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Obituaries for Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003

Wilbert H. Benson

SHINNSTON -- Wilbert H. Benson, 64, of Shinnston, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born February 6, 1939, at Greenbrier, PA, son of the late Henry F. and Georgia Arnold Benson.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Petruska Benson, whom he married July 6, 1968. Also surviving are 2 sons, Paul Benson of Las Vegas, NV, and William Benson of Shinnston; 1 daughter, Lisa Benson of Shinnston; 6 grandchildren, Jessica and Austin Benson, Ryan Menendez, Shinnston, and Stephanie, Dana and Kristen Benson, all of Las Vegas, NV; 3 brothers, Duane Benson, Morgantown, Warren Benson, Tacoma, WA, and Joe Benson of Shinnston; 4 sisters, Carol Sue Thomas, Jacksonville, FL, Joyce Champion, Wentzville, MO, Kay Carroll of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Janie Riggleman of Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Benson was a member of Boilermakers Local 667, the Orioles Club and the American Legion Post 31, Shinnston.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be at the Harmer Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Monday, September 15, with Brian Stutler officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston.

Harold Victor Eddy

CLARKSBURG -- Harold Victor Eddy, age 89, 135 Waldeck Street, Clarksburg, WV, died at 5 a.m. Saturday, September 13, 2003, in Heartland of Clarksburg following an extended illness.

He was born in Sistersville, WV, on February 17, 1914, a son of the late George Alexander Eddy and Eurena (Martin) Eddy.

His wife, Virginia (McCullough) Eddy, preceded him in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Linda Suzette Eddy Alt, Parkersburg, WV; one son, George Clarence Eddy, Clarksburg, WV; five grandchildren, Cathy Alt, Tracy Alt, Amy Alt, Danielle Eddy and Emily Eddy.

Also surviving is a lifelong friend, Wanda Henline.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Allie Eddy.

Mr. Eddy was a member of the Central Church of Christ on Chestnut Street, Clarksburg. He was manager of Southern Pine Lumber Company and supervisor of Riley Construction Company in Clarksburg for many years.

Mr. Eddy was a member of the Civitan Club, the West Virginia Lumberman's Association, Roy E. Parrish Post 13 of the American Legion, Meuse Argonne Post 573 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a lifetime member of 66 years of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Lodge 482. He served his country in the Army during World War II.

Mr. Eddy was loved by everyone and was thought of as a caring and loving person. He was considered to be a friend and a family man.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, WV, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2003, with the Evangelist Perry Henegar presiding. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Davis-Weaver service.

Ethel L. Craig

CLARKSBURG -- In loving memory of Ethel L. Craig, 82, of Cleveland, OH, who passed away from cancer at her home on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2003.

She was born in Clarksburg on February 17, 1921.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Judy Atwood.

Surviving are one daughter, Anita Ward of Alverta, PA; brother, Shelva Craig of Cleveland, OH; sister, Wilma Garcia of Anmoore, WV; also eight grandchildren, Stephen Ward and Michael Ward, Cleveland, OH, Sandra (Ward) Waugh, Mark Ward and James Wise of Alverta, PA, Rhonda Boyt, Lisa Atwood and Michael Atwood of Nashville, TN.

She is also survived by 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Freda Elizabeth Davis Craig, and father, Jesse James Craig; sisters, Doris Feahr, Mabel Lynch and Maxine Atwood; and brother, Jesse James Craig Jr.

Services at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Chapel at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003. Family requests no flowers. Donations to the American Cancer Society.

Euleta Mae Ireland Jones

GRANTSVILLE -- Euleta Mae Ireland Jones, 86, of Grantsville died Sept. 12, 2003, at her home.

She was born in Smithburg, Doddridge County, WV, a daughter of the late Otis W. and Faye Davis Ireland and Lora Alfred Ireland, stepmother.

She is survived by five sons, Bill Jones and John Jones, both of Grantsville, Paul Jones of Davisville, and Nick Jones and J.R. Jones, both of Big Bend; six daughters, Sharon Stull of Massillon, Ohio, Mary Bowe, Judy Westfall and Kookie Harris, all of Grantsville; Charlotte Robinson of Parkersburg and Debbie Goodwin of Weston.

Also surviving are 21 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Agnes Potter and Carol Crislip, both of Weston, and brother James Ireland of Vadis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Jones; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sister Elda Ireland.

Funeral services will be held at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, on Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at 1 p.m. Rev. William Dave Johnson will officiate. Interment will be at Big Bend Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday evening.

Frank R. Liberati

BRIDGEPORT -- Frank R. Liberati, age 76, of Bridgeport passed away early Saturday morning, September 13, 2003, at the Beulahland Personal Care Home in Grafton after an extended illness.

Born March 16, 1927, in Clarksburg, WV, he was a son of the late Dominic and Mary Messesso Liberati.

Survivors include one daughter, Joslyn Morris and her husband, Ernest, of Bridgeport, WV; two grandchildren, Adam and Aaron Morris, both of Bridgeport; and one sister, Rosalie Barnosky of Nutter Fort, WV.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Zigmont Liberati, on March 3, 1976; one daughter, Carrie Liberati; two sisters, Sistella Bell and Nancy Fenton; and one brother, Raymond Liberati.

Frank began driving bus with Greyhound Bus Lines and later became a co-owner of the Suburban Bus Lines, where he retired in the 1990s after 33 years of service.

A member of the Church of Our Savior in Clarksburg, he was a hard-working man who enjoyed farming, various different types of sports -- particularly football -- and working on antique cars.

Friends will be received at the Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, and from 10 a.m. until the service time of 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, in the funeral home, with Reverend Thomas P. Horne and Reverend Timothy Bolyard officiating. Interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care, 207 Latrobe St., Grafton, WV 26354.

Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, is assisting the family of Frank R. Liberati with the arrangements.

Ruth Lorenna Myers Mauller

CLARKSBURG -- Ruth Lorenna Myers Mauller, age 85, of 290 Magnolia Ave., Clarksburg, WV, died at 1:30 a.m. Friday, September 12, 2003, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born in Sycamore, Harrison County, on May 25, 1918, a daughter of the late Cecil Coffman and Telitha Delzie (Martin) Coffman.

She was twice married and was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Lyman Myers. Her second husband, Burnell H. Mauller, whom she married on December 24, 1967, survives.

Surviving are one son, Danny Joseph Myers, Bridgeport; two stepsons, Marshall Mauller, Laurel Park, and Gary Mauller, Wilsonburg; one stepdaughter, Sandra Sue Watson, Clarksburg; one brother, Aubrey Coffman, Corbins Creek; three grandchildren, Danny Joseph Myers, Rebekah Marie Myers and Thomas Ray Howard; two stepgrandchildren, Rhonda Kaye Bennett and Jeremy Jon Bennett; and a stepgreat-granddaughter, Thessa Chae Bennett.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, one of whom was her twin, John Coffman, and Gyle Coffman; two sisters, Ortha Cunningham and Merle Robey; and a stepson, Harold Mauller.

Mrs. Mauller was a member of the Sycamore United Methodist Church. She was an active member of the PTA in earlier years. She also was an avid musical fan and dancer.

Mrs. Mauller was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, WV, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 15, 2003, with the Associate David K. Maine presiding. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

Davis-Weaver service.

Branniard Otis 'Jeff' McClain

SALEM -- Branniard Otis "Jeff" McClain, 88, of Buckeye Community, west of Salem in Doddridge County, WV, went to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the 13th day of September, 2003, at the UTCC in Clarksburg, WV.

Mr. McClain was born on Sept. 14, 1915, on Beechlick in Doddridge County, WV.

Mr. McClain worked at Weirton Steel as a welder for three (3) years during the early years of WWII, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944, worked for Fourco's Clearlite facility in Adamston, WV, for 31 years and drove the West Union, WV, to Auburn, WV, mail route for 21 years.

Mr. McClain often told stories of the time he "walked down the streets of Tokyo, Japan, in 1945 behind General Douglas MacArthur." During his time in the Navy, he served on the USS Chicago and the USS Vicksburg, the latter of which was struck by a Japanese torpedo which did not explode. On his birthday in 1944, he was lowered over the side of the USS Vicksburg to paint the damage done by the torpedo. When he was finished, the other sailors dropped him into the Pacific Ocean as a birthday prank. He made many friends at work and on the mail route and is said to never have met a stranger.

Mr. McClain is survived by his wife of 65 years, Juanita Alvilda Underwood McClain; one sister and brother-in-law, Bernice Oleta McClain and Chester McClain; two sons, Worthy Otis McClain and Willie Edward McClain; six grandchildren, Donna Jean McClain Ketcham of Springboro, PA, Ellen Christine (McClain) Miller and her husband Scott Henry Miller of Alpharetta, Ga., Anna Marie (McClain) Knauer and her husband, Frank Knauer of Scottsdale, AZ, and Rebecca Leigh McClain-Dunlap and her husband Richard Keith McClain-Dunlap of Phoenix, AZ, Valerie Jo McClain of Clarksburg, WV, and Jeffrey Edward McClain of Pittsburgh, PA; nineteen great-grandchildren, Daniel Lars Ketcham and Amber (Foister) Ketcham, Sara Lynn (Ketcham) Johnson and William Johnson, Bradley Jerome Ketcham, Jared Nephi Ketcham, Benjamin Mosiah Ketcham, Joseph Anders Ketcham, Nathan Tyler Ketcham, Savanna Lace Ketcham, Victoria Angeline Ketcham, Douglas Arland Ketcham, Vida Rose Ketcham, Brandon Scott Miller, Karl Brady Miller, Craig Henry Miller, Stephanie Michael Miller, Samantha Leigh McClain-Dunlap, Emma Quinn McClain-Dunlap and Feona Paige McClain-Dunlap; one great-great-grandchild, Journey Elise Ketcham; and a great many nieces and nephews.

Mr. McClain was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. William Allison McClain and Cora Anna Rebecca (Queen) McClain; one daughter, Loanna Darlene McClain; one granddaughter, Carolyn Dian McClain; one great-grandchild, Nicholas Isaiah Ketcham; four brothers, Stephan Ward McClain, Londo Allison McClain, Ira Everett McClain and Stewart Litle "Mutt" McClain; and four sisters, Gladys Victora (McClain) Tucker, Maybelle Virginia (McClain) Hamilton, Mattie McClain and Ruby McClain.

Mr. McClain was the fourth great-grandson of Samuel McLean of Uniontown, PA, who was one of five McLean brothers out of York, PA, who surveyed the Mason-Dixon Line.

Mr. McCain was a Baptist by faith and loved the Lord Jesus! He was a member of Victory Baptist Church and the Dr. Thomas Sunday School Class of Clarksburg Baptist Church.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home in Salem, WV, on Monday evening from 4-8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2003, from the Greathouse Funeral Home in Salem, WV, with Rev. Max Hill officiating. Graveside services will include full military honors by the American Legion, Post 13, and the Salem VFW, with interment at the Masonic Cemetery on Rt. 18 near West Union, WV.

A Greathouse service.

Ronald W.Postlewait

SALEM -- Ronald W. Postlewait, 62, of Cherry Camp community died at his home Thursday, September 11, 2003, following a brief illness.

He was born September 4, 1941, the son of the late William E. and Nellie Steele Postlewait.

Surviving are his former wife, Sandra Faye Edwards of Nevada; two sons, Ronald Wayne, California, and Joe Constable of Lake Floyd; two daughters, Peggy Lynn Postlewait, California, and Jessica Dawn Postlewait of Lake Floyd; two brothers, William E. Postlewait of New Mexico and Terry Lee Postlewait of Clarksburg; three sisters, Mrs. Fred (Arlene) Childers, Cherry Camp, Pamela McDonald of Stonewood and LaDonna Postlewait of Reynoldsville; and four grandchildren, Amber, Cody, Kyle and Dylan.

He was preceded in death by a companion of fifteen years, Debbie Davis. He was a former heavy equipment mechanic.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, Sunday, 5-9 p.m., where funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. Pastor Larry Green of the Stealey Assembly of God will preside. Interment in the Salem I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

A Greathouse service.

Harley U. Taylor Jr.

MORGANTOWN -- Harley U. Taylor, 78, of Morgantown died Saturday, September 13, 2003, at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 19, 1925, in Pricetown, Lewis County, the son of Harley U. Taylor and Margaret C. Goodwin Taylor, both of whom are deceased.

His survivors include his wife, Charlotte Heath Taylor, whom he married in 1951 in Franklin, Indiana; a son, Paul Douglas; and a daughter, Carol Ann Taylor.

He was a member of the Spruce Street United Methodist Church, where he had been a past member of the Board and the Finance Committee.

Friends may call at Hastings Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 16, 2003, from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on September 17 at 10 a.m. with Dr. Joseph Prentiss and Rev. K. Almond officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery in Lewis County.

Margie (Peggy) Palmer

SHINNSTON -- Margie (Peggy) Palmer, 80, of East Avenue, Shinnston, died at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, September 11, at her residence. She was born March 30, 1923, at Simpson, a son of the late Leo and Edna Limer Lake.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer A. Palmer, who died December 29, 1971.

She is survived by 3 children, W. Max (Sonny) Palmer and wife Eleen (Cookie) of Shinnston, Mark Steven Palmer and fianceé Jeanie Godfrey of Shinnston, and Michele Kay Goodwin and husband Mike of Owings; 8 grandchildren, Carla Hinerman and husband Tim, Cheryl Harlow, David and wife Crystal Palmer, J.R. Blaniar, Jeff Blaniar, Chad Blaniar, Kay Leigh Goodwin and Marlena Palmer; 4 great-grandchildren, Tabitha, Shawn, Joni Leggett and Joshua Harlow; 1 great-great-grandchild, Alex Leggett; 2 sisters, Jean Lake of North View and June Clevenger of Arlington Addition, Clarksburg; 1 sister-in-law, Margaret Lake of Clarksburg; and many nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Davis Lake and wife Louise and Earl Lake, and 2 sisters, Beatrice Cain and husband Bob and Rose Mary (infant sister) are deceased.

Mrs. Palmer was a Christian by birth and a Baptist by faith. She retired from Anchor Hocking Glass and was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Queen Esther Chapter 11.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2:30-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston at 1 p.m. Monday, September 15, with Rev. James Smith officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston.