Edna L. Bateman
Edna Lucy Bateman, 96, of Harrisonburg, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Community.
Mrs. Bateman was born Dec. 1, 1906, in McGaheysville, and was the daughter of the late Charles Milton and Selina Pickering Life.
She was a lifelong resident of Rockingham County and was a housekeeper at Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Community for 32 years. She was a member of Mount Olivet Christian Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years.
On June 23, 1934, she married Dewey Franklin Bateman, who preceded her in death Jan. 3, 1970.
She is survived by two daughters, Fay B. Myers of Keezletown, and Joan M. Mitts of Harrisonburg; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The Revs. Wayne Wright and Paul O’Gorek will conduct the funeral 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Olivet Christian Church in Elkton. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens near Harrisonburg.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 this evening at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sunnyside Retirement Communities, 600 University Blvd., Suite L, Harrisonburg, Va. 22801 or Mount Olivet Christian Church, 38 Mount Olivet Church Road, Elkton, Va. 22827.
Galen D. Showalter
Galen David Showalter, 96, of Harrisonburg, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, at Oak Lea Nursing Home in Harrisonburg.
Mr. Showalter was born May 11, 1907, in Rockingham County, and was a son of the late R. Swope and Verdie Miller Showalter.
He lived in Rockingham County his entire life and graduated from Mount Clinton High School in 1927. He was a dairy farmer and a member of the Virginia Milk Producers Association. He was a member of the West Rockingham Ruritan Club for 56 years and was active in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society.
Mr. Showalter was a writer and historian of Rockingham County and did genealogy research. He grew up attending the Harrisonburg Church of the Brethren and was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church.
His wife, Emma Steele Showalter, preceded him in death March 16, 1993. They were married Oct. 24, 1936.
He is survived by a son, Mac D. Showalter of Harrisonburg; two daughters, Betty Redmond and Phyllis Showalter, both of Harrisonburg; a brother, Joseph Showalter of Port Republic, Md.; a sister, Marie Showalter of Bridgewater; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Don Fridinger and Linda Conrad will conduct a memorial service at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, where the family will receive friends before and after the service. Burial will be 11 a.m. at Weavers Mennonite Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, 115 Bowman Road, Dayton, Va. 22821.
Ronald D. Jantzen
Ronald D. Jantzen, 67, of Harrisonburg, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral arrangements were pending Monday night at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.
Clara M. Bowman
Mrs. Clara Mae Landis Bowman, 95, a resident of Oak Lea Nursing Home for the past two and a half years, and formerly of Pear Street in Harrisonburg, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2003.
A daughter of the late William A. and Lydia Catherine Branner Landis, she was born on May 11, 1908, in Dayton, Va., and lived all of her life in the Harrisonburg and Dayton communities. She graduated from Dayton High School and retired as cafeteria manager at Turner Ashby High School in 1984.
She was one of the oldest living members of Dayton Church of the Brethren.
In 1926, she married Ervin Clifford Bowman, who preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 1952. She was also preceded in death by a son, William Joseph Bowman, in 1994.
Surviving are two daughters, Betty B. Rogers of Harrisonburg and Karen A. Snyder of Chambersburg, Pa.; seven grandchildren, including Judi Johnson, who was her caregiver; six great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at 1 p.m. at Dayton Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Wyrick and interim pastor Joel Ballew officiating. Private burial will be at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Bridgewater. The casket will be closed.
Members of the family will receive friends following the celebration of life service at the church.
Contributions may be made to the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Afton Wing, or to the Dayton Church of the Brethren, in her memory.
Arrangements are by Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.
Lois J. Gray
Lois Jean Gray, 62, of Shenandoah, died at her home on Oct. 13, 2003.
She was born on April 21, 1941, in Page County, and was the daughter of the late David N. and Lily Shomo Lucas.
She was employed by the Genie Company in Shenandoah for 42 years and attended the Shenandoah Assembly of God.
She is survived by a daughter, Joyce Painter and her husband, Eric, of Shenandoah; seven sisters, Pearl Comer, Lottie Secrist, MaryAnn May, Ramona May, all of Shenandoah, Dorothy Smith of Elkton, Faye Breeden and Alberta Morris, both of Ruckersville; two brothers, Leonard Lucas of Stanley and Roy Lucas of Shenandoah; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, James W. Hall and Richard Lee Gray; two sisters, Juanita Lowery and Rowena Dennis.
Friends may call at the Shenandoah Assembly of God Church today after 11 a.m. and the family will receive friends at the church from 7 to 9 this evening.
Funeral services will be held at the Shenandoah Assembly of God Church on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Carter Dean officiating. Burial will follow at the Rest Haven Cemetery in Shenandoah.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, Va. 22849, Shenandoah Fire Dept., 201 Pennsylvania Ave., Shenandoah, Va. 22849, RMH Hospice, 235 Cantrell Ave., Harrisonburg, Va. 22801 or the American Cancer Society, 1920-H Medical Ave., Harrisonburg, Va. 22801.
Kyger Funeral Home in Shenandoah is handling arrangements.
Derwood C. Secrist Sr.
Derwood "Derby" Clinton Secrist Sr., 77, of Shenandoah, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
Mr. Secrist was born March 24, 1926, in Page County, and was the son of the late William Earl and Nina Davis Secrist.
He retired from Norfolk and Southern Railroad in August 1989 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
On Aug. 24, 1952, he married Lottie L. Lucas, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Derwood C. "Derby" Secrist Jr. and Kenneth W. Secrist, both of Shenandoah; two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
The Rev. Ralph Green will conduct the funeral 2 p.m. Thursday at the Kyger Funeral Home in Shenandoah. Burial will follow at Mount Lebanon Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Friends may call at the home of his son, Derby, 301 North Third St., Shenandoah, at other times.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shenandoah Rescue Squad, 544 Fourth St., Shenandoah, Va. 22849 or the Shenandoah Fire Department, 201 Pennsylvania Ave., Shenandoah, Va. 22849.
Clark A. Showalter
Clark A. Showalter, 94, of 54 Augusta Farms Road, Waynesboro, went home to His "heavenly mansion" early Saturday morning (Oct. 11, 2003) at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
He was born March 10, 1909, in Augusta County to the late Amos and Lillie (Suter) Showalter. Mr. Showalter spent his life in various occupations – a dairy and a chicken farmer, a well driller, a sawmill operator, a mechanic, a skilled carpenter and an honorary member of Home I.V. Care and Nutritional Services. Mr. Showalter was the oldest charter member of the Greenmonte Mennonite Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Viola, as well as three sisters and three brothers.
He is survived by one sister, Mary Showalter; one brother, Truman Showalter; two daughters and their spouses, Margaret and Tommy Johnson of Williamsburg, and Lillie and Dan Custer of Greenville, N.C.; five sons and their spouses, Ethan and Barbara Showalter, Daniel and Loretta Showalter, all of Waynesboro; Henry and Twila Showalter, Paul and Betty Showalter, all of Harrisonburg, and John and Luberta Showalter of Staunton. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
A service will be conducted at Springdale Mennonite Church, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003, at 11 a.m. by the Revs. Earl Monroe, Richard Showalter, and Paul T. Yoder, with burial following in the church cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be grandchildren, Steven Showalter, Rodney Showalter, Danny Showalter, Ronald Showalter, Jill Fries, Myron Johnson, Robert Allen Showalter and Carrie Marcellis. Honorary pallbearers will be the remaining grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Stuarts Draft Chapel of Reynolds Funeral Service, 1870 Stuarts Draft Highway, Stuarts Draft, Va.
Memorial donations may be made to the Greenmonte Mennonite Church Building Fund, c/o Ruth Martin, Tres., 245 Mount Vernon Road, Waynesboro, Va. 22980.
This obituary may be viewed on line at www.reynoldsfuneralservices.com
Jerry L. Madison
Jerry Lobell Madison, 62, of 34 Warren Circle, Fishersville, Va., died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, at the University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville.
He was born March 16, 1941, in Charlottesville, son of Bruce Madison and Ruth Coyner Madison.
Mr. Madison was a retired plasterer and drywall contractor for 43 years. He was an avid fisherman, sports enthusiast, and wonderful family man. He also loved to cook.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Hoy Madison; one son, Scottie Madison and wife, Sandi, of Fishersville; two daughters, Kim Kincaid and friend, G.P. Fisher III of Staunton, Robyn Marshall and husband, Carl, of Fishersville; one sister, Emily Harlow and husband, Jim, of Staunton; three brothers, Joe Madison and wife, Brenda, of Dale City, Gene Madison and wife, Shirley, of Crimora, Tommy Madison and wife, Carlotta, of Texas; four grandchildren, Brandy and Lindsay Fitzgerald, Travis Kincaid, and Ashley Marshall; two great-grandchildren, Taylor Rodgers and Collin Fitzgerald; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Fishersville Baptist Church by the Rev. John Hamric. Interment will follow in Tinkling Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Fishersville.
Active pallbearers will be Mike Harlow, Bo Madison, Jamey Wood, Todd Wood, Justin Hoy, Ben Cash, and Josh Cash.
Honorary pallbearers will be "Buck" Brown, Ronnie Jacobs, Herbie Davis, Troy Coleman, Doug Kershner, Rodney Kershner, Dave Landis, Gary Shover, Keith Shover, Timmy Shover, Riley Shiflet, Billy Shiflet, Jared West, Tim Wade, Bobby Hoy, and all his other friends.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at McDow Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolence Fund of Fishersville Baptist Church, 1518 Jefferson Highway, Fishersville, Va. 22939.
McDow Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Robert E. Brown
Robert E. Brown, 63, of McGaheysville, formerly of Fairhaven and Westport, Mass., died unexpectedly at Rockingham Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003. He was the husband of Pamela Greenhalgh Brown.
Born in Broadway on Nov. 30, 1939, Mr. Brown was the son of the late John H. and Irene Aylor Brown. A graduate of Montevideo High School, he grew up in McGaheysville. He served in the Army in Korea, later being assigned to duty in Massachusetts. After his discharge from the service, he worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance in both Elkton, Va., and New Bedford, Mass., before joining the advertising sales staff of the New Bedford Standard Times in 1965, where he worked until his retirement in 1998. He served as the retail advertising manager at the Fall River Herald News in Fall River, Mass., for several months after that.
Mr. Brown was an avid target shooter and hunter. He served as president of the Fin, Fur and Feather Club in Mattapoisett, Mass., in 1982 and is a lifelong member of that club. In the late sixties and seventies, he shot trap competitively and won several titles. He took pleasure in yearly hunting trips with his brother and friends in Highland County.
In addition, Mr. Brown enjoyed collecting antique cars, woodworking and painting. He made several pieces of furniture for his homes in Fairhaven and Westport, and painted an original oil still life for his in-laws, Madelyn and Carlton Greenhalgh, for their 50th anniversary.
He married Pamela Greenhalgh on March 17, 1990, and in October 2000, they returned to McGaheysville. They enjoyed cooking, gardening, traveling together, and spending time with family and friends. Mr. Brown especially treasured the time he was able to spend with his granddaughters.
He was previously married to Aurora Cardoza Ritchie of Harrisonburg and the late Carol Rose.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Robert E. Brown Jr. of Fairhaven, Mass.; his daughter, Lisa Hess and husband, Mark; and his beloved granddaughters Lindsay Aylor Hess and Madisyn Keller Hess, all of McGaheysville; his brother and sister-in-law, John and Patricia Brown of McGaheysville; his aunt and uncle, Linda and John Myers of Madison, Va.; his aunt and uncle, Aurora and Albert Gaspar of New Bedford, Mass.; his nieces, Sherrie Houser and Pamela Saufly, both of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kimberly Rosson of Penn Laird; his nephews, Terry Good of Dayton, Billy Good of Hinton and Kevin Good of McGaheysville; several grandnieces, a grandnephew and a great-grandnephew; and numerous cousins.
A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, 2003, at Mount Sinai United Methodist Church, 1723 Port Republic Road in Harrisonburg by the Rev. David Lagerveld. Burial will follow in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in McGaheysville, where Bob served as a trustee on the cemetery board.
The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 7 to 9 at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton or friends may call anytime at the homes of his wife, Pamela, or his daughter, Lisa.
Lottie L. Shifflett
Lottie Long Shifflett, 92, of Elkton, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral arrangements were pending Wednesday night at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton.
Gladys M. Buracker
Gladys Marie Buracker, 80, of 1986 Highway 211 East, Luray, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003, at Page Memorial Hospital in Luray.
Mrs. Buracker was born Dec. 8, 1922, in Monessen, Pa., and was the daughter of the late Charles Amos Price and Lelia Knott Price.
She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Carmel Regular Baptist Church and the Page Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.
Her husband of 65 years, Ralph Cleveland Buracker Sr., preceded her in death June 27, 1999.
She is survived by two sons, Ralph Cleveland Buracker Jr. of Front Royal, and Ronald Bruce Buracker of Luray; three daughters Nancy Carole Bailey of Oxon Hill, Md., and Brenda Kaye Weakley and Karen Faith Cubbage, both of Stanley; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Pastor Buddy L. Caviness will conduct the funeral 2 p.m. Friday at the Bradley Funeral Home in Luray. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Luray.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.