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Obituaries for Friday, December 22, 2000

Howard Bacil "Jake" Anderson

PHILIPPI -- Howard Bacil "Jake" Anderson, 84, of Route 4, Boulder community, Buckhannon, died unexpectedly at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Sept. 5, 1916, in Barbour County, a son of the late Ezra Anderson and Olie McDaniel Anderson Overfield.

His wife, the former Madlene "Mattie" Markley, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, "Margie" and Richard "Dick" Crane, Hobe Sound, Fla., and Karen and Walter Farren, Virginia Beach, Va.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Larry and Jeanette Anderson, Buckhannon, and Curtis "Curt" and special friend, B.J. Rogers, Leland, N.C.; two sisters, Audra Molnar, Akron, Ohio, and Edna Chandler, Bradenton, Fla.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter and Bessie Anderson, Rock Cave, and William and Mary Overfield, Kent, Ohio; seven grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son James "Jim" Anderson; one daughter, Ellen Irvin; one sister, Lena Winans; and four brothers, William, Cecil, Henry and Merle Anderson.

Mr. Anderson was a coal miner. He worked for the B&O Railroad and retired as a sales clerk for Shannons Hardware in Buckhannon.

He was a life long member of the Barbour community. He was an avid gardener, woodworker and handyman. He attended the Boulder United Methodist Church.

Emil Barbao

BRIDGEPORT -- Emil Barbao, 91, of Fifth Street, Bridgeport, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000.

He was born Aug. 7, 1909, in Anmoore, a son of the late Tomas and Vicenta Fernandez Barbao.

His wife, Mary Menendez Barbao, whom he married Oct. 4, 1934, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Barbara Barbao, two grandsons, Michael Barbao, all of Mansfield, Ohio, and Ron Barbao Jr., Michigan; three granddaughters, Mary Keyes and Judy Martz, both of Columbus, Ohio, Nancy Barbo, Geneva, Ohio; four great-grandchildren, Claire Barbo, Matthew Keyes, Jacob and Olivia Lechlak; one sister, Gia Lorenzo, Donora, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews, including his special nephew and buddy, Mike Skinner.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Joe, Ben and Bill Barbao; and two sisters, Angelina Suarez and Mary Garcia.

Mr. Barbao retired from Union Carbide Corp. after 35 years of service.

He was a life member of the Monongahela Valley Beagle Club and belonged to a local Hispanic club.

He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church.

Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, from 5-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Father Harry N. Cramer officiating. Interment will follow in the Holy Cross Cemetery.

Samuel E. Brown

PINE GROVE -- Samuel E. Brown, 68, of Reader, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at his home.

He was a son of the late Ernest Edward and Lola Florence Haught Brown.

His wife, Mona Day Dunham Brown, survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Gregg Brown and Bryan Brown, both of Jacksonburg, and Mark Brown, Ernshaw; one daughter, Pam Lipscomb, New Martinsville; four brothers, Chester Brown, Rives Junction, Mich., Eugene Brown, Cameron, Phillip Kenton Brown, Piney, and Andrew C. Brown, Reader; six sisters, Ernestine Zeigler, Ridgeway, Va., Anna Lee Wichterman, Barberton, Ohio, Martha Lou Cunningham, Dora Bucher and Eileen Straight, all of Reader, and June Rice, Pine Grove; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Brown was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Reader. He retired from Columbia Gas of Porters Falls and he was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

Kathryn R. Collins

PENNSBORO -- Kathryn R. Collins, 86, of Pennsboro, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at Parkersburg.

She was born Aug. 31, 1914, at Columbus, Ohio, a daughter of the late Claude E. and Nellie M. Musselman Nicholson.

Her husband, Barton H. Collins, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Carole S. Collins, Pennsboro; one son, Donn B. Collins, Vienna; one brother, Robert Nicholson, Lampe, Mo.; two sisters, Jeanette Klingensmith, Columbus, Ohio, and Mary Kingrey, Gahanna, Ohio; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by eight brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Collins was a retired employee of the Lazarus Department Store of Columbus, Ohio.

Floreida Lachapelle Davis

CLARKSBURG -- Floreida Lachapelle Davis, 87, of 112 Chapel St., Clarksburg, died at 9:05 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born Dec. 5, 1913, in Punxsutawney, Pa., a daughter of immigrant parents, Jules and Emma Casterman Lachapelle.

Her husband, Donald Claire Davis, whom she married Dec. 15, 1956, preceded her in death on Aug. 29, 1963.

Surviving are two nephews, Norman Lawrence Karis, Kokomo, Ind., and James Theodore and wife, Nancy Karis, Lost Creek; one niece, Margaret Jean Karis, Clarksburg; two great-nieces, Jennifer Nicole and Stacey Marie Karis, Lost Creek.

She was preceded in death by her only sister, Marguerite Lachapelle Karis.

Mrs. Davis retired from the G.C. Murphy Co. on Dec. 31, 1973, after a 43 year career. She had been a member of the Christ Episcopal Church since 1950 and for a number of years taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was active in Guild works.

She had been a member of the YWCA since she was a teenager. He memberships also included the Harrison County Senior Citizens Center, the Women's Club of Clarksburg, and the American Legion Auxiliary. In November 1990 she was honored to be chosen Ms. Harrison County Senior Queen. She had attended Washington Irving High School as a freshman and graduated from Victory High School in 1931.

One of the great joys of her life was singing and she had been active in school choruses, glee clubs and church choir. She had sang with the Mellowettes at the YWCA, the E.S.P. Aires, Harrison Symphonic Chorus and Senior Citizens Chorus.

She enjoyed travel and had visited a large number of U.S. cities. She followed the West Virginia University Mountaineers to their bowl games, traveled the eastern half of Canada, and in 1977 traveled to seven countries in Western Europe in a months time.

Friends will be received in Christ Episcopal Church from 7-8 p.m. today where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Scott Holcombe presiding. Interment will be in Bridgeport Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1492, Clarksburg, WV 26302.

Mrs. Leta O. Dawson

BELINGTON -- Mrs. Leta O. Dawson, 92, of Belington, more recently of the Long Term Care Facility of Broaddus Hospital, Philippi, died early Thursday morning, Dec. 21, 2000, at the Long Term Care Facility. She had been in failing health for the past several years.

She was born Sept. 25, 1908, in Barbour County, a daughter of the late Zacheous and Myrtle Bennett.

Her husband, Harley "Bert" Dawson, whom she married May 16, 1924, preceded her in death on Feb. 8, 1969.

Surviving are two daughters, Pauline Jones, Somerset, Pa., and Lucille Price, Belington; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by two sisters, Edna Berosford and Violet Williamson.

Mrs. Dawson attended the schools of Barbour County. She was a member of the Belington Senior Center.

She was Protestant by faith.

Troy Hamilton Fisher

WESTON -- Troy Hamilton Fisher, 94, of Route 3-10 Jack Acres, Buckhannon, formerly of Route 2, Weston, died at 11:32 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, in Holbrook Nursing Home, Buckhannon, following a brief illness.

He was born June 13, 1906, in Weston, a son of the late Asa E. Fisher and Blanche M. Skinner Fisher.

His wife, Beulah A. Warner Fisher, whom he married July 3, 1931, preceded him in death May 14, 1981.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Charles W. and Charlotte A. Bostic Fisher, Sebastapol, Calif., and one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ellen and Jack L. Villers, Buckhannon; two grandchildren, Caryn L. Fisher, Sebastapol, and Charles H. "Chip" Fisher, San Diego, Calif.; one stepgrandchild, Phyllis K. Hammons, Hinton; one sister and brother-in-law, Eva and Earl Nestor, Williamstown.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Donovan W. Fisher.

Mr. Fisher retired from the West Virginia Glass Specialty Co., Weston, with 32 years of service.

He was a member and deacon of the Murphy's Creek Baptist Church.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Wease Day and the Rev. Bob Poling officiating. Interment will follow in the Fisher Cemetery, Murphy's Creek, Lewis County.

Marie Ramsey Gill

BUCKHANNON -- Marie Ramsey Gill, 91, of Route 1, Box 82, Buckhannon, died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at her home.

She was born Nov. 10, 1909, at Canaan, a daughter of the late Otis E. and Icie Hayes Ramsey.

Her husband, Thomas J. Gill, whom she married Dec. 25, 1930, preceded her in death on Aug. 20, 1985.

Surviving are two daughters, Ila D. and Carl Reed, Buckhannon, and Doneen Reed and Sonny Jones, Stafford, Va.; one son, Herbert and Jeanne Gill, Virginia Beach, Va.; three sisters-in-law, Florence Harris, Bridgeport, Mildred Ramsey, Baltimore, Md., and Mary Miceli, Florida; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one grandson, Carl R. Reed Jr.; and one great-grandson, Randy Lee Brooks II.

Mrs. Gill was a homemaker and loving mother. She was Methodist by faith.

Marie E. Grogan Kesner

NUTTER FORT -- Marie E. Grogan Kesner, 91, formerly of Burton Avenue, Nutter Fort, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000, in Carlisle, Pa.

She was born Aug. 14, 1909, in Kittsonville, Lewis County, a daughter of the late Harry N. Grogan and Josa Faye Cottrill.

Her husband of 73 years, William Sherman Kesner, preceded her in death on Aug. 16, 1999.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Charles H. and Edith Kesner, Mount Holly Springs, Pa.; three grandchildren, Linda D. Kesner, Charles H. Kesner II and Debora Lynn McLaughlin; two great-granddaughters, Carrie E. and Laura A. McLaughlin; and one sister, Frances Faye Vrhovac, Pa.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Glenda G. Batten; four brothers, Harry N. Grogan Jr., Joseph F. Grogan, Charles E. Grogan and Ray T. Grogan.

Mrs. Kesner was a member of Vincent Memorial United Methodist Church, Nutter Fort, where she held various positions in the church and was a board member.

She was a past president of the Roosevelt-Wilson Bandmothers and was a member of the Lady Bugs Harrison County Extension Homemakers, where she was named County Bell in 1983.

Friends may call at the Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, from 9-11 a.m. Saturday where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Cletus Hudkins presiding. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Shirley Mae Kimble

BUCKHANNON -- Shirley Mae Kimble, 46, of Buckhannon, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at her home.

She was born Sept. 29, 1954, at Canaan, a daughter of the late Santford Chidester and Mae Collins Chidester.

Her husband, Rod Kimble, whom she married Dec. 9, 1995, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Beverly Powers and her children, Jonathan, Joey, Katy and Braden, all of Helvetia; three brothers, Hartsel Chidester and Basil Chidester, Rock Cave, and Jerald Chidester, Buckhannon; and three sisters, Hazel Bennett, Austin, Ind., Gladys Chidester and Mildred Scott, Buckhannon.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Thurman Glenn Powers Jr.; and two brothers, Theodore Chidester and Gene Chidester.

Ms. Kimble was a paramedic for the Upshur, Randolph, Harrison and Braxton County Emergency Medical Squads. She was a member of the board of directors with Basic Trauma Life Support International and was very involved with the American Heart Association.

She enjoyed golfing, outdoor activities, family and her dog, Sandy. She attended Sand Run Baptist Church, Excelsior.

She was employed by the Center of Rural Emergency Medicine, Morgantown. She was a qualified instructor in areas of pre-hospital and in-hospital medical care. She was a registered nurse.

She was a graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School with the class of 1972 and Fairmont State College with the class of 2000.

Patty Ann Mackey Light

BUCKHANNON -- Patty Ann Mackey Light, 52, of 135 Lawton St., Greenwood, S.C., died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at her home.

She was born Aug. 21, 1948, at Buckhannon, a daughter of Paul B. Mackey and Ella Neal Mackey, both of Buckhannon.

Her husband, Francis J. Light, survives in Greenwood, S.C.

Also surviving are two daughters, Kathy Jo Hardman, Ninety Six, S.C., and Melissa Jane Kelley, Tallmansville; and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Light was a member of the Lupo United Methodist Church, Greenwood.

She was a graduate of Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

David Lopez

SHINNSTON -- David Lee Lopez, 38, of Spencer, formerly of Shinnston, died suddenly Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, at his residence.

He was born June 7, 1962, at Charleston, a son of Eugene and Patty O'Dell Lopez, Shinnston.

Surviving are one son, David Lucas Lopez, Ripley; one sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and John Reese, Shinnston; two nephews, John Paul and Joseph Wayne Reese; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Mr. Lopez taught for 12 years at Spencer Middle School where he served as assistant football coach. He was a former member of the Shinnston Fire Department and former coach of Jerry West Basketball.

He was a member of the Sons of American Legion, Post No. 31 and a member of the St. Ann's Catholic Church, Shinnston.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 3-9 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Shinnston, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Karl Wohinc as celebrant. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery. Holy Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today.

April Lynn Newbrough

SHINNSTON -- April Lynn Newbrough, 20, of Shaw's Run Road, Worthington, died at 4:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness with cancer.

She was born April 13, 1980, in Fairmont, a daughter of Frederick Ray and Judith Kay Vandevender Newbrough, Shinnston.

Surviving are one son, William John Frost Newbrough at home; one brother and sister-in-law, Frederick Ray and Theresa Dannell Newbrough II, Chester; one sister and brother-in-law Melissa Kay and Gary Allen Long Jr., Mannington; one niece, Kathryn Dannell Newbrough; one nephew, Jonathan Ray Newbrough; her maternal grandparents, William Mackie and Mary Charlene Vandevender, Bartow; her paternal grandmother, Ollie Mae Jett Newbrough, Worthington; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Ray Harlen Newbrough.

She was a 1998 graduate of North Marion High School. She attended Norway Church of Christ, Fairmont.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Saturday with Pastor William C. Vandevender officiating. At her request, the body will be cremated.

Donations may be made to the William John Frost Newbrough trust fund, c/o Frederick R. and Judith K. Newbrough, P.O. Box 552, Shinnston, WV 26431.

Lowell R. Payne

SHINNSTON -- Lowell R. Payne, 65, of Lumberport, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born June 13, 1935, in Boone County, a son of the late Raymond B. Payne and Cleo M. Blevins Payne Helmick.

His wife, Pearl Y. Styer Payne, whom he married Nov. 27, 1954, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Regina Payne, Lumberport; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Howard "Mickey" and Carolyn Payne, Bergoo, Walter and Rita Helmick, Marlinton, Robert and Mary Helmick, Webster Springs, Elsworth "Sonny" and Charlotte Helmick, Bergoo; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Bob Dulaney, Webster Springs, Patricia and Garl Hamrick, Beverly; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his stepfather who raised him, Dock Helmick.

Mr. Payne was a coal miner, having retired from Consolidation Coal Co., Robinson Run Mine, with 29 years service. He was a past officer and lifetime member of the West Virginia Mine Rescue Association and aided in the recovery efforts of the Farmington No. 9 and Blacksville No. 1 mine disasters.

He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America, Local No. 1501, Shinnston, St. John's Lodge No. 24, A.F. and A.M., a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason, with membership in both the Clarksburg and Wheeling bodies and a York Rite Mason. He was past master of St. John's Lodge, having served in 1985, 1986 and 1987, and had also served as the Deputy District Grand Master for the state of West Virginia Masonic Body in 1998. He was a member and vice president of the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery Board of Trustees.

He formerly attended the Chestnut Bottom Union Mission Church, Bergoo.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, after 2 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Sherman Goodwin officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery, where St. John's Lodge No. 24, A.F. and A.M. will accord Masonic graveside rites.

Eleanor Smallridge

SHINNSTON -- Eleanor V. Smallridge, 80, of Bethlehem, died at 12:58 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at her residence following a sudden illness.

She was born July 21, 1920, at Shinnston, a daughter of the late Harry Sears and Eva Lena Spring Shaffer.

Her husband, Paul Smallridge, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Denver (Nancy) Johnson, Shinnston; one son, Paul Wm. Smallridge, Greenville, S.C.; six grandchildren, Nancy E. Johnson, Mark A. Johnson, Paulette Shaffer, Jennifer Simmon, Paula Smallridge and David Smallridge; five great-grandchildren, Greg Pitzer, Christopher Johnson, William Shaffer, Jared Smallridge and Justin Smallridge.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 4-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. O.D. Harman officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

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