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Obituaries for Thursday, March 29, 2001

Amy L. Boyce

WEST UNION -- Amy Louise Church Boyce, 84, of New Milton, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born May 19, 1916, in Nobe, a daughter of the late Ira Leonard and Eva Burse Church.

Her husband, Hayward Dewey Boyce, preceded her in death in 1993.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Donald "Euna" Engstrom, New Milton; two sons, Zenith D. "Dale" Boyce and wife, Bessie, West Union, Leonard T. "Tom" Boyce and wife, Karen, one daughter-in-law, Ramona Boyce, all of New Milton; 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Donzel G. "Don" Boyce; one sister and three brothers.

Mrs. Boyce was a homemaker. She was a member of the Union Mission Church, New Milton.

Virginia C. Harris

BUCKHANNON -- Virginia C. Harris, 89, of Crestview Manor, Jane Lew, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial, Weston.

She was born Dec. 8, 1911, in Belington, a daughter of the late W. Clark Cade and Maude Yoakum Cade.

Her first husband, Robert S. Hall, and her second husband, Dewey F. Harris, both preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Dr. William R. Hall, Palatine, Ill.; one stepson, Paul E. Harris, Elkins; two sisters, Dorothy Aylestock, Clarksburg, and Mary Click, Buckhannon; one grandson, Arthur W. Hall, Palatine; two stepgrandsons, Melvin Harris, Oklahoma City, Okla., and Phillip Harris, Elkins; one great-grandson, Alec Hall, Geneva, Ill.; several stepgreat-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Harris was retired head cashier at Central National Bank. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

She was a member of No. 18 Order of Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution, Elizabeth Zane Chapter, American Association of Retired Persons, Welcome Club, Teter Extension Homemakers Club and the United Methodist Women.

Mildred Marie Brake Lang

WESTON -- Mildred Marie Brake Lang, 89, of Route 1, Cox's Mills, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.

She was born Nov. 22, 1911, in Troy, Gilmer County, a daughter of the late A.S. Brake and Rosa Simmons Brake.

Her husband, Clay Lang, whom she married March 16, 1933, preceded her in death on Nov. 23, 1979.

Surviving are one daughter, Velma Jean Gregory, Cedarville; three sons, Clyde Lang, Weston, Roger Lang, Highpoint, N.C., and Harry Lang, Cincinnati, Ohio; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one half sister, Elfa Simmons.

Mrs. Lang was a housewife and farmer.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 5-8 p.m. Friday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jack Streets officiating. Interment will follow in the Horn Creek Church Cemetery, Cox's Mills.

Thaddeus R. Pokrzywa

BALTIMORE, Md. -- Thaddeus R. Pokrzywa, 80, of Maryland, formerly of Clarksburg, W.Va., died Sunday, March 18, 2001, in Veterans Administration Medical Center Hospital, Baltimore.

He was born April 20, 1920, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Mike and Anna Pokrzywa.

His wife, Betty Pokrzywa, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Katherine; one son, Martin Pokrzywa; one stepson, Robert Doyle; one sister, Josephine Baney, Germantown; one brother, Eugene Pokrzywa, Clarksburg; several nieces, nephews and cousins, and two sisters-in-law.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, Stanley and John Pokrzywa.

Mr. Pokrzywa was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II. He was a graduate of Victory High School, class of 1938.

A memorial service was held March 24 at Gotch Memorial United Methodist Church, Baltimore. The body was cremated at the request of Mr. Pokrzywa.

Ercel Robinson Rohrbough

WEBSTER SPRINGS -- Ercel Robinson Rohrbough, 85, of 144 Bennett Ave., Webster Springs, died Wednesday, March 28, 2001, at Webster Memorial Hospital, Webster Springs following an extended illness.

She was born Jan. 25, 1916, in Sutton, a daughter of the late Elbon G. Robinson and Grace McCray Robinson.

Her husband, Pete Rohrbough, survives at Webster Springs.

Also surviving are one sister, Kelsey Boggs, Webster Springs; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mona Clutter and Nelva White.

Mrs. Rohrbough was a lifelong resident of Webster County. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Webster Springs.

She graduated from Webster Springs High School in 1934. She was a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan and Alderson-Broaddus. She was a retired teacher.

She was a member of Eastern Star Chapter No. 145, Alpha Beta Kappa Teacher Sorority, Webster County Senior Citizens and Webster County Association of Retired School Employees.

Helen Beatrice Sandy

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Helen Beatrice Sandy, 84, of 3 Southern St., Clarksburg, died at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Nov. 29, 1916, in Preston County, a daughter of the late Charles J. Sterling and Edith Amy Johns Sterling.

Her husband of 64 years, Charles Willard Sandy, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, C. Ronald Sandy, Clarksburg, and Carole Sandy, Williamstown; four grandchildren, Ronald and wife, Tina Sandy, Marietta, Ohio, Drs. Michael and Jennifer Sandy, Lawrenceville, Ga., Sean and wife, Christine Sandy, Williamstown, and Amy Callahan and husband, Erik, Hillsboro, Ohio; seven great-grandchildren, Emily, Michelle and Nicholas Sandy, Marietta, Jessica and Jennifer Sandy, West Union, and Stacia and Aaron Sandy, Williamstown; two brothers, Carmel Sterling, Warren, Ohio, and Wallace Sterling, Lewes, Del.; one brother-in-law, Carter Sandy, McCarther, Ohio; two sisters-in-law, Lillian Price, Keyser, and Dorothy Sterling, Clarksburg; and many close and loving nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by four brothers, Charles, John, Clarence and Ernest Sterling; three sisters, Lucille Gray, Carmella Brown and Virginia Sterling, who died in childhood; three brothers-in-law, James Gray, Herbert Brown and Kenneth Sandy; five sisters-in-law, Anna, Margie, Babe and Margaret Sterling and Carol Sandy.

Mrs. Sandy was a member of Christ Church United Methodist in Adamston for many years and was a member of the church choir and the Mary Martha Circle.

She was a licensed practical nurse and had retired from United Hospital Center in 1979 after nearly 30 years of service.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., with the Rev. Stephen Rector presiding. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christ Church United Methodist, 1539 West Pike St., Clarksburg, WV, 26301.

Charles Herman Shugars Jr.

FAIRMONT -- Charles Herman Shugars Jr., 49, of Grant Town, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at Fairmont General Hospital.

He was born March 25, 1952, in Bridgeport, a son of Charles H. Sr. and Rosella Sours Shugars of Bridgeport.

His wife, Katherine S. Garrison Shugars, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Charles H. "Chuck" Shugars III and Justin P. Shugars; three daughters and one son-in-law, Lindsey A. Shugars, Rachel D. and William Golden and Rebecca R. Shugars; one brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Kitty Shugars of Bridgeport; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Katherine and Troy Elliott, Beech Island, S.C., and Karen and George Theilman, Bridgeport; three grandchildren, Kyrsten N. and Tyler M. Shugars, and Lexy D. Garrison; 14 nieces and eight nephews; and a very close family friend, Matthew W. Tennant.

He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Mr. Shugars was a former coal miner with the Marion Fuels Co. He enjoyed looking for ginseng, fishing and playing his guitar.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the family, c/o Frey Home For Funerals, P.O. Box 895, Fairmont, WV 26555.

Wilma Mae Stamm

SALEM -- Wilma Mae Stamm, 79, of Industrial, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born Nov. 3, 1921, in Industrial, a daughter of the late Morris L. and Beddie Mae Mckeown Hayes.

Her husband, Aurthur Fredrick "Freddie" Stamm, preceded her in death in 1969.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Robert L. (Doris) Shaffer, Baltimore, Md.; two sons, Richard F. Stamm, Michael W. Stamm and wife, Dianne, both of Industrial; four granddaughters, Mr. and Mrs. Dink and Melissa Marino, Lexington, S.C., Mr. and Mrs. Greg and Stephanie Roberts, Salem, Jennifer Stamm, Industrial, Amanda "AJ" Shaffer, Baltimore; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by six sisters, Pauline Davis, O'Dell Gaston, Marietta Baker, Ellen Cottrill, Ester Hayes and June Bland; four brothers, Franklin Hayes, Howard Hayes, Edgar Hayes and Tom Hayes.

Mrs. Stamm was a homemaker. She was a Evangelistic United Brethren by faith.

Burnell Lance Sutton

ELKINS -- Burnell Lance Sutton, 84, formerly of Mill Creek, more recently of Elkins, where he made his home with his son, Colin G. Sutton, died at 10:37 a.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at the Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.

He was born Aug. 9, 1916, at Bugg Ridge, Braxton County, a son of the late John Sutton and Edie Jackson Sutton.

His wife, the former Mae Elizabeth LaFayette, whom he married during August 1937, preceded him in death on Feb. 28, 1994.

Surviving are six sons, Larry A. Sutton and wife, Vivian, Washington, Va., Dewayne Sutton, Mill Creek, Colin G. Sutton, Elkins, John C. Sutton and wife, Janet, Dailey, Dixie L. Sutton and wife, Sue, Mill Creek, and Randall W. Sutton and wife, Minerva, Chesapeake, Va.; one brother, Homer Sutton and wife, Betty, Elkins; two sisters, Nora Hammon, Webster Springs, Ruth McElwee, Tennessee; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Lawrence, John, Ronald and Harley Sutton; and one grandson, Randall Walker Sutton Jr.

Mr. Sutton attended the schools of Braxton and Webster counties. He was a farmer and a coal miner retiring in 1974.

Ed Vincent

FAIRMONT -- David Edward "Ed" Vincent, 54, of Fairmont, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at Fairmont General Hospital.

He was born March 15, 1947, in Marion County, a son of the late David Eugene and Phyllis Eileen Rager Vincent.

Surviving are his grandmother, Pearl Vincent, Fairmont; one brother, Mark Vincent, Monongah; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Margaret and William Schleicher, Phyllis Jeanie Riffee, all of Fairmont, and Garnetta and Gary Domico, three nephews, Mark Vincent and wife, Elizabeth, all of Monongah, William Schleicher II and wife, Melissa, and Michael Schleicher, one niece, Shawn Six and husband, Mark, all of Fairmont; and three great-nephews, Brent Six, Camden Six and David Vincent.

He was also preceded in death by his grandfather, George Vincent; one sister-in-law, Pamela Vincent; one brother-in-law, Gary Riffee; and one niece, Amber Nicole Domico.

Mr. Vincent was a construction worker by trade. He had worked at Harman's Construction in Taylor County and Smith Construction in Charleston. He was a 1965 graduate of East Fairmont High School. He enjoyed working, going to flea markets, animals, gardening and being outdoors.

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