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Arthur Cassell Jr.
Arthur Franklin Cassell Jr., 82, of Fairmont, died Thursday (April 5, 2001) at his residence.
He was born Sept. 19, 1918, in Fairmont, the son of the late Arthur Franklin Sr. and Minnie Myrtle Cumpston Cassell.
He retired in 1982 as purchasing agent from the Alcan Aluminum Plant in Fairmont with 40 years of service. He was Protestant by faith.
He was a graduate of East Fairmont High School and attended West Virginia Wesleyan College.
He was a member of the B.P.O.E. No. 294 Elks Lodge in Fairmont and was a lifetime member of the White Day Golf Club.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Ann Cassell of Fairmont (Meadowdale Community), whom he married Aug. 9, 1971; a son, David W. Cassell of Fairmont; a grandson, David Brent Cassell of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; his mother-in-law, Mildred Burke of Fairmont; two sisters-in-law and spouses, Janet and George Ward of Bridgeport, and Pat and Leo Flynn of Nashua, N.H.; a niece, Nancy Saurborn of Plum Run Community; a nephew, Joe Pogue of Fairmont; and a close friend, Blanche Pyles of Katy Community.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and noon-1 p.m. Saturday at the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor John Abersold officiating. Burial will follow in the Pisgah Cemetery in Monongalia County.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 2059, Fairmont, WV 26555-2059. 

Arlie Davis
Arlie Davis, 75, of Fairmont, died Aug. 28, 2000 at Fairmont General Hospital.
He was born May 25, 1925, in Fairmont, the son of the late Guy U. and Nettie Rosetta Jackson Davis.
He was Protestant by faith. He retired from Hartley's Department Store when it closed. He was an avid follower of the Pittsburgh Pirate baseball team and he enjoyed fishing. He was a former member of the Marion County Auxiliary Police.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Nancy Mays Davis; a daughter and son-in-law, Glenna and Bill McCoy of Fairmont; a brother and sister-in-law, Guy Jr. and Margaret Davis of Knoxville, Tenn.; and two sisters and one brother-in-law, Jean and David Scritchfield, and Grace Day, all of Fairmont.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred and Harry Davis; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Martha Mary and Alva Wroe, Lula Black, and Robert Day.
He donated his body to the Human Gift Registry. A graveside committal service for his cremains will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Grove Cemetery on Tower Hill in Monongah with the Rev. Carl Buckner officiating.
Obituary courtesy of Frey Home For Funerals of Fairmont. 

Beatrice Michael
Word has been received of the death of Beatrice D. Michael, 85, on March 29, 2001 at the Litchford Falls Health Care in Raleigh, N.C.
She was born Jan. 22, 1916, in the Baxter area, the daughter of the late James and Blanch Brock Layman.
She attended Fairview High School. She worked for Hagan Dairy Store and the Mountainlair in Morgantown, as well as the Fairmont Hotel in Fairmont. Moving to Uniontown, Pa., she retired from the Mary Ann Dress Shop in the Uniontown Mall. After retirement, she moved to Raleigh, N.C. to be near her daughter.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth D. and Ann Michael of Alabama; a daughter and son-in-law, Connie L. and Haywood G. Riley of Raleigh, N.C.; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert O. and Nadine Layman of Fairmont; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Victor H. Michael in 1972; three brothers, Harold Layman in infancy, Cecil A., and Virgil E. Layman; and three sisters, Stella M. Albright, Pauline R. Fleming, and Virginia Keffer Davis.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Highlawns Methodist Church in Rivesville with the Rev. Stanley Merrifield officiating. 

Virgil Peterson
Virgil A. Peterson, 76, of Morgantown, died Thursday (March 29, 2001) at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N. C.
He was born Jan. 1, 1925, in Hamlin, Iowa, the son of the late Manville and Amanda Nelson Peterson.
He was professor emeritus of English at West Virginia University where he taught from 1966-96. He served as a commissioned officer in the U. S. Navy from 1943-46 and 1951-53.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sophia Loizos Peterson; a son, Mark Peterson of Pittsburg, Kan.; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and John Murray of Winston-Salem, N. C.; and two grandchildren, Martin and Amanda Murray.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dering's Funeral Home in Morgantown. A private burial will follow. A reception will follow the service at the family home at 849 Vandalia Road, Morgantown.
Memorial donations may be made to the Virgil and Sophia Peterson Academic Enrichment Fund, in care of West Virginia University Foundation, 3168 Collins Ferry Road, Morgantown 26505. 

Ronnie Dye
Ronnie Lee Dye, 51, of White Hall, died Wednesday (April 4, 2001) at his home.
He was born May 16, 1949, in Charleston, the son of Flora May Harland Dye of Charleston, and the late Forrest Dye.
He graduated from Nitro High School. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Army from 1969-71. He had worked as a cable splicing technician for Verison before retiring with 32 years of service.
He enjoyed boating and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairmont. He also belonged to the National Harley Davidson Owner's Group Association.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Diane McCale Dye; a step-daughter, Amanda Jo Rose of Fairmont; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Sharon Dye of Nitro, James and Tina Dye of Bancroft, and David and Cindi Dye of Clendenin; a sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Charles Belcher of Orlando, Fla.; his grandmother, Flora Wills of Charleston; and eight nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, 301 Jackson St., Fairmont. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. Gene Lassiter officiating. Burial will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown, where a flag-folding ceremony will be conducted.
Arrangements are being handled by the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont. 

Dominick Martino
Dominick Frank Martino, 86, of Fairmont, died Wednesday (April 4, 2001) at his residence after a long illness.
He was born Jan. 2, 1914, in Fairmont, the son of the late John and Chiara Pulice Martino.
He owned and operated a grocery store in Watson for 22 years. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier and also for the Alcohol Beverage Commission of West Virginia. At one time he was a barber.
He was an avid golfer and won many awards. He taught golf at the Fox Hill Golf Course.
As a kid, his first job was as a paperboy and he was a caddy at the Fairmont Field Club while in school. In his semi-retirement years, he worked for the Times West Virginian.
He attended Watson Grade School and Fairmont Junior High. He did a lot of writing and kept a daily dairy. He also worked for Johnny Warash as an assistant golf pro. His favorite sports were golf and fishing.
He served in World War II in the Army with the 201st Infantry from 1941-45. He served in Alaska and in the Aleutian Islands. After being out of the Army for 44 years, he kept in contact with many of his Army buddies from all over the country and had several reunions before becoming ill. He corresponded with them until his death.
He was a life-long member of the St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church in Watson and was active in the Holy Name Society when they had their spaghetti dinners.
He is survived by his wife, Irene Zaccagnino Martino of Fairmont, whom he married Nov. 26, 1949; two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Terri Martino of Morgantown, N.C., and Michael and Amy Martino of Brookville, Ind.; three brothers, Joe and Frank Martino of Fairmont, and Sammy Martino of Dearborn, Mich.; two sisters, Mary Loria and Rose Muto, both of Fairmont; and five grandchildren, Tricia, Jona, and John Lawrence, and Nicholas and Angela Martino.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Pasco "Peachie" Martino; and a sister, Anna Riggi.
Friends may call from 1-9 p.m. Friday at the Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Watson with Father Gary P. Naegele as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Fairmont. Full military rites will be conducted at graveside by the Marion County Veteran's Council. 

Romaine Tennant
Romaine Tennant, 83, of Fairview, died Wednesday (April 4, 2001) at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
She was born Jan. 12, 1918, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of the late William and Minnie Tennant Wright.
She was a lifetime member of the Haught's Chapel United Methodist Church and a member of WSCS. She loved reading and crocheting. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Janice Sue and Jerry Fluharty, Judy and Don Pethtel, and Betty Lou Fluharty, all of Fairview; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Richard and Terri Tennant, and Randall Tennant, all of Fairview; 13 grandchildren, Douglas and Jeffery Fluharty, Kimberly Sanders, Shelly Toothman, Pam Loar, David and Todd Pethtel, Heather Megna, Brian, Justin, Andy, Zackery, and Megan Tennant; and 16 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Berle Tennant; two grandchildren, Mark and Mike Fluharty; two brothers, Glendon and Wilbert Wright; and a son-in-law, Ike Tennant.
Friends may call from 3-9 p.m. today at the Domico Funeral Home, Curry Chapel, Fairview. The body will lie in state from noon-1 p.m. Friday at the Haught's Chapel United Methodist Church. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the church with the Rev. David McCauley officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Haught's Chapel United Methodist Church Youth Group. 

Virginia Thompson
Virginia L. (Ginny) Thompson, 82, of Fairmont, died Monday (April 2, 2001) at Fairmont General Hospital.
She was born July 25, 1918, in Fairmont, the daughter of the late Warren and Beulah Hartley Cunningham.
She was the chairman of the board of General Delivery Inc., a trucking company founded by her late husband Walter "Pete" Thompson in 1948. She was also past president of the West Virginia Motor Truck Association, a position she was especially proud.
She was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church. Her hobbies were boating and amateur radio. WB8CPK was her call sign. She also had raced stock cars and sold Harley Davidson motorcycles in the 1950s. She was associated with the Fraternal Order of Police for many years.
She is survived by a son, James C. "Chip" Thompson of Fairmont; two granddaughters, Marci L. Thompson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Andrea K. Chambers of Parsons; one great-granddaughter, Erika Taylor Poling; and a brother-in-law, Tom Hanes of Fairmont.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Hanes.
No funeral is planned, but a memorial service will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church, 3rd Street and Gaston Avenue, Fairmont, with the Rev. David H. Rockwood officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church at above address. Flowers will also be accepted.
Obituary courtesy of the Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. 

Sally Wilson
Sally Ann Cunningham Wilson, 49, of Fairview, died Tuesday (April 3, 2001) at her residence.
She was born March 9, 1952, in Fairmont, the daughter of the late William Calvin and Nellie Crescenzi Cunningham.
She was a homemaker and was formerly employed at Westinghouse Corp. in Fairmont. She enjoyed her fish pond, arts and crafts, and gardening.
She was a member of the Rivesville United Methodist Church and was a 1969 graduate of Rivesville High School.
She is survived by her husband, Earl R. (Zeke) Wilson of Fairview; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Brandie Gabbert of Mannington, and Brian and Melanie Gabbert of Barrackville; two brothers, Henry Naternicola of Boise, Idaho, and Joe Naternicola of Fairmont; two sisters, Virginia Eddy of Rivesville, and Nancy Bilotta of Fairmont; one granddaugher, Destiny Gabbert; a step-son, Charles Wilson of Fairview; mother-in-law, Bertha Wilson of Fairview; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today, noon-9 p.m. Friday and 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, Second Street, Rivesville. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the DeGarmo Chapel with the Rev. Jack Flint officiating. Burial will follow in the Toothman Cemetery in Fairview.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 12110, Charleston 25302. 

Robert Wright
Robert Lee Wright, 76, of Akron, Ohio, died March 24, 2001.
He was a native of Marion County, but spent most of his life in the Akron area in the trucking and automotive industry.
He is survived by his wife, Doris; a son and daughter-in-law, Brad and Alice Wright of Marshallville, Ohio; a daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Jerry Davis of Akron; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers and a sister-in-law, John Wright, and Franklin and Lorraine Wright; and two sisters, Betty Toothman and Mary Holmes, all of West Virginia.
Services were held March 29 at the Schlup-Pucak Funeral Home in Akron with the Rev. Joyce Carr officiating. Burial was in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Hospice program of Visiting Nurse Service, 3358 Ridgewood Road, Akron, Ohio 44333. 

Robert Ashley
Robert Lee Ashley, 39, of Mannington, died Saturday (March 31, 2001) at Mannington.
He was born Oct. 3, 1961, at Fairmont, the son of Carol Ann Tharp Snider of Mannington, the late Robert Lee Ashley, and his step-father, Robert Snider of Mannington.
He was a member of Calvary Temple Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was active in the West Virginia National Guard, having served in Desert Storm.
He also worked at WVU as a boiler technician. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and carpentry.
In addition to his mother and step-father, he is survived by a son, Matthew Lee Ashley of Carolina; a step-daughter, Jennifer Beveridge of Mannington; a brother and sister-in-law, Clinton Elliott and Diane Ashley of Deer Park, Pa.; two sisters a brother-in-law, Janet Ann and Jimmy Hendershot of Mannington, and Darlene Renee Ashley of Farmington; one step-sister and brother-in-law, Tammy and David Park of Hamburg, Pa.; grandmothers, Elizabeth Ashley of Shinnston, and Pearl Tharp of Idamay; a step-grandson, Cameron Beveridge of Mannington; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Raymond Ashley and Alva Tharp.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Masters Funeral Home in Mannington. The body will lie in state from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Temple Church at Swisher Hill. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with Pastor Tim Shuttlesworth officiating. Burial will follow at Viewpoint Cemetery at Rachel where the Marion County Military Veterans Council will conduct flag-folding services. Members of the 201st Army National Guard will serve as pallbearers. 

Mary Givens
Mary Violet Murphy Givens, 82, of Clarksburg, died Monday (April 2, 2001) at her residence.
She was born Feb. 18, 1919, in Marion County, the daughter of the late Harold Davis Sr. and Bertha Walls Davis.
She was a homemaker and Protestant by faith.
She is survived by two sons, William Frank Murphy, and Thomas Paul (Johnny) Murphy, both of Clarksburg; a brother, William (Toots) Baker of Youngstown, Ohio; two sisters, Rosetta Whitehair of Clarksburg, and Betty Merritt of Bistol; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Clyde B. Givens; her second husband, Edward F. Murphy; two brothers, Robert and Thomas Baker; and a sister, Audra Murphy.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Bartolo Funeral Home, 515 West Pike St., Clarksburg. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel with Pastor Chuck Madaus officiating. Burial will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Velma Hartley
Velma Hartley, 84, of Idamay, died Monday (April 2, 2001) at her residence.
She was born Oct. 16, 1916, in Marion County, the daughter of the late Walter and Ina Michael Pitman.
She was a member of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church in Swisher Hill, and the Idamay Homemakers Club. She was past president of the Idamay Senior Citizens.
She graduated from Monongah High School and worked at the Worthington Pharmacy.
She is survived by three sons, Gerald N. Hartley of Orrivillle, Ohio, Delmas H. Hartley of Carolina, and David M. Hartley of Circleville, Ohio; a brother, Julian Pitman of Idamay; two sisters, Dorothy Kocan of Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Buck "Joan" Blagg of Idamay; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert H. Hartley on April 3, 1999; a brother, Virgil Lee Pitman; and a sister, Lexie Parks.
There will be no funeral home visitation; however, friends may call from 1-9 p.m. today at the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church at Swisher Hill. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the church with Pastor Tim Shuttlesworth officiating. Burial will follow in the Parrish Cemetery on Parrish Run near Four States.
The Dent Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Alma Hunsaker
Alma Gertrude Hunsaker, 96 of Fairmont (Bellview Community) died in her home Thursday (March 29, 2001).
Services were held Monday, April 2, at the Frey Home For Funerals with the Rev. Gene Lassiter officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Mission Ministries, 107 Jefferson St., Fairmont, WV 26554. 

Steve Michalec
Steve Michalec, 82, of Mannington died Sunday (April 1, 2001) at his residence.
He was born July 31, 1918, in Masontown, Pa., the son of the late Frank and Anna Hagan Michalec
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Mannington. He was the owner of Steve's Fashion Shop in Mannington for 40 years.
He enjoyed gardening, golf and watching sports on television. He also enjoyed decorating his home and yard with lights at Christmas.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army before World War II.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and William "Bill" Duncan of Mannington; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Darlene Michalec of Mannington; a brother, John Michalec of Masontown, Pa.; and four grandchildren, Kara Fortney, Korrie Duncan, Beth Michalec and Gina Michalec.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of more than 52 years, Waneta Michalec, on Jan. 20, 2001; two sisters, Theresa Rozzi and Anne Popovich, and two brothers, Frank and Edward Michalec.
Friends may call from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Dent Funeral Home in Mannington. A Christian wake service will be held at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. There will be a funeral liturgy at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Mannington with Father Franklin A. Neville officiating. Interment will follow in the Grandview Memorial Gardens in Fairmont.
The family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Support Group Marion County, P.O. Box 4543, Morgantown, WV 26505. 

Sally Wilson
Sally Ann Cunningham Wilson, 49, of Curfman's Village, Fairview, died Tuesday (April 3, 2001) at her residence.
She is survived by her husband, Earl R. "Zeke" Wilson of Fairview; and two sons and daughters-in-laws, Steven and Brandie Gabbert of Mannington and Brian and Melanie Gabbert of Barrackville.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, 2nd Street, Rivesville. 

Joseph Wolfe Sr.
Joseph H. Wolfe Sr., 65, of Hundred, died Monday (April 2, 2001) near Hundred.
He was born Dec. 28, 1935, at Flaggy Meadow, near Lowesville, the son of the late William and Della G. Tichenor Wolfe.
He retired after 25 years of service as a supervisor for Cero Copper and Brass Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. He returned to his home state and completed his work years at the Emerald Mine in Waynesburg, Pa. where he worked as a belt electrician, retiring after 20 years of service.
He was a member of the Oak Forest United Methodist Church and was a member of the Littleton Lodge #131 AF & AM.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Geneva Marie Friend Wolfe; two sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph H. and Leona Wolfe of Burton, and Bradley and Marsha Wolfe of Fairview; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Patricia and Robert Riley, Christine and Harvey Knopp, all of Jarrettsville, Md., and Sherry Ayersman of Morgantown; three brothers, Boyd and Stanley Ray Wolfe, both of Hundred, and David Wolfe of Pentress; a sister, Dorothy Smith of El Paso, Texas; and six grandchildren, Nicole Riley, Michael and Amy Ayersman, and Matthew, Andrew, and Jacob Wolfe.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Ann Long, Mary Fowler, Louella Konopko, and Evelyn Stansberry.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Tennant Funeral in Hundred. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Rose Saunders officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Forest Cemetery near Hundred. The Littleton Lodge #131 will conduct Masonic graveside services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oak Forest United Methodist Church, HC 67, Box 69, Hundred, WV 26575.
You may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register online at www.tennantfuneralhome.com. 

Charles Drake Sr.
Charles E. Drake Sr., 73, of White Hall died Monday (April 2, 2001) at his residence.
He was born Dec. 24, 1927, in Fairmont, the son of the late Charles E. and Rosa Hall Drake.
He was a retired crew leader from Owens-Illinois, a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force and an avid hunter.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Mary Robinson Drake; three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Jr. and Linda Drake of Bellview, Robert and Carole Drake of Shinnston, and Michael and Gretchen Drake of Angola, Ind.; two daughters, Joyce Martin and Tina Drake, both of White Hall; three sisters, Agnes Merrill of Baltimore, Md.; Marjorie Heston of Fairmont and Eladine Hefner of South Carolina; seven grandchildren, Crystal Frost, Kim Burr, Kyle Wills, April and David Martin, and Jason and Justin Drake, and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and William Drake.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today and 1-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Ave., Fairmont. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Brian Cole officiating. Burial will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Fairmont. 

Louis LoFiego
Word has been received of the death of Louis LoFiego, 85, of El Granada, Calif., on March 18, 2001, in El Granada.
He grew up in West Virginia and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from West Virginia University. His career included work on the Apollo program and high-level professional awards.
He wrote several articles and books on pyrotechnics, and served for four-and-a-half years as an instructor in the chemical engineering department at WVU and at the West Virginia Institute of Technology in Montgomery.
It was his education that earned him an officer's commission in the Navy, with which he served from 1944-46. Working with bombing equipment, he was stationed in Washington, D.C., and aboard ship. For 10 years after the war, he served on the Navy Department's Bureau of Ordnance and, prior to that, on the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Silver Spring, Md., as deputy chief of the chemistry division. For his work, he received two meritorious awards for achievement.
He moved to California in 1956 as an executive with Whittaker Corporation's Bermite division until 1987, attaining the position of technical director. While there, he managed research and developmental efforts and received patents in such areas as igniters, high-explosive trains, rocket motors, explosive actuators, primers, detonators, and gas and ion generators.
In the 1960s, he worked with the Apollo program, perfecting the "reefing line cutter," a device that is part of the parachute attached to a space module.
In October 1986, he received the American Defense Preparedness Association's distinguished award and medallion for outstanding accomplishment in the fields of pyrotechnics and propellants. He retired in 1994.
He was very proud of his Italian heritage and loved Italian food. His main hobby was reading.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Marilyn "Lynn" LoFiego of El Granada; two sons, Robert LoFiego of Michigan and William LoFiego of Virginia; four daughters, Mary Jo West and Patricia Beck, both of Southern California; Nancy Garbini of San Gregorio and Linda Wright of Mississippi; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Dr. Frank LoFiego of Florida, and a sister, Evelyn Cinalli of Fairmont.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Frank and Dan Lamping in 1972; a brother, Joe LoFiego, and a sister, Louise LoFiego.
No funeral services were planned. 

Kenneth Daniel
Kenneth William Daniel, 71, of Mannington died Saturday (March 31, 2001) at Monongalia General Hospital.
He was born March 21, 1930, at Mannington, a son of the late Peter and Hasiba Raad Daniel.
He took over the family business, which was established in 1916, and became co-owner of D&K Market from 1954 until its closing in 1987. He retired from the State of West Virginia ABC Store in 1989. He was a veteran of the Korean War and had been stationed at Ashiya Air Force Base off the coast of Korea. He received the United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Mannington, the Marion Council Knights of Columbus No. 942, American Legion Post No. 40 of Mannington, Past Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No. 388 of Mannington and Mannington Moose Lodge No. 1344, and was a volunteer at Fairmont General Hospital.
He served on the Mannington Planning Commission. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Genevieve "Jean" Shannon Daniel; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth Peter and Regina Daniel, and Vincent William and Darlene Daniel, all of Mannington; one daughter, Susan Kay Elvon of Zephyer Hills, Fla.; two brothers, Donald T. Daniel and Edward P. Daniel, both of Mannington; one granddaughter, Melissa Elvon; four grandsons, Chad, Jeff, Chris and Jackie, and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Daniel Martin, and one brother, Nadar Pete Daniel.
Friends may call at the Masters Funeral Home in Mannington from 7-9 p.m. today and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Knights of Columbus ritual service will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home, followed by the scriptural reading at 7 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Mannington with the Rev. Frank Neville as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mannington Cemetery. A military service will be conducted at the graveside by the Marion County Military Veterans Council.
Pallbearers will be Mitchell Richardson, Ronnie Clark, Chad Brinegar, Jeff Brinegar, Chris Daniel and Greg Daniel. 

Dennis Foley
Dennis Edward Foley, 75, of Blacksville died Friday (March 30, 2001) at Monongalia General Hospital.
He was born Jan. 18, 1926, in the Kings Run community of Blacksville, son of the late Ruford and Mary Sines Foley.
He was a veteran of World War II. He was a retired dairy farmer and had also worked at Sterling Faucet, Bunker Mine in Cassville and the Valley Coal Camp Company. He was affiliated with the Blacksville Baptist Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Shirley White of Bunker Hill and Denice Corder of Blacksville; a stepdaughter, Carol M. Bowman of Blacksville; two stepsons, James Bowman of Westover and Charles P. Bowman of Brookhaven; a brother, Floyd Foley of Alliance, Ohio; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dolly Pearl Brummage Foley in 1965, and by his second wife, Bonita R. Foley on July 30, 1991; a daughter, Mary Jane; three sisters, Laura, Sarah and Dorothy, and two brothers, Dan and Jim.
Services will be held in the Owen-Neely Funeral Home in Blacksville today at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Samuel Hibbs officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Luke Cemetery with graveside military services provided by the Mt. Morris American Legion Post #992. 

Stephan Kuretza
Stephan Kuretza, 76, of Fairmont died Friday (March 30, 2001) at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg.
He was born April 23, 1924, in Lunch, Ky., a son of the late Charles and Anna Zvere Kuretza.
He was a retired supervisor from the Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) in Fairmont. Prior to that, he was a section foreman for Consol Coal Co. at the Arkright and Pursglove coal mines. He began his mining career working for Eastern Coal Co. at the Grant Town mine. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Fairmont and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Marines in five campaigns in the Pacific Theatre.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Retton Kuretza; one daughter and son-in-law, Stephany and Gary Southern of Fairmont; one son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Marjorie Kuretza of Fairmont; one brother and sister-in-law, Thomas and Norma Kuretza of Grant Town; three grandchildren, Shelley Southern Ganster of Plymouth, Mich.; Lance Kuretza of Fairmont and Brandon Kuretza, serving with the U.S. Air Force in England; two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Anna Coniglio and Mary Andrysiak; a brother, Nicholas Kuretza; a half brother, Frank Cickie, and a nephew, Thomas Kuretza Jr.
At the request of the deceased, there will be a private family visitation and burial. Domico Funeral Home in Fairmont is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North Central West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 6630, Morgantown, W.Va. 26506-6630. 

Beatrice Michael
Beatrice Dorothy Layman Michael, 85, formerly of Baxter, died Thursday (March 29, 2001) at the Litchford Falls Health Care in Raleigh, N.C.
She was born Jan. 22, 1916, at Minister's Run, the daughter of James Eldon Wesley Layman and Blanche Emma Brock Layman.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Dewayne and Ann Canfield Michael of Alabama; one daughter and son-in-law, Connie Lorraine and Haywood Gray Riley of North Carolina; one brother, Robert Oscar Layman; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Harold Michael, who died in 1972; three brothers, Herold Layman, Albert Cecil Layman and Virgil Ervin Layman, and three sisters, Stella Marie Fetty Albright, Pauline Ruth Fleming and Laura Virginia Keffer Davis.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Highlawn Methodist Church in Rivesville. 

Betty Mullenax
Betty J. Mullenax, 67, of Owings Community died Saturday (March 31, 2001) at the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg following an extended illness.
She was born Nov. 1, 1933, at Enterprise, a daughter of the late Riley Festus and Georgia Mae McDougal Fleming.
She was a member of the Owings Community Church, the Ladies Auxiliary, Clarksburg No. 2353, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Women of the Moose Lodge 699 in Shinnston.
She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila and Bill Tichenor of Shinnston, Shelly and Bill Davisson of Lumberport, and Missy and John Arnold of Owings; one son, Jeff "Pud" Mullenax of Owings; two sisters, Doris Skelley of Paden City and Norma Lee Garrett of Clarksburg; two brothers, Bill Fleming of Owings and Gerald Wright of Clarksburg; seven grandchildren, one great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her h husband, Billie Lee Mullenax, on Oct.. 1, 1963.
Friends may call at t the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston today from 6-9 p.m. and after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Austin Burrough and pastors Matt Morrison and Robert Shingleton officiating. Interment will be in the S Shinnston Masonic Cemetery. 

Florence Richardson
Florence M. Richardson, 76, of Cox's Mills died Sunday (April 1, 2001) at Roane General Hosptial in Spencer.
Born in Kanawha County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Trula Ethel Washington Raines.
She attended and taught Sunday school at the Leading Creek Baptist Church.
She is survived by three sons, John and Michael Richardson, both of Spencer, and Larry Richardson of Forest Grove, Ore.; two daughters, Marion Utt of Fairmont and Carol Staats of Walton; one brother, Thomas Raines of Ceredo-Kenova; two sisters, Minnie Schoolcraft of Sophia and Kathryn Drennen of North Carolina; one brother-in-law, H.E. Richardson of LaGrange, Ohio; 13 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, John L. Richardson, and one brother, Robert Raines.
Friends may call at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Waitman Sandy and the Rev. Jeffrey Jett officiating. Interment will be in the Clover Cemetery in Spencer. 

Leo Simmons
Leo B. Simmons, 74, of Akron, Ohio, died Saturday (March 31, 2001).
He was born Nov. 16, 1926, in Kingmont, a son of the late Theodore and Myrtle Simmons.
He had lived in Akron since 1949. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II. He was retired from Firestone with 30 years of service.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helen Simmons; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry and Michael Wofford of Rainbow City, Ala.; Tracy and Dennis Kearns of Akron; three sons and daughters-in-law, Curt and Barbara Simmons of Akron; Robert and Chu Simmons of Springville, Ala., and Todd and Debbie Simmons of Akron; four sisters, Etta Drake of Mt. Dora, Fla.; Virginia Fortney and Josephine Dodd, both of Fairmont, and Ruth (and Bob) Scott of Brownsville, Pa.; 14 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.
Friends may call at the Adams Mason Memorial Chapel in Akron, Ohio, beginning at noon Tuesday. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Russell Varner officiating. Interment will follow at the Hillside Memorial Park, where military rites will be conducted by Firestone VFW Post 3383. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1815 West Market St., Akron, Ohio 44313. 

Thelma Bartholow
Thelma Waneta Bartholow, 80, formerly of Monongah, died Thursday (March 29, 2001) at the Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown.
She was born July 30, 1920, in Cameron, the daughter of the late Emmet and Maude Rodgers Mathews.
She was a homemaker. She was Methodist by faith. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading and playing the piano.
She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Katherine and Eric McClure of Charleston, Susan and Ron Gaus of Fairmont, and Roberta and Gary Fleming of Carolina; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Roger and Netty Bartholow of Ada, Okla. and David Bartholow of Monongah; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Bartholow in 1959; a son, James R. Bartholow; an infant brother; and one sister, Virginia Regnell; and a son-in-law, Kenneth D. Nicholson.
Friends may call from 1-9 p.m. today at the Frey Home For Funerals. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Wayne Stone officiating. Burial will follow in the Jones Cemetery. 

Dennis Foley
Dennis Edward Foley, 75, of Blacksville died Friday (March 30, 2001) at Monongalia General Hospital.
He was born Jan. 18, 1926 in the Kings Run community of Blacksville, son of the late Ruford and Mary Sines Foley.
He was a veteran of World War II. He was a retired dairy farmer and had also worked at Sterling Faucet, Bunker Mine in Cassville and the Valley Coal Camp Company. He was affiliated with the Blacksville Baptist Church.
He is survived by two daughters, Shirley White of Bunker Hill and Denice Corder of Blacksville; a step-daughter, Carol M. Bowman of Blacksville; two step-sons, James Bowman of Westover and Charles P. Bowman of Brookhaven; a brother, Floyd Foley of Alliance, Ohio; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Friends may call at Owen-Neely Funeral Home in Blacksville today from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Monday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Samuel Hinns officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Luke Cemetery with graveside military services provided by the Mt. Morris American Legion Post #992. 

Iola Hogue
Iola K. Hogue, 91, of Fairmont died Friday (March 30, 2001) at Wishing Well Manor in Fairmont.
She was born April 24, 1909 in Pittsburgh, Pa., daughter of the late Jesse and Gertrude Donaldson Kerr.
She was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church of Fairmont. She was a member of the Mt. Vernon Garden Club and a former secretary for the Bell Telephone Company.
She is survived by her husband, Clary Ernest Hogue; a son-in-law, Charles Ganiear of Waynesburg, Pa.; one sister, Alice Rice of Pittsburgh; and two grandsons, Charles W. Ganiear and David C. Ganiear.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Brenda Hogue Ganiear, who died May 17, 1994.
Friends may call at the Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont today from 12-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Monday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Roger Waybright officiating. Interment will follow at Jefferson memorial Park Cemetery, 401 Curry Hollow Road, Pittsburgh. 

Alma Hunsaker
Alma Gertrude Hunsaker, 96 of Fairmont (Bellview Community) died in her home Thursday (March 29, 2001).
She was born May 16, 1904 in Jordon, daughter of the late Edward Jacob and Alice Jolliffe Hunsaker.
She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher, librarian and member of the Deacon's Board. She was a direct descendant of Boaz Fleming, the great-granddaughter of the founder of Fairmont, and David Morgan, the famed Indian fighter. She was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and Fairmont State College and studied at West Virginia University. After teaching briefly at the county's country schools, she was given a teaching position at Fairmont's J. Walter Barnes School in Bellview, where she taught a total of 43 years. She was an active member of many organizations, including: past president of the Gamma Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma; past president of the Marion County Education Association; past member of the state board of the Association of Classroom Teachers; life member of the National Education Association; librarian and past regent of the Catherine Garretson Morgan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists; librarian and member of the calling committee of the Maj. William Haymond Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; past state registrar of the West Virginia Huguenot Society; past state treasurer of the Colonial Dames XVII Century; treasurer of the Marion County Historical Society; member of the Palatines to America; member of the Military Order of Foreign Wars; and was honored by the Go Cat in 1999. She enjoyed traveling and in the U.S, and Europe and following the lives of her former students.
She is survived by her niece and husband, Elaine and Neil West of Bevercreek, Ohio; two great-nephews and spouses, Brian J. West and fiancé Julie Watkins of Columbus, Ohio and Shawn E. and Lisa West of Madison, Ohio; one great-niece and spouse, Heidi J. and Michael Schranghamer of Dayton, Ohio; four great-great-nieces and nephews; and special friends and caregivers, Alice Swisher and Liz McClone of Fairmont.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, James Jolliffe and Estel Balderson Hunsaker.
At the deceased's request, the casket will be closed. Her family will receive friends at the Frey Home for Funerals Monday from 1-1:30 p.m. before proceeding to the Clermont Cemetery for a graveside service with the Rev. Gene Lassiter officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Marion County Historical Society, 207 Adams St, Fairmont, WV 26554. 

Russell Liston
Russell J. "Buck" Liston, 73, of Masontown died Friday (March 30, 2001) at Windy Hill Manor in Kingwood.
He was born April 9, 1927 in Kingwood, son of the late James S. and Alverta Groves Liston.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II from 1945 to 1947, where he was the recipient of the Army Occupation and World War II Victory Medals. He retired as a carpenter, having been a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Local 4179 in Morgantown and the Masontown VFW Post #1589. He was a Protestant by faith.
He is survived by two sons, Robert Liston and his friend Sarah Jordon of Arthurdale and Gary and his wife Nancy Liston; one daughter and son-in-law, Lorraine and Randy Weaver of Arthurdale; two brothers, Howard and Charles Liston, both of Kingwood; one sister, Mary Cale of Augusta; and two grandchildren, Nathan Weaver and Theresa Liston.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Anna Theresa Liston, who died April 4, 2000; one brother, Glenn Liston; and one sister, Geraldine Liston.
Friends may call at the James G. Lobb Funeral Home, Route 7, Reedsville, today from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Services will be held at the funeral home chapel Monday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Anna Straight officiating. Interment will follow at the Masontown Cemetery. The Preston County VFW Posts will conducts military graveside services.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association of West Virginia, 78 Holland Ave., P.O. Box 633, Morgantown, WV 26506. 

Mary Moody
Mary Elizabeth Moody, 82, of Fairmont and formerly of Clarksburg died Saturday morning (March 31, 2001) at the Marion Health Care Hospital in Fairmont.
She was born April 23, 1918 in Pricetown (Lewis County), daughter of the late Charles Roscoe and Hadie Opal Gall Taylor.
She was a member of the Barnes Memorial Baptist Church in North View where she had taught Sunday School for several years. She enjoyed ceramics at the Clarksburg Senior Citizens Center, gardening and plastic canvas work.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles L. Sr. and Sharon Moody and William K. Moody, all of Fairmont; one daughter and son-in-law, Carol Sue and Chester Tharp of Clarksburg; one half-brother, R. Kent Taylor of Elkins; four half-sisters, Virginia Lee Travazano of Arizona, JoAnn Grasso of Ohio, Betty Carey of Fairfax, Va. and Patty Butcher of Buckhannon; four grandchildren and spouses, Tammy Jo and Jack Reese, Charles L. Jr. and Tina Moody, Shane Tharp and Scott Tharp; two great-grandchildren; and several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Delores Moody and Nancy Jo Moody; one sister, Virginia Robertson; and her step-mother, Wilsie Taylor.
Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg today from 7-9 p.m. and Monday from 2-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Tuesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Ronald Bomar presiding. Interment will follow at the Waldeck Cemetery in Pricetown. 

John Rote Sr.
John Rote Sr., 81, of Rivesville died Friday (March 30, 2001) at his home following an extended illness.
He was born Feb. 2, 1920 in Rivesville, son of the late Joseph and Rose Marra Rote.
He was a graduate of Rivesville High School. He was World War II veteran, having served with distinction in the 479th Combat Engineers in the China-Burma-India Theatre of operations. His unit was responsible for the construction of the Ledo Road and the re-opening the Burma Road. Upon discharge from the U.S. Army, he briefly worked at the Fisher Body Plant in Cleveland and in 1951 joined the International Association of Bridge Structural and Ornamental Ironworkers, Local #549 of Wheeling, an organization which he remained in good standing with until his death. He was a member of the Rivesville United Methodist Church, a 32nd Degree Mason of the Preston County Lodge, and a member of the VFW Post #07048. He served as a Scout Master of Troop 31 and co-founded the Rivesville Samaritan House, which served hundreds of area residents in need of food and clothing in its 15-year history. In 1990, he was recognized by former President George Bush for his service to the community and was named recipient of the Thousand Points of Light Award, and is enshrined at the Library of Congress.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Caputo Rote; two sons, Joseph Rote and John Franklin Rote, both of Rivesville; two daughters-in-law, Twyla Eye Rote and Brenda Sweeney Rote; four grandchildren, Amanda, Abigal, Aaron and John Joseph; two sisters, Katherine Rote Aguirre of Newport News, Va. and Minnie Rote of Rivesville; and two brothers, Russell Rote of Newport News and Anthony Rote of Rivesville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sister, Teresa, Thelma and Marie; and two brothers, Joseph and Frank.
Friends may call at the Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, Jasper Street, Rivesville today from 7-9 p.m., Monday from 4-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Stanley Merrifield officiating. Burial will follow at the Beverly Hill Cemetery. Marion County Veterans will observe a flag-folding service in the funeral home following Tuesday's service. The AF&AM Masonic Lodge will observe Masonic Rites at the graveside. 

Samuel Frankman
Samuel James Frankman, 86, of Pleasant Valley (Benton's Ferry) died Thursday (March 29, 2001) at Fairmont General Hospital.
He was born Aug. 27, 1914, in Fairmont, the son of the late Patsy and Minnie Delligatti Frankman.
He was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church, the E.A.A. Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Chapter #842, Northern W.Va. Pilots Assoc., and in 1987 was awarded the Distinguished West Virginian.
He was also F.A.A. Eastern Region Flight Instructor of the Year for 1987, one of only four such awards given in the entire U.S. He was the founder of the Fairmont Seaplane Base on the Monongahela River in Fairmont, the only flight facility of its kind in West Virginia. He also trained pilots for the Army and Air Force during World War II at West Virginia University and provided transportation for a number of famous people such as Drew Pearson, Jack Anderson, Margaret Chase Smith and Eleanor Roosevelt, who often visited the state. He was also the executive pilot for J.W. Ruby of Morgantown. He was the pilot for Sterling Faucet, Baker and Combs, Controlled Systems and was the founder and pilot for TravelAir.
He also has the honor of having the Fairmont Municipal Airport named "Frankman Field" and received an honorary degree of doctor of aeronautical science from Salem College at a Festival of Flight. In April 1966, he received special commendations from the U.S. House of Representatives for his part in the rescue of a pilot in distress over Parsons. He also piloted open-pit byplanes and as a performer in the popular sport of "barnstorming." He was also a member of the OX5 Aviation Pioneers.
He is survived by a son, James C. Frankman Thompson of Fairmont; a sister, Marie Frankman of Fairmont; two nieces, Patty McCarty of Colfax, and Nancy Affeltranger of Louisiana; a sister-in-law, Helen Frankman of Fairmont; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several great nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Moors Frankman in 1990; and a brother, Leroy Frankman.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church with Father Leonard Smith as Celebrant. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson's Disease Foundation Development Dept., c/o Marc Lichtman, 1501 N.W. 9th Ave., Miami, Fla. 33136-1494. The Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, is in charge of arrangements. 

James Hedrick
Ret. Lt. James P. Hedrick, 48, of San Diego, Calif., formerly of Lumberport, died Wednesday (March 28, 2001) at San Diego Hospice, following an extended illness.
He was born March 27, 1953, at Fairmont, the son of Jimmie W. and Maxine E. Carroll Hedrick of Lumberport.
He retired from the U.S. Navy on Feb. 28, 1990, where he was a veteran of the Faulkland War. He was a 1971 graduate of Lumberport High School and went on to graduate from Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Ill., then the Hospital Corps School.
In 1973, he graduated from Operating Room Tech School at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. In 1979, he graduated from Norfolk General Hospital, School of Professional Nursing, Old Dominion University. He was an operating room nurse for 10 years and was assistant head of materials management at Long Beach, Calif.
In 1981, he was a graduate with Distinction Officer Indoctrination School, Newport, R.I. and promoted rank from ensign to lieutenant junior grade to lieutenant. He retired from the Navy in 1990. In 1998, he was a white starline sailor in the James Cameron film "Titanic."
He graduated from Mesa College in 1999, with a degree in American sign language-interpreting. He was a member of the Lumberport United Methodist Church, and attended the Mission Hills United Methodist Church, San Diego, Calif.
He enjoyed singing and playing his favorite old-time Gospel music on his piano that he learned as a child while growing up in the Haywood United Methodist Church, and later as a teen-ager in the Lumberport United Methodist Church.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by four brothers, Larry Hedrick of Huntington, Garry Hedrick of Shinnston, David Hedrick of Lumberport, and Rick Hedrick of Clarksburg; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Daniel Stout, and Linda Hedrick Arcuri and Jeffrey Simmons, all of Lumberport; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. Sunday at the Harmer Funeral Home in Shinnston. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Lumberport United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Kope officiating. Burial will follow in the Lions Club Cemetery in Lumberport. 

Iola Hogue
Iola Hogue, 91, died Friday (March 30, 2001) at the Wishing Well Manor.
She was born April 24, 1909, in Allegheny County, Pa.,
She is survived by her husband, Clary E. Hogue of Fairmont.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time at the Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont. 

Butch Howvalt
James Howard "Butch" Howvalt, 90, of Rivesville, died Friday (March 30, 2001) at Davis Memorial Hospital in Elkins.
He was born April 15, 1910, in Montana Mines Community, the son of the late Julius and Ella Burton Howvalt.
He was Methodist by faith. He was a retired section foreman from Consolidation Coal Co., Loverage Mine, after 40 years of service. He was a member of the U.M.W.A. of Fairmont.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Yonders Howvalt of Rivesville; a son and daughter-in-law, James Jr. and Betsy Howvalt of Rivesville; a daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Ben Merchant of Charleston; a brother, Elmer "Buddy" Howvalt of Connecticut; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Lou and Clyde Jenkins of Fairmont, and Mildred Levinsky of Pittsburgh; six grandchildren and spouses, Melynda and David DeWitt, Melyssa and Randy Stewart, James III and Cindy Howvalt, Jacquelyn Merchant, Arianna and Tyrone Turner, and Benjamin Merchant; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy and Lucille Howvalt.
Friends may call from 1-9 p.m. Sunday, and noon-2 p.m. Monday at the Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, Jasper St., Rivesville. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Frank Spevock officiating. Burial will follow in the Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens in Morgantown. The Marion County Military Veterans will hold flag-folding services in the funeral home following the service.
Pallbearers will be Martin Hoffman, Clyde Michael, Butch Egidi, Chuck Westfall, Robert Bingamon and John Harless Sr. 

John Keener
John W. Keener, 82, of Fairmont, formerly of Shinnston, died Thursday (March 29, 2001) at his residence, following an extended illness.
He was born March 13, 1919, at Lumberport, the son of the late Lewis Lee and Myrtle Alice Dodd Keener.
He was a coal miner, having retired from Consolidation Coal Company with over 30 years of service. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Army.
He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America, the American Legion, Post #31, Shinnston and the Muese Argonne Post #573, VFW, Clarksburg. He was Baptist by faith.
He is survived by four step-sons, Charles George of Massillon, Ohio, Butch George of Shawondasse, Ohio, and Junior and Dennis George, both of Willoughby, Ohio; four step-daughters, Regina Matheny of Wyatt, Rita Madsen of Chardon, Ohio, Cathy Moore of Fairmont, and Becky Davenport of Williamston, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Tom Keener of Bricksville, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dora L. Bush Keener; two step-daughters; six brothers; and three sisters.
Friends may call from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor John Pigott officiating. Burial will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery at Pruntytown. Full military graveside rites will be conducted. 

James Prendergast
James Allen Prendergast, 62, of Fairmont, died Friday (March 30, 2001) at Fairmont General Hospital.
He was born Aug. 17, 1938, the son of the late Thomas F. and Anna Mae Plants Prendergast.
He worked at Owens-Illinois with over 25 years of service as an electrician. He later retired from Creative Label in Fairmont. He was a 1956 graduate of St. Peters Catholic High School.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Vincent Prendergast; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Marc Mezzanotte of Monrovia, Md., and Dawn and Dr. Robert Owens of Dallas, Texas; three grandchildren, Nickolas Mezzanotte, and Caitlin and Conor Owens; in-laws, Robert and Bernice Brandon of Grafton; brother-in-law, John and Donna Vincent of Fairmont; special friends, Gary and Rhoda Miller of Fairmont; and two close cousins, Connie Hall of Newark, Del., and Kitty Brandt of Short Gap, Md.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. A vigil service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at the Immaculate Conception Church with the Fr. Casey Mahone as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Holy Cross Cemetery. 

Thomas Stalnaker
Thomas Linn Stalnaker, 57, of Fairmont (Pleasant Valley Community) died Wednesday (March 28, 2001) at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
He was born Feb. 24, 1944, in Weston, the son of the late Frank W. and Cotha Frame Stalnaker.
He was employed by State Farm Insurance Company as a claim specialist with 31 years of service. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Martin Stalnaker of Fairmont; two sons, Matthew and Mark Linn Stalnaker, both of Fairmont; a sister, Sheila Anne Wilson of Linn; and two aunts, Edna Frame Fitzpatrick of Belmont, and Nellie Stalnaker Pierce of New Castle, Ind.
Friends may call from 1-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont. The body will lie in state from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday at the Troy Baptist Church in Troy. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Gene Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Troy.


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