Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Melissa A. Dellinger

Melissa Ann Dellinger, 52, of Woodstock, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, April 1 at 11 a.m. at Valley Funeral Service in Bowmans Crossing. The Reverends Stephanie Heishman Litten and Howard Lutz officiated.

Private burial will be at a later date in Conicville Cemetery.

The family received friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Melissa was born Dec. 16, 1964 in Woodstock, daughter of Shirley L. Rudy Borden of Woodstock and the late William "Bill" Borden Jr.

She was a 1983 graduate of Central High School and was employed with Valley Health. She was a member of Conicville United Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William "Bill" and Margaret Borden Sr., and Charles "Charlie" and Rosa Rudy.

Melissa is survived by her husband, Darcy L. Dellinger; two sons, Ethan Lee Dellinger and Forrest Alan Dellinger, both of Woodstock; sister, Linda Kibler of Woodstock; and two brothers, Phil Borden of Woodstock and William "Todd" Borden of Maurertown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601 or The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th St., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022.

Melissa was a loving wife, mother and a true friend to everyone who knew her. She was a true warrior and will be greatly missed.

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Cremation arrangements by Heishman Funeral Home Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch.

Mary B. Estep

Mary Elizabeth Bradfield Estep, 97, of Mt. Jackson, passed away March 29, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital.

Funeral Services were held Sunday April 2, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Heishman Funeral Service in Bowmans Crossing. Pastor Katie Gosswein officiated. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Estep was born Aug. 1, 1919 in Columbia Furnace. She is the daughter of the late Carles Aldine and Lora Markely Bradfield.

On Nov. 13, 1937 she married the late Albert Earl Clifton Estep.

During WWII she worked at Camp Blanding Service Club in Stark, Florida.

She retired from Bowman Apple Products after 33 years and then worked at Carson Biller's Root Beer Stand.

Mary and Earl owned and operated Estep's Auto Parts and Estep's Towing in Mt. Jackson for many years.

She is survived by two sons, C. Carroll Estep and wife Madlyn and Joseph P. Estep and wife Virginia, all of Mt. Jackson; sister, Hazel McDonald of Tennessee; five grandchildren, Tina Elizabeth Estep Heishman and husband Steve, Karen Bush, Christopher Estep and wife Angie, Melissa Pugh and Clifton Steed; 10 great grandchildren, Brian Wilhelm, and Justin Steed, Ashley Steed, Lauren Heishman-Taylor and her husband Shane, Clifton Bush, Dakota Bush, Wyatt Estep, Trey Estep and Breyden Estep and Donald Pugh Jr.

Pallbearers were Tina and Steve Heishman, Lauren and Shane Taylor, Christopher Estep and Dexter Mumaw.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, 2471 Cave Ridge Road, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842.

The family received friends Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. 

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

Arthur C. Herbert

Arthur Carrier Herbert, aka, Art, Dick, born June 15, 1927, the son of Bernard Arthur Herbert and Pearl Marie Carrier, died after a short illness on April 1, 2017, at his home in New Market, Va. He was 89.

Mr. Herbert left his wife of 13 years, Pamelia Parker Hennessey; a stepson, Todd S. Warming and wife, Patricia, of Liberty, Texas; one brother, William P. Herbert and wife, Katherine, of Fairfax, Va., and their children, William P. Jr. and wife, Pam, Robert J. and wife, Sandie, Michael J., and Linda M. Poreda; and many grandnephews and nieces as well as stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Herbert was born at Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Bethesda. He attended Bethesda Chevy Chase High School and Peabody School of Music. He retired from Hughes Simulation Systems Inc. as a principal design engineer in 1992 and working on the MH-53E Minesweeping Simulator, after a long career that began as a draftsman working for Melpar in Falls Church, Va., in the early 1950s.

From the age of 13 and until he was drafted, he was part of the band known as Al Massey and his Orchestra, which played locally and throughout much of the Eastern United States during World War II. He also played clarinet and saxophone with Frankie Masters and Russ Morgan Bands. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1947, where he served as an entertainment specialist.

Mr. Herbert was previously married to Roberta Miller Warming, who predeceased him in 1998.

He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. No services are planned as yet.

Memorial donations in his name may be made to the New Market Rescue Squad or the New Market Library.

Anna B. Horan

Anna Belle Bly Horan, 93, of Strasburg, passed away April 4, 2017 at Greenfield Senior Living in Strasburg.
Funeral arrangements, which are being handled by Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, were incomplete.

Mildred L. Minton

Mildred Louise Minton of Toms Brook, died Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester.

Mrs. Minton was preceded in death by her husband, William Anderson Minton.

She was born Aug. 22, 1922 in Woodstock, daughter of the late Mary Ellen Guess and her stepfather, Byrd Riffey.

She had been a waitress at Mac's Truck Stop and a cook at Toms Brook Elementary School.

She was a member of the American Legion #199 Ladies Auxiliary; a Life Member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department; a volunteer at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and the Red Cross; and former member of Toms Brook Town Council.

She was a member of the Emmanuel Church at Fisher's Hill where she served as a deacon, elder and a member of the Women's Guild.

She is survived by daughters, Kay Minton of Chantilly, Va. and Karen Minton of Bridgewater; son William Minton II and wife Pauline; Richard Minton and wife Betsy of Toms Brook; half-sisters, Geraldine Broughton of Woodstock and Bonnie Welles of Thomasville, Pa.; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock with the Rev. Dan Locke officiating. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.

Pallbearers were Richard (Richie) Minton, Christopher A. Minton, Clark C. Keller III, Billy Orndorff, Jack Burr and James Burr.

The family received friends one hour prior to the 2 p.m. service Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department, 3342 S. Main St., Toms Brook, VA 22660 or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601.

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Evelyn V. Price

Evelyn Virginia Price, 90, a resident of New Market, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017, at her son’s home, where she had been living. Mrs. Price was born May 22, 1926, in Tenth Legion and was the daughter of the late Kenneth Louie and Rilla Ruth Stillwell Grim.

She was a homemaker and worked at Stonewall Jackson High School.

On April 2, 1947, she married Marvin Lee Price, who passed away Sept. 26, 1977.

Surviving are two children, Brenda Fravel of Fulks Run and Gary T. Price of Harrisonburg; siblings, Harlon Grim, Carroll Grim and Mary G. Marston; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

All services will be held privately.

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McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joshua L. Robinson

Joshua L. Robinson, retired Chief Judge of the 26th Judicial Circuit of Virginia, died on April 3, 2017 at his home in Luray, Virginia.

Judge Robinson was born in Luray on June 3, 1923, the oldest son of the late Henry and Ada Robinson, who had immigrated to the United States from Lithuania early in the 20th century.

He is survived by his wife of over 70 years, Estelle Good Robinson.

Judge Robinson graduated from Luray High School as Valedictorian in 1940 and from the University of Virginia in 1943 with a B.S. in Commerce. While in college, he was president of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and joined the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Later he served on active duty as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

After the war, he began his distinguished legal career as a student at the University of Virginia School of Law. He graduated from the Law School in1948 with honors that included election to the Order of the Coif and to the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review.

While in law school, he and Estelle were married at Hillel House in Charlottesville on Dec. 22, 1946.

After opening his law practice on Court Street in his hometown in 1949, Judge Robinson continued in private practice until 1972 when he was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge. He served as Judge and Chief Judge of the Circuit, which includes Page, Warren, Clarke, Frederick, Rockingham and Shenandoah counties, together with the cities of Harrisonburg and Winchester, until his retirement in July, 1992.

During this time, he was also a popular trial practice instructor at the UVA Law School. He also served as chairman of the Committee on Sentencing for the Judicial Conference of Virginia and as a member of the Governor's Task Force on Sentencing.

Throughout his life, Judge Robinson was a leader in numerous community organizations, including president of the Luray Rotary Club, commander of the American Legion in Luray and president of the Massanutten Mental Health Association of Harrisonburg.

Judge Robinson, a proud Jew, was a long-standing member of Beth El Congregation in Harrisonburg and also had served as its president and on its Board of Trustees.

The Judge was respected among fellow judges and lawyers for his keen mind, scholarship and love of learning. His friends, family, and community will remember him for his commitment and dedication to fairness and justice for all, his Jewish faith and his family, as well as for his sharp wit.

Additional survivors include his two children, Carol Sue Robinson Schepp and husband Louis of New York and Eliot William Robinson and wife Liane Schleifer of Atlanta; three grandchildren, Adam Robinson Gorlovsky-Schepp and wife Jeanie of Boston, Caren Robinson Schepp Ieraci and husband Rocco of Pittsburgh and David Benjamin Robinson of Atlanta; a great grandson, Jacob A. Gorlovsky-Schepp of Boston; and a sister, Sarah Robinson Miller and husband Milton of Glen Allen.

His two brothers, David I. Robinson and Saul J. Robinson, preceded him in death.

Rabbi Joe Blair conducted the funeral service at Congregation Beth El, 830 Old Furnace Road, Harrisonburg on Thursday, April 6 at 3 p.m. followed by burial in Beth El Cemetery on Old Furnace Road.

The family received visitors at Bradley Funeral Home, Luray, Wednesday evening, April 5.

In accordance with Jewish tradition, Shiva will be observed at Judge Robinson's home. Visitors will be welcome at 30 Highland Court, Luray, from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, April 7 and from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 9.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a charity of one's choice.

May his memory be for a blessing.

Kitty R. Sager

Kitty Lou Richard Sager, 77, of Woodstock, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

Graveside rites were conducted in Gravel Springs Cemetery, Star Tannery at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2017 with the Rev. Dan Locke officiating.

Mrs. Sager was born Nov. 24, 1939 in Frederick County, a daughter of the late William Arthur and Rena Mae Orndorff Richard.

Surviving are her husband, Shelby F. Sager; three children, Kimberly Bly Drummond, Hilary Bly Yoxall and Dexter B. Bly; two step-children, Anthony O. Sager and Jeffrey Scott Sager; 13 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

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

Olivia G. Will

Olivia Garber Will, 89, of Front Royal, passed away on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in the Warren Memorial Hospital.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 8 at 5 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by Pastor Neal Davidson. Inurnment will be private.

Mrs. Will was born on May 25, 1927 in Timberville, Virginia, daughter of the late Joseph Boyd Garber and Ada Olivia Gordon Garber. She retired after over twenty years from the Virginia Public School System and was a member for over 60 years of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Front Royal. Mrs. Will enjoyed going to the Shenandoah Summer Musicals for over twenty years.

Mrs. Will was married for fifty-three years to the late Harry Flood Will, Sr., a retired Virginia State Police Special Agent.

Surviving are one daughter Patricia Will Yoder and husband Craig of Front Royal; three sons Joseph Bryan Will and wife Angela of Ashland, Harry Flood Will, Jr. and wife Pat of Belton, Missouri, and Braxton Keith Will and wife Eline of Strasburg; one sister Anne Garber Farmer of Front Royal; eleven grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 8 from 4 until 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 18 West 6th St., Front Royal, Virginia 22630 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

John B. Woodyard

John Buffington (Jack) Woodyard, 92, of Port Republic, Va., passed away March 8, 2017.

A World War II U.S. Air Force veteran, John was born in Flushing, N.Y., Aug. 15, 1924, to the late Hubert and Grace (Knapp) Woodyard.

He was raised in Great Neck, N.Y., and Nutley, N.J., and formerly of New Providence, N.J., and also Woodstock, Va.

Jack was most recently the proprietor of Cross Keys Antiques for more than 30 years and an avid antique refinisher, whose works were on display throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Hubert. He leaves behind his son, John of Libertyville, Ill.; daughter, Joanne (Woodyard) Attanasio of Parsippany, N.J.; granddaughters, Lauren (Attanasio) Cobane and Kaitlin (Woodyard) Beachy; grandson, Daniel Attanasio; and great-grandson, T.J. Cobane.

Jack also leaves behind his many friends and business associates in the Valley, particularly those who for years joined him for breakfast at the C&S Diner in Elkton, where he will be sorely missed.

There was a private cremation March 10, 2017. Out of respect for his wishes, no memorial service is planned. Donations to the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation in his memory are encouraged.

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