Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2001

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Mrs. Delores Mae (Rohrbaugh) Lockley, 68, of Petersburg, died Aug. 15, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Aug. 13, 1933, in New Creek, she was the daughter of the late Alvin Owen and Katie Rosalie (O'Brien) Rohrbaugh.

She is survived by two daughters, Donna Lynn Smith of Maysville, and Vickie Rachelle Thorne of Rig; four sons, Donald Eugene Rohrbaugh, Tony Wayne Rohrbaugh and James Thomas "Tom" Lockley, all of Petersburg, and Edward Wayne Rohrbaugh of Cabins; two sisters, Shirley Keplinger of Petersburg, and Patricia Hedrick of Upper Tract; two brothers, Clarence Everly Rohrbaugh and Bill David Rohrbaugh, both of Petersburg; six grandchildren Michael Rohrbaugh, Shawn Rohrbaugh, Shane Rohrbaugh, Justin Lockley, Derek Lockley and Michelle (Rohrbaugh) Oates; two stepgrandchildren, Shawna Parsons and Jimi Parsons; and two great-grandchildren, Jordan Rohrbaugh and Halley Armentrout.

Funeral services were Aug. 17, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. (8/28)
 
Mrs. Ruth (Shaffer) Carter, 92, of Clearwater, Fla., and formerly of Grant County, died Aug. 18, at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater.

Born Oct. 27, 1908, in Masonsville, she was the daughter of the late Isaac Samuel and Ida Virginia (Whetzel) Shaffer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Hill Carter.

She is survived by one son, Robert A. Carter of Fort Myers, Fla.; two sisters, Nina Davis of Pinckney, Mich., and Onnie Cooper of Clearwater; one grandson, Cole Carter of Sunnyvale, Calif.; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Aug. 21, at the Shaffer Funeral Home chapel, Romney, with interment in Indian Mound Cemetery, Romney. (8/28)
 
Tommie Morris Jr., 53, of Petersburg, died Aug. 21, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Feb. 10, 1948, in Charlottesvile, Va., he was the son of the late Tommie Morris Sr. and Elsie (Williams) Morris. 

He is survived by one daughter, Ashley Noel Rohrbaugh of Petersburg; five sisters, Betty Knight, Shirley Smith and Frances Brown of Ruckersville, Va., Virginia Shifflett of Standardsville, Va., and Linda Knapp of Barboursville, Va.; and two brothers, Jim Morris of Fishersville, Va., and Newton Morris of Ruckersville.

Funeral services were Aug. 24, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg. Military graveside services were conducted by the Grant County veterans organizations. (8/28)
 
Mrs. Mary M. Stewart, 85, of Remington, Va., and formerly of Petersburg, died Aug. 12, at Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser.

Born Aug. 8, 1915, at Greenland, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Sadie (Lyons) McDonald. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Pete W. Stewart, Dec. 24, 1996.

She is survived by one daughter, Barbara L. Funkhouser of Remington; two brothers, Howard McDonald of California, and Olen McDonald of New Jersey; two granddaughters, Eva Van Buren of Fort Belvoir, Va., and Lisa O'Dell of Stephens City, Va.; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Aug. 15, at the Smith Funeral Home chapel, Keyser, with interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (8/21)
 
Leland Thaddeus Ours, 89, of Petersburg, died Aug. 13, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born May 22, 1912, in Dorcas, he was the son of the late Clarence E. and Arletta (Crites) Ours. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lois (Feaster) Ours, May 25, 1997. He was the last member of his immediate family.

He is survived by two sons, Leland Thad Ours and wife, Nancy, and C. Fred Ours and wife, Carol, all of Petersburg; four grandsons, Joshua Ours, Tad Ours, Brian Ours and Jeremy Ours; two great-granddaughters, Kandace Ours and Libby Ours; and two great-grandsons, Dalton Ours and Joseph Ours.

Petersburg Volunteer Fire Company conducted services, Aug. 15, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg.

Funeral services were Aug. 16, at the funeral home chapel, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. (8/21)
 
Mrs. Carrie Evelyn (Borror) Thorn, 88, of, died Aug. 15, at her home.

Born Feb. 2, 1913, in Landes, she was the daughter of the late George and Daisy Virginia (Sites) Borror.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Evers C. Thorn; seven daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley Christian and Shelby and Carl Stump, all of Moorefield, Jean and B.F. Bean of Verona, Va., Nancy and Denton Wolford of Dorcas, Norma and Dave Fulk of Fulks Run, Va., Linda and Jim Wilt of Bergton, Va., Midge and Jesse Kester of Stanton, Va.; two sisters, Nellie Turner of Petersburg, and Hazel Whetzel of Stafford, Va.; 24 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Aug. 18, at the Schaffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with interment in Newhouse Cemetery, Rig. (8/21)
 
William Homan "Bill" Bobo, 47, of Cabins, died Aug. 4, as the result of a drowning accident while fishing in the South Branch of the Potomac River near Moorefield.

Born Dec. 14, 1953, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Homan Smith and Mabel Virginia Bobo.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn L. (White) Bobo, whom he married Aug. 15, 1993; two sons, William Foster "Willie" Bobo of Baltimore, and Charles William Bobo of Petersburg; four daughters, Billie Jo Bennett of Lahmansville, Ashley Dawn Bobo and Roxanne Lynn Bobo, both of Baltimore, and Judy Virginia Bobo of Cabins; one stepson, Mike White of Petersburg; two stepdaughters, Jennifer Marie Dennis and Donna Jean Schoolcraft, both of Petersburg; three sisters, Betty Black of Rig, Helen Kimble of Moorefield, and Linda Keeran, address unknown; one brother, Ralph Smith of Cabins; one half sister, Mary Ann Bryant of Kansas City, Mo.; two grandsons, Nathaniel A. Humphries and Alton T. Bennett; and two stepgrandchildren.

Funeral services were Aug. 9, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Newhouse Cemetery, Rig. (8/14)
 
Ronald Edward Burgess, 56, of Maysville, died Aug. 4, as the result of a drowning accident while fishing in the South Branch of the Potomac River, two miles north of Moorefield.

Born Sept. 5, 1944, in Maysville, he was the son of Ethel (Mongold) Burgess of Petersburg, and the late Charles Burgess.

Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Sandra (Kisamore) Burgess; one stepson, Tim Layman of Arthur; four sisters, Frances Hinton and Goldie Berg, both of Maysville, Lois Jean Cloer of Statesville, N.C., and Judy Kimble of Lahmansville; and twin brother, Donald Burgess of Maysville.

Funeral services were Aug. 10, at the Maysville Bible Brethren Church, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville.

Arrangements were under the direction of Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg. (8/14)
 
Zac Alston Paul Alt, 3 weeks and 6 days, of Dorcas, died Sunday, Aug. 5, at his home.

Born July 9, in Petersburg, he was the son of David L. and Janice L. "Peep" (Haggerty) Alt of Dorcas.

Besides his parents, he is survived by one brother, Triston David Alt, at home; maternal grandmother, Mary Haslacker of Dorcas; maternal grandparents, Mernie and Paul Kimble of Dorcas; maternal great-grandmother, Clara Kiddy of Parkersburg; paternal grandparents, Leon and Phyllis Alt of Dorcas; paternal great-grandparents, Mervin and Georgia Stump and Cletus and Leota Thorne, all of Dorcas; several aunts and uncles, including, Robin Smith of Maysville, Scotti Haslacker, Linda Helmick, Debbie Evans, Mike Haggerty and Mike Kimble, all of Dorcas; and several great-aunts and uncles, including, Harry Haggerty Jr. of Moorefield, Kathy McConnell of Franklin, and Darlene Shepherd of Salisbury, N.C.

Funeral services were Aug. 11, at the Brake Church of the Brethren, Dorcas, with interment in Brake Cemetery, Dorcas.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (8/14)
 
Mrs. Pauline F. Funkhauser, 87, of Keyser and formerly of Maysville, died Aug. 5, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Dec. 22, 1913, at Martin, she was the daughter of the late Adolph and Susan Elizabeth (Smith) Rotruck. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Funkhauser, March 10, 1983.

She is survived by two sons, Charles A. Funkhouser of Remington, Va., and Lindon J. Funkhouser of Virginia Beach, Va.; one brother, Willie John "Bill" Rotruck of New Cummerstown, Ohio; five grandchildren, Eva VanBuren of Fort Belvoir, Va., Lisa O'Dell of Stephen City, Va., Anthony Funkhouser of Fort Hood, Texas, Elizabeth Skidmore of Glen Allen, Va., and Richard Funkhouser of Atlanta; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Aug. 11, at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel, with interment in Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (8/14)
 
Mrs. Mary Ellen (Alt) Sester, 76, of Baltimore, Md., and formerly of Brushy Run, died Aug. 8, at her home.

Born Feb. 16, 1925, in Brushy Run, she was the daughter of the late Scott R. and Effie (Whetzel) Alt.

She is survived by one daughter, Shirley Cline of Baltimore; two brothers, Victor Alt of Baltimore, and Archie Alt of Sparta, Mich.; two sisters, Dorothy Sears of Petersburg, and Gladys Bain of Baltimore; one grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Aug. 12, at the Bruzdzinski Funeral Home chapel, Baltimore. Graveside services were Aug. 13, at the Alt Family Cemetery, Brushy Run. (8/14)
 
Robert Thomas Kessel Sr., 84, of Scherr, died Aug. 9, at his home after an extended illness.

Born Feb. 25, 1917, at Scherr, he was the son of the late Edward O. and Emma (Patch) Kessel.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Genevieve Delores (Moreland) Kessel; three sons, Robert T. Kessel Jr. and Joey Dean Kessel, both of Scherr and Daniel Edward Kessel of Maysville; two daughters, Delores Elaine Rohrbaugh of Scherr and Barbara Louise Henderson of Ashland, Va.; one brother, Ohley C. Kessel of Maysville; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Aug. 12, at the Brick Church of the Brethren, Maysville, with interment in the Kessel Family Cemetery at Scherr.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (8/14)
 
Miss Talia Kristen Mongold, 19, of Cabins, died Aug. 9, as a result of an automobile accident on Rt. 93 near New Creek. Her boyfriend, Bryan D. Reel, died in the same accident.

Born Jan. 7, 1982, in Cumberland, Md., she was the daughter of Rhonda (Keplinger) and Michael J. Ours of Cabins and Gary Mongold of Dorcas.

Along with her parents, she is survived by two sisters, Nikole Ours and Cassidee Ours, at home; one half brother, Jordan Mongold of Upper Tract; one stepbrother, Chad Helmick of Petersburg; maternal grandparents, Larry and Rose Wratchford of Petersburg, James and Patti Ours of Cabins; paternal grandparents, John A. and Alice Mongold of Dorcas; maternal great-grandmother, Mary Jo Wratchford of Petersburg; paternal great-grandmother, Janet Mongold of Dorcas; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Joint funeral services were Aug. 13, at Cabins Assembly of God Church, with interment in South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (8/14)
 
Mrs. Mary Ursula (Harlan) Raphun, 77, of Petersburg, and formerly of Manchester, N.H., died Aug. 9, at her home on Middle Mountain near Petersburg.

Born Nov. 5, 1923, in Manchester, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Lineham) Harlan. 

She is survived by one son, Leland Richards Raphun of Tuscon, Ariz.; two daughters, Ursula M. Andersen of Petersburg, and Sheryl L. Laub of Dayton, Ohio; one sister, Constance Ann Cowette of Manchester; four grandchildren, Sandi Armentrout of Petersburg, Wendy Stralow of Arlington, Va., Tashera Hickox of San Diego, Calif., and Grant Laub of Dayton; and three great-grandchildren, Michael Coleman of Arlington, McKenna Hickox of San Diego, and Jacob Armentrout of Petersburg. (8/14)
 
Mrs. Pauline Loberta (Mowry) Bryan, 83, of Knoxville, Md., died Aug. 10, at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, Md.

Born March 5, 1918, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late James Webster and Mamie Lee (Bean) Mowry. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Dorsey C. Bryan, March 3, 2000.

Surviving are two sons, Dorsey Delano Bryan of Knoxville and Daniel Bryan of Adamstown, Md.; two daughters, Loberta Bryan Staley of Frederick and Yvonne Bryan Roderick of Ashburn, Va.; three sisters, twin Kathleen Hatfield of Richmond Va., Blondena Good of Knoxville and Vena Zirk of Winchester, Va.; one brother, James V. Mowry of Petersburg; 15 grandchildren, Michael Bryan of Colorado, Bryan Dinkle, Brenda Dinkle-Wright, Teressa Bryan and Daniel Staley all of Frederick, Deborah Bryan of Middletown, Md., Kevin Roderick of Woodbridge, Va., Mark Staley of Johnsville, Md., Chad Bryan of Charles Town, Gail Roderick Smith of Purcellville, Va., Michelle Roderick and Jeffrey Roderick, both of Ashburn, Va., Kristy Roderick Gordon of Utah, Jane E. Dinkle of Baltimore and Nanette Cline of Brunswick, Md.; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Aug. 14, at the Stauffer Funeral Home chapel, Frederick, with interment in Brownsville Heights Cemetery, Brownsville, Md. (8/14)
 
Bryan David Reel, 18, of Maysville, died Aug. 10, as a result of an automobile accident on Rt. 93 near New Creek. His girlfriend, Talia Kristen Mongold, died in the same accident.

Born Dec. 17, 1982, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of David E. and Linda K. (Franz) Reel of Maysville.

Along with his parents, he is survived by one sister, Amanda Moreland of Scherr; maternal grandparents, Ralph B. "Jim" and Linda Darnell Franz of Maysville; paternal grandmother, Goldie F. Reel of Petersburg; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Joint funeral services were Aug. 13, at Cabins Assembly of God Church, with interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (8/14)
 
Miss Alice Augustiva Sears, 98, of Maysville, died Aug. 11, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where she had resided since Jan. 5, 1996.

Born Aug. 20, 1902, in Falls, she was the daughter of the late Peter L. and Hannah C. (Porter) Sears.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Aug. 14, at Harmony Baptist Church, with interment in Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. 

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (8/14)
 
Miss Bertha Marie Turner, 83, of Baker, died Aug. 13, at her home.

Born Oct. 12, 1917, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Harrison and Bessie Mae (Ours) Turner. 

She is survived by one brother, Ralph Turner of Roanoke, Va.; one sister, Nellie Smith of Upper Tract; two half brothers, Paul Turner of Petersburg and Evers Turner of Upper Tract; six half sisters, Eleanor Thompson of Upper Tract, Virginia Pancake of Romney, Ruth Simmons of North Carolina, Rebecca Miller, Catherine VanMeter and Melva Cornett, all of Petersburg; one nephew, J. Bruce Smith of Franklin, whom she raised; and two nieces, Macie Dahmer of St. Albans and Mary Hedrick of Franklin.

Funeral services were Aug. 15, at Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, with interment in Cherry Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklln. (8/14)
 
Lloyd Junior Mongold Sr., 72, of Moorefield, died July 26, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Sept. 9, 1928, in Wardensville, he was the son of the late Harry R. and Clara Jane (Shipe) Mongold.

He is survived by his wife, Goldie (Moomaw) Mongold; two daughters, Sharon Ours of Moorefield, and Brenda Myers of Oklahoma; four sons, Lloyd Mongold Jr. of Grant County, Chester Mongold, Mike Mongold and Gary Mongold, all of Moorefield; one sister, Una Sager of Cora, Pa.; one brother, Alston Mongold of Old Fields; two half sisters, Mamie Puffenbarger of Arthur, and Nita Robinson of Silver Spring, Md.; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were July 29, at the Elmore-Chambers Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in the Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield, with military graveside rites accorded by Moorefield's Veterans Honor Guard. (8/7)
 
Roscoe Reese Brotherton, 86, of Maysville, died July 31, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where he had resided since Nov. 13, 1998.

Born Aug. 2, 1914, in Charleston, he was the son of the late Lewis Roscoe and Hazel Mae (Coe) Brotherton. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruby M. (Evans) Brotherton, May 21.

He is survived by one daughter, Tomasenia Ours of Maysville; two sisters, Valeria Powers of Ripley, and Mary Rawlings of Charleston; two brothers, John W. Brotherton of Charleston, and Neil C. Brotherton of Ripley; three grandchildren, Tammy Duttine of Hurricane, Phyllis Doulaveris of Rockville, Md., and Kevin Ours of Chesapeake, Ohio; one stepgrandson; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Aug. 3, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. (8/7)
 
Lester Davis, 58, of Wardensville and formerly of Seneca Rocks, died July 31, at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, Va.

Born Aug. 24, 1942, in Onego, he was the son of the late Elmer and Iva Mae (Harper) Davis.

He is survived by three sons, Leslie Davis of Frederick, Md., Lester Davis II and Ryan Davis, both of Baker; three daughters, Lisa Killen of Frederick, Rachel Tharp of Wardensvile, and Crystal Dove of Baker; one sister, Ruth Conrad of Petersburg; two brothers, Earl Davis of Littlestown, Pa., and Roy Davis of Petersburg; and five grandchildren, Ian Tharp, Dylan Tharp, Mercedes Dove, Aaron Dove and Cortney Springer.

Funeral services were Aug. 2, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Waybright-Davis Family Cemetery, Onego. (8/7)
 
Jack David Cooper, 67, of Woodstock, Va., died Aug. 2, at Tandem Health Care of Woodstock.

Born Aug. 22, 1933, at Mouth of Seneca, he was the son of the late Ernie Benjamin Cooper Sr. and Daisy Belle (Painter) Cooper.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Vizard) Cooper, whom he married Nov. 3, 1956. He is also survived by two sons, Tim L. Cooper and Derek W. Cooper, both of Woodstock; one daughter, Stephanie (Cooper) Sherman of Woodstock; four brothers, Gene Cooper of Harrisonburg, Va., Jerry Cooper and Benny Cooper, both of Woodstock, and Harry Cooper of Edinburg, Va.; three sisters, Olive Armentrout of Franklin, Ann Cubbage of Harrisonburg, and Pat Cooper of Edinburg; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services were Aug. 5, at First Baptist Church of Woodstock, with interment in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens, Harrisonburg. Full military honors by Strasburg American Legion Post 77 followed the service.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock. (8/7)
 
Mrs. Julia Minnie (Delawder) Stump, 76, of Moorefield, died Aug. 3, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Nov. 11, 1924, in Lost City, she was the daughter of the late James Fredrick and Blanche (Sine) Delawder. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Don W. Stump, Jan. 18, 1983.

She is survived by one daughter, Patsy Rumer of Arthur; two sons, Donald Stump of Radcliff, Ky., and Michael Stump of Moorefield; one sister, Betty See of Moorefield; one brother, Bob Delawder of Moorefield; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Aug. 6, at the Elmore-Chambers Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield. (8/7)
 
Mrs. Betty Jane (Champ) Kimble, 55, of Petersburg, died Aug. 4, at Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, Md.

Born July 28, 1946, in Smoke Hole, she was the daughter of Roxie May (Champ) Shirk of Franklin, and the late John Melvin Camp.

Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband, Gerald W. Kimble; two sons, Richard Paul Phares and Melvin Russell Kimble, both of Petersburg; one daughter, Linda Sue Phares of Maysville; one stepson, Gerald W. Kimble Jr. of Durgon; one stepdaughter, Andrea Marshall of Moorefield; five brothers, David Shirk of Dorcas, Jack Edward Shirk and Carl Shirk, both of Upper Tract; Dale Shirk of Franklin, and Olie Shirk of Moorefield; six grandchildren; and three stepgrandchildren.

Funeral services were Aug. 7, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with. Interment in the Champ Family Cemetery, Smoke Hole. (8/7)


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