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Obituaries for Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001

Ray B. Johnson

SALEM -- Ray B. Johnson, 87, of Route 1, Sawyers Run, died at his home Monday, December 3, 2001, following a brief illness. He was born June 13, 1914, on East Run, Doddridge County, the son of the late Marion Harrison and Ida Belle Gains Johnson. Surviving are his wife, Violet Mae Thompson Johnson; six sons and their spouses, Ray Kenneth Johnson, Woodbridge, Va., Larry Brooks and Diana Johnson, Salem, James D. and Viki Johnson, Big Battle, Michael W. and Charlotte Johnson of Warren, Ohio, David E. and Elaine Johnson, Salem, and Joseph L. and Brenda Johnson of Nutter Fort; two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Geneva) Tyson, Pennsylvania, and Carolyn Sue Robison of Ohio; fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, being preceded in death by four brothers, Oley, Dewey, Harvey and Harley Johnson and by three step sisters, Lexie Webb, Roxie Robinson and Elsie Davis. He was a member of the Vermont Baptist Church and a retired employee of Consolidated Natural Gas Co. as a Field Rousta Bout, having twenty-seven years service.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. Rev. Kevin Bender will preside. Interment in the K of P Cemetery.

Greathouse Funeral Home service.

Samuel Levi Kovar

SHINNSTON -- Samuel Levi Kovar, infant son of Lonnie J. Kovar and Carol Ann Brown of Worthington, died at 6:04 p.m., Sunday, December 2, 2001, at the Fairmont General Hospital.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a maternal grandmother and grandfather, Mary Beth and Samuel C. Brown, Worthington; maternal great-grandmother, Ina C. Brown Suplita, Kelly Town; paternal grandparents, Frank H. and Kelly R. Kovar, Shinnston; paternal great-grandfather, Frank J. Kovar, Glen Falls; 1 uncle, Frank John "Franko" Kovar and his wife Rachelle, Fairmont.

A graveside service will be held at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, with Evangelist Arnold Kelly officiating. Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, is in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia JoAnn Moore

SHINNSTON -- Virginia JoAnn Moore, 64, of Vine Street, Shinnston, died at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at her residence.

She was born at Lost Creek, April 12, 1937, a daughter of the late Arlie E. and Hazel G. O'Dell Forester.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold R. Moore, April 2, 2000.

Surviving are 3 sons and daughters-in-law, Fred "Jack" and Donna McCormick, Solomon's, Maryland, Arnold "Brad" and Karen Moore, Michael R. and Heather Moore, all of Shinnston; 1 daughter and son-in-law, Penny and Gary Cowger, Shinnston; 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Shirley Greene, Dallas, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by 1 sister, June Dobbins, and 2 brothers, Bobby and Pete Forester.

Mrs. Moore had worked as a Health Care Aide for St. Barbara's Nursing Home in Monongah and was a member of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Shinnston.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston from 6-9 p.m. Monday and after 2 p.m. Tuesday, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 5, with the Rev. Tom Brown officiating. Interment will be in Grandview Memorial Gardens, Fairmont.

The Dorsey Funeral Home, www.dorseyfuneralhome.com, Shinnston, is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Merlin Nelson

JANE LEW -- Robert Merlin Nelson, 88, of 2923 Jesses Run Road, Jane Lew, died Saturday, December 1, 2001, at 8:30 a.m., at his home.

He was born July 3, 1913, at Nelson Gap, a son of the late Walter and Lottie Warner Nelson. He was married January 29, 1945, at Meadville, Pennsylvania, to Neva Virginia Bennett, who preceded him in death October 16, 2000. Surviving are two daughters and son-in-law, Barbara N. Ahl and husband Robert of Attica, New York, Diane N. Mearns of Buckhannon; one stepson and wife Olen Eugene Kline and wife Charlotte of McGregor, Texas; four grandchildren Deborah L. Cratsley and Sandra L. Prusak of Attica, New York, Janet M. Eaton of Attica, New York, Howard A. Mearns of Buckhannon; three stepgrandchildren Lana L. Kline of Chicago, Ill., Olen R. Kline of Denver, Colorado, Neva J. Spencer of Denver, Colorado; 2 great-grandchildren; 8 stepgreat-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews survived. One stepson, three sisters, five brothers are deceased. Mr. Nelson was a member of the Weston Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. He had worked on the construction of the Alaskan Highway, was a member of CCC-Camp, helped to build and set up grounds for the Seneca Caverns, and set up bleachers for the first Forest Festival in Elkins. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, Friday morning, December 7, 2001, from 9 a.m. till 10 a.m., at which time a memorial service will be held with Phillip Losh officiating. Burial will follow in the North Fork Memorial Cemetery at Circleville, West Virginia.

Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew, is in charge of the arrangements.

Bonnie Gail Reeves

CLARKSBURG -- Bonnie Gail Reeves, 33, of Grand Avenue, Bridgeport, died Saturday, December 1, 2001, at her residence. She was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, December 17, 1967, a daughter of Rufus J. Woods, who survives in Alabama, and Brenda Margaret Gohs Messineo, who survives in Bridgeport.

In addition to her parents, she is also survived by one daughter, Krystal Wilson, Bridgeport; two sons, Derick Wilson, West Palm Beach, Florida, and Robert Jourdan Reeves, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; one brother, Justin Beard, Lake Charles, Louisiana; and one sister, Amanda Smith, Glenville.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg, Thursday from 12-1 p.m., where funeral services will be held Thursday, December 6th at 1 p.m. with Reverend Richard Wilson officiating. Interment will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery. Davis Funeral Home. www.davisfunerals.com.

Terry V. Shaw

NUTTER FORT -- Terry V. Shaw, 65, of Stonewood, died Monday evening, December 3, 2001, in the United Hospital Center. He was born in Joetown, Marion County on January 25, 1936, a son of the late Charles Leonard Shaw and Imogene L. (Looman) Shaw of Florida.

His wife, Margaret Ann (Carpenter) Shaw, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his beloved fiancee, Gloria Nichols.

Terry first served in the U.S. Army, where he received the Korean Service Medal. Upon his discharge from the Army, the next month he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he then served four years. He retired from the Clarksburg Casket Company with over 33 years of service.

He enjoyed the outdoors, where he loved to hunt and fish. He raised dogs, including English Coonhounds and Beagles, several of which became Grand Champions in Eastern US Competition. He was a Christian person, and at one time taught Sunday School and was a Church Deacon.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial contributions be made to the Humane Society of Harrison County, Rt. 2, Box 932, Shinnston, WV 26431.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 6, at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery, with Pastor Julian Canales presiding.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort.

David Wayne Tomey

WESTON -- David Wayne Tomey, 47, of Camden, WV, died at 4:30 a.m., December 4, 2001, at his residence, following an extended illness.

He was born May 7, 1954, in Gilmer Co., a son of the late Howard Tomey and Eva (Leeson) Tomey.

Surviving are six brothers, Kenneth Tomey of Troy, WV, Jackie Tomey of Linn, WV, Charles Tomey of Troy, WV, Jim Tomey of Florida, Ronald Tomey of Arizona, Jerry Tomey of Florida; four sisters, Rosa Westfall of Camden, Judy Tomey of TN, Betty West of KY, and Faye Sezura of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Tomey; two brothers, Harvey and John Robert Tomey; three half-brothers, Waitman, Calvin and Carl Tomey.

Mr. Tomey enjoyed hunting and spending time outdoors.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation or funeral services.

Graveside services will be held at the Hiney Cemetery, Linn, WV, on Thursday, December 6, 2001, at 11 a.m., with the Reverend William Dawson officiating.

Interment will follow in the cemetery.

Boyle Funeral Home of Weston.

Opal B. Underwood

CLARKSBURG -- Opal B. Underwood, 89, formerly of Lost Creek, died Monday, December 2, 2001, in a local nursing home. Mrs. Underwood was born in Braxton County, December 30, 1912, a daughter of the late Homer Melvin and Clara Estella Knight Moyer. She was married to Everett Underwood on February 14, 1933, who preceded her in death on December 25, 1984. Surviving are two sons, Ronald L. Underwood, Bull Head City, Arizona, and Richard L. Underwood, Lost Creek; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Mrs. Underwood was a member of the Harrison County Senior Citizens and the AARP. She was a member of the United Methodist Temple. Private family services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Davis Funeral Home, www.davisfunerals.com.

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