Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2002

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Mrs. Rosemarie Luise Riggleman, 58, of Purgitsville, died Jan. 19, at her residence.

Born March 20, 1943, in Kassel, West Germany, she was the daughter of the late D. Martin and Annelise (Herzig) Jubelt.

She is survived by her husband, Lonnie E. Riggleman; one son, Lonnie F. Riggleman of Purgitsville; two daughters, Barbara Jo LaFrance of Moorefield, and Michelle Hines of Dorcas; two brothers, Friedhelm Jubelt and Hans Jurgen, both of West Germany; two sisters, Gisela Michaelis and Ursula Jubelt, both of West Germany and four grandchildren.

Memorial services were Jan. 22, at the Shaffer Funeral Home chapel, Romney. At her request, she was cremated. Interment will be at a later date. (1/29)
 
Mrs. Bernice Kathleen Yokum, 73, of Maysville, died Jan. 21, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Dec. 9, 1928, in Kline, she was the daughter of the late Verlie and Gladys (Calhoun) Hevener. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dwight Wilson Yokum, Jan. 18, 198.

She is survived by one daughter, Deborah Chapman of Fredericksburg, Va.; two sisters, Ardella Alexander of Ceredo and Chloe Miller of Radnor, Ohio, and one granddaughter, Charity Hope Chapman.

Funeral services were Jan. 23, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Kline Cemetery. (1/29)
 
Emmard William Cook, 75, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and formerly of Harpers Ferry and Maysville, died Jan. 25, at his home in Myrtle Beach.

Born Jan. 10, 1927, in Jordan Run, he was the son of the late Floyd and Mary (Rohrbaugh) Cook.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Patricia S. (Warnick) Cook; two daughters, Joyce McCright of Charles Town, and Debora Crampton of Bel Alton, Md.; two sons, Robert Cook of Bryans Road, Md., and Mark Cook of Strasburg, Va.; one sister, Nelda Burgess of Maysville; two brothers, Bernard Cook of Maysville, and Clayford Cook of Aldie, Va. and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 29, at the Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home chapel, Harpers Ferry, with interment in the Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town. (1/29)
 
Curtis Ford Calhoun, 90, of Petersburg, died Jan. 26, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where he had been a resident since April 10, 2000.

Born Sept. 23, 1911, in Brushy Run, he was the son of the late Martin Dow and Rachel Ann (Graham) Calhoun. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Ruby (Cowger) Calhoun in 1977.

He is survived by his second wife, Doris M. (Carbaugh) Calhoun, whom he married June 26, 1985; one son, Marlin W. Calhoun and wife, Ada, of Cleveland, Ohio; one stepdaughter, Judy A. Reedy and husband, Hurley, of Moorefield; three sisters, Kate Alt of Landes, Lillian Miller of Harrisonburg, Va., and Bessie Hevener of Mount Crawford, Va.; two brothers, Olin Calhoun and Quentin Calhoun, both of Upper Tract; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 29, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Kline Cemetery, Kline. (1/29)
 
Mrs. Minnie Mabel Crites, 96, of Upper Tract, died Jan. 13, at the Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin.

Born Aug. 22, 1905, at Mitchell Mountain, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Jackson and Hannah Elizabeth (Mowery) Mitchell.

She is survived by one daughter, Anna Sites of Franklin; one brother, Andrew Mitchell of Harrisonburg, Va.; one granddaughter whom she reared, Sandra Boore of Uniontown, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 17, at the Kimble Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment in the Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin. (1/22)
 
Thurman Andrew Keplinger, 82, of Petersburg, died Jan. 13, at his home.

Born Sept. 22, 1919, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Olie and Mattie (Keplinger) Keplinger. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle (Hose) Keplinger in 1978.

He is survived by special companion, Louise Westfall of Petersburg; two sisters, Emily Veach of Maysville and Verda Shaffer of Cabins and several nieces and nephews, including Ronald "Babe" Feaster of Petersburg, whom he raised.

Funeral services were Jan. 18, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Mount Hebron Cemetery, Maysville. (1/22)
 
Mrs. Bessie Ann McDonald, 92, of Maysville, died Jan. 14, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Aug. 1, 1909, in Maysville, she was the daughter of the late William Christian and Nettie (Keplinger) Rohrbaugh. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lester E. McDonald in 1969.

She is survived by two daughters, Louverna Rohrbaugh and Winona VanMeter, both of Maysville; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 10, at the Falls Assembly of God Church, with interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (1/22)
 
Lester Paul Simmons, 75, of Riverton, died Jan. 15, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born June 5, 1926, in Riverton, he was the son of the late Lester Clyde and Madeline (Judy) Simmons.

He is survived by his wife, Susie Alice (Hedrick) Simmons, whom he married Nov. 18, 1950; one son, Carl William Simmons of Franklin; three sisters, Martha Hickman of Waynesboro, Va., Nancy Poleo of Roanoke, Va. and Faye Nottingham of Dunmore and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Jan. 19, at the North Fork Baptist Church, with interment in the North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin. (1/22)
 
Mrs. Evelyn J. Amtower, 86, of Keyser, died Jan. 16, at Heartland of Keyser.

Born June 27, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Julius A. and Pearl A. (Cunninghan) McDonald. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph "Jack" Amtower, Dec. 22, 1992.

She is survived by four sons, Robert M. Amtower and Randall Amtower, both of Keyser, John Amtower of Romney and Allen Amtower of Burlington; one daughter, Janet McAuliff of Pleasant Gap, Pa.; one brother, William I. McDonald of Keyser; one sister, Anna Belle Taylor of New Creek; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 19, at the Rees Chapel United Methodist Church, with interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Markwood Funeral Home, Keyser. (1/22)
 
Mrs. Dorothy Helen (Brennan) Hodges, 71, of Arthur, died Jan. 16, at her home.

Born Feb. 25, 1930, in Maysville, she was the daughter of the late Mark F. and Mary Jane (Rohrbaugh) Brennan.

She is survived by one son, Robert Hodges of New London, Conn.; five daughters, Roxanna Ackerman of Homeworth, Ohio, Lola Holden of Silvis, Ill., Regina Seidel and Glenna Hodges, both of Oakdale, Conn., and Ramona Hodges of Niantic, Conn.; two sisters, Agnes B. Rexrode of Arthur, and Lillian Brown of Branford, Fla.; one brother, Daniel P. Brennan of Baltimore, Md.; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial was Jan. 21, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Petersburg, with interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (1/22)
 
George Edward Mollohan, 65, of Petersburg, died Jan. 16, at his residence.

Born Feb. 3, 1936, in Gassaway, he was the son of the late Lanty and Mamie (Shock) Mollohan. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Glema (Douglas) Mollohan in 1989.

He is survived by his second wife, Mary Ann (Smith) Mollohan; one son, Mark Edward Mollohan of Millersville, Md.; one sister, Adah Stump of Charlottesville, Va.; one brother, James Mollohan of Springhill, Ohio and one grandson, George Edward Mollohan.

Funeral services were Jan. 19, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Maryland National Memorial Park, Laurel, Md. (1/22)
 
A. Pauline Roberson, 78, of Franklin, died Jan. 18, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va.

Born July 9, 1923, at Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Lester V. and Lillie B. (Hedrick) Kimble. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Isaac Henry Roberson, whom she married Oct. 14, 1939 and died March 14, 1998.

She is survived by one daughter, Linda M. Mallow of Franklin; one son, Junior Roberson of Warren, Ohio; one sister, Mary Barb of Moorefield; one brother, Lloyd V. Kimble of Upper Tract; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 21, at the Ruddle Presbyterian Church, with interment in the Ruddle Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin. (1/22)
 
Mrs. Rhoda Jane Bolin, 74, of Petersburg, died Jan. 7, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Oct. 3, 1927, in Smoke Hole, she was the daughter of the late Adam Grant and Martha Jane (Kimble) Stump.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Allen "Joe" Bolin; three stepdaughters, Ruth Bolin of Franklin; Rose Marie Bolin of Pennsylvania and JoAnn Hinkle of Harrisonburg, Va.; one stepson, Lawrence Allen Puffenbarger of Franklin; one brother, Ersel Grant Stump of Martinsburg; four nieces and four nephews.

Funeral services were Jan. 10, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. (1/15)
 
Mrs. Lenora I. "Peachy" Gaither, 89, of Keyser and formerly of Bayard, died Jan. 10, at the Moran Manor Nursing Home, Westernport, Md.

Born July 16, 1912, at Mill Run, she was the daughter of the late Steven A. and Christina L. (Varner) Bonner. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Walter A. "Pat" Gaither in 1966.

Surviving are two grandchildren, Carol J. Sarandos of Timonium, Md. and Judy L. Bennett of Keyser; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were Jan. 13, at the Bayard United Methodist Church with interment in Bayard Cemetery.

Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland, Md., was in charge of arrangements. (1/15)
 
Dorsey "Tom" William Rohrbaugh, 81, of Great Falls, Va., and formerly of Scherr, died Jan. 12, at his residence.

Born March 13, 1920, in Scherr, he was the son of the late George Ervin and Nellie Rohrbaugh.

He is survived by his wife, Geanie L. (Ward) Rohrbaugh; mother of his children, Verna (Watts) Rohrbaugh of Fairfax, Va.; two daughters, Bernadean R. Loughry of Calverton, Va., and Wilda L. McGlaflin of Centreville, Va.; two sons, Terry R. Rohrbaugh of Fairfax and Dorsey A. "Sonny" Rohrbaugh of Hay Market, Va.; three brothers, George Rohrbaugh of Maysville, John M. Rohrbaugh of Madison, Va., and Eugene Rohrbaugh of Culpeper, Va.; three sisters, Lulu Davis of Petersburg, Leona Watts of Stephen City, Va., and Loraine Poling of Vienna; 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Jan. 15, at the Manassas Assembly of God, Bristow, Va., with interment in the Fairfax City Cemetery, Fairfax.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Money and King Funeral Home, Vienna, Va. (1/15)
 
Samuel Victor Kesner, 87, of Rough Run, died Jan. 13, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Nov. 21, 1914, in Rough Run, he was the son of the late George and Clara Adaline (Bond) Kesner.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Stella S. (Parsons) Kesner; two sons, Doug Kesner and wife, Melda, of Dorcas, and Allen Kesner and wife, Kimberly, of Broadway, Va.; five grandchildren, Tammy Kesner, Greg Kesner, Ben Kesner, Elizabeth Kesner and Laura Kesner; three stepgrandchildren, Shawna Cordray, Devin Cordray and Breanna Cordray and two great-grandchildren, Samuel Kesner and Autumn Kesner.

Funeral services were Jan. 16, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Kline Cemetery, Kline. (1/15)
 
Mrs. Velma Delight "Dee" This, 86, of Winchester, Va., and formerly of Petersburg, died Dec. 29, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester.

Born Feb. 2, 1915, in North Vernon, Ind., she was the daughter of the late James Enoch and Goldie Viola (Klein) Thurston. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Leslie E. This, Nov. 16, 1989.

She is survived by one son, James L. This of Olympia, Wash.; three daughters, Jeanine D. (This) Wade of Tipton, Ind., Lesly V. (This) Davis of Indianapolis, Ind. and Jill K. (This) Altemose of Winchester; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Funeral services were Jan. 2, at the Main Street U.M. Church, Petersburg, with interment in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (1/8)
 
Rondis M. Taylor, 74, of Mount Alto, died Dec. 30, at Eldercare of Ripley, following an extended illness.

Born Dec. 5, 1927, in Given, he was the son of the late Thomas and Myrtle (Good) Taylor.

He is survived by five sons, Danny Dale Taylor of Medina, Ohio, Mickey Taylor of Maysville, David Taylor of Mount Alto, Gary Wayne Taylor of Elyria, Ohio and Sgt. Terry L. Taylor of Alexandria, Va.; one daughter, Rita Lynne Frederick of Elyria; one brother, Charles Taylor of Kenna; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Interment was in the Hopewell Cemetery, Mount Alto.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Casto Funeral Home, Evans. (1/8)
 
Herold James Holloway Sr., 77, of Rig, died Dec. 31, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born June 10, 1924, in Franklin, he was the son of the late John Kee and Ola (Hedrick) Holloway.

He is survived by his wife, Ramona (Snyder) Holloway; two sons, Allen Snyder and Herold Holloway Jr., both of Rig; one sister, Bessie Kimble of Upper Tract; three brothers, Robert Holloway of Upper Tract, Omer Holloway of Franklin and Roy Holloway of Petersburg and one grandchild.

Funeral services were Jan. 3, at the Elmore-Chambers Funeral Home, Moorefield, with interment in the Kessel Cemetery, Kessel. Military graveside rites were accorded by the Moorefield Veterans Honor Guard. (1/8)
 
The Rev. Bernard Henry Sites, 77, of Winchester, Va., and more recently of Petersburg, died Dec. 31, at Winchester Medical Center, as the result of a pedestrian-automobile accident on U.S. 11 south of Kernstown, Va.

Born May 30, 1924, in Seneca Rocks, he was the son of the late Ola and Hannah (Kesner) Sites.

He is survived by one brother, Harman W. Sites of Cabins and one sister, Goldie Savage of Kingwood.

Funeral services were Jan. 5, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Mount Hebron Cemetery, Maysville. (1/8) 
 
Delbert O. "Doc" Cosner, 79, of Belair, Md., died Jan. 1, at the home of his daughter.

Born June 19, 1922, at Bismarck, he was the son of the late Roy A. and Arrena M. (Moreland) Cosner.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mildred D. (Hanlin) Cosner; two sons, Delbert B. "Butch" Cosner of Terra Alta and Randy L. Cosner of Cumberland, Md.; one daughter, Judy L. Kimble of Keyser; one brothers, Ray O. Cosner of Romney; eight grandchildren, Bryan R. Cosner, Nan Cosner, Matthew Cosner, Tonia L. Kimble, Scott Kimble, Bobby Kimble, David Kimble and Kim Kimble and six great-grandchildren, Brittney Cosner, Seth Kimble, Desirae Kimble, Tristan Kimble, Shauna Proud and Dakota Kimble.

Funeral services were Jan. 5, at the Fountain United Brethren in Christ Church, with interment in the Restlawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, LaVale, Md.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel. (1/8)
 
Mrs. Mary Jo Catherine (Southerly) Wratchford, 79, of Petersburg, died Dec. 22, at her residence.

Born Sept. 25, 1922, in Moorefield, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Madeline (Shobe) Southerly. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Carl G. Wratchford, in 1973.

She is survived by four daughters, Irene Ketterman of Petersburg, with whom she lived for the past 26 years, Phyllis Warner of Arthur, Shirley Wilson and Delphia Cullers, both of Moorefield; seven sons, Donald Wratchford, Larry Wratchford, Ernest Wratchford, Lester Wratchford and Calvin Wratchford, all of Petersburg, and Steven Wratchford and Elvin Wratchford of Moorefield; two sisters, Laurnell Basye of Mathias and Betty Hardy of Fisher; 33 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were Dec. 24, at the Rig Assembly of God Church, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg, was in charge of the arrangements. (1/1)
 
Vernon E. Bowman, 80, of Keyser, died Dec. 23, at the Heartland of Keyser Nursing Home, Keyser.

Born June 22, 1921, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Glenn E. and Gladys F. (Kile) Bowman.

Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Rose M. (Taylor) Bowman; two brothers, William E. Bowman of Keyser and Carl E. Bowman of Oveida, Fla.; two sisters, Neva Ann Markle of Keyser and Glenna L. Siebel of Ocala, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 28, at the Smith Funeral Home chapel, Keyser, with interment in the Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser. (1/1)
 
Mrs. Ida Darmon (Kile) Hedrick, 88, of Petersburg, died Dec. 25, at the Grant County Nursing Home, where she had resided since Nov. 7, 2001.

Born Jan. 7, 1913, in Landes, she was the daughter of the late George Washington Kile and the late Mary Elizabeth (Greenwalt) Kile. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Brook E. Hedrick, May 8, 1982.

She is survived by three sons, Gene C. Kile, Darmon E. Hedrick and Brook Junior Hedrick, all of Petersburg; one daughter, Sandra Sue Harris of Woodstock, Va.; and 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 28, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in South Branch Valley Memorials Gardens, Petersburg. (1/1)


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