Norma Lee Bailey
CLARKSBURG -- Norma Lee Bailey, 76, of Crissfield Street, Anmoore, died Thursday, December 20, 2001, in the United Hospital Center, following a brief illness.
Mrs. Bailey was born in Shinnston, March 26, 1925, a daughter of the late Lee T. and Monica Goodwin Spring. She was married to William B. Bailey, who preceded her in death.
Surviving are two sons, Charles A. Reed, Fernandina, Florida, and Rex K. Spring, Clarksburg; three daughters, Mrs. Roger (Karen Sue) Corder, Bristol, Alice Faye Bailey, Clarksburg, and Monica Shaw, Fernandina, Florida; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Joseph Spring, Newburn, North Carolina; two sisters, Theada Brannon, Grafton, and Shelby Jean Cahoon, Swanquarter, North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. Mrs. Bailey was Methodist by faith. Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg, Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where funeral services will be held Monday, December 24, at 10 a.m. The Reverend Tom Patton will officiate. Interment will be in the WV National Cemetery.
Davis Funeral Home, www.davisfunerals.com.
Frances Ann Ellington
GRAFTON -- Frances Ann Ellington, age 67, of Mulligan Avenue, Grafton, WV, passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at the Grafton City Hospital. She was born on June 11, 1934, in Grafton, WV, a daughter of the late Joseph H. Ellington and Marriah Ellen Ellington.
Surviving are two sons, Michael A. Ellington of Morgantown, WV, and Richard A. Ellington of Belle, WV; one granddaughter; twin brother, John "Skip" Allen Ellington of Grafton, WV; four sisters, Bertha A. Lawrence of Pittsfield, MA, Mariah H. Younger of Cleveland, OH, Mildred "Lucille" Ursery of East Cleveland, OH, Martha Ellen Barnes of Sammamish, WA.
Ms. Ellington is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, William R. Ellington, Sr. and Joseph H. Ellington, Jr.
Ms. Ellington was formerly employed by the Grafton Sentinel and later by Georgia-Pacific Paper Company of Grafton, WV. She was a member of the Warren United Methodist Church of Grafton, and sang in the church choir. Ms. Ellington was an officer of the United Methodist Women's Group and Ladies Auxiliary VFW Memorial City Post #3081.
The family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home in Grafton, WV, on Friday, December 21, 2001, from 7-9 p.m., and Saturday, December 22, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, December 23, 2001, at 2:30 p.m., at the Warren United Methodist Church in Grafton, WV. Ms. Ellington will lie in state at the church from 1:30 p.m. until the funeral hour at 2:30 p.m. Rev. H. Edgar Suite will officiate. Interment will be in the Bluemont Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes contributions to be made to the Warren United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 25, Grafton, WV 26354.
Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, Grafton, is in charge of arrangements.
Edward Paul Gripper
MANNINGTON -- Edward Paul Gripper, 82, of Mannington, died Thursday, December 20, 2001, at the Fairmont General Hospital, following an extended illness.
He was born July 15, 1919, at Wyatt, a son of the late Edward and Alice Gripper.
He was a coal miner, having retired from Consolidated Coal Co.'s Williams Mine with more than 40 years of service in the mining industry.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army. During his service to his country, he was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
He was a member of the UMWA, where he served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the local union for many years, and served on the Mine Committee for Williams Mine. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed carpentry. He loved to play guitar, and was a member of the Calvary Temple Assembly of God Church at Swisher Hill.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Colleen A. Gripper, on March 18, 1998. Survivors include 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Paulette and James Winnings of St. Mary's, GA, Mary Lou and Earnest Cupp, Mannington; 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Edward L. and Shelia Gripper, Fairmont, and Paul and Suzanne Gripper, Farmington; 1 sister, Alice Tichenor, Morgantown; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by 3 brothers, Walter, Willard and Richard Gripper; and a sister, Lena Martin.
Friends may call at the Dent Funeral Home in Mannington, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 22, 2001, with Pastor Robert Green officiating. Interment will be in the Mannington Memorial Park.
Dent Funeral Home in Mannington is entrusted with arrangements.
Walter C. 'Stink' Johnson
SHINNSTON -- Walter C. "Stink" Johnson, 71, of Shinnston, died at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at his residence.
He was born January 20, 1930, at Shinnston, a son of the late Stephen W. and Olive Stiles Johnson.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 50 years, Juanita L. McDaniel Johnson; 4 sons, Walter Johnson II, Shinnston, David Johnson, Shinnston, Charles Johnson, Nutter Fort, Rodney Johnson, Fairmont; 4 daughters, Debra Ashcraft, Shinnston, Linda Andrews, Enterprise, Cindy Fortney, Enterprise, Lisa Riley, Quiet Dell; 10 grandchildren, Melissa Hardesty, Chasity Rogers, Crystal Ashcraft, Jeremy Fortney, Chelsey Fortney, Eric Johnson, Adam Johnson, Ryan Ashcraft, Samantha Riley and Dylan Riley; 2 great-grandchildren, Gavin Ashcraft and Haivan Rogers; 1 brother, James Johnson, Shinnston; 2 sisters, Elma Row, Maryland, Doris Duncil, Wheeling; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by 1 brother, Junior Johnson.
Mr. Johnson retired from Robinson Run Mine #95, Consolidation Coal Company, with 43 years as a miner. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local 1501, and the American Legion Post #31, Shinnston.
Friends may call at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, on Friday from 3-9 p.m., where a funeral service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. with Rev. Aulbert Roberts officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Fairmont.
Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, is in charge of arrangements.
Ralph R. Martin Jr.
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL -- Ralph R. Martin, Jr., age 86, of New Port Richey, FL, passed away December 12, 2001, at his home. Surviving are a brother, James Martin of Clarksburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Chuck Spensley; two granddaughters, Sarah and Christina; and a daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Tom Costy of Illinois.
Selvy 'Sib' Mayle
PHILIPPI -- Selvy "Sib" Mayle, 79, of Brownton, died Wednesday, December 19, in the Broaddus Hospital, Philippi. He had been in failing health, but death was unexpected.
He was born January 29, 1922, at Simpson, Taylor County, a son of the late Gordie and Hazel (Matheny) Mayle.
On December 29, 1948, he married the former Bessie Slussar, who survives at Brownton.
Also surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Ann and Rev. George Moore, Lincoln Park, Mich., Rev. Ruth and Rev. Ross Higginbotham, Lumberport; one son, Pastor Selvy and Dee Mayle Jr., Galloway; two sisters, Ethel Morris, Philippi, and Beulah Richardson, Algonac, Mich.; one brother, Ronald Mayle, Baldwin, Fla.; eleven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Mayle and Ray Lee Mayle; and by one grandson, Joshua Eric Mayle.
Mr. Mayle had been disabled for many years. He worked for ten years in area coal mines and was a former employee of Republic Steel in Canton, Ohio. He was Protestant by faith. He attended the Brownton Pentecostal Church of God and visited other area churches on different occasions.
Friends may call at the Stemple & Forman Funeral Home in Philippi from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, December 23, when funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Paul Lusk and the Rev. Silas Mullins officiating. Interment will follow in the Flemington I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Stemple & Forman Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Arney Owens Jr.
SHINNSTON -- Arney Owens Jr., 76, of Shinnston, died at 8:22 p.m. Thursday, December 19, 2001, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.
He was born June 19, 1925, a son of the late Arney and Frances Elizabeth Durst Owens.
Mr. Owens is survived by his wife, Juanita Nellie Tate Owens, whom he married July 9, 1959.
He is also survived by 6 children, Joann Amos and her husband Bill, Enterprise, Junior Arney Owens and his wife Dianna, Lumberport, James Edward Owens and his wife Patricia, Anmoore, Frances Elizabeth Owens, Francis Mines, Buck Owens and his wife Mary, Shinnston, Evelyn Trease Miller and her husband Ronnie, Shinnston; 20 grandchildren; 1 great-grandson; 2 sisters, Betty Horn, Hughes, Grace Pullium, Lumberport; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Owens was also preceded in death by 3 brothers and 2 sisters.
Mr. Owens served in the U.S. Army during WWII, where he was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart. He retired from Robinson Run Mine #95, Consolidation Coal Company, with 48 years of service. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local 1501, Shinnston, and the American Legion Post #31, also in Shinnston. Mr. Owens was an avid fisherman and hunter.
Friends may call at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, on Friday from 3-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, with Pastor Tom Brown officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.
Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, is in charge of arrangements.
William Thomas Stout
SHINNSTON -- William Thomas Stout, 77, of Haywood, died at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2001, in the United Hospital Center, following a brief illness.
He was born at Haywood, December 10, 1924, a son of the late Thomas Stout. He was preceded in death by his wife Joan Jarvis Stout.
Surviving are 1 son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Sharon Stout, Merritt Island, Florida; 7 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 3 sons, Larry, Billy and Raymond Stout; 3 brothers, Ray, Raymond and Roy Stout; and 2 sisters, Mary Carnes and Lenny Stout.
Mr. Stout was a coal miner, having retired from Consolidation Coal Company, Robinson Run Mine. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America, local #1501, Shinnston, and a World War II veteran, having served with the United States Navy. Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston, from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, December 21, at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery, with Pastor Larry Green officiating. VFW Post #573 and the American Legion, Clarksburg, will conduct military graveside service.
The Dorsey Funeral Home, www.dorseyfuneralhome.com, Shinnston, is in charge of the arrangements.
Edward E. Stutler
NUTTER FORT -- Edward E. Stutler, 83, of Gordon Street, Stonewood, died Thursday morning, December 20, 2001, at his residence. He was born March 13, 1918, in Marshville, WV, a son of the late Roscoe S. and Ila A. (Sullivan) Stutler.
Sixty-years ago on November 9, 1941, he married and began to share his life with Juanita Parker Stutler, who survives. Also surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Edward P. and Linda Stutler, West Milford; 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Mario Cunningham, Hanover, PA, and Stephanie and Garry Hedrick, Shinnston; his 11 grandchildren, Dennis Owens, Jr., Kim Hilliard, Sheri Isaacs, Brian Cunningham, Wendy Cox, Edward P. Stutler II, James B. Stutler, Brad Stutler, Melissa Ramey, Garry W. Hedrick, Jr., and Ashley N. Hedrick; 14 great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Martha Stutler, Fairborn, Ohio; and his foster brother, Coy C. Brown, Santa Rosa, CA.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Jones; a brother, Walter S. Stutler; and a foster brother, Bobby Brown.
Ed was a carpenter who served the area for many years on various projects, and he had also been the custodian of the Clarksburg Baptist Church for four years. He worked hard and loved his family, and he liked to fish and hunt when he was able. He had served 6 months in the WV National Guard and attended Christian Missionary Alliance Church.
Friends may call at the Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, on Friday, December 21 from 2-9 p.m., where services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. with Rev. David Hulme presiding. Entombment will follow in the Last Supper Mausoleum at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Ressie Williams
CLARKSBURG -- Ressie Williams, age 90, Route 2, Box 213, Lost Creek, WV (Johnstown Community), died at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2001, in Meadow View Manor, Bridgeport, WV, following an extended illness.
She was born on Peel Tree Run, May 29, 1911, a daughter of the late Truman Queen and the late Minnie Mohler Queen.
Her husband, Famer A. Williams, whom she married February 14, 1931, preceded her in death on February 26, 1993.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Karl E. and Loretta Williams, Oak Hill, WV, and Clifford and Sue Williams, Johnstown, WV; two grandsons and wives, Michael L. and Cindy Williams, Quiet Dell, WV, and Kevin L. and Linda Williams, Johnstown; a great- grandson, Cole S. Williams; and a great-granddaughter, Lori M. Williams, Quiet Dell, WV; one sister, Brenice Heaster, Clarksburg, WV; one niece, Joan Forbes, Morgantown, WV; and two nephews, Louis Queen, Morgantown, WV, and James Probst, Amherst, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Queen and Virginia Queen; a brother, Frank Queen; and a nephew, David Heaster.
Mrs. Williams attended the Johnstown United Methodist Church. She was one of the original members of the Johnstown Farm Women's Club and had also served as President and helped with many dinners and functions at the Johnstown Community Building. She had been a Sunday School teacher and group leader for Vacation Bible School each year.
Her memberships include: Johnstown Senior Citizens, Farm Bureau and Southern States Cooperative.
Mrs. Williams was a 1929 graduate of Roosevelt-Wilson High School and had attended Fairmont State College.
Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, WV, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday.
A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home Saturday, December 22, 2001, at 1 p.m.
Interment will be in Johnstown Cemetery.
Sara G. Young
MINGO JUNCTION, Ohio -- Sara G. Young, 89, of Weirton, WV, died Wednesday, December 19, 2001, at Weirton Geriatric Center.
She spent her life watching for her Lord's return, and she was a prayer warrior for her family and friends. She spent most of her life in Salem, WV. She was born in Smithburg, WV, on March 13, 1912, the daughter of the late Clinton and Frances L. Carroll Williams.
She was a member of Morgans Run United Brethren Church, Salem, WV. She taught Sunday School Primary Depts. at Salem United Methodist Church for 16 years and for many years at Open Door Tabernacle. She was a member of the 1930 graduating class at Salem High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Wayne Young, (died: 5-16-1993); sisters, Forest Ramage and Madaline L. Davis.
She is survived by her daughter, Sara Peeler and her husband Sam of Steubenville, OH; grandsons, Samuel W. Peeler of Steubenville, Leonard M. Peeler and wife, Jayna, of New Cumberland, WV, Jody C. Peeler and wife, Gigi, of Steubenville, OH; three great-grandchildren.
Friends may call at Hoff-Shorac Funeral Home, 235 Clifton Ave., Mingo Junction, OH, on Friday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Morgans Run United Brethren Church, Salem, WV, with Rev. Haymond Plaugher officiating. Burial at Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Salem, WV. Memorial contributions may be sent to Morgans Run United Brethren Church, Route 2, Box 25A5, West Union, WV 26456. Review obituary/offer condolences at www.shorac.com.
Hoff-Shorac Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.