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Obituaries for Friday, Jan. 12, 2001

Elnora M. Burns

SHINNSTON -- Elnora M. Burns, 73, of Lumberport, died at 2 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness.

She was born Feb. 24, 1927, at Viropa, a daughter of the late Lonnie and Frances J. Taylor Richards.

Her husband, Roy L. Burns, whom she married Nov. 8, 1945, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Daved E. Burns, Alabama; one brother, Orville Richards; four sisters, Ada Garland, Indian Trail, N.C., Alma Hershman, Fort Myers, Fla., Mary B. Butcher, Cleveland, Ohio, and Ruth Ann Dennison, Wallace; two grandchildren, David E. Burns Jr. and Bobbi Jo Brown; and three great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Richards; and two sisters, Gertie Williams and Dorothy Smith.

Mrs. Burns was a cook at the Lumberport Grade School having retired with 1712 years service.

She was a member of the American Legion Post 31, Ladies Auxiliary, Shinnston, Fraternal Order of Eagles, 2353, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 699, and was a charter member of the Lumberport Volunteer Fire Department.

She was a member of the Jewel City Church, Shinnston.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 6-9 p.m. today. There will be no funeral service. Interment will be in the Lions Club Cemetery, Lumberport.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to People's Hospice, P.O. Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV 26301.

Hobert C. Carpenter

PENNSBORO -- Hobert C. Carpenter, of Ellenboro, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at Parkersburg.

He was born Jan. 21, 1916, at Cornwallis, Ritchie County, a son of the late Sylvester Calvin and Gelanie Belle Duncan Carpenter.

His wife, Evalene Lavelle DeLancy Carpenter, preceded him in death.

Surviving are two sons, Jimmy and Garry Carpenter, both of Ellenboro; two daughters, Karon Hart, Washington, and Kathern Robison, Harrisville; five grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Dellie and Delice Carpenter; and three sisters, Freda Alltop, Lessie Groves and Sarah Unger.

Mr. Carpenter had been employed by Mid-Atlantic Glass of Ellenboro for two years and retired from the former American Cyanamid Corp. of Willow Island with 28 years of service.

He was a veteran of World War II with the U.S. Army with service in the Aleutian Islands, Central Europe and Germany. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Harris-Ritchie Post 3554 of Harrisville.

Edna Carpenter Condri

PHILIPPI -- Edna Carpenter Condri, 96, of Route 3, Mansfield Addition, Philippi, passed away at 1:05 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born Sept. 18, 1904, in Arden, a daughter of the late Monroe and Essie Simons Carpenter.

Her husband, Samuel Condri, whom she married Oct. 20, 1920, preceded her in death on May 10, 1977.

Surviving are four daughters, Mary Ellen Martin, Belington, Betty Cleavenger, Evelyn Bartlett and Rosa Lee Haddix, all of Philippi; 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, five stepgreat-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three sons, Lewis, Dennis and Donald Condri and one infant son; two brothers and three sisters.

Mrs. Condri was a homemaker. She attended Philippi Baptist Church.

Mabel Anna Cunningham

MIAMI, Fla. -- Mabel Anna Cunningham, 80, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001.

She was born Nov. 12, 1920, in Grafton, a daughter of the late Lawrence B. Weaver and Goldie May Morris.

Surviving are one son, John Lawrence Cunningham; and one sister, Geraldine Cunningham.

Mrs. Cunningham was a homemaker for most of her life. She was a widow.

Gay M. 'Biddle' Davis

CAIRO -- Gay M. "Biddle" Davis, 68, of Goose Creek Road, Petroleum, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 23, 1932, near Cairo, Ritchie County, a son of the late Joseph Eldred and Eva Varnet Moore Davis.

Surviving are two brothers, Eldred Davis and Ronald Davis, both of Warren, Ohio; and one sister, Julia Robinson, Petroleum.

Mr. Davis had been employed at the former Electromet near Marietta, Ohio, in the late 1950s. He was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a member of the Goose Creek Baptist Church.

Kathleen G. Davis

CLARKSBURG -- Kathleen G. Davis, 78, of Van Evera Road, Tallmadge, Ohio, a resident of Clarksburg until 1992, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, at the home of her daughter in Akron, Ohio, following an extended illness.

She was born April 24, 1921, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Oley Beecher and Delta Mae Gillespie.

Her husband, Eugene R. Davis, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Grover (Eugenia) Hoff, Akron, Ohio; two granddaughters, Lisbeth Seaver and Laura Cameron; two great-grandchildren, Richard Henry Seaver III and Sarah Grace Lee Seaver; one brother, Dale Jackson Gillespie; and two nieces.

Mrs. Davis was a member of the Evangelical Congregational Church.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday where the funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday with the Rev. O.D. Harman officiating. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Park.

John M. 'Mitch' Fisher

CLARKSBURG -- John M. "Mitch" Fisher, 85, of Osage Court, Clarksburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, in a local nursing home, following an extended illness.

He was born April 6, 1915, in Haywood, a son of the late Harry Joseph and Jenny Mae Martin Fisher.

His companion of 17 years, Bernice Ellison Robinson, survives.

Also surviving are several nieces and nephews, including Pauline Calvert and Thelma Shaffer, both of Kingwood, Edward Fisher, Richard Best, Massachusetts, and Frank Fisher, Grafton.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter.

Mr. Fisher was a retired coal miner with 52 years of service, having worked at Consolidation Coal for 22 years.

He was a member of the Central Church of God and United Mine Workers of America.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, where a funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday with the Evangelist Perry Henegar officiating. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Geneva M. Freeland

NEWELL -- Geneva M. Freeland, 85, of Newell, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at East Liverpool City Hospital.

She was born in Middlebourne on Nov. 27, 1915, the daughter of the late Raymond Patterson and Anna Wilson Patterson.

Her husband, O.E. Bill Freeland, preceded her in death.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Hartley "Shirley" Smith, Newell; a son, Ronald M. Watkins, St. Clairsville, Ohio; three sisters, Ruth McCune, Newell, Flora "Pat" Woodburn, Bridgeport, and Clara Baker, New Martinsville; two brothers, Brady and Roger Patterson, Middlebourne, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Delores Watkins; a son, Oren "Sonny" Watkins; two brothers, Bryson and Rex Patterson; and three sisters, Edna Ash, Helen Hughes and Violet Martin.

Mrs. Freeland owned and operated a grocery store in Meadville. She also had worked for Homer Laughlin China Co.

She was a member of the New United Methodist Church and its senior organization. She was also a member of the Chester/Newell Rebekah's Lodge.

Wanda Jean Heater

WESTON -- Wanda Jean Heater, 81, of Grannys Personal Care Home, Weston, formerly of 828 West Second St., Weston, died at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001, following an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 17, 1919, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Eldon D. and Ena Jarvis Hanigan.

Her husband, Walter Ray Heater, whom she married April 15, 1967, preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1982.

Surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Shady Hanigan, Weston; five stepnieces and nephews; nine stepgreat-nieces and nephews, two stepgreat-great-nieces and three cousins.

Mrs. Heater was an Avon representative and seamstress for many years.

She was a member of the Lewis County Senior Citizens.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation or funeral services. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Weston Masonic Cemetery. Floyd Funeral Home, Weston.

Thelma Virginia Ritter

CLARKSBURG -- Thelma Virginia Ritter, 83, of 325 Roane Ave., Clarksburg, died Wednesday morning, Jan. 10, 2001, in Port Orange, Fla.

She was born Nov. 10, 1917, in Lettergap, Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Everett Miller and Audra Snyder Miller.

Her first husband, Audie J. Cottrill, preceded her in death in October 1973. Her husband, Joseph S. Ritter, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Linda Rae Fortney, Vancouver, Wash., and D. Jean Tisdall, Blue Bell, Pa.; one stepson, Richard O. Ritter, Clarksburg; one stepdaughter, Barbara Jo Richards, Poplar, Wis.; three sisters, Merle Nicholson, Clarksburg, Tressa Porterfield, Connellsville, Pa., and Thella Gainer, Spencer; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Dr. John E. Cottrill in November 1973; and two brothers, Bryan Miller and Russell Miller.

Mrs. Ritter previously was a member of the Barnes Memorial Baptist Church, North View.

She worked for the Singer Sewing Co. of Clarksburg, for 32 years as a bookkeeper and sewing instructor.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 6-9 p.m. today where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. David Jack Cottrill presiding. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbrier Trail, Port Orange, Fla., 32719, or the American Cancer Society, Harrison County Unit, 300 A Scott Ave., Morgantown, WV, 26508.

Marie Scott

FAIRMONT -- Marie Long Scott, 84, of Fairmont, Bunner Ridge, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, at Fairmont General Hospital.

She was born July 27, 1916, in Fairmont, a daughter of the late Howard Clay and Nora Virginia Holsberry Long.

Her husband, Willard A. Scott, preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1979.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Camilla and Paul Kettle, Ijamsville, Md.; one sister, Mabel Gatrell, Piketon, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Ray Long.

Mrs. Scott was a teacher for 35 years. She retired as principal at Quiet Dell School in Marion County. She had also taught at Mount Clair and Meadowdale schools. She was a homemaker and mother.

She was a graduate of Parsons High School. She attended Davis and Elkins College. She received her teaching degree from Fairmont State College. She was a faithful member of the Fairview United Methodist Church on Bunner Ridge, the Extension Homemakers and the Marion County Retired Teachers Association.

Ena Hershman Shaw

PHILIPPI -- Ena Hershman Shaw, 93, of Akron, Ohio, for the past 24 years, formerly of Barbour County, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001, in Akron.

She was born March 4, 1907, in Barbour County, a daughter of the late A.T. and Hattie Baughman Hershman.

Her husband, Laco E. Shaw, preceded her in death in 1972.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Harriet and John Butcher, and one grandson, Aaron Butcher, all of Akron; three sisters-in-law, Neva Hershman and Sylvia Shaw, both of Philippi, and Hazel Shaw, Belington; one dear cousin, Rose Shaw; one dear friend, Agnes Haller; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was the eldest and last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by two sisters, Lelah Upton Hershman and Glenna Stalnaker; and two brothers, Okey and Harry Hershman.

Mrs. Shaw's pastimes were crocheting and working crossword puzzles. She enjoyed reminiscing about her forefathers, teaching all eight grades in a one-room school and teaching 60 second graders for two years by herself. She taught elementary school in Taylor and Barbour counties for over 42 years. She loved her family and getting together with all of the "cousins." Her motto was others.

She attended Rolling Acres Alliance Church and Margaret Park Presbyterian Senior Citizens in Akron. She was a 75- year member of Cross Roads United Methodist Church, where she assisted or served in various offices. She was a member of the United Methodist Women at Tacy and Nestorville, James Barbour D.A.R., Belington Chapter No. 68 Order of Eastern Star, Barbour County Historical Society, National Education Association, West Virginia Education Association, Barbour County Retired Teachers Association, a 75-year member of the Community Education Outreach Service Club, a 4-H leader and a Barbour County Belle.

Wilson Row Wyant

JANE LEW -- Wilson Row Wyant, 88, formerly of Oak Hill, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, at HCR Manor Care Nursing Home, Arlington, Va., from Alzheimer's disease.

He was born Nov. 25, 1912, at Horse Run, near Weston, the third of 11 children of Doy Wyant and Ellen Canfield.

His wife of 50 years, Helen M. Jones, preceded him in death in 1986.

Surviving are one daughter, Dreama L. Frisk, Arlington; one sister, Madeline Hinkle, Jane Lew; two granddaughters, Beth Ann Norvell, The Hague, Netherlands, and Laura L. Frisk, Arlington; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Wyant was educated in the public schools of Lewis County. After his father's death when he was 12 years old, he worked with other family members on the family farm on McCanns Run, near Jackson's Mill in Lewis County. He later worked at a glass plant in Jane Lew. In 1942 he moved to Oak Hill and began work as a taper and crane operator at EMCO metals plant of Union Carbide Corp. at Alloy, from which he retired in 1970.

He was an avid athlete in his youth, playing baseball and softball for community teams in Jane Lew and Oak Hill. He loved hunting and fishing and spent vacations with his Lewis County relatives pursuing these activities. He maintained a lively interest in sports and outdoor life throughout his life.

The family will receive friends at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, from 6-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the McCanns Run United Methodist Church, Jane Lew, with the Rev. Jeff Zickefoose officiating. Visitation will be from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at High Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Oak Hill, with the Rev. Frank Castello officiating the graveside service.

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