Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2001

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James Edward Rutledge, 76, of Manchester, Tenn., died April 13, at Harton Regional Medical Center, Manchester.
He was born April 18, 1924, at Bridgesport, Ala.
Surviving are his wife, Hallie Rutledge; two sons, James A. Rutledge of Monroe, Wis. and Lee Rutledge of Oklahoma City, Okla., one daughter, Mary Lynn Landis of Spring Grove, Pa.; one sister, Ruby Hoffman of Greutly Laugger, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Kristine Shippy, Jeremy Rutledge and Tracey Merrick; and two great-grandchildren, Lauryn Shippy and Morgan Shippy.
Funeral services were April 17, at the Coffee County Funeral Chapel, Manchester, with interment in Sequatchie Valley Memorial Gardens, Jasper, Tenn. (4/24)
 
Mrs. Louella G. Cosner, 90, of Mount Storm, died April 15, at her home.
Born May 6, 1910, in Keyser, she was the daughter of the late Wright and Blanche J. (Jewell) Davy. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lewis H. Cosner in 1949. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She is survived by four daughters, Maxine Ours of Fountain, and Janet Jones of Oakland, Md., Irene Hawk and Loretta Fishel, both of Mount Storm; three sons, Rex Cosner and Eddie Cosner, both of Mount Storm, and Robert Cosner of Baltimore; 25 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were April 18, at the Mount Storm Presbyterian Church, Mount Storm, with interment in the Idleman Cemetery, Mount Storm.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland. (4/24)
 
John Walter Selsek, 59, of Bayard, died April 17, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
Born March 12, 1942, in Henry, he was the son of the late John F. and Willia (Rotruck) Selsek.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon (Witt) Selsek, whom he married June 18, 1983; one brother, James A. Collette of Mount Storm; one nephew, Scott A. Collette of Mount Storm; one niece, Kelly S. Collette of Mount Storm; one great-nephew; and two great-nieces.
Funeral services were April 20, at the Durst Funeral Home chapel, with interment in the Bayard Cemetery, Bayard. (4/24)
 
Mrs. Elsie Elizabeth Mills, 93, of Morgantown, died April 20, at the residence of her daughter, Shirley Herstine of Morgantown.
Born March 6, 1908, in Monongalia County, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Annie Schiffbauer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Stewart H. Mills, May 1942.
Besides her daughter Shirley, she is survived by one son, Raymond E. Mills of Laurel Point; daughter, Phyllis Hawk of Petersburg; five grandchildren, Robert L. Mills Jr. of Morgantown, Terry L. Hawk, Rodney E. Hawk and Rhonda K. Auville, all of Petersburg, and Kevin S. Hawk of Frederick, Md.; eight great-grandchildren, Jenna Mills, Kolten Hawk, Kristopher Auville, Chase Hawk, Chance Hawk, Cody Hawk, Payton Hawk and Alyssa Orem; two nephews, William L. Miller and Fred I. Mills; and one niece, Belinda Simpson.
Funeral services were April 23, at the Fred L. Jenkins Funeral Home chapel, Morgantown, with interment in the East Oak Grove Cemetery. (4/24)
 
Helen L. Hanlin, 77, of Bayard, died April 10, at Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland, Md.
Born Nov. 3, 1923, in Popetown, Md., she was the daughter of the late William F. "Frank" and Bertha S. (Miller) Cline.
She is survived by her husband, Edward W. Hanlin; five daughters, Sherry L. Daniel of Westminster, Md., Doris B. Weasenforth of Mount Storm, Donna L. Kuhn of Killeen, Texas, Beatrice V. Ford of Bayard, and Diana J. Martin of Scherr; two sons, Rocky W. Hanlin of Radcliff, Ky., and Stoney A. Hanlin of Oakland; one sister, Ada Pratt of Mustang, Okla.; 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Funeral services were April 14, at the Fairview Church of the Brethren, Oakland, with interment in the Mount Storm Cemetery, Mount Storm. 
Arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland. (4/17)
 
Paul Vernon Iman Sr., 80, of Petersburg, died April 11, at his residence.
Born June 7, 1920, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Henry and Lucy (Borror) Iman. He was the last member of his immediate family.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Irene "Polly" (Sites) Iman; two sons, Paul V. "Sonny" Iman Jr. and William G. "Bill" Iman, both of Petersburg; two daughters, Betty I. Haslacker of Penn Laird, Va., and Donna S. Vetter of Petersburg; 16 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-granddaughter.
Funeral services were April 14, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in North Mill Creek Cemetery, Dorcas. (4/17)
 
Mrs. Mernie (Alt) Eskridge, 80, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died April 13, in the Brian Center at Winston-Salem.
Born Nov. 11, 1920, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Daisy (Judy) Alt. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Hector Eskridge in 1993.
She is survived by two sisters, Virgie Bell of Winchester, Va., and Rose McGuiness of Keyser; and one brother, Glenn Alt of Winchester.
Funeral services were April 16, at Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel, Winchester, with interment in Shenandoah Memorial Park. (4/17)
 
Ocie Eugene Sherman, 91, of Rig, died April 1, at Hampshire Memorial Hospital, Romney. 
Born Dec. 2, 1909, in Hardy County, he was the son of the late Eugene C. and Annie (Kessel) Sherman. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Nellie (Crites) Sherman in May 1998. 
He is survived by six sons, Ray Sherman of Columbus, Ga., Eugene Sherman of Moorefield, Wendell Sherman and Woodrow Sherman, both of Rig, Charl Sherman of Durgon, and Neil Sherman of Mathias; five daughters, Mary A. Ganoe of Baltimore, Josephine Ours and Carol Crites, both of Rig, Karen Kyle of Moorefield, and Libby Martin of Dayton, Ohio; one brother, Lemuel Sherman of Petersburg; one sister, Ellen Barr of Rig; 30 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
Funeral services were April 4, at the Rig Assembly of God Church, with interment in Kessel Cemetery, Kessel. Military graveside rites were accorded by the U.S. Navy and the Moorefield Veteran's Honor Guard.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield. (4/10)
 
Dayton Lysle Delawder, 67, of Moorefield, died April 5, at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, Va.
Born April 4, 1934, in Moorefield, he was the son of the late James F. and Thelma J. (Riggleman) Delawder.
He is survived by his wife, Freda E. (Baldwin) Delawder; two sons, Bradley Delawder and Laird Michael Delawder, both of Moorefield; one daughter, Donna D. Delawder of Moorefield; three brothers, Doil Delawder of Moorefield, Kenneth Delawder of Purgitsville and Randall W. Delawder of Mary Ester, Fla.; and three sisters, Donna Jean Schell of Petersburg and Carmelita Shoemaker and Fanny Belle Parker, both of Moorefield.
Funeral services were April 8, at the Fraley Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in the Newhouse Cemetery, Rig. Military graveside rites were accorded by the U.S. Navy and the Moorefield Veteran's Honor Guard. (4/10)
 
Chester Lee Vance, 70, of Wadsworth, Ohio, and formerly of Findley, Ohio, died in November 2000.
Born Sept. 21, 1930, in Holden, he was the son of the late Rev. James W. and Etta (Bryant) Vance.
Surviving are his wife, Winnie Mae Shanholtz of Florida; one son, Timothy Vance of Crystal Beach, Fla.; one daughter, Belinda Detweiler of Uniontown, Ohio; four brothers, Charles Vance and Roy Vance, both of Florida, and Clyde Vance and James Vance, both of Arizona; one sister, Lucille Elliott of Hawaii; and five grandchildren.
Burial with military honors was Nov. 27, 2000, in Western Reserve National Cemetery, Ohio.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Hilliard & Mullaney Funeral Home Inc., Wadsworth, Ohio. (4/3)
 
John William Rohrbaugh, 25, of Moorefield, died March 19.
Born Sept. 20, 1975 in Winchester, Va., he was the son of Billy D. and Thelma Rohrbaugh of Petersburg and Vicki (Sparks) and Gary Lynn of Winchester, Va.
Surviving are his wife, Rebecca Alice (Gillaspie) Rohrbaugh; one son, Tyler Jason Rohrbaugh, at home; two sisters, Laurie Eddy of Winchester and Lisa Reel of Fisher; one half sister, Jennifer Rohrbaugh of Petersburg; one half brother, Justin See of Winchester; two stepbrothers, Adam Lynn of Winchester and Jason Symonette of Summerville, S.C.; one grandfather, John Sparks of Naples, Fla. and one grandmother, Della Shreve of Moorefield.
Funeral services were March 22, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg. (4/3)
 
Gregory Lawrence Ganoe, 47, of Moorefield, died March 20, at his residence.
Born July 9, 1953, in Grant County, he was the son of the late Lawrence P. Ganoe and Betty Ann (Evans) Smith.
He is survived by two daughters, Elisha M. Ganoe of Charlotte, N.C., and Morgan Ganoe of Petersburg; one son, Gregory Ganoe Jr. of Petersburg; three half sisters, Jill Hose of Old Fields, Christy Shirk of Moorefield, and Sherry Ganoe of Baltimore; two half brothers, Jeff Smith of Moorefield and Mark Smith of Rig; and one stepbrother, Randy Orndorff of Maryland.
Memorial services were April 1, at the Elmore-Chambers Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield. (4/3)
 
Mrs. Elva Catherine (Turner) Flynn, 90, of Harrisonburg, Va., died March 26, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg.
Born July 4, 1910 at Onego, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Pearlie (Helmick) Turner. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gary Flynn, Feb. 12, 1947.
Surviving are three sons, Jack Harper of Montrose, Dick Flynn of Dayton, Va. and Gary Flynn Jr. of Harrisonburg; three daughters, Eyvonne Cook of Dayton, Betty R. Nelson of Riverton and Junette J. Flynn of Harrisonburg; one brother, Charles Turner Jr. of Seneca Rocks; one sister, Lora Turner Long of Maysville; 18 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were March 29, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment in North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton. (4/3)

Claude Mowery, 75, of Upper Tract, died March 26, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.
Born Feb. 2, 1926, in Upper Tract, he was the son of the late Chester Claude and Annie V. (Lough) Mowery.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, JoAnne "Tootle" Hill Mowery; one son, Raymond C. Mowery of Petersburg; one daughter, Claudia Ann Kilpatrick of Crestview, Fla.; two sisters, Macie VanSlyke of Upper Tract, and Hester Williams of Dayton, Va.; three brothers, Warnie Mowery and Connie Mowery, both of Upper Tract, and Virgil Mowery of Oak Ridge, Mo.; three grandchildren, Karen Will of York, Pa., Amy Budney of Brookpark, Ohio, and Sgt. Shannon Mowery of Hinesville, Ga.; two stepgrandchildren, Michael Swick of Fairmont, and Chad Swick of Shepherdstown; four great-grandchildren, Tashia Will, Jack Will, Jerica Will and Trista Mowery; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were March 29, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Lough Cemetery, Mozer. (4/3)
 
Robert Virgil "Bobby" Hedrick, 84, of Upper Tract, died March 31, at the Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin, where he had resided the past 3 1/2 months.
Born July 26, 1916, in Upper Tract, he was the son of the late Charles Edgar and Phoebe Ann (Yokum) Hedrick.
He is survived by one brother, Melvin H. Hedrick of Winchester, Va., and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were April 2, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract. (4/3)

Mrs. Ethel M. Ruddle, 82, of Franklin, died March 31, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.
Born Aug. 12, 1918, in Whitmer, she was the daughter of the late Clarence H. and Flodie E. (Raines) Hartman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Alvin M. Ruddle, whom she married Oct. 11, 1941, and preceded her in death, May 16, 1970.
She is survived by three sons, Gerald E. Ruddle, Sheldon L. Ruddle and James A. Ruddle, all of Franklin; two daughters, Josephine L. Hedrick of Petersburg, and Violet L. Thompson of Brandywine; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
Friends may call today (Tuesday), from 7-9 p.m., at the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin. Funeral services are Wednesday, at 1 p.m., at the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Edgar Null officiating. Interment will be int the Ruddle Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Pendleton County Rescue Squad. (4/3)
 
George Robert Yokum, 84, of Landes, died April 1, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.
Born Feb. 11, 1917, in Landes, he was the son of the late George Washington and Ina Frances (Judy) Yokum. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Marie (McUlty) Yokum, March 12, 1983.
He is survived by two sons, J. Darwin Yokum of Kensington, Md., and Robert D. Yokum of Landes; two grandchildren, Chris Mallow of Upper Tract, and James Yokum of Landes; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were April 3, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Yokum Family Cemetery, Landes. (4/3)
 
Mrs. Elva Mae Fultz, 65, of Petersburg, died April 2, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.
Born Oct. 13, 1935, in Staunton, Va., she was the daughter of the late Amos and Ella Mae (Davis) Short. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Wayne Fultz, Nov. 30, 1989.
She is survived by five daughters, Barbara Conner, Natalie Bolyard, Beverly Reyes and Linda Mehl, all of Baltimore, and Debra Kimble of Moorefield; one sister, Charlotte Davis of Virginia; one brother, Franklyn Short of Moorefield; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services are Thursday, at 2 p.m., at the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. David Blackwell and the Rev. Fred Soltow officiating. Interment will be in Fultz Cemetery, Kessel. (4/3)


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