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Obituaries for Wedneday, April 13

William A. Barnes Jr.

HUNTINGTON -- William A. Barnes Jr., 68, of Huntington, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, in Saint Mary's Hospital, Huntington.

He was born Dec. 6, 1931, in Bridgeport, a son of the late William Ash and Mina M. Slonaker Barnes.

His wife, Goldie L. VanScoy Barnes, survives.

Also surviving are one sister, Jean Menendez, Spelter; a special nephew and his wife, David R. VanScoy Sr. and Brenda VanScoy, Bridgeport; one niece, Cindy Riddle, Spelter; and four great-nieces and great-nephews, Amanda D. VanScoy, David R. VanScoy Jr., Billy J. Riddle and Benjie Riddle.

Linda L. Carpenter

BUCKHANNON -- Linda L. Carpenter, 49, of Route 2, Box 322, Buckhannon, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at her home.

She was born Sept. 16, 1950, at Buckhannon, a daughter of Billy J. Ratliff and Margaret A. Brown Ratliff, both of Buckhannon.

Her first husband, Christopher L. Ferrell, preceded her in death. Her second husband, Kelvin Carpenter, whom she married May 3, 1997, survives in Buckhannon.

Also surviving are one daughter, Katerena Strader; one sister, Z. Diana Bargeloh; one brother, Steven W. and wife Marty Ratliff, all of Buckhannon; her grandmother, Zenna Ratliff, Morgantown; one granddaughter, Destiny Strader; one grandson, Katon Strader; two nephews, Andy Bargeloh and Jeff Radabaugh; five nieces, Amy Radabaugh, April Ratliff, Sara, Stacie and Lisa Gosa; one brother-in-law, Timothy and Debbie Ferrell, all of Buckhannon; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Ben (Joan) McComb, Lansing, Mich., and Theodora Plumley, Buckhannon; several nieces and nephews on the Ferrell side and Carpenter side.

Mrs. Carpenter was a secretary for the law offices of Hymes & Coonts and Roy Law. She attended New Life Tabernacle, Buckhannon. She was a member of the Heavner Grove Homemakers Club.

David L. Coughenour

FAIRMONT -- David Lee Coughenour, 55, of Fairmont, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at Fairmont General Hospital.

He was born Aug. 7, 1944, in Fairmont, a son of the late Samuel Coughenour and Lorena Moore Coughenour Burr.

His wife, Grace Lawler Coughenour, whom he married Nov. 9, 1968, survives.

Also surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Evelyn Coughenour, Pittsburgh, Pa.; two sisters-in-law, Joann Brookover, Rivesville, Charlotte Lawler, Fairmont; one brother-in-law, Charles Lawler and wife, Nancy, Fairmont; one aunt, Pat Moore, Morgantown; four nieces, Susan Garrard, Carol Bly, both of Pittsburgh, Jennifer Brookover, Fort Worth, Texas, Heather Lawler, Columbus; two nephews, Ryan and Patrick Lawler, Fairmont; one great-niece and three great-nephews, Robert and Rachel Hohman, and Tyler and David Bly; several cousins, among them Lee R. Coughenour, Fairmont, Mary E. Hale, Florida, and Linda Williams, Bridgeport.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, John Coughenour; his grandparents, M.D. and Ella Moore; and one uncle, Murray D. Moore Jr.

Mr. Coughenour was employed as an economic service worker with the West Virginia Department of Human Services in the Marion County Office. He had worked for the department for 33 years. He was a graduate of East Fairmont High School in 1962 and Fairmont State College.

He was associated with the First Presbyterian Church in Fairmont. He was an avid sports fan, especially enjoying the Steelers, Pirates and the Mountaineers.

James J. Hynes

PENNSBORO -- James J. Hynes, 79, of Bonds Creek Road, Ritchie County, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at his residence.

He was born May 13, 1920, in Philadelphia, Pa, a son of the late James J. and Anna Ibbetson Hynes.

His wife, Regina A. Hynes, whom he married in 1946, survives.

Mr. Hynes was a retired electrical contractor, having worked in the Philadelphia area. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Acel A. McDonald Jr.

HARRISVILLE -- Acel A. McDonald Jr., 56, of Harrisville, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born Nov. 1, 1943, in Parkersburg, a son of Pauline McDonald of Harrisville, and the late Acel A. McDonald Sr.

His wife of 32 years, Linda Dingess McDonald, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Cynthia McDonald, Apex, N.C., and Lisa Foster, Harrisville; two grandchildren, Bryan K. McDonald and Krystyn Foster; five brothers, Billy J. McDonald, Harrisville, Stephen McDonald and Terry McDonald, both of Ellenboro, Joseph McDonald, Morgantown, and Andy McDonald, Parkersburg; five sisters, Patricia Joy, Cairo, Sheila Jones, Ellenboro, Debbie Dupree, Alabama, Mary Barnes, Cairo, and Christine King, Grantsville.

Donations may be made to the Harrisville Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 322, Harrisville, 26362.

Mr. McDonald served for four years in the U.S. Air Force and then traveled to Cleveland for employment. He worked as a welder while attending Akron University to study real estate law.

He moved back to Ritchie County in 1979 and began working with Alamco Oil Company as foreman. In 1990, he began working in the Ritchie County Sheriff's Department. He attended the West Virginia Corrections Academy and the U.S. Marshals School for Court Security. He was running for sheriff of Ritchie County.

He was active in his community as a member of the Harris-Ritchie Post No. 3554 Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Ritchie County Farm Bureau, Harrisville Lodge No. 99 I.O.O.F., and the Ritchie County Deputy Sheriff's Association. He coached Little League baseball and Running Rebel basketball. He was a member of the Harrisville Baptist Church.

Wesley E. Nestor

PHILIPPI -- Wesley Eugene "Wes" Nestor, 41, of Route 1, Moatsville, died Monday evening, April 10, 2000, as a result of a single-vehicle accident on State Route 92 North, near the Preston/Barbour County line.

He was born March 1, 1959, at Philippi, a son of Carl Francis and Kathern I. Harris Nestor, who survive at Philippi.

Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. John (Carla K.) Fitzwater, Belington; one brother, Lt. Col. Robin Nestor, Maxwell A.F.B., Montgomery, Ala.; one foster brother, Philip Basnett, Owens; two nephews, Todd Fitzwater, Belington, and Philip Basnett, Owens; two nieces, Erin M. Nestor, Alabama, and Angela Basnett, Owens; one great-niece, Katie Basnett, Owens; his fiancé, Peggy Shahan and her daughter, Kristy, both of Belington.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Columbus F. and Lula Dell Stemple Nestor, and Martin and Edythe Hershman Harris.

Mr. Nestor was a graduate of Philip Barbour High School. He was employed by North Eastern Energy Consultants, Inc., of Pittsburgh, Pa., as production manager.

He was a member of Bigelow Lodge No. 52, A.F. and A.M., Tygarts Valley Chapter No. 39, R.A.M. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Nestorville United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Dorothy M. Nutter

CLARKSBURG -- Dorothy M. Nutter, 66, of Route 4, Box 136, Clarksburg, Sardis Road, died at 11:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, 2000, in SunBridge Care Center, Salem.

She was born Oct. 10, 1933, in Harrison County, a daughter of the late Joseph Stewart Jenkins and Beulah P. Hoover Jenkins.

Her husband, Addison J. Nutter, whom she married Sept. 1, 1951, survives.

Also surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Steven C. and Beth Nutter, Cross Junction, Va., Bruce N. and Donna Nutter, Route 1, Jane Lew, and Mark K. and Kim Nutter, Mineral Wells; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Charles and Wilma Jenkins, and Randy Jenkins, all of Anmoore; four sisters, Mrs. Andy (Helen) Behun, Ravenna, Ohio, Mrs. Bill (Lucy) Carder, Quiet Dell, Delores McCoy, Youngstown, Ohio, and Mrs. Frank (Katrina) Bise, Chubb Run; and 15 grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Stanley Nutter; one daughter, Dorothy S. Nutter; one sister, Rosetta Queen; and four brothers, Jim, Kenny, Ronnie and Johnny Jenkins.

Mrs. Nutter was an active member of the Wilsonburg Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, where a funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Perry Cain conducting. Interment will be in the Johnstown Cemetery.

Wallace C. Pew

HARRISVILLE -- Wallace C. Pew, 92, of Harrisville, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital.

He was born Aug. 6, 1907, in Cairo, a son of the late John A. and Martha E. Campbell Pew.

His wife of 60 years, Beulah Goff Pew, preceded him in death in 1997.

Surviving are one son, John Paul Pew and wife, Judy, Easley, S.C.; one daughter, Alice Ann Hoff and husband, Joe, Cairo; three grandsons, Paul Pew, Wally Pew and Michael Hoff; three stepgranddaughters, Susan Harper, Melissa Layfield and Diana Hoff; two great-grandchildren, Paige Pew and Harrison Pew; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Brannon Harper, Cassidi Layfield and Carter Layfield; one brother, David C. Pew, Cairo; and one sister, Mary P. Roberts, Cairo.

He was also preceded in death by two infant brothers, Robert Taylor and William Virtue and one sister, Martha M. Pew.

Mr. Pew attended a one-room elementary school at Lower Addis Run and graduated from Grant District High School in 1926.

After teaching all eight grades in the one-room Brushy Fork School for a year he entered Muskingum College at New Concord, Ohio, and graduated with an A.B. degree in 1931. He continued his education through the years by taking graduate classes in mathematics.

Beginning in the 1930s, Mr. Pew was an agent for State Farm Insurance and continued in insurance most of his life. He worked for the War Food Administration during World War II.

Mr. Pew built the Harrisville Post Office in 1955 and worked as a postal service employee for 20 years. He began teaching math at Cairo High School in 1958 and was transferred to Harrisville High School in 1962 where he continued until his retirement.

He attended the Hughes River Presbyterian Church in Cairo in his youth and served as Sunday school superintendent for several years. He joined the St. Lukes United Methodist Church, Harrisville, with his wife and was a loyal member the rest of his life. He served as church treasurer and was a member of the co-workers Sunday school class.

Mr. Pew was involved in many community activities. He was a charter member of the Harrisville Volunteer Fire Department and served as secretary-treasurer of the Emergency Squad. He was director at the Ritchie County Telephone Company, secretary-treasurer of the Ritchie County 4-H Development Council for many years and was still active in this position. In his neighborhood he was always offering a helping hand.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Lukes United Methodist Church, Harrisville, or to the Hughes River Presbyterian Church, Cairo.

Lillian Louise Poffenbarger

CLARKSBURG -- Lillian Louise Poffenbarger, 87, formerly of Mason House, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, in a local nursing home following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 26, 1912, in Parsons, a daughter of the late Francis M. and Letha E. Sell Gibson.

Her first husband, Louis G. Wadsworth, preceded her in death May 25, 1966. Her second husband, Ray L. Poffenbarger, whom she married April 9, 1976, preceded her in death Jan 12, 1990.

Surviving are one stepdaughter, Mrs. Arnold (Pauline) Nester, Houston, Texas; one step grandson, Danny Nester; and one sister, Mrs. Mary Cromwell, Maryville, Tenn.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.

Mrs. Poffenbarger was formerly employed with Hoover Vacuum Company in Canton, Ohio. She was a member of the Degree of Honor Protective Association, the Senior Citizens and Clarksburg Baptist Church, where she was also a member of the Omega Bible Class.

Friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, where funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday with the Rev. David Hulme officiating. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Park.

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