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Obituaries for Sunday, August 20, 2000

Ona Belle Darway

SHINNSTON -- Ona Belle Darway, 68, of Route 1, Shinnston, formerly of Haywood, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born March 24, 1932, at Dola, a daughter of the late Charles William Edge and Bertha Irene Main Edge Miller.

Her husband, James E. Darway, survives.

Also surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Jim Darway, Clarksburg, Jack and Debra Darway, Wilsonburg, and Mike and Amie Darway, Shinnston; two daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Jerry Knight, Clarksburg, and Cathy and John Hefferin, Liberty, N.C.; three brothers, Carl Edge, Clarksburg, James Edge, Gainesville, Fla., and Robert Edge, Lumberport; one half sister, Virginia Lyons, Toronto, Ohio; four grandchildren, Chris and Tim Knight, Joy Lea Darway and Darian Darway; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Clarence Edge; and two sisters, Grace Kerns and Ella Mae Edge.

Mrs. Darway was a graduate of Lumberport High School, class of 1950, and attended the Clarksburg Business College.

She was the owner and operator of Ona's Market in Haywood, for over 27 years. She was a Baptist by faith and formerly attended the Tenmile Baptist Church in Dola.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Paul J. Boyles officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to People's Hospice, No. 3 Hospital Plaza, Clarksburg, WV 26301 or to the American Cancer Society, 510 South, United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, WV 26301.

Gary Lee Davis

BRIDGEPORT -- Gary Lee Davis, 51, of Bridgeport, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, of a sudden illness. He was born Sept. 14, 1943, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Donald and Ruby Hawkinberry Davis.

His wife, Helen Roda Davis, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Louie Davis, Florida; one daughter, Marla Davis, Clarksburg; one granddaughter, Alexandra "Alex" Talkington; three brothers, Jack, Carson and Robert Davis, all of Clarksburg; and two sisters, Agnes Martin, Clarksburg, and Judy Davis, Georgia.

Mr. Davis was a former employee of LaRosa Fuel Company.

He was an avid coon hunter and was a member of the PKC Coon Hunting Association.

A memorial service will be held at Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport, at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Gary Layfield officiating. There will be a private interment at a later date.

Martha Kemp Foxworthy

GREENWOOD, Ind. -- Martha Kemp Foxworthy, 79, of Greenwood, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, in St. Francis.

Her husband, Eugene Robert Foxworthy, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Maria (Sherry) Foxworthy; two sons, George Bruce and Harley Gene Foxworthy; two sisters, Barbra Kemp Stomberg and Mary Alice Kemp Mitchell; four grandsons and three granddaughters.

Mrs. Foxworthy was a homemaker.

Services will be held at a later date for both Mr. and Mrs. Foxworthy. Burial will be at Washington Park East Cemetery. Flanner and Buchanan Broad Ripple Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Sharon Kay Gray

GRAFTON -- Sharon Kay Gray, 56, of Taylor, Mich., died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000, at Oakwood Hospital, Dearborn, of a brief illness.

She was born May 10, 1944, in Detroit, a daughter of Josephine Mayle Kennedy of Taylor, and the late Elwood Kennedy.

Also surviving are two daughters, Debra Victory and Urana Gray; and three grandchildren, Zachary, Nikita and Shalna Victory, all of Taylor.

Mrs. Gray was a waitress having worked at a restaurant.

Friends may call at the Pritchard Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Church, Barbour County, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. Mark Miller and the Rev. Winfield Mayle officiating. Burial will follow in the Pritchard Cemetery.

Oris Law Helmick

WESTON -- Oris Law Helmick, 77, of 3364 Smithtown Road, Smithtown community, Morgantown, died at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, in Fitzwater's Personal Care in Fairmont, following an extended illness.

He was born Aug. 21, 1922, in Sedalia, Doddridge County, a son of the late Jacob Ray and Ethel Law Helmick. His mother died before he was two years old and he was raised in the home of his grandmother, Blanche Law and his uncle, George Law of the Berlin Community.

His wife of 50 years, Peggy Helmick, the former Wanda Stutler, whom he married July 28, 1950, survives.

Also surviving are one son, David Helmick, Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Thomas Helmick, Michigan; one half brother, Jimmy Helmick, Salem; three half sisters, Patte Veres, Washington, Salle Nutter, Michigan, and Sue Theller, Texas; one stepbrother, Charles Boner, Bristol; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Law graduated from Weston High School in May 1941, joined the Navy and was on the ship U.S.S. Herndon, the first ship at Normandy. He graduated from West Virginia University in June 1950 with a bachelor's in agriculture.

He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity. He was a 4-H Club Agent in Harrison County and also Roane County. He joined the U.S.D.A. as a soil conservationist and worked in Braxton, Clay, Marion and Monongalia counties. He retired in Dec. 1997 and then worked as a consultant for 10 years.

He and his wife wintered in Clermont, Fla., the last 16 years. He was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Fairmont.

There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Fairview Fellowship I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Berlin, Lewis County.

Interment will follow in the Fairview Fellowship I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Rev. Homer C. Whitehair

CLARKSBURG -- The Rev. Homer C. Whitehair, 72, of No. 7 Gawthrop Lane, Clarksburg, died at 8:05 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, in United Hospital Center.

He was born July 5, 1928, on Long Run, Doddridge County, a son of the late Henry E. Whitehair and Nellie M. Thompson Whitehair.

His wife, Edna Ancell Whitehair, whom he married July 9, 1949, survives.

Also surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Frances Whitehair, Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, James W. Whitehair; and one sister, Pauline Merritt.

Rev. Whitehair was a member and former pastor of the First Church of God, Northview.

During his ministry Pastor Whitehair had served churches in Brooke County and the Frankford Church of God in Henning, Greenbrier County.

He had also been the caretaker of the Church of God Campground at Craigsville, Nicholas County.

Prior to entering the ministry, he had been employed by Hazel/Atlas Glass Company.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. - noon Monday.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the First Church of God, North 16th St., Clarksburg, with the Rev. Larry McCallister Jr. presiding.

The Rev. Whitehair's body will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, where the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Honor Guard will conduct military graveside rites.

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