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Obituaries for Saturday, March 3, 2001

Sister Renee Bell

WHEELING -- Sister Renee (Frances Ann) Bell, 88, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Mount Saint Joseph, died Thursday, March 1, 2001, at Wheeling Hospital.

She was born Sept. 30, 1912 in Irvine, Scotland, a daughter of the late William and Rosina Diamond Bell.

Surviving are three sisters, Nellie Bell, Coraopolis, Pa., and Sisters Rosina and Marcelline Bell, members of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Wheeling; one brother, William Bell and wife, Mary Ann, Annapolis, Md.; one sister-in-law, Winifred Bell, Hatboro, Pa.; one cousin, Agnes Roller, Whiting, N.J.; several nieces and nephews, and countless friends and former students throughout West Virginia.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Rev. Joseph Bell of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, and James Bell, and one sister, Catherine Kroner.

Her father came to the United States in 1923 and was soon joined by his son Joseph. His wife and the rest of the children followed in 1925. The family lived in Wheeling and the children attended Corpus Christi Grade School.

Sister Renee entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 7, 1930. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in elementary education.

Her ministry of teaching spanned 51 years and included kindergarten classes at St. Joseph Villa in Fairmont, and several schools in the Wheeling area: Blessed Trinity, Corpus Christi, St. Frances Xavier and St. Vincent de Paul, where she was also principal.

Sister Renee was also principal at St. Joseph School in Huntington, St. James School in Clarksburg and All Saints in Bridgeport.

In 1982, she retired and became supervisor of housekeeping at Mount Saint Joseph.

Family and friends will be received at Mount St. Joseph, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, from 1:30-9 p.m. on Sunday. A vigil service will also be held on Sunday at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Mount St. Joseph Chapel with the Rev. Walter Bucklus, SJ, as celebrant. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Sisters of St. Joseph Section. Arrangements are being handled by Altmeyer Funeral Home, Wheeling.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wheeling Foundation, 137 Mount St. Joseph Road, Wheeling, WV, 26003.

John M. Cox

HARRISVILLE -- John M. Cox, 77, of Cleveland, Ohio, died March 2, 2001 at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland.

He was born Aug. 14, 1923 in Burnt House, a son of the late Arlie Burr and Ola Goff Cox.

Surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, Russell E. "Jack" Cox and wife, Virginia, Burnt House and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Fred Cox and Joe Cox, one niece, Christina Cox, and very good friend, Helen Ukertis.

Mr. Cox graduated from Harrisville High School in 1941. He was retired from White Motors in Cleveland.

He was a 32nd Degree Mason in Cleveland.

Friend may call at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, from 6-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Pastor William Morrison officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethany Cemetery.

Josephine JeRue Pressau Cronin

WESTON -- Josephine JeRue Pressau Cronin, 72, of Route 3, died at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born July 31, 1928 in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Ernest Pressau and May Correll Pressau.

Her husband, Richard Joseph "Dick" Cronin, whom she married June 5, 1948, survives.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen Michael Cronin and wife, Rebecca Tacy, Jane Lew, and Richard Joseph Cronin IV and wife, Cindy Carpenter, Manassas, Va.; five grandchildren, Kelly and Carrie Cronin, Manassas, Va., and Jennifer, Stephanie, and Michael Cronin, Jane Lew; one sister and brother-in-law, Lou Nutter and husband, John, Frederick, Md.; three sisters-in-law, Betty Lilly, Charleston, Mary Davisson, Jane Lew, and Helen (husband Claude) Turnell, Cape Coral, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two infant sons, David Lloyd and Donald Joseph Cronin, one sister, Sue Gregorie, and three half-sisters, Margurite Reed, Eleanor Wiseman, and Doris Parsons.

Mrs. Cronin was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston.

She was a past matron of Weston Chapter No. 40, Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, American Legion Auxiliary, Theresa Snaith Auxiliary of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Farm Women's Club, and WV Dairy Princess Committee.

Friends may call at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Michael Linger officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Weston Chapter No. 40, Order of the Eastern Star will conduct memorial services at 4 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 120 E. Third St., Weston, WV, 26452.

Nellie Manuel Custer

CLARKSBURG -- Nellie Manuel Custer, 79, formerly of Route 1, Fairmont, Coons Run community, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001, at United Hospital Center following an extended illness.

She was born Feb. 5, 1921, in Coons Run, a daughter of the late Larry and Catherine Chickerell Manuel.

Her husband, Henry W. Custer, whom she married June 1980, preceded her in death in June, 1998.

Surviving are three sisters, Ann Richardson, Colorado Springs, Colo., Virginia Eddy, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Mary Dastko, Fairmont; one brother, Dominick Manuel, Coons Run; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Tony, Jim and Frank Manuel and three sisters, Phyllis Amalett, Rose Ford and Lucille France.

Mrs. Custer was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Monongah.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Elkview Masonic Cemetery with the Rev. Father Larry Wren officiating.

Harry P. Ferrell, Sr.

CLARKSBURG -- Harry P. Ferrell, Sr., 81, of Nutter Fort, died at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2001 at United Hospital Center.

He was born May 14, 1919 in Wetzel County, a son of the late Silas Lanford Ferrell and Hulda Florence Swiger Ferrell.

His wife, Betty M. Trader Ferrell, whom he married Dec. 27, 1946, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Harry P. Ferrell, Jr. and wife, Terry, Clarksburg, and Denver T. Ferrell and wife, Alice, Lisle, N.Y.; one brother, Simon Ferrell, Nutter Fort; seven grandchildren, Kristy Kay Ferrell, Clarksburg, Adam Paul Ferrell, Grayson, Ky., Matthew Chad Ferrell, Laurel Valley, J. Travis Ferrell, Ft. Hood, Texas, Leah M. Terry, Copper Center, Ark., Christina L. Smeal, Deptford, N.J., and Timothy C. Ferrell, Ft. Benning, Ga.; seven great-grandchildren, Dewayne W. Stevens, Mariah D. Ferrell, Corey Ferrell, Chad A. Ferrell, Keera K. Ferrell, and Saraphina and Jacob F. Smeal, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Viola Belle Ferrell, four brothers and six sisters.

Mr. Ferrell was a graduate of the National Radio Institute. He was an adept musician and excelled playing the guitar and mandolin.

He had been a coal miner.

Friends and family may call at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Steven Henry officiating.

Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Oma Pauline Goodman

SALEM -- Oma Pauline Goodman, 85, of New Milton, died Thursday, March 1, 2001 at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 10, 1915 at Market in Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Charley E. and Queen Stansberry Cox.

Her husband, Robert M. Goodman, preceded her in death in 1981.

Surviving are one son, Robert Edward Lee Goodman, Dayton, Ohio; one daughter, Mrs. Roger (Rosanna) Bower, Tonopah, Ariz., and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Goodman was a member of North Central West Virginia Worship Center and a lifetime evangelist for the Lord.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 6-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Masto officiating. Interment will be in the Childers Cemetery, New Milton.

Clarice Ruth Hurst

SALEM -- Clarice Ruth Hurst, 86, of Clarksburg Continuos Care, formerly of Liberty St., died Thursday, March 1, 2001, following an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 20, 1914 on Long Run, Doddrige County, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Lelia Bell Taylor Hurst.

Surviving are one sister, Minnie Underwood, seven nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Sheldon Hurst, two sisters, Alice Davis and Fonda Pope, and one nephew, William Underwood.

Ms. Hurst was a member of the West Salem United Methodist Church.

She was employed for more than 40 with Harbert Funeral Home. She was faithful to her God, parents and diligent with her work.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Morris officiating. Interment will be in K. of P. Cemetery.

Orpha D. Ashley Kenley

SUTTON -- Orpha D. Ashley Kenley, 99, of Sutton, died March 2, 2001 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, following an extended illness.

She was born May 7, 1901 at Exchange in Braxton County, a daughter of the late James Thomas and Liddie Elizabeth McNemar Lockard.

Her husbands, Emmitt Ashley and Clarence Kenley, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Leoma Carrico, Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, E.W. "Johnnie" Lockard, Flatwoods; 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Emmett R. "Bud" Ashley, and two daughters, Eva Louise Ashley and Eileen Cogar.

Mrs. Kenley was a homemaker and a member of the Gassaway Baptist Church.

Friends may call at the Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, 600 Riverview Drive, Sutton, from 6-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Mark Stump officiating. Interment will be in the Sutton Cemetery.

Robert Lee Kerby

SALEM -- Robert Lee Kerby, 79, of East Main Street, died early Friday, March 2, 2001, at his home.

He was born May 5, 1921 in Henrietta in Calhoun County, a son of the late John Lee and Biddie A. Wright Kerby.

His wife, Phyllis J. (Jackie) Kerby, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Robert Lee Kerby II, Salem; three daughters, Mrs. George (Debbie) Myers, New Martinsville, Barbara Kerby, Durham, N.C., and Mrs. Neil (Saren) Swentzel, West Union; two sisters, Mrs. Cleburn (Flora) Gherke and Bertha Webster, both of Grantsville; and eight grandchildren.

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

Mr. Kerby was a member of the Vermont Baptist Church, being a song leader, teacher and deacon in the church.

He was also a member and past Master of Salem Lodge No. 84, A.F. & A.M., a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, with membership in the Wheeling and Clarksburg bodies, a member of Adoniram Chapter No. 11, R.A. AAONOMS of Parkersburg.

Mr. Kerby was a retired purchasing agent for Consolidated Gas Supply Corp. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during World War II.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 1-9 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Vermont Baptist Church with the Rev. Robert Merritt officiating. Interment will be in K. of P. Cemetery.

The brethren of Salem Lodge No. 84, A.F. & A.M. will assemble at the Lodge Room at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday for the purpose of attending and conducting graveside Masonic rites for Brother Robert Lee Kerby.

William D. Smith, Sr.

CLARKSBURG -- William D. Smith, Sr., 69, of Hepzibah, died suddenly Friday, March 2, 2001 at United Hospital Center.

He was born April 10, 1931 in Bridgeport, a son of the late Jesse William and Vera Macel Buckhannon Smith.

His wife, Carol Sue Smith, whom he married May 27, 1966, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughter-in-law, James Lynn Smith and wife, Sharon, Lumberport, and William D. Smith, Jr., Clarksburg; one daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca Kay Kretzmer and husband, James, Hepzibah; three grandchildren, Marissa, Kayla and Deanna Smith; two brothers, Jesse G. Smith and Laurence Smith, both of Bridgeport; seven sisters, Jean Smith and Janice Smith, both of Bridgeport, Irene Swoger, Clarksburg, Shirley Fultineer and Beverly Fultineer, both of Lost Creek, L. Sue Ann Fultineer, Buckhannon, and Barbara Martiny, West Milford.

Mr. Smith was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served in the Korean Conflict.

He was a member of the Church of Lord Jesus Christ, Shinnston.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, Clarksburg, from 6-9 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Tom Brown officiating. Interment will be in the WV National Cemetery.

Lona "Thelma" Ware

BELINGTON -- Lona Thelma Ware, 85, a resident of Nella's Inc. at Crystal Springs, formerly of Route 1, died at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2001 in the Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, following an extended illness.

She was born Oct. 19, 1915 at Junior, a daughter of the late Samuel Francisco and Flossie Mae Swick Ware.

Surviving are two sisters, Emma Jean McKenney, Etters, Pa., and Anna Clair Blake, Belington; three brothers, Kermit Ware, Belington, Gerald Ware, Junior, and Otis Ware, Waterfall, Pa., and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Eunice Kay Ware, two sisters, Zelma Vanscoy and Zona Bibey, and two brothers, Denzil Fax Ware and Theodore Ware.

Miss Ware was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening.

She attended the Calvary United Methodist Church at Junior.

Friends may call at the Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Chapel, Belington, from 7-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m.-2p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the Rev. Doyle N. Rider officiating. Interment will follow in the Trinity Cemetery.

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