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Obituaries for February 21, 2000

Nell A. Dibus

BELINGTON -- Mrs. Nell A. Dibus, 96, of Clarksburg Street, Mannington, formerly of the Barbour County Good Samaritan Center, Belington, and more recently of the Colonial Place Assisted Living Facility, Elkins, died at 2:20 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000 at the assisted living center following an extended illness.

She was born Jan. 14, 1904, in Belington, a daughter of the late Irving and Minnie Myrtle Wright.

Her husband, Thomas Dibus Sr., preceded her in death.

Surviving are one sister, Marjorie H. Price, Belington, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her son, Thomas Dibus Jr.

Mrs. Dibus was a registered nurse, a homemaker, and a business woman in the Mannington area for many years.

She was a member of her local Women's Club, the Democratic Club, the Garden and Senior Citizens clubs, and the Altar and Rosary Society. She belonged to the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Mannington.

Friends will be received at the Talbott Funeral Home, Belington, from 10 a.m.- noon Tuesday at which time she will be moved to the Holy Cross Cemetery, Fairmont, where graveside rights will be conducted at 2 p.m. with Sister Teresa Reddington officiating. Interment will then follow at the cemetery.

William R. Fitzpatrick

BRIDGEPORT -- William R. Fitzpatrick, 81, of Anmoore, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg.

He was born Nov. 30, 1918, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Rev. E.L. and Orpha Crook Fitzpatrick.

His wife, Ruth Kesling Fitzpatrick, preceded him in death in 1973.

Surviving is one sister, Ercil Hogue, Clarksburg.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Brenda S. Fitzpatrick Duncan, and two brothers, Bernie and Otto Fitzpatrick.

Mr. Fitzpatrick was a retired Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army with 26 years of service, having served in World War II.

He was a member of the Clarksburg Moose number 52 since 1974, a 50-year member of the Masonic Herman Lodge number six, A.F. and A.M., Clarksburg, and the American Legion Post 13 in Clarksburg. He was a Protestant by faith.

Friends will be received at the Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday. A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown. Full military services will be accorded.

Alfred C. Holt

PENNSBORO -- Alfred C. "Al" Holt, 79, of Dutch Ridge Road, Parkersburg, and the West Union area where he spent much of his time visiting with his brother-in-law, Homer "Speedy" Martin, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, in Parkersburg.

He was born Oct. 19, 1920, in Milford, Ill., a son of the late Owen and Sarah Marcum Holt.

His wife of 45 years, Bonnie E. Martin Holt, survives.

Also surviving are three brothers, Owen Holt Jr., Coal City, Ill., Arvis and Marshall Holt, both of Indianapolis, Ind.; one sister, Wanda Miner, Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Alton Holt, and four sisters, Beulah Heidelman, Tina Cooper, Beatrice Hayes, and Joenell Roy.

Mr. Holt was retired from the General Motors Corp. of Parma, Ohio, as Job Setter and was a member of the United Auto Workers of Parma.

He was a veteran of World War II and Korea with the U.S. Army. He enjoyed restoring classic cars.

Friends will be received after 3:30 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will be held at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, at 1 p.m. Tuesday with Robert A. Choiniere officiating. Burial will be at the Coleman-Freeman Cemetery at Crystal Lake near West Union.

Hayward L. Kelley

PHILIPPI -- Hayward L. Kelley, 77, of Tunnelton, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

He was born, Aug. 11, 1922, in Philippi, a son of the late Fred L. and Goldie H. Auvil Kelley.

His second wife, Betty Kelley, preceded him in death.

Surviving are three daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda Fowler, Fairmont, Kandace and Brian D. DeBiase, both of Westover and Karen and James B. McCabe, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho; seven grandchildren, Kelly L. Millione, John D., Benjamin and Kayla DeBiase, Christina, Michael and Jonathan McCabe; one great-grandchild; one sister, Thelma Poling, Pursglove; and several nieces and nephews, including Mike and Dani Kelley and their children, P.J. and Carly, with whom he had made his home.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, Frankie and Harwood Kelley, and by two infant sisters, Evaline and Beatrice Kelley.

Mr. Kelley was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 629, Fairmont, and the George D. Jackson American Legion Post 56, Kingwood.

He was a former truck driver for McClain Sand Company of Westover, and a former security guard for Dana Mining Company. He had also been a hard rock miner in Silverton, Colo. and a long haul truck driver.

Friends will be received at the Stemple and Forman Funeral Home, Philippi, from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, when the funeral service will be conducted from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Henry Garlitz officiating. Interment will follow in the Silent Grove Cemetery.

Edith L. Parrish

FARMINGTON -- Edith L. Parrish, 97, of Rt. 2, Monumental, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at her residence.

She was born Oct. 28, 1902, in Fairmont, a daughter of the late Jesse A. and Alice E. Haun Brown.

Her first and second husbands, Basil Murray and Earl W. Parrish Sr., preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia P. Floyd and Ellen R. Martin, both of Monumental; one son, Earl "Buck" W. Parrish Jr., Newark, Ohio; 22 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, 11 step grandchildren, and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Glenda P. Gwinn; three brothers, Jesse B., Willis and Walter W. Brown, and one sister, Beatrice Brown Thorne

Mrs. Parrish was a member of the White Rock Community Church. She was a pianist for years at the Harter Hill Methodist and White Rock Community churches.

She loved crocheting, working at crossword puzzles, writing poetry, and reading, especially the Bible.

She was a graduate of Fairmont Normal School.

She was a seamstress and managed a Goodwill store in Beckley.

Friends will be received at the Dent Funeral Home, Farmington, from 7-9 p.m. today and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with Rev. Hearl Jones and Rev. Louise Tennant officiating. Interment will follow at the Parrish Cemetery near Four States.

Manley Posey

SHINNSTON -- Manley "Dick" Posey, 86, of Francis Mines, died at 10:18 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 20, 2000, at the Fairmont General Hospital, Fairmont.

He was born Nov. 5, 1913, in Orlando, Braxton County, a son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth E. Rogers Posey.

His first wife, Davinnia M. Victor Posey, preceded him in death Jun. 26, 1949. His second wife, Katherine V. Anderson Posey, preceded him in death July 22, 1998.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Richard (Rose E.) Hall, Mrs. Pete (Mary K.) Shreve, Mrs. Chuck (Phyllis) Morris, all of Francis Mine and Carolyn S. Posey, Shinnston; one sister, Nellie Simpkins, Arizona; one stepson, John Richards, Ohio; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Also preceding him in death were seven brothers and sisters, several stepbrothers and stepsisters, and one stepson, Butch Richards.

Mr. Posey was formerly employed at the Francis Mine and R.C.A. Rubber Co., Akron, Ohio.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. today. Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Pastor Robert Shingleton officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Alice B. Shumate

FRANKFORD, Del. -- Alice Bland Shumate, 74, of Fenwick Island, Del., formerly of Lumberport, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2000, in Berlin, Md.

She was born in Harrison County, a daughter of the late Gale L. and Georgia Martin Bland.

Her husband, James W. Shumate, preceded her in death in 1998.

Surviving are one daughter, Toni Shumate, Annapolis, Md.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Pat and Judy Shumate, Bishopville, Md. and Dave and Chrystal Shumate, Roxana; one sister, Doris E. Bland and one brother, Neal W. Bland, both of Lumberport; and two grandchildren, Allison and Damian.

Mrs. Shumate was a homemaker.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, cards are being accepted by the Shumate Family, P.O. Box 127, Bishopville, Md. 21813.

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