|Obituaries for March 19, 2000
PARSONS -- Burley Richard Bohon, 77, of Second Street, Parsons, died at 8:30 a.m., Friday, March 17, 2000, at the Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown. He had been in his usual health and death was attributed to complications due to bypass surgery.
He was born Feb. 13, 1923, at Location community, Saint George, a son of the late Obie F. and Bonnie M. Dumire Bohon.
His wife, the former Atha Ray Shaffer, whom he married May 4, 1946, preceded him in death June 26, 1995.
Surviving are one son, John C. Bohon, Fairmont; one daughter, Mrs. John "Luanna" Bava, Hendricks; one brother, Calvin Van Bohon, North Carolina; one sister, Naomi Close, Kingwood; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Vancine R. Buchanan; one sister, Beulah Wiles; and one granddaughter, JoEllen.
Mr. Bohon was a graduate of Parsons High School with the class of 1942. He was a disabled veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.
He was an employee of the former Western Maryland Railroad and retired in 1985 from the Lambert Chevrolet Company of Parsons after 35 years of service.
He was a member of the Tucker County Senior Center and attended the First United Methodist Church.
Friends will be received at the Barb and Greenlief Funeral Home from 6-9 p.m. Monday. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home parlor at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Interment will follow at the Bethel Cemetery at Holly Meadows.
SUTTON -- Leonard A. Brown, 94, of Tallmadge, Ohio, formerly of Sutton, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at the Akron City Hospital, Akron, Ohio, after a long illness.
He was born March 14, 1906, in Braxton County, a son of the late James and Amanda E. Martin Brown.
His wife, Emza M. Brown, preceded him in death in 1993.
Surviving are two sons, Lowell Ralph and wife, Jacque, Florida, and Glenn and wife, Esta M. Brown, Sutton; two daughters, Jean and husband, J.W. Pierson, Green, Ohio, and Shon and husband, Duran Hoover, Akron; six grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Brown was a farmer and attended the Keeners Ridge Community Church.
Friends may call at the Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, from 6-9 p.m Monday. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Joseph Truman officiating. Burial will be in the Walker Cemetery, near Birch River.
WEST UNION -- Louis E. Hall, 81, of Cottage Avenue, West Union, died at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2000, at the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, following an extended illness.
He was born Dec. 6, 1918, at Blandville, a son of the late Martin and Sarah B. Rodgers Hall.
His wife, Maxine Hall, whom he married Aug. 7, 1945, survives.
Also surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Sterling "Lola" Simonton, Parkersburg, Mrs. Scott "Brenda" Cochran, Jarvisville, Mrs. Craig "Beth" Kellar, West Union, and Mrs. Victor "Pam" Stinespring, Greenwood; two sons and wives, Robert and Cheryl Hall and Doug and Joyce Hall, all of West Union; two brothers, Harry Hall, Clarksville, Ohio, and William "Bill" Hall, West Union; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Martin Hall and two sisters, Martha Hall and Mary J. Townsend.
Mr. Hall was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving as a staff sergeant in the Aleutian Islands. He retired in 1983 after 37 years of services as a mechanic of various garages in West Union, with the last 10 years as owner and operator of Halls garage.
He had formerly served on the town council for seven terms. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3408 of West Union, a former member of the Doddridge County Lions Club and the Democratic Executive Committee.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed gardening and horticulture.
Family will receive friends at the Spurgeon Funeral Home, West Union, from 1-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Mark Wood officiating.
Burial will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park.
PENNSBORO -- Guy R. Ireland, 85, of White Oak Community, near Pullman in Ritchie County, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Parkersburg.
He was born Nov. 3, 1914, at Pullman, a son of the late William P. and Laura M. Pritchard Ireland.
His wife of 60 years, Albert Kelley Ireland, survives.
Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Lynwood K. "Woody" and Karen Ireland; one daughter and son-in-law, Sheila D. and Ray Cunningham; one brother, Owen V. Ireland, Middletown, Ohio; one sister, Helen L. Richard, Pennsboro; four grandchildren, Allen Cunningham, Greenville, S.C., Michelle Harshbarger and husband, Jason, Akron, Ohio, Heather Molessa and husband, Todd, Harrisville, and Bryan Ireland and wife, Rhonda, White Oak Community, Pullman.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Clyde C. Ireland, Herbert O. Ireland, Dr. Hosea D. Ireland, and William P. Ireland Jr.; one sister, Alta M. Brohard; and one grandson, Matthew T. Ireland.
Mr. Ireland was a retired employee of the Union Carbide Corporation at Clarksburg with 34 years of service. He retired Feb. 1, 1977, as statistician for the Quality Control Engineering Department.
He began his education in a one room school on Upper White Oak and graduated from Pullman High School with the class of 1932. He then attended Fairmont State College for training to be a teacher of math and chemistry. By attending classes during the winter and summer months he was permitted to graduate in 1935 with an A.B. degree. He later attended the Bowling Green State University of Bowling Green, Ky., and received a degree in accounting in 1940. He also taught school in Ritchie County at Pullman High School from 1935 to 1939 and later at Cairo High School, Cairo.
He entered the military service with the U.S. Army on Aug. 5, 1943, and participated in two invasions during his military career, Anzio, Italy, and Southern France, both in 1944. Upon the surrender to Germany, He was assigned to the Information and Education branch of the military, stationed at Rome, Italy and was discharged Dec. 2, 1945.
He was former president of the Ritchie County Board of Education, former president of the Ritchie County Farm Bureau, a member of the Harris-Ritchie Post No. 3554 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars with a life membership.
He was also a member of the South Fork Grange at Berea and a member for many years of the White Oak United Methodist Church where he was the lay leader, Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent. He enjoyed the music of the church and many of the old hymns.
Friends may call at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, after 6:30 p.m. today and from 1-9 p.m. Monday. There will be no visitation or viewing on Tuesday, the day of the service. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday from the White Oak United Methodist Church, with Rev. Harlan Hodge, Pastor Don Blankenship and Rev. Bill Jemison officiating. Burial will be in the Ireland Family Cemetery, White Oak.
In lieu of floral rememberances, memorails may be made to the White Oak Cemetery Fund, c/o Lynwood K. Ireland, Rt. 1, Box 29, Pullman, WV 26421.
PINE GROVE -- Joseph M. Lemasters, 70, of Smithfield, died Friday, March 17, 2000, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.
He was a son of the late Bert Lemasters and Adaline Tucker Lemasters Denton.
His wife, Glenna Liggett McDougal, survives.
Also surviving are his stepmother, Thelma Lemasters, Fairmont; three sons, Gary McDougal, Wake Forest, N.C., Edward McDougal, Chester, and Billy McDougal, Hundred; two daughters, Bonita Brown, Raheway, N.J., and Kimberly Nestor, High Point, N.C.; three stepsons, Randal, Edgar and Ronnie McDougal, all of Smithfield; one stepdaughter, Robin Wise, New Freeport, Pa.; two brothers, William Lemasters, Fairmont, and David Lemasters, Uneeda; two sisters, Avis Glaze, Bloomington, Ind., and June Hennen, Blacksville; and 12 grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter and two brothers, Donald R. and Howard E. Lemasters.
Mr. Lemasters was a retired truck driver for Smith Trucking of Smithfield. He was a Methodist by faith.
Friends will be received from 2-9 p.m. today at Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment will be at Pricetown Cemetery, Pricetown.
Michael Aaron O'Brien Jr.
BELINGTON -- Michael Aaron O'Brien Jr., 72, of Audra Road, Route 1, Belington, died Saturday morning, March 18, 2000, at his home following and extended illness.
He was born May 29, 1927, on Audra Road, Belington, a son of the late Michael A. and Goldie Wilson O'Brien.
Survivors include one brother, Melville O'Brien, Belington and two sisters, Patricia Douglas, Vienna, and Sharon Stone, Bloomington, Ill.
Mr. O'Brien was retired from the shipping department of the Bendix Corporation, Townson, Md. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army.
Friends may call at the Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Chapel in Belington, from 7-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, when funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home chapel with Rev. Doyle N. Rider officiating. Interment will follow in the Lovett Chapel Cemetery.
William Allison "Buster" Saunders Jr.
CLARKSBURG -- William Allison "Buster" Saunders Jr., 51, of 503 Hornor Ave., Clarksburg, died at 6:15 a.m. Saturday, March 18, 2000, at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born Nov. 14, 1948, in Harrison County, a son of the late William A. Saunders Sr. and Beatrice Marguerite Triplett Saunders.
His wife, Roberta Root Saunders, survives.
Also surviving are one stepdaughter, Bernice Bliss, Brushy Fork; one stepson, David Mouser, Clarksburg; two brothers, Robert A. Saunders, Nutter Fort, and Gary Isaac Saunders, Quiet Dell; four sisters, Phyllis G. Torjak, Summit Park, Lynda F. Flanagan, South Carolina, Gail L. Cogar, Shinnston, and Maggie Harper, Gypsy; three step grandchildren, Zachary, Ryan and J.C. Bliss; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Emma J. Hamric and one brother, Larry Saunders.
Mr. Saunders was a U.S. Army veteran and had served one year, 11 months and 22 days during the Vietnam era. He was a member of Meuse Argonne Post 573, Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was an electrician and had been employed at UCAR for 24 years where he enjoyed a commendable comradeship with his fellow workers.
Friends may call at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Rev. Rodney Sandy presiding. Interment will be in West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown, where the American Legion, VFW and DAV Honor Guard will conduct military burial rites.
FRENCH CREEK -- Charles Bernard Van Horn, 77, of Route 2 French Creek, died at 1:45 p.m. Friday, March 17, 2000, at Saint Joseph Hospital.
He was born March 8, 1923, a son of the late William E. and Fairy M. Spaur Westfall and the late Hayward G. Westfall.
His wife, Mamie Lipps, preceded him in death June 27, 1998.
Surviving are four sons, Charles E. Van Horn, Robert E. Van Horn, David Lipps, all of Weston, and Larry Lipps, French Creek; three daughters, Janee Smith, Cathy Turner, both of Weston, and Linda Riegel, Buckhannon; one brother, James Van Horn, Jane Lew; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Harold Van Horn.
Mr. Van Horn had retired from Weston State Hospital where he had worked for 27 years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy.
Friends will be received at the Robert M. Vincent Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Monday with Rev. David Jessie officiating. Burial will follow in the family cemetery (Van Horn - Lipps). Full military graveside rites will be by chapter No. 36 DAV, French Creek.
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 Alice Conrad 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. today, 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.