de vivre might be all for show, we promise you that he was just the same at home. For a man who taught us to practice everything in moderation, he certainly did overindulge in joy.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Herman Clay and Mary Etta Arthur; infant son, Robert Edward Arthur; and daughter-in-law Patti Thisted Arthur.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Kibler Arthur; their son, Douglas Clay Arthur Jr. and daughter-in-law Gloria Elisabeth Goeres; their daughter, Sarah Ellen Brown and son-in-law Grady Chris Brown; and their grandchildren, Hannah Elizabeth Arthur, Anna Kristen Brown, Lydia Ellen Brown, and Henry Douglas Brown.
Pallbearers were Paul J. Neal Jr., CJ Borden, Elaine Boomer, Christopher French, Scott Harvard, William H. Hall, Dennis Dysart and Fielding Rolston.
Members of the Board of Directors with First Bank and Shentel served as honorary pallbearers.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial contributions to the Strasburg Community Library, 195 W. King St., Strasburg, Va. 22657 or Shenandoah Education Foundation, P.O. Box 607, Woodstock, Va. 22664 or other charitable organizations of your choice.

You may submit condolences online to the family at

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

John D. Crisman

John Downey Crisman, 84, passed away into glory Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at Winchester Medical Center.

John was born on May 9, 1932, son of the late John W. Crisman and Maude McDaniel Crisman.

He graduated from Edinburg High School in 1951 and Tennessee Temple College, Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1961.

John was also a veteran of the United States Air Force.
In December 1966, the First Baptist Church of Wardensville, West Virginia was organized with John as the founding pastor. He faithfully served as the pastor of that church for 44 years before retiring in 2011 due to poor health.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sara Ann Crisman; and brothers Philip W. and Fred M. Crisman.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jeane H. Crisman; one daughter, Beth Jean Cecil and husband, Frank; son, Daniel John Crisman and wife, Bethany; six grandchildren, Wyatt and Benjamin Cecil and Lillian, Seth, Lucianne and Nathanael Crisman; surviving brother, Ben Crisman; and three sisters, Hazel Barton, Mary McClanaham and Doris Crisman.

Pallbearers will be Frank Cecil, Ben Cecil, Aaron Crider, Chad Davis, Mike Cook and Nelson Borden.
 Honorary pallbearers will be John Dellinger, Wyatt Cecil, and Seth Crisman.

The family received friends at Valley Baptist Church Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
 The funeral service will be held Friday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. at Valley Baptist Church, Edinburg. Pastors Daniel Crisman, Chad Estep and Jerry Young will officiate. Burial will follow at Cedarwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Valley Baptist Christian School, 408 Stoney Creek Rd., Edinburg or WOTC 88.3 FM, 146 Parson Point Ln., Edinburg.

Arrangements by Heishman Funeral Home, Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch.

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Clyde F. Dellinger

Clyde Franklin Dellinger, 90, of Maurertown, Va., passed away Aug. 24, 2016.

Mr. Dellinger was born May 26, 1926 in Johnstown, Pa., son of the late Aubey Alvin Dellinger Sr. and Martha Montrose Bowers Dellinger.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in WWII and receiving the Meritorious Service Medal.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte, who he married Jan. 21, 1951; one sister, Norma Louise Dellinger; and one brother, Aubey A. Dellinger Jr.

He is survived by his niece, Sandra Dellinger Nelson; great niece, Morgan Nelson Judy and her husband Daniel; and a great nephew, Michael Hunter Nelson.

The family received friends Saturday from 1 - 3 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service, Bowmans Crossing.
 A direct burial will take place at a later date in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Tx.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans(DAV) Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Ky. 41076 on behalf of Clyde Dellinger.

Arrangements by Heishman Funeral Home, Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch.

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Dale L. Huffman

Dale Lenwood Huffman, 81, of Harrisonburg, passed away Monday evening, Aug. 22, 2016, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

Mr. Huffman was born Dec. 25, 1934, in Grant County, W.Va., and was a son of the late Roscoe Dale and Nina Opal Sites Huffman.

Dale served with the U.S. Army and was a retired truck driver. He loved growing and attending to his roses.

He is survived by a daughter, Rebecca Pegram and husband, Pete; a son, Neal Huffman and wife, Shelia; a brother, Jerette Lyle Huffman; three grandchildren, Cade H. Strawderman, Tyler Huffman and Hannah Huffman.

In addition to his parents, Dale was predeceased by a brother, Lonnie Huffman.

Dale was a member of St. Martin Lutheran Church west of New Market, where a memorial service was conducted by the Rev. James Davis on Saturday at 11 a.m. Inurnment was at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens north of Harrisonburg.

The family received friends 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.

Mary C. Keaton

Mary Catherine "Cookie" Keaton, 74, of Woodstock, Virginia passed away on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Virginia.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal, Virginia with Sammy Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at Bennett's Chapel Cemetery in Front Royal.

Mrs. Keaton was born on June 24, 1942 in Winchester to the late Leon Lawyer and Myrtle Clark Lawyer.

She is also preceded in death by her sister, Phyllis Curless.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond Keaton, of Woodstock; son, Kenny Jenkins (Pam) of Front Royal; two sisters, Shelby Keller (Sonny) of Winchester and Darlene Anderson (Andy) of Lexington, Kentucky; three grandchildren, Bryan Jenkins (Jessica) of Winchester, Amanda Hite (T.J.) of Front Royal and Matthew Jenkins of Front Royal; and five great grandchildren, Kalee, James, Ashley, Brynna and Thomas.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Sunday at Maddox Funeral Home.

Zane A. Lafferty

Zane A. Lafferty, 35, of Gore, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 at his home.

Zane was born Aug. 1, 1981 in Winchester; the son of Holly Sue Toms Thomas.

He worked as a mason with Always Green. Masonry was a passion of his. He loved the outdoors where he enjoyed camping and hiking.

Along with his mother, he is survived by his children, Raelyn, Alex and Gracie all of Edinburg, Va.; his brother, Jesse Lafferty of Gore; and his sisters, Tiffany Thomas of Delaware and Courtney Thomas of Winchester. He was also survived by his Aunt, his cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Lewis and Helen Toms.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Hebron Baptist Church with Pastor James Simmons officiating.

Online condolences may be left at

Elizabeth A. Luse

Elizabeth "Betty" Adele Luse, 86, of Mt. Jackson, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.

Mrs. Luse was born June 19, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York, daughter of the late Robert William and Elizabeth Sloan Reuter. 
Betty and Bob operated the Widow Kip's Country Inn Bed and Breakfast since 1991.

She was a member of the Mt. Jackson United Methodist Church. 
Mrs. Luse was past president of the Methodist Women's Group, Mt. Jackson Garden Club, Mt. Jackson Book Club, Mt. Jackson Lioness, Shenandoah County Tourism Council, Shenandoah Valley Chamber, and Bed and Breakfast of the Historic Shenandoah Valley. She was also involved with the American Red Cross Blood Mobile.

She is survived by her husband, Robert C. Luse, whom she married July 14, 1951.
 Also surviving are a daughter, Pamela and husband Frank Pileski of Bridgewater; two sons, Gregory and wife Donna Luse and Theodore and wife Pam Luse, all of Richmond; and nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren, Matthew and wife Mandy Pileski, Hadleigh, Maggie and Latham; Michael and wife Kayleigh Pileski and Charlotte; Kyle and wife Kristin Pileski; Taylor, Hardy and husband Chandler and Anslee; Justin Luse and wife Lisa; Bryan Luse, Jonathan Luse, Kevin Luse and Hayden Luse.

Mrs. Luse was preceded in death by a son, Robert C. Luse Jr.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Jackson United Methodist Church with the Rev. Darwin Edwards officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Martha Jefferson Infusion Center/Cancer Care Center, 500 Martha Jefferson Drive, Charlottesville, Va. 22911.

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

Condolences may be sent to

Edna M. Miller

Edna Marguerite Miller, 83, of Strasburg, passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 at her home.

A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, August 26, 2016 at Stover Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Wendell M. Schurtz Jr. officiating. Burial followed in Lebanon Church Cemetery.
 Following the service, a meal was provided at Walnut Springs Christian Church. 
The family received family and friends prior to the service at 10 a.m. until service time.

Mrs. Miller was born Feb. 8, 1933 in Shenandoah County, a daughter of the late Grover C. and Vallie Mae Putman Helsley Sr.

She was a homemaker, a volunteer at the Compassion Cupboard and a member of Walnut Springs Christian Church, Oranda.

She was the wife of the late Ralph Wayne Miller, who died March 7, 2015.

Surviving are her sister, Nancy Robinson of South Hill, Pa.; a number of nieces and nephews; and her dog, Georgia.

Pallbearers were Anthony Simmers, Todd Bly, Alfred Renner Jr., Robbie Callahan, Jimmy Neff and Matt Himelright.

Memorials may be made to Walnut Springs Christian Church, c/o Rhonda Sager, 311 Hidden Ln., Strasburg, Va. 22657.

You may sign the register book and send condolences to

Strasburg Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Strasburg was in charge of arrangements.

Lillian E. Pangle

Lillian Elaine Pangle of Winchester, Virginia passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 at Winchester Medical Center.

She was born Dec. 31, 1937 in Winchester, Virginia, a daughter of the late Harry (Bojo) Douglas and Agnes Tevault Wigginton.

She was the wife of Richard William Pangle of Lebanon Church and retired from National Fruit having worked over 30 years.

A memorial service for Mrs. Pangle will be held at Lebanon Lutheran Church on Tuesday, September 6th at 3 p.m.

Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. Strasburg, Va. is serving the family Mrs. Lillian Pangle.

James A. Post

James A. Post, Sr., 81, of Breezewood, passed away Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 at his residence.

He was born on July 28, 1935, in Pottsville, a son of the late John and Grace (Robison) Post.

On April 26, 1957, in Arlington, VA, he married Judy (Megee) Post who survives along with the following family: a daughter, Judy Huesser and husband, Art, of Stanley, Va.; three sons, James Post Jr. and wife, Jennifer, of Yellow Springs, WV, Jerry Post of Yellow Springs, WV, John Post and wife, Lauren, of Toms Brook, Va.; 33 grandchildren and great grandchildren; two brothers, Jack Post of Jacksonville, Fl., Joe Post of Elizabethton, Tn.; and best friend, Dan Herr.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Joy Reef; and a brother, Russel Post.

James was an Army veteran, and retired as an auto body man. During his career in Washington D.C., he was one of the top ten auto body technicians, and was contracted to fix the bullet holes in Ronald Reagan's presidential limo after his attempted assassination.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, outdoors, and spending time with his kids, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel, at the Timothy A. Berkebile Funeral Home, in Bedford, with Rev. John Morningstar officiating. 
Burial followed at Milligans Cove Christian Church Cemetery. 
Friends were received on Tuesday, from 6-8 p.m. and 1 hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be sent to Grane Hospice, 106 Zee Plaza, North Juniata Street, Hollidaysburg, Pa. 16648.

Our online guest book is available at

Robert B. Walker

Robert Bryant Walker, 82, of Front Royal, Va., passed away Aug. 22, 2016 at Consulate Healthcare of Woodstock, Va.

He was born July 12, 1934 in Alexandria, Va., a son of the late William Houston Walker and Hattie Leola Walker.

Mr. Walker retired from property management in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, where he worked for over 50 years, before moving to Front Royal, VA.
 He had volunteered at Warren Memorial Hospital since his retirement.

Mr. Walker is survived by his sister, Lois Elaine Lawson of Strasburg, Va.; a niece, Patricia Ann "Lily" Bradley of Mount Vernon, Va.; many nieces and nephews, Lisa Marie Bradley-Epps of Mason Neck, Va., Leigh Ann Bradley-Trefry of Mount Vernon, Va., William L. Gaumer of Elkton, Va., Jerry E. Gaumer of New Market, Va., Michael E. Lawson of Mount Jackson, Va., JoAnn Tamkin of Fort Valley, Va., Pamela L. Neff of Strasburg, Va., Debra E. Wilson of Strasburg, Va., Tammy J. Fanning of Strasburg, Va., and Robert L. Lawson Jr. of Woodstock, Va.; and 42 great nieces and great nephews. He is also survived by his dog, Woody and his kitty cat, Mr. Walker.

Mr. Walker was predeceased by his sister, Vivian Leola Gaumer; and his brothers, William Houston "Babe" Walker, Albert K. Walker and Paul W. Walker.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 at Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market, Va.

Deborah H. Ward

Deborah June Heishman Ward, 58, of New Market, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016 at home.

She was born Jan. 8, 1958 at the Hinkle Maternity Home at New Market and was a daughter of Mary P. Phillips Heishman Hill of New Market and the late Douglas Heishman.

Debbie was a well known resident of the community. For years she was a delivery person for the Northern Virginia Daily newspaper. She had also been employed by 7-11, Bowman Apple Products of Mt. Jackson and was currently employed by Masonite Door Co. of Stanley.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Ward.

In addition to her mother, Debbie is survived by a daughter, Michelle Lantz Fowler of Hampton; three sisters, Barbara Mason, Carolyn May and Alice Tiffany; and two grandsons, Matthew and Joshua.

The family received friends on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. at Theis Funeral Chapel of New Market.

It was Debbie's wish to be cremated.

Arrangements were entrusted to Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

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