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Obituaries for Thursday, February 17, 2000

Myrtle S. Bell

GRAFTON -- Myrtle S. Bell, 97, of Wallace B. Murphy Nursing Care Facility, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 16, 1902, in Thornton, Mt. Pleasant community, a daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Annie Shawn Spring.

Her husband, Dorsey Bell, whom she married on Dec. 22, 1934, preceded her in death on June 16, 1979.

Surviving are one sister, Addalyne Locke, Grafton; two nephews, Robert E. Moore and William D. Moore, both of Thornton; three nieces, Betty Runner, Thornton, Deloras McIntyre and Ruth McCue, both of Grafton; four great-nephews and two great-nieces.

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

Mrs. Bell was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. She was employed for 30 years at the former Carr China Company, working as a liner in the decorating shop. She was also co-manager of the Grafton Dairy Mart for nine years.

Margie Y. Botterill

BALTIMORE Md. -- Margie Botterill, 62, of Baltimore, Md., died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2000 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born Sep. 3, 1937 in Mannington, a daughter of the late Claude E. and Letha Eddy Sharp, Rt. 2, Shinnston.

Her husband, David Botterill, survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Denzil Riley, Fairmont, Ronald Riley, Bridgeport, and Mark Riley, Thornton; three daughters, Deloris Sine, Texas, Janet McFarland, West Union and Robin Wilsonk, Fairmont; one sister, Lillian J. Nicholson, Shinnston; two half sisters, Ruth Higgins, Weston and Virginia Deem, Pine Bluff; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, David Riley, and three sisters.

Mrs. Botterill attended the St. Anns Church in Baltimore and was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday. Graveside services will be conducted at the Pine Bluff Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. Friday with Pastor Chat Huston officiating.

Frances M. Chidester

CLARKSBURG -- Frances Marion Lawrence Chidester, 88, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2000, at Forbes Regional Hospital.

She was born June 13, 1911, in Newburg, a daughter of the late Francis Marion and Icea Freeman Lawrence.

Her husband, Paul E. Chidester, preceded her in death on Jan. 9, 1986.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Rev. Andrew (Janis) Chalmers, New York, and Mrs. David (Sandra Kay) Moon, Pittsburgh; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Clark Lawrence and Franklin Howard Lawrence; and three sisters, Mildred Burke, Mabel Ridenour and Mary Moats.

Mrs. Chidester was a retired registered nurse and a graduate of Reynolds Memorial School of Nursing in Glendale. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Friends may call Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Doctor Eric Faust officiating. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Dr. Frank L. Fernandez

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Dr. Frank L. Fernandez, 81, of Charlottesville, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2000, in Charlottesville.

He was born in Clarksburg, W.Va.

His wife, Mary Kay Willoughby, whom he married in 1957, preceded him in death.

Surviving are two sisters, Mary Folio and Eleanor Marra, both of Clarksburg; two sons, Gregory W. Fernandez, Williamsburg, and Griffin W. Fernandez, Charlottesville; and one grandchild, Isabella Willoughby Fernandez, Charlottesville.

Dr. Fernandez devoted 32 years of his life to the practice of medicine in Williamsburg, Va., where during his career he had the privilege of delivering more than 4,300 babies. He retired in 1989.

After receiving a football scholarship, Dr. Fernandez attended High Point College in North Carolina, where he was president of the student body and captain of the football team. Foregoing an opportunity to play professional football, he attended medical school at the Bowman-Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University.

Following his graduation in 1948, he fulfilled internship and residency requirements for obstetrics, gynecology, and surgery in Kentucky and Michigan. He was licensed to practice medicine in California, North Carolina and Virginia.

After practicing briefly in Ventura, Calif., Dr. Fernandez returned to Virginia and joined the medical staff at Fort Eustis in Newport News, while he decided where to open his private practice. At the suggestion of a colleague, he chose Williamsburg. He saw his first patient in a small office off Page Street on Feb. 18, 1957.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Feb. 19 at St. Bede's Catholic Church by Father Fisher. A reception will follow at the Williamsburg Community Building at 401 North Boundary St. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all expressions of condolences and sympathy be made to one of the following: A memorial fund has been established for the Family & Maternity Center at the Williamsburg Community Hospital. Mail donations to Williamsburg Community Hospital for the Dr. Frank L. Fernandez Memorial Fund, 1306 Mt. Vernon Ave., Williamsburg, Va. 23185; or send donations to the Charlottesville Piedmont Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association for the Dr. Frank L. Fernandez Fund, P.O. Box 4634, Charlottesville, Va. 22905.

Robert L. Jefferson

CLARKSBURG -- Robert Lee Jefferson, 81, of Route 1, Box 384, Country Club Road, Clarksburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

His wife, Martha Louise Acker Jefferson, preceded him in death on Nov. 20, 1990.

Surviving are two sons, Robert T. and wife, Bonnie S. Jefferson, Medway, Mass., and John E. and wife, Rhonda Jefferson, Lost Creek; two daughters, Marianne J. and husband, James N. Skeen, Decatur, Ga., and Elizabeth A. and husband, W. Michael Eddy, Bridgeport; one sister, Betty Z. Rulong, Moundsville; five grandchildren, Joanna Jefferson, Sarah Jefferson, Chad Eddy, Carrie Eddy, and Nicholas Eddy.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Marjorie Gustly.

Mr. Jefferson, a resident of Clarksburg for the past 30 years, formerly of Wheeling, was elder and deacon of the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church in Wheeling and Councilman of the Village of Bethlehem, Wheeling.

He was chairman of the Eagle Scouts Review Committee, the Clarksburg Salvation Army Advisory Board, past president of Clarksburg Country Club, past district governor (District L) Lions International.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Elks No. 482, the First Presbyterian Church in Clarksburg and a former member of the American Legion Post No. 13, Clarksburg.

Mr. Jefferson attended West Liberty State College. He was a retired banker with the former Empire National Bank and an Army veteran, serving as master sergeant during World War II.

The family will receive friends at the McGlumphy Funeral Home Chapel from 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. Friday, at which time a memorial service will be held in the McGlumphy Church Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Eric M. Faust officiating.

In lieu of flowers, make memorial contributions to Harrison County United Way, 301 West Main St., Clarksburg, or to LCIFC/O Lions Clubs International, 300-22nd St., Oak Brook, Ill. 60523-8842.

Margaret L. Haught Knight

PINE GROVE -- Margaret L. Haught Knight, 81, of 1689 1/2 Colgate Drive, Marietta, OH, formerly of Reader, WV, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000 at Marietta Memorial Hospital.

She was the daughter of the late David and Effie Oxier Parks.

Her husband, Leo "Dick" Knight, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, David and Judy Haught, Antiverp, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. Russ "Shirley" Furler, Marietta; four step-sons, Fred and Andy Knight, both of West Union, Mike Knight of Texas, and Steve Knight of Pa.; two step daughters, Pam Underwood, West Union and Patricia Knight, St. Marys; one brother, David W. Parks, Jr., Reader; four sisters, Mildred Freeman, New Martinsville, Marie Betsock, Washington, D.C., Ethel Arnett, Mannington, Lucille Cuckler, Pittsburgh, Pa.; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Reason Haught; her second husband, Dewayne DeVault; and one daughter, Betty Tennent.

Friends will be received 2-9 p.m. Thursday at Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will take place at the Parks Cemetery Eight Mile Ridge near Reader.

Alma Shaffer Munn

ASHLAND, KENTUCKY -- Alma Shaffer Munn, 86, of Hillsboro Ohio, formerly of Ashland Kentucky, died Wednesday, February 16, 2000 at Highland Regional Hospital, Hillsboro, following an extended illness.

She was born Aug. 22, 1913, Ashland, a daughter of the late Charles and Evelyn Hill Shaffer.

Her husband, Charles G. Munn, preceded her in death in 1965.

Surviving are two sons, Richard Munn, Ashland and Gerald Munn, Bellefontaine, Ohio; two daughters, Madalyn Brown, Wheelersburg, Ohio and Jo Ann Munn, Sardinia, Ohio; one brother, Harry Shaffer, Kissimmee, Fla.; five sisters, Mary Imhoff and Violet Montieth, both of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jo Ann Wilson, Spring Hills, Fla., Carol Smith, Ripley, Ohio and Eleanor Grubb, Hillsboro, Ohio; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two grandchildren.

Mrs. Munn was a retired licensed practical nurse and a member of the Sciotoville Christian Church.

Friends will be received from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Brandt Funeral Home, Portsmouth, Ohio. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Local arrangements are under direction of Steen Funeral Home/Ashland Chapel, Ashland.

In lieu of flowers, send contributions to: American Heart Association, 1501 Central Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.

John H. Perkins

CLARKSBURG -- John Henry Perkins, 85, formerly of Quiet Dell died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000 at Dry Fork in Doddridge County.

He was born Aug. 10, 1914 in Braxton County, a son of the late John Perkins and Minnie Spittler Perkins.

Surviving are one daughter, Saundra Morrison, Doddridge County; one sister, Senna Criss, Clarksburg; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Sarah Wetzel; two brothers, William and Waitman Perkins.

Mr. Perkins was a Baptist.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #573, Clarksburg and served in the Army during World War II. He retired from the former Pittsburgh Plate and Glass after 31 years of service.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St. from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Kenneth E. Kendall officiating. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery with military graveside rites accorded.

James B. Riley

WESTON -- James B. Riley, 87, of Weston died at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, Feb.16, 2000 in Clarksburg following an extended illness.

He was born Dec. 8, 1912, a son of the late Michael and Matilda Roby Riley.

His wife, the former Faye Hinterer, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Ann Marie Zirkle, Stuart Fla.; one brother, John Riley, Weston; several nieces and nephews and great nieces of nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Harrington and Mary Riley and five brothers, Michael, Dennis, Joseph, Martin, and William Riley.

Mr. Riley was retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways and was a member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Weston.

He was a veteran of W.W.II serving with the U.S. Army. He was a German prisoner of war and later was stationed in the CCC Camps in the Northern Pacific States. He was a life member of the DAV.

Friends will be received at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston from 6-8 p.m. Friday. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday from the St. Patrick Catholic Church with the Reverend Fr. James Murphy as celebrant. Interment will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery at Pruntytown. A scriptural prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday from the funeral home chapel.

Regina Scarff

WESTON -- Regina "Grace" Scarff, 87, of Weston died Tuesday, February 15, 2000 following an extended illness.

She was born Jan. 4, 1913, in Burnsville, a daughter of the late Clarence and Angelettie Scarff

Surviving are one sister, Mary Alice Skinner, Buckhannon; one nephew, Jerry Buchannon, Charlotte, N.C.; and one great nephew, Ryan Buchannon

Also preceding her in death is one sister, Eula Buchannon.

Miss Scarff was co-owner of Scarff Grocery of Kitsonville and a Protestant by faith.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Clifford West officiating. Interment will follow in the Orlando Cemetery, Orlando.

Eleanor J. Shanholtz

SHINNSTON -- Eleanor J. Shanholtz, 77, of Enterprise died at 6:46 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000 at her residence following a brief illness

She was born Sept. 22, 1922 in Harrison County, a daughter of the late Frederick Marion and Gladys Stiles Bice.

Her husband, Roy Wilbert Shanholtz, preceded her in death on Aug. 2, 1993.

Surviving are two sons, Richard Shanholtz, Shinnston and Monty Shanholtz, Enterprise; two grandchildren, Richard Shanholtz II, Clarksburg and Jennifer Shanholtz Woods, Dallas Texas; three great-grandchildren, Alyssa Shanholtz, Matt and Emily Prieto; one brother, Marion R. Bice, Mannington; one sister, Mrs. Gene Vance, Tetrick Rd.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother.

Mrs. Shanholtz graduated from Shinnston High School in 1940. She was a homemaker and was a Protestant by faith.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 3-9 p.m. on Friday. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Austin Burrough officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Robert R. Strickling

HARRISVILLE -- Robert R. Strickling, 85, of Macfarlan died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2000 at Worthington Manor Nursing Home, Parkersburg.

He was born Nov. 24, 1914 in Ritchie County, a son of the late Alexander S. and Bertha Trader Strickling.

His wife, Velda G. Roberts Strickling, preceded him in death.

Surviving are one son, Gerald Strickling, Massillon, Ohio; two daughters; Clarissa Goodnight, Macfarlan and Ruth Furr, Smithville; three brothers, Harding Strickling, Ashland, Ohio and Norman "Bash" Strickling, Melbourne, Fla.; one sister, Clarissa Seaman, Greenwich, Ohio; one half-sister, Anne Macon of New Philadelphia, Ohio; seventeen grandchildren, thirty great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one stepson, Eugene Strickling; two brothers, one half-brother and five half-sisters; and two grandchildren.

Mr. Strickling was an oil field driller and a tool dresser for many companies in West Virginia and Ohio.

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