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Jeanette Moore Mackey left her earthly life Aug. 17, 2014, at AMC in Fishersville with Reid and Drew at her side.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Jeanette Moore Mackey left her earthly life Aug. 17, 2014, at AMC in Fishersville with Reid and Drew at her side.

She was born Sept. 14, 1947, to Andrew D. and Dorothy D. Moore who preceded her in death. In addition to her parents she was preceded by her in-laws, Joe and Jane Mackey, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, J. Reid Mackey, special sons Joedy and Drew; cherished 4-year-old granddaughter Miranda; a special daughter, Beth Armstrong; aunts Emma Moore of Lexington and Martha Beard of Clifton Forge; several cousins and a multitude of friends.

Jeanette was a seamstress, a baker, a caterer, a food salesman, an excellent cook, and a kind, generous, beautiful and loving person. She attended New Monmouth Presbyterian Church with her family and her presence at functions and planning skills will be greatly missed.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be conducted at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19, at New Monmouth Presbyterian Church by the Dr. Martin Stokes. A reception will follow at the New Monmouth social hall. Burial will be private. The family will welcome friends at their home at 1060 Reid Road anytime.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to National Cancer Institute BG 9609 MSC 9780; 9609 Medical Center Drive Bethesda, MD 20892-9760.  

Arrangements by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.


Humphries Memorial Date Set

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

A memorial service for James Nathaniel Humphries of Buena Vista, who died Aug. 10, will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. at The First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Buena Vista.

Mr. Edward Joseph “Joe” Doby Jr., 73, of Harlem, Ga., left this life after a long illness to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

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Edward Joseph Doby Jr.

Mr. Edward Joseph “Joe” Doby Jr., 73, of Harlem, Ga., left this life after a long illness to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Chapel at Bellevue Memorial Gardens with interment following. Dr. Brad Whitt, pastor of Abilene Baptist Church, will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time.

Joe was born in Birmingham, Ala., on March 9, 1941, and graduated high school in Pell City, Ala. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and earned his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He held multiple positions of vice president and general manager for Blue Bird Corporation (school buses), working at plants in Georgia, Iowa, Virginia and Canada, and was also actively involved in church and community activities with each transfer. He was an enthusiastic manager, conceiving and developing improvements in the production and plant facilities. He designed and developed several production machines and tools that were adopted corporate-wide. He liked greeting employees at the door in the morning, being regularly in the plant, and being accessible with an open door. He encouraged suggestions and sought to ensure that anyone with a good idea received the credit. He later said that encouraging and supporting the growth and development of staff and plant employees and to see their success was the most rewarding part of his career.

Throughout his life, Joe’s abiding passion was building, particularly with wood. He restored their turn of the century home in Iowa, built furniture and worked to improve each home. As he became ill, he continued building, and, in a new home, built a bridge across a creek and a bench to sit on when you reached the other side. He was a faithful Christian, husband, father and grandfather, and will be lovingly remembered by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kay Blackwood Doby; his son and daughter-in-law, Edward Lee and Nancy Doby; his grandchildren, Jacob Doby and Jessica Doby; his brother-in-law, Dr. Charles Little; his nephews, Jeff (Karen) Little, and Brent Blackwood, his nieces, Dr. Catherine (Dr. Brian) Finnegan, Elisabeth Little, and Jennifer (Phillip) Chivers, as well as many other loving family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Joseph Doby and Chloe Rackley Doby Drummond, and by his sister, Dr. Chloe Doby Little.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina, 28607, or to Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road, Martinez, Georgia, 30907.

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Wayne Lee Rhodenizer Sr., 67, of Lexington died Aug. 9

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Wayne Lee Rhodenizer Sr., 67, of Lexington died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at his home.

Born April 6, 1947, in Lexington, he was a son of Mary Elizabeth Johnson Plogger and the late George Lee Rhodenizer.

Mr. Rhodenizer was a member of the Faith Mountain Baptist Church, served his country in the United States Army, and owned and operated W&R and Son Well Drilling for over 28 years.

In addition to his mother surviving are his wife, Roxane H. Rhodenizer; one son Wayne Lee Rhodenizer Jr. and wife Rhonda; one stepdaughter and husband; one stepson; one brother, Kenneth Earl Rhodenizer and wife Doris; and two grandchildren, Travis Wayne Rhodenizer and Brook Lee Hall.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Harrison Funeral Chapel with David Bane officiating. Burial will follow at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Capt. Robert Peniston, 91, of Lexington died Aug. 2

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Capt. Robert C. Peniston, U.S. Navy, retired, died on Aug. 2 in Lexington at age 91.

Born in Chillicothe, Mo., on Oct. 25, 1922, he entered the U.S. Naval Academy from Wichita, Kansas, in June 1943 and graduated June 1946 as a member of the class of 1947. On Dec. 21, 1946, he married Frances Elizabeth McKelvy, and over the course of a 53-year marriage raised two children, loved three grandchildren and lived in 12 different locations.

His first assignment upon graduation was aboard the USS New Jersey (BB-62). During his naval career he served aboard nine ships, the New Jersey twice, and seven shore stations. He was privileged to serve as navigator of the Presidential Yacht Williamsburg during the presidency of Harry S. Truman. He served as commanding officer of four ships: USS Savage (DDG-19), the battleship New Jersey, and the guided missile cruiser USS Albany (CG-10).

Shore station assignments included two tours in the Bureau of Naval Personnel; the Naval War College, first as a student in the Command and Staff Course and then as aide to the president of the college; staffs of the Atlantic Command and Atlantic Fleet as assistant chief of staff of operations; and the Naval Education and Training Command.

He earned a master’s degree from Stanford University in 1958. In his first tour of duty in the Bureau of Naval Personnel, he served as aide to Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz in 1957.

In June 1976 he retired from the Navy and joined the staff of Washington and Lee University as director of Lee Chapel and was made an honorary alumnus of Washington and Lee, the fourth person to be so honored. After retiring in June 1998, he worked in Special Collections in the University’s Leyburn Library and transcribed over 3,000 handwritten letters of Robert E. Lee for the university’s archives. He also guest lectured to classes on the subjects of military and American history, and was a tutor and mentor for students in the community.

Throughout his life he was such a positive influence for so many as he lived his life with all the virtues of a true gentleman, officer, and a citizen. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, oldest brother to five siblings, and a good friend to many.

He had two children, Robert Carl and Lisa Lynn. He was predeceased by his son in April 1975, a senior at Washington and Lee University, and his wife Frances in 2000.

Survivors include his daughter, Mrs. Lisa Sieg, and her husband, Mr. Patrick K. Sieg, of Rockville, Md.; three grandchildren, Robert, Erica and Stephan; and his siblings, Dr. Francis Peniston, Mr. John Peniston, Mrs. Shirley Read and Mrs. Lila Hole of Missouri and Mr. Dan Peniston of Kansas.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery.

For those wishing to make a gift in his memory, contributions may be sent to: Washington and Lee University Special Collections/ Development Office, 204 W. Washington St., Lexington, VA  24450.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington.