Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Stanley W. Brooks Sr.

Stanley W. Brooks Sr. passed from this life at his home on Monday evening July 3, 2017, surrounded by his family.
 Sharp of wit until the end, Mr. Brooks lived a full and contended life of 98 and a half years.

Born on Dec. 25, 1918, he was raised in Matoaca, Virginia, Dinwiddie County by his parents, Royal and Delia Brooks.

He served two years, as a very young man, in the National Guard and in his early 20's, two years in the United States Army.

Following his discharge in 1943, Mr. Brooks went to work for Rust Engineers and found employment in construction at the American Viscose Plant in Front Royal, Virginia.

It was here that he met and eventually married his wife of 68 years, Catherine Derflinger Brooks. They settled in Front Royal and raised their family there.

Mr. Brooks started his own business in 1957, S.W. Brooks Plumbing and Heating. He grew it slowly and steadily eventually employing as many as 20 people and being responsible for the plumbing of larger commercial jobs including many of the schools in the area.

Mr. Brooks was a member of Marlow Heights Baptist Church. He had been a member of Front Royal Kiwanis for over 40 years and was a Mason in good standing for 72 years.
 A fixture at Kiwanis Pancake Day and around town, he was always ready with a quick line and a friendly smile. He remained active in many ways, until the past few months, playing golf and bowling well into his 90ás. He even bowled a 200 game at the age of 90.

Mr. Brooks was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine, in 2015. 
He was also preceded by two sisters and five brothers.

Mr. Brooks is survived by his daughter, Donna Brady and husband Steve of Warren County; son, Stan Brooks Jr. of Front Royal; granddaughters, Holly Sutherly and husband Kevin of Edinburg, Virginia and Kerri Mellott of Woodstock, Virginia; and great-grandchildren, Tucker Moats, Steele Sutherly and Kennedi Mellott.

The family would like to especially thank his caregivers, Helen, Amy, Evelyn, Donna, Mary, and Cassandra as well as Blue Ridge Hospice for their service and support over the past several months.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601 or Salvation Army of Front Royal, 357 Cloud St., Front Royal, VA 22630.

Family night was held at Marlow Heights Baptist Church in Front Royal on Friday, July 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 8 at 11 a.m. again at Marlow Heights Baptist Church.

Marvin D. Coffman

Marvin Downey Coffman, 69, of Mt. Jackson, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.
 The funeral service was held Wednesday, July 12 at 11 a.m. at Flat Rock Church of the Brethren near Forestville. The Reverend Charles Comer officiated. Burial followed in Flat Rock Cemetery.

Mr. Coffman was born Jan. 8, 1948 in Edinburg, son of the late Marvin Fredrick Coffman and Emma Sine Coffman.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, serving from January 1968 to January 1970.

He was formerly employed with Edinburg Aileen and retired in 2011 from Merillat Industries in Mt. Jackson.

He was a deacon at Flat Rock Church of the Brethren, member of the Forestville-Quicksburg Ruritan Club, and life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 936.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Showns Coffman, whom he married on August 18, 1973; daughter, Donna L. Coffman and wife Amanda M. Applegate of Jenkintown, Pa.; two sisters, Evelyn Barb and husband Gary and Julia Miller and husband Gary, all of Edinburg; brother, Chester Coffman of Edinburg and wife Judy (deceased); two nieces; three great nieces; and two great nephews.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Armentrout, Kevin Biller, Charles Custer, Vito Gentile, Cecil Ryman, Steve Weaver, and Jim Woods.

The family received friends at Valley Funeral Service on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Jackson Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 251, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842.

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

Trudy K. Dodson

Trudy Kay (Cubbage) Dodson, 74, of Charlottesville, Va., died on July 8, 2017 in Charlottesville at home.

Born on Sept. 7, 1942 in Stanley, Va., she was the daughter of the late Elbert Franklin Cubbage and Florine Hilliard Cubbage.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, John W. Dodson Jr.; a brother, Jerry Cubbage; and a sister, Janice Chrisman.

Trudy retired from Sperry Marine. She was a member of the VFW ladies auxiliary and other organizations. She loved going to play the slots at Charlestown, and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Dodson of Charlottesville, Va.; two grandsons, Austin Kane and Dylan Engle; four sisters, Ruby Quintrell of Harrisonburg, Va., Nancy Alberti of Orange, Va., Doris Good of Shenandoah, Va., and Gayle Hammer of Stanley, Va.; one brother, Wayne Cubbage of Luray, Va.; numerous nieces, nephews; and close friends she considered family.

Special thank you to the Hospice of the Piedmont and Dr. Mark Prichard and his staff at the Martha Jefferson Cancer Center, and to all the people that have helped during her illness.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2017 in Mt. Jackson Cemetery, Mt Jackson, Va..

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 13 2017 at Hill and Wood Funeral Home, Charlottesville.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Way, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911 or to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 160, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

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Peggy A. Foster

Peggy Anne Foster, 53. of New Market, died Monday, July 10, 2017 at her home.

Mrs. Foster was born April 25, 1964 in Virginia, daughter of Vera Mae Fouts Shurtz of Front Royal and the late Dale Arthur Shurtz.

She is survived by a daughter, Samantha (Alex) Keller of Basye; a son, Kevin Tunstall of Winchester; a sister, Susan Puckett of Bristol, Va.; a brother, Stephen Shurtz of Front Royal; and two grandsons, Felix Keller and Kayleb Tunstall.

Memorial services will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Peggy Anne Foster's Burial Fund, c/o Dellinger Funeral Home, P.O. Box 63, Mt. Jackson, VA 22842.

Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

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Donald J. Furr Sr.

Donald Jerry "Duck" Furr Sr., 76, of Front Royal, passed away on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at the Martinsburg Va. Center in Martinsburg, WV.
 A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 14 at 2 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home conducted by Sammy Campbell. Interment will follow in the Prospect Hill Cemetery with military honors.

Duck was born on Nov. 29, 1940 in Front Royal, son of the late Woodrow Furr and Lucille Amanda Figgins Furr Lewis.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and retired after many years from Fred H. Bordon Plumbing.
 Duck was a member of the Giles B. Cook Post 53 of the American Legion and the V.F.W. Post 1860.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Greta J. Furr; three sons, Joey Rhodes of Stephens City, Donnie J. Furr Jr. of Stephens City, and Andy Furr of Front Royal; two grandsons, Kevin Rhodes II of Bunker Hill, WV and Joey Rhodes II of Stephens City; two granddaughters, Jill Sours of Strasburg and Heather Furr of Front Royal; and six great-grandchildren, Braydon DeCristofaro, Jordon DeCristofaro, Camden Rhodes, Kobe Compton, Harper Rhodes, and Kaynen Wines.

He was preceded in death by a son, Kevin Rhodes.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Rhodes II, Joey Rhodes II, T.J. DeCristofaro, Bobby  Smith  Jr., Junior Talbott, and Tony Smith.

The family received friends on Thursday, July 13 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Noll L. Horan

Noll Lynn Horan, 68, of Springfield and formerly of Strasburg, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
 Services will be private.

Mr. Horan was born March 20, 1949 in Winchester, the son of the late Augustus Noll Horan and Gloria Crabill Johnson.

He was retired and of the Christian faith.

Surviving are his children, Stacy Collins and husband Dan and Sara Horan and friend Ricky, all of Springfield; his step-mother, Elizabeth "Nookie" Horan of Strasburg; two half-brothers, Frank T. Horan and wife Dana and their daughter Ashley Horan, all of Front Royal and Tracy Johnson of Winchester; a half-sister, Heather Johnson of Winchester; his former wife, Connie Horan of Virginia Beach; and two cousins, John Horan and wife Donna of Strasburg and Diane O'Hara and husband Joe of Winchester.

A son, Hunter Augustus Horan, is deceased.

Don R. King

Don Reece King, 71, of Maurertown, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Woodstock.
 A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 11 at Lebanon Lutheran Church with the Rev. J.D. Cutlip officiating. Burial followed in Lebanon Church Cemetery.

Mr. King was born June 25, 1946 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the son of the late Alfred Maurice and Ellon Lavon Hanson King.

He was a member of Lebanon Lutheran Church and was a retired Industrial Arts teacher having taught 29 years in Fairfax and one year in Frederick County.
 He was also a member of North Shenandoah Ruritan Club.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Lucy Mae Artz King; three sons, Jon Travis King and wife Julie of Winchester, Edward Andrew King and wife Jennifer of Red River, Oregon and Benjamin Reece King and wife Deanna of Strasburg; five grandchildren, Jamie, Ryan, Jayden, Catherine and Adelynne King; and two sisters, Sharon Schoonmaker of North Carolina and Anita Tatum of Montgomery, Alabama.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Martha King.

Pallbearers were members of the North Shenandoah Ruritan Club.

Honorary pallbearers were the Senior Adult Sunday School Class of Lebanon Lutheran Church.

The family received friends at Lebanon Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. until service time.

Memorials may be made to Compassion Cupboard, 537 Burgess St., Strasburg, VA 22657; Luke's Backpack, c/o Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries, P.O. Box 132, Toms Brook, VA 22660; or Family Promise of Shenandoah County, P.O. Box 733, Woodstock, VA 22664.

Stover Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. Strasburg served the King family.

Dennis L. Lockhart Sr.

Dennis Lawrence Lockhart Sr., 70, of Woodstock, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Retreat Doctors Hospital, Richmond. 
A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Stover Memorial Chapel, Strasburg. Burial followed in Panorama Memorial Gardens, Warren County.

Mr. Lockhart was born July 27, 1946 in Front Royal, a son of the late Elmer Merle and Leslie Lee Simons Lockhart.

He was a truck driver working last for George's, Inc. for 12 years.

Surviving are two sons, Tim Lockhart and wife Patricia of Henrico and Bryan Lockhart of Edinburg; a daughter-in-law, Rita Lockhart; 10 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; a sister, Carol Jean Fisher of Austin, Texas; and a brother, Lee Lockhart of Front Royal.

He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Lockhart Jr. and a sister, Linda Neff.

Pallbearers were grandsons and nephews.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home, Strasburg on Thursday from 10 a.m. until service time.

Memorials may be made to the Dennis L. Lockhart burial fund, c/o Stover Funeral Home, 177 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, VA 22657.

Nina P. Lutz

Nina Ida Polk Lutz, who passed away Feb. 23, 2017, will be interred beside her husband, Norwood Elmo Lutz, in Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, July 14 at 10 a.m.

Nina was born Aug. 9, 1930, the sixth and last child of Luther Lee and Brentie Neoma Hambleton Polk.

Her siblings, Robert, Irene, Courtland, Goldie and Ray, pre-deceased her.

On Feb. 1, 1950 Nina married Norwood, son of George Franklin “Frank” and Stella Florence Bowers Lutz. Norwood served in the U.S. Air Force. He passed on June 15, 1999.

Nina is survived by five sons and two daughters-in-law, James Michael Lutz of Bronson, FL, Daniel Eugene Lutz of Morrow Bay, Ca., Kenneth Wayne Lutz and Diane Cooley Lutz of Quicksburg, Va., Michael Richard Lutz and Patricia Lutz of Red Bluff, Ca., and Jeffrey Edwin Lutz of Williston Fl., with whom she made her home and who lovingly cared for her for over 25 years.

She is also survived by three grandchildren, their spouses and 10 great grandchildren, Sarah Lutz Lurtsema and husband Jerry and children Morgan, Aiden, Chloe, Holly, Kendrick and Saylor of Lewsiton Ca., and Rachel Lutz and husband Chad Piercy and son Simon, and Keegan Lutz and wife Chelsey and daughter Gracie Mae, all of Redding, Ca.

She was pre-deceased by her grandson, Nathan Lee Lutz, who gave her beautiful twin granddaughters, Aubrey and Kymber, both of Redding, Ca.
 She is also survived by four step-grandchildren, Mason Palmateer of Redding, Ca, JR Medellin and wife Hillary and children Brendon, Logan and Lauren, Dana Medellin and children Ely and Sidney, and Denise Runion Hodson and husband Jody and children Bradlee and Baylee of Strasburg.

Nina was one of the sweetest souls to ever walk this Earth. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and was loved by all who had the privilege of knowing her.

Beulah E. Payne

Beulah Evangeline Simmons Payne, 92, a resident of Harrisonburg, and formerly of Bridgewater, passed away July 9, 2017, at Life Care Center of New Market.

Mrs. Payne was born March 4, 1925, in Rockingham County and was the daughter of the late Frank E. and Verdie Wenger Simmons.

She worked at Metro Pants for a number of years and also owned the Antiques and Things Shop in Bridgewater. She was a member of the Bridgewater Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary and the Bridgewater Baptist Church.

On July 3, 1943, she married Paul William Payne, who passed away Nov. 8, 2003.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda Nelson and husband, Roger, of Harrisonburg; a son, Phillip W. Payne and wife, Sherry, of Dallas, Ga.; a brother, Carl Simmons of Willcox, Ariz.; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Payne was preceded in death by two sons, Paul S. Payne and Jerry L. Payne; two sisters and two brothers.

The Rev. Roger Austin will conduct a funeral service Friday, July 14, 2017, at the McMullen Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Greenmount Cemetery.

The family received friends Thursday at the funeral home from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bridgewater Baptist Church, P.O. Box 333, Bridgewater, VA 22812.

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McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy L. Stickley

Nancy Lee Stickley, 88, formerly of Rolling Acres, Toms Brook and Woodstock, passed away at her home in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, July 1, 2017.
 Graveside rites were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8 in Sunset View Memorial Gardens, Woodstock with Pastor Rob Wescoat officiating.

Mrs. Stickley was born Sept. 25, 1928 in Charlottesville, Virginia, the daughter of the late Earl F. and Maude Ann Pittington Triggs.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Woodstock and was a homemaker.
 She loved to paint and birdwatch, was a devoted gardener and loved all animals.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Warren Fadeley and her second husband, Jay H. Stickley.

She was a private person who was very loving, kind and sincere with a giving heart.

Surviving are two brothers, Richard D. Triggs and partner William S. Jennings of Kansas City, Missouri and Palm Beach, Florida, and James C. Triggs and wife Barbara of Wellington, Florida and Manalapan, New Jersey; a number of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald E. Triggs and her loving cat, Missy.

She was cared for by William's sister, Linda L. Wilcoxson of Wesley Chapel, Florida.

The family received family and friends at Stover Funeral Home, 177 N. Holliday Street, Strasburg on Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Calvin F. Swartz

Calvin Franklin Swartz, 82, of Edinburg, Virginia, passed away on July 6, 2017 at his home surrounded by family.
 Funeral services were held on Monday, July 10 at 11 a.m. at Mt Zion Lutheran Church in Woodstock, Virginia with Pastor Anna Havron officiating. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens with military honors by the Woodstock American Legion Post #199.

Calvin was born May 25, 1935 in Saumsville, a son of the late Noah Franklin Swartz and Fannie Gochenour Swartz.

He was a lifetime member and also served as Trustee for many years at Mt Zion Lutheran Church of Woodstock, Virginia.

He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

He was a member of the American Legion Post #199 Woodstock, former president of the St. Luke Fairview Ruritan Club and a member of the Edinburg Shell Station Liars Club.

He retired from Shenandoah Mutual Fire Insurance Company in 2000 after 31 years of service, having served as Claims Adjuster, Secretary, and Chairman of the Board. He stepped down on March 1, 2015 due to poor health.
 He was the President of Swartz's Tractor Service, Inc.

Calvin was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold Swartz, Ralph Swartz and Jack Swartz; and one sister, Mary Alice Foltz.

He married Katrena Funkhouser Swartz on May 25, 1960.

Surviving along with Katrena are two children, David Allen Swartz (Brenda) of Edinburg and Kimery Ann Ryman (Darin) of Edinburg; four grandchildren, Jonathan Phillip Swartz (Christina) of Edinburg, Candice Michelle Swartz of Winchester, Cody Michael Ryman (Meghan) of Edinburg and Lexus Ann Ryman of Edinburg; four great grandchildren, Cole David and Cooper Douglas Swartz of Edinburg, and Layla Mary and Robert Allen Hall Jr of Winchester; one brother, Charles "Jim" Swartz (Ruby) of Fort Valley; three sisters, Betty Bowers of Pulaski, Helen Mowrey of Prescott, Arizona, and Shelva Jean Pingley of Staunton; one sister-in-law, Dolores Swartz of Florida; one brother-in-law, Dewey Funkhouser (Penny) of North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Randy Foltz, Ralph Foltz Jr, Jonathan Swartz, Cody Ryman, Tom Parker and Harrison Parker.

The family received friends at Valley Funeral Home 6-8 p.m. on Sunday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Parking Lot Fund, 3055 Fairview Road, Woodstock, VA 22664.
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Arrangements were in the care of Heishman Funeral Home, Inc., Valley Funeral Service Branch in Bowmans Crossing.

Shirley R. Weaver

Shirley Ryman Weaver, 81, of Mt. Jackson, died July 8, 2017 at the Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg.

She was born March 25, 1936 in Shenandoah County and was the daughter of the late Gaither G. and Mildred Crider Ryman.

She worked at the Best Western in Mt. Jackson as head of housekeeping and previously at Bryce Resort in housekeeping.

On Sept. 20, 1953 she married Herbert Eugene "Gene" Weaver, who survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Teresa Sihler and husband Wayne of Maurertown; grandchildren, Holly Sharp and husband Adam of Forestville, Rachel Shoemaker and husband David of Strasburg, and Michael Sihler and wife Lisa Marie of Maurertown; great grandchildren, Caleb Sharp, Diana Sharp, Daniel Shoemaker; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Vertie Dellinger and Mary Jane Brown.

Her body will be cremated and services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Orkney Springs Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 374, Basye, VA 22810.

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