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Obituaries for Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Margaret M. Bates

SHINNSTON -- Margaret M. Bates, 89, of Route 1, Wallace, died at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 8, 1911, in Brown, a daughter of the late Permedius David and Verna May Moore Barker.

Her husband, Donavon D. Bates, preceded her in death on Dec. 22, 1975.

Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Clarence Glenn "Benny" and Laura Mae Bates, Marvin L. and Pat Bates, and David E. and Evelyn Bates, one daughter and son-in-law, Joann and Paul E. Conner, all of Toronto, Ohio; one daughter-in-law, Charlotte Bates; 20 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one son, five brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Bates had worked as a cook at the Euven Breth Acres Church Camp in Buckhannon. She was a member of the former Bethany Baptist Church at Brown, and enjoyed quilting and canning.

Friends may call at Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. Thursday, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, with the Rev. Curtis Watkins officiating. Interment will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Brown.

Lena V. Paugh Byers

JANE LEW -- Lena Virginia Paugh Byers, 88, of Tallahassee, Fla., died Sunday, March 11, 2001.

She was born in Kincheloe, Harrison County, July 18, 1912, and had lived in Tallahassee since 1988.

She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Burton Byers, in 1981.

Surviving are one daughter, Janet L. Whitman and son-in-law, R.V. "Whit" Whitman, Tallahassee; her son, Hughie Byers and daughter-in-law, Patricia Byers, Parkersburg; six grandchildren, Sonja Sue Guthrie, Linda Lee Guthrie and Mitchell Wayne Guthrie, all of Tallahassee, Rebecca Lynn Byers Holowka, Newark, Del., Robert Brian Byers, Akron, Ohio, and Samantha Jo Byers, Parkersburg; six great-grandchildren, Coy Burton Lefeavers, Jamie Lee Sanderson and Jordan Leigh Guthrie, Tallahassee, Nathan, Amanda and Zackary Byers, Akron.

Mrs. Byers was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church, Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Daughters of the American Revolution, San Luis Chapter, Women of the Moose, and was recently honored for over 50 years of faithful service and active participation in the Extension Homemakers.

In West Virginia, she was a charter member of the Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants and active in 4-H and Boy and Girl Scouts.

Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 11:30 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service on Friday at Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew. Pastor Michael Richards will officiate. Interment will be in Benedum Cemetery, Bridgeport.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

James R. 'Jim' Carpenter

BUCKHANNON -- James R. "Jim" Carpenter, 75, of 112 Pocahontas St., Buckhannon, died Monday, March 12, 2001, of a heart attack at his home.

He was born Dec. 4, 1925, in Philippi, a son of the late Jesse H. and Ina P. Gates Carpenter.

On July 14, 1945, on the Army Air Force Bast in Amarillo, Texas, he married Kathryn Boyles, who survives.

Also surviving are one son, J. Richard "Rick" Carpenter and wife, Alice, Westminster, Md.; one daughter, Pamela Gillespie and husband, Mike, Buckhannon; one brother, H. Eugene Carpenter and wife, Phyllis, Oldsmar, Fla.; three grandsons, David Carpenter, New Market, Md., Scott Carpenter, Silver Spring, Md., and Kurt Gillespie, Morgantown; two granddaughters, Kara Gillespie Blevins, Midlesboro, Ky., and Elizabeth Carpenter, Dartmouth College, N.H.; one great-grandson, John Matthew Carpenter, New Market; one niece, Jeanie Settles, North Carolina.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Charles Carpenter.

Mr. Carpenter graduated from Philippi High School and served with the U.S. Army Air Corps. from December 1943 to November 1945. He attended Alderson-Broaddus College, West Virginia Wesleyan College and West Virginia University.

He was a fingerprint supervisor for the FBI, an insurance agent for Prudential Insurance Co., and served as mayor of Buckhannon. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Buckhannon, B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 1736, and served as state president of the West Virginia Elks Association.

Sullie Carpenter

ELKINS -- Sullie Carpenter, 81, of HC 76, Box 116 Helvetia, Hemlock community, died Monday, March 12, 2001, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.

He was born Oct. 20, 1919, in Hemlock, a son of the late Eli and Gertrude Tenney Carpenter.

His wife, Retha Gooden Carpenter, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Madeline Page, Gaines; three sons, Dwight Carpenter, Etna community, Michael Carpenter, Arlington, and Allen Carpenter, Selbyville; one sister, Elva Lloyd, Hemlock; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two stepgreat-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by five brothers and six sisters.

Mr. Carpenter was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army Air Force.

John W. Cottrill

CLARKSBURG -- John W. Cottrill of Kincheloe, originally from Clarksburg, died Tuesday, March 18, 2001, at his home following an extended illness. He had struggled with Crohn's Disease and Clinical Depression for many years, but had only recently been diagnosed at Cleveland Clinic with Shy-Drager Syndrome, a rare, incurable, neurological disorder.

He was born Nov. 18, 1952, the only son of the late Robert E. and Kathryn B. Cottrill.

His wife, Sharon Reeves Cottrill, originally from Clarksburg, whom he married Oct. 13, 1981, survives.

Also surviving are two sisters and one brother-in-law, Kay Cottrill, Bridgeport, and Barbara and Richard Iaquinta, Clarksburg; and one nephew, Christopher James Iaquinta, Clarksburg, who currently attends West Virginia University.

Mr. Cottrill was a 1971 graduate of Washington Irving High School and attended Fairmont State college and West Virginia University.

He worked as a union bricklayer of Local No. 15. He enjoyed fishing, turkey hunting, ramp feeds, literature and watching boxing. He had also enjoyed squirrel hunting with his mother. He loved dogs and had taken in many strays.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg. There will be a private family service at a later date at which time Mr. Cottrill's ashes will be scattered on Buckley Mountain in Pocahontas County, a place that he dearly loved and where he first hunted turkeys nearly 20 years ago.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Harrison County Humane Society, RR 2, Box 932, Shinnston, WV 26431.

Franklin Eugene Critchfield

BRIDGEPORT -- Franklin Eugene Critchfield, 68, of Jane Lew, died Monday, March 12, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

He was born March 6, 1933, in Ritchie County, a son of the late Franklin Porter Critchfield and Virgie Reed Critchfield.

His wife, Judith Patrick Critchfield, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Randy Critchfield, Anmoore, and Richard Stark, Baltimore, Md.; one stepson, Paul Vincent, Lexington, N.C.; three grandchildren, Scott Critchfield, Amanda Stark and Richard Stark Jr.; two sisters, Donna Scott, Troutdale, Va., and Dottie Burgess, Pennsboro; two brothers, Mason Critchfield, Weston, and Max Critchfield, Virginia.

He was also preceded in death by three children, Debra Critchfield, Genny Critchfield and Chris Critchfield; and two brothers, Teddy Critchfield and Jennings Critchfield.

Mr. Critchfield was in the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean War and was a former heavy equipment operator.

He attended Victory Valley Church in Rosemont. One of his great loves of his life were his family and working with his horses.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, with the Rev. Jimmy Thompson presiding. Interment will be held at a later date at the Jesses Run Cemetery, Jane Lew.

Helen Rosalee Dalton

PHILIPPI -- Helen Rosalee Dalton, infant daughter of William Thomas and Faith Lea Gilger Dalton of 305 Beech Ave., Philippi, died Sunday evening, March 11, 2001, shortly after birth at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

Also surviving are two sisters, Destiny Dalton and Kayla Dalton, both at home; her paternal grandparents, William Thomas and Brenda Dalton Mayle, Philippi; and her maternal grandparents, Richard and Floda Enid Iser Gilger, Canton, Ohio.

Leta Mae Flynt

WESTON -- Leta Mae Flynt, 78, a resident of 346 South Flo St., Buckhannon, formerly of Shadybrook community, died Friday, March 9, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon, following an extended illness.

She was born Nov. 19, 1922, in Orlando, a daughter of the late Lloyd and Nina Matthews Skinner.

Surviving are one sister, Thelma Burkhart, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; one sister-in-law, Pauline Skinner, Kansas; and one niece, Leslie Skinner, Kansas.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Alton E. Skinner.

Ms. Flynt was a homemaker and a member of the Weston Assembly of God.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Orlando Cemetery, with the Rev. Mark Anderson officiating.

Boyle Funeral Home, Weston, is in charge of arrangements.

Daisy Bonnie Jarvis Hefner

BRIDGEPORT -- Daisy Bonnie Jarvis Hefner, 98, of Bridgeport, died at 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

She was born Aug. 13, 1902, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Clifton and Mattie Yates Jarvis.

Her husband, Doy M. Hefner, whom she married Aug. 9, 1927, preceded her in death on April 8, 2000.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, M. Allen and Sandra Hefner and George B. and Alexis Hefner, all of Bridgeport; one son-in-law, Richard L. Drummond, Louisville, Ky.; nine grandchildren, Lisa A. Woolet and husband, David, Julie D. Raque, Dr. Amy L. Smith and husband, Ken, all of Louisville, M. Greg Hefner and wife, Tammy, Marshall A. Hefner and Tawnya and Chad D. Hefner and Jennifer Hefner, all of Bridgeport, Traci A. Hefner, Virginia, Michael J. Hefner and G. Ryan Hefner, Fayetteville, N.C.; 11 great-grandchildren, Amanda and Tyler Woolet, Patrick and Chelsea Raque, Megan, Matt, Laura, Emily, Andrew, and Payton Hefner, and Nathan McDaniel; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one daughter, Daisy Lee Drummond, two grandsons, Randall Eric Drummond and Jeffery Scott Drummond and one grandson-in-law, Larry Raque.

Mrs. Hefner was a member of the Eastern Star and the Simpson Creek Baptist Church.

Friends will be received at Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, at Simpson Creek Baptist Church, 231 West Philadelphia Ave., Bridgeport, with the Rev. Dr. C. Michael Hopkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Simpson Creek Baptist Church, 231 West Philadelphia Ave., Bridgeport, WV 26330.

Megan Deanne Hill

BRIDGEPORT -- Megan Deanne Hill, 3, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born Oct. 17, 1997, in Clarksburg, a daughter of Ron W. and Cynthia Abraham Hill, Worthington Drive, Bridgeport.

Also surviving are three sisters, Meredith Dawn and Marina Danielle Hill, both at home, and Rachelle Rae Hill, Virginia; her paternal grandmother, Rebecca R. Hill, Bridgeport; and her maternal grandparents, Richard and Martha L. Abraham, Reynoldsville.

She was preceded her in death by her paternal grandfather, Ronald W. Hill Sr.

Megan was a member of the Horizons Church.

Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, from 6-8 p.m. today and 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with Pastor Quint Pitts presiding. Interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Megan's memory for playground equipment, made payable to the Heritage Christian School, 225 Newton St., Bridgeport.

Bobby Lee Jones

PENNSBORO -- Bobby Lee Jones, 67, of Smithburg, died Monday, March 12, 2001, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Jan. 7, 1934, a son of the late Marion L. Jones and Edna Stacey Eckles Jones.

His wife, Tammy J. Burt Jones, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Butch Harrod, Clarksburg; three brothers, Billy L. Jones, Smithburg, Gale Drummond, Mt. Clare, and Jim Drummond, Illinois; four sisters, Rella Sue Donley, West Union, Helen Jenkins, Indiana, Patty McIntyre, Nashville, Tenn., and Linda Drummond, Baltimore, Md.

Mr. Jones was a graduate of Doddridge County High School and worked as a machinist for Coldwell Excellwell in California.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in Korea and a member of the American Legion Post of Clarksburg.

Colleen M. Knotts

GRAFTON -- Colleen M. Knotts, 84, of Wallace B. Murphy Nursing Care Facility, Grafton, passed away Monday, March 12, 2001, at her residence.

She was born Dec. 31, 1916, in Thomas, a daughter of the late Homer M. and Nellie Phillips Parsons.

Her husband, Samuel Donald Knotts, preceded her in death.

Surviving are three daughters, Betty Laulis and husband, Ward, Pauletta Kitzmiller and Cassandra Clelland, all of Grafton; two sons, Donald Knotts and wife, Dorothy, Little Rock, Ark., and Ronald "Homer" Knotts and wife, Mary Lou, Grafton; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Parsons, Cedar Town, Ga.; two sisters, Kathleen Roberts, Corbin, Ky., and June Lowman, Grafton; several sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one grandson, George Caroll Jenkins, one son-in-law, Donald Kitzmiller, five brothers, Russell, Sylvester, Edgar, Homer Jr., and Carl Parsons; three sisters, Velma Knotts, Genieve Parson and Tillie Murphy.

Mrs. Knotts was retired from the former Grafton Apparel Manufacturing Co., with 22 years of service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grafton, the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 24, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign War Memorial City Post No. 3081, the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Taylor County Post No. 12, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grafton Fire Department.

Elsie M. Kuzminchuk

CANTON, Ohio -- Elsie M. Kuzminchuk, 76, died Tuesday, March 6, 2001, at Hospice House of the Western Reserve, Cleveland, following an extended illness.

She was born in Tams, and had lived in Cleveland most of her life.

Surviving are two sisters, Stella Sokolosky, Rachel, and Jennie Urish, Clarksburg, W.Va.; a special friend, Paul Ayers, Cleveland; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Millie Pollock, Helen Doshen and Alice Torrence and one brother, Alec Controski.

Ms. Kuzminchuk was a retired executive assistant from Huntington Bank and a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Cleveland.

A memorial Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Canton, with Father Bradford Helman as celebrant. A private entombment was in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens Mausoleum in North Canton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice House of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th St., Cleveland, Ohio 44119.

The Lamiell Funeral Home, Canton, is in charge of arrangements.

James L. McIntyre

SISTERSVILLE -- James L. McIntyre, 80, of Friendly, died Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Parkersburg.

He was born Dec. 14, 1920, in Alvy, a son of the late William Earnest McIntyre and Carrie Pearl LeMasters McIntyre.

Surviving are one son, James L. McIntyre, Sistersville; two daughters, Connie Curry, Princeville, Hawaii, and Barbara Richards, Parkersburg; one brother, William E. McIntyre Jr., Circleville, Ohio; one sister, Dorothy Edgar, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; and five grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Harold McIntyre.

Mr. McIntyre was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran and retired from Union Carbide Corp., Sistersville.

He was a member of Alvy Church of Christ, a charter member of the Friendly and Mt. Clare Lions Club, a co-founder of the Long Reach Credit Union, chairman of the Friendly Public Service District, member of the Board of Directors, Tyler County Fair and Middle Island Health Clinic.

Mr. McIntyre was a former financial secretary for the ICWU Local 698, a member of the BPOE No. 333, Sistersville, and the American Legion Post 86, Paden City.

Dale Bradford 'Pinky' Reed

GRAFTON -- Dale Bradford "Pinky" Reed, 59, of Route 1, Flemington, died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born July 1, 1941, in Rosemont, a son of the late Johnson Vincent Reed and Edith Merrell Mouser Reed.

Surviving are one daughter, Christina Hiatt and husband, Jeffrey, Aiea, Hawaii; one son, Michael Reed and wife, Renee, United Kingdom; four grandchildren, Shawnna Reed, Ryan Reed, Isaac Hiatt and Kailee Hiatt, all at home; two brothers, Francis Reed and wife, Jeanie, Flemington, and Kenneth Reed, Kingwood; one sister, June Reed, Moatsville; one half brother, Lester "Ted" Mouser and wife, Wyonna, Brownton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Allison, Genevieva Carroll and Eva Palmer and one brother, Jessie John Reed.

Mr. Reed was a welder who was last employed at Quality Machine. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Belington Post and the American Legion Bridgeport Post.

Charles Edward Riffle

WESTON -- Charles Edward Riffle, 58, of Route 4, Weston, died at 12:40 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2001, at West Virginia University Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.

He was born Dec. 16, 1942, in Lewis County, a son of the late James Edward "Ed" Riffle and Augustine Leona Sprouse Riffle.

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. John (Annette) Herren, Norfolk, Va., and Mrs. Matt (Kimberly) DeMarch, New York; three brothers, Thomas V. Riffle, Steven Riffle and Donzal Riffle, all of Weston; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Chuck Riffle.

Mr. Riffle was employed as a mold setter with West Virginia Glass Specialty Co., Weston, with several years of service. He attended the Jennings Run Church of God and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today, at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, with the Rev. Robert A. Heater officiating. Interment will follow in the Peterson Cemetery, Weston.

Hilda Loubell Ruppert

WESTON -- Hilda Loubell Ruppert, 73, of 125 Montgomery Road, Weston, died at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Fortney and Wanda Belle Heckert Fortney.

Her first husband, James Willard Butcher, preceded her in death. Her second husband, Lawrence Robert Ruppert Sr., also preceded her in death on June 25, 1967.

Surviving are two sons, Bernard Ruppert, Sebring, Fla., and Charles Ruppert, Vienna; two daughters, Patricia Smith, Bradenton, Fla., and Wanda Lou Taylor, Fredricksburg, Va.; one sister, Barbara Keister, Weston; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by three sons, Lawrence R. Ruppert Jr., James Franklin Butcher and William Butcher; two daughters, Janice and Mary Ruppert; three sisters, Maxine Ruppert, Arzetta Fortney and Evalena Grant; and two brothers, Charles and Frank Fortney.

Mrs. Ruppert was a home health care provider and Protestant.

Friends may call at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 6-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Robert A. Heater officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

Edna Virginia Sisler

NEW MARTINSVILLE -- Edna Virginia Sisler, 85, of New Martinsville, died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at Wetzel County Hospital.

She was a daughter of the late Charles David William and Kathern Marstella Cooker Carlin.

Her husband, Lester L. Sisler, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, Kenneth R. Sisler and wife, Doloris, New Martinsville, and Ernest L. Sisler and wife, Betty, Philippi; one daughter, Charlotte Starkey and husband, Robert, Friendly; six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Terry Sisler, seven brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Sisler was a homemaker and a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church, New Martinsville.

J. Harvey Tucker

BRIDGEPORT -- J. Harvey Tucker, Sun City, Ariz., died Monday, March 5, 2001, following a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 20, 1918, the fifth child of Helen M. Tucker, Bridgeport, and the late James Waitman.

His wife, Ruth Ford, whom he married Sept. 15, 1944, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, James Jeffrey and Jo Wendy Tucker, Fairfield, Colo.; and one sister, Helen E. McKee, Bridgeport.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, M. Jennings and Mason E. Tucker and two sisters, Beatrice V. Shroyer and S. Bernice Lathram.

Mr. Tucker graduated from Grafton High School and West Virginia Business College. He started work in 1938 for Lowndes Bank and remained with the bank for 45 years, retiring in 1983 at which time he moved to Arizona.

He served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant during World War II. He was active in the Lions Club and other organizations. He was Protestant.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport, is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Wade Wallace

MANNINGTON -- Charles Wade Wallace, 73, of Gray's Run community, Farmington, died Monday, March 12, 2001, at his residence.

He was born Oct. 14, 1927, in Clinton, Tenn.

His wife, Rilla Watson Norman Wallace, survives.

Also surviving are three children, Sandra Wallace and John Wallace, both of Maryland, and Michael Wallace, Florida; two stepdaughters, Sharon Huskin, Fairmont, and Patty and Arthur "Boots" Smith, Louisiana; and four grandchildren, Sara, Amanda, Heather and Joshua Wallace, all in Maryland.

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

Mr. Wallace served in the Army Air Corps and was a World War II veteran. He worked as a policeman in Washington, D.C., and had attained the rank of captain.

After his retirement, he worked in the Theatrical business and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Gerald H. Wells

CLARKSBURG -- Gerald H. Wells, 88, of 1635 Adams Ave., Clarksburg, died at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2001, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 2, 1912, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Harry Wells and Bertie Keith Wells.

His wife, Winnifred Eileen Isner Wells survives.

Also surviving are twin daughters, Mrs. James (Sharron) Hurley, Roswell, Ga., and Mrs. Charles (Karren) Carey, Clarksburg; one brother, Byron Wells, Mesquite, Texas; five grandchildren, Charles Carey III, Sharron Swoger, Barry Hurley, Karri Lynn Smith, Gerald Hurley and seven great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Marjorie Fletcher and Helen Robins.

Mr. Wells was a member of the Christ Church United Methodist Church in Adamston, and the Clarksburg Masonic Lodge No. 155, AF&AM.

He had worked for 41 years before retiring as a mold maker with Hazel Atlas, Continental Can, Brockway Glass and Anchor Hocking.

Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Stephen Rector presiding. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Mildred M. Williams

SALEM -- Mildred M. Williams, 90, of Big Isaac community, died Saturday, March 10, 2001, at 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, also 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 J. Sperry; two sisters, Mable Green and Edna Impemba; one daughter-in-law, Norma Jean Williams; and one great-grandchild, Danielle Johnson.

Mrs. Williams was a homemaker and 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 started. She was also a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

E. Jacqueline Wetzel

PENNSBORO -- E. Jacqueline Wetzel, 85, of Claremont, Calif., formerly of West Union, died Thursday, March 8, 2001, in Claremont.

She was born May 11, 1915, in West Union, a daughter of the late Paul Monroe and Julia Ann Blair Ireland.

Her husband, Glenn R. Wetzel, whom she married in 1937, preceded her in death.

Surviving are three sons, James J. Wetzel, Claremont, Glenn R. Wetzel Jr., Carmichael, Calif., and Edward P. Wetzel, Paso, Calif.; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Blair and Monroe Ireland; two sisters, Julia Ann Ireland and Mary Franklin; and one grandson, Glenn R. Wetzel III.

Mrs. Wetzel was a graduate of the former West Union High School and worked as a dental assistant for Dr. McConnell of West Union, before moving to California in 1949.

For many years, she had worked in retail sales for the Hess-Soll Department Store in California.

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