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Obituaries & Death Notices 2003

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

Lambert Varley Guss "Pap" Lambert Sr., 75, of Riverton, died May 19, at his residence.

Born June 20, 1927, at Cherry Grove, he was the son of the late Ira and Sudie (Arbogast) Lambert.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Jean (Mick) Arbaugh Lambert; three sons, Varley G. Lambert Jr. and Delbert Lambert, both of Singers Glen, Va., and George Lambert of Stuart, Va.; four daughters, Sudie Harris of Riverton, Ruby Simmons of Franklin, Maggie Arbaugh of Cabins and Linda Wimer of Cherry Grove; two brothers, Ira Bill Lambert of Austin, Texas and Hansel Lambert of Mount Crawford, Va.; one sister, Erma Nuckols of Mount Crawford; three stepdaughters, Linda Arbaugh of Riverton, Rebecca Wolford of Morgantown and Shirley Parsons of Harrisonburg, Va.; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; and six stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 22, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment in North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton. (5/27)
 
Buckbee James J. Buckbee, 82, of Kingsport, Tenn., died May 6, in the Indian Path Medical Center.

Born April 21, 1921, in Kitzmiller, Md., he was the son of the late Samuel C. and Nellie (Gilson) Buckbee. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lassie (Beverly) Buckbee.

He is survived by one son, Jimmie Carroll Buckbee of North Carolina; one sister, Freda Greer of Kingsport, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Phillip Andrew Buckbee and Carol Lynn Millsaps; one great-granddaughter, Gracyn Elain Millsaps; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were May 9, at the East Lawn Funeral Home chapel. Interment was May 10, at the East Lawn Memorial Park. Full military honors were conducted by the American Legion Hammond Post 3/265 of Kingsport.

Visit www.mem.com to place a tribute or condolence to the family. (5/20)
 
Rose Infant Skyler James Rose, 3 days old, of Lahmansville, died May 11, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

Born May 9, in Morgantown, he was the son of Shannon J. Rose and Amy Michele (Keplinger) Rose of Lahmansville. 

Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Cassandra L. Keplinger and Casey M. Kline; maternal grandparents, Paul and Sharon Keplinger of Maysville; maternal great-grandmother, Pauline Keplinger of Maysville; maternal great-grandmother, Clela Lyon of Lahmansville; paternal grandparents, Bob and Pam Rose of Maysville; paternal great-grandmother, Juanita Rose of Lickling County, Ohio; and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were May 16, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (5/20)
 
Alt Mrs. Ethel M. Alt, 85, formerly of Upper Tract, died May 12, at Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin.

Born Dec. 19, 1917, at Mozer, she was the daughter of the late Perry M. Ratliff and Lena S. (Kesner) Ratliff. She also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph C. Alt, whom she married Oct. 21, 1958. He died Jan. 17, 1961.

She is survived by five sisters, Ersley Whetzel and Hazel Simmons, both of Franklin, Vada Mallow of Kline, Genevieve May of Maysville, and Nancy Mongold of Rough Run; two brothers, Arthur Ratliff of Harrisonburg, Va., and Homer Ratliff of Baltimore; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were May 17, at the Christ Central Community Church, with interment in the Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin. (5/20)
 
Michael Mrs. Goldie Mae Michael, 88, of Keyser, died May 13, at Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser.

Born May 7, 1915, in Grant County, she was the daughter of the late Ankis and Rosa (Alt) Cook. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Orville G. "Mike" Michael, Feb. 13, 1995.

She is survived by five nieces, Carolyn Cosner and Betty Kennedy, both of Keyser, Phyllis Waddy of Petersburg, Venus Stump of Baltimore, and Rose Alkire of New Mexico; and one nephew, Donnie Alt of Petersburg.

Funeral services were May 17, at the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser chapel, with interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (5-20)
 
Park Sr. Karl Luke Park Sr., 97, of Petersburg, died May 13, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.

Born Nov. 22, 1905, in Needmore, he was the son of the late John H. Park and Laura Dell (Swisher) Park. On March 14, 1936, he married Nora (Strong) Park who preceded him in death on Dec. 8, 2001.

He is survived by one son, Karl L. Park Jr. of Chesapeake, Va.; one sister, Ila Judy, a resident of the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 16, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Asbury Cemetery, Needmore. (5/20)
 
Smith Kenneth Heiskell Smith, 22, of Maysville, died May 14, at Holmes Regional Medical Center, Melbourne, Fla.

Born Nov. 18, 1980, in Manassas, Va., he was the son of Isaac H. Smith of Maysville and the late Kay (Herron) Smith Yokum.

Besides his father, he is survived by his stepfather, Robert Yokum of Elkins; four sisters, Debbie Vizcaya of Augusta, Donna Bucklew of Moorefield, Phyllis Sweeney of Stafford, Va., and Eleanor Miller of Riverton; three brothers, Danny Hubbard of Clanton, Ala., Isaac R. Smith and Charles W. Smith, both of Maysville; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were May 17, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (5/20)
 
Judy Willard Calvin Judy, 82, of Rough Run, died May 15, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Sept. 30, 1920, in Rough Run, he was the son of the late Jacob E. Judy and Zillah (Sites) Judy. 

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Sara Sue (Kite) Judy; one son, Roger L. Judy and wife, Wanda, of Petersburg; two daughters, Gwen J. Bland and husband, Ernest, of Cabins, and Jeanette Wright and husband, Kevin, of Franklin; two sisters, Mayselle Kile, a resident of Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, and Mary W. Shobe of Hagerstown, Md.; seven grandchildren, Jill (Judy) Smith, Vincent Bland, Denise (Judy) Crites, Bridget (Judy) Vance, Mitzi Judy, Jason Redman and C.J. (Redman) Dolly; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 18, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Dorcas Baptist Cemetery, Dorcas. (5/20)
 
Groves Mrs. Norma (Alt) Groves, 85, of Petersburg, died May 17, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born April 21, 1918, in Forman, she was the daughter of the late Henry Asa Alt and Mary Frances (Kimble) Alt. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John H. Groves, Jan. 14, 1978. She was the last member of her immediate family.

She is survived by one son, John Kit Groves of Petersburg; one daughter-in-law, Dixie Groves of Maysville; three daughters, Kathy Kimble and husband, Chuck of Petersburg, Jayne Monroe and husband, Doug, of Charlotte, N.C., and Jennifer Mann and husband, Howard, of Lancaster, Pa.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two special caregivers, Darlene Keplinger and Linda Pennington, both of Petersburg.

Petersburg Chapter #146 Order of Eastern Star conducted services, May 18, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg.

Memorial services were May 19, at the Grove Street United Methodist Church, with private interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (5/20)
 
Roby Captain Steven C. Roby, 70, of Lake Mohawk, N.J., died May 17, after a long illness at Newton Memorial Hospital.

Born in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Mason H. and Sadie Roby.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia D. (Jeffries) Roby; one son, T.S.g.t. Jeffrey M. Roby of McGuire, AFB, N.J.; one daughter, Steffnie C. Higgins of Glenwood, N.J.; two brothers, H. Fredrick Roby of Petersburg and Donald H. Roby of Maysville; five grandchildren, Lauren Roby and Lindsay Roby, both of McGuire and Alison Higgins, Brad Higgins and Steven Higgins, all of Glenwood.

Funeral services are Wednesday, at 11 a.m., at the Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home chapel, Vernon, N.J. Interment was in the Glenwood Cemetery. (5/20)
 
Welton Mrs. Bonnie Lee Welton, 70, of Indianapolis, Ind., died May 4, at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, following an extended illness.

Born March 31, 1933, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Raymond R. Moyers and Goldie E. (Judy) Sherman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dale G. Welton, whom she married July 21, 1952, in Baltimore. He died May 20, 1994.

She is survived by two sons, Steve A. Welton and Matthew J. Welton, both of Indianapolis; one daughter, Donna K. Welton of Lebanon, Ind.; three brothers, Ronald J. "Jack" Moyers of Denver, William David Sherman of Livermore, Calif, and Dale D. Sherman of Geneva, Fla.; one sister, Shirley J. Kimbale of Keyser; and two grandchildren, Bryan A. Welton, stationed in Japan, and Eliza K. Welton of Indianapolis.

Funeral services were May 9, at the Myers Chapel of Memories, Lebanon, with interment in the Zionsville Cemetery, Zionsville, Ind. (5/13)
 
Ault Mrs. Alice Katherine Ault, 70, of Elkins, and formerly of Petersburg, died May 6, at Cumberland Convalesce Center, Cumberland, Md.

Born Nov. 10, 1932, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Clifton Harold Snyder and Emily (Runion) Snyder Delawder. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Raymond E. Ault, April 19, 1990.

She is survived by four sons, Stoney W. "Rocky" Ault, Raymond E. "Duke" Ault and Thomas C. Ault, all of Dorcas, and Elmer L. "Nick" Ault of Arthur; five daughters, Brenda Sue Freyer of Conowingo, Md., Debra K. Burton of Petersburg, Teresa D. Lohmann of Elkins, Sebrett D. Graham of Valrico, Fla., and Belinda L. Kimble of Maysville; four sisters, Alda "Sis" Lewis of Petersburg, Norma Ours of Cabins, Linda Kile of Manassas, Va., and Yvonne Rohrbaugh of Arthur; one brother, Roy Harold Delawder of Lahmansville; 20 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were May 10, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (5/13)
 
Williams Wilbur Echol Williams, 83, of Richwood, died May 7, at Charleston Memorial Hospital, Charleston, after a short illness.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Iva (Kitts) Williams; and his wife, Gracie Williams.

Graveside services were May 10, at the Mountain View Memorial Park, Richwood.

Arrangements were under the direction of Simons-Coleman Funeral Home, Richwood. (5/13)
 
Crabbe Mrs. Sally Bell (Rohrbaugh) Crabbe, 71, of Inwood, died May 8, at City Hospital, Martinsburg.

Born Feb. 12, 1932, in Jordan Run, she was the daughter of the late Victor Adam and Dovie Clara Rohrbaugh.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Donald Clifford Crabbe; one daughter, Lisa Ann Marlowe of Martinsburg; one brother, Harold Rohrbaugh of Maysville; and three sisters, Ruby Smootz of New Creek, Dolly Caldwell of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mary K. Mongold of Petersburg.

Funeral services were May 10, at the Brown Funeral Home chapel, Martinsburg, with interment in the Pleasant View Memory Gardens. (5/13)
 
Parsons Delmar Delford Parsons, 87, of Maysville, died May 9, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.

Born July 31, 1915, in Maysville, he was the son of the late James McGrew Parsons and Mary Susan (Feaster) Parsons. He was the last member of his immediate family.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Hazel (Kesner) Parsons; two sons, Clark D. Parsons of Maysville and Carson G. Parsons of Aiken, S.C.; one stepdaughter, Doris R. Carlson of Woodbridge, Va.; and three grandchildren, Amy Parsons, Chuck Carlson and Chris Carlson.

Funeral services were May 12, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (5/13)
 
Borror David Henry Borror, 82, of Henryetta, Okla., and formerly of Mount Storm, died May 10, at Tulsa University Hospital, Tulsa, Okla.

Born Jan. 4, 1921, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Frank B. Borror and Helen Mae (Aronhalt) Borror.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Hazel (Cole) Borror; three sisters, Fannie Aronhalt of Mount Storm; Mae Harriman of Frostburg, Md., and Betty Goldizen of Clear Spring, Md.; two half sisters, Mary Miller of Baltimore, and Dottie Borror of Oklahoma; two half brothers, Paul Borror and George Borror, both of Burlington; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services and interment were May 13, in Henryetta. (5/13)
 
Layman Jr. Charles W. "Chinger" Layman Jr., 34, of Davis, died May 10, at Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland, Md.

Born Feb. 24, 1969, in Detroit, he was the son of Charles W. Layman Sr. and Nancy (Blevins) Layman Heasley, both of Bayard.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Karen L. (Stauffer) Layman; one daughter, Charlotte S. Layman, at home; one sister, Nena Lambruno of Thomas; and one brother, Curtis Layman of Bayard.

At his request, his body was cremated. There was no viewing or services.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland. (5/13)
 
Townsend Mrs. Mary Frances "Fran" Townsend, 74, of Dunbar, and formerly of Petersburg, died May 10, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, Charleston.

Born June 4, 1928, in Mountain Grove, Va., she was the daughter of the late John Layman Curry and Mary Catherine (Rexrode) Curry. 

She is survived by Bart Townsend of Romney, to whom she had been married; two daughters, Carolyn Ann Hefner of Cross Lanes, and Linda Fran Wilson of Romney; one sister, Lois Jean Hudgins-Jennings of Staunton, Va.; one brother, John Layman Curry Jr. of Florence, N.J.; two grandchildren, Julie Ann Hefner of Nitro, and Brian Hefner of Atlanta; one great-grandchild, Sofia L. Hefner of Atlanta; and one nephew, Don Baxter Hudgins of Staunton.

Funeral services were May 14, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Mountain Grove Cemetery, Mountain Grove. (5/13)
 
Smith Mrs. Irene V. Smith, 79, died May 11, 2003, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.

Born July 31, 1923, in Little Hocking, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Curtis F. and Hazel (Gittings) Hill. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Wilson H. Smith, June 1990.

She is survived by three daughters, Ruby Marie Still and husband, David, of Parkersburg, Janet S. Frye and husband, Andrew, of Petersburg, and Sylvia I. Smith of Morgantown; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 14, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. (5/13)

Mrs. Mernie Grace Evans, 79, of Rig, died April 29, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Aug. 1, 1923, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late William A. and Harriet Grace (Rumer) Hardy. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Emory M. Evans, January 1983.

She is survived by two daughters, Naomi Grace Bush and Carole Lee Dolan, both of Rig; three brothers, Paul Hardy of Rig, John Hardy of Cabins and James Hardy of Moorefield; one sister, Ruth Simon of New Market, Va.; three grandsons; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were May 1, at the Calvary Baptist Temple, Rig, with interment in the Newhouse Cemetery, Rig

Arrangements were under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield. (5/6)
 
Caudy Junior Shoemaker, 76, of Moorefield, died April 30, at his residence.

Born Jan. 6, 1927, in Moorefield, he was the son of the late Caudy L. and Mary E. (Cunningham) Shoemaker.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Kesner) Shoemaker; two stepsons, Ralph Vance of Maysville and Phillip Vance of Scherr; one stepdaughter, Yvonne Black of Petersburg; two sisters, Jean Gaughan of Reading, Pa. and Nettie Evans of Moorefield; five stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services were May 3, at the Old Fields Baptist Church, with interment in the Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield. (5/6)
 
Thomas Eugene Daniels, 73, of Front Royal, Va., died May 2, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born Feb. 3, 1930, in Lorado, Logan County, he was the son of Amia (Murphy) Daniels of Dorcas and the late Carl William Daniels.

Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Marlene M. (Hill) Daniels; one son, Quentin Farmer of Panama City, Fla.; two daughters, Debra L. McKenzie of Manassas, Va., and Christina R. Daniels of Front Royal; one sister, Betty Delgado of Maysville; four brothers, David E. Daniels, Jim E. Daniels and Charles L. Daniels, all of Sterling, Va., and Douglas M. Daniels of Dorcas; several stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were May 6, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Daniels Family Cemetery, on Elkhorn Fire Tower Road, Dorcas. (5/6)


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