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4 June 2009

Thelma Williams, 80

Thelma Virginia Williams, 80, of Harrisonburg, VA, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2009, at her home.

Mrs. Williams was born July 13, 1928, in Kline and was the daughter of the late Scott and Jessie Smith McCoy.

Mrs. Williams was a graduate of Franklin High School and taught Sunday School and worked with the youth class at the E.U.B. Church in Franklin.  She moved to Harrisonburg, VA, from Franklin in 1963 and was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church.  She was a sales clerk at Joseph Neys and later Spencer Shoes.  She retired in 1990 and was a beloved mother and grandmother.

On Oct. 20, 1948, she married Herald Williams, who preceded her in death on Sept. 13, 2008.

Surviving are a daughter, Joyce Kuhns and husband, Jim of Harrisonburg, VA; a grandson, Andy Hedrick and wife, Stephanie of Statesville, NC; one great-grandchild, Gillian Hedrick; three sisters, Betty Sinnett and husband, Lee of Franklin, Darlene Bennett and husband, Harlan of Damascus, MD, and Starr Hedrick and husband, Jack of Upper Tract; and one sister-in-law, Betty McCoy of Harrisonburg, VA.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Elwood McCoy.

Pastor Edward Fleming conducted the funeral service Monday at the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg, VA.  Burial followed in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandywine.

Memorial gifts may be sent to the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, PO Box 1477, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Online condolences may be sent to the Williams family at

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

Mary H. Rexrode

Mary Hazel Rexrode, 97, formerly of Brandywine, went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at Pendleton Manor in Franklin, where she had resided since 2000.

She was born March 30, 1912, in Miller’s Run in Pendleton County.  She was the daughter of the late Lena Mae Hedrick Hoover and step-daughter to the late Isaac Pink Hoover.

She attended school at Propstburg, Cedar Grove, Broad Run, Brandywine and Dayton, VA.

Mrs. Rexrode worked in food service at Brandywine Elementary School and at Brandywine Restaurant.  She retired from Franklin Garment Co.

One of her greatest accomplishments other than her children and grandchildren was seeing the First Baptist Church of Brandywine become a reality.  She was the first and oldest charter member of this church and also a charter member of Women’s Mission Union (now Women on Missions).  She was a regular volunteer at Pendleton Manor before becoming a resident there.

Mrs. Rexrode was known as an expert seamstress and enjoyed making gifts for her family and friends.  She made many of their clothes and enjoyed making all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren toys, crocheted items and quilts.  She said every stitch was made with love.  She made over 180 red-sock doll monkeys, which she gave not only to her family but also to friends over the county.

She loved everyone, many of whom called her “Grandma Mary” whether they were related or not.  She always had a smile on her face with her motto being “every day is a good day.”  She also told her family and friends to start the day by reading the Bible and that prayer is the best medicine there is.

On Dec. 22, 1928, she married Lon D. Rexrode, who preceded her in death Aug. 1, 1965.

They were parents to three daughters, Bernita L. Vandevander, of Baltimore, MD, deceased, Maedine R. Gardiol of Front Royal, VA, and Shelby J. Bible of Franklin.  She had nine grandchildren, Junior Vandevander of Aberdeen, MD, whom she helped to raise, Dennis Vandevander of Snellville, GA, William Vandevander of Willards, MD, Susan Bruneau and John Kaufman, both of Front Royal, VA, Mary Ellen Kibler of Strasburg, VA, and Sandra Bennett, Carolyn Sponaugle and Amy Berg, all of Franklin, 20 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grand-children.  A sister, Medie McLaughlin, resides in Baltimore, MD.

Besides being preceded in death by her parents, husband and a daughter, she was also preceded in death by a very special cousin, Richard (Dick) Hoover, who was raised with her and like a brother.

Pastors Shyrl Smith and Daryl Ritchie conducted the funeral Monday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.  Interment was at Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandywine.

Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Brandywine, c/o Debbie Reedy, HC 74 Box 34, Brandywine, WV 26802, Mountain Hospice, PO Box 416, Franklin, WV 26807 or Pendleton Manor, PO Box 700, Franklin, WV 26807.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Richard C. Soper, Sr.

Richard C. Soper, Sr., 79, of Brandywine died Monday, June 1, 2009, at Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown.

He was born June 15, 1929, at Baltimore, MD, and was the son of the late Milburn Soper, Sr. and Jennie Marie Bayline Soper.

He operated Soper Brothers Upholstery.  He was a Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.  He was a member of the Brandywine Christian Church and the Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard.  He enjoyed spending time at the Pendleton Senior and Family Services Center in Franklin and volunteering at Pendleton Manor.

His wife, Brenda Diehl Soper, preceded him in death on May 7, 1993.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Eddie Propst of Brandywine; three sisters, Ruth Garner, Jennie Hepburn and Betty Birts; four brothers, Calvin Soper, Louis Soper, John Soper and Jack Soper; and three grandchildren, Rick Johnston, Chris Johnston and Tyler Propst.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Richard Soper, Jr.; two brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services were held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin with Pastor Scott Meadows officiating.  Burial was at the Dulany Valley Memorial Gardens at Timonium, MD.

The family received friends at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to the family, c/o Tammy Propst, PO Box 3, Brandywine, WV 26802 to help with medical expenses.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

D. James “Jim” Cole, Jr.  

Dorsey James “Jim” Cole, Jr. 73, of Harrisonburg, VA, died Monday evening, June 1, 2009, at his home.

He was born July 4, 1935 at Grafton and was the son of the late Dorsey J. Cole and Nellie Wallace Cole.

Cole served in the US Navy from August 1953 to August 1957.  He attended Glenville State College and Alderson-Broaddus College.  He worked for the Dept. of US Navy in Washington, DC, for 35 years.  After retirement, he moved to Harrisonburg, VA, and worked part-time for the Harrisonburg Auto Auction for ten years.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church on Courthouse Square and the Fort Harrison S.A.R.

On Dec. 30, 1961, he married Charlotte Kimble Cole, who survives.

Also surviving are one son, Michael Cole and wife, Leslie of Richmond, VA; one daughter, Pamela Cole of Bristow, VA; two grandsons, Ryan and Sean Cole, both of Richmond, VA; two sisters, Patricia Sommerville and husband, John of Bridgeport and Barbara Bryan and husband, Butch of Philippi; a sister-in-law, Virginia Flatgaard and husband, Wally of Harrisonburg, VA; a brother-in-law, Keith Kimble of Franklin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Hyre.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday at the Kimble Funeral Home Chapel in Franklin with Dr. John Sloop officiating.  Burial will be at the Ruddle Presbyterian Church Cemetery with members of the Pendleton County Honor Guard conducting military graveside services.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, VA, and from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.

Memorials may be made to the Ruddle Presbyterian Church, c/o Beverly Vandevander, HC 60 Box 46, Franklin, WV 26807 or the First Presbyterian Church, 17 North Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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

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