Fredrick Marshall Benson

Fredrick 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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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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