OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Shenandoah County


William C. Adams


William Chester "Bill" Adams, 87, of Strasburg, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the Martinsburg Va. Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, April 25 at 1 p.m. in the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia with Pastor Danny Clegg officiating.

Mr. Adams was born on Sept. 7, 1929 in Hanna City, Illinois, son of the late Clarence William Adams and Agnes Vicary Adams.

Mr. Adams retired as a construction superintendent with New Enterprise and was a member of the Front Royal Baptist Temple.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 67 years, Jean Adams; one son, William Chester Adams Jr. of Severna Park, Maryland; two daughters, Karen Jenkins of Richmond and Nancy Slemmer of Front Royal; half-sister, Neta Rauls of Illinois; six grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal. http://www.maddoxfuneralhome.com.



Etel V. Casillas


Etel Valerio Casillas, 74, of Edinburg, Va., passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, April 28 at 5 p.m. at St. Jacob's Lutheran Church in Edinburg. Pastor Katie Gosswein will officiate.

He was born Jan. 9, 1943 in San Javier Valle De Rosario, Chihuahua, Mexico, son of the late Juan Valerio and Emira Casillas.

He was employed at Georges.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Valerio of Edinburg; four children; three step children; and mother-in-law, Lena Wilkins of Mt. Jackson.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Valley Funeral Service, 14116 S. Middle Road, Edinburg, Va. 22824 for burial expenses.

Etel was a hard worker and had many friends. He loved flowers and gardening. He never met a stranger. He was loved by all and will be sadly missed.

Condolences may be offered at http:/valleyfs.com.

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



Brenda F. Jones


Brenda Faith Jones, 78, of Winchester, Va. died on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at the Lifecare Hospital of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Brenda was born on Oct. 18, 1938 in Paw Paw, WV, a daughter of the late Tildon Foltz and Ethyle Catherine Parril Creswell.

She worked for Lear Automotive in Strasburg, Va. as a press operator and was a member of the Shenandoah Valley Baptist Church in Winchester, Va.

Brenda married Donald L. Jones on May 5, 1962 in Hagerstown, Md. Surviving with her husband of 54 years is a daughter: Angela F. Haug of Maurertown, Va.; a brother: Bradley Foltz and his wife Joann of Winchester, Va.; a sister: Judy Dick of Winchester, Va.; a granddaughter: SPC Brittany Haug and Brenda’s special dog, Charlie.

Brenda was preceded in death by her granddaughter: Kristen Haug and a sister: Linda Crowe.

A funeral service was held at the Shenandoah Valley Baptist Church on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 2 p.m. Officiating were Pastor Gene Jones and Pastor Mike Grooms. Interment followed in the Hebron Cemetery near Yellow Spring, WV.

The family received friends at the church on Friday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Judes Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To sign an online guest book, please visit http://www.giffinfuneralhome.com.



Ruth B. Koepke


Ruth Marie Bailey Koepke passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home in Woodstock. She was born on June 23, 1920, in Page County, Va., a daughter of the late William A. and Ada Deavers Bailey.

She was a 1939 graduate of Luray High School, attended Washington Missionary College in Takoma Park, Md., and graduated from Cleveland General Hospital School of Nursing in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ruth Marie Bailey Koepke passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home in Woodstock. She was born on June 23, 1920, in Page County, Va., a daughter of the late William A. and Ada Deavers Bailey.

She was a 1939 graduate of Luray High School, attended Washington Missionary College in Takoma Park, Md., and graduated from Cleveland General Hospital School of Nursing in Cleveland, Ohio.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 28, at 11 a.m. at the pavilion in Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery with Pastor Sam Millen and the Rev. James Kite officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Page County Public Education Foundation, 735 W. Main St., Luray, VA 22835, in her memory.

Friends may call at her sister-in-law’s home, 147 S. Court St., Luray, at any time.



Dora M. Moomaw


Dora Mae Moomaw, 91, of Mt. Jackson, died Friday, April 21, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

Mrs. Moomaw was born Nov. 3, 1925 in Shenandoah County, daughter of the late Homer Lee and Mary Emma Ryman Weaver.

She was a member of Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church west of Mt. Jackson.

She was married July 3, 1960 to Richard Lee Moomaw who preceded her in death July 23, 2015.

Mrs. Moomaw is survived by two sons, Richard A. Moomaw and his wife, Kelly and Timothy L. Moomaw and his wife, Kim all of Mt. Jackson; a sister, Zula Ryman of Mt. Jackson; five grandchildren, Odessa, Ashby, David, Kerigan and Abrielle; and two great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by two brothers, Wilbur Weaver and Staylor Weaver.

A funeral service was held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church with the Rev. Darlene Wilkins officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Hermon Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Ashby Moomaw, David Moomaw, Steve Weaver, Mark Getz, James Shiley and Rodney Rupert.

The family received friends Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church, 3821 Orkney Grade, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842.

Condolences may be sent to http://www.dellingerfuneralhome.com.



Charlotte G. Polk


Charlotte Ann Graham Polk, 56, of Edinburg, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.

A funeral service was held on Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service in Bowmans Crossing. Pastor Brian Duncan officiated. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.

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

Mrs. Polk was born on Oct. 3, 1960 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, daughter of Gloria Jean Graham of Woodstock and the late Joseph Louie Graham.

Mrs. Polk was a beloved secretary at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School for 16 years. She was an island of calm in the hustle and bustle of our middle school. To honor her tireless and humble dedication, she was recognized as the Shenandoah County Public Schools "Employee of the Year" for 2016. Mrs. Polk loved and served the students, faculty and staff of Peter Muhlenberg Middle School faithfully throughout her career.

Mrs. Polk was a devout Christian who shared her love of Christ through her generous, gracious, and loving spirit. She was a member of the First Church of Columbia Furnace.

Even though she was assured of her home in heaven, Mrs. Polk valiantly fought the cancer that plagued her. Her tenacity and optimism inspired everyone around her.

Mrs. Polk was multi-talented. She gardened, canned fruits and vegetables, raised chickens, crocheted, played the piano and loved technology. She was grateful for simple pleasures, a beautiful view of the valley, an unexpected snowstorm, a warm woodstove, a classic movie and a cup of coffee.

Surviving are her loving and devoted husband of 35 years, Kevin Lee Polk; a daughter, Rebecca Ann Polk of Manassas; son, Matthew Lee Polk and fiancee Shalyn Marie Weaver of Edinburg, Virginia; mother, Gloria Jean Graham of Woodstock, Virginia; sister, Sonja Lynn Graham of Edinburg, Virginia; and mother-in-law, Evelyn Pauline Baker Polk of Edinburg, Virginia.

Pallbearers were Johnny Pence, Mike Fleming, Jerry Linaweaver, Jay Jarrett, Mike Hunt and Joey Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were Bob Wilson and Billy Green.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Patient Advocate Foundation. http://www.copays.org

Thoughts and remembrances may be offered at http://www.valleyfs.com

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



Priscilla A. Shifflett


Priscilla A. Shifflett, 84, of Woodstock, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017 at Heritage Hall in Front Royal, Va.

The funeral service was held Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Woodstock. Pastor Darryl George officiated.

Burial was private in Fairfax Memorial Park.

The family received friends Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at the church.

Mrs. Shifflett was born Jan. 12, 1933 in Loudoun County, Va., daughter of the late Samuel Curtis and Rosa Sprouse Breckenridge.

She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Strasburg.

She was preceded in death by her son, Kim Shifflett and brother, Samuel Breckenridge.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years and 7 months, Herschal Shifflett; four daughters, Kathy Karen Lewis and husband David of Winchester, Ky., Jacqueline Hoffman and husband Donnie of Edinburg, Darcy Sonner and husband William of Augusta, WV, and Jeanette Bly and husband Todd of Woodstock; one sister, Barbara Shifflett of Texas; 11 grandchildren, Amy Ruckman, Jennifer Runion, Christopher Jones, Aaron Baker, Destiny Shifflett, Phillip Shifflett, Nicholas Shifflett, William Sonner, Cody Long, Shaina Mink and Logan Sonner; three step grandchildren, Travis Hoffman, Lisa Hoffman and Sean Lewis; 19 great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimers Association, Central and Western Virginia Chapter, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Online condolences may be offered at http://www.valleyfs.com.

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



Harold H. Whittington


Harold Hunter Whittington, 78, of Strasburg, Va. passed away Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Winchester Medical Center.

A funeral service for Mr. Whittington was conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church with Pastor Heidi David-Young officiating.

Burial followed in St. Stephen Cemetery with full military honors by Shenandoah American Legion Post 77 Strasburg, Va.

Mr. Whittington was born in Zepp, Va. on Nov. 14, 1938 a son of Katie Orndorff Whittington and the late Omer Hunter Whittington.

He was U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church. He loved to hunt and fish and played and sang bluegrass music with several local groups. He coached little league baseball and was a former Boy Scout Leader.

In addition to his father he was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Hunter Whittington; and two sisters, Loretta Moore and Jean Racey.

Survivors include his loving wife, Judy Feathers Whittington of Strasburg, Va.; one son, Hal Whittington; and special friend, Cindy Bowman; three grandchildren, Joshua, Colton and Sarah Whittington; siblings, Linda Haun and husband, John of Woodstock, Va., Sandra Click and husband, Robert of New Market, Va. and Jack Whittington and wife, Anna of Middletown, Va.

Pallbearers will be Floyd Ryman, Deryl Tucker, Norman Racey, Grandville Dellinger, Ronnie Bowman and Dave Barden.

Honorary pallbearers were members of St. Stephen Lutheran Church.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to St. Stephen Lutheran Church Building Fund, 15737 Back Road, Strasburg, VA 22657 or the St. Stephen Cemetery Fund, c/o Phil Stickley, 1941 Junction Road, Strasburg, VA 22657.

You may sign the guest book online at http://www.stoverfuneralhome.com.

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




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