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Obituaries for Thursday, June 24, 2004

Geraldine 'Geri' Gaye (Payne) Baldwin

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

She was born July 11, 1941, in Slatyfork, a daughter of the late John Hilbert and Nola Gaye (Good) Payne.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Edward Baldwin, whom she married December 26, 1964.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Joe Edward Baldwin, Jr. and wife Tonya of Parkersburg and Daniel Alan Baldwin and wife Tabby of Fairmont; one daughter, Donna Gaye Kramer and husband Greg of Fairmont; one grandson, Daniel Joseph "D.J." Baldwin, a soon-to-be grandson, Izak Baldwin; four brothers, Carl Payne and wife Edna Rose of Mannington, Kenneth Payne and wife Peggy of Howland, OH, Wayne Payne and wife Charlotte of O'Fallon, Missouri, and Lloyd Payne and wife Donna of Warren, OH; two sisters, Sherry Deavers and husband Harold of Mannington and Janellen "Jane" Palmer of Lordstown, OH; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Baldwin was preceded in death by one brother, John Walter Payne; one sister, Eleanor Jean Payne Riblett.

Mrs. Baldwin was Methodist by faith. Having most recently worked at Sam's Club, she was also employed with Westinghouse, Ingel's Reality, Ames and Murphy Mart. She was very active in the Fairmont Little League and an active member of Fenton Art Glass Association. Mrs. Baldwin was an avid antique collector.

Family and friends will be received at Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 South Pike Street, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 25, with Pastor Tony Ross officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice Care Corp., 201 Merchant St., Suite 201, Fairmont, WV 26554. Condolences may be extended to the family at (online guest book).

Dorsey Funeral Home.

Virginia Bane

BEDFORD, Ohio -- Virginia Bane, age 81, of Walton Hills, Ohio, died Monday, June 21, 2004, at Bath Manor in Akron, Ohio.

Mrs. Bane retired from Ohio Bell Telephone Co., where she was a telephone operator, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Bedford and an Eastern Star member.

She is survived by her one son, Rick (Kathleen) Bane of Walton Hills, Ohio; grandchildren, Trisha (Mark) Murphy of Cleveland, Ohio, and Stacy Bane of Northfield, Ohio; two sisters, Jean Devine of Clarksburg, W. Va., and Peggy Snyder of Clarksburg, W.Va.; and one brother, Robert Rollins of Clarksburg, W.Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; parents, Hughe Rollins and Ann (nee Ferrell); granddaughter, Kristin Bane; brother, Dick Rollings; and sisters, Ruth Ritter and Ellen Hall.

Arrangements are being handled by Johnson Romito Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46602, Bedford, Ohio. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 24, 2004, at Johnson Romito Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Kesler officiating. Interment will be at Crown Hill Memorial Park in Twinsburg, Ohio.

Johnson Romito Funeral Home, Bedford, Ohio.

Jesse D. Canfield

GRAFTON -- Jesse D. Canfield, 77, of Grafton, passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at Grafton City Hospital.

Arrangements are pending at the Bartlett Funeral Home, Grafton.

Lola Marie Green

WEBSTER SPRINGS -- Lola Marie Green, age 77, of 369 N. High St. Cortland, OH, residing in the Warren area since October of 2000, and formerly of Chicago, IL, passed away Wednesday, June 23, 2004, at 10 a.m. in the Cortland Health Care Systems, Cortland, Ohio.

Lola was born November 26, 1926, in Walkersville, WV, a daughter of the late Audie John Ocheltree and Sarah Hazel Taylor. She was married in 1946 to Doy H. Green, who preceded her in death in 1969.

She is survived by one brother, Robert J. Ocheltree of Warren, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by a brother, French B. Ocheltree.

Lola attended Greene Nazarene Church. She was employed by Airguide Corporation as a secretary-receptionist for over 30 years.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2004, at Carl W. Hall Funeral Home and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, June 28, 2004, at Dodd and Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs, WV. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Dodd and Reed Funeral Home with Rev. Cofer (Bud) Cochran officiating. Burial will take place at Rock Cave Cemetery, Upshur County, West Virginia.

Carl W. Hall Funeral Service, Inc.

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

Grace McQuain

DUNBAR -- Grace McQuain, 86, passed away Monday, June 21, 2004, in Thomas Memorial Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late Rev. S. Wayne and Nola McQuain. Grace retired from WV-American Water Company. She was a member of Westside United Methodist Church.

Miss McQuain is survived by her sisters, Maye Betts of Vienna, OH, Ruth Taylor of Marysville, TN; brothers, Wayne McQuain of Dunbar, George McQuain of Beckley.

Funeral services will be 7 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar, with Pastor John A. Mason and the Rev. Dr. Okey B. Harless officiating. Burial will be in Post Chapel Cemetery, Crawford, Lewis County, Friday, June 25 at 11 a.m.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service Thursday at Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a church of your choice.

Keller Funeral Home.

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. Peter The Fisherman Catholic Church, graduated 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 sisters, 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 was 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. Peter 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.

Penelope Louise Riddle Seamone

SALEM -- Penelope Louise Riddle Seamone, 64, of West Main Street, Salem, WV, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving husband, her daughter and her beloved pets after a long extended illness, Tuesday, June 22, 2004.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, John Seamone Jr., 68, of Salem; her daughter April Katherine Seamone, 44, also of Salem; two cats, Pearly Mae and Gizmo; and a 4-year-old fox hound named Ebee. She is also survived by three brothers and their wives, James E. and Evelyn A. Riddell, of Akron, OH, Steve and Dreama Riddle, of Canal Winchester, OH, and Bruce M. Riddle of Akron, OH; and several nieces and nephews.

She was born April 7, 1940, in Summerlee, WV, the daughter of Hugh Gibson Riddle of Richmond, KY, and Ann Curtis "Cowart/Coward" Campbell of Carlisle, WV. She graduated the Class of 1958, Collins High School, Oak Hill. She married John Seamone, Jr. of Philippi, WV, July 25, 1959, at Scarbro, WV. They had a daughter, April Katherine born May 26, 1960, at L.A.F.B., Columbus, OH.

She was a faith-filled member of Sacred Heart Parish in Salem, WV. For about 10 years she worked in the professional arena, first in a couple of area Pantry Stores and later in the Salem and Nutter Fort Nationwide Insurance office of Bill Brady Insurance Services, but she spent most of her "best years" as a housewife and mother.

She enjoyed many interests, including painting, reading, teaching CCD, music, writing and her most favorite, genealogy and family history.

It is by her request she be cremated with no visitation. A celebration of her life and a special Rosary will be set at a later date for family and friends to gather. The family requests donations to be made to the United Hospital Center Dialysis Unit in lieu of flowers.

Greathouse Funeral Home of Salem WV, is handling the arrangements.

Eugene (Gene) Cunningham Smith

FAIRMONT -- Eugene (Gene) Cunningham Smith, 91, formerly of Fairmont, WV, died at Hospice House in Vero Beach, FL, on June 19, 2004.

He was born March 13, 1913 in Fairmont, WV, the son of the late Cleveland B. and Flosie Cunningham Smith.

Gene was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fairmont, WV, and Vero Beach, FL, He was a mold- maker at the Owens Illinois in Fairmont before operating the machine shop at Interstate Engineers. He was the owner of CKS Machine before founding and operating J&S Machine Co. in Pleasant Valley, WV. He retired in 1977. He was a 1931 graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and attended West Virginia University, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He was a Life Member of the Fairmont Rotary Club, a member of the Elks Club #294, Fairmont AF&AM Masons #157, Scottish Rite Bodies of Wheeling, Osiris Temple of Wheeling, Fairmont Lions Club and Fairmont Field Club. He served on the following boards: Fairmont General Hospital, CB&T Bank, Huntington Bank and served as President of Middletown Bank. He was an avid boater and pilot.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Datha A. Williams Smith, formerly of Fairmont, WV, and Vero Beach, FL; one son and daughter-in-law, E. Robert and Karolyn Smith of Fairmont, WV; and two daughters and a son-in-law, Sue Carol Smith Post and Sharon Kay and David C. Brown, all of Vero Beach, FL.

He is survived by eight grandchildren, Denise Post Rogers, Ashville, KY, Derek Post, Salisbury, MD, Brian Post, Savannah, GA, Shelia Post Milonovich, Dallas, TX, R. Chad Smith, Fairmont, WV, Greg E. Smith, Boulder, CO, Beth Brown Brock, Mountain Home, ID, Charlie Brown, Washington, D.C. He is also survived by fourteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Fred Post.

A memorial servicewwas held at Oak Harbor in Vero Beach on Tuesday, June 22, 2004, Reverend Charles Lever officiating.

Friends will be received at the Ford Funeral Home, R.C. Jones Chapel, and 1410 Country Club Road, Fairmont, WV, on Friday, June 25, 2004, from 2-8 p.m. The funeral service will be Saturday, June 26, 2004 at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church on Fairmont Avenue with Reverend Roger Waybright officiating. Entombment will follow at the Grandview Memorial Garden Mausoleum. The Acacia Lodge #157 of Fairmont will conduct ritual services at the gravesite. Pall bearers will be grandsons Derek Post, Brian Post, Chad Smith, Greg Smith, Charlie Brown, Bryan Rogers and Steve Milonovich.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House, Fairmont General Hospital Foundation or the Datha Gene Foundation Scholarship at Fairmont State University.

Ford Funeral Home.

James Jackson Stanley Sr.

CLARKSBURG -- James Jackson Stanley Sr., 61, of 502 Plainfield Ave., Anmoore, passed away June 21, 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 sharpshooter 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.

He was born June 1, 1912, in San Giovanni Fiore, Italy, a son of the late Frank and Philomena Ferrise Tate. He was married to Isabelle Mae Robey Tate, who preceded him in death on October 20, 1998.

He is survived by one son, John "Butch" Tate, Jr. and wife Sherree of Meadowbrook; three daughters, Susie Meredith and husband Bill of Shinnston, Patty Boggess and husband Dude of Shinnston and Linda Osbourn and husband Jeff of Shinnston; eight grandchildren, Jill Fratto, Zack Meredith, Angie Meredith, Pat Boggess, Mitch Osbourn, Kari Osbourn, Tab Eddy and Ashley Tate; two brothers, Tony Tate of Meadowbrook and Paul Tate of Shinnston; two sisters, Rose Blidgett of Meadowbrook and Annette Pugh of Cleveland, OH; five sisters-in-law, Betty Tate, Rose Tate and Waneta Tate, Mary Tate and Kathryn Tate; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers, Pat, Frank, Albert, Louie, Sam, and Joe.

Mr. Tate came to this country as a young boy and lived in Meadowbrook, Cook's Mine area. At an early age, he worked in the mines, but being an ambitious man, he started Tate's Fruit Market, which he owned and operated for more than 70 years.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during WW II. Mr. Tate was a Committeeman for the Democratic Party for 45 years, but politicians of both parties were always welcome to his store. Bobby Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Joe DiMaggio and Michael Landon were just a few of the celebrities who came to see Mr. Tate when they were in town.

He always enjoyed helping young people. He sponsored bowling, basketball and Pony League teams for many years. He also handled the bocce games and tournaments for the Italians in the area, and later handled the games for the West Virginia Italian Festival.

Family and friends will be received at the Dorsey Funeral Home, 701 South Pike Street, Shinnston, from 4-9 p.m., on Thursday, June 24, and 1-9 p.m., on Friday, June 25. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2004, at the St. Ann's Catholic Church with Father Karl Wohinc as celebrant. Entombment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery. Condolences may be extended to the family at (online guest book).

Dorsey Funeral Home.