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Obituaries for Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000

Bertis W. Gribble

PHILIPPI -- Bertis W. Gribble, 95, of 112 Cole St., Philippi, died Friday evening, Sept. 29, 2000, in the Broaddus Hospital while under the care of Mountain Hospice.

He was born Dec. 27, 1904, in Barbour County, a son of the late W.G. and Elizabeth Jane Poling Gribble.

His wife, the former Ruth Bennett, whom he married March 26, 1927, preceded him in death Feb. 10, 1977.

Surviving are two daughters, Ms. Mary Martha Gribble, Philippi, and Mrs. Charles (Imogene) Warren, Virginia Beach, Va.; four grandchildren, Kevin and Jeff Warren, David Johnson and Debbie Strickland; and six great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Mrs. R.L. (Juanita) Johnson; one infant daughter, Elizabeth Mae Gribble; four brothers and one sister.

Mr. Gribble retired as a maintenance engineer from Broaddus Hospital.

He was a member of I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 59, Tygart Valley Encampment LEA No. 28, Barbour Canton No. 1, Dorcas Rebekah Lodge No. 275, and the Philippi Baptist Church.

I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 59 and Dorcas Rebekah Lodge No. 275 will conduct memorial services at the Wright Funeral Home, 216 North Walnut St., at 7:30 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dennis Stull, Rev. Bryan Headley and Rev. Thomas Goldston officiating. Interment will follow in the Silent Grove Cemetery.

Samuel A. Mazza

UTICA, Mich. -- Samuel A. Mazza, 90, of Utica, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, in Michigan.

He was a son of Antonio and Rosa Basile Mazza, Clarksburg.

His wife, Helen Fanire Mazza, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Constance (Paul) Debbaudt and Rosa Mary (Patrick) Harrison; five grandchildren, Brian Debbaudt, Maria Debbaudt, Amy (Mario) Rea, Catlin Harrison and Patrick Harrison; one sister, Angeline (John) Barberio, Clarksburg; one brother, John Mazza, Pasadena, Calif.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ross Mazza and Frank Mazza; and four sisters, Mrs. Mary (John) Scotchel, Tressie (Joe) Spadofore, Sara (Joe) Romano, and Lucy (Victor) Crispino.

Mr. Mazza graduated from Victory High School with the class of 1927. He served in the U.S. Navy.

Ervin Norman Henke

CLARKSBURG -- Ervin Norman Henke, 74, of 413 Broaddus Ave., Clarksburg, died at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born Oct. 11, 1925, in Golden Valley, N.D., a son of the late William Henke and Carolyn Hauff Henke.

His wife, Maude Henke, survives.

Also surviving are five sons, Lenny, Bradley and Lee Henke, all of Washington state, Timothy Kincaid, Clarksburg, and Ervin Intehar, South Carolina; three daughters, Melonie Testa and Valerie Goetz, both of Fairmont, and Yvonne Perrine, Craigsville; three brothers, Walter, Robert and Danny Henke, all of Colorado; three sisters, Evangeline Williams, Marion Heit and Eleanor Johnson, all of Oregon; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Bridgette Henke.

Mr. Henke was a mechanic with Tri-County Asphalt in Leesburg, Va., for many years. He was a Lutheran by faith.

There will be no funeral home visitation. There will be a private family service. McGlumphy Funeral Home, Clarksburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Lenna Mae Myers Metzgar

WESTON -- Lenna Mae Myers Metzgar, 74, of Route 1, Walkersville, died at 8:20 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following a short illness.

She was born Feb. 12, 1926, in Knawls Creek, Braxton County, a daughter of the late Bill Myers and Beulah Warner Myers.

Her husband, Homer D. Metzgar Jr., whom he married Aug. 26, 1951, preceded her in death Oct. 19, 1991.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Sharon Metzgar; one grandson, Dustin Lee Metzgar, all from Walkersville; two aunts, Pauline Henline, Weston, and Nina Myers, Crawford; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; and a very special cousin, Gene Warner, Houston, Texas.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Robbie and Randy Metzgar; and one brother, Robert Lee Myers.

Mrs. Metzgar was a homemaker. She was a member of the Walkersville United Methodist Church.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 5-8 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Doug Smailes officiating. Interment will follow in the Long Point Cemetery, Walkersville.

Charles Edward Pratt

AUSTIN, Texas -- Charles Edward Pratt, 83, of 7502 Napier Trail, Austin, died at 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at his residence following a brief illness.

He was born June 24, 1917, in Wolf Summit, Harrison County, a son of the late Samuel L. Pratt and Jeanettie B. Nicholson Pratt.

His wife of 50 years, Thelma N. Swiger Pratt, preceded him in death March 10, 1989.

Surviving are his only daughter, Mrs. Carol E. Pratt Pinckard, with whom he made his home for the past five years; two grandsons, Charles E. "Chip" and Jack T. Pinckard, both of Austin; one brother, Nelson Blair Pratt and wife, Mazie, Charleston; two sisters, Mrs. Nina B. Pratt Hill and husband, Jerry, New Albany, Ohio, and Mary Rachel Pratt, Clarksburg; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Dale L. (Helen) Pratt, Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son-in-law, B. Jack Pinckard; and one brother, Dale L. Pratt.

Mr. Pratt came with his parents to Liberty Addition, Clarksburg, in 1919 at age 2. He attended local schools and graduated from Victory High School, class of 1936.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy (1942-1945). He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in New Martinsville, and the American Legion Post No. 760 in Hannibal, Ohio.

After World War II, he became a pipe fitter who worked in many locations in West Virginia. He settled in New Martinsville, Wetzel County, in 1952, and retired there after many years at Mobay Corp.

He was a member of Plumbers and Pipe fitters Local No. 83, Wheeling. Loyal Order of the Moose, New Martinsville, No. 931, a 51-year member of Wetzel Lodge No. 39, A.F. and A.M., and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason with membership in Valley of Wheeling, Orient of West Virginia. He was also a member of Chapter 50, Order of the Eastern Star, an active member of the Wetzel County Volunteer Emergency Squad for 18 years and an honorary member of the New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department.

He was a member of the Steelton United Methodist Church, New Martinsville.

A memorial service will be held at Northwest Hill United Methodist Church, Austin, at 5 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Bill Henderson officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery, Liberty Addition, Clarksburg. A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at the graveyard with the Rev. Mason A. Bennett officiating. Masonic Lodge of Martinsville, will conduct Masonic burial rites.

Memorial contributions may be made to Steelton United Methodist Church.

H. Kermit Propst

BRIDGEPORT -- Harold Kermit Propst, 80, died at 5:50 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, at Crestview Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation, Jane Lew.

He was born June 7, 1920, on Brush Fork, Harrison County, a son of the late Thomas J. and Virginia E. Fulkineer Propst.

Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Dale (Cecil C. Jenkins) Crim, Bridgeport, Mrs. Brent (Eugenia E.) Stewart, Route 4, Clarksburg, and Mrs. John C. (Bonnie V.) Barker, Sissonville; three brothers, Earl B. Propst, Mineral Springs, N.C., Howard W. Propst, Arcadia, Fla., and Carl D. Propst, Cary, N.C.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by six sisters, Mrs. Clayton (Edith) Osborn, Mrs. Clyde (Kittie) Smith, Margaret, Pearl, Bo Peep and Marie Propst; and four brothers, Winfred, Orville, Roger and Clarence Propst.

Mr. Propst graduated from Bridgeport High School with the Class of 1939.

Civilian occupations include welder, electric arc at the Drave Shipyard, Wilmington, Del. and a medical equipment maintenance technician with the Bayer Corporation.

He was a Methodist by faith. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Weston.

Friends and relatives may call at the Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and from 10-11 a.m. Monday when funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. William M. Hunt officiating. Interment will follow in the floral hills memorial gardens.

Frena Myrle Heath Wine

WESTON -- Frena Myrle Heath Wine, 93, of Route 1, Orlando, died at 2:10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born June 23, 1907, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Charles Bates "C.B." Heath and Amanda May Bond Heath.

Her husband, Ernest Frank Wine, whom she married Sept. 11, 1924, preceded her in death April 22, 1981.

Surviving are nine children, Cliff Wine, Larry Wine and Lola Lawson, all of Orlando, Dana Wine, Hilliard, Fla., Jack Wine, Canton, Ohio, Dale Wine and Evelyn Pumphrey, both of Roanoke; Richard Wine and Thelma Jean Blake, both of Weston; two sisters, Fonda and Rena Pumphrey, both of Orlando; 30 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three children, Charles and Donald Wine, and Helen Wiant; two brothers, Alton and Herbert Heath; and one grandson, Chad Arbogast.

Mrs. Wine was a domestic worker with 21 years of service. She was a Methodist by faith.

She loved her family and friends. She enjoyed flowers and was an avid reader.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 6-8 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert A. Heater officiating. Interment will follow in the Pumphrey Cemetery.

Lora Gladys Yost

GRAFTON -- Lora Gladys Yost, 95, of Route 2, Pruntytown Community, Grafton, died Friday, Sept. 29, 2000, at Rosewood Nursing Care Facility, Grafton.

She was born Nov. 28, 1904, in Nicholas County, a daughter of the late Robert and Ruth Maryland Curry.

Her first husband, Grover Cleveland Dodrill, and her second husband, Ira Ray Yost, both preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters-in-law, Mae Dodrill Stipe, Flemington, and Helen Dodrill, Knoxville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren including, Karen Lantz and husband, Steve, Grafton, Herb Dodrill and wife, Jo Ellen, Grafton, Cheryl Morgan and husband, Brian, DeBary, Fla., and Twila Baker and husband, Dink, Grafton; five step grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; one brother, Lloyd Curry, Waynesburg, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, James and Ralph Dodrill; four brothers and one sister. She enjoyed crocheting.

Mrs. Yost was a beloved mother and grandmother.

She was a lifetime member of the Blueville Church of Christ and the Taylor County Senior Citizens.

Friends may call at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, U.S. Route 50 West, Grafton, from 7-9 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jeff Johnson officiating. Interment will be at the Grafton National Cemetery.

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