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Obituaries for Friday, May 5, 2000

Wava Jean Rutherford McKinney

GLENVILLE -- Wava Jean Rutherford McKinney, 64, of Chicago, Ill., formerly of Gilmer County, died at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 30, 2000, in Chicago, following an extended illness.

She was born March 17, 1936, in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Ernest and Paulin Moss Rutherford.

Her husband, Roland McKinney, survives in Chicago.

Also surviving are one daughter, Patty Anderson, Chicago; two sons, Larry Wilfong, Glenville, and Rick Anderson, Chicago; one sister, Mary L. Moore; Glenville; two brothers, Charles Rutherford, Glenville, and Waitman Rutherford, Jane Lew; and two grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Ernest Rutherford Jr.

Mrs. McKinney was a homemaker. She was Methodist by faith.

Kenneth D. Marks Sr.

FLEMINGTON -- Kenneth Dale Marks Sr., 63, of Flemington, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at his home.

He was born Jan. 30, 1936, in Flemington, a son of the late Woodrow Percy and Gladys Bays Marks.

His wife, Ernestine Dawson Marks, whom he married May 16, 1959, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Kenneth D. Marks Jr., Baltimore, Md.; three daughters, Margaret Marks, Flemington, Myra Marks, Waynesburg, Pa., and Mary Shoemaker, London, Ky.; one brother, Donald Marks, Baltimore, Md.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Marks served in the U.S. Marines. He was a carpenter. He was a member of the Church of God and has lived in the Flemington community for the past two years.

Mary Rawlings Smith Shiflet

PARSONS -- Mary Rawlings Smith Shiflet, 81, a lifelong resident of Parsons, died early Wednesday morning, May 3, 2000, at her home. She had been in declining health and death was attributed to respiratory failure.

She was born Feb. 10, 1919, in Parsons, a daughter of the late Charles Dorsey and Edith Townshend Smith.

On Sept. 12, 1948, in Parsons, she was married to Hugh Clark Shiflet, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Charles Clark Shiflet and wife, Joan, Coal City, and James Lee Shiflet and wife, Janet, West Chester, Pa.; one daughter, Rebecca Ann Brock and husband, Gene, Berkeley Springs; one sister, Edith Dorsey Harper and husband, Robert L., Hollywood, Fla.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Elizabeth Hamilton Smith and Arra Townshend Fentress.

Mrs. Shiflet was a graduate of Parsons High School with the Class of 1937, where she was valedictorian of her class.

She had worked for Dr. Wiseman at the Tucker County Hospital, had worked for the former First National Bank of Parsons, the accounting department of the former Dorman Mills and was a former Parsons city judge.

She was instrumental in founding the Parsons Five Rivers Public Library, of which she was a member of the first Board of Directors. She was active as a leader in 4-H in which she was an All-Star and a Girl Scout Leader.

George F. Stevens

MORGANTOWN -- George F. Stevens, 78, of Collins Ferry Road, Morgantown, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

He was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Monongalia County, a son of the late William E. and Nellie Miller Stevens.

His wife, Virginia M. Hawkins Stevens, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Sharon E. Cuppett, Lost Creek; one son and spouse, William F. and Ruth Stevens, Morgantown; and four grandchildren, Stephen, Michael and Douglas Cuppett, and Brooke Stevens.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Stevens was a graduate of University High School and was a retired electrician. He was a member of the IBEW Local No. 425 in Fairmont. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Air Force as Second Lieutenant.

Friends may call at Hastings Funeral Home, Morgantown from 4-7 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Saturday. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Roger L. Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 548 of Morgantown will conduct graveside services.

Donations may be made in the memory of George F. Stevens to the Alzheimer's Association, North Central West Virginia, P.O. Box 4543, Star City, WV 26504-4543.

Mabel Virginia Yates

WESTON -- Mabel Virginia Yates, 87, of Route 1, Weston, died at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2000, at her daughter's residence, following a brief illness.

She was born Jan. 16, 1913, in Lightburn, Lewis County, a daughter of the late Ison D. "Doane" Butcher and Myrtle B. Allman Butcher.

Her husband, Harry E. Yates, whom she married June 24, 1933, preceded her in death Aug. 5, 1996.

Surviving are one daughter, Carol J. Tenney and husband, Leonard, of Route 1, Weston; two granddaughters, Whitney Ballard and husband, Denny, and Allison Stalnaker and husband, Dan; four great-grandchildren, Mark and Kira Stalnaker, and Jared and Brandon Ballard; one niece, Amy Dent; and two nephews, Ronald and Donald Butcher.

She was also preceded in death by two grandsons, Gregory and Carroll Tenney; three brothers, Paul, Lester and Clete Butcher; one niece and one nephew.

Mrs. Yates was a homemaker and a member of the Geelick United Methodist Church.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. J. Russell Furr officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Weston.

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