Deborah Michelle Hite

MichelleCraigsville— Deborah Michelle Hite, 48, of Weyers Cave, Virginia, died Monday, September 08, 2014 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

            She was born November 15, 1965 in Staunton, VA, the daughter of the late Delbert Hite and Nancy Perdue Whitlow.

            Michelle was employed as an editor for the Madison Magazine at JMU.

            She was a James Madison University alumni and employee that deeply loved her school.  She received the James Madison Alumni Service Award in 2005.  Michelle also served on the Craigsville Town Council, as well as the Fire Department.

            She is survived by her mother, Nancy Whitlow and husband Frank of Collinsville, VA; grandmother Rose Perdue of Stuarts Draft; 3 uncles, John Perdue and wife Sandy and daughter Trina of Verona who were all very special to her, Dean Perdue and wife Anne of Mint Springs, Jimmy Perdue and wife Joan of Verona; 2 aunts, Carol Fuchs and husband Wayne of Stuarts Draft, Teresa Beard and husband Sam of Stuarts Draft; many cousins; and special friends Matt and Faye.

            She was preceded in death by her father Delbert Hite.

            A graveside service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 12th at Craigsville Community Cemetery with Pastor Derry Norman officiating.

            The family will receive friends at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 12 at Craigsville Funeral Home.

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11 Responses to Deborah Michelle Hite

  1. Joni Januszewski says:

    As an editor, Michelle would be appalled by the typo. As a person, she would be gritting her teeth at the use of her much-hated-never-used first name. Shell was a bright shining star, a beautiful soul, and a lifelong friend to me. She was like a sister to me, like an aunt to my daughter, and my mother considered her as one of her own. Only the good die young. She had the biggest loving heart of anyone I know. I wish Michelle could see the outpouring of love and sorrow on her Facebook, showing just how many lives she touched with her innate goodness. She loved fully, felt deeply, rocked hard, and left us all way too soon. A piece of me is missing now, a hole in my heart that will never be replaced.

    • Nancy says:

      Joni, I don’t know how to reply to some of what you said-Funeral Home Asked me her Full name & I gave it-Her first name wasn’t going to be used from beginning-Only Michelle or Shell-I am sure she Is seeing the outpouring for her & Yes she had a Heart More Precious than All the Gold & was Loved by Every person she came in contact with. Your words-appalled-gritting her teeth & hate seems a bit harsh since you weren’t there while I was having such difficulty even speaking much less thinking of her ‘given’ first name. I thank you however for the kind words you did say, I know you were a good friend of hers & met you at JMU. Would like to say that Michelle had a copy of your Daughter’s Birth Certificate-What would you like for me to do with it ? I am sorry for ALL her True Friends who, yes, lost her too soon; I did as well ! Nancy

  2. Marian Sarmiento (Sis Miller) says:

    Sorry to all. Shell got her Rawker Wings. Friends from grade school. U will never b 4 gotten. Love u bunches My Bestest Bestie .-)

  3. Robin K. Herring says:

    So saddened to learn of Michelle’s passing. Michelle & I grew up in the same church in Craigsville. She was a faithful church-goer, I can see her carrying her bible even now. My Aunt (Mary Devers) thought the world of Michelle, teaching her in Sunday School as a youngster. My prayers go out to her family. Be with Jesus Michelle. Robin

  4. Kevin Wimer says:

    Shell was the definition of what a true friend is. I will miss our talks about writing and about all the bands we wanted to see play live. We shared a love for the band Metallica and I always enjoyed talking about the old days of Metallica to the new days. We shared a love for writing and she inspired to be a better writer. She was a very giving and helpful person. I was in the hospital a few months back and Shell offered right away to help, not only me but my family. I will miss her.

    Kevin Wimer.

  5. Valerie Kelley says:

    Michelle was my neighbor. Very kind and sweet. So sorry about her passing. Prayers and condolences to her family.
    Valerie Kelley

  6. No one has ever been more proud as a JMU Alumnus. She praised and supported the University in every way imaginable and no one was ever more deserving of praise for her contributions of support and her talents as a publication expert who brought recognition far and wide of her University’s excellence. During decades of service to JMU, I never encountered a more pleasant and enjoyable co-worker. She brought enjoyment to very encounter, every meeting, every activity we shared. Here’s hoping she’s enjoying an eternal reward for all she gave to others in this life.

    Diane Elliott

  7. Grace Chapel Ministries says:

    The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23). To the family, may God wrap His loving arms around you and comfort you during this time and the times ahead. Our prayers are with you.

    Pastor M Alexander Motley
    Grace Chapel Ministries
    182 Blackberry Rd
    PO Box 1210
    Bassett, Va 24055
    276-790-8430

  8. Bonnie Huff says:

    Frank and Nancy I am so sorry to see the passing of your daughter in the paper. Take care of yourself. I am praying for you. Love you

  9. Sande says:

    So shocked and saddened by this news I just learned last night. I wrote stories for Madison Magazine and Michelle always made me feel like I was a rock star. We just exchanged emails in the last few weeks and for that I’m grateful. What a special gift and talent she had in making others feel so very special. She will be so very missed.

    -Sande Snead, ’82

  10. Charles Culbertson says:

    I first worked with Michelle at Mary Baldwin College when we made up the two-person communications office there, and then later at JMU where we collaborated several times on stories for Montpelier. She was a truly warm and caring person who would do absolutely anything for you. We shared many a joke about life, the people we worked with and the state of the world in general, and I will miss her. Godspeed, Michelle.

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