Jeffery Lynn Rusmisel

Jeffery Lynn Rusmisel, 61, of Goshen, Virginia died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Lewis-Gale Hospital in Salem, Virginia.

He was born April 17, 1957 in Staunton, Virginia, the son of the late Ashby Hileman Rusmisel and Wanda Mae Bowyer Rusmisel.

Jeff was formerly employed as the STEAM plan director for the University of Richmond.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

He attended Goshen Baptist Church and was a supporter of the Bond Slaves Christian Motorcycle Club.

Jeff is survived by his brother, Alan Rusmisel of Birmingham, Alabama; aunt, Janet Sprouse of Goshen, and numerous cousins.

A memorial service will be conducted from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday April 4, 2019 at Craigsville Funeral Home. Interment will be in Woodland Union Church Cemetery at a later time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Craigsville Funeral Home in lieu of flowers.

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Thelma Kennedy McLain

FullSizeROn Monday, March 25, 2019, Thelma M. McLain, devoted grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away at the age of 92.

Thelma was born March 6, 1927 in Goshen, VA to the late Cecil and Sadie (Jackson) Kennedy. Thelma was a proud member of the Goshen Presbyterian Church.

Thelma is survived her granddaughters, Sandra Harlow and fiancé Charles Knippenberg of Cumberland, Maryland and Stephanie Duvall and husband Joe of Lexington, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Michael Hoke and wife Amy, AJ Williams, Mallory Hammond and husband Dakota, and Megan Duvall and fiancé Robert Nelson;  great-great-grandchildren, Brittney Scott, Zachary and Morgan Hoke, Brylee Burchett, and baby girl Nelson (June 2019), who brought endless smiles to Thelma and filled her heart with even more love; siblings, Cecil Kennedy Jr., Julia Alphin and Paul Kennedy; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband Aaron Wooddell in 1976 and husband Douglas McLain in 2007; daughter, Jean Mitchell and son-in-law Jim Mitchell; and siblings Raymond Kennedy, Hattie Bell Fields, and Mae Campbell.

Visitation will be at Craigsville Funeral Home, Craigsville, VA from 11.00 am to 12:00 pm on Friday March 29, 2019. Funeral Services will commence at 12:00 pm with graveside services to follow at Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Punker Robertson officiating.  Pallbearers will be her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Goshen Presbyterian Church.

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Byron Lee Sink

ByronByron Lee Sink, 38, of Lexington, Virginia died Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Augusta Health in Fishersville, Virginia.

He was born October 30, 1980 in Des Plaines, Illinois, the son of Larry Alonza Sink, Sr. and Frieda Mae Conner Sink Corpuz.

Byron was formerly employed as a custodian at Food Lion.  He was a loving son and uncle who was both funny and heartwarming.

He is survived by his parents; brother, Larry Alonza Sink, Jr. of Roanoke; sister, Laura Jean Sink of Craigsville; adopted sister, Summer Skye Corpuz of Elgin, Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews.  Byron was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alonza and Mary Francis Sink.

A visitation will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Bells Valley Worship Center with Claudette Wilcher officiating.

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Phebe Lotts Puckett

Phebe Joann Lotts Puckett, 82, of Craigsville, Virginia died Monday, February 18, 2019 at Meadow Garden in Rainelle, West Virginia.

She was born August 8, 1936 in Rockbridge County, the daughter of the late William Arthur Lotts and Roxie Marie Smith Lotts.

Phebe was formerly employed as a turkey processor at ShenMar.

She was a member of Craigsville Presbyterian Church, who loved watching TV and talking to her friends.

Phebe is survived by her children, Judy Bennett and husband Jimmy of Rainelle, West Virginia, Andrew Puckett, Jr. of Paco, Georgia; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews; brother, Wayne Lotts of Raphine, Virginia;  and sisters, Norma Hinkle and Peggy Vanmeter, both of Goshen.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Sarah Sensabough; and 2 brothers, Glen “Bucky” Lotts and William Lotts, Jr.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 22, 2019 at Craigsville Presbyterian Church with Pastor Olivia Haney officiating. Interment will be in Brattons Run Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tony Sensabaugh, Roger Farris, Millen Hinkle, Jason Hinkle, Troy Riley, Nathan Pooley, Lisa Landrum, and Sharon Pooley.

The family will receive friends one hour before the service.

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Robert Lee England, Sr.

RobertRobert Lee England, Sr., 73, of Craigsville, Virginia died Saturday, February 2, 2019 at UVA.

He was born December 16, 1945 in Kingsport, Tennessee, the son of the late Lee Andrew England and Connie Pearl Hilton England.

Robert was formerly employed as a plumber, as well as working in heating and cooling.

He was a loving father and grandfather, and an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, camping, and working on cars.

Robert is survived by his children, Robert England, Jr. and wife Crystal of Craigsville, Rodney Sherwood and wife Brenda of Craigsville, David Fox and wife Jessica of Pennsylvania, John Sherwood and wife Bobbie of Churchville, Shane Lilley of Craigsville, Timmy Hewitt of Richmond, Mark Sherwood and wife Michelle, Stephanie Anderson and husband ZO of Richmond, Barbara Maxey of Staunton, Cindy Borne of Waynesboro, Rebecca Maxey of Waynesboro; 31 grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers, Cleve England of Charles City, VA, Tommy England of Henrico, VA; sisters, Ruth Johnson and husband Henry of Powhatan, VA, Geraldine Taylor and husband Scottie of Henrico, VA, Myrtle Osborne and husband Doug of Powhatan.

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Cathy Brown Powell

picture 133 obitCathy Gail Brown Powell, 65, of Goshen, Virginia died Friday, January 11, 2019 in Lexington, Virginia.

She was born July 5, 1953 in Clifton Forge, Virginia, the daughter of the late Roy Algon Brown, Jr. and Thelma Madeline Conner Brown.

Cathy was formerly employed as a laboratory technician for the Mundet-Hermetite paper mill.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the First Aid Support Group.

Cathy is survived by her son, Dustin Edward Powell of Goshen; sisters, Sharon Byram and husband Floyd, Deborah Bowden and husband Charles, both of Goshen; nieces and nephews, Brock, Michelle, Heather, Justin, Brandon, Autumn, Dylan, Katrina, Cassandra, Ethan, Hunter, and Owen; and her dogs, Princess and Teddy.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary Edward Powell.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Goshen Methodist Church with Pastor Lloyd Via officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Edmond Davidson, Charlie Bowden, Glenn “Boo” Thompson, Jr., Brock Byram, Roger Brown, Muskie Tingler, Rick Schwenk, and Timmy Sprouse.  Honorary pallbearers will be Floyd Byram, Clarence Byram, and Glenn Thompson, Sr.

The family will receive friends two hours before the service at the church; or anytime at the home of Charlie and Debbie Bowden.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Goshen Rescue Squad or Fire Department.

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William “Billy” Edwards

IMG_4981William “Billy” Earnest Edwards, 80, of Goshen, VA went to be with the Lord December 25, 2018. He was born March 10, 1938 in Staunton, VA, the only son of the late Laymond “Doug” and Alice Edwards.

Billy was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1958 to 1963. In 1965 he was married to Leonia “Lee” Mae Edwards and they celebrated 45 years of marriage until her passing in 2010. Billy loved his community and was proud to serve as Mayor of Goshen as well as county supervisor for 12 years. He also enjoyed talking with all the customers that came through Edwards convenience store that he owned and operated for over four decades. You could find him any given day reminiscing about the good ‘ol days with lifelong friends that would stop by for a visit.

Billy is survived by his sisters Carolyn Tolley, Lorraine Edwards, and Wanda Cook and husband Todd; along with his three children, son Eddie Edwards and wife, Lisa, and daughters Scarlett Skeens and Cheryl Chandler. In addition to his children, Billy enjoyed his six grandchildren Amber Paulus and husband Brandon, Ashley Herrinton and husband Tyler, Deanna Earhart and husband Andrew, Emily Thornton, William Chandler and Sarah Skeens. Billy was proud to be a great grandfather to four: Christian, Kaden, Bryson, Nova and expecting a Herrinton great grandchild in the spring.

The family would like to thank the community of Goshen for their continued prayers and support over the years. In addition, our sincerest thanks to the Staunton Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) for your guidance and relentless support as we brought our loved one home. Special thanks to Rhonda and Kayla from CBOC for going above and beyond for our dad. The family will receive friends and family at Craigsville Funeral Home in Craigsville, VA on Thursday, December 27th. at 6pm. A funeral service in celebration of Billy’s life will be held at Goshen Baptist Church in Goshen, Va on Friday December 28, 2018 at 1pm. Interment will follow in the Goshen Baptist Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Timmy Alphin, Telford Dickey, Eddie Bryant, Mike Jolly,Haas Kyler, and Mike Thornton.  Honorary pallbearers will be Bob White, Butch Ayers, and Donald “Whitey” Lawhorn.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Goshen First Aid or Goshen Volunteer Fire Department.

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