Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2000

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Shreve
Orville G. Shreve Sr., 91, of Keyser, died Oct. 27, at Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser.
Born Oct. 5, 1909, in Smoke Hole, he was the son of the late Daniel Oscar and Martha Mae (Kesner) Shreve. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Lucy Pearl (Feaster) Shreve, whom he married Dec. 15, 1927; three sons, Orville G. Shreve Jr. of Burlington, Robert D. Shreve of New Creek and Harlan N. Shreve of Keyser; four daughters, Twila L. Hershey, Naomi V. Eisenhour and Sharon A. Cannon, all of Keyser and Norma K. Amtower of Fort Ashby; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Oct. 31, at the Smith Funeral Home chapel, Keyser, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (11/7)

Bergstrom
James F. Bergstrom, 72, of Mount Storm, died Oct. 29, at his home.
Born Nov. 16, 1927, in Davis, he was the son of the late Carl and Thelma (Hopps) Bergstrom. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Sabrina S. Fansler.
He is survived by his wife, Johanna M. (Menter) Bergstrom; five sons, Thomas W. Bergstrom of Cincinnati, Ohio, Michael H. Bergstrom of Las Vegas, Nev., Steve J. Bergstrom of Colorado Springs, Colo., James A. Bergstrom of Meilden Hall, Germany and Carl A. Bergstrom of Yuba City, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.
At his request, his body was cremated. A private memorial service will be conducted at a later date.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland, Md. (11/7)
 
Kimble
Evelyn Catherine Kimble, 72, of Upper Tract, died Oct. 30, at the Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin, where she had resided since June 3, 1998.
Born July 6, 1928, in Brushy Run, she was the daughter of the late William Oga and Etta Olive (Alt) McGuinness. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Curtis A. Kimble Sr., March 15, 1998.
She is survived by three sons, James D. Kimble and Jack D. Kimble, both of Upper Tract and Curtis A. Kimble Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.; one daughter, Janetta Danielsen of Vienna, Va.; three sisters, Ruth Alt of Bel Air, Md., Patsy Lawson of Baltimore, Md. and Maryetta Pennington of Scherr; three brothers, James McGuinness of Maysville and Melvin McGuinness and Lowell McGuinness, both of Martinsburg; three grandchildren, Robert Anthony Kimble of McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., Kristine Marie Kimble of Virginia Beach and Johnny A. Danielsen of Vienna; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Nov. 2, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract. (11/7)

Parsons
Diana Gaynell Parsons, 46, of Dorcas, died Oct. 30, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg, of an apparent heart attack.
Born May 30, 1954, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of Gaynell F. (Crites) Parsons of Dorcas and the late John William Parsons.
Besides her mother, she is survived by one sister, Betty Jo Westfall of Arthur, two brothers, John William Parsons II and James L. Parsons, both of Dorcas; five nephews, Jonathan Parsons, Joshua Parsons, Jamie Joe Parsons, Logan Swick and Ernest William Berg; and two nieces, Rachel Swick and Pamela Parsons.
Funeral services were Nov. 1, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment was in Mongold Cemetery, Rough Run. (11/7)
 
Judy
Pastor Joy Ann (Huffman) (Kisamore) Judy, 53, of Moorefield, died Nov. 1, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg. 
Born Nov. 11, 1946, in Franklin, she was the daughter of Wilma (Raines) Huffman of Franklin and the late Hansel Seymour Huffman. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Vivan Andrew Kisamore in February 1972.
She is survived by her second husband, Bobby W. Judy; one son, Jared Andrew Judy, at home; three brothers, Teddy C. Huffman of Canton, Ohio, Willard H. Huffman and Berlie Joe Huffman, both of Franklin; and one sister, Beverly J. Phares of Circleville.
Funeral services were Nov. 4, at the North Fork Apostolic Church, Riverton, with interment in North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield. (11/7)
 
Riggleman
The Rev. Availen Andrew Riggleman, 62, of Maysville, died Thursday, Nov. 2, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.
Born July 29, 1938, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Andrew Wellington and Bertha Rachel (Goldizen) Riggleman.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Irene E. (Iman) Riggleman, whom he married Jan. 28, 1959; two sons, Andrew Availen Riggleman and wife, Tina, of Norlina, N.C. and the Rev. Benjamin F. Riggleman and wife, Barbara, of Evans; one daughter, Victoria Faith Riggleman and husband, Gary, of Mathias; one brother, Paul Lorraine Riggleman of Wooster, Ohio; four sisters, Ina Leota Thorne of Dorcas, Goldie Marie Getz of Ridgeley, Tressie Ours of Mascotte, Fla. and Darlene Crites of Fisher; and six grandchildren, Ashley and Brittany Riggleman, Mitchell and Nicholas Riggleman and Franklin Lee and Dustin Andrew Short.
Funeral services were Nov. 5, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (11/7)
 
Evans
Scott A. Evans, 16, of Gormania, died Nov. 4, as the result of an automobile accident near Gormania.
Born June 21, 1984, in Oakland, Md., he was the son of David A. Evans of Elk Garden and Sondra E. (Miller) Evans of Gormania.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by five sisters, Myree Evans, Nicole Evans, Sinead Evans and Briana Evans, all of Gormania and Danielle Evans of Elk Garden; one brother, Kyle A. Evans of Gormania; maternal grandmother of Vera M. (Roy) (Miller) Cox of Gormania; and paternal grandmother, Doris Evans of Elk Garden.
Funeral services were Nov. 8, at the Mountain Top Christian Assembly of God Church, with interment in Bayard Cemetery, Bayard. 
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland. (11/7)
 
Miller
Leonard F. Miller, 18, of Gormania, died Nov. 4, as the result of an automobile accident near Gormania.
Born April 18, 1982, in Oakland, Md., he was the son of the Claude E. and Louise I. (Henline) Miller of Gormania. He was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Miller.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Angela Mann and Cheri Miller, both of Gormania; two brothers, Robert Miller and Nathan Miller, both of Gormania; maternal grandmother, Gloria Tacy of Elkins; and paternal grandmother, Vera M. (Roy) (Miller) Cox of Gormania.
Funeral services were Nov. 8, at the Mountain Top Christian Assembly of God Church, with interment in Bayard Cemetery, Bayard. 
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland. (11/7)
 
Weese Jr.
Maxie L. Weese Jr., 19, of Swanton, Md., died Nov. 4, as the result of an automobile accident near Gormania.
Born Aug. 1, 1981, in Oakland, Md., he was the son of the Gail M. (Lee) Weese of Swanton and the late Maxie L. Weese Sr.
Besides his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Eissie Stark of Circleville, Ohio and Ann Walden of Terra Alta; three brothers, Thomas Miller of Uniontown, Pa., John Miller of Terra Alta and Jacob Miller of Elk Garden; one half sister, Ginger Paugh of Swanton; two half brothers, Jason Paugh and Stacy Paugh, both of Swanton; and maternal grandmother, Frances M. (Hensler) Lee of Mountain Lake Park, Md.
Funeral services were Nov. 8, at the Mountain Top Christian Assembly of God Church, with interment in Bayard Cemetery, Bayard. 
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland. (11/7)
 
Smith
Hubert Carr Smith, 88, of Hagerstown, Md., died Oct. 25, at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown.
Born Sept. 13, 1912, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Hubert and Ida E. (Barber) Smith. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Delia Ruth (Ketterman) Smith, Sept. 11, 1998.
He is survived by one sister, Dorothy Taylor of Washington State; one brother, Richard Smith of Petersburg; two stepgrandsons, Michael J. Hajek of Elkridge, Md. and Bradley C. Hajek of Littlestown, Pa.; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Funeral services and interment were Oct. 28. Arrangements were under the direction of the Minnich Funeral Home, Hagerstown. (10/31)

Rexrode
Janet Lea (Proudfoot) Rexrode, 62, of Maysville, died Oct. 29, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.
Born Aug. 16, 1938, in Junior, she was the daughter of Virginia (Moore) Proudfoot of Junior and the late Truman Proudfoot.
Besides her mother, she is also survived by her husband of 43 years, John H. Rexrode, whom she married March 27, 1957; three sons, Danny Rexrode of Petersburg, Steve Rexrode of Maysville and Jamey Rexrode of Manassas, Va.; one sister, Shirley Miller of Junior; one brother, Duane Proudfoot of Orrville, Ohio; one stepson, Johnnie H. Rexrode of Maysville; one stepdaughter, Diana Alejo of Chesapeake, Va.; seven grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Oct. 31, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (10/31)
 
Alt
Eldon Henry Alt, 83, of Petersburg, died Monday, Oct. 16, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where he had resided since June 21.
Born Aug. 12, 1917, in Landes, he was the son of the late Arthur Henry and Sarah Grace (Layton) Alt.
He is survived by Mabel E. (Ours) Alt of Petersburg, whom he married Sept. 11, 1943; two daughters, Grace E. Ratliff of Petersburg and Judy Ann Berg of Maysville; one sister, Arvella M. Kimble of Petersburg; one brother, Earl H. Alt of Petersburg; two half sisters, Pearl Breakiron of Uniontown, Pa. and Mary Brill of Petersburg; three half brothers, William A. Alt, Delmer J. Alt and Denver L. Alt, all of Petersburg; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Oct. 19, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Interment in Ours Family Cemetery, Petersburg. (10/24)
 
Hutson
Dr. Lorraine McNeill Hutson, D.D.S., 92, of Petersburg, died Oct. 16, at his residence.
Born Aug. 31, 1908, in Keyser, he was the son of the late Hammond J. and Lena R. (McNeill) Hutson. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Virginia (Cunningham) Hutson, May 22, 1971.
He is survived by his wife, Orpha (Halterman) High Hutson; two sons, Dr. H. McNeill Hutson, D.D.S., of Harrisonburg, Va. and Dr. William R. Hutson, M.D., of Salt Lake City; one stepson, Allen High of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two grandchildren, Wesley M. Hutson and Megan L. Hutson; and two stepgrandchildren, Megan J. High and Justin N. High.
Memorial services were Oct. 19, at the Petersburg Presbyterian Church, with private interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (10-24-00)
 
Alexander
Bertha Rebecca Alexander, 88, of Upper Tract, died Oct. 17, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
Born Jan. 22, 1912, at Landes, she was the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Whetzel) Hartman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gussa Alexander, whom she married Nov. 10, 1934 and died Aug. 17, 1991.
She is survived by six daughters, Treva M. Simmons, Bonnie F. Simmons, Opal G. Williams, Twila J. Walker, Lula K. Simmons and Linda E. Roberson, all of Franklin; three sons, Donald R. Alexander, Walter S. Alexander and Ralph I. Alexander, all of Upper Tract; three sisters, Ruth Gibbs of Franklin and Marie Cook and Thelma Harman, both of Harrisonburg, Va.; two brothers, Albert Hartman of Upper Tract and Earl Hartman of Dayton, Va.; 43 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were Oct. 21, at the South Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, with interment in the Alexander Family Cemetery near Mozer.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin. (10/24)
 
Durst
Rita Jean Durst, 50, of Bayard, died Oct. 20, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
Born July 19, 1950, in Oakland, Md., she was the daughter of Pauline (Guthrie) Harvey of Bayard and the late Robert M. "Curley" Harvey.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 31 years, Steve F. Durst of Bayard; one daughter, Tracy Bell of Morgantown; one son, Matthew S. Durst, at home; one sister, Connie S. Minnix of Shinnston; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Oct. 23, at the Bayard Church of God, with interment in Bayard Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland, Md. (10/24)
 
Clower
Hester (Casey) Underwood Clower, 77, of Salem, died Oct. 3, at her home, following an extended illness. 
Born Aug. 29, 1923, in Miletus, she was the daughter of the late Ernest F. and Dessie (Cumpston) Casey. She married Walter A. Underwood, March 7, 1942, who preceded her in death, Jan. 13, 1964. She later married Clement H. Clower, former Petersburg resident and teacher at Petersburg High School, who survives. 
Funeral services were Oct. 6, at the Salem United Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem. (10/17)

Alt
Luther P. "Pappy" Alt, 89, of Harrisonburg, Va., died Oct. 8, at Steele's Adult Care Facility, Timberville, Va., following a stroke.
Born March 30, 1911, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late David and Jenny (Kimble) Alt. He was also preceded in death by two wives, Fannie (Garber) Alt, January 1955, whom he married in March 1933, and Evelyn (Neff) Alt, January 1992, whom he married in February 1965.
He is survived by one daughter, Dawn Shelton of Tallahassee, Fla.; two sons, Darwin F. Alt of Manassas, Va. and Marlin P. Alt of New Market, Va.; two sisters, Nina Sabo and Dora Van Meter, both of Landes; two brothers, Raymond Alt of Landes and Arch Alt of Cumberland, Md.; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The body was cremated. Memorial services were Oct. 14, at the McMullen Funeral Home chapel, Harrisonburg (10/17)

Moomau
Richard Cullen Moomau, 38, of Oakland, Md. and formerly of Petersburg, died Oct. 10, as a result of a farming accident in Garrett County, Md.
Born April 8, 1962, in Petersburg, he was the son of Henry F. Moomau of Oakland and Betty (Carr) Moomau of Petersburg.
He was the brother of Robert and Sarah (Moomau) Spanswick and Eric and Jaime Moomau, of Petersburg, Jim and Peggy (Moomau) Lascaris, Don and Amy (Moomau) Nemith and Katelin Moomau, of Oakland, John and Sue Moomau-Foundas of Sterling, Va. and Adam Moomau of Fort Collins, Colo. He is also survived by his fiancé, Melody Calderon. 
Funeral services were Oct. 14, at the Petersburg Presbyterian Church, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (10/17)
 
Watts
Marlin Lee Watts, 59, of Seneca Rocks, died Oct. 10, at his residence.
Born Aug. 9, 1941, in Cabins, he was the son of Sally (Ours) Watts of Cabins and the late Lee Frederick Watts.
Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Jo Ann (Cooper) Watts, whom he married July 1, 1961; one daughter, Rhonda Mauzy and husband, Brad, of Cabins; two sons, Marlin L. "Sonny" Watts Jr. and wife, Karen, of Riverton and Nick J. Watts and wife, Sherry, of Cabins; three sisters, Wanda Barkley of Seneca Rocks, Twila Kessel of Maysville and Barbara Lucille Ritter of Winchester, Va.; three brothers, the Rev. Vivan Watts of New Creek, Donald Watts of Cabins and the Rev. Delton Watts of Springfield, Mo.; and four grandchildren, Drue Mauzy, Paige Mauzy, Kayla Watts and Samantha Watts.
Funeral services were Oct. 13, at the Cabins Assembly of God Church, with interment in Cooper Family Cemetery, Seneca Rocks.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (10/17)
 
Spiker
Eithel M. Spiker, 89, of New Creek, died Oct. 14, at the Heartland of Keyser Nursing Home.
Born April 12, 1911, in Bayard, she was the daughter of the late William and Annabelle (Holloway) Manks.
She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Vernon C. Spiker; two sons, Gerald R. Spiker of Grafton and Leonard W. Spiker of Elk Garden; two daughters, Ann C. Myers and Donna M. Hammons, both of Keyser; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were Oct. 17, at the Smith Funeral Home chapel, Keyser, with interment in the Bayard Cemetery, Bayard. (10/17)

Sears
Fannie Ruth Sears, 84, of Cumberland, Md. and formerly of Petersburg, died Oct. 15, at Lions Manor Nursing Home, Cumberland.
Born June 10, 1916, in Upper Tract, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Marcella Ritchie (Hartman) Riggleman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Elijah Sears, in 1967.
She is survived by one stepdaughter, Elizabeth Kurcher of Baltimore, Md.; one son, Arlen Riggleman; and four sisters, Nina Belle Mitchell of Harrisonburg, Va., Minnie Hinkle of Troy, Ohio, Esta Mitchell of Port Republic, Va. and Sarah Earp of Frederick, Md.
Funeral services were Oct. 18, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (10/17)
 
Goldizen
Michael Lee Goldizen, 32, of Manassas, Va., died Sept. 30, at Prince William Hospital, Manassas.
Mr. Goldizen is survived by his parents, Chester "Sam" and Helen Goldizen of Manassas; his wife, Betsy A. Goldizen; two daughters, Cynthia Goldizen and Ashley Goldizen, both at home; one son, Ryan Goldizen, at home; two brothers, Dennis Goldizen and C.G. Goldizen, both of Manassas; grandmother, Katherine Bennett of Cabins; and grandparents, Burl and Marie Kisamore of Petersburg.
Funeral services were Oct. 3, at the Price Funeral Home chapel, Manassas, with interment in Stonewall Memory Gardens, Manassas. (10/10)

Parker
Lela K. "Ning" Parker, 90, of Petersburg, died Sunday, Oct. 8, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.
Born July 6, 1910, in Laurel Dale, she was daughter of the late John Howard and Bertha L. (Parker) Tephabock. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arlo E. Parker in 1968.
She is survived by one sister, Lillian L. Rexroad of Maysville; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins, including Lessie and Leon Treutle of Keyser.
Funeral services were Oct. 10, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Saint Marys Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery, Saint Marys. (10/10)


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