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Obituaries for Monday, May 1, 2000

Basil Orvile Humphrey

BUCKHANNON -- Basil Orvile Humphrey, 64, of Buckhannon, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at his home.

He was born July 18, 1935, in Upshur County, a son of the late Dolly J. Humphrey Summers.

His wife, Lillian Casto Humphrey, preceded him in death.

Surviving are one son, Basil E. Humphrey, Ohio; one stepdaughter, Ora Shepherd, Buckhannon; two granddaughters; one grandson, Michael Carter, Mount Nebo; one stepgranddaughter, Joellen Greiner; one stepgrandson, Brian Shepherd; six brothers, Roy Summers Jr., Theodore Summers, all of Buckhannon, David Summers, Post Jarvis, N.Y., Andrew Summers, Louisville, Ky., Jerry Summers, Ozark, Ala., and Johnny Summers, Apple Creek, Ohio; five sisters, Mrs. Emma Cutright, Rebecca Flannery, Lena Gooden, all of Buckhannon, Helen Summers, Gilroy, Calif., and Janet Lough, Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Humphrey was a member of the Sago Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired mechanic and truck driver for the department of highways.

Richard Allen Merriman

GRAFTON -- Mr. Richard Allen Merriman, 50, of Morristown, Tenn., formerly of Grafton, died at 6:15 a.m. Friday, April 28, 2000, at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Liz and Gene Shingleton, of Jeffersson City, Tenn.

He was born Jan. 22, 1950, in Grafton, a son of the late Harvey L. Merriman and Ethel M. Martin Merriman.

His wife, Oriana J. Kisamore Merriman, preceded him in death Nov. 20, 1998.

Surviving are one stepson, Scott (Edie) Shuttleworth, Bean Station, Tenn.; two stepdaughters, Susan Stockett, Ohio, and Carol Johnson and husband, Jimmy Johnson, Florida; two brothers, Junior Merriman and wife, Ava, and Roger Merriman and wife, Gloria, both of Grafton; two brothers-in-law, Ronnie Kisamore and wife, Ann, Grafton, and Clay (Butch) Kisamore and wife, Elaine, Ormond, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth "Liz" Shingleton and husband, Gene, Jefferson City, Tenn., and Linda Gordon and husband, James, Geneva, Ohio; five step grandchildren, Sarah, Jacob and Abbey Stockett, and Becky and Benjamin Shuttleworth; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was also preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Claude R. "Dickie" Kisamore.

Mr. Merriman was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Tenn., where he was Baptized April 26, 1998. He was an employee of the Universal Bedroom Furniture Store, Morristown, Tenn.

The family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, U.S. Route 50, west of Grafton, from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Pastor Donald F. Ford officiating. Interment will be in Bluemont Cemetery, Grafton.

Rocco "Rocky" Tossone Jr.

SHINNSTON -- Rocco "Rocky" Tossone Jr., 58, of Peora, died Friday, April 28, 2000, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a sudden illness.

He was born May 5, 1941, in Idamay, a son of Josephine Piccolo Tossone, with whom he made his home, and the late Rocco Tossone Sr.

Also surviving are one daughter, Sammy K. Best, Murphy's Bow, Tenn.; three brothers, Pete Tossone, Joetown, Sam Tossone, Fraser, Mich., and Steve Tossone, Fairmont; two sisters, Mrs. William (Marie) Galupi, Riverbank, Calif., Mrs. Darrell (Catherine) Martin, Peora; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Mr. Tossone was a construction worker by trade, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He attended the United Brethren churches.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, after 2 p.m. today, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, with Pastor Ann DeBolt officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Harry N. Wilfong

BUCKHANNON -- Harry N. Wilfong, 75, of Route 6, Buckhannon, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Saint Joseph's Hospital.

He was born March 30, 1925, in Upshur County, a son of the late Cecil and Daisy Caynor Wilfong.

His wife, Areta Gooden Wilfong, whom he married Nov. 24, 1951, survives.

Also surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Farnsworth and husband, Harold, Sharon Shaw and husband, George, Monica Winemiller and husband, Ronald, all of Buckhannon, and Lisa Hopkins and husband, David, Summersville; seven grandchildren, Michael and Danny Farnsworth, Bryan Shaw, Keri Lane, all of Buckhannon, Michelle Catlett, Martinsburg, and Amber and Jacob Hopkins, Summersville; three great-grandchildren, Christopher Farnsworth, MaKayla Lane, both of Buckhannon, and Brooklyn Catlett, Martinsburg; one brother, James Wilfong, Buckhannon; and two sisters, Ruby Heatherly, Newton Falls, Ohio, and Wilma Black, Buckhannon.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Howes.

Mr. Wilfong was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the American Legion Post of Buckhannon, the Buckhannon Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, and the Upshur County Shrine Club.

He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Osiris Temple of Wheeling. He was retired from Bethlehem Mines and a member of the UMW Local 4172. He was a member of the Franklin Lodge No. 7 A.F. and A.M. He was a member of the Mount Hope United Methodist Church.

Friends will be received at the Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel, Inc., Buckhannon, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. S.E. Lewis and the Rev. Jerry Heater officiating. Interment will follow in the Buckhannon Memorial Park. The Franklin Lodge No. 7 A.F. & A.M. will conduct graveside rites.

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