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Obituaries for Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Elzia B. Hoffman

PHILIPPI -- Elzia B. Hoffman, 80, of Rt. 1, Moatsville, Shiloh Community, died Sunday, March 28, in the Grafton City Hospital following an extended illness.

He was born July 8, 1923, at Moatsville, a son of the late George Delbert and Nellie (Loring) Hoffman.

On December 12, 1942, he married the former Corda K. Boylen, who survives at Rt. 1, Moatsville.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Dianna and Johnny Kelley, Volga; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Kathy Hoffman, Philippi; one sister, Elnora Price, Accokeek, MD; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Louella Miller; two brothers, Leon Hoffman and Charlie Hoffman; and by one great-granddaughter, Megan Moore.

Mr. Hoffman was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. He was a former coal miner and was retired as a construction laborer. He was a member of Laborer's Local No. 984, International Laborer's Union and the AARP. He attended the Shiloh Church of the Brethren.

Friends may call at the Stemple & Forman Funeral Home in Philippi from 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, April 1, when Mr. Hoffman will be moved to the Shiloh Church of the Brethren, where friends may call from 1-2 p.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. Garry Clem and the Rev. Larry Poling will officiate, and interment will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery. Barbour Post No. 44, American Legion, will present the American flag.

Stemple & Forman Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Martha Cork Houchin

FORT WASHINGTON, MD -- Martha Cork Houchin, age 84, formerly of Clarksburg, died March 28, 2004, at a nursing home in Fort Washington, MD.

Mrs. Houchin was born in Clarksburg, January 26, 1920. She was the daughter of Herbert L. and Alma T. Cork of Mount Clare.

She graduated from Washington Irving High School before moving to Washington, D.C., where she was a legal secretary until she remarried Clarence E. (Gene) Houchin.

In 1976, they returned to Clarksburg, where "Gene" worked as a television cameraman.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

She is survived by her son, Paul O. Drews, and his wife Roberta of Fort Washington, MD.

Norma Rose Sutton Jack

RALEIGH, NC -- Norma Rose Sutton Jack, 78, passed away on March 28, 2004, after an extended illness. She and her husband were living with their son in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the time of her death.

Mrs. Jack was born May 11, 1925, in Bridgeport, West Virginia, the daughter of Norman D. Sutton and Jessie Bartlett Sutton.

She graduated from Bridgeport High School, attended West Virginia University and graduated from West Virginia Business College. She studied the pipe organ at West Virginia Wesleyan College and attended Bell School at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.

She was a member of Rachel Chapter No. 47, O.E.S., and was organist for that organization while she lived in Bridgeport.

After graduating from business college, she worked for White Electric Co. for several years. She also did volunteer work at Simpson Grade School and the Methodist church office.

Mrs. Jack was a member of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church and was organist at the Main Street church for several years. She was the first organist and carillonneur at the Methodist church on Worthington Drive.

She was an accompanist and Lenten service organist at Saint Paul's Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware, while she and her family lived there.

She was also an accompanist for many excellent soloists and musical groups in Bridgeport and Clarksburg, West Virginia, in Wilmington, Delaware, and in Ocean City, New Jersey.

Mrs. Jack is survived by her husband, George F. Jack Sr., and her son, George F. Jack Jr. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Sutton Jack.

A memorial service will be held in Raleigh. Arrangements by the Cremation Society of the Carolinas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Lung Association.

Frances Siberia Bowman Nichols

BEDFORD, VA -- Frances Siberia Bowman Nichols, 77, of Bedford, VA, died Monday, March 29, 2004.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at Washington Street Baptist Church. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.

To send condolences, please visit www.carder-tharp.com.

Arrangements by Carder-Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, VA 586-3443.

Mary Sinclair

GRAFTON -- Mary Sinclair, 66, of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away Saturday, March 27, 2004, at her residence.

She was born October 20, 1937, in Grafton, WV, a daughter of the late Harold W. and Edna V. Satterfield Austin.

She was Baptist by faith and loved her grandchildren dearly and enjoyed spending time with them.

She is survived by two sons, Ronald McDonald of Morgantown and Harold Sinclair of Cleveland, OH; two daughters, Donna Hess of Morgantown and Carla Tabanji of Cleveland; eleven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four brothers, Harold Austin of Grafton, William R. Austin of Georgia, and Gerald P. Austin and Jack L. "Pete" Austin, both of North Carolina; two sisters, Kandy Lafleche of Florida and Karen Falter of Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Gary "Sam" Sinclair and Robert "Bobby" McDonald, and one brother, Edward Austin.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 1, 2004, at the Bartlett Funeral Home. Interment will follow in the Bluemont Cemetery, Grafton. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be extended to the family at www.bartlettfunerals.com.

Bartlett Funeral Home, Grafton.

Mr. Walter Willis Williams

CLARKSBURG -- Mr. Walter Willis Williams, age 92, of Route 6, Box 164, Liberty Addition, Clarksburg, WV, died at 8:15 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, 2004, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center after a brief illness.

He was born January 29, 1912, in the Adamston section of Clarksburg, WV, a son of the late Levi Delbert "Babe" Williams and Lula Maud Shreve Williams.

Surviving are his wife, Edith Madge Southern Williams, whom he married July 27, 1935; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronald J. and Mary Lou Williams, Liberty Addition, Clarksburg, WV; two brothers, Garvin C. Williams, Salem, WV, and Porter B. Williams, Haywood, WV; two sisters, Mrs. Garnet Phillips, Gregory's Run, Clarksburg, WV, and Mrs. Zelma Brunett, Liberty Addition, Clarksburg, WV; two grandchildren, Teddie Jo Williams, Liberty Addition, Clarksburg, WV, and Walter Scott Williams and his wife, Diane, Wilsonburg, WV; three stepgrandchildren, Neal Huet, High Point, NC, Donald L. Huet, Clarksburg, WV, and Lori A. Griffin, Clarksburg, WV; one great-grandchild, Emily Danielle Williams; 12 step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Williams was also preceded in death by two sisters, Madge Crews and Ethel Alton, and by two brothers, Clarence Williams and an infant brother, Garfield Williams.

Mr. Williams was Methodist by faith and had attended the United Methodist Temple and was a member of the Wilsonburg United Methodist Church until it closed. Reverend Dewayne Lowther had served as his minister at the Wilsonburg United Methodist Church in 1954 and will have his funeral service.

Mr. Williams was a graduate of Victory High School, Class of 1933. He was a Master Mason and a fifty-year member of Hermon Lodge No. 6, A.F. & A.M., in Clarksburg. He had served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was an officer in the Clarksburg Postal Employees Credit Union and was a member of the CCC. He retired in 1974 after 26 years as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.

Friends may call at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, WV, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, where a funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 31, 2004, at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Dewayne R. Lowther presiding. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers or food, donations be made to Mr. Williams' favorite charities, The American Red Cross, Harrison County Chapter, 718 W. Pike St., Clarksburg, WV 26301, or the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 366, Clarksburg, WV 26302-0366, or your favorite charity in his memory.

Davis-Weaver service.

Lavada Ruth Wilt

PHILIPPI -- Lavada Ruth Wilt, 94, a resident of Colonial Place, Elkins, died Saturday evening, March 27, 2004, 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 Tuesday and from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, 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 to Hospice Care Corp., 629 North Ave., Elkins, W.Va. 26241.

The Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.