Mary L. Hise

WAYNESBORO, VA

Mary HiseMary Louise “Honeybee” Hise, 74, of Waynesboro and formerly Monterey, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Harvard Home in Waynesboro. She was born April 8, 1942 in Hightown a daughter of the late Clay Andrew and Viola Edith (Washburn) Hise.

Mary was a kind, loving and caring person, who enjoyed spending time with family and friends, including her special Harvard Home family. She greatly loved animals, coloring, being around children and making people happy. Her smile would brighten up the room and her presence would fill your heart with love.

She was preceded in death by five sisters, Edith Jolley, Goldie Teti, Hazel Shifflett, Vernie Colaw and Jane Waybright as well as three brothers, Stanley Hise, Sterling Hise and Edward Hise.

Surviving family members include her sister, Irene Pingley of Warren, OH; her brother, Clellon Hise of Bartow, WV and a great number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Sunday, April 17, 2016                                           at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating.

Burial will follow in Arbovale Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Mike and Eric Ralston, Andy and Clay Hise, Chris High and Chad Staton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Augusta Regional SPCA, 33 Archery Lane, Staunton, VA 24401.

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Arvella J. Rexrode

SUGAR GROVE, WV

Arvella RexrdeArvella J. Rexrode, 87, of Sugar Grove, WV passed away, Monday, April 4, 2016 at her home. She was born August 22, 1928 near Brandywine, WV a daughter of the late Irvin Upton and Millie Marie (Eye) Propst.

Mrs. Rexrode was a homemaker, who was always cooking and baking. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and loved her flowers. She attended Crummett Run Church of the Brethren and taught Sunday school there for many years.

Surviving family members include her husband of 69 years, Warren Rexrode, whom she married February 17, 1947; her children, Gerald Rexrode and wife, Linda Fay, James Rexrode and wife, Judy R., Johnny Rexrode, all of Sugar Grove, WV, Linda Rexrode and husband, Richard and Lois Riggleman and husband, Dennis, all of Franklin, WV and Bill Rexrode and wife, Dolly of Sugar Grove, WV; her grandchildren, Teresa Brossart, Diana Kesterson, Dawn Renee Propst, April Cushwa, John Michael Rexrode, Stephanie Harman, Jason Rexrode, Amy Michelle Scott, Jodi Keplinger, Krista Owens and Casey Byers; twenty-six great grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; sister, Janis Propst and brother, Delbert “Bud” Propst and wife, Lucy all of Brandywine, WV.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two grandsons, Stacey Rexrode and Jeremy Rexrode (infant); and her brother, Jolee Propst.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Pat Godfrey and Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Sugar Grove Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jason Rexrode, John Michael Rexrode, Brent Cushwa, Brandon Cushwa, Randy Propst and Dell Propst. The grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday until 8 p.m. and the family will receive friends two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Hospice, P.O. Box 416, Franklin, WV 26807 or Crummett Run Church of the Brethren, 942 Crummetts Run Rd, Sugar Grove, WV 26815.

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Grayson Chase Chaplin

WARM SPRINGSGrayson Chaplin

Grayson Chase Chaplin, infant son of Patrick Levi and Emily Jean (Bennett) Chaplin passed away Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He was born December 1, 2015 at Augusta Health.

Surviving family members include his parents; his sister, Shiann Taylor Chaplin of the home; paternal grandparents, Johnny and Deseray Chaplin of Bacova; maternal grandmother, Carrie Chestnut and husband, Robbie of Hot Springs; maternal grandfather, Richard Bennett and wife, Denise of Covington; paternal great-grandparents, Hansel and Phyllis Ryder of Warm Springs; maternal great-grandfather, Elmer Wolfe of Hot Springs and paternal great-great-grandmother, Sis Ryder of Warm Springs. Additionally, he is survived by two aunts, Rebecca Chaplin of Warm Springs and Hope Bennett of Hot Springs; multiple great-aunts and great-uncles and many cousins.

Grayson was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandmother, Annie Wolfe.

A memorial service will be conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2, 2016 in Warm Springs Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Charles Reed officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service in the church fellowship hall and other times at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Chaplin Family, c/o Patrick and Emily, P.O. Box 164, Warm Springs, VA 24484, to help offset unexpected medical expenses.

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Nellie Elizabeth Bodkin

Harrisonburg, VA

Nellie BodkinNellie Elizabeth Bodkin, 100, of Harrisonburg and formerly Sugar Grove, WV, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016 at her residence. She was born February 1, 1916 in Sugar Grove a daughter of the late Jasper and Mary Jane (Rexrode) Puffenbarger.

A homemaker, Mrs. Bodkin will be remembered as a witty and loving person, who loved to laugh, enjoyed quilting as well as her visits with family and friends. She was a member of Crummett Run  Church of the Brethren.

On August 28, 1934, she married Elmer Clay Bodkin, who preceded her in death on March 31, 1982. Additionally, she was predeceased by her daughter, Charlotte Mae Bodkin and brother, Paul Puffenbarger.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Lorena B. and Adalbert E. Hoover of Brandywine, WV and Karen S. and Roy R. Simmons of Harrisonburg, with whom she made her home for eighteen years; her son and daughter-in-law, Elmer Lee and Bonnie K. Bodkin of Sugar Grove, WV; seven grandchildren, Gregory Hoover, Conny Davis and husband, James, Melanie Crouch and husband, Thomas, Adrian Simmons and wife, Carrie, Brandon Simmons, Gavin Bodkin and companion, Holly and Doug Marsh and wife, Kelly; and three great-grandchildren, Allie and Abbi Simmons and Harper Marsh.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Crummett Run Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be grandsons, Gregory Hoover, Adrian Simmons, Brandon Simmons, Gavin Bodkin, Doug Marsh, James Davis and Thomas Crouch. Flower girls will be Allie and Abbi Simmons.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Crummett Run Cemetery, c/o Dennis Botkin, 56 Limestone Lane, Sugar Grove, WV 26815.

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Hilda Mae Mullenax

BLUE GRASS, VA

Hilda MullenaxHilda Mae Mullenax, 90, of Blue Grass passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at her home. She was born December 5, 1925 at Blue Grass a daughter of the late Edward Clarence and Annie Belle (Stone) Waggoner.

Hilda graduated from Blue Grass High School on Monday, May 31, 1943. She had worked as a secretary at Blue Grass Elementary School, as a cook at Four Winds Restaurant in Monterey, and 17 years as a seamstress at the Aileen Sewing Plant. Most of all she was a homemaker, whose greatest joy was crocheting and sharing her craft. A kind and compassionate lady, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and visiting with her friends. She loved gospel music, attending church and her Lord; and always said “Glad to be in the house of the Lord”. One of her most memorable experiences will be remembered as her first trip to the beach in 2010.

On October 9, 1948, she married George Edward Mullenax, who preceded her in death on April 8, 1983. Additionally, Hilda was predeceased by an infant son and granddaughter, Stephanie Louise Lightner; step-grandson, Craig Puffenbarger; four sisters, Glenna Waggoner, Thelma Puffenbarger, Marie Arbogast and Doris Hannah; and three brothers, Max Waggoner, Ivan Waggoner and Roy L. Waggoner, Sr.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Ann M. and Herman Puffenbarger of Blue Grass, with whom she lived since 1990 and Dorothy M. and David Lightner of Monterey; four grandchildren, Misty P. Goodbar and husband, Kevin of Monterey, Nicole Lane Puffenbarger of Monterey, Robert Lightner and wife, Davina of Monterey and Jacob Lightner of Monterey; step-granddaughter, Vickie P. Newton of Roanoke; great- grandson, Kaden Ray Wimer; great-granddaughter, Carly Jo Pappalardo; and soon to arrive great-granddaughter Goodbar; brother-in-law, Leo Mullenax of Franklin, WV; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be conducted 4 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2016 at Blue Grass United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating.   Burial will follow in Blue Grass Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Robert Lightner, Jacob Lightner, J.R. Botkin, Kevin Wimer, Kevin Goodbar and Bob Rawley.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Grass Cemetery, 3042 Blue Grass Valley Road, Blue Grass, VA 24413 or charity of choice.

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Annie Fay Helmick

STAUNTON, VA

Annie Fay Helmick, 78, of Staunton and formerly of Monterey, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Envoy of Staunton. She was born September 4, 1937 in Monterey a daughter of the late Jesse Franklin and Bessie Mae (Harris) Tidd.

Mrs. Helmick attended the Church of God and was a past member of Stonewall Ruritan Club. She had worked at both Aileen and Jessico.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester Scott Helmick; her daughter, Ocie Fay Tidd Hise; two sons, Roy “Scott” Helmick and Steve Allen Helmick; three sisters, Nellie Wagner, Carrie Hevener and Jessie Gray Dever and her brother, Aubrey Tidd.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Candy H. Lowry of Millboro; two great-granddaughters, Destynie and Stefani Lowry; and a number of nieces and nephews, including her devoted nephew and caregiver, Ronald Helmick, Sr.

A funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2016 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Beth Pyles officiating. Burial will follow in Propst-Helmick Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Roger Simmons, Roger Simmons, Jr., Herbert Lightner, Charles Varner, Brent Obaugh, Glenn Halterman, Travis Halterman, Roger Arbogast and Cliff Vandevander. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at Obaugh Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Club, c/o Randy Richardson, P.O. Box 131, Monterey, VA or 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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Shirley Jane Belfield

MONTEREY, VA

Shirley BelfieldShirley Jane Belfield, 73, of Monterey, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the home of her loving niece, Ginger Darragh. She was born March 12, 1943 in Marion County, WV a daughter of the late Charley Lee and Ossa Virginia (Johnston) Moore.

Shirley was a member of Word of Faith Church. She owned and operated the Red Hill Tavern Restaurant in Warsaw and enjoyed sightseeing wherever and whenever given the opportunity.

She is survived by two sisters, Blanche Morgan and her husband, Glenn of Head Waters and Martha Lee Magers of Colonial Beach; her brother, Walter Owen Moore and wife, Dolly of Ft. Myer, FL; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son and infant daughter.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Word of Faith Church with Pastor Chip Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Monterey Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Glenn Morgan, Steve Darragh, Jakkris Saolon, Jachin Hill, Bradley Weaver and Gale Morgan. Honorary pallbearers will be friends attending the service. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Monterey Cemetery, c/o Nancy Sweitzer, 228 Triple Oak Lane, Hot Springs, VA 24445 or Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA 24465.

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