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Obituaries for Friday, February 11, 1999

Kenneth C. Ashcraft

CLARKSBURG -- Kenneth C. Ashcraft, 98, of Wolf Summit, died at 11:10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at Clarksburg Continuous Care following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 26, 1901, in Wallace, a son of the late Adolphis and Carrie Alda Ashcraft.

His wife, Mabel Pearl Freeman Ashcraft, preceded him in death in February 1980.

Surviving are one daughter, Dorothy "Jean" Davis, Wolf Summit; one son, Lee Ashcraft, Wolf Summit; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was also preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers.

Mr. Ashcraft was a member of the Reynoldsville Christian Church where he had been a deacon. He was a coal miner for the former Marine Coal Company, Spelter, and was a member of the I.O.O.F., Wolf Summit.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Gaylene R. Barr

PARSONS -- Gaylene Rena Barr, 65, of Limestone community, St. George, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at her residence.

She was born May 22, 1934, in St. George, a granddaughter of the late Tom and Rena Auvil Cassidy, who raised her.

Her husband, Donald Richard Barr, whom she married on May 25, 1956, in Red House, Md., survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas Dale and Cathy Barr, Limestone community, St. George, and Tech Sgt. Danny Richard and Marie Barr, U.S. Air Force, Iceland; two daughters, Mrs. Mike (Elizabeth Jane) Hinton, Clarksburg, and Patricia Anne Mulligan, Florida; one brother, George Jones, Akron, Ohio; two sisters, Berma Nicodemus and Vada Holman, both of Ohio; and seven grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Dolly Scarbough; one granddaughter, Michelle Dawn; and one great-granddaughter, Sarah "Elizabeth Rose."

Mrs. Barr attended the one-room school at Fairview, was a graduate of the St. George Academy at St. George, and attended Parsons High School. She had worked for the Tucker County Board of Education and the Head Start Program as a cook for many years. She was a homemaker, winning many first-place ribbons as a quilter, and was a member of the St. George United Methodist Church.

Ralph W. Bennett

CHARLESTON -- Ralph William "Bill" Bennett, 84, of Charleston, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at CAMC General following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 21, 1915, in Clarksburg, a son of the late William L. Bennett and Lura Mae Larwnner.

Surviving are one daughter, Carolyn Meador, Lafayette, Calif.; one brother, William A. Bennett, Charleston; two sisters, Jane Bennett, Charleston, and Mary Pike, Bridgeport; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mr. Bennett worked at General Electric Co., was a member of the Methodist Church and, along with his father and brother, Richard, founded the Charleston Ice Co. until it closed in the mid-70s. He also served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 400 Allen Drive, Charleston, WV 25302.

Bartlett-Burdette-Cox Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of the arrangements.

Christine F. Britton

WEST UNION -- Christine F. Britton, 78, of Route 1, Cabin Run, Oxford community, West Union, died at 2:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 7, 1921, in Alberta, Canada, a daughter of Porter Lee and Cassie D. Wilson Reese.

Her husband, Forest E. Britton, whom she married May 14, 1939, preceded her in death on Dec. 15, 1992.

Surviving are two daughters, Patsy C. McClung, Lumberport, and Zelma Kelley, Greenwood; two sons, William P. "Bill" Britton, Oxford, Cabin Run community, and Edwin L. Britton, St. Marys; two sisters, Arlene Holcraft, Route 23, Salem, and Mary Lou Wheeler, Leason Run, West Union, one brother, Ford Reese, Leason Run, West Union; 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Patrick Britton; three brothers, Charles Reese, Leo Reese and Glen Reese; and one grandson, Robbie Britton.

Mrs. Britton was a very active member of the Cabin Run Methodist Church where she had held the offices of secretary and treasurer. She was an avid farmer and quilter, enjoyed crossword puzzles, and was a homemaker.

Elaine B. Finley

SALEM -- Elaine B. Finley, 79, of Route 4, Salem, Raccoon Run community, died at 2 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born June 17, 1920, in Bristol, a daughter of the late Abraham and Icie Lee Carrico Bumgardener.

Her husband, Duane T. Finley, whom she married on Dec. 23, 1944, preceded her in death on Dec. 23, 1960.

Surviving are special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Michael G. Bailey, New Milton; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Abe Bumgardener, Jack Bumgardener and Adrian Bumgardener; and four sisters, Mary Bumgardener, May Kelley, Delphia Fox and Caroline Edgell.

Mrs. Finley was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She had retired in the late 1970s from the United States Postal Service, where she had served as a postal clerk at the Bristol Post Office, and was formerly employed as a maiden with the Salem Industrial Home. She was Protestant and enjoyed reading.

Delphia M. Reger

MONACA, Pa. -- Delphia M. Steerman Reger, 70, of Monaca, formerly of Belleview, Fla., died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at Medical Center Beaver, Beaver, Pa.

She was born Jan. 21, 1930, in Wildcat, a daughter of the late William Hugh and Sylvia Rexroad Steerman.

Her husband, Carl L. Reger, preceded her in death on June 7, 1999.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Mary Jo Reger and Randy and Francine Reger, all of Center Township; her siblings and their spouses, Warren and Elsie Steerman and Tom and Georgia Steerman, all of Herrington, Del., Kenneth and Betty Steerman, Minford, Ohio, Gene and Mary Steerman, Chicago, Ill., Max and Harriet Steerman, Sylmar, Calif., Nora Douglas, Center Township, Maude and Tracy Spaur, Bridgeport, Jeraldine Wolfe, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and Ilene Pickens, Rock Cave; three grandchildren, Larry Carl Reger Jr., Gabriel Luke Reger and Natalee Rae Reger.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Batchelor Brothers Inc., Monaca, is in charge of the arrangements.

Dorotha P. Shuman

PINE GROVE -- Dorotha Pearl Shuman, 77, of Wileyville, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at New Martinsville Health Care Center.

She was born Jan. 1, 1923, in Wileyville, a daughter of the late Levi Kaufman and Jettie Ann Ice Shuman.

Surviving are three sisters, Genova McBee, Wileyville, Pansy Starkey, Mannington, and Mildred Moore, Hannibol, Ohio; 10 nieces, eight nephews, 15 great-nieces, 17 great-nephews, and several great-great-nieces and nephews.

Miss Shuman was a member of the Long Valley Church of Christ near Wileyville. She was retired from Fairmont General Hospital, Fairmont, where she was a registered nurse and supervisor for 42 years.

Velma D. Wilfong

SHINNSTON -- Velma D. Lindsey Wilfong, 71, of Enterprise, died at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000, at Mon General Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born Jan. 11, 1929, in Peora, a daughter of the late Curtis Efford "Jim" and Clara Ellen Sickles Lindsey.

Her husband, Charles Woodrow Wilfong, survives

Also surviving are two sons, Douglas Wilfong, Shinnston, and Charles Wilfong, Nutter Run; three daughters, Mrs. Ray (Clara) Lane, Belmont, Ohio, Mrs. Ronald (Brenda) Eakle, Mannington, and Mrs. James (Virginia) Tichenor, Route 1, Shinnston; four sisters, Mildred June Brown, Mannington, Betty Joyce Bock, Wyatt, Mrs. Wilbur (Lena Ellen) Wilfong, Enterprise, and Mrs. John (Verda) Gorski, Joetown; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Woodrow Wilfong; three brothers and five sisters.

Mrs. Wilfong was formerly employed at Wishing Well Nursing Home, Hutchinson, and Allen's Discount, Enterprise. She was a born again Christian.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. today and noon-3 p.m. Saturday. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Aulbert Roberts officiating. Interment will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Enterprise.

Chester S. Willie

LAKE WORTH, Texas -- Chester S. "Pete" Willie, 43, of Sansom Park, Texas, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2000, in Parker County.

He was born May 9, 1956, in Philippi.

His wife, Ruth Willie, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Chester Stephen Willie Jr., Sansom Park; three daughters, Jessica Ice, Sansom Park, Stephanie Carter and Angel Willie, both of West Virginia; two brothers, Mike Willie and Barry Hall, both of West Virginia; three sisters, Betty Vanhorn, Patty Withrow, West Virginia, and Joyce Newell; two grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, and close friends.

Biggers Funeral Home, Lake Worth, is in charge of the arrangements.

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