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Obituaries for Sunday, October 15, 2000

Phallie Margaret Lambert Barnett

ELKINS -- Phallie Margaret Lambert Barnett, 94, of Mill Creek, and for the past year a patient at the Elkins Regional Convalescent Center, died Friday afternoon, Oct. 13, 2000, at the center.

She was born March 27, 1906, at Randolph County, a daughter of the late John Marshall and Rachel Currence Lambert.

Her first husband, Jacob Riley Lambert, preceded her in death Nov. 30, 1963. Her second husband, Elmer Carl Barnett, whom she married Dec. 9, 1971, at Las Vegas, Nev., preceded her in death on July 21, 1985.

Surviving are three sons, Leonard L. Lambert, Arbovale, Andrew W. Lambert, Poca, and Harold E. Lambert, Gaithersburg, Md.; two daughters, Evelyn Marie Fincham, Akron, Ohio, and Pansy May Shreves, Dover, Pa.; 29 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters; two sons, Elza G. and Lloyd B. Lambert; and one daughter, Gladys Lucille Lambert.

Mrs. Barnett attended the schools of Randolph County. She was a homemaker. She attended the Mill Creek Memorial Mission Church.

Friends will be received at the Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home, Elkins, from 7-9 p.m. today. The body will be moved to the Mill Creek Memorial Mission Church, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Frank Long officiating. Interment will follow at the Mill Creek Cemetery, Mill Creek.

Gloria Jean Bertrand

CLARKSBURG -- Gloria Jean Bertrand, 55, of Stonewood, died at 5:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, in the Golden Circle Nursing Home, Stonewood, following an extended illness.

She was born May 20, 1945, in Memphis, Tenn., a daughter of the late Calvin James Arthur Nichols and Merle Ruth Hill Nichols.

Her husband, Leon Normand Bertrand, preceded her in death May 23, 1989.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Wilma Merle Jackson; one brother, Ellery Shawn Nichols, both of Millington, Tenn.; three nieces, five nephews, three great-nieces and one great-nephew.

Mrs. Bertrand attended the Freedom Southern Baptist Church, Nutter Fort, and the Summit Park Baptist Church, where she was active in the choir until her illness.

She was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday with Pastor Rick Owens and the Rev. Jim Sanders presiding. Interment will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

Rex DeBarr

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. -- Rex DeBarr, 87, of Crossville, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, in Wyndridge Health and Rehab Center.

He was born Feb. 2, 1913, in Ten Mile, a son of the late James Washington and Grace Kittle DeBarr.

His wife, Olive Mae DeBarr, survives in Crossville.

Also surviving are six daughters and sons-in-law, Timmie and Max Moore, Lantana, Fla.; Karen Thomas, Crossville, Tenn., Leslie and Tony Marion, Akron, Ohio, Patty and David Strunk, Crossville, Marilyn and Joseph Kaesenak, Akron, and Jeannie Rae, Mansfield, Ohio; 15 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several special nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Janet Riggs; four brothers, Roy, Carl, Wayne and Earl DeBarr; and three sisters, Mary DeBarr, Dale Tinney and Gladys DeBarr.

Mr. DeBarr was a coal miner. He was a member of Pine Eden Baptist Church.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today at Bilbrey Funeral Home, Crossville. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ten Mile Methodist Church, Ten Mile, with the Rev. George Freeman officiating. The body will lie in state from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Ten Mile Baptist Church Cemetery. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home, Buckhannon, is assisting with arrangements.

Lawrence D. Jenkins

SALEM -- Lawrence D. Jenkins, 83, of Liberty Street, died early Saturday morning, Oct. 14, 2000, following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 9, 1916, in Salem, a son of the late Remmie and Halcyone McClain Jenkins.

His first wife, E. Kathleen Squires Jenkins, preceded him in death Oct. 31, 1985. His second wife, Ruby Sweeney Jenkins, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Lawrence E. (Rick) Jenkins; and one daughter, Marty Mires, both of Salem; one sister, Mildred Herr, Oak Harbor, Wash.; five stepchildren, Annette Paxton, Marilyn Rose, Joy Holbert and Marion Sweeney, all of Clendenin, and Sue Lemasters, Spencer; two grandsons, David Allen Mires and wife, Marcia, and James Lawrence Jenkins; one granddaughter, Mrs. Michael (Susan Kathleen) Chambers; four great-grandchildren, Travis Joel Evans, Michael Travis Chambers, Nicholas Kyle Mires and Sara Kathleen Chambers.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, infant Joseph, Earl and James Jenkins; four sisters, infant Patsy, Gevon Taylor, Thelma Ash and Dewilla Sholdes.

Mr. Jenkins was a Protestant by faith. He was a former employee of McBride Glass Factory, Salem, later retiring from PPG Industries, works No. 12.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled Veterans. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Lillian Simmons presiding. Interment will be in the K. of P. Cemetery.

Ralph E. Johns Sr.

CLARKSBURG -- Ralph E. Johns Sr., 70, of 1101 Buckhannon Pike, Nutter Fort, died at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, from a sudden illness.

He was born April 23, 1930, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Ewart Johns and Evelyn Woodford Johns.

His wife, Margaret Ann Morgan Johns, preceded him in death Sept. 14, 2000.

Surviving are two daughters, Debra Ann Gombarcik and Rebecca Ann Peiffley, both of Clarksburg; one son, Ralph E. Johns Jr., Clarksburg; one brother, David Johns, Nutter Fort; six grandchildren, Edward W. Randolph Jr., Bridgeport, Wendy A. Randolph, Scott Randolph, Bobby Peiffley, Michael Peiffley and Kristin Peiffley, all of Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. John graduated from R.W. High School in 1948 and Salem College in 1953.

Mr. Johns was a chemist for Adamston Flat Glass for several years and retired from the Harrison County Health Department in 1995 where he worked as a sanitarian.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Jim Sanders presiding. Interment will be in the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

Kenneth P. Jones

GLENVILLE -- Kenneth P. Jones, 83, of Baldwin, died at 12:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.

He was born April 11, 1917, in Gilmer County, a son of the late Lyda and Myrtle Brannon Jones.

His wife, Mary Helen Metz, whom he married Sept. 8, 1945, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Linda Newsome, Columbus, Ohio; six sons, William Lyda "Bill" Jones, John Jones, both of Normantown; David Jones, Sand Fork; Kenneth Michael Jones, Glenville, Roger Joe Jones, Weston, and Dennis G. "Dink" Jones, Wooster, Ohio; one niece whom he raised, Belva Jones Reed, Normantown; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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

Mr. Jones was a retired oil field worker. He was a farmer and a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Baldwin.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville. Funeral services will be at 10 am. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Delmas Singleton officiating. Burial will follow in the Hiney Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Gilmer County American Cancer Society.

George Dow Miller

GLENVILLE -- George Dow Miller, 87, of Glenville, died at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Pinecrest Hospital, Beckley, following an extended illness.

He was born Aug. 13, 1913, in Gilmer County, a son of the late Fletcher N. and Bina Brannon Edwards Miller.

His wife, Hazel Hestella Miller, preceded him in death Feb. 5, 1993.

Surviving are one daughter, Judith Jay Noell, Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers, Warren Miller, Waynesburg, Pa., and William Bill Miller, Florida; one sister, Marie Early, Waynesburg, Pa.; and two grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Mr. Miller was retired from road construction. He was a farmer.

He was a Methodist by faith.

Friends may call at Ellyson Mortuary, Inc., Glenville, at 1 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Mike Ford officiating. Burial will follow in Miller Cemetery.

Mary Patsey Sims

BRIDGEPORT -- Mary Patsey Sims, 88, of California, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000.

She was born May 24, 1912, in Barbour County, a daughter of the late John and Maria Zingone Patsey.

Surviving are two daughters, Patty Costley, California, and Betty Gawthrop, Bridgeport; one son, Jim Yocco, Ohio; one sister, Helena Kendall, North Carolina; one brother, John Patsey Jr., Kentucky; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Marie Ashman; two grandsons, Jackie Ashman and Timothy Proudfoot; and one brother, Reeve Patsey.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Augustine Catholic Church, 17 West Washington St., Grafton, with Father Ronald G. Prechtel conducting. Interment will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery, Grafton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to the Alzheimer's Association or to St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Mazie Gloria Steele

SPENCER -- Mazie Gloria Steele, 79, of Weston, formerly of Spencer, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at the Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Weston, after a long illness.

She was born April 29, 1921, in Mendooran, New South Wales, Australia, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Ida Moroney Stumbles.

Her husband, Pernice Brooks Steele, preceded her in death in 1999.

Surviving are three daughters, Valerie Chambers, Weston, Judith Burkett, Woodbury, Ga., and Patricia Cleavenger, Salesville, Ohio; three sons, David Drennen, Navarre, Ohio, Garry Drennen, Weston, and Robert D. "Bob" Drennen, Spencer; one stepson, Pernice B. "P.B." Steele, Spencer; 19 grandchildren, 19 stepgrandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 16 stepgreat-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, three stepgreat-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, John Benjamin Drennen; one stepdaughter, Martha Lou Blosser; and one sister, Violet Aston.

Mrs. Steele came to the U.S. as a war bride. She was retired from Kellwood Manufacturing, Spencer, with 19 years of service.

She was a 4-H leader in Linden. She enjoyed camping and flower gardening.

Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer. Services will be at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Monday with the Rev. J. Herbert Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Clover Cemetery.

Mrs. Josephine (Louis C.) 'Nana' Talerico

CLARKSBURG -- Josephine Ann Talerico, 92, of Hepzibah, and Virginia Beach, Va., died Friday morning, Oct. 13, 2000, at Heartland Nursing Home, Clarksburg.

She was born Aug. 17, 1908, in Meadowbrook, a daughter of the late Alfonzo Esposito, and the late Nick and Anna Romano Esposito Neimo.

Her husband, Louis C. Talerico Sr., whom she married Dec. 10, 1922, preceded her in death on March 5, 1962.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Madeline Ozkosar and husband, Lieutenant Commander Ozkan Ozkosar, retired of Virginia Beach, Va.; three sons, Mr. Anthony J. "Pasta" Talerico and wife, Aldina Talerico, Mr. Louis C. Talerico Jr. and wife, Viola Talerico, all of Hepzibah, and Mr. James R. Talerico and wife, Drucilla Talerico, Clarksburg; 14 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Frankie Talerico; three daughters, Mary J. "Babe" Recine, Virginia Beach, Va., Constance C. and Margaret D. Talerico; and three brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Talerico was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Holy Family Rosary Altar Society, William Marconi Lodge Sons of Italy, Senior Citizens of Clarksburg, and a life member of Lucinda Rose Auxiliary to Post No. 573, Veteran of Foreign Wars.

She was loved and respected by all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.

Friends will be received at the Bartolo Funeral Home, 515 West Pike St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. today and from noon - 9 p.m. Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Fr. Cesidio Federico presiding. A Rosary Service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Fr. Karl Wohinc presiding. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Holy Family Alter Society, Spelter.

Frank J. Watkins

FAIRMONT -- Frank J. Watkins, 84, of Fairmont, Watson Community, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at his home following a long illness.

He was born Sept. 28, 1916, at Boothsville, Taylor County, a son of the late Loys and Nellie Jarvis Watkins.

His wife of 53 years, Christine Paton Watkins, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Brenda Watkins, Fairmont; one sister, Martha Haught and husband, Col. Frank Haught, Buckhannon; one granddaughter, Shawna Jo Watkins, Fairmont; several nieces and nephews, and his loving care givers.

He was also preceded in death by his brother, Loys Emerson Watkins.

Friends may call at the Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, from 1-8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. Monday. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Roger Waybright officiating. Burial will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

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