|Obituaries for Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000
APOPKA, Fla. -- Mary L. Adams, 57, of Tournament Drive, Apopka, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000.
She was born in Lorain, Ohio, a daughter of Mary Frankovich of Apopka.
Her husband, A. Ray, of Apopka, survives.
Also surviving are one sister, Sonya Smetzer, Sarasota, Fla.
Mrs. Adams was a homemaker. She moved to central Florida in 1985. She was Catholic.
She was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge of Orlando, American Legion Post on Lee Road and the West Virginia University Alumni Association.
HARRISVILLE -- Mary Pauline Geho, 87, of Beatrice, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital.
She was born June 15, 1913, in Cantwell, a daughter of the late Elmer Floyd and Lula Smith Morris Sr.
Her husband, John R. Geho, preceded her in death.
Surviving are two daughters, Mary P. Smith, Vienna, and Sharon Elaine Tice, Parkersburg; one sister, Geraldine "Jerry" McDaniels, E. Canton, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Linda Lou Greenwood, John Robert Smith, Darla Stutler, Arlos "Bub" Smith, Angela Lynn Dotson and Fred E. Lynn Jr.; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Nancy Lou Geho Lynn; one son, Monte Rex Norman; four brothers, Wilbur, Willis and Bud Morris, and Elmer Morris Jr.; and three sisters, Opal Smith, Mabel Petty and Leona Hart.
Mrs. Geho had been a cook at Smithville Grade School before her retirement.
She was a member of the Deem Chapel Methodist Church, Beatrice, and attended the 19th Street Church of God in Parkersburg.
CLARKSBURG -- Louis "Turk" Geso, 86, of 23171Ú2 Hamil Ave., Clarksburg, died at 5:27 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.
He was born March 26, 1914, in Mount Clare, a son of the late Frank Geso and Mary Josephine Sirianni Geso.
His wife, Hallie Gandee Geso, whom he married Oct. 3, 1976, survives.
Also surviving are two stepsons, Blaine and Curtis Lee Boggs, Spencer; four nephews, Frank Geso, Bridgeport, Samuel Geso, Fairmont, Frank Pulice, Clarksburg, and John Geso, Chicago, Ill.; three nieces, Mary Jo Grimm and Nancy Davis, both of Clarksburg, and Janet Larimer, Cincinnati, Ohio.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Anthony "Tucson", Samuel "Pope", John P. "Wayne" and James "Jimmy" Geso; and one sister, Theresa Elizabeth "Lizzie" Pulice.
Mr. Geso was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the AFL-CIO. While a student at the former Victory High School he demonstrated exceptional prowess as an athlete.
He had played in the first North/South football game in West Virginia. He was a member of the State Championship Football Team in 1932 and the State Championship Basketball Team in 1933.
He was a retired employee of the Rolland Fourco Glass Company.
Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday in St. James Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Robert A. Perriello as celebrant. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. A vigil service will be conducted in the funeral home at 8 p.m. today.
BUCKHANNON -- Rezlan Harper, 83, of Route 1 Buckhannon, Bridge Run Community, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at his home.
He was born Feb. 25, 1917, in Hacker Valley, a son of the late Noah S. and Flora Jane Williams Harper.
His wife, Mable Brown Harper, whom he married Feb. 17, 1940, survives.
Also surviving are four children, Michael Harper, Buckhannon, Brenda Hyre, Trubie Run, Pauline Hackworth, Orlando, Fla., and Joyce Webster, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; nine brothers and sisters, Bernice Harper, Kathreen Harper and Soloman Harper, all of Chardon, Ohio, Pearl Tharp, Idamay, Wealthy Barnett, Aliquippa, Pa., Hershel Harper, Baltimore, Md., Rella Bragg, Morgantown, Nella Gregory, Goshen, and Kathleen Brown, Sugar Grove, Ohio.
He was also preceded in death by one grandson, three sisters and one brother.
COWEN -- James A. "Bud" Mantz, 80, of 105 Brookwood Lane, Beckley, died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at Hill Top Nursing Home, Beckley, of an extended illness.
He was born May 25, 1920, in Grafton, a son of the late James R. Mantz and Lila Caine Mantz.
His wife, Catherine Jones Mantz, of Beckley, survives.
Also surviving are one son, Paul Mantz, Beckley; and six grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one son, Frank Mantz.
Mr. Mantz was a general forman at B&O Railroad. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Cowen.
He was formerly of Cowen, where he was a 27 year resident. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War.
PHILIPPI -- Dane Loyd Miller, 66, of Route 9, Buckhannon, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 29, 2000, at his home following an unexpected illness.
He was born Aug. 21, 1934, in Tallmansville, Upshur County, a son of the late James Henry and Nellie Flo Benson Miller.
Surviving are two sisters, Ruth M. Talbott, Buckhannon, and Vonda L. Crabtree, Statesboro, Ga.; his twin brother, Wayne F. Miller, Buckhannon; and 10 nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Vandor Miller, James E. Miller and Delton Kenneth Miller.
Mr. Miller was a retired greenskeeper for the EvUnBreth Golf Course in Buckhannon. He was an avid golfer.
He was a member of the Buckhannon Post No. 3663, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge No. 598, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie No. 4357 at Buckhannon.
At the request of the deceased, his remains will be cremated. A private scattering of the ashes will be held at the convenience of the family. Stemple & Foreman Funeral Home, Philippi, is entrusted with arrangements.
WESTON -- Gwendolyn Pearl Moore, 89, of 960 Chestnut Ridge Road, Morgantown, formerly of 12th Street, Weston, died at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, in the Mon General Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.
She was born Feb. 5, 1911, in Braxton County, a daughter of the late Walker C. Davidson and Bessie Mae Beamer Davidson.
Her husband, Gerald F. Moore, whom she married in 1930, preceded her in death in April 1965.
Surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and husband, Joseph Weaver, Morgantown, Judith Lee and husband, Larry Shuttlesworth, Graham, N.C., Mary Alice and husband, Don Ebert, Weston, and Janice M. and husband, Richard Light, Green Bay, Wis.; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Evelyn Cooper and Ruth Enoch, both of Weston; and two brothers, Calvin Hugh Davidson, California, and Carl Davidson, Covington, Va.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Howard Davidson.
Mrs. Moore was employed at Brilliant Glass in Weston, for several years and was later co-owner and operator of M&R Crystal in Weston.
She was a member of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Buckhannon, and served as Democratic chairwomen in Lewis County for several years.
Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 4-9 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday from the funeral home with the Rev. Ellis Conley officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Jane Lew.
CLARKSBURG -- Roger Keith Ware, 57, of Spring Hill Clarksburg Country Club, Clarksburg, died at 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, in United Hospital Center.
He was born Sept. 14, 1942, in Weston, a son of the late Jewell Ware and Idabelle Adams Ware.
His wife of 41 years, Sara Morano Ware, survives.
Also surviving are five children and spouses, Michael and Stephanie, Nutter Fort, Tracy and Steve, Raleigh, N.C., Teresa and Jeff, Fort Polk, La., David and Barbie, U.S. Army, Germany, and Scott and Lisa, Clarksburg; one brother and sister-in-law, J.R. and Judi Ware, Volga; 12 grandchildren, Dominic and Amy, Erin, Justin and Hannah, Brittany and Taylor, Emily and Mitchell Keith, Jasmine, Abigail and Alexis.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Charles Ware.
Mr. Ware was a member of Spring Hill Chapel Church. He had served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960-1964.
He was a former employee of the Clarksburg Casket Company.
Visitation and funeral arrangements are incomplete at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg.
NUTTER FORT -- Mrs. Barbara B. Wine, 59, of 612 Michigan Ave., Nutter Fort, died at 5:25 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at her residence, following an extended illness.
She was born Oct. 22, 1940, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Wesley Cominsky Jr. and Eva Lorraine Lane Cominsky.
Her husband, David G. Wine, survives.
Also surviving are one son, David G. Wine Jr. at home; one brother, Wesley G. Cominsky, College Park, Md. Though she had many surviving relatives, she wished to acknowledge one, whom she often called her Kidding Brother, a cousin, George Lloyd Lane.
Mrs. Wine was a female pioneer in Harrison County in the emergency medical services field. She was one of the first women accepted by the Harrison County Emergency Squad and was the first active female member of the Nutter Fort Volunteer Fire Department. She spent a period of time employed as the Emergency Services Director of Barbour County.
She had attended Bridgeport High School and Roosevelt Wilson High School where she graduated. She was a licensed paramedic and loved teaching first aid to students throughout West Virginia. She was also an instructor and an instructor-trainer for both the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.
She was not an active member of any church, but professed her love of God in her daily actions to help friends, neighbors and her community.
At Mrs. Wine's request there will be no visitation, formal funeral service or memorial service.
It was also her request that there be no flowers and that any memorials be in the form of a donation to the Nutter Fort Volunteer Fire Department in her memory.