|Obituaries for Friday, May 26, 2000
CLARKSBURG -- Mr. John C. Butcher, 76, of Route 2, Box 796 A, Clarksburg, a resident of Rosewood Nursing Home in Grafton since 1996, died at 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.
He was born May 29, 1923, in Gilmer County, a son of the late Albert W. Butcher and Eva D. Rogers Butcher.
His wife, Mary C. Holliday Butcher, whom he married June 26, 1953, survives.
Also surviving are five sons, John R. and L. Ray Butcher, both of Clarksburg, Randall C. Butcher, Wallace, and Marvin K. and Patrick L. Butcher, also of Clarksburg; six daughters, Mrs. Regina Matheny, Burlington, N.C., Mrs. Charles (Beverly A.) Murphy, Tona, Va., Miss Barbara L. Butcher and Mrs. David (Mabel C.) Jenkins, both of Clarksburg; one brother, Thomas Butcher, Thompson Falls, Mont.; three sisters, Mrs. George (Allidine) Myers, Bridgeport, Mrs. George (Alice) Barker, Good Hope, and Mrs. Charles (Louise) Louth, Kinsman, Ohio; 13 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Brenda D. Butcher; an infant daughter; and one brother, Waitman Butcher.
Mr. Butcher attended the Bible Baptist Temple Church and had been a truck driver, working in construction.
Friends may call at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Charles Madaus conducting. Interment will follow in Boring Cemetery on Davisson Run Road.
BUCKHANNON -- Susan J. Cade, 14, of Route 2, Box 282-BB, French Creek, died at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.
She was born Jan. 6, 1986, in Philippi, a daughter of William L. Cade of Junior, and Sonia J. Leary Cade of Clarksburg.
Also surviving are her twin sister, Cindy M. Cade, Buckhannon; one brother, Frederick Cade, Philippi; her grandmother, Cora M. Leary, Century II; and her great-grandmother, Lillian C. Moore, Junior.
Ms. Cade was a seventh- grade student at Buckhannon Upshur Middle School. She was a Christian by faith.
BELINGTON -- Mary Etta Cole, 74, of Stringtown Road., Belington, died at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, May 25, 2000, in the Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, following a brief illness.
She was born Jan. 2, 1916, at Dartmoor, Barbour County, a daughter of the late Lloyd G. and Rachel Cross Delauder.
Her husband, Robert M. Cole, whom she married Nov. 1, 1944, preceded her in death Dec. 11, 1983.
Surviving are three sons, Lloyd R. Cole, Youngstown, Ohio, Robert P. Cole, Belington, and David Cole, Albuquerque, N.M.; one brother, Gordon Delauder, Youngstown, Ohio; one sister, Wilma G. Hill, Belington; seven grandchildren, Robert J. Cole, James A. Cole, Amanda J. Price, Shannon Cole, Abby Cole, Nicky Taylor and Chad Jones; six great-grandchildren, Jonathan P., Jordan P., Shane M. and Jesse A. Cole, Miranda Price and Rachel Taylor.
She was also preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Kukwa; and two brothers, Dorsey H. and Everett W. Delauder.
Mrs. Cole retired as clerk and assistant manager of the Pure Food Store in Belington. She was a former cook at the Stringtown School and a former poultry farmer.
She was a former member of the Barbour County Democratic Executive Committee and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church at Belington.
CLARKSBURG -- Viola T. Fairfax, 90, of Ohio Avenue, Clarksburg, died Thursday, May 25, 2000, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.
She was born Feb. 28, 1910, in Richmond, Va., a daughter of the late Summers and Edith Loudermick Rigsby.
Her husband, Cloyd J. Fairfax, preceded her in death in 1977.
Surviving are one grandson, Richard A. Fairfax, retired U.S. Air Force; one granddaughter, Thelma K. Wails, South Carolina; one brother, Dale Rigsby, Barberton, Ohio; two sisters, Leona Lake, Hepzibah, and Madeline Lindsey, Boothsville.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Elmer A. Fairfax; one grandson, Randy A. Fairfax; one granddaughter, Brenda Hong; two brothers and one sister.
Mrs. Fairfax was retired from Hazel Atlas Glass Factory, Continental Can, and Brockway Glass with 27 years of service as a packer.
She was a member of Lucinda Rose Auxiliary No. 573 Veterans of Foreign Wars, was a life member of the Senior Citizens, a member of the Mountaineer Hooking Club, and was a member of the Reynoldsville Baptist Church.
Friends and family will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, where a funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Don Flanigan officiating. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
GRAFTON -- Thomas Micheal Limbers, 45, of Route 5, Grafton, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at his residence.
He was born March 17, 1955, in Grafton, a son of Thomas C. and Helen J. Utt Limbers of Grafton.
His wife, Sharon Westerman Limbers, survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Bethany M. and Nichole L. Limbers, both at home; one brother, Mark A. Limbers, Montgomery, Ala.; one sister, Brenda K. Robbins and husband, Edward D., Indianapolis, Ind.; five nephews and two nieces.
Mr. Limbers was a member of the St. Augustine Catholic Church of Grafton, the BLE Union, and the BPOE Lodge No. 308 of Grafton. He was an engineer for CSXT Railroad Company in Grafton with 26 years of service.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed reading.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to the Taylor County Public Library, 200 Beech St., Grafton, WV 26354.
SHINNSTON -- Clifford H. McIntyre, 85, of Route 1, Worthington, Harter Hill community, died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, May 25, 2000, in the Fairmont General Hospital, following an extended illness.
He was born Aug. 5, 1914, at Alvy, a son of the late Ira E. and Carrie Newbrough McIntyre.
His wife, Lelia L. Clayton McIntyre, preceded him in death July 10, 1999.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Sharon McIntyre, with whom he made his home; one daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and Robert Duckworth, Shinnston; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Georgia Overfield, Raleigh, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Riley E. and Paul McIntyre.
Mr. McIntyre was a mechanic, having retired from Phillips Lighting in Fairmont. He was a member of the Oakhurst Church of Christ and the St. John's Lodge No. 24 A.F. and A.M., Shinnston, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, with a membership in both the Clarksburg and Wheeling bodies.
Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. today, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with Evangelist Randy Cook officiating. Interment will be in the Alvy Church Cemetery in Tyler County.
Dorothea Vandevender Nestor
ELKINS -- Dorothea Vandevender Nestor, 74, of Elkins, more recently a patient at the Brier Nursing Home at Ronceverte, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at the nursing home. She had been in declining health for the past five months.
She was born June 17, 1925, at Elkins, a daughter of the late Samuel Gateward and Lettie M. Williams Vandevender.
Her husband, Hugh Myers, preceded her in death Jan. 11, 1995.
Surviving are one son, Wilson G. "Shorty" Nestor, Elkins; three daughters, Julia E. Riggleman, Lewisburg, Anna M. Duggan, Mercersburg, Pa., Dama M. Nestor, Leesburg, Va.; one nephew, Samuel L. Vandevender, Charleston; six grandchildren, Robert G. Nestor, Anna R. Wagoner, Bradley T. Duggan, Jeffrey B. Duggan, Jacob N. Han Riggleman and Clarissa A. Michelle Riggleman; and four great-grandchildren, Kevin G. Nestor, Sarah E. Duggan, Matthew T. Duggan and Alicia A. Duggan.
She was preceded in death by one half brother, Samuel E. Vandevender.
Mrs. Nestor was a graduate of Elkins High School, Potomac State College and West Virginia University. She attended Columbia University. She was an educator, having taught at Homestead Junior High School. She was a vocational home economics teacher at Elkins High School and was a food service teacher at the Randolph County Vocational Technical Center, retiring in 1980.
She was president of the West Virginia Vocational Association, was regional advisor for the Future Homemakers of America, was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons, the Randolph Chapter No. 74, Order of Eastern Star, the Randolph County Retired Teachers Association, the American Association of University Women at Lewisburg and the Lewisburg United Methodist Church.
ELKINS -- Norma Evelyn Phillips, 82, of 208 Sylvester Dr., Elkins, died early Thursday, May 25, 2000, at her residence. She had been in declining health for the past 10 years and death was attributed to cardiac arrest.
She was born Sept. 14, 1917, at Junior, a daughter of the late Granville M. and Lula Sandridge Wiseman.
Her husband, Willard L. Phillips Sr., whom she married Nov. 24, 1937, survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Willard L. "Bill" Phillips Jr., and Leonard H. Phillips, both of Elkins; one brother, Forest Wiseman, Belington; three grandchildren, Leonard H. Phillips II, Kristin E. Phillips and Kimberly L. Phillips, all of Florida.
She was preceded in death by one half brother, Loren Wiseman; and one half sister, Eulah Wiseman.
Mrs. Phillips attended the schools of Barbour County and along with her husband, owned and operated Phil's Restaurant for 23 years.
She was a former member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church at Bradenton, Fla., where she was active in the Ladies Church Activities and was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church.
BUCKHANNON -- Freda Mae Ralston, 84, of Willowbrook St., died at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 24, 2000, at her home following a brief illness.
She was born March 24, 1916, in Jane Lew, a daughter of the late Charles E. and Freda M. Colvin.
Her husband, Richard H. Ralston Sr., whom she married in 1938, preceded her in death in 1995.
Surviving are three children, R.H. Ralston II and wife, Carole, Buckhannon, Mary A. Gaudet and husband, Larry, Bell Buckle, Tenn., and Colvin Ralston, Buckhannon; nine grandchildren, Richard Ralston III, McDonald, Pa., Michelle Rheinheimer, Richmond, Va., Stuart Gaudet, Falls Church, Va., Leslie Courtney, Lake Charles, La., Kristen Bostek, Lorraine, Ohio, Caroline Travis, Antioch, Tenn., Tara Hurley, Jefferson City, Tenn., Elizabeth Gaudet and Raymond Gaudet, Bell Buckle; four step grandchildren, Kris Hopkins, Charlotte, N.C., Kari Gaudet, Falls Church, Va., Kirk Parsons, Ellicot City, Md., and Kyle Parsons, Charleston; 15 great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Hinzman, Weston, Mrs. Serena Tomaschko, Clarksburg, and Mary Lowman, Buckhannon.
She was also preceded in death by four brothers.
Mrs. Ralston was an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration and the PEO Sisterhood. She also served for several years in the St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary.
Memorial services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, Buckhannon, with Father John Bailey and Father Fred Valentine officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the Church of the Transfiguration or the Hospice of St. Joseph's Hospital.
BUCKHANNON -- Jacob Dylan Richardson, 7, of Route 2, French Creek, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, as a result of an accident.
He was born Feb. 9, 1993, at Petersburg, a son of William T. and Darlene Hinchman Richardson.
Also surviving are one brother, William Richardson II, at home; three sisters, Cassidy and Kimberly Richardson, at home, and Heather Richardson, Appalachia, Va.; his paternal grandmother, Carolyn Richardson, Weston; and several aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Gene Richardson; his maternal grandparents, Cotton and Marie Hinchman; and one stepsister, Susan Cade.
Jacob was a student at French Creek Elementary School.