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Obituaries for Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000

Forrest D. Barnes

CLARKSBURG -- Forrest D. Barnes, 90, of Hampton, Va., formerly of Clarksburg, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at Riverside Convalescent Center, Hampton, Va.

He was born Aug. 5, 1910, in Clarksburg, Barnes Addition, North View, a son of the late Cass D. Barnes and Daisy R. Evans Barnes.

His wife, Opal E. Hoover Barnes, whom he married March 15, 1930, preceded him in death on Aug. 14, 1993.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. David (Linda) Helmick, Seaford, Va.; one brother, Loyal Barnes, Clarksburg; one sister, Thelma Graham, Citrus Springs, Fla.; three grandchildren, Tammy Lewis, Michael and Jamie Helmick; six great-grandchildren, Ryan and Christopher Lewis, Kelley and Jennifer Cartwright, Jessica Lewis and Maya Robinson; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Darrel, Denzil and Paul Barnes and three sisters, Ruby Wade, Byrda Gabbert and infant Lilly Barnes.

Mr. Barnes was a lifelong Baptist, attending Clarksburg Baptist Church and the God's Word of Life Church. He was an ordained deacon in the Baptist church from 1941-55.

He enjoyed golf and fishing. He retired with 47 years of service from Brockway Glass on Jan. 2, 1973.

Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 3290 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

William Hobart Beal

GLENVILLE -- William Hobart Beal, 84, of Sand Fork, died at 3:11 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.

He was born May 22, 1916, in Elizabeth, Wirt County, a son of the late Rev. William Henson and Linda Pennington Beal.

His wife, Oleta Minigh Beal, whom he married Sept. 12, 1939, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Linda Whaley, Sand Fork; one stepson, James Salvino, Weston; one half sister, Elva Beal Cooper, New Philadelphia, Ohio; one grandson, James S. Adkins, Elkins; and five great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Gerald Jerry Adkins; three brothers, Marvin Beal, the Rev. Paul Beal and Raymond Beal; and four sisters, Maude Davis, May Beal, Monta Beal and Marmet B. Vaught.

Mr. Beal retired from the maintenance department at Glenville State College. He was Methodist.

Thelma Louise Ford

WEST UNION -- Thelma Louise Ford, 92, of West Union, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000, at her residence.

She was born Oct. 4, 1908, in Nutters Fork, Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Ephraim H. and Delphia Davisson Smith.

Her husband, Hadsal Mansfield Ford, preceded her in death in 1946.

Surviving are two daughters, Lorelei Phillips and husband, Bob, West Union, and Thelma Marie Napier and husband, Elmer, Vienna; one son, James Edward Ford and wife, Peggy, Finleyville, Pa.; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Betty Francis; one son, Donald Warren Ford; one infant brother, Kermit; one sister, Cleo Spencer Yeater; and two granddaughters, Tanna Marie Phillips and Bobbi Sue Phillips Thornton.

Mrs. Ford was a teacher for many years in Doddridge County and began her teaching career in 1948 at a one-room school in Deep Valley and also taught with 24 years of combined service at Cabin Run, Greenbrier, Sherwood, Greenwood and West Union elementary schools.

She was a graduate of Salem College and obtained her master's degree at West Virginia University.

She was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Teachers Sorority, served as chairperson of the Doddridge County Red Cross blood drives for several years and was a life member of the National Education Association. She was a member of DAR Nathan Davis Chapter, a charter member of the Cornerstone Extension Homemakers Club and the WVU Extension Homemakers Council.

Mrs. Ford was a past president of the Doddridge County Farm Women's Club, a member of the WVU Alumni Association, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the 4-H Leaders Group for 24 years and was past president and secretary for the Doddridge County Teachers Association.

She was also a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, where she served as elementary Sunday school superintendent for 14 years and sang in the choir. She was a member of the Women's Society Christian Service.

Friends will be received at Spurgeon Funeral Home, West Union, from 2-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-10 a.m. the funeral hour on Saturday, with the Rev. Perry Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery, West Union.

Carl E. Harman

GRAFTON -- Carl E. Harman, 97, of Blueville Drive, Grafton, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at Grafton City Hospital.

He was born July 28, 1903, in Davis, a son of the late Charles N. and Stella Kimble Harman.

His wife, Ruth Marie Harman, preceded him in death on April 23, 1989.

Surviving are two sons, Don R. Harman and wife, Phyllis and Kent Harman and wife, Kay, all of Grafton; six grandchildren, Mrs. James (Donna) Garrett, Mrs. Andrew (Debbie) Grinnan, Gregory Harman and wife, Elizabeth, Mrs. Mark (Kristi) McClain, Mrs. Robert (Kara) Rigg, and Mrs. Greg (Kami) Isner; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Audrey Mehlinger, Grafton; one brother, C.N. "Bud" Harman and wife, Harriet, Grafton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Gene Harman; one sister, Eloise Graham; and two brothers, Russell Harman and Glen Harman.

Mr. Harman was associated with his sons and brothers in numerous business ventures. He was a member of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, the Grafton Masonic Lodge No. 15, A.F.&A.M., the Demolay Commandry No. 11 Knights Templar, and the Naomi Chapter No. 12, Order of Eastern Star.

Ruth Harris

BUCKHANNON -- Ruth Harris, 79, of Route 1, Box 194, Buckhannon, died at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

She was born July 23, 1921, in Weston, a daughter of the late Clyde Harris and Anna Life Harris.

Her husband, Robert Harris, whom she married March 19, 1938, preceded her in death on May 22, 1986.

Surviving are three daughters, Joan McDermott and Linda Mick, both of Buckhannon, and Bonnie Skinner, Good Hope; two sons, Arley Harris and Roger Harris, both of Buckhannon; two brothers, Clyde Junior Harris, East Liverpool, Ohio, and Hoy Harris, Littleton, N.C.; three sisters, Rada McPherson, Morgantown, Lela Nicholson, Wheeling, and Ruby Smith, Weston; 19 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Robert Harris, and two brothers, Arley and Carl Harris.

Mrs. Harris was a homemaker and attended the Message of Life Church.

Susie Kathleen Knotts

BUCKHANNON -- Susie Kathleen Knotts, 82, of Buckhannon, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000, at the home of her daughter.

She was born June 28, 1918, in Calhoun County, a daughter of the late Andrew Jackson Bland and Laura Johnson Bland.

Her husband, Dr. Bernard Knotts, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Stephen K. Knotts, Ripley; three daughters, Karen L. Fillingame, Mercer, Pa., Bernita K. Epling, at whose home she died, and Karla S. Upton, Marie; one brother, George Lawrence Bland, Mt. Zion; six granddaughters, Felicia Fillingame, Francesca Fillingame, Laura Epling, Rebekah Epling, Adrien Upton and Chelsea Knotts; and three grandsons, Daniel Upton, Mark Upton and Bradley Knotts.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, John H. Bland, Andrew "Jack" Bland and Charles "Noel" Bland and one sister, Mary Z. Walsh.

Mrs. Knotts was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Buckhannon, and the Buckhannon Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.

Lucille Grace Malindzak

WESTON -- Lucille Grace Malindzak, 84, of Route 4, Weston, died at 2:50 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 20, 2000, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.

She was born May 12, 1916, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Junie Lee Williams and Celia Ann Morris Williams.

Her husband, Joseph Albert Malindzak, whom she married in December 1940, preceded her in death in August 1979.

Surviving are two daughters, Jo Ann Hill, Clarksburg, and Betty Jean Chisar, Cleveland, Ohio; one brother, Hoy Williams; two sisters, Margaret Romel and Betty Bell; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, William Glen "Bill" Williams and several brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Malindzak was a homemaker and a member of the E.C. Church in Clarksburg.

At the request of the deceased, she was cremated. There will be no visitation or funeral service. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, is in charge of the arrangements.

Rev. Paul R.Pyles Sr.

GRAFTON -- Rev. Paul R. Pyles Sr., 54, of Sunshine Valley, Shinnston, died Monday, Nov. 20, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 2, 1946, in Newburg, a son of the late Gerald Pyles and Barbara Ruth Wilt Pyles.

His wife of 36 years, Beverly Ann Weaver Pyles, survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Paul R. Pyles Jr. and wife, Alice J. Pyles, Grafton, Terry E. Pyles and wife, Mary L. Pyles, Fairmont, Thomas H. Pyles, Morgantown, and Steven B. Pyles, Baltimore, Md.; four grandchildren, Thomas H. Pyles, Paul R. Pyles III, Jonathan M. Pyles and Tiffany A. Pyles; six brothers, Jim Pyles, Alabama, Gene Pyles, Gerald William Pyles, Bob Pyles and Ronald Pyles, all of Ohio, and Earl Ray Pyles, Newburg; and two sisters, Ethel Teets and Shirley May, both of Ohio.

He was also preceded in death by one sister.

The Rev. Pyles helped minister at the God's Praise and Worship Church in Pruntytown. He was a coal miner and electrician, having worked for the Southern Ohio Coal Co.

Friends will be received from 7-9 p.m. today at Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton. His body will lie in state from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, the funeral hour, at Birds Creek United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jim Thompson will officiate. Burial will follow in Pratt Cemetery, Preston County.

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