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Obituaries for Friday, November 10, 2000

Ray O. Bates

SHINNSTON -- Ray O. Bates, 81, of Exton, Pa., formerly of Wallace, died at 2:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 3, 2000, at his residence following a brief illness.

He was born Oct. 5, 1919, at Sadalia, a son of the late Clyde and Frankie Hutson Bates.

His wife, Dorothy E. Munday Bates, preceded him in death April 29, 1998.

Surviving are two daughters, Judy Prichard, Frazer, Pa., and Regina Brainard, Exton, Pa.; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Bennie Bates, Painesville, Ohio.

He was also preceded in death by five brothers and one sister, Brent, Ucal, Charles, Don, Jack and Dolores Bates.

Mr. Bates attended Wallace High School. He worked at the lost river for the C.C.'s, then joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II.

After his discharge, he went to work in Painesville, Ohio, for Diamond Shamrock, a chemical company based out of Houston, Texas.

A graveside funeral service will be conducted at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, is in charge of the arrangements.

JoAnn Chisolm

ELKINS -- JoAnn Chisolm, 56, a resident of Harding, died at 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, following an extended illness.

She was born July 18, 1944, in Harding, a daughter of Mary McCullar Chisolm and the late Richard E. "Dick" Chisolm.

Also surviving are one daughter, Barbara J. Chisolm, Harding; one grandson, Marcus Chisolm, Harding; four brothers, Richard "Jr" Chisolm and wife, Oglivia, Norton, Henry Chisolm and wife, Jennifer, Farmington, and George Chisolm and wife, Marlene, Phoenix, Ariz., and Robert Chisolm and wife, Anita, Harding; one sister, Barbara Tyson and husband, Harold, Snowshoe; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Chisolm attended the Riverside School at Elkins and was a graduate of the Coalton High School. She worked for many years at the Memorial General Hospital in the Central Supply Unit.

Ms. Chisolm was an active member in the community and attended the Shiloh Baptist Church of Elkins, where she served as president of the Missionary Society.

She was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5583 in Coalton, an active member and past worthy matron of the Benson Chapter No. 17, Order of the Eastern Star and served as a Girl Scout troop leader. She attended meetings of the Cancer Support Group of Elkins.

Elwood Dobbins

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Elwood Dobbins, 75, of Jackson, S.C., died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, at his residence.

His wife of 45 years, June Dobbins, preceded him in death in December 1991.

Surviving are one son, Bobby Dobbins, West Milford, W.Va.; one daughter, Joyce Houke, Clermont, Fla.; one brother, James Dobbins, Barberton, Ohio; five grandchildren, Karen Davis, Hephzibah, Chad Houke and Todd Houke, both of West Palm Beach, Fla., Aaron Dobbins, Augusta, and Joshua Houke, Clermont, Fla.; two great-grandchildren, B.J. Davis and Aimee Davis, both of Hephzibah; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Dobbins was a native of Normantown, W.Va. He had resided in the Jackson area for the past 17 years. He had retired in 1990 as a plumber who had spent several years working at the Savannah River Site.

He was a member of the Local Plumbers and Pipefitters Union No. 152, Morgantown, and the First Assembly of God for the past 17 years.

He was a World War II, U.S. Coast Guard veteran serving at Okinawa and Iwo Jima.

Catherine L. Harris

SHINNSTON -- Catherine L. Harris, 77, of Carriage Lane, Fairmont, died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 10, 1923, in Carolina, a daughter of the late Edward L. and Mary Martha Anglin Murphy.

Her husband, Ray F. Harris, preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1999.

Surviving are two sons, Roy Murphy and wife, Patricia, West Milford, and Michael Harris, Fairmont; two grandchildren, Christina Murphy, Fort Lawn, S.C., and Sarah Murphy, Bridgeport; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Geraldine Carpenter and Rose Marie Wiggins and three brothers, Cecil, James and Milford Murphy.

Mrs. Harris was a homemaker and a member of the Ringgold United Methodist Church, Ringgold, Ga.

A graveside service will be held in the Oakdale Cemetery, Oakdale, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, with Pastor Chad Hutson officiating. Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Hawkins

BUCKHANNON -- Helen Hawkins, 85, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., formerly of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 1963 to 1999, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at Brighton Gardens Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie.

She was born April 9, 1915, in Roanoke, a daughter of the late Fay Hammer and Nellie Darnell Hammer.

Her husband, Lawrence Paul Hawkins, preceded her in death Aug. 5, 1979.

Surviving are three daughters, Shirley and Charles Dean, Port St. Lucie, Carol and Don Hamilton, Louisville, Ky., and Marilyn and Gary Bechtol, Plano, Texas; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Myrtle Roach, Port St. Lucie.

Mrs. Hawkins was a member of the Althea Chapter No. 82 of Rock Cave, Order of the Eastern Star. She was a member of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale.

She was a retired sales clerk for J.C. Penny.

Glenn M. Hill

SISTERSVILLE -- Glenn M. Hill, 62, of Friendly, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at Heartland of Marietta Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born Nov. 16, 1937, in Wallace, a daughter of the late McKinley T. Hill and Mildred Pierce Hill.

Surviving are one brother, Robert Hill, Williamstown; two sisters, Judy Hill, Coffeyville, Kan., and Evelyn Cole, New Martinsville; seven nephews and two nieces.

Mr. Hill was former employee of the FBI, the Bethesda Hospital, Zanesville, Ohio, and the Doctors Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, where he was head of the Nuclear Medicine Department.

He was an Army veteran and a Methodist by faith. He was a graduate of Wallace High School and of West Virginia University.

Memorial contributions may be made to the WVU Alumni Association, P.O. Box 4269, Morgantown, WV 26505.

Garnett L. Markley Hillyard

BELINGTON -- Garnett L. Markley Hillyard, 80, of 703 Beverly Pike in Belington, died at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, in the Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, following an extended illness.

She was born April 22, 1920, at Junior, a daughter of the late Ira William and Grace Rinehart Markley.

Her husband, William Martin Hillyard, whom she married July 11, 1942, preceded her in death March 26, 1978.

Surviving are one brother, Junior Markley, Belington; one niece, Violet Corder, Junior; two great-nephews, Bill Corder and Randy Markley; four great-nieces, Linda Coleman, Amy Cutler, Cindy Sturm and Melonie Holmes.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Forrest Glenn, Kermit Grant and George Earl Markley; two sisters, Opal Gertrude Proudfoot and Hilda Fern Markley.

Mrs. Hillyard attended the schools of Barbour County. He had worked in retail and wholesale grocery.

He was a member of the Tygart Valley Rebekah Lodge No. 181 in Belington, and was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Belington.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made in the form of contributions to the Senior Center, Crim Avenue, Belington, WV 26250.

Chais Alexander Jones

GRAFTON -- Chais Alexander Jones, infant son of Robert and Cheryl Jones of Plum Run, Grafton, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, at his home.

He was born Sept. 22, 2000, in Fairmont.

Also surviving are one brother, Kyle; one sister, Kayla, both at home; his paternal grandfather, Robert Lee Jones Jr. and wife, Wanda, Audra; his paternal grandmother, Bobbie Jones, Grafton; his maternal grandfather, Dennis Skiles and wife, Rita, Grafton; his maternal grandmother, Carol Skiles, Grafton; his paternal great-grandparents, Robert and Joan Jones, Grafton; his paternal great-grandmother, Doris Beaver, Merrietta, Ohio; his maternal great-grandparents, James and Rosalie Kerns, Philippi; one aunt, Melissa Luttrell and husband, Dave, and daughter, Brianna, Redding, Pa.; three uncles, Brandon Jones and daughter, Lindsey Nicole Jones, Dennis Skiles and Steven Skiles, all of Grafton; several great-aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his paternal great-grandfather, Okey Coleman.

John W. Landis

PARKERSBURG -- John W. Landis, 70, of Parkersburg, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at his residence.

He was born in Pliney, a son of the late French F. and Sylvia Devore Landis.

His wife, Marlene "Shorty" Lockhart, survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Robert W., Franklin M. and Emory O. Landis, all of Parkersburg, and Matthew A. Landis, Buckhannon; two stepsons, Terry L. Allman and John Carr; four daughters, Rose Ann Lockhart, all of Parkersburg, Kimberly Miller, Little Hocking, Ohio, Debra Dennis, Elizabeth, and Mary Jane Lipps, Buckhannon; three stepdaughters, Debra Hanson, Lori Hart and Carla Powell, all of Parkersburg; three brothers, Frank Landis, Westover, Pete Landis, Okeechabee, Fla., and Ronald Landis, Clarksburg; two sisters, Shirley Migon, Nutter Fork, and Barbara Malcolmm, Clarksburg; 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers.

Mr. Landis was a retired Pentecostal minister, truck driver and a Korean War veteran.

He was a member of the American Legion No. 104.

James Paul Miller

GRAFTON -- James Paul Miller, 69, of Honeysuckle Lane, Clarksburg, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 18, 1931, in Logan County, a son of the late William Henry and Emma Jane Sartain Miller.

Surviving are one son, William Miller, Toledo, Ohio; one daughter, Paula Brubaker, Napoleon, Ohio; three grandchildren; two brothers, Charles A. Miller, Grafton, and Rev. William Henry Miller, Difiance, Ohio; one sister, Thelma Arthur, Grafton; one stepdaughter, Edith Mae Cain, Difiance; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Ralph L. Miller; and one sister, Ruby Marie Miller.

Mr. Miller was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Korean Conflict. He was a self employed painter.

Gertrude M. Nuzum

FAIRMONT -- Gertrude May Nuzum, 95, of Buckhannon, formerly of Fairmont, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at St. Joseph Hospital, Buckhannon.

She was born Dec. 22, 1904, at Enterprise, a daughter of the late James I. and Eura Elizabeth Anderson McIntyre.

Her husband, Daniel Dewey Nuzum, preceded her in death in November 1988.

Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Daniel D. and Dorothy Nuzum, and David L. Nuzum, all of Fairmont; four daughters, Mary Margaret Knestrick, Fairmont, Doris Jean Wright, Clarksburg, Jeanette Ann Orwig, Buckhannon, and Faye Marie Sabo-Moody, Milan, Mich.; one daughter-in-law, Betty Jean Nuzum, Fairmont; one sister, Eva McIntyre Meek, Colorado; 23 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and more than 14 great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Edward Earl Nuzum and Samuel Raymond Nuzum; one daughter, Betty L. Rogers; one son-in-law, Virgil "Buck" Rogers; and eight brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Nuzum had been a resident of the Watson Community of Fairmont, for over 50 years. She had attended the St. Paul United Methodist Church and was active in the various women's groups of the church.

She was a member of the Phythian Sisters, Hope Temple No. 71 of Fairmont, and the Watson Homemakers.

She was a homemaker and mother who enjoyed sewing, baking and making crafts.

Goldie C. Walton

BUCKHANNON -- Goldie C. Walton, 84, of Buckhannon, died at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at Camden-Clark Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born Sept. 22, 1916, at Canaan, a daughter of the late Ulysses Grant Rice and Socia Alkire Rice.

Her husband, Landis A. Walton, whom she married July 2, 1935, preceded her in death July 17, 1995.

Surviving are one daughter, Lola and Arden Lantz, Mineral Wells; one son, Hoy and Carol Jean Walton, Buckhannon; two brothers, John Dale Rice, Ohio, and Ulysses Grant Rice, Aliquippa, Pa.; six granddaughters, Roxanna Walton, St. Petersburg, Fla., Rhonda Wassmer, Sun Rising, Md., Betty Swartz, Parkersburg, Juanita Biggs, Anchorage, Ark., Charlotte Darnold, Washington, and Terri McCloy, Charleston; four grandsons, David Walton, London, Ohio, Mike Walton, Buckhannon, Roger Walton, Parkersburg, and Ron Walton, French Creek; several nieces and nephews, 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Alfred Walton and Landis Edward Walton; two brothers and three sisters; and one grandson, Scott Edward Walton.

Mrs. Walton worked for the Dairy Mart in Buckhannon, for many years and Reidboard for many years.

Eloise Ware

BUCKHANNON -- Eloise Ware, 71, of Route 2, French Creek, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

She was born Jan. 27, 1929, at Alton, a daughter of the late Coleman Ware and Rosa Tenney Ware.

Surviving are four sisters, Mavis Small, Kesling Mill, Imogene Curtis, French Creek, Rosa Lee Ware, Buckhannon, and Norma Jean Fultineer, Parkersburg; three brothers, Mason, Joe and Frank Ware, all of French Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Mary Ann Snyder; and two brothers, an infant brother and Cecil Ware.

Mrs. Ware was a graduate of West Virginia University.

She worked for Hazel Atlass Glass Factory and retired from Brockway Glass.

Merle E. West

BUCKHANNON -- Merle E. West, 95, of 160 Randolph St., Buckhannon, died at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at her home.

She was born July 13, 1905, at Buckhannon, a daughter of the late Thomas J. Moreland and Maggie Mae Foster Moreland.

Her husband, Erlo K. West, whom she married Aug. 24, 1926, preceded her in death March 6, 1989.

Surviving are one son, Larry West; two brothers, Ted Moreland, both of Buckhannon, and Glen Moreland, Lost Creek; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Helen Long; and six brothers and four sisters.

Mrs. West was a homemaker. She was a member of West Buckhannon United Methodist Church.

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