Obituaries from the Pendleton Times, May 9, 2002

Janet P. Crompton, 94

Janet Puffenbarger Crompton, 94, of Harrisonburg, VA, died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA.

Mrs. Crompton was born Nov. 13, 1907, in Sugar Grove and was the late daughter of the late James and Ola C. Puffenbarger.

She attended the Dunsmore Business College and was a bookkeeper at Wampler & Sons, an operator for Harrisonburg Telephone Company, and later ran the Lacey Spring Grocery Store for several years.

Mrs. Crompton was an active member of Mount Tabor United Methodist Church, past president of the Mount Valley Senior Citizens, the Mount Valley Extension Homemakers Club and was active in the Boy Scouts, receiving the Scouts Award of Merit.

Her husband Lewis Crompton, preceded her in death on Aug. 3, 1983.

Surviving are a son, James Crompton of Harrisonburg, VA; and a grandson, Scott Eric Crompton of Harrisonburg, VA.

The Rev. Harold Webster, Jr., conducted a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church.

Her body will be cremated at Harrisonburg Cremation Service and burial at Herwin Chapel Cemetery will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1920-H Medical Ave., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Arrangements were by the Kyger & Trobaugh Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, VA.

 

Eston N. Smith, 84

Eston N. Smith, 84, of Upper Tract, died Tuesday, April 30, 2002, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg.

Mr. Smith was born April 28, 1918, at Reeds Creek, and was a son of the late Jared B. and Ida Virginia Waggy Smith.

He was a member of Friends Run Church of the Brethren and attended Mount Hope Lutheran church. He was a carpenter, a bus driver and a farmer. He had raised chickens since 1945 and was a life member of the West Virginia Poultry Association.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Mallow Smith, whom he married Oct. 21, 1939; a son, Samuel J. Smith of Upper Tract; two sisters, Arlene Brisson of Richmond, VA, and Thelma Greenhalgh of Newport News, VA; a brother Lacey Smith of Franklin; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers and five sisters.

Pastor Dan Ludwick and the Rev. Shyrl Smith conducted the fuenral at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin. Burial was at the Cherry Hill Cemetery in Upper Tract.

Memorial donations may be made to Friends Run Church of the Brethren, Mount Hope Lutheran Church or a charity of choice.

 

Mary Kate Ruddle

Mary Kate Ruddle , 83, of Franklin, died Saturday, May 4, 2002, at the Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin.

Miss Ruddle was born May 17, 1918, in Ft. Seybert and was the daughter of the late George Lawson Ruddle and Delia Francis Hedrick Ruddle.

She was a retired seamstress, having worked at Sancar Corp. in Harrisonburg, VA, and in the laundry room at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA. She was a member of the Franklin Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by a brother, William Ruddle, of Arlington, VA; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pastor Dan Ludwick conducted the funeral at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin. Burial was at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Franklin.

Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

 

Zelma Catherine Willis, 83

Zelma Catherine Willis, 83, a resident of Penn Laird, VA, died Thursday, May 2, 2002, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg.

Mrs. Willis was born Aug. 12, 1918, in Moyers and was the daughter of the late Arlie and Low Propst Simmons.

She lived most of her life in Rockingham County and worked at The Famous Restaurant in Harrisonburg, VA, as a waitress.

She was a member of First Assembly of God in Harrisonburg, VA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Lee Willis, Jan. 13, 1988.

She is survived by a son, Steve Willis of Bridgewater, VA; a sister Ruth Costenbadin of Maryland; and one grandchild, Sherry Willis of Harrisonburg, VA.

The Rev. Jeff Ferguson officiated a gravside service Friday at 1 p.m. at the Woodbine Cemetery in Harrisonburg, VA.

Her body was cremated at the Lindsey Cremation Chapel in Harrisonburg, VA.

 

Lillian C. Miller

Lillian Calhoun Miller, 98, of Upper Tract, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2002, at the Pendleton Nursing Home in Franklin, where she had resided the past month.

Born Sept. 9, 1903, in Brushy Run, she was a daughter of the late Martin Dow Calhoun and Rachel Ann (Graham) Calhoun. She lived with her grandmother, Lydia Graham, while growing up.

She was a member of the Mount Horeb United Methodist Church at Mozer, where she taught Sunday school for a few years. She was a homemaker who enjoyed sewing and crocheting. She was a substitute teacher, studied her family genealogy and was an avid flower and vegetable gardener.

On Nov. 5, 1930, she married Roy Washington Miller, who preceded her in death on June 8, 1967. She was also preceded in death by two sisters. Lydia Mabel Calhoun and Verna Lee Riggleman; and five brothers, Isaac Scott Calhoun, Elbridge I. Calhoun, Otha Carl Calhoun, Curtis F. Calhoun and V. Don Calhoun.

Surviving are two sons, Ronald Miller and wife, Arvella of Petersburg, and Charles "Bud" Miller of Upper Tract; four daughters, Anna Lynn Westfall and husband, Leroy of Harrisonburg, VA, Shirley Riggleman and husband, Brooke, of Mount Crawford, VA, Sue Knott and husband, Willis, of Bridgewater, VA, (with who she resided the last five years), and Charlotte Miller of Upper Tract; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great- grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews; two sisters, Kate Alt of Petersburg and Bessie Hevener of Mount Crawford, VA; and two brothers Quentin Calhoun and Olin Calhoun, both of Upper Tract. The funeral was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Mount Horeb United Methodist Church with the Revs. Gary Phillips and Glen Hamric officiating. Interment was at Kline Cemetery at Kline.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pendleton Nursing Home, PO Box 700, Franklin, WV 26807.

Schaeffer Funeral Home, Inc., Petersburg, was in charge of the arrangements.

Obituaries are used with the permission of the Pendleton Times.

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