Lawrence Lee “Toby” Fertig

MONTEREY, VA

Toby FertigLawrence Lee “Toby” Fertig, age 56, of Monterey passed away Sunday, August 31, 2014 at Harrisonburg Health and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Fertig was born December 6, 1957 a son of the late Nathan J. Fertig and Creola “Alberta” (Miller) Moyers.

Toby was an outdoorsman, who especially enjoyed hunting and fishing. Equally, he enjoyed car rides with friends and time spent on his computer listening to music, gaming, and socializing. Mr. Fertig attended Highland Baptist Church.

He is survived by his stepfather, Gene Moyers of Monterey; brother, Chris Hefner of Petersburg, WV; sister, Joy Moyers and husband, Kyle of Monterey; three nephews, Eddie, Barry, and Perry Moyers; niece, Melissa Hunt; five great-nieces and nephews as well as special friends, Penny and Hubert Ryder.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Hightown Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Eddie, Perry, and Barry Moyers, Chris Hefner, Delmas Lowry, Greg Sullenberger, David Armstrong, and Hubert Ryder.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Highland County Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 268, or Highland Baptist Church, 302 Jackson River Road, Monterey, VA 24465.

 

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James “Miller” Turner, III

MONTEREY, VA

Miller TurnerJames “Miller” Turner, III, 73, of Monterey, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014 at his home. He was born May 10, 1941 in Nashville, TN a son of the late James Betty and Mary Lloyd (Wilkerson) Turner.

He was brought up in the Presbyterian Church on the West end of Nashville, TN.  Mr. Turner had worked as a carrier for the United State Postal Service. He enjoyed helping people anonymously, was a member of the National Rifle Association and a true patriot.

He is survived by his wife, Polly M. Turner, whom he married October 21, 1986; daughter, Mary Turner of Middleburg; brother, Keeling G. Turner of Nashville, TN; five grandchildren, Mary Erica Aquadro, Teresa Kory Garvis, John Michael Garvis and James David Garvis and Melissa Nicole Turner-Kruz; two nieces, Vadis L. Turner and Ashley M. Turner and two brothers-in-law, Gilbert Dunbar Moomaw of Dahlgren, and Randy Lee Moomaw of Ashland, TN.  He was predeceased by his son, James Clark Turner.

A private memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Highland County Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 267, Monterey, VA or Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA or Word of Faith Community Outreach, P.O. Box 276, Monterey, VA 24465.

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Linda Lou Simmons

CHURCHVILLE, VA

Linda Lou Simmons, 67, of Churchville, passed away Monday, August 4, 2014 at her home. She was born September 2, 1946 in Manassas a daughter of the late William Jackson and Elizabeth Irene (Mock) Mills.

Linda was a homemaker and a member of Joyful Sound Church. She enjoyed her flowers, camping trips and frequenting yard sales and flea markets. Above all, she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Dean Simmons, whom she married August 29, 1964; two daughters, Theresa Pitsenbarger and husband, Steve of Monterey and Tammy Simmons and husband, Tim Snead of Churchville; four grandchildren, Alisha Botkin and husband, Adam of Staunton, Malorie Brower and husband, Brendan of Monterey, Amanda Simmons of Staunton and Steven Snead of Churchville; five great-grandchildren, Aiden and Austin Botkin, Emma Brower, Maddy and Keaton Cale; sister, Betty Lamb of Marion and brother, Dean Mills of Romney, WV.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Stephen Adam Pitsenbarger and sister, Mary Hawkins.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Thursday, August, 7, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Pastor Mike Herring officiating.  Burial will follow in Doe Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Billie Jo Simmons, Cheryl Halterman, Peggy Dalton, Steven Snead, Mike Moats and Tony Conner.  Honorary pallbearers will be friends attending the service.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Obaugh Funeral Home and friends may call other times at the home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Doe Hill Cemetery, c/o Larry Armstrong, P.O. Box 73, McDowell, VA 24458 or Alzheimer’s Association, 2040 Deyerle Ave, Suite 102, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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Harold D. Simmons, Sr.

DAYTON, VA

Herold Simmons Sr.Harold D. Simmons, Sr., 79, of Dayton passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014 at his home. He was born March 5, 1935 in Pendleton County, WV a son of the late Clyde Ollie and Sarah (Varner) Simmons.

Mr. Simmons had worked at Virginia Poultry Groups in Hinton. He was a big fan of country and blue grass music, NASCAR, monster trucks and tractors pulls.  Mr. Simmons was an animal lover and will be missed riding around on his moped.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Simmons; two grandsons, Derrick Mullenax and Skylar Reedy and brother, Melvin Simmons.

He is survived by six daughters and sons-in-law, Wanda and Steve Warner of Petersburg, WV, Debra Nelson of Harrisonburg, Sharon and Richard Mullenax of Blue Grass, Patty and John Seabolt of Franklin, WV, Betty L. Simmons of Franklin, WV and Kimberly Smith of Harrisonburg; son, Harold, Jr. “Lucky” and Brenda Simmons of Dayton; fourteen grandchildren and twenty one great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Grass Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be L.J. Foley, Matthew Simmons, J.W. Tidd, Jr., Lucas Alexander, Kermit Redman, Mark Cobb and Gary Strawderman, Jr. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at Obaugh Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sentara RMH Hahn Cancer Center, 2010 Health Campus Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or Clover Hill Volunteer Fire Department, 2100 Clover Hill Rd, Dayton, VA 22821.

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Homer A. Simmons

HOT SPRINGS, VA

Homer SimmonsHomer Albert Simmons, 74, of Hot Springs passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Bath Community Hospital. He was born January 8, 1940 near Blue Grass a son of the late Russell Dice and Mabel Alice (Grogg) Simmons.

Mr. Simmons was a member of Ashwood United Methodist Church and Men’s Club of the Church. He served in the U.S. Army and retired from Westvaco after 37 1/2 years of service. Mr. Simmons was also a self-employed roofer, NASCAR fan and loved to hunt and fish.

He is survived by his wife, Nora Elizabeth (Chestnut) Simmons, P.O. Box 653, Hot Springs, whom he married on June 12, 1961; brother, Raymond Dice Simmons of Shreveport, LA; nephew, Logy Anzures and two nieces, Lynn and Carla Anzures.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Wilma Anzures.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Ashwood United Methodist Church with the Pastor Vivian M. Utz and Rev. Lynn Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Mountain Grove Cemetery. 

Active pallbearers will be Carl Chestnut, Berlie Chestnut, David Chestnut, Dickie Kershner, Whimpy Taylor, Lonnie Martin, Jimmy Gillispie and Jimmy Cauley.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Men’s Club of Ashwood United Methodist Church, Rodney Chestnut, Freddie Harold and Johnny McManamay.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church and friends may call Monday at Obaugh Funeral Home or anytime at the residence, 146 Wilkinson Ave, Hot Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ashwood United Methodist Church, c/o Betty Harold, treasurer, 54 Methodist Lane, Hot Springs, VA 24445 or Mountain Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Janice O’Farrell, 5792 Mountain Valley Rd, Warm Springs, VA 24484.

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Margaret S. Blagg

DOE HILL, VA

Margaret BlaggMargaret S. Blagg, 92, of Doe Hill passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Pendleton Manor.  She was born May 22, 1922 in Carlisle, PA a daughter of the late Lee E. and Lena Alice (Heishman) Sheaffer.

Mrs. Blagg was a member and pianist at Doe Hill United Methodist Church.  An educator for 42 years, Mrs. Blagg began her career as a teacher in Doe Hill, then taught at Franklin, WV before returning to Highland County to teach music at all three elementary schools.  She later taught at Stonewall Elementary, where she went on to become principal, and completed her career at Highland Elementary School.

On June 19, 1946, she married Alfred Wilson Blagg, who preceded her in death on October 7, 1998.  She also was predeceased by her sister, Helen M. McCoy and her brother, William B. Sheaffer.

Mrs. Blagg is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Lee Wilson and Marilyn G. Blagg and James Abner and Tracey C. Blagg, all of Doe Hill; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Martha R. Palmer of Stuarts Draft and Ruth A. Daugherty of Lancaster, PA and her brother, Rev. Lee B. Sheaffer and wife, Sue of  Mechanicsville.                       

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m.Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Doe Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dave Boger officiating.  Burial will follow at Doe Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Gary Simmons, Lynn Pullin, Steve Botkin, Scotty Armstrong, Alfred Armstrong and Josh Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be friends attending the service.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell.

Memorial contributions may be made to Doe Hill Cemetery, c/o Larry Armstrong, P.O. Box 73, McDowell, VA 24458.

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Mabel Blanche (Martin) Ryder

WARM SPRINGS

Ryder goodMabel Blanche Ryder, 98, of Warm Springs, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014 at her home.   She was born November 23, 1915 in Falling Springs a daughter of the late James Oliver and Winnie (Vance) Martin.

Mrs. Ryder was a homemaker, member of Chimney Run Church of the Brethren and was actively involved with the Ladies Circle of the church.

On January 15, 1931, she married Charles William Ryder, who preceded her in death in January of 1975. She was also predeceased by her son, Leroy Ryder; great-granddaughter, Gracie Woodzell; seven brothers, Cliff, Wilber, James, Lonnie, Jewel, Raymond and Sidney Martin and three sisters, Myrtle Tolley, Virgie Faurote and Ruby Rimel.

She is survived by four daughters, Betty Robertson and husband, Calvin, Sr. of Warm Springs, Phoebe Stanley and husband, Hal of Alleyton, TX, Judy Ryder and companion, Louis Murray of Warm Springs and Ella Rexrode and husband, Frank of Warm Springs; two sons, Larry Ryder of Warm Springs and Charles Ryder and wife, Sandy of Warm Springs; twenty-eight grandchildren; sixty-four great-grandchildren; thirty-eight great-great-grandchildren and two sisters, Arbutus Bright of Deerfield and Arlys Gutshall of Emporia.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m., Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Warm Springs Cemetery with the Pastor Billy Robertson officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chimney Run Church of the Brethren, Attn: Treasurer, 2033 Indian Draft Rd., Millboro, VA 24460

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