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Obituaries for Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004

Pearl Ables

WESTON -- Pearl Ables, 84, of Wolf Pen Road, Weston, WV, died at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003, in Holbrook Nursing Home in Buckhannon, WV, following an extended illness.

Born on Jan. 12, 1919, in Lewis County, WV, she was a daughter of the late Walter Ables and Effie (Riffle) Ables.

Survivors include two brothers, Henry Ables, Weston, WV, and Jimmie Ables, Weston, WV; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.

Miss Ables was employed with Colonial Glass in Weston, WV, with seven years' service, and West Virginia Glass Specialty Company in Weston, WV, with four years' service. She was a member of the Harrison Grove United Methodist Church on Murphys Creek, Weston, WV.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, WV, on Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2003, from the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Wease Day officiating. Interment will follow in the Harrison Grove Cemetery on Murphys Creek, Weston, WV.

Boyle Funeral Home of Weston.

Clyde Willard 'Bill' Brandli

NUTTER FORT -- Clyde Willard "Bill" Brandli, 86, of Fairmont, died Tuesday evening, December 30, 2003, in the United Hospital Center following a brief illness. He was born in Clarksburg on March 27, 1917, a son of the late Clyde H. and Grace (Lewis) Brandli.

He is survived by his wife, Fannie Naomi (Simmons) Brandli.

Also surviving are 2 daughters and a son, Deborah Gattian, Fairmont, Billinda Fullaway and her husband William, Palm Coast, FL, and Mark H. Brandli and his wife Lynn, Atlanta, GA; a sister, Jane Bennett, Towson, MD; 6 grandchildren, Michele Gregory, Ravenna, OH, Vesper Vernon Gregory III, Ravenna, OH, Kristina Gattian, Fairmont, Channing Fullaway, Palm Coast, FL, Mason Brandli and Coby Brandli, both of Atlanta, GA; and a great-grandchild, Tyler Gattian, Fairmont, WV; 2 stepchildren, Jody Dyer, Franklin, WV, and Greg Dyer, Ft. Seybert, and a stepgrandson, Dustin Dyer; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Kitts, and 2 brothers, James "Bo" Brandli, and Frank I. Brandli.

Bill was the owner of Brandli Music Company for over 27 years and had previously worked at Hazel Atlas, Lewis Hubbard, Amana Appliance, and Creighton Music Company. A veteran of WWII serving in the Army Air Corps from 1942-1945 as a staff sergeant, he saw duty in the China, Burma and India theaters, along with North Africa and the Panama Canal Zone. He was a graduate of Washington Irving High School. An avid pilot, Bill obtained his license at age 65. He attends Valley Chapel United Methodist Church, Pleasant Valley.

In lieu of flowers, Mr. Brandli requested that memorial contributions be made to the Salvation Army.

Friends may call at the Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m, where services will be held on Friday at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow in the WV National Cemetery, Pruntytown, where full military rites will be accorded.

A Gemondo Funeral Home Service.

James 'Jim' D. Cooper

CLARKSBURG -- James "Jim" D. Cooper, 62, of Quiet Dell, departed this life December 29, 2003, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born August 27, 1940, a son of the late Hunter and Luella Cooper.

Mr. Cooper is survived by his wife, Karen Sue DeMark Cooper.

He is also survived by one son, Jeff Cooper of Stonewood; three daughters, Debbie Cooper of Clarksburg, Melinda and husband Bernie Schindler of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tina Folio and husband John of Charlotte, North Carolina; three grandchildren, Nicholas Schindler and Jacob Folio, both of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Katie Cooper of Clarksburg; several nephews and nieces; one brother, Keith and wife Opal Cooper of Belington; three sisters, Helen and husband Everett Randolph of Jane Lew, Mary and husband Gary Kennedy of Clarksburg, and Sue and husband Donnie Allen of Parkersburg.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Stella Mae Fox.

Mr. Cooper was Protestant by faith and attended the Congregational Missionary Church in Stonewood. He retired from the UCAR Carbon Corporation in August of 2003 after 38 years of service. Jim was a devoted father and grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg, Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. and Thursday from 6-8 p.m., where funeral services will be held Friday, January 2, at 11 a.m. The Pastor Ron Diciolla will officiate. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Condolences may be made to the family at www.davisfunerals.com (on-line obituaries/register book. Davis Funeral Home.

Dennis Eugene Morgan

GRAFTON -- Dennis Eugene Morgan, 50, of Grafton, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2003, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 29, 1953, in Farmington, a son of the late Morgan and Patricia Ann Moore Morgan. He was retired from the B&O Railroad, where he was a trackman and a member of the Moose Lodge and the American Legion.

Mr. Morgan is survived by a son, Matthew Morgan of Grafton; one brother and sister-in-law, Donald R. and Cathy Morgan of Pittsburgh; one sister, Tammy Marie Fyffe of Chillicothe, OH; one aunt, Naoma Matlick of Grafton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, at the Bartlett Funeral Home, Grafton, WV, with the Rev. H. Edgar Suite officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Preston County, WV. Friends may call from 2-9 p.m. on Friday evening. Condolences may be extended to the family at www.bartlettfunerals.com.

Samuel Morrison, Jr.

WESTON -- Samuel Morrison, Jr., 74, of 4165 Jesse's Run Road, Jane Lew, WV, died at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 30, 2003, in United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV, following an extended illness. Born on October 30, 1929, in Homeland, Lewis County, WV, he was a son of the late Samuel Morrison, Sr., and Nora (Curry) Morrison. On July 1, 1950, he married the former Helen Maxine (Davis), who survives.

Also surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky Lee (wife Joyce (Gregoire)) Morrison, Jane Lew, WV, Randy Lane (wife Marjory (Duty)) Morrison, Jane Lew, WV, and Dr. Robbie Lynn (wife Carol (Robertson)) Morrison, West Milford, WV; four sisters, Ruby Weiderholder, Austin, TX, Norma Thompson, Montrose, WV, Evaline Pirlivich, Missouri, Shirley Bonestele, Kings Island, SC; three brothers, David Morrison, Alexandria, Louisiana, Marvin Morrison, Everett, Washington, and Robert Morrison, TX; eleven grandchildren, Jeffrey Morrison, Craig Morrison, Alicia Morrison, Ricky Morrison, Ginger Morrison, Robbie Morrison, Elaina Morrison, Amanda Morrison, Melissa Overfelt, Timothy Morrison and Alan Morrison; two great-grandchildren, Isaac Morrison and Kiera Overfelt; sister-in-law, Emelyne Heckert, Good Hope, WV; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and -nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Mr. Morrison owned and operated Sam's Sewing Machine Repair in Jane Lew with several years' service, where he was semi-retired. He enjoyed cattle and horse farming, traveling and gospel sings. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a Baptist by faith.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, WV, on Friday, January 2, 2004, from 2-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2003, from the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robbie Lynn Morrison, D.D., officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Jane Lew, WV.

Boyle Funeral Home of Weston.

Eleen Fay Nicholson

PARKERSBURG -- Eleen Fay Nicholson, 83, of Parkersburg died Dec. 30, 2003, at the St. Joseph Hospital.

She was born in Miletus, WV, the daughter of the late Alvin S. and Edna Mae Sperry Nicholson.

She had at one time been employed by the American Viscose and the Bureau of Public Debt and had attended the South Parkersburg Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sister, Clara Mae Hurst of Lost Creek, WV; her brother, Delbert Nicholson and his wife Jean of Parkersburg; her nephews, Bernard Hurst Jr. and his wife Carol of Lost Creek, WV, David Nicholson and his wife Cheryl of Jane Lew, WV, and Dr. Gary Nicholson and his wife Shirley of Kettering, OH; her nieces, Peggy Hurst of Lost Creek, WV, Kristi Nicholson of Belpre, OH, and Carolyn Nicholson of Texas; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Alvin Lewis Nicholson; an infant sister, Glena Nicholson; her brother-in-law, Bernard Hurst Sr.; and a sister-in-law, Marcelene Nicholson.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg with Pastor Will Neff officiating. Interment will be in the K of P Cemetery at Salem, WV. Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

Leavitt Funeral Home.

George Skalski

SHINNSTON -- George Skalski, 89, of Meadowbrook, passed away Monday, December 29, 2003, following a sudden illness.

He was born December 4, 1914, at Clarksburg, the son of the late Nicolas Skalski and Anna Szpak.

He is survived by one nephew, Norman C. Jackson and wife Patsy of Barclay, MD; one niece, Suzanne Jackson of Barclay, MD; two great-nephews, James Jackson of Barclay, MD, and William Thomas of Centerville, MD; one great-niece, MiMitti Sharp of Barclay, MD; two great-great-nephews and two great-great-nieces; and a special friend, Rex Walton of Bridgeport.

Mr. Skalski was preceded in death by two brothers, Paul and Nicholas Skalski, and one sister, Anna Marie Jackson.

He graduated from Bulova Watch School of New York, was employed as a watchmaker and a coal miner, was a member of the VFW of Clarksburg, served in the Army during WWII and was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Shinnston.

Family and friends will be received at the Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 South Pike Street, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2004, at the funeral home, with the Father Karl Wohinc as celebrant. Interment will follow in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery. Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 13 and the VFW Post 9151.

Dorsey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dorseyfuneralhome.com (online guest book).