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Obituaries for Friday, June 25, 2004

Jesse D. Canfield

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

He was born in Thornton on November 1, 1926, a son of the late Holbart and Ruby Canfield.

Mr. Canfield was a coal miner and surveyor, serving as a surveying instructor at Glenville State College. He was also a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater during WWII and a member of V.F.W. Post 3081 and was the Vice President of the Land Surveyors Association, as well as a member of the Grace Brethren Church.

Mr. Canfield is survived by his wife of 45 years, Anna Weese Canfield, whom he married on May 1, 1959.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law, Beverly Diane Maloney and Mandaina D. Hoover, both of Grafton, and Tina Marie and Jack Sanner of PA; six grandchildren, James Edward Cox of Indiana, Donald Lee Hoover, Jr. and Shawn Michael Hoover, both of Grafton, and Marissa Sanner, Josiah Sanner and Mandaina Sanner, all of PA; four great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Trumal and Betty Jo Canfield of Thornton; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Birchhill of Virginia and Sara and Robert Watkins of Grafton; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2004, at the Bartlett Funeral Home, Grafton, with Rev. Josh Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown, where military graveside rites will be rendered by V.F.W. Post 3081, D.A.V. Chapter 12 and American Legion Post 24. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-9 p.m. Sunday evening. Condolences may be extended to the family at

John Lemuel Frank

BRIDGEPORT -- Mr. John Lemuel Frank, a lifelong resident of Bridgeport, WV, died on Thursday, June 24, 2004, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, WV.

He was born June 14, 1911, in Star City, WV, the son of the late John W. and Emma J. Frank. Mr. Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Beatrice Reed Frank, on December 18, 1991. They celebrated 49 years of marriage.

Mr. Frank is survived by a daughter, Brenda J. Shultz of Bridgeport, WV; two sons and their spouses, John M. and Virginia Frank of Bridgeport, WV, Alan W. and Linda Frank of Bridgeport, WV; six grandchildren, Jason W. Shultz of Pittsburgh, PA, Ryan W. Shultz of Morgantown, WV, John W. and Michelle Frank of Bethany, OK, Susan and Ben Reid of Parris Island, S.C., Neil and Amber Heldreth of Bridgeport, WV, and Tisha Heldreth Barnes of Bridgeport. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth M. Frank and Jeanne Lawrence.

Mr. Frank retired with thirty years of service from Union Carbide. He was a past president of Local 10276, OCAW, part of the AFL-CIO. He also worked as an international union representative with the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union. He previously served in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression in California. He served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Friends will be received at the Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV, on Friday from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be celebrated in the funeral home on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Reverend Dr. Dale C. Waters officiating. The interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery, Bridgeport, WV.

The Frank family has entrusted the care and arrangements to the Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, WV.

Rebecca Rae Hill

CLARKSBURG -- Rebecca Rae Hill, 74, of Circle Drive, Bridgeport, died Wednesday, June 23, 2004, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Hill was primarily a homemaker, but for the last ten years was known as the "shoe lady" at Wal-Mart, where she worked.

She was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, December 16, 1929, a daughter of the late Raymond and Emma Waugaman Sickenburg. She was married to Ronald Waine Hill who preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Ron Hill and his wife Cynthia, Bridgeport; three granddaughters, Rachelle R. Hill, Round Hill, Virginia, Meredith D. Hill and Marina D. Hill, both of Bridgeport; and one brother, Dean Sickenburg, S. Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

She was also preceded in death by one granddaughter, Megan D. Hill; and one sister, Sammy Schwiensburg.

Mrs. Hill attended Horizons Church.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg, Friday from 6-8 p.m., where funeral services will be held Saturday, June 24th at 11 a.m. Pastor Ron Hill and Pastor Duane Adams will officiate. Interment will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Heritage Christian School Playground Fund, Newton Street, Bridgeport, WV 26330. Condolences may be extended to the family at

Davis Funeral Home.

James J. Mackey

CLARKSBURG -- James J. Mackey, 75, of Stanley Avenue, Clarksburg, died Thursday, June 24, 2004, in the United Hospital Center following an extended illness.

Mr. Mackey was retired General Manager of Clean Textile Company.

He was born in South Bend, Indiana, September 7, 1928, a son of the late Joseph A. and Elizabeth Edmiston Mackey.

He is survived by his wife, Rosalee "Roz" Kovarik Mackey, whom he married March 7, 1959. Also surviving are one daughter, Kimberly Mackey, Shinnston; two sisters, Betty Baker, South Bend, Indiana, and Helene Bernhagen, Houston, Texas; and one brother and sister-in-law, Richard (Mike) Mackey and his wife, Sue, South Bend, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews whom he loved very much.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Jane Eckenhoff and Margaret Mackey; and one brother, Robert Mackey.

Mr. Mackey was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was a United States Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict for two years.

He and his family moved to Clarksburg in 1966. One of his favorite things was playing golf before his illness, and then watching it on TV when he could no longer play. Jim's family was the most important part of his life.

There will be no visitation. A Service of Remembrance will be scheduled at a later date. Condolences may be extended to the family at

Davis Funeral Home.

Mary Lou Richmond

SALEM -- Mary Lou Richmond, 57, of Cross Street, died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at her home. She was born February 25, 1947, at Beckley, the daughter of the late Martin Louis Pigg, Sr. and Reathel Roberts Pigg.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Randy (Sherrie) Reese and Pamela Cusick, both of Salem, Ohio, Charlene Richmond of Warren, Ohio; one brother, Martin Louis Pigg Jr. and wife Liz, Lynch Street; two sisters, Mrs. Dale (Jean) Dickens, Princeton, and Shirley Hartsell of Lynch Street; ten grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Mary Lou was a Certified Nursing Assistant, being employed by Health Consultants Plus, Salem and Clarksburg Continuous Care.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Jon Hayes and the Rev. Lillian Simmons will preside. Interment will follow in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Salem Volunteer Fire Dept.

A Greathouse Service.

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.