Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2002

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Mrs. Nellie Rosena Layton, 88, of Petersburg, died Feb. 18, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born April 21, 1913, at Landes, she was the daughter of the late Wade Hamilton Kesner and Anna Florence (Whetzel) Kesner. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George Emory Layton, March 29, 1990.

He is survived by two sons, Paul J. Layton of Goldsboro, N.C., and Emory J. Layton of Springfield, Va.; one daughter, Georgia L. Mahmoud of Alexandria, Va.; one brother, Raymond Kesner of Dorcas; two stepsons, Vernon Layton of Petersburg and Stanley Layton of Springfield; two stepdaughters, Burrell Hiser of Baltimore and Eleanor Hinkle of Petersburg; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 20, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (2/26)
 
Robert Earl "Bob" Rhodes, 62, of Seneca Rocks, died Feb. 18, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where he had resided since May 15, 1995.

Born Sept. 3, 1939, in Glady, he was the son of the late McClellan Rhodes and Della (Baker) Rhodes.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Rella (Cooper) Rhodes; one son, Richard W. Rhodes of Seneca Rocks; one daughter, Rita A. Rhodes of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; one sister, Della Mae Cork of Stuarts Draft, Va.; two brothers, Roger Rhodes and Roy Rhodes, both of Glady; two grandsons, Corey Rhodes and Tyler Rhodes; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Feb. 21, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment at the Cooper family Cemetery, Seneca Rocks. ( 2/26)
 
Curtis Leroy Hepner Sr., 92, of Moorefield, died Feb. 19, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born April 26, 1909, in Mount Jackson, Va., he was the son of the late John W. and Pearl (Craig) Hepner.

He is survived by his wife, Rea (Cleaver) Hepner; three daughters, Judith Judy and husband, Gerald, of Petersburg, Wilda Hogbin and husband, Carl Hogbin II, of Petersburg and Greta Lehman and husband, Lee, of Moorefield.; two sons, Curtis "Buck" Hepner Jr. of Enfield, Conn. and John "Mike" Hepner and wife, Hilda, of Hampton, Va.; one sister, Emma Jean Simmons of Moorefield; 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 22, at the Elmore-Chambers Funeral Home, Moorefield, with interment in the Olivet Cemetery in Moorefield. (2/26) 
 
Edward Kuykendall, 84, of Moorefield, died Feb. 22, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born in 1917, in Hardy County, he was the son of the late Edward and Nannie (Mongold) Kuykendall.

He is survived by one brother, Coy Kuykendall of Upper Tract and one half sister, Beulah Fitzwater of Petersburg.

Funeral services were Feb. 25, at the Elmore-Chambers Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in the Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield. (2/26)
 
Lucila Estrada, 63, of El Paso, Texas, died Saturday, Feb. 23, at her home.

Born Dec. 20, 1938, in El Paso, she was the daughter of the late Felix Moreno Sr. and Manuela (Silva) Moreno.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Estrada; one daughter, Corina (Estrada) Sotomayor of El Paso; three sisters, twin sister Aurora Bosley of Petersburg and Lori Roldan and Monica Ceballos, both of El Paso; one brother, Felix Moreno Jr. of El Paso; one grandson, Angel Sotomayor and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were under the direction of the Mount Carmel Funeral Home, El Paso. Interment was in the Ft. Bliss Cemetery, El Paso. (2/26)
 
Mrs. Mary Alice Ruckman, 80, of Moorefield, died Feb. 24, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born June 10, 1921, she was the daughter of the late William and Anna (Gapp) Keller. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Welton Love Ruckman, November 1984.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Lou Taylor of Fisher and Anna Mae Bible of Moorefield; two sisters, Ann K. Heishman of Fisher and Helen K. Ours of Dorcas; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 26, at the Elmore-Chambers Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in the Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield. (2/26)
 
Joseph Loring "Joey" Ludwig, 6, of Moorefield, died Jan. 27, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore Md., as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Born March 13, 1995, in Petersburg, he was the son of Lewis L. Ludwig Jr. of Capon Bridge, and Suzanne Barr Ludwig of Moorefield.

Surviving in addition to his parents is his stepmother, Elizabeth Ludwig; one stepbrother, David S. Shifflett of Capon Bridge; paternal grandfather, Lewis L Ludwig Sr. of Rio; paternal grandmother, Joyce Rollyson of Moorefield; special paternal grandparents Oliver and Mary Heishman of Rio; paternal great-grandmother, Margie Wilson; maternal grandparents, Loring and Mary Catherine Barr of Rig;

He is also survived by aunts and uncles Lori and Dennis Evans of Moorefield and Joe and Teresa Basye of Rio; and first cousins Amber and William Barr, Meredith and Taylor Eyans and Wyatt and Morgan Basye.

Funeral services were conducted Jan. 31, at the Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren near Moorefield. with interment in the Newhouse Cemetery at Rig.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction ol the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield. (2/19)
 
Robert Daniel Helmick, 94, of Petersburg, died Feb. 10, at the Integrated Health Services of West Virginia at Charles Town, where he had resided since April 1995.

Born Sept. 1, 1907, in Moorefield, he was the son of the late Job Helmick and Laura (Thorne) Helmick Ours. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Verda (Shirk) Helmick and his second wife, Cleo (Keplinger) Helmick.

He is survived by two half sisters, Lucy (Hedrick) Boor of Petersburg and Mary (Dell) Sites of Hagerstown, Md. and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Feb. 13, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Brake Cemetery, Dorcas. Military graveside services were conducted by the combined veteran organizations of Grant County, accompanied by the Petersburg High School JROTC. (2/19)
 
Helen M. Callis, 63, of Oakland, Md., died Feb. 12, at Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland.

Born July 4, 1938, in Bayard, she was the daughter of the late Gorman M. and Edna V. (Davis) Cullers.

She is survived by her husband, James L. Callis; one daughter, Rita M. Lambka of Kitzmiller, Md.; two sons, Dr. Stewart J. Callis, MD and Robert G. Callis, both of Oakland; four sisters, Janet M. Barr of Petersburg, Marian L. Moreland of Lanham, Md., Bonnie J . Harsh of Aurora and Betty L. Bolyard of Eglon; three brothers, Roger L. Cullers of Scherr, Harry R. Cullers of Reading, Mass. and Melvin G. Cullers of Aurora and three grandchildren, Nicholas Callis, Daniel Lambka and Sarah Lambka.

Funeral services were Feb. 15, at the Stewart Funeral Home chapel, Oakland, with interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (2/19)
 
Clyde Davis Halterman, 77, of Moorefield, died Feb. 13, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.

Born Aug. 17, 1924, in Hardy County, he was the son of the late Price Wade Hampton and Elizabeth (Eisenhour) Halterman.

He is survived by his wife, Lillian (Godlove) Halterman; two daughters, Bernadette Nesselrodt of Moorefield and Stelma Porter of Petersburg; one sister, Lila H. Carioscia of Hagerstown, Md.; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Private graveside services were Feb. 16.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield. (2/19)
 
Mrs. Virginia Lena Simmons, 81, of Franklin, died Feb. 13, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va.

Born July 12, 1920, in Rig, she was the daughter of the late James and Mae Virginia (Riggleman) Bryan. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Emory Lloyd Simmons, whom she married Oct. 26, 1942 and died Feb. 17, 1993.

She is survived by six daughters, Opal Ringgold of Grottoes, Va., Juanita Burger of Harrisonburg, Linda Simmons of Petersburg, Darlene Simmons of Bridgewater, Va., Bonnie Hubart of New Market, Va., and Sandra Hammer of Blue Grass, Va.; two sons, Loren Bryan of Bridgewater, and Emory "Donnie" Simmons of Franklin; one brother, James "Jim" Bryan of Malin, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 16, at the Kimble Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment in the Thorn Creek Memorial Gardens, Moyers. (2/19)
 
Brian J. Wills, 31, of Old Fields, died Feb. 16, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born April 23, 1970, in Winchester, Va., he was the son of Shirley (Vance) Wills of Dorcas and the late Henry J. Wills Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa (Funk) Wills; one daughter, Katelynn Wills at home; one brother, Bill Wills of Fisher; one sister, April Wills of Moorefield; and paternal grandmother, Eva Wills of Moorefield.

Funeral services were Feb. 18, at the Rig Assembly of God Church, with interment in the Crites and Vance Cemetery, Dorcas.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield. (2/19)
 
Kennith Alden Williams Sr., 57, of Maysville, died Feb. 2, at his home.

Born Oct. 8, 1944, in Clay, he was the son of the late Ray and Lue Chessie (Ramsey) Williams.

He is survived by one son, Kennith A. Williams Jr. of Edgewater, Md.; one daughter, Susan D. Wheelock of Mount Airy, Md; four brothers, Leo Clarence Williams, Jarrell Willie Williams, Harold Delano Williams and Leonard Gale Williams; three sisters, Leah Maxine Williams, Hazel Rosalie Williams and Tressie Janet Williams; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be conducted in Clay, at a later date.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (2/12)
 
Infant John Randolph Sperling, 10 weeks old, of Maysville, died Feb. 4, at his home.

Born November 25, 2001, in Ravenna, Ohio, he was the son of Jeremy W. Sperling and Anita (Rohrbaugh) Wildman of Maysville.

Surviving besides his parents are one half-sister, Shaly Sperling of Cabins; two half-brothers, Colby Sperling of Cabins and Jordan Wildman of Garrettsville, Ohio; paternal grandmother, Donna McCullough of Fairmont; paternal stepgrandfather, David McCullough of Fairmont; paternal grandfather, Ronnie Sperling of Old Fields; paternal stepgrandmother, Janet Sperling of Old Fields; paternal great-grandparents, Otha and Ora Bible of Maysville; maternal grandmother, Donna Nelson of Garrettsville; maternal stepgrandfather, Thomas Nelson of Garrettsville; maternal grandfather, John Rohrbaugh of Maysville; maternal great-grandmother, Georgia Patchett of New Creek; several aunts and uncles including including Shane McCullough of Fairmont, Josh Sperling of Maysville and Mark Ketterman of Greenville, S.C.

Funeral services were Feb. 8, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Maysville Cemetery at Maysville. (2/12)
 
Glenn Kenton "Bud" Evans, 79, of Maysville, died Feb. 7, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg, after a long illness.

Born Jan. 27, 1923, in Jordan Run, he was the son of the late Evers and Dollie (Arbogast) Evans.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Clarice (Phares) Evans; one daughter, Carole Smith of Arthur; one son, Tom Evans of Maysville; one sister, Ica Teter of Maysville; three brothers, Leo Evans and Gene Evans, both of Maysville and Colon Evans of Rig; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Feb. 10, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (2/12)
 
Mrs. Ada Ray Thorne, 85, of Dorcas, died Jan. 29, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born February 23, 1916, in Grant County, she was the daughter of the late Orva Justin Mauzy and Lena (Feaster) Mauzy. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Earl M. Thorne, August 10, 1979.

She is survived by one son, Justin Thorne of Moorefield; four daughters, Arlena Sites of Quicksburg, Va., Juanita Brady and Sylvia Sites, both of Petersburg and Betty Barbe of Old Fields; four brothers, Ronald Mauzy and Glen Mauzy, both of Petersburg, Raymond Mauzy of Dorcas and Marvin Mauzy of Falls Church, Va.; two sisters, Mary Alice Conrad of Petersburg and Carrie Bergdoll of Augusta; 17 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 1, at Brake Church of the Brethren, Dorcas, with interment in Brake Cemetery, Dorcas.

Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, was in charge of arrangements. (2/5)
 
Orlando William Sherman, 80, of Petersburg, died Jan. 31, at Hampshire Health Care Center, Romney.

Born Dec. 30, 1921, in Moorefield, he was the son of the late Bowen and Beulah (Whittington) Sherman.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Runions) Sherman; one daughter, Kathy Smith of Petersburg; three sons, Howard Sherman, Frederick Sherman and David Sherman, all of Petersburg; his stepmother, Helen Lee Runions Sherman of Moorefield; one half sister, Betty Sue Caps of North Carolina; two half brothers, James Bowen Sherman and Samuel Sherman, both of Moorefield; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 3, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield. (2/5)
 
William "Willie" Tork, 79, of Monongah and formerly of Petersburg, died Feb. 1, at Fairmont General Hospital.

Born Aug. 29, 1922, in Fairmont, he was the son of the late John and Ernestine (D'Andrea) Tork.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Hatfield) Tork; one son, Francis "Hank" Riefer of Monongah; two grandchildren, James Scott Riefer of Carona, Calif., and Jessica Riefer of Manassas, Va.; one sister, Alvida Amendola of Fairmont and one niece, Frances Torchia of Merrit Island, Fla.

Knights of Columbus Council 942 conducted a ritual service, Feb. 4, at the Ross Funeral Home, Fairmont.

Mass of Christian Burial was Feb. 5, at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, with interment in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Fairmont. Marion County Veterans Council conducted full military service at the cemetery. (2/5)


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