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Walton Shrader, 71

Walton Shrader, 71, of Franklin died Monday, Nov. 6, 2006, at his home. 

Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin, were incomplete at press time.  

Alva Andrew Nelson Sr.

Alva Andrew Nelson Sr., 71, of Seneca Rocks, died Friday, Nov. 3, 2006, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA.

He was born July 12, 1935, in Seneca Rocks and  was the son of the late Walter A. and Cora M. (Alt) Nelson. 

He was a life-time masonry contractor in the tr-state area. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener.  He was a member of the Pleasant View United Methodist church, Seneca rocks, and also attended the Cornerstone Family Fellowship church, Maysville.  

His wife of 48 years, Thelma Mae (Judy) Nelson, survives. 

Also surviving are one son, Alva Andrew "Butch" Nelson Jr. and wife Kim of Harman; two daughters, Deborah Hawkins and husband, Andrew of Harrisonburg, VA, and Teresa Nelson of Moorefield; four grandchildren, Tabitha White and husband Larry, Tasha Whetzel, Tyler Nelson and Alex Nelson; four sisters, Minnie Ours of McHenry, MD, Annie Turner of Cabins, and Dora Whetzel and Hester Miller, both of Seneca Rocks.

He also was preceded in death by three brothers, Oney, Burl and Walter Nelson Jr.; and one sister, Pearlie Burgess.

Funeral services were at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, on Sunday with Rev. Stephen Landis and Rev. Joseph Eversole officiating. Interment was in the North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.

Memorials may be made to Thelma M. Nelson, HC 59, Box 19, Seneca Rocks, WV 26884.

Agnes C. Lough

Agnes C. Lough, 88, of Deer Run died Nov. 7, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA.

Born April 1, 1918, at Upper Tract, she was the daughter of the late Otto Schultz and Arbelia Blewitt Cunningham. 

Mrs. Lough was a homemaker.  She was a 1935 graduate of Franklin High School and a member of the Upper Tract Presbyterian Church.  She attended Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.  

Her husband , Delmar V. Lough, survives. 

Also surviving are one daughter, Lisa Lough of Harrisonburg, VA; and one son, Dr. Scott Lough of Laurel, MD.

She also was preceded in death by three brothers, William, Harry and Howard Cunningham, and one sister, Eunice Matheny.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin. with the Rev. Carl Tribett officiating.  Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin. 

Memorial may be made to the Upper Tract Presbyterian Church or Mt. Zion United Methodist church. 

The family will receive friends tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.  

Jerry A. Ryan 

Jerry "JR" Arden Ryan, 65, of Brandywine died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va. 

Mr. Ryan was born Aug. 25, 1941, In Adolph and was the son of the late James Ryan and Lunda Walker Ryan.

He was a tractor-trailer driver for Mullenx Trucking and Cosby Trucking.  he graduated from Mill Creek High School and was a member of the Moose Club and the Eagles club.  He attended Harrison Community Non-denominational Church. 

His wife of 40 years, Linda George Ryan, whom  he married Aug. 23, 1966, survives. 

 Also surviving are three daughters, Tammy Whitlock and husband, David, and Angela Lockner and husband, Richard, all of Brandywine, and Tina Cook and husband, Larry of Harrisonburg, VA; two sons, James Ryan and wife, Terry of Franklin, and Jerry Sutherland, jr., and wife Janet of Brandywine; two sisters, Patricia Currence and Janet Hosaflook, both of Mill Creek; 20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He also was preceded in death by one grandson, Kevin Whitlock.  

Scott combs conducted the funeral Tuesday at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin.  Burial was at Pine Hill Cemetery in Brandywine.  

Memorial donations may be made to the Pendleton county Rescue Squad or the American Cancer Society.   

Ray W. Smith, 84

Ray William Smith, 84, of summit Point, died Nov. 2, 2006, at winchester Medical Center, Winchester, VA. 

Born Feb. 18, 1922, in Corner he was the son of the late Page and Zella Susan (Self) Smith. 

Mr. Smith worked as an orchard laborer for 34 years.  He served in the civilian conservation Corps and was a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and various other callings in the Mormon church.   

He is survived by his wife, Jessie Ellen (Self) Smith, whom he married Aug. 11, 1947, in Franklin.  

Surviving are one daughter, Lanna C. Smith of Winchester, VA; one son, Lowell W. smith of Charlotte, NC; two sisters, Carmen Borror of Stephenson, VA, and Goldie E. Smith of Saint Clair; and two brothers, Herman R. smith of Maysville and Dayton R. smith of Petersburg.  

He also was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Mae Smith; and two brothers, Carl D. Smith and Marvin S. Smith. 

funeral services were Monday afternoon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with Bishop Larry Dubyk officiating. Interment was in the Shenandoah Memorial Park, Winchester, VA. 

Arrangements were under the direction of Jones Funeral Home, Winchester, VA. 

Lester Harpine, 83

Lester Rex Harpine, 83, of Shallotte, NC, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2006, at his home.

Mr. Harpine was born in Harrisonburg, VA, May 7, 1923, a son of the late Edgar Sloan and Ruth Wilbarger Harpine.

He is survived by his wife, Arnetta Propst Harpine of the home and formerly of Pendleton County.  

Also surviving a son, James Harpine, and wife Rhonda of Surry, VA; a daughter, Sue Conway, and husband, Edward of Shallotte, NC; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was conducted at the Saint Luke Lutheran Church with the Reverend Henry Rhyder officating.  Burial followed in the Saint Luke Columbarium.

Memorials may be made to the Saint Luke Lutheran Church Building Fund, 5869 Ocean Hwy West, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469.

Brunswick Funeral Service & Crematory, Shallotte, NC, was in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Minnie K. Kesner, 82

Minnie Katherine Kesner, 82, formerly Harrisonburg, VA, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006, at the Bridgewater Home, where she had lived since April 2001.

Ms. Kesner was born Feb. 22, 1924, in Kline, and was a daughter of the late Seymour Henry and Pearle Mae Riggleman Kesner.

She was a member of Mount Clinton United Methodist Church. She was employed at Wampler Foods for over 45 years and at the Hampton Inn for 14 years.

Survivors include a sister, Carol Ann Smith of Moorefield; two brothers, Vernon Kesner and Alfred Kesner, both of Petersburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pastor Ken DeWitt conducted the funeral Friday at the Mount Clinton United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Mount Horeb Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bridgewater Home, 302 North Second St., Bridgewater, VA 22812.

McMullen Funeral Home in Harrisonburg, VA, was in charge of funeral arrangements.  

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