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WILLIAM JAMES
William Baxter James, 66, of Sand Fork, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003, at his home. He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Butcher and Lauuna Bonnett James. He was
a U.S. Army veteran and served on the First Army Rifle Team. Surviving are his wife, Ruth James; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth James of Sand Fork; and
two brothers, Lee James of Glenville and Jerry James of Bedford, Ohio. He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles James. Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Burial was in King Cemetery, Nicut.

ARISTOTLE BUTLER, JR.
Aristotle Butler, Jr., 64, of Orma, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2003, at his home. He was born in Orma, the son of the late Aristotle Butler, Sr., and Mary Jane Cottrell
Butler. He was a carpenter and a farmer.
Surviving are three daughters, Vicky, Kelly and Brenda Butler; five sons, Ricky, Robert,
Joseph, Kenneth and Randy Butler; three brothers, Charley Butler of Reedy, Thomas Butler,
Sr., of State Road, N.C., and Milton Butler of Crestwell, Ore.; four sisters, Mae Cooledge
of Leroy, N.Y., Louisa Yearian of Wilmington, Dela., Macel Carpenter of Spencer and Nina
Conley of Chloe; 19 nieces; and 11 nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son; one daughter; four sisters, Lena, Iva and Nora Butler
and Flossie French; and one brother, Victor Butler.
Services were held at Orma United Methodist Church, Orma, with Rev. David Weaver
officiating. Burial was in Orma Cemetery.

DENA AYERS
Dena Burrows Ayers, 72, of Woodsfield, Ohio, died Thurs-day, Dec. 19, 2002, in Barnesville
Hospital, Ohio.
She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late James Spencer and Delta Starcher
Burrows. She was a plastic molder for Marx Toys and was a Methodist. Surviving are two daughters, Lena Vallelonga of Powhatan Point, Ohio, and Joyce Starkey of
Woodsfield; one son, Austin Eugene Ayers of Clarington, Ohio; one brother, Coleman Burrows
and wife Katherine of Grantsville; one sister, Ernestine Gainer and husband Garrett of
Grantsville; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held at Grisell Funeral Home, Clarington, with Rev. Diana Guyette
officiating. Burial was in Clarington Cemetery.

LINDA KNOTTS
Linda Kay Smith Knotts, 55, of Mineral Wells, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, at Camden-Clark
Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of Olandus Coleman and Nannie Mae McCoy Smith of
MacFarlan. She was a graduate of Harrisville High School and Parkersburg Beauty College.
She worked as a hairdresser in Parkersburg for several years. She was a member of
Pettyville United Methodist Church, serving in many leadership capacities. Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband of 37 years, James Earl Knotts;
mother-in-law, Hazel Knotts of Grantsville; one daughter, Aleacia Peer of Halifax, Va.; one
granddaughter, Ashley Peer of Halifax; one sister, Diana Evans of Mineral Wells; two
brothers, Robert Smith of Mineral Wells and Richard Lewis of Davisville; one
brother-in-law, Thomas Knotts of Corning, N.Y.; one sister-in-law, Norma Shaffer of
Grantsville; five nephews; seven nieces; and 12 great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, Olandus “Buddy” Smith; father-in-law, Robert
Joseph Knotts, Jr.; and one brother-in-law, Dallas R. Evans. Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Rev. James
Arbogast officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memory Gardens.

SHARON ROSE WHITE
Sharon Rose White, 25, of Frametown, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2002, in an auto accident near
Servia, Braxton County.
She was born in Roane County, the daughter of Bill Robert and Janet Vanburen White of
Frametown. She was a member of Hill Fork Community Church, Rosedale. Surviving in addition to her parents are one daughter, Beverly Renae Bosley; four brothers,
Billy Joe White, Daniel Blaine White and Jonathan Lee White, all of Frametown, and James
Robert White of Gassaway; and her maternal grandfather, David Vanburen of Rosedale. Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Hart officiating.
Burial was in Mill Fork Cemetery, Rosedale.

GENEVIEVE LUDWIG
Genevieve (Granny Prue) Morgan Ludwig, 96, of Camp Barbe Road, Wirt County, died Monday,
Jan. 6, 2003, in Ravens-wood Care Center.
She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Elihue (Hugh) and Lillie Laughlin
Morgan. She was a former member of the Baptist Church at Liberty Hill. After moving to Wirt
County, she attended Beulah Hill Presbyterian Church for more than 25 years and later
attended Elizabeth Nazarene Church.
Surviving are one son, Chester Ludwig of Elizabeth; one grandson, Mark Ludwig of Elizabeth;
one granddaughter, Suellen Calebaugh of Elizabeth; four great-grandchildren; one
great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, McKinley (Mack) Ludwig, in 1975; four brothers,
Victor Morgan, Harley Morgan, Ernest Morgan and Charley Morgan; and one sister, Ethel
Strong.
Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Busch Funeral Home, Elizabeth, with Rev.
Robert Stanley officiating, and burial in Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Elizabeth.

MAUDE HILEMAN
Maude L. Hileman, 89, of Vienna, died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003, at Arcadia Nursing Home,
Coolville, Ohio.
She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Peter and Clara Wright Looney. She
had worked at O’Ames, Parkersburg.
Surviving are two brothers, Ralph Looney and Harold Looney, both of Parkersburg; one
sister, Norma Ketchum of Hockingport, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy L. Hileman; two sisters, Mae Hicks and
Pauline Boso; and one brother, Denzil Looney.
Services were held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Burial was in Varner Cemetery.

RUTH WITTE ELBON
Ruth Witte Elbon, 73, of Orlando, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003, in Orlando. She was born at Milo, the daughter of the late Harriet Wallbrown and Carl Witte. She
formerly lived in the Norton and Doylestown areas in Ohio. Surviving are three sons, Daniel of California, David of Florida and Donald of Iowa;
several grandchildren; one brother, Hubert Witte of Akron, Ohio; and numerous nieces and
nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Val.
Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, Akron.

OLIVE ALTIZER HORTON
Olive Altizer Horton, 88, of Los Lunas, N.M., died Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003. She graduated from Calhoun County High School in 1933 and completed Business College in
Charleston. She taught elementary school in Calhoun and Roane counties. She was a graduate
of Dolores Premier School of Beauty Culture in 1945 and owned and operated beauty shops and
beauty schools from 1945- 1966. She was a legal secretary for Paris Bell of Spencer and a
secretary for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Civil Service, from 1966-1971. Surviving are two daughters, Pamela Horton of Chesapeake, Va., and Patricia Horton of Los
Lunas; two sisters, Zoc Powell of Roanoke, Va., and Hilda Hall of Bridgeport; and several
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David P. Horton. Services were held at French Mortuary, Albuquerque, N.M. Burial was in Fairview Memorial
Park, Albuquerque.

RONALD CURTIS
Ronald R. Curtis, 54, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, at Camden-Clark
Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Calhoun County, the son of Orbert Curtiss and the late Audra Erma Wears
Curtiss. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam era and was a roofer for Tri-State
Roofing for seven years.
Surviving in addition to his father are his wife of 27 years, Linda J. Thomas Curtis; two
sons, Darold D. and Chris A. Curtis, both of Parkersburg; one daughter, Samantha J. Curtis
Le and husband Phu of Belpre, Ohio; five brothers, Carl and Robert M. Curtiss, both of
Parkersburg, Noble E. Curtiss of Massillon, Ohio, Patrick L. Curtiss of Mineral Wells and
Frank D. Curtiss of Hannibal, Ohio; one sister, Diania D. Wells of Parkersburg; and five
grandchildren.
Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Mike Allen
officiating. Burial was in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

DONALD ‘Bud’ GUNN
Donald “Bud” Gunn, 82, of Mt. Zion, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2003, at his home. He was the son of the late Poe P. and Lottie Smith Gunn. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps
veteran, serving in the theatres of North Africa, Italy and Sicily. He was owner and
operator of Mt. Zion Grocery, lifelong farmer and polled Hereford breeder, active in the
oil and gas production industry, and served many years on the board of directors for
Calhoun County Bank. He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Surviving are one son, Donald Poe Gunn and wife Sherry of Mt. Zion; one granddaughter,
Dayna Gunn of Easton, Md.; one sister, Eloise Divers of Grantsville; two
step-grandchildren, Eric Thompson and Kelly Little, both of Grantsville; and one
step-grandchild, Ryan Little of Grantsville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vonda Gunn, and two brothers, Forest and Dale Gunn. Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Swearingen and Rev.
David Weaver officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

VIRGINIA McCARTNEY
Virginia Elenor McCartney, 74, of Avon, Ohio, formerly of Parkersburg, died Monday, Jan.
13, 2003, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Westlake, Ohio.
She was the daughter of the late Charles and Sarah Ellen Kelly Curry. She was a member of
Lauckport Baptist Church, Parkersburg.
Surviving are her husband, Carl McCartney of Marietta, Ohio; one daughter, Ellen Ponusky of
Avon; one brother, Harry Curry of Mt. Zion; one sister, Ida Calhoun of Grantsville; and two
grandchildren, Laura and Glenn Ponusky, both of Avon.
She was preceded in death by her second husband, Russell Swisher; five brothers; and two
sisters.
Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Dobbie Thrash officiating.
Burial was in Swisher Cemetery, Cisco.

DARL GLEN JONES
Darl Glen Jones, 47, of Statesville, N.C., formerly of Grantsville, died Friday, Jan. 17,
2003, at Davis Regional Medical Center, Statesville.
He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Harley and Rhoda Blanche Richards Jones. Surviving are his wife, Carol Jones; two daughters, Tina Robbins and Melissa Richards, both
of Statesville; three grand-children, Timothy Nicholas, Tyler Robbins and Sierra Richards,
all of Statesville; four sisters, Betty Jenkins and Shirley Taylor, both of Big Bend, Wanda
Dye of North Carolina and Carol Ritchie of Georgia; and two brothers, Rusty Jones of Big
Springs and Don Welch of Georgia.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Welch.
Services were scheduled Wednesday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev.
Joe Sealey officiating, and burial in Goodnight Cemetery, Big Bend.

MAUDE YOST ARNOLD
Maude Yost Arnold, 91, of Chloe, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health
Care Center.
She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Hershel and Ada Vincent. She was
an active member of Walker United Methodist Church, Chloe. Surviving are her husband, Clay Arnold; four sons, Hershel Yost of Chloe, Jerry Yost of
Rittman, Ohio, Hubert Yost of Columbus Station, Ohio, and Bernard Yost of West Salem, Ohio;
and one brother, Robert Vincent of Chloe.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Tom Yost, in 1975, and three brothers,
Kenneth, Johnny and Everett Vincent.
Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Tim Hickman officiating.
Burial was in Lamb Cemetery, Chloe.

BERNARD ROBERTS
Bernard L. Roberts, 93, of Charleston, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Veterans Hospital,
Clarksburg.
He was born in Rosedale, the son of the late Dr. Luther E. Roberts and Mamie Stump Roberts.
He was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown and was retired from the W.Va.
Dept. of Human Services. He was a Navy veteran and received a commendation for saving the
steamship James Buchanan when ammunition began exploding on the docks at Noumea New
Caledonia in the South Pacific during World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Myrtle McCartney Roberts; two sons, Patrick of Sutton and Garland
of Belleville; four daughters, Susan Bennett of Craigsville, Sharon Wiseman of Washington,
Sandra Rentschler of Grantsville and Jill Roberts of Tucson, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren, Derek
and Kami Bennett, Kristy Langley, Kara and Lynsey Wiseman, Melissa, Waylan, Jesse, Zachary
and Shannon Roberts; and five great-grandchildren, Matthew, Caleb and Seth Bennett and Chad
and Aric Langley.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Garland and Jerry Roberts. Memorial service was scheduled Wednesday, 3 p.m., at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

HARPER KING
Harper King, 73, of Shock, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care
Center.
He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Dwight and Mary Parsons King. He was a
logger and a timberman.
Surviving are six sons, Dwight, George, Delbert and Lester King, all of Shock, Larry King
of Front Royal, Va., and William Aaron Burrows of Hamlin, Va.; three daughters, Emeogene
Cottrell of Shock and Lydia Dye and Sharon King, both of East Liverpool, Ohio; three
brothers, Emery King of Big Bend, Delbert King of Nicut and Dale King of Grantsville; one
sister, Ivy Sampson of Grantsville; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grand-children. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ocie King; one brother, Junior Bill King; two infant
sons; and one granddaughter, Lisa Parsons.
Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Kenneth Heiney
officiating. Burial was in Orma Cemetery, Orma.

SHARLENE SADLER
Sharlene Rae Sadler, 48, of Belpre, Ohio, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, at Camden-Clark
Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Joshua S. and Minnie F. Bower Owens.
She was a 1973 co-valedictorian of Calhoun County High School. She graduated from
Parkersburg Community College in 1976 with an associate’s degree in nursing, and from West
Virginia University in 1990 with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She was employed
at Camden-Clark for 26 years as a registered nurse. She was a member of Grace Baptist
Church, Parkersburg, and had been attending Bethel Baptist Church, Parkersburg. Surviving are her husband, Robert A. Sadler, Jr., whom she married on July 3, 1993; five
sisters, her twin, Darlene K. Roberts and husband Larry of Parkersburg, Carolyn Preston and
husband Gary of Belpre, and Joyce Roberts and husband Forrest, Jean Godfrey and husband
Kenneth and Greta Richards and husband Dewain, all of Grantsville; five brothers, Ronald
Owens and wife Ellen and Charles Owens and wife Donna, all of Parkersburg, George Owens and
wife Faye of Sunbury, Ohio, and Woodrow Owens and wife Phyllis and Joshua S. Owens, Jr.,
all of Ravens-wood; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister, Vonda Wiedenhoft, and one brother, Ottmer Owens. Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev.
Robert A. Sadler, Sr., and Rev. Randall Kochersperger officiating. Burial will be in Mt.
Olivet Cemetery, Parkersburg. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 2 to 9 p.m., at the
funeral home.

ARNISE FOWLER
Arnise L. Fowler, 80, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at his home. He was born in Mt. Zion, the son of the late Walter and Pearl Roberts Fowler. He was a U.S.
Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was the retired owner of a commercial
refrigeration company and a member of Glenwood United Metho-dist Church, Westgate Masonic
Lodge #623, AF&AM, Aladdin Shrine Temple and the Pool Club. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Gladys; two daughters, Cheryl McKenzie and Barbara
Pepper; one son, Robert Fowler; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one
sister, Lillian Bland.
He was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers. Services were held at Schoedinger Hilltop Chapel with Masonic service. Burial was in Sunset
Cemetery.

VANCE GAINER
Vance G. Gainer, 85, of Walker, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial
Hospital.
He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late A.D. and Sadie Knight Gainer. He was a
graduate of Wirt County High School and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He retired
from Pacific Intermountain Express in 1976 as a truck driver and was a member of Teamsters
Union Local 24. He was a member of VFW Post 1212 and National Rifle Association. Surviving are three sons, Captain Vance Glen Gainer, Jr., USN, stationed in Japan,
Glenadine Scheifer of Gassaway and David Alvin Gainer of Burnt House; two daughters,
Deborah Kae Jones of Freeport and Dienna Lynn Jeffries of Gassaway; eight grandchildren;
two step-granddaughters; one step-great-grandson; three sisters, Thelma Smith and Jean
Fowler, both of Parkersburg, and Pauline Newell of California; and one brother, Alvin
Gainer of Michigan.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and sisters.
Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Randy Dornon
officiating. Burial was in Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Elizabeth.

HAROLD WILLIAM CRAWFORD
Harold William Crawford, 79, of Parkersburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at Carehaven of
Pleasants Nursing Facility, Belmont.
He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Steven William and Hattie Poling
Crawford. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and retired from Quaker State Oil
Refinery, St. Marys.
Surviving are his wife, Beverly Jean Curry Crawford; one son, Leslie Devon Crawford of
Indianapolis, Ind.; two sisters, Juanita Cheuvront of Parkersburg and Evadeen Sellers of
Kenewick, Wash.; one grandson, Steven William Hoyt of Washington; and several nieces and
nephews.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Linda Diane Crawford Hoyt, in 1999; four
brothers, Veon, Ted, Marvin and Woodrow Crawford; and two sisters, Ivalee Lee and Merle
Huber.
Services were held at Kimes Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Doug Guinn officiating.
Burial was in Independence Cemetery, Sandyville, with military graveside rites by American
Legion Post 107, Ripley.

FRANKLIN JONES
Franklin D. “Rocky” Jones, 68, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003, following a
pedestrian accident.
He was born in Calhoun County and was a member of St. Francis Xavier Porch Club. Graveside services were held in Parkersburg Memorial Gardens with Rev. William K. Matheny,
Jr., and Rev. Jon Lands officiating.

SAVILLA ETHEL TROWBRIDGE
Savilla Ethel Trowbridge, 97, of Mt. Zion, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at Roane General
Hospital.
She was born in Quaker Village, Pa., the daughter of the late Charlie and Maude Saye Fye. Surviving are three sisters, Freda Bower of Florida, Vera Burns of Virginia and Dessi
Montgomery of Pennsylvania; one daughter, Irene Marie and husband Edward R. Stuckwish of
Mt. Zion; one daughter-in-law, Betty Trowbridge; one granddaughter, Sherry and husband
Charles Yamchuck; three great-grandchildren, Charlie and Ira Yamchuck and Samantha
Stuckwish; and two great-great-grandchildren, Kylie and Ryan Yamchuck. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Clovis Trow-bridge; one son, Allen Ira
Trowbridge; one daughter, Iris McPher-son; and one grandson, Edward A. Stuckwish. No public service will be held. Stump Funeral Home, Grants-ville, is in charge of
arrangements.

RUSSELL HOWARD SAMPSON
Russell Howard Sampson, 70, of Arnoldsburg, died Thurs-day, Jan. 30, 2003, at Charleston
Area Medical Center.
He was the son of the late William R. and Gracie M. Jackson Sampson. Surviving are three sons, Russell Lee Rogers of Massillon, Ohio, Dickie Lee Sampson of
Elizabeth and Timothy Russell Sampson of Flint; one daughter, Melissa Jean Lane of Calhoun
County; five grandchildren, Cody Joe Rogers, Ashely Anna Mary Sampson, Victoria Ann
Sampson, Brandie Marie Sampson and Warren Scott Lane; two sisters, Stella Tanner of
Massillon and Lerine Stanley of Ohio; two brothers, Robert and Harold Sampson, both of
Arnoldsburg, and Elmer Sampson of Spencer.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Cecil, George, Andy and Ross Sampson, and two
sisters, Mary Hall and Lisa Butler.
Private family service will be held at a later date. Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, is in
charge of arrangements.

RONALD EUGENE JARVIS
Ronald Eugene Jarvis, 49, of Millstone, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at his home. He was born in Braxton County, the son of Virgie King Jarvis of Millstone and the late
Cecil Jarvis.
Surviving in addition to his mother are five sisters, Vivian Finster and husband Francis of
Weston, Dolores Lowe and husband Darol of Spencer, Susan Roberts and husband Gary of
Millstone, Judy Rollyson of Millstone and Karen Roberts and husband Kenny of Five Forks;
one brother, Roger Jarvis and wife Julia of Mt. Zion; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister, Donna Jarvis Brown of Pine Grove. Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Kevin Church officiating.
Burial was in Rosedale Ceme-tery, Rosedale.

THELMA POLING
Thelma Poling, 98, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2003, at Country Club
Retirement Center, Mt. Vernon.
She was born at Reedy, the daughter of the late Dan and Hannah Wells Connolly. She had been
a resident of Mt. Zion and Parkersburg for many years before moving to Mt. Vernon in 1998.
She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Loretta Godfrey, Sherra Nell Ferrell of Parkersburg and
Bonel Zakarian of Chester, Md.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Poling, four sisters, and one brother. Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Rick Swearingen
officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Ceme-tery.

MARGARET BAILEY
Margaret A. Bailey, 76, of Bramblewood Village, died Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2003, in Camden-Clark
Memorial Hospital.
She was born at Buckeye and was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church. Surviving are two sons, James L. Bailey of Huntington and William A. Bailey of Grantsville;
five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul M. Bailey. Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Larry Jones officiating.

MARION WOOD
Marion J. Wood, 66, of Arnoldsburg, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2003, at her home. She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late M.C. and Ica Carpenter. She was a
former nurse’s aid and had worked at Spencer State Hospital and Mile Tree Nursing Center,
Spencer, and was a former employee of Norris Industries. Surviving are three sons, Richard of Las Vegas, Kenneth J. of Arnoldsburg and Stephen of
Mt. Zion.
Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Roger Carter officiating.
Burial was in Orma Cemetery.

WILEY TAYLOR, JR.
Wiley Taylor, Jr., 77, of Grafton, Ohio, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2003, in Ohio. He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Wiley and Mallie Yoak Taylor. He was a
U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and an employee of Magnesium Aluminum Corp., Cleveland,
for 15 years. He was a member of Eagles and VFW, both of Berea, Ohio, and AmVets, Elyria,
Ohio
Surviving are five sons, Danny Taylor, David Edward Taylor, Wiley Taylor III, all of
Grafton, Stanley R. Taylor of Elyria and Charles Taylor of Brunswick, Ohio; two daughters,
Bonnie Polinski of Tennessee and Debby Harney of Medina, Ohio; one brother, Gaylord Taylor
of Clearwater, Fla.; 22 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two children, Toni Ann Taylor and Keith Allen Taylor; two
brothers, Woodrow and Paul; and two sisters, Oleda and Omajean. Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Larry
Jones officiating. Burial will be in Yoak Cemetery, Big Bend. Visitation was scheduled
Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m., at the funeral home.

ROGER JARVIS
Roger Jarvis, 47, of Akron, Ohio, died Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, at St. Thomas Hospital, Akron. He was born in Akron, the son of Wilma June Jarvis of Spencer and the late Claude Jarvis.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and was a former employee of U.S. Postal Service. Surviving in addition to his mother are one daughter, Rachel Jarvis of Columbus, Ohio; one
son, Charley Jarvis of Akron; three brothers, David Jarvis of Savannah, Ga., and Ricky and
Kevin Jarvis, both of Spencer.
Services will be held Thursday, 1 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Dewey
Tanner officiating. Burial will be in Coen Cemetery, Nebo.

RUTH FREED
Ruth A. Freed, 81, of Waverly, died Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003, at her residence. She was born in Brohard, the daughter of the late William Henry and Emily Francis Westfall
Veon. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are two sons, Robert Freed of Philippi and Ronald Freed of Waverly; one daughter,
Barbara Perdue of Belleville; three sisters, Mae Maze of Brohard, Hazel Snider of Big
Springs and Mary Winland of Parkersburg; one brother, Arnold Veon of Coolville, Ohio; eight
grandchildren; and seven great-grandchil-dren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Tona Freed, Mar. 2, 1988; three brothers,
James, Paul and Donald Veon; and one son, Tona Freed.
Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, South Parkersburg, with Pastor Robert
Cornell officiating. Burial was in Hartley Cemetery.

SHERI GRAHAM
Sheri L. Graham, 44, of Mineral Wells, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, at her residence. She was born in Parkersburg, the daughter of the late George S. Wilson and Regina L.
Marion. She was employed by Calhoun County Schools for several years and was principal at
Arnoldsburg Elementary School before becoming assistant principal at Jackson Junior High
School in Wood County. She attended Mineral Wells Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Tom Graham; two daughters, Heather Haught and Regina Davisson of
Parkersburg; two step-daughters, Jennifer Davisson of Minnora and Sarah Graham of
Parkersburg; one step-son, Todd Graham of Parkersburg; four brothers, Michael Wilson of
Virginia Beach, Va., Rodney Wilson of Leachtown, G. Edwin Wilson of Alexandria, Va., and
Jeffery Wilson of Vienna.
Services were held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Richard Summers officiating.
Burial was in Bethel Cemetery.

RAY SWIGER
Ray Swiger, 71, of Nebo, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2003, in Roane General Hospital. Graveside rights were held at Coen Cemetery, Nebo, with Rev. Darius Arnold officiating. No other information received.

WILLIAM LLOYD TAYLOR
William Lloyd Taylor, 67, of Troy, died Friday, Feb. 21, 2003, at his home. He was born in Gilmer County, the son of the late Charles Franklin and Alma Bonnett Taylor. Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Sue Taylor; five sons, Charles Taylor of Virginia, Brian
Taylor of Glenville, Mark Taylor of Troy, William L. Taylor, Jr., of Wheeling and Bob
Taylor of Cox’s Mills; five daughters, Cheryl Brookover of North Carolina, Jackie Tomblin
of Wheeling, Oleta Taylor of Ohio and Nena Greathouse and Brenda Barrett, both of Missouri;
three sisters, Maxine Sabatina of Elizabeth, Willadean McCalaster of Smithville and Kathy
Blosser of Charleston; and four brothers, Jimmy Rae Bonnett of Copen, Harold Bonnett, Sr.,
of Glenville, Robert Roy Bonnett of Burnsville and Roger Taylor of Harrisville. He was preceded in death by one sister, Norrene Browning, and two brothers, Charles Eugene
Taylor and Cecil Taylor.
Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Gene Johnson officiating.
Burial was in Troy IOOF Ceme-tery.

AGNES WHYTSELL
Agnes Whytsell, 76, of Sand Ridge, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003, at her home. She was born in Goldbach, Germany, the daughter of the late Joseph and Anna Pheifer
Emmerich. She was a member of VFW Women’s Auxiliary and Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center
Ladies Auxiliary.
Surviving are one son, Richard A. Whytsell of Sand Ridge; one daughter, Gisela Gibson of
Sand Ridge; one brother, Hans Emmerich of Goldbach; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roscoe Clyde Whytsell, in 1995. Rite of Christian Burial was held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. David
Glockner officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Scripture Prayer Service was
held at the funeral home chapel.

EDDIE RICHARD LEDFORD
Eddie Richard Ledford, 58, of Chloe, died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at his home. He was born in Danville, Ky., the son of the late Tommie Bradley. He was a U.S. Navy
veteran and U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam. He was a member of Laborers International Union
of North America and was a retired employee of the City of Akron, Ohio. Surviving are one daughter, Tracy Miller of Frametown; three brothers, David Ledford of
Live Oak, Fla., and Wayne Simmons and James Ledford of Akron; one sister, Joyce Horn of
Watertown, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Brandi Miller of Frametown; one grand-son, Josh Miller
of Frametown; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and one sister, Patricia Ledford. Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Mark Murphy officiating.
Burial was in Nebo Baptist Church Cemetery.

ROBERT STARCHER, SR.
Robert Starcher, Sr., 38, of Rosedale, died Sept. 11, 2002, at his home. He was the son of Ralph Carpenter of Arnoldsburg and Barbara Goodrich of Spencer. Surviving in addition to his parents are his wife, Sherry Lynn Starcher of Rosedale; his
step-mother, Nancy Carpenter; three sons, William Andrew Starcher of Alabama, Robert
Starcher, Jr., of Spencer and Howard Dudley Starcher of Rosedale; one daughter, Barbara Ann
Starcher of Rosedale; three brothers, Charles Carpenter of Arnoldsburg, Eddie Miller of
Spencer and Randall Starcher; three sisters, Roberta Carpenter of Newton and Vanessa
Goodrich and Mildred Goodrich, both of Spencer; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and
grandchildren.
Services will be held Saturday, Mar. 1, 1 p.m., at Simmons Cemetery, Spencer, with Rev.
Alvie Lloyd officiating. Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, is in charge of services.

MAE NEWELL McKOWN
Mae Newell McKown, 91, of Walker, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, in Camden-Clark Memorial
Hospital, Parkersburg.
She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Tom and Francis Parsons Newell.
She was a former employee of American Viscose Co., Parkersburg, a co-operator of the family
store at Orma for several years, and a member of Kanawha Baptist Church. Surviving are two sons, Gary McKown of West Chester, Pa., and David McKown of Germantown,
Md.; two grandchildren, Cathy Perez of Denver, Colo., and James McKown of Boulder, Colo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon “Onnie” McKown, in 1995; eight brothers; and
one sister.
Services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Jim
Yoak officiating. Burial will be in Orma United Methodist Church Cemetery. Visitation at
the funeral home will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday and one hour prior to services.

GWENDOLYN HAUGHT
Gwendolyn H. Haught, 93, of Mt. Zion, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, in Minnie Hamilton
Health Care Center’s long term care.
She was born at Arnoldsburg, the daughter of the late James A. and Lydia Whytsell Hoskins.
She was a member of Brooksville Baptist Church and Mt. Zion Homemakers Extension Club. Surviving are two daughters, Burdeal Wright and husband Keith of Lanexia, Va., and Dorcas
Cain and husband Joseph of Big Bend; two sons, James Haught and wife Wanna Lee of
Hagers-town, Md., and Leonard Haught and wife Carol of Lakewood, Ohio; one brother, Vere
(Buster) Hoskins and wife Ivy of Arnoldsburg; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace L. Haught, and five sisters, Tressie
Carey, Elaine Moneypenny, Harriet Hoskins, Ernestine Mace and Betty Jo Morehead. Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev.
Harry Siers officiating, and burial in Liberty Hill Cemetery, Arnoldsburg. Visitation was
also scheduled one hour prior to services. Memorial contributions may be made to Calhoun
County Library, P.O. Box 918, Grantsville, WV 26147.

WILLIAM LYNCH
William Bernard Lynch, 88, of Vienna, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003, at his residence. He was born in Ritchie County, the son of the late James and Icle Varner Lynch. He retired
in 1979 after 40 years of service with Eureka Pipeline Co. He was a member of Faith Baptist
Church.
Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Yetta E. Shanks Lynch; one daughter, Glenna Perry of
Charleston; one brother, Jim Lynch of Mt. Zion; three grandchildren; two
step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Richard Lynch; one brother; and three sisters. Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna, with Pastor Jim Yoak
officiating. Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

DELBERT JUNIOR NICHOLSON
Delbert Junior Nicholson, 54, of Grantsville, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at Camden-Clark
Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.
He was born at Gassaway, the son of Clara Nicholson of Arnoldsburg and the late Delbert L.
Nicholson. He was a former employee of Flying W Plastics and a member of Norman Ridge
Community Church and NRA.
Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Carol Hardman Nicholson; his step-son,
Delmar Ray Hickman, Jr., of Grantsville; two daughters, Nancy Schoolcraft of Arnoldsburg
and Karen S. Jenkins of Gassaway; two brothers, Leonard Nicholson of King George, Va., and
Tim Nicholson of Arnoldsburg; five sisters, Barbara Rienard of Woodbridge, Va., Sandra Hess
of Glenville, Becky Nicholson of Lockney, Dolly Hickman of Grantsville and Donna Nicholson,
address unknown; and seven grandchildren.
Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in Big Springs Cemetery.

EDITH MARIE McCUMBERS
Edith Marie McCumbers, 69, of Nicut, died Monday, Mar. 3, 2003. She was born in Greenbrier County, the daughter of the late Charles Luther and Lethia Ellen
Gould. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are her children, Samuel J. McCumbers and fiance Beth Carr of Spencer, Brenda M.
and Rockey Dickey of Rosedale, Peggy A. Craddock and companion Mike Hunt of Rosedale and
Trevia J. and Glen Fulks of Millstone; one sister, Merida Mc-Cumbers of Indiana; one
brother, Jay Randolph Gould of Indiana; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Ruffus Judson McCumbers, and two
sisters.
Services will be held Saturday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Jerry
Scott officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Run Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the
funeral home one hour prior to services.

PAMELA SUE MARTIN
Pamela Sue Martin, 40, of Spotsylvania County, Va., died Sunday, Mar. 2, 2003, at Mary
Washington Hospital.
She was the daughter of Richard and Judith Chalfant of Fredericksburg, Va. She received her
bachelor of arts degree in accounting from Mary Washington College and had worked in
accounts receivable for Central Rappahannock Regional Library for eight years. She was a
member of Knotts United Methodist Church, Grantsville. Surviving in addition to her parents are one daughter, Melissa A. Merritt of the home; two
brothers, Michael Chalfant of Frede-ricksburg and Charles E. Chalfant of Charleston, S.C.;
maternal grandmother, Lenore G. Booher of Grantsville; two nephews; and one niece. Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, with Rev. Sonny
Gheen officiating. Burial will be private. Visitation was scheduled Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m.,
at the funeral chapel.

PAUL TUCKER
Paul Tucker, 61, of Navarre, Ohio, died Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2003, at his residence. He was born in Orma, the son of the late Edward and Susie Nicholas Tucker. He lived most of
his life in the Brewster, Ohio, area and worked at R.T.I., Massillon, Ohio, for 38 years. Surviving are his wife of 38 years, Kathleen R. Carpenter Tucker; one son, Timothy W.
Tucker of Navarre; one grand-daughter, Christy L. Tucker of Navarre; two brothers, Euell
Tucker of Arnoldsburg and Ottice Tucker of Brewster; and two sisters, Pearl Shock of Beach
City, Ohio, and Ruby McCumbers of Palestine.
He was preceded in death by one son, Richard P. Tucker; four brothers, Holbert, Homer, Okey
and Russell Tucker; and three sisters, Edna Duncan, Glady Sidwell and Lovell Woods. Services were held at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, with Rev. Martin Wine officiating.
Burial was in Orma Cemetery.

ENID SMITH
Enid F. Smith, 99, of Eustis, Fla., died Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2003, at the residence of her
daughter.
She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Floyd and Sarah Cooper Fulks. She
was a homemaker and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Orma. Surviving are six sons, Calvin L. Smith of Clearwater, Fla., John W. Smith of Newark, Ohio,
Emmons B. Smith of Arnolds-burg, Richard L. Smith and Edwin L. Smith, both of Springfield,
Mo., and Jackie D. Smith of Elyria, Ohio; three daughters, Ruby Smith Thompson of
Starksville, Miss., Patricia Smith Debow of Springfield and Dormal Smith Meeks of Eustis;
19 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Spurgeon Smith; one brother, Forrest Fulks; and
one sister, Icy Fulks.
Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Carl Marks officiating.
Burial was in Cooper Cemetery, Chloe.

ELEANOR DEWEES
Eleanor Dewees, 82, of Belpre, Ohio, died Sunday, Mar. 9, 2003, at Marietta Memorial
Hospital.
She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Alvy and Lona Gay Freshour. She
worked for Doe Miller Sons for 25 years and retired in 1993. She was a member of Fraternal
Order of Eagles.
Surviving are one daughter, Rita Woodyard of Little Hock-ing, Ohio; one son, Edward B.
Dewees of Belpre; six grand-children; two great-grandsons; two sisters, Eloise Nutter of
Marietta, Ohio, and Geneva Lynn of Belpre; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elza B. Dewees; one son, Maynard Dewees; five
brothers, Gail, Paul, Denzil, Donald and Bobby Jean Freshour; and two sisters, Lucille
Beall and Madeline Reynolds.
Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Tatman Funeral Home, Belpre, with Pastor
Robert Clegg officiating, and burial in Rockland Cemetery.

JAMES MORRISON
James P. (J.P.) Morrison, 81, of Marietta, Ohio, formerly of Big Springs, died Saturday,
Mar. 8, 2003, at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was a resident of The Heartland Nursing
Home, Marietta.
He was born at Freed, the son of the late Frank and Effie Smith Morrison. He was a member
of Prosperity Baptist Church, Big Springs. He graduated from Calhoun County High School in
1941 and worked for many years in the oil fields and retired from Buckeye Oil. Surviving are his wife, Nancy Marie Morrison; three sons, Melvin of Smithville, Weldon of
Springfield, Ohio, and Marshall of McConnelsville, Ohio; four daughters, Linda Daggett of
Veto, Ohio, Ioka Echard of Valley Mills, Arma Swain of Murrysville and Helen Irvine of
Waterford, Ohio; three step-sons, Richard Rouse of Charlotte, N.C., Robert Rouse of
Portland, Ore., and Tim Ross of Charles Town; one sister, Eloise Mullens of Glenville; 21
grand-children; six step-grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three
step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ada Mae Williams Morrison; one
great-granddaughter; four brothers; and four sisters.
Services were held at Prosperity Baptist Church, with Rev. Ken Heiney and Rev. Frank Plybon
officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion Cemetery, near Brohard.

ALTA DUNCAN
Alta V. Duncan, 94, of Canal Fulton, Ohio, died Sunday, Mar. 2, 2003, at Chapel Hill
Community.
She was born at Freed, the daughter of the late William and Lena Shimer Snider. She was a
60-year resident of Canal Fulton, and a member of Canal Fulton Baptist Church and Canal
Fulton Farm Women’s Club.
Surviving are one daughter, Joan Stephan of Canal Fulton; four sons, James Duncan of
Prescott, Ariz., Robert Duncan of Mt. Dora, Fla., David Duncan of East Canton, Ohio, and
Gerald Dun-can of Canal Fulton; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers,
Bernard and Colvin Snider; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, James W. Duncan, in 1986; four
sisters; and two brothers.
Services were held at Swigart-Easterling Funeral Home of Canal Fulton. Burial was in Union
Cemetery, Canal Fulton.

VERA SHILLER
Vera M. Shiller, 88, of Regency Place, Scott Depot, formerly of Vienna, died Monday, Mar.
3, 2003, in Putnam General Hospital, Winfield.
She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Robert and Izora Johnson Osborne.
She was a former employee of Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. and was a homemaker. Surviving are several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Shiller, in 1984. Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Alfred Hickman
officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

CLYDE HOUCHIN
Clyde C. Houchin, 84, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2003, at St. Joseph’s
Hospital, Parkersburg.
He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Grover C. and Stella Metheney Houchin.
He was a retired operator for Inter-national Union of Operating Engineers, Ohio Local No.
18, and was a member of Minnora IOOF and Beech Church. Surviving are five daughters, Barbara Powell and husband Jim of Parkersburg, Janet Marks
and Connie Lane, both of Arnoldsburg, Phyllis Evans and husband Lee of Mt. Zion, and
Pauline Ferrell and husband Jim Oak of Grantsville; four sisters, Bernice Laughlin, Opal
Jett, Marie McKown and Madge McKown, all of Arnoldsburg; one brother, Grover Houchin, Jr.,
of Arnolds-burg; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Obal Laughlin, in 1987; one brother,
Forrest Houchin; and two sisters, Ruth Simmons and Eula Kerns. Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Rick Metheney officiating.
Burial was in Houchin Cemetery, Arnoldsburg.

JAMES TAYLOR
James P. Taylor, 73, formerly of Minnora, died Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2003, in Findlay, Ohio. He was born in Kanawha County, the son of Thelma Foreman Taylor of Morgantown and the late
Cecil M. Taylor. He was a graduate of Clay County High School and attended University of
Charleston. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Alaska, and was a member of Minnora
United Methodist Church.
Surviving in addition to his mother are five daughters, Linda Duskey and husband Gaylen of
Grantsville, Pamela Postalwait and husband Allen of Elkview, Ruth Hale and husband Hale of
Huntington, Mary Ansley and husband Brett of Zebulon, N.C., and Jane Taylor of Berea, Ohio;
two brothers, Bernard Taylor and wife Kathryn of Morgantown and Joseph Taylor and wife
Penny of Minnora; one sister-in-law, Janice Frame Taylor of Alaska; 10 grandchildren; and
one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by two sons, James Taylor and Timothy Taylor; one grandson, Joseph
Clotier II; and one brother, Robert Foreman Taylor.
Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev. Tim Hickman officiating.
Burial was in Foreman Ceme-tery, Oak Hill Ridge, Clay County.

NINA HUNT
Nina L. Hunt, 63, of Clover, Roane County, died Monday, Mar. 17, 2003, in Charleston Area
Medical Center.
She was born at Martens Ferry and was a former employee of Trexler Rubber Co., Ravenna,
Ohio.
Surviving are her husband, Charles E. Hunt; one son, Charles Hunt of Spencer; one daughter,
Linda Pipes of Ravenna; one sister, Joyce Pickens of Oregon; one brother, Hugh Pickens of
Las Vegas, Nev.; and two grandchildren.
Visitation was held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg. Additional arrangements will be
held at the convenience of the family.

FLO LAUGHLIN STARCHER
Flo Laughlin Starcher, 81, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2003. She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Lewis and Lovie Townsend Laughlin.
She was a member of Otto Advent Christian Church for nearly 50 years and was a member of
Spencer First Advent Christian Church. She was a founding mem-ber of Otto Senior Citizens,
member of Roane General Hospital Auxiliary Unit and member of Bluegrass Riding Club. She
was employed at Kellwood Co., Spencer, for four years and was a homemaker. Surviving are one sister, Florence Hall of Arnoldsburg; two brothers, Brice and Gene
Laughlin, both of Arnoldsburg; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Starcher; two sisters; and four brothers. Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spen-cer, with Rev. Mike King and Rev.
Darius Arnold officiating. Burial was in Otto Cemetery.

VERA BLAKE
Vera Blake, 81, of Reedy, died Friday, Mar. 14, 2003, at Roane General Hospital. She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Curtis Lee and Icy Mae Church
Starcher. She was a homemaker, secretary of Blake and Blake Construction, Springdale, Ohio,
and former employee of Spencer Hospital and Kellwood Corp., Spen-cer. She was a member of
Order of Eastern Star, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Surviving are two sons, David Miller of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Steven C. Miller of
Elizabeth; one daughter, Emeline Guess of Reedy; two brothers, Holly Starcher of Naples,
Fla., and Kenneth H. Starcher of Akron, Ohio; one sister, Beth Safford of Parkersburg; 10
grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd G. Blake; two brothers, Ivan and Ed
Starcher; and one sister, Tessa Thelma Webb.
Private burial was in Eventide Cemetery, Spencer.

VIVIAN MANSON
Vivian E. Manson, 78, of Parkersburg, died Monday, Mar. 10, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial
Hospital.
She was born in Grantsville, the daughter of the late Tillman and Pansy Trippett Starkey.
She was a graduate of Calhoun County High School, Marietta Beauty College and Charleston
Beauty Academy. She was a beautician and retired from V.I.P. Hair Salon, Grantsville. She
attended Parkview United Methodist Church and was a member of Knotts Memorial United
Methodist Church, Grantsville.
Surviving are one son, Nicholas Furr of Virginia; one grandson, Chris Furr and wife Kelly
of Little Hocking, Ohio; one great-grandson, Levi Furr; and one brother, William Starkey of
Grantsville.
Memorial services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor Larry
Crawford officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

LENORE BOOHER
Lenore Booher, 91, of Millstone, died Saturday, Mar. 15, 2003, in St. Joseph’s Hospital,
Parkersburg.
She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Chapman Ray and Nona Stalnaker
Johnson. She was a 1930 graduate of Calhoun County High School and retired with 35 years of
service as a registrar from Calhoun County Health Dept. She was a member of W.Va. Retired
Employees Association, Order of Eastern Star, Grantsville, The White Shrine, Rebecca Lodge,
Grantsville, and Knotts Memorial United Methodist Church, Grantsville. Surviving are her husband, Charles Booher; one daughter, Judy Chalfant of Fredricksburg,
Va.; one daughter-in-law, Oleva Gainer of Elizabeth, Pa.; one brother, Morford Johnson of
Vienna; six grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Ann Gainer; one son, Larry Gainer; and
one granddaughter, Pamela Martin.
Services were scheduled Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev.
Mary Zimmer officiating, and burial in Bethlehem Cemetery.

MEGAN GESQUIERE
Megan Hill Gesquiere, 24, of Green, Ohio, died Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2003, at her home. She was born in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the daughter of Pete Starcher of Mesa, Ariz., and
Judith and William Guertal of Akron, Ohio. She was a 1996 graduate of Central Hower and had
attended University of Akron. She had been employed by Tops Market and was a member of St.
Paul Catholic Church.
Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband of five years, Robert; one daughter,
Madeline Elizabeth; two brothers, Zachary Hill of Akron and C.R. Starcher of Mesa; and
other relatives, including an aunt, Margie Nester of Mt. Zion. Funeral Mass of the Resurrection was held at St. Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. John
Valley officiating. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.

JAMES ROBERT RIGHTMIRE
James Robert Rightmire, 87, of Parsons, retired W.Va. State Trooper, died Tuesday, Mar. 18,
2003, at his home.
He was born at Parsons, the son of the late Vernon and Jesse Watkins Rightmire. He was a
1933 graduate of Parsons High School and retired in 1970 from W.Va. State Police as a
Corporal with 28 years of service, including some in Calhoun County. He was a member of
W.Va. State Police Retired Members Associa-tion, Fraternal Order of Police and Parsons
Lions Club, and had attended Parsons Presbyterian Church. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Margaret Faye Taylor Rightmire; one son, James Robert
“Bob” Rightmire II of York, Pa.; one daughter, Jo Ann Rightmire of La Plata, Md.; and one
sister, Dorothy Paugh of Baker.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Frank Rightmire, and one sister, Ruth Tamurini.
Services were conducted at Barb & Greenlief Funeral Home, Parsons, with Rev. Ellen Thomas
and Rev. Neil Parsons offici-ating. Burial was in Parsons City Cemetery.

JUNIOR GROVES
Junior Groves, 75, of Orma, died Monday, Mar. 24, 2003, at Minnie Hamilton Health Care
Center.
He was the son of the late William and Lena Suttels Groves. Surviving are three brothers, Worden Groves of Arnoldsburg, Tomas Groves of Akron, Ohio,
and Robert Groves of Grantsville.
He was preceded in death by two brothers.
Services will be held Thursday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev.
Glenville McBride officiating. Burial will be in Summers Cemetery, Orma. Visitation was
scheduled at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

ERMA LEE McGUIRE
Erma Lee McGuire, 60, of Cairo, died Thursday, Mar. 27, 2003, in Cairo. She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Holly and Bernice Jackson Miller.
She was a cook and supervisor at Pineview Continuous Care Facility, Harrisville, for 13
years.
Surviving are six sons, Randy Bunner of Creston, Bill Bunner of Waverly, Terry and Jeff
Bunner, both of Parkersburg, Joe McGuire of Cairo and Jeff McGuire of Vincent, Ohio; three
daughters, Pamela Cloudy of Petroleum, Tammy Bunner of Parkersburg and Jennifer Black of
Cairo; three brothers, George Smith, Donald Miller and Ronald Miller, all of Calhoun
County; one sister, Geneva Groves of Grantsville; 20 grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Alice Hoffman. Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Bob Roth officiating.
Burial was in Hunt Cemetery, near Brooksville.

WAITMAN MAXWELL STEVENS
Waitman Maxwell Stevens, 68, of Vienna, died Friday, Mar. 28, 2003, at his home. He was born in Wirt County, the son of the late Waitman and Olive McDonald Stevens. He was
a former employee of Gatewood Products Co., Parkersburg. Surviving are his wife, Diane Stevens; three sons, Richard Stevens and David Stevens, both
of Walker, and Michael Collins of Elizabeth; one daughter, Crystal Stevens of Elizabeth;
four brothers, Frances Stevens of Parkersburg, Okie Stevens of Pullman, Clifford Stevens of
Reedsville, Ohio, and William (Bill) Stevens of Plaines, Ohio; three sisters, Maxine Murphy
of Eliza-beth, Leonna Jenkins of Macfarlan and Dolly Yoak of Pullman; several
grandchildren; and special friend and caregiver, Janet Cross. He was preceded in death by one son, Ricky Stevens, and his second wife, Enid Cole. Graveside services were held at Hartley Cemetery, Brohard, with Rev. Raymond Ray
officiating.

MONA SHOOK
Mona Ruth Shook, 74, of Little Hocking, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 22, 2003, at her home. She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Eskey and Essie Ingram Harper. She
was a member of Porterfield Baptist Church, Little Hocking. Surviving are her husband of 55 years, James S. “Jim” Shook; four sisters, Lorene Bloxham
of Waterford, Ohio, Mary Wilson of Burton, Ohio, Lee Peters of Aurora, Colo., and Molly
Houghton of Cairo; two brothers, Clem Harper of Rocky River, Ohio, and Robert Gifford
Harper of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Lucy Hall.
Memorial services were held at Porterfield Baptist Church with Rev. Phil Newhart and Rev.
Mark Eaton officiating.

ERIC GLEN NICHOLAS
Eric Glen Nicholas, 32, of Orma and Louisburg, N.C., died Sunday, Mar. 30, in an automobile
accident in Franklin County, N.C.
He was the son of Mary B. Nicholas of Orma and the late Earlie Nicholas. He was employed by
CTC Construction Co.
Surviving in addition to his mother are two sons, Dylin and Skylar Nicholas of Dunbar; five
sisters, Margaret Haynes of Reedy, Sible DeWeese of Orma, Donna Epling of Spencer, Dwanna
Carpenter of Cleveland, Ohio, and Regina Falls of Smithville, Ohio; three brothers, Roger
McCumbers of Smithville, and George Nicholas and Frederick Nicholas, both of Louisburg; and
several nieces and nephews.
Services were scheduled Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Rev.
Mark Gerwig officiating, and burial in Orma U.M. Church Cemetery. Visitation was scheduled
at the funeral home on Wednesday from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

ROBERT LEON LYNCH
Robert Leon Lynch, 57, of Arnoldsburg, died Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003. He was born in Kanawha County, the son of the late Wood-row and Glenna Garrett Lynch. He
was a resident of Jessie’s Run for over 30 years. He was an oilfield worker, a member of
Walnut Grove Community Church, Barnes Run, and a volunteer at Arnoldsburg Fire Dept. Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Earline Nester Lynch; one sister, Dortha Lea Offutt of
Noonan, Ga.; one son, Robert Woodrow Lynch; two daughters, Shannon Welch and husband Steve
and Cindy Castle and husband Thomas; and three grandsons, Jordan, Brandon and Taylor Welch. Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, with Pastor Carl Marks officiating.
Burial was in Gibson Cemetery, Adam/Altizer Road.

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ASHFORD AYERS
Ashford Ayers, 99, of Harrisville, died Saturday, Mar. 29, 2003, at his residence. He was born near Smithville, the son of the late Allen A. and Eva J. Howard Ayers. He attended Smithville Grade School for 5 years before moving to Harrisville in 1917, where
he attended grade school and high school. He graduated from West Virginia University in
1931 and taught school at Lick Run and Smithville, was Assistant County Superintendent of
Schools for Ritchie County, a teacher and principal of Harrisville Grade School, a teacher
in the Harrisville High School and from 1955 until his retirement in 1969, he was Clerk of
the Maintenance Dept. and Director of Attendance and Pupil Personnel for the Ritchie County
School System.
He also served with Dr. Feister on the Stat Survey of the West Virginia Educational System,
working in eight counties. He also served on the Advisory Committee of the State Dept. of
Education on State and County Testing and chaired a sub-committee on Diagnostic Tests. He
was also a member of several other State Dept. Education Committees. He was associated with
Raiguel Funeral Home in Harrisville since 1942.
He was a member of the Harrisville Baptist Church since 1922; a Mason since 1925; a Past
Master of the Harrisville Lodge; was a member of the Scottish Rite and York Rite Bodies and
of the Nemesis Temple of the Shrine; was a member of Bethany Shrine #4 White Shrine of
Jerusalem; was a member of Harrisville Chapter #29 Order of the Eastern Star; served as
Worthy Patron over 30 years; was granted life membership in the O.E.S.; and was a member of
the Harrisville Lions Club since 1935 where he served as president and in most other
offices in the local club. Upon recommendation of the lcoal club, he recieved a Life
Membership from Lion’s International after being a member for 55 years. In 1992, he was the
first Harrisville Lion to be named a Melvin Jones Fellow.
While a student at WVU, he was a member of the Theta Chi National Fraternity, serving as
its president in 1928. In 1929, he served as President of the Interfraternity Council, was
a member of the WVU Alumni Association and Emeritus Club, comprised of graduates of 50 or
more years ago, and he and his wife drove in all 50 of the United States and visited 11
countries in Europe.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Ruby Risher whose home was in Morgantown; one daughter,
Alice Ann and husband Don Brown; three grandhcildren, David of Vienna, Danny and wife
Leanne of Parkersburg and Kathy and husband John Moore of Fleming, Ohio; and four
great-grandchildren, Megan, Heather, Johnny Moore and Nicole Brown. Services were held at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Rev. Robert Perine and Rev.
Kenneth Perine officiating. Burial was in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

LOIS CARPENTER
Lois Marie Somerville Carpenter, 72, of Parkersburg, died Sunday, Apr. 6, 2003, at
Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Revere, the daughter of the late Arley and Iva Boyce Bush. She worked for
American Viscose and for Bureau of Public Debt, Parkersburg, and was a member of South
Parkers-burg Baptist Church.
Surviving are seven children, Marie Newberry of Chesa-peake, Va., Gary Somerville of
Williamstown, Pat Paintiff of Parkersburg, Connie Sue Tooker of Davisville, Carol Lynn
Ratliff of Jane Lew, Brenda Ball of Walker and Kathy Nutter of Parkersburg; 15
grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and eight brothers and sister, Margaret Dunbar of
Vienna, Richard Lee Bush of Tanner, Ruby Maxine Weaver, Christine Miner and Cletus Bush,
all of Williamstown, Roberta West of Nobe, and Donna Grogg and Donald Bush, both of Revere. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond Somerville; her second husband,
Denver Clyde Carpenter; one daughter, Jacqueline Somerville; two granddaughters; one
sister, Mildred Arlene Yoak; and two brothers, Robert Ray Bush and James Donley Bush. Services were held at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Rev. Ed Rogers
officiating. Burial was in Evergreen South Cemetery.

WILLIAM RAY RITCHIE
William Ray Ritchie, 63, of Spencer, died Saturday, Apr. 5, 2003, at Roane General
Hospital.
He was born in Grantsville, the son of the late Denver and Mary Sole Ritchie. He was a 1958
graduate of Calhoun County High School, a U.S. Army veteran having served in Korea, and was
employed by Kellwood Co., Spencer.
Surviving are one son, Brett A. Ritchie of Five Forks; one daughter, Nicole Hopkins of
Indiana; one brother, Eugene Ritchie of Five Forks; and his companion, Delores Harper of
Spencer.
Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, with Rev. Harold Francis
officiating. Burial was in Hunt Cemetery, Big Bend.

FREDDIE EUGENE WHITE
Freddie Eugene White of Channelview, Tex., died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, in Channelview
Hospital.
He was born at Glenville, the son of Nettie Starcher Kerby and the late Greely White of
Channelview. He attended Calhoun High School and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. He
served four years in the Navy aboard the USS Chambers and retired as a mechanic from Auto
Handling, Houston, Tex.
Surviving in addition to his mother are two daughters, Leto Wood and Fresa Jennings, both
of Houston; two sons, Freddie White, Jr., and Roger White, both of Houston; one sister,
Freda Booher of Orma; one brother, Frankie White of Barberton, Ohio; four grandchildren;
and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Enda Carpenter.
Burial was at the convenience of the family.

EMILE COEN
Emile B. Coen, 86, of Creston, Ohio, died Saturday, Mar. 15, 2003, at her home. She was born in Chloe, the daughter of the late Oka and Myrtle Jarvis Conley. She was a
resident of Creston for 57 years and retired from Nabisco Brands, Seville, Ohio, in 1989. Surviving are three daughters, Eva Clevidence of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Wanda Halpin and
Sandy Flickinger, both of Creston; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one brother,
Carsie Conley of Chloe; and three sisters, Orda Offutt of Creston, Mildred Lewis of
Charleston and Oleta Yentz of Wadsworth.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Lester “Buss” Coen, who died Mar.
22, 1983; four brothers, Claret, John, Ray and Harley Conley; and one nephew, Harley
Conley, whom she raised.
Services were held at Murray Funeral Home, Creston, with Rev. Homer Watson officiating.
Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

ROSE ANN TAYLOR
Rose Ann Taylor, 83, of Cremo, died Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2003, at Mile Tree Health Care
Center, Spencer.
She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of the late Charles and Jannetta Cummings. She
was a homemaker.
Surviving are two sons, Dale Starcher of Stinson and Joe Starcher of Leroy; five daughters,
Idice Conway of St. Maries, Idaho, Juanita McCumbers of Orma, Mary Durfee of Ellisville,
Miss., Jane Parker of Laurel, Miss., and Kathleen Cash of Cremo; one brother, Robert
Cummings of Looneyville; one sister, Emma McKinney of Wallback; 42 grandchildren; and
numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Everett Starcher of Rush Run in 1958, and
her second husband, Harrison Taylor in 1969.
Services were held at Carl Wilson Funeral Home, Clay, with Minister Fred Patterson
officiating. Burial was in Elswick Ceme-tery, Clendenin.

LEO (Jim) RIGGS
Leo V. (Jim) Riggs, 81, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2003. He was born in Calhoun County, the son of the late Park and Roxie Riggs. Surviving are his wife, Claris; caregiver, Patti; one daughter, Robin; two sons, Jimmy and
Benny; four step-children, Larry, Tim, Vicky and Judy; two sisters, Milly and Helen; two
brothers, Burl and Leon of Mt. Zion; eight grandchildren; two great-grand-children; and
several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spen-cer. Burial was in Mt. Zion
Cemetery, Roane County.

ESTA GIVENS
Esta O. Givens, 90, of Big Springs, died Friday, Apr. 4, 2003, at her home on Yellow Creek. She was born on Yellow Creek, the daughter of the late Ruben and Margaret Conley Richards.
She was a member of Spruce Hollow Community Church.
Surviving are three sons, Ralph Givens of Williamstown, Charles Givens of Walker and Roger
Givens of Big Springs; three daughters, Joan Porter of Bluff City, Tenn., Margaret Ann
Fleming of Parkersburg and Donna Sams of Little Hocking, Ohio; one sister, Peggy Layfield
of Cairo; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charley W. Givens. Services were held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville. Burial was in King Knob Cemetery,
Smithville.

FREEDA BUSH
Freeda M. Bush, 69, of Spencer, died Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2003, in Camden-Clark Memorial
Hospital, Parkersburg.
She was born in Calhoun County, the daughter of Lawrence Hale Goodnight of Brohard and the
late Dessie Mae Richards Goodnight. She was a homemaker, president of American Legion
Auxiliary Unit 21, Spencer, Roane County chairperson for Rhodo-dendron Girl’s State, and
member of Roane County Democratic Women’s Club and Zion United Methodist Church, Spencer. Surviving in addition to her father are her husband, Robert E. Bush, whom she married May
22, 1953; three daughters, Roberta Board of Spencer, Janet Murray of Ripley and Kristina
Starcher of Walton; one son, William E. Bush II of Spencer; two sisters, Mavarine Butler of
Bowie, Md., and Deloris Dye of Smithville; three brothers, Arthur Goodnight of Ravenna,
Ohio, Ronzel Goodnight of MacFarlan and Delmas Goodnight of Brohard; eight grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held at John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer, with Rev. Daniel R. Whited and
Rev. John W. Lowe officiating. Burial was in Nobe Cemetery, Nobe.
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