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|Grethel "Granny" Blake
Grethel Dolores "Granny" Blake, 58, of 147 Mulberry Avenue in Weston, died at 4:16 a.m. Saturday, December 30, 2000, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, following an extended illness.
She was born October 21, 1942, in Marion County, a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Marsh Jr. and Sadie Juanita Ball Marsh.
Her husband, Robert R. Blake, whom she married January 19, 1963, survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Tina Marie Thomason of Weston; five sons, Daniel Blake, Russell Blake, William Blake, and Charles Blake, all of Weston, and Douglas Blake of Shinnston; 10 grandchildren; two sisters, Kay Friend of Wheeling and Pam Cronin of Buckhannon; five brothers, Carl and Kenny Marsh, both of Weston, Gary Marsh of Reno, Nev., Gene Marsh of Los Angeles, Calif., and Francis Marsh of Maryland; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Donald Blake.
Mrs. Blake was a housewife.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, January 2, at 11 a.m., at Floyd
Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert A. Heater officiating. Interment followed
in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Lewis County.
She was born July 23, 1903, in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late John Daniel and Virginia Belle Blake Murphy.
Her husband, Harlan A. Boylen, whom she married September 30, 1921, died June 6, 1983.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Harold K. and Evelyn Boylen of Nederland, Tex.; one daughter, Glenna Murray of Orange City, Fla.; four grandchildren, Janet Rinehart of Harrisonburg, Va., Mike Rinehart of Weston, William Boylen of Spring, Tex., and Nancy Westfall of Jane Lew; 12 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.
Two sisters, seven brothers, and two great-grandchildren are also deceased.
Mrs. Boylen was a member of the Women's Society of First United Methodist Church of Jane Lew, the Lewis County Senior Citizens, and First United Methodist Church. She was the oldest member of Jane Lew Memorial Unit 166, American Legion.
A funeral service will be held today, Wednesday, January 3, at 1 p.m.,
at Morris Funeral Home in Jane Lew, with Rev. Ronald Brown officiating.
Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Shirley J. Craig
He was born June 3, 1923, in Gilmer County, a son of the late George and Mary Amos Craig.
His wife, Eleanor Baughman Craig, whom he married April 12, 1967, survives.
Also surviving are four daughters, Linda Skinner and Christina Rinehart, both of Jane Lew, Eliza Ruckman of Buffalo Lake, and Laneeta Craig of Weston; three sons, Rusty Craig and David Perrine, both of Jane Lew, and Christopher Craig of Weston; many foster children; nine grandchildren, Austin, Brandon and Breana Craig, Tiffany Rinehart, Sherri Strothers, Crystal Rowan, and Loretta, Bub and Torie Ruckman; two great-grandchildren, Bret and Brittany Strothers; one brother, William Craig of Warfield; two sisters, Jackie Hamrick of Weston and Norma Farrington of Tennessee; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Kathleen Craig, Carol Craig, and Marjorie Harris; and three brothers, Virgil Lee Craig, George Craig, and John Craig.
Mr. Craig was a retired night watchman for Worldwide Equipment of Jane Lew. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, Weston Moose Lodge 1376, and the AARP. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, January 2, at 1 p.m., at Floyd Funeral
Home, with Pastor Roy Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Weston
Maxine Lydia Gidley
Her husband, Rev. Clyde H. Gidley, whom she married May 5, 1963, survives.
Also surviving are one stepdaughter, Gypsie Ann Gidley Hufnagle of The Woodlands, Tex.; one stepgrandson, Todd Hufnagle of The Woodlands, Tex.; one stepgranddaughter, Amanda Hufnagle of The Woodlands, Tex.; one sister, Inabel Floyd of Weston; one niece, Jill Cleavenger; three nephews, David Floyd, Michael and Steve Butcher; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Dane Butcher and an infant brother, Dare Butcher.
Mrs. Gidley was a housewife and a member of the Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ of Buckhannon.
A funeral service was held Saturday, December 30, at 11 a.m., at Floyd
Funeral Home, with Rev. Glenn Riggleman officiating. Interment followed
in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Ora H. Rexroad
He was born September 19, 1914, at Elk Lick in Lewis County, a son of the late Ella V. Rexroad.
He made his home with Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Paugh of Kincheloe for about 70 years. After their death, he made his home with Bob and Ruth Paugh.
Mr. Rexroad was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army as First Cook at the Army Air Force Base in Presque Isle, Maine. He had been a farmer and was retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways. He was a faithful member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church for 60 years.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, at Morris
Funeral Home in Jane Lew, with Rev. Robert Cole officiating, assisted by
Pastor Michael Richards. Burial followed in the Pleasant Hill Church Cemetery
on the Kincheloe Road.
Eva B. Rucker
She was born April 3, 1927, at St. Louis, Mo., a daughter of the late Jacob and Katherine Fay.
Surviving are one son, Clarence L. Rucker of Weston; two granddaughters, Tammy Lee Rucker of Hepzibah and Stephanie Lynn Rucker of Weston; one grandson, Joshua Trey Rucker of Weston; one brother, Ronald Fay of Georgia; two sisters, Audrey Gamewell and Della Fay, both of St. Louis, Mo.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Eddie Rucker.
Mrs. Rucker was a Catholic and a caregiver for the elderly.
A funeral service will be held today, Wednesday, January 3, at 10 a.m.,
at Boyle Funeral Home, with Rev. Fr. James Murphy officiating. Interment
will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery at Grafton.
Duane R. Simons
He was born August 2, 1936, at Weston, a son of the late Edgar J. and Mary Irene Sandy Simons.
Surviving are one son, Edgar R. Simons of Weston; two grandchildren, Jeremy and Cassidy Simons, both of Fort Myers, Fla.; one brother, Anthony H. Simons of Weston; two sisters, Carina L. Belcher of Weston and Cheryl E. Frazier of Concord, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Simons was a retired metal specialist with USX Steel Company of Gary, Ind., with more than 38 years of service. He was a Protestant.
A funeral service was held Sunday, December 31, at 1 p.m., at Floyd
Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert A. Heater officiating. Interment followed
in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
He was born November 8, 1918, at Hardman, a son of the late Creighton and Gay Knotts Stalnaker.
His wife, Adah Simons Stalnaker, survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Elrond (Elizabeth) Wojtkiewicz of Hamden, Conn.; four sons and daughters-in-law, Thurl Stalnaker Jr. and Shelly of Aloha, Ore., Howard Webster and Nancy Stalnaker of Colchester, Vt., Scott Edsel Stalnaker and Teri Moneysmith of Pflugerville, Tex., and Craig Simon and Loretta Stalnaker of Randolph, Vt.; one sister, Mrs. Henry (Arnolee) Scherer of Greenville, Pa.; five brothers and four sisters-in-law, Blaine and Mary Stalnaker of Atlanta, Ga., Gerald and Judy Stalnaker of Weston, Burhl Dean and Trudy Stalnaker of Dobson, N.C., Edsel Stalnaker of Camden, and Keith and Elaine Stalnaker of Camden; nine grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Grethel Gray, Naomi Stalnaker, and Ioma Stalnaker; and one brother, Leo Stalnaker.
Mr. Stalnaker was an FBI special agent, stationed in the New Haven office, for 26 years, retiring in 1977. He then worked at the former Connecticut Bank & Trust, Hartford office, as vice president of internal security for 10 years. From 1886-88, he was zoning officer for the Town of North Haven. He was a 1948 graduate of West Virginia University and received a law degree from the WVU law school in 1950. He was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church in North Haven, Conn., and a World War II Army veteran.
A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, January 2, at St. John's
Episcopal Church in North Haven, Conn. Burial followed in the All Saints
Cemetery at North Haven. Washington Memorial Funeral Home in North Haven
was in charge of funeral arrangements. Memorial contributions in Mr. Stalnaker's
name may be made to National Headquarters, Society of Former FBI Agents
Foundation, M.C.A. Building, 715 Broadway, PO Box 1027, Quantico, Va. 22134-1027;
St. John's Episcopal Church, 3 Trumbull Place, North Haven, Conn. 06473;
Connecticut Hospice, 61 Burban Drive, Branford, Conn. 06405; or Fr. McGivney
Cancer Care Center, 1450 Chapel Street, New Haven, Conn. 06511.
She was born June 27, 1899.
Her husband, Watson Steele, preceded her in death January 17, 1990.
Surviving are one daughter-in-law, Loletha Hamrick of Jane Lew; three grandsons, Richard Hamrick and James Hamrick, both of Jane Lew, and Carl Hammons of Hurricane; and one granddaughter, Sharon Hamrick of Jane Lew.
Mrs. Steele was a member of the Church of God.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, at Sugar Creek Cemetery in Gassaway, with Rev. Nancy Cale officiating. Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.
Stella Mae Cole
She was born December 28, 1921, at Butcher's Fork, a daughter of the late James Samuel and Pamily (Long) Messinger.
Her husband, Charles Quenton Cole, preceded her in death in 1964.
Surviving are one daughter, Darlene May of Massachusetts; two brothers, Clarence and Raymond Messinger of Smithville, Ohio; one sister, Martha Ann Burkhammer of Bellefontaine, Ohio; one stepdaughter, Ruth Mick of Roanoke; one sister-in-law, Eula Cole of Procious; and two grandsons.
Mrs. Cole was a Baptist. She attended Reimer Road Baptist Church.
A funeral service was held December 4, 2000, at 1 p.m., at Sherwood
Chapel in Wooster, Ohio, with Rev. Jim Newton officiating. Interment followed
in Sherwood Memorial Gardens in Wooster. Roberts Funeral Home was in charge
of funeral arrangements.
George Gideon Cottrill
He was born December 23, 1922, at Weston, a son of the late Thomas J. Cottrill and Adeline Elizabeth Taylor Cottrill.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Schute Cottrill.
Survivors include: one sister, Mary L. Cottrill Strader of Route Three, Weston; two special friends, Debbie Seelback and Bruce Hefner, both of Weston; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one son William Cottrill; one sister, Maggie Cottrill; and three brothers, Rex, Oran, and Ralph.
Mr. Cottrill was a retired chauffeur for Goodrich Corporation and a veteran of WWII and a protestant by faith.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 30, at the Morris Funeral
Home in Jane Lew with Rev. Ronald Brown officiating. Interment will be
held Wednesday, January 31, at Akron, Ohio.
Ronald LeRoy Foster
He was born at Weston on July 27, 1916, a son of the late Tucker and Dora Cosner Foster.
He was a former guard officer at the Ravenna Arsenal prior to his enlistment in the service; a retired self-employed building contractor; a U.S. Navy veteran (Sea Bee Division) serving during WWII; a member and past master of the Moriah Lodge #105, Free and Accepted Masons, Powhatan, Ohio; a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Steubenville Indian Patrol, WV; National Guard; a member and past commander of the Barnesville Chapter of Disabled American Veterans; a member of the V.F.W. Post 6387, New Matamoras, Ohio; Knights Templar #047, Cambridge, Ohio; member of the past masters association, Bel-Mon Shrine Club, Wheeling, WV; Order of Eastern Star, Captina Chapter, Powhatan, Ohio; Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, Cambridge, Ohio; and the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masons of Ohio, Guernsey Council #74, Cambridge, Ohio.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Helen Dworshak Foster on July 16, 1993; one son, Ronald Lee Foster in 1960; one brother, Raymond Foster; two sisters, Mabel Spencer and Marie Jamison.
Surviving are two daughters, Connie Sellers of Cleveland, Ohio, and Julia Ann Roby, at home; two sisters, Ruth Mildred Smith of Jane Lew, and Maxine "Jean" Jackson of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., today, Wednesday, January 31, 2001, at Watters Funeral Home, S.R. 78 West, Woodsfield, Ohio with Pastor Paul Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow in the Antioch Cemetery, Antioch, Ohio with full military graveside services conducted by the New Matatmoras V.F.W.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children,
3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio 45229.
Evelyn Joann Hitt
Also surviving are: two sons and one daughter-in-law, James E. Hitt, Jr. and his wife, Laura, of Jane Lew and Timothy N. Hitt of Weston; one daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly Darlene Malson and husband, Timothy of Jane Lew; six grandchildren, Joby Swiger, Brooke Hitt Short, Tyler Hitt, Cortney Hitt, Lauren Malson, and Christian Hitt; one step-grandchild, Arwen Malson; one step-great-grandson, Austin Springer; and one step-great-granddaughter, Kirsten Palmer.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Janice Marie Mick.
Mrs. Hitt was a homemaker and was actively employed by J.E. Hitt Garage in Weston. She was a volunteer member of the Lewis County Emergency Squad, and attended Broad Run Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., today, Wednesday, January 31,
from the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mark Anderson officiating.
Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Jane Lew.
George Eugene Marsh
He was born in Weston, June 22, 1958, a son of the late Anna Puffenbarger and George Marsh, who survives in Weston.
Also surviving are one brother, Charles Marsh; three half brothers, Earl, Andy and Bill Puffenbarger, all of Weston; two sisters, Mary Harris and Darlene Conrad, both of Weston; stepmother, Anna L. Marsh of Weston and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one brother, James R. Marsh and one great-niece.
Mr. Marsh was a former employee of the Louie Glass Co.
Graveside services were held Monday, January 29, from the Snyder Cemetery at Churchville with the Rev. Robert Heater officiating.
Boyle Funeral Home of Weston was in charge of the arrangements.
He was born March 1, 1957, at Clarksburg, a son of the late Roy F. Murphy and Audra Murphy Gray.
He is survived by his companion of 12 years, Sheily Weedmana.
Also surviving are four children, Alana King of Weston, Melissa Bean
and David Murphy, both of Jane Lew, and Aaron Murphy of Texas; six brothers,
Richard Murphy of Pennsylvania, Tom Murphy of Clarksburg, Joe Murphy of
Jane Lew, Mike Murphy of Wileyville, Roy Murphy of Worthington, and Matt
Murphy of Ohio; five sisters, Pat Blair, Cathy Exline, Mary Adkins, Teresa
Dills, and Tina McKinney, all of the Clarksburg area.
Born on June 17, 1908 in Withers, Gilmer County, she was a daughter of the late Joshua M. Kuhl and Carrie (Tallhammer) Kuhl. She was twice married; first to Douglas James, who preceded her in death, then on June 16, 1956, she married Harley Lee Pratt, who died August 23, 1978.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Carrie Wilt and husband, Claude of West Union, and Jetta Baker and husband Q.V. of Clarksburg; one son and daughter-in-law, Eugene James and Patricia of Chattanooga, TN; two step-daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley Bennett and husband Edward of Weston, and Joretta Wilson and husband Robert of Cleveland, OH; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family being preceded in death by two sisters; four brothers; one step-son, Kenneth Pratt and one daughter-in-law, Dorothy Pratt.
Mrs. Pratt was a faithful member of the Broad Street United Methodist Church since 1941. She worked in the children's department as teacher and superintendent for 20 years. She served in various positions in the Women's Missionary organizations. For many years she created and prepared the floral arrangements for the church and for weddings. She was a member of the Hall Sunday School Class and the United Methodist Women.
Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue,Weston on
Wednesday, January 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at
1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 1, from the Broad Street United Methodist
Church with Rev. Clifford West officiating. The body will lie in state
at the church, Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow
in the Weston Masonic Cemetery in Weston. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to Broad Street United Methodist Church Building
Fund, Weston. Pallbearers for the funeral will be Mrs. Pratt's grandsons.
Helen R. Simmons
She is survived by one daughter, Betty Jones Bennett of French Creek; one son and daughter-in-law Robert L. "Bob" Simmons and wife, Debbie, of Baltimore, MD; two sisters, Valda Martin and Mary Jo Ross, both of Florida; four grandsons, Richard "Rick" Jones, Jerry Simmons, Robbie Simmons, and Mike Simmons; four great-grandchildren, Mahtina Hogeland, Christopher Jones, Jessica Simmons, and Amanda Simmons; one great-grandson, Tyler Hogeland; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death in addition to her parents and husband were one infant son; two sisters, Lillian Goode and Rita Mae Mullens; two brothers, Chester and Harold Gainer; and one grandson, Kenneth Jones.
Mrs. Simmons, along with her husband operated the Barbeque new Webster for six years. They farmed in Randolph County for six years and won the Farming for Better Living award. They then opened and operated J&H Service in Crystal Springs for many years. They then retired on a small farm near Kerens.
Mrs. Simmons was a Baptist by faith.
Funeral services will be conducted today, Wednesday, January 31 at 1 p.m. at the F.E. Runner Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dave Phillips, a Baptist Minister from Weston and Rev. David Jessie, pastor of the Independent Baptist Church of Rock Cave officiating.
Interment will follow at the Elkins Memorial Gardens (formerly the I.O.O.F.
Cemetery) in Elkins.
Richard T. (Dick) Smith
Mr. Smith was a graduate of Cincinnati College of Embalming, Class of 1949. On January 1, 1950, he successfully passed his West Virginia State Board to become a licensed funeral director and embalmer, at which time he became associated with the Funeral Firm of Sweeney and Toothman. In later years he purchased the company, which subsequently became known as Smith Funeral Home.
He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Weston; The West Virginia Funeral Directors Association; Weston Lodge #10, A.F. and A.M.; the Central West Virginia Shrine Club; the Loyal Order of Moose, #9874 of Weston.
A memorial service, celebrating the life of Richard T. Smith, will be
held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 3, 2001, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
with the Rev. Frederick Valentine, officiating. A graveside service will
follow at the Macpelah Cemetery in Weston.
Elsie Jane Stout
She was born February 20, 1920, in Braxton County, a daughter of the late Albert and Ocie DeMoss Marlow.
Her husband, Cecil Stout, preceded her in death March 27, 1999.
Surviving are four daughters, Carol Davis and Mary Eubank, both of Webster Springs, Frances Stout and Cecile Hornung, both of Weston; seven sons, Charles, Bernard, Roger, Carl and Richard Stout, all of Webster Springs, Kenny Stout of Camden On Gauley, and Gary Stout of Weston; one sister, Lillian McDaniels of Los Angeles, Calif.; 45 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Robert Stout; two brothers, Gilbert and Elmer Marlow; and two sisters, Ada Riffle and Dolly Rohrbough.
Mrs. Stout was a housewife. She attended Jennings Run First Church of God.
A funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 25, at Floyd
Funeral Home, with Rev. Herman Angle officiating. Interment followed in
Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Ottie A. Strader
She was born on Little Skin Creek, Lewis County, on April 30, 1909, a daughter of the late Thomas Meadows and Sarah Queen Meadows.
Her husband of 72 years, Ural Guy Strader, survives.
Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Hartzell Strader and his wife, Betty of Miamisburg, Ohio and Herman Strader and his wife, Joyce of Vandalia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Julia Anna Burge and her husband, Jack of Little Birch and Ethel M. Smith and her husband Roger of Roanoke. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one niece.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Arthur Holt and Eldon Lynn Strader; two brothers, Lee and Roy Meadows; and three sisters, Birdie McNemar, Emma Hall, and Lona Stalnaker.
Mrs. Strader was a housewife and a member of the Modern Woodsmen of America-Vandalia Camp #10321. She was a member of the Simpson Chapel United Methodist Church on Sammy's Run in Lewis County, where she was the pianist for several years. She was raised on Little Skin Creek in Lewis County.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 30, from the Floyd Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Ed McDaniels officiating. Interment followed in the Simpson Run Chapel Cemetery on Sammy's Run in Lewis County.