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Bertina E. Cosner
Bertina Elizabeth Cosner, 80, of Cass, died Monday, April 30, 2001, in Alleghany Regional Hospital in Low Moor, Va.
Mrs. Cosner was born April 5, 1921, in Cass, a daughter of the late Albert Roland and Lola Anna Taylor O’Brien.
She married Thurmond Roscoe Cosner, who survives in Cass.
Mrs. Cosner was an assistant postmistress for the Unites States Postal Service. She was a lifelong resident of Cass and was a Methodist by faith.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Friends will be received at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be in the funeral home chapel Friday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Roland Armstrong officiating. Interment will follow in Arbovale Cemetery.

Arnold L. Shiflett
Arnold Lee “Joe” Shiflett, 76, of Norton, died at 9:23 a.m. Monday, April 30, 2001, in St. Vincent Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was admitted three weeks ago. He had been in his usual health until entering the hospital.
Mr. Shiflett was born Oct. 26, 1924, in Beverly, a son of the late Joseph Howell and the late Annie Shiflett.
In 1945, he married the former Beulah Daff, who preceded him in death on May 7, 1983.
Surviving are a close companion, Kathleen Chewning and her daughter, Jeanie Chewning, both of Elkins; two daughters, Mrs. Delmas (Annabell) Summerfield, Montrose, and Mrs. Carry (Angie) Beasley, Elkins; and son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth “Ken” and Susan Shiflett, Montrose; two sisters, Joann Cummings and Rosa “Sis” McCauley, both of Elkins; a brother, Olen Shiflett, South Haven, Mich.; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Philip Shiflett; and a brother, Kelly Shiflett.
Mr. Shiflett attended the schools of Randolph County. He was employed by the Merchant Marines during World War II. He owned and operated J&K Home Improvements and attended the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of F.E. Runner Funeral Home.

John C. Waltman
John Charles Waltman, 68, of 3127 James Run Road, Aberdeen, Md., died at 8:16 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2001, in Tucker County Ambulatory Center.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home.

William Ford
William Ford, 68, of Mill Creek, and more recently a patient in Nella’s Inc., died at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2001, in Davis Memorial Hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Tomblyn Funeral Home.

Raymond O. Barnes
Raymond O. Barnes, 84, of 103 Brown Ave., Belington, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, in Davis Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Barnes was born Sept. 13, 1916, in Mechanicsville, Md., a son of the late John Barnes and Ruth Williams Barnes.
Surviving are his companion of 16 years, Ruby Purks, 103 Brown Ave., Belington; one daughter, Dorothy Parks, Severna Park, Md.; two sisters, Edna Lochner, Baltimore, Md., and Ruth Jacobson, Red Creek, Okla.; a brother, Milton Barnes, Baltimore, Md.; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and six brothers.
Mr. Barnes was a retired maintenance engineer from an apartment complex in Baltimore, Md.
At the request of the deceased, his body will be cremated. Wright Funeral Home in Philippi is in charge of the arrangements.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: John B. Furman — Friends will be received at Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be in the funeral home chapel Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Daniel Bryan officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain State Memorial Gardens in Gilman, where members of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and Tygart Valley Post 3647 will conduct full military honors. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church, 113 First St., Elkins, W.Va. 26241, where a memorial fund is being established. (May 2, 2001)

Lula J. Greene
Lula Jane Greene, 84, a patient in Nella’s Nursing Home for the past 4 1/2 years, died at 6 a.m. Thursday, May 24, 2001, in the nursing home. She had been in failing health for several years.
Ms. Greene was born June 3, 1916, in Fayette County, a daughter of the late Ada Jane Miller Cutright and Burley Clyde Cutright.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, William Edwin Greene; and five brothers, Charles Chestley, Holbart, Holmes, Carl and Clyde.
Ms. Greene worked in the Roanoke, Va., area for about 20 years before moving back to Buckhannon 14 years ago. She was a member of Sand Run Baptist Church in Excelsior.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial services will be at Sand Run Baptist Church in Excelsior at 4 p.m. Sunday.

V. Eston Alt
Virgil Eston Alt, 78, of Petersburg, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, in Hampshire Health Care Center in Romney, where he had resided since Aug. 15, 2000.
Mr. Alt was born Nov. 18, 1922, in Pansy, a son of the late Jacob P. and Mary Ellen VanMeter Alt.
Surviving are two sisters, Stella Jane Alt, Petersburg, and Tressie Turner, Winchester, Va.; a niece and three nephews.
Mr. Alt worked for National Fruit Product Co. in Winchester, Va., for several years and was a carpenter and farmer. He attended the Petersburg Church of God.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Schaeffer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Georgia A. Wilson
Georgia A. Butcher Wilson, 81, of 107 Elm St., Elkins, died at 10:55 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2001, in Davis Memorial Hospital. She had been in her usual health and death was unexpected.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home.

Robert S. McCormick
Robert S. McCormick, 84, formerly of Marlinton and Dayton, Ohio, and of 560 Central St., Elkins, died at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2001, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins.

Myrtle M. Elza
Myrtle Mae Elza, 93, a patient in Elkins Regional Convalescent Center, died Wednesday, May 30, 2001, in the center.
Mrs. Elza was born Feb. 28, 1908, in Wymer, a daughter of the late William and Dorothy Hedrick Shipaway.
She married George Eldon Elza, who preceded her in death.
Surviving are two sons, David Lee Elza, Baltimore, Md., and Roger Lee Elza, Elkins; five daughters, Francis Ann Coontz, Maryland, Rose Lee Virginia Jones, Louise Stewart, Fairmont, Linda Lee Yokum, Canton, Ohio, and Pamela Elaine Standridge, Beverly; a sister, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sons, Johnny Elza and twins; three daughters, Edith Mae and Beulah Bell Elza and Ethel Mae Sinsel.
Mrs. Elza attended the Calgary Baptist Church of Elkins.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins.

Hileary C. Currence Jr.
Hileary C. “Boone” Currence Jr., 80, of Mill Creek, died at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Currence was born Feb. 5, 1921, in Mill Creek, a son of the late Hileary Currence Sr. and Ethel Jordan Currence.
He married the former Betty Jean Osborne, who survives in Mill Creek.
Also surviving are a son, Jack Currence, Mill Creek; two daughters, Patty Tryon, Fairmont, and Beverly Hammonds, Mill Creek; three brothers, Andy and Bill Currence, both of Mill Creek, and Wilson Currence, Elkins; four sisters, Nellie Shiflett, Mill Creek, Jean Corley, Elkins, Lucille Hamrick, Akron, Ohio, and Beatrice Markley, Mill Creek; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Currence was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Purple Heart. He had worked as a coal miner for Bethlehem Steel prior to his retirement and owned a restaurant in Mill Creek. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America, H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and Mill Creek United Methodist Church.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Friends may call at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Friday, Mr. Currence will be moved to Mill Creek United Methodist Church, where friends may call from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., the funeral hour, with the Rev. Verl Simmons officiating. Interment will follow in Brick Church Cemetery near Huttonsville, where full military rites will be accorded at the gravesite by members of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Eugene J. Marchman
Eugene J. Marchman, 76, of Elkins, died at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, 2001, in Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Hospital in Clarksburg, following an extended illness.
Mr. Marchman was born Dec. 24, 1924, in White Plains, Ga., a son of the late H.L. and Annie Lee Williamson Marchman.
He married the former Mary Della Marks, who survives in Elkins.
Also surviving are three sons, Donald Marchman and wife, Deborah, Atlanta, Ga., Robert Marchman and wife, Deb, Grafton, and Steven Marchman and wife, Chris, Junior; six daughters, Mrs. Marvin (Diane) Wright, Dallas, Ga., Mrs. William (Pat) Williams, Mingo Junction, Ohio, Mrs. Danny (Shirley) Anderson, Norton, Mrs. Russell (Debbie) Chewning, Elkins, Mrs. Roger (Sue) Marsh, Philippi, and Mrs. Dale (Iona) Herron, Belington; a sister-in-law, Helen Marchman, Atlanta, Ga.; 24 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, two brothers, William Marchman and Harvey Marchman; two sisters, Dorothy Allen and Mildred Marchman; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Mr. Marchman was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was employed for many years as a millwright prior to his retirement in 1987. He was a member of Millwright Local 1755 and was a Protestant by faith.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Friends may call at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be in the funeral home chapel Friday at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Roger Foster officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. State Memorial Gardens near Gilman.

Cleo P. Snyder
Cleo Phillips Snyder, 87, of Bunker Hill, and a patient in Heartland Nursing Home in Martinsburg for the past three years, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, in City Hospital in Martinsburg.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins.

Mary L. Williams
Mary Louise Williams, 89, of Swishers Private Home Care in Elkins, and formerly of Junior, died Thursday afternoon, Aug. 2, 2001, in the Private Care Facility. She had been in declining health.
Mrs. Williams was born May 31, 1912, in Hambleton, Tucker County, a daughter of the late Stark Jerone and Edna Pearl Beer Kittle.
On Jan. 2, 1937, she married Milford “Buck” Williams, who preceded her in death on Oct. 29, 1971.
Surviving are two sons, Jeff Williams and wife, Nan, Junior, and Michael Williams and wife, Doris, Elkins; two grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren a great-grandchild and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Kittle; and three sisters, Madelon Hill, Nancy McGee and Ruth Craven.
Mrs. Williams attended the schools of Barbour County. She was a 1930 graduate of Belington High School and 1935 graduate of Glenville State Teachers College. She was a retired Barbour County school teacher and taught in many one-room schools. She was a member of Tygart Valley Rebekah Lodge 181 in Belington and a lifelong member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Junior.
Funeral Arrangements: Friends will be received at Talbott Funeral Home in Belington today from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday until noon, at which time she will be moved to Weaver Church of the Nzarene, where friends will be received from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., the funeral hour, with the Rev. Doyle Neil Rider and the Rev. Terry Burgess officiating. Interment will follow in Knights of Pithius Cemetery in Junior.

Russell J. Powers
Russell J. Powers, 55, a native of Elkins, and of Front Royal, Va., died Friday morning, Aug. 3, 2001. He had been in his usual health and death was attributed to a cardiac arrest.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home.

Norman M. Irvine
Norman M. Irvine, 85, formerly of Elkins, and of Alexandria, Va., died Thursday morning, Aug. 2, 2001, in Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., following a short illness.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home.

Delphia G. Jones
Delphia Gladys Jones, 82, a lifelong resident of Pifer Mountain Community near St. George, died Thursday morning, Aug. 2, 2001, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Richard Turner, Belington. She had been in declining health the past one and one half years and death was attributed to cancer.
Mrs. Jones was born Jan. 2, 1919, in Tucker County, a daughter of Campbell Shahan and Dona Harsh Shahan.
On June 1, 1936, at Pifer Mountain, she married Parker O. Jones, who preceded her in death on March 17, 1994.
Surviving are a daughter, Louise Turner and husband, Richard, Belington; a daughter-in-law, Betty Jones, Philippi; two brothers, Doyle Shahan, Arcanum, Ohio, and Dorsey “Jake” Shahan and wife, Opal Shahan, St. George; four sisters, Mrs. Charles (Peg) Filler, Mrs. Paul (Velma) Roy and Mrs. Floyd (Jean) Morrison, all of Parsons, and Mrs. Dick (Faye) Capper, Thonotosassa, Fla.; a grandson, ABH Roger M. Jones, Norfolk, Va.; a granddaughter, Mrs. James (Karen) Boni, Philippi; six great-grandchildren, Megan Guire, South Carolina, Shanda Trader, Bridgeport, Sheena and Sarah Bunner, both of Belington, Brittney Jones and Whitney Jones, both of Newport News, Va.; and two great-grandsons, Jordan Robinson and Nicholas Fridley, both of Philippi.
She was preceded in death by a son, Morris “Sonny” Jones; a granddaughter, Crystal Crites; three brothers, Forrest “Buddy” Shahan, Ellis Shahan and D. Ray Shahan; and a sister, Thelma Tenny.
Mrs. Jones attended the one-room Murphy School at Texas Mountain. She was a homemaker and a member of Clover Run CEOS Homemaker’s Club. She was a member of Pifer Mountain United Methodist Church at Pifer Mountain, where she taught Sunday school for many years.
Funeral Arrangements: Friends will be received at Barb-Greenlief Funeral Home today from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Sunday, Mrs. Jones will be moved to Pifer Mountain United Methodist Church where friends may call from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., the funeral hour, with the Rev. Bernard Marshall and the Rev. Robert Leard officiating. Interment will follow at Pifer Mountain Cemetery near St. George.

Ruth L. Dunmire
Ruth L. Dunmire, 73, of Topeka, Kan., died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at her daughter’s home in Topeka.
Mrs. Dunmire was born Feb. 17, 1928, in Elkins, a daughter of the late Fax and Pearl (Corley) Hillyard.
Surviving are a son, Michael Dunmire, Elkins; three daughters, Debbie Garrison, Houston, Minn., and Barbara Stegman and Peggy Farmer, both of Topeka, Kan.; two brothers, Thomas Hillyard, Washington, D.C., and Fax “Bill” Hillyard, Elyria, Ohio; one sister, Doris Stewert, Pleasanton, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Terry Dunmire, who died April 25, 2001.
Mrs. Dunmire was raised in West Virginia and graduated from Belington High School. She was a phone operator in the Washington, D.C., area during the 1950s. She moved to Topeka in 1966 where she also attended business college. She worked at Simular Mode Uniform in Topeka and as a zoo keeper for nearly 15 years at the Topeka Zoo.
Funeral Arrangements: Friends will be received at Davidson Funeral Home in Topeka, Kansas, Sunday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to Midland Hospice, American Cancer Society or to the Diabetes Association. Send in care of Davidson Funeral Home, 1035 N. Kansas, Topeka, Kansas 66608.

Donald F. Sturm
Donald F. Sturm, 58, of Warren, Ohio, died Friday, July 20, 2001, at his residence.
Mr. Sturm was born Aug. 31, 1942, in Belington, a son of the late Harry and Elsie Sturm.
Surviving are a brother, Jerry R. Sturm, Warner Robbins, Georgia; an aunt, Madge O’Hara, Elkins; two uncles and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by an infant sister.
Mr. Sturm graduated from Belington High School. He retired from Republic Steele of Warren, Ohio.
At the request of the deceased the body was cremated.

Harold R. Kittle
Harold Ray “Jack” Kittle, 72, formerly of Belington, died Friday afternoon, Aug. 3, 2001, at Talbott’s Personal Care Home in Belington where he had been a resident for the past year. He had been in failing health for the past two years.
Mr. Kittle was born March 11, 1929, in Norton, a son of the late William Golf and Beulah Shrader Kittle.
He was formerly married to Carmen M. Daniels Kittle, who survives in Elkins.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of F.E. Runner Funeral Home.

Roxie J. Skidmore 
Roxie Jane Phillips Skidmore, 79, a resident of 222 Worth Ave., Elkins, went to be with the Lord early Friday morning, June 13, 2003, at her home. She had been in declining health.
She was born Tuesday, Feb. 19, 1924, at Fairhope, a daughter of the late George Marshall Phillips and Vinnie Rowan Phillips.
On December 23, 1944, at Elkins, she was married to Sterling Pershing Skidmore, who preceded her in death on January 23, 1968.
Surviving are one son, Sterling Leon “Sonny” Skidmore, and wife, Kathy, Elkins; two daughters, Mrs. Roger (Linda Faye) Raines, Knoxville, Tenn., and Mrs. William A. (Karen Sue) Pennington, Elkins; one brother; Robert W. Phillips, Jimtown; five grandchildren; Brandon and Scott Skidmore, Elkins, Mrs. Kirk (Tammy) Kinnamon and Christina Eskridge, Salisbury, Md., and Mrs. Dustin (Cindy) Braun of Knoxville, Tenn.; six great-grandchildren, Kara Kinnamon, Brittany and Taylor Eskridge, Logan and Conner Braun and Sterling G. Skidmore; and several nieces and nephews. 
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Ralph, Ray, Russell and Roy Phillips; and three sisters, Ruth Paugh, Reta Simon and Ruby Simon.
She attended the Fairhope Elementary School and Coalton High School. She was employed by Memorial General Hospital for 17 years and by the Nella’s Nursing Home Inc. activity department for four and one half years. She was also employed as a greeter for Wal-Mart as well as a home companion for seniors through the senior center. She enjoyed making crafts. She was a member of the Woodford Memorial United Methodist Church and a friend of the First Baptist Church. 
The family will receive friends at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Final rites will be conducted from the funeral home chapel Monday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Parli and the Rev. Dr. Daniel Bryan will officiate and interment will follow at the Phillips Cemetery at Jimtown. The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Roxie Jane Phillips Skidmore. www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com

Linda S. Wilfong
Linda Sue Wilfong, 48, a resident of Route 1, Montrose, the Leading Creek Road, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2003. Her death was unexpected.
She was born Nov. 9, 1954, at Elkins, a daughter of the late Sewell Ward Wilfong and Wilma Vanscoy Wilfong.
She was never married.
She is survived by seven brothers, Leroy Wilfong and wife, Bessie, Neil Wilfong and wife, Ruby, Duane Wilfong and wife, Shirley, all of Montrose, Dale Wilfong and wife, Debbie, of Glenmore, Eddie Wilfong and wife, Betty, Joe Wilfong and wife, Sarah, and Danny Wilfong, all of Montrose; five sisters, Shelva Lagatta and husband, Pete, of Escondia, Calif., Carol Rosier and husband, Willard of Montrose, Trudy Rexrode and husband, Gary “Doc” Rexrode of Route 2, Elkins, Faye Nesbitt and husband, Rick, of Montrose, and Shelia Workman and husband, Myles “Pork” Workman of Lincolnton, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was a self-employed housekeeper for many families in the Elkins area. She enjoyed helping people and spending time with children.
At her request, her remains were donated to the Human Gift Registry for medical research at Morgantown. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. The Rev. Donald L. Lockhart will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Knight Templar Eye Foundation, PO Box 741, Elkins, W.Va. 26241 or the West Virginia Affiliate of the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 1115, Dunbar, W.Va. 25064 in memory of Linda. The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of memorial services for Linda Sue Wilfong.

Darrell P. Cable
Darrell Phillip Cable, 43, of HC 36, Box 276A, Tallmansville, died Thursday, June 12, 2003, at his home.
He was born July 28, 1959, in Lexington, Ky., a son of Robert and Chulita D. Cable of Buckhannon, and Betty Upchurch Cable of Muncie, Inc.
On Oct. 1, 1989, he married Sheila Rena Russell Cable, who survives in Tallmansville.
Also surviving are one son, Aaron Phillip Cable, Tallmansville; one daughter, Sheena Racquel Cable, Tallmansville; four brothers, Robert Cable and wife, Jill J., Buckhannon, Kenneth Cable and wife, Brenda W., Charlotte, N.C., Christopher Cable and wife, Vonda, Elkins, and Tracy Eugene Cable, Bridgeport; two sisters, Teresa Martin and husband, Paul, New York, and Angela Murphy and husband, Tim, Fairmont; paternal grandmother, Margaret Cable, Zachariah, Ky.; one stepbrother, Thomas Bush, Indiana; two stepsisters, Charlotte Bush and Laura Baker, both of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Joseph Cable.
He worked for 84 Lumber. He was a trustee of Cutright Chapel and a member of Franklin Lodge 7 AF & AM. He was a member of Cutright Chapel.
Friends will be received at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home today from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Sunday, he will be moved to Cutright Chapel, where friends may call from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. Bradley Tenney and the Rev. Don Butcher will officiate. Interment will follow in Cutright Chapel Cemetery in Queens. Gravesite rites will be performed by Franklin Lodge No. 7 AF & AM.

Lula M. Swanson
Lula Mae Cunningham Swanson, 90, a resident of the Tyhannon Road in Philippi, and formerly of Brevard, N.C., departed this life at 12:52 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2003, in the Broaddus Hospital emergency department. She had been in declining health but death was unexpected.
She was born Sept. 16, 1912, at Clay County, N.C., a daughter of the late Paul and Sally Moss Cunningham.
On Oct. 20, 1929, at Georgia, she was united in marriage to the Rev. Luther W. Swanson, who preceded her in death in 1977.
She is survived by one son, Roger W. Swanson and wife, Tillie, of Philippi, with whom she made her home for the past three years; one daughter, Anna Hartsock and husband, Jerry, of Atlanta, Ga.; one daughter-in-law, Jennette Swanson of McDonough, Ga.; two sisters, Ethel Yates of Canton, N.C., and Annie Palmer of Waynesville, N.C.; one brother, Charles Cunningham of Murphy, N.C.; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was also survived by a loving friend Mr. Joseph Olshefski.
Mrs. Swanson was a member of the Morningside Baptist Church in Brevard, N.C., but while living in Philippi she attended the Calvary Southern Baptist Church in Belington. She was a member of the Pisgah Chapter 198 OES in Brevard, N.C., and was a former employee of the Hitchcock Corp. in Murphy, N.C.
Friends will be received from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Moody-Connolly Funeral Home in Brevard, N.C. Funeral services will be conducted from the funeral chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in the Gillespie Cemetery at Brevard. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Calvary Southern Baptist Church, PO Box 400, Belington, W.Va. 26250. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Calvary Southern Baptist Church in Belington. The Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and the Talbott Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Lula Mae Cunningham Swanson.

Dennis Snyder
Dennis “Chip” Snyder, 34, of Parsons, departed this life Friday, June 13, 2003, in Davis Memorial Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Barb & Greenlief Funeral Home for Dennis “Chip” Snyder.

Lula Lipscomb
Friends will be received at Barb & Greenlief Funeral Home today from 10 a.m. to noon, the funeral hour. The Rev. Neil Parsons will officiate and interment will follow at Fairview I Cemetery at Location in St. George. The Barb & Greenlief Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Lula Lipscomb. (June 14, 2003)

Austin M. Hall
Austin Mearl Hall, 86, of Route 10, Box 34A, Buckhannon, and formerly of Petersburg, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at his residence in Buckhannon.
Mr. Hall was born Oct. 29, 1915, in Hardy County, a son of the late Augusta “Gus” Reedy and Edna Clara Rumers Hall.
He was married for 64 years to Eunice V. Barb Hall, who survives in Buckhannon.
Also surviving are five sons, Marvin Hall and Raymond Hall, both of Buckhannon, Austin Hall Jr., Piney, Norman Hall, Martinsburg, and Roger Hall, Antioch; two daughters, Mae Arnold, Grafton, and Hope Harper, Buckhannon; two sisters, Ruth Swick, Petersburg, and Susan George, Kearneysville; two brothers, Glenn Hall, Petersburg, and Clifton Hall, Elkton, Md.; 14 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Norma Kay Hall; an infant grandson, L.B. Hall; an infant great-grandson, Joshua James Hall; four sisters, Bessie George, Myrtle Mongold, Beatrice Mongold and Eula Patchett; and four brothers, Paul Hall, John Hall, Augusta Hall Jr. and Ray Hall.
Mr. Hall worked for F.C. Cook Lumber Co. in Buckhannon for several years. He was a Protestant by faith.
Funeral Arrangements: Friends will be received at Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be in the funeral home chapel Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Bruce Cosner officiating. Interment will follow in Newhouse Cemetery in Rig. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph Hospice Care, Buckhannon, W.Va. 26201.

Freeman Westfall
Freeman Westfall, 92, of Route 9, Box 331, Buckhannon, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon.
Mr. Westfall was born Nov. 17, 1908, in Buckhannon, a son of the late Loy and Susie Dean Westfall.
On Nov. 17, 1928, he married Isephine M. Westfall, who survives in Buckhannon.
Also surviving are a daughter, Martha Cerullo, Buckhannon; three sons, Bennie H. Westfall, Morgantown, Jerry F. Westfall, Cross Lanes, and David A. Westfall, Stonewood; a sister, the Rev. Ressie Robison, Heaters; five grandsons, Michael Westfall, Mark Westfall and Brandon M. Cerullo, all of Buckhannon, Jody Westfall, Greensboro, N.C., and Bradley Westfall, Morgantown; three granddaughters, Debra L. Rauh, Washington, D.C., Anissa Fetty, Buckhannon, and Rebecca L. Vincent, Fairmont; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, William B. Westfall; and three brothers, Hobert Westfall, Clyde Westfall and Edward Westfall.
Mr. Westfall was a retired coal miner and worked for Upshur Coal Co. He attended Mt. Hope United Methodist Church.
Funeral Arrangements: Friends will be received at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home today from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be in the funeral home chapel Wednesday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. William C. Eskew Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Buckhannon Memorial Park in Buckhannon.

Georgia C. Rowe
Georgia Christine Rowe, 80, of Route 8, Smithtown community, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at her home.
Mrs. Rowe was born Dec. 24, 1920, in Philippi, a daughter of the late Coy and Gladys Skidmore Stalnaker.
She married Owen Thomas Rowe, who preceded her in death in 1998.
Surviving are three sons, Larry Steve and wife, Rose Marie Rowe, Fairmont, Stanley Eugene and wife, Linda Sue Rowe, Granville, and Ronald Allen and wife, Kathleen Rowe, Fairmont; a sister, Mary “Bly” Snyder, Canton, Ohio; a half sister, Dorothy Zubta, Canton, Ohio; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a half brother, Eugene Poling.
Mrs. Rowe was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church and the Smithtown Homemakers Association. She had been selected as the 2001 Marion County Belle of the County for the Glenville Fair.
Funeral Arrangements: Friends may call at McCulla Funeral Home Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be in the funeral home chapel Thursday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Gary Helms officiating. Interment will follow in K & P Cemetery in Junior.

James V. Hudson
James Vassar Hudson, 91, formerly of Wheeling, Aleppo, Pa., and Monroe, La., died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at his home in Apex, N.C.
Mr. Hudson was born July 11, 1910, in Brownsville, Tenn., a son of the late Willie Jeffress and James Whitt Hudson.
He married Kate Kelly Hudson, who survives. They had been married for 68 years.
Also surviving are a son, James V. Hudson Jr. and wife, Linda, Carey, N.C.; a daughter, Patricia Solomon and husband, Ron, Philippi; a sister, Kathleen Mangum, Bonners Ferry, Idaho; four grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, four great-grandchildren, five stepgreat-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Mr. Hudson attended Mississippi College in Clinton Miss., and Bowling Green Business College in Bowling Green, Ky. He was retired from Scott, Truck and Tractor Co. in Monroe, La., and Blue Cross, Blue Shield of West Virginia, Wheeling.
He was an active member holding various leadership positions in the First Baptist Churches of Monroe, La., and Wheeling. He was also a lay minister.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 5, 2002 at the First Baptist Church in Wheeling with Pastors Robert Crouch and Robert Romick officiating. Interment will follow in Park View Memorial Gardens in Wheeling. Memorial contributions may be made to Capital Improvement Fund of the First Baptist Church, 1470 National Road, Wheeling, W.Va. 26003, or Mountain Hospice Inc., 1410 Crim Ave., Belington, W.Va. 26250.

Paul E. Keplinger
Paul Edward Keplinger, 71, formerly of Petersburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, in Country Comfort Personal Care in Fairmont.
Mr. Keplinger was born March 17, 1930, in Keyser, a son of the late Ullysus Guy Keplinger and Nellie Mae Turner Groves Keplinger.
Surviving are three sisters, Annabelle Keplinger and Clara Mae Kiddy, both of Petersburg, and Betty Cook, Winchester, Va.; and two brothers, Elwood Keplinger and Donnie Keplinger, both of Petersburg.
Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg is in charge of the arrangements.

Doyle C. Hardy
Doyle Clarence Hardy, 85, of Fork Mountain community in Parsons, died Monday evening, Dec. 10, 2001, at his home. He had been in his usual health and death was attributed to congestive heart failure.
Mr. Hardy was born July 23, 1916, in Shavers Fork, a son of the late Ed W. Hardy and Jane Rebecca Hawkins Hardy.
On Feb. 3, 1943, at St. Louis, Mo., he married the former Wanda Louise Parsons, who preceded him in death on April 30, 1989.
Surviving are a son, James W. Hardy and wife, Mary, Pennsylvania; two daughters, Dorothy Ellen “Dottie” Hardy Shockey and Martha Ann “Marty” Flanagan and husband, Gary, all of Elkins; a sister, Mary Carr, Hendricks; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by nine brothers, Cleland Hardy, Oscar Hardy, Roy Hardy, George Hardy, Daniel Hardy, Johnny Hardy, Sammy Ray Hardy, Mero Hardy and Claude Hardy; and three sisters, Effie Arbogast, Lillie Smith and an infant, Daisy Hardy.
Mr. Hardy attended the one- room school at Shavers Fork, the two-room school at St. George, and the schools of Randolph County. He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corp. and drove a tractor trailer for the U.S. Forest Service. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a cook for Patcheye Hineball’s Restaurant in Parsons and was a cabdriver for Freddie Griffith. He worked for the city of Parsons, Tucker County Board of Education as a school bus driver, the Armour Leather Tannery Co. in Parsons and retired from Dorman Mills Woolen Co. in Parsons.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Friends will be received at Barb-Greenlief Funeral Home Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be in the funeral home parlor Saturday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Eli Hostetler officiating. Interment will follow in Parsons City Cemetery.

George R. Gibbons
George Russell “Buddy” Gibbons, 81, of 100 Woodland Drive, Elkins, died at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at his home. He had been in his usual health and death was attributed to heart disease.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home.

Oliver S. Zirkle
Oliver S. Zirkle, 84, formerly of Route 1, Elkins, and of Holbrook Nursing Home, where he had been a patient since Sept. 21, 2001, died at 9:25 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001, in the nursing home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of F.E. Runner Funeral Home.

Evelyn B. Howard
Evelyn Barnes Howard, 96, of 211 Fourth St., Elkins, died at 4:25 a.m. today, Dec. 13, 2001, in Davis Memorial Hospital. She had been in declining health.
Mrs. Howard was born Aug. 1, 1905, in Elkins, a daughter of the late Jarrett Lynch Barnes and Della Lantz Barnes.
On Dec. 23, 1945, in Washington, D.C., she married William C. Howard, who preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1954.
Surviving are several cousins.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by a son, Jackie; and a brother, Burlin Bradford Barnes Sr.
Mrs. Howard was a graduate of Elkins High School and Davis & Elkins College. She was a homemaker.
Cremation services were provided by Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at a later date at Maplewood Cemetery in Elkins.

Edgar K. Armentrout
Edgar Keith Armentrout, 61, of Alexandria, Va., died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, in Levindale Hebrew Convalescent Center in Baltimore, Md.
Mr. Armentrout was born May 4, 1940, in Elkins, a son of Hubert and Helen Campbell Armentrout, who survive in Elkins.
He married Vonda LeAnne Armentrout, who preceded him in death.
Also surviving are a son, Kevin Armentrout, Alexandria, Va.; a daughter, Kelly Armentrout, Alexandria, Va.; two brothers, Kent Armentrout and wife, Carol, Elkins, and Jerry Armentrout, Dayton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Armentrout was a 1958 graduate of Elkins High School and attended West Virginia University and Davis & Elkins College.
He was self-employed in the road construction business, being owner or partner in two businesses. He attended the First Assembly of God Church of Alexandria, Va.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Friends may call at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be in the funeral home chapel Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Harry Wachsmuth officiating. Entombment will follow in Mountain State Memorial Gardens near Elkins. Memorial contributions may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association, PO Box 78342, Phoenix, Ariz. 85062-9916.

Charles E. Simmons
Charles E. “Pete” Simmons, of Durbin, passed away Monday, June 3, 2002, at Clarksburg VA Hospital.
Friends will be received at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Arbovale today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be in the funeral home chapel Thursday at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Arbovale Annex.

Kevin M. Scott
Cremation services were provided by Lohr & Barb Funeral Home. Friends will be received at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. today with the Rev. Father Charles McCallister officiating. (June 5, 2002)

Margaret DeMastes
Margaret Francis “Margie” DeMastes, 73, of Route 1, French Creek, died at her home Monday, June 3, 2002.
She was born at Arlington, on Oct. 2, 1929, a daughter of the late Russell Hudson and Jessie Rexroad Fidler.
She was married to Willard G. “Jim” DeMastes at Weston on April 24, 1948, who survives.
Also surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy W. DeMastes and wife, Patty, of Louisville, Tenn., Richard H. DeMastes and wife, Helen, of Buckhannon, and Robert G. DeMastes and wife, Jenny, of Charles Town; one daughter and son-in-law, Tomandra Jane Lindsey and husband, Larry, of Marriville, Tenn.; one sister, Isabelle Rusz of Steven City, Va.; 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Fidler.
Mrs. DeMastes was a member of the Fidler family who owned and founded the Historical Fidler Mill located at Arlington, and was a member of the Pleasant Dale Baptist Church at Arlington.
The family will receive friends at Robert M. Vincent Funeral Home at French Creek Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be in the funeral home chapel Friday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. David Jessie officiating. Interment will follow in Rice Cemetery.

E. James Gillespie
E. James “Jimmy” Gillespie, 75, of 103 Sycamore St., Webster Springs, died Thursday, March 28, 2002, at his residence, following an extended illness.
Mr. Gillespie was born Feb. 15, 1927, in Webster Springs, a son of the late Clarence W. and Bertha Baughman Gillespie.
He was married for 48 years to Nancy Cool Gillespie, who survives in Webster Springs.
Also surviving are two brothers, E. Bernard Gillespie and wife, Aretta, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Dr. David Gillespie, Frostburg, Md.; four sisters, Mrs. Dean (Helen) Hufford, Pulaski, Va., Lucille McCoy, Elyria, Ohio, Mrs. Bob (Sammie) Allman, Buckhannon, and Mrs. Melvin (Caroline) Cochran, Webster Springs; one sister-in-law, Betty McGinty, Clearwater, Fla.; special friends, Rosemary and Jeff Bean and Debbie Blake; and four caregivers, Flecia Brake, Brenda Collins, Lana Cutright and Jamie McIe.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene Gillespie and Paul Felix Gillespie; and one sister, Louise Varney.
He was a local retired businessman, owner of Jimmy’s Exxon and E. James Gillespie Fuel Oil Distributors, Cherry Falls, for 33 years. He was a former member of Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department. He was on the board of directors of Webster County National Bank, a former city councilman, a lifetime member of the WVU Alumni Association and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 3738. 
He was a former employee of J.C. Baker & Sons and McCourt Motor Co.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II, having served on the USS Tennessee and was in the Battle of Iwo Jima 3-16/19-1945 and Okinawa 3-26-1945.
He attended the Church of Christ in Webster Springs.
Friends will be received at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be in the funeral home chapel Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Nelson Harris, the Rev. Rich Demastus and Jack Alsop, eulogist, officiating. Interment will follow in Miller Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be accorded by the VFW Post 3738.

Irene A. Rowan
Irene A. Rowan, 82, a former resident of Mabie and a resident of Monterey, Va., passed away Saturday, June 1, 2002, at the home of her daughter, Sharon Doyle, with whom she lived with for the past six years.
She was born Oct. 31, 1919, at Coketon, Tucker County, a daughter of the late Robert and Luella Gower Johnson.
She was married to Lloyd Rowan, who preceded her in death in 1974.
She is survived by one daughter, Sharon Doyle, Monterey, Va.; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were one brother and three sisters.
Mrs. Rowan was a graduate of Coalton High School and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Elkins Church of the Brethren.
Friends may call from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday at Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. On Saturday morning, she will be moved to Rowan Memorial Cemetery near Mabie, where graveside services will be at 11 a.m. The Rev. Jerry Ginn will officiate and interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sonshine Puppet Ministry, in care of Sandy Bennett, HC 61, Box 58, Coalton, W.Va. 26257.

Joseph L. Malobicky
Joseph L. “Joe” Malobicky, 76, a resident of 1722 S. Davis Ave., Elkins, and a recent resident of Colonial Place, passed away at 4:11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2002, in Davis Memorial Hospital emergency department.
At the request of the deceased, his remains will be cremated and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements.


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