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Obituaries for Sunday, April 8, 2001

William W. 'Bill' Gragg

GRAFTON -- William W. "Bill" Gragg, 92, of Route 1, Thornton, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2001, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law in Thornton

He was born Jan. 16, 1909, in Barbour County, a son of the late James Calvin and Molly Gragg.

His beloved wife, Mildred Gragg, preceded him in death on March 12, 1985.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, James E. Gragg and wife, Rose, Thornton; two grandsons, James William Gragg and Richard Scott Gragg; one granddaughter, Jennifer Rose Gragg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family having also been preceded in death by one sister, Jessie Stull.

Mr. Gragg was the superintendent of the Thornton Brick Co., Thornton, before its closing. He was a farmer and heavy equipment operator. He was the co-owner of the Graggs Store in Thornton, with his late wife, Mildred.

He was a 50-year member of the Grafton Masonic Lodge No. 15 A.F. & A.M. He was also a member of the Thornton United Methodist Church.

He served with the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific Theater. He was a beloved father and grandfather to his family.

The family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, Grafton, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and from noon-1 p.m. Monday. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Interment will be at the Woodsdale Memorial Park Cemetery, Grafton. Masonic graveside services will be conducted by Grafton Lodge No. 15 A.F. & A.M.

Sarah Frances McDaniel

GRAFTON -- Sarah Frances McDaniel, 75, of St. Charles Street, Grafton, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at her residence.

She was born Oct. 23, 1925, a daughter of the late Henry Burt Campbell and Tallulah Moore Campbell.

Her husband, Carl L. McDaniel Sr., whom she married Dec. 30, 1983, survives.

Also surviving are one sister, Essie "Jean" Eugenia McCown, Georgia; five stepsons, Carl McDaniel Jr. and wife, Pam, John McDaniel and wife, Bonnie, Phillip McDaniel and wife, Jean, and Anthony McDaniel and wife, Jane, all of Grafton, and William "Bill" McDaniel, Tifton, Ga.; two stepdaughters, Linda Coole and husband, Richard, Grafton, Carol Gandee and husband, Steve, Parkersburg; 19 stepgrandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren; one niece, Donna May and husband, Alan; one great-nephew, Timothy May; and one great-niece, Amy May, all of Palm Harbor, Fla.

Mrs. McDaniel was a former employee of West Virginia Plastics. She was a Methodist by faith.

Friends may call at the Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Bill Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown.

Joseph T. Martin Jr.

CLARKSBURG -- Joseph T. Martin Jr., 77, of Clarksburg and Winter Garden, Fla., passed away Friday, April 6, 2001, at Louis A. Johnson VA Hospital, Clarksburg, of acute heart failure after a long illness.

He was born Oct. 12, 1923, in Glendale, a son of the late Joseph T. Martin Sr. and Sarah Utt Martin.

His wife of 53 years, Jean Martin, whom he married June 12, 1948, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Michele and Michael Griffith, Clarksburg, and Darlene Martin Garcia and David Garcia, Bridgeport; one grandson and wife, David and Morgan Griffith; one great-granddaughter, Amanda Jane Griffith, Charleston; and one sister, Irene Tschappat, California.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Dale Martin, Wheeling.

Mr. Martin was a Catholic by faith. He was well-known in the area as the founder of J.T. Martin Co. in 1969.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving as a gunner's mate in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater.

He was a member of the American Legion-Benwood, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Clarksburg, lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and a former member of the Clarksburg Elks.

He loved his family, friends, God and country. He was an avid fan of West Virginia University football. He enjoyed music and playing his guitar with "The Do Gooders Band," entertaining at several area nursing homes and the VA Hospital.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, from noon-3 and 5-8 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Father Larry Wrenn officiating. Interment will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery where full military graveside rites will be conducted.

Barry Lee Matheny

ELKVIEW -- Barry Lee Matheny, 45, of West Union, formerly of Elkview, passed away Friday, April 6, 2001, after injuries received from an automobile accident.

He was a son of Carlton and Patricia Matheny of Pinch.

Also surviving are one brother, Lynn Matheny, Pinch, and two sisters, Sandra Armentrout, Pinch, and Linda Payne, Charleston.

Mr. Matheny was a water treatment operator with the Town of Middlebourne. He was a graduate of Herbert Hoover High School. He attended Harvey College.

He was a member of Mount Tabor United Methodist Church, Pinch.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the Hafer Funeral Home, Elkview. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Danny Kinder officiating. Burial will be in the South Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, Summers. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the cemetery.

Betty Rea Bush Nixon

NUTTER FORT -- Betty Rea Bush Nixon, 69, of Mount Clare, died Friday evening, April 6, 2001, in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born July 17, 1931, on Fall Run, a daughter of the late Alba and Leotia Kelley Bush.

Her husband, Ralph D. Nixon, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Emily A. Mustachio, Wheeling; two sons, Thomas L. Nixon, Mount Clare, and David E. Nixon, Columbus, Ohio; five grandchildren, Christina Natell and Mikel Nickolas Mustachio, Thomas Zacharih, Lorraine Rea and Jacob Lloyd Nixon; one brother, Vane Bush, Bruceton Mills; and two sisters, Gladys Wilmoth, Clarksburg, and Opal Kerns, Bridgeport.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Helen Nay.

Mrs. Nixon graduated from Grafton High School and West Virginia Business College. She was a cook for more than 12 years at the Bi-County Nutritional Center, Nutter Fort, and had always helped her husband, Ralph, on the farm they own.

She was a member of the Green Hill Methodist Church. She was a member of WSCS and had been a 4-H Leader.

Friends may call at the Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Monday, where the funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Mary Ellen Finegan presiding. Entombment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Evalyn Postlethwait

PINE GROVE -- Evalyn Postlethwait, 89, of Dayton, Ohio, formerly of New Martinsville, died Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton.

She was born Feb. 23, 1912, at Reader, a daughter of the late Oliver and Eva Burgess Milburn.

Her husband, Coy Postlethwait, preceded her in death on Feb. 18, 2001.

Surviving are one son, Lynn Postlethwait and wife, Jana, Dayton; one son-in-law, James McCoy, Charleston; one brother, Clem Milburn, Reader; four grandchildren, Molly Fortuna, Slidell, La., Susan Hanna and David Hanna, both of Charleston, and Mindy Postlethwait, New Bern, N.C.; three great-granddaughters, Crystal, Ashley and Blair.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Marsha McCoy; two brothers and one sister.

Mrs. Postlethwait was a member of the First United Methodist Church, New Martinsville. She graduated from Salem College. She was a former school teacher in Wetzel County. She retired from the former Corning Glass, Paden City.

She was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 50, New Martinsville, and the New Martinsville Senior Citizens Organization.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Interment will be at the Milburn Cemetery, Reader.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, New Martinsville.

Lula Mae Shreve

PINE GROVE -- Lula Mae Shreve, 73, of Smithfield, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at her home.

She was a daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Potts Hawkins.

Her first husband, Charles E. Roberts Sr., and her second husband, Arthur Shreve, both preceded her in death.

Surviving are three sons, Charles E. Roberts Jr. and Loretta, Pine Grove, Greg Allen Roberts and Joyce, East Liverpool, Ohio, and Rick Roberts and Terry, Smithfield; two daughters, Nancy Brown and Dyanne Richey, one brother, Don Hawkins, all of New Martinsville; one sister, Goldie Taylor, Paden City; 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Bobby Keith Roberts; four brothers, two sisters, one granddaughter, Michelle Longwell; and two great-grandsons, Austin Paul and Paul Edward Stock.

Mrs. Shreve was a member of the Church of God, Pine Grove.

Friends will be received from 2-9 p.m. today at Palmer Funeral Home, Pine Grove, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment will be at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Pine Grove.

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