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Obituaries for Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001

Letabelle Curtis Ables

WESTON -- Letabelle Curtis Ables, 77, of Route 1, Weston, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.

She was born May 15, 1923, in Wildcat, Lewis County, a daughter of the late Ezekiel T. Curtis and Sarah McCauley Curtis.

Her husband, James Ables, whom she married on April 22, 1944, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Charles B. Curtis, three brothers, Clarence Curtis, both of Weston, Oley Curtis and Dana Curtis, both of Buckhannon; six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Ables was a homemaker and a Baptist by faith.

Friends may call at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Charles Burnside officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Goosepen.

Jack L. Akers

SHINNSTON -- Jack L. Akers, 72, of Route 3, Shinnston, Owings community, and Frederickstown, Pa., died suddenly at 4:34 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Dec. 25, 1928, in Owings, a son of the late Charles L. and Maude Mae O'Dell Akers.

His wife, R. Joan Howe Akers, whom he married Dec. 19, 1955, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Tammy M. and Eric Wentz, Morgantown, and Deborah K. Akers, Frederickstown; three grandsons, Geoffrey J. Jones, Allen and Lucas Bebout; one great-granddaughter, Lacey Higginbotham; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Orville and Evelyn Akers, Sistersville, Gene and Elaine Akers, Goodlettsville, Tenn., Donald and Evelyn Akers, Conesville, Ohio; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Ian Nathaniel Wentz; and four brothers, Louis, Joseph, Charles "June" and Edgar Vance Akers.

Mr. Akers was a first grade mine foreman having retired in 1994 from A.E.P., Martinka Mines, Fairmont, with over 35 years in the mining industry. He began his career with Consolidation Coal Co. as an engineering surveyor and then worked for Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp., Vesta No. 5 Mine. He had also worked as a party chief surveyor for the West Virginia Department of Highways.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served with the U.S. Navy, having been based in Panama City and Key West, Fla. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Shinnston, having been baptized into the fellowship of the church April 1, 1945.

He was a member of St. John's Lodge No. 24 A.F. and A.M., Shinnston, and a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason with membership in both Clarksburg and Wheeling bodies. He was a member of the Hanson-Cole American Legion, Post 391, Frederickstown.

He enjoyed squirrel and deer hunting. He was a collector of antique mining memorabilia.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 6-9 p.m. today, 2-9 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Gary L. Martin and the Rev. Robert Wilson officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery where full military graveside rites will be rendered by American Legion, Post 391, Frederickstown. Masonic graveside rites will be conducted by St. John's Lodge No. 24, A.F. and A.M.

Jerry Lee Burner Sr.

PHILIPPI -- Jerry Lee Burner Sr., 60, a resident of 20 Wabash Ave., Philippi, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at his residence.

He was born April 2, 1940, in Philippi, a son of the late H. Clyde and Mossie Carder Burner.

On Sept. 21, 1959, he married the former Gladolene Andrick, who survives.

Also surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Annette and Todd Shaffer, Philippi, Rejeana and Roger Pitzer, Philippi; one son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Lee and Kris Burner Jr., Weirton; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Betty and Johnny Wilmoth, Barberton, Ohio, Jane and David Cline, Route 1, Philippi, Joretta Stiltner, Route 1, Philippi, and Billie Beohm, Route 3, Philippi; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Delma Burner, Clinton, Ohio, Nelson and Judy Burner, Route 4, Philippi; his mother-in-law, Martha Andrick, Philippi; and five grandchildren, Candi Cutright, James Cutright, Lisa Pitzer, Neil Pitzer and Kaitlyn Burner.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Clyde Jr., James, Gene and Richard Burner.

Mr. Burner was employed as a bus operator and mechanic for the Barbour County Board of Education. He formerly worked at Harrison Power Station and Barbour Coal Co.

He was a member of Bigelow Lodge 52, A.F.&A.M., member of RAM, Tygart Valley Chapter 39, Pilgrim 21 Commandry and Chapter 41, Order of Eastern Star.

He was vice president of Barbour County School Service Personnel Association, member of United Mine Workers, served on the Democrat Executive Committee. In 1999, he was chosen Barbour County Democrat of the Year, member of the Philippi Zoning Board and a member of the Union Church of Christ.

Truda Gay Cowger

WEBSTER SPRINGS -- Truda Gay Cowger, 72, of Hacker Valley, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001, at Webster Memorial Hospital, Webster Springs.

She was born Jan. 16, 1928, at Diana, a daughter of the late Joe and Annettie Cowger.

Surviving are three brothers, Gordon Cowger, Georgetown, Harmon "Tony" Cowger, Diana, and Samp Cowger, two sisters, Deltha Simmons, both of Hacker Valley, and Retha Hiles, Beaver Falls, Pa.; nine nieces and three nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Elsie Cowger.

Ms. Cowger was a life long resident of Webster County. She was a member of the Hacker Valley Rebeckah Lodge No. 91.

Beatrice C. Cutright

BUCKHANNON -- Beatrice C. Cutright of 25 Tucker Street, Buckhannon, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at Buckhannon Board and Care.

She was born March 4, 1910, a daughter of the late Marcellos Lane and Lelah Golden Lane, Adrian.

Her husband, R. Ford Cutright, whom she married Sept. 18, 1952, preceded her in death on Dec. 12, 1968. Her first husband, Thomas Carr, also preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. William (Peg) Light, Buckhannon; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Dewey (Mary Jean) Fumerola, Newton Falls, Ohio, and Mrs. James (Nelda) Fumerola, Warren, Ohio; one brother, Dayton Lane, Shady Springs; one sister, Winona Morris, Fairmont; five grandchildren, Mr. James Light and wife, Terrie, Ann Reel and husband, Richard, both of Buckhannon, Kevin Light and wife, Cheryl, Severn, Md., Mrs. Kay Davidson and husband, Keith, Laurel, Md., and Tom Light, Dunbar; four great-grandchildren, Billy Light, Asheboro, N.C., Jonnie Woofter, Jennifer Hyre and Jacob Hyre, all of Buckhannon; two great-great-grandchildren, Dillon Light and Diana Davidson; and many stepgrandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Irene Lane, Doris Kiddy and Mildred Calhoun; and one stepson, Lewis Cutright.

Mrs. Cutright was a homemaker and mother. She had worked for the Senior Companion Program.

She had attended the Hampton United Methodist Church.

In accordance with the Mrs. Cutright's wishes the body was donated to the West Virginia University Medical Center. There will be no formal funeral or memorial services.

Nina Lee Sutton

ELKINS -- Nina Lee Sutton, 83, of 1017 South Kerens Ave., Elkins, died at 6:40 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at her home. She had been in declining health and death was attributed to cancer.

She was born April 10, 1917, at Porterwood, a daughter of the late George Pritt and Florence Simmons Pritt.

Her husband, Ronal Sutton, whom she married Dec. 15, 1949, preceded her in death on Aug. 10, 1987.

Surviving are one sister, Goldie Buchanan, Savannah, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Orville "Jessie" Pritt"; and one sister, Margery Channell.

Mrs. Sutton was a graduate of Tygarts Valley High School with the Class of 1935. She was an employee of the former W.T. Grant Co. and K-Mart Corp., retiring in 1987, with 28 years of service.

She was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church.

Nila Jean Smith Wyckoff

GRAFTON -- Nila Jean Smith Wyckoff, 57, of Pearl Street, Grafton, passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001, at Cannonsburg Hospital, Cannonsburg, Pa.

She was born Oct. 30, 1943, in Wendel, a daughter of Hoy Calvin Smith of Detroit, Mich., and the late Julia Madeline DeCost Smith. She is also survived by her stepmother, Sue Smith, Detroit.

Her husband of 25 years, Tommy L. Workman, survives in Grafton.

Also surviving are eight children, Nina Jean McMasters and companion, Ronald Phillips, Tunnelton, Robert H. Wyckoff, Morgantown, Alice L. Wyckoff, Huntington, Brenda S. Hawkins and husband, Blenney, Morgantown, Julia A. Coon and husband, Johnny, Grafton, Anna H. Griffin and companion, Pete, Morgantown, Christina Y. Shaver and husband, Michael, Texas, and Laura M. Holcomb and husband, David, Grafton.; one stepson, Jimmy Lee Wyckoff, Ohio; 25 grandchildren, one great-grandson and four stepgrandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Roy (Sandra) Mayle, Grafton; one brother, Michael Smith and wife, Tracy, four half brothers, David Smith and wife, Joann, all of Michigan, Dr. Greg Smith and wife, Kathy, Austin, Texas, Kevin Smith and wife, Lori, and Andrew Smith and wife, Royanne, one half sister, Mrs. Roger (Deborah) Schmidt, one stepsister, Mrs. Ray (Diane) Vandierdonek, all of Michigan; one uncle, Edward DeCost, Canton, Ohio; three aunts, Mrs. Alma Mayle, Michigan, Mrs. Velva Mayle, Lewisville, Ohio, and Mrs. Donnie (Lorena) Croston, Canton; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Rev. Fred A. and Clara DeCost.

Mrs. Wyckoff was a devoted mother and homemaker. She was affiliated with the West Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church.

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