Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2002

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Thomas J. Priest III, 68, of Rittman, Ohio, died Dec. 22, at the Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital.

Born April 27, 1934, in Pikeville, Ky., he was the son of Paul and Clara (King) Priest.

He is survived by his wife, Jenny (Akers) Priest; three sons, Michael Priest of N. Lawrence, Ohio, Kevin Priest of Rittman and Jeffrey Priest of Norton, Ohio; one daughter, Catherine Cookman of Petersburg; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 27, at the Rittman Community Free Will Baptist Church, with interment in Rittman Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Gillman Funeral Home, Rittman. (12/31)
 
Foster Walter Berg, 78, of Maysville, died Dec. 15, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born July 30, 1924, in Jordan Run, he was the son of the late Walter and Laura (Barger) Berg.

He is survived by three sons, Steve Berg of Petersburg, Orlando Berg of Maysville and Gerald Berg of Capon Bridge; three daughters, Juanita Feaster of Maysville, Angie Alt of Romney and Linda Hawk of Scherr; one sister, Hazel Heavener of Maysville; one brother, Austin Berg of Petersburg; 20 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 18, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Barger Cemetery, Jordan Run. (12/24)
 
Mrs. Mary Catherine Ours, 84, of Cabins, died Dec. 15, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Md.

Born June 17, 1918, in Maysville, she was the daughter of the late Henry Goldizen and Essie (Kessel) Goldizen. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clyde H. Ours, May 28, 1978.

She is survived by one son, Hollis C. Ours and wife, Tomasenia, of Maysville; two daughters, Mary Madelene Bennet and husband, John, of White Marsh, Md., and Carolyn A. Wolford and husband, Billy, of Cabins; one sister, Grace Harper of Moorefield; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Funeral services were Dec. 20, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. (12/24)
 
John Keller Reid, 91, of Petersburg, died Dec. 16, 2002, at his residence.

Born Sept. 1, 1911, in Romney, he was the eldest son of the late James. M.K. Reid Sr. and Alice (Keller) Reid.

Mr. Reid is survived by one cousin, Jane Keller of Petersburg; three nephews, Tom Strawderman, George Reid and James M.K. Reid III and one niece, Mary Ann Reid. In addition, he is survived by three great-nephews and two great-great-nieces.

Memorial services were conducted Dec. 18, at Petersburg Presbyterian Church, A private family burial was at the Maple Hill Cemetery. 

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (12/24)
 
Miss Catherine Rose Muhleman, 43, of Cumberland, Md., died Dec. 17, due to injuries sustained from an automobile accident.

Born Aug. 3, 1959, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of David and Vivian (Robinson) Muhleman of Cumberland. 

Besides her parents, she is survived by three brothers, David Muhleman of Henderson, Daniel Muhleman of Winchester, Va. and Brian Muhleman of Crespatown, Md.; three nieces, Melissa Weippert, Jennifer Muhleman and Ashley Muhleman; two nephews, Bruce Muhleman and Brett Muhleman and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were Dec. 20, at the Upchurch Funeral Home chapel, Cumberland. (12/24)
 
Mrs. Merrilyn Hixon Clapper, 58, of Bedford, Pa., died Dec. 18, at UPMC Lee Regional Hospital, Johnstown, Pa.

Born June 3, 1944, in Everett, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John F. and Helen M. (Clark) Hixon.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph B. Clapper Jr., whom she married April 21, 1959, in Winchester, Va.; one son, Gregory L. and wife Kathy (Muir) Clapper of Bedford; one daughter, Brenda L. and husband Timothy Foor of Bedford; one sister, Patricia Ann and husband, Paul Dorner of Bedford; two brothers, John F. Hixon Jr. and wife Sylvia (Foor), of Cumberland, Md. and Thomas C. Hixon of Everett; three granddaughters, Kristen, Kathi Jo and Brooke and two grandson, Michael and Shaun.

Funeral services were Dec. 21, in the Trinity Lutheran Church, with interment in the Bedford Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dalla Valle Funeral Service Inc., Everett. (12/24)
 
Mervin Alston Stump, 81, of Dorcas, died Dec. 17, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Oct. 5, 1921, in Landes, he was the son of the late Vinceon A. and Phoebe Jane (Kile) Stump.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Georgia Mae (Thorne) Stump, whom he married Dec. 24, 1948; four daughters, Phyllis Alt of Dorcas, Janie Corley of Elkins, Denise Ours of Charlottesville, Va. and Nancy Rotruck of Petersburg; three sisters, Marie Kimble of Franklin and Neva Kesner and Dallie Stump, both of Petersburg; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 21, at the Brake Church of the Brethren, with interment in the Brake Cemetery, Dorcas. Military graveside services were conducted by the combined veteran organizations of Grant County and the JROTC.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (12/24)
 
Mrs. Maxine V. Rotruck, 78, of New Creek, died Dec. 9, at her residence.

Born March 31, 1924, in Jordan Run, she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Pearl (Rexroad) Burgess. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Raymond R. Rotruck, Feb. 26, 1998.

She is survived by one son, Larry A. Rotruck of Perry Hall, Md. and Sharon Shell of Richmond, Va.; two grandchildren, Jennifer L. Shell and Michele L. Rotruck; one sister, Helen Harris of Martin and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 14, at the Knobley Brethren Church, with interment in the Knobley Brethren Church Cemetery, Antioch.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Markwood Funeral Home, Keyser. (12/17)
 
John Blair Day Jr., 82, of Selma, N.C., and formerly of Arthur, Berryville, Va. and New Holland, Ohio, died Dec. 14, at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Born Nov. 22, 1920, in Arthur, he was the son of the late J. Blair Day and Lena (Patch) Day.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lueveta (Turner) Day; two sons, John Blair Day III of Georgetown, Ky. and Jeffrey Day of Selma; four daughters, Barbara Efaw of Keyser, Carolyn Clauze of Petersburg and Rebecca Swartz and Betsy Day, both of Selma; one brother, Bill Day of Auxvasse, Mo.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 17, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Arthur. (12/17)
 
Mrs. Rhoda Mae (Judy) Stump, 77, of Petersburg, died Dec. 15, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Nov. 12, 1925, in Smoke Hole, she was the daughter of the late George Gabriel Judy and Florence (Kimble) Judy.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Loyd Stump; one son, George "Butch" Stump of Woodbridge, Va.; one daughter, Winnie Goldizen of Arthur; two sisters, Alta Conrad of Dinwiddie, Va. and Margie Ludwick of Petersburg; three grandchildren, Kristina (Stump) Kressler and Jessica Stump, both of Woodbridge, Va., and C.G. Goldizen of High Point, N.C. and one great-grandson, Marques Stump Javier of Woodbridge.

Funeral services were Dec. 17, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in South Branch Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. (12/17)
 
Lester Paul Leeson, 79, of Las Vegas, Nev., died Nov. 15, at Harbor Home Hospice in Las Vegas.

Born Dec. 14, 1922, in Parkersburg, he was preceded in death by one son, Leroy and one daughter, Shirley.

He is survived by his wife, Lovella "Cookie" (Weese) Leeson, formerly of Grant County; one brother, Ernest Leeson of Baltimore; three sisters, Alice Ballinger of Florida and Mary Auxier and Nellie Weaver, both of Baltimore; two grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of Bumkers Mortuary, Las Vegas. (12/10)
 
Mrs. Lydia Alice Kesner, 84, of Moorefield and formerly of Paw Paw, died Nov. 29, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Nov. 10, 1918, at Upper Tract, she was the daughter of the late Luther and Lena (Pennington) Helmick. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Eston G. Kesner Sr., in 1965.

She is survived by one daughter, Mary L. Franks of Marksville, La.; two sons, Eston G. Kesner Jr. of Moorefield and Richard W. Kesner of Paw Paw; three sisters, Ella Mae Smith and Anna Lea Helmick, both of Keyser and Ruth Helmick of Franklin; three brothers, Luther Helmick of New Creek, James Helmick of Brandywine and Richard Helmick of Franklin; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services were Dec. 2, at the Kimble Funeral Home chapel, Paw Paw, with interment in the Woodrow Cemetery, Paw Paw. (12/10)
 
Mrs. Ruth (Hinkle) Luttrell, 83, of Winchester, Va., died Dec. 5, at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Winchester, Va.

Born July 15, 1919, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late James W. and Sarah Ann Hinkle. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Dow Luttrell, whom she married in May 1940, in Winchester. He died Aug. 23, 1966.

She is survived by one son, John Wesley Luttrell of Winchester; one daughter, Judy L. Masters of Glengary; three grandchildren, Dawn Sandy, Sheila Corbett and Ronald Masters Jr.; and five great-grandchildren, Brandon Sandy, Travis Sandy, Kyle Saunders, Courtney Corbett and Daniel Paul Corbett.

Funeral services were Dec. 8, at the Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel A private graveside service was conducted at Lahmansville Cemetery. (12/10)
 
Clyde Kenneth Hanlin, 83, of Mt. Storm, died Dec. 6, at the Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland, Md.

Born Jan. 29, 1919, in Bayard, he was the son of the late Warner H. and Freda J. (Likens) Hanlin.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy E. (Foley) Hanlin; one daughter, Gloria E. Kessel, Mt. Storm; five sisters, Evelyn Bosley, Mt. Storm, Betty Cosner, Romney, Glenna Streets and Leona Dawson, both of Arthur and Laura Shreve, Oakland; one grandchild, Lisa Linn Arroniz, Kearneysville; and one great-grandson, Brandon Arroniz, Kearneysville.

Funeral services were Dec. 9, at the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland, with interment in the Mt. Storm Cemetery. (12/10) 
 
Henry Curtis Dolly, 87, of Seneca Rocks, died Nov. 27, at his residence.

Born April 15, 1915, in Seneca Rocks, he was the son of the late Sampson and Rebecca (Self) Dolly.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty M. (Heavener) Dolly; one daughter, Janet S. Sites, Cabins; two sons, Wayne Lee Dolly, Cabins and Leonard Curtis Dolly, Petersburg; one granddaughter, Kimberly Dawn Sites, Moorefield; two brothers, Jesse Dolly, Seneca Rocks and Ollie Dolly, Stephen City, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 1, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with interment in the Dolly family Cemetery, Cabins. (12/3)
 
Emily Catherine "Kate" Halterman, 83, of Maysville, died Nov. 27, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born June 11, 1919, in Maysville, she was the daughter of the late Arnold O. and Miranda (Sears) Shreve. She was also preceded in death by three husbands, Arlie Shreve, Charles Harman and Emmett Halterman.

She is survived by several stepchildren and stepgrandchildren; one foster sister, Phyllis Nesslerodt, Maysville; sister-in-law, Dorothy Shreve, Maysville; and several nieces and nephews.

The Maysville Volunteer Fire Company and Auxiliary conducted services, Nov. 29, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg.

Funeral services were Nov. 30, at the Brick Church of the Brethren, Maysville, with the Rev. Robert Spaid officiating. Interment was in Maysville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Brick Church of the Brethren or Maysville Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary. (12/3)
 
Mrs. Beulah (Rexrode) Sherman, 90, of Fisher, died Nov. 29, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.

Born Aug. 13, 1912, in Maysville, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Mary M. (Groves) Rexrode. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Sherman Sr., in March 1975.

She is survived by two sons, Marvin Sherman Jr. of Martinsburg and John W. Sherman of Maysville; two daughters, Eleanor Snyder of Fisher and Bonnie L. Smith of Winchester, Va.; one stepson, Charles Sherman of Maysville; one brother, John H. Rexrode of Maysville; two sisters, Leanna Chuck of Maysville and Dorothy Kuhn of Baltimore; 13 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 2, at the Fraley Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in the Maysville Cemetery.

Public and private condolences to the family may be left at her obituary at www.fraleyfuneralhome.com (12/3)
 
Mrs. Eveline Ruth (Nesselrodt) Ray, 75, of Blytheville, Ark. and formerly of Petersburg, died Nov. 30, at her home.

Born in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late John and Naomi (Berg) Nesselrodt.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Ray; one son, Berry Ray of Cleveland; one daughter, Melissa Keyt of Powder Springs, Ga.; four brothers, John Nesselrodt and Robert Nesselrodt, both of Keyser; Ray Nesselrodt of Mount Storm and Roger Nesselrodt of Maysville; five sisters, Esther Jones of Elk Garden, Pauline Marple of Oakland, Md., Betty Feaster and Saundra Kay Mauzy, both of Petersburg, and Maxine Nelson of Maysville; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 2, at Pathway Church of God in Blytheville, with interment in the Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Cleveland.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Cobb Funeral Home, Blytheville. (12/3)


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