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Obituaries for July 17, 2001

Elma Blankenship Cutlip

SUTTON -- Elma Blankenship Cutlip, 72, of Sutton, died July 14, 2001, at the home of her daughter, Patsy Brown, after a short illness. She was born Sept. 10, 1928, in Meadowbrook, the daughter of the late Willis Blankenship and Edith Blankenship Clevenger.

She was the retired owner and operator of Sutton Floral and Gift Shop, having owned it for over 25 years. She was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church where she was once an adult Sunday school teacher.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, David Max Cutlip, who died May 23, 1993; and two brothers, Alden Blankenship and Elden Blankenship.

Mrs. Cutlip is survived by a son, David M. Cutlip Jr., Sutton; one daughter, Patsy Brown, Salem; two brothers, Walter Blankenship, of Maryland, and Darrell Blankenship, of California; four sisters, Verna Cline, of Ohio, Dolly Stewart and Ruby Babb, of Arizona, and Masil Davis, Sutton; and two grandchildren, Jeremy Dennison, Parkersburg, and Amanda Dennison, Salem.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 18, 2001, at 1 p.m. at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home with Rev. William Hopkins officiating. Burial will be in Braxton County Cemetery, Sutton. Friends may call today from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Helen E. Rukavina

CLARKSBURG -- Helen E. Rukvania, 88, of East Main Street, Bridgeport, died Sunday July 15, 2001, in a local nursing home following an extended illness. Mrs. Rukavina was retired from TRW Automotive as an inspector. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, March 27, 1913, a daughter of the late Valeantine and Mary Walasinski Rypinski.

She was married to John Rukavina, who preceded her in death in 1977. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, one of whom is Margaret Kaczmarik, Cleveland, Ohio. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Felix Rypinski; and three sisters, Stella Kazamerka, Frances Novak and Katherine Rypinkski.

Mrs. Rukavania was a member of the All Saints United Methodist Church.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Dr., Rt. 98, Clarksburg, Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 19 at 1 p.m. in the Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.

Davis Funeral Home, www.davisfunerals.com, is in charge of arrangements.

William Arthur Shaver Sr.

CLARKSBURG -- William Arthur Shaver Sr., 66, of Route 2, Clarksburg, Summit Park, died Sunday, July 15, 2001, in United Hospital Center.

Mr. Shaver was a retired truck driver with Broughton Dairy.

He was born in Clarksburg, Sept. 8, 1933, a son of the late Arthur Cyrus and Dessie Shaver.

He was married to Frances Patricia Shaver, who preceded him in death on June 10, 1993.

Surviving are one son, William A. Shaver Jr. and his wife, Cyndi, Bridgeport; three daughters, Jeanne Dean and her husband, Rev. Michael Dean, Keyser, Jeanette Spatafore and her husband, Richard, Beckley, and Joyce Stevens, Clarksburg; nine grandchildren, Briana, Micah, Leigha, Seth and Ethan Dean, Cassandra and Lucas Spatafore, Alexis and Zachary Sevens; three great-grandchildren, Ariel Nei, Hailey and Gabriel Shaw, and two sisters, Mary Ellen Rock, Clarksburg, and Thelma.

He was also preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Mr. Shaver was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the St. James Catholic Church.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Tuesday from noon-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, July 18 at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Father Robert A. Perriello as celebrant. A prayer service will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Park.

Davis Funeral Home, www.davisfunerals.com.

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, Weston, Michael Shane Simpson, Hilliard, Ohio, and Marshall Dale Simpson and his wife, Stephanie, Jane Lew, and three daughters, Kara Leigh Rider and her husband, Stephen, Hilliard, Ohio, Melissa Jane Falkenbach and her husband, Paul, Columbus, Ohio, and Tina Shawn Garska and her husband, Patrick, 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 Bowen, and one sister, Shirley Ann Burkhart 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.

Oretha Whaley

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Oretha Whaley, 55, of Mt. Clare died Sunday, July 15, 2001, at her residence. She was born in Louisa, Ky., on May 26, 1946, a daughter of the late Alonzo "Joe" and Dorothy Young Fields.

Her husband, Ivan Whaley, preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 1988.

Surviving are two daughters, Tammy Whaley and Ivena Edgell, both of Clarksburg; one son, Ivan Whaley, Jr., Mt. Clare, one stepson, Danny Whaley, Clarksburg, one stepdaughter, Debbie Hodges, Cleveland, Ohio; one brother, Lonnie Fields, Ohio; three sisters, Ruby Atkins, Ohio, Joan Cox, Kentucky, Gorgia Artrip, Ohio; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, James Fields; and one nephew, Dougie Artrip.

Mrs. Whaley was a Baptist and she was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday, where a funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2001, with Brother Bo Hensly presiding. Interment will be in the Rosehill Cemetery, West Milford.

Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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