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Obituaries for Thursday, May 25, 2000

Belle Ash

NUTTER FORT -- Belle Ash, 97, of Stonewood, died Wednesday morning, May 24, 2000, in a local personal care home.

She was born Aug. 22, 1902, in Stringtown, Sun Fish community, Tyler County, a daughter of the late Melvin and Minerva Kile Stackpole.

Her husband, Guy B. Ash, preceded her in death Nov. 10, 1984.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. James (Lillian) Curry, Bridgeport; two sons, Arlen "Jack" Ash, Reno, Ohio, and Loren Ash, Route 4, Salem; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by one sister, Sylvia Harbert; and one half brother, Claude Stackpole.

Mrs. Ash was a member of the Stonewall United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker.

Friends may call at the Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, from 7-9 p.m. today, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Richard Wilson presiding.

Burial will follow in Stonewall Park Cemetery.

Margaret V. Bee

GRAFTON -- Margaret V. Bee, 81, of Dorsey Street, Grafton, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown, of an extended illness.

She was born May 29, 1918, in Grafton, a daughter of the late Fred W. and Rose Vernon Grinnan.

Her husband, William Bee, whom she married Aug. 1, 1983, survives.

Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Virginia Lee Waters and Billie Mays, both of Maryville, Tenn.; two stepgranddaughters, Heather M. Sutton, Ormond Beach, Fla., and Holly Dotson, Maryville; two stepgrandsons, Ron and Eric Waters, both of Maryville; several step great-grandchildren; and Kathleen Jones, Grafton, whom she helped raise.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

Mrs. Bee graduated from the Clarksburg Business College and worked as a receptionist and technician for Dr. Charles Wells and Dr. William Hill, both optometrists of Grafton.

She was a member of Grafton Business Girls, and also had worked at the VA Hospital in Clarksburg. She held membership at the Blueville United Methodist Church.

Brittany Rae Cunningham

PHILIPPI -- Brittany Rae Cunningham, 19, of Route 2, Philippi, died unexpectedly Tuesday morning, May 23, 2000, at her college residence in Morgantown.

She was born June 11, 1980, in Philippi, a daughter of Dr. Gary W. Cunningham of Philippi, and the late Randy S. Coontz.

Also surviving are her stepmother, Lori A. Potoczny Cunningham, Philippi; one sister, Mrs. Fred (Amy D.) Funk, Bridgeport; two brothers, Grant W. and Zachary M. Cunningham, both of Route 2, Philippi.

Miss Cunningham was a 1998 graduate of Philip-Barbour High School where she was a member of the cross country team. She was also a member of the Key Club, where she served as secretary for 1996-1997 and president for 1997-1998. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Who's Who of America, student council, and was awarded the National Science Merit Award.

She was a junior at West Virginia University majoring in pre-med. She was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Presidential Scholar.

She attended St. Elizabeth's Catholic Church.

Marjorie Jo "Margie" Mills Jenkins

PINE GROVE -- Marjorie Jo "Margie" Mills Jenkins, 25, of Mannington, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Fairmont, due to an automobile accident.

She was born June 14, 1974, at New Martinsville, a daughter of Robert L. Mills of Shirley, and Frances A. Hostuttler Mills of Smithfield.

Her husband, Carl J. Jenkins, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Brandon Jenkins; one daughter, Brandie Jenkins, both at home; three sisters, Vanessa Brammer, Rachael, Lee Ann Mills, Mannington, and Jessica Mills, Columbus, Ohio; and her maternal grandparents, Nelson and Velma Hostuttler, Smithfield.

Mrs. Mills attended the Saint James United Methodist Church in Smithfield. She graduated from Valley High School, class of 1992. She was a waitress at TJ's Bar and Restaurant at Fairmont.

Mary Margaret Murphy

FARMINGTON -- Mary Margaret Murphy, 76, of Worthington, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at Fairmont General Hospital.

She was born March 13, 1924, in Monongah, a daughter of the late Harvey H. Leonard and Ehelee Towles Leonard Wallbrown.

Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Glenda and Carl Jack, Little Rock, Ark., and Pamela Jones, Shinnston; two sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Jenneth "Janet" Leonard, Worthington, and John and Patty Murphy, Moorefield; one brother, James H. Leonard, Worthington; one sister, Betty Michael, Colfax; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Ms. Murphy was formerly employed at the Drummond's Restaurant in Fairmont, and was a homemaker.

She was a past member of the American Legion Post 31, Women's Auxiliary in Shinnston, a past member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 2373 in Fairmont, and a member of the Worthington Citizens Improvement Association.

She attended the Worthington Baptist Church.

Christine Cox Wood

PHILIPPI -- Christine Cox Wood, 85, of Orlando, Fla., since 1968, formerly of Barbour County, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, in Orlando.

She was born May 22, 1914, at Greensburg, Pa., a daughter of the late Howard D. and Hattie (Price) Cox.

Surviving are two sisters, Mary F. Snyder, Philippi, and Harriet Myers, Richardson, Texas.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Hugh F. and William A. Cox; and one sister, Dorothy Prouty.

Ms. Wood was a graduate of Belington High School and Davis & Elkins College.

She taught school at Junior and Charleston, and Orlando.

She was a member of Chapter No. 68 Order of Eastern Star, Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority of Charleston, and Orlando Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.

She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church at Belington.

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