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Obituaries for Sunday, March 25, 2001

Lawrence 'Larry' Baker

CLARKSBURG -- Lawrence "Larry" Baker, 48, of Route 4, Box 58, Clarksburg, Reynoldsville, died Thursday, March 22, 2001, in Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation Center, Salem.

He was born Dec. 8, 1952, in Clarksburg, a son of Junior Baker and the late Patricia Pierce Baker Gladwell.

Mr. Baker was twice married.

Also surviving are two sons, Jason Baker, Virginia, and Justin Baker and wife, Mary, two daughters, Larrissa Baker and Casundra Baker, all of Clarksburg; two grandchildren, Joshua and Cody Baker; one brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Barbara Baker Sr., Clarksburg; two sisters, Mrs. Glen (Brenda) Lawson and Mrs. Ronald (Shirley) Noyes, both of Orlando, Fla.; several nieces and nephews, three great-nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Mr. Baker was a Baptist. He had served in the U.S. Army and spent two years in Germany.

He was a carpenter and was employed by the maintenance department of the Harrison County Board of Education for 30 years.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. Monday. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. John Greaver presiding. Interment will be in West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown, where military graveside rites will be conducted.

Pauline Bunner

PENNSBORO -- Pauline Bunner, 81, of Pennsboro, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at her residence.

She was born Oct. 30, 1919, at Pennsboro, a daughter of the late Ernest and Ingaba Jones Bunner.

Surviving are one brother, Dale Bunner, Tollegate; several nieces and nephews, and a long-time companion, Patricia Steele, Pennsboro.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Elmus and Paul Bunner, and three sisters, Juanita Bunner, Louise Hurst and Margaret Westfall.

Miss Bunner had previously held employment with the marble factory, glass factory and garment factory in Pennsboro.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Monday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Gnats Run Cemetery near Pennsboro.

Louie Armando Croce

FAIRMONT -- Louie Armando Croce, 84, of Columbia Street, Fairmont, died Sunday morning, March 24, 2001, at Fitzwater Personal Care Home.

He was born June 21, 1916, in Bridgeville, Pa., a son of the late Giuseppe and Teresa Preto Croce.

His wife, Kathleen Watson Croce, preceded him in death in 1995.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Paul (Patricia) Luzadder, Picketts Creek, Fairmont, Mrs. James (Judy) Woods, Amherst, Ohio, and Karolyn Miller, Mantua, Ohio; three sisters, Elsie Barille, Virginia Panicullo and Lena Marsh; one brother, Joseph Croce Jr.; six grandchildren, Gina Luzadder, Joey Miller, Scott Miller, Kathy Lanham, Douglas Woods and Jimmy Woods; three stepgrandchildren, Paul, Mike and Donny Luzadder; 16 great-grandchildren, seven stepgreat-grandchildren and one stepgreat-great-grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Isabell Tambini, and two brothers, Frank Croce and Daniel Croce.

Mr. Croce was retired from Owens Illinois, having 30 years of service as a mechanic as well as in the decorating department. He had previously been a coal miner with the Ida Mae Coal Mine.

He was a Methodist by faith. He was active in the Owens Illinois Organizations. He enjoyed traveling as well as camping.

Friends and family may call the Ford Funeral Home, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Tuesday with Frank Spevock officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Marion County Humane Society, Route 1, Box 31 A, Fairmont, WV 26554.

Agnes J. Davis

AKRON, Ohio -- Agnes J. Davis, 70, of Akron, passed away Friday, March 23, 2001.

She was born in Wallace, W.Va., a daughter of the late Birchie and Lena Davisson.

Her loving husband of 53 years, Richard Davis of Akron, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Robert (Diane) Davis, Akron; one sister, Joan Fletcher and Herb, Maple Heights, Ohio; two brothers, Donald (Beth) Davisson, Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Ronald (Sharon) Davisson, Bristol, W.Va.; three grandchildren, Kellie, Travis and Denise; one great-granddaughter, Shelby; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Lester Davisson, and one sister, Deloris Ashcraft.

Durl Fluharty

HARRISVILLE -- Durl Fluharty, 88, of Harrisville, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at Pine View Continuous Care, Harrisville.

He was born March 11, 1913, in Leatherbark, Ritchie County, a son of the late Guy and Ivy Snyder Fluharty.

His wife of 66 years, Edith Richards Fluharty, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Gayford "Sonny" Fluharty and Randall Lee Fluharty, both of Smithville; two daughters, Annabelle "Ann" Mayhew, Mineral Wells and Sharon "Susie" Moore, Vienna; one brother, Chester Fluharty, Florida; one sister, Lena Barker, Pine Grove; nine grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde and Burl Fluharty; one infant sister and one grandson, Gary Fluharty.

Mr. Fluharty was a self-employed oil and gas producer until his retirement. He was a member of the Harrisville Baptist Church, where he had been a trustee, Harrisville Lions Club and Harrisville Lodge No. 99 International Order of Odd Fellows.

Friends may call at the Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, from 2-8 p.m. today and from 1-2 p.m. Monday. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Robert Perine officiating. Burial will follow in the Harrisville International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Elsworth V. Grimes

CLARKSBURG -- Mr. Elsworth V. Grimes, 87, of 97 Cimarron Road, Clarksburg, died at 6 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2001, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 20, 1913, in Harrisville, a son of the late John W. Grimes and Lucinda Morris Grimes of Summit Park.

His wife, Freda M. Liston Grimes, whom he married Nov. 11, 1978, survives.

Also surviving are one brother, Lloyd Grimes, Aliquippa, Pa., and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Grimes and Roy Dawson.

Mr. Grimes was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and served as a policeman in the Panama Canal zone. He was a former member of the Airplane Owners & Pilots Association, the Clarksburg Archery Club and the Isaac Walton League.

He was a millwright for the Weirton Steel Co., Clarksburg, and Bethlehem Steel Co., Baltimore. He owned and operated Grimes Welding and Brake Equipment Service at 900 West Pike St. for many years.

He retired from Kaiser Aluminum Co. in Ravenswood. When he was able, he attended the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Stonewood.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Fred Brown conducting. Interment will follow in the Sugar Valley Cemetery, Preston County.

Peter R. Holt

CLARKSBURG -- Peter R. Holt of Irvine, Calif., formerly of Clarksburg, died Jan. 26, 2001, following an extended illness.

He was the son of Jeanne Spelsberg Holt and the late Ronald Holt Jr. He was a grandson of the late Charles and Kathleen "Peggy" Leonard Spelsberg Sr., and Ronald and Gertrude Harris Holt Sr.

Also surviving are his only daughter, Isa Holt Lambert, Sarasota, Fla.

Mr. Holt had graduated from Washington Irving High School and Fairmont State College. He had earned a master's degree from West Virginia University in counseling and guidance.

He had served with the U.S. Army in Germany and Vietnam.

He had been baptized and confirmed in St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

A memorial service will be conducted in St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Clarksburg, at 1 p.m. Saturday. Davis-Weaver service.

W. Calvin Hawkins

SHINNSTON -- W. Calvin Hawkins, 73, of Enterprise, died at 9:15 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness with cancer.

He was born June 15, 1927, at Enterprise, a son of the late William Howard and Eunice Evelyn Johnson Hawkins.

His wife, Betty L. McIntire Hawkins, whom he married Aug. 8, 1948, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, John Allen and Diane Hawkins, Okemos, Mich., and William Howard Hawkins, two daughters and one son-in-law, Callie Helmick, both of Enterprise, Amy and Darhius Nunn, Clarksburg; eight grandchildren, Lauren Hawkins, Tyler Hawkins, Josh Helmick, Candice and Kevin Stewart, Jenny Helmick, Quintin Bolden, Jarin Hilson and Darhius Nunn Jr.; four brothers, Gale Hawkins, Brooklyn, Ohio, Carl Hawkins, Newport, Tenn., Jesse Hawkins, Jerusalem, Ark., and Richard Hawkins, two sisters, Thelma Pigott, both of Enterprise, and Gladys Williams, Perkins; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Howard Hawkins and his twin, Allen Hawkins, and one sister Helen Hawkins.

Mr. Hawkins retired from the U.S. Army with 21 years service. He also retired from Harry Green Chevrolet, Clarksburg, with 25 years service.

He was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a member of the Enterprise United Methodist Church and attended the Nazarene Church, Shinnston.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 7-9 p.m. today and after 2 p.m. Monday where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Robert Ringer, the Rev. Gail Carson and Pastor Darren Powell officiating. Interment will be in the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Enterprise.

Catherine Jane Woofter Hudkins

CLARKSBURG -- Catherine Jane Woofter Hudkins, 48, of Hamill Avenue, Clarksburg, died Saturday, March 24, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born July 14, 1952, in Clarksburg, a daughter of James Paul and Sylvia Jane Ashcraft Woofter.

Her husband, Bruce Hudkins, whom she married in October 1997, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Robert Insani, Bridgeport, and Enrico Insani, Farmington; one daughter, Mrs. Joe (Elisa) Cecil, Clarksburg; four grandchildren; two brothers, Harry Woofter and wife, Marlene, Clarksburg, and James Bryan Woofter and wife, Cindy, Moundsville; seven sisters, Connie Alvarez, Yulee, Fla., Mrs. Robert (Carolyn) Criss, Mary Woofter, Margaret Woofter and Mrs. Donald (Theresa) Washington, all of Clarksburg, Mrs. Jim (Patricia) Owens, Mineral Wells, and Mrs. Harry (Cindy) Yost, Williamstown.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Roberta Insani.

Mrs. Hudkins was an avid reader. She loved cooking and crafts and collected hummingbirds.

She was a member of the St. James Catholic Church.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, from 2-9 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the St. James Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Hilarion Cann as celebrant. Interment will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery, Camden. A prayer service will be conducted at 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Helene L. Martin

BUCKHANNON -- Helene Lanham Martin, 86, of Buckhannon, died Friday, March 9, 2001, in Stonewall Jackson Hospital 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 on Dec. 22, 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 Buckhannon-Upshur High School. Later, she was an instructor of 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, St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary, Order of Eastern Star, Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, and an auxiliary member of the Emeritus Club, West Virginia Wesleyan College.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 2001, at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Flynn and the Rev. Billee Scott Mick officiating. Burial will follow in Buckhannon Memorial Park. Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Anna L. Russell

SHINNSTON -- Anna L. Russell, 82, of Clark Street, Shinnston, died Saturday morning, March 24, 2001, in Heartland Nursing Home following a short illness.

She was born Nov. 24, 1918, in Avon, Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Roy and Pear Nicholson Russell.

Surviving are one sister, Tessie Saunders, Weirton; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Wanda McIntire; and four brothers, Wilson, Frank, Roy and Walter Russell.

Ms. Russell was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church. She was employed as a nurse with the Louis A Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center with over 23 years service.

Friends may call at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. today where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday with Pastor Bruce McBride presiding. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Dora Shahan

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Dora Shahan, 97, died February 8, 2001, at Boca Ciege Bay Nursing Home, St. Petersburg.

She was born Feb. 7, 1906, at St. George, a daughter of Rev. George Emory and Cora Jane Hovatter Shahan.

Surviving are two sisters, Ruby Mathias Tomlinson, Vero Beach, Fla., and V. Arabelle "Becky" Barnosky, Hilliard, Ohio; and 53 nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death, at 18 months, by her twin sister Flora, and her four-year-old brother, Walter Brown Shahan; and in adulthood by eight sisters, Mae Owens, Dona Lipscomb, Mary Owens, Minnie Mathias, Daisy Millers, Cora Sayre, Georgia Tutwiler and Lillian King; and one brother, Charles Shahan.

Miss Shahan was a member of the Duff Street United Methodist Church. She was employed at Alman Brothers for 28 years and at Clarice's Children's Shop for two years.

She moved to St. Petersburg in 1967. She was a member of the First Church of the Brethren.

Arrangements were made by Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Home. Officiating at the graveside on February 10 was Pastor Phil Lersch. Final Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Petersburg.

Elmer Goff 'Bud' Stanley

MANNINGTON -- Elmer Goff "Bud" Stanley, 83, of Mannington, died Friday, March 23, 2001, at Fairmont General Hospital.

He was born March 21, 1918, at Akron, Ohio, a son of the late Nathan Goff and Gladys Lloyd Stanley.

His wife, Emma Lorene Watson Stanley, preceded him in death in 1984.

Surviving are four sons and spouses, Ronnie G. Stanley and wife, Phyllis, Newark, Del., Leroy G. Stanley and wife, Robin, George A. Stanley and wife, Becky, and Brian J. Stanley and wife, Diann; two sisters, Thelma Stanley King and Betty Stanley, two stepchildren, Robert Saunders and wife, Charlotte, and Debbie Sole and husband, Michael, all of Fairmont; seven grandchildren, Timothy P. Stanley, Lisa M. Harrell, Kevin J. Stanley, Adam Stanley, David Lee Stanley, Stephanie Stanley Benson and Cody Robert Gooden; seven stepgrandchildren, Shane Sole, Shauna Sole, Robbie Saunders, Chris Saunders, Trisha Saunders, Michael and Zachary Mercer; 11 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Wayne G. Stanley; and three brothers, Robert, Glen Edward and Donald Stanley.

Mr. Stanley was a 30 year member of Millwrights Local 1755 and had 40 years of service with United Brothers of Carpenters and Joiners of America, AFL-CIO. He was a millwright and welder by trade. He was a Christian. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in World War II in the South Pacific, Philippine Islands. He enjoyed squirrel hunting and fishing.

Friends may call at the Masters Funeral Home, Mannington, from 4-5:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Dan Gurash, Rev. Wayne Stone and Bishop Ronnie G. Stanley officiating. Burial will follow at the Stevens Cemetery at Whetstone. A veterans memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home by American Legion Post No. 40 of Mannington. A flag presentation service will be held immediately following the funeral by Charles Millian Post No. 40 American Legion Post, Mannington.

Esta L. Wyatt

GLENVILLE -- Esta L. Wyatt, 93, of Glenville, died at 7:40 a.m. Friday, March 23, 2001, in Sunbridge of Glenville Health Care following an extended illness.

She was born June 7, 1907, in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Lee and Cora Wilmoth Wilfong.

Her husband, Albert Wyatt, preceded her in death in 1979.

Surviving are three nieces and two nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family having also been preceded in death by one son, Edwin L. Wyatt; one sister, Gay Bush; and two brothers, Rance and Clarence Wilfong.

Mrs. Wyatt was a homemaker. She was Baptist by faith.

Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. today at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating. Burial will follow in the Wilfong Cemetery, Duck Run, Glenville.

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