Lonzie Woodrow Fridley

Lonzie Woodrow “Woody” Fridley, 80, passed away at his home in Lake City, Florida on May 3, 2019.

Lonzie was born July 26, 1938, in Augusta Springs, Virginia, to Modie and Mary Elizabeth Fridley. He enlisted in the Navy on August, 23, 1955, until retirement after 30 years of service to his country. After retirement, Lonzie worked for Stokes Gas Company, and as a truck driver for Florida Steel in Jacksonville, Florida. Lonzie was passionate about restoring and driving classic cars, and attending car shows and spending time with his buddies who had the same interests.

Lonzie was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Francis Fridley, his sons, Lonzie and Bruce, brother Raymond (Louise), and his sister Hazel (Harold) Curry. He is survived by his sons, Alan (Cindy) Fridley of Callahan, Florida, Michael Tow and his daughters Cathy Vogel of Jacksonville, Florida, Lisa Tow Wight, three granddaughters, three grandsons and 9 great grandchildren, his sisters Marie (John) Clarke and Corine Stevens. He will be greatly missed by his beloved dog, Lady.

A graveside service will be held with military honors at his family cemetery in Augusta Springs, Virginia on Saturday, May 11, at 11:00 am.

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David “Andy” Lipscomb

AndyDavid Andrew Lipscomb, 46, of Natural Bridge Station, Virginia died Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at his home.

He was born November 18, 1972 in Lexington, Virginia, the son of David Lipscomb and Paula Sue Campbell Lipscomb.

Andy was employed as a line worker for Mohawk Flooring.

He is survived by his parents, as well as special friends, Michelle Statton of Natural Bridge, and Billy Weeks of Fairfield; and many cousins.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Little River Church of the Brethren with Pastor Rob Via officiating. Interment will be in Little River Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Winston Campbell, Jean Sprouse, Billy Little, Billy Weeks, Neil Keith, Alex Sprouse, Justin Cook, and Randy Chene.

The family will receive friends one hour before the service at Little River Church of the Brethren.

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Judith “Judy” Shiplett

JudyJudith Carolyn Gregory Shiplett, 75, of Craigsville, Virginia died Friday, April 19, 2019 at her home.

She was born June 15, 1943 in Staunton, Virginia, the daughter of the late Buford Sylvester Gregory, Sr. and Margaret Corrine Ingram Gregory.

Judy was retired from Genesco as well as the Virginia Department of Corrections, where she served as a correctional officer.

She was a member of Church of God of Prophecy, where she served as a Sunday school teacher who loved the Lord.  She loved to color and do crossword puzzles, was devoted to her children and grandchildren, and was well loved.

Judy is survived by her children, Brian “Pete” Shiplett, Sr. and wife Sophia, Kevin Shiplett, Jeffery “Moose” Shiplett, Teresa Martin, Brian Shiplett, Jr., Tabatha Kiser and husband Michael; 15 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; brothers, Buford Gregory Jr and his wife Beverly, Kenneth Gregory, Ralph Gregory and wife Trish; sisters, Shirley Denton and husband Billy, Alma Armentrout and husband Jerry, Deborah Gregory; and numerous nieces and nephews.  The family wishes to thank the Hospice of the Shenandoah Valley, especially Laura, for their kindness and support.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Summers Shiplett, and a brother, Randy Gregory.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the Church of God of Prophecy in Staunton with Pastor David Smith officiating. Interment will be in Craigsville Community Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Clatterbaugh, Billy Mitchell, James Fridley, Jason Sprouse, William Hostetter, and Mark Peters

The family will receive friends from 6 – 7 p.m., Monday, April 22, 2019 at Craigsville Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Church of God of Prophecy or to Hospice of the Shenandoah Valley.

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Alf Junior McHenry

IMG952019040195160858Alf Junior McHenry, 79, of Craigsville, Virginia died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at his home in Craigsville.

He was born July 24, 1939 in West Virginia, the son of the late William McHenry and Ruth Pritt McHenry.

Junior was formerly employed as a manual laborer for Blue Ridge Lumber, and was also a foreman for Mayflower Moving and Storage.  He was a hard-working man who loved to maintain his yard.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Rachel Ann Ingram McHenry; children, Debbie Ingram and husband Johnny of Goshen, Sallie Madison of Richmond, Sambo Poole of Craigsville, Fonda Sprouse and husband Steve of Goshen; 14 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; 4 brothers; and 2 sisters.

Junior was preceded in death by two children, Donna Darlene Wright and Faye Lynn McHenry.

A private family service will be conducted at a later date.  The family will receive friends at his home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Craigsville Funeral Home.

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Jeffery Lynn Rusmisel

Jeffery Lynn Rusmisel, 61, of Goshen, Virginia died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Lewis-Gale Hospital in Salem, Virginia.

He was born April 17, 1957 in Staunton, Virginia, the son of the late Ashby Hileman Rusmisel and Wanda Mae Bowyer Rusmisel.

Jeff was formerly employed as the STEAM plan director for the University of Richmond.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He attended Goshen Baptist Church and was a supporter of the Bond Slaves Christian Motorcycle Club.

Jeff is survived by his brother, Alan Rusmisel of Birmingham, Alabama; aunt, Janet Sprouse of Goshen, and numerous cousins.

A memorial service will be conducted from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday April 4, 2019 at Craigsville Funeral Home. Interment will be in Woodland Union Church Cemetery at a later time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Craigsville Funeral Home in lieu of flowers.

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Thelma Kennedy McLain

FullSizeROn Monday, March 25, 2019, Thelma M. McLain, devoted grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at the age of 92.

Thelma was born March 6, 1927 in Goshen, VA to the late Cecil and Sadie (Jackson) Kennedy. Thelma was a proud member of the Goshen Presbyterian Church.

Thelma is survived her granddaughters, Sandra Harlow and fiancé Charles Knippenberg of Cumberland, Maryland and Stephanie Duvall and husband Joe of Lexington, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Michael Hoke and wife Amy, AJ Williams, Mallory Hammond and husband Dakota, and Megan Duvall and fiancé Robert Nelson;  great-great-grandchildren, Brittney Scott, Zachary and Morgan Hoke, Brylee Burchett, and baby girl Nelson (June 2019), who brought endless smiles to Thelma and filled her heart with even more love; siblings, Cecil Kennedy Jr., Julia Alphin and Paul Kennedy; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband Aaron Wooddell in 1976 and husband Douglas McLain in 2007; daughter, Jean Mitchell and son-in-law Jim Mitchell; and siblings Raymond Kennedy, Hattie Bell Fields, and Mae Campbell.

Visitation will be at Craigsville Funeral Home, Craigsville, VA from 11.00 am to 12:00 pm on Friday March 29, 2019. Funeral Services will commence at 12:00 pm with graveside services to follow at Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Punker Robertson officiating.  Pallbearers will be her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Goshen Presbyterian Church.

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Byron Lee Sink

ByronByron Lee Sink, 38, of Lexington, Virginia died Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Augusta Health in Fishersville, Virginia.

He was born October 30, 1980 in Des Plaines, Illinois, the son of Larry Alonza Sink, Sr. and Frieda Mae Conner Sink Corpuz.

Byron was formerly employed as a custodian at Food Lion.  He was a loving son and uncle who was both funny and heartwarming.

He is survived by his parents; brother, Larry Alonza Sink, Jr. of Roanoke; sister, Laura Jean Sink of Craigsville; adopted sister, Summer Skye Corpuz of Elgin, Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Byron was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alonza and Mary Francis Sink.

A visitation will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Bells Valley Worship Center with Claudette Wilcher officiating.

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