Ella Mae Williams

Ella MaeElla Mae Hilton Williams, 71, of Crimora, Virginia died Sunday, May 22, 2016 at her home.

She was born December 4, 1944 in Elizabethton, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Willard Hilton and Virginia Merle Hilton.

Ella Mae was a lifelong housewife.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She loved the outdoors, fishing, Elvis, and playing all types of card games.

Ella Mae is survived by her children: Sharon Ann Hilton Hoover & husband Brian of Knoxville, TN, Karen Williams of Townsend, TN, Carlton Jesse Williams, Jr. & wife Melissa of Crimora, VA, Clayton Williams & wife Carol of Craigsville, VA, Athey Williams of Crimora, VA, Virginia Mae Davis  & husband Daniel of Knox County, TN; 25 grandchildren; 16 great grand children and one on the way; brothers; Eugene, Terry, and Gene Hilton; sisters; Brenda Rose, Patricia Brooks, Delores Dobbs; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years Carlton Jesse Williams, Sr., 3 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, a sister Helen Hilton, and a brother Carl David Hilton.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016 at Craigsville Funeral Home with Pastor Claude Williams officiating. Interment will be in Barren Ridge Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Clayton Williams, Jesse Williams, Matthew Beverly, Brian Hoover, David Read, Arthur Wells, James Chandler, and Jeffery Chandler

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Craigsville Funeral Home to help with expenses.

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Larry Joslyn Brunson

LarryLaurence “Larry” Joslyn Brunson, 86, of Goshen, Virginia died Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at his home.

He was born December 28, 1929 in Amsterdam, New York, the son of the late Benjamin Dixon Brunson, Sr. and Gladys Leah Joslyn Brunson.

Larry was retired from Stillwater Worsted Mills as a dyer.

He was a veteran of the US Army during the Korean War.

Larry was an active lay pastor at the Westminster Chapel & Williamsville Presbyterian Churches for many years.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who loved music and reading.

He is survived by  his wife, Phyllis June Doak Brunson of Goshen, Virginia; 4 children: Laurie Brunson Altieri of Goshen, Patrick Leigh Brunson & wife Amanda of Louisa, Virginia, James Doak Brunson of Roanoke, Amanda Kay Crawford of Roanoke; 6 grandchildren: Sara Snider, Jason Feather, Ashley Altieri, Christopher Crawford, Troy Crawford, Jesse Brunson; and 9 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother Benjamin Dixon Brunson, Jr., and a sister Leah Frances Brunson Haratonik.

A celebration of Larry’s life will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. on May 1, 2016 at Goshen Presbyterian Church with Pastor John Haney officiating.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Goshen Rescue Squad and Fire Company.

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Ralph Neal Corbin

RalphOn April 13th, after a hard fought battle with cancer, a fight which he never gave up, Ralph Neal Corbin went home to be with his Lord & Savior with his loving family by his side.

Ralph came into this world on February 4, 1957 at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Staunton, Virginia, the son of the late Bonnie (Bullington) Corbin and Robert Elwood Corbin.  One of 4 children, he is survived by two sisters: Martha Strickler and husband Buddy of Stuarts Draft, Judy Shifflett and husband TT of Elkton; and one brother, Carl Corbin and wife Regina of Staunton.

On June 7, 1975 Ralph married his childhood sweetheart, Kathi Lynn Powell.  They were married for 40 years and have one son, Dustin Corbin of Craigsville, or whom Ralph could not have been more proud.

Ralph was employed for 10 years at Lowes Tire in Staunton where he formed a life long friendship with owner John Lowe and family.  In 1986 Ralph opened Craigsville Texaco which he operated for 24 years, providing the area with exceptional automotive service and the best hot dogs around!  He was last employed by Middle River Regional Jail as a maintenance officer, a position he sorrowfully left last month due to his failing health.

Ralph attended River City Worship Center in Waynesboro.  He was the current president of the Craigsville Ruritan Club and was involved over the years with numerous benefits for community members.  He had a passion for muscle cars, ATV riding trips with his son and friends, grilling and spending time with family.

A funeral service to celebrate Ralph’s life will be held Sunday, April 17th at 2:00 p.m. at Craigsville Funeral Home.  Dr. Thomas Jammes of River City Worship Center will be officiating.  The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16 at Craigsville Funeral Home.

Burial will be in the Craigsville Community Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Steven Downey, Eric Shifflett, Randall Jolly, Wyatt Sours, Jerry Deane, Anthony Stephenson, Earl McCray, and Todd Sours.  Honorary pallbearers and special friends include John Coffman, Keith Morris, and friends, family and co-workers too numerous to mention.

Ralph would have wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their outpouring of love and support during this trying time.  He was overwhelmed by your concern and generosity and never failed to say daily how blessed he was.

Ring the bell Baby, you’re cancer free!!
                                                Love for eternity,


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Carolyn Yvonne Wilcher McLain

Carolyn Yvonne Wilcher McLain, 70, of Stuarts Draft, Virginia died Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Augusta Health.

She was born February 7, 1946 in Craigsville, Virginia, the daughter of the late Clay Thomas Wilcher and Veneta Valarie Harris Wilcher.

Carolyn was a homemaker her whole life.

She was a member of Craigsville Holiness Church where she attended faithfully.  Carolyn was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who did everything for her family with her whole heart.  She also loved to sing and play the piano.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, Charles Edward McLain; children: Charles McLain II & wife Heather of Ocala, Florida, Tammy Graham & husband Jay of Charlottesville, Don McLain & wife Sheila of Bridgewater, Jon McLain of Staunton, Derek McLain & wife Amber of Fishersville; 14 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; brother; Rev. Jeff Wilcher & wife Rosemary;  other; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  A special thanks to Dr. Michael Berrett and Nurse Jennifer Breeden for all their care.

She was preceded in death by a sister: Sandra Gregory; and two grandchildren: Ava & Alyya Shepard.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday April 6, 2016 at Craigsville Community Cemetery with Pastor Gary Wilson officiating.

Pallbearers will be Timmy Gladwell, Gary Wilcher, Larry Wilcher, Cody Wilcher, Jacob Wiseman, and Robert Painter.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Craigsville Holiness Academy.

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Danny Keith Fitzgerald, Sr.

Danny Keith Fitzgerald, Sr., 56, of Craigsville, Virginia died Friday, March 11, 2016 at his residence.

He was born October 12, 1959 in Staunton, Virginia, the son of the late Mason Riley Fitzgerald and Elsie Bell Woods Fitzgerald.

Danny was employed as a textile worker & did roofing.

He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to go for rides and spend time with his family.

Danny is survived by 3 children, Danny K. Fitzgerald, Jr.  & wife Jasmine of Staunton, Jessica Knight & husband Jesse of Craigsville, Elizabeth D. Lotts & husband George of Goshen, Virginia;  6 grandchildren; and 2 brothers, Oral G. Fitzgerald of Craigsville, Wayne E. Fitzgerald & wife Patricia of Afton, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Diane Fitzgerald and Eunice McLain; and 2 brothers, Riley and Franklin Fitzgerald.

A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at the Little River Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Pastor Terry Adkins officiating.

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Mary Helen Ingram Wright

Wright 001Goshen — Mary Helen Ingram Wright, 72, of Goshen, Virginia died Tuesday, March 08, 2016 at Heritage Hall in Lexington, Virginia.

She was born August 31, 1943 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Ernest Calvin Ingram and Sally Ann Ingram.

Mrs. Wright was a homemaker. She enjoyed fishing, hunting and crafts. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

She was married to the late Millard McCutcheon Wright.

She is survived by two children, Charles Reuben Wright and Garry Walter Wright, both of Goshen, Virginia; 12 grandchildren, Charles Reuben Wright, Jr., Michael Dewayne Wright, Allen Rowe, Cody Rodgers-Wright, Danny Randolph, Jeff Randolph, Amber Sizemore, Jennifer Wright, Michael Wright, Melinda Ingram, Justin Wright and Laura Lane; sister; Rachel McHenry of Craigsville; numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and “Casper” the dog.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Sizemore and a son, Millard McCutcheon Wright, Jr.

A private funeral service will be held at a later date.

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Herman Ford Coppage

Herman Ford Coppage, 97, of Goshen, Virginia, formerly of Germanton, North Carolina, died Saturday, March 05, 2016 at Augusta Health.

He was born February 25, 1919 in Stafford County, Virginia, the son of the late Malcolm Stonewall Coppage and Annie Edith Oliver Coppage.

Herman was retired from the Forsythe County School System in North Carolina where he worked for 50 years.  He was a great farmer and gardener, entering his pumpkins in the North Carolina State Fair and taking 2nd place.

He is survived by his sister; Burnell Wood of Goshen, Virginia; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend Dale Bagrus.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Helen Coppage, on October 25, 1998.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday March 8, 2016 at Little River Church of the Brethren Cemetery with Rev. Charlie Wood, Jr. officiating.

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

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