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Obituaries for Wednesday, Jan. 10

Hobert Blake

FLATWOODS -- Hobert Blake, 99, of Burnsville, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at the home of his daughter in Buckhannon.

He was born July 18, 1901, at Bragg Run, Braxton County, a son of the late John Jackson Blake and Biddie Jane Bragg Blake.

His wife, Bulah Riffle Blake, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Marjorie and husband, Ronnie Bleigh, Hubbard, Ohio, and Ulah and husband Zane Frame, Buckhannon; three sons, Harvey and wife, Verdeal Blake, Earl Blake and wife, Cindy Blake, all of Akron, Ohio, and Carl Ray and wife, Esther Blake, Burnsville; two sisters, Bertha Fink, Akron, and Lula Dean, Zanesville, Ohio; one brother, Henry Blake, Alabama; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two sons, two daughters, six brothers and six sisters.

Mr. Blake was a retired coal miner. He attended the Little Kanawha Independent Church near Burnsville

Deloris N. Bolyard

NEWBURG -- Deloris N. Bolyard, 67, of Thornton, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at the home of her son, Randall W. Bolyard, in Grafton.

She was born May 26, 1933, in the York Run community, a daughter of the late Arthur E. and Lelia M. Larew Bolyard.

Her husband of 44 years, Leland A. Bolyard, survives.

Also surviving are one son and spouse, Randall W. and Samantha Bolyard, Grafton; one daughter and spouse, Wanda V. and Jeffery W. Sypolt, Jane Lew; four grandchildren, Joshua W. Bolyard, Phillip M. Bolyard, Vanessa B. Sypolt and Brittany D. Sypolt; two stepgrandchildren, Amanda Nuzum and Stephanie Slaton; two sisters-in-law and spouse, Charlotte and Willard Bolyard, Thornton and Norma Clarkson, Newburg; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Linda Kay Bolyard.

Mrs. Bolyard was a 1951 graduate of Newburg High School. She was a homemaker, loving mother and grandmother.

She was a member of the Sandy Creek Community Education Outreach Service Club and the Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Marquess, where she played the piano for several years.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care Corp., Taylor County, 207 Latrobe St., Grafton, WV 26354, Mountaineer Ambulance, P.O. Box 36, Newburg, WV 26410 and/or Newburg Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 253, Newburg, WV 26410.

Ray John Dearing

GRAFTON -- Ray John Dearing, 81, of Flemington, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg, after an extended illness.

He was born March 23, 1919, in Flemington, a son of the late Cee Dearing and Emma Hudkins Dearing.

His wife, Helen Ford Maxwell Dearing, survives.

Also surviving are two stepsons, Robert Maxwell and wife, Wilda, Alexandria, Va., and Brian Maxwell, Flemington; one stepdaughter, Carolyn Cline, Flemington; three stepgrandchildren, Robert Maxwell II, Kayla Cline and Cortney Maxwell; one niece, Susan Saltis, Shinnston; two great-nieces, Kimberly Sparks, Flemington, and Shannon Schwarz, Illinois; two great-nephews, Michael Saltis, Flemington, and David Mullan, West Union.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Myrtle Sheets, Bernice Porters and Edith Dearing.

Mrs. Dearing was a coal miner and correctional officer with the West Virginia Department of Corrections at Pruntytown.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3081, Grafton, and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 24 of Grafton.

He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Wilma Flanigan

SALEM -- Wilma Flanigan, 95, of Salem, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born Oct. 1, 1905, at Upshur County, a daughter of the late Claude and Lillie Nutter Burr.

Her husband, Walter Flanigan Sr., preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 1991.

Surviving are three daughters, Betty Sue Burr, Salem, Katy Lou Stalnaker, Pennsboro, and Jerry Lynn Stover, Salem; two sons, Walter Flanigan Jr., West Milford, and Don Flanigan, Reynoldsville; 18 grandchildren, Sheila Kimball, Ronald Burr, Sue Alkire, Judy Shaffer, Eddie Burr, Charles M. Flanigan, Casey Stover, all of Salem, Charles Stover III and Ginny Ruble, both of Weston, Chasity Powell, Little Flint, Roger Flanigan, Meadowbrook, Richard Flanigan and Tamra Rogers, West Milford, James "Bill" Flanigan, Sardis, Mike Ash and Stacy Curran, both of Lost Creek, Lynn Stalnaker, Sutton, and Tina Lou Edwards, Manassas, Va.

She was also preceded in death by one great-great-grandson.

Mrs. Flanigan was a homemaker and a member of the Doddridge County Senior Citizens.

She attended Vermont Baptist Church.

Arden Albert Fry

WESTON -- Arden Albert Fry, 86, of 207 West Sixth St., Weston, died at 2:05 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following a brief illness.

He was born May 22, 1914, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a son of the late Dugan Fry and Alda Virginia Kuhn Fry.

His wife, the former Arlene Hamilton, whom he married Feb. 18, 1940, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Eloise Mullens, Weston, and Mrs. Steve (Debby) Cooper, Uniontown, Pa.; three grandchildren, Trenton and Travis Cooper, both of Virginia Beach, Va., and Mrs. Don (Becky) Wine, Weston; and two great-grandchildren, Kaylen and Shawn Ryan Wine.

Mr. Fry retired in 1967 from the La Rosa Fuel Co. in Clarksburg, after several years of service.

He spent the next 16 years as owner and operator with his wife, Arlene, of the F&M Restaurant, Weston.

He was a member of the Herman Lodge No. 6 A.F. & A.M., Clarksburg, Nemesis Shrine Temple of Parkersburg, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Valley of Wheeling, Lewis County Shrine Club and the St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Weston.

He received his 50-year Masonic pin in 1997.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the St. Matthew United Methodist Church.

George 'Chip' William Lavender III

CHARLESTON -- George "Chip" William Lavender III, 54, of Charleston, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, at his home.

He was a son of George and June Lavender of North Carolina.

Also surviving are one daughter, Tiffany Lavender, Princeton; one son, Brad W. Lavender, Morgantown; one sister, Jane Elizabeth Watkins; two nieces, Kathryn Lee and Lucy Watkins, and one great-niece, Faith Noel Watkins, all of North Carolina.

Mr. Lavender was a lawyer. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church where he served on the board of directors.

He was a member of West Virginia University Law Review, and MacCorkle, Lavender & Casey PLLC from May 1, 1999, to present. He was a member of West Virginia State Bar (Board of Governors from 1984-1986, Judicial Improvement Committee and Committee) on Professionalism, Kanawha County and American (Litigation, and Tort and Insurance Practice sections) Bar associations, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia (Board of Governors 1989-1999 immediate past president), Defense Research Institute (Products Liability Committee), International Association of Defense Counsel, Product Liability Advisory Council and Coalition of Food Industry Council.

He lived in Charleston since 1986. He was a graduate of West Virginia University Law School with his major in business administration and minor in marketing. He received Juris Doctorate from WVU.

He was a former law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Maxwell, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of West Virginia (1971-1972), and Meyer, Darragh, Buckler, Bebenek & Eck (1986 to April 30, 1999). He was a partner since 1990. He had served in miscellaneous administration and management positions within the Charleston office. He admitted to practice in West Virginia. He also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern District Court of West Virginia and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

He was author of "Case Comment: Juvenile Courts - Insanity Defense No Bar to Adjudication of Delinquency", "Products Liability Defenses: A State-by-State compendium", and co-author of "The Law of Expert Testimony -- A post-Daubert Analysis Author of Law of the Fourth Circuit". He was a speaker at the 1999 West Virginia State Bar annual meeting, Morgantown, the 1996 COFIC Conference of the National Food Processors' Association at the annual meeting in Laguna Niguel, Calif., and the 1990 Seminar of Product Liability.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Christ United Methodist Church, Charleston, with Dr. D. Keith Clarke officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 1221 Quarrier St., Charleston, WV 25301.

Loren K. 'Tim' Morrison

CUMBERLAND, Md. -- Loren K. "Tim" Morrison, 68, of Cumberland, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 10, 1932, in Weston, a son of the late Opha E. and Rosalie Luzeder Morrison.

His wife, Willa "Billie" Forinash Morrison, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Kathryn Ann Boylan and husband, Robert, Martinsburg, W.Va., and Ann Marie Morrison and fiancé, Richard Stutler, Corriganville; one son, Rev. Loren K. "Tim" Morrison II and wife, Kathy, one grandson, Kevin C. Morrison, all of Columbia, S.C.; one sister, Virgie Myers and husband, John, Takoma Park; and one brother, Bernard Morrison and wife, Marianna, Jane Lew.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Gene Morrison.

Mr. Morrison was retired from Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. as an engineer technician after 41 years of service.

He was a member of the Cresaptown United Methodist Church, the Grand Lodge of West Virginia, A.F.&A.M., Littleton Lodge No. 131, Hundred, W.Va., Scottish Rite, Free Masonry, S.J. USA, Valley of Orient, Wheeling, W.Va., Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 271, Cumberland, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Cresaptown, American Legion Post No. 0120, Hundred, and a lifetime member of Am-Vets.

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

Private graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Fairview I.O.O.F. Cemetery, with the Rev. Loren K. "Tim" Morrison II officiating. Full military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 166 of Jane Lew, VFW Post No. 5131 of Jane Lew, American Legion Post No. 4 of Weston, DAV Post No. 51 and the Central W.Va. Order of the Purple Heart No. 697. Graveside services will be conducted by Weston Lodge No. 10, A.F.&A.M.

The family request in lieu of flowers, memorials take the form of contributions c/o Linda Valentine, Western Maryland Health Systems Hospice Home Care, 900 Seton Dr., Cumberland MD, 21502.

Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Agnes O'Brien

PHILIPPI -- Mary Agnes O'Brien, 96, a resident of the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Belington, formerly of Main Street, Philippi, passed away at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, in the Good Samaritan Nursing Home.

She was born June 23, 1904, at Lillian, Barbour County, a daughter of the late Anthony and Ioetta Ellen Criss O'Brien.

Surviving are one sister, Etta Cleavenger, Route 1, Volga; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Edna O'Brien.

Mrs. O'Brien retired from G.C. Murphy Co. with 20 years service.

She was a 50 year member of Dorcas Rebekah Lodge No. 275, Philippi. She was a member of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church.

Edna M. Shively

FAIRMONT -- Edna Mae Shively, 86, of Bellview Avenue, Fairmont, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at Fairmont General Hospital.

She was born April 16, 1914, in Fairview, a daughter of the late Joseph and Emma McCoy Caton.

Surviving are several cousins and a very good friend, Wayne Shively.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Ms. Shively had retired as a dental assistant to Dr. Jack Hayhurst and Dr. M.E. Brown. She was also a former employee of both Hartley's and Jones department stores in Fairmont.

She was a member of the Highland Avenue United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Fairmont Moose. She enjoyed attending the Senior Center at Bellview. A dog lover, she supported the Marion County Animal Shelter and other organizations to protect animals.

Alan F. Snow

GRAFTON -- Alan F. Snow, 62, of West Main Street, Grafton, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at West Virginia University Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born May 3, 1938, in Kansas City, Kan., a son of the late Edwin Foster Snow and Helen Marie Gordon Snow.

His wife, Rosetta Gough Snow, whom he married Oct. 31, 1965, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Kevin Alan Snow and wife, Rachel, Peoria, Ill., and Chad Edwin Snow and wife, Noriko, Dayton, Ohio; two granddaughters, Abigail and Sophia Snow, Peoria; one brother, Robert Snow and wife, Judy, Surprise, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Snow was an inspector of the Hobart Refrigerator Manufacturing Corp. in Kansas City, Kan. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and a member of the Blueville Church of the Nazarene.

Friends may call at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, U.S. Route 50 West, Grafton, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Louis Staubs officiating. Interment will be at the West Virginia National Cemetery. Full military graveside rites will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial City Post No. 3081, American Legion Taylor County Post No. 12, and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 24 and their auxiliaries.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made in memory of Alan F. Snow to the Blueville Church of the Nazarene Building Fund, c/o Pastor Louis Staubs, Route 2, Box 107, Grafton, WV 26354.

Earl L. Stout

SALEM -- Earl L. Stout, 76, of Route 1, Salem, passed away Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Nov. 23, 1924, a son of the late Levi and Cora Alice Davidson Stout.

His wife, Jean Stout, of Salem, survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Linda Gilbert and Pam Wartman, both of Baltimore, Md., and Connie Der, Indian Fork; four grandchildren, David Der, Ricky Stout, Wesley Loudermilk and Samantha Fitzpatrick; and two great-granddaughters.

Mr. Stout served in the U.S. Army and retired from Bethlehem Steel, Maryland, as a millwright. He was a Methodist by faith.

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