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Obituaries for Monday, March 29, 2004

Eulah Mildred Gerrard Bray

FAIRMONT -- Eulah Mildred Gerrard Bray, 92, of Bolton St., Fairmont, WV, died Saturday afternoon in Fairmont General Hospital. She was born June 11, 1911, in Wilsonburg, WV (Harrison County), daughter of the late Grover E. and Fannie C. Southern Gerrard. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lonnie Bray, who died in 1987.

She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Fairmont, WV.

She retired from Fairmont Emergency Hospital as supervisor of housekeeping. She served 10 years.

She enjoyed camping trips in Petersburg, WV, and quilting.

Survivors include two sons, Calvin Eugene and his wife Donna Bray of Morgantown, WV, and Jerry Bray of Rock Lake; one daughter, Joan and her husband Deacon Duvall of Rock Lake; one sister, Garnett Lynch of Clarksburg, WV; one sister-in-law, Earldine Gerrard of Buckhannon, WV; 14 grandchildren, Terri Nuzum, Tracy Linn, Nancy Payne, James Bray, Jr., Virginia Henderson, Keith Bray, Greg Bray, Beth Ann Goodwin, Crystal Knapton, Gary Bray, Ashley Bray, David Fowler, Susan McCoy and Frances Moody; one daughter-in-law, Nancy Bray of VA; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one son, James E. Bray; two brothers, Vernor and Edmond Gerrard; two grandchildren, Chelsie and Freddie Bray; and one great-grandchild, Taylor Goodwin.

Friends may call at Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont WV, from 7-9 p.m. on Monday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, and 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home Wednesday, 3-31-2004 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Clarksburg, WV. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the charity of their choice.

Ford Funeral Home, Inc.

Arlice Coffman

PHILIPPI -- Arlice Moore Coffman, 95, a former resident of North Main Street, Philippi, died Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Rosewood Health Care Center in Grafton.

She was born in Moatsville, Barbour County, on February 10, 1909, daughter of Henry and Melissa (Moore) Moore, and was graduated from Kasson High School in the first graduating class in 1925.

She married Hobart Coffman and lived in Philippi for more than sixty years. She influenced many young people in her service as a 4-H leader and babysitter. She was a caregiver for several family members.

Mrs. Coffman was preceded in death by her husband, Hobart, in 1979, and by two sisters, Lily Richman and Mottie Waugh, and one brother Andrew Moore.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Lou Tuckwiller and husband Sam of Lewisburg, Janet Gould and husband Ken of Grafton; and one son, Bert Coffman and wife Suzanne of Grafton. Grandchildren include Byron Tuckwiller and wife Patricia, Benjamin Tuckwiller and wife Lucy, K.R. Gould and wife Melanie, Delland Gould, Andy Gould, John Souther and wife Sara, and Alexandra Coffman. Great-grandchildren are Anthony Banton, Megan Banton, Connor Gould and Max Gould.

Friends may call at the Stemple & Forman Funeral Home in Philippi from 3 until 9 p.m. on Monday and until 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 30, when funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Marvin Carr officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Morris Cemetery.

Stemple & Forman Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Joseph Anthony 'Tony' Felosa

SHINNSTON -- Joseph Anthony "Tony" Felosa, 58, of Shinnston, passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 28, 2004, in Gonzalez, TX. He was born January 18, 1946, a son of the late Carl and Mary Virginia Rodriguez Felosa. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1963-1966, and was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church. He was married to Mary Grace Komko of Shinnston, who survives.

Other survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Kimberly and Michael Martin of Lumberport, Kelly and Harold Cogar of Shinnston; and one son and daughter-in-law; Sean and Cyndi Felosa of Frostburg, MD.

Arrangements are pending at Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston.

Sandra Sue Fretwell

CLARKSBURG -- Sandra Sue Fretwell, 40, of Clarksburg departed this life Saturday, March 27, 2004, in the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 19, 1963, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late William Arthur Fretwell, and Patricia Caynor Bland, who survives in Clarksburg.

Also surviving are one son, Travis Ray Bruce, at home and his half-brothers, Lenny and Richard Bruce of Clarksburg, her close companion, Robert Ray Bruce of Clarksburg; two aunts, Karen Smith and her husband Bob of Clarksburg, and Betty Ann Caynor of Forest, Virginia; one uncle, Bob Caynor and his wife Betty Jo Ann of Sarasota, Florida.

In addition to her father, Miss Fretwell was preceded in death by her brother, Leonard Ray "Lenny" Fretwell, her maternal grandparents, Virgil and Thelma Caynor, and her paternal grandparents, Vane and Rita Fretwell.

Miss Fretwell was formerly employed as a child abuse hot-line operator for Criss Cross. She was Methodist by Faith.

Family and friends will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98 Clarksburg/Nutter Fort, on Monday from 5-8 p.m., where funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with Rev. Gary Rapking presiding. Interment will follow in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be extended to the family at (on-line obituaries/register book).

A service of Davis Funeral Home.

Harold Everett 'Mac' McGee

PHILIPPI -- Harold Everett "Mac" McGee, age 88, a resident of Route 4 (Elk City Community) Philippi, passed away at 1:35 a.m. Sunday, March 28, 2004, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. He was born July 20, 1915, in Barbour County, WV, a son of the late Lawrence Francis and Mary Elizabeth "Bessie" Chrislip McGee.

Surviving are one niece and three nephews, Mildred Beer, Buckhannon, Lowell McGee, Pittsburgh, Hugh McGee, Buckhannon, Walter McGee, Philippi; special friends, George and Jo Simon and family, Philippi, Charlie and Jean Rogers and family, Philippi.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leslie Farel McGee and Wendell Oris McGee.

Harold "Mac" was an employee of the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company for 40 years. He was a member of Bigelow Lodge #52 AF & AM.

Friends will be received at the Wright Funeral Home, 216, N. Walnut St., Philippi, from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday. Family and friends will depart Wright Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Wednesday to Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery for a graveside service with Rev. Father Bernard Grunewald officiating.

Wright Funeral Home Service.

Helen G. Neal

BUCKHANNON -- Helen G. Neal, 91, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, died Sunday, March 28, at the Good Hope Personal Care Home in Buckhannon.

She was born May 16, 1912, in Oak Hill, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Joe Wyatt Webb and Carrie Ellen Shearer Webb. She married William Mark Neal, Sr. on April 20, 1932. Mr. Neal died on October 9, 1978.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, James Webb and Paul Webb.

She is survived by one son, W.M. and Vera S. Neal, Jr. of Buckhannon, one sister, Ruby Jean Kopelman of East Bank; two grandsons; W.M. and Lisa Neal, III of Buckhannon and Jeffrey S. and Janet Neal of Lexington, KY; one great-grandson, Matthew Neal of Lexington, KY; and three great-granddaughters, Natalie Neal of Buckhannon, Alexandra Neal of Lexington, KY, and Jennifer Neal of Lexington, KY.

Mrs. Neal was a store owner and operator and a member of the First Baptist Church at 40 Hart Ave. She was a member of the Fred Brooks Garden Club, the WVWC Club and was very active in the Eastern Star of Richwood for many years.

Friends will be received Wednesday, March 31, 2004, from 6-8 p.m. at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home, Inc. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 1, 2004, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at the End of the Trail Cemetery in Clintonville, WV. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Projection Project.

Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home, Inc., Buckhannon, WV.

Florence Ida Nestor

WESTON -- Florence Ida Nestor, 97, of 58 Bendale Road, Weston, died at 10:16 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2004, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a brief illness. She was born May 22, 1906, in Gem, Braxton County, a daughter of the late Sylvester L. Post and Dora Bell Singleton Post.

On November 26, 1931, she married Henry Wallace Nestor, who died April 11, 1966.

She is survived by her loving nieces and nephews Rose Posey, Joan Lee Hinkle, Barbara Kay Post Frame, Roy L. Posey and Vinsen A. Post and several great-nieces and -nephews.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil and Oscar Post, and two sisters, Carrie Belle Posey and an infant sister.

Mrs. Nestor was retired from the WV Glass Specialty Co. with over 45 years of services. She was a 50-year member of the Fern Leaf Rebekah Lodge #101 of which she went through the Chairs. She was a member of the Bendale United Methodist Church and Women Circle of the church.

Friends may call at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, Monday from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2004, from the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Zickefoose officiating. Interment will follow in the Peterson Cemetery.

Floyd Funeral Home of Weston.

Donna Jean Crites Reel

GRAFTON -- Donna Jean Crites Reel, 66, of Grafton, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2004, at Ruby Memorial Hospital. She was born January 4, 1938, in Petersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Melvin and Hazel Simmons Crites. She was married on December 8, 1956, to Jack Reel of Grafton, who survives. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son and his wife, David and Penny Reel of Grafton; a daughter and her husband, Theresa and David Barlow of Bridgeport; and a son, Matthew Reel of Bridgeport; four grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, James and Betty Crites of Hedgesville, WV; and one sister, Betty Lou Cooper of Scottsburg, VA; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at the Bartlett Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family at

Bartlett Funeral Home, Grafton, WV.

Mary Ellen Smith

WEST MILTON -- Mary Ellen Smith, age 73, of New Milton, West Virginia, formerly of West Milton, passed away on Friday, March 26, 2004, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, West Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harley and Mary (Warner) Minnich; brother, Raymond Minnich; and sister, Barbara Jay.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Carder of West Virginia; sons and daughters-in-law, Dudley and Barbie Hansbarger, Greenville, Nevin and Susan Hansbarger, Nevada, James and Teresita Smith, Mexico; granddaughters, Missie, Heidi, Lucero, Zuri; great-grandsons, Aaron and Glenn.

She was formerly active in PTA and Garden Club, Pitsburg, OH.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday March 31, 2004, at the Hale-Sarver Funeral Home, West Milton, with Rev. Robert Kurtz officiating. Burial to follow at Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday at Hale-Sarver.

Hale-Sarver Funeral Home, West Milton.

Vallie R. Towner

WEST UNION -- Vallie R. Towner, 95, of Wilhelm Road, West Union, WV, departed this life on Saturday, March 27, 2004. She was born October 23, 1908, in Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Joseph Lot and Ida V. Lasure Flesher.

Mrs. Towner was co-founder and operator of Towner Personal Dairy in 1933; she helped operate this business from their residence for 27 years. She was a member of Central Station United Methodist Church.

Surviving are three sons, James E. "Jim" Towner, Greenwood, Joseph "Leroy" Towner, Smithburg, Alfred "Wayne" Towner, Sr., Parkersburg; 17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and one sister, Chelsie Elder, Clarksburg.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Towner was preceded in death by her husband, Glen M. Towner, one daughter, Isabel Hoagland, one granddaughter, two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at 1 p.m. in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union, WV, with the Rev. John Dye officiating. Interment will follow in the Duckworth Cemetery. Friends may call at the Spurgeon Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, 2004.

A Spurgeon Funeral Home Service, West Union, WV.

Lavada Ruth Wilt

BELINGTON -- Lavada Ruth Wilt, 94, a resident of Colonial Place, Elkins, died Saturday evening, March 27, in Colonial Place following an extended illness.

She was born May 8, 1909, at Eglon, Preston County, a daughter of the late Charles and Grace (Hartsell) Wilhelm.

On July 24, 1929, she married Leslie Harman Wilt, who preceded her in death on December 17, 1999.

Surviving are six sons and daughters-in-law, Everett and Vivian Wilt, Chesterland, OH., Robert and Mary Lou Wilt, Willoughby, OH., Calvin Ross and Rosemary Wilt, Harold and Judith Wilt, all of Mentor, OH., Clifford and Nancy Wilt, Melbourne, Fla., Cecil and Catherine Wilt, Fayetteville, N.C.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Helen and Earl Jones, Belington, Freda and Orval Lee Proudfoot, Philippi; one sister and brother-in-law, Lucy and Lawrence Calcamp, Eglon, W.Va.; twelve grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Wilt was also preceded in death by two sisters, Viola Wilhelm and Mary Shields, and by three brothers, Donald Wilhelm, Howard Wilhelm and Marple Wilhelm.

She was a homemaker.

Friends may call at the Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Chapel in Belington from 3-9 p.m. on Monday and from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, when funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Rose "Jo" McCartney officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Vernon Memorial Cemetery. The family requests memorials in the form of contributions be made to Hospice Care Corp., 629 North Ave., Elkins, W.Va. 26241.

The Schoonover-Stemple Funeral home is entrusted with arrangements.