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Obituaries for Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000

Edward D. "Ed" Ayers

SHINNSTON -- Edward D. "Ed" Ayers, 59, of Shinnston, died at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000, at Hardesty's Quality Living, Joetown, following an extended illness.

He was born May 29, 1941, at Shinnston, a son of the late Raymond and Iva Anderson Ayers Stewart.

His wife, Peggy West Ayers, preceded him in death.

Surviving are two sons, David Ayers and wife, Billie, Shinnston, and Robert Ayers, Wilmington, N.C.; two daughters, Pamela Roberts, Fort Myers, Fla., and Teresa Ayers, Brandon, Fla.; nine grandchildren; four brothers, Sam Ayers, Titusville, Fla., Kenneth Ayers, Jacksonville, Fla., Melvin Ayers, Ocala, Fla., and William Ayers, Hepzibah.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

Mr. Ayers was a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge, Enterprise. He was an auto body repairman.

A memorial service will be conducted at the Christ Church United Methodist, Main Street, Shinnston, at 2 p.m. today with the Rev. Duane Bartrug officiating. Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, is in charge of arrangements.

Orva J. Benedum

MARS, Pa. -- Orva J. Benedum, 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at St. John Specialty Care Center, Mars, following a brief illness.

He was a son of the late Loyal and Ethel Waybright Benedum, Kincheloe, W.Va.

His wife, Kathryn Breeger Benedum, survives in Mars.

Also surviving are two sisters, Ethel Ruth Paugh, Kincheloe, and Cynthia L. Richards, Good Hope, W.Va.; three brothers, Homer, Weston, W.Va., Howard, Quiet Dell, W.Va., and Carl, Waverly, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Mr. Benedum was retired from the U.S. Post Office. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of several service organizations.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church, Zelienople, Pa.

The funeral service will be held today at Jobe Funeral Home, Monroeville, Pa.

Rodney D. "Bub" Collins

CLARKSBURG -- Rodney D. "Bub" Collins, 41, died early Tuesday morning, Nov. 21, 2000, at Crestwood Care Nursing facility, Shelby, Ohio.

He was born March 7, 1959, in Clarksburg, a son of Ronald L. Collins of Salem, and Patricia A. Michaels, Elyria, Ohio.

Surviving are two brothers, Gregory and Michael; one sister, Beth A. Morris, Norwalk, Ohio; four nephews, Michael, Christopher, Tyler and Kevin; and one niece, Kayla.

He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Everett and Elva Collins, whom he had previously resided with at Bristol, and Everett and Elva Collins.

The arrangements are incomplete.

Howard Earl "Haystack" Heldreth

FAIRMONT -- Howard Earl "Haystack" Heldreth, 58, of Fairmont, died at 3 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, at the home of his stepson, Brian and wife, Jeanette Parker, of Rivesville.

He was born April 22, 1942, near Mannington, a son of Thela Marie Holbert Heldreth of the Arbors of Fairmont, and the late Benjamin Franklin Heldreth.

His present wife, Lily Ann Parker, of Rivesville, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Howard E. and Darlene Heldreth, Durham, N.C.; two former wives, Darlene Davis, Knightsville, N.C., formerly of Enterprise, and Joene V. Lyons, Fairmont; two daughters, Venessa Lee and husband, S. Sgt. David Stevens, Langley Air Force Base, Va., and Teressa and husband, Curtis Peltier, Sykesville, Md.; three brothers, Russell and wife, Anita Heldreth, Barstow, Lawrence and wife, Opal Heldreth, Flaggy Meadow, Mannington; and Dallas and wife, Sandra Heldreth, Flat Run, Mannington; one sister, Julie and husband, Bill Jones, Hundred; two sisters-in-law, Stella Lovett, Metz, and Jackie McCall, Apple Valley, Calif.; one stepson, Brian and wife, Jeannette Parker, Rivesville; five grandchildren, Leah Nicole Heldreth, Durham, Brittney Shaffer and Gabrielle Stevens, both of Langley Air Force Base, Md., Ryan Christopher Peltier and Lauren Mykell Peltier, both of Sykesville, Md.

Mr. Heldreth attended the Trinity Assembly of God Church, Fairmont. He was employed for over 30 years as a machinist at North American Phillips Corp. of Fairmont. He was active in mission work in Latin America for the last 10 years through the church.

The family requests memorial donations be made payable to the Latin American Mission Fund, in care of the Trinity Assembly of God Church, Seven Marathon Dr., Fairmont, WV 26554.

Major Edgar Quentin Miles

BUCKHANNON -- Major Edgar Quentin Miles, 81, of Buckhannon, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Feb. 19, 1919, in Rock Cave, a son of the late E.J. and Ethel Miles.

His wife, Marjorie Lee Craven Miles, whom he married June 19, 1946, by the Rev. Ross Linger, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Barbara Miles, Sandyville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sherry and Wayne de Rosset, Glenville, and Crystal and Mark Goodwin, Clarksburg; seven grandchildren, Jonathan Phillip Miles, Dylan and Brittany de Rosset, Amy, Stephanie and Gregory Goodwin.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Christine Thompson.

Mr. Miles was a member of Franklin Lodge No. 7 A.F. and A.M., Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., USA 32 degree of Clarksburg and Wheeling shrines (Osiris Temple) in Buckhannon, Wheeling, Lewis County and Bonita Springs, Fla., Eastern Star, Buckhannon Chapter No. 18, American Legion Frank B. Bartlett Post No. 7 for 36 years, Sons of the American Revolution and the American Association of Retired People.

He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church, Buckhannon.

He retired from the U.S. Army with 34 years of service. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Crisis. He graduated from Fort Benning Military School in Georgia, and Fort Meade Military School in Maryland. He was a former member of the National Guard Unit in Buckhannon, and commander of the National Guard unit in Weston. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserves. He was a member of the Military Retiree Council at Fort Knox, Ky.

He was a retired printer from Queens Publishers in Clarksburg, the Republican Delta as a job printer in Buckhannon, and the owner of Q&M Printers, Weston.

Chapter No. 18 Order of Eastern Star will have a memorial service at 8:30 p.m. today at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home, Buckhannon.

Robert J. Moine

CLARKSBURG -- Robert J. Moine, 53, of 111 Waverly Way, Clarksburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000, at his residence.

He was born March 20, 1947, in Clarksburg, a son of Juliana Mary Urban Moine of Clarksburg, and the late Gaspard J. Moine.

His wife, Paula Hughes Moine, whom he married Feb. 13, 1971, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Brian R. Moine at home and Nathan F. Moine, Charlotte, N.C.; one brother and sister-in-law, Joffre P. and Pam Moine, Columbus, Ohio; one sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Keith Hartshorn, Cincinnati, Ohio; three nephews and two nieces.

Mr. Moine was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He had retired Nov. 1, 2000, from Dominion (Consolidated Gas Co.) where he had been a gas controller.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in the Immaculate Conception Church with the Rev. Father Cesidio J. Federico as celebrant. Interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Tyler County. A vigil service will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.

Elnora Poling

PHILIPPI -- Elnora Auvil Poling, 91, of Route 2, Philippi, died at 3 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, in the Broaddus Hospital Long Term Care Facility following an extended illness.

She was born April 29, 1909, near Parsons, Tucker County, a daughter of the late Clarence James and Sarah C. Poling Auvil.

Her husband, Chester Franklin Poling, whom she married Jan. 3, 1925, preceded her in death June 18, 1991.

Surviving are seven daughters, Mrs. Harry (Leota) O'Neal and Mrs. Vernon (Esta) Howdershelt, both of Valley Furnace community, Mrs. Arthur (Rosalie) Marsh, Mrs. William (Pauline) Price, Mrs. Lenwood (Joan) Bolyard, Mrs. Donald (Patsy) Bolyard, Mrs. Burl (Faye) Haddix, all of Route 2, Philippi; two sons, Kenneth C. Poling, St. Marys, and James F. Poling, Route 2, Philippi; six sisters, Mrs. Pearl Wratchford and Miss Nellie Auvil, both of St. George, Mrs. Goldie Wilson, Mrs. Lyda Dumire, Mrs. Sylvia Boyles and Mrs. Caroline Poling, all of Philippi; three brothers, Robert L. Auvil, Canton, Ohio, John Auvil, Elkins, and Noble Auvil, St. George; 25 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by an infant grandson, Eric Haddix; an infant great-grandson, Mason Haddix; one sister, Laura Poling; three brothers, Wayne Auvil, Junior Ray Auvil and Walter Auvil; one daughter-in-law, Patty Ruth Poling; and two sons-in-law, Ogden Richman and Harry O'Neal.

Mrs. Poling was a homemaker and a retired farmer. She was a devout Christian.

She was a member of the Central Chapel United Methodist Church where she was a former Sunday school teacher and music leader.

Donald E. Powell

FAIRMONT -- Donald "Cowboy" Earl Powell, 73, of Smithtown Road, Morgantown, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, at his home.

He was born Oct. 4, 1927, at Little Falls in Monongalia County, one of 13 children to the late Jesse Lynn and Hulda Mae Bunner Powell.

His wife of nearly 50 years, Lucille Carter Powell, whom he married Dec. 15, 1950, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Colby Powell, Opekiska; one daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Hu Vandervolt, Morgantown; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Ada Grace and Zeke Fletcher, Smithtown, Freda Kerns, Morgantown, Pauline and Glen Summers, Colfax, and Edra Summers, Sophia; five grandchildren, Ray Firn, Jamestown, Wis., Donald Firn, Opekiska, Renee Powell, Megan Powell and Jennifer Powell, all of Mannington; two great-grandchildren, Samuel Firn and Madison Firn; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Donald E. Powell Jr. in 1973; five brothers, Perry Powell, Dana Powell, Durward Powell, Arlie Powell and Roger Powell; and three sisters, Helen Givens, Josephine Johnson and Dorothy Fortney.

Mr. Powell retired from the Fairmont Wall Plaster after 30 years of service as a truck driver.

He was a member of the Tri City Church of God in Fairmont. He enjoyed working on his farm at Opekiska.

Mary Elizabeth Weber

WESTON -- Mary Elizabeth Weber, 80, of 266 South Main Avenue, Weston, died at 1:25 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born March 24, 1920, in Kingwood, a daughter of the late Isaac Conn and Mary Elizabeth Conn.

Her husband, Albert Raymond "Buck" Weber, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Richard Weber, Bridgeport, and Gary Weber, Scottsdale, Ariz.; and one grandson, Gary Weber, Bloomington, Ind.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Eleanor Conn Wise.

Mrs. Weber attended Wheeling Hospital School of Nursing followed by training in public health nursing at the University of North Carolina. She served as Lewis County health nurse for many years.

She was a member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church.

Friends may call at Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday. The funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ronald C. Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to the Clarksburg Mission, 312 North Forth Street, Clarksburg.

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