John B. Reynolds

MONTEREY, VA

John ReynoldsJohn Baldwin Reynolds, 87, of Monterey passed away Friday, November 28, 2014 at Augusta Health. He was born August 27, 1927 in McDowell a son of the late Robert Lawrence and Bessie Mae (Ralston) Reynolds.

Mr. Reynolds served in the U.S. Army. He was an alumnus of Bridgewater College and received his master’s degree from University of Virginia. He started his career at Monterey High School in 1952 teaching general business and bookkeeping. The school year 1953 to 1957, he was principal and business teacher at Blue Grass High School. From 1957 to 1964, he was assistant principal, business teacher, girls’ basketball coach, track coach and P.E. teacher. In this time frame (1959-1964) the girls’ basketball team in Monterey won three district championships in District N and one district championship in District O. From 1964 to 1973, Mr. Reynolds was principal of Monterey Elementary School. He also taught bookkeeping and behind the wheel drivers education at Highland High School. He was principal of Highland Primary and Highland Elementary Schools from 1974 to 1976. From 1974 to 1985 he was principal of Highland Elementary School.   Mr. Reynolds spend the last two years as the Administrative Assistant of Highland County Public Schools, retiring in 1987, after 35 years.

Mr. Reynolds was an Elder, Clerk of Session and Trustee of Monterey Presbyterian Church and a former Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Monterey Lions Club, where he was serving as sight chairman and had been a past president and secretary; 6o year member of Highland Masonic Lodge #110 A.F. & A.M.; former board member of Highland Medical Center and Highland Center and past member of Highland County Planning Commission and Stonewall Ruritan Club.  He was an avid golfer, a loyal UVA fan and loved to hunt and fish.

He was preceded in death by his son, Billy Reynolds; brother, Leonard Reynolds, who was a casualty of WWII and stepmother, Hazel Lockridge Reynolds.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene N. Reynolds, whom he married, April 9, 1955; daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Michael Starkey of Rocky Mount; two grandchildren, Sarah R. and Clark R. Starkey; twin sister, Connie Martin of McDonald, PA and sister, Jean Hiner and husband, Ron of Staunton; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Monday, December 1, 2014 at Monterey Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Melissa Litrel Harmon officiating.  Burial will follow in the Blue Grass Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Clark Starkey, Dan Sunderlin, J.C. Sunderlin, Marty Hiner, Steve Hiner, Bill Wagner, Jerry Moats and Jerry Hooke.

Honorary pallbearers will be Austin Shepherd, Jim Whitelaw, George Conley, Ballard Preston, Francis Fenn, Dwayne Harkleroad, Randy Hooke and Bucky Reynolds and members of Monterey Lions Club.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday at Obaugh Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Monterey Presbyterian Church, c/o Bill Ellenberg, P.O Box 618, Monterey, VA 24465 , Blue Grass Cemetery, 3042 Blue Grass Valley Rd, Blue Grass, VA 24413, or charity of choice.

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Patricia S. Niswander

Monterey, VA

NiswanderPatricia Sites Marshall Niswander, 87, of Monterey, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 at her home. Mrs. Niswander was born in Harrisonburg on November 5, 1927, a daughter of the late Joseph E. and Olivia (Stearn) Sites.

She was a graduate of Duke University, where she received a degree in nursing and later a certification in Elementary Education from Madison College. An educator, she retired after 20 years of teaching first and second grades and remedial reading in Highland County Schools.

She was a member and served several sessions as an elder in Monterey Presbyterian Church. Additionally, she was member of Monterey Homemakers Club, Sigma Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and a charter member of the Red Hat Society.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry “Bus” Marshall in 1987; her second husband, William “Bill” M. Niswander in 2009 and two brothers, Michael and Joseph Sites.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, George “Poss” and Sherry Marshall of Staunton; daughter and son-in-law, Kay M. and John Rexrode of Staunton; two grandchildren, Justin Marshall and wife, Courtney of Midlothian and Julia M. Lewis and husband, Jay of Roanoke; six great-grandchildren, Jacob, Aubrey, Asher and Colton Marshall and Emily and Warner Lewis; two sisters, Sheila Garrick of Florida and Diana Alt of Maryland; brother, James Sites of Harrisonburg and sister-in-law, Nancy M. Sites of Upper Tract, WV.

A memorial service will be conducted 2p.m., Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Melissa Litrel Harmon officiating. Inurnment will be private. The family will receive friends one hour before the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Monterey Presbyterian Church, c/o Bill Ellenberg, P.O. Box 618, Monterey, VA or Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA 24465.

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Henry C. Eagle, Jr.

Henry Clark Eagle, Jr. 89, of Lynchburg and formerly of Head Waters, passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. He was born May 5, 1925 in McDowell a son of the late Henry C. and Mary Louise (Hupman) Eagle.

Mr. Eagle received a Purple Heart during his service in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a farmer and had worked at Taylor Ramsey Lumber Company in McDowell.

His brother, William Rosser Eagle and his sister, Josephine Pullin preceded him in death.

He is survived by his brother, Roscoe Eagle and wife, Edna of Falls Church; three sisters, Lucile Hahn and husband, Kenley of Lynchburg, Nora Rutherford of Fincastle and Nellie Richards and husband, Stephen of Madison Heights and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted 12 p.m., Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Glynn Coleman officiating. Burial will follow in the McDowell Presbyterian Cemetery with military honors.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Obaugh Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Miller, Steve Varner, Elmo Varner, Lynn Pullin, Gilbert Pullin, Sam Rutherford, Henry Rutherford, George Richards and Kenley Richards.

Memorial contributions may be made to McDowell Presbyterian Cemetery, c/o Shannon Maloy, 1982 Bullpasture River Road, McDowell, VA 24458.

 

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Houston T. Smith

MONTEREY, VA

Houston SmithHouston Turner Smith, 90, of Monterey, passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014. He was born January 27, 1924 in Staunton a son of the late Elva M. Smith.

Mr. Smith was owner and operator of H.T. Smith & Son Excavating and a farmer. He received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star while serving in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a member and commander of VFW Post 4989. An avid outdoorsman, he loved to hunt in the Laurel Fork area.

He is survived by his son, Charles Smith and Sherry Wolfe; grandson, Lyle Smith; partner, Judy Skeen, all of Monterey; step-daughter, Sarah Skeen of Richmond and step-son, Sam Skeen of Staunton.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 12, 2014 in Monterey Cemetery with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating.

There will be no public viewing or visitation.

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

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Terry Lee Baldwin

HARRISONBURG, VA

Terry Lee Baldwin, 53, of Harrisonburg, passed away Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Kings Daughters Community Health & Rehab. He was born June 17, 1961 in Hot Springs.

Terry had worked in the poultry business at Cargill in Dayton. He took pride in his pickup truck.

He is survived by his mother, Virginia B. Smith of Monterey; two sisters, Debbie Williams of Mill Gap and Georgia Smith of Harrisonburg; two brothers, John Wesley Baldwin of Staunton and Willie Smith of Hot Springs; niece, Felicia Wheeler; nephew, Dustin Williams and special friends, Rusty Lonas and Jody Good.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, November 8, 2014  at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating. Burial will follow in Monterey Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Rusty Lonas, Jody Good, Herbert Lightner, David Lightner, Ernie Lightner and Raymond Lightner.

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

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Glen Puffenbarger

SUGAR GROVE, WV

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

MONTEREY, VA

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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