|Obituaries for Sunday, Nov. 12, 2000
Mary Louise 'Pudgie' Chapman
ELKINS -- Mary Louise "Pudgie" Chapman, 67, of Mabie, died at 3:56 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2000, at her residence. She had been in declining health and had been considered critical for the past two weeks.
She was born July 15, 1933, at Cassity, a daughter of Dolly Ellen Rutherford Bice of Mabie, and the late Charley Pastine.
Her husband, Clarence William Chapman, whom she married Jan. 30, 1976, at Parsons, survives.
Also surviving are one son, William Lawrence "Billy" Edmond II and wife, Rhonda Hardesty, Lewisburg; three daughters, Mrs. Leonard D. "Bobbie Jo" Kerns, Valley Bend, Mrs. Chuck "Mikie" Dumire, Moore, and Mrs. Ronzel "Teri" Cayton, Elkins; two sisters, Mrs. Charles "Lulu" Thomas, Mabie, and Mrs. John "Bobbie" Miller, Jimtown; four grandchildren, Charley Dumire II, Moore, and Tyler, Elizabeth and Sarah Edmond, all of Lewisburg.
She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Cecil Bice.
Mary attended the schools of Cassity and graduated from Coalton High School with the Class of 1951. She had worked for G.C. Murphy, the Dutch Oven Bakery, and for the former Golden Clinic at Elkins. At the time of illness, she was a floral designer and sales clerk for the Adkins Home Decorating Center at Parsons. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Delphia Rebekah Lodge No. 62 and the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion for 22 years. She was a member of the Tuesday Coffee Bowling League and Thursday Early Bird Bowling League. She was an avid hunter.
Friends will be received at the Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home, Elkins, from 6-9 p.m. Monday. Final rites will be conducted from the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Allen D. Crosten and the Rev. Stella Faye Moyer officiating. Interment will follow at the American Legion's Little Arlington Cemetery at Harpertown.
BUCKHANNON -- John D. DePoy, 63, of Route 1, French Creek, the Brooks Hill community, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000.
He was born Jan. 14, 1937, a son of the late Charles C. and Della House DePoy.
Surviving are one daughter, Jonie Goetzke, Selbyville; one son, John DeWayne DePoy, Volga; two grandchildren; five brothers, Charles DePoy, Alton, William DePoy, Petersburg, Va., Ralph DePoy and Walter DePoy, both of Alton, and Wesley DePoy, Czar; two sisters, Vera Cutright, French Creek, and Mary Russell, Belvidere, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, one brother and one stepsister.
Friends will be received at the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel, Buckhannon, from 6-8 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Terry Gower officiating. Interment will follow in the Indian Camp Cemetery.
CLARKSBURG -- Nancy R. Eddy, 62, of 2030 Jacobs Run, New Richmond, Ohio, died at 6 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2000, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 17, 1938, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Richard Albert and Kathleen Davis Vassar.
Her husband, Thomas Eddy, whom she married Feb. 14, 1960, preceded her in death in 1979.
Surviving are two daughters, Melissa Eddy, Wheeling, and Mrs. Jeff (Maronee) Smith, New Richmond; one brother, Richard D. Vassar, Casper, Wyo,; one sister, Margaret J. Vassar, Clarksburg; one grandson, Brandon Smudski, Wheeling; one sister-in-law, Beverly June Vassar, Mount Clare; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Blair Curtis Vassar on Aug. 23, 1999.
Mrs. Eddy was a teacher at Georgetown High School in Georgetown, Ohio.
Friends may call at the E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, New Richmond, from 6-8 p.m. today, where a funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. today with the Rev. John Harrison conducting. The body will then be moved to the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, where friends may call from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Tuesday. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery with the Rev. Leon Hevener conducting. Interment will follow.
NILES, Ohio -- Harry Edward Edgell, formerly of Folsom, W.Va., died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Sandy and Jim Leeper Sr., 458 Brumstetter Road SW, Lordstown.
He was the son of Hattie Jane Batis Edgell of Folsom, and the late Minor Ray.
His wife, Dixie Hayhurst Edgell, of Lordstown, whom he married in 1949, survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Sandra Edgell Leeper; four grandchildren, James Leeper Jr. and Jeffrey Leeper Sr., both of Niles, Kimberly Fanto, Haviland, and Jason Leeper, Lordstown; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one brother and six sisters.
Mr. Edgell retired from Ormet Aluminum Corp., Hannibel, in 1989. He was a veteran of World War II.
He was a lifetime member of NRA. He was Protestant by faith.
Friends will be received from 5-8 p.m. today at Halloway Funeral Home, 611 Robbins Ave., Niles. Services will be held at noon Monday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Kerr Cemetery, Salt Springs Road, Mineral Ridge.
SALEM -- Juanita M. Kellar, 65, of Route 2, Box 144, Salem, died at 6:52 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, 2000, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.
She was born July 7, 1935, in Harrison County, a daughter of the late Mason J. and Alfretta Frazier Kerns.
Her husband, Robert M. Kellar, preceded her in death in 1991.
Surviving are four sons, Robert M. Kellar, Canton, Ohio, William M. Kellar, Lansing, Mich., Kevin M. Kellar, Clarksburg, and Brian D. Kellar, Salem; three sisters, Irene Hickman, Bristol, Jo Ann Collens, Salem, Chris Keigley, Clarksburg; three nieces and two nephews whom she raised, Viki Johnson, Big Battle, Anita Rosser and Lisa Kellar, both of Fairmont, Craig M. Kellar, West Union, and James C. Kellar, Springfield, Tenn.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters and one nephew, Doyle M. Kellar Jr.
Mrs. Kellar was a homemaker. She was a member of the Welcome Baptist Church.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Welcome Baptist Church, Big Battle, with the Rev. Tom Woodson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Welcome Baptist Church Building Fund, Route 2, Box 143, Salem, WV 26426.
Ruth Gainer Bryan LaPierre
PLANTATION, Fla. -- Ruth Gainer Bryan LaPierre, 84, of Plantation, previously of Punta Gorda, died suddenly Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, after undergoing surgery for a broken hip.
She was born May 20, 1916, in Meadowville, a daughter of the late French W. and Sallie Hymes Gainer.
Her second husband, Harold F. LaPierre, of Middletown, Conn., preceded her in death.
Surviving are one son, Dr. Vincent E. Bryan and wife, Donna, of Palm Harbor; one daughter, Beverly Bryan Hoppe and husband, Will, Plantation, with whom she made her home for the past three and a half years; four grandchildren, Steven Wayne and wife, Lisa, of Lawrenceville, Ga., Wendy Jill Shorter and husband, Gary, Eythorne, Kent in England, Patrick Wayne and wife, Camille, Tampa, and Kristy Bryan, Palm Harbor; one sister, Mary G. Baughman Phillips, Belington; several nieces and nephews; and her first husband and father of her children, Vincent B. Bryan and wife, Jeanne, Tamarac.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Hubert and Gene Gainer; and one sister, Martha Corder.
Mrs. LaPierre was a graduate of Belington High School with the Class of 1933. She attended Mountain State Business College in Parkersburg.
She moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1954 and lived in Florida for most of the ensuing years.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 180 of Plantation, and the BPO Does Drove No. 203 of Englewood.
After donating any usable organs, the body was cremated and the ashes will be scattered at sea according to her wishes.
Homer F. 'Speedy' Martin Jr.
PENNSBORO -- Homer F. "Speedy" Martin Jr., 78, of Nutters Fork, near West Union, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000, at Clarksburg.
He was born Sept. 29, 1922, on Nutters Fork, Doddridge County, a son of the late Homer F. and Flora Freeman Martin.
Surviving are two sisters, Bonnie Holt, formerly of Parkersburg, now residing at Sunnyside, near West Union, and Marie Williams, Nutters Fork, three nieces and one nephew.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Floretta Lemasters; and two brothers-in-law, Alfred Holt and Joseph Williams.
Mr. Martin was a self employed Right of Way Contractor for the former Hope Natural Gas Company. He enjoyed farming.
He was a member of the American Legion, Post 25, West Union, and was a veteran of World War II with service in the U.S. Army.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today, from 2-8 p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the funeral home with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Coleman-Freeman Cemetery at Crystal Lake, near West Union.
SHINNSTON -- Goldie Irene Swiger, 84, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Wallace, died at 5 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at her residence following a brief illness.
She was born May 13, 1916, in Wallace, a daughter of the late Godfrey and Rita Scott Cumberledge.
Her husband, Wilbert Alfred Swiger, preceded her in death in 1961.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Ruth Ann and William Moody, with whom she made her home; two brothers, Rev. Allen Cumberledge, Wallace, and William "Junior" Cumberledge, Fairmont; three grandchildren, Heather, Christina and Timothy Moody; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.
Mrs. Swiger was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wallace.
Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. Monday, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Denver Burnside officiating. Interment will be in the Center Point Christian Church Cemetery.
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Lewis E. "Pete" Wolfe, 67, of Clearwater, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at Mease Countryside Hospital Safety Harbor.
He was born in Clarksburg, W.Va.
His wife, Jo Ann, survives.
Also surviving are two sons, David L. and Donald L., both of Clearwater; two daughters, Cathy A. Williams, Crestview, and Diane A. Hudson, Safety Harbor; two brothers, Robert "Bob" Quiet Dell, and Donald "Don" Pinellas Park; one sister, Sandra J. "Sandy" Riffle, Clarksburg; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Wolfe went to Clearwater in 1972 from Eglin Air Force Base, where he retired from the Air Force with the rank of master sergeant. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars.
He worked as chief planner at Honeywell Space Systems, Largo. He was a Baptist. He was a coach for Little League, Clearwater, and a member of the Toastmaster Club and the Republican Club, both of Clearwater, and the United Way of Pinellas County.