Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Tracey W. Buckley

Tracey Wray Buckley, 58 of Martinsburg, West Virginia passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 in Elkhart, Indiana.

Mr. Buckley was born April 11, 1958 in Waynesboro, Virginia, son of Willie Deloris Wright Griffey of Woodstock and the late Wray Clifford Buckley.

He served in the United States Army.

Mr. Buckley is survived by his wife, DeLaine Buckley, whom he married April 14, 2012. 
He is also survived by two brothers, Paul Buckley of Toms Brook and Mark Griffey of Strasburg.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Belinda Faye Shipp and a brother, Robert Lee Buckley.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept.142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.

Mr. Buckley has been cremated and services will be at a later date.

Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

Condolences may be sent to .

Michela C. Gardner

Michela Coz "Kelly" Gardner, 28 of Front Royal, Va., passed away Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at Warren Memorial Hospital.

A memorial gathering for Kelly was held today, Feb. 4, 2017 at Stover Funeral Home in Strasburg from 3 - 5 p.m.

Kelly was born in Winchester, Va. on Aug. 26, 1988, a daughter of Jeffrey Thomas and Carmela Parnelle Gardner.

Kelly was a graduate of Strasburg High School. She loved life, the beach, and spending time at the river.

Survivors include her parents, Jeffrey Thomas "Jeff" and Carmela Gardner of Strasburg, Va.; her siblings, Wesley Parnelle, Max Gardner and Patricia Gardner; nieces and nephews, Baylee, Harper, Feo and Brunick; brothers-in-law, Vinnie, Brunick, and Michael Viera. Kelly is also survived by her fiance, Bobby Kraft.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial contributions the Michela Coz Gardner Go-Fund-Me account to assist the family during this difficult time.

You may submit condolences to the family and sign the guest book online at 

Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Kelly Gardner.

Terry L. Garkow

Terry Lee Garkow, 70, of Woodstock, passed away February 3, 2017 at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester.

Cremation arrangements are being handled by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock. 

Robert L. Hamilton

Robert Lloyd Hamilton, 61, of Mt. Jackson, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at his home

He was born Sept. 16, 1955 in England, son of Patricia Lloyd Hamilton of Columbia, SC and the late Robert Heaton Hamilton.

Mr. Hamilton was a production supervisor at Bowman Andros Products, LLC in Mt. Jackson.

He is survived by two sons, Geoffrey Hamilton of Stephens City and Robert Landon Hamilton of Mt. Jackson; two sisters, Charlotte Giese and Patricia Hamilton, both of Columbia SC; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

Condolences may be sent to .

Thelma H. Laughlin

Thelma May Heishman Laughlin, 86, of Fort Valley, went home to her heavenly Father on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

A graveside service was held Monday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery at Jerome. Pastors Larry Rinard and Dale Bennett officiated. The family received friends Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Valley Funeral Service in Bowmans Crossing.

She was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Perry, W.Va., to the late Perry Roosevelt and Lena Miller Heishman.

She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband, Jimmie Laughlin of Fort Valley. They were married July 4, 1998, at St. Mary’s Pine Lutheran Church.

Also, to cherish her memory are nine of her 10 children, Elizabeth Mauck and husband, Garland, Gary Frye and wife, Teresa, Katheryn Jenkins and husband, Donnie, Roger May and wife, Diana, Patricia Plaugher and companion, Mike, Donald Williams and companion, Vivian, Diane Shurkey and husband, Jeff, Kenneth Williams and wife, Lila, and Farressa Williams and companion, Jeff; her faithful buddies, Casper and Jenny; 28 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Thelma was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Bowman; two grandsons, William Golladay and Kevin Stage; one great-granddaughter, Angel Smith; and her half brother, Norman Miller Sr.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Heishman Funeral Home Inc., 14116 S. Middle Road, Edinburg, VA 22824.

Online condolences may be sent to .

Mary H. Makely

Mary Elizabeth Heishman Makely, 57, passed away Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at her home.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Faith Luthern Church in Fort Valley. The Reverends Shelby DePriest and Kenn Nilsen will officiate.

Mary was born May 6, 1959 in Harrisonburg, daughter of the late Philip E. Heishman Jr. and Patricia Lantz Saum Heishman.

She was a 1978 graduate of Central High School and was passionate about her 27 years at Valley Health as a Home Health Tech. She dearly loved her patients and caring for them and was presented the well-deserved Carnation Award in 2016.

Mary is survived by her husband and love of her life, John R. Makely, whom she married May 26, 1990; three daughters, Dasha Claire Stetson and husband Christopher John of Lake Worth, Fl., Kimberly Gayle Jenkins and husband Jimmie of Edinburg, and Kelly Elizabeth Grapes and husband Billy of Fort Valley; step sister, Virginia "Ginny" Minor of Linden; and five grandchildren, who were her pride and joy, Kaidyn Luttrell, Mason Grapes, Rylee Jenkins, Laila Grapes and Chelsee Jenkins.

Mary had a great love for spending time outdoors rock climbing, kayaking, biking, hiking and caving.

Remembered as a sweet and caring wife, mother, daughter, maw maw and friend, she will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are in the care of Heishman Funeral Home Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch.

Online condolences may be sent to 

Rodney W. Nicholson

Rodney Wade Nicholson, 63, of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 at his home.

Mr. Nicholson was born Dec. 18, 1953 in Maryland, son of the late Melvin L. Nicholson, Sr. and Gladys Arehart Nicholson.

He is survived by his wife, Lisa Dellinger Nicholson.
 He is also survived by a step-daughter, Christiena Shafer of Woodstock; a brother, Robert Nicholson; and a granddaughter, Maycee Grace Shafer.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Melvin Nicholson, Jr. and Daniel Nicholson.

The family received friends Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mr. Nicholson's home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601 or American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 321, Woodstock, VA 22664 or Mr. Nicholson's Burial Fund, c/o Dellinger Funeral Home, 157 North Main Street, Woodstock, VA 22664.

Condolences may be sent to .

Edward T. Pritt

Edward Thomas Pritt, 97, of Harrisonburg, Va., passed away on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

He was born in Warm Springs, Va. on Aug. 7, 1919 and was the son of the late Leonard W. and Alva Stephenson Pritt.

Edward attended Bath County Schools and served in the U.S. Army during WWII.

He was a farmer and had also been employed as a carpenter in the Washington, D.C. area before retiring.

He was a member of Sunrise Church of the Brethren, Lions Club, Elks Club, the Bridgewater VFW and a former member of the Keezletown Ruritans.

On Nov. 21, 1962 he married the former Edna "Edie" Simonin, who preceded him in death on Nov. 18, 2015.

He is survived by two sons, Robert L. Pritt and wife Sharon of Mt. Jackson, Va. and Thomas E. Pritt and wife Nancy of Martinsburg, WV; one daughter, Dorothy M. Williams and husband George "Joe" of Chester Gap, Va; eight grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and two great great granddaughters.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Faye Ginger.

The family received friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017at Sunrise Church of the Brethren with Dr. J. D. Glick and the Rev. Richard Wehrle officiating. Burial followed at 2 p.m. in Warm Springs Cemetery, Warm Springs, Va.

Lindsey Funeral Home is handling arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Evelyn R. Reynolds

Evelyn Ryman Reynolds, 90, passed away on Feb. 1, 2017 in Charlotte, NC.

She was born on Jan. 11, 1927 to John and Hazel Ryman of Woodstock, Va. After graduating from Pauline’s Beauty College, she owned a beauty shop in Woodstock until she married Paul Reynolds in 1958 and moved to Culpeper, Va. She lived in Culpeper until 2011, when she and Paul moved to Huntersville, NC to be closer to their daughter and her family.

She is survived by her husband, Paul, of Huntersville; her daughter, Paula Reynolds Hughes, and son-in-law, Bruce Hughes, of Charlotte, NC; granddaughter and grandson, Annaliese Hughes and Austin Hughes, of Charleston, SC; four sisters: Helen Gill, of Fredericksburg; Anna Lea Ryman of Edinburg; Dorothy Seal of Woodstock; Judy Seal (Harold) of Woodstock; brother: Johnny Ryman, of Woodstock. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Betty Middleton.

Visitation was from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 8, 2017 at Dellinger Funeral Home, 157 N. Main St., Woodstock, Va. A private graveside service followed at noon at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 3055 Fairview Rd., Woodstock, Va., officiated by Rev. Anna Havron.

Memorials may be sent to St. Luke Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1, Culpeper, VA 22701.

Cledith J. Stiltner

Cledith Jay Stiltner, 80, of Strasburg, Virginia, passed away at his home peacefully Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.

He was born Aug. 20, 1936 in Grundy in Southern Virginia to the late Lawrence Hadden Stiltner and Maggie Mae Owens Stiltner, the next to youngest of their eight children.

Jay is survived by his loving wife, Eva, of 31 years; four children, Lisa Stiltner Nolf (m. Bill Nolf), Mike Stiltner (m. Mindy Stiltner), Nancy Findley-Shoemaker (m. Ralph Shoemaker), and Laural Findley.
 In addition, Jay is survived by three siblings. Okie Brown, Birchie Smith, and Jerry Stiltner; his former spouse, Katy Stiltner; numerous nephews and nieces; 13 beloved grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Findley; and siblings, Bea Ramey, Hassel Stiltner, Kirby Stiltner and Wayne Stiltner.

After 36 years of devoted, excellent management performance, earning high accolades from the United States Postal Service, Jay retired to enjoy his hobby of "searching out treasures from local flea markets, antique shops and neighbors in town" along with Eva.

Jay was a loving husband, fun companion, as well a loving father, friend always willing to listen without judgement and role model. A personable, gentle and very generous man that our Heavenly Father allowed us to love here on Earth for so many decades.

We will miss you dearly and we will see you again one day. Rest easy now.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in his name to The Church of Jesus located at 1258 Looneys Creek Road, Grundy, VA 24614.

Family viewing hours were 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. Public viewing hours were 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6 and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Stover Funeral Home, 177 North Holliday St., Strasburg, VA 22657.

Interment followed at 12:30 p.m. in Panorama Memorial Gardens in Strasburg, Va.

You may submit condolences to the family and sign the guest book online at 

Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mr. Stiltner.

Annette L. Whitley

Annette Lynes Whitley went to be with her Lord Feb. 6, 2017.

She was born in Lenoir, North Carolina in 1939, the daughter of the late Mabel Carlton Hunt and Leroy Lynes.

She lived most of her adult life between Charlotte, North Carolina and Winchester, although she did live in Strasburg, Virginia for 10 years and was very involved in the community.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Her various careers included the car business in parts and service at Lamar Sloan Ford, an over the road truck driver for 10 years and a mortgage processor for 15 years.

She was a 30-year recovered alcoholic who helped many people in the Charlotte area get sober.

She loved her church families including Clearbook, Mt. Hope and Middletown Presbyterian churches. She was an avid reader as well.

She will be missed by so many and was such a strong person overcoming a lot in her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Whitley.

She had three sons from her previous late husband, Lamar Sloan, Alan and David Sloan, who preceded her in death, and surviving son, Doug Sloan and wife Jaime, who live in Stephens City where Annette lived the last year of her life. She has several grandchildren, Brian Sloan and wife Catherine, Matthew Sloan and wife Karla and their sister, Nancy Bell and husband Patrick; granddaughter, Taylor Dalton and husband Josh Dalton; grandsons, Austin, Lance and Brett Sloan; step-grandchildren, Cole, Abby, and Jack Talton; and great grandchildren, Christopher, Logan, Harper and Angel Bell, Addison and Hayden Sloan, and Allison Dalton.

She was a true animal lover and loved Chewy and Lilly, her dogs.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel with a service to follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Rose Wayland officiating. Interment will be in Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions in memory of Annette to Life Changers, c/o Doug Sloan, 131 Schramm Loop, Stephens City, Virginia 22655.

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Ida B. Williams

Ida Sue Brown Williams, 84, of Strasburg, passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at Greenfield Reflections of Strasburg.

Graveside rites were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 in Riverview Cemetery, Strasburg with the Rev. John R. Haynes Jr. officiating.

Mrs. Williams was born Jan. 4, 1933 in Woodstock, a daughter of the late Lauck Walton and Julia Mitchell Brown.

She was a member of Strasburg Presbyterian Church and attended Strasburg United Methodist Church. She also was a member of the Massanutten Garden Club, The Lunch Bunch, Strasburg Museum and held a number of offices in the Strasburg Presbyterian Church.

She was the wife of the late Kenneth Lome "Ken" Williams. They were married on March 2, 1952.

Surviving are her sons, Kevin L. Williams and wife Bonnie of Strasburg and Mark L. Williams and wife Michelle of Oranda; her sister, Geraldine "Jerry" Brown of Front Royal; five grandchildren, Jennifer Hallin and husband Dan, Jared Williams and wife Karen, Morgan Williams and wife Kristina, Seth Williams and girlfriend Jana Himelright and Hayden Williams; and nine great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 620, Strasburg, VA 22657.

You may submit condolences to the family and sign the guest book online at

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

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