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Obituaries for Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000

Patricia Ann Bess

GRAFTON -- Patricia Ann Bess, 53, of Walnut Street, Grafton, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Grafton City Hospital after a sudden illness.

She was born Feb. 10, 1947, in Morgantown, a daughter of the late Robert Spencer and Mary Louise Paugh Spencer Wargo.

Her husband, Clayton Patrick "Pat" Bess, whom she married Sept. 18, 1967, survives.

Also surviving are three daughters and their husbands, Mrs. Ralph (Valerie) Ivy, Grafton, Mrs. Anthony (Leslie) Forte, Charlotte, N.C., and Mrs. Jerry (Carol) Harvey, Grafton; three grandsons, Dylan Ivy, Broderick Harvey and Cameron Forte; three granddaughters, Spencer Harvey, Sophie Ivy and Sydney Ivy; one brother, William "Bill" Spencer and wife, Karen, Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Bess was a department manager at the Wal-Mart store in Grafton. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Grafton.

She enjoyed fishing, sewing and vacationing. She was an avid West Virginia University football fan.

Joe Fernandez

BRIDGEPORT -- Joe Fernandez, 88, of Spelter, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, in St. Barbara's Memorial Nursing Home.

He was born Oct. 9, 1911, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Atanasio and Maria Alvarez Fernandez.

His wife, Phyllis Fernandez, preceded him in death in 1998.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Jack (Mary Jo) Crites, Spartanburg, S.C., Mrs. Bob (Sandra) Lefever, Shinnston, and Doris Greathouse, Clarksburg; one daughter-in-law, Linda Fernandez, Toronto, Canada; six grandchildren, Denise Crites Trimboli, Morgantown, Michele Crites Battie, Edmonton, Canada, Robin McGee Shoup, Washington, Pa., Shelley Fernandez MacDonald, Toronto, Canada, Rick and Craig Fernandez, both of Sarasota, Fla.; eight great-grandchildren; four brothers, Raymond, Frank and Tony Fernandez, all of Lamberts Run, and Faust Fernandez, New Jersey.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Fred Fernandez; two grandchildren; one sister, Rita Fernandez; and one son-in-law, Chuck Greathouse.

Mr. Fernandez graduated from Victory High School. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the navy on the U.S.S. Borie. He retired from Meadowbrook Corp. as a book keeper with 60 years of service.

Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport, from 4-9 p.m. Sunday where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Alice Keener presiding. Interment will follow in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery. At the request of the family, memorial gifts instead of flowers may be sent in Joe's memory to the Ziesing United Methodist Church, Spelter, WV 26438.

Ishmael V. Hull

WESTON -- Ishmael V. Hull, 86, of 822 West Second St., Weston, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.

He was born June 4, 1914, in Lewis County, a son of the late John Harley Hull and Marella Waggoner Hull.

His wife, the former Jessie Bernice Calvert, whom he married June 20, 1931, preceded him in death March 22, 1998.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Arthur H. (Judith) Nies, Fayettville, Pa.; two grandchildren, Patrick A. Nies, College Park, Md., and Nancy Nies, Laurel, Md.; three great-grandchildren, James Patrick, Zackery and Noah Nies; one brother, Robert Hull, Irwin, Pa.; and two sisters, Betty Craft and Rosemary Williams, both of Weston.

He was also preceded in death by one son, John Joseph Hull.

Mr. Hull retired from Equitable Gas Company, where he was an engineer at the compression station with 44 years service.

He was a member of Weston Masonic Lodge No. 10, A.F. and A.M.. He was a volunteer firefighter with Weston Volunteer Fire Department.

He was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from noon - 2 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Clifford West officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Morris Cemetery, Freemansburg. Masonic graveside rites will be accorded by Weston Masonic Lodge No. 10 A.F. and A.M.

Anna Phillips Johnson

BUCKHANNON -- Anna Phillips Johnson, 93, of Route 2, Box 66, Buckhannon, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

She was born July 8, 1907, in Upshur County, a daughter of the late Tracy and Bessie Young Phillips.

Her husband, Dean W. Johnson, preceded her in death Dec. 1, 1975.

Surviving are one son, Ward Johnson, Natick, Mass.; one brother, Burton Phillips, Buckhannon; five grandsons, Patrick Johnson Sr., Centerville, Mass., Stephen and Michael Johnson, both of Portland, Maine, David Johnson, Eddington, Maine, and Scott Johnson, North Hampton, Mass.; two granddaughters, Donna Johnson, Rogers, Ark., and Kelly Egnitz, Ashland, Mass.; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Marilyn Johnson; one brother, Horace Phillips; and one sister, Ruth Phillips Cumrine.

Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker. She was a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, Buckhannon.

She was past president of State Farms Women's Organization and a 4-H leader.

Harold Lipscomb

WEST UNION -- Harold Lipscomb, 90, of West Union, Piggin Run Community, died at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Nov. 19, 1909, in Morgansville, a son of the late Lewis L. and Sarah Alice Lipscomb.

His wife, Elma Lavena Williams Lipscomb, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Janet Lynn Frayley, West Union; two sons, Dennis Ray Lipscomb, Elizabethtown, Ky., and David Allen Lipscomb, Pennsboro; one sister, Martha A. Corathers, Salem; one brother, Edwin Carl Lipscomb, Bridgeport; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Raymond, Denver and Delmis Lipscomb, and two infant brothers.

Mr. Lipscomb has worked for the Doddridge County Farm Services and the Doddridge County Community Action. He served on the Doddridge County Board of Education and was a former deputy assessor for Doddridge County.

He spent much of his life working as a self employed carpenter and painter. He was a member of the Red Oak Grove United Methodist Church near West Union.

John Wesley "Wes" Overfield

BUCKHANNON -- John Wesley "Wes" Overfield, 58, of Route 5, Box 193, Buckhannon, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born May 25, 1942, in Philippi, a son of the late Carson and Leona Dawson Overfield.

His wife, Carole Fowler Overfield, whom he married Jan. 5, 1970, survives in Buckhannon.

Also surviving are two daughters, Tina Long and Dodie Tenney; two sons, Robbie and Rod Shaver, all of Buckhannon; five brothers, Junior Overfield, Warren, Ohio, Paul Overfield, Holland, Ohio, Charles Overfield, Champion, Ohio, James Overfield, Buckhannon, and Lane Overfield, Southington, Ohio; three sisters, Margaret Ruble and Deloris Jeffries, both of Buckhannon, and Wanee Wesolowski, Champion, Ohio; and seven grandchildren.

Mr. Overfield was a truck driver for Duff Trucking, Warren, Ohio. He attended Sand Run Baptist Church.

John Wyatt Randolph

MORGANTOWN -- John Wyatt Randolph, 61, of Laurel Ridge Drive, Morgantown, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at the Monongalia General Hospital.

He was born March 10, 1939, at Clarksburg, a son of the late Byron B. and Cathryn Elizabeth Thompson Randolph.

His wife, Eleonore Bayer Randolph, survives.

Also surviving are three sons, John Wyatt Randolph Jr., San Francisco, Calif., David J. Randolph and Matthew Randolph, both at home; two daughters, Sarah Randolph, San Francisco, Calif., and Gretchen Burris, Ely, Nev.; two stepsons, Jon Guymon and Nickolas Guymon, both of New York City; one brother, Bryon B. Randolph, Las Cruiz, N.M.; one grandson, Samuel Randolph Burris, Ely; and one uncle, David Thompson, Brick, N.J.

Mr. Randolph was a retired math professor at West Virginia University.

R. George Riley

CLARKSBURG -- R. George Riley, 70, of West Pike Street, Clarksburg, died suddenly Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, in the Charleston Area Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 13, 1930, in Clarksburg, a son of the late George Roy and Beatrice Lillian Grapes Riley.

His wife, Lenora Helmick Riley, whom he married April 6, 1968, survives.

Also surviving are one son, George Robert Riley, Wilmington, N.C.; and one daughter, Shannon Leigh Riley, Charleston.

Mr. Riley was retired executive director of the Harrison County Solid Waste Authority.

He received his bachelor's degree from Fairmont State College and his masters degree in Industrial Education from West Virginia University.

He was a member of the Fairmont State Basketball Team, the American Model Airplane Association and formerly taught at Salem College.

He was formerly employed by the Harrison County Sheriff's Department and the Harrison County Planning Commission.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served during the Korean Conflict, where he received a Bronze Star.

He attended the Christ Church United Methodist.

Family and friends will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Stephen Rector officiating. Interment will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery where full military graveside rites will be conducted by Meuse Argonne Post No. 573 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Clara E. Rhea Simmons

CLARKSBURG -- Clara E. Rhea Simmons, 92, formerly of Horner Avenue, Clarksburg, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, in a local nursing home following an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 2, 1908, in Flatwoods, a daughter of the late John L. and Rebecca Floyd Rhea.

Her husband, Clarence E. Simmons, preceded her in death in January 1981.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Eugene (Norma J.) Jones, Charleston; three grandchildren, Sharon Moore, Charleston, Joyce Ann Drapier and John D. Simmons Jr., both of Buffalo, N.Y.; and eight great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Simmons was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one son, John D. Simmons; one brother, William Howard Rhea; and one sister, Sally Hively.

Mrs. Simmons was a member of the United Methodist Temple.

Family and friends will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., Clarksburg from noon-3 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday where funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday with the Rev. William Haynes officiating. Interment will be in the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

Mildred Francis Teter

WESTON -- Mildred Francis Teter, 82, of Route 1, Jane Lew, died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, in Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Beaufort, S.C.

She was born Jan. 28, 1918, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late James H. Livingstone and Nellie Waggoner Livingstone.

Her husband, Hugh Bud Teter, whom she married June 25, 1938, preceded her in death Nov. 22, 1992.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Larry L. and Brenda Teter, Parkersburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Donald (Betty L.) Jones, Beaufort, S.C.; four grandchildren, Robert Teter, Sherry Lipps, Chris Jones and Donald Jones Jr.; two great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Emily Carlman, Ipswich, Mass., Clara Bycynski, Avon Lake, Ohio, Violet Angotti and Shirley Flesher, both of Weston.

She was also preceded in death by five sisters and two brothers.

Mrs. Teter was an active member of Bealls Mills United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School and was a member of the Board of Trustees.

She was also a member of the Jane Lew Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 5-9 p.m. today and from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Conrad Tenney officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Jane Lew.

Flossie E. Worstell

PENNSBORO -- Flossie E. Worstell, 98, of Williamstown, formerly of Ellenboro, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at the residence of a daughter in Williamstown.

She was born Jan. 24, 1902, at Hazelgreen, Ritchie County, a daughter of the late Earnest C. and Buena Vista Goff Frederick.

Her husband, Amel Guy Worstell, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Lila L. Templin, Williamstown, and Verna Mae Wiseman, Waldeck Community, Weston; one son, Karl Worstell, Williamstown; one half sister, Mildred Prather, Harrisville; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Arza Worstell; one brother, Richard Frederick; one sister, Belva Buzzard; and two half brothers, Wallace and Franklin Frederick.

Mrs. Worstell was a life long homemaker.

Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Sunday and after 9 a.m. Monday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday from the funeral home with the Evangelist William E. Deem officiating. Burial will be in the Church of Christ Cemetery, Pike.

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