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Obituaries for February. 5, 2000

Edith M. Crane

ROMNEY -- Edith Margaret Crane, 82, of Frances Mines, died Jan. 28, 2000, at Hampshire Memorial Hospital.

She was born Jan. 10, 1918, a daughter of the late William and Emma Earl Faber.

Her husband, Manley Crane, preceded her in death in 1992.

Surviving are five children, William Crane, Newman, Ga., Richard Crane, Macedonia, Ohio, Janet Watson, Meadowbrook, Roger Crane, Lake Worth, Fla., and Joy Ruble, McKinney, Texas; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Katharine Harney, Fairmont, Lavona Burgess, Millville, N.J., Anna and Harold Sturm, Lancaster, Ohio, and Martha and Richard Bennington, Harleysville, Pa.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul and Mary Faber, Barrackville, and Dolan and Betty Faber, Akron, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Betty Faber, Shinnston; one brother-in-law, Harold Grimes, St. Petersburg, Fla., 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one infant son, Timothy; and two siblings, Bill Faber and Frances Grimes.

Mrs. Crane was a member of the Coon's Run Baptist Church, a homemaker, very involved in her community, enjoyed visiting the sick and shut-ins, and was known for the homemade cards she sent. Music was also a big part of her life, she played the guitar, piano, harmonica, and organ, and wrote several songs.

Mrs. Crane's final wishes were that her body be donated to medical research, and as such no interment will take place. Also in keeping with Mrs. Crane's wishes, memorial services are not planned at this time.

Margaret F. Droppleman

FAIRMONT -- Margaret F. Droppleman, of Mt. Vernon Avenue, Fairmont, formerly of Sistersville, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000.

She was born in Marietta, Ohio, a daughter of the late James and Mary Teresa McParland Gorman.

Her husband, Raymond A. Droppleman, preceded her in death on Oct. 8, 1981.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Chris N. and Debbie Droppleman, Fairmont, and John Patrick and Ruth Droppleman, Chicago, Ill.; one daughter and son-in-law, Terry Anne and Thomas J. McKiernan, Stamford, Conn.; eight grandchildren, Christopher "Gunner" Droppleman, Margaret Ellen Beiser, Christopher McKiernan, Kevin McKiernan, Matthew McKiernan, Patrick McKiernan, Patrick Droppleman and Michael Droppleman; and two great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Francis, Lawrence and William Gorman; and one sister, Catherine Gorman Lee.

Mrs. Droppleman had attended Marietta College, graduated from St. Mary of the Springs College in Columbus, Ohio, was a member of Chi Omega sorority, St. Peter the Fisherman Roman Catholic Church in Fairmont, was a homemaker, and an active civic volunteer. Among her interests were parent-teacher organizations and garden clubs. She was Roman Catholic.

The Leo P. Gallagher and Son Funeral Home, Stamford, Conn., is in charge of the arrangements.

Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, Fairmont, are in charge of the local arrangements.

Robert F. Gillispie

FRENCH CREEK -- Robert Franklin Gillispie, 86, of Canaan, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.

He was born Aug. 12, 1913, in Canaan, a son of the late Willie Frank and Mary Florence Nethken Gillispie.

His wife, Effie Marie Bender, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Joseph Reuben Gillispie, Kingwood; three grandchildren, Timmy Gillispie, Reidsville, David Gillispie, Masontown, and Katy Crim, Clarksburg; and four great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Naoma Heater and Fannie DeGarmo; three brothers, Joseph, John and Sidney Gillispie; and one daughter, Ramona Fern Osborne.

Mr. Gillispie was a retired coal miner, a member of the UMW and the Canaan Community Church.

Friends will be received at the Robert M. Vincent Funeral Home, French Creek, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Canaan Community Church with the Rev. Junior B. Harris officiating. Interment will follow in the Canaan Cemetery. Mr. Gillispie will lie in state from 1-2 p.m. Monday at the church.

George W. Grounds

GLENVILLE -- George W. Grounds, 70, of Spruce, Glenville, died at 4 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born Dec. 18, 1929, in Kanawha County, a son of the late Roy and Mary Davis Grounds.

Surviving are two sons, George Willis Grounds Jr., Frametown, and James Lee Grounds, Glenville; five daughters, Barbra Phares, Dorothy Williamson and Darlene Shield, all of Glenville, Sandra Smith, Cedarville, and Bonnie Barnett, Streetsboro, Ohio; two sisters, Rosemary Tompkin, California, and Freda Martinez, Charleston; three brothers, Kelly Grounds, Arizona, Tracy Grounds and Keith Grounds, both of Belle; 20 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers.

Mr. Grounds was a cola miner and Baptist.

Densel L. Hart

PENNSBORO -- Densel L. Hart, 83, of Greenwood, Doddridge County, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at his residence.

He was born July 31, 1916, in Puerto Rico, Doddridge County, a son of the late Herman and Stella McKinney Hart.

His wife, Wilma Doris Darnell Hart, preceded him in death.

Surviving are one son, Charles H. Hart, Mannington; one daughter, Lenora G. Rogers, Clarksburg; three brothers, Lewis Hart, North Carolina, Raymond Hart, Canton, Ohio, and Ellsworth Hart, West Union; three sisters, Virginia Birch, Middlebourne, Sylvia Hart, Ohio, and Rosemary Leggett, Oxford; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Herman Hart Jr. and Paul Hart; and two grandchildren.

Mr. Hart was a retired employee of Equitable Gas Company with 41 years of service. He was a graduate of Doddridge County High School with the Class of 1941 and was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church of Clarksburg.

Herman E. Jackson

CLARKSBURG -- Herman Earl Jackson, 87, of Glen Falls, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at United Hospital Center following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 25, 1912, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Hugh and Elda Frye Jackson.

His wife of 57 years, Margaret Shaffer Jackson, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Roger Jackson, Glen Falls; two daughters, Mrs. Clifford (Nancy) Cochran Jr. and Mrs. Steve (Robin) Ventura, both of Glen Falls; six grandchildren, Mrs. Danny (Tonya) Drummond, Spelter, Charles Cochran, West Milford, Clifton Cochran, Tampa, Fla., Mrs. Jeff (Veronica) Stires, Adamston, Mrs. Joe (Melissa) Marra, Cumberland, Md., and Chris Ventura, Glen Falls; one brother, Willard Jackson, Clarksburg; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Carl Jackson.

Mr. Jackson was lovingly known by his grandchildren as "Pappy Jack" and was Baptist.

Friends will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 W. Pike St., Clarksburg, from noon-9 p.m. Sunday. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dave Baker, pastor of the Glen Falls Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Park.

Harold M. Streets

PHILIPPI -- Harold Milton Streets, 73, of Baltimore, Md., died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Franklin Square Hospital, Baltimore, following a two week illness.

He was born May 6, 1926, in Arden, Barbour County, a son of the late Henry Harrison "Bing" and Nola Doris Upton Streets.

His wife, the former Doris M. Freeman, whom he married on Oct. 11, 1947, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Wayne (Susan Elaine) Stark, Baltimore; five grandchildren, Wayne N. Stark Jr., Charles Joseph Stark, Joseph Mark Stark, Jessica Elizabeth and Kurt Thomas Stark; two foster grandchildren, Jonathon Blaine and Brittany Anne; two sisters, Malinda Moats and Hilda M. Serback, both of Philippi; and two brothers, Wilbur Scott Streets, Illinois, and Armand Lee Streets, Browns Mills, N.J.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Carolyn Louise Streets; and one brother, John N. Streets.

Mr. Streets was retired from Bethlehem Steel Corp. where he operated a Potentiometer, a member of Patapsco Lodge No. 183, A.F.&A.M. and the Baltimore Scottish Rite Bodies, was affiliated with the Fairview Community Church and was a trustee of the Fairview Cemetery Association.

The family requests memorials in the form of contributions to the Fairview Cemetery Association, c/o Raymond Moats, Route 2 Box 149C, Philippi, WV 26416.

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