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Obituaries for January 29, 2000

Mava B. Eagle

GRAFTON -- Mava Bernice Eagle, 74, of Route 3, Wickwire Road, Grafton, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at her residence.

She was born Sept. 22, 1925, in Webster Co., a daughter of the late John Conrad, her birth mother, the late Laverna Francis Buckhanan Conrad, and her mother, the late Monica V. Warnick Conrad.

Three times married, her first husband, Arthur Clifton Munson, preceded her in death. His second husband, Alfred Ernest Sloan Sr., and her third husband, Herbert Virgil Eagle, preceded her in death.

Surviving are nine children and spouses, Joseph Clifton and Linda Munson, Oklahoma City, Okla., Wanda Lea Board, Thornton, Alfred Ernest and Loretta Sloan Jr., Mannington, John Thomas and Tara Sloan, Nutter Fort, Capt. Linda Kay Sloan, Covington, Va., Richard Allen and Brenda Sloan, Knottsville, Lela Mae and Donald Cumpston, Hawesville, Ky., Terry Lynn and Ellen Sloan, Gaithersburg, Md., and Mary Frances and Steve Moats, Grafton; four brothers, Woodrow Wirt Conrad, Fairmont, David Lee Conrad, Orlando, Fla., Harry Delnor Conrad and Eldan Reid "Butch" Conrad, both of Morgantown; three sisters, Ina Ruth Lamp and Doris Lorraine Gray, both of Morgantown, and Emma Jean Posey, Orlando, Fla.; 27 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Sandra Sue Munson; eight brothers, Arden Benjamin Conrad, Clinton Glenn Conrad, George Clark Conrad, Marion Brown Conrad, Coy Detmer Conrad, Johnny Calvin Conrad, Roy Morgan Conrad, Billy Wayne Conrad and Donnie Burns Conrad; three sisters, Weltha Mae Cowgar, Lela Pearl Pudder and Rose Ellen Heldreth; and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Eagle was a nurturing spirit who loved all children. She also enjoyed fishing and hunting. She retired from Grafton City Hospital, was a nurse's aide, a member of the Salvation Army of Grafton, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 3081, past president of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Taylor County Post No. 12, and the DAV Chapter 24.

Lucia Gagliardi

NAPLES, Italy -- Lucia Gagliardi, 82, of Naples, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at the home of her son.

She was born Jan. 22, 1918, in Bagnoli, Italy, a daughter of the late Antonio and Enza Espsito.

Her husband, John Gagliardi, preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 1986.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Sandy Gagliardi, Naples; two daughters and sons-in-law, Maria and David Bell, Shinnston, and Tina and Decio Tagliaria, Naples; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.

Mrs. Gagliardi was a homemaker and a member of the Parrocclia Catholic Church in Naples.

Interment was in Naples.

Edith Griffith

SHINNSTON -- Edith Righter Griffith, 59, of Fairfax, Va., formerly of Shinnston, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000.

She was born June 14, 1940, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Dr. Charles L. and Ethel Wentworth Righter.

Her husband, Donald H. Griffith, whom she married on Aug. 13, 1996, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Mark Andrew Griffith, at home; and one sister and brother-in-law, Margaret Ann and Bill Johnson, Dallas, Texas.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, David and Milton Righter.

Mrs. Griffith was a 1958 graduate of Shinnston High School, a 1962 graduate of West Virginia University where she received a bachelor's degree, and in 1965 received her master's degree in Child Growth and Development and Home Economics. She was a member of the Providence Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Fairfax and was Baptist.

Friends will be received at the First Baptist Church, Shinnston, from 3-4 p.m. Sunday. A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church with the Rev. Ronald James officiating. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in the Righter Family Cemetery at Saltwell.

Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul E. Haddix

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Paul Eston Haddix, 74, of Mt. Clare, Quiet Dell, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park.

He was born July 12, 1925, in Arden, a son of the late Bessie Uppole and Ord Haddix.

His wife of 49 years, Ercel "Cricket" Browning, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Larry Paul and Carol Haddix, Weston; one sister, Jannavieve Boylen, St. Albans; two brothers, Roy A. Haddix and Jack Haddix, both of Philippi; and three grandchildren, Larry Brock, Heather and Heath Haddix, all of Weston.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Vicki Anne.

Mr. Haddix was a seasonal visitor since 1987, a truck driver with 35 years of service with Kroger Grocery, attended Quiet Dell United Methodist Church, Quiet Dell, and Clearview United Methodist Church, St. Petersburg. He was a Merchant Marine veteran of World War II and a member of the Teamsters Local 175 in Charleston.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to hospice or the Quiet Dell United Methodist Church.

Gee & Sorensen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, St. Petersburg, Fla., are in charge of the arrangements.

Rose L. Lowe

PENNSBORO -- Rose L. Lowe, 77, of West Union, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000.

She was born Oct. 3, 1922, in Glen Falls, Harrison County, a daughter of the late Creed and Ida Pyle Shepherd.

Her husband, Alvin E. Lowe, whom she married on Dec. 17, 1939, preceded her in death.

Surviving are five sons, Alvin G. Lowe, San Diego, Calif., Gary R. Lowe and Jeffery A. Lowe, both of West Union, Larry L. Lowe, Weston, and Donald W. Lowe, Mannington; two daughters, Donna Sullivan, Parkersburg, and Anita Webb, Wilhelm Run Road, West Union; one sister, Lily Hartman, Central Station; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Lowe had been a cook for the Doddridge County Head Start Organization and was a member of the Doddridge County Senior Citizens. She was baptized into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at Central Station.

Jack C. Perkins

CLARKSBURG -- Jack C. Perkins, 57, of Route 3, Box 23-A, Bridgeport, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following a brief illness.

He was born Sept. 8, 1942, in Syracuse, N.Y., a son of the late Lloyd T. and Helen E. Nichols Perkins.

His wife, Ethel "Nikki" Seibert Perkins, whom he married on May 1, 1980, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Shawn C. Perkins, Canton, N.Y.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Shari L. and Robert J. Purtell, Syracuse, N.Y., and Patricia A. and Craig L. Harter, Centre Hall, Pa.; two stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law, Allen L. and Lynda Moser, and James R. and Lori Moser, all of Hagerstown, Md.; two stepdaughters and stepsons-in-law, Donna L. and David Falchick, Silver Spring, Md., and Teresa A. and Randy Wagner, Hagerstown, Md.; one brother and sister-in-law, William R. and Mary Perkins, Marshall, Va.; and 14 grandchildren.

Mr. Perkins was a member of the Canton High School Sports Hall of Fame, Canton, N.Y., in 1957-58, hockey team, Township 19 Hunting Club, Tupper Lake, N.Y., and was an avid hunter, fisherman, and Yankee fan. He worked for the Monumental Life Insurance Co., Central District Office in Bridgeport as an account representative.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, with the Rev. Joseph Heilman presiding.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions may be made to Children's National Medical Center, 111 Michigan Ave., Washington, D.C. 20010 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 12110, Charleston, WV 25302.

Dr. Charles L. Righter

SHINNSTON -- Dr. Charles Lowe Righter, 96, Shinnston, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at Meadowview Manor Healthcare Center, Bridgeport.

He was born April 16, 1903, a son of Edgar Elwood and Rose Ella Lowther Righter.

His wife, Ethel Wentworth Johnson Righter, preceded him in death.

Surviving are one daughter and sons-in-law, Margaret Anne and Bill Johnson, Dallas, Texas, and Don Griffith, Fairfax, Va.; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. David (Cecelia) Righter, Hayward, Calif.; six grandchildren, Steven and Scott Johnson, Connie Funk, Donald and Dale Righter and Mark Griffith; five great-grandchildren; special friends, Starling and Betty Lucas, Don and Sharon Zecco, and Elaine Richards; one nephew and one niece.

His daughter, Edith Griffith, died Jan. 27.

He was also preceded in death by one son, David Dimitri Righter; one sister, Mary Elizabeth Craig; and one brother, George Floyd Righter.

Mr. Righter was a retired schoolteacher and farmer. His teaching career spanned 49 years that included 32 years in West Virginia elementary and secondary schools, four years at Fairmont State College and 13 years at Frederick Community College in Frederick, Md. He served as principal at Lumberport High School for 15 years, and four years at Roosevelt-Wilson High School.

He received his bachelor's degree from Fairmont Normal School, his master's degree from George Peabody College, Nashville, Tenn., and a doctorate (Ed D) from West Virginia University.

Mr. Righter was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shinnston, Harrison County Historical Society, Shinnston Lions Club, Sons of the American Revolution and Retired School Administrators.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Shinnston.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Library Fund, Shinnston.

Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, is in charge of the arrangements.

James V. 'Ike' Rinker

GRAFTON -- James V. "Ike" Rinker, 82, of Florence Street, Grafton, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at West Virginia University Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Sept. 12, 1917, in Grafton, a son of the late Lula McCartney Rinker.

His wife, Betty Hall Rinker, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Clipper and Cindy Rinker, Pittsburgh, Pa.; one daughter, Bettina Rinker, Grafton; two grandchildren, Melissa Spoon, Fredericksburg, Va., and Jaison Rinker, Pittsburgh; and one sister, Berea Shuttlesworth, Grafton.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Jim Rinker.

Mr. Rinker was the owner of Ike's Tire Service in Grafton, was a member of the St. Matthias Episcopal Church, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 12th Armored Division, the Vestry Committee, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial City Post No. 3081, and the Taylor County Fair Board.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The Taylor County Youth Association, First Community Bank, Main Street, Grafton, WV 26354.

Hurley 'Smitty' H. Smith

FAIRMONT -- Hurley "Smitty" Howard Smith, 90, of Layman Street, Fairmont, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2000, at Fairmont General Hospital.

He was born June 8, 1909, in Lewis County, a son of the late William McKendra and Rosa Ables Smith.

His wife of 53 years, Hilda H. Grottendieck Smith, preceded him in death on July 24, 1990.

Surviving are one son, Robert H. Smith, Fairmont; two daughters and sons-in-law, Thelma J. and Bruce McDaniel and Rose Ann and Robert Hawkinberry, all of Fairmont; eight grandchildren, Theresa M. Krall, Deanna Niechwiadowicz, Melanie D. Rogers, Kathy Gaspar, Tommy Orgill, Robbie Smith, Stephen Smith and Lori Lee Smith; six great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Bailey Smith, Harvey Smith, Simon Smith and Grant Smith; and three sisters, Ella Moneypenny, Georgia Swick and Minti Herron.

Mr. Smith was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was retired from Allegheny Power working at the Rivesville Power Plant as a fireman on the boilers. He also repaired radios and televisions and had owned Smitty's TV shop on Morgantown Avenue in Fairmont several years ago.

He was a member of St. Peter the Fisherman Roman Catholic Church in Fairmont and had been a member of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Marian Assembly No. 2114 of Fairmont, and a member of the Fairmont Moose Lodge No. 9 and the Bellview Lions Club.

Berton W. 'Bert' Wiliston

WESTON -- Berton W. "Bert" Williston, 87, of Route 1, Box 103, Weston, died at 7:55 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.

He was born Aug. 19, 1912, in Gilmer County, a son of the late John Berton and Ellen Yoak Williston.

His wife, the former Edith Campbell, whom he married on Feb. 6, 1935, preceded him in death on Feb. 5, 1972.

Surviving are four daughters, Lucille Williams, Napier, Mary Williston, Weston, Donna Lacaria, Stafford, and Sandra Sue Stalnaker, Weston; one son, Jerry Williston, Amma; two sisters, Ruth Cannon and Nellie Ware, both of Ireland; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Robert Williston; two brothers, Maxwell and Charles Williston; and one sister, Agnes Modessett.

Mr. Williston was retired from the West Virginia Glass Factory with over 10 years of service, was an avid gardener and farmer, and was Methodist.

Friends may call at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 4-8 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Doug Smailes officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Jane Lew.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Rosenbaum Family Home, Morgantown Medical Center, c/o WVU Hospitals, PO Box 8228, Medical Center Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506-8228.

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