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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Floyd Autrey Wilcher

Floyd Autrey Wilcher, 86, of Craigsville, VA went to be with the Lord Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the home of his son in Craigsville, VA. 

     He was born September 11, 1933 in Craigsville, the son of the late Tom Henry Wilcher and Nannie Pearl Harris Wilcher. Floyd was preceded in death by his wife Thades McLain Wilcher in 2001.

     Floyd was formerly employed with the DuPont Corporation as a mechanic and a former boiler operator for both King’s Daughter’s Hospital and Augusta Correctional Center. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

     He was a faithful member of Craigsville Holiness Church, Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department, and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed cutting firewood and he was known for being a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather.

     Floyd is survived by one son, Gary E. Wilcher and wife Susan of Craigsville, VA;  five grandchildren, Crissy Tubbs and husband Josh, Clint and wife Heather Woods, Beth Woods, Staci Moran, Cody and wife Anna Wilcher; eleven great grandchildren; two brothers: Melvin Wilcher of Hayes, VA and William Wilcher and wife Juanita of Craigsville, VA; one sister, Helen Burke of Staunton, VA; other, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

     He was preceded in death by one daughter, Hope Woods and husband Ricky; two brothers: Clyde and Clay Wilcher; three sisters Roselia Fitzgerald, Nannie Pearl McCutcheon, and Eunice Davis.

     A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, August 16, 2020 at Craigsville Funeral Home with Pastor Garey Wilson officiating. Interment will be in Craigsville Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department.

     The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Craigsville Funeral Home.      Memorial contributions may be made to Craigsville Volunteer Fire Department or the Craigsville Holiness Church.

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Lorraine Ellen Balser

Lorraine Ellen Jackson Balser, 91, of Swoope, Virginia passed away Sunday, August 09, 2020 at Brookdale Senior Living Center in Staunton, VA. 

     She was born June 15, 1929 in Craigsville, the daughter of the late Franklin Jackson and Elizabeth Franklin Sprouse Jackson.

     Lorraine was formerly employed as Stillwater Worsted Milles in Augusta Springs as an equipment operator. She was a member of Lebanon Presbyterian Church, enjoyed cooking, and singing in the choir.

    She is survived by her husband, Rodney Glenwood Balser of 65 years whom she married on July 4, 1955;  children, Donald Jones Blevins and wife Daisy of Swoope, VA;  grandchildren, Donna Blevins Hevener; great grandchildren, Darren Julian Hevener; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by 4 sisters: Virgie Kyle, Ardella Morris, Beatrice Sprouse, Ivy Goff; and 2 brothers: Dennis Jackson, Aubrey Jackson.

    A funeral service will be conducted at Thursday August 13, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Craigsville Funeral Home with Pastor Claude Williams, officiating and Robert Hale, assisting. Interment will be in the Craigsville Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Puckett, Basil Karr, Steven Downey, Frankie Sprouse, William Sprouse, Tommy Sprouse.

Memorial contributions may be made to Peoples Baptist Church PO Box 445, Craigsville, VA 24430.

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Bernitta Ruth McLain

Bernitta Ruth Smith McLain, 77, of Craigsville, Virginia passed away Saturday, August 08, 2020 in her home with her family. 

          She was born July 14, 1943 in Chickasha, Oklahoma, the daughter of the late William Sherman Smith and Lucille Doshier Smith.

          Bernitta was formerly employed by the Augusta County School System as a cafeteria manager for 39 years at Buffalo Gap High School and Craigsville Elementary School. She was a member of Craigsville Holiness Church and enjoyed cooking, working on her farm, and being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

          She is survived by her husband, Sherman Houston McLain of 59 years whom she married on February 18, 1961; daughter, Terry Ann Painter of Craigsville, VA; grandchildren, Phillip Painter and wife Christina of Waynesboro, VA, Erin Painter and fiancée David Beverage; great grandchildren, Caden Painter, Carly Beverage, Emerie Painter, Miles Painter; sister, Sherman Ann Stovall, Chickasha, OK; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as two special sister-in-law’s, Fay McLain and Joanne McLain of Craigsville, Va. She was preceded in death by three bothers and one sister.

          A funeral service will be conducted on Friday, August 14, at 2:00 p.m. at Craigsville Funeral Home with Pastor Garey Wilson officiating. Interment will be in Craigsville Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gary Wilcher, Larry Wilcher, Cody Wilcher, Joseph Woodward, Jeff Stovall, and Danny Stovall.

          The family will receive friends and family on Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Craigsville Funeral Home.

          Memorial contributions may be made to Craigsville Holiness Church at 199 Craig St, Craigsville, VA 24430.

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Cathy Lee Sprouse

     Cathy Lee Sprouse, 60, of Fishersville, Virginia died Sunday, July 19, 2020 at the Shenandoah House in Fishersville, VA.

     She was born November 11, 1959 in Augusta County, the daughter of Sylvia Jean Campbell Sprouse and the late Robert Lee Sprouse.

    Cathy was formerly employed as cook for the Staunton Nursing Home and was known for being a loving daughter and sister.

    She is survived by her partner Steve Knight of Verona; son, Jeremy Lynn Sprouse of Bells Valley; sisters, Karen Templeton and husband John of Fairfield, Barbara Carroll and husband David of Greenville; brothers, Robert Sprouse of Stuarts Draft, Donald Sprouse and special friend Lula Benson of VA, Tommy Sprouse and girlfriend April Campbell of Craigsville, Michael Sprouse of Craigsville, John Sprouse and wife Teresa of Stuarts Draft; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

    A funeral service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Wed. July 22, 2020 at Craigsville Funeral Home with Pastor Rob Via officiating. Interment will be in Little River Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Craigsville Funeral Home.

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Charles Nelson Campbell

     Charles Nelson Campbell, 82, formerly of Millboro, Virginia, died Thursday, July 16, 2020 at the Dove House in Westminster, MD.

     He was born May 14, 1938 in Millboro, VA, the son of the late Lewis Downey Campbell and Mary Susan Martin Campbell.

     Charles was formerly employed as an auto mechanic for many years.

     He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother, who enjoyed working with his hands, hunting and fishing, and building things, a true jack of all trades.

     Charles is survived by his children, Donna Campbell Haugh and husband Kenneth of Sykesville, MD, Virginia Campbell Meadows and husband Richard of Sykesville, MD;  grandchildren, Jesse Haugh, Aaron Haugh, Bret Haugh, Lacey Haugh, Matthew Meadows, Kristen Jaharias, Jacob Jaharias; 5 great grandchildren; brother, Thomas “Red” Campbell and wife Janice of Woodbine, MD; half-brothers, Lewis Campbell of North Carolina, John Campbell of South Carolina; half-sisters, Shirley Rodeffer of VA, Ruby Childers of SC, Marie Campbell of VA, Rachel Wheeler of VA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Ruby Collins Campbell, a daughter, Wilma Jaharias, step-mother, Lillie Belle Campbell, brothers George and Floyd Campbell; and sisters, Millie Stokes and Mary Jane Riley.

     A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Craigsville Funeral Home with Pastor Llyod Via officiating. Interment will be in Millboro Christian Church Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be his grandchildren and Kenneth Haugh, Richard Meadows, and Jay Jaharias.

     The family will receive friends Monday, July 20, 2020 from 5 – 7 p.m. at Craigsville Funeral Home.

     Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society.

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Peggy Sue Vanmeter

     Peggy Sue Vanmeter, 79, of Goshen, Virginia died Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Stonewall Jackson Hospital. 

     She was born November 11, 1940 in Rockbridge County, the daughter of the late William Arthur Lotts and Roxie Marie Smith Lotts.

     Peggy was a lifelong homemaker and previously worked for Morton’s Frozen Food, cooked for the Goshen Boy Scouts, as well as worked for Staunton Steam Laundry.

     She was a member of Goshen Baptist Church, a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who took great joy in loving on her babies.  She also enjoyed flowers, country music, and was a wonderful cook.

     Peggy is survived by her children, Mary Sue Karr of Goshen, Shena Dudley and fiancé Curtis Riley of Staunton, Jeff Hamilton and wife Lisa of Goshen, Hope Nuckols and boyfriend Joe Riley of Lexington; grandchildren that she raised, Lorry Stevens and Francis Miller, as well as 10 other grandchildren; great grandchildren, Austin Bryant, Daily Stevens, Kimber Stevens, and many others; brother, Woodrow Wayne Lotts of Rainelle, West Virginia; and a sister, Norma Hinkle of Goshen.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Chick” Edward Vanmeter; infant son Anthony Hamilton, son Jimmy Hamilton, grandsons DJ Nuckols, TJ Mullen, 2 brothers William Lotts, Jr. and Glen “Bucky” Lotts, 2 sisters Sarah Sensabaugh and Phebe Puckett.

     A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on July 20, 2020 at Craigsville Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Spurgeon officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be Francis Miller, JW Karr, Jammie Bryant, Jeffrey Hamilton, Timmy Dudley, Alvin Dudley, and Johnny Strickler.

     The family will receive friends 11 a.m-1:00 p.m. at Craigsville Funeral Home.

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James “Jimmy” Martin, Jr.

     James “Jimmy” Edward Martin, Jr., 65, of Goshen, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at his home. 

     He was born November 1, 1954 in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of the late James Edward Martin, Sr. and Dorothy Mae Hebler Martin.

     Jimmy was formerly employed as a roofer for Seaman & Sons, and was a member of Little River Church of the Brethren; he loved his pastor Rob Via and all of his church family.

     He was a hard worker, and a #1 fan of the Baltimore Ravens football team.  He was a kind, friendly, and thoughtful person who always had a smile for everyone he met.  Jimmy went by two endearing nicknames: “Slick”, given to him by Patti Chene, and “Jimmy Jam”, given to him by his great niece and best friend, Isabel Bari Marhx.

     Jimmy’s life will be forever cherished in the lives of those who remain here on Earth.  He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Karen Jayne Martin, and he was the love of her life; brothers, Joseph Allen Martin and wife Mary, Sonny Shiflett; very special in-laws, Richard and Beverly Boothe; sister-in-law, Patti Chene and husband Randy Chene; nieces, Chelsea Martin and boyfriend Jamal Scott, Raven Martin, Courtney Marhx and husband Mario Marhx, Gina Garbo, Kelly Konstadinou, Christine Eckles; nephews, Aaron Brehm and girlfriend Britteny Knight, Anthony Eckles and girlfriend Kena Bugglen, Ryan Lewis, Malik Lewis, Joseph Martin, William “Billy” Martin, Jr.; great nieces, Mariah Martin, Mackenzie Scott, Sophia Marhx, Isabel Marhx, Alice Knight, Hailey Abbott, Jojo Eckles, Maria Emmanouil, Kayla Marinelli, Amelia Knight; great nephews, Daniel Martin, Stelios Emmanouil, Sire Scott, Dylan Knight; his special cat Sureday who he loved dearly, and a host of cousins and friends.

     He was preceded in death by a brother, William “Froggy” Martin, Sr.; sisters, Bernadette Martin, Vanessa Martin; father-in-law, Charles Lewis Eckles; brother-in-law, Michael Anthony Eckles, Sr.; special sister-in-law, Carolyn “Cissie” Nowakowski; nephews, Michael Eckles, Jr., Angelo Davis; niece, Angeliki Konstadinou.

     A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

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Berry Lee Montgomery

     Berry Lee Montgomery, 57, of Goshen, Virginia died Monday, July 13, 2020 at his home. 

     He was born May 13, 1963 in Lexington, Virginia, the son of the late Don Garland Montgomery and Hilda Louise Ingram Montgomery.

     Berry was formerly employed by Plecker Construction.

     He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, who loved camping and anything to do with cars, from truck pulls and drag races to building monster trucks, as well as telling stories to his grandchildren.

     Berry is survived by his wife of 35 years, Rosita Lee Montgomery; 2 daughters, Hilda Montgomery and fiancé Reggie Jones, Lakyn Montgomery; a son, Jessie Montgomery; 4 grandchildren, Jamya, Isaiah, Isaac, and Weston; a brother, Bobby Ingram of Norman, Oklahoma, and numerous nieces and nephews.  The family wishes to give a special thanks to Amanda Wilson and Laura with Hospice of the Shenandoah.

     He was preceded in death by a brother, Terry Montgomery, and his in-laws, Palmer and Theresa Riley.

     A memorial service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, July 19, 2020 at Proclaim Ministries, 5165 Little Calf Pasture Hwy, Craigsville, VA  24430 with Pastor Pam Campbell officiating. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at Proclaim Ministries.

     Memorial contributions may be made to in lieu of flowers to Craigsville Funeral Home to help the family with expenses.

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William “Bill” Shiflett

     William “Bill” Cleveland Shiflett, 87, of Craigsville, Virginia went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 21, 2020 at his home in Craigsville after a difficult battle with cancer. 

     He was born December 8, 1932 in Craigsville, Virginia, the son of the late Gallant and Dora Woods Shiflett.

     Mr. Shiflett was retired from Wayn-Tex, Inc. after more than 21 years of service.  In the years following, he tirelessly helped family members and friends in their times of need.

     He was a member of Craigsville Holiness Church, and attended Nortonsville Holiness Church.

     Mr. Shiflett is survived by his daughters, Janet McLain and husband Harold of Craigsville, Bonnie Kull and husband Jack of Fairfax; 2 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.  The family extends a special thank you to the owners and staff of BG’s Family Restaurant in Craigsville for the food and friendship they provided in Mr. Shiflett’s final months.

     He was preceded in death by a newborn son, William C. Shiflett, Jr.; five brothers, Lloyd, Albert, Fred, Pat, and Dewey Shiflett; and three sisters, Helen Wilcher, Thelma Woods, and Dolly Fridley.

     A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Miller Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Garey Wilson officiating, and Pastor Frank Chapman assisting.

     Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Craigsville Holiness Church, 199 Craig St, Craigsville, VA  24430 or Nortonsville Holiness Church, c/o Frank Chapman, P.O. Box 1155, Stanardsville, Virginia, 22973.

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