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Obituaries for Friday, April 28

Gary R. Adams

PINE GROVE -- Gary R. Adams, 66, of Reader died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at Porters Falls due to an automobile accident.

He was the son of the late Harry and Bertha Anderson Adams.

His wife, Roma J. Haught Adams, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Rick Adams and wife, Rita, New Martinsville; two daughters, Mrs. Tom (Debbie) Fluharty, Pine Grove, and Mrs. Mark (Kim) Henderson, Reader, and eight grandchildren, Mrs. Rob (Leslie) Scott, Ashley Adams, Michael Fluharty, Joe Weaver, Sasha Rial, Kelsie Henderson, Derrick Adams and Alex Henderson.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jack and Joe Adams; one sister, Faye Perham, and one grandson, Mitchel T. Fluharty.

Mr. Adams was a Protestant by faith. He retired from Consolidated Aluminum of Hannibal, Ohio. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 39, A.F. and A.M., of New Martinsville, the Osiris Temple of Wheeling, and Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 931 of New Martinsville. He received the Pilgrim Degree of the Moose Lodge.

James Wayford Dennison

FLATWOODS -- James Wayford Dennison, 83, of Flatwoods died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at CAMC Memorial, Charleston, after a long illness.

He was born Jan. 27, 1917, at Copen, a son of the late James Dennison and Amanda Carder Dennison.

His wife, Elsie V. Carroll Dennison, of Flatwoods survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Treva Zellner, Mansfield, Ohio, and Crystallynde L. Verton, Heaters; four sons, Van Dennison, Fort Pierce, Fla., Clifford D. Dennison, Leonard, Mich., Daniel L. Dennison, Riffle, and James W. Dennison, Sutton; one sister, Virginia Shaver, Exchange; one brother, Clifford C. Dennison, Cleveland, Tenn.; 16 grandchildren; five step grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Jan C. Dennison; one brother; six sisters, and one granddaughter, Amanda N. Zellner.

Mr. Dennison was a retired Braxton County school teacher with 25 years of service. He was a retired pastor of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church. He was a carpenter.

Roy H. Burke

GLENVILLE -- Roy H. Burke, 96, of Sand Fork died at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 18, 1903, in Sand Fork, Gilmer County, a son of the late Roma and Flossie Doyle Burke.

His wife, Freda B. Brown Burke, whom he married April 2, 1927, preceded him in death on Nov. 24, 1973.

Surviving are three sons, Billy Burke, Sand Fork, Richard Burke, Glenville, and Ronald Burke, Chadron, Neb.; one brother, Harold Burke, Moundsville; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Robert Burke; five brothers, and two sisters.

Mr. Burke was a graduate of Sand Fork High School and of Glenville Normal School with a degree in education. He was a retired educator and principal in Gilmer County for over 36 years, having begun his career in a one-room school on Lynch Run, then Sliding Run. He then taught and was principal at one-room schools at Gilmer Station for both the black and white schools.

He became principal and teacher at Sand Fork Elementary, grades one through eight, until consolidation, and then became a sixth- grade teacher until his retirement.

He was a former member of the now disbanded Sand Fork Odd Fellows Lodge. He was a member of the Gilmer County Retired Teachers Association. He was the one and only city policeman Sand Fork ever had.

For many years he was a scout master for the Sand Fork Boy Scouts and was a school sponsor for the School Bus Patrol Boys, taking them by train to Washington, D.C., yearly.

He was a very active member of the Sand Fork Baptist Church, where he attended until a week ago. He was a former deacon, trustee and adult Sunday school teacher.

John H. Diamond

BRIDGEPORT -- John H. Diamond, 75, of 306 Park St., Bridgeport, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 7, 1924, in Bridgeport, a son of the late Thomas and Kathleen J. Diamond.

His wife, Mary A. Kniska Diamond, whom he married on Sept. 15, 1951, survives.

Also surviving are two sisters, Helen Bragg, Arlington, Va., and Hazel Morrison, Clarksburg, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, William, George and Thomas Diamond, and two sisters, Marguerite Dunn and Kathleen Snyder.

Mr. Diamond was the former police chief for the City of Bridgeport. He was in the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II.

He was a member of American Legion Post No. 68 in Bridgeport, the Order of the Kentucky Colonel, the USS Mobile Reunion Group, and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Clarksburg Lodge No. 482.

He was an avid golfer, with a membership at Sunny Croft Country Club. He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Bridgeport.

Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, from 3-8 p.m. Sunday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at All Saints Catholic Church, Bridgeport, with Father Harry N. presiding. Interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery. Full military services will be accorded at the cemetery. A vigil service will be held at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Saints Catholic Church in the memory of John H. Diamond, 317 East Main St., Bridgeport, WV, 26330.

Zora Audrey Flynn

PARSONS -- Zora Audrey Flynn, 93, of the Bretz community, Parsons, and for the past three years a patient at the Cortland Acres Nursing Home, died early Thursday, April 27, 2000, at Garrett County Memorial Hospital in Oakland, Md., following an extended illness.

She was born May 15, 1904, at Dry Fork, Randolph County, a daughter of the late Manderville and Minnie Wratchford Johnson.

Her husband, Linzie Flynn, whom she married Aug. 3, 1926, at Parsons, preceded her in death on May 19, 1997.

Surviving are one son, Kenneth Flynn, Elkins; one brother, Cleon Johnson, Lake Wales, Fla.; one sister, Wanda Bishop, Annapolis, Md., and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Ted, Lloyd, Blake, Harold and Robert Johnson, and three sisters, Flossie White, Erma Barkley and Della Sharp.

Mrs. Flynn attended the schools of Dry Fork. She was a homemaker and affiliated with the Pentecostal Church of God at Rosendorf.

Joseph D. Woodward

FAIRMONT -- Joseph D. Woodward, 70, of Fairmont died Monday, April 10, 2000, in Titusville, Fla.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, Fairmont Avenue and Fourth Street, Fairmont, with the Rev. Roger L. Waybright officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 1319 Quarrier St., Charleston, WV, 25301 or to the National Kidney Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, 555 Grant St., Suite 380, Pittsburgh, PA, 15219.

Albert L. Myers Jr.

SALEM -- Albert L. Myers Jr., 64, of Route 2, Bristol, Shaw Run, died Thursday, April 27, 2000, at United Hospital Center following an extended illness.

He was born June 22, 1934, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Albert L. Myers Sr. and Nettie Dent Myers.

His wife, Shirley L. Greynolds Myers, whom he married on March 3, 1962, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Russell K. Myers, and one daughter, Rhonda L. Myers, both at home; one brother, Ronald "Pete" E. Myers, Wolf Summit; two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Patricia) Bennett, Good Hope, and Mrs. Randall (Shirley Jean) Ashcraft, Bristol, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Judith Dennison.

Mr. Myers retired from Union Carbide in 1993 with over 28 years of service. He was a member of the Oil Chemical Atomic Workers Union.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a graduate of Bristol High School. He was a Baptist by faith.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 7-9 p.m. today and from 2-9 p.m. Saturday. Services will be held at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, with the Rev. Gene Burnside officiating. Interment will follow in the Big Isaac Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

Madge C. Crites VanGilder

BUCKHANNON -- Madge C. Crites VanGilder, 93, of 9 Pine St., Buckhannon, died Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at her home.

She was born June 12, 1906, in Upshur County, a daughter of the late Riley Crites and Jennie Smith Crites.

Her first husband, Grant K. Crites, preceded her in death in 1937. Her second husband, Estel C. VanGilder, preceded her in death in 1993.

Surviving are two daughters, Mary L. Williamson, Pensacola, Fla., and Patty J. Wimer, Buckhannon; one son, Jimmie and wife, Ellnora Crites, Quiet Dell; several nieces and nephews; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Dayton and Freal "Red" Crites; one sister, Blanche Tenney; two infant grandsons, and two sons-in-law, Willard Wimer and Marion Williamson.

Mrs. VanGilder was a homemaker.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Buckhannon, for over 50 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and Lois Circle.

She was a nanny, and retired as a sales clerk from Home Hardware in 1961.

Donna Lee Yost

SHINNSTON -- Donna Lee Yost, 49, of Enterprise died at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born June 13, 1950, at Fairmont, a daughter of Donald Z. and Vesta L. Campbell Fortney of Hommasassa Springs, Fla.

Her first husband, Richard B. Mick, preceded her in death. Her second husband, Charles "Bucky" Yost, whom she married on April 6, 1974, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Kenneth B. and Kimberly Mick, Shinnston, and Donnie Yost, at home; one daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Chad Cummings, Lost Creek; two grandchildren, Curtis Gilbert and Leeann Cummings; one brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Cindy Fortney, Enterprise; her father and mother-in-law, Charles L. and Wanita Yost, Fairmont, and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Yost had worked as a floral designer at All Seasons Florist in Shinnston. She was a member of the Jewel City Nondenominational Church at Shinnston.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, after 1 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Jewel City Church, with Pastor Robert Shingleton officiating.

The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church.

Interment will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Enterprise.

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