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Obituaries for Sunday, October 4, 2003

William Fay Buckhannon

WESTON -- William Fay Buckhannon, 80, of 21 Homewood Hill Road, Homewood Community, Weston, died at 8:20 a.m. on Friday, October 3, 2003, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness. He was born in Braxton County on May 4, 1923, son of the late William Grant Buckhannon and Annie Lee (Williams) Buckhannon Schmaeman. On July 11, 1959, he married the former Mary L. (Conrad) Buckhannon, who survives.

Also surviving are four daughters, Ava Hefner and Cathy Buckhannon, both of Weston, Carol Cowger of Rock Cave and Teresa Armstrong of Charlotte, TN; one son, William Gene Buckhannon of Weston; and 16 grandchildren. Mr. Buckhannon is also survived by two sisters, Mildred Hardman of Shinnston and Wanda Rohrbough of Weston; one brother, Delbert Buckhannon of Canton, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. He was also survived by a special friend of many years, Argyle Crawford of Weston. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruth Perkins, Dovenna Winkler and Vencency Buckhannon and several half-brothers and -sisters.

Mr. Buckhannon was employed with the West Virginia Department of Highways. He was a glassworker for the West Virginia Glass Specialty Company and Colonial Glass Factory, both of Weston. Mr. Buckhannon loved to play music on a number of stringed instruments. He was a Pentecostal by faith. Mr. Buckhannon was a veteran serving as a private first class in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Avenue, Weston, on Sunday, October 5, 2003, from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 6, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. from the Floyd Funeral Home chapel with Reverend William H. Hoover officiating. Interment will follow in the Peterson Cemetery of Weston. Full military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post 4 of Weston, American Legion Post 166 of Jane Lew, DAV Chapter 51, VFW Chapter 5131 of Jane Lew and the Central WV Chapter 3697 Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Floyd Funeral Home of Weston.

John E. Gooding

WESTON -- John E. Gooding, 87, of 3508 Old Mill Road, Weston, Jackson's Mill Community, died on Friday, October 3, 2003, at his residence following a brief illness. He was born in Mannington on July 25, 1916, son of the late Daniel S. Gooding and Hazel (Shull) Gooding Robinson. On October 8, 1938, he married Emma (Cosgray) Gooding, who survives.

Also surviving are one sister, Annette R. Ferrell of Charleston; one sister-in-law, June L. Gooding of Weston; and five nieces and nephews, Barbara Ann Whitaker of Mobile, Alabama, William W. Ferrell II of Los Angeles, CA, Robert R. Ferrell of Charleston, Daniel Gooding of Lewisburg and Diana Gooding of Orlando, WV.

Mr. Gooding was preceded in death by stepfather, Net Robinson; one brother, Ralph N. Gooding; and one half sister, Brooksie Robinson Stewart.

Mr. Gooding was a retired salesman. He was hired by his grandfather Shull at the Hundred Feed and Flour Mill. He later was employed by the Hanlon Paper Company and Ballband Shoe Company in West Virginia. He retired from the Miller Hess Shoe Company as their West Virginia representative. He was a graduate of Mannington High School, Class of 1934. Mr. Gooding was a graduate of the Eliott Business School of Wheeling in 1937. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was an accomplished craftsman of wood. He was a Protestant by faith.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at 11 a.m. from the Bridgeport Cemetery with reverend Don Skidmore officiating. Interment will follow services in the Bridgeport Cemetery, Bridgeport, WV.

Boyle Funeral Home of Weston.

Bernard Joseph

SHINNSTON -- Bernard Joseph, 70, of Shinnston died unexpectedly Thursday, October 2, 2003, at his residence.

He was born October 4, 1932, at Weirton, a son of the late Issac and Catherine Herrick Joseph.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Romeo Joseph.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Tracy Joseph, Shinnston; one daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Sam DeMarco, Shinnston; five grandchildren, Garth and Lucas Joseph, Zachary, Kylea and Kendal DeMarco; one brother-in-law, Ernie Serafini; one nephew, Raymond Joseph and his wife, Felice; several sisters and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Raymond, James and William Joseph and one sister, Ruth Serafini.

He was a devoted father and grandfather and will be greatly missed.

He was a veteran of the Korean conflict and was retired from Eagle Convex Glass Company. He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Shinnston.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston from noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Holy Rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 6 p.m. Sunday. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Shinnston at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 6, 2003, with Rev. Karl Wohinc officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston.

Richard C. Lamb

CLARKSBURG -- Richard C. Lamb, of Country Club Road, Clarksburg, departed this life Saturday, October 4, 2003, in the United Hospital Center.

Mr. Lamb was a retired engineer with Pfizer Incorporated. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, a son of the late ragtime composer Joseph F. Lamb and Amelia L. Collins Lamb.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Yoquinto Lamb; one son, Richard C. Lamb Jr., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; two daughters and sons-in-law, Christine Johnson and her husband, Michael, Silverdale, Washington, and Judith Nieves and her husband, Richard, Austell, Georgia; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, Robert Lamb and his wife, Joan, Manchester, New Jersey; one sister, Patricia Conn and her husband, William, West Haven, Connecticut; and one sister-in-law, Helen Yoquinto.

Richard was a volunteer for United Hospital Center and also for the Literary Volunteers of Harrison County. He was a United States Marine veteran, having served during WWII. He was Catholic by faith.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg, Sunday, from 2-8 p.m., where Catholic Funeral Rites will be conducted Monday, October 6 at 10 a.m. with Reverend Father Cesidio Federico as celebrant. Entombment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery. Following services, Mr. Lamb will be cremated at his request.

Davis Funeral Home, www.davisfunerals.com.

Charles W. Leary

BELINGTON -- Charles W. Leary, 82, of St. Albans, W.Va., died Friday, October 3, at his home following a brief illness.

Mr. Leary was retired from Union Carbide, South Charleston, with 37 years of service. He was a decorated United States Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Russell. He was a member of American Legion Post 73 and VFW Post 6718, St. Albans.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles W. and Lilly (Hewitt) Leary, by his wife, Mary Louise (Gainer) Leary and by one brother, Leslie Leary.

Surviving are five brothers and their wives, John B. Leary, Freeland, Md., Frank H. Leary, Madison, W.Va., James A. Leary, Woodbine, Md., Edward B. Leary, Elkins, Robert M. Leary, Granite City, N.C.; and a special friend, Ann Dodd, Charleston, W.Va.

Also surviving are 13 nephews, three nieces, 23 grand-nieces and -nephews and by two great-grandnieces.

Graveside services will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, at the Belington Fraternal Cemetery with Barbour Post 44, American Legion, conducting military rites.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Monday at the Bartlett-Chapman Funeral Home, 409 Sixth Ave., St. Albans and from 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Home Chapel in Belington.

The family requests memorials in the form of contributions to Kanawha Hospice Care Inc., 1143 Dunbar Avenue, Dunbar, WV 25064.

Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.

Helen Viola Mathias

MANNINGTON -- Helen Viola Mathias, 81, of Lumberport and formerly of Baltimore, MD, died Thursday, October 2, 2003, at Heartland of Clarksburg.

She was born February 1, 1922, in Hanover, PA, a daughter of the late Walter and Emma Dodster Huffman.

Ms. Mathias was a glassworker for the Maryland Glass Co., having retired with 35 years service, and also owned and operated Mathias Boarding House for the Elderly for over 50 years and was a certified nursing aide. She had attended the Tenmile Baptist Church after moving to the Lumberport area.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Ward, Lumberport; a son, Melvin Mathias and his companion, Virginia Wrighter, North Fort Myers, FL; a granddaughter, Sharon Ey and husband, John, Colora, MD; 2 great-grandchildren, Brittany Leigh Ey and John Vincent Ey; and one sister.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by 2 sisters and 1 brother.

Friends may call at the Tenmile Baptist Church at Dola on Sunday from 3-9 p.m. A graveside service will be held Monday at Patapsco Cemetery in Maryland.

Arrangement are entrusted to the Hutson Funeral Home in Mannington.

Mr. Earl B. Mills Jr.

BRIDGEPORT -- Mr. Earl B. Mills Jr., age 81, of Akron, OH, passed away Thursday, September 25, 2003, at his home. Mr. Mills was born in Clarksburg, WV, on Dec. 30, 1921, a son of the late Earl L. and Opal L. McMasters Mills.

Surviving are four nephews, Dennis P. Moneypenny and his wife, Dena, of West Palm Beach, FL, Kenneth W. Moneypenny of Woodbridge, VA, Gilbert Green and Phillip Green and his wife, Ella Mae, all of Clarksburg, WV; and seven great-nieces and -nephews.

Mr. Mills was preceded in death by his two sisters, Emma Jean (Mills) Green and Mary Belle (Mills) Moneypenny.

Mr. Mills was a Baptist. He was a machinist by trade and had been retired for several years at the time of his death. His greatest love was to fly -- having owned several planes over the years, barn storming, flying over farming fields, after serving in the Army Air Corps in the Pacific during World War II. Mr. Mills was a graduate of the former Victory High School, Class of 1943, and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 573.

In accordance with the family's wishes, there will be no funeral home visitation. A memorial service will be held at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, WV, at a time and date to be selected by the family.

Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport has been entrusted with the arrangements of Earl B. Mills Jr.

Virginia 'Mam' Grace Cain Morgan

SHINNSTON -- Virginia "Mam" Grace Cain Morgan, 81, of Route 9, Fairmont passed away Friday, October 3, 2003, at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born January 16, 1922, in Marion County, the daughter of the late Howard Lawrence Cain and Grace Maria Hamilton Cain.

Mrs. Morgan was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Edward Morgan, whom she married September 15, 1937.

She is survived by one daughter, Carol Tetrick and husband, Ronald, of Fairmont; two sons, Clifford Morgan and wife, Judy, of Fairmont, Christy Morgan and wife, Lena, of Ashtabula, OH; one sister, Mary Newbrough of Worthington; one sister-in-law, Bernice Cain of Cleveland, OH; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Clinton Morgan; one daughter, Ruth Waddy; one sister, Violet Cottrill; two brothers, Christy and Clyde Cain.

Mrs. Morgan was a homemaker and a member of the Sarrietta Kingdom Heirs Baptist Church in Fairmont where she was active in the Sarrietta Ladies Fellowship.

Family and friends will be received at the Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 South Pike Street, Shinnston from 2-9 p.m. Saturday, October 4, 2003. Services will be held at the Sarrietta Kingdom Heirs Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 2003, with the minister Clifford Morgan officiating. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Enterprise I.O.O.F. Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Marion County, 1346 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554.

Dorsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.dorseyfuneralhome.com

Evilee Frances Ogden

WESTON -- Evilee Frances Ogden, 72, of 124 Main Avenue, Weston, died on Friday, October 3, 2003, at her residence following a brief illness. She was born on July 15, 1931, daughter of the late William Wesley Ware and Laura (Harris) Ware.

Mrs. Ogden is survived by one daughter, Shirley Ann Aylor of Weston; and one brother, Charles L. Ware of California. She was preceded in death by one sister, Louise Cutright.

Mrs. Ogden was a housewife. She attended Broad Street United Methodist Church of Weston. She loved to crochet, knit and embroider.

Mrs. Ogden's body will be cremated. There will be no visitation. Interment of her cremains will occur at the convenience of the family.

Boyle Funeral of Weston.

Dale G. Rettinger

BRIDGEPORT -- Dale G. Rettinger, age 59, of Driftwood Rd., Bridgeport, passed away Friday afternoon, October 3, 2003, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, after a sudden respiratory illness.

Born July 21, 1944, in Pittsburgh, PA, he was a son of the late George and Natalie Schwan Rettinger.

Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Louise Brennan, whom he married June 6, 1966; four children, including Amy Vandervoort and her husband, Craig, of Pickerington, OH, Eric Rettinger and his wife, Stacy, of Columbus, OH, Julie Bechert and her husband, Scott, of Ft. Thomas, KY, and Susan Chluda and her husband, Tim, of Columbus, OH; and three sisters, Judy Paul and her husband, Don, of Pittsburgh, Sr. Lynn Rettinger of Russelton, PA, and Kris Killiard and her husband, John, of Pittsburgh. Dale was also blessed with seven grandchildren, including Olivia, Nicholas and Evelyn Vandervoort, Jack rettinger, Madelyn and Samuel Bechert and Ryan Chluda.

Dale graduated from South Hills Catholic School in Pittsburgh, class of 1962, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from St. Francis College in Loretto, PA, in 1966. He began work as a Certified Public Accountant with Main, LaFrentz and Company and became a partner with the accounting firm of Main, Hurdman and Cranston of Pittsburgh. He then joined the Petroleum Development Corporation of Bridgeport, WV, in 1980, where he served as the executive vice president of finance and treasurer, and also served on the company's board of directors. Mr. Rettinger was also an active member and past president of the Independent Oil and Gas Association of West Virginia (I.O.G.A.).

Dale enjoyed spending time at Youghiogheny Lake in Pennsylvania. An avid boater and water skier, "The Lakehouse" was his favorite place for spending time with his family and friends. He was also a good all-around handyman.

Friends will be received at the Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, from noon to 4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Monday, October 6, 2003. A vigil service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Monday evening in the funeral home, led by Sr. Lynn rettinger, sister of the deceased. A Mass of Christian burial will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 7, 2003, in All Saints Catholic Church, Bridgeport, with Reverend Harry N. Cramer as celebrant. Interment will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at the Sansom Chapel Cemetery in Farmington, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Transfiguration School, 100 McKrell Rd. Russellton, PA 15076 -- Attention: Sr. Lynn Rettinger.

Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, has been entrusted with the arrangements of Dale G. Rettinger.

John Robert Snyder

ARLINGTON, Texas -- John Robert Snyder, 51, of 2704 Citadel Drive, Arlington, Texas, died September 27, 2003, at his residence. He was born May 17, 1952, in Clarksburg, WV.

He is the son of the late Robert and Helen Snyder of Mount Clare, WV.

Surviving are his wife Lynn Snyder, whom he married January 25, 2003; two stepsons and spouses, Brad and Kristy King of Arlington, Texas, and Steven and Mandy King of St. Louis, Missouri; four stepgrandchildren, Gage, Jordon, Morgan and Logan; one sister and brother-in-law, Carol and James Russell, Clinton, OH; two nieces and spouses, Kimberly and Charles Croft and Diane and Rob Knight; and one nephew James Russell Jr., all of Ohio.

He is also survived by two maternal aunts, Susan Randall of West Milford, WV, and Ruby Thompson and her husband, Emwood, of Smyrna, TN; three paternal aunts, Ruby and Harvey Wright, Mount Clare, WV, Ruth and Frank Heflin, Jane Lew, WV, and Macel Hudak of North Carolina; and several cousins and numerous friends.

John was a 1969 graduate of Roosevelt-Wilson High School and attended Fairmont State College. He was employed by Bell Helicopter in Texas.

Memorial services will be held in West Virginia at a later date.