Obituary archive page for Sept. - Dec. 2000

December

Mrs. Ruth Comer Bird, 85, of Laurinburg, N.C. and formerly of Blue Creek, died Dec. 17, at her residence, following a long illness.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Charles A. Dent in 1941 and Howard E. Bird in 1985 and one son, Charles A. Dent Jr. in 1977.

She is survived by two daughters, Patty Adkins of Petersburg and Joyce Flowers of Dowington, Pa.; one stepdaughter, Doris Boothe of Parkersburg; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 22, at the Myers Funeral Home chapel, Elkview, with interment in Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes. (12/26)

Stanley Roy Hedrick, 82, of Upper Tract, died Dec. 17, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where he had resided since 1996.

Born Jan. 13, 1918, in Ruddle, he was the son of the late Isaac Roy and Ina (Hartman) Hedrick.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Evelyn (Spitzer) Hedrick; one daughter, Darlene Miller of Upper Tract; three sons, Dr. Jerry L. Hedrick of Brandon, Fla., Larry D. Hedrick of Timberville, Va., and Tony L. Hedrick of Upper Tract; one half sister, Martha Hevener of Franklin; four half brothers, Wayne Hartman and Charles Hartman, both of Harrisonburg, Va., Jearl Hartman of Dayton, Va., and James Hartman of Walnut Point, Pa.; five grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; two stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 20, at the Upper Tract United Methodist Church, with interment in Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin. (12/26)

Miss Sadie Flora Alt, 90, of Petersburg, died Dec. 18, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born April 29, 1910, in Pansy, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Webster and Christena (Layton) Alt. She was the last member of her immediate family.

She is survived by one daughter, Flora Jean "Pudgy" (Alt) Kisamore of Petersburg, with whom she lived with; and one niece, Josephine Williams of Kissimee, Fla.

Funeral services were Dec. 22, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (12/26)

Infant Quinton Christopher Brake, 7 months, of Petersburg, died Dec. 20, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born April 30, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of Christopher W. Brake and Stephanie M. Larew of Petersburg.

Besides his parents, he is survived by one sister, Madison Brake of Petersburg; one brother, Tanner Brake of Petersburg; paternal grandfather, Warren G. Brake of Petersburg; maternal grandparents, William R. and Wilma B. Larew of Mount Storm; and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services were Dec. 23, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. (12/26)

Mrs. Ressie Velma (Kimble) Barger, 76, of Maysville, died Dec. 5, at her home.

Born Dec. 16, 1923, in Smoke Hole, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Virgie (Alt) Kimble. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Brooke Barger, Aug. 11, 1994.

She is survived by one daughter, Glenna M. Waldron of Maysville; four sons, Johnny C. Barger, Kenneth C. Barger, Carl E. Barger and Bobby A. Barger, all of Maysville; one sister, Rettie Barnes of Winchester, Va.; two brothers, Junior "Bud" Kimble of Maysville and Brison Kimble of Oakland, Md.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; four stepgreat-greatgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 9, at the Jordan Run Union Church, with interment in Rohrbaugh Cemetery, Maysville.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (12/19)

Mrs. Vauda Edith Rexrode, 60, of Mount Jackson, Va., died Dec. 10, at her home.

Born Aug. 13, 1940, at Mount Storm, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Pearl Ellen (Chapman) Cosner.

She is survived by her husband, Gordon Leo Rexrode, whom she married Nov. 4, 1960; one son, Jeffrey Rexrode of Broadway; one brother, Wilson Cosner of McGaheysville, Va.; four sisters, Verda Brown of Stanley, Va., Thelma Lewis and Naomi Keeler, both of Timberville, Va., and Leona Osborne of Broadway; and four grandchildren.

Prayer services were Dec. 12, at the Theis Funeral Chapel, New Market, Va., with interment Dec. 13, in the Alkire Cemetery, Mount Storm. (12/19)

John Robert Champ, 80, of Seneca Rocks, died Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg, after an extended illness.

Born June 25, 1920, in Mouth of Seneca, he was the son of the late Andrew Jackson and Ethel (Alt) Champ.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Violet (Miller) Champ, whom he married Nov. 25, 1941, in Petersburg; two daughters, Aretha June Kees of Fairmont and Darlene Kay Tustin of Lusby, Md.; three sons, Randall Blake Champ of Arthur, and Daniel Lee Champ and Myron Lyle Champ, both of Seneca Rocks; four sisters, Thelma S. Rohrbaugh and Rose Virginia Vance, both of Petersburg; M. Evelyn Boggs of Seneca Rocks and Ruby L. Dolly of Medley; five brothers, Earl H. Champ of Cabins, Quentin Champ of Purgitsville, Harlan Champ of Baltimore, Darrell Champ of Petersburg and Dayton Champ of Lahmansville; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 15, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Boggs Cemetery. (12/19)

Robert Andrew Rader, 55, of Hamilton, Ohio, died Dec. 14, at his residence.

Born Dec. 21, 1944, in New Creek, he was the son of the late Fred Key and Dympsy (Lahman) Rader.

He is survived by his wife, Norma (Kisamore Rohrbaugh) Rader; two sons, Glen Rader and Steve Rader, both W. Harrison, Ind.; one stepdaughter, Rebecca Rohrbaugh of Franklin; one stepson, Eric Rohrbaugh of Lahmansville; two sisters, Pat Wright and Linda Gillman, both of Harrison; two half brothers, Charles Rader of Keyser and Glen Marshall of Fairmont; one granddaughter, Megan; and three stepgrandchildren, David, Courtney and Amberly.

Funeral services were Dec. 17, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (12/19)

Stanley Hodges Wimer, 78, of Petersburg, died Sunday, Dec. 10, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born April 10, 1922, in Franklin, he was the son of the late Finn and Edna (Lambert) Wimer.

He is survived by one sister, Virginia Johnson of Harrisonburg, Va.; and two brothers, Oley Wimer of Hudson, Ohio and Herbert Wimer of Bedford, Ohio.

Funeral services were Dec. 13, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin. (12/12)

Marcellus Albert "Pudge" See, 74, of Moorefield, died Sunday, Dec. 10, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born May 8, 1926, in Moorefield, he was the son of the late Asa and Bertha (Cook) See.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mary Alkire See; one daughter, Wanda L. See of Moorefield; two sons, Albert E. See and Allen W. See, both of Moorefield; two brothers, Stanley D. See of Moorefield and Freeman L. See of Fisher; and two grandchildren, Michael Allen See and Sarah Elizabeth See.

Funeral services were Dec. 12, at the Petersburg Church of God, with interment in Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Elmore-Chambers Funeral Home, Moorefield. (12/12)

Jesse Franklin Ratcliff, 81, of Upper Tract, died Dec. 10, at the Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin.

Born Feb. 8, 1919, at Landes, he was the son of the late James Edward and Hannah Elizabeth (VanMeter) Ratcliff.

He is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 13, at the Kimble Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment in Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract. (12/12)

Arno Eugene Van Meter, 61, of Petersburg, died Dec. 9, at his residence.

Born Aug. 28, 1939, in Petersburg, he was the son of Mary Van Meter. He was also preceded in death by aunts Dessie Van Meter and Janie Bobo, with whom he lived as a child.

He is survived by one sister, Yvonne Crites of Petersburg; one brother, Dale Van Meter of Lexington Park, Md.; and companion, Madeline Carr of Woodbridge, Va.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Interment will be South Branch Memorial Gardens, Petersburg.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg. (12/12)

Wilma Frances (Crowe) Thompson, 76, formerly of Petersburg, died Dec. 7, at the Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home, Oakland, Md., where she had resided for the past 12 years.

Born Nov. 20, 1924, in Moorefield, she was the daughter of the late William Crowe and Miley (Rumers) Crowe Mongold.

She is survived by one son, Wesley A. Thompson of Moorefield; one daughter, Carol F. Ours of Dorcas; one sister, Rosalee Michael of Montrose, Colo.; two grandchildren, Misty Thompson and Danita Thompson, both of Moorefield; two great-grandchildren; and two nieces, Ann Michael of Bethesda, Md. and Elaine Turney of Montrose.

Funeral services were Dec. 9, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in the Ours family cemetery, Rough Run. (12/12)

Mrs. Minnie Chloe Calhoun, 73, of Petersburg, died Dec. 5, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Feb. 16, 1927, in Deer Run, she was the daughter of the late Seymour and Phoebe Jane (Hevener) Riggleman.

She is survived by her husband, William Roy Calhoun and two sisters, Audra Ours of Petersburg and Nora Day of Gaithersburg, Md.

Funeral services were Dec. 5, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (12/12)

Cecil McKinney Arnold, 55, of Shepherdstown and formerly of Cabins, died Dec. 4, at his residence.

Born Aug. 28, 1945, in Harrisonburg, Va., he was the son of Ollie Blanche (McKinney) Arnold of Petersburg and the late Justin Edward Arnold.

Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Pamela C. "Pam" (Hill) Arnold; two sons, Andrew Arnold of Shepherdstown and J.J. Arnold of Santa Fe, N.M.; one sister, Charlotte Campbell of Goldsboro, N.C.; one brother, Douglas Arnold of Cabins; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial graveside services were Dec. 8, at the Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town. (12/12)

James Earle Bush, 35, of Seaford, Del., died Nov. 22, at John's Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, from a brain aneurysm.

He was the son of Dian S. Bush of Seaford and the late James Bush. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Earle and Mary Bush.

He is survived by his wife, Janine Bush; one sister, Lynn Clagg of Laurel, Md.; and one brother, Scott Bush of Georgetown, Del.

Memorial services were Dec. 3, at the Stein Highway Church of God, Seaford. Graveside services were Dec. 4, at Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Cranston Funeral Home, Seaford. Local arrangements were under the Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg. (12/5)

Brenda Lee (Ketterman) Campbell, 44, of Grottoes, Va., and formerly of Maysville, died Nov. 25, at Augusta Medical Center, Fishersville, Va., after a battle with cancer.

Born Nov. 22, 1956, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of Virgil Ketterman and Sara Katherine (Ayers) Ketterman of Maysville.

Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband, Jerry Campbell, whom she married Feb. 26, 1973 and remarried July 10, 1981; one daughter, Jennifer Lynn Fitzgerald of Waynesboro, Va.; two brothers, Steve Ketterman and Gary Ketterman, both of Maysville; three sisters, Betty Mongold of Dorcas and Sara Wimer and Phyllis Laub, both of Maysville; one granddaughter; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were Thursday afternoon, at the Elkton chapel, Va., of the Kyger and Trobaugh Funeral Home. (12/5)

Nina Mae (See) Nesselrod, 82, of Petersburg and formerly of South Fork, died Nov. 28, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Feb. 23, 1918, in Bass, she was the daughter of the late John Cason and Sally C. (See) See. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Benson D. Nesselrod, Jan. 6, 1994. She was the last member of her immediate family.

Mrs. Nesselrod resided with her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Tom Hawk, Petersburg, for the past six years.

Besides her daughter, she is survived by four sons, Orville L. "Spike" Combs and Gary Nesselrod, both of Old Fields, Norman "Pete" Nesselrod of Moorefield and Tommy Nesselrod of Purgitsville; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services were Nov. 30, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment was in South Branch Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. (12/5)

Charles Brooke "Todd" Bensenhaver, 91, of Rig, died Nov. 29, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg.

Born June 14, 1909, in Hardy County, he was the son of the late Calvin C. and Myrtle (Vance) Bensenhaver.

He is survived by his wife, Eula V. (Halterman) Bensenhaver; four sons, Charles B. Bensenhaver II of Louisville, Ky., Donnie Lee Bensenhaver of Wheeling, Clyde D. Bensenhaver of Rig and Dewey F. Bensenhaver of Petersburg; five daughters, Elizabeth Barr and Patsy Riggleman, both of Rig, Mary Hines of Moorefield, Nancy Brecher of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Helen Rohrbaugh of Maysville; one sister, Mary Schell of Moorefield; 20 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 2, at the Moorefield Presbyterian Church, with interment in Newhouse Cemetery, Rig.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield. (12/5)

Thomas William Lee Hinton Sr., 80, of Maysville, died Nov. 29, at his home.

Born April 28, 1920, in Silver Spring, Md., he was the son of the late Charles William and Edna Lee (Sakers) Hinton. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Maynard Hinton and two sisters, Vivian Thomas and Laura Winfrey.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Frances (Burgess) Hinton; one son, Thomas William Lee Hinton Jr. and wife, Susan, of Laurel; one sister, Margaret Smith of Beltsville; one half sister, Gertrude Russell of Laurel; two grandchildren, Sarah E. (Hinton) DiSilvestri and husband, Joe, and David Lee Hinton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Dec. 2, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. Military graveside services were conducted by combined veterans organizations of Grant County. (12/5)

Raymond Bowman Smith, 93, of Franklin, died Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born June 21, 1907, at Reeds Creek, he was the son of the late Jared B. and Ida Virginia (Waggy) Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Hammer) Smith, whom he married Sept. 15, 1930; one daughter, Dorothy Shears of Fairmont; two sons, Dorlan Smith of Harrisonburg, Va. and Earl Smith of Franklin; three sisters, Evelyn Hendrickson of Petersburg, Arlene Brisson of Richmond, Va. and Thelma Greenhalgh of Newport News, Va.; two brothers, Lacy Smith of Franklin and Eston Smith of Upper Tract; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were Dec. 2, at the Kimble Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin. (12/5)

Betty Jane Orndorff, 63, of Capon Bridge, died Dec. 2, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born March 14, 1937, in Colesville, Md., she was the daughter of the late William and Dorothy (Sager) Kisner.

She is survived by her husband, Harlan Orndorff; two stepdaughters, Stephanie Waldman of Petersburg and Pamela McVey of Las Vegas; one son, Steward Orndorff of Crofton, Md.; three stepsons, Jeffrey Dale Orndorff of Columbia, Md., Gregory A. Orndorff of Laurel, Md., and David D. Orndorff of Beltsville, Md.; two sisters, Rose Johnson of Lantana, Fla. and Louise Wilkerson of Charles Town; one grandchild; and nine stepgrandchildren.

Funeral services were Dec. 5, at the Elmore-Chambers Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery in Bean's Settlement. (12/5)

November

Jimmie S. Landes Sr., 63, of Franklin, died Nov. 17, on U.S. Route 33 East, Brandywine.

Born Aug. 23, 1937, in Smoke Hole, he was the son of Donna (Thompson) Landes Cassidy of Bridgewater, Va., and the late Amby Landes.

Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Judy (Grimm) Landes, whom he married July 2, 1963; three sons, Bruce Landes and Jimmie Landes Jr., both of Harrisonburg and Rex Landes of Upper Tract; two sisters, Joan Landes of Florida and Jean Clark of Linville, Va.; one brother, Steve Landes of Linville; and six grandchildren.

Memorial services were Nov. 19, at the Kimble Funeral Home chapel, Franklin. (11/28)

Mrs. Wilda (Shobe) Snyder, 90, of Lahmansville and a resident of the Grant County Nursing Home since June 16, 1997, died Nov. 20, at the nursing home.

Born March 13, 1910, in Dorcas, she was the daughter of the late Isaac and Ida F. (Bergdoll) Shobe. She was also preceded in death by her husband, R. Gladstone Snyder, Sept. 5, 1997. She was the last member of her immediate family.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews including: JoAnn S. Harman and Carolyn S. Goldizen, both of Lahmansville, Bradley Shobe of Dorcas, Joan C. Rosenberger of Stephens City, Va., Billy Paul Mays and Betty Lee Shelton, both of Roseland, Va., Becky S. Peters of Petersburg, Margaret S. Bensenhaver of Virginia Beach, Va., Shirley S. Williams of Albuquerque, N.M., Barbara Jean Snyder, resident of Grant County Nursing Home and Robert M. Snyder of Davis.

Eastern Star Chapter 146 conducted services, Nov. 21, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel.

Funeral services were Nov. 22, at the funeral home chapel, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (11/28)

Mrs. Esta Margaret (Weese) Bergdoll, 93, of Dorcas, died Nov. 21, at her home.

Born June 25, 1907, in Arthur, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Madeline (Simon) Weese. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John Evers Bergdoll, June 3, 1973. She was the last member of her immediate family.

She is survived by four daughters, Aldene Brake, Maxine Roby and Wanda (Bergdoll) Curl, all of Petersburg and Barbara (Bergdoll) Ours of Manassas, Va.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Nov, 24, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with nterment in Bergdoll Family Cemetery, Rough Run. (11/28)

Vernon Earl "Jimmy" Rohrbaugh, 85, of Maysville, died Nov. 21, at the E.A. Hawse Continuous Care Center, Baker, where he had resided since Dec. 20, 1999.

Born Feb. 23, 1915, in Jordan Run, he was the son of the late Henry Edward and Essie Virginia "Virgie" (Hawk) Rohrbaugh. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ethel V. (Amtower) Rohrbaugh, July 28.

He is survived by two daughters, Diane Goldizen of Maysville and Louise Carrigan of Annandale, Va.; two sons, Galen Rohrbaugh of Oakland, Md. and Harold Rohrbaugh of Falls Church, Va.; three sisters, Iona Cook of Maysville, Vuelta Aronhalt of Elk Garden and Lila Perticone of Forest Hill, Md.; five grandsons, David Rohrbaugh, Allen Rohrbaugh, Galen Rohrbaugh Jr., Scott Rohrbaugh and Robbie Goldizen; one foster grandson, Shawn Rohrbaugh; four granddaughters, Gail Shope, Cheryl Rohrbaugh, Dana Carrigan and Kimberly Goldizen; and 11 great-grandchildren, Jeremy Rohrbaugh, Michael Rohrbaugh, Chris Rohrbaugh, Brandon Rohrbaugh, Matthew Rohrbaugh, Nick Rohrbaugh, Jason Rohrbaugh, Natalie Rohrbaugh, Kayla Sharkey, Martin Turner and Jordan Rohrbaugh.

Funeral services were Nov. 25, at the Jordan Run Union Church, with interment in South Branch Memorial Gardens, Petersburg.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg (11/28)

Mrs. Arleta Marie (Bodkin) Kuykendall, 84, of Milam, died Nov. 23, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va.

Born Oct. 26, 1916, at Fort Seybert, she was the daughter of the late James and Louise Kee Bodkin. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Calvin H. Kuykendall, February 1986.

She is survived by one son, Harlan Kuykendall of Milam; two sisters, Norene Rodgers of Petersburg and Reva Hevener of Franklin; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Nov. 27, at the Elmore-Chambers Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in Kuykendall Family Cemetery, Milam. (11/28)

Mrs. Leatha V. McNemar, 84, of Keyser, died Friday, Nov. 24, at the Moran Manor Nursing Home, Westernport, Md.

Born Dec. 2, 1915, in Grant County, she was the daughter of the late Daniel A. and Ida Mae (Hyde) Smith. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry J. McNemar, Nov. 14, 1991.

She is survived by one son, Eugene McNemar of Burlington; one daughter, Freda "Becky" Fertig of Kearneysville; two brothers, Lloyd Smith and Milford Smith, both of Martin; one sister, Martha Pyles of New Creek; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were Nov. 28, at the Knobley Memorial Gardens, Martin.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser. (11/28)

Oscar Eugene Riggleman Sr., 62, of Haymarket, Va., died Nov. 24, at the Prince William Hospital, Manassas, Va.

Born Aug. 5, 1938, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Oscar Dayton Riggleman and Leora (Landis) Riggleman Davis.

He is survived by his wife, Mallie B. Riggleman; two daughters, Scarlet Van Deman and Dawn Smith, both of Gainesville, Va.; two sons, Buddy Riggleman and Junior Riggleman, both of Haymarket; two sisters, Mary Ann Williams of Lovettesville, Va. and Martha Alice Sites of Stephens City, Va.; two brothers, Denver Riggleman and J.D. Riggleman, both of Petersburg; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Nov. 27, at the Moser Funeral Home chapel, Warrenton, Va., with interment in Middleburg Memorial Cemetery, Middleburg, Va. (11/28)

Roland Dyer Cowger, 87, of Franklin, died Nov. 25, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va.

Born Aug. 17, 1913, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late John Preston Sr. and Nora May (Dyer) Cowger.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Lucile (Landers) Cowger; two sisters, Janet Cowger of Harrisonburg and Ruth Cowger of Fort Seybert; and one brother, John Preston Cowger Jr. of Harrisonburg.

Funeral services were Nov. 28, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Franklin, with interment in Fairview Cemetery, Fort Seybert. (11/28)

Walter T. "Dick" Rotruck, 82, of Keyser and formerly of Martin, died Saturday, Nov. 25, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born May 17, 1918, in Ridgeville, he was the son of the late Adolph and Susan Elizabeth (Smith) Rotruck. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Jean (Davis) Rotruck, Oct. 9. 1985.

He is survived by two sons, Lyle D. Rotruck of Ranson and Walter C. Rotruck of Martinsburg; two daughters, Ellen Susan Martin of Summit Point and Robin Z. Rotruck of Ranson; one brother, Willie John "Bill" Rotruck of New Cummerstown, Ohio; two sisters, Pauline Funkhauser and Helen Baker, both of Keyser; nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Gloria, Philip and Amanda Rotruck, John J. Ours, Rebecca Rotruck, Ellen Wiles, Sarah Swisher and Susan Martin; one great-grandson, Kristopher Rotruck; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Nov. 28, at the Smith Funeral Home chapel, Keyser, with interment in Thrush Cemetery, Antioch. Graveside military honors were accorded. (11/28)

Mrs. Lena Alice Sheaffer, 97, of Waynesboro, Va. and formerly of Petersburg, died Saturday, Nov. 25, at St. Luke's Assistant Living, Waynesboro.

Born Oct. 4, 1903, in Baker, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Mary (Hicks) Heishman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Lee E. Sheaffer in 1978 She was the last member of her immediate family.

She is survived by one son, the Rev. Lee B. Sheaffer of Richmond, Va.; three daughters, Margaret D. Blagg of Doe Hill, Va., Martha R. Palmer of McDowell, Va. and Ruth A. Daugherty of Lancaster, Pa.; 18 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Nov. 28, at the Grove Street United Methodist Church, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (11/28)

Lucele Rebecca Reynolds, 70, of Hagerstown, Md., died Nov. 12, at the Reeder Memorial Home, Boonsboro, Md.

Born April 9, 1930, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late William Edward and Florence (Wise) Stone. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Roosevelt T. Reynolds.

She is survived by one daughter, Beverly Edwards of Hagerstown; one son, Steven A. Stone of Winchester, Va.; one stepson, Velton Reynolds of Baltimore; one sister, Florence Loretta Lewis of Frederick, Md.; two brothers, James Edward Stone and Joseph W. Stone, both of Hagerstown; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Nov. 16, at the Calvary Temple Apostolic, Hagerstown, interment in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Williamsport, Md.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Minnich Funeral Home, Hagerstown. (11/21)

.Margaret R. Skiles, 82, of Bayard, died Nov. 12, at the Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home, Oakland, Md.

Born July 25, 1918, in Tyrone, Pa., she was the daughter of the late John R. and Belle (Fry) Bailey.

She is survived by her husband, Wallace G. Skiles; one son, S. Clark Skiles Sr. of Oakland; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

At her request, the body was cremated. A memorial service will be conducted at the Gormania United Methodist Church at a later date. Interment of the cremains will be in the Crown Crest Cemetery, Clearfield, Pa.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland. (11/21)

Elsie Mae Shirk, 89, of Romney, died Nov. 13, at at the Hampshire Health Center, Romney.

Born April 19, 1911, in Smoke Hole, she was the daughter of the late Charles O. and Mary (VanMeter) Shirk.

She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Nov. 16, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with. interment in Shirk Family Cemetery, Smoke Hole. (11/21)

Billy Rush Bland, 66, of Riverton, died Nov. 14, at his residence.

Born Aug. 11, 1934, in Macksville, he was the son of the late Don and Tina (Huffman) Bland. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Hilda (Mauzy) Bland.

He is survived by his second wife, Emma Mae (Chew) Bland, whom he married March 28, 1969; two daughters, Beverly Goldizen of Petersburg and Evelyn Bland of Riverton; five sons, Bobby Bland, Billy Bland Jr. and Jeffrey Bland, all of Dorcas, the Rev. Gregory Bland of Maysville and Joseph Bland of Winchester, Va.; two sisters, Ann Thompson of Seneca Rocks and Mary Alice Tilburg of Harrisonburg, Va.; two brothers, Harry Bland of Riverton and Jackie Bland of Seneca Rocks; 20 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and 22 nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Nov. 18, at the North Fork Baptist Church, with interment in North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin. (11/21)

Ernest George Ebert, 53, of New Creek, died Nov. 15, at his residence.

Born May 17, 1947, in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of the late Leo G. and Mildred V. (Evans) Ebert.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Smith) Ebert; two daughters, Christi Yates of Altoona, Pa. and Allison Ebert, at home; one brother, Gary L. Ebert of New Creek; and two grandchildren, India and Wyatt Yates.

Funeral services were Nov. 16, at the Oak Dale Church of the Brethren, with interment in Maysville Cemetery, Maysville.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Smith Funeral Home, Keyser. (11/21)

Perry Ashpy Hartman, 56, of Elk Garden, died Nov. 15, at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Md.

Born Dec. 11, 1943, in Pierce, he was the son of Gladys (Powell) Hartman and the late Arthur A. Hartman.

He is survived by his wife, June (Wolf) Hartman; one son, Rodney Hartman of Elk Garden; three brothers, Allen Hartman of Mount Storm, Paul Hartman of Burlington and Terry Hartman of Elk Garden; four sisters, Vera Elkins of Manassas, Va., Bonnie Evans of Chester, Va., Carol Mason of Ortana, Pa. and Donna Lilly of Hedgesville; and five grandchildren, Amy, Anna, Jesse, Cassie and Tiffany, all of Elk Garden.

Funeral services were Nov. 17, at the David A. Burdock Funeral Home chapel, Kitzmiller, Md., with interment in Kalbaugh Cemetery, Elk Garden. (11/21)

Infant Summer Nicole Stultz, died at birth, Nov. 15, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

She was the daughter of Vicki Ann (Clark) Stultz of Maysville and David Wesley Stultz Sr. of Portsmouth, Ohio.

Besides her parents, she is survived by three brothers, David Wesley Stultz Jr. and Thomas Stultz, both of Eden, N.C. and Justin Lee Clark of Maysville; two sisters, Chelsea Morgan Jarrell of Portsmouth and Angel Marie Stultz of Eden; paternal grandmother, Pauline E. Ours of Maysville; maternal grandmother, Carolyn J. Clark of Eden; maternal great-grandmother, Elaine Clark of Eden; maternal great-great-grandmother, Phosie Clark of Eden; godparents, Gloria and Eston Ours of Maysville; and several aunts and uncles.

Graveside services were Nov. 16, at the Knobley Memorial Gardens, Martin.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (11/21)

Frederick Lee Sponaugle Sr., 54, of Mount Storm, died Nov. 15, as the result of an accident while at work in Mount Storm.

Born Feb. 7, 1946, in Davis, he was the son of the late Milford "Pete" and Anna (Winters) Sponaugle.

He is survived by his wife, Helen (Vandevander) Sponaugle and two sisters, Shirley Lester of Cleveland, Ohio and Gloria Myers of Davis.

Funeral services were Nov. 18, at the Hinkle Funeral Home chapel, Davis, with interment in Davis Cemetery. (11/21)

Agnes Reid Strawderman, 87, of Petersburg, died Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Grant County Nursing Home, where she had resided since Sept. 23, 1999.

Born May 17, 1913, in Romney, she was the daughter of the late James M.K. Reid Sr. and Alice (Keller) Reid. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ralph C. "Sher" Strawderman, March 7, 1992.

She is survived by one son, Thomas R. Strawderman of St. Albans; one brother, John Keller Reid of Petersburg; and one grandson, Cameron Reid Cresap Strawderman.

Funeral services were Nov. 18, at the Petersburg Presbyterian Church, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (11/21)

Lavaughn Lee Bobo, 78, of Petersburg and formerly of Kessel, died Nov. 19, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Jan. 14, 1922, in Kessel, she was the daughter of the late Roy W. and Blanche (Kessel) Bobo.

She is survived by three brothers, Overton W. Bobo of Maysville, Karl W. Bobo of Lahmansville and John Paul Bobo of Quilcene, Wash.; two nephews; 11 nieces; cousins, grand and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Nov. 22, at the Fraley Funeral Home chapel, with interment in Olivet Cemetery, Moorefield. (11/21)

Hulda J. (Stark) Evans, 75, of Petersburg, died Nov. 9, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where she had resided since July 9, 1998.

Born Dec. 2, 1924, in Vendex, Md., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Emma (Sharpless) Stark. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Carl "Ted" Evans and one son, Paul W. Evans.

She is survived by three sons, Carl O. Evans of Cumberland, Md., Ronald R. Evans of Sutherland, Va. and Roy R. Evans of Baltimore; four daughters, Mildred H. Evans of Elk Garden, Dorothy E. Bolyard and Emma Jean Harris, both of Petersburg and Nancy L. Evans of Bel Air, Md.; two brothers, Paul Stark of Keyser and Junior Stark of Florida; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Nov. 11, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. (11/14)

Mary F. "Cubbie" Kimble, 79, of Petersburg, died Nov. 11, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born July 14, 1921, in Fort Seybert, she was the daughter of the late Leslie and Janie (Cowger) Nesselrodt. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Reginald C. Kimble, June 25, 1983.

She is survived by two sons, Reginald C. Kimble Jr. of Charles Town and Chuck L. Kimble and wife, Kathy, of Petersburg; two daughters, Jane Powell Belloff and husband, Wayne, of LaVale, Md. and Phyllis Cassada and husband, Bobby, of Keyser; two brothers, Stanley Nesselrodt and Virgil Nesselrodt, both of Bergton, Va.; five grandchildren, John Kimble, Daniel Kimble, Edward Cassada, Teresa Hawk and Leslie Kimble; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Nov. 13, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (11/14)

Orville G. Shreve Sr., 91, of Keyser, died Oct. 27, at Potomac Valley Hospital, Keyser.

Born Oct. 5, 1909, in Smoke Hole, he was the son of the late Daniel Oscar and Martha Mae (Kesner) Shreve. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Lucy Pearl (Feaster) Shreve, whom he married Dec. 15, 1927; three sons, Orville G. Shreve Jr. of Burlington, Robert D. Shreve of New Creek and Harlan N. Shreve of Keyser; four daughters, Twila L. Hershey, Naomi V. Eisenhour and Sharon A. Cannon, all of Keyser and Norma K. Amtower of Fort Ashby; 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Oct. 31, at the Smith Funeral Home chapel, Keyser, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (11/7)

James F. Bergstrom, 72, of Mount Storm, died Oct. 29, at his home.

Born Nov. 16, 1927, in Davis, he was the son of the late Carl and Thelma (Hopps) Bergstrom. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Sabrina S. Fansler.

He is survived by his wife, Johanna M. (Menter) Bergstrom; five sons, Thomas W. Bergstrom of Cincinnati, Ohio, Michael H. Bergstrom of Las Vegas, Nev., Steve J. Bergstrom of Colorado Springs, Colo., James A. Bergstrom of Meilden Hall, Germany and Carl A. Bergstrom of Yuba City, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.

At his request, his body was cremated. A private memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland, Md. (11/7)

Evelyn Catherine Kimble, 72, of Upper Tract, died Oct. 30, at the Pendleton Nursing Home, Franklin, where she had resided since June 3, 1998.

Born July 6, 1928, in Brushy Run, she was the daughter of the late William Oga and Etta Olive (Alt) McGuinness. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Curtis A. Kimble Sr., March 15, 1998.

She is survived by three sons, James D. Kimble and Jack D. Kimble, both of Upper Tract and Curtis A. Kimble Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.; one daughter, Janetta Danielsen of Vienna, Va.; three sisters, Ruth Alt of Bel Air, Md., Patsy Lawson of Baltimore, Md. and Maryetta Pennington of Scherr; three brothers, James McGuinness of Maysville and Melvin McGuinness and Lowell McGuinness, both of Martinsburg; three grandchildren, Robert Anthony Kimble of McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., Kristine Marie Kimble of Virginia Beach and Johnny A. Danielsen of Vienna; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Nov. 2, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Cherry Hill Cemetery, Upper Tract. (11/7)

Diana Gaynell Parsons, 46, of Dorcas, died Oct. 30, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg, of an apparent heart attack.

Born May 30, 1954, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of Gaynell F. (Crites) Parsons of Dorcas and the late John William Parsons.

Besides her mother, she is survived by one sister, Betty Jo Westfall of Arthur, two brothers, John William Parsons II and James L. Parsons, both of Dorcas; five nephews, Jonathan Parsons, Joshua Parsons, Jamie Joe Parsons, Logan Swick and Ernest William Berg; and two nieces, Rachel Swick and Pamela Parsons.

Funeral services were Nov. 1, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment was in Mongold Cemetery, Rough Run. (11/7)

Pastor Joy Ann (Huffman) (Kisamore) Judy, 53, of Moorefield, died Nov. 1, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Nov. 11, 1946, in Franklin, she was the daughter of Wilma (Raines) Huffman of Franklin and the late Hansel Seymour Huffman. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Vivan Andrew Kisamore in February 1972.

She is survived by her second husband, Bobby W. Judy; one son, Jared Andrew Judy, at home; three brothers, Teddy C. Huffman of Canton, Ohio, Willard H. Huffman and Berlie Joe Huffman, both of Franklin; and one sister, Beverly J. Phares of Circleville.

Funeral services were Nov. 4, at the North Fork Apostolic Church, Riverton, with interment in North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home, Moorefield. (11/7)

The Rev. Availen Andrew Riggleman, 62, of Maysville, died Thursday, Nov. 2, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

Born July 29, 1938, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Andrew Wellington and Bertha Rachel (Goldizen) Riggleman.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Irene E. (Iman) Riggleman, whom he married Jan. 28, 1959; two sons, Andrew Availen Riggleman and wife, Tina, of Norlina, N.C. and the Rev. Benjamin F. Riggleman and wife, Barbara, of Evans; one daughter, Victoria Faith Riggleman and husband, Gary, of Mathias; one brother, Paul Lorraine Riggleman of Wooster, Ohio; four sisters, Ina Leota Thorne of Dorcas, Goldie Marie Getz of Ridgeley, Tressie Ours of Mascotte, Fla. and Darlene Crites of Fisher; and six grandchildren, Ashley and Brittany Riggleman, Mitchell and Nicholas Riggleman and Franklin Lee and Dustin Andrew Short.

Funeral services were Nov. 5, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (11/7)

Scott A. Evans, 16, of Gormania, died Nov. 4, as the result of an automobile accident near Gormania.

Born June 21, 1984, in Oakland, Md., he was the son of David A. Evans of Elk Garden and Sondra E. (Miller) Evans of Gormania.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by five sisters, Myree Evans, Nicole Evans, Sinead Evans and Briana Evans, all of Gormania and Danielle Evans of Elk Garden; one brother, Kyle A. Evans of Gormania; maternal grandmother of Vera M. (Roy) (Miller) Cox of Gormania; and paternal grandmother, Doris Evans of Elk Garden.

Funeral services were Nov. 8, at the Mountain Top Christian Assembly of God Church, with interment in Bayard Cemetery, Bayard.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland. (11/7)

Leonard F. Miller, 18, of Gormania, died Nov. 4, as the result of an automobile accident near Gormania.

Born April 18, 1982, in Oakland, Md., he was the son of the Claude E. and Louise I. (Henline) Miller of Gormania. He was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Miller.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Angela Mann and Cheri Miller, both of Gormania; two brothers, Robert Miller and Nathan Miller, both of Gormania; maternal grandmother, Gloria Tacy of Elkins; and paternal grandmother, Vera M. (Roy) (Miller) Cox of Gormania.

Funeral services were Nov. 8, at the Mountain Top Christian Assembly of God Church, with interment in Bayard Cemetery, Bayard.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland. (11/7)

Maxie L. Weese Jr., 19, of Swanton, Md., died Nov. 4, as the result of an automobile accident near Gormania.

Born Aug. 1, 1981, in Oakland, Md., he was the son of the Gail M. (Lee) Weese of Swanton and the late Maxie L. Weese Sr.

Besides his mother, he is survived by two sisters, Eissie Stark of Circleville, Ohio and Ann Walden of Terra Alta; three brothers, Thomas Miller of Uniontown, Pa., John Miller of Terra Alta and Jacob Miller of Elk Garden; one half sister, Ginger Paugh of Swanton; two half brothers, Jason Paugh and Stacy Paugh, both of Swanton; and maternal grandmother, Frances M. (Hensler) Lee of Mountain Lake Park, Md.

Funeral services were Nov. 8, at the Mountain Top Christian Assembly of God Church, with interment in Bayard Cemetery, Bayard.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland. (11/7)

October

Hubert Carr Smith, 88, of Hagerstown, Md., died Oct. 25, at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown.

Born Sept. 13, 1912, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late Hubert and Ida E. (Barber) Smith. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Delia Ruth (Ketterman) Smith, Sept. 11, 1998.

He is survived by one sister, Dorothy Taylor of Washington State; one brother, Richard Smith of Petersburg; two stepgrandsons, Michael J. Hajek of Elkridge, Md. and Bradley C. Hajek of Littlestown, Pa.; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services and interment were Oct. 28. Arrangements were under the direction of the Minnich Funeral Home, Hagerstown. (10/31)

Janet Lea (Proudfoot) Rexrode, 62, of Maysville, died Oct. 29, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born Aug. 16, 1938, in Junior, she was the daughter of Virginia (Moore) Proudfoot of Junior and the late Truman Proudfoot.

Besides her mother, she is also survived by her husband of 43 years, John H. Rexrode, whom she married March 27, 1957; three sons, Danny Rexrode of Petersburg, Steve Rexrode of Maysville and Jamey Rexrode of Manassas, Va.; one sister, Shirley Miller of Junior; one brother, Duane Proudfoot of Orrville, Ohio; one stepson, Johnnie H. Rexrode of Maysville; one stepdaughter, Diana Alejo of Chesapeake, Va.; seven grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Oct. 31, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Interment in the Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (10/31)

Eldon Henry Alt, 83, of Petersburg, died Monday, Oct. 16, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where he had resided since June 21.

Born Aug. 12, 1917, in Landes, he was the son of the late Arthur Henry and Sarah Grace (Layton) Alt.

He is survived by Mabel E. (Ours) Alt of Petersburg, whom he married Sept. 11, 1943; two daughters, Grace E. Ratliff of Petersburg and Judy Ann Berg of Maysville; one sister, Arvella M. Kimble of Petersburg; one brother, Earl H. Alt of Petersburg; two half sisters, Pearl Breakiron of Uniontown, Pa. and Mary Brill of Petersburg; three half brothers, William A. Alt, Delmer J. Alt and Denver L. Alt, all of Petersburg; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Oct. 19, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Interment in Ours Family Cemetery, Petersburg. (10/24)

Dr. Lorraine McNeill Hutson, D.D.S., 92, of Petersburg, died Oct. 16, at his residence.

Born Aug. 31, 1908, in Keyser, he was the son of the late Hammond J. and Lena R. (McNeill) Hutson. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Virginia (Cunningham) Hutson, May 22, 1971.

He is survived by his wife, Orpha (Halterman) High Hutson; two sons, Dr. H. McNeill Hutson, D.D.S., of Harrisonburg, Va. and Dr. William R. Hutson, M.D., of Salt Lake City; one stepson, Allen High of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two grandchildren, Wesley M. Hutson and Megan L. Hutson; and two stepgrandchildren, Megan J. High and Justin N. High.

Memorial services were Oct. 19, at the Petersburg Presbyterian Church, with private interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (10/24)

Bertha Rebecca Alexander, 88, of Upper Tract, died Oct. 17, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

Born Jan. 22, 1912, at Landes, she was the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Mary Elizabeth (Whetzel) Hartman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gussa Alexander, whom she married Nov. 10, 1934 and died Aug. 17, 1991.

She is survived by six daughters, Treva M. Simmons, Bonnie F. Simmons, Opal G. Williams, Twila J. Walker, Lula K. Simmons and Linda E. Roberson, all of Franklin; three sons, Donald R. Alexander, Walter S. Alexander and Ralph I. Alexander, all of Upper Tract; three sisters, Ruth Gibbs of Franklin and Marie Cook and Thelma Harman, both of Harrisonburg, Va.; two brothers, Albert Hartman of Upper Tract and Earl Hartman of Dayton, Va.; 43 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were Oct. 21, at the South Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, with interment in the Alexander Family Cemetery near Mozer.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home, Franklin. (10/24)

Rita Jean Durst, 50, of Bayard, died Oct. 20, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

Born July 19, 1950, in Oakland, Md., she was the daughter of Pauline (Guthrie) Harvey of Bayard and the late Robert M. "Curley" Harvey.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 31 years, Steve F. Durst of Bayard; one daughter, Tracy Bell of Morgantown; one son, Matthew S. Durst, at home; one sister, Connie S. Minnix of Shinnston; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Oct. 23, at the Bayard Church of God, with interment in Bayard Cemetery.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Stewart Funeral Home, Oakland, Md. (10/24)

Hester (Casey) Underwood Clower, 77, of Salem, died Oct. 3, at her home, following an extended illness.

Born Aug. 29, 1923, in Miletus, she was the daughter of the late Ernest F. and Dessie (Cumpston) Casey. She married Walter A. Underwood, March 7, 1942, who preceded her in death, Jan. 13, 1964. She later married Clement H. Clower, former Petersburg resident and teacher at Petersburg High School, who survives.

Funeral services were Oct. 6, at the Salem United Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem. (10/17)

Luther P. "Pappy" Alt, 89, of Harrisonburg, Va., died Oct. 8, at Steele's Adult Care Facility, Timberville, Va., following a stroke.

Born March 30, 1911, in Petersburg, he was the son of the late David and Jenny (Kimble) Alt. He was also preceded in death by two wives, Fannie (Garber) Alt, January 1955, whom he married in March 1933, and Evelyn (Neff) Alt, January 1992, whom he married in February 1965.

He is survived by one daughter, Dawn Shelton of Tallahassee, Fla.; two sons, Darwin F. Alt of Manassas, Va. and Marlin P. Alt of New Market, Va.; two sisters, Nina Sabo and Dora Van Meter, both of Landes; two brothers, Raymond Alt of Landes and Arch Alt of Cumberland, Md.; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The body was cremated. Memorial services were Oct. 14, at the McMullen Funeral Home chapel, Harrisonburg (10/17)

Richard Cullen Moomau, 38, of Oakland, Md. and formerly of Petersburg, died Oct. 10, as a result of a farming accident in Garrett County, Md.

Born April 8, 1962, in Petersburg, he was the son of Henry F. Moomau of Oakland and Betty (Carr) Moomau of Petersburg.

He was the brother of Robert and Sarah (Moomau) Spanswick and Eric and Jaime Moomau, of Petersburg, Jim and Peggy (Moomau) Lascaris, Don and Amy (Moomau) Nemith and Katelin Moomau, of Oakland, John and Sue Moomau-Foundas of Sterling, Va. and Adam Moomau of Fort Collins, Colo. He is also survived by his fiancé, Melody Calderon.

Funeral services were Oct. 14, at the Petersburg Presbyterian Church, with interment in Maple Hill Cemetery, Petersburg. Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (10/17)

Marlin Lee Watts, 59, of Seneca Rocks, died Oct. 10, at his residence.

Born Aug. 9, 1941, in Cabins, he was the son of Sally (Ours) Watts of Cabins and the late Lee Frederick Watts.

Besides his mother, he is survived by his wife, Jo Ann (Cooper) Watts, whom he married July 1, 1961; one daughter, Rhonda Mauzy and husband, Brad, of Cabins; two sons, Marlin L. "Sonny" Watts Jr. and wife, Karen, of Riverton and Nick J. Watts and wife, Sherry, of Cabins; three sisters, Wanda Barkley of Seneca Rocks, Twila Kessel of Maysville and Barbara Lucille Ritter of Winchester, Va.; three brothers, the Rev. Vivan Watts of New Creek, Donald Watts of Cabins and the Rev. Delton Watts of Springfield, Mo.; and four grandchildren, Drue Mauzy, Paige Mauzy, Kayla Watts and Samantha Watts.

Funeral services were Oct. 13, at the Cabins Assembly of God Church, with interment in Cooper Family Cemetery, Seneca Rocks.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (10/17)

Eithel M. Spiker, 89, of New Creek, died Oct. 14, at the Heartland of Keyser Nursing Home.

Born April 12, 1911, in Bayard, she was the daughter of the late William and Annabelle (Holloway) Manks.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Vernon C. Spiker; two sons, Gerald R. Spiker of Grafton and Leonard W. Spiker of Elk Garden; two daughters, Ann C. Myers and Donna M. Hammons, both of Keyser; 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were Oct. 17, at the Smith Funeral Home chapel, Keyser, with interment in the Bayard Cemetery, Bayard. (10/17)

Fannie Ruth Sears, 84, of Cumberland, Md. and formerly of Petersburg, died Oct. 15, at Lions Manor Nursing Home, Cumberland.

Born June 10, 1916, in Upper Tract, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Marcella Ritchie (Hartman) Riggleman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Elijah Sears, in 1967.

She is survived by one stepdaughter, Elizabeth Kurcher of Baltimore, Md.; one son, Arlen Riggleman; and four sisters, Nina Belle Mitchell of Harrisonburg, Va., Minnie Hinkle of Troy, Ohio, Esta Mitchell of Port Republic, Va. and Sarah Earp of Frederick, Md.

Funeral services were Oct. 18, at the Basagic Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with Interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (10/17)

Michael Lee Goldizen, 32, of Manassas, Va., died Sept. 30, at Prince William Hospital, Manassas.

Mr. Goldizen is survived by his parents, Chester "Sam" and Helen Goldizen of Manassas; his wife, Betsy A. Goldizen; two daughters, Cynthia Goldizen and Ashley Goldizen, both at home; one son, Ryan Goldizen, at home; two brothers, Dennis Goldizen and C.G. Goldizen, both of Manassas; grandmother, Katherine Bennett of Cabins; and grandparents, Burl and Marie Kisamore of Petersburg.

Funeral services were Oct. 3, at the Price Funeral Home chapel, Manassas, with interment in Stonewall Memory Gardens, Manassas. (10/10)

Lela K. "Ning" Parker, 90, of Petersburg, died Oct. 8, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg.

Born July 6, 1910, in Laurel Dale, she was daughter of the late John Howard and Bertha L. (Parker) Tephabock. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arlo E. Parker in 1968.

She is survived by one sister, Lillian L. Rexroad of Maysville; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins, including Lessie and Leon Treutle of Keyser.

Funeral services were Oct. 10, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Saint Marys Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery, Saint Marys. (10/10)

Paul R. Nesslerodt, 77, of Charles Town, died Sept. 24, at Shenandoah Health and Rehabilitation Center, Charles Town. Funeral services were Sept. 30, at the Petersburg Church of God, Petersburg, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. Arrangements were under the direction of the Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town. (10/3)

Denver J. Shirk, 81, of Moorefield, died Sept. 25, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg. Funeral services were Sept. 27, at the Fraley Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in South Branch Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. (10/3)

Lester E. "Ted" Keplinger, 70, of Maysville, died Sept. 27, at the home of his daughter, Gail and Gary Mowery, Maysville, after a brief illness with cancer. Funeral services were Sept. 29, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (10/3)

Virginia G. Sine, 82, of Timberville, Va., died Sept. 27, at her residence. Funeral services were Sept. 29, at the Grandle Funeral Home chapel, Broadway, Va., with interment in Linville Creek Cemetery, Broadway. (10/3)

Edith E. Killen, 77, of Baltimore, Md. and formerly of Pendleton County, died Sept. 29, at John Hopkins Hospitals, Baltimore. Funeral services were Oct. 2, at the Ruck Funeral Home chapel, Baltimore, with interment in Gardens of Faith Cemetery, Baltimore. (10/3)

Robert G. Coffman Sr., 64, of Maysville, died Oct. 1, at his residence. Funeral services were Oct. 3, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (10/3)

September

R. Craig See, 47, of Petersburg, died Sept. 17, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. The body was cremated and memorial services were Sept. 20, at Camp Echo Park, Petersburg. Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (9/26)

Wilma Thompson, 83, of Waldorf, Md. and formerly of Arthur, died Sept. 17, at Civista Medical Center, La Plata, Md. A Service of Remembrance was conducted Sept. 22, at the Huntt Funeral Home, Waldorf, with interment in Fort Hill Memorial Park, Lynchburg, Va. (9/26)

Michael D. Britt, 45, of Petersburg, died Sept. 18, at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va. Funeral services were Sept. 21, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in South Branch Memorial Gardens, Petersburg. (9/26)

Monna T. Dever, 86, of Petersburg, died Sept. 12, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where she had resided since March 16, 1990. Funeral services were Sept. 15, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (9/19)

Lola B. Rohrbaugh, 69, of Maysville, died Sept. 15, at the Grant County Nursing Home, Petersburg, where she had resided since Aug. 20, 1997. Funeral services were Sept. 17, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Maysville Cemetery, Maysville. (9/19)

John W. Harman, 84, of Upper Tract, died Sept. 3, at Nella's Nursing Home Inc., Elkins, where he resided for two weeks. Funeral services were Sept. 7, at Mount Horeb United Methodist Church, Mozer, with interment in Kline Cemetery, Kline. Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (9/12)

Allie E. "Sis" Harman, 74, of Upper Tract, died Sept. 4, at her residence. Funeral services were Sept. 8, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Kline Cemetery, Kline. (9/12)

Pearl E. Cosner, 88, of Harrisonburg, Va. and formerly of Mount Storm, died Sept. 6, at Camelot Health and Rehabilitation Center, Harrisonburg, where she had lived for the past five years. Grave side services were Sept. 8, at the Alkire Cemetery, Mount Storm. Arrangements were under the direction of the Theis Funeral Chapel, New Market, Va. (9/12)

Eston E. Stonestreet, 85, of Petersburg, died Sept. 7, at his residence. Funeral services were Sept. 10, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Maysville. (9/12)

Virginia L. Thompson, 74, of Petersburg, died Sept. 8, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg. Graveside services were Sept. 11, at the North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton. Arrangements were under the direction of the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. (9/12)

DeWayne M. Morris, 66, of Little Orleans, Md., died Aug. 28, at his residence after a long battle with cancer. Funeral services were Aug. 31, with interment in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Rocky Gap. Arrangements were under the direction of the Merritt-Adams Funeral Home, P.A., Cumberland, Md. (9/5)

Myrtle A. Berg, 81, of Maysville, died Aug. 31, at Nella's Nursing Home Inc., Elkins, where she had been a resident since June 28. Funeral services were Sept. 3, at the Schaeffer Funeral Home chapel, Petersburg, with interment in Turner Family Cemetery, Maysville. (9/5)

Pearl B. Sites, 80, formerly of Purgitsville, died Aug. 31, at Moran Manor, Westernport, Md. Funeral services were Sept. 3, at the Fraley Funeral Home chapel, Moorefield, with interment in Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville. (9/5)

Rev. Harding Nelson, 81, of Franklin, died Sept. 1, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Va. Funeral services were Sept. 4, at the Walnut Street United Methodist Church, Franklin, with interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin. (9/5)

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