William Benjamin “Ben” Botkin


Ben BotkinWilliam Benjamin “Ben” Botkin, 25, of Monterey, passed away, Friday, May 22, 2015. He was born July 11, 1989 in Staunton a son of George Ronald “Ronnie” and Caroline Jean (Benson) Botkin of Monterey.

Ben was a pipe liner foreman for a natural gas company. He was an avid outdoorsman, who especially enjoyed bear hunting, and was also a truck puller. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and National Wild Turkey Federation.

His paternal grandparents, George “Jack” and Charlotte Botkin and maternal grandfather, Les Benson preceded him in death.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Jean Botkin of Seaford, DE and Emily Charlotte Ashby (Botkin) McRobie and husband, Jonathon of Elk Garden WV; his brother, Ethan Cole Botkin of Monterey; niece, Adalynn Virginia McRobie; maternal grandmother, Jean Burns Benson of Seaford, DE and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell with Mr. George Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in Head Waters Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Seth Armstrong, Matt Eye, Steven Wimer, Jon McRobie, Adam Botkin, Ronnie Moyers, Logan Armstrong and Tom Hull.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Obaugh Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McDowell Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Delbert Rexrode, 527 Windrush Lane, Doe Hill, VA 24433 or Highland  Education Foundation, c/o Tracey McCray, P.O. Box 402, Monterey, VA 24465.

Posted in May 2015 | 9 Comments

Pamela Marie Robertson

Hot Springs

Pam RobertsonPamela Marie Robertson, age 39, of Hot Springs, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center. She was born September 4, 1975 in Allegheny County, a daughter of Danny Lee and Kathy Marie (Liptrap) Robertson of Warm Springs.

Ms. Robertson graduated from Bath County High School, as well as Bridgewater College where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She was a member of the Chimney Run Church of the Brethren.

A social worker, Ms. Robertson loved people and dedicated her life to helping others, most especially the elderly. Social work was not only her career, it was her passion. She will be remembered for her love of singing and as a member of the former Chimney Run Inspirations Gospel Group. Pamela enjoyed time spent playing the guitar, swimming in the ocean, sports, and overall simply being with family and friends. She was loved and will be missed by those whose lives she touched.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Kathleen Liptrap and uncle, Kenny Liptrap.

In addition to her parents surviving family members include her fiancé, John Fitzgerald of Hot Springs; sister, Tonya Carter of Williamsburg, WV; special friend (whom she loved as a sister), Britney Chestnut of Warm Springs; paternal grandparents, Calvin and Betty Robertson, of Warm Springs; maternal grandfather, Donnie Liptrap of Warm Springs; a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins also survive.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Chimney Run Church of the Brethren with Pastor Billy Robertson officiating. Interment will follow in the Robertson Family Cemetery.

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

Active pallbearers include Ronnie and David Liptrap, George, Dennis, Calvin, Tommy, Ronnie, and Randy Robertson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Chimney Run Church of the Brethren Children’s Fund, c/o Tiffany Myers, 302 Forestry Road, Hot Springs, VA 24445


Posted in May 2015, Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Kerry Gale Sponaugle


Kerry SponaugleKerry Gale Sponaugle, 61, of Blue Grass, passed away Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at his home. He was born June 25, 1953 in Harrisonburg a son of Olin Ray and Norma Lee (Rexrode) Sponaugle of Blue Grass.

Retired from Daniel Construction, Kerry was a farmer and had also worked at Rockingham Co-op. He was a member of Blue Grass United Methodist Church, Blue Grass Ruritan Club and a past member of the Highland Mixed Bowling League. An avid hunter, he enjoyed spending time on the family farm and traveling to country music concerts. Most of all he loved watching and supporting Brent and Aaron at truck pulls and Jon at his bowling league. His pride and joy was his wonderful granddaughter, Addison.   Kerry will be remembered as a man that always placed others needs above his own.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Jeanette Lynn (Echard) Jamison of Franklin, WV; his daughter, Kara Sponaugle of Waynesboro; three sons, Brent Sponaugle, Aaron Sponaugle and wife, Abby, and Jon Sponaugle, all of Blue Grass; granddaughter, Addison Rae Sponaugle; step-son, Greg Jamison and wife, Lisa of Franklin, WV; sister, Chanda Sponaugle of Blue Grass and the mother of his children, Brenda Sponaugle of Circleville, WV.

A funeral service will be conducted 3 p.m., Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Blue Grass United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating. Interment will follow in the Blue Grass Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Tim Judy, Robert “Dickie” Wyre, Doug Butcher, Jed Sponaugle, Larry Whitecotton, Greg Jamison, Kevin Sponaugle, Brett Sponaugle and Billy Sponaugle. Honorary pallbearers will be friends in attendance.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015 at Obaugh Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Grass Cemetery, 3042 Blue Grass Valley Rd, Blue Grass, VA 24413.

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Dorothy “Dot” Hoover Lamb


Dorothy “Dot” Hoover Lamb, 91, of Staunton, passed away Monday, May 11, 2015 at Augusta Health. She was born January 13, 1924 in Doe Hill a daughter of the late Ernest Garnet and Maude Virginia (Armstrong) Hoover.

Mrs. Lamb graduated from Clifton Forge High School and Bridgewater College. She had worked as a medical technician at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Obaugh Funeral Home will conduct a graveside service 1 p.m., Saturday, May 16, 2015 in McKendree Cemetery.

There will be no public viewing or visitation.

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Mary Grace (Terry) Halterman


Mary Grace (Terry) Halterman, 79, of Monterey, went to be with the Lord,  Monday, April 27, 2015 at the home of her daughter in Elkton. She was born March 14, 1936 in Highland County, a daughter of the late George Everette and Ester Elizabeth (McLaughlin) Terry.

Mrs. Halterman was preceded in death by two brothers, James Otis and Everett Junior Terry.

On September 26, 1964, she married Elmer Eugene Halterman, who survives. Additional surviving family members include her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and C. Dale Shifflett, II of Elkton; her sister, Carolyn Rexrode and husband, Charles; and her brother, Berlie Terry, all of Mustoe.

Services for Mrs. Halterman will be private.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Wesley Chapel Cemetery, c/o Yvonne Wimer, 457 Mill Gap Rd, Monterey, VA 24465 or Elkton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 152, Elkton, VA 22827.

Posted in April 2015 | 5 Comments

Donald G. McAllister

Winston-Salem, NC

Donald McAllisterDonald Glenn McAllister, 63, of Winston-Salem, NC, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, Winston-Salem. He was born October 5, 1951 in Clifton Forge, VA, son of Irene (Corbett) McAllister and the late William Tazwell McAllister.

Mr. McAllister attended elementary school in Clifton Forge, VA, and graduated from James River High School in Buchanan, VA. Following graduation he enlisted and served honorably in the US Coast Guard. Mr. McAllister worked in law enforcement in Atlantic Beach, Wilmington, and Greensboro, NC prior to his employment with North Carolina DMV, from which he retired. Mr. McAllister will be fondly remembered as a man that enjoyed playing golf and time spent in the woods hunting. Additionally, he was a member of Central Advent Christian Church in Clifton Forge, VA

He is survived by his mother, Irene Corbett McAllister, Mustoe, VA; his loving and devoted partner, Judy Cowen, Winston Salem, NC; son, Daniel Glenn McAllister and wife, Sabrina of Buchanan, VA; daughter, Jennifer Berry and husband, Matthew of Creedmoor, NC; step-daughter, Elayne Cowen of Winston Salem, NC; grandchildren, Devin, Dyllan, and Dawson McAllister, Grant Berry, and Landon Martin; two sisters, Carolyn Maydian of Collinsville, VA and Jan Austin and Bob Keffer of Roanoke, VA; special friend, Stacy Wooten; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

A graveside memorial service will held 2 p.m., April 25, 2015 in Monterey Cemetery, with the Rev. Kenny Carroll officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Mr. McAllister’s honor to Victory Chapel Advent Christian Church c/o Irene McAllister, P.O. Box 446, Monterey, Virginia 24465

Posted in April 2015 | 2 Comments

Fannie Lois Shell

Franklin, WV

F. ShellFannie L. Shell, 72, widow of Rev. Charles C. Shell, who resided at Pendleton Manor, Franklin, WV, and formerly of McDowell, VA, passed away Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. Born January 14, 1943, in Lititz, PA, Fannie was the second daughter of the late Jacob and Fannie (Oberholzter) Buckwalter.

Mrs. Shell graduated from Lancaster Mennonite School on May 27, 1960, and went on to graduate from Lancaster City School District School of Practical Nursing on August 23, 1963. While working at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Mrs. Shell met her husband. They were married on June 5, 1965. In December 1965, they moved to Wilmington, DE, where they lived for the next 11 years. Then in 1978, they moved to Frederick, MD. After her husband’s death in 1988, Mrs. Shell moved to Burnsville, VA.

Mrs. Shell was a wife and home schooling mother. She played the autoharp, and loved bird watching, gardening and reading poetry. A very creative person, Mrs. Shell enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting. She loved children and especially enjoyed visits from her grandchildren. Her home was always open to friends and family. During her trips to China to visit her son, she toured the Great Wall of China and the Heavenly Lake. Several orphanages in China were the recipients of hundreds of quilts that she pieced. She was awarded the Maryland Full-time Homemaker of the Year Award in 1986 by Phyllis Schlafly and the Eagle Forum.

She is survived by her four daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Lou and Victor Menning of Young America, MN, Katie and Chris Patrick of Kimball, MI, Sarah and Lon Ricketts of Monterey, and Lois and Steve Perks of Washington, D. C.; eight sons and daughters-in-law, Timothy and Naomi Shell of Mongolia, Samuel and Michelle Shell of Monterey, Benjamin and Emily Shell of Mt. Pleasant, MI, Daniel Shell of Dayton, David and Mary Shell of Farwell, MI, Michael and Eva Shell of Monterey, Aaron and Esther Shell of Clare, MI, Joseph and Rosene Shell of McDowell; thirty-five grandchildren; four sisters, RuthAnna Willis of San Antonio, TX, Mary Brubaker of York, PA, Naomi Harring of Sarasota, FL, Sue Arbaugh of Lexington; five brothers, Jacob Buckwalter of New Buffalo, PA, John Buckwalter of Lititz, PA, Daniel Buckwalter of Homer, AK, David Buckwalter of Lititz, PA, Ben Buckwalter of Anna, TX, and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the Stonewall Ruritan Building, McDowell, VA with Claire Heatwole officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

An additional funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Resthaven Memorial Gardens Chapel, Frederick, MD, with the Rev. William Gram and Pastor Kyle Buckwalter officiating. The family will again receive friends one hour prior to service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Frederick Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 3389, Frederick, MD 21701 or Pendleton Manor, P.O. 700, Franklin, WV 26807.

Posted in April 2015 | 2 Comments