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Obituaries for Friday, February 9, 2001

Juanita June Hayes Bland

SALEM -- Juanita June Hayes Bland, 74, of Clarksburg, died at 6:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at Heartland of Clarksburg following an extended illness.

She was born June 4, 1926, at Industrial, a daughter of the late Morris Leander and Biddie Mae McKown Hayes.

Her husband, Willard C. Bland, survives.

Also surviving are five sons, Willard Stephen and wife, Kathy, Normal, Ill., Charles Douglas Bland, Joseph Lynn Bland, David Lee Bland and wife, Vickie, all of Clarksburg, and Donald Ray Bland and wife, Rona, Reynoldsville; three daughters, Mrs. Joseph (Peggy) Fraley, Clarksburg, Mrs. Robert W. (Carmella) Faris, Stonewood, and Melissa McNemar, Clarksburg; one sister, Wilma Stamm, Industrial; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one great-grandson, Austin Heiniger; three brothers, Howard Lee Hayes, and infants Edgar and Franklin; and five sisters, Pauline Davis, Grace O'Dell Gaston, Ester Clarice Hayes, Marietta Baker and Ellen Cottrill.

Mrs. Bland was a member of the West Salem United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 7-9 p.m. today and 1-9 p.m. Saturday. The funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. Paul Holyfield presiding. Interment will be in the K of P Cemetery

John Allen Brewster Sr.

NUTTER FORT -- John Allen Brewster Sr., 82, of Route 1, Beverly, died Monday morning, Feb. 5, 2001, in the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Oct. 16, 1918, in Pocahontas County, a son of the late Andrew Jackson and Vanola Calhoun Brewster.

Surviving are his children, Sharon Caskey, Navarre, Ohio, Edith Searle, Alabama, Wadelle Epps, Mississippi, Carol Holland, Wooster, Ohio, and John A. Brewster Jr., Elkins; and nine grandchildren.

Mr. Brewster was a veteran. He was formerly a construction worker and had worked as the secretary and bartender of the Wooster Eagles Club, Wooster, Ohio.

At the request of the deceased, his remains were cremated. Arrangements are under the care of Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort.

Bryce Cutright

SHINNSTON -- Bryce Cutright, 77, of Clark Street, Shinnston, died at 10:48 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born May 9, 1923, at Czar, Randolph County, a son of the late Benjamin Harrison and Daisy Pearl Depoy Cutright.

His wife, Lorraine F. Bryant Cutright, preceded him in death on May 19, 2000.

Surviving are four children, James Edward Bryant and Scott Anthony "Tony" Byrant, both of Shinnston, Larry Douglas Bryant, Bridgeport, and Kimberly Sue Gist, Simms, Mont.; two sisters, Marian Reitkovich, Shinnston, and Mrs. Roy (Virginia) Tennent, St. Marys; 15 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Joyce Lynn Cutright; two sisters, Jeanette Goff and Kathryn Woods Perrine.

Mr. Cutright graduated from Shinnston High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was owner and operator of Cutrights Body Shop and gas station, Haywood Junction, then moved his body shop to Haywood Road and continued in the auto body business until his retirement.

He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 31, Shinnston, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 573, Clarksburg, Beach Mountain Sportsman Club, Helvetia restoration and development society.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Aulbert Roberts officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Margaret Pletcher Dunn

MORGANTOWN -- Margaret Pletcher Dunn, 94, of Route 4, Clarksburg, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born March 18, 1906, in Morgantown, a daughter of the late J.M. and Mammie Belle Wolfe Pletcher.

Her husband, Bryan Dunn, preceded her in death in 1988.

Surviving are three sons, William C. Dunn, Clarksburg, Miller I. Dunn and Carl J. Dunn, both of Lorain, Ohio; one brother, John D. Fletcher, Pennsylvania; one sister, Elizabeth Close, Farmington, Pa.; 12 grandchildren, William C. Dunn Jr., Madonna "Kay" Knight, Lonnie Dunn, Orin Dunn, Gail Brown, Sherri Dunn, Troy Dunn, Kimberly Dunn, Bryan Dunn, John Dunn, David Dunn and Lauretta Dunn; 20 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by four infant children; one brother, Charles Pletcher, and one sister, Thelma Lanham.

Mrs. Dunn was a homemaker.

Opal Lottie Grogg Gum

WESTON -- Opal Lottie Grogg Gum, 82, of Route 2, Camden, Churchville community, died at 1:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born March 11, 1918 in Weston, the daughter of the late Cecil Grogg and Mary Catherine Sprouse Grogg.

Her husband, James Willis Gum, preceded her in death on Dec. 31, 1977.

Surviving are three sons, James Robert Gum, Darrell Laco Gum, and Donzel D. Gum, all of Churchville; three daughters, Louise Garrison of Buckhannon, Barbra Shirley Paugh of Marietta, Ohio, and Judy Paugh of Weston; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Nellie Snyder of Weston; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Gum was preceded in death by seven sisters, three brothers, one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Churchville Baptist Church.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Avenue, Weston, on Friday, Feb. 9 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Floyd Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Wease Day and Rev. Martin Wine officiating. Interment will follow in the Snyder Cemetery, Churchville.

Robert J. Markley

CLARKSBURG -- Robert J. Markley, 82, of Box 111, Mount Clare, died at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, in the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center.

He was born July 12, 1918, in Mount Clare, a son of the late Joseph Markley and Audia Hern Markley.

His wife, Hazel Marie Henderson Markley, whom he married Jan. 24, 1939, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Joseph and Joyce Markley Jr., Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Frank Lee and Judith Markley, Kent, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. James (Madelyn Sue) Pratt, Shelby, N.C.; six grandchildren, John Paul Markley, Mount Clare, Steven Markley, Port St. Lucie, Donna Pratt Jenkins, East View, Lynda Pratt Smith, Kings Mt., N.C., Tara Pratt Canipe, Shelby, N.C., and Vickie Lea Markley Reed, Kent, Ohio; eight great-grandchildren, Cortney and Felicia Reed, Jordan and Whitney Smith, Allison, Cory and Trey Canipe, and Cassidy Markley.

He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Michael Eugene Pratt, and one great-grandson, Ethan Joseph Markley.

Mr. Markley was a member of the Mount Clare United Methodist Church. He was retired from the security section of Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Hayward L. Minear presiding. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

M. Wood Stout

PHILIPPI -- M. Wood Stout, 93, of Beulah Land Nursing Home, Knottsville, formerly of Route 1, Buckhannon, passed away at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, in the Grafton City Hospital.

He was born Oct. 26, 1907, at Brushy Fork, a son of the late W.T. and Daisey Sigley Stout.

His wife, the former Lova Martha Casto, whom he married March 11, 1933, preceded him in death on Nov. 4, 1996.

Surviving are one sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Harold Dennison, Litefield, Ariz.; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Woodrow Stout, Lost Creek, Elwood and wife, Joyce Stout, Ritman, Ohio, Benwood and wife, Edna Stout, Dunbar, and Woodbridge and wife, Betty Stout, Grafton.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Thelma Adkins and Virginia Stout.

Mr. Stout retired with 42 years service as a school teacher and principal with the Barbour County School System. He served 15 years as a substitute. He served in the infantry in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 44, Philippi, Retired Teachers Association of Upshur and Barbour County, National Teachers Association, life member of West Virginia Retired Teachers Association, Upshur County Livestock Association and Elk City United Methodist Church.

He graduated from Broaddus Academy in 1928 and from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1937. He received a master's degree from West Virginia University and received a doctor's degree from Penn State University in 1948.

Arden C. 'Monk' Underwood

WEST UNION -- Arden C. "Monk" Underwood, 78, of Center Point, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Nov. 26, 1922, in Elk Lick, a son of the late Arza and Alma Swiger Underwood.

His wife, Dora B. Welch Underwood, whom he married on Oct. 31, 1946, preceded him in death on April 18, 1990.

Surviving are two daughters, Pamela Sue Keyser, Alexandria, Va., and Joyce Marlene Foy, Gowanda, N.Y.; two sons, Douglas B. Underwood, Center Point, and Arzey G. Underwood, Bluefield, Va.; one sister, Thelma Leasure, Weirton; one brother, Junior Underwood, East Liverpool, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Jack, Richard and Billy Underwood; two sisters, Helen Grace Underwood Beasley and Audra Ash.

Mr. Underwood was an overseas U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Sperry-Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9151 of Salem and a member of the Game Roosters Association.

He retired from Pittsburgh Plate Glass on Aug. 31, 1979.

Russell Lee Wallace Sr.

NUTTER FORT -- Russell Lee Wallace Sr., 71, of Route 3, Crooked Run, Clarksburg, passed away Thursday afternoon, Feb. 8, 2001.

He was born April 19, 1929, a son of the late Harry J. Wallace Sr. and Mabel Bunnell Wallace.

His wife, Martha Murray Wallace, survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Russell Allen, Crooked Run, Randall Lee, Clarksburg, Mark Lane, Valley Grove, and Russell Lee Jr., Lakeland, Fla.; three daughters, Russelle Campbell, Shinnston, Rhonda Oldaker, Enterprise, and Rozalind Oldaker, Shinnston; two stepchildren, Roberta Kesling Jr., Clarksburg, and Marsha Gaines, Stafford, Va.; 12 grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, one great-grandson and one stepgreat-grandson; two sisters, Edith Welch, Clarksburg, and Polly Shinn, Fort Worth, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Ray, John and Harry Wallace, and one sister, Eleanor McCloud.

Mr. Wallace and his wife were owners of Russell Wallace Motor Sales Inc. for 31 years. He was a Protestant.

Family and friends may call at the Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. O.D. Harmon presiding. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to People's Hospice, P.O. Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV 26302.

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