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Obituaries for March 1, 2000

Wilbert J. DuFour

CLARKSBURG -- Wilbert J. DuFour, 76, of Grove Avenue, Clarksburg, died suddenly Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at his residence.

He was born July 27, 1923, in Jeanette, Pa., a son of the late Alphonse and Augusta Coenen DuFour.

On Oct. 7, 1946, he was married to Lois Catherine Paxton DuFour, who preceded him in death on April 30, 1994.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Paula DuFour, Lost Creek; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Gene (Joyce) Chada, Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. David (Susan) Sutter and Mrs. Bill (Elisa) Mahoney, all of Clarksburg; 14 grandchildren, Natalie DuFour, Adrienne O'Hara, Deanna DuFour, Shane DuFour, Benjamin DuFour, Tyler DuFour, Deirdre Sutter, Brieanna Rowe, Brian Dye, Buddy Chada, Delene Chada, Carl Chada, Gregory Chada, Stephanie Chada; several great-grandchildren; one brother, Jack DuFour, Richmond, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Desire DuFour and one sister, Martha Pulice.

Mr. DuFour was retired from Pittsburgh Plate Glass where he was employed as a glass cutter with 30 years service.

He was Protestant, a World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater and a recipient of the Purple Heart Award.

Friends may call at Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Jim Kelly officiating. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Full military graveside rites will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Harrison County, Route 2, Box 932, Shinnston, WV 26431.

Harry R. Hood

GRAFTON -- Harry R. "Dick" Hood, 72, of Route 5, Grafton, died at 3:20 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at West Virginia University Hospital, Inc.

He was born April 3, 1927, in Gary, Ind., a son of the late Robert W. Hood and Dorothy Bell Hood.

His wife, Cecelia A. Debendarfer Hood, survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Sharon A. Hood, Clarksburg, Sandra Gunter and husband, Robert L. Gunter, Pineville, and Cecelia Dee Foster and husband, James Gregory Foster, Salem, Va.; three grandchildren, Robert Gunter Jr., DeAnn Foster and Heath Foster.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, William B. Hood Jr. and George Jay Hood.

Mr. Hood was the owner of the Harry R. Hood Agency in Clarksburg for 44 years and a World War II U.S. Navy veteran.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Clarksburg, the Taylor County Shrine Club, the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., USA, 18th and 32nd degrees, the Grafton Lodge No. 15, AF&AM, Nemesis Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Parkersburg, the Demolay Knights Templar No. 11 of Grafton, and the Copestone Chapter No. 12, R.A.M.

Terry Joe Joseph

NUTTER FORT -- Terry Joe Joseph, 41, of West Milford, died Monday evening, Feb. 28, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

He was born Nov. 14, 1958, in Charleston, a son of Matthew and Karen Kelley Joseph, who survive in Whitesville.

His wife, Nancy L. Leffel Joseph, whom he married on June 23, 1979, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Nora and Ashley, and one son, Matthew, all at home; three sisters, Diane Bass, Charleston, Deborah Lynn Rios, Raleigh, N.C., and Deborah June Neighbors, Amarillo, Texas.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Michelle L. Joseph.

Mr. Joseph was the owner of Computer Works, Clarksburg. He was a graduate of Sherman High School, class of 1978, and received an associate's degree from the National Institute of Technology, Cross Lanes.

He was a member of the West Milford Baptist Church, where he taught the adult Sunday school class and was a member of the Clarksburg Rotary Club. He was very active in the local soccer leagues, enjoyed spending time with his family, running and playing tennis.

Friends may call at the West Milford Baptist Church from noon-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Thursday. A service will be held on Friday at the church at 11 a.m. with Pastor Bill Stutler presiding. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pine View Cemetery, Orgas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the West Milford Baptist Church, for the Terry and Michelle Joseph Memorial Fund to be used for camp fees for the Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center at P.O. Box 133, West Milford, WV 26451. Arrangements are under the care of Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort.

Michelle Lea Joseph

NUTTER FORT -- Michelle Lea Joseph, 11, of West Milford, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000.

She was born Dec. 7, 1988, in Clarksburg, a daughter of Nancy L. Leffel Joseph and the late Terry Joe Joseph, who also died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000.

Also surviving are two sisters, Nora and Ashley and one brother, Matthew; her maternal grandparents, Jerry and Flora Leffel, Racine; her paternal grandparents, Matthew and Karen Joseph, Whitesville; two uncles, Jarold Leffel, Anderson, S.C., and Timmy Leffel, Covington, Va.; three aunts, Diane Bass, Charleston, Deborah Lynn Rios, Raleigh, N.C., and Deborah June Neighbors, Amarillo, Texas; and seven cousins.

Michelle was a fifth grade student at West Milford Elementary School and a member of the West Milford Baptist Church. She was active in the Awanas program, enjoyed soccer and playing the piano.

Friends may call at the West Milford Baptist Church from noon-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Thursday. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church, with Pastor Bill Stutler presiding. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pine View Cemetery, Orgas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the West Milford Baptist Church, for the Terry and Michelle Joseph Memorial Fund to be used for camp fees for the Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center at P.O. Box 133, West Milford, WV 26451. Arrangements are under the care of Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort.

Juanema F. Kinney

SALEM -- Juanema F. Kinney, 74, Cherry Camp community, died at 10:40 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Monongalia General Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born April 4, 1925, in Buckeye, Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Laurence "Tim" and Edna Zinn Davis.

Her husband, Clyde Kinney, whom she married May 26, 1943, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Daniel L. and Sharon Kinney, Salem; five sisters, Mrs. Kenneth (Glenna) VanPelt, Sarasota, Fla., Lula Roukema, Pensacola, Fla., Mrs. Dale (Carolyn) Huston, Melbourn, Fla., Mrs. Ronald (Elaine) Marks, Cap Ceral, Fla., and Mrs. Wilbur (Donna) Ash, Salem; two brothers, Carlton Davis, Grafton, and Edsel Davis, Lineville, Ala.; three grandchildren, David Scott Nutt, Heather Kinney, Salem, and Daniel and Sandi Kinney, Hollywood, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Kinney was a homemaker, a member of the Salem Seventh Day Baptist Church and enjoyed camping.

Emi Okada

CLARKSBURG -- Emi Okada, 18, a Rotary Youth Exchange Student from the Saijo Rotary Club in Japan, who was currently residing at 612 Milford St., Clarksburg, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born June 15, 1981, in Higashihiroshima-shi, Hiroshima, Japan, a daughter of Mrs. Satoko Okada, Hiroshima, and the late Masao Okada.

Also surviving are one brother.

Miss Okada was a senior attending Robert C. Byrd High School, where she was active in volleyball and softball. She was Buddhist by faith.

She was being hosted on behalf of the Clarksburg Rotary Club by Sherry and Robert Caplan, Nancy and Terry Joseph and Martha and Lee Gustafson.

Her friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., on Thursday for a funeral service at 2 p.m. Hospitality will be provided following the service in Westminster Hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Clarksburg.

Edgar F. Sions

MOOREFIELD -- Edgar Franklin Sions, 78, of Purgitsville, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va.

He was born July 17, 1921, in Old Fields, a son of the late Howard and Mae Weatherholtz Sions.

His wife, Nellie Haggerty Sions, survives.

Also surviving are six daughters, Elaine Stickley, Junction, Norma Markwood, Linda Markwood, Anita Eye, Annette Ours, all of Purgitsville, and Esther Messenger, Clarksburg; three sons, Leroy Sions, Keith "Randy" Sions and Andy Sions, all of Purgitsville; two sisters, Iva Haggerty, Purgitsville, and Hazel Shoemaker, South Fork; three brothers, David Sions, South Fork, Victor Sions, Junction, ad Jesse Sions, Burlington; 31 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Sions was a retired construction worker and a member of the Mountain View Community Church.

Margaret Sprouse

LOWER BURRELL, Pa. -- Margaret Sprouse, 58, of Lower Burrell, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Citizens General Hospital, New Kensington.

She was born Aug. 31, 1941, in Wilsonburg, W.Va., a daughter of the late Albert and Dorothy Barrett Holliday.

Her husband, Fred Dudley Sprouse Sr., survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Fred Sprouse Jr., Holiday Park, Plum, Donald Sprouse, New Kensington, Daniel Sprouse, Spring Lake, N.C., and Francis Sprouse, Lower Burrell; one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Sandra) Romitz, Allison Park; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Howard Barrett, North Carolina, and Ed Holliday, Clarksburg, W.Va.; five sisters, Mrs. Curt (Phyllis) Ledbetter, Montgomery, Ala., Mrs. John (Dottie) Carlson, Fort Worth, Texas, Mrs. Danny (Teresa) Querrero, Houston, Texas, Mrs. Rick (Dorkus) Weaver, Washington, Pa., and Mrs. Paul (Sharon) Ramsey, Wilmington, N.C.

Mrs. Sprouse was a school bus driver for Laidlaw Transit in Indiana Township.

Lillian V. Stemple

BELINGTON -- Lillian Viola Poling Stemple, 81, a resident of Montrose, Teter Creek Lake community, died Monday morning, Feb. 28, 2000, at the home of her son following an extended illness.

She was born March 21, 1918, in Barbour County, a daughter of the late Monterville and Laura Skidmore Poling.

On June 6, 1937, in Junior, she married Densel Wilson Stemple, who preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 1968.

Surviving are one son, Ronald Stemple and wife, Kathleen, Belington, with whom she made her home for the past six months; one grandson, Michael Stemple and wife, Kim, Teter Creek Lake community; two granddaughters, Rhonda Poling and husband, Brian, Belington, Tonda Sullivan and husband, Danny, Teter Creek Lake community; two great-grandsons, Dustin and Aaron Sullivan; and two brothers, Estes "Dan" Poling, Montrose, and Willie "Bill" Poling, Norton.

She was also preceded in death by five brothers, one sister, five half sisters and five half brothers.

Mrs. Stemple attended the schools of Barbour County and was a member of the Central Chapel Church. She was a homemaker.

Jeannette S. Wilson

CLARKSBURG -- Jeannette Stevenson Wilson, 85, of Route 1, Clarksburg, Country Club Addition, died at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at her residence.

She was born Nov. 22, 1914, in New Kensington, Pa., a daughter of the late Richard R. and Mabelle Dressing Stevenson.

Her husband, John Frampton Wilson, whom she married in May 1938, preceded her in death in February 1992.

Surviving are two daughters, Jeanne Wilson Pontti, Kodiak, Alaska, and Stephanie Wilson Rowland, Florence, Ky.; two sons, Richard Stevenson Wilson, Bridgeport, and Frank Lusk Wilson, Bellingham, Wash.; one sister, Mrs. Robert W. Miller, St. Petersburg, Fla.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Mrs. Wilson was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Clarksburg. She was a graduate of Fairfax Hall, Va., attended Carnegie Mellon Institute and was a graduate of Ohio State University.

She was also a member of the United Hospital Center Auxiliary, Friends of the Library, Harrison County Historical Society, the Goff Plaza Garden Club and was a past member of the Woman's Golf Association of Clarksburg Country Club.

Mrs. Wilson had worked as a trainee at Kaufmann's in Pittsburgh, Pa., and later became the first decorator-designer at the Palace Furniture Company in Clarksburg.

There will be no funeral home visitation. Friends are invited to call at the family residence (Country Club Addition) from 2-6 p.m. on Thursday. A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at the Elk View Masonic Cemetery, Clarksburg, with the Rev. Dr. Eric M. Faust, conducting the service.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that expressions of sympathy be memorial contributions to Peoples Hospice, P.O. Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV 26302-9960. Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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