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CURRENT OBITUARIES


Obituaries for Monday, March 13, 2000

Dr. Albert L. Chapman

CAMP HILL, Pa. -- Dr. Albert L. Chapman, 94, of Camp Hill died Saturday, March 11, 2000, in the Holy Spirit Hospital.

He was born in Staten Island, N.Y.

His wife of 54 years, Margaret P. Chapman, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Lyon, Annondale, Va.; one daughter, Lynn Svenningsen, Gardiner, N.Y.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Dr. Chapman was an assistant surgeon general - rear admiral for the U.S. Public Health Service and was a regional medical director for regions 1 of N.Y. and 3 in Washington D.C. He retired as chief of the Bureau of Special Health Services and has been regarded as a pioneer in modern public health service.

He was recognized by Academy of Arts and Sciences and received an Oscar for his film "So Much for So Little," regarding local health services. Most recently he had been chief of the Bureau of Planing, Evaluation and Research for the Commonwealth of Penna.

He was a graduate of Cornell University, the Long Island College of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University and Diplomate National Board of Medical Examiners.

He was a member of the AMA. He was also a member of Nu Sigma Nu and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternities and the Cosmos Club of Washington D.C. He was a member of the Camp Hill United Methodist Church, and a former member of the West Shore Country Club.

Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at the Neill Funeral Home, Camp Hill. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Shinnston Cemetery with graveside services at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Gladys W. McCoy

PINE GROVE -- Gladys W. "Betty" McCoy, 79, of Jacksonburg died Sunday, March 12, 2000, at the Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville.

She was the daughter of the late Leonard E. and Lucy L. Richmond Wildman.

Her husband, Theadore "Ted" McCoy, preceded her in death Jan. 4, 1984.

Surviving are one son, Ronald E. McCoy, New Martinsville; one brother, Bob Wildman, Pine Grove; one sister, Mary L. McCoy, Pine Grove; five grandchildren, Tammy Clayton, Holly Headley and Jerry L. McCoy Jr., all of Pine Grove, Ronald E. McCoy Jr. and Elizabeth Melott, both of New Martinsville; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Leonard and Jerry L. McCoy; two brothers, Clarence and Lee Wildman; and two sisters, Opal King and Audra Titus.

Mrs. McCoy attended the Christian Church in Pine Grove.

Friends will be received from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday at Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Interment will be at Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Pine Grove.

James Joseph Nicholson

CLARKSBURG -- James Joseph Nicholson, 85, 1322 North 17th St., Clarksburg died at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2000 at his residence.

He was born April 3, 1914, in Orlando, a son of the late Phillip S. Nicholson and Hallie B. Riffle Nicholson.

His wife, Tensie M. Squires Nicholson, whom he married Aug. 17, 1946, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, James J. and Jackie Nicholson II, Chino Hills, Calif., Phillip W. "Flip" and Becky Nicholson, Mt. Clare; two daughters and sons-in-law, Judith C. and Budge Mayse Jr., Clarksburg, and Shelia J. and Carl Loy, Mount Clare; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Steele, Paul and Bruce Nicholson, and one sister, Vera Shultz.

Mr. Nicholson was a member of Barnes Memorial Baptist Church, and he was a member of the Lake Floyd Golf Club and Clarksburg Lodge No. 52, Loyal Order of Moose.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a purple heart recipient. He was a retired employee of Continental Can Corporation.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. Brent Sturm, O.S.L. presiding. Entombment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens mausoleum. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Honor Guard will conduct military burial rites.

Donald Wayne Prestage

CLARKSBURG -- Donald Wayne Prestage, 36, of 175 Lunetta St., Clarksburg was pronounced dead on arrival Sunday, March 5, 2000, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Aug. 1, 1963, in Greenwood, Miss., a son of Wilma J. Perry Prestage and the late James Allen Prestage.

His wife, Christina Nobles Prestage, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Amanda and Angela, both at home; two brothers, Daniel and David Prestage, both of Louisiana; one sister, Diana Wall, Clarksdale, Miss.

Mr. Prestage was a Baptist by faith.

Friends will be received at the McGlumphy Funeral Home chapel from 10-11 a.m. today at which time a memorial service will be held in the McGlumphy Church chapel with Rev. Dr. Eric M. Faust officiating.

Thomas Oliver Purkey

PHILIPPI -- Thomas Oliver Purkey, 59, of Volga, formerly of Morgantown died at 2:08 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2000 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born May 9, 1940, at Galloway, a son of the late Oliver O. Purkey and Geneva Glendening Purkey of Philippi.

His wife, the former Chelya "Shelly" Wilson Purkey of Volga, whom he married Sept. 9, 1961, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Melissa J. Purkey, Lost Creek; one son and daughter-in-law, Brian T. and Deborah "GG" Purkey, Morgantown; one sister, Mrs. Kenneth (Nancey) Chambers, Greensboro, N.C.; and one granddaughter, Lauren Purkey, Morgantown.

Mr. Purkey was a professional civil engineer. He retired in April, 1994, from Monongalia County Soil Conservation Service.

Friends will be received at the Wright Funeral Home, 216 North Walnut Street, Philippi from 7-9 p.m. today and Tuesday. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Terry Fairbanks officiating. Interment will follow in the Mount Vernon Memorial Cemetery.

John Douglas Shields

ELKINS -- John Douglas Shields, 70, of 100 Sunset Dr., Elkins died at 10:45 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2000, at his home. He had been in declining health for the past seven years and death was attributed to cancer.

He was born Aug. 15, 1929, at Martinsburg, a son of the late John D. and Lillian Brown Shields.

His wife, the former Marguerite M. Miller, whom he married Oct. 3, 1952, at Martinsburg survives.

Also surviving are three sons, David E. Shields, Elkins, Brian L. Shields, Richmond, Va., and Christopher L. Shields, Elkins; one sister, Alma Shields Miller, Martinsburg; and four grandchildren, Brooke and Elliott Shields, Elkins and Ethan and Keegan Shields, Richmond.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Scott D. Shields.

Mr. Shields attended the schools of Martinsburg. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean conflict. He had worked as the commercial manager for the C&P Telephone Company, retiring in 1985 with 33 years of service.

He was a member of the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce, the Elkins Rotary Club, the Randolph County United Way, the Elkins Lodge No. 1135, B.P.O.E., the Elkins Lodge No. 108, A.F. and A.M. and the Elkins High School Boosters.

He was a past president of the Mountain State Forest Festival, served on the board of directors of the Appalachian Community Health Care Center and the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he had served on the Administrative Board.

Friends will be received at the Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. today. Final rites will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Basil A. Hensley officiating. Interment will follow at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens at Gilman where the H.W. Daniel's Post No. 29, American Legion, will present the American flag.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of contributions to the First United Methodist Church, 315 Kerens Ave., Elkins, WV 26241, the Elkins Randolph County YMCA, 400 Davis Ave., Elkins, WV 26241 or to the Elkins Randolph County Public Library, 416 Davis St., Elkins, WV 26241.

Charles W. Smith Jr.

REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio -- Charles W. "Bill" Smith Jr., 65, of Reynoldsburg died Saturday, March 11, 2000.

He was born March 23, 1934, in Clarksburg.

His wife of 42 years, Martha Alexander, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia D. and Alan Moulvi; one son, William C. Smith; and two grandchildren, Alex and Kaelyn Moulvi.

Mr. Smith graduated in 1952 from Victory High School and graduated in 1957 with a bachelors in aeronautical engineering from West Virginia University.

He retired from Rockwell International Corporation in 1989 after 32 years with the company in Columbus, Ohio as an engineering supervisor. He worked on military aircraft, missiles and the space shuttle.

He was a Boy Scouts of America scoutmaster and explorer advisor for 20 years with troop. No. 326. He was bestowed the Saint George Scouting Award. He was also a member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church for 35 years.

His family will receive friends at the Colner Funeral Home, 7369 East Main Street, Reynoldsburg from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. His funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Saint Plus X Catholic Church, 1051 South Waggoner Rd., Reynoldsburg. Interment will be at Saint Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, 1901 East Dublin-Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43229.

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