Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2002

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Mrs. Oreta G. Jones, 84, formerly of Mount Storm, died April 23, at the home of her daughter in Keyser.

Born July 27, 1917, in Grant County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Lana (Helmick) Moreland. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Olin Jones.

She is survived by one son, William Jones of Keyser; one daughter, Emma Jean Munsie of Keyser; two sisters, Mary Cosner of Mount Storm and Naomi Amtower of New Creek; four grandchildren, Mark Jones, Debbie Taylor and Rhonda Flanagan, all of Keyser and James Jones of Stephen City, Va. and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 26, at the Locust Grove Church of the Brethren, with interment in the Locust Grove Cemetery, Bismarck.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser chapel. (4/30)
 
Mrs. Judy Delores (Allessio) Leatherman, 74, of Martin, died April 28, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Oct. 25, 1927, in Clarksburg, she was the daughter of the late John and Rosa (Spadafore) Allessio. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Herbert A. Leatherman, July 13, 1985.

She is survived by four sons, Paul A. Leatherman and wife, Linda, of Martin, Norman R. Leatherman and wife, Cindy, of Antioch, Gary L. Leatherman and wife, Laura and John R. Leatherman and wife, Barbara, all of Petersburg; two daughters, Rosalie Junkins of Martin, and Rosanna V. "Jenny" Rexrode and husband, Stephen, of Petersburg; two brothers, Carmen J. Allessio of Warren, Mich., and Joseph G. Allessio of Clarksburg; three sisters, Sarah J. Reger, Anna M. Pishner and Clara V. Allessio, all of Clarksburg; 15 grandchildren, Cynthia Meek, Michael Meek, Julie Leatherman Sites, Janelle Leatherman Frame, Jeremy Leatherman, Jody Leatherman, James Leatherman, Teresa Junkins Knotts, Tara Junkins, Jennifer Leatherman, William Swick, Lori Swick Burton, Amy Rexrode Berg, Robert Rexrode and Jason Ratcliff and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 30, at Antioch Church of God, with interment in Knobley Memorial Gardens, Martin.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.(4/30)
 
Leslie C. Amtower, 80, of Gaithersburg, Md., formerly of Laurel Dale, died April 13, at his residence.

Born Dec. 11, 1921, at Laurel Dale, he was the son of the late Homer Ebert and Lucy Blanche (Liller) Amtower.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Helen (Kelly) Amtower, whom he married March 3, 1950; one daughter, Martha Perry of Herndon Va.; and two grandchildren, Michael Clark and Jennifer Clark, both of Arlington, Va.

A memorial service was conducted April 22, at the Epworth United Methodist Church, Gaithersburg, Md., with interment in the Queen's Point Cemetery, Keyser.

The Smith Funeral Home, Keyser chapel, was in charge of local arrangements. (4/23)
 
Donald L. VanMeter, 65, of Olathe, Kansas, and formerly of Petersburg, died April 14, at his home from ALS.

Born June 27, 1936, in Petersburg, he was the son of Willard VanMeter of Petersburg and the late Garrett VanMeter.

Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Joyce VanMeter; two sons, Mark VanMeter of Tampa, Fla. and Kevin Tawzer of Wichita, Kansas; four daughters, Sheri Rawlings of Independence, Mo., Donna Hursttman of Bates City, Mo., Marjorie Tawzer-Overbeck of Wellington, Colo. and Candace Tawzer of Osage City, Kansas; three brothers, Gary Van Meter of Fort Worth, Texas, Ed VanMeter of Petersburg and George VanMeter of Fort Collins, Colo.; 13 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

At his request, his body was cremated.

A Celebration of Life service was April 17, at the Memorial Chapel Funeral Home chapel. (4/23)
 
Mrs. Margaret Wilson (Moomau) Coffman, 77, of Petersburg and Clearwater, Fla., died April 15, at a hospital in Clearwater of complications of pneumonia.

Born Jan. 25, 1925, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late William C. and Sara (Taylor) Moomau.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Charles E. Coffman; two brothers, George B. Moomau of Petersburg and Henry F. Moomau of Oakland, Md.; two sisters, Mary M. Clark of Petersburg and Sally M. King of Warsaw, Va.; and many nieces and nephews and their children.

A memorial service was April 27, at the Petersburg Presbyterian Church, with interment in the Maple Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (4/23)
 
Sampson Goldizen, 87, of Marlinton, died April 16, at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 4, 1915, in Grant County, he was the son of the late Albert Jeff and Esta (Collins) Goldizen. He was also preceded in death by two wives, Gladys Rebecca (Hesse) Goldizen and Helen Violet (Sharp) Goldizen.

He is survived by six sons, Donald C. Goldizen of Beverly, Robert D. Goldizen, James D. Goldizen, Fred G. Goldizen, Jack H. Goldizen and Paul R. Goldizen, all of Marlinton; one daughter, Shirley L. Biller of Finksburg, Md.; one brother, Kelly Goldizen of Petersburg; two sisters, Hilda Emory of Pittsburgh and Lucy Wentling of Cumberland, Md.; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 19, at the Marlinton Church of God, with interment in Cochran Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the VanReenen Funeral Home, Marlinton. (4/23) 
 
Freda Lucille (Lewis) Eye, 81, of Tucker County, died April 20, at her home.

Born Jan. 21, 1921, at Pierce, she was the daughter of the late James H. Lewis and Edna A. (Blamble) Lewis. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Glenn D. Eye, Aug. 14, 1979.

She is survived by two sons, Sherman J. Eye of Porterwood and Jerrel S. Eye of Brighton, Colo.; five brothers, Roy Lewis and Rufus Lewis, both of Horseshoe Run, Elbert Lewis and Albert Lewis, both of Aurora, and Rollin Lewis of Lancaster, Pa.; one sister, Alma Brake of Petersburg; four grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and three great-grandchildren: and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were April 23, at the Barb & Greenlief Funeral Home, Parsons, with interment in the Parsons City Cemetery, Parsons. (4/23)
 
Margie Virginia Riggleman, 67, of Rig, died April 21, at her residence.

Born April 28, 1934, in Grant County, she was the daughter of the late Arlie Rohrbaugh and the late Gilbert and Annie (Moyers) Halterman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Julian E. Riggleman Sr., December 1996; two sons and two daughters.

She is survived by five sons, Jerry Riggleman, Steve Riggleman and Bobby Lucas, all of Moorefield and John Riggleman and Laddie Riggleman, both of Rig; five daughters, Rita Walker, Jo Eiva Bean and Sunja Salyers, all of Moorefield, Ramona Fatkin of Tallahassee, Fla. and Tomiko Crites of Petersburg; two half brothers, Dave Suiter of Elkins and Rick Suiter of Kessel; one half sister, Juanita Inskeep of Lahmansville; 33 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 24, in Fraley Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in the Newhouse Cemetery, Rig. (4/23)
 
Mrs. Freda Lucille (Armentrout) Harman, 89, of Upper Tract, died April 9, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va.

Born March 9, 1913, in Kline, she was the daughter of the late James Oscar and Phoebe Jane (Greenawalt) Armentrout. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John W. Harman, Sept. 3, 2000.

She is survived by one son, Kelly W. Harman of Harrisonburg; four sisters, Nellie (Armentrout) Calhoun, Arbelia (Armentrout) Calhoun, Macie (Armentrout) Mitchell and Violet (Armentrout) Heavner, all of Upper Tract; one half brother, Carroll Lee Dahmer of Big Spring, Texas; two grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 13, at the Mount Horeb United Methodist Church, with interment in the Kline Cemetery, Kline.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (4/16) 
 
Mrs. Stephanie Ann Strawderman, 21, of Upper Tract, died April 9, as a result of an automobile accident on South Mill Creek Rd., Dorcas.

Born Jan. 24, 1981, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of Steve Shockey of Old Fields and Delphia (Ketterman) Holloway of Petersburg.

She is survived by her husband LaVerne Lane Strawderman; one son, Dalton Strawderman, at home; two half sisters, Samantha Holloway of Petersburg and Shannon Shockey of Moorefield; paternal grandmother, Katheryn Shockey of Old Fields; and maternal grandparents, Paul and Irene Ketterman of Petersburg.

Funeral services were April 12, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. (4/16)
 
Mrs. Mary Evelyn Boggs, 74, of Seneca Rocks, died March 31, at her residence.

Born April 13, 1927, in Seneca Rocks, she was the daughter of the late Andrew J. and Ethel (Alt) Champ. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gene W. Boggs, March 8, 1979.

She is survived by one son, Donald Boggs of Chattanooga, Tenn.; three daughters, Cynthia Yokum, Pamela Boggs and Beverly Boggs, all of Seneca Rocks; three sisters, Thelma Rohrbaugh and Rose Virginia Vance, both of Petersburg and Ruby Dolly of Medley; five brothers, Earl Champ of Cabins, Quentin Champ of Purgitsville, Darrell Champ of Petersburg, Andrew Harlan Champ of Baltimore and Dayton Champ of Lahmansville; three grandsons, Roderick Boggs of Tampa, Fla., Kevin Yokum of Buckhannon and Derek Boggs of Boston.; three great-grandchildren, Matthew Boggs and Lauren Boggs, both of Tampa and Noah Yokum of Buckhannon and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were April 3, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the William H. Boggs Family Cemetery, Seneca Rocks. (4/9)
 
Fred Amos Ours, 74, of Maysville, died March 31, at his residence.

Born Sept. 19, 1927, in Cabins, he was the son of the late Virgil A. and Myrtle (Turner) Ours.

He is survived by one son, Fred Allen "Bud" Ours and wife, Sherry, of Cabins; one daughter, Peggy Younce of Stafford, Va.; one brother, Justin J. Ours of Cabins; two sisters, Lucy M. Blackwell of Baltimore and Ruby B. Waldron of Cabins; four grandsons, Michael Swick, Fred Swick and Joe Swick, all of Stafford and Jeremiah Ours of Cabins; one great-grandson, Michael Allen Swick and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were April 4, at the Lightstone Community Church, with interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (4/9)
 
Mrs. Norma Jean Yokum, 62, of Petersburg, died April 1, at her residence.

Born Dec. 7, 1939, in Hardy County, she was the daughter of the late Hobart M. Bergdall Sr. and Della Frances (Crites) Bergdall.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Yokum, whom she married April 4, 1970; one son, Craig Yokum of Petersburg; one daughter, Alicia L. Reel of Petersburg; one brother, Hobart M. Bergdall Jr. of Purgitsville; three sisters, June Mason of Shepherdstown, Shirley Harris of Waverly, Va. and Wanda Veach of Petersburg; two grandsons, Matthew L. Stump and Brandon M. Reel and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were April 5, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Interment in the Yokum Family Cemetery, Petersburg. (4/9)
 
Charles Daniel "Chuck" Mitter, 15, of Dorcas, died April 6, at his residence, after a long illness.

He was born Nov. 9, 1986, in Preston County. He was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Charlie Ketterman.

He is survived by his parents, Rocky L. and Ronda L. (Liller) Ketterman of Dorcas; two sisters and three brothers, including Dakota Ketterman of Dorcas; maternal grandparents, Rick and Judy Bolton of Petersburg; paternal grandmother, Charlotte Ketterman of Dorcas; special friend, Samantha Hose of Dorcas and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were April 10, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, with interment in the Sites Cemetery, Elkhorn Road, Dorcas. (4/9)
 
Frank Edward Coler, 92, of Maysville, died March 25, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Aug. 8, 1909, in Maysville, he was the son of the late Frank H. and Mary Ellen (Reel) Coler.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Velma Elizabeth (Schartiger) Coler; one daughter, Donna Idleman and husband, Douglas, of Maysville and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services were March 28, at the Otterbein United Methodist Church, with interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. 

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (4/2)
 
Mrs. Joyce Faye Judy, 49, of Petersburg, died March 25, at her home.

Born Nov. 1, 1952, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of Mervin A. and Georgia Mae (Th-orne) Stump of Dorcas.

Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband, Steven C. Judy; one son, Darin C. Judy of Petersburg; one daughter, Emily C. Judy of Petersburg; four sisters, Phyllis Alt of Dorcas, Janie Corley of Elkins, Denise Ours of Charlottesville, Va., and Nancy Rotruck of Petersburg; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Francis L. and Joan Judy of Ruskin, Fla.

The Grant County Ambulance Squad and the Petersburg Volunteer Fire company conducted services, March 28, at Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.

Funeral services were March 29, at the Petersburg First Baptist Church, with interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (4/2)
 
Joe Henry Cooper, 77, of Harman, died March 26, at the Holbrook Nursing Home, Buckhannon.

Born March 13, 1924, at Harman, he was the son of the late Charles Henry and Flodie (Lantz) Cooper. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Elva (Hedrick) Cooper, Aug. 7, 1988.

He is survived by two sons, Joe Henry Cooper Jr. of Harman and Earl Summerfield of Missouri; five daughters, Wilma C. "Willie" Elliot of Wadestown, Eleanor Barr of Stephens City, Va., Virginia Bland of Petersburg, Mary Cardill of Dixon, Ky., and Thelma Richardson of King George, Va.; two sisters, Phoebe L. Lawrence of Alexandria, Va. and Carol Jean Pine of Radcliff, Ky.; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 29, at the Harman Church of the Brethren, with interment in the Cooper Cemetery, Harman. H.W. Daniel's Post #29, American Legion and the Tygarts Valley Post #3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars conducted full military rites.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home, Elkins.(4/2)
 
Mrs. Ruth P. Martin, 74, of Scherr, died March 27, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Oct. 31, 1927, at Maysville, she was the daughter of the late Roy Dayton and Malena Jane (Phares) Keplinger. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harvey L. Martin, May 15, 1979

She is survived by four sons, Leonard F. Martin of Hartmansville, Howard C. Martin of Summit Point, Calvin E. Martin of Scherr and Dale Martin of New Creek; three daughters, Flo E. Gillaspie of Burlington, Sue Roberts of Antioch and Betty L. Ours of Scherr; one brother, Ernest "Sonny" Keplinger of Keyser; two sisters, Marie Eversole of Keyser and Mary Stewart of Petersburg; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were March 30, at the Falls Assembly of God Church, with interment in the Thrush Cemetery, Antioch. 

Arrangements were under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel. (4/2)
 
Lloyd "Pete" V. Kimble, 74, of Upper Tract, died March 31, at the Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin.

Born Dec. 19, 1927, at Pansy, he was the son of the late Lester V. and Lillie B. (Hedrick) Kimble.

He is survived by his wife, Bessie V. (Holloway) Kimble, whom he married Dec. 1, 1947; two daughters, Virginia A. Ours of Dorcas and Patricia M. Kimble of Fort Seybert; four sons, Lloyd A. Kimble of Youngstown, Ohio, Sherman W. Kimble and Brent D. Kimble, both of Upper Tract and Roger Lee Kimble of Sterling, Va.; one sister, Mary Barb of Moorefield; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were April 3, at the Kimble Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment n the Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract. (4/2)


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