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Obituaries for Tuesday, March 7, 2001

Charlie B. 'Minnie Pearl' Boner

CLARKSBURG -- Charlie B. "Minnie Pearl" Boner, 80, of Route 1, Salem, died Monday, March 5, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born Dec. 14, 1920, in West Milford, a son of the late Curtis and Locksie Bailey Helmick Boner.

His wife, Mary Richter Boner, whom he married Nov. 8, 1945, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Bill (Susie) Lance, Clarksburg, and Mrs. Gary (Libby) Swiger, Salem; one son, Michael Ray Boner and wife, Cheryl; five grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Frank (Missy) Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Shane Swiger, Mr. and Mrs. Steve (Cara) Hall, Miss Erin Boner and Adam Boner; three great-grandchildren, Shelby Hall, Jordan Hall and Braiden Swiger; two sisters, Sallie Nutter, Michigan, and Patty Veres, Washington; one brother, Tom Helmick, Michigan.

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

Mr. Boner was a retired heavy equipment operator with Hope Gas Co. with 35 years and nine months service.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II and was Protestant.

Family and friends may call at Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Ron Owens officiating. Interment will be in the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to People's Hospice, P.O. Box 1680, Clarksburg 26302.

Marguerite F. Dean

BUCKHANNON -- Marguerite F. Dean, 84, of Route 4, Buckhannon, Kesling Mill community, died Sunday, March 4, 2001, at her home.

She was born Feb. 15, 1917, in Mt. Zion, a daughter of the late David A. Westfall and Elsie F. Moreland Westfall.

Her husband, Dexter William Dean, whom she married April 17, 1937, preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 1971.

Surviving are two daughters, Margaret "Sis" and husband, Joe Strouth and Debbie and husband, Kenny Rice, one daughter-in-law, Darlene Dean, three sons, David and wife, Shirley Dean, Dwayne and wife, Vickie Dean and Gary and wife, Debbie Dean, all of Buckhannon; several nieces and nephews; and 16 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Maynard Dean, two brothers, Evert Westfall and Virgil "Bud" Westfall, one sister, Lillie Hinzman, and one great-granddaughter, Jamie Billie.

Mrs. Dean worked for the Upshur County Board of Education. She was a Christian and a member of the Kesling United Methodist Church.

George 'Bill' McGinnis

NEW MARTINSVILLE -- George "Bill" McGinnis, 81, of New Martinsville, formerly of Kent, died Sunday, March 4, 2001, at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale.

He was born Nov. 27, 1919, in Preston County, a son of the late Lewis and Bessie Pratt McGinnis.

His wife, Carma Mayle McGinnis, survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Dale and wife, Linda McGinnis, Fred and wife, Johanna McGinnis, all of Paden City, Donald "Mac" and wife, Christy McGinnis, New Martinsville, and Tim and wife, Linda McGinnis, Proctor; four daughters, Dorotha and husband, Harold Hecklinger, Toledo, Ohio, Donna McGinnis, Buckeye, Evelyn Cross, Murrells, Inlet, S.C., and Debbie and husband, Robert Helmic, Shalimar, Fla.; two brothers, Rex and wife, Louise McGinnis, Clarksburg, and Wayne and wife, Carol McGinnis, Bethel, Ohio; two sisters, Katheryn and husband, John Hartley, Fairmont, and Eleanor and husband, Harlan Janes, Barrington, Ill.; 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Viola Pearl Tichnell.

Mr. McGinnis was a retired coal miner from the United Mine Workers of America Local No. 1638, McElroy Mine.

He was a member of the Wetzel Masonic Lodge No. 39 AF&AM and a former member of the Osiris Shrine, Wheeling and a 32nd degree Mason. He was Methodist.

A graveside service and interment will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery, Shinnston.

Irene Gertrude Poling

GRAFTON -- Irene Gertrude Poling, 92, of East Main Street, Grafton, died Sunday, March 4, 2001, at Grafton City Hospital, Grafton, following an extended illness.

She was born Nov. 23, 1908, in Thornton, a daughter of the late Myrtle Mouser.

Her husband, Britton C. Poling, preceded her in death on May 6, 1977.

Surviving are one son, Carl F. Poling and wife, Janet S., Grafton; one daughter, Mildred Stafford and husband, Glenn, Kingwood; one sister, Bertha Reese, Keyser; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Earl Poling and five sisters, Pauline Bolyard, Laura Williams, Ivy Poling, Delphine Campfield and Beatrice Smith.

Mrs. Poling was a housekeeper, having worked for the Grafton City Hospital. She was Baptist.

Friends will be received at Bartlett Funeral Home, from 7-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Mr. Don Harward, officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodsdale Memorial Park.

Frances Rotunda

SHINNSTON -- Frances Rotunda, 89, of Shinnston, died at 10:45 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2001, at Meadowview Manor, Bridgeport, following an extended illness.

She was born May 18, 1911, in Shinnston, a daughter of the late Louis and Rose Ware Allawatt.

Her husband, Frank Joseph Rotunda, preceded her in death in 1944.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Fred (Mary Rose) Salentro, Shinnston; two grandchildren, Fred Salentro Jr. and wife, Diana, Shinnston, and Vicki Silverman and husband, Mark, Tiburon, Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Joey Salentro, Parker and Paige Silverman; one brother, Sam Allawatt, Fairmont; six sisters, Mrs. John (Lillian) Arcidiacono and Mrs. Joe (Terry) Melio, both of Connecticut, Mary Hawker and Mrs. George (Virginia) Carvelli, both of Shinnston, Mrs. Doyle (Elizabeth) Baker, Warren, Ohio, and Catherine Spenia, Lakeland, Fla.

She was also preceded in death by her stepmother, Rose Allawatt; two sons, Frank Rotunda Jr. and Santo "Bo" Rotunda; three brothers, Dick and Arthur Allawatt and Joe Spano; three sisters, Julia Musumano, Mary Veltri and Thresa Starkey.

Mrs. Rotunda was a graduate of Wyatt High School and last employed at American Legion, Post No. 31, Shinnston.

She was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Shinnston, where she was a member of the Altar Society. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Shinnston.

Friends will be received at Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from noon-9 p.m. Wednesday. A Holy Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Shinnston, with the Rev. Karl Wohinc as celebrant. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

David Keith Shreves

SHINNSTON -- David Keith Shreves, 46, of Shinnston, died at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 27, 1955, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Jack and Jessie Bartlett Shreves.

His wife, Penny Sue Goff Shreves, whom he married, June 28, 1982, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Philip Ian Shreves, one daughter, Michele Goff and fiancee, Robert Edgell, all at home; three brothers, Cody Shreves, Lumberport, Jud Shreves, Glenville, and Shane Shreves, Flemington; one sister, Jill Nichols, Clarksburg; five aunts, Mary Jo Messinger, Lumberport, Peggy Jones, Philippi, Patty Turner and Nancy C. Bartlett, both of Grafton, Sue Morris, Glenville; two uncles, Dick Bartlett, Painesville, Ohio, and John Bartlett, West Union.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Michael Shreves and his grandparents, Les and Lostia Shreves and Earl and Hope Bartlett.

Mr. Shreves had worked as a sheet metal fabricator, welder and had last worked for the West Virginia Department of Highways.

He had attended the St. James Evangelical Church at Enterprise and was a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed all sports and NASCAR racing and was an avid fan of Jeff Gordon.

Friends may call at Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service on Thursday, when Pastors Darren Powell and Kenny Kendall will officiate. Interment will be in the Lions Club Cemetery in Lumberport.

Eddie G. Smith

MANNINGTON -- Eddie G. Smith, 62, of Mannington, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Marlinton.

He was born Sept. 10, 1938, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Melrose Leon and Ruby Mary Akers Smith.

His wife of more than 43 years, Dorothy Jean Masters Smith, survives.

Also surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Kelly (Deborah Jean Smith) Knight, Mrs. Timothy (Kimberly Smith) Shearer, Darla Smith and fiancé, Scott Mowery, Sarah Frances Smith and fiancé, John Zemorick, Eva Marie Smith and fiancé, Chevy Ramsey, all of Mannington; one son and daughter-in-law, Daniel G. and Robyn Smith, Mannington; four half brothers, John, James, Carl and Ronnie Smith, three half sisters, Vivian Smith, Patsy Smith and Frances Smith, all of Ohio; a number of aunts, uncles and cousins in Enterprise; and 12 grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, James Eddie Smith and one brother, Kenneth Ronald Smith.

Mr. Smith was a member of the First Assembly of God in Mansfield, Ohio, then attended the Wesley Methodist Church in Fairmont. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge in Clarksburg, and the United Mine Workers of America Local 1949.

He had a degree in horticulture and was retired from Martinka Coal Mine in Fairmont.

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