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Obituaries for Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003

Christopher Edwin Phoenix Alfred

WESTON -- Christopher Edwin Phoenix Alfred, 2 days old, of 3248 Vadis Road, Alum Bridge, WV, died at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, November 16, 2003, in West Virginia University's Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.

Born at 5:40 p.m. on Friday, November 14, 2003, in St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon, WV, he was a son of Christopher Dale Alfred and Felicia Dawne (Lamp) Alfred, who reside in Alum Bridge, WV.

Survivors also include maternal grandparents, Michelle L. and Herbert W. Morrell, Grantsville, WV; paternal grandparents, Edwin A. and Donna J. Alfred, Alum Bridge, WV; maternal great-grandparents, Lou E. Grimm and Lewis C. Smith, Belpre, OH, and Bill and Marie Morrell, Grantsville, WV; paternal great-grandparents, Marjorie B. Alfred, Alum Bridge, WV, and George and Betty Hardbarger, Harrisville, WV; several aunts and uncles including Amanda D. Alfred and Eric S. Fisher, Alum Bridge, WV, Alicia D. Morrell, Grantsville, WV, and Teresa Harris and Kenneth C. Harris, Grantsville, WV; several great-aunts and -uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by paternal great-grandfather, Oran Dale Alfred and maternal great-grandfather, Kenneth Dale Grimm.

He was a Methodist by faith.

Friends may call at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Avenue, Weston, WV, on Tuesday, November 18, 2003, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18, 2003, from the Carder Cemetery in Vadis, WV, with Pastor Linda Muehly officiating. Interment will follow the graveside services in the Carder Cemetery.

Floyd Funeral Home of Weston.

Robert Eugene Brown

SHINNSTON -- Robert Eugene Brown, 76, of Hutchinson, died suddenly at 12:40 a.m. Monday, November 17, 2003, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born August 30, 1927, at Enterprise, a son of the late Benjamin Harris and Ivy Murphy Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Zelda Marie Brown.

Mr. Brown is also survived by 1 son, Ancil Lynn Brown, Hutchinson; 1 daughter, Zelda Sawyers, Hutchinson; 2 brothers, Benjamin Brown Jr., Enterprise, and Pastor Tom Brown of Shinnston; 3 grandchildren, Joey, Davie and Crystal Sawyers; 4 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by 1 sister, Juanita Edwards, and 5 brothers, Calvin, Raymond, James, Jack and Charles Brown.

Mr. Brown graduated from Shinnston High School in 1945, after which he joined the Army and served in the Dentistry Branch. He was first employed by the Clark Coal Company of Fairmont and then the Clenchfield Coal Company at the Dola Mine. He later was employed at the Robinson Run Mine #95.

Mr. Brown was the caretaker of the Enterprise I.O.O.F. Cemetery for 40 years. He was Methodist by faith and was a member of the International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge # 209 of Enterprise for the last 52 years. He was also a member of the Encampment Lodge of Adamston.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, November 20, 2003, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Tom Brown officiating. Interment will follow at the Enterprise I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston.

Jean Elizabeth Day

PETERSBURG -- Jean Elizabeth Day, age 76, of Arthur, WV, and Sharpsburg, MD, died Sunday, November 16, 2003, at the Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg, WV.

Born July 30, 1927, in Waynesboro, PA, she was the daughter of the late Brinley Devor and Hilda (Hardman) Devor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert C. Day, December 3, 1999. She was also preceded in death by one son, Robert C. Day II.

Jean was a graduate of Waynesboro High School and Shepherd College. She was employed by Letterkinney Depot, Chambersburg, PA, and Fairchild Industries, Hagerstown, MD, for several years.

She was a member of the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, Arthur, WV.

Surviving are one daughter, Susan (Day) Hite of Martinsburg, WV; three sons, Timothy A. Day of Winchester, VA, Thomas G. Day of Clarksburg, WV, and James B. Day of Shepherdstown, WV; and eight grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the Schaeffer Funeral Home in Petersburg, WV, on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. The memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, November 21, 2003, at the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joseph Gerstell officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Arthur, WV.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Office of Donor Services, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY 10605.

Schaeffer Funeral Home Inc., Petersburg.

Sandy Lyle DeMark Sr.

CLARKSBURG -- Sandy Lyle DeMark, Sr., age 91, of Mt. Clare, departed this life Saturday, November 15, 2003, at the Fairmont General Hospital following an extended illness. He was born April 18, 1912, a son of the late Joseph DeMark and Catherine Spadafore DeMark. His wife of 67 years, Lorraine Wilson DeMark, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Sandy Lyle "Bud" DeMark Jr., and his wife Linda, of Nutter Fort; three daughters, Catherine Olsheske and her husband, Robert of Mt. Clare, Karen Sue Cooper, and her husband, James, of Quiet Dell, and Dottie McClain and her husband Larry of Lost Creek. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter; one sister, Mrs. Mary Russell, Stonewood; and one brother, John DeMark, Good Hope.

In addition to his parents, Mr. DeMark was preceded in death by three sisters and several brothers.

Mr. DeMark was a member of the Center Branch Baptist Church. He was formerly the head of the Elk Creek Water Pollution Association for many years. Mr. DeMark's motto was "Save Our Streams," and there are numerous signs of this throughout the community. He assisted in the incorporation of the City of Stonewood, and was one of the founding fathers of the Stonewood Volunteer Fire Department. Along with these great accomplishments, Mr. DeMark assisted or built many of the homes in the City of Stonewood. He was the former owner and operator of Sandy's Hardware from 1956 until 1983. He was also a member of the West Virginia Civilian Conservation Corps.

Family and friends will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg/Nutter Fort, on Monday from 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at the funeral home at 10 a.m. with Reverend Mason Bennett presiding. Interment will follow in the Stonewall Park Cemetery, Stonewood, West Virginia.

Davis Funeral Home, (register book/ obituary), has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Robert Lee 'Abb' Gaines

WESTON -- Robert Lee "Abb" Gaines, 30, of 551 Madison Ave., Weston, died at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, November 13, 2003, at his residence.

He was born April 3, 1973, in Weston, a son of Roger Lee Gaines and Juanita Carol "Duke" Mowery Gaines, both who survive in Weston.

On December 18, 1993, he married the former Priscilla Reed, who preceded him in death.

Surviving are two children, Brandon Michael Gaines and Amber Dawn Gaines, both at home; one sister, Roberta Gaines and companion Lee Brown of Weston; and two brothers, Roger Lee Gaines Jr. and wife Stephanie of Weston and Rodney Gaines and companion, Shelia of Weston; six nieces and nephews, Eric Turner, Trenton and Austin Shaffer, Letha and Arla Mills and Dawson; and several aunts and uncles.

Mr. Gaines was employed at Worldwide Equipment and was an avid hunter.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday from the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Mark Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens at Jane Lew.

Boyle Funeral Home of Weston.

Kevin W. Lawson

CLARKSBURG -- Kevin W. Lawson, 39, of Salem, died Sunday, November 16, 2003, at his residence following a sudden illness.

He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of the late Ruth A. Puskar Lawson and William E. Lawson of Clarksburg.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Cindy D. Baker Lawson, whom he married May 26, 1984. Also surviving are one son, Joshua Michael Lawson; 3 daughters, Heather and Brianna Lawson, all at home, and Jennifer Baker of Parkersburg; two brothers, Allen R. Lawson, Apple Valley, California, and Christopher Lawson of Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Lawson was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

He was employed by Wal-Mart as a stock person on the night shift and attended the Clarksburg Baptist Church.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, Rt. 98 from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday where funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at 1 p.m. The Reverend Dr. Maxwell Hill, pastor of the Clarksburg Baptist Church, will officiate. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

Davis Funeral Home,

Bernard Eugene Martin

SHINNSTON -- Bernard Eugene Martin, 83, of Route 1, Shinnston, passed away Saturday, November 15, 2003, at United Hospital Center.

He was born December 11, 1919, at Bices Run, the son of the late Ernest Martin and Mayme O'Dell Martin.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Sedlock Martin, in 1986.

Mr. Martin is survived by one daughter, Stephena L. Martin-Summers and companion Marshall Young of Fairmont; one son, Bob Martin and wife Julie of Orlando, FL; one granddaughter, Brandi Nicole Martin of Orlando, FL; one grandson, David Michael Summers of Fairmont; two sisters, Fara Mae Webb of Wyatt, and Mrs. Franklin Barbara "Jone" Moore of Bices Run; two brothers, Frederick Paul Martin and wife Joetta of Shinnston, and Harry Vance Martin and wife Virginia of Pine Bluff; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Martin was preceded in death by one daughter, Sharon Kay Martin; one sister, Hilda Martin Matheny; and one brother, Darrell Jackson Martin.

Mr. Martin was employed as a coal miner, having worked as a mechanic at Williams and Loveridge mines. He had worked 38 years as a coal miner. He was a member of the UMWA Local 9909, and a member of the National Rifle Association. He was a gunsmith, an avid hunter, he loved the great outdoors and was a devoted father and man.

Family and friends will be received at the Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 South Pike Street, Shinnston, from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 20, 2003, with the Reverend Melvin Ringer officiating. Interment will follow in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Dorsey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at,

Sheila Jan Blazek Munchin

FAIRMONT -- Robert and Heather Sabatino Munchin want to respectfully acknowledge the death of their wife and mother, Sheila Jan Blazek Munchin, on November 16, 2003.

She was born Jan. 25, 1948, in Fairmont, the daughter of Tom Blazek and his wife Ann Matitolia Blazek of Milford, Connecticut, and the late Roberta Esposito Blazek.

Sheila was a 1965 graduate of Saint Peters High School. Early on, she was employed as a certified dental assistant for Dr. V.M. Greco. Following employment in his office, she assisted at the Lil' People Nursery School. In 1980 she enrolled at Fairmont State College and graduated in May of 1984 earning an A.B. degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi. She was a Roman Catholic by faith and member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church of Fairmont. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Sheila was an educator at several elementary schools during her teaching career with the Marion County Board of Education. She retired from East Dale Elementary Schools in November 2000.

She is survived by her husband, Frank Robert "Bob" Munchin, whom she married June 24, 1967; one daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Frank Sabatino of Fairmont; two grandsons, Frank Vincenzo "Vince" and Christian "Angelo" Sabatino, both of Fairmont; one half sister, Judith Dobrich of Glastonbury, Connecticut; a stepmother, Ann (Matitolia) Blazek of Milford, Connecticut; her mother-in-law, Ethel Munchin of Meredith Springs; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, godchildren and many good and cherished friends.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Pasquale and Jenny Caliguire Esposito; maternal stepgrandmother, Rose Gatano Esposito; and paternal grandparents, Joseph and Mary Blazek.

Friends may call at the Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant Street, Fairmont on Tuesday from 4-9 p.m. with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 1-8 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 6 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Fairmont by Father Casey Mahone on Thursday, November 20, 2003, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Serving as pall bearers will be John Blazek, Dale Hawkins, Hank Hawkins, Pete Piscitelli, Michael Kraley and Chuck Hawkins.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care, Highway 92 South G. Road, PO Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520; Immaculate Conception Church, 329 Maryland Ave., PO Box 1726E, Fairmont, WV 26554; Fairmont Catholic Foundation, 416 Madison St. #A, Fairmont, WV 26554; Sisters of Saint Joseph, 416 Madison St., Fairmont, WV 26554; or the American Cancer Society, Region XI, 300-A Scott Ave., Morgantown, WV 26505.

Private condolences to the family may be sent to: Bob Munchin, Rt. 2, Box 57, Fairmont, WV 26554; Heather Sabatino and Family, Rt. 2, Box 65-C, Fairmont, WV 26554; or Tom Blazek, 26 Knobb Hill Road, Milford, CT 06460.

Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, Fairmont.

Dorothy Belle Price

BELINGTON -- Dorothy Belle Price, 79, a lifelong resident of Belington, died Saturday, November 15, 2003, in the Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, following an extended illness.

She was born March 12, 1924, a daughter of the late Bertsel Brooks and Stella Blanche (Wilmoth) Ramsey.

On September 26, 1942, she was married to Edward Lee Price, who preceded her in death on January 11, 2001.

Surviving are three daughters, Sandra Childers and husband, Roger, Clarksburg, Sue Phillips and husband, Dwayne, Belington, Ann Friel and husband, Joe, Bunker Hill, W.Va.; one son, Thomas Price and wife, Jill, Belington; eleven grandchildren, Scott Childers, Rodney Childers, Rick Childers, M.D., Brent Sinsel, Carla Sinsel Lawrence, Keith Phillips, Chad Sinsel, Paula Phillips Townsend, Amy White Lawrence, Jason White and Nikki Price; fifteen great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, including two nephews whom Mr. and Mrs. Price helped raise, Steve Price and wife, Cathy, and Kevin Price, all of Belington; several grand nieces and grand nephews including Adam Price, Derrick Price, Kevin Price and Melissa Price.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lillie Kittle and Carolyn Howard and by two brothers, Warren Lindy Ramsey and Junior Brooks Ramsey.

Mrs. Price was a 1943 graduate of Belington High School. She was a homemaker and was a member of the Sugar Creek United Methodist Church. She was devoted to her family, church and community and willingly gave of her services, never asking anything in return. Mrs. Price was one of the founders of the Belington Emergency Squad and served faithfully for 30 years.

Friends may call at the Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Chapel in Belington from 4-9 p.m. on Monday and from 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, November 18, when Mrs. Price will be moved to the Sugar Creek United Methodist Church, where friends may call from 1-2 p.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. Destry Daniels will officiate and interment will follow in the Sugar Creek Cemetery.

Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.

Madeline Wimer Watson

WESTON -- Madeline Wimer Watson, 85, of 9 Heath Court, Weston, died at 3:50 a.m. Monday, November 17, 2003, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following an extended illness.

She had been a resident of Crestview Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation in Jane Lew, WV, for the past 11 months.

She was born October 25, 1918, in Spink County, S.D., a daughter of the late Oscar Ord and Zamie Moore Wimer.

On November 17, 1936, she married Harry Watson, who preceded her in death February 28, 1960.

Surviving are one sister, Glenna Watson and husband Alvin of Damascus, Ohio; two brothers, Elmer Wimer of Walkersville, and James M. Wimer and wife Lou Anne of Horner; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Paul, William and Leon Wimer.

Mrs. Watson retired from the Jackson's Mill State 4-H Center with several years service. She was formerly employed at the Louis Glass Factory, Cains Hardware and Bennetts Home and Auto in Weston.

She was a member of the Straight Fork United Methodist Church, the VFW Auxiliary and the Straight Fork CEOs Club.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19, 2003, from the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating. Interment will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery in Roanoke, WV.

Boyle Funeral Home of Weston.