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WILLIAM JAMES

William Baxter James, 66, of Sand Fork, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Butcher and Lauuna Bonnett James.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and served on the First Army Rifle Team.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth James; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth James of Sand Fork; and
two brothers, Lee James of Glenville and Jerry James of Bedford, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles James.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in King Cemetery, Nicut.

ARISTOTLE BUTLER, JR.

Aristotle Butler, Jr., 64, of Orma, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Orma, the son of the late Aristotle Butler, Sr., and Mary Jane Cottrell Butler.

He was a carpenter and a farmer.

Surviving are three daughters, Vicky, Kelly and Brenda Butler; five sons, Ricky, Robert, Joseph, Kenneth and Randy Butler; three brothers, Charley Butler of Reedy, Thomas Butler, Sr., of State Road, N.C., and Milton Butler of Crestwell, Ore.; four sisters, Mae Cooledge of Leroy, N.Y., Louisa Yearian of Wilmington, Dela., Macel Carpenter of Spencer and Nina Conley of Chloe; 19 nieces; and 11 nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son; one daughter; four sisters, Lena, Iva and Nora Butler and Flossie French; and one brother, Victor Butler.

Services were held at Orma United Methodist Church, Orma, with Rev. David Weaver officiating. Burial was in Orma Cemetery.

LINDA KNOTTS

Linda Kay Smith Knotts, 55, of Mineral Wells, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of Olandus Coleman and Nannie Mae McCoy Smith of MacFarlan.

She was a graduate of Harrisville High School and Parkersburg Beauty College. She worked as a hairdresser in Parkersburg for several years. She was a member of Pettyville United Methodist Church, serving in many leadership capacities.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband of 37 years, James Earl Knotts; mother-in-law, Hazel Knotts of Grantsville; one daughter, Aleacia Peer of Halifax, Va.; one granddaughter, Ashley Peer of Halifax; one sister, Diana Evans of Mineral Wells; two brothers, Robert Smith of Mineral Wells and Richard Lewis of Davisville; one brother-in-law, Thomas Knotts of Corning, N.Y.; one sister-in-law, Norma Shaffer of Grantsville; five nephews; seven nieces; and 12 great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Olandus “Buddy” Smith; father-in-law, Robert Joseph Knotts, Jr.; and one brother-in-law, Dallas R. Evans.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Rev. James Arbogast officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

GENEVIEVE LUDWIG

Genevieve (Granny Prue) Morgan Ludwig, 96, of Camp Barbe Road, Wirt County, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2003, in Ravenswood Care Center.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Elihue (Hugh) and Lillie Laughlin Morgan.

She was a former member of the Baptist Church at Liberty Hill. After moving to Wirt County, she attended Beulah Hill Presbyterian Church for more than 25 years and later attended Elizabeth Nazarene Church.

Surviving are one son, Chester Ludwig of Elizabeth; one grandson, Mark Ludwig of Elizabeth; one granddaughter, Suellen Calebaugh of Elizabeth; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, McKinley (Mack) Ludwig, in 1975; four brothers, Victor Morgan, Harley Morgan, Ernest Morgan and Charley Morgan; and one sister, Ethel Strong.

Services were held at Busch Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Robert Stanley officiating. Burial was in Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Elizabeth.

MAUDE HILEMAN

Maude L. Hileman, 89, of Vienna, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at Arcadia Nursing Home, Coolville, Ohio.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Peter and Clara Wright Looney.

She had worked at O’Ames, Parkersburg.

Surviving are two brothers, Ralph Looney and Harold Looney, both of Parkersburg; one sister, Norma Ketchum of Hockingport, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy L. Hileman; two sisters, Mae Hicks and Pauline Boso; and one brother, Denzil Looney.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial was in Varner Cemetery.

RUTH WITTE ELBON

Ruth Witte Elbon, 73, of Orlando, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in Orlando.

She was born at Milo, the daughter of the late Harriet Wallbrown and Carl Witte.

She formerly lived in the Norton and Doylestown areas in Ohio.

Surviving are three sons, Daniel of California, David of Florida and Donald of Iowa; several grandchildren; one brother, Hubert Witte of Akron, Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Val.
Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Akron.

OLIVE ALTIZER HORTON

Olive Altizer Horton, 88, of Los Lunas, N.M., died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003.

She graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1933 and completed Business College in Charleston. She taught elementary school in Calhoun and Roane counties. She was a graduate of Dolores Premier School of Beauty Culture in 1945 and owned and operated beauty shops and beauty schools from 1945-1966. She was a legal secretary for Paris Bell of Spencer and a secretary for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Civil Service, from 1966-1971.

Surviving are two daughters, Pamela Horton of Chesapeake, Va., and Patricia Horton of Los Lunas; two sisters, Zoc Powell of Roanoke, Va., and Hilda Hall of Bridgeport; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David P. Horton.

Services were held at French Mortuary, Albuquerque, N.M. Burial was in Fairview Memorial Park, Albuquerque.

RONALD CURTIS

Ronald R. Curtis, 54, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of Orbert Curtiss and the late Audra Erma Wears Curtiss.

He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam era and was a roofer for Tri-State Roofing for seven years.

Surviving in addition to his father are his wife of 27 years, Linda J. Thomas Curtis; two sons, Darold D. and Chris A. Curtis, both of Parkersburg; one daughter, Samantha J. Curtis Le and husband Phu of Belpre, Ohio; five brothers, Carl and Robert M. Curtiss, both of Parkersburg, Noble E. Curtiss of Massillon, Ohio, Patrick L. Curtiss of Mineral Wells and Frank D. Curtiss of Hannibal, Ohio; one sister, Diania D. Wells of Parkersburg; and five grandchildren.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Mike Allen officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

DONALD ‘Bud’ GUNN

Donald “Bud” Gunn, 82, of Mt. Zion, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at his home.

He was the son of the late Poe P. and Lottie Smith Gunn.

He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, serving in the theatres of North Africa, Italy and Sicily. He was owner and operator of Mt. Zion Grocery, lifelong farmer and polled Hereford breeder, active in the oil and gas production industry, and served many years on the board of directors for Calhoun County Bank. He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one son, Donald Poe Gunn and wife Sherry of Mt. Zion; one granddaughter, Dayna Gunn of Easton, Md.; one sister, Eloise Divers of Grantsville; two step-grandchildren, Eric Thompson and Kelly Little, both of Grantsville; and one step-grandchild, Ryan Little of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vonda Gunn, and two brothers, Forest and Dale Gunn.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Swearengin and Rev. David Weaver officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

VIRGINIA McCARTNEY

Virginia Elenor McCartney, 74, of Avon, Ohio, formerly of Parkersburg, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Westlake, Ohio.

She was the daughter of the late Charles and Sarah Ellen Kelly Curry.

She was a member of Lauckport Baptist Church, Parkersburg.

Surviving are her husband, Carl McCartney of Marietta, Ohio; one daughter, Ellen Ponusky of Avon; one brother, Harry Curry of Mt. Zion; one sister, Ida Calhoun of Grantsville; and two grandchildren, Laura and Glenn Ponusky, both of Avon.

She was preceded in death by her second husband, Russell Swisher; five brothers; and two sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Dobbie Thrash officiating. Burial was in Swisher Cemetery, Cisco.

DARL GLEN JONES

Darl Glen Jones, 47, of Statesville, N.C., formerly of Grantsville, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, at Davis Regional Medical Center, Statesville.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Harley and Rhoda Blanche Richards Jones.

Surviving are his wife, Carol Jones; two daughters, Tina Robbins and Melissa Richards, both of Statesville; three grandchildren, Timothy Nicholas, Tyler Robbins and Sierra Richards, all of Statesville; four sisters, Betty Jenkins and Shirley Taylor, both of Big Bend, Wanda Dye of North Carolina and Carol Ritchie of Georgia; and two brothers, Rusty Jones of Big Springs and Don Welch of Georgia.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Welch.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Joe Sealey officiating. Burial was in Goodnight Cemetery, Big Bend.

MAUDE YOST ARNOLD

Maude Yost Arnold, 91, of Chloe, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Hershel and Ada Vincent.

She was an active member of Walker United Methodist Church, Chloe.

Surviving are her husband, Clay Arnold; four sons, Hershel Yost of Chloe, Jerry Yost of Rittman, Ohio, Hubert Yost of Columbus Station, Ohio, and Bernard Yost of West Salem, Ohio; and one brother, Robert Vincent of Chloe.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Tom Yost, in 1975, and three brothers, Kenneth, Johnny and Everett Vincent.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Tim Hickman officiating. Burial was in Lamb Cemetery, Chloe.

BERNARD ROBERTS

Bernard L. Roberts, 93, of Charleston, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Veterans Hospital, Clarksburg.

He was born in Rosedale, the son of the late Dr. Luther E. Roberts and Mamie Stump Roberts.

He was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown and was retired from the W.Va. Dept. of Human Services. He was a Navy veteran and received a commendation for saving the steamship James Buchanan when ammunition began exploding on the docks at Noumea New Caledonia in the South Pacific during World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Myrtle McCartney Roberts; two sons, Patrick of Sutton and Garland of Belleville; four daughters, Susan Bennett of Craigsville, Sharon Wiseman of Washington, Sandra Rentschler of Grantsville and Jill Roberts of Tucson, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren, Derek and Kami Bennett, Kristy Langley, Kara and Lynsey Wiseman, Melissa, Waylan, Jesse, Zachary and Shannon Roberts; and five great-grandchildren, Matthew, Caleb and Seth Bennett and Chad and Aric Langley.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Garland and Jerry Roberts. Memorial service was held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

HARPER KING

Harper King, 73, of Shock, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Dwight and Mary Parsons King.

He was a logger and a timberman.

Surviving are six sons, Dwight, George, Delbert and Lester King, all of Shock, Larry King of Front Royal, Va., and William Aaron Burrows of Hamlin, Va.; three daughters, Emeogene Cottrell of Shock and Lydia Dye and Sharon King, both of East Liverpool, Ohio; three brothers, Emery King of Big Bend, Delbert King of Nicut and Dale King of Grantsville; one sister, Ivy Sampson of Grantsville; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grand-children.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ocie King; one brother, Junior Bill King; two infant sons; and one granddaughter, Lisa Parsons.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Kenneth Heiney officiating. Burial was in Orma Cemetery, Orma.

SHARLENE SADLER

Sharlene Rae Sadler, 48, of Belpre, Ohio, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Joshua S. and Minnie F. Bower Owens.

She was a 1973 co-valedictorian of Calhoun County High School. She graduated from Parkersburg Community College in 1976 with an associate’s degree in nursing, and from West Virginia University in 1990 with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She was employed at Camden-Clark for 26 years as a registered nurse. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Parkersburg, and had been attending Bethel Baptist Church, Parkersburg.

Surviving are her husband, Robert A. Sadler, Jr., whom she married on July 3, 1993; five sisters, her twin, Darlene K. Roberts and husband Larry of Parkersburg, Carolyn Preston and husband Gary of Belpre, and Joyce Roberts and husband Forrest, Jean Godfrey and husband Kenneth and Greta Richards and husband Dewain, all of Grantsville; five brothers, Ronald Owens and wife Ellen and Charles Owens and wife Donna, all of Parkersburg, George Owens and wife Faye of Sunbury, Ohio, and Woodrow Owens and wife Phyllis and Joshua S. Owens, Jr., all of Ravens-wood; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Vonda Wiedenhoft, and one brother, Ottmer Owens.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Robert A. Sadler, Sr., and Rev. Randall Kochersperger officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg.

ARNISE FOWLER

Arnise L. Fowler, 80, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Mt. Zion, the son of the late Walter and Pearl Roberts Fowler.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was the retired owner of a commercial refrigeration company and a member of Glenwood United Methodist Church, Westgate Masonic Lodge #623, AF&AM, Aladdin Shrine Temple and the Pool Club.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Gladys; two daughters, Cheryl McKenzie and Barbara Pepper; one son, Robert Fowler; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lillian Bland.

He was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.

Services were held at Schoedinger Hilltop Chapel with Masonic service. Burial was in Sunset Cemetery.

VANCE GAINER

Vance G. Gainer, 85, of Walker, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late A.D. and Sadie Knight Gainer.

He was a graduate of Wirt County High School and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He retired from Pacific Intermountain Express in 1976 as a truck driver and was a member of Teamsters Union Local 24. He was a member of VFW Post 1212 and National Rifle Association.

Surviving are three sons, Captain Vance Glen Gainer, Jr., USN, stationed in Japan, Glenadine Scheifer of Gassaway and David Alvin Gainer of Burnt House; two daughters, Deborah Kae Jones of Freeport and Dienna Lynn Jeffries of Gassaway; eight grandchildren; two step-granddaughters; one step-great-grandson; three sisters, Thelma Smith and Jean Fowler, both of Parkersburg, and Pauline Newell of California; and one brother, Alvin Gainer of Michigan.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and sisters.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Randy Dornon officiating. Burial was in Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Elizabeth.

 

HAROLD WILLIAM CRAWFORD

Harold William Crawford, 79, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at Carehaven of Pleasants Nursing Facility, Belmont.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Steven William and Hattie Poling Crawford.

 He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and retired from Quaker State Oil Refinery, St. Marys.

Surviving are his wife, Beverly Jean Curry Crawford; one son, Leslie Devon Crawford of Indianapolis, Ind.; two sisters, Juanita Cheuvront of Parkersburg and Evadeen Sellers of Kenewick, Wash.; one grandson, Steven William Hoyt of Washington; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Diane Crawford Hoyt, in 1999; four brothers, Veon, Ted, Marvin and Woodrow Crawford; and two sisters, Ivalee Lee and Merle Huber.

Services were held at Kimes Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Doug Guinn officiating. Burial was in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 107, Ripley.

FRANKLIN JONES

Franklin D. “Rocky” Jones, 68, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, following a pedestrian accident.

He was born in Calhoun County and was a member of St. Francis Xavier Porch Club.

Graveside services were held in Parkersburg Memorial Gardens with Rev. William K. Matheny,
Jr., and Rev. Jon Lands officiating.

SAVILLA ETHEL TROWBRIDGE

Savilla Ethel Trowbridge, 97, of Mt. Zion, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born in Quaker Village, Pa., the daughter of the late Charlie and Maude Saye Fye.

Surviving are three sisters, Freda Bower of Florida, Vera Burns of Virginia and Dessi Montgomery of Pennsylvania; one daughter, Irene Marie and husband Edward R. Stuckwish of
Mt. Zion; one daughter-in-law, Betty Trowbridge; one granddaughter, Sherry and husband Charles Yamchuck; three great-grandchildren, Charlie and Ira Yamchuck and Samantha Stuckwish; and two great-great-grandchildren, Kylie and Ryan Yamchuck.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Clovis Trowbridge; one son, Allen Ira Trowbridge; one daughter, Iris McPherson; and one grandson, Edward A. Stuckwish.

No public service was held.

RUSSELL HOWARD SAMPSON

Russell Howard Sampson, 70, of Arnoldsburg, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was the son of the late William R. and Gracie M. Jackson Sampson.

Surviving are three sons, Russell Lee Rogers of Massillon, Ohio, Dickie Lee Sampson of Elizabeth and Timothy Russell Sampson of Flint; one daughter, Melissa Jean Lane of Calhoun County; five grandchildren, Cody Joe Rogers, Ashely Anna Mary Sampson, Victoria Ann Sampson, Brandie Marie Sampson and Warren Scott Lane; two sisters, Stella Tanner of Massillon and Lerine Stanley of Ohio; two brothers, Robert and Harold Sampson, both of Arnoldsburg, and Elmer Sampson of Spencer.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Cecil, George, Andy and Ross Sampson, and two sisters, Mary Hall and Lisa Butler.

Private family service was held.

RONALD EUGENE JARVIS

Ronald Eugene Jarvis, 49, of Millstone, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Braxton County, the son of Virgie King Jarvis of Millstone and the late Cecil Jarvis.

Surviving in addition to his mother are five sisters, Vivian Finster and husband Francis of Weston, Dolores Lowe and husband Darol of Spencer, Susan Roberts and husband Gary of Millstone, Judy Rollyson of Millstone and Karen Roberts and husband Kenny of Five Forks; one brother, Roger Jarvis and wife Julia of Mt. Zion; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Donna Jarvis Brown of Pine Grove.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Kevin Church officiating. Burial was in Rosedale Cemetery, Rosedale.

THELMA POLING

Thelma Poling, 98, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at Country Club Retirement Center, Mt. Vernon.

She was born at Reedy, the daughter of the late Dan and Hannah Wells Connolly.

She had been a resident of Mt. Zion and Parkersburg for many years before moving to Mt. Vernon in 1998. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Loretta Godfrey, Sherra Nell Ferrell of Parkersburg and Bonel Zakarian of Chester, Md.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Poling, four sisters, and one brother.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

MARGARET BAILEY

Margaret A. Bailey, 76, of Bramblewood Village, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born at Buckeye and was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, James L. Bailey of Huntington and William A. Bailey of Grantsville; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul M. Bailey.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Larry Jones officiating.

MARION WOOD

Marion J. Wood, 66, of Arnoldsburg, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late M.C. and Ica Carpenter.

She was a former nurse’s aid and had worked at Spencer State Hospital and Mile Tree Nursing Center, Spencer, and was a former employee of Norris Industries.

Surviving are three sons, Richard of Las Vegas, Kenneth J. of Arnoldsburg and Stephen of Mt. Zion.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Roger Carter officiating. Burial was in Orma Cemetery.

WILEY TAYLOR, JR.

Wiley Taylor, Jr., 77, of Grafton, Ohio, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, in Ohio.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Wiley and Mallie Yoak Taylor.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and an employee of Magnesium Aluminum Corp., Cleveland, for 15 years. He was a member of Eagles and VFW, both of Berea, Ohio, and AmVets, Elyria, Ohio.

Surviving are five sons, Danny Taylor, David Edward Taylor, Wiley Taylor III, all of Grafton, Stanley R. Taylor of Elyria and Charles Taylor of Brunswick, Ohio; two daughters, Bonnie Polinski of Tennessee and Debby Harney of Medina, Ohio; one brother, Gaylord Taylor of Clearwater, Fla.; 22 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two children, Toni Ann Taylor and Keith Allen Taylor; two brothers, Woodrow and Paul; and two sisters, Oleda and Omajean.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Larry Jones officiating. Burial was in Yoak Cemetery, Big Bend.

ROGER JARVIS

Roger Jarvis, 47, of Akron, Ohio, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at St. Thomas Hospital, Akron.

He was born in Akron, the son of Wilma June Jarvis of Spencer and the late Claude Jarvis.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was a former employee of U.S. Postal Service.

Surviving in addition to his mother are one daughter, Rachel Jarvis of Columbus, Ohio; one son, Charley Jarvis of Akron; three brothers, David Jarvis of Savannah, Ga., and Ricky and Kevin Jarvis, both of Spencer.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Dewey Tanner officiating.
Burial was in Coen Cemetery, Nebo.

RUTH FREED

Ruth A. Freed, 81, of Waverly, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at her residence.

She was born in Brohard, the daughter of the late William Henry and Emily Francis Westfall Veon.

 She was a homemaker.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Freed of Philippi and Ronald Freed of Waverly; one daughter, Barbara Perdue of Belleville; three sisters, Mae Maze of Brohard, Hazel Snider of Big Springs and Mary Winland of Parkersburg; one brother, Arnold Veon of Coolville, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Tona Freed, Mar. 2, 1988; three brothers, James, Paul and Donald Veon; and one son, Tona Freed.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Robert Cornell officiating. Burial was in Hartley Cemetery.

SHERI GRAHAM

Sheri L. Graham, 44, of Mineral Wells, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at her residence.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late George S. Wilson and Regina L. Marion.

She was employed by Calhoun County Schools for several years and was principal at Arnoldsburg Elementary School before becoming assistant principal at Jackson Junior High School in Wood County. She attended Mineral Wells Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Tom Graham; two daughters, Heather Haught and Regina Davisson of Parkersburg; two step-daughters, Jennifer Davisson of Minnora and Sarah Graham of Parkersburg; one step-son, Todd Graham of Parkersburg; four brothers, Michael Wilson of Virginia Beach, Va., Rodney Wilson of Leachtown, G. Edwin Wilson of Alexandria, Va., and Jeffery Wilson of Vienna.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Summers officiating. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery.

RAY SWIGER

Ray Swiger, 71, of Nebo, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, in Roane General Hospital.

Graveside services were held at Coen Cemetery, Nebo, with Rev. Darius Arnold officiating.

WILLIAM LLOYD TAYLOR

William Lloyd Taylor, 67, of Troy, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Charles Franklin and Alma Bonnett Taylor.

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Sue Taylor; five sons, Charles Taylor of Virginia, Brian Taylor of Glenville, Mark Taylor of Troy, William L. Taylor, Jr., of Wheeling and Bob Taylor of Cox’s Mills; five daughters, Cheryl Brookover of North Carolina, Jackie Tomblin of Wheeling, Oleta Taylor of Ohio and Nena Greathouse and Brenda Barrett, both of Missouri; three sisters, Maxine Sabatina of Elizabeth, Willadean McCalaster of Smithville and Kathy Blosser of Charleston; and four brothers, Jimmy Rae Bonnett of Copen, Harold Bonnett, Sr., of Glenville, Robert Roy Bonnett of Burnsville and Roger Taylor of Harrisville.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Norrene Browning, and two brothers, Charles Eugene Taylor and Cecil Taylor.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Gene Johnson officiating. Burial was in Troy IOOF Ceme-tery.

AGNES WHYTSELL

Agnes Whytsell, 76, of Sand Ridge, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, at her home.

She was born in Goldbach, Germany, the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Pheifer Emmerich.

She was a member of VFW Women’s Auxiliary and Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center Ladies Auxiliary.

Surviving are one son, Richard A. Whytsell of Sand Ridge; one daughter, Gisela Gibson of Sand Ridge; one brother, Hans Emmerich of Goldbach; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe Clyde Whytsell, in 1995.

Rite of Christian Burial was held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. David Glockner officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Scripture Prayer Service was held at the funeral home chapel.

EDDIE RICHARD LEDFORD

Eddie Richard Ledford, 58, of Chloe, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Danville, Ky., the son of the late Tommie Bradley.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam. He was a member of Laborers International Union of North America and was a retired employee of the City of Akron, Ohio.

Surviving are one daughter, Tracy Miller of Frametown; three brothers, David Ledford of Live Oak, Fla., and Wayne Simmons and James Ledford of Akron; one sister, Joyce Horn of Watertown, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Brandi Miller of Frametown; one grandson, Josh Miller of Frametown; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother and one sister, Patricia Ledford.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating. Burial was in Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery.

ROBERT STARCHER, SR.

Robert Starcher, Sr., 38, of Rosedale, died Sept. 11, 2002, at his home.

He was the son of Ralph Carpenter of Arnoldsburg and Barbara Goodrich of Spencer.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Sherry Lynn Starcher of Rosedale; his step-mother, Nancy Carpenter; three sons, William Andrew Starcher of Alabama, Robert Starcher, Jr., of Spencer and Howard Dudley Starcher of Rosedale; one daughter, Barbara Ann Starcher of Rosedale; three brothers, Charles Carpenter of Arnoldsburg, Eddie Miller of Spencer and Randall Starcher; three sisters, Roberta Carpenter of Newton and Vanessa Goodrich and Mildred Goodrich, both of Spencer; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and grandchildren.

Services were held at Simmons Cemetery, Spencer, with Rev. Alvie Lloyd officiating.

MAE NEWELL McKOWN

Mae Newell McKown, 91, of Walker, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Tom and Francis Parsons Newell.

She was a former employee of American Viscose Co., Parkersburg, a co-operator of the family store at Orma for several years, and a member of Kanawha Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Gary McKown of West Chester, Pa., and David McKown of Germantown, Md.; two grandchildren, Cathy Perez of Denver, Colo., and James McKown of Boulder, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon “Onnie” McKown, in 1995; eight brothers; and one sister.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Jim Yoak officiating. Burial was in Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery.

GWENDOLYN HAUGHT

Gwendolyn H. Haught, 93, of Mt. Zion, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, in Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center’s long term care.

She was born at Arnoldsburg, the daughter of the late James A. and Lydia Whytsell Hoskins.

She was a member of Brooksville Baptist Church and Mt. Zion Homemakers Extension Club.

Surviving are two daughters, Burdeal Wright and husband Keith of Lanexia, Va., and Dorcas Cain and husband Joseph of Big Bend; two sons, James Haught and wife Wanna Lee of Hagers-town, Md., and Leonard Haught and wife Carol of Lakewood, Ohio; one brother, Vere (Buster) Hoskins and wife Ivy of Arnoldsburg; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace L. Haught, and five sisters, Tressie Carey, Elaine Moneypenny, Harriet Hoskins, Ernestine Mace and Betty Jo Morehead.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Harry Siers officiating. Burial was in Liberty Hill Cemetery, Arnoldsburg.

WILLIAM LYNCH

William Bernard Lynch, 88, of Vienna, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, at his residence.

He was born in Ritchie County, the son of the late James and Icle Varner Lynch.

He retired in 1979 after 40 years of service with Eureka Pipeline Co. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Yetta E. Shanks Lynch; one daughter, Glenna Perry of Charleston; one brother, Jim Lynch of Mt. Zion; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Richard Lynch; one brother; and three sisters.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Pastor Jim Yoak officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

DELBERT JUNIOR NICHOLSON

Delbert Junior Nicholson, 54, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born at Gassaway, the son of Clara Nicholson of Arnoldsburg and the late Delbert L. Nicholson.

He was a former employee of Flying W Plastics and a member of Norman Ridge Community Church and NRA.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Carol Hardman Nicholson; his step-son, Delmar Ray Hickman, Jr., of Grantsville; two daughters, Nancy Schoolcraft of Arnoldsburg and Karen S. Jenkins of Gassaway; two brothers, Leonard Nicholson of King George, Va., and Tim Nicholson of Arnoldsburg; five sisters, Barbara Rienard of Woodbridge, Va., Sandra Hess of Glenville, Becky Nicholson of Lockney, Dolly Hickman of Grantsville and Donna Nicholson, address unknown; and seven grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Big Springs Cemetery.

EDITH MARIE McCUMBERS

Edith Marie McCumbers, 69, of Nicut, died Monday, Mar. 3, 2003.

She was born in Greenbrier County, the daughter of the late Charles Luther and Lethia Ellen Gould.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her children, Samuel J. McCumbers and fiance Beth Carr of Spencer, Brenda M. and Rockey Dickey of Rosedale, Peggy A. Craddock and companion Mike Hunt of Rosedale and Trevia J. and Glen Fulks of Millstone; one sister, Merida McCumbers of Indiana; one brother, Jay Randolph Gould of Indiana; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Ruffus Judson McCumbers, and two sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Jerry Scott officiating. Burial was in Mt. Run Cemetery.

PAMELA SUE MARTIN

Pamela Sue Martin, 40, of Spotsylvania County, Va., died Sunday, Mar. 2, 2003, at Mary Washington Hospital.

She was the daughter of Richard and Judith Chalfant of Fredericksburg, Va.

She received her bachelor of arts degree in accounting from Mary Washington College and had worked in accounts receivable for Central Rappahannock Regional Library for eight years. She was a member of Knotts United Methodist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving in addition to her parents are one daughter, Melissa A. Merritt of the home; two brothers, Michael Chalfant of Fredericksburg and Charles E. Chalfant of Charleston, S.C.; maternal grandmother, Lenore G. Booher of Grantsville; two nephews; and one niece.

Services were held at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Sonny Gheen officiating. Burial was private.

PAUL TUCKER

Paul Tucker, 61, of Navarre, Ohio, died Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2003, at his residence.

He was born in Orma, the son of the late Edward and Susie Nicholas Tucker.

He lived most of his life in the Brewster, Ohio, area and worked at R.T.I., Massillon, Ohio, for 38 years.

Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Kathleen R. Carpenter Tucker; one son, Timothy W. Tucker of Navarre; one granddaughter, Christy L. Tucker of Navarre; two brothers, Euell Tucker of Arnoldsburg and Ottice Tucker of Brewster; and two sisters, Pearl Shock of Beach City, Ohio, and Ruby McCumbers of Palestine.

He was preceded in death by one son, Richard P. Tucker; four brothers, Holbert, Homer, Okey and Russell Tucker; and three sisters, Edna Duncan, Glady Sidwell and Lovell Woods.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Rev. Martin Wine officiating. Burial was in Orma Cemetery.

ENID SMITH

Enid F. Smith, 99, of Eustis, Fla., died Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2003, at the residence of her daughter.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Floyd and Sarah Cooper Fulks.

She was a homemaker and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Orma.

Surviving are six sons, Calvin L. Smith of Clearwater, Fla., John W. Smith of Newark, Ohio, Emmons B. Smith of Arnoldsburg, Richard L. Smith and Edwin L. Smith, both of Springfield, Mo., and Jackie D. Smith of Elyria, Ohio; three daughters, Ruby Smith Thompson of Starksville, Miss., Patricia Smith Debow of Springfield and Dormal Smith Meeks of Eustis; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Spurgeon Smith; one brother, Forrest Fulks; and one sister, Icy Fulks.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Cooper Cemetery, Chloe.

 

ELEANOR DEWEES
Eleanor Dewees, 82, of Belpre, Ohio, died Sunday, Mar. 9, 2003, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Alvy and Lona Gay Freshour.

She worked for Doe Miller Sons for 25 years and retired in 1993. She was a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Surviving are one daughter, Rita Woodyard of Little Hocking, Ohio; one son, Edward B. Dewees of Belpre; six grandchildren; two great-grandsons; two sisters, Eloise Nutter of Marietta, Ohio, and Geneva Lynn of Belpre; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elza B. Dewees; one son, Maynard Dewees; five brothers, Gail, Paul, Denzil, Donald and Bobby Jean Freshour; and two sisters, Lucille Beall and Madeline Reynolds.

Services were held at Tatman Funeral Home, Belpre, with Pastor Robert Clegg officiating. Burial was in Rockland Cemetery.

JAMES MORRISON

James P. (J.P.) Morrison, 81, of Marietta, Ohio, formerly of Big Springs, died Saturday, Mar. 8, 2003, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was a resident of The Heartland Nursing
Home, Marietta.

He was born at Freed, the son of the late Frank and Effie Smith Morrison.

He was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church, Big Springs. He graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1941 and worked for many years in the oil fields and retired from Buckeye Oil.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Marie Morrison; three sons, Melvin of Smithville, Weldon of Springfield, Ohio, and Marshall of McConnelsville, Ohio; four daughters, Linda Daggett of Veto, Ohio, Ioka Echard of Valley Mills, Arma Swain of Murrysville and Helen Irvine of Waterford, Ohio; three step-sons, Richard Rouse of Charlotte, N.C., Robert Rouse of
Portland, Ore., and Tim Ross of Charles Town; one sister, Eloise Mullens of Glenville; 21 grand-children; six step-grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ada Mae Williams Morrison; one great-granddaughter; four brothers; and four sisters.

Services were held at Prosperity Baptist Church, with Rev. Ken Heiney and Rev. Frank Plybon officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery, near Brohard.

ALTA DUNCAN

Alta V. Duncan, 94, of Canal Fulton, Ohio, died Sunday, Mar. 2, 2003, at Chapel Hill Community.

She was born at Freed, the daughter of the late William and Lena Shimer Snider.

She was a 60-year resident of Canal Fulton, and a member of Canal Fulton Baptist Church and Canal Fulton Farm Women’s Club.

Surviving are one daughter, Joan Stephan of Canal Fulton; four sons, James Duncan of Prescott, Ariz., Robert Duncan of Mt. Dora, Fla., David Duncan of East Canton, Ohio, and Gerald Duncan of Canal Fulton; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bernard and Colvin Snider; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, James W. Duncan, in 1986; four sisters; and two brothers.

Services were held at Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home of Canal Fulton. Burial was in Union Cemetery, Canal Fulton.

VERA SHILLER

Vera M. Shiller, 88, of Regency Place, Scott Depot, formerly of Vienna, died Monday, Mar. 3, 2003, in Putnam General Hospital, Winfield.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Robert and Izora Johnson Osborne.

She was a former employee of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. and was a homemaker.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Shiller, in 1984.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

CLYDE HOUCHIN

Clyde C. Houchin, 84, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2003, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Grover C. and Stella Metheney Houchin.

He was a retired operator for International Union of Operating Engineers, Ohio Local No. 18, and was a member of Minnora IOOF and Beech Church.

Surviving are five daughters, Barbara Powell and husband Jim of Parkersburg, Janet Marks and Connie Lane, both of Arnoldsburg, Phyllis Evans and husband Lee of Mt. Zion, and Pauline Ferrell and husband Jim Oak of Grantsville; four sisters, Bernice Laughlin, Opal Jett, Marie McKown and Madge McKown, all of Arnoldsburg; one brother, Grover Houchin, Jr., of Arnoldsburg; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Obal Laughlin, in 1987; one brother, Forrest Houchin; and two sisters, Ruth Simmons and Eula Kerns.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Houchin Cemetery, Arnoldsburg.

JAMES TAYLOR

James P. Taylor, 73, formerly of Minnora, died Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2003, in Findlay, Ohio.

He was born in Kanawha County, the son of Thelma Foreman Taylor of Morgantown and the late Cecil M. Taylor.

He was a graduate of Clay County High School and attended University of Charleston. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Alaska, and was a member of Minnora United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to his mother are five daughters, Linda Duskey and husband Gaylen of Grantsville, Pamela Postalwait and husband Allen of Elkview, Ruth Hale and husband Hale of Huntington, Mary Ansley and husband Brett of Zebulon, N.C., and Jane Taylor of Berea, Ohio; two brothers, Bernard Taylor and wife Kathryn of Morgantown and Joseph Taylor and wife Penny of Minnora; one sister-in-law, Janice Frame Taylor of Alaska; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by two sons, James Taylor and Timothy Taylor; one grandson, Joseph Clotier II; and one brother, Robert Foreman Taylor.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Tim Hickman officiating. Burial was in Foreman Cemetery, Oak Hill Ridge, Clay County.

NINA HUNT

Nina L. Hunt, 63, of Clover, Roane County, died Monday, Mar. 17, 2003, in Charleston Area Medical Center.

She was born at Martens Ferry and was a former employee of Trexler Rubber Co., Ravenna, Ohio.

Surviving are her husband, Charles E. Hunt; one son, Charles Hunt of Spencer; one daughter, Linda Pipes of Ravenna; one sister, Joyce Pickens of Oregon; one brother, Hugh Pickens of Las Vegas, Nev.; and two grandchildren.

FLO LAUGHLIN STARCHER

Flo Laughlin Starcher, 81, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2003.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Lewis and Lovie Townsend Laughlin.

She was a member of Otto Advent Christian Church for nearly 50 years and was a member of Spencer First Advent Christian Church. She was a founding member of Otto Senior Citizens, member of Roane General Hospital Auxiliary Unit and member of Bluegrass Riding Club. She was employed at Kellwood Co., Spencer, for four years and was a homemaker.

Surviving are one sister, Florence Hall of Arnoldsburg; two brothers, Brice and Gene Laughlin, both of Arnoldsburg; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Starcher; two sisters; and four brothers.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Mike King and Rev. Darius Arnold officiating. Burial was in Otto Cemetery.

VERA BLAKE

Vera Blake, 81, of Reedy, died Friday, Mar. 14, 2003, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Curtis Lee and Icy Mae Church Starcher.

 She was a homemaker, secretary of Blake and Blake Construction, Springdale, Ohio, and former employee of Spencer Hospital and Kellwood Corp., Spencer. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Surviving are two sons, David Miller of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Steven C. Miller of Elizabeth; one daughter, Emeline Guess of Reedy; two brothers, Holly Starcher of Naples, Fla., and Kenneth H. Starcher of Akron, Ohio; one sister, Beth Safford of Parkersburg; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd G. Blake; two brothers, Ivan and Ed Starcher; and one sister, Tessa Thelma Webb.

Private burial was in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

VIVIAN MANSON

Vivian E. Manson, 78, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Mar. 10, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Tillman and Pansy Trippett Starkey.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School, Marietta Beauty College and Charleston Beauty Academy. She was a beautician and retired from V.I.P. Hair Salon, Grantsville. She attended Parkview United Methodist Church and was a member of Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are one son, Nicholas Furr of Virginia; one grandson, Chris Furr and wife Kelly of Little Hocking, Ohio; one great-grandson, Levi Furr; and one brother, William Starkey of Grantsville.

Memorial services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Larry Crawford officiating. Burial was at the convenience of the family.

LENORE BOOHER

Lenore Booher, 91, of Millstone, died Saturday, Mar. 15, 2003, in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Chapman Ray and Nona Stalnaker Johnson.

She was a 1930 graduate of Calhoun County High School and retired with 35 years of service as a registrar from Calhoun County Health Dept. She was a member of W.Va. Retired Employees Association, Order of Eastern Star, Grantsville, The White Shrine, Rebecca Lodge, Grantsville, and Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are her husband, Charles Booher; one daughter, Judy Chalfant of Fredricksburg, Va.; one daughter-in-law, Oleva Gainer of Elizabeth, Pa.; one brother, Morford Johnson of Vienna; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Ann Gainer; one son, Larry Gainer; and one granddaughter, Pamela Martin.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery.

MEGAN GESQUIERE

Megan Hill Gesquiere, 24, of Green, Ohio, died Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2003, at her home.

She was born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the daughter of Pete Starcher of Mesa, Ariz., and Judith and William Guertal of Akron, Ohio.

She was a 1996 graduate of Central Hower and had attended University of Akron. She had been employed by Tops Market and was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband of five years, Robert; one daughter, Madeline Elizabeth; two brothers, Zachary Hill of Akron and C.R. Starcher of Mesa; and other relatives, including an aunt, Margie Nester of Mt. Zion.

Funeral Mass of the Resurrection was held at St. Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. John Valley officiating. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

JAMES ROBERT RIGHTMIRE

James Robert Rightmire, 87, of Parsons, retired W.Va. State Trooper, died Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2003, at his home.

He was born at Parsons, the son of the late Vernon and Jesse Watkins Rightmire.

He was a 1933 graduate of Parsons High School and retired in 1970 from W.Va. State Police as a Corporal with 28 years of service, including some in Calhoun County. He was a member of W.Va. State Police Retired Members Association, Fraternal Order of Police and Parsons Lions Club, and had attended Parsons Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Margaret Faye Taylor Rightmire; one son, James Robert “Bob” Rightmire II of York, Pa.; one daughter, Jo Ann Rightmire of La Plata, Md.; and one sister, Dorothy Paugh of Baker.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Frank Rightmire, and one sister, Ruth Tamurini.

 Services were held at Barb & Greenlief Funeral Home, Parsons, with Rev. Ellen Thomas and Rev. Neil Parsons officiating. Burial was in Parsons City Cemetery.

JUNIOR GROVES

Junior Groves, 75, of Orma, died Monday, Mar. 24, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was the son of the late William and Lena Suttels Groves.

Surviving are three brothers, Worden Groves of Arnoldsburg, Tomas Groves of Akron, Ohio, and Robert Groves of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Glenville McBride officiating. Burial was in Summers Cemetery, Orma.

ERMA LEE McGUIRE

Erma Lee McGuire, 60, of Cairo, died Thursday, Mar. 27, 2003, in Cairo.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Holly and Bernice Jackson Miller.

She was a cook and supervisor at Pineview Continuous Care Facility, Harrisville, for 13 years.
Surviving are six sons, Randy Bunner of Creston, Bill Bunner of Waverly, Terry and Jeff Bunner, both of Parkersburg, Joe McGuire of Cairo and Jeff McGuire of Vincent, Ohio; three daughters, Pamela Cloudy of Petroleum, Tammy Bunner of Parkersburg and Jennifer Black of Cairo; three brothers, George Smith, Donald Miller and Ronald Miller, all of Calhoun County; one sister, Geneva Groves of Grantsville; 20 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Alice Hoffman.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Bob Roth officiating. Burial was in Hunt Cemetery, near Brooksville.

WAITMAN MAXWELL STEVENS

Waitman Maxwell Stevens, 68, of Vienna, died Friday, Mar. 28, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Wirt County, the son of the late Waitman and Olive McDonald Stevens.

He was a former employee of Gatewood Products Co., Parkersburg.

Surviving are his wife, Diane Stevens; three sons, Richard Stevens and David Stevens, both of Walker, and Michael Collins of Elizabeth; one daughter, Crystal Stevens of Elizabeth; four brothers, Frances Stevens of Parkersburg, Okie Stevens of Pullman, Clifford Stevens of Reedsville, Ohio, and William (Bill) Stevens of Plaines, Ohio; three sisters, Maxine Murphy of Elizabeth, Leonna Jenkins of Macfarlan and Dolly Yoak of Pullman; several grandchildren; and special friend and caregiver, Janet Cross.

He was preceded in death by one son, Ricky Stevens, and his second wife, Enid Cole.

Graveside services were held at Hartley Cemetery, Brohard, with Rev. Raymond Ray officiating.

MONA SHOOK

Mona Ruth Shook, 74, of Little Hocking, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 22, 2003, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Eskey and Essie Ingram Harper.

She was a member of Porterfield Baptist Church, Little Hocking.

Surviving are her husband of 55 years, James S. “Jim” Shook; four sisters, Lorene Bloxham of Waterford, Ohio, Mary Wilson of Burton, Ohio, Lee Peters of Aurora, Colo., and Molly Houghton of Cairo; two brothers, Clem Harper of Rocky River, Ohio, and Robert Gifford Harper of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Lucy Hall.

Memorial services were held at Porterfield Baptist Church with Rev. Phil Newhart and Rev. Mark Eaton officiating.

ERIC GLEN NICHOLAS

Eric Glen Nicholas, 32, of Orma and Louisburg, N.C., died Sunday, Mar. 30, in an automobile accident in Franklin County, N.C.

He was the son of Mary B. Nicholas of Orma and the late Earlie Nicholas.

He was employed by CTC Construction Co.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two sons, Dylin and Skylar Nicholas of Dunbar; five sisters, Margaret Haynes of Reedy, Sible DeWeese of Orma, Donna Epling of Spencer, Dwanna Carpenter of Cleveland, Ohio, and Regina Falls of Smithville, Ohio; three brothers, Roger McCumbers of Smithville, and George Nicholas and Frederick Nicholas, both of Louisburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Mark Gerwig officiating. Burial was in Orma U.M. Church Cemetery.

ROBERT LEON LYNCH

Robert Leon Lynch, 57, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003.

He was born in Kanawha County, the son of the late Woodrow and Glenna Garrett Lynch.

He was a resident of Jessie’s Run for over 30 years. He was an oilfield worker, a member of Walnut Grove Community Church, Barnes Run, and a volunteer at Arnoldsburg Fire Dept.

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Earline Nester Lynch; one sister, Dortha Lea Offutt of Noonan, Ga.; one son, Robert Woodrow Lynch; two daughters, Shannon Welch and husband Steve and Cindy Castle and husband Thomas; and three grandsons, Jordan, Brandon and Taylor Welch.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Gibson Cemetery, Adam/Altizer Road.

LOIS CARPENTER

Lois Marie Somerville Carpenter, 72, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Apr. 6, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Revere, the daughter of the late Arley and Iva Boyce Bush.

She worked for American Viscose and for Bureau of Public Debt, Parkersburg, and was a member of South Parkersburg Baptist Church.

Surviving are seven children, Marie Newberry of Chesapeake, Va., Gary Somerville of Williamstown, Pat Paintiff of Parkersburg, Connie Sue Tooker of Davisville, Carol Lynn Ratliff of Jane Lew, Brenda Ball of Walker and Kathy Nutter of Parkersburg; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and eight brothers and sister, Margaret Dunbar of Vienna, Richard Lee Bush of Tanner, Ruby Maxine Weaver, Christine Miner and Cletus Bush, all of Williamstown, Roberta West of Nobe, and Donna Grogg and Donald Bush, both of Revere.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond Somerville; her second husband, Denver Clyde Carpenter; one daughter, Jacqueline Somerville; two granddaughters; one sister, Mildred Arlene Yoak; and two brothers, Robert Ray Bush and James Donley Bush.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Ed Rogers officiating. Burial was in Evergreen South Cemetery.

WILLIAM RAY RITCHIE

William Ray Ritchie, 63, of Spencer, died Saturday, Apr. 5, 2003, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Denver and Mary Sole Ritchie.

He was a 1958 graduate of Calhoun County High School, a U.S. Army veteran having served in Korea, and was employed by Kellwood Co., Spencer.

Surviving are one son, Brett A. Ritchie of Five Forks; one daughter, Nicole Hopkins of Indiana; one brother, Eugene Ritchie of Five Forks; and his companion, Delores Harper of Spencer.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Harold Francis officiating. Burial was in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend.

FREDDIE EUGENE WHITE

Freddie Eugene White of Channelview, Tex., died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, in Channelview Hospital.

He was born at Glenville, the son of Nettie Starcher Kerby and the late Greely White of Channelview.

He attended Calhoun High School and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. He served four years in the Navy aboard the USS Chambers and retired as a mechanic from Auto Handling, Houston, Tex.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two daughters, Leto Wood and Fresa Jennings, both of Houston; two sons, Freddie White, Jr., and Roger White, both of Houston; one sister, Freda Booher of Orma; one brother, Frankie White of Barberton, Ohio; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Enda Carpenter.

Burial was at the convenience of the family.

EMILE COEN

Emile B. Coen, 86, of Creston, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 15, 2003, at her home.

She was born in Chloe, the daughter of the late Oka and Myrtle Jarvis Conley.

She was a resident of Creston for 57 years and retired from Nabisco Brands, Seville, Ohio, in 1989.

Surviving are three daughters, Eva Clevidence of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Wanda Halpin and Sandy Flickinger, both of Creston; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother, Carsie Conley of Chloe; and three sisters, Orda Offutt of Creston, Mildred Lewis of Charleston and Oleta Yentz of Wadsworth.

She was  preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Lester “Buss” Coen, who died Mar. 22, 1983; four brothers, Claret, John, Ray and Harley Conley; and one nephew, Harley Conley, whom she raised.

Services were held at Murray Funeral Home, Creston, with Rev. Homer Watson officiating. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

ROSE ANN TAYLOR

Rose Ann Taylor, 83, of Cremo, died Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003, at Mile Tree Health Care Center, Spencer.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Charles and Jannetta Cummings.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are two sons, Dale Starcher of Stinson and Joe Starcher of Leroy; five daughters, Idice Conway of St. Maries, Idaho, Juanita McCumbers of Orma, Mary Durfee of Ellisville, Miss., Jane Parker of Laurel, Miss., and Kathleen Cash of Cremo; one brother, Robert Cummings of Looneyville; one sister, Emma McKinney of Wallback; 42 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Everett Starcher of Rush Run in 1958, and her second husband, Harrison Taylor in 1969.

Services were held at Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister Fred Patterson officiating. Burial was in Elswick Cemetery, Clendenin.

LEO (Jim) RIGGS

Leo V. (Jim) Riggs, 81, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2003.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Park and Roxie Riggs.

Surviving are his wife, Claris; caregiver, Patti; one daughter, Robin; two sons, Jimmy and Benny; four step-children, Larry, Tim, Vicky and Judy; two sisters, Milly and Helen; two brothers, Burl and Leon of Mt. Zion; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Roane County.

ESTA GIVENS

Esta O. Givens, 90, of Big Springs, died Friday, Apr. 4, 2003, at her home on Yellow Creek.

She was born on Yellow Creek, the daughter of the late Ruben and Margaret Conley Richards.

She was a member of Spruce Hollow Community Church.

Surviving are three sons, Ralph Givens of Williamstown, Charles Givens of Walker and Roger Givens of Big Springs; three daughters, Joan Porter of Bluff City, Tenn., Margaret Ann Fleming of Parkersburg and Donna Sams of Little Hocking, Ohio; one sister, Peggy Layfield of Cairo; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charley W. Givens.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in King Knob Cemetery, Smithville.

FREEDA BUSH

Freeda M. Bush, 69, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2003, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of Lawrence Hale Goodnight of Brohard and the late Dessie Mae Richards Goodnight.

She was a homemaker, president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 21, Spencer, Roane County chairperson for Rhododendron Girl’s State, and member of Roane County Democratic Women’s Club and Zion United Methodist Church, Spencer.

Surviving in addition to her father are her husband, Robert E. Bush, whom she married May 22, 1953; three daughters, Roberta Board of Spencer, Janet Murray of Ripley and Kristina Starcher of Walton; one son, William E. Bush II of Spencer; two sisters, Mavarine Butler of Bowie, Md., and Deloris Dye of Smithville; three brothers, Arthur Goodnight of Ravenna, Ohio, Ronzel Goodnight of MacFarlan and Delmas Goodnight of Brohard; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Daniel R. Whited and Rev. John W. Lowe officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery, Nobe.

MARVIN MOSS

Marvin L. Moss, 68, of Vienna, died Sunday, Apr. 6, 2003, at the Arbors, Marietta, Ohio.

He was born in Roane County, the son of the late John Earl and Hazel B. Straight Moss.

He retired from the U.S. Navy after serving from 1955-1975. He was a member of Fleet Reserve Association, Blinded Veterans Association, Moriah Lodge No. 38 and Disabled Veterans.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Norman Craig Moss; one son, Marvin Douglass Moss of Reedy; one brother, Holly O. Moss of Parkersburg; four step-children, Leah Offutt of Mt. Zion, Lynn Chapman of Glenville, Lisa Barker of Spencer and Norman Graig of New Albany, Ohio; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Rick Perrine officiating. Burial was in Spencer Memorial Cemetery.

ROBERT ROBINSON

Robert R. Robinson, 79, of Tanner, died Friday, Apr. 11, 2003, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He was born on Frozen Run, the son of the late Gray and Holly Bailey Robinson.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving under Gen. George Patton and participating in the
Battle of the Bulge. He retired from General Motors in 1978.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Emogene “Jean” Newell Robinson; one daughter, Bobbi Jean Moss of Palestine; two granddaughters, Marcie Benslay of Ft. Bragg, N.C., and Mistie Davis of Morgantown; one great-grandson, Logan McBride Benslay; and one sister, Geneva Lawson of Arnoldsburg.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Evangelist Corley Miller officiating. Burial was in Orma Cemetery.

RONZEL DEWEESE

Ronzel Deweese, 85, of Spencer, died Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Milo, the son of the late Balis and Emily Bailey Deweese.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and retired from Roy G. Hildreth & Son as a construction worker and oil field worker with over 20 years of service.

Surviving are two daughters, Darlene Metz and Debbie Wagoner, both of Spencer; one sister, Golda Deweese of Chloe; one brother, Donzel Deweese of Chloe; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma Wilson Deweese; his second wife, Marry Irene Reynolds Deweese; two sisters; and six brothers.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Jackie Roberts officiating. Burial was in Bailey Cemetery, near Arnoldsburg.

ALVA WHIPKEY

Alva F. Whipkey, 90, of Waterford, Ohio, died Monday, Apr. 7, 2003, at the Arbors, Marietta, Ohio.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Jay and Emily Holbert.

He was self-employed as a lime vendor and was a member of Eagles Club, Beverly, Ohio.

Surviving are his wife, Marilyn Whipkey; one daughter, Lenora Mulinex of Athens, Ga.; one brother, Bernard Whipkey of Truth or Consequences, N.M.; two sisters, Janet Allen of Parkersburg and Malinda McMillan of Las Vegas, Nev.; six step-children, Joanne DeEmila of Orlando, Fla., Loise Holland of Marietta, Douglas Dick of Parkersburg, Theresa Amos and Valerie Schmidt, both of New Matamoras, Ohio; and Nancy Dick of Athens, Ohio; four grandchildren; 13 step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and 13 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Freda Ayers Whipkey, in 1993; four brothers, Alfred, Alton, Samuel and Daniel; and three sisters, Ruby, Dola and Ethel.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Evangelist Tom Butterfield officiating. Burial was in Big Tygart Cemetery.

CARRY HAROLD SAMPSON

Carry Harold Sampson, 67, of Arnoldsburg, died Saturday, Apr. 12, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was born in Orma, the son of the late William and Gracie Jackson Sampson.

He was an Army veteran, having been stationed in Germany in the late 1950’s, and had been a foreman at Stalwirt Rubber, Bedford, Ohio. He had been a companion and caregiver to Ruth Dawson of Arnoldsburg for the past 10 years.

Surviving are one daughter, Rose Gibson of Grantsville; two sons, Rick and Bill Sampson, both of Arnoldsburg; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Elmer Sampson of Spencer and Robert (Rob) Sampson of Arnoldsburg; and two sisters, Stella Tanner of Massilon, Ohio, and Lorine Stanley of Streetsboro, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, six brothers, and two sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Roger Carter officiating. Burial was in Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery.

LEONA TAYLOR

Leona C. Taylor, 85, of Newark, died Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Ritchie County, the daughter of the late Charley and Jane Wagoner.

She retired from ETC, Solon, Ohio, after 15 years of service. She was a member of Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Post 6608, Elizabeth, and attended House of Prayer Church, Newark.

Surviving are one daughter, Virginia Forren and husband Don of Newark; four brothers, Ora Wagoner of Seven Hills, Ohio, and Paul Wagoner and wife Grace, Ernest Wagoner and wife Betty, and Hatzel Wagoner and wife Bonnie, all of Big Bend; two sisters, Nellie Sims and husband Fred of Big Bend and Margie Sims of Parkersburg; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Herbert H. Taylor; one son, Denzil C. Taylor; four brothers; one granddaughter; and one great-granddaughter.

Services were held at Spruce Hollow Community Church, Yellow Creek, with pastors Charlene Spaur and Jim Baker officiating. Burial was in Taylor Cemetery, Big Bend.

RONALD HUSTEAD

Ronald “Grumpy” Hustead, 55, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born at Weston, the son of the late Francis E. Hustead and Berniece Jarvis Hustead.

He was a graduate of Jane Lew High School and was a U.S. Army veteran. When the family lived in Jane Lew, they attended Broad Run Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sisters, Frances Jane Hustead of Huntington and Penny Hustead Stalnaker of Jane Lew; and one nephew, Willie Stalnaker of Jane Lew.

There were no services.

ROBERT HARDMAN

Robert F. Hardman, 71, of Tanner, died Sunday, Apr. 13, 2003, at the home of his daughter in Vienna.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Earl and Elizabeth Hersman Hardman.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a former owner and operator of Hardman’s Store, Tanner, for 10 years. He was a member of Knights of Columbus of Phythias Lodge, Tanner.

Surviving are his wife, Leona Frymier Hardman; two daughters, Beth McMilleon of Vienna and Tami Ann Hardman of Mineral Wells; two sons, Robert E. Hardman of Tanner and Eric V. Hardman of Rockport; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grand-children.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Robert Nicholas officiating. Burial was in Mt. Liberty Cemetery, Tanner.

CLIFFORD BURROWS

Clifford R. Burrows, 85, a resident of Ohio Valley Health Care nursing facility, died Friday, Apr. 11, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Clarksburg, the son of the late Wattie A. and Bertha Fredrick Burrows.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and had retired in 1980 from Johns Manville Corp. as a tender with 27 years of service. He was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church and life member of American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg.

Surviving are one son, Edward Burrows of Bryon, Ohio; three daughters, Jeannette Wright of Belpre, Sandra Sue Parsons of Amelia Island, Fla., and Jeannie Winans of Parkersburg; two brothers, Myrul Burrows of Pennsylvania and Gerald Burrows of Cleveland, Ohio; four sisters, Oleta Dye of Spencer, Juanita Hefler of Parkersburg, Reva Hanshaw of Cleveland and Leota Leslie of Tennessee; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth N. Malona Burrows, in 1977; one son, Carl Burrows; one daughter, Betty Hobby; three brothers, Burl Burrows, Thurl Burrows and Earl Burrows who died in infancy; two sisters, Geneva Burrows and Virginia Burrows who died in infancy; and one great-grandson, Logan Wright who died in infancy.

Services were held at Kimes Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Lloyd Winans officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 15.

NILAHMA ‘GRACE’ FREDERICK

Nilahma “Grace” Frederick, 72, of Bramblewood Village, near Grantsville, died Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2003, at the home of her nephew.

She was the daughter of the late Homer and Elvira Wilson. She was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church.

Surviving are one son, Richard Lynn Busch, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harley and Soney Wilson, and two sisters, Eula Mae and Ona Gay.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Ken Heiney officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

DORA STARCHER

Dora M. Starcher, 86, of Palestine, died Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2003, at home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Grant and Nancy McCartney Richards.

Surviving are one son, Nolan Harris of Palestine, and three daughters, Velma Kirby of Grantsville, Sharon Shuman of Elizabeth and Leveda Wright of Palestine.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Starcher; two daughters, Carol Ann Starcher and Rena Sidwell; and three sons, Delmas, Jimmy and Buddy Harris.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Farley Blankenship officiating. Burial was in Big Springs Cemetery.

DELPHA DAVISSON

Delpha J. Davisson, 94, of Minnora, died Tuesday, Apr. 15, 2003, in Charleston Area Medical Center.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Homer and Ruie Hall Miller.

Surviving are two sons, Glen Davisson of Orrville, Ohio, and Melvin Davisson of Minnora; one daughter, Iva Brannon of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; two brothers, Oscar Miller of Ivydale and Ottice Miller of Minnora; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Davisson; one son, Jennings Davisson; and
two brothers, Ezra and Greenville Miller. Burial was in Clark Jarvis Cemetery, Chloe.

WESLEY SAMPSON

Wesley Sampson, 62, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2003, at Miletree Health Care
Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Cecil and Nellie Booher Sampson.

He was a factory worker for Krondite Brick Factory with 25 years of service.

Surviving are two sons, Wesley Sampson, Jr., of Florence, S.C., and Andrew William Sampson; one daughter, Susan Reip of Reedy; their mother, Xenia Jones; two brothers, Delmer Sampson of Massillon, Ohio, and George Sampson of Newberry, S.C.; two sisters, Wanetta Rogers of Massillon and Florence Rogers of Grantsville; and four granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by one son, Matthew John Sampson, and two brothers, Bernard and Bill Sampson.

Private family services were held.

MARGARET RIGHTMIRE

Margaret Faye Taylor Rightmire, 92, of Parsons, died Wednesday, Apr. 2, 2003, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.

She was born at Beverly, the daughter of the late N. Phay and Ida Mae Stutzman Taylor.

She graduated from Elkins High School and Davis & Elkins College and was an educator in Tucker County. She attended Parsons Presbyterian Church for many years.

Surviving are one son, James Robert “Bob” Rightmire II of York, Pa.; one daughter, Jo Ann Rightmire of La Plata, Md.; and one brother, William B. Taylor of Elkins.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, James Robert Rightmire, a former State Police officer in Calhoun County, and four brothers, Roland, Dale, Odin and Jim Taylor.

Services were held at Barb & Greenlief Funeral Home, Parsons, with Rev. Neil Parsons officiating. Burial was in Parsons City Cemetery. Lambda chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority conducted ritualistic services.

JUANITA WAGGONER

Juanita Mae Waggoner, 75, of Deerfield, Ohio, died Friday, Apr. 4, 2003, at Woodlands of Robinson, Ravenna, Ohio.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Rev. Clovis D. and Glada Ritchie Harris.

She was a longtime resident of Spencer before moving to Ravenna and Deerfield.

Surviving are her husband of 42 years, Earl Waggoner; one son, William R. Harris of Ravenna; one brother, William Harris of Grantsville; and one sister, Oleta Heiney of Ravenna.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Rev. Ray N. Harris, and one sister, Leota Fultz.

Services were held at Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ravenna Chapel, with Rev. Jody R. Hill officiating. Burial was in Grandview Memorial Park, Ravenna.

DENZIL LEACH

Denzil Leach, 80, of Grantsville, died Monday, Apr. 21, 2003, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Burton and Myrtle Workman Leach. \

He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Hope Gas Co., now Dominion, with 34 years of service as a mechanic. He was a former member of Grantsville Volunteer Fire Dept.

Surviving are his wife of 24 years, Patricia (Peeps) Godfrey Leach; two sons, Bernard Leach of Grantsville and David Leach of Oklahoma; two grandsons, Jessie and Wyatt Leach of Oklahoma; one great-grandson, Logan Leach of Oklahoma; one sister, Melvie Davidson of Barberton, Ohio; and one nephew, Dane Davidson.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Rita Collins Leach.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

DON BAILEY

Don Bailey, 80, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Apr. 26, 2003, at his residence.

He was born in Beech, the son of the late Paris and Lelia Gae Starcher Bailey.

He retired from Union Carbide Co. after 23 years of service and was known on C.B. radio by his handle, “Millstone.” He was a member of South Parkersburg Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Betty Long Bailey; two sons, Michael D. Bailey Parkersburg and D. Mark Bailey of Bluffton, S.C.; one daughter, Barbara Gillespie of Mineral Wells; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Wilma Johnston of Mineral Wells; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, infant Ocie Bailey and Denna Lott, and two brothers, Claude and Hubert Bailey.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Joe Bush officiating. Burial was in Evergreen South Cemetery.

LOIS CAROL BABITZKE

Lois Carol Babitzke, 64, of Tucson, Ariz., died Thursday, Apr. 17, 2003.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late Donald Fred and Mary Ruth McDonald Witt.

 She graduated from Calhoun County High School and West Virginia University and entered the U.S. Air Force in 1962. She served in Texas, Alaska, Southeast Asia and Arizona as a personnel officer, and retired as a Major in November, 1989.

Surviving are her husband, Edward Babitzke, whom she married on Oct. 5, 1963; two step-sons, Edward Babitzke of Sioux City, Ia., and Ricky Babitzke of East Peoria, Ill.; three step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; two nieces; and one brother, Byron Witt of Morgantown.

Services were held at Edith Ford Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Les Hall officiating and military honors by Military Detail of Altus Air Force Base.

LUCILLE WILMOTH

Lucille Wilmoth, 90, of Millstone, died Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2003, in White Sulphur Springs Family Care Center.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Lon and Mae Downs Powell.

She was a member of Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Sand Ridge.

Surviving are one son, David Wilmoth of Kernersville, N.C.; one daughter, Shelia Burns of Marlinton; two brothers, Rue Powell of Arnoldsburg and Gale Powell of St. Albans; three sisters, Eva Burton of Parkersburg, Amy Hathaway of Grantsville and Emmaneel Montgomery of Columbia, S.C.; nine grandchildren, Donna Beeby, Linda Talley, Lisa Storrey, David Wilmoth, Patrick Burns, Michael Burns, Mathew Burns, Carrie Burns and Cathy Burns; and 12 great-grandchildren, Emily Burns, Katelynn Burns, Brandon Burns, Jenna Beeby, Jessyca Beeby, J. Scott Beeby, Jamie Simmons, Brandi Vanhoy, Virginia Wilmoth, Cassie Storrey,
Jason Storrey and Andrew Burns.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurl Wilmoth.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating. Burial was in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

FRANCES PEARL MEADOWS

Frances Pearl Varner Meadows, 74, of Normantown, died Friday, Apr. 25, 2003, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Joseph Waitman and Glada Bethel Bennett Suttles. She was a former employee of Kellwood Co., Spencer, and Kenny Shoe Co., and was a former switchboard operator at Lockney for Bell Atlantic Telephone Co.

Surviving are one son, James Lee Shields of Glenville; four daughters, Wyvonne Church and husband Fred of Orma, Glada Stump and husband Roger of Five Forks, Jerry White and husband Austin of Normantown and Charlotte Miller and husband John of Shock; two sisters, Violet Mellott of Spencer and Elizabeth Meadows of Stonewood; one twin brother, Seymore Earl Suttles of Ohio; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clifford Varner; her second husband, Carl Meadows; and two brothers, Eugene Suttles and Ralph Suttles.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Harry Siers and Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Miller Cemetery, Shock.

GEORGE (Jody) COTTRELL

George (Jody) Cottrell, 59, of Ravenna, Ohio, formerly of Calhoun County, died Friday, Apr. 25, 2003, at home.

He was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Bucky Cottrell of Arnoldsburg and the late Beulah Cottrell.

He was a retired machinist for Rotek Corp. with over 30 years of service.

Surviving in addition to his father were two daughters, Leslie Wilson and Robin Cottrell, both of Ravenna; two sisters, Carol Metheney Jones of Arnoldsburg and Sharon Lowther of Paris, Ohio; three brothers, Dean Cottrell of Garrettsville, Ohio, Grant Cottrell of Mentor, Ohio, and Dick Cottrell of Arnoldsburg; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Turner.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in King Cemetery, Nicut.

MARIE MACE

Marie J. Mace, 84, of Washington, died Friday, Apr. 25, 2003, at her daughter’s residence.

She was born in Arnoldsburg, the daughter of the late Jesse and Pearl Evans Powell.

She was retired from Spencer State Hospital as a nursing assistant. She was a member of Summitt Valley United Methodist Church, Williamstown, and Louisa Chapel United Methodist Church, Arnoldsburg.

Surviving are one son, Richard Mace of Vienna; two daughters, Sharon Sue Nicholas of Parkersburg and Pearl Bollinger of Washington; one brother, Jesse Powell of Barberton, Ohio; one sister, Velma Ferrell of Doyletown, Ohio; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Mace; one granddaughter, Deanna Bollinger; five brothers; four sisters; and one son, Glen Mace, Jr.
Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Jeff Nolte officiating. Burial was in Mace Cemetery, Calhoun County.

CHARLES PARK

Charles L. Park, 86, of Newark, died Friday, Apr. 25, 2003, at Mile Tree Healthcare Center, Spencer.

He was born in Wirt County, the son of the late William H. and Mabel V. Davis Park of Creston.

 He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-54, was a member of United Boiler Makers Union #667, Charleston, Scottish Rite Bodies, Akron, Ohio, Eureka Lodge #40, A.F.&A.M., Grantsville, and Tadmor Shrine Temple, Akron.

Surviving are his wife, Judy Akers Park; one son, Richard Park of Strawberry Plains, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Charles, Tamara and George Park; two great-grandchildren; six step-children; several step-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Bock of Ravenswood and Marie Snyder of Parkersburg; one brother, Marlin “Mug” Park of Burning Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gladys Bernice Harwell Park; one brother, James D. Park; and special friend and companion for many years, Evelyn Stump Conrad.

Masonic graveside rites were held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Creston.

PATRICIA LEE AIELLO

Patricia Lee Aiello, 76, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Apr. 27, 2003, at the home of her daughter.

She was owner of Grantsville Florist for 21 years and was a member of Victory Baptist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Cynthia G. Boatright of Grantsville, and one granddaughter, Dawn M. Starkey of Grantsville.

She was preceded in death by one son.

ELIJAH BLOSSER

Elijah Blosser, 86, of Sand Ridge, died Sunday, Apr. 27, 2003.

He was born in Roane County, the son of the late Bud and Ruth Ann Starcher Blosser.

Surviving are three daughters, Linda Crawford and husband David of Rittman, Ohio, Brenda Dale of Akron, Ohio, and Barbara Fowler and husband Ken of Fayetteville, N.C.; three sons, Jim Blosser and wife Beth of Ottawa, Greer (Bud) Blosser and wife Linda of Long Bottom, Ohio, and Delbert Blosser and wife Zerelda of Spencer; 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Zee Blosser, and two sisters, Jeanette Blosser and Geneva Atkinson.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating. Burial was in Schoolcraft Cemetery, Sand Ridge.

 

WILLIAM EVERETT JARVIS

William Everett Jarvis, 91, of Uniontown, Ohio, died Monday, Apr. 28, 2003, in Ravenna, Ohio.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Robert and Delilah Ellison Jarvis.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a former sawmill operator. He was a member
of Linden Masonic Lodge, Linden.

Surviving are two sons, Everett Eugene Jarvis and wife Marilyn of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Jimmie Jarvis and wife Gail of Windham, Ohio; three daughters, Barbara Parsons and husband Robert of Uniontown, Ohio, Donna Jean Aaroe of Evans and Carolyn Newell of Brimfield, Ohio; one sister, Laverne Harper of Looneyville; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellafae Jarvis; two brothers, Leo and Walter Jarvis; one half-brother, Harl Ellison; and four sisters, Maxie Ponn, Mary May, Ruth Vida and Goldie Edwards.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Josiah Jarvis Cemetery, Oka. Military graveside rites were provided by Spencer American Legion Post #21. Masonic graveside rites were con-ducted by Linden Masonic Lodge.

 

BETTY KERBY

Betty B. Kerby, 80, of Parkersburg, died Friday, May 2, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Big Bend, the daughter of the late Walter and Lelia May Stevens Lott.

She was a homemaker and a member of Landmark Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sisters, Dorothy Kerby of Ravenna, Ohio, and Peggy Cunningham of Parkersburg; four brothers, John Lott of Stow, Ohio, Jack Lott of Barberton, Ohio, Harold Lott of Ravenna and Ronzel Lott of Big Bend; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Kerby; one son, William S. Kerby; one infant daughter; one sister; and one nephew, Ray Cunningham.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Michael Lamb officiating. Burial was in Big Bend Cemetery.

FRANCIS ‘Tink’ HAYMAKER

Francis L. “Tink” Haymaker III, 58, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, May 1, 2003, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born in Arnoldsburg, the son of the late F.L. and Imogene Johnson Haymaker II.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and worked for O’Ames for 34 years. He was a member of Hope Freewill Baptist Church, where he taught the teen class.

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Jo Ann Poling Haymaker; three sons, Doug Haymaker of Parkersburg, Scott Haymaker and wife Micaela of Jefferson and Terry Haymaker of Parkersburg; two grandchildren; four brothers, Mike Haymaker and wife Margie of East Bank, Larry Haymaker and wife Utako of San Antonio, Tex., and Jim Haymaker and wife Sharon and Hays Haymaker and wife Martha, all of Grantsville; three sisters, Bev Price and husband Don and Mary Kendell and husband Rick, all of Alliance, Ohio, and Becky Czap and husband Ron of Wheeling; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Hope Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Bud Corbin and Rev. Kenny Wilch officiating. Burial was in Haymaker Family Cemetery, Arnoldsburg.

SHELBY VANSCOY

Shelby M. VanScoy, 84, of Pennsboro, died Friday, May 2, 2003, at his residence.

He was born near West Union, the son of the late Frank and Ada Belle McConnell VanScoy.

He was a graduate of Doddridge County High School and West Virginia University and was a Army veteran of World War II with service in the South Pacific theater of operations. He retired from U.S. Dept. of Agriculture with 35 years of service with the Soil Conservation Service, having worked for 18 years in Calhoun County, and in Ritchie and Marshall counties. He had served on the Ritchie County Board of Education and was a member of the Church of Christ, Pennsboro.

Surviving are two daughters, Vicki Robinson of Kenna and Kay Linville of Pennsboro; one brother, Elden VanScoy of Pt. Pleasant; two sisters, Sarah Anderson of Altamonte Springs, Fla., and Eleanor Holz of Clarksburg; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Whaley VanScoy, and four brothers, Eugene, James, Eddy and Kermit “Mitch” VanScoy.

Services were held at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating. Burial was in the Church of Christ Cemetery, Pike.

HOWARD ICE

Howard D. Ice, 88, of Duck, died Monday, May 5, 2003, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was the son of the late Samuel and Adaline Hardway Ice.

He was a Christian and gospel singer.

Surviving are five sons, Jerry Ice of Wooster, Ohio, Johnny Ice of Akron, Ohio, David Ice of St. Joe, Ind., and Ricky Ice and Roger Ice, both of Elmira; two daughters, Nedra Cutlip of Elmira and Reta Tanner of Big Otter; two sisters, Edith Lack of Akron and Gladys May of California; one brother, Denver Ice of Belpre, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Audra P. Ice; two sons, Larry E. Ice and James D. Ice; one grandson, Timothy Wayne Cutlip; and one great-grandson, Nicholas Hart.

Services were held at Gip Church, near Elmira, with Rev. Derrall Mollohan officiating. Burial was in Hardway Cemetery, near Elmira.

EUGENE PAUL CARPENTER

Eugene Paul Carpenter, 69, of Akron, Ohio, died Monday, Apr. 21, 2003, in Akron.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Shirley and Blanche Brookover Carpenter.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was a retired long distance truck driver for Roadway Trucking Corp.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Carpenter; three sons, Michael Carpenter, Charles Carpenter and David Carpenter, all of Akron; two daughters, Michelle Jones and Diane Mars, both of Akron; two brothers; five sisters; and four grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with John Vannoy officiating. Burial was in Shock Cemetery, near Stumptown.

LESTER PARKS

Lester Parks, 90, of Spencer, died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Oke and Sarah Kerby Parks.

He was an oil field worker and former employee of Hall Dozer Co.

Surviving are one step-daughter, Virginia Crislip of Laurel, Md.; two sisters, Cathlene Martin of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Mabel Cassidy of Spencer; two brothers, Bill Miller of Spencer and Robert Miller, whereabouts unknown; two step-granddaughters, Connie Riza of Greensboro, Md., and Charlotte Rider of Grantsville; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Letha Tanner Parks; one step-daughter, Mary Lou Weaver; two sisters, Ora Eismon and Madeline Parks; and two brothers, Oren Parks and Edward Miller.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Leon Strickland officiating. Burial was in Spencer Memorial Cemetery.

EVERETT RUSSELL POWELL

Everett Russell Powell, 60, of Huntington, died Sunday, Apr. 27, 2003, at his residence.

He was born at Walker, the son of the late Ira Sanford and Opal Elizabeth Bibbee Powell.

He had worked for Charles W. Kester Co., Dayton, Ohio, as a food delivery person, and was also a mechanic. After retirement, he worked on bicycles in the Huntington area and was known as “Bicycle Man.”

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Nancy K. Powell of Huntington; one daughter, Melynda K. Powell of Dayton; two grandchildren; four sisters, Thelma King of Keyser, Mary Meadows of Salisbury, N.C., Sharon Lehew of Dallas, Tex., and Carolyn Leisure of Williamstown; three brothers, Ira S. Powell of Vienna, James W. Powell of Dayton and Leonard C. Powell of Grantsville; and special friends, Ruth Powers of Huntington and Daryl and Marti Anderson of Donnelsville, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Locie Powell.

Services were held at Tatman Funeral Home, Belpre, Ohio, with Robert Dailey, Jr., officiating. Burial was in Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Elizabeth.

JAMES SNYDER

James E. Snyder, 76, died Monday, May 5, 2003, at First Community Village, Columbus, Ohio.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Isaac “Ike” and Grace Snyder.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a retired accountant with Battelle Memorial Institute. He was a graduate of West Virginia University where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was a member of Civil War Roundtable and First Community Church, Columbus, Ohio.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Vesper Snyder, and one nephew-in-law, Dr. Richard Vesper.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Doris Novik.

Services were held at First Community Church with Rev. Dr. James Long officiating.

LOVA SLIDER

Lova A. Slider, 92, of Millstone, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.
She was the daughter of the late Marshall J. and Margaret Blake Starcher.

She was a Methodist.

Surviving are one son, Lufawn Slider of Charleston; one daughter, Gloria Shock of Millstone; one sister, Elah Whisman of Mt. Zion; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, T. Helma Slider; one son, Lye A. Slider; two daughters, Loa Mae Slider and Sharon Deora Slider; five brothers; and four sisters.

Graveside services were held at Slider Cemetery, Barnes Run, near Mt. Zion, with Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating.

STANLEY STALLMAN

Stanley Stallman, 58, of Harrisville, died Monday, May 5, 2003, at his residence.

He was born at Nobe, the son of the late Eva Stallman.

He graduated from Troy High School and was known for his ambitious and hardworking attitude
while mowing many area yards. He loved playing his harmonica and singing.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Terry McDonald and Rev. Bud Deems officiating.

JUANITA BYRD

Juanita Byrd, 77, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of Hazel Greathouse of Spencer and the late Howard Greathouse.

She was a homemaker and member of Edgelawn United Methodist Church, and had attended Rayon United Methodist Church and Eagle Pointe as a resident.

Surviving in addition to her mother are three sons, Tom, Bill and James Byrd, all ofParkersburg; two grandsons; four brothers, Pete and John Greathouse of Cleveland, Ohio, Bud Greathouse of Fairmont and Jim Greathouse of Spencer; and two sisters, Pauline Matheny of Arnoldsburg and Marion Greathouse of Cleveland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Byrd, Mar. 11, 1989, and one brother, Gene Greathouse.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Gene Hutton officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens, Parkersburg.

IDA MAE NICHOLAS

Ida Mae Nicholas, 96, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, May 7, 2003, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born at Nobe, the daughter of the late Albert Ross and Ida Mae Church Whipkey, and was a resident of Grantsville for 76 years.

Surviving are four sons, Cleston Nicholas and wife Helen and Ralph Nicholas, all of Grantsville, Charles Nicholas and wife Nina of Harrisville and Phillip Nicholas and wife Sharon of Parkersburg; four daughters, Colleen Burdette and husband Bob of Vienna, Phyllis Belt and husband Raymond of Tucson, Ariz., Sandra Richter and husband Chuck of Freeport and Grantsville and Alta Richards and husband Hobert of Big Springs; 24 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Ralph L. (Swifty) Nicholas; one son, Carroll; three grandchildren; one son-in-law; four sisters; and four brothers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Robert Nicholas officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

VELMA McENDREE

Velma Grace Fowler McEndree, 89, died Friday, May 9, 2003, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

She was born at Staten, the daughter of the late Frank and Elfie Barr Fowler.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville, and Fell Kennedy Sunday School class, and was active with the church women’s mission group and served the church in various capacities. She was active in Little Kanawha Baptist Association, having served as president of
American Baptist Women for many years. She was honored by the American Cancer Society as a cancer survivor.

Surviving are three daughters, Mary Louise Metz Pursley of Spencer, Doris Jean Noble of Hickory, N.C., and Linda Diane Braden of Parkersburg; one son, Glenn Dale McEndree of Spencer; nine grandchildren, Vincent Metz and Robin Pursley, both of Spencer, Sharon Grogg of Gilbert, Ariz., David Noble, Jr., of Maiden, N.C., Debbie Teague of Taylorsville, N.C., Tracy Ong of Vienna, Angie Stump and Stephanie Stanley, both of Parkersburg, and Alisha Lawson of Lubeck; four brothers, Dale Fowler of Parkersburg, Glen Fowler of Grantsville, Victor Fowler of LeSage and Foster Fowler of Elyria, Ohio; four sisters, Geraldine Wallace and Imogene Hoskins, both of Grantsville, Madeline Moore of Clarksburg and Oleva Gainer of Elizabeth, Pa.; and 14 great-grand-children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn “Bill” McEndree, and two brothers, Edward
Fowler and Durward Fowler.

Services were held at First Baptist Church, Grantsville, with Rev. Douglas Eades and Rev. James Skedel officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

MILDRED DENNING

Mildred F. Carpenter-Starcher Denning, 81, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003.

She was born in Clarksburg, the daughter of the late Slathial F. and Scottie Smith Carpenter.

Surviving are her husband, Richard Denning; two sons, James (Bob) Starcher of Hudson, Ohio, and Gordie Starcher of Mentor, Ohio; two daughters, Doris Dunlap of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Tonya Denning of Belleville, Mich.; two step-daughters, Cheryl Brown of Plymouth, Mich., and Lori Essell of Mississippi; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; six sisters, Ermal Starcher, Bessie Merryl and Barbara Nichols, all of Ohio, and Eloise Nichols, Daisy Yoak and Linda Kincaid, all of West Virginia; and one brother, Victor Carpenter of West Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gordie Starcher of Henry’s Fork; three sons, David, Ronald and Donald Starcher; two daughters, Patricia and Sharon Starcher; four sisters; and three brothers.

Memorial services were held at Starcher Cemetery, Henry’s Fork.

GRACE CURRY

Grace I. Curry, 65, of Burning Springs, died Saturday, May 10, 2003, at Eagle Pointe, Parkersburg.

She was born in Brohard, the daughter of the late Frank and Ola Hopkins Monroe.

She was retired from the West Virginia Masonic Home.

Surviving are one son, Jerry Patterson of Elizabeth; two daughters, Cheryl Villers of Vienna and Mindi Geouge of Elizabeth; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, Paul Monroe of Elkins; and two sisters, Midge Somerville of Mineral Wells and Ruby Collins of Big Springs.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Betty Watson, and one son, Shawn Patterson.

Services were held at Busch Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Ray Whiteman officiating.

DELANO TAYLOR

Delano Taylor, 65, of Pleasant Hill, died Friday, May 16, 2003, at his home.

He was the son of Woodrow and Eleanor Taylor and a former member of the U.S. Army, serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was owner/partner of Grantsville Gulf Station and retired from Dowell Schlumberger in 1995 after 22 years.

Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Nancy Taylor; two sons, Jeff Taylor and wife Barbara of Fairmont and Jason Taylor of Grantsville; one daughter, Lori Parsons and husband Paul of Grantsville; four grandchildren, Woody and Ben Taylor and Adam and Kaylin Parsons; one brother, Raymond Taylor of Belpre, Ohio; and one sister, Julie Yost of Smithville.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley and Rev. Larry Jones officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

RETA PEARL VAN HORN

Reta Pearl Hathaway Van Horn, 90, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at Delmar Gardens On the Green, Chesterfield, Mo.

She was born on Pine Creek, the daughter of the late Curtis and Hattie Hathaway.

In the 1950s, the family owned a restaurant and raised broilers on their farm. She worked at Rubber Fabricators as a supervisor until retirement. She belonged to Rebekah Lodge and Eastern Star, and was a Calhoun Homemakers Club belle and a 50-year member. She was a member of Prosperity Baptist Church.

Surviving are one son, Earl Thomas Van Horn of Ballwin, Mo.; two half-brothers, Charles and Darrell Hathaway; one half-sister, Dixie Greg; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leavy Oressie Van Horn, and one son, Donald Oral Van Horn.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Kenneth Heiney officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

JACKIE LEE HARDWAY, JR.

Jackie Lee (Punkin) Hardway, Jr., 36, of Arnoldsburg, died Tuesday, May 13, 2003, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Fairfax, Va., the son of Jackie Lee Hardway and the late Violet Perry Hardway.

Surviving in addition to his father are one daughter, SarraDawn Barr of Parkersburg; two sisters, Brenda M. Cline of Parkersburg and April G. Hardway of Spencer; two brothers, Leonard Edward Hardway of Wirt County and Donald Gary Hardway of South Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Bonnie Gay Hardway.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

MARY LOUISE HICKS

Mary Louise Hicks, 60, of Sand Ridge, died Thursday, May 15, 2003, at her home.

She was born in Newton, the daughter of Rosie Falls Hicks of Arnoldsburg and the late Earl Hicks.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving in addition to her mother are three daughters, Rosa Settle of Orma, Rita Harris of North Carolina and Anna Smith of Grantsville; one son, Paul King of Millstone; seven grandchildren, Sabrina and Brittany King of Millstone, Indy Anna Settle of Orma, Joey Justice of Grantsville and Sinda Lou, Sheila and Heather of North Carolina; two great-grandchildren, Hailey Jean Wilson and Alexis Breanne Wilson; two brothers, Jim Hicks of Mt. Zion and Dayton Hicks of Orma; and one sister, Leota Linehan.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, one brother, and one grandson, David Carl Harris.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery.

WARDEN GROVES

Warden Groves, 69, of Sand Ridge, died Thursday, May 15, 2003, at his home.

He was the son of the late William and Leva Suttles Groves.

Surviving are two brothers, Thomas Groves of Akron, Ohio, and Robert Groves of Grantsville.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Summers Cemetery, Orma.

CHARLES KNAPP

Charles A. Knapp, 84, of Nebo, died Monday, May 12, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Doddridge County, the son of the late Georgia R. Nutter Knapp and was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Surviving is caregiver, Tonda Delaney of Nebo.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leeman W. Knapp in 1994 and Minor Knapp in 1979.

Graveside services were held at Coen Cemetery, Nebo, with Rev. Darius Arnold officiating. There was no visitation.

MARJORIE NEALE

Marjorie Snider Neale, 74, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, May 21, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Clyde Austin and Myrtle Busch Snider.

She was a 1944 graduate of Wirt County High School and a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was a former employee of Dils Brothers Dept. Store and retired from Mahone Tire Co. after 32 years of service. She was a former member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

Surviving are her husband, Tom Neale of Parkersburg; one son, Steven Neale of Riverside, Calif.; one brother, Clyde A. Snider, Jr., of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; three sisters, Violet Elliot of Mineral Wells, E. Virginia Schaefer of Parkersburg and Barbara Riggs of Vienna; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Harold E. “Pete” Snider; one sister, Kathryn Leavitt; and one infant brother.

Services were held at First Presbyterian Church, Parkersburg, with Rev. George B. Spransy, Jr., officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

MARY HENTHORN

Mary V. Henthorn, 85, of Zanesville, Ohio, died Sunday, May 18, 2003, at Genesis Good Samaritan Hospital.

She was born in Creston, the daughter of the late Ira and Ella Campbell Baker.

She retired from Brockway Glass Co. and was a member of Flint and Glass Blower’s Union.

Surviving are her husband, Edward Henthorn; three sons, James Henthorn of Hopewell, Ohio, Ron Henthorn of Logan, Ohio, and Neil Henthron of Heath, Ohio; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two nieces, Fern Deel and Glenna Carpenter; and three nephews, Tommy Knotts, Harry “Buddy” Knotts and Carroll Knotts.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Greta Knotts.

Services were held at William Thompson & Son Funeral Home, White Cottage, Ohio, with Rev. Steve Dupler officiating. Burial was in Stovertown Lutheran Cemetery.

DELMAR SEARS

Delmar K. “Del” Sears, 69, of Washington, W.Va., died Monday, May 19, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Ezra C. and Ella White Sears.

He graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1952 and played tempe drums in All-State band. He served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from Borg Warner Chemicals where he started in the color lab in 1957 and advanced to customer service and sales. He was a member of River Hill
United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Deloras Richards Sears; one daughter, Heather Lynn Summers; two sons, Douglas Dirk Sears and Christopher James Sears; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Duane Sears and Dolan Sears, and one sister, Edith Miller.

Services were held at River Hill United Methodist Church with Pastor Jerry Eaton and Pastor Myron Gregg officiating. Burial was in River Hill Cemetery.

HARRY COOPER

Harry Willard Cooper, 83, of Waterford, Ohio, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Richardson, Calhoun County, the son of the late Grover Cleveland and Julia Ann Cooper Tucker.

He graduated from Wirt County High School and attended Glenville State College for two years. After teaching two years and serving four years in the U.S. Air Force, he completed bachelor and masters degrees at Illinois State University. He served more than 30 years in Wolf Creek Local School District, Ohio.

Surviving are his second wife of eight years, Jane Leone Cooper; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; four step-children; nine step-grandchildren; and 13 step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alberta Staubus Yoder Cooper; one son, Harry Ronald Cooper; two step-brothers; one step-sister; and one grandson.

Services were held at McCurdy Funeral Home, Beverly, Ohio, with Rev. Garry Hogue officiating. Burial was in Waterford Cemetery with military rites.

CONNIE SUE DOWELL

Connie Sue Dowell, 45, of Cleveland, Ohio, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, in Cleveland.

She was born in Cleveland, the daughter of the late Orville and Orpha Hensley.

Surviving are her husband, Donnie Dowell; two sisters, Barbara Long and Donna Ballin; and three brothers, James, Kenneth and Kevin.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend.

ETHEL MAY LAW

Ethel May Carpenter Law, 92, died Wednesday, May 28, 2003, at Manor Care, Westerville, Ohio.

She was the daughter of the late Alexander and Selina Carpenter.

Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Green and Shirley Jaskulski; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Gene Carpenter; two sisters, Bessie Basnett of Annamoriah and Virginia Killeen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Holly; and siblings, Austin, Clarence, Lona Maze, Dene, Jennings and Loie.

Graveside services were held at Big Bend Cemetery.

ELEANOR JOHNSON

Eleanor Delores Bower Johnson, 83, of Vienna, died on Saturday, May 31, 2003, at home.

She was born in Big Bend, the daughter of the late William Warder and Bessie L. Riggs Bower.

 She was a 1940 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was employed by Glenn L. Martin Aircraft, Baltimore, Md., prior to her marriage on July 29, 1943. She had attended Wayside United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 59 years, Morford Johnson; three daughters, Sherry Lyn Keith of Washington and twins Suzanne J. Kirby of Vienna and Salliliee Radabaugh of Greenville, N.C.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Rev. Terry Holley and Rev. Frank Miller officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens, Parkersburg.

ROY (Buddy) MURPHY

Roy D. (Buddy) Murphy, 62, of Chloe, died Monday, May 26, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Clay County, the son of Vera Burnside Murphy of Chloe and the late Edward Murphy.

He was an equipment operator in the pipeline construction industry.

Surviving in addition to his mother are one son, Patrick Murphy of Chloe; one daughter, Diana Tanner of Arnoldsburg; two brothers, Tex Murphy and Burton Murphy, both of Chloe; four sisters, Reva Johnson of Missouri, Cindy Friend of Gassaway, Patricia James of Frametown and Gloria Murphy of Chloe; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Francis Sue Murphy, and two brothers, Gene Murphy and Garrison Murphy.

Services were held at Nebo Baptist Church with Rev. Dewey Tanner officiating. Burial was in Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery.

WILLIE BURNSIDE

Willie Burnside, 99, of Ivydale, died Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Clay County, the son of the late Decker and Verna Tanner Burnside.

He was a coal miner, sawmill operator, and member of Hallburg Baptist Church. He was a gospel singer for 65 years and was the last member of Burnside Gospel Quartet.

Surviving are one son, Shirley Burnside of Ivydale; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Burnside; one son, Harrison Burnside; and one daughter, Opal Rogers.

Services were held at Nebo Baptist Church with Rev. Darrell Mollohan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

MINNIE JANE STEMPLE

Minnie Jane Vaughan Stemple, 94, of Walnut, near Rosedale, died Monday, June 2, 2003, at the home of her daughter.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Lee and Sabrina Rhodes Hardway.

Surviving are one daughter, Bernice M. White of Rosedale; one son, Bernard D. Vaughan of Florida; one brother, Donald Hardway of Rosedale; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lonnie Vaughan; her second husband, Ralph Stemple; one son, Junior Paul Vaughan; and three sisters, Bertha Ester Hardway, Mandy Ethel Morris and Etta Catheryn Thomas.

Services were held at Walnut Community Church with Rev. Lester Tanner officiating. Burial
was in Jarvis Cemetery, Floe.

CECIL FREDRICKSON

Cecil L. Fredrickson, 75, of Creston, died Monday, May 26, 2003, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Illinois and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired truck driver.

He was the last remaining member of his family and was survived by a friend, Duane Schreckengost of Creston.

Burial was in Wright Cemetery, Creston.

GLADYS STARCHER

Gladys Starcher, 84, of Spencer, died Sunday, June 15, 2003, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County and was the foster daughter of the late Jesse and Goldie Rose.

 She retired as a cook in the dietary department of Spencer State Hospital.

Surviving are two daughters, Helen Deel of Spencer and Elizabeth Ann Ashby of Ravenswood;
one son, Jesse Bill Starcher of Spencer; one sister, Oleda Leach of Parkersburg; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and four step-great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elzie Starcher; one brother, James Morris; two grandsons, Michael Starcher and Donald Ray Deel; and one great-grandson, Aaron Starcher.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Tim Bess officiating. Burial was in Eventide Cemetery.

HAROLD LOONEY

Harold Looney, 77, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Peter and Clara Wright Looney.

During World War II and the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Navy. He was retired as a truck driver for Ralph’s Market/Looney Corp. He was a member of United Commercial Travelers and American Legion Parkersburg Post 15.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Velma Nutt Looney; one son, Steven R. Looney of Waverly; two daughters, Nancy Lee of Dayton, Ohio, and Linda L. Sines of Washington; five grand-children; two step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; one brother, Ralph Looney of Parkersburg; and one sister, Norma Ketchum of Hockingport, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by one son, Frank Looney in 1997; one brother, Denzil Looney; and three sisters, Mae Hicks, Pauline Boso and Maude Hileman.

Services were held at Kimes Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. David Nutt officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens. Military rites were conducted by American Legion Post No. 15.

EVA VIRGINIA ROBINSON

Eva Virginia Robinson, 83, of Nobe, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, in Roane General Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Andy and Mary West Kight.

She was a homemaker and a member of Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Virginia Metz of Grantsville and Genevieve Davis of Nobe; three sons, Randolph and Melvin Robinson, both of Nobe, and Terry Robinson of Parkersburg; five sisters, Betty Husk of Buckhannon, Edith Cogar of Ohio, Caroline Gardner of Morgantown, Bernice Cox of Youngstown, Ohio, and Hester Curry of Mt. Zion; and two brothers, Bob Kight of Akron, Ohio, and Mike Kight of Alabama.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Waitman Robin-son; one daughter, Lorraine Robinson; two brothers, Walter and Charlie Kight; and one granddaughter, Charlene Shuman.

Services were held at Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe, with Rev. Lorous Roberts officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

CINDY ANN SELF

Cindy Ann Self, 16, of Arnoldsburg, died Monday, June 16, 2003, following an auto accident
on Altizer Road.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of David and Teresa Ann Self of Arnoldsburg.

She was a senior at Calhoun County High School where she earned the highest grade average in her class. She attended Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center where she studied hospitality management. She was awarded the FCCLA Volunteer Service Award.

Surviving in addition to her parents are two sisters, Kimberly Dawn Self and Kayla Lynn Self, both at home; maternal grand-mother, Marie Honaker of Arnoldsburg; paternal grandmother, Ruth Self of Elizabeth; and maternal grandfather, Carless Hays of Spencer.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney and Rev. Loren Price officiating. Burial was in Husk Cemetery, Arnoldsburg.

WILLIS ‘Tom’ GAINER

Willis L. “Tom” Gainer, 63, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, June 11, 2003, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Mary Gainer.

He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School, Class of 1958, and Glenville State College. He was a former teacher Calhoun County commissioner and a baseball official. He was retired from W.Va. Dept. of Human Services and from U.S. Army Reserve Corps, 304 Military Police Co. He was a member of the Rush Run Baptist Church and the Calhoun County Library Board. He was a trustee for the Sand Ridge Cemetery, was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge, Bear Fork Hunting Club, and the National Rifle Association.

Surviving are his wife, Emily Stump Gainer; one daughter, Mary Grace of Indiana, Pa.; one grandson, Noah Thomas; and one sister, Jackie Robinson of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Carolyn Simmons Gainer, and three sisters, Glenna Burroughs, Ruby Brown and Emagene Hileman.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Lewis Villers and Rev. John Vannoy officiating. Burial was in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

MARY STEWART

Mary M. Stewart, 73, of Glenville, died Tuesday, June 10, 2003, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born in Lockney, Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Arnet and Ressie Jones Collins.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Glenville, and was a homemaker.

Surviving are one son, Jeffrey Stewart of Lockney; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three step-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Kitzmiller of Parkersburg and Juanita Kerns of Weston; and two brothers, Jerry Collins of North Carolina and Duane Collins of Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Arlan Stewart in 1997; and one son, James
Howard Stewart.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Mark Minney officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

FORREST COOPER

Forrest A. Cooper, 79, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at his residence.

He was born in Creston, the son of the late Howard and Jane Shrader Cooper.

He was a self-employed contractor. He built and was founder and pastor of Parkersburg Revival Center. He traveled throughout the U.S. and Jamaica preaching evangelistic services.

Surviving are his wife, Cathy Schulz Cooper; two sons, Forrest Michael Cooper and Stephen N. Cooper, both of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one daughter, Sharon Kay Ketterling of Oklahoma City; one adopted daughter, Emily Jane Clark of Parkersburg; one sister, Byrnadeen Offutt of Millstone; one brother, Bernstein N. Cooper of Pineville; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Richard D. Cooper.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with David Carpenter and Rev. William D. Stutler officiating. Burial was in Cooper Cemetery, Little Creek.

CLAY PARRILL

Clay H. Parrill, 74, of Spencer, died Monday, June 16, 2003, at The Arbors, Gallipolis, Ohio.

He was born in Spencer, the son of the late Henry Clay and Mae Greathouse Parrill.

He was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II and retired from Parkersburg Truck & Trailer.

Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Fletcher of Norton, Ohio, and Kathy Rollins of Scio, Ohio; one son, Rodney Parrill of Clinton, Ohio; one brother, Dick Parrill of Spencer; and five sisters, Nina Cassady of Mineral Wells, Opal Kirby of Grantsville, Mamie Dawson of Parkersburg, Blanch Whytsell of Arnoldsburg and Kate Gainer of Barberton, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Joan Henthorn, and one brother, Raymond Parrill.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Lester Walker officiating. Burial was in Parrill/Miller Cemetery, near Spencer.

AMANDA MARIE BOOHER

Amanda Marie Booher, 24, of Orma, died Sunday, June 22, 2003, in a motor vehicle accident.

She was the daughter of Rockey Junior and Brenda Mae McCumbers Dickey of Rosedale.

She was an LPN and was attending Mountain State University earning her RN with a bachelors of  science degree.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, Craigery D. Booher, and two children, Kristen Nichole and Camron Michael Booher.

She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Michael Lynn Dickey.

Services were were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Richard Westfall officiating. Burial was in Mt. Run Cemetery.

ANNE LORENTZ MURPHY

Anne Lorentz Murphy, 55, of Glenville, died Sunday, June 15, at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late Lestelle “Dollie” Lorentz Murphy and Benjamin C. “Icky” Murphy.

 She was a graduate of Glenville High School, Glenville State College and Marshall University, and was a teacher for 26 years, most recently at Calhoun County High School. She was a member of Glenville Presbyterian Church and the organist until her illness with cancer. The Sharing and Caring Cancer Support Group of Marion County honored her as survivor of the year at the seventh annual Celebration of Life on National Cancer Survivors Day, June 1.

She donated her body to the Human Gift Registry.

Memorial services were held at Glenville Presbyterian Church.

DARE CRAWFORD

Dare V. Crawford, 90, of Arnoldsburg, died Friday, June 27, 2003, in Columbus, Ohio.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late William T. and Oma Esther Wood Crawford.

He was a member of Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Sand Ridge, and was a retired carpenter and stone mason.

Surviving are three sons, Stanley D. Crawford and Michael Crawford, both of Columbus, Ohio, and William David Crawford of Rittman, Ohio; three daughters, Carolyn Sue Wilson of Spencer, Sandra Hathaway of Mineral Wells and Sharon Lee Combs of Akron, Ohio; two sisters, Ursula Jo Powell of Barberton, Ohio, and Etta Crawford of Millstone; 11 grandchildren; four step-grand-children; 11 great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Greta Crawford, in June, 2000; three brothers, Glen Crawford, W.T. Crawford, Jr., and Gray Crawford; and four sisters, Grace Carpenter, Mildred Rennie, Jean Maurawski and Peggy Miller.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating. Burial was in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

AMBROS ‘Jerry’ COLLINS

Ambros G. “Jerry” Collins, 67, of Grantsville, died Saturday, June 28, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was born in Pineville, the son of the late Winford and Hazel Marie Weaver Collins.

He graduated from Pineville High School and St. Leo University. He was a veteran of 24 years of military service, having served two tours in Vietnam. He retired from Defense Investigative Services in 1999 after 10 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Carolyn Collins; three sons, Gerald Collins of Jacksonville, Fla., Gregory Collins of Kennesaw, Ga., and Jeffrey Collins of Lampoc, Calif.; three sisters, Shelby Goodwin of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Sharon Cook of Wilmington, N.C., and Diane Smith of Vienna; six grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Jim Skedel officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

JANICE WILSON

Janice R. Wilson, 71, of Grantsville, died Thursday, June 26, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was born in Fayette County, the daughter of the late Hubert and Mary Ellen Tompkins Barker.

Surviving are one son, Calvin Wilson and wife Jo Lynn of Grantsville; one daughter, Martha Conrad and husband Rusty of Harrisville; two grandchildren, Hannah and Holly Wilson; three sisters; and two brothers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin G. Wilson.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Saunders Cemetery, Big Springs.

KATHERINE EMEGEAN HARTSHORN

Katherine Emegean Robinson Hartshorn, 73, of Grantsville, died Monday, June 30, 2003.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Homer and Maude Boone Robinson.

She was retired from Calhoun County Schools as a cook and was a member of Enon Baptist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Linda Bollinger and husband Ken of Pine Creek; two sons, Terry Hartshorn and wife Roberta of Mt. Zion and Jeff Hartshorn and wife Debbie of Mt. Zion; nine grandchildren, Robbie and Joey Bollinger, Sara Hartshorn Johnson, Justin and Melissa Hartshorn, Zachary and Luke Moore, and Jeremy and Lindsey Hartshorn; one great-granddaughter, Emily Bollinger; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Hays Robinson, Kale Robinson, Kenneth Robinson, Paul Robinson and Cleo Robinson, and four sisters, Ollie Moyers, Evadene McElwee, Gleena Kerby and Beulah Stump.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Harry Siers officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

EUELL BULLARD

Euell Edward Bullard, 56, of Big Springs, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was born in Charleston, the son of the late Bruce and Jean Knotts Bullard.

He was a U.S. veteran of the Vietnam War and worked at Sears in Grand Central Mall, Vienna, as a tool salesman. He attended Five Forks Community Church.

Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Linda Marie Webb Bullard; one daughter, Tamara J. Cone of Belpre, Ohio; one twin sister, Eupha Davis of Florida; one brother, Robert Bullard of Tampa, Fla.; and two grandchildren. Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Leon Strickland and Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Clover Cemetery.

MYRTLE HENDERSHOT

Myrtle Grace Hendershot, 78, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Arnold and Grace Sovine Baylous.

She was retired from Corning Glass and had attended Broadway Nazarene Church.

Surviving are one son, James Hendershot of Parkersburg; one daughter, Pat Davis of New Boston, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde E. Hendershot; two sons, Ronald E. and Clyde A. Hendershot; one daughter, Annette M. Tiegen; three brothers; and one sister.

Services were held at Broadway Nazarene Church with Rev. Harold Custer officiating. Burial
was in Shilo Cemetery, Laurel Creek.

GERALDINE MURRAY

Geraldine Eddy Murray, 61, of Ripley, died Sunday, June 29, 2003, at her residence.

She was born in Nicut, the daughter of the late Eddie Doy and Lou Ranie Cottrell Kyer.

She was a homemaker, member of Women of the Moose and founder of Levis & Lace Country Dance Club.

Surviving are her husband, Charles A. Murray; one son, Jarod A. Eddy of Vienna; two step-daughters, Mary Jo Eddy of Temple Terrace, Fla., and Lindsay M. Murray of Wheeling; and one step-son, David A. Eddy of Temple Terra, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Gary A. Eddy.

Services were were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Dr. Kurt Busick officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

ROBERT HOMER KNOTTS

Robert Homer Knotts, 72, of Mulberry, Fla., died Friday, June 6, 2003, at an Orlando, Fla., hospital.

He was born in Beaver Falls, Pa., the son of the late William Bryan and Eda Stump Knotts.

He was a 1949 graduate of Beaver Falls High School and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He retired after 20 years with Fiber Industries, now Kosa. He was an active genealogist, having researched many families, and he donated all his work and papers to Calhoun Public Library, where a genealogy room was named in his honor. He was a member of Woodleaf Baptist Church, Salisbury, N.C.

Surviving are three sons, Edwin G. Knotts of Darlington, Pa., Robert William Knotts of Seven Springs, N.C., and Robert Homer Knotts, Jr., of Cleveland, N.C.; one daughter, Kristina Renee Adkins of Salisbury; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard E. Knotts of Chippewa Township, Pa.; one sister, Elizabeth Knotts Rhodes of Darlington; and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by one son, William Bryan Knotts of Cleveland, and two brothers, William Bryan Knotts, Jr., of Beaver Falls and Andrew Dean Knotts of Rochester. The body was cremated and ashes buried in Salisbury Military Cemetery.

MAE GRIMM

Mae Siers Hoover Grimm, 74, of Vienna, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Worthington Manor Nursing Home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Leon and Freda Deweese Siers.

She was a former school teacher and a member of East Vienna United Methodist Church.

Surviving are six sisters, Mavis Hoover of Parkersburg, Gladys Moss of Olin, N.C., Annalee
Walker of Statesville, N.C., Betty Junk of Eustis, Fla., and Penny McCune and Ruth Cottrell, both of Orrville, Ohio; four brothers, Ray Siers of Statesville, Kenneth Siers of Chloe, Rector Siers of Parkersburg and Tom Siers of Chloe; four step-children; numerous step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, G.O. Jake Hoover, and her second husband, Russell Grimm.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Rev. Melvin Conley officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

MAUDE ELIZABETH (Lizzie) CAMPBELL

Maude Elizabeth (Lizzie) Campbell, 93, of Sand Ridge, died Thursday, July 3, 2003, in Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was born at Stumptown, the daughter of the late Dave and Nellie Mace Shaffer.

She was a homemaker and a member of United Pentacostal Church.

Surviving are one son, David Campbell of Lewisville, N.C.; three daughters, Georgia Vannoy of Reedy, Tessie Smith of Jackson, Ga., and Ruth Cook of Ft. Washington, Md.; two sisters, Mollie Wood of Stumptown and Myrtle Hickman of Logan, Ohio; one brother, Harold Shaffer of Stumptown; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Campbell; three brothers; and three sisters.

Services were held at Apostolic Faith Tabernacle, near Grantsville, with Rev. Glen McBride officiating. Burial was in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

PAUL WOLFE

Paul E. Wolfe, 80, of Stumptown, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, in Charleston Area Medical Center’s Memorial Division.

He was born in Braxton County, the son of the late Howard and Viola Hall Wolfe.

He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and a member of Shock Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife, Clara Bernice Hardman Wolfe, whom he married Aug. 25, 1946; three sons, Walter Paul Wolfe of Albuquerque, N.M., Keith Howard Wolfe of Soperton, Ga.; and William Joseph Wolfe of Rosedale; two daughters, Susan Arlena Roberts of Tempe, Ariz., and Donna Lynne Erickson of Akron, Ohio; one sister, Floradell Stump of Wellington, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, George Wolfe, Clayton Wolfe and Brooks Wolfe, and two sisters, Ruth Miller and Janet Miller.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Evangelist Gene Miller officiating. Burial was in Turner Cemetery, Lockney.

 

EVA JEWELL WHITE

Eva Jewell White, 76, of Ravenswood, died Friday, July 11, 2003, in Ravenswood Village.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Edgar and Clara Stump Cook.

She was a retired cook at Calhoun General Hospital and served as a foster grandparent at Pleasant Hill and Ravenswood Elementary schools for 18 years. She was a member of First United Pentecostal Church, Ravenswood.

Surviving are one daughter, Wilma Drennen of Ravenswood; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruffner White.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. David Johnston officiating. Burial was in Rosedale Baptist Church Cemetery, Rosedale.

 

DONALD BURCH

Donald R. Burch, 63, of Vienna, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Bud and Maggie Stump Burch.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Johns Mansville as a supervisor. He attended Martown Church of the Nazarene and was a member of VFW.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Carder Burch; one son, Donald Eugene Burch of Williamstown; one granddaughter, Emily Victoria Burch; three brothers, Bill Burch of Mt. Zion, Jerry Burch of Tifton, Ga., and Richard Burch of Dearborn Heights, Mich.; one sister, Carol Burch Norman of Lafayette, La.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Burch.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Pastor Robert Kniley officiating, and burial in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

BERNARD WALLBROWN

Bernard E. Wallbrown, 84, of Spencer, died Thursday, July 10, 2003, at Miletree Health Care Center, Spencer.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late William Henry and Grace Price Wallbrown.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and retired from Teledyne-Monarch Rubber, Hartville, Ohio, after 20 years.

Surviving are three sisters, Hazel Brannon and Pearl King, both of Arnoldsburg, and Eula Hall of Spencer; and one brother, Dale Wallbrown of Arnoldsburg.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Crystal Irene Wallbrown, and two brothers, Harley and Carl Wallbrown.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Robert Shannon officiating. Burial was in Liberty Hill Cemetery, near Arnoldsburg.

 

RONALD HICKS

Ronald Jerome Hicks, 65, of Tallmadge, Ohio, died Thursday, July 3, 2003.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Darrell and Velma Jarvis Hicks.

He graduated from Green High School, Akron, Ohio. He was a U.S. Marines veteran and retired from Goodyear as a calendar operator after 38 years.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Beverly Ann Jordan Hicks; two daughters, Cheryl Lynn Brownlee of Loxahatchee, Fla., and Diane Elizabeth Hicks of Tallmadge; two sons, Ronald Hicks, Jr., of Jackson Township, Ohio, and John Carl Hicks of Tallmadge; five grandsons; and several cousins, including Donnie Hicks and wife Pam and Danny and Trish Hicks Siers of Calhoun County.

 

EDITH SINGLETON

Edith Singleton, 97, of Grantsville, died Monday, July 21, 2003, at the home of her daughter.

She was born at Gem, the daughter of the late James E. and Mary Louverna Conrad Wine.

She was a homemaker and a Christian.

Surviving are three daughters, Mildred L. Ward and Lula L. “Jean” Ward and husband Arley, all of Grantsville, and Carldetta Weber and husband Edward of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; three sons, Roland “Cub” Singleton of Leon, Van B. Singleton and wife Francis of Diamond, Ohio, and Amos Singleton and wife Wanda of Burnsville; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond A. Singleton, in April, 1956, and three daughters, Mary Ellen, Betty Lee and Rebecca Ann Singleton.

Services were held at Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home, Flatwoods, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Wirt Lee Singleton Cemetery, Grass Run.

 

LEVI MATTHEW MACE

Levi Matthew Mace, infant son of William “Bill” and Cheryl Matheney Mace of Mt. Zion, died Wednesday, July 2, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

Private family services were held at Beechton Cemetery, Frenchton.

 

CAROL ANN CARVER

Carol Ann Carver, 59, of Widen, died Monday, July 21, 2003, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late Jesse and Josephine Semik Pisczcor.

Surviving are one daughter, Michelle Hamrick of Clay; one brother, Jess Pisczcor of Westerville, Ohio; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Private memorial service was held.

 

GERALDINE ALMA MURPHY

Geraldine Alma Murphy, 74, of Brohard, died Monday, July 21, 2003, at Sunbridge of Glenville.

She was the daughter of the late Harley B. and May Olive Finch Jones.

Surviving are her husband, Willis Murphy of Brohard; two sons, Curtie Murphy and Jerry Murphy, both of Brohard; one brother, Herb Jones of Brohard; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Goodnight Cemetery.

 

GEORGE JOHNSON

George A. Johnson, 73, of Grantsville, died Monday, July 21, 2003, at his residence.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Glenn and Thelma Johnson.

A 1948 graduate of Calhoun County High School, he received an AB degree in education from Glenville State College in 1959 and a masters degree from West Virginia University in 1962. He served in the U.S. Army from 1951-54 as a Staff Sgt. and a paratrooper in the 101st Airbourne Division. He was a member of American Legion Post 120, Hundred, and St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, New Martinsville. After teaching and coaching at Hundred for nine years, he joined the Wetzel County Board of Education administrative staff, holding several positions before retiring in 1986 after eight years as superintendent of Wetzel County Schools.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Edythe; two daughters, Karen Longwell of Hundred and Terra Mauro of Peters Township, Pa.; one sister, Virginia of Los Angeles, Calif.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one nephew; and two nieces.

Funeral mass was held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, celebrated by Rev. Leo B. Lydon of Clarksburg. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

ORA MELLOTT

Ora Mellott, 77, of Arnoldsburg, died Thursday, July 24, 2003, at Roane General Hospital.

He was the son of the late Ora A. and Edith V. Mellott.

He served with the U.S. Army and was retired from self-employment as Mellott Construction Co. He was a member of Arnoldsburg Community Church and attended Leatherbark Community Church. He was a Christian.

Surviving are his wife, Violet Suttle Wilson Mellott; four sons, Danny Mellott and Mike Mellott, both of Woodstock, Ga., and Joseph Mellott and Terry Mellott, both of Cleveland, Ohio; three step-sons, Foster F. Wilson and Randy C. Wilson, Sr., both of Orma, and Gary L. Wilson of Pentress; four step-daughters, Laura B. Thompson and Linda C. Hall, both of Arnoldsburg, Wanda L. Carpenter of Spencer and Loretta Moore of Covington, Va.; three brothers, Kenneth Mellott of Brunswick, Ohio, and Robert Mellott and Franklin Mellott, both of Cleveland; 10 grandchildren; and 12 step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Judith Mellott Hooper, and one son, Robert Mellott.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Austin Whit officiating. Burial was in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

MADALINE LYNCH

Madaline B. Lynch, 84, of Mt. Zion, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003.

She was born at Little Creek, the daughter of the late Curtis L. and Mabel L. Shrader Stutler.

She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker and long-time employee of J&B Rexall Drugstore, Grantsville.

Surviving are two sons, Ronzil D. Lynch of Mt. Zion and Larry D. Lynch of Grantsville; one daughter, Marlyn Settle of Newark; one sister, Rozetta Griffin of Deltona, Fla.; eight grand-children; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, G. Russell Lynch, and four brothers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. William Delmas Stutler officiating. Burial was in Lynch Cemetery, Arnoldsburg.

EULIA RADER

Eulia F. Rader, 88, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center Long Term Care.

She was born at Stinson, the daughter of the late Henry Rent and Effie Shaffer Jarvis.

Surviving are two daughters, Judy Bowman of Grantsville and Jean Pitz of Barberton, Ohio; five sons, Charles Rader and Homer Rader, both of Barberton, Ernest Rader of Annamoriah, James Rader of Fontana, Calif., and Russell Rader of Anaheim, Calif.; two sisters, Birdie Metheney and Murlene Drake, both of Creston, Ohio; two brothers, Lester Jarvis of Madison, Ohio, and Dale Jarvis of Perry, Ohio; 28 grandchildren; and 45 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Coy Rader; one daughter, Elizabeth “Liz” Vasquez; one son, Robert Rader; and six brothers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Jim Skedel officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

 

RONALD CARPENTER

Ronald Eugene “Chipper” Carpenter, 34, of Elizabeth, died Thursday, July 24, 2003.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Barbara Ann Carpenter.

He worked in the timber industry.

Surviving are his father; two brothers, Edward Dobbins and Richard Dobbins; two sisters, Peggy Elliott and Pamela Lownsbery; seven nieces; four nephews; one great-niece; and several aunts and uncles.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Charlene Spaur officiating. Burial was in Beech Grove Cemetery, Nicut.

 

AUDRA RIGGS

Audra Goldsmith Riggs, 92, died Thursday, July 3, 2003.

Surviving are two sons, William C. Goldsmith and Donald E. Goldsmith, both of California; two sisters and one sister-in-law, Opal Connolly and Gen Eagle, both of Grantsville, and Delma Cain of Clarksburg; eight grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by first husband, Ocie Goldsmith; second husband, James Riggs; one son, Lee Goldsmith; two brothers, John Nichols and Buford Nichols; and one great-grandson.

ARNELL DAVIS

Arnell Davis, 76, of St. Marys, died Sunday, July 27, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Clark and Olive Freshour Wilson.

She lived and worked most of her life in Grantsville until moving to St. Marys in 1995.

Surviving are one sister, Ila Hildreth of Coatesville, Ind.; one son, Denver Davis of St. Marys; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by one son, Donald Davis; one sister, June Freed; and three brothers, Earl, Troy and Opha Wilson.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Mike Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

 

WILLIAM HARRIS

William Dewitt Harris, 82, of Grantsville, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Rev. C.D. and Glada Ritchie Harris.

He graduated from Calhoun High School in 1941 and retired from Calhoun County Board of Education as a custodian. He was a member of Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church, where
he served as superintendent for 46 years. He was a member of Parkersburg’s Nemesis Temple, Charleston’s Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and Order of Eastern Star and Eureka Lodge No. 40, Grantsville. He served on Grantsville’s town council, was a Cub Scout leader, softball pitcher and active in civic organizations.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Harris of Parkersburg and Larry Harris of Grantsville; two daughters, Judy Phares of Marietta, Ohio, and Dorothy Kerby of Grantsville; one sister, Oleta Heiney of Ravenna, Ohio; six granddaughters, Alice Harris, Debbie Williams, Ronda Williams, Kelly Raines, Alissa Harris and Casey Harris; three great-grandchildren; and a close friend, Wilma Gene Kerby.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Ernestine Winifred Wilson Harris; one daughter, Alice Marie Harris; one brother, Rev. Ray Harris; and two sisters, Juanita Waggoner and Leota Leggett.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville, with Masonic graveside rites.

 

VIRGIL TANNER

Virgil Tanner, 83, of Reedy, died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, in Thomas Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

He was born at Arnoldsburg, the son of the late Roy and Cora Cottrell Tanner.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a former mechanic for Lemon Brothers, Spencer. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Church.

Surviving are his wife, Verna Tanner; two brothers, Roy Tanner, Jr., of Florida and Willard Tanner of Parkersburg; and two sisters, Geraldine King of Grantsville and Lula Tanner of Orma.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

LETTIE MAE WILSON

Lettie Mae “Grandma” Wilson, 87, of Five Forks, died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was the daughter of the late Curtis and Stella Yeager Deuley.

She was a member of Glenville Community Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Edith Mae Parsons of Five Forks; one son, Thaddeus Yeager of Belpre, Ohio; three sisters, Tressie Buskirk of Belpre, Blondina Richards of Barnes Run and Oleta Tallhammer of Smithville; 13 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elza H. Wilson; one son, Leman C. (Bud) Wilson; and four brothers, George, Everett, Luther and Russell Deuley.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Hunt Cemetery, Norman Ridge.

 

ANNA MAE DEEL

Anna Mae Deel, 82, of Clarksburg, formerly of Calhoun County, died Sunday, July 13, 2003, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born in Woodbine, Nicholas County, the daughter of the late C. Hobert and Jane Arnold Jarvis.

She graduated from Clay County High School and retired in 1984 after 18 years of service as a medical records clerk for the State of West Virginia. She was a member of Duff Street United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one son, Harold Lynn Deel of Asheville, N.C.; two daughters, Shirley Ann Murphy of Norton, Ohio, and Barbara S. Reed of Clarksburg; one sister, Wanda Spartage of Mogadore, Ohio; four grandsons; four granddaughters; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer H. Deel, Sept. 30, 1981, whom she married Jan. 2, 1941; two brothers; and five sisters.

Services were held at Duff Street U.M. Church with Rev. Amy Shanholtzer officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

 

CHARLES HOLDEN SIERS

Charles Holden Siers, 91, of Five Forks, died Thursday, July 31, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center long term care.

He was born at Tague, the son of the late Charles David and Malissa Jane Cook Siers.

He was in CCC Camp on Droop Mountain and worked in Cleveland at Steel Improvement and Forge Co. until 1947 when he moved with his family back to West Virginia. He worked in the timber business and at Grantsville Appliance Co. and retired as a Calhoun County school bus driver. He taught Sunday School at Five Forks Community Church, where he was a member for many years.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Irene Burrows Siers; two sons, Melvin Siers of Veradale, Wash., and Larry Siers of Elizabeth; two daughters, Judy Johnson of Cynthiana, Ky., and Karen Offutt of Elizabeth; one foster daughter, Juanita Siers Shafer of Cleveland; one brother, Olen Siers of Mt. Zion; two sisters, Ruby Jones and Esta Jones; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Ermine, Ronzel, Doy and Bernard Siers; one half-brother, Norval Siers; one half-sister, Orva Bailey; and one grandson, Mark Edward Johnson.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

 

CARL HOLCOMB

Carl Holcomb of Chloe died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, in Miletree Health Care Center, Spencer.

He was formerly of Erbacon, Braxton County, and was a retired farmer.

Surviving is his caregiver, Thelma Carte of Chloe.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Don Dawson officiating, and burial in Coen Cemetery, Nebo.

 

GERALDINE FREDRICK

Geraldine Fredrick, 74, of Vienna, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Asa and Charlotte Snyder Freshour.

She was a homemaker and attended Prosperity Baptist Church, Big Springs.

Surviving are three sisters, Zelma Coudy of Vienna, Kathleen Lacy of Richfield, Ohio, and Thelma Baker of Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Fredrick.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. William Snider officiating. Burial was in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend.

 

HELEN ‘Marie’ JOHNSON

Helen M. “Marie” Johnson, 71, of Minerva, Ohio, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, in Winona, Ohio, at the home of Elmer Stamp, longtime companion.

She was born in Bear Fork, Gilmer County, the daughter of the late French and Estie Cottrill Cottrell.

Surviving are three sons, Ronald Murray of Cape Vincent, N.Y., Kenneth Murray of Three Miles Bay, N.Y., and Joseph Johnson of East Rochester, Ohio; one step-daughter, Patricia Leach of East Moline, Ill.; one sister, Hannie Lane of Nicut; one brother, Roosevelt Cottrell of Morgantown; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, including David Simmons of Big Springs.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Murray, who died Oct. 15, 1950; her second husband, Joseph Johnson, who died Oct. 25, 1979; one step-daughter, Felicia Callahan; five sisters, Dorothy Lasha, Irene Friend, Lorene Bly, Ranie Kyer and Flossie Simmons; and three brothers, Randolph, Raymond and Bid Cottrell.

Services were held at Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home, Minerva. Burial was in New Cedar
Grove Cemetery, Chaumont, N.Y.

 

EDYTHE FERRELL

Edythe H. Ferrell, 78, of Triplett Road, Spencer, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late William and Lela June Wilson Ritchie.

She was a former employee of Mid-Ohio Valley Health Care Center and was a member of Ritchie Family Gospel Quartet for many years. She had attended Five Forks Community Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Sharon Whipkey of Spencer; two sons, Jim Oak Ferrell and Edward Carl Ferrell, both of Grantsville; one brother, Dale Ritchie of Big Springs; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl H. Ferrell; five brothers, Paul, Jim, Glen, Carl and Grover Ritchie; and two sisters, Glady Harris and Edith Whipkey.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

 

ROBERT RAY

Robert J. Ray, 79, of Shock, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was born in Shamokin Dam, Pa., the son of the late Robert and Mary Ray.

He was U.S. Navy veteran and was retired from Rockwell Standard Bumper Division, Newton Falls, Ohio. He was a life member of VFW and AmVets.

Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Pearl I. Ray; one son, Robert J. Ray, Jr., of Largo, Fla.; three daughters, Mary Ann Nicholas of Shock, Gayle E. Jewell of Newton Falls and Sharon Kelley of Sunbury, Pa.; three sisters, Doris Feger of Seleingrove, Pa.; and Vonnie Weisen and Joyce Crainak, both of Shamokin Dam; two brothers, Jack Ray of Treverton, Pa., and Sam Ray of Shamokin; 15 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Evangelist Gene Miller officiating. Burial was in Rosedale Community Cemetery.

 

NELLIE BAILESS

Nellie Bailess, 93, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2003, at home.

She was the daughter of the late Oak and Clara Ferrell.

She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one son, Bob Bailess and wife Julia of Briston, Va.; five daughters, Geraldine Diehl of North Olmstead, Ohio, Mary Collins of Mantua, Ohio, Janet Orozco and husband Bob of Laguna Hills, Calif., Nancy Taylor of Grantsville and Linda Blankenship and husband Neil of Grantsville; one brother, Glen Ferrell of Davisville; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest O. Bailess; one sister; and four brothers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Broomstick Cemetery.

 

WILLIAM CRISS

William O. “Bill” Criss, 92, of Vienna, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, at Veterans Administration Hospital, Huntington.

He was born in Big Bend, the son of the late Samuel Mack and Bertha Nelson Criss.

He was a World War II Navy veteran who served in the Pacific, and was retired from DuPont, Washington Works carpentry department.

Surviving are special friends, Mark and Jenny McClung and family, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Sylvia Phillips Criss, in 1999; four brothers; and seven sisters.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Services were held at Vaughan Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. A. Lindsay Thorp officiating. Burial was in Big Bend Cemetery.

 

MARY SUE MULLINS

Mary Sue Mullins, 72, of Chloe, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003.

She was born at Widen, the daughter of the late Ora and Gertrude Lamb Groggs.

She was a member of Walker United Methodist Church, Chloe, for over 40 years and had served as church secretary and Sunday School teacher. She was a homemaker and had been a foster mother to several children.

Surviving are her step-mother, Vola Groggs of Buckhannon; one daughter, Diane Sams and husband Steve of Big Springs; one son, Bill Mullins and wife Beverly of Chloe; four sisters, Jean Siers of Chloe, Norma Nicholas of Spencer, Loretta Gray of Elyria, Ohio, and Lotti Clouser of Akron, Ohio; five brothers, Ted Groggs of Stow, Ohio, Bud Groggs of Medina, Ohio, Frank Groggs of St. Albans and Bill and Mike Groggs, both of Buckhannon; five grandchildren, Billie and Cassie Mullins of Chloe, Kelly Peck of Grantsville, Christy Justice of Parkersburg and John Sams of Elizabeth; two great-grandchildren, Hailey and Easton Sams; three step-great-grandchildren, Hannah, Raelyn and Rebekah Peck; several nieces and nephews; and several foster children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, H.W. “Bill” Mullins; two brothers, Bob and Paul Groggs; one sister, Carolyn Jane Groggs; and one foster son, Phillip Simonds.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Tim Hickman and Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Lamb Cemetery, Chloe.

 

EVERETT EUGENE JARVIS

Everett Eugene Jarvis, 66, of Walnut Cove, N.C., died Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2003, in Richmond, Va.

He was born at Oka, the son of the late William Everett and Ellafae Metheney Jarvis.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and served in the armed forces from 1954-65. He was a foreman for Vacellio and Grogan Co. and a member of American Legion.

Surviving are his wife, Marilyn Evans Jarvis; one son, Chad Jarvis of Walnut Cove, N.C.; one brother, Jim Jarvis of Windham, Ohio; and three sisters, Barbara Parsons of Uniontown, Ohio, Donna Arroe of Evans and Carolyn Newell of Mogadore, Ohio.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Josiah Jarvis Cemetery, Oka.

MURDAYNE BYRUM

Murdayne Marshall Byrum, 83, of Steubenville, Ohio, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at Trinity West.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Richard H. and Ota M. Ferrell Marshall.

She had attended Marshall University and West Virginia University and was a member of First Westminister Presbyterian Church, Order of Eastern Star Chapter 73, Query Club, Steubenville Country Club, Williams Country Club, and Pi Beta Phi fraternity. She was a 25-year former member of Heather Twig and Blossom Twig of Ohio Valley Hospital.

Surviving are her husband, George B. Byrum, who she married June 18, 1941; one son, Mark M. Byrum of McKees Rock, Pa.; one daughter, Barbara J. Byrum of Columbus, Ohio; and one grandson, James Byrum of Los Gatos, Calif.

Services were held at Dunlope-Shorac Funeral Home, Steubenville, with Rev. Susan Haseltine officiating. Private burial was in Union Cemetery, Steubenville.

 

LORETTA ‘Boots’ YOAK

Loretta “Boots” Yoak, 54, of Big Bend, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003.

She was born in Big Bend, the daughter of the late Paul R. and Opal Snyder Smith.

She was a member of God’s House of Worship, Elizabeth, and was a homemaker and caretaker of the elderly.

Surviving are her husband of 32 years, Herbert Yoak; two daughters, Jennifer Yoak of Big Bend and Crystal Yoak of Charleston; one sister, Nancy Smith of Big Bend; one brother, Gerald “Pug” Smith of Grantsville; one grandson, Ryan Milliron; and one granddaughter, Jenna Milliron.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Raymond Gumm officiating. Burial was in Yoak Cemetery.

MONOKA BURNS

Monoka Burns, 89, of Grantsville, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Everett and Lona Gainer Bennett.

She was a merchant and had operated a general store on Rt. 5 East of Grantsville for many years. She was a member of Rebekah Lodge, Grantsville, and Bethel United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Barbara Ayers of Grantsville; one son, William Burns of Mesa, Ariz., four grandchildren, Tim Ayers of St. Albans, Robert Burkett of Grantsville, and Brad and David Stewart, both of South Gate, Mich.; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Burns; one daughter, Deloris Stewart; and one son, Robert Bradford Burns.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Bennett Cemetery, near
Grantsville.

 

JANET WEEKLEY

Janet Thompson Weekley, 68, of Orma, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2003.

She was the daughter of the late Frederick Woodyard Thompson and Christine Lowe Miles Thompson.

Surviving are her husband, Lowell Weekley; two daughters, Chris and Laurel; one son, David; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Eddie Thompson.

She was preceded in death by one son, Dale.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Brother Charles Scott officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

 

ELMA STEWART

Elma E. Stewart, 83, of Normantown, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003.

She was born at Clarksburg, the daughter of the late Bessie Warner.

She was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown, and Rebekah Lodge. She was a former employee of Rubber Fabricators, Inc., Grantsville, with 13 years of service. She married Robert E. Stewart on May 8, 1943.

Surviving are one daughter, Jeanette Riffle of Shock; three sons, Brock Stewart of Shock, Roger Stewart of Perkins and Brent Stewart of Newark; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three half-brothers, Jim Stout of Indianapolis, Ind., William Stout of Arlington, Tex., and David Stout of Savannah, Ga.; and one half-sister, Clara Jackson of Ventura, Calif.

Services were held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, with Rev. Herbert Smith officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

 

ISABEL DAWSON

Isabel K. Dawson, 88, of Keswick, Va., died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2003, at University Hospital, Charlottesville, Va.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Gerome and Stella Huffman Frame.

Surviving are three sons, Dick Dawson of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Dave Dawson of Keswick, Va., and Dan Dawson of French Creek; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold R. Dawson; one brother, Brent Frame; and
one sister, Yula Gill.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Harry Siers officiating. Burial was in Enon Cemetery, near Grantsville.

 

BETTY FLUHARTY

Betty Fluharty, 56, of Linn, Gilmer County, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at Sunbridge of Glenville Health Care.

She was born in Auburn, Ritchie County, the daughter of Len and Genevieve Ellyson Earl of Sinking Creek, Gilmer County.

She was a 1965 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a graduate of Parkersburg Beauty College. She was a former hairdresser at Hair Expo, Glenville. She was a Baptist.

Surviving are one daughter, Amanda Fluharty of Arlington, Va.; three sons, Jeffery Allen Fluharty of Canon City, Colo., Scott Andrew Fluharty of Littleton, Colo., and Matthew Wayne Fluharty of Ladson, S.C.; one brother, Phillip Earl of Grantsville; and three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Orville and Arnold Lee Earl.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Rev. Robert Nicholas officiating.

 

ROBERT EUGENE JARVIS, JR.

Robert Eugene Jarvis, Jr., 23, of Nobe, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of Robert Eugene Jarvis, Sr., of Moundsville and Zelma Yoak of Five Forks.

He was employed by Bell Timbering Co.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his step-father, Lynn Yoak of Five Forks; one sister, Rachael Jarvis of Five Forks; one step-sister, Laura Murphy of Millstone; paternal grandmother, Lola Jarvis of Valley Fork; and his fiancee, Brandi Cunningham.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating, and burial in Nobe Cemetery.

 

NAOMI TRAVIS

Naomi Travis, 73, of Coolville, Ohio, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Alton and Retta Richards Bell.

She was a homemaker and attended Faith Chapel Community Church, Coolville.

Surviving are her husband of 54 years, William (Bill) Travis; three daughters, Linda Blazier of Athens, Ohio, and Julia Horton and Kathy Duty, both of Little Hocking, Ohio; seven grand-children; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Hazel Tustin; and two brothers, Gary A. Collins and Gene Collins.

Services were held at White-Schwarzel Funeral Home, Coolville, with Rev. Wilbert Lowe officiating. Burial was in Centennial Cemetery, Little Hocking.

 

ELISABETH ‘BETTY’ HICKMAN

Elisabeth Ann “Betty” Hickman, 76, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Ira and Fannie Morris Yoak.

She received a bachelor of arts from Glenville State College and taught in Calhoun and Wood County schools and retired with more than 32 years of service. She was a member of Rosemar United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one son, Orless Lee Hickman of Vienna; one daughter, Marla Parrish of Parkersburg; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Oleta Hill of Grantsville; three brothers, Harold Yoak of Parkersburg, Don Yoak of Spencer and Von Yoak of Grantsville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orless “Jake” Hickman, in 2002; one sister, Mildred Yoak; and three brothers, Glendon Yoak, Morris Yoak and Paul Yoak.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Robert Stanley and Rev. Earle Arthur officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

DESSIE JETT

Dessie Jett, 94, of Beech, died Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was born at Minnora, the daughter of the late Calvin and Alice Parsons Jarvis.

She was a member of Milo Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and Sunday School director.

Surviving are three sons, Calvin Jett and wife Shirley and Blaine Jett and wife Janice, all of Doylestown, Ohio, and Bruce Jett and wife Janet of Orma; two daughters, Wanda Bailey and husband Delmar and Nola Smith and husband Leon, all of Orma; two brothers, Bruce Jarvis of Orient, Ohio, and Carl Jarvis of Orma; four half-brothers, Curt Jarvis of Kimbolton, Ohio, and Bill Jarvis, Charter Jarvis and Gary Jarvis, all of Chloe; two sisters, Maysel Stalnaker of Chloe and Rilma Chandler of South Carolina; four half-sisters, Geneva Badgett of Five Forks, Nell Deweese of Leatherbark, Bonnie Ellison of Orma and Madeline Hardway of Chloe; 24 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; 13 step-great-great-grand-children; and two caregivers, Karen Moore and Maggie Shaffer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Jett; two grandchildren; one brother; and two sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Bill Moore and Rev. Jack Stump officiating. Burial was in Bailey Cemetery.

 

 

PARIS BRUCE JARVIS

Paris Bruce Jarvis, 85, of Orient, Ohio, died Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Minnora, the son of the late Calvin and Alice Parsons Jarvis.

He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran having served at Pearl Harbor and was a member and served as chaplain of Commercial Point VFW. He retired from COTA and was a member of Faith Baptist Church where he served as deacon.

Surviving are his wife, Loris; one daughter, Ramona Whitt of Ashville, Ohio; two sons, Charles Jarvis of Columbus, Ohio, and Gerald Jarvis of Grove City, Ohio; one step-son, Kenny Bailey; nine grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one brother, Carl Jarvis of Minnora; two sisters, Maysel Stalnaker of Chloe and Rilma Chandler of South Carolina; and many half-brothers, half-sisters, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a wife, Lillie; one son, James; one sister, Dessie Jett; and one brother, Cecil.

Services were held at Faith Baptist Church, Commercial Point, Ohio. Burial was in Glen Rest Memorial Estate with full military honors.

 

BENNETT ‘Benny’ STUMP

Bennett “Benny” Stump, 83, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2003, at Eagle Pointe Care Center.

He was born in Stumptown, the son of the late Clarence and Minnie Bennett Stump.

He was a 1939 graduate of Normantown High School and 1947 graduate of Glenville State College. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-45. He was a football, basketball and baseball official
for 40 years. He was a lifetime member of BPOE 198 Lodge and chairman of the Parkersburg “Geritol Gang” Breakfast Club that meets weekly. He was inducted into the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame, was a four-year member of Parkersburg City Council, and retired with 30 years of service from Aerolite Corp., Marietta. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Parkersburg.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Mary Garrett Stump; three daughters, Sue Conger of Parkersburg, Margaret Mowery of Phoenix, Ariz., and Kay Stump of Bradenton, Fla.; three grandchildren; and three nieces.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Dr. Kurt Busiek officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

 

BESSIE CHAPMAN

Bessie Murl Dillon Chapman, 78, of Ravenswood, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2003.

Surviving are one daughter, Penny Chapman of Ravenswood; three brothers, Homer Dillon of East Liverpool, Ohio, William Dillon of West Union and Tommy Dillon of Grantsville; and two sisters, Shirley Snyder of Massillon, Ohio, and Hettie Norman of Canal Fulton, Ohio.

Services were held at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood. Burial was in Ravenswood Cemetery.

DELFORD ‘Buck’ KERNS

Delford “Buck” Kerns, 86, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, at Miletree Center, Spencer.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late George B. and Della Gay Kerns.

He served in the U.S. Army for four years and was discharged Feb. 14, 1946, with the rank of sergeant. He retired from Boeing Co., Wichita, Kan., and did a lot of work in the taxidermy field before and after returning to Calhoun County from Kansas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eula Hall Kerns.

Graveside services were held at Barr Cemetery, near Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

HEARTHA McQUAIN

Heartha Divers McQuain, 93, of Clarksburg, died Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late William and Dora Mae Bennett Divers.

 She was a graduate of Victory High School, Clarksburg, and had worked at Hazel Atlas Glass Co. She was a member of United Methodist Temple Church, Clarksburg. For the last three years, she was cared for by Clutter’s 24-Hour Care.

Surviving are a niece, Betty Frush of Clarksburg, and several cousins, including Lenora Nicholas of Morgantown, Gary and Jo Ann Nicholas of Jane Lew, and Myra Lowe Martis of Morgantown.

The last surviving member of her immediate family, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard McQuain; one infant sister; and one brother, Lane Divers.

Services were held at Davis Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, with Rev. Joy Butcher-Winfree officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park, Mt. Clare.

EULETA MAE JONES

Euleta Mae Ireland Jones, 86, of Grantsville, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, at her home.

She was born in Smithburg, Doddridge County, the daughter of the late Otis W. and Faye Davis Ireland and Lora Alfred Ireland, step-mother.

Surviving are five sons, Bill Jones and John Jones, both of Grantsville, Paul Jones of Davisville and Nick Jones and Junior Jones, both of Big Bend; six daughters, Sharon Stull of Massillon, Ohio, Mary Bowe, Judy Westfall and Kookie Harris, all of Grantsville, Charlotte Robinson of Parkersburg and Debbie Goodwin of Weston; 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Agnes Potter and Carol Crislip, both of Weston; and one brother, James Ireland of Vadis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Jones; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Elda Ireland.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. William Dave Johnson officiating. Burial was in Big Bend Cemetery.

 

GENEVA ANDERSON

Geneva E. Anderson, 51, of Mt. Zion, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2003, in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Clay County, the daughter of the late Gilbert and Ella Copen Rogers.

Surviving are two daughters, Lynn Webb of Mt. Zion and Carol Anderson of Spencer; two sisters, Gertrude Workman of Rittman, Ohio, and Janet Rogers of Sterling, Ohio; three brothers, Troy Rogers of Elmira, Roy Rogers of Left Hand and Milton Ater of Nebo; and four grandchildren.

Services were held at Nebo Baptist Church with Rev. Don Dawson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

 

RICHARD LANCASTER

Richard (Lanky) Lancaster, 77, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was born in Clarksburg, the son of the late Elzie R. and Martha B. Richards Lancaster.

He retired from Consolidated Gas Supply in 1983 as assistant superintendent after 37 years of service. He was president and CEO of his own construction company, Lancaster Woodworking, which he started in 1956 and operated with all four sons until 1989 when he turned it over to his sons. He was involved until 1975 in the operation of a local restaurant owned and managed by his wife of 57 years, Ruth Eleanor Lancaster. He and his sons enjoyed working on Victory Baptist Church, where he was a member for 12 years.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Eleanor Gillespie Lancaster; four sons, Joseph Lancaster and wife Sandra, James Lancaster and wife Donna, all of Grantsville, Rev. David Lancaster and wife Linda of Morgantown and Timothy Lancaster of Parkersburg; two daughters, Martha Bennett and husband Bill of Parkersburg and Mary Jenks and husband Raymond of Washington; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Greg Lancaster, wife Traci, sons Jacob and Kaden of Elizabeth; Kyle Lancaster, wife Tracy, daughter Addison of Arnoldsburg; Kevin Lancaster of Newport News, Va.; Allison Bennett of Parkersburg; Chris Jenks of Washington; Amanda Moneypenny, husband David, daughters Morgan and Victoria of Rock Hill, S.C.; Missy Ives, husband Chuck, daughter Dakota of Tucson, Ariz.; David Lancaster II, wife Sarah, daughter Brooke of Munday; and Chad Lancaster of Harrisville; three brothers, Francis Lancaster of Grafton and Jesse Lancaster and Robert Lancaster, both of Luray, Va.; and one sister, Peggy Minear of Nutter Fort.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter-in-law, Rayanna Lancaster.

Services were held at Victory Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Worf and Joe Lancaster officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

 

HELEN WILSON

Helen Genevra Wilson, 71, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2003, at Sunbridge Care Center.

She was born in Ritchie County, the daughter of the late John and Lora Pritchard Taylor.

She was a member of South Parkersburg Baptist Church, Good Samaritan Sunday School, Cornerstone Ministries and American Baptist Women.

Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Rolley Wilson; one son, Robert Douglas Wilson of Clarksburg; and one granddaughter, Marlene Chantelle Wilson of Clarksburg.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Joseph Busch and Rev. Ed Rogers officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

EDANA GRIMM WAGER

Edana Grimm Wager, 37, of Grantsville, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Stuebenville, Ohio, the daughter of Edward and Patricia Shockley Grimm of Amsterdam, Ohio.

She had been a long distance truck driver for nine years and was a motorcycle enthusiast, who, along with her husband, belonged to a Harley-Davidson Riding Club. She was a 1984 graduate of Springfield High School and was a Protestant.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, Gary Wager; one son, Mitchell Edward Stonebraker of Steubenville; one daughter, Devan Adrian Dawn Stonebraker of the home; two step-children, Sabrina and Gary Lee, both of West Virginia; and two step-grandchildren.

Services were held at Prosperity Baptist Church, Big Springs, with Pastor Joe Seeley officiating, and at Everhart Funeral Home, Bergholz, Ohio, with Pastor Carl Fry officiating. Burial was in Bergholz Cemetery.

 

OPAL BARR GRAGG

Opal Barr Gragg, 85, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Martha Mae Barr.

She had worked at Kesterson’s Laundry Service and O’Ames Co., and had been a live-in nanny and housekeeper for many years. She was a Baptist.

Surviving are three nieces, Delores Kelly of Washington, Shirley Motter of Canton, Ohio, and Linda Erlewine of South Carolina; caregiver, Tracy Kelly of Parkersburg; and several great, great-great and great-great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Brown M. Gragg; four brothers, Oral, Howard, Donald and Paul Barr; and one sister, Glades Owens.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, followed by a committal service at Evergreen South Cemetery.

 

SEAWARD LYNCH

Seaward R. Lynch, 96, of Creston, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Roane General Hospital.

He was the son of the late Charles and Diantha Buck Lynch. He was retired from Weaver Oil Co. and was a welder for Pipe Fitters Local 565, Parkersburg.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Lynch and Rodney C. Lynch, both of Creston; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Emma Blankenship Lynch; one son, Randall Lynch; three brothers; and two grandsons.

Services were held at Matheny Pomroy Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. David Morris officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

 

DENNIS KIRBY

Dennis W. Kirby, 72, of Big Springs, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was the son of Lola E. Cox Kirby of Big Springs and the late James Okey Kirby.

He was a member of New Testament Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Anna Mae Gillespie Kirby; two sons, Mike Kirby of Big Springs and Roger Kirby of Williamsburg, Va.; on brother, Glennis Buck Kirby of Big Springs; three sisters, Mestil Richards of Harrisville, Wanda Moore of Mogadore, Ohio, and Betty Wagoner of Big Bend; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Randy and Timmy Kirby; one daughter, Dianna Kirby, and two sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home with Evangelist Mike Kirby officiating. Burial was in Fluharty Cemetery.

 

REV. ERNEST McCORMICK, SR.

Rev. Ernest F. McCormick, Sr., 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, at home.

He was born in Ottawa, the son of the late Orlando C. and Effie Stalnaker McCormick.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was founder and pastor of House of Prayer, Fleming Falls Road, Mansfield, Ohio, for 32 years.

Surviving are his wife, Edith L. McCormick; one son, Ernest F. McCormick, Jr., of Ashland, Ohio; one daughter, Dianne McCormick Jaques of Brunswick, Ga.; three grandsons; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Bonnie Lee of Cleveland.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Elwood and Clyde McCormick, and one sister, Aline McDonald.

Services were held at Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, with his son, Brother Ernie McCormick, Jr., officiating. Military graveside services were held in Mansfield Memorial Park.

 

MARGARET WISEMAN

Margaret L. Wiseman, 73, of Washington, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Edward and Nellie Snyder Ferrell.

She was retired from The Willows Nursing Home and had worked at Noah’s Ark.

Surviving are three sons, Ricky Wiseman of Vienna and Roger Wiseman and Bobby Wiseman, both of Parkersburg; two daughters, Roberta Shoaff of Mannington and Sandra Bonar of Washington; one sister, Mildred Johnson of Elyria, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Wiseman; one son, Rodney Wiseman; three brothers; and three sisters.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Rev. John Frum officiating. Burial was in Evergreen South Cemetery.

 

GARNETT CLINE

Garnett M. Cline, 70, of Versailles, Ohio, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2003, at King’s Daughters’ Hospital, Madison, Ohio.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Herman and Nellie Connolly DeWeese.

She was a certified nurse’s aide.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Lynn Krites of Akron, Ohio; one brother, Orville DeWeese of Barberton, Ohio; two granddaughters; and her companion, Wilson McClure.

Graveside services were held at Shelby Cemetery with Rev. Randy Thieman officiating.

 

JAMES OSBORNE

James R. Osborne, 64, of Vienna, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of Nila Osborne of Five Forks and the late Carl Osborne.

 He was a U.S. Army veteran and former resident of Sistersville for 30 years. He was employed at First Federal Savings and Loan and was a retired vice president of Traders Savings and Loan, Parkersburg. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Phoenix Lodge #73, AF&AM, of Sistersville and Nemesis Shrine Temple, Parkersburg.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are three sisters, Judith Gregory of Bristol, Tenn., Doris Campbell of Scott Depot and Barbara Campbell of Big Springs; one brother, Carl R. Osborne of Five Forks; four nephews; one niece; and one great-niece.

He was preceded in death by his wife, R. Fern Osborne.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Canaan Community Church Cemetery, Rock Cave, with Masonic graveside rites.

 

JAMES KNICLEY

James A. Knicley, 58, of Leroy, Jackson County, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born at Morgantown, the son of the late Earl and Ona McCumbers Knicley.

Surviving are his wife, Joan Boyce Knicley; two sons, James E. Knicley of Spencer and Guy D. Knicley of Orma; two daughters, Loretta Evans of Minnora and Crystal Hicks of Walton; one step-son, Don Sampson of Leroy; three brothers, William B. Knicley of Nicut, Sonny Knicley of Elmira and Larry Knicley of Pennsylvania; five sisters, Virgie Fisher of Arnoldsburg, Darlene Starcher of Chloe, Jean Hickman of Orma, Belva Nicholas of Warren, Ohio, and Wavalene McCoy of Nicut; and 12 grandchildren.

There was no visitation or service.

 

LARRY RAY HALL

Larry Ray Hall, 59, of York, S.C., died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2003, at his home.

He was born in Clendenin, the son of the late Forest and Lenora Hurley Hall.

He was a production manager with South Carolina Educational TV and Radio. He was an honorary archaeologist for the State of South Carolina and had worked with WVETV to help save Canaan Valley. He was a member of Palmetto Promenader’s Square Dance Club.

Surviving are his wife, Donna Engle Hall; two sons, Sean Edwin Hall and Chad Tristan Hall, both of York; one daughter, Mary Beth Edwards of York; two sisters, Debbie Stewart of Weston and Kay Taylor of Clendenin; and three grandchildren.

Graveside service was held at Mt. Liberty Cemetery, Tanner.

 

SHIRLEY CORRINE NICHOLAS

Shirley Corrine Nicholas, 69, of Carlton, Ga., formerly of Nicut, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003, at her home.
She was born at Rosedale, Braxton County, the daughter of the late Shirley and Beulah G. Schulte McCumbers.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Surviving are three daughters, Betty King of Nicut and Carol Bellew and Scheryl Bellew, both of Carlton; four brothers, Tony McCumbers of Streetsboro, Ohio, Chuck McCumbers of Rosedale, Roger McCumbers of Creston, Ohio, and Dink McCumbers of Orrville, Ohio; one sister, Colleen Dimculanguan of Rock Hill, S.C.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Nicholas.

Services were held at Beech Grove Baptist Church, Nicut, with Pastor Steve Smith officiating. Burial was in Mt. Run Cemetery, Nicut.

 

LEO ELLISON

Leo J. Ellison, 78, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003.

He was born in Oka, the son of the late John C. and Fannie Snodgrass Ellison.

He was a graduate of Calhoun High School. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force and had also served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He later retired from the State of Ohio, where he worked for OBES. He was a member of VFW.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Carmen Ellison; one son, Mike Ellison; three daughters, Anna Browne, Rosario Giorgi and Carol Epling; six grandchildren; and three brothers, Charles, Glenn and Jennings Ellison.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Andrel, and one sister, Irene.

Funeral mass was held at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Reynoldsburg, with Rev. Fr. Daniel L. Ochs, Celebrant, with burial in Glen Rest Memorial Estate.

MYRTLE McCAULEY

Myrtle McCauley, 94, of Sandyville, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003, at Ravenswood Village Care Center.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Andrew J. and Arthelia Kerby Roach.

Surviving are two sons, Frances McCauley and Herman J. McCauley, both of Ravenswood; one daughter, Oleta Hinzman of Sandyville; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; and one sister, Sadie Waggoner of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Herman McCauley; one daughter; one son; one grandson; and one great-granddaughter.

Services were held at Parsons-Waybright Funeral Home with Pastor S.R. Parsons, Jr., officiating. Burial was in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville.

CLARENCE DAVIS

Clarence L. Davis, 66, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at his residence.

He was born in Roane County, the son of the late Clarence O. and Icie Sims Davis.

Surviving are his wife, Tammy Davis; three sons, Clarence A. Davis, Christopher L. Davis and Aric E. Davis, all of Parkersburg; two daughters, Tammy L. Davis and Melissa Milhoan, both of Parkersburg; four sisters, Mary Boatwright, Thelma Hughes, Bonnie Summerville, all of Spencer, and Dolly Bailey of Parkersburg; two brothers, Coy E. Davis of Parkersburg and William C. Davis of Grantsville; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Larry Sutphin and Ted Taylor.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Benjamin F. Davis, and one son, Clarence Davis, Jr.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Robert Kniley officiating. Burial was in Bethel Presbyterian Cemetery.

PATRICIA BARRICKMAN

Patricia Ann Barrickman, 22, of Big Springs, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2003, as the result of an automobile accident.

She was the daughter of Scott P. and Judith A. Muskey Yost of Big Springs and was a graduate of Calhoun County High School, where she was a member of the marching band flag corps for two years. She was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where she served as a hospital corpsman, and was active in 4-H.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, Israel John Barrickman of Jacksonville, N.C.; one son, Christopher A. Barrickman of Canton, Ohio; one daughter, Autumn Ann Barrickman of Big Springs; one brother, Travis Scott Yost of Camp Pendleton, Calif.; paternal grandparents, Ken and Bernita Yost; maternal grandfather, Michael Muskey, Jr.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Mildred Muskey.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

GENE HARDWAY

Gene P. Hardway, 80, of Mt. Zion, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was born in Braxton County, the son of the late James and Florence Hardway.

He was a World War II veteran and a retired Calhoun County assessor. He attended Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Violet M. Hardway; one son, Leonard Hardway; three daughters, Shelia Burch, Shari Johnson and Sara Jane Smith; 10 grandchildren, Jeremy Hardway, Jamie Burch, Tiffani Johnson, Brandi Hardway, Holly Burch, Whitney Johnson, Robert Smith, Bradly Smith, Clarence Smith and Elizabeth Smith; and two sisters, Irene Lambert and Hallie Lambert, both of Strange Creek.

He was preceded in death by one son, Richard Hardway; three brothers, Brooks Hardway, Casto “Doc” Hardway and Carol Hardway; and two sisters, Nellie Reed and Glennis Carter.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Swearengin and Rev.
Mike Worf officiating. Burial was in Duffield Cemetery, near Duck.

INA HANNAH

Ina N. Hannah, 97, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, at her residence.

She was born at Apple Farm, near Grantsville, the daughter of the late Robert F. and Amanda M. Bennett.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville, Fell Kennedy Sunday School class, charter member of Rebekah Lodge #52, Grantsville, for 69 years, past district deputy president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit #200 with 67 years service, and Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center Auxiliary.

Surviving are one daughter, Edythe Johnson of Grantsville; two sons, Argle Hannah of Vienna and Robert Hannah of Grantsville; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Clinton G. Hannah; one daughter, Virginia Lee Hannah; one great-granddaughter, Stacy Hannah; one great-grandson, Todd Hannah; and two sisters, Lelah Vannoy and Oleta Bennett.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Joe Lancaster officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

CLYDE METZ

Clyde Metz, 81, of Thornton, formerly of Sand Ridge, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, in Grafton City Hospital, Grafton.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Wesley and Pricey Metz.

He was a former employee of Larson Con-solidated Corp., Grafton.

Surviving are two sons, Eugene Metz of Thornton and Russell Metz of Illinois; two daughters, Carolyn Rush of Stumptown and Barbara Beach of Grantsville; two sisters, Mable Campbell and Betty Sidwell, both of Parkersburg; one half-brother, Raymond Metz of Big Bend; one half-sister, Bessie Basnett of Grantsville; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Metz, in 1974; one son; and one daughter.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Lawson Whipkey officiating. Burial was in Metz Cemetery, Sand Ridge.

WILLARD KERBY

Willard (Pete) B. Kerby, 92, of Mt. Zion, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late George Kerby and Eva Gainer Kerby.

He was retired from South Eastern Gas Co. as superintendent. He worked in area oil and gas fields all of his life. He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and a founding member of Lemuels Run Hunting Club.

Surviving is his wife of 68 years, Mildred Stump Kerby.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

IRENE TUCKER

Irene M. Tucker, 78, of Mineral Wells, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at Eagle Point Skilled Nursing Facility, Parkersburg.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Thomas and Eva Parsons Moore.

Surviving are her husband, Robert B. Tucker; one daughter, Louana Tullis of Puyallup, Wash.; one son, Roger Tucker of Greenwood; one sister, Pauline Gunn of Mt. Zion; and four grand-children.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Franklin B. Moore and Albert W. Moore.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Bill Winner officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

WILLIAM PARK

William C. Park, 87, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late David Franklin Park and Minnie G. Burns Park Overholt.

He retired from Keene Corp., formerly Penn Metal, Vienna. He was a member of Vienna Baptist Church and Vienna Lions Club.

Surviving are one daughter, Maleta K. Miller of Vienna; one son, Charles William Park of Summitt; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Ethel Morse of Maine; and one brother, Bernard Park of Barberton, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Maleta M. Jarvis Parks; one daughter; two infant sons; two sisters; and three brothers.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Rev. Nathan E. Williams officiating. Burial was in Riverview Cemetery, Williamstown.

EVELYN TINGLER

Evelyn M. Tingler, 75, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Frank and Bessie Holbert Freed.

She attended Bethesda Baptist Church, Palestine.

Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Curkendall and Violet Bell, both of Parkersburg; two sisters, Vonetta Rees of Brookpark, Ohio, and Irene Byrd of Plantersville, Ala.; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Tingler; two brothers, Eugene Freed and James Freed; and two sisters, Ada Hosey and Dollie Coe.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. David Morris officiating. Burial was in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend.

WALTER NEWELL

Walter Harold Newell, 76, of Vienna, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Gerald and Maude Schartiger Newell.

He was a retired supervisor for Monarch-Teledyne Rubber Co. and attended North Parkersburg Baptist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Donna Kirk of Mansfield, Ohio; three step-daughters, Pansy Gayheart of Massillon, Ohio, Frances Bolyard of Dexter City, Ohio, and Glenna Hovatter of Thornton; four brothers, Gerald Newell, Jr., and Harry Newell, both of Orma, Donald Newell of Marlboro, Ohio, and Leon Newell of Mogadore, Ohio; two sisters, Emogene Robinson of Tanner and Ellodene Gherke of Pennsylvania; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and friend and companion, Eloise Sinnett of Vienna.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Newell; two step-sons, Dallas Boyd and Charles Boyd; and one grandson, Randy Bolyard.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Evangelist Corley Miller officiating. Burial was in Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery.

BENJAMIN LEE CORDELL BLANKENSHIP

Benjamin Lee Cordell Blankenship, infant son of Deavin Ann Blankenship Smith and Preston L. Ball, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

Surviving in addition to his parents are step-father, Tony Smith of Five Forks; maternal grandparents, Mary and Larry Radcliff of Big Bend and James Blankenship and Beth Watson of Elizabeth; great-grandparents, Anna Mae and Berlon Parsons of Big Bend; paternal grandparents, Ted Ball of Creston and Sherry Carpenter of Elizabeth; and uncle, James F. Blankenship II of Big Bend.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Snyder Chapel Church Cemetery, Annamoriah.

AZELINE HERSMAN

Azeline Hersman, 87, of Grantsville, died Monday, Oct. 27, 2003.

She was born at Sycamore, the daughter of the late Mallie and Florence Sturm.

She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving are three sons, Dean Hersman of Orma, Larry Hersman of Ripley and Terry Hersman of Cottageville; five daughters, Dottie Slider, Kathy Wood and Becky Hall, all of Grantsville, Linda Shaffer of Shawnee, Kan., and Janet Suddock of Olathe, Kan.; one brother, Tom Sturm of Powells Point, N.C.; two sisters, Elanore Boyles of Belpre, Ohio, and Bernice Hawkey of Grantsville; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emanuel G. Hersman; two brothers, Otho and Holden Sturm; and one sister, Margarete Morgan.

Services were held at Mt. Zion U.M. Church, with Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

DUSTIN McCORMICK

Dustin McCormick, 22, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, as the result of an automobile accident.

He was born in Charleston, the son of Douglas McCormick of Grantsville and Cheryll Schnider of Ravenna, Ohio.

He attended Calhoun County schools and graduated from Lewis County High School and Buckhannon Welding School. He was a certified welder. He had worked at Foodland in Grantsville and was most recently working at Foodland in Glenville in the meat department.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are three sisters, Crystal Yarborough of Salisbury, N.C., Kera McCormick of Ravenna and Larissa McCormick of Shepherdstown; grandparents, Jim
and Evelyn McCormick of Grantsville, with whom he made his home, Bill and Arlene Smith of Florida and Mr. and Mrs. Vince Pavlik of Deerfield, Ohio; step-grandmother, Nancy Powlowski of Atwater, Ohio; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Yoak Cemetery, Norman Ridge, Big Bend.

DAVID WILSON

David Hugh Wilson, 57, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003, in Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of Juanita L. Wilson of Five Forks and the late Hugh G. Wilson.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a truck driver most of his life. He was a member of Rush Run Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two brothers, Charles Wilson and Spence Wilson, both of Parkersburg, and two sisters, Connie Bailey of Vienna and Carole Weekley of Parkersburg.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

WOODROW COTTRELL

Woodrow Cottrell, 89, of Elizabeth, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Perry and Laura Rogers Cottrell.

He had retired from Ravens Metal Co. after 16 years of service and had also been employed by Curry Lumber Co. as a timber cutter. He attended Jesus Revival Center Church.

Surviving are three sons, Stanley Cottrell of Elizabeth and Larry Cottrell and Jerry Cottrell, both of Palestine; two daughters, Sharon Burnside and Geraldine Bailey, both of Elizabeth; 20 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; one brother, John Wesley Cottrell of Elizabeth; and one sister, Cleo Lawson of Elizabeth.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ocie Parsons Cottrell; seven brothers; and one sister.

Services were held at Busch-Kimes Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Pastor William Cottrell officiating and Bishop Jerry Cottrell and Pastor Jeff Cottrell assisting. Burial was in Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Elizabeth.

PAUL CUNNINGHAM

Paul F. Cunningham, 78, of Creston, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Clarksburg, the son of the late Roy and Zela Morrison Cunningham.

He was retired from W.Va. Dept. of Highways.

Surviving are his wife, Betty L. Cunningham; one son, David Cunningham of Creston; one daughter, Sandra Cunningham of Creston; one sister, Pauline Garretson of Annamoriah; two brothers, Ben Cunningham of Creston and Harold Cunningham of Mt. Zion; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Gene Cunningham, and two children.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Darrell Mollohan officiating. Burial was in Wright Cemetery, Creston.

HARVEY GENE HICKS

Harvey Gene Hicks, 69, of Chloe, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was the son of the late Roscoe and Malinda “Belle” King and was a retired timber and construction worker and a farmer.

Surviving are his companion of 23 years, Wanda Richards of Chloe; three daughters, Barbara Hammack of Spencer, Wanda Helsinger of Ronceverte and Genie Hicks of Chloe; one son, Justin “Craig” Hicks of Spencer; six grandchildren; two brothers, Robert King of Chloe and Julius Hicks of Ravenna, Ohio; and three sisters, Patsy Sears of Chloe, Bertha Gandy of Sandyville and Anna Bingham of Ravenna.

He was preceded in death by one son, Robert “Eugene” Hicks; one sister, Betty Hicks; and one brother, Everett Hicks.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Darius Arnold officiating. Burial was in King Cemetery, Chloe.

CATHERINE KENAVAN

Catherine “Cathy” Lean Kenavan, 48, of Lititz, Pa., died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, in Lancaster Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Massillon, Ohio, the daughter of Esther L. Wright Moyers Morris Reidenbach of Lititz, Pa., and the late Elmer Floyd Morris, Jr.

She was head teller at Waypoint Bank, Lititz, and was active in raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s annual truck convoy. She had previously worked for 20 years on the office staff of Floral Creations, Lancaster, and managed its flower shop, Christies, of Harrisburg, Pa.

Surviving in addition to her mother are her special friend, Thomas P. Wagner of Lititz; one son, Garrett of Lititz; two sisters, Sandra Sue Field and Marie Witmer, both of Lancaster; two half-sisters, Doris (Peggy) Kennedy of Brookpark, Ohio, and Bonnie K. Simpson of Smithville; one half-brother, Danny G. Moyers of Dixon, Ill.; one nephew; and five nieces, including Venus Byrd and Vonda Furr of Smithville, Vicki Jones of Big Springs and Christina Jones of Brohard.

Burial was in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Ephrata, Pa.

LINDA LOU McWILLIAMS

Linda Lou McWilliams, 54, of Big Springs, died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at her residence.

She was born on Grass Run, Ritchie County, the daughter of the late Erma and Violet Gill Richards.

She graduated from Calhoun County High School and was a member of Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe.

Surviving are her husband, Wilbert McWilliams; four sons, Jason W. McWilliams of Mineral Wells, Damon E. McWilliams of Normantown, Daniel R. McWilliams of Davisville and Warren L. McWilliams of Lubeck; four sisters, Frances Bush and Charlene Richards, both of Tanner, Phyllis Hoffman of Charleston and Loretta Grimm of Pullman; two brothers, Charles Richards of Tanner Creek and Kenneth Richards of Grantsville; and four grandchildren.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Hardman Chapel Cemetery.

ROBIN SPRINGSTON

Robin R. Springston, 45, of Grantsville, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was the daughter of Katheryn Stephens Kerby of Grantsville and the late Leonard Beryl Kerby.

She had worked at Calhoun General Hospital for nine years as a phlebotomist and was most recently employed by Traders Guide.

Surviving in addition to her mother are her husband, Donald Springston; three sons, Jesse and Joshua Davis, both of Grantsville, and Derek Springston of Newport News, Va.; one daughter, Lora Davis of Grantsville; and one brother, Lyle Kerby of Grantsville.

She was preceded in death by two infant sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery.

HAZEL KNOTTS

Hazel V. Collins Knotts, 91, formerly of Steer Creek, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at the home of her daughter in Grantsvill

She was born at Index, Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Harley B. and Ruth Stump Collins.

She had worked as a private dressmaker in Grantsville and later for Rubber Fabricators. She was a member of Rush Run Baptist Church, near Stumptown, and was active in church activities. She was a member of Calhoun Historical Society and Rush Run Homemaker’s Club.

Surviving are two sons, James Earl Knotts of Mineral Wells and Thomas Mark Knotts of Corning, N.Y.; one daughter, Norma Knotts Shaffer of Grantsville; two sisters, Eva Collins Knotts of Springfield, Ohio, and Zella Collins Leitch of Hinckley, Ohio; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Knotts, Jr., whom she married in 1935; three sisters, Atha Collins Smith Sayre, Ethel Collins Brown and Olive Collins Price Sanger; one brother, Elbert “Buck” Collins; and two grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Knotts Cemetery, Orma.

MABEL MATHERS

Mabel P. Mathers, 79, of Middlebourne, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, in Sistersville Center, Sistersville.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Harvey and Ola Richards Cunningham.

 She was a former employee of Magnolia Manor Nursing Home, serving as activities director. She was a member of Valley Grange 519, Alma, and Middlebourne Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Herman D. Mathers; one son, Rodney H. Mathers of Marietta, Ohio; one daughter, Connie Knight of Paden City; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Karen Delores Postlewait; three brothers; two sisters; and one grandson, James R. Mathers.

Services were held at Furbee Funeral Home, Middlebourne, with Rev. Earl Fletcher officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Alma.

MABEL COOPER

Mabel V. Price Cooper, 90, of Spencer, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Roscoe and Alta Cleavenger Price.

She was a homemaker and member of Memorial United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Steven L. and David Cooper, both of Spencer; one sister, Furn Martin of Richmond, Va.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Cooper; one brother, Hobert “Pug” Price; and two sisters, Genevieve Boston Smith and Mary Kay Morford.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Beth Peters officiating. Burial was in Spencer Memorial Cemetery.

WILLIAM STUMP

William Austin “Bill” Stump, 83, of Thonotasassa, Fla., died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Miles and Rosa Mahaney Stump.

He retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years and retired from Dept. of Public Debt after 18 years. He was a member of Veto Presbyterian Church and Eureka Masonic Lodge, AF&AM, Grantsville, and volunteered at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital for 25 years.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Dorothy Quillen Stump; one son, Thomas Stump of Springfield, Va.; one daughter, Beverly Boyle of Leonia, N.J.; four grandchildren; and three sisters, Mildred Kirby of Mt. Zion, Myla Fleming of Barboursville and Juanita Waters of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, Ohio, with Rev. Robin Swinsburg officiating. Burial was in Rockland Cemetery. American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg, conducted graveside military services.

RICHARD VANNOY

Richard L. Vannoy, 71, of Guysville, Ohio, died Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Russell and Lelah Bennett Vannoy.

He was a Korean War veteran. He retired as an iron worker, having been a member of Iron Workers Local 787, Parkersburg. He was a member of Belpre Masonic Lodge, AF&AM, and Eastern Star, Albany, Ohio.

Surviving are his wife, Wilma Jean Burns Vannoy; four daughters, Tonda Kellison and Rhonda McFee, both of Belpre, Sondra Arnold of Little Hocking and Shelly Schall of Guysville; seven grandchildren; two brothers, Russell Vannoy and Bill Vannoy, both of Belpre; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Carley Ruble, Janice Brownfield and Carolyn Ball.

Graveside services with military rites by American Legion Post 15, Parkersburg, were held
at Rockland Cemetery, Belpre, with Jeff Arnold officiating. Masonic services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre.

CORA MAE FLUHARTY

Cora Mae Fluharty, 78, of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., died Monday, Nov. 3, 2003, at her home.

She was born in Ritchie County, the daughter of the late Emery Guy and Dessie H. Goff Valentine.

 She was a former U.S. Navy nurse and had served as a bookkeeper in the oil and gas industry for Walter E. Smith and the late P.P. Gunn and Holly Nester. She was retired from the U.S. Postal Service, Grantsville. She was a former member of Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church, Grantsville, and a member of Lake Panasoffkee United Methodist Church and of Lake Panasoffkee DAV.

Surviving are her husband, Chester Fluharty; one son, Tom Fluharty and wife Barbara of Creston; one sister, Juna Cutlip of Parkersburg; one granddaughter; and two great-grandsons.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Kenneth Heiney officiating. Burial was in Fluharty Cemetery, Big Springs.

LONA JANE WHITE

Lona Jane White, 102, of Barberton, Ohio, formerly of Sand Ridge, died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, in Magnolia Health Care Center, Wadsworth, Ohio.

She  was born at Uler, Roane County, the daughter of the late John and Lena Cochran Drake.

She was a homemaker and a member of Walton Full Gospel Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Mildren Simmons of Barberton; one son, Verbis White of Akron, Ohio; one brother, Ronsel Drake of Ivydale; eight grandchildren, including Karen Boothe of Grantsville; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence White, and one son, Clarence White, Jr.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Olive Swiney officiating. Burial was in Mace-White Cemetery, Sand Ridge.

WESLEY MURPHY

Wesley C. Murphy, 32, of Millstone, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, from injuries received in a auto accident near Brohard.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of Curtis Murphy and Oma Bell Murphy of Brohard.

He was an employee of Trimble Steel Co. and was a member of Enon Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Laura Parsons Murphy; two daughters, Rachelle and Shania Murphy; three brothers, Jerry Bell of Smithville, Curtis Murphy of Brohard and Ronnie Murphy of Harrisville; one sister, Jeanie Collins of Harrisville; and paternal grandparents, Willis Murphy and Ocie Bell of Brohard.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Goodnight Cemetery, Big Bend.

JOHN DUANE LEMON

John Duane Lemon, 33, of Brohard, died Saturday, Nov. 8, 2003, from injuries received in a
auto accident near Brohard.

He was born at Parkersburg, the son of Jack B. Lemon of Parkersburg and Linda Mills Parsons of Brohard.

He was a welder.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Charlotte Brannon Lemon; two daughters, Renee Anne Lemon and Shoshanna Alissa Lemon, both at home; one sister, Melissa Onion of Iva, S.C.; paternal grandmother, Glenda Lemon of Smithville; and maternal grandparents, Clarence and Edith Mills of Brohard.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, George E. Lemon.

Services were held at Matheny-Pomroy Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev. Raymond Ray officiating. Burial was in Hartley Cemetery, near Brohard.

RODNEY PARSONS

Rodney F. Parsons, 54, of Edgewater, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 29, 2003.

He was born in Richwood and lived in Calhoun and Roane counties before moving to Florida in 1983.

He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a long-haul truck driver for Coronado Transportation.

Surviving are his wife, Helen Lenet Parsons; two daughters, Lisa Summers of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Victoria Hudson of Edgewater, Fla.; one grandson; two sisters, Kay Cummings and Jean Caldwell, both of Richwood; and two brothers, Kenneth Parsons and Delmas Parsons, both of Richwood.

Memorial service was held at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Orma.

ELMO BALL

Elmo Ball, 74, of Nobe, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003, at Geauga Community Hospital, Chardon, Ohio.

She was the daughter of the late Lester and Willa Rugh Wilson Richards.

She was a homemaker and retired concession manager of 30 years from Thompson Drag Strip.

Surviving are her husband, Denzil M. Ball; one daughter, Charlene Ball Lilly of Ashtabula, Ohio; two sons, James Edward Ball of Mentor, Ohio, and Denzil Keith Ball of Vernon, Ohio; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; many nieces and nephews; one sister, LuEllen French of Paris, Tenn.; and two brothers, Kenna Richards of Pikesville, Tenn., and James Richards of Walker.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Calvin Richards.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

MELBA ELLIOTT

Melba Elliott, 90, of Parkersburg, formerly of Millstone, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Alva and Clara Haught Elliott.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She worked at Gouvenor Hospital, New York, and entered the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps in 1942. She helped set up a U.S. Naval hospital on Long Island, N.Y., and served at Mare Island, Calif., and U.S. Naval Base No. 18 in Guam, where she treated casualties from the Okinawa and Iwo Jima campaigns and survivors from the USS Indianapolis. She served at U.S. Naval Air Dispensary, Norfolk, Va., and at Norfolk Naval Hospital. She was discharged in 1947. She was an office nurse for the late O.H. Brundage, M.D., for 20 years. She was a member of Millstone Church of Christ and attended Rosemar Church of Christ.

Surviving are one sister, Eula Elliott of Parkersburg; two brothers, John W. Elliott and wife Ella of Millstone and Hulbert C. Elliott and wife Helen of San Bernardino, Calif.; seven nieces and nephews; and seven great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Avis Elliott, in 1994; one nephew, Nelson D. Elliott; and one great-nephew, Vincent Moran.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Evangelist Corley Miller officiating. Burial was in Barr Cemetery, Millstone.

PHYLLIS CAMPBELL

Phyllis Carol Campbell, 64, of Vienna, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

She was born in Annamoriah, the daughter of the late Howard and Leona Bassnett Rader.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School, a Baptist and a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Gerald T. Campbell, whom she married Dec. 23, 1956; two sons, Gerald B. Campbell and Brian E. Campbell, both of Vienna; one brother, Louis Rader of Annamoriah; two grandsons; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one infant brother.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Rev. Dan Wentworth officiating. Burial was in McCray Cemetery, near Creston.

LESTER WALKER

Rev. Lester Ray Walker, 71, of Spencer, died Saturday, Nov. 15, 2003, at CAMC Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

He was born in Woodland, Ill., the son of the late Shirley and Edna Johnson Walker.

He received Bible training at Moody Bible Institute and attended American Conservatory of Music, both in Chicago. He was licensed and ordained by Glenville Baptist Church on Nov. 7, 1961, and served several churches in West Virginia. He was presently serving Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown. He was a member of Gilboa Baptist Church, Reedy, and Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Betty June Miller Walker; one son, William Lloyd Walker of Philippi; three daughters, Debra Sue Siebring of Rensselaer, Ind., and Melinda Raye Walker and Lisa Dawn Hamric, both of Spencer; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Broad Run Baptist Church, Jane Lew, with Rev. Lloyd Hamblin and Rev. Mike King officiating. Burial was in Broad Run Church Cemetery with graveside services conducted by Rev. William Coffindaffer.

JANET NICHOLAS

Janet Nicholas, 74, of Massillon, Ohio, died Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at Akron General Medical Center, Akron, Ohio.

She was born in Massillon, the daughter of the late Chester and Lucille Vogt Heckathorn.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are three daughters, Judy Guthrie of Wilmont, Ohio, Carol Carson of Beach City, Ohio, and Donna Nicholas of Massillon; four sons, Joseph and Larry Nicholas, both of Massillon, David Nicholas of Canton, Ohio, Billy Nicholas of Justus, Ohio; one brother, Chet Heckathorn of Brewster, Ohio; three sisters, Betty Peterson of Canton, Corrine Kohl of Massillon and Eleanor Bocook of Brewster; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and special friends, Barb Gaut, Tabatha Jankiewiov, Linda Graber and Sue Lilenthal.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Orma Cemetery.

PEARL MAY BLAIR

Pearl May Blair, 90, of Pittsburgh, Pa., formerly of Broomstick, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, in Penn Hills, Pa.

She was born in Doddridge County, the daughter of the late Loman and Trina May Jones Richards.

 She had resided with her daughter in Pittsburgh for two years. She was a homemaker and a member of Broomstick Church.

Surviving are two sons, Charles Blair of Big Bend and Douglas J. Blair of California; two daughters, Patricia Jean Duffy of Pittsburgh and Ruth Ann Reeds of Virginia Beach, Va.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dorsey Blair; two brothers; and two sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Broomstick Cemetery.

HAZEL GAY HUGHES

Hazel Gay Hughes, 82, of Millstone, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Grover and Rosie Jane Adams Starcher.

 She was a homemaker.

Surviving are three daughters, Mary Camden of Akron, Ohio, Carolyn Miller of Arnoldsburg and Shirley Naylor of Millstone; one son, Lonnie Hughes of Spencer; two sisters, Lula Hughes of Creston and Goldie Greathouse of Grantsville; one brother, Holly Starcher of Mt. Zion; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Betty Lou Hughes; one grandson, Roger Lee Bennett; one sister; and one brother.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Hur Cemetery.

RONALD SMITH

Ronald “Ron” William Smith, Jr., 27, of Parkersburg, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2003.

He was born in Elmira, N.Y., the son of Terri Taylor of Mineral Wells.

He graduated from Calhoun County High School and attended Glenville State College. He was employed by Coldwater Creek for five years as a researcher.

Surviving in addition to his mother are two sisters, Stacie Daugherty of Parkersburg and Hollie Cunningham of Grantsville; maternal grandmother, Gloria Jensen of Ithaca, N.Y.; one niece, Delaney Cunningham of Grantsville; and two nephews, Alex Cunningham of Grantsville and Donovan Daugherty of Parkersburg.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with burial in Sunset Memory Gardens.

GILBERT KEITH

Gilbert J. Keith, 83, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Gilbert Keith and Bessie Cunningham Keith Figg.

He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a carpenter and farmer.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Brannon Keith; one daughter, Sue Ann Miller; two sons, John G. Keith and Theodore J. Keith; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one great-great-grand-child; one aunt, Madge Huber, with whom he resided during most of his early life; two cousins, James Huber and Shirley Mehl; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one infant daughter, Frances Keith; one son, David Keith; and one sister, Ora Heckert.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Harley Bailey officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery North.

VIRGINIA DARE HALL

Virginia Dare Hall, 79, of St. Marys, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2003, at her residence.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late Amos Wallbrown, Sr., and Rebecca Sturms Wallbrown Wilson.

She was raised in Calhoun County and lived in Pleasants County for 52 years. She attended Parkersburg High School.

Surviving are five sons, Amos Richard “Dick” Hall, Roger Lee Hall and Jerry Edward Hall, all of St. Marys, Freer Randall Hall, Jr., of Palatine, Ill., and Alan Dale Hall of Williamstown; one daughter, Randa Dare Gregg of St. Marys; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Freer Randall Hall, Sr., and five brothers, Amos Wallbrown, Jr., Cloyd Wallbrown, Paul Wallbrown, Bill Wallbrown and Boyd Wallbrown.

Services were held at Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys, with Evangelist Arnold Huyghebaert officiating. Burial was in Cloverdale Cemetery, Pleasants County.

EVELYN HUSK

Evelyn E. Husk, 69, of Palestine, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003, in Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

She was born at Hur, the daughter of the late Commodore and Eula Tanner Carpenter.

She was a homemaker and a Protestant.

Surviving are her husband, Stephen Husk; five sons, Kenneth Husk and Donald Husk, both of Palestine, Marvin Husk of Hubbard, Ohio, Ray Husk of Ashtabula, Ohio, and John Husk of Lancaster, Ohio; step-mother, Ruth Starcher of Mt. Zion; one brother, Lenny Carpenter of Spencer; and two half-brothers, Danny Carpenter of Calhoun County and Timothy Carpenter of Creston.

She was preceded in death by one son, Stephen Duane Husk, and one half-brother, David Michael Carpenter.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Matt Hornbeck, Rev. Emzy Ashby and Rev. David Calvert officiating. Burial was in Husk Cemetery, Hur.

EDA STALNAKER

Eda B. Stalnaker, 89, of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at her residence.

She was born at Apple Farm, the daughter of the late George and Bessie Stump Wilson.

She lived for many years in Wirt County, but moved to Parkersburg in 1988, and to North Carolina in 1999. She was a homemaker and a member of Rush Run Baptist Church.

Surviving are one son, Larry Stalnaker of Fuquay-Varina; one daughter, Beverly Jordan of Leon; one brother, Rolley J. Wilson of Washington; four sisters, Donnie Waldeck of Parkersburg, Bessie Ledsome of Reedy and Mary Starkey and Osa Fowler, both of Grantsville; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Stalnaker, in 1984; one son, William B. Stalnaker; one daughter, Barbara Hathaway; three brothers; and two sisters.

Services were held at Busch-Kimes Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Burial was in Good Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, Reedy.

MILDRED FRAZIER

Mildred Frazier, 86, of Nebo, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.
She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Noah and Elsie Duffield Criss.

She was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II where she served as a supply sergeant. She was a
former school teacher.

Surviving are one son, Gary Frazier of Vallejo, Calif., and one brother, Walter Criss of Spencer.

Services were held at the convenience of the family.

WANDA KNOTTS

Wanda M. Knotts, 65, of Orma, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was born at Letter Gap, the daughter of the late Arthur and Thelma Westfall Deuley.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed singing at Upper West Fork Community Park.

Surviving are her husband, James Knotts of Orma; three brothers, Howard Deuley of Cedarville, Gerald Deuley of Big Springs and Arthur Deuley, Jr., of Grantsville; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Harris and Hilda Deuley, and two brothers, Burl Deuley and Veral Deuley.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Knotts Cemetery, Orma.

BRENDA McKOWN

Brenda McKown, 47, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, in Marietta Memorial Hospital, Marietta, Ohio.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Charles and Jessie Ward Arthur.

She was a homemaker and a member of Church of the Living God, Spencer.

Surviving are her husband, Pastor Clarence E. McKown; two step-daughters, Rebecca Armentrout of Fairplain and Emily Kerby of Arnoldsburg; one sister, Linda Conley of Spencer; and one brother, Douglas Arthur of Spencer.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Rev. William Arthur.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Pastor Harvey “Buck” Greathouse officiating. Burial was in Sandridge Cemetery.

SHADE ANDERSON

Shade E. Anderson, 94, of White Sulphur Springs, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003, in Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, Fairlea.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Elza and Arminda Anderson.

He retired from B.F. Goodrich, Akron, Ohio. He was a member of Greenbrier Valley Baptist Church, White Sulphur Springs, where he served as song leader for many years.

Surviving are one brother, Paul Anderson of Dexter, Ohio; two sisters, Erma Kiplinger of Barberton, Ohio, and Hettie Wallace of Akron; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Charlotte Kincaid of White Sulphur Springs.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Ellis Anderson, in 1980; and two brothers, Vance and William Anderson.

Services were held at Greenbrier Valley Baptist Church, White Sulphur Springs, with Rev. Lloyd Camp officiating. Graveside service was held at Eventide Cemetery, Spencer, with Rev. John Smith officiating.

MARY HELEN HUPP

Mary Helen Underwood Hupp, 70, died Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, at Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C.

She was born in Cannonsburg, Pa., and graduated from Calhoun County High School. After moving to Parkersburg in the 1960’s, she founded and operated Happy Time Child Day Care Center. In the 1970’s, she worked for West Central Community Action Association, helping to
develop its Head Start program. During the 1980’s, she lived in Wilmington, N.C., and managed the Hallmark store in Independence Mall.

Surviving are two sons, Chuck and Woody; three daughters, Nancy, Susan and Ramona; four sisters, Nancy Newton, Janice Hinzman, Deloris Brown and Rachel Carr; and six grandchildren.

Services were held at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway. Burial was in Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Burnsville.

OMA ELOISE SIERS

Oma Eloise Siers, 81, of Roanoke, Va., died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Casper and Gertie Frederick Whipkey.

 She was a seamstress, homemaker, and member of House of Prayer, Salem, Va.

Surviving are one daughter, Nancy Mitchell of Roanoke; one son, Kenna R. Siers, Jr., of Colorado; one brother, Lenard Whipkey of Arkansas; one half-brother, Richard Whipkey of Georgia; one step-sister, Geraldine Johnson of Ohio; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenna R. Siers, Sr., and three daughters, Eloise Nichols, Jeanie Siers and Jackie Siers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Gary Butcher officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

DORCAS SMITH

Dorcas E. Smith, 78, of Vienna, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Zanus O. and Effie M. Cooper.

She was a 1944 Wirt County High School graduate and had been employed at the former American Viscose, Johns Manville, Dils Dept. Store and the Diamond. She was a member of Rosemar Road Church of Christ.

Surviving are two daughters, Sandra K. Keffer of Walker and Carolyn D. Nagley of Lusby, Md.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Vaught of South Charleston.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Kenneth O. Smith, in 1995; five brothers, Everett, William, Jesse, Wilbur and Lory; and one sister, Lora.

Services were held at Vaughan Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Evangelist Charles Aebi officiating. Burial was in Evergreen North Cemetery.

VIOLET ELLIOTT

Violet L. Elliott, 85, of Mineral Wells, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Clyde A. Snider, Sr., and Myrtle Busch Snider.

She retired from Broughton’s Dairy, was a member of Porterfield Baptist Church and attended Mineral Wells Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia J. Dye of Mineral Wells and Kitty S. Munday of Elizabeth; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Schaefer of Parkersburg and Barbara Riggs of Vienna; and one brother, Clyde A. Snider, Jr., of Florida.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Elliott; one brother, Pete Snider; and two sisters, Kate Leavitt and Marge Neal.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Robert Summers officiating. Entombment followed at Sunset Memory Gardens.

SYLVIA HEADLEY

Sylvia M. Headley, 94, of Elizabeth, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003, at Ohio Valley Health Care.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Mont and Florence Smith Long.

Surviving are one daughter, Jettie Stevens of The Plains; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Busch-Kimes Funeral Home, Elizabeth. Burial was in Snyder Chapel Cemetery.

LUCILLE COBB

Lucille J. Jarvis Cobb, 68, of Washington, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Rex and Millie Cottrill Jarvis.

She had been a nurse’s aide at Willows Nursing Home. She was a homemaker and a Christian.

Surviving are her husband of 52 years, William D. Cobb, Sr.; two sons, William D. Cobb, Jr., of Parkersburg and Robert G. Cobb of Washington; one daughter, Rondell Muck of Adrian, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Melvin Rex Jarvis and Adra Jarvis.

Services were held at the convenience of the family. Burial was in Wadesville Cemetery with Pastor Frank Miller officiating.

CARROLL (Casey) CADLE

Carroll (Casey) Cadle, 75, of Wadsworth, Ohio, formerly of Mud Fork, Chloe, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Eddie and Alma Coen Cadle.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Surviving are five daughters, Rhonda Tanner of Chloe and Susan Haddox, Sandy Bihari, Tammy Little and Beverly Eppinger, all of Wadsworth; six sons, Eddie Cadle, Timmy Cadle and Paul Cadle, all of Chloe, Randy Cadle of Barberton, Ohio, Robert Cadle of Nicut and Terry Cadle of Wadsworth; one sister, Inez Westfall of Ivydale; three brothers, Raymond Cadle of Ohio, Richard Cadle of Nebo and Harold Cadle of Chloe; one half-brother, Blaine West of Barberton; 20 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and two step-brothers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Darius Arnold officiating. Burial was in Cadle Cemetery, Chloe.

FAYE ELMORE

Faye T. Elmore, 86, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2003, in St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Ernest Ray and Anna Hicks Harold.

She was a retired motel owner and operator in the Orlando, Fla., area. She was a charter member of Linden Chapter 152, Order of Eastern Star, and a member of South Parkersburg Baptist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Sharon Drake of Rockport; one son, Ray Elmore of Tariff; one sister, Susie Boggs of Cocoa, Fla.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Otmer Elmore, and two great-grandchildren, Ashley Elmore and Stacy Shaffer.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Robert A. “Bob” Keen officiating. Burial was in Clover Cemetery.

CREED LAMB

Creed Lamb, 92, of South Charleston, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Dr. C.R. and Nannie Conley Lamb.

He was retired from FMC with 40 years of service. He was a member of South Charleston Church of Christ.

Surviving are his wife, Halcie M. Deel Lamb; one son, Ronald Lamb of Ludington, Mich.; two grandchildren; one brother, James C. Lamb of St. Albans; and three sisters, Losie Dye and husband Howard of Chloe, Hazel Christian of Gauley Bridge and Macel Snyder of Scottsdale, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Gertrude Groggs, Ruby Finley, Nelle Downey and Goldie Rice, and one brother, Clifford Lamb.

Services were held at Good Shepherd Mortuary, South Charleston, with Minister Louis Watts officiating. Burial was in Cunningham Memorial Park, St. Albans.

BRYCE BOGGS

Bryce L. Boggs, 62, of Perkins, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria, Ohio.

He was the son of the late Ernie and Gail Boggs.

 He was a U.S. Army veteran and was employed for 30 years at General Motors Fisher Body, Elyria, and retired 11 years ago from General Motors, Adrian, Mich., and moved to Perkins.

Surviving are four sisters, Betty Stiltner of Grafton, Ohio, Helen Melton of Gassaway, Joy Postalwait of Pulaski, Va., and Janice Knall of Stow, Ohio; and one brother, John Boggs of Perkins.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Boggs, and one sister, Barbara Dages.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Normantown.

GERALDINE ANDERSON

Geraldine Anderson, 81, of Chloe, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, at Braxton County Nursing Home.

She was the daughter of the late Edith Metheney.

Surviving are one daughter, Sandra Morris of Hawaii; two sisters, Virgie Shaffer of Akron, Ohio, and June Dillon of Ohio; one brother, Delvin Anderson; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with burial in Yost Cemetery, Chloe.

RUTH WAYNE

Ruth Wayne, 88, of Mineral Wells, formerly of Calhoun County, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, in Sunbridge Nursing Home, Parkersburg.

She was born in Kanawha County.

Surviving are two daughters, Patsy Groch and Iva M. Williams; five sons, Ora C. Wayne, Ira R. Wayne, Vernon J. Wayne, Bobby Wayne and Roger Wayne; 25 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Noah C. Wayne.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Howard Nichols officiating. Burial was in Sand Ridge Cemetery, Sand Ridge.

DESSIE McGILL

Dessie V. McGill, 90, of Big Springs, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Grant and Phoebe Frederick Modesitt.

 She was a homemaker and a member of Hardman Chapel Church, Smithville.

Surviving are one daughter, Lorraine Long of Harrisville, and two grandchildren, Lorin and Lori Long.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Waldo McGill; seven brothers, Benny, Shirley, Lennie, Elmer, Howard, James and Dewey Modesitt; and two sisters, Jesse Reed and Bessie Williston.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville. Burial was in Hardman Chapel Cemetery.

WILLIAM LEWIS METZ

William Lewis Metz, 77, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Elihue Metz and Clara Burroughs.

He was retired from Keene Corp. (PennMetal).

Surviving are four daughters, Sherry Hammond, Barbara Marty and Mary Spencer, all of Vienna, and Tonya Boyce of Parkersburg; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Sarah Burroughs and Arminda Maxwell, both of Vienna.

He was preceded in death by his wife and eight brothers and sisters.

Services were held at Independent Baptist Church with Pastor Robert May officiating.

YETTA LYNCH

Yetta Elizabeth Lynch, 86, of Vienna, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born at Big Bend, the daughter of the late Earl E. and Mary E. Krepts Shanks.

She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Glenna Perry of South Charleston; one half-brother, Morris Shanks of Jackson, Tenn.; three grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; nine great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Bernard Lynch, in 2003; one son, Richard A. Lynch; one brother; and four half-sisters.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Rev. Jim Yoak officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

PERRY TAYLOR

Perry L. Taylor, 46, of Big Springs, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Virgil and Madeline Goodnight Taylor.

He was employed by Concord Well Service and was a member of New Testament Baptist Church, Big Springs.

Surviving are his wife, Darla Wilson Taylor; one son, Gregory M. Taylor of Big Springs; one granddaughter, Kenadee of Big Springs; five brothers, Douglas Taylor and wife Shirley and Rodney Taylor and wife Mary Ann, all of Big Bend, Dexter Taylor of Big Springs, Harry Taylor and wife Carol of Grantsville and Gary and Sue Jones of Red Hill; three sisters, Sheila Sims and husband Jim of Big Bend, Kathy Richards and husband William of Big Springs and Martha Newell and husband Eric of Annamoriah; his step-mother, Eva Taylor of Zebullon, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Taylor Cemetery, Big Bend.

JASPER STARCHER

Jasper T. Starcher, 83, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Harley “Pete” and Ruth Duskey Starcher.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and had worked as an electrician at American Viscose and Kaiser Aluminum plants.

Surviving are his wife, Ellen Hughes Starcher; three brothers, Golden B. Starcher of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Charles Starcher of Grantsville and Robert Wayne Starcher of Parkersburg; three sisters, Freda McCune of Barberton, Ohio, Fae Kerby of Mt. Zion and Joyce Bouvier of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his step-mother, Dorothy Starcher, and two brothers, William and Buster Starcher.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Tom Deane
officiating. Entombment was in Sunset Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with full military rites.

GAYLORD MILLER

Gaylord Miller, 91, of Fayetteville, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Carey and Sarah Miller.

He was retired from Union Carbide.

Surviving are one daughter, Faye Andreassen of San Jose, Calif.; two sisters, Maycel Rhodes of Barberton, Ohio, and Emogene Rhodes of Statesville, N.C.; two brothers, Okey Miller of Newton and Albert Miller of Orrville, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Orpha Conley Miller, in 1988; one son, Larry Miller; two daughters, Corrine Brightwell and Ruth McCoy; three sisters, Locie, Mabel and Prudie; and two brothers, Raymond and Clay.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Brian Harrell officiating. Burial was in Clover Cemetery.

ROBERT ‘Ebb’ SWISHER

Robert “Ebb” Swisher, 83, of Grantsville, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born at MacFarlan, the son of the late Miner Elbert and Viola Nutter Swisher.

He was a former truck driver for Eureka Pipeline Co. and a former Calhoun County school bus driver. He was a lifelong member of Brooksville United Methodist Church, and member of AFL-CIO, Grantsville Senior Citizens Association and Five Forks String Band.

Surviving are his wife, Opal Swisher; two sons, Bobby Swisher and wife Marsha of Five Forks and Calvin Swisher and wife Kathleen of Parkersburg; and four grandchildren, Tiffany Swisher of Five Forks and Nichole, Michael and Mark Swisher of Parkersburg.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens, Parkersburg.

EDYTHE JOHNSON

Edythe M. Johnson, 77, of Grantsville, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2003.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Clinton G. and Ina N. Hannah.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and received an associate degree in business from Mountain State Business College, Parkersburg. She was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, New Martinsville, and American Legion Post 120 Auxiliary, Hundred. She was active as a 4-H leader, Sunday School teacher and PTA leader for many years in Hundred. She was a sponsor of Children International, presently supporting a young girl, Catherine D. Tamares, of South America.

Surviving are two daughters, Karen Longwell of Hundred and Terra Mauro of Peters Township, Pa.; two brothers, Argle Hannah of Parkersburg and Robert Hannah of Grantsville; five grand-children; two great-grandchildren; and five nieces of nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, George A. Johnson, and one sister, Virginia Lee Hannah.

Funeral mass was held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, celebrant Rev. Leo B. Lydon of Clarksburg and Rev. Dave Schmidtt of Spencer. Burial was in Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery.

BESSIE HUSK

Bessie E. Husk, 97, of Grantsville, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2003, at Crestview Manor Nursing Home, Jane Lew.

She was the daughter of the late John and Lelie Robinson Bower.

She attended Mt. Lebanon Church, Kinchloe, and had made her home with daughter Sharon for seven years.

Surviving are three sons, Leander “Pete” Husk of Parkersburg, Charles E. Husk of Lake Villa, Ill., and Foster Husk and wife Linda of Grantsville; three daughters, Gertrude Welsh and Sharon Titus, both of Jane Lew, and Madeline Lamp of Weston; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death in 1999 by her husband, Dewey Husk, whom she had married Nov. 16, 1924, and four sons.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Tim Hughes officiating. Burial was in Betts Cemetery.

LEOTA JANE LINEHAN

Leota Jane Hicks Linehan, 58, of Newark, Ohio, formerly of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of Rosie Hicks of Arnoldsburg and the late Earl Hicks.

Surviving in addition to her mother are her husband, John William Linehan; three sons, Sam E. Hicks of Newark, Larry Lee Delong of Parkersburg and Bobby Delong of Tracy, Calif.; two daughters, Shirley Delong of Parkersburg and Brenda Lee Hicks of Belpre, Ohio; two brothers, Dayton Hicks of Arnoldsburg and Jim Hicks of Mt. Zion; and six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Virginia Poling, Bevis Thomas and Mary Hicks, and one brother, Darius Hicks.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Bailey Cemetery, Minnora.

ELLEN LAFFERRE

Ellen J. Lafferre, 79, of Harrisville, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2003, at the residence of her daughter, Jackie Webber.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Jerry and Ora Vankirk King.

She was a newspaper columnist and a former realtor, and a member of American Legion.

Surviving are two sons, Jim Mullen of Parkersburg and Bill Lafferre of Toronto, Canada;
three daughters, Connie Shutts of Parkersburg, Jackie Webber of Harrisville and Judy Abbas of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two sisters, Goldie Campbell of Belpre, Ohio, and Mary Ide of Columbus, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Chasidy Edwards.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Lafferre; two sisters, Ethel Clark and Icy Hudson; five brothers, Lee, Lester, Lloyd, Lantie and Bob King; and one great-granddaughter.

Services were held at Vaughan Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Pat Hoover officiating. Burial was in Evergreen North Cemetery.

CLIFFORD STARCHER

Clifford “Cliff” Starcher, 88, of Vienna, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, at Marietta Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late William and Sallie Bowers Starcher.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and received a Purple Heart and numerous other awards. He was a farmer and was retired from W.Va. Board of Education as a bus driver. He was a member of Sandhill United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Jean S. Broughton of Marietta, Ohio; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Minnie Zinn of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia B. Slider Starcher; one daughter, Judith Ann Sams; four brothers, Ray, Dennis, Leon and Cecil Starcher; and three sisters, Teletha “Peg” Griffen, Anna Pearl Bailey and Delia Bailey.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Rev. Jeff Nolte officiating. Burial was in Parkersburg Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

DENVER COTTRILL

Denver G. Cottrill, 63, of Canton, Ohio, formerly of Rosedale, died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at Altman Hospital, Canton.

He was born at Shock, the son of the late Archie and Ruth Perkins Cottrill.

Surviving are two sons, Roger of Tennessee and Gregory of Warren, Ohio; one granddaughter; five brothers, Larry Cottrill of Canton, Robert Cottrill, Hurman Cottrill and Henry Cottrill, all of Warren, Ohio, and Harry Cottrill and wife Debra of Grantsville; six sisters, Shirley Schartiger of Navarre, Ohio, Joan King of Front Royal, Va., Phyllis Skelton of McDonough, Ga., Kathleen West of Spencer and Margaret McCumbers and Nellie Hall, both of Rosedale; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Cottrill; one son, Archie Dewayne Cottrill; and one sister, Nancy Cottrill.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Cottrill Cemetery, Rosedale.

DOROTHY RICHARDS

Dorothy L. Richards, 74, of Kanawha Drive, near Glenville, died Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Carl and Emma Hayhurst Price.

Surviving are two nephews and one niece.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Richards; one brother, Eugene Price; and her step-father, Lester Richards.

Graveside services were held at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, near Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating.

LULA ACREE

Lula B. Acree, 88, of Cleveland, Ohio, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at Algart Health Care Center, Cleveland.

She was born at Richwood, the daughter of the late Harlan and Eugenia Hughes Talkington.

She was a former employee of Metropolitan Hospital, Cleveland, with 20 years of service.

Surviving are two daughters, Judy Lowther and Faith Mitchell, both of Cleveland; one son, Cleo Acree of Cleveland; two brothers, George Talkington and Melvin Talkington, both of Ohio; one sister, Thelma Tucker of Walker; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Acree Cemetery, Clay.

ILA HILDRETH

Ila V. Hildreth, 77, of Coatesville, Ind., died Saturday, Dec. 20, 2003, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Clark and Olive Freshour Wilson.

Surviving are one son, Leon Hildreth of Kennesaw, Ga.; one daughter, Pam Tipton of Coatesville; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Hildreth; one daughter, Phyllis Booher; three brothers, Earl Wilson, Troy Wilson and Opha Wilson; and two sisters, June Freed and Arnell Davis.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

FAY DUELLEY

Fay Duelley, 75, of Smithville, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Edgar and Virgil Pearl Harris Duelley.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a retired member of Labors International Union of North America, Local Union #1085, Parkersburg, with over 30 years of service.

Surviving are one son, Terry Duelley of South Pointe, Ohio; one daughter, Tina Campbell of Komvolton, Ohio; six step-children, Michael Sinnett of Harrisville, Ronda Hedrick, Ronald Wilson and David Wilson, all of Cairo, Robert Wilson of Marietta, Ohio, and Richard Wilson of Fortville, Ind.; three brothers, Gary, Edgar and Loren Duelley; five sisters, Gay Wilson, Virginia Sprouse, Kathleen Merriman, Betty Maxwell and Maggie Harold; and several grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three children, Donald and Michael Duelley and Janet Wilson; two brothers, Ray and Dorsie Duelley; and one sister, Mae Yeager.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Don Blankenship officiating. Burial was in Harrisville I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

ARIZONA (Zona) McCORD

Arizona (Zona) McCord, 80, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

Surviving are one sister, Opal Vandale, and one brother, Robert Wise.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Creston.

BESSIE CHURCH

Bessie Church, 83, of Spencer, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003.

Surviving are three sisters, Evelyn Church of Spencer, Edna Woodward of Mogadore, Ohio, and
Shirley Davis of Lakewood, Ohio; and two brothers, Jess Church of Medina, Ohio, and George Church of Arnoldsburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her “mother” who raised her, Ila Ash Church; two brothers; and one sister.

Graveside services were held at Eventide Cemetery, Spencer, with Rev. D.L. Kirby officiating.

CATHY (Sis) STEVENS-YEAGER

Cathy (Sis) Stevens-Yeager, 65, of Grantsville, died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

Surviving are three sons, Glenn, Bruce and Tim Cameron; one daughter, Brenda Cameron; three sisters; and two brothers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Lower Run Cemetery.

ARIZONA (Peggy) LAYFIELD

Arizona G. (Peggy) Layfield, 86, of Cairo, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at Parkersburg.

She was born near Big Bend, the daughter of the late Ruben S. and Margaret Jane Conley Richards.

 She was a member of Cairo Senior Citizens and the former Cairo Christian Center.

Surviving are four sons, Terry, Jim, Jack and Keith Layfield, all of Cairo; two daughters, Carol Stout of Petroleum and Shirley Ash of Elizabeth; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grand-children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Shirley Layfield; one son, Robert P. Layfield; two infant daughters, Gloria Jean and Ellen Sue Layfield; five brothers, Ed, George, Don, Ted and Floyd Richards; and four sisters, Lillian Richards, Esta Givens, Pearl Criss and Leota Richards.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo, with Pastor Tim Bell officiating. Burial was in Masonic Memorial Park, Cairo.

GOLDA HAYMAKER

Golda G. Haymaker, 84, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at Carehaven, Pleasants County.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson and Mint F. Keener Rose.

She was a retired cook for Stouts Drug Store, having 26 years of service.

Surviving are three daughters, Phyllis Keffer and Tris Ferrebee, both of Parkersburg, and Nancy Sturdevant of Little Hocking, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cline Joseph Haymaker; six sisters; and three brothers.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Gene Hutton officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

MARIE CARROLL

Marie Carroll, 85, of Harrisville, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at her residence.

She was born in Arnoldsburg, the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson and Mahalie Ann Elmore Parsons.

She was a seamstress and attended Harrison Street United Methodist Church, Harrisville.

Surviving are six daughters, Bernice Hostottle of Little Hocking, Ohio, Emma Hammett of Vienna, Martha Vincent of Cairo, Connie Schaney of Carrolton, Ohio, Dixie Reed of Pennsboro and Gloria Morgan of Williamstown; two sons, Samuel Carroll, M.D., of Charleston and Daniel Carroll of Harrisville; two sisters; three brothers; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; and her faithful cat, Sushi.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Eva Carroll, and one granddaughter, Shelly Schaney.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Harlan Hodge officiating. Burial was in Cairo Masonic Cemetery.

IRA (Art) GHERKE

Ira E. (Art) Gherke, 77, of Bridgeport, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was the son of the late Claude and Leota White Gherke.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He retired after 40 years of service with Harrison County Board of Education where he worked as a school bus operator. He received the Million Mile Award, which recognizes a professional driver for logging a million miles without an accident. In 1982, he was inducted into National School Bus Drivers Hall of Fame. He worked as an auxiliary policeman for Bridgeport Police Dept. and retired as a volunteer from Bridgeport Fire Dept. He was a member of Boothsville Baptist Church where he served as deacon, trustee and member of the choir.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Dorris W. Gherke; two brothers, Cleburn Gherke and wife Flara of Grantsville and Oless Gherke and wife Marian of Woodbridge, Va.; one sister-in-law, Lakie Gherke of Grantsville; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Arlin and Olin Gherke, and one sister, Thelma Pickles.

Services were held at Ford Funeral Home, Bridgeport, with Rev. Orville Wright officiating. Burial was in Collins Cemetery, Stumptown.

GAROLD FLOYD FOX

Garold Floyd Fox, 75, of Weirton, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at Weirton Medical Center.

He was born in Big Springs, the son of the late Elias Floyd and Dortha Wilson Fox.

He served in the Navy during World War II and retired with 38 years of service from Weirton Steel. He was a member of Weirton Steel 25 Year Club and was a Baptist.

Surviving are his wife, Minnie Rine Fox, whom he married Aug. 18, 1950; one daughter, Deborah Norman of New Manchester; two sisters, Elmadeen Robinson of New Manchester and Irene Bartlett and husband Ray of Big Springs; and two granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Inez Yoak.

Services were held at Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, Weirton, with Pastor James Rhodes and Pastor Marvin Hawley officiating. Burial was in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton.

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