OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Shenandoah County


Frances W. Benoit



Frances Pauline "Polly" Whetzel Benoit, 101, a native and longtime resident of Strasburg, went to be with her Lord April 18, 2017 surrounded by her family.


Born Oct. 13, 1915 in Frederick County to the late Roy Gilbert Whetzel and Alice Coffelt Whetzel, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Corrinne Phillips, Winifred Gonsalves, and Norman Whetzel, as well as her husband, Staff Sgt. Fred Benoit, USAF.


She is survived by five nieces and one nephew, as well as her two loving children, Sandra Benoit Averette (William), and Ronald Benoit (Christina); six grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.


After working nearly 20 years on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., Pauline retired from Sears in 1968 and dedicated the remainder of her life serving others.


After relocating from Landover Hills to Strasburg in 1985, she volunteered in Long Term Care and the Gift Shop at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary.


A lifetime member of the Gold Star Wives of America (Potomac Chapter), she was also a member of the Woodstock, Va. Chapter 132 of AARP, where she served as a greeter for a number of years. Her membership in the Senior Citizens Fellowships at Strasburg, Va. and Fishers Hill, Va. afforded her the opportunity for more service to others.


Always focused on how she might use her talents in ministering to anyone in need, she visited patients in hospitals and residents of nursing homes for many years, and was a familiar face around Red Cross Bloodmobiles in the Shenandoah Valley area. She never hesitated to lend a hand, and she enjoyed her time spent working on the Program Committee at Pine Meadow Mills Nursing Home.


After relocating to Florida, she remained in touch with her cherished friends in Strasburg and her church family at Grace Baptist.
 She particularly enjoyed keeping up with all of the news from the Valley reading each edition of the Northern Virginia Daily and church bulletins, which she received by mail.

Interment and a memorial for Polly is planned for 11 a.m. October 13, 2017 in the Lebanon Church Cemetery, Lebanon Church, Virginia.


The family wishes to thank all those who showered Polly with their love for so many years.


Memorial donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601; Strasburg Fire Department; or Grace Baptist Church Building Fund, 1255 Hoover Road, Woodstock.



F. Allen Biller Jr.


F. Allen Biller Jr., 49, of Harrisonburg, died April 30, 2017, at his sister’s residence in New Market.

He was born Oct. 4, 1967, in Harrisonburg to Bonnie Sue Donovan Biller of New Market and the late Floyd Allen Biller Sr.

Allen worked in the shipping department at Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Mount Crawford. He was a member of Bethesda Mennonite Church near Broadway.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are one brother, Larry Biller of Bergton; one sister, Rebecca Newland and husband, Randy, of New Market; a number of aunts, uncles, cousins and his loving dog, Rixie.

The Rev. Jonathan Good will conduct a memorial service 1 p.m. Friday at the Grandle Funeral Home Chapel in Broadway. Burial at Bethesda Mennonite Church cemetery will be private.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Grandle Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be left for the family at http://www.grandlefuneralhome.com.



Jack B. Cooper


Jack Bernard Cooper, 83, of Woodstock, Va. and formerly of Capon Springs, WV, died on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Consulate Heath Care of Woodstock.


Jack was born on July 22, 1933 in Capon Springs, WV, the son of the late Conley B. and Georgianna Wilson Cooper.


He worked for Dellinger Funeral Home for 21 years and Sunnyside Orchard, both in Woodstock, Va.


He and his brother, Steve, had a painting business in the Woodstock and Wardensville areas.


He was a member of the Sugar Grove Church of the Brethren near Wardensville, WV.


He loved to hunt, fish and golf.


Surviving are three sons, Jason B. Cooper and his wife Becky, Travis F. Cooper and his wife Marsha, and Andrew B. Cooper, all of Woodstock, Va.; four daughters, Teresa L. Baker and her husband John of Wardensville, WV, Lora C. Albright and her husband Dale of Strasburg, Va., and Michelle L. Cooper and Becky C. LeDane and her husband Sonny, all of Woodstock, Va.; a brother, Daniel Cooper of Yellow Spring, WV; a sister, Joann DeHaven of Cross Junction, Va.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


He is preceded in death by four brothers, Wayne, Steve, Richard and Cordell Cooper; and two sisters, Doris Dodson and Linda Davis.


A funeral service was held at Loy-Giffin Funeral Home in Wardensville, WV on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. Officiating was Pastors Jan Orndorff and Frank Dodson. Interment followed in Hebron Cemetery in Yellow Spring, WV.


Family received friends at the funeral home on Friday from 1-2:30 p.m.


Memorial contributions may be made to the Cooper Family, c/o Loy-Giffin Funeral Home, P.O. Box 29, Wardensville, WV 26851 or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601.


To sign the online guest book, please visit http://www.loygiffin.com .



John W. Dodson Jr.


John William Dodson Jr., 79, of Charlottesville, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Martha Jefferson Hospital.


Born June 9, 1937 in Mount Jackson, Va., he was the son of the late John William Dodson Sr., and Ruby Dellinger Dodson.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Dorcas Coleman.


John worked for many years as a Freight Agent for Norfolk Southern Railroad. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.


He was involved in many organizations, including the Elks Lodge #389, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Alberene Masonic Lodge #277, the Mount Jackson Moose Lodge, and the VFW Post 1827.


He was an avid billiards player and loved working on his lawn mowers.


John is survived by his wife, Trudy Dodson; his daughter, Brenda Dodson; grandsons, Austin Kane and Dylan Engle, who were his pride and joy; brothers, Alan Dodson and Ronnie Dodson; and numerous nieces and nephews.


A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2017 in Mount Jackson Cemetery in Mount Jackson, Va.


The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Hill and Wood Funeral Home.


Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.hillandwood.com.



Hubert Drummond Jr.


Hubert "Joe" Drummond Jr. 76, of Strasburg, Va., passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center. Winchester, Va.


A funeral service for Mr. Drummond was conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2017 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church with the Rev. Heidi David-Young and the Rev. James Baseler officiating. Burial followed in St. Stephen Cemetery.


He was born in Strasburg, Va. on Feb. 4, 1941, a son of the late Hubert and Ella Bauserman Drummond Sr.


Mr. Drummond was a former employee of Shockey, Inc. and worked for Shenandoah County Waste and Recycle as a site attendant.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy L. Drummond.


Survivors include his wife, Susie Ryman Drummond of Strasburg, Va.; two sons, Brian Drummond and David Drummond, both of Strasburg; two grandchildren, Mary Beth Drummond and Cameron Drummond; his siblings, John Drummond and wife Ann of Winchester, Va., Mary Jane Jenkins, Laura Belle Sonner and husband Alvin of Strasburg, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.


Pallbearers were Brian Drummond, David Drummond, Darrin Pingley, Ray Heishman, Ray Ritenour, Steve Drummond and Jonathan Drummond.


The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at Stover Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 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 and submit condolences to the family at http://www.stoverfuneralhome.com.


Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA, is serving the family of Mr. Drummond.




Charles M. Evans


Charles Michael "Mickey" Evans, 71, of Strasburg, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Woodstock.


A memorial funeral service was conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Strasburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. John B. Haynes Jr. officiating.


Mr. Evans was born Dec. 27, 1945 in Alexandria, Virginia, a son of the late John Edward and Alice Irene Phillips Evans.


He was a member of Strasburg United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Men, the church choir, was a volunteer at Lydia's Clothes Closet and was a retired new and used car salesman having last worked at Grubbs Chevrolet in Woodstock.


Surviving are his wife, Sarah Katherine "Kay" Stephenson Evans; his children, Michael Evans Jr. and wife Mindy of Myrtle Beach, SC, Lori A. Evans of Front Royal, J. Erik Evans and wife Joanne of Leesburg and Kelli Mercado and husband Eddie of Sorrento, Fl.; 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mickey Evans Burial Fund, c/o Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 177 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, VA 22657.


You may sign the guest book and send condolences to http://www.stoverfuneralhome.com.


Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. is serving the family of Mickey Evans.




Larry E. Fields


Larry Eugene Fields, 63, of Woodstock, died Friday, April 28, 2017 at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home in Woodstock.


Mr. Fields was born June 16, 1953 in Woodstock, son of the late Horace McNery Fields Sr. and Rosanna Scott Fields.


He was a 1972 graduate of Central High School in Woodstock.


He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.


He was a member of First Baptist Church in Woodstock.


He is survived by a sister, Cynthia Brunson in Atlanta, Georgia; and three brothers, Robert Fields, Richard Fields and John Fields, all of Woodstock.


Services will be at a later date.


Cremation arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.


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



Hugh L. Fravel


Hugh Lee Fravel, 85, of Woodstock, died Friday, April 28, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.


Mr. Fravel was born Dec. 14, 1931 in Woodstock, son of the late Omar Hudson Fravel Sr. and Mettie Catherine Pence Fravel.


He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and received the Purple Heart.


He was a member of Woodstock Christian Church. He was also a member of Muhlenberg Post #199, American Legion, Woodstock, VA.


He is survived by his wife, Letha Webster Fravel; and two sons, Ricky L. Fravel and Steven H. Fravel, both of Woodstock.


The funeral service was held Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Woodstock Christian Church with the Rev. Bill Erbach officiating. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.
 The family received friends Monday at the Woodstock Christian Church from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.


Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.


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



Floyd L. Hassler


Floyd Lee Hassler, 77, of Timberville, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 18, 1940, in Shenandoah County, and was the son of the late Eugene and May Zirkle Hassler.

Floyd was a school bus driver for Rockingham County Public Schools.

On Sept. 19, 1960, he married the former Stella Sheets, who survives.

Also surviving is one son, Shawn Hassler and wife, Betty, of Harrisonburg; two daughters, Michele Lohr and husband, Dan, of Timberville, and Misty Hassler of Timberville; four grandchildren, Jarrett Lohr and companion, Alannah, Kenley Lohr, Beth Hassler and Jill Hassler; three great-grandchildren, Kayleigh Murrow, Makenna Lohr and Raelynn Lohr; and two sisters, Helen Dove of New Market and Evelyn Washington of Harrisonburg.

Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

Pastor Karen Van Stee conducted a funeral service 11 a.m. Monday, May 1, at St. Mary Pine Lutheran Church in Mount Jackson. Burial was in the church cemetery.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at St. Mary Pine Lutheran Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Pine Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 43, Mount Jackson, VA 22842.

Arrangements are entrusted to Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Online condolences may be left for the family at http://www.grandlefuneralhome.com.



Grace V. Kolb


Grace Virginia Kolb, 74, of Mt. Jackson, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at her home.


A Celebration of Life service will be held on Sunday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Funeral Chapel in Bowmans Crossing. Pastor John Senters will officiate.


Mrs. Kolb was born Nov. 9, 1942 in Frederick, Maryland, daughter of the late George T. Yeager Sr. and Daisy I. Ellis Yeager.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Kolb and infant daughter, Cynthia Lynn.


She is survived by children, Christy Lopez, Jo Ann Kolb, Timmy Kolb, Shirley Kolb and Jeanette Kolb; stepson, Ralph Ray Kolb Jr.; grandchildren, Nickie Shoemaker, Kristian Kolb, Noel Mendez, Nathaniel Silvious, Daniel Silvious, Tony Arciniega, Brynton Kolb, Tyelen Kolb, Darion Kolb, Ricky Silvious, and Mathew Zbinden; and great grandchildren, Kaden Shoemaker, Kendall Ryman, Adalynn Stumbo, Zoie Silvious, Nathaniel Silvious Jr., Landon Silvious, Breedan Lowery and Julean Mendez.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg, VA. 22824.


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


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




Brenda W. Lambert


Brenda Carol Windle Lambert, 60, of Mt. Jackson, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family.


The family received friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service in Bowman's Crossing.


At Brenda's request there will be no services
.

Mrs. Lambert was born Dec. 4, 1956 in Shenandoah County, daughter of the late James F. and Alice Virginia Kline Windle.


She was a 1975 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School.


She was preceded in death by brothers, Roger, Raymond and Deryl Windle; sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Tony Ryman; and nephew, Harley Windle.


Brenda is survived by her husband, Gary Wayne Lambert, whom she married on Aug. 6, 1988; sisters and brothers, Joyce Keller and husband Bobby, Jean Bauserman and husband Clark, Fred Windle and companion Suzanne Seippel, Seward Windle and wife Oleta, Harry Windle and wife Dorothy, all of Woodstock, Betsy Hines and husband Jerry of Mt. Jackson and T.K. Windle of Arizona; special cousin, Judy Lam of Gordonsville; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg, VA. 22824.


Brenda loved the outdoors, yard sales, her two dogs, and spending time with her family. She was a loving wife and sister and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.


Online condolences may be left at http://valleyfs.com.


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



Doreen A. Larkman


Doreen Alice Larkman, 95, of Woodstock, died at her home Sunday, April 30, 2017.


She was born Feb. 16, 1922 in the Channel Islands, United Kingdom, daughter of the late Sidney Lawrence and Ellen Wakeford Mallett.


Mrs. Larkman was preceded in death by her husband, David Francis George Larkman.


She is survived by a daughter, Fiona E. Sullivan of Woodstock; two sons, Jolyon D. Larkman of the United Kingdom and Justin C. Larkman of New York; a sister, Avril Gloster of British Columbia, Canada; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Loucks, Patrick Sullivan, Tracy Meade, Melissa Halford, Giles Larkman, Bryony Tang and Oliver Larkman; and 13 great grandchildren.


Services will be at a later date.


Cremation arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock, VA.


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



Richard Lloyd


Richard "Dave" Lloyd, 68, of Quicksburg, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at his home from his battle with pancreatic cancer.


A graveside service will be held Friday, May 5 at 11 a.m. in the Mt. Jackson Cemetery in Mt. Jackson, Virginia. Pastors Dave Casto and Lana Irwin will officiate.


The family received friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Valley Funeral Service in Bowmans Crossing.


Mr. Lloyd was born Jan. 3, 1949 in New Market, son of Herman David Lloyd and Hilda Meadows Lloyd.


He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.


He was a truck driver for Holtzman Oil for 28 years and was employed with Andros North America in Mt. Jackson. He was a member of Liberty Brethren Church.


Dave is survived by his wife, Nancy Stroop Lloyd, whom he married on Sept. 22, 1967; daughter, Joyce Fulcher and husband David of Mt. Jackson; sister, Margie Hines and husband Eston of Quicksburg and Kathy Hall and husband Eddie of Emerald Isle, NC; brother, Mike Lloyd and wife Marylou of Stanley; and granddaughter, Holly Sine and fiance C.B. Fansler of Mt. Jackson.


Pallbearers will be James Lam, Harold Jackson, Donald Dawson, Roger Bynaker, Bobby Lloyd and Willie Meadows.


Honorary pallbearers will be David Fulcher, C.B. Fansler, Roger Lloyd, Mike Lloyd, Eston Hines and Eddie Hall.


Memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Brethren Church, P.O. Box 483, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842.


Condolences may be left at http://www.valleyfs.com.


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



Gregory A. Patterson


Gregory Alden Patterson, 51, of Broadway, died Saturday, April 29, 2017 at his home.

He was born April 15, 1966 in Waynesburg, Pa., son of the late William Edward Patterson, Sr. and Cora Louise Thomas.

He is survived by five sisters and brothers- in-law, Patricia Krupa (Dennis) of Levittown, Pa., Barbara Weaver (Robert) of Canton, Oh., Charlotte McClellan (Gregory) of Claysville, Pa.,Theresa Chitwood (Harry) of Adairsville, Ga., and Penny Duncan (Gary) of Brentwood, Tn.; brothers and sisters-in-law, William E. Patterson II (Joanna) of Mt. Morris, Pa. and Thomas A. Patterson (Renee) of Princeton, Ky. He is also survived by a long time friend and companion, Karen Morse

Services will be at a later date at Milliken and Throckmorton Funeral Home at 324 Mt. Morris Road in Mt. Morris, Pa. 15349.

Local arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson, Va.

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


Hans C. Pederson, formerly of Kings Street, Strasburg, passed away April 22, 2017.


He was born June 28, 1931 in Odense, Denmark.


He leaves behind his wife, Jeanette, of 61 years; four children, John, Steve, Tim and Patricia; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great grandchildren.


Hans served the Air Force as enlisted and an officer for 20 years. He was a civil servant for another 20 years with the Department of the Army. 


Hans was presently living in Haines City, Fla.


A celebration of his life service was held April 29, 2017 at Shamrock First Baptist Church, Haines City. He was cremated.


In lieu of flowers, donations my be made to Hans' favorite charities, Wounded Warriors, Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, and Shriners Hospital.


Condolences may be offered at http://www.oakridgefuneralcare.com.



Gregory W. Reynolds


Gregory "Greg" Wayne Reynolds, 53, of Edinburg, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at his home.


A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Mr. Reynolds was born Aug. 7, 1963 in Woodstock, son of Helen Jean Hearld Markham of Edinburg and the late Calvin Jefferson Reynolds.


He was a 1981 graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and an Army veteran.


He was a self-employed concrete mason and a member of Edinburg VFW #2447.


He loved to play pool and play his base guitar.


He is survived by his sons, Jonathan Matthew Reynolds of Flint, Michigan and Joshua Madden Reynolds of Edinburg; grandson, Eli Reynolds; and granddaughter, Brantley Reynolds.


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


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


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




Luis E. Rincon Jr.


Luis E. Rincon Jr., 72, of Woodstock, Virginia, passed away on April 29, 2017 at his home after a short battle with cancer.


He was born Aug. 20, 1944 in Taylor, Texas, the son of the late Luis E. and Felecidad Rincon.


Luis was preceded in death by a sister, Carolina Rincon Arias.


Luis served four years in the U.S. Air Force.


He was also a teacher, serving 17 years in Christian Education, seven years in public education, and eight years at Massanutten Military Academy.


Luis was a member of Valley Baptist Church.


He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Donna Gunter Rincon; sons, Steven Carter of Trenton, Ohio, Thomas Carter and wife Jody of Stephen City, Virginia, Jonathan Rincon and wife Brieanna of Morgan, Utah; a daughter, Tamara Ali and husband Kazim of Dale City, Virginia; sisters, Ana Rincon and Rachel Rancon Woodward; and five grandchildren, Melissa Carter, Justin Carter, William Ali, Joshua Ali, and Karis Rincon.


The family received friends at Valley Baptist Church, Wednesday evening, May 3, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m.


Services were held on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Valley Baptist with Pastor Chad Estep officiating. Burial was in Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, Virginia.


The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St. #405, Winchester, VA 22601.


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


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





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