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Obituaries for Saturday, July 22, 2000

Lois A. Britton

CLARKSBURG -- Lois A. Britton, 75, of 308 Thomas Ave., Nutter Fort, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

She was born April 26, 1925, in Adolph, a daughter of the late Harry Pritt and Mollie Armstrong Pritt.

Her husband, Ralph N. Britton, whom she married June 20, 1956, preceded her in death on July 14, 1984.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Crystal Lynn Britton on Nov. 7, 1997.

Mrs. Britton was a graduate of Elkins High School and Davis & Elkins College. She was enrolled in the Nurse Cadet Program during World War II.

She was a Methodist by faith. She was a member of the Harrison County Democratic Women's Club and the Nutter Fort Women's Club. She was also a member of Queen Esther Chapter No. 11, Order of Eastern Star, and Omega Chapter No. 15, White Shrine of Jerusalem.

She was a registered nurse and had retired from both the United Hospital Center and the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center.

The funeral service will be held at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, at 1 p.m. today, with the Rev. Dr. Kermit Auvil, Associate Pastor of the Quiet Dell United Methodist Church conducting. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Roxie B. Bush

GLENVILLE -- Roxie B. Bush, 90, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, in The Willows Nursing Center, Parkersburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Nov. 4, 1909, in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Howard and Gertie Heckert King.

Her husband, Buell Scott Bush, whom she married Feb. 20, 1932, preceded her in death March 25, 1997.

Surviving are two sons, Marvin Duane Bush and wife, Shirley, and Merdith Glenn Bush and wife, Phyllis, all of Parkersburg; one brother, Everett Ray King, Wheeling; one sister, Blanch Cox, Troy; two grandchildren, Tina Thomason, Arkansas, and Marcia Deitsch, Parkersburg; two step grandchildren, Karen Post, Mineral Wells, and Kimberlee Neal, North Carolina; five great-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Ora Kirkpatrick, Alta Butcher and Artie Greenlief.

Mrs. Bush was a long time resident of Cox's Mills community. She moved to Parkersburg in 1997.

She was a homemaker. She attended the Alice Baptist Church.

Donald G. Michels

PENNSBORO -- Donald G. Michels, 74, of 202 George St., West Union, died Friday, July 21, 2000, at his residence.

He was born June 8, 1926, at West Union, a son of the late Frank and Zelma Piggott Michels.

His wife, Helen D. Cunningham Michels, preceded him in death.

Surviving are one son, Donald H. Michels, M.D., West Union; and one daughter, Jodie M. Christian, Parkersburg.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Charles "Chuck" Michels.

Mr. Michels was a well known and liked entrepreneur in the Doddridge and Ritchie county areas. He was a graduate of Doddridge County High School with the class of 1942 and Salem College.

He represented Doddridge County in the West Virginia State Legislature in the early 1960s. He was a member of Friendship Lodge No. 59 A.F. and A.M. of West Union, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army with service during World War II.

There will be no visitation. The graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today from the Masonic Memorial Park at Crystal Lake, near West Union, with the Pastor John Kopshina officiating. The McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of other remembrances, donations in the name of Mr. Michels may be made to The Gideons, Route 1, Box 237A, West Union, WV 26456.

John William Nichols

FAIRMONT -- John William Nichols, 60, of Fairmont, died Friday, July 21, 2000, in the emergency room at Fairmont General Hospital.

He was born April 5, 1940, in Fairmont, a son of the late James Francis and Mildred Evelyn Freese Nichols.

His wife of 28 years, Sandra Jean Kelley Nichols, survives.

Also surviving are five sons and three daughters-in-law, James and Mary Nichols, Clarksburg, John and Melissa Nichols, Wisconsin, Jimmy and Tammy Lance, Enterprise, and Carl and Kevin Nichols, both of Fairmont; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kim and Mark Yow, and Brenda and Roy Perkins, both of Fairmont; one brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Bonnie Nichols, Ohio; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret and Ray Mayhew, Cecilia and Sam Slaughter, and Sarah and William Renner, all of Fairmont; 16 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Nichols was a member of St. Peter The Fisherman Catholic Church. He had worked at Fairmont General Hospital for over 30 years and was currently in the engineering department.

He was a graduate of St. Peter's High School. He was a member of the Moose Lodge No. 9 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 629.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, fishing, hunting and watching horror movies.

Golden Ray Shaffer

PHILIPPI -- Golden Ray Shaffer, 82, a resident of Baughman Towers, Philippi, died early Wednesday, July 19, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following a three-month illness.

He was born June 29, 1918, in Montrose, a son of the late Willie and Harriet E. Johnson Shaffer.

Surviving are one son, Ralph Shaffer and wife, Brenda, Portsmouth, Ohio; four daughters, Juanita Cetrone and husband, Dennis, Akron, Betty L. Rhinehart and husband, Joseph, Janet S. Rhinehart and husband, Ron, Patty A. Hazelett and husband, Dan, all of Ravenna, Ohio; one brother, Edison N. Shaffer, Warren, Ohio; two grandsons, Steve and Russell Shaffer; four granddaughters, Janet McGuire, Amanda Rhinehart, Rachael P. and Olivia M. Rhinehart; and several great-grandchildren.

Mr. Shaffer was a World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Army. He was a retired welder for the Terex Division of General Motors in Hudson, Ohio, and an avid hunter.

Clarence D. Thorp

GRAFTON -- Mr. Clarence D. Thorp, 76, of Maple Avenue, Grafton, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at the Grafton City Hospital.

He was born July 7, 1924, in Grafton, a son of the late H.L. and Hannah Lindsey Thorp.

His wife, Marjorie Nutter Thorp, whom he married Feb. 28, 1953, survives.

Also surviving are five children, Susan Clifford and husband, Steve, Warren, Ohio, Donna Miller and husband, Albert, and Vicki O'Brien and husband, Keith, all of Aurora, Colo., Kathy Bartlett and husband, Victor, Grafton, and James Thorp and wife, Cindy, Littleton, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; one brother, L.N. "DeBoy" Thorp and wife, Emma, Grafton; one sister, Evelyn Sharp, Grafton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Mary Adeline Thorp.

Mr. Thorp was a retired railroad conductor with the B&O and Chessie System Railroad with over 42 years of service, retiring in 1984.

He was a member of the D.A.V. Chapter No. 24 of Grafton, and The American Legion Taylor County Post No. 12.

He was a veteran of World War II having served with the U.S. Marine Corps as A.P.F.C.

He was a Protestant by faith.

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