Joseph “Joe” McLain

Joseph “Joe” Alexander McLain, 93, of Craigsville, Virginia died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at his home.

He was born May 6, 1923 in Fordwick, Virginia, the son of the late Charles Abraham McLain and Ella Jane Montgomery McLain.

Joe was a retired iron worker.

He was a veteran of the US Army & US Air Corp, having served in World War II.

Joe was a 32nd Degree Master Mason, of Millboro Lodge 28.  He was also a member of  St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his children: Amanda McLain Benson & husband Bob of Craigsville, VA; Joseph Barry McLain & wife Susan of Millboro, VA; grandchildren: Anthony “Alex” Rankin & wife Jessica of Craigsville, VA, Joley Allison McLain of Millboro, VA; step grandson: Kevin Benson; great grandchildren: Evelynn and Gabrielle Rankin; step great grandson Nathan Shiley; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife Sally Lumsden McLain and 13 brothers and sisters.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday July 30, 2016 at Craigsville Funeral Home with Pastor Tyler Clem officiating and Pastor Scott Reese assisting. Interment will be in Craigsville Community Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Douglas Leggett, John Eavers, Kevin Benson, Jarred Kincaid, Timmy Gladwell, and Burke Huddleston.

The family will receive friends 6 – 7 p.m. the night before at Craigsville Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Craigsville Fire Department.

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Earl Stone Rowe

Earl Stone Rowe, 81, of Craigsville, Virginia died Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Augusta Health.

He was born September 1, 1934 in Craigsville, the son of the late Henry Edgar Rowe and Bertha Mae Reed Rowe.

Earl was employed as a weaver at Stillwater.

He was a member of Estaline Valley Church of the Nazarene.  He loved hunting, Nascar, taking vacations, and going to yard sales.

Earl is survived by his wife, Doris Jean Ludwig Rowe; children: Earl “Peanut” Rowe & wife Tammy of Jennings Gap, David “Crockett” Rowe & wife Doris of Craigsville, Henry Rowe of Craigsville, Mike Rowe & wife Kelly of Craigsville, Teresa Rowe of Staunton,

George Rowe & wife Yvonne of Staunton, Martha Sanchez & husband Lee of Waynesboro;  19 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren and many others who knew him as pawpaw; brother; Roosevelt Rowe & wife Mary Anna of Verona; sister; Bertha Berry & husband Bill of Staunton; numerous nieces and nephews, and a special great nephew Roger Lee Rowe, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his brothers: Odell, Oney Lewis, Solomon, Randolph Robert, and John Rowe; and his sisters: Mary Margaret Rowe, Gladys Michaels, Elizabeth Varner, and Helen Cash.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Estaline Valley Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Billy Curry officiating. Interment will be in Lebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bill Rowe, Larry Byram, Shane Lilly, Tommy Humphries, Matt Stickley, and Fred Sprouse, Jr.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 pm the night before at Craigsville Funeral Home and at the old home place on Henry Rowe Ln at any other time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Estaline Valley Church of the Nazarene.

Arrangements are being handled by Craigsville Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at

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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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