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William Trenton Kline, of Olympia, Wash., passed away Friday, May 1, at St. Peter’s extended care facility.  

Born May 28, 1937, in Washington D.C., he was the son of the late Leslie and Elizabeth Kline, of Harrisonburg, Va.   

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Franchini Kline of Olympia, Wash.; son, L.B. Kline and wife Debbie of Mt. Airy, Md.; three grandchildren, Jessica K. Veals, Bill Kline and Maddie Herald; as well as five great-grandchildren; one daughter, Kamela Kline Harbert and husband R. John of Middletown Del.; and two grandchildren, Spencer and Blake;  one stepdaughter, Gina Franchini and husband Eddie; two grandchildren Cosima and Ocean; and his cat, Tux.

Bill spent much of his childhood helping with the family’s dairy farm in Manassas, Va. He graduated from Osborne High School  in 1954. He lettered in three sports: football, basketball and baseball. He received five baseball scholarship offers from five renowned universities; he chose Bridgewater College in Virginia. The Kline Campus Center, at Bridgewater, was named after his father and uncles. While at Bridgewater, he earned the role as their starting pitcher. During his college summer days, he worked at Northern Virginia Tennis and Racket Club. He was also a lifeguard and was selected for the Search and Rescue Team at Virginia Beach. He graduated from Bridgewater College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in health education and an Associate Degree in physical education. 

His first coaching job was at Madison High School in Virginia. Afterwards, he taught and coached in Prince William County schools in Virginia, then moved to Petersburg W.Va. He continued his career as a coach and teacher, starting the first health education course at Petersburg High School. He also was the athletic director at PHS. In 1976, William took his baseball team to the state finals. Then, in 1980, the pinnacle point of his coaching career was winning the first State AA Baseball Championship, with a score of 5-3.  One of coach Kline’s key components to his team’s success was the advantage they had stealing bases without signs from the base coaches. He taught the players to think for themselves and use statistics to guide their decision to steal. He was awarded West Virginia State Baseball Coach of the Year in 1980 and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. In addition to teaching and coaching, he spent many early years scouting for the Kansas City Royals and Dodgers.

After he retired, he set-up an Independent Insurance business. He was awarded the “Outstanding Agency Award” in W.Va. in 2005 through 2009, for Farmers and Mechanics.  He became chairman of the Grant Memorial Hospital Board. His worldly interests led him to travel and explore many countries, Italy being his favorite. William enjoyed stream and ocean fishing and built surf-fishing rods and enjoyed hunting. He had a deep appreciation of nature in general. His zest for life did not stop there, he also loved the arts: concerts, theater, design, landscaping and architecture and playing a good game of bridge. 

Once he retired from the insurance business, he moved to Front Royal, Va.   and was a member of the Planning and Zoning Commision. Shortly after, he moved to Olympia, Wash. to share life with family living in the region.  He immersed himself into family, wonderful new friends and continued activities.  

Son, LB and daughter Kamela are travelling to Olympia, Washington for the family event, honoring his life. There will be a local memorial/celebration of his illustrious life at a later date, in conjunction with his scholarship.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that a contribution could be made to a scholarship to be given in 2021, in coach Kline’s honor. Make checks or money order out to: William T. Kline Baseball Scholarship. Send your contribution to: PNC Bank, 200 Dove Run Centre Dr., Middletown, DE 19709.

Dianna Mae (Stump) Ritchey, 70, of High View, W.Va. and formerly of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.    

Born Sept. 7, 1949, in Petersburg, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Junior Stump and Dorsaleen Annie (Auville) Stump. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Roger Joe Stump. 

Dianna is survived by her husband, Daniel D. Ritchey; her son, Christopher S. Ritchey of HighView; one sister, Vicky Stump Harper and husband Thomas of Riverton, W.Va.; two brothers, Gary L. Stump and wife Connie of Leesburg, Va. and Barry J. Stump and wife Diane of High View;  and several nieces and nephews. 

Dianna was a graduate of Petersburg High School Class of 1968 and worked in the Washington, D.C. area. She was an office manager for an orthopedic surgeon and retired after 30 plus years. 

Due to the present health concerns, there will be no public visitation.  

A graveside service was Monday afternoon at  South Branch Valley Memorial Gardens, Petersburg, with Pastor Jay Linaburg officiating. 

Arrangements by the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com. 

Ruth Virginia Alt Helmick, of Martinsburg, W.Va., passed away May 29, 2020.

Born on March 12, 1925, in Ketterman, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Andy C. Alt and Edna Ketterman Alt.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John William Helmick; sisters, Edith Holloway and Minnie Stump; and brothers, Kermit, Allen, Walter and James Alt.

She is survived by two sons, Steven Helmick and John Helmick; two daughters, Patricia Johnson and Mary Frances Helmick, all of Berkeley County; two brothers, Charles Alt and Harlen Alt, both of Baltimore; one sister, Mary Ann Miller of Spotsylvania, Va.;  three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

There will be a private graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430.

Online condolences may be offered at www.BrownFuneralHomesWV.com.

Mrs. Maxine “Peeps” Chadock Henderson, age 88, of Franklin, W.Va., formerly of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away at Pendleton Manor in Franklin, on May 16, 2020. 

Born Feb. 11, 1932, in Pekin, Ill., she was the daughter of the late Martin Luther Chadock and the late Laura Belle Richardson Chadock. Maxine was married to Bobby Joe Smith and Howard C. Henderson who both preceded her in death. In addition to her husbands and parents, she was also preceded in death by: one sister, and two brothers. 

A Methodist by faith, she was a member of Bethel Chapel United Methodist Church in Dutchman, W.Va. Maxine graduated from Harrisville High School, attended Glenville State College and received her master’s degree in education from West Virginia University. She taught kindergarten and first grade in Cincinnati, Ohio, San Diego, Calif., Washington, D.C. and returned to Lewis County, W.Va. to finish up her teaching career and retire in her beloved West Virginia. 

She was an avid reader and a dedicated Mountaineer fan. She was a loving caregiver to both of her husbands, her mother, and her brother.

She is survived by one sister, Rosalie Hargens of Las Vegas, Nev.; one brother, Gerald Chadock of Petersburg; and many loving nieces and nephews.

In honoring Maxine’s wishes, her body has been donated to Human Gift Registry of West Virginia University and there will be no calling hours or services. Gifts of remembrance can be made to Burlington United Methodist Family Services Inc. in Burlington, W.Va.

Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Petersburg. 

Betty J. (VanMeter) Rexroad, 84, of Petersburg, W.Va., went to be with her Lord, Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in her home while under hospice care, surrounded by her four daughters, Rosa, Carole, Gail and Linda.

A Petersburg, native, she was born Jan. 30, 1936, a daughter of the late Charles S. VanMeter and Rosa Ellen (Moyers) VanMeter. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle C. Rexroad Sr. in 2002; three brothers, Freddie, Forrest and a twin, Robert VanMeter;  her sister, Phyllis Mongold-Haynes; and her granddaughter, Rhonda VanMeter Nail.

She is survived by four daughters, Rosa, Carole, Gail and Linda; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Marie Alt of Franklin, W.Va.; and one brother, Fritz Weasenforth of Moorefield, W.Va.  

Due to the present health concerns, there will be no public visitation. A graveside service will be Saturday, May 23, 1 p.m. at Lahmansville Cemetery.

Arrangements by the  Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneral home.com.   

Steven Lincoln Rodgers, 21, of Grafton and formerly of Petersburg, died Friday, May 1, in Morgantown, as a result of an automobile accident. 

Born Dec. 2, 1998, in Fairmont, he was the son of Clayton Dale Rodgers Jr. and Cinda Lou (Chapman) Rodgers of Petersburg. Mr. Rodgers was preceded in death by grandparents, Hazel E. Nelson, Eva Mae Roberts, Gary L. Chapman and Agnes Chapman. 

Mr. Rodgers was a 2017 graduate of Petersburg High School and was a Christian by faith. He was currently doing carpentry work in the Morgantown area. He was a member of the Mountain Top Hunting Club and Laborers Union. 

He is also survived by one sister, Latasha Gayle Rodgers of Petersburg; one brother, Brandon L. Rodgers of Petersburg; maternal grandparents, Paula and Donald Watkins of Grafton; and paternal grandfather, Clayton D. Rodgers Sr. of Arthur.

Private graveside service was Thursday afternoon at the Maple Hill Cemetery with Pastor Ted Anderson officiating. 

Steven’s wish was to set up a trust fund for his sister’s future needs. Memorials may be made to his sister, Latasha Gayle Rodgers, c/o Cinda Rodgers, 323 Limousin Rd., Maysville, WV 26833. 

Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home. 

Mildred Sanford Veach of Lantana, Fla., passed away at JFK Memorial Hospital on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Her death was unrelated to COVID-19. 

Mildred cherished her role as a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She always faced life and met its challenges with resolve and wisdom.  She began life in Scrool, S.D.  

She and her parents, Frederick and Viola Sanford raised their family in a sod house on the prairie. Mildred graduated high school early after skipping several grade levels. Before she turned 20, Mildred left the plains of South Dakota to travel alone by bus to Washington, D.C., where she worked for the FBI.  She was responsible for processing fingerprints and personnel for the “Manhattan Project”. She met her soon-to-be husband, Leo Veach, there and they were married in West Virginia.  

Over the next 20 years she helped raise Leo’s daughter Sharon, and together they had six boys, Frederick Craig, Leo Coleman, Reginal Kay, Jeffery Todd, Eric Callie and Christopher Kerry. They traveled extensively living in over 12 states and Canada.  

In addition to family, she was an avid reader and worked in a variety of vocations including volunteer and church activities.  Mildred has 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Leila Schneider.  

Cremation was chosen and she will join Leo at the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville, W.Va. Any donations can be made to the National Wildlife Federation of which Mildred was a member.  

Robert Carl Sites, 82, of Riverton, died Monday, April 27, at Sentara RMH in Harrisonburg, Va. 

Born Aug. 6, 1937, at Seneca Rocks, he was the son of the late Port and Margie (Long) Sites. He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Debora L. Hedrick; one brother, John William Sites; one sister, Evelyn Sites; and one grandson.

Mr. Sites was a 1956 graduate of Circleville High School and a member of Living Hope Baptist Church. He retired from Columbia Gas, after 30 years, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Ann (Cook) Sites; three daughters, Shelby A. Kuh of Cabins, Barbara L. Stickley of Fisher, and Melissa D. Earle of Petersburg; one son, Robert Carl “Bobby” Sites II of Moorefield; two stepsons, Duane Vance of Cabins, and Stacy Vance of Bedford, Pa.; two sisters, Patsy Thornton of Bluefield and Thelma Walker of Petersburg; four brothers, Paul Sites of Martinsburg, Dale Sites of Bayard, Larry Sites of Charleston and Terry Sites of Seneca Rocks; 13 grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild. 

Graveside services were Friday morning at North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton, with Pastor Matt Smith and the Rev. Mark McAllister officiating. Military graveside rites were accorded by the U.S. Army of Camp Dawson. 

Memorials may be made to Living Hope Baptist Church building fund or to donor’s choice. Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home.

Betty Lee Oates, age 83, of Petersburg, W.Va., passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg. 

Born Feb. 5, 1937, in Scherr, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Orville David Wolfe and Edna Viola (Rohrbaugh) Wolfe. Mrs. Oates was also preceded in death by her first husband, Marshall E. Kimble; and her second husband, Olin “Dick” Oates.

Mrs. Oates was a 1956 graduate of Petersburg High School and a member of the Spirit of Life Church, Petersburg. Betty was a supervisor for 19 years for Geico Insurance Co. in Chevy Chase, Md.  before retiring from Central Tie and Lumber in Petersburg as head bookkeeper.

Mrs. Oates is survived by one sister, Sue Sites and husband, Curtis, of Petersburg; three nephews, Jeffrey, Rodney, and Jason Sites; one niece, Susan George; one special great-nephew, Ethan Sites, whom she thought of as a son; one stepdaughter, Cheryl Hand; and two stepsons, Richard Oates and Doug Oates.

Per Mrs. Oates request, her body will be cremated. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 16, at 2 p.m. at the Maysville Cemetery with Pastor Brian Hipp officiating. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home. 

Walter Odies Barnes, 88, of Petersburg, died Saturday, May 9, at his residence. 

Born Aug. 30, 1931, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Elmer James Barnes and Anna Virginia (Boley) Chapel. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Vera “Ditty” (Carlisle) Barnes, on March 11, 2013; one son, Richard “Buddy” Moore, Jr.; one daughter, Dharlene Rushing; and one sister, Mary Fuggit.

Mr. Barnes attended First Baptist Church of Petersurg and was a member of the Golden Lanes men’s bowling league in Petersburg. He was an employee of Monarch Mills grocery store, Petersburg, for many years before retiring from Wiechart’s Real Estate Agency. 

He is survived by three daughters, Charlene “Chickie” Godish, Virginia Barnes Kesner and Theresa Saunders, all of Petersburg; one son, Walter J. Barnes of Moorefield; one brother, Elmer James Barnes, Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be Wednesday, at 1 p.m., at the Lahmansville Cemetery, Lahmansville,  with the Rev. Larry Hakes officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the family to help with expenses, c/o Basagic Funeral Home, PO Box 400, Petersburg, WV 26847. 

Memories and words of comfort may be left at www.basagic.com or on Facebook at Basagic Funeral Home. 

Macie June (Mowery) Van Slyke, 86, of Mozer, W.Va., went to be with her Lord Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg, W.Va.

Born April 6, 1934, in Kline, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Chester Claude Mowery and Annie Viola (Lough) Mowery.

In addition to her parents, Macie was preceded in death by five brothers, Warnie Lee Mowery, Virgil Walter Mowery, John Newton Mowery, Claude Mowery and Connie Edward Mowery; and one granddaughter, Talia Kristen Mongold.

On June 21, 1957, Macie married Gerald Wayne Van Slyke at the U.S. Naval Chapel in Washington, D.C. Surviving besides her husband, are two daughters, Jean Patricia Mongold of Mozer and Nancy Lee Smith of Woodstock, Va.; three grandchildren, Jordan Wayne Mongold and wife Victoria, Tiffany Smith and Luke Smith; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Hester May Williams of Dayton, Va.; and her faithful furry companion of 14 years, her dog Ginger.

Macie was a graduate of Franklin High School Class of 1953. Following graduation, she worked for the FBI in Washington, D.C. for five years. She was a member of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church where she served as superintendent for many years. She was also a member of the Five Churches United Methodist Women’s organization, Petersburg Garden Club, Extension Homemakers Club, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and was past treasurer of the Treasure Mountain Festival Association. 

Macie was an experienced cake decorator having made more than 121 wedding cakes along with numerous birthday and anniversary cakes in her 50 year career. 

Due to the present health concerns, a graveside service will be held today (Tuesday) at 2 p.m.  at the Lough Cemetery, Mozer with the Rev. David Webb and the Rev. Rita Beeman officiating. 

Memorials may be made to Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, c/o Tony Calhoun, 172 Ridge Road, Upper Tract, WV  26866.   

Arrangements by the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneral home.com.

Helen M. Boor of Petersburg, W.Va., was lifted to her place of rest with Jesus on April 27, 2020, at age 95.

Helen was born on Sept. 12, 1924, to Augusta and Austin Smith in Petersburg, and was one of eight children in the Smith family.

Upon graduating from high school in May 1942, Helen got married to John “Jack” L. Boor Jr. and was married for 66 years. Helen and Jack Jr. had two sons and three daughters.

Helen and Jack Jr. owned and operated the Smoke Hole Cabins business for 10 years plus Helen had a career working as a bank teller for 18 years with Potomac Valley Bank in Petersburg. Although Helen and husband, Jack Jr. did not themselves attend college, they committed to funding and supporting all five of their children to get college degrees.

Helen is predeceased by her parents; her husband, John “Jack” L. Boor Jr.; two brothers, Orlen Smith and Curtis Smith; four sisters, Verda Alexander, Georgiana Smith, Kathleen Cline and Phyllis Crites; and two grandchildren, Angela Marie Ball and John Michael Ball.

She is survived by her sister, Joan Hott; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Oates Smith and Norma Boor Lienellyn; sons, John Boor III and wife, Margaret and Thomas Boor and wife, Judy; three daughters, Brenda Sites and husband, Robert, Carole Ball and husband, Michael and Bonnie Hahn and husband, Harry; nine grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Helen was a member of the Petersburg Presbyterian Church where she served in deacon and elder roles. She had a firm faith and relationship with her Lord which was always growing and changing in her life’s walk.

Helen’s lifetime calling was fulfilled. She was a loving mother who was always teaching and training her children. Helen’s grandchildren always received a measure of love from their G-Mom. She and her husband, Jack Jr., were able to attend the high school graduation for all 11 grandchildren.

The family sincerely thanks Dr. Mary Rudyk and staff of Wilmington, N.C. for 18 years of outstanding medical care and Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center and Grant Memorial Hospice Services for their special comfort care to Helen Boor.

God greatly blessed the Boor children and family with the wonderful life of Helen M. Boor.

Memorial gifts can be given to Grant Rehabilitation and Care Center, 127 Early Ave., Petersburg, WV 26847.

Arrangements by the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg. Condolences to the family may be left at www.schaefferfuneralhome.com

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