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Obituaries for Tuesday, June 22, 2004

James C. Billey

EASTLAKE, Ohio -- James C. Billey, 79, of Eastlake, Ohio, departed this life on Saturday, June 19, 2004, at Euclid, Ohio.

James was born on Jan. 10, 1925, at Galloway in Barbour County, WV, to the late Frank and Bessie Collins Billey.

He retired in 1985 from the TRW Co. of Euclid, Ohio, as a machinist with 34 years of service. He attended Flemington High School and graduated from Calhoun County High School. He served in Europe with the U.S. Army during World War II with Co. I, 515th parachute regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. James was a life member of the VFW Post No. 4358 of Willoughby Hills, Ohio, and was a member of the J.F.K. Senior Center in Eastlake, Ohio. He loved the home life, the outdoors, gardening, flowers, birds, hunting with his sons, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Wilda Goff Billey; daughters and sons-in-law, Diana and Gary Facemyer, Painesville Township, Ohio, and Darla and Terry Quinn, Wyoming, Mich.; sons and daughters-in-law, Dwight and Chris Billey, Willoughby, Ohio, and Dean and Eileen Billey, Eastlake, Ohio; sisters, Dorothy Ford, Garfield Heights, Ohio, Clara Williams, Glenville, WV, and Jenny Hosey, Ocala, Fla.; 7 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Billey; infant brother, Robert Billey; sister, Sue Hansen; and a great-grandson, Sean Elliott.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2004, from the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV, with Pastor Robert Nicholas officiating. Interment will be in the Burnt House Cemetery at Burnt House in Ritchie County, WV, with military honors. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22, 2004, and after 9 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials in the name of James C. Billey are preferred to the American Cancer Society.

Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville.

Walter Brooks Losh

WESTON -- Walter Brooks Losh, 79, of 236 Brook Street, Weston, died at 11:15 p.m. Sunday, June 20, 2004, in the Grafton City Hospital in Grafton, following an extended illness.

He was born December 4, 1924, in Weston, a son of the late Earl and Blanche Linger Losh.

On November 16, 1962, he married the former Norma Jean Straley, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Wayne A. Losh of Weston and Rick Losh of Martinsville; one daughter, Vicki Losh of Blanchard, Mich.; one sister, Betty Suttlesworth of Lorain, Ohio; and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Losh; and one half brother, Earl Romine.

Mr. Losh was retired from the Weston State Hospital with several years of service.

He was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Losh was active in the Weston Volunteer Fire Department for many years.

He was Protestant by faith.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, Thursday from noon-2 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday from the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel, with the Reverend Russell Furr officiating. Interment will follow in the Peterson Cemetery. Full military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post #4 and Post #166, DAV Chapter #51, VFW Post #1976 and Central WV Military Order of Purple Heart #697.

Boyle Funeral Home of Weston.

Mary Katherine McBee

PHILIPPI -- Miss Mary Katherine McBee, age 79, a resident of Route 3, Philippi, passed away Sunday, June 20, 2004, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, where she had been a patient for several weeks. She was born July 14, 1924, at Midland, WV, a daughter of the late D.C. and Nettie (Smith) McBee.

Surviving are 1 sister, Jessie Plummer, Wichita Falls, Texas; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Winford McBee and wife Juanita, Bronson, Florida, Bernard McBee and wife Mary Lou McBee, Philippi, WV; 5 nieces, Michelle Jackson, Kennebunk, Maine, Janice Wolery, Livermore, California, Sharon Morton, North Olmsted, Ohio, Kathy McBee, Canton, Ohio, Mary Arnett, Plano, Texas; 2 nephews, Donald J. Plummer, Wichita Falls, Texas, Gregory Plummer, Wichita Falls, Texas.

Miss McBee attended grade schools in Barbour County. She graduated from Philippi High School with the Class of 1942. She was a graduate of North Carolina Secretarial Business School.

She was employed as a secretary at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., for several years; Navy Finance Department in Cleveland, Ohio; was a legal secretary of John Mosseso for many years and after retiring, worked as an income tax preparer.

She was a member of the Mansfield United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School Class for many years. She was also the Church Secretary and Treasurer until ill health forced her to give up the position.

Friends will be received at the Wright Funeral Home, 216 N. Walnut Street, Philippi, from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Linda Payton officiating. Interment will follow in the Mary's Chapel Cemetery.

Wright Funeral Home service.

Lura Freeda McCormick

WESTON -- Lura Freeda McCormick, 79, of 413 McCanns Run Road, Jane Lew, died at 4 p.m. Friday, June 18, 2004, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following an extended illness.

She was born February 1, 1925, in Lincoln County, a daughter of the late James and Zona Hill McCormick.

Surviving are one sister-in-law, Pennye McCormick of Jane Lew; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, being preceded in death by three brothers, Theodore, Billy and Nick McCormick; and one sister, Mildred Elkins.

Miss McCormick was retired from the Lincoln County Senior Center with several years of service.

She was a quiet servant for her Lord and was a Christian. She loved helping others, quilting, listening to gospel music and reading. She will be missed by all those who knew and loved her.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, Tuesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel, with the Reverend Rick Brown and Reverend William Coffindafer officiating. Interment will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery.

Boyle Funeral Home of Weston.

Roger Clark Slamen

FRANKLIN -- Roger Clark Slamen, 61, of Franklin, West Virginia, formerly of Monongah, West Virginia, died Saturday evening, June 19, 2004, at Grant Memorial Hospital in Petersburg, West Virginia.

He was born July 27, 1942, at Carolina, WV, and was the son of the late Frank Slamen and Anna Moody Slamen.

He was a computer analyst, and owned and operated Computer Magic in Franklin. He was a member of Franklin Loyal Order of the Moose #769.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Stan (Cheri) Cameon of Fairmont, WV, and Debbie Slamen of Monongah, WV; one son, Roger C. Slamen II of Fairmont, WV; three sisters, Mrs. Mike (Mary) Sheraff of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Mrs. Charles (Virginia) Monsour of New Castle, Pa., and Kathryn Slamen of Clarksburg, WV; one brother, Abraham Slaman of Fairmont, WV; two grandchildren, Andrew and Evan Cameon; and one sister-in-law, Kathy Slaman of Elkview, WV.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Fannie Alexander and Edna Amelia Slamen and brothers Eunice, Isaac, Alex and Frank Slamen.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no funeral home visitation. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at Shinnston Masonic Cemetery at Shinnston, WV.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin, West Virginia.

Charles Joseph Snyder

NUTTER FORT -- Charles Joseph Snyder, 53, of Waldeck Street, Clarksburg, died suddenly on Sunday, June 20, 2004, at his residence. He was born in Clarksburg on January 16, 1951, a son of the late Charles H. Snyder and Ula Mae (Queen) Snyder Fulknier.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Christine Atkins Snyder, on January 21, 2000.

He is survived by four sons, Charles "Joey" Snyder, Jr., Arthur J. "Artie" Snyder, Brian J. Snyder and Darren Snyder, all of Clarksburg; two grandchildren, Kolbee and Myiah Snyder; a brother, James Snyder, Georgia; two sisters, Diana White, North Carolina and Patricia Grant, Nutter Fort; and several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews complete the family.

Joe recently retired from the Harrison County Board of Education with 28 years of service as a custodian. He will be remembered most for the joy he brought to many by playing "Santa Claus," which he did for many years, including for the cities of Clarksburg and Bridgeport and the Meadowbrook Mall. He had attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Friends may call at the Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, on Wednesday evening from 5-9 p.m., where services will be held on Thursday morning at 11 a.m., with David W. Frame presiding. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

A Gemondo Funeral Home Service, where our family serves yours.

Ruth C. Spaur

FLATWOODS -- Ruth C. Spaur, 75, of Burnsville, WV, passed away Sunday, June 20, 2004, at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway, WV, after a short illness.

She was born November 1, 1928, at Gilmer Station, WV, a daughter of the late Raymond Carson and Mary Ratliff Carson.

She was also preceded in death by sister Beatrice Carson, brothers Raymond "Kit" Carson and Roy Carson and granddaughters Lindsey and Arlane Singleton.

Ruth was a member of the Stouts Chapel United Methodist Church at Hyers Run and a retired employee of the Glenville State College.

Surviving are daughter Bonnie V. Blake and fiancé Kent Fleming; son Billy L. Singleton and wife Donna; sisters Mildred Singleton and husband Don; and Ann Singleton; brothers Harold Gene Singleton and wife Phyllis, Larry Carson and wife Evelyn, all of Burnsville, WV, and Romeo "Pete" Carson of Lumberport, WV; three grandchildren, Ashley Singleton, Mike and Leslie Pickens; and one great-grandson, Damian Pickens.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at the Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home, with Rev. Tim Kelley and Rev. Ressie Robison officiating. Burial will follow in the Taylor Cemetery at Heaters, WV. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home at Flatwoods, WV.

Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home, Flatwoods.

Guy L. 'Trumpy' Torchia

CLARKSBURG -- Guy L. "Trumpy" Torchia, age 73, of 314 North Florence Street, Clarksburg, WV died a 1 p.m., Sunday, June 20, 2004, in United Hospital Center. He was born in Clarksburg, WV, on December 15, 1930, a son of the late Stanley Torchia, Sr. and Flo (Curotz) Torchia. His wife, Mary Louise (Iaquinta) Torchia, preceded him in death on October 4, 1993.

Surviving are three daughters and a son-in-law, Rebecca Lynn and Stephen Korn, Clarksburg, WV, Renee Lenora Torchia, Clarksburg, WV, and Rachel Louise Torchia, Clarksburg, WV; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Frank and Diane Torchia, Apopka, Fla., and Stanley Torchia, Jr., Madrid, Spain; two sisters, Mrs. Michael (Lenora) Caruso, Wheeling, WV, and Mrs. Richard (Dolly) Smith, Altamonte, Springs, FL; a nephew and his wife, Larry and Frances Torchia, Merritt Island, FL; and 33 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. George (Joann) Skaf, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Trumpy was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, WV from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church at 10 a.m., Friday, June 25, 2004, with the Rev. Father Cesidio J. Federico as celebrant. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Trumpy to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Building Fund, 124 East Pike Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301 or the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, 340 West Main Street, Clarksburg, WV 26301.

Davis-Weaver service.