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Obituaries for Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Clyde J. Hibbs Jr.

PHILIPPI -- Clyde J. Hibbs Jr., 84, of Philippi departed this life at 3:55 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness.

Mr. Hibbs was born June 20, 1919, in Mannington, a son of the late Clyde Jay Hibbs Sr. and Helen Quigley Hibbs.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Hall Hibbs, whom he married June 12, 1938; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn Davis and husband George, Philippi, and Marilyn Runion and husband David, Philippi; two grandchildren, Charles Davis and wife Tani, Lexington, Ky., and Georgann Davis of Philippi; three great-grandchildren, Megan Davis of Lexington, Ky., Erin Davis and Caitlin Davis, Philippi; one aunt, Beryl Norton, Senecaville, Ohio; and a close family friend, Susan Heck, Philippi.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Williams; one brother, John Hibbs; and two aunts, Agnes McCoy and Mildred Robinson.

Mr. Hibbs was employed as an electrician at Alderson-Broaddus College for over 30 years. He owned and operated Hibbs Radio Communications Inc. since 1955.

He was a member of Philippi Baptist Church, where he served on various committees and boards.

Mr. Hibbs served in the U.S. Navy aboard the Battleship West Virginia during World War II.

He was a member of the Philippi Lions Club, served on the board of directors and as chairman of the Sight Committee. He received the Leonard Jarrett Award in 1987.

He was a 50-year member of Bigelow Lodge No. 52, A.F.&A.M., where he had served as worshipful master and as secretary for 24 years; a member of Tygarts Valley Chapter No. 39, R.A.M., where he served as high priest and as secretary for 24 years. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Clarksburg and Wheeling. In 1981, he was coronetted as inspector general honorary, 33rd degree, by the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite.

Mr. Hibbs held membership in the DeMolay Commandery No. 11, Knight Templar Masons, Grafton; life member of the West Virginia Council No. 7 Knights Masons; Royal Order of Scotland; Fort Henry York Rite College No. 61; Super Excellent Master of Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons; Philippi Chapter No. 41, O.E.S. He was appointed Deputy Grand Lecture of the 13th District of West Virginia in October 1970, in which position he served until his death.

The family requests memorials in the form of contributions to Mountain Hospice, 1410 Crim Avenue, Belington, WV 26250.

Friends will be received at the Wright Funeral Home, 216 N. Walnut Street, Philippi, after 2 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Daniel Unger and Rev. Richard Hepler officiating. Entombment will follow in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Bigelow Lodge No. 53, A.F.&A.M., will conduct ritualistic services. American Legion Post No. 44 will make the presentation of the American flag.

Wright Funeral Home service.

Roy E. Bailey

CLARKSBURG -- Roy E. Bailey, 93, formerly of Washington Avenue, Clarksburg, died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at the residence of his daughter.

Mr. Bailey was a retired truck driver with Evans Transfer Company with 30 years of service.

He was born in Clarksburg May 25, 1910, a son of the late Roy E. and Leafie Anna Lewis Bailey Sr.

He was married to Lillie E. Ables Bailey in 1959, who preceded him in death on Nov. 30, 2000.

Surviving are one son, Ray Summers, Nutter Fort; three daughters, Anna Mae Cain, Clarksburg, Helen Meadows, North Carolina, and Sharon Pratt, Weston; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Cecil (Margaret) Hornick, Baltimore, Maryland.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Louise Lembach; three sisters, Mrs. A.W. (Irene) Baker, Mrs. Louise Rine and Mrs. Helen Purnell; and two brothers, Clyde and John Bailey.

Mrs. Bailey was a member of the Broad Oaks United Methodist Church and the Harrison County Senior Citizens and AARP.

A service of remembrance will be conducted Wednesday, March 17, at 2 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home, with Rev. Martin Wine officiating.

Condolences may be extended to the family at (online obituaries/guest book).

Davis Funeral Home.

Marie C. (Biggs) Casto

WESTON -- Marie Antoinette Calabrese Biggs Casto, 86, of 1440 West 14th Street, Nitro, WV, died at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 15, 2004, at her residence following a brief illness.

Born on April 29, 1917, in Weston, WV, she was a daughter of the late John Calabrese and Madeline (Costello) Calabrese.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Overton Biggs, who died in 1973.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Rose Ann Swiger (husband Robert), Weston, WV; a nephew, Kevin Swiger (wife Dee), Weston, WV; nieces, Mary Anne Ellifritz (husband Nelson), Hagerstown, MD, Elizabeth Moneypenny (husband Tim), Weston, WV; and great-nieces and -nephews, Sean, Jalyn and Christian Swiger, Cofa Ellifritz, Emily and Ethan Hawver, Elyse and Claire Moneypenny.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Teresa Calabrese.

Mrs. Casto was retired with forty-two years of service as a shipping supervisor with American Visco Corporation. She was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, on Wednesday, March 17, 2004, from 5 to 8 p.m. A Rosary service will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, 2004, from the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 18, 2004, from St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Reverend Fr. Jeremiah F. McSweeney and Reverend Fr. John Ledford as celebrants. Interment will follow in Machpelah Cemetery in Weston, WV.

Boyle Funeral Home of Weston.

Morris J. Grandstaff

FAIRMONT -- Morris J. Grandstaff, 78, of Fairmont died March 15, 2004, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 2, 1925, a son of the late William C. and Gay Morris Grandstaff.

Morris graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1943, was in the F.S.H.S. Marching Band, was a member of East Side Lions Club, Pitcher United Methodist Church and Fairmont Moose Lodge, was an avid WVU football fan and enjoyed his family and friends, along with reading and walking.

For over 50 years, he was in the grocery store business. He was a president of Foodland Retailers for 10 years. He was owner of four Foodland stores -- Community, Bellview, Tygart and Shinnston. In 1977, he was voted International Retailer of the Year by all the Foodland stores.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie King Grandstaff, whom he married Dec. 5, 1947; a loving brother, James R. Grandstaff of Fairmont; one daughter, Mary Gay Priolette and her husband Frank II of Fairmont; and one son, Mark G. Grandstaff and his wife Lyla of Rivesville.

Also surviving are five grandchildren, Gayle Christine Grandstaff and her fiancé Peter Gonzalez, Mark P., Casey Marie, James Dustin and Daniel Scott Grandstaff; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lorraine G. Yost and Juanita Fraternali; and five brothers, William C., Frank B., Charles, Jack W. and Pete Grandstaff.

Morris donated his body to the Human Gift Registry.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pitcher United Methodist Church, Rt. 2, Box 89, Fairmont, WV 26554.

Domico Funeral Home Inc.

Mrs. Ethel Matheny

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Ethel Matheny, age 89, of 408 Upland Avenue, Clarksburg, WV, went to be with the Lord at 11:34 a.m. Sunday, March 14, 2004, at the United Hospital Center following an extended illness.

She was born in Uniontown, PA, January 1, 1915, a daughter of the late John and Anna Jones Winston.

Surviving are her husband, Clifford A. Matheny, whom she married March 1, 1953; one sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis V. and Fred E. Brooks, Clarksburg, WV; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and -nephews; and several great-great-nieces and -nephews.

Mrs. Matheny was also preceded in death by one son, Clifford A. Matheny, Nov. 7, 1971; and five brothers and four sisters.

Mrs. Matheny was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in North View. She had worked at Weirton Steel in the Tin Mill and at Hazel Atlas Glass Company. She retired as a glassworker from Hazel Atlas.

Mrs. Matheny loved people and was loved by many. Her church and her family were very important parts of her life.

Friends may call at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, where a funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Bruce McBride presiding. Interment will follow in Elkview Masonic Cemetery.

Davis-Weaver service.

William Daniel 'Poggie/Wil' Harton

FAIRMONT -- William Daniel "Poggie/Wil" Harton, age 32, of Clarksburg, WV, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, in Clarksburg.

He was born March 26, 1971, in Rochester, N.Y., the second son and third child of James and Wilma Perkins Harton of Fairmont.

William attended Barnes Elementary School, Miller Junior High and graduated from Fairmont Senior High School. He also attended Pittsburgh Culinary School and Fairmont State College.

In addition to his parents, he leaves to cherish his memory: A brother, James O. Harton Jr. of Smyrna, Ga.; a sister, Tajuana (Anthony) Allen of Jonesboro, Ga.; four daughters, Bersha Harrison of Atlanta, Ga., Sha-la Pugh of Clarksburg, WV, Hanna Horan of New Jersey and Madison Harton of Clarksburg, WV; four aunts, Deloris Burt of Chicago, Ill., Oretha (Michael) Arnold, Memphis, Tenn., Constance (Dolphus) Henton of Rochester, N.Y., and Alice Perkins of Durham, N.C.; two uncles, Lawrence (Trudy) Harton of Fairmont and Robert Harton of Chicago, Ill.; three great-aunts, Oretha Foster of Fairmont, Tomella Mumphrey of Nashville, Tenn., and Arvilla Laster of Monongah, WV; two great-uncles, Rudy Laster of Buffalo, N.Y., and O.H. Laster of Columbia, Md.; two nieces, Tiffany Harton of Fairmont and Tashara Brown of Jonesboro, Ga.; two nephews, Jordan Harton of Smyrna, Ga., and Justin Allen of Jonesboro, Ga.; 18 first cousins, Phyllis, John, Keith, Kevin, Rodney, Byron and Danny, all of Chicago, Ill., Larry, Pat and Adrienne of Atlanta, Ga., Mike and Rosalynne of Memphis, Tenn., Tracy, Alia, Rasheed and Nicole of Rochester, N.Y., Tony Perkins of Texas and Shelton Perkins of Durham, N.C.; and a host of other relatives, friends and neighbors.

The family will receive friends at the Morningstar Baptist Church, 100 McKinney St., Fairmont, from 11 a.m.-noon Friday, March 19, 2004. Memorial services will begin at noon at the church, with Rev. Wesley Dobbs officiating.

The J.G. Lampkin Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Carol Ann Watkins

CHARLESTON -- Carol Ann Watkins, 43, of Charleston died unexpectedly at home on March 13, 2004.

Carol was born August 17, 1960, in Charleston, WV.

Carol was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College with a BS degree in accounting and had also received a graduate degree in banking from the University of Wisconsin. She was employed by the State Treasurer's Office and was a member of Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston.

Carol was preceded in death by her father, Elmer B. Watkins.

Carol is survived by her mother, Wandalee Hill Watkins of Charleston; her brother, David H. Watkins and his wife Melissa of Morgantown; and her nephew, Brian C. Watkins, a student at West Virginia University.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bartlett Burdette Cox Funeral Home, Charleston, with the Rev. Gerald Dotson officiating. Committal services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Parkersburg.

A gathering of family and friends will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Bartlett Burdette Cox Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.

Harold 'Buzz' Waybright

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Harold "Buzz" Waybright, Lt. Col. USA retired, died on Saturday, March 13, 2004, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

He was the beloved husband of Donna (nee Madia) Waybright; the loving father of Aaron and his wife Nina Waybright, Jeremy and his wife Nicole Waybright and Annalisa Waybright; the loving son of Emma Waybright; the brother of Joyce Pudder and Roger, and John Waybright; and the grandfather of Dominick Waybright. He also leaves his dog, Maggie.

Friends may call on Tuesday, March 16, from 6-8 p.m. at Everly Funeral Home, 10565 Main Street, Fairfax, Va. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, March 17, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Timothy's Catholic Church, 13807 Poplar Road, Chantilly, Va. A service with full military honors will be held on Wednesday, May 5, 2004, at 8:45 a.m. at Ft. Myer Chapel, with interment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Virginia Head Injury Association, P.O. Box 2148, Springfield, VA 22152, or the Annalisa Waybright Trust Fund.

Mollie Geraldine Wright

SHINNSTON -- Mollie Geraldine Wright, 87, of Pleasant Acres Christian Haven, Fairmont, WV, passed away March 14, 2004.

She was born July 24, 1916, a daughter of the late Mack and Mollie Crane.

Twice married, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy Davis, and Virgil M. Wright, her second husband.

She is survived by one son, Roy Eugene Davis and wife Helen of Enterprise; one daughter, Molly Trainer of Kentucky; four grandsons, John Davis and wife Rose of Shinnston, Robert Gay of Kentucky, Paul Gay and wife Retha of Kentucky, and Lloyd Davis and wife Kim of Kentucky; one granddaughter, Geraldine Givens and husband Mark of Kentucky; thirteen great-grandchildren in Kentucky; one great-granddaughter, Joanie Freeman of Lumberport; seven great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Maxine Everly of Fairmont.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry, Manley and Paul Crane, and one sister, Janice Ford.

Mrs. Wright, known as "Grammy" to her grandchildren, enjoyed cooking large dinners for her family; she was very talented at crocheting and gardening. She was Methodist by faith.

Family and friends may call at Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 S. Pike St., Shinnston, on Friday, March 19, 2004, from 2-9 p.m., where services will be held Saturday, March 20, 2004, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Jennifer William officiating. Interment will follow at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Enterprise.

Condolences may be sent to the family at (online guest book).

Dorsey Funeral Home.

Anna Zbosnik

LEWES, DE -- Anna Zbosnik, age 92, of Lewes, DE, died Sunday, March 14, 2004, at Harbor Health Care Center of Lewes, DE.

Mrs. Zbosnik was born in Keyser, West Virginia, on May 23, 1911, a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Koziar.

Her husband, Paul Zbosnik, died in 1959.

She is survived by two daughters, Paulette Kroon of Lewes, DE, and Mary Ann Sterling of Lewes, DE; 6 grandchildren, Greg and Gary Sterling, Peggy Glenn, Ricky, Lesley and Ashley Kroon; and two great-grandchildren, Megan Sterling and Alison Schrader.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 19, 2004, at 11 a.m. at the Wright Funeral Home, 216 North Walnut Street, Philippi, West Virginia, where friends may call one hour prior to services. Burial will follow at the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Flemington, West Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to Meals on Wheels, Rt. 9, Box 135, Lewes, DE 19958.

Delaware arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes, Lewes, DE.