Obituaries — Shenandoah County

Elwood B. Bennett

Elwood Benjamin Bennett, 76, of Manassas, Virginia, passed away on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at the Manassas Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Mr. Bennett was born on Nov. 30, 1940 in Front Royal to the late Oscar and Susie Bennett.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Sherry Smelser.

He previously worked maintenance for the North Fork Resort in Front Royal.

Survivors include his two daughters, Pam Jenkins of Front Royal and Debra Bennett of Woodstock; two sisters, Dorothy Smelser and Lorraine Williams, both of Front Royal; brother, Oscar Bennett Jr. of Berryville; five grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family care of Pam Jenkins at 25 Dungadin Road, Front Royal, VA 22630.

Grace Cook

Grace Cook, born on July 24, 1940 in Winchester, Va. passed away peacefully at the Winchester Medical Center on Aug. 9, 2017.

Grace and her husband, Gamaliel, moved from Alexandria, Va. to Edinburg upon their retirement.
Grace's professional career spanned a variety of areas. She was a clerk at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles until her retirement in 1995. She was a gifted seamstress and shared her talents as an educator by serving as a sewing instructor for many years.

She was devoted to her family and friends; she enjoyed entertaining and everyone was always welcome in her home. Grace was always steadfast and strong in her faith, showing her love of the Lord by example in the way that she lived. She and her husband served as Youth Leaders at First Christian Church, Falls Church and Wakemans Grove Church of the Brethren in Edinburg. She was also a contributing member of the Sisters Fellowship at Wakemans Grove.

Grace was a Diabetic for 50+ years and was committed to educating and mentoring newly-diagnosed diabetics in the control of their disease. She shared her knowledge and personal experience in any way that she could to benefit others.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Treva Sinnett Nesselrodt and Walter Nesselrodt.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Gamaliel Cook; two daughters, Katherine Cook Dunn and her husband, Brian of Yorktown, Va. and Pamela Cook McCubbin of Edinburg, Va.; grandchildren Brian Dunn, Jr, Kaitlyn Dunn and Hannah McCubbin. She is also survived by sisters, Jean Gambill and Helen Jones of North Augusta, South Carolina.

Visitation will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 18, 2017 at Wakemans Grove Church of the Brethren.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on August 19, 2017, also at Wakemans Grove Church of the Brethren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name can be made to the Wakemans Grove Church Building Fund, 668 Wakemans Grove, Road, Edinburg, VA 22824.

Arrangements made by Valley Funeral Services in Edinburg, Va.

Leroy Cook

Leroy Cook, 70 of Woodstock Va. and previously of Falls Church, Va., passed away on Aug. 8. 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

He was survived by his wife, Helen Cook; loving daughter, Leanne Cook; his sister, Sherry Wright Hamilton; and five nieces, Valarie, Pamela, Shelly, Kimmy, and Carrie.

He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Mary Sue and William Wright of Falls Church, Va.; and his brother, Charles Cook of Woodbridge, Va.

Most of Leroy's working career was in landscaping, until semi-retirement when he delivered auto parts.

He loved gardening, fishing and hunting. In his younger years he was a member of the men's organization the JAYCEES.

He will be truly missed.

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

Dottie A. Couch

Dottie Alma Couch, 92, lately of Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Va., passed away Aug. 14, 2017.

She retired with 35 years of service from Lindsay Cadillac dealership in Alexandria, Va. During that time, she obtained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol. She enjoyed cooking and sharing recipes for her yummy creations.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dewey R. Couch.

She is survived by her son and his wife, Vern and Rebecca Simon; three grandchildren, Caleb Simon, Andrew Simon and Paige Glass; and one great-grandchild, Caitlyn Simon. Also surviving are six sisters, Mary Catherine Dove, Ruth Bennett and Edna Bazzle, all of Harrisonburg, Va., Shirley Boland, Elva (Peggy) Vanmeter and Mable Dove, all of Moorefield, W.Va. She was “Granny Dottie” to Daniel, Ronda, Jacob and Benjamin Mace of Mount Jackson, her second family and true friends. She was a longtime resident of Mount Jackson.

There will be a private memorial service and interment will follow.

Condolences and fond memories may be sent to the family at 301 Bear Tree Lane, Troutdale, VA 24378, or be shared at

Matthew J. Donahue

Matthew James Donahue, 69, of Star Tannery, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, WV.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and he will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.

He was born in Glencove, New York on May 23, 1948, a son of the late Arthur James and Norma Curran Donahue.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran.

He is survived by one brother, Michael Joseph Donahue of New Mexico.

Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

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

Lucy O. Foster

Lucy Oliver Foster, 89, of Flint Hill, Virginia, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

Loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, Mrs. Foster was born on Dec. 20, 1927 in Warren County, Virginia to Marion R. and Ida Revells Oliver.

She retired after over 35 years of service from Avtex Fibers in Front Royal, Virginia.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Charles H. Foster; her daughters, Sandra Hawkins (Donnie) of Strasburg, Virginia, Charlotte Turnmeyer and Sharon Dodson (Roger), both of Flint Hill; four grandchildren, Scott Turnmeyer (Pam) of Front Royal, Barry Turnmeyer (Crystal) of Strasburg, Allyson Rigel (Eric) of Charleston, South Carolina and Jacob Dodson (Samantha) of Flint Hill; three great grandchildren whom she adored, Dakoda, Britlyn and Kadence Turnmeyer; two sisters, Shirley Braithwaite of Cross Junction, Virginia and Eleanor Knight of Berryville, Virginia; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, James C. Oliver, Marion "Buck" Oliver, and Charles "Wiggy" Oliver; two sisters, Helen Linaburg and Betty Lowery; a son-in-law; and a great grandson.

She was a member of Flint Hill United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir for many years and a member of the Flint Hill Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

The family received friends on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Maddox Funeral Home, 105 West Main Street, Front Royal.

A funeral service was conducted on Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Flint Hill United Methodist Church with Pastor Sara Keeling officiating. Burial followed in Flint Hill Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers were Scott Turnmeyer, Barry Turnmeyer and Jacob Dodson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Flint Hill United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 97, Flint Hill, Virginia 22627. 

Charles M. Guess

Charles M. Guess, 90, of York, Pennsylvania, died at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at Senior Commons at Powder Mill. He was the husband of the late Dorothy V. Guess.

Born Nov. 22, 1926 in Edinburg, Virginia, a son of the late Harwood and Vida (Rush) Guess, he served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Mr. Guess was a truck driver for Mason Dixon Trucking for 36 years and he was a professional duck pin bowler, holding the world record high game of 246 for 10 years. He was also an avid ten pin bowler, pool shark, and a member of the York Lodge #266, Free and Accepted Masons.

Mr. Guess is survived by a daughter, Brenda K. Danfelt, of York; a son, Dale A. Guess and his wife, Laura, of North Chesterfield, Virginia; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Guess; and two sisters, Judy Sowers and Mary Jo Baker. He was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at a later date in Virginia. Workinger Semmel Funeral Homes and Cremation, 849 East Market Street, York, is assisting with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Ivan L. Habron

Ivan L. Habron, 84, Mechanicsville, Va. passed away Aug. 10, 2017.
He was born April 12, 1933 in Fort Valley, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lehman and Isabel Habron; brother, Everett Habron; daughter-in-law, Mary Habron.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruby Williams Habron. They were married Dec. 11, 1954 in Luray, Va.; daughters, Bonnie Habron (Mel Lipner) of Monroeville, Pa., Kathy Habron of Mechanicsville, Va.; sons, William Habron of Mechanicsville, Va. and Richard Habron (Suzanne) of Georgetown, In.; sister, Elva Hockman of Mauertown, Va. and grandchildren, Rachel, Matthew, Amber, Michael, Zachary and Thomas.

Ivan was a farmer for 20 years and a Burroughs Field Engineer for 20 years as well. He enjoyed woodworking, the outdoors, hunting and computers. He was a member of Elmont Ruritan and Messiah Lutheran Church.

A funeral service took place at 12 noon, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 at Woody Funeral Home, Atlee Chapel, 9271 Shady Grove Rd. Mechanicsville, VA 23116. The family received friends one hour prior.
The committal service will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, August 18, 2017 at Beahm's Chapel Cemetery, 1224 US Highway 211 East, Luray, VA 22835.

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Frances I. Hottle

Frances I. Hottle, 95, of Strasburg, Va., died peacefully surrounded by her family members on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 at the Blue Ridge Hospice In-Patient Care Center in Winchester, Va.

A funeral service for Mrs. Hottle was conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, New Market, Va. with Pastor Debbie Dukes officiating. Burial followed in the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church cemetery.

Frances was born on July 12, 1922 in Rockingham County, Va., the daughter of the late Cecil W. and Pearl (Hepner) Pence of Timberville, Va.

Frances was a homemaker and retired after 38 years as a bindery worker at Winchester Printers in Winchester, Va.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Nellie Kipps, Eva Pence and Treva Pence.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Irving L. Hottle; her children, Gary (Nancy) of Front Royal, Va., Ronald (Karol) of Clear Brook, Va. and Ellen (Brad) Geisert of Lynchburg, Va.; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Gloria Jeffrey, Jean Racy and Lois (Bill) Reed; and several nieces and nephews.

Family received friends at the Stover Funeral Home in Strasburg, Va. on Sunday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made at the Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, ATTN: Cemetery Fund, 1600 Ridge Road, New Market, VA 22844 or the Blue Ridge Hospice Care Center, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601.

You may sign the guest book and submit condolences to the family online at

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

Stella A. Hottle

Stella Ann Hottle, 65, of Mt. Jackson, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

She was born March 30, 1952 in New Market, daughter of the late Eugene Raymond Hassler Jr. and Anna Catherine Elizabeth Miller Hassler.

She retired Aug. 2015 from Valley Health, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock.

Mrs. Hottle was married Dec. 23, 1975 to Robert Strickler Hottle, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Pamela Hottle Mantz (Rick) and Pattie Hottle (Christopher Litten), all from Mt. Jackson; two brothers, Timmy Eugene Hassler of North Carolina and Rick Hassler of New Market; a half brother, Charles (Sonny) Fultz of Mt. Jackson; and a granddaughter, Kristen Mantz.

Funeral services were Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Mt. Jackson with the Rev. Darwin Edwards officiating.

Following the service at the funeral home, family and friends gathered at the Mt. Jackson United Methodist Church.

Burial was private in the Mt. Jackson Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Warren Hepler, Brian Hepler, Wayne Shaffer, Tommy Hassler, Rick Mantz and Chris Litten.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, 268 Landfill Road, Edinburg, VA 22824.

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Helen C. MacKenzie

Helen Frances Collins MacKenzie passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Shenandoah Terrace in New Market.

She was born June 5,1927, the youngest of four children (Laura, Ruth, and Charles) to Stanley and Grace Collins in Derby, a farming community in northern Maine.
 She had many fond stories of life growing up on a farm in depression era America.

She attended nursing school in Bangor, Maine and was a proud member of the WWII Cadet Corps of Nurses. She later worked as a maternity nurse at Portsmouth Naval Hospital until her retirement.

She was married 61 years to James MacKenzie, who preceded her in death August 2012. James and she lived in Maine, Norfolk, Windsor, and most recently Keysville, Va..

Helen is survived by three sons, Earle (Glenna) of New Market, Jeff of Burlington, NC, and James (Mary Sue) of Suffolk. Her legacy also includes five grandchildren, Heather (Mark Higgins) of Lafayette, Ca., Alex (Nikki) of Stanardsville, Va., Chad (Melanie) of Mebane, NC, Jennabeth of Carboro, NC, and Collin of Daytona Beach, Fl. She also adored her six great grandchildren, Austin, Cory, Madison, Charlotte, James, and Hudson.

A special thanks to her caregivers, Joan Litten and Dianna Earles and the entire staff of Shenandoah Terrace in New Market who provided her with such great care.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 3:30 p.m. at Otterbein Chapel UMC, 8514 South Middle Rd., Mt. Jackson, VA 22842 with the Rev. Darlene Wilkins officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Douglas Presbyterian Church, 420 Douglas Church Road, Farmville, VA 23901

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

Mark A. McHenry

Mark Alan McHenry, 52, of Strasburg, Va., died on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 at the Winchester Medical Center.

Mark was born on May 1, 1965 in Grove City Pa., the son of Mary A. Knauff McHenry of Lehigh Acres, Fl. and the late Clarence H. McHenry.

He was a truck driver and mechanic for six years for Con-Serv Industries in Sterling, Va.

He was a member of the Catholic Faith and was a United States Marine Corps Veteran.

He loved his dogs, horses, cats, and was an overall animal lover and avid Steelers and Penguins fan.

Mark married Carolyn A. Moan McHenry on March 2, 1992 in Manassas, Va.

Surviving along with his wife of 25 years are two sons, Joshua W. McHenry of Winchester, VA and David C. McHenry of Strasburg, Va.; a daughter, Natasha H. McHenry of Shanks, WV; two sisters, Joyce Allen of Muce, Fl. and Rhonda Adams of Lehigh Acres, Fl.; and one grandson, Karsyn R. McHenry.

A funeral mass was held at the St. Mary's Historic Church, 5606 Vogue Road, Fairfax Station, Va. 22039 on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 at 11 a.m. Officiating was Father Francis Peffley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Freedom Service Dogs of America, 7193 S. Dillon Ct., Englewood, CO 80112.

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Carolyn P. Mitchell

Carolyn Virginia Payne Mitchell, 74, of Front Royal, Va., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.

A funeral service was held at Front Royal Church of the Brethren on Monday, Aug. 14 at 11 a.m. conducted by Pastors Bobby and Diann Whetzel. Burial followed in Shenandoah Memorial Park in Winchester, Va.

Carolyn was born Nov. 2, 1942 in Woodstock, Va, daughter of the late Lester Floyd and Nannie Caroline Kendall Payne.

She was a member of Bible Study Fellowship and was a faithful member of Front Royal Church of the Brethren serving in numerous capacities, including Deacon.

Carolyn was the consummate caregiver, always making sure the need of others were met before her own.

She was the owner of Mitchell's Ceramics and enjoyed making crafts and spending time with her family and friends.

She was the wife of the late Carl Junior Mitchell.

Carolyn was a special mother to Carolyn Hallman; special aunt to Logan Tate; also surviving are two sisters, Haley Drummonds of Winchester and Helen Hope of Roanoke; her special companion, Charlie Morris; special friend, Chris Capozio; and a number of nieces, nephews, and their families.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert "Bobby" Kendall Payne, Harold Lester Payne, and William "Billy" Edward Payne.

Pallbearers were Logan Tate, Roy Wayne Drummonds, Lee Drummonds, Chuck Drummonds, Aaron Johnson, Cody Bolyard, Nelson Longerbeam and Nick Capozio.
 Honorary pallbearers were Deacons of the Front Royal Church of the Brethren.

The family received friends on Sunday, Aug. 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Front Royal Church of the Brethren Memorial Fund, 106 West 13th Street, Front Royal, VA 22630.

Arrangements are by Maddox Funeral Home in Front Royal.

William B. Ritenour

On Wednesday, August 9, 2017, William (Bill) Boyd Ritenour, 79, of Florence, SC went home.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Peggy Lee (Beeler) Ritenour; his daughters, Mona Lisa Ritenour of Memphis, Tn. and Susette Lee Ritenour of Centreville, Va.; and his sister Connie Ritenour Boyd of Winchester, Va.

He is now reunited with his mother, Goldie Geneva (Whitmer) Ritenour and father, Vernon Boyd Ritenour, both of Strasburg, Va.

Bill is a graduate of Strasburg High School and grew up in the Shenandoah Valley.

A Vietnam Veteran, he volunteered to serve his country in the United States Air Force, stationed at Soesterberg Air Force Base in Holland for four years and then Turner Air Force Base in Ga.

In 1967, Bill left the Air Force to focus on family life. As a master craftsman, Bill specialized in fireplaces and facades. After retiring from masonry, he worked for Maintenance and Storm Water Management with Fairfax County and retired after 21 years.

With his extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and also friends and co-workers, we will celebrate his life at Shiloh Church at 573 Clary Road, Strasburg, VA on August 19 at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall.

If you prefer to formally memorialize Bill, please consider donating to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society or the Strasburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Charles A. Vance

Charles Allen "Mickey" Vance, 76, of Middletown, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Services will be private.

Mr. Vance was born on Sept. 17, 1940 in Woodstock, VA, son of the late Charles Milton Vance and Anna Lee Baker Vance Moreland. He was raised by his aunt and uncle Leo and Flora Fish.

Mr. Vance was a U.S. Navy Veteran, having served during Vietnam.

He worked many years as a painting contractor until his retirement. He was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and worked in missions for his church.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 47 years, Joyce A. Vance; two sons, Charles R. "Mickey" Vance of Martinsburg, WV and Michael Weeks and wife Brenda of Chesapeake; five daughters, Tammy North of Woodstock, Vickey Lake and husband Gary of Front Royal, Randy White and husband Grant of Gerrardstown, WV, Julie Clowser and husband Len of Stephens City, and Tracey Crim and husband Tony of Middletown; one sister, Carolyn Miller of Bridgewater; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Mr. Vance was preceded in death by two grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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

William W. Walton

William W. "Bill" Walton 87, of Strasburg, Va. passed away Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 at Winchester Medical Center.

A funeral service for Mr. Walton was conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 at Stover Memorial Chapel with Rev. William W. Erbach, Sr. and Rev. Kathleen Haynes officiating. Burial followed in Riverview Cemetery.

Bill was born in the Mt. Olive community of Shenandoah County, Va. on Nov. 8, 1929 a son of the late Vilas Edward Walton and Margarette Stoneburner.

He was a graduate of Toms Brook High School and a member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church.

Bill was the owner of Bill's Service Center in Strasburg, which he opened in 1968. He was a life member of the Strasburg Fire Department where he served as Chief for 28 years. He was a former member of the Strasburg town council and served as a part time police officer with the Strasburg Police Department.
 He was a Boy Scout leader of Troop 5, member of the Strasburg Moose Lodge 403 and Spurmont Lodge No. 98 AF & AM of Strasburg.

He was the husband of the late Vilma Lee Smith Walton. In addition to his wife, father and mother he was preceded in death by his step-father, Carl Devers.

Survivors include his son, William Edward "Eddie" Walton and wife, Wilma of Strasburg, Va.; his grandchildren, Michelle Vest and husband, Glenn and Rebecca Costello; his great-grandchildren, Andres Gonzalez, Toliver Costello, Kaitlyn Vest, Kelsey Costello, Olivia Costello and Brady Vest.

Pallbearers were John Rhodes, Harry Miller, Jeff Wharton, Chris Ritenour, Tim-Bob Williams, and Lewis McDonald, Sr.
 Honorary pallbearers were Walton's Warriors and the members of Strasburg Fire Department Co. 51.

The family received friends at Stover Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Strasburg Fire Department, P.O. Box 168, Strasburg, VA 22657, Strasburg Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 620, Strasburg, VA 22657 or Winchester Cancer Center, 400 Campus Blvd., Winchester, VA 22601.

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Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mr. William "Bill" Walton.

Blaine W. Weaver

Blaine William Weaver, 91, of Quicksburg, Va. and formerly of Mathias, WV, died Aug. 10, 2017 at Consulate Health Care in Woodstock

He was born Feb. 14, 1926 in Hardy Co., WV to the late William and Nettie Elizabeth May Weaver.

Blaine worked in the cold storage department at Rockingham Poultry for 45 years before retiring. He was a member of Mathias Mennonite Church, which he helped start. He served on the church council, and was the church treasurer for 20 years. He was very active in helping take care of the church cemetery. He was a big fan of bluegrass music, and played the mandolin and fiddle.

On April 14, 1954 he married the former Fay Marie Whetzel, who preceded him in death April 28, 2010.

Surviving are three daughters, Kathryn Whetzel and husband Jerry of Edinburg, Linda Higgs and husband Jim of Singers Glen, Teresa Doolan and husband Tim of Quicksburg; 3 grandchildren; a number of great grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews.

Blaine was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

One son, Ronnie Weaver, two brothers, and two sisters preceded him in death.

Pastor Richard Delawder conducted a graveside service 11 a.m. Saturday at Mathias Mennonite Cemetery.

Friends may call anytime at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cat’s Cradle, P.O. Box 2128, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Frank L. Williams

Frank L. "Banky" Williams, 86, of Millsboro, De. and formerly of New Castle, De., passed away on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Born in Danville, Va. on June 28, 1931, Frank was the son of the late William and Gladys Williams.

He proudly served his country as a member of the 101st Airborne Division ("Screaming Eagles") in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

In 1957, Frank married the love of his life, Margaret Marie Mead.

He made his career as a line operator with General Motors, retiring after many years of dedicated employment and was a longtime member of UAW Local No 1183.

Many will remember "Banky" for his sense of humor, kind and supportive demeanor, and his infectious smile. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and great grandfather and will be dearly missed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Marie Williams.

Frank is survived by his daughter, Sandra Williams of Oak Orchard, DE; granddaughters, Shannon Linton and Samantha Newman, both of Ellendale, De. and Amanda Flick of Suffolk, Va.; eight great grandchildren; sister, Betty Morris of Strasburg, Va.; brother, William F. Williams of Conicville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Hospice, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Floor, Newark, DE 19711.

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