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Obituaries for January 26, 2000

Harold C. Bennett

PENNSBORO -- Harold C. Bennett, 76, of Pennsboro, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, in Parkersburg.

He was born on Feb. 25, 1923, near Grantsville, Calhoun County, a son of the late Osie G. and Della M. Minney Bennett.

Surviving is his wife of 48 years, Leta V. Smith Bennett.

Also surviving are one son, Gregory O. Bennett, Pennsboro; one daughter and son-in-law, Sabrina and Mike Hanlon, Pennsboro; two grandchildren, Alexis Bennett, Pennsboro, and Valerie Hanlon, Morgantown; one grandson and wife, David and Jennifer Hanlon, Pennsboro; and two great-grandhcildren.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Eugene Bennett.

Mr. Bennett was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army and seeing service in the Pacific Theater.

He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School in 1942, and for 29 years was employed by the state of West Virginia, Department of Natural Resources, as a conservation officer serving primarly Ritchie, Doddridge and Pleasant counties. He retired with the rank of sergeant.

He was a member and past master of Harmony Lodge No. 59, A.F.&A.M. of Pennsboro.

Callie L. Cummings

BELINGTON -- Callie Louise Cummings, 65, of Teter Lake community, Route 1, Montrose, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 25, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.

She was born May 20, 1934, in Weaver, Randolph County, a daughter of the late Recco Dale and Gladys Corley Cummings.

She had never married.

Surviving are two sisters, JoAnn Bowers, Elkins, and Emma Baisi, Weaver; one brother, Stanley Cummings, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews, including Mary and Arthur "Bud" Tusing, with whom she made her home.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Arlene Winans, Susie and Ruthie Cummings and three brothers, Roger, Duge and Gerald Cummings.

Miss Cummings was a homemaker and member of the Central Chapel United Methodist Church.

Patty A. Davis

SALEM -- Patty A. Davis, 67, a resident of Sunbridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, formerly of Randolph Terrace Apartments, Salem, died at 10:08 a.m. Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at the facility following an extended illness.

She was born May 26, 1932, in Mt. Clare, a daughter of the late Carl Woodson and Arleta Irene Junkins Woodson.

Her husband, Kenneth Eugene "Gene" Davis, preceded her in death on June 14, 1991.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Larry (Debra "Debbie") Lowe, Kathy Thomey and fiance, Joe Loretta, and Shiela Seckman, all of Clarksburg; two sons, Michael Davis and wife, Patty, Salem, Steven Davis and wife, Shirley, Conway, Pa.; one brother, William Woodson and wife, Sue, Salem; one sister-in-law, Loretta Woodson, Wolf Summit; 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Carl G. Woodson and Richard Woodson and one sister, Mary Murphy.

Mrs. Davis was a homemaker and Protestant.

Ellieve A. Donley

PENNSBORO -- Ellieve A. Donley, 81, of West Union, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, in Clarksburg.

She was born June 1, 1918, in Dola, Harrison County, a daughter of the late Lida and Bessie Moore Davis.

Her husband, Denver R. Donley, preceded her in death.

Surviving are four sons, Denver L. Donley, Omaha, Neb., Roger Donley, Pennsboro, James S. Donley, West Union, and Donald Donley, Cleveland, Ohio; five daughters, Deloris J. Moutray, Browns, Ill., Shirley A. Dillon, Moncks Corner, S.C., Nancy Ladd, Harrisville, Betty Powell, Clarksburg, and Sandra Freeland, Bonneau Beach, S.C.; one brother, David Moore; three sisters, Lyle A. Baker and Lillian Slider, both of Massillon, Ohio, and Luella Corbitt, Weirton; 35 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Burl, Raymond and Robert Davis and one son, Robert Donley.

Mrs. Donley was a homemaker and a member of the Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars of West Union.

Blanche Ferguson

CLARKSBURG -- Blanche Devaughn Ferguson, 71, of 126 Tuna St., Clarksburg, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born in Marion County, Oct. 4, 1928, a daughter of the late Isaac H. Ansel and Goldie E. Howard Ansel.

Surviving are one son and a daughter-in-law, John and Lola Ferguson Jr., Clarksburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and John Hyde, Saltwell; one sister, Verna Ansel, Clarksburg; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Laura Ansel, Pearland, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Leroy Ansel.

Mrs. Ferguson was a charter member of the Clarksburg Nazarene Church. She graduated from Washington Irving High School and was a volunteer at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Clarksburg.

She was a member of the Peace Makers Quilting Club and the Navy Mothers Club.

Mrs. Ferguson retired from the former Brockway Glass Co. with 27 years of service, working in the packing department.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Gary D. Sidle presiding. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Joan W. Gillis

CLARKSBURG -- Joan Winnifred Gillis, 74, of Box 1231, Davisson Run, Clarksburg, died at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born in North Hampton, England, June 27, 1925, a daughter of the late Walter and Doris Ashworth.

Her husband, Homer R. Gillis, whom she married Jan. 26, 1947, preceded her in death on Aug. 8, 1995.

Surviving are two sons, Richard H. Gillis and Kenneth W. Gillis, both of Davisson Run, Clarksburg; three grandchildren, Sandra Gillis, Paula Wright and Brian Gillis; and two great-grandchildren, Justin and Brian Matheny.

Mrs. Gillis was a member of the Womens' Bowling Association and a member of the Overseas Wives Club.

She had been employed by the former Maidenform Co. of Clarksburg and served as president of the Garment Workers Local.

Friends will be received from 7-9 p.m. Thursday and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert L. Wilson conducting the service. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Ruby M. Grimes

GLENVILLE -- Ruby Marie Grimes, 64, of Cox's Mill, died at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 4, 1936, in Gilmer County, a daughter of Genevieve Jones, Cox's Mill, and the late Harry Losh.

Surviving are two daughters, Geneva Cogar, Buckhannon, and Lena Heater, Burnsville; three sisters, Ellen Stump, Sand Fork, Dorothy Townsend, Cox's Mill, and Teresa Powers, Lumberport; five brothers, Lonnie Losh, Sand Fork, Virgie Losh, Virginia, Leon Losh, Sutton, Russell Losh, Charleston, and Fred Losh, Stonewood; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Grimes was a homemaker and Methodist.

Edna M. Lunceford

BRIDGEPORT -- Edna Maxine Lunceford, 73, of James Street, Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born July 2, 1926, in Hillsboro, a daughter of the late Edgar Pierson Hendrick and Florence Smith Hendrick.

Surviving is her husband, Cullen H. Lunceford.

Also surviving are two daughters, Susan Beth Lunceford, Bridgeport, and Lisa Jane Lunceford, Frankfort, Ky.; two brothers, Carl Hendrick, Fairmont, and Edgar Pierson Hendrick Jr., Augusta, Ga.; and one sister, Elizabeth Welms, Oil City, Pa.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Lloyd, Warren, Ronald and Glenn Hendrick and one sister, Olive Swanson.

Mrs. Lunceford worked as a legal secretary for Exxon, CNG and the American Red Cross.

She was a member of the Professional Secretaries Association and the Bridgeport United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading books and playing bridge.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Allen Funeral Home, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Steven E. Dorsey conducting the service. Interment will follow at Bridgeport Cemetery.

Nancy E. Minton

GRAFTON -- Nancy Elizabeth McDaniel Minton, 67, of Newburg, Preston County, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at her residence.

She was born Feb. 26, 1932, in Newburg, a daughter of the late Nathan Henry McDaniel and Clarice Joann Loughrie McDaniel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Noble May, in 1954.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. James (Cheryl R.) Engle and Mrs. Danny (Kathy) Sheets, both of Independence, and Rhonda Jo Minton Bonnett, Newburg; three brothers, Adam McDaniel and Nathan L. McDaniel, both of Newburg, and Fred McDaniel, Philippi; two sisters, Mary L. Wolfe and Josephine McDaniel, both of Newburg; three grandsons, two granddaughters, two great-granddaughters, 18 nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Charles McDaniel; one sister, Eloise Wilt; and one nephew, James Thomas McDaniel.

Mrs. Minton was retired as a receptionist from Human Resources Development Foundation, Inc. She was a member of the Rebecah White Mountain Lodge No. 63, Newburg.

Friends will be received from 6-9 p.m. today at the Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family, with Evangelist Charles McDonald and Pastor Clara Pegg officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethel Cemetery, Scotch Hill, Newburg.

Blanche V. Philippart

BRIDGEPORT -- Blanche Vilain Philippart, 90, of Route 4, Box 431, Clarksburg, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

She was born May 31, 1909, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Martha and Armand Vilain.

Her husband, Rene Philippart, preceded her in death in 1958.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Dorothy Philippart, Clarksburg, and Thomas and Sondra Philippart, Kernersville, N.C.; five grandchildren, Laura Zohn, Raleigh, N.C., James Philippart, Kernersville, Bobby Matheny, Salem, Robin Darconte, California, and Charlotte Shiplett, Clarksburg; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Martha Jean Matheny; three brothes and one sister.

Mrs. Philippart was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clarksburg.

Friends will be received at the Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, from 2-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Father Cesidio Federico presiding. Interment will follow in the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

Hazel G. Sponaugle

PENNSBORO -- Hazel Gladys Sponaugle, 93, of West Union, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2000, in Clarksburg.

She was born June 15, 1906, near Shirley, Tyler County, a daughter of the late Samuel K. and Macy Murphy Kimball.

Surviving is her husband, Lester Wade Sponaugle.

Also surviving are one brother, Edward J. Kimball, Parkersburg; one sister, Wanda V. Cox, Ellicott City, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, James Kimball and two sisters, Jessie Pernell and Opal Virginia Prim.

Mrs. Sponaugle was a homemaker and had attended the Union Mission Church in Sunnyside.

Russell P. Starkey

Russell Paul Starkey, 81, of Van Buren Street, Clarksburg, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2000, at Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

He was born Aug. 12, 1918, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Alfred and Ella Hart Starkey.

His wife, Betty Hamrick Starkey, whom he married on June 16, 1940, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Alfred Starkey, Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Brenda Newcome, Rossiter, Pa., and Judy Clark, Normalsville, Pa., one sister, Burtie Muscari, Clarksburg; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one infant son, Kenneth Kay Starkey; one brother, Denzil Starkey; and two sisters, Lillian "Ducky" Starkey and Wilma June LaBenne.

Mr. Starkey was a retired carpenter with Clyde M. Shrum Contractors with over 50 years of service. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses.

There will be no public visitation. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Kingdom Hall Jehovah's Witnesses.

Davis Funeral Home, Clarksburg, is in charge of the arrangements.

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