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Obituaries for Friday, Oct. 13, 2000

Gary Michael Davis

GRAFTON -- Gary Michael Davis, 49, of Route 76, Galloway, formerly of Grafton, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at Broaddus Hospital, Philippi, as a result of an automobile accident.

He was born April 3, 1951, in Grafton, a son of Philip R. "Bud" Davis and Bertha Virginia West Davis of Grafton.

His wife, Sandra DeLaney Davis, survives in Galloway. His former wife, Peggy Ann Davis of Grafton, also survives.

Also surviving are four children, Jennifer Kay Findley and husband, Brice Findley, Brigham City, Utah, Joseph Michael Davis and wife, Beth Davis, Okanawa, Japan, Philip Roy Davis and wife, Shawna Davis, Clarksburg, and Amy Godsey, Tacoma, Wash.; five grandchildren, Noah Allen Findley, Brittany Ann Davis, Marissa Dawn Davis, Timothy Godsey and Morgan Godsey; three brothers, David L. Davis, Jeff L. Davis and Randy A. Davis, all of Grafton; one sister, Sandy Davis, Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Davis was formerly employed as a carpenter at Delta Homes, Grafton, and a machinist for Helmick Corporation of Fairmont.

He was a Vietnam Veteran of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany.

He was a Protestant by faith.

Shelia Bernadette Broadstone Davis

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Shelia Bernadette Broadstone Davis, 43, of 347 Wilson St., died at 2:24 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

She was born Nov. 28, 1956, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Leonard S. and Virginia Howell Broadstone.

Her husband, Charles Thomas Davis Sr., survives.

Also surviving are one son, Charles Thomas Davis Jr., Morgantown; two daughters, Mrs. Jeff (Virginia Ellen "Ginny") McGary, Louisiana, and Elizabeth Ann Davis, Detroit, Mich.; four brothers, Roger Broadstone and wife, Faye, Clarksburg, Gary Broadstone, Warren, Ohio, Stephen Broadstone, Detroit, Mich., and Thomas R. Randall, Florida; eight sisters, Mrs. James (Alice) Moore, Clarksburg, Mrs. Raymond (Dorothy) Atwood, Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. Robert (Linda) Cano, Clarksburg, Mrs. Robert (Sharon) Stawicki, Brook Park, Ohio, Mrs. John (Pamela) Bird, Novelty, Ohio, Mrs. Benjamin (Shirley) Floyd, Wallace, Mrs. David (Tammy) Watson, Clarksburg; one stepsister, Mrs. Clara Jo Allman, Clarksburg; three grandchildren, including Caleb McGary, Louisiana; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, one sister, and one grandson, Christopher McGary.

Mrs. Davis had been employed by Seton Nursing Home, Clarksburg, as a housekeeper. She really enjoyed working with the elderly.

She had attended Adamston Grade School and Gore Junior High School.

She was Pentecostal by faith.

She was a very personable person and left a big impression on everyone she met.

She will be sadly missed by her family who loved her dearly.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, Clarksburg, from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. Interment will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens, West Milford.

Brenda Sue Garden

BUCKHANNON -- Brenda Sue Garden, 31, of Morgantown, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, in Morgantown.

She was born Aug. 27, 1969, in Buckhannon, a daughter of Charles "Jack" and Hilda Harris Burroughs, Parkersburg.

Her husband, Gary W. Garden II, survives in Morgantown.

Also surviving are one son, Elias Logan Garden at home; one sister, Carol Shaub, Washington, D.C.; three aunts, Rose Ann Cowger, Hacker Valley, Jeannine White, Calabash, N.C., and Martha Brannon, Seattle, Wash.; and one uncle, James "Bud" Burroughs, Glenville.

Mrs. Garden graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1987. She graduated from the class of 1991 from West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhannon. She was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority.

She was Methodist by faith. She was employed as a social worker with Try Again Homes in Fairmont.

William Edgar Hickman

CLARKSBURG -- William Edgar Hickman, 63, of Route 1, Box 88, Lost Creek, died at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness of lung cancer.

He was born May 5, 1937, in Clarksburg, a son of Margaret K. Knight Hickman of 114 Lang Ave., Clarksburg, and the late Thomas Coy Hickman.

His wife, Ada V. Poling Hickman, whom he married July 14, 1973, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Antonella "Toni" and Randy Rundle, Los Angeles, Calif.; one sister, Vada Hickman, Clarksburg; one brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Wilma Hickman, Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Hickman, and one sister, Betty Vanscoy.

Mr. Hickman was a Christian. He was a Baptist by faith.

He had seven years service in the U.S. Army. He had been employed by Bailey Inc. and had retired from PPG Industries.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. Saturday and noon - 4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with Pastor Jack Snoderly presiding. Interment will be in Harmony Grove Cemetery, Taylor County, where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Honor Guard.

Joyce Katharine Higgins

JANE LEW -- Joyce Katharine Higgins, 63, of 341 Mid Ave., Weston, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at her home, following a lengthy illness.

She was born Aug. 22, 1937, at Upland, Pa., a daughter of the late Rev. Paul Washington and Irene Virginia Nay Nye.

Her husband, Donald Wayne Higgins, whom she married Feb. 22, 1981, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Katharine Jo Claypool, Lightburn, and Elizabeth Anne Scarff, Route 1, Jane Lew; six grandchildren, Joseph Paul Richmond, Texas, John Robert Reel, Whitney Ann Reel, Stacy Marie Reel and Derik Russell Scarff, all of Route 1, Jane Lew, and David Wayne Claypool, Route 2, Jane Lew; one brother, John Ira Nye, Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Mrs. Higgins was a 1956 graduate of Utica Ohio High School. She had worked at the Summit Center and Lewis County Senior Center. She was a self-employed bookkeeper. She was a member of the Broad Run Baptist Church.

Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, from 6-8 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Broad Run Baptist Church with the Rev. Joseph N. Busch II assisted by the Rev. William Coffindaffer officiating. Burial will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery. The body will be taken to the Broad Run Baptist Church to lie in state from 10-11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the family to pay toward the funeral expenses for Joyce.

Eleanor Mae Raikes Knight

GRAFTON -- Eleanor Mae Raikes Knight, 66, of Route 4, Lucas Dairy Road, Grafton, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born Nov. 9, 1933, in Philippi, a daughter of the late Thomas Anderson Raikes and Maude Elizabeth Moore Raikes.

Her husband, Roy A. "Moose" Knight, whom she married Sept. 19, 1954, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and their spouses, Jim Knight and wife, Joy Trickett Knight, Grafton, and Fred L. Knight and wife, Teresa Knight, Buckhannon; five grandchildren, Ryan Trickett, Jamey, Jennifer, Matthew and Aimee Knight; one brother, Tom Raikes and wife, Charlene, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; two sisters, Thelma Raikes, Elkins, and Jo Keenan and husband, Edwin, Harrison, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Thomas Anderson Knight; one brother, Arnott Raikes, and one sister, Frances Phillips.

Mrs. Knight was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

She was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church and past Worthy Matron of the Naomi Chapter 12, Order of Eastern Star.

Nellie Marie Lantz

BUCKHANNON -- Nellie Marie Lantz, 81, of HC 71, Box 57, Ellamore, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.

She was born April 16, 1919, in Belington, a daughter of the late Grover Cleveland Davis and Dessie Mona Swick Davis.

Her husband, George "Dill" Lantz, whom she married in January 1940, preceded her in death Nov. 3, 1997.

Surviving are five sons, Ronald L. Lantz, Ludlow, Ky., Charles L. Lantz, Robert Lantz and Eugene Lantz, all of Ellamore, and Bradford Lantz, Eastlake, Ohio; six daughters, Regina M. Tenney, Buckhannon, Carolyn D. Helmick, Hendrick, Ilene J. Malcolm, Volga, Marlene J. Young and Arthelia Norman, both of Ellamore, and Ramona G. Zickefoose, Buckhannon; two brothers, Milford Davis, Florida, and Virgil Davis, Ludlow, Ky.; one sister, Irene Kennedy, Salt Lake City, Utah; 23 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Margie Kelley; one brother, Herbert Davis; three sisters, Zelma Dalton, Gertrude McCauley and Edna Oldaker; and one brother, Monzel Davis.

Mrs. Lantz was a homemaker. She was a member of Sand Run Baptist Church.

Mary G. Menear

VIENNA -- Mary G. Menear, 73, of Vienna, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at her residence.

She was born July 20, 1927, in Shinnston, a daughter of the late Antonio and Lucy Maschelle Spagnoulo.

Her husband of 52 years, Thomas Lee Menear, survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Robert L. Menear, Homewood, Ill., Randel J. Menear, Parkersburg, Thomas L. Menear Jr., Belpre, Anthony D. Menear, Greensboro, N.C.; two daughters, Mary L. Miles, Bridgeport, Carmelle Davis, Cleveland, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, five brothers, two sisters, and several nieces and nephews.

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

Mrs. Menear was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.

Helen H. Moore

CLARKSBURG -- Helen H. Moore, 82, of Newton, N.C., formerly of South Chestnut St., Clarksburg, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, in the Abernathy Center, Newton.

She was born May 25, 1918, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Randolph A. and Georgia Freda Williams Holbert.

Her husband, Melvin Oscar Moore, preceded her in death in 1979.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. William (Barbara) Losh, Newton, and Mrs. Larry (Beverly Jeanne) Kelbaugh, St. Clairsville, Ohio; four grandchildren, Shelley Ann Perch, Conover, N.C., and Larry, John and Debra Kelbaugh, all of St. Clairsville, Ohio; one step grandson, Mark Losh, Mount Plymouth, Fla.; one great-granddaughter, Sarah Nicole Perch, Conover, N.C.; one sister, Oreta H. Dawson, Vienna; and one brother, Herbert Holbert, Greenville, S.C.

Mrs. Moore was a retired secretary from Hope Gas Company with 45 years of service. She was a secretary at the First United Methodist Church.

She was a member of the Chestnut Hills Garden Club, Sunny Croft Country Club, the Professional Secretary's Association, and the First Presbyterian Church.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, where funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Dr. Eric Faust officiating. Interment will be in the Elkview Masonic Cemetery.

Izetta Knotts Phillips

PARSONS -- Izetta Knotts Phillips, 82, of Sugarlands Community, Hambleton, died at 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon. She had been considered critical since Friday.

She was born April 30, 1918, at Horseshoe Run, Tucker County, a daughter of the late Albert and Minnie Davis Knotts.

Her husband, Robert Dewey Phillips, whom she married March 13, 1937, preceded her in death Jan. 14, 1999.

Surviving are four sons, Clifford Phillips and wife, Joan, Randy Phillips and wife, Rose, all of Hambleton, Harold Phillips and wife, Ann, Lakeland, Fla., Roger Phillips and wife, Marilyn, Leadmine; three brothers, Lester Knotts, Pennsylvania, Woodrow Knotts, Maryland, and Clayton Knotts, Mackeyville; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandson and one great-granddaughter.

She was also preceded in death by six brothers, Herman, Russell, Loyal, Denver, Eston and Willard Knotts; three sisters, Freda, Lavada and Erma; and one great-grandson.

Mrs. Phillips attended the one room school at Crab Swamp. She was a former cook for the Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge.

She retired as a Sewer in 1962 from the former Parsons Footwear. She was a homemaker.

Doyne Roth Runner

BELINGTON -- Doyne Roth Runner, 68, of 200 Philippi St., Belington, died Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 10, 2000, on arrival at Preston Memorial Hospital, Kingwood. Mr. Runner collapsed following an accident in which the tractor trailer he was operating overturned on Route 7, near the Hopemont Hospital, Terra Alta.

He was born June 30, 1932, in Kingwood, a son of the late Dallas Runner and Dona Viola Coffman Runner Loar.

His wife, the former Mary Louise Shaffer, Philippi, Street, Belington, survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Dallas Runner, Ohio, Art Daugherty, Elkins, and "Junior" Runner, Belington; five daughters, Donna Pinko, Ohio, Lisha Haller and Susannah Zirkle, both of Philippi, Marybeth Goldsmith, Elkins, Tracey Summers, French Creek; 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Charles Delbert Loar.

Mr. Runner was self-employed as a truck driver.

Herman M. Wagner

SHINNSTON -- Herman M. Wagner, 75, of Enterprise, died suddenly Tuesday evening, Oct. 10, 2000, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 16, 1924, in Shinnston, a son of the late Charles C. "Mose" and Floa M. Wagner.

His first wife, Martha Ellen Ayers Wagner, preceded him in death on April 12, 1977. His second wife, Eileen Wagner, preceded him in death March 19, 1997.

Surviving are three sons, Fred Wagner, Maryland, Gary "Peach" Wagner, Hutchinson, and Randy Wagner, Michigan; two daughters, Debra Butler, California, and Marsha Wagner, Spain; one stepson, Dusty Yeager, Harter Hill; five stepdaughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Bonnie) McCoy, Peora, Mrs. Brian (Brenda) Leitner, Columbia, S.C., Rhonda Odenheimer, Peora, Karen Minnear, Hutchinson, and Dee Dee Minnear, South Carolina; 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, 13 step grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren; five brothers, Roy M. Wagner, Leesburg, Va., Jerl C. Wagner, Cincinnati, Ohio, Russell R. Wagner, Jack Run, Meadowbrook, Paul E. Wagner, Shinnston, and Robert L. Wagner, Stonewood; four sisters, Mrs. Herman "Bill" (Dorothy) Everson, Worthington, Mrs. Donald (Louise) Bartlett, Shinnston, Mrs. Woodrow (Carol) McGinnis, Bethel, Ohio, and Mrs. Frank (Lucille) Bowers, Monongah.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Bruce Wagner; and eight brothers and sisters.

Mr. Wagner graduated from Shinnston High School. After school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II. After his discharge, he returned home and went to work for Consolidation Coal Co.'s Williams Mine, where he worked until its closing. He then went to Robinson Run Mine No. 95, Shinnston, until his retirement with 38 years in the mines.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Clarksburg, and United Mine Workers of America Lodge No. 1501. He attended the Faith Baptist Church.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 7-9 p.m. today and from noon-3 and 6-9 p.m. Friday. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with Pastor Terry Woodside and Pastor David Luther officiating. Interment will follow at I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Enterprise.

Robert Linn Walters Sr.

CLARKSBURG -- Mr. Robert Linn Walters Sr., 83, of 316 Southern Ave., Stonewood, died Wednesday morning, Oct. 11, 2000, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Nov. 8, 1916, in Clarksburg, a son of the late John L. Walters and Maud Sumpter Walters.

His first and second wives, Lemmie B. Walters and Betty M. Walters, both preceded him in death.

Surviving are one son, Rev. Robert L. Walters Jr., Stonewood; one daughter, Jean Muscari, Gloucester, Va.; three grandchildren, Michael Walters, Frank Muscari Jr., Pam Muscari; five great-grandchildren, Gina, Vincent, Anthony, Cassie and Shelly; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, John F. and Lewis W. Walters.

Mr. Walters was a Baptist.

He retired from UCAR of Anmoore, as a crane operator with 47 years service.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 3-5 and 6-9 p.m. today, where a funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Thomas P. Horne presiding. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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