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Obituaries for Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002

Glendon Neil Ashley

ELIZABETH -- Glendon Neil Ashley, 67, of Big Bend, died Sunday morning at the Minnie Hamilton Health Care of Grantsville. He was born in Burning Springs, the son of the late Jess G. and Nellie McCroskey Ashley. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled Veterans of America of Parkersburg. Neil was a Master Sarg with the US Air Force serving in the Korean and Vietnam wars, he was a recipient of the Purple Heart. Neil enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his family.

Surviving are his wife, Elma Kathryn Whited Ashley; son and daughter-in-law, Glendon Guy and Teressa Ashley of Glenville; daughter Glenna Kay Ashley of Carollton, Ohio; also Glendon Neil Ashley Jr., Joyce and Patricia; brother, Niles G. Ashley of Elizabeth; grandchildren, Kayla, Taylor and Hunter Ashley of Glenville, Zachary, Billy Ray and Tessie Gotschell of Carollton, Ohio.

Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Matheny Pomroy Funeral Home of Elizabeth with Pastor Bryan Groves and Rev. David Morris officiating. Military honors will be held at Hill Grove Cemetery of Wirt County. Friends may call Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Matheny Pomroy Funeral Home, Elizabeth.

Dorotha D. Boice

GRAFTON -- Dorotha D. Boice, 75, of Nursing Care 2, Grafton City Hospital, died January 27, 2002, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV, following an extended illness.

She was born on June 16, 1926, at Pruntytown, a daughter of the late Curtis and Persis Hamilton Boice. She was a resident of Pruntytown for 67 years.

She was a teacher, having taught in Ohio, Wood, Tucker and Taylor counties, a graduate of Grafton High School 1944 and also Fairmont State College, member of the Parkersburg Chapter No. 14, Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Taylor Co. Senior Citizens, a teacher and a member of the Beulah Baptist Church, Pruntytown.

She is survived by one niece, Della Marie West Whitford of Florida; 3 nephews, John Earl West, Curtis Harold West, James Allen West; several cousins.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Gertrude Gazelle "Tootie" West.

Friends will be received from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, at the Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, and at the Beulah Baptist Church from 9-10 a.m. on Wednesday, prior to the 10 a.m. service with the Chaplain of Grafton City Hospital, Rev. David L. Kidd, officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodsdale Memorial Park, Grafton.

Bartlett Funeral Home,, is in charge of arrangements.

Calvin Dale Boram

BRIDGEPORT -- Calvin Dale Boram, age 15, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2002. He was born November 30, 1986, in Clarksburg, a son of Thomas Dale Boram II and Lora Ann Stutler Boram, of Bridgeport.

In addition to his parents, Calvin is survived by two brothers, James Arron and Chad Wesley Boram, and one sister, Shelby Rose Boram, all of Bridgeport. His paternal grandparents are Edith Marie Boram of Hurricane, West Virginia, and the late Thomas Dale Boram. Maternal grandparents are Jarrett Junior Stutler and Delores June Stutler of Bridgeport. Paternal great-grandparents are Wanda Stankwitz of South Charleston, West Virginia, and the late Joseph Stankwitz; James Harley Boram and Sue Boram. Maternal great-grandparents are Mary Stutler of Glen Falls, and the late Jarrett Stutler; Paul William Kelley of Brushy Fork, and the late Edith Kelley. Calvin is also survived by several aunts and uncles, and two special friends, Brittany Leary of Clarksburg, and Chrissy Kemmner of Quiet Dell, both of whom attend Robert C. Byrd High School.

Calvin was a freshman at Bridgeport High School. He enjoyed football, basketball and loved to ride motorcycles.

Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., where funeral services will be held on Wednesday at noon with Reverend Todd Buterbaugh presiding. Interment will follow in the Stonewall Park Cemetery, Stonewood.

Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Jessie Virginia Fumerola

BUCKHANNON -- Jessie Virginia Fumerola, 93, of Warren, OH, formerly of Buckhannon, died Saturday, January 26, 2002, at Imperial Nursing Home, Warren, OH.

She was born September 22, 1908, in Sutton, WV, a daughter of the late Isaac Sanford and Levada Jane Kelley Douglas.

Her husband, Quirico (Quick) Fumerola, preceded her in death.

Surviving are 5 daughters, Betty Jean Coughlin and husband Paul, Buckhannon, Mary Frances Leigh and husband Stephen, Warren, OH, Barbara Jane Ware and husband Guy, Buckhannon, Margaret Ann Pingley and husband Robert, Oceanside, CA, Virginia Lee Robinson and husband Frank, Millville, NJ; 6 sons, Dewey Lester Fumerola and wife Mary Jean, Newton Falls, OH, William Charles Fumerola and wife Hilda, Clinton Township, MI, James Edward Fumerola and wife Nelda, Champion, OH, Robert Joe Fumerola and wife Sandy, Alamogordo, NM, Quick Fumerola Jr. and wife Karen, Farmdale, OH, Leonard Paul Fumerola and wife Arlene, Kinsman, OH; 42 grandchildren; 78 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Roy Buster Fumerola, 3 sisters, 6 brothers, 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.

She was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and a homemaker.

Viewing will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday with Prayer Service at 8 p.m. Jan. 30, 2002, at Tomblyn-Whitescarver Funeral Chapel, Buckhannon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 31, 2002, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Celebrant Father James McCafferty. Interment will be in Heavner Cemetery.

Tomblyn Whitescarver Funeral Chapel of Buckhannon is in charge of the arrangements for Jessie Virginia Fumerola.

Homer Junior Gatrell

FREDERICK, Md. -- Homer Junior Gatrell, 88, of Frederick, Md., died January 25. He was the husband of the late Ruth Whiteman Gatrell, who died February 24, 1999.

Born October 30, 1913, in Grafton, he was a son of the late Homer Auistin and Nellie Prim Gatrell.

Surviving is a son, Eric Gatrell and wife Joan of Frederick; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and sisters Martha Newlon of Grafton, WV, Kathleen Handley of Bridgeport, WV, and Juanita Iverson of Baltimore. He was preceded in death by his brother, Francis Gatrell.

Memorial services 2 p.m. Thursday, January 31, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 133 West Second St., Frederick, Md. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick.

Robert E. Dailey & Son Funeral Home, Frederick, Md.

Fluence Hinter

WEST UNION -- Fluence Hinter, age 97, of Leopold community, New Milton, WV, died Jan. 26, 2002, at Worthington Manor, Parkersburg, WV.

She was born Dec. 11, 1904, in Bear Fork, Doddridge County, WV, a daughter of the late John and Laura Czigans Spurgeon.

She is survived by 2 daughters, Genevieve Spessert of Springfield, Virginia, and Glenda Himes of Phoenix, Arizona; 4 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 sister, Fayron Spurgeon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Hinter in 1972.

Mrs. Hinter retired in 1975 with over 25 years of service as postmistress at Leopold Post Office in Doddridge County, WV. Mrs. Hinter was a schoolteacher in Doddridge County in the 1920s. Mrs. Hinter was a member of the St. Johannes Lutheran Church.

Services will be conducted at Spurgeon Funeral Home, West Union, WV, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, at 11 a.m. with the Pastor Linda Muhly officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union, WV. Family will receive friends at the Spurgeon Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, 2002, and from 10 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday.

A Spurgeon Funeral Home Service, West Union, WV.

Walter Arden Holden

CLARKSBURG -- Walter Arden Holden, 91, of Lee Avenue, Clarksburg, died Sunday, January 27, 2002, in the United Hospital Center, following a brief illness.

Mr. Holden was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates, Harrison County, from 1946-1948, and finished his fifth term in the West Virginia State Senate in 1970.

He was the first person in the history of Harrison County to be elected to the State Senate for five consecutive terms. He did not seek re-election in 1970. He was born in Bristol, October 25, 1910, a son of a well-known Bristol merchant, the late Arden J. Holden, and the late Ila Harden Holden.

Twice married, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ethel G. Williams Holden, in 1958.

He was then married to Helen D. Davisson in 1960, a well-known Lewis and Harrison County educator, who also preceded him in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. George Cadman (Rebecca) Finly, Clarksburg; three grandchildren, George Arden Finly and his wife, Heather, Clarksburg, Mary Clare Finly, Charleston, and Rebecca Paige Holden and her husband, David B. Smith, Charleston; and three great- grandchildren, Isabelle Frances Finly, Emma Clare Finly and Frederick Finly Prichard.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Thomas Harden Holden, and one sister, Lena B. Holden.

Mr. Holden was a graduate of Bristol High School and received his A.B. Degree from Salem College, and M.A. Degree in Vocation Distributive Education from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a guest instructor one summer.

He was associated with his father for many years in the general store business.

He taught for 42 years, with his first teaching assignment being at Bristol High School and North View Junior High School.

His last 34 years teaching were at Victory High School and Liberty High School in Clarksburg.

He served as Teacher-Coordinator in Distributive Education since 1948. His teaching fields are Distributive Education, Commerce and Social Science.

He was past State President of the West Virginia Vocational Association, past President of the Harrison County Classroom Teacher's Association, Life Member of the National and Vocational Education Association and served 16 years on the Southern Regional Education Board, representing the West Virginia State Senate.

He was elected director of the Clarksburg Community Bank in November, 1972, and served in 1978 as a member of the Harrison County Board of Education by appointment. He was appointed by Governor John D. Rockefeller IV to serve on the State Advisory Council on Vocational Education.

Mr. Holden is listed in Who's Who in American Politics. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Clarksburg, a member of the Clarksburg Lodge No. 482 BPO Elks, and was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Upper Ten Mile Watershed Association.

Mr. Holden was an elected delegate to the 1964 Democratic National Convention from the First Congressional District.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg, Thursday from 1-2 p.m., where funeral services will be held Thursday, January 31 at 2 p.m. The Reverend Etheldean Yanero will officiate. Interment will be in the Broad Run Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the People's Hospice, P.O. Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV 26302, or to the First United Methodist Church, 117 N. 2nd Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301

Davis Funeral Home,

Thomas Ruel Langford Sr.

CLARKSBURG -- Mr. Thomas Ruel Langford Sr., age 73, of 313 Thomas Ave., Nutter Fort, died at 7:30 a.m. Monday, January 28, 2002, from a sudden illness.

He was born on August 16, 1928, in Glenville, WV, a son of the late Russell Doy Langford and Rosa Arabelle James Langford.

His wife, Lois Charlene Davis Langford, whom he married on July 3, 1954, preceded him in death on December 1, 1998.

Surviving are two sons, Thomas R. Langford Jr., Mt. Clare, Todd Ryan Langford, Nutter Fort; two daughters, Deborah Denise Langford Cross, West Union, Mrs. Michael (Kimberly) Tharp, Gregory's Run, Clarksburg; two sisters, Mrs. Annabelle Smith, Nutter Fort, Mrs. Parker (Wilma) Tallhammer, Glenville, WV; five grandchildren, Airman Jaclyn Denise Cross, Aurora, CO, Gregory Earnest Cross, Columbus, OH, Mrs. Briant (Sunshine) Noland, Norfolk, VA, Chira Tharp, Clarksburg, Alex Tharp, Clarksburg; and one great-grandchild, Cameron Noland.

He was preceded in death by five brothers, Harry, Robert, Gaylord, Leland and Bernard Langford; and three sisters, Lucille Hardman, Lillian Skeens and Wilda Riffle.

Mr. Langford was a member of the Full Gospel Chapel Church, Clarksburg, where he had served as trustee. He had worked with the Gaylord Wholesale Grocery, Hercules Powder Company and was a foreman at the Pittsburgh Plate Company for 15 years, working in the Tank Department. He also worked for the Lerosa Fuel Company and was a transportation engineer with the Summit Center.

Mr. Langford was a member of the Herman Lodge #6, A.F. & A.M., Clarksburg. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Langford retired in 1996 after surviving a heart attack. He enjoyed animals, farming and gardening.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, with Reverend Hayward L. Minear, Reverend William Holtz and Reverend Franklin N. Shreve presiding.

Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Military Rites will be presented by the V.F.W. Post 3573 and the American Legion Post #13, Clarksburg.

Davis-Weaver service.

William L. 'Bill' Minnix

SHINNSTON -- William L. "Bill" Minnix, 58, of Cunningham Run Community, Shinnston, died suddenly at 2:43 p.m. Sunday, January 27, 2002, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born at Washington, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1943, a son of the late Gobal and Virginia Lowe Minnix.

He is survived by his wife, Addie Ramona "Tiney" Ash Minnix, whom he married December 23, 1964. Also surviving are 2 sons and a daughter-in-law, Rodney Keith and Amanda Minnix, Wallace, Patrick Lee Minnix, Shinnston; 1 daughter and son-in-law, Shawna and Harley Stalnaker, Rt. 2, Mannington; 3 grandchildren, Harley Stalnaker, Wesley Stalnaker and Tyler Keith Minnix; 2 brothers, Robert Minnix, Haywood, James Minnix, Shinnston; 1 sister, Mary Louise Rhinehart, Delaware.

Mr. Minnix was a former employee for Commercial Hydraulics in Shinnston, and had worked as a Coal Miner. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of St. James Evangelical Church at Enterprise.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 31, with Reverend Homer Ham officiating. Following cremation a private inurnment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

The Dorsey Funeral Home,, Shinnston, is in charge of the arrangements.

Peggy Carol Thomas

FRENCH CREEK -- Peggy Carol Thomas, 63, of Rt. 1, French Creek, died at her home Saturday, January 26, 2002.

She was born at Shinnston, WV, July 5, 1938, the daughter of the late Cecil and Blanche White Cheuvront.

She was married to Raymond Thomas, who is deceased. Surviving are one son, Keith Saffle of Warren, Ohio; one daughter, Tracy Thomas Brunn of West Farmington, Ohio; one brother, Cecil Cheuvront of Aberdeen, Md.; two sisters, Marge Durish of Steubenville, Ohio, and Betty Wickham of Mingo Junction, Ohio; a special friend, George Woody of Rt 1, French Creek; eight grandchildren; and three brothers.

One sister is deceased.

Friends will be received at the Robert M. Vincent Funeral Home, French Creek, Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at the funeral home at 1 p.m. with Rev. David Jessie officiating. Burial will follow in the Waterloo Cemetery.

Robert M. Vincent Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Roy E. Vogt

PENNSBORO -- Roy E. Vogt, age 71, of Greenwood, Doddridge County, WV, departed this life on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002, at Parkersburg, WV.

He was born on March 18, 1930, at Port Vue, Pa.

Mr. Vogt was retired from the Equitable Gas Company with 35 years of service and upon retirement was with the Gas Measurement Division at West Union, WV. He was a graduate of McKeesport High School, Class of 1948, of McKeesport, PA, and was a former grade-school basketball coach at Smithburg in Doddridge County. Mr. Vogt was a member of Friendship Lodge #56, A.F. & A.M. and the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #56, both of West Union.

He was also a member of the O'Dell S. Long Chapter #25, R.A.M., the Pennsboro Commandery #20, K.T., Scottish Rite, Valley of Clarksburg, and the Nemesis Temple of Parkersburg. He had been Master of Friendship Lodge in the years 1965 and 1973 and had attended the Harvest Time Ministries of Pennsboro.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Loretta Mae Thompson Vogt; sons and daughters-in-law, James E. "Jim" and Nancy Vogt, Pennsboro, WV, and Greg R. and Sue Vogt, Greenwood, WV; daughter and son-in-law, Darla J. and Sam Cokeley, Pennsboro, WV; brother, Glenn Vogt, Port Vue, PA; sister, Anna Evanchak, Port Vue, PA; 6 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Vogt was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Bertha Minnick Vogt, and a brother, William Vogt.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002, from the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, with Rev. John Kopshina officiating. Friendship Lodge of West Union will be in charge of graveside services with Pennsboro Commandery providing the escort. Burial will be in the Masonic Memorial Park at Crystal Lake, near West Union.

Friends may call from 3-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002, and after 9 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

The family prefers that memorials to the life of Mr. Vogt be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

McCullough Rogers Funeral Home.

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