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Obituaries for January 22, 2000

James C. Crawford

PHILIPPI -- James Clinton Crawford, 97, of Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Belington, formerly of 383 S. Main St., Philippi, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home.

He was born Oct. 10, 1902, in Duffy, Lewis County, a son of the late John William and Mary Anna McCartney Crawford.

His wife, the former Elizabeth Eula Allman, whom he married on Jan. 21, 1925, preceded him in death on Aug. 31, 1987.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, James Richard and Betty Lemmons Crawford, Philippi; two daughters and sons-in-law, Anna Louise Crawford and George Cummings, Stony Point, N.Y., and Phyllis Jean Crawford and Donald R. Linger, Glen, N.H.; one daughter-in-law, Laura Kathryn Watkins Crawford, Philippi; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Rev. William Maynard Crawford; and three brothers, Luther, Arthur and Harley Crawford.

Mr. Crawford retired from Louis Glass Company in Weston and was a member of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church.

Barbara A. Dorsey

Barbara A. Craig Dorsey, 72, 333 Buena Vista Ave., Clarksburg, died at 1:18 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at her residence.

She was born July 27, 1927, in Uniontown, Pa., a daughter of Wallace D. Craig, Bridgeport, and the late Ann Hagan Craig.

Her husband, Daniel M. Dorsey Jr., whom she married on July 25, 1953, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel M. and Linda Dorsey III, Clarksburg; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Linda D.) Koedel, Mission Viejo, Calif., and Deborah Dorsey Johnson, Clarksburg; six grandchildren, Douglas and Michael Koedel, Daniel M. Dorsey IV and Craig Michael Dorsey, Nelson and Anne Craig Johnson; one brother and sister-in-law, Wallace D. and Jean Craig, Hagerstown, Md.; and two sisters, Mrs. Fred (Estella Jane) Bartlett, Maryland, and Mrs. William (Joyce) Dorsey, Marietta, Ohio.

Mrs. Dorsey was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Clarksburg, a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School and also graduated from Stephens College in Missouri and West Virginia University, and had been a member of the Mademoiselle College Board and the Fairmont Junior League.

She was an owner and secretary/treasurer of Automotive Warehouse Distributors, Inc., and had been an associate of Craig Motor Company for many years.

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 3 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Eric M. Faust conducting the service. Interment will follow in the Elk View Masonic Cemetery.

Martha A. Haddox

Martha Alice Haddox, 88, of 525 South Fifth St., Clarksburg, died at 12:48 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Heartland of Clarksburg.

She was born Sept. 8, 1911, in Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Enoch Stutler and Alta Perrine Stutler.

Her husband, Hubert Haddox, whom she married on Oct. 20, 1928, preceded her in death in 1973.

Surviving are one son, Robert E. Haddox and one daughter, Mildred Haddox Stark, both of Clarksburg; one sister, Helen P. Johnston, Wolf Summit; five grandchildren, Erma J. Helmick, Belcamp, Md., Michael R. Forinash, Stonewood, Brian L. Forinash, Hepzibah, Robert E. Haddox Jr., Virginia Beach, Va., and Lisa D. Butcher, Lebanon, Pa.; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Sheril, Harold and Charles Stutler; one sister, Mildred DeWitt; one daughter-in-law, Frances Haddox; one grandson, David E. Forinash; and one great-grandson.

Mrs. Haddox was Methodist and a homemaker.

Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, where a funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, with the Rev. Hayward Minear conducting the service. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Gracie A. Holyfield

Grace Ann Holyfield, 94, of Box 36, Rosemont, died at 12:25 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Aug. 3, 1905, in Amstead, a daughter of the late Warner Powell and James Anna Clay Powell.

Twice married, her first husband, Robert Davis Sr., preceded her in death. Her second husband, Joseph Holyfield, preceded her in death in 1965.

Surviving are two sons and daughter-in-law, Robert and Nicole Davis, Youngstown, Ohio, and James Davis, Denver, Colo.; two stepsons, Richard Holyfield, Akron, Ohio, and Robert Holyfield, Dotham, Ala.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Jean Ross, Minneapolis, Minn., and Roberta and Charles Freeman, Rosemont, with whom she made her home; one stepdaughter, Madeline Williams, Akron; 23 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, John Holyfield Sr.; two stepsons, Joseph Holyfield Jr. and Ransom Holyfield; three brothers, Louis, George and Rufus Powell; and two sisters, Lula Powell and Mildred Powell.

Mrs. Holyfield was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was a member of the former Rosemont Baptist Church where she served as Sunday school superintendent, teacher and church treasurer, was a delegate to the Tygart Valley Baptist convention, and was later affiliated with the Baileytown Memorial United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Clarksburg and the church mothers board.

She was formerly employed in the offices of James Frush Realty, Harry Murry, optometrist, and Thomas King Dentistry. She was one of the first students at Lincoln School of Rosemont and later taught at the school, and was the oldest living citizen of Rosemont.

Memorial donations may be made to Preston County Hospice, P.O. Box 229, Kingwood, WV 26537.

Lenora M. King

SUTTON -- Lenora Maxine King, 69, of Sutton, died Jan. 20, 2000, at Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division, Charleston.

She was born March 4, 1930, in Braxton County, a daughter of the late Cecil Guy and Dora Peal Hudkins.

Her husband, Ernest Gordon King, preceded her in death on Nov. 26, 1992.

Surviving are three sons, Randy and Rocky, both of Wilsie, and Rodney, Sutton; four daughters, Martha Brown, Woodruff, S.C., Patty Salisbury, Sutton, Penny Carr, Frametown, and Terri Tyo, Strange Creek; three brothers, Gene Hudkins and Cam Hudkins, both Sutton, and Carl Hudkins, Virginia; one sister, Goldie Helmick, Sutton; 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Mrs. King attended the High Knob United Methodist Church, was a homemaker and was Methodist.

Clare B. Law

IRELAND -- Clare Belle Law, 97, of Almost Home, Buckhannon, formally of Route 1, Crawford, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

He was born Dec. 13, 1902, in Crawford, a daughter of the late Homer W. and Mary Francis McClung Galford.

Her husband, Fred D. Law, preceded her in death in 1975.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Dixon and Norma Lou Law, Crawford; three grandchildren and their spouses, Marcus and Terry Law, Chapel Hill, N.C., Debra and Matt McCabe, Morgantown, and Kevin Law, Columbus, Ohio; one great-grandson, Eric Joseph Law, Chapel Hill; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by four sisters, two infant sisters, Zelah Brown, and Edna Reeder; and one brother, Lloyd E. Galford.

Mrs. Law was involved with the early 4-H Club program in Lewis County, attended the first 4-H Camp held at Jackson's Mill and exhibited her projects at Lewis County Fairs. She was recognized as a 60 year member of the Lewis County Community Education Outreach Service this past year, began her membership as a charter member of the Howell Farm Women's Club at Walkersville with continued membership in the Straight Fork Home Demonstration Club, Extension Homemakers, Community Educational Outreach Service and the Walkersville Rebecca Lodge until its closure, and attended the Straight Fork United Methodist Church.

She was a teacher in Lewis County schools for 36 years, retiring in 1970. She began teaching in one-room schools of Mt. Summit and Trace Run followed by teaching assignments at Ireland, Walkersville, and Roanoke Elementary Schools. She received her early teaching certificate from Fairmont Normal School and graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan with the Class of 1949 with a degree in elementary education. After her retirement, she was affiliated with the Lewis County Retired Teachers Association. Also she continued her early interest in farming by raising Hereford cattle and Suffolk sheep.

Mrs. Law had hobbies of collecting dishes, salt and pepper shakers and raising many different houseplants.

Claude T. "Satch" Lawrence

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- Claude T. "Satch" Lawrence, 57, of 134 Audubon Parkway, Stockbridge, Ga., died suddenly Sunday, Jan. 16, 2000.

He was born Jan. 8, 1943, in Lightburn, a son of the late Norval and Elizabeth Pfow Lawrence.

His wife, Gerda Lutz Lawrence, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Steven Lawrence, Nutter Fort; nine brothers, Norval, Nutter Fort, Don, Bullhead City, Ariz., Gary, Springfield, Mo., George, Dave, Dick, Larry, and Bob, all of West Milford, and Jack, Summersville; four sisters, Lotus Jarvis and Ann Bailey, Wolf Summit, Sylvia Murphy, Charlotte, N.C., and Ginny Lawrence, Fairmont; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Betty Jean Winters.

Mr. Lawrence was a veteran of the U.S. Army, served during the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts, and was a member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the West Milford United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Gary Rapking presiding. The VFW Post 573 and American Legion Post 13 will provide military honors at the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association. Greathouse Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William E. Leggett

BELINGTON -- William Eugene Leggett, 52, of Route 1, Chestnut Flats community, near Belington, died at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness. Death was attributed to cancer.

He was born Aug. 2, 1947, in Clarksburg, a son of Gladys Mae McGee Leggett, Missouri, and the late William Walter Leggett.

His wife, Lillian Jane Wyat, whom he married on March 9, 1982, in Stonewood, survives.

Surviving are seven sons, James Leggett, Mathew Leggett and Jonathon Leggett, all at home, David Leggett, Belington, Christopher Leggett, Elkins James Westfall Jr., Elkins, and Harold Westfall, Warren, Ohio; three daughters, Melissa Leggett, Missouri, Debra Vest and Deloris McCoy, both of Belington; three sisters, Debra Clark and Sherry Newhart, both of Missouri, and Pamela Journey, Arizona; and eight brothers, Darrel Leggett, Gary McCollan, James McCollan and Warren McCollon, all of Missouri, William McCollan, Arizona, Robert McCollon, Nevada, Richard McCollon, Arkansas, and Roger Leggett, California.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Christine Leggett; and one brother, Thomas McGee.

Mr. Leggett attended the schools of Harrison County, was Pentecostal, and was a self-employed carpenter for the past several years.

Matthew Miller

BUCKHANNON -- Matthew Miller, 85, of Buckhannon, died at 6:25 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born June 9, 1914, in Buckhannon, a son of the late Arthur and Velva Miller.

His wife, Martha Marsh Miller, survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Cecil Miller, Ivy, Ray Paul Shoulders, Beverly, Matthew Junior Miller, Milton, and David Ronald Miller, Buckhannon; six daughters, Marjorie Miller, Myrtle Jean Tenney, Ivy, Leona Watson, Philippi, Daisy Enfinger, Milton, JoAnn Coleman, Waldorf, and Katherine Friend, Buckhannon, 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Roy Lee Strader; one daughter, Peggy Miller; and two brothers, French Miller and Carl Miller.

Mr. Miller was a coal miner, and Pentecostal.

William L. Root

WESTON -- William L. Root, 75, of 628 Court Ave., Weston, died at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

He was born June 9, 1924, in Clarksburg, a son of the late David Porter and Margaret Lewis Root.

His wife, the former Betty Randolph, whom he married on June 27, 1944, survives.

Also surviving are one son, William L. Root II, Weston; one daughter and son-in-law, Randi and Michael McKibben, Pittsburgh, Pa.; and two grandchildren, Ashlee and Tanner McKibben.

Mr. Root was the former president of United National Bank, Weston, and was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II.

At the request of the Mr. Root, he will be cremated. A memorial service will follow at a later date. Interment of the ashes will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery, Bridgeport.

Boyle Funeral Home, Weston, is in charge of the arrangements.

Jeanne Seager

BRIDGEPORT -- Jeanne Shinn Seager, 86, formerly of Duff Street, Clarksburg, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, at the residence of her nephew.

She was born Nov. 29, 1913, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Harry E. and Nellie Merrill Shinn.

Her husband, Major William G. Seager, preceded her in death on Aug. 5, 1976.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Mary Eleanor Freeland, Shinnston; one nephew and spouse, Rick D. and Donna Lambert, Shinns Run, with whom she made her home; four great-nieces and several cousins.

Mrs. Seager was a member of the Gold Star Wives of America, a lifetime member of the Shinnston Historical Society, Harrison County Senior Citizens and a former member of the Saltwell United Methodist Church.

At Mrs. Seager's request, there will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

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

Goldia A. Smith

WESTON -- Goldia Agnes Smith, 94, a resident of Wishing Well Manor, formerly of Route 2, Weston, died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at the Manor, following an extended illness.

She was born July 1, 1905, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late James C. Heflin and Eva Lee Bennett Heflin.

On Feb. 14, 1928, she married Orvil James Smith, who preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Wilma Jean Wellner, St. George, and Mary Ellen Tingos, Youngherris, Ga.; one son, James Jackson Smith, Lawson, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by several brothers, two daughters, Phyllis Ann Smith and Mildred Madeline Fox and two sons, Harley John Smith and William Lee Smith.

Mrs. Smith was a former employee of John Thomas Farms, Buffalo, N.Y., and was Methodist.

Friends may call Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 5-8 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, from the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Ronald C. Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Donald M. Vincent

FAIRMONT -- Donald M. Vincent, 72, of Pleasant Valley Road, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2000, at his home.

He was born Jan. 30, 1927, in Marion County, a son of the late Mack U. and Icie A. Huffman Vincent.

His wife, Ettajean Dodd Vincent, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Crystal Vincent, Clarksburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Bill Clelland, Columbia, S.C.; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Katherine and Russell Morgan, Westminister, Md., and Marjorie McDougal, Pleasant Valley community; four grandchildren, Chase and Brandi Clelland, Columbia, and Fallon and Tyler Vincent, Clarksburg; one brother-in-law, Richard Dodd, Ocala, Fla.; one stepsister, Mildred Anderson, Salisbury Md., one sister-in-law, Shirley Koval Dodd, Idamay; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Gertrude "Patsy" Vincent; two brothers, George and Arnold Vincent; one stepbrother, Ernest Murphy; one stepsister, Mary Ellen Bowen; one brother-in-law, Tom McDougal; and friends, "Bud" Burns and Pete Railing.

Mr. Vincent was active with the U.S. Air Force in World War II, with two years of service in the European Theatre. He worked at Owens Illinois for 32 years as a millwright mechanic.

He was the senior loan officer at the Fairmont Federal Credit Union for 12 years, a member of the AF&AM, No. 9, Lodge of Fairmont and the Scottish Rite Bodies of Morgantown. He was Protestant, an avid golfer and enjoyed fishing, carpentry and gardening.

Rebecca Winner

SHINNSTON -- Rebecca Slaven Winger, 89, of Parkersburg, formerly of Shinnston, since 1945, died at 2:05 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at Willows of Parkersburg following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 2, 1910, in Marlinton, a daughter of the late R.B. and Anna Hiner Slaven.

Her husband, Leland H. Winger, preceded her in death on Dec. 5, 1987.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, James David and Ann Winger, Parkersburg, and Leland H. and Kathy Winger, Martinez, Ga.; one daughter, Ann Hooper, Hot Springs Village, Ark.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Dr. Hubert Slaven.

Mrs. Winger was a school teacher for the Harrison County Board of Education with 19 years of service. She was a graduate of Fairmont State College and received her masters degree from the West Virginia University, and was a member of the St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Parkersburg.

Friends will be received at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 10-11 a.m. Monday. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery with the Rev. Ronald James officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lowe Public Library, 40 Bridge St., Shinnston, WV 26431.

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