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Obituaries for Wednesday, March 8, 2000

Hoy W. Collins

GLENVILLE -- Hoy W. Collins, 89, of Glenville, died at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2000, at Holbrook Nursing Home, Buckhannon, following an extended illness.

He was born June 25, 1910, in Gilmer County, a son of the late John Collins and Marietta Messenger Collins.

Surviving are one sister, Vera R. Collins, Glenville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Mr. Collins was Baptist and retired from Columbia Gas Company.

Virginia Hill

SALEM -- Virginia Hill, 77, of Ross Street, Salem, died at 7 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2000, at United Hospital Center, following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 6, 1922, in Big Battle, Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Roy Hyde and Nora Nay Hyde.

Her husband, Forrest Hill, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Karen Sue Hill Scott, Salem, and Barbara Jean Hill Gray, Sistersville; two sisters, Freda Dennison, Clarksburg, and Delores "Dot" Oesterle, Akron, Ohio; one brother, Bill Hyde, Akron; four grandchildren, Lisa Ann Eldridge, Ellicott City, Md., Thomas Hill Gray, Sistersville, Jason Scott and Brian Scott, both of Salem; four great-grandchildren, Thomas T.G. Gray, Olivia Jean Eldridge, Pahyton Boyce and Hunter Scott; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Leeman "Lee" Hyde.

Mrs. Hill was a member of the Salem Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

Donald V. Hoff

CLARKSBURG -- Donald Vincent Hoff, 83, of Clarksburg, died Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at Louise A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 3, 1916, in Clendenin, a son of the late Grover Cleveland and Hazel Lenore Jarrett Hoff.

His wife, Mary Jane Brown Hoff, whom he married in March of 1967, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Don Bruce Hoff, Clarksburg; two daughters, Ethel Rene Sweney, Jova, Md., and Karen Lynn Hoff, Columbia, Miss.; one grandson, Donald Hoff Jr.; one sister, Eileen Hoff, Grand Rapids, Mich.; and two brothers, Clyde and Homer Hoff.

Mr. Hoff was a retired finance director and city manager for the City of Clarksburg. He was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Army, was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Mountaineer Lodge No. 78, and was Baptist.

There will be no public visitation. A service of remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Congregational Missionary Church, with the Rev. Richard Settles officiating.

Kemper D. Hyre

NUTTER FORT -- Kemper David Hyre, 81, of Worley Avenue, Clarksburg, died Monday afternoon, March 6, 2000, at Heartland Nursing Home following an extended illness with Alzheimer's.

He was born Feb. 17, 1919, in Lost Creek, a son of the late Charles E. and Anna Grace Wetzel Hyre.

Surviving is his wife, Velma Rhodes Hyre, whom he married Sept. 24, 1949.

Also surviving are one daughter, Vivian Elaine Hyre Sventeck, Indianapolis, Ind.; three grandchildren, Richie, Lori and Ryan Masterson; one brother, Afton C. Hyre, Wooster, Ohio; one sister, Cora Oletha "Peg" Simons, Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Charles H. Hyre and an infant brother, Arthur Kermit Hyre.,

Mr. Hyre was employed for over 35 years by the Beltone Hearing Service of Clarksburg. He was a Jehovah's witness for nearly 60 years.

Friends may call at the Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Timothy Freed presiding. After cremation, interment will be held at the convenience of the family at the Brick Church Cemetery in Lost Creek.

Paul T. McDaniel

BRIDGEPORT -- Paul Tarring "Terry" McDaniel, 60, of 54 Carriage Lane, Bridgeport, died Sunday morning, March 5, 2000, at St. Augustine, Fla., following a brief illness.

He was born Aug. 19, 1939, in Arden, a son of Paul James and Freda Shahan McDaniel, Clarksburg.

His wife, Roxanne Marie Folio McDaniel, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Stephen Scott McDaniel, Bridgeport; four daughters, Traci Lynn McDaniel Henderson, Kellie Jo McDaniel Steele, Sherri Ann McDaniel Stevens, all of Bridgeport, and Teri LeeAnn Miller, Scottsville, Va.; nine grandchildren, Nathan Scott McDaniel, Megan Nicole Henderson, Michael Thomas Henderson, Paul Charles McDaniel, Taylor Ellen Steele, Hayden Christopher Stevens, Alessandra Marie McDaniel, Ashley and Casey Miller; and one sister, Mary Lou Mitchell, Clarksburg.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Larry McDaniel.

Mr. McDaniel owned and operated several area businesses, including Meadowview Manor Health Care Center, Total Health Services, and Venture Real Estate.

He was a member of the Clarksburg Lions' Club, Pete Dye Golf Club, Bridgeport Golf Club and All Saints Catholic Church, Bridgeport.

Friends will be received at All Saints Catholic Church, Bridgeport, from noon-9 p.m. Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the All Saints Catholic Church, Bridgeport, with Father Harry N. Cramer presiding. Father Hilarion Cann will preach the Homily. Interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery. A vigil service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the All Saints Catholic Church. Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, is in care of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the West Virginia Children's Hospital, Box 8200, Medical Center Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506.

Texas Strother

BURGETTSTOWN, Pa. -- The Rev. Texas "Tex" Strother, 65, of Burgettstown, died at 4 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at Weirton Medical Center, following an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 9, 1934, in Wolf Summit, a son of the late Perry and Edna Strother.

His wife, Brenda Strother, survives.

Surviving are three sons, Kenneth Allen Strother, Norfolk, Va., Billie Strother, Burgettstown, and Jeff Strother, Parkersburg; one brother, Leon Strother, Clarksburg; six sisters, Marlene Blankenship, Shirley Bowen, Jean Strother, Kay Swann and Patty Collins, Salem, and Anita Freeland, Paris, Pa.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Scott Strother and one daughter, Cheryl Linn Strother.

Mr. Strother was an ordained minister and pastored the Hillside Chapel in Burgettstown for several years.

He worked for A-1 Exterminating in Clarksburg before moving to Burgettstown where he resumed his business as A-1 Pest Control Company.

Arden M. Thomas

BELINGTON -- Arden Michael Thomas, 85, a resident of Route 2, Hunters Fork community near Belington, died at 11:02 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2000, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, following an extended illness.

He was born April 4, 1914, in Orlando, a son of the late Michael Richard and Priscilla Estella Henline Thomas.

On April 25, 1937, in Sutton, he married the former Oma O. James, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Philip Roy Thomas, Des Moines, Iowa, and Arden Michael Thomas Jr., Belington; three daughters, Jetta Shanklin, Massillon, Ohio, Judy Fornash, Canton, Ohio, and Carol Ross, Minerva, Ohio; one sister, Virginia Funkhouser, Alexandria, Va.; one grandchild, Wesley Shahan, whom Mr. Thomas raised; 10 additional grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two sons, Richard Lee and Lawrence Andy Thomas and two sisters, Marie Thomas and Sophie Jarvis.

Mr. Thomas attended the schools of Braxton County, was a former member of the Civilian Conservation camps and was involved in the building of the Oglebay Park near Wheeling.

He was also a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Parkersburg. He retired from the B&O Railroad after 35 years of service.

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