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Obituaries for Sunday, August 13, 2000

Elias Robert Brown

JANE LEW -- Elias Robert Brown, 76, of Route 1, Weston, died Thursday evening, Aug. 10, 2000, at the Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Weston.

He was born Oct. 13, 1923, in Jane Lew, a son of the late Elias Clough and Emma Gay Smith Brown.

His wife, Agnes May Titus, whom he married in 1948, preceded him in death Dec. 10, 1993.

Surviving are two sons, Jack Brown, Weston, and Robert Gordon Brown, Weston; two daughters, Barbara Ellen Brown, Weston, and Dianna Brown, Jane Lew; one sister, Barbara Brown Benton, Virginia; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth Brown Sands; and one brother, John Brown.

Mr. Brown was a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the Weston National Guard. He was a Baptist by faith.

Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, from 6-8 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Russell Furr officiating. Burial will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery.

Josephine Federici

FLEMINGTON -- Josephine Federici, 85, of Route 1, Flemington, Galloway community, died at 12:10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, at the Lake Hospital System, Painesville, Ohio.

She was born Aug. 30, 1914, in Simpson, a daughter of the late Ralph and Anastasia Manfredi Belcastro.

Her husband, Filippo Federici, preceded her in death April 11, 1983.

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Leona and Donald Crouse, Painesville, Ohio, and Barbara and Roy Gobel Jr., La Plata, Md.; one sister, Theresa Monte; two brothers, Nick and Patrick Belcastro, all of Grand Junction, Colo.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Jo Ann Worthington; and one granddaughter, Robin Worthington.

Mrs. Federici was a homemaker. She had lived in the Galloway community for the past 70 years. She was a member of St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Philippi, and the Galloway Senior Citizens.

Friends may call at the Carnegie Funeral Home, Flemington, from 2-9 p.m. today. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church, Philippi, at 10 a.m. Monday with Father Damian Drass officiating. Burial will be in the Flemington I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Flemington. Rosary will be at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home.

Josephine Z. Herman

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Josephine Z. Herman of Akron, Ohio, formerly of Fairmont, and Clarksburg, died at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, at her daughter's residence with whom she made her home since 1998.

She was born in Poland, a daughter of the late George Bohensky and Mary Grazbel Bohensky.

Her husband, George Edward Herman, preceded her in death Feb. 7, 1998.

Surviving are two daughters, Dolores "Jan" Furraitti, Barberton, Ohio, and Gloria Masters, Akron, Ohio; one brother and sister-in-law, Francis and Virginia Bohensky, New Mexico; six grandchildren, Beth, Doug and Greg Furraitti, Michael Masters, Luke and Jon Pietrowski; two great-grandchildren, Nicole and Jessica Furraitti.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Elaine Pietrowski; two sisters, Mary Swenski and Eska Petrigac; four brothers, Martin, Waldeck, Stanley and John Bohensky.

Mrs. Herman was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Stonewood, and formerly of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church where she had been the church organist for many years and was the oldest survivor of the church. She also attended the St. Augustine Catholic Church in Barberton, Ohio.

She previously worked at the former Akro-Agate Marble Company for many years. She was a gifted seamstress for her family. Her hobby was gardening and she was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Stonewood, with the Rev. Father Edward Sabo, T.O.R. as celebrant. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery. A Biblical Prayer Service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Stonewood, WV 26301.

Glenna M. Higginbotham

CLARKSBURG -- Glenna M. Higginbotham, 74, of Werninger Street, Clarksburg, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Jan. 31, 1926, in Battle Creek, Mich., a daughter of the late Edward and Gladys Yaw Grant.

Surviving are three sons, James Higginbotham, Good Hope, Daniel and Ronald Higginbotham, both of Clarksburg; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Donna Mullen, Battle Creek, Mich., and Charlotte Ferrarro, Kalamazoo, Mich.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Larry Higginbotham; and one sister, Barbara Ploehn.

Mrs. Higginbotham was a cashier at Rite Aid and also worked at Continental Can, Brockway Glass and Anchor Hocking Glass Factory. She was a Methodist by faith.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the Sunset Memorial Park with the Rev. Buterbaugh officiating. Davis Funeral Home, Clarksburg, is in charge of the arrangements.

Leola Rachel Smith Jolliffe

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Leola Rachel Smith Jolliffe, 88, of Clarksburg, died at 12:37 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 2000, in United Hospital Center.

She was born Oct. 6, 1911, in Millcreek, a daughter of the late Arlington A. Smith and Fannie Rebecca Higgs Smith.

Her husband, Ira Arnett Jolliffe, whom she married June 19, 1930, preceded her in death Sept. 2, 1970.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, David Lee and Mary Jane Jolliffe, Lockport, Ill.; one daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Clarence Seckman; five granddaughters, Kim Seckman Stamper and husband, Roger, all of Kalamazoo, Mich., Cheryl Seckman, Nashville, Tenn.; Valerie Seckman Farman and husband, Scott, Port Charlotte, Fla., Beth Ann Seckman, Orlando, Fla., and Terrie Jolliffe Mittlestaedt and husband, James, Naperville, Ill.; one grandson, Dale Lee Jolliffe, Crest Hill, Ill.; six great-grandchildren, Brian and Christine Stamper, Kalamazoo, Jennifer Farman, Port Charlotte, Fla., and Jimmy, Christie and Andrew Mittlestaedt, Naperville, Ill.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Glenn C. Smith and Lenville A. Smith.

Mrs. Jolliffe was a member of Hammond United Methodist Church, Hammond United Methodist Women, AARP and was a charter member of Harrison County Senior Center. She was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 4-8 p.m. Monday. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Hammond United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kathryn A. McIntyre presiding. Mrs. Jolliffe's body will lie in state in the church for an hour prior to the 1 p.m. service. Interment will be in Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be memorial contributions to the Hammond United Methodist Church, 515 Broadway Ave., Clarksburg WV 26301.

Lenora V. Morris

FAIRMONT -- Lenora Virginia Slone Morris, 87, of Boothsville, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2000, at Grafton City Nursing Home, Grafton.

She was born Nov. 2, 1912, in Fairmont, the only daughter of the late Matthew and Acha Catherine Harker Slone.

Her husband, Louis W. Morris, preceded her in death Sept. 9, 1990.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Louis Frederick and Carol Morris, Danville, Ky., and Lawrence W. and Dannell Morris, Rockledge, Fla.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Shirley and Victor Cain, Warrenton, Va., Joan and Darrel Coffman, Boothsville, and Katherine VanGilder, Titusville, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, David, Robert and James Slone, and Johnny Smith; and two grandsons, Rodney Tatterson and James Morris.

Mrs. Morris was a homemaker and mother. She faithfully attended the Boothsville Baptist Church. She was a member of the Marion County Senior Citizens and attended the Fairmont center and the Boothsville satellite.

She was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and attended business college. She enjoyed reading and sewing.

Friends may call at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, from 6-9 p.m. today and 1-9 p.m. Monday. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Orville Wright officiating. Burial will follow at the Glady Creek Cemetery.

Mrs. Opal E. Paugh

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Opal E. Paugh, 81, of Broad Oaks, Clarksburg, died at 1:35 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following complications from a stroke.

She was born Sept. 11, 1918, in Pickens, a daughter of the late Homer Hoover and Ollie May Swiger Miller Hoover Barker Riley.

Her husband, Hazel W. Paugh, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Wayne N. (Pattricia A.) Powell, Arlington Addition; one grandson, Ricky W. Powell and wife, Betty, all of Clarksburg; one great-granddaughter, Mrs. Gary A. (Mary Rebecca) Pursley; two great-great-grandchildren, Alexys B. and Tyler R. Pursley, Hill A.F. Base, Utah; seven step great-grandchildren, Mrs. Philip (Kimberly) Coxs, Mrs. Pete (Rhonda) Martin, Mrs. Jamie (Jayne) Richards, Mrs. David (Kelly) Maze, Mrs. William (Lisa) Powell, Miss Teresa Knight and Jimmy Knight; eight great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Glen E. Miller and wife, Emogene; three nieces and two nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Jackie H. Paugh; one infant sister, Hazel Miller; and one brother, Denzil F. Miller.

Mrs. Paugh was a member of the Central Church of Christ, Clarksburg, and Emmanuel Baptist Church, Northview.

She had been a waitress, seamstress, sales person, homemaker and was for 37 years a caregiver of her son, Jackie.

Family and friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday with Evangelist Perry Henegar conducting. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

Dr. Sandra Hope Skeen Savage

LAGUNA, Calif. -- Dr. Sandra Hope Skeen Savage, 62, died June 12, 2000, in Laguna, Calif., after a two-year battle with cancer.

She was born April 4, 1938, beloved daughter of Freda Burgess Skeen of Clarksburg, and the late Ray A. Skeen.

Her husband, Steven W. Savage, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Samantha Savage, Laguna Niguel, Calif.; two sisters, Gail Mihaliak, Stonewood, and Diana Beauchamp, Riverwoods, Ill.; four brothers, Barry Skeen, Alpharetta, Ga., Ray Allen Skeen, Wayne, Mich., Samuel Skeen, McMurray, Pa., and Robert Skeen, Kenesa, Ga.

Dr. Savage was a published Professor of Mathematics at Orange Coast Community College in Costa Mesa, Calif. She was educated in Kanawha County schools in Charleston. She graduated from Stonewall Jackson High School as Valedictorian and Phi Beta Kappa. She also graduated from Bob Jones University Suma Cum Laude in secondary education. She earned her masters degree in Mathematics from Illinois Institute of Technology and was awarded a Doctorate Degree in Mathematics from Columbia University in New York. She completed postgraduate studies at Northwestern University, the University of Miami and Florida State University.

Her distinguished teaching career spanned 38 years during which she authored several publications and was acknowledged with numerous awards and grants. She was named Faculty Member of the year 1992-1993 of Orange Coast and was the commencement speaker for 1993. She was named Teacher of the Year in 1994 and was honored at a breakfast at Red Lion Inn attended by 450 people and received an award of $15,000. She was designated a "Master Teacher" by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development and developed the course entitled "Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics for Liberal Arts Majors".

An accomplished classical pianist Dr. Savage enjoyed music, however teaching was her true love and she described her teaching philosophy by writing "My goal has always been to awaken in students an interest in the art of mathematics by opening their minds to a mathematical world of ideas that fascinate, intrigue, challenge and satisfy. Nothing is quite so exhilarating as the light of discovery on the face of a struggling student."

Dr. Savage was a member of MENSA, the California Mathematics Council, the National Teacher's Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Orange County Mathematics Association. She was a recipient of the National "Women in Science" Grant and profiled in Who's Who in American Education. She served on the Review Board of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and was past president of the local Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. She was a consultant for the Annerberg Foundation for Mathematical Videos and had helped produce several videos and authored a Junior High Math Test Book series.

An academic scholarship is being established in her name and donations may be made in her honor to Orange County Community College, P.O. Box 5005, Costa Mesa, CA 92628-5005.

Dr. Savage's body was cremated.

Raymond Thomas Jr. (with picture)

WARREN, Ohio -- Raymond Thomas Jr., 73, of 4792 Damon Ave., Warren, Ohio, died July 27, 2000.

He was born May 13, 1927, in Maysville, Ky., the only son of the late Raymond Thomas Sr. and Mary Etta Campbell Thomas.

His wife, the former Ann Jerome, whom he married June 26, 1948, at St. Johns Catholic Church, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Michael and daughter-in-law, Mary and son Michael and family, all of Alpharetta, Ga.; two daughters, Cynthia Thomas, Champion, and Marianne at home; three grandchildren, Brian, Matt and Lisa Thomas, Alpharetta; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, James Jerome, Jesse and Lena Jerome Medina, Argel and Angie Jerome Smith, all of Clarksburg, John and Alice Jerome, and Bill and Sue Jerome Beverina, all of Mass.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Dorothy Jefferson.

Mr. Thomas lived in the Clarksburg area from 1947-1951. He had worked at the Carnation Milk Plant. He and his wife moved to Warren, Ohio, in 1951. He retired in 1989 from Thomas Steel Strip as a crane operator after working for 39 years.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of St. William Catholic Church in Champion. He enjoyed his family. He was an avid golfer and sports fan. He also enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting.

He was a frequent visitor to Clarksburg, with friends and relatives.

Funeral services were arranged by Rossi Funeral Home in Champion. Funeral Mass was held at St. Williams Catholic Church. Burial was July 29, 2000, in All Souls Cemetery, Champion, Ohio.

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