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Obituaries for Sunday, June 10, 2001

Richard James Barnes, Jr.

BRIDGEPORT -- RIchard J. "Jimmy" Barnes, 74, of 104 Newton Street, Bridgeport, died Friday evening, June 8, 2001 at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born in Clarksburg, Aug. 15, 1926, a son of the late Richard J. "Dick" Barnes, Sr. and Germaine Charles Barnes.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Suzanne Cohendoz Barnes, whom he married June 3, 1950, and one son, Jeffrey John Barnes, both of Bridgeport.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Paule Suzanne "Nancy" Barnes.

Mr. Barnes was a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Bridgeport. He was a 1946 graduate of St. Mary's High School. He was retired from the West Virginia Department of Highways.

There will be no visitation or funeral service.

Services provided by Davis-Weaver Funeral Home.

Mary Virginia Crouse

PENNSBORO -- Mary Virginia Crouse, 85, of Moundsville, formerly of West Union, died Saturday, June 9, 2001 at the residence of her daughter.

Mrs. Crouse was a homemaker and worked with her husband in the operation of the Herald Record newspaper in West Union. She was a graduate of Doddridge County High School in 1937, was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter No. 56, and was a member of the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, all of West Union.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Dave O'Dell of Moundsville, with whom she made her home; grandchildren, Stephanie Acuna, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Scott O'Dell, Columbus, Ohio; and nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Crouse was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Isa D. Haught Ashburn, husband, Floyd Wilbur Crouse in 1994, brothers Cecil and Kenneth Ashburn, and a sister, Chelsie Ashburn.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with the Rev. Don Newlon officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Memorial Park near West Union. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home.

Robert L. Decker

REEDSVILLE -- Robert L. Decker, of Reedsville, died Wednesday, June 6, 2001 at Ruby Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

He was born Nov. 4, 1926, in Sand Fork, a son of the late Harry G. and Floy B. Decker.

He was a professor emeritus of Industrial & Labor Relations at West Virginia University. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology from WVU in 1948, a master's degree in psychology from WVU in 1949, and a doctorate in industrial psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1953. He was employed by Proctor & Gamble from 1952-55 as a general production foreman, industrial relations researcher, and college recruiter. He then returned to WVU and taught from 1955 to 1994.

While at WVU, he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Human Relations, Industrial Psychology, and Industrial Relations Research. He was a past president and secretary-treasurer of the West Virginia Psychological Association, and an authorized consultant to the Veteran's Administration. He served as a psychological consultant to numerous organizations, including Sterling Faucet, FMC Corporation, the VA Hospital in Clarksburg, C&P Telephone, and the United Steel Workers.

He attended the Congreso Interamericana de Psicologia in Bogota, Colombia in 1974, where he actively participated in a Spanish language Round Table in Industrial Psychology.

After retirement, he enjoyed skiing, chopping wood, cooking, riding his motorcycle, and enjoying the company of his cats, Emily and Merry Ann.

He is survived by a son, Hans Decker, of Reedsville, and two brothers, Billy D. Decker of Kingwood and H. Joe Decker of Marlinton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Decker, on Oct. 28, 1995.

At his request, his body was donated to the Human Gift Registry. There will be no funeral, but a memorial service is planned for the summer or fall. Donations can be sent to: Hospice Care Corporation, P.O. Box 760, Arthurdale, WV 26520.

Lloyd Rymer Furr

BRIDGEPORT -- Lloyd Rymer Furr, 89, of the Meadows at Maplewood, and formerly of Wiseman Street, Bridgeport, died on June 8, 2001 at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg. He was born August 15, 1911 in Glenville, the son of the late William and Lavena Hite Furr.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ilene Hinkle Furr, in 1999.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, K. Rymer and Pam Furr of Bridgeport, four grandchildren, Jeffrey Lee Furr, Winston-Salem, N.C., Terry Beth Morse and Mrs. Robert (Amy Lou) Kasperski, both of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Mrs. John (Lisa Dawn) Fairbanks, LaVale, Md., and 10 great- grandchildren. He was the last surviving member of his family. He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Brooks, Ferris, and Clayton Furr, and six sisters, Blanche Summers, Belle Rhoads, Flo Hammond, Madge Garrett, Hallie Conrad and Ruth Evans.

He retired as a manager of operations from Hope Gas Company. He was a member of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church, and was a past president of the Bridgeport Lions Club, a member of the Late Lodge No. 63 A.F.& A.M. and was a former member of the Fairmont Rotary Club.

Friends will be received at the Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport, today from 5- 8 p.m. The funeral will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Steven E. Dorsey officiating. The interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Allen Funeral Home.

Grace Mauzy Gay

BUCKHANNON -- Grace Mauzy Gay, of 88 Smithfield St., Buckhannon, died June 9, 2001 at her home.

She was born Dec. 17, 1907 in Whitmer, the daughter of the late Edward B. and Lena May Smith Mauzy.

Mrs. Mauzy is survived by a daughter, Jane Duncan, of Buckhannon, and two grandchildren, Stephanie M. Jack and Gallatin Connor Jack, both of Morgantown.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gallatin Pettus Gay, three brothers, Marvin, Elwood, and Holbert Mauzy, a sister, Betty Jo Green, and one grandson, Wesley Todd Duncan.

She was a teacher in Randolph and Upshur counties, and belonged to the First Presbyterian Church of Buckhannon and Chapter No. 18 Order of the Eastern Star.

Friends will be received at the Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The Rev. Dr. Charles Godwin will officiate the funeral service at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Buckhannon Memorial Park.

Chapter No. 18 Order of the Eastern Star will have a memorial service this evening at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Buckhannon in memory of Mrs. Gay.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home.

Roger Lee Delaney

CLARKSBURG -- Roger Lee Delaney, 56, of Locust Avenue, died Friday, June 8, 2001, in a local nursing home, following an extended illness.

Mr. Delaney was born in Clarksburg, March 21, 1945, a son of the late Dolly Delaney.

Surviving are one half brother, James G. Grimes, and one half sister Helen Marie Harris, both of Clarksburg, his twin sister Rosalee Whitacre, Steubenville, Ohio, and his guardian and caretaker, Brian Louzy, of Clarksburg.

He was preceded in death by one half brother, Wayne Powell and two half sisters, Eloise Makaitis and Violet Januska.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Monday, where funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 12 at 1 p.m. Interment will be in the Stonewall Park Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.

Elmer Post Eckes

WESTON -- Elmer Post Eckes, 88, of Route 1, Crawford, died at 11:18 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2001, in the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 21, 1912 at Roanoke, a son of the late Ralph Jackson Eckes and Zedah Belle Hornor Eckes.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ruth Lantz Eckes.

Surviving are one daughter, Elaine Grace Eckes of Crawford, one sister, Sarah Ellen Hardman of Vandalia and several nieces and nephews, great -nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Herb, John, Arthur and Ralph Eckes.

Mr. Eckes was a retired farmer and stockman. He was Methodist by faith and a combat wounded veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army (28th Division 110th Infantry Co. A).

He was a member of Post No. 1976 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Central W.Va. Military Order of the Purple Heart No. 697.

A memorial service will be held a 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17 from the Post Chapel Cemetery with Reverend William G. Bennett officiating.

Full military honors will be accorded by Central W.Va. Order of Military Heart No. 697, VFW Post No. 5131, American Legion Post No. 166, American Legion Post No. 4 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 51.

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

Edna Louise Frame Fitzpatrick

WESTON -- Edna Louise Frame Fitzpatrick, 82, of Belmont, died on Wednesday, June 6, 2001, in St. Joseph's Hospital of Parkersburg, following a brief illness. She was born in Gilmer County on May 1, 1919, the daughter of the late James Frame and Eva Shock Frame.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick was married to Harlan Fitzpatrick, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick is survived by one niece, Sheila Wilson of Linn; one great-niece, Annette Lojewski of Morgantown; and three great-nephews, Douglas Wilson of Austin, Texas, and Matt and Mark Stalnaker of Fairmont.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Cotha Stalnaker and Alda Davis and one nephew, Tom Stalnaker.

Mrs. Fitzpatrick was a retired school teacher with 36 years of combined service in Gilmer and Pleasants counties. She and her husband owned and operated Fitzpatrick Grocery in Gilmer County for many years. She was Protestant by faith.

Friends may call at Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, on Sunday, June 10, 2001, from 3-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. from the Floyd Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Martin Wine officiating. Interment will follow in the Troy I.O.O.F. Cemetery of Troy.

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

Paul Junior Shaw Sr.

SHINNSTON -- Paul Junior Shaw Sr., 75, of Route 1, Wallace, died at 2:20 a.m. Thursday, June 7, 2001, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.

He was born in Wallace, Nov. 25, 1925, a son of the late James A. and Velva Jane Hall Shaw Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Betty Jo Arnett Shaw, whom he married Dec. 10, 1954.

Also surviving are six sons and daughters-in-law, James E. and Debra Shaw Sr., Rodney P. Shaw, Steven L. and Angela Shaw, Billy J. and Debbie Shaw, all of Wallace, Paul J. and Michelle Shaw Jr., Mount Clare, Jeffrey L. Shaw and fiance, Bridget Knicely, Fairmont; four daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn D. and Joe Mileto, Rogersville, Pa., Roberta K. Shaw and her companion, Randall Butcher, Lumberport, Mary A. and Mark Reynolds, Clarksburg, Elizabeth "Janey" and Boone Gowans, Meadowbrook; 32 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three unborn great-grandchildren; two brothers, James A. Shaw Jr., Wallace, and Donnie Shaw, of Clarksburg; one sister, Evelyn Seese, Massillon, Ohio; and several sisters, brothers-in-law and nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one grandson, Timmy Shaw; two sisters, Eva Arbogast, Ava June Shaw and one brother, Lloyd Allen Shaw.

Mr. Shaw was a coal miner, having retired from Consolidation Coal Co., Robinson Run Mine, with 40 years service. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America, Local No. 1501, Shinnston, and was a World War II and Korean veteran, having served with the U.S. Army.

Friends may call at Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston, from 7-9 p.m. today and from noon-9 p.m. Sunday, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, with the Rev. William Warnick and the Rev. Allen Cumberledge officiating. Interment will be in the Lions Club Cemetery at Lumberport. The full obituary is available at

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

Rev. Geneva Mae Thorne

BELINGTON - Rev. Geneva Mae Thorne, 67, of Hice Street, Belington, died at 11:45 p.m., June 8, in United Hospital Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

She was born February 22, 1934 at Mogadore, Ohio, a daughter of the late Olen Ray and Sadie Geneva Everson Westfall.

On October 8, 1949, she was married to Wilbur L. "Wib" Thorne, who survives in Belington.

Also surviving are three daughters, Audra Geneva Bailey, Clarksburg, Rita Mae Hedrick and husband, Jody, Elkins, Barbara Ellen Harp and husband John, Benton, Ill., four sons, Wilbur L. Thorne, Jr. and wife, Sandra, Roy Thomas "Buck" Thorne and wife, Betty, Joseph Forrest Thorne and wife, Cheri, Willard "Willie" Thorne and wife, Anita, all of Belington; two sisters, Rose Marie Champ, Buckhannon, Georgia Mary Watkins, Berlin, Pa., Two brothers, William Warren Dee Westfall, in Ca., James Thayer Westfall, Hagerstown, Md.; 26 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Ida Belle Harris, Eulah Lee and Marley Alice Westfall; and by five brothers, Herman Ray Westfall, Hobert Roy Westfall, Burton Olen Westfall, Guy Allen Westfall and Jerry Meade Westfall, and by two grandchildren.

Mrs. Thorne was a licensed practical nurse and was retired from Broaddus Hospital, Philippi. She was a District Licensed Minister and was attending classes at Mt. Vernon Nazarene College in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She was a devoted member of the Church of the Nazarene where she was a member of the Women's Ministry, publisher of the church newsletter, president of the Missionary Society, a member of the Church Board and taught Children's Church.

Friends may call at the Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Home from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Then, Mrs. Thorne will be moved to the Weaver Church of the Nazarene where friends may call from 12 noon to 2p.m., the funeral hour. The Rev. Doyle N. RIder and the Rev. Angela Wilson will officiate. Interment will follow at the Belington Fraternal Cemetery.

Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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