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Obituraries for Friday, April 14, 2000

Hansel A. Bean

WESTON -- Hansel A. Bean, 76, of 401 John St., Weston, died at 12:20 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2000, in St. Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon following an extended illness.

He was born Feb. 24, 1924, in Jane Lew, a son of the late Artenes and Martha Curtis Bean.

Surviving are four sisters, Mamie Cuppett, Weston, Dorothy Reeder, Newport News, Va., Bernadine Walters, Jane Lew, and Wanda Gall, Clarksburg; one brother, Nelson Bean, Jane Lew, and 10 nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, James and John Ervin Bean, and one sister, Virginia Booth.

Mr. Bean was a retired glass worker from the Jane Lew Glass Company. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army during the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the Broad Run Baptist Church.

Friends may call at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Broad Run Cemetery with the Rev. Randall Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery. Full military honors will be accorded by DAV Chapter No. 51 of Weston, American Legion Posts No. 4 and 166, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5131, and Central West Virginia Chapter No. 697, Military Order of Purple Heart.

James Franklin Bish

CLARKSBURG -- James Franklin Bish, 67, of 730 Mulberry Ave., Clarksburg, died at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2000, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born July 1, 1932, in Littleton, a son of the late Guy C. Bish and Mary A. Murphy Bish.

His first wife, Frances Reardon Bish, whom he married Dec. 1, 1955, preceded him in death on Sept. 3, 1978. His second wife, Johna Riley Bish, whom he married Aug. 3, 1987, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Joseph (Bridget) Guzzi, Clarksburg; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Shane Bish, Waldron, Ind., and Brian and Gina Bish, Bridgeport; two stepchildren, Mrs. Stephanie Hitt, Bridgeport, and Mrs. Roger (Andrea) Lough, Mount Clare; three sisters, Mrs. James (Betty) Paboucek and Mary J. Bish, both of Weirton, and Mrs. Marty (Ruth A.) Rihel, Boulder City, N.J.; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, William Bish, Carl and Lynn Bish, John and Patty Bish, and Bernard and Doretta Bish, all of Weirton; three grandchildren, Tyler, Kyle and Payton Bish; four stepgrandchildren, Cortney and Christian Hitt, Zachary and Sydney Lough, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mrs. Frank (Helen) Merico and Mrs. Michael (Evelyn) Vandruff.

Mr. Bish had been retired 10 years as a manager from Bell Atlantic. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today. A vigil service will be conducted at 3 p.m. today at the funeral home with the Rev. Father Cesidio J. Federico conducting.

Mr. Bish's body will be moved Saturday morning to the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main St., Weirton, where friends may call after 10 a.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Saturday in Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Weirton, with the Rev. Father Kent Durig as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Paul's Cemetery, Weirton, where the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Honor Guard will conduct military graveside rites.

Elmer E. Casto

BUCKHANNON -- Elmer E. Casto, 80, of 14 Morgan Addition, Buckhannon, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

He was born May 8, 1919, in Upshur County, a son of the late Wilbur Casto and Alley Lantz Casto.

His wife, Phyllis Winans Casto, whom he married Oct. 6, 1941, preceded him in death on March 27, 1997.

Surviving are four sons, Larry Casto, Sweetwater, Texas, Wayne Casto, LaPorte, Pa., Ivan Casto, El Paso, Texas, and Troy Casto, Buckhannon; two daughters, Martha Carr and Melba Black, both of Buckhannon; one sister, Jean Murphy, Philippi; nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two sons, Elmer L. and Donald L. Casto, and one sister, Doreen Bennett.

Mr. Casto was a retired forest ranger with the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources.

Day Lot Gower

PARSONS -- Day Lot Gower, 82, of White Ridge, St. George, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at his home.

He was born July 28, 1917, at Location, St. George, a son of the late Benjamin P. and Marcella Jones Gower.

His wife, the former Olive M. Wotring, whom he married May 13, 1944, at St. George, preceded him in death on Oct. 11, 1992.

Surviving are one son, Donley Gower and his wife, Patty, Canal Fulton, Ohio; four daughters, Mrs. Allen (Marie) Moreland, Lothian, Md., Patsy Waters and Mrs. Randy (Dianna) Cleveland, both of Roanoke, Va., and Mrs. Larry (Barbara) Arman, Parsons; one sister, Mae Bohon Keller, St. George; six grandchildren, Jewell Waters Snead, Lori Moreland, Eric Waters, Donley Gower Jr., Patrick Gower and Ashley Arman, and two great-grandchildren, Patrick Gower Jr. and Morgan Snead.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Ray, Clay and Jay Gower, and two sisters, Gay Bohon and Fay Gower.

Mr. Gower attended the schools of the St. George area. He was a farmer. He was a member of Laborers Union Local No. 984, working for the Stoney River Power Plant and retiring in 1982.

Edith Leonard

FOREST CITY, N.C. -- Mrs. Edith Clarissa Kamerer Leonard, 91, of 149 Woodbrair Drive, died Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby, N.C.

She was the daughter of the late Harry W. and Mable A. Cross Kamerer

Her husband, Edward C. Leonard, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Sally Leonard Harbin and husband, Ned F. Harbin, Forest City, and Susan Leonard Sigmon and husband, Charles N. Sigmon, Clarksburg; one sister-in-law, Shirley Patterson, Erie, Pa.; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Leonard was a native of Greenville, Pa.

She was a former bridal consultant.

She was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, N.C.

Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation or St. Francis Episcopal Church, 408 North Main St., Rutherfordton, NC 28139.

John T. Lynch

WARREN, Ohio -- John T. Lynch, 53, of 3942 Fairlawn Heights Drive S.E., Howland Township, died at 6 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 2000, at his residence of a heart attack.

He was born Jan. 23, 1947, in Taylor County, a son of the late James Lynch and Geraldine Knight.

Surviving are one sister, Patricia McCauley, Simpson; two brothers, Neil Lynch, Eastlake, Ohio, and Michael Lynch, Wayne City, Ill., and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Robert Lynch.

Mr. Lynch was formerly employed by Sines & Sons Nursery of Painesville, Ohio. He was a truck driver.

He was a Howland resident for two years, coming from Painesville.

He enjoyed bowling and his family.

Contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund, Bolindale Christian Church, 2749 Fairview Ave. S.E., Warren, Ohio, 44483.

Willis H. McClain

SALEM -- Willis H. McClain, 93, of Big Isaac, died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday, April 13, 2000, following a brief illness.

He was born April 25, 1906, at Beech Lick, Doddridge County, a son of the late William Dallas and Ida Snider McClain.

His wife, Doris Haught McClain, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Robert L. and Richard M. McClain, both of Big Isaac; three daughters, Phyllis Kemper, Atlanta, Ga., Mrs. Don (Carol) Swiger, Romney, and Mrs. Cassel (Evelyn) Evans, Hartley, Del.; two sisters, Mrs. Peg Flint, Fairfield, Conn., and Mrs. Robert (Mary) Burnside, Pittsburgh, Pa.; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two great-grandchildren; two grandchildren; six brothers, Marshall, Stacey, Dempsey, Denzil, Gene and Hobart McClain, and three sisters, Mabel Carder, Audra James and Fonda McClain.

Mr. McClain was a member of the Johnson Fork Baptist Church. He was a longtime farmer and a retired employee of the Salem College Maintenance Department. He was an avid fox hunter.

Glenda Ellen Starcher-May

NEWARK, Ohio -- Glenda Ellen Starcher-May, 32, of Newark, Ohio, formerly of Jane Lew, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at her home from a sudden illness.

She was born April 10, 1968, in Zanesville, Ohio, a daughter of Barbara Kane of Newark and Richard Starcher of Pricetown.

Her husband, Jack May, survives.

Also surviving are her stepfather, Ronald Kane, Newark; her stepmother, Shirley Starcher, Pricetown; one son, Jackson; one daughter, Cassie; one half sister of Newark; one half brother, Eric, Ocala, Fla.; one stepsister and three stepbrothers; her grandfather, Ferd Starcher, Valley Chapel, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by her grandparents, Erma Starcher, a stepgrandmother, JoAnn Starcher, and Howard and Mary Bishop.

Mrs. May was a graduate of college at Newark in social services.

Elizabeth Felton Moore

ROWLESBURG -- Elizabeth Felton Moore, 42, of Toccoa, Ga., formerly of Rowlesburg, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, in Toccoa.

She was born Feb. 3, 1958, in Kingwood, a daughter of the late John W. and Beulah Bodkin Felton.

Her husband, Joseph M. Moore, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Benjamin Moore, and one daughter, Alexandra Moore, both at home; two brothers, James Felton, Colorado Springs, Colo., and John Felton, Sugar Grove; five sisters, Margaret Schollar, Rowlesburg, Eleanor J. James and Sandra J. Smith, both of Charlottesville, Va., Mary C. Markley, Brandon, Miss., and Janet F. McMinn, Clifton, Va.

Ms. Moore was a graduate of Rowlesburg High School, Class of 1976. She received her bachelor's degree from West Virginia University and later received her law degree from Nova University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She was a partner in the law firm of McClure, Ramsay, Dickerson and Escoe in Toccoa.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Toccoa, where she taught the children's Sunday school class. She was also a member of the Stephens County Literacy Council, and the Georgia and Florida State Bar associations.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Elizabeth Moore Memorial Fund, c/o McClure, Ramsay, Dickerson, Escoe, 400 Falls Road., Toccoa, Ga., 30577.

Joseph Martin Quinn

WESTON -- Joseph Martin Quinn, 57, of Route 2, Camden, died Monday, April 10, 2000, at his residence, following a brief illness.

He was born March 9, 1943, in Lewis County, a son of the late Owen and Agnes Fallon Quinn.

His wife, the former Louise Pumphrey, whom he married April 3, 1971, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Agnes Queen and Catherine Quinn, both of Weston; three sons, Qwen Quinn, Good Hope, Thomas and Patrick Quinn, both of Weston; three grandchildren, April, Tom and Brian Quinn; five sisters, Mary Klein, Baltimore, Md., Marjorie Weaver, Sterling, Va., Pauline Alkire, Charleston, JoAnn Kreyenbuhl, Youngstown, Ohio, and Teresa Rufner, Kingsman, Ohio.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Tom and John Quinn; and one sister, Helen Quinn.

Mr. Quinn was a former employee of the West Virginia Department of Highways. He was a member of the Saint Boniface Catholic Church.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, from 5-8 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:15 a.m. Saturday from the Saint Boniface Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. John H. Finnell as celebrant. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Saint Boniface Catholic Church Cemetery. A rosary service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday from the funeral home chapel.

William B. Richardson

FLATWOODS -- William B. Richardson, 75, of Flatwoods, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, in the C.A.M.C. General Division, Charleston, after a short illness.

He was born Dec. 12, 1924, in Flatwoods, a son of the late William and Rosa B. Williams Richardson.

His wife, Ruby L. Cogar Richardson of Flatwoods, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Joseph B. Richardson, at home; two daughters, Janet L. Lipps, Gassaway, and Patricia L. Moore, Duck; three sisters, Madeline Hughes, Nitro, Mildred Minear, Virginia, and Betty Frame, Sutton; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, William T. Richardson; one grandson, Will Lipps; seven brothers, Jack, Bud, Ray, Charlie, Don, Mike and Herb Richardson; and two sisters, Helen Ready and Virginia White.

Mr. Richardson was retired from the B&O and CSX railroad with 40 years of service. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Way Maintenance and a Methodist by faith.

Duane B. Simmons

FLEMINGTON -- Duane B. Simmons, 81, of Rosemont, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born March 23, 1919, in Dartmoore, a son of the late Harvey and Emma Barb Simmons.

His wife of 60 years, Thurma L. Lang Simmons, whom he married April 27, 1939, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Duane W. and Betty L. Simmons, Harmony Grove, and Gary and Wilma Simmons, Rosemont; two daughters and one son-in-law, Saundra and Denzil Nicholson, and Deborah Bokey, all of Rosemont; one sister, Genevieve Harris, Belington; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Gladys and Mae; and six brothers, Guy, Glenn, Desco, Bonny, James Clifford and Arley.

Mr. Simmons was a member of the Bailey Memorial United Methodist Church. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and retired from the Daniel Boone Coal Company, Mount Clare, with 44 years of service. He has lived in the Rosemont community for 68 years.

DeVonia V. Wyatt

PINE GROVE -- DeVonia V. "Dove" Wyatt, 73, of Jacksonburg, died Wednesday, April 12, 2000, at the Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville.

She was the daughter of the late Martin and Evelyn Coole Wagner.

Her husband, Everett Wyatt, survives.

Also surviving are one granddaughter, Michelle Coen and one great-granddaughter, Cierra L. Coen, both of Fairmont; and one uncle, John Coole, Little Washington, Pa.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Zetta L. Coen; one granddaughter, Julie Coen; two brothers, Clyde Roe and Jim Roe; and one sister, Georgie Ranken.

Mrs. Wyatt attended the Chapel of Victory Church, Pine Grove. She was a former cook at Jacksonburg School.

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