Ruby Benson Phillips

     Ruby Bell Benson Phillips, 90, of Emmitsburg, Maryland passed away Thursday, January 21, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Place in Emmitsburg, MD. 

     She was born November 16, 1930 in Craigsville, Virginia, the daughter of the late Scott John Benson and Cora Campbell Benson.

     Ruby was retired from the Orange County School system in Florida as a cafeteria worker.             

     She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family.

     Ruby is survived by her children: 4 daughters: Debbie Neff and husband Larry of Staunton, VA, Teresa Morris and husband Steve of Scottsville, VA, Margie Peterson of Hagerstown, MD, Jackie Justice and husband Gary of Orlando, FL; 1 son, Jay Flick and wife Peggy of Clear Springs, MD; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren.

     She was preceded in death by 3 brothers: Homer Benson, Henry Marshall Benson, Richard Benson; and one sister, Novella Campbell.

     A funeral service will be conducted at 12:00 p.m., Monday, January 25, 2021 at Craigsville Funeral Home with Pastor Rob Via officiating. Interment will be in Craigsville Community Cemetery.

     The family will receive friends an hour before the service at the funeral home.

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Randy William Woods

     Randy William Woods, 59, of Staunton, Virginia passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021 at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville. 

     He was born May 21, 1961 in Staunton, Virginia, the son of Mary Jane Young Woods and the late James William Woods.

     Randy was employed as a boiler plant operator for Augusta Correction Center.

     He was a loving husband who enjoyed baseball, fishing, golf, and anything to do with UVA sports.  He was a kind soul, a hero to others, and a fighter who was loved by everyone.

     Randy is survived by his wife of 10 years, and together for 17 years, Cindy Marie Poage Woods of Staunton; children: Thomas Woods, John Woods, Randie Groah; brother; David Woods and wife Kellie; sister; Sandra Conner and husband Steve Sprouse; extended family in West Virginia: mother-in-law, Ruth Poage; brothers-in-law, Paul, Glen, and Curtis Poage; sister-in-law, Nancy Roberts; special nephew, Zach Sprouse; special uncle, Pete Woods; lifelong friend, Jay Smiley; and his special cat, Shadow.

     A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Craigsville Community Cemetery with Pastor Cody Adkins officiating.

     The viewing will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Craigsville Funeral Home.

     Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flower to the UVA Transplant Clinic, 1300 Jefferson Park Ave, 4th Floor, Charlottesville, VA  22903.

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Nellie Frances Strickler Stephenson

     Nellie Frances Strickler Stephenson, 82, of Staunton, Virginia passed away Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Augusta Health in Fishersville, Virginia. 

     She was born July 16, 1938 in Augusta County, the daughter of the late Luther Wesley Strickler and Dolly Mae Strickler Strickler.

     Nellie was a lifelong homemaker who attended the Middlebrook Church of God and enjoyed shopping.

     She is survived by her numerous nieces and nephews; a special niece, Barbara Reed and husband Clifford of Staunton, VA; a special canine companion, Onyx; and her caregiver, Isabelle Hinegardner.

     Nellie was preceded in death by her husband, Donnie Hankins Stephenson; 2 brothers, Thomas Alfred Strickler, Earl William Strickler; and 4 sisters, Antha M. Overcash, Peggy M. Sprouse, Jane E. Eckard, and Martha A. Campbell.

     A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 18, 2020 at Estaline Valley Presbyterian Cemetery with Pastor Larry Strickler officiating.

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Venita Valarie McCray

    Venita Valarie Campbell McCray, 78, of Staunton, Virginia passed away Thursday, December 03, 2020 at her daughter’s residence.

     She was born November 9, 1942 in Goshen, VA, the daughter of the late Stewart Thompson Campbell and Neader Pearl Massey Campbell.

     Venita was retired from the University of Virginia food service department as a cashier.

     She was a member of the Staunton Moose Lodge. She was known for being a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Venita loved music and enjoyed singing and dancing. She loved her flowers and birds. Venita also enjoyed playing board and card games with her family.

     Venita is survived by a son, John D. Jarvis, Jr. and wife Dawn of Pensacola, Florida; two daughters, Barbara A. Dean and husband Butch of Staunton, VA, and Teresa L. Sprouse and husband Sanford of Swoope, VA; eight grandchildren, Joey D. Sprouse and wife Renee of Stuarts Draft, VA, Daniel V. Sprouse and wife Eliza of Staunton, VA, Sabrina Jones of Pensacola, FL, Tasha Shifflett of Scottsville, VA, and Tabitha Ford and husband Tanner of Crozet, VA, Victoria,  Alyvia, and Jase Jarvis of Pensacola, FL; nine great grandchildren; three brothers, Albert Campbell of Waynesboro, VA, Carl L. Campbell of Goshen, VA, and Zane G. Campbell of Stuarts Draft, VA ; one sister, Willie Ann Jolly of Craigsville, VA; niece JoAnn Giles and nephew Larry Michael Campbell as well as other numerous nieces and nephews, and Gail Dorman, who she considered part of the family.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. McCray; one brother, Lynwood T. Campbell; and two sisters, Dora L. Sprouse and Mattie Louise Grogg.

     A funeral service will be conducted 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at the Estaline Valley Church of the Nazarene with Pastors Michael Lawson officiating, and Billy Curry, assisting. Interment will be at Little River Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be Gary A. Campbell, Rodney L. Campbell, Darryl W. Campbell, Derek Campbell, Tanner Ford, and Cody Dean. Honorary pallbearers include Stuart L. Giles and Billy Sacre.

     The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Craigsville Funeral Home.

     Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Shenandoah, 64 Sports Medicine Dr. Fishersville, VA 22939.

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Frederick Marshall Benson

Frederick Marshall Benson, 79, of Craigsville, Virginia passed away Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Brookdale in Staunton, Virginia. 

     He was born February 21, 1941 in Fordwick, Virginia, the son of the late Henry Marshall Benson and Pauline McClure Harris Benson.

     Fred was employed with the Virginia Department of Highways for 30+ years as a drafting engineer.

     He was a veteran of the U.S. National Guard.

     Fred was a member of Craigsville Southern Baptist Church.

     He is survived by his brother; Henry “Bob” Benson; sister-in-law, Vickie Moran; nephew, Kevin Benson; and great nephew, Nathan Shiley.

     A funeral service will be conducted at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Craigsville Community Cemetery with Pastor Tom Quick officiating.

     The family will have a memorial service at a later date.

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Kaiden Izaiah Anderson

With a very heavy heart, Ms. Jennifer Anderson announces the birth of her little baby boy, Kaiden Izaiah Anderson, born November 19, 2020.

Kaiden was born weighing 6 lbs and 14.7 oz and was 19” in length, with a head full of beautiful curls. The baby had won the hearts of many people before ever being born including that of God, whom decided that his place is in Heaven with him. 

He is survived by his mother, Jennifer Anderson and special friend, Ricardo Scott; grandparents, Jerry Wayne and Cathy Jordan; great grandparents, Junior and Jessie Thomas, and Nelson Lee and Sharon Armstrong; and uncle, Tristan Anderson and special friend, Sierra Clifton.

He will forever be in their hearts and the love for him will be carried in the heart of his mother forever.

“Spread your precious wings, my son, and watch down on all of us that love you and know that ‘gone’ does not mean ‘forgotten’. Your mommy loves you Baby K” – from Mommy.

The family will be holding a private memorial service at a later date. Arrangements are being held by Craigsville Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made to www.craigsvillefuneralhome.com .

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Elke Hagedorn Dujardin

     Elke Hagedorn Dujardin, 82, of Millboro, Virginia passed away Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at her home. 

     She was born January 12, 1938 in Ronfeldholz, Germany, the daughter of the late Karl Johann Hagedorn and Berta Wilhelmine Petersen Hagedorn.

     Elke was a lifelong homemaker.

     She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, who loved playing Bingo, travelling, and being outside in the fresh air.

     Elke is survived by her children, Michele Dujardin Harris and husband Charles, Karl Dujardin; grandchildren, Michael Dujardin and wife Casey, Skye Dujardin; great grandchild, Ethan Dujardin; brother, Holger Hagedorn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

     She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Joseph Bartelemy Dujardin, Jr., who she married on January 31, 1959; as well as two brothers and one sister.

     A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery in Millboro with Pastor Edith Snedegar officiating.

     The family will receive friends 6 – 7 p.m., Monday, October 26, 2020 at Craigsville Funeral Home.

     Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Ona Lee Crummette

     Ona Lee Crummette, 83, of Staunton, Virginia passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loved ones. 

     He was born August 24, 1937 in Sugar Grove, West Virginia, the son of the late William Russell Crummette and Mildred Mabel Simmons Crummette.

     Ona retired from the VDOT with 35 years of service as an engineer design draftsman specialist.

     He was an avid bowler, NASCAR fan, and classic car enthusiast.  Ona enjoyed attending car shows, as well as displaying his own collection of vintage cars.  He was a collector of many things, including friends that love him dearly.

     Ona is survived by his daughter, Kathy Easter and wife Bo Wodarski;  grandchildren, Garland Easter III, Mathieu Easter, Amber Easter; and great grandchildren, Nealynn, John, Mason, Destiny, and Serenity.

     Per his request, there will be no formal services held. Interment will be in Augusta Memorial Park.  Honorary pallbearers include his grandsons, Don Wilson, William Johnson, Glen Altizer, Jr., James Glover, Allen Crummette, and Woodie Cason.

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Roosevelt Rowe

     Roosevelt Rowe, 82, of Verona, Virginia went to be with the Lord Monday, September 28, 2020 at Augusta Health. 

     He was born February 5, 1938 in Craigsville, VA, the son of the late Henry Edgar and Bertha Mae Reid Rowe.

     Roosevelt was a retired truck driver for Smith’s Transfer with 30 years of service, the former owner of the Verona Meat Market.

     He was a veteran of the United States Army.

     Roosevelt was a member of the NRA, the Teamsters Local 29, and attended Verona United Methodist Church. He formerly attended and helped with renovations at the Lebanon Presbyterian Church. He also loved spending time at his home place, with his grandchildren, planting trees, and enjoyed recording his ancestry with his niece, Ferne Conroy.

     He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Anna Argenbright Rowe; children, Regina R. Chestnut and husband Mark, Rick Rowe, Tineke van der Weele and husband Hans, Sonia Bazan; grandchildren, Jennifer Mayorga and husband Rico, Morgan Kaminski and husband Joe, Hannah Rowe, Dean Rowe, Pijke Daalder, Dieuwertje Daalder, Amber Bazan, Octovia Bazan; great granddaughter, Yoly Mayorga; sister, Bertha R. Berry and husband Bill; sisters-in-law, Starla Shiflett, Doris Rowe; brother-in-law, Curtis Cash; daughter-in-law, Amanda Dean; and numerous nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his brothers, Odell, Randolph, Earl, John, Soloman, Lewis, and Robert; sisters, Gladys, Helen, Elizabeth, Margaret; and special brother-in-law, John Shiflett.

     A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Lebanon Presbyterian Church with Rev. Linwood Wilkes officiating, with Pastor Bob Weeks assisting. Interment will be at Lebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be Henry Rowe, David Rowe, Eddie Rowe, Frank Shifflett, Jim Herring, and Frank Diaz.

     The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Craigsville Funeral Home.

     Memorial contributions may be made to Lebanon Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 98, Craigsville, VA 24430 and Verona United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 47, Verona, VA 24482.

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Lewis Junior Bazzrea

      Lewis Junior Bazzrea, 79, of Augusta Springs, Virginia died Friday, September 11, 2020 at Augusta Health in Fishersville. 

     He was born June 3, 1941 in Augusta Springs, the son of the late Lewis Frank Bazzrea and Mary Ruth Fridley Bazzrea.

     Lewis was retired from being a supervisor from the Stillwater Plant.

     He was a member of Joyful Sound Church, and a loving husband, father, and grandfather, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family, as well as watching the Cavaliers.

     Lewis is survived by his wife, Della Mae Wilcher Bazzrea; children, Steven Bazzrea and wife Donna Fay of Staunton, Donna Lynn Gibson and husband Michael of Staunton; grandchildren, Chadwick Bazzrea, Karmen Bazzrea, Meghan Wood, Landon Gibson; step-grandson, Matthew Southerly; great granddaughter, Chloe Bazzrea; 5 step-great grandchildren; sisters, Lucy Thompson, Shelby Jean Pettry and husband Wayne; and a special nephew, Charles “JP” Fridley.

     He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Bazzrea, and 5 half-brothers.

     A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 14, 2020 at Craigsville Community Cemetery with Pastor Mike Herring officiating.

     Pallbearers will be William Wilcher, Matthew Wilcher, JB Graham, JP Fridley, David Berry, and Donnie Blevins.

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