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Obituaries for Saturday, June 24, 2000

Guy R. Brown

SALEM -- Guy R. Brown, 96, of Charles Town, died at 6:25 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2000, at the Integrated Health Services in Charles Town, under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle.

He was born Aug. 14, 1903, in Doddridge County, Little Isaac Creek community, a son of the late Charles W. and Ivy Highland Brown.

His wife, Ocid I. Boner Brown, preceded him in death in 1989.

Surviving are one son, William J. Brown and wife, Mary Carolyn, Charles Town; two granddaughters, Deborah A. Brown, Rockville, Md., and Althea A. Brown Tyrrell, Charles Town.

He was also preceded in death by one foster sister, Thelma B. Brown Davis, in 1997.

Mr. Brown was a graduate of Mountain State Business College, Clarksburg, class of 1926. He was a farmer and a life member of the Farm Bureau in Doddridge County. He also served two terms on the Doddridge County Board of Education.

He was a member of the Doddridge County Senior Citizens, Big Isaac Satellite and a member of the Doddridge County Historical Society.

He attended the Big Isaac United Methodist Church for over 90 years taking an active roll as a long time teacher of the adult Sunday School class. He was a Methodist by faith. Until moving to Charles Town in 1994, he had maintained his life residence in the Big Isaac community.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Big Isaac United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Darlene Bennett, Treasurer, Route 3 Box 97, Salem WV 26426 and/or The Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Ct., Martinsburg, WV 25401.

John W. Cassidy

BRIDGEPORT -- John W. Cassidy, 77, of Westwood Avenue, Bridgeport, died Friday, June 23, 2000.

He was born Dec. 14, 1922, in Homewood, Pa., a son of the late Elmer and Loretta Kelly Cassidy.

His wife, Florence M. Cassidy, with whom he celebrated his 50th anniversary on June 17, 2000, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Shawn P. and Joni D. Cassidy, Bridgeport; one daughter and son-in-law, Kelly A. and Thomas Porter, Washington, N.C.; three grandchildren, Christin D. and Corey D. Cassidy and William Acres; and two sisters, Loretta Dorn, Washington, Pa., and Marie Munda, Greenfield, Pa.

He was also preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Cassidy served in the U.S. Navy on PT boats in the Pacific during World War II. He graduated from Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh with a degree in accounting. After 37 years of service as an accountant, he retired from Consolidated Natural Gas Company in June 1990.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Meuse-Argonne Post 573 in Clarksburg. He was Catholic by faith.

Friends will be received at the Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Father Harry Cramer officiating. Interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery. The Catholic Daughters will hold a Rosary Service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Carrie S. Curtis

BRIDGEPORT -- Carrie S. Curtis, 93, of Center Street, Bridgeport, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at the Heartland of Clarksburg.

She was born March 19, 1907, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late George and Edith White Snyder.

Her husband, Fred F. Curtis, preceded her in death in 1962.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Dorsey "Betty Lou" Seckman, Bridgeport, and Caroline S. Armstrong, Florida; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Edward Snyder, Jane Lew.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Ross, Archie and Roy Snyder; and two sisters, Zelma Winans and Orpha Waggoner.

Mrs. Curtis worked for Straders Department Store in Buckhannon, as a seamstress and as a sales person. She was a member of the Eastern Star in Buckhannon, the Women Auxiliary of Buckhannon Fire Department, and was a member of the Simpson Creek Baptist Church in Bridgeport.

The family requests donations be made to the charity of one's choice.

Friends will be received at the Allen Funeral Home, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday. The funeral will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Dr. C. Michael Hopkins conducting the service. The interment will follow at the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Mount Clare.

Wallace N. Frey

KEYSER -- Wallace N. Frey, 46, of 15 West Boyd St., Grafton, died Wednesday, June 21, 2000, at his residence.

He was born Dec. 14, 1953, in Fort Worth, Texas, a son of Lucille Spring Frey or Euliss, Texas, and the late Leroy Frey, who preceded him in death Dec. 22, 1989.

Also surviving is one sister, Vanessa Spring Buscema, Euliss.

Mr. Frey was a self employed laborer. He was a Presbyterian by faith.

Leon Lowther

CLARKSBURG -- Mr. Leon Lowther, 80, of 2029 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, died at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2000, in Wishing Well Manor, Fairmont.

He was born Dec. 10, 1919, in Harrison County, a son of the late Pearl W. Lowther and Rosalee Boone Lowther.

His wife, Mary Nemes Lowther, preceded him in death.

Surviving are one son, L. Lesley Lowther, Baltimore, Md.; one daughter, Mrs. Roger (Janet) Conant, Fairmont; one grandson, James Conant; one granddaughter, Mary B. Lowther; two brothers, Don Lowther, Clarksburg, and Robert Lowther, Elkins; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Geraldine Bee and Betty McCoy.

Mr. Lowther was a Baptist by faith. He was a 50-year member of Hermon Lodge No. 6 A.F. and A.M. and was a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason.

He was the owner and operator of Rest Haven Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Fairmont.

There will be no public visitation. A private family service will be held at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens where Hermon Lodge No. 6 A.F. and A.M. will conduct Masonic burial rites. Arrangements are being handled by Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, Clarksburg.

Oren Bryson Patterson

MIDDLEBOURNE -- Oren Bryson Patterson, 82, of Middlebourne, died Friday, June 23, 2000, in Wetzel County Hospital, New Martinsville.

He was a son of the late Raymond E. and Anna Wilson Patterson.

His wife, Juanita Kidder Patterson, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Gary Patterson, Middlebourne, and Steve Patterson, Moundsville; two brothers, Brady and Roger Patterson, Middlebourne; four sisters, Geneva Freeland and Ruth McCune, Newell, Flora (Pat) Woodburn, Bridgeport, and Clara Baker, New Martinsville; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Rex Patterson; and three sisters, Edna Ash, Helen Hughs and Violet Martin.

Mr. Patterson was a retired carpenter and attended the Middlebourne Baptist Church.

Noah Rain Ricketts

WESTON -- Noah Rain Ricketts, one year and two months, of Route 1, Jane Lew, died at 1 p.m. Friday, June 23, 2000, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born March 25, 1999, in Lewis County, a son of Daniel W. and Teresa A. Stout Ricketts.

Also surviving are one brother, Asa J. Ricketts at home; paternal grandparents, Avery Ray and Sherry Ricketts, Lost Creek; maternal grandparents, James and Helen Stout, Kincheloe; maternal great-grandfather, Oley Workman, Weston; one uncle, David L. Stout, Kincheloe; one aunt, Angela Ricketts, Lost Creek; and three cousins.

He was preceded in death by paternal great-grandparents, Aubrey and Barbara Bennett Bargerhuff; and maternal grandmother, Nola Workman.

Graveside service will be held for family and friends at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with the Rev. George Cross officiating. A private family viewing will be held at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel Saturday prior to the service. Interment will be in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Harry N. Strader

BUCKHANNON -- Harry N. Strader, 85, of Route 9, Buckhannon, Mount Carmel Community, died Thursday, June 22, 2000, at his home.

He was born June 13, 1915, in Conneaut, Ohio, a son of the late Irvin N. and Lena Strader.

His wife, Mamie M. Black Strader, whom he married May 12, 1938, preceded him in death in 1982.

Surviving are one daughter, Beatrice Lane, Woodbridge, Va.; three sons, Jackie Strader, Port. St. Joe, Fla., James I. Strader, Orr St., Buckhannon, and Tommie Strader, Stafford, Va.; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Harold Strader; and one half sister, Grace Wilfong.

Mr. Strader was a retired school bus driver from the Upshur County school system. He was a member of the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church.

Nellie Mae Ware

BUCKHANNON -- Nellie Mae Ware, 85, of Route 6, Buckhannon, the Tennerton community, died Friday, June 23, 2000, at Davis Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 12, 1915, in Buckhannon, a daughter of the late Enoch W. Reed and Minnie Lantz Reed.

Her husband, Joseph M. "Cook" Ware, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Shirley Black, Buckhannon; one son, James J. Ware; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Elsie G. Norman, Adrian, Mary J. Norman, Hodgesville, Ethel Chipps, Buckhannon, and Ruth Johns, Flintstone, Md.; one brother, Carl Reed, Buckhannon; several nieces and nephews; and long time friend, James L. Jones, Route 6, Buckhannon.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Dale and Kenneth Reed; and one sister, Ivy M. Miller.

Mrs. Ware was a senior companion for almost 20 years with the Upshur County Senior Citizens.

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