|Obituaries for Wednesday, May 17, 2000
GRAFTON -- Paul W. "Pete" Fawcett, 80, of West Main Street, Grafton, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Grafton City Hospital.
He was born Feb. 28, 1920, in Grafton, a son of the late David Earl Fawcett and Carrie Edith Cassell Fawcett.
His wife of 56 years, Juanita Mullens Fawcett, survives.
Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Doug Fawcett and wife, Greta, Ruther Glen, Va.; six grandchildren; one sister, Charlotta Selders, Greensboro, N.C.; one son-in-law, Dr. Michael E. Newhouse, Gloucester, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Patricia Kay Fawcett Newhouse; twin sons, Ronnie Allen and Rennie Adair Fawcett, who died in infancy; three brothers, Earl P. Fawcett, Carl C. Fawcett and Joseph H. Fawcett.
Mr. Fawcett retired from the Georgia Pacific Co. in 1982, and since that time has worked in the Pro Shop at Tygart Lake Country Club in the Knottsville community and was also a member of the Board of Directors.
He was an avid golfer and as a hobby built and repaired golf clubs. He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a T/Sgt. with the U.S. Army in the Signal Corps in the Pacific Theater.
Mr. Fawcett was a founding member of the Church of the Covenant (Lutheran-Presbyterian) and was formerly a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Grafton. He was a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Grafton and the Taylor County Photography Club.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Church of the Covenant Memorial Fund, 16 East Washington St., Grafton, WV 26354 or to the Gideon's International, Taylor County Camp, P.O. Box 793, Grafton, WV 26354.
CLARKSBURG -- Mercedes Shreves Grow, 85, of Dale City, Va., formerly of Clarksburg, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Henrico Doctor's Hospital, Richmond, following a sudden illness.
She was born in Buckhannon, June 6, 1914, a daughter of the late Jesse and Winnie Shreves.
She was married to Merle W. Grow, who preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1979.
Surviving are one son, Ronald W. Grow, Dale City; one daughter, Carol Grow Robey, Prescott, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Susan, Leigh Ann and Judi Grow and Pamela and Brad Robey; and nine great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Grow was a member of the Stealey United Methodist Church.
Friends and family will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Susan Rector officiating. Interment will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery.
PHILIPPI -- Dorsey Lee Green, 92, a resident of Stewarts Run Road, Route 1, Philippi, died at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2000, in United Hospital Center, following a brief illness.
He was born April 10, 1908, on Shooks Run, near Philippi, a son of the late J. Waitman and Winnie Zinn Green.
On Sept. 29, 1932, he married the former Georgia Mahan Nutter, who preceded him in death on Nov. 7, 1998.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Delaine and Doris Lou Green, Philippi; three grandchildren, Craig Green and wife, Janetta, Shermansdale, Pa., Marcia Kisner and husband, David, Fairmont, and DeAnn Kirkland and husband, Eric, Akron, Ohio; three brothers, Paul Green and Robert Green, both of Philippi, and Ralph Green, Circleville, Ohio; and six great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one son, Enoch Waitman Green; five sisters, Pearl Grace Titchnell, Ruth Markley, Goldie Stewart, Gladys Cleavenger and Betty Pauline Sutton; and three brothers, William Green, Karl Green and Kenneth Green.
Mr. Green was a retired farmer and Protestant.
IRELAND -- Jack Gum, 45, of Ireland, formerly of Orlando, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.
He was born Sept. 5, 1954, in Weston, a son of the late Ralph Gum and Virginia Smith Gum.
Surviving are four children, Benjamin, Virginia, Jacki and Danial Gum, all of Orlando; his former wife, Penny Heater Gum, Orlando; his foster parents, Joseph K. and Ava Craig Wine, Orlando; five brothers, Thomas Gum, Virginia, Fred Gum, Belington, Richard Gum and Terry Gum, both of Weston, and Ralph Gum; six sisters, Rose Carder and Diane Sands, both of Weston, Tammy Smallridge, Charleston, Susan Wilson, South Carolina, Pam Queen, Buckhannon, and Shirley Corder, Clarksburg; five foster brothers, Terry Wine and Alexander Wine, both of Orlando, Delmas Wine, Sutton, Vincent Wine, Roanoke, and William Wine, Ohio; and three foster sisters, Mahala Dean, Buckhannon, Roberta Householder, Ohio, and Lisa Bowyer, Horner.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Donna Bree.
Mr. Gum was a veteran, serving with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a machine operator for the Westfork Lumber Co. of Crawford.
ROWLESBURG -- Linda Kelley Henline, 59, of Rowlesburg, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Rowlesburg.
She was born Nov. 28, 1940, in Manown, a daughter of Nettie Chidester Hovatter, Rowlesburg, and the late Donald Hovatter.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Vincent Kelly and Howard Henline.
Surviving are two sisters and spouses, Ethel "Sis" and Paul Funk, Rowlesburg, and Shirley and Berlin Collett, Kesyer; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one brother and spouse, Donnie and Gladys Hovatter.
Mrs. Henline was a nurse in Charlottesville, Va., and Canton, Ohio. She was a homemaker and Catholic.
WEST UNION -- Robert E. "Bob" Lowe, 70, of Salem, died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at Sunbridge Care and Rehab Center, Salem, following an extended illness.
He was born Nov. 8, 1929, in Salem, a son of the late Robert and Freda Pearl Moore Lowe.
His former wife, Anne Louise Dyer, preceded him in death.
Surviving are one daughter, Rosemarie Lowe Evans, Arnold, Md.; seven brothers, Donald Lowe, West Union, Kenneth Lowe and Michael Lowe, both of Salem, James Lowe and Larry Lowe, both of Ft. Worth, Texas, Dan Leroy Lowe, St. Peters, Mo., and Thomas Lowe, Holly Hill, Fla.; seven sisters, Dorothy Singleton, Hot Springs, Ariz., Dosie Harkins, Reta Hyde, Mary Lowe Gaskins and Barbara Layfield, all of Salem, Monree Patterson, Fairmont, and Deloris Asher, Akron, Ohio.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, William Lowe and Richard Lowe and three sisters, Virginia Hilling, Nancy Herrick and Brenda Lowe.
Mr. Lowe was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1948-1953 both in Korea and Japan. He was a retired steelworker with over 20 years of service.
HARRISVILLE -- Carrie Virginia Parks, 89, of Smithville, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at her residence.
She was born Aug. 23, 1910, in Creston, a daughter of the late Thomas and Alfraetta Geer Merrill.
Her husband, William "W.T." Parks, preceded her in death.
Surviving are two sons, Robert Parks, Little Hocking, Ohio, and Charles Parks, Covington, Va.; six daughters, Loretta Stanley and Donna Richards, both of New London, Ohio, Eva Snyder, Reedy, Virginia Boswell, Stafford, Va., Carolyn Fulper, Smithville, and Sue Beard, Apache Junction, Ariz.; many grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Donald E. Parks; two stepsons, W.T. "Bill" Parks Jr. and Jim Parks and two brothers, Robert Merrill and Frankie Merrill.
Mrs. Parks was an Avon salesperson for over 30 years and a member of Properity Baptist Church, Big Springs and Smithville Woman's Club.
Donations may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
NUTTER FORT -- Ricky Dale Wittig, 43, of Walnut Hill, Clarksburg, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 27, 1956, in Great Bend, Kan., a son of Yvonne Rose Peterson Wittig, Larned, Kan., and the late Dale LaVerne Wittig, who died in 1993.
Also surviving are two daughters, Amber Denise and Christy Belle Wittig, both of Arizona; and one brother, Randy Wittig, California.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Rhonda Gayle Wittig, in 1992.
Mr. Wittig was employed as a painter with Joseph Oliverio Painting. He was a carpenter, artist and Lutheran.
Friends may call Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, from noon-2:30 p.m. Thursday, the funeral hour. Burial will be in Olivewood Memorial Park, Riverside, Calif.
FAIRMONT -- Virginia Pauline McBee, 76, of Skyline Drive, Fairmont, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at Fairmont General Hospital.
She was born May 30, 1923, in West Union, Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Ross Albert and Bertha Iona Wagner Doak.
Her husband, Robert B. McBee, preceded her in death on May 28, 1985.
Surviving are one son and wife, Ronald J. and Linda McBee, Grafton; one daughter and son-in-law, Connie Sue and James R. Conrad, Kingmont; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and "Flo" Doak, Clinton, Md.; one sister and brother-in-law, Janice and Jack Coffindaffer, Fairmont; three grandchildren, Gregory Scott and wife, Kelley Pigott, Souix Falls, South Dakota, Jeffrey Brian Pigott, Melissa McBee Anderson and husband, John, Fairfax, Va.; four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Donald B. McBee; one brother, Charles Doak and five sisters, Pearl Paladino, Delma Southern, Ida Bowers, Mable Seckman and Wilda "Bunny" Doak.
Mrs. McBee was a homemaker and Protestant. She enjoyed crocheting as a favorite pastime.
WESTON -- Joe Radcliff, 77, of 254 Willow St., Weston, died at 4:25 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, 2000, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.
He was born June 17, 1922, in Lewis County, a son of the late Minnie and Jessie Flesher Radcliff.
On Dec. 25, 1942, he married the former Betty Marie Burr, who survives.
Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Arthur Joe and Marcia Radcliff; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Dwight (Linda) Osborn, Weston, and Mrs. Tracel (Sharon) Pickens, Weston; one brother, Edward Radcliff, Erie, Pa.; two sisters, Louise Moneypenney, Weston, and Mary DeBrular, Parkersburg; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one son, Roy Lee Radcliff; twin grandsons, William Ralph Radcliff and Roy Lee Radcliff; four brothers, Calvin, Roy, George and John Radcliff; and one sister, Julia Hartley.
Mr. Radcliff was a 1941 graduate of Weston High School and attended Glenville State College, where he was a member of the Pioneer Football Team. While attending college, he was drafted into the Army during World War II, serving with the Combat Engineers.
He was a member and past-commander of the American Legion, Post No. 4, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, No. 1976, Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge No. 1376, and was past president of United Transportation Union.
Mr. Radcliff was a retired locomotive engineer with Chessie Systems, with 37 years of service. He enjoyed golf, bowling and billiards.
Friends may call Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dr. Joseph Shreve officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Jane Lew.
Full military honors will be accorded by American Legion, Post No. 4, American Legion Post No. 166 of Jane Lew, D.A.V. Chapter No. 51, VFW Chapter No. 5131, and the Central West Virginia Chapter 697, Military Order of the Purple Heart.
Geraldine Elizabeth Miller Raschella
GRAFTON -- Geraldine Elizabeth Miller Raschella, 70, of Beech Street, Grafton, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at her home, following an extended illness.
She was born Jan. 4, 1930, in Taylor County, a daughter of the late James Royce and Ella Elizabeth Stewart Miller.
Her husband, Umberto Raschella, whom she married on Jan. 31, 1949, preceded her in death on June 11, 1977.
Surviving are three daughters, Sharon Rowe and Marie Urbanowicz, both of Grafton, and Debra McDaniel and husband, James, Albright; four grandchildren, Warren McDaniel and Amy McDaniel, both of Albright, Umberto McDaniel, Grafton, and Adam Raschella, Flemington; and several great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, James Aaron Raschella and Ronald Wayne Raschella.
Mrs. Raschella was a retired registered nurse, having worked at Grafton City Hospital and was a member of the Fetterman United Methodist Church.
Friends may call at Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday, and noon-2 p.m. Thursday, the funeral hour, with Pastor Shelba Sisler, officiating. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
FAIRMONT -- Lester W. Yerkes Jr., 48, of Bridgeport, died Monday, May 15, 2000, at his home.
He was born Feb. 26, 1952, in Camden, N.J., a son of Lavina Linthicum Yerkes Krum, Myerstown, Pa., and the late Lester W. Yerkes Sr.
Also surviving are four brothers, Dennis Yerkes, Royersford, Pa., Robert Yerkes, Flagstaff, Ariz., Paul Yerkes, Lebanon, Pa., and Charles Yerkes, Lebanon; three sisters, Kathleen Byrnes, Jacksonville, Fla., Susan Davis, McConnellsburg, Pa., and Dorothy Genninger, Paymira, Pa.; his best friend, David Tillman, Lebanon; his beloved friend and lifeline Pammy Hawkinberry, Fairmont; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Yerkes held many jobs during his life, most recently he had been a maintenance worker and a cook. He loved riding motorcycles, was a member of the Pagan Motorcycle Club and also enjoyed playing Golf. He was a graduate of Henderson High School, West Chester, Pa.