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

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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.

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Gertrude Louise Gibson


Gertrude GibsonGertrude Louise Gibson, age 91, of Mill Gap, passed from this life Friday, April 17, 2015 at Brookdale Staunton. She was born February 6, 1924 in Crabbottom (Blue Grass), a daughter of the late Charles and Eva (Keister) Judy.

Mrs. Gibson was a member of Blue Grass United Methodist Church and was a graduate of the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. A retired music teacher, Gertrude loved music and playing in church, but her favorite role was as a pastor’s wife.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, George Judy; and sister, Doris Judy Wilson.

Mrs. Gibson is survived by her husband of 68 years, the Reverend Richard Gibson; son and daughter-in-law, John Charles and Penny Gibson of Powhatan; daughter, Katherine Gibson of Monterey; and her grandson, Richard William Brown of Monterey.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating. Interment will follow in Green Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Gibson’s children will receive friends Monday, April 20th from 6 -8 p.m. at Obaugh Funeral Home.  Additionally, the entire family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Active pallbearers include Richard W. Brown, Don Ferrell, Paxton Grant, Chip Hill, Gary Jack, Stacy Newcomb, Tom Phillips, and Scott Smith.

Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Hise, Dareld Puffenbarger, Olin Sponaugle, as well as friends in attendance.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Norma Reynolds, treasurer, 3052 Mill Gap Rd, Monterey, VA., or Green Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Richard Simmons, treasurer, 8171 Mill Gap Rd., Monterey VA. 24465



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Wilmer J. Smith


Wilmer J. SmithWilmer Junior Smith, age 68, of Verona, passed away Monday, April 13, 2015 at home surrounded by family and friends. He was born January 31, 1947 in McDowell, a son of the late Wilmer Carl and Irene (Ober) Smith.

Mr. Smith was a member of Verona United Methodist Church and had retired from Virginia Department of Transportation after 25 years of service. He will be remembered as a man that found no greater enjoyment than simply spending time with friends and his beloved family.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Smith was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Lee “Duck” Smith, and Larry Wayne Smith; as well as sisters, Nancy C. Floyd, and Patricia Ann Smith.

Surviving family members include his wife of 44 years, Corieta Lee (Moats) Smith of Verona; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lori Ann and Kirk Wagner of Bridgewater, and Amy Michelle and O.J. Crickenberger of Waynesboro; grandchildren, Megan and Holly Wagner, and Leah and Dalton Crickenberger; sisters, Susan Simmons and husband, Dennis of Blue Grass and Yvonne Smith and companion, Roy Kisamore of Churchville; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Verona United Methodist Church with Pastors Bob Weeks and Jeff Allen officiating.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Norma Reynolds, treasurer, 3052 Mill Gap Rd, Monterey, VA 24465


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Jean S. Sullenberger


Jean SullenbergerJean (Stinnett) Sullenberger, 86, of the Legacy at North Augusta, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Augusta Health.  She was born October 18, 1928 in Hot Springs, a daughter of the late Willie G. and Ethel V. Stinnett.

During her early years, she made her home with her sister Clara and brother-in-law, Pierre Dufour in Hot Springs, VA where she attended Bath County Schools and graduated from Valley High School. She married Joe Sullenberger on Dec. 19, 1947 and moved to Monterey, VA. She and her husband operated Four Winds Restaurant in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. She went on to work at First and Citizens Bank in Monterey for many years. She was a member of Monterey Presbyterian Church. During her years in Monterey, she was active in the Highland County Business and Professional Women’s Club, the Monterey Garden Club, and the Highland County Chamber of Commerce. She served terms as President of each of these organizations. She also served on the Highland County Zoning and Planning Commission as well as Monterey Town Council.

Jean and Joe moved to Staunton, VA in 1985. She worked at Planters Bank until her retirement. She was a member and past President of the Gypsy Hill Charter of the AARP and was an active volunteer at the Augusta Health Thrift Shop. She attended Linden Heights Baptist Church in Staunton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Sullenberger; two sisters, Clara Dufour and Lucille Stinnett; and two brothers, Aubrey Stinnett and Eddie “Pete” Stinnett. Mrs. Sullenberger is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Quinton James of Kill Devil Hills, NC, and Melanie and Harry Lunsford of Staunton; son, Blair Sullenberger of Mount Sidney; grandchildren, Wes James of Lubbock, TX, Matthew and Brian Lunsford of Staunton, and Hilary Sullenberger of Richmond; brother, Hansel Stinnett of Ava, MO; numerous nieces and nephews; and a very special, loyal, and devoted friend, Faye Shelton.

A graveside service will be conducted 10:00am, Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in Monterey Cemetery. Active pallbearers include Brian, Matthew, and Bryce Lunsford, Henry and Robin Sullenberger, and Randy Richardson.

Additionally, a memorial service will be held 2:00 pm, at Linden Heights Baptist Church, 371 Linden Drive, Staunton, also on Wednesday the 15th.

The family will receive friends following the memorial service at Linden Heights. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so throughout the day and into the evening Tuesday, April 14th at Obaugh Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA 24465, or the Staunton/Augusta Rescue Squad, 1601 North Coalter St., Staunton, VA 24401.


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Arnet Emory Gutshall


Arnet GutshallArnet Emory Gutshall, age 92, of Monterey, passed away Monday, April 6, 2015 at Augusta Health in Fishersville. He was born March 7, 1923 in Vanderpool, a son of the late Ray Kyle and Florence (Corbett) Gutshall. On December 14, 1962 he was wed to Mary Ellen Gum.

A WWII veteran, Mr. Gutshall served in the US Navy as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate on both the U.S.S. Wasp and U.S.S. Hornet. He was a member of Victory Chapel Advent Christian Church, where he served as an Elder and taught Sunday School for many years. A lifelong bluegrass musician, he was a founding member of the Fiddle and Bow Club and 2014 recipient of the Highland County Fiddler’s Association’s Legacy Award. Many will remember Arnet from his album “Too Old to Die Young”, which he recorded at age 85. By trade Mr. Gutshall worked as a painter and paper hanger.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Gutshall was predeceased by two sons, David and Allen Gutshall; three brothers, R.K., Earl, and Harold Gutshall; and one sister, Elizabeth Moody.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 52 years, are two daughters, Jean McElwee and husband, Gene of Hot Springs, and Devonia Rexrode and husband, Ron of Staunton; three sons, Grady Gutshall of Dowling Park, FL., Eddie Gutshall and wife, Jessie of Goochland, and James Gutshall of Ontario, Canada; a sister, Ruth Anne Mullenax and husband, Owen of Nokesville; 7 grandchildren; 11great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

A funeral will be conducted 11 a.m., Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell with the Rev. Dennis Baldwin officiating. Interment will follow in Hamilton Chapel Cemetery.

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

Active Pallbearers will be Allan Lowry, Charles Smith, Ezra Halterman, Randy Harold, Tom Mullenax, Kevin Gutshall, Ronald Gutshall, Daniel Rawley, and Carson Ralston.

Honorary pallbearers will be Elmer Waybright, Richard Waybright, Rudy Armstrong, Jimmy Hiner, John David Colaw, Eugene Ratcliff, Bill Wagner, Allen Lowry, Billy Pritt, Charlie Hupman, Bill Harmon, Delmar Shifflett, as well as members of the Fiddle and Bow Club.

Memorial donations may be made to Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA.

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Carl J. Moyers


Carl MoyersCarl Joseph Moyers, age 86, of Bolar, passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Golden Living Center in Clifton Forge. He was born August 5, 1928 in Cave, West Virginia a son of the late Luther Martin and Ada (Wilfong) Moyers.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Moyers served during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1953. That same year he was married to Doris Marie Williams. Mr. Moyers will be fondly remembered as having owned and operated Midway Service Station with his wife, Doris.

Mr. Moyers was preceded in death by a son, Johnnie Lee Moyers; as well as three sisters, Shirley Vandevander, Cornelia Pitsenbarger, and Ailene Moyers.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Janice M. Moyers of Mt. Airy, MD.; son, Carl A. Moyers and wife, Deborah of Chester; sister, Frances M. Robinson of Strasburg; brothers, Eugene M. Moyers of Harrisonburg and Charles Reid Moyers of Strasburg; a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Obaugh Funeral Home with Rev. Frankie Neff officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Grass Cemetery

Active pallbearers include Jim Saris, Mick Williams, Lou Kincaid, Bill Bratton, Charlie Williams, Eddie Ailstock and Jed Thomas.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Additionally, the funeral home will remain open for those wishing to pay their respects throughout the day and in to the evening on Tuesday.

Memorial donations may be made to Blue Grass Cemetery, 3042 Blue Grass Valley Rd, Blue Grass, VA 24413, or Hot Springs Rescue Squad, P.O. Box N, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445


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