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Obituaries for Thursday, March 8, 2001

Charles Edmund 'Bucky' Hickman

CLARKSBURG -- Charles Edmund "Bucky" Hickman, 56, Route 76, Flemington, died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born May 21, 1944, at Clarksburg, a son of the late Hershel John and Ellen Blanche Roberts Hickman.

His wife, Ruby Lee Davisson Hickman, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Cecil Gerald Hickman and James Charles Hickman, both of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and one sister, Patricia Tweedy, Reno, Nev.

Mr. Hickman was a retired taxi driver for Tom's Taxi.

He was a member of the Clarksburg Baptist Church.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, Clarksburg, from 10-11 a.m. Friday, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Julia Pearl Long

SHINNSTON -- Julia Pearl Long, 88, of Four States, died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born April 21, 1912, at Everson, a daughter of the late Jeremiah and Mary Alice Anderson Higginbotham.

Her husband, Lester S. Long, preceded her in death on May 3, 1985.

Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Lester L. and Shirley Long, Gary L. and Amy Long, all of Monongah, Denver L. and Laurie Long, Fairmont, Jerry D. and Tammy Long, Four States; four daughters and sons-in-law, Enid Jeannine and Robert Wright, Shinnston, Donna L. and Charles Mackey, Warren, Ohio, Brenda J. and Michael Mackey, and Deanna P. and Larry Yanero, all of Four States; 21 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Ruth Ann Long, Pleasantville, N.J.; her sister-in-law, Ruth Higginbotham, Shinnston; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one daughter, Iris Jean Box Abel; five brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Long was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and flowers. She was a Baptist by faith.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, after 2 p.m. Friday, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Evangelist Peter Ray Cole officiating. Interment will be in the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Enterprise.

Jesse C. McKinney

BRIDGEPORT -- Jesse Columbus McKinney, 75, of Anmoore, died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Dec. 28, 1925, in Doddridge County, a son of the late Noah and Stella Kelley McKinney.

His wife, Catherine Spouse McKinney, preceded him in death in 1992.

Surviving are five sons, Odie Richard McKinney and David Wayne McKinney, both of Anmoore, LeRoy McKinney, Bear, Del., Donald Sprouse, Rosemont, and Charles Sprouse, Maryville, Tenn.; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Lola Louise) McCray, Anmoore, and Mrs. Emmett (Alice) White, Kincheloe; one brother, Ralph McKinney, Martinsburg; one sister, Nora Hite, Clarksburg; one half brother, Junior Patrick, Bridgeport; 31 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Letcher L. McKinney.

Mr. McKinney retired with 20 years of service from Harvey Industries. He was a member of the Union Mission Church in Green Valley.

He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Friends will be received at the Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport, from 2-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Rita Robinson conducting. Interment will follow at the Woodsdale Memorial Park, Grafton.

Delbert Lee 'Pete' Parker

WESTON -- Delbert Lee "Pete" Parker, 51, of HC 64 Alum Bridge, Vadis community, died Monday, March 5, 2001, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 13, 1949, in Adrian, Upshur County, a son of the late Arley Parker and Audrey Stump Parker.

His wife, Sandra K. Rexroad Parker, whom he married Sept. 27, 1976, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Rodney Parker and wife, Melissa, and Steven Parker, all of Alum Bridge; two grandchildren, Ryan and Terani Parker; three brothers, Arley Parker, Parkersburg, Sherley Parker, Vadis and Billy Parker, Linn; four sisters, Rosalie Lundsford, Vadis, Helen Raines Camden, Janice Richards, Linn, and Donna Baugh, Alum Bridge; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Charles Parker; and one nephew, Michael Baugh.

Mr. Parker was a fire chief with Midway Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Lewis County and West Virginia Fireman's Associations.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ronnie Beeson officiating. Interment will follow in the Rock Grove Cemetery, Linn.

Avis Delauder Phillips

BELINGTON -- Mrs. Avis Delauder Phillips, 91, of 300 Old Morgantown Pike, Belington, died at 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 9, 1909, in Barbour County, a daughter of the late William Bright and Mary Etta Moore Delauder.

Her husband, H. Troy Phillips, whom she married Oct. 9, 1936, preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 1997.

Surviving are one granddaughter, Ladonna Snider and husband, Chris, Macon, Ga.; one sister, Lillian Zirkle and husband, Vincent, Belington; three sisters-in-law, Louvena Ervin and husband, Junior, Belington, Edna Phillips, Montrose, and Madisola Phillips, Kirtland, Ohio; two caregivers, Jo Ellen Skidmore and Anita Phillips; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Paul William Phillips; five sisters, three brothers, three half sisters and four half brothers.

Mrs. Phillips attended the schools of Barbour County. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church, Belington, where she was active in church functions.

She was one of the founding volunteers of the Heart and Hand Thrift Shop, Belington, and was known for her quilt making.

Bobby Ward Pritt

WESTON -- Bobby Ward Pritt, 72, of 307 Wright St., Weston, died at 8:47 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2001, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following a brief illness.

He was born May 25, 1928, at Knawls Creek, Braxton County, a son of the late William A. Pritt Sr. and Icie Mae Chipps Pritt.

His wife, the former Norma Jean Vankirk, whom he married March 10, 1951, survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Debra Ann Coxs, Aberdeen, Md., Patricia Lynn Elliott, Edgewood, Md., and Lisa Kathleen Simpson, Weston; three sons, Bobby W. Pritt Jr., Delta, Pa., Douglas Eugene Pritt, Havre-De-Grace, Md., and Timothy Joe Pritt, Aberdeen; 12 grandchildren, one stepgrandson and five great-grandchildren; two brothers, William A. Pritt Jr., Ireland, and Dennis Pritt, Port Richey, Fla.; and one sister, Norma Pritt, Phoenix, Ariz.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Lloyd and Troy Pritt; and four sisters, Reva Skinner, Laurabelle Prescott, Pauline McPherson and Edith Whiteman.

Mr. Pritt retired from the J.L. Clark Manufacturing Co. in Maryland with several years of service. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a Methodist by faith.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 1-2 p.m. Friday. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Clifford West officiating. Cremation will follow the service.

Carl Monroe Shaffer

PHILIPPI -- Carl Monroe Shaffer, 73, of West Covina, Calif., passed away Sunday, March 4, 2001, in West Covina.

He was born July 25, 1927, in Akron, Ohio, a son of the late M. Monroe "Whitey" and Orpha Edna Smith Shaffer.

His wife, the former Cora Sue Ludwick, whom he married July 6, 1974, survives.

Also surviving are one son, William Shaffer, Barnesville, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Mary Jane Ludwick, Philippi; eight stepbrothers and stepsisters, several cousins and a host of friends.

He was also preceded in death by his only sister, Irene Wilson.

Mr. Shaffer retired with 43 years of continuous service from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Engineering Division in Akron, Ohio. He was a Methodist by faith.

He was a member of Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, Joppa Lodge No. 666 F & AM, Tadmor Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. of Akron, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Lodge Council Chapter Consistory, Valley of Akron, Yusef Khan Grotto, Tallmadge, Ohio, Senior Citizen's Association of West Covina, Calif., Moose Lodge No. 1082, Mogadore, Ohio, member and past watchman of Shepherds of Bethany Shrine No. 7, Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem of Akron, member and past Royal Patron of Manchester Court No. 37 Order of the Amaranth Inc., and a member of Ellestar Chapter No. 565, Order of the Eastern Star of Akron.

Paul Ray Smith

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Paul Ray Smith, 91, of Harrisburg, died Thursday, March 1, 2001, at the Community General Osteopathic Hospital.

He was born Nov. 7, 1909, in Bridgeport, W.Va., a son of the late Frank and Sarah Stout Smith.

His wife, Edith V. Tetrick Smith, preceded him in death in 1994.

Surviving are one daughter, Carol Jean Griffin, Odenton, Md.; one sister, Florence Carder, Shinnston, W.Va.; two granddaughters, Tracee Griffin and Sarah Ruth Millett, both of Maryland.

Mr. Smith was a retired industrial engineer for Olivetti. He was active in the Evangelical Congregational Church, Harrisburg, and was a member of the Glen Burnie United Methodist Church, Glen Burnie, Md.

He was a former Sunday school teacher and counselor with the United Methodist Youth Fellowship in Glen Burnie. He was a former president of the Anne Arundel County Parent Teacher Association in 1964 and a life member of the Maryland Congress of Parents and Teachers.

He attended Davis and Elkins College, West Virginia Business College, and graduated from the University of Baltimore. His hobbies were fixing electronic devices and cars.

Friends will be received at the Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport, from 4-8 p.m. today. The funeral will be held in the funeral home at 2 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Dr. Dale C. Waters conducting the service. Interment will follow at the Bridgeport Cemetery.

Ronald V. Wood

BUCKHANNON -- Ronald V. Wood, 61, of 3 Orr St., Buckhannon, died at 2:26 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston.

He was born July 28, 1939, at Mahan, a son of the late Hallie Wood and Helen Wood Williams.

His wife, June Hosey Wood, whom he married Oct. 9, 1959, preceded him in death on April 24, 2000.

Surviving are one son, Andrew M. and Shelly D. Wood, one daughter, Jodi Nicole and James Washington, all of Buckhannon; one brother, Hallie Wood Jr., San Angelo, Texas; one sister, Peggy Hickman, Ohio; two grandsons, Dustin Teets and Jarod Andrew Wood, and one granddaughter, Jaymee Marie Washington, all of Buckhannon.

Mr. Wood was the director of pharmacy at St. Joseph's Hospital and a consultant pharmacist for area nursing homes. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958-1961. He attended Good Hope Tabernacle Church.

He attended Glenville State College, received a degree in electronics from Danville Institute of Technology, a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy from West Virginia University and a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee. He was a member of the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, Medical University of South Carolina (College of Pharmacy) and completed a third annual post graduate workshop for consultant pharmacists. He was a member of American Society of Hospital Pharmacists, American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, Contemporary Long Term Care Research Advisory Panel and the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy.

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