Miscellaneous Lewis County, West Virginia Obituaries

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James Bryan Allen
James Bryan Allen, 41, of Chuckey, Tenn., died Monday, October 8, 2001, at Laughlin Memorial Hospital.

He was born October 8, 1960, at Clarksburg, a son of the late Jennings Critchfield and Dorothy Allen of Chuckey, Tenn.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Angela Mullins Allen; two sons, David and Andrew Allen, both at home; one half brother, J. Bryan Critchfield of Weston; two half sisters, Jenna Renzelli of Philippi and Julie Thomas of Clarksburg; two grandchildren.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother, Paul Allen; and one sister, Sarah Allen.

Mr. Allen was a truck driver and a member of Astor United Methodist Church.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 13, at Astor United Methodist Church, with Rev. Gary Phillips officiating. Burial followed in Woodsdale Memorial Park at Grafton. Carnegie Funeral Home of Flemington was in charge of funeral arrangements. 
 

Thelma Marie Dinday
Thelma Marie Holden Washburn Dinday, 85, of Fayetteville, formerly of Willoughby, Ohio, and St. Albans, died Thursday, October 11, 2001, at Raleigh General Hospital in Beckley, following a long illness.

She was born September 11, 1916, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Earl and Cansadia Rebecca Cole Holden.

She was twice married. Both her first husband, Hayward Charles Washburn, and her second husband, Martin Jacob Dinday, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Gerald Keith Washburn of Oak Hill and Edmund Lawrence Washburn of Lost Creek; one daughter, Sandra J. Bowman of Ft. Thomas, Ky.; two stepsons, Kenneth Dinday of Lawrenceville, N.J., and Brian Dinday of San Rafael, Calif.; one stepdaughter, Loretta Straka of Warren, N.J.; 9 grandchildren, several stepgrandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by Patty Washburn and Shirley Washburn, who took care of her.

Also preceding her in death was a stepsister, Colleen Parr.

Mrs. Dinday was a homemaker and a former employee of a manufacturing plant. She was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Jane Lew.

A funeral service was held Sunday, October 14, at 2 p.m., at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill, with Rev. Joe Shaffer officiating. Interment followed in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at Prosperity. 
 

Helen Lucille Fleagle
Helen Lucille Fleagle, 79, of Charles Town, died Thursday, October 11, 2001, at Shenandoah Health Village Center in Charles Town.

She was born November 18, 1921, in Upshur County, a daughter of the late James and Hattie Johnson Stalnaker.

Her husband, Paul Foster Fleagle, preceded her in death July 30, 1984.

Surviving are one son, James W. Fleagle and his wife Peg of Raleigh, N.C.; three grandchildren, Alayna Fleagle, Chanelle Fleagle, and Kelcey Fleagle; three sisters, Mary Hunt of Charles Town, Patricia Fender of Hagerstown, Md., and Lewanna McDonald of Greencastle, Pa.; one brother, Robert Stalnaker of Gualala, Calif.; nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Pauline Wellings.

Mrs. Fleagle was a receptionist for Dr. Earl D. Allara for many years. She was an active and faithful member of Zion Episcopal Church in Charles Town.

A funeral service was held Monday, October 15, at 11 a.m., at Zion Baptist Church, with Rev. Melanie McCarley officiating. Interment followed in the Edge Hill Cemetery in Charles Town. Memorial donations in Mrs. Fleagle's name may be made to Zion Episcopal Church, 221 East Washington Street, Charles Town, WV 25414. 
 

Name Omitted
The obituary for Russell Allen Roby published in last week's Weston Democrat did not include the name of a surviving aunt, Audrey M. Thomas. 
 

Leeann Wodzinski
Leeann Nicole Wodzinski, 4, of Buckhannon, died suddenly Friday, October 12, 2001, at Buckhannon.

She was born April 2, 1997, at Buckhannon, a daughter of Mark Fuller and the late Yvonne Pearl Wodzinski Wamsley.

She was the stepdaughter of Joey Slaughter of Nevada and Dave Wamsley of Buckhannon.

Surviving are her grandparents, John David Wodzinski Jr. of Buckhannon, John and Joyce Rose Griffith of South Carolina, Naomi and Doug Fuller of Buckhannon, David and Lois Wamsley of Buckhannon, and Maryann and Dave Cutright of Buckhannon; three brothers, Andre Gage Turner-Slaughter, Matthew Fuller, and Corey Wamsley; aunts and uncles, John David Wodzinski III of Buckhannon, David Perrine of Weston, Joe Allen Perrine and Julie Ann Perrine, both of South Carolina; her godparents, Pauletta Hall and Glen Hall of Clarksburg; aunts and uncles, Pete and Shari Wodzinski, Eddie Wodzinski, Dorothy and John Hines, Paul and Florence Farrabee, Jeff Green and Helene Wodzinski, Barb Lantz, Kitty and Donny Lantz, Alex Wodzinski, Beverly McFarlin, Tony Wodzinski, Regina Wodzinski and Skip Labno, Marianna and Dan Lowman, Joey and Paula Mealey, Genie and Leota Lantz, Donna Griffin, James Perrine, Mary Williams, Kay Bentley, Niska Wentz, Harold Perrine, David Perrine, Donald Perrine, Billy Perrine, Jackie Perrine, and John David Mealey; several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Yvonne Pearl Wodzinski and Eugene Lantz, John David Wodzinski Sr., Macil Landis, and Lloyd Perrine; two uncles, Joel Perrine and Johnny Perrine.

She attended preschool and was a Methodist.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, October 16, at 1 p.m., at Davis Funeral Home in Clarksburg, with Rev. Mary Ellen Finegan officiating. Interment followed in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. 
 

Yvonne Wodzinski
Yvonne Pearl Slaughter Wamsley Wodzinski, 23, of Buckhannon, died suddenly Friday, October 12, 2001, at Buckhannon.

She was born February 8, 1978, at Buckhannon, a daughter of John David Wodzinski Jr. of Buckhannon and John and Joyce Rose Griffith of South Carolina.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her ex-husband, David Wamsley of Buckhannon; one son, Andrew Gage Turner-Slaughter; and one stepson, Corey Wamsley.

Also surviving are three brothers, John David Wodzinski III of Buckhannon, David Perrine of Weston, and Joe Allen Perrine of South Carolina; one sister, Julie Ann Perrine of South Carolina; her godparents, Glen and Pauletta Hall of Clarksburg; aunts and uncles, Pete and Shari Wodzinski, Eddie Wodzinski, Dorothy and John Hines, Paul and Florence Farrabee, Jeff Green and Helene Wodzinski, Barb Lantz, Kitty and Donny Lantz, Alex Wodzinski, Beverly McFarlin, Tony Wodzinski, Regina Wodzinski and Skip Labno, Marianna and Dan Lowman, Joey and Paula Mealey, Genie and Leota Lantz, Donna Griffin, James Perrine, Mary Williams, Kay Bentley, Harold Perrine, David Perrine, Donald Perrine, Billy Perrine, Jackie Perrine, and John David Mealey; several cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Yvonne Pearl Wodzinski and Eugene Lantz, John David Wodzinski Sr., Macil Landis, and Lloyd Perrine; two uncles, Joel Perrine and Johnny Perrine.

Ms. Wodzinski was a Methodist.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, October 16, at 1 p.m., at Davis Funeral Home in Clarksburg, with Rev. Mary Ellen Finegan officiating. Interment followed in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. 
 

Carl Eugene Wright
Carl Eugene Wright, 70, of Depot Street in Jane Lew, died Friday, October 5, 2001, at his home.

He was born August 7, 1931, at Jane Lew, a son of the late Nathan and Blanche Ramsburg Wright.

Surviving are one son, Michael Scott Wright of Bellevue, Neb.; and one brother, Ralph Wright of Louisville, Ky.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Herbert Wright and Walter Wright.

Mr. Wright was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from the WV Division of Highways.

There was no visitation or funeral service. Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew was in charge of funeral arrangements. 

Florence Cole Batten
Florence Cole Batten, 87, of Bridgeport, formerly of Terrace Avenue in Weston, died at 4 a.m. Monday, November 26, 2001, at her home, following a brief illness.

She was born July 20, 1914, at Electra, Tex., a daughter of Robert E. and Una Chipps Cole.

Her husband, James French Batten, whom she married February 22, 1940, preceded her in death December 20, 2000.

Surviving are one daughter, Patricia Sue Batten of Bridgeport; one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. James R. and Alice Batten of Charlottesville, Va.; two grandchildren, Scott A. and Cathy Batten of Weyers Cave, Va., and Susan and Chris Budahl of Falls Church, Va.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Robert E. Cole Jr.; and three sisters, Amy Teason, Betty Sue Cole, and Patricia Cole.

Mrs. Batten retired from the West Virginia Glass Specialty Company in Weston with several years of service. She was a member and past president of the Weston Women's Club and a member of the Weston Garden Club and St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Weston.

Friends will be received today, Wednesday, November 28, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Boyle Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 29, at the funeral home, with Mrs. Batten's grandson, Scott A. Batten, presiding. Interment will follow in the Machpelah Cemetery. 
 

William Corder Jr.
William Ernest "Bill" Corder Jr., 83, of Weston, formerly of Salem, died Sunday, November 25, 2001, at his residence, following an extended illness.

He was born July 26, 1918, at Salem, a son of the late William Ernest and Arah Bly Stutler Corder.

His wife, the former Eloise Irene George, whom he married May 28, 1939, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Charlene Sue and Patrick J. Rericha of Parma, Ohio; one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. William Thomas and Sarah B. Corder of Morgantown; four grandchildren, Kristin Foran, Erin Tkachik, Nathan Rericha, and Brandon Rericha; three great-grandchildren, Garrett Jeffrey Tkachik, Taylor Anne Rericha, and Tyler Peyton Foran; one brother, George E. Corder of Zanesville, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Dorthea Corder; and two brothers, Harry Raymond Corder and Joseph Bond Corder.

Mr. Corder graduated from Salem High School with the Class of 1937. He served his country with distinction during World War II on the Battleship U.S.S. New Mexico. He was retired from the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company as store manager with 42 years of service in Salem, Pennsboro, Shinnston, Belington, Weston, and Bridgeport. He was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church and Weston Lodge 10 AF&AM.

A funeral service will be held today, Wednesday, November 28, at 11 a.m., at Floyd Funeral Home, with Rev. Michael Linger officiating. Interment will follow in the K of P Cemetery at Salem. 
 

Thomas H. Covey
Thomas H. Covey, 93, of 463 Center Avenue in Weston, died at 5:30 a.m. Thursday, November 22, 2001, at Morgan Manor in Morgantown, following a brief illness.

He was born November 19, 1908, in Raleigh County, a son of the late Daniel Owen and Josephine (Trail) Covey.

His wife, Margaret Elizabeth Bailey Covey, whom he married March 2, 1935, preceded him in death August 22, 1998.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas H. Covey Jr. and his wife Hope of Morgantown; two daughters and sons-in-law, Myra Jo and Thomas D. White of Fort Ashby and Sharon and Billy D. Lindsey of Parkersburg; seven grandchildren, Joda Lynn Covey Fogerson, Emily Covey Kiral, Mya White Fields, Kathie White Whiteman, Joy White Linthicum, Kristin Thomas Lindsey, and Jeffrey Don Lindsey; seven great-grandchildren; and two faithful neighbors who watched over him, Roberta Springston and Andy Sleigh.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Mr. Covey was part owner and a salesman at the former Gregg Grocery in Weston. Prior to his retirement, he was a wholesale salesman for Fulks Brothers Sporting Goods in Clarksburg. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Weston and Weston Masonic Lodge 10 AF&AM. He was an All State football player at Woodrow Wilson High School and a charter member of the Woodrow Wilson Sports Hall of Fame. He played football and baseball for the West Virginia University Mountaineers and was an avid WVU sports fan. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

A funeral service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 25, at Floyd Funeral Home, with Rev. Rick Farmer officiating. Interment followed in the Weston Masonic Cemetery. Graveside rites were accorded by Weston Masonic Lodge No. 10 AF&AM. Memorial contributions may be made to Weston Masonic Lodge 10 AF&AM Temple Restoration Fund, PO Box 1, Weston, WV 26452. 
 

Robert G. Metzgar
Robert G. Metzgar, 71, of Benton, Ark., died Sunday, November 25, 2001.

He was born December 8, 1929, at Weston, a son of the late John and Alma Metzgar.

Surviving are two sons, Robert G. Metzgar Jr. of Benton, Ark., and John G. Metzgar of Havelock, N.C.; two brothers, Richard H. and James K. Metzgar, both of West Virginia; one sister, Willa Bailey of West Virginia; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Metzgar was a cable splicer for Bell Atlantic. He was a Korean War veteran, having served with the U.S. Marine Corps, and a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and VFW Post 1976 in Weston.

A private graveside service will be held Friday, November 30, at the Masonic Cemetery in Weston. Ashby Funeral Home in Benton, Ark., is in charge of funeral arrangements. 
 

Ida M. Moneypenny
Ida M. Moneypenny, 95, of 181 Aspen Road in Weston, died at 9:40 a.m. Monday, November 26, 2001, at Crestview Manor in Jane Lew, following an extended illness.

She was born March 16, 1906, at Birch River, a daughter of the late John and Texa Simmons Tingler.

Her husband, William S. Moneypenny, whom she married in June 1925, preceded her in death August 4, 1968.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, William and Dessie Moneypenny of Route Four, Weston; five grandchildren, Sharon Butcher, Rick Smith, Jim Harper, Rosemary Pearce, and Susan Juber; seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mattie Fisher of Little Birch.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Reva Harper; one granddaughter, Sandra Harrison; one grandson, Robert Harper; five brothers, Billy, Delbert, Argle, Sherman and Okey Tingler; and two sisters, Flossie Moneypenny and Gay Tingler.

Mrs. Moneypenny retired from the Louie Glass Factory in Weston with several years of service. She was a member of Bealls Mill United  Methodist Church.

A funeral service will be held today, Wednesday, November 28, at 2 p.m., at Boyle Funeral Home, with Rev. Conrad Tenney officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. 
 

Porter Wilfong
Porter Charles Wilfong, 59, of Jane Lew, died at his home Tuesday, November 27, 2001, following an extended illness.

He was born January 18, 1942, in Braxton County, a son of the late Russell and Ermel Marks Wilfong.

His wife, Judy Kimbrew Wilfong, survives.

Also surviving are four sons and three daughters-in-law, Michael and Karen Wilfong of West Milford, Mark and Jennifer Pellerito of Kincheloe, Matt and Linda Wilfong of Stonewood, and Jason Wilfong of Morgantown; one stepdaughter, Tina Manno of Idamay; two sisters, Erma Ruth Michaels and Greta Mae Jones, both of Ohio; one brother, James Wilfong of Ohio; six grandchildren, Christina Wilfong, Josh Wilfong, Chelsea Wilfong, Katie Wilfong, Tanner Wilfong, and Abbie Wilfong.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Evalee Denis.

Mr. Wilfong was a truck salesman at Harry Green Chevrolet for several years. He was a member of the Jane Lew Lions Club and the Church of the Nazarene in Weston. He enjoyed farming, hunting, and spending time with his family and favorite dog, Angel.

Friends will be received at Morris Funeral Home in Jane Lew today, Wednesday, November 28, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 29, at New Bethel United Methodist Church at Good Hope, with Rev. Roy Jones officiating (the body will lie in state from noon to 1 p.m. at the church). Burial will follow in the Good Hope Masonic Cemetery. 


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