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Obituaries for Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Linzey 'Bud' Bates

SALEM -- Linzey L. "Bud" Bates, 78, of Center Point, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born Aug. 31, 1922, in Wetzel County, a son of the late Artis Lee and Lula May Brumage Bates.

His wife, Edna Blanche Bates, preceded him in death November 1993.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Billy (Juanita) Lynch, Center Point, Mrs. Harvey (Sandra) Morgan and Mrs. David (Joyce) Cunningham, all of Alliance, Ohio, and Linda Jo Bates, Lindale, Texas; one sister, Mrs. O.C. (Margaret) Korte, Plantation, Fla.; six grandchildren, Robert Lynch, Sherry Heckert, Billy Lynch Jr., Neal Thomas Savage Jr., Kathleen Dentson and Mary Jo Miller; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Edward (Ellen) Swiger.

Mr. Bates was Methodist and a member of the American Legion of West Union.

He was a retired well tender with over 30 years of service at Consolidated Natural Gas Co.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Air Force in the India/Burma theaters.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert Merritt presiding. Interment will be in the Center Point Christian Church Cemetery.

Coleman Dayton 'Coke' Bennett

BELINGTON -- Coleman Dayton "Coke" Bennett, 79, a resident of Dartmoor community, near Belington, died at 7:25 a.m. Monday, Oct. 30, 2000, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins. He had been suffering from an extended illness and was considered critical for the past month.

He was born March 3, 1921, in Beverly, Randolph County, a son of the late Albert and Harriet Hansford Bennett.

He was previously married to Mary Jane Bennett, who survives at Dartmoor.

Also surviving are three sons, Thomas Bennett, Elkins, Richard "Rick" Bennett, Mill Creek, and Albert Bennett, Harrisonburg, Va.; four daughters, Patricia Lewis, Beverly, Lucille Ford, Charleston, Connie Isenhart, Harrisonburg, and Donna Bennett, Dartmoor; 28 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Stanley Bennett, Elkins; and one sister, Rose Attkinson, Beverly.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Bennett attended the schools of Randolph County and was Protestant. He was retired for many years due to being disabled.

Karl Edward Boyles

PHILIPPI -- Karl Edward Boyles, 65, a resident of Tacy community, Route 2, Philippi, died at 12:13 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, at Thomas Memorial Hospital, South Charleston.

He was born Sept. 8, 1935, near Tacy, a son of the late Clifford B. "Doc" and Lillie Gay Isner Boyles.

Surviving are one sister and brother-in-law, Violet Jean and Jack Mouser, Philippi; one nephew, Greg Mouser and wife, Holly, Fairmont; two nieces, Regina Mouser, Brushy Fork community, and Holley Mouser, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three grandnephews, Aaron Anglin, Anthony Ware and Dakota Mouser, two grandnieces, Ashley Edwards and Brandi Edwards, one uncle, Woodrow Isner, and two aunts, Rotha Murphy and Virginia Isner, all of Philippi.

He was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Junior Lee Boyles.

Mr. Boyles was retired as a driller and off-road truck driver for King Knob Coal Co. and Bruce Mining. He was a former employee of the West Virginia Tree Co., the West Virginia Department of Highways, and was also employed for two summers as a supervisor for the Governor's Summer Youth Program.

He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and a former member of Philippi Lodge No. 59, I.O.O.F.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He was Methodist.

Melvin G. 'Whitey' Davidson

FAIRMONT -- Melvin G. "Whitey" Davidson, 64, of Dogwood Drive, Fairmont, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 17, 1936, in Enterprise, a son of Thelma Wood Davidson, Fairmont, and the late Hoy Davidson.

His wife, Sue Greynolds Davidson, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Gibbs Hoy Davidson and wife, Kathy, Moundsville; one daughter, Kimberly Niggemyer and husband, Michael, Fairmont; two grandsons, Drew and Trent Mauck; one granddaughter, Katy Davidson; and one brother and sister-in-law, Merlin and Patty Davidson, Betheham, Pa.

Mr. Davidson was retired from Bell Atlantic after 42 years. He was a member of the Central United Methodist Church and also attended Trinity Assembly of God.

He was a graduate of Fairmont State College and served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1959.

He was a member of AF&AM Shinnston Lodge and the Green Hills Country Club.

Mr. Davidson was an avid golfer and enjoyed going to his grandsons sporting events.

Franklin C. 'Chip' Flynn Sr.

FAIRMONT -- Franklin C. "Chip" Flynn Sr., 77, a resident of Meredith Springs community for nearly 50 years, Fairmont, died at 11:06 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Morgantown, a son of the late James Hugh Flynn and Laura Pearl Radabaugh Flynn.

His wife, Alta "Jo" Flynn, preceded him in death on Feb. 5, 1984.

Surviving are one son, Franklin Carl Flynn Jr. and wife, Kathy, Bellview community; two daughters, Marilyn Kim Flynn and Robin Flynn, one brother, Jimmie Flynn, all of Meredith Springs community; two sisters, Mrs. Clifford (Norma) Tennant, East Fairmont, and Mrs. Bill (Betty) Pifer, Springfield, Ohio; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Messelling, Oxford, Ohio; two great-grandchildren; and several stepgrandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mr. Flynn retired in 1985 as a construction pipe fitter. He was a loyal member of the United Association of Plumbers, Pipe Fitters and Steam Fitters, Local Union No. 152 in Morgantown.

Eva Stella Lane

GYPSY -- Eva Stella Lane, 83, of Gypsy, died at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born April 5, 1917, in Gage, a daughter of the late James Franklin and Laura Angetta Harris Tenney.

Her husband, C. Paul Lane, preceded her in death Dec. 8, 1988.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Patty Carter, Shinnston, Mrs. James A. (Nancy) Tyyska Sr., Racine, Wis., and Sharon Reid, with whom she made her home; two sisters, Mildred Olive Tenney, Vienna, Wilma Rhyne, Charlotte, N.C.; three grandsons, James R. Carter, Paul L. Carter, and James A. Tyyska Jr.; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Laura Lane; one son, James Paul Lane; and one brother, Ray Tenney.

Mrs. Lane had worked for the G.C. Murphy Co., the Hat Shop in Shinnston, and for Dr. Martin's Chiropractic.

She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose, Shinnston, Harrison County Senior Citizens Center, Dabblers Art Club in Shinnston, and earlier in life participated in area bowling leagues. She was a 4-H and Brownies leader.

She was a member of the Gypsy Community Church.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Aulbert "Pete" Roberts officiating.

Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Jerry Lee Long II

PINE GROVE -- Jerry Lee Long II, 70 of Pine Grove, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling.

He was a son of the late Jerry Lee Long Sr. and Samantha June Ash Long.

His wife, Helen L. Fiber Long, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Timothy R. Long and Steven L. Long, one daughter, Natala L. Long, three grandchildren, Morgan Seth Long, Jamie Lee Long and Timothy Caleb Long, all of Pine Grove.

He was also preceded in death by one granddaughter, Christian Lynn Long and one sister, Doris Jean Long.

Mr. Long was a member of the Pine Grove Christian Church and retired from Pittsburgh Plate Glass Industries Inc., New Martinsville.

He was a farmer and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

David E. Sovil

PINE GROVE -- David E. Sovil, 63, of New Martinsville, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling.

He is the son of Madeline Knight Sovil, Pine Grove, and the late Lorman H. Sovil.

His wife, Wanda Lee Dunham Sovil, preceded him in death.

Also surviving are one daughter, Jennifer L. Sovil Martie and husband, Paul, New Martinsville; one brother, Bob Sovil, Pine Grove; one sister, Betty Baker, Alvy; and three grandchildren, Jennifer A. Farley, Nichole D. Edgell and Marquita D. Edgell.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Allen, Don and Dale and one sister, Helen Sovil.

Mr. Sovil was a member of the United Christian Church, Reader. He was retired from West Virginia Department of Highways, New Martinsville.

Laura Ethel Ruckle

CLARKSBURG -- Laura Ethel Ruckle, 83, of 510 Indiana Ave., Nutter Fort, died Sunday evening, Oct. 29, 2000, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 1, 1917, in Braxton County, a daughter of the late Marion Rollyson and Eliza Starkey Rollyson.

Twice married and preceded in death by Burhl Robey and Everett Ruckle.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn Kay Robey and William Allen, North Fort Myers, Fla.; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Ronald Robey; three sisters, Lula Rhodes, Audrey May Rollyson and Gladys Knauer; three brothers, Donald Rollyson, Clarence Rollyson and Holly Rollyson.

Mrs. Ruckle had attended the United Methodist Temple, Clarksburg, and retired from Montgomery Wards with 21 years of service.

She was a member of the Clarksburg Ladies Auxiliary of the Loyal Order of Moose, Post 409.

There will be no visitation and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Talarico

CLARKSBURG -- Joseph "Joe" Talarico, 68, of Route 3, Clarksburg, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 29, 1931, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Angelo and Elizabeth Giarianazzo Talarico.

His wife, Wilma L. Moyer Talarico, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Sherrie Talarico, Clarksburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Tom Frazier; 10 grandchildren, Johnny Cochran, Kathy Cottrill, Darlene Shockey, Mitchell, Cody, Corey, Crissy, Jamie, Jolee and Michelle Talarico; nine great-grandchildren, Charlie, Hunter T., Gary, Carlie, J.C., Patrick, Hunter C., Christopher and Trinity.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Mike Talarico; one brother, Frank Talarico, and one sister, Mary Schetzel.

Mr. Talarico was the owner and operator of Joe's Garage and Transmission World. He was a lifetime member of the Beech Mountain Sportsman's Club.

J. Robert "Bob" Webb

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- J. Robert "Bob" Webb, 57, of Kure Beach, died Sunday, Oct. 29, 2000, at his home.

He was born July 21, 1943, in Clarksburg, W.Va., a son of Frances Lover Webb, Clearwater, Fla., and the late Harry Webb.

His wife, Nelly, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Mitchell Webb; one daughter, Colette Kennedy and husband, Tony; three grandchildren, Natalia Kennedy, Gabrielle Webb and Dylan Kennedy; and one sister, Janet Twigg Wendt.

Mr. Webb was a graduate of Salem College and a successful business manager and owner. He was most recently employed by Ace Wheaton Movers of Wilmington.

He served as esteemed leading knight of the Wilmington Elks Lodge No. 532, was a member of the Shrine Club and the American Legion.

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