Glen Puffenbarger


Henry PuffenbargerHenry Glen Puffenbarger, 96, of Sugar Grove, WV passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital. He was born September 16, 1918 in Sugar Grove, WV a son of the late Henry and Martha Puffenbarger.

Mr. Puffenbarger had worked for the U.S. Forest Service and served in the U.S. Army Air Forces during WWII. He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Senior Citizens and Sugar Grove VFW 9666.

His wife, Bonnie (Smith) Puffenbarger preceded him in death. He was also predeceased by his granddaughter, Gwendy Morris; two sisters, Reda Puffenbarger and Pauline Crummett; two brothers, Berlin Simmons and Emmet Puffenbarger.

He is survived by two daughters, Sharon Morris and husband, Larry of Doe Hill and Sandra Blythe of Swoope; grandson, Travis Morris; three great-grandchildren, Kyle Bradley, Courtney Morris and Scott Morris and a number of nieces and nephews, including, a special niece, Paula Price.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Friday, October 10, 2014 at Calvary Lutheran Church with the Pastor Jessica Felici officiating. Burial will follow in St. Michael’s Cemetery. The Pendleton County Veterans Honor Guard will hold military rites at the graveside. Friends may call at Obaugh Funeral Home and at Glen’s home, 270 Bonnie Lane, Sugar Grove. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Pallbearers will be Jay Smith, Wayne Price, Allen Simmons, Steve Armstrong, Scotty Armstrong, Danny Crider, Bill Timbrooke and Dennis Hull.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 6, Sugar Grove, WV 26815.

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Clement “Poss” M. Simmons


Clement Marvin “Poss” Simmons, 82, of Monterey passed away, Monday, October 6, 2014 at Augusta Nursing and Rehab Center. He was born July 14, 1932 in Vanderpool a son of the late Luther and Rachel Simmons.
Mr. Simmons was a self employed roofer and a member of The Church of God. Poss enjoyed working with cattle on his farm, hunting and visiting people throughout the community.
His wife, Dorothy (Coffelt) Simmons preceded him in death on June 9, 2001. He was also predeceased by four sisters, Blanche Geiger, Mazie Moyers, Sue Botkin and Nora Bibb and two infant brothers.
He is survived by two daughters, Delana Kelly and husband, Chuck of Monterey and Betty Simmons of Mt. Crawford; son, Bobby Simmons of Cloverdale and four grandchildren, Jessica DeAscentis, Sarah Kelly, Stephen and Steffanie Mitchell.
A memorial service will be conducted 2 p.m., Thursday, October 9, 2014 in Green Hill Cemetery at Churchville with Pastor Bobbie Jo Gardner officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Green Hill Cemetery, 117 Lime Kiln Road, Churchville, VA 24421.

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Jean H. Harmon


Jean HarmonJean Harold Harmon passed away, Friday, October 3rd at her home in Springfield, Virginia. Ms. Harmon was born Sept. 19, 1931, in Highland County, Virginia, a daughter of the late Charles Roscoe and Daisy Enid (Hull) Harold.

Upon her graduation from Monterey H.S. in 1950, she moved to Washington D.C. She served as the personal secretary to the Honorable Joel T. Broyhill and spent 22 years on Capitol Hill attending to the constituents of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District. When Mr. Broyhill left Congress in 1974, she continued working with him as part of MT Broyhill & Sons until her retirement in 1999.

While the DC area became the home where she raised 4 children, her heart remained deeply rooted in Highland County. Her beautiful country home in Hightown, VA served as respite from life in hectic Washington, DC. The beauty of the mountains during autumn made this her favorite place to be during this time of year. She cherished her moments there and particularly loved taking her grandchildren for long weekends. Her faith ran deep as she was steadfastly devoted to Grace Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia where she served as a long-time member and President of the Alter Guild.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Josephine Hess and Mamie K. Eagle and three brothers, Leo G. Harold, Jack H. Herold, and Warren G. (Mike) Herald.

Survivors include four children: Christopher Harmon and his wife Maria of Fort Valley, VA, Jeff Harmon and his wife Denise of McKinney, TX, Timothy Harmon and his wife Lori of Springfield, VA, and Lisa Duncan and her husband Mark of Fairfax, VA, as well as thirteen loving grandchildren: Jamie Valentine, Kim Bottom, Michael Harmon, Mark Harmon, Ryan Harmon, Jessica Harmon, Alec Pisoni, David Harmon, Calvin Duncan, Jacob Duncan, Timothy Harmon, Mark Patrick Duncan, and Cameron Harmon. Three siblings: Charles R. Harold Jr. of Fredericksburg, Margaret A. Rexrode of Centerville, and Sue Puffenbarger of Hightown.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 10, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, October 11, 2014 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Blue Grass with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating. Interment will follow in Monterey Cemetery.



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Larry Wayne Smith


Larry SmithLarry Wayne Smith, age 55, of McDowell, passed away Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Smith was born January 23, 1959 in Harrisonburg, a son of the late Wilmer Carl and Irene (Ober) Smith.

Mr. Smith was an employee with Highland County Solid Waste and Recycling and a member of the McDowell Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed the outdoors, caring for his fish pond and flowers, truck pulls, and mowing grass. Above all, Larry loved his family and time spent playing with his grandson.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Smith and Nancy Floyd; brother, Donald Smith; and grandson, Jordan Moats.

Surviving family members include two sons, Eric Smith and wife, Santana of Goshen, and Derek Smith of McDowell; daughter, Kelly Moats and husband, Grady of McDowell; grandson, Braiden Moats; sisters, Yvonne Smith and companion, Roy Kisamore of Churchville, and Susan Simmons and husband, Dennis of Monterey; his brother, Wilmer Smith Jr. and wife, Coretta of Verona; special nephew, Roger Smith of Burnsville; as well as a special caregiver, Kay Smith of McDowell.

A funeral service will be conducted 3 p.m., Friday, October 3, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell with the Rev. Beth Pyles officiating. Interment will follow in McKendree Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and other times at the home.

Active pallbearers include Timmy Neil, David Neil, Josh Armstrong, Craig Smith, Mike Strickler, Jesse Lynn Eckard, Leonard Neil, and Steve Hamilton. Members of the McDowell Volunteer Fire Department will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Larry Smith Memorial Fund, c/o McDowell Volunteer Fire Department, 527 Windrush Lane, Doe Hill, VA 24433.

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Allene A. Echard Gutshall


Allene A. Echard Gutshall, 84, of Woodbridge, passed away Sept. 24, 2014.

She was born in Monterey on May 4, 1930, the daughter of the late William and Rose Halterman Echard.  She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold M. Gutshall; and a sister, Catherine Echard.  Her survivors include son, Ronald L. and wife Phyllis Gutshall of Woodbridge; a granddaughter, Leslie Safford of Woodbridge; and a brother, Pete and wife Norma Jean Echard of Monterey.

Visitations will be held on Monday, Sept. 29, from 5-8 p.m. at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Boulevard, Dale City; and also at Obaugh Funeral Home, 8739 Highland Turnpike, McDowell, on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from 9-11 a.m., with a graveside service at noon in Monterey Cemetery.

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Carl O. Wilson, Sr.


Carl Otis “Butch” Wilson, Sr., of Staunton, passed away Friday, September 12, 2014 at his home. He was born August 26, 1947 in Highland County a son of late Thurman Otis “Fuzzy” Wilson and Catherine (Malone) Wilson of Staunton.

He was a member of Smokey Row Baptist Church and had been employed as a custodian for the City of Staunton. He loved spending time with his family and camping and was a Redskins football fan.

Carl is survived by his wife, Vickie W. Wilson; his mother, Catherine Wilson and a special friend, William Woodson of Hagerstown, MD; two daughters, Carla “Sissy” Wilson and companion, Alan of Harrisonburg and Renee Terry and husband, Joe of Charlottesville; two sons, Carl Wilson, Jr. and wife, Tauheedah of Charlotte, NC and Christopher Wilson and companion, Cassandra of Port Orange, FL; three brothers, Lewis Wilson and wife, Sharon, Charlie Wilson and companion, Crystal, Ralph Wilson and companion, Cindy all of Staunton and twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.. Also surviving are seven step-children including, Keith Toliver and wife, Tabitha of Staunton, whom he raised; four step-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Earl Lee Wilson.

A funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Community United Methodist Church with the Rev. Samuel Anderson and Pastor Eric Strother officiating.  Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memory Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Zane Davenport, Curtis Smith, Donald Anderson, Ronnie Lockridge, Donald Strother, Eric C. Wilson, Brad Sprouse and Darrell Ralston.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell and one hour prior to the service at the church.

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Laura Alice (Kiracofe) Stuart


Laura StuartLaura Alice Stuart, 79, of Headwaters, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Augusta Health. She was born December 13, 1934 in Doe Hill a daughter of the late Jessie Booker and Viola Roxie (Botkin) Kiracofe.

Mrs. Stuart was a homemaker, who was a very caring and giving person. She loved to spend time with her family and enjoyed reading, quilting and gardening.

On December 12, 1952, she married Weldon Allen Stuart, who preceded her in death on August 3, 1991. She was also predeceased by her son, Phillip A. Stuart; sister, Dorothy McCray and brother, Gilbert Botkin.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah S. Miller of Pasadena, MD; two sons, William S. Stuart of Headwaters and James G. Stuart and wife, Cynthia of Staunton; seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Timothy, JoBeth and Evan Stuart, Matthew, Jesse and Rachael Miller and three great-grandchildren, Colin Stuart, Mason and Isabella Miller. She also leaves behind her sister, Myrtle Hoover and husband, Gernon of Moyers, WV and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Headwaters Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Obaugh Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Headwaters Cemetery, c/o Elmo Varner, 14592 Highland Turnpike, Headwaters, VA 24442.

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