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Obituaries for Monday, June 4, 2001

Dennis F. Beatty

WEST UNION -- Dennis F. Beatty, 76, of West Union, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Jan. 30, 1925, in Rosedale, a son of the late Charles and Lucy Belle Riddle Beatty.

He is survived by his wife, Pearle W. Beatty, whom he married Dec. 17, 1969; three daughters, Brenda Swiger and husband Robert, Lumberport, Linda Heinzelmann and husband Fred, Anchorage, Alaska, and Mona Harris and husband Virgil, Killeen, Texas; one son, Robert Beatty and wife Betty, St. Marys; five stepdaughters, Alice McCarty and husband James, Lumberport, Rachel Smith, Duluth, Ga., Netia McCarty, Lumberport, Mary Walters and husband Jay, Green River, and Bette Baughman, Shallotte, N.C.; 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his first wife of 23 years, Minnie Copenhaver, one infant son, four brothers and three sisters.

Mr. Beatty was an overseas Army veteran, having served from 1945 until his retirement in 1967. While in the Army, he received one Purple Heart from his service in Korea, the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, the Occupational Medal for his service in Japan, the Injured in Action award, the Combat Badge while serving in Japan and the National Defense Service Medal. He retired in 1987 from the Harrison County School System as a bus driver. He was a member of the Union Mission Church of Green Valley.

Funeral service will be conducted at Spurgeon Funeral Home, West Union, at 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Bill Kope officiating. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery, Tyler County. Family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday.

Spurgeon Funeral Home, West Union, is in charge of arrangements.

Patsy J. Belcastro

SHINNSTON -- Patsy J. Belcastro, 76, of Charles Street, Shinnston, died at 6:43 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2001, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg.

He was born March 11, 1925, in Shinnston, a son of the late Joseph and Litrena Spenia Belcastro. He is survived by his wife, Chatta Cottrill Belcastro, whom he married April 3, 1956.

Also surviving are three daughters, Yvonne Johns, Clarksburg, Gina Belcastro and Lorena Pill, both of Shinnston; three sisters, Mary Jo DiGiandomenico, Newark, Ohio, Gladys "Tootsie" Louden, Pittsburgh, and Janice Marie Belcastro, Shinnston; four grandchildren, Patrick Belcastro, Joseph Preston, Stevie Pill and Jade Pill, and one great-granddaughter, Layton Turner.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Joe B. Belcastro and one granddaughter, Diana Johns.

Mr. Belcastro attended Shinnston High School. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Patsy owned and operated Patsy's Sports Center in Shinnston.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 2-9 p.m. today. Holy rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Shinnston, at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Karl Wohinc as celebrant. Interment will follow at Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, is in charge of arrangements.

Wanda Lee Ball Miller

GRAFTON -- Wanda Lee Ball Miller, 76, of Jones Street, Grafton, passed away at 5:34 a.m. Sunday, June 3, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born in Grafton, Aug. 30, 1924, a daughter of the late William M. Ball and Ethel E. Taylor Ball.

Her beloved husband was the late Clyde L. Miller, who passed away Jan. 12, 1999.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Judy D. Barcus and husband James H. Barcus, Grafton; two sons, Terry Lee Miller and wife Victoria Miller, Flower Mound, Texas, and Timmothy
"Tim" Brian Miller, Grafton; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins, and one aunt, Ruth Taylor, Grafton.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Jean Ball and one in infancy.

Mrs. Miller was a member of the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of Grafton, a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary No. 3081 of Grafton and was a member of the Taylor County American Legion Post No. 12.

She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family.

The family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, Grafton, on Tuesday from 4-9 p.m. and Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Bert Coffman officiating. Interment will be in Woodsdale Memorial Park Cemetery.

Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, Grafton, is in charge of arrangements.

Leroy F. Klepper

BUCKHANNON -- Leroy F. Klepper, 65, of Route 2, Box 162, Buckhannon, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at his home.

He was born May 11, 1936, in Union, Mo., a son of the late Russell Klepper and Cornelia Bay Klepper.

Surviving are his wife, Janet Klepper, Buckhannon; three sons, Jonathan Klepper, Union, David White, Arnold, Mo., and Patrick White, Pevely, Mo.; mother-in-law, Eva Quick, Buckhannon; brother and sister-in-law, Willy and Chris Quick, Buckhannon; two grandsons, John Russell Klepper and Dalton Lee Klepper, both of Hermann, Mo.; two nephews, Tim Quick and Jeremy Quick, both of Buckhannon; one niece, Erin Quick, Buckhannon; special friends, Delmer and Jeanne Baecker and Ron and Denise Goodwin, all of Hermann.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Edith Klepper.

Mr. Klepper worked for Wilbert Burial Vault Co. in St. Louis, Mo. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Moose Lodge of Union.

Private funeral services will be held at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home Inc., Buckhannon, with the Rev. Jerry Heater officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Union Church Cemetery. Buckhannon VFW Post No. 3663 and Frank B. Bartlett Post No. 7, American Legion, will conduct military honors at the graveside.

Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home Inc., Buckhannon, is in charge of arrangements.

Alice Broome Monte

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Alice Broome Monte, 83, of 916 W. Pike St., Clarksburg, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at 4:05 p.m. in the Heartland of Clarksburg following an extended illness.

She was born in Aurora, N.C., June 8, 1917, a daughter of the late Charles and Emma Broome.

Her husband, Herb Monte, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Helen Hovey, and one grandson, Cole Hovey, both of Nashville, Tenn.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

Mrs. Monte was a homemaker and a member of the Clarksburg Baptist Church.

There will be no funeral home visitation. Memorial services will be held at a later date. A graveside service will be held at Tuten Cemetery in Edward, N.C.

McGlumphy Funeral Home/Chapel, Clarksburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Stephen Kenneth Rhodes

ELKINS -- Stephen Kenneth Rhodes, 52, a resident of Norton, departed this life Friday evening, June 1, 2001, in Norton.

He was born Nov. 1, 1948, in Elkins, a son of Arthur H. Rhodes, who survives in Norton, and the late Jessie Ketterman Rhodes.

Also surviving are his companion of many years, Cheryl K. Harris; two sons, Stevie A. Rhodes and Christopher B. Rhodes, Elkins; two daughters, Stephaney D. Rhodes and Lindsey Jo Rhodes, both of Norton; two stepdaughters, Monica N. Harris, Belington, and Beckey Domingues, North Dakota; three brothers, Daniel Rhodes, Davis, David and Joseph Rhodes, both of Thomas; one sister, Linda O'Kernick, Davis, and three grandchildren.

Mr. Rhodes attended the schools of Randolph County, was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served with the 82nd Airborne, stationed stateside during the Vietnam War. He was a coal miner. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and was a Protestant.

Friends will be received at the Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home from 6-9 p.m. today. Final rites will be conducted at the funeral home chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. J.J. Johnson will officiate and interment will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Elkins.

Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home, Elkins, is in charge of arrangements.

Handley C. Tipton

WESTON -- Handley C. Tipton, 76, of 181 Camden Ave., Buckhannon, died at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2001, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following a brief illness.

He was born Feb. 24, 1925, in Marlinton, a son of the late Henry and Ella Fowler Tipton.

He was twice married, first to Gladys Peck Tipton, who died Oct. 18, 1989, and then on March 23, 1996 he married Martha Rose Tipton, who died June 26, 1996.

Surviving are one brother, Henry W. Tipton and wife Nadine, Lodi, Ohio; one sister and husband, Lucy Taylor and husband Clarence, Canton, Ohio; one half sister, Bertha Madison, Marlinton, and two half brothers, Troy and Orval Tipton, both of Frankfurt.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Letcher and Vernon Tipton.

Mr. Tipton was retired from the state of Connecticut with 30 years of service as farm superintendent. He was a member of the Hiram Lodge No. 18 and Hiram Chapter No. 1, Royal Arch Masons.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy. He was Protestant by faith.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, today from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday from the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Robert Heater officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery at Marlinton, with Masonic rites provided by the Marlinton Lodge.

Boyle Funeral Home, Weston, is in charge of arrangements.

Olen Edward Webb

SALEM -- Olen Edward Webb, 78, of Route 5, died at 4:55 p.m. Saturday, June 2, 2001, at United Hospital Center.

He was born May 8, 1923, in Bridgeport, the son of the late William Wirt and Opal T. Horner Webb.

His wife, Margaret H. Webb, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, John E. and wife Beth Webb and William H. and wife Frances Webb, both of Route 5; one brother, Wirt Curtis and wife Robin Webb and one sister, Genevieve Burner, both of Bridgeport; four grandchildren, Daniel Edward Webb, Jeffrey Cyrus Webb, Clifford Allan Webb and Kimberly S. Squires, and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Webb was a member of Summit Park Baptist Church, a member of Salem Lodge No. 84, A.F.&A.M. and was a 14th degree Scottish Rite Mason.

He was a retired letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service with 25 years service.

Following the wishes of the deceased, the body will be cremated.

Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, is in charge of arrangements.

Fayne Wymer

JANE LEW -- Fayne Wymer, 93, of Crestview Manor, formerly of Route 2, Jane Lew, Lightburn community, died Sunday, June 3, 2001.

He was born March 30, 1908, in Lightburn community near Jane Lew, the son of the late Waitman T. Willey Wymer and Iona Cross Wymer.

On April 15, 1933, he married Irene Parker Wymer, who survives at Crestview Manor.

Also surviving are one son, Dr. Merrill F. Wymer Jr., St. Clairsville, Ohio; one granddaughter, Mrs. Robert (Lynn) Histing, Reno, Nev.; one grandson, Michael Wymer, Canonsburg, Pa.; one great-granddaughter, Catherine Elizabeth "Katie" Histing, Reno; one sister, Mrs. Frederick (Wilma) Behner Jr., Detroit, Mich.; one niece, Mrs. Harriet Sawyer, Nothville, Mich.; one nephew, Phillip Kemp, Kissimmee, Fla.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Jaunita Kemp and Eva Coleman and one nephew, Frederich Behner III.

Mr. Wymer was a dairy farmer most of his life. He owned his own dairy farm for more than 30 years. Previously he worked for West Virginia University Dairy Department and was formerly a substitute mail carrier.

He was a member of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association and the Lewis County Farm Bureau. He was a graduate of Lewis County High School. He became a member of the Broad Run Baptist Church in 1920, where he served as a deacon for 31 years and a member of the cemetery board for 35 years.

Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Broad Run Baptist Church. His body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m., the funeral hour.

Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, is in charge of arrangements.

Guglielmo 'Bill' Zappia

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Guglielmo "Bill" Zappia, 70, of Virginia Beach, passed away in his home surrounded by his family on June 2, 2001.

He was born Aug. 6, 1930, in Cerenzia, Italy, the son of the late Theodore and Maria Zappia.

He served in the National Guard in 1949-58 in Clarksburg, W.Va. He had been an engineer for 43 years, most recently as a construction inspector for the city of Virginia Beach. He was a past member of Sons of Italy and he supported many charities. He was very well liked by his fellow employees, friends, and neighbors.

He is survived by his daughter, Sallie M. Kees and her husband Michael, Virginia Beach; one son, William Zappia and his wife Paula, Las Vegas, Nev.; one brother, Salvador Zappia and his wife, Mary, Clarksburg, and two grandsons, David Scott Swain and Richard Isaac Swain.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Maria Pugliese Zappa.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, with the Father Paschal Kneip, O.S.B. as celebrant. Interment in Rosewood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Kellum Funeral Home, Rosewood Chapel on Tuesday, from 6-9 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

To celebrate the life of Guglielmo Zappia, please visit the memorial at

Kellum Funeral Home, Virginia Beach, Va., is in charge of arrangements.

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