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Obituaries for July 15, 2001

Florence A.

Berisford

CLARKSBURG -- Florence A. Berisford, 94, of Clarksburg, died on July 14, 2001. She was born July 4, 1907, at Enterprise, Harrison County, the daughter of the late William Pilson and Daisy Saunders Alley. Mrs. Berisford is the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was married to Andy Berisford on June 3, 1936, who proceeded her in death on August 22, 1994.

Florence taught school in Marshall County and in Harrison County, primarily at Summit Park in the Despard section of Clarksburg.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, The Rev. Martin A. Berisford, retired, and Sandra T. Berisford; one grandson, Dr. M. Andrew Berisford, III, of Annadale, Va; two granddaughters, Mrs. Linwood Daniel (Emily), of Salem, Va., and Mrs. Perry Morgan (Meg) of Hilliard, Ohio; two great-grandchildren, Ashley Morgan and P.J. Morgan.

She is a member of Stealey United Methodist Church, Queen Esther Chapter No. 11 Order of the Eastern Star and Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. She has given volunteer service at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center and at the Amy Robert Vance House, Clarksburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Heartland of Clarksburg, attn: Activities Fund, 100 Parkway Dr., Clarksburg, WV 26301. There will be no public visitation. The burial service will be private. Expressions of sympathy can be directed to Martin and Sandra Berisford, 411 Guffey St., Fairmont, WV 26554-4029.

Davis Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

June Elizabeth

Bowers

SHINNSTON -- June Elizabeth Bowers, 75, of Shinnston, died Thursday, July 12, 2001, at her residence. She was born December 24, 1925, in Harrison County, a daughter of the late Samuel and May Miller Campbell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Alvin Bowers, on April 1, 1985.

Surviving are one brother, Ted Campbell, Enterprise; two sisters, Betty Wilmoth, Fairmont, and Vesta Lee Fortney, Homosassa Springs, Fla.; four step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Lois Marlene Bowers, who died on June 30, 1974.

Mrs. Bowers was a real estate agent having worked at various agencies in the area. She was a Pentecostal by faith.

Friends may call at the Calvary Temple Church, Swisher Hill, from 1 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, with Pastor Tim Shuttleworth officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

The Dorsey Funeral Home, www.dorseyfuneralhome.com, Shinnston is in charge of arrangements.

William A. 'Bill' Headley

William A. "Bill" Headley, 72, of Reader, died Saturday, July 14, 2001, at the Wetzel County Hospital in New Martinsville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank B. and Kitty D. Worth Headley, two sisters, Helen Headley and Betty Suter.

Surviving is his wife, Carol Baker Headley, two sons, B. Headley of Reader and G. F. Headley and his wife, Barbie, Pine Grove; one daughter, Mrs. Tom "Jean Ann" Gump, New Martinsville; three sisters, Francis Willey, Astabula, Ohio, Doris Ash, Fairborn, Ohio, and Nell Parkinson, Toronto, Canada; five grandchildren, J.C. Gump, Belinda Gump, Whitney Headley, Karessa Headley and Becca Headley.

Mr. Headley was a Protestant by faith. He retired from CNG/Hope Gas with more than 30 years service. He was a charter member and past president of the Shortline Lions Club in Pine Grove, a former Little League coach, member of the Reader Volunteer Fire Department, member of several country music bands, cameraman for the football and wrestling teams at Valley High School in Pine Grove, a member of the American Legion, Pine Grove and a member of the Wetzel County Republican Committee. He was also a veteran of the Korean War.

Friends will be received from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove. The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Internment will be at Alf Smith Cemetery, Middlebourne.

Freda Jett

ALMA -- Freda Jett, 77, of Alvy, went to be with the Lord Saturday, July 14, 2001, in Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville.

She was a former employee of the council of Senior Tyler Countians. She attended the Tyler City Pentecostal Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles E. and Ora Hawkins Swiger; her first husband, Homer Tennant, in 1969; her second husband, Wilbert Jett, in 1994; and 18 brothers and sisters.

She is survived by two sons, Charles Tennant, Barberton, Ohio, and Ralph Tennant of Alvy; one step-son, Junior Jett, Wyatt; two daughters, Irene Nicholas and Lynna Kinney, both of Alvy; and one step-daughter, Edith Ebert, Fairmont; 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at the Furbee Funeral Home, Alma, Tuesday, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Louise Baker and Pastor Robert Webb officiating.

Internment will be in Victory Cemetery, Alma.

Friends will be received at the funeral home from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.

Furbee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kimberly K. Lake

SHINNSTON -- Kimberly K. Lake, 44, of Bridgeport, formerly of Gypsy, died at 1:35 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2001, at United Hospital Center, following an extended illness.

She was born on Aug. 1, 1956 at Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Richard B. and Patricia E. Harrison Lake.

She is survived by three sisters, Richelle Lake, Charleston, Mary Pat Lake, Gypsy, and Peggy Nuzum, Bridgeport; and one nephew Corey Lake, Charleston.

Kim was a 1974 graduate of Shinnston High School. She was employed at AT&T in both Pittsburgh and Charleston. She was a member of the Gypsy Community Church and O.E.S. Chapter No. 103, Shinnston.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston after 1 p.m. today. A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Monday with Rev. Paul Holyfield officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Harmer Funeral Home of Shinnston is in charge of arrangements.

Johnnie Maxwell Nestor

Johnnie Maxwell Nestor, 55, of Stoney Road, Fairmont, died suddenly from long-term heart ailments on Saturday, July 14, 2001, at Fairmont General Hospital. He was born April 8, 1946, in Belington, a son of the late John Raymond and Carol Poling Nestor.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Leonard Jacobs Nestor, whom he married August 5, 1992. Also surviving are one daughter, Jennifer Nestor, Fairview; one son, Jason Nestor, Fairmont; one grandson, Darick Hibbs, Fairview; one brother Lawrence Swisher and his wife, Alice, Fairmont; one sister, Helen "Sis" Stottlemire and her husband, Charlie, Wellington, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Mrs. James "Rita" Nestor, Baltimore, Md.; the mother of his children, Janetta Sue Brown, Manning, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, James B. Nestor, William Thomas Nestor, Kenneth L. Nestor and Raymond Nestor, in infancy.

Mr. Nestor was retired from the Consolidation Coal Company mine at Four States. He had previously worked at Galis and FMC in Fairmont.

He was a Baptist by faith. He was an avid bowler at Fairmont Bowling Center as well as Valley Lanes in Fairmont. He was a past member of the Fairmont Moose Lodge.

He loved antique cars as well as working on them. He enjoyed NASCAR, dancing and his two dogs, "C.J." and "K.T."

Friends and family may call the Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, on Monday, July 16, 2001, from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2001, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. The service will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Donal Squire officiating. Interment will follow at the Stonewall Park Cemetery in Stonewood.

Bessie Jane

McCartney Peck

FRENCH CREEK -- Bessie Jane McCartney Peck, 97, of Route 1, French Creek, died July 14, 2001, at 7:37 a.m. in St. Joseph's Hospital of Buckhannon. She was born September 7, 1903, in Diane, W.Va., Webster County, a daughter of the late Clarence McCartney and Victoria Chidester McCartney. She was married to Arthur Peck, who preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Cecil Peck, French Creek, and Doy Peck, Medina, Ohio; two daughters, Dorthie McIe, French Creek, and Victoria Mathewson, Media, Ohio; two foster children, Betty Casto, Buckhannon, and Garth Perkey, Fairmont; one sister, Arizona Hamrick, Webster Springs; 42 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three sons, Hurlden, Dezil and Amos, along with six brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Peck was a Methodist by faith, a homemaker, gardener, quilter. She loved her flowers and, most of all, loved her family.

Friends will be received at the Robert M. Vincent Funeral Home in French Creek Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Mrs. Peck will be taken Tuesday to the Canaan Community Church to lie in state from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., the funeral hour. Pastor David Jessie will be officiating, assisted by Rev. Donald Butcher. Burial will follow in the Canaan Cemetery.

Robert M. Vincent Funeral Home of French Creek is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Roane

Simpson

WESTON -- Robert Roane Simpson, 68, of 314 Mid Ave., Weston, died at 6:18 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon following an extended illness.

He was born in Weston on November 6, 1932, a son of the late Nicholas M. Simpson and Beatrice L. Roane Simpson. On March 29, 1951, he married Priscilla Jane White, who survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Robert Thomas Simpson and his wife, Brenda, of Weston, Michael Shane Simpson of Hilliard, Ohio, and Marshall Dale Simpson and his wife, Stephanie, of Jane Lew, and three daughters, Kara Leigh Rider and her husband, Stephen, of Hilliard, Ohio, Melissa Jane Falkenbach and her husband, Paul, of Columbus, Ohio, and Tina Shawn Garska and her husband, Patrick, of Kincheloe.

Mr. Simpson is also survived by seven grandchildren, Christopher Simpson, Laura and Sam Rider, Erin Falkenbach, Sean Heater, and Mercedes and Malcolm Simpson, one great-grandson, Joshua Simpson, one step-grandson, Timothy Titus, one step-great-granddaughter, Shelby Bowmen, and one sister, Shirley Ann Burkhard of Weston.

Mr. Simpson was a retired postal clerk and carrier with the United States Postal Service with 34 years of service. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the U.S. Army in Alaska. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 4 of Weston and the Weston Moose Lodge No. 1376. Mr. Simpson was well known in Lewis County for his over 30 years of service to the many youth athletic programs of the county.

A memorial service will be held for Mr. Simpson at a later date.

Boyle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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