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Obituaries for Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001

Clair Audre 'Vere' K. Butcher

WESTON -- Clair Audre "Vere" K. Butcher, 96, of Route 1, Weston, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Jan. 9, 1905, in Valley Chapel, a daughter of the late Bert Keister and Zeffie Jackson Butcher.

Her husband, Allen S. Butcher, whom she married Aug. 15, 1923, preceded her in death on July 4, 1973.

Surviving are 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by four sons, Kenneth E., George Burton, Gilbert Lane, and Gerald Allen Butcher; one daughter, Rosemary Flesher; one brother, Paul Gene Keister; and four sisters, Myrtle Butcher, Nola Woodward, Eula Lowther, and Opie Butcher.

Mrs. Butcher was a housewife and a member of the Geelick United Methodist Church.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 5-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Clyde Gidley officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Mary Edith Dearinger

PENNSBORO -- Mary Edith Dearinger, 79, of Moulton, Texas, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at the Yoakam Community Hospital, Yoakam, Texas.

She was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Morgansville, a daughter of the late Ira Dallas and Mary Rebecca Davisson Hickman.

She is survived by one son, Jeff Dearinger, Moulton; one brother, John M. Hickman, West Union; one sister, June Cumpston, Massillon, Ohio; and one grandson, Christopher Dearinger, San Antonio, Texas.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, William, Warren "Bud" and Jack Hickman; and three sisters, Heaster Arvin, Doris Kelley, and Virginia Glover.

Mrs. Dearinger was a homemaker.

McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Steele Goodwin

JANE LEW -- Hazel Steele Goodwin, 91, of Good Hope community, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at a personal care home in Weston.

She was born April 1, 1909, in Weston, a daughter of the late H.R. and Nina Catherine Pletcher Steele.

Her husband, Hayward F. Goodwin, preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1990.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. William D. (Rosemary) Allman, three grandchildren, Tim B. Allman, Beth Ann Armentrout, all of Good Hope community, and Cathy Woodson, Fairmont; seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Edith S. Vandervort.

Mrs. Goodwin was devoted to her family and her grandchildren. She had worked for the Glen L. Martin Factory in Baltimore, where she had retired after 23 years service.

She attended the New Bethel United Methodist Church, Good Hope.

Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday with Pastor Michael Richards officiating. Burial will follow in Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Dr. Neil A. 'Doc' Lothes

ELKINS -- Dr. Neil A. "Doc" Lothes, 77, of Montrose, died at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday evening, Feb. 20, 2001, at his home. He had been in declining health and death was attributed to cancer.

He was born Nov. 26, 1923, in Elkins, a son of the late Edward Augustine Lothes and Mary Margaret "Mame" Scallon Lothes.

His wife, the former Yvonne McCoy, whom he married Jan. 20, 1945, survives at Elkins.

Also surviving are 10 children, Edward Reeder and wife, Annie, Parkersburg, Rebecca Sue and husband, Arlis Miller, Grantsville, Deborah Lee and husband Samuel Scarberry, Montrose, Neil Joseph and wife, Jane, Saint Albans, Mary Regina and husband, David Oldaker, Kerens, Patricia Von "Trish" Miller, Hagerstown, Md., Jennifer Lynn Hall and Cathy Louise Lothes, both of Charleston, Teresa Elizabeth and husband, Michael Weaver, Clarksburg, and George Anthony and wife, Brenda, Montrose; 32 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having also been preceded in death by an infant daughter, Ann Cecile; and four brothers, Charles E., Wilfred J., Harry and John Desmond Lothes.

Dr. Lothes was a graduate of Elkins High School, Shenandoah College in Virginia, and the University of Richmond School of Dentistry.

He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from Dec. 12, 1942- April 21, 1959. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean conflict.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Parsons, and the Knights of Columbus Council No. 2010, Thomas. He was a retired dentist, having practiced in Elkins and Parsons for 39 years. He was an avid farmer.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Hospice Care Corp., 629 North Ave., Elkins, WV 26241.

Charlene Lenore Mazza

PENNSBORO -- Charlene Lenore Mazza, 60, of Pennsboro, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

She was born Sept. 20, 1940, in W. Caldwell, N.J., a daughter of the late Johanna Mathias Rhinesmith.

Her husband, Phillip Jerome Mazza, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two cousins, Patricia Phalen and Cory Findley, Riverview, Fla.

Mrs. Mazza was a homemaker.

Kenneth Mayfred Metcalf

CLARKSBURG -- Kenneth Mayfred Metcalf, 90, of 202 Bagwell Ave., Clarksburg, died at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 22, 1911, in Wilbur, Tyler County, a son of the late Charles Metcalf and Lavery Davis Metcalf.

His wife, Margaret Catherine Frey Metcalf, preceded him in death on Feb. 28, 1990.

Surviving are one son, Richard H. Metcalf, Bridgeport; one daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Linda) Moran, Clarksburg; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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

Mr. Metcalf was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Stonewood.

He owned and operated the Metcalf Food Distributors in Clarksburg, and distributed for Standard Brands Food before retiring.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Stonewood, at 1 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Father Edward Sabo, T.O.R. and the Rev. Father Leo B. Lydon as celebrants. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery. A prayer service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Lois Ann Riffle

WESTON -- Lois Ann Riffle, 67, of Orlando, died at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness.

She was born July 20, 1934, in Pontiac, Mich., a daughter of the late Dixion L. and Levina Smith Brown.

Her husband, Charles Burley Riffle, whom she married Oct. 6, 1951, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, LuWanna Finster, Orlando, and Tammy Riffle, Jane Lew; two sons, Sheldon Riffle, Jane Lew, and Michael Curtis, Weston; two sisters, Christina Warren, Columbia Station, Ohio, and Margaret Shearer, Weston; five brothers, Dixion Brown, Cleveland, Ohio, Larry and David Brown, Weston, Roger Brown, Buckhannon, and Keith Brown, Jane Lew; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Shannon Michael Riffle; and two brothers, Clayton and Rodney Brown.

Mrs. Riffle was retired from the Weston State Hospital with 30 years of service.

She was a member of the Orlando Baptist Church.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-8 p.m. Friday. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Lonnie Ramsey officiating. Interment will follow at Peterson Cemetery.

A. Marlene Sears

COSHOCTON, Ohio -- A. Marlene Sears, 66, of 600 South 12th St., formerly of Clarksburg, died at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at the Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, Ohio.

She was born Jan. 27, 1935, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Lonzo Wayne and Freda V. McCauley Phillips.

Her husband, Leroy Jack Sears, whom she married on Oct. 16, 1954, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Doug (Jackie) Conkle, Coshocton; two grandchildren, Kayla and Lindsey Conkle; and one sister, E. Maxine Phillips, Clarksburg.

Mrs. Sears was a graduate of Victory High School, Clarksburg, with the class of 1952.

She was employed as office manager at Wagner's Supply in Coshocton, and retired in 2000 after 27 years of service.

Shes was also a member of Hepzibah Baptist Church and No. 2040 Ladies Auxiliary.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Cecil Ray Snyder

BUCKHANNON -- Cecil Ray Snyder, 75, of Rt. 3, Box 216 A, died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at his home.

He was born July 11, 1925, in Upshur County, a son of the late Cecil William and Elma D. Linger Snyder.

His wife, Martha E. Brady Snyder, whom he married Feb. 2, 1951, survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Ray Lynn Synder and wife, Renee, Ronald Lee Snyder and wife, Brenda, and Jeffrey Allan Snyder and wife, Lois, all of Buckhannon; one daughter, Margaret Sue Haymond and husband, Marshall, Rock Cave; one daughter-in-law, Debra Orsburn and husband, Tim, Buckhannon; one sister, Floris Gilbert and husband, Bill, Buckhannon; one brother, Nelson Snyder and wife, Wava, Old Town, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Charles Cutright; nine grandsons, Andrew Snyder and wife, Alicia, Bryan Snyder, Aaron Snyder, Nicholas Snyder, Ryan Snyder, and Casey Snyder, all of Buckhannon, Ian Haymond, Jacob Haymond, and Zane Haymond, all of Rock Cave; two granddaughters, Jennifer Boggs and husband, David, and Shauna Snyder, three great-granddaughters, Emily, Kayla, and Sarah Boggs, all of Buckhannon; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Victor Snyder; three sisters, Ruth Lane, Margie Cutright, and Rena Cutright; and one grandson, Ethan Raymond.

Mr. Snyder was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.

He was employed as a heavy equipment mechanic at Kelso Coal Co.

Her was a member of the Buckhannon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3663 and the National Rifle Association.

He was Methodist by faith.

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