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Obituaries for Thursday, July 27

Gertrude Beeghley

NUTTER FORT -- Gertrude Beeghley, 93, of Burton Ave., Nutter Fort, died Wednesday morning, July 26, 2000.

She was born July 27, 1906, at Freeman's Creek, near Jackson's Mill, Lewis County, the only child of the late John T. and Mary E. Perkey Bowen.

Her husband, John W. Beeghley, a former mayor of Nutter Fort, whom she married July 16, 1929, preceded her in death July 25, 1970.

Surviving are two daughters, Janet Lee Hyre, Ambridge, Pa., and JoAnn L. Davis, Burton Avenue, Nutter Fort; eight grandchildren, John, Michael, Steven and Susan Hyre, Linda, Michael and Mark Lopez, and Cathy Romano; 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Mary Jo Beeghley Hudkins; and one brother-in-law, Rev. Cletus Hudkins, Nutter Fort.

Mrs. Beeghley was associated with Beeghley's Real Estate as a broker and associate broker. Mr. and Mrs. Beeghley were one of the first realtors in the Clarksburg area, starting in 1949. She was very active in various service organizations in the community.

She was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, Clarksburg, and was also a member of the Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, Mass. She was a member of the West Virginia Poetry Society and the National Writer's Club, Denver, Colo.

She was gifted in her writing and poetry, having had many of her works published. She was the historian for the Nutter Fort Nutritional Center.

Friends may call at the Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, from 1-2 p.m. today, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today with Elsie Snyder officiating. Interment will be in Broad Run Cemetery.

Robert Earl Brown Sr.

FLEMINGTON -- Robert Earl Brown Sr., 76, of North Pike Street, Grafton, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at the Grafton City Hospital, Grafton.

He was born Oct. 19, 1923, in Rosemont, a son of the late Ullie Clay and Myrtes Frances Moyer Brown Sr.

His wife of 55 years, Nadine Bailey Brown, whom he married Feb. 8, 1945, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert E. and Donna Brown Jr., Grafton, and Gary and Pam Brown, Parkersburg; three daughters and sons-in-law, Patty and Dick Whitescarver, Barrackville, Sharon and Jeff Mallory, and Janie and Mark Simpson, all of Grafton; two brothers, Ullie Clay Brown Jr., Westland, Mich., and Donald L. and Elaine Brown, Grafton; 12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Simmons.

Mr. Brown worked 30 years at the Industrial School for Boys at Pruntytown, the Huttsonville Correctional Center, and 13 years as a coal miner at the Galloway Mines, Galloway.

He was a member of the Blueville Church of the Nazarene, Grafton, and has lived in the Grafton community since 1954.

Mrs. Bessie C. Crites

CLARKSBURG -- Bessie C. Crites, 90, of 105 Poplar St., Erie, died at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born in Oil Ridge, Ritchie County, on Jan. 19, 1910, a daughter of the late David Layfield and Nora Jane Matheny Layfield.

Her husband, Andrew B. Crites, whom she married Oct. 2, 1928, preceded her in death in January 1964.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Robert D. and Heidi Crites, Shinnston; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mabel P. and Dwayne Hardman, Shinnston, and Dorothy J. and Russell Bumgardner, Canton, Ohio; one daughter-in-law, Rose Crites, Smithfield; two sisters, Flossie M. Kyle, Clarksburg, and Carmen W. Kypriandes, Newport News, Va.; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three sons, one daughter, five brothers and three sisters.

Mrs. Crites was Methodist.

She had been employed as a nurses aide at the former St. Mary's Hospital and retired in June 1971 after 1712 years of service.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. A funeral service in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Friday will be conducted by the Rev. Olen Robertson. Interment will be in Hepzibah Cemetery, Rt. 19 North of Clarksburg.

Julia Folio Embry

CLARKSBURG -- Julia Folio Embry, 86, of Route 1, Box 221, Clarksburg, Shadow Hills, died at 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at her residence.

She was born Dec. 29, 1913, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Salvatore Folio and Antoinette Bellotte Folio.

Her husband, Paul M. Embry, whom she married June 24, 1943, preceded her in death July 8, 1995.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Paul S. and Sharon Embry, 139 Hall Street, Clarksburg; three grandchildren, Paul W. and Jessica Lea Embry, and C. Patrick Richards; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph and Martha Folio, Philadelphia, Pa., and Mark and Mary Folio, Clarksburg.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, David Folio.

Mrs. Embry was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Clarksburg. She was a member of the Ladies Sunny Croft Golf Association.

She was a retired educator from the Harrison County schools and had taught in the commercial departments of Washington Irving, Victory and Liberty high schools.

She was a graduate of Washington Irving High School and graduated from Bowling Green College, Bowling Green, Ky.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. today and 7-9 p.m. Friday. A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be in Bridgeport Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be memorial contributions to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 1900 Richmond Rd., Lexington, KY 40502.

Mrs. Blanche E. Pritt

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Blanche E. Pritt, 85, of P.O. Box 55, West Milford, died at 1:55 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born April 4, 1915, in West Milford, a daughter of the late Jesse L. and Hettie Bonnell Crouse.

Her husband, Emory O. Pritt, whom she married Nov. 30, 1961, survives.

Also surviving are one brother, Russell L. Crouser, Mentor, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Pearl E. Devericks, Madge McDonald and Glayde E. McDonald.

Mrs. Pritt was a Jehovah's Witness. She was an avid pet lover, having pets, Blackie, Tiffney and Buddy. She was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. today, where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday with Mr. Larry Hathaway conducting.

Kenna McClain Robinson

BUCKHANNON -- Kenna McClain Robinson, 81, of HC 71, Box 9, Ellamore, died at 5:18 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Sept. 5, 1918, at Ellamore, a son of the late Nelson McClain Robinson and Evalena May Priesse Robinson Watts.

His wife, Marjorie V. Kesling Robinson, whom he married May 16, 1941, survives at Ellamore.

Surviving are three daughters, Pat and Carl Stanton, Buckhannon, Carole and Don Parks, Weston, and Peggy Phillips, Ellamore; one son, Kenna McClain "Mack" Robinson II, Ellamore; two brothers, Maurice Robinson, Warren, Ohio, and Charles Watts, Buckhannon; one sister, Ruth Montgomery, Excelsior; seven grandsons, Mark and Robin Stanton, Norton, Allen and Peggy Jo Parks, Robbie and Sherri Parks, David and Lisa Parks, all of Weston, Chad and Sarah Newcome, Brian and Lori Newcome, all of Ellamore, and Michael Robinson, Georgia; six granddaughters, Pam and Kevin Sheehan, Louisville, Ky., Angie and Charles Sheley, Buckhannon, Michelle and Bill Jack, Heavner Grove, Tonya and Jeff Simon, Charleston, Leah Propts, Buckhannon, and Laura Phillips, Ellamore; one stepbrother, Brownie Watts, Ellamore; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Sylvester "Boots" Robinson, Darrell Robinson, and Zeno Watts Jr.; two sisters, Aerawanna May Robinson and Vera Maxine Robinson; two stepbrothers; and his stepfather, Zeno V. Watts.

Mr. Robinson was a school bus driver and a lumberman. He was a member of Gertrude United Methodist Church, Ellamore.

He was a member of the Buckhannon Moose Lodge No. 598 and the Upshur County Coin and Stamp Club. He was a past superintendent at Gertrude Chapel Church. He was a scoutmaster of 4-H. He was a member of Ellamore VFD. He was a founder of the Non Teaching Personal Association.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gertrude Chapel Church, c/o Rev. Mitchell Griffin, Route 1, Box 231 B, French Creek, WV 26218.

Albert E. Riddle

FAIRMONT -- Albert Ervin Riddle, 66, of Fairmont, died Tuesday, July 25, 2000, at Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Oct. 7, 1933, at Salem, a son of the late Harlen Mason Riddle and Dessie Ellen Moore Riddle Willey.

Surviving are two sons, Donald Riddle, and Shawn Willey and wife, Susan; one daughter, Tina Bright and husband, Mike, all of Fairmont; one brother, Charles Riddle and wife, Nellie, Salt Lake City, Utah; one sister, Louise Winemiller and husband, Douglas, Mannington; seven grandchildren, Shawn Willey, Fairmont, Tawnya Riddle, Pittsburgh, Pa., Gregory Riddle, serving with the U.S. Air Force at McGuire Air Force Base, Jacob Riddle, Cody, Abigail and Michael Bright, all of Fairmont; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, George Riddle; and one sister, Mary Chase.

Mr. Riddle had worked most of his life as a truck driver retiring from C.W. Stickley, Inc. He had last worked as a security guard for Security America assigned to the fixed wing training center in Bridgeport.

He was a veteran of the Korean War serving from 1951 to 1955 with the U.S. Air Force.

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