|Obituaries for Monday, April 23, 2001
Carl Billy 'John' Allen Jr.
SHINNSTON -- Carl Billy "John" Allen Jr., 52, of Enterprise, died Friday, April 20, 2001, at the home of his son, Johnny, following an extended illness.
He was born July 22, 1948, in Fairmont, a son of the late Carl B. and Bertha Mae Nichols Allen Sr.
Surviving are two sons, Carl B. "Johnny" Allen III and wife, Becky, Dearborn, Mich., and Tommy Allen, Wayne, Mich.; two daughters, Angie Barnett and husband, Jimmy, Liberty, N.C., and Lisa Allen, Mannington; four grandchildren, Kelly Garrett, Jamie and Alex Allen and Felicia Moser; one brother, Gary D. Allen Sr., Enterprise; one sister, Mrs. Roger (Carolyn) Benjei, Sebring, Fla.
Mr. Allen was co-owner and operator of Allen's Discount Gas in Enterprise for many years. He was a member of St. John's Lodge No. 24, A.F. & A.M. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason with membership in both the Clarksburg and Wheeling bodies.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose No. 929, Shinnston, and the American Legion Post 31, Shinnston. He was a NASCAR enthusiast, avidly following Rusty Wallace. He attended the St. James Evangelical Church in Enterprise.
Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, after 2 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Darren Powell officiating. Entombment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery Mausoleum.
PENNSBORO -- Emma Jean Barnard, 65, of 15 Grenada Circle, Parkersburg, died Sunday, April 22, 2001, at the family's residence.
She was born Oct. 12, 1935, at Pike in Ritchie County, a daughter of the late Otto T. and Lula D. Williamson Cunningham.
Her husband, Richard H. Barnard, whom she married April 16, 1954, survives.
Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Richard L. and Lisa Barnard, Fairmont, and Gary A. and Barbara Barnard, Kenna; two daughters and sons-in-law, Pamela J. and Jeff Middleton, Williamstown, and Beverly A. and Keith Shatto, Ripley; one sister, Lila M. Lamm, Belmont; 11 grandchildren, Jeremy Barnard, Sarah Barnard, Christian Collins, David Plantz, John Barnard, Joshua Middleton, Andrew Middleton, Morgan Weekley, Justin Weekley, Arin Shatto and Ryan Shatto; and her mother-in-law, Bessie Barnard, Pennsboro.
Mrs. Barnard was a graduate of Pennsboro High School with the class of 1953, and in her early years she had been employed by the Ritchie County Board of Education as a secretary for three years. She was later employed by the accounting firm of Rice and Rice of Dunbar for 13 years.
She was a hospice volunteer in the Parkersburg area. She was the chairperson of the Finch Cemetery Association, had been involved with both the Boy and Girl Scouts for many years, and was the FaithLink Coordinator for the First United Methodist Church of Williamstown.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she had taught Bible School and was coordinator for the Vacation Bible School. She was very active in her church work, serving as youth counselor, chairperson of the Youth Counsel, a member of the Program Leadership Team, a member of the United Methodist Women and treasurer of the Building Committee.
Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, Williamstown. A celebration of Mrs. Bernard's life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday from the church with the Rev. Joseph Shreves officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Finch, Ritchie County.
The family requests that donations in lieu of flowers be made in the name of Mrs. Barnard to the Youth Counsel, c/o First United Methodist Church, 304 West Fifth St., Williamstown, WV 26187.
FARMINGTON -- Mr. Charles R. Daft, 76, of Bridgeport, formerly of No. 9 community, near Farmington, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2001, at his residence in Bridgeport.
He was born Sept. 26, 1924, in Mill Creek, a son of the late Cecil and Bessie Daft.
His wife, Helen Postellak Daft, preceded him in death on October 7, 1990.
Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Barbara L. Daft, Bridgeport, and Mrs. Herbert "Susan" Buckhannon, Shinnston; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles S. and Jennefer Daft, Fairmont, Ind., and Richard and Ramona Daft, Bridgeport; one brother, Lewis Daft, Fairmont; one sister, Norma Johnson, Worthington; eight grandchildren, Kimberly Daft whom he helped raise, Stephanie Weaver and James Daft, both of Indiana, Chad Daft, Whitehall, Marjorie Fultineer, Mill Fall, Paula Shriver, Lost Creek, Carolyn Buckhannon, Fairmont, and Steven Buckhannon, Enterprise; six great-grandchildren, Mykena Buckhannon, Dakota Lambert Fulkner, Noah Daft, Jonah Richard Daft, Chanse Weaver and Kylar Daft; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Beatrice Martin.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Pat and Thomas Daft; one sister, Edith Monroe; one grandchild, Brian Richard Buckhannon; and one great-grandchild, Cassidy Marie Shriver.
Friends will be received at the Dent Funeral Home, Farmington, from 2-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Keith Lewis officiating. Interment will follow in the International Order of Odd Fellow Cemetery, Enterprise. There will be a full military graveside service conducted by the Marion County Military Honor Guard.
SALEM -- Iris Lee Fahey, 66, of Marshville, died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2001, at her home, following a lengthy illness.
She was born May 22, 1934, at Salem, a daughter of the late Layman and Louia Carder Alkire.
Her husband, William Fahey, survives.
Also surviving are two sons and their wives, William Matthew and JoLynn Fahey, Salem, and Stephen Patrick and Tammy Fahey, Cincinnati, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Mary Tamara) Brown, Salem, and Mrs. Shawn (Kelly Marie) Moon, Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers, Winston (Bud) and wife, Sue Alkire, Salem, and French and wife, Helen, Alkire, Jacksonville, Fla.; three sisters, Anita Swecker, Bridgeport, Mrs. Jess (Donna) Hill, Little Hocking, Ohio, and Cuba Jones, Georgetown, Fla.; and nine grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, John Alkire and James Alkire.
Mrs. Fahey was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Salem. She was a graduate of St. Mary's School of Nursing.
She was employed for several years at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.
Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Salem, with the Rev. Father Peter Giannamore presiding. Interment will be in the K. of P. Cemetery. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Michael D. 'Mike' Frymier
GLENVILLE -- Michael D. "Mike" Frymier, 49, of Tanner community, Gilmer County, died at 8:09 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2001, at his residence, following an extended illness.
He was born July 2, 1951, in Gilmer County, a son of Ruby Hinzman Frymier of Tanner, and the late Hubert "Nip" Frymier, who died in 1998.
Surviving are two sons, Michael D. "Mike" Frymier Jr., Tanner, and Emery Frymier, Troy; one daughter, Michelle Shackleford, Linn; six brothers, Kenton, Kline and David Frymier, all of Tanner community, Melvin Frymier, Bradenton, Fla., Doug Frymier, Tanner, and Randy Frymier, Glenville; five sisters, Judy Luck, Norwick, Ohio, Janet Sheets, Smithville, Phyllis Sabo, Brinifield, Ohio, Patricia Phares, Waynesburg, Ohio, and Joyce Doak, Pennsboro; and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Frymier was a former employee of Hope Gas Co. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias of Tanner, and the Mount Liberty United Methodist Church.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., Glenville. The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Liberty Cemetery, Tanner.
SALEM -- Austin R. Helmick, 82, of Carolina Avenue, died at 2:25 p.m. Saturday, April 21, 2001, in the United Hospital Center, following a long illness.
He was born Jan. 22, 1919, at Green Hill, Braxton County, a son of the late William Ellis and Bertha Butcher Helmick.
His wife, Athelene Blagg Helmick, whom he married Feb. 14, 1942, survives.
Also surviving are one son, Aaron A. and wife, Mary Helmick, Bridgeport; two daughters, Lenora Riley, Clarksburg, and Mrs. Robert (Loretta) Pernell, Deep Creek Lake, Md.; two brothers, William Darson and wife, Anna Helmick, Cummins, Ga., and Harvey E. and wife, Shirley Helmick, Paden City; three sisters, Mrs. William (Irene) Martin, Huntington, Golda Johnson, Wellington, Ohio, and Glenna Montgomery, Elyria, Ohio; four grandchildren, Robert Eric Pernell, Erica Lynn James, Shannon Leigh Riley and George Robert Riley.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline Burnside and Marmel Crouser.
Mr. Helmick was a member of the Green Hill Methodist Church, and while living in Salem, he attended the West End United Methodist Church. He was a member of Salem Lodge No. 84, A.F. and A.M.
In his early adulthood he was a rural mail carrier in Lewis and Braxton counties. He later attended the Harrison Camp, Civilian Conservation Corps at Quiet Dell where he learned the mechanics of construction. He later learned to apply these well and learned skills when he was a foreman on the construction of the Sutton Dam in the late 1950s.
During 1960, he and his family moved to Salem, where he became a manager of the farm at the Industrial Home for Girls. He was later a physical plant director for Salem College. All of this valuable experience enabled him to enter into the construction industry, namely, the building of Faith Fellowship Church at Willow Beach, the extensive renovation of the Quiet Dell United Methodist Church, and the building of a new First Baptist Church of Nutter Fort. All of these endeavors were under the direction of Robert Pernell, architect.
Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Green Hill Methodist Church with the Rev. Stephen Rector presiding. Interment will be in the Church Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday.
Leo Madalyn Wolfe Langford
GLENVILLE -- Leo Madalyn Wolfe Langford, 87, of Baldwin community, near Gilmer County, died at 8:20 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness.
She was born Oct. 1, 1913, at Baldwin, a daughter of the late John Wesley and Maggie Mae Lanham Wolfe.
Her husband, Beryl Langford, former state trooper, Glenville State College registrar, director of admissions and assistant professor of education, whom she married Dec. 2, 1933, preceded her in death on May 16, 1996.
Surviving are one daughter, Mary Josephine Ours, Baldwin; three grandchildren, Sam Ours, Minneapolis, Minn., Linda Sue Reth, Millersville, Md., and Debra Ann Denny, Centreville, Va.; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by three brothers, Orville "Bus," Frank and Robert Wolfe.
Mrs. Langford began her formal education at Glenville Elementary School. She attended and graduated from Glenville High School, enrolled at Glenville State Normal School, where she received her teaching certificate. After receiving her teaching certificate, she began teaching at Lower Stewarts Creek School, Baldwin School and Sand Fork Elementary. Upon transfer of her husband to Wayne County as a state trooper, she taught elementary school in Wayne County, and later transfers took her to Kanawha and Cabell school systems. During this time she entered Marshall University and received her bachelor's degree in elementary education.
With her husband she moved to East Lansing, Mich., for a position at Michigan State University for her husband and the public school system at Ohemia Elementary School for the next six years for her before moving back to her family farm at Baldwin, Gilmer County, where she began teaching again at Sand Fork Elementary until her retirement in 1973.
She held memberships in the Glenville's Woman Club, Baldwin Woman's Club, served on the Gilmer County Public Library Board, Gilmer County Senior Citizens, Trinity United Methodist church, Glenville, West Virginia Education Association, Gilmer County Education Association, Gilmer County Retired Teachers Association and Gilmer County Association of Retired School employees.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. The funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Michael Ford officiating. Burial will follow in the Stalnaker Cemetery, Glenville.
CLARKSBURG -- Vincenzo Mustachio, 77, of 98 Gordon St., Stonewood, died early Saturday morning, April 21, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.
He was born July 11, 1923, in Stonewood, a son of the late Nicola Mustachio and Giovanni Rotunda Mustachio.
His wife, Phyllis Davis Mustachio, preceded him in death on Feb. 14, 1988.
Surviving are three daughters, Joey Dean, Clarksburg, Marci Mustachio Reinhardt, Tampa, Fla., and Donna Steele, Bridgeport; one stepdaughter, Lynne Brookstein, Phoenix, Ariz.; one brother, Michele Mustachio, Stonewood; five sisters, Lena Allawat and Louise Bartos, both of Stonewood, Rose Weaver, Charleston, Pauline Anania, Youngstown, Ohio, and Josephine Puhak, Millerville, Md.; eight grandchildren, Paul and Eric Armstrong, Alessia, Danielle and Ryan Dean, Nicole Marrero, Vincent and Francesca Steele; one great-grandchild, Nicholas Dillon; and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Salvatore Mustachio.
Mr. Mustachio was retired from Adamston Glass/AFG. He was a Catholic.
Friends may call at Bartolo Funeral Home, 515 West Pike St., Clarksburg, from 1-9 p.m. today. Catholic burial rites will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel with Father Edward Sabo as celebrant. Interment will follow at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
HARRISVILLE -- Edward Bernard Ray, 73, of Smithville, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2001, at his residence.
He was born June 26, 1927, in Akron, Ohio, a son of the late Theodore and Rhoda Campbell Ray.
His wife of 23 years, Joan Young Ray, survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Theodore E. Ray, Barnegat, N.J., Michael P. Ray, Parkersburg, and Timothy R. Ray, Shreveport, La.; one brother, Paul Ray, Bridgeton, N.J.; and nine grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Forest Ray; and one sister, Wanda Barker.
Mr. Ray won the Akron Marble Championship in Akron, Ohio, in 1940 at the age of 12. He was a U.S. Marine with service in China during World War II and in the U.S. Army with service in Korea during the Korean Conflict.
He worked as an electronic technician for the U.S. Government in Monmouth, N.J., before retirement.
Friends may call at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, from 4-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Smithville Baptist Church. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Westfall Cemetery.
Jeremiah H. 'Jerry' Robey
SHINNSTON -- Jeremiah H. "Jerry Robey, 76, of Lumberport, died Saturday, March 21, 2001, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.
He was born Jan. 7, 1925, near Lumberport, a son of the late Nathan Guy and Cora Alice Smith Robey.
His wife of 49 years, Helen Ayers Robey, whom he married Aug. 8, 1952, survives.
Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Gary Nathan and Vickie Robey, Lumberport; one granddaughter, Jennifer Dawn Robey, East Palestine, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Minnie Belle Robey; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers and one sister-in-law, Gustavus Robey, and Marion and Rosalie Robey.
Mr. Robey was a construction worker for over 40 years, having retired from Quality Machine Co. in Bridgeport. He was a Methodist by faith.
Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, after 2 p.m. today where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. French Smith and the Rev. William Kope officiating. Interment will be in the Lions Club Cemetery, Lumberport.
JANE LEW -- Patricia Ann Shea, 63, of 27 Jackson St., Weston, died Saturday, April 21, 2001, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.
She was born July 4, 1937, at Weston, a daughter of the late Lawrence M. and Rosa Evelyn Call Gay.
Her husband, John H. Shea, whom she married Oct. 7, 1961, at St. Patricks Catholic Church, Weston, survives.
Also surviving are one son, Patrick H. Shea, Weston; one daughter, Johnna Barrett and husband, Ed, Weston; two sisters, Betty Tindell, Weston, and Estell Lee Gay, Buckhannon; one brother, Lawrence D. Gay, and one stepgranddaughter, Melissa Barrett, both of Horner.
Mrs. Shea graduated from Weston High School. She was a former telephone operator and was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Horner United Methodist Church.
Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, from 6-8 p.m. today where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Burial will follow in the Machpelah Cemetery, Weston.
Patricia June Ruppert Smith
WESTON -- Patricia June Ruppert Smith, 45, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Alum Bridge, died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at her residence.
She was born June 23, 1956, at Fort Hood, Texas, a daughter of the late Lawrence Robert Ruppert Sr. and Hilda Loubell Fortney Ruppert.
Surviving are one son, Charles Stephen Smith, Weston; one grandson, Christian Alexander Smith, Virginia; two brothers, Bernard Ruppert, Sebring, Fla., and Charles Ruppert, Vienna; one sister, Wanda Lou Taylor, Fredricksburg, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Lawrence Ruppert.
Ms. Smith was a salesperson in retail in Bradenton, Fla., and was a Catholic by faith.
Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at 10 am. Wednesday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert A. Heater officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Jane Lew.
CLARKSBURG -- Betty Yvonne Stemple, 61, of Oak Mound Drive, Clarksburg, died Saturday, April 21, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
She was born May 26, 1939, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late James Franklin and Mary Louise Stutler Everett.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy Stemple and wife, Nancy, Clarksburg, Barry Stemple, Jacksonville, N.C., and Terry Stemple and wife, Patty, Mount Clare; one daughter, Mrs. Tim (Tammy) Skinner, Mount Clare; six grandchildren, Patricia, Tami and Cody Stemple, Seth Skinner, Theresa Stemple and Joshua Stemple; one stepgrandson, David Tripplett; five brothers, James Everett, Ohio, Johnny Everett, Roger Everett and Scottie Everett, all of Mount Clare, and Jerry Everett, West Milford; two sisters, Linda Crock, Mount Clare, and Brenda Swiger, Anmoore; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one grandson, Levi Skinner; and one brother, Dennis Everett.
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 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Pat Leonard officiating. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Park.