Obituary for Steven D. Payne-Daniels

Steven Douglas Payne-Daniels, 28, of Winchester, Virginia, died Friday, September 21, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Steven was born January 11, 1984 in Cheverly, Maryland, the son of Michael Anthony Daniels and Sandra K. Payne Mangolas.

He was an electrician with the Local 26 IBEW.

Surviving are his father of Everett, PA; a daughter, Jaden Payne-Daniels at home; a sister, BrittanyAn Grace Daniels DeMayo of Winchester, VA; his mother of Winchester, VA; a grandmother, Donna Sue Daniels of Everett, PA; a nephew, Xavier Thomas DeMayo of Winchester, VA; an aunt, Shannon Daniels of Everett, PA; and many friends and extended family.

The family will receive friends 5:00 – 6:00 P. M. Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville and a memorial service will follow at 6:00 P.M. with Rev. Clell Daniels officiating.  Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity in Steven’s memory.

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Obituary for Dorothy Rector Heasley

Dorothy Rector Heasley

Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother

Dorothy (Dot) Rector Heasley, 92, of Purcellville, Virginia, passed away at her home on Friday, September 21, 2012. Mrs. Heasley was born December 5, 1919, in Delaplane, Virginia, the daughter of Lewis and Mamie Rector. She was a homemaker and member of Bethany United Methodist Church. She married William (Jack) Riggs Heasley, Sr., on June 19, 1941.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William, (Jack) Heasley; sister, Lillian Wadsworth of Tucson, Arizona; and sister, Helen, as an infant. She is survived by her sister, Ruby Parks of Berryville, VA; her son, William Heasley, Jr., and wife Lynda of Destin, Florida; daughter, Sandra (Sandy) Pierce of Purcellville, VA; granddaughter, Erica and husband Johnny Miller of Berryville, VA; grandsons, Scott and wife Christy Pierce of Remington, VA; Sean and wife Jena Pierce of Marshall, VA; and Shawn and wife Susy Reynolds of Front Royal, VA; and great grandchildren, Alex, Gracie, Beau, Eryck and Logan Pierce, and Bubby and Cori Miller; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held 11:00 A. M. Friday, September 28, 2012 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville, Virginia, with Pastor Michael Finn-McKenzie officiating. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P. M. Thursday evening at the funeral home.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601. Online condolences may be sent to www.endersandshirley.com.

Obituary for Jean F. Drescher

Jean Florence Drescher, 95, of Berryville, Virginia, died Friday, September 21, 2012 in a local nursing home.

Mrs. Drescher was born July 10, 1917 in Darien Center, New York, the daughter of Charles V. and Edith Meyer Ortner.

She was a homemaker and a member of St. Bridget’s Church and Women’s Group.

She married Joseph E. Drescher in June 1941 in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Drescher died December 30, 2003.

Surviving are two daughters, Jean Malucci of Berryville, VA and Elizabeth A. Drescher of New Orleans, LA; four sons, Joseph Drescher, Jr. of San Francisco, CA, Michael Drescher of Edmonds, WA, William P. Drescher of Elizabeth City, NC and John P. Drescher of Key West, FL; eight grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren. Mrs. Drescher was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Two sisters, Edith Drilling and Mary Grace Ortner and a brother, Rev. Paul Ortner SSJ preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 P. M. Saturday, October 6, 2012 at St. Bridget’s Chapel in the Field, Berryville, VA with Rev. Stanley J. Krempa officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Winchester, VA.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 – 1:00 P. M. prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bridget’s Chapel in the Field Building Fund, 130 Keating Dr., Winchester, VA 22601.

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Obituary for Lucy V. Huff

Lucy Vorous Huff, 78, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, formerly of Berryville, Virginia, died Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in Care Haven Center, Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Mrs. Huff was born February 12, 1934 in Berryville, Virginia, the daughter of the late Robert A. and Dorothy E. Painter Vorous.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of Salem Regular Baptist Church in Boyce, Virginia.

She was married to Bedford W. Huff who passed away in 1990.

Surviving are three daughters, Peggy Huff of Inwood, WV, Tina Diane Holiskey of Martinsburg, WV, and Kimbaly Stanley of Gerrardstown, WV; her companion, Max Kretzler; a brother, Gene Vorous of Front Royal, VA; 10 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Daughters, Cynthia L. Ott, and Terrie Valencia, step-son, Bedford W. Huff, Jr., a brother, Robert A. Vorous, Jr., a sister, Dottie Broy, and a great-granddaughter, Natalia Diane, preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 P. M. Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville with Pastor Robert P. May, Sr. officiating.  Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville.

Pallbearers will be Ruben Granados, Richard Ruffner, Jr., Randy Ruffner, Doug Getts, Bob Jones, and Brandon Beard.

The family will receive friends 7:00 – 9:00 P. M. Monday evening at the funeral home.

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Obituary for Nellie F. Cobb

Nellie Feltner Cobb, 101, of Berryville, Virginia, died peacefully in her sleep Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at the Winchester Medical Center.

Mrs. Cobb was born September 11, 1911 in Clarke County, Virginia where she was a lifelong resident.  She was the daughter of the late Adolphus and Hattie Feltner.

She was a bookkeeper for Smalley Basket Co for 63 years.

She was a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, Berryville.  She spent a lot of time making hats and blankets for newborns as well as lap blankets for area nursing homes.

She was married to the late Powell Cobb, Jr.

Surviving are a nephew, Steve Feltner and his wife, Linda, of Winchester, VA and their daughter, Leslie  and her husband, Dave Moody and their sons, Ethan and Alex, all of Raleigh, NC.  Also surviving are a nephew, Bill McDonald, a niece, Mattie Reid, both of Berryville, VA and numerous relatives in Ohio.

Five brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 A. M. Saturday, September 22, 2012 at the Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, Berryville with Rev. William K. Dawson officiating.  Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 210 W. Main St., Berryville, VA  22611.

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Obituary for Richard D. Delgros

Richard David Delgros, 65, of Winchester, Virginia, died Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in the Winchester Medical Center.

Mr. Delgros was born November 23, 1946 in Sharon, Pennsylvania, the son of George and Teresa Stacconi Delgros.

He was a technical fabrication designer employed as a project manager at Fabritek and Winchester Tool, Winchester, Virginia.

Rick’s life centered around what it means to love and be loved. This is evident through his always friendly, humorous and loving disposition towards family, friends, co-workers or people he just met. It is evident through the hundreds of woodworking projects made especially for those he loved and cared about.

All his grandchildren enjoyed being with him, working in the woodshop and playing the many made-up games that only Rick could create. It is evident in the delight he got in planting his garden and the delight others experienced when he shared his nurtured peppers and tomatoes with them.

It was evident in his final days when he opened his eyes and saw all of his loved ones at his side and smiled towards them once more. Love wasn’t just a word to Rick, it was a way of life. This is his legacy. We will always be grateful for the love and wisdom he left with all of us.

He married Lydia Delgros on February 27, 1993 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Surviving with his wife are four daughters, Cindy Delgros Orris and her husband, Bennie of Twinsburg, OH, Melissa Cox and her husband, Steve of Akron, OH, Danielle McAfee and her husband, Tim of Chazy, NY and Lori Ann Stallard and her husband, Eric of Ashburn, Virginia; three brothers, Ed Delgros, Tom Delgros and Jim Delgros all of Sharon, PA; two sisters, Judi Delgros of Wheaton, PA and Phyllis Delgros of Sharon, PA; and eight grandchildren, Drew, Julia, Bryan, Sydney, Jackie, Dylan, Evan and Connor.

A funeral service will be held 1:00 P. M. Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville, VA with Rev. Michael Dobbins officiating. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 P. M. Friday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Relay for Life/Angel Fund, c/o Paula Gibbs, 1870 Amherst St. Suite F, Winchester, VA 22601.

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Obituary for Brantley J. Cyr

“How very soft you tiptoed into my world, almost silently. Only a moment you stayed but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.”

Brantley was born on April 19, 2012 to proud parents Robert Cyr and Rachael Lake.  He passed away Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at Winchester Medical Center. Brantley is survived by his mother, Rachael Lake and father, Robert Cyr along with his older brother, Jayden Cyr. He had many grandparents that loved him dearly, Marc and Margie Crim, Donny and Karla Adams, and Arleen Cyr.

Additional survivors include, Aunts, Jessica Adams, Faith Cyr, Jillian Wright, Donna Martin, and Julia Cyr; Uncles, Dustin Shanahan, Justin Frazier, and Danny Martin; and Cousins, Nevaeh Cyr, Michael and Zachary Martin.

A funeral service will be held 3:00 P. M. Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville, VA with Mr. R. K. Shirley III officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery, Berryville, VA. Pallbearers will be Justin Frazier and Dustin Shanahan. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Brantley was an amazing young boy full of laughter and love. He touched the heart of many people with his beautiful smile and heartwarming laugh.

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Obituary for H. Theron Morris, Jr “Ron”

H. Theron “Ron” Morris, Jr., of Gentley Farm in Rockland, Warren County, Va., passed away peacefully on September 11, 2012, at the Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Winchester, Va., ending his long illness with Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Woodland, N.C., on November 22, 1936, Ron was the son of Herman Theron Morris and Callie Waters Morris. Raised on a beautiful southern farm, he worked hard tending to livestock and raising and harvesting tobacco, cotton, and peanuts. He graduated from Woodland-Olney High School, N.C. in 1954 and soon joined the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Winnemucca, Nevada, and it was during his service there that he began his career as a newspaper writer and editor. It was during this time that Ron’s childhood fascination with the American West grew into a lifelong passion.

After his tour with the Air Force, Ron’s newspaper experience led him to the job of chief copy desk editor at the Virginian Pilot/Ledger Star in Norfolk, Virginia. It was during this time that he studied at Columbia University. After many years at the Norfolk paper, he decided to go West to Loveland, Colorado, were he held the position of managing editor of the Loveland Daily Reporter- Herald. Finally, in 1981, he joined The Winchester Star as managing editor, the post he held until his retirement in 2000.

His contribution to The Star included a highly innovative and professional approach to publishing a daily newspaper. He revamped the design of the paper to give it a cleaner, more spacious and orderly appearance and held his staff to a level of reporting and writing that was rare for a newspaper of The Star’s size and circulation. He was able to achieve this by his remarkable ability to manage people with deep respect, high expectations, and encouragement, blended with humor and understanding. These qualities made him not only effective in the newsroom, but also very much loved.

One of Ron’s popular contributions to The Star was the institution of Column One, a series of personal reflections by three writers each week, with his own commentary appearing on Wednesdays. It was in Column One that he was finally able to showcase his gift for writing, which combined the influence of his southern roots, his wide-eyed vision of the West, and his instinctive comprehension of the human condition to create articles that were exuberant, insightful, and humorous, offering glimpses into the qualities that made up both the writer and the man.

In 1982, Ron met Susan Bowen, a Warren County farmer and a Frederick County Teacher at the Bass-Hoover Elementary School in Stephens City. They were married on January 1, 1990. Their quiet, peaceful life with their beloved dogs at Gentley Farm was a refuge from the stress of the everyday work world for both of them.

Surviving with Susan are Ron’s son, Quinn Morris, wife, Julie Winslow Morris, and two grandchildren, Jinna and Alex, of Winchester; his daughter, Rhonda Morris, and her husband, Richard Bennett, also of Winchester; a sister, June Morris Lazo, of Laurel, Md., and a brother, Robert Darrell Morris, of Littleton, N.C. Ron was preceded in death by a brother, Allen Waters Morris, in 2005.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 2:00 P. M. at Rockland Community Church. The service will be conducted by Rev. Christof Weber. The family will receive friends at a reception at Gentley afterwards.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork St., Winchester, VA 22602 or to Rockland Community Church, c/o George Chapman, Treasurer, 473 Bowling View Road, Front Royal, VA 22630.

Arrangements are being handled by Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville, VA.

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Obituary for Cletus “Kate” Decator Elsea, Sr.

Cletus “Kate” Decator Elsea, Sr., 93 of Berryville, Virginia, died Friday, September 7, 2012 in a local nursing home.

Mr. Elsea was born October 4, 1918 in Clarke County, Virginia, the son of James Albert and Ollie Damron Elsea.

He was a caretaker for the Delaney Estate.

He was a member of Mountain Baptist Church and the Berryville Moose Lodge #1283.

He married Marie Tomlin Elsea on March 8, 1941 in Frederick, Maryland.

Surviving with his wife are two sons, Cletus D. Elsea, Jr. of Berryville, VA and James H. Elsea and his wife, Judith M. of Berryville, VA; a sister, Naomi Ruth Milbourne of Leesburg, VA; two brothers, Albert Iden Elsea of Winchester, VA and Calvin Joseph Elsea and his wife, Genevieve of Pine Grove, VA; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Sisters, Virginia Singhas, Margaret Kinsman and Thelma Lee and brothers, Lloyd Elsea, J. Robert Elsea and Orlan P. Elsea all preceded him in death.

A funeral service will be held 11:00 A. M. Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville, VA with Rev. Dennis Griffin officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain Baptist Church Cemetery, Bluemont, VA.

Pallbearers will be Gary Elsea, Dennis Elsea, Chad Elsea, Mike Elsea, Andy Tinsman and Tim Tinsman.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 P. M. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Elsea Memorial Fund, c/o Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, P. O. Box 106, Berryville, VA 22611.

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Obituary for Virginia H. Smith “Jenny”

Virginia Anne Harris Smith, 77, of Clearbrook, VA, died Friday, August 31, 2012 at her home surrounded by family.

Jenny was the fourth of five children (George, Virgil Jr., Nancy, Jenny and John) born to Virgil B. Harris Sr. and Macel Keener Harris.  Virgil and Macel were educators and all their children followed suit.

The family moved from Gassaway WV to Green Bank WV in 1945 where Virgil Sr. was a high school principal and Macel the principal and teacher of a two-room schoolhouse.  During the summer the family ran a ‘camp’ for city kids.  Jenny and Nancy would help their mom with baking, cleaning and entertaining the kids.  Jenny loved children.

After high school she attended Glenville State College in WV where she studied elementary education.  She roomed with her sister Nancy and loved to tell many stories of her shenanigans with her best friend Charlotte Feltner Hyer.  Jenny loved to laugh.

She met her husband of 57 years, Harry M. Smith, at Glenville and they married in 1955.  Jenny was still in college and after graduation she joined Harry and brother, Virgil B. in Fairfax Co. VA where she taught elementary school for her entire career.  Second grade was her favorite and she worked alongside Charlotte (kindergarten) at Cardinal Forest and Cherry Run for over two decades.  Jenny loved to teach.

Jenny and Harry raised three daughters, Nancy, Jane and Anne.  The family traveled during the summer, touring the east coast in the station wagon and later the ‘camper’.  Usually heading north, they often rendezvoused with Virgil and Macel, sister, Nancy and brother, John and their families.  Camping, picnicking and visiting points of interest made for great adventure.  Later in life, car travel included brother, George and Martha where they explored the west.  More food, laughter and fun were enjoyed every summer in Green Bank where two weekends of Harris and Keener reunions brought extended family from near and far.  Jenny loved Harry and her family.

After retiring to Winchester, Jenny busied herself with her many interests.  A true renaissance woman, she was inquisitive and compassionate.  She volunteered lots of her time, saying she was busier in retirement than when working.  The church was a big part of her life and she made many friends with whom she shared her joy of the lord.  Jenny was very spiritual.

Jenny’s grandchildren were a big part of her life; Hannah and Jette Wade and Alex Rodriguez.  She loved to play games with them, acting silly, laughing and storytelling.  She was very proud of them and all are in college now.  Jenny loved her grandchildren.

Flying was not her favorite activity but she overcame to visit her daughters Anne, then in Puerto Rico and Jane, still in Alaska.  She traveled to Canada, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Italy.  The Mayan ruins of Tikal, the Vatican and Pompeii were some of her favorite sites.  Did I mention the PASTA?  Jenny loved to travel and experience different cultures.

An avid reader, she also loved to garden, play games do crossword, fish in Alaska (she bragged about this as you are probably aware), explore historical sites, visit museums and in general live life to the fullest.  Quite time with Harry should not be underrated; a couple years ago Dad stood up and kinda stumped across the room.  He looked at mom and said “Jenny, we just gotta slow down”.  Mom laughed and laughed at that.

We will all miss Jenny; Wife, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend.  An inspiring life she led – a flame extinguished here but lights the way in another house.  We love you Jenny.

Surviving with her husband are three daughters, Nancy Jo Smith-Wade (Randy) of Dublin, VA, Jane L. Smith (Scott Roberge) of Petersburg, AK, and Anne M. Smith (Jose Rodriguez) of Green Bank, WV; a sister, Nancy Jean Palmer (Joe); two brothers, George Harris (Martha) and John Harris (Karen); a sister-in-law, Diane Harris; three grandchildren, Hannah Wade, Jette Wade, and Alex Rodriguez; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A brother, Virgil B. Harris, Jr, preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held 3:00 P. M. Sunday, September 9, 2012 at the Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville with The Rev. Terrie Sternberg officiating with a celebration of life gathering following.  A private burial will be held in Green Bank, WV at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made in her honor to Free Medical Clinic of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, P O Box 44, Winchester, VA  22604 or to Handley Regional Library, P O Box 58, Winchester, VA  22604.

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