Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, 26 February 2004 

Dreamis Arbogast

Dreamis Arbogast, 80, of Cherry Grove, died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins.  He had been a resident of Nella's Nursing Home for 15 months. 

Mr. Arbogast was born Dec. 1, 1923, in Cherry Grove and was the son of the late Don Arbogast and Icie Teter Arbogast. 

He was never married. 

He was a farmer and historian.  He was a member of the Spruce Mountain Ruritan Club, where he won the perfect attendance award.  He was also a member of the Circleville Fire Department.  He enjoyed all sporting events at Circleville High School.  

Survivors include three sisters, Cynthia A. Hackett of Hagerstown, MD, and Rosa Lee Campbell and Betty Jean Pennington, both of Elkins; four brothers, Coy Arbogast and Carl Arbogast, both of Alliance, OH, Guy Arbogast of Elkins and Earl Arbogast of Cherry Grove; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Elva Arbogast and Bonnie Smith; and two brothers, Delbert Arbogast and Hoy Arbogast. 

The Rev. Stanley Kile will conduct the funeral 1 p.m. Friday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial will be at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin. 

Friends may call at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. tonight. 

Lena F. Wilfong, 89

Lena Francis Wilfong, 89, of the Airport Road in Bridgewater, VA, died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Mrs. Wilfong was born March 1, 1914, in Sugar Grove and was the daughter of the late martin and Maggie Puffenbarger Smith.  

She moved to the Virginia area in 1936 from West Virginia.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Cedar Grove United Methodist Church and West Rockingham Senior Citizens. 

On Dec. 8, 1934, she married Arthur Herbert Wilfong, who preceded her in death May 31, 1991. 

She is survived by seven daughters, Loretta Simmers of Mount Crawford, VA, Betty Glick, Sue Boone, Janie Beach and Debbie Custer, all of Harrisonburg, VA, Dottie Custer of Mount Clinton, VA, and Cyndi Smith of Bridgewater, VA; a brother, Riley V. Smith of Clover Hill, MD; 13 grandchildren; one stepgrandchild,; 15 great-grandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The Revs. Curtis Hensley and Jeff Ferguson conducted the funeral 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, VA.  Burial followed at the Sugar Grove Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Bridgewater Rescue Squad, PO Box 285, Bridgewater, VA 22812, or the Cedar Grove United Methodist church, 1712 Smithland Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.   

Virgil Simmons, 80

Virgil Simmons, 80, of 4651 Scenic Highway, Mount Solon, VA, died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at Rockingham memorial Hospital.

Mr. Simmons was born June 3, 1923, in Sugar Grove and was the son of Steven Tressel and Sarah Eckard Simmons. 

He was a member of Mount Solon Pentecostal Church and retired from Stanley Furniture Company.  He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and veteran of the C.C.C. Camp.  

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Gertrude Puffenbarger Simmons, whom he married Dec, 18, 1946; a daughter, Lydia Jane Berry of Staunton, VA; two sons, Everett Simmons of Crimora, VA, and William Simmons of Staunton, VA; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.  

The Rev. Charles David Clinedinst conducted a graveside service 11 a.m. Monday at Oak Lawn Memory Gardens in Staunton. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Virgil Simmons Medical Expense Fund at Mount Solon Pentecostal Church, c/o Ms. Linda M. Kelley, 1062 North River Road, Mount Solon, VA  22843.  

Obituaries are used with the permission of the Pendleton Times.

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