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Obituaries for Tuesday, April 18, 2000

Opal M. Barton

PARSONS -- Opal Mae Barton, 94, a former resident of Parsons, and more recently a patient at Broaddus Long Term Care at Philippi, died at 3:45 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2000, at the care center.

She was born June 4, 1905, in Parsons, a daughter of the late William Worth and Cora May Johnson.

On Oct. 27, 1926, she was married to James Robert Barton, who preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1961.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary Buryl O'Deen, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Shirley Ann Judy and husband, John W. "Bill" Judy, Parsons; one sister, Geraldine Casto, Cedar Rapids; 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Robert Worth Barton; one brother, William Osco Johnson; two grandsons, Stephan O'Deen and James Robert Judy, and one great-great-grandson, Christopher Adams.

Mrs. Barton attended the schools of Tucker County and was Methodist. She was a former employee of Shrader and Sons at New York City, retiring in 1967 from the former Dorman Mills at Parsons.

Virginia W. Brooks

WEIRTON -- Virginia Wilson Brooks, 79, of Freedom Place, 3744 Main St., Weirton, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at Weirton Medical Center, Weirton.

She was born June 21, 1920, in Belington, a daughter of the late Hershel P. Wilson and Maude Zirkle Wilson.

Her husband, Arnold A. Brooks, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Charles A. Brooks, New Cumberland; two daughters, Mrs. Gary (Judith L.) Doak, New Cumberland, and Mrs. Jack (Darlene) Koontz, Elko; three brothers, twin, Elza Wilson, Philippi, Jesse Wilson and Joe Wilson, both of Buckhannon; three sisters, Mildred Helton, Beltsville, Md., Lucreta Cwastyk, Glen Bernie, Md., and Mrs. James (Eilene) Cook, Curry Tuck, N.C.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Mendel, Virgil and Nelson Wilson, and one grandson, Ben Doak.

Mrs. Brooks was a retired manager at McCoy's Restaurant, Clarksburg. She was a member of North View United Methodist Church, Clarksburg, and attended the First United Methodist Church, Weirton.

She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Ladies of Moose, Eagle No. 2353 Clarksburg, Women's Society of North View Church, VFW Clarksburg, and Freedom Place I Tenants Club.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association of WV, P.O. Box 3980, Charleston, WV 25339-3980.

Sam O. Cox

CLARKSBURG -- Sam O. Cox, 79, of Route 1, Box 76, Lost Creek, West Milford, died Monday afternoon, April 17, 2000, at his residence.

He was born Feb. 20, 1921, in West Milford, a son of the late William Roy Cox and the late Jettie G. Floyd Cox.

On Nov. 26, 1945, he married the former Mabel Hall of Morehead, Ky., who survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, James Robert and April Cox, Lawrenceville, Ga.; one daughter, Julie Rebecca Cox and friend, Ray Bolton, Doddridge County; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine Allen and Mary Ellen Somerville.

Mr. Cox was a member of the West Milford United Methodist Church, the Meuse Argonne Post 573, VFW, Clarksburg, the National Rifle Association and was an active member of the West Milford Senior Citizens Satellite. He had served for five years as a member of the Silver Haired Legislature, C.O.L.E. (Committee On Legislation for the Elderly).

He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran serving from 1942-1945 in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He retired from Union Carbide Corporation, Anmoore, after 34 years employment.

Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday, where the funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Gary Rapking presiding. Interment will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown, where military burial rites will be conducted.

In lieu of flowers it is requested that expressions of sympathy be memorial contributions to: People's Hospice, P.O. Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV 26302.

Frank B. Everhart

KINGWOOD -- Frank B. Everhart, 87, of Kingwood, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, in Kingwood.

He was born May 26, 1912, in Buckhannon, a son of the late L.F. and Edna Brown Everhart.

His first wife, Lucille Davis Everhart, preceded him in death in 1975. His second wife, Loucille G. Everhart, survives.

Also surviving are one son and spouse, John R. and Cynthia X. Everhart, Denver, Colo.; one daughter and spouse, Ann E. and Melvin C. Snyder Jr., Kingwood; one stepson and spouse, Thomas N. and Linda Parsons, Westover; four grandchildren, Gwendolyn Ann Norcross and husband, Robert Willems, Geoffrey Stephen Norcross and wife, Kristy Bryner, Monica Ann Everhart and John Michael Everhart and one stepgrandson, Jerry Parsons.

Mr. Everhart graduated from Terra Alta High School, class of 1930 and West Virginia University College of Law with a LLB class of 1936. He was a practicing attorney in Kingwood for 55 years and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, attaining the rank of captain.

He was a member and past president of the West Virginia State Bar and the Preston County Bar Association, a member of George D. Jackson American Legion Post No. 56, a life member of Fort Butler VFW Post No. 826, and a member and past president of both the Terra Alta and Kingwood Rotary Clubs and was a Paul Harris Fellow.

He was a past West Virginia Department Commander American Legion, chairman of the West Virginia Veterans Affairs Counsel for many years, was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Kingwood and was a lay leader and lay preacher.

Mr. Everhart was a delegate to the West Virginia annual conference and the North Eastern Jurisdictional Conference, was an original trustee of the United Methodist Charities, served on many boards and committees of the church on the local, district and state level.

He was past general chairman of the Preston County Buckwheat Festival, was a past chairman of the Preston County Republican Executive Committees, and a member of the Preston Country Club. He was an avid tennis player and walker.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church, 107 West High St., Kingwood, WV 26537 or the North Central West Virginia Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 4543, Morgantown, WV 26504-4543.

Lila L. Holland

CLARKSBURG -- Lila L. Holland, 49, of Grafton, formerly of Clarksburg, died at 9:55 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2000, at Grafton City Hospital, following an extended illness.

She was born Feb. 24, 1951, in Clarksburg, a daughter of John William Nose, Maryland, and the late Lorraine D. Shahan Nose.

Surviving are one son, Gary J. Holland, Clarksburg; one sister, Mrs. Ronald C. (Diana Borror) Garlow, Clarksburg; one uncle and aunt, Dick and Maxine Shahan; cousins, Keny and Paula Shahan, Jan and Jim Este, Debbie and Donnie Duarte; and one stepson, Gordon Holland, Knoxville, Tenn.

Ms. Holland formerly attended the First Baptist Church of Nutter Fort. She had worked at the United Hospital Center for 18 years in admissions before the onset of her illness.

There is no visitation and a private graveside service will be held.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Grafton City Hospital, NCF 2, 500 Market St., Grafton, WV 26354. Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wayne Hanson Linger

WESTON -- Wayne Hanson Linger, 84, of Route 1, Box 303, Weston, died at 8:10 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 20000, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born Oct. 28, 1915, in Lewis County, a son of the late Hanson David Linger and Emma Mae Burkhammer Linger.

On Dec. 20, 1936, he married the former Margaret Virginia Bailey Linger, who preceded him in death on July 1, 1994.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. James R. (Mary Lou) Myers, Mrs. Richard (Eleanor) Bailey and Mrs. Jack (Janice) Stalnaker, all of Weston; two sons, Donald E. Linger and Wayne Douglas Linger, both of Weston; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Bailey, Franklin and Annabelle Stiles, Akron, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two grandchildren and one sister, Ivy Losh.

Mr. Linger was a retired equipment operator with Equitable Gas Company and was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran.

He was a member of the Haleville Union Mission Church of Weston, and a 50 year member of the Weston Lodge No. 10, AF&AM.

Friends will be received at Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-8 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, with the Rev. William J.B. Gum officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Weston. Graveside rites will be conducted by Weston Lodge No. 10, AF&AM.

Clyde Allen Shingleton

GRAFTON -- Clyde Allen Shingleton, 67, of Grafton, died Sunday, April 16, 2000, at the home of his sister, following an extended illness.

He was born March 16, 1933, in Grafton, a son of the late Abraham and Louise Harold Shingleton.

Surviving are two brothers, Emmett Shingleton, Thornton, and Kenneth Shingleton, Mansfield, Ohio; three sisters, Shirley LoveJoy, at whose home he died, and Nettie Kisner, both of Grafton, and Eva Drumheller, Timberline, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Theodore, Edward, Arie Fay, Dennis and James Shingleton and two sisters, Edna Holbert and Sarah Jane Kozlowsky.

Mr. Shingleton was an inspector for Artesian Industries of Mansfield, Ohio, having been employed for 39 years and was Protestant. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the American Legion, Taylor County Post 12, Grafton.

Friends will be received at the Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. the funeral hour on Wednesday, with the Rev. Duane Keener, officiating. Burial will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Grafton, (Pruntytown). A military graveside service will be conducted by VFW Post 3081, American Legion Post 12 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 24.

Ronald C. Strader

FLATWOODS -- Ronald C. Strader, 74, of Mount Airy, Md., formerly of Orlando, died Saturday, April 15, 2000, at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, Md., following a short illness.

He was born Jan. 1, 1926, in Orlando, Braxton County, a son of the late Okey L. and Mary A. Posey Strader.

Surviving are his companion, Mary Jones; two daughters, Susan Daniels, North Carolina, and Patricia Sitlinger, Herndon, Pa.; one son, Floyd O. Strader, Frederick; two stepsons; five stepdaughters; four sisters, Madge Brown, Burnsville, Mary Riffle, Youngstown, Ohio, Dorella Childers, Canal Winchester, Ohio, and Deignese Grabbe, Worthington, Ohio; two brothers, Daniel Strader, Slippery Rock, Pa., and Harry Strader, Conneaut, Ohio; three grandchildren, Lisa Daniels, Lea Shay and Christopher Leitzel; and 18 stepgrandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Franklin Strader and one sister, Wilmeth Strader.

Mr. Strader was a retired sheet metal worker and a U.S. Army World War II veteran. He was a member of the V.F.W. in Frederick and Methodist.

Doris R. Swiger

SHINNSTON -- Doris R. Swiger, 70, of Clarksburg, died at 1:27 a.m. Monday, April 17, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born Jan. 16, 1930, a daughter of the late Henry W. and Lona Evelyn Loy Swiger.

Surviving are one sister and brother-in-law, Fran and Charlie Lambiotte, Fairmont; one niece, Vickie Cottrell, one nephew, Steven Allawat, two great-nephews, Travis Cottrell and Christopher Allawat, one great-niece, Megan Allawat, all of Clarksburg.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Robert M. Swiger, Clarksburg.

Friends will be received at Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Jeff Ramsey officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

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