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Obituaries for Monday, Dec. 29, 2003

James M. Burkhart

PARKERSBURG -- James M. Burkhart, 83, of Belpre, died December 27, 2003, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born September 19, 1920, in Jane Lew, WV, a son of the late William and Pearl Melton Burkhart.

He graduated from Jane Lew High School and entered the Air Force and served in Philippines during World War II.

He was a member of Food Workers Union Local 347 where he had served as a business representative after retiring from the Kroger Company. He was a lifetime member of the VFW where he had held numerous offices.

He was State Commander for the VFW in 1990 and 1991, Blennerhassett Post 1212 commander for eight years, All American State Commander, All American Post Commander and was instrumental in the building of post 1212 new building on Garfield Ave. He was a member of American Legion Post 15, served on Belpre City Council, the UCT, Belpre Senior Citizens and First Baptist Church of Belpre.

Jim is survived by his wife, Geraldine Louise Jarvis Burkhart, whom he married in November 31, 1941; three sons, James E. Burkhart of Coolville, Jerry L. Burkhart and his wife, Teresa, of Belpre, Gary E. Burkhart of Belpre; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, John Burkhart of Weston.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Harold Burkhart.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Green Street, Parkersburg. Burial will be at Rockland Cemetery with full military rites by the VFW. Visitation will be from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday and prior to the service on Tuesday.

Memorials may be made in Jim's name to the Blennerhassett Post 1212 Building Fund, 1630 Garfield Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy A. Coughlin

CLARKSBURG -- Dorothy A. Coughlin, age 96, of Clarksburg and formerly of 499 Lee Ave., died at 8:05 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 2003, in the Clarksburg Continuous Care following an extended illness.

She was born in Lancaster, Ohio, on November 20, 1907, a daughter of the late Harry F. "Pete" Allen and Harriette F. (Parido) Allen.

Her husband, William P. Coughlin, whom she married on July 10, 1934, preceded her in death on July 31, 1958.

Surviving are four sons, William Paul Coughlin, Westlake, Ohio, Michael A. Coughlin, Santa Fe, New Mexico, John J. Coughlin, Clarksburg, WV, Patrick E. Coughlin, Clermont, Fla.; one daughter, Harriette C. Hatfield, St. Mary's, WV, eleven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard Allen and Donald Allen and a grandson, Mark V. Hatfield.

She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Clarksburg.

In previous years, she was active with the Catholic Daughters of America.

Mrs. Coughlin retired from the Hope Gas Co. in 1972.

She was a volunteer with the auxiliary of the St. Mary's Hospital in the 1950s and the United Friends Center. She served on the Harrison County Development Authority.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, WV, from 4-8 p.m. Monday. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2003, with the Reverend Father Cesidio J. Federico as celebrant.

Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery.

A Biblical wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Davis-Weaver service.

William Robert Everson

BELINGTON -- William Robert Everson, 74, of Ten Mile Community, Rt. 2, Belington, died Friday, December 26, at the home of his daughter, where he had resided for the past seven years. Death followed an extended illness.

He was born October 29, 1929, at Philippi, a son of the late Walter and Susie C. (McKelrath) Everson.

Surviving are one daughter, Doris Jean Wagner and husband, Danny; two sons, Walter Ray Everson and wife, Sheryl, Rainelle, William Joseph Everson, Belington; one brother, Mendel Murl Everson, Deerfield, OH; one sister, Madeline Snyder, Avon Lake, OH; thirteen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, David Earl Everson and Michael Anthony Everson; by one daughter, Patricia Louise Everson; by one sister, Marcelene Moran; by two brothers, Isaac Earl Everson and Roger Lee Everson; and by one granddaughter, Diana Marie Everson.

Mr. Everson was a former carpenter and river man. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving with the U.S. Army and was a former member of the W.Va. National Guard.

He was a life member of Laurel Mt. Post 410, Veterans of Foreign Wars at Belington.

Friends may call at the Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Chapel in Belington from 5-9 p.m. on Sunday. Graveside services will be conducted at the Mt. Liberty Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 29, with the Rev. Downing Gregory officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Liberty Cemetery.

Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.

Ruby M. Keister

CLARKSBURG -- Ruby M. Keister, age 84, of 432 Capitol Ave., Clarksburg, WV, died at 2:28 p.m. Saturday, December 27, 2003, in the United Hospital Center.

She was born in East View on November 29, 1919, a daughter of the late Bennett G. Queen and Olive Jane (Riffle) Queen.

Her husband, Ralph Keister, whom she married on June 4, 1938, preceded her in death on September 11, 1989.

Surviving are one son and a daughter-in-law, Jack L. and Sue Keister, Hillard, Ohio; one daughter and a son-in-law, Judith Ann and John Davis, with whom she made her home, Clarksburg, WV; eight grandchildren, Jeff Keister and wife, Tracy, Greg Keister and wife, Alice, Kelly Keister Shuman, Julie Keister Barriger and husband, Steve, Tonya Davis Maxwell and husband, Frank Zedek, Tracey Davis Lawrence and husband, Randy, Tim Davis and wife, Teresa and Todd Davis and wife, Tiffany; thirteen great-grandchildren, Kolby Keister, Haley Keister, Chris Keister, Mike Keister, Wayne Shuman, Adam Shuman and Elizabeth Shuman, Riley Barriger, Josh Maxwell, Kelsey Lawrence, Karley Lawrence, Myriah Davis and Hannah Davis; and one great-great-granddaughter, Jenna Maxwell.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Thelma Harlan and Bessie Heater, one brother, Fray G. Queen Sr.

Ruby's public service spanned in Harrison County for four decades. She was the first woman elected to the County Commission and served fourteen years from 1976-1990. She also was the only known write-in candidate to win a commission seat. Prior to her term on the commission, Ruby worked 22 years in the County Clerk's bookkeeping office. During her tenure, she served eight years as president of the commission and worked on various boards, including the airport authority, senior citizens center, emergency squad, health department, planning commission, development authority and parks and recreation.

Some of her proudest accomplishments were the renovation of the county's 911 system, negotiations that led to the FBI's fingerprint center and renovations to the courthouse, including the jail.

Ruby had the privilege of breakfast at the White House with President Jimmy Carter in 1979. President Carter appointed her to serve on the N.A.C.O.

She was an active member and longtime treasurer of the First United Methodist Church in Clarksburg.

She was also a member of the Stonewall Jackson Civic Club, Rebekah Lodge, B.P.O. Elks 482, Clarksburg, Democrat Women's Club and the Democrat Executive Committee.

Ruby was a loving, caring, family-oriented person who was a great mother and grandmother. She loved her family dearly and loved having them all around her.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, WV, from noon-9 p.m. Monday. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2003, at the First United Methodist Church, Clarksburg, with Reverend Etheldean Yanero and the Reverend Dr. Gary N. Shepherd presiding. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Mrs. Keister's body will lie in state from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Davis-Weaver service.

Junior Lewis Lattea

SALEM -- Junior Lewis Lattea, 77, of Sawyers Run Community, died 4:30 p.m. Friday, December 26, 2003, at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, following a brief illness.

He was born January 16, 1926, at Coldwater, Doddridge County, the son of the late Pete and Bertha Alta Nicholson Lattea. His wife, Ruby Fay Harper Lattea, who he married December 29, 1946, died March 1997.

Surviving are five sons, Robert Lee Lattea and wife, Sharon, of Bristol, Kenneth Roger Lattea and wife, Donna, of Parkersburg, John Henry Lattea and Delbert Allen Lattea and companion, Barb, Ronald Patrick Lattea and companion, Dawn Freeman, all of Salem; four daughters, Anna Alta Derrow and companion, David Arnett, Mrs. Roy (Cora) Arnett, both of Thornville, Ohio, Barbara S. Lattea, Parkersburg and Mrs. James (Melissa) Norton, Romney; one brother, Boyd Lattea of East View; four sisters, Mrs. Luther (Mary) Lamb, Mrs. Raymond (Juanita) Davis, Mrs. Bill (Helen) Davis and Betty Adams all of Salem. Also seventeen grandchildren and twenty-two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, William Lewis Lattea and Donald Franklin Lattea and by several brothers and sisters.

He was a Baptist by faith, a veteran of U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean conflict.

For thirty-six years, Junior Lattea was a laborer for Eureka/Pennzoil pipeline.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, Monday, from 9 a.m. until the funeral hour at 1 p.m. Rev. Harley Jeffries Jr. will preside. Interment in the Indian Fork Cemetery at Coldwater.

A Greathouse Service.

Walter Joseph Lover

CLARKSBURG -- Walter Joseph Lover, age 84, of 660 Mulberry Ave., Clarksburg, WV, died at 7:50 p.m., Friday, December 26, 2003, at his residence.

He was born in Clarksburg, WV, on August 1, 1919, a son of the late Joseph Lover and Gertrude (Stewart) Lover.

His wife, Vivian (Zannino) Lover survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Rose Ann Shuttleworth, Clarksburg, WV, and Walda Jo Taylor, Clarksburg, WV; and three grandchildren, Terra Ann Cunningham, Rocco Joseph Cunningham and Sara Jo Taylor. He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Jordan Lover.

Mr. Lover was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was the owner of the Roush's Fruit Market for twenty years until retiring in 1979.

He was the captain of Washington Irving basketball team in 1939 when they were the state champions.

Mr. Lover was a member of Post 482, Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.

Friends were received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, WV, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Sunday, where Catholic Burial Rites will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, December 29, 2003, with the Reverend Father Cesidio J. Federico presiding.

Entombment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum.

Davis-Weaver service.

Monica LouAnn McCombs

SHINNSTON -- Monica LouAnn McCombs, 48, of Terra Alta, passed away Sunday, December 28, 2003, following an extended illness. She was born February 24, 1955, the daughter of the late Louis Medina and Sophia Koreski Medina.

She is survived by one son, Jordan McCombs of Ohio; one brother, Louis Michael Medina and wife, Lisa, of Enterprise; and one niece, Layla Medina of Enterprise.

Ms. McCombs worked as a registered nurse for Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Psychiatric Institute of Richmond.

She was a member of the Holy Family in Spelter and a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church.

There will be a private viewing for the family at their convenience. There will be a Mass of Christian burial held at St. Ann Catholic Church Wednesday, December 31, 2003, at 10 a.m. with the Father Karl Wohinc as celebrant. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

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

Michael E. 'Mike' Murphy

PENNSBORO -- Michael E. "Mike" Murphy, 61, of Ellenboro, WV, departed this life on Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003, at Parkersburg, WV.

Mike was born in Nov. 12, 1942, at Barberton, OH. He retired from the Cabot Corporation at Waverly, WV, as a lab technician with 34 years of service. He was baptized a Roman Catholic and attended the New Hope Baptist Church at Parkersburg, WV. He was a graduate of Pennsboro High School with the class of 1960 and graduated from Glenville State College in 1964 with a bachelors degree in chemistry and math.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Murphy; son, Todd Murphy, Valparaiso, IN; daughter, Debra "Debbie" Davis, Pennsboro, WV; and a grandson, Jeremy M. Davis.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, George P. and Rosemary Murphy.

Mass of Christian burial with the Rev. Thomas Karachria as celebrant will be held at Christ Our Hope Catholic Church at Harrisville, WV, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, where Christian wake service will be held at 7 p.m.

McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Harry E. Radcliff

WESTON -- Harry E. Radcliff, 81, of Route 1, Coxs Mills, WV, died at 5:10 a.m. on Sunday, December 28, 2003, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV, following a brief illness. Born on August 7, 1922, in Alice, WV, he was a son of the late Archie Radcliff and Mabel B. (Post) Radcliff. On November 14, 1954, he married the former Dorothy L. (Knisely), who survives.

Survivors also include three children, Ricky (wife Connie) Radcliff, Coxs Mills, WV, Eddie (wife Lori) Radcliff, Williamstown, WV, and Ann Radcliff, Elkview, WV; one granddaughter, Marsha (husband Bill) Rollyson, Glenville, WV; one stepgranddaughter, Crystal (husband Harv) Pritt, Troy, WV; one great-granddaughter, Hannah Turner, Glenville, WV; one stepgreat-grandson, C.J. Pritt, Troy, WV; one sister, Eula Lamb, Alum Bridge, WV; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Butcher and Joy Osborn; and two brothers, Roscoe Radcliff and Hobert Radcliff.

Mr. Radcliff was employed by W.R. Orders Construction with six years service and later retired from the maintenance department of Glenville State College with several years service. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II, where he received a Purple Heart. He was a farmer and a member of the VFW and DAV chapters in Glenville, WV. He was a Baptist by faith and a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, WV, on Tuesday, December 30, 2003, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, 2003, from the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ronzel Roberts officiating. Interment will follow in the Troy I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Troy, WV.

Boyle Funeral Home of Weston.