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Obituaries for Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Mary Virginia Cava

CLARKSBURG -- Mary Virginia Cava, 89 years old, of 421 Clark Street, Clarksburg, WV, died early Tuesday morning, April 15, at the home of her granddaughter, Mary Ann Gump in Conway, South Carolina.

Mrs. Cava was born in Owens, West Virginia on April 13, 1913. She was the daughter of the late Giovanni Battista Spadafore and Filomena Scigliano Spadafore.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Salvatore (Sam) Cava on August 7, 1970. They were married in May of 1927.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Ellen Wire of Clarksburg, WV; one son, James J. Cava and wife, Karen M.; two brothers, James A. Spadafore of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Joseph P. Spadafore of San Antonio, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. John (Teresa) Lamerato of Royal Oak, Michigan, and Mrs. Florian (Virginia) Jurcak, Warrenton, VA; one daughter-in-law, Frances A. Cava of Clarksburg, WV; 14 grandchildren, Samuel A. Cava, CLK, WV, Mrs. Gene (Gwen) Allen and Mrs. Thomas (Mary Beth) Aman, both of Bridgeport, WV, Richard T. Cava, N.Y., N.Y., Alexis F. Cava, Palm Beach, Fla., Alex J. Cava, Phoenix, Arizona, Mrs. Kebin (Mary Ann) Gump of Conway, S.C., James J. Cava, Ridgeley, WV, David V. Cava, Daniel A. Cava, Vincent J. Cava, all of Bridgeport, WV, Samuel J. Cava of Inwood, WV, Mary Margaret Cava, Carrie Ann Cava, both of Clarksburg, WV; 18 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were one son, Alex A. Cava; two brothers, Anthony and John Spadafore; three sisters, Mrs. John (Sarah) Spadafore and Bart (Rose) Colfer.

Mrs. Cava was a homemaker, owner and operator of Liberty Lunch in Glen Elk for many years, a member of the Catholic Daughters, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was well known for her generosity and kindness in helping her friends and neighbors.

The family will receive friends at the Bartolo Funeral Home, downtown Clarksburg, on Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Cesidio J. Federico as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Holy Cross Cemetery. A Scriptural wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday evening in the funeral home chapel.

Bartolo services.

Flora M. 'Fannie' Curia

SHINNSTON -- Flora M. "Fannie" Curia, 80, of Hepzibah, died at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 14, 2002, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

She was born at Meadowbrook, August 17, 1921, a daughter of the late John and Catherine Audia Curia.

Surviving are 1 brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Ellen Curia, Moundsville; 1 sister, Angela Reid, Portsmouth, Virginia; and several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Samuel Curia and Franklin J. Curia; 3 sisters, Rose M. Butler, Mary A. Curia and Annette M. Curia.

Miss Curia had worked in the family businesses with Curia Brothers Wholesale and the Twin Gables Broadcast Inn. She was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Spelter, where she was a member of the Holy Family Altar Society. She enjoyed spending time with her family and was loyal and dedicated to her community.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. The Rosary will be recited in the funeral home chapel by the Reverend Father Tim Grassi on Wednesday at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Spelter, with the Reverend Father Karl Wohinc as Celebrant. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

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

Muriel A. Davis

CLARKSBURG -- Muriel A. Davis, 89, of Rt. 2, Lost Creek, died Monday, April 15, 2002, at her family farm following an extended illness.

Mrs. Davis was born in Gilmer County, March 6, 1913, a daughter of the late Pearl and Delia Goff Shifflett.

She was married to Harvey H. "Bud" Davis for 56 years, who preceded her in death on January 2, 1991.

Surviving are one daughter, Norma Jean Davis, at home; two sons and daughters in law, William Gene "Bill" Davis and his wife, Lynna, Broad Run (Jane Lew), and Willard "Gene" Davis and his wife Kevin, Lost Creek; four grandchildren, Sonya Hardman, Lori Jenkins and her husband, Brian, Dawn Henderson and her husband, Mike, Nathan Davis and his wife Julie; eight great grandchildren, Austin Davis, Chase and Renee Jenkins, Mariah, Brice and Lori Henderson, Christian Davis and Jason Brady.

Mrs. Davis was known to many as "Granny".

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, where funeral services will be held Thursday, April 18, at 11 a.m. The Reverend Mary Ellen Finegan and Reverend Jim Steel will officiate. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Davis Funeral Home, www.davisfunerals.com.

Dorothy 'Dot' G. Eagle

BRIDGEPORT -- Dorothy "Dot" G. Eagle, age 75, of Rt. 2, Box 541B, Clarksburg, departed this life Tuesday, April 16, 2002, at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

She was born December 22, 1926 in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late William H. Oldaker and Sara Maude Kirkpatrick Oldaker. Her husband, Clarence D. Eagle, survives.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald "Jerry" and Retha Eagle of Springboro, Ohio, and Clarence R. and Debbie Eagle of Clarksburg; two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Jean and Mike Tumlin of Parkersburg, and Shirley Ann and Bill Pernell of Bristol; eleven grandchildren, Rena Eagle, Sasha Eagle, Kiya Eagle, Michael Eagle, Tiffany Eagle, Eric Carpenter, Kristen Carpenter, Jennifer Eagle, Bryan Eagle, Nicole Eagle and Melissa Eagle; and ten great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Eagle was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters and one son, Gary Lynn Eagle. She was a member of the East View United Methodist Church.

Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. and on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday morning at 11 a.m. with Reverend Chris Duckworth and Reverend Etheldean Yanero presiding. Interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Dorothy Jean Hyde

FAIRMONT -- Dorothy Jean Hyde, 75, of Fairmont, died in her home Tuesday, April 16, 2002. She was born in Harrison County Dec. 4, 1926, a daughter of the late Gurdon and Madeline Ash Sutton.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed collecting key rings, shopping, taking care of children and helping others in need. She was Baptist by faith. She formerly worked at the O.J. Morrison Co. in Clarksburg.

She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, William Robert and Rose Ross of Wardensville, WV and Garrett W. and Susan Hyde of Fairmont; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Frances Marie Hyde of Essex, Md., Betty Jean and Michael Thomas, Carol and Albert Lechiara Jr., all of Fairmont; one brother, Morrison E. Sutton of Virginia; 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one niece, Julia Ann Sutton and one nephew, Michael Wayne Sutton; and one sister-in-law, Barbara Sutton of Clarksburg.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bryan "Micky" Hyde and one brother, Gurdon E. Sutton, Jr.

Friends may call at the Frey Home for Funerals (in the new chapel) Wednesday from 3-8 p.m. and Thursday from noon until 1:30 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Thursday at 1:30 p.m. At her request, after the funeral service, her body will be cremated. Her ashes will be buried in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Clarksburg. Memorial contributions may be made to either: American Cancer Society, Marion County Unit, P.O. Box 2059, Fairmont, WV 26555 or American Heart Association, 1319 Quarrier St., Charleston, WV 25301.

A service of Frey Home for Funerals, Fairmont.

Kathleen Labenne

CLARKSBURG -- Kathleen Labenne, 39, formerly of West Virginia Avenue, died Tuesday, April 16, 2002, in the Grafton City Hospital following an extended illness.

Miss Labenne was born in Clarksburg, March 27, 1963, a daughter of the late John W. and Wilma Starkey Labenne.

She is survived by three brothers, John W. Labenne, Mark E. Labenne and Wayne M. Labenne, all of Clarksburg; and four sisters, Mrs. Gloria Labenne Schmidt, Fairmont, Mrs. Linda Thorn, Clarksburg, Mrs. Danny (Virginia) Stonebreaker, Lumberport, and Ms. Elaine Labenne, Clarksburg.

Miss Labenne was Protestant by faith.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where funeral services will be held Thursday, April 18, at 2 p.m. Interment will be in the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

Davis Funeral Home, www.davisfunerals.com.

Timothy Keith Jenkins

GRAFTON -- Timothy Keith Jenkins, 55, of Gay St., Grafton, died Sunday, April 14, 2002, at Monongalia General Hospital.

Mr. Jenkins was owner-manager of Jenkins Cleaners from 1969-1995.

He was born in Grafton, January 17, 1947, a son of the late John B. Jenkins and Mildred Moats Jenkins, who survives.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 34 years, Sebra Sue Gall Jenkins, whom he married on July 27, 1968.

He is also survived by one son, Jared Christopher Jenkins and girlfriend Ashley Hannah, Grafton; one daughter, Tiffany Nicole Jenkins, at home; three sisters and brothers-in-law, LaDonna Frost and husband John, Elkins, Dolores Baker and husband Delbert, St. Petersburg, Fla., Sheryl Isner and husband Paul, Morgantown; one brother and sister-in-law, John B. Jenkins Jr. and wife Sally, Mt. Vernon, Ohio; mother-in-law, Pat Gall, Morgantown; two sisters-in-law, Pamela Gall Poling, Morgantown, Sharmon Gall Paris and husband Steve, Cranberry, Pa.; one brother-in-law, Rocky Gall and wife Brenda, Morgantown; twenty nieces and nephews; twenty-three great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by father-in-law, William "Bill" Gall and brother-in-law, Wayne Poling.

Mr. Jenkins was an active member and Sunday school teacher of the Church of the Good Shepherd, basketball player and track athlete for Fairmont State College, member of Theta X fraternity, former Grafton City Council member and Recreation Director, coached little league baseball and assisted with Taylor County Middle School Track.

Tim was quick with a smile and was loved and will be missed by all.

Family and friends may call at the Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, Thursday, April 18, 2002, from 2-9 p.m. His body will lie in state 12-1 p.m. Friday, the time of service at the Church of the Good Shepherd with Pastor Bert Coffman officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department and the Grafton Senior High Cheerleaders.

At the request of Mr. Jenkins his body will be cremated.

Bartlett Funeral Home, www.bartlettfunerals.com.

Ralph A. 'Tiny' Robison

PENNSBORO -- Ralph A. "Tiny" Robison, age 78, of Weston, WV, departed this life on Sunday, April 14, 2002, at Clarksburg, WV. He was born on June 12, 1923, at Ellenboro in Ritchie County, WV.

Tiny had retired from the Consolidated Gas Transmission Corp. as a foreman with 38 years of faithful service. He was a graduate of Pennsboro High School in Pennsboro, WV, and a member of Harmony Lodge 59, A.F.&A.M. also of Pennsboro. He was a veteran of World War II with the U.S. Marine Corps seeing service in the South Pacific and was a holder of the Purple Heart. Tiny was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston, where he served as trustee.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia Anne Peck Robison; one son and daughter-in-law, R. Michael and Patricia Robison, Harrisville, WV; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lynn and Robert R. Fultineer, Weston, WV; one sister, Ruth Ellen Wanzie, Akron, OH; 5 grandchildren, Robbie Fultineer, Chase Robison, Kim Derica, Leslie Perine, and Betsy Robison; 3 great grandchildren, Robert James and Amber Rae Fultineer and Emmaleigh Diane Perine; one niece, Chere Kippe; and one nephew, Charles Wanzie, Jr.

Tiny was preceded in death by his parents, Sheridan and Blanche Layfield Robison.

Memorial services to celebrate the life of Tiny Robison will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2002, from the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, with Pastor Rick Farmer and Pastor Robert Perine officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

Memorials to the life of Tiny Robison are preferred to the First Baptist Church, 132 E. 2nd St., Weston, WV, 26452.

McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home.

Florence K. Smith

WESTON -- Florence K. Smith, 79, formerly of 440 Center Avenue, Weston, died at 6:42 p.m. on April 15, 2002, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Linda Simpson in Vienna, WV. She had been a resident of The Pines in Marietta, Ohio, for a brief period. She was born on August 12, 1922, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late John and Edna Haymaker Koblegard.

On April 12, 1947, she married Attorney DaCosta Smith Jr., who preceded her in death on January 29, 1994.

Mrs. Smith is survived by one son DaCosta Smith, III and his fiancé Marissa Cunningham of Southpointe, PA; twin daughters Mrs. Thomas (Linda) Simpson of Vienna, WV, and Mrs. Marcia Doyle of Poway, CA; and five grandchildren Mrs. Emily Reeder, Megan Simpson, Martin Doyle, IV, Mark Doyle, and Meredith Doyle; and one great grandchild Amy Reeder. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her only sister, Marcia Gaines of Bridgeport.

Mrs. Smith was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Weston, where she served as Senior Warden, Vestry Member, and Director of the Altar Guild. She was a past president and member of the Theresa Snaith Auxiliary of Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston. She was also involved in numerous civic and community activities. She graduated from Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg and attended Western Maryland College. She was a long time resident of Weston, where she and her husband raised their family.

Friends will be received at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Avenue, Weston, on Thursday, April 18, 2002, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday at 11 a.m. from St. Paul's Episcopal Church with Reverend Deborah Rankin officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church Altar Guild at East Second and Center Avenue, Weston, WV, 26452.

Boyle Funeral Home of Weston.

Charles W. Snyder

WEST MILFORD -- Charles W. Snyder, age 82, an avid antique and carnival glass collector, formerly of Anmoore and more recently of 32 Paradise Hills, West Milford, died April 15, 2002, at Heartland Nursing Home of Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born May 3, 1919, in Gilmer County, a son of the late Charles Haymond Snyder and Cora M. Carson Snyder.

His wife, Edna Varner Snyder, preceded him in death on February 14, 1988.

He was also preceded in death by a son Charles "Chuck" Alan Snyder on June 5, 1984.

Surviving are his son Gary W. Snyder, Washingtonville, Ohio; and a daughter Teri Maxwell, Clarksburg; four grandchildren Steven J. Snyder, Eric B. Snyder, Timothy Snyder and Melissa Snyder Thompson; and 7 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Snyder was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Preceding him in death was one sister, Dorthea Pepper, Peru Indiana; a brother, Stanley Snyder, Glenville, WV; and an infant sister.

Mr. Snyder retired from the Union Carbide Corp in May 1981 after several years of service.

He was a veteran of WW II, serving in the Army Air Corps in the Panama Canal Zone.

Mr. Snyder donated his body to the Human Gift Registry, West Virginia University. Memorial services will be held Saturday, April 20, 2002, at the First Church of the Nazarene, Rt. 58, Stonewood, WV., with the Reverend Richard Settles Presiding.

Jerald L. Swiger

SALEM -- Jerald L. Swiger, 53, of Salem, WV, died at 12:05 a.m. April 16, 2002, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born on June 8, 1948, a son of Floyd and Maybelle Pierce Swiger of Salem, WV.

He is survived by his wife, Terry Swiger, whom he married October 12, 1968; 1 daughter, Tonya S. Carmichael of Salem, WV; 2 sons, Jerald L. (Bub) Swiger Jr. and wife, Dawn of Clarksburg, WV, and Tracy L. Swiger of Salem, WV. He was blessed with 4 grandchildren, Justin W. Carmichael, Joshua B. Carmichael, Jessica T. Carmichael and Kayla L. Swiger; 3 brothers, Richard Swiger of Parkersburg, Larry Swiger and Randy Swiger of Salem, WV; and 1 sister, Leasa Edwards of Salem, WV.

Mr. Swiger served in the United States Air Force and worked as an equipment operator for over 34 years.

He was loved by all and will be missed by everyone who knew him. May he finally rest in peace with his angels.

There will be no visitation or funeral service at his request.

A Harbert Funeral Home Service, Salem, WV.

Ethel Malone Bostic Woofter

JANE LEW -- Ethel Malone Bostic Woofter, 91, of Jane Lew, died at her home Sunday morning, April 14, 2002, at 3:30 a.m.

She was born November 6, 1910, at Long Shoal, W.Va., the daughter of the late William Cecil and Iva Columbia Shaver Bostic.

She was married August 27, 1931, to Thomas Brent Woofter, who passed away September 25, 1999.

She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis and Bernard McWhorter of Wadsworth, Ohio, Carol and James L. McClain of Clarksburg, WV; 3 sisters, Avis Singleton of Stouts Mills, WV, Glenna Taylor of Augusta, WV, Louise Wilson of Burnsville, WV; one brother, Paul Bostic of Riffle, WV; three grandchildren, Marcia Langford Stanton of Morgantown, WV, Gregory A. Langford of Clarksburg, WV, Gary Paul McWhorter of Portland, Oregon.

She was preceded in death by one grandson Kevin Brent McWhorter; two brothers Winfred Bostic and Jerald Bostic; 3 sisters, Madeline and Mildred and infant sister Gwendolyn are deceased.

Several nieces and nephews survive.

Mrs. Woofter was a member of the Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, a graduate of Jane Lew High School, a graduate of Clarksburg Business College, and was a Sunday School Teacher and taught Bible School.

Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The body will be removed to the Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church Wednesday to lie in state from 1 to 2 p.m. the funeral hour with Rev. Ronald Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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