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Obituaries for April 26, 2000

Pauline Bush Butcher

GLENVILLE -- Pauline Bush Butcher, 85, of Route 1, Cox's Mill, Troy community, died at 10 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2000, at her residence following an unexpected illness.

She was born Jan. 6, 1915, in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Roy and Hortensie Garrett Bush.

Her husband, Doy D. Butcher, whom she married June 30, 1934, preceded her in death on March 1, 1994.

Surviving are two sons, Donald Ray Butcher and R. Larry Butcher, both of Route 1, Cox's Mill, Troy community; two brothers, Paul Bush, Millstone, and Russell Bush, Clarksburg; one sister, Ruby Skidmore, Weston; one half sister, Patty Mitchell, Millstone; five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Glendell Butcher, and two sisters, Lucille Vannoy and Eula Short.

Mrs. Butcher was a homemaker and member of Troy United Methodist Church.

Edward D. Dennison

CLARKSBURG -- Edward Dorman Dennison, 79, of 306 Davis Ave., Clarksburg, died at 11:45 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2000, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 27, 1920, in Marshville, a son of the late R. Carl Dennison and Fannie Davisson Dennison.

His wife of 53 years, Polly Costlow Dennison, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Steven J. and Nancy Dennison, Jasper, Ga.; three daughters and one son-in-law, Rhonda and Leslie Riley, Charleston, S.C., Patricia Dennison and Susan Dennison, both of Clarksburg; one brother and one sister-in-law, Darrell D. and Marjorie Dennison, Ocala, Fla.; five grandchildren, Erika Dennison and Andrea Dennison Mobley, both of Georgia, Vanessa Riley Plante, Los Angeles, Calif., and Shiloh Felton and Anne E. Sutter, both of Clarksburg, and four great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Durward J. Dennison and A. Duane Dennison; three sisters, Lula Dennison Garrett, Lorraine Dennison Kelley and Carladine Dennison Cork.

Mr. Dennison was a faithful member of the Duff Street United Methodist Church. He graduated from Salem College in 1949 and retired from Brockway Glass and Anchor Hocking Glass with 32 years of service.

He was a World War II veteran, serving in Africa, Italy, Germany and France with the U.S. Army, 540 Engineers Combat Group. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart for wounds received in Sicily and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Dr. Charles R. Echols presiding. Mr. Dennison will be cremated following the funeral service.

Goldie M. Kittle

FLATWOODS -- Goldie M. Kittle, 88, of Sutton died Monday, April 24, 2000, at Braxton Health Care Center, Sutton, following an extended illness.

She was born March 24, 1912, in Braxton County, a daughter of the late Ohley Mealey and Anna Elizabeth Gibson Mealey.

Her husband, Warren Kittle, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Darlene Hickman, Gassaway; one sister, Pearl Smith, Burnsville; two grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Sylvia Sumpter, and four brothers, Kenneth Sumpter, Herbert and Charles Smith and Gerald Mealey.

Mrs. Kittle was a homemaker and attended the Copen United Methodist Church.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jonathan K. Nettles officiating. Interment will follow in the Smith Family Cemetery at Stouts Mills.

Joseph E. Long

PINE GROVE -- Joseph E. "Soggy" Long, 85, of Pine Grove died Monday, April 24, 2000, at his home.

He was the son of the late Jesse H. and Leah F. Dulaney Long.

His wife, Aletta D. "Letty" Keenan Long, survives.

Also surviving are one son, David E. Long and wife, Mary Lou Long, Pine Grove; three stepgrandchildren, Roger Gorby and his wife, Tiffany Gorby, and Michael Gorby, all of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Tammy Gorby, Clarksburg, and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Homer Long and Norman Long, and one sister, Mildred Dulaney.

Mr. Long was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Pine Grove. He was retired from the former Union Carbide at Hastings, where he worked for 24 years.

He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Lions Club in Pine Grove. He had served on the council for the town of Pine Grove.

Mabel T. McGee

PHILIPPI -- Mabel T. McGee, 86, a resident of Route 1, Philippi, Indian Fork community, died Monday, April 24, 2000, unexpectedly at her residence.

She was born Sept. 10, 1913, in Randolph County, a daughter of the late James J. and Cora B. Nestor Murphy.

She was united in marriage on Dec. 23, 1942, to Wendell O. McGee, who preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 1998.

Surviving are one son, Walter O. McGee, Route 1, Philippi, Indian Fork community; one sister, Mrs. Carl (Loretta) Austin, Grafton; one brother, Dwight Murphy, Silent Grove community, Philippi; one granddaughter, Angela McDaniel, Philippi; one grandson, Wade McGee, Philippi; three great-grandchildren, Corrine McDaniel, Shannon McDaniel and Wesley McGee.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Mrs. McGee was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church.

Eleanor B. Smith

CLARKSBURG -- Eleanor B. Smith, 96, of Bridgeport, formerly of Joseph Street, Clarksburg, died Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at a local nursing home following an extended illness.

She was born in Burnsville on July 31, 1903, a daughter of the late Alonso Bruce and Ella Troxdell Berry.

She married Edward Krafft Smith, who preceded her in death in 1974.

Surviving are one son, James E. Smith, Bridgeport, and one sister, Frances McNutt, Clarksburg.

She was also preceded in death by one sister and one brother.

Mrs. Smith was Protestant.

A private service of remembrance will be conducted at the convenience of the family at the East Oak Grove Cemetery in Morgantown.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to your favorite charity.

Davis Funeral Home in Clarksburg is in charge of arrangements.

Dorsie W. Riley

SHINNSTON -- Dorsie W. Riley, 87, of Perty's Run, near Adamsville, died at 2:02 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at United Hospital Center.

He was born Jan. 8, 1913, in Taylor County, a son of the late Lewis P. and Hallie Smith Riley.

Surviving are several cousins.

Mr. Riley was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was a member of Coon's Run Baptist Church for 60 years, a member of American Legion, Post No. 31, Shinnston, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.

Friends will be received at Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Coon's Run Baptist Church, Adamsville . Mr. Riley will lie in state from 10-11 a.m. at the church. The Rev. Darren Alkire will officiate. Interment will follow in Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Artemas Clay Smith

MANNINGTON -- Artemas Clay Smith, 87, of Route 2, Mannington, died Sunday, April 23, 2000, at St. Barbara's Nursing Home, Monongah, following an extended illness.

He was born March 25, 1913, in Parkersburg, a son of the late Artemas and Nancy Smith.

His wife, Collette Cutlip Smith, whom he married Dec. 15, 1979, survives.

Also surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Irene and Joe Newberry, Betty and Herb Moore, all of Ohio, Norma and Bob Jones, Shinnston; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Larry and Jeanette Smith, Charlie and Mary Smith, all of Mannington, and Robert Smith, Shinnston; three stepdaughters, Carol D. and Larry Comas, Mannington, Diane Morris, Anmoore, Sherry and Allen Cale, Fairmont; four stepsons, James and Joan Weekley, Bingamon, Delbert and Brenda Shingleton, Shinnston, James Shingleton, Mannington, and Tim Shingleton, Utah; six grandchildren, several stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two infant sons, one brother and one sister.

Mr. Smith was a coal miner for many years, later working in the timber industry and at Paul Hawkins saw mill. He was a member of the Four States Tabernacle Church.

Leota A. Thompson

WESTON -- Leota A. Thompson, 83, of 109 Mid Ave., Weston, died at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.

She was born March 4, 1917, in Sand Fork, Gilmer County, a daughter of the late William Oatus Self and Mirja Ann Conrad Self.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Denver R. Thompson, on Oct. 23, 1977.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Michael D. and Delores Thompson, Route 4, Weston; one daughter, Judy Cayton, Weston; four grandchildren, Kevin M. Thompson, Harrisburg, Pa., Lisa M. Allen, Stephanie Cutright and Stacie Barker, all of Weston; one sister, Loreeta M. Peters, Ellis; and six grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Gorman, Orville and William Self.

Mrs. Thompson was retired with 27 years of service as a night shift supervisor with the Weston State Hospital.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston and Weston Chapter No. 40, Order of Eastern Star.

Friends will be received from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. James Crouch officiating. Interment will follow in the Rock Grove Cemetery at Linn.

Augusta Vasti Van Tromp

BUCKHANNON -- Augusta Vasti Van Tromp, 76, of Randolph Street, Buckhannon, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at her home.

She was born Aug. 19, 1923, in Alton, a daughter of the late Onie Morgan Zickefoose and Rhoda Dale Leigh Zickefoose.

She was twice married, first to William Crites, and later to Allen Young Van Tromp, both of whom preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Donald Wade Crites, Buckhannon, and John Allen Van Tromp and wife, Joy, Bridgeport; two daughters, Linda Ann Cunningham and Sandra Kay Ware and husband, Richard, Buckhannon; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Gary W. Zickefoose, Benson, Ariz.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Bryan Kent Zickefoose; one sister, Willadene Aylestock; and one great-granddaughter, Brittany Nicole Mallett.

Mrs. Tromp was a former member of the Pythian Sisters of Buckhannon. She was a longtime member of the South Buckhannon Mission Church and attended the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church.

She was employed by West Virginia Wesleyan College through Jenkins and Soga for approximately 30 years.

Lee W. Ware

SUTTON -- Lee W. Ware, 63, of Sutton, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at his home following an extended illness with cancer.

He was born in Braxton County, Dec. 5, 1936, a son of the late Albert Lee and Roxie Rebecca Beamer Ware.

On Aug. 24, 1958, he married Alice Lou Gillespie, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Russell Lee and "Rusty" and Lisa Samples Ware, Sutton, and Richard Vincent "Rick" and Diane Marie Ware, Frametown; one daughter and son-in-law, Laura Beth and Larry Atkins, Sutton; eight grandchildren, Andrea and Michael Ware, Laura and L.J. Atkins, Kyle, Molly, Kassle and Emily Ware; one sister and brother-in-law, Freda and Russell Perrine, Cross Lanes; his father and mother-in-law, Clarence V. and Laura Canfield Gillespie, Sutton.

He was also preceded in death by one grandchild, Tyler Ware, who died in 1992; one brother, Letcher Ware; and three sisters, Frankie Ellen Ware, Mabel Marie Ware and Ruby Ware Doddrill.

Mr. Ware was employed at Carper Parts from 1958-78, where he was also manager. In 1978, he became a co-owner of Sutton Feed and Hardware Inc., in Sutton, where he retired in 1998.

The foremost activity in his life was his dedication to the Christ Church United Methodist in Sutton, where he was a member, and held many church offices, including chairman of the Finance Committee, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and president of the United Methodist Men. He also served as an active member of The Gideons, where he had served in all of the positions at one time or another.

He was very active in the community, serving on various committees, and was presently serving on the board of directors of the Braxton County Memorial Hospital. He was past president of the Jaycees, past secretary-treasurer of the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department, former treasurer of the Sutton Recreation Association, and served in several offices in the Braxton County Rotary Club. He was a member of the Sutton Masonic Lodge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: The Gideon Memorial Bible Chairman, Braxton Clay Gideons International, P.O. Box 192, Gassaway, WV, 26624.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, is in charge of arrangements.

Wilbert L. Waugaman

PHILIPPI -- Wilbert L. Waugaman, 64, a resident of Route 1, Volga, died at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following heart surgery.

He was born June 12, 1935, in Boulder, a son of the late Hayes and Hazel Markley Waugaman.

His wife, the former Janet Thompson, preceded him in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Harry (Barbara) Satterfield, Arden, and Mrs. George (Tamela) Murphy, Flemington; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Bobby (Kathy) Allen, Flemington, and Mrs. Cecil (Tina) Bolyard, Route 1, Philippi; one stepson, Michael Ridenour, Stonewood; one sister, Mrs. James (Thelma) Casto, Chesapeake, Va.; one half sister, Rose Duckworth, Union community, Philippi; one brother, Lawrence "Bucky" Waugaman, Buckhannon; several grandchildren, stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Junior Waugaman and Jimmy Waugaman and one sister, Monna Sharon Waugaman.

Mr. Waugaman retired in 1992 from Bethlehem Steel 109 mines at Century. He was a member of United Mine Workers District 31, Local No. 1938.

Sturl Robert Waybright

BUCKHANNON -- Sturl Robert Waybright, 80, of Route 4, Box 595, Buckhannon, died Monday, April 24, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

He was born Feb. 9, 1920, at Shavers Mountain, a son of the late Don Waybright and Irabell Teter Waybright.

His wife, Ruth Waybright, whom he married May 7, 1945, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Roger (Betty) Phillips, Nutter Fort, and Mrs. Larry (Helen) Phillips, Buckhannon; two sons and daughters-in-law, Sturl R. and Carol Waybright Jr. and Carl and Sherry Waybright, all of Buckhannon; one brother, Andrew Waybright, Jenningston; six sisters, Shirley McBee and Freddie Bonner, both of Bowden, Lorane Fowler, Virginia, Eva Eye, Hendricks, Erma Gorden, Keyser, and Alma Paugh, Parsons.

Mr. Waybright was a coal miner and farmer. He retired from Bethlehem Steel and served in the Army during World War II.

He was a member of the Kesling Mill Lions Club and United Mine Workers of America.

Margaret Fletcher Williamson

MIDDLEBOURNE -- Margaret Fletcher Williamson, 92, of Bobtown, Pa., formerly of Middlebourne, died Monday, April 24, 2000, in Waynesburg, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Shirl Fletcher, in 1970, and her second husband, Floyd Williamson, in 1987.

Surviving are five sons, Ralph E. Fletcher, California, Perry M. Fletcher, Middlebourne, Franklin R. Fletcher, Kahle Fletcher and Robert C. Fletcher, all of Bobtown; three daughters, Betty Rymer and Emma Hammel, both of Middlebourne, and Patsy Hunt, Norwalk, Calif.; one sister, Frances Pratt, Buckhannon; 29 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Roy Fletcher; one grandson, Charles Fletcher; three brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Williamson was a homemaker and a member of the Middlebourne United Methodist Church.

June H. Wood

BUCKHANNON -- June H. Wood, 59, of 3 Orr St., Buckhannon, died at 11:25 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born Jan. 9, 1941, in Braxton County, a daughter of Bernice Marie Hosey, Hinkleville, and the late French Hosey.

Her husband, Ronald V. Wood, whom she married Oct. 28, 1958, survives.

Also surviving are one son, A. Mitch and Shelly Wood, Buckhannon; one daughter, Mrs. James (Jodi Nicole) Washington, Clarksburg; one sister, Lil Herod, Buckhannon; one grandson, Dustin Teets, Clarksburg; two granddaughters, Gillian Lee Adams, Buckhannon, and Jaymee Marie Washington, Clarksburg.

She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, Arch and Lilly Hosey and Tom and Mae Snyder.

Mrs. Wood was an aerobics instructor at the Medical Wellness Center. She attended Christian Mission Alliance in Buckhannon.

She was a volunteer for the Senior Center and National Heart Association.

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