Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2002

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Richard Wayne Keplinger, 72, of Petersburg, died Oct. 21, at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Mary 5, 1930, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Loss and Geraldine (Mongold) Keplinger.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley L. (Rohrbaugh) Keplinger, whom he married Aug. 7, 1959; one daughter, Sharon A. Bobo and husband, Roy J., of Maysville; one son, Dannie C. Alt and wife, Connie, of Maysville; five sisters, Vista Fleming of Broadway, Va., Norma Maupin of Stuarts Draft, Va., Maxine Cordell and Betty Kottmyer, both of York, Pa. and Hannah "Sally" Davis of Cabins; two half sisters, Helen Ayers of Jacksonville, Fla. and Gladys Vance of Dorcas; two half brothers, Lorraine Patch of Dorcas and Doyle Batch of Petersburg and three grandchildren, Chad Bobo and wife Jerica, Jared Alt and Shelly (Bobo) Wilson and husband, Aaron.

Funeral services were Oct. 24, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. Graveside services were conducted by the combined veterans organizations of Grant County and the Petersburg High School JROTC. (10/29)
 
Abraham Lincoln Sites, 82, of Dorcas, died Oct. 22, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Jan. 26, 1920, in Dorcas, he was the son of the late Titus Grant Sites and Carrie Ann (Kite) Sites. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Edna Ruth (Crites) Sites June 13, 1998.

Surviving are one son, Estel Sites and wife Carolyn of Petersburg; two daughters, Frankie Mallow and husband Ervin of Maysville and Louella Sites of Dorcas; one sister, Pearl Riggleman of Dorcas; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, Rick and Tena Sites and children Coty and Tyler, Connie and Joe Adkins and children Hunter and Dominique, Becky and Rick Hinkle and children B.J. and Derek, and Steve and Ruth Sites and son Brett.

Funeral services were Oct. 18, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Sites Cemetery, Dorcas. (10/29)
 
Arthur A. "Ducky" Wratchford, 88, of Elkins, and formerly of Petersburg, died Oct. 25, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.

Born April 24, 1914, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Hugh Gilbert Wratchford and Phoebe Catherine (Kuykendall) Wratchford.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Oct. 27, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. Military graveside rites were accorded by the combined veterans organizations of Grant County and the Petersburg High School JROTC. (10/29)
 
Max Cleon Sites, 90, of Petersburg, died Oct. 13, at Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser. He had a been a resident of Heartland of Keyser since Oct. 8.

Born May 8, 1912, in Laneville, he was the son of the late Dennis Fluony and Stella Florence (Riggleman) Sites.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Olive Naomi (Johnson) Sites; two sons, Roy Stephen Sites, Charlottesville, Va. and Gene Patrick Sites, Maysville; three daughters, Maxine Marie Schell, Morgantown, Elizabeth Sharon Ann Sites, Petersburg and Jennifer Rose Moroz, Newnan, Ga.; one sister, Mable V. Eskridge, Petersburg; one brother, Barth M. Sites, Petersburg; and seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Oct. 17, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. (10/22)
 
Mrs. Ardella R. Horst, 61, of Dalton, Ohio, died Oct. 17, at Massillon Community Hospital following a sudden illness.

Born Aug. 23, 1941, near Petersburg, she was the daughter of Earl Champ of Petersburg and the late Pearl (Nelson) Champ.

She is survived by her husband, Mervin Horst, whom she married Sept. 10, 1965; three sons, Karl, Clair and Merl Horst, all of Dalton; two sisters, Viola Champ of Petersburg and Shirley (Floyd) Mast of Amelia, Va., stepmother Elva Champ of Petersburg; two half-brothers, Stanley Champ of Hegius, Pa. and Larry Champ of Bonners Ferry, Idaho; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Oct. 21, at the East Union Mennonite Church, Orville, Ohio, with interment in County Line Mennonite Church Cemetery, Dalton.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Auble Funeral Home, Orrville, Ohio. (10/22)
 
Mrs. Jane Brattain Mitchell, 97, of Petersburg, died Oct. 17, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.

Born March 23, 1905, in Connersville, Ind., she was the daughter of the late George and Delight Sweetser Winchell Brattain. She was also preceded in death by her husband Bryan Franklin Mitchell Sr. in 1955, a local attorney from Danville, Va.

Surviving are two sons, Dr. Bryan Franklin Mitchell Jr. of Petersburg and Robert Forman Mitchell of New Martinsville; two daughters, Mary Jane Bensenhaver of Wheeling and Dr. Betty Lu Heimbold of Cincinnati, Ohio; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Oct. 19, at Main Street United Methodist Church, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg. (10/22)
 
Mrs. Arvella Christina (Carr) Stonestreet, 79, of Maysville, died Oct. 17, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born April 10, 1923, in Cabins, she was the daughter of the late Jonas Carr and Cora Alice (Waldron) Carr. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Leonard M. Stonestreet, April 7, 1989.

She is survived by one son, Donnie R. Carr and wife, Virginia, of Maysville; two granddaughters, Misty Lyn (Carr) Heitz of Clarksburg and Kim Louise Carr of Morgantown; one brother, Harman Carr of Winchester, Va. and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Oct. 19, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. (10/22)
 
Roger K. King, 65, of Richmond, Va., died Saturday, Oct. 19. 

Born Aug. 30, 1937, in Petersburg, he was the son of V. May King of Petersburg and the late Ralph C. King. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 33 years, Linda Weese King in March 1994.

Surviving are one daughter, Rhonda K. VanHuss of Richmond; two grandchildren, W. Kent VanHuss and Nathaniel VanHuss of Richmond; seven nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Oct. 23, at the Third Presbyterian Church. Graveside services were conducted Oct. 24, at the Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield, where military graveside rites were accorded by the United States Air Force and the Moorefield Veterans Honor Guard and Masonic graveside rites will be accorded by the Petersburg Lodge #145 A.F. & A.M.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Woody Funeral Home, Richmond. (10/22)
 
James Dyer Wilkins, 67, of Riverton, died Oct. 19, at his home.

Born April 1, 1935, at Franklin, he was the son of the late Jack C. and Dorothy (Dyer) Wilkins.

Surviving are his wife, Jane Fisher Wilkins, whom he married June 14, 1960; two sons, James Dyer Wilkins II of Riverton and John Andrew Wilkins of Milam; one daughter, Ann Wilkins Daughtry of Auburn, Pa.; one brother, Jack C. Wilkins of Hillsboro; two sisters, Jacqueline W. Upp of Cecilton, Md. and Dorothy W. Miller of Blacksburg, Va.; and eight grandchildren, Tyler Wilkins, Hannah Wilkins, Dorothy Daughtry, Jane Daughtry, Earl Daughtry, Arlan Daughtry, Joseph Wilkins and Simon Wilkins.

Memorial services were Oct. 22, at the Circleville Presbyterian Church .

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin. (10/22)
 
Arlie E. Stump, 83, of Weirton, died Sept. 22, at D&E Quality Care Home, Weirton. 

Born May 10, 1919, in Landes, he was the son of the late George and Mary (Judy) Stump. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Katherine (Kraina) Stump, May 4, 1996. They were married Aug. 5, 1967.

Surviving are four brothers, Oliver Stump, Petersburg, Ralph Stump, St. Albans, Rudolph Stump, Glen Burnie, Md. and Jessie Stump, Baltimore; three sisters, Pauline Alt, Ranson, Rhoda Riggleman, Burlington and Vernice Stansburg, Baltimore; two nephews, Wayne Kraina and Michael Kraina, both of Weirton; and five stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Sept. 24, at the Steel & Wolfe Funeral Home, Weirton, with interment at Highland Hills Memorial Gardens, Follansbee. (10/15)
 
Lyle Clement Rexroad Sr., 78, of Petersburg, died Oct. 6, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Martinsburg.

Born Jan. 17, 1924, in Lahmansville, he was the son of the late Frank W. Rexroad and Dorothy (VanFleet) Rexroad. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Julia (Brennan) Rexroad Smith, Jan. 3, 1994.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Betty J. (VanMeter) Rexroad; two sons, Lyle C. Rexroad Jr. and Gary Rexroad of Norco, Calif.; one daughter, Cathy Harr of Norco; four stepdaughters, Rose Smith of Georgia, Carole Allen, Alexandria, Va., Gail Evans, Petersburg and Linda Davis, Harrisonburg, Va.; one brother, Paul J. Rexroad, Baltimore; and five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Oct. 9, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville.

Military graveside services were conducted by NSGA Sugar Grove Honor Guard, the combined veteran organizations of Grant County and Petersburg High School JROTC. (10/15)
 
Deanna "Dee" (Harman) Kuykendall, 37, of Petersburg, died Oct. 7, at her residence, after a battle with cancer.

Born Feb. 10, 1965 in Petersburg, she was the daughter of John "Bud" Harman of Maysville and Mary E. (Hott) Alt of Moorefield.

Besides her parents, she is survived by a daughter, Samantha Kuykendall, Petersburg; her stepfather, Joseph Alt; her maternal grandmother, Effie Hott, Romney; her fiancé, Ronald "Trout" Hendrickson, Petersburg; two brothers, Charles "Bucky" Harman, Columbia, S.C. and Cole Harman, Maysville; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral service were Oct. 10, at Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, with interment in Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (10/15)
 
Paul Frank Eskridge, 84, of Petersburg, died Oct. 8, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Feb. 14, 1918, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Santford Eskridge and Lula B. (Keplinger) Eskridge.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Mable V. (Sites) Eskridge; two sons, Donald K. Eskridge of Petersburg and David K. Eskridge of Hinton; one daughter, Dollene K. Wilson of Petersburg; one sister, Hilda M. (Eskridge) Ueberfluss; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Oct. 11, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. (10/15)
 
Mrs. Bessie Ethel Bible, 98, of Cumberland, Md., died Oct. 11, at Grant Memorial Hospital. She had been a resident at the Pendleton Nursing Home since June 2001.

Born July 27, 1904, at Maysville, she was the daughter of the late Walter Scott Keplinger and Lizzie Mary (Reel) Keplinger. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Bible, in 1975.

She is survived by one sister, Leona Newell of Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Oct. 12, at the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, P.A., Cumberland, with interment in Glendale Cemetery, Flintstone, Md. (10/15)
 
Curtis E. Kohne, 47, of Stafford County, Va. and formerly of Keyser, died Oct. 12, at Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, Va.

Born Feb. 19, 1955, at Keyser, he was the son of the late Olie D. and Goldie (Goldizen) Heavener.

He is survived by his wife, Connie W. Kohne; three daughter, Jamie Kozokas, Brenda Schmidt and Terri Smith; six brothers, Reginald Heavener, Richard Heavener, Bobbie Heavener, Freddie Heavener and Terry Yokum, all of Keyser and Junior Heavener, Burlington; four sisters, Pauline Wolfe, Petersburg, Wanda Elkins and Eunice Aldridge both of Keyser, and Susie Knowles, Reedsville, N.C.; a stepbrother, Dyer Whetzel, Keyser; a stepsister, Pearl Bosley, Keyser; and numerous half brothers, half sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins, residing in Virginia and West Virginia.

Funeral services were Oct. 16, at the Keyser Church of God, with interment in the Goldizen Cemetery, Jordan Run Road, Maysville.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Keyser. (10/15)
 
Paul Wesley Hanlin, 86, of Baltimore, and formerly of Mt. Storm, died Sept. 17, at Franklin Square Hospital, Baltimore.

Born in Mt. Storm, he was the son of the late Clarence and Maude Hanlin.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Delphia Lucille Cosner; two sons, Paul Harold of Fawn Grove, Pa. and Robert Clarence of Bruceton Mills; one daughter, Shirley Mae Wilson of Baltimore; one sister, Jesse Bobo of Mt. Storm; one brother, Delbert Hanlin of Leesburg, Ind.; and seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. (10/8)
 
Orlie Maurice Pennington Sr., 90, of Scherr, died Oct. 5, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where he had resided since April 5, 1999.

Born Oct. 16, 1911, in Hendricks, he was the son of the late William D. Pennington and Donna Lee (Long) Pennington. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Viola Catherine (Ritchie) Pennington, Oct. 27, 1992. He was the last member of his immediate family.

He is survived by three sons, Orlie M. Pennington Jr. and William "Sonny" Pennington, both of Scherr and Wayne Nelson, Woodstock, Va.; three daughters, Darlene Walker, Rawlings, Md., Carol Hanlin, Cresaptown, Md. and Janet Vance, Moorefield; and 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandson.

Funeral services were Oct. 7, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (10/8)
 
Donald Joseph Lacour Sr., 74, of Groves, Texas, died Sept. 20, at Scott-White Hospital in Temple, Texas. 

He is survived by three daughters, Terri Lacour Baker, Maysville, Susan Lacour Bynum, Temple and Nanette Lacour Sawyer of Groves.; one son, Donald Joseph Lacour Jr. of Gabon, Africa; one sister, Beatrice Barbin, Port Arthur; and 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services were Sept. 27, at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, with interment in Greenlawn Memorial Park. (10/1)
 
Clarence Junior Stump, 79, of Petersburg, died Sept. 23, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Jan. 14, 1923, in Durgon, he was the son of the late Clarence Franklin Stump and Rose Rebecca (Mongold) Stump.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorsaleen (Auville) Stump, whom he married Sept. 24, 1947; two sons, Gary Stump of Leesburg, Va. and Barry Stump of Winchester, Va.; two daughters, Dianna Ritchey of Alexandria, Va. and Vicky Harper of Riverton; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Sept. 26, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment In South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg.

Memorials may be made to the Corner United Methodist Church, c/o Mrs. Bernice Kesner, P.O. Box 553, Petersburg, WV 26847. (10/1)
 
Burl Kisamore, 80, of Petersburg, died Sept. 24, at the Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin.

Born Sept. 18, 1922, at Mouth of Seneca, he was the son of the late Joel and Clara (Dolly) Kisamore. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Viola Marie (Turner) Kisamore, Dec. 24, 2000.

He is survived by two daughters, Mary Frances Guyton and Nancy Lee Kile, both of Petersburg; one stepson, Chester Lee Goldizen, Manassas, Va.; six sisters, Velma Lyons, Petersburg, Vernie Carr, Maysville, Verda Bennett, Cabins, Ethel Dickerson, Florida, Otie Whitacer, Washington state and Ester Vernon, Chester, Va.; two brothers, Marvin Kisamore, Cabins and Jonas Kisamore, Pendleton Nursing Home; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Sept. 27, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. (10/1)
 
George Brooke Shanholtz, 82, of Romney, died Sept. 26, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Md.

Born April 17, 1920, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Guy Shanholtz and Mernie Virginia (Kimble) Shanholtz.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gladys J. (Beatty) Shanholtz; one son, George B. Shanholtz Jr. and wife Cynthia Anne of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; one daughter, Constance V. Shanholtz of Romney; two brothers, Virgil Shanholtz of Brandywine and Donald Shanholtz of Annadale, Va.; two sisters, Betty Alt of Petersburg and Winnie Mae Vance of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three grandchildren, Andrea Lynn Shanholtz of Dale City, Va., Richard G. Shanholtz and Kara Lynn Shanholtz, both of Coeur d'Alene and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Sept. 30, at the Shaffer Funeral Home chapel, Romney.

Private interment was in the Ebenezer Cemetery, Romney. Military rites were accorded graveside by the Hampshire County Veterans Association. (10/1)
 
John Walter Runion, 89, of Antioch, died Sept. 27, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born April 19, 1913, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Walter Runion and Bessie (Thompson) Runion.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Zella Juanita (Judy) Runion; two sons, John W. Runion Jr., Moorefield and Bobby Wayne Runion, Medley; two daughters, Yvonne Lynn Runion, Antioch and Helen Faye Ratliff, Moorefield; one brother, George Runion, Moorefield; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Sept. 30, at Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. (10/1)


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