Jayne (Smith) Beverage


Jayne BeverageJayne S. Beverage, 93, of Monterey, passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Emeritus of Staunton. Born on October 29, 1921 in Norfolk, Virginia, she was the daughter of William H. and Amelia (Kellam) Smith.

She is preceded in death by her husband William Nicholas Beverage and a daughter, Nicola (Beverage) O’Connor. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Edward Magilley of Charlotte, NC; three sons and daughters-in-law, James and Gee Beverage of Charlottesville, Jerome and Gail Beverage of Richmond and William N. Beverage Jr. of Richmond; son-in-law Dennis O’Connor of Waynesboro, eleven grandchildren, Ted, Brian and Mark Magilley, Ryan and Devon O’Connor, Justin Beverage and Erin (Beverage) Loudin, Beck, Sam and Hannah Beverage and Nicole Beverage; six great-grandchildren, Luke, Nick, Nate and Dylan Magilley, Sarah O’Connor and Henry Loudin.

She was committed to her three passions in life, her family, the community of Highland Co., and her love of horses. For more than a decade in the 1960’s-70’s, she was a dedicated volunteer lifeguard at the Monterey swimming pool. She was also an active contributor and participant in the Highland Maple Festival and the Highland County Fair. As an avid horsewoman, she taught many adults and children to ride both in Newport News and Highland County. She, along with her husband Nick, was a devoted founding member of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Blue Grass Virginia.

A graveside memorial service will be conducted 11 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015 in Monterey Cemetery.  A reception will follow the service at Monterey United Methodist Church. 

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

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.obaughfuneralhome.com


Posted in January 2015 | 6 Comments

Catherine E. Palmer

Catherine Elizabeth Palmer, 98, of Orange, passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at Dogwood Village of Orange County. She was born July 25, 1916 in Monterey, a daughter of the late Charles Richard and Louise Puffenbarger Gum.

Mrs. Palmer was a homemaker, and member of the Monterey United Methodist Church, as well as the former Seybert Chapel. Catherine will always be remembered for her love for her cats.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lacy Tines Palmer; and two brothers, Alvie Richard Gum and William Robert Gum Sr.

Surviving family members include her nephews, Richard Gum of Woodbridge and William “Bill” Gum of Monterey; her sister-in-law, Hannah Gum of Monterey; nephew-in-law and caregiver, Pete Puffenbarger of Locust Grove; and nephew-in-law, Kenny Hopkins of Bridgewater. A host of extended family members also survive.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating. Interment will follow in Monterey Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Richard Gum, Ray Gum, Terry Stevens Jr., Scotty Stevens, Tracy Triplett, and Billy Triplett.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Monterey Cemetery, c/o Nancy Sweitzer, 228 Triple Oak Lane, Hot Springs, Va. 24445.

Posted in January 2015 | Leave a comment

Roscoe Eugene Moyers


Roscoe MoyersRoscoe Eugene Moyers, 81, of Bartow, WV and formerly of Hightown, VA, departed this life Sunday, December 28, 2014. He was born November 3, 1933, a son of the late John Wilber and Cathleen Edith (Duncan) Moyers.

Roscoe was a retired logger and farmer. He attended Calvary Gospel Church and was of member of the Bear Hunters Club. The things Roscoe enjoyed most in life were bear hunting and time spent on the family farm in Hightown, WV, where he was born and raised.

Those left to cherish Roscoe’s memory include his wife of 62 years, Alice (White) Moyers; two daughter, Peggy Stull and Ida Moyers, both of Bartow, WV; three sons, Charles “Ralph” Moyers of Romney, WV, Elbert Moyers and wife, Carmen of Franklin, WV and Keith Moyers and wife, Cindy of Durbin, WV. Roscoe cherished time spent with his fourteen grandchildren; thirty-three great-grandchildren, along with a host of children and young adults throughout the community whom all referred to him as “Paw”. He is also survived by his brother, Ronnie Moyers and wife, Sandy of Hightown, VA and two sisters, Madeline Galford of Dunmore, WV and Emogene Tidd and Bud Cook of Monterey, VA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Bradley Eugene Moyers; an infant grandson, Jeffrey Moyers and two infant great-grandsons, Jordan and Riley Moyers.

A funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Calvary Gospel Church in Durbin, WV with Minister Larry Carr officiating. Burial will follow in Arbovale Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Tom Dickenson, Troy Rabel, Steve Dilley, Brian Fields, Tom Warner and Shawn Carr. Honorary pallbearers will be the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends during a home viewing Tuesday after 5 p.m. As well as a visitation from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church.


Posted in December 2014 | 2 Comments

Freemont “Jack” Via


Freemont Jackson “Jack” Via, 73, of Marlinton, WV and formerly of Clover Lick passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at Pocahontas Center. He was born August 22, 1941 in Vanderpool, VA a son of the late George Freemont and Myrtle Virginia (Lowry) Via.

Jackson had worked in construction and was a drill operator.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Arlene (Ryder) Via; five daughters, Virginia “Skizi” Deputy, Jackie Friel, Tresha Cassell, Shelby Kyle and Beneda Via; three sons, John Via, Richard Via and Justin Via; seventeen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and his brother, George “Gunky” Via and wife, Brenda.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, one an infant, Cliff and Rudy Via.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, December 26, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home, McDowell, VA with Pastor Scott Reese officiating. Burial will follow at the Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Bolar, VA. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the funeral home.

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 Pocahontas Center, 5 Everett Tibbs Rd, Marlinton, WV 24954.

Posted in December 2014 | Leave a comment

Charolette “Char” Sweet


Charolette “Char” Sweet, 79, of Mustoe, passed away, Friday, December 19, 2014 at her home.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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John B. Reynolds


John ReynoldsJohn Baldwin Reynolds, 87, of Monterey passed away Friday, November 28, 2014 at Augusta Health. He was born August 27, 1927 in McDowell a son of the late Robert Lawrence and Bessie Mae (Ralston) Reynolds.

Mr. Reynolds served in the U.S. Army. He was an alumnus of Bridgewater College and received his master’s degree from University of Virginia. He started his career at Monterey High School in 1952 teaching general business and bookkeeping. The school year 1953 to 1957, he was principal and business teacher at Blue Grass High School. From 1957 to 1964, he was assistant principal, business teacher, girls’ basketball coach, track coach and P.E. teacher. In this time frame (1959-1964) the girls’ basketball team in Monterey won three district championships in District N and one district championship in District O. From 1964 to 1973, Mr. Reynolds was principal of Monterey Elementary School. He also taught bookkeeping and behind the wheel drivers education at Highland High School. He was principal of Highland Primary and Highland Elementary Schools from 1974 to 1976. From 1974 to 1985 he was principal of Highland Elementary School.   Mr. Reynolds spend the last two years as the Administrative Assistant of Highland County Public Schools, retiring in 1987, after 35 years.

Mr. Reynolds was an Elder, Clerk of Session and Trustee of Monterey Presbyterian Church and a former Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Monterey Lions Club, where he was serving as sight chairman and had been a past president and secretary; 6o year member of Highland Masonic Lodge #110 A.F. & A.M.; former board member of Highland Medical Center and Highland Center and past member of Highland County Planning Commission and Stonewall Ruritan Club.  He was an avid golfer, a loyal UVA fan and loved to hunt and fish.

He was preceded in death by his son, Billy Reynolds; brother, Leonard Reynolds, who was a casualty of WWII and stepmother, Hazel Lockridge Reynolds.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene N. Reynolds, whom he married, April 9, 1955; daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Michael Starkey of Rocky Mount; two grandchildren, Sarah R. and Clark R. Starkey; twin sister, Connie Martin of McDonald, PA and sister, Jean Hiner and husband, Ron of Staunton; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Monday, December 1, 2014 at Monterey Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Melissa Litrel Harmon officiating.  Burial will follow in the Blue Grass Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Clark Starkey, Dan Sunderlin, J.C. Sunderlin, Marty Hiner, Steve Hiner, Bill Wagner, Jerry Moats and Jerry Hooke.

Honorary pallbearers will be Austin Shepherd, Jim Whitelaw, George Conley, Ballard Preston, Francis Fenn, Dwayne Harkleroad, Randy Hooke and Bucky Reynolds and members of Monterey Lions Club.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday at Obaugh Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Monterey Presbyterian Church, c/o Bill Ellenberg, P.O Box 618, Monterey, VA 24465 , Blue Grass Cemetery, 3042 Blue Grass Valley Rd, Blue Grass, VA 24413, or charity of choice.

Posted in November 2014 | 7 Comments

Patricia S. Niswander

Monterey, VA

NiswanderPatricia Sites Marshall Niswander, 87, of Monterey, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 at her home. Mrs. Niswander was born in Harrisonburg on November 5, 1927, a daughter of the late Joseph E. and Olivia (Stearn) Sites.

She was a graduate of Duke University, where she received a degree in nursing and later a certification in Elementary Education from Madison College. An educator, she retired after 20 years of teaching first and second grades and remedial reading in Highland County Schools.

She was a member and served several sessions as an elder in Monterey Presbyterian Church. Additionally, she was member of Monterey Homemakers Club, Sigma Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and a charter member of the Red Hat Society.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harry “Bus” Marshall in 1987; her second husband, William “Bill” M. Niswander in 2009 and two brothers, Michael and Joseph Sites.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, George “Poss” and Sherry Marshall of Staunton; daughter and son-in-law, Kay M. and John Rexrode of Staunton; two grandchildren, Justin Marshall and wife, Courtney of Midlothian and Julia M. Lewis and husband, Jay of Roanoke; six great-grandchildren, Jacob, Aubrey, Asher and Colton Marshall and Emily and Warner Lewis; two sisters, Sheila Garrick of Florida and Diana Alt of Maryland; brother, James Sites of Harrisonburg and sister-in-law, Nancy M. Sites of Upper Tract, WV.

A memorial service will be conducted 2p.m., Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Melissa Litrel Harmon officiating. Inurnment will be private. The family will receive friends one hour before the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Monterey Presbyterian Church, c/o Bill Ellenberg, P.O. Box 618, Monterey, VA or Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA 24465.

Posted in November 2014 | 8 Comments