Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Virginia N. Baker

Virginia N. Baker, 91, of Winchester, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 at her home.

Mrs. Baker was born June 1, 1925 in Winchester; the daughter of Wheeler E. Nichols and Gertrude Dusing Nichols.

She worked as a seamstress with J. Shoeneman Sewing Factory until they closed. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She married James G. Baker on June 15, 1957 in Hagerstown, Md. Mr. Baker preceded her in death on Dec. 26, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Shirley A. Drummond of Stephens City, Dennis A. Nichols of Winchester, Linda J. Martinez of Winchester, Nancy L. Johnson of Middletown and Brenda J. Day of Gore; one brother, Godfrey Paul Nichols of Winchester; eleven grandchildren; twenty great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles e. Nichols, Leo W. Nichols, Clifford E. Nichols and Theodore B. Nichols.

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 9, 2016 from 10 – 11 a.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Winchester. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. William White officiating. Burial will be in Shenandoah Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be left at

Ina M. Bowers

Ina Catherine Mowery Bowers 86, of Middletown,Va. passed away Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 at her home.

A graveside service for Mrs. Bowers was conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 in the Mount Carmel Cemetery, Middletown, Va.

Visitation was held 6-8 p.m. Friday at Stover Funeral Home.

Services were provided by Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, Va.

Walter E. Hensley

Walter Edwin Hensley, infant son of John Edwin Hensley and Paige Kristine Hensley, passed away on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Sept. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. Larry Lawhon.

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

Burial will be private.

Surviving along with his parents are his maternal grandparents, Michael and Michelle Kosiorek of Front Royal; maternal great grandparents, Joan and Ray Ward of Edinburg, VA and Connie Tucker of Ohio; paternal grandparents, John and Joanne Hensley of Front Royal; paternal great grandparents, Joan and Bob Winn, Eddie and Beverly Morrison, and John and Betty Hensley, all of Front Royal; aunts and uncles, Alanah Fuqua, Gregory Fuqua, Renee Hensley, and Mary Hensley; and three cousins, Devon Pitts, Jodaci Hensley, and Jenavieve Eastwood.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Walter to the Winchester Medical Center Foundation-Caring for Premature Babies (NICU), contact: System Support Building, 220 Campus Blvd., Suite 402A, Winchester, Va. 22601, 540-536-8620.

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 were held on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main St., Front Royal, Virginia with Sammy Campbell who officiated. Burial followed 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.

Robert A. Mabis

Robert Arthur Mabis, 63, of Fort Valley, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at his home.

Mr. Mabis was born Aug. 28, 1953 in Alexandria, son of the late William Edward Mabis Sr. and Lois Mildred Anderson Mabis.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Woodstock.

Mr. Mabis is survived by his wife, Patricia Bria Wooster Mabis who he married April 28, 2014.

He is also survived by a daughter, Monica Greene of Pennsylvania; a brother, Vincent Mabis of North Carolina; a sister, Linda Mack of Maryland; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016 at 10 a.m. in Isaiah Clem Cemetery in Fort Valley with Bishop Jason Wright who officiated.

Pallbearers were Frank Ingham, Vincent Mabis, Robert Cline, Michael Wages, James Heron and Steve Hyson.
 Honorary pallbearers were Steven Funk and Everette Lawrence.

Arrangements were Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

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Matie S. Neal

Matie Anna Snarr Neal, 89, of Woodstock, Va., passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home.

A graveside service for Mrs. Neal was conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 in Riverview Cemetery with the Rev. Sonya Williams-Giersch who officiated.

She was born in Woodstock, Va. on April 13, 1927, a daughter of the late Elbert Beauregard and Josie Sine Snarr.

She was a member of the Lutheran faith and a loving mother who loved to read.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Gorman Neal; and her siblings, Alta Miller, Elbert B. Snarr Jr., Jack Snarr, Charles Snarr and Leonard Snarr.

Survivors include her children, Connie N. Drummond of Woodstock, Va., and Gary M. Neal Sr. and wife Opal of Front Royal, Va.; three grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and two step great grandchildren.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Monday evening from 6-8 p.m.
 The family would like to express their sincere appreciation and thanks to the medical staff of Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and the entire staff of Skyline Terrace Nursing Home for the remarkable care and compassion given to them during this difficult time.

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

Elizabeth R. Siever

Elizabeth Richmond Siever, 90, of Mt. Jackson, passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

Mrs. Siever was born March 26, 1926 in Panther, West Virginia, daughter of the late Charlie Ernest and Nancy Cline Richmond.

She was a member of Brighter Days Bible Church in Mt. Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Siever.

Siever is survived by a daughter, Shirley A. Patton of Mt. Jackson; a sister, Hattie Fadely of Mt. Jackson; two grandchildren, Debra D. (Chuck) Houser and Gary A. Rhinehart Jr. (Sharon); five great grandchildren, Summer G. S. (Aaron) Baker, Joshua A. (Brandi) Rhinehart, Trent G. (Mary) Semones and Jenny M. Smith; five great great grandchildren, Lucas C. Semones, Dakota G. Baker, Brianna G. Semones, Hayden B. Smith and Landry A. Rhinehart; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, step great grandchildren and step great great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a great grandchild, Jesse A. Rhinehart, six brothers and two sisters.

The funeral service was Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson with Pastor Glen Turner and Pastor Larry Rinard officiating. Burial followed in Caplinger Cemetery in Criders, Virginia.

Pallbearers were Joshua A. Rhinehart, Trent G. Semones, Lucas C. Semones, Dakota G. Baker, Aaron L. Baker and William "Pye-Yoe" Fadely.
 Honorary pallbearers were Gary A. Rhinehart Jr., Chuck Houser, Kenneth Fadely, Jerry Lee Wealthy, Michael Wimer, Charles Wealthy, John G. Semones III, Al Asbury and Andy Whitmer.

The family received friends Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to

Jerry L. Williams

Jerry Lee Williams, 69, of Harrisonburg, died Sept. 1, 2016, at his residence.

He was born Nov. 28, 1946, in Lexington, Va., to the late Howard Lewis and Beulah Elizabeth Montgomery Williams.

He worked for Howell Metal in New Market and was a member of Mountain Valley United Methodist Church.

On July 8, 1967, he married the former Sandy D. Thompson, who survives.

Also surviving are sons, Jerry Allen Williams and companion, Mary Myers, and Hank Lewis Williams, both of Harrisonburg; daughter, Carolyn Diane Powell and husband, Roy, of Broadway; brother, David Williams of Bryce; sister, Judy Ann Mathias of Timberville; grandchildren, Christopher Powell and wife, Heather, Darian Powell, Brianna Powell, and Gracie Powell; and great-grandchildren, Daren, Connor, Austin and Serenity Powell.

The Rev. Vallerie Ritter conducted a funeral service at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, at Mountain Valley United Methodist Church near Harrisonburg. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

The family received friends Sunday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grandle Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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