The Aug. 11 Open Forum article by Thornton Parker paints a very rosy picture. In 2010, Uncle Sam gave the residents of Rockingham County about $650 million by his calculation.
WASHINGTON — I’ve observed many funerals over the last decade in Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 60, where war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried. Last week I went for what, God willing, was the last.
Twenty-one years ago, in mid-August 1993, an orthopedic surgeon named George White penned a simple yet clear missive to The Winchester Star, the DN-R’s sister paper to our north, outlining a sound philosophy for how men should think that applies not just to Americans in their everyday lives, but as well to the elected officials with whom we entrust the public weal. We repeat this piece each year as a reminder.
Erma Irene Huffman, 97, formerly a resident of Keezletown, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, where she was a resident for the past 1? years. She was born to the late William and Lela Armentrout Tutwiler on July 15, 1914, in Keezletown, Va.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ward Lee Huffman, in 1987 after 51 years of marriage, and her son, Jacob “J.C.” Huffman, in 2008, four brothers and three sisters.
She was an active member of the Keezletown United Methodist Church and was a lifetime resident of the Keezletown area. Her commitment to her home and family was her priority, in addition to her service for over 30 years in the cafeterias at both Keezletown Elementary School and Montevideo High School.
Surviving are her two daughters, Elinor Botkin (Joe Sr.) of Staunton and Wilma Lee Wolfe (Jon) of Macon, Ga.; daughter-in-law, Marylee Ford Huffman of Harrisonburg; four grandchildren, Joe Botkin Jr., Chris Wolfe (Mary), Brad Wolfe and Melissa Malabad (Paul); and six great-grandchildren, Ryan, Ethan and Maran Wolfe and Anthony, Daniel and Samuel Malabad.
The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at the Keezletown United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dawn Marie Singleton officiating. Interment will follow in the Keezletown Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday, May 7, 2012, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Erma’s memory may be made to Hose Company No. 4, 210 E. Rock St., Harrisonburg, VA 22802.