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Obituaries for Monday, April 9, 2001

Fay Wesley Bucher

WESTON -- Fay Wesley Bucher, 83, of 715 Lynn Ave., Weston, died at 12:45 a.m. Sunday, April 8, 2001, in St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon, following an extended illness.

He was born Jan. 3, 1918, in Reader, a son of the late Martin C. Bucher and Bertie Snodgrass Bucher.

His wife, the former Maxine Taylor, whom he married March 15, 1941, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Collins and husband, Gene, Glenville; two grandchildren, Tammey Webb and husband, Rick, and Wesley Collins and wife, Amy; two great-granddaughters, Lindsey and Laura Webb; four brothers, Fred Bucher, Newark, Ohio, Ross, Joe and Dale Bucher, all of Reader; two sisters, Mary Mason and Martha Haught, both of Reader; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Bucher was a retired service engineer with Dow Chemical Co., Glenville. He was also a retired employee of Seneca-Upshur Petroleum of Upshur County.

He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Mount Pleasants, Mich., and of the Loyal Order of Moose, Weston.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army Air Force as a tech sergeant.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 6-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Fred Mulneix officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery, Weston.

Thomas F. 'Tommy' Dunlavy

BUCKHANNON -- Thomas F. "Tommy" Dunlavy, 59, of Buckhannon, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

He was born April 10, 1941, at Caleton, Nicholas County, a son of the late John Worth Dunlavy and Margaret Flint Dunlavy.

His wife, Pauline Tenney Dunlavy, whom he married Feb. 25, 1962, survives.

Also surviving are four daughters, Debbie Campbell, Philippi, Becky George, Tennessee, Patty Groves and Tommi Jo Dunlavy, Buckhannon; two sons, Thomas E. "Eddy" Dunlavy and James T. Dunlavy, both of Buckhannon; five grandchildren; six brothers, Johnny Dunlavy and Steve Dunlavy, both of Louisiana, James Dunlavy, Bobby Dunlavy and Larry Dunlavy, all of Florida; and Jerry Dunlavy, Buckhannon.

Mr. Dunlavy was a retired tow truck operator from Central Towing, Buckhannon. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Florida.

The viewing will be from noon-2 p.m. today at the Tomblyn-Whitescarver Funeral Chapel. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. today at the funeral home with the Rev. Mark Davis officiating. Interment will be at the Tenmile Baptist Cemetery.

Locreta N. Goode Freeman

BELINGTON -- Mrs. Locreta N. Goode Freeman, 80, of the Logan Acres Nursing Home, Bellefontaine, Ohio, formerly of Belington, died at 6:32 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001, at the nursing home, following an extended illness.

She was born Aug. 30, 1920, in Junior, a daughter of the late Perry O. and Lula Davis Goode.

Her husband, Orval Leo Freeman, whom she married July 19, 1941, preceded her in death on May 12, 1991.

Surviving are one daughter, Leona Pharis, Bellefontaine; one sister, Tarcie Thompson, and one grandson, Ronald "Rocky" Campbell Jr., both of Ohio.

She was also preceded in death by one grandson, Christopher L. Pharis; and one brother, Odbert Gooden.

Mrs. Freeman attended the schools of Barbour County. She was a member of the Faith Way Baptist Church. She was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Talbott Funeral Home, Belington, from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday and until 1 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Downing Gregory officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain State Memorial Gardens, Gilman.

Wanda Jane Hawkins

WESTON -- Wanda Jane Hawkins, 72, of Route 1, Jane Lew, died at 4:05 a.m. Sunday, April, 8, 2001, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.

She was born April 12, 1928, in Orlando, a daughter of the late Oras Stutler and Edith Skinner Stutler.

Her husband, Oscar Hawkins, whom she married June 4, 1947, preceded her in death on Dec. 13, 1997.

Surviving are one daughter, Claudette Gannon, and one son, Oscar C. Hawkins III, both of Hacker's Creek; five grandchildren, Kris Gannon Jr., Scott Gannon, Jason Hawkins, Rickey C. Hawkins Jr. and Misty Barnette; four great-grandchildren, Haley, Khori and Kaleb Gannon and Madison Barnette; one sister, Mary Witzgall, Fenton, Mich., and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Rick C. Hawkins; two sisters and one brother.

Mrs. Hawkins was a housewife.

Friends will be received at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 5-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert A. Heater officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery, Weston.

Loretta Johnson

PHILIPPI -- Loretta Johnson, 66, of Chestnut Ridge Road, Philippi, died Saturday evening, April 7, 2001, at her home, following an extended illness.

She was born April 17, 1934, at Philippi, a daughter of the late Clayton "Doad" and Myrtle Kennedy Collins.

Her first husband, Elihue Mayle, preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 1971. Her second husband, Frank Johnson, preceded her in death on Feb. 6, 1973.

Surviving are two daughters, Regina Norris and husband, Daniel, Margaret Dalton and husband, Ronnie, all of Philippi; five sons, Tommy Lee Mayle and wife, Ellen, Louisville, Ohio; Elihue Michael Mayle, Minerva, Timmy Ray Mayle, John Johnson and Charles Stevens, all of Canton; two brothers, Osmar Collins, Canton, Virgil Collins, Philippi; one sister, Juanita Collins Hurt and husband, Elder James Hurt, Philippi; and 12 grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by four sons, Michael Allen Mayle, James Allen Mayle, Wesley Dean Mayle and Jimmie Clayton Mayle; and two brothers, Victor Collins and Frank Collins.

Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker. She was affiliated with the Church of God, Saints of Christ at Philippi.

Friends may call at Mrs. Johnson's residence, Chestnut Ridge Road, beginning at 7 p.m. today and continuing until noon Wednesday, when Mrs. Johnson will be moved to the Peoples Chapel Church for services at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Ruston Seaman and Elder James Hurt officiating. Interment will follow in the Welch Cemetery.

Thelma Geraldine Lyons

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Thelma Geraldine Lyons, 84, of Katy Lick, died at 4:20 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001, in the United Hospital Center.

She was born July 29, 1916, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Fleming Hurst and Agusta Dodd Hurst.

Her husband, Robert "Bob" Lyons, preceded her in death in 1982.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Doris Lyons, Salem; one daughter and son-in-law, Loretta and Max Hinerman, Clarksburg; eight grandchildren, Robert Hinerman, Bradley Hinerman, Steve Hinerman, Tina Matthey, Stacey Hinerman, Michelle Gum, John Lyons, Michael Lyons Jr. and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one grandson, Raymond Buller.

Mrs. Lyons was a member of the Mount Hope United Methodist Church. She was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 3-9 p.m. today, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Olen Robertson presiding. Interment will be in the Marshville Cemetery.

Raymond E. Newbrough

CLARKSBURG -- Raymond E. Newbrough, 82, of Dawmont, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at his residence, following an extended illness.

He was born March 31, 1919, in Ritchie County, a son of the late Lela Smith.

His wife, Mary Mechinsky Newbrough, whom he married Dec. 24, 1942, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Roy R. Newbrough and wife, Penny, West Union; four daughters and one son-in-law, Marlene Newbrough, Dawmont, Barbara Jean Coberly, Clarksburg, Betty D. Watts, Clarksburg, and Mary L. Meck and husband, Steve, Harrisburg, Pa.; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild; three sisters, Leota McPeek, Betty Zgurski and Karen Washington, all of Weirton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.

Mr. Newbrough was a retired coal miner, having worked in the Dawson Mines with 36 years service.

He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local 31 and was a member of the mine rescue and safety team.

He was a Methodist by faith.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, from 2-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Interment will be in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

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 Leota Kelley Bush.

Her husband, Ralph D. Nixon, whom she married Nov. 30, 1952, 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. today, 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.

James William Pulice

FAIRMONT -- James William Pulice, 70, of Worthington, died Friday, April 6, 2001, at Fairmont General Hospital.

He was born May 27, 1930, in Monongah, a son of the late Antonio and Raffaella Marchio Pulice.

His wife, Mrs. Geraldine Palagino Pulice, survives.

Also surviving are three sons and one daughter-in-law, James and Donna Pulice, Fairmont, and Gerald and Robert Pulice at home; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Anthony Jr. and Barbara Pulice, Fairmont, and Saverio and Belva Pulice, Elkton, Md.; one sister, Genevieve M. Pulice, Fairmont; two grandchildren, Eric Jason and Ryan Keith Pulice; 52 nieces and nephews, 63 great-nieces and nephews, and 36 great-great-nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law, Phyllis Pulice.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, John Pulice; and four sisters, Mrs. Rose DeMaria, Mrs. Mary Hornsby, Mrs. Charlene Frazier and Sophia Pulice.

Mr. Pulice was a retired lab technician with the West Virginia Department of Highways with 30 years of service. He was a professional photographer.

He was the treasurer for the Sanitary Board of Worthington, and president of the Worthington Citizens Improvement Association.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Third Degree Council No. 942 and a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church, where he was a member of the choir.

Friends may call at the Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, from 1-9 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Monongah, with Fr. Larry Wrenn as celebrant. Burial will follow at Shinnston Masonic Cemetery, Shinnston. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home. Knights of Columbus Council No. 942 will hold a ritual service at 6 p.m. today in the funeral home.

James E. Ritter

BUCKHANNON -- James E. Ritter, 64, of Route 6, Buckhannon, the Lorentz community, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at the St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

He was born Sept. 6, 1936, at Sardis, a son of the late Brent and Oma Maxwell Ritter.

His wife, Mary Sue Morris Ritter, whom he married March 11, 1957, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Betsy and husband, Everett N. Leigh, and Julia and her husband, Stephen Neff, all of Buckhannon; one son, James E. Ritter II and wife, Lynn, Elkins; eight grandchildren, Stephanie, Rachel and Samuel Leigh, Jessica, Zachary and Jacob Neff, Corey and Alex Ritter; one sister, Dora Lee Trivett and husband, Jack, Tappahannock, Va.

Mr. Ritter graduated from Bristol High School and Salem College with the class of 1958. He had taught school for four years in Webster and Harrison counties. He had also been employed for Penn Oil Co. and Southern States Co-op. He retired in 1994 from Cohart after 25 years service, where he was employed in personnel and production.

He was a member of the Tennerton Lions Club, where he received the Leonard Jarrett award. He was a member of the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir. He also had attended the Parrish United Methodist Church, Parrish, Fla.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. today at the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church with Dr. Ellis Conley officiating. The body will lie in state from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will follow at the K of P Cemetery in Salem.

Clarence Richard 'Jack' Slayton

ELKINS -- Clarence Richard "Jack" Slayton, 83, formerly of Gilman, more recently of Bridgeport, where he made his home with his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Joseph Jeran, died at 11:40 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2001, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg. He had been in declining health for the past two weeks and death was attributed to heart failure.

He was born Jan. 6, 1918, in Elkins, a son of the late Cline E. Slayton and Lillian Mae Hogue Slayton.

His wife, the former Edna Naomi Shreve, whom he married May 30, 1938, at Elkins, preceded him in death on April 20, 1997.

Surviving are three daughters, Mary Margaret Weinreb, Bridgeport, Barbara Jeran and husband, Joseph, Bridgeport, and Kimberly Wooldridge, Elkins; one brother, Donald L. Slayton, Wilmington, Del.; three sisters, Viola V. Giambrone, Elkins, E. Louise Angelo, Martinsburg, and Doris M. McCarley, Pasco, Wash.; nine grandchildren, Mary Michelle Weinreb, Bridgeport, Michael Weinreb, Chicago, Rebecca Jeran Ruben, Vermont, Jennifer Jeran, Morgantown, Jeffrey Jeran and Jason Jeran, both of Bridgeport, Melissa Slayton, Sara Slayton and Josh Wooldridge, all of Elkins; two great-grandchildren, Eliana Ruben and Zev Adam Ruben.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Cecil Slayton and James Ronald Slayton; and one great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Mary Weinreb.

Mr. Slayton attended the schools of Elkins. He was an expert steam fitter, pipe fitter and welder, working in various places throughout the country.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the Riddle Lodge No. 315, F. & A.M. at East Liverpool, Ohio, the Plumbers and Steam Fitters Union Local No. 152 at Morgantown and attended the Orleana United Methodist Church at Gilman.

Friends will be received at the Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home from 6-9 p.m. today. Final rites will be conducted in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Walter H. Blough officiating. Interment will follow at the Elkins Memorial Gardens (formerly the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery), Elkins, where the Elkins Lodge No. 108, A.F. and A.M. will conduct Masonic graveside rites.

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