Miscellaneous Grant County, West Virginia
Obituaries & Death Notices 2001

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Thoburn E. Cassady, 80, of Pen Argyl, Pa., died Feb. 19, in Easton Hospital.
Born May 29, 1920, in Williamsport, he was the son of the late David L. and Kathleen R. (Michael) Cassady. 
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elwanda (Head) Cassady; two sons, Charles Cassady of Willow Grove, Pa., and Donald Cassady of Northampton, Pa.; one brother, Melvin Cassady of Waverly, Ohio; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Feb. 22, at the Faith United Presbyterian Church, Pen Argyl, with interment in Fairview Cemetery, Pen Argyl.
Arrangements were under the direction of the James B. Gaffney Funeral Home, Pen Argyl. (2/27)
 
Adam Fisher Landes, 94, of Purgitsville, died Feb. 19, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.
Born April 10, 1906, in Upper Tract, he was the son of the late Elmer and Hadie Alice (Helmick) Landes. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Martha (Boswell) Landes, July 20, 1971.
He is survived by one son, Harlan Landes of Lahmansville; two daughters, Loretta Malcolm of Marlinton, and Eulda Mayle of Franklin; one sister, Edna Kimble of Arthur; one stepson, Charlie Boswell of Romney; one half brother, Billy Landes of Puerto Rico; 22 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and companion, Phyllis High of Purgitsville.
Funeral services were Feb. 21, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Springfield Hill Cemetery, Springfield. (2/27)
 
Paul Wendell Hawk, 59, of Frederick, Md., died Feb. 20, at Frederick Memorial Hospital.
Born April 18, 1941, in Maysville, he was the son of the late Paul Granville and Mae Elva (Taylor) Hawk. 
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Jane (Spicer) Hawk; two daughters, Stephanie Hawk of Wheaton, Md., and Susan Hawk of Frederick; two stepdaughters, Debroah Fuller of Harpers Ferry, and Cheryl Kerns of Frederick; 12 brothers and sisters, Oline Terrence Hawk, Eileen Virginia Foley, Lovell Marie Goldizen, Norma Jean Reel, Ronald Dale Hawk, William Edwin Hawk, Ramona June Cook, Phyllis Elaine Treadway, Frances Park, Carolyn Sue Conners, Richard Allen Hawk and Patricia Sue Parks; and one granddaughter, Meghan Fuller of Harpers Ferry.
Funeral services were Feb. 23, at the Stauffer Funeral Home chapel, Frederick, with interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick. (2/27)
 
Mrs. Clarice Marguerite Martin, 82, of Petersburg, died Feb. 20, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
Born Aug. 20, 1918, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Claude Allen and Luna (Taylor) Bergdoll. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Johnson Martin, July 30, 1969. She was the last member of her immediate family.
She is survived by two sons, James J. Martin of Chambersburg, Pa., and Charles William Martin of Wheaton, Md.; two daughters, Laura M. Perry of Ocean City, Md., and Margaret Ann Deneault of Charleston; and four grandchildren, Karen E. Flynn of Elkridge, Md., J.D. Harrison of Miramar, Fla., Larry A. Martin of Chambersburg, and John T. Deneault of Charleston.
Funeral services were Feb. 23, at the Grove Street United Methodist Church, Petersburg, with interment in South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (2/27)
 
Robert Van Meter Hill, 71, of Clinton, Tenn., died Feb. 22, at Methodist Medical Center, in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
He was born Sept. 18, 1929, in Bayard.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Rae (Elliott) Hill; one son, Charles Van Meter Hill of Powell, Tenn.; two daughters, Rebecca Lynn Baldus of Powell, and Kathryn (Hill) Taylor of Clinton; two sisters, Joy Biggs of Keyser, and Betty Wilson of Petersburg; two brothers, Bill Hill of Moorefield, and Alan Wilson of Louisville, Ky.; five grandchildren, Whitney Hill, Russell Hill, Robbie Baldus, Abbey Taylor and Katie Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were Feb. 24, at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home chapel, Clinton. (2/27)
 
Mrs. Anna Josephine Maschefzky, 75, of Petersburg, and formerly of Kearny, N.J., died Feb. 23, at Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where she had resided since Nov. 30, 1998.
Born Feb. 1, 1926, in Newark, N.J., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Sr. and Anna (McEnroe) Dowd. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. Maschefzky Sr.
She is survived by one son, Francis J. Maschefzky Jr. of Toms River, N.J.; one brother, Joseph Dowd Jr.; four sisters, Peggy Avagnauo of Waldwick, N.J., Kitty Monohan of Orlando, Fla., Eilene Metz of Olympia, Wash., and Joanne Lundy of Toms River; two grandchildren, Lynn Shockey of Petersburg, and Christopher Maschefzky of Toms River; and two great-grandchildren, Crystal Maschefzky and Matthew Shockey, both of Petersburg.
Funeral services were Feb. 27.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Buyus Funeral Home, Newark. (2/27)
 
Julian E. "Bud" Riggleman Jr., 44, of Moorefield, died Feb. 23, in Moorefield.
Born Sept. 4, 1956, in Petersburg, he was the son of Margie (Moyers) Riggleman of Rig, and the late Julian E. Riggleman Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra (Miller) Riggleman; three sons, Jay Riggleman and Ricky Riggleman, both of Keyser, and Joe Kesner of Moorefield; one daughter, Amber Riggleman of Keyser; five brothers, John Riggleman and Elisha Riggleman, both of Rig, and Steve Riggleman, Jerry Riggleman and Robert Lucas, all of Moorefield; five sisters, twin sister Jo Eva Bean and Sunja Salyers, both of Moorefield, Ramona Fatkin of Tallahassee, Fla., Tomiko Crites of Petersburg, and Rita Walker of Old Fields; two grandsons, Dylin and William Kesner; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Feb. 27, at the Fraley Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in Newhouse Cemetery, Rig. (2/27)

Samuel Hugh "Sam" Rodgers, 57, of Falls Church, Va., and formerly of Petersburg, died Feb. 12, at his residence.
Born Sept. 18, 1943, in Petersburg, he was the son of Ethel V. (Pratt) Rodgers Sherman of Moorefield and the late Edwin N. Rodgers.
Besides his mother, he is survived by one daughter, Tina Renee Rodgers of Waldorf, Md.; four sisters, Patricia Slifer of Spavinaw, Okla., Laura Kemp and Mary Hedrick, both of Maysville, and Martha Alt of Upper Tract; seven brothers, Dallas Rodgers of Washington, D.C., Clayton Rodgers of Arthur, Forrest Rodgers of Upper Tract, Robert Rodgers of Baltimore, Richard Rodgers of Petersburg, Dawn Rodgers of Moorefield, and Douglas Rodgers of Augusta; one granddaughter, Aniko Pearson; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Feb. 16, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. (2/20)
 
Mrs. Vivian Lorraine Huffman, 93, of Onego, died Feb. 15, at Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where she had resided since Oct. 15, 1993.
Born Nov. 12, 1907, in Elkins, she was the daughter of the late Grover Arbaugh and Zenie Cunningham. She was also preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Henry Brian "Doc" Huffman, Feb. 1, 1980.
She is survived by one son, Johnnie J. Huffman of Mobile, Ala.; one half sister, Ardith White of Riverton; four grandchildren, Tammy Linaburg of Franklin, Tommie Divine of Houston, Texas, and April Henson and John Eric Huffman, both of Mobile; and eight great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Feb. 18, at the Bible Missionary Church, Onego, with interment in North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (2/20)
 
Ray Franklin Strawderman, 78, of Moorefield, died Feb. 16, in Petersburg.
Born June 18, 1922, in Hardy County, he was the son of the late Benjamin F. and Bernie E. (Helmick) Strawderman.
Mr. Strawderman is survived by his wife, Rada Mae (Crites) Strawderman; two sons, James Strawderman of Moorefield and Less J. Crites of Timberville, Va.; one foster son, Tommy Thompson of Moorefield; one daughter, Maxine L. Miller of Cortland, Ohio; three sisters, Rose Hardy and Stella Wratchford, both of Moorefield, and Evelyn Dawson of Winchester, Va.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were Feb. 19, at the Fraley Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in the Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield. (2/20)
 
James Theo Ours Sr., 71, of Richmond Hill, Ga., and formerly of Petersburg, died Feb. 4, at his home. 
Born Jan. 20, 1930, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late John W. and Edna (Ours) Ours. He was also in death by his wife, Dorothy Marietta (Mitchell) Ours, whom he married Sept. 23, 1950, and died Nov. 19, 1997.
He is survived by two sons, James T. Ours of Kimball Road, Mich., and Terry L. Ours of Richmond Hill; three daughters, Patricia K. Sanders of Brookesville, Fla., and Wanda Davis and Christy G. Zugg, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, John M. "Skip" Ours of Petersburg; two sisters, Georgianna Patch of Petersburg, and Addie Bowser of Clarkesvile, Pa.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were Feb. 10, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg. Military graveside rites were accorded by the combined veteran organizations of Grant County. Interment was in Sites Cemetery, Dorcas. (2/13)
 
Earl Lee Conrad, 55, of Charles Town and formerly of Petersburg, died Feb. 5, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.
Born May 5, 1945, at Petersburg, he was the son of the late Glen Pickney and Rhoda Mae (Nelson) Conrad.
He is survived by his wife, Mary (Longerbeam) Conrad; two daughters, Marsha Conrad and Stacie Conrad, both at home; one son, Glen Conrad of Charles Town; two brothers, William "June" Conrad of Cabins, and Charles "Tubby" Conrad of Augusta; three sisters, Maxine Layton of Cumberland, Md., Rosella Thorpe of Baltimore, and Mary Sue Mairino of Middle River, Md.; one granddaughter, Savannah Conrad of Charles Town; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Feb. 7, at the Eackles-Spencer Funeral Home chapel, Harpers Ferry, with interment in Fairview Lutheran Cemetery, Bolivar. (2/13)
 
Kenneth Foster Heavener, 64, of Cabins, died Feb. 5, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.
Born March 21, 1936, at Cabins, he was the son of the late Mason and Ella Mae (Moyers) Heavener. 
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Alice "Katty" (Vance) Heavener; one son, Timmy Heavener of Cabins; six brothers, Willie Heavener and Paul Heavener, both of Dunn Loring, Va., Mason Heavener of Manassas, Va., Ernest Heavener of Keyser, Luther Heavener and Larry Heavener, both of Cabins; and four sisters, Noralena Berg, Rosetta Berg and Shirley Goldizen, all of Maysville, and Betty Dolly of Cabins.
Funeral services were Feb. 8, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Heavener Family Cemetery, Cabins. (2/13)
 
Mrs. Cleo Will, 79, of Tampa, Fla., died Feb. 6, in Maysville, at the home of her son, John K. Will Sr.
She was the daughter of the late Henry and Etta Viola (Leasure) Schwalbauch.
She is survived by her husband, Paul R. Will Sr.; six sons, Paul R. Will Jr. of Urbana, Ohio, Harold M. Will of Indian Lake, Ohio, Ronald E. Will of London, Ohio, John K. Will Sr. of Maysville, Henry M. Will of Zephyrhill, Fla., and Robert W. Will of Springfield, Ohio; one daughter, Sondra Dean of Tampa; one brother, Wayne Schwalbauch of Wilmington, Del.; 21 grandchildren; and 40 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Feb. 10, at the Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home chapel, Brandon, Fla. (2/13)
 
Mrs. Velma Mae (Simmons) Evans, 80, of Petersburg, died Feb. 7, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.
Born Oct. 15, 1920, in Rig, she was the daughter of the late John S. and Mabel Virginia (Barr) Simmons. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Vincent D. Evans, Aug. 17, 1998.
She is survived by two sons, Delegate Allen V. Evans of Dorcas, and Bruce S. Evans of Beverly; one sister, Elva See of Ridgeley; two brothers, Rolland "Dump" Simmons of Durgon, and Elmo "Joby" Simmons of Old Fields; two granddaughters, Allison L. (Evans) Wood of Wheeling, and R. Dawn Hale of Elkins; one foster grandson, Ricky Cooper of Purgitsville; and a special friend, Hazel Haenftling of Ridgeley.
Funeral services were Feb. 11, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. (2/13)

Mrs. Emma Vernelle (Jacobs) Fortner, 83, of Petersburg, died Feb. 7, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.
Born July 26, 1917, in Marmet, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Ida Mae (Woodrum) Jacobs. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William T. Fortner, Sept. 14, 1999.
She is survived by two sons, Michael T. Fortner of Rocky Mount, Va., and Alan L. Custer of Newport News, Va.; one daughter, Rebecca Dodd of Petersburg; six grandchildren, Michael T. Fortner Jr., Allison Moser, Tim W. Custer, Stephanie Custer, Susan Secrist and Roger A. Dodd; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Feb. 10, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Lahmanville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (2/13)
 
Mrs. Mary C. Reindollar, 86, of Petersburg, died Feb. 7, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.
Born March 5, 1914, in Fairfield, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Howard B. and Rose J. (Dick) Riley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, J. Howard Reindollar in 1957.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas H. Reindollar of Shermans Dale, Pa., and P. Michael Reindollar of Ocala, Fla.; two daughters, Patricia M. Reynolds of Littleton, Colo., and Carol J. Kemp of Petersburg; two granddaughters; one great-grandson; eight stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were Feb. 9, with a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Fairfield, with interment in Fairfield Union Cemetery, Fairfield. (2/13)
 
Fred Wesley Davis, 88, of Scherr, died Feb. 10, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.
Born June 10, 1912, in Scherr, he was the son of the late Wilbur and Edith (McDonald) Davis.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lula B. (Rohrbaugh) Davis, whom he married Oct. 7, 1938; one son, Robert Lee Davis of Bowie, Md.; one daughter, Shirley A. Matthews of Webster, Fla.; one brother, Vincent Coolidge Davis of New Albany, Ohio; two grandchildren, Robert L. Davis Jr. of Myersville, Md., and Tamara (Davis) Kells of Annapolis, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were Feb. 13, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (2/13)
 
Mrs. Merna E. (Sites) Beaty, 87, died Jan. 17, in her daughter's home in Keokuk, Iowa.
Born Nov. 22, 1913, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Isaac William and Blanch (Inman) Sites. She was also preceded in death by two husbands, John Wilson Van Curen, whom she married Dec. 24, 1936 and died in 1972, and Wilferd Wall Beaty whom she married in May 1973 in Keokuk and died in 1995.
Mrs. Beaty is survived by one daughter, Connie Van Curen of Keokuk; one brother, Verlon Sites of Roann, Ind.; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several stepchildren and stepgrandchildren; and other relatives, including Paul Iman, Gene and Imogene Brake, all of Petersburg.
Memorial services were Jan. 22, at Titus Funeral Home chapel, Warsaw, Ind. (2/6)
 
Lonnie Ray Wright Sr., 85, of Baker, died Jan. 25, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.
Born May 2, 1915, in Oregon Hollow, he was the son of the late Calvin Wesley and Susan (Thornhill) Wright.
He is survived by nine daughters, Nina L. Strucko of Westminister, Md., Lonetta R. McCormack of Wilmington, N.C., Cassie N. Saunders of Topeka, Kan., Patricia R. Palumbo of Baltimore, Marcella K. Alder of Flintstone, Md., Mitzie A. Alder of Hanover, Pa., Debra F. Faggelli of Petersburg, Jessica Crane of White Sulphurs, and Crystal Wright of Charleston; three sons, Lonnie R. Wright Jr. of New Windsor, Md., Earl Randall Wright of Maryland, and Kenneth Edward Wright of Woodbine, Md.; one sister, Lillie Ball of Geneva, Ohio; 27 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were Jan. 30, at Old Greenbrier Memorial Cemetery, Alderson.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg, and the Labban Funeral Home, Alderson. (2/6)
 
Leroy Clifford Sowers, 61, of Petersburg, died Jan. 31, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.
Born Oct. 4, 1939, in Oakland, Md., he was the son of the late Frederick A. and Rebecca Rose (Bevans) Sowers. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Shirley (Pennington) Likens Sowers, Nov. 12, 1999.
He is survived by four sisters, Margie Bell of Oakland, Md., Rosella Shugars of Bridgeport, Effie McNemar of Keyser, and Mary Paugh of Frostburg, Md.; two two brothers, Frederick A. Sowers Jr. and Robert Sowers, both of Three Churches; two stepsons, William Champ of Howe, Ind., and Roger Champ of Harpers Ferry; three stepdaughters, Diana Bierman of Brighton, Mich., Geneva Weirich of Mesa, Ariz., and Rose Champ of Goshen, Ind.; 11 stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-granddaughter; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The body has been cremated. Memorial services were Feb. 4, at the Lightstone Community Church, with private interment in Maysville Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (2/6)
 
Eston Douglas Yankey, 90, of Mount Solon, Va., died Feb. 1, at Camelot Health and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisonburg, Va., where he had been a patient since Jan. 26.
Born March 28, 1910, in Nokesville, Va., he was the son of the late John and Nannie (Bean) Yankey.
He is survived by his wife, Ressie Dove Yankey, whom he married June 25, 1947; one son, Allen Jack Yankey of Mount Solon; three daughters, Mary Ellen Foster of Bridgewater, Va., and Carol Getz and Lennis Ritchie, both of Broadway, Va.; two sisters, Emma Hedrick of Petersburg, and Bertie Radar of Cumberland, Md.; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be private. 
Arrangements are under the direction of the Johnson Funeral Service, Bridgewater. (2/6)
 
Richard "Dick" Plaugher, 75, of Moorefield, died Feb. 2, at the E.A. Hawse Continuous Care Center, Baker.
Born Aug. 5, 1925, in Bayard, he was the son of the late James E. and Mary (Bonner) Plaugher.
He is survived by his wife, Eula (Weese) Plaugher; one son, James R. Plaugher of Winchester, Va.; two daughters, Brenda Harvey of Moorefield, and Debbie Hibbard of Fisher; three sisters, Juanita Hawk of Petersburg, Carolyn Tasker of Mountain Lake Park, Md., and Clarett Hawk of North Carolina; one half brother, Robert Helmick of Horseshoe Run; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services were Feb. 4, at the Fraley Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in Newhouse Cemetery, Rig. (2/6)


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