Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2001

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Mrs. Dorothy (Masto) Jones, 75, of Bridgeport, died Dec. 15, at United Hospital Center, following an extended illness.

Born July 28, 1926, at Dawmont, she was the daughter of the late George Anna (Biasi) Masto.

She is survived by her husband, David L. Jones Jr., whom she married Nov. 28, 1946; one son, David L. Jones III of Petersburg; one daughter, Debra (Jones) Casto of Quiet Dell; one sister, Mary Marsh of Bridgeport; four brothers, Mike Mesto of Killeen, Texas, Frank Masto of Bradenton, Fla., David Masto and the Rev. George Mesto, both of Clarksburg; five grandchildren, Kelley Jones of Chesapeake, Va., Meredith Adkins of Petersburg, Matthew Jones and Christopher Casto, both of Morgantown, and Marijke (Casto) Smith of Rockville, Md.

Memorial services were Dec. 22, at the Word of Life Assembly of God Church.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport. (12/25)
 
Keith Lowell Taylor, 66, of Romney, and formerly of Petersburg, died Dec. 20, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland, Md.

Born Sept. 29, 1935, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late John and Hortense (Plauger) Taylor.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lucy (Smith) Taylor. They were married Dec. 23, 1955. He is also survived by one daughter, Denise (Taylor) Turner and husband, Ken, of Denton, Md. and two grandchildren, Kyle Turner and Kara Turner of Denton.

Funeral services were Dec. 22, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. (12/25)
 
Mrs. Phyliss (Roby) Mowery, 76, of Baltimore, Md., and formerly of Petersburg, died Dec. 9, at a hospital in Baltimore.

Born June 11, 1925, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late B.G. and Essie Roby. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Kermit Mowery.

She is survived by one sister, Polly (Roby) Day of Cumberland, Md., and number of grandchildren.

Funeral services and interment was Dec. 12, in Baltimore. 

Arrangements were under the direction of the Connelly Funeral Home, Baltimore. (12/18)
 
Miss Verda Kathyrn Hedrick, 88, of Petersburg, died Dec. 10, at Heartland of Keyser, Keyser, where she had resided since Aug. 23, 1996.

Born May 17, 1913, in Dorcas, she was the daughter of the late Henry Arthur and Cora Ethel (Crites) Hedrick.

She is survived by one sister, Vada L. Cleaver of Petersburg and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 13, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. (12/18)
 
Paul Edward Keplinger, 71, formerly of Petersburg, died Dec. 11, at Country Comfort Personal Care, Fairmont, where he had resided the past four years.

Born March 17, 1930, in Keyser, he was the son of the late Ulysses Guy and Nellie Mae (Turner) Groves Keplinger.

He is survived by three sisters, Anna Belle Keplinger of Petersburg, Clara May Kiddy of Parkersburg, and Betty Cook of Winchester, Va. and two brothers, Elwood Keplinger and Donnie Keplinger, both of Petersburg.

Funeral services were Dec. 14, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Mount Hebron Cemetery, Maysville. (12/18)
 
Frank Carl Lloyd, 72, of Huntington, died Dec. 11, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington.

Born July 15, 1929, in Gormania, he was the son of the late Harry and Bessie (Kesner) Lloyd.

He is survived by three daughters, Mary Jane Patch of New Mexico, Betty Burns of Riverton, and Linda Lloyd of Baltimore; three sons, Frank E. Lloyd of Maysville, Douglas F. Lloyd of Huntington, and Bobby Lloyd of Baltimore; one sister, Mary Crandell of Alabama; one brother, William Lloyd of Fort Ashby; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 14, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment in the North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton. (12/18)
 
Charlotte (Hamstead) Oates Rohrbaugh, 81, of Pensacola Beach, Fla., died Dec. 13, at her family home in Petersburg.

Born Jan. 28, 1920, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Arthur P. Hamstead and Charlotte (Vossler) Hamstead.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Olin Richard Oates Sr., Sept. 5, 1965 and her second husband, Brooke L. Rohrbaugh, June 11, 2001.

She is survived by one son, Arthur R. Oates and wife, Vonda of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; two stepsons, Gerald J. Oates of Keyser and Joseph K. Oates of Galloway, Ohio; four stepdaughters, Phyllis Smith of Petersburg, Norma Lee of Waynesboro, Va., Carolyn Riggleman of Stephen City, Va. and Elizabeth Smith of Norfolk, Va.; three grandchildren, Charlotte Oates Franz of Maysville, Danielle Oates and Cameron Oates of Petersburg; one great-granddaughter, Sadie Grace Franz; and several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 17 at the Petersburg Presbyterian Church, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (12/18)
 
Calvin C. Borror, 75, of Upper Tract, died Dec. 16, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Feb. 26, 1926, at Landes, he was the son of the late James and Ada Belle (Judy) Borror.

He is survived by his wife, Helen C. (Kimble) Borror, whom he married Aug. 9, 1948; one daughter, Virginia Rodgers of Upper Tract; one brother, Richard Borror of Petersburg; two grandsons; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were Dec. 19, at theKimble Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment in the Wilson Chapel Cemetery, Upper Tract. Military graveside services were conducted by the combine veterans' organizations of Grant County and the Petersburg High School JROTC. (12/18)
 
Infant Reshawna Shantell Sites Sperling, age 2 months, 11 days, died Dec. 2, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

Born September 21, in Morgantown, she was the daughter of Crystal Gail (Sites) Ritchie of Maysville and Joshua Eric Sperling of Moorefield. She was preceded in death by an infant brother, Dakota Wayne Rohrbaugh; maternal great-grandfather Jesse Sites; maternal great-great grandmother, Alyce Jones; and paternal great-grandfather, Wendall Saville.

Surviving besides her parents are two sisters, Tristian Cheyenne Sites and Jessi Renee Sites; paternal grandparents, Ronnie and Janet Sperling of Moorefield; maternal grandparents, Johnnie and Beth Sites of Maysville; paternal great-grandmothers, Mae Saville of Baker and Evelyn Shirk of Moorefield; maternal great-grandfather, Forrest "Sam" Berg of Maysville; maternal great-grandmothers, Mary Berg of Maysville and Ann Sites of Dorcas; two uncles, Shawn Sites and Jeremy Sperling, both of Maysville; and four cousins, Brittany LaBossiere, Colton LaBossiere, Colby Sperling and Shayla Sperling, all of Maysville.

Graveside services were Dec. 5, at United Sites Cemetery, Dorcas.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (12/11)
 
Jackie Lynn Armentrout, 52, of Philippi, died Dec. 4, near Belington while hunting.

Born Nov. 21, 1949, at Philippi, he was the son of the late Johnnie Carl Armentrout and Imogene Hope Everson, who survives in Belington.

On February 13, 1988, he was united in marriage to Madonna Armentrout, who survives at their home in Philippi. Surviving are three stepchildren, Ty Petrice and wife Dawna of Clarksburg, Toby Petrice and wife Melissa of Lansing, Mich. and Jessica Petrice of Morgantown. Also surviving are two brothers, Johnnie Armentrout and wife Connie of Belington, and Gary Armentrout and wife Susan of Petersburg; one sister, Carla Hoyman of Fairmont; a stepfather, Junior Everson; one stepgrandson, Seth Petrice; one Godson, Kyle Hoyman; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 7, at the Talbott Funeral Home parlor, with interment in the Fraternal Cemetery at Belington. (12/11)
 
Verlie Don Calhoun, 88, of Upper Tract, died Dec. 4, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born March 25, 1913, at Brushy Run, he was the son of the late Martin Dow Calhoun and Rachel Ann (Graham) Calhoun.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Arbelia G. (Armentrout) Calhoun, whom he married Sept. 13, 1935; one son, Reginald Calhoun and spouse Joyce, of Brandywine; one daughter, Mrs, Kenneth (Lucille) Farmer of Gadsden, Ala.; three brothers, Curtis Calhoun, a resident of Grant County Nursing Home in Petersburg, Quentin Calhoun and Olin Calhoun, both of Upper Tract; three sisters, Lillian Miller of Harrisonburg, Va., Kate Alt of Landes and Bessie Hevener of Mt. Crawford, Va.; seven grandchildren, Deborah Ann Hood and spouse Greg, Kimberly Jeanette Ellis and spouse Tom, and Tina Dawn Humphries, all of Gadsden, Jeffery Martin Calhoun and spouse Ella, of Urbana, Ohio, Joseph Don Calhoun, Rebecca Mary-Amanda Calhoun and Matthew Earl Calhoun, all of Brandywine; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 7, at the Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, with interment in Kline Cemetery at Kline.

Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg was in charge of arrangements. (12/11)
 
Mrs. Bertha Frances (Riggleman) Kuykendall, 60, of Milam, died Dec. 5, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Jan. 18, 1941, in Burlington, she was the daughter of the late James B. and Mandy (Moyers) Riggleman.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Harlan Kuykendall; one daughter, Jackie Alt of Petersburg; one son, Mark Kuykendall of Milam; two sisters, Anna K. Bosley and Verda Davy, both of Burlington; five brothers, Glen Riggleman and Raymond Riggleman, both of Keyser, Earl Riggleman of Frostburg, Md., Carl Riggleman and Luther Riggleman, both of Burlington and two grandchildren, Morgan Alt of Petersburg and Marcus Kuykendall of Milam.

Funeral services were Dec. 9, at the Elmore Chambers Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in the Kuykendall Family Cemetery, Milam. (12/11)
 
Ralph Curtis Kesner, 73, of Charleston, and formerly of Petersburg, died Dec. 6, at his residence.

Born Sept. 28, 1928, in Pansy, he was the son of the late Lester D. and Glenna (Judy) Kesner.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Wanda J. (Mongold) Kesner; two sons, Bradley Kesner of Roanoke, Va., and Brent Kesner of Charleston; two daughters, Kimberley Kesner of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Nicki Kesner Burgess of Barboursville; one sister, Jean Sites of Petersburg; one brother, Paul Kesner of Petersburg and four grandchildren, Harrison Kesner, Allyson Burgess, Haley Kesner and Ryan Burgess.

Memorial services were Dec. 9, at Grace Lutheran Church, Petersburg.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (12/11)
 
Mrs. Rispa Lee Armentrout, 78, of Upper Tract, died Dec. 8, at Avante in Harrisonburg, Va.

Born April 11, 1923, at Hightown, Va., she was the daughter of the late William E. and Sudie (Lamb) Mullenax. She was also preceded in death by her stepmother, Betty (Wimer) Mullenax.

She is survived by her husband, Clyde Armentrout, whom she married Nov. 16, 1940; two daughters, Bonnie Tulin of Harrisonburg, and Linda Hoover of Laurel, Md.; three sons, Robert G. Armentrout of Upper Tract, Clyde Douglas Armentrout of Glen Burnie, Md., and Larry K. Armentrout of Franklin; one sister, Lillian Harman of Upper Tract; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 11, at Christ Central Community Church, with interment in the Kline Cemetery, Kline.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin. (12/11)
 
Mrs. Nora (Strong) Park, 90, of Petersburg, died Dec. 8, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where she had resided since March 11, 1997.

Born April 4, 1911, in Crescent Township, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Abijah and Emma (Quillen) Strong. She was the last member of her immediate family.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Karl L. Park, a resident of the Grant County Nursing Home; one son, Karl L. Park Jr. and wife, Sandra, of Chesapeake, Va.; one daughter-in-law, Janie Park of Chesapeake; five grandchildren, Maria Park, Karl Park III, Rickey Park, Marie Ottaviano and Tommy Craig and two great-grandchildren, Alexis Park and Alexandra Ottaviano.

Order of the Eastern Star conducted services, Dec. 11, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg.

Funeral services were Dec. 12, at the funeral home chapel, with interment in Asbury Cemetery, Baker. (12/11)
 
Eddie Lee Rogers, 44, of Maysville and formerly of Greenbrier County, died Nov. 24, in Quinwood.

Born Oct. 18, 1957, in Greenbrier County, he was the son of Edward B. Rogers of Quinwood and the late Dorothy M. (Neal) Rogers.

Besides his father, he is survived by one son, Terry; one daughter, Brandy; one sister, Kathy Alderman of Renick; one brother, Roy Rogers of Quinwood; one grandson Jasslee of Bloomington, Md.; three aunts, Hallie Haynes of Nallen, Charlotte Rogers of Corliss and Mary Parsons of Fredericksburg, Va.; five uncles, Abraham Neal of Mount Lookout, Tom Neal of Orient Hill, Benny Neal of Runa, David Neal of Quinwood and Lee Roy Neal of Poe and his extended family and neighbors Robert, Patricia and Jason Long of Maysville.

Funeral services were Nov. 29, at the Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home chapel, Rainelle, with interment in the Bethel Cemetery, Corliss. (12/4)
 
Mrs. Edna Mae (McUlty) Yokum, 98, of Petersburg, died Nov. 26, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where she had resided since May 2.

Born Aug. 24, 1903, in Pansy, she was the daughter of the late Charles Mayfield and Etta Florence (Sites) McUlty. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lester Yokum, Jan. 31, 1999.

She is survived by two sons, Harlan Yokum and wife, Linda, of Morgantown and Eulis Yokum and wife, Beverly, of Petersburg; one daughter, Bonnie Smith and husband, Dayton, of Petersburg; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Nov. 28, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the McUlty Cemetery, Petersburg. (12/4) 
 
Mrs. Helen Marie Lindley, 87, of Dearborn, Mich., died Nov. 27, at a nursing home in Dearborn.

Born June 14, 1914, in Maysville, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Jenny (Schell) Simpson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lester Lindley.

She is survived by one daughter, Annabel Griffiths of Dearborn; one son, David L. Lindley; one brother, Homer Simpson; five grandchildren, Byron Lindley, Angela Griffiths, Bryce Lindley, Paul Griffiths and Samuel Griffiths and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Nov. 30, at the First United Methodist Church, Dearborn.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, Dearborn. (12/4)
 
Robert "Bill" William VanFleet, 69, of Petersburg, died Nov. 27, at his residence.

Born Nov. 2, 1932, in Keyser, he was the son of the late William Bernard and Pearl Elizabeth (Evans) VanFleet.

He is survived by his wife, Maxine D. VanFleet; his former wife, Virginia VanFleet of Petersburg; one son, Robert "Bob-by" VanFleet and wife, Robin, of Martinsburg; two daughters, Pam Hartman and husband, Randy, of Petersburg and Becky Martin and husband, Steve, of Maysville; one stepson, the Rev. Charles William Kemp and wife, Sue, of South Point, Ohio; three stepdaughters, Cheryl VanMeter and husband, Eddie, and Debbie Oates and husband, Rick, all of Cabins and Naomi Burton and husband, Nelson, of Annapolis, Md.; four grandchildren, Jesse Allen VanFleet, Samantha Hartman, Taylor Bess Martin and Skylar Martin; one great-granddaughter, Natalie Ann Marie Woolery; and 11 stepgrandchildren, Elisa Beth Kemp, April Sue Kemp, Holly Marie Kemp, Cynthia Joy Kemp, Catherine VanMeter, Matthew Zimmerer, Jimmy Zimmerer, Zachary Robert Oates, Josh Oates, Brett Rivero and Christina Burton.

Funeral services were Nov. 29, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. Military graveside services were conducted by Petersburg VFW and DAV organizations, accompanied by Petersburg High School JROTC. (12/4)
 
Miss Gladys L. Hinkle, 63, of Moorefield, died Nov. 29, at her residence.

Born March 6, 1938, in Grant County, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Pearl (Sites) Hinkle.

She is survived by cousins.

Funeral services were Dec. 2, at the Fraley Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in the Sites Family Cemetery, Rough Run. (12/4)
 
Kenneth Eugene Meadows, 51, of Rockville, Md., and of Arthur, died Nov. 29, at his residence in Rockville.

Born April 1, 1950, in Princeton, he was the son of Tilden Samuel Meadows of Milton and the late Lois Meadows. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Maxine Meadows in 1996.

Besides his father, he is survived by his stepmother, Louise Edwards Meadows of Milton; his second wife, Elizabeth (Boehner) Meadows, whom he married in 1999; one son, Kenneth E. Meadows II of North Carolina; one sister, Brenda Hill of Frederick, Md. and two brothers, Sam Meadows of Princeton and Jerry Meadows of Dracut, Mass.

His body was cremated. Memorial services will be in Rockville at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg. (12/4)
 
Mrs. Kathleen Rebecca Elza, 74, of Petersburg, died Nov. 30, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born March 12, 1927, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late John and Stella (Iman) Swick. She was also preceded in death by her second husband, LaFayette Hall Elza, April 10, 1987.

She is survived by her first husband, Alfred Ellifritz of Baltimore, Md.; seven daughters, Charlotte Mullins and Carol Ellifritz, both of Petersburg, Annalee Self of Burlington, Trela Kay Marmen, Connie Westscott and Toni Westscott, all of Baltimore and Barbara Sponaugle of Circleville; one son, Jerry Ellifritz of Baltimore; three sisters, Irene Nelson of Ridgeley and LeeAnna Crawford and Evelyn Wratchford, both of Petersburg; a large number of grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 3, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton. (12/4)
 
Mrs. Ethel M. Fishel, 82, of Jefferson, Md., and formerly of Mathias and Petersburg, died Dec. 2, at the home of her son, Alan E. Good, Jefferson.

Born Nov. 21, 1919, in Winchester, Va., she was the daughter of the late John W. and Mary S. Frye. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harry T. Fishel, whom she married Nov. 13, 1937 and died in 1991.

Besides her son Alan, she is survived by another son, Paul W. Fishel of Mathias.; one daughter, Mary Ann Jordon of Bealeton, Va.; one sister, Frances Rhodes of Winchester, Va.; two brothers, Eugene Frye of El Paso, Texas and Robert Frye of Richmond, Va.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Dec. 5, in the Mathias Mennonite Cemetery, Mathias.

Arrangements were under the direction of the McKee Funeral Home, Baker. (12/4)


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