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Obituaries for Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Geraldine "Geri" Baldwin

SHINNSTON -- Geraldine "Geri" Baldwin, 62, of Rt. 7, Fairmont, passed away, Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at her residence.

Arrangements are incomplete at Dorsey Funeral Home.

Charles B. Bragg

CLARKSBURG -- Charles B. Bragg, 91, of Pearlman Avenue, died Monday, June 21, 2004. Mr. Bragg was a retired glass worker with Brockway Glass.

He was born in Braxton County, West Virginia, October 26, 1912, a son of the late John and Ida Carnes Bragg. He is survived by his wife, Angeline Tenda Bragg.

Also surviving are two sons, Charles David Bragg, Nags Head, North Carolina, and Robert L. Bragg, Clarksburg; four grandchildren, Shawn Alan Bragg, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Jonathan Shay Bragg, Jackson, Wyoming, Heather Bragg and Felicia Bragg, both of Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Violet Boyce.

Mr. Bragg was a 1933 graduate of Victory High School and had been a Merchant Marine. He was a charter member of the North View Lions Club, was a member of the American Flint A.F.L.C.I.O. Local 88 & 569 and held several union positions in both unions. He was a member of the St. James Catholic Church.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, June 24 at 10 a.m. at the St. James Catholic Church, with Rev. Father Benedict Kapa as celebrant. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery. A Prayer Service will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences may be extended to the family at

Davis Funeral Home.

Frances Esther Hill

MORGANTOWN -- Frances Esther Hill, 85, died Sunday evening, June 20, 2004, at her home on Halleck Road near Morgantown, WV.

She was born October 10, 1918, in Waterford, Ireland, one of nine siblings born to the late William James McCormack and Elizabeth Burris McCormack.

She was first married to Edward Augustine White, who died in combat early during World War II. On June 24, 1945, she married David Hornor Hill in what is now greater London (Middlesex County). After moving to the United States, Frances and David settled in Morgantown, West Virginia, where Frances founded and was a charter member of the Overseas Wives Club. She was dedicated to her family on both sides of the Atlantic, setting the standard for loyalty, courage, style and decency. Always quick with a smile, wit, and a kind word, she was adored by all who knew her without a single exception. She will be missed by everyone.

Frances is survived by her husband of 60 years, Lt. Colonel David Hornor Hill, her three children, Jacqueline Cyphert, Terry (and husband Dr. Michael Gocke), all of Morgantown, and Dr. James Blair Hill (and wife Nancy) of Bridgeport, WV. She has eight grandchildren: Kimberly Forte of Booten, N.J., Kathleen Corbett of Rosemont, Pa., Joseph Cyphert of Charleston, S.C., Jack Gocke of Munich, Germany, Dr. M. Timothy Gocke of Dallas, Texas, Dr. Ryan Gocke of Morgantown, WV, Christian Gocke of Dallas, Texas, and Adelina Elizabeth Hill of Bridgeport, WV; and five great-grandchildren.

A private funeral mass will be celebrated by her family. Inurnment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, P.O. Box 4204, Star City, WV 26504-4204 or to Tender Loving Care Hospice, 246 Cheat Road, Suite 2, Morgantown, WV 26508.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Evelyn L. Kinney

CLARKSBURG -- Evelyn L. Kinney, age 72, of 300 Duff Ave., Clarksburg, WV, died Friday, June 18, 2004, in the United Hospital Center.

She was born in Belleville, WV, on August 13, 1931, a daughter of the late Reno Hause and Ruby Hause.

Her husband, James Ralph Kinney, whom she married on Feb. 14, 1975, preceded her in death on June 7, 1984.

Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, James R. and Lisa Kinney, Clarksburg, WV, and William Lee Smith, Middleburg, FL; one daughter, Beatrice Pearl Smith, Clarksburg, WV; fourteen grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Russell Elwood Smith and William Howard Smith.

Mrs. Kinney was a member of the Clarksburg Baptist Church.

She was a member of the Harrison County Senior Citizens and was a homemaker.

Friends were received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, WV from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday where a funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 22, 2004, with Pastor Richard Wilson presiding. Interment was in the Elkview Masonic Cemetery.

Davis-Weaver service.

Sharon Lee Knotts

NUTTER FORT -- Sharon Lee Knotts, 58, of Meadowbrook, died Tuesday morning, June 22, 2004, at her residence under the care of her family and Tender Loving Care Hospice.

She was born on March 3, 1946, in Painesville, Ohio, the daughter of the late Richard and Dorothy (Wheelock) Laux and the late Blackie Taylor.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Delbert Ray Knotts.

Surviving are her four children, Terry "Moe" Knotts and Tammy Jo Ketterman and her husband Jeff, all of Wendel, Gregory A. Knotts, Pruntytown, and Jeannie A. Knotts, Bridgeport; 5 grandchildren, Joey Ball, Justin and Shirley Ann Knotts, and Brooke and Ryan Ketterman; her fiancé, Roger Longwell; her mother-in-law, Maxine Knotts, Flemington; two sisters, Yvonne Laux and Yolanda Moyer, both of Rosemont; and 4 brothers, Randy Laux and his wife Debbie, Valley Falls, Kim Laux and Dale Laux, both of Rosemont, and Dwayne Laux, Panama, Fla.; three stepsisters, Patty Knotts, Grafton, Sue Johnson, Florida, and Lin Stare, Cleveland, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews complete the family.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother in infancy, Kit Laux; her father-in-law, Russell Knotts; and a stepbrother, Richard Laux.

Sherrie was a graduate of Riverside High School in Painesville, Ohio. After the death of her husband, she worked for over 18 years at the Country Kitchen Restaurant in Clarksburg as a waitress. She and Roger loved to travel and she enjoyed going to yard sales.

Friends may call at the Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, on Thursday evening from 4-9 p.m., where services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday morning with Reverend Gary Hayes presiding. Burial will follow in the Flemington I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

A Gemondo Funeral Home service, where Our Family Serves Yours.

Kathryn C. Oliverio

FAIRMONT -- Kathryn C. Oliverio, of Fairmont died Tuesday June 22, 2004, at Fairmont General Hospital.

She was born in Clarksburg, WV, the daughter of the late John and Angela Maria Perris Vance.

She was a member of St. Peters The Fisherman Catholic Church, graduate from Roosevelt-Wilson High School and West Virginia Business College and former employee of Fairmont State College as Administration Secretary.

Kathryn is survived by her husband, Frank V. Oliverio; one son, John Oliverio of Fairmont; four daughters, Mildred Thomas of Woodbridge, Va., Nettie Hammond of Brockport, N.Y., Virginia Joseph of Wilmington, N.C., and Angela Dananay of Pittsburgh, Pa.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by three brothers, Joe, Lewis and Dr. Anthony Vance and three sisters, Jo Ann Mazzei, Lucille Voldeck and Rose LaRosa.

Friends may call at Domico Funeral Home in Fairmont from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at St. Peters The Fisherman Catholic Church at 10 a.m., with Fr. Leo Lydon as Celebrant. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

Domico Funeral Home Inc.

Denzil Eugene Parsche'

CLARKSBURG -- Denzil Eugene Parsche', 80, of Tyler Avenue, Clarksburg, died Saturday, June 19, 2004, in the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center.

Mr. Parsche' was a retired school teacher with Wetzel County Schools.

He was born in Paden City, January 16, 1924, a son of the late Alfred J. and Brooksie McCoy Parsche'.

He is survived by one daughter, Suzette Marie Atyim, Desert Pals Springs, CA; two sons, Eugene Parsche' and Larry Allen Parsche', both of Florida; six grandchildren, Jon, Shannon, Jesse, Casey, and Cheyenne Hallabrin, Pauley Atyim and Cueppie Brennan; and two brothers, Paul Parsche', Florida, and Alfred Parsche', Kentucky.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter.

Mr. Parsche' was a graduate of Salem College. He was a United States Army veteran having served during World War II. He was a lifetime member of the Meuse-Argonne Post 573 V.F.W. and Roy E. Parrish Post 13 American Legion. He was a Protestant by faith.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg, Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., where funeral services will be held Friday, June 25 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in the WV National Cemetery. Condolences may be extended to the family at

Davis Funeral Home.

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.

Ruth C. Spaur

FLATWOODS -- Ruth C. Spaur, 75, of Burnsville, W.Va., 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, W.Va., 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 Ariane Singleton.

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

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

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at the Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home, Flatwoods, W.Va., with Rev. Tim Kelley and Rev. Ressie Robison officiating. Burial will be in the Taylor Cemetery, Heaters, W.Va. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home.

James Jackson Stanley Sr.

CLARKSBURG -- James Jackson Stanley Sr., 61, of 502 Plainfield Ave., Anmoore, passed away June 24, 2004, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born in Mount Clare, W.Va., October 9, 1942, a son of Harry R. Stanley Sr. and the late Laura Frances Fogg Stanley.

He is not only survived by his father, but by two sons, James J. Stanley Jr. and wife Elizabeth, of Morgantown and Timothy J. Stanley and wife Shelli, of Clarksburg; two daughters, Patty Stanley of Anmoore and April Luzader and husband Jerry, of Stonewood.

He is also survived by his stepmother, Betty M. Stanley of Indiana, Charles Stanley of Anmoore, Richard Stanley and wife Carol, of Clarksburg, Gary Stanley and wife Connie of Silver Springs, Md., Harry Stanley Jr. of Indiana and Roy Stanley of Ohio; one sister, Judith Stanley of Anmoore; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Stanley was a retired truck driver for Explosives Inc. He graduated from Crestwood High School, Ohio. He was a U.S. Army veteran where he served as a cook and sharp shooter for the 2nd Battalion, 46th Infantry, 1st Armored Division Fort Hood Texas, and was honorably discharged.

He also enjoyed many years of working for and operating sound equipment for the local band "Breaking Point." He was sound technician for a local band, "Catch a Wave", led by his nephew Ryan Cain.

Friends may call at the McGlumphy Funeral Home on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. A graveside service with full military honors will be conducted Friday at 11:30 a.m. in the W.Va. National Cemetery, Pruntytown, W.Va. Friends and family will meet at the cemetery.

McGlumphy Funeral Home/Chapel.

John Tate

SHINNSTON -- John Tate, 92, of Meadowbrook, passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at his residence.

Arrangements are incomplete at Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston.

Guy L. 'Trumpy' Torchia

CLARKSBURG -- Guy L. "Trumpy" Torchia, age 73, of 314 North Florence Street, Clarksburg, WV, died at 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.

Pauline Mallory White

BEDFORD, Pa. -- Pauline M. White, 93, of Lincoln Drive, Bedford, PA died Friday, June 18, 2004, at Pennknoll Village Nursing Home.

She was born Nov. 11, 1910, in Clarksburg, W.Va., a daughter of the late Joseph G. and Bertha B. (Flowers) Mallory.

On Feb. 25, 1934 in Clarksburg, W.Va., she married H. Willard White who preceded her in death on April 12, 2000.

She is survived by three daughters, Paula, wife of Robert D. Brown, Bedford, PA, Sue, wife of Adrian Nestor, Angels Camp, CA, and Lisla, wife of George Damoulos, Livermore, CA; a son, Rev. Dr. Howard W. White, Jr., Waynesville, N.C.; ten grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother.

Mrs. White was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, Bedford, and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a former member of Christ Episcopal Church, Clarksburg. She was a 1932 graduate of Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 3, 2004, at 11 a.m. from St. James Episcopal Church in Bedford, with Rev. Dr. Howard W. White Jr. and Rev. Philip G. Houghton officiating. A Committal will follow in the church memorial garden.

There will be no visitation and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 309 S. Richard St., Bedford, in her memory.