Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2003

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Leland Ray Bergdall, 81, of Moorefield, died Feb. 3, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Va.

Born Oct. 13, 1921, in Rough Run, he was the son of the late Silas Edward Bergdall and Ella Mae (Propst) Bergdall.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary (Alt) Bergdall; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda and Carl Burgess of Moorefield and Sara and Bob Faulk of Chantilly, Va.; one sister, Erslie Sites of Petersburg; two grandsons and one granddaughter-in-law, Robert and Katie Faulk and David Faulk; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Feb. 7, at Elmore Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in the Kline Cemetery, Upper Tract. (2/25)

Mary Wilson Woodward, 91, of Fort Worth, Texas, died Feb. 15, at a Fort Worth hospital.

Born Jan. 15, 1912, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Dr. William H. Siple and Clara T. Siple. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Vaughn H. Woodward, whom she married in 1937.

She is survived by one son, Richard H. Woodward of Cedar Hill, Texas; two daughters, Lelia W. Koeppe and Nancy W. Woodward, both of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren, James Woodward of Dallas, Natalie W. Mack of and Whitney Woodward, both of Denver, Elizabeth B. Woodward and Margaret D. Woodward, both of Cedar Hill, Timothy E. Koeppe of Seattle, and Andrew D. Koeppe of Fort Worth; and one great-grandson, Christian T. Culwell of Denver. 

Memorial services were Feb. 19, at All Saints Episcopal Church. Interment was private.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Greenwood Funeral Home, Fort Worth. (2/25)

Jesse Glenn Kimble, 90, of Onego, died Feb. 18, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg. He had been a resident of the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.

Born Feb. 8, 1913, at Smoke Hole, he was the son of the late Wilbur and Mary (Alt) Kimble. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Louise (Teter) Kimble Oct. 20, 1976.

Surviving are one daughter, Lorraine Louise Kimble of Onego; one sister, Helen Borror of Upper Tract; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Feb. 22, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment in the Kimble Family Cemetery at Onego. (2/25)

Mrs. May King, 101, of Petersburg, died Feb. 20, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Aug. 25, 1901, in Williamsport, she was the daughter of the late H.A. Alt and Mary Frances (Kimble) Alt. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph C. King in 1948.

She is survived by one granddaughter, Rhonda VanHuss of Richmond, Va.; one sister, Norma Groves of Petersburg; two great-grandsons, Kent VanHuss and Nate VanHuss; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were Feb. 22, at the Grove Street United Methodist Church. Private interment was in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (2/25)

Mrs. Hazel Virginia Watts, 87, of Glen Burnie, Md., died Feb 8, at the Millinium Health and Rehab Center, Glen Burnie. 

Born Oct. 2, 1915, in Elkins, she was the daughter of the late John and Emma (Smith) Triplett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lester J. Watts, in 1969.

She is survived by two sons, Ralph K. Watts and Ray R. Watts, both of Glen Burnie; two half-sisters, Mary Shobe, Petersburg and Emma Unglesbee, Cantonsville, Md.; and 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 12, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment at South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. (2/18)

Mrs. Delphia Mae Mauzy, 77 of Dorcas, died Feb. 10. at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born April 30, 1925, in Dorcas, she was the daughter of Vernie S. (Thorne) Vance of Dorcas and the late Thomas Lee Vance. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Edgar Vance and Willis Vance; and one granddaughter, Heather Mauzy.

Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband of 56 years, Raymond R. Mauzy, whom she married Aug. 22 1946; one daughter, Sheila Whetzel of Dorcas; one brother, Ralph L. Vance Sr. of Dorcas; three grandsons, Richard Mauzy, Timothy Mauzy and Matthew Mauzy; two great-grandchildren, Brandon Mauzy and Haley Mauzy; three nieces; four nephews; and a number of great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Feb. 13, at the Brake Church of the Brethren, with interment in the Brake Cemetery, Dorcas.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home. Petersburg. (2/18)

Mrs. Delia Virginia Thorne, 88, of Petersburg, died Feb. 10, at the home of her daughter, Emma Jo Bartley, Petersburg.

Born Feb. 2, 1915, in Dorcas she was the daughter of the late John N. and Mary Belle Ours. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Elton Helmick.

Besides her one daughter, she is survived by her husband, Rennie W. Thorne of Petersburg; two sons, Ray E Helmick of St. Augustine, Fla., and Vernon D Helmick of Petersburg; a second daughter, Virginia L. Alt of Petersburg; one brother, John N. Ours Jr. of Petersburg; 12 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; 12 stepgreat-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and four stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 13, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with the Rev. Gary Phillips officiating. Interment was in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (2/18)

Mrs. Elsie K. Cosner, of Keyser,died Feb. 11, at the Cherry Hill Assisted Livings Center, Accident, Md. 

Born Aug. 6, 1907, at Keyser, she was the daughter of the late Warren and Katherine Jemima (Degler) Harr. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arlie E. Cosner Sr., Nov. 9, 1988.

She is survived by one son, Albert Warren Cosner of The Villages, Fla.; one daughter, Anna Katherine Cosner of Oakland, Md.; one brother, Karl Harr of Keyser; two sisters, Nellie Imhoff of Rawlings, Md., and Josephine McBee of Westernport, Md.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A rosary/prayer service was conducted Feb. 14, at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser Chapel.

Funeral services were Feb. 15, at the funeral home chapel, with interment in the Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser. (2/18) 

Mrs. Joy Marie (Alt) Kimble Phillips, 69, of Graham N.C., and formerly of Pendleton County, died Feb. 11, at her residence.

Born Nov. 20, 1933, in Pendleton County, she was the daughter of the late Glen E. and Artie M. (Nelson) Alt. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Obed R. "Gabe" Kimble in 1990

She is survived by one son, Kenton R. Kimble of Ranson; two daughters, Karen Kimble and Christine Johnson, both of Graham; two sisters, Caretta Straigther of Kent, Ohio, and Florence Dearth of Parkersburg; two brothers, Harold Alt of Blythesville, Ark., and Gene Alt of Petersburg; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Feb. 15, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville.(2/18)

Harman Eugene "Pick" Hanlin, 76, of Mount Storm, died Feb. 12, at his residence.

Born Sept. 22, 1926, in Maysville, he was the son of the late Glen Amos and Anna Catherine "Kate" (Kline) Hanlin. 

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Audrey V. (Likens) Hanlin, one son, James E "Jamie" Hanlin of Mount Storm; three daughters, Nancy B. Dolly and Debra A. Funk, both of Mount Storm, and Peggy L. Hawk of Scherr; one brother, Vernon L. Hanlin of Mount Storm; seven grandchildren, Ronald Denver "Denny" Dolly Jr., Brian Franklin Funk, Christopher Matt Hawk, Jason Eugene Funk, Logan Patrick Hawk, Jeffrey Robert Funk and Rebecca Lynn Hanlin; and two great-grandchildren, Ronald Aron Dolly and Thomas Andrew Dolly.

Funeral services were Feb. 15, at the Locust Grove Church of the Brethren, with interment in the Likens Family Cemetery, Mount Storm.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (2/18)

Mrs. Zona Mae Arbaugh, 72, of Moorefield, died Feb. 15, at Lions Manor Nursing Home, Cumberland, Md.

Born July 25, 1930, at Eglon, she was the daughter of the late Adam L. and Eliza (Whetzel) Wimer. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Coolidge Arbaugh, who died Dec. 5, I996. They were married June 5, 1948. 

She is survived by three daughters, Vandlyn L. Cost, Moorefield, Joyce M. Rossotto, Piedmont and Charlene M. Fitzwater, Goose Creek, S.C.; one stepdaughter, Rebecca Bennett, Seneca Rocks; six sons Steve Arbaugh, Kenneth W. Arbaugh and Calvin George Arbaugh, all of Moorefield, Daniel T. Arbaugh, Glen Burnie, Glenn W. Arbaugh, Dorcas and Michael Gribble, Lusby, Md.; one sister, Ruth Hott, Romney; two brothers, Clem Wimer, Virginia and Sturdy Wimer Delaware; 20 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 22, at the Brake Church of the Brethren, with interment in the Whetzel Family Cemetery. Arthur.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin. (2/18)

Joseph Claude Idleman, 64, of Covington, Va., and formerly of Mount Storm, died Feb. 2, at his residence.

Born Feb. 2, 1939, in Mount Storm, he was the son of Isaac Scott Idleman of Mount Storm and the late Pauline (Wilson) Idleman.

Besides his father, he is survived by his wife, Margaret (Walton) Idleman; two daughters Irene Whitt of Covington and Kitty Capell of Holiday, Fla.; one son, James Martin of Covington; one brother, Robert Dale Idleman of Scherr; four grandchildren, Bradley Leffingwell, Martin Capell and Justin Capell, all of Holiday and Mikayla Whitt of Covington and one uncle, Raymond Idleman of Baltimore.

Funeral services were Feb. 5, at the Covington Baptist Church, with interment in the Walton Family Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Arritt Funeral Home, Covington. (2/11)

Charles Roy Whetzel, 85, of Franklin, died Feb. 2, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va.

Born Oct. 21, 1917, in Kline, he was the son of the late Albert Milton Whetzel and Martha Jane (Alt) Whetzel.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Gladys (Kimble) Whetzel, whom he married May 28, 1941; three daughters, Shirley Kile of Petersburg, Bonnie Rexrode of Moyers and Frances Ruddle of Franklin; four sons, Charles Lee Whetzel and Gary Whetzel, both of Franklin,Cletus Whetzel of Baltimore and Paul Whetzel of Petersburg; two brothers, Vernon Whetzel of Paris, Tenn. and Albert Whetzel Jr. of Arthur; five sisters, Arbutis Kesner and Anna Marie Bennett, both of Moorefield, Ruth Engle of Purgitsville, Clara Nell Ours of Cabins and Cloda Bell Kisamore of Arthur; 17 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 5, at the Kimble Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment in the Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract. (2/11)

Mrs. Dorothy Ida (Smith) Taylor, 88, of Bellingham, Wash., and formerly of Petersburg, died Feb. 3, in The Dalles, Ore.

Born May 25, 1914, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Hubert and Ida E. (Barger) Smith. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Philip "Max" Taylor Jr., whom she married April 24, 1942, in Winchester, Va. He died in 1978.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Justman of Goldendale, Wash., and Bonnie Fritz of Newberg, Ore.; one brother, Richard "Dick" Smith of Petersburg; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Feb. 10, at the Jones-Moles Funeral Home chapel, Bellingham, with interment in the Bayview Cemetery. (2/11)

Mrs. Mary Ann (Mowery) Harper, 91, of Landes, died Feb. 6, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Jan. 6, 1912, in Brushy Run, she was the daughter of the late Isaac Newton Mowery and Lillie Mae (Dean) Mowery. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Leon L. Harper, whom she married July 27, 1940. He died Jan. 2, 1996. Mrs. Harper was the last member of her immediate family.

She is survived by three daughters, Carole Faye Judy of Glassglow, Va., Virginia Mae Propst of Stephens City, Va., and JoAnn Harper of Landes; three grandchildren, Janice (Judy) Buckner of Raleigh, N.C., Mary Mae (Propst) Blowe and Marcia Leigh (Propst) Brackbill, both of Stephens City and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 8, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract. (2/11)

Mrs. Bertie (Long) Heavener, 76, of Cabins, died Feb. 8, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Oct. 12, 1926, in Onego, she was the daughter of the late Sheridan and Mary Jane (Vance) Long.

Mrs. Heavener is survived by her husband, Luther I. Heavener, whom she married Jan. 21, 1967; eight sons, Larry J. Vance, George W. Vance, Douglas F. Morral, Sidney E. Morral and Joseph L. Heavener, all of Petersburg; Glen D. Vance of Mill Creek, Richard L. Morral of Landes and David A. Heavener of Cabins; nine daughters, Mary E. Thompson of Franklin, Anna M. Wimer, Jurlene Wimer, Johnnie Sue Kimble, Mary E. Blair, Cynthia K. Morral and Cindy K. Heavener, all of Petersburg, Ruthlene VanMeter of Upper Tract and Kathy S. Arbaugh of Cherry Grove; one sister, Beulah Cook of Onego; four brothers, Grover Long and Milton Long, both of Onego, Kermit Long of Jersey Shore, Pa. and John Long of Seneca Rocks; 33 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Feb. 12, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Long Family Cemetery, Onego. (2/11)

Mrs. Joy Edith (Vance) Bowers, 81, of Baltimore, and formerly of Onego, died Jan. 27, at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore.

Born Sept. 26, 1921, in Onego, she was the daughter of the late Mason and Bertha F. Vance. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Carl Bowers Sr., Jan. 22, 1991

Surviving are one son, Carl Bowers Jr. of Baltimore; three sisters, Eula Bland of Seneca Rocks, Grace Harper of Warren, Ohio and Hope Smith of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Jan. 31, at the Onego Church of the Brethren, interment in North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (2/4)

Mrs. Odessa Elizabeth Hedrick, 89, of Moorefield, died Jan. 27, at the E.A. Hawse Continuous Care Center, Baker.

Born Sept. 12, 1913, at Old Fields, she was the daughter of the late Walter G. and Laura (Hines) Barr. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arlie Hedrick March 1972.

Surviving are two sons, Donald Hedrick of Moorefield and Eugene Hedrick of Goldsboro, N.C.; one brother, Don Barr of Petersburg; five sisters, Georgeanna Sherman of Rig; Nola George of Dorcas;; Ramona Evans of Maysville; Virginia Evans of Moorefield and MaryAnn Hartman of Cabins; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Jan. 30, at the Fraley Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield. (2/4)

Ray Orville "Pud" Cosner, 88, of Mount Storm, died Jan. 28, at the Hampshire Center in Romney, where he had resided the past five years.

Born May 7, 1914, in Bismarck, he was the son of the late Roy Cosner and Arrena M. (Moreland) Cosner. On November 22, 1936, he married Katie A. (Rotruck) Cosner who preceded him in death Oct. 2, 1995. He was the last member of his immediate family.

Surviving are one daughter, Donna K. Martin and husband, Charles, of Romney; four grandchildren, Daniel Martin and wife Penny, Gary Martin and wife Gloria, Leroy Martin and wife Laura and Kevin Martin and wife Sara; sister-in-law Mildred Cosner of Cumberland, Md.; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Jan. 30, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Scherr-Idleman Cemetery, Scherr. (2/4)

Mrs. Marcella Jeanette "Marcie" Ellison, 65, of Petersburg, and formerly of Baltimore, Md., died Jan. 28, at West Penn Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Born Dec. 10, 1937, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late William and Sophie (Bogdan) Cudnik.

She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Ellison; one son, David Kellerman of Bel Air, Md.; three daughters, Cathy Hajek of Baltimore, Pamela Goetz of Norfolk, Va. and Dawn Ellison of Arthur; one sister, Doris Robusto of Bel Air; three brothers, Raymond Cudnik of Ocala, Fla., William Cudnik of Baltimore and Robert Cudnik of Airville, Pa.; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; one great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

At her request, the body was cremated. 

Memorial services were Feb. 1, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg. (2-4-)

Clarence L. "Bubby" Miller, 78, of Keyser, died Jan. 29, at Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser.

Born March 26, 1924, at Keyser, he was the son of the late Clarence H. and Nellie (Veach) Miller. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Viola F. (Crites) Vance Miller, May 22, 1996.

Surviving are three stepdaughters, Wanda Van Meter of Petersburg, Martha Hinkle of Scherr and Lucy Rotruck of Keyser; two stepsons, Woodrow Vance of Winchester, Va. and Dorse Vance of Woodbridge, Va.; one brother, Delmar Miller of Jamestown, N.Y.; one sister, Anna Lee Newman of Keyser; 19 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Feb. 1, at the Smith Funeral Home chapel, Keyser, with interment in Potomac Memorial Gardens, Keyser. (2/4)

Mrs. Dora Marie Yokum, 85, of Landes, died Jan. 31, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Oct. 29, 1917, in Pansy, she was the daughter of the late Martin G. and Rebecca (Borror) Alt. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Virgil R. Yokum, whom she married Oct. 31, 1946. He died Sept. 23, 1997. She was the last member of her immediate family.

She is survived by one son, Jack Yokum of Landes; one daughter, Donna Black of Ruddle; four grandchildren, Erica Black, Nicholas Black, Jonathan Yokum and Daniel Yokum and two great-granddaughters, Katilyn Black and Brooklyn Black.

Funeral services were Feb. 3, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Yokum Family Cemetery, Landes. (2/4)

Mrs. Alma Madeline Shobe Paul, 93, of Petersburg, died Feb. 1, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.

Born Nov. 19, 1909, in Piedmont, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Mary Elizabeth (Barnard) Shannon. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Curry Shobe, April 23, 1972; her second husband, John J. Paul, July 26, 2002.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary E. Thompson of Vienna, Va., and Barbara Porter of Palm Beach, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will take place in Virginia at a later date. Her body was donated to the human gift registry at West Virginia University, Morgantown.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (2/4)


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