|Obituaries for Thursday, Aug. 17, 2000
WESTON -- Margaret Ann Blake, 85, of 124 First St., Criss Manor, Weston, died at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, in Clarksburg Continuos Care Nursing Home of Clarksburg following an extended illness.
She was born Nov. 17, 1914, in Weston, a daughter of the late Cecil O. Blake and Adelaide Savage Blake.
Surviving are two nephews, Dr. L. David Zinn, Chicago, Ill., and Dr. Stephen Blake Zinn, Cleveland, Ohio; four great-nephews, Jeremy, Nicholas and Chantal Zinn, and Paul Morley; two great-nephews, Alexander David and Zachary Michael Morley.
She was also preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Blake Zinn; one infant sister and one infant brother.
Miss Blake was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston.
Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. James Crouch officiating. Interment will follow in the Machpelah Cemetery, Weston.
GRAFTON -- Charles B. Bowman, 89, of Route 1, Thornton, died Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at his residence.
He was born July 29, 1911, in Preston County, a son of the late Benjamin Bowman and Eva Runner Bowman.
His wife, Delphia Poling Bowman, of Rosewood Nursing Home, survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Junior R. Bowman and wife, Thelma, and Richard D. Bowman and wife, Wilma, all of Grafton; one daughter, Mrs. Albert (Alice) Boyce, Grafton; one sister, Prescilla Auvil, Maryland; two grandsons, Charles Boyce and Christopher Bowman, both of Grafton; three granddaughters, Mrs. Chris (Kathy) Crook, Pasadena, Md.; Mrs. Thomas (Sherry) Johnson and Kimberly Bowman, all of Grafton; three great-grandchildren, Joseph and Angela Plumley, both of Pasadena, Md., and Lauren Johnson, Grafton.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, French Bowman; and two sisters, Arizona Wolfe and Tacy Auvil.
Mr. Bowman was a retired machine operator, having worked for Knotts Pallet Company, Thornton Brickyard, and sawmill in Colebank.
He held membership in the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.
PHILIPPI -- Lorena Vittie Croston, 51, of Penn Ridge Road, Route 1, Moatsville, died at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at Broaddus Hospital, Philippi, following an extended illness.
She was born Sept. 5, 1948, at Philippi, a daughter of Carol Evelyn and Ethel Mae Croston Croston, who survive at Route 1, Moatsville.
Also surviving are one brother, Delmas Croston, Route 1, Moatsville; one sister, Carolyn Troyer, Barberton, Ohio; nieces and nephews, Jimmie Dale Croston, Kathy Jean Mayle, Sabrina Lynn Croston, Desiree Dawn Croston, Lee J. Troyer, Kimberly Kaye Shirey, Tina Marie Bond and Julie Ann Croston.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Ervin Leon Croston, and one niece, Angie Dawn Troyer.
BELINGTON -- Carl O. "Hatchet" Findley Jr., 71, of 201 Hoff St., Belington, died at 6:25 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.
He was born June 25, 1929, at Elkins, a son of the late Carl O. and Eva Lena McDonald Findley.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Joe (Louise) Moats, Belington, and Mrs. Robert (Juanita) Delauder, Philippi; and eight nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two children; and two brothers, Donald Ray Findley and L. Loren Findley.
Mr. Findley was retired from the Golden Rule Department Store in Belington.
FAIRMONT -- Marvin Earl Ford, 70, of Barrackville, died Tuesday night, Aug. 15, 2000, at Marion Health Care Hospital in Fairmont.
He was born Jan. 8, 1930, in Fairmont, a son of the late Reuben Poe and Eula Ruth Matthew Ford.
His wife of 36 years, Elsie Mae Gooden Ford, survives.
Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Michael Lee and Jackie Ford, Gerrardstown; four children by a former marriage; two brothers, Raymond Ford, Sardis, Ohio, and Allen Ford, Maryland; two sisters, Thelma Boyce, Hopewell Road, Fairmont, and Mildred Harper, Flora, Ill.; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Mr. Ford was a self- employed roofer.
He was associated with the Victory Baptist Church in Fairmont.
Among his hobbies were fishing, bowling and pitching horseshoes.
BRIDGEPORT -- Mary R. Grant, 68, formerly of 146 East Main St., Bridgeport, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Fairmont General Hospital.
She was born May 11, 1932, in Harrison County, a daughter of the late Oley and Ruth Meade.
Surviving are one daughter, Rhea Grant; one grandson, Jason Grant, both of Clearwater, Fla.; one granddaughter, Kalitta Courtney, Baltimore, Md., and one great-grandson, Michael Joseph Grant II, Clearwater, Fla.; and several cousins.
She was also preceded in death by one grandson, Michael Joseph Grant.
Ms. Grant was a graduate of Kelley Miller High School Class of 1951.
She was retired from the Louis A Johnson Veterans Hospital, Clarksburg, where she worked as a dental hygienist.
She had previously worked at Union Protestant Hospital as a surgical nurse. She was a member of the Clarksburg Ladies of the Elks Club.
Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home, Bridgeport, from 6-9 p.m. Friday. The body will be moved to the Mount Zion Baptist Church, Clarksburg, to lie in state one hour before the funeral service, which will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with Pastor David Kates and the Rev. Ramona Woods officiating. Interment will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery.
BUCKHANNON -- Donnie Grubb, 22, of HC 71, Box 141, Ellamore, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, as a result of an auto accident.
He was born Feb. 5, 1978, in Buckhannon, a son of Mary Ann Oates of Ellamore.
Also surviving are his maternal grandparents, Roger and Grace Oates, Ellamore; his paternal grandmother, Geneva Grubb, Vegan; one uncle, Roger and Gwenda Oates Jr.; and three cousins, Jamie and Becky Oates, Sutton, and Jonathan Oates, Ellamore.
Mr. Grubb was a senior at West Virginia University. He attended Sand Run Baptist Church, Excelsior.
He was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity.
PHILIPPI -- Cleota Hoffman, 87, of 202 Barnard St., Elkins, formerly of Clemtown, died at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at the home of her granddaughter, Tammy Williams, with whom she made her home.
She was born May 30, 1913, in Barbour County, a daughter of the late Ellis and Cassie Phillips McDaniel.
Her husband, Leon Hoffman, whom she married April 14, 1933, preceded her in death Nov. 26, 1988.
Surviving are one foster daughter, Mrs. Richard (Charolette) Fretwell, Elkins; four sisters, Wanda Gay Haddix, Kasson, Dellia Dmytryszyn, Philippi, Goldie Moran, Grafton, and Margarite Boliner, Webster; two brothers, Wilford McDaniel, Niles, Ohio, and Wilbert McDaniel, Arden; three grandchildren, Mrs. Robert (Tammy) Williams, Joey Stalnaker, and Daniel Stalnaker, all of Elkins.
She was also preceded in death by one infant daughter, Sandra Kay Hoffman; and three brothers, Charles, Odbert and Stanley McDaniel.
Mrs. Hoffman was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 3647 at Elkins. She attended the Clemtown United Methodist Church.
BUCKHANNON -- Leona R. Miller, 93, of Route 1, Box 297, Buckhannon, died at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.
She was born Aug. 30, 1906, at Upshur County, a daughter of the late David Lee Bennett and Daisy Buckey Bennett.
Her husband, Stanley Martin Miller, whom she married Feb. 11, 1923, preceded her in death Jan. 17, 1975.
Surviving are one son, Stanford Lee Miller; two daughters, Vivian Harvey, and Joy and Roy Bennett, all of Buckhannon; 21 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, Willard and Richard Miller; two brothers, Lloyd and Lonnie Bennett; one sister, Tressie Corathers; four half sisters, Ivy Cutright, Nellie Fultz, Mary Hiner and Nellie DeBarr; and one half brother, George Foster.
Mrs. Miller was a homemaker.
She was a member of Heaston United Methodist Church, Hodgesville.
BRIDGEPORT -- Edward G. Rollins Sr., 73, of Brushy Fork Road, Bridgeport, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at his residence of an extended illness.
He was born Dec. 27, 1926, in Clarksburg, a son of the late John E. Rollins Sr. and Maude W. Wall Rollins.
His wife, Kitty Lawson Rollins, preceded him in death.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Edward G. and Robin Rollins Jr., Brushy Fork Road, Bridgeport; four daughters and sons-in-law, Carol Ann and Ray Dixon, Farmington, Jean Rollins-Haley, Morgantown, Jan Lynch, West Milford, and Melissa Rollins, Morgantown; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother, William Rollins, Shinnston; and one sister, Betty Watson, Bridgeport.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, John Rollins Jr.; and two sisters, June Rollins and Glenda Grant.
Mr. Rollins served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Marine Corps Reserves following the war. He worked as an overhead crane operator for Union Carbide Corporation, retiring with over 30 years of service. He then worked for Mercer Drug for 12 years making home deliveries.
He was a member of American Legion, Post No. 13, Clarksburg, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Meuse Argonne Post No. 573, Clarksburg. He was a Baptist.
Friends will be received from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Chris Duckworth and the Rev. Dr. C. Michael Hopkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery. Full military honors will be accorded at the gravesite.
KEYSER -- Juanita Margaret Shobe, 79, of HC 75, Box 158, New Creek, died Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2000, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland, Md.
She was born March 17, 1921, at Elk Garden, a daughter of the late Henry and Letha Zobedia Roberts Jones.
Her husband, Lee Shobe, preceded her in death Feb. 20, 1996.
Surviving are two sons, Charles Shobe and wife, Carla, and Haven Shobe and wife, Joyce, all of New Creek; two daughters, Barbara Shaver and husband, Joe, Buckhannon, and Margaret Wentz and husband, Gary, Hall; three sisters, Clara Alt, New Creek, Kathleen Lower, Baltimore, Md., and Nevella Lower, Charles Town; five grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Henry Jones Jr. and Carl Jones.
CLARKSBURG -- Charles Lester Washburn, 78, of Good Hope, died at 5:30 p.m.. Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2000, at his residence following a brief illness.
He was born April 22, 1922, in Good Hope, a son of the late Alfred Washburn and Lillie Sommerville Washburn.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Myron and Harold Washburn; and four sisters, Christine, Gladys, Mary and Floriene Washburn.
Mr. Washburn was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a farmer.
Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 1-9 p.m. today.
A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Robert C. Cole presiding. Interment will be in the Good Hope Masonic Cemetery.