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Obituaries for Saturday, April 1, 2000

Lilly May Ball

PHILIPPI -- Lilly May Ball, 92, of Route 1, Moatsville, Fairview Community, died unexpectedly at 7:01 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2000, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

She was born May 28, 1907, at Moatsville, a daughter of the late Henry Annon and Lilly G. Price Annon Nestor.

Her husband, George Holland Ball, whom she married April 6, 1924, preceded her in death Oct. 17, 1987.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Charles H. (Betty) Kelley, Route 1, Moatsville; eight sons, Carl L. Ball, North Canton, Ohio, Harold Ball, Route 2, Philippi, Donald E. Ball, Rocky Mount, N.C., Lewis W. Ball, Tallmadge, Ohio, Hayward G. Ball, Middletown, Ohio, Wilbert R. Ball, Greenville, N.C., Cecil F. Ball, Frederick, Md., and David L. Ball, Irmo, S.C.; one sister, Amanda Bolyard, Philippi; 20 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Hubert D. and Charles W. Ball; one brother, George A. Annon; one sister, Eva E. Moon; one grandson, Donnie Ball, one granddaughter, Tracie Ball; and one great-granddaughter, Holly Ball.

Mrs. Ball was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church.

Mildred L. Bramer

FAIRVIEW PARK, Ohio -- Mildred L. (Nee Leep) Bramer, 97, of Westlake, Ohio, formerly of Clarksburg, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at Harborside Health Center in Westlake.

She was born in Wolf Summit.

Her husband, Worthy M. Bramer, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Charlotte Meyer, Avon Lake, Ohio; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Bramer worked for many years at Watts-Saunders Department Store in Clarksburg, before moving to the Cleveland area in 1973.

A graveside service will be held at Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery, Clarksburg, at 1 p.m. Monday.

Edgar K. Brooks

SEMINOLE, Fla. -- Edgar K. Brooks, 81, of Pinellas Park, Fla., died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at Integrated Health Services of Pinellas Park.

He was born in Alexander.

Surviving are two brothers, Dennis Channel, Morgantown, and Dorsey Channel, Massillon, Ohio; three nephews and two nieces.

He was preceded in death by one son, Edgar Brooks in 1962.

Mr. Brooks went to Florida in 1983 from Clarksburg. He graduated from Shinnston High School in 1937. He retired from civil services with the Veterans Administration and was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a Protestant by faith.

David Albert Byrd Jr.

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. -- Mr. David Albert Byrd Jr., 82, formerly of the Clarksburg area, died suddenly Friday, March 31, 2000, in Fairfield Glade, Tenn.

He was born May 10, 1917, in Weston, a son of David A. Byrd Sr. and Evelyn Hope Byrd.

His wife, Mary Nale Byrd of Fairfield Glade, survives.

Also surviving are three stepsons, James D. Loser, Atlanta Ga., and Richard and Greg Loser; one stepdaughter, Pamela J. Bell; four sisters, Mrs. Charles (Natalie) Riley and Mrs. Lawrence (Ester) Sebastian, all of Clarksburg, Mrs. Closvis (Ruth) Radcliff and Mrs. Harold (Lucille) Carpenter, both of Boyton Beach, Fla.; one grandson, Erin Bell; and one granddaughter, Cari N. Williams.

Mr. Byrd retired from Union Carbide as a machinist. He was a veteran of World War II, serving from 1942-1945 in the U.S. Navy.

Martin Edwin Craig

IRELAND -- Martin Edwin "Penny" Craig, 59, of Ireland, died Friday, March 31, 2000, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 19, 1940, in Ireland, a son of Martha Blakeslee Craig of Ireland and the late Thorne C. Craig.

Also surviving are one sister, Nancy Craig, Ireland; two brothers, Charles R. Craig, Morgantown, and Carl R. Craig, Buckhannon; and one nephew, Gary L. Craig, North Carolina.

He was a member of the Ireland United Methodist Church. He worked at Cox's Hardware in Weston, retired as owner operator of the Craig Grocery of Ireland.

Mary Elizabeth Freeman Davis

WESTON -- Mary Elizabeth Freeman Davis, 89, of 435 Rosebud Ave., Clarksburg, died at 12:15 a.m. Friday, March 31, 2000, at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 18, 1910, in Kemper, Lewis County, a daughter of the late Charles W. Freeman and Maud Mick Freeman.

Surviving are one son, Howard Gaines Jr., Clarksburg; three grandchildren, Howard Gaines Ill, Elaine Gaines and Mrs. John (Cynthia Gaines) Yeomans.; one great-grandchild, Jordan Yeomans, all of Dover, Del.; one niece, Mary L. Kelly, Parkersburg; and two nephews, Charles Freeman III, Elkins and Jeffrey Freeman, Morgantown.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, James M. and Charles W. Freeman.

Mrs. Davis was a member, and in 1962 was Baptized at Wesley Methodist Church in Dover. She was a retired nurses aide with Weston State Hospital with many years of service.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Joseph Shreve officiating. Interment will follow in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Clarksburg.

Dr. Charles M. Garrett Jr.

WESTON -- Dr. Charles M. Garrett Jr., 77, of El Cajon, Calif., died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, in El Cajon Hospital.

He was born in Lewis County, a son of the late Charles M. Garrett and Delphia Taylor Garrett.

His wife, Hilda Wipple Garrett, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Charles M. Garrett III and wife, Nancy, and Steven D. Garrett and wife, Pamela; three grandsons, Matthew, Andrew and Wyatt Garrett; one brother, Joseph R. Garrett, Bridgeport; two sisters, Anice Garrett Baker, Auburn, and Mavis Garrett Cole, Glenville; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, L. Earl and John E. Garrett; and three sisters, Beryl Talbott, Ethel Gum and Edna Baker.

Dr. Garrett was a 1940 graduate of Weston High School. He was a graduate of both West Virginia University and University of Richmond in Virginia. He spent four years of residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., before moving to El Cajon, where he was a well-known surgeon.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego.

There will be no visitation. Private family graveside services will be held at Weston Masonic Cemetery in Weston, at the convenience of the family.

Mary Lou Holt

SHINNSTON -- Mary Lou Holt, 59, of Shinnston, died at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at the University Presbyterian Medical Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.

She was born Feb. 16, 1941, at Robey Mines Road, near Lumberport, a daughter of the late Stephen and Elizabeth Bodis Sparish.

Surviving are one daughter, Beth A. Pierce, Shinnston; three sons and two daughters-in-law, John and Tammy Holt, Adamsville, Tim Holt, Shinnston, and Scott and Becky Holt, Garden Grove, Calif.; five grandchildren, Kristie and Kari Holt, Joseph Pierce, and Ashley, Amanda and Justin Holt; two sisters, Elizabeth Pavich, Hutchinson, and Ann Citino, Beloit, Ohio.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Paul, Phillip and Sammy Sparish.

Mrs. Holt was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, with the Rev. Gary Martin officiating. Interment will follow at the Lions Club Cemetery in Lumberport.

Mrs. Bertha Mae Lane

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Bertha Mae Lane, 86, of P.O. Box 171, Lost Creek, died at 9:25 a.m. Friday, March 31, 2000, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born Feb. 9, 1914, in Wirt County, a daughter of the late William Okey Wilson and Rose McIntire Wilson.

Her husband, Harley F. Lane Sr., whom she married Aug. 17, 1932, preceded her in death March 31, 1982.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. John (Sara) Wilson, Centreville, Va., Mrs. Nick (Betty) Barberlo, Roane Avenue, Clarksburg, and Barbara Jo Dotson and Carrol Losh, Lost Creek; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Ethel Lane, Roane Avenue, Clarksburg, and Harley F. and Kathryn Lane Jr., Laurel Park; 16 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by several grandchildren; two brothers, Lester and Roscoe Wilson; and two sisters, Bessie Wilson Norman and Rosalie Denham Summers.

Mrs. Lane was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg from 4-9 p.m. Sunday where a funeral service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Wilbert McGinnls conducting. Interment will be in Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

Dr. M. David Orrahood

OWENSBORO, Ky. -- Dr. M. David Orrahood, 76, of 1619 Frederica St., Owensboro, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at Wellington Parc in Owensboro.

He was born in Clarksburg.

His wife of 50 years, Joyce Heldt Orrahood, survives.

Also surviving are one son, James W. Orrahood, Henderson, Ky.; two daughters, Sarah A. Hernandez, Lexington, Ky., and Joyce L. Leisure, Owensboro; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Damron Leisure, Sarah H. Hernandez and Christopher Orrahood; one brother, Dr. Robert H. Orrahood, San Diego, Calif., and one sister, Marjorie Herrmann, Newport Beach, Calif.

He was preceded in death by two sons, David L. Orrahood in 1977 and John T. Orrahood in 1979.

Mr. Orrahood was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Owensboro. He graduated in 1944 from West Virginia University, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Sigma Kappa fraternities. He was a 1947 graduate of Harvard University Medical School. He did his residency in Pathology at Washington University in Saint Louis, Miss. and served on the staff of Saint Louis University. He practiced Pathology at Owensboro-Daviess County Hospital and organized the Ohio Valley Blood Service Inc. in 1960. He published many medical articles relating to pathology. He was an Emeritus Fellow of the College of American Pathology. In 1993, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro.

His interest in coal token collecting resulted in a book, "U.S. Coal Tokens of the Americas," published in 1993. He served 44 years as a colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps (Retired Reserve), and served in Korea and Japan. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 1954. He was an honorary member of the Investigators Club and was past president of the Daviess County Historical Society.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to: Library Fund, First Presbyterian Church, 1328 Griffith Ave., Owensboro, KY 42301 or Library Fund, Kentucky Wesleyan College, 3000 Frederica St., P.O. Box 1039, Owensboro, KY 42302-1039.

Edna Garton Stalnaker

WESTON -- Edna Garton Stalnaker, 91, of Route 3, Weston, Glady Fork Community, died at 9:05 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2000, in Buckhannon Boarding Care in Buckhannon, following an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 5, 1908, in Rohrbough Siding, Lewis County, a daughter of the late John Garton and Lucy Rohrbough Garton.

Her husband, T. Carl Stalnaker, whom she married in 1935, preceded her in death Oct. 1, 1965.

Surviving are two sons, Walter S. and Edwin L. Stalnaker, both of Weston; eight grandchildren, Kevin P. Stalnaker and Stephanie Hoover, both of Jane Lew, Kirk E. Stalnaker, Pittsburgh, Pa., Kathy White, Jason T. Stalnaker, Gregory L. Stalnaker, Rachel Stalnaker, and Justin Stalnaker, all of Weston; four great-grandchildren, Shaylee Hoover and Grace Stalnaker, both of Jane Lew, Allison and Nathan White, both of Weston; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one infant son, Thomas C. Stalnaker; one infant daughter, Anna P. Stalnaker; one son, John G. Stalnaker; five sisters, one brother, and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Stalnaker was employed by G.C. Murphy Company in Weston, where she worked at the candy counter for several years. She was later a homemaker. She attended Stonecoal United Methodist Church and was a member of the Royal Neighbors of Clarksburg.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322, Main Ave., Weston, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home chapel with Rev. William Dawson officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

William Dennis Ward

BRIDGEPORT -- William Dennis "W.D." Ward, 89, of State Route 57, died at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, March 30, 2000, at the Heritage of Bridgeport.

He was born July 7, 1910, in Peel Tree, Barbour County, a son of the late Frank Smith and Mable Burner Ward.

His wife, Gail Arnold Ward, whom he married Sept. 11, 1937, preceded him in death Nov. 22, 1992.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara K. and James D. Stuart; two grandchildren, Lea Ann and Dennis James "D.J." Stuart, all of State Route 57; one nephew, Charles Ward; and one niece, Mrs. Stanley "Barbara Lea" Wolfe, both of Philippi.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Janet Lea in 1971; and one brother, Charles E. Ward in 1978.

Mr. Ward was a member of BPOE Lodge 1736 of Buckhannon, Harrison County and West Virginia Farm Bureau, and the West Virginia Cattleman's Association. He was a past member of Moose Lodge No. 52 in Clarksburg, the Harrison County Planning Commission and served on the West Virginia University Extension Committee. He was on the Board of Directors of Harrison Rural Electrification from 1965-1995 and for 30 years, was on the board of the former First National Bank in Philippi.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and made several trips west to hunt elk, moose, antelope and mule deer. He was a member of the Golden Hooks Fishing Club. He owned hunting property near Franklin and Monterey, Va., where he spent most of his time until he became ill.

He was a retired farmer and cattleman. He owned and operated a cattle farm on Route 57. He raised registered Herford cattle and purchased replacement cattle from the midwest. He was associated in the trucking business with his brother. Ward Trucking was formed in the early 1950s. They sold agricultural limestone and offered a delivery and spreading service. The business was retired in 1978.

Friends will be received at the Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, from 1-8 p.m. Sunday, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Mary E. Finegan presiding. Interment will follow in the Mount Vernon Cemetery.

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