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Obituaries for Monday, April 30, 2001

H. June Bode

PENNSBORO -- H. June Bode, 93, of Auburn, Ritchie County, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at Weston.

He was born June 6, 1907, at Auburn, a son of the late Ruben S. and Ida Bell Tharp Bode.

His wife of 55 years, Elsie B. Rollyson Bode, survives.

Also surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Richard Kerns, Harrisville, Deloris and Ed Hendrickson, Belmont, and Diana and Tim McAllister, Ocean View, Del.; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Alison Bode, Indian Head, Md.; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Stacey and Alvin Bode; and two sisters, Mildred Stoneking and Sadie Warner.

Mr. Bode had been employed in the oil and gas industry by Tri-County Producing of Parkersburg, the Ritchie County Board of Education as a carpenter, and retired after 12 years of service with the West Virginia Department of Highways, working primarily in Ritchie County.

He was a veteran of World War II with the U.S. Army and was a member for many years of the Auburn United Methodist Church.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, and from 2-3 p.m. Tuesday at the Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn. The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. John Frum officiating. Burial will be in the Auburn Cemetery, Auburn.

Victoria Caputo

CLARKSBURG -- Victoria Caputo, 82, of 788 Twin Oaks Drive, Bridgeport, died at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness.

She was born April 4, 1919, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Frank Oliverio and Concetta Savarese Oliverio.

Her husband, Tony Caputo, who with his brothers owned and operated a family business, Garden Fresh Stores in Clarksburg and other areas, preceded her in death on Feb. 26, 2000.

Surviving are one son, James J. Caputo, Winston- Salem, N.C.; one daughter, Toni Louise Baker, Puyallup, Wash.; three sisters, Alveda Tiano and Lena Sappington, both of Clarksburg, Margaret Donato, Niagara Falls, N.Y.; one brother, Paul Oliverio, Clarksburg; and four grandchildren, Chad Anthony Baker, Bremerton, Wash., Jason Anthony Caputo, Chapel Hill, N.C., Kristen Lee Caputo, Charlotte, N.C., and Lindsay Diana Baker, Payallup, Wash.

She was also preceded in death by five sisters, one of whom was a twin sister, Mary Oliverio, Josephine Crispino, Argia Shablack, Louise Oliverio and Frances DeMarco; four brothers, Thomas Oliverio, Bianco Oliverio, Mario "Mutt" Oliverio and Raymond "Duchie" Oliverio.

Mrs. Caputo was a member of the All Saints Catholic Church, Bridgeport. She was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the All Saints Catholic Church, Bridgeport, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Father Harry Cramer as celebrant. Entombment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the People's Hospice, P.O. Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV 26302-1680 or the Arthritis Foundation, 7811 Laurel Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45243.

Mrs. Wayne Cunningham

SHINNSTON -- Mrs. Myrtle Elizabeth Tarleton Cunningham, 87, of Cunningham's Run, Shinnston, died at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness.

She was born July 22, 1913, at Monongah, a daughter of the late Myrtle Hixenbaugh Tarleton and Charles William Tarleton.

Her husband, Wayne Robinson, preceded her in death in January 1978.

Surviving are three children, Wayne R. "Jack" Cunningham, Judy Cunningham Asel and husband, Henry Asel, Cunningham's Run, Shinnston, and Jill Cunningham Heldreth, Clarksburg; six grandchildren, Anne Carrico and Scott Heldreth, Clarksburg, Alesa Carrico, Buckhannon, Alice Pill, Shinnston, Ronda Kroeger, Cincinnati, and David Cunningham, Cunningham's Run; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by four sisters, three brothers, and one great-grandchild, Rosetta Anne Carrico.

Mrs. Cunningham was a past chairman of the board and a former Sunday School teacher. She was a Bible school teacher of the Peora United Methodist Church.

She was a past president and 68-year member of the Peora Extension Homemakers Club and former vice president of the Harrison County Extension Homemakers Council.

She was a member of the Shinnston Chapter 103, Order of Eastern Star for over 50 years. She was a member of the Woman's Club of Shinnston, a lifetime member of the Shinnston Historical Society and a member of the Shinnston High School Alumni Association, having graduated in 1931. She also spent many years as a 4-H leader and church youth leader.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Toni Beecher officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

William Grant Exline

BRIDGEPORT -- William Grant Exline, 91, of Bentonville, Va., passed away Saturday, April 28, 2001, at the Lynn Care Nursing Home.

He was born Dec. 13, 1909, in Braxton County, a son of the late John Wesley and Nellie Sandy Exline.

His wife, Alta Mae Frame Exline, whom he married Oct. 14, 1988, survives in Bentonville. His first wife, Elizabeth Fisher Exline, preceded him in death.

Also surviving are one son, William Grant Exline Jr., upstate New York; one daughter, Barbara Taylor, Ilion, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; one brother, Howard Eugene Exline; and three sisters, Martha Hiney, Cora Linger and Anna Mae Robinson.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Edward Guy Exline, James William Exline, William Exline and Anthony Exline.

Mr. Exline was formerly in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He worked primarily as a machinist in the cotton mill industry. He also was employed as a cook and worked in a coal mine. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church.

Friends will be received at the Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. George Mesto officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Richard Jack Garrett

WESTON -- Richard Jack Garrett, 69, of Linn, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.

He was born May 27, 1931, in Weston, a son of the late Richard Earl Garrett and Opal Gay Hall Garrett.

His wife, the former Ruth Mason, whom he married May 4, 1953, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Desi Garrett, Glenville; one daughter and fiancé, Debbie Moyers and Chip Goff, Linn; three grandchildren, Vanessa Garrett and Alexandra Garrett, both of Glenville, and BethAnn Moyers, Linn; two brothers, Nelson Garrett, Cox's Mills, and Elvin Garrett, Parkersburg; one sister, Glo Woofter, Weston, and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Randy Garrett; and one brother, Melvin Garrett.

Mr. Garrett was a lifetime farmer and stockman. He was a loving father and grandfather. He was a Baptist by faith.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 2-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Lewis W. 'Lefty' Helmick

CLARKSBURG -- Lewis W. "Lefty" Helmick, 73, of Clarksburg, passed away Monday, April 23, 2001, at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born April 9, 1928, in Grafton, a son of the late Guy Helmick and Mary Phillips Helmick Ewing.

His wife, Margaret "Peggy," whom he married Nov. 28, 1947, survives.

Also surviving are four children, Steven J. Helmick, Aptos, Calif., Arthur L. Helmick, Clarksburg, Margaret A. Cullison, Edgewater, Md., and Mary J. Fealy, Pasadena, Md.; one sister, Agnes Morrison, Clearfield, Pa.; one half brother, Lee Rhoades, Lost Creek; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Helmick was retired from the U.S. Government Printing Office.

A private family service will be held at a later date. Davis Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to People's Hospice, P.O. Box 1680, Clarksburg, WV 26302.

Marjorie E. 'Peggy' Kniceley

FLATWOODS -- Marjorie E. "Peggy" Kniceley, 66, of Flatwoods, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, in Charleston Area Medical Center-Memorial Division, Charleston, after a long illness.

She was born July 23, 1934, at Hettie, a daughter of Nellie Williston Ware of Ireland and the late French "Bill" Ware.

Her husband, Escar Kniceley, whom she married Sept. 27, 1953, preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 1992.

Surviving are one daughter, Dawn Alea Anderson, and husband, Carl, Hurricane; two sons, Kenton Kniceley and wife, Brenda, Sutton, and Kessel Kniceley and wife, Kim, Flatwoods; one sister, Joy Wimer, and two brothers, Billy Ray and Danny Maxwell, all of Ireland; and six grandchildren, Derrick and Nicholas Kniceley, Dan Cottrill Jr., Alyssa and Andrew Anderson and Kayla Kniceley.

Mrs. Kniceley was a retired cook with 31 years of service for the Braxton County Board of Education. She was a member of the West Virginia School Food Service Association and attended the Flatwoods United Methodist Church. She was a Methodist by faith.

Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. today at the Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home, Flatwoods. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Nancy Cale officiating. Burial will follow in the Stone Run Cemetery.

The family suggest donations be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1115, Dunbar, WV 25064.

Ursula Lewis

BUCKHANNON -- Ursula Lewis, 57, of Route 2, French Creek, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, after a short battle with cancer.

She was born Dec. 23, 1943, in Mainz, Germany, a daughter of Margareta Jost of Dornheim, Germany, and the late Stefan Ziervogel.

Her husband, Robert Lewis, whom she married Aug. 28, 1964, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Janice Mahon, French Creek; two sons, Brian Lewis, Clintwood, Va., and Carl Lewis, three grandchildren, Brandon Richards, Brianna Richards and Amber Lewis, all of French Creek; two stepgrandchildren, Rather and Chandra Mullins, Clintwood, Va.; one stepgreat-grandchild, Bryson Mullins, Clintwood, Va.; and one half brother, Bernd Ziervogel, Dornheim, Germany.

Mrs. Lewis was an employee of Super Wal-Mart in Buckhannon. She was a Catholic by faith.

Friends will be received from 3-9 p.m. today at the Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel, Buckhannon. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Pleasant Dale United Methodist Church, where the body will lie in state from 1-2 p.m. Interment will follow in Pleasant Dale United Methodist Cemetery.

Pauline H. Owens Miller

WEST UNION -- Pauline H. Owens Miller, 85, of West Union, died Friday, April 27, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born June 29, 1915, in Doddridge County, a daughter of the late David Crocket Owens Jr. and Mary Emily Thompson Owens.

Her husband, Ralph Howard "Buddie" Miller, preceded her in death in 1975.

Surviving are three daughters, Polly Ice and husband, Mitchell (Mrs. Miller's caregiver), Nellie Leasure, both of West Union, and Betty Sue Cox, Hundred; four sons, Alvin Deems, Clarksburg, Robert Deems, Wyatt, Charles Franklin Deems, Greenwood, and James Clarence Deems, Clarksburg; four grandchildren, Jason and Justin Leasure, Paula Williamson, all of West Union, and Charmagne Grandstaff, Hundred; and three great-grandchildren, Wesley Harris and Nathan Grandstaff, Hundred, and Anthony Lee Williamson, West Union.

She was also preceded in death by one son, John Davey Deems; two brothers, David L. Owens and Charles L. Owens; two sisters, Laura Elizabeth Wells and Dessie McIntyre; and one great-grandson, Patrick Blain Harris.

Mrs. Miller was a homemaker and a Baptist by faith.

A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Spurgeon Funeral Home service, West Union.

Samuel Romano

CLARKSBURG -- Samuel Romano, 89, of Farland Avenue, Clarksburg, died Sunday, April 29, 2001, at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born June 8, 1912, at Meadowbrook, a son of the late James and Kathleen Oliveto Romano.

His wife, Madeline G. McIntyre Romano, preceded him in death in 1994.

Surviving are one stepson, Joe Kennedy, Florida; one stepgranddaughter, Peggy Vineyard, Waxhaw, N.C.; three brothers, Frank Romano, Ohio, Louis Romano, California, and Tony Romano, Clarksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one stepdaughter, Shiela Garcia; and four sisters, Victoria Oliverio, Mary Podmar, Rose Caroli and Angline Curia.

Mr. Romano was a glass worker having retired from Fourco Glass Co. in Adamston. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army. During his service he was held prisoner of war for 26 months.

He was a member of the Meuse-Argonne Post No. 573, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Christ Episcopal Church, Clarksburg.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Olen Thomas Drive, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Scott Holcombe officiating. Interment will be in the Sunset Memorial Park, Mount Clare. Military rites will be conducted by VFW Post 573.

Alva Jackson Row

ELKINS -- Alva Jackson Row, 91, of Junior, and for the past week a patient at the Frostburg Village Nursing Home, Frostburg, Md., died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at the nursing home. He had been in declining health for the past two weeks after suffering a stroke.

He was born July 15, 1909, at Junior, a son of the late William Jackson Row and Pearl Hayes Row.

His wife, the former Glenda Phillips, whom he married June 5, 1937, preceded him in death on Feb. 27, 1985.

Surviving are one son, Robert J. Row, Danville, Ind.; one daughter, Yvonne Row Beal, Frostburg; one sister, Elizabeth Ryder, Jackson, Mich.; and three grandchildren, Erica S. Gillespie, Cumming, Ga., Lori Row Guyer, Indianapolis, Ind., and Matthew J. Row, Muncie, Ind.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, George, Clifton and Annon Row; and three sisters, Sylvia Dean, Elice Martin and Clarice Cross.

Mr. Row was a graduate of the Bridgewater College at Bridgewater, Va. He had worked as a farmer, coal miner and school teacher. He had worked in the newspaper business for almost 50 years. He was an employee with the Inter-Mountain Newspaper for 46 years, and a former mayor of the town Junior.

In 1988 he published a book of his poetry, "The Simple Things and Other Poems". In addition to writing poetry, he enjoyed painting, gardening and growing flowers. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elkins.

Friends will be received at the Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home, from 6-9 p.m. today. Final rites will be conducted from the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Dr. Marvin L. Parli officiating. Interment will follow at the Mountain View Cemetery, Junior.

Forrest D. Stewart

PINEVILLE -- Forrest D. Stewart, 95, of Pineville, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at Weston, following a long illness.

He was born March 5, 1906, at Key Rock, a son of the late W.H.H. Stewart and Victoria Halsey Stewart.

His wife of 73 years, Merlie Irene Stewart, preceded him in death on Jan. 16, 1998.

Surviving are one son, Paul H. Stewart and wife, Minnie, Pineville; one daughter, Iris King and husband, Ronald, Weston; one sister, Sylvia Cook, Florida; six grandchildren, Jeffery King, Fairmont, Martha Petroski and husband, Jeff, Lori Wilmoth, all of Clarksburg, Melissa Hoskins and husband, Joseph, Winchester, Va., Aimee Browning and husband, Scooter, Morrisvale, and Heather Gifford and husband, Jamie, Jane Lew; and eight great-grandchildren, Justin and Jessica Scarrett, Alex Wilmoth, Hunter, Grace and Josiah Hoskins, Nate Browning and Ashley Gifford.

He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Buel Stewart; two brothers and four sisters.

Mr. Stewart was a retired miner. He was a lifelong member of the Rock Castle Baptist Church and was the oldest living deacon in the church at the time of his death.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the Calfee Funeral Service Chapel, Pineville. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Doc Adkins officiating. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Walter 'Frank' Templeton

CLARKSBURG -- Walter "Frank" Templeton, 58, of North 13th Street, Clarksburg, died at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2001, at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born Aug. 21, 1942, at Pine Bluff, a son of the late Cora Templeton.

His wife, Frances Prince Templeton, whom he married May 18, 1962, survives.

Also surviving are three sons and two daughters-in-law, Robert and Brenda Templeton, North View, Fred and Lisha Templeton, Laurel Valley, and David Templeton at home; two grandchildren, Justin Templeton and Shannon Cutlip; and two great-grandchildren, Whitney and Tiffany Cutlip.

Mr. Templeton was a baker, having retired with 35 years in the bakery business. He was a member of the Nutter Fort Union Mission Church.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, 1 Olen Thomas Drive, Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today where the funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Ronald Gandy and Pastor Jerry Lee officiating. Interment will be in the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

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