Shenandoah County - December 9, 2011

William McClanahan
William Albert McClanahan, 86, of Fort Valley, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Royal Haven in Woodstock.
The funeral was held Wednesday, December 7, 2011, at Faith Lutheran Church in Fort Valley. The Reverend Shelby DePriest officiated. Burial followed in Clem- Golladay Cemetery in Fort Valley.
Mr. McClanahan was born January 30, 1925 in Bee Tree, MD., son of the late William John and Marian Pearl Spicer McClanahan.
He was an U.S. army veteran of World War II, formerly owned and operated McClanahan Lumber Mill in Edinburg and was a farmer. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church where he served on the council and a former member of Fort Valley Ruritan Club. He was preceded in death by a son, Rev. Elmo Mantz; sister, Carole Murphy and brother, Melvin McClanahan.
He is survived by his wife, Ellanora Heishman McClanahan whom he married on October 19, 1974; son, Bill Mantz and his wife Jennifer of Fort Valley; three daughters, Caroline M. Juliano and her husband Victor of Woodstock, Carol M. Stephens and her husband Jerry of Fort Valley and Debra S. Crisman and her husband Philip Jr. of Fort Valley; daughter-in-law, Rev. Shelvie Mantz of Fort Valley; sister, Shirley Clement of Monkton, Md.; 37 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, seven step grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Tommy McClanahan, Trent Stephens, Barry Ritenour, Philip Crisman III, Cathy Mantz and Tracey Asbridge.
Honorary pallbearers were Philip Crisman Jr., Victor Juliano, Jerry Stephens, Christopher Stephens, Rocky Ritenour, Cecil Heishman, Charles Heishman, Phil Heishman, Michael Lang, Eugene Bulatko, Ford Mantz, and Bill Mantz.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Lutheran Church, 4260 Fort Valley Road, Fort Valley, Va. 22652; or Fort Valley Substation of Woodstock Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 221, Woodstock, Va. 22664.

Elizabeth M. Gill
Elizabeth M. Paschek Gill, of Woodstock, formerly of Sanford, Fla., and Vienna, Va., passed away after a brief illness on Friday, December 2, 2011. She was 86.
A funeral was held Monday at Valley Funeral Service with Reverend Steven McMillion officiating. Burial was at National Memorial Park, Falls Church.
Betty was preceded in death by parents, Carl J. and Margaret B. (Dwyer) Paschek; and her dear husband of 55 years, John H. Gill.
She is survived by her two children, Margaret (Margie) (Lonnie) McDonald and John D. (Edith) Gill; four grandsons, Larry, Colin (Glenda) McDonald, Carl (Sherry) and David (Sindi) Gill; and five great-grandchildren, Isabel McDonald, John H., Marie Elizabeth, Mason and Mikayla Gill. She is also survived by her brother, Carl E. Paschek and many nieces and nephews.
Betty was known for her lovely ceramics and beautiful needlework. She had been a volunteer at the Food Pantry and a member of the Senior bowling league in the past. She was a very sweet lady and will be greatly missed by all who knew or met her.
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Jacqulyn S. Carter
Jacqulyn Sue “J.C.” Homer Carter, 48, of Frederick County, Virginia, died Saturday, December 3, 2011, in Winchester Medical Center.
Mrs. Carter was born in 1963, in Winchester, Virginia, the daughter of Ruby Homer and the late William Nelson Homer.
She was an Insurance Representative with Valley Health Systems in Winchester. Mrs. Carter was a member of Kernstown United Methodist Church, Kernstown, Virginia.
On May 25, 1981 Sue was united in marriage with Greg Barbour.
Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are two daughters, Jacquelyn Elizabeth Baker and her husband, James, of Winchester, Charity Rose Barbour of Temple Hills, Maryland; grandson, James Lucas Baker; many nieces and nephews including a very special J.W. And Jonathon Homer who were like children to her; two sisters, Pamela Lipscomb and husband, Mark, of Winchester, Gwen Michelle “Missy” Miller and husband, Roger, of Strasburg, Virginia; two brothers, Richard Homer and wife, Brenda, of Winchester, and Ronald Homer and wife, Dena, of Strasburg, Virginia; mother-in-law, Martha Barbour; brother- and sister-in-laws, Katherine Barbour of Charlottesville, Virginia, Patricia Barbour, Carolyn Barbour and Debbie Barbour, all of Crozet; Alfred Barbour and his wife, Leslie, of Waynesboro, Virginia, Kenneth Barbour and his wife, Jackie of Waynesboro, Virginia, Theodore Barbour and his wife, Connie of Charlottesville, Virginia, Frankie Barbour and his wife, Michelle of Ruckersville, Virginia, Christopher Barbour and his wife, Nancy of Earlysville, Cornell Barbour and his friend, Melinda of Charlottesville, Virginia and Garnet Barbour and his wife, Tracey of Charlottesville, Virginia.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Friday at Kernstown United Methodist Church with the Reverend Clay Knick officiating. Interment will be in Shenandoah Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2654 Valley Avenue, Suite B, Winchester, Virginia 22601.
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Leon P. Gochenour
Leon P. Gochenour, 74, of Richmond, passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Lexington Court Nursing Home in Richmond.
He was born Oct. 27, 1937, in New Market, Va., and was the son of the late Joseph Cletus and Linda Day Gochenour.
Leon had served in the U.S. Navy and was a retired self-employed carpenter.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Gathright Gochenour of Richmond; three children, Kemi Emmert of Mount Jackson, Juanita Ritchie of Broadway, and William Dale Gochenour of York, Pa.; two sisters, Polly Simmons of New Market, and Patsy Whitmire of Timberville; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; four nieces and two nephews.
Leon was cremated and a private service will take place at a later date at the Cedar Grove Cemetery, north of New Market. This obituary was furnished as a courtesy of Theis Funeral Chapel in New Market.

Edgar Shrum Jr.
Edgar Franklin Shrum, Jr., 69, of Edinburg, widower of Doris Goldine Tisinger Shrum, died Sunday, December 4, 2011.
A funeral service was held on Thursday, December 8, 2011, at the Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock, by the Rev. David Roe. Burial followed at the Conicville United Church of Christ Cemetery.
Mr. Shrum was born June 29, 1942 at Woodstock, Virginia. He was the son of the late Edgar F. Shrum, Sr. and Annie A. Funkhouser Shrum.
He was a member of the Maurertown Brethren Church and retired as a deputy sheriff for Shenandoah County.
Mr. Shrum is survived by a son, Keith A. Shrum of Maurertown; a daughter, Kimberly Shrum-Cooper of Woodstock; four grandchildren, Carrie Shrum, Keith Shrum, Jr., Fallon and Travis Cooper; a great-grandson, Bryan Shrum; two brothers, Steven and David Shrum; three sisters, Joan Robinson, Gail Guinn, and Debra Shrum; and by his companion, Sharon Thomas.
The family request that memorial contributions be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Winchester, Va. 22601; or the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, 3962 S. Delaware Street, Englewood, Colo. 80110.
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Gerald P. Bradley
Gerald Page Bradley, 66, of Luray, died on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.
He was born on Oct. 26, 1945, in Luray and was a son of the late Robert Clyde and Leoma Irene Hoak Bradley.
On April 13, 1966, he married the former Bonnie Lou Painter, who survives.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Karen Y. Weakley of Stanley, and Bobby Seekford of Luray; five brothers, James Leroy Hoak and Bobby Carlton Bradley, both of Florida, Douglas Clyde Bradley of New Market, and Cletus Melvin Bradley and Larry Steve Bradley, both of Luray; two sisters, Judith Arlene Good and Sandra Kay Painter, both of Stanley; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service was conducted on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Lighthouse Gospel Church by Evangelist Earl E. Painter and Garland “Bubba” Gochenour.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stanley Volunteer Rescue Squad, Stanley, Va. 22851.

Diane L. Foster
Diane Lynn McInturff Foster, 55, of Front Royal, passed away November 30, 2011 at her home.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at Maddox Funeral Home with Sammy Campbell officiating. Burial followed at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Ms. Foster was born November 21, 1956, in Front Royal, daughter of the late Massie Henry and Betty Smeltzer McInturff.
She loved and cherished her daughter and the friendship they shared. Ava, her granddaughter was her pride and joy.
She worked at Lear Corporation in Strasburg, Va., for more than 20 years. Besides spending her time with her family and friends she enjoyed cooking and baking not just for herself but for everyone else.
Ms. Foster is survived by her daughter, Samantha Foster; and her granddaughter, Ava Thomas, both of Front Royal.

Royston L. Shiley
Royston Lee Shiley, 80, of Edinburg, widower of Jean Rinker Shiley, died Monday, December 5, 2011.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 9, 2011, 11 a.m. at the Edinburg United Methodist Church by the Rev. Steve McMillion. Burial will follow at Cedarwood Cemetery.
Mr. Shiley was born September 1, 1931 at Relief, Virginia, the son of the late James Samuel and Attie Newcombe Shiley.
He served his country in the United States Army in the Korean Conflict. He worked as a salesman for the Irvin’s Candy Company. He was a member of the Edinburg United Methodist Church.
Mr. Shiley is survived by two daughters, Judy Thorpe of Woodstock, her companion, John Bauserman of Maurertown and Vickie Jean Shiley of Edinburg; a sister, Frances Eagle of Brunswick, Maryland; a granddaughter, Nicole Braithwaite and her husband Clint of Gore; and a great-granddaughter, Sydney Jean Braithwaite.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Edinburg United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 310, Edinburg, Va. 22824.
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David McElmurray

David Wayne McElmurray, 55, of New Market, passed away on Nov. 11, 2011, after a long illness.

He was born on Dec. 21, 1955, in Augusta, Ga., and moved to Harrisonburg, Va., with his family in 1961.

David was the beloved son of his mother, Eddie D. Wessel of Harrisonburg, and Edward W. McElmurray of Roanoke, Va. David was a longtime resident of Harrisonburg and attended Harrisonburg City schools and graduated from Turner Ashby High School. He owned and operated Rising Star Wall Covering and Paint Company and was known for his skills and artistry. He enjoyed carpentry, art and camping in the Rawley Springs area. He enjoyed being a motivation speaker at The Club in Harrisonburg, Va.

David is survived by his wife, Donna, and daughters, Rebecca Haas and husband, Shawn, of Chattanooga, Tenn., Brooke Lohr of New Market, Va., and Danielle of Lawrenceville, Ga. He is survived by one brother, Rusty McElmurray and wife, Mara, of Alexandria, Va.; three sisters, Angela Speschock and husband, Ed, Cheryl Robinson and husband, Dave, Alice Danzer and husband, Scott. He is also survived by three nieces, Samantha McElmurray, Emily Whitmore, Kara Whitmore; three nephews, Kyle Speschock, Paul Speschock and Brandon Danzer. He was predeceased by his niece, Brittany Danzer.

David will be sadly missed by his family and many friends.

Maxine M. Hosaflook
Maxine M. Hosaflook, 78, of Edinburg, died Tuesday at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Valley Funeral Service.

John M. Ebersole
John M. Ebersole, 78, of Winchester, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2011, at Hilltop House in Winchester.
Memorial services will be private.
Mr. Ebersole was born February 19, 1933, in Harrisburg, Pa., son of the late Alvin S. and Alice L. Hallman Ebersole.
He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War and retired from IBM after 25 years.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Jean Ebersole.
He is survived by his daughter, Kelly L. Smith and her husband Larry of Ranson, W.Va.; two sons, John Scott Ebersole Sr. of West Virginia, and Robin W. Ebersole and his wife De of Maurertown, Va.; sister, Sylvia Marie Zorek of Harrisburg, Pa.; six grandchildren, Nicole Smith Anders, John L. Smith, Heather L. Strosnider, Erin Ebersole, John Scott Ebersole Jr. and Ashley Ebersole; eight great-grandchildren, Alexis, Caitlin and Brigette Anders, Olivia and Bryce Strosnider, Anna Grace Bible and Sierra and Violet Smith; three nieces and one nephew, Michelle, Michael, Melanie and Mindy; and special friend, Betty Sacra of Winchester.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Winchester, Va. 22601.
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Darren M. Sutton
Darren Michael Sutton, 46, of Strasburg, Virginia, died Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at his residence.
Born November 27, 1965 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Barbara (Mayberry) Sutton of Strasburg and the late Frank Russell Sutton.
Mr. Sutton delivered newspapers for the Martinsburg Journal and Northern Virginia Daily.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Janet (French) Sutton of Strasburg; two stepsons, Robert Grant Ritenour and wife Erin of Martinsburg, and Aaron Wayne Ritenour and wife Debbie of Strasburg; four grandchildren; and aunt, Deborah Guffre of Linden, Virginia.
In addition to father, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Eric, who died in infancy.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, December 10, 2011, at Brown Funeral Home’s South Berkeley Chapel in Inwood with Pastor Tony Bates officiating. Interment will be held at Gerrardstown Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:30 p.m., Saturday, prior to the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
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