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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Desirae Sherwood Washington

     Desirae Gwyne Sherwood Washington, 25, of Craigsville, Virginia died Monday, June 8, 2020 in Craigsville, Virginia. 

     She was born February 1, 1995 in Richmond, Virginia, the daughter of Rodney Ellis Sherwood, Jr. and Brenda Lee Garrett Sherwood.

     Desirae was employed as an in home care CNA.

     She was a member of Joyful Sound Church, the Craigsville Community Choir, and a loving mother and daughter.

     In addition to her parents, Desirae is survived by her fiancé, Mitchell Thomas; 2 children, Grace Elizabeth Washington, Violet Noelle Washington; brother, Tucker James Lee Sherwood; sister, Cheyenne Lanea Sherwood; father of her children, Derrick Esmond Washington; special friends, Sarah Marks, Caitlin Sprouse, Kaitlyn Wegner; and many other close friends.

     She was preceded in death by her great grandmother, Margaret Simmons.

     A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Little River Church of the Brethren Cemetery with Pastor Mike Herring officiating.  Due to limited parking, friends and family are encouraged to park at Joyful Sound Church and carpool to the cemetery.  Please be at the church by 1:30 p.m.

     Pallbearers will be Mitchell Thomas, Tucker Sherwood, Robert England, Shane Lilley, Matthew Loving, and John Sherwood.

     Memorial contributions may be made to Craigsville Funeral Home or the funeral fund hosted by Joyful Sound Church to help with expenses.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that attendees bring a helium balloon to release at the graveside service.

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Warren Cash, Sr.

     Warren Lee Cash, Sr., 73, of Middlebrook, Virginia died Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at his home. 

     He was born December 20, 1947 in Covington, VA, the son of the late Aubrey Cash and Merle Woods Cash.

     Warren was retired from ASR with 30 years of service, and also ran and operated a successful tree trimming business for 50 years, Warren Cash Tree Trimming.

     He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served in Germany.

     Warren is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Marty Lou Cash; 3 sons, Warren Lee Cash, Jr. and wife Celia, Kenneth Cash, Joseph Cash and wife Misty ; 8 grandchildren Katie, K.C., Brandon, Madison, Colby, Ryan, Isaac, and Aubrey; 3 great grandchildren, Aria, Xander, Matthew; 3 brothers, Hampton and wife Gail, Steve, Timothy; sister, Lady Wilcher and husband Larry; sister-in-law, Dana Cash; and his faithful dog Ally, who he loved more than cake.  The family would also like to extend a very special “Thank You” to Dr. Marsh and Becky Johnson with Hospice of the Shenandoah for all their love and support, as well as Wendy Sprouse, Mary Lessley, and Melissa Sanchez for the care they gave.

     He was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Cash.

     A viewing will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Craigsville Funeral Home.

     A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2020 at Craigsville Holiness Church with Brother Garey Wilson officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church Cemetery.

     Pallbearers will be Walter Hamilton, K.C. Cash, Brandon Cash, Daryl Gregory, Tony Fox, and Charlie Ayers.

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Ralph “Peanut” Minter, Jr.

RalphRalph “Peanut” Lee Minter, Jr., 60, of Craigsville, Virginia died Thursday, May 7, 2020 at UVA.

He was born February 26, 1960 in Staunton, Virginia, the son of Charlotte Christine Ingram Minter and the late Ralph Lee Minter, Sr.

Ralph was formerly employed as an equipment mechanic for Bryant Excavating and Septic.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Ralph was a member of Goshen Baptist Church, and was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed riding his motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Melinda Mae Knight Minter; children, Jason and wife Carrie, Bradley and wife Jenna, Brandon and fiancée Heather Roberts, Jonathan, Zachary; step-sons, Russell and Clinton Huntley; 12 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; brother, Donnie Minter and wife Julie; sister, Donna Walton and husband Kevin; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Ralph was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tom and Lina Minter, Preston and Pauline Ingram; and a sister, Charlotte “Sissy” Minter.

A private family service will be conducted at Lebanon Presbyterian Cemetery with Pastor Scott Reese officiating.

The family will receive friends Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Craigsville Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be made to Craigsville Funeral Home to help the family with expenses.

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