Dr. Thaine E. Billingsley

Harrisonburg, VA

Billingsley PhotoDr. Thaine Edward Billingsley, 88, died Friday, February 7, 2014 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, surrounded by loved ones.  His death was the result of complications from a fall suffered the day before.

Formerly a resident of Monterey, Dr. Billingsley had been living at Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg for the past decade with his wife of 65 years, Anita (Moore) Billingsley, and oldest son, Gary. Until the time of his move to Sunnyside, Dr. Billingsley practiced medicine, serving as Highland County’s only physician for most of his career. A general practitioner, he did everything from delivering babies to treating terminal illnesses, often making house calls. He was the prototypical “country doctor” who was known for whistling while he worked.

A native of Marysville, Kansas, Dr. Billingsley was born June 5, 1925, the only child of the late Leslie Kirk and Belmont Hazel “Monty” (Collins) Billingsley. After graduating from high school in 1943, he joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps and became a lab technician, spending time in New Guinea, Japan, and the Philippines. Following WWII, he met Anita on a Methodist mission trip while earning his undergraduate degree from Baker University in Baldwin   City, Kansas. In 1953, he earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas. After medical school, through the Virginia Council of Health and Medical Care, Dr. Billingsley sought out an area in the country in need of a physician. He and his family decided on Highland County, and with generous support from the Stonewall Ruritan Club, they moved to the county in 1954.

Dr. B, as he was known by many in the county, made countless contributions – a humble man, he didn’t just preach his strong values, he practiced them every day. He was active in a number of community organizations, including the Stonewall Ruritan Club, Monterey United Methodist Church, and the Highland County Chamber of Commerce. It was through his involvement with the Chamber that he was instrumental in starting the Highland County Maple Festival.  In Harrisonburg, Dr. Billingsley was a member of Otterbein United Methodist Church.

An avid reader and history buff, Dr. Billingsley enjoyed music, rummy games with Gary, travel, outdoor activities, and time spent with family.

In addition to his wife and son, Gary, survivors include: son, Robert and spouse, Anna of Fredericksburg; daughters, Mary Anita of Winston Salem, N.C., and Sarah Lyn and spouse, Nola of Union City, Calif.; and son, Kirk and spouse, Kim of Monterey. He was predeceased by his daughter, Carol Elaine. Dr. Billingsley also left behind six granddaughters: Carol Billingsley, Leslie Billingsley, Hayley Billingsley, Julia Billingsley, Rosemarie Torres and Priscilla Torres; and three great-grandchildren.

At the time of Dr. Billingsley’s retirement, several hundred people attended a reception in his honor. The Recorder lauded him for “a legacy of hope and healing.”  An editorial stated: “Dr. B leaves behind a community grateful for his service, his friendship and his inspiration, which allowed many of us to face our own hardships more bravely. The heart of this fine country doctor remained constant….The whistling doctor will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.”

A memorial service will be held at the Monterey United Methodist Church on Monday, February 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm with the Rev. James Tongue, Rev. Erin Geoffrion and Rev. Ed Pruitt officiating.  A reception will follow at the church. An inurnment service will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to UMCOR, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY, 10087.

Posted in February 2014 | 16 Comments

Donald Ray Spitzer


Donald Ray Spitzer, 62, passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Louk House in Broadway. He was born June 14, 1951 in Newport News a son of the late Robert Lee, Sr. and Ruby (Puffenbarger) Spitzer.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Guy Douglas Spitzer.
Family members include his brother and sister-in-law, Robert Lee Jr. and Mary Ann Spitzer of Staunton.
A graveside memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 1, 2014 in Head Waters Cemetery with the Rev. Stanley Farthing officiating.

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Doris Ann Smith


Doris SmithDoris Ann Smith, 75, of Doe Hill passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at Augusta Health. She was born February 17, 1938 at Doe Hill a daughter of the late Meredith Ilo and Elsie Mae (Harris) Hull.

She was a homemaker and a member of Doe Hill United Methodist Church. She enjoyed flowers, listening to country music, reading, as well as crossword puzzles. Above all, she loved her family, most especially time spent with her grandchildren.

On March 23, 1957, she married Cleveland R. Smith, who preceded her in death on January 25, 2009.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Elaine Crider and husband, Danny of Brandywine, WV and Tammy Dawn Lambert and husband, Ronnie of Sugar Grove, WV; her son, Daniel Grey Smith and wife, Sandie of Franklin, WV; five grandchildren, April Crider Simmons and husband, Justin, Derek Crider and wife, Amanda, Lacey D. Simmons and husband, Travis, Breanna A. Smith and Adrian A. Lambert; great-grandson, Colby Ryan Simmons; as well as three sisters, Meredith Colaw of Hot Springs, Darlene Harold and husband, Junior of Doe Hill and Leta Grey Norfleet and husband, Larry of Warm Springs and her brother, Noel Hull and wife, Doris of Doe Hill and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell with the Rev. Dave Boger officiating.  Burial will follow in Doe Hill Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Tom Hull, Juny Hull, Scotty Armstrong, Travis Simmons, Tim Harold, Robert Moyers, Charlie Moyers, Derek Crider and Justin Simmons.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Doe Hill Cemetery, c/o Larry Armstrong, P.O. Box 73, McDowell, VA 24458.

Posted in January 2014 | 3 Comments

Ruby F. Lambert


Ruby F. Lambert, 84, of Blue Grass, passed away, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at the Springs Nursing Center.  She was born July 18, 1929 in Blue Grass a daughter of the late John Adam and Sudie Edith (Hinkle) Fultz.

A devoted wife, mother and homemaker, she loved to cook and bake, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She had a deep appreciation for her family’s home place and loved living there.  She was a past member of the Blue Grass United Methodist Church.

On March 20, 1948, she married Robert William Lambert who preceded her in death on August 5, 2006.

She is survived by her two daughters, Sheila M. Lambert of Williamsburg and Roberta A. Lambert of Monterey.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating and assisted by Kenny Carroll.  Burial will follow at Blue Grass Cemetery. 

Active pallbearers will be Richard Waybright, R.C. Pullin, Jerry Rexrode, Jackie Will, Elmer Waybright and Jim Whitelaw.

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

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

Posted in January 2014 | 6 Comments

Bonnie L. Hicks


Bonnie Hicks PhotoBonnie Louella Arbogast Hicks, 68, of Blue Grass and formerly of Mustoe, peacefully passed away, surrounded by her family, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at the home of her son and special caregiver Richie and Christy Hicks, as a result of Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Arbovale, W.Va. on Feb. 1, 1945, the first child of the late Charles and Nellie Sheets Arbogast.

On Feb. 10, 1963 she married her loving husband, Richard Leon Hicks, who preceded her in death on Oct. 8, 2013. Together they had five children, DaNette Rena “Penny” Chestnut and husband James of Staunton; Treva Anne Hull and husband Patrick of Monterey; Richard  Leroy “Richie” Hicks and wife Christy of Blue Grass; Christopher Leon “Chris” Hicks and wife Heather of Staunton; and Brandi Hicks Bussard and husband Douglas of Mustoe.

Bonnie was a stay at home mom until her last child was in school and then she went into the cooking industry first at The Maple Restaurant and then at Highland County Public School until her retirement June 2009.

She was an avid gardener who enjoyed every moment of the season from planting the first seed to canning the last jar of “summer sunshine” to be enjoyed by her family and friends on the coldest of winter days. It was nothing for her to can 1500-2000 jars a season. Mom also enjoyed feeding her family and friends every Sunday after church. She was a member of Victory Chapel Church and the W.H. And F.M. Society. She was loved by all who knew her and she loved her family and friends very much, especially the grand babies. She also never missed a day of feeding her feathered friends who she enjoyed watching.

In addition to her children she is survived by her grandchildren, Ashley Propst and husband Jesse; Sierra Edwards and husband Kevin; Hannah Murray and husband Vincent; Cynthia Hull and fiancé Elliott Boyd; Tamra Hicks and Johnny Williams; Burgundy Hicks and Christian Herber; Clay Hicks; Logan Hicks; Amelia Hicks; Brooklyn Bussard; and Bella Hicks; great-grandchildren Ava Chestnut, Thomas Boyd, Bryan Williams and Hunter Propst; brothers Gordon Arbogast and wife Edith, Michael Arbogast and wife Linda and Timothy Arbogast and wife Carlene; and sisters-in-law, Darlene Arbogast and Donna Arbogast.

Bonnie was predeceased by her parents, husband Richard, sister Tena Dean, brother Richard Arbogast, and granddaughter Selena Chestnut.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 31 at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell.  She will be laid to rest in the newly established family cemetery on Hicks’ Quarter And A Quarter Better Farm next to her husband’s ashes with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6-8 p.m., at Obaugh Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jim Chestnut, Pat Hull, Dougie Bussard, Jesse Propst, Vincent Murray, Elliott Boyd, Doug Gumm and Delmas Lowry.

Memorial contributions can 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 or McDowell Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Delbert Rexrode, 527 Windrush Lane, Doe Hill, VA 24433 or the Highland Humane Society, PO Box 458, Monterey, Va. 24465.

Posted in January 2014 | 14 Comments

Anita Carroll Mock


Anita MockAnita Carroll Mock, 80, of the Williamsville community of Highland County passed away Friday, January 10, 2014 at Culpeper Regional Hospital.  She was born January 16, 1933 at Stanley, WI, a daughter of the late Carl and Bethelva (Gibbs) Brandt.

She was a member of Old Paths Baptist Church at Buffalo Gap.

Mrs. Mock began her career as an X-ray technician and retired as a medical office manager from Richmond Radiation and Oncology Clinic.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis Mock of the Williamsville community, whom she married on June 6, 1953; daughter, Cynthia Beatty and husband, Daniel of Medina, NY; two sons, René Mock and wife, Deborah of Boston, VA and Rodney Mock and Whitney Kern of Richmond; ten grandchildren, David, Stephanie and Jonathan Mock, Samuel and Isaiah Beatty, Elizabeth O’Neill, Josiah Beatty, S. Andrew, Sharon and Samantha Mock; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Bonita Kline of Minneapolis, MN and brother, Lyle Brandt of Stanley, WI.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Roy Brandt.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home with Pastor John Smith officiating.  Burial will follow at McDowell Presbyterian Cemetery.   Active pallbearers will be René Mock, Jonathan Mock, S. Andrew Mock, Daniel Beatty, Josiah Beatty and Isaiah Beatty. Honorary pallbearers will be Rodney Mock, David Mock and Samuel Beatty.

The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McDowell Presbyterian Cemetery on the Hill, c/o Shannon Maloy, 1982 Bullpasture River Rd, McDowell, VA 24458.

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Charles Gary Kincaid


Charles Gary Kincaid, 61, of Williamsville passed away, January 9, 2014.

He was born September 12, 1952 in Staunton a son of Maxine (Tuning) Kincaid and the late Charles L. Kincaid. 

He was a 1970 graduate of R.E. Lee High School as well as Anderson University in Anderson, IN.  Gary was a self employed contractor.  An avid hunter and outdoorsman, he loved being at his home place in Highland County. He was a western movie enthusiast and very interested in family history. Gary was a proud and life member of Clan Kincaid Association International, tracing his roots back to direct descendants of early pioneers from Scotland.  Additionally, Gary was a Master Mason with Staunton Masonic Lodge #13 AF&AM.

He is survived by his mother, Maxine Kincaid of Staunton; son, Jason Kincaid and wife, Leslie and their children, Elijah, Lilly, Emily and Anna; brother, Ricky Kincaid of Williamsville and close friend, Debbie McQuain; sister, Beverley Kincaid Smith and husband, Chris of Cincinnati, OH; two nieces, Candi Kincaid of Staunton and Jenny Boone and husband, Jason of Roanoke; and nephew, Christopher Hanson of Ft. Pierce, FL.

Gary was preceded in death by his sister, Jill Kincaid.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, January 13, 2014 in Headwaters Cemetery with the Rev. Dave Boger officiating. 

Active pallbearers will be Sam Wilson, Alfred Wilson, Fred Sorrel, Tim Marshall, Roger Hupman and Mark Balsley.  Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Gutshall, Jim Hinton, Victor Ludwig, Max Lockridge, Charles V. Hupman, Jerry Harman, Vernon Wooddell, Roger Kincaid, Joe Kincaid, Doug Kincaid, Paul Kincaid and other friends and relatives attending the service.

As per his request, there will be no formal visitation. Friends may call at the home of his brother, Ricky on the Cowpasture.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Headwaters Cemetery, 14952 Highland Turnpike, Headwaters, VA 24442.

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