OBITUARIES

Obituaries — Shenandoah County


Hazel F. Billhimer


Hazel Fulk Billhimer, 92, of Broadway, Va., died May 8, 2017, at Life Care Center of New Market.

She was born Oct. 14, 1924, in Rockingham County to the late Charles E. and Ollie Corbin Fulk.

Hazel was a homemaker and a member of Cherry Grove United Methodist Church in Linville.

On June 16, 1946, she married Jesse Willard Billhimer, who preceded her in death May 30, 1982.

Surviving are two sons, Dale Billhimer and wife, Darlene, of Broadway and Gale Billhimer and wife, Karen, of Singers Glen; one sister, Helen Thomas of Broadway and grandchildren, Aaron Billhimer, Justin Billhimer, C. Wayne Billhimer and Brandon Billhimer; seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. One brother and two sisters preceded her in death.

The Revs. Ed Wilkins and Wilton Thomas conducted a funeral service 10 a.m. Thursday at Cherry Grove United Methodist Church. Burial was at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Cherry Grove United Methodist Church, 10459 Cherry Grove Road, Linville, VA 22834.

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



Chris L. Bodkin



Chris Lane Bodkin, 68, a resident of Strasburg, Va. passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at his residence.

Services for Mr. Bodkin will be held at a later date.

He was born in Weston, West Virginia on Jan. 14, 1949 to the late Willard Lawrence. and Ruth Opal Parner Bodkin. Chris was former police officer with the Strasburg Police Department with 18 years of service. He was a member of the Shenandoah American Legion Post 77, Strasburg, Va., Strasburg, Moose Lodge 403, the Strasburg Eagles, Spurmont Lodge No. 98 A.F. & A.M. Strasburg, Va. and donated his time as an Instructor for the Shenandoah Valley Sportsman Youth Shooting Team for numerous years.

Survivors include two sons, Adam Bodkin and fiancé, Sarah Streets of Strasburg, Va., Scott Bodkin of California; two grandchildren, Cory Bodkin and Ashley Bodkin and one brother, Gene Bodkin and wife, Kay of Florida.

Memorials may be made to Shenandoah Valley Sportsman Youth Shooting Team, 695 Jenkins Lane, Strasburg, VA 22657 or The Shenandoah American Legion Post 77, 157 E. Washington Street, Strasburg, VA 22657.

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

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



Larry W. Hackney


Larry Wilson Hackney, 69, of Woodstock, Va., passed away, after battling many health-related issues, on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.


Mr. Hackney was born in 1947 in Baltimore, MD, the son of the late James C. and Mildred A. Hackney.


Larry was of the Southern Baptist Faith.


He found great joy in his later years building bird castles and was known as the "Bird Castle Man of Shenandoah". Larry was gifted with his woodworking skills. 
He was an avid sports fan. Above all else his greatest passion was his family.


Larry was a veteran of the United States Army having served three tours in Vietnam achieving the rank of SP5(T). During his tour of duty he was awarded the Purple Heart, Aircraft Crewman Badge, Air Medal with "V" Device, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.


Larry married Gladys Jarrell Hackney on Oct. 30, 2010 in New Market, Va.


Surviving with his wife, Gladys, is his daughter, Jamie Lynn Hertz of Virginia Beach, Va.; son, Nathan Cole Hackney of Williamsburg, Va.; grandchildren, Noelle Baffour and Ava Seriani, both of Virginia Beach, Va.; sisters, Nancy Lee Horton of Purcellville, Va., Barbara Emmaline Winterable of Ellendale, De., Lucille Redmond of Ashburn, Va., Carol Jean Hopkins of Jacksonville, Fl.; brothers, Thomas and Ronald Hackney, both of Paeonian Springs, Va.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.


Mr. Hackney was preceded in death by sisters, Marie Williams, and Rachel Sharitz and brother, James William Hackney.


The family received friends on Monday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel with a funeral service that followed at 1 p.m. with Pastor Mark Jordan officiating.


Memorial contributions, in memory of Larry, may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.


Please view obituaries and tribute wall at http://www.ompsfuneralhome.com.



Janet L. Hoisington


Janet Louise Hoisington, 66, of Quicksburg, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Harrisonburg Health and Rehab.

She was born Feb. 13, 1951 in Washington, D.C.

She was a member of Valley Central Church in New Market.

Mrs. Hoisington is survived by her husband, Louis Hoisington. Also surviving are two sons, Jason Duhaime and Ross Duhaime.

The family received friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Valley Central Church north of New Market with the Rev. Harold Wetzel and Rev. James Burke officiating.

Burial will be at a later date at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Bridgewater, Vermont.



Ruth H. Hollar


Ruth Irene Heishman Hollar, 99, formerly of Edinburg, Va., passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Pine Meadow Adult Home in Woodstock, Va.


She was born Jan. 1, 1918 in Fort Valley, Va., the first of seven children of the late Phillip Elmer Heishman Sr. and Melinda Caroline Elizabeth Carpenter Heishman.


She grew up in "The Fort" and graduated from Edinburg High School in 1937 and was the last surviving member of that class.


On April 30, 1937 she married Lee King Hollar and settled in Edinburg where they raised their two sons. Lee and Ruth celebrated 50 years of marriage prior to his death on Nov. 23, 1987.


Over the years, she was employed by various local businesses including Bowman Apple Products, Windsor Knit Mfg. Co., Skyline Terrace Nursing Home, and The Free Press.


Ruth was a lifetime active member of St. John's United Methodist Church in Edinburg, St. John's United Methodist Women, The Orpha Rebekah Lodge, and the Edinburg Homemaker's Club.


She is survived by a son, Harold Lee Hollar and wife Sharon of Glen Allen, Va.; daughter-in-law, Shelby M. Hollar of Edinburg; four grandchildren, Donna Cowherd and husband Scott, Suzanne Cundiff and husband Tim, Stacey Smith and husband Matthew, and Travis Hollar and wife Dena; eight great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and brothers, Charles Heishman and wife Patsy and Cecil Heishman and wife Maureda, all of Fort Valley.


In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son, Michael Phillip Hollar; great grandson, Owen Michael Hollar; brother, Phillip Elmer Heishman Jr.; and sisters, Ellanora McClanahan, Charlotte Gingerich, and Phyllis Ciuffreda.


Since 2012 Ruth has been a resident of Pine Meadow Adult Home in Woodstock, where she was lovingly cared for by the competent, attentive staff.


A memorial service will be held at St. John's United Methodist Church, Edinburg, on Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Robert Jones Jr. officiating.


Donations in Ruth's memory may be made to St. John's UMC, P.O. Box 310, Edinburg, VA 22824 or to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., 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, Bowmans Crossing.




Joan B. Holler


Joan Bolton Holler, 91, of Edinburg, passed away Monday, May 1, 2017 at INOVA in Leesburg.


A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Mrs. Holler was born April 25, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late John and Eva Darnell Botwright.


She was a former Vice President at Richmond Hill Savings Bank in New York.


She was a member of St. John United Methodist Church in Edinburg and an avid supporter of the Humane Society.


She was married to the late Howard Irving Holler.


She is survived by her son, John Holler of California, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Humane Society, P.O. Box 173, Woodstock, Virginia 22664.


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, Bowmans Crossing.




Joseph B. Lambert


Joseph Benjamin Lambert, 85, of Woodstock, passed away Friday, May 5, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.


The funeral service was held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Valley Funeral Chapel in Bowmans Crossing. The Reverend Robert Jones officiated. Burial followed in Conicville Cemetery.


The family received friends one hour prior to the service.


Mr. Lambert was born Oct. 13, 1931 in Edinburg, son of the late Benjamin and Sada Coffman Lambert.


He was a dairy farmer and a 1949 graduate of Woodstock High School.


He served in the Marines during the Korean War.


He was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, where he served as Sunday School teacher and youth counselor.


He served on the Shenandoah County Zoning Committee, a charter member and Past President of the Woodstock Rescue Squad and was active in politics.


He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Frye Lambert; nephew, C. Bernie Frye, whom they raised; sisters, Louise Garman and Eunice Taylor and husband John, all of Woodstock; and brother in-law, Richard Cooley of Woodstock.


He was preceded in death by two sisters, Evelyn Neff and Emma Belle Cooley.


Pallbearers were Sam Heishman, Leslie Hollar, Dean Fadely, Billy Fadely, Ken Bauserman and Dale Kingree.


The family ask for no flowers and donations be given to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Edinburg, VA 22824 or the Woodstock Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 221, Woodstock, VA 22664.


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


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



Deborah A. Markley


Deborah "Debbie" Ann Markley, 64, of Edinburg, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 at her home.


A memorial graveside service will be held Monday, May 15 at 11 a.m. in the Columbia Furnace Cemetery. Pastors Brian Duncan and Randy Whetzel will officiate.


Debbie was born Sept. 29, 1952 in Shenandoah County, daughter of the late Byrd Allen Coffman and Betty Jean George Coffman.


She was a 1970 graduate of Central High School and was employed with Shentel for 21 years.


She was preceded in death by two brothers, David Lee Coffman and Jacob Allen Coffman.


She is survived by her husband, Ricky Lee Markley, whom she married on March 31, 1990; son, Eric Todd Adams of Woodstock; aunts and uncles, Alvin and Janet George and Howard and Rebecca McClanahan; sisters-in-law, Rose Osborne, Sandy Markley and Diane Markley; and best friend, Ginger Eaton.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Columbia Furnace Cemetery Fund, c/o Kay Day, 707 Johnstown 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 Bowmans Crossing. 




Jimmy A. Martin


Jimmy A. Martin, 66, of Front Royal, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 5, 2017 at Warren Memorial Hospital.


Jimmy was born on April 13, 1951 in Front Royal, son of the late James Letcher Martin and Dorothy Virginia Venable Martin.


Jimmy was a 1970 graduate of Warren County High School and further attended RMA.


He worked for William A. Hazel for 45 years. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #829.


Jimmy loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, boating, golfing and bowling. He recently bowled a perfect 300 score.


Jimmy loved his family greatly and so enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.


Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Deborah J. Hawes Martin; one son, Michael A. Michelucci and wife Ashley of Luray; one daughter, Kimberly D. Michelucci Wines and husband Shane of Front Royal; one sister, Debbie S. Martin Beal of New Market; six grandchildren, Kera Michelucci, Katrin Michelucci, Tylor Evans, Kaylee Michelucci, Jacob Michelucci and Remi Wines; three great grandchildren, Jayden Turner, Jacelynn Turner, and Emma Stevens; and his faithful dog, Bandit.


Honorary pallbearers will be David York, Frank Venable, Josh Taylor, Jason Taylor, John Moore and Denny Hudson.


The family received friends on Wednesday, May 10 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.


A funeral service was held on Thursday, May 11 at 11 a.m. at Maddox Funeral Home with Sammy Campbell officiating.


Inurnment will be private.


Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231-4596 or to the Alzheimers AssociationNational Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.


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



Ruby W. Miller


Ruby Virginia Wilkins Miller, 95, of Woodstock, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Consulate Health Care of Woodstock.


She was born April 22, 1922 in Lost City, West Virginia, daughter of the late Joseph J. and Mollie Virginia Funkhouser Wilkins.


Mrs. Miller is survived by three sons, Virgil W. Miller Jr., Roger W. Miller and Robert L. Miller; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph W. Wilkins and Austin Wilkins.


A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock with the Rev. Perry Waters officiating.


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



William E. Miller


William Edward "Eddie" Miller, 65, a resident of Strasburg, Va., passed away Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.


A funeral service for Eddie was conducted at 12 p.m. Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Pastor G. William Nabers officiating. Burial followed in Riverview Cemetery.


He was born in Winchester, Va. on April 26, 1952, a son of the late William Leo and Ada Mae Henry Miller.


Eddie graduated from Strasburg High School and was a member of the first class at Lord Fairfax Community College. He graduated from Glenville State Teachers College, Glenville, WV with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education, Physical and Health Education.
 While attending college he played outfield on the Glenville baseball team.


Mr. Miller retired from Warren County Middle School where he worked for 38 years and coached JV basketball.


Eddie was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.


Eddie enjoyed all sports and was a fan of the Redskins, Nationals, Orioles and the Virginia Cavaliers.


He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.


Survivors include a son, Derek Edward Miller; a daughter, Brooke Alexandra Miller; his devoted sister, Carolyn Miller Jevelle and husband Joseph of Front Royal, Va.; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and his furry companion, Marley.


Pallbearers were Andrew Keller, Sonny Dyke, Charlie Dodge, Steve Haines, Michael Funk and Billy Stover.


Honorary pallbearers were Tiffany Taylor, Jacob Bates, Sonya Osbourn and Eddie Campbell.


The family received friends at the church on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 12 p.m.


Memorials may be made to Star Tannery Volunteer Fire and Rescue, 950 Brill Road, Star Tannery, VA 22654; Humane Society of Warren County, 1245 Progress Dr., Front Royal, VA 22630; or a charity of one's choice.


You may sign the guestbook and submit condolences online at http://www.stoverfuneralhome.com.


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




Clark A. Shelton


Clark Alan Shelton, 34, of Strasburg, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017 in South Carolina.


A Celebration of Life Service will be held Monday, May 15, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Zion Christian Church in Maurertown. The Reverend Sharon Waters will officiate.


Mr. Shelton was born Feb. 1, 1983 in Winchester, son of Tammy Fisher Clark of Fort Valley and Charles Shelton of South Carolina.


He was employed at T and D Grading in South Carolina and was a talented tattoo artist. He was a member of Zion Christian Church.


He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Harold Clark Fisher.
Surviving, along with his parents, are his son, Liam Crouse of Winchester; two sisters, Megan Shelton Cernoch of Martinsburg, WV and Kayla Shelton of Michigan; grandmothers, Joy Fisher of Maurertown and Margaret Jones of Texas; girlfriend, Amber Holmes of Strasburg; step father, Scott Clark of Winchester; two nephews, Cohen Cernoch and Thatcher Cernoch; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.


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


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


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



Nora L. Smith


Nora Lee Smith, 81, a resident of Maurertown, Va., passed away Friday, May 5, 2017 at Dutch Haven Assisted Living, Maurertown, Va.


Services and burial for Mrs. Smith will be conducted privately.


She was born in Hampshire County, WV on Feb. 4, 1936, a daughter of the late Truman Howard Elsworth and Annie Jane Didawick Mason.


Nora retired from Crown Cork & Seal in Winchester, Va., having worked 31 years.


She was the wife of the late Albert Lee Smith.


She was a past member of the Shenandoah American Legion Post 77 Strasburg, Va.


In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, John Mason and Linwood Mason.


She is survived by two sisters, Martha Didawick of Berkley Springs, WV and Sue Ann Meadows of Front Royal, Va. She is also survived by special friend, Missy Spiker-Neal and family.


You may submit condolences and sign the guestbook online at http://www.stoverfuneralhome.com.


Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mrs. Nora Smith.



Tony L. Stover


Tony Lynn Stover, 56, of Clover Hill, passed away on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

Born April 17, 1961, in Rockingham County, he was the son of the late Robert Leroy and Luella Ann McDorman Stover.

Mr. Stover was employed by Wampler Foods from the mid- to the late 1970s. He retired from the Virginia Department of Agriculture as a program manager after more than 38 years of service with the poultry grading program. He very much loved his immediate family and enjoyed watching the grandchildren play sports and grow up.

On Jan. 5, 1980, he was married to Deanna Chapman, who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Chad Stover and wife, Whitney, of Clover Hill, and Brittni Shiflet and husband, Clay, of Clover Hill; a sister, Lisa Hinegardner and husband, David, of Woodstock; five grandchildren, Kennedy Shiflet, Carter Stover, Berkley Shiflet, Reid Stover and Ellington Shiflet; and six nieces and one nephew.

At his request, all services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Clover Hill Volunteer Fire Company, 2100 Clover Hill Road, Dayton, VA 22821.

Online condolences may be made to the family at http://www.mcmullenfh.com.



Mary V. Thompson


Mary Vann Thompson, 98, of Middletown, Va., passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 at Dutch Haven Assisted Living, Maurertown, Va.


A graveside service for Mrs. Thompson was conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017 in Mount Carmel Cemetery with Pastor David Witt officiating.


Mrs. Thompson was born in Edinburg, Va. on Aug. 17, 1918, a daughter of the late Romanas Russell and Ada Alma Rush Sager.


She was the oldest member of Opequon Presbyterian Church.


She was the wife of the late Joseph L. Thompson Jr.


Mrs. Thompson worked at the Leggett's Department Store in Winchester for a number of years and then she and her husband operated the Town Restaurant in Middletown, Va. for over 20 years.


Survivors include her son, Tommy Thompson and wife Sharon; two granddaughters, Holly Pennington and Heather Walther and husband Jason; and two great grandchildren, Emma Pennington and Lane Walther, all of Middletown, Va.


Memorials may be made to a Hospice organization of one's choice.


You may sign the guestbook and submit condolences online at http://www.stoverfuneralhome.com.


Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA served the family of Mrs. Thompson.



Hope R. Voyten


Hope Rhodes Voyten, 91, of New Market, Va. passed away on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at VMRC in Harrisonburg.

There was a family visitation at Theis Funeral Home in New Market, Va., on Friday, May 5, 2017, between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

A funeral service was held at Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market, Va. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 3 p.m. followed by a private burial at St. Matthew’s Cemetery.








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