Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Evelyn L. Baker

Evelyn Louise Baker”Sweet Pea”, of Vienna, Va. passed away on Friday May 12, 2017 peacefully at home surrounded by her family.

Beloved wife of 65 years to Charles “Lindy” Baker; devoted mother of Cynthia Tessier (Bill), Gregory Baker (Lauren), and Jeffery Baker; sister of Earl Bowers (Carolyn). She is also survived by one grandchild, Jenna Marie Tessier. Evelyn is also survived by her dear friend of 52 years, Gloria Wood.

Relatives and friends are invited to Evelyn’s Life Celebration at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, Va. on Friday May 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Interment will be at Massanutten Cemetery, Woodstock, VA on Sunday May 21 at 1p.m.

Online condolences and fond memories of Evelyn may be offered to the family at

Margaret Boucher

Margaret (Maggie) Boucher, 99, of Front Royal, died on May 11, 2017 at Commonwealth Senior Living-Front Royal.

A memorial service was held at Calvary Episcopal Church in Front Royal on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. conducted by the Rev. Deborah Rutter.

Margaret was born to Clarence and Edith Pence July 26, 1917 in New Market, Va.

She graduated from Warren County High School, Class of 1935, and received a secretarial degree from Strayer Business School, Washington, D.C. in 1937.

She met and married the late Glenn Earl Boucher in 1939 and lived in Washington D.C. In Washington, she worked for the Julius Garfinckle clothing company and the General Accounting Office.

While her husband served in the South Pacific during World War II, Margaret moved back to Front Royal and served as Head of Civilian Personnel at the Remount Depot. Following the War, the couple moved permanently to the Front Royal area.

Following her husband's death in 1968, Maggie worked at the Warren Sentinel Office.
Margaret attended Calvary Episcopal Church where she was a member of the Altar Guild and volunteer at the church's Thrift Shop.

An avid gardener, she was a charter and life-long member of the Valley Garden Club as well as life member of the Federated Garden Clubs.

Margaret played in numerous bridge clubs and volunteered for Samuel's Public Library, the Second Chance Thrift Shop, and the American Lung Association.

Surviving are her daughters, Sally Hovermale Megeath of Front Royal and Elizabeth Thomas of St. Louis, Mo. Also surviving are grandchildren, John Hovermale of Winchester, Va. and Glenn Hovermale of Boulder, Co. as well as great grandchildren, Benjamin and Amelia Hovermale.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., #405, Winchester, VA 22601; Calvary Episcopal Church, 11 N. Royal Ave., Front Royal, VA 22630; or Samuel's Public Library, 330 E. Criser Road, Front Royal, VA 22630.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home.

Ollie M. Bowman

Ollie Mae Bowman, 90, of Sterling Va. And formerly of New Market passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Reston Hospital.

She was born in New Market on Sept. 9, 1926 and was a daughter of the late Sam and Martha Bynaker.

She was the widow of Dorsey Bowman and was a retired homemaker.

She is survived by a son, Jim Bowman of Sterling; three sisters, Phyllis Hamilton of New Market, Betty Fellows of Timberville and Virgie Lam of Harrisonburg.

She was predeceased by six siblings, Gladys Hottinger and Carson, Bud, Danny, Raymond, and Ellis Bynaker.

Services were held in Sterling.

Diane L. Ferguson

Diane Lowe Ferguson, 78, of Basye, Va., died peacefully, surrounded by her family at the Winchester Medical Center on May 9, 2017, after a short illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Martin Lowe and Kathryn Dunn Lowe.

She is survived by her son, James Cameron Ferguson III, his wife Pamela Cluff Ferguson; his son Cameron Wesley Ferguson; and his daughter MacKenzie Ann Ferguson, all of Bend, Or. Also surviving are her son, Reed Martin Ferguson and his son James Cameron Murphy Ferguson, both of Oxnard, Ca. Diane is also survived by her former daughter-in-law, Janice Wight Ferguson; and Diane's partner of almost 30 years, Robert Patrick (Pat) Murphy.

Diane was born in Pittsburg, Pa. on July 11, 1938. For the first eight years of her life, she lived in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. She then moved to Warren, Pa., where she lived until age 14 and considered it her home. The family then moved to Summit, NJ.
After graduating from Summit High School, she matriculated at Kathryn Gibbs Secretarial School in New York City, and after graduating worked for Alcoa Steamship Company, also in New York City.

She married a West Point graduate in 1959, thus beginning her 25 years as an Army wife. During this time, she lived in many parts of the United States and for eight years in Germany.
Diane had an abiding interest in history. Moving 25 times in 25 years, Diane was able to serve as a docent in different historical venues, including the Robert E. Lee childhood home in Alexandria, Va., and twice at Constitution Island, an island in the Hudson River opposite West Point.

She had been a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for over 50 years and a member of the Greene, Warren, and Washington County, Pa., historical societies.
Diane joined the Shenandoah County Historical Society in 2004, was a member of the board of directors from 2005 until her death, and served as treasurer from 2007-2014.

Her interest in history led her to publish a book of family history in 2016, "The Saga of George McKelvey, Sr., and His Family".

In 1987, Diane met her partner, R. Patrick (Pat) Murphy, and in 1992 they built a home in Shenandoah County, where they moved full-time in 2004.

Diane was extraordinarily generous, and besides contributing to organizations preserving our nation's history, she contributed to organizations benefiting veterans and the hungry.

Diane was interred in the Lottsville Cemetery in Lottsville, Pa., on May 12, 2017, where she joined many of her family.

Although blue was Diane's favorite color, it was never her favorite mood. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Larry Fields

A memorial service for Larry Fields, 63, of Woodstock, who passed away April 28, 2017, will be held at 1 p.m. May 20 in Riverview Cemetery.

Marine Corporal John I. Fox

Marine Corporal John I. Fox, 68, of Strasburg, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at his home after his battle with cancer.

A Celebration of Life service for Mr. Fox was conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Liberty Baptist Church with Pastor Keith Warren officiating. Burial followed in Panorama Memorial Gardens, Waterlick, Va. Military honors will be given by Shenandoah American Legion Post 77, Strasburg, Va.

He was born Dec. 3, 1948, a son to Genevieve L. Kirby, his mother, and the late Allen Kirby of Woodstock and to his late father, Elwood H. Fox and wife, Tess Fox of Winchester.

At the age of nine years old John began working for the local Strasburg Bakery to help support his family. He worked until his graduation in 1968 from Strasburg High School.

In 1969 he married Sue, his high school sweetheart, and joined the United States Marine Corps. In 1969 John was also deployed to Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

After returning home from active duty, John began working for his father's construction company. John truly knew the meaning of hard work and dedication. After working many years for his father, John made a career change and worked 25 years for the Shenandoah Valley Press.

During his retirement he worked for Sunrise Medical Labs.

John loved and enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, and gardening.

Surviving is his beloved wife of 47 years, Susan D. Fox of Strasburg, Va.; his daughter, Tammy Cooper and husband Frank of Toms Brook; his son, Tony Fox and wife Nina of Luray; his grandchildren, "the light of his life", Cody Cooper, Cassie Cooper and Isabella Fox; siblings, Elwood “Pete” Fox and wife Francy Fox and their daughter Kate of Sacramento, Ca., Rhonda Rau, Anita Mowery, Charlie Polhamus, Thomas Polhamus, and Jordan Litten and; his in-laws, David and Linda Fultz and Tom and Jane Waters.

Pallbearers were Tony Fox, Adam Galton, Bill Bateman, Lee Manuel, Bill Barnes and Kelly Fultz.
 Honorary pallbearers were Gary Pangle, John Pangle and Rick Lee.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017 at Liberty Baptist Church.

You may sign the guestbook and submit condolences to the family online at

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

Earl T. Hockman

Earl Tildon Hockman, 75, a resident of Strasburg, Va., passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at his residence.

Services for Mr. Hockman will be conducted at a later date.

Mr. Hockman was born in Strasburg, Va. on April 24, 1942, a son of the late Tilden Hockman and Frances Main Hockman Breeden.

He was a life member of Lebanon Lutheran Church and attended Strasburg High School until 1959 when he entered into the U.S. Air Force at age 17. He served our country for four years and was Airman First Class when he completed his service.

He retired from Kennametal, Inc. in New Market, Va.

He loved working on cars and helping others. He enjoyed sitting in his garage and telling others how to fix their vehicle when he could no longer do the work himself.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Janet Hockman and Wanda Hockman and a step daughter, Teresa Arbogast.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Brenda Sager Hockman; a daughter, Teana Hockman and a son, Steve Hockman, both of Maryland; his step-children, Russ Arbogast and wife Wendy of Adamsville, Tn., Tammy Gray and husband Jerry of Bennington, In.; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and two sisters, Joyce Downey and husband Bill of Mt. Jackson, Va. and Linda Rudy of Orlando, Fl.

You may sign the guestbook and submit condolences online at

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

John K. Holliday, Sr.

John Kenneth Holliday, Sr., “HP”, 94, of Strasburg, Virginia formerly of Winchester, Virginia passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at his daughter’s home.

Mr. Holliday was born in 1922 in Frederick County, Virginia the son of the late Martin A. and Bertha F. Holliday. He was employed in various positions over the years beginning with MM Adams as a wrecker operator, Emmart Oil Company with over 30 years of service and ultimately retired as a car salesman having been co-owner of Friendly Motor Company. HP, as his family and closest friends knew him, was known as a loving father, grandfather and friend to so many. He will be greatly missed and remembered for his love of family, friends, dancing, country music, good food, Washington Redskins, and of course all Women, cars and money.

His wife, June Madline Holliday, whom he married on Feb. 12, 1945 in Winchester, Virginia preceded him in death on Nov. 21, 1995.

Surviving are daughters, Betty Patterson of Centerville, Virginia, Nancy Combs and Tonya Holliday both of Winchester, Virginia, Barbara Hammon and husband Tommy of Strasburg, Virginia; sons, John Holliday, Jr. and wife, Nancy, Larry Holliday and wife, Teresa, Dave “Doc” Holliday, and Roger Holliday all of Winchester, Virginia; and seventeen grandchildren, many, many great grandchildren as well as extended family members and many close friends.

Mr. Holliday was preceded in death by his wife, June; son, Thomas Martin Holliday; sisters, Rebecca Luttrell and Mildred Whitacre; and brothers, Bill, Melford, and Frank Holliday.
HP’s family wishes to offer their most sincere appreciation and gratitude to those who cared for him over the years, his daughter, Barbara Hammon and granddaughters, Marlena Combs and Gloria Rhodes.

The family received friends on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel with Pastor Ken Smith officiating. Entombment will be in Shenandoah Memorial Park Mausoleum, Winchester, Virginia. Memorial contributions in memory of HP may be made to Winchester SPCA, 115 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, Virginia 22601. Please view obituaries and tribute wall at

Jacklyn C. Hounshell

Mrs. Jacklyn Cooper Hounshell, 97, of New Market, passed away Tuesday night, May 9, 2017, at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg. She was born May 3, 1920, in Statesville, N.C., and was the daughter of the late Meredith William and Julia Caroline Gentry Cooper.

Mrs. Hounshell and her husband were the owners and operators of the Valley Supermarket in New Market for over 30 years. She was a member of Manor Memorial United Methodist Church in New Market.

On Dec. 15, 1936, she married Charles William Hounshell Sr., who died Oct. 3, 2006.

She is survived by a son, Charles William Hounshell Jr. and his wife, Judy, of Clearwater, Fla.; two daughters, H. Caroline Hounshell of New Market and Leslie Gentry Hounshell Harmon and her husband, Frank, of Jacksonville, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Hounshell of Harrisonburg; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Thomas Cooper Hounshell.

The memorial service and interment will be private.

Friends are invited to sign the register book at anytime at Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market. (540) 740-3312.

Judith E. Johnson

Judith Ellen Johnson, 73, of Boyce, Virginia, died Sunday, May 14, 2017 at her home.
Mrs. Johnson was born Sept. 9, 1943 in Sebring, Florida, daughter of the late Harold Clarke Marsh and Margaret Irey Marsh.
She was a preschool and kindergarten teacher.

She married Jerry Almyron Johnson on June 4, 1961 in St. Marys, West Virginia.

Surviving with her husband are two sons, Jonathan Johnson of Scottsdale, Az. and Joseph Johnson of Cookville, Tn.; daughter, Jeri Beck of Boyce, Va.; six grandchildren, Eliana Johnson, Seth Johnson, Alleigh Johnson, Roman Johnson, Cedric Beck and Amelia Beck; sister, Alberta Ingle of Bonifay, Fl.; and twin brother, Robert Marsh of Union In.
Services will be private.

Doreen A. Larkman

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

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 19, 2017 at 12 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock with Carol Wille Chaplin officiating.

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

Leona W. Layman

Leona Whitmer Layman, 87, of Broadway, died Friday, May 12, 2017, at her residence. She was born Feb. 3, 1930, in Rockingham County and was a daughter of the late Herman L. and Beulah Hillyard Whitmer.

She worked 27 years as a press operator for Ileen in New Market. She was a member of Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Tenth Legion and a member of the Ryan-Bowman VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

On April 30, 1947, she married Carl A. Layman, who preceded her in death on March 21, 2009.

Surviving are sons, Bill Layman and wife, Joan, of Rockingham, Duane Layman and wife, Tina, of Stanley; sister, Phoebe Knight of Waynesboro; brother, Billy Whitmer of Florida; two grandchildren, Michelle Carrier and Brandon Layman; three great-grandchildren, Caroline Carrier, Ella Carrier and Sean Layman; three stepgrandchildren, six stepgreat-grandchildren and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son, five brothers and three sisters.

At Mrs. Layman’s request, her body was cremated and there will be a memorial service at a later date.

As an act of kindness, memorial contributions made to a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Gregory W. Reynolds

Gregory Wayne Reynolds, 52, of Edinburg, passed away April 25, 2017 at his home.

A memorial service was held at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Edinburg VFW. A covered dish meal followed.

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

Richard W. Ritter

Richard William Ritter, 67, from Edinburg Va., went to be with his parents. Joe and Annie Ritter, on May 12, 2017.

Richard was born in Winchester, Va. and spent his young years playing on the streets of Winchester with his many friends.

He fondly remembered his years in the Drum and Bugle Corp, where his love of music began. Richard's love of music stayed with him his entire life. He was part of many different bands and loved each one of them, especially the Just 4 Fun Band, which was a large part of his heart and soul.

Richard retired in 2012 from the Shenandoah County Building Inspection Office after 28 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Cindy; his brother, Preston Ritter and his wife Sharon; sister-in-law, Heidi Buchanan and her husband Ronnie; sister-in-law, Barbara Jett and her husband Raymond; brother-in-law, Ike Allen; and many nieces and nephews.

Rest in peace in drum heaven and play the drums with all the great ones that have gone before you.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to please make a contribution to the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter.

The memorial service was held at Cedar Grove Church on Wednesday May 17, 2017 at 3 p.m.

There was food in the social hall to follow for anyone wishing to stay and share their fond memories of Richard with Cindy and family.

Online condolences may be sent to

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

Theodore and Viola Schmitz

Theodore Schmitz, 83 and his wife , Viola Kimble Schmitz, 82, both of Las Cruces, New Mexico died in April of 2016.

Survivors include a sister-in-law, Vivian myers of new Market.

Memorial graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in the Emmanual Lutheran Cemetery at New Market with Retired Navy Chaplain Arthur Hegeman, Jr. officiating with military rites by Dayton American Legion Post #27.

Local arrangements by Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

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