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Obituaries for Sunday, May 6, 2001

Jack S. Evans

MORGANTOWN -- Jack S. Evans, 88, of Heritage Point, Morgantown, formerly of Lumberport, died Thursday, May 3, 2001, at Monongalia General Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Sept. 11, 1912, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a son of the late Jack Francis and Mabel Smith Evans.

His wife, Betty Shuttleworth Evans, survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Carolinda Wayland, Mason Neck, Va., Kathy Evans-Meade, Northport, Mich., Meredith E. Kiger, Morgantown, and three grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Jack H. "Jeb" Evans; one brother, David Evans, and one sister, Jane Evans Logan.

Mr. Evans was a graduate of Burgettstown High School. He attended the University of Pittsburgh. He was employed by the Hope Natural Gas Co. of Clarksburg for 39 years in the Land and Right of Way Department. He was a member of the Lease and Right of Way Association, Shinnston Masonic Lodge 32 Mason, and was an acknowledged Civil War historian.

A cremation service will be provided by Hastings Funeral Home. A memorial service and interment will follow at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made in his memory to the American Lung Association of West Virginia, P.O. Box 3980, Charleston, WV 25339-3980.

Pearl Elizabeth McClain

WESTON -- Pearl Elizabeth McClain, 86, of Route 2, Weston, Middle Run community, died at 3:40 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2001, in the Holbrook Nursing Home, Buckhannon, following an extended illness.

She was born April 28, 1915, in Weston, a daughter of the late Howard Benson Bennett and Ida Ann Harris Bennett.

Her husband, Leonard R. McClain, preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 1998.

Surviving are one daughter, Pamela Butcher McKenzie, Weston; four sons, James Johns, Bradenton, Fla., David Johns, Norton, Ohio, Rodney Butcher and Carl Butcher, both of Elyria, Ohio; two sisters, Pauline Pickens, Weston, and Cora Wanless, Frederick, Md.; and one brother, Ray Bennett, Cottle; six grandchildren, Stephanie McKenzie, Weston, Katherine Cutright, Boston, Mass., Kristina Cutright, Fairmont, Douglas, Chris and Mark Jones, all of Lakewood, Ohio; and five great-grandchildren, Andea, Jerrmiah and Jakob Booth, Shawn Corley and Jessica Johns, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Danny Butcher; one brother, Andrew Bennett; two sisters, Edna Hitt and Bertha Yerkey; one infant sister, and one son-in-law, Stephen McKenzie.

Mrs. McClain was a farmer. She was a Protestant by faith.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 6-8 p.m. Monday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from the funeral home with the Rev. Robert A. Heater officiating. Interment will follow in the Middle Run Cemetery.

Elmer Nestor

PARSONS -- Elmer Nestor, 84, of Haddix community, Tucker County, died early Friday morning, May 4, 2001, at the Ruby Memorial Hospital after being admitted on Wednesday. Death was attributed to a heart attack.

He was born Nov. 28, 1916, at Pifer Mountain, Saint George, a son of the late Earl Clark Nestor and Rosie Belle Breakiron Nestor.

His wife of 58 years, the former Edith Godwin, whom he married April 12, 1943, at Baltimore, Md., survives.

Also surviving are three sons, Donald Clark Nestor and wife, Lois, Clarksburg, Lonnie Ray Nestor and wife, Roxanne, Rosendorf, and Randy Glenn Nestor and wife, Karen, Haddix community; one daughter, Betty Jean Fazenbaker and husband, George, Doylestown, Ohio, 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one son, Ronald Lee Nestor; one brother, Darl Nestor; and three sisters, Dove Shaffer, Hazel Shaffer and Edna Collett.

Mr. Nestor attended the one-room school at Pifer Mountain. He worked for the former Dorman Mills of Parsons for 17 years as a dye man. He was in the ginseng and fur business for over 20 years. He was a farmer.

Final rites will be conducted at the Barb-Greenlief Funeral Home, Parsons, at 2 p.m. today with Pastor Pat Cassidy officiating. Interment will follow at the Pifer Mountain Cemetery, Saint George.

Kathryn J. Sharp

GRAFTON -- Kathryn J. Sharp, 59, of Route 1, Thornton, passed away Friday evening, May 4, 2001, at her residence.

She was born Jan. 23, 1942, in Taylor County, a daughter of the late Charles J. and Bertha Maude Beckner Bowman.

Surviving are her companion, Ralph F. Williams, Thornton; four sons, Charles W. Sharp, Arthurdale, Everette Jennings Sharp, Orville, Ohio, Philip Lee Sharp, Marshall, Okla., and David Ray Sharp, Burgman; one daughter, Loretta J. Sharp Poling, Philippi; one sister, Irene Workman, Independence; one brother, William "Bill" Bowman, Mount Clare; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Carl Bowman, Pete Bowman and Joe Bowman; and two sisters, Loretta Hall and Mary Stump.

Ms. Sharp was a homemaker, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister to her family.

She was Protestant by faith.

The family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, Grafton, from 7-9 p.m. Monday and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday. The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor Phil Nestor officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Dealous F. 'Gordon' Williams

FAIRMONT -- Dealous F. "Gordon" Williams, 85, of the Carolina community, died Friday, May 4, 2001, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 2, 1915, in Braxton County, a son of the late George M. and Lucy Jane Allen Williams.

His wife of 65 years, Erma Morris Williams, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Ken Gordon and Shirley Williams, Fort Pierce, Fla.; one daughter, Janette and Gary Talerico, Fairmont; two brothers, Denzil Williams, Helens Run, and Warren Williams, Lakeland, Fla.; four grandchildren, Anita Blondin, Conn., Robert Lee Williams, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Sharon Crowe, Huntsville, Ala., and Heather Talerico, Fairmont, and six great-grandchildren, Cory, Zachary and Hannah Blondin, Jack Williams, Adian and Liam Crowe.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Lawrence Williams; and two sisters, Beaulah Blue and Mable Pyles.

Mr. Williams worked with the B&O Railroad. He was a retired coal miner of 40 years, having been with the Carolina Mines, the Idamay Mines and the Federal 2 Mines.

He was a member of the Assembly of God Church on Swisher Hill. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.

Friends and family may call at the Ford Funeral Home, Ford Chapel, 201 Columbia St., Fairmont, from 1:30-8 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 1 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Mike Brown officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery, Shinnston.

Chester B. Zinn

SALEM -- Chester B. Zinn, 87, of Route 2, Big Flint community, died at 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2001, at his home, following a long illness.

He was born July 3, 1913, on Lick Run, Doddridge County, a son of the late Frederick Marion and Lula Kelley Zinn.

His wife, Leona Edna Callihan Zinn, preceded him in death on July 9, 1978.

Surviving are three sons and spouses, W. Fred and Venita Zinn, Berlin "Bud" and Ann Zinn, and Roger D. and Jane Zinn, all of Salem; two daughters, Mrs. Howard (Naomi Jean) Powell, Route 2, and Mrs. James A. (Wilma) Hill, Route 2, West Union; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Cecil, Forrest, Russell and Merle Zinn, and three sisters, Gladys Zinn, Edna Davis and Wilma Marrs.

Mr. Zinn was a member of the Salem Seventh Day Baptist Church, a former member of the Salem Lions Club, and was an active member and former board member of the Doddridge County Senior Citizens.

He was a man of various hobbies, namely, coon hunter, animal lover, dog trainer, fiddle player and avid pool player.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 1-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Lillian Simmons and the Rev. Gene Smith presiding. Interment will be in the K of P Cemetery.

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