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obits/Aug. 23

Leona Dove Bailey

BUCKHANNON -- Leona Dove Bailey, 81, of Buckhannon, Deanville community, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

She was born April 19, 1919, in Upshur County, a daughter of the late Henry and Lula Maxon Werner.

Her husband, Harry Lewis Bailey, whom she married April 14, 1943, preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1983.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Archie (Cheryl Jean) Snyder, Buckhannon, Lick Run community; one granddaughter, Mrs. Steven (Angela Dawn) Reed, one grandson, Jeremy Allen Bailey, and one sister, Blanche Tallman all of Buckhannon.

She was also preceded in death by one son and daughter-in-law, Larry Allen and Susan Ann Bailey; one brother, Fred Werner; one sister, Anna Campbell, and one half sister, Carrie Foster.

Mrs. Bailey and her family have owned Bailey's Drive-In on the Elkins Road for 24 years. She was a member of the North Buckhannon United Methodist Church.

William Jennings Butler

GLENVILLE -- William Jennings Butler, 90, of Normantown, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at Sunbridge Health Care and Rehabilitation in Glenville, following an extended illness.

He was born March 7, 1910, in Normantown, Gilmer County, a son of the late Henry and Ruie Dennison Butler.

His wife of 62 years, Lucille Smith Butler of Normantown, whom he married on Nov. 6, 1937, survives.

Also surviving are five sons and daughters -in-law, Melvin and Stephanie Butler, Waynesburg, Pa.; William and Rebecca Butler, Anne Arbor, Mich.; Robert and Linda Butler, Parkersburg; Douglas and Susie Butler, Colorado Springs. Colo., and Richard and Kathy Butler, Normantown; three daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy and Bob Oliver, Mason; Donna Jean and Bob Lambert, Atwater, Ohio, and Karen and Ken Brady, Parkersburg; one brother, Denzil Butler, Cameron; three sisters, Ethel Sullivan, Grafton; Roxie Deem, Parkersburg, and Evalena Baber of San Diego, Calif.; and 18 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Butler was a retired Gilmer County school bus driver and farmer. He was a member of the Gilmer County Farm Bureau and the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.

He had worked at the defense plant in Elyria, Ohio, during World War II.

Dr. Earl Ray Ellis

GLENVILLE -- Dr. Earl Ray Ellis, 75, of Champaign, Ill., died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at his residence in Champaign following an unexpected illness.

He was born on April 22, 1925, in Glenville, a son of the late Ray and Rhoda Baker Ellis.

Surviving are one daughter, Rebecca Richardson, Hoffman Estates, Ill.; two stepdaughters, Cherry Benson, Decatur, Ill., and Kristel Quinlan, Rantoul, Ill.; one stepson, Murray Bohnett, Rantoul; one brother, John Baker Ellis, Columbus, Ohio; and seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Ann Ellis, in December, 1999.

Dr. Ellis practiced optometry in Rantoul for more than 40 years, then at the J.C. Penney store in Champaign until his retirement in May 2000.

He was a U.S. Naval veteran of World War II, a member of the Methodist Church of Rantoul, and a member of both the Rantoul Rotary Club and the Rantoul Lions Club.

Rebecca Lorraine "Becky" Greaver

CLARKSBURG -- Rebecca Lorraine "Becky" Greaver, 17, of South Fifth Street, Clarksburg, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at her residence.

She was born Sept. 4, 1982, in Clarksburg a daughter of Fred D. Greaver of South Fifth Street, and Margaret Whaley Greaver, South Florence Street.

Also surviving are one sister, Melissa Varga, Hancock, Wis.; maternal grandmother, Wanda Rebecca Netzer, Clarksburg; paternal grandmother, Pauline Reed Greaver; and several aunts and uncles, Denver, James, Harold, Roger and Dale Greaver, Charles and John Netzer, Ronald and Keith Campbell, Russel and Deby Yambrick, Barbara Frye and Brenda Frances.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Elmer Greaver; maternal grandfather, Robert Whaley; paternal grandmother, Bertha Lorraine Greaver, and one aunt, Sheila Greaver.

Miss Greaver attended Robert C. Byrd High School, where she played flute in the high school band. She was a Baptist by faith.

Family and friends will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 W. Pike St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, with the Rev. Gary Carr presiding. Interment will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

Rev. Dr. Rex Hartley

MORGANTOWN -- The Rev. Dr. Rex J. Hartley, 75, of Morgantown, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

He was born Dec. 1, 1924, in Clarksburg, son of the late Ralph Hartley and Dana Hartley Stuth.

His wife, Frances M. Jordan, survives.

Also surviving are one son and spouse, Rex J. Jr. and Mary Jo Hartley, Morgantown, one daughter and son-in-law, Rita and Chris Deavers, Morgantown; two grandsons, Robert and Christopher Cozad; one sister, Dorotha Thorne, Clarksburg; one nephew and his wife, Steven and Judy Scott, Fairmont; one stepsister, Wilma Dunlap, Houston; one brother-in-law, Fred L. Jordan, Point Marion, Pa.; his mother-in-law, Mrs. A.L. Jordan, Point Marion; one son from a prior marriage and his spouse, Christofer and Sherry Bartley, and a granddaughter, Kristin Bartley, all of Florida.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Wayne Hartley; an infant son, Anthony Paul; and his father-in-law, A.L. Jordan.

Rev. Hartley graduated from Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg, then received a degree from the Chicago College of Podiatry and Surgery in 1949.

Illness forced his retirement from podiatry in 1976, after he had practiced in the Morgantown area for several years.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Morgantown, was ordained in 1974 and served as a supply priest to several churches throughout the Episcopal diocese in West Virginia. He was a longtime volunteer at Ruby Memorial Hospital and a past Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge No. 411.

The body has been donated to the Human Gift Registry of WVU Hospitals. Donations can be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 247 Willey St., Morgantown, WV 26505; or Meals on Wheels, in care of Gaynzelle McKinney, 3226 University Ave., Morgantown, WV 26505.

Melvin Ray Hotsinpiller

PARKERSBURG -- Melvin Ray Hotsinpiller, 68, of Vienna, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Arden, a son of the late Stanely and Effie England Hotsinpiller.

He is survived by his wife, Naral Frances Hotsinpiller, of Vienna.

Also surviving are one son, Randall W. Hotsinpiller, Columbus, Ohio; two sisters, Mary Cunningham and Evelyn McDaniel, both of Newton Falls, Ohio; one brother Wilbert Hotsinpiller, Philippi; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Hotsinpiller was a lifelong carpenter and the president of the Marietta Gun Club.

Ella A. Lawrence

CLARKSBURG -- Ella A. Lawrence, 95, of Burton Avenue, Nutter Fort, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born April 6, 1905, in Smithfield, a daughter of the late James A. and Bessie Talkington Davis.

Her husband, H.B. Lawrence, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, James C. Lawrence, Canton, Ohio, and Joseph P. Lawrence, West Milford; two daughters, Ruth Ann Bellotte, Nutter Fort, and Corinne Potvin, Woodbridge, Va.; one stepdaughter, Helen McElroy, Clarksburg; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, one stepdaughter and one brother, Gene Davis.

Mrs. Lawrence was a Protestant by faith.

Family and friends will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 W. Pike St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, with the Rev. Jerry Lee officiating. Interment will be in the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

Elsa Maxwell Garrison Lynch

SUTTON -- Elsa Maxwell Garrison Lynch, 82, of Birch River, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at Summersville Memorial Hospital, following an extended illness.

She was born Aug. 1, 1918, in Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Harry and Lettie Davis Maxwell. She lived in Salem before moving to Birch River six years ago.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert B. Garrison and Earl C. Lynch.

Surviving are her sons, Wiliam Pudder, Stonewood, Richard Pudder and Robert M. Garrison, both of Buckhannon, and John R. Garrison, Blue Springs, Mo.; four daughters, Beverly A. Zinn, Greenville, N.C., Kitten Benson, Carrollton, Ohio, Margaret (Betsey) Frush, Springfield, Va., and Kimberly D. Garrison-Brown, Birch River; two stepsons, Donald Lynch, Waycross, Ga., and William Lynch, Maryland; four stepdaughters, Betty Olean, Martinsburg, Kathleen VandeLinde, Brunswick, Ga., Sara Carr, Buckhannon and Roberta Garrison-Richy, Ft. Pierce, Fla.; one sister, Ethel Maxwell, Baltimore; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 24 stepgrandchildren and 30 stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three stepsons, David Garrison, Robert Lynch and Thomas Lynch, and one grandson, Chuck Whaley.

Mrs. Lynch was a member of the First Methodist Temple Church in Clarksburg. She was retired from the state Department of Highways, District 4, Clarksburg, after 23 years of service as comptroller.

Ruth Pauline Poling

GRAFTON -- Ruth Paulne Poling, 93, of Grafton, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, at a local nursing home following an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 12, 1906, in Tucker County a daughter of the late Noah and Margaret Tusing Fike.

Her husband, Roy C. Poling, preceded her in death on Aug. 23, 1975.

Surviving are one son, Alfred L. Poling, Grafton; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Adrian Fast; one sister, Freda Bolyard, and three brothers, Earl, Herman and Edgar Fike.

Orval O. Swisher

PENNSBORO -- Orval O. Swisher, 87, of Harrisville, died Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2000, in Parkersburg.

He was born June 26, 1913, near New Milton in Doddridge County, a son of the late John Emery and Ivy Agnes Snider Swisher.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Virginia Zoe Stutler Swisher.

Also surviving are two daughters Janice Fraley and husband Fred, Homosassa, Fla., and Judi Bailey, Cincinnati, Ohio; two brothers Oral Swisher, New Milton and Orbie Swisher, Weston: one sister Obrie Hatfield, Harrisville; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Donald G. Swisher, one brother, Arbie Swisher and one sister, Opal Crislip.

Mr. Swisher was retired from the Doddridge County school system as a school bus driver with 30 years of service and had operated the Orval O. Swisher Insurance Agency of Harrisville.

He was a member of the Harrisville Lions Club and the Indian Fork Baptist Church.

Opal Virginia Frum Whitener

CLARKSBURG -- Opal Virginia Whitener, 88, 202 Grand Ave., Bridgeport, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2000, at her residence.

She was born on Jan. 20, 1912, in Sherwood, Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Cornelius Lawson Frum and Mary Ellen Reed Frum.

Her husband, Evert F. Whitener, whom she married July 22, 1943, survives.

Also surviving are special friends, Aline Riley and Paul and Eva Shearer, all of Bridgeport.

She was also preceded in death by an infant sister, Mary Agnes Frum.

Mrs. Whitener was a member of the Simpson Creek Baptist Church and during her lifetime had been a church pianist and choir director.

Mrs. Whitener graduate from Salem High School in 1929. She received her A.B. degree in mathematics and a B.S. degree in physical science from Salem College in 1932.

She taught in schools in Wetzel and Harrison counties and also taught choral music. She retired from Roosevelt-Wilson High School in 1973 after 31 years teaching in that school.

Mrs. Whitener was a life member of the Harrison County Senior Citizens and the West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees. She also held membership in the National Retired Teachers Association and the Harrison County Association of Retired School Employees. She had her husband gave the first donation for the construction of the Harrison County Senior Citizen's Center.

Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Dr. James E. Lutz presiding. Interment will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

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