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Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

   15 June2006

Betty Lou Sponaugle Judy
Betty Lou Sponaugle Judy, 67, passed away on June 10, 2006, at her home in Castleton.  

She was born Jan. 9, 1939, in Franklin to the late Arla Dahmer Sponaugle and Percy Carl Sponaugle. 

Mrs. Sponaugle graduated valedictorian from Franklin High School in 1957. In high school she was named a Lady of the golden Horseshoe and was voted Most Likely to Succeed.  Following high school, she completed a degree at Morgantown Business College.

In January 1959 she married Earl Judy Jr. The couple lived in Washington, D.C., where Betty worked for the FDIC.

Following the birth of her daughters, Carla and Pamela, she devoted herself to her home and family.  The family lived in suburban Maryland where she was an active member of Good Shepherd Church of the Brethren.  A talented cook, she began to create recipes and enter cooking contests. She was a six time finalist in The Pillsbury Bake Off, as well as a finalist numerous times in the Delmarva Chicken Cooking Contest, and continued to enter and win a variety of other contests.

In addition to cooking, Mrs. Judy enjoyed reading, sewing, collecting antique glassware and exploring the outdoors.  In the 1980s, the family moved to the Fauquier County, VA, and then to Castleton in Rappahannock county in 1988.  She enjoyed to travel and visited 48 states of the United States, six Canadian Provinces, 16 European countries and Puerto Rico.  Her favorite trips included visiting her daughter in Greece, backpacking with her two daughters across Europe, taking an Alaskan cruise with her husband and numerous drives down the Blue Ridge Parkway.  

In Castleton, VA, she and her husband are members at the Hazel River Assembly of God, where she was involved with the Women's Ministries.  The Judys contributed to the founding of the Rappahannock County Public Library.  In recent years, Mrs. Judy enjoyed taking care of and playing with her four grandchildren.  

Mrs. Judy will be greatly missed by her husband, Earl Judy of Castleton; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carla Nicole Martin and husbnad Thomas martin of Castleton, VA and Pamela Devon Lovell and husband, Rhys Lovell of Bloomington, IL; and four grandchildren, Connor Earl and Hollins Ford Martin and Carys Rose and William Auden Lovell; and a sister, Patsy Sponaugle of Louisville, KY.

A  funeral service will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Hazel River Assembly of God Church, Rixeyville, VA, with the Rev. Stephen Dodson officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Betty S. Judy Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Hazel River Assembly of God Church, PO Box 338, Rixeyville VA 22737; or to the Hospice of the Rapidan, 1200 Sunset Lane, Culpeper VA 22701.

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Sonja L. Anderson

Sonja Lou Anderson, 55, of Gallatin Gateway, MT, died Monday, June 5, 2006, at the home of her mother in Franklin.  

mrs. Anderson was born Aug. 7, 1950, in Franklin and was the daughter of Arvella Lambert Vandevander and the late John Clarence Vandevander. 

She was employed at Upper Chesapeake Hospital and was a claims adjuster for Dental Network in Baltimore, MD, and Bozeman, MT.  She attended White Sulphur Springs High School in Greenbrier County and was a member of Walnut Street United Methodist church.  

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Henry David Anderson; a son, Daniel A. Anderson of Havre De Grace, MD; a step-son, Mathew D. Anderson of Joppa, MD; a brother, Gary M. Vandevander, and wife, Sharon of Lewisburg; and sister-in-law, Wanda Vandevander of Williamsburg, VA. 

Also preceding her in death were one son, Christopher Wayne Anderson in 1999, and one brother, Larry Vandevander.  

The Rev. Carl Tribett conducted the funeral Friday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at the Cedar Hill Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to Mountain Hospice, PO box 416, Franklin, WV 26807.  

Helen E. Stewart, 80

Helen Elizabeth Puffenbarger Stewart, 80, of Mount Washington, KY, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006. 

Mrs. Stewart was a native of Pendleton County and was the daughter of the late charles and Ivy Virginia Puffenbarger.  

She was a homemaker and was a member of first Baptist church in Mount Wshington, KY.  

She began her country music career in the 1940s, along with her sisters and brother, who were known as the "Puffenbarger Kids" at Radio Staion WSVA in Harrisonburg, VA.  In 1948, the became members of the "Old dominion Barn Dance" in Richmond, VA, and in 1949, they joined the "Mid-Day Merry-Go-Round" on Station WNOX in Knoxville, TN.  She was a member of the Carter Family Band and was a regular on WSM's "Grand Ole Opry." 

Survivors include her husband, Billy H. Stewart; two sons, Mark and Kent Stewart; a daughter, Karen Stowers; two sisters, Bonnie Clatterbuck and Joan Shifflett; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson. 

The funeral was held Monday at First Baptist Church, Mount Washington, KY.  Burial was in Mount Washington Cemetery. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Louisville.  

McFarland-Troutman-Proffitt Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, KY, was in charge of funeral arrangements.  

Evelyn (Huffman) Layne

Evelyn (Huffman) Layne, 92, of Seneca Rocks, left this existence to begin life with her Lord on  June 12, 2006.

She was born Aug. 19, 1913 in Randolph County and was a daughter of the late Luther Huffman and Carrie (Payne) Huffman.

For many years she ran the fmaily farm and cared for her mother and later worked several years at the Seneca Rocks Visitor Center.

she was blessed with a god given musical talent; she played the guitar and piano for many revivals, weddings and funerals.  She was a born again Christian who not only professed her faith but also lived it.  She was a member of the Brethren church, but attended the Bible Missionary Church at Onego where she played the piano for many years and taught several Sunday school classes.

Although greatly missed by family and friends; she is gladly received by her God.   

She was married to Curtis L. Layne, who preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 1970.

She is survived by one daughter, one grandson, one step-grandson, one step-great-granddaughter, cousins and many nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.  

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with Rev. Joseph Gerstell officiating.  

Interment was private in the North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.

Othetta Mae Cooper Conrad

Othetta Mae Cooper Conrad, 73, of Rivesville, went to be with her Lord and Savior June 7, 2006 in her residence surrounded by her loving husband and children. .

She was born July 5, 1932 in Onego a daughter of the late Russell Morral and Lou Kate (Hedrick) Cooper.

Mrs. Conrad was a member of the Baptist Temple Church in Fairmont.  She was a 1952 graduate of Circleville High School and WV Business college.  She was a devoted military wife, traveling to England, the Philippines and other assignments during her husband's Air Force career.  She retired as a secretary and bookkeeper from Jacobs and Hutchinson Hardware of Fairmont.  She was formerly employed by the American Red Cross and goodwill Industries.  She was active in her church and a faithful servant to the Lord.  she was a devoted homemaker and enjoyed loving and caring for her fmaily.  

Her husband, Richard Fred Conrad of Rivesville whom she married on June 10, 1955, in Cherry Grove, survives. 

Also surviving are a son, Rick and his wife Lynne Conrad of Rivesville; two daughters, Sharon and husband, Doug Tennan of Rivesville and Sheila Ritchie of Coraopolis, PA; four brothers, Carl Cooper of Cabins, Herbert Cooper of Edgewood, MD, Freddie Cooper of Seneca Rocks, and Randy Teter of Onego; six sisters, Geneva Champ and Ruthle Smith of Baltimore, MD, JoAnn Watts of Seneca Rocks, Betty Gordan of Green Bank, Catherine George of Joppa, MD, and Virginia Rexroad of Talcott; nine grandchildren, Derek, Steven and Laura Tennant, Jocelyn and Jillian Conrad, Katelyn, Kendra, Kylie and David Ritchie; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a loving stepmother, Mary B. Cooper, and a brother, Danny Cooper.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist Temple Church, Fairmont, on Saturday with the Rev. Dr. Holley Falkner officiating.   Interment followed at the Grandview Memorial Garden in Fairmont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Baptist Temple, 430 Morgantown Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554.

Ford Funeral Home, Fairmont was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Herman F. Sindy, 85

Herman F. Sindy, 85, of Paw Paw died Sunday, June 11, 2006, at his home. 

Mr. Sindy was born March 3, 1921, in Paw Paw and was the son of the late Wiliam Franklin Sindy and Delia Southerly Sindy. 

He retired from Pittsburgh Plate & Glass in Cumberland, MD, in 1983.  He was a member of Paw Paw American Legion Post No. 128 and Old Town VFW.  He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Air Corps from 1942-1945.  

His first wife, Thelma Louise Herrell Sindy, preceded him in death in 1962. 

Surviving are his wife, Betty L. Platt Sindy; a daughter, Cathy Ann Sipes of Winchester, VA; a step-daughter, Darla Y. Allen of Stephens city, VA; a son, Herman F. Sindy, Jr., of Columbus, GA; two step-sons, Tedford C. Males of Yuma, AZ, and James R. young of Seneca Rocks; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  

The funeral will be conducted today at 2 p.m. at the Kimble Funeral Home in Paw Paw.  Burial will be at the Woodrow Cemetery in Paw Paw with military honors by the Tri-state Honor Guard.  

The family received friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  

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