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Obituaries for Tuesday, April 8, 2003

Aaron Z. Browning

CHARLES TOWN -- Aaron Z. Browning, 79, of Shepherdstown, WV, died April 6, 2003.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary A. Browning, who died Nov. 28, 1993.

Private memorial services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, Shepherdstown.

Arrangements by the Melvin T. Strider Funeral Home, Charles Town, WV.

Claire Elizabeth Cornette

WESTON -- Claire Elizabeth Cornette, two-day-old daughter of Franklin D. and Rhonda A. (Davis) Cornette of Clarksburg, died on Wednesday, April 2, 2003, in Ruby Memorial Hospital of Morgantown.

She was born in Morgantown in Monongalia County on March 31, 2003.

Miss Cornette is survived by her paternal grandparents, Franklin and Ruby Cornette of Parkersburg; maternal grandparents, Ron and Pam Davis of Weston; paternal great-grandparents, the late Edgar and Claire Cornette and the late Adam and Mandy Stacy, and maternal great-grandparents, the late Charles "Jack" and Freda Bernice Casto and Paul D. Davis of Weston and the late Audra G. Davis. Also surviving are Uncle Eddie Cornette of Portsmouth, VA, godparents, Uncle Nick and Aunt Amy Davis of Morgantown; and several great uncles, aunts and cousins.

Private graveside services were held on April 6, 2003, at 2 p.m. from Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew, with Reverend Russell Furr officiating. Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Floyd Funeral Home of Weston.

Alexander Christian Edwards

BRIDGEPORT -- Alexander Christian Edwards, an angel God gave to this earth on March 7, 2003, was returned to the Lord suddenly on Sunday morning, April 6, 2003, in his home. He was 29 days old.

He was born March 7, 2003, to Donald Ray Edwards Jr. and Lori Ann Shinn Edwards of 501 Ohio Ave., Nutter Fort.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Nicholas Robert Richards of Grafton and Andrew Joseph Reaser of Clarksburg; his maternal grandfather, Robert Lee Shinn of Bridgeport; paternal grandparents, Andrew Ray Todd and Nedra Todd of Fairmont; paternal grandfather, Donald Ray Edwards Sr. of Washington state; paternal great-grandmother, Ethel Virginia Robinson of Grafton; and three aunts, Kimberly Rae Shinn of Bridgeport, Kelly Jo Shinn of Clarksburg and Hope Edwards Bolyard of Grafton.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Patricia JoAnn Shinn, maternal great-grandparents, Charles Walter Henderson and Laura Virginia Henderson and his paternal great-grandfather, Robert L. Robinson.

The family will receive friends in Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, on Wednesday, April 9, 2003, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., the time of the service in the funeral home with Rev. Chuck Madaus officiating. Interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

The family of Alexander Christian Edwards has entrusted the arrangements to Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport.

Jason John Hughes

CLARKSBURG -- Jason John Hughes, 29, of Little River, South Carolina, formerly of Clarksburg, died suddenly Sunday, April 6, 2003, at his residence.

Mr. Hughes was a chef at Pales Restaurant in North Myrtle Beach.

He was born in Clarksburg, February 15, 1974, a son of Delbert Scott Cottrill, who survives in Orlando, Florida, and Cathy Hughes, who survives in Clarksburg.

In addition to his parents is one daughter, Loren Hughes, Nutter Fort; his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Phyllis Cottrill, Mt. Clare; one great-uncle, George Hughes, Clarksburg; four aunts and uncles, Mrs. Gary (Candie) Wine, Clarksburg, Mrs. Robert (Sarah) Williams, Halls Run, Mrs. David (Denice) Smith, Parkersburg, and Mrs. Alberto (Bernice) Foruria, Orlando, Florida; cousins, Gary A. Wine, Brandie L. Delancy, Zachary R. Williams, Amy R. Davis and Carmella R. Hughes. He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, John and Kathryn Williams; paternal grandfather, Joseph R. Hughes; his uncle, Allen R. Hughes; and an infant cousin, Christa Sue Wine.

Mr. Hughes was Baptist by faith.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, Clarksburg, Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., where funeral services will be held Thursday, April 10 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the Boring Cemetery.

Davis Funeral Home, www.davisfunerals.com.

Kathleen F. Rigsby

SHINNSTON -- Kathleen F. Rigsby, 92, a resident of Dorothy Goff's Personal Care Home, Enterprise, formerly of Hepzibah, died at 4:50 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2003, at Fairmont General Hospital, Fairmont, following an extended illness.

She was born February 15, 1911, at DeKalb, near Glenville, Gilmer County, a daughter of the late French and Nora Curry Whiting. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer T. Rigsby, who died Sept. 23, 1990.

She is survived by 1 son, E. Leroy Rigsby and his wife, Pamala, Peytona, WV; 3 daughters, Willa Jean Sandy and her husband, Bobbie, Clarksburg, Thelma Ruth Bryan, Pinellas Park, FL, and Carolyn Gabriel, Elkridge, MD; 17 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were 1 son, 2 daughters, 1 sister and 3 brothers. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Mrs. Rigsby retired from the Hepzibah Post Office after 17 years. She also sold Avon for many years. She was a member of the Hepzibah Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday. A funeral service will be at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2003, with the Rev. Dorsey Ash officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston.

Cozetta Simpson

GRAFTON -- Cozetta Simpson of Flemington, WV, the wife of the late Rev. John E. Simpson, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2003.

She is survived by 7 children and numerous grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter.

Friends may call at the Simpson Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the time of the service on Wednesday, April 9, 2003, with the Rev. Patty Post officiating. The burial will follow in the Simpson Cemetery.

www.bartlettfunerals.com