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Obituaries for Saturday, February 12, 2000

Ella M. Burns

PARSONS -- Ella Marie Burns, 94, of Village Care Home, King, N.C., formerly of Main Street, Parsons, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at the nursing home. Death was attributed to Alzheimer's Disease.

She was born March 17, 1905, in Pifer Mountain, a daughter of the late William E. and Lillie Nestor Miller.

Her husband of 72 years, Russell William Burns, whom she married on Nov. 9, 1927, in Red House, Md., survives.

Also surviving are one son, Clarence Ralph Burns, Fallston, Md.; one daughter, Elwanda Ruth Criss, Winston-Salem, N.C.; one brother, Walter Miller, Pifer Mountain; one sister, Dakota Severe, Florida; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Howard and Troy Miller; and two sisters, Flossie Miller and Mable Blair.

Mrs. Burns attended the one-room school at Pifer Mountain, was a homemaker and a member of the St. John's United Methodist Church.

Velma O. Cleghorn

BRIDGEPORT -- Velma Onalee Cleghorn, 82, of Route 2, Bridgeport, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at Heritage Nursing Home.

She was the daughter of the late Ernest A. and Rena D. VanCuran Lewis.

Her husband, Robert B. Cleghorn, whom she married on Sept. 21, 1935, preceded her in death on Nov. 1, 1996.

Surviving are three sons, Laurence D. Cleghorn and George L. Cleghorn, both of Bridgeport, and Harold W. "Butch" Cleghorn, Jacksonville, Fla.; one daughter, Barbara Riffle, Clarksburg; one brother, Wade Lewis, Portville, N.Y.; one sister, Alveretta LaPiere, Portville; 18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Robert Bruce Cleghorn and John "Jack" Cleghorn; one brother and two sisters.

Mrs. Cleghorn was the co-owner and office manager of the R&V Construction Company.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today in the Everlasting Life Mausoleum Chapel, Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Dr. Dale C. Waters conducting the service.

Allen Funeral Home, Bridgeport, is in charge of the arrangements.

Audra M. Corrick

BELINGTON -- Audra M. Corley Corrick, 95, of Lake City, Fla., formerly of Belington, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, in Lake City following an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 8, 1904, in Barbour County, a daughter of the late Johnson and Viola Welch Corley.

She was three times married, first to Hazel Budman, second to Howard Swick, and third to Murel Corrick, who preceded her in death in 1978.

Surviving are one son, Junior Howard Swick, Lorraine, Ohio; two daughters, Lillian Galford, Elkins, and Shirley Johr, Lake City; one sister, Nedra Stanley, Elkins; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Juanita Budman Coberly; one brother, Harry Corley; and one sister, Mable Barton.

Mrs. Corrick attended the schools of Barbour County, was Protestant and a homemaker.

Edwin W. Gorby

MIDDLEBOURNE -- Edwin W. Gorby, 74, of Middlebourne, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at New Martinsville Health Care Center.

He was a son of the late Ira E. and Bessie Lee Seckman Gorby.

His wife, M. Kaye Freeland Gorby, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Brent S. and Harriet Gorby, Middlebourne, and Eric L. and Karen Gorby, Paden City; two brothers, Robert F. Gorby, Middlebourne, and James I. Gorby, Alma; one sister, Mrs. Robert (Hilda) McCullough, Summersville; and three grandsons, Will, Paden City, Scott and Ross, Middlebourne.

He was also preceded in death by one granddaughter.

Mr. Gorby was a retired co-owner of Gorby's Farm Service for 40 years. He was Protestant, a U.S. Army veteran, and past master of Valley Grange 519.

Ernest R. Grogg

WESTON -- Ernest Ray Grogg, 74, of 120 W. 5th Street, Weston, died at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.

He was born April 7, 1925, a son of the late Delbert Grogg and Marguerite Smith Grogg Martin.

His wife, the former Rosemary Linger, whom he married on March 16, 1946, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Rondall R. Grogg, Weston, and Stephen D. Grogg, Piketon, Ohio; one brother, John Grogg, New Port Richie, Fla.; three sisters, Clydia Tutchison, Baltimore, Md., Norma Metz Singleton and Roselia Ruble, both of Jane Lew; six grandchildren, Ray, Steve, Josh, Sharmon, Rondall J. and Johnathan Grogg; and one great-granddaughter.

Mr. Grogg was retired in 1990 from the Rehabilitation School as a teacher in Institute with 14 years of service. Prior to that he was an auto mobile mechanic. He was Baptist, a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Air Force (flying 67 missions as a waist gunner on a B-17), and a former member of the Odd Fellows Lodge No. 101.

Friends will be received at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 5-8 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert Perrine officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with full military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 4, American Legion Post No. 166, DAV Chapter No. 51, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5131, and the Central W.Va. Chapter Military Order Purple Heart No. 697.

Arlis B. Longinette

CLARKSBURG -- Arlis Burl "Bud" Longinette, 75, of Station C, Clarksburg, died at 7 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born Aug. 14, 1924, in Harrison County, a son of the late Jesse Lee and Margaret Alice Blair Longinette.

His wife, Armenta Miller Longinette, whom he married on April 18, 1976, survives.

Also surviving are one stepson, Richie Shingleton, at home; two stepdaughters, Angie Shingleton, Broad Oaks, Clarksburg, and Judy Kelley, East View, Clarksburg; three stepgrandchildren, Minnie Sue Edgell, Virginia Nicole Shingleton and Chester Kelley Jr.; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three infant brothers, Earl Bernard, Jesse Jr. and Eugene Edward Longinette.

Mr. Longinette was a steelworker and glassworker, and retired from Hazel-Atlas Company.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. David L. Hulme conducting the service. Interment will follow in Stonewall Park Cemetery.

John W. Mason

FAIRMONT -- John W. Mason, 84, of Fairmont, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at Wishing Well Manor, Fairmont.

He was born Aug. 14, 1915, in Shinnston, a son of the late Alma and Thomas Mason.

His wife of over 50 years, Lorraine Sizemore Mason, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughter-in-law, Kenneth L. and Virginia L. Briggs Mason, Vail, Colo., and Bruce A. Mason, Wilmington, N.C.; one daughter, Lori J. Mason, Bethel Park, Pa.; one brother and sister-in-law, Harvey J. and Elizabeth Mason, Onancock, Va.; two brothers-in-law, Robert J. and wife, Madeline Sizemore, Charlotte, N.C., and Reid M. Sizemore, Morgantown; and one sister-in-law and her husband, Ann Ramsey and Joseph McArdle, Morgantown.

Mr. Mason graduated from Shinnston High School and the West Virginia School of Pharmacy. Prior to attending WVU, he worked as a chemist in Morgantown. He opened Mason Pharmacy on Merchant Street in 1958 and Mason Pharmacy on Locust Avenue in 1960. He continued in the pharmacy business until his retirement in 1993.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fairmont where he served on the Board of Deacons. He was also a 33rd degree member of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, and was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Fairmont and the Fairmont Field Club. He was an avid amateur radio operator and belonged to the Mountaineer Amateur Radio Association.

There was a service of Celebration of His Memory held at the First Baptist Church of Fairmont, on Monday, Feb. 7, with Dr. Carl Gittings officiating.

Family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Fairmont, 901 Fairmont Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554.

James L. Shingleton

GRAFTON -- James Lewis Shingleton, 69, of Shinnston, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born Dec. 3, 1930, in Grafton, a son of the late Abraham and Louise Harold Shingleton.

His wife, Ethel "Katie" Shingleton, whom he married on Dec. 17, 1979, survives.

Also surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Jim and Becky Shingleton, Morgantown, Kevin and Becky Shingleton and Keith Shingleton, all of Youngstown, Ohio; two daughters, Joyce Reyes and companion, Everett Werner, Bridgeport, and Thersa Sykes II, Youngstown; three brothers, Emmett Shingleton, Thornton, Clyde Shingleton, Grafton, and Kenneth Shingleton, Mansfield, Ohio; three sisters, Eva Drumheller, Virginia, Nettie Kesner and Shirley Lovejoy, both of Grafton; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Theodore, Edward, Arie Fay and Dennis; and two sisters, Sarah Jayne Kozlowsky and Edna Holbert.

Mr. Shingleton was a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 146114, Charleston, and retired as a mechanic from Harman's Construction Company.

Friends will be received at the Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, from 6-9 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. H. Edgar Suite officiating. Interment will be in the Bluemont Cemetery, Grafton.

William Snyder Jr.

NUTTER FORT -- William Snyder Jr., 92, of Orlando, formerly of Lost Creek and Mt. Clare, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2000, at West Penn Burn Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.

He was born May 2, 1907, in Weston, a son of the late William Andrew and Dora Belle Stout Snyder.

In 1934, he married Nora Elizabeth Johnson Snyder, who preceded him in death on Sept. 10, 1958. His second wife, Necie Riffle Snyder, whom he married in 1972, also preceded him in death on Oct. 29, 1999.

Surviving are one son, William Keith Snyder, Middletown, Del.; eight daughters, Ruth Carpenter Florence, Dillon, S.C., and Naples, Fla., Mrs. Jesse (Lucille) Hernandez, Lancaster, Calif., Mrs. Richard (Frances) Cunningham, Mrs. Judson (Jean) Newell, Beverly Muscatell, all of Clarksburg, Mrs. Larry (Sharon) Lauchman, Smyrna, Del., Mrs. Terry (Patty) Evans, Ithaca, Mich., and Mrs. Rodney (Justina) Ball, West Milford; five stepchildren, Gerald Boggess, Las Vegas, Nev., Bobby Boggess, Hookstown, Pa., Shirley Greathouse and Janet Short, both of Roanoke, and Danny Boggess, Las Vegas, Nev.; 32 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having also been preceded in death by four daughters, Martha Jo Snyder, Delores Queen, Betsy Rogers, and Linda "Bernice" Romine; three grandchildren, Gene Paul Carpenter, Harry Michael Devlin and Holly Ball; two sisters, Marie Warner and Bessie Lattea; and three brothers, Harry, Claude "Red," and Emery Snyder.

Mr. Snyder was a farmer and coal miner, having worked for Yochym Brothers. He was Catholic.

Friends may call Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, where the funeral service will be held at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Robert Merritt, presiding. Interment will be held in the Woofter Cemetery at Isaac Fork in Churchville.

Mary C. Townley

BRIDGEPORT -- Mary Caroline Townley, 84, of Johnson Avenue, Bridgeport, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation for Salem.

She was born Feb. 4, 1916, in Philipsburg, Pa., the daughter of the late Roy and Carrie Frank.

Surviving are one son, Michael J. Townley, Clarksburg; one daughter, Sandra Lynne Townley, Bridgeport; one brother, Samuel Frank, Rockville, Md.; and two grandchildren, Wade E. and Derek J. Townley.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Joseph Frank.

Mrs. Townley was a homemaker and a member of the St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

At the request of the deceased, the body was cremated. A graveside service will be held at the Bridgeport Cemetery, Bridgeport, at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Steven E. Dorsey conducting the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to your favorite charity or to the Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation for Salem, 146 Water Street, Salem, WV or to the Duff Street United Methodist Church, 400 Duff Street, Clarksburg, WV.

Allen Funeral Home, 215 E. Main St., Bridgeport, is in charge of the arrangements.

Cecil B. Townsend

PENNSBORO -- Cecil B. Townsend, 88, of Holbrook community, Route 1, West Union, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, at Ravenswood.

He was born Sept. 28, 1911, in Holbrook, Ritchie County, a son of the late Charles B. and Eva Maxwell Townsend.

His wife, Freda B. Gribble Townsend, preceded him in death.

Surviving are three sons, Larry J. Townsend, Vienna, Kenneth A. Townsend, Tanner, and Clyde A. Townsend, Kissimmee, Fla.; one daughter, Anna Lee Wells, Toronto, Ohio; two sisters, Joy Reagle, Port Ritchie, Fla., and Gladys Slider, Russellville, Ky.; and seven grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by seven brothers, Otis, John, Okey, Bill, Charlie, Lester and Trevy Townsend and two sisters, Ora Smith and Juanita Townsend.

Mr. Townsend was a retired farmer and Ritchie County School bus driver. He was a former Grange member and attended the South Fork Baptist Church.

Mamie W. Wagner

BUCKHANNON -- Mamie W. Wagner, 93, of Route 4, Box 614 F, Buckhannon, died at 2 a.m. Friday, Feb. 11, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Buckhannon.

She was born Nov. 22, 1906, in Little Pecks Run, a daughter of the late Jacob E. and Rebecca Lewis Wagner.

Surviving are one sister, Wilda Stout, Hodgesville; two nephews, William V. Wagner, Pensacola, Fla., and Isaac Jackson Stout, Oviedo, Fla.; and one niece, Glenna Blair, New Martinsville.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Virgil Wagner.

Miss Wagner was a retired school teacher from Adrian, attended the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, Buckhannon, and was a member of the Retired School Employees.

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