Miscellaneous Lewis County, West Virginia Obituaries

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Lewis Richard Haymond
Lewis Richard Haymond, 66, of Berlin Rd. in Weston, died at 7:05 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born Oct. 8, 1936, in Taylor County, a son of the late Lewis Ellis and Wilma (Keller) Haymond.

His wife, Dottie L. Pritt Haymond, whom he married Dec. 14, 1983, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Ellis and Linda Haymond of Bunker Hill and Philip David and Mary Haymond of Fairmont; three stepdaughters, Wavalene Lester of Lightburn, Linda Hicks and her husband Scott of Weston, and Elizabeth Fultineer and her husband John of Buckhannon; 2 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, 12 stepgrandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild; one foster sister, Patty Gonzalez and her husband Donald of Clarksburg.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Cheryl Ann Haymond.

Mr. Haymond managed the Grafton newspaper for 20 years. He was a union representative with the West Virginia State Employees Association; a loan officer with Lewis County Savings & Loan of Weston; and a clerk for Kane's Hardware in Weston. He attended Berlin United Methodist Church.

A funeral service was held Sunday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m., at Floyd Funeral Home, with Rev. Roger McKee officiating. Interment followed in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Jesse Boyd James
Jesse Boyd James, 85, of 392 Broad St., Weston, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 1, 1917, in Braxton County, a son of the late Perry Stanley and Melvina (Long) James.

His wife, Mabel Irene (Sams) James, whom he married Oct. 9, 1944, preceded him in death Nov. 28, 1992.

Surviving are three sons, Stanley James, Melvin James, and Ernest James, all of Weston; one daughter, Sandra Keith of Weston; two sisters, Gertrude McClary of Collingswood, N.J., and Dell James of Pittsgrove, N.J.; four grandsons, six granddaughters, five great-grandsons, and three great-granddaughters; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Perry Steven James; two brothers, Leman and Cleman James; and one sister, Luna Autha Phillips.

Mr. James was a social worker for the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources with 35 years of service. He was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, belonging to Weston Lodge 10 AF&AM. He was also a member of Bigelow Chapter 4, RAM; St. John's Commandery #8, K.T.; Orlando Shrine Temple of Orlando, Fla.; and the Baha Camel Herders.

A funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Floyd Funeral Home, with Rev. Roger Brown officiating. Interment followed in the Peterson Cemetery.

John P. "Johnny" Jones
John Paul "Johnny" Jones, 36, a resident of the Burnt House community in Ritchie County, died at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, at Rt. 47, Burnt House, following a jobsite timbering accident.

He was born Mar. 25, 1966, a son of Linda White Cottrill of Stouts Mills and Edgell J. Jones of Auburn in Ritchie County.

Surviving in addition to his parents are his stepfather, Haymond Cottrill of Stouts Mills; his father's companion, Etta Spencer of Auburn; two sons, Joshua Lee and Andrew Paul Jones of Buckhannon; his ex-wife, Beverly Richards Jones of Buckhannon; one brother, James Jones of Tunnelton; three half brothers, Zavada, Cazjun and Suneak Spencer of Auburn; one stepbrother, David Cottrill of Little Birch; two stepsisters, Rose Craig of Linn and Rita Brown of Glenville.

He was preceded in death by one stepbrother, Lynn Cottrill; and one stepsister, Cheryl Cottrill Greenlief Miner.

Mr. Jones was a truck driver and a timberman. He was a Baptist and a former member of the National Guard of Gassaway.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, at Ellyson Mortuary Inc. in Glenville, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial followed in the Cottrill Family & Friends Cemetery on Sliding Run at Stouts Mills.

Lena Myrl King
Lena Myrl King, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at the home of her daughter, Colleen Jones, in Jefferson, Ohio.

She was born June 24, 1915, at McCann's Run, a daughter of the late Jesse Lee and Jessie May (Barb) Allman.

Her husband, Ross Lauden King, whom she married Sept. 23, 1933, preceded her in death Dec. 3, 1993.

Surviving are two sons, Ross L. King and Delbert King, both of Buckhannon; four daughters, Kathleen Weaver of Weston, Marleen Brandon of New Kensington, Pa., Colleen Jones of Jefferson, Ohio, and Barbara McVicer of Quakertown, Pa.; one brother, Basil Allman of Jane Lew; 19 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, Harvey Allman, Peter Elza Allman, Roscoe Bill Allman, Laco "Cody" Allman, Claude Allman, Rupert Allman, and Bernard Allman; and one sister, Pearl McKinney.

Mrs. King was a homemaker, a Methodist, and a member of the Senior Citizens.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 11 a.m., at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home in Buckhannon, with Rev. Robert Poling officiating. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Lewis County.

I. Virginia Lang
I. Virginia Stalnaker Lang, 95, of Charleston, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003.

She was born Nov. 26, 1907, at Weston, a daughter of the late Charles Edward and Maryann McComb Stalnaker.

Her husband, Sam Lang, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Frederick R. Lang of Charleston; five grandchildren, David Lang, Susan Lang Miller, Samantha Lang Wafford, Lisa Lang Pritchard, and Sarah Lang Marconi; 10 great-grandchildren, Joshua Lang, Brieanne Lang, Kyle Miller, Ashley Miller, Matthew Wafford, MacKenzie Wafford, Jessica Pritchard, Samuel Pritchard, Greer Pritchard, and Katherine Pritchard.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Samuel Charles Lang; four brothers, Charles Stalnaker, Clarence Stalnaker, Homer Stalnaker, and David Stalnaker; and two sisters, Suella Stalnaker Heater and Lenora Stalnaker Davis.

Mrs. Lang and her husband formerly owned and operated Lang's Clothing Store in Weston. In Charleston, she was employed by Lang's Pharmacy and Commercial Insurance. She was a graduate of Clarksburg Business School.

She was a member of Charleston Baptist Temple, American Baptist Woman's Ministries, and Grayce Philathia Class; a former deaconess; a 50-year member of Eastern Star Chapter 49 of Weston; and a former member of the Woman's Club of Charleston and the Garden Club.

Mrs. Lang donated her body to The Human Gift Registry at West Virginia University. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family requests that donations in Mrs. Lang's name be made to Charleston Baptist Temple. 
Marguerite F. Marple
Marguerite F. Marple, 74, of 113 Williams Ave., Weston, died at 12 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at her residence, following an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 28, 1928, on Maxwell Run in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Margie Kelley.

Her husband, Clenley Marple, whom she married Jul. 1, 1951, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Sheila and Dennis Norman of Weston and Pamela McClain of Lost Creek; one son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Susan Marple of Route Four, Weston; four grandchildren, Natalie Frashure, Chasidy Murray, Chad  Marple, and Gerald McClain II.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Regina.

Mrs. Marple was retired from the Lewis County Board of Education, having been a cook at Kitsonville School and Polk Creek Elementary School. She had previously been a cook at the Jackson's Mill State 4-H Camp. She was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church and attended First Presbyterian Church in Weston. She was also a member of the Weston Garden Club and the Theresa Snaith Auxiliary of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Boyle Funeral Home, with Rev. Russell Furr officiating. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. 
Leonard L. McHenry
Leonard L. McHenry, 64, a resident of the Waldeck community of Weston, died at 12:50 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, at West Virginia University Hospital in Morgantown, following an unexpected illness.

He was born Oct. 24, 1938, on Little Ellis in Gilmer County, a son of the late Arden and Garnett Radcliff McHenry.

His wife, Wanda Alltop McHenry, whom he married Dec. 30, 1976, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Sherri Reed of Weston and David and Barbara Reed of Weston; one daughter, Annie McVay of Weston; six grandchildren, Bryan Reed, Matthew Reed, Chris Reed, Kevin Reed, Cheryl Reed, and Tom McVay; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Marjorie Flower of Linn; four brothers, Kenard McHenry of Mount Clare, Leroy McHenry of Cedarville, Arden McHenry of Linn, and Gerald McHenry of Linn; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Basil McHenry; and one infant brother.

Mr. McHenry was a graduate of Sand Fork High School. He retired from the Weston State Hospital with 27 years of service and was a Methodist.

A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Ellyson Mortuary Inc. in Glenville, with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Interment followed in the McHenry Cemetery on Indian Fork in Gilmer County.

Ernest H. Messenger
Ernest H. Messenger, 81, of Township 32, Waterford, died at 10:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, at DaySpring Healthcare Center in Beverly.

He was born Jan. 6, 1922, at Linn, a son of the late Peter and Ella Pickerell Messenger.

His wife, Dolores Collins Messenger, whom he married Dec. 23, 1950, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Debbie Malec and her husband Dan of Waterford; two grandsons, Ernest Malec and his wife Teresa of Waterford and Jason Malec and his wife Antoniette of San Antonio, Tex.; one granddaughter, Mandy Neader and her husband Matt of Beverly; four great-grandchildren, Rebecca Sims, Hillary Malec, Cody Malec, and Marissa Neader.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Messenger was a truck driver; he owned and operated a trucking business for many years. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Submarine Service. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the Pearl Harbor attack and was the last survivor of the attack in Washington County.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at McCurdy Funeral Home in Beverly, with Rev. Karl Kesselring officiating. Burial followed in the Waterford Cemetery, with military services conducted at the graveside.

David Lee Moore
David Lee Moore, 60, a resident of the Lorentz community of Buckhannon, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Charleston Memorial Hospital in Charleston.

He was born Aug. 11, 1942, in Lewis County, a son of the late David Hugh Moore and Helen Virginia Knight Puffenbarger.

His wife, Karen Sue Stalnaker Moore, whom he married Dec. 21, 1962, survives.

Also surviving are a son, Steven L. Moore of Lorentz; a sister, Jackie Moore Barre of Louisiana; three brothers, Denny Moore and Billy Moore, both of Ohio, and Jerry Moore of Weston; several nieces and nephews; and his stepfather, Everett Puffenbarger.

Mr. Moore was the owner of Video Zone in Weston. He was a Methodist.

A funeral service will be held today, Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 1 p.m., at Tomblyn-Whitescarver Funeral Chapel in Buckhannon, with Rev. William C. Eskew Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in the Lorentz Cemetery.

Anna Louise Sharpless
Anna Louise Sharpless, 49, of 353 Mid Ave. in Weston, Shadybrook community, died at 8:20 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, 2003, at Grafton City Hospital in Grafton, following an extended illness.

She was born Aug. 14, 1953, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late John Edward and Rosetta Maxine (Brown) Kenney.

Her husband, Delroy L. Sharpless, whom she married Mar. 6, 1970, survives.

Also surviving are one grandson, Tyler Edward Bandy of Weston; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandra and Frank Staats of Hortense, Ga., and Mary M. and Robert "Eddie" DeGarmo of Weston; one brother, John J. Kenney of Weston; one sister-in-law, Carlene Kenney of Jane Lew; her mother- and father-in-law, Sarah and Perry Box of Sheffield Lake, Ohio; an uncle, Jack Brown and his wife Louise of Weston; a special friend, Ellen Marks of Weston; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, John Edward Sharpless; one brother, Lawrence Edward Kenney; and one sister, Regina Kenney.

Mrs. Sharpless was a homemaker. She was a member of Weston Assembly of God and enjoyed reading Christian books and watching Christian movies.

Friends will be received at Weston Assembly of God today, Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m., with Rev. Mark Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Nora Bliss Smith
Nora Bliss Smith, 93, formerly of Buckhannon, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003, at Nella's Nursing Home in Crystal Springs, following an extended illness.

She was born Nov. 30, 1909, in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late William Waugh James and Alma Nora (Reed) James.

Her husband, James Lloyd Smith, whom she married Aug. 15, 1957, preceded her in death Apr. 26, 1989.

Surviving are one stepdaughter, Wanda Rogers of Akron, Ohio; two stepgrandsons, Daniel Hoover of Weston and Butch Hoover of Ohio; one stepgranddaughter, Jenny Smith of Elkins; several stepgreat-grandchildren; three brothers, Clark James of Glenville, W.T. James of Ravenswood, and Samuel James of Parkersburg; one stepdaughter-in-law, Mimi Smith of Elkins; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one infant daughter; one stepson, James L. Smith Jr.; one stepdaughter, Betty Hoover; seven brothers, Justus, Parker, Boyd, John, David, and Butcher James and an infant brother; two sisters, Mildred White and Mary Altop.

Mrs. Smith owned and operated the former J&B Donut Shop in Weston, where she was a baker. She was a member of Christian Fellowship Church of Buckhannon.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at Floyd Funeral Home, with Rev. Ed McDaniels officiating. Interment followed in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Consuelo Curry Ward
Consuelo Curry Ward, 99, died peacefully Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003.

She was born Sept. 22, 1903, at Parkersburg, a daughter of the late James Nelson and Nancy Furbee Curry.

She met and married Arthur R. Ward in 1929. He died in 1983.

Mrs. Ward and her husband moved to Weston shortly after their marriage and lived in Weston until they moved to Fairmont in 1951.

She was an Episcopalian and was active in the Rowe Guild as well as many civic organizations, especially the Daughters of the American Revolution, of which she was Regent in the Major William Haymond Chapter in Fairmont.

Her sole survivor is a son, Arthur N. Ward, M.D., of Marietta, Ga., with whom she had lived since 1993.

The body was cremated at the request of the deceased. A memorial service will be held in her son's Christian meeting.

Robert Lee Winans
Robert Lee Winans, 58, of 419 Pratt St. in Weston, died at 10:20 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

He was born Sept. 6, 1944, in Lewis County, a son of the late Brent F. and Alta Mae Puffenbarger Winans.

His wife, Shelby Jean Morris Winans, preceded him in death Jan. 27, 1984.

Surviving are one stepson, James David Morris of Clarksburg; three sisters, Emma Jean Sharier of West Lafayette, Ohio, Anna Mae Wilmoth of Horner, and Donna Jean Goldsmith of Weston; five brothers, Dan, John, Tom, Steve and Ron Winans, all of Camden.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Brent Cecil Winans and William Edward Pope.

Mr. Winans was a member of the Sand Fork Church of God. He was a glassworker and a truck driver.

A funeral service was held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Boyle Funeral Home, with Rev. Brian Groves officiating. Interment followed in the Snyder Cemetery at Churchville.

Barbara Ellen Wright
Barbara Ellen Wright, 73, of Valley Chapel Rd. in Weston, died at 8:18 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, following an extended illness.
She was born June 27, 1929, at Weston, a daughter of the late Guy Austin and Reva Grace (Harris) Taylor.

Her husband, Willard James Wright, preceded her in death Mar. 27, 1995.

Surviving are two sons, Homer "Bud" Taylor of Weston and Anthony Wright of Bridgeport; three grandchildren, David Taylor, Michael Taylor, and Kendra Wright; several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Buckingham; three brothers, John, William and Guy Lonzo Taylor; and one sister, Mary Kavula.

Mrs. Wright was a former checker for Schmitt's Baking Company in Baltimore, Md., with 32 years of service. She attended Word of Life Church at Butchersville and was a member of Baker's Confectionary Local 87 of Baltimore, Md.

A funeral service was held Sunday, Jan. 26, at 3:30 p.m., at Floyd Funeral Home, with Pastor Philip Strauss officiating. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.


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