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Obituaries for Wednesday, May 3, 2000

Kelsea Brooke Armstrong

PHILIPPI -- Kelsea Brooke Armstrong, 6-year-old daughter of John Michael and Diana Kay Shaw Armstrong, Route 3, Philippi, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Broaddus Hospital following injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

She was born Aug. 9, 1993, in Clarksburg.

Also surviving are one sister, Desirea N. Pinnell, two brothers, Jason M. Pinnell and John Tyler Armstrong, all at home; maternal grandparents, Bernard and Joyce Jones Moyer, Route 1, Grafton; paternal grandparents, Charles and Dottie Miller McVicker, Route 3, Philippi; maternal great-grandmothers, Anna Marsh Jones, Grafton, and Ruth Ingraham, Aberdeen, Md.; paternal great-grandmother, Margaret Eileen Miller, Grafton.

Kelsea was a first-grade student at Philippi Elementary School.

Edith G. Bell

CLARKSBURG -- Edith G. Bell, 85, formerly of Wilson Street, Clarksburg, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, Md.

She was born Aug. 27, 1914, in Ritchie County, a daughter of the late William F. and Elsie Marie Meekins Wilson.

She was married to Paul R. Bell on Dec. 11, 1936. He preceded her in death on June 6, 1982.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, David P. Bell and wife, Judith, Columbia; three grandchildren, David P. Bell Jr. and Debra Semmont, both of Columbia, and W. Derek Bell, Houston, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Frances Bell and Payton Lynn Semmont.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Justine Castle.

Mrs. Bell was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Friends and family will be received at Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, where the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Craig Michel officiating. Interment will be held in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Hazel Victoria Brown

WESTON -- Hazel Victoria Brown, 88, of Ripley, formerly of 18 Kitson St., Weston, died at 3:15 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2000, at Elder Care Nursing Home, Ripley, following an extended illness.

She was born April 13, 1912, in Weston, a daughter of the late Harvey and Ona Cutright Burkhammer.

On March 29, 1932, she married James Lynn Brown, who preceded her in death on June 12, 1997.

Surviving are one daughter, Vicki Keefer, Ripley; two grandchildren, Brent and Kerri Keefer, both of Ripley, and one sister, Ruth Caroline, Huntington.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Frank Burkhammer, and one sister, Beulah Smith.

Mrs. Brown was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Weston. She was a member of the Ladies Guild of the church. She was employed for several years at the West Virginia Glass Specialty Co.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 6-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery in Jane Lew.

Barbara Ann Fetty

WEST UNION -- Barbara Ann Fetty, 57, of West Union, Poverty Run community, died at 3 a.m. Monday, May 1, 2000, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 30, 1943, in Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Edward and Ila Seese Morgan.

Her husband, Charles Fetty, whom she married June 11, 1960, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Teresa) Ann Fetty Woodruff, Bunker Hill; three sons, Jeffery A. Fetty and wife, Rose, Rock Hill, S.C., Gregory A. Fetty and wife, Robecca, and Robert F. Fetty and friend, Debbie Calhoun, all of West Union; one brother, Eddie A. Morgan, West Union; three sisters, Mildred Roy, Winchester, Va., Bonnie Knotts and Judy Morgan, both of West Union; six grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Fetty was a homemaker and Baptist.

Norma Jean Johnston

GRAFTON -- Norma Jean Johnston, 44, of West Boyd Street, Grafton, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 28, 1955, in Grafton, a daughter of the late Leo Herbert and Annabelle Carr Kincaid.

Her husband, William Terry Johnston, whom she married May 26, 1975, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Dawn Michelle Moleins, New Jersey; one son, Isaac Sean Johnston, Maine; two grandsons, Colin and Billy Moleins, New Jersey; two brothers, David Lee Kincaid and Randy Wayne Kincaid, both of White Sulfur Springs; two nephews, Justin and Kevin Kincaid, both of White Sulfur Springs.

Mrs. Johnston was a cashier for the Air Force and Army Exchange Service. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 12, Grafton, and she managed a home for suicide and battered women.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. John's United Methodist Church, 116 St. John's St., Grafton.

Howard M. Lamb

CLARKSBURG -- Howard M. Lamb, 87, of Gawthrop Lane, Clarksburg, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 3, 1912, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Howard A. and Nellie Wolfe Lamb.

He was married to Mary Lorraine Lamb, who preceded him in death on Aug. 12, 1992.

Surviving are one sister, Emogene Reymond, Clarksburg; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Katherine Lamb, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Roy Lamb.

Mr. Lamb was a retired postal worker with 37 years of service. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, where he received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen Pilots Association and Protestant.

Friends and family members will be received at Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park.

Virgil Hall

BUCKHANNON -- Virgil Hall, 90, of Holbrook's Nursing Home, Buckhannon, died Saturday, April 29, 2000, at the nursing home.

He was born Aug. 15, 1909, in Big Otter, a son of the late Willie and Haley Hall.

Mr. Hall was a farmer.

Harry E. McMahon

CLARKSBURG -- Harry E. "Hank" McMahon, 71, of West Pike Street, Clarksburg, died suddenly Monday, May 1, 2000, at United Hospital Center.

He was born April 16, 1929, in Carbondale, Pa., a son of the late George and Hazel Horne McMahon.

Twice married, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Stancavach McMahon. His second wife, Maxine Wiland McMahon, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Paul McMahon, Pompano Beach, Fla.; two stepsons, Sam Wiland, Clarksburg, and Todd Reed and wife, Manassas, Va.; one brother, Bud McMahon, New York, and three sisters, Betty Gillotti, Mrs. Ronald (Mildred) Gilroy and Mrs. Donald (Jane) Benton, all of Carbondale.

He was also preceded in death by two sons, Mark and Thomas McMahon, and one sister, Lois Cotrell.

Mr. McMahon was a truck driver for construction and coal mines with 45 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the St. Rose of Lime Catholic Church.

Friends may call at Gabriel Funeral Home, 74 North Main St., Carbondale, Pa., 18407, from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, where the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. Interment will be held in Our Mother of Sorrow Cemetery, Greenfield Township, Pa. Davis Funeral Home, Clarksburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Emerson Shaffer

PHILIPPI -- Charles Emerson Shaffer, 58, a resident of Doniphan, Mo., formerly of Philippi, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at The John Cochran VA Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo.

He was born Dec. 28, 1941, in Grafton, Taylor County, a son of the late Dorsey Shaffer and Lennie Maxine Wilmoth Shaffer Upton.

Surviving are one brother, Robert G. Shaffer, Philippi; four sisters, Maxine Thompson, Philippi, Mary Runner, Belington, Joanna McWhorter, Canton, Ava Carper, Moorefield, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, William D. Shaffer.

Mr. Shaffer was a U.S. Army veteran, a former landscaper and a former employee of the Dry Dock Facilities in Virginia.

Frances Fisher Stalnaker

SUTTON -- Frances Fisher Stalnaker, 89, of Huntsville, Ala., formerly of Sutton, and Weston, died Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Huntsville, following an extended illness.

She was born July 14, 1910, in Braxton County, a daughter of the late Will and Fanny Berry Fisher.

Her husband, Weber E. "Gene" Stalnaker, preceded her in death in 1985.

Surviving are two sons, William E., Las Vegas, Nev., and John F., Huntsville; one sister, Edna Gregory, Buckhannon; three grandchildren, Matthew F. Stalnaker, U.S. Marine Corps, Nathan P. Stalnaker and Katherine L. Stalnaker, both of Huntsville.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth McNeil.

Mrs. Stalnaker was a graduate of West Virginia University, a homemaker and social worker.

She was a member of the American Association of University Women, the Delta Kappa Gamma, the St. Matthews United Methodist Church, Weston, and the United Methodist Women.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Fisher Family Cemetery, near Sutton, with the Rev. Joseph Shreve officiating. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts be made to the Alzimer's Association, Southern West Virginia Chapter, 400 Allen Dr., Suite 20, Charleston, WV 25302. Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, is in charge of arrangements.

Rose Lee Tait

BRUCETON MILLS -- Rose Lee Tait, 85, of Morgantown, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at her home.

She was born July 28, 1914, in Berryburg, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Morosco Marra.

Her husband, Mathew E. Tait, preceded her in death on Sept. 19, 1987.

Surviving are one son and spouse, Francis and Yvonne Tait, Morgantown; four brothers, Louis "Jiggs" Marra, Flemington, Sammie Marra and Robert Marra, both of Bridgeport, and Joseph Marra, Manassas, Va.; two sisters, Ann Amoroso, Takoma Park, Md., and Lucille Grady, Washington, D.C.; seven grandchildren and spouses, Wendy and Anthony Polentes, Erika and John Plishka, Kraig Tait and Travis Headley and Jeston Headley, all of Morgantown, Kathryn Tait, Warsaw, Ind., and Matthew Tait, Elkins; and two great-granddaughters, Sophia Rose Polentes and Cassandra Plishka.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Daisy Vukovich, Velma Infante and Virginia Meyers.

Mrs. Tait was Christian, a graduate of Philippi High School and a former resident of Brownton.

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