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Obituaries for Friday, April 20, 2001

Thomas Ervin Barrett

WESTON -- Thomas Ervin Barrett, 77, of 1257 12th St., Weston, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2001, at his residence surrounded by his family that he loved.

He was born July 27, 1923, in Weston, a son of the late Charles A. Barrett and Georgia M. Lewis Barrett.

His wife, Mary G. Maricic, whom he married in 1955, survives.

Also surviving are four children, Georgann Barrett and Charles Barrett and wife, Margie, both of Weston, Thomas Barrett and wife, Sherry, Richmond, Va., and James Barrett, Weston; four grandchildren, Cassandra Barrett and Stephanie Bryant, both of Richmond, Amanda Barrett and Hunter Barrett; one brother, Charles Barrett; three sisters, Virginia Davisson, Mary Ann Hiteshew and Jane White, all of Weston, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Barrett and Margaret Barrett.

Mr. Barrett retired in 1984 from Corhart Refractories in Buckhannon, with many years service. He was a member of the Freemansburg United Methodist Church.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 4-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Martin Wine officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Barrett's memory to the American Cancer Association, Lewis County Relay for Life, P.O. Box 229, Weston, WV 26452.

Virginia Bennett

JANE LEW -- Lena Virginia Bennett, 87, of Weston, died Tuesday, April 17, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born Aug. 27, 1913, at Maxwell's Run, Lewis County, a daughter of the late Pressley Asa and Maude Susan Life Butcher.

Her husband, Archie Elmer Bennett, whom she married March 7, 1937, in Lewis County, preceded her in death on Dec. 2, 1975.

Surviving are one son, Archie Ell Bennett and daughter-in-law, Jeanette, Weston; one daughter, Evelyn Virginia Myers, Roanoke; one grandson, whom she raised, Archie Eugene Bennett, Jane Lew; five grandchildren, Allen, Brian, Dale, Gale and Kenny; 12 great-grandchildren, Donnie, Krystal, Stanley, Tina, Shelby, Jeremy, Chelsea, Heather, Jennifer, Emily, Matthew and Ryan; one stepgreat-grandson, Monty; and one cousin, Dorcas A. Life Hunt, whom she and her mother raised and now lives in Venice, Fla.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one brother, Howe Guy Butcher, and one sister, Thelma Margaret Butcher.

Mrs. Bennett was formerly employed by Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew. She was a homemaker and Protestant.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, at Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor David Jessie officiating. Interment will follow at the Broad Run Cemetery.

Wilbur Walter 'Bud' Bland Jr.

FAIRLEA -- Wilbur Walter "Bud" Bland Jr., 60, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at his home after a long illness.

He was born Feb. 15, 1941, a son of Macie Erskine Bland of Sinks Grove, and the late Wilbur W. Bland Sr.

His wife, Emma Lou Bland, survives in Clarksburg.

Also surviving are three daughters, Alberta Bland and Kathy Bland, both of Clarksburg, and Yvonne Register, Covington, Va.; one son, Jack Keener, Clarksburg; three sisters, Joyce Hoke, Sinks Grove, Sue Fritz, Baltimore, Md., and Charlotte Clarkson, Gap Mills; six brothers, Harold Bland, Johnny Bland and Ernest Bland, all of Sinks Grove, Oscar Bland, Florida, Jerry Bland, Fairlea, and Albert Bland, Ronceverte; and five grandchildren.

Mr. Bland had been a resident of Clarksburg for 30 years. He was formerly of Greenbrier County, a member of the Moose Lodge No. 52 of Clarksburg, and was a retired truck driver.

James W. Gordon Sr.

GLENVILLE -- James W. Gordon Sr., 66, of Newberne community, Gilmer County, died at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at his residence.

He was born June 20, 1934, in Gilmer County, a son of the late Lawson D. and Estella Spurgeon Gordon.

His wife of 20 years, Ginny Schroeder Gordon, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Jimmy Gordon, Ormond Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Sherry Bush, Egg Harbor, N.J., and Janice Gonzalez, Cocoa, Fla., and two brothers, Bertie Gordon, Cox's Mills, and Robert Gordon, Vinton, Va.; one sister, Rosalee Rollins, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; three grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Gordon was a member of Newberne United Methodist Church, the Odd Fellows of Glenville, Knights of Pythias of Tanner and the Eagles of Weston.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was employed as a truck driver for 36 years in New Jersey and was most recently employed as the van driver at United Summit Center in Tanner.

Rosella M. Helmick

WESTON -- Rosella M. Helmick, 75, of 401 John St., Weston Arbors, died at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2001, in Holbrook Nursing Home, Buckhannon, following an extended illness.

She was born Nov. 15, 1925, in Rohrbough Siding, Lewis County, a daughter of the late Floyd Woodson and Dona Byrd Bailey Woodson.

Her husband, Ray W. Helmick, whom she married on Jan. 21, 1946, preceded her in death on March 11, 1984.

Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Ann Carlton, Weston, Brenda Sue Simpson, Roanoke, and Carol Sue Queen, Weston; six sons, Roy Lee McDaniels, Denver, Colo., Charles W. Helmick, Blacksburg, Va., Dana A. Helmick, Weston, Jerry L. Helmick, Armagh, Pa., John R. Helmick, Jane Lew, and Dale R. Helmick, Blacksburg, Va.; one brother, Claude Woodson, Ohio; 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Etna Price, Ethel Linger and Vada Malcomb; and two brothers, Robert Woodson and Edward Woodson.

Mrs. Helmick was a homemaker and a devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed flowers, walking, fishing and playing cards.

She was a Methodist by faith.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert A. Heater officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.

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.

A graveside committal service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Waldo Run Cemetery, Doddridge County, with the Rev. Bobby Marino officiating.

Sharon Kay Hornick

FARMINGTON -- Sharon Kay Hornick, 57, of Route 5, Fairmont, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2001, at the Fairmont General Hospital.

She was born May 30, 1943, in Columbus, Ohio, a daughter of the late William and Kathryn Loretta Marsh Hartley.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Mark "Cathy" Hudson, Fairmont; three sons and one daughter-in-law, David and Charlotte Myers, Kelly Town, Johnny Myers and fiancé, Ginny, and Terry Myers and fiancé, Anna, all of Fairmont; nine grandchildren, Jimmy, Shawn, Malissa and Thomas Davis, David Jr., David Allen and Jessica Myers, Katie and Matthew Hudson; and her fiancé, Danny, Jones, Fairmont.

Ms. Hornick was a past member of the Idamay Baptist Church.

She had worked at St. Barbara's Nursing Home, Monongah, and also at Maurel's Restaurant.

Juanita J. Jenkins

BUCKHANNON -- Juanita J. Jenkins, 74, of 89 Elm St., Buckhannon, died at 5:45 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Buckhannon.

She was born May 24, 1926, at Dehue, a daughter of the late William R. Griffith and Ruth Peril Griffith.

Her husband, Charles L. Jenkins, whom she married Oct. 7, 1944, preceded her in death Oct. 4, 2000.

Surviving are one son, Charles Lee and Mary Jenkins, two granddaughters, Susan Ford and Sara Wamsley, and one great-granddaughter, Katie Wamsley, all of Buckhannon.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Constance Selma Jenkins.

Mrs. Jenkins was a homemaker. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.

She was a member of the Buckhannon Country Club. She was an avid bowler and golfer.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 2001, at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home, Buckhannon, with the Rev. S.E. Lewis officiating.

Ada Mae Johnston

GRAFTON -- Ada Mae Johnston, 64, of West Washington Street, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at her residence of a sudden illness.

She was born June 15, 1936, in Grafton, a daughter of the late Carl and Dora Boyce Johnston.

Surviving are one brother, Leo Johnston, Grafton; one sister, Frances Robinson, Warren, Ohio; two cousins, Flo Cockrell and Peggy Freeze, both of Grafton; four nephews, William Terry Johnston and Richard Nicola, both of Grafton, Mike Johnston, Odessa, Fla., and Robert Robinson, Warren, Ohio; one niece, Linda Mooney, Grafton; and several great-nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Rosemary Nicola; and one niece, Sandra Robinson Towsend.

Ms. Johnston was a retired machine operator with West Virginia Plastics with more than 30 years service.

She was president of United Steel Workers of America No. 15058, a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Senior Citizens of Grafton and a Presbyterian by faith.

Hazel V. Karickhoff

BUCKHANNON -- Hazel V. Karickhoff, 95, of Route 1, Box 206 1/2, Buckhannon, died at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at New Hope Board and Care, Hodgesville.

She was born July 13, 1905, in Upshur County, a daughter of the late Graham Romine and Eva Hannah Romine.

Her husband, Clarence D. Karickhoff, whom she married June 1, 1922, preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 1972.

Surviving are one son, Loren E. and wife, Jane Karickhoff, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio; one daughter, Wava Lou Summers, Naples, Fla.; one brother, Ray Romine, Western, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Jo Ann Marple, Buckhannon.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Alma Romine.

Mrs. Karickhoff was a homemaker and attended Mt. Zion United Methodist Church.

Huber F. King

WINDHAM, Ohio -- Huber F. King, 91, of Windham, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, Warren, following a long life.

He was born Jan. 10, 1910, in Windham, a son of the late Freeman King and Carrie Huber King.

His wife, Lois May Wilson King, whom he married in 1934, survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Barton (Karen), Homosassa, Fla., Calvin (Carole), Garrettsville, and Dr. Darryl King (Nonie), Clarksburg, W.Va.; one brother, Elwood, Strongsville; two sisters, Luella Sabin, Lompoc, Calif., and Frances Hutchinson, Ravenna; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one unborn great-grandchild.

Mr. King was an artist and renowned woodcarver. He lived his entire life in Windham, where he served as town councilman, volunteer fireman, president of the school board, chairman of the building committee of the United Methodist Church and chairman of the Affiliated Woodcarvers Association. He was also a member of the Garrettsville Masonic Lodge No. 246.

He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art and was well known as a decorator and sign painter in Portage County. He worked in the sign shop at the Ravenna Ordinance Center during World War II and in 1957 opened Sky Lane Bowling in Garrettsville.

Following his retirement in 1966, he and his wife, Lois, traveled the southwest extensively, where he captured countless scenes in watercolors and oils. Later his interests turned from painting to woodcarving. He won numerous awards across the U.S., Canada and England for his detailed masterpieces, including five "Best of Show" awards at the International Woodcarvers Congress.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the Huber King Memorial at the Windham United Methodist Church, 9051 North Main St., Windham, OH 44288.

Edward Sherman Losh

CLARKSBURG -- Edward Sherman Losh, 57, of P.O. Box 35, Lost Creek, died at 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2001, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born March 6, 1944, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Lester E. Losh and Winona Lyall Losh.

Surviving are one brother, Carroll M. Losh, one sister, Mrs. Robert (Kathleen E.) Groves, both of Lost Creek; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Louise Ward.

Mr. Losh was a Baptist. He was a member of the Clarksburg Lodge No. 52, Loyal Order of Moose.

He was employed in the maintenance department of Precision Coil Inc.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Ronald Bomar presiding. Interment will be in the Lost Creek Seventh Day Baptist Church Cemetery (Brick Church), Lost Creek.

Harold K. Morgan

SHINNSTON -- Harold K. Morgan, 79, died Friday, March 23, 2001, in Detroit, Mich.

He was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Bridgeport, second son of the late Arch and Gertrude Morgan.

Surviving are his younger brother, Benny C. Morgan, Mechanicsville, Md., and his beloved Morgan relatives in the Detroit area.

He was also preceded in death by an older brother, Archie Leo Morgan.

Mr. Morgan spent most of his youth in Worthington. Following high school (Monongah High) he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and served in Arthurdale, where he studied radio repairing and Morse Code.

He entered the U.S. Army Oct. 12, 1942, where he served in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe campaigns as a high speed radio operator in the 83rd Division Signal Corps. An expert in M1 Rifle and Marksman in Carbine 45 Caliber Machine Gun, he also received the Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, Meritorious Unit Award, Croix De Guerre, American Theater Service Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Service Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon. He was honorable discharged from the service Dec. 15, 1944.

He worked most of his adult life in Detroit, in automobile manufacturing, was a line foreman and retired from the Chrysler Corp.

He will be well remembered for his love of cards (canasta and casino), bowling and his great generosity.

Graveside services have been arranged for 10 a.m. Saturday at Shinnston Masonic Cemetery by the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston.

Pearl L. Bolyard Poling

GRAFTON -- Pearl L. Bolyard Poling, 88, of Reisterstown, Md., formerly of Yates Avenue, Grafton, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2001, at the Northwest Hospital Center after a brief illness.

She was born March 4, 1913, in Grafton, a daughter of the late Clarence Lewis Bolyard and Florence Louise Choff Bolyard.

Her husband, Ralph "Red" Poling, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Lois E. Braun, Reisterstown, Md.; one son, Terry O. Sandsbury, Danielson, Conn.; one sister, Mable Plum, Belington; seven grandchildren, numerous great and great-great-grandchildren, and other family members including April Stout, Clarksburg.

She was also preceded in death by four children, Charles Franklin Sandsbury, Art Poling, Robert Poling and wife, Gloria, and Bill Poling; and one grandson, Richie Sandsbury; three brothers and three sisters.

Mrs. Poling and her late husband owned and operated the former Skippers Inn and Red's Place which were well known restaurants in the Grafton area.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary No. 3081, Grafton, and a member of the First Christian Church, Grafton.

Rev. Dr. Charles Edward 'Charlie' Post Jr.

CLARKSBURG -- Rev. Dr. Charles Edward "Charlie" Post Jr., 53, of 139 North Ash St., Anmoore, died Wednesday morning, April 18, 2001, at his residence from a sudden illness.

He was born May 21, 1947, in Philippi, a son of the Rev. Charles Edward Post Sr. and the Rev. Patty June Malcolm Post.

Surviving are one daughter, Laurie Elizabeth Post, Woodruff, S.C.; one son, Charles "Chuck" Marshall Post, Nutter Fort; two sisters, Rebecca Jean Lafferty, Clarksburg, Patti Jo Heaster, Bridgeport; three grandchildren, Megan Danielle Hudkins, Caleb Malcolm Hudkins and Charles Marshall Post Yocco.

Rev. Post was a member of the Holy Trinity Chapel of Clarksburg. He graduated from the Bible Institute & Seminary in California receiving a Bachelor of Bible Theology and was a minister of the gospel in the states of California, Michigan, Arkansas and West Virginia.

He was a chaplain for Harrison County Sheriff Department and the Harrison County Deputy Sheriff's Association. He was the municipal judge for the City of Anmoore and past president of the Clarksburg Harrison Friends of the Library. He was also a member of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Holy Trinity Chapel located at the corner of Fleming and Filbert streets, Clarksburg, with the Rev. Verona Tilley presiding. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Interment will be in the Mount Vernon Cemetery, Philippi.

Ella May Hart Richards

JANE LEW -- Ella May Hart Richards, 83, of Willow Beach Road, died Thursday, April 19, 2001, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born Sept. 3, 1917, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Marion and Mary Brooks Hart.

She was twice married. Her first husband, Kemper W. Cottrill, preceded her in death in 1961. Her second husband, Charles E. Richards, preceded her in death on Nov. 15, 1988.

Surviving are two daughters, Judith Eakle, Willow Beach, and Betty Ruth Sharp, Rowlesburg; one sister, Birdie Muscari, Clarksburg; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers.

Mrs. Richards was a retired cook at the former St. Marys Hospital. She was a Protestant by faith.

Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Brick Church Cemetery, Lost Creek.

Gloria True Vance

GERMANTOWN, Md. -- Gloria True Vance, 58, of Germantown, passed away at 1:55 a.m. Thursday, April 19, 2001, in the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Rockville, after a long illness.

She was born March 26, 1943, a daughter of the late Clifford "Tip" True and Lucy Parsons True.

Her former husband, Nick Vance, survives in Maryland.

Also surviving are one daughter, Deborah Annette Hall, Ijamsville; one son, Jeffrey Scott Vance, Gaithersburg; two brothers, James R. True, Buckhannon, and Robert "Buck" True, Philippi; four sisters, Marlene Smith, Route 3, Philippi, Mrs. Jack (Wilda) Moran, Century, Mrs. John (Louise) Ward, Bridgeport, and Marian Kelly, Philippi; one granddaughter, Lindsay Hall; a devoted friend, Terry McGee, Stonewood; and many other relatives in this area.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, William "Bid" True and Raymond "Buddy" True; and one sister, Martha Payne.

Mrs. Vance began her working career in August 1960 with the Federal Housing Administration in Washington, D.C. Her last position was with the International Association of Fire Fighters in Washington, D.C., that ended July 1980 due to an illness called renal failure.

The funeral service and burial will take place in Frederick, Saturday.

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