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Obituaries for Tuesday, February 27, 2001

Ruby Ellen Baird

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Ruby Ellen Davis Baird, 91, formerly of Gawthrop Lane, Clarksburg, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, in Frederick Villa Nursing Home, Catonsville, Md.

She was born Nov. 19, 1909, at Buffalo Camp, a daughter of the late Wesley Brown and Martha Gibson Brown.

Her husband, Harold Buck Baird, preceded her in death in 1977.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Joyce Davis, Catonsville, Md.; two sisters, Pearl Keller, Clarksburg, and Mildred Oyster, Mansfield, Ohio; two grandchildren, Philip Davis and Michele McFarland, both of Catonsville, Md.; one great-grandson, Josh Davis, Harrisburg, Pa.; several nieces and nephews including locally Janie Thompson, Judy Hardman and Kevin Brown.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Vera Lee, Pauline Wolfe and Bernice L. Davis; and four brothers, Coy, Clarence, Bill and Carl Brown.

Mrs. Baird was a caregiver in area healthcare facilities and she had been a volunteer at Fort New Salem. She was a Methodist by faith.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 7-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at noon Wednesday with the Rev. Stephen Rector presiding. Interment will be in the Salem International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Salem.

Mary Gale Benda

RICHMOND, Va. -- Mary Gale Benda, 49, of Ooltewah, Tenn., formerly of Richmond, died at 10:55 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

She was born May 8, 1951, in Philippi, W.Va., a daughter of Goodloe J. and Mary J. Humphreys Dadisman, Belleville, Pa.

Her husband, John Paul Benda, whom she married on April 14, 1973, survives.

Also surviving are three children, Brian Patrick Benda, Kelly Marie Benda and Scott Anthony Benda, all at home; one brother, Danny Joe Dadisman, and one sister, Deborah Lynn Stroup, both of Belleville, Pa.

Mrs. Benda graduated from Coshocton High School, Coshocton, Ohio, in June 1969. She attended Ohio Northern University and Bowling Green University, where she graduated in December 1972 and majored in speech pathology and audiology.

She was employed by the Virginia and Tennessee School Districts as an elementary and high school speech pathologist, working with special needs children.

She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Chattanooga, Tenn., and a past member of Epiphany Catholic Church, Richmond, Va.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 26 North Brown St., Lewistown, PA 17044.

Roy C. Harbert

PARKERSBURG -- Roy C. Harbert, 86, of Vienna, passed away Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at his residence.

He was born March 4, 1914, in Lumberport, a son of the late A. Clint Harbert and Florence K. Bowman Harbert.

His wife, Norma Jane Allen Harbert, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Roy Allen Harbert and wife, Marlene, Pittsburgh, Pa.; two daughters, Sharon Cook and husband, D. Duane, Greenville, S.C., and Peggy Kimes and husband, Larry, Martinsburg.; 10 grandchildren, Sherri Massey, Memphis, Tenn., Kevin Cook, Greenville, Rebecca Gaston, Anderson, S.C., Leslie Cook, Athens, Ga., Robert C. Kimes and Jenifer J. Nelson, both of Parkersburg, Roy Andrew Harbert, Sean Patrick Harbert, Nicholas Lyndon Harbert and Chelsea Jacobs, all of Pittsburgh, Pa.; and 10 great-grandchildren, Jessica and William Massey, Memphis, Tenn., Olivia and Emily Gaston, Anderson, Ramsey and Ellison Cook, Greenville, Kayla and Robert Cass Kimes, and Katy and Sara Nelson, all of Parkersburg.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

Mr. Harbert was retired from Hope Natural Gas Co. with 35 years of service in gas measurement. He was a World War II veteran in the Signal Corps, serving in Italy and South Africa.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Pineville. He was an active sportsman, a member of the Worthington Senior Golf League, a member of the Retired Hope Employee Association, and coached the Vienna Recreation Basketball.

Marie A. Kittle

PHILIPPI -- Marie A. Kittle, 96, of 333 South Main St., Philippi, died at 7:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at her residence while under the care of Hospice.

She was born May 31, 1904, at Pittsburgh, Pa., the youngest daughter of the late George H. and Leonora Rineman Austin.

Her husband, George Monroe Kittle, attorney and former prosecuting attorney of Barbour County, whom she married June 6, 1928, preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1961.

Surviving are three nieces, Mrs. John (Virginia) Morgan, Fairfield Glade, Tenn., Mrs. Otis (Betty) Kelly, Alexandria, Ind., and Virginia Lindsey Boyles, Philippi; three nephews, Austin Cassabone, Clarksburg, James Findley, New Bern, N.C., and Dick Findley, Florida.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Gertrude Austin Bartlett, Mabel Cassabone and Alice Prewett; one brother, George Ade Austin; one nephew, Robert Prewett; and one niece, Lenora Findley.

Mrs. Kittle was a graduate of Washington Irving High School and held a bachelor's and master's degree in science from West Virginia University. She did additional graduate work at Penn State University, Oklahoma State University and Purdue University.

She was a teacher, having taught one year at Salem College and 35 years in the Barbour County schools. She was the director of Vocational Education in Barbour County for five years. She retired in 1972. During her teaching career she was very active in her professional activities. She was past president of the Barbour County Educational Association, Past State Advisor of West Virginia Future Homemakers, and served on many state and national committees of these organizations. She was past president of the Barbour County Retired School Employees.

She was selected to membership in Phi Uplison Omicron, National Honorary Home Economics Fraternity during her college days at West Virginia University, where she was also a member of Delta Gamma Social Fraternity.

In 1950 she was elected to membership in Alpha Phi State Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Honorary Teacher's Organization. She was later a charter member of Lamba Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.

She was a member of Crim Memorial United Methodist Church, a former trustee and an active member of United Methodist Women.

She served nine years as trustee of Alderson Broaddus College and was a member of the Board of Governors of Alderson-Broaddus until her death. She was awarded the Coveted Apolla award from Alderson Broaddus College for outstanding service.

She was past president of Chapter C, P.E.O. Sisterhood, member of College Club, American Association of Retired Persons, Philippi Senior Center, Broaddus Hospital Auxiliary and Friends of the Library.

She was a world traveler, having been on all the continents and 14 different countries. She had visited all the states of the U.S.

Vesta L. Kuhn

FAIRMONT -- Vesta Lorraine Bunner Kuhn, 73, of Grafton, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at Grafton City Hospital.

She was born Nov. 6, 1927, in Marion County, a daughter of the late Gaynon and Pauline Cyrene Kinkaid Bunner.

Her husband of 28 years, Edward J. Kuhn, whom she married Nov. 26, 1973, survives.

Also surviving are one stepdaughter, Joyce Knotts and husband, Robert, Grafton; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Alice Bunner, Rivesville, Roger and Rosann Bunner, Smithtown, and Rollins and Sherilyn Bunner, one sister, Cyrene and John Hart, all of Smithtown; two grandchildren, Elaine Shaffer and Cheryl Knotts, both of Grafton; three great-grandsons, John Shaffer, Tim Shaffer and Craig Shaffer; and 12 nieces and nephews, Daphne Stowers, Richard Bunner Jr., Harriet Wilson and Jennifer Hidayt, Douglas Bunner, Christopher Bunner, Rodney Bunner, Robin Bunner, Bryce Bunner, Michele Scherer, Andrea Hart and Roger Leeson.

Mrs. Kuhn had worked at Bunner Brothers Grocery in Fairmont for 30 years. She retired from Musgroves Warehouse Grocery, Grafton, after working for several years.

She was a member of the Blueville Church of Christ, Grafton, and a former member of the Mount Nebo Church of Christ, Marion County. She had volunteered at the Soup Kitchen, Grafton, and the Pleasant Acres Personal Care Home near Fairmont.

She was also a member of the Antique Car Club, Grafton.

Due to sickness, the family request no live flowers be sent. Memorial contributions may be made to Blueville Church of Christ Building Fund, 110 North Pike St., Grafton, WV 26354.

Howard K. Neely

BUCKHANNON -- Howard K. Neely, 82, of Route 2, French Creek, the Frenchton community, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Huntington.

He was born Nov. 22, 1918, at Frenchton, a son of the late David and Clara Ruckman Neely.

His wife, Helen Melton, whom he married on Sept. 9, 1947, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Kenneth L. Neely, Route 1, French Creek; one daughter, Joyce Harlow, Route 5, Buckhannon; one grandson, David Neely, French Creek; two granddaughters, Kimberly Rohr, Volga, and Jacquelyn Posey, Weston; one great-granddaughter, Darian-Elizabeth Spurlock, and one great-grandson, Joshua Posey, Weston; three sisters, Lois Malcomb, Heath, Ohio, Margurite "Boots" Henes, Amherst, Ohio, and Geraldine "Gerry" Cutright, Frenchton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Hartsel Neely, Argel Neely and Claude "Buck" Neely; and one sister, Imogene Malcomb.

Mr. Neely was a combat veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Army in the Ninth Division, where he obtained the rank of first sergeant and received the Bronze Star.

He was a lifetime member of the French Creek Disabled American Veterans No. 3663.

David Eugene Rhoades

PARSONS -- David Eugene Rhoades, 38, of Poplar Street, Parsons, died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at his home. He had been in his usual health and death was attributed to a blood clot to the lung.

He was born Feb. 7, 1963, at Parsons, a son of George Franklin Rhoades Sr. of Valentine's Personal Care, Elkins, and the late Hazel Maxwell Rhoades who died on November 13, 2000.

Surviving are two brothers, Gary Lynn Maxwell and wife, Helen, Yuma, Ariz., Dr. George Franklin Rhoades Jr. and wife, Adela, Mililani, Hawaii; one niece, Shannon Rhoades; three nephews, Daniel Maxwell, Christopher and Jonathan Rhoades; two aunts, Minnie Shahan, Annabelle Maxwell, both of Moore; and one uncle, George M. Maxwell, Radcliff, Ky.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Larry Lee Maxwell; his paternal grandparents, Walter and Laura Rhoades; his maternal grandparents, Earl J. and Audrey Beavers Maxwell; and several uncles and aunts.

Mr. Rhoades attended the schools of Tucker County and graduated from the Alta Vista High School, Virginia, with the class of 1981.

He was a former employee of the Elkins Kmart and he helped various families in the Parsons area with small jobs.

Emma Carr Simmons

PARSONS -- Emma Carr Simmons, 83, of Hambleton, more recently of the Broaddus Hospital Long Term Care, Philippi, died at 9:59 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at the Broaddus Hospital. She had been in declining health and death was attributed to Alzheimer's disease.

She was born March 17, 1917, at Dry Fork, a daughter of the late John Carr and Inva Pitzer Carr.

Her husband, Delmar L. Simmons, whom she married Sept. 4, 1949, preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 1979.

Surviving are two daughters, Janet Summerfield and husband, Joe, Hambleton, and Roberta Knotts and husband, Danny, Holly Meadows; six brothers, Elmer and Lindsey Carr, both of Kerens, Troy Carr, Hendricks, Charlie Carr, Florida, Ernie Carr, Keyser, and Roger Carr, Hambleton; one sister, Lydia Hall, Georgia; two grandsons, Glenn Summerfield, Hambleton, and Dewayne Knotts, Holly Meadows; four granddaughters, Connie Fulton, Hendricks, Joyce Freeman, Hambleton, Barbara Knotts, Franklin, and Danielle Knotts, Holly Meadows; and four great-grandchildren, Canan and Cheyenne Summerfield, Christopher and Joshua Freeman, all of Hambleton.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, John, Lorenza, Ezra and Hancel Carr; and two sisters, Nora Carr and Julia White.

Mrs. Simmons attended the one-room school at Dry Fork. She was a former employee of the Parsons Nursery.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Pentecostal Church of God, Rosendorf.

William 'Michael' Skinner

BRIDGEPORT -- William "Michael" Skinner of Grand Avenue, Bridgeport, died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001.

He was born March 7, 1958, in Clarksburg, a son of Monica Barbao Skinner of Bridgeport, and the late John J. Skinner.

Also surviving are one son, John Michael Skinner, Wytheville, Va.; one brother, John J. Skinner Jr., Bridgeport; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Jan and Jim Frenzel, Bridgeport, Patricia and Scott Carey, Clarksburg; two nieces, Jennifer Frenzel and Kayla Carey; and five nephews, JR Frenzel, James Frenzel, Sean Carey, Jason Carey and Justin Carey.

Mr. Skinner was a 1976 graduate of Notre Dame High School. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a social member of American Legion Post 13.

He was a member of All Saints Catholic Church.

Friends will be received at the Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport, from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at All Saints Catholic Church with Father Harry N. Cramer presiding. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the John Michael Skinner Medical Fund, Harrison County Bank, 1215 Johnson Ave., Bridgeport.

Rosemary Hull Williams

WESTON -- Rosemary Hull Williams, 80, of 602 Locust Ave., Weston, died at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at her residence following a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 18, 1920, at Freemansburg, a daughter of the late John Harley Hull and Marella Waggoner Hull.

Her husband, Roland J. Williams, whom she married on March 6, 1946, preceded her in death on Dec. 25, 1953.

Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Joseph E. (Betty) Craft, Weston; one brother, William R. Hull Sr., Irwin, Pa.; three nieces, Mrs. Arthur (Judith) Nies, Fayetteville, Pa., Mrs. Greg (Suzanne) Skrzypek, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Mrs. Warren (Melinda) Witt, South Lake, Texas; two nephews, William R. Hull Jr., Tempe, Ariz., and Peter Hull, Weston; one great-nephew and niece, Patrick and Nancy Nies, Maryland.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Ishmael V. Hull.

Mrs. Williams attended Glenville State College. She taught school in Ohio. In 1943 she enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guards (SPARS) for women during World War II. She went to officers candidate school graduating as ensign.

While working for the U.S. government, she received personnel management training at Duke University. She went to graduate school at the University of Maryland and later was personnel officer for the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.

After retirement in 1978 she moved to Mesa, Ariz., and later to Weston, in 1996. She was president of the Women's Federated Club, Weston, in 2001.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 11 a.m - 1 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dr. Michael Linger officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Jane Lew.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the United Home Health and Peoples Hospice, P.O. Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV 26302.

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