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Obituaries for Sunday, March 4, 2001

Josephine JeRue Pressau Cronin

WESTON -- Josephine JeRue Pressau Cronin, 72, of Route 3, died at 1:30 p.m. 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 and husband Claude Turnell, Cape Coral, Fla.; 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 West Virginia Dairy Princess Committee.

Friends may call at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today. 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 7 p.m. today 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.

Florence H. Dillow

FAIRMONT -- Florence Holly Rowan Dillow, 70, of Fairmont, Millersville community, died at 1:45 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Fairmont General Hospital.

She was born March 12, 1930, in Baxter, a daughter of the late John Addison and Holly Mae Ryan Rowan.

Her husband of 45 years, Arthur Dale "Sonny" Dillow, preceded her in death.

Surviving are five daughters and two sons-in-law, Nancy L. Hibbs and husband, Donald W., Mary L. Stewart and Sandra K. Vilar, all of Fairmont, Judith A. Dillow, Warren, Ohio, and Rev. Donna M. Hawkins and husband, David "Gene", Winchester, Va.; 10 grandchildren, Christopher L. Hibbs, Tracy L. Childers, Lara Deem, Andrew B. Carter, Erin Vilar, Ryan Vilar, Jessica Hawkins, Jacob R. Hawkins, Ashleigh M. Hawkins and D. Elijah Hawkins; and two great-grandchildren, Tyler and Taylor Childers.

She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Clinton Sherwood Rowan, John Ellwood Rowan, Edgar Osborn Rowan, Stanford Grey Rowan and Woodford Rowan, and her father and mother-in-law, Harry and Viola Appel Dillow.

Mrs. Dillow was employed by C&P Telephone Co. and retired from Westinghouse/North American Philips after nearly 30 years of service.

She and her husband were folk artisans and tole painters and crafted clocks and other woodcrafts.

Mrs. Dillow was a Telephone Pioneer Life member, a member of the Wednesday Housewives Bowling League, the Young at Heart (Central United Methodist Church) and the class of 1948 Fairmont Senior High School Reunion Committee.

She attended Grace Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Dillow was a direct descendant of John Francis Rowan of Ireland, who was exiled to America in the 18th century by the English for authoring and distributing articles on "Home Rule." His son, Rev. John Rowan, served in the American Revolution for the patriots under Capt. Samuel Smith, and later purchased land in Randolph County, Va. near Roaring Creek, now known as Mabie, W.Va., the birthplace of her father, John Addison Rowan. She attended the annual Rowan family reunion in Mabie in August of every year.

Friends may call at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, from 5-9 p.m. today and noon-9 p.m. Monday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Rockwood officiating. Burial will follow at the Mt. Zion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 3rd Street and Gaston Avenue, Fairmont, WV, 26554, or Rowan United Methodist Church, Mabie, WV, 26278, or The Sharing and Caring Support Group, c/o Ann Fisher, Treasurer, Rural Route No. 4 Box 493, Fairmont, WV, 26554.

Joseph B. "J.B." Gulley

SALEM -- Joseph B. "J.B." Gulley, 84, of Shallotte, N.C., formerly of the Salem and West Union area, died Friday, March 2, 2001 in Shallotte.

He was born Feb. 7, 1917, in Doddridge County, a son of the late Scott and Della Nicholson Gulley.

His wife of 62 years, Mary Gulley, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Nancy Webster, Shallotte, and Mrs. Richard (Margaret) Barker, Pensacola, Fla.; two sons, Tom Gulley, Mustang, Okla., and Jerry Gulley and wife, Dora, Oak Ridge, N.C.; one brother, Billy Gulley and one sister, Peggy Norris, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Ross, Jack, Virgil and Opal Gulley and one sister, Hazel Donell.

Mr. Gulley was a graduate of Doddridge County High School.

He also served in the armed services with three of his brothers during World War II. He was a recipient of the Order of the Purple Heart.

Mr. Gulley was a retired from PPG Industries Works No. 12 in Norwood, with 38 years of service.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Salem.

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.M. and Clarksburg Commandery No. 13, Knights Templar, and a member of the Nemesis Temple, 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 Knights of Pythias 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.

Clifford David Mauller

GRAFTON -- Clifford David Mauller, 37, of East Bluemont Street, died Friday, March 2, 2001, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Sept. 3, 1963, in Grafton, a son of the late Troy Walter and Ruth Ellen Crook Mauller.

Surviving are two sisters, Mildred P. Mauller, Grafton, and Wanda J. Mauller, Flemington; one brother, Troy Earl Mauller, Chatsworth, Ga.; maternal grandmother, Opal P. Crook, Thornton; and four nieces and four nephews.

Mr. Mauller was Baptist.

The family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, Grafton, from 7-9 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Kidd, Sr. officiating. Interment will be in Arnold Cemetery.

Joseph F. McDowell

SHINNSTON -- Joseph F. McDowell, 67, of Bristol, Tenn., formerly of Daybrook, died Thursday evening, March 1, 2001, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 2, 1934, in Fairmont, a son of the late Joseph F. and Effie Harrington McDowell.

His wife, Linda Taylor McDowell, survives.

Also surviving are eight children, Joseph F. McDowell, Jr., Lumberport; Cynthia Sheets, Fairmont, Beverly Shaffer, Pennsylvania, Brenda McDowell, Colorado, Michael J. Taylor, Shinnston, and Joshua David Taylor, Chad Allen McDowell and Robert Thomas McDowell, all of Bristol, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and one brother, Kenneth McDowell, Fairmont.

Mr. McDowell served in the U.S. Navy, Cee-Bee's during the Korean Conflict.

After leaving the service, he worked for General Motors Corp. in Ohio for 20 years. He opened an auto repair shop in Shinnston in 1972 and operated it until 1982, when he moved to Bristol.

In Bristol, he was employed by Firestone as a service manager until 1985 when he opened his own business called "Joe's Service Center." He along with his longtime business associate, Danny O'Dell of Bristol, operated this business for the past 16 years.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in the Lion's Club Cemetery, Lumberport.

Ofa Roberts

HARRISVILLE -- Ofa Roberts, 84, of Macfarlan, died Friday, March 2, 2001, at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville.

He was born Sept. 29, 1916, in Ritchie County, a son of the late James F. and Lydia Jane Haught Roberts.

His wife, Pauline Lynch Roberts, preceded him in death.

Surviving are one daughter, June Altizer, Davy; two sisters, Kathleen Wilson, Johnston City, Ill., and Appalene Ferrell, Macfarlan; and one granddaughter, Shannon England, Davy.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, James Roberts and Elmer Roberts and one sister, Isabelle Brissey.

Mr. Roberts retired from Cabot Corp. after 32 years of service.

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

Friend may call at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, from 5-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Harlan Hodge officiating. Burial will follow in the Hartley Cemetery, Brohard.

Eula Loraine Wright

BRIDGEPORT -- Eula Loraine Wright, 97, of Orchard Street, died Saturday morning, March, 3, 2001, at Meadowview Manor Health Care Center.

She was born June 1, 1903, in Wallace, a daughter of the late Clitus David and Callie May Lyon Ashcraft.

Her husband, Robert James Wright, preceded her in death in 1941.

Surviving are one brother, Raymond G. Ashcraft, Parma, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. John (Leone) Webb, Akron, Ohio; three grandchildren, Robert G. Wright, Portland, Ore., Cynthia L. Wright, Houston, Texas, and Bruce A. Wright, Cleveland, Ohio; two great-grandchildren, Chelsea A. Wright, Portland, and Nikolas M. Wright, Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by her only son, Dr. Robert L. Wright, six brothers, Ezra R. Ashcraft, Audice H. Ashcraft, Shirley L. Ashcraft, Sidney L. Ashcraft, Clitus D. Ashcraft and Forest D. Ashcraft, and one sister, Mrs. Samuel N. (Alletta C.) Fowler.

Mrs. Wright graduated from Lumberport High School in 1923. She was a graduate of Kent State University and received her master's degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh.

She began her teaching career in Doddridge County. She had 32 years of service, teaching in both West Virginia and Ohio schools.

Mrs. Wright was a member of the Bridgeport Baptist Church and the Retired Teacher's Association.

Friends may call at the Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Bridgeport Baptist Church, Worthington Drive, with Pastor Thomas Edgell officiating. Her body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment will follow in Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, and at the request of Mrs. Wright, contributions may be made to either the Salvation Army or the American Red Cross.

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