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Obituaries for January 24, 2000

Kenneth A. Arbogast

PARSONS -- Kenneth Alan Arbogast, 68, of Donahue Street, Parsons, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2000, at his residence. He had been in his usual health and death was unexpected.

He was born Sept. 13, 1931, in Parsons, the son of the late Roscoe Clarence and Edith Tracy Shrader Arbogast.

Surviving are one nephew, Dennis K. Flanagan, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and several cousins.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Jean Flanagan and Katherine Elsie Wioddson.

Mr. Arbogast was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was a graduate of Parsons High School, West Virginia University with a degree in Forestry and a former employee of the U.S. Forest Service.

There will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Parsons City Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Parli officiating. Interment will follow.

Barb & Greenlief Funeral Home, Parsons, is in charge of the arrangements.

Reah V. Campbell

Reah V. Campbell, 72, of 221 Charleston Ave., Clarksburg, died at 4:42 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born June 19, 1927, in Harrison County, a daughter of the late Laco E. Reed and Bessie Nolan Reed Lucente.

Her husband, Truman W. Campbell, preceded her in death on Nov. 21, 1993.

Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, John W. Campbell, Morgantown, James T. and Peggy Campbell, West Milford, and Michael E. and Flo Campbell, Clarksburg; one sister, Maggie Waggoman, Clarksburg; one brother, Laco E. Reed, Virginia; four grandchildren, Melissa Campbell, West Milford, Angela Rose Campbell, Michael Campbell and Steven Campbell, all of Clarksburg; one aunt, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Alice Scott; and her stepfather, John Lucente.

Mrs. Campbell was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Our Savior, Clarksburg, the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion, Shinnston, and was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Edsil Bragg, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Our Savior, presiding. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

Paul A. Clayton

Paul A. Clayton, 79, of Milford Street, Clarksburg, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born Aug. 29, 1920, in Laura Lee, a son of the late Harry and Estella Ruble Clayton.

His wife of 58 years, Pauline Carpenter Clayton, whom he married on Jan. 22, 1942, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Douglas Ash, Bridgeport; one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Beth Clayton, Clarksburg; three grandchildren, David Alan Ash, Bridgeport, Shawna Lee and Cheyenne Nicole Clayton, both of Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by four sisters, Sylvia Johnson, Lelia McIntyre, Bonnie Bailey, and Edna Jones; and two brothers, Carl Clayton and Rex Clayton.

Mr. Clayton was a graduate of Victory High School with the Class of 1939, and a veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II. He retired from Union Carbide with 38 years of service and was a member of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union. He was a member and past commander of the Roy E. Parrish Post 13 of the American Legion and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of the Stealey United Methodist Church for over 40 years.

Friends will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 W. Pike St., Clarksburg, from 6-9 p.m. today and 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Susan Rector, of the Stealey United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery with full military graveside rites being conducted.

John W. 'Bill' Davis

PARSONS -- John William "Bill" Davis, 96, of Hambleton, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at his residence. He had been in declining health.

He was born April 19, 1903, in Elk community, Dry Fork, a son of the late William Key and Virginia Florence Harper Davis.

His wife, the former Ethel Vanscoy, whom she married on April 6, 1929, preceded him in death on Dec. 26, 1995.

Surviving are two sons, John Junior and Peggy Davis, Hambleton, and Denver Lee and Alicia Davis, El Paso, Texas; five daughters, Mrs. Clayton (Rosalea) Knotts, Mrs. Danny (Leah) Booth, Sharon Hinkle and Mrs. Homer (Eileen "Kaye") Carr, all of Hambleton, and Mrs. Billy (Elaine "Faye") Carr, Hendricks; 18 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Robert Lewis Davis; two infant daughters, Juanita and Patty Davis; two brothers, Lawrence and Gordon Davis; three sisters, Belva Miller, Olive Smith, and Beulah Cunningham; one infant granddaughter and one infant grandson.

Mr. Davis attended the Mill Run School at Dry Fork, was a Woodsman for the former Babcock Boom and Lumber Co., had worked with the W.P.A., a coal miner, had worked for the former Parsons Tannery for 19 years until its closing, the Kingsford Charcoal Co., the Hinchcliff Lumber Co. and retired from the U.S. Forest Service. He was Protestant and an avid outdoorsman.

Friends will be received at the Barb & Greenlief Funeral Home, Parsons, from 3-9 p.m. Tuesday. Final rites will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Eli Hostetler officiating. Interment will follow in the Bright's Chapel Cemetery at Dry Fork.

Charles 'Frank' Crites

BUCKHANNON -- Charles "Frank" Crites, 73, of Buckhannon, died at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

He was born March 1, 1926, in Buckhannon, the son of Gay W. Cutright Crites, Buckhannon, and the late Lester Crites.

His wife, Joyce V. Taylor, whom he married on Aug. 4, 1956, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Lynn Miller, Buckhannon; one son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Debora Crites, Kingsport, Tenn.; three grandsons, Michael Weaver and R. J. Crites, both of Buckhannon, and Eric Milburn, Kingsport; and two granddaughters, Lindsay Weaver, Buckhannon, and Lauren Crites, Kingsport.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Stella Crites.

Mr. Crites retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, attended the Tennerton United Methodist Church, and was a member of the Tennerton Lions Club and the West Virginia Draft Horse Association.

Friends will be received at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home, Buckhannon, from 2-8 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. William C. Eskew Jr. and the Rev. David Fisher officiating. Interment will follow in the Heavner Cemetery.

Frances M. Harbert

Frances Marion Harbert, 91, 140 S. Howard St., Clarksburg, died at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at Demyon's Golden Circle, Stonewood.

She was born July 27, 1908, in Grafton, a daughter of the late Charles and Vallie Goodwin Hawkins.

Her husband, Arnett E. Harbert, whom she married on April 5, 1930, preceded her in death on June 18, 1982.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and David Harding, 325 Milford Street; one grandson, David Edward Harding; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Charles Hawkins; and five sisters, Lucille Hawkins, Nellie Wolfe, Marie Moyer, Hazel Payne and Emma Jean Janus.

Mrs. Harbert was a Methodist and a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Steven E. Dorsey presiding. Interment will follow in the Flemington I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Jerl Heater

BUCKHANNON -- Jerl Heater, 78, of Buckhannon, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Selbyville, a son of the late Luther and Frances Daff Heater.

His wife, Helen Burr Heater, survives.

Also surviving are five sons, Edward, Ted, Gerald, Mark and Luther Heater, all of Buckhannon; four daughters, Wanda Alexander and Laura Lee, both of Vero Beach, Fla., Joyce Duke and Anita Gregory, both of Buckhannon; three brothers, John and Harold Heater, both of Youngstown, Ohio, and James Heater, French Creek; four sisters, Cleo Wingfield, Tallmansville Road, Genevieve Gregory, Morgantown, Mabel Davis, Buckhannon, and Shirley Gibson, North Carolina; 31 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two sons, David and Michael Heater; one daughter, Diane Kincaid; and two brothers.

Mr. Heater was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3663 of Buckhannon, the American Legion, Frank B. Bartlett Post of Buckhannon, and the DAV Chapter No. 36 of French Creek. He was Methodist, served during World War II with the U.S. Army and had been a truck driver with the Heater Trucking Company.

Friends will be received at the Tomblyn Whitescarver Funeral Chapel, Buckhannon, from 4-7 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. S. E. Lewis officiating. Interment will follow in the Upshur County Memorial Park, Tennerton, with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and DAV conducting military graveside honors.

Steven A. Hitt

JANE LEW -- Steven Andrew Hitt, 49, of Lost Creek, died at noon Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000.

He was born Sept. 22, 1950, in Lost Creek, a son of the late Woodrow W. and Thelma Goldsmith Hitt.

His wife, the former Bonita Wilcox, whom he married on Sept. 17, 1969, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter and her friend, Michelle Hitt and Gary Perdue, Laurel Valley, Clarksburg; one granddaughter, Ashley Perdue, Laurel Valley, Clarksburg; four sisters, Thelma Neal, French Creek, Pauline Kennedy, Burton, Ruth Davis, Newark, Ohio, and Linda Smith, Weston; and five brothers, Carl Hitt, Manassas, Va., Bruce Hitt, Seffner, Fla., Robert Hitt, Weston, David Hitt, Lost Creek, and Woodrow W. Hitt, address unknown.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Dana Hitt and Roscoe Hitt; and two sisters, Inez Cunningham and Glenda Jean Neal.

Mr. Hitt was an avid hunter and fisherman and a well tender for Jackson Fuel.

Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Charles Madaus officiating. Interment will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery.

Edith M. Lynch

SUTTON -- Edith Marie Lynch, 77, of Sutton, died Jan. 22, 2000, at CAMC, Memorial Division, after a short illness.

She was born Sept. 9, 1922, in Arcola, Webster County.

Surviving are two nephews, Ira S. Demastes, Morgantown, and Donald E. Demastes, Westover; and four nieces, Kathy Francis, Core, Sharon deHuarte, Blacksville, Carolyn Rice, Rock Cave, and Judy Burnside, Buckhannon.

She was preceded in death by one son, Danny Joe Lynch; and one sister, Helen Demastes.

Mrs. Lynch was a former clerk at the A.L. Rose Grocery in Sutton.

Friends will be received at the Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, from 6-9 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. William Griffin officiating. Interment will follow in the Sutton Cemetery.

Walter Quick

GLENVILLE -- Walter Quick, 77, of Glenville, died at 5:01 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Braxton County Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, Gassaway, following an extended illness.

He was born Feb. 23, 1923, a son of the late Edward and Mamie Flint Quick.

He is survived by several cousins.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil and Jim Quick.

Mr. Quick was a coal miner, farmer, and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and Protestant. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Friends will be received at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, from 6-8 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Martin Wine officiating. Interment will follow in the Flint Family Cemetery, Copen.

Katherine V. Shields

Katherine V. Cox Shields, 69, of Haymond Highway, Clarksburg, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at her residence.

She was born June 11, 1930, in Barbour County, a daughter of the late Robert S. and Naoma Howard Jenkins.

Twice married, her first husband, Harold "Tink" Cox, preceded her in death in 1963. Her second husband, James F. Shields Jr., preceded her in death in 1995.

Surviving are six sons and daughters-in-law, Charles (Mike) and Sandra Cox, James (JC) Cox, David and Jodi Cox, LaVaugh (Vonnie) Cox, all of Clarksburg, and Dale Cox, Jacksonville, Fla.; three daughters, Mrs. Charles (Linda) Black, Tallahassee, Fla., Jeanette Cox and Deborah Cox, both of Clarksburg; two stepsons, James Shields Jr. and Michael Shields, both of Clarksburg; two stepdaughters, Mrs. James (Lucille) Clark and Irene Shields, both of Clarksburg; three brothers, Chester D. Jenkins and Russell Forney Jenkins, both of Philippi, and Ferry Dillon Jenkins, Lancing, Mich.; three sisters, Elsie L. Harris, Galloway, Mary Evelyn Jones, Philippi, and Lillian Chisolm, Harding; 19 grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Robert S. Jenkins Jr.

Friends will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 W. Pike St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Mrs. Shields will then be taken to Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where she will lie in state from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church with Pastor David A. Kates officiating. Interment will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery.

Edward K. Smith

DREXEL HILL, Pa. -- Edward K. Smith, 90, of Drexel Hill, formerly of Clarksburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, in Springfield, Pa.

He was born Feb. 4, 1909, in Salisbury, Md.

His wife, Ruthe M. Swiger Smith, preceded him in death.

Surviving are one brother, Norman Shores; three stepchildren, Franke M. Knapp, Bertha L. Fitzsimmons and Clearence M. Smith; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

Mr. Smith was a 32 year U.S. Army, well decorated veteran and the State of Pennsylvania at Indiantown Gap, Pa. He was a member of the Church of the Brethern in Drexel Hill, the Clarksburg Lodge No. 155 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite, York Rite and a Shriner.

Videon Funeral Home, Broomall, Pa., is in charge of the arrangements. Interment will be in the Indiantown Gap, Veterans Cemetery.

Russell P. Starkey

Russell Paul Starkey, 81, of Van Buren Street, Clarksburg, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

He was born Aug. 12, 1918, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Alfred and Ella Hart Starkey.

His wife, Betty Hamrick Starkey, whom he married on June 16, 1940, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Alfred Starkey, Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Brenda Newcome, Rossiter, Pa., and Judy Clark, Normalsville, Pa., one sister, Burtie Muscari, Clarksburg; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Starkey was a retired carpenter with Clyde M. Shrum Contractors with over 50 years of service and was a member of the Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses.

There will be no public visitation. A service of remembrance will be conducted at the convenience of the family.

Davis Funeral Home, Clarksburg, is in charge of the arrangements.

Forrest L. Swick

BELINGTON -- Forrest Lee Swick, 91, of Home Comfort Care, Jimtown community, formerly of Junior, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000, at David Memorial Hospital, Elkins.

He was born May 11, 1908, in Junior, a son of the late Franklin Leslie and Rhoda Bell Moore Swick.

His wife, the former Tess Lela Kirkwood Pyles, preceded him in death on July 16, 1979.

Surviving are one stepdaughter, Mrs. Bernard (Donna Jean) Daniels, Amherst, Ohio; and six grandchildren, Charles Daniels, Melvin Lee Daniels, William Lewis Daniels, Ilene Vanhorn, Kenny Earl Exelby and Mark Neal Exelby.

He was also preceded in death by one stepdaughter, Dorothy Exelby; and one brother, Ackerman Lonzo Swick.

Mr. Swick was retired from the Ford Motor Company where he was a member of the Design Research Team. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Junior Lions Club and attended the New Covenant Church at Junior.

Friends will be received at the Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Chapel, Belington, from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday and 9-11 a.m. Thursday. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Jim Curtis officiating. Interment will follow in the Knights of Pythias Mountain View Cemetery, Junior.

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