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RAY CUNNINGHAM

Ray H. Cunningham, 88, of Elizabeth, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Curtis and Sophia Jane Greathouse Cunningham.

He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, was a member of Farm Bureau, attended Burning Springs U.M. Church, and retired from Hope Gas Co. with 29 years of service.

Surviving are his wife, Hallie Mollohan Cunningham; one son, Joseph Cunningham of Elizabeth; two daughters, Sonja Artibise of New Orleans, La., and Shelia Goldizen of Liberty; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Ralph Cunningham of Little Hocking, Ohio; and one sister, Dollie Shrader of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Cunningham; brothers and sisters, Roy, Russell, Pearl, Shirley, Maggie and Effie; and one grandchild.

Services were held at Busch-Kimes Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Pastor Kenneth Welch and Paul Williams officiating. Burial was in Beatty Cemetery.

LEAH DEUSING

Leah Chenoweth Deusing, 86, of Warner Robins, Ga., formerly of Nicut, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, Lower Nicut.

TESSELENE POWELL

Tesselene R. Powell of Parkersburg died Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born in Munday, the daughter of the late Carmel Clay and Edith Rose Newell.

She was a homemaker and a Southern Baptist.

Surviving are four sons, Russell Parker and Roger Parker, both of Frederick, Md., and Randall Parker and Donald Powell, both of Parkersburg; one daughter, Sandy Groover of Fort Wayne, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jack Newell of Munday.

She was preceded in death by one son, Richard Parker.

By her request, there was no visitation or services.

VIRGINIA PARSONS

Virginia K. Parsons, 89, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Jackson County, the daughter of the late Alvinzie and Flora McCrady Parsons.

Surviving are three sons, Perry J. Wilson and Carl E. Wilson, both of Parkersburg, and Roger Wilson and wife Donna of Big Bend; one daughter, Ruth Starcher of Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and two brothers, Clella “Pat” Parsons of Martinsburg and Stewart Parsons of Front Royal, Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Parsons, in 1984; three sons; one grandson; three brothers, Otha, Jesse and Oshel Parsons; and one sister, Belva E. Lowe.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with burial in Goodnight Cemetery, Calhoun County.

GENE COLLINS

Gene L. Collins, 70, of Cutler, Ohio, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Madge Hammer Dye and Howard L. Collins.

He was a retired truck driver and operated a cattle farm at Cutler and also G&C Water Hauling. He was a Christian and attended Bible Baptist Church, Bartlett, Ohio, and Decatur Chapel, Decatur, Ohio.

Surviving are his wife of 28 years, Carol; three sons, Larry, Martin and Dale Collins; two daughters, Donna Uhl and Theda Stevens; three step-sons, Harold, William and Richard Parsons; four brothers, Gilbert, Louis and Kenny Dye and Gary Collins; two sisters, Wilmadeane Williams and Hazel Tustin; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Naomi Travis, and two infant children.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, Ohio, with Rev. Jack Berry and Rev. Tim Lindsay officiating, and burial in Fairview Memory Gardens, Belpre.

SARAH ANDERSON

Sarah Kingsbury Anderson, 94, of Bens Run, died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, at Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville.

She was born in Arnoldsburg, the daughter of the late George J. and Matilda Lynch Kingsbury.

She graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1931 and was a member of Spencer Tabernacle Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Hazeline Anderson of Spencer and Wilma Jean Monroe of Bens Run; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her husband, E.V. Anderson; four brothers, Jabez, Homer, Cleo and Rector Kingsbury; and two sisters, Addie Parsons and Vera Smith.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Garry Bowen and Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Gibson Cemetery, Arnoldsburg.


WILLIAM BARNES

William R. Barnes, 79, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Edgar and Elma Barr Barnes.

He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School, a U.S. Army veteran, and was retired from A.B. Chance-Emerson Electric Co., Parkersburg.

Surviving are one daughter, Barbara Beckett of Parkersburg; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Ralph Barnes of Parkersburg and Clyde Barnes of Vienna.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellodean Criss Barnes; two sisters; and one brother.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Rev. Larry Dale officiating. Burial was in Ever-green South Cemetery.

FRED BALL

Fred Ball, 89, of Beckley, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, in a Beckley care center.

He was born at Pine Creek, the son of the late Norvel Leo and Mary Rebecca Propst Ball.

He was retired from Pinecrest Hospital with 20 years of service and was a member of Grace Baptist Church, Union Hall Road, Beckley. He was the last survivor of his immediate family.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Sibyl Louise Linton Ball; four nieces, Donna Starcher of Spencer, Bonetta Lanham of Parottsville, Tenn., Shirley Finklebinder of Youngstown, Ohio, and Bonnie Brown of Grantsville; and two nephews, Danny Carter and David Carter, both of Spencer.

Services were held at Grace Baptist Church with Rev. Roger Harding and Rev. Bobby Legg officiating. Burial was in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley.

ZELDA HEADLEY

Zelda M. Headley, 82, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Dolly Dawson Bell.

Surviving are two sons, Elbert Headley of Smithville and Delbert Headley of MacFarlan; two
daughters, Ruth Barrett of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Sophia Bacorn of Harrisville; two brothers, Harold Bell of Big Springs and Russell Bell of Ravenna, Ohio; one sister, Churl Lott of Ravenna; and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jewell Headley; one son, Earl Headley; and one daughter, Louise Headley.

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

JESSIE ISAAC POWELL

Jessie Isaac Powell, 84, of Akron, Ohio, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004.

He was born in Arnoldsburg, the son of the late Jessie and Pearl Evans Powell.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired from Babcock & Wilcox with 40 years of service. He had attended Cornerstone Free Methodist Church, Akron, since 1962.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Ursley “Jo”; one son, Randy Powell; one daughter, Cathy Hyatt; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; and one sister, Velma Ferrel.

He was preceded in death by five sisters, Marie, Ava, Pauline, Vivian and Lovey, and five brothers, Hagan, Thurl, Ernest, Boyd and Gaily.

Services were held at Cornerstone Free Methodist Church with Pastor Brenda Young officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery.

ETTA CARPENTER

Etta Crawford Carpenter, 84, of Millstone, died Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004, at Miletree of Spencer.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late W.T. and Oma Esther Wood Crawford.

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

Surviving are her husband, Oda Carpenter; one sister, Ursley Powell of Barberton, Ohio; one step-son, Darrell Carpenter of Oldtown, Fla.; one step-daughter, Mary Alice Harris of Akron, Ohio; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Dare Crawford, Glen Crawford and W.T. Crawford, Jr., and four sisters, Grace Carpenter, Jean Murawsky, Mildrend Rennie and Ivah Peggy Miller.

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

ARLENE HOALCRAFT

Arlene O. Hoalcraft, 87, of Big Flint, near West Union, died Friday, Jan. 23, 2004, in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born at Grantsville, the daughter of the late Porter Lee and Cassie Alberta Wilson Reese.

 Along with her husband, she assisted as caretaker for many years at Masonic Memorial Park Cemetery, near West Union. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Surviving are seven daughters, Edith Mae Stackpole of Reeder, Ethel Fay Childers of Big Flint, Wava Jean Brown of Glenville, Beatrice Gay Dalton of Belmont, Alberta Sue Guthrie of Geneva, Ohio, Barbara Ann McClung of Fairmont and Rachel Louise Underwood of  Clarksburg; one son, Roger Allan Hoalcraft of Belmont; one sister, Mary Lou Wheeler of Greenwood; one brother, Ford Reese of Greenwood; 28 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ezra Hoalcraft, on May 15, 1980; five daughters; one sister; and three brothers.

Services were held at Spurgeon Funeral Home, West Union, with Rev. Rufus Hoalcraft officiating. Burial was in Masonic Memorial Park.

AUDREY SHOEMAKER

Audrey R. Shoemaker, 84, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004.

She was born in Akron, Ohio, and resided in West Virginia for 25 years. She attended Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Surviving are her husband, John; one son, Jon Wallace of Akron; three daughters, Patti Baughman of Denver, N.C., Bonnie Radcliffe of Akron and Mickey Smalley of Berrien Springs, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Hopkins Lawver Funeral Home, Akron, with Pastor Abner Castanon officiating. Burial was in Hillside Memorial Park.

KAREN JONES

Karen Jones, 62, of Brohard, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

Surviving are her husband, Harry (Mack) Jones of Brohard; her mother, Blanche Bell; three sons, James Jones of Big Springs and David Jones and Scott Jones, both of Elizabeth; three daughters, Brenda Sinnett and Debra Richards, both of Brohard, and Pam Buck of Columbus, Ohio; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her step-father, Cecil Bell; one brother, Michael Burkett; and two sisters, Dorothy and Sherry Bell.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Richard Metheney officiating. Burial was in Goodnight Cemetery.

MARY JANE (Skip) McDONALD

Mary Jane (Skip) McDonald of Mt. Zion, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at home.

She was the daughter of the late Charles and Laura Boldin and a native of Northern Virginia.

In 1987, she and her husband, Dan, a native of Calhoun County, retired from corporate life, and moved back to Calhoun. She was a member of Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center Ladies Auxiliary, in which she served one term as secretary, and was known as the “Cookie Lady,” a member of Family Resource Network, and had been one of two delegates from Calhoun to Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Health Dept. Committee.

Surviving are her husband, Dan; two sons, Gary and Ron; one daughter, Laura; and six grandchildren, Donna, Amber, Crystal, Michael, Jack and Jesse.

She was preceded in death by one son, Kenny.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville.

ORIS STARCHER

Oris V. Starcher, 72, of Painesville, Ohio, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at LakeWest Hospital, Willoughby, Ohio.

He was born at Leatherbark, the son of the late Henry and Ossie Dodd Starcher.

He was a tool and die maker for 33 years and was retired from General Motors Co., Lordstown, Ohio. He was a member of Willoughby Masonic Lodge, where he was a past patron, and was a charter member of Willoughby Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of four years, Martha June Blanken Starcher; one step-daughter, Saundra Smith; one step-son, John Smith; five step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Kessler, Chester, Dale and Adam Starcher, and two sisters, Zell Criss and Chessie Jenich.

Services were held at Brunner Funeral Home, Mentor, Ohio, with Larry Hicks officiating. Graveside services were held at Liberty Hill Cemetery, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.

CHARLES EUGENE McINTYRE

Charles Eugene McIntyre, 69, of Munday, died Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004.

He was born at Munday, the son of Mabel Opal Ferrell McIntyre of Big Bend and the late Russell Guy McIntyre.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and former employee of Bissett Steel Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

Surviving in addition to his mother are one brother, Lonnie McIntyre of Munday; one sister, Janice McIntyre of Big Bend; two nieces, Misty McIntyre and Lonnie Nicole McIntyre, both of Big Bend; and one great-nephew, Emanuel McIntyre.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Jim McIntyre officiating. Burial was in Belt Cemetery, Munday.

KAY LINVILLE

Janice Kay Linville, 59, of Pennsboro, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at Parkersburg.

She was born at Parkersburg, the daughter of the late Shelby M. and Kathleen “Kady” VanScoy.

She was a 1962 graduate of Calhoun County High School. She was employed by Ritchie County Board of Education as a teacher’s aide for 27 years. She was a member of WVSPCA and Pennsboro Church of Christ.

Surviving are three daughters, Tonya R. Linville of Pennsboro, Lisa D. Swisher of Williamstown and Captain Stephanie K. Kennedy of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.; one son, John Linville of Millwood; one sister, Vickie Robinson of Kenna; and nine grandchildren.

Services were held at Church of Christ, Pennsboro, with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating. Burial was in Church of Christ Cemetery, Pike.

CLARA ELIZABETH (Katie) CUMMINGS

Clara Elizabeth (Katie) Cummings, 88, died Monday, Feb. 23, 2004, at home.

She was the daughter of the late James L. and Martha Ellison Kelly.

She was a member of Elmira Missionary Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 65 years, H. Ray Cummings; one daughter, Helen Mollohan of Big Otter; three sons, Leon of Fairmont, Jerry of Elmira and Keith of Martinsburg; six grand-children; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Vickery and Merle Bonnette, and three brothers, Lawrence, Claude and Leroy Kelly.

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

WOODROW (Jake) KERBY

Woodrow J. (Jake) Kerby, 89, of Mt. Zion, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was born in Calhoun County and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He retired from the W.Va. Dept. of Highways and was a member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, Hur.

Surviving are one daughter, Rose Pursley and her husband Roy of Grantsville; three brothers, Kose Whytsell, Eugene Whytsell and Brent Whytsell; four sisters, Kathryn Ladd, Jewell Marsh, Louise Nevitt and Geneva Morgan; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eulah Kerby, and two brothers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

ODA GRIFFITH

Oda F. Griffith, 87, of St. Marys, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004.

She was born at Big Springs, the daughter of the late William and Ida M. Snider Leeson.

She had been employed by Ritchie County Schools as a foster grandparent and was a Methodist.

Surviving are two daughters, Doris Bills and husband Gary and Deloris Bierce and husband Ronald, all of Greens Run Community, St. Marys; eight grandchildren; and five great-grand-children.

Services were held at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Rev. John Strimer officiating. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery, St. Marys.

DEWARD OFFUTT

Deward L. Offutt, 83, of Millstone, died Sunday, Feb. 29, 2004.

He was born in Calhoun County near the farm where he spent his life, the son of the late Arthur and Etta Whytsell Offutt.

He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School, Class of 1940. He served in World War II from 1942-1946 in the South Pacific and in the reserves from 1946-1949. He was retired from Hildreth Oil & Gas and Kingsbury Oil & Gas. He served 45 years on the Little Kanawha Soil Conservation District Board as a supervisor and on the RC&D Board. He was one of the original founders of West Fork Community Action and helped with the organization of the West Virginia Molasses Festival. He served as a county com-missioner from 1967-1975. He was a member of Louisa Chapel Arnoldsburg U.M. Church for 70 years, and most recently attended Sand Ridge U.M. Church.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Byrnadeen Offutt; one son, D. Lention Offutt and wife Karen of Elizabeth; one daughter, Sherlene Conley and husband Kenny of Millstone; three grand-daughters, Melissa and Sarah Offutt and Hannah Conley; and one sister, Delma Kemper of Millstone.

He was preceded in death by an infant son, and one brother, Denver Offutt.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Swearengin and Rev. Cleston Garrett officiating. Burial was in Sturm Cemetery, Millstone.

NORA YOUNG

Nora Lou Young, 65, of Pomeroy, Ohio, died Monday, Mar. 1, 2004, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Ernest Roy and Flora B. Stemple Smith.

 She was a Methodist and had worked as a prep cook for several restaurants and nursing home facilities.

Surviving are two daughters, Debra Young of Parkersburg and Barbara Collins of Belleville; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, her caregiver Edith Barnhouse of Pomeroy and Pauline Smith; one brother, Roger Lee Smith; and several nieces and nephews, including caregiver Steve Barnhouse.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank D. Young, Sr.; one son, Frank D. Young, Jr.; an infant brother, Charles Smith; and an infant sister, Thelma Smith.

Services were held at Kimes Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Glenn Rowe officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

MADGE HUBER

Madge C. Huber, 95, of Davisville, died Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Sanford and Laura Francis Cunningham.

She retired from Eckard Drug Store, Orlando, Fla., and formerly worked for Lakeview Drug Store, Parkersburg. She was a member of Sunrise Baptist Church.

Surviving are one son, James L. Huber of Davisville; one daughter, Shirley Mehl of Inverness, Fla.; one foster daughter, Lillian McCrary of Parkersburg; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Lee Huber, in 1979; one foster son, Gilbert Keith; four brothers; and two sisters.

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

VEDA MORRISON

Veda Campbell Morrison, 98, of Grantsville, died Friday, Mar. 5, 2004, 11 days short of her 99th birthday, at The Willows, Parkersburg.

She was born at Grantsville, the daughter of the late John and Bertie Deem Propst.

She was a charter member of Grantsville Women’s Club and a 50-year member and past matron of Grantsville Chapter 73, Order of Eastern Star. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville, where she had been a Sunday School teacher and member of the church choir.

Surviving are two sons, Milfred G. Campbell of Battle Creek, Mich., and Gary L. Campbell of Parkersburg; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Guss Campbell, in 1945; her second husband, Troea Morrison, in 1989; and one sister, Stella Sears.

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

LEAR WEEKLEY

Lear Parsons Weekley, 95, died Friday, Mar. 5, 2004.

She was the daughter of the late Bailey and Nanny Parsons.

She lived in Calhoun County until 1955, then resided in Akron, Ohio. She retired from Akron City Hospital in 1980. She was a member of Order of Eastern Star.

Surviving are four sons, Paul Weekley of Knoxville, Tenn., Lowell Weekley of Nicut, Bill Weekley of Wooster, Ohio, and Carroll Weekley of Parkersburg; one daughter, Sharon Hill of Lineboro, Md.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lucy Bailey of Akron.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Darrell Mollohan officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

BENJAMIN THOMAS MURRAY

Benjamin Thomas Murray, 18, of Reedy, died Friday, Mar. 5, 2004, at his home.

He was the son of Doug and Sheila Batten Murray of Reedy.

Surviving are his paternal grandfather, Arnold Murray of Reedy; paternal grandmother, Diane Taylor of Grantsville; and maternal grandparents, Robert J. “Bud” and Virginia Batten of Reedy.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Nathaniel Clinton Murray.

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

DANA HALL

Dana E. Hall, 66, of Millstone, died Sunday, Mar. 7, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was in Calhoun County, the son of the late Lawrence and Gae Butler Hall.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from the W.Va. Dept. of Highways.

Surviving are his wife, Thurmel Poling Hall; one brother, Ross Hall of Barberton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, June Nicholas.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Clarence McKown officiating. Burial was in Poling Cemetery, Millstone.

DOROTHY MOUNTS

Dorothy Allison Mounts, 77, of Nobe, died Thursday, Mar. 11, 2004, at her home.

She was born at Marmet, the daughter of the late Harlan P. Allison and Nora Jordan Allison.

Surviving are three sons, Aubrey Mounts, Jr., of Newton, Terry Joe Mounts of Grantsville and James Harvey Mounts of Nobe; six daughters, Jewell Jones and Karen Cain, both of Nobe, Carroll Davis of St. Marys, Sheryll Tyler of Rapids City, Ill., Charlene Smith of Camden and Thelma Jean Butcher of Cox’s Mills; 20 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Mounts, and three brothers, James, Gordon and Henry Allison.

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

HELEN PERRY

Helen Virginia Perry, 75, of Lowell, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 13, 2004, at her home.

She was born in Russett, the daughter of the late Dallas and Daisy Knotts Stump.

She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School. She was a homemaker and a member of Beverly Baptist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Donis Yoder of Waterford, Ohio, Brenda May of Green Bay, Wisc., and Vicki Reed of Land O’Lakes, Fla.; four sons, Drexel L. Perry, Jr., of Vineland, N.J., Michael Perry of Buena Vista, N.J., and Jeffrey Perry and Scott Perry, both of Lowell; 25 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Eugene Stump of Parkersburg and Dr. Darrell Stump of Dublin, Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Drexel Perry, Sr., whom she married Sept. 14, 1947, on Mar. 13, 1997; and one infant son, James David.

Services were held at Lowell Chapel of Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, with Pastor David Snyder officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery.

CHARLEY McCUNE

Charley McCune, 81, of Massillon, Ohio, died Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2004, at Massillon Community Hospital.

He was born in Orma, the son of the late Ellsworth and Myrtle Duncan McCune.

He was an Army veteran of World War II and was retired as a scarfer from the former Republic Steel Corp. with 34 years of service. He was a member of Massillon Baptist Temple.

Surviving are two daughters, Diane Parker and Dolores Crannell, both of Massillon; three sons, Charles L. McCune of Massillon, Timothy P. McCune of Bolivar, Ohio, and Delbert L. McCune of Belgium; two sisters, Leomel Isenhart of West Virginia and Alma Bingham of Wadsworth, Ohio; one brother, Denver McCune of Spencer; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and special friend, Lucille Elbert of Massillon.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Glenna L. McCune, on Apr. 10, 2002; one brother; and three sisters.

Services were held at Atkinson-Feucht-Shaidnagle Funeral Home, Massillon, with Rev. W. Jay Dolvin officiating. Burial was in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens with military rites.

 

NORMA HELMICK

Norma F. Helmick, 43, of Orma, died Monday, Mar. 15, 2004, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of Mae Cottrell Falls Bugden of Arnoldsburg and the late Everett Falls.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband, James Helmick; one son, Mark Helmick
of Orma; two brothers, Rick Falls and Russell Falls, both of Arnoldsburg; and three sisters, Linda Patterson and Mary Grogg, both of Arnoldsburg, and Judy Stanford of Stumptown.

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

WESLEY ALAN BELL

Wesley Alan Bell, seven-day-old infant son of Amanda Cottrell Williams and Herbert Bell of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

Surviving are one sister, Brittany Williams of Grantsville; four brothers, Cecil and Harold Bell and Dustin and Shawn Hillegas, all of Grantsville; grandparents, Blanche Bell of Brohard and Emogene Cottrell and James Meadows of Shock; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Cecil Bell.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Mike Worf officiating. Burial was in Freed Cemetery, Leading Creek.

SANDRA BENNETT

Sandra Kay “Candi” Bennett, 55, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was the daughter of the late Delbert and Hazel Barnett Bennett.

Surviving are five sisters, Emogene Hitchcock of Parkersburg, Mary Steorts of Marietta, Ohio, Alice Hrebinko of Fishersville, Va., Christina Hendershot of Lower Salem, Ohio, and Pamela Lynch of Mt. Zion; and one brother, Bruce Bennett of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Ronald Bennett.

 THELMA TAYLOR

Thelma Maysel Taylor, 98, of Minnora, died Thursday, Mar. 11, 2004, in Morgantown.

She was born in Clay County, Oak Hill Ridge Community, the daughter of the late Lewis Columbus and Londia Foreman.

During World War II, she worked at the Naval Avionics Defense Plant, Institute, to finance her studies to gain her state practical nursing certificate. After World War II, she purchased a dairy farm at Sutton. She later sold it and moved to
Charleston where she took up nursing again and went into the construction business with her son, Bob. She spent much of her life as a practical nurse in private homes in the Charleston area before retiring in 1970. She was a member of Minnora United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Bernard E. Taylor and wife Kathryn of Morgantown and Joe Taylor and wife Penny of Minnora; one daughter-in-law, Janice Frame Taylor of Fairbanks, Alaska; three sisters, Emma Silmon of Ripley, Judia E. Slater of Orlando, Fla., and Maxcine Sigmon of Charleston; 16 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil M. Taylor, and two sons, Robert and James Taylor.

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

WILLIS GENE HICKS

Willis Gene Hicks, 65, of Gallipolis, Ohio, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2004.

He was born at Chloe, Oka Road, the son of the late Iris B. and Cora Rinehart Hicks.

Surviving are his wife, Karen Badgett Hicks; three daughters, Flora K. Stapleton, Jody L. Stapleton and Linda M. Hackworth; one son, Andy Hicks; seven grandchildren; two great-grand-children; four brothers, Edward, Carroll, Donnie and Forest Hicks; and four sisters, Frances Waldron, Sue Sampson, Patricia Siers and Margaret Lantz.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Luther Jarrett Hicks, and two sisters, Gwendolyn Simmons and Mary Virnetti Parsons.

Services were held at Kings Chapel Church, with Pastor Mathew Henry officiating. Burial was in Kings Chapel Cemetery.

TOLLEY FITZWATER

Tolley W. Fitzwater, 95, of Glenville, died Thursday, Mar. 18, 2004, at his home.

He was the son of the late William and Zonobia Fitzwater.

He was a certified mine foreman since 1947 and had worked in numerous mines in Clay, Fayette and Gilmer counties. He retired from Rochester-Pittsburgh Coal Co., where he was “fire boss.” After retirement, he operated a custom meat cutting shop in Glenville for several years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 97, Clay, and Fola Baptist Church. He was a member of the UMWA.

Surviving are his wife, Dr. Catherine Grant; two daughters, Josephine Hart and Johan Montgomery; seven sons, Shirley Fitzwater and wife Faye of Grantsville, Jim, Lambert, Earl, Calvin, Robert Orton and Rodney; 25 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; his longtime friend and helper, Priscilla Bailey; three nephews; and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Glenna Holcomb; his second wife, Ethel Price; one daughter, Barbara Hickman; one granddaughter; and 15 brothers and sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial was in Meadow Lane Cemetery, Glenville, with Masonic graveside rites.

JULIA BOATRIGHT

Julia B. Boatright, 62, died Wednesday, Mar. 10, 2004.

She was born in Creston, the daughter of the late Leonidas and Beulah McCoy.

She was a member of Silver Creek Christian Church.

Surviving are her husband, Roy Boatright; three daughters, Linda Armbruster of Norton, Ohio, Vicki Smith of Clinton, Ohio, and Kelly Hetrick of Geneva, Ohio; seven grandchildren; one sister, Phyllis Houchin and husband Grover of Minnora; and numerous relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Donald McCoy, and two sisters, Bonnie Sturm and
Joan Davis.

Services were held at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home with Pat Mooney officiating.
Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery.

JOYCE STARKEY

Joyce A. Starkey, 45, of Parkersburg, died Friday, Mar. 19, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of William B. Starkey of Grantsville and the late Betty Knight Starkey.

She was a 1976 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was employed at E.I. DuPont.

Surviving in addition to her father and step-mother, William and Mary Starkey of Grantsville, are one brother, Gregory Starkey of Belleville, Ohio; two nephews; two nieces; and one great-niece.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating. Burial was in Big Bend Cemetery.

JIMMY BAIL

Jimmy O. Bail, 70, of Martinsburg, died Thursday, Mar. 18, 2004, at his home.

He was born in Clay, the son of the late Orvan S. Bail and Berniece Young Bail.

He was a pilot and civil engineer and Retired Lt. Colonel with 33 years service in the 167th Air Lift Wing of the W.Va. Air National Guard. He had the distinction of being the last active duty pilot of the P51 Mustang Airplane.

He was a Shriner and Past Patron of the Order of Eastern Star. He was a member of BPOE 778, Martinsburg Lodge 120, Loyal Order of the Moose, Issac Walton Club, and president of the Dirty Dozen Social Club, Inc. He was a member of Young Memorial Methodist Church, Queen Shoals.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Martha Gainer Bail; two daughters, Kimberly B. Bail and Kelly Bail Manor; six grand-children; sister-in-law, Bernice Gainer Yoke Hardman and husband James; niece, Jennifer Yoke Morris and husband Richard; and grand niece and nephew, Elizabeth J. Morris and Daniel M. Morris and wife Amanda.

Military memorial services were held in Inwood and burial was on the family farm at Queen Shoals.

LESSIE VIRGINIA LARCH

Lessie Virginia Starcher Larch, 103, died Sunday, Mar. 21, 2004, at the home of her daughter, Jodie Keen.

She was born at Beech, the daughter of the late Leonard C. and Flora Hackney Starcher.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are two daughters, Jodie Keen of Hometown and Bonnie M. Drake of Glenville; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandsons; 19 great-great-grand-children; one great-great-great-grandson; and one sister, Berta Beckett of Hurricane.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Preston M. “Pat” Larch; four sisters, Hetta Eismon, Leafy M. Starcher, Velma Drake and Ernestine Morris; five brothers, Lital, Archibald, Loring, Zollie and Chester Starcher; and two great-great-grandsons.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Paul Drake officiating. Burial was in Clover Cemetery.

HAZEL VIRGINIA KELLEY

Hazel Virginia Nicholas Kelley, 88, of Eagle Pointe Nursing Home, Parkersburg, died Sunday, Mar. 21, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born at Trace Fork, Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Charles McCaskey Nicholas and Alta Olive Stidd.

She was a homemaker and sometimes worked as a seamstress and housekeeper for friends and relatives. She was a Baptist.

Surviving are two daughters, Delilah L. Potter of Little Hocking, Ohio, and Sharon M. Phillips of Parkersburg; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Woodrow Kelley, on Nov. 29, 2001; six brothers and four sisters, Ralph “Swifty” Nicholas, Denver “Pete” Nicholas, Pearl Rothwell, Hoy Nicholas, Lina Dora Beall, Hall O. Nicholas, baby brother, Goldie Nicholas, Charlie McCaskey Nicholas and Wyoma Mullikan.

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

MILDRED MAE KERBY

Mildred Mae Kerby, 86, of Mt. Zion, died Thursday, Mar. 25, 2004, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Miles W. and Rosa Lee Stump.

She was a 1935 graduate of Calhoun County High School and a founding member of Mt. Zion Public Service District. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sisters, Myla Fleming of Barboursville and Wauneta Waters of Cincinnati, Ohio; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews, and Richard and Karen Kirby of Mt. Zion.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Willard (Pete) Kerby; one brother, Austin Stump; and one sister, Lillian Eberle.

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

RUTH MEADOWS

Ruth E. Lowther Meadows, 79, of Elyria, Ohio, died Wednes-day, Mar. 10, 2004, at EMH Regional Medical Center, Elyria.

She was born in Benson, the daughter of the late Ordie and Oleta Collins Lowther.

She moved to Ohio around 1950 and retired as an inspector from Parker-Hannifin Corp., Elyria, in 1987 after more than 20 years of service. Prior to that, she had worked at General Industries, Elyria.

Surviving are two sons, David Meadows of Elyria and Al Meadows, Jr., of Sheffield Village, Ohio; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, JoAnn Jenkins of Stumptown; and three brothers Bobby Lowther of Hartville, Ohio, Odis Lowther of Clewiston, Fla., and Cecil Lowther of North Ridgeville, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alva Meadows, Sr., in 2000; two sons, Mike and Rick Meadows; one brother, Coye Lowther; and one sister, Sylvia Meadows.

Services were held at Busch-Curtis-Scheuffler Family Chapel, Elyria, with Rev. Robert Shroyer, associate pastor of Church of the Open Door, officiating. Burial was in Resthaven Memory Garden, Avon, Ohio.

GERTRUDE STUMP

Gertrude I. Stump, 93, of Parkersburg, formerly of Grantsville, died Friday, Apr. 2, 2004.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Coy and Luerna Church Robinson.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville, and Fell Kennedy Sunday School class, and a member of Order of Eastern Star, Grantsville chapter. Surviving are one son, Roger K. Stump of Evansville, Ind.; one daughter, Judy Bonser of Parkersburg; two sisters, Lurland Stump of Sand Ridge and Guenivere Elliott of Parkersburg; two grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy J. Stump, in 1986.

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

VERNA TANNER

Verna C. Tanner, 92, of Reedy, died Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2004, at Cedar Ridge Health Care Center, Sissonville.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Alex and Samantha Jane Jones Stull.

She was a member of Pleasant Grove Church.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Tanner.

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

ORAL NICHOLS

Oral Nichols, 82, of Bramblewood Village, near Grantsville, died Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born at Leatherbark, the son of the late Perry and Vena Waggoner Nichols.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a former owner of Grantsville Garage. He was a member of Calhoun County Singers and attended Enon Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Lucy Nichols; five daughters, Gloria Kendall, Doris Reaser, Sheila Meadows, Charlotte McDonald and Annetta Perry; three sons, Larry, Millard and Garland Nichols; 17 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Harry Siers officiating. Burial was in Egypt Ridge Cemetery, Spencer.

BETTY JANE WHITED

Betty Jane Whited, 60, of Creston, died Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2004, at her home.

She was the daughter of the late William Carl Stutler and Jessie Irene Vandale Stutler, formerly of Little Creek.

Surviving are two sons, Randy Gene Whited of Akron, Ohio, and Ricky Edward Smith of Grantsville; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Brenda Sue Whited.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Robert Webb officiating. Burial was in Cooper Cemetery, Stutler Road, Annamoriah.

HOWARD LINVILLE

Howard Linville, 64, of Williamstown, died Friday, Apr. 2, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Billie and Veta “Pete” Hathaway Linville.

He was a 1959 graduate of Calhoun County High School. He retired from Smith Transfer and was employed by Marietta Industrial Enterprises, and was a member of the Teamsters Union and Sixth and Washington Streets Church of Christ, Marietta, Ohio.

Surviving are three daughters, Tonya Linville of Pennsboro, Lisa Swisher of Williamstown and Stephanie Kennedy of Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., currently serving in Iraq; one son, John Linville of Millwood; twin brother, Hibbert Linville of Mineral Wells; two sisters, Isabelle Raines of Dunbar and Mae Stout of Mt. Zion; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Calvin Coolidge Linville and William L. (Dick) Linville.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Roger Rush and John Rockhold III officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

DONNA JEAN HARDMAN

Donna Jean Yoak Hardman, 60, of Lanham, Md., formerly of Spencer, died Monday, Mar. 29, 2004.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of E. Don and Lucretia Smith Yoak of Spencer.

She was a member of Mowatt Methodist Church where she sang and played the organ.

Surviving in addition to her parents are three children, Courtney Ann Hardman of Lanham, Barry Von Perkins of Bowie, Md., and Don Perkins of Palmetto, Fla.; one brother, Denzil Yoak of Waynesville, Ohio; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Services were held at Memorial United Methodist Church, Spencer, with Rev. Beth Peters
officiating. Burial was in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

MAVOUREEN HARRISON

Mavoureen E. Harrison, 87, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Apr. 5, 2004, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Jerry M. and Mervilla Gay Isenhart Meadows.

She was a member of South Parkersburg United Methodist Church and retired after 20 years of service to Wood County Board of Education.

Surviving are two daughters, Margaret Ann Lockhart of Wedgefield, S.C., and Mary Louise Morgan of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two sons, Robert Harrison of Muscatine, Iowa, and Paul Harrison of Pasadena, Calif.; one sister, Ruby Meadows Fleak of Washington; two brothers, Ernie Meadows of Parkersburg and Robert Meadows of Washington; 14 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Estle O. Harrison, and two brothers, Leo and Ronzel Meadows.

Services were held at Vaughan Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Carroll L. McCauley officiating. Burial was in Evergreen North Cemetery.

ETTA CHENOWETH WHEELER

Etta Chenoweth Wheeler, 98, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Apr. 5, 2004.

She was born at Nicut, the daughter of the late David Oscar and Mary Jane Knotts Chenoweth.

She graduated from Calhoun County High School and Bowling Green Business University, Bowling Green, Ky. She worked in the State Legislature and State Tax Dept., Charleston, for 14 years. She and her husband opened Chenoweth Wheeler Realty Co. in Parkersburg with his father. She later worked for the State Road Commission, where she retired after eight years of service. She was active in Democratic Woman’s Club, Civic Woman’s Club and Zonta Club, and was a 50-year member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one brother, J. Wesley Chenoweth of Parkersburg; one step-son, Hoyt N. Wheeler of Columbia, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold L. Wheeler; one infant daughter, Jane; seven brothers, Thurl R., David W., Denver O., and Carl Chenoweth and three infants; and a nephew, Carl, who was killed during a flying mission over Austria during World War II.

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

FLORADEL STUMP

Floradel H. Stump, 87, of Wellington, Ohio, died Thursday, Apr. 8, 2004, at Wellington Manor Nursing Home.

She was born at Alice, Ohio, the daughter of the late Howard and Viola Hall Wolfe.

She was a homemaker and a member of Strong Tower Church of God, Wellington.

Surviving are seven children, Kenneth Stump of Oberlin, Ohio, Clara Jane Stump and Edith Wilford, both of Elyria, Ohio, Phillip Stump of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Georganna Carroll and Wayne Stump, both of Thomasville, Ga., and Karen Powell of Wellington; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Stump; one son, Charles Stump; five brothers; and two sisters.

Services were held in Elyria and at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Miller Cemetery, Shock.

OPAL McCARTNEY

Opal Gladys McCartney, 78, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Apr. 7, 2004, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Orval and Icy Husk Hayhurst.

She was a Christian.

Surviving are two daughters, Virginia Erlewine and husband Tink of Grantsville and Patricia Bollinger and husband Charles of Washington; one son, Gerald McCartney and wife Linda of Grantsville; one son-in-law, Burl Postalwait of Grantsville; eight grandchildren, Jamie Gerwig, Bobby Erlewine, Rick Postalwait, Kevin Postalwait, Jason Bollinger, Jerry and Amanda McCartney and Barbie Brown; six great-grandchildren; one foster sister, Deloris Davis of East Liverpool, Ohio, and special cousin and caretaker, Donald Blake.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orlen McCartney, and one daughter, Carolyn Postalwait.

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

CHARLES SUMMERS

Charles “Chuck” Edward Summers, 64, of Waverly, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2004, at Frostproof, Fla.

He was born at Mt. Zion, the son of the late Oma Summers and Opal Sterm Summers.

He worked at BJ Hughes and was a Baptist.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra Summers; two daughters, Debra Curry of Williamstown and Melinda Pacheco of Galliano, La.; two sons, Robert Summers of Springboro, Pa., and  Charles Summers  of  Galliano; one brother, Jack Summers of Loraine, Ohio; one sister, Joan Stull of Grantsville; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Barker and an infant.

Memorial services were held at Parkview United Methodist Church, Parkersburg. By his wishes, he was cremated in Frostproof with his ashes to be buried at Herdon Cemetery, Ogden, W.Va.

MARTHA WHYTSELL

Martha L. Whytsell, 75, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2004, at Roane General Hospital.

She was born in Spencer, the daughter of the late Otmer and Rachel Digman Rader.

She retired as a psychiatric aide at Haw-thorndon State Hospital, Ohio, after 31 years of service. She attended Letherbark Church.

Surviving is her husband of 56 years, Donald Whytsell.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Roger Carter officiating and Ralph Carpenter assisting. Burial was in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

BLANCHE WHYTSELL

Blanche Whytsell, 83, of Arnoldsburg, died Friday, Apr. 16, 2004, at her residence.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Henry Clay and Mae Greathouse Parrill.

 She retired from Kellwood Co. with 30 years of service and was a field editor for Taste of Home cooking magazine. She attended Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 68 years, Randall Whytsell; one daughter, Peggy Lou Stemple and husband Marvin of Arnoldsburg; one grandson, John Kenton Stemple of Parkersburg; one grand-daughter, Deidre Lynn Hobbs and husband Martin of Newbury Park, Calif.; great-grandson, Jared Wesley Hobbs, and great-granddaughter, Valerie Elizabeth Hobbs, both of Newbury Park; one brother, Dick Parrill of Spencer; three sisters, Nina Cassady of Mineral Wells, Opal Kirby of Mt. Zion and Kathleen Gainer of Barberton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Joan Henthorn, and three brothers, Raymond, Robert and Clay Parrill.

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

THOMAS AVERY WOOD, JR.

Thomas Avery Wood, Jr., 68, of Sand Ridge, died Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2004, in Roane General Hospital.

He was the son of the late Thomas Avery and Viola Umstead Wood.

He was a former employee of W.Va. Dept. of Highways, Weston State Hospital and Jackson’s Mill 4-H Grounds, Weston. He was a member of Rosedale Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Debra Mosely of Yuma, Ariz., and Romona Morris of Athens, Ala.; one son, Thomas Avery Wood III of Tucson, Ariz.; one sister, Thelma Wire of Grantsville; one brother, O’Dell Wood of Stumptown; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; one half-sister, Belva Umstead Carpenter; one sister, Maggie Burrows; and four brothers, Guy Wood, Warren George Wood, Denver James Wood and Romeo (Jake) Wood.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. David Morris officiating. Burial was in Collins-Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

FLOYD PARSONS

Floyd Parsons, 76, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Nicholas County. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a retired truck driver and a member of Teamsters Local #24, Akron, Ohio. He was a member of Brooksville Baptist Church, Big Bend.

Surviving are his wife, Irene G. Parsons; one son, Harold Parsons of Pleasant City, Ohio; one daughter, Patricia Gardner of Urichsville, Ohio; two step-children, Martha Harris and Terry Siers, both of Big Bend; one brother, Newt Parsons of Georgia; three sisters, Mary Bunch of Alabama, Ann Jordan of Richwood and Jean Lawers of Akron, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Parsons, and one son, Steve Parsons.

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

PHYLLIS JEAN FINKENBINDER

Phyllis Jean Finkenbinder, 61, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2004, at her home.

She was the daughter of Stella Bennett of Akron, Ohio, and the late Carl Bennett.

Surviving in addition to her mother are her husband, William Finkenbinder; three sons, Robert O. Hipp and Brian Hipp and wife Michelle, all of Grantsville, and Donald C. Hipp of Huntington; three grandchildren, Danielle Goodrich and Sidney and Nathaniel Hipp, all of Grantsville; two sisters, Linda George of Barberton, Ohio, and Judy Greenaway of Akron; and several nieces and nephews of Akron.

She was preceded in death by her second husband, Ivan V. Gunn.

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

ROBERT BUCK

Robert E. Buck, 67, of Guysville, Ohio, died Friday, Apr. 16, 2004, at his home.

He was born at Lumberport, the son of the late Theodore and Ruthford Parks Buck.

He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and was a former employee of B&O Railroad and CSX Railroad, where he was a track foreman for 30 years.

Surviving are his wife of 35 years, Donna Metcalf Buck; two sons, Edward Buck and Daniel Buck, both of Guysville; one daughter, Debora Beck of Guysville; seven brothers, Harold Buck of Cleveland, Ohio, Eugene Buck and wife Bonnie of Big Springs; Donald Buck of Coolville, Ohio, and Denzyl Buck, Charles Buck, Delbert Buck and Ronnie Buck, all of Guysville; three sisters, Opal Swisher of Grantsville, Thelma Cooper of Clinton, Ohio, and Delma Martin of Nelsonville, Ohio; two granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Clarence Buck.

Services were held at Jagers and Sons Funeral Home, Athens, Ohio, with Pastor Monte McCune officiating. Burial was in Wyers Cemetery, Guysville.

REV. GLENDON McKEE

Rev. Glendon G. McKee, 89, of Mt. Zion, died Friday, Apr. 16, 2004, at his home.

He was born at Millstone, the son of the late George and Nora Ball McKee.

He was a former employee of Spencer State Hospital, Spencer, and American Viscose Co., Parkersburg. After being called into the ministry, he enrolled in Glenville State College and accepted the ministry to a charge of 11 churches in the Glenville-Normantown circuit. After graduation from college, he returned to Calhoun County where he pastored churches until his health failed. He preached Christ’s message for 55 years. He was a teacher for 30 years in the Calhoun County school system. He began in a one-room school and taught English at Calhoun County High School for 29 years.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Eupha Hicks McKee; one son, Rev. Roger G. McKee and wife Wilma of Weston; one daughter, Roanna M. Stump and husband John of Grantsville; one brother, Gordon McKee and wife Mary of Millstone; two sisters, Lenell Stalnaker and husband Paul and Arleta Sturm and husband Carl, all of Millstone; six grandchildren, Rhonda Krugman and husband Tom of Painted Post, N.Y., J. Neil Stump and wife Gina of Grantsville, and Margie Mick and husband Mike, Christina Watson and husband John, Mike McKee and wife Amy and Matthew McKee and wife Christina, all of Weston; 11 great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Arco McKee; one sister, Flo Hall; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Harold Duskey officiating and Rev. Rick Swearengin assisting. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

WALTER ‘JUNIOR’ WARD

Walter “Junior” Ward, 76, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Apr. 17, 2004, in Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Walter and Ina Wright Ward.

He was a member of Evangelical Methodist Church and worked for Elkem, formerly Union Carbide. He was a stock car race driver.

Surviving are his wife of more than 50 years, Norma Robey Ward of Parkersburg; two sisters, Geraldine Sloan of Parkersburg and Blondell Miller of Ravenswood; and 10 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one nephew, Buddy Roger Robey.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Larry Piatt officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

THOMAS HAROLD JUSTICE

Thomas Harold Justice, 59, of Grantsville, died Friday, Apr. 16, 2004, after a short battle with cancer.

He was the son of Harold and Margarette Justice of Cedar Grove and was a 1963 graduate of Wirt County High School.

He retired from Goodrich Corp. in 2002 after 32 years of service. He was an active member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville, serving as chairman of the Board of Christian Education. He had taught Sunday School, served as a Deacon, sang in the choir and spoke in churches as a layperson. He was a Class One Umpire for softball and baseball, and a member of Little Kanawha Umpiring Board where he served as secretary and previously as president. He was a member and former officer of Bee Creek Hunting Club.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife of 37 years, Sherry Ross Justice; two sons, John Thomas and wife Christy of Parkersburg and Joseph Todd Justice and fiancee Lori Drybala of West Chester, Pa.; special family friend and caregiver, Gina Yancey; two brothers Alan (Tony) Justice of Parkersburg and Jack Justice of Belton, Tex.; and three sisters, Lena Ruth Bowen of Claremont, Calif., Jeanie Clary of Troy, Tex., and Jill Keener of Temple, Tex.

Services were held at First Baptist Church, Grantsville, with Pastor Jim Skedel and Pastor Bill Law officiating. Burial was in King of Peace Cemetery, Elizabeth.

GAROLD SIMONS, SR.

Garold G. Simons, Sr., 74, of Gassaway, died Saturday, Apr. 24, 2004, at his home.

He was born in Clay County, the son of the late Cecil and Gertie Truman Simons.

He was a graduate of Spencer High School and a driver for Kroger Co., a restaurant manager and a farmer. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of American Legion Post No. 21, Spencer, and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Mt. Zion.

Surviving are his wife, Jeanette Henderson Simons; two sons, Garold G. Simons, Jr., of Spencer and Thomas C. “Tom” Simons of Gassaway; one daughter, Terry Lea Carter of Richmond, Va.; one step-son, Dennis Spaur of Lincolnton, N.C.; three step-daughters, Annette Spaur of Vanceboro, N.C., and Nanette Sampson and Tammy Houchin, both of Arnoldsburg; two nieces, Angela Greathouse of Arnoldsburg and Laura Pauley of Elkview; several grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one step-daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Spaur Moss.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating. Burial, with military graveside rites, was in Blessed Hope Cemetery, Spencer.

VELMA BARKER

Velma K. Kuhl Barker, 96, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Apr. 19, 2004, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Homer F. Kuhl and Lummie Elizabeth Beam Kuhl.

She retired from U.S. Quarry Tile Co. and was a member of Church of Christ.

Surviving are three sons, Oval J. Barker of Davisville, Charles F. Barker of Parkersburg and Jack L. Barker of Williamstown; one daughter, Betty Jenkins of Parkersburg; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Jennings Barker; two brothers; two sisters; three grandsons; and one grand-daughter.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Evangelist Wirt Cook officiating. Burial was in Copen Cemetery, Braxton County.

 

GEORGIA STUMP

Georgia B. Stump, 92, of Grantsville, died Monday, Apr. 19, 2004, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Jahu and Sarah Weaver Ward.

She was a former employee of Rubber Fabricators and Dr. Benjamin Sol. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Surviving are five children, Florence Ball Meadows of Cleveland, Ohio, Gerald R. Ball and wife Shirley of Bull River, French A. Stump and Geraldine Hupp and husband Doyle, all of Grants-ville, and Virginia Stump Bland and husband Nelson of Libby, Mont.; one brother, Arley Ward and wife Jean of White Pine; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; 46 great-great-grandchil-dren; five step-children, Judy Collins, Rick Collins, Rosemary McKown, Jeannie Stealy and Billie Moss; 16 step-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Ward of White Pine and Lenore Ward of Brohard; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Wesley Ball; her second husband, Harry W. Stump; five brothers, Jennings, Walter “Shoad,” A.I., John E. and Harley; two sisters, Auldie Ward Barnard and Hattie Rose Ward; and two grand-children.

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

ROGER KENT STUMP

Roger Kent Stump, 66, of Evansville, Ind., died Saturday, Apr. 24, 2004, at his home.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of Roy J. and Gertrude Robinson Stump.

He graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and was a member of WVU Alumni Association. He was a chemical engineer/ project manager with GE Plastics, Mt. Vernon, Ind., and retired in 1994 after 35 years. He later worked in the same position for Lockwood Greene Engineering, Carmel, Ind., and Dynamic Engineering Design, Indianapolis, Ind. He retired from the Army Reserve with a rank of Lt. Col. and was a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church, Carmel, and former member of First United Methodist Church, Mt. Vernon. He was a member of Eureka Masonic Lodge #40, Grantsville, Scottish Rite and Murat Shrine, Indianapolis, General Thomas Posey Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and Mt. Vernon Elks Lodge #277.

Surviving are his wife, Karen Kay Hughes Bauer Stump; one son, Scott W. Stump of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two daughters, Karen Baker and Yulonda Schutz, both of Mt. Vernon; three step-daughters, KaLee Vogel of Mt. Vernon and Denyse Bauer and Debora Bottoms, both of Evansville; one sister, Judy Bonser of Parkersburg; one niece, Kelly Offenberger of Parkersburg; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Austin Funeral Home, Mt. Vernon. Burial was in Bellefontaine Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, with military rites.

DELANO McCARTNEY

Delano F. McCartney, 69, of Calcutta, Ohio, died Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2004, at East Liverpool City Hospital, Ohio.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of Coe M. Hickman McCartney of Calcutta and the late O.G. McCartney.

He worked for 22 years at the former American Vitrified and retired in 1992 from Ohio Edison’s Sammis Plant as an auxiliary tender.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Nina B. Godfrey McCartney, whom he married on Dec. 27, 1955; two sons, Michael D. McCartney of Marietta, Ohio, and Terry R. McCartney of East Liverpool; two brothers, Ersel McCartney of East Liverpool and Ethan McCartney of Streetsboro, Ohio; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Parker McCartney, and one sister, Ureta Simpson.

Services were held at Calcutta Chapel of Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Compa officiating. Burial was in United Presbyterian Cemetery, Calcutta.

FLORA JANE SINGLETON

Flora Jane Boyles Singleton, 84, of Glenville, died Friday, Apr. 30, 2004, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.

She was born in Weston, the daughter of the late James Roy Boyles and Gertrude Burkhammer Boyles. She was a retired social worker with W.Va. Dept. of Health and Human Resources, Glenville and Grantsville. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Glenville, and Republican Women of Gilmer County.

Surviving are one son, James E. Singleton of Jacksonville, Fla.; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; and one nephew.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James S. Singleton, on Feb. 21, 1996; one granddaughter, Jamie Lynn Singleton; one sister, Mildred Clark; and one brother.

Services were held at Trinity U.M. Church with Rev. Michael Ford officiating. Burial was in Stalnaker Cemetery, Glenville

TRESSA OWENS

Tressa O. Cooper Owens, 85, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Bruce and Ollie M. Webb Cooper.

She worked for American Viscose Corp. for approximately 10 years.

Surviving are one daughter, Tina Magruder of Parkersburg; two sons, Bruce F. Owens of Illinois and Earl W. Owens of Pt. Pleasant; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl E. Owens; two daughters, Sharon Limberger and Trena Jordan; three sisters, Geneva Weaver, Avis Edgell and Dorothy Carpenter; and several grandchildren.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Belpre, with Pastor Bill Angel officiating. Burial was in Rockland Cemetery.

EVA MAE TAYLOR

Eva Mae Taylor, 74, of Zebulon, N.C., died Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2004, at Nash General Hospital, Rocky Mt., N.C.

She was a former resident of Grantsville until moving to North Carolina in 1999. She worked for BFGoodrich as an assembler.

Surviving are two daughters, Nellie Basnett and Elizabeth Williams, both of Zebulon; one son, Chester P. Williams of Fleming, Ohio; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held at Bunn Family Cemetery, Pilot, N.C., with Rev. Ron Wallace officiating.

JOHN ROGERS

John R. Rogers, 61, of Mooresville, N.C., died Thursday, Apr. 29, 2004, at Carolinas Medical Center.

He was born in Barberton, Ohio, the son of the late Emery “Pete” and Lorraine “Brooke” Riddel Rogers of Grantsville.

He retired as a self-employed electrical contractor.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Judy Constance Browning Rogers; three children, Kimberly Butler, Melinda Smith and John Wesley Rogers, all of Mooresville; six grandchildren; one brother, Sam Rogers of Falls Church, Va.; and one sister, Pamela Morgan of Blythewood, S.C.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

MARGARET CARNEY

Margaret H. Carney, 89, of Pleasant Hill, died Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

Surviving are one daughter, Karen D’Imperio; two sons, Robert A. Carney and George M. Carney; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George A. Carney.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Chad Grindstaff officiating.

GEORGE HARDMAN

George W. Hardman, 79, of Grantsville, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Frank and Artie Cunningham Hardman.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a retired Sergeant First Class with the U.S. Army Reserve Military Police. He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and was retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Co. He was a member of Beech Valley United Methodist Church and taught Bible Study at Broomstick and Norman Ridge churches.

Surviving are his wife, Docie Ellen Frederick Hardman; one son, Nathan G. Hardman of Grantsville; one daughter, Carol Sue Nicholson of Grantsville; two sisters, Jean Smith of Cortland, Ohio, and Armetta Shedl of Warren, Ohio; one brother, Tom Hardman of Hixson, Tenn.; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Audrey, Freeman, Clifford, Ronzel and Junior Hardman, and six sisters, Lena, Nina, Belle, Alta, Betty and Caroline.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Jack Seabolt and Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Big Springs Cemetery with military graveside rites.

LAURA MEADOWS

Laura Etta Meadows, 90, of Parkersburg, died Friday, May 7, 2004, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Columbus C. and Martha Villers Arthur.

 She was raised from the age of three by her grandmother, the late Martha Criss Arthur. She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Brethren Church.

Surviving are her husband of 70 years, Vandale Lee Meadows of Parkersburg; one son, Wayne Meadows of Mineral Wells; one daughter, Viola O’Neal Haggard of Moncks Corner, S.C.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Scott Hannus officiating. Burial was in Cooper Cemetery, Creston.

JAMES BOGGS

James I. Boggs, 69, of Euclid, Ohio, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Nathan and Mattie West Boggs.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from TRW, Cleveland. He was a member of NRA.

Surviving are one son, James L. Boggs of Greensboro, N.C.; two sisters, Ruthie J. Allen of Spencer and C. Marie Wilson of Canton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Dare Boggs; one brother, Foster S. Boggs; and one sister, Macie Maxine Boggs.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer. Burial was in Clover Cemetery with military graveside rites.

JOHN DAVIS, Jr.

John Davis, Jr., 86, of Big Bend, died Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late John and Sarah Husk Davis.

He was a was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired mechanic.

Surviving are his wife, Bonnie Davis; one son, Alvin Ray Davis of Eau Claire, Wisc.; one foster daughter, Joyce Hicks of Grantsville; one brother, Elkins Davis of Big Bend; and six grandchildren, Denny Davis of Richwood, April Davis of Manassas, Va., Angel Pettit of Birch River, Lisa Davis of Eau Claire and Tim Hicks and Tyler Hicks, both of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Isaac, Okey, Hollie, Eddie and Ruben Davis.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Ralph Keener officiating. Burial was in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend.

NAOMI FORD

Naomi M. Ford, 69, of Eastlake, Ohio, died Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2004, at home.

She was born in Tanner and lived in Eastlake for 44 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Christianity Work and Reverend of Spirituality.

Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Anes D. Ford; three sons, Ronny L. Ford and Richard L. Ford, both of Mentor, Ohio, and Robert L. Ford of Willowick, Ohio; one daughter, Linda Mae Thomas of Madison, Ohio; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; five brothers and sisters, Arnet Burley, Arles Church, Arlie Church, Dorothy Jean Kight and Anna Mae Nussbaumer; one nephew, Bobby Kight; two nieces, Charlene and Peggy Kight; and several brothers-in-law, including Roger Ford and Randall Ford, both of Grantsville.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Oran Scott Church.

Services were held at Monreal Funeral Home, Eastlake. Burial was in Western Reserve Memorial Gardens, Chester Township, Ohio.

EMMA SIERS

mma Siers, 83, of Creston, Ohio, died Sunday, May 2, 2004, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Martin and Maude Boone Metz.

She retired in 1980 from Siers Grocery, which she and her husband owned and operated in Chloe for more than 40 years, and she was also a postal clerk in Chloe. She was a member of Minnora Methodist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Sandy Murphy of Creston and Sue Calvert of Lost Creek; one son, Daniel Siers of Charleston; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Frank Metz of Chloe and Martin Metz, Jr., of Orma; and two sisters, Irene Wayne of Spencer and Inez Carr of Mt. Zion.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Siers, on Nov. 25, 1996; three brothers; and three sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor John Powell officiating. Burial was in Prudence Chapel Cemetery, Minnora.

GEORGE WHIPKEY

George Whipkey, 98, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Apr. 20, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health
Care Center.

He was born at Nobe, the son of the late Abe and Daisy Church Whipkey.

He was a gospel singer and taught gospel music in Calhoun and surrounding counties. He had been a member of Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe, since 1934, and was a member of IOOF Lodge No. 118, Burnt House.

Surviving are one brother, Leon Whipkey of Nobe, and three sisters, Agnes (Susie) Smith and Thelma Lowe, both of Ohio, and Alma Wright of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alta Whipkey; one sister, Mary Morris; and one infant
brother.

Services were held at Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Ronzel Roberts and Rev. Robert Nicholas officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

RAYMOND BELT

Raymond C. Belt, 75, died in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday, May 7, 2004.

He was the son of the late Carl and Lottie Belt.

He served in the Armed Forces from 1949-1952 during the Korean War. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 18, VFW 10188, and American Legion.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Phyllis Nicholas Belt; children, Jennifer Albert, Raymond C. Belt, Jr., and Tina Neal; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marlene Lewis and Jean Bush.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Carol Richards.

GOLDIE MALONEY

Goldie Maloney, 86, of Vienna, died Thursday, May 6, 2004, at her residence.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Bryan and Mary Jane Bush Wright.

She had worked for Arlene’s Dress Shop as a retail manager and was a member of Beechwood Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Don Maloney; one son, Don Maloney, Jr., of Parkersburg; two daughters, Shirleyan Brown of N. Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Patricia Fordyce of Parkersburg; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Thelma Francis of Parkersburg and Tressia Francis of Grantsville; and two brothers, Harlow Wright of New Mexico and Kenneth Wright of Ripley.

She was preceded in death by five brothers and sisters and an infant grandson.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. John Koerner officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

ELBERT ‘TED’ SEABOLT

Elbert L. “Ted” Seabolt, 71, of Spencer, died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, in CAMC-General, Charleston.

He was born at Wellford, the son of the late John Henry and Bessie May Strickland Seabolt.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and was retired from Columbia Gas Co. He was a Christian and attended Hebron Memorial Church, Speed.

Surviving are his wife, Georgis G. Seabolt of Spencer; one daughter, Sandra M. McClain of Chloe; one son, Donald R. Seabolt of Chloe; one brother, Jessie Thurman “Tom” Seabolt of Alliance, Ohio; one sister, Rosie Hammond of Webbsville, Ky.; four grandsons; and one granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by one son, Ronald Lee Seabolt; three brothers, Cecil, Johnny and Bill Seabolt; and one sister, Sylvia Coffee.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Roy Alvin Smith officiating. Burial was in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

RUSSELL DUSKEY

Russell Duskey, 79, of Grantsville, died Saturday, May 8, 2004, at Charleston Area Medical
Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late John and Mable Arthur Duskey.

He was a retired water well driller.

Surviving are his wife, Gladys Frederick Duskey; one daughter, Sherry K. Marks of Grantsville; one son, Russell Joseph Duskey of Glenville; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Clyde Duskey.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Taylor Cemetery, Big Bend.

THOMAS OWENS

Thomas B. Owens, 93, of Dearborn, Mich., died Tuesday, May 11, 2004, in Taylor, Mich.

He was born in Doddridge County, the son of the late Wesley and Georgia McKinney Owens.

He was a retired welder. He was a member of Eureka Lodge #40, AF&AM, of Grantsville, and Plumbers and Steamfitters Local #565, Parkersburg.

Surviving are one son, David Owens of Dearborn, Mich.; one daughter, Marilyn Scheere of Florida; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Wesley Owens, Jr., and Howard Owens, and one sister, Mable Poling.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Jim Skedel officiating. Burial was in Freeman Cemetery, West Union, with Masonic graveside rites.

HUGH BOATRIGHT, JR.

Hugh Boatright, Jr., 76, of Spencer, died Saturday, May 15, 2004, at his home.

He was the son of the late Hugh and Alma Poling Boatright.

He attended New Testament Baptist Church, Big Springs.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Davis Boatright; three sons, Glen and Jeffrey Boatright, both of Spencer, and Michael Boatright of Letart; three daughters, Donna Richards of Sistersville, Karen Hardway of Grantsville and Patricia Carbaugh of Matoka; one brother, Delbert Boatright of Ripley; three sisters, Lena Lewis of Lowell, Ohio, Irene Bates of Byesville, Ohio, and Oliva Nester of Charlotte, N.C.; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Kenneth Boatright, and two brothers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Joe Sealy officiating, and burial in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

RUE POWELL

Rue L. Powell, 94, of Arnoldsburg, died Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at Worthington Manor, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Lon and May Downs Powell.

Surviving are one son, James H. Powell of Parkersburg; two sisters, Amy Hathaway of Grantsville and Eva Burton of Parkersburg; one brother, William G. Powell of St. Albans; six grandchildren, Tammy Nichols of Mt. Zion, Robin Spangler of Avondale, Pa., April Haught of Harrisville, William R. Powell of Durham, N.C., Jeffry Powell of Nashua, N.H., and Jennifer Dilcy of High Springs, Fla.; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Hays Powell; one son, William R. Powell; and six brothers and sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Robert Shannon officiating. Burial was in Hays-Haymaker Cemetery, Arnoldsburg.

LENA KING

Lena E. Haught King, 77, of Olathe, Kan., died Sunday, May 2, 2004.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late McClellan and Verna Elliott Haught.

She was a 1944 graduate of Calhoun High School. After graduation, she worked at Fort George Meade, Md., where she met her husband.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda VonLoh and her husband, Larry of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Becky Buckley of Gardner, Kan.; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; and one sister, Grace Stump of Sand Ridge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted King, and one brother, Elliott Haught.

Services were held in Olathe. Burial was in Old Monticello Cemetery, Shawnee, Kan.

SHARON FAYE McFARLAND

Sharon Faye McFarland, 57, of Grantsville, died Saturday, May 22, 2004, in Charleston Area Medical Center.

She was born at Madisonville, Ky., the daughter of Richard and Jessie Ruth Sampson Williams.

She was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving are her husband, Dale Edward McFarland, and one son, James Orin Barrus II.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Mike Worf officiating, and burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

GLENDA JEAN CONLEY

Glenda Jean McClain Conley, 65, formerly of Arnoldsburg, died Friday, June 23, 2004.

She was the daughter of the late Lovie Olive McClain and Schuyler Playford McClain.

She was active in Barnes Run Church and Arnoldsburg Community Church for many years and attended Trinity Church of God, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Weston Church of God.

Surviving are one son, Gary Conley of Rockport; one daughter, Karen Conley-Dukes of Elizabeth; two sisters, Mae M. Johnson of Burnsville and Eleanor L. Reese of Barberton, Ohio; four brothers, Bert McClain and Roy McClain, both of Akron, Ohio, Sammy McClain of Lakemore, Ohio, and Earl McClain of Cambridge, Ohio; and five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow “Woody” Clarence Conley; one son, Woodrow Clarence Conley, Jr.; and three brothers, Patrick, Delbert and Steve McClain.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Robert Johnson officiating. Burial was in Husk Cemetery, Arnoldsburg.

MACEL GAY MURPHY

Macel Gay Murphy, 67, of Spencer, died Saturday, May 29, 2004, at home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Coy and Virgie Parsons Suttles.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are two sons, Jimmy Dean Murphy of Mt. Zion and Timothy Paul Murphy of Arnoldsburg; two daughters, Linda Ann Husk of Arnoldsburg and Sandra Kay Moore of Big Springs; six half-sisters, Sue Minney of Orma, Pearl Carpenter and Wavalene Cottrill, both of Arnoldsburg, Lena Parsons of Chapel, Delores Tanner of Nebo and Irene Suttles of Ohio; two half-brothers, George Suttles of Parkersburg and Jimmy Suttles of Tennessee; and eight grandchildren, Deva Marie Hardman, Brandie Jean Wood, Brian Lee Husk, Jessica Lynn Wood, Kelsey Ryan Wood, Quintin Murphy, Sara Leann Husk and Michael Paul Murphy.

She was preceded in death by three children, Brenda, Michael and Roger, and one half-brother, Melvin Hardway.

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

FENTON ARNOLD

Fenton Arnold, 89, of Arnoldsburg, formerly of Chloe, died Wednesday, May 26, 2004, in Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Clay County, the son of the late Charlie and Blanche Arnold.

He was a retired Clay County school bus driver.

Surviving are his wife, Freda Sheets Lynch Arnold; one son, Danny Arnold and wife Carol of Chloe; two grandchildren, Tina Phillips of Buckhannon and Mark Arnold of Chloe; one great-grandchild, Kydra Arnold of Chloe; two sisters, Dorothy Ellingson of Rittman, Ohio, and Esta Smith of Mogadore, Ohio; and one brother, Verner Arnold of Chloe.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Anna Arnold; one sister, Belvia Sears; and four brothers, Basil, Glen, Dallas and Neal Arnold.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Darius Arnold officiating. Burial was in Arnold Cemetery, Chloe.

JAMES WILLIAM ‘Bill’ ATKINSON

James William “Bill” Atkinson, 71, of Vienna, died Sunday, May 30, 2004.

He was born at Looneyville, the son of the late Lena Goodwin Drain and Orin Atkinson.

He was retired from National Development Corp. after many years of service.

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Flowers Atkinson; two daughters, Debra Kuhn of Nags Head, N.C., and Kimberly Miller of Davisville; one son, Bill Atkinson of Waverly; four grand-children; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert “Speedy” Atkinson of Parkersburg; and several aunts, including Mildred Laird of Parkersburg and Edna Kight of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Leanda Atkinson.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Pastor Dennis Heater officiating, and burial in Evergreen North Cemetery.

BOBBIE HEADLEY

Bobbie L. Headley, 70, of Munday, died Sunday, June 6, 2004.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Frank and Lorena Bennett Headley.

He was retired from Eureka Pipeline Co.

Surviving are two daughters, Roberta Hartshorn and Wilma Mace, both of Mt. Zion; one brother, Harold Headley of Marietta, Ohio; four sisters, Bethel Stutler of Norton, Ohio, Blanche Stutler of Barberton, Ohio, Bessie Arthur of Creston and Vera White of Millwood; and three grandchildren, Julie McCumbers of Mt. Zion, Andy Mace of Arnoldsburg and Sara Johnson of Angola, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Donna Headley, in 2003, and one daughter, Carolyn Jo Headley.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with burial in McCray Cemetery, Creston.

GRACE NICHOLS

Grace Nichols, 91, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, June 2, 2004.

She was born at Richardson, the daughter of the late Francis M. and Roxie Blosser Connolly.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Nichols and Juanita Bell and husband James, all of Grantsville; one sister, Frankie Mowrey of Creston; one brother, Roy Connolly of Davisville; six grandchildren, Arthur Bell and Alan Bell, both of Grantsville, Holly Bell of Alexandra, Va., Connie Law of Parkersburg, Anita Godfrey of Canal Winchester, Ohio, and Elaina Nicholas of Geneva, N.Y.; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buford Nichols; nine sisters; and three brothers.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. William Law and Rev. Rick Godfrey officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

RAY MELRATH, JR.

Ray W. Melrath, Jr., 48, of Mud Fork, died Monday, May 31, 2004, at home.

He was born in Lancaster, Pa., the son of Ray Melrath, Sr., of Maryland and the late Shirley Melrath.

He was a carpenter.

Surviving in addition to his father are his wife, Debra Melrath; four sons, Tyler Melrath of Chloe, William Melrath of Spencer, and Chad Howell and Brandon Chadwick, both of Pennsylvania; one step-son, Allen Ray Nelson, Jr., of Chloe; three daughters, Kristen Melrath of Grantsville, Kimberly Melrath of Spencer and Tasha Melrath of Maryland; one step-daughter, Misty Nelson of Chloe; and two brothers, Richie Melrath and Dale Melrath, both of Maryland.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Krystal Melrath.

Graveside rites were held at Coen Cemetery, Nebo, with Rev. Mike Schoonover officiating.

CHRISTOPHER PARSONS

Christopher A. Parsons, 22, of Spencer, died Sunday, May 30, 2004, at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Charlotte, N.C., as the result of an auto accident.

He was born in Massillon, Ohio, the son of Alvin L. and Deborah Dobbins Parsons of Orma.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Jennifer Young Parsons; one son, Isiah Lee Parsons; one brother, Shawn Lee Parsons and Emily of Orma; maternal grandparents, Tom and Dorma Ewing of Minnora; paternal grandparents, Paul and Garnet Parsons of Arnoldsburg; and one niece, Kaylee Marie Parsons.

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

BROWN CRADDOCK

Brown Craddock, 93, of Big Bend, died Monday, May 31, 2004, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born at Altizer, the son of the late George and Margaret Little Craddock.

He was retired from Weston State Hospital and was a member of Stoney Point Church, near Arnoldsburg.

Surviving are his wife, Gladys Craddock; one sister, Murell Basnett of Mt. Zion; one step-daughter, Rachel Jones of Arnoldsburg; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Allie Craddock; two brothers, Howard and Cecil; and one sister, Pearl Sampson.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating. Burial was in Big Bend Cemetery.

STELLA MAE POLING

Stella Mae Poling, 96, of Millstone, died Friday, June 4, 2004.

She was born in Braxton County, the daughter of the late Fred and Ida Mae Cutlip Hall.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Surviving are four daughters, Lurland Profit of Spencer, Ursela Laughlin and Thurmel Hall, both of Arnoldsburg, and Dessel Brunty of Cottageville; one sister, Edna Crislip of Frame-town; one brother, Kenneth Hall of Frametown; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hobert Poling; one grandson; two brothers; and four sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Clarence McKown officiating. Burial was in Rollyson Cemetery, Belfont, Braxton County.

LOSIE JANE CARTER

Losie Jane Helmick Carter, 92, of Nicut, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Hutson and Belle Metz Helmick.

Surviving are four sons, Gene Carter of Nicut, Russell Carter of Millstone, Jerry D. Carter of Rittman, Ohio, and Michael Carter of Chloe; five daughters, Opal Kirchberg of Glenville, Sharon Jarvis of Chloe, Judy Dobbins of Athens, Ala., Nina Wilfong of Linn and Louise Ice of Spencer; one step-daughter, Velma Hicks of Arnoldsburg; one sister, Emma Jean Minney of Spencer; one niece whom she raised, Elsie Jarvis of Florida; 33 grandchildren; and 48 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Russell Carter; one step-daughter, Vera Westfall; and one grandson, Charles Lyons.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Michael Jackson officiating. Burial was in Metz Cemetery, Nicut.

WILLIAM JACOB JOHNSON

William Jacob Johnson, 77, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at his home.

He was born at Grantsville, the son of the late Karl and Lula Hayhurst Johnson.

He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was retired from General Motors Corp. with 30 years of service and was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church, near Grantsville.

Surviving are one brother, Herbert Dale Johnson of Berea, Ohio; two nieces, Teresa Barkley of Kansas and Dale Cummins of Ohio; one step-niece, Arnette Mahaney Creager of Missouri; and two step-nephews, David Mahaney of Ohio and Perry Mahaney of Texas.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Genevieve Ullery.

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

BERNICE TINGLER

Bernice M. Tingler, 57, of Big Springs, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Orma, the daughter of the late Horace and Leslie Carpenter Roberts.

Surviving are her husband, Joseph Tingler of Big Springs; two sons, Shirley Roberts, serving in the army in Hawaii, and A. Todd Roberts and wife Sharon of Chloe; one daughter, Brenda Jones and husband Bruce of Kingwood; seven grandchildren; and one brother, Doyle Roberts of Akron, Ohio.

Memorial service was held at Five Forks Community Church with Pastor Alfred Hickman officiating. Cremation was entrusted to Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

MARION WHISMAN

Marion G. Whisman, 87, of Mt. Zion, died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial
Hospital.

He was born in Wolfe County, Ky., the son of the late Sam and Laura Clark Whisman.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he received a Purple Heart. He was a sign painter and carpenter and a member of Mount Olive United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Elah Starcher Whisman; two daughters, Joan Satterfield of Grantsville and Twila Roach of Parkersburg; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Henry, Jack and Alford Whisman; one half-brother, Bill Whisman; and a twin sister, Mary.

Services were held at Mount Olive United Methodist Church with Rev. Rick Swearengin and Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

ETHEL MOORE

Ethel Moore, 96, of Normantown, died Thursday, June 10, 2004, at SunBridge of Glenville.

She was born in Wetzel County, the daughter of the late John W. and O’Ella Boggs Bonner.

She was a registered nurse and former member of the staff at Gordon Memorial Hospital, Spencer. She was a homemaker and a member of Crooked Run Community Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Ella Jane Smith of Normantown; one son, George R. Moore of Paris, Ky; two sisters, Mary Mearn of Elkins and Stella Moses of Buffalo, N.Y.; one brother, Robert Bonner of Little Washington, Pa.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Moore, and one brother, John W. Bonner.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Duane Wolfe officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

RAYMOND BELT

Raymond C. Belt, 75, died Friday, May 7, 2004, in Tucson, Ariz.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving from 1949 to 1952. He was a retired member of Operating Engineers Local 18 and lifetime member of VFW Post 10188 and American Legion in West Virginia.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Phyliss Nicholas Belt; three children, Jennifer Albert, Raymond C. Belt, Jr., and Tina Neal; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marlene Lewis and Jean Bush.

Memorial services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. David Bush officiating. Burial was in Saunders Cemetery, Big Springs, with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 21, Spencer.

RUTH SUMMERS

Ruth Summers, 86, of Orma, died Monday, June 21, 2004, at home.

She was born at Apple Farm, the daughter of the late Howard and Olie Bourne Wilson.

Surviving are three sons, Ronald, Victor and Dean Summers, all of Orma; four daughters, Dina Van Steenberg of Windham, Ohio, and Mattie Stump, Sharon Shaffer and Brenda McKown, all of Orma; three brothers, Vance, Howard and Victor Wilson, all of Newark, Ohio; 23 grandchildren, including Patricia Hickel whom they raised; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grand-child.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronzel Summers; four brothers; and four sisters.

Graveside services were held at Summers Cemetery, Orma.

VICKEY LYNN SHELBY

Vickey Lynn Shelby, 54, died Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at Lexington Memorial Hospital, Lexington, N.C.

She was born in Charleston, the daughter of the late Irene E. Naylor.

Surviving are three sons, Johnny Dale, Shawn Lewis and Michael Eugene and 10 grandchildren, all of Winston-Salem, N.C.; one lifelong friend, Mary Kay McConkey of Albany, Mo.; one uncle, Lewis Naylor of Belpre, Ohio; two aunts, Ollidene Hall of Arnoldsburg and Edna Kingsbury of Grantsville; and several cousins.

Memorial graveside services were held at the convenience of her children. Burial was in Gibson Cemetery, near Arnoldsburg.

JAMES BILLEY

James C. Billey, 79, of Eastlake, Ohio, died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Euclid, Ohio.

He was born at Galloway, Barbour County, the son of the late Frank and Bessie Collins Billey.

He retired in 1985 from TRW Co., Euclid, as a machinist with 34 years of service. He attended Flemington High School and graduated from Calhoun County High School. He served in Europe with the U.S. Army during World War II with Co. I, 515th parachute regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a life member of VFW Post 4358, Willoughby Hills, Ohio, and a member of J.F.K. Senior Center, Eastlake.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Wilda Goff Billey; two daughters, Diana Facemyer of Painesville Township, Ohio, and Darla Quinn of Wyoming, Mich.; two sons, Dwight Billey of Willoughby and Dean Billey of Eastlake; three sisters, Dorothy Ford of Garfield Heights, Ohio, Clara Williams of Glenville and Jenny Hosey of Ocala, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank Billey and an infant Robert Billey; one sister, Sue Hansen; and one great-grandson, Sean Elliott.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Robert Nicholas officiating. Burial was in Burnt House Cemetery, with military honors.

ROGER HOYT GHERKE

Roger Hoyt Gherke, 65, of Arizona, died Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at Thunderbird Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Waylan Hoyt and Mary L. Carr Gherke.

He was a member of Williamstown United Methodist Church and a veteran of the American Army.

Surviving are two step-sons, Brad and Mike Fisher, both of Glendale, Ariz.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy O’Neal Gherke, and two brothers, Larry C. and Eugene C. “Joe” Gherke.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Leo Farley officiating. Military graveside rites were  performed by American Legion Post 15.

PHYLLIS BUTLER

Phyllis Butler, 52, of Lenoir, N.C., died Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at Caldwell County Hospice.

She was born in Orma, the daughter of the late Willie F. and Beatrice Carpenter Butler.

She worked for American & Efird and was a Baptist.

Surviving are her husband, Larry L. Butler of Lenoir; one son, Larry L. “Lee” Butler, Jr., of Lenoir; one daughter, Cassie R. Butler of Lenoir; two brothers, Earline Dale “Bud” Wears of Ohio and Carmen G. “Shorty” Butler of Lenoir; four sisters, Geraldine “Gerri” Skinner of Florida, Bernadine Underwood of Lenoir, Pauline “Polly” Cunningham of Castle Hayne, N.C., and Dinah Butler of Lenoir; and 14 nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Pendry’s Funeral Home Chapel, Lenoir, with Chaplain Steven Butler officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.

ROBERT CLEO KERBY

Robert Cleo Kerby, 80, of Norton, Ohio, died Monday, June 21, 2004.

He was the son of the late Dewey and Mattie Kerby. He was a resident of Norton for 52 years and retired from Seiberling T&R with 38½ years of service. He was a member of Barberton Lodge 750, AF&AM, and Barberton Moose Lodge 759.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Janette; two sons, Bill and Jack Kerby; three daughters, Doris Williams, Patricia Garner and Brenda Adamoy; seven grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Louise Estep of Grantsville.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Jack, Beryl and Deo, and one son, Robert.

Services were held at Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, Barberton, Ohio, with Pat Mooney officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery.

OLETA YOAK HILL

Oleta Yoak Hill, 93, of Grantsville, died Monday, June 21, 2004.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Ira and Fannie Morris Yoak.

She had been a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church for 85 years and had served as adult Sunday School teacher and was a former president of Pleasant Hill U.M. Women. She was a 50-year member of Order of Eastern Star, Chapter #73, of Grantsville, and was a former high priestess of White Shrine. She was a former radio operator for West Virginia State Police and was a delegate to United Methodist Conference for 52 years. She was a 1992 West Virginia Folk Festival Belle.

Surviving are three brothers, Ivy Von Yoak and wife Freda of Grantsville, Don Yoak and wife Lucretia of Spencer and Harold Yoak and wife Eileen of Parkersburg; three step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, James H. Lamp; her second husband, Olin Hill; three brothers, Morris Yoak, Paul Yoak and Glendon Yoak; and two sisters, Mildred Yoak and Betty Ann Hickman.

Services were held at Pleasant Hill U.M. Church with Rev. Rick Metheney and Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

PLOMA DELL FRYMIER

Ploma Dell Grogg Frymier, 93, of Tanner, died Monday, June 21, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was the daughter of the late James Thomas and Mary Jane Metz Grogg.

She was a member of Mt. Liberty Church and the Pythian Sisters, Tanner, for many years.

Surviving are four sons, Bacil Frymier of Wellington, Ohio, Keith Frymier of Ohio and Jerry
and Joe Frymier, both of Tanner; four daughters, Nyla Poole and Jean Reed, both of Glenville, Judith Washburn of Coolville, Ohio, and Karen Alloway of Belpre, Ohio; 23 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eustace “Sam” Frymier; one infant daughter, Doris Ann Frymier; and one grandson, Jeffrey Alloway.

Services were held at Mt. Liberty Church, Tanner, with Rev. Lorous Roberts and Rev. Robert
Nicholas officiating. Burial was in Mt. Liberty Cemetery.

FRANCIS STARCHER

Francis Starcher, 75, of Warren, Ohio, formerly of Orma, died Thursday, June 24, 2004, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of Hattie Starcher of Girard, Ohio, and the late Reed Starcher.

He worked for 33 years for U.S. Steel Corp., Youngstown, Ohio, as a steel stock manager, and was a member of Steelworker’s Union.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his first wife, Mary Shaffer, and children, Betty Jo Booth, Terry Starcher, Francine Livi, Darlene Riggle, Brenda Claypool, Vicki Starcher, Lorainn Park and Linda Starcher, with whom he made his home; one sister, Amanda Stonebraker of Girard; one brother, Winfield Starcher and wife Norma of Orma; 17 grandchildren; and 15 great-grand-children.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Mary Spaljaric; his third wife, Charlotte D’Vanzo; and two sisters, Myrtle Hupp and Grace Richards.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Rush Run Cemetery, Orma.

REV. LEROY KEENEY

Rev. Dr. LeRoy M. Keeney, 83, of St. Albans, died Wednesday, June 9, 2004.

He was retired pastor of Highlawn Baptist Church, St. Albans, having served from 1949-1986. After retirement, he served as interim minister for First Baptist Church, Dunbar, Main Street Baptist Church, Point Pleasant, and Calvary Baptist Church, Charleston. He graduated from Charleston High School, attended Alderson-Broaddus College and received a bachelor of arts degree from Morris Harvey College in 1943. He graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1946 and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Alderson-Broaddus in 1973 and served as a member of its board of trustees for over 10 years. He served over 25 years as president of West Virginia Baptist Education Society and was a founder of St. Albans Ministerial Association and served as its president. He was a member of St. Albans Rotary Club, chairman of the first committee to develop Parchment Valley Conference Center, and was a volunteer chaplain at Thomas Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Theresa Knapp Keeney; one daughter, Rebecca Palmer of Charleston; one son, Stanley Keeney of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Wirt Harmon of Paris, Tenn.

Services were held at Highlawn Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Hyde and Rev. Cyril Johnson officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

CLEO ‘Steve’ STEVENS

Cleo F. “Steve” Stevens, 70, of Clayton, Ala., died Monday, June 28, 2004, at his residence.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Francis Kay and Lula Florence Starcher Stevens.

 He retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of service. After retirement, he worked with the water departments in Bakerhill, Elamville, Cowikee and Clayton. He was a member of Clayton Lions Club and was a Baptist.

Surviving are one son, F.K. Stevens of Eufaula, Ala.; two daughters, Juanita White of Clayton and Lyvoris Jernigan of Eufaula; four brothers, Shelton Stevens of Parkersburg, Donald Stevens of Grantsville, Sam Stevens of Elizabeth and James Stevens of Summersville; three sisters, Retta Johnson and Geneva Wilson, both of Grantsville, and Rachel Smith of St. Marys; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Isable Mahoney Stevens, in 1996; one son, James E. Stevens, in 1994, and one brother, Festus Stevens.

Services were held at Kent Funeral Home, Clayton, with Rev. Bobby Hines officiating, and burial with full military honors in Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery.

GERALD ‘Russell’ BALL

Gerald “Russell” Ball of Grantsville died Friday, July 2, 2004, after a battle with cancer.

He was the son of the late Georgia Stump and James Wesley Ball.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1947-49. He was co-founder and vice president of Telecon, Inc. and Dynacast, Streetsboro, Ohio, and retired from Johnson and Johnson in 1986.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Shirley Ball; four daughters, Margaret Hildreth, Debbie Brymer, Georgia Kasse and Melissa Ball; one son, James Ball; three step-children, Scott Long, Sandy McColligan and Steve Long; 27 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, French Stump of Stumptown; three sisters, Florence Meadows, Geraldine Hupp of Grantsville and Virginia Bland of Libby, Montana; and devoted friend, Nub Marks.

He was preceded in death by one son, Gerald Russell Ball, Jr.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

SHEILA KAY BALL

Sheila Kay Ball, 55, of Elizabeth died Sunday, July 4, 2004, at her residence after a battle with cancer.

She was born in Kanawha County, the daughter of the late Hoy and Myrtle Fields Nichols.

Shewas a 1967 graduate of Herbert Hoover High School and 1971 graduate of Glenville State College. She was employed as a teacher with Wirt County board of education for 33 years and had retired at the end of the school year. She was a member of Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma society.

Surviving are her husband, Larry Ball, whom she married June 25, 1975; sister-in-law and caregiver, Joyce Fitzwater; one niece, Trisha Triplett; and one nephew, Dustin Fitzwater.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Jarrell “Jerry” Wayne Nichols.

Services were held at Matheny Pomroy Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Dwight Goff officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

MARLENE BELT LEWIS

Marlene Belt Lewis, 80, of Mineral Wells died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Ritchie County, the daughter of the late Carl and Lottie Snider Belt.

She was a member of Hoy Chapel United Methodist Church, Freed.

Surviving are her husband, Charles E. Lewis, and one sister, Jean Bush of Mineral Wells.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Belt, and one sister, Carol Richards.

Memorial services were held at Snider Family Reunion, City Park, Parkersburg. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

HENRY GOODNIGHT

Henry S. Goodnight, 75, of MacFarlan, died Monday, July 5, 2004, in Parkersburg.

He was born at Freed, the son of the late Ray and Dora Mathess Goodnight.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a steel worker employed by Republic Steel, Massillon, Ohio. He attended Bethel Chapel United Methodist Church, Dutchman.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Clarissa “Sis” Strickling Goodnight; one son, Timothy Goodnight of Bolivar, Ohio; two daughters, Judy Lea Messenger of Massillon and Robin Parks of Bolivar; a nephew who had resided with the Goodnight family for several years, Gary Jones of Parkersburg; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Anita Jo Goodnight; one son, Mitchell Scott Goodnight; three sisters, Maxine Woods, Edith Collins and Madeline Taylor; and three brothers, John Goodnight, Olin Goodnight and “Pete” Goodnight.

Services were held at Bethel Chapel U.M. Church, with Rev. Frank Plybon officiating, and burial in Hartley Cemetery, Brohard.

FARRIS CASH

Farris G. Cash, 59, of Creston, died Sunday, July 4, 2004, at his home.

He was born in Clay County, the son of the late Clarence C. and Bertha Mae Hudson Cash.

He was a Christian and active member of Cremo Community Church, near Creston.

Surviving are his wife, Kathleen Starcher Cash; two sons, Farris Cash, Jr., of Deltona, Fla., and John G. Cash of Beckley; two sisters, Anna Mae DeMoss of Clay and Mary Keener of Lizemores; four brothers, Clarence J. Cash and Howard Cash, both of Clay, Jerry Cash of Ivydale and Robert Cash of New Jersey; and three grandchildren.

Services were held at Cremo Community Church with Rev. Darrell Mollohan officiating. Burial was in Wright Cemetery, Creston.

ROSIE HICKS

Rosie Hicks, 94, of Arnoldsburg, died Saturday, July 10, 2004, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born at Uler, Roane County, the daughter of the late George and Bertha Wilmoth Falls.

She was a former foster grandparent with 13 years of service and attended Arnoldsburg Community Church.

Surviving are two sons, Dayton Hicks of Orma and James Hicks of Mt. Zion; one brother, Arnold Ray Falls of Arnoldsburg; one sister, Milly Bishop of Arnoldsburg; one half-sister, Lillie Butler of Minnora; 26 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Hicks; one son, Eugene Hicks; four daughters, Virginia Poling, Bevagene Thomas, Mary Groves and Leota Jane Hicks; three brothers, Everett Falls, John Falls and Herman Falls; one half-brother, Jack Jarvis Falls; one half-sister, Lula Hays; and one sister, Orva Wayne.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in Bailey Cemetery, near
Minnora.

ERNEST FERRELL

Ernest Glenn Ferrell, 89, of Parkersburg, died Friday, July 2, 2004.

He was born in Grantsville, the last surviving child of the late Oak and Clara Ferrell.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and then became a resident of Charleston where he was employed for 33 years at Libby Owens Ford. He was a longtime member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church and a 50-year member of Eureka Lodge No. 40, AF&AM, Grantsville.

Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Kelley Ferrell; one step-daughter, JoAnne Molessa; and one step-son, John M. Kelley.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery.

DELMER RAY HICKMAN

Delmer Ray Hickman, Sr., 57, died Sunday, July 11, 2004, at his home.

He was born at White Pine, the son of the late Oral and Gladis Hickman of White Pine.

He served in the U.S. Army and attended Cherry Fork United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 29 years, Mary Hickman; one daughter, Della Ramsey and husband Jonathan of Somerworth, N.H.; one son, Ray Hickman and wife Dolly of Grantsville; four grandchildren; five brothers, Bronson Hickman and wife Alice of Nobe, Phillip Hickman and wife Micki of Gilboa, Hatzel Hickman and wife Diane of China Grove, N.C., Alfred Hickman and wife Jeanne of Big Springs and Timothy Hickman and wife Terry of Nobe; one sister, Darlene Harris and husband Charles of Grantsville; nine nieces; four nephews; four great-nieces; and four great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob Hickman and Frank Hickman; and two nephews, Danny Hickman and Luke Hickman.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating. Burial was in Kight Cemetery, near Grantsville.

DAVID ELLIOT STEVENS

David Elliot Stevens, 65, of Ripley, died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at home.

He was born on Pine Creek, the son of the late William Russell and Myrla Marie Conrad Stevens.

 He served in the U.S. Army and worked for Hope Natural Gas Co., Carl Kelly Paving, and Grantsville Garage.

Surviving are one daughter, Meredith Stevens Koontz; three grandsons, Isaac, Ethan and Eli; one brother, William (Bill) Russell Stevens, Jr., of Grantsville; two sisters, Lurland B. Starcher and Linda J. Harris, both of Grantsville; and four chosen brothers, Jim Knotts, Larry Morton and Jason and Jeff Taylor.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Howard Stevens of Corry, Pa., and Robert Paul Stevens of Sand Fork; and one chosen brother, Delano Taylor.

At his request, he was cremated.

JOHN BOGGS

John Boggs, 73, of London, Ky., formerly of Grantsville, died Friday, July 16, 2004, at his residence.

He was born in Pinch, the son of the late Delbert John and Lula Morris Boggs.

He was retired from Millwright Steel Mill.

Surviving are three daughters, Cathy Jones of London, Mary Whalen of Grandview, Tenn., and Wanda Boggs of Elyria, Ohio; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Mildred Brundage and Mary Booth, both of Harrisville; and one brother, Jim Boggs of Pennsylvania.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Clyde, Dennis and Vernon Boggs.

Services were held at House-Rawlings Funeral Home, London, with Rev. Harlan Avera, Jr., and Rev. Jamie Maxey officiating. Burial was in Rough Creek Cemetery, London.

ZANIE RICHARDS YOST

Zanie Richards Yost, 89, of Smithville, died Sunday, July 18, 2004, at her home.

She was born at Big Springs, the daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth Modesitt Richards.

She was a member of Chestnut Grove Methodist Church and owned and operated Yost Grocery, Big Springs, for many years.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Yost and wife Julie of Smithville, with whom she made her home, and Arthur Yost and wife Erma of Amesville, Ohio; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Denver Yost; four brothers, Earl, Carl, J.C. and Charles Yost; two sisters, Mamie Frederick and Amy Ward; and two grandchildren, Arick and Mickel Yost.

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

HAYDEN PURSLEY

Hayden Pursley, 75, of Enterprise, Fla., died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at his home.

He was a 1949 graduate of Spencer High School and subsequently served in the U.S. Army during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, retiring from the military in Jan., 1980. Following retirement from the military, he purchased and restored a historic hotel built in 1903, as well as surrounding properties in downtown Enterprise. His accomplishments and dedication were recently recognized and honored by proclamation and award of keys to the city. He was also a member of Moriah Lodge 38, AF & AM.

Surviving are two sons, David N. Pursley of Winter Springs, Fla., and Stuart R. Pursley of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Louise Jaynes of Hernando, Fla., and Eileen McKee of Millstone; three grandchildren, Lauren, Shelby and Kristen Pursley; his long-time companion, Karin Murray and her extended family; and other family members whom he considered special, along with many friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Iris Simmons; and one brother, Robert C. Pursley.

A memorial service was held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Mike King officiating. Burial was in Spencer Memorial Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 21.

GRETA STUMP

Greta Stump, 86, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, Parkersburg.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Clyde and Goldie Bennett Hathaway.

She was a member of Baptist Gospel Temple and had attended First Church of the Nazarene until moving to Sunbridge.

Surviving are one son, Garland Edward Stump of Perryton, Tex.; three grandchildren; two sisters, Nada Newhouse of Davisville and Evelyn Haught of Parkersburg; one brother, Troy Hathaway of Parkersburg; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Deward Stump, in 1966; one sister, Vera Allen; and two brothers, Lennis and Leonard “Bud” Hathaway.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. H. Earle Arthur officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

VANCE STUMP

Vance W. Stump, 88, of Orma, died Thursday, July 22, 2004, at Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Big Otter.

He was born at Stumptown, the son of the late Fred and Lydia Stump.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was retired from Orders Construction Co. He was a member of Minnora United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one son, Mike Stump and wife Jean of Chloe; one daughter, Patti Hicks and husband Ed of Chloe; one brother, Roy Stump of Huntington; four grandchildren; 12 great-grand-children; and special niece, Lou and Gary Stewart of Marshall, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nelma Stump; one son, Butch McKinley; one brother, Fred Pell Stump; one sister, Eva Jean Postalwait; and an infant brother and sister.

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

MILLARD ‘Bud’ PROPST

Millard F. “Bud” Propst, 86, of Grantsville, died Thursday, July 22, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Wesley and Millie Stalnaker Propst.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was retired from Cabot Corp. He was a member of
Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and Bee Creek Hunting Club.

Surviving are his wife, Gertrude Little Propst; two daughters, JoAnn Stevens of Grantsville and Mary Kay Wilson of Vienna; one son, Mike Propst of Grantsville; one sister, Mary Jean Vannoy of Parkersburg; three grandchildren, Carrie Propst, Zachary Propst and April Miller; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Miller and Mikayla Miller; and three nephews, Jim and Roger Propst, both of Grantsville, and Ronnie Propst of Beckley.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Tom and George Propst.

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

MARY MORRIS

Mary Alice Morris, 92, of Chloe, died Saturday, July 24, 2004, at home.

She was born in Braxton County, the daughter of the late Jack and Barbara Hatfield Richardson.

 She lived most of her adult life near Chloe. She was a former employee of Stinson store and post office. She was a homemaker and a farmer.

Surviving are four children, Frances Moore, Toney Morris, Barbara Mace and John Morris, all
of Chloe; one brother, Tom Richardson of Dille; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one daughter-in-law, Locia Morris of Chloe.

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

DONALD LEE EDGELL

Donald Lee Edgell, 71, of Norton, Ohio, died Saturday, July 24, 2004.

He was born at Cremo, the son of the late Anthony and Rosa Edgell.

He was a veteran of the Korean War. He retired from Rockwell International and was employed by Manchester Tool Co. He was a member of Wadsworth Church of Christ and played dobro with Bluegrass Mountaineers and Earl Todd and Sundown Valley  Boys.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley; three sons, Joshua, Anthony and Donald Edgell, Jr.; five ndaughters, Melissa McAvinew, Linda Yeager, April Edgell-Henline, Donna Jean Edgell and Debbie Slymac; four sisters, Betty Smith, Mona Sampson of Grantsville, Emodee Starcher and Irene Husk; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Lora “Veon” and Jennings, and one sister, Blondina Stutler.

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

RICHARD BENNETT

Richard H. Bennett, 76, of Rosedale, died Monday, July 26, 2004, at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.

He was born in Braxton County, the son of the late Doyle and Mae Nicholas Bennett.

He was a member of Normantown High School State Champion basketball team in 1945 and a member of Masonic Lodge, Gassaway, for 50 years.

Surviving are his wife, Garnet Dawn Moore Bennett; four daughters, Debbie Moore of Ripley, Carol Polan of Huntington, Vicky Carter of Rosedale and Lisa Tanner of Perkins; one son, Richard Bennett of Reedy; one sister, Barbara Kincaid of Spencer; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one cousin; and special friend, Gene Bennett of Rosedale.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Davis of Detroit, Mich.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Elder George Rose officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery, Normantown, with Masonic graveside rites.

FRANCIS G. AYERS

Francis G. “Frank” Ayers, Sr., 65, of Davisville, died Saturday, July 31, 2004, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

He was born in Grantsville, the son of Hazel C. Hall Ayers and the late Vernon E. Ayers.

He was retired from the Ames Corporation; served in the U.S. Air Force; and had a great love for his family and bluegrass music.

Surviving are his wife, Georgia Simmons Ayers, whom he married May 14, 1959; three children, Stephanie “Penny” Stalnaker and her husband, Jeff, of Parkersburg, Francis G. Ayers, Jr. and his wife, Paula, of Davisville and Sonjia L. Cline and her husband, Donald, of Sistersville; five grandsons, Jonathan Stalnaker, Brandon Ayers and Jesse, James and Joseph Cline; one sister, Judy Stump; three brothers, Mike, Roger and Richard Ayers; and many bluegrass friends.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Cynthia Ruth Ayers.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, south Parkersburg, with Rev. Paul McGuire officiating. Burial was in Starcher Cemetery.

JO ANN OLSON

Jo Ann Olson, 73, of Pike, W. Va., died Monday, July 26, 2004, at her residence after a 10 year battle with Parkinson’s disease.

She was born in Pike, the daughter of the late Fred and Arrahwanna Wilcox Pifer.

She was a homemaker and had worked at Phillip’s Pharmacy, St. Marys, for many years. She was very involved in community work and loved helping people. She was a member of Ellenboro Chapter 20 Order of Eastern Star, a member of the Ritchie County Republican Committee, and an officer of Mountaineer Bulk Services, Ellenboro. She had been the oldest living member of Pike Church of Christ.

Surviving are her husband, Charles E. Olson; one daughter and son-in-law, Naresa Jan and Richard L. Cunningham of Sistersville; one sister, Sherrie Channel and husband, Lester, of Grantsville; one grandson, Michael Delancey and wife, Karen, of Fairmont; one stepgrandson, Todd Cunningham and wife, Teresa, of Williamstown; nieces and nephews, Wendy and Kevin Hess of Ripley and Fred and Julie Channel of New Martinsville; special friends, Jennifer Johnson, Lanette Davis and Betty Locke; and her cats, Victoria, Benjaim and Jonathan.

Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Evangelist Cecil Dotson officiating. Burial was in Pike Church of Christ Cemetery.

JAMES MICHAEL POSTALWAIT

James Michael Postalwait, 50, of Rosedale, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at CAMC General Hospital, following a short illness.

He was the son of the late Carl James and Eva Jean Stump Postalwait.

He was a 1971 graduate of Braxton County High School. He was a former employee of Norris Industries of Spencer and Newberry, S.C. He was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman.

Surviving are two children, Alisha Lathey and Christopher Postalwait and their mother, Sherry Dadisman, all of Charleston; two sisters, Brenda Mollohan and her husband, Todd of Rosedale, and Treza Shock and her husband, Dan of Rosedale; one brother, Dwight Postalwait and his wife, Jody of Elkview; three nephews, Travis Mollohan of Rosedale, Shane Arnold of Rosedale and Jeremiah Postalwait of Arnoldsburg; one niece, Sara Postalwait of Arnoldsburg; one son-in-law, Jason Lathey of Dunbar; and one daughter in-law, Andrea Dickens of Charleston.

Graveside services were held at Rosedale Community Cemetery.

MARY ANN T. HILLS

Mary Ann T. Hills, 52, of Big Springs, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at Arbors of Marietta.

She was born in Adams, Mass., the daughter of Matthew Oparowski of Adams and Geraldine Stachura Oparowski of North Adams, Mass.

She was a retired seamstress for R.P.R. Industries in Grantsville.

Surviving are her husband of 25 years, Reginald G. Hills of Big Springs; and one brother, Michael Oparowski of Mass.

There was no visitation or services.

MATILDA ANN STEVENS FESSENDEN

Matilda Patricia Ann Stevens Fessenden of Portsmouth, R. I., died Monday, July 26, 2004.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late John Foster Stevens and Virginia Violet Stout Stevens.

Surviving are one brother, Richard Hoyt Stevens of Portsmouth, R.I.; and one sister, Guila June Hayward of Yuma, Az.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Robert E. Stevens.

She was cremated, with memorial service at her work place.

 

G.H. (HARLEY) McKOWN

G.H. (Harley) McKown, 86, of Beech, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, at his residence.

He was the son of the late Kenna J. and Addie Norman McKown.

He was a Christian and attended Milo Community Church, Minnora, and was a member of the former Minnora IOOF Lodge.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Madge Houchin McKown; three sons, Donald McKown and wife Becky of Murraysville and Bradley McKown and wife Brenda and Wendell McKown and wife Chris, all of Orma; two daughters, Shirley Jett and husband Calvin of Doylestown, Ohio, and Karen Ellison and husband Steve of Orma; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one brother, Oris McKown of Florida; and one sister, Mazel Faye Pignard of Texas.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Denver, Thurman, Cleddie and Donald McKown; one sister, Hazel Bowers; and two grandsons.

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

ALTA DAVIS

Alta L. Davis, 86, of Glenville, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was the daughter of the late Byron and Gladys Dora Rogers Bush.

Surviving are three daughters, Ruth A. Simmons, Carolyn S. Luzader and Sharon G. Mortensen; two sons, Kenneth C. Davis and Dennis R. Davis; 19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond L. Davis; and three sons, Raymond B. Davis, Ralph L. Davis and Donald R. Davis.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial was in Brown IOOF Cemetery, Harrison County.

ARLIE TINGLER

Arlie L. Tingler, 86, of Vienna, died Friday, July 30, 2004, at his residence.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Roscoe and Nettie Richards Tingler.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and had attended Christian Life Center, Parkersburg. He had worked for Hope Gas Co. and retired from John Manville Co. after 29 years of service.

Surviving are 10 children, Marvin Tingler of Warren, Ohio, Marlin Tingler of Walker, Lawrence Tingler of Ohio, Michael Tingler, Dora Whitehair and Marsha Carroll, all of Parkersburg, Delmar Tingler and Charlotte Gant, both of Davisville, and Lonnie Tingler and Rosemary Icenhower, both of Vienna; two brothers, Orville Tingler of Florida and Alvin Tingler of Windham, Ohio; five sisters, Margaret Cox of Florida, Dorothy Dye of Grantsville, Oleta Wilt of Vienna, Velda Kelly of Atwater, Ohio, and Ireda Hardman of Calhoun County; 41 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dora Muriel Wyers Tingler; one son, Melvin Tingler; one granddaughter, Shannon Nicole Tingler; and two brothers, Romie and Oney Tingler.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Ray Seebaugh officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens with military graveside rites by Parkersburg American Legion Post 15.

VIRGIL BELT

Virgil L. Belt, 72, of Wayne, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004, at VA Medical Center, Huntington.

He was born at Munday, the son of the late Cecil J. and Stella McIntire Belt.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired machine operator.

Surviving are his wife, Norma Holbrook Belt; one daughter, Roseanna Belt of Newark, Ohio; one grandson, Christopher Belt of Zanesville, Ohio; three brothers, Kenneth and Robert, both of Munday, and Mitchell of Vienna; four sisters, Cleoda Smith, Pauline May and Barbara Holbert, all of Mineral Wells, and Ada McPeek of Parkersburg; nine nieces, eight nephews; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Daris and Chester, and one sister, Freda.

Services were held at Matheny-Pomroy Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints officiating. Burial was in Maze Cemetery, Munday.

WILLADEAN AMOS

Willadean Amos, 76, of Nobe, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late James and Fonda Radabaugh Whipkey.

She was a lifelong member of Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Delbert J. Amos; four sons, Roger of Burnt House, Charles of Walker, Dennis of Martinsburg and Paul of Alabama; four daughters, Rochelle Brann of Utah, Sandra Francis of Wyoming and June McCloy and Joan Smith, both of Parkersburg; three brothers; two sisters; one foster brother; 23 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

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

BRADLEY STOCKWELL

Bradley Stockwell, 69, of Nobe, died Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Asher and Stella Bennett Stockwell.

He was a retired welder.

Surviving are one brother, Donald Stockwell of Orrville, Ohio; two sisters, Elizabeth Coleman of Lancaster, Ohio, and Virginia Alice Stockwell of Akron, Ohio; and one step-son, Michael Stockwell.

He was preceded in death by one son, Bradley Stockwell, and one brother, Bill Stockwell.

Memorial services were held at Trace Fork United Methodist Church, with Rev. Tim Hickman
and Rev. Loris Roberts officiating. Burial was on the family farm at Nobe.

JUANITA WILSON

Juanita Limer Wilson, 89, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born at McWhorter, the daughter of the late Marshall and Ida Goodwin Limer.

She taught school in Calhoun County for many years. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Woman’s Club and Grantsville Rebekah Lodge.

Surviving are four children, Charles Wilson and wife Annalou, William Spence Wilson and wife Charlotte, Connie Bailey and husband Gary, and Carole Weekley and husband Carroll, all of Parkersburg; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Billie Smith of Charlotte, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Wilson; one son, David Wilson; three brothers; and two sisters.

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

JAMES ROY KING

James Roy King, 50, of Chloe, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, as a result of an auto accident in Clay County.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of the late James King and Betty Lou Mollohan Johnson.

Surviving are his wife, Roselee Sears King; one son, James L. King; one daughter, Angela King; one daughter-in-law, Amanda Gordon King; six sisters, Tracey L. Johnson, Sandy Burnette, Kathy King, Joyce Sleenor, Breeda McKracklyn, Alice Wordley; two brothers, Bill and Bob King; and two uncles, Billy and Bobby King.

He was preceded in death by one uncle, Bud Mollohan, and his grandparents, Roy and Hazel Mollohan and J.B. and Mae King.

Graveside rites were held at Sears Cemetery, Nebo, with Rev. Hubert Sears officiating.

ELMER COTTRELL

Elmer Cottrell, 96, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004, at Roane General Hospital.

He was born in Clay County, the son of the late Silas and Sarah Hunt Cottrell.

He was a former timber cutter and farmer.

Surviving are three sons, Dean Cottrell of Garrettsville, Ohio, Grant Cottrell of Mentor, Ohio, and Richard Cottrell of Arnoldsburg; one daughter, Sharon Lowther of Paris, Ohio; one step-daughter, Carol Jones of Arnoldsburg; and several grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beulah King Cottrell; one daughter, Barbara Turner; two brothers, George and Samuel Cottrell; and four sisters, Dora, Clara, Cora and Elsie.

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

LEO RICHARD STARCHER

Leo Richard Starcher, 61, of Rockport, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2004, at West Penn Burn Center Hospital, Pittsburgh.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Harlan D. and Mae Laddie Starcher.

He was employed as a driver for Stuart Oil Co., Parkersburg, for the past 15 years and had formerly worked in the oil fields. He was a Baptist.

Surviving are his wife, Janie Small Starcher; three sons, Timothy Starcher of Haw River, N.C., Bill Smith of Rockport and Stacey Smith of Snow Camp, N.C.; three daughters, Sherry Simmons and husband Larry of Big Springs, Kim Forshey and husband Gary of Rockport and Tracie Williams and husband Jack of Fairplain; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Darrell Starcher of Palestine and Harlan Starcher, Jr., of Stumptown; five sisters, Ruby Powell and Rita Warnick, both of Barberton, Ohio, Emogene Poling and Janet Whited, both of Grantsville, and Lena Franks of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Timmy Smith and Kenneth Smith.

Services were held at Kimes Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Jack Flanery officiating. Burial was in Wadesville Cemetery.

GERALDINE FAYE WILSON

Geraldine Faye Wilson, 64, of Pennsboro, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004.

She was born at Millstone, the daughter of the late Samuel Clyde and Lenora Mae Starcher Kelley.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband of 39 years, Frank Wilson, Jr.; two sons, Michael Dean Hersman of Spencer and Bradley Dale Wilson of Prosperity; one daughter, Sherri Honaker and husband Rufus Honaker, Jr., of Mt. Zion; one brother, Russell Dale Starcher of Millstone; and four grandchildren, Alex Hersman, Malissa Wilson, Courtney Honaker and Dylan Honaker.

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

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

WHETZEL RAY

Whetzel O. Ray, 96, of Creston, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2004, at Miletree Health Care Center, Spencer.

He was born at Linden, Roane County, the son of the late Romentis and Sarah Barnett Ray.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a retired oil field worker.

Surviving are his wife, Julia Ann Alvis Ray; two sons, Charles and James Ray, both of Creston; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Snyder Chapel Cemetery, Annamoriah.

OPHARD ‘Shorty’ HATHAWAY

Ophard “Shorty” Hathaway, 93, of Zebulon, Ga., formerly of Parkersburg and Grantsville, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2004, at Riverside Nursing Center, Thomaston, Ga.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Ira D. “Doc” and Birtie Sturm Hathaway.

He was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from Wood County Board of Education.

Surviving are two brothers, Frank Hathaway of Elizabeth and Ira D. Hathaway of Florida; one sister, Mittie Sampson of Grantsville; one step-daughter, Carolyn Erp Friend of Albany, Ga.; two step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irma Hathaway, in 1982.

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

AMY ROSE RUSSELL

Amy Rose Russell, 77, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Albert Francis and Nora Jane Snider Burrows.

 She was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, John R. Russell; one son, John A. Russell of Mineral Wells; one daughter, Evelyn S. Stephens of Washington; one brother, Chester H. Burrows of Akron, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Nona Esther Burrows.

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

GERRIT WITTE

Gerrit Witte, 87, of Apache Junction, Ariz., died Friday, Aug. 20, 2004.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Samuel and Clida Witte.

He was a member of White Oak Baptist Church, Chloe. After retiring from Ormet Corp., he moved to Arizona in 1982.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth; three daughters, Karren Sorrells, Gerrita Postlewait and Jennifer Mason; one son, Kevin Witte; four grandchildren; and one sister, Ilene.

STEVE RICHARDS

Steve Richards, 55, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2004, in Zambia, Africa.

He was the son of Mestil Richards and the late Robert “Bud” Richards of Harrisville.

He graduated from Harrisville High School in 1967, Glenville State College in 1970, and Massillon Baptist College in 1987. He worked for Westvaco Corp. for 14 years and at Camp of The Hills, Procious, for three years. He founded and pastored Calvary Baptist Church, Harrisville (now Southside Baptist Church). He was involved in numerous mission projects, including two years in India with Priority One India and three years in Zambia with Baptist International Outreach.

Surviving are his wife of 34 years, Linda Richards; one son, Kevin of Adrian, Mich.; one daughter, Julie Seagraves of Ashford; two brothers, Larry Richards of Walker and Ray Richards of Portsmouth, Va.; his grandmother, Lola Kirby of Big Springs; and three grandchildren.

A celebration of his life was held in Livingston, Zambia, with burial in Livingston. Memorial service was held at Clay First Baptist Church, Clay.

ELVA YOAK

Elva Yoak, 90, of Grantsville, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Wattie and Dona Norman Yoak.

She was a graduate of Glenville State College where she earned a B.S. degree in education. She was a retired elementary school teacher in Calhoun County with 30 years of service. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Grantsville, and Calhoun County Senior Citizens. She had been a caretaker for F.F. and Nellie McCoy for many years.

Surviving are one half-brother, Arnold Yoak; two half-sisters, Betty Smith and Ruby Gene Godfrey; one step-sister, Eleanor Welch; and one step-brother, Kenneth Deulley.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Alva, Jack and Marvin Yoak; two sisters, Sarah Yoak and Mary Selmon; and one half-sister, Maxine Sults.

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

HOWARD DYE

Howard T. Dye, 96, of Chloe, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Dr. J.A. and Cora Griggs Dye.

He was a member of New Life Baptist Fellowship Church, Arnoldsburg. He was a former employee of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. with 20 years service and was a former home building contractor. He was an artist with wood.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Losie Lamb Dye; one son, Jack Dye of Medina, Ohio; one sister, Eva Joy of Williamstown; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by five sisters, Kate Knotts, Jane Drake, Mary Smith, Anna Nicholas and Sophia Reynolds; and three brothers, Harry Dye, Lance Dye and James Dye.

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

JACKIE DALE ISENHART

Jackie Dale Isenhart, 69, of Shock, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004.

He was born in Gilmer County and was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Germany.

Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Madge Isenhart; two daughters, Joan Kelley of Sand Fork and Christine Smith of Rock Hill, S.C.; two sons, Tommy Lee Isenhart of Elizabethtown, Ky., and Jackie Dale Isenhart, Jr., of Shock; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Jean Brown of Morgantown, Janet Isenhart of Parkersburg, Marty Bunn of Glenville and Carol Harrington of Spartansburg, S.C.; two brothers, Ernest “Tinker” Isenhart of Gettysburg, Pa., and Roger Isenhart of Meadowbrook; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Tom Isenhart, and two infant sisters, Beckie and Sharon.

Services were held at Rock Grove Baptist Church, Linn, with Rev. Steve Mentzer officiating.
Burial was in Rock Grove Cemetery.

BERNSTEIN NEVILLE COOPER

Bernstein Neville “B.N.” Cooper, 91, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2004, in a Beckley hospital.

He was born at Little Creek, Creston, the eldest son of the late Howard C. and Sarah Jane Shrader Cooper.

He retired from Cabot Oil & Gas Co. as assistant superintendent in Pineville. He was a member of Cook Memorial Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, and Pineville Lions Club with 29 years of service.

Surviving are two daughters, Carolyn Joyce Worrell of Oceana and Patricia Jane Lewis of Wyoming; two sons, Mitchell David Cooper of Sophia and Randall Boyd Cooper of Bluefield, Va.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Byrnadeen Offutt of Millstone; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Opal Eloise Davis Cooper, May 12, 1996; one infant daughter, Carletta Joy Cooper; one granddaughter, Rebecca Lynn Cooper; and his brother, Forrest A. Cooper.

His body was sent to West Virginia University Dept. of Anatomy Human Gift Registry, Morgantown. A memorial to celebrate his life was held at Cooke Memorial Baptist Church, Pineville, with Rev. Clay Phillips and Rev. Glen Kuhn officiating.

DARRELL SCOTT HARDMAN

Darrell Scott Hardman, 21, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at his home.

He was the son of Roger Dewaine Hardman and Dorothy Marrion Brooks Hardman.

Surviving in addition to his parents are one brother, Jeff Dewaine Hardman of Grantsville, and two sisters, Mary Pearl Hardman of Grantsville and Rachel Lynn Hardman of North Carolina.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Roger Dewaine Hardman II.

Graveside services were held at Turner Cemetery, Lockney.

MICHAEL LEWIS WILLIAMS

Michael Lewis Williams, 64, of Grantsville, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2004, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Hollie and Josephine Bowers Williams.

He was a graduate of Riggs-Lemar Barber College, Akron, Ohio, and was a barber in Grants-ville for 30 years, after several years working in Marietta, Ohio. He was a woodcrafter, carver and musician. He crafted models of riverboats that once traveled the Little Kanawha River and was a local historian.

Surviving are his wife, Dottie Roach Williams; several cousins; and an aunt and uncle.

Graveside rites were held at Big Bend Cemetery with Rev. Lawson Whipkey officiating.

DONALD LEE SIERS

Donald Lee Siers, 76, of Orma, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Augusta Edward and Lillie May Greathouse Siers of Lower Nicut.

Surviving are one sister, Laura Frances Hunter of Belpre, Ohio; one niece, Cindy Hunter Shirley of Virginia; and one nephew, Jeffrey Hunter of Belpre, Ohio.

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

CHESTER FOREST FLUHARTY

Chester Forest Fluharty, 80, of Grantsville, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was the son of the late Guy and Ivy Snider Fluharty.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in World War II from 1942-1945 and was a Purple Heart Award recipient. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve Unit, Grantsville. He was retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Co. where he was a field foreman with 36 years of service. He was a former two-term mayor of Grantsville and former fire chief of Grantsville Volunteer Fire Dept. He was a resident of Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., for 20 years, where he was a member of DAV and American Legion.

Surviving are one sister, Lena Barker of Pine Grove; one son, Thomas Scott Fluharty and wife Barbara of Annamoriah; one granddaughter, Dena Roberts of Spencer; and two great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Mae Valentine Fluharty, on Nov. 4, 2003, and three brothers, Durl, Clide and Burl.

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

LENA JANE FERGUSON

Lena Jane Ferguson, 68, of Elizabeth, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Leamon and Amy (Susie) Grogg.

She graduated from Tanner High School and she was a member and the pastor’s wife of Road Fork Baptist Church, Lower Salem, Ohio.

Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Ronzel B. Ferguson, Sr.; two sons, Ronzel Bryan Ferguson, Jr., and Jon M. Ferguson; two daughters, Rhonda J. Haines and Amy B. Ward; 12 grandchildren; six brothers, Rondel, Billy, Kenny, Anthony and Danny Grogg; and six sisters, Freda Amos, Delores Davis, Katherine Phillips, Connie Cogar, Peggy Wade and Dottie Frazier.

She was preceded in death by seven brothers, Keven, Marshall, Leon, Steve, Fred, Donald and Jackie Grogg.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Pastor Joe Ward officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

ELIAS DON YOAK

Elias Don Yoak, 82, of Spencer, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004.

He was the son of the late Ira and Fannie Yoak.

 He was a member of Methodist Memorial Church, Spencer, 60-year member of Eureka Masonic Lodge and member of Scottish Rite and Nemesis Shrine for more than 50 years. He was a one-term member of W.Va. House of Delegates and served in other positions in the Legislature for more than 60 years. He was appointed to multiple terms of the National Silver Haired Congress.

Surviving are his wife, Lucretia Smith Yoak; one son, Denzel Yoak; four grandchildren; two brothers, Harold Yoak of Parkersburg and Von Yoak of Grantsville; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mildred, Betty and Oleta; three brothers, Glendon, Paul and Morris; and one daughter, Donna Yoak Hardman.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Beth Peters officiating. Burial was in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer, with Masonic graveside rites.

HETTIE BOWERS SHAFFER

Hettie Bowers Shaffer, 90, of Walker, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was the daughter of the late Herman and Lillie Price Bowers.

She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

Surviving is one son, Archie Shaffer of Walker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Shaffer; two brothers, Roy and Ray Bowers; and one sister, Nettie Hall.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Metheny officiating. Burial was in Liberty Hill Cemetery, near Arnoldsburg.

MAVIS GARNET WOODYARD

Mavis Garnet Wilson Woodyard, 87, died Friday, Sept. 3, 2004, at the home of her caregiver, Sue Dilley of Sutton.

She was born at Laurel Fork, Gilmer County, the daughter of the late Floris Birton and Lilly Lawson Wilson.

She was a member of Shock Church of Christ.

Surviving are one son, Wayne of Cedarville; one daughter, Helen of Shock; two granddaughters; two great-granddaughters; two brothers, Marvin Blaire Wilson of Centreville, Va., and Burl Wilson of Massillon, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Park Woodyard, in 1997; two brothers, Orel Wilson of Florida and Arden Wilson of Elyria, Ohio; and one sister, Maysel Wilson Miles of Stonewood.

Graveside services were held at Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

JACKIE BOOHER

Jackie Winford Booher, 74, of Mt. Zion, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2004, at home.

He was born in Barberton, Ohio, the son of the late Luther Booher, former constable in Calhoun, and the late Mary Opal Pittzenburger Booher of Nicholas County, former midwife in Calhoun.

He retired from PPG Industries, Barberton, as a truck driver and pipe insulator with 29 years of service.

Surviving are one son, David Booher of Doylestown, Ohio; one daughter, Barbara Simmons of Mt. Zion; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Randall W. Booher.

Graveside services were held at Mt. Zion Cemetery.

IVA SAMPSON

Iva Sampson, 78, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Sept. 11, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Dwight and Mary Parsons King.

She retired from Calhoun General Hospital with 13 years of service.

Surviving are five sons, Burton Sampson of Athens, Ala., Jimmy Sampson of Newberry, Ohio, Ford Sampson of Hagerstown, Md., Rick Sampson of Grantsville and James Sampson of Seattle, Wash.; three daughters, Kathryn Truss of Grantsville, Shirley Cottrell of Warren, Ohio, and Linda Vincent of Cortland, Ohio; two brothers, Delbert King of Orma and Westfall King of Big Bend; and 27 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Charles, and one daughter, Betsy.

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

STELLA McCUMBERS

Stella McCumbers, 68, of Akron, Ohio, formerly of Nicut, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, at Wyant Woods, Akron, Ohio.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Emerson and Etta Pearl Keener Bailey.

Surviving are five sons, Paul Yearian of Akron, Tommy Yearian of Harts Grove, Ohio, James Yearian of Madison, Tenn., Jerry Yearian of Ohio and Sterling Yearian of Parkersburg; three daughters, Stella Yearian, Jo Ella Yearian and Paula Yearian, all of Parkersburg; three brothers, Addison Bailey, Eugene Bailey and Steve Bailey; and three sisters, Virginia, Velma and Ocie Bailey.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Cleston Garrett officiating. Burial was in Mt. Run Cemetery, Nicut.

KACY MICHELLE HARRIS

Kacy Michelle Harris, 19, of Mt. Zion, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, after a lifelong battle with Cystic Fibrosis.

Surviving are her parents, Bernard and Kathleen Harris of Mt. Zion; one sister, Alicia Swearingen of Chloe; one nephew, Jaden Swearingen of Chloe; her fiancee, Pat Keaffaber of Mt. Zion; and maternal grandmother, Emilie Marks of Wooster, Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, George Harris; paternal grandparents, Harley and Sarah Harris of Grantsville; one uncle, Ronnie Harris; and one cousin, Jack Wine.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating. Entombment will be in Sunset Memory Gardens, Parkersburg, at the convenience of the family.

BETTY LOU SMITH

Betty Lou Smith, 74, of Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, at her residence.

She was born in Marion County, the daughter of the late Alpheus J. and Alberta Elizabeth Wells Duley Yoak.

She retired from A.B. Chance after many years of service in production. She was a Baptist.

Surviving are one son, Edward Smith of Pensacola, Fla.; two daughters, Elizabeth Smith and Frankie Dowler, both of Parkersburg; one foster daughter, Jaime Grayson of Parkersburg; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Arnold Yoak of Grantsville and Kenneth Duley of Illinois; and two sisters, Ruby Jean Godfrey of Romney and Eleanor Welch of Grantsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Smith; three brothers, Jack Yoak, Herbert Duley and Marvin Yoak; and two sisters, Louise Maxine Schultz and Elva Yoak.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with David Chisholm officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

ARZIE WILLIAM FREED

Arzie William Freed, 83, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was born at Freed, the son of the late Lum and Dosha Collins Freed.

He was a World War II veteran, entering the service July 8, 1942, at Fort Thomas, Ky., and serving in the New Guinea, South Philippines and Luzon campaigns. He was awarded Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon with three Bronze Stars, American Theater Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with Bronze Star, and Purple Heart. He was wounded Feb. 3, 1945, and Apr. 23, 1945, while serving in the Pacific Theater. He was discharged Nov. 20, 1945, with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was retired from Calhoun County Board of Education and was a member of Hoy Chapel Church, Freed.

Surviving are five children, Robert Freed and wife Judy of Belpre, Ohio, Larry Freed of Freed, Vivian Dye and husband Denzil and Donna Poling and husband Dick, all of Mt. Zion, and Elaine Miller and husband Bernard of Big Springs; 11 grandchildren, Bill Freed, Angel Martin, Douglas Dye, David Dye, Cynthia Stophel, Daniel Miller, Jason Poling, Randy Poling, Jessica Freed, Tiffany Freed and Kristy Freed; two step-grandchildren, Joanna Evans and Stephanie Jacobs; four great-grandchildren, Allison Dye, Joel Stophel, Abram Poling and Cody Dye; four step-great-grandchildren, Tyler Parrish, Sarah Evans, Emily Evans and Noah Jacobs; one brother, Kermit Freed of Rome, Ohio; and one sister, Leora Parsons of DeBary, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Reathea June Wilson Freed on Jan. 9, 1987; twin brothers, Delmas and Dallas Freed; and one sister, Lillian Goodan.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Jones officiating. Burial was in Ferguson-Whipkey Cemetery, Chapel Baptist Church, Nobe, with military rites.

DELVIN ANDERSON

Delvin G. Anderson, 79, of Springfield Township, Ohio, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2004, at Gaslite Villa Convalescent Center.

He was born in Chloe, the son of the late Edith Anderson and Homer Vaughan.

He retired from
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. after 37 years of service. He was a member of Living Water Ministries.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Opaleen Perkins Anderson of Springfield Township; two sons, Kelvin of Portage County and Ronald of Jackson Township; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Pat Vaughan of West Virginia; four sisters, Macel Miller of Columbus, Mildred Carter of West Virginia and June Dillon and Virgie Shaffer, both of Akron; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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

Services were held at Newcomer-Farley Funeral Home, Akron, with Rev. Barry L. Creekmore officiating. Burial was in Hillside Memorial Park.

HOVAH HALL UNDERWOOD

Hovah Hall Underwood, 85, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2004, at CAMC General Hospital following a stroke suffered at home the previous evening.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Roche C. and Docia Betts Hall.

She earned an AB degree from Salem College and a Certificate in Social Work from West Virginia University. She taught at Grantsville Grade School, worked in a defense plant during World War II, and served 10 years as a child welfare worker in northern West Virginia counties. She was on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Cammack Children’s Center, Huntington Museum of Art, Marshall University Artist Series, United Methodist Foundation, and America’s Promise. She was a member of United Methodist Women, Charleston Garden Club, Governor’s Mansion Preservation Foundation, Daughters of American Revolution, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Kanawha County Republican Women, West Virginia Republican Women, Charleston Women’s Club, W.Va. Symphony League, Hadassah of Charleston, Breast Cancer Awareness, Kids Count, and American Association of Social Workers.

Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Cecil H. Underwood; two daughters, Cecilia Baker and Sharon Underwood, both of South Charleston; one son, Craig Underwood of Boston; six grandchildren; and three sisters, Wanda Abruzzino of Barberton, Ohio, Betts Donofrio of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Cecil Mae Cala of Florida.

She donated her body to Marshall University Medical School. Memorial services were held at Christ Church United Methodist, Charleston.

MONA SAMPSON

Mona M. Sampson, 73, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

She was born at Cremo, the daughter of the late Andy and Rosie Chedester Edgell.

She was a former employee of the Calhoun County Board of Education as a cook and had been a caregiver for over 100 children in her lifetime. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church, near
Grantsville.

Surviving are one daughter, Peggy Dye and husband Terry of Big Springs; two grandchildren, Tara Dye of Bradford, Va., and Amanda Richards and husband Charlie of Grantsville; four great-grandchildren, Kyler and Mason Propst and Alexa and Brogan Richards, all of Grantsville; three sisters, Irene Husk of Grantsville, Emodee Starcher and husband Bruce of Madison and Betty Smith and husband Dale of Hur; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Leon Sampson, and three brothers, Lora Veon Edgell, Jennings Edgell and Donald Lee Edgell.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Mike Worf officiating, and burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

LORRAINE HARTSHORN

Lorraine Hartshorn, 80, of Charlotte Hall, Md., died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, in Leonardstown, Md.

She was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of the late Otis and Katherine Juanita Horsman Robinson.

Surviving are two daughters, Darlene Rickard of Grantsville and Norma Webber of Charlotte Hall; one son, Stephen Hartshorn of Grantsville; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dayton Hartshorn, in 1994.

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

DEWARD HARDMAN

Deward C. Hardman, 80, of Sand Fork Community, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.

He was born in Gilmer Co., the son of the late Okey and Dora See Hardman.

He was retired from Ceilcote Air Pollution Control in LaGrange, Ohio. He was an eleven year Navy veteran of WWII and a member of DAV of Lewis Co.

Surviving are two sons, Allen Hardman of Sand Fork and Deward Hardman, Jr. of Elyria, Ohio; two stepsons, Mike Hardman of Portland, Tenn. and Kenneth Hardman of LaGrange, Ohio; one daughter, Darlene Miller of Glenville; two stepdaughters, Rose White of Glenville and Lillian Gidley of Buckhannon; 30 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Lucille Langford Hardman on Mar. 8, 2001; one grandchild; seven brothers; and five sisters.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Rev. Clyde Gidley officiating. Burial was in Langford Cemetery.

AMANDA LEA JOHNSON

Amanda Lea Johnson, 19, of Five Forks, died Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, of injuries from an ATV accident near Arnoldsburg.

She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of Mark and Robecca Cunningham Johnson of Five Forks.

She was a 2003 graduate of Calhoun County High School and was a 2004 graduate of Mountain State School of Massage.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are two brothers, Daniel Mark Johnson and Randal Eli Johnson; special friend, Jeff Morris; maternal grandmother, Lois Cunningham; aunts and uncles, Ralph and Debbie Cunningham, Randy Cunningham, Deeanna and Rick Baxter, Donnie and Helen Johnson, Phyllis and Jerry Malona and Louie Johnson; and cousins, Evan and Jason Cunningham, Matt Cunningham, Ricky Baxter, William Baxter, Allison Brant, Rob Johnson, Paige Johnson, Jeremy Malona and Jessie Malona.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Ralph Cunningham; paternal grandparents, Okey and Irene Johnson; and an uncle, Charlie Johnson.

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

CHARLES TRUMAN MILLER

Charles Truman Miller, 84, of Normantown, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 2004, in Elkins.

He was born at Letter Gap, Gilmer County, the son of the late Ward Robert and Gertrude Furr Miller.

He attended Hardman Fork Baptist Church near Letter Gap and was a retired machine operator for Bendix-Westinghouse Co., Elyria, Ohio.

Surviving are one sister, Bernadine Kline of Tucson, Ariz.; and four nieces.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Miller Cemetery, Normantown.

MOLLIE CATHERINE WOOD

Mollie Catherine Wood, 79, of Shock, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late David Henry and Nellie May Mace Shaffer.

She was a housewife and home care provider and a member of Albert’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Sand Ridge.

Surviving are three sons, Darrel and Gerald, both of Shock, and Harry of Sand Ridge; one daughter, Charlotte of Sutton; one sister, Myrtle Hickman of Logan, Ohio; one brother, Harold Shaffer of Stumptown; five grandsons; one granddaughter; three great-grandsons; six great-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Denver Wood in 1978.

Graveside rites were held at Collins-Community Cemetery, Stumptown, with Evangelist Vernon Kerns officiating.

ELIAS KHOURY

Dr. Elias H. Khoury, 59, of Spencer, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004, in CAMC, Memorial Division.

He was a practicing general surgeon in Spencer and Grantsville and a member of St. George Orthodox Church.

Surviving are his mother, Zubeida Khoury; wife, Rita Khoury; five children, Ann Marie, Elias, Joseph, Zana and Chris Khoury; four sisters, Marie Aoun, Soad Dabaghi, Nahia Khoury-Najjar and Nada Hanna; one brother, John Khoury; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at St. George Orthodox Church with Father Olof Scott officiating, and burial in Sunset Memorial Park, South Charleston.

MACK RICHARDS, JR.

Mack Richards, Jr., 77, of Big Bend, died Friday, Oct. 8, 2004, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Mack Richards, Sr., and Geraldine Taylor Richards.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was retired from Eureka Pipeline Co.

Surviving are four sons, Gary Richards and wife Emma, Raymond Richards, Rodney Richards and wife Tammy, all of Big Bend, and Larry Richards of New York; one daughter, Teresa McClung and husband Tim of Parkersburg; two grandsons, Mike Richards of Morgantown and Chad Richards of Brohard; four granddaughters, Crystal Richards, Miranda Richards, Danielle Richards and Ashley Richards; five sisters, Lorraine Pursley, Isabelle Davis, Hazel Gribble, Rose Davis and Margaret Wagoner; and one brother, Billy Richards.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Irmagean Hopkins Richards; one daughter, Iris Varner; one granddaughter, Amber Varner; four sisters; and several half-brothers and sisters.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Evangelist Corley Miller officiating. Burial was in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend.

DAVID BOOTHE

David H. Boothe, 65, of Mt. Zion, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004, at his residence.

He was born at Milo, the son of the late Brooks and Sylvia Starcher Boothe.

He was retired from Calhoun County Board of Education, serving 30 years as a bus driver/mechanic. He also worked in the oil fields in Calhoun County.

Surviving are his former wife and friend, Mary Boggs Boothe; one daughter, Drema Gilbreath and fiance Gary Knight of Fairmont; four sons, Kevin Boothe and wife Elsie of Seagrove, N.C., Dana Boothe and wife Janet of Asheboro, N.C., Dan Boothe and wife Kristy of Beckley and Jason Boothe and wife Renita of Randleman, N.C.; six grandchildren; four sisters, Fay Williams of Newark, Marie Wine of Parkersburg, Norma Fridley of Vienna and Sandy Nestor of Davisville; four brothers, Denzil, Ronzil and Donzil Boothe, all of Grantsville, and Carl Boothe of Smithville; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Kevin Church officiating. Burial was in Sycamore-Poling Cemetery.

DONZEL GENE BOWERS

Donzel Gene Bowers, 70, of Arnoldsburg, died Monday, Oct. 18, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Ray W. and Hazel McKown Bowers.

He retired from Spencer State Hospital after 35 years of service. He was a member of the National Guard and was a Baptist.

Surviving are his wife, Edna Mace Bowers; one daughter, Sharon A. Richards of Spencer; one son, Gary G. Bowers of Spencer; one brother, Allen Bowers of Spencer; and one granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Elladean Kiser, and one brother, Harold Glennis Bowers.

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

ROY WALKER

Roy H. Walker, 75, of LaGrange, Ohio, died Saturday, Oct. 16, 2004.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of Frances and Virgie Walters Walker.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and retired as a fork lift operator from Fisher Body GM. He was a member of Elyria Masonic Lodge 787 and Grafton Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Gloria I. Jones Walker; five children, Della Bennett and Nella Ruth Carpenter, both of Amherst, Ohio, Floyd Hammond of Oberlin, Ohio, Doreen Vayda of LaGrange and Gloria Jean Jones of Grantsville; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Darrell Walker.

Services were held at Grafton Baptist Church, Grafton, with burial in Brookdale Cemetery.

HELEN WHIPKEY

Helen Nadine Whipkey, 76, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Charlie Hupp and Leurna Hathaway Hupp.

 She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, Vienna, and DAV Chapter 32, Murphytown. She had formerly been employed by Wood County Board of Education as a cook for more than 10 years and by North Parkersburg Baptist Church as a secretary for 10 years.

Surviving are her husband, Emil L. “Burrhead” Whipkey, Sr.; two sons, Emil L. Whipkey, Jr., of Mineral Wells and Charles W. “Chuck” Whipkey of Parkersburg; one daughter, Linda L. Woolard of Parkersburg; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister, who all died in infancy.

Services were held at Kimes Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Jonathan Lands officiating. Entombment was in Three Crosses Mausoleum, Sunset Memory Gardens.

MARY KENDALL FOWLER

Mary Kendall Fowler, 87, of Stumptown, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Cowen, Webster County, the daughter of the late William and Nettie Parsons Donahue.

She had attended Loch Lynn Church of God, Oakland, Md., and was a member of Rush Run Baptist Church, near Stumptown. She was a 50-year member of Community Education Outreach Service and was a homemaker.

Surviving are her husband, Leonard Fowler; two daughters, Alice Kendall Church of Newark, Ohio, and LaVern Kendall Smith of Terra Alta; two sons, Jerry D. Kendall of Eleanor and William J. Kendall of Newark; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 54 years, Simon Glen Kendall, and one daughter, Agnes J. Lewis.

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

REX WARD

Rex Ward, 92, of Grantsville, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at his home.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Jesse and Effa May Stevens Ward.

He was retired from W.Va. Dept. of Highways and was a farmer. He was former president of Calhoun County Farm Bureau and was a former farmer of the year. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Randall K. Martin of Elizabeth and Dale B. Martin of Grantsville; one daughter, Delana Grapes of Galax, Va.; two sisters, Irene Barr and Madge Hughes, both of Wadsworth, Ohio; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Ward, and one brother, Max Ward.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Swearengin officiating. Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery, near Grantsville.

MARY KERN

Mary Eleanor Bagwell Kern, 71, of Victorville, Calif., died at Loma Linda Hospital.

She was born in Lewis County, the daughter of the late Arlo and Mona Bagwell, and lived most of her life in Southern California.

Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Yanero of Grantsville and Sue Bergstrom of California; two sons, Jack Williams and Billy Williams, both of California; two sisters, Vella Cayton of Gassaway and Vivian Leary of Florida; five grandchildren, Sheena Conners of Weirton, Thomas Yanero of Glenville, Nichole Yanero of Grantsville and Tony Costanza and Jay Costanza, both of California; and three great-grandchildren, Jacob, McKenzie and Zack Yanero of Grantsville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Kern; one sister, Juanitia Decker; and two brothers, Bud Bagwell and Jack Bagwell.

She was cremated and brought back to West Virginia. Memorial service was held at Kern Memorial Chapel, Victorville.

FRED CHURCH

Fred S. Church, 78, of Jacksontown, Ohio, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, at his residence.He was born in Clarksburg, the son of the late Jack and Ida Cantwell Church.

He attended Calhoun County High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 712th Tank Battalion of the 3rd Army, European Theatre. He worked for Roper (Newark Stove) Co. for 26 years and retired from General Electric-Newark Quartz in 1989. He was a member of Fairmount Presbyterian Church, charter member of Licking Township Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc., and life member of VFW Post 1060.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Ann Gutridge Wilson Church, whom he married Jan. 12, 1980; one daughter, Regina McArtor of Hilliard, Ohio; one son, Michael Church of Fredericktown, Ohio;
two step-daughters, Jo Sobiech of Westerville, Ohio, and Becky Nethers of Thornville, Ohio; two step-sons, Barry Wilson of Thornville and Marvin Wilson of Toboso, Ohio; two granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; seven step-grandchildren; and one step-great-granddaughter; two brothers, Jack Church, Jr., and Ray Church, both of Newark,
Ohio; three sisters, Geneva Richards of Weirton and Merrell Strawn and Sylvia Fekete, both of Newark, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Delbert and George.

Services were held at Heath Chapel, Henderson, Van Atta & Johnston Funeral Home, Newark, with Pastor Judy Baker and Rev. William Snydram officiating, and burial in Fairmount Cemetery with military honors.

MARY BOATRIGHT

Mary Boatright, 76, of Spencer, formerly of Grantsville, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004, at her home.

She was born in Roane County, the daughter of the late Clarence and Icie Cole Davis.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are nine children, Glen, Michael, Donna, Karen, Patty, Jeffrey, Pearl, Wayne and Roger; three sisters; two brothers; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Boatright; two brothers, Frank and Lee Davis; and one son, Kenneth Boatright.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Joe Sealy officiating. Burial was in Sand Ridge Cemetery.

VELDA KELLEY

Velda M. Kelley, 59, of Randolph Township, Ohio, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2004.

She was born in Big Springs, the daughter of the late Roscoe and Nettie Richards Tingler.

She was a lifelong member of Liberty Bible Church and worked in Waterloo Local Schools cafeteria.

Surviving are her husband of 39 years, Phillip W. Kelley; one daughter, Dolores Rattini; two sons, Michael Kelley and Kevin Kelley; sisters, Dorothy Dye, Margaret Cox, Ireda Hardman and Oleta Wilt; two brothers, Alvin Tingler and Orville Tingler; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Roma, Arlie and Ona Tingler.

Services were held at Ravenna Chapel, Wood-Kortright Funeral Home, Ohio, with Pastor Paul Phillips officiating. Burial was in Big Springs Cemetery.

MURLENE COON

Murlene J. Coon, 75, of Mt. Zion, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at St. Joseph Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Orde C. Starcher and Nellie Husk Starcher.

She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, Hur.

Surviving are four daughters, Beverly Wagner of South Point, Ohio, Norma J. Coon of Mt. Zion, Sandra S. Luskin of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, and Sheila R. Hardbarger of Elizabeth; one sister, Wanda Lee Kerby of Elizabeth; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Coon, Jr., and two sons, Freddie Dean Coon and Charles Howard Coon.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Delmas Stutler officiating. Burial was in Coon Cemetery, near Mt. Zion.

IVAN JAMES RICHARDS

Ivan James Richards, 47, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at his residence.

He was born in Wood County, the son of Dennis Richards, Sr., of Grantsville and the late Mattie Rosalee Haze Richards.

He was an electrician and a member of Union Valley Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his father are three sons, David Ray Richards of Morgantown and James Mathew Richards and Thomas Andrew Richards, both of Parkersburg; one daughter, Wendy Kay Richards of Parkersburg; three brothers, Dennis Ray Richards, Jr., of Grantsville, Ronald Kelly Richards of Texas and Wesley Gay Richards of Grantsville; two sisters, Terry Richards of Maryland and Tracy Buzzard of Mineral Wells; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Bill Law officiating.

Burial was in Hunt Cemetery. Graveside rites were conducted by American Legion Post 21, Spencer.

LEWIS LEE ‘Bub’ STARKEY

Lewis Lee “Bub” Starkey, 37, of Grantsville, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at his home.

He was the son of Madilene Starkey of Grantsville and the late Willard Starkey.

Surviving in addition to his mother are five sisters, Anna Huffman, Jeanie Starkey, Shirley Vanhoose, Melissa Starkey and Lisa Foulkes; one brother, Scott Starkey; eight nephews; seven nieces; and one great-niece.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Smith officiating. Burial was in Clayton Stump Cemetery.

THOMAS PERRY PARSONS

Thomas Perry Parsons, 73, of Marshville, N.C., died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Perry and Phoebe Cottrell Parsons.

Surviving are two sons, Rev. Kenneth W. Parsons of Indian Trail, N.C., and Roger Lee Parsons of Parkersburg; four grandchildren;  eight   great-grandchildren; three brothers, Roscoe Parsons of Millstone and Dennis Parsons and Eugene Parsons, both of Orma; one sister, Velma Barnes of Millstone; and two step-brothers, Robert Wright and Tommy Wright, both of Marshville, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Fay Parsons, and three brothers, Brenton, Cecil and Vance Parsons.

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

ROBERT GENE ‘Bobby’ HAMMONS

Robert Gene “Bobby” Hammons, 32, of Fenwick, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, in an automobile accident at Richwood.

He was the son of Erman and Joann Hammons of Fenwick.

He was employed by Columbia of West Virginia, Craigsville.

Surviving in addition to his parents are four brothers, Gary E. Hammons of Grantsville, Johnny H. Hammons of Craigsville, Larry Hammons of Fenwick and Ronnie L. Hammons of Lexington, N.C.; and one sister, Carla A. Bailey of Richwood.

Services were held at Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood, with Rev. Oscar Spinks officiating. Burial was in West Virginia Memorial Gardens, Calvin.

RUSSELL JOHNSON

Russell G. Johnson, 68, of Glenville, died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at his home.

He was born in Syracuse, N.Y., the son of the late Russell G. Johnson, Sr., and Selvia Maude Gainer Johnson.

He was a former employee of National Bottle Co. and Diamond Glass, Vienna, with 32 years of service. He was a member of Moose Lodge #825, Sutton.

Surviving are his companion, Marty Sidwell, and two step-sons, John Young and Doug Winters, both of Vienna.

He was preceded in death by one son, Roger Johnson.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with burial in Chestnut Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

ROBERT CUNNINGHAM

Robert L. Cunningham, 86, of Big Bend, died Friday, Oct. 29, 2004, at Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was born in Orrville, Ohio, the son of the late Ira and Marie Cunningham.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and worked 27 years as a copy editor for a Christian book publisher. He was a member of Spencer Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret Helder Cunningham; three daughters, Jane Lawaty of Big
Bend, Nancy Howard of Ooltewah, Tenn., and Karen Hillebert of Buchanan, Mich.; five grand-children; and one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by three brothers.

Memorial service was held in the home with Pastor Brian Jones officiating.

EVA JEAN SAMS

Eva Jean Sams, 76, of Big Springs, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at her home.

She was born at Freed, the daughter of the late B.F. and Virgie Richards Frederick.

She was a member of Chestnut Grove Independent Baptist Church and had been a foster mother and emergency shelter care provider to over 200 children.

Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Rev. Clifton Sams; two sons, Stephen and Diane Sams and James and Peggy Sams, all of Big Springs; three daughters, Nancy Sams of Kennewick, Wash., Anita and Richard Parsons of Sand Ridge and Susan and Doug Rush of Big Springs; six grandchildren, Christy Justice, John Sams, Dallas Sams, Joseph Sams, Samantha Parsons and Dylan Rush; and two great-grandchildren, Hailey and Easton Sams; two sisters, Edna Jarvis and Lillian Frederick; and four brothers, Denzil, George, Roger and Dallas Frederick.

She was preceded in death by one nephew, Darren Frederick.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Kenneth Parsons officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Church Cemetery, Leading Creek Road.

GRACE GREATHOUSE

Grace Greathouse, 80, of Grantsville, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, at home.

She was born at Tariff, the daughter of the late John Wilbur and Sara Alice Keen White.

She was a homemaker and had attended Henry’s Fork Baptist Church, Tariff.

Surviving are two sons, Herman Jett of Hazel Green, Ala., and Bruce Epling of Spencer; five daughters, Alice Faye Hicks of Mt. Zion, Blanche Ruth Sinclair of Phoenix, Ariz., Mary Sue Starcher of Millstone, Martha Gainer of Grantsville and Margaret Keener of Wooster, Ohio; two brothers, Ira Mack White of Akron, Ohio, and Jewell W. “Buss” White of Tariff; two sisters, Mary MacMichael of Pompano, Fla., and Ruby Mallory of Umatilla, Fla.; 25 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Everett Greathouse; one son, Charles Marvin “Sonny” Greathouse; two brothers; and one sister.

Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Garry L. Bowen officiating. Burial was in Greathouse Cemetery, Spencer.

VERNER ARNOLD

Verner C. Arnold, 83, of Chloe, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, at Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Big Otter.

He was born in Clay County, the son of the late Charles and Blanch Grogg Arnold.

He was retired from Ken-Tool Co., Akron, Ohio.

Surviving are one son, Owen Arnold of Ripley; one sister, Dorothy Ellingson of Ohio; one grandson, Paul Arnold of Chloe; and two great-grandchildren, Nevada Leigh Arnold and Christo-pher Charles Arnold.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Belva Sears and Easta Smith, and five brothers, Glenn, Dallas, Neal, Basil and Fenton Arnold.

Graveside services were held at Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery, Nebo, with Rev. Dewey Tanner
officiating.

GERALDINE SHAFFER

Geraldine Hallie Morris Shaffer, 77, of Stumptown, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at her home.

She was born at Servia, Braxton County, the daughter of the late Moses and Bessie Jarvis Morris.

She was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown.

Surviving are her husband, Harold Shaffer of Stumptown; one son, Bernard Ice Morris; two step-sons, Melvin Harold Shaffer and William Henry Shaffer; one step-daughter, Thelma Colleen Shaffer; two grandchildren, Michelle Renee Motto and Douglas James Morris, both of Stumptown; several step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; one brother, Paul Morris of Fayetteville; and one half-sister, Louise Holcomb of Ohio.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, Thurl, Arlis, Harold, David and Burley Morris, and one sister, Pauline Vanhorn.

Services were held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

DONALD SCOTT McCUMBERS

Donald Scott McCumbers, 58, of Rosedale, died Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, at his home.

He was born in Braxton County, the son of the late Noah and Thelma Starcher McCumbers.

Surviving are nine brothers, Willard McCumbers of Panama City, Fla., Wilburn McCumbers and Roy McCumbers, both of Gassaway, Clarence McCumbers of Akron, Ohio, Rickey McCumbers of Front Royal, Va., William McCumbers, Garry McCumbers and Paul McCumbers, all of Rosedale, and Charles McCumbers of Wilsie; one sister, Betty McCumbers of Rosedale; 21 nieces and nephews; and 21 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Willie McCumbers, and one sister, Wilma.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Tom Propst and Brother Perry Hayes officiating. Burial was in McCumbers Cemetery, Fox Lick, near Rosedale.

DENVER HICKS

Denver R. Hicks, 93, of Barrackville, died Friday, Nov. 12, 2004, in Camden-Clark Memorial
Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born at Mud Fork, the son of the late William and Nora Jane Moss Hicks.

He was employed at Grant Town mine and by Bethlehem Steel at Mine 41 in Barrackville, where he retired in 1972 with more than 25 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Crotan. He was a former member of Pennsboro and Fairmont Eagles clubs, life member of VFW, Fairmont, and member of UMWA, District 31.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Dora E. Shaver Hicks, whom he married July 1, 1939; one granddaughter, Sheila Sleeth of Washington, with whom he and his wife resided during the past year; two great-grandsons; one brother, Ralph Hicks of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters, Sue Graham of Charleston and Marie Hunt of Valricko, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews, including two nieces who helped care for him over the past few years, Dotty Payton and Jerry Sue Cox.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Betty Hester Teets; two brothers, Waitman Hicks and Bruce Hicks; and three sisters, Arlene, Cora and Roxie.

Services were held at Monumental United Methodist Church, Fairmont, with Rev. Scott Ingleton officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery, where Marion County Veterans Color Guard accorded full military honors.

MAXINE FRESHOUR

Maxine L. Freshour, 80, of Magnolia, Ohio, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004, at her home.

She was born in Spencer, the daughter of the late Charles L. and Etta Sherry Harris.

She was of Nazarene faith.

Surviving are three daughters, Thelma Wells of East Sparta, Ohio, and Debra Freshour and Lisa Swiger, both of Canton, Ohio, four sons, Stanley Freshour of East Sparta, Kevin Freshour of Clarksburg, Norman Freshour of Magnolia and Nelson Freshour of Canton; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 21 step-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Eloise Freshour of Marietta, Ohio, and Mary Ann Perkins of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Freshour, in 1987; one son, Ricky Freshour; one grandson, Norman Freshour, Jr.; two brothers; and one sister.

Services were held at Kreighbaum-Sanders Funeral Home, Canton, with Pastor Clifford Hughes officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery.

LAWRENCE ‘Hale’ GOODNIGHT

Lawrence “Hale” Goodnight, 97, formerly of Brohard, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Franklin and Ocie Wilt Goodnight.

He worked in the timber and oil fields for over 60 years, retiring from Cain Oil and Gas Co. in 1980.

Surviving are five children, Arthur Goodnight of Ravenna, Ohio, Mavarine Butler of Bowie, Md., Ronzel Goodnight of MacFarlan, Delores Dye of Smithville and Delmas Goodnight of Brohard; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Blanche Bell of Brohard, Wanoka “Tommie” Morehead of Big Bend and Helen Payne of Pennsylvania.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dessie Richards Goodnight; one daughter, Freda Bush; one granddaughter, Tammy Dye Hatfield; five brothers; and four sisters.

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

GENEVA LAWSON

Geneva Robinson Lawson, 88, of Arnoldsburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at the home of her daughter.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Gray and Hollie Bailey Robinson.

She was a lifelong homemaker and a member of Rosedale United Methodist Church at Rosedale.

Surviving are two daughters, Sharon Laughlin of Arnoldsburg and Alma Brady of Shock; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert Lawson; three sons, Lennis Lawson, Alva Lawson and Hoyt Ben Lawson; and one grandson, Samuel Gray Lawson.

Services were held at Rosedale U.M. Church with Rev. Alva Loyd and Rev. Denzil Lawson officiating. Burial was in Lawson Cemetery, Spruce Fork of Frozen Run, Nicut.

DELBERT ‘Joe’ WHITE

Delbert “Joe” White, 65, of LaGrange, Ohio, died Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph.

He was born at Grantsville, the son of the late Royal and Alma Kelly White.

He was employed by Ford Motor Co., Loraine, Ohio, in the body shop for 31 years before retiring in 1991. He was a member of UAW Local 425.

Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Naomi Holbert White; one daughter, Cathy Ross of Grafton, Ohio; two sons, Tod White of LaGrange and Randy White of Fox River Grove, Ill.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers, Ron White of Wakeman, Ohio, and Steve White of St. Albans.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Wava Hunter and Carolyn White, and two brothers, Benny White and Gary White.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman officiating. Burial was in Kight Cemetery, White Pine Road, near Grantsville.

THELMA PAULINE BISSELL

Thelma Pauline Bissell, 76, of Looneyville, died Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at her home.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Ellis and Betty Nicholson Starcher.

She was a homemaker and a member of Keffer United Methodist Church, Clover.

Surviving are one daughter, Linda Truman of Left Hand; one son, James Bissell of Clover; one sister, Phyllis Boggs of Looneyville; three brothers, Glenn Starcher of Ravenswood, Ray Starcher of Looneyville and Wayne Starcher of Spencer; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alden H. Bissell; one daughter, Sandra Sue Bissell; two sisters, Marlene Norman and Willadean Starcher; and three brothers, Basil Starcher, Edsel Starcher and Gary Starcher.

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

LUCILLE HART

Lucille McPherson Hart, 93, of Dutch Ridge, Parkersburg, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, in St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born at Freed, the daughter of the late Gay and Alma S. McHenry Freed.

She was a homemaker and longtime member of Red Hill United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Regina R. Headlee and Roberta L. Clark, both of Parkersburg; two sons, Benny G. McPherson and Bernard E. McPherson, both of Parkersburg; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Earl McPherson in 1949; her second husband, William Preston Hart in 1983; one brother, Jack Freed; and one great-granddaughter, Katrina Coffindeffer.

Services were held at Red Hill U.M. Church with Rev. Sue Jones officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

DELMA IRENE McENDREE

Delma Irene McEndree, 78, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Fred C. and Flora Stout Stallman.

She was a registered EMT and a licensed RN and LPN. She was a member of South Parkersburg United Methodist Church since 1978.

Surviving are one brother, Delbert Stallman of Norton, Ohio; one daughter, Patricia Tucker of Parkersburg; two sons, William McEndree and H.C. “Bob” McEndree, both of Parkersburg; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul H. McEndree; one brother, Fred “June” Stallman, Jr.; and one grandson, Philip McEndree.

Services were held at South Parkersburg U.M. Church with Rev. Rick Brown officiating, and entombment in Sunset Memory Gardens.

MICHAEL METZ

Michael L. Metz, 31, of Elizabeth, died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of Charles E. and Barbara E. Bennett Metz of Elizabeth.

He was a 1993 graduate of Calhoun County High School.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Nancy A. West Metz; one step-daughter, Kattie Marie Alton; one sister, Angie Farnsworth of Parkersburg; one brother, Charles E. Metz, Jr., of Grantsville; seven nieces; and five nephews.

Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Robert P. May officiating, and burial in Morris Family Cemetery, Ritchie County.

KENNA ROACH

Kenna W. Roach, 88, of Little Hocking, Ohio, died Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Ernest Roach and Rachel Whytsell Roach Kirby.

He retired from G.E. Plastics in 1977. He attended Faith Chapel Church, Coolville.

Surviving are three sons, Albert Roach of Parkersburg, Willard Roach of Little Hocking and Rex Roach of Belpre; seven grandsons; eight granddaughters; and three great-grand-daughters.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Sampson Roach; one son, Ernest Roach; one grandson; one granddaughter; and one brother, Ray Roach.

Services were held at Tatman Funeral Home, Belpre, with Pastor Wilbert Lowe officiating. Burial was in Decatur Chapel Cemetery.

OKEY LEE COTTRELL

Okey Lee Cottrell, 82, of Ivydale, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at his home.

He was born at Oka, the son of the late John and Glenna McGlaughlin Cottrell.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was pastor of Mud Fork Union Church, near Chloe, where he had served for 15 years. He had also pastored Rush Fork Community Church, Groves Creek Community Church, and others.

Surviving are his wife, Alma Nellie Truman Cottrell; three daughters, Lois Cummings of Chloe, Kay Coleman of Ivydale and Terri Funk of Ivydale; four sons, Lewis Cottrell of Nebo, Roy Cottrell of Martinsburg and Randy Cottrell and Ronnie Cottrell, both of Clay; one sister, Dorma “Toots” Mollohan of Servia; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

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

GENEVA RICHARDS

Geneva Richards, 80, of Weirton, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, at Weirton Geriatric Center.

She was born in Charleston, the daughter of the late Andrew Jack Church and Ida Cantfield Church.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are one daughter, Rachel Burdett of Weirton; two sons, James Richards and John Richards, both of Weirton; two brothers, Jay Church and Ray Church, both of Newark, Ohio; two sisters, Merle Strawn and Sylvia Jean Fatti, both of Newark; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Marshall Richards.

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

ISABEL ARNOLD

Isabel D. Arnold, 83, of Elizabeth, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at her residence.

She was born at Orma, the daughter of the late Maury and Minnie Gerwig Keith.

She attended Two Ripple Baptist Church and Wirt County Senior Center.

Surviving are two children, John Arnold and Suzanne Schoenhut; one brother, Lowell Keith of Michigan; two sisters, Oleta Tomey of Tanner and Marjorie Rhodes of Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Lester Arnold, in 1992; one brother, Harry Keith; and two sisters, Mapel Hopson and Leilah Knotts.

Services were held at Matheny Pomroy Funeral Home with Pastor Dwight Goff officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

LEON GOFF

T. Leon Goff, 86, of Normantown, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born at Dane, Nicholas County, the son of the late Tommy Johnson Goff and Ida Mae Dodrill Goff.

He was a former miner, mechanic and welder, and member of United Mine Workers Local #37, Baltimore, Md., and Shannondoah Junction Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are his wife, Idell Goff; one daughter, Jean Ashby of Charles Town; two sons, Tom Goff of Churchill, Tenn., and Butch Goff of Charles Town; one step-son, Jeffrey Stump of Charleston; two step-daughters, Sheila Garretson and Shirley Hupp, both of Grantsville; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one son, Chuck Goff; two brothers; one sister; and one grandson.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. John Vannoy officiating. Burial was in Pleasant View Memory Gardens, Martinsburg.

DAVID SPENCER

H. David Spencer, 73, of Parkersburg, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born at Tanner, the son of the late Clemmie B. and Cora B. Smith Spencer.

He worked 40 years in the printing trade, having begun with The Calhoun Chronicle at age 14, and continuing at various companies as a pressman. He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School. He retired from Blennerhassett Hotel and served as a volunteer at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital for many years and at West Virginia Travelers Center.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Frances E. Ayers Spencer; two sons, Jeff Spencer of Parkersburg and John Spencer of Cokeburg, Pa.; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Cecil W. Spencer, and two sisters, Esther Woodford and Clara Cottrill.

Services were held at Kimes Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Joe Ward officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

LILA ELAINE WEBB

Lila Elaine Webb, 72, of Spencer, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2004, at Miletree Health Care
Center, Spencer.

She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Charlie M. and Bernice Starcher Smith.

She retired from the W.Va. Health Dept., Maternal and Child Health, in 1996. She was a member of Women’s Club, Roane Cancer Education Coalition, National Cancer Society and Roane Community Health Foundation, and long-time member of Spencer Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her husband of 52 years, Donzel Webb; one daughter, Regina Webb Norris of St. Augustine, Fla.; one sister, Kathleen Coleman of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her twin sister, Guyla L. Brady.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Ron Buckalew officiating. Burial was in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

ROBERT MATHER

Robert F. Mather, 61, of Williamstown, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Sewickley, Pa., the son of Marion Holzapfel Mather Hill of Vero Beach, Fla., and the late Floyd Mather.

He was a graduate of Williamstown High School and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 168, Marietta, and attended Peoples Church, Boaz.

Surviving are his wife, Bonnie Kay Nixon Mather, whom he married Jan. 2, 1964; two daughters, Tammie Silvia of Williamstown and Heather Renee Satterfield of Arnoldsburg; three grandchildren, La Kretia Silvia and Austin and Tristan Satterfield; one brother, George Mather of Vero Beach; and two sisters, Kathy Mather of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Linda Smearman of Vero Beach.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ronald, Steven and Kenneth Mather.

Services were held at Peoples Church with pastors Randy Dornan and Eddie Garrett officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Memorial Park with military rites.

MARY WALDO BUCKNER

Mary Virginia Waldo Buckner, 93, of Georgetown, Tenn., died Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004.

She was born in Ashville, N.C., the daughter of the late Snowden and Geraldine Hardman McClung.

She was the great-granddaughter of George Washington and Rachel Goff Hardman, some of the earliest settlers of Calhoun County, and the great-granddaughter of Simon   P.  and  Ruth Coberly   Stump, founders of Grantsville.

She spent most of her life in Grantsville before moving to Akron, Ohio, during World War II. She was retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio, and was a member of East Chattanooga Church of God.

Surviving are one daughter, Edith L. Waldo Butler of Georgetown, and one grandson, Greg Butler of Akron.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Howard (Bud) Waldo and Elmer Buckner; three sisters; and two brothers.

Services were held at East Chattanooga Church of God with Rev. Don Glenn officiating, assisted by Rev. Gary Beck and Rev. Doyle Standfield. Burial was in Rose Hill Burial Park, Akron.

RICHARD WALKER

Richard Walker, 74, of Statesville, N.C., died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, at Jackson General Hospital, Ripley.

He was born in Kanawha County, the son of the late William Bud” and Martha Sweeney Walker.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.

Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Annalea Siers Walker; three sons, Richard E. Walker, Jr., of Cottageville, Curtis W. Walker of Huntsville, Ala., and Phillip Walker of Statesville; one daughter, Amy Jo Walker of Statesville; four brothers, William Walker of Clendenin, Bernard Walker of Okeechobee, Fla., Donald Walker of Sandusky, Ohio, and Arthur Walker of Minnora; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Vernida Chandler and Maxine Engle, and one daughter, Debra J. Walker.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Wallace Beasley officiating.

HARRY DeWEES

Harry B. DeWees, 96, of Normantown, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004, at SunBridge of Glenville.

He was the son of the late James and Florescy Borne DeWees.

He was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, serving as deacon, clerk and Sunday School teacher for 71 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mollie DeWees; one son, Edsel DeWees of Normantown; one grandson; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Erma DeWees, and two sisters, Marie DeWees and Arlena Hall.

Services were held at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown, with Rev. Herb Smith officiating. Burial was in Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

PEARL TUCKER SHOCK

Pearl Tucker Shock, 80, of Beach City, Ohio, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, at Country Lawn Nursing Home, Navarre, Ohio.

She was born at Orma, the daughter of the late Edward and Susie Nicholas Tucker.

Surviving are two sons, Donald Shock of Beach City and Duane Riffle of Rosedale; two brothers, Euell Tucker of Arnoldsburg and Ottice Tucker of Brewster, Ohio; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ruby McCumbers of Palestine.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Shock; one son, Lowell David Riffle; four brothers, Homer Tucker, Okey Tucker, Russell Tucker and Paul Tucker; three sisters, Glady Sidwell, Edna Duncan and Lovelle Wood; and one grandson, Bradley Donald Shock.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Elder Larry Fisher officiating, and burial in Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery.

OLGA POSTALWAIT

Olga Boggs Postalwait, 86, of Minnora, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at home.

She was born in Clay County, the daughter of the late Ed and Elizabeth Cadle Boggs.

She was a homemaker and Protestant.

Surviving are two sons, Burl Postalwait of Grantsville and Blaine Postalwait of Chloe; one daughter, Betty Price and husband Richard of Millstone; four grandchildren, Lisa Price Buchanan, Rick Postalwait, Barbara Price and Kevin Postalwait; three great-grandchildren, Justin Price, Katelyn Bunch and Brandy Bunch; and one sister, Gusta Drake of Ivydale.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Postalwait.

Private services were conducted at the family’s convenience.

JESSIE STUTLER

Jessie (Midge) Stutler, 90, of Creston, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Leonard and Daisy Blake Vandale.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are four daughters, Patricia Francis and Pearl Parsons, both of Newark, Theresa Starcher of Creston and Muriel Hughes of Mineral Wells; two sons, William D. Stutler of Elizabeth and Harold Stutler of Newark; one sister, Hazel Shepherd of Oak Hill; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grand-children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Stutler; one son, Billy; one daughter, Betty Jane; two sisters; one brother; two grandchildren, Chad and Brenda; and one great-grandchild, Jamie.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Jason Stutler officiating, and burial in Cooper Cemetery, Creston.

DARRELL HALL

Darrell G. Hall, 73, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004, at his residence.

He was born in Beech, the son of the late Cecil and Nettie Bowers Hall.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a life member of Disabled American Veterans #6, Parkersburg, retired from WesBanco as a custodian and attended Rosemar United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Stella Butler Hall; three daughters, Donna Roub of Parkersburg, Linda Batten of Elizabeth and Brenda Jones of Coolville, Ohio; one son, David Hall of Parkersburg; two brothers, Doyle Gene Hall of Spencer and Donald Richard Hall of Arnoldsburg; seven grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Whytsell.

Services were held at Beech United Methodist Church with Rev. Earle Arthur and Rev. Rich Matheny officiating. Burial was in Bailey Cemetery.

WINONA SEAMAN

Winona M. Swisher Seaman, 65, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Jud Swisher and Edith Richards Swisher.

 She was a homemaker and a member of Davis Memorial Wesleyan Church.

Surviving are her husband of 46 years, Howard Seaman; one son, Herbie Seaman of Charleston; one daughter, Sherry Seaman of Parkersburg; two sisters, Sybil Granguzzo of Florida and Barbara Macecevic of Cleveland, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Davis Memorial Wesleyan Church, Parkersburg, with Rev. Ronald Drillien officiating. Burial was in Evergreen North Cemetery.

DONALD DARIUS HARDWAY

Donald Darius Hardway, 82, of Nicut, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004.

He was the son of the late Lee and Sabina Rhodes Hardway.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, retired Calhoun County school bus driver and farmer. He was a longtime member of Walnut Church.

Surviving are his wife, Alma Madeline Jarvis Deweese Hardway; three sons, Denzil Hardway and wife Ruby of Naples, Fla., Jack Hardway of Arnoldsburg and Leonard Hardway and wife Rotha of Palestine; two daughters, Norma Drake of Big Bend and Janice Blake and husband J.R. of Mt. Zion; three step-sons, Roger Deweese and wife Diana of Witcher Creek, Forrest Deweese and wife June and David Deweese and wife Joyce of Chelyan; three step-daughters, Rondella Bradley and husband Billy of South Carolina, Cindy Bennett and husband Aaron of Chloe and Beverly Hughes and husband Wayne of Marmet; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; and 15 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bonnie Yost Hardway; three sisters, Ethel Morris, Etta Thomas and Minnie Vaughn Stemple; and one grandson, Jack “Punkin” Hardway.

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

VIRGIE JARVIS

Virgie V. Jarvis, 93, of Millstone, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2004.

She was born at Stinson, the daughter of the late William J. and Mary J. Cumberlidge King.

She was a Baptist.

Surviving are five daughters, Vivian Finster and husband Francis of Weston, Delores Lowe and husband Darol of Spencer, Susan Roberts and husband Gary of Millstone, Judy Rollyson and companion Larry Craddock of Millstone and Karen Roberts and husband Kenny of Five Forks; one son, Roger Jarvis and wife Julia of Mt. Zion; 23 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Iva Miller of Warren, Ohio, Hattie Digman of Mannington and Marie Marks of Parkersburg.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Cecil Jarvis; one daughter, Donna Brown; one son, Ronnie Jarvis; one grandson, Mike Brown; one great-grandson, Hayden Callaway; four sisters; and two brothers.

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

JERALD NEWELL, JR.

Jerald Newell, Jr., 83, of Orma, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at his home.

He was born at Orma, the son of the late Gerald and Maude Schartiger Newell.

He served as a medic in World War II and was a carpenter, having built two homes for his family and helped his three children establish their homes. He served as a guard at Moundsville Penitentiary, was employed by W.Va. Dept. of Highways, and was employed by Monarch Rubber Co., Spencer, for 22 years.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Cleora Lawson Newell; two sons, John Newell of Chloe and Paul Newell of Orma; one daughter, Linda Badgett of Minnora; three brothers, Harry Newell of Orma, Donald Newell of Hartville, Ohio, and Leon Newell of Mogadore, Ohio; two sisters, Emogene Robinson of Tanner and Ellodene Yerkey of New Stanton, Pa.; four grandchildren, Paula Lee-Lyman of McGill, Nev., Rita Badgett and Amanda Steenburgh of Ripley and Dewaine Badgett of Minnora; and six great-grandchildren, Zachary, Noah and Matthew Sturm of McGill, Karissa and Auston Badgett of Minnora and Logan Steenburgh of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Walter Harold Newell.
Services were held

at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Denzil Lawson officiating. Burial was in Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery.

FRANKIE HOUCHIN

Frankie R. Houchin, 75, of Sunbridge Health Care Center, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

She was born at Richardson, the daughter of the late Guy and Lydia Lukens Blosser.

She retired from Ideal Box Factory.

Surviving are one son, Chuck Houchin of Williamstown; one daughter, Sharon Jones of Elizabeth; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Bernice Sycyk of Mogadore, Ohio, Genevie Carpenter of St. Albans, Marie Bird of Spencer and Wilca Stewart of Reedy; several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Charlotte Sellers of Belpre.

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

Services were held at Kimes Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Charles E. Leisure officiating. Burial was in Hodam Cemetery, Roane County.

MORFORD JOHNSON

Morford Johnson, 84, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at home.

He was the son of the late Chapman Ray and Nona Ferrell Johnson of Grantsville.

He graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1939 and attended Glenville State College. He was employed at Glenn L. Martin Aircraft Co., Baltimore, Md., and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Germany and Italy and receiving a Bronze Star Medal. He returned to Grantsville and worked for Cabot Corp. In 1950, he transferred to Parkersburg and worked for Hope Gas Co. until his retirement in 1982. He attended Wayside United Methodist Church, Vienna.

Surviving are three daughters, Sherry Keith of Washington, Suzanne J. Kirby of Vienna and Sallilee Radabugh of Black Lick, Ohio; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Bower Johnson, whom he married July 29, 1943; three sisters; and one brother.

Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Rev. Terry Holley and Rev. Frank Miller officiating, and burial in Sunset Memory Gardens, South Parkersburg, with military rites by American Legion Post 15.

EDNA RADTKIN

Edna Radtkin, 86, of Mentor, Ohio, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, in Alter Care of Mentor.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late James W. and Minnie Fox Fluharty.

Surviving are one daughter, Lynne Thomas of Mentor; one son, David R Radtkin of Toledo, Ohio; one brother, James Delmas Fluharty of Big Springs; and one sister, Willadean Bush of Palm Harbor, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilber C. Radtkin; one sister; and two brothers. Services were held in Mentor.

NANNIE NETTLES

Nannie D. Nettles, 95, of Elmira, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2004, at Braxton County Memorial Hospital.

She was born at Walnut, the daughter of the late Samuel Levi and Minnie Hardway Stalnaker.

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

Surviving are three sons, Halman W. Nettles of Elmira, Harry D. Nettles of Gassaway and H. Lehn Nettles and wife Lois of Nicut; four daughters, Wanda Carter and husband Charles and Sharon Spiker and husband Tom, all of Fairmont, and Colene Wolfe and Lois Ganim, both of Charleston; two sisters, Venell Vaughn of Elmira and Hazel Digman of Farmington, N.M.; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and 26 great-great-grand-children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donnie C. Nettles, on Sept. 17, 1977; six brothers; and three sisters.

Services were held at Gip United Church with Pastor Mark Gerwig officiating, and burial in Nettles Family Cemetery, Elmira.

CLARENCE RAY KING

Clarence Ray King, 75, of Lorain, Ohio, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, at Community Health Partners, Lorain, Ohio.

He was born at Nicut, the son of the late John Milton and Lucinda Sears King.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and attended Sonshine Baptist Church, Lorain.

Surviving are one sister, June Garcia, with whom he resided, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.

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

JUANITA McFADDEN

Juanita McFadden, 76, of Burning Springs, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2004, at Miletree Nursing Home, Spencer.

She was born in Annamoriah, the daughter of the late Scott Thomas and Ova Mae Grogg Greathouse.

She retired from A.B. Chance in 1993 with 25 years of service.

Surviving are three sons, Thomas J. Greathouse of Parkersburg and Stanley L. Lockhart and Tim Lockhart, both of Canton, Ohio; three daughters, Joyce Dobbs of Glenburnie, Md., Beverly Materna of Canton and Donna Tullos of Waynesburg, Ohio; four brothers, Shirley (Buck) Greathouse of Belleville, Eugene Greathouse of Parkersburg, Frank Greathouse of Portage Lakes, Ohio, and Huey Greathouse of Lowell, Ohio; four sisters, Maxine Davis of Mineral Wells, Pauline Messner of Barberton, Ohio, Virginia Swart of Annamoriah and Emma Arthur of Mineral Wells; 18 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Jackie Dale Lockhart and Steven Douglas Lockhart; four brothers, Junior, Gale, Charles and Russell Greathouse; and two sisters, Mildred Villers and infant Dorothy Greathouse.

Services were held at Matheny Pomroy Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Pastor Robert Moody officiating. Burial was in Bryner Chapel Cemetery, Joker.

SHERWOOD SIERS

Sherwood C. Siers, 89, of Fayetteville, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004, at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Beckley.

He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late James L. and Alice Butler Siers.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was retired from Union Carbide Alloy Metals, Alloy.

Surviving are his wife, Juanita Knotts Siers; two sisters, Nell Jarvis of Spencer and Verba King of Akron, Ohio; and two brothers, Shirley Siers of Charleston and Ray Siers of Chloe.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Nelsie Parsons, Orma Criss, Hazel Kraigbaum and Ruth Brown.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Daniel Sears and Rev. L.T.
Jordan officiating. Burial was in Minnora Cemetery.

TERESA BUTCHER JARVIS

Teresa Butcher Jarvis, 84, of Canterberry Center, Shepherdstown, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004, at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, Charles Town.

She was born at Cedarville, the daughter of the late Burke and Ora Lucrecia Snyder Butcher.

She graduated from Sand Fork High School in 1937, Glenville State College in 1941 and earned a masters of arts degree from New Mexico State University in 1966. She was a former teacher in several schools in West Virginia and New Mexico and was a member of numerous fraternal and pro-fessional organizations. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Frederick, Md.

Surviving are one sister, Mary Hazel Lilley of Duluth, Ga.; two brothers, Robert J. Butcher of Glenville and Dr. James A Butcher of Shepherdstown; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, G. Jennings Jarvis; two sisters, Mabel Butcher in infancy and Louise Butcher; and one brother, Roland Butcher.

Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, where Eastern Star rites were observed.

FLOYD MONROE CARPER

Floyd Monroe Carper, 99, of Uniontown, Ohio, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004.

He was born in Chester and retired from Goodyear Aerospace with 21 years of service.

Surviving are two sons, Smith Carper of Uniontown, with whom he resided, and Ronald Carper of Looneyville; four daughters, Betty Newman of Akron, Ohio, Eunice Keyser of New Concord, Ohio, Phyllis Norris of Baltimore, Md., and Peggy Caro of Las Vegas, Nev.; 26 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Judy Kathleen Park of Newark; and several relatives in Calhoun County.

He was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Ocie; second wife, Mildred; and third wife, Laura Catherine.

Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. J. Herbert Smith officiating. Burial was in J. Herbert Smith Cemetery.

LOUISE DAVIS

Louise E. “Jean” Davis, 71, of Parkersburg, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late James A. and Virginia Godfrey Parsons.

 She was a Baptist and homemaker. She bequeathed her organs and tissue so that others will benefit.

Surviving are three daughters, Agnes Knopp of Williamstown and Cathy Jackson and Myrtle Martinelli, both of Parkersburg; four brothers, George Parsons, Holly “Buster” Parsons, Cecil Parsons and James Parsons; one sister, Katherine Jones; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin H. Davis, and four sisters, Geraldine, Nioaka, Melviney and Annalee.

Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. George Hall officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

GEORGIA ROBERTS KIGHT

Georgia Roberts Kight, 84, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2004, in Ravenna, Ohio.

She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late George Roberts and Alice Stallman Roberts Haught.

Surviving are one sister, Gladys Pate of Brunswick, Ohio; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and one sister-in-law, Florence Kight Knight of San Antonio, Tex.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Gandy.

Services were held in Ravenna. Burial was in Park Cemetery, Garrettsville, Ohio.

HOWARD LEE CONRAD

Howard Lee Conrad, 65, of Carrollton-Tyus Road, Carrollton, Ga., died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004.

He was born in Stumptown, the son of the late Mancil Conrad and Geneva Riddle Conrad.

He worked in heavy equipment sales and was a member of Oak Hill Church of God of Prophecy, Temple, Ga. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Glada Groves Conrad; two sons, Danny Conrad and Mark Conrad, both of Carrollton; one brother, Haymond Conrad of Grantsville; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Geraldine Conrad.

Services were held at J. Collins Funeral Home, Villa Rica, Ga., with Rev. Ralph Bryant officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Church of God of Prophecy Cemetery with full military honors.

NAOMI BALL

Naomi E. Ball, 78, of Grantsville, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005, at her home.

She was born at Orma, the daughter of the late Roscoe and Jesse Summers.

She was an active member of Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church.

Surviving are one son, Larry “Bubby” Ball of Grantsville; one daughter, Joyce Fitzwater of Clay County; one grandson, Dustin Fitzwater; one granddaughter, Trisha Triplett; one great-granddaughter, Tara Triplett; one sister, Dorma Crawford of Wadsworth, Ohio; two brothers, Lanny Summers of Massillon, Ohio, and Oswald Summers of Canal Fulton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dexter Ball; two brothers, Ronzel and Charles Summers; and one sister, Ulinee Crawford.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Mary Zimmer officiating, and burial in Bethlehem Cemetery, near Grantsville.

CLARK JAMES

Clark R. James, 81, of Glenville, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, from injuries sustained in an auto accident at Weston.

He was born on Leatherbark near Cedarville, Gilmer County, the son of the late William W. and Alma Reed James.

He served three terms as Gilmer County sheriff and was a Gilmer County commissioner. He was a former manager of Spencer Livestock Exchange and a member of Lower Steer Run Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Helen R. James; one son, Gregory C. James of Glenville; and two brothers, William T. James of Ravenswood and Sammuel A. James of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, Boyd, Parker, Justus, Charles, David and John James, and three sisters, Mildred White, Nora Smith and Mary Alltop.

Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Meadow Lane Cemetery, Glenville.

NELLE HOLT

Nelle L. (Allen) Holt, 80, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, in Palatka, Fla.

She was born in Orma, the daughter of the late William A. and Emma Bailey Allen.

She was a homemaker.

Surviving are one son, Kenneth Holt of Interlatchen, Fla.; three sisters, Chloe Cover and Ethel Walldeck, both of Columbus, Ohio, and Ressie King of Spencer; one brother, James Blake Allen of Mason; one half-brother, Roger L. Allen of Grantsville; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lymul Holt; two sisters, Waneta Daggett and Ann Kinsey; one brother, Rex Allen; and one half-brother, Lowell Allen.

Memorial service was held in West Virginia.

EDITH MAUDE COGAR

Edith Maude Cogar, 93, of Elyria, Ohio, formerly of Calhoun County, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, in Elyria.

Surviving are seven daughters, Mary Jo Coates, Helen Frank, Nettie Fulenwilder, Judy Lee, Ginger Reed, Loretta Van Cooney, and Sharon Rizer; four sons, Bernard T. Jordan, William Cogar, Gerald Cogar and Richard Cogar; three sisters; two brothers; 35 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Ewing’s Funeral Home, Elyria, with Richard Kight officiating. Burial was in Cogar Cemetery.

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