|Obituaries for Tuesday, May 15
BUCKHANNON -- Anna F. Anderson, 87, of 23 Hampton Road, Buckhannon, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at Holbrook's Nursing Home, Buckhannon.
She was born July 26, 1913, in Hampton, a daughter of the late Retes Casto and Icy Wright Casto.
Her husband, Otha Anderson, preceded her in death.
Surviving are one daughter, Marlene Brown, Buckhannon; one brother, Creed Casto, Lima, Ohio; one sister, Artha Gay, Harrisville, and one grandson, Charles Brown, Buckhannon.
She was also preceded in death by one sister, Etha Roberts, and one grandson, Randall Brown.
Mrs. Anderson was a seamstress and a member of Hampton United Methodist Church.
FLATWOODS -- Mrs. Ogie May Bright, 95, of Caress died Monday, May 14, 2001, at Laurel Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Big Otter, following an extended illness.
She was born Feb. 1, 1906, in Vernon, a daughter of the late George King and Lou Ellen Perkins King.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Oley Ray Bright, on Nov. 18, 1988.
Also surviving are four grandchildren, Sherry Smyth, Sutton, Jeff Bright and Dennis Bright, both of Flatwoods, and Olga Gregory, Buckhannon; eight grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Shelly Ann Bright; one son, Burgeous Shirley Bright; four brothers, Brooks, Glen, Ward and Milton King; three sisters, Mona Belle Boyd, Nellie Mollohan and Fanny Smith.
She was also preceded in death by eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Bright was a member of the Mt. Hebron United Methodist Church, a farmer, and a longtime local columnist for the Braxton Democrat, where her writings were about local news and history.
She was a wonderful grandmother and homemaker.
Margaret Evelyn Buckhannon
CLARKSBURG -- Margaret Evelyn Buckhannon, 79, of 208 Pennsylvania Ave., Nutter Fort, died Saturday, May 12, 2001, in Chesapeake, Va.
She was born Oct. 10, 1921, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Carl Reid and Mae Dalton Reid.
Her husband, James E. Buckhannon Jr., preceded her in death.
Surviving are one son, Timothy P. Buckhannon, Baton Rouge, La.; one daughter, Margaret Jenkins, Chesapeake; one sister, Grace Swiger, Clarksburg; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She was also preceded in death by one son, James E. Buckhannon III, and two daughters, Barbara "Tiny" Buckhannon and Judy Buckhannon.
Mrs. Buckhannon was a homemaker and a member of Bible Baptist Temple Church.
Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bible Baptist Temple, Route 58, Stonewood, with Pastor Charles Madaus presiding. Interment will be in Bridgeport Cemetery. Mrs. Buckhannon will lie in state in the church one hour prior to the service.
Annabel Lee Lowther DuCoeur
CLARKSBURG -- Annabel Lee Lowther DuCoeur, 79, of Arbutus Drive, Clarksburg, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.
She was born Nov. 4, 1921, in Center Branch, a daughter of the late Hobert Manley and Anna Margaret Smith Matheny.
Twice married, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Jewel Arthur "Bus" Lowther, and by her second husband, George Edmund DuCoeur.
Surviving are one son, Jerry Lynn Lowther and wife, Darlene, Newton, Kan.; two daughters, Anna Marie Montgomery and Betsy L. Harrold and husband, Don, all of Clarksburg; seven grandchildren, Jerry Lynn Lowther Jr., Andrew Sean Lowther, Dawn Lynn Heller, George Lynn Montgomery II, Samuel Harrold III, Abagail L. Hill and Margaret Anne Harrold; seven great-grandchildren; two half brothers, Clifford Manley, Hurricane, and Owen Manley, Texas; two half sisters, Rita Franklin and Carolyn Brifendine, both of Charleston, and one aunt, Ita Gootee, Bridgeport.
She was also preceded in death by one brother, Leonard Manley.
Mrs. DuCoeur was a retired secretary at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.
She was a member of Queen Esther Chapter No. 11, Order of Eastern Star, the Sunny Croft Bridge Group, the Nutter Fort Homemakers and Christ Episcopal Church. She was an active bridge player and active in the bridge community.
Friends will be received at Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Route 98, Clarksburg, from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Christ Episcopal Church. Interment will be in Bridgeport Cemetery. A reception for family and friends will follow the service at the family residence, 136 Arbutus Drive.
Arthur Dale 'Dick' Fansler
PARSONS -- Arthur Dale "Dick" Fansler, 86, a resident of Hambleton, died at 9:45 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2001, at his home. He had been in declining health, and death was attributed to a stroke.
He was born Sept. 11, 1915, in Hambleton, a son of the late Arthur David Fansler and Lydia Columbia Swartz Fansler.
His first wife, the former Dovie Gooden, whom he married Aug. 26, 1945, in Red House, Md., preceded him in death on Feb. 20, 1990. On Aug. 3, 1992, in Princeton, he married Peg Harris, who survives.
Also surviving are one son, Phillip F. Fansler, Parsons; two stepsons, James Harris, Bridgeport, and William Harris, Mt. Pleasant, Pa.; one daughter, Frances M. Hedrick and husband, Dale, Hendricks; three stepdaughters, Linda Cross, Cindy Phillips and Crystal Polomaski, all of Hambleton; six grandchildren, Jamie Nestor, Aaron and Andrew Fansler, Chris, Scott and Jason Hedrick; 11 stepgrandchildren, and six stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one brother, Otis Fansler, three sisters, Georgie Smith, Ruth Eye and Hazel Fansler, and one stepson, Eddie Harris.
Mr. Fansler attended the schools at Hendricks. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, earning an American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star.
He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 33 years, retiring in 1970. He was a scout master for the Hendricks Boy Scout Troop and was a licensed private airplane pilot. He was a member of the Free Methodist Church, Hendricks, and attended the Riverview Chapel, Porterwood.
PENNSBORO -- Ethel M. Harden, 91, of Pennsboro, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, in Parkersburg.
She was born March 1, 1910, in Ellenboro, Ritchie County, a daughter of the late Ira J. and Cora Sevrin Davis.
Her husband, Clarence L. Harden, preceded her in death.
Surviving are two daughters, Betty Williams, Lorain, Ohio, and Dorothy Klepfel, Alexandria, Va.; 10 grandchildren, one of whom is Nancy Vaughn, who was her caregiver; 13 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Ruth Dye; three brothers, Clarence, James and Homer Davis, and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Harden was a homemaker and Methodist.
BRIDGEPORT -- Jerome F. Heard Sr., 70, formerly of Bridgeport, died Saturday, May 12, 2001, following a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 9, 1931, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a son of Genevieve M. Heard, Mt. Lebanon, Pa., and the late Bradley S. Heard.
His former wife, Joyce E. Heard, survives at The Heritage nursing home.
Also surviving are two sons, Jerome F. Heard Jr., Bridgeport, and Steven L. Heard and wife, Jolene, Lost Creek; three daughters, Lynda J. Kerns, Bridgeport, Janice M. Phillips and husband, Stanton, Aiken, S.C., and Joy L. Haney and husband, Steve, Princeton; 18 grandchildren, John, Christian, Christopher Jerome and Jennifer Smith, Autumn, Austin and Kyle Davis, Stanton Jr., Joseph and Kaylee Phillips, Corey and Ashley Heard, Josh, Heather and Haley Smith, Tristan, Haley and Trey Haney; two great-grandchildren, Kayla Kniceley and Zachary Kibodeaux.
Mr. Heard recently retired from J&S Business Forms/Vision Business Products of Bridgeport, where he was former president.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no funeral service.
BRIDGEPORT -- Reba Mae Dodd Lewis, 80, of Hastings Run, Quiet Dell, died Monday, May 14, 2001, at her residence following an extended illness.
She was born Jan. 16, 1921, in Elizabeth, Wirt County, a daughter of the late Ray and Laura Ann Seaton Dodd.
Her husband, Howard Kay Lewis, whom she married April 22, 1939, in Leesburg, Va., preceded her in death on Dec. 17, 1973.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Kimberly Lewis, Mount Clare; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sonnie and Bernard Norman, Chub Run, and Rebecca and Lanny Lake, Clarksburg; 13 grandchildren and spouses, Kim and Karl Burnside, Patty and Chuck Reger, Danny and Avis Lewis, Debbie and Thomas Day, Kelly and Steve Jones, Mark Norman, Mike Lewis, Jennifer Lewis, Melinda Lewis, Cindy Lewis, Kristi Knight, Kasey Shaffer and Dennis Goodwin; 13 great-grandchildren and one on the way; one brother, Ray J. Dodd, Wilmington, N.C., and extended family Phyllis Lewis Strader, Linda Kay Lewis and Coral Grande.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, Jackson Kay Lewis and Gerald Philip Lewis; one brother, Hugh Cleon Dodd, and two sisters, Mary Marie Daugherty and Eleanor Ruth Himes.
Mrs. Lewis was formerly employed for 17 years as a sales clerk at O.J. Morrison. She also worked 10 years at Tri-County Nutrition until her retirement. She was very proud of her activity on the Harrison County Election Board.
She was a member of the Greenhill Methodist Church and also attended the Quiet Dell Methodist Church, where she was active in the Food Pantry and the United Methodist Women. She was honored as the Quiet Dell United Methodist Woman of the Year in 2000. She had also been a 4-H leader for many years.
Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Mary Ellen Finegan officiating. Interment will follow at Green Hill Methodist Church Cemetery.
BELINGTON -- Robert L. McVicker, MSgt, USAF retired, formerly of Oxon Hill, Md., died Tuesday, May 8, 2001, in Green Cove Springs, Fla.
He was born March 28, 1930, in Belington, a son of the late Columbus Ord and Almanza McVicker.
Surviving are three children, Joyce Stewart and son-in-law, Frank, Chantilly, Va., Janet White and son-in-law, James, Martinsburg, and James McVicker and daughter-in-law, Patricia, Alexandria, Va.; one grandchild, Hilary Stewart; two brothers, Harry Michael and John Calvin, and two sisters, Janice Corley and Loleta Perks.
He was also preceded in death by one sister, Alma May, and one brother, Kelly.
MSgt. Robert L. McVicker completed 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, with the majority of his work being accomplished in air operations at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C., and in legislative liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, at the Pentagon.
During his military career, he served two overseas tours in England and Iceland. During a tour at the Pentagon, he was assigned to the vice presidential support team for Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey.
Upon his retirement from the U.S. Air Force in 1969, he went to work for the District of Columbia city government as an administrator in the Surplus Acquisition Section. He completed a total of 30 years of government service.
In recent years, Mr. McVicker moved to Deland, Fla., where he was active with members of the Whisperwood community. He regularly attended services at First United Methodist Church, Deland.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Home, Crim Avenue, Belington. Interment with military honors will follow at West Virginia National Cemetery, Grafton.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, Texas, 75231-4596, in memory of Robert L. McVicker.
CLARKSBURG -- F. Carl Moebus, 87, of Route 2, Box 95, Lake Floyd, Bristol, died at 2:06 a.m. Monday, May 14, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.
He was born Feb. 21, 1914, in Pittsburgh, Pa., a son of the late Frederick Carl Moebus and Jean White Moebus.
His wife, Wilmageen Rollins Moebus, whom he married Oct. 17, 1964, survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Rudy (Carl M.) Baker, Bridgeport; two sons and daughters-in-law, Fred C. and Linda Moebus and David and Kim Anderson, four grandchildren, Heather Dawn, Justin Chad and Nathan Carl Moebus and David "D.J." Anderson, all of Lake Floyd.
He was also preceded in death by one granddaughter, Michele Nicole Neitzel.
Mr. Moebus was a member of the United Methodist Temple Church, Clarksburg, the Clarksburg Lodge No. 482 BPO Elks, Clarksburg Lodge No. 155 AF&AM, the Nemesis Temple of Shrine, Parkersburg. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason with membership in the Wheeling and Clarksburg bodies.
He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He retired on Jan. 1, 1978 from Consolidated Gas Supply as manager of Payroll with 39 years of service. He had moved to Clarksburg from Pittsburgh in 1940 when the then Hope Gas moved its offices to Clarksburg.
Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, with the Rev. William Haynes Jr., presiding. Entombment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, where Clarksburg Lodge No. 155 AF&AM will conduct Masonic burial rites.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502.
BUCKHANNON -- Emma Geraldine Noe, 84, of 6 Wimer Ave., Buckhannon, died Sunday, May 13, 2001, at her home in Buckhannon.
She was born Dec. 6, 1916, in Upshur County, a daughter of the late Norman Lowe and Lulah Hibbs Lowe.
Her husband, Bennie Noe, preceded her in death.
Surviving are one nephew, Kenneth and wife, Marie Noe, Manassas, Va.; and several cousins.
Mrs. Noe was a home demonstration agent and attended Sand Run Baptist Church.
SHINNSTON -- Nancy L. Riley, 68, of Mahlon Street, Shinnston, died at 6:54 a.m. Sunday, May 13, 2001, at West Virginia University Hospitals Inc.
She was born Feb. 11, 1933, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Norman Glover and June Drummond Glover Core. Her stepfather, Willis Core, also preceded her in death.
Her husband, James F. Riley, whom she married June 18, 1948, survives.
Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Brenda Riley, Nutter Fort, and David and Marilyn Riley, Shinnston; four grandchildren, Ryan Riley and wife, Mandi, Clarksburg, Keri Riley, Morgantown, Kristy Parrish and husband, Brian and Raymond Todd Riley, all of Shinnston; two great-grandchildren, Camden and Payton Riley, Clarksburg; one brother, Daniel Glover, Barnsville, Ohio; one niece, Joyce Ingalls; and several other nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Riley, along with her husband, owned and operated Quality Baking Co., Shinnston. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.
Friends will be received at Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Aulbert Roberts and the Rev. Graham Robertson officiating. Interment will follow in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.
Rebecca Nicole Shuttlesworth
GRAFTON -- Rebecca Nicole Shuttlesworth, 3 months, of Tunnelton, died Saturday May 12, 2001, at her residence.
She was born Feb. 14, 2001, in Morgantown, a daughter of Kathy Shuttlesworth.
Surviving are two brothers, Kevin and Dustin Shuttlesworth; maternal grandparents, Terry Shuttlesworth and Thelma Hose, two uncles, Benjamin and James Shuttlesworth, two aunts, Beverly and Glenda Shuttlesworth, all of Grafton.
Friends will be received at Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, where a graveside service will follow at Bluemont Cemetery, with the Rev. H. Edgar Suite, officiating.