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15 April 2010

Bobby Lee Thompson

Bobby Lee Thompson, 53, of Seneca Rocks passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2010, at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA.

Mr. Thompson was born on May 30, 1956 in Riverton, the son of the late Irene T. Adkison.

He attended Pendleton County Schools.   He was farmer on the family farm and a member of the North Fork Baptist Church.  He loved singing, church and farming.

On Nov. 12, 2006, he married Rosealee Hornick Thompson, who survives in Riverton.

Also surviving are a brother, Allen Hugh Thompson of Riverton; three step-daughters, Tammy Ellen Drain and husband, Douglas of Roseland, VA, Teresa Ann Eumintus and husband, Jeff of Lynchburg, VA, and Donna Jean Newport and husband, Roger of Virginia; a step-son, Dale Elwood Hornick and wife, Glenda of Linville, VA; 10 step-grandchildren; and two step-great-granddaughters.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, with Pastor Dan Powers officiating.  Interment was in the Thompson Family Cemetery in Riverton.

Arlene Virginia May

Arlene Virginia May, 85, of Moyers died Monday, April 5, 2010, at Pendleton Manor in Franklin.

She was born Aug. 11, 1924, at Dahmer and was the daughter of the late Lester R. Hoover and Julia Anne Pitsenbarger Hoover.

She was a homemaker and a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church where she was the organist for over 60 years.

On Feb. 9, 1946, she married Ona Conway May, who preceded her in death on Jan. 26, 2007.

Surviving are one daughter, Carolyn May, and Mack Jones of Moneta, VA; one son and daughter-in-law, Willard R. and Ruthaleen May of Moyers; four grandchildren, Stacy Thompson, Jeremy May, Bradley May and Kayla May.

Funeral services were held Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Moyers, with Pastors Craig and Wendy Richter officiating.  Burial was at the St. John's Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church or Pendleton Manor, PO Box 700, Franklin, WV 26807.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.

Francis D. Hane, 97

Francis “Sally” D. Hane, 97, of Harrisonburg, VA, passed away April 5, 2010, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late Frank S. and Lillian K. Hayden and was born in Rockingham County, VA, on Oct. 3, 1912.

She attended Harrisonburg city schools and graduated from Visitation Academy in Frederick, MD.  She graduated from Schfords Beauty School in Richmond, VA.

Mrs. Hane moved to Harrisonburg, VA, in 1937.  She owned and operated Francis DeSales Beauty Shop.  In later years, she operated a shop in her home.

She was the oldest member of the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and a member of Harrisonburg Fire Department Ladies’ Auxiliary and a life member of VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary.

Sally was a gentle, accepting, mentor, and a listener to her many friends.

She married Perry M. Hane in Frederick, MD, on May 9, 1936.  He preceded her in death.

Surviving are a daughter, Diana Falls of Franklin; one brother and sister-in-law, James Joseph and Crystal Hayden of Harrisonburg, VA; and a special niece and her husband, Anna and Wendell Steele.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Frank “Buddy” Hayden and Edward L. Hayden.

A graveside service was conducted Friday at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens by Father Tom Mattingly.  A Celebration of Life Service was held at Lindsey Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, PO Box 1477, Harrisonburg, VA 22803, or RMH Hospice, 235 Cantrell Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Lindsey Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, VA.

Johnnie “J.C.” Harper

Johnnie Carroll “J.C.” Harper, 60, of Moyers passed away at his home.

He was born Feb. 18, 1950, at Moyers and was the son of the late John L. Harper and Mary Jane Propst Harper.

Mr. Harper graduated from Augusta Military Academy and had attended Shepherd College.  He worked at Harper’s Store and was a member of the Sandy Ridge Church of the Brethren.

Surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, Leroy and Mary Lee Harper of Salisbury, MD; one sister-in-law, Margaret Harper of Franklin; one niece and her husband, Kristina A. and William Eberly of Salisbury, MD; two nephews, Daniel L. Harper and wife, Elizabeth of Damascus, MD, and Duane M. Harper of Dalzell, SC; and five great-nephews, Nathan Harper and wife, Rachel of Martinsburg, Nicholas Harper and Matthew Harper, both of Damascus, MD; and Timothy Harper and Anthony Harper, both of Hamptonville, NC.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Eugene Harper, and one infant sister.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin with Rev. Shyrl Smith officiating.  Burial was at Cedar Hill Cemetery at Franklin.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Faye D. Ratliff, 80

Faye Dean Whetzel Ratliff, 80 of Timberville, VA, and formerly of Mozer, died April 5, 2010 at her residence.

She was born June 12, 1929, in Peru and was a daughter of the late Silas Benjamin and Dora Mongold Whetzel.

She was a seamstress at H.D. Lee Company before retiring, and a member of Mt. Olivet Church of the Brethren in Timberville, VA.

On Nov. 29, 1947, she married Glen Moomau Ratliff who preceded her in death Dec. 29, 1997.

Surviving are two sons, Delmer Ratliff and wife, Debbie, and Delmas Ratliff and wife, Sharon, all of Timberville, VA; a brother, Acie Whetzel of Timberville, VA; three grandchildren, April Hottinger, Aaron Ratliff and Brian Ratliff; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Thursday at Mt. Olivet Church of the Brethren with Pastors Jerry Ruff and Kathleen Miko officiating.  Burial at Timberville cemetery was private.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial contributions may be made to Broadway Rescue Squad, PO Box 666, Broadway, VA 22815; or R.M.H. Hospice, 235 Cantrell Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Grandle Funeral Home, Broadway, VA.

Jimmie L. Nelson, 72

Jimmie Lee Nelson, 72, of Dayton, VA, passed away Friday, April 9, 2010, at Bridgewater Home, Bridgewater, VA.

Mr. Nelson was born in Circleville on May 1, 1937, and was the son of the late Hansel Nelson and Grace Arbaugh.

He worked at Walker Manufacturing in Harrisonburg, VA, for 33 years, retiring in 2000.  He was a member of Briery Branch Church of the Brethren.

On June 4, 1960, he was united in marriage to Nina Virginia (Harold) Nelson, who survives.

Also surviving are a daughter, Vickie Landes and husband, Bruce of Harrisonburg, VA; two sons, Ricky Lee Nelson and wife, Gail of Dayton, VA, and Thomas Luther Nelson and wife, Tina of Bridgewater, VA; a sister, Violet Wimer of Glen Burnie, MD; four grandchildren, Brian Landes, Hollie Landes, J.P. Nelson and Madison Marie Nelson.

A graveside service was conducted Tuesday at the Briery Branch Church of the Brethren Cemetery with the Rev. Dawn Strother officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Clover Hill Fire and Rescue, 2100 Clover Hill Road, Dayton, VA 22821 or Bridgewater Home, 302 N. Second, St., Bridgewater, VA 22812.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Johnson Funeral Service, Bridgewater, VA, was in charge of arrangements.

Elwood Paul Eye, 88

Elwood Paul Eye, 88, of Brandywine passed away on Friday, April 9, 2010, at Harrisonburg Health and Rehab Center, Harrisonburg, VA.

Mr. Eye was born in Hinton, VA, on May 12, 1921, the son of the late Romer and Sallie Mahulda Propst Eye.

He worked as a baker at Safeway Foods for 15 years and was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Brandywine and was a World War II Army Veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart.

His wife, Margaret Ellen Eye, preceded him in death on Sept. 8, 2004.

Surviving are a sister, Alene Stamp; and a brother, Allen Eye of Brandywine.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Regina Beard officiating.  Interment was in Pine Hill Cemetery, Brandywine.

Memorials may be made to the family, c/o the Basagic Funeral Home, PO Box 215, Franklin, WV  26807.

Boward Franklin Casidy

Boward Franklin Casidy, 88, of Bridgewater, VA, passed away at home on Wednesday April 7, 2010.

He was born in Stokesville, VA, on Dec. 14, 1921, and was a son of the late Bud Alford and Cora Elizabeth (Garber) Casidy.

Mr. Casidy served in the U.S. Army as a Cpl in WW II and was a lifetime member of the Myers Hodges VFW Post #8644 in Bridgewater, VA.  He also served in the CCC Camp.  He was a truck driver for Dixie Gas, he retiring in June 1983.  He loved to garden, and he shared his harvest with his family and friends.  Trout fishing was his favorite sport until his eye sight would not permit him to drive.  He considered himself a member of the Hardee Boys and enjoyed their time spent together.

He was united in marriage April 22, 1967, to Donna Alice (Thompson) Casidy, who preceded him in death July 28, 2007.

Surviving are a daughter, Gaitha C. Smith; a son Randall Casidy and wife, Robin; two-step daughters, Norma L. Clark and husband, Ed, and Jo Ann Landes-Ross and husband, Siegfried; a step-son, Steve Landes and wife, Lois; a sister, Beatrice Owens; two brothers, Robert Casidy and wife, Helen, and Trenton Casidy and wife, Betty; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren, and 22 step-great-grandchildren.

He will be missed by his special friend and companion, his dog Kelly.

He was also preceded in death by two sons, Donnie and Howard Casidy; one sister Margaret Huffer and husband, Leon; and brother-in-law Guy Owens.

A funeral service was conducted Saturday at the Johnson Funeral Service Chapel in Bridgewater, VA, with Rev. Stanley Kile officiating.  Burial followed at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens with military grave rites conducted by Myers-Hodges VFW Post #8644 and the Dayton American Legion Post #27.

Memorial contributions may be given to Meals on Wheels, 800 South Main Street, MSC 9019, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or RMH Hospice, 235 Cantrell Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater, VA, was in charge of funeral arrangements.

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