Obituaries from the Pendleton Times,  

20 August 2009

Patricia Poling, 60

Patricia Ann Poling, 60, went to be with the Lord Aug. 12, 2009, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born March 11, 1949, in Franklin, she was the daughter of the late Richard Benjamin and Sylvia Pauline Propst Poling.

She was previously employed by Cargill Poultry in Dayton, VA, and the Bridgewater Retirement Community.

Surviving are one sister, Reba Poling of Grottoes, VA; and many cousins.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Carroll Poling.

Her body has been cremated, and a private service will be conducted at a later time.

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

Mary Gray Dolly

Mary Gray Dolly, 94, of Pendleton Manor, Franklin, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA.

She was born on April 12, 1915, in Monterey, VA, the daughter of the late Charles Gray Ralston and Lizzie Ann Beverage Ralston.

She was a member of the Franklin Presbyterian Church and Charter Worthy Matron of Franklin Chapter #138 Order of the Eastern Star.  She was a graduate of Bridgewater College and a retired English teacher and librarian at Highland High School.

On June 26, 1937, she married W. Bruce Dolly, who preceded her in death Sept. 6, 2004.

Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy Gray Shelin, Williamsburg, VA; two grandchildren, Sandra Lee Shelin, Walla-Walla, WA, and Dr. Randal Gray Shelin, Las Vegas, NV; and two great-grandchildren, Charles Gray Shelin and Chelsea Elizabeth Shelin.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Leo L. Ralston; and a sister, Laura Ann Ralston.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Franklin Presbyterian church with Rev. Donald Wilkinson officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Pendleton County Resquad.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin.

Wilbur Harold Nelson, Jr.

Wilbur Harold Nelson, Jr., 56, of Nella’s Nursing Home in Crystal Springs passed away Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009, at West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown.

He was born in Harrisonburg, VA, on Nov. 10, 1952, the son of Beatrice Rebecca Greathouse Nelson of Baker and the late Wilbur Harold Nelson, Sr., who died Jan. 11, 1987.

Mr. Nelson worked at Hanover Shoe Company in Franklin and was a member of the Church of the Brethren.

On March 22, 1994, he married Karen Ann Hevener, who survives at Nella’s Nursing Home in Crystal Springs.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and mother, are three sisters, Sandra Kay Nelson of Nella’s Nursing Home, Crystal Springs, Crystal Dawn Nelson and Johnnie Charlotte Nelson, both of Baker.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ann Bennett on Sept. 4, 2007; and a sister, Rhonda L. Brewster.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, with Rev. Roger Elza officiating.  Burial was in Doe Hill Cemetery, Doe Hill, VA.

Memorials may be made to Nella’s Nursing Home, Crystal Springs.

JoAnn “Tootle” Mowery

JoAnn (Hill) “Tootle” Mowery, 81, of Upper Tract died Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2009, at Pendleton Manor, Franklin.

She was born Sept. 28, 1927, in Petersburg and was the daughter of the late Raymond Hill and Capitola (Baker) Hill.

Mrs. Mowery graduated from Petersburg High School in 1949.  She was a member of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church and a life member and past president of the Petersburg Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 6454.

Her husband, Claude Mowery, preceded her in death on March 26, 2001.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Surviving are one son, Raymond C. Mowery and wife, Melanie of Upper Tract; one daughter, Claudia A. Kilpatrick and husband, Bill of Crestview, FL; three grandchildren: Karen Will of Winona, MO, Amy Bundey of Brook Park, OH, and Shannon Mowery of Fort Rucker, AL; two step-grandchildren: Michael Swick of Upper Tract and Chad Swick of Petersburg; 13 great-grandchildren, Tashia Will, Jack Will, Jerica Will, Trista Mowery, J.R. Mowery, McKenzie Mowery, Mikalah Mowery, Jacob Swick, Adin Swick, Austin Swick, Riley Swick, Matt Bundey and Katie Bundey. 

She was also preceded by four brothers, James Hill, Robert Hill, Ray Hill and Keith Hill; and three sisters, Susan Chester, Jean Combs and Catherine Hill.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with Rev. Richard L. Longbon officiating.  Burial followed in the Lough Cemetery, Mozer.

Memorials may be made to Petersburg Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 6454 or charity of choice.

James “Jim” Lough

James Abraham “Jim” Lough, 80, passed away on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, at Avante Nursing Home in Harrisonburg, VA.

Mr. Lough was born in Mozer on April 18, 1929, the son of the late John Daniel and Mamie Heavener Lough.

After 32 years of service, Mr. Lough retired in 1991 as a foreman from Brockway Plastic.  He was a member of Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Lacey Springs, VA, and a graduate of Franklin High School.

On July 31, 1958, he married Audrey Evelene Snyder, who survives in Harrisonburg, VA.

Also surviving are two sons, John Allen Lough and wife, Lou Anne of New Market, VA, and Jeff Scott Lough of Upper Tract; a sister, Mary Anderson and husband, George of Upper Tract; a brother, George Lough of Blacksburg, VA; and two grandchildren, Nicholas James Lough and Allyson Dana Lough.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, with Rev. Edgar Null and Rev. Terry Frank officiating.  Interment was in the Lough Cemetery, Kline.  Military graveside services were provided by Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial donations may be made to Generations Crossing, 3765 Taylor Spring Lane, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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