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Obituaries for March 30, 2000

Helen M. Burns

BOONSBORO, Md. -- Helen M. Burns, 72, of 15 Della Lane, Boonsboro, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Washington County Hospital, Hagerstown.

She was born Aug. 9, 1927, in Wolf Summit, a daughter of the late Harvey Arnett and Etta Mae Williams Burnside.

Her husband of 40 years, Bernard J. Burns Jr., survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Bernard J. Burns III, Arlington, Va., and John T.X. Burns, Hagerstown; two sisters, Hylen Calcerano, Pleasantville, N.J., and Carol Lloyd, Cyprus; one brother, Arnett R. Burnside, Bridgeport, WV; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Burns received a master of education degree in 1947 from Salem College, Salem, WV. She formerly taught Spanish at Grafton High School, Grafton, WV; was a secretary for Union Carbide and bookkeeper for the Clarksburg Exponent-Telegram, both in Clarksburg, WV; worked for a paving company subsidiary of Chevron in Baltimore; and retired in 1989 after 14 years as a secretary for the Washington County Board of Education at Boonsboro Middle School.

She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Boonsboro, where she had served on several parish councils, was a member, co-founder and former regent of Court St. James No. 2207, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, was a former district deputy and regent for Court Hagerstown No. 273 Catholic Daughters, and was a member of the Tri-State Catholic Golden Age in Hagerstown.

She was a secretary and board member of Boonsboro Free Library, was a ladies auxiliary member of Catholic War Veterans Post 1895, Hagerstown, and was a member of the local Church Women United.

Memorial donations may be made to Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter, 3 Lan Lea Dr., Lutherville, Md. 21093, or American Lung Assn. of Maryland, Inc., 11 Columbia St., Room 13, Cumberland, Md. 21502-1617.

Coy Arlie Coen

SUTTON -- Coy Arlie Coen, 65, of Burnsville, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, after a long illness.

He was born July 5, 1934, in Calhoun County, a son of the late Bernice and Stella Sharp Coen.

His wife, Drema F. Coen of Burnsville, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Jeffrey Coen, Port Republic, Va., and Kenneth E. Coen, Harrisonburg, Va.; three daughters, Sherry L. Gilmore, Mill Creek, Catherine J. Rubush, Weyers Cave, Va., and Leah L. Nicholas, Sutton; one foster daughter, Debra D. Boggs, Glenville; one brother, Harley Coen, Strange Creek; and eight grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Ottis Coen, and one grandson.

Mr. Coen was a coal miner and a machinist. He was a Christian. He was a member of the UMWA.

Ord W. Gatrell

HARRISVILLE -- Ord. W. "Toby" Gatrell, 70, of Murraysville, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at his home.

He was born Dec. 11, 1929, at Pennsboro, a son of the late John C. Henin Gatrell and Ellen Watson Gatrell.

His wife, Camilla McFadden Gatrell of Murraysville, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Lynn Gatrell Davis, Lima, Ohio, and Tara Gatrell Johnson, Bruceton Mills; two sons, Gregory Gatrell, Middleport, Ohio, and Kim Gatrell, Kenna; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, John N. Gatrell.

Mr. Gatrell was an instrument repairman. He worked for 31 years at Kaiser Aluminum Chemical Corporation, until his retirement.

He was a member of the Ravenswood Young Farmers. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed taking his children and grandchildren hunting and fishing.

Lola L. Crawford Hawkins

FRENCH CREEK -- Lola L. Crawford Hawkins, 80, of Route 1, French Creek, died at 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Saint Joseph Hospital, Buckhannon.

She was born April 19, 1919, at Selbyville, a daughter of the late Roy Hazelton and Leta Payne Sargent Crawford.

Her husband, Artie Claris Hawkins, whom she married Dec. 24, 1934, at Buckhannon, preceded her in death Oct. 18, 1997.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Norman and Annabelle Hawkins, Buckhannon, and Denver and Charlotte Hawkins, Route 2, French Creek; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Betty and Hugh Roy, Patty and Roger Johnston, all of Route 1, French Creek., Bonnie Woody, Rock Cave, and Connie and Ron Roth, Buckhannon; three brothers, Edward J. Crawford, Pittsburgh, Pa., Arnett W. Crawford, Las Cruces, N.M., and Arthur M. Crawford, Huntsville, Ala.; one sister, Anna B. Johnson, Pearisburg, Va.; 14 grandsons, three granddaughters and 32 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Helen Alderman and Sharon Hawkins; two sisters, Lena Dean and Gayla Page; one brother, Richard Crawford; and one great-granddaughter.

Mrs. Hawkins was a member of the Church of Christ at Alexander.

Friends will be received at the Robert M. Vincent Funeral Home, French Creek, from 4-8 p.m. today, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday with Evangelist Darrell Toothman officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Dale Cemetery.

Thomas J. McDonald

BELINGTON -- Thomas J. McDonald, 78, of 143 Row Ave., Junior, died at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2000, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

He was born March 8, 1922, at Junior, a son of the late Thomas Alva and Lenora Row McDonald.

His wife, the former Darlene Moore, whom he married Dec. 19, 1941, survives at Junior.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Patty and James C. Tenney, Elkins; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Tom and Carole McDonald, Junior, Stanley McDonald, Elkins; one sister, Loretta Spencer, Junior; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Eva Findley, Gladys Wilson and Elise McCauley; and by four brothers, Aubrey, Bennie, Stacy and Leamon McDonald.

Mr. McDonald was a retired carman for the Western Maryland Railroad and was a former coal miner. He was veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army.

He was a life-member of Laurel Mountain Post No. 410, Veterans of Foreign Wars at Belington. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Roy L. Martin

WESTON -- Roy L. "Dick" Martin, 80, of 1116 11th St., Weston, died at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2000, in the Holbrook Nursing Home in Buckhannon following an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 23, 1919, in Lewis County, a son of the late David and Minnie Moffett Martin.

His wife, the former Lottie J. Burkhammer, whom he married Nov. 1948, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Judy Hertz, Phoenix, Ariz.; one son, Richard Martin, Oakhill; two sisters, Madeline Wilson, Florida, and Blanche Cattlette, Parkersburg; and four grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mabel Farris and Madge Martin.

Mr. Martin was a retired carpenter. He was a Baptist by faith. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 5-8 p.m. Friday. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home chapel at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Martin Hoover officiating. Interment will follow in the Peterson Cemetery.

Edyth Jackson Moore

SHINNSTON -- Edyth Jackson Moore, 80, of Route 1, Wallace, Margaret community, died at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at her residence.

She was born Nov. 22, 1919, at Margaret, a daughter of the late Lindsey A. and Theola B. Duncan Jackson.

Her husband, William Byard Moore, preceded her in death in 1974.

Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, James W. and Alice Moore, Delbert R. and Joyce Moore, and William Thomas and Barbara Moore, all of Wallace; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Marylyn and Clifford France, Rosemary and George Sigrist, all of Baltimore, Md., Carol and Kerry McCoy, with whom she made her home, and Susan B. Moore, Orlando, Fla.; 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, David E. Moore; two brothers, Lloyd and Orville Jackson; and one sister, Erma Shriver.

Mrs. Moore was a member of the Grangeville CEOS, the Marion County Senior Citizens, and was a devoted mother who loved to read and crochet. She will be a beautiful flower for the Master's Bouquet.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, after 2 p.m. today, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Alfred Duncan officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Burl D. Phillips

CLARKSBURG -- Burl Delbert Phillips, 77, of Naples, Fla., died Sunday, March 26, 2000.

He was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Philippi, a son of the late Bradford Ray and Bessie P. Anglin Phillips.

His wife, Anna M. Lewellen of the Sardis area, whom he married March 27, 1948, survives.

Also surviving are two brothers, John K. (Genevieve) Phillips, Philippi, and Ralph D. Phillips, Fort Myers, Fla.; one sister, Rosemary (Calvin Ross) Wilt, Mentor, Ohio; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Delmar D. (Mary Jo) Phillips.

Mr. Phillips graduated from Philippi High School, Alderson Broaddus College and West Virginia University. He also studied at the Ohio State University. He was an educator for 42 and a half years in Iaeger, Tiro, Ohio, Brooklyn, Ohio, Independence, Ohio, and Naples. He served at all levels of education as a teacher, high school principal, local superintendent in Ohio, librarian and media specialist.

He was a former member of the Lions Club International, Phi Delta Kappa and the Library/Audio Visual Association. He was also a member of New Hope Ministries in Naples.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 990th Signal Service Battalion in the European Theater of Operations, landing in France in the D-Day Invasion. He served three years in England, France, Germany and Austria, often installing communications on the front lines.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, Fla., from 2-4 p.m. today, where a funeral service will be conducted at 4 p.m. with Rev. Grant Thigpen officiating. A graveside service will be held at the Lumberport Lions Club Cemetery, Lumberport, at 3 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Craig Michael officiating. Contributions in memory of Mr. Phillips are suggested to New Hope Ministries, 7675 Davis Blvd., Naples, FL 34104. Davis Funeral Home, Clarksburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Domenico Potesta

FAIRMONT -- Domenico "Domenic" Potesta, 91, of Fairmont, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at his home.

He was born July 5, 1908, in Bagnoli Del Trigno, Province De Compobasso, Italy, the only son of the late Alexander and Brigida Potesta.

His wife of 64 years, Mary R. DeBlasio Potesta, whom he married Oct. 28, 1934, in Cincinnati, Ohio, preceded him in death May 8, 1999.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, A. Robert and Carolyn Potesta, Shinnston; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and George Weaver, Parkersburg, and Gloria and Richard Jett, Fairmont; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and one niece, Mary Murphy, Youngstown, Ohio.

He was also preceded in death by one infant son, Nunzio Potesta; one grandson, Jimmy Weaver; one granddaughter, Rochelle A. Potesta; one great-grandson, Nicholas Potesta; and one sister, Rose Pallotta.

Mr. Potesta was a devoted husband, father and successful businessman. He was educated in Italy and served in the Italian Army. He settled in Fairmont in 1930. He became an apprentice butcher and in 1932, he and his uncle, Sam Potesta, opened a grocery store on Merchant Street in Fairmont. This store was known as Community Market. In 1942, Mr. Potesta and his father opened a hardware store on Merchant Street. This store was the original Community Hardware. In 1956, his only son, Robert, entered the hardware business with his father.

He was a member of the Associated Business of East Fairmont, the Merchant Street Merchants Association, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce and the Fairmont Industrial and Credit Corporation.

He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Fairmont, and belonged to the Holy Name Society of the church. He also belonged to the Marian Assembly of the Knights of Columbus. He was a successful but unassuming man and his joy in life was his family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church Building Fund, Maryland Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554 or a charity of choice.

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