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Obituaries for Sunday, December 17, 2000

William H. Bever

CLARKSBURG -- William H. Bever, 90, of Preston Street, Clarksburg, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

He was born Sept. 17, 1910, in West Union, a son of the late Otto Bever.

His wife, Rosemary McCandless Bever, whom he married in 1932, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Roy Bever, Columbus, Ohio; two grandchildren, Brett Bever and Shana Conti; three great-grandchildren, Rachel, Hannah and Julia Conti; and one brother, Hubert Bever, Elkins.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Donald Bever; and five sisters.

Mr. Bever was a member of the Hermon Lodge No. 6 A.F. and A.M. Knights Templar, the Clarksburg Kiwanis, and the First United Methodist Church.

He was a retired secretary/treasurer with James & Law Co. with over 50 years of service. He formerly served on the board of directors at James & Law.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, from 7-9 p.m. today where the funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Craig Michael officiating. Interment will be in the Elkview Masonic Cemetery where Masonic graveside rites will be conducted by the Hermon Lodge No. 6 A.F. and A.M.

Robert Lee Brannon

GLENVILLE -- Robert Lee Brannon, 65, of Glenville, died at 6:55 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2000, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following a brief illness.

He was born Feb. 10, 1935, in Gilmer County, a son of the late Herbert and Elva Turner Brannon.

Surviving are three daughters, Karen Kirby, Big Spring, Shelia Hardman, Daytona Beach, and Evalena Brannon, one son, Robert Lee Brannon Jr., two brothers, Jack Brannon, all of Glenville, and Andrew Brannon, West Laufette, Fla.; two sisters, Emma Scott, Frankford, Ind., and Rose Mary Robert, Parkersburg.

Mr. Brannon was a Protestant by faith. He was retired.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville, with the Rev. Gary Richmond officiating. Burial will follow in the Brannon Cemetery, Glenville.

Ebbie Evans Burk

GLENVILLE -- Ebbie Evans Burk, 98, of Sutton, died at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2000, at Nicholas County Health Care Nursing Home, Richwood, following a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 11, 1902, in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Hugh and Mary Fincham Evans.

Her husband, Lester Doyle Burk, whom she married Sept. 26, 1922, preceded her in death on June 12, 1981.

Surviving are three grandchildren, Barbara Jean Burk Behanna, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Robert Scott Burk, Kenashia, Wis., and Jacquelyne Fredrick, Highland, N.Y.; and two great-grandchildren, Jack Fredrick and Ryan Burk.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Jack L. Burk on June 10, 1989.

Mrs. Burk was a homemaker. She was a member of the Burk United Methodist Church.

Friends may call at 1 p.m. Monday at the Ellyson Mortuary, Glenville. The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Ron McCord officiating. Burial will follow in the Stalnaker Cemetery.

Dorsey E. Cole

PARKERSBURG -- Dorsey E. Cole, 71, of Bickel Estates, Parkersburg, died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2000, at his residence.

He was born in Philippi, a son of the late Dorsey W. and Rosa M. Auvil Cole.

His wife, Mary Ellen Boggs Cole, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Deborah A. Cole Currie, Tampa, Fla.; one son and daughter-in-law, Steven L. and Lonna Cole, Williamsburg, Va.; three grandchildren, Keith P. Currie and wife, Kathryn, and Jennifer A. Currie, all of Lansing, Mich., and Sydney J. Cole, Williamsburg; one great-grandson, Keenan A. Currie, Lansing; one sister, Olive Belle Cole Fidler, Parkersburg; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James A. and Mildred Cole, Clarksburg, and Kenneth Howard and Noreen Cole, Oskeloosa, Kan.; one brother-in-law, Arthur L. Boggs and wife, Delores, St. Marys; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Cole was a Baptist. He was a retired lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force after 28 years.

He was a 1945 graduate of Grafton High School and a 1949 graduate of West Virginia University.

The funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 8, at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg, with Pastor John W. Strimer officiating. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Housecalls/Hospice, 808 Division St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.

John Willard Creed

PHILIPPI -- John Willard Creed, 75, of 224 South Main Street, Philippi, died at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2000, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Dec. 26, 1924, at Anawalt, a son of the late Early Wayne and Stella Victoria Leftwich Creed.

His wife, the former Eleanor Joan Smith, whom he married April 9, 1947, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Judy Lynn and "Ted" White, Fuquay Varina, N.C.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Glen W. Creed, Morgantown, and Neil S. and Carla Creed, Volga; two brothers, Elbert Wilson Creed, Briston, Tenn., and Kermit William Creed, St. Mary's, Ga.; three sisters, Catherine Virginia Spriggs and Mary Ann Baker, both of Kernersville, N.C., and Edna Lee Cadiz, Glendale, Ariz.; eight grandchildren, John Warrick Creed, Angelynn Michelle Creed, Evan Taylor White, Jeremy Creed White, Nolan Sheppard White, Ashley Nicole Creed, Kelly Jo Creed and Mrs. Jeremy (Christy) Mace Burner; and three great-grandchildren, Kayla Michelle Creed, Michael Creed and Rosa Creed.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Ralph Wayne Creed.

Mr. Creed was a 1942 graduate of Big Creek High School at War. In January of 1950 he received a bachelor of science, engineering of mines and a petroleum option degree from West Virginia University.

He served 43 months in the U.S. Navy during World War II which included seven invasions in the Pacific as a Boatswain's mate.

He was a sales engineer before becoming self-employed in Creed Oil Co. More recently he was a licensed securities salesman and operated Creed Enterprises which included rental property.

He was a member of the Philippi Presbyterian Church where he served as elder. He was a member of the Bigelow Lodge No. 52 A.F. and A.M. of Philippi, Scottish Rite, Valley of Detroit, Moselem Temple, Detroit, Mich., Chapter No. 41 Order of Eastern Star, life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post No. 44, life member of WVU Association and WVU Emeritus Club, Barbour County Historical Society, associate member of West Virginia Association of retired school employees, associate member of Barbour County Association, Retired School Employees, Barbour Country Club and former member and officer of Philippi Kiwanis Club.

Friends will be received at the Wright Funeral Home, 216 North Walnut St., Philippi, after 7 p.m. today. The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Daniel Unger and the Rev. Dr. David Bower officiating. Interment will follow in the Mount Vernon Memorial Cemetery with Bigelow Lodge No. 52 A.F. and A.M. conducting graveside rites. Full military rites will be accorded.

Memorial donations may be made to the Philippi Presbyterian Church.

Cecil B. Fleming

ST. MARYS -- Cecil B. Fleming, 84, of Route 2, St. Marys, died Friday, Dec. 15, 2000, at the St. Joseph Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born Feb. 28, 1916, at St. Marys, a son of the late Thomas E. and Caroline L. McFarland Fleming.

His wife of 62 years, Genevieve Brown Fleming, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Sharon Fleming, Metamora, Mich.; two grandchildren, Sherri Lynn Branson, Centerville, Ohio, and Travis Wayne Fleming, Weslin, Mich.; one great-grandson, Trenton Mark Brands, Centerville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Hazel Smith; three brothers, Ronald Fleming, Eddie Fleming and Glen Fleming; three stepsisters, Emma Williamson, Hattie Cunningham and Mollie Wagner; and one stepbrother, Rosmond Satterfield.

Mr. Fleming was a 1934 graduate of St. Marys High School, and a 1936 graduate of Mountain State Business College, Parkersburg. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

He and his wife lived in Clarksburg, where he worked as senior shipping clerk for the Matthiessen & Hegeler Zinc Co. and later as shipping clerk for United Aircraft.

He was a 50 year member of Herman Lodge No. 6 A.F. and A.M. in Clarksburg, and was a member of the Adamston United Methodist Church. He and his wife moved back to St. Marys in 1979.

Calling hours are from 7-9 p.m. today at the Ruttencutter-Ingram Funeral Home, St. Marys. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. James F. Kelly officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Good Hope Masonic Cemetery, Good Hope.

Charles H. 'Charlie' Lattea

SALEM -- Charles H. "Charlie" Lattea, 70, of Bristol, died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000.

He was born Sept. 6, 1930, at Coldwater, Doddridge County, a son of the late Pete and Bertha "Alta" Lattea.

His wife, Dorothy Chipps Lattea, of Bristol, survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Rocky "Vicki" Zannino, Quiet Dell, Mrs. Clifford (Laura) Cleavenger, Bristol, and Mrs. Darryl (Charlene) Crutchfield, Meadowbrook; two sons, Charles "Andy" Lattea and wife, Brenda, Wiseman Run, and Greg Lattea, North Carolina; three brothers, James and Boyd Lattea, East View, and Junior Lattea, four sisters, Mary Lamb, Neddie Davis and Betty Adams, all of Salem, and Helen Davis, Buckhannon; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Daniel Wayne Lattea; and six brothers and sisters.

Mr. Lattea was retired from Glaspell Lumber Co. after working many years in the timber and logging business as owner and operator of Lattea Logging.

He was Baptist by faith.

Theresa E. Rahl

BUCKHANNON -- Theresa E. Rahl, 83, of Buckhannon, where she made her home with her niece, Kathy Sumner, formerly of New York, N.Y., died Friday, Dec. 15, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

She was born July 28, 1917, at New York, a daughter of the late Matthew Rahl and Elizabeth Costello Rahl.

Surviving are one niece, Kathy Sumner, and three great-nieces, Kristine, Lisa and Jessica Sumner, all of Buckhannon.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

Mrs. Rahl was a member of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, New York.

She was a retired assistant editor of Bell Newspaper Syndicate, New York.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Tomblyn Whitescarver Funeral Chapel, Buckhannon, is in charge of the arrangements.

Judith E. "Judy" Singleton

SHINNSTON -- Judith E. "Judy" Singleton, 57, of Route 4, Clarksburg, died at 4:05 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born June 29, 1943, in Clarksburg, a daughter of Kathleen Kay Robinson Kawskay of Spelter, and the late John F. Hannah.

Her husband of 25 years, Charles C. Singleton, whom she married Feb. 9, 1974, survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Greg Hannah, Spelter, Sheldon Shingleton, Lumberport, and Charlie C. Singleton, Indiana; four foster children, Jimmy, Margaret and Connie Greaver, all at home, and Robbie Greaver, Romney; two grandchildren, Kara Hannah and Kayla Hannah; one stepbrother, Mike Kawskay, Ohio; and two stepsisters, Mary Phillips, Lamberts Run, and Donna Rector, Florida.

She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Stanley Kawskay.

Mrs. Singleton worked as a nurses aid at the Untied Hospital Center and at various other health care facilities.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 5-9 p.m. Monday where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will be in the Lumberport Lions Club Cemetery.

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