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Obituaries for Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2001

Mary R. Chaffey

PHILIPPI -- Mrs. Mary R. Chaffey, 88, a long time resident of Philippi, passed away suddenly Friday evening, Jan. 26, 2001, at Colonial Place, Elkins, where she had resided since 1997.

She was born, Aug. 25, 1912, in North Carolina, a daughter of the late William Godfrey and Mary Roberts Russell.

Her husband, A. Leslie Chaffey, whom she married May 24, 1937, in St. Peter's Anglican Church at Forteau, Labrador, preceded her in death on April 15, 1996.

Surviving are her only daughter, Pat Bozeman, Houston, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Fred (Elizabeth) Penn, Seaside Park, N.J., and Mrs. Kenneth V. (Elma) Smith, Berwick, Pa.

Mrs. Chaffey was known for her 40 years of nursing service, first to Myers Clinic-Hospital and then to Broaddus Hospital, Philippi. She earned her nursing degree from Frankfort School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Pa. She is also an alumna of Alderson-Broaddus College, class of 1952.

She retired in 1980 as director of nursing at Broaddus Hospital. She was honored for service to the nursing profession and to the hospital by a nursing scholarship which bears her name. Most recently she was presented with life membership in the Alderson-Broaddus Nursing Alumna Association.

She was a founding member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Philippi. She was a life-long Episcopalian who as a teen-age girl had entertained hopes of being a missionary. Following graduation from nursing school she worked in Philadelphia's Frankfort Hospital, and in Atlantic City, N.J., as a surgical nurse. In the mid 1930s she was accepted as a missionary nurse for Sir Wilfred Grenfell's medical mission in St. Mary's Harbour, Labrador, where she met Mr. Chaffey and served as part of that British outpost's medical team until 1940. The couple took up residence in Philippi, where Mrs. Chaffey accepted the position of director of nursing service at Myers Clinic-Hospital that same year.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the Mary Chaffey Nursing Scholarship Fund at Broaddus Hospital, Philippi, WV 26416.

William F. George

CLARKSBURG -- William F. George, 65, of 1302 Philippi Pike St., Clarksburg, died at 11:39 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Jan. 30, 1935, in Clarksburg, a son of the late George Abraham George Haddad and the late Anna Elizabeth Simon Haddad.

His wife, Margaret Swiger George, whom he married Sept. 23, 1961, survives.

Also surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Patrick and Lisa George, Cary, N.C., Michael and Denyse George, Clarksburg, and Christopher and Alicia George, and one brother and sister-in-law, Wade and Jean George, all of Clarksburg; three grandchildren, Jacob, Madysen and Kirstin George; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Leonard Haddad; and one sister, Lorece Haddad Shaw.

Mr. George was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was a charter member of the East View Lions Club.

He had served in the U.S. Army. He was employed as a glass worker for 17 years and had retired from the Harrison County Department of Corrections after 22 years service.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 2-9 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Peter A. Giannamore as celebrant. Entombment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum, where the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Honor Guard will conduct military burial rites. A vigil service will be conducted in the funeral home at 7 p.m. today.

May Ree Harper

PARSONS -- May Ree Harper, 85, formerly of the Moore community, Parsons, a resident of Whiteman Avenue, Elkins, died early Sunday morning at Nella's Nursing Home, where she had been a patient since July 1999. She had been in declining health and death was attributed to cancer.

She was born Oct. 30, 1915, at Huff, Ark., a daughter of the late Oscar Clinton and Alice Aquila Voyles Jonas.

Her husband, Frank J. Harper, whom she married in 1944 in California, preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 1977.

Surviving are one son, Willie Dale Harper and wife, Joyce, Jacksonville, N.C.; one half brother, Burel Armond Jonas, Michigan; two half sisters, Lou Alice Jonas, Illinois, and Easter Millie Melton, Arkansas; one grandson, Christopher Dale Harper, North Carolina; her caretaker and niece, Anna McElwain, Kerens; and several other nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Sarah Lockey Trammel Crawford.

Mrs. Harper was a graduate of Middle Lake High School in Arkansas. She was a nurse for over 40 years, having worked for the former White Gables and the former Tucker County Hospital.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Moore, and more recently of the Cathedral of Deliverance, Elkins.

Evelyn Joann Hitt

WESTON -- Evelyn Joann Hitt, 63, of Route 1, Weston, Deanville community, died at 5:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.

She was born July 18, 1937, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Holmes R. Nicholson and Mary Virginia White Nicholson.

Her husband, James E. Hitt, whom she married on April 30, 1956, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, James E. Hitt Jr. and wife, Laura, Jane Lew, and Timothy N. Hitt, Weston; one daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly Darlene Malson and husband, Timothy, Jane Lew; six grandchildren, Joby Swiger, Brooke Hitt Short, Tyler Hitt, Cortney Hitt, Lauren Malson and Christian Hitt; one stepgrandchild, Arwen Malson; one stepgreat-grandson, Austin Springer; and one stepgreat-granddaughter, Kristen Palmer.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Janice Marie Mick.

Mrs. Hitt was a homemaker. She was actively employed by J.E. Hitt Garage in Weston.

She was a volunteer member of the Lewis County Emergency Squad and attended the Broad Run Baptist Church.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Mark Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Jane Lew.

R. M. 'Milton' Jeffrey

PARKERSBURG -- R. M. "Milton" Jeffrey, 77, of Parkersburg, died Jan. 28, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

He was born Dec. 6, 1923, in Anmoore, a son of the late William and Oma Headley Jeffrey.

His wife of 51 years, Virginia E. Mancuso Jeffrey, survives in Parkersburg.

Surviving are two sons and their wives, William F. and Karen E. Jeffrey, Warwick, R.I., and Steven A. and Lisa Jeffrey, Pleasanton, Calif.; four grandchildren, Kristen, Alex and Ryan Jeffrey, Warwick, and Stephanie Jeffrey, Pleasanton; one sister, Emma Cleavenger, Auburndale, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Mr. Jeffrey was a 1942 graduate of Bridgeport High School. He was a World War II Army veteran, having served in the South Pacific from 1943-1945 as a sergeant/machine gunner, earning the Asiatic-Pacific theater ribbon with two bronze stars, the Philippine Liberation ribbon with a bronze star, the Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Arrowhead and Victory Medal.

He worked at Roland Glass Co. in Clarksburg, and was retired from Borg-Warner Chemical in Washington after 24 years of service.

He was a member of Stout Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Upper Room Sunday School Class. He enjoyed Bible studies and music. He was a loving husband and father.

Dollie Woneda Jones

PENNSBORO -- Dollie Woneda Jones, 71, of Pennsboro, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, at Clarksburg.

She was born Feb. 13, 1929, near Grantsville, in Calhoun County, a daughter of the late Lawrence J. and Oma Dawson Bell.

Her husband, Jessie H. Jones, preceded her in death.

Surviving are six sons, Jessie L. Jones, Ralph A. Jones and Thurl W. Jones, all of Pennsboro, James O. Jones, St. Marys, Gail R. Jones, Mellin, and Donald E. Jones, Grantsville; five daughters, Hazel M. Shepherd, Oak Hill, Martha Simmons and Brenda Jones, both of Pennsboro, Nancy Primm, Mahone, and Wilma Keister, Greenwood; two brothers, Harold R. Bell, Big Springs, and Russell Bell, Ravenna, Ohio; two sisters, Zelda Headly, Grantsville, and Churl Lott, Ravenna, Ohio; 19 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

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

Mrs. Jones was a homemaker. She had attended the Apostolic Church of Harrisville.

Albert Wayne Layman

CLARKSBURG -- Mr. Albert Wayne Layman, 78, of 916 West Pike St., Clarksburg, died at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, in Heartland of Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born in Baxter, a son of the late Cecil Layman and Monta Musgrave Layman Sine.

His wife, Evelyn Hazel Cain Layman, whom he married Sept. 18, 1945, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Alan W. and Carolyn Layman, Route 4, Salem; one daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Judy Kay and Alan Haught, West Milford; one sister, Mrs. Lois Maxine Reynolds, Winchester, Ind.; six grandchildren and spouses, Cindy Haught, Clarksburg, Brian and Robin Haught, Bridgeport, Tracy and Jerry Stire, Lost Creek, Stanley and Joyce Layman, Kearneysville, Christopher and Bobby-Jo Layman, Jane Lew, and Chad and Crystal Layman, West Milford; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Stanley Virgil Layman in 1966.

Mr. Layman was a 50-year pin member of the Plumbers & Pipefitters Union Local No. 152 in Morgantown. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He had owned and operated the Layman Lawnmower Repair Service. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army. He had been employed as a plumber and pipefitter working in construction.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 2-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday with Chaplain W. Delmas Parris conducting the service. Interment will be in Coplin Cemetery on Jarvisville Road.

William C. 'Cliff' Mahaney

CAIRO -- William C. "Cliff" Mahaney, 49, of Ellenboro, Bonds Creek Road, died Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 20, 1952, in Ethel, Logan County, a son of Eva R. Burks Mahaney Davis and the late Raymond Mahaney.

His wife, Penny Ann Shingleton Mahaney, survives in Ellenboro.

Also surviving are one son, William M. "Matt" Mahaney, Parkersburg; three stepchildren, Alicia Folger, Cocoa Beach, Fla., Matthew Wolfe, St. Marys, and Jessica Woodby, Ellenboro; two sisters, Mary Cannon, Hitchcock, Texas, and Paula New, Clear Fork; and one grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, James D. "Pete" Mahaney.

Mr. Mahaney had worked at Walker Industries of Parkersburg, John Mansville of Vienna, and the Big 4 Suzuki Sales of Marietta, Ohio.

He was a graduate of Cairo High School with the class of 1971. He had attended Grace Episcopal Church in St. Marys.

Nancy P. Morrison

SUTTON -- Nancy P. Morrison, 52, of Sutton, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001, as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident near Summersville.

She was born Dec. 14, 1948, in Sutton, a daughter of Madaline V. Palmer Cutlip of Flatwoods, and the late Thomas Cutlip.

Her husband, John G. Morrison of Sutton, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Jason T. Morrison, and one daughter, Andrea B. Morrison, both of Sutton.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Morrison United Methodist Church, Airport Road, near Sutton, with the Rev. Robert Horstman officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Morrison United Methodist Church, c/o Suzanne Skidmore, 325 McCoy Drive, Sutton, WV 26601.

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