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Obituaries for May 30, 2002

James Franklin Ancell

ELKINS -- James Franklin Ancell, age 81 years, a resident of the Crystal Springs community, Elkins, West Virginia, departed this life at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at the Davis Memorial Hospital at Elkins, West Virginia, where he had been a patient for the past five weeks. He had been in declining health for the past nine months and death was attributed to cancer.

He was born August 17, 1920, at Ireland, West Virginia, a son of the late Homer D. Ancell and Evalena Ancell Connors. On July 10, 1971, he was married to the former Cecelia "Cissy" Tarantelli, who survives at Crystal Springs. Also surviving are one son, James B. Ancell and wife Nancy, Davisville, WV; two granddaughters, Heather and Jamie Ancell; one stepdaughter, Jackie Purkey, Vienna, WV; two stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren, one half sister, Ann Greene, Tucson, Arizona; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Nell Morse.

He was a graduate of Philippi High School with the Class of 1938, attended Alderson-Broaddus College and received his degree from Davis & Elkins College in 1974. Mr. Ancell was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army Air Force in the South Pacific from 1942 to 1945. He also served with the United States Air Force Reserve from 1948 to 1961.

He was a former Deputy Sheriff for the Barbour County Sheriff's Department from 1949 to 1952, had worked as Advertising Manager for the Barbour Publishing Company from 1958 to 1961, served on the Board of Probation and Parole from 1961 to 1965, was Regional Supervisor for the West Virginia Division of Corrections from 1965 to 1969, was the Acting Director of the West Virginia Division of Corrections from 1969 to 1970, was Regional Supervisor for the West Virginia Division of Corrections from 1970 to 1974, was United States Probation Officer from 1974 to 1981 and served as the Chief Probation Officer for the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia from 1981 until his retirement in 1994.

He was a life member of the Tygarts Valley Post #3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars, was a member of the Military Order of Cooties, was a life member of the H.W. Daniel's Post #29, American Legion, was a member of the American Legion 40 & 8, the Seneca Trail Lodge #104, Fraternal Order of Police, was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, was a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the Elkins Lodge #1135, B.P.O.E., and attended the Saint Brendan Catholic Church.

Friends will be received at the Lohr & Barb Funeral Home from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. On Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home chapel, a prayer service will be recited by the Reverend Father William Anderson. Final Rites will be conducted at the funeral home chapel, Saturday at 11 a.m. The Reverend Father William Anderson will be the Presider and interment will follow at the American Legion's Little Arlington Cemetery at Cravensdale, West Virginia, where full military rites will be accorded by members of the H.W. Daniel's Post #29, American Legion and the Tygarts Valley Post #3647, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for James Franklin Ancell.

Earl Edward Bissett

SHINNSTON -- Earl Edward Bissett, 78, of Worthington, died suddenly Wednesday, May 29, 2002, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born at Littleton, February 22, 1924, a son of the late Andrew J. and Mary M. Blake Bissett.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Barnett Bissett, whom he married March 17, 1977; 4 sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Sue Bissett, Fairmont, Danny and Darlene Bissett, Hughes, John Bissett and Gary Bissett, both of Everson; 7 daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Randy Summers, Everson, Joan and Allen Augustus, Fairmont, Jaunita Pearson, Fairmont, Nancy and Tommy Campbell, Clarksburg, Alice M. Bissett, Shinnston, Vera V. Bissett and Violet Bissett, both at home; several grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having served with the United States Army and was a member of the House of Faith at Erie.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston from 3-9 p.m. Thursday, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 31, with Reverend Delores White officiating. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at Enterprise.

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

Loretta M. Dent

CLARKSBURG -- Loretta M. Dent, 91 years old, of 620 West Pike Street, Clarksburg, WV, died Wednesday, May 29, around 3:15 a.m. at a local nursing home in Clarksburg, WV.

Loretta was born in Oakland, Maryland, the daughter of the late James A. Dent and Elizabeth Jamison Dent.

Survivors include: A niece, Evelyn Burger; nephew, James S. Glancy and wife, Earlann; one sister, Mrs. Frank (Adeline) Abruzzino, Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were Pauline Dent, Edmond Dent, Frances Glancy, Elizabeth Dent, Margaret Hood, Mary Burger, Eleanor Stephens, Virginia Regenauer, Dorothy Dent, Mrs. Kirk (Patricia) Pritchard and Frank Regenauer.

Loretta was a retired bookkeeper and prepared tax returns. A member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Stonewood, WV.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Chapel. The date and time will be announced. Bartolo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Bartolo services.

Glenn Fortney

SHINNSTON -- Glenn Fortney, 92, of Rt. 1, Lumberport, died at 4:35 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at the United Hospital Center, following an extended illness.

He was born at Follansbee, WV, May 12, 1910, a son of the late Vernon Peter Pell and Minnie Wolf Fortney.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Maude Shaffer Fortney, on April 19, 1987.

He is survived by 6 sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Bina Fortney, Elizabethton, TN, Bob and Nina Fortney, Lumberport, Larry and Linda Fortney, Edgewood, MD, Keith and Brenda Fortney, Lumberport, Dennis and Debbie Fortney, Lumberport, Billy and Judy Fortney, Christiansburg, VA; 3 daughters and sons-in-law, Ann Haskins, Palm Bay, Fl, Susie and John Fisher, Lumberport, Sharon and Steve Elder, Lumberport; 1 brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Billie Fortney, Keyser, WV; 1 sister, Ruth Wiles, Kingwood; 25 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by 1 daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and William Gorrell; three brothers; one sister; three grandchildren; and 1 son-in-law, Richard Haskins.

Mr. Fortney was a coal miner, having retired from Clinchfield Coal Company, Dola Mine #3, with 42 years service in the mining industry.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston from 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, with the Reverend Robert M. Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in the Lions Club Cemetery, Lumberport.

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

George Anthony Paugh

CHARLESTON -- George Anthony Paugh, 50, of Charleston, WV, died May 25, 2002, at his home.

Mr. Paugh dedicated his life to working with at-risk juveniles in WV. He attended Maranatha Fellowship in St. Albans. Until recently, he served on the Board of Religious Coalition for Community Renewal in Charleston "RCCR."

Born in Clarksburg, he came to Charleston in 1995. He was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Clarksburg, attended Fairmont State and graduated from Salem College.

Surviving are loving wife, Susan G. Paugh, Charleston, WV; survived by two beloved daughters, Amanda Leigh and Sylvia Adair Paugh; sisters, Mary Ellen Paugh, Bridgeport, WV, and Clara Albertson, Bridgeport, WV; brothers, Robert Paugh, Hedgesville, WV, and Lonnie Paugh Jr., Tucson, AZ; stepsons, Michael, Jason and Joshua; also survived by 1 niece and 4 nephews.

Funeral service will be at 4 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2002, at Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home, with Rev. Dennie Dodson officiating. Graveside service Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Clarksburg with Rev. Harry Cramer officiating. Visitation Friday, May 31, 2002, at 3 p.m. at Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home. Memorial contributions to Board of Religious Coalition for Community Renewal, 1516 E. Washington St., Charleston WV 25311.

Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Wayne Prim

WEST UNION -- Charles Wayne Prim, 79, of Rt. 1, West Union, "Cabin Run Community," died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, after an unexpected illness.

He was born January 8, 1923, in Tollgate, WV (Doddridge County), a son of the late Clarence Hall and Lorena Artimace Smith Prim.

He is survived by his wife, Ida Ethel Fox Prim, whom he married January 8, 1947, and their 2 sons, Dale Wayne Prim and wife, Brenda L. of Greenwood, WV, and Charles Dwight Prim and wife, Jacqueline Sue of Harrisville, WV; 1 sister, Mrs. Paul "Donna Lee" Williams of Pennsboro, WV; 2 brothers, Olin Everett Primm of West Union, WV, and Loren Hall Primm, of Hundred, WV; 3 grandchildren, Brian Alan and wife, Mary Kanan Prim of Hurricane, WV, Shelli April Stinespring and husband, Mike of Deep Valley, WV, and Mark Wayne Prim of Parkersburg, WV; 1 great-granddaughter, Charley Victoria Stinespring; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Prim was preceded in death by his parents and 1 great-granddaughter, Mikiah April Prim Stinespring.

Mr. Prim retired from Consolidated Gas as a supervisor in 1987 after 39 years of service. Prior to World War II, he was employed at Winchester Munitions Plant, New Haven, Conn. He was a veteran of World War II, serving for the United States Army in the European Theatre. Mr. Prim was a member of the Doddridge County Senior Citizens, VFW Post #3408 and Friendship Masonic Lodge #56. Mr. Prim was a member of the Pike Church of Christ.

Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2002, at Spurgeon Funeral Home in West Union, WV, with Cecil Dotson and Ed Melott officiating. Burial will follow in the Cabin Run Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the Spurgeon Funeral Home Thursday, May 30, 2002, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until time of service on Friday.

A Spurgeon Funeral Home Service, West Union, WV.

George M. Reel Jr.

BELINGTON -- Mr. George M. Reel Jr., age 80 years, a resident of Norwood, Pa., and formerly of Belington, WV, departed this life Sunday, May 26, 2002, in the Taylor Hospital at Ridley Park, Pa.

He was born April 28, 1922, at Suncrest, WV, a son of the late George M. Reel Sr. and Alice Rhoades Reel.

Surviving are his wife, the former Wilda Kittle of Norwood, Pa.; four sons, Mike Reel of Belington, Larry Reel of Wallingford, Pa., Jim Reel of Boothwyn, Pa., Charles Reel of Morton, Pa.; two daughters, Jackie Reel of Prospect Park, Pa., Donna Fagone of Glen Mills, Pa.; one brother, Jack Reel of Grafton, WV; one sister, Betty Price of Port Orange, Fla.; seventeen grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Reel attended the schools of Canton, Ohio, was a Veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marines in the South Pacific and Philippine Campaigns. He worked at Boeing Vertol as a tube bender for over twenty-five years, retiring in 1987. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Talbott Funeral Home from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2002. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. from the funeral home parlor with the Rev. Timothy Rollins officiating. Interment will follow in the Fraternal Cemetery near Belington, where the presentation of the American Flag will be conducted by the American Legion Post #44 of Philippi.

The Talbott Funeral Home in Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Mr. George M. Reel Jr.

Elmer J. Shaver

GLENVILLE -- Elmer J. Shaver, age 89, of Park Street, Glenville, W.Va., departed this life at 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2002, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, following an extended illness.

Born August 6, 1912, at Flatwoods, Braxton Co., son of the late Jacob I. and Eliza Barker Shaver.

Mr. Shaver was a graduate of Sutton High School, retired with 42 years service with C&P Telephone Co., a 50-year member of Rotary International, Member of Gilmer Co. Farm Bureau, a past city Councilman of Glenville and Piedmont, W.Va. He was a past member of the Mineral County Board of Education, Founder of the Tri-Towns United Way, Piedmont, W.Va. board of directors of Mineral Co., Red Cross, Member of Telephone Co. Pioneers and a member of the Glenville Presbyterian Church. His hobbies have earned him immense recognition in the field of restoration of Antique Furniture and the recaning of cane bottom chairs.

On December 10, 1939, he was united in marriage to the former Marybell Summers Shaver, who survives at Weston, W.Va.

Surviving are 1 son and daughter-in-law, Dr. James and Cinda Shaver of McGuire Park, Weston, W.Va.; 1 granddaughter, Meghan Shaver of Charleston, South Carolina.

Mr. Shaver was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been also preceded by 1 brother and 4 sisters.

A Memorial service will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, W.Va. and will be announced at a later date. Family requests in lieu of floral tributes, donations be made to the Glenville Presbyterian Church in memory of Elmer J. Shaver.

Spurgeon Funeral Home, West Union, is in charge of arrangements.

Delmer D. Swecker

ERIE, Pa. -- Delmer D. Swecker, age 99, died Monday in Daytona Beach, FL. Formerly of Lawrence Park, he resided with his wife, Helen Mae Rogers Swecker, at 814 Colonial Circle in Daytona Beach, FL. He was born in Huttonsville, WV, August 6, 1902, son of the late Joseph & Caroline Gear Swecker.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a sister, Iona VanGilder of Clarksburg, WV; a stepdaughter, Nancy Bowser of Daytona Beach, FL; and a grandson, David Rogers of Erie. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

He was preceded in death by a wife, Melva Koons; 2 daughters, Eileen & Marian Swecker; 2 sisters, Annie Rosencrance & Lucy McGee; and 5 brothers, Joseph, Woodrow, Auten, Brad and Orion Swecker.

He moved to Lawrence Park in 1923 and was the oldest living member of the Lawrence Park United Methodist Church. He retired from the Erie General Electric after about 40 years service as a welder and was a member of the GE Quarter Century Club and the GE Fishing Club. He was an Air Raid Warden during World War II. He built the Lockers where the boats were stored at the GE Fishing Club. He was a member of the Tyrian-Commonwealth Lodge 362 F. and A.M. and was a longtime member of the Lawrence Park Fire Department. He was an avid Fisherman, Hunter & Bowler.

Friends may call at the G.R. Bailey Funeral Home, 4396 Iroquois Ave., Friday from 7 to 9 p.m., where a Funeral Service will be conducted Saturday morning at 10 with Rev. Randy Roda of The Lawrence Park United Methodist Church Officiating.

Interment Laurel Hill Cemetery.

A Masonic Service will be conducted Friday evening at 7:30 p.m.

G.R. Bailey Funeral Home.

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