Obituaries — Shenandoah County

David M. Alexander

David Michael Alexander, 61, of Rural Retreat, Va., passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017 at his home.

He was born on Oct. 4, 1955 in Arlington, Va. and was the son of the late Betty Lou Alexander.

Mr. Alexander retired from Giant Foods in Fairfax, where he was employed for 35 years.

He is survived by his cousins, Loretta Roles and her son Danny Mitchell and his wife Angela and their son Danny, Bobby Roles Jr., Darlene Ritchie, Tommy Alexander and wife Francine, Charles Alexander, and Bonnie Ashley; and his aunts, Margaret Alexander and Molly Alexander.

A visitation and service were held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market. The Rev. Glen Turner officiated. 
Interment followed in the Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery in New Market.

Mildred H. Beydler

Mildred Virginia Heishman Beydler, 90, of Toms Brook and formerly of Strasburg, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, July 3, 2017 at Consulate Health Care of Woodstock.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2017 at Stover Memorial Chapel, Strasburg with Pastor Chuck Garrett officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset View Memorial Gardens, Woodstock.

Mrs. Beydler was born July 25, 1926 in Woodstock, a daughter of the late Lee Allen and Lillian Odessa Able Heishman.

She was a homemaker and attended Walnut Springs Christian Church and Masters Touch Ministries.

She was the wife of the late Robert Franklin Beydler.

Surviving are her daughter, Lois Christina Davis and husband, Gerald of Toms Brook; her son, Gary Franklin Beydler and wife, Hazel of Frederick County; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great grandchildren; her daughter in-law, Cindy Beydler of Strasburg; her son-in-law, Lowell "Skeeter" Stickley and companion, Charlotte Saville of Strasburg.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Jean Marie Stickley; and a son, Randy Lee Beydler; three brothers, Douglas, John and Lee Heishman; a sister, Louise Ryman.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Davis, Rick Davis, Robbie Davis, Marshall Stickley, Scott Stickley, Gary Troxell and Eddie Hammack.

The family received friends on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Stover Funeral Home, 177 N. Holliday St., Strasburg.

A special thank you to those at Stover Funeral Home for taking extra special care of Mildred and our family during this difficult time.

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, Inc., 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601.

Alice J. Clark

Alice Janet Clark, 82, of Strasburg, Va., died on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at the Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center.

Alice was born on Oct. 9, 1934 in Capon Bridge, WV, the daughter of the late William H. and Bessie E. Reynolds Strother.

She was a 1952 graduate of Capon Bridge High School, worked for O'Sullivan Corp. in Winchester, Va. for 13 years, and was a member of the Strasburg United Methodist Church and the Dionne Quintuplets Fan Club.

She enjoyed traveling, sewing, cooking and reading.
 She was a caring humble person and took care of her younger siblings due to the death of her mother.

Alice married Mitchell E. "Mike" Clark on Jan. 8, 1954 in Winchester, Va. Mr. Clark died on July 30, 2014.

Surviving is a son, Michael A. Clark of Strasburg, Va.; three brothers, Wayne Strother of Winchester, Va., Roger Strother of Florida, and Ricky Strother of Augusta, WV; and four sisters, Joy Johnston of Colorado, Genevieve Zarnick of Cleveland, Oh., Judy Curcio of Galaway, NY and Rose LaFollette of Capon Bridge, WV.

She is preceded in death by five brothers, Howard, Lester, Lawrence, Larry, and Keith Strother; and a sister, Edna Minghini-James.

A funeral service was held at the Giffin Funeral Home & Crematory in Capon Bridge, WV on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. Officiating was the Rev. Michael Funkhouser. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery near Gore, VA.
 Family received friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Strasburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 620, Strasburg, VA 22657; Fairview Cemetery, 8962 Northwestern Pike, Gore, VA 22637; or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601.

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Donald L. Dirting

Donald Lee Dirting, 85, of Mt. Jackson, Va., passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family and friends.

A memorial graveside service was held Wednesday, July 5 at 2 p.m. in Sunset View Memorial Gardens in Woodstock. The Reverend Nathan Robinson officiated.

Mr. Dirting was born May 20, 1932 in Shenandoah County, son of the late Charles Richard and Virginia Mae Helsley Dirting.

He was a 1951 graduate of Edinburg High School and an Army veteran. He was a self- employed truck driver and a member of the Teamsters.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly Jane McCoy Dirting of Edinburg; five children, Richard Allen Dirting of Martinsburg, WV, Debbie Francis of Woodstock, Donna K. Smythe of Bunker Hill, WV, Kevin Dirting of Woodstock and Karen Sue Herbaugh of Edinburg; one sister, Dorothy Miller of Stanley; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 321, Woodstock, VA 22664 or the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979.

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

Wilbur J. Dysart

Wilbur J. Dysart, 77, of Envoy in Staunton, Va. and formerly of Shenandoah County, Va., died April 15, 2017.

Mr. Dysart was born in Shenandoah County, Va. on June 17, 1939, a son of the late Edgar and Pearl Coby Dysart.

He is survived by his brother, Jay Lynn Dysart, also of Envoy, Staunton, Va.

A memorial service was held Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 12:15 p.m. at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Toms Brook, where he was a member, with the Rev. Heidi David-Young, presiding.

Rupert F. Froehlich

Rupert Franz Froehlich, 78, of Strasburg, passed away June 28, 2017.

A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 7 p.m. July 10, 2017 at the Stover Memorial Chapel, Strasburg.

Arrangements are being handled by Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. 

Carolyn M. Greaser

Carolyn Sue Myers Greaser, 87, of Front Royal, Va., passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Skyline Terrace-Memory Lane Assisted Living in Woodstock, Va.

A graveside service was held on Wednesday, July 5 at 1 p.m. in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Kingwood, WV conducted by Sammy Campbell.

Mrs. Greaser was born on Sept. 28, 1929 in Preston County, WV, daughter of the late Eva Maxine Wolfe Foster.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Clarence Joseph Greaser.

Mrs. Greaser attended Marlow Heights Baptist Church.

She always had a passion for playing bridge and was a member of the Duplicate Bridge Club. She loved watching her two favorite football teams play, the Washington Redskins and the West Virginia Mountaineers.

She leaves behind many wonderful memories of family and friends she made over the years and her special caregivers from Memory Lane.

Surviving are two sons, Brent Greaser and wife Sharon of Bentonville and Ronald Greaser and wife Diane of Melfa, Va.; two grandchildren, Allison Ross and husband Steven of Bentonville and Jacob Greaser and fiancee Autumn Lewis of Front Royal; and two great grandchildren, Jordan Greaser and Austin Ross.

The family received friends on Monday, July 3 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marlow Heights Baptist Church, 517 Braxton Road, Front Royal, VA 22630 or to Skyline Terrace-Memory Lane Unit Patient Fund, 123 Lakeview Drive, Woodstock, VA 22664.

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

Peggy A. Keller

Peggy Ann Keller, 82, of Toms Brook, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home in Woodstock.

She was born Oct. 28, 1934 in Bowmans Crossing, a daughter of the late Alton Carroll and Mary Pence Foltz Keller.

She was a 1954 graduate of Edinburg High School.

She married Arthur Raymond Keller on July 2, 1960. They were married for 49 years before he passed away on Jan. 1, 2010.

She was formerly employed with Safeway and Shaffer's of Woodstock.

She was well known in the county for her delicious baked goods and won many ribbons at the Shenandoah County Fair. She was actively involved in the Republican Party of Shenandoah County.
 She was a member of Shenandoah Valley Baptist Church of Edinburg.

Surviving are her three sons, Kelly Keller and wife Sherrill of Edinburg, A.R. Keller and wife Lisa of Toms Brook and Sam Keller and wife Jessica of Strasburg; five grandchildren, Kava Keller, Kelly Keller II, Lexi Keller, Olivia Keller and Aidan Keller; and three step-brothers, Larry, Nelson and Gene Keller.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Burdette Foltz.

A private graveside service was conducted on Sunday, July 2, 2017 in Harrisville Cemetery in Toms Brook with Pastor Chad Estep officiating.

Her three sons and two grandsons were pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601 or the Harrisville Cemetery Fund, 23592 Old Valley Pike, Woodstock, VA 22664.

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

Mary Kearns-Miller

Mary Kearns-Miller, of Edinburg, Va., passed away peacefully on June 25, 2017 after a lengthy battle with kidney disease.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Richard M. Kearns Sr. and by her second husband of 8 years, Russell F. Miller; brothers, Thomas "Junior" Bly and Robert "Red" Bly; sister, Nancy Reedy; and a half-brother, Lloyd Palmer.

Mary is survived by her five children, Judy Friedman of Toms Brook, Richard (Oakley) Kearns of Chantilly Va., Dennis (Deigh) Kearns of Culpepper, Va., Douglas Kearns of Woodbridge, Va. and Cheryl Rowland of Mims, Fl.; seven grandchildren, Diana (Brandon) Wallace, Brandon Kearns, Aaron (Amber) Kearns, Ben Friedman, Brittany Rowland, Emily (Joey) Lopez, and Meghan Kearns; five great grandchildren, Levi Kearns, AJ Lopez, Kinleigh Kearns, Tekla Lopez and Conner Wallace; sister, Alma (Don) Fadley; niece, Betty Clark; sister-in-law, Nancy Bly; and many more friends and extended family.

Mary was born Nov. 15, 1933 in Shenandoah County, Va., the daughter of the late Thomas Edward and Clara Palmer Bly.
 Growing up in the Toms Brook and Mt. Olive areas, Mary worked at the Ernest and Mary Lee Keller dairy farm during high school.

She soon met and married "Mel" Kearns and moved to Fairfax County and began her family.
 Once Mary's youngest child was in school, she started working for the Fairfax County Public School system starting in the cafeteria. She quickly moved to the transportation division and drove a school bus in the Falls Church and Oakton areas for many years eventually retiring in 1999 after 33 years of service.

Mary returned to the Shenandoah Valley to spend her retirement years in her hometown.

Mary was also an avid bowler and held several positions on the Washington DC Area Woman's Bowling Association including Director, Vice President and Delegate representing the Association for over 25 years at the Women's Bowling Association National Convention. Mary held a high bowling average, she was twice recognized for being one of the top 10 women bowlers in the D.C. area.
 Mary was inducted in to the Associations Hall of Fame in 1995 for her volunteer work and bowling accomplishments.

The family received friends on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Valley Funeral Home, 14116 S. Middle Road, Edinburg, Va. 22824 and Friday, June 30, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at National Memorial Park, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, Va. 22042.

Funeral service and interment were conducted on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 1 p.m. at National Memorial Park, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042.

In lieu of flowers, memorials contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

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

James H. Payne

James Howard Payne, 87, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Lynn Care Center.

A funeral service was held on Monday at 11 a.m. at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by Pastor Danny Clegg. Interment will follow in Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Herndon, Virginia.

Mr. Payne was born Dec. 15, 1929 in Washington, D.C., son of John Howard and Nancy Jobyna Kelly Payne.

He was married to the late Jane Dempsey Payne.

Mr. Payne graduated from Washington-Lee High School, Class of 1948, after which he attended American University.

He was a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves.

He worked for the Arlington County Police Department from 1951 to 1961, the D.A. Foster Trenching Co. from 1961 to 1975, and various heavy equipment companies until his retirement.

He was a member of the Front Royal Baptist Temple, past-president of the Merrifield Lions Club (1960's to 1970's), and a member of the Signal Hill Lions Club in the 1980's.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda Payne Berry (Paul) of Manassas Park; a son, John Arthur Payne (Beth) of Front Royal; five grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and two sisters.

The family received friends on Monday an hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Juanita F. Sowers

Juanita Faye Sowers, 53, of Edinburg, passed away on June 28, 2017 at her home.

She was born on March 3, 1964 in Leesburg, Virginia, the daughter of Cleveland and Doris Shifflett.

Juanita was preceded in death by a brother, Troy Shifflett.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Sowers Sr.; a son, Larry Sowers Jr.; two daughters, Kathleen Simmons and Colleen Pittington; a sister, Evonda Williamson; three brothers, Cleveland Shifflett Jr., Howard Shifflett, and Jacob Shifflett; and eight grandchildren.

The family received friends at the Valley Funeral Service Chapel, Sunday, July 2, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A funeral service was conducted on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 11a.m. at the Church of the Brethren, Fort Valley with burial in the Cross Roads Cemetery.

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

Gary S. Stephens

Gary Samuel Stephens, 57, of Fort Valley, died Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Consulate Health Care of Woodstock.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Fort Valley, Virginia. The Reverend Brian Duncan will officiate.
 Burial will be private.

Gary was born Nov. 22, 1959 in Woodstock, son of Lester Loy Stephens of Woodstock and Mary Lou Barbe Stephens of New Market.

He was a former employee at Irvin, Inc. in Edinburg and most recently employed at Cook's Country Store in Woodstock. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Fort Valley.

In addition to his parents, he is also survived by a sister, Shirley Estep and husband Donnie of New Market; three nieces; and two great nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Gary's burial fund c/o Dellinger Funeral Home, 159 N. Main St. Woodstock, Virginia 22664.

Cremation arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

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Robert L. Taylor II

Robert L. Taylor II, 74, of Maurertown and formerly of Spotsylvania County, passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 at his home.

Robert was born Nov. 17, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. He was the son of the late Robert and Barbara Scott Taylor.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was a member of the American Legion Post 199, VFW Post 2447, and Mt. Jackson Moose 979.

Robert was an avid hunter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Rowena Taylor and a brother, Lee Scott Taylor.

Robert is survived by a daughter, Sandy Flippo and husband Dwayne; son, Billy Jones and wife Debbie; two sisters, Barbara Swisher and Vickie Petrow; and grandchildren, Shannon Larkin and husband JP, Ashley Hand, Brian Jones and Stacey Flippo. He was the proudest great grandfather to seven great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock. The Rev. Stephanie Heishman-Litten will officiate. 
Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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