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Obituaries for January 20, 2000

Helen K. Church

GRAFTON -- Helen K. Chenoweth Church, 92, of Latrobe Street, Grafton, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at Grafton City Hospital.

She was born July 17, 1907, in Grafton, a daughter of the late Verner H. Chenoweth Sr. and Margaret Metheny Chenoweth.

Her husband, Dr. Hugh L. Church, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one niece and spouse, Stephanie Chenoweth and Dr. David Vockell, Cincinnati, Ohio; two great-nephews, Rev. Jay Kanerva, Oklahoma, and Brett Kanerva, Cincinnati.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Dr. V.H. Chenoweth Jr.; and sister-in-law, Phyllis C. Chenoweth.

Mrs. Church taught school in Berkeley County and Taylor County for 30 years. She was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College and Fairmont State College and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was a member of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of Grafton, Naomi Chapter No. 12 O.E.S. and the Retired Teachers Association.

She was formerly a member of the Grafton Business and Professional Women's Club of Grafton, the Quota Club of Grafton and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Everett D. Griffin

Everett D. Griffin, 81, of Route 1, Mt. Clare, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, while vacationing in Rockledge, Fla.

He was born May 26, 1918, in Harrison County, a son of the late Clark and Ola Griffin.

His wife of 61 years, Lillian Bishop Griffin, survives.

Also surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald E. and Brenda Griffin, Bridgeport, John C. and Cindy Griffin, Quiet Dell, and Michael D. Griffin, Zullinger, Pa.; and three daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra K. and Rob Thompson, Tamarac, Fla., Brenda J. and Jim Douglass, McMurray, Pa., and Patricia D. and Mark Kreymborg, Fayetteville, Ark.; one sister, Linda L. Potts, El Cajon, Calif.; 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Griffin was the former owner of Mountaineer Laundry Corporation, Nutter Fort, until his retirement in 1985. He was a graduate of Lumberport High School and served as a member of the Sea Bees with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was also a 50-year member of the Clarksburg Lodge No. 155 A.F. & A.M. and the Nemisis Shrine of Wheeling.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens. Clarksburg Lodge No. 155 A.F. & A.M. will assemble at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Saturday to conduct ritualistic graveside services.

Barbara Jo Hite

William 'Billy' J. Hite

WESTON -- Barbara Jo Hite, 37, and William "Billy" Joseph Hite, 7 months, of Route 1, Jane Lew, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, as a result of an automobile accident on I-79 near Bridgeport.

Mrs. Hite was born March 21, 1962, in Weston, a daughter of Norma J. Mertz, Route 4, Weston, and Michael F. Mertz Jr., Camden.

William was born June 17, 1999, in Clarksburg, a son of B. Frank Hite and the late Barbara Jo Hite.

Her husband, B. Frank Hite, whom she married on March 30, 1996, survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Brent Nelson Garton, Matthew Brooks Garton and Eric Thomas Garton, all at home; one sister, Mary Ann Wearden, Denton, Md.; three brothers, Michael F. Mertz III, Beckley, Frank Mertz, Normanna, Texas, and Greg Mertz, Camden; one half-brother, Thomas L. Mertz, Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Hite was an employee of the FBI Center in Clarksburg with four years of service as an Identification Records Assistant.

She was an honors graduate of Lewis County High School, Class of 1980, a graduate of Glenville State College, Class of 1993, with honors, where she obtained an A.B. Degree in Business Education, and was a member of Kappa Omicron Chapter in Kappa Delta Pi. She attended Broad Run Baptist Church, Jane Lew.

Friends will be received at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Joseph Busch officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Anna E. Merandi

Anna Elizabeth Sabatelli Merandi, 80, of 2106 Hamill Ave., Clarksburg, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at her residence.

She was born July 12, 1919, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Patsy and Mary Scott Sabatelli.

Her husband, John F. Merandi, whom she married on Jan. 1, 1948, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Mary Beth) Delaney and Mrs. John (Jo Ellen Crowley) Barbour, both of Clarksburg; four grandchildren, John Paul Delaney, Jennifer Delaney Smallridge, T. K. Crowley, and Janna Crowley, all of Clarksburg; two brothers, Thomas Sabatelli and Joseph Sabatelli, both of Clarksburg; and two sisters, Mariann Iaquinta, Clarksburg, and Virginia Blaser, Seal Beach, Calif.

Mrs. Merandi was a member of the St. James Catholic Church.

Friends will be received at the Bartolo Funeral Home, 515 W. Pike St., Clarksburg, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. today. A prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at the St. James Catholic Church with Father Patsy Iaquinta and Father Robert Perriello as celebrants. Interment will follow in the Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Harrison County United Way.

Nancy L. Mirarchi

Nancy L. Swiger Mirarchi, 68, of Custer Street, Clarksburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Dec. 31, 1931, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Sisal A. and Deith Fay Gabbert Swiger.

Her husband, John J. Mirarchi, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons and daughter-in-law, Timothy R. Mirarchi, Clarksburg, and Michael A. and Linda Mirarchi, Columbus, Ohio; one grandson, John Wilson Mirarchi, Columbus; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Roy, Travis, Kenneth, Harbart, and William Swiger; and two sisters, Pauline Douglass and Doris Gallo.

Mrs. Mirarchi was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

There will be no public visitation. A private family service will be held. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, West Virginia Division Inc., 2428 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25311, or call 1-800-ACS-2345.

Davis Funeral Home, Clarksburg, is in charge of the arrangements.

Walter M. 'Rip' Moore

PARSONS -- Walter Murl "Rip" Moore, 80, of Texas Mountain community, St. George, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at his residence. He had been in declining health and death was attributed to Parkinson's Disease.

He was born Feb. 11, 1919, in St. George, a son of the late Charles Howard and Velva Myrtle Martin Moore.

His wife of 53 years, the former Emogene Belle Gainer, whom he married on Nov. 16, 1946, in Oakland, Md., survives.

Also surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Charles William and Betty Moore, Aurora, Dennis Murl and Linda Moore, West Seneca, N.Y., James Wesley and Kathy Moore, Oakland, Md., and Randall Lee Moore, St. George; one daughter, Mrs. David "Carol Ann" Harris, Greenville, Ohio; two brothers, Brown and Howard Moore, both of St. George; five sisters, Belva Gooden, Chicora, Pa., Dessie Jones, St. George, Mrs. John "Edna" Auvil, Elkins, Mary Shingleton, Sunbury, Ohio, and Mrs. Charles "Eva" Phillips, Parsons; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Earl Moore.

Mr. Moore attended the Murphy School at Texas Mountain, was a timber cutter, a farmer and retired in 1981 from the West Virginia Department of Highways. He attended the Sugar Grove Church at Texas Mountain.

Virginia B. Morrison

NUTTER FORT -- Virginia B. Morrison, 79, of Maryland Avenue, Nutter Fort, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2000, at United Hospital Center.

She was born April 22, 1920, in Mt. Clare, a daughter of the late Artie C. and Fanny E. Wiseman Stutler.

Her husband, Harry D. Morrison, preceded her in death on Sept. 30, 1977.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel Morrison, Nutter Fort, and Richard and Jackie Morrison, Pt. Pleasant; one daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Bruno Rhoades, Shinnston; two grandchildren, Rick and Jessie Morrison; one brother, Dorsey C. Stutler, Phoenix, Ariz.; one sister, Evelyn Bedell, Parkersburg; three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Elisabeth Fitzpatrick; and one brother, Charles Stutler.

Mrs. Morrison had attended the Nutter Fort Baptist Church, and was a graduate of Lost Creek High School.

Friends will be received at the Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, from 4-9 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Robert Shingleton presiding. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park.

Betty J. Talkington

SHINNSTON -- Betty Jo Talkington, 56, of Salisbury, Md., formerly of Spelter, died at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2000, at SunBridge Rehabilitation Center, Kingsport, Tenn., following an extended illness.

She was born June 22, 1943, in Lumberport, a daughter of the late Earl Darwin and Mary Opal Mason Sanders.

Her husband, James R. Talkington, preceded her in death on June 14, 1991.

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Vanessa Jo and David Wotring, Kingsport, Tenn., and Lisa Marie and David Poland, Highland, Ill.; three grandchildren, Hannah Elizabeth and Quintin Alexander Wotring and Victoria Rose Poland; and four sisters, Martha Jean Quinn and Earletta Sue Weaver, both of Clinton, Mass., Francis Elaine Dunbar, Oakland, Md., and Mary Lou Tracey, Clarksburg.

Mrs. Talkington was a program director for Delmar Broadcasting Company, Channel 47 in Salisbury, Md., was a graduate of Lumberport High School, Class of 1961, and was Methodist.

Friends will be received at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, after 2 p.m. Friday. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ralph Wycoff officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

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