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Obituaries for Tuesday, March 21, 2000

Troy S. Bailey

BRIDGEPORT -- Troy S. Bailey, of Route 3, Box 35, Bridgeport, died at 5:10 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Louis A. Johnson Medical Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born in Princeton, a son of the late Raymond and Mamie Wright Bailey, who during the late '20s and '30s operated the Chicken Inn on Route 20 South.

His wife, Mary Weis Bailey, whom he married on April 20, 1943, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Richard S. Bailey and one daughter, Mrs. Benjamin (Kathleen) Sandy, both of Bridgeport; one brother, Robert Joseph Bailey, Boca Raton, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Chad and Chris Sandy, Bridgeport.

Mr. Bailey attended St. Mary High School, Clarksburg. He was a World War II veteran serving in combat in the Pacific Theatre, holding six Bronze Stars and 12 campaign ribbons in campaigns in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines, U.S. Army Signal Corps. 5th Army Air Corps.

He returned to Bridgeport in 1946, where he retired in 1980 as a heavy equipment operator and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers AFL-CIO Local 132, Ryan Inc., SG Groves Inc.

Mr. Bailey was a member of the Bridgeport American Legion Post 68, Clarksburg Disabled American Veterans "Action Corps," Clarksburg Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fraternal organizations Loyal Order of the Moose and Elks Lodge and the Shrine and Masonic Lodge.

He was elected statewide as delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1968 and 72. He worked tirelessly for veterans issues, funding for Interstate 79, and improvements to Benedum Airport.

Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home, from 1-9 p.m. today, where a vigil prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friends may call at All Saints Catholic Church after 9 a.m. Wednesday, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Father Harry N. Cramer as celebrant. Interment will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Prunty Town, with full military honors.

Gregory S. Bolner

GRAFTON -- Gregory Scott Bolner, 20, of East Main Street, Grafton, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at the Grafton City Hospital, following a sudden illness.

He was born Oct. 30, 1979, in Morgantown, a son of Joyce Bolyard Bolner.

Also surviving are one brother, Doug Bolner, Grafton; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Dayton and Freda Bolyard.

Mr. Bolner worked on the Summer Youth Program in Taylor County.

Friends will be received at Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, from 7-9 p.m. today, with the service being held at the funeral home chapel at 11 a.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. David Maley officiating. Burial will be in the Arnold Cemetery.

David L. Coolidge

PHILIPPI -- David L. Coolidge, 53, a resident of 114 Locust Ave., Philippi, died 3:46 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 24, 1946, in Jonesboro, Ky., a son of the late George W. and Verda F. Voyles Coolidge.

His wife, the former Angela Maria Nieto, whom he married July 3, 1992, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Christine C. Bounds, Austin, Texas, and Samantha R. Nieto-Collidge, Philippi; three sons, Tony Coolidge, Orlando, Fla., James R. Coolidge, Austin, and Steven M. Coolidge, Orlando, Fla.; three grandchildren, Amanda Bounds, Lee S. Bounds Jr. and David L. Coolidge.

Mr. Coolidge retired in 1993 as sergeant major from the U.S. Army and was a special education teacher at South Harrison Middle School.

He received a bachelor of arts degree from Alderson-Broaddus College in May 1998. He was a Babe Ruth coach at Philippi, a member of the National Ed Association and Catholic.

Greta B. Cummons

BUCKHANNON -- Greta B. Cummons, 79, of Elyria, Ohio, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at Life Care Center, Elyria.

She was born in Ellamore, a daughter of the late William Poling and LaVinia Hornbeck Poling.

Her husband, Dayton S. Cummons, preceded her in death in 1975.

Surviving are one son, Robert Cummons, Elyria; one daughter, Dotti Jilek, Mansfield, Ohio; two sisters, Lorain Moran, Elkins, and Vera Laskowski, Elyria; two brothers, Gerald Poling and Garald Poling, Buckhannon; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Cummons was employed during the 1950s and '60s at General Industries and Timm Springs Company in Elyria. She enjoyed sewing, being outdoors in her yard and spending time with her grandchildren.

Alden V. Foley

FLATWOODS -- Alden V. "Vic" Foley, 81, of Exchange, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg, following a short illness.

He was born Dec. 18, 1918, in Gem, a son of the late John Grover Foley and Louie Jane Conrad Foley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Toby Foley, on Jan. 30, 1988.

Surviving are five sisters, Louella Stefan, Mary Nell Greif and Joyce Butt, all of Baltimore, Md., Dolores Palmer, Shrewsbury, Pa., and Sylvia Pugh, Ravenna, Ohio; two brothers, William Foley and Donald Foley, both of Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Foley was a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of the Burnsville Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a truck driver.

A.G. "Bill" Hardman

CLARKSBURG -- A.G. "Bill" Hardman, 64, of Joy Haven Street, Port St. Lucie, Fla., died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born Aug. 21, 1935, in Coudersport, Pa., a son of Lucy Thompson Hardman, Lost Creek, and the late Arnel Hardman.

His wife, Helen Skidmore Hardman, whom he married in 1968, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, A.G. "Trae" Hardman and Jeffrey Bayless, both of Port St. Lucie; five daughters, Mrs. James (Tina) Chisolm and Jeri Parker, both of Port St. Lucie, Mrs. Jack (Joni) Fleming, Jupiter, Fla., Mrs. Christopher (Susan) Boyer, Moorhead, Ky., and Lynn Ellis, Richmond, Va.; 13 grandchildren; one brother, George Hardman and his wife, Mary, Paducah, Ky.; one sister, Mrs. Ronald (Judy) Russell, Lost Creek.

Mr. Hardman was a heavy equipment maintenance superintendent with General Development Corporation. He was a member of the Kentucky Colonels and was Methodist.

Friends may call at Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, where the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Gary Rapking officiating. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Nora Emily Helmick

PARSONS -- Nora Emily Helmick, 63, a resident of the Mt. Zion community, St. George, died at 9:50 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2000, at the Davis Memorial Hospital. She had been in declining health and death was attributed to cancer.

She was born March 15, 1937, in Licking Creek, St. George, a daughter of the late Luther Lee and Sarah Ellen Streets Waybright.

On July 2, 1976, in Oakland, Md., she was married to Clarence L. Helmick, who survives.

Also surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Charles (Carolyn) Hall, Clarksburg, Mrs. Skip (Beverly Sue) Thomsen, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Otis (Louise) Frymyer and Mrs. Kenny (Linda) Knotts, both of Mt. Zion; four stepdaughters, Mrs. Virgil (Patty) Rhoades, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Guy (Midge) Poling, Maryland, Mrs. Walter (Genevieve) Dumire, Delaware, and Mrs. Orval (Dorothy) Cooper, Mt. Zion; five stepsons, Roy Helmick and wife, Mary, Florida, Junior Helmick and wife, Charlotte, Jerry Helmick and wife, Becky, Mike Helmick and wife, Linda, all of Mt. Zion, and Denzil Helmick and wife, Nancy, Elkins; six brothers, Carl, Hoy, Troy, Raymond, Melvin and Calvin Waybright; two sisters, Dora and Cora and 31 grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one infant daughter, Kathy; two brothers, James and Kenneth; two sisters, Lela Opal and Bonnie Virginia; one stepson, Leonard Helmick; and one grandson, Scott Lynn Helmick.

Mrs. Helmick attended the One Room No. 9 School at Bull Run and attended the Sycamore Grove Church at Bull Run. She had worked for the former White Gables and the former Parsons Shoe Factory.

Lewis C. Morris

CLARKSBURG -- Lewis C. Morris, 65, of Route 4, Clarksburg, died Sunday evening, March 19, 2000, at Sunbridge Care at Salem, following an extended illness.

He was born Feb. 2, 1935, in Ritchie County.

His wife, Josephine Ferrell Morris, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Ricky Morris, Parkersburg, and one brother, Larry Morris, Ellenboro.

Mr. Morris was Baptist and a glass worker at the Ellenboro Glass, Ellenboro.

There is no visitation and a memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Bessie B. Shultz

PENNSBORO -- Bessie Baker Shultz, 62, of New Milton, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at the residence of her daughter.

She was born Feb. 27, 1938, in Dale, Tyler County, a daughter of the late Ora and Ruth Ash Baker.

Her husband, Carroll Dean Shultz, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Tammy Richards, Maxwell Ridge Road, New Milton; three sons, Steven Shultz, Winston-Salem, N.C., Richard Shultz, West Union, and William "Randy" Baker, West Union; two sisters, Betty Griffith, Cairo, and Edna Baker, Mansfield, Ohio; two brothers, Carl Baker, Alvy, and Steven Baker, Josephs Mills; and six grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one grandson, Nicholas Dean Shultz.

Mrs. Shultz was a homemaker and a member of the Rock Run Wesleyan Methodist Church, Doddridge County.

Charles J. Simon

CLARKSBURG -- Charles J. Simon, 79, of Ohio Avenue, Nutter Fort, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 1, 1920, in Wallingford, Conn., a son of the late Julius and May Howes Simon.

His wife, Audrey Tibor Simon, survives.

Also surviving are one son, William Simon, Nutter Fort; one daughter, Dora Mae Jesky, Williamsburg, Va.; one granddaughter, Angie Jesky; two sisters, Irene Boynton, Brevard, N.C., and Berta Pesano, Stratford, Conn.

He was also preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Simon was a retired welder with Bridgeport Column, Fairfield, Conn. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II, a member of the Disabled American Veterans and was Protestant.

At the request of Mr. Simon, his body was cremated. A service of remembrance will be conducted at the convenience of the family. Davis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William L. Thompson

PHILIPPI -- William Lee "Bill" Thompson, 23, a resident of Route 1, Philippi, died at 5:10 p.m. Sunday, March 19, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Nov. 5, 1976, in Philippi, a son of Ronald L. and Shirley L. Riley Thompson, Route 1, Philippi.

Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. William (Vickie Lynn) Titchnell and Rebecca Ann Thompson, both of Philippi; his maternal grandmother, Madaline Riley, Volga; his paternal grandmother, Opal Thompson, Philippi; two nephews, Tyler Branson and Casey Edward Titchnell.

He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Sherman Riley and paternal grandfather, Branch Thompson.

Mr. Thompson was a 1996 graduate of Philip-Barbour High School and attended Coordinate Council for Independent Living at Clarksburg. He was an avid C.B. operator and wood whittler.

Ruth M. Weekley

GRAFTON -- Ruth M. Weekley, 86, of Knottsville community, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at West Virginia University Hospitals, Morgantown.

She was born March 30, 1913, in Taylor County, a daughter of the late George E. and Carrie Locke McCartney.

Her husband, Harry H. Weekley, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Evelyn L. Beavers, Route 1, Thornton, and Susie Coole and husband, Bob, Route 1, Grafton; one stepson, Jim Weekley and wife, Helen, Grafton; three grandchildren, Rich Coole and wife, Tammy, Thornton, Kathryn Christian and husband, Sean, Hurrican, and Holly Coole, Grafton; three great-grandchildren, Adam Christian, Shane Coole and John Wilhelm; one brother, Hersel McCartney, Route 1, Thornton; several stepgrandchildren, stepgreat-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Paul McCartney and Glenn McCartney; one son-in-law, Jack Beavers; one stepdaughter, Betty Sinsel; and one stepgranddaughter, Vicky Weekley.

Mrs. Weekley was formerly a cook for the Taylor County Board of Education and an excellent seamstress. She was a member of the Knottsville United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, the Mt. Pleasant C.E.O., and the Taylor County Senior Center.

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