Vera Katherine (Rexrode) Conner

CHURCHVILLE, VA

Vera ConnerVera Katherine Conner, 81, of Churchville, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital. She was born September 9, 1934 on Dixon Hill in Mustoe a daughter of the late Charles Richard and Maysie Syron (Kelley) Rexrode.

Vera was a homemaker and a caregiver, who enjoyed her family, especially time spent with her grandchildren.  She was a member of Jerusalem Chapel United Brethren Church.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Vonda Terry.

Surviving family members include her husband, Connel Hansford “Toby” Conner, Jr.; three sons, Richie H. “Shag” Conner and friend, Eunice Montgomery of Edinburg; Douglas W. “Droop” Conner and friend, Penny Benson of Churchville and Tony “Doody” Conner of Churchville; daughter, Tammy Coyner and husband, Donald of Churchville; six grandchildren, Deann Smith, Amanda Young, Toby Coyner, Sarah and Adam Conner and Troy Stephenson; four great-grandchildren, Katelyn and McKenzie Smith, Lynnley Young and Adalynn Coyner and two brothers, Charles Rexrode, Jr. and wife, Carolyn of Mustoe and Jerry Rexrode of Monterey.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2016 in                 Oak Lawn Memory Gardens with Pastor Mike Puffenbarger officiating.

Active pallbearers will be Donald Coyner, Toby Coyner, Buddy Rexrode, Brent Young, Bernie Plotner, Adam Conner, Troy Stephenson and Bobby McManaway.

Friends may call throughout the day on Tuesday at Obaugh Funeral Home and other times at the home of Vera and Toby.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Sheba S. Rexrode

DOE HILL, VA

gramSheba S. Rexrode, 95, of Doe Hill went to be with her Lord and Savior, on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Bath Community Hospital. She was born October 22, 1920 in the Stoney Run Community of Sugar Grove, WV a daughter of the late William Gordon and Lula (Puffenbarger) Smith.

Mrs. Rexrode was a member of St. Paul Independent Lutheran Church and was a homemaker, who farmed along with her husband for more than 50 years. She was an avid gardener, who could make anything grow and she enjoyed singing and dancing. A nurturing caregiver, Sheba was a mother to ten of her siblings, and delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On October 26, 1940, she married Delbert M. Rexrode, who preceded her in death on June 2, 2002. She was also predeceased by her great-grandson, Derek Rexrode; son-in-law, Harry “Bid” Eye; two brothers, Gilmer and Cletus Smith; and six sisters, Glenna Puffenbarger, Jane Downs, Willadene Simmons, Vada Wilfong, Wilda McDorman and Charlotte Eckard.

She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Violet R. Eye of Moyers, WV; Ellen Joeann and Dyer Moyers of Moyers, WV and Linda Margaret and Thomas Jones of Doe Hill; her son and daughter-in-law, Delbert M., Jr. and Betty Rexrode of Doe Hill; seven grandchildren, Pamela Rexrode, Gregory Moyers, Sandra Simmons, Michael Eye, Letitia Amirault, Cheryl Jolley and Jason Rexrode; ten great-grandchildren, Aaron, Sarah, Henry and Stephanie Moyers, Bryan and Austin Simmons, Katie and Rachael Amirault, Kyle Jolley and Bethany Eye; two sisters, Cleo Simmons of Staunton and Wanda Pitsenbarger of Franklin, WV; her brother, Stanley Smith of Harrisonburg and a special caregiver, Harriet Whitelaw.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. The committal service will follow in St. Paul Independent Lutheran Church.

Active pallbearers will be Chris Amirault, Jason Rexrode, Greg Moyers, Mike Eye, John Bodkin, Jack Bodkin and Jeff Smith.

Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Independent Lutheran Church, c/o Delbert Rexrode, Jr., 527 Windrush Lane, Doe Hill, VA 24433.

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Eunice Cauley Woodzell

EDINBURG, VA

Eunice WoodzellEunice Cauley Woodzell, 81, of Edinburg and formerly of Hot Springs passed away Monday, February 1, 2016 at Winchester Medical Center. She was born April 5, 1934 in Bath County a daughter of the late Paul Lee and Alice Katherine (Kershner) Cauley.

Mrs. Woodzell was a homemaker and had worked in the laundry department at the Homestead. She was a member of Lifeline Ministries and most recently attended Virginia Chapel United Methodist Church. She enjoyed bingo, cooking, especially baking cake and was an avid Walmart shopper.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Robert “Jim” Woodzell, Jr.; her daughter, Patty Lorraine Kellison and her grandson, Dustin Kellison.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Robertson and husband, Calvin of Hot Springs; three sons, Michael Lee Cauley of Hot Springs, Johnny Kellison and wife, Mary of Edinburg and Donald Paul Kellison and wife, Patty of Natural Bridge Station; her grandchildren, Kevin Robertson, Amanda Hazelwood, Kristie Tucker, Michael Cauley, Deardra Kellison, Justin Kellison and Mary Doss; great-grandchildren, Caleigh, Zoee and Embrie Hazelwood, Kyle Robertson, Savanna Reed; Caleb, Aaron and Noah Tucker; Tara, Emily and Kenzie Doss, Brandi and Joshua Kellison and her brother, Paul Cauley of Roanoke.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at Virginia Chapel United Methodist Church with the Pastor Glen Stinnett and Pastor Lorrie Aikens officiating. Burial will follow in Warm Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Active pallbearers will be Russell Allen, Dickie Kershner, Russell Woodzell, Bart Ailstock, Billy Hodge and Johnny Kershner.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends attending the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Eunice Marie Woodzell Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 442, Hot Springs, VA 24445.

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Beatrice Arveda (Hedrick) Simmons

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

Beatrice SimmonsBeatrice Arveda (Hedrick) Simmons, 90, of Charlottesville and formerly of Staunton, passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Trinity Mission of Charlottesville. She was born March 25, 1925 in Whitmer, WV a daughter of the late Isom Hedrick and Emma Catherine Smith.

Mrs. Simmons was a homemaker and companion sitter. She was a past member of St. Paul Independent Lutheran Church and most recently attended Verona Church of God.

On October 18, 1946, she married Malcolm Simmons, who preceded her in death in 1967. She was also predeceased by her granddaughter, Gina Arbogast; six sisters, Gertie Teter Arbogast, Texie Smith Haddix, Iva Smith Weaver, Nellie Margaret Smith, Martha Smith Helmick and Flora Smith Helmick and four brothers, Jacup Cecil Smith, Henry Clarence Smith, Dallas Isom Smith and Curtis Staten Lambert.

She is survived by three daughters, Catherine Arbogast and husband, Fred of Charlottesville, Linda Bryant and husband, Stephen of Swoope and Helen Tucker of Weyers Cave; two sons, Joseph Wayne Simmons and wife, Eva of Staunton and Carl Roy Simmons and wife, Lorrie of Franklinton, NC; seven grandchildren, Wendy Arbogast, Nicole Fields, Pam Simmons, Lisa Melchor, Christopher Rivenback, Ryan Simmons and Hailey Simmons; thirteen great-grandchildren, Scott, Jessica, Amanda, Cassie, Anthoni, Geffery, Angel, Sadie, Abby, Gabe, Hannah, Joshua and Cooper and two great-great-grandchildren, Xavier and Jaylynn.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Sunday, January 31, 2016 at St. Paul Independent Lutheran Church, Moyers, WV with the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial will follow in St. Paul Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Arlen Breeden, Brian Ruebush, Ryan Simmons, A.W. Simmons, Angel Melchor, Christopher Rivenback, Scott Ashby and Anthoni Simmons.

Friends may call at Obaugh Funeral Home throughout the day and into the evening Saturday. Additionally, the family will receive friends Sunday following the service at St. Paul Independent Lutheran Church.

Special thanks to Hospice of the Piedmont and the nurses and staff on the third floor at Trinity Nursing for their kind and loving support during the past four months.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Cemetery, c/o JoAnn Moyers, 1685 Doe Hill Rd, Sugar Grove, WV 26815 or Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.

Posted in Jan. 2016 | 5 Comments

Mary Frances Lott

McCOOK, NE

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Mary Frances Lott, 88, of McCook, NE passed away Thursday, January 21, 2016 at her daughter’s home in McCook, NE.

The daughter of John Brent and Bertha Katherine Wortham, she was born October 22, 1927 in Arlington, KY.

She graduated from high school in Arlington, KY and then attended Lambuth College in Jackson, TN. She accepted a job in Arlington teaching the seventh grade and then attended George Peabody College in Nashville, TN and received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Mary also earned a Master’s degree in special education at Cumberland University in Cumberland, TN, and taught many years in Tennessee.

Mary married Robert William Lott from Weatherford, TX, and they had a home in McDowell, where they resided for many years.

She played the piano and organ at the McDowell United Methodist Church and also led the choir.

Survivors include her daughter, Virginia Trail of McCook, NE; son, Robert (Soraya) Lott of Mesa, AZ; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and her daughter, Mary Roberta.

A private burial will be at McDowell Presbyterian Cemetery.

Memorials may be given in her name to a charity of choice.

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Sam C. Hise

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Samuel Curtis Hise, 56, of Hightown, passed away Friday, January 8, 2016 at his home. He was born August 27, 1959 in Petersburg, WV a son of the late Isaac Samuel and Edith Grace (Arbogast) Hise.

Sam was a member of Hightown United Methodist Church and a devoted caretaker for the church yard and cemetery. Sam had worked on many farms throughout Hightown.  He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, truck pulls, riding his 4-wheeler and spending time with his friends.

He is survived by many friends, including George Smith, Jr., whom he thought of as a brother; Tracy, Avery and Alex Smith, all of Hightown; as well as numerous first cousins and their families.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his aunts and uncles; and special friend, Melanie Smith.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Hightown United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andre Crummett and George Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Hightown Cemetery.

Friends may call at Obaugh Funeral Home throughout the day on Monday.

Active pallbearers will be George Smith, Jr., Tracy Smith, Avery Smith, Steve Hise, Jim Stephenson, Ronnie Crisco, Luke Hise and Jerry Shifflett.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends attending the service.

After the committal service, everyone is invited to a meal at the Blue Grass Ruritan Building.

Memorial contributions may be made to Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA or Hightown Cemetery, c/o Bardon Warner, P.O. Box 34, Blue Grass, VA 24413.

Posted in Jan. 2016 | 3 Comments

Hannah M. Gum

MONTEREY, VA

Hannah GumHannah Mae Gum, 95, of Monterey passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at the home of her son in Staunton. She was born April 21, 1920 in Monterey a daughter of the late Charles Arthur and Leola May (Hiner) Anderson.

Mrs. Gum was a member of Monterey United Methodist Church; attended Hiner Church of the Brethren and was a past member of Central Methodist Church in Staunton and Seybert Chapel near Monterey. She attended Monterey High School and retired in 1980 from the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, where she was a cafeteria waitress and a house mother. She had also worked in Staunton for many years as a caregiver for the elderly. She was a very devoted and hard-working wife and mother and will be missed very much by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She belonged to the Highland Senior Citizens and very much enjoyed all her friends and things they did together. She had many devoted friends who looked after many of her needs as she lost her eyesight.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Luther Trimble in 1964 and her second husband, Alvie Gum in 2003. She was also predeceased by two daughters, Maxine Puffenbarger and Barbara Henkel; two sisters and four brothers.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Eavey of Verona and Joyce Ann Landram of Staunton; two sons, Melvin “Mel” Trimble of Springfield and Staunton and Donald Trimble of Georgetown, SC; eight grandchildren, Kent Trimble, Susan Matteson, Steve Puffenbarger, Chris Henkel, Shri Henkel, Kevin Eavey, Kelly Landram and Sean Trimble; seven great-grandchildren, Hunter and Ragen Puffenbarger, Branda Eavey, Jonathan, Andrew and Eric Matteson and Nicholas Trimble; and one great-great-grandson, Collin Eavey.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Monday, January 4, 2016 at Obaugh Funeral Home with Dr. Daniel Freed officiating. Burial will follow in Thornrose Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Jack Beverage, Dean Beverage, Chris Henkel, Kent Trimble, Jonathan Matteson, Andrew Matteson, Steve Puffenbarger and Kevin Eavey. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Thelma Beverage, Anna Lee Samples and Kathy Beverage.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, January 3, 2016 at Obaugh Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Highland Medical Center, P.O. Box 490, Monterey or Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA 24465.

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