|Obituaries for March 18, 2000
FLEMINGTON -- William F. Burton, 77, of Flemington, died Thursday morning, March 16, 2000, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.
He was born Sept. 22, 1922, in Flemington, a son of the late F. Howard and Bonnie L. Batson Burton.
His wife, Elnora Nicholson Burton, whom he married July 21, 1945, survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Linda Burton, Route 1, Flemington; one son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Jane Burton, Shady Side, Ohio; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, James II and Betty Burton, Buena Park, Calif., J. Thomas and Jean Burton, Flemington, and Lawson E. Burton, Flemington; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and Philip Campbell, Pennsicola, Fla., Mary and William Heimbaugh, Akron, Ohio and Mrs. Jo Ann and James Edwards, Uniontown, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Greg, Eric, Daniel, Art, Cassic, Beth and Ron; 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Roberta Yeatman.
Mr. Burton was a member of the Flemington United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired from the J.J. Coal, Morgantown, with 40 years of service.
He was owner and operator of the Burton's Run Repair Shop, Flemington, for 40 years. He had lived in the Flemington community all his life.
WESTON -- Infant Autumn Faith Conrad, 2, of 247 Center Ave., Weston, died at 12:15 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2000, in Charleston Area Medical Center, Women and Children Division in Charleston, following an extended illness.
She was born on March 9, 1998, in Weston, a daughter of Lloyd G. Conrad and Angela L. Michael Conrad, who survive in Weston.
Also surviving are maternal grandparents, Charles and Betty Michael, Weston; paternal grandparents, Kaye Conrad and Howard Sumpter, Sand Fork; maternal great-grandmother, Opal Painter, Ellamore; paternal great-grandfather, Duffy Bush, Glenville; two half brothers, Austin J. Conrad and Jeffrey S. Conrad, both of Gilmer County; three uncles, Steve Michael, Weston, Robert Michael, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Lloyd C. Conrad, Charleston; two aunts, Sheri Michael, Weston, and Kristen Jenkins, Columbus, Ohio; nine great-aunts, six great-uncles and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, Elva R. Wine, Ressie V. Wine Wells and William L. Michael; and by her paternal great-grandmother, Betty J. Bush.
In November 1999, Autumn was baptized at and was a member of Saint Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston. She turned two on last Thursday. She enjoyed playing with Barney and Pooh toys. Her favorite television show was the Rosie O'Donnell Show; and her favorite music was "Angels Among Us," by Alabama and "Jesus Loves Me."
Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, from 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday from Saint Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston with the Rev. Dr. Joseph Shreve officiating. The body will lie in state on Monday at Saint Matthew United Methodist Church from 9-10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Talbott Cemetery in Randolph County.
SALEM -- Delphia G. Davis, 86, of Smithburg, died at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2000, following an extended illness.
She was born Jan. 18, 1914, at Falling Rock, Clay County, a daughter of the late Charles F. and Gertrude Woody Bowe.
Her husband, Dorsey A. Davis, preceded her in death Nov. 22, 1995.
Surviving are one son, Charles M. Taylor, Charleston; one daughter, Gertrude Dotson, Charleston; four brothers, Virgil W. Bowe, Herman A. Bowe, and Harry W. Bowe, all of Charleston and Frank Bowe, Saint Mary's; one sister, Fonda M. White, Charleston; three grandchildren, Greg Dotson, Charles Dotson and Michele Cottrell; and three great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Brady E. Bowe, two infant brothers and one granddaughter, Sherrie S. Lowrey.
She was a member of the Black Lick Baptist Church and attended the Morgans Run United Brethren Church.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Bloomers Homemakers Club of West Union.
Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem Chapel, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Monday with Rev. Haymond Plaugher presiding. Interment will be in the Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, near Cross Lanes, Kanawha County.
PARSONS -- Edna Pearl Davis, 83, of the Bull Run Community, Saint George, died at 4:20 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2000, at the Davis Memorial Hospital at Elkins. She had been in her usual health and death was attributed to complications due to surgery three weeks ago.
She was born March 19, 1916, at Bull Run, Saint George, a daughter of the late Sampson and Etta M. Fitzwater Nestor.
Her husband, Harry F. Davis, whom she married Oct. 1939, preceded her in death Feb. 1976.
Surviving are one sister, Dora Cross, a patient at the Cortland Acres Nursing Home, Thomas, and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Gary L. "Peaser" Davis; six brothers, Porter, Sam, Staley, Marvin, Artie "Bud" Davis; one infant brother and one infant grandchild.
She attended the one-room No. nine school at Bull Run. She was retired from the former Parsons Nursery with 13 years of service. She attended the Sycamore Grove Church at Bull Run.
BUCKHANNON -- Martha Lucille "Marti" Eskew, 44, of Adrian, died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at Adrian.
She was born Sept. 6, 1955, at Upshur County, a daughter of the late Omer D. Eskew and Millie L. Douglas Eskew.
Surviving are nine brothers and sisters, Juanita Howes, Helvetia, Evelyn McDaniels, Warren, Ohio, Jeanette Eskew-Lamb, Hodgesville, Heather Huff, Boyds, Md., Gabriel Eskew, Gerard, Ill, Hazel Kreh, Madison, Va., Lee Sherman, Fort Pierce, Fla., Linda Eskew-Westfall and Cheryl Marteney, both of Buckhannon; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Lyle Eskew, and one sister, Phyllis Cutright.
Ms. Eskew was a Methodist by faith. She enjoyed music, sports, the outdoors and being with children, family and friends.
PENNSBORO -- Mary Jo Jackson, 75, of 204 Chevront Ave., West Union, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at Morgantown.
She was born April 27, 1924, in Summersville, a daughter of the late Clarence and Florence Grose McMillion.
Her husband, Raymond V. Jackson, whom she married in 1945, survives.
Also surviving are four sons, Jim Jackson, Columbus, Ohio, Larry Jackson, Parkersburg, Vance Jackson, West Union, and Denzil Hawkinberry, Morgantown; four daughters, Saundra Swisher, Parkersburg, June Jackson and Marie Jackson, both of West Union, and Tiwana Hawkinberry, Atlanta, Ga.; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Blair and Brad McMillion, and two sisters, Rose Gumbert and Beryl Wiseman.
Mrs. Jackson had been employed as a waitress at the former Pullman Lunch at West Union and at the former Salem Glass Company of Salem.
She was Methodist, a homemaker and a graduate of Nicolas County High School.
Friends may call at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, after 4 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Sunday. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, from the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Gene Kerby officiating. Burial will be in the Randolph Cemetery at the request of Mrs. Jackson in West Union.
BRIDGEPORT -- Colton Michael Longwell, infant son of Rick and Jeanette Longwell of Stonewood, died Thursday, March 16, 2000.
Also surviving are his maternal grandparents, Chuck and Margaret Rexrode, Stonewood; his paternal grandparents, Gail Light, Shinnston, and Ron Longwell, Farmington; and three siblings, Devin M., Sierra J. and Mackenzie J. Longwell.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, with the Rev. Chuck Madaus officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
CLARKSBURG -- William Lathaniel Powell, 61, of Kramer Drive, Clarksburg, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.
He was born July 17, 1938, in Lyons, Ga., a son of the late Silas and Lenora Cox Powell.
His wife, Myrna G. Massey Powell, whom he married Sept. 30, 1955, survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Gary (Lisa) Maki, Bridgeport; four grandchildren, Joshua K. Powell, Clarksburg, Erin N. Abner, Mary K. Abner and Emily M. Maki, all of Bridgeport; two sisters, Mrs. Herbert Lindsey, Auburndale, Fla., and Mrs. A.C. (Lelia) Carter, Seale, Ala.; and one brother, Harold Powell, Pittsview, Ala.
He was also preceded in death by one son, William K. Powell; three brothers, Andrew, Milton and Remer Powell; and one sister, Mrs. Joseph (Irene) Wise.
Mr. Powell was a retired auto parts sales representative with Owenby Auto Parts in Lakeland, Fla. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was a member of the First of Lake Garfield, Florida, where he was also a Deacon.
Friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike Street, from 7-9 p.m. Sunday. His body will be taken to the Freedom Southern Baptist Church to lie in state one hour prior to the service which is to be held at 1 p.m. Monday with Rev. Michael Brown officiating and Rev. Jim Sanders assisting. Interment will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery where full military graveside rites will be conducted.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the People's Hospice, P.O. Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV 26302-1680.
CLARKSBURG -- Edmund C. Schmidt, 85, of Route 1, Pennsboro, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, as a result of an automobile accident.
He was born March 15, 1915, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Paul G. and Henrietta G. Nutter Schmidt.
His wife, Lois Coffman Schmidt, survives.
Also surviving are one son, Richard Schmidt, Florida; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Francis Schmidt, Clarksburg.
He was also preceded in death by one son, Dr. James L. Schmidt and two brothers, Bernard L. and Richard Schmidt.
Mr. Schmidt was a member of the Harrisville Baptist Church and was a retired window glass cutter from Roland and Fourco Glass Company.
Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday with Rev. Robert G. Perine of the Harrisville Baptist Church officiating. Interment will be in Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.
SHINNSTON -- Mary Evelyn Shingleton, 81, a lifelong resident of Spelter and a current resident of the Sassafras Hills Apartments, Shinnston, died at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2000, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.
She was born Nov. 13, 1918, in Harrison County, a daughter of the late John N. and Bessie P. Wadsworth Dodd.
Her husband, Joseph "Joe" Shingleton, preceded her in death in 1978.
Surviving are four sons, John Snyder, Glen Falls, David Shingleton, Neil Shingleton, both of Buckhannon, and Jack Shingleton, Nutter Fort; one daughter, Mrs. William (Sharon) Stutler, Shinnston; 17 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Orman Shingleton; one brother, Glenn Dodd; and one sister, Madeline Gainer.
Mrs. Shingleton was a cook at the Saint Mary's Hospital, Clarksburg, and retired from United Hospital Center with 10 years of service.
She was a member of the Shinnston Nutrition Center and had worked many years at the Spelter Polling Precinct. She was a member of the Ziesing United Methodist Church.
Friends may call at the Dorsey Home in Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. Sunday, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with Pastor Robert Shingleton officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio -- Charles W. "Bill" Smith Jr., 65, of Reynoldsburg, died Saturday, March 11, 2000.
He was born March 23, 1934, in Clarksburg, a son of Rose Mary Joseph Smith, Clarksburg, and the late Charles Smith Sr.
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 bachelor's degree 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.
CLARKSBURG -- Helen Torjak, 84, formerly of Tibbs Avenue, Clarksburg, died at 4:09 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at Sunbridge Nursing Home, Salem, following an extended illness.
She was born Sept. 12, 1915, at Wendel, a daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret TaKacs Kurucz.
Her husband, Alex Torjak, preceded her in death on Aug. 6, 1999.
Surviving are one daughter, Julia Kieffer, Viera, Fla.; three sons, Edward Torjak, Clarksburg, Joseph Torjak, Palm Springs, Fla., and Michael Torjak, Austin, Texas; two sisters, Margaret Morris, Rosemont, and Edith Thomas, Cantonsville, Md., 11 grandchildren, Bill, Jim, Emma, Joey, Jimmy, Michael, David, Suzanne, Pam, Tricia and Tim; and four great-grandchildren, Samantha J. Bacco, Jordan Stonestreet, Alexander C. Stoll and Mathew Stoll.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Thomas Torjak; four sisters, Elizabeth Takacs, Mary Seech, Julia Manley and Anna Sawyer; and five brothers, Joe, John, Steve, Andy and Alex Kurucz.
Mrs. Torjak was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Our Savior on East Pike Street in Clarksburg. Her parents immigrated from Hungary in the early 1900s.
Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m today, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with Rev. Dr. Eric Milton Faust presiding. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
CLARKSBURG -- Flora Moody Workman, 89, of 219 Maple Ave., Stonewood, died at 2:35 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2000, in United Hospital Center following an illness of two months.
She was born June 22, 1910, in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Lloyd and Olive Heater Moody.
Her husband, Auva C. Workman, whom she married April 9, 1933, preceded her in death April 16, 1983.
Surviving are one son, Ronnie C. Workman, Fort Worth, Texas; three daughters, Shirley Burrows, Front Royal, Va., Verna George, Transfer, Pa. and Nancy Gallo, Clarksburg; one brother, Brooks Moody, Weston; and three sisters, Dora Barker, Mary Chappell and Garnet McKinney, all of Ohio; eleven grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Betty Palas.
Mrs. Workman attended the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Stonewood. She was a homemaker.
Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, where a funeral service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday with Pastor Fred Brown conducting. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 441 Hazelwood Ave., Stonewood, WV 26301.
CLARKSBURG -- Margurite Ruth Zekeres, 80, of Route 1, Lost Creek, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.
She was born June 26, 1919, in North View.
Her husband, Joseph Zekeres, survives.
Also surviving are one nephew, Robert Mikes, North View, and several great-nieces and nephews.
There will be no public visitation. At the request of Mrs. Zekeres, she was cremated. A service of remembrance will be held at the convenience of the family.