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Obituaries for Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000

Ola Frances Baker

SHINNSTON -- Ola Frances Baker, 79, of Farmington, formerly of Idamay, died at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, in the Fairmont General Hospital, following an extended illness.

She was born Nov. 16, 1920, in Mannington, a son of the late Bonzie Ross and Mary Woods Brock.

Her husband, Francis O. Baker, preceded her in death April 5, 1992.

Surviving are one daughter, Sandra Shannon, Farmington; three sons, Robert Baker, Idamay, Ronnie "John" Baker, Canton, Ohio, and Raymond Baker, Akron, Ohio; one brother, John Brock, Mannington; three sisters, Mrs. Owen (Ruth) Handley, Fairmont, Mrs. Edward (Pauline) Parrish, Idamay, and Mrs. Rudy (Eva) Bannick, Mannington; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, two grandsons and two brothers.

Mrs. Baker was a homemaker and attended the Idamay United Methodist Church.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. Monday where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Chad Hutson officiating. Interment will be in the Grandview Memorial Gardens.

Clifton E. Britton

BRIDGEPORT -- Clifton E. Britton, 48, of Summit Park, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at his residence of a brief illness.

He was born Nov. 18, 1951, in Clarksburg, a son of Earl C. and Mary L. Britton of Clarksburg.

His wife, Rebecca J. Buckhannon Britton, whom he married Sept. 16, 1972, also survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Christina M. Britton, Clarksburg; one son, Andrew C. Britton, Summit Park; one granddaughter, Kelcee M. Britton, Clarksburg; one brother and sister-in-law, Delbert and Lee Ann Britton; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary C. Shingleton and Tom Satterfield, all of Summit Park; two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tom and Sandra Murphy, Joe and Susie Buckhannon, all of Clarksburg; his mother-in-law, J. Marie Buckhannon McIe, Oak Mound Apartments; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his father-in-law, Andrew P. Buckhannon.

Mr. Britton worked for AFG Industries, Jerry Run Plant, for over 25 years. He was a Quiet Dell Methodist Church Cub Scout Summer Camp Leader for three years.

He was a member of the Summit Park Fire Department and the Central Church of Christ in Clarksburg.

Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport, from 2-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Monday with Evangelist Perry Henegar officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

William M. Kramer

LANCASTER, Pa. -- William M. Kramer, 79, of 630 Willow Valley Square, died Friday morning, Sept. 22, 2000, at Lancaster General Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born in Clarksburg, a son of the late Fritz Kramer and Lois Fletcher Brannan.

His wife of 57 years, Margaret Brase Kramer, survives.

Also surviving are three sons, David B. and wife, Bonnie Kramer, Brownstown, William Daniel and wife, Sandi Kramer, Randallstown, Md., and George Frederick and wife, Lezlee Kramer, Bowie, Md.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Mr. Kramer was a research chemist and senior engineer at the former RCA Corporation, Lancaster, from 1957-1987. He was part of the engineering team that developed the Vidicon Tube for the Ranger 7 space craft moon probe in 1964.

He previously was a chief chemist at Adamston Flat Glass in Clarksburg.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a lieutenant commander with the submarine service during World War II.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Lancaster, where he was a former Sunday school teacher and member of the administrative and trustee boards.

He earned a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University and did postgraduate work toward a master's degree at Franklin and Marshall College.

He was a member of Masonic Lodge 155, Free and Accepted Masons of Clarksburg, Scottish Rite, Valley of Lancaster and Royal Arch Chapter 48, Lancaster, where he was installed as a most excellent high priest in 1977. He also belonged to University Club of Lancaster and Sigma Chi fraternity.

Carolyn Arena Petitto

MORGANTOWN -- Carolyn Arena Petitto, 87, of Morgantown, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Monongalia General Hospital.

She was born Sept. 28, 1912, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Antonio and Rose Santo Arena.

Her husband of 61 years, Angelo S. Petitto, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons and spouse, Angelo A. Petitto, Smithtown, and Jim and Carol Petitto, Smithtown; one daughter and spouse, Rose Virginia and George Marshall, Morgantown; five grandchildren and spouses, Jeffrey Alan and Elizabeth Mazorra Marshall, Vienna, Va., Julie Anne and spouse, Joseph Robertson, Portland, Maine, Amy Louise and spouse, Jason Robbins, Alexandria, Va., Michael and Brian Petitto, Smithtown; two great-granddaughters, Eliza Robertson, Portland, Maine, and Lydia Marshall, Vienna, Va.; and one sister, Mary Regina Roseman, Baltimore, Md.

Mrs. Petitto was a member of St. Mary's High School and Clarksburg Business College.

She was a graduate of St. Mary's High School and Clarksburg Business College. She was retired from Petitto Mine Equipment and did volunteer work for Vincent Palotti Hospital and Monongalia General Hospital.

Friends may call at Hastings Funeral Home, Morgantown, from 4-8 p.m. today and at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church from 9-10 a.m. Monday. Mass will be held at the church at 10 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Fr. Carl E. Bauer as celebrant. Burial will follow at East Oak Grove Cemetery. A Rosary will be said at the funeral home at 4 p.m. today.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Petitto Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1586, Morgantown, WV 26507.

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. today, 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.

Mrs. Irene Berry Sprigg

FLATWOODS -- Mrs. Irene Berry Sprigg, 94, of Flatwoods, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, in the Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway, after a long illness.

She was born March 17, 1906, at Flatwoods, the oldest child of the late A.W. and Anna Zinn Berry.

Her husband, M. Carr Sprigg, whom she married Aug. 12, 1936, preceded her in death Oct. 26, 1991.

Surviving are one son, Robert Sprigg, Flatwoods; two brothers, Richard Berry, Raleigh, N.C., and Dr. Robert Berry, Baltimore, Md.; eight nieces and nephews, and several great-nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Sprigg was a graduate of Sutton High School and Glenville State. She was a former Braxton County school teacher.

She was co-owner of Sprigg's Store in Flatwoods, until their retirement in 1989. She was a Baptist by faith.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home, Flatwoods. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Fred Dillon officiating. Burial will follow in the Flatwoods Cemetery.

Nelson "Neal" Trickett

GRAFTON -- Nelson "Neal" Trickett, 60, of Route 4, McGee Community, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Aug. 29, 1940, in Morgantown, a son of Robert E. "Bob" Trickett of Grafton, and the late Arlene (Carder) Trickett.

His wife, Sarah "Ellen" Sanders Trickett, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Jennifer Trickett, Oak Grove Community, Grafton; one brother, Richard Lee Trickett and wife, Jane, Meadland Community, Grafton; two sisters, Deloris Malcomson and husband, Richard, Morgantown, and Karen Cox and husband, Dave, Grafton; one grandson, Matthew Stadelman at home; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Trickett was co-owner of the former Trickett Trucking Company and most recently a driver for Parkersburg Delivery Company.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a Protestant by faith.

Friends may call at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, U.S. Route 50 West, Grafton, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor Donald F. Ford officiating. Interment will be in West Virginia National Cemetery. Full military graveside rites will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial City Post No. 3081, the American Legion Taylor County Post No. 12, the DAV Chapter 24 and their auxiliaries, in conjunction with the Department of the Navy Honor Guard.

Clifford Westfall

BUCKHANNON -- Clifford Westfall, 85, of 101 Hickory Flat Road, Buckhannon, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at Holbrook's Nursing Home, Buckhannon.

He was born July 23, 1915, in Hampton, a son of the late Eli and Madge Warner Westfall.

Surviving are one brother, Paul Westfall, Buckhannon; one sister, Hilda More, Canal Fulton, Ohio; three nephews, Gary and Kenneth Robinson, both of Buckhannon, and Larry Robinson, Akron, Ohio; one niece, Laura Fowler, Columbus, Ohio; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth "Si" Robinson.

Mr. Westfall was a painter and carpenter. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of the Hampton United Methodist Church, Hampton.

He was a member of the Buckhannon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3663. He served in the Army during World War II.

Friends will be received at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home, Inc., Buckhannon, from 5-8 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. William C. Eskew Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Hampton Church Cemetery, Hampton. Buckhannon VFW Post No. 3663 and Frank B. Bartlett Post No. 7 American Legion will provide military honors.

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