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PAGE NEWS & COURIER OBITUARIES (TRANSCRIPTIONS) 1950-1959, Part 1                                                                                                                          
Page News & Courier, Thursday 16 Apr 1959***
SHENANDOAH NEWS
MRS. HETTIE F. KEIM
            Mrs. Hettie Florence Lucas Keim, 85, widow of Adam William Keim, died Thursday morning at 5:30 at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital from a coronary attack one hour after being admitted...
            A daughter of the late James Adam and Susan Frances Gentry Lucas, she was born October 17, 1873, in Shenandoah and had spent her entire life here with the exception of the past fourteen years, which was spent in nursing homes in Harrisonburg.
            She was a charter member of the Shenandoah Evangelical United Brethren Church and of the Louderback Bible Class...
            She is survived by two daughters, Miss Lorraine Keim of Shenandoah, and Miss Frances Keim, of Hampton, Va.; two sisters, Mrs. Carrie V. Myrtle and Mrs. Mattie Lucas Entler, of Hagerstown, Md., and one brother, Harry E. Lucas, of Hagerstown. She was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.
            Funeral services were conducted from the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon with the Rev. C.F. Hickle, the Rev. Carl Howard and the Rev. P.W. Fisher officiating... Interment took place in the E.U.B. Cemetery...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 9 Nov 1950
Aged Stanley Citizen Dies (MRS. IDA FLORENCE KEYSER)
            Miss Ida Florence Keyser, 82, one of Stanley’s oldest and best-loved citizens, passed away at the home of her niece, Mrs. Bessie Huffman, at 5:10 p.m. Sunday, November 5th.
            She was born on February 9, 1868, the daughter of the late Andrew J. and Eliza Glenn Keyser.
            The deceased had been a faithful member of the Graves Chapel Methodist Church near Stanley, for many years.
            She is survived by two nieces, Mrs. Bessie Huffman, of Stanley, and Mrs. Clayton Fox, of Kimball. She was the last remaining member of a large family in the Stanley community.
            Rev. Josiah Andrew conducted the funeral services from Graves’ Chapel on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Interment was in the church cemetery.                                                   
Page News & Courier, Thursday 22 Jan 1959***
THOMAS KEYSER Dies In Md.
            Thomas R. Keyser, 74, of Cumberland, Md., a former resident of Page County died suddenly Friday, January 9th at the Sacred Hear Hospital in Cumberland, Md...
            Mr. Keyser was born at Ingham, Page County, on February 19, 1884, and was a son of the late William H. and Sarah F. Lucas Keyser. He was a former brakeman for the B. & O. Railroad and was also a member of Local 440, Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen.
            He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Rena Keyser, two sons, four daughters and one stepson. One sister, Mrs. Lula Miller, also survives him.
            Funeral services were held on Monday, January 12th, at 3 o'clock at Scarpell Funeral Home in Cumberland with the Rev. Jacob H. Snyder, pastor of Kingsley Methodist Church, in charge. Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Methodist Cemetery in Cumberland.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 23 Nov 1950
WILLIAM H. KEYSER Dies at Hospital
            William Henry Keyser, 88, passed away at the Page Memorial Hospital on Thursday, November 16th, at 7:30 p.m., after having been a patient there for approximately four months.
            … on January 24th celebrated his sixty-second wedding anniversary with his wife, the former Miss Emma Rebecca Rothgeb, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. S.W. Rothgeb, whom he married in 1888.
            He was the son of the late James Harvey Keyser and Mary Kite Keyser, and was born on February 7, 1862, near Honeyville in Page County. During his early manhood he joined the Leaksville Congregational Christian Church of which he was a devout member during his entire lifetime.
            The deceased moved to the Leaksville community in 1902, where he became a successful farmer. He had previously lived about 20 years in Nemaha County, Nebraska.
            Surviving him besides his wife are two daughters: Miss Lottie May Keyser, at home and Mrs. Luther (Thersa Garland) Earman, who lives at home. One brother, James Perry Keyser, of Perry, Okla., also survives. One sister, Mrs. James (Kate) Kibler, and two brothers, Berryman Keyser and C.T. Keyser, preceded him in death.
            Rev. R.E. Newton conducted the funeral services from the Leaksville Congregational Christian Church on Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. Interment took place in the church cemetery.                                                                                                                       
Page News & Courier, Thursday 26 Feb 1953***
HUBERT LESLIE KIBLER                                              *** PICTURE WITH OBITUARY
            One of the few remaining artisans of the blacksmith trade, Hubert Leslie Kibler, 81, of Stanley, died at his home on Saturday, Feb. 21...
            ... his blacksmith shop, a county landmark for sixty years, was the gathering place for residents of Stanley, as well as others who constantly frequented his shop...
            Mr. Kibler became a member of Triple Link Lodge No. 53, Independent Order of Odd Fellows on June 29, 1895, and continued a faithful member of the organization until his death. He was a past Noble Grand and held many other offices in the Order.
            Born in Stanley, Va., on Oct. 4th, 1871, he was a son of William T. Kibler and Mary S. Racer Kibler.
            On October 11, 1893, he was united in marriage with Miss Mattie S. Good, who survives with the following children Mrs. Helen Burns of Brunswick, Md., Mrs. Edna Paxton of Stanley, and Carl M. Kibler of Baltimore, Md.One daughter, Mrs. Esther Carroll, is deceased. Mr. Kibler is also survived by six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one brother, A.V. Kibler and one sister, Mrs. Ollie Kaylor of New York City, N.Y. Two sisters are deceased.
            Last rites took place at the Graves Chapel Church on Monday, Feb. 23 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. E.W. Rawling in charge of the service. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 19 Jan 1956
MRS. H.L. KIBLER Dies
            Mrs. Mattie Susan Kibler, 81, widow of Hubert L. Kibler, of Stanley, passed away at 5 a.m., Thursday, January 12th at the Hilbrande Convalescent Home at Harrisonburg after being a patient there since June of 1955…
            A daughter of the late George Good and Martha A. Offenbacker Good, she was born….?… on March 31, 1874 and spent her entire life in the community… For many years she was a correspondant for the Page News and Courier… She was a devout member of the Stanley Methodist Church.
            She was married to Hubert L. Kibler, well-known Stanley blacksmith, who preceded her in death on February 21, 1953.
            Surviving are two children, Mrs. Harry (Helen) Burns, of Brunswick, Md., and Carl M. Kibler, of Baltimore, Md. Also surviving are six grandchildren.
            The Rev. Robert K. Nevitt, pastor of the Stanley Baptist Church, conducted the last rites at the Graves Chapel Methodist Church Saturday morning at eleven o’clock. Interment was in the church cemetery.                                                                             
Page News & Courier, Thursday 10 Aug 1950
EDWARD LEE KIBLINGER Dies
            Edward Lee Kiblinger, 88, of the Marksville section near Stanley, died at 6:00 a.m., on Sunday, August 6th, at his home.
            Mr. Kiblinger was born on January 14, 1862, at Mauck, Va., the son of the late Joseph Daniel Kiblinger and Annie Louderback Kiblinger. He followed the occupation of farmer during his life and served as a road overseer for 25 years.
            He was a member of the Hawksbill Baptist Church in which he served as deacon for 20 years.
            In 1892, he married the former Mattie A. Bailey, who preceded him in death about seventeen years ago.
            Surviving are two sons, Frank Kiblinger, of Stanley, and Harry Kiblinger, of Shenandoah, and one brother, David Kiblinger, of Stanley.
            Elder A.F. Sudduth conducted the funeral services Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. from the Hawksbill Old School Baptist Church. Burial took place in the Kiblinger cemetery.           
Page News & Courier, Thursday 15 Aug 1957
JOHN L. KITE
            John Lewis Kite, 64, died suddenly Wednesday, August 7, near his home from a heart attack. Mr. Kite had walked out on his farm about two o’clock and when he did not return, his family became alarmed and searchers found his body about 6 p.m. His physician said he had been dead about four hours.
            Mr. Kite was retired from the Norfolk and Western Rairroad Shops in Shenandoah about two years ago…
            A son of the late Robert and Maggie Louderback Kite, he was born March 31, 1893, in the Crooked Run community, near Shenandoah, and had spent his entire life there. He was a faithful and loyal member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church.
            He was twice married, his first wife, Mrs. Nellie Comer Kite, preceding him in death on January 11, 1954.
            He is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Bertha Dareenpart Kite, seven daughters, Mrs. Marvin (Thelma) Bailey, of Waynesboro, Va., Mrs. Earl (Velma) Merica, of Elkton, Va., Mrs. Bob (Myrtle) Powell, of Shenandoah, Mrs. Gordon (Artie Mae) Burkholder, of Falls Church, Va., Mrs. Frankie (Mary) Spitzer, of Richmond, Va., and Misses Dorothy and Naomi Kite at home; seven sons, George, Carl Lee, Bobby and Frank, of Richmond, Va., Charles R. Kite, of Shenandoah, and James and Ray, at home, and 31 grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. William (Polly) Comer, of Shenandoah, and a half brother, Sylvester Kite, of near Shenandoah.
            Funeral services were conducted from the Chapel of the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home at two o’clock Friday afternoon with Rev. John W. Henderson and Rev. Laurence Rogers officiating…. Burial took place in the Grove Hill EUB Church Cemetery.               
Page News & Courier, Thursday 24 Jan 1957
PERRY D. KITE
            Perry Decatur Kite, 62, prominent Page County farmer, died suddenly at his home at Grove Hill Saturday morning. He had been in ill health for several years, but his death came as a great shock to his family and friends. He had been doing his usual work on Saturday morning before he was stricken.
            He was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Grove Hill and had been on the church council for 31 years.
            Born February 27, 1894, he was the son of Mrs. Laura Kite Lucas and the late William Henry Kite, of Grove Hill. He was born at Grove Hill and had spent his entire life in that community.
            He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Alpha Pearl Kite, a son, Bertram Kite, of Grove Hill, and a daughter, Mrs. Herman (Rozelle) Hott, of Grove Hill, eight grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Celdon (Eula) Kite, of Elkton, and two brothers, Mervie Kite, of Grove Hill, and Virgil Kite, of Shenandoah.
            The body was removed from the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 1 p.m., Monday to lie in state until 2 o’clock when funeral services were conducted by his pastor, the Rev. A. Hayne Boozer… Burial took place in the church cemetery.                                                                                                             
Page News & Courier, Thursday 2 Dec 1954
JOHN WM KNIGHT
            John William Knight, 86, the oldest resident of the Piney Woods section near Stanley, passed away at 9 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 28th, at his home after an illness of three weeks…
            A son of the late Jacob Knight and Mary Ann Good Knight, he was born on April 15, 1868, at Stanley and spent his entire life in the Stanley section…
            He was united in marriage with Miss Lucy Blosser in April, 1905. To this union eleven children were born, ten of whom survive: James Knight, Mrs. Minnie Hilliards, Jack Knight, Mrs. Freida Foltz, Jacob Knight and Robert Knight, all of Stanley, Miss Bertha Knight, of West Virginia, John Wm. Knight, Mrs. Agnes Taylor and Mrs. Louise Fristoe, all of Luray. One son is deceased. Also surviving are 43 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren as well as one brother, Isaac Knight, and one sister, Mrs. Lucy Price, both of Stanley.
            …
            Last rites were held yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Stanley Seventh-Day Adventist Church with the Rev. John Aleshire in charge. Burial was in the church cemetery.                                                                                                                            
Page News & Courier, Thursday 14 Mar 1957
MRS. SARAH A. LAING
            Mrs. Sarah Alice Laing, 75, of Overall, died at her home at 11:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 11th, after being in failing health for eight months…
            Mrs. Laing, a daughter of the late Martin V. Alger and Barbara E. Stoneberger Alger, was born at Compton, Va., on January 12, 1882. She was a member of the Compton Methodist Church.
            In 1899 she was married to John Newton Laing, who preceded her in death on October 10, 1954.
            One daughter, Mrs. Emma Foster, of Overall, and one grandson survive as do four brothers, Bubert Alger, of Charlestown, W.Va., Isaac Alger, of Rileyville, George Alger, of Bentonville, and Edward Alger, of Rileyville. One daughter, two brothers and one sister are deceased.
            The Rev. Joseph E. Whitacre and Rev. Howard Smith will have charge of the funeral service today (Thursday) at 2:30 p.m., at the Compton Church. Burial will be in the Alger family cemetery.                                                                                                       
Page News & Courier, Thursday 28 Dec 1950
MRS. LAWSON Dies in Ohio
            Mrs. Ollie Henkle Lawson, of Springfield, Ohio, formerly of Luray, died at the home of her brother, Hobart Henkle, in Springfield on Sunday, December 24.
            Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 28, at 2:00 p.m., at the Leaksville Congregational-Christian Church, with burial in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Lawson was a daughter of the late John and Julia Henkle, of Leaksville, and is survived by three brothers: Paul Henkle, of Washington, D.C., Claude Henkle, of Maryland, and Hobart Henkle, of Springfield, Ohio, and one sister, Mrs. Effie Platt, of Washington, D.C.                                                                                                                       
Page News & Courier, Thursday 13 Nov 1952
Death of MRS. BESSIE LILLY      (SHENANDOAH SECTION)
            Mrs. Bessie Elizabeth Lilly, 79, widow of the late Albert Lilly, died at her home on Seventh Street at 11:30 a.m., Saturday following an illness of several years.
            Mrs. Lilly was born March 1, 1873, a daughter of the late Robert V. and Mary Cave Orye, of near Shenandoah. In 1898 she was married to Albert Lilly of McGaheysville, who preceded her in death in 1945. Mr. and Mrs. Lilly resided in Baltimore for a number of years and after his death she came back to Shenandoah to reside. Her only daughter, Miss Marie Lilly, preceded her in death in 1950.
            Mrs. Lilly was a devout and loyal member of the Pentecostal Church…
            She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. John H. (Myrtle) Thomas and Mrs. W.J. (Heart) Grimsley, of Shenandoah; one brother, Noah Orye, of Baltimore, and a brother-in-law, T.C. Geaslin, who made his home with her.
            Funeral services were held at two o’clock Sunday afternoon in the chapel of the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home, with her pastor, the Rev. A.R. Hancock, in charge of the services. Burial was in the Sam Comer Cemetery.                                                                       
Page News & Courier, Thursday 1 Dec 1955
MRS. OSSIE O. LONG
            Mrs. Ossie Ola Long, 72, of Stanley, was found dead in bed at her home on Sunday about noon. According to the medical examiner, Dr. F.T. Amiss, Mrs. Long died on natural causes sometime Saturday night. She resided alone.
            Born on Feb. 18, 1883, at Stanley, she was a daughter of the late Martin Good and Elizabeth Burns Good and lived her entire life in the Stanley area, She was a member of the Upper Mill Creek Free Will Baptist Church.
            Mrs. Long’s husband, the late Walter N. Long, died Dec. 26th, 1946. They were married in 1905. Seven children survive: Mrs. Clarence (Josephine) Judd, of Luray, Mrs. James (Florine) Nauman, of Luray, Mrs. Hubert (Pauline) Dovel, of Kearneysville, W.Va., Mrs. John (Catherine) Powers, of Flint Hill, Eugene R. Long, of Bealeton, John Long, of Shady Point, Okla., and Benjamin F. Long, U.S. Marines, stationed in Japan.
            Graveside services for Mrs. Long were held yesterday at two o’clock at Mt. Zion Cemetery with Rev. L.P. Hale officiating.                                                                                 
Page News & Courier, Thursday 19 Dec 1957
CHAS. J. LUCAS Dies in Fla.
            Charles J. Lucas, 90, a native of Luray, passed away Friday, December 13th, at his home in Orlando, Florida, after a lingering illness. Mr. Lucas would have celebrated his 91st birthday in March, 1958…
            Mr. Lucas was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James F. Lucas, of Stony Man Village. He was born there on March 7, 1867. He was married to Miss Ella Spitler, daughter of the late Ellen and Samuel Spitler, of July 4, 1895, and several months after their marriage they went to Worcester, Mass., where they remained for three years. They returned to Stony Man where Mr. Lucas went into the mercantile business with his father until 1928 when they moved to Macon, Gerogia . In 1931 they left Georgia and went to Orlando, Florida where they remained until death. Mrs. Lucas preceded him in death in 1950.
            Two sons, Ray and Hugh Lucas, of Orlando, Florida, one daughter, Mrs. Stuart Creter, of Macon, Ga.; one brother, Kirby Lucas, of Urbana, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Vernon Stirewalt, of Luray, and five grandchildren survive. Four brothers, J.D. Lucas, who lived in Los Angeles, Calif.; Ed and Hubert Lucas (twins) who lived in Luray, and Ashby Lucas, who lived in Roanoke, Va., preceded him in death.
            Last rites and burial took place Monday, December 16th, in Orlando.                     
Page News & Courier, Thursday 12 Dec 1957
MRS. DELLA SUSAN LUCAS
            Mrs. Della Susan Lucas, 60, widow of Simeon Lucas, of Stanley, passed this life at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, December 5th, at the R.M. Hospital, Harrisonburg, where she had been a patient for only one day…
            A daughter of the late Wesley Campbell and Mary Catherine Stroupe Campbell, she was born in Page County on August 28, 1897. She was a member of the Dovel Hollow Pentecostal Church.
            Her husband, Simeon Lucas, preceded her in death on August 15, 1936.
            Seven children, Mrs. Maudie Lucas, Russell Lucas, Mrs. Posie Lucas, Jesse Lucas, Claude Lucas, Mrs. Sadie Buracker and Kelly Lucas, all of Stanley, survive as do the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Ella Dallas, Fred Campbell, Homer Campbell, Mrs. Evangeline McCoy, Mrs. Daisy Freed, Lloyd Campbell, Mrs. Avis Gray and June Campbell, all of Stanley.
            The Rev. P.A. Freed conducted the funeral service Saturday afternoon at two o’clock at the Dovel Hollow Pentecostal Church and interment was in the church cemetery.                                                                                                                               
Page News & Courier, Thursday 10 Apr 1958
            EZRA L. LUCAS
            Ezra Lee Lucas, 79, well-known citizen of the Woodstock area, died Thursday, April 3rd at Shenandoah County Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since Monday when he was stricken at his home in Maurertown.
            Mr. Lucas was born May 29, 1878 in Luray. He was the son of the late William L. and Henrietta H. Lucas. In 1925 he moved to Shenandoah County, where he was a farmer. He was a member of Saumsville Christian Church.
            Mr. Lucas was twice married. His first wife, Miss Sally Nichols, preceded him in death in 1906. In 1909 he married Miss Suzie Seal, who survives him. He leaves eight children: Mrs. Vernon Chrisman, of Luray; Arthur Lucas and Mrs. Viola Fravel, of Woodstock; Robert Lucas, of Alexandria; Alvin Lucas, of Edinburg; Cletus Lucas, of Braddock, Pa.; Cecil Lucas, of Bemus Point, N.Y., Mrs. Nina Fuler, of Mt. Rainer, Md. He also leaves 20 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
            Last rites were held Saturday in the Dellinger Funeral Home and burial took place in the Saumsville Cemetery. The Rev. Melvin A. Bobbitt was in charge of the services.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 12 Apr 1951***
MRS. IDA F. LUCAS Succumbs
            Mrs. Ida Florence Lucas, 73, died on Thursday, April 5th, at 6 p.m., at her home in Cubbage Hollow...
            Born on February 5, 1878, she was the daughter of the late James McCoy and Sarah Cubbage McCoy.
            She was a member of the Leak's Chapel Brethren Church.
            Her husband, Will Lucas, preceded her in death sometime ago, as did an infant child.
            Surviving are the following children: Mrs. John (Viola) Cubbage, Mrs. Oliver (Lizzie) Short, Mrs. Ernest (Brownie) Cubbage, Mrs. George (Myrtle) Cubbage, and Mrs. Dewey (Laura) Cubbage, all of Stanley. Two brothers, John and Billy McCoy and two sisters, Sally McCoy and Rosie Cubbage, also survive.
            The funeral services were conducted at the Cubbage Hollow Episcopal Mission on Monday of this week at 2 p.m. with Deaconess Mary Hutton officiating. Interment took place in the Cubbage cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 16 Mar 1950
MRS. MOLLIE LEE LUCAS Dies
            Mrs. Mollie Lee Lucas, 64, died at her home in Lucas Hollow on Monday, March 13th at 8:30 p.m.
            She was a daughter of James McCoy and Sarah Cubbage.
            Her husband, David B. Lucas, preceded her in death in 1947.
            The following children survive: Samuel Lucas, Mrs. Albert (Rosa) Seastrom, Oliver Lucas, Mrs. Earl (Bettie) Kibler, Mrs. Wilton (Ollie) Cubbage, Mrs. Rufus (Elva) Cubbage, John Lucas, and Calvin T. Lucas, all of Stanley, and Mrs. Everett (Reta) Broyles, of Luray.
            Her surviving brothers and sisters are: Billy, Andrew and John McCoy, Mrs. Odie (Rosa) Cubbage, Mrs. Elby (Sallie) McCoy and Mrs. Will (Ida) Lucas, all of Stanley.
            Rev. Freed will conduct the funeral services from Leak’s Chapel today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. Burial will be in the Leak’s Chapel Cemetery.                                     
Page News & Courier, Thursday 5 Jul 1956
SAMUEL D. LUCAS
            Residents of the Stanley section were shocked and grieved to learn of the sudden death of Samuel David Lucas, 44, well known resident of the Lucas Hollow section on Sunday, July 1st. Mr. Lucas died suddenly at 12:50 p.m., Sunday, at his home…
            Mr. Lucas was the son of the late David B. Lucas and Molly L. Lucas. He was born at Lucas Hollow, near Stanley, of March 1, 1912, and spent his entire life in that community where he had many friends.
            He was married to Miss Elizabeth Stoneberger, who survives him with two daughters, Julia Marie Lucas and Joanna Lucas, both at home. Also surviving are three brothers, Calvin Lucas, John Lucas and Oliver Lucas, and five sisters, Mrs. Ollie Cubbage, Mrs. Bertie Kibler, Mrs. Rosa Seastrom, Mrs. Reta Pence and Mrs. Elva Cubbage, all of Stanley.
            The Rev. P.A. Freed conducted the funeral service Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock at the Leak’s Chapel Church of the Brethren and burial was in the church cemetery.                                                                                                                               
Page News & Courier, Thursday 6 Feb 1958
HUDSON MANUEL Dies Suddenly
            Hudson Lee Manuel, 51, of Rileyville, died suddenly at 7 o’clock Tuesday morning of this week just after reporting for work at the American Viscose Corp. in Front Royal. Mr. Manuel had been apparently in his usual good health when he left home that morning and his sudden death came as a great shock to his family and friends……
            Hudson Lee Manuel was born at Luray on June 7, 1906 and was a son of Lovey J. Manuel and Hannah Dawson Manuel. He was employed as a Millwright at the American Viscose Corporation in Front Royal…….
            Mr. Manuel was twice married, his first wife the former Miss Minnie Wood, having died on January 17, 1946. He is survived by his second wife, the former Hester Smith. Also surviving are the following children: Robert G. Manuel, of Philadelphia, Pa., Tommy D. Manuel, of Orlando, Fla., Mrs. Betty Jane Cubbage, of Stanley, James H. Manuel, of Rileyville, J. Sapphire Manuel, of Stanley, Richard E. Manuel, of Rileyville, and two step-children, Loring R. Aleshire, and Irving Aleshire, of Gaithersburg, Md.
            In addition one sister, Mrs. Viola Runyon, of Rileyville, and three brothers, John Manuel, of Gaithersburg, Md., Hubert Manuel, of Rileyville, and Arthur Manuel, of Bentonville, also survive.
            The Rev. Howard Smith will conduct the last rites Friday afternoon at two o’clock in the chapel at The Bradley Funeral Home and interment will be in the Rileyville Cemetery.                                                                                                                            
Page News & Courier, Thursday 15 Oct 1953***
MRS. LAURA J. MANUEL
            Mrs. Laura Jane Manuel, 76, beloved resident of Rileyville, passed away at her home at 8:10 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7th...
            A daughter of the late Wesley Woodward and Margaret Dinges Woodward, she was born in Madison County on May 30, 1877. She was united in marriage with Thomas Manuel in 1893. Mr. Manuel preceded her in death on October 2, 1921.
            She is survived by six children: Irvin Manuel, Washington, D.C., Winifred Manuel, Shenandoah, Mrs. Rumsey (Ollie) Huffman Shenandoah, Mrs. Clemox (Ruth) Armstrong, Charlottesville, Mrs. John (Myrtle) Giannini, Charlottesville and Mrs. Ray (Katheryn) Bumgardner, Rileyville. Two daughters and one son and one brother are deceased. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
            Last rites took place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Rileyville Baptist Church of which she was a member. Rev. James Hilliards and Rev. Morris Cather were in charge of the service. Interment was in Rest Haven Cemetery, in Shenandoah.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 3 Aug 1950
MRS. OLGA MARSTON Succumbs
            Mrs. Olga Gertrude Marston, 48, wife of Edward Marston, Sr., of Luray, died at her home on Eight Avenue in East Luray at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Although in declining health for sometime, Mrs. Marston’s sudden illness on Sunday and passing on Tuesday came as a great shock to her family and friends.
            Last rites will be held today (Thursday) at 4:00 p.m., at the Luray Church of Christ with her pastor, Rev. Berl H. Brewer, in charge. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
            Mrs. Marston was a daughter of Mrs. Annie Lee Chrisman Bell and the late Jacob Bell, of Luray, and was born on March 4, 1902. She is survived by her husband, Edward Marston, an employee of the Luray Textile plant, and twelve children: Mrs. James B. (Hilda) Burner, Mrs. Virgil (Evelyn) Woodward, Edward Marston, Jr., Mrs. Randolph (Elaine) Moyer, Mrs. Cletus (Belle) Griffith, Jr., Mrs. Leo (Eleanor) Gochenour, Mrs. George (Nancy) Cave, Miss Muriel Marston, Douglas, Janet, Kenneth and Donnie Bruce Marston, all of Luray. She also leaves thirteen grandchildren, a brother, Hubert E. Bell, a half-brother, Charlie Bell, of Martinsburg, W.Va. and two sisters: Mrs. Raymond (Edna) Campbell and Mrs. Weston (Paul) Campbell, of Luray. Two brothers, Buford E. Bell and Eldon Bell, are deceased. Two half sisters, Mrs. Minnie Burner and Mrs. Virgie Poe, are deceased.                                                                                                                                  
Page News & Courier, Thursday 15 Aug 1957
NANCY A. MAYE
            Mrs. Nancy Alice Maye, 76, died at 8 a.m. Wednesday of this week at her home east of Shenandoah after being in ill health for the past six months. She had been seriously ill for the past two weeks.
            Mrs. Maye was a lifetime resident of the community and was a devout member of the Shenandoah Pentecostal Church… She was born near Shenandoah on May 8, 1881 and was a daughter of the late Abraham and Sarah Jane Comer Smith. She was married to John S. Maye, who survives her with two daughters, Miss Sarah Maye and Mrs. Luther (Rhoda) Painter, of Stanley, and one son, Elbert Maye, at home. One sister, Mrs. W.H. (Josie) Slye, of Hagerstown, Md., two brothers, Hiram Smith, of Hagerstown, Md., and Charlie Smith, of Shenandoah, also survive as well as a granddaughter, Mrs. Lillard (Joann) Hilliard, whom she reared from infancy, and one great grandson, Ronnie Hilliard. One sister and two brothers preceded her in death.
            The Rev. Lawrence Rogers will conduct the last rites Saturday afternoon at two o’clock in the chapel of the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home and burial will be in Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery in Luray.                                                                        
Page News & Courier, Thursday 24 Sep 1953***
MRS. ADA SUSAN MAYES
            Mrs. Ada Susan Mayes, 80, died at her home near Stanley on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. following an illness of six months...
            Born on March 22, 1873 at Stanley, Mrs. Mayes was a daughter of the late James W. Foltz and Susan Painter Foltz. She was a member of the Stanley Methodist Church. In 1902 she united in marriage with Elbert L. Mayes who survives. She also leaves a brother, John Foltz, of Luray, and a sister, Mrs. Amos (Mattie) Sours, of near Luray.  A son is deceased.
            Her pastor, Rev. E.W. Rawings was in charge of the funeral on Monday at two o'clock from the Adventist Church and was assisted by Rev. Kurtz Brubaker. Burial was in the Adventist Cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 3 Aug 1950
MRS. KATE MAYES Found Dead At Home
            Mrs.  Artie Lessie (Kate) Mayes, 68, widow of Ernest Mayes, of near Stanley, was discovered missing from her home about 11 a.m. Thursday morning of last week and her body found sometime later in a 50 foot well containing 25 feet of water, into which she apparently jumped or fell. The body was recovered from the water about noon by the Luray Fire Department who were called soon after she was found missing by her daughter, Miss Elna Mayes, who resided with her. Miss Mayes had gone to a neighbor’s house and when she returned she said her mother could not be found. She then went to another neighbor’s Mrs. Luther Sours for help in locating her mother. They noticed the wooden top of the well was open and poked with a long pole into the water until they felt her body. A ladder was lower into the well by the fire company and her body was brought up.
            Mrs. Mayes had been ill for the past five years but recently appeared to be greatly improved.
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            She was born on April 13, 1882, the daughter of the late W.O. Nauman and Carrie Painter Nauman. She was a member of the Old School Baptist Church of Alma.
            She is survived by seven children, Mrs. Harry (Myra) Hilliards, Mrs. Harry (Ruby) Purdham, and Miss Elna Mayes, of Stanley, Mrs. Dewey (Maggie) Jenkins, of Berryville, Mrs. Claude (Madalyn) Sours, of Luray, Thurman Mayes, of Takoma Park, Md. And Charlie Mayes, of Bluemont, Va. Three children are deceased. Three brothers also survive, Grover Nauman, of Charles Town, and Lester and Jacob Nauman, both of Stanley. Another brother, Charles Nauman, preceded her in death in 1949.
            In early life she was united in marriage with James Ernest Mayes, who preceded her in death on May 23, 1941.
            Elder A.F. Sudduth conducted the funeral services at 3:00 p.m. Sunday from the home. Burial was in the family cemetery near the home.                                                         
Page News & Courier, Thursday 3 Jan 1952
SHENANDOAH NEWS
MRS. MARY L. MAUCK
            Mrs. Mary L. Mauck, 90, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Pearl Jarrell, near Orange, Va., on December 22.
            A daughter of the late Albert and Kitty Nichols, she was born January 18, 1861, at Graves Mill, Va.
            She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Pearl Jarrell, of Orange, Va., with whom she made her home; four sons, Thomas W. Mauck, of Elkton, Va., Robert L. Mauck, of Orange, Va., Harry J. Mauck, of Madison, Va., and one sister, Mrs. Fannie Rosser, of Criglersville, Va., and one brother, Wood Nichols, of Brightwood, Va. Two children preceded her in death, Walter, in infancy, and J.T. Mauck, of Woodbridge, Va.
            The funeral services were held on Decemeber 24 from the Preddy Funeral Home in Orange. The Rev. Paul B. Wathington conducted the service. Burial took place in the Walkers Cemetery near Orange...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 12 Jul 1956             (SHENANDOAH SECTION)
ROBERT L. MCALLISTER
            Robert Lee McAlister, 78, retired farmer of the Comertown community, died at his home at 6:45 Friday evening following an illness of ten days.
            A son of the late William and Rebecca Comer McAlister, he was born in this community and spent his entire life here…
            He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Pearl Good, of Stanley; three sons, Rufus McAlister, at home, William McAlister, of Stanley, and James McAlister, of Jersey City, N.J., and three daughters, Mrs. Amos (Evelyn) Sly, of Elkton, Mrs. Charles (Catherine) Lilliard, of Stanley, and Mrs. Elwood (Nadine) Hammer, at home, a brother, William McAlister, and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Kite, Miss Mittie and Miss Virginia McAlister, of near Shenandoah; twelve grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
            Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the chapel of the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home, with the Rev. W. Henderson and the Rev. Laurence Rogers officiating. Burial took place in the McAlister Cemetery.                                           
Page News & Courier, Thursday 10 Jan 1957            (SHENANDOAH SECTION)
WM A. MCALISTER
            William Amos McAlister, 77, died at 6:25 Sunday morning at the Mountain View Nursing Home where he had been a patient for six days. On November 10, he suffered a stroke of paralysis and was a patient in the Rockingham Memorial Hospital until he was removed to the nursing home.
            Mr. McAlister retired as a machinist for the Norfolk and Western Railroad shop in Shenandoah about ten years ago… He was a skilled gardener and took great price in his garden.
            A son of the late Milton and Elizabeth Fisher McAlister, he was born March 9, 1879, at Newport. He spent most of his life in Shenandoah. On December 27, 1900 he was married ton Miss Parthenia Dean. In 1950 they observed their golden wedding anniversary.
            He was a member of the Verbena Lodge I.O.O.F.
            Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Parthenia Dean McAlister; one daughter, Mrs. George (Pauline) Keddy, of Waynesboro; one son, William Oliver McAlister, of Fishersville; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, and six sisters.
            Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the chapel of the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home, with the Rev. Norman E. Allen in charge of the services. Burial took place in the Methodist Cemetery with graveside service in charge of the Odd Fellows.                                                                                                                  
Page News & Courier, Thursday April 26, 1956
JOHN WM. MCCOY
            John William McCoy, 72, well-known resident of the Stanley section, passed away at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 22nd, at the P.M. Hospital after being a patient there several days. Mr. McCoy had been in failing health for the past five years…
            Mr. McCoy was a life-long resident of Stanley, having been born there on December 24, 1883, the son of the late Acrey McCoy and Becky J. Cubbage McCoy. He was a member of the Dovel Hollow Pentecostal Church.
            He was married to Miss Dora Lucas, who survives him with nine children: Richard C. McCoy, Helen McCoy, Vernie L. McCoy, Mrs. Elizabeth Good, Elwood C. McCoy, John E. McCoy and Robert L. McCoy, all of Stanley, Mrs. Lena Beahm and Mrs. Edna Shenk, both of Luray. One brother, Mart McCoy, two half-brothers, Melvin McCoy and Orie McCoy, both of Stanley, and three half sisters, Mrs. Mattie Dovel, Mrs. Mertie Campbell and Hattie McCoy, of Stanley, also survive as do twelve grandchildren. One daughter is deceased.
            The Rev. P.A Freed had charge of the funeral service Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock at Leak’s Chapel Church of the Brethern and burial was in the chapel cemetery.                                                                                                                                
Page News & Courier, Thursday 3 Apr 1958
MARCELLUS MCCOY
            Marcellus McCoy, 80, well-known Stanley resident, passed away at his home at 1:20 p.m. Monday, March 31st after being in failing health for three years…
            Mr. McCoy, a son of the late Acre McCoy and Becky Jane McCoy, was born at Stanley on March 22, 1878. Her was a member of the Pentecostal Church.
            On July 28, 1919 he was married to Miss Evangeline Campbell, who survives him.
            Four sons, Frank McCoy, of Fairfax, Va., and Clarence McCoy, Earl McCoy and John Paul McCoy, all of Stanley, nine grandchildren and the following half brothers and sisters also survive. Mrs. Mattie Dovel, Miss Ora McCoy, Miss Seddie McCoy, Mrs. Mertie Campbell and Melvin McCoy, all of Stanley.
            The Rev. John Henderson and Rev. G.A. Cave were in charge of the funeral Wednesday morning, April 2nd at eleven o’clock in the Dovel Hollow Church. Burial was in the McCoy Family Cemetery.                                                                                              
Page News & Courier, Thursday 22 Aug 1957
WILLIAM MCCOY
            William McCoy, 84, one of the last surviving blacksmiths of the county, died at the University Hospital in Charlottesville at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, August 17th. Mr. McCoy had been in failing health for several years but had only been in the hospital for one day…
            A son of the late James and Sarah McCoy, he was born at Stanley on August 14, 1873. He was a blacksmith by trade and lived in the Pine Grove community, near Stanley, all his life. He was a member of the Hilliard’s Chapel Pentecostal Church.
            His wife, the former Miss Nannie Good, preceded him in death in November, 1954.
            Three sons, Edward McCoy and Rufus McCoy, of Stanley, and John McCoy, of Cheverly, Md., survive. One brother, John McCoy, and two sisters, Mrs. Rosa Cubbage and Mrs. Sally McCoy, all of Stanley, also survive. Three sons and three daughters are deceased.                                                                                                                                   
Page News & Courier, Thursday 7 Feb 1952
MRS. MARGARET E. MCDORMAN
            Mrs. Margaret E. Plum McDorman, 76, died Thursday, January 31, at a convalescent home in Martinsburg, W.Va., following an illness of several weeks.
            The widow of the late Charles McDorman, she was born and spent her early life in Shenandoah. She had lived in Martinsburg for 35 years. She was the daughter of the late John L. and Sarah Milton Plum, of Shenandoah.
            She was a loyal and faithful member of the Salvation Army and was active in the work of her church until just before her passing. Mrs. McDorman had attended Sunday School without missing a Sunday in ten years. This is more remarkable because of total blindness for the past 20 years.
            She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Brooks, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Miss Maude McDorman, of Baltimore; and one brother, Willie H. Plum, of Shenandoah, and ten grandchildren. One daughter preceded her in death several years ago.
            Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday at the Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg. Burial took place at two o’clock Saturday afternoon in the E.U.B. Cemetery in Shenandoah. The graveside services was conducted by the Rev. P.W. Fisher.             
Page News & Courier, Thursday 29 Jan 1953***
SHENANDOAH NEWS
MRS. MATILDA MEADOWS
            Mrs. Matilda Catherine Meadows, 93, widow of Thomas W. Meadows, and one of Elkton's oldest residents, died Saturday afternoon at 4:30 at her home.
            Mrs. Meadows was a daughter of the late Rev. John W. and Elizabeth Smith Jolletts. She was a member of the Jollett's Methodist Church...
            Surviving are the following children: W.B. Meadows, Crimora; J.W. Meadows, of Baltimore; C.M. Meadows, of Waynesboro; Mrs. Frank (Lilly) Higgs, Toano; Mrs. C.Z. (Maddie) Smith, Mrs. J.M. (Maggie) Smith, of Shenandoah; Mrs. L.L. (Mallie) Baugher, Mrs. T.W. (Rosetta) Eppard and Mrs. C.E. (Nora) Dearing, all of Elkton. She also leaves one brother, John W. Jollett, of Baltimore. Surviving also are fifty grandchildren, ninety-five great grandchildren. One daughter, Mrs. Armenta Stanley, and one son, C.T. Meadows, preceded her in death.
            Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock from the Furnace Methodist Church. The Rev. S.F. Fridley and the Rev. C.K. Hackley were in charge of the services and burial was in the family cemetery at Jolletts...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 31 Dec 1959***
SHENANDOAH NEWS
WILLIAM D. MEADOWS
            William Dorsey Meadows, 83, of Crimora, Va., died at 7:06 p.m. Monday, December 28th at the Waynesboro Community Hospital after a long illness.
            He was a member of the Jolletts Methodist Church where he served as a trustee most of his adult life. Born April 18, 1876 in Page County, he was a son of the late Thomas Wilson and Mathilda Jolletts Meadows.
            Mr. Meadows is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Mattie Taylor Meadows, five sons, Clarence B. Meadows, Lewis W. Meadows of Waynesboro; Elmer R. Meadows and Alvah R. Meadows, both of Crimora; Howard R. Meadows of Newport News; two daughters, Mrs. Catherine Eppard and Mrs. Margaret Walton, both of Waynesboro. Two brothers, Wesley Meadows of Baltimore, Md.; and C.M. Meadows of Waynesboro also survive as do five sisters, Mrs. Nora Derring, Mrs. Rosetta Eppard and Mrs. Lester Baugher, all of Elkton; Mrs. John Smith and Mrs. Mattie Smith, both of Shenandoah; a number of grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
            The body will be placed in the Furnace Methodist Church near Elkton, today (Thursday) at noon where funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. with the Rev. E.C. Day, assisted by the Rev. J.E. Powell in charge, with interment in Jolletts Cemetery, Page County...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 28 Mar 1957
MRS. JOSEPH MENEFEE Dies
            Mrs. Emma Jane Burner Menefee, 84, one of Luray’s oldest citizens, died at 11:45 a.m., Friday, March 22nd at the Page Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Menefee had been in failing health for a number of years but had only been a patient in the hospital for eight hours…
            Mrs. Menefee was born in the Leaksville community on November 28, 1872 and was a daughter of the late Hamilton P. Burner and Dolly Price Burner. She was a member of the Luray Methodist Church.
            She was married to Joseph Menefee, who preceded her in death in June, 1935.
            She made her home with her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Rosa Menefee Grant, who faithfully tended her needs for years.
            One daughter, Mrs. Charles (Mary) Cockey, of Plymouth, California, survives her with three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. One brother, John Burner, of Luray, and two sisters, Mrs. John (Effie) Wilkerson, of Boonesboro, Md., and Mrs. Reggie (Nellie) McNealy, of Sparta, Michigan, also survive. One son, Lee Menefee, died in 1949.
            Last rites were held in the chapel of the Bradley Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at three o’clock with the Rev. O.L. Martin in charge and burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.                                                                                                                         
Page News & Courier, Thursday 18 Feb 1954
MRS. JAMES F. MILTON
            Mrs. Eva Jane Kite Milton, 80, widow of James F. Milton, died Friday, Feb. 12 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Melvin W. Riner, of Richmond, following an illness of several years.
            Mr. and Mrs. Milton were both born in Shenandoah and resided here for years following their marriage. They later moved to Gordonsville, where he was engaged in farming. After her husband’s death, Mrs. Milton resided with her daughters.
            A daughter of the late George W., and Mary Ellen Kite, she was born near Shenandoah, and lived here until they moved to Gordonsville. Mrs. Milton was an active member of the First English Evangelical Lutheran Church.
            She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Melvin Riner, of Richmond; Mrs. Flora Klouser, of York, Pa.; and Mrs. Gilbert Coiner, of Culpeper, and one son, John Milton, of Petersburg, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Also two sisters survive, Mrs. Kirby F. (Belle) Booton, of Elkton, and Mrs. John (Lee) Perdue, of Roanoke.
            Funeral services were conducted by Dr. J.J. Scherer from Preddy’s Funeral Home, at Orange, Va., at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Interment took place in Maplewood Cemetery at Gordonsville.                                                                                                                                   
Page News & Courier, Thursday 2 Nov 1950
MRS. MODISETT Dies At Home
            Mrs. Lillye Mae Modisett, 64, wife of Clyde H. Modisett, of Luray, died suddenly at her home in east Luray on Thursday, October 26th, at 6 p.m. Her death came as a shock to her many friends and relatives as she was ill for only a few minutes…
            The deceased was born on December 20, 1885, the daughter of the late John Seekford and Virginia Aleshire Seekford, of Stanley.
            She was a devout member of the Primitive Baptist Church in Luray.
            Surviving her is her husband, Clyde H. Modisett, whom she married on March 28, 1907, and one son, Edwin R. Modisett, of Silver Spring, Md. She also leaves one brother, Ben H. Seekford, of Washington, D.C.
            Funeral services were conducted from the Leaksville Christian Church Sunday at 2 p.m., with Elder A.F. Sudduth officiating, assisted by Rev. R.E. Newton. Burial was in the church cemetery.                                                                                                                
Page News & Courier, Thursday 13 Sep 1951***
MRS. FANNIE MORRIS
            Mrs. Fannie Elizabeth Morris, 81, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Courtney, of Stanley, at noon on Sunday, September 8th, after an illness of two weeks...
            Mrs. Morris, born on May 18, 1870, in the Alma community, was a daughter of the late Jacob and Mary Ann Knight. Her husband, Beauregard Morris, preceded her in death on September 23, 1945.
            Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Rosie) Courtney, Mrs. Frank (Edith) Freeze and Mrs. Lee (Nannie) Shenk, all of Stanley. Two brothers, John and Isaac Knight, and a sister, Mrs. Lucy Price, of Stanley, also survive.
            Rev. A.F. Sudduth was in charge of the funeral rites held on Monday at two o'clock from the Alma Lutheran Church. Burial was in the church cemetery...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 18 Apr 1957***
MRS. NAUMAN Dies                      (EMMA)
            Mrs. Emma Jane Nauman, a native of Luray, died of burns received in a fire in Chesterville, O., on March 23rd. Mrs. Nauman, a daughter of the late Russell and Dolly Jenkins, of Alma, was born in Luray on May 3, 1872.
            She was united in marriage with George W. Nauman, who preceded her in death in 1949. To this union were born, all of whom are living: Charles Nauman, of Galena, Ohio; Mrs. Harry Walters, of Washington, D.C.; Ernest, of Sparta, Ohio; Wilmer Nauman, of Wilmington, Delaware; Leroy Nauman, Fredicktown, Ohio; Albert Nauman, of Marengo, Ohio; Robert Nauman, of Fredericktown, Ohio; Mrs. Clyde Higgins, of San Diego, Calif.; Mrs. Don Taylor, of Mt. Gilead, Ohio; and Mrs. J.D. Kennedy, of Mansfield, Ohio. Also surviviving are 28 grandchildren, 41 great grandchildren and a brother, David Jenkins, of Columbus, Ohio.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 18 May 1953
MARTIN LUTHER NAUMAN Dies At Stanley
            Martin Luther Nauman, 92, died Saturday, May 13th, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.T. Case, of Stanley.
            Mr. Nauman had been ill for sometime and had been making his home with his children in Stanley and Shenandoah.
            He was born at Stanley on February 17, 1858.
            Surviving are four children: Mrs. W.T. Case and Clarence Nauman, of Stanley, and Mrs, J.W. Phillips and V.M. Nauman, of Shenandoah. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. His wife and five children preceded him in death.
            Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J.E. Tucker at the Stanley Baptist Church on Tuesday at 2 p.m.                                                                                                
Page News & Courier, Thursday 3 Feb 1955
SOLON NAUMAN
            Joseph Solon Nauman, 74, retired carpenter, died at the P.M. Hospital at 5:40 p.m., Friday, Jan. 28, after being a patient there for only eight hours…
            Mr. Nauman, a son of the late Siram and Christena Pence Nauman, was born at Stanley on May 16, 1880. For many years he was a carpenter by trade, having worked in Harrisonburg, Falls Church and Arlington. Five years ago he retired coming to Stanley where he resided for the remainder of his lifetime. He was a member of the Junior Order United American Mechanics, O.F.A., and was very active in this organization. He was the last member of his family.
            On July 4, 1904, he was united in marriage with Miss Clara E. Turner, who survives him with one daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Alease) Moody, of Arlington. Four grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive. One son and four daughters are deceased.
            Last rites were conducted at 2 p.m., Monday at the Leak’s Chapel Church of the Brethern with Rev. John Henderson and Rev. John Aleshire in charge. Interment was in the church cemetery.                                                                                                                     
Page News & Courier, Thursday 24 Jan 1957
Last Rites for VERNON M. NAUMAN
            Last rites were held Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the First Christian Church for Vernon Martin Nauman, 69, who died at 5:30 Wednesday morning at his home on Second Street after an illness of only several days.
            Mr. Nauman served the Norfolk and Western Railroad as an engineer for 51 years and had received his diamond pin from the company May 28, 1955. He was well known and highly respected on the Shenandoah Division.
            A son of the late Martin L. and Rebecca Graves Nauman, he was born May 26, 1886, at Stanley where he spent his early childhood. He was married July 23, 1940 to Miss Fannie Workman, of Shenandoah.
            He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers, and the Norfolk and Western Veterans Association.
            He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Fannie W. Nauman, his mother-in-law, Mrs. Sudie Workman, who resided with them; two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Phillips, of Shenandoah, and Mrs. Daisy Case, of Stanley. Funeral services were in charge of his pastor, the Rev. Norman E. Allen. Burial took place in the EUB Cemetery.                                  
Page News & Courier, Thursday 14 Jun 1951***
MRS. ANNIE L. NICHOLS
            The death of Mrs. Annie L. Nichols, 80, occurred at 10:00 p.m., Saturday, June 9, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Charles Breeden, of East Luray...
            Mrs. Nichols was a native of Rappahannock County, where she was born on Nov. 21, 1870, a daughter of the late Lafayette and Elizabeth Breeden Williams, and the widow of David W. Nichols, whom she married in 1886. She was a member of the Antioch Christian Church.
            Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were her three children: Malcolm R. and David R. Nichols and Mrs. Edith Mae Miller. She leaves three grandchildren, a brother, Edward W. Williams, of Pennsylvania, and a sister, Mrs. Charles Breeden, of Luray. Deceased brothers and sisters are: Mrs. James Monger, Mrs. Florence McDonnell and W.E. and Elijah Williams.
            The body remained at the Bradley Funeral Home until the hour of the funeral on Monday afternoon when it was taken to Morning Star Lutheran Church. Rev. Berl H. Brewer conducted the service and burial was in the church cemetery...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 21 Dec. 1950
JAMES A. NICHOLS, Berry Hollow, Dies
            James Arthur Nichols, 76, well known in Page County, where he had a number of relatives, died on Wednesday of last week, following a long illness. He had spent some time in the University Hospital, Charlottesville, undergoing two major operations, one for hernia and the other pernicious gland trouble. Mr. Nichols for many years had followed the trade of making axe handles and shingles, work that has kept him busy for many years until his health began to fail a little more than a year ago. In earlier life he often made walking trips to Luray, selling axe handles, hemlock and spruce pine ornamental trees. Many years ago he often paid visits to James P. (“Big Jim”) Nichols at the latter’s home on the Boom. He was a man of powerful physical strength, often winning prizes attesting to his ability in lifting heavy weights. In one of his lifting contests at Madison Court House when he was 56 years old he lifted a rock weighing 400 pounds, from the ground at the same exhibiting holding at arm’s length “a sacked up” rock weighing 128 pounds. He was also a relative of the late William Nichols, who alternately made his home in Page County and Powell’s Fort Shenandoah County. His home was in Berry Hollow, near Old Rag Mountain. For a number of years he had been making his home with different children living in different parts of Madison, Greene and Louisa Counties.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 30 Jul 1953***
PHILIP OFFENBACKER
            Misses Mary and Martha Brubaker have received a letter from Mrs. Ward Prince, of St. Paris, Ohio, informing of the death of their father, Philip Offenbacker, at the Piqua Memorial Hospital, Piqua, Ohio, on Monday morning, July 13...
            Funeral services were held in St. Paris on July 16.
            Philip Offenbacker was born July 31, 1867, a son of the late Frank and Dolly Tobin Offenbacker, of Leaksville, Page County. He was the owner of several farms near St. Paris. He went to Ohio in the 1890's where he married Miss Ella Smoot who passed away about six years ago.
            He leaves four children, all married and living in Ohio: Wilber Offenbacker, Lee Offenbacker, Mrs. Ward Prince and Mrs. Darrell Poorman, all of St. Paris. He also leaves one sister Mrs. Lessie Lynch, of Washington, D.C. A sister, Mrs. Jacob D. Frazier, is deceased.
*** I think the begining of the article is misleading. I think they meant that Mrs. Ward Prince was refering to her father Philip Offenbacker. Insteadof "their" it should probably be "her".
Page News & Courier, Thursday 17 Aug 1950
MRS. JULIA OWENS Succumbs
            Mrs. Julia E. Buracker Owens, 83, of Stanley, was found dead in her home at Jordan Hollow by her son, Ward Owens, on Thursday night, August 10th. According to county coroner, Dr. George H. Long, death was due to a heart attack and she had probably died early in the morning.
            The deceased had been a lifelong resident of the Stanley community where she was born on March 16, 1867. She was a daughter of the late Jacob and Lucretia Buracker. Her husband, Charles D. Owens, whom she married in September, 1887, preceded her in death a number of years ago. She was a member of the Christian Church.
            Surviving are a son, Ward Owens, of Stanley, and an adopted son, George Leonard Owens, of Silver Springs, Md. A daughter, Mrs. David (Rachael) Gray, is deceased.
            Mrs. Owens also leaves three sisters: Mrs. R.E. (Crimora) Breeden, of Stanley, Va., Mrs. Moss (Cornelia) Broyles, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. John (Ada) Bender, of Liberty, Mo.; twelve grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. A brother, Rupter Buracker of Platt City, Mo., is also deceased.
            Last rites took place at Graves Chapel on Saturday with Rev. Berl H. Brewer officiating.                                                                                                             
Page News & Courier, Thursday 23 Jul 1959***
MRS. LAURA JANE OWENS
            Mrs. Laura Jane Owens, 84, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.G. Lightner, Beverly Manor Court, Staunton, at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, July 12, after a long illness.
            Born April 3, 1875, in Page County, she was a daughter of the late George Thomas and Catherine Sours Jones. She was preceded in death by her husband John Henry Owens, on March 23, 1952.
            Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. R.G. Lightner, Staunton; Mrs. P.H. Childress, Waynesboro, and Mrs. D.S. Whitesell, Stuarts Draft; one son, William Lester Owens; one brother, Edward Jones, Page County; three sisters, Mrs. Maude Kite, Armstrong, Ill.; Mrs. Effie Mauck, Luray, and Mrs. Augusta Cave, Charles Town, W.Va.; five grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
            Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Chapel of the Etter Funeral Home by Harvey G. Powell. Interment was in Riverview Cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 3 Nov 1955
MRS. DELLA L. PAINTER
            Mrs. Della Lee Painter, 71, wife of Harvey M. Painter, of Stanley, passed away at 11:40 a.m., Monday, Oct. 31, at the R.M. Hospital after being ill for nine weeks…
            A daughter of the late Henry Petefish and Angeline Painter Petefish, she was born at Stanley on Nov. 27, 1883, and spent her entire life in Page County……. a devout member of the Alma Primitive Baptist Church.
            She was married to Harvey M. Painter on Nov. 25, 1901. Mr. Painter survives her with the following children: Leon M. Painter, of Aliquippa, Pa., Mrs. E.A. (Linda V.) Bradley, of Stanley, Gilbert A. Painter, of Verbena, Robert L. Painter, of Stanley, Mrs. Fred (Jeanette) Walters, of Belle Air, Md., Harvey G. Painter and J. Medford Painter, of Stanley. Also surviving are 19 grandchildren, two brothers, Leonard Petefish, of Rileyville, and Elmer Petefish, of Stanley and one sister, Mrs. Lottie Painter.
            Elder A.F. Sudduth and Elder F.E. Thompson will conduct the last rites Friday morning at 11 o’clock at the Alma Baptist Church. Interment will be in the family cemetery.                                                                                                                              
Page News & Courier, Thursday 4 Mar 1954
EDWARD W. PAINTER
            Edward Walter Painter, 81, died at his home at the Roudabush Orchards on Friday morning of last week after an illness of two weeks…
            Born in Stanley, Mr. Painter moved to Luray in 1923 and had been employed in orchard work for a number of years. He was a son of the late Henry and Ruth Breeden Painter and was born on July 25, 1872. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
            His wife, Miss Mary Frye, whom he married in October, 1895, survives with the following children: Leonard L., of Stanley, Paul F., and Riley S., of Luray, Mrs. Noah (Mabel) Painter, of Stanley, Mrs. Amos (Nellie) Shenk, Mrs. Evereett (Vida) Seekford, Miss Linda Painter, Mrs. Marion (Mona) Jobe, Mrs. James (Vivian) Courtney, Mrs. Claude (Vesta) Southery and Mrs. Richard (Lodesta) Jobe, all of Luray. Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. T.E. (Della) Phillips, of Stanley, forty-five grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. Two brothers and a sister are deceased.
            Elder John Mitchell conducted the funeral on Sunday at 3 p.m., from the Stanley Adventist Church and burial was in the church cemetery.                                                     
Page News & Courier, Thursday 26 Dec 1957
            MRS. ELLA B. PAINTER
            Mrs. Ella B. Painter, 91, widow of John Wm. Painter, of Stanley, passed away at 5:30 p.m., Monday, December 23rd, at the Page Memorial Hospital after being a patient there only three days…
            Mrs. Painter, a daughter of the late Peter S. Dovel and Betty S. Petefish Dovel, was born at Stanley on September 15, 1866. She was a loyal and faithful member of the Stanley Seventh Day Adventist Church…
            Her husband, John William Painter, preceded her in death on November 19, 1936.
            Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Frank (Ethel) Aleshire and Mrs. Norma Painter, of Stanley, and two sons, Ray Painter of Stanley and Charlie Painter, of Shenandoah Junction , W.Va.
            Her pastor, Elder C.E. Clough, officiated at the last rites Thursday afternoon, December 26th, at the Stanley Seventh Day Adventist Church and interment was in the church cemetery.                                                                                                            
Page News & Courier, Thursday 23 Apr 1959***
LEWIS W. PAINTER Dies
            Wilmer Lewis Painter, 81, well-known Stanley resident, died at his home Thursday morning, April 16th...
            Mr. Painter was a son of the late Joseph and Polly Ann Foltz Painter and was born at Stanley on August 10, 1877...
            He was a retired highway department employee. On December 31, 1903 he was united in marriage with Millie Pearl Sours. Mrs. Painter survives him with six daughters, Mrs. Robert (Pauline) Suter of Harrisonburg; Mrs. Floyd (Addie) Blosser of Stanley; Mrs. Austin (Elrie) Sellers of Harrisonburg; Mrs. Harold (Zettie) Suter of Dayton; Mrs. William (Cleo) Blevins of Baltimore, Md.; James W. Painter; Miss Willanna Painter of Arlington. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. James (Bessie) Fadley of Charles Town, W.Va.; ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. One son is deceased.
            Elder C.E. Clough, pastor of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, officiated at the last rites Saturday afternoon at two o'clock at the Stanley Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 10 Jan 1952***
MRS. RUSSELL PAINTER Dies After Illness
            Mrs. Lorraine Ray Painter, aged 50 years, 1 month and 9 days, of Euclid Ave., Charles Town, W.Va., died at the Charles Town General Hospital at 8 a.m., Dec. 12, 1951, after a brief illness.
            Mrs. Painter was born in Stanley, Va., on Nov. 3, 1901, the daughter of Edward Painter of Luray, Va., and the late Mrs. Bessie Good Painter, who preceded her in death 19 years ago.
            She is survived by her husband, Charles Russell Painter, and her father, Edward Painter, who resides in Luray, Va., and the following children: Mrs. Robert (Dorothy) Vorous, of Berryville, Va., Mrs. Harry (Maude) Mercer, of Euclid Ave., Charles Town, W.Va., Mrs. Victor (Eva) Peterson of Ransen Ave., Charles Town, W.Va., Mrs. Carroll (Catherine) Painter, of Stanley, Va., Mrs. Norman (Mildred Lee) Comer, of Brunswick, Md., Misses Becky, Nancy and Peggy Painter, and two sons, Charles Russell, Jr., and Eddie Lee at home. Mrs. Painter is also survived by the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Mamie Mitchell, of Martinsburg, W.Va.; Mrs. Edmund Smallwood, of Charles Town, W.Va.; Mrs. Leo Kain, and Mrs. Howard Manuel, both of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., two brothers: Leo Painter, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Carl Painter, of Washington, D.C.
            Funeral services were conducted at the late home on Euclid Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 2:30 p.m., by the Eld. Robert Hiller, of the Charles Town Methodist Church.
            Interment was in the Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 21 Feb 1952
MRS. MARY C. (CARRIE) PAINTER
            Mrs. Mary Caroline (Carrie) Painter, an aged Page County native, passed away at 10:00 a.m., on Thursday, February 10, at the Miller Nursing Home in Woodstock. She had been in ill health since September, 1950…….
            “Carrie” as she was known to her family and friends was born on August 6, 1858, in Page County, the daughter of the late Franklin Mayes and Sarah E. Price Mayes. She was a member of the Mill Creek Primitive Baptist Church.
            The deceased had been a resident of Mud Pike for many years, but after her illness spent sometime in the P.M. Hospital and had been a patient at the Miller Nursing Home for three weeks before her demise.
            The following children survive: Mrs. Lizzie Burner, Mrs. Myrtle Jenkins, Sheldon Painter, Noah Painter and Raymond Painter, all of Luray. Two children are deceased. Her husband, Charles W. Painter, preceded her in death on May 22, 1932. Two brothers, F.L. Mayes and Elbert Mayes, of Stanley, also survive.
            Elder A.F. Sudduth, assisted by the Rev. R.E. Newton, officiated at the last rites held Saturday at 2 o’clock from the Leaksville Congregational Christian Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.                                                                                                 
Page News & Courier, Thursday 1 Oct 1959***
Last Rites for PETE PAINTER
            The body of Peter Painter of Jefferson County, W.Va., was brought here by the Smith and Strider Funeral Directors of Charles Town, W. Virginia, on last Monday and was buried in the S.D.A. Cemetery by the side of his late wife, Mrs. Viola Blosser Painter.
            Mr. Painter was a son of the late Isaac and Barbara Painter. He was born near Stanley, Va., and reached the age of 89 years.
            In his earlier boyhood, he was sought by farmers as an expert hand in sprouting.
            He married Miss Viola Blosser and to this union six children were born. Three of which preceded him in death. Three survive him and accompanied the body here.
            A number of years ago he moved his family from Luray to Jefferson County, W.Va., where he lived until his passing.
            Besides his three children, Gladys, James and Francis, he leaves one sister, Mrs. Victoria Mayes.
            A minister from the Pentecostal Church accompanied the family here and had charge of the funeral services...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 8 May 1958
MRS. SARAH PAINTER
            Mrs. Sarah Lula Painter, 70, widow of Marvin L. Painter, died at 11 p.m. Monday May 5th at the Page Memorial Hospital after being a patient there for six weeks…
            Mrs. Painter was born March 1, 1888 in Virginia , Illinois. She was married to Marvin L. Painter, who preceded her in death.
            She was a member of the Alma Primitive Baptist Church.
            One son, Virgil L. Painter, of Washington, D.C., and two sisters, Mrs. Ida Boyd, of Mason City, Ill. And Mrs. Bertha Ater, of Ashland, Ill., survive her.
            Elder A.F. Sudduth will officiate at the last rites today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at the Stanley S.D.A. Church and interment will be in the church cemetery.                                   
Page News & Courier, Thursday 22 Aug 1957
MRS. W.T. PAINTER
            Mrs. William T. Painter, 82, of Luray, died at 12:50 p.m. Thursday, August 15th, in the Front Haven Nursing Home in Front Royal, after being in failing health for several years.
            A native of Louisa County, Aleen Celeste Painter was born on February 27, 1875, a daughter of the late Thomas D. Strong and Betty Durvin Strong. She was a member of the Stanley Seventh Day Adventist Church and was well liked by everyone who knew her. Her husband, William T. Painter, whom she married on June 28, 1899, survives her as do the following children: Thomas W. Painter and Lawrence E. Painter, of Connelsville, Pa., C. Homer Painter, of Cleveland, Ohio, Hugh W. Painter, of Camp Polk, La., Mrs. Iva Koch, of Detroit, Michigan, Mrs. Dora King and Mrs. Virginia Clatterbuck, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mrs. Kathleen Derrow, of Washington D.C. Also surviving are the following half brothers and sisters: Andrew Strong, of Clarksburg, W.Va., George Strong and Harry Strong, of Princeton, W.Va., Ferdinand Strong, Roy Strong, Mrs. Virginia Haines and Miss Mary Strong, all of Clifton Forge, Va., and William Strong, of Charlottesville, Va.
            Elder John Loor, a former pastor, conducted the funeral services Sunday afternoon at two o’clock in the chapel at The Bradley Funeral Home and burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.                                                                                                         
Page News & Courier, Thursday 10 Aug 1950
MRS. LAVINIAH PENDERGAST Succumbs
            Mrs. Lavinia Pendergast, 88 years, died Sunday morning, August 6th, at 7:00 a.m. at the P.M. Hospital, following a very short illness. She was taken to the hospital Saturday.
            The deceased was born on January 29, 1872, in the south portion of Page County, and was the daughter of John G. Hockman and Elizabeth Foltz Hockman.
            She was a devout member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Grove Hill.
            In 1898, she married James Pendergast, of Stanley, who survives her.
            One sister, Mrs. E.P. (Zula) Louderback, of Elkton, also survives. Two brothers, James W. Hockman and J.P. Hockman, and three sisters, Mrs. Peter (Mary C.) Foltz, Mrs. George (Emma) Strole, and Mrs. Edward (Bertie L.) Hammer, are deceased.
            Funeral services were held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Tuesday, August 8th, at 3:00 p.m.                                                                                                                            
Page News & Courier, Thursday 23 Jan 1958
MRS. LUCY PRICE
            Mrs. Lucy Price, 75, well-known Stanley resident, passed away at 4 a.m. Friday, January 17th at the Blue Ridge Sanitorium after being a patient there since August of last year…
            Mrs. Price, a daughter of the late Jacob Knight and Mary Ann Good Knight, was born at Stanley on March 12, 1882. She was a member of the Stanley Methodist Church.
            Her husband, Benjamin Price, preceded her in death in 1937.
            One son, Edgar Price, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and four daughters, Mrs. Leo (Daisy) Price, of Luray and Mrs. Edward (Polly) Short, and Mrs. Charlie (Agnes) Pendergast, and Mrs. Harry (Ollie) Dean, of Stanley, survive as do forty grandchildren and thirty-two great grandchildren.
            The Rev. R.K. Nevitt and Rev. J.E. Tucker were in charge of the last rites Monday morning at eleven o’clock in the chapel at The Bradley Funeral Home and interment was in the Stanley Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery.                                     
Page News & Courier, Thursday 4 Jun 1953***
JOSEPH MARTIN PRINTZ
            Joseph Martin Printz, 83, died at his home in Hunt, N.Y., on Thursday, May 14th...
            Mr. Printz was born at Leaksville, near Luray, on August 6, 1869. He was a son of Jacob A. and Elizabeth Sours Printz. He was united in marriage with Libbie Snyder, of New York, who survives along with two brothers, Arthur C. Printz, of Rileyville, and Will L. Printz, of Luray.
            Funeral services were held at the Pilot Funeral Home at 2 p.m., Sunday with burial in the Grove Hill Cemetery in New York...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 8 Apr 1955
MRS. CHARLES E. PROPES
            Mrs. Pearl N. Cubbage Propes, 60 wife of Charles E. Propes, died suddenly at 3:15 a.m., at her home. Although Mrs. Propes had been in ill health for several years, her death came as a shock to her family and friends.
            A daughter of the late Robert L. and Mattie Plum Cubbage, she was born and spent her entire life in Shenandoah. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Shenandoah. She was united in marriage to Charles Propes on September 28, 1913.
            Mrs. Propes owned and operated the Home Grocery for the past 16 years……
            She is survived by her husband, Charles E. Propes, a cousin, Robert Plum, whom she reared, a sister, Mrs. Lula Triggs, of Shenandoah; two nephews, Billy and Boyd Triggs, also of Shenandoah. A brother and sister died in infancy.
            Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the First Baptist Church….. The services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. James H. Fox, assisted by Rev. E.E. Sumpter, of Broadway, a former pastor. Burial took place in Rest Haven Cemetery.                                                                                                               
Page News & Courier, Thursday 17 Apr 1958
ERNEST L. PURDHAM
            Ernest Lee Purdham, 64, of Stanley, died at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13th at the University Hospital, Charlottesville after being a patient there for several days…
            Mr. Purdham was born at Stanley on March 13, 1894 and was a son of the late John Purdham and Virginia Duncan Purdham. He was a sawmill operator and carpenter. He was also a veteran of World War I.
            Mr. Purdham was twice married. His first wife, the former Miss Carrie Wilson, died in 1941. He is survived by his second wife, the former Miss Nellie Short, and the following children: Mrs. Virginia Shephard, Gilbert L. Purdham and Ernest L. Purdham, all of Stanley, and Mrs. Juanita Kelly, of Rockville, Md. One sister, Mrs. Pearl Aleshire, of Shenandoah, and three brothers, Wiley Purdham, Arthur Purdham and Ray Purdham, all of Stanley, also survive. One brother and one sister are deceased.
            The Rev. J.E. Tucker conducted the last rites Wednesday morning at eleven o’clock at the Graves Chapel Methodist Church and interment was in the church cemetery.                                                                                                                                 
Page News & Courier, Thursday 5     Jul 1956
Death of J.M. PURDHAM
            Joseph Martin Purdham, 82, a retired Norfolk and Western Railway Section Foreman, died Tuesday at 12:35 p.m. at the home of his son, Carl Purdham. He had been in ill health for the past two months and became critical for the past two days.
            A son of the late Thomas G. and Virenda Breeden Purdham, he was born April 1, 1874 at Stanley, where he spent his early life. He had been a member of the First Christian Church for forty years, and was a member of the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way.
            Mr. Purdham was widely known on the Shenandoah Division…
            On December 29, 1899 he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Florence Gray, of Stanley, who preceded him in death on November 20, 1953.
            He is survived by one son, Carl Purdham, of Shenandoah; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. James Nauman and Miss Cora Purdham, of Hagerstown, Md., and Mrs. Barbara Scherer, of Baltimore, Md.
            He was also preceded in death by a son, a daughter, a grandson, five brothers and five sisters.
            Funeral services were held at 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon from the chapel of the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home, with his pastor, the Rev. Norman E. Allen and Rev. John W. Henderson, officiating. Burial took place in the Graves Chapel Cemetery at Marksville.                                                                                                                                
Page News & Courier, Thursday 26 Nov 1953***
SHENANDOAH NEWS
MRS. J.M. PURDHAM
            Mrs. Emma Florence Purdham, 80, wife of Joseph Martin Purdham, died Friday at 6:20 p.m., at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital a few hours after being admitted...
            A daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Burns Gray, of Stanley, she was born August 28, 1873. She spent the early part of her life in the Stanley section. She was a member of the Graves Chapel Methodist Church near Stanley.
            On Dec. 28, 1899, she was united in marriage to Joseph Martin Purdham, also of Stanley. They had resided in Shenandoah for the past 45 years...
            She is survived by her husband, Joseph Martin Purdham, one son, Carl Purdham, of Shenandoah; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
            Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Graves Chapel Methodist Church near Stanley. The services were conducted by the Rev. C.K. Hackley. Burial took place in the church cemetery...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 1 Feb 1951***
Mrs. Purdham Dies In W.Va.             (MRS. LYDIA PURDHAM)
            Mrs. Lydia Purdham, 88, died at a nursing home in Martinsburg, W.Va., on Monday morning, Jan. 29th.
            She was born on April 2, 1866, the daughter of the late Jack Knight and Ella Southers Knight.
            Her husband, Martin Purdham, preceded her in death sometime ago.
            The body was brought here this week for services and burial which will be conducted from the Luray Christian Church today (Thursday) at 2 p.m., by the Rev. Berl H. Brewer. Burial will take place in the Graves Chapel Cemetery near Stanley.
            Three children, Fred Purdham, of Luray, Reese Purdham, of Wilmington, Del., and James Purdham, of Ruckersville, Va., survive, along with a brother, Isaac Knight, of Grottoes, and a sister, Mrs. Mattie Sours, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and seven grandchildren.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 25 Oct 1951***
WILLIAM MILTON PURDHAM
            William Milton Purdham, 80, died at the Page Memorial Hospital at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday after a brief illness...
            The deceased was a retired Norfolk and Western employee.
            He was born on Nov. 1, 1870, at Stanley, a son of the late Thomas and Virinda Breeden Purdham. Twice married, his first wife, Anna M. Short, passed away on Sept. 8, 1899. His second wife, the former Flora B. Judy, survives along with three daughters by the first marriage: Mrs. Claude (Ollie) Foltz, Mrs. Charlie (Edna) Foltz and Mrs. R.B. (Ruby) Short, all of Stanley. He also leaves a brother, Martin Purdham, of Shenandoah, and three sisters: Mrs. Lillie Clipp, of Charles Town, W.Va., Mrs. Cora Purdham, of Hagerstown, and Mrs. Mattie Nauman.
            Rev. Josiah Andrew officiated at the last rites held on Monday from Graves Chapel at three o'clock and burial was in the chapel cemetery...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 30 Mar 1950
Death of MRS. JENNIE S. RICKARD
            The death of Mrs. Jennie Strickler Rickard, 74, on Monday night at her home northwest of town, marks the passing of another of Luray’s older and highly-esteemed citizens. Mrs. Rickard had been in ill health for the past year.
            Born on September 5, 1875, she was a daughter of the late Pendleton D. Kibler and Dollie Strickler Kibler. Her entire life was spent in this county.
            Her husband, A. Trenton Rickard, passed away on July 14, 1946.
            She is survived by a step-son, Otis Rickard, of Luray, and the following brothers and sisters: David A. Kibler, of Luray, Mrs. Annie Strickler, of Lake Bay, Washington, Mrs. Ida Shenk, of Kimball, and Mrs. Carrie Dofflemoyer, of Hagerstown.
            Funeral services will be conducted today (Thursday) at two o’clock from Bradley’s Funeral Home with Rev. Kern Eutsler in charge. Burial will be in the Brubaker family cemetery near the White House bridge.                                                                   
Page News & Courier, Thursday 9 Nov 1950            (SHENANDOAH SECTION)
Last Rites For MRS. PAMILY J. RINACA
            Last rites were held for Mrs. Pamily Jane Rinaca, 83, widow of the late Charles Franklin Rinaca at the Fields Methodist Church at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon. Mrs. Rinaca died Saturday at 11:25 a.m., following an illness of several months.
            A daughter of the late Martin and Pharanae Stepp, of Grove Hill, she was born Feb. 25, 1876. She had spent most of her life in Shenandoah. She resided in Orange, Va., from 1895 until 1925. Her husband preceded her in death in 1899.
            She was an active member of the Methodist Church…
            She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Eva Schwalbe, of Shenandoah, one son, Dewey Rinaca, of Falls Church, one brother, Andrew J. Stepp, of Shenandoah, nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
            One son, U.S. Rinaca, and a sister, Mrs. Belle Eaton, preceded her in death.
            A prayer services with the family and pallbearers was held at the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home at 1:30 o’clock on Monday afternoon where the body had laid in state until the hort of the funeral which was held at 2:00 o’clock at the Methodist Church with the Rev. Martin White conducting the service, assisted by the Rev. Francis Hunt. Interment took place in the Rinaca Cemetery near Shenandoah.                                            
Page News & Courier, Thursday 23 Jan 1958
MRS. LUCY L. RITTER
            Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Lucy Lee Ritter, 74, of Kearnstown, Va. Mrs. Ritter died at the Winchester Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, January 21st.
            Mrs. Ritter was born at Alma on January 27, 1884, a daughter of the late Noah and Sarah Frances Seekford. Her husband preceded her in death.
            Four children and the following brother and sisters survive: Grover Seekford, of Luray; Mrs. Liddie Detrow, of Harrisonburg, Va., Mrs. Maggie McKay, of Winchester; and Mrs. George Ritter, of Winchester, Va.
            Last rites will take place today (Thursday) at 1:30 p.m. at the Jones Funeral Home in Winchester.                                                                                                                        
Page News & Courier, Thursday 9 Mar 1950
MRS. LULA FRANCES SAMPSON Succumbs
            Mrs. Lula Frances Sampson, 75, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R.L. Aleshire, of Pine Grove, on Wednesday, March 1st, at 6:30 p.m. She had been in ill health for the past six months.
            Born on July 12, 1875, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sid Breeden, of Page County.
            Surviving is her husband, Thomas W. Sampson, and the following children: Mrs. R.L. (Annie) Aleshire, of Stanley, and Joseph Purdham, of Cumberland, Md. Two brothers and a sister, Judy Breeden of Stanley, and Morgan Breeden and Mrs. Lillie Meadows of Elkton, also survive.
            Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Thornton, of Yancey, Va., at 2 p.m. Friday from St. George’s Mission in Pine Grove with burial in Gray Cemetery.                       
Page News & Courier, Thursday 15 Jul 1954
B.N. SEAL
            Benjamin Noah Seal, 72, a well known farmer of the No. 2 Furnace section, died at his home on Tuesday morning at 10:35. He had been in good health until Monday when he was stricken and his sudden passing came as a great shock to his family and many friends.
            Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Edna Mae Seal, and four sons, Russell Seal, of Washington; Wilson Seal, Clarence Seal and Lud Seal, of No. 2. Furnace, and two daughters, Mrs. Cecil McDivett, of Washington, and Mrs. Gus Vasilin, of Washington. He also leaves 12 grandchildren. One sister, Mrs. Lucy Buracker, of Stanley, and one brother, Will Seal, of Waynesboro, also survive.
            No funeral arrangements had been made at press time.                                            
Page News & Courier, Thursday 27 May 1954
HUBERT MARVIN SEAL
            Hubert Marvin Seal, 77 died at his home in East Luray on Wednesday morning, May 26 after an illness of six years…..
            Born near Shenandoah, Va., on July 30, 1876, Mr. Seal was a son of the late John William and Laura E. Blose Seal. He moved to Luray in 1908 and for many years was in excavation and contracting work. He was a member of the Luray Methodist Church.
            He is survived by his wife, the former Nellie Myrtle Smith, of Luray whom he maried in 1912 and two children: Mrs. Ronald (Beatrice) Presgraves and Hubert W. Seal, Jr., both of Luray, and seven grandchildren. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Vernon Grove, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and two brothers, Herman Seal of Luray and Charles Seal, of Elkton. Deceased members of his family include Arthur, Warfield, Clyde Seal, Mrs. Maggie Baker and several brothers and sisters who died in infancy.

           

Dr. H.K. Swann will conduct the funeral on Friday at 2:30 from the Methodist Church and burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery…..

Page News & Courier, Thursday 23 Nov 1950
Last Rites Held for MRS. I.H. SEAL
            Funeral services for Mrs. Essie Rebecca Seal, 74, beloved wife of Isaac H. Seal, of the Stony Man community, were held from Mt. Zion Church of the Brethern Monday afternoon at two o’clock with her pastor, Rev. Galen Crist in charge. He was assisted by Elders. H.E. Wakeman and C.L. Painter. Interment was in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Mrs. Seal had been in declining health for several months and had been taken to the Page Memorial Hospital nine days ago. Her death occurred there at 9:00 p.m. Friday, November 17.
            Mrs. Seal, born on October 4, 1876, and raised in Page County, was a daughter of the late Andrew Mass Cave and Virginia Gochenour Cave… For many years Mrs. Seal had been a correspondent of the Page News and Courier…
            She leaves her husband and twelve children: Isaac P., Harry B., Hubert N., Roy J. Seal, Mrs. Lester (Anna Mary) Brown, all of Hagerstown, Md., Mrs. Elmer (Esther Mae) Shenk, Elmer J., Gilbert C., William A., Daniel N., John S. Seal and Mrs. Calvin (Genevieve) Short, of Luray. Two children are deceased.
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            She is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Lemuel, Roy, Cletus Cave, of Luray, Mrs. George (Mary) Messener and Mrs. William (Annie) Fox, of Hagerstown, Md., ninety some grandchildren and a number of great grandchildren. A number of brothers and sisters are deceased.                                                                                               
Page News & Courier, Thursday 16 Apr 1959***
ISAAC H. SEAL Dies At Hospital
            Isaac Hubert Seal, 86, well-known farmer of the Stony Man community, passed this life at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday of this week in the Page Memorial Hospital...
            Mr. Seal was a son of the late Henry Seal and Caroline Good Seal. He was born in the Ida section of Page County on August 2, 1872. He was united in marriage with Miss Essie Rebecca Cave, who preceded him in death on November 7, 1950.
            He was a devout member of the Mt. Zion Church of the Brethren and took an active part in church affairs as long as his health permitted...
            Surviving him are three daughters, Mrs. Elmer Shenk of Stanley; Mrs. Calvin Short of Luray, and Mrs. Lester Brown of Hagerstown, Md.; nine sons, Elmer J. Seal, William A. Seal, John S. Seal, Gilbert Seal and Daniel Seal, all of Luray; Harry B. Seal, Hubert N. Seal, Roy J. Seal and Isaac Seal, all of Hagerstown, Md. One brother, Harry Seal of Front Royal, and one sister, Mrs. William Gochenour of Martinsburg, W.Va., also survive. Seven brothers and two sisters are deceased.
            His pastor, the Rev. Donald E. Fancher, assisted by the Rev. Joseph E. Whitacre, a former pastor of the Church of the Brethren, will officiate at the last rites Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the Mt. Zion Church of the Brethren. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 10 Aug 1950
L.W. SEAL Dies in Hagerstown
            Luther Warfield Seal, 58, well known grocer of Hagerstown, Md., died Thursday, August 3, at the Washington County Hospital in that city after a two weeks’ illness. He had been in the grocery business for the past 31 years.
            A veteran of World War I, he was a son of John William and Laura Seal, of Luray, where he spent the early part of his life. He was a member of the Church of the Brethern, Friendship Lodge No. 34 AF & AM, Ithiel Chapter No. 27 R.A.M. Pelestine Council No. 15 R & SM, St. Bernard Knights Templer No. 9, Tall Cedars of Lebanon, All Gahn Temple, 32 degree Mason.
            Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Rose E. Seal, and three daughters, Mrs. Janet Miller, of Hyattesville, Md., Misses Joan and Lois Seal, at home, and the following brothers and sisters: W. Clyde Seal and Charles Seal, of Elkton, and Hubert and Herman Seal, of Luray, and Mrs. Vernon Grove, of Martinsburg, W.Va.
            Last rites were held on Sunday at 3 p.m., at the Minnich Funeral Home in Hagerstown with Rev. Paul M. Robinson in charge. Burial was in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 11 May 1953
Death of MRS. SAM SEAL At Front Royal
            Mrs. Sam Seal died at the home of her son, Walter Seal, at Front Royal last Wednesday morning at 7:20. She had been living with her son since the death of her husband about eight months ago.
            She was born in June, 1871 in the Kimball section, and was the daughter of the late Charles T. and Emma Kibler Chadduck. In 1922 she was united in marriage with Sam W. Seal. In early life she joined the Baptist Church…
            She leaves the following stepchildren: Mrs. (Verlie) Ray Walters, Mrs. (Mattie) Floyd Dinkle, of Morrisville, Va., Edgar Seal, of Washington, D.C., Mrs. (Iva) Omma Warren, of Riverton, Va., and Walter Seal, of Front Royal. Also surviving is one sister, Mrs. (Mattie) Grove Seal, of Kimball. One brother and sister are deceased. Twelve grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews also survive.
            She was laid to rest at 2 p.m., Friday, in Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery. Last rites were conducted at Beahm’s Chapel with Rev. Arthur Beahm, of Front Royal, and Rev. Harry C. Swartz.                                                                                                                     
Page News & Courier, Thursday 19 Jul 1951***
WILBUR R. SEAL
            Wilbur Rust Seal, 81, passed away at 9:30 p.m. July 12, at his home in the Stony Man community after a long illness...
            The deceased was a son of the late Henry and Carrie Good Seal and was born on June 19, 1870. During his early years he had worked as a tenant farmer and was a conscientious and valuable worker. He was a faithful member of Mt. Zion Church of the Brethren.
            Mr. Seal's wife, the former Victoria Gochenour, preceded him in death several years ago.
            He is survived by two brothers: Harry Seal, of Front Royal, I. Hubert Seal, of Luray, and a sister, Mrs. W.I. Gochenour, of Martinsburg, W.Va.
            Rev. Galen Crist conducted the last rites on Sunday at 2:00 p.m., at Mt. Zion Church and interment was in the church cemetery...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 27 Oct 1955
MRS. ADA E. SEEKFORD
            The death of Mrs. Ada Elizabeth Seekford, 80, of the Oak Hill community, occurred at 11 p.m., Sunday in a Staunton Hospital following an illness of several years….
            Mrs. Seekford was a daughter of the late Richard Lehew and Catherine Riley Lehew and was born on May 18, 1875, ay Liberty Furnace, Shenandoah County. She was a member of the Oak Hill Methodist Church.
            Her husband, Isaac N. Seekford, preceded her in death on May 16, 1947.
            Surviving are two children: Mrs. Ernest Shenk, of Annapolis, Md., and Darrell R. Seekford, of Rileyville. Also surviving are two step-children, Mrs. Frank Lehew, of Strasburg, and Everett Seekford, of Luray. She leaves nine grandchildren and twelve greatgrandchildren, and three brothers: William Lehew and Frank Lehew, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and George M. Shenk, of Sharon, Pa. Two sisters and one brother are deceased.
            The body will remain at Bradley’s Funeral Home until 1 p.m. today (Thursday)….. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Harold Smith at the Oak Hill Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Burial will take place in Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery.                  
Page News & Courier, Thursday 10 Nov 1955
CHAS E. SEEKFORD
            Charles Edward Seekford, 90, one of the oldest residents of the Rileyville community, passed away at 10:45 p.m., at the Page Memorial Hospital Friday, Nov. 4th, after being a patient there only two days, although he had been in failing health for the past six years…
            A son of the late George W. Seekford and Sarah Roberts Seekford, he was born at Alma on September 7, 1865. Although he was a native of the Alma section, he grew up at Rileyville and spent his entire life there…
            Mr. Seekford was a farmer for most of his life and devoted his time to that occupation.
            The Rev. Harold Smith conducted the last rites Monday afternoon at two o’clock at the Rileyville Union Church. Interment was in the Rileyville Cemetery.                           
Page News & Courier, Thursday 4 Aug 1955
MRS. HARRY SEEKFORD Dies
            Mrs. Flora Jane Seekford, widow of Harry Seekford, of New Market, Va., died July 28th, at 1:30 p.m. in the Shenandoah County Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for one day, following a stroke, suffered on July 26th. She had been in declining health for the past two and a half years.
            Mrs. Seekford was born in Page County on December 4, 1877, the daughter of the late Wesley and Mary Cubbage. She was a loyal and faithful member of the Church of the Brethern.
            She was married to Harry Seekford, who preceded her in death in 1948. Surviving are ten children, Robert Seekford, of Aliquippa, Pa., Wilmer Seekford, of Stanley, Granville Seekford, of Mt. Jackson, Mrs. Truman (Reda) Wine, Mrs. Cecil (Dorothy) Lewis, Elby, Oliver, Floyd, Harry and Forrest Seekford, all of New Market. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Nannie Rhinehart, of the Susan B. Miller Nursing Home, Woodstock, and Mrs. Sadie Alger, of Orange, Va. Nineteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive.
            A brief service was conducted from her late home Sunday afternoon and funeral services were conducted from the Alma Lutheran Church at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Olen Landis was in charge of the service and burial was in the church cemetery.                          
Page News & Courier, Thursday 11 Oct 1951***
JAMES H. SEEKFORD
            James Harvey Seekford, 94, retired farmer and life-long resident of Rileyville, died on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at his home following a long illness. Had he lived until October 31st, Mr. Seekford would have reached his ninety-fifth birthday.
            A son of the late George W. and Sarah Roberts Seekford, he was born on Oct. 31, 1856. Twice married, his first wife was Miss Belle Cullers, who preceded him in death. His second wife, Mrs. Minnie Madden Seekford, suvives, along with one daughter, Miss Sarah Seekford, a correspondent of this paper for many years, and a stepson, Edward Madden, also of Rileyville. One daughter and two sons are deceased. He also leaves one brother, Edward Seekford, of Rileyville.
            Funeral services were conducted from the Rileyville Church of the Brethren at two o'clock Monday afternoon with his pastor, Rev. Galen Crist, in charge. Burial was in the Rileyville Cemetery...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 19 Oct 1950
Death of SIMON E. SEEKFORD
            Simon Eli Seekford, 54, resident of the Rileyville community for the past five years, died on Sunday at 9:15 p.m., in a Staunton hospital where he had been a patient for the past week. He had been in declining health for the past two years.
            Last rites were held at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the Rileyville Church of the Brethren of which he was a member. Rev. Galen Crist was in charge and interment was in the Rileyville Cemetery.
            Mr. Seekford was a son of James H. Seekford, of Rileyville and the late Belle Cullers Seekford. He was born on May 2, 1896, and until he moved back to Page County he was employed as a streetcar conductor and barber in Baltimore for twenty-six years.
            On January 9, 1917, he married Miss Rhufell Cameron, who survives with four children: Aubrey Seekford, of Baltimore, Md., Ralph Seekford, of Front Royal, Mrs. Walter (Naomi) Goetze, of Fullerton, Md., and Simon E. Seekford, Jr., also of Baltimore. One child is deceased. He leaves also a sister, Miss Sarah Seekford, of Rileyville.                       
Page News & Courier, Thursday 14 Sep 1950
Last Rites for W.R. SEEKFORD
            Last rites were conducted from the Alma Lutheran Church last Friday afternoon with burial in the Alma Cemetery for William Homer Sekford, 73, of Falling Waters, W.Va., who died in the King’s Daughters Hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va., on September 5. He had been in declining health for the past five years.
            Mr. Seekford was a native of Page County, having been born on May 18, 1877 at Alma, Va., a son of the late Noah and Sarah Phillips Seekford. He left Page County about fifteen years ago going to Falling Waters, where he was connected with an orchard business.
            Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Rosetta Housden Wright Seekord, and three children: Michael, Mary and Jacob Seekford, at home. He also leaves four sisters: Mrs. Lydia Depoy, of Harrisonburg, Va., Mrs. Maggie McKay, Mrs. Lucy Ritter and Mrs. Anna Ritter, all of Winchester, and two brothers: George Seekford, of Springfield, Ohio, and G.M. Seekford, of Luray. A brother, Michael, and two sisters, Lessie and Mattie, are deceased.                                                                                                                           
Page News & Courier, Thursday 23 May 1957 issue
FRANK SHENK Dies
            Frank Dallas Shenk, 77, well-known resident, died at 12:05 a.m. Monday, May 20th at the University Hospital in Charlottesville after being in the hospital only one day. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Main Street Baptist Church…
            Mr. Shenk was born in Page County on May 8, 1880 and was a son of the late Abram H. Shenk and Rebecca Jane Kibler Shenk. He was a member of the main Street Baptist Church. In 1902 he was married to Miss Julia May Kibler, who survives him with one daughter, Mrs. Junul (Mae) Smith, of Luray. One granddaughter, one great granddaughter, one brother, Charles (Bun) Shenk, and four sisters, Mrs. Louise Kibler, of Sunrise, Md., Mrs. Ollie Kemp, Mrs. David (Carry) Atwood and Miss Mamie Shenk, all of Luray, also survive. Two sisters are deceased.
            Rev. T. Lee Richardson conducted the funeral Wednesday afternoon and burial was in Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery.                                                                                           
Page News & Courier, Thursday 23 Nov 1950
Death of GEORGE W. SHIFFLETT
            George W. Shifflett, 63, a resident of Shenandoah for the past four years, died Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Rockingham Memorial where he had been a patient for the past six weeks.
            Born April 10, 1887, in Elkton, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Shifflett.
            Surviving are his wife, Mrs. George W. Shifflett, of Shenandoah, one daughter, Mrs. Maynard F. Mobry, of Baltimore; one son, Vernon R. Shifflett, of Bridgewater; three sisters, Mrs. Ada Johnson, of Martinsburg, W.Va., Miss Florence Shifflett, of Elkton, and Miss Annie Shifflett, of East Point; two brothers, Will Shifflett, and Jim Shifflett, of Elkton; and three grandchildren.
            Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Elkton Pentecostal Church with the Rev. E.C. Ridenour officiating. Burial took place in the Elkton Cemetery.                                                                                                                      
Page News & Courier, Thursday 30 Jul 1953***
SHENANDOAH NEWS
CHARLES T. SHOMO
            Charles T. Shomo, 61, of Newport, Ky., died suddenly Wednesday, July 22, at Sultons Bay, Michigan. Mr. and Mrs. Shomo, accompanied by her brother-in-law and sister, were on a fishing trip when he was stricken...
            A son of the late Samuel and Pamela Turner Shomo, he was born at Newport, Va., and left Virginia in his early youth. He was a retired Columbus, Ohio, police officer, having served 25 years on the police force, and had resided at Newport, Ky., since his retirement. He was a member of the Fort Thomas Presbyterian Church, the Columbus Lodge of Masons and the Fraternal Order of Police in Columbus.
            He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Elsie Brickett Shomo, three brothers: Thomas Shomo, Hagerstown, Md.; Samuel Shomo and James Shomo, of Shenandoah, Va., and five sisters, Mrs. Grover (Nora) Seekford and Mrs. Harry (Rachel) Good, of Luray, Va.; Mrs. Carl (Lelia) Keyser and Mrs. David (Lillie) Lucas, of Shenandoah, Va., and Mrs. Daisy Haskin, of Cleveland, O., and one uncle Grant Turner, of New Market, Va.
            Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Radel Funeral Home in Newport, with burial in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Cherry Grove, O...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 22 Jul 1954
EDWARD H. SHORT
            Edward Home Short, 86, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Vada Smith, of York, Pa. Mr. Short had been in ill health for the past three months and had been at the home of his daughter for the past month.
            A son of the late John A. Short and Elizabeth Sigler Short, he was born at Alma in Page County on July 9, 1868. He was a member on the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church at Alma. He was a retired Baltimore & Ohio Railroad employee.
            He was united in marriage with Miss Barbara Cubbage, who preceded him in death. Surviving are five children: Mrs. Stage Viands, of Luray, Mrs. John Henning, of Washington, D.C., Mrs. Vada Smith, of York, Pa., Fred Short and Lloyd Short, both of Baltimore, Md. He is also survived by one brother, John Short, of Alma, and one sister, Mrs. P.R. Pifer, of Silver Spring, Md.
            Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church at Alma with Rev. William R. Snyder in charge, Interment was in the church cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 24 Jan 1957
MRS. LEWIS SHORT
            Mrs. Bertie Irene Short, 78, wife of Lewis M. Short, of Alma, died early Friday morning at the University of Virginia Hospital, where she had been a patient for five days. She had been an invalid for eight years.
            She was the daughter of the late William and Jennie Cummings Campbell. Mr. and Mrs. Short would have celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary February 20.
            She was a loyal and active member of St. Peter’s EUB Church…
            Besides her husband, Lewis M. Short, she is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Carrie Short, of Alma, Mrs. John Hoffman, Hagerstown, Md., Mrs. H.J. Judd, Shenandoah, Mrs. Marian Sniedoski, Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Granville Batman, Stanley; three sons, Carl Short, of Elkton, Clark Short, of Stanley, and Cecil Short, of Alexandria. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren, and eighteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, a sister and a brother.
            The body was removed from the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home to the Shenandoah EUB Church at 1 p.m., Sunday to lie in state until 2 o’clock when funeral services were conducted by the Rev. John W. Aleshire, Rev. C.F. Hickle and Rev. P.W. Fisher… Burial took place in the Rest Haven Cemetery.                                                      
Page News & Courier, Thursday 15 Jul 1954
R.E. SHORT Passes After Long Illness
            Robert Ernest Short, 80, one of Page County’s oldest blacksmiths and mechanics, passed this life quietly at 2:10 p.m., Sunday, July 11th, at his home at Leaksville.
            Due to failing health, he was compelled to close his shop several years ago, but continued to farm his garden and do light work around his home until becoming bedfast in February.
            Robert Short was the son of James Short and Jane Dovel Short. He was born January 24, 1874, at Leaksville. Excepting for several years spent in Steelton, Pa., in the steel mills, he was a life long resident of Leaksville.
            In 1901 he was married to Laura Dadisman, who preceded him in death in 1918. To this union there were born three children, Gertrude (Mrs. Odie Jewell) of Luray, Varlton, (Mrs. Roy Huffman), of Arlington, Va., and Alvin Short, of Kensington, Md. There are also three grandchildren, A. Wayne Huffman, Seaman on the USS Consolation, San Diego, Cal., Robert Short, son of Alvin Short, of Kensington, Md., and Alice Jewell, of Luray.
            In 1928, Mr. Short was again married, this time to Ethel Williams, of Elkton, Va. To this union the following children were born: Arva, James, Jane, Elizabeth and Max.
            Mr. Short united with the Leaksville Christian Church in 1897 and from that time until becoming unable to attend, he has been active in the affairs of his church.
            For more than 40 years he taught Sunday school Classes…
            Funeral services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. R.E. Newton, on Tuesday, July 13th, at 3 p.m., in the Leaksville Church with interment in the Leaksville cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 7 Feb 1952 issue
Death of MRS. ELBERT L. SHULER
            Mrs. Rena M. Kite Shuler, 43, wife of Elber L. Shuler, died Saturday morning at 2:50 at the R.M. Hospital, following an illness of five years. The past two years she was confined to her home. Mrs. Shuler was admitted to the hospital on Friday.
            ……………. She was a loyal and faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church…….
            A daughter of the late Mrs. Myrtle Shuler Kite, she was born at Grove Hill on March 9, 1909. On March 9, 1927, she was married to Elber L. Shuler.
            She is survived by her husband, Elbert L. Shuler; two daughters, Mary Lee and Judy Carol; two sons, Eunice Wayne and Elbert, Jr., at home, her father, Oscar W. Kite, of Grove Hill, two sisters, Mrs. Earl (Mildred) Kite, of Grove Hill, and Mrs. Randolph (Eliza) Koontz, of Shenandoah, and one brother, Irby Kite, of Grove Hill.
            The body was removed from the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home at 10 o’clock Monday morning to be in state at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church were funeral services were held at 2 p.m. The services were conducted by her pastor, the Rev. B.B. Latshaw, Jr. Burial took place in the church cemetery.                                                                                  
Page News & Courier, Thursday 23 Sep 1954
MRS. SARAH IDA SIGLER
            Mrs. Sarah Ida Sigler, 85, widow of the late Abram Sigler, and formerly of Luray, died in a hospital near Hagerstown, Md., on Saturday. She was a patient in nursing homes for five years.
            She was born in Luray, being a daughter of Jefferson and Susan Jenkins Skelton. She was a member of the Luray Church of the Brethren for many years.
            Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at two o’clock from the Luray Church of the Brethren with Rev. Joseph Whitacre officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
            She is survived by one son, Willie L. Sigler, of Hagerstown; four daughters, Mrs. Latham Marlowe, of Hagerstown; Mrs. Guy Nelson, of Baltimore; Mrs. Lloyd Presgraves, of Rileyville, Mrs. Siram Ellis, of Baltimore, and a sister, Mrs. Charles C. Bolen, Luray, and 12 grandchildren.                                                                                       
Page News & Courier, Thursday 8 Feb 1951***
NEWS ON THE HILL
Death of MRS. JULIA E. SLOANE
            The death of Mrs. Julia E. Sloane, 85, a resident of the Blainesvilkle community marks the passing of another highly esteemed member of her race...
            She was a life long resident of Page County and was born in the Mud Pike section. Her parents were the late John and Ellen Hughes Dougans. For a number of years she worked for Prof. Binford of the old Luray Female Institute, and in later years was a familiar figure in town with her canned foods and beautiful flowers which she sold to Luray families. It was not uncommon for her to be seen walking all the way from her home in Blainesville to Luray even in her late years. On many occasions, the lovely dahlias which she raised in her Blainesville garden were displayed in the office of the Page News and Courier...
            Since girlhood she had been a member of the Free Baptist Church at Blainesville.
            Surviving are her aged husband, Thomas L. Sloane, 90, of Blainesville, a brother-in-law, George Bradford, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was the last member of her family, her five brothers and sisters having preceded her in death. She had one child who died in infancy.
            Rev. Bert Madison, of Luray, will conduct the funeral at 2:00 p.m. Friday, from the Blainesville Church. Burial will be in the Redmond Cemetery.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 1 Jun 1950
Last Rites Held For EMERY E. SMELSER
            Last rites took place Saturday morning at eleven o’clock from the Rileyville Union Church for Emery Eugene Smelser, 40, who died at the University Hospital, Wednesday night, May 24. Burial was in Beahm’s Chapel Cemetery. Rev. Josiah Andrew officiated, assisted by Rev. Galen Crist.
            Mr. Smelser had been a patient in the Hospital for six weeks suffering with severe burns about his body, face and arms which he sustained when his clothing was ignited from an electric heater in the shop at his home. His condition had been serious for several weeks, although it was believed that he was improving.
            He was born on May 23, 1910, near Rileyville a son of Amos C. Smelser and the later Mrs. Dora E. Wood Smelser. For several years he had been employed in Hagerstown, but for sometime lately he had been employed as an electrician at the American Viscose Corp. in Front Royal. He also did repair work on electrical appliances on a small ship in his home. He was a member of the Methodist Church and Lafayette Lodge No. 137 AF & AM at Luray.
            Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Nora Sours, of Luray, and four children: Jean, JoAnne, Max and Donnie, all at home. He also leaves two brothers: Ray Smelser, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Frank Smelser, of Crewe, Va.                                                     
Page News & Courier, Thursday 10 Oct 1957
Death of CHARLES H. SMITH
            Charles Henry Smith, 86, retired saw mill operator and a life long resident of the Comertown community east of Shenandoah, died at 1:50 a.m. Monday. He had been critically ill for a week.
            …
            A son of the late Abraham and Sarah Comer Smith, he was born December 19, 1870, and was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Shenandoah. In 1893 he was married to Miss Ida Florence Grimsley, who preceded him in death on November 3, 1938. A son and a daughter and two brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.
            He is also survived by three sons, Charles Russell Smith, of Shenandoah, Hubert F. Smith, of Pennville, N.J., and Leo Smith, of Manchester, Md.; four daughters, Mrs. Carl ( Mamie) Comer and Mrs. Russell (Mattie) Comer, of Shenandoah, and Misses Ethel and Mayo Smith, at home; 23 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. W.H. (Josie) Slye, and a brother, Herman Smith, of Hagerstown, Md., also survive.
            Funeral services were conducted from the chapel of the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon with Rev. Laurence Rogers and Rev. Linwood M. Ball officiating…… Burial took place in the Sam Comer Cemetery.                                   
Page News & Courier, Thursday 3 Apr 1958
HIRAM L. SMITH Dies In Hagerstown
            Hiram Lee Smith, 80, died Tuesday morning at his home at 246 Frederick Street, Hagerstown, Md., following an illness of one month. Death was due to complications.
            Mr. Smith was born and reared in Shenandoah. He was the son of the late Abraham L. and Sarah Jane Comer Smith. He had lived in Hagerstown for fifty-five years. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and was a brakeman on the Western Maryland Railroad for thirty-seven years. He was retired because of ill health.
            He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret L. Sly Smith, four sons, Abraham L., Isaac Franklin, Joseph R. and Marvin W. Smith, all of Hagerstown; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. William (Josie) Sly, of Hagerstown.
            Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Vernon Miles from the Chapel of the A.K. Coffman Funeral Home at 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Interment took place in the Rose Hill Cemetery.                                                                                                                               
Page News & Courier, Thursday 13 Nov 1952          (SHENANDOAH SECTION)
Death of MAYLON JASPER SMITH
            Maylon Jasper Smith, 71, well known plasterer of this community, died at 2 o’clock Thursday morning following an illness of several days.
            A son of the late George W. and Mary Price Smith, he was born July 5, 1881. He was twice married, his first wife, the former Miss Blanche Breeden, preceded him in death in 1924. To this union was born one daughter, Mrs. Reba Thayer, of Alexandria, who survives. His second wife, Miss Virginia Alice Lucas, also survives. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Eliza Comer and Miss Lizzie Smith, of Shenandoah; two brothers, Newton Smith and Jacob Smith, of Shenandoah. An infant son and two brothers preceded him in death.
            The body was removed from the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home on Friday afternoon to his late home where funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon with the Rev. James F. Short officiating. Burial took place in the George Smith Cemetery near Shenandoah.                                                                                                        
Page News & Courier, Thursday 27 Apr 1950
MRS. EMMA SUSAN SOURS Succumbs
            Funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at two o’clock from Ida Grove Brethern Church for Mrs. Emma Susan Sours, 76, who passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Floyd Miller, of Ida, at 3:15 a.m. Thursday, April 20. Mrs. Sours had been in ill health for the past eighteen months. Her pastor, Rev. Galen Crist, was in charge of the funeral assisted by Rev. H.B. Arehart. Burial was in the family cemetery near the church.
            Mrs. Sours was a daughter of the late Joseph W. Cave and Barbara Ann Comer Cave, and was born on February 24, 1874. Her husband, Joseph A. Sours, preceded her in death eighteen months ago.
            She is survived by seven children: Mrs. Charles ( Fannie) Woodward, of Florida, Mrs. Clarence (Beulah) Somers, of Luray, Mrs. H.W. (Martha) Nichols, of Hagerstown, Md., Mrs. Lawrence (Hazel) Sours, Carl W. Sours, Mrs. Floyd (Rebecca) Miller and Mrs. Harry (Linda) Huffman, of Luray. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Robert T. (Daisy) Somers, of Luray, and two brothers, Seph Cave, of Washington, D.C., and Herbert Cave, of St. Petersburg, Fla.                                                                                                                 
Page News & Courier, Thursday 10 Aug 1950
Funeral Held For Accident Victim (GLEN FRANKLIN SOURS)
            Funeral services were held on Friday at 2:00 p.m. from the Stanley Baptist Church for Glen Franklin Sours, 33, who lost his life in an automobile accident early Wednesday morning, August 2, south of Newport. Burial was in the family cemetery.
            Born on August 15, 1916, the deceased was a son of Henry A. Sours and Mattie Foltz Sours, of Stanley.
            He is survived, in addition to his parents, by his wife, the former Miss Marguerite Lowery, whom he married on June 17, 1946, and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. William (Vella E.) Montgomery, of Merrifield, Va., Voyle A. Sours, of Luray, Clarke E. Sours of Boyce, Va., Mrs. Lloyd (Neva V.) Housden, and Mrs. Carson (Clara) Foltz, of Luray, John Sours, of Berryville, and Mrs. Garland (Vera) Offenbacker, of Washington, D.C.                                                                                                                                       
Page News & Courier, Thursday 30 Sep 1954
JESSE. L. SOURS
            Jesse Irvin Sours, 57, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, at his home in Falls Church, where he had lived for the past 30 years, having moved from there from Luray…
            A son of the late Hubert F. Sours and Mary S. Printz Sours he was born on Sept. 4, 1897. On April 25, 1917, he was married to Mary Alma Offenbacker who survives him as do four brothers: Rufus W. Sours, of Richmond, Russell F. Sours, of Arlington, Paul H. Sours, of Hagerstown, Md., and Carson L. Sours, Waynesboro. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge No. 11 in Falls Church.
            His pastor, the Rev. A.W. Jackson, of Cherrydale Baptist Church, conducted the funeral services at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Pearson’s Funeral Home in Falls Church. Interment was in the National Memorial Park just west of Falls Church.                         
Page News & Courier, Thursday 15 May 1958 issue
MRS. LUTHER SOURS
            Mrs. Virgie Lee Sours, 73, a well-known resident of Stanley, passed away at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10th at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital after being a patient there for two weeks…
            A daughter of the late John M. Painter and Ella Florence Painter, Mrs. Sours was born at Stanley on November 11, 1884. On January 25, 1905 she was united in marriage with M. Luther Sours, who survives her with four children, Luther Ray Sours, Roy Lee Sours and Mrs. Belah Lee Nauman, all of Stanley; and Mrs. Irene May Blosser, of Weyers Cave, Va. Two brothers, Lloyd Painter and Cletus Painter, of Stanley, and one sister, Mrs. Effie Good, also of Stanley also survive as do 19 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters are deceased.
            Last rites were conducted by Elder A.F. Sudduth Monday morning at eleven o’clock at the Stanley Seventh Day Adventist Church and burial was in the church cemetery.                                                                                                                                
Page News & Courier,  Thursday 2 Nov 1950
Death of WILLIAM L. SOURS
            William Lonnie Sours, 72, of Luray, passed away on Monday of this week at the Page Memorial Hospital after an illness of ten days. For the past eight years Mr. Sours had resided? … with his sister, Mrs. John Foltz, had prior to that time he had spent a number of years in Martinsburg, W.Va.
            Mr. Sours was a son of the late William Henry Sours and Arbelia Virginia Smith Sours, and was born on December 23, 1877. His father was a shoemaker and farmer of the Mill Creek section most of his life.
            He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Martinsburg, W.Va. He had never married…
            Rev. R. Kern Eutsler conducted the last rites which took place yesterday at 2:00 p.m., from the Methodist Church. Burial was in the Sours Cemetery at Mill Creek.
            Mr. Sours leaves the following sister and brothers: Mrs. John (Flora) Foltz, W. Amos Sours, M. Luther Sours and J. Arthur Sours, of Luray, Thomas R. Sours, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Lovie A. Sours, of Culpeper, Va. The following are deceased: Mrs. Fred (Sadie) Dinges, Elmer Sours and two sisters in infancy.                                               
Page News & Courier, Thursday 9 Aug 1956
OBANION SOUTHARD Dies
            Neighbors and friends were saddened to learn that Obanion Southard, 83, died at his home at 3 a.m., Tuesday of this week. Mr. Southard, who was well known in the county, had been in failing health for the past year.
            Obanion Southard was born near Stanley, Va., on December 14, 1872, and spent his entire life in the county where he was a well known farmer. He was the son of the late Thomas J. Southard and Narcisie Cave Southard. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
            He was married to Ella E. Breeden on September 14, 1903. Mrs. Southard survives him as does one sister, Mrs. Lena Title, of Stanley.
            The Rev. O.L. Martin will conduct the funeral today (Thursday) at one o’clock p.m., in the Luray Christian Church. Burial will be in the Grove Baptist Cemetery in Gold Vein, VA.                                                                                                               
Page News & Courier, Thursday 6 Mar 1952
MRS. STANLEY Dies At 100
            Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Stanley, a great-great-grandmother who outlived eight of her twelve children, died at her home in the Furnace community, near the Page County line, at 7 o’clock a.m., Friday at the age of 100. Her death was preceded by an illness of several months, but only during the past short while was she confined to her bed.
            Mrs. Stanley was the widow of Thomas J. Stanley and the oldest member of the Jolletts Methodist Church.
            The four surviving children are: Mrs. Will Merica, Elkton; Harvey A. Stanley, Hancock, Md.; Ernest R. and Edgar L. Stanley, Pittsburgh, Pa.; while eight preceded her in death. Also living are 39 grandchildren and a large number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. Jennie Harris, of Elkton, and a brother, Warfield Meadows, of Brecksville, Ohio.
            Rev. C.K. Hackley, of Stanley, officiated at funeral services held Sunday at 2 p.m. from the Jolletts Methodist Church. Burial was in the Jolletts cemetery.                                
Page News & Courier, Thursday 31 May 1951***
ANDREW JACKSON STEPP
            Andrew Jackson Stepp, 86, veteran retired bridge inspector for the Norfolk and Western Railroad, died at his home at Shenandoah Monday evening at 8:30...
            Born on Aug. 16, 1864, he was united in marriage to Miss Susan Bennett on Dec. 13, 1892. Mrs. Stepp survives. Mr. Stepp was a life-long member of the Shenandoah E.U.B. Church. He was also a member of the Ashler Lodge No. 135, A.F. & A.M., of Shenandoah, and was raised to a Master Mason on July 10, 1897. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.
            Besides his wife he is survived by the following children: Elbert Stepp, Mrs. Alva (Mabel) Callary and Paul Stepp, all of Shenandoah; Gilbert Stepp, of Dahlgren; Claude Stepp, of Waynesboro, and Ray Stepp, of Bluefield, W.Va. Four sons preceded him in death. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren.
            Funeral services were conducted from the Shenandoah E.U.B. Church Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock with the Rev. P.W. Fisher in charge of the services... Burial was in the E.U.B. Cemetery...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 29 Jul 1954
ART N. STEPP
            Art N. Stepp, 75, a resident of the West Shenandoah community, between Elkton and Shenandoah, for a number of years and a former employee of the Norfolk and Western Railroad died at 12:25 Monday afternoon at his home after a prolonged illness.
            Mr. Stepp had not been well for the past seven years and was forced to retire from active work. However, he was able to be up and around and his condition did not become serious until last Monday night. His condition has grown gradually weaker, and little hope had been given for his recovery.
            A son of the late Dave Stepp and Mary Catherine Kiser Stepp, he was born on June 6, 1879 in Page County but moved as a young man to the West Shenandoah community near Elkton and Shenandoah where he has since made his home. Mr. Stepp was employed for a period of 22 years with the N & W Railroad, having been employed as a brakeman and also having worked in the shops at Shenandoah. During the later years of his life he had been engaged in the painting-contracting business until he was forced to retire because of his health.
            On July 24, 1907, he married Miss Dorotha A. Dovel, who survive shim. Beside his wife, he is survived by three children: Mrs. Carroll (Lena) Hinegardner and Raymond H. Stepp, both of Elkton, and Mrs. John (Della) Harmon, of Baltimore. He also leaves 20 grandchildren; and four brothers: Mart Stepp, of Boyce, Va., S.F. (Bub) Stepp, of Winchester; Luther Stepp, of Shenandoah, and Sam Stepp, of Ingham. A number of nieces and nephews also survive.
            A daughter, Mary V. Stepp, died on June 20, 1915; and a sister, Mrs. Betty Smelter ; and two brothers, Willie and Charley Stepp, also preceded him in death.
            … He was a member of the former St. Peter’s Christian Church…
            Funeral services were held on Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock from his late residence. The Rev. Forrest S. Racey conducted the services and burial was in the family lot in the St. Peters EUB Church Cemetery.                                                                           
Page News & Courier, Thursday 16 Dec 1954           (SHENANDOAH SECTION)
Death of H. LEWIS STEPP
            Henry Lewis Stepp, 80, retired Norfolk and Western Railroad employee, died Thursday, December 9th, at his home after a lingering illness of four years. He had been bedfast for the past five months.
            He was the son of the late David and Mary Keyser Stepp and had spent his entire life in this community. A lifelong member of the E.U.B. Church, he was highly respected…
            He was united in marriage with Miss Wilmetta Hughes, of Grove Hill, who survives with five children, one daughter, Mrs. Ruby G. Darnell, at home; four sons, Donald L. Stepp, of Shenandoah, William V. Stepp, of Washington, Sgt. Walter H. Stepp, U.S. Army in Germany, and Arthur J. Stepp, at home; three brothers, Martin Stepp, of Boyce, Va., Simeon Stepp, of Winchester, and Samuel Stepp, of Shenandoah; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by a son and a daughter, two brothers and a sister.
            Funeral services at the United Brethern Church were conducted by his pastor, the Rev. P.W. Fisher, on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Burial was in the E.U.B. Cemetery.                 
Page News & Courier, Thursday 31 Dec 1959***
SHENANDOAH NEWS
MRS. SAMUEL STEPP
            Mrs. Annie Virginia Dovel Stepp, 82, wife of Samuel Stepp, of Grove Hill, died Wednesday morning at 10:45 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ray Painter, of Luray.
            ...
            The daughter of William A. and Rebecca Dovel, she was born January 23, 1877 and has spent her entire life in this section. She was a member of the Grove Hill E.U.B. Church.
            She is survived by her husband, Samuel Stepp, one daughter, Mrs. Ray (Lucille) Painter, of Luray, and one son, Edgar R., of Grove Hill.
            The body is at the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home in Shenandoah pending funeral arrangements.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 2 Aug 1956
MRS. J.A. STEPP
            Mrs. Susan Lavinia Bennett Stepp, 84, widow of Andrew Jackson Stepp, one of Shenandoah’s oldest and most beloved residents, died Friday evening at 6:10 at her home, following an illness of several years. Her condition became critical several weeks ago.
            Mrs. Stepp was the daughter of the late George W. and Nancy Rinaca Bennett and had lived her entire life in and near Shenandoah. She was a life long member of the Trinity EUB Church in Rinaca’s Corner. She was united in marriage to Andrew J. Stepp in 1892.
            …
            She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Alvah (Mable) Callary, of Shenandoah, five sons, Gilbert A. Stepp, of Dahlgren, Claude Stepp, of Waynesboro, Ray Stepp, of Richmond, Elbert C. Stepp and Paul Stepp, of Shenandoah, three sisters, Mrs. George J. Fischer, of Shenandoah, Mrs. Leila Lam, of Cumberland, Md., and Mrs. Elizabeth Dovel, of Charlottesville, twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, four sons, two brothers and one sister.
            Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the chapel of the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home with the Rev. P.W. Fisher and the Rev. Forrest S, Racey officiating. Burial took place in the E.U.B. Cemetery…                                                    
Page News & Courier, Thursday 18 Aug 1955
S.F. STEPP
            Simeon Franklin Stepp, 82, a native of Shenandoah, died Saturday in the Winchester Hospital. He had been in declining health for the past year.
            Mr. Stepp, who was a painter and a cabinet maker, spent most of his life in Shenandoah, but had made his home in Winchester for the past 15 years.
            A son of the late David and Mary Catherine Keyser Stepp, he was born near Shenandoah on August 22, 1872. In nine days he would have reached his eighty-third birthday.
            He is survived by two brothers, Martin Stepp, of Boyce, VA., and Samuel Stepp, of Shenandoah, and a number of nieces and nephews. Four brothers and a sister preceded him in death. He was twice married. Both wives preceded him in death.
            Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock from the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home with the Rev. P.W. Fisher officiating. Burial took place in the E.U.B. Cemetery.                                                                                                   
Page News & Courier, Thursday 7 Apr 1955
JOHN L. STROOP
            John L. Stroop, 84, well-known resident of the Bixler’s Ferry section of Page County, passed away at 4 p.m., Sunday, April 3, at his home on Bixler’s Ferry Road. Although he had been ill for about three months, his death came as a shock to his family and friends…
            A son of the late William Stroop and Susan Blosser Stroop, he was born at Stanley on July 1, 1870. He was a farmer most of his life and was well-known and liked by all who knew him. His presence will be sadly missed in the community.
            Surviving are his wife, the former Miss Eliza Blosser, and three children, Mrs. Sigourney Thomas, Miss Vinda Stroop and Lake Stroop, all of Luray. Also survive are one sister, Mrs. Maggie McCoy, of Stanley, five grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. One brother and six sisters are deceased.
            The Rev. E. Wayne Thompson conducted the last rites at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Mt. Carmel Regular Baptist Church. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery.                   
Page News & Courier. Thursday 5 Jul 1956
MRS. MARY S. SWITZER Dies
            Mrs. Mary Susan Higgs Switzer, 76, widow of Christian Switzer, died at 11:00 a.m. Monday in Baltimore where she had resided for a number of years.
            Mrs. Switzer was born at Newport and lived in Shenandoah for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband on July 4, 1913.
            She is survived by three daughters, three sons and one stepson.
            Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11:00 a.m., from the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home with Rev. P.W. Fisher officiating. Burial will take place in the E.U.B. Cemetery.                                                                                                                               
Page News & Courier, Thursday 5 May 1955
J.E. TAYLOR Dies
            James Edward Taylor, 85, well known Page County resident and a native of Greene county, Va., passed away at noon Saturday, April 30th, at his home near Stanley. Mr. Taylor had been in failing health for the past five years.
            A son of the late James Taylor and Melissa Lamb Taylor, he was born in Greene County on October 18, 1870. He was a faithful member of the Bethlehem Christian Church… On December 24, 1919, he was united in marriage with Miss Della Marie Dean, who survives. Mrs. Taylor has been a correspondent for the Page News and Courier for many years.
            Surviving Mr. Taylor, in addition to his widow, are three sons, Vernon L., of Sparta, Ill., James E. of Luray and William E. of Alexandria and two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Spera, of Cumberland, Md., and Mrs. Albert (Melissa) Heiston, of Alexandria. One brother, Charlie Taylor, two half-brothers, Pany Samuels and Cicero Samuels, all of Stanardsville, also survive as do twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. An adopted son, Seldon Courtney passed away three years ago.
            The Rev. O.L. Martin, assisted by Rev. E.W. Thompson, conducted the last rites at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 3rd at the Bethlehem Christian Church. Interment was in the church cemetery.                                                                                                                  
Page News & Courier, Thursday 25 Sep 1952***
MRS. TILDA MAY TAYLOR
            Mrs. Tilda May Taylor, 43, of Stanley, was found dead at her home at her home at Jordan Hollow, early Saturday morning. While she had been in failing health for the past six years, her death was sudden.
            Mrs. Taylor was born on May 10, 1909, and was a daughter of Mrs. Mamie Berry Jenkins, of Stanley, and the late Walter Jenkins. She was a member of the Bethlehem Christian Church. On October 12, 1928, she married Cecil L. Taylor, who survives with fourteen children: Geneva, Willis, Ronald, Betty, Pete, Richard, Jimmy, Roger Lee, Bobby, Alfred, Ruby, Frances and Elwood, all at home and Cecil Jr., in the U.S. Navy.
            She also leaves the following brothers and sister: Otis, Harley, Leo, Roscoe, and Reuben Jenkins and Mrs. Elizabeth Dean, all of Silver Spring, Md.
            Rev. Berl H. Brewer conducted the funeral on Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock at the Bethlehem Christian Church. Interment was in the Cave family cemetery...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 20 Jan 1955
MRS. W.D. TAYLOR
            Mrs. Lucinday Hester Taylor, 76, wife of Delon Taylor, died at 2:45 p.m. Monday at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for two weeks.
            She was the daughter of Layton Sisk and Sarah Hurt. She was born in Madison County and later moved to Valleyburg section in Luray, where she was a member of the Bethlehem Christian Church…..
            Besides her husband, Delon Taylor, she is survived by four daughters and two sons, Mrs. Zula Sisk and Mrs. Mattie Sours, of Stanley, Mrs. Della Dodson, of Washington, D.C., Mrs. Essie Jenkins, of Baltimore, Md., E. Bernie Taylor, of Elkton, and L. Cecil Taylor, of Woodville, Va. Two daughters are deceased.
            She is also survived by one brother and two sisters, Charles Sisk, of Sperryville, Mrs. Betty Ann Berrey, of Stanley, and Mrs. Alpha Breeden, of Baltimore, Md. She also leaves 37 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren.
            Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. from the Luray Christian Church with the Rev. Orville Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery……                                                                                                                           
Page News & Courier, Thursday 16 Jun 1955
W.D. TAYLOR
            Walter Dealon Taylor, 84, who has been in ill health for sometime, passed away June 8, at 6:30 p.m., at Elkton. He had been a patient for some time previous to his death in the Page Memorial Hospital.
            He was the son of the late Frances Clift and Newton Taylor and was born in Page County and lived in the Valleyburg section in Luray where he was a member of the Luray Christian Church…..
            He was united in marriage with Lucinday Hester Sisk, who preceded him in death January 17, 1955. Surviving are four daughters and two sons, Mrs. Mattie Sours and Mrs. Zula Sisk, of Stanley, Mrs. Della Dodson, of Washington, D.C., Mrs. Essie Jenkins, of Baltimore, Md., E. Bernie Taylor, of Elkton, and L. Cecil Taylor, of Woodville, Va. Two daughters are deceased.
            He is also survived by one sister and two brothers, Mrs. Nora May, of Shenandoah, Charles Taylor, of Stanley, and Theodore Taylor, of Martinsburg, W.Va. He also leaves 37 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren.
            Funeral services were held Saturday, June 11, at 3 p.m. from the Luray Christian Church with the Rev. Orville Martin and Rev. James H. Fox, Jr., officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery…                                                                                                         
Page News & Courier, Thursday 3 Apr 1958
MRS. GEORGE TEDESCO
            Mrs. Ruby Marie Tedesco, 33, wife of George E. Tedesco, of the Pine Grove community near Stanley, died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday March 29th at the Bethesda Naval Hospital where she had been a patient since January 24th. She had been in failing health for several years.
            Mrs. Tedesco was the daughter of Harry A. Gray and Elsie Marie Southard Gray, of Stanley. She was born at Pine Grove of November 11, 1924. She grew up in that community… She was a devout member of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Pine Grove.
            On June 13, 1947, she was married to George E. Tedesco. Mr. Tedesco, who has served in the U.S. Navy for 16 years, survives her with two small children, Georgia Marie, age 7, and Anthony Gray, aged 8. Two brothers, Harry A. Gray, Jr. and Mathew L. Gray both of Stanley, also survive.
            The Rev. Harold Vogt conducted the last rites Tuesday morning at ten o’clock at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Pine Grove. Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery Tuesday afternoon.                                                                                                                  
Page News & Courier, Thursday 27 Oct 1955
JAMES P. THOMAS
            James Parker Thomas, 82, of Stanley, died on Sunday at 2:05 p.m., in a Staunton hospital following several months’ illness…
            A former railroad employee and sawmill operator, Mr. Thomas was a son of the late Frank and Eliza Thomas. He was a member of St. George’s Episcopal Church.
            Married twice, his first wife was Miss Emma Snyder, who preceded him in death. His second wife, the former Miss Annie F. Painter, survives. He also leaves four children: Mrs. Mamie Thompson, of San Diego, Addison D. Thoms, of Stanley, and Misses Janet and Mary C. Thomas, all of Stanley. Two sons and four daughters are deceased.
            He leaves a half-brother, Elmer Thomas, of Berryville, and a half-sister, Mrs. Gernie Cave, of Luray.
            Rev. John Aleshire conducted the funeral yesterday at 2 p.m., from Graves Chapel. Burial was in the Thomas Cemetery on Tanner’s Ridge.                                    
Page News & Courier, Thursday 8 Aug 1957
MRS. VIRGINIA F. THOMAS
            Mrs. Virginia F. Thomas, 85, one of the oldest residents of the Tanner’s Ridge community, died at her home on Tanner’s Ridge, near Stanley at 11:30 a.m. Friday, August 2nd, after an illness of six months…
            Mrs. Thomas was born in Page County on December 28, 1871 and was a daughter of the late Mathew Lam and Annie Lam. She was married to William Henry Thomas, who died on February 9, 1946. Mrs. Thomas was one of the last two persons who had a lifetime home in the Shenandoah National Park.
            Mrs. Thomas is survived by the following children: Mrs. Junie Breeden, Mrs. Bertha Cave, Mathew Thomas and Daniel Thomas, all of Stanley, Mrs. Irene Weakley, of Silver Spring, Md., Mrs. Minnie Offenbacker, of Luray and Mrs. Dorothy Cave, of Shenandoah. Also survived are her brother and sister, Walter Lam, of Luray, and Mrs. Drucilla Meadows, of Elkton, as well as 18 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren. One daughter is deceased.
            The Rev. Dennis Whittle conducted the graveside service Sunday afternoon at 2:30 in the Thomas Family Cemetery.                                                                               
Page News & Courier, Thursday 21 Nov 1957  (SHENANDOAH NEWS SECTION)
MRS. LULA C. TRIGGS
            Mrs. Lula Cubbage Triggs, 60, widow of W. Ott Triggs, died Tuesday at 3 a.m. at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for only twelve hours. Though she had been in ill health a number of years, her death came as a great shock to her family and friends.
            A daughter of the late Robert L. and Mattie Plum Cubbage, she was born in Shenandoah December 27, 1896, and has spent her life here.
            She was  a loyal and faithful member of the Shenandoah Evangelical United Brethern Church and though badly crippled from a stroke of paralysis, she attended Sunday school and church services as often as she possibly could.
            She was preceded in death by her husband, W.O. Triggs, a daughter, Mary, and a sister, Mrs. Pearl Propes.
            She is survived by two sons, William R. Triggs, and C. Boyd Triggs, of Shenandoah, and six grandchildren.
            Funeral services will be conducted from the Warren G. Kyger Funeral Home at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon with her pastor, the Rev. C.F. Hickle, officiating. Burial will take place in the Rest Have Cemetery.                                                                                
Page News & Courier, Thursday 16 Nov 1950
ISAAC H. TURNER Dies At Stanley
            Following an illness, which in the past few weeks had become more serious, Isaac Houston Turner, 57, passed away on Thursday, November 9th, at 6:45 a.m., at his home in Stanley.
            He was the son of Isaac Turner and Mary E. Painter Turner and was born on December 18, 1892.
            Twice married, his first wife, Miss Elna Ruffner, preceded him in death in 1919. His second wife, the former Miss Fern Painter, survives him.
            Two children by his first marriage, Mrs. Raymond (Edna) Martin and Mrs. Dalton (Elizabeth) Getz, both of Luray, survive with the following brothers and sisters: Willie Turner, Harry Turner, Earl Turner, Mrs. Solon (Clara) Nauman, and Mrs. Ray (Dudie) Painter, all of Stanley. One half-sister, Mrs. Artie Nauman, of Martinsburg, W.Va., and two half-brothers, Charles Turner, of New Market, and Amos Turner, of Martinsburg, W.Va., also survive. Two sisters are deceased.
            Elder Mark Shanko, assisted by Rev. Johnny Aleshire, conducted the funeral services from the Stanley Adventist Church on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Interment was in the church cemetery.                                                                                                              
Page News & Courier, Thursday 26 Jan 1956
Last Rites for MRS. LAURA B. TURNER
            Last rites for Mrs. Laura B. Turner, of Stanley, who died on Jan. 16, at the home of her son, Daniel P. Turner, were held last Thursday at Leak’s Chapel Church of the Brethern with her pastor, Rev. William Rodeffer, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
            Mrs. Turner was a daughter of the late Harrison and Sarah Lucas Housden and was born Jan. 19, speing all her life in the Stanley community. A devout member of the Brethern Church…
            She was preceded in death by her husband on June 6, 1931, and two daughters. Surviving are two sons and a daughter, Daniel P. Turner, Paul R. Turner and Mrs. Mabel Hilliard. She leaves 26 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren.
(No age or birth year given)                                                                                                   
Page News & Courier, Thursday 6 Nov 1952
ROBERT CASPER TURNER
            Robert Casper Turner, 81, life-long resident of the Newport community, passed away at his home at 7:40 p.m., on Friday, October 31. Mr. Turner had been in failing health for the past few years…
            The deceased was born on May 10, 1871, and was a son of the late Andrew and Rebecca Nauman Turner. He was a retired farmer and had been a faithful member of the Newport Christian Church since 1909.
            Miss Pamley Alger was united in marriage with Mr. Turner in early life and she preceded him in death in 1927. One of sixteen children, Mr. Turner is survived by one brother, Grant Turner, of New Market, and the following children: Ashby L. (Simon) Turner, Herbert M. Turner, Willie A. Turner and Samuel L. Turner, all of Stanley, and Mrs. Mamie Calhoon, of New Market. Also surviving are twenty-six grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. One son and one daughter preceded him in death.
            At the funeral held Monday at eleven o’clock from the Newport Church with Rev. R.E. Newton, officiating……. Rev. J.W. Aleshire and Rev. John Henderson assisted the pastor. Interment was in the Alger Cemetery at Battle Creek……..                                            
Page News & Courier, Thursday 5 Jan 1950
MRS. WALLACE Dies in University Hospital
            Mrs. Lottie May Wallace, 43, died in the University Hospital on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., from injuries when she was struck by a car on Monday night, north of Stanley.
            Born on April 6, 1906 in Page County, she was a daughter of Charlie Hurt and the late Fannie Buracker Hurt.
            Surviving are her husband, Amy Wallace, of Luray and the following children: Teaford Wallace, of Australia, Fla., Mrs. Harley (Jane) Mabe, of Bristol, Tenn., Misses Dorothy, Annabelle, Phyllis and Peggy Ann, and James, Bobby, Paul, Douglas and Carroll Wallace, all at home.
            Last rites took place yesterday at 2:00 p.m. from the Main Street Baptist Church with Rev. Kern Eutsler in charge. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery.
            An inquest was held this week, in connection with the death.                                 
Page News & Courier, Thursday 1 Feb 1951
STAPLES WEEKLY Dies in Madison
            Staples Weekly, 78, a nephew of Frank Weekly, who for many years lived on top of the Blue Ridge in the neighborhood of Big Meadows and whose home was the foregathering place of many Page County stockmen who owned thousands of acres of grazing lands in that section, died at his home near the Madison and Orange County line one day last week, following a long illness. When a boy Staples Weekly spent a great deal of his time at the Frank Weekly home, having been a dependable pilot in showing the Page County stockmen, who had "fishing trends of mind" many of the trout streams and "fishing holes" on the east side of the Blue Ridge. The Rapidan River was one of the favorite trout streams where Staples Weekly had an uncanny acquaintance... Staples Weekly's wife, her maiden name Louise Richards, has been dead about a half a century. When an inmate of the Frank Weekly home Staples would often make walking trips to different stores operating at Marksville where he bought groceries for his uncle's family. Years ago Staples Weekly and family lived near Weaver's Mill in Madison County.
Page News & Courier, Thursday 3 Jun 1954
MRS. DESSIE P. WILSON
            Mrs. Dessie Priscilla Wilson, 74, of Stanley, passed away at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the Page Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for the past three days. She had been in failing health for several years…
            Mrs. Wilson was born at Stanley on June 23, 1879 a daughter of the late John and Ella Painter. She was a member of the Alma Primitive Baptist Church.
            Her husband, David H. Wilson, preceded her in death on August 1, 1942.
            Surviving are four children: Mrs. John (Virginia) Ovelman, of Stanley, Mrs. Rosa Hamby, of Hagerstown, Md., Mrs. Ivan (May) Good and Miss Faye Wilson, of Stanley. Two children Earl Wilson and Mrs. Luther Blosser, are deceased. Mrs. Wilson also leaves fourteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and the following brothers and sisters: James Painter, Cletus Painter, Lloyd Painter, Mrs. Luther (Virgie) Sours and Mrs. Effie Good, of Stanley.
            Rev. A.F. Sudduth will officiate at the funeral to be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. from the Adventist Church at Stanley. Burial will be in the church cemetery.                 
Page News & Courier, Thursday 31 Dec 1959***
ERNEST L. WILSON
            Ernest Lee Wilson, 80, retired Norfolk and Western section foreman, died at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 22nd at his home at Stanley after being in failing health for ten years...
            A son of the late Mahlon Henry Wilson and Rebecca Jane Huffman Wilson, he was born in Page County on November 2, 1879. On February 25, 1898 he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Susan Mayes, who preceded him in death on February 11, 1954.
            One daughter, Miss Mary Lee Wilson, at home and one son, Edwin R. Wilson of Washington, D.C., survive him as do one granddaughter, two great grandchildren and one brother, Hubert V. Wilson of Luray. One half-brother, Sam Mayes, is deceased.
            Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon, December 26th at two o'clock in the Stanley Seventh Day Adventist Church with Elder A.F. Sudduth and Rev. William Rodeffer in charge. Interment was in the church cemetery...
Page News & Courier, Thursday 18 Feb 1954
MRS. E. LEE WILSON
            Mrs. Mollie Susan Wilson, 73, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m., at the home near Stanley. She had been ill for 12 years…
            A daughter of the late James Harvey Mayes and Sarah Ellen Painter Mayes, she was born near Stanley on Feb. 25, 1880. She was a member of the Alma Primitive Baptist church.
            She was united in marriage with Ernest Lee Wilson in December of 1897. Mr. Wilson survives as do one daughter, Miss Mary Lee Wilson, at home, one son, Edwin R. Wilson, of Washington, D.C., one grandchild and two great grandchildren. One brother, Amos Mayes, of Stanley, and one sister, Mrs. Archie (Ollie) Painter, of Stanley, also survive. One brother and two sisters are deceased.
            Last rites were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Stanley with burial in the Church Cemetery. Elder Ben Seekford, of Washington, had charge of the services.                                                                           
Page News & Courier, Thursday 3 May 1956
MRS. IDA JANE WOOD
            Mrs. Ida Jane Wood, 88, one of the oldest residents of Stanley, passed away at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Annie Stoneberger, of Stanley, after being in failing health for several years…
            Mrs. Wood was born at Rileyville on May 14, 1867 and spent her entire life in Page County… She was a devout member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was married to Moses B. Wood, who preceded her in death in 1908.
            Surviving are three children, Mrs. Annie Stoneberger, of Stanley, Marshall B. Wood, of Wilmington, Delaware and Mrs. Dorothy May Moyer, of Stanley. Also surviving are ten grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
            Funeral services will be held Friday morning at eleven o’clock at the Graves Chapel Church and burial will be in the church cemetery.