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Obituaries for Sunday, March 11, 2001

Dale Junior Ables

JANE LEW -- Dale Junior Ables, 51, of Glady Fork Road, Weston, died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at the home of his brothers.

He was born June 30, 1949, in Lewis County, a son of the late Frank and Grace Deletha Posey Ables.

Surviving are eight children, Dale Junior, Roy, Tommy, Frankie Ables, all of Clarksburg, Teresa DeMastus, Rock Cave, Travis Ables, Walkersville, Donald Wayne Ables, Florida, and Douglas Ables, Buckhannon; three sisters, Martha Stump and Charlene Allen, both of Weston, and Carol Jean Riffle, Buckhannon; eight brothers, John, Eugene, Carl Ables, all of Weston, Charles Thomas and William Ables, all of Horner, Roger Ables, Rock Cave, and Michael Ables, Ireland; and three grandchildren.

Mr. Ables was a farmer and Methodist.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, with the Rev. William Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in the Jacksonsville Cemetery.

Mrs. Lois Lorriane Clayton

BELINGTON -- Mrs. Lois Lorriane Clayton, 73, formerly of Canton, Ohio, more recently a resident of Fifth Street, Junior, died at 11:20 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 2001, at the home of her daughter, Sandy Blake.

She was born Feb. 16, 1928, in Belington, a daughter of the late Woodford D. and Okle M. Sincel Coontz.

Her husband, Robert Clayton, preceded her in death in 1973.

Surviving are two daughters, Sandra Sue and husband, Gary Blake, Junior, where she made her home, and Rhonda and husband, Sam Randazzo, Canton, Ohio; four sons, Robert Clayton and wife, Debby Oregon, Thomas Clayton, Randolph County, and Terry and Eric Clayton, Canton; one sister, Shirley Y. Pawling, Aurora, Colo.; one brother, Woodford D. "Woody" Coontz, Belington; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Clayton attended the schools of Barbour County. She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Bethel United Methodist Church, Junior.

Friends will be received at the Talbott Funeral Home, Belington, until 2 p.m. today when the funeral service will be held at the funeral home with the Rev. Doyle N. Rider officiating. Interment will follow in the K of P Cemetery, Junior.

Richard Craig Crawford

MORGANTOWN -- Richard Craig Crawford, 53, of Shady Grove Village, Morgantown, formerly of Shinnston, died Saturday, March 10, 2001.

He was born Dec. 27, 1947, in Seattle, Wash., a son of Inez Crawford of Edmonds, Wash., and the late Gerald Crawford.

His wife, Brenda Jo Carpenter Crawford, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Rick and Mike Crawford, both of Fairmont; one daughter, Andrea Crawford at home; one aunt, Hazel Miller, Edmonds; and one uncle, Leonard Nelson, Williston, N.D.

Cremation services will be provided by Hastings Funeral Home. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Sarah I. Graham

FLATWOODS -- Sarah I. Graham, 93, of Akron, Ohio, formerly of Sutton, died March 9, 2001, in Akron, after a long illness.

She was born April 26, 1907, at Sutton, a daughter of the late Benjamin Hamric and Viola Keener Hamric.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her family.

Mrs. Graham was a homemaker and a Christian.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home, Flatwoods. The funeral service will be held at a 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Sutton Cemetery, Sutton.

Mrs. Opal Cooper Hannah

BELINGTON -- Mrs. Opal Cooper Hannah, 78, of Route 1, Belington, died at 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon, March 9, 2001, at her home. She had been in failing health for the past several months.

She was born April 23, 1922, at Vanderbilt, Pa., a daughter of the late Charles Raymond and Ola Stickler Cooper.

Her husband, the Rev. W. Paul Hannah, whom she married Sept. 16, 1949, at New York, survives at their home at Route 1.

Also surviving are one daughter, Nancy Humphrey; three grandsons, Benjamin Heath, Adam Jeremiah and Justin Paul Joseph Humphrey, all of Belington.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family having also been preceded in death by one son, Lee S. Hannah; three brothers, Glenn, Raymond and D.F. Cooper; two sisters, Ina Lou Emminizer and Nanna Mae Martin.

Mrs. Hannah attended schools at New York, Uniontown, Pa., and the Buffalo Bible Institute. She had been a homemaker and worked as a housekeeper.

She sold Stanley Home Products. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, Elkins.

Friends will be received at the Talbott Funeral Home, Belington, from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and until 11 a.m. Wednesday when the funeral service will be conducted from the funeral home with the Rev. Carl Martin officiating. Interment will follow in the Concord Cemetery, Belington.

Helene L. Martin

BUCKHANNON -- Helene Lanham Martin, 86, of Buckhannon, died Friday, March 9, 2001, in Stonewall Jackson Hospital, Weston, after a long illness.

She was born June 11, 1914, at Thornwood, Pocahontas County, a daughter of the late George Baxter and Iva Maude Lanham.

Her husband, Carl F. Martin, preceded her in death in December 1999.

Surviving are many loving cousins and special friends.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Dr. Alston Lanham.

Mrs. Martin was a retired teacher, having taught physical education at Rainelle High School, and in Upshur County at both Buckhannon Middle School and Buckhannon-Upshur High School. Later, she was an instructor in Physical Education at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

She was a graduate of West Virginia University and was a past member of the West Virginia Education Association and the American Association of University Women.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Buckhannon, the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary, the Order of Eastern Star, the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, and an auxiliary member of the Emeritus Club, West Virginia Wesleyan College.

At the request of the deceased the body will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Carl F. and Helene L. Martin Scholarship Fund at West Virginia Wesleyan College for Women's Physical Education Department or the First United Methodist Church of Buckhannon.

Troy A. McCurdy

SHARON, Pa. -- Troy A. McCurdy, 59, of 1566 Bend Road, Jefferson Township, Pa., passed away unexpectedly early Saturday, March 10, 2001, in the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System after suffering an apparent heart attack at his home.

He was born July 27, 1941, in New Castle, a son of the late Walter and Vera Pauline Espy McCurdy.

His wife, the former Elnor R. Foster, whom he married Aug. 8, 1966, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ina (Jeannette S.) Watt, and April Dawn McCurdy, one son, Eugene Richard McCurdy, both of West Middlesex; six grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Robert (Doris) Harrison, New Castle, and Clara (Susie) Myers, Sharon; two brothers, Arthur McCurdy, Edinburg, and Gerald "Pepsi" McCurdy, New Castle.

Mr. McCurdy, along with his wife, was owner and operator of Els Odds and Ends Antique business located on Route 62, Jefferson Township.

He was an Army veteran and received his honorable discharge on Aug. 8, 1966. He was a true Elvis fan and loved country western music.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home Inc., 1090 East State St., Sharon. The funeral service will be held Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Phillip Cooper, pastor of the Shenango Valley Baptist Church in Hermitage, officiating. Committal prayers will be held in the Clyde Jewell Memorial Chapel at Mount Washington Cemetery, Jefferson Township, with burial to follow.

Friends can e-mail condolences to McGonigleFuneralHome@infonline.net.

Mrs. Richard F. Murano

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Sandra Ann Murano, 57, of Auburn, Ritchie County, died at 9:48 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2001, at the United Hospital Center.

She was born April 21, 1943, in Lowell, Mass., a daughter of George T. Lord and the late Mary Lord.

Her husband, Richard F. Murano, whom she married Nov. 14, 1994, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Clyde E. Elliott, Hamilton, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Cheryl Marie Rudolph, Ashland, Mass., and Mrs. Mary Ann Costa, Newport, R.I.; one brother, Thomas Lord, St. Johnsbury, Vt.; one sister, Mrs. Janet Blizzard, Auburn; and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Murano was a Native American. She was a homemaker.

Services of remembrance were held for Mrs. Murano at family members' residences in the area.

Alice M. Peters

GRAFTON -- Alice M. Peters, 88, of Route 4, Grafton, passed away Friday, March 9, 2001, at her daughter, Rosa Foley's residence in Grafton.

She was born Sept. 22, 1912, at Lost Creek, a daughter of the late John Root and Rosa Williams Root.

Her beloved husband, Claude W. Peters Sr., preceded her in death.

Surviving are seven children, Catherine Lannan and spouse, Joe Lannan, Clarksburg, Irene Lowe and spouse, Francis Lowe, Cleveland, Ohio, Rosa Foley, Grafton, Buck Peters and spouse, Shirley Peters, Montgomery, Ala., Lloyd D. Peters Sr., Charlene Davis and spouse, Charles Davis, and Terry Peters and spouse, Barbara Peters, all of Grafton; 29 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and 36 foster grandchildren; one brother, Arnett Root, Mannington; one daughter-in-law, Mayling Peters, Wetumpka, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sons, Buddy Peters and Donnie Peters; one daughter, Loraine Peters; six grandchildren; and one son-in-law, Chuck Foley.

Mrs. Peters was retired from Grafton Apparel Co., Grafton, with 22 years service. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Grafton, and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans No. 24, Grafton, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary No. 3081, Grafton.

The family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, Grafton, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and from 1-2 p.m. Monday when the funeral service will be held at the funeral home with Pastor Donald F. Ford officiating. Interment will be in Woodsdale Memorial Park, Grafton.

Daniel E. Sayre

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Daniel E. Sayre, 81, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at Coquina Key Health and Rehabilitation Center.

He was the son of Floyd E. Sayre.

Surviving are two nephews, James Dotts and Bob Sayre of Los Angeles, Calif.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Eleanor Dotts Griffin; and one brother, Bob Sayer.

Mr. Sayre moved to St. Petersburg in 1968. He worked for his father at the Sayer Studios on Fourth Street.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Mildred M. Williams

SALEM -- Mildred M. Williams, 90, of Big Isaac community, died Saturday, March 10, 2001, at the Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, Salem.

She was born March 14, 1910, in Mineral, Harrison County, a daughter of the late Ross S. and Belva J. Clemans Ward.

Her first husband, Clarence P. Sperry, preceded her in death in 1969. Her second husband, Claude G. Williams, preceded her in death in 1974.

Surviving are one son, Clarence E. Sperry and wife, Maxie Ann, Salem; one stepson, James M. Williams, Bristol; one daughter-in-law, Shelba J. Zirkle, Salem; one sister, Julia Butzine, Petaluma, Calif.; one brother, Rosco C. Ward, Kirkwood, Pa.; eight grandchildren, Jeffery Sperry, Ranee Johnson, Charles Sperry, Richard Sperry, Darren Sperry, Jill M. Swain, Steve Williams and Vickie A. Williams; eight great-grandchildren, Christopher Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Grayson Sperry, Cory Williams, Lindsey Williams, Dustin Sperry, Chelsie Sperry and Noah Sperry; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Edward L. Sperry; two sisters, Mable Green and Edna Impemba; and one great-grandchild, Danielle Johnson.

Mrs. Williams was a homemaker. She was a member of the Homemaker Greenbrier Club since 1939. She was a graduate of Unidis High School in 1929.

She was a member of the Doddridge County Senior Citizens and attended Mission of Faith, Big Isaac community, since it was started.

She was a member of the Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

Family will receive friends at the Harbert Funeral Home, Salem, from 2-9 p.m. Monday and from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Ashby Titus and John Hart officiating. Burial will follow in the K of P Memorial Park, Salem.

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