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Obituaries for Monday, March 5, 2001

Dale Lee Knight

CLARKSBURG -- Dale Lee Knight, 62, of 2221 Gould Ave., Clarksburg, died at 3:47 a.m. Sunday, March 4, 2001, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born March 21, 1938, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Berlin C. Knight and Pauline Dotson Knight Townsend.

His wife, Norma Lee Cyphers Knight, whom he married July 17, 1957, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney Dale and Peggy Knight, Elkins, and Chad Lee and Hannah Knight, Clarksburg; three daughters, Katrina K. Knight, Clarksburg, Mrs. Danny (Paula June) Dennison, Bridgeport, and Mrs. John (Brenda Lee) Scotchie, Bristol; 10 grandchildren, Jordan Lee, Joshua Wayne, Christopher Rodney and Madison Kathryn Knight, Rachel Marie Wilson, Danielle Morgan and Caitlyn Rose Dennison, John Frank, Matthew Dale and Jacob Andrew Scotchie; four brothers, David "Tuffy" Knight, Kitchener, Ontario, Francis "Turtle" Knight, Clarksburg, Edwin L. Knight, South Carolina and Michael "Mickey" Knight, Clarksburg; his mother-in-law, Martha Humphreys, Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Gary L. "Hubba" Knight; and his stepfather, Burt Townsend.

Mr. Knight was a member and finance director of the North View United Methodist Church. He had served as a member of the Clarksburg Board of Parks and of the Adamston Lion's Club. He had an active involvement in youth athletics and had formerly coached Pop Warner baseball and basketball.

He retired in 1995 as territory manager from Beckwith Machinery Co.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Kenny Kendall presiding. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

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.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today at the Harmer Funeral home, Shinnston.

Interment will follow in the Lion's Club Cemetery, Lumberport.

Vonda Smith

SALEM -- Vonda Smith, 94, of Center Point, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at the Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, Salem.

She was born Nov. 4, 1906, in Talkington Fork, Center Point, a daughter of the late William Thomas and Emma Bates Morgan.

Her husband, Ora A. Smith, preceded her in death on April 4, 1968.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by nine sisters and two brothers.

Mrs. Smith was a homemaker. She was a member of the Center Point Christian Church.

Family will receive friends at the Harbert Funeral Home, Salem, from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday and from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday. The funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Wednesday with Tim J. Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in the Center Point Christian Church Cemetery, Center Point.

Newell Lee Stewart

SALEM -- Newell Lee Stewart, 94, of Route 5, died at 6:29 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

He was born March 17, 1906, at Wallace, a son of the late Loma and Bessie Ashcraft Stewart.

His wife, Evelyn E. Hutson Stewart, whom he married Nov. 14, 1931, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, James Newell Stewart, Port Arthur, Texas, and Kenneth Livingston Stewart, Piedmont, S.C.; two daughters, Mrs. Delbert (Estelle) Bailey, Marshville, and Mrs. Eddie Dale (Jolene) Shaver, Petersburg; one daughter-in-law, Judy Williams Stewart, Salem; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family having also been preceded in death by one son, Russell Keith Stewart; two brothers, Kenneth B. Stewart and Forrest L. Stewart; and three sisters, Lula Smith, Belva Sthrol and Ila Pitts.

Mr. Stewart was a member of Vermont Baptist Church where he was a member of the church choir for many years.

He was a retired fieldman, machinist and blacksmith for Hope Natural Gas Co. having 29 years service.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Don Flanigan presiding. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Wilson R. Talbott

BUCKHANNON -- Wilson R. Talbott, 81, of 22 Morgan Addition, Buckhannon, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at his home.

He was born May 3, 1919, in Buckhannon, a son of the late Walter G. Talbott and Lela Rinard Talbott.

Surviving are two sons, Alan Talbott and John D. Talbott, both of Buckhannon; several cousins and four grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Maxine Stockert.

Mr. Talbott was a mechanic and welder. He served in the Navy during World War II on two aircraft carriers, Ranger and Essex.

He taught welding at a local vocational school for six years. He looked after a local airport for five and one-half years.

Friends will be received at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home Inc., Buckhannon, from 6-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Ellis Conley officiating. Burial will be at Heavner Cemetery, Buckhannon.

Tressie Lee Walls

BUCKHANNON -- Tressie Lee Walls, 75, of 11 Shumaker Road, Buckhannon, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

She was born Feb. 28, 1926, at Adrian, a daughter of the late William A. Scott and Georgia M. Pritt Scott.

Her husband, Franklin M. Walls, whom she married June 29, 1951, survives in Buckhannon.

Also surviving are one son, Larry Walls, Buckhannon; one daughter, Cassandra Childers, Buckhannon; two sisters, Lela Crane, Buckhannon, and Dessie Carpenter, Dunmore; one grandson, Michael and Melissa Childers, Mount Home, Idaho; and one granddaughter, April Heintz, Richmond, Va.

Mrs. Walls was a homemaker. She was a Methodist by faith.

Friends will be received at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home Inc., Buckhannon, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dennis Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mount Lebanon Church Cemetery.

Agnes Louise White

SUTTON -- Agnes Louise White, 61, of Gassaway, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, in the Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Big Otter, after a short illness.

She was born Aug. 28, 1939, at Cove Lick, Lewis County, a daughter of the late Thomas M. and Kathryn Teresa Mullady White.

Surviving are two sisters, Mary Josephine Cawthon, Corpus Christi, Texas, and Kathryn Teresa Minnich and husband, Richard Minnich, Gassaway; one brother, Thomas E. White, Rangeley Maine; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

Aggie, or Ag, as she was called by those who loved her, was especially fond of the cats and dogs that she had over the years. She also had a great love for her many nieces and nephews.

She was born with Down Syndrome. After her mother died, she lived with families in Braxton County. She was watched over by her devoted sister, Kathryn and husband, Dick Minnich.

She was a member of the St. Thomas Catholic Church, Gassaway.

Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Salem.

A Rosary Devotion service will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Thomas Catholic Church, Gassaway, with the Rev. Elmer Nadicksbernd and the Rev. Arnold Lang. Burial will be in the St. Bernard's Catholic Church Cemetery, Loveberry, Lewis County.

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