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Obituaries for Sunday, December 24, 2000

Helen L. Ashcraft

CLARKSBURG -- Helen L. Ashcraft, 84, of the Sun Valley community, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

She was born Aug. 1, 1916, in West Union, a daughter of the late John W. and Minnie Mae Thomas Backus.

Her husband, Floyd Ashcraft, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Mark W. Frum, Quiet Dell; one daughter, Marcia J. Benson, Vero Beach, Fla.; four granddaughters, Sherry J. Marsh, Bridget Short, Vicki Frum and Rebecca Frum; two grandsons, Steven Benson and Dr. Scott Benson; six great-grandchildren, Michael Short, Jamie Short, Chase Short, D.J. Marsh, Samantha Marsh and Alexa Frum.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family having also been preceded in death by one brother and five sisters.

Mrs. Ashcraft made porcelain dolls and was well known throughout Harrison County for restoration of antique dolls, dressing dolls and her expertise of painting doll faces.

She was a retired bookkeeper from Centurial Products. She was a Protestant by faith.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, where the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Interment will be in the Masonic Memorial Park Cemetery.

Aileen M. Douglas

CLARKSBURG -- Aileen M. Douglas, 88, of North 14th Street, Clarksburg, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

She was born July 8, 1912, in Elkins, a daughter of the late Floyd C. Trusler and Jessie Ann Sculley Trusler Cottrill.

Her husband, H. Eugene Douglas, whom she married June 7, 1940, preceded her in death Jan. 10, 1986.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, H.E. Douglas Jr. and wife, Barbara, Severn, Md.; one daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Pete (Barbara) Amodio, Salem; five grandchildren, Brooke Hipp, Zac Amodio, Chad Amodio, Julie DeMino and Mason Douglas; and one great-grandson, Kyle Nicholas Amodio.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, John "Bud" Trusler.

Mrs. Douglas retired from Hazel Atlas Glass where she had worked in the box shop with 28 years service.

She was a member of the United Methodist Temple and was active in the Parent Teacher Association, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday where the funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. William Haynes officiating. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Robert Paul Fallon

WESTON -- Robert Paul Fallon, 83, of Route 2, Camden, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.

He was born May 16, 1917, in Camden, a son of the late John J. Fallon and Estella Rexroad Fallon.

His wife, the former Isabella Alkire, whom he married Dec. 27, 1936, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert J. and Mary Catherine Fallon, Alum Bridge, and Thomas M. and Mary Jane Fallon, Hurricane; one daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Buck Ratliff; one daughter-in-law, Georgann Fallon, one sister, Margaret Rumbach, both of Weston; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Leo "Jerry" Fallon; one infant daughter; four brothers, Raymond, Martin, Cecil and Michael Fallon; and one sister, Agnes Quinn.

Mr. Fallon was retired from the West Virginia Glass Specialty Co. with 19 years of service. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and the St. Boniface Catholic Church, Leading Creek.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, where a rosary service will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday from the St. Boniface Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. John Finnell as celebrant. Interment will follow in the St. Boniface Church Cemetery.

Russel Gilbert Ketterman

PHILIPPI -- Russel Gilbert Ketterman, 56, of Brownton, died at 4:20 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Jan. 22, 1944, at Brownton, a son of the late Charles and Ariona Steveson Ketterman

Surviving are two daughters, Shirley A. Gordon, Philippi, and Patty McMannis, Belington; three sisters, Eleanor Audia, Philippi, Beulah Ketterman, Brownton, and Carrie Temple, Amsterdam, Ohio; four brothers, Clarence Casey Ketterman, Brownton, Ray Ketterman, Viropa, Charles Ketterman, Kansas and Frank Ketterman, Wendell; and three grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Harle, Luther and Burton Ketterman; and four sisters, Anna Borbee, Margaret Audia, Mildred Ketterman and Betty Maxwell.

Mr. Ketterman was employed at Mountaineer Greenhouse at Flemington.

He was Pentecostal by faith.

Sibyl L. Milburn

PINE GROVE -- Sibyl L. Milburn, 81, of Reader, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at Sistersville Nursing Home, Sistersville.

She was a daughter of the late Joe and Ivy Montgomery Smallwood.

Her husband, Clem C. Milburn, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Milo Milburn and wife, Joanne, Bridgeville, Pa.; one daughter, Shelley and husband, Ron Harter, Burton; seven grandchildren, John Harter and wife, Johnna, Janet and husband, Randy Moore, Marie, Joe, Mike, Vincent and Billy Milburn; and three great-grandchildren, Johnny Evon Harter, Mitch Moore and Holden Moore.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn Smallwood and Paul Smallwood; and two sisters, Marie Toothman and Erma Bowers.

Mrs. Milburn was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Reader. She was a retired school teacher for the Wetzel County Board of Education.

She was a member of the Priscilla Rebekah Lodge No. 296, Reader.

Friends will be received from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday at Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Trinity United Methodist Church, Reader. Interment will be at the Milburn Cemetery, Eight Mile, near Reader.

Gladys Jean Mishko

FAIRMONT -- Gladys Jean Mishko, 75, of 1532 Country Club Road, Fairmont, died at 7:35 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at Fairmont General Hospital.

She was born May 28, 1925, at Rivesville, a daughter of the late Jesse F. Stewart and Audrey Tarr Stewart.

Her husband, Frank John Mishko, survives in Fairmont. Her first husband, Albert Harki, preceded her in death in 1952.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, James A. and Laura Lee Harki, and Ronald A. and Deborah M. Harki, all of Bridgeport; two brothers, Jesse Ray Stewart and James Carl Stewart, both of Rivesville; one sister, Loretta M. Stransky, Sharpsburg, Md.; three grandchildren, James Matthew Harki, Morgantown, Daniel Allen Harki, State College, Pa., and Michael Stewart Harki, Bridgeport; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Mishko was a homemaker. She graduated from Rivesville High School in 1943. She served as secretary for her reunion committee.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Fairmont, and the United Methodist Women's Society. She was active with the West Virginia Travel Club.

Visitation will be from noon - 4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and noon - 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Roger Waybright and Frank Spevock officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Fairmont.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 7315 Wisconsin Ave. No. 203 E, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Timothy 'T.J.' Smith Jr.

SALEM -- Timothy "T.J." Smith Jr., 20, of Shinnston, died Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, on Route 73 near Shinnston, as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born April 5, 1980, in Clarksburg, a son of Timothy Ray Smith, Tallahooche, Fla., and Carolyn Sue Weekley Smith, Shinnston.

Surviving are his paternal grandmother, Nancy L. Smith, Clarksburg; and two brothers, Jeffrey L. Smith and Chad E. Smith, both of Shinnston.

Mr. Smith was employed at Kentucky Fried Chicken, Bridgeport. He was a Protestant by faith.

Family will receive friends at the Harbert Funeral Home, Salem, from 1-5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor James R. Nuzum officiating. Burial will follow in Center Point Christian Church Cemetery, Center Point.

Mrs. Ethel M. Sutphin

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Ethel M. Sutphin, 77, of Heartland of Clarksburg, formerly of 324 North Avenue, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at Heartland of Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born June 13, 1923, in West Virginia.

Her husband, Lawrence Sutphin, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Ellen Hufford, Milford Street, Clarksburg; one sister, Maxine Efaw, Shinnston; and two grandsons, Jason Pratt and Charles Pratt Jr.

Mrs. Sutphin was a homemaker. She was Methodist by faith.

There will be no funeral home visitation. Services will be announced at a later date. McGlumphy Funeral Home/Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Frederick William Whitmeyer

GRAFTON -- Frederick William Whitmeyer, 56, died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at the Grafton City Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born July 21, 1944, in Erie, Pa., a son of the late Milton Whitmeyer and Gertrude Proper Whitmeyer.

His wife, Sharon Shumaker Whitmeyer, whom he married Nov. 3, 1974, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Robert Whitmeyer, one daughter, Beverly Carder, both of Grafton; two brothers, Milton J. Whitmeyer, Union City, Pa., and Herman Whitmeyer, Erie, Pa.; three sisters, Margaret Landers, Cambridge, Pa., Catherine Gocal, Townsville, Pa., and Barbara Tripp, Union City, Pa.; two grandsons, David and Steven Carder; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Carl Whitmeyer.

Mr. Whitmeyer was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of the Fellowship Mission Church.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Friends and family will be received at the Bartlett Funeral Home, from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Dolly Smith, Rev. William Moody, Pastor Troy McCartney and Pastor Charles Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown.

Mary Louise Wilson

MORGANTOWN -- Mary Louise Wilson, 69, of Morgantown, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at her home following a long illness.

She was born Nov. 26, 1931, in Spelter, a daughter of the late Thomas and Gabrielle Henry Stuart.

Her husband of 49 years, J. Fred Wilson, survives.

Also surviving are one son and spouse, Michael and Chris Wilson, two daughters, Kathy and Bob Edwards, and Julie Wilson Long, all of Morgantown; eight grandchildren, Kelley, Jason and Jennifer Wilson, Elizabeth, Stephanie and Mary Katherine Edwards, Meagan and Matthew Long; one sister and brother-in-law, Rosalie and John Paul Sheets, Claymont, Del.; one sister-in-law, Jean Stuart, Wilmington, Del.; one cousin, Mary W. Porter, Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, William Stuart and Thomas Stuart.

Mrs. Wilson was a 1950 graduate of Washington Irving High School, Clarksburg. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church where she helped with Sarah's Tables.

She was involved with Morgantown Service League, Monongalia General Hospital Auxiliary and the Pines Country Club Women's Golf Association. She was also involved with the Tuesday Girls" Bridge Group for 40 years.

Friends may call at Hastings Funeral Home, Morgantown, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. A scriptural wake service will be held at the funeral home at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Fr. Colombo Bandiera as celebrant. Burial will follow at Bridgeport Cemetery.

Donations may be made in her memory to Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, P.O. Box 9300, Morgantown, WV 26506-9300 or to the Religious Retirement Fund c/o St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church, 38 Beechhurst Avenue, Morgantown, 26505.

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