Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2001

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Mrs. Ruby Louvinia Mowery, 88, of Petersburg, died June 7, at Garrett Memorial Hospital, Oakland, Md.
She was born July 10, 1912 in Maryland. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Russell Mowery, June 13, 1988.
She is survived by three stepdaughters, Marguerite Flores of Hagerstown, Md., Mary Lockwood of White Plains, Md. and Juanita Mowery of Dallas, Texas; one stepson, Donald Mowery of San Diego, Calif.; and a number of stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
Graveside services were June 23, at the Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin. (6/26)
 
Charles Dasher Alt, 72, of Moorefield, died June 19, at Hampshire Health Care, Romney.
Born Jan. 7, 1929, in Old Fields, he was the son of the late Christian Dasher and Clara (Schartiger) Alt. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Iva Alt, in March 2001.
He is survived by two sons, Charles Daniel Alt and Michael Alt, both of Moorefield; four daughters, Kitty Lou Spreeman of Reno, Nev., Pamela Ann Alt of Winfield, Lisa Colleen Crites of New Market, Va. and Joyce Lynn Wolfe of Moorefield; one brother, Chris J. Alt of Moorefield; one sister, Clara Mae Ross of Calfax, N.C.; and 14 grandchildren.
Funeral services were June 23, at the Fraley Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in the Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield. (6/26)
 
William Orlando Shirk, 71, of Mount Airy, Md., died June 23, at his home.
Born March 31, 1930, in West Virginia, he was the son of Sarah Margaret Vanmeter Shirk Iman of Glen Burnie, Md., and formerly of Petersburg, and the late George Roscoe Shirk.
Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Ella Mae Shirk; two sons, William O. Shirk Jr. of Damascus, Md., and Michael Eugene Shirk of Mount Airy; three daughters, Carolyn Virginia Mos-ner of Mount Airy, Sharon Ann Long of Thurmont, Md., and Pamela Lynn Hahn of Lake Linganore, Md.; three sisters, Darla Jeanette Hyre, Joyce Elaine Collins and Brenda Jean Cerka; nine grandchildren, Christopher Allen Shirk, Shawn Matthew Shirk, Melinda Mae Gipe, James Bradford Ward Jr., Melissa Lynn Long, Richard Charles Long Jr., Jenny Lee Watring, Katie Michele Shirk and Timothy Charles Hahn; and four great-grandchildren, Joseph Allen Shirk, Morgan Elizabeth Gipe, Dillon Austin Watring and Alissa Hughs Shirk.
Funeral services were June 27, at the Olin L. Molesworth P.A. Funeral Home chapel, Damascus, with interment in Providence Methodist Cemetery, Kemptown, Md. (6/26)

Mrs. Lucy Irene Barger, 87, of Maysville, died June 24, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where she had resided since May 30, 1997.
Born March 21, 1914, in Jordan Run, she was the daughter of the late Aaron C. and Lura (Barger) Goldizen. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arthur G. Barger, Dec. 2, 1994.
She is survived by five sons, Harlan Barger of Keyser, Donald Barger, Verlin Barger and Roger Lee Barger, all of Maysville, and Wendell Barger of Dorcas; two daughters, Florina Vance and Rosa Lee Mongold, both of Maysville; two sisters, Rose Feaster of Maysville, and Rhoda Mae Warner of Petersburg; two brothers, Arthur Goldizen of Cabins, and Robert "Chuck" Goldizen of Maysville; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandson.
Funeral services were June 27, at the Jordan Run Church of the Brethren, with interment in Maysville Cemetery, Maysville.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (6/26 & 7/3)
 
Brooke Lyle Rohrbaugh, 81, of Petersburg, died June 11, at the Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg, where he had resided since August 1998.
Born July 8, 1919, in Arthur, he was the son of the late Homer and Willa (McDonald) Rohrbaugh. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Emma Catherine (Trinkle) Rohrbaugh in 1953.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte (Hamstead) Oates Rohrbaugh; two daughters, Darlene H. Rohrbaugh and Beverly Ann Pethtal, both of Petersburg; one stepson, Arthur R. Oates of Pensacola, Fla.; one brother, Robert Garnett Rohrbaugh of Blairstown, N.J.; six grandchildren, Bobbi Kraus of Kansas City, Mo., John Paul Hott II of Scherr, Tevya Vance of Dorcas, Charlotte Franz of Maysville and Danielle Oates and Cameron Oates, both of Petersburg; and eight great-grandchildren.
There will be a full-honor U.S. military burial at sea, out of the Atlantic Port of Norfolk, Va., performed on a Navy vessel while deployed on official maneuvers. Memorial services will be conducted at a later date in Petersburg. 
Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (6/19)
 
Clement Hogbin Clower, of Salem and formerly of Petersburg, died June 12.
Born April 1, 1920 in Petersburg,he was the son of the late Albert Newton and Mable (Hogbin) Clower.  He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Jane (Pritchard) Clower, on July 1, 1947; his second wife, Hester (Casey) Underwood Clower, on October 3, 2000.
He is survived by two stepsons, William W. Underwood and Brad Underwood, both of Clarksburg; two sisters, Mabel C. Sarver and Anna Lee Van Dyne; two grandsons, William Douglas Underwood and Seth Michael Underwood; two great-grandsons, William Tyler Underwood and Alex James Underwood; and 15 nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted June 15, at the Salem United Methodist Church, with interment in the Knights of Pythias Cemetery in Salem. (6/19)

George Keister Lambert, 80, Mount Crawford, Va., died June 13, at his home.
Born Feb. 1, 1921, in Pendleton County, he was the son of the late George Ira and Sudie (Arbogast) Lambert.
He is survived by his wife, Syvil (Rexrode) Lambert, whom he married Jan. 3, 1946; two daughters, Janet L. Campbell, Mount Crawford and Angela Renee Lambert, Dayton, Va.; one sister, Erma Nuckols, Mount Crawford; three brothers, Hancel Lambert, Mount Crawford, Varley Lambert Sr., Riverton and Ira O. "Bill" Lambert, Austin, Texas; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and a nephew, Hoy Lambert, Petersburg.
A Celebration of Life was conducted June 15, at the Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren. The body was donated to the Virginia State Anatomical Board. (6/19)

William Luther Ours, 69, Keyser, died June 15, at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland, Md.
Born June 24, 1931, in Petersburg, he was a son of the late Charles and Mernie (Thorne) Ours.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine D. (Cosner) Ours; four sons, David Whetzel and William Dale Ours, both of Keyser, Junior Whetzel of Mercersburg, Pa. and Gary Whetzel of Missouri; two daughters, Georgianna Baugher of Baltimore and Wanda Lee Matthews of Merritt Island, Fla.; nine brothers, Leon Ours of South Fork, Galen Ours, Glen Ours, Bobby Ours, Dale Ours, Ralph Ours and Olin Ours, all of Dorcas, Paul Ours of Durgon and Delmas Ours of Petersburg; three sisters, Janie Sites and Mernie Kimble, both of Dorcas and Arvella Zimmerer of Petersburg; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were June 19, at Christ Memorial Baptist Church, Westernport, with interment in the Mount Storm Cemetery, Mount Storm. Graveside military honors were accorded. 
Arrangements were under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser. (6/19)
 
Arno Branson Goldizen, 85, Everett, Pa. died June 13, at home.
He was born July 16, 1915, in Jordan Run, a son of the late Gabriel B. and Bertha (Barger) Goldizen. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Delphia Odessa Watts, March 25, 1987. They were married Jan. 16, 1934, in Petersburg.
He is survived by his wife, Celia E. "Donna" Hedrick, whom he married Nov. 9, 1987; four daughters, Wilda Clark and Georgia Kagarise, both of Clearville, Pa., Frankie Weicht of Tatesville, Pa. and Beverly Hill of Everett; two sons, Ted Goldizen of Clearville and Rocky Goldizen of Bedford, Pa.; three sisters, Arbutus Daniels of Petersburg, Nadine Jordan of Baltimore and Norma Smith of Waynesburg, Pa.; one brother, Paul M. Goldizen of Maysville; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were June 16, at the Everett Church of God, with interment at the Clearville Union Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Dalla Valle Funeral Service, Everett. (6/19)
 
Jimmie H. "Jim" Cosner, 66, of Fairmont, died Feb. 10, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
Born Feb. 7, 1935, in Gormania, he was the son of the late Carl and Lottie (Parker) Cosner.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn (Cosner) Cosner; one son, Richard Cosner of Fairmont; one brother, Clyde W. Cosner of Elkins; two sisters, Elva Nardi of Fairmont, and Mary Louise Layton of Bayard; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 13, at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Monongah. Memorial services were June 16, at the Bayard Cemetery. (6/12)
 
Craig Neil Ice, 44, of Fairmont, died June 2, in Fairmont.
Born Nov. 9, 1956, in Braxton County, he was the son of Bert and Jean Ice of Mannington and the late Wanda Jo Ice.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Ice and Ashley Ice, both of Missouri; four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Paul Ice of Mannington, Jody Ice of Washingtonville, Ohio, Shane and Jean Ice of Newell and Robbie and Rene Ice of Mannington; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Brenda and Clifford Price of Leetonia, Ohio and Kathy and Roger Locke of Petersburg; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; and his caregiver for several years, Jean Munza of Fairmont.
Funeral services were conducted June 7, at the Masters Funeral Home, Mannington, with interment in the Ice Cemetery. (6/12)
 
Mrs. Mary Veronica Weiksner, 98, of Petersburg and formerly of Cheverly, Md., died June 5, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.
She was born Oct. 27, 1902, in Pakuonis, Lithuania. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Weiksner Sr., Jan. 27, 1975.
She is survived by one daughter, Harriett W. Redmiles of Petersburg; one son, Charles F. Weiksner Jr. of Evans, Ga.; one goddaughter, Shirley E. Woodall of Petersburg; eight grandchildren, David Baldwin, Alfred F. Redmiles III, Janet Lee Redmiles, Gregory Garrett, Cheryl Garrett, Wanda Garrett, John Michael Weiksner and Mary L. Hummel; 22 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were June 6, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Fort Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, Md. (6/12)
 
Eula Virginia Bensenhaver, 92, of Rig, died June 6, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.
Born Oct. 27, 1908, in Hardy County, she was the daughter of the late Price and Elizabeth (Eisenhour) Halterman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. "Todd" Bensenhaver in November 2000 and one son. 
She is survived by four sons, Charles B. Bensenhaver II of Louisville, Ky., Donnie Lee Bensenhaver of Wheeling, Clyde D. "Gus" Bensenhaver of Rig and Dr. Dewey F. Bensenhaver of Petersburg; five daughters, Elizabeth Barr and Patsy Riggleman, both of Rig, Mary Hines of Moorefield, Nancy Breecher of Exelsoir Springs, Mo. and Helen Rohrbaugh of Maysville; one brother, Clyde Halterman of Petersburg; one sister, Lila Carioscia of Martinsburg; and 25 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were June 9, at the Moorefield Presbyterian Church with interment at the Newhouse Cemetery, Rig. 
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield. (6/12) 
 
Opal Blanche Moreland, 72, of Mount Storm, died June 6, at her home.
Born July 14, 1928, in Keyser, she was the daughter of the late Wilbert Frank Cosner and Gertrude May (Mackley) Cosner.
She is survived by her husband Loyal Austin "Bing" Moreland, whom she married Feb. 15, 1946; one son, Jonathan Dale Moreland and his wife, Ann of Mount Storm; one daughter, Sandra Ann Cosner and her husband, Eddie of Mount Storm; and two grandchildren, Jonathan Moreland Jr. and Shannon Moreland, both of Mount Storm.
Funeral services were June 9, at the Mount Storm Presbyterian Church, Mount Storm, with interment in the Idleman Cemetery, Mount Storm. 
Arrangements were under the direction of Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg. (6/12)
 
Mabel Edith (Reed) Whetzel, 86, of Petersburg, died June 8, at the E.A. Hawse Continuous Care Center, Baker, where she had resided since Jan. 20, 1997.
Born April 21, 1915, in Jordan Run, she was the daughter of the late John William and Daisy Ann (Pennington) Reed. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Enoch Whetzel, Nov. 23, 1991.
She is survived by three stepsons, Darmon E. Whetzel and Billy Joe Whetzel of Petersburg and Donald R. Whetzel of Augusta; five stepdaughters, Eva Jean Thorne, Bonnie Lou Kimble and Anna Lee Whetzel, all of Petersburg, Paula Mae Swick of Arthur and Mary Nelson of Cabins; one brother, Henry Sylvenus Reed of Antioch; a number of stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted June 11, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with interment in the North Mill Creek Cemetery, Dorcas.(6/12)
 
Walter Byrd Homan, D.V.M., 68, of Moorefield, died June 8.
Born Oct. 15, 1932 in Sugar Grove, he was the son of the late Dr. Virgil R. and Leafy (Mitchell) Homan.
He is survived by four sons, Thomas Reid Homan, D.V.M. of Charleston, Kyle Richard W. Homan and Andrew Todd Homan, both of Winchester, Va. and Dale Byrd Homan of Shepherdstown; one daughter, Jenni Lynn Fenton of Fayetteville; four brothers, James Reid Homan and Virgil R. Homan Jr., both of Sugar Grove, Richard Homan of Franklin and John F. Homan of Shepherdstown; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted June 11, at the Duffey Memorial United Methodist Church, with interment at the Sugar Grove Cemetery in Sugar Grove. 
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield. (6/12) 
 
Harding "Dee" DeWitt Ketterman, 80, of Petersburg, died May 31, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.
Born May 21, 1921, at Masonville in Grant County, he was the son of the late George Benjamin and Sallie Virginia Belle (Parker) Ketterman. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Catherine (Reel) Ketterman, Nov. 23, 1990.
He is survived by two daughters, Shirley Jean Kimble of Upper Tract, and Wanda Lee Ketterman of Petersburg; two sons, Don Williams Ketterman of Petersburg, and James Dee Ketterman of Maysville; one sister, Fannie Whetzel of Thomas; two brothers, Virgil Ketterman of Maysville, and Keith Monroe Ketterman of Petersburg; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were June 3, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg. Interment was in Brake Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Dorcas. (6/5)

Virgil Eston Alt, 78, of Petersburg, died May 29, at Hampshire Health Care Center, Romney.
Born Nov. 18, 1922, in Pansy, he was the son of the late Jacob P. and Mary Ellen (VanMeter) Alt.
He is survived by two sisters, Stella Jane Alt of Petersburg, and Tressie Turner of Winchester, Va.; one niece, Jean Henshaw; and three nephews, Paul Turner, James Turner and Dewey Turner.
Funeral services were June 2, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg. Interment was in Alt Family Cemetery, Brushy Run. (6/5)

Mrs. Catherine "Kate" Taylor McDonald, 71, of Petersburg, died May 25, at her residence.
Born Jan. 28, 1930, at Coalton, she was the daughter of the late Thomas B. and Oda M. (McBee) Keyes. She was also preceded in death by two husbands, Lester Ford McDonald, and Edwin Mackado Taylor, in 1971.
She is survived by one daughter, Linda Herron of Moorefield; nine sons, Robert E. Taylor of Dorcas, Larry F. McDonald of Dundalk, Md., Leonard F. McDonald and Robert Russell McDonald, both of Moorefield, Albert T. McDonald and Frankie W. McDonald, both of Petersburg, Edwin Mack Taylor of Augusta, Jerry Paul Taylor of Maysville, and Charles Ray McDonald, address unknown; one sister, Nellie Sullivan of North Carolina; 23 grandchildren; 7 stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were May 29, at the Mill Creek Memorial Mission Church. Interment was in the Brick Church Cemetery, Huttonsville.
Arrangements were under the direction of the F.E. Runner Funeral Home, Elkins. (6/5)
 
Mitchell Bonner, 76, of Burlington, died June 2, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.
Born Aug. 9, 1924, in Dry Fork, he was the son of the late Sauel and Laurie (Day) Bonner.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred Katherine (Flanagan) Bonner; two daughters, Juanita Heavener of Petersburg, and JoAnn Quick of Lahmansville; one sister, Toy Ethel White of Hambleton; three grandchildren, Anette Heavener and Christopher and Becky Quick; and one great-grandchild, Ashley Quick.
Funeral services were June 5, at the Hinkle Funeral Home chapel, Davis. Interment was in Flanagan Memorial Cemetery, Lanesville. (6/5)


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