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Obituaries for Wednesday, February 7, 2001

Margaret L. Ashcraft

SHINNSTON -- Margaret L. Ashcraft, 87, of Isaac's Creek community, died at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, in Heartland of Clarksburg following an extended illness.

She was born Dec. 13, 1913, in Lumberport, a daughter of the late Jeremiah and Leota Stark Robey.

Her husband, Thurl B. Ashcraft, preceded her in death on Sept. 9, 1970.

Surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Ella Robey, three sisters, Virginia P. Whitehair, all of Lumberport, Ruby E. Cline, Haywood, and Bonnie Harvath, Cleveland, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Betty Robey, Lumberport; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Paul Robey.

Mrs. Robey had worked in the Submarine Restaurant of the Parsons-Souders Department Store. He was a member of the Ten Mile Baptist Church.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 4-9 p.m. Thursday where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Robert G. Perine officiating. Interment will be in the Lions Club Cemetery, Lumberport.

Glendon Ray Dyer

CLARKSBURG -- Glendon Ray Dyer, 56, of Stanley Avenue, Clarksburg, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, in the Halquist Memorial Hospice Center, Arlington, Va., following a seven-month illness.

He was born July 30, 1944, in Wardensville, a son of Madeline Love Dyer of Wardensville, and the late Waitman Cornwell Dyer.

His wife, Donna Lough Dyer, whom he married April 14, 1971, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Christopher Scott Dyer, Morgantown; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tracy Watson and husband, Bruce, Clarksburg, and Melissa Leutz and husband, William, St. Mary's, Ga.; four grandchildren, Thomas Daniel Riffle, Gerald "Jerry" Riffle, Mary Katherine Leutz and Claire Hawthorne Leutz; two brothers, John Roger Dyer and James R. Dyer, both of Wardensville; one sister, Helen Dyer Miller, Winchester, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Jennifer Nicole Dyer.

Mr. Dyer was a civil engineer with MSES Consultants, Clarksburg. He was a 1971 graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Vietnam conflict.

He was a member of Clarksburg Lodge No. 155 A.F. & A.M. York Rite Mason, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason with membership in both the Clarksburg and Wheeling bodies, and the Nemesis Temple Shrine.

He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineering, National Society of Professional Engineers, where he was former president and vice president of the local chapter, the West Virginia Association of Land Surveyors, where he was former secretary/treasurer of the local chapter, and the Wardensville Post Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. The body will be taken to the First Presbyterian Church, 175 West Main St., Clarksburg, to lie in state for one hour prior to the service which is to be held at 10 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Dr. Eric Faust officiating. Interment will be in a private family cemetery, Wardensville.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be made to the Halquist Memorial Hospice Center, 4715 North 15th St., Arlington, VA 22205.

Vivian Lorraine McCoy

FAIRMONT -- Vivian Lorraine McCoy, 66, of Shinnston, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, in her home.

She was born Dec. 31, 1934, in Wheeling, a daughter of the late Joseph and Sylvia Schoolcraft Thomas.

Her husband of 45 years, Ellis G. McCoy Jr., survives.

Also surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Mike and P.J. McCoy, Bobby and Betty McCoy, and Dennis McCoy, all of Shinnston; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Nancy and Mark Kisner, Bridgeport, Linda McCoy, and JoAnn and Scott Jones, all of Shinnston; five sisters, Ethel Bailey, California, Katherine and Jim Wise, Canton, Ohio, Margaret Jones, North Carolina, Dorothy Thomas and Mary Lou Cline, both of Canton, Ohio; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Ann McCoy; one brother, Carl V. Thomas; one sister, Mary Holt; and one great-grandchild, Cheyanne Sky Groves.

Dorsey Robert McVicker

PARSONS -- Dorsey Robert McVicker, 69, of the Blackman Heights community, Parsons, died at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, at his home. He had been in declining health for the past year and death was attributed to cancer.

He was born Jan. 17, 1932, at Washington, Pa., a son of the late Joseph W. McVicker and Mildred Stockett McVicker.

His wife of 50 years, the former Phyllis N. Underwood, whom he married on Sept. 16, 1950, survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Robert Michael McVicker and wife, Kimberly, Rosendorf, David Bryan McVicker and wife, Judy, Mutchen, N.J., Bradley Melvin McVicker and wife, Tracy, Leroy, N.Y., Jeffrey Scott McVicker and wife, Sherie, Pasadena, Md.; two daughters, Diana Lynn Rothenburgh, Castile, N.Y., Cheryl Denise Caccamise McVicker, Pennfield, N.Y.; one half sister, Betty Shrout, Vienna; 15 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Zachaeus, Joseph and Ray McVicker; one half brother, Daily Rexroad; and two sisters, Leona Lewis and Lilah Whitlock.

Mr. McVicker attended the schools of Taylor County. He was a graduate of Flemington High School with the class of 1950 and served as salutatorian of his class.

He was a senior sales representative for the Air Products and Chemicals Corp. at Rochester, N.Y., retiring after 38 years of service. He was a former member of the Madison, Ohio Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was a former member of the Civil Air Patrol.

He was an avid outdoorsman. He was a member of the Holly Meadows Country Club and the Parsons Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Parsons Presbyterian Church with Pastor Karen Willis officiating. Scattering of the cremains will follow on location.

The family suggest that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of contributions to Hospice Care Corp., P.O. Box 193, Parsons, WV 26287.

Grover Leroy

Matheny

CLARKSBURG -- Mr. Grover Leroy Matheny, 77, of Glen Falls, died at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Oct. 13, 1923, in Preston County, a son of the late Orphus Leroy Matheny and Rosealee Dodd Matheny.

His first wife, Alma Loretta Martin Matheny, preceded him in death. His second wife, Wanna E. Lang Matheny, survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Linda Wiseman, Clarksburg, Lenora Hartshorn, Superior, Wis., and Martha E. Matheny at home; four sons, Orphus Leroy Matheny, Robert Michael Matheny and Grover Neal Matheny, all of Clarksburg, and Kenneth Eugene Matheny at home; one brother, Virgil Matheny, Glen Falls; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son of six months, Virgil Frederick Matheny; one sister, Marie Strogen; two brothers, Chester Matheny and James Matheny; and two nephews, Charles Taylor and Larry Matheny.

Mr. Matheny was a Baptist by faith. He retired from the City of Clarksburg in 1975 with 17 years of service.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Richard Settles presiding. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

Craig Ancel Smith

PADEN CITY -- Craig Ancel Smith, 75, of North Sixth Avenue, Paden City, died Monday, Feb. 5, 2001, in the Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling.

He was born Aug. 22, 1925, in West Union, a son of the late Ancel and Jessie Fay Shuman Smith.

His wife, Peggy Ferrell Smith, survives.

Also surviving are one son, John Samuel "Sam" Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa.; one daughter, Melissa Beth Smith Sheperd and husband, Jack, Buffalo, N.Y.; and two grandchildren, Craig and Christopher Sheperd.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Christine Kidner, Bernice Welch and Eleanor Elaine Swartz.

Mr. Smith was a retired professional engineer for the West Virginia Department of Highways. He was a land surveyor.

He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Paden City, the Nemesis Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., Parkersburg, and Friendship Lodge No. 56, West Union, A.F. & A.M.

He was a World War II Army veteran.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 103 South Fourth Ave., Paden City, WV 26159.

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