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Obituaries for Wednesday, October 11, 2000

Joseph Cooper Andrews

CLARKSBURG -- Joseph Cooper Andrews, 87, of 315 Vermont Ave., Clarksburg, died at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, in Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Jan. 5, 1913, in Fallowfield Township, Charleroi, Pa., a son of the late Joseph Andrews and Hannah Cooper Andrews.

His wife, Agnes Carlin Andrews, whom he married April 16, 1947, preceded him in death on June 27, 1995.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Bradley Morgan and Betty Andrews, Raleigh, N.C.; one daughter, Jane L. Hayes, Clarksburg; one brother, Carl Emmett Andrews, Charleroi; one sister, Mary Jane Smith, Charleroi; three grandchildren, Melissa J. Gunzelman, Italy, Catherine Carlin Andrews and Morgan Alessandra Andrews, both of Raleigh; one great-grandchild, Ashley Gunzelman; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Deblock, Arizona, and Marjorie Andrews, Charleroi; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Allen Boyd and Robert Calvin Andrews.

Mr. Andrews was a member of First United Methodist Church in Clarksburg, the Clarksburg Lodge No. 482, BPO Elks. He was a graduate of Bentleyville High School in Pennsylvania and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

He had been an employee of the former Roberts Hardware Store and the former Palace Furniture Company. He had retired from the West Virginia Department of Labor.

Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, with the Rev. Etheldean Yanero presiding. Interment will be in Bridgeport Cemetery.

Dortha L. Bolyard

CLARKSBURG -- Dortha L. Bolyard, 77, of Clarksburg, died suddenly Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at her residence.

She was born June 20, 1923, in Preston County, a daughter of the late Joseph Waitman Bolyard and Rhuea Ethel McGee Bolyard.

Surviving are one sister, Alleda Trimble, Dawmont; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Loraine Malik, Ruth Freeze, Theo Colebank and Hilda Wilson.

Miss Bolyard had been employed by International Harvester Co., Richmond, Va., as a machinist, and also was employed by Carr China Pottery Co., Grafton, Crown Cork & Seal Co., Baltimore, Md., Hazel Atlas Glass Co., Continental Can Corporation, and retired from Brockway Glass Co. in 1978, all in Clarksburg.

She was Protestant.

Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. Ronnie Slonaker presiding. Interment will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Preston County.

Maida L. Furner Brown

SALEM -- Maida L. Furner Brown, 88, of Jarvisville, died at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

She was born April 21, 1912, in Wolf Summit, a daughter of the late Harvey and Martha Carpenter Furner.

Her husband, George Brown, preceded her in death in 1965.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Ernest G. and Eleanor Brown, Shinnston; one daughter, Mrs. Krandall (Patricia) McCarty, Jarvisville; 25 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; a special great-niece, Pam Cayton; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her family, having also been preceded in death by three brothers, John Furner, Paul Furner and Richard Furner and two sisters, Mary Dale Haney and Ann Donnellan.

Mrs. Brown was a member of Coplin United Methodist Church, the Rose Rebekah Lodge and a member at large of the Jarvisville Homemakers.

Friends may call at Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, where the funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Ronald Bomar presiding. Interment will be in the Coplin Cemetery. Rose Rebekah Lodge will have ritual services at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Helen Burr Clark

BUCKHANNON -- Helen Burr Clark, 84, of Fairmont, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at Arbors Nursing Home, Fairmont.

She was born Jan. 22, 1916, in Upshur County, a daughter of the late Morton H. Burr and Minnie Crites Burr.

Her husband, Vaden "Red" Clark, whom she married Oct. 9, 1932, preceded her in death on Nov. 25, 1997.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ralph (Evelyn Jean) Haymond, Fairmont, and Mrs. Eugene (Ruth Ellen) Smith, Alexandria, Va.; four grandchildren, Jerry Haymond, Randy Haymond and Ronnie Haymond, all of Fairmont, and Debbie Lesher, Front Royal, Va.; and six great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Joe Allen Burr.

Mrs. Clark was a member of the Farm Women's Club of Adrian, Rebekah Lodge No. 306 of Adrian, and the Adrian United Methodist Church, where she was active in the Women's Society of Christian Service. She was also active in school and civic organizations.

She was a retired manager of the Specialty Shop in Buckhannon.

Samuel F. Clark

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Samuel F. Clark, 86, one of the founding faculty members at Florida Atlantic University, died of cancer Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, in Ithaca, N.Y.

A native of Danville, Ky., Dr. Clark earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at West Virginia University in Morgantown, and his doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina. He also studied at Johns Hopkins University.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Emma Hannah Clark and Friend Ebenezer Clark. Dr. Clark's father founded the chemistry department at West Virginia University. Clark Hall is named in his honor.

Dr. Clark taught organic chemistry at the University of Mississippi for 17 years before coming to Florida Atlantic University. He served as chairman of the Department of Chemistry and retired from Florida University as professor emeritus in 1989.

He was past president of the Palm Beach County chapter of the ACLU and an active member of that organization until his death. He also served on the board of the Alzheimer's Foundation.

He resided in Boca Raton with his wife of 54 years, Ann Follansbee Clark, who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Martha Burkinshaw and husband, Andy, at whose home he died; one son, Robert and wife, Justine Clark; and one grandchild, Alexandra Clark.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the ACLU Foundation of Florida -- Palm Beach County Chapter Litigation, James K. Green law offices, 250 Australian Ave., Suite 1602, West Palm Beach, FL, 33401-5012.

Rachel U. Gochenour 'Peg' Collins

ELKINS -- Rachel U. Gochenour "Peg" Collins, 89, a resident of 106 Findley St., Elkins, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at her home. She had been in her usual health and death was unexpected.

She was born March 17, 1911, in Stephens City, Va., a daughter of the late Robert and Susan Gochenour. She was reared by Thomas and Margaret Rogers, Pittsburgh, Pa.

On Nov. 30, 1940, in Elkins, she was married to Ronald Lester Collins Sr., who preceded her in death on Aug. 11, 1984.

Surviving are three sons, Kenneth Jack Collins, William H. Collins and Ronald L. Collins Jr., all of Elkins; one brother, Harry Ervin Gochenour, Virginia; two sisters, Margaret Fhallman and Emily Comer, both of Virginia; three grandchildren, Linda Ellen Garcia, Sterling Heights, Mich., Russell Ray Collins, Downingtown, Pa., and William Todd Collins, Virginia Beach, Va.; three great-grandchildren, Shawn Michael Collins, Colorado, Stephanie Elizabeth Collins and Daniel Ryan Collins, both of Downingtown.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, William and Robert Gochenour; one sister, Edith Gochenour; and one grandson, Ronald Blaine Collins.

Mrs. Collins received her nurses training at City Hospital in Elkins, and at Pittsburgh. She was a registered nurse, having worked at City Hospital and Memorial General Hospital and retired as a nursing supervisor at Davis Memorial Hospital.

She was a member of the Degree of Honor, the West Virginia Nurse's Association, the American Nurse's Association, the Business and Professional Women's Club of Elkins, the Elkins Lodge No. 1135, B.P.O.E. Auxiliary, the Elkins Lioness Club and the First Church of Christ.

Roy Meadows

CLARKSBURG -- Roy Meadows, 96, of South Maplewood Drive, Bridgeport, formerly of Liberty Addition and Jane Lew, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

He was born Dec. 15, 1903, in Gilmer County, a son of the late Thomas J. and Sarah C. Queen Meadows.

His wife, Grace Strader Meadows, whom he married March 15, 1925, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Hazel) Melton, Uniontown, Pa.; one daughter-in-law, Alice Meadows, Bridgeport; six grandchildren, Lewis Melton and wife, Vickie, Ft. Worth, Texas, Dr. and Mrs. Dan (Kelly) Coffindaffer, Morgantown, Mrs. Ernest (Carol) Coffindaffer, Bridgeport, Susan Meadows, Germantown, Md., Thomas Meadows and wife, Lynn, McMurray, Pa., and Dr. and Mrs. Ron (Janet) Southern, Akron, Ohio; 13 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Guy Ottie Strader, Vandalia; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son, John Thomas Meadows and eight brothers.

Mr. Meadows was a farmer, school teacher and worked at West Virginia Glass Specialty Company.

He was a former member of Louisa Jane in Lewis County and was Methodist.

Friends may call at Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, where the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Jim Winter officiating. Interment will be in the Broad Run Cemetery.

Bethel Pauline Morton

HARRISVILLE -- Bethel Pauline Morton, 78, of Harrisville, died Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital.

She was born Jan. 18, 1922, in Oil Ridge, near Cairo, a daughter of the late Lennie E. and Bethel M. Johnson Miller.

Her husband, James N. Morton Sr., preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons, James Morton Jr. and wife, Gloria and Mike Morton and wife, Paula, all of Cairo; two daughters, Barbara Ann Martin and husband, Roger, Petroleum and Mary Frances Kelly and husband, Jim, St. Marys; three sisters, Evelyn Wilt, Vienna, Ercel Simons, Pennsboro, and Muriel Barnhart, Homeworth, Ohio; nine grandchildren, Lisa Riffle, Angie Summers, Jimmy Morton, Crystal Hickman, Ron Martin, Joshua Kelly, Brian Kelly, Katie Gandee and Ray Morton; and four great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Janiece Morton; five brothers, Byrl Miller, Olin Miller and three infants; and three sisters, Doris Swain, Kathleen Lanham and Ethelyn Kimes.

Mrs. Morton graduated from Cairo High School and was a seamstress at Cairo Mfg. Co. She was retired from Economy Industries in Harrisville.

She was a member of St. Lukes United Methodist Church, Harrisville, and United Methodist Women.

E. Pauline Lynch Richlin

DUSHORE, Pa. -- E. Pauline Lynch Richlin, 78, of Forks Township, Dushore RD, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000.

She was born Oct. 9, 1921, in Wallace, a daughter of Festus and Flora E. Brammer Lynch.

Her husband, Elwood Richlin, to whom she had been married for 45 years, survives.

Also surviving are one brother, Charles Lynch, Clarksburg; one sister, Mildred Smith, Forksville; and nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Henry and Harry Lynch and one sister, Madlina Edgell.

Mrs. Richlin had lived in Sullivan County since 1954 and was a homemaker. She had worked at Sullcraft Mfg. Co. in Dushore until she retired.

The funeral service was held on Sept. 27 at the Russell P. McHenry Funeral Home, Dushore, with the Rev. Robert Martin presiding. Burial was in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Overton, Pa.

Mrs. Samuel O. Selario

CLARKSBURG -- Josephine Frances Selario, 82, of 132 Harrison St., Clarksburg, died at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following a brief illness.

She was born in Watson, a daughter of the late Antonio and Teresa DeSimone Oliverio.

Her husband, Samuel O. "Sam" Selario, whom she married Feb. 4, 1939, preceded her in death on June 28, 1993.

Surviving are two sons, Samuel O. Selario, Bethel Park, Pa., and Dr. James A. Selario, Bridgeport; one daughter, Mrs. Carl (Patricia A.) Prusak, North Olmsted, Ohio; one brother, Samuel Oliverio, Haywood; one sister, Mrs. James (Mary) Fazalare, Shinnston; four grandsons, Mark Prusak, Olmsted Township, Matthew Prusak, North Olmsted, James Patrick Selario and Michael Selario, both of Bridgeport; four granddaughters, Suzanne Walton, Laurel, Md., Michelle Recktenwald, South Park, Pa., Deborah Prusak, North Olmsted, and Sharon Fisher, Sarasota, Fla.; six great-grandchildren, Joseph and Alana Recktenwald, Michael, Jessica and Danielle Walton and Samantha "Sam" Prusak.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Victoria Fratto.

Mrs. Selario was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, the Harrison County Senior Citizens Center and was very active in the exercise program at the center.

She belonged to Christians After Five, was a member of the Harrison County Democratic Women and was a homemaker. Among her many hobbies, she enjoyed quilting, crocheting, knitting, ceramics, cooking and baking. In her younger days, she was an excellent seamstress, making clothing for her children.

Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, where a Biblical Prayer Service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Father Edward Sabo, T.O.R., as celebrant. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Mausoleum.

Warren C. Southern

BRIDGEPORT -- Warren C. Southern, of Twin Oaks Drive, Bridgeport, died at 10:50 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born May 7, 1923, in Saltwell, a son of the late Clyde O. and Mary Bice Southern.

His wife, Dorothy Ogden Southern, whom he married Aug. 17, 1954, in Winchester, Va., survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Roger and Polly Southern, Clarksburg; five grandchildren, Marlana, Chad, Natalie, Lucas Southern, and Julie Snider; and one sister, Eleanor Southern, Fairmont.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Edward Edgar Southern and Franklin D. "Hank" Southern; and one sister, Ethel Morris.

Mr. Southern served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a driver for Greyhound Lines and retired with 35 years of service in 1983. He was a 50 year member of The Amalgamated Transit Union.

He was a member of the Simpson Creek Baptist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8492, where he was commander for two years, American Legion Post No. 68, and Loyal Order of Moose, Clarksburg Lodge 52.

Mr. Southern had been a volunteer driver for the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg. He brought joy and happiness to many children at Christmas.

Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, Bridgeport, from 4-8 p.m. today and 2-8 p.m. Thursday, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Dr. C. Michael Hopkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery, where full military honors will be conducted by VFW, Meuse-Argonne Post 573 and the American Legion Post 13.

Abelina Suarez

CLARKSBURG -- Abelina Suarez, 90, of Stanley Avenue, Clarksburg, died Friday morning, Oct. 6, 2000, at the Lynn House of Potomac Valley, a Christian Science care facility in Alexandria, Va.

She was born Sept. 16, 1910, in the province of Asturias, Spain, a daughter of the late Aurelio and Ysabel Menendez Suarez. She immigrated to the United States in 1911, at the age of nine months with her family.

Surviving are one brother, Angel Suarez, Cocoa, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Violet and Betty Suarez; one brother-in-law, Gerritt Fitzgerald; and many nieces, nephews, great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by six brothers, infant Benito Suarez in 1922, Henry Suarez in 1928, Benny Suarez in 1992, Manuel Suarez in 1993, Joe P. Suarez in 1995, Harry A. Suarez in 1997; and two sisters, Anna Suarez in 1951, and Josephine Fitzgerald in 1998.

Mrs. Suarez was an active member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Clarksburg, as well as the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, Mass., for almost 70 years. In addition to committee work, she served as a reader, board member and treasurer.

She attended Ohio University and was the first woman to graduate with a bachelor of science degree in the field then called German chemistry. She later received a master's degree in education from West Virginia University.

Mrs. Suarez was retired from her teaching career in Harrison County public school system as a math teacher, science teacher and a counselor. She was a member of the Women's Club, Clarksburg, for over 25 years in which she was very active, G.F.W.C., Retired School Employees Association, Rhododendron Unit of the West Virginia Association of Parliamentarians and had successfully passed her examination for membership in the National Association, YWCA of Harrison County.

She was a board member of the Business and Professional Women's Organization of Clarksburg for over 50 years, American Association of University Women of Clarksburg for over 50 years, the Hispanic Heritage and Cultural Association, a volunteer for The Literacy Organization, West Milford Grade School Reading Program, the local Garden Club, and Harrison County Senior Citizen Center.

In many of the organizations mentioned, she held position of president, secretary and/or treasurer. She had been honored as Woman of the Month by the P.W.A. (YWCA) and recently was named a lifetime member of the YWCA also, Woman of the Year by the B.P.W.

Mrs. Suarez was a enthusiastic traveler, horticulturist, bridge player and dedicated educator.

Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 2-9 p.m. Thursday, where the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, with Mrs. Elsie Schneider as reader. Interment will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to educational scholarship funds, such as the G.F.W.C. Women's Club of West Virginia Scholarship Foundation.

Charmaine Cheng Taylor

SHINNSTON -- Charmaine Cheng Taylor, 61, of East Pike Street, Shinnston, did at 8:05 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Nov. 4, 1938, in Tainan, Taiwan, a daughter of the late Zhuang Shu Xin and Cheng Gu.

Her husband of 34 years, Gary L. Taylor, whom she married Jan. 23, 1966, survives.

Also surviving are three sons and one daughter-in-law, Buddy Taylor, Shinnston, Larry K. Taylor, Wyatt, and James K. Taylor and wife, Tonya, Ottawa, Ill.; five grandsons, Travis, Joshua, Larry, Jeffery, and D.J. Taylor; one granddaughter, Tara Taylor; one brother, Cheng Tie Zhi; one sister, Tsaichen Chingyun; and three nieces, Lin Hsiang Wen, I Liulin Hsiang Tsun and Cheng Ou, all of Taiwan.

Mrs. Taylor immigrated to the United States from Taiwan in 1965, where she met her husband, and became a United States Citizen in 1969.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shinnston, and enjoyed Health Spas and loved to garden.

Friends may call at Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. Thursday, where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Don Johnson and the Rev. Dick Renquist officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Richard D. Wagner

PENNSBORO -- Richard D. Wagner, 88, of Blandville, Doddridge County, died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, in Clarksburg.

He was born Feb. 9, 1912, in Washington, D.C., a son of the late John and Mabel Darn Wagner.

His wife, Mary Edith Blair Wagner, preceded him in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Adrian, West Union, Blandville community, and Beverly Easton, Dayton, Ohio; four granddaughters, Dianne Byrer, Blandville, Susan Kellar, Clarksburg, Gail DuIllo, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Loran Enz, Dayton; one great-granddaughter, Kaila DuIllo, Scottsdale; one brother, John Wagner, Shepherdstown; and one sister, Eleanor Mefat, Fredericksburg, Va.

He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Richard Adrain.

Mr. Wagner had been a self employed patent searcher, working in Washington, and in the Arlington, Va., areas. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Maryland.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, from the Blandville United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Andrews Chapel Cemetery near Tysons Corner, Va. McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

John L. Wellings

PENNSBORO -- John L. Wellings, 78, of Leopold community, Doddridge County, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at his residence.

He was born March 22, 1922, in LaMott, Pa., a son of the late Alfred and Maude Twamley Wellings.

His wife, Helen E. Williams Wellings, survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Larry Wellings, Upper Black Eddy, Pa., John Wellings, New Milton, and Tom Wellings, Normantown; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Mr. Wellings was retired from the U.S. Navy with 22 years of service.

He was a member of the Doddridge County Lions Club, the Doddridge County Emergency Medical Services, and the St. Johannes Lutheran Church of St. Clara.

A memorial service was held on Oct. 7 at the St. Johannes Church at St. Clara in Doddridge County. McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, is in charge of arrangements.

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