Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Thelma D. Adams

Thelma Dair (Freed) Adams, 89, of New Market, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at Life Care Center of New Market.

Mrs. Adams was born June 27, 1928, in Criders and was a daughter of the late David Manassas and Flomey Anna (Delawder) Freed.

She was a homemaker. Mrs. Adams was a member of Greenmount Church of the Brethren. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed gardening. Her greatest joy was being able to foster many children through the years.

On Feb. 22, 1969, she married Leon Joseph Adams, who preceded her in death July 1, 1992.

Mrs. Adams is survived by her children, Helen Marie Washington of Criders, Andrea Lee Bowman and husband, Hugo Fleischman, of Front Royal, Pamela Lee Bowman and husband, George, of Harrisonburg, and Alvin Gene Freed and wife, Lorraine, of Louisiana; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her son, Dwight Freed, and siblings, Shirley Mongold and Everett Freed.

The funeral service was held Friday, July 14, 2017, at 3 p.m. at the chapel of McMullen Funeral Home with the Rev. J.O. Phillips officiating. Burial followed at Caplinger’s Cemetery in Criders.
The family received friends from 2 until 3 p.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McMullen Funeral Home, 5784 Greenmount Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22802, to help offset burial expenses.

Alfred L. Bowers

Alfred L. Bowers, 96, of Woodstock, passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at his home.

A Celebration of Life service was held on Sunday, July 16 at 4 p.m. at Valley Pike Church of the Brethren. Pastor Jonathan Fletcher officiated. Burial was private in the church cemetery.

He was born June 23, 1921, the son of the late Albert Cornelious and Ida Good Bowers.

Alfred was a life-long farmer raising Angus cows until just a few years ago. His fields yielded food for those cows and his abundant gardens filled his table, freezer and cellar every year.

During his long years, he also built houses with his brother and son, participated in disaster relief and rebuilding and enjoyed fishing on the Chesapeake Bay.

Many squirrels found their way to the pot pie dish. Maybe they were after the black raspberries Alfred found every year.

Valley Pike was his church home after he married Ethel Irene Ryman Bowers in 1946. They faithfully served the Lord together there until she passed away in May of 2014. Alfred had continued to attend, worshipping, learning and hugging. He missed Ethel so much after she left.

Predeceasing him also were his son, Larry Bowers; two sisters; one brother; and a nephew and wife.

Surviving are his son, Wayne (Debbie) Bowers of Woodstock, daughter-in- law, Ellen Bowers of Maurertown; sister, Belva Guard of Woodstock; grandsons, Jason Bowers, Adam (Megan) Bowers, Aaron (Jessica) Bowers, and Alan Bowers; and granddaughter, Connie (Matt) Morris, who all loved him so much and will miss him enormously.
 Also surviving are two great grandsons; four great granddaughters; one niece, Diane (Scott) Ackerman of Utah; two great nephews, Jeff and Tim Bowers of Florida; one great great nephew in Florida; sister-in-law, Dorothy Ryman; and niece, Shirley (Doug) French and family also survive.

Honorary pallbearers were Guy Gochenour, Kenny Hamrick, Zip Zimmerman, Wesley Stinson, Doug French, Dean Fadely, Wayne Hottel, Carroll Hockman, Steve Copp, Marshall Robinson, Melvin Racey, Paul Hockman, Fred Bauserman and Dan Hottel.

There was a meal at the church following the service when the family will also receive friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Valley Pike Church of the Brethren (Disaster Fund), P.O. Box 215, Maurertown, VA. 22644.

A friend has said, "You couldn't say a bad word about Alfred Bowers". Another said there was a time that only Alfred would go to the house of an elderly man who needed help taking a bath. No one else would go.
 Those of us who knew and loved Alfred are left to grieve our loss while remembering his special part in our own lives. We will weep, while also thinking and pondering all the memories-the good, great, sad, devastating, many memories. "Tom" the cat will miss him too.

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy - Psalm 126:5

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

Judith J. Coleman

Judith Jeannette Coleman, 82, of Maurertown, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at Blue Ridge Hospice in Winchester.

Services were Monday, July 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Antioch Church of the Brethren. The Reverend George Bowers officiated. Burial followed in Sunset View Memorial Gardens.

Judith was born Jan. 13, 1935 in New Jersey. She was the daughter of the late George and Thelma Chollet Witzel.

She was the secretary/treasurer of the family corporation, Coleman Microwave. She attended Antioch Church of the Brethren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Borup.

Judith is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth R. Coleman Sr.; a son, Kenneth R. Coleman Jr. and wife Debra of Merrimack, New Hampshire; two daughters, Kimberly C. Emswiller and husband Martin of Maurertown, Virginia and Nancy C. Bowers and husband Robert of Edinburg, Virginia; two sisters, Lynda Tufts and husband Eugene and Patricia Gibb; also surviving are 13 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Justin Bowers, Joshua Emswiller, David Emswiller, Jordan Emswiller, Robert Gibson and Dana Braithwaite.

The family received friends and family on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 6-9 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

Those who prefer making a donation in lieu of flowers can be made to the Autism Society of America, 4340 East-West Highway Suite 350, Bethesda Maryland 20814.

Known by many as Nanny, Judith was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

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Bonnie M. Crouch

Bonnie Marie Crouch, 91, of Maurertown, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Dutch Haven Adult Care Residence in Maurertown.

She was born June 7, 1926 in Virginia, daughter of the late James Elmer and Clara Bell Guess Lutz.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda A. Campbell of Maurertown and Diana Dean of Orlando, Florida; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

Mrs. Crouch was preceded in death by a son, David Lively and a daughter, Lona Sue Howard.

Services will be private.

Special thank you for care given to my mother as she made her journey towards Heaven, especially Dutch Haven Adult Home and their nursing staff, including Med Tech's and their caregivers and Blue Ridge Hospice of Winchester. We would also like to thank Pastor Jonathan Fletcher and Barbara Coverstone for their visits ministry.

Cremation arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock.

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Jessie P. Deane

Jessie P. Deane, 84, of Lovettsville, Va. passed away peacefully at INOVA Loudoun Hospital with family by her side. She was born in New Market, Va. on April 1, 1933. She was the daughter of the late Mary Sites.

Jessie is survived by her husband Walter V. Deane of Lovettsville, Va.; son Keith A. Deane of Lovettsville, Va.; and daughter Barbara M. Weaver (David) of Harrisonburg, Va. In addition to her mother, she was predeceased by a daughter Kim Leigh Deane Snyder and a very special friend/care giver Liz Suits, long term companion of Keith Deane. She also left behind her loving and faithful companion “Tucker”, her dog, which was always by her side.

A graveside service wAS conducted Wednesday July 19th at 1 p.m. at Lovettsville Union Cemetery with the Reverend Tony Forstall officiating.

Because of Jessie’s love for animals, it was her choice that memorial contributions be sent to the Briggs Animal Adoption Center, P.O. Box 1028, Charles Town, WV 25414, because they choose not to euthanize.

“Mom we loved you every day and now we will miss you every day.”

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Christopher S. Dodson

Christopher Shawn Dodson, 46, of Strasburg, passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

A funeral service will be conducted on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home with Pastors Diann and Bobby Whetzel officiating. Burial will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery. 
The family received friends on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Christopher was born in Front Royal on Aug. 26, 1970, the son of Charles William and Bonnie Sue Grim Dodson.

He was an inspector with VDOT after a 15 year career in Law Enforcement.

He enjoyed being with family and friends, and especially enjoyed traveling. He had two favorite sports teams, the North Carolina Tar Heels Men's basketball and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He was a member of the Front Royal Church of the Brethren.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Dawn Dodson; his daughter, Mia Dodson; his sister, Brandie Millar of Berryville; and his paternal grandmother, Anna Dodson.

Pallbearers will be Tony Knave, Scott Steadman, Jacob Dodson, Chris Combs, Rob Olinger, and Brian Whetzel.

Following the services the family will host a fellowship gathering at the North Warren Fire Station.

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Patricia S. Drummond

Patricia "Pat" LaVerne Simpson Drummond, 84, of Strasburg, Va., passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at her residence.

A graveside service for Mrs. Drummond was conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017 at Panorama Memorial Gardens with Pastor Keith Warren officiating.

Mrs. Drummond was born in Amherst County, Va. on Nov. 11, 1932, a daughter of the late William Craton and Lottie Ella Drumheller Simpson.

She was a retired seamstress and the wife of the late James Christian Drummond Sr.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Joe Drummond; a son-in-law, Randy Beydler; six sisters; and one brother.

Mrs. Drummond was the last living member of her generation.

Survivors include her children, Sylvia Spiker (Roland) of Middletown, Va., and Jimmy Drummond Jr. (Karen Campbell), Gino Drummond and Cynthia Beydler, all of Strasburg, Va.; her grandchildren, Chris Drummond, Will Spiker, Julie Spiker and Mike Beydler; and nine great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601. The family ask that in memory of their mother's kindness that you pay it forward.

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

William W. Groves

William "Bill" Waldo Groves, 49, of New Market, passed away July 18, 2017 at the Blue Ridge Hospice Care Center in Winchester.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. July 29 at Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market.

Arrangements are being handled by Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Arleene K. Grubbs

Arleene Kilby Grubbs, 93, died on July 11, 2017, in Woodstock, Virginia.

Arleene is survived by her children, Matilda G. "Tillie" Kaufmann of Woodstock, Priscilla G. "Cissy" Branham and her husband Dennis of Maurertown, Virginia, Robert S. "Bobby" Grubbs and his wife Robin of Woodstock, and Melissa G. "Missy" Schmidt and her husband Bert of Norfolk, Virginia.
 She is also survived by her grandchildren, Angie Branham Brake and her husband Jerry of Troy, West Virginia, Frank and Aaron Branham of Maurertown, and Cory R. Grubbs of Woodstock; her step grandchildren, Jillian and Bertel Schmidt of Syracuse, New York; six great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

Arleene was preceded in death in 1991 by her husband, Robert S. "Buddy" Grubbs. They were married in 1946, soon after his return from WWII.
 She was also preceded in death by her grandson and Buddy's namesake, Robert S. "Robby" Grubbs IV, who died in 2001 at the age of 17.

Arleene was born on June 20, 1924 in the Lancaster County Village of Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania to parents, Beulah and Dewey Kilby, who also proceed her in death, as did her three brothers.
 She worked tirelessly in her community and her church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Woodstock, for much of her life and was a loving mother and strong family matriarch.

A private family memorial service will be planned for a later date. Her final resting place will be alongside Buddy in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Front Royal, Virginia.

The family would like to thank Greenfield Senior Living of Woodstock for their mother's end of life care.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Court St., Winchester VA 22601.

Jane R. Halterman

Jane Ritchie Halterman, 77, of Broadway, died Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Life Care Center in New Market.

She was born May 10, 1940, in Broadway and was the daughter of the late Guy and Amelia Fisher Ritchie. She was also preceded in death by her beloved twin sister, Jean Sager.

She worked many years as an administrative assistant for Rockingham Poultry.

Surviving are a son, Brant Halterman and wife, Laura, of Broadway; grandson, Gavin Halterman; sister, Ellen Garber of Broadway; former daughter-in-law, Becky Long Halterman of Broadway; nephews, Vic Garber and wife, Tammy, of Crozet, and Van Garber and wife, Siobhan, of Liverpool, England; nieces, Gina Sager of Maryland, and Kim Bell and husband, Fred, of Maryland; four great-nieces and one great-nephew; and her faithful companion, Heidi the cat.

Her body was cremated.

The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 21, at Plains District Community Center in Timberville. A memorial service will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the community center, with refreshments to follow.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cat’s Cradle; 128 W. Market St., Suite 102, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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Commander Danny R. Kimberlain Jr. USN, Ret.

Commander Danny R. Kimberlain Jr. USN, Ret., 63, of Arlington, Virginia, died Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.

He was born July 7, 1954 in South Carolina, son of Nancy Fuller Kimberlain of Spartanburg, South Carolina and the late Danny Roger Kimberlain Sr.

He served in the United States Navy for 22 years. During his tenure in the U.S. Navy, he proudly served on the USS Wainwright, USS Kidd, USS Peterson and the battleship Iowa (BB-61). He was Principal Assistant Program Manager of the Surface Ship Modernization Program.

He is survived by a daughter, Heather K. Kimberlain of Broadway; two sons, Timothy D. and his wife Dana Kimberlain of Mt. Jackson and Tyler L. Kimberlain of Tokyo, Japan; a grandson, Mark Axl Kimberlain; his former wife, Gina L. Kimberlain; a sister, Millicent Kimberlain Ruppe and her two children Cheyenne and Ronan of Gaffney, South Carolina. His other nieces and nephews are Tessa Quade, Arlie Shugaar and Zach Cornwell.

The funeral service was Monday, July 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Solomon's Lutheran Church with Susan Lance Minister.

Pallbearers were Grayson Getz, Jesse Griffin, Dwight Shelton, Ryan Duncan, Eugene Bulatko and Gilbert Kraine.

The family received friends Sunday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial and Tribute Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, Virginia, 23058-5216.

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Keary K. Kisamore

Keary Keith Kisamore, 40, of Maurertown, Va., passed away Sunday, June 25, 2017.

He was born May 7, 1977 in Rockingham County.

He is survived by his daughters, Emma, Keri, Kendall and Khloe; his son, Bryson; his parents, Kenton Keith Kisamore and Terri Ann Arbogast; step-father, David Lee Arbogast; sister, Krystal Kisamore Clowser; brother-in-law, Joshua Lee Clowser; step-brother, Travis Arbogast; step-sister, Brittany Arbogast; two nephews he adored, Trenton and Tristen Clowser; an uncle, Dolan Kisamore; favorite aunt, Carolyn Bly; grandmoter, Judy Donovan; and many more family members that he loved very much.

He is preceded in death by his grandfathers, Edward Kisamore and Vernon Donovan Sr.; and grandmother, Sybilla Kisamore.

A celebration of his life ceremony will be held July 29, 2017 at 3 p.m. at his father's home and the Maurertown Brethren Church pavilion, 24940 Old Valley Pike, Maurertown.

Keary was loved very much by all and will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.

Merita S. Meadows

Merita Sue Hinegardner Meadows, 76, of Elkton, passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017, at her home.

She was born June 8, 1941, in Rockingham County and was the daughter of the late Carroll Dewitt and Lena Pearl Stepp Hinegardner.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clayton B. Hinegardner, and a daughter-in-law, Robin Meadows.

Merita enjoyed gardening and flowers. She was a very active member at the Elkton Seventh-day Adventist Church, where she was the former treasurer for many years. She was an active member of the social committee for the church and helped with meals and all of the church activities.

On Sept. 22, 1960, she married Frank Meadows, who survives.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Timothy Meadows of Elkton, Christopher Meadows of Luray, David Meadows and wife, Nancy, and Anthony Meadows and wife, Pam, all of Elkton; brothers, Carroll G. Hinegardner and wife, Diane, of Mount Crawford, Carl E. Hinegardner and wife, Judy, of Mount Sidney, and Charles R. Hinegardner and wife, Cheryl, of New Market; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017, at Elkton Seventh-day Adventist with Pastors Roger Mace and Richard Coston officiating. Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkton Seventh-day Adventist Church Building Fund, 20995 Blue and Gold Drive, Elkton, VA 22827.

Rocky G. Rec

Rocky George Rec's life was celebrated with a memorial Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Woodstock Presbyterian Church, 142 E. Court Street, Woodstock, Va.

Rocky left all that loved him on May 7, 2017 while traveling in North Carolina. He was 63 years old.

Rocky is remembered for his care of anyone in need. He was a wonderful and kind husband. He loved animals and was an invaluable mentor to many adolescents in the community. He also loved cooking for friends and family.

He never met a stranger, was a consummate storyteller and just had the ability to effortlessly make people feel good about themselves. His jovial and engaging manner lit up the room.

Rocky was a veteran of the Vietnam War.

His favorite motto was "Four Wheels Move the Body, Two Wheels Move the Soul".

He is survived by his loving wife, Catherine E. Rec of Shenandoah County; his daughters, also Catherine E. Rec and grandson Ethan Rec of Middletown, Va., Elizabeth Scott Cropper and grandson Alaryk Daniel Carriveau of Tacoma, Wa., son; Christopher Gene Cropper (Nicole) of Houston, Tx.; brother, Raymond Paul Rec Jr. (Laura) of Hampton, Va.; and nephews, Avery Sullivan (Sarah) of Norfolk, Va. and Steve Lutchen of Vermillion, Mn.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Diane Gail Rec, and sister, Donna Shaugobay. His father, Raymond Paul Rec Sr., died soon after Rocky on June 25, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Fisher House Foundation would touch Rocky's heart.

Eliza C. Sager

Eliza Catherine Sager, 92, of Mt. Jackson, died Friday, July 14, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

Mrs. Sager was born July 17, 1924 in Mt. Jackson, daughter of the late Eugene Chester and Daisy Virginia Dellinger Lindamood.

She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ west of Mt. Jackson.

She was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Massanutten Post 2447 V.F.W. Edinburg.

She was married April 3, 1943 to Joe Clifton Sager who preceded her in death March 16, 2009.

Mrs. Sager is survived by a son, Clifton E. Sager and his wife Cynthia of Fort Valley.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph E. Lindamood and James M. Lindamood.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at Grace United Church of Christ west of Mt. Jackson.

The family will receive friends after the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Jackson Rescue and Fire Department, P.O. Box 251, Mt. Jackson, Va 22842.

Arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson.

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