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Obituaries for Friday, March 13, 2001

Helen Barnett

BUCKHANNON -- Helen Barnett, 52, of Buckhannon, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born May 25, 1948, in Diana, a daughter of Rose Anderson Cutlip of Buckhannon, and the late Argel Cutlip.

Also surviving are five children, John Barnett, Shanks, Melissa Reel, Somerset, Pa., Robert Barnett, Kentucky, Teddy Barnett and Faustine Ruposky, both of Buckhannon; nine grandchildren; seven brothers and sisters, Janet Judge, Moundsville, Eugene Cutlip, Louisa, Va., Rita Garvin, Warren, Ohio, Harry Cutlip and Steven Cutlip, both of Buckhannon, Darlene Hunter, Wheeling, and Cynthia Sanders, Madison, Ohio.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Stoney Ames Cutlip.

Ms. Barnett was a certified nurses aid and worked for Home Health Aid.

Floda D. Cole

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Floda D. Cole, 91, of Station C, Clarksburg, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, in the United Hospital Center.

She was born Feb. 27, 1910, in Harrison County, a daughter of the late Luther Kelly and Rosa Claypool Kelly.

Her husband, Jessie L. Cole, preceded her in death on June 23, 1968.

Surviving are four sons and one daughter-in-law, Dorsey W. and Juanita Cole, Anmoore, James B. Cole, Youngstown, Ohio, Roger L. Cole and Daniel R. Cole, three daughters, Barbara Jean Lewis, all of Station C, Clarksburg, Lilma Fae Cole, Clarksburg, and Wilma Mae Cole, Salem; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Denver L. Cole; one daughter, Betty Cole; and eight brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Cole was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 7-9 p.m. today where a funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. James F. Feeney presiding. Interment will be in the Stonewall Park Cemetery, Stonewood.

Garnett Lee

Daugherty

BELINGTON -- Mr. Garnett Lee Daugherty, 66, of 111 Coontz Ave., Belington, died Tuesday afternoon, April 10, 2001, at his home. Death was sudden and unexpected.

He was born July 29, 1934, in Barbour County, a son of the late General Lee and Stella Gay Mackey Daugherty.

He was twice married. First in 1953 to Rose Marie McDonald who survives and second on Sept. 26, 1964, to the former Julia Ann Riffle.

Surviving are one son, Roger Daugherty; seven daughters, Debra Kay Howe and husband, Paul, Karen Sue Evix and husband, Leonard, Joyce Ann Daugherty, Mary Christine Kelley and husband, Milford, Linda Faye Yates and husband, Ron, Kimberly Dawn Faesenmeier and husband, E.J., and Michelle Ann Daugherty; one stepson, Raymond McDonald; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one brother, Gail Daugherty; and two sisters, Wilda Sandridge and Judith Jones.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Phyllis.

Mr. Daugherty attended the schools of Barbour County. He was retired from working as a water well driller. He was a Protestant.

Julia Ann Riffle Daugherty

BELINGTON -- Mrs. Julia Ann Riffle Daugherty, 53, of 111 Coontz Ave., died Tuesday evening, April 10, 2001, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital. Death was sudden and unexpected.

She was born April 11, 1947, at Junior, a daughter of the late Junior Wilson and Edna Riffle.

She was united in marriage to Garnett L. Daugherty on Sept. 26, 1964.

Surviving are four daughters, Mary Christine Kelley and husband, Milford, Linda Faye Yates and husband, Ron, Kimberly Dawn Faesenmeier and husband, E.J., and Michelle Ann Daugherty; three brothers, Alva "Buck" Riffle, Edward Riffle and Robert "Jocko" Riffle; and one sister, Dorothy Davis.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Roger Dale Riffle.

Mrs. Daugherty attended the schools of Barbour County. She was a homemaker. She was a Protestant by faith.

Earl Fitzhugh Jr.

MORGANTOWN -- Earl Fitzhugh Jr., 76, of Suncrest in Morgantown, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at Monongalia General Hospital.

He was born March 17, 1925, in Bridgeport, a son of the late Earl D. and Nellie Sayres Fitzhugh.

His wife of 49 years, Mary Katherine Cox Fitzhugh, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter and spouse, Shirley and Roger Pugh, Morgantown; two sons and spouses, Kenneth and Sharon Fitzhugh, Laurel Point, Fred and Drema Fitzhugh, Geneva, Ill.; five grandchildren, James Pugh, Shreveport, La., Katherine Pugh, Morgantown, Nacolle Fitzhugh, Laurel Point, Kayla and Derek Fitzhugh, Geneva, Ill.; three stepgrandsons, Kenneth Johnson, Fayetteville, N.C., Bobby Johnson, Columbia, S.C., and Josh Johnson, Laurel Point; and one sister, Ernestine Fitzhugh, Bridgeport.

Mr. Fitzhugh retired from Hope Gas Co. in 1985 after 36 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II having served in the Battle of the Bulge, Holland, France, England and Belgium.

He was a life-member of the Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 9916 and B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 411. He was past master of Morgantown A.F. & A.M. Lodge No. 4, a member of the Scottish Rite Lodge, Royal Arch Masons, Morgantown Shrine Club, the Mountaineer Patrol and Osiris Temple in Wheeling.

He attended the Drummond Chapel United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in his memory to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 12110, Charleston, WV 25302 or American Lung Association of West Virginia, P.O. Box 3980, Charleston, WV 25339-3980. The A.F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge No. 4 will conduct graveside services.

Sidney Ray George

SALEM -- Sidney Ray George, 27, of Salem, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, in Clarksburg.

He was born Oct. 5, 1973, in Clarksburg, a son of Charlene Sue George of Salem.

Also surviving are one brother, S. Bonda George, Salem; two uncles, Ray George and Ralph Cox, both of Salem; and one aunt, Sharon Shelton, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charles and Pauline George; and one uncle, John Roger Cox.

Mr. George was a Baptist by faith.

Wanda Gerrard

FOLLANSBEE -- Wanda Gerrard, 82, of Follansbee, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at her home.

She was born Dec. 4, 1918, in Wallace, a daughter of the late Chester and Iva Pearl Bennett Robinson.

Her husband, Edmond Gerrard, preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 1994.

Surviving are two sons, R. Edmond Gerrard and wife, Darlene, and John Gerrard and wife, Nancy, all of Follansbee; two sisters, Genevieve Dorsey, Shinnston, and Lorean Reaney Gifford, Morgantown; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Dearis Robinson.

She was a member of Follansbee United Methodist Church, the Wellsburg Order of the Eastern Star and the Solitares in Follansbee.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, April 10, in Follansbee. Interment was in the Highland Hills Memorial Gardens, Follansbee. The obituary is courtesy of the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston.

Donald Lynn 'Hoss' Hickman

BRIDGEPORT -- Donald Lynn "Hoss" Hickman, 43, of Reynoldsville, passed away Thursday morning, April 12, 2001.

He was born Sept. 8, 1957, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Robert Edward Hickman and Phyllis Jean Merritt Hickman.

His wife, Twyla Derby Hickman, survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Donald L. Hickman Jr. and Daniel B. Hickman, both of Reynoldsville, and Joshua E. Hickman, Mount Clare; two grandchildren, Valencia and Zoie Hickman; four brothers, Robert Hickman Jr., Tennessee, John Hickman and Jimmy Hickman, both of Ohio, and Clayton Hickman, Reynoldsville; three sisters, Barbara Cottrill, Clarksburg, Nancy Yeager, Ohio, and Crystal Moore, New York.

Mr. Hickman attended the Wolf Summit Wesleyan Methodist Church.

Family and friends will gather at the Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, at 11 a.m. Saturday for a memorial service. A private interment will be held at the Waldo Run Cemetery.

Richard B. Lake

SHINNSTON -- Richard B. Lake, 70, of Gypsy, died at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2001, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 15, 1930, at Chemical, Upshur County, a son of the late Henry Lee and Tessie Queen Lake.

His wife, Patricia Ellen Harrison Lake, preceded him in death on Dec. 30, 1999.

Surviving are four daughters, Richelle Lake, Charleston, Mary Pat Lake, Gypsy, Kim Lake and Peggy Lake Nuzum, both of Bridgeport; one grandson, Corey Lake, Charleston; one brother, Eddie Ray Lake, Mansfield, Ohio; two sisters, Anna Lee Matheny, Pine Bluff and Mary Alice McIntire, Morgantown.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Larry Lake.

Mr. Lake attended Shinnston High School. He then joined the U.S. Navy where he served for seven years. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

For 19 years he worked at Pittsburgh Plate Glass and after it shut down, he went to work for Consolidation Coal Co.

He retired from Robinson Run Mine No. 95 after 17 years as a miner. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local No. 1501.

He was also a member of the Gypsy Community Church, Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 103, Shinnston, St. John's Lodge No. 24, A.F. & A.M. He was a 32nd degree mason with membership in the Clarksburg and Wheeling Scottish Rite bodies. He also held membership in the Nemesis Temple of the Central West Virginia Shrine Club.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Duane Bartrug and the Rev. Mike Brown officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery. St. John's Lodge No. 24 A.F. & A.M. will conduct ritualistic graveside rites.

Michael Timothy 'Timmy' Mayle

GRAFTON -- Michael Timothy "Timmy" Mayle, 45, of Route 1, Grafton, Knottsville community, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at his residence. He was encircled by his family and the wonderful people of Hospice Care Corp.

He was born Nov. 10, 1955, in Grafton, a son of the late Mitchel and Imogene Mayle.

His wife, Robin L. Yost Mayle, whom he married Nov. 10, 1979, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Jeremy Michael Mayle and Justin Timothy Mayle, both at home; six brothers, Eddie Mayle and wife, Sharron, Fairmont, Terry Mayle and wife, Marge, Kenneth Mayle and wife, Kim, Mitch Mayle and wife, Tami, Mark Mayle and wife, Joni, and Rob Mayle and wife, Duretha, all of Grafton; three sisters, Marsha Mayle and husband, Jack, Louisville, Ohio, Christy Fawcett and husband Dave, Grafton, and Shelly Clark and husband, John, Morgantown; his in-laws, Ruth Boyles and husband, James, Grafton, and Fred Yost and wife, Sharron, Ashland, Ky.; one sister-in-law, Judy Armstrong and husband, Dwight, Whitier, N.C.; several aunts and uncles, and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Mayle was employed as a tradesworker at West Virginia University Health Science Center. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and golf. He was a Methodist.

Flowers will be accepted. However, if you so choose memorial donations can be made to Hospice Care Corp., 207 Latrobe Street, Grafton, WV 26354.

Kathleen S. Reynolds

PHILIPPI -- Kathleen Susan Reynolds, 40, of Memphis, Tenn., died Sunday, April 8, 2001, in Memphis.

She was born May 16, 1960, at Huntington, a daughter of Vera Bennett Simpson of Virginia Beach, Va., and the late William Charles Simpson.

Also surviving are two sons, Matthew J. Reynolds and Cody Reynolds, and one sister, Patty S. Beattie, all of Virginia Beach.

Ms. Reynolds was a member of the Scott Memorial United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach.

Charles Gilmer Rexroad

WESTON -- Charles Gilmer Rexroad, 93, of 302 Braxton St., Gassaway, died at 2:25 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001, following a brief illness.

He was born Sept. 13, 1907, in Lamansville, Grant County, a son of the late Charles Ross Rexroad and Mary Estella Hull Rexroad.

His wife, the former Floda V. Bailey, whom he married Sept. 4, 1929, survives.

Also surviving are one son, E. Edward "Ed" Rexroad, Gassaway; one daughter, Mrs. Howard J. (Agnes M.) Sigley, Gassaway; one sister-in-law, Billie Garton, Weston; several nieces and nephews including James A. Bailey, Linda R. Vance, Dolores A. Townsend, all of Weston, C. Robert White, Saluda, S.C., and Marjorie Sergeant, Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, five sisters, one brother-in-law, James E. Bailey; and one nephew, Gene White.

Mr. Rexroad was employed for 31 years and eight months as a foreman with Consolidated National Gas, where he began his employment on Sept. 19, 1939, and retired on Sept. 30, 1971.

He was a member of the Gassaway Baptist Church. He was a devoted husband, father and uncle. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and reloading.

Friends may gather at the Gassaway Baptist Church, Gassaway, from 10-11 a.m. Saturday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from the church with Pastor Mark Stump and Pastor Rodney England officiating. Entombment services will be held at Floral Hills Memorial Park and Chapel Mausoleum, Quiet Dell, at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Gassaway Baptist Church, Elk Street, Gassaway, WV 26624 or Midstate Church of God, State Street, Gassaway, WV 26624.

Emmit Guy Starn

FAIRMONT -- Emmit Guy Starn, 86, of Fairmont, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at Fairmont General Hospital, Fairmont.

He was born March 30, 1915, at Catawba, a son of the late Guy and Cora Lee Starn.

His wife, Alice Virginia Shelton Starn, survives in Fairmont.

Also surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Emmit Gary and Carol Starn, Grafton, Dwight Timothy and Barbara Starn, Fairmont, and Eric Guy and Elizabeth Starn, Morgantown; six grandchildren, Gary Lee Starn, Scott Starn, Craig Starn, Derek Tyler Starn, Jeffrey Starn and Jason Starn; two great-grandchildren, Jessica Starn and Justin Starn; and two sisters, Lily Huffman, Catawba, and Doris Wilson, Streetsbora, Ohio.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Lloyd Lee Starn; four brothers, Odbert Starn, Raymond Starn, Clyde Starn and Robert Starn; and one sister, Jessie Powell.

Mr. Starn was a life-member of the White Day Golf Course, a 1937 graduate of East Fairmont High School and a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union No. 152 with more than 50 years of service.

Laura Kathleen Tucker

WEIRTON -- Laura Kathleen Tucker, 76, of Weirton, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001, at her residence.

She was born in Rockford, a daughter of the late Glen Young and Lucille Snyder Young of Escondido, Calif.

Her husband, James R. Tucker, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, James Tucker and wife, Mary Ann, New Cumberland, and Tim Tucker and wife, Donna, Weirton; three sisters, Eileen Cool and husband, Rev. James Cool, Lincolnton, N.C., Glenna Jean Bobbio, Escondido, Calif., and Priscilla Galvin and husband, Lee, San Marcos, Calif.; four grandchildren, Tiffany, Jamie, Shannon and Erin; and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Tucker was a homemaker. She was a Methodist by faith. She was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Memorial donations may be made to the ALS Association, Western Pennsylvania Chapter, 1323 Forbes Ave., Suite 200, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or to the Valley Hospice, 380 Summit Ave., Steubenville, Ohio 43952.

Louise Carpenter Wells

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Louise Carpenter Wells, 89, of Koupal Towers, Clarksburg, formerly of South Chestnut Street, died at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2001, in the Clarksburg Continuous Care Center following an extended illness.

She was born Dec. 13, 1911, in Salem, a daughter of the late Jeddiah T. Carpenter and Luella Boyers Carpenter.

Her husband, George W. Wells, whom he married on March 15, 1936, preceded her in death in 1982.

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Jean and Dan Himmel, Woodbridge, Va., Katherine and Andy Ray, Clarksburg; five grandchildren, Liane Munnikhuysen, Alpharetta, Ga., Jeffrey Palmer, Russell, Ohio, Gregory Palmer, Charlotte, N.C., Stephen Palmer, Los Angeles, Calif., and Lynna Palmer, Oceanside, Calif.; four great-grandchildren; and one niece, Mrs. William (Deedie) Souders, Ormond Beach, Fla.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Carpenter and Helen Swisher.

Mrs. Wells was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Clarksburg, where she was a member of the Presbyterian Women.

She retired from Rish Equipment Co. in 1976. She was an avid fan of the West Virginia University sports teams and the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. She also enjoyed playing bridge.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 1-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Dr. Eric Milton Faust presiding. Interment will be in the Salem International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Truman Henry White

CLARKSBURG -- Truman Henry White, 70, of E.B. Saunders Way, Clarksburg, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born May 26, 1930, in Galloway, a son of the late Henry and Katie Mae Gholston White.

His wife, Jeannette Rucker White, whom he married Jan. 23, 1965, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Truman H. White III and wife, Sonia, Mapleview; five daughters, Jacqueline Harris, Birthenia Rucker and Thelma White, all of Clarksburg, Mrs. Michael (Elvina) Merchant, Fairmont, and Constance Rucker, Blainsburg, Md.; 15 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two aunts, Edith Gholston, Toledo, Ohio, and Thelma Gholston, Clarksburg.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one son and one granddaughter.

Mr. White was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam Era. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Davis Funeral Home, 1 Olen Thomas Dr., Route 98, with Pastor David A. Kates, the Rev. Paul Holyfield and Pastor Ramona Woods officiating. Interment will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery, where full military graveside rites will be conducted by Meuse Argonne Post No. 573 VFW, and Roy E. Parrish Post No. 13 American Legion.

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