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Obituaries for Monday, January 29, 2001

George Gideon Cottrill

JANE LEW -- George Gideon Cottrill, 78, of Route 2, Jane Lew, died at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Dec. 23, 1922, in Weston, a son of the late Thomas J. Cottrill and Adeline Elizabeth Taylor Cottrill.

He married Irene Schute Cottrill, who preceded him in death.

Surviving are one sister, Mary L. Cottrill, Route 3, Weston; two special friends, Debbie Seelback and Bruce Hefner, both of Weston, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son, William Cottrill; one sister, Maggie Cottrill; and three brothers, Rex, Oran and Ralph Cottrill.

Mr. Cottrill was a retired chauffeur for Goodrich Corp. and a veteran of World War II. He was Protestant.

Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, from 6-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Robert Heater officiating. Interment will be held Wednesday afternoon in Akron, Ohio.

James Edward 'Jimmy' Hardman

HARTLY, Del. -- James Edward "Jimmy" Hardman, 43, of Hartly, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001, in Lincolnton, N.C.

He was born July 18, 1957, in Clarksburg, the son of the late Hotty Hardman Jr. and Agnes Marie Adams Hardman.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Pam Carpenter Hardman.

Also surviving are one son, Joseph "Joey" Hardman and one daughter, Jamie, both at home; three sisters, Delores "Dottie" Ergenzinger, Dover, Sue Stewart, Clarksburg, and Linda Deem, Sandersville, Ga.; one brother, Charles "Bubby" Hardman, Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Hardman was employed by Radio Shack in Dover, and in Milford as a manager. He reached over $1 million in sales in 1999 while at the Milford store. Due to complications with diabetes, he was placed on disability in May 1999.

He was an avid sports fan, especially NASCAR and the Dallas Cowboys. He also enjoyed woodworking.

Mr. Hardman was a member of the local Painters Union No. 804 in Clarksburg. He attended Webster College in Fairmont from 1987-1990 and received an associate degree in business.

Services were held at the Torbert Funeral Chapel, 81 S. Bradford Street, Dover. Burial in the Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made in his name to: Diabetes in Delaware, P.O. Box 1395, Dover, DE, 19903.

Lyonel Scott 'Bill' Mearns

BUCKHANNON -- Lyonel Scott "Bill" Mearns, 93, of Rt. 2, French Creek, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001, in his home.

He was born May 25, 1907, in French Creek, a son of the late John and Lucille Wingrove Mearns.

His wife of 66 years, Lucille Mearns, survives.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Ross Mearns, and an infant sister.

Mr. Mearns was an elementary school teacher and principal for Upshur County Schools for 43 years.

He was a member of the Rock Cave Lodge No. 81 A.F. & A.M., Upshur County Livestock Association, Upshur County Association of Retired School Employees, Upshur County Farm Bureau and former President, former member of the Upshur County Health Department.

He was a 1926 graduate of Buckhannon High School and a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College.

He also instructed veterans in farm training and was a cattle farmer.

He attended French Creek United Methodist Church.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today with the Rev. Conrad Tenney officiating. Interment will be at the Presbyterian Church Cemetery, French Creek, with Rock Cave Lodge No. 81 A.F. & A.M. conducting graveside rites.

Pete Medina

CLARKSBURG -- Pete Medina, 83, of Frederick Street, Clarksburg, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at Clarksburg Continuous Care Center.

He was born Jan. 9, 1918, in Dawson Mines, a son of the late Sam Medina and Rose Oliverio Medina.

His wife, Yolonda Leonette Medina, whom he married on Jan. 25, 1951, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Katherine Rose Homce and husband, Jim, Canal Winchester, Ohio; two brothers, Frank Medina, Brunswick, Ga., and Samuel Medina, Lumberport; three sisters, Katherine Oliverio, Clarksburg, Mary Miller, Lumberport, and Teresa Pence, Bridgeport; two grandsons, Patrick David Homce and Andrew James Homce; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

Mr. Medina was a retired cook at the Louis A. Johnson Medical Center, having worked 1812 years.

He was an Army veteran, having served in World War II. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Friends will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Olen Thomas Drive, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Father Tim Grassi officiating.

Interment will follow at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery. A vigil service will be conducted in the funeral home at 8 p.m. today.

Margaret Miller

PINE GROVE -- Margaret Miller, 89, of New Martinsville, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at Wetzel County Hospital.

Her husband, Alvy Leroy Miller, preceded her in death.

She was a son of the late William Arthur Long and Mary Margaret Sloan Long.

Surviving are two sisters, Edna N. Amos, Culloden, and Susan M. Cross White, New Martinsville; one brother, Lawrence Ralph Long, Saint Petersburg, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Lee Springer; and two brothers, Oscar L. Long and George William Long.

Mrs. Miller was a member of the Church of Christ, New Martinsville.

Friends will be received from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday at Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Interment will be at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Pine Grove.

George Pratt Jr.

PENNSBORO -- George Pratt Jr., 72, of Route 2, Pennsboro, Ellenboro community, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2001, at his vacation home on Big Pine Key, Fla.

He was born Jan. 30, 1928, at Pennsboro, a son of the late George L. and Geraldine Moore Pratt.

His wife of 52 years, Mary L. Cox Pratt, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Stevanna Pratt, Key West, Fla., and Joyce Bowie, Surfside Beach, S.C.; one son, George David Pratt, Ellenboro; one brother, Millard "Mick" Pratt, Talmadge, Ohio; one sister, Ellen Henderson, Williamstown; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one grandson.

Mr. Pratt had retired from the American Cyanamid Co., Willow Island Plant, with 34 years of service in the sheet metal shop. He was a member of the Oil, Gas, Atomic and Chemical Workers Union. He was a self-employed welder.

He was a charter member of the Ellenboro Volunteer Fire Department with 40 years of service.

He was a member of the Ritchie County Emergency Squad, Pennsboro Division, with 25 years of membership.

Friends may call from 4:30 - 9 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Tuesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jim Stanley officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery, Ellenboro.

Donations may be made to the Ellenboro Volunteer Fire Department, Ellenboro, WV 26346, in the name of Mr. Pratt.

Richard Marshall Reddecliff

BUCKHANNON -- Richard Marshall Reddecliff, 66, of EvUnBreth Acres, Buckhannon, died at 9:36 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at his home.

He was born May 18, 1934, in Geneva, Pa., a son of the late John Reddecliff and Opal Marshall Reddecliff.

His wife, Deloras Brown Reddecliff, survives in Buckhannon.

Also surviving are three daughters, Kelli Marteney, Dunbar, Gwendolyn Elaine Reddecliff, Morgantown, and Virginia Jeran, Buckhannon; one son, Richard M. Reddecliff II, Navarre, Fla.; two granddaughters, Sara Jeran and Claire Jeran, both of Buckhannon; and two grandsons, Wesley Reddecliff and Russell Reddecliff, both of Navarre.

Mr. Reddecliff was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church, Buckhannon. He graduated from Warren High School, Warren, Pa., in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. After attending Allegheny College, Meadeville, Pa., and Gannon College, Erie, Pa., he received his doctorate of jurisprudence from West Virginia University College of Law in 1962.

He was an associate attorney and partner in the law practice of Hymes & Coonts, Buckhannon, from 1962-1966.

He served as prosecuting attorney for Upshur County from 1965-1966. He was employed as an attorney from S.W. Jack Drilling Co. and manager of J&J Enterprises from 1966-1968 and again from 1982-1987.

He was a member of the West Virginia State Bar and the Upshur County Bar Association.

He was engaged in the private practice of law specializing in coal, oil and gas from 1968-1982 and again from 1987 to the present.

Private graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Weston Masonic Cemetery, Weston, with the Rev. Donald Butcher officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations be made to the Upshur County Emergency Medical Service, P.O. Box 124, Buckhannon, WV 26201.

Ottie A. Meadows Strader

WESTON -- Ottie A. Meadows Strader, 91, of Route 1, Horner, Vandalia community, died at 2:10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, in Holbrook Nursing Home, Buckhannon, following an extended illness.

She was born April 30, 1909, in Little Skin Creek, Lewis County, a daughter of the late Thomas Meadows and Sarah Queen Meadows.

Her husband of 72 years, Ural Guy Strader, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Hartzell Strader and wife, Betty, Miamisburg, Ohio, and Herman Strader and wife, Joyce, Vandalia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Julia Anna Burge and husband, Jack, Little Birch and Ethel M. Smith and husband, Roger, Roanoke; nine grandchildren, five step grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one niece.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Arthur Holt and Eldon Lynn Strader; two brothers, Lee and Roy Meadows; and three sisters, Birdie McNemar, Emma Hall and Lona Stalnaker.

Mrs. Strader was a housewife and member of the Modern Woodsmen of America-Vandalia Camp No. 10321. She was raised on Little Skin Creek, Lewis County.

She was a member of the Simpson Chapel United Methodist Church on Sammy's Run, Lewis County, where she was the pianist for several years.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ed McDaniels officiating. Interment will follow in the Simpson Chapel Church Cemetery, Sammy's Run, Lewis County.

Vonda June Stutler

GRAFTON -- Vonda June Stutler, 70, of Dorsey Street, Grafton, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at the Grafton City Hospital.

She was born March 31, 1930, in Grafton, a daughter of the late Arthur Dequoy Exline and Willa Larue Canfield Exline.

Her former husband, Kenneth Roy Stutler, whom she was married to for 20 years, survives.

Also surviving are three brothers, Charles Richard Exline, Grafton, David Lewis Exline and Thomas Keal Exline, both of Sharpsburg, Md.; four sisters, Wilda Juanita Exline, Grafton, who devoted her love and time in taking care of Vonda during her illness, her twin sister, Wanda Jo Stutler, Cumberland, Md., Wyoma Maxine "Kate" Gerkin, Grafton, Idesta Larue "Missy" Exline, Hagerstown, Md.; one niece, Judith Ann Fitzgerald and companion, Larry J. Rice; one nephew, Richard Keith Stutler and companion, Ann Morrison, all of Cumberland, Md.; one great-niece, Marykate Elizabeth Fitzgerald; and several other beloved nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by seven brothers, Lawrence Odell Exline, Emmett Dequoy Exline, Denzil Mansel "Buck" Exline, Darl Ekis Exline, Scott Arthur Clinton "Pete" Exline, Bernard Nitzil "Alec" Exline and Willard Lee Exline.

Ms. Stutler was retired as a meat packer for the A.P. Store in Cumberland. She had also worked in Grafton with the Hazel Atlas Glass Plant, Baby World Plastics Co. and The Continental Can Co.

She was a beloved sister and aunt. She will be missed by all of her family.

The family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, Grafton, from 4-9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, Grafton. The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Interment will be in the Knottsville Cemetery.

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