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Obituaries for Saturday, Dec. 30,2000

Nancy H. Bailey

PHILIPPI -- Nancy H. Bailey, 75, of 39 South Main St., Philippi, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday morning, Dec. 26, 2000, at her residence.

She was born July 10, 1925, at Grafton, a daughter of the late Floyd W. and Edna Ross Hamilton.

Surviving are two daughters, N. Watts, Pennsylvania, and Diane M. Elliott, two sons, Donald S. Bailey and David M. Bailey, one sister, Diane Cross, one brother, Jack Hamilton, all of Maryland; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Scott and Richard Hamilton.

Ms. Bailey was a retired elementary school principal having been employed by Prince Georges County Maryland Board of Education.

She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter C since 1980. She was a member and past matron of Philippi Chapter No. 41 Order of Eastern Star and a former representative of Grand Chapter.

She was a member of Crim Memorial United Methodist Church. Her request for cremation will be honored.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Crim Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Burdette officiating. Wright Funeral Home service.

Memorial donations may be made to Continuing Education Fund, 107 Hall St., Philippi, WV 26416.

Gladys E. Bland

BRIDGEPORT -- Gladys Esta Bland, 88, died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, at Meadowview Manor, Bridgeport.

She was born July 12, 1912, in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Calvin and Cora Byrd Carder.

Her husband, Albert O. Bland, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Albert G. Bland, Jacksonville, Fla.; one daughter, Mrs. Samuel "Bud" (Loretta) Fortney, seven grandchildren, Corlinda Veltri, both of Bridgeport, Timothy Fortney, Puerto Rico, Debbie Walker, Houston, Texas, Dana Bland, Robert Bland, Kevin Bland and Cheryl Fulton, all of Florida; 13 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Glen, Hoy and Ira Carder; and three sisters, Flossie Roach, Virginia Stewart and Blanche Carder.

Mrs. Bland was the owner and operator of the Plate Restaurant in Nutter Fort, and later the Bland's Restaurant in Bridgeport.

She was a member of the Stealey Assembly of God.

Friends will be received at the Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport, from 2-8 p.m. today. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service which will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Stealey Assembly of God, 116 Nicholas St., Clarksburg, with Pastor Larry Green officiating. Interment will follow in the Mount Zion Cemetery, Anmoore.

Forest 'Dick' Bosley

BUCKHANNON -- Forest "Dick" Bosley, 96, of Buckhannon, formerly of the Indian Camp community died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, at his home.

He was born May 22, 1904, at Alton, a son of the late George Edward Bosley and Eliza Phipps Bosley.

His wife, Freda Linger Bosley, whom he married May 29, 1922, preceded him in death Dec. 7, 1997.

Surviving are two daughters, Evelyn Siron, Indian Camp, and Glenna Lou Geib, Killbuck, Ohio; four sons, Willis and Alma Bosley, French Creek, Walter and Nancy Bosley, Joelton, Tenn., Waytman and Ruby Bosley, Ivy community, and Richard Bosley, Killbuck, Ohio; 26 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren, 21 great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-granddaughter.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Willie Bosley; three grandsons, three great-great-grandchildren, five sisters and four brothers.

Mr. Bosley was a member of Indian Camp United Methodist Church. He was a woodsman.

Vervel Eliza Hibbs

BUCKHANNON -- Vervel Eliza Hibbs, 93, of Vicksburg community, died at 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

She was born May 13, 1907, at Buckhannon, a daughter of the late John Jackson Greathouse and Gracie Catherine Radcliff Greathouse.

Her husband, Roy Albert Hibbs, whom she married March 17, 1928, preceded her in death March 6, 1965.

Also surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Velta) Carpenter, French Creek, Mrs. Horace (Teresa) Phillips, Buckhannon, Mrs. Richard (Arlene June) Campbell, Sharon Hill, Pa., and Mrs. Charles (Glenna) Teets, Palm Harbor, Fla.; one son, Richard and Patty Hibbs, Somerset, Ky.; one sister, Dencie Turner, Buckhannon; four grandsons, Steve Phillips, Bridgeport, Randy Teets, Palm Harbor, Kenny Ervin, Morgantown, and Kevin Hibbs, five granddaughters, Lisa Hibbs, both of Somerset, Sandra Miller, Buckhannon, Patty Yeakel, San Antonio, Texas, Jane Couture, Lexington Park, Md., and Melissa Gibbs, Sharon Hill, Pa.; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by five sisters, Thelma Reeder, Sylvia Casto, Velva Greathouse, Opal Greathouse and Virginia Grace Greathouse.

Mrs. Hibbs was a homemaker. She was a member of the Sand Run Baptist Church, Excelsior. She was a member of the Heavner Grove C.E.O.S.

Barry Allen Moore

FAIRMONT -- Barry Allen Moore, 58, of Rialto, Calif., died Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at Riverside Community Hospital, Riverside, Calif., from Cancer.

He was born June 19, 1942, in Idamay, a son of the late Daniel Hobert Moore and Leone Hutson Moore.

Surviving are two daughters, Amber McClary, Fontana, Calif., and Tara Rodriguez, Rialto; five grandchildren, Ashli McClary and Jacob Sunoskie, Fontana, and Kayla, Anthony and Ricky Rodriguez, all of Rialto; and eight siblings, Virginia Plymale, Morgantown, Betty Morgan, Worthington, Barbara Seccurro, Shirley Leonard and Roger Moore, all of Fairmont, Ralph Moore, Jacksonville, Fla., Charlene Ribel, Port Charlotte, Fla., and Robert Moore, Rivesville.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Buddy, Richard and Donald Moore; and one sister, Pamela Moore.

Mr. Moore attended East Fairmont High School. He served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an iron fabricator for Leyde Steel in Riverside for 30 years.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, at Fairmont Christian Assembly, 800 Fulton St., Bellview.

George Bowers Rice

SHINNSTON -- George Bowers Rice, 84, died Thursday morning, Dec. 28, 2000, following an extended illness.

He was born June 21, 1916, at Lumberport, a son of the late Harrison R. and Lillian B. Bowers Rice.

His wife, Jean Finlayson Rice, preceded him in death on Feb. 9, 1997.

Surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, John H. and Mary Rice, George F. and Judy Rice, all of Shinnston, and David L. Rice, Melbourne, Fla.; six grandchildren, John, Jim, Mark and David John Rice, Julie Gregory and Merritt Statham; and nine great-grandchildren.

Mr. Rice was a 1934 graduate of Lumberport High School. He went on to graduate from Fairmont State College and West Virginia University School of Pharmacy. He was a member of Phi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

He was owner and operator of Rice Rexall Drug Store for over 50 years. He was a former mayor and city council member for the city of Shinnston.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Shinnston, St. John's Lodge No. 24 A.F. and A.M. and a charter member of the Shinnston Area Development Association.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. Monday. The funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Alicia Rapking officiating. Interment will follow at Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Christmas Light fund or the new park fund, S.A.D.F., P.O. Box 23, Shinnston, WV 26431.

Eva B. Rucker

WESTON -- Eva B. Rucker, 73, of 422 Madison Ave., Weston, Shadybrook community, died at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, at the home of her son in Weston.

She was born April 3, 1927, in St. Louis, Mo., a daughter of the late Jacob Fay and Katherine Fay.

Her husband, Clarence E. Rucker, whom she married Dec. 13, 1960, preceded her in death Sept. 9, 2000.

Surviving are one son, Clarence L. Rucker, Weston; two granddaughters, Tammy Lee Rucker, Hepzibah, and Stephanie Lynn Rucker, one grandson, Joshua Trey Rucker, both of Weston; one brother, Ronald Fay, Georgia; and two sisters, Audrey Gamewell and Della Fay, both of St. Louis, Mo.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Eddie Rucker.

Mrs. Rucker was a caregiver for the elderly. She was a Catholic by faith.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Fr. James Murphy officiating. Interment will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Grafton.

Duane R. Simons

WESTON -- Duane R. Simons, 64, of 112 Burnside Ave., Weston, died at 8:11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, following a sudden illness.

He was born Aug. 2, 1936, in Weston, a son of the late Edgar J. Simons and Mary Irene Sandy Simons.

Surviving are one son, Edgar R. Simons, Weston; two grandchildren, Jeremy and Cassidy Simons, both of Fort Myers, Fla.; one brother, Anthony H. Simons, two sisters, Carina L. Belcher, both of Weston, and Cheryl E. Frazier, Concord, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Simons was a retired metal specialist with USX Steel Co. of Gary, Ind., with over 38 years of service. He was a Protestant.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 3-6 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert A. Heater officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Weston.

Alvin J. Slussar

WILLINGBORO, N.J. -- Alvin J. Slussar, 76, of Willingboro, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at his home following a terminal illness.

He was born June 8, 1924, in Mount Clare, W.Va., a son of the late Flavius B. Slussar and Mary Inis Mayle Slussar.

His wife, Bruna Selvatico Slussar, from Italy, survives in Willingboro.

Also surviving are one son, Damon Alvin Slussar, Memphis, Tenn.; two daughters, Melissa Slussar Jones, Edgewater Park, and Christine Slussar Cairns, Mount Laurel; one sister, Bessie Slussar Mayle, Brownton, W.Va.; two grandsons, one granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Roscoe Sherbs, Robert Lee Slussar and Ammon B. "Buddy" Slussar; and one sister, Naomi P. Slussar.

Mr. Slussar was retired from the U.S. Army with 32 years of service. He served during World War II, the Korean War (being wounded in action) and the Vietnam War. Along with his service to his country, he was presented with several metals of honor as well as the purple heart.

Following retirement, his primary place of employment was the U.S. Post Office in Trenton. He worked there for many years prior to his illness in November.

He was a Protestant by faith.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Brownton Pentecostal Church of God with a reception to follow.

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