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Obituaries for Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000

Sandra Sue Blare

SHINNSTON -- Sandra Sue Blare, 57, of Salem, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at her residence.

She was born July 18, 1943, in Lumberport, a daughter of the late Richard Isaac and Jessie Morgan Harris.

Surviving are two sons, Roger Lee Flowers Jr., Niles, Ohio, and Robert Glenn Flowers, Clarksburg; one daughter, Mrs. Brandy (Joann) Grogg, Meadowbrook; four brothers, Richard Frank Harris, Dola, Ronald Harris, Lumberport, Jerry Harris, Clarksburg, and Earl Harris, Michigan; two sisters, Sarah Wagner, Leesburg, Va., and Linda Brown, Pearl River, La.; seven grandchildren, and seven nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Leroy Flowers; and one brother, William Harris.

Ms. Blare was a homemaker. She was Pentecostal by faith.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Richard Settles officiating. Interment will be in the Lions Club Cemetery, Lumberport.

Carmen Coffman Boyce

SALEM -- Carmen Coffman Boyce, 89, of Center Point, died at 1:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at Camden Clark Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born Feb. 17, 1911, on Frank's Run, Doddridge County, a daughter of the late O.E. Coffman and Blanch Ice Coffman.

Her husband, Dale Boyce, whom she married Aug. 22, 1946, survives.

Also surviving are two nieces, Cleotine Kill, Lake View, Mich., and Mary Jane Durbin, Washington, Pa.; two nephews, Lyle Coffman, Glenville, and Ora Coffman II, New Milton; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, L.B. Coffman; and one niece, Janice Perri.

Mrs. Boyce was a retired elementary school teacher. She taught at Frank's Run and Cayton, both one-room schools, Big Run School, Big Battle School, Center Point School, Smithburg School for 17 years and finally at Sedalia Grade School, retiring there in 1973, spanning a period of 37 years.

She was a graduate of Salem College. She was a member of the National Education Association. She was a member of the Center Point Christian Church.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Carroll Gainer presiding. Interment will be in the Center Point Christian Church Cemetery.

Margaret 'Maggie' Brannon

PENNSBORO -- Margaret "Maggie" Brannon, 91, of Route 1, West Union, Harmony community, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, at Parkersburg.

She was a daughter of the late George and Sarah Reed Husk.

Her husband, Presley L. "Bill" Brannon, preceded her in death.

Surviving are four daughters, June Stansberry, Oxford, Route 1, West Union, Virginia Lamp, Parkersburg, Charlotte Hamilton, Fairmont, and Janet Lamp, Pennsboro; one son, Robert Brannon, Harmony community; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family having also been preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters.

Mrs. Brannon was a homemaker. In her younger years ,she attended the Harmony United Methodist Church.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Bill Jemison officiating. Burial will be in the Hart Cemetery, Taylor Drain Road, Doddridge County.

E. Freeman Campbell

PENNSBORO -- E. Freeman Campbell, 82, of White Oak, near Pullman, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at his residence.

He was born Aug. 20, 1918, in Philadelphia, Pa., a son of the late Malcolm L. and Esta I. Chapman Campbell.

His wife of 61 years, Reha Black Campbell, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, John A. and Linda Campbell, White Oak community; two grandchildren, Stephanie Knight, Oxford, and Jason Campbell, Ellenboro; and two great-grandchildren, Emily and Logan Campbell.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Malcolm Campbell Jr.

Mr. Campbell was a farmer. He was a graduate of Fairmont West High School, Class of 1936, Fairmont. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was a member of the Ritchie County Farm Bureau and the White Oak United Methodist Church near Pullman.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Harlan Hodge and the Rev. Bill Jemison officiating. Burial will be in the Pullman Cemetery, Pullman.

Dorothy Jean Cowger

BUCKHANNON -- Dorothy Jean Cowger, 54, of Buckhannon, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, at her home.

She was born July 19, 1946, in Webster County, a daughter of Kathlene Clark Rexroad Pritt of Buckhannon, and the late Weese Rexroad.

Her husband, Ancil H. Cowger, preceded her in death on July 16, 2000.

Also surviving are seven children, Helen Rexroad Dodson, New Kent, Va., Brenda Rexroad Dowell, Adrian, Timothy Wayne Cowger, Judy Cowger Evjen, Kevin Jay Cowger, Karen Cowger Gregory and Jeffery Lee Cowger, all of Buckhannon; 10 grandchildren; one sister, Sandy Sue Rexroad, Webster Springs; four brothers, Roger Rexroad, Hacker Valley, Benjamin Rexroad, Webster Springs, Jackie Rexroad, Buckhannon, and Larry Hunter Rexroad, Jane Lew.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Wayne and Richard Rexroad, and Chester Pritt.

Mrs. Cowger was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Buckhannon. She was a homemaker.

Mr. Louis 'Lodger' DeMarco

CLARKSBURG -- Louis 'Lodger' DeMarco, 75, of 609 Werninger St., Clarksburg, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, at his residence.

He was born March 9, 1925, in Hutchinson, a son of the late Bill DeMarco and Flora Roda DeMarco.

His wife, Dolores Cavaretta DeMarco, preceded him in death.

Surviving are one niece, Jeanie "D.J." Chadwell and her daughter, Janel; one sister, Catherine D. Sinsel, Covington, Ga.; and one brother, Patrick DeMarco, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; nine nieces and nephews and 13 great-nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, William DeMarco, Guy DeMarco and Arthur DeMarco.

Mr. DeMarco was a retired employee of Rolland Glass Co.

He was a member of the Sons of Italy, Marconi Lodge, Clarksburg, and the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Clarksburg.

Friends may call at the Bartolo Funeral Home, 515 West Pike St., Clarksburg, from 3-9 p.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Cesidio J. Federico as celebrant. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made in his memory to Albert Gallatin Hospice, 170 Thompson Drive, Bridgeport, WV 26330.

William Lloyd Conley Jr.

PINE GROVE -- William Lloyd Conley Jr., 65, of Reader, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling.

He was a son of the late William Lloyd Sr. and Edna L. Jones Conley.

His wife, Carrie Haught Conley, survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Denver R., Allen and Michael Conley, all of Pine Grove, and Larry Conley, Reader; one daughter, Sandra Kay Stout, Smithfield; one brother, Robert Conley, New Martinsville; one sister, Jean Lancaster, New Martinsville; three grandsons and two granddaughters.

He was also preceded in death by one son, David Conley; and two sisters, Dollie Shreve and Thelma Lasure.

Mr. Lloyd was a Protestant by faith. He retired from Perkins Oil and Gas Co., Pennsboro.

Friends will be received from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove, where the service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Interment will be at the Garrett Cemetery, Eight Mile Ridge, near Reader.

L. Paul Rexroad

CAIRO -- L. Paul Rexroad, 80, of Lancaster, Ohio, formerly of Cairo, died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at Lancaster.

He was born Aug. 3, 1920, on Addison Run near Cairo, Ritchie County, a son of the late John Payton and Effie A. Miller Rexroad.

His wife, Juanita V. Richardson Gurile Rexroad, survives. His first wife, Mildred Litsinger Rexroad, preceded him in death.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mary Lou McKay, Reynoldsburg, Ohio; six stepchildren, Donald Ridenour, Chester Ridenour, Edward Gurile, Fred Gurile and Joan Koska, all of Lancaster, Ohio, and Linda Johnson, Tyler, Texas; two sisters, Erma Reeder, Parkersburg, and Frances Rexroad, Cairo; 15 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Olis, Johnnie and the Rev Clelie F. Rexroad; and three sisters, May Skidmore, Esta Webb and Margie Null.

Mr. Rexroad was retired from Rust Engineering of Ohio, and West Virginia, and had been a driller in the oil fields of Oklahoma, Ohio and West Virginia.

He was a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local No. 189 of Columbus, Ohio, and the Masonic Lodge and the York Rite of Lancaster, and the Scottish Rite of Columbus, Ohio.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Cairo. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday from the funeral home. Burial will be in the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Cairo.

Reta Phillips Simon

ELKINS -- Reta Phillips Simon, 89, of Lancaster, Ohio, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, at Rockmill Rehabilitation Center.

She was born Jan. 22, 1911, a daughter of Vinnie Rowan and George Marshall Phillips.

Her husband, William M. Simon, preceded her in death in 1964.

Surviving are one daughter, B.J. (Brenda) Hoff; two granddaughters, Dana Noel Davis and Jessica Lea Hoff; one great-grandson, Noah James Davis; one sister, Jane Skidmore; one brother, Robert Phillips; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Mrs. Phillips was retired from the Kresge Co. after many years of service.

She was a faithful member of the Fairfield Christian Church. She was a devoted wife and mother. She took great joy in sharing the life of her granddaughters and great-grandson.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at Halteman-Fett & Dyer Funeral Home, Lancaster, Ohio, and at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home, Elkins. The funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald L. Lockhart officiating. Interment will take place at the Phillips Chapel Cemetery, Coalton.

Gladys V. Tustin

PINE GROVE -- Gladys V. Tustin, 85, of Pine Grove, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, at the New Martinsville Health Care Center.

She was a daughter of the late Fountain A. and Olive Cross Springer.

Her husband, Joe Tustin, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Charles Tustin, one brother, Lute Springer, both of Pine Grove; one sister, Jenette Whitlock, Coolsville, Ohio; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Okey Lee, Bus and Dick Springer; three sisters, Doris Jean Byard, Lucille Phillips and Helen Marie Hinerman.

Mrs. Tustin was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church, Pine Grove.

Friends will be received from 6-9 p.m. today at Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove, where the service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will be at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Hastings.

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