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Obituaries for Monday, October 16, 2000

Eska M. Abel

FAIRMONT -- Eska M. Abel, 80, of Stoney Road, formerly of Suncrest Boulevard, Fairmont, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at her home.

She was born June 27, 1920, in Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Byram and Arie Hayes Hyde.

Her husband of 58 years, Harold A. Abel Sr., preceded her in death May 9, 1996.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Cheryl Abel Jr., Bridgeville, Pa., and Gerald and Linda Abel, Fairmont; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia "Gay" and Joseph Winebarger, Conover, N.C., and Betty and Dave Sanders, Fairmont; one son-in-law, Frank Holt, Fairmont; 17 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Curtis Abel in 1961; one daughter, Anna Holt in 1997; six brothers, Oliver P., Alvie, Roy, Charlie, Jesse and Cecil Hyde; two sisters, Hazel Martin and Leona Roderick; one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter.

Mrs. Abel was a devoted mother and homemaker. She was associated with the Walnut Grove United Methodist Church.

Among her hobbies were baking and collecting family photographs.

Friends may call at the Carpenter and Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, from 1-9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Haylee Alexis Austin

GRAFTON -- Haylee Alexis Austin, infant daughter of Nancy R. Austin, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at The Grafton City Hospital.

Surviving are her maternal grandparents, Robert and Nancy Austin, Grafton; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandparents, John and Mary Jo Gordon, and Charles and Mary Kay Austin.

Private graveside services will be held at Woodsdale Memorial Park, Grafton, at the family's convenience with Pastor Bill Hall officiating.

Charles Cottrill Jr.

PENNSBORO -- Charles D. Cottrill Jr., 83, of West Union, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Overbrook Center, Middleport, Ohio.

He was born May 24, 1917, at Nutter Fork, near West Union, a son of the late Charles D. Cottrill Sr. and Agnes Smith Cottrill.

His wife of more than 50 years, Dollie Marie Hood Cottrill, survives.

Also surviving are three sons, James A. Cottrill, Suisun, Calif., Larry Cottrill, Smithburg, and Kenneth C. Cottrill, Cairo; two daughters, Marie Leadman, Elizabeth, and Cindy Kay White, Bidwell, Ohio; two sisters, Lenora Goddard, East Liverpool, Ohio, and Nancy Willis, Chester; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Wayne, Kenneth, Jacob and Smith Cottrill; and two sisters, Ruth Cochran and Bertha Montgomery.

Mr. Cottrill was a graduate of Doddridge County High School. He was a farmer.

Friends may call at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Wednesday with Pastor Gilbert Neely officiating. Burial will be in the Coleman-Freeman Cemetery, Crystal Lake.

Mary Virginia Edwards

GRAFTON -- Mary Virginia Edwards, 81, of Haymond Road, Grafton, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at The Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born Feb. 24, 1918, in Barbour County, a daughter of the late Shirley Richard McDaniel and Gracie E. Williams McDaniel.

Her first husband, Millard Clark, preceded her in death. Her second husband, John W. Edwards, survives in Grafton.

Also surviving are four sisters, Dorothy Wright, Grafton, Willa Brown, Arnold, Md., Ruth Green, Glen Burnie, Md., and Leona Flint, Zullinger, Pa.; one brother, Paul B. McDaniel, Killen, Texas, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Rosalee McDaniel and a sister who died in infancy; and three brothers, Edward, Junior and Richard McDaniel.

Mrs. Edwards was a member of the A.A.R.P., the Bread of Life of Taylor County, and worked as a volunteer with Hospice Care Corporation of Taylor County.

She was a beloved wife, sister and aunt to her family and was a member of the Blueville Church of the Nazarene, Grafton. She was a homemaker.

The family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, Grafton, from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Blueville Church of the Nazarene, Grafton, with Pastor Louis A. Staubs officiating. Interment will be in West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown. The body will lie in state at the church from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday.

Sylvia M. Mayo

BRIDGEPORT -- Sylvia Mae Mayo, 94, formerly of East Philadelphia Ave., Bridgeport, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at the CareHaven of Pleasants, Belmont.

She was born Sept. 13, 1906, in St. Marys, a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Lydia Margaret Locke Brammer.

Her husband, Howard Mayo, preceded her in death in August of 1960.

Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny and Barbara Mayo, and Franklin and Margaret Mayo, all of Bridgeport, Donald and Lillian Mayo, and Howard and Angela Mayo, all of Locust Grove, Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Moss Jacobs, Columbus, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Mary Brammer, St. Marys; 15 grandchildren, three step grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Clyde, Bill, Everett, Roy and Earl Brammer; two sisters, Millie Sunderman and Olive Boley; one grandchild, one step grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Mrs. Mayo was the co-owner of the former Mayo and Sons Feed Store in Bridgeport.

She was a member of the Bridgeport Untied Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.

Friends will be received at the Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. today and from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral will be held in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Steven E. Dorsey conducting. Interment will follow at the Bridgeport Cemetery.

Howard Russell Mick Sr.

WESTON -- Howard Russell Mick Sr., 77, of Route 4, Weston, Copley Community, died at 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, in Crestview Manor Nursing Home, Jane Lew, following an extended illness.

He was born Aug. 26, 1923, in Bealls Mills, a son of the late Ollie Mick and Mae Ballard Mick.

His wife, the former Leona Pearl Wiant, whom he married June 5, 1945, survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Audrey Ann Brenneman, Manassas, Va., Judith K. Ables, Joppa, Md., and Valerie Elaine Donaldson, Baltimore, Md.; one son, Howard R. "Pete" Mick Jr., and one very special daughter-in-law, Lou Ann, Route 4, Weston; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Hobert Mick, Fairmont, and Ralph Lee Mick, Cleveland, Ohio; and two sisters, Tressie Nolan, Glenville, and Ressie Wilson, Fairmont.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Ray Albert Mick; one brother, Harley Hutson Mick; and two sisters, Ruth Paugh and Ruby Polachek.

Mr. Mick was retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways as a mechanic with 20 years of service. He was a member of the Bealls Mills United Methodist Church.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He was in the Second Armored Division, "Hell on Wheels," where he was combat wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and received a Purple Heart. He enjoyed hunting.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 6-9 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. William Hoover and the Rev. Jeff Zickefoose officiating. Interment will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Grafton. Full military graveside rites will be accorded by Taylor County Veterans of Foreign Wars and Taylor County American Legion.

Jimmie Lee O'Dell Sr.

BUCKHANNON -- Jimmie Lee O'Dell Sr., 73, of Smithfield Street, Buckhannon, died Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Feb. 7, 1927, in Wendel, a son of the late William Ray and Myrtle Foster O'Dell.

His wife, Wanna Hanline O'Dell, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Beverly Peterson, Thompson, Ohio, and Hope Leah O'Dell, Buckhannon; three sons, Jimmie Lee O'Dell Jr., Kingsville, Ohio, Andrew O'Dell, Eastlake, Ohio, and Dale E. O'Dell, Front Royal, Va.; two stepsons, Charles Cutright Jr., Tabernier, Fla., and David Joel Cutright, Gatlinburg, Tenn.; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; four brothers, Valmer O'Dell, Vacaville, Calif., Glenn O'Dell, Cleveland, Ohio; Norman O'Dell, Ravenna, Ohio, and Franklin O'Dell, Sparks, Nevada; and one sister, June Blevins, Beckley.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, John, Don and Charles O'Dell; and three sisters, Louise Lynn, Hazel O'Dell and Geraldine Hawkins.

Mr. O'Dell was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.

Gordon Hugh Posten

PHILIPPI -- Gordon Hugh Posten, 98, of Route 2, Belington, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness. He was under the care of Mountain Hospice.

He was born June 27, 1902, at Philippi, Barbour County, a son of the late Charles H. and Eva (Lake) Posten.

His wife, Melvina Sherman, whom he married May 10, 1943, preceded him in death Aug. 4, 1997.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Hugh and Wilda Posten, Route 2, Belington, and Charles Robert and Ann Posten, Upper Marlboro, Md.; one son-in-law, Kenneth Ice, Wadsworth, Ohio; one sister, Pearl Phillips, Belington; 10 grandchildren, Don, Larry, Mark, Greg, David and Bill Posten, Lorie Thorne, Tammy Lambert, Tom and Tim Ice; 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son and daughter-in-law, Carlton and Norma Posten; one daughter, Madeline Ice; one grandson, Joseph Posten; and one sister, Cora Williamson.

Mr. Posten was a timberman and carpenter by trade in his young life. He was later a cattleman and owner and operator of a horse farm on what is now the Barbour County Fairgrounds. He always took an active interest in the Barbour County Fair and in 1998 was honored as Director Emeritus of the Fair Association.

He was a Baptist, having been brought up in that faith, and some 30 years ago, accepting God as his Lord and Savior.

Friends will be received at the Wright Funeral Home, 216 North Walnut St., Philippi, after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Leon Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Belington Fraternal Cemetery.

Maggie Richards

GLENVILLE -- Maggie M. Richards, 81, of Big Band, Norman Ridge Community, died at 12:10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg, following an extended illness.

She was born July 23, 1919, in Calhoun County, a daughter of the late George W. and Maude Greathouse Norman.

Her husband, Desmoin Richards, preceded her in death in 1992.

Surviving are four daughters, Dessell Starcher, Barbarton, Ohio, Sadie Cunningham and Patricia Knight, both of Parkersburg, and Anna Mae Music, Port Pleasant; five sons, Charles Richards, Mount Zion, Larry, Denver and Ronzel Richards, all of Big Bend, and Perry Richards, McFarland; three sisters, Pearl Richards, Grantsville, Dorothy Grant, Tennessee, and Beradine Braham, Parkersburg; 29 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Mrs. Richards was a homemaker. She was Baptist by faith.

Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. today at the residence of Mrs. Richards at Norman Ridge. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Norman Ridge Church, Big Bend, with the Rev. Carroll McCauley officiating. Burial will follow in the Norman Ridge Cemetery, Big Bend.

Richard L. "Sock" Rose

WESTON -- Richard L. "Sock" Rose, 65, of 40 Mozart Meadows, Wheeling, died at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, while bow hunting near his home in Wheeling.

He was born April 20, 1935, in Grafton, a son of the late Eugene Rose and Maysel McLaughlin Rose.

His wife, the former Elevon Mae Wilson, whom he married Jan. 28, 1955, survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Kenneth R. Rose, Martins Ferry, Ohio, Eugene James Rose, St. Clairsville, Ohio, Michael A. Rose, Wheeling, and Jeffrey L. Rose, Germantown, Md.; one daughter, Linda K. Gray, Wheeling; one sister, Jackie Shoemaker, Hagerstown, Md.; six grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Rose was a retired maintenance supervisor for Allied Chemical in Moundsville, with 25 years of service. He was a member of Weston Masonic Lodge No. 10, A.F. and A.M.

He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve with four years of service and a member of the Mount Olive Methodist Church, Wheeling.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and camper.

Friends may call at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-8 p.m. today. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday a the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Clifford West officiating. Interment will follow in the Mitchell Cemetery, Roanoke.

Violet R. "Pidge" Wallace

PINE GROVE -- Violet R. "Pidge" Wallace, 85, of Pine Grove, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at the Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville.

She was a daughter of the late John and Olive Kirkland Barr.

Her husband, Herbert T. Wallace, preceded her in death Feb. 23, 1996.

Surviving are three sons, William Wallace, Calabash, N.C., Herbert T. Wallace Jr. and James Wallace, both of Charlotte, N.C.; two daughters, Inez Reiehart, West Minester, Md., and Patricia Bonner, Massillon, Ohio; one sister, Lucinda Ott, Canal Fulton, Ohio; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Johnny and Gary Wallace; three brothers, Joe, Mike and Rae Barr; and one sister, Mable Knisley.

Mrs. Wallace was a member of the Lowman Baptist Church near Pine Grove.

Friends will be received from 2-9 p.m. today at Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove, and from noon - 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lowman Baptist Church near Pine Grove. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Interment will be in the Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Pine Grove.

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