Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2002

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(The date in parenthesis represents when the full obituary was published in the Grant County Press)

Paul David Judy, 74, of Arthur, died May 21, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Nov. 14, 1927, at Upper Tract, he was the son of the late Daniel Judy and Eula (Sears) Judy Parker.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Elaine M. (Kimble) Judy; two sons, David D. Judy and wife, Susan, of Arthur, and Dennis R. Judy and wife, Jeannie, of Snellville, Ga.; three sisters, Denisa "Boots" Alt and Eleanor Dawson, both of Petersburg, and Martha Runion of Lahmansville; six grandchildren, Elaine (Judy) Price and husband, David, of Arthur, Sgt. Jonathan Judy, U.S. Army, Ft. Lewis, Wash., Jeremy Judy of Snellville, Joshua Judy of Destin, Fla., Sgt. Christopher Judy, U.S. Army, Ft. Lewis, and Nicholas Judy of Snellville; and one great-granddaughter, Andrea Price.

Funeral services were May 25, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville.

Graveside services were conducted by members of the Garrett College Pipes and Drums, Oakland, Md., and combined veterans organizations of Grant County accompanied by the Petersburg High School JROTC. (5/28)
 
Evelyn (Poncar) Byram, 79, of Frederick, Md. died May 22, at the Beverly Health Center, Frederick, Md.

Born April 30, 1923 in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Aloise Frances (Ireton) Poncar. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Walter McLain Iliff and her second husband, Emerson Ray Byram.

She is survived by one daughter, Evelyn "Bunny" O'Dell of Frederick and Scherr; three sons, Walter McLain Iliff, Woodbridge, Va., Bruce Douglas Byram, Jacksonville, Fla. and Jeffrey Alan Byram of Chicago; and three grandchildren, Laura Iliff, Douglas Byram and Jinger Byram.

Funeral services were May 29, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (5/28)
 
Mrs. Vera M. Cox, 73, of Gormania, died May 25, at her home. Born Jan. 14, 1929, in Benbush, she was the daughter of the late Howard E. and Nine F. (Pennington) Roy. She was also preceded in death by two husbands, Claude Miller and James Cox. 

She is survived by one daughter, Sandra E. Evans of Bayard; three sons, Claude E. Miller and Bruce A. Miller, both of Gormania and Joseph W. Miller of Deer Park, Md.; one sister, Hilda Guthrie of Bayard; 21 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were May 28, at the Stewart Funeral Home chapel, Oakland, Md., with interment in the Bayard Cemetery, Bayard. (5/28)
 
Zetta Margaret (Weimer) Gaffney, 83, died May 12, in Rochester, N.Y.

Born on October 12, 1918, at Streby, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Oscar J. and Charlotte "Lottie" (Evans) Weimer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bernard "Buddy" Gaffney .

Following a memorial service in Rochester, N.Y., Mrs. Gaffney's remains will be transported to Ocala, Fla., so that she can be laid to rest beside of her husband Buddy. A graveside service will be held in Ocala at a future date. Arrangements there are under the direction of the Roberts Funeral Parlor of Ocala. (5/21)
 
Donald R. "Tony" Bucklew, 80, of Marilla, died May 15, at his home.

Born Sept. 12, 1921, in Tunnelton, he was the son of the late Ray F. and Augusta (Wiles) Bucklew.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Ellen M. (Sterling) Bucklew; two sons, Steve Bucklew and Dean Bucklew, both of Morgantown; two daughters, Judi Shreve of Petersburg and Jill Burgess of Morgantown; one brother, Robert Bucklew of Morgantown; two sisters, Gerline Casteel and Lila Travinski; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 18, at the Hastings Funeral Home chapel, Morgantown. (5/21)
 
Mrs. Betty Ann Hoover, 60, of Maysville, died May 17, at her home.

Born July 8, 1941, in Leadmine, she was the daughter of the late Norman H. Pennington and Gaye M. (Likens) Pennington Mowery. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Bernard L. Hoover in 1985.

She is survived by one son, Ricky A. Pennington of Harrisonburg, Va.; two daughters, Alesia Hoover of Maysville and Alexia Oates-Summers of Singers Glen, Va.; three sisters, Sherry Charlton of Edinburg, Va., Linda S. Pennington of Petersburg and Wilma Avila of Illinois; three brothers, Richard N. Pennington of Cabins and Russell L. Pennington and Roger L. Pennington, both of Petersburg; seven grandchildren, Jacob Martin, Myriah Hoover, Breannea Hoover, Cassandra Hoover, Jessica Hoover, Daniel J. Oates and Kyle K. Oates and two stepgrandchildren, Bradley Summers and Sherman Summers III.

Funeral services were May 20, at the Lighthouse Community Church, with interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (5/21)
 
Ruth (Stackpole) Baker, 91, of Moorefield, died May 7, at the Sunnyside Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, Va., where she had resided since June 2000.

Born Nov. 22, 1910, in Arlington, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Edward E. and Florence (Gott) T. Stackpole. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Baker, Oct. 29, 1981.

She is survived by one sister, Edith S. Kennedy of New Town, Conn.; and four nieces and three nephews.

A memorial service was held at the Moorefield Presbyterian Church, May 10.

Elmore-Chamber Funeral Home, Moorefield, was in charge of arrangements. (5/14)
 
Benjamin Franklin Berg, 59, of Maysville, died May 7, at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, Va.

Born May 23, 1942, in Maysville, he was the son of the late Hershel B. and Myrtle Ann (Alt) Berg.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Sue (Parsons) Berg, whom he married Feb. 5, 1972; one daughter, Kimberly S. Goldizen of Maysville; one sister, Mary Ann Ratcliff of Maysville; one brother, Marvin E. Berg of Maysville and three grandchildren, Felicia S. Goldizen, Joshua L. Goldizen and Mikayla S. Goldizen.

Funeral services were May 10, at Petersburg Church of God, with interment in the Kline Cemetery, Kline. Military graveside services were conducted by combined veteran organizations of Grant County and accompanied by the Petersburg High School JROTC.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (5/14)
 
Mrs. Rosalee Crowe Michael, 79, formerly of Petersburg, died May 10, at her home in Montrose, Colo.

Born Feb. 25, 1923, in Cumberland, Md., she was the daughter of the late William Crowe and Miley (Rumers) Crowe Mongold. She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Homer Gipson Mongold.

She is survived by two daughters, Elaine Turney of Montrose and Ann Michael of Laurel, Md.; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one niece, Carol Ours of Dorcas; one nephew, Wesley Thompson of Moorefield and several cousins.

Memorial services were May 15, at the Crippin Funeral Home, Montrose. (5/14)
 
Mrs. Gladys Adkins Parker, 95, of Petersburg, and formerly of Manchester, Ga., died April 28, at the E.A. Hawse Continuous Care Center, Baker, where she had resided the past year.

Born Jan. 22, 1907, in Birmingham, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Robert Home and Jannie (Patterson) Adkins. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Zellars "Pete" Parker in 1942.

Mrs. Parker was a member of the Manchester Baptist Church, Manchester and had resided with her son,, for the past 35 years.

She is survived by her son, Wade R. "Jack" Parker in Petersburg; one sister, Ruth Hauze, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were May 4, at the Manchester City Cemetery, Manchester, .

Local arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (5/7)
 
David Peerce Van Meter III, 83, of Petersburg, died April 28, at home.

He was born at Mitchell Station, Ala., on Aug. 27, 1918, the son of the late Wilson Hopkins and Minnie Susan Smith Van Meter. 

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Martha Chenoweth. Also surviving is one daughter, Pamela Sue Gobert of Houston, Texas; four sons, Wilson H. "Hoppy" of Petersburg, C. Sterling of Saratoga, Calif., David P. IV, Petersburg and Charles A. Van Meter of Boston, Mass. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and one sister, Mary Sue Van Meter of Baltimore, Md.

The body was cremated and a memorial service was May 2, at the Petersburg Presbyterian Church,.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.(5/7)
 
Thurman L. "Jim" Fincham, 85, of Elkins, died April 30, at Davis Memorial Hospital, following an extended illness.

Born April 6, 1917, at Laurel Branch near Adolph, he was the son of the late Adolph and Elsie Fincham Wegman. .

He is survived by his wife, Martha A. (White) Fincham; three sons, Willard Keith Fincham of Elkins, Doyle Mitchell Fincham of Summit Point and David Lance Fincham of Petersburg; two daughters, Sheila Kathryn Johnson of Elkins and Shelley Denise Hyre of Beverly; 12 grandchildren, Scott Fincham, Ryan Fincham, Marsha Fincham, Tiffany Fincham, Danielle Fincham, Derek Fincham, Aaron Johnson, Jeremy Johnson, Christopher Johnson Andrew Johnson, Brantley Hyre and Zachary Hyre; three brothers, Preston Wegman of New Philadelphia, Ohio, Clayton Wegman of Elyria, Ohio and Kenneth Wegman of Debary, Fla.; three sisters, Muriel French of Charles Town, Gretchen Clevenger of Volga and Sylvia Fitzwater of Junior and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were May 3, at the Tomblyn Funeral Home chapel, Elkins, with interment in the Mt. State Memorial Gardens near Gilman. Presentation of the American flag was made by members of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion. (5/7)
 
Eston N. Smith, 84, of Upper Tract, died April 30, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born April 28, 1918, at Reeds Creek, he was the son of the late Jared B. and Ida Virginia (Waggy) Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Mallow) Smith, whom he married Oct. 21, 1939; one son, Samuel J. Smith of Upper Tract; two sisters, Arlene Brisson of Richmond, Va. and Thelma Greenhalgh of Newport News, Va.; one brother, Lacey Smith of Franklin; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 2, at the Kimble Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment in the Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract. (5/7)
 
Mrs. Lorene Harding, 82, of Bayard, died May 4, at the Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home, Oakland, Md.

Born May 15, 1919, in Logan County, she was the daughter of the late Lindsey and Bessie (Perry) Frazier. She was also preceded in death by her husband, George E. Harding in 1983.

She is survived by one daughter, Linda L. Cosner of Mount Storm; two brothers, Fred J. Frazier and Paul O. Frazier, both of Fairmont; seven grandchildren, Lisa Cosner, Elizabeth McRobie and Crystal McRobie, all of Bayard, Tina Ferry and Rebecca Wilt, both of Oakland, Robert Harding and Ricky Harding, both of Mount Storm and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 6, at the Bayard Church of God, with interment in the Bayard Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland. (5/7)
 
Mrs. Lillian (Calhoun) Miller, 98, of Upper Tract, died May 4, at the Pendleton Nursing Home, in Franklin, where she had resided the past month.

Born Sept. 9, 1903, in Brushy Run, she was the daughter of the late Martin Dow Calhoun and Rachel Ann (Graham) Calhoun. She lived with her grandmother, Lydia Graham while growing up. On Nov. 5, 1930, she married Roy Washington Miller who preceded her in death on June 8, 1967.

She is survived by two sons, Roland Miller and wife, Arvella, of Petersburg and Charles "Bud" Miller of Upper Tract; four daughters, Anna Lynn Westfall and husband, Leroy of Harrisonburg, Va., Shirley Riggleman and husband, Brooke, of Mount Crawford, Va., Sue Knott and husband, Willis, of 4777 Spring Creek Road, Bridgewater, Va. (with whom she resided the past five years) and Charlotte Miller of Upper Tract; two sisters, Kate Alt of Petersburg and Bessie Hevener of Mount Crawford; two brothers, Quentin Calhoun and Olin Calhoun, both of Upper Tract; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one stepgreat-great-grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews.

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

Arrangements are under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (5/7)


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