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Obituaries for Thursday, March 16, 2000

Ada Jeanette Cox

GRAFTON -- Ada Jeanette Watson Cox, 81, died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown from an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 30, 1918, in Grafton, a daughter of the late William H. and Laura Cole Watson.

Her husband of 64 years, Gerald K. Cox, preceded her in death Feb. 11, 2000.

Surviving are one son, Stanley R. Cox, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two daughters, Sharon J. Sparrow, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Sallie J. Mason, Fairmont; two sisters, Mildred Roy and Bonnie McWilliams, both of Grafton; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by four sisters.

Mrs. Cox began her career at Fairmont General Hospital and later worked for 15 years as a clerical worker in the accounting department at Fairmont Clinic, from where she retired.

She held membership in the Trinity Assembly of God Church of Fairmont.

James E. Craft

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- James Earl Craft, 85, of Fredericksburg died Friday, March 3, 2000, at his residence.

He was born in Richwood.

His wife, Monnah Prince "Peg" Craft of Fredericksburg, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Robert M. Craft, Fredericksburg; five sisters, Marie McKeown, Theresa York and Anna Krause, all of Weston, Mary Maddix, Cleveland, Ohio, and Lucille Evans, Abilene, Texas; one brother, Charles F. Craft, Cleveland; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Harold P. "Pat" Craft and Charles "Rockey" Craft; one grandchild; two brothers, Harold Bazil and Eugene Craft; and two sisters, Irene Krause and Helen Ellis.

Mr. Craft retired in 1979 as manager and shoe salesman for Meldisco Company at Kmart in the Park and Shop shopping center on U.S. 1 after 16 years.

His shoe-selling career spanned more than 30 years. He started selling shoes in 1947 at the end of World War II, when good shoes were scarce and being rationed.

He started his career with Keystone Shoe Company in Weston and came to Fredericksburg in 1952 to manage the firm's store on Caroline Street. Next, he became manager of E.D. Edwards Shoe Company and in 1963, he joined Meldisco Shoe Company as manager of the Kmart shoe department.

He was a member of Saint Mary Catholic Church. He was a member of the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3103. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Fredericksburg Elks Lodge, a past member of the Izaak Walton League and an honorary member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.

He was an Army veteran of World War II, having served under General George Patton in Germany.

He came to Weston at an early age. He attended St. Patrick School and Church. He worked many years at the West Virginia Specialty Glass Company.

The family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of contributions to the Fredericksburg Rescue Squad, Box 444, Fredericksburg, Va. 22404 or to St. Mary Catholic Church Building Fund, 1009 Stafford Ave., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.

Charles C. Radcliffe

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Charles Carroll Radcliffe, 79, of Phoenix, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000.

He was born Oct. 18, 1920, in Clarksburg, a son of the late James R. Radcliffe and Mary Swiger Radcliffe Lynch.

His wife of 42 years, Florence Radcliffe, survives.

Also surviving are one stepdaughter, Lynn; one son, Steven James and one daughter, Carol L. Lawless, both of California; two brothers, Darrell Radcliffe, Bridgeport, and Col. Carris Radcliffe, California; two sisters, Helen Brown, California, and Dr. Arreta Radcliffe Jaranko, Shenandoah Junction; five grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Mr. Radcliffe was a veteran of World War II, serving in the European theater with the Air Transport Command, Army Air Force. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Meuse-Argonne Post, Clarksburg. He was a 32nd degree Mason, Scottish Rites, Hermon Lodge No. 6, Clarksburg.

A bricklayer by trade, he was a 60-year member of the Bricklayers Union. He served his apprenticeship under his father, Jay Radcliffe, a master brick mason.

In his 50th year as a member of the Union, Local 3 in Phoenix, he was honored with a celebration. A member of the Arizona off-road Jeep Club, he was known as "Bradshaw Charlie." Due to his knowledge and exploration of the Bradshaw Mountains of Arizona, he planned and guided many trips on uncharted trails.

Bertha A. Robinson

JANE LEW -- Bertha Ann Robinson, 78, of Jane Lew Manor, died at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at her home.

She was born Sept. 28, 1921, in Braxton County, a daughter of the late Odie and Lillie May Barb Cogar.

Her husband, Donnie Clark Robinson, preceded her in death in October of 1986.

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Peggy Ann Jones, Jane Lew, and husband, Douglas L. Jones, Cannelton, and Lillie Corrine Scarff and husband, Jackie D. Scarff, Jane Lew; two grandchildren, Stephanie L. Scarff and Scottie D. Scarff, Jane Lew; four stepgrandchildren, Keith Tyler, Yuell Junior Tyler, Louella Sanders and Karen Easter; two great-grandchildren, Samantha Scarff, Jane Lew, and Kristen Scarff, Weston; several stepgreat-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and one stepbrother, Jackie Robinson, Charleston.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Audrey Starkey.

Mrs. Robinson was a homemaker and Pentacostal.

Friends will be received at Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, from 6-9 p.m. Friday, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, with Pastor Roger D. Brown officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cogar Family Cemetery in Braxton County. Morris Funeral Home of Jane Lew is in charge of the arrangements.

James Edward Runnestrand

WESTON -- James Edward Runnestrand, 72, of 229 John St., Weston died at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2000, in Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following an extended illness.

He was born April 12, 1927, in Minot, N.D., a son of the late William Foster and Auga Foster.

His wife, the former Leona M. Sharps, whom he married May 6, 1952, survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Sharon A. Jesson and Karen Jans, both of Minot, and Sharon L. Runnestrand, Weston; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Lila Unwin and Ruth Rean, and one brother, Bernard Runnestrand.

Mr. Runnestrand was retired from the West Virginia Glass Specialty Company with 18 years of service. He was honored for having served in both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy.

Private family graveside services will be held on Thursday from the Peterson Cemetery, Weston. Interment will follow at Peterson Cemetery. Boyle Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements.

Jo Ann Smith

RIVESVILLE -- Jo Ann Smith, 60, of Mill Street, Rivesville died Tuesday evening, March 14, 2000, in her residence.

She was born Dec. 17, 1939, in Rivesville, a daughter of the late Robert "Bob" and Ruth Shriver Ballah.

Her husband, Samuel R. Smith of Rivesville, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Samuel R. Junior and wife, Sheila, Rivesville, and Robert and wife, Brenda, Fairview; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol A. and husband, Rick Amos, Fairmont, and Jane and husband, Charles Underwood, Salem; three grandchildren, Evan and Sammy Smith and Christopher Scafella; and one brother-in-law, Charles "Toby" Smith, Seaburg, Texas.

He was also preceded in death by one infant sister, Betty J. Ballah.

Mrs. Smith was a former secretary for Gravely Equipment Company, the Barr Lumber Company, Wilson Ford Sales, and Tarleton Buick, all of Fairmont.

She was a Methodist by faith.

She was a 1957 graduate of Rivesville High School, where she was active in the band and as a majorette.

She enjoyed crocheting and crafts, and was a member of the Antique Auto Club of America. She and her husband enjoyed attending car shows together.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Marion County Hospice.

Laura M. Wanstreet

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Laura M. Wanstreet, 81, of 210 Bond St., Clarksburg died at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2000, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born May 8, 1918, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Roscoe Patrick and Darla Douglas Patrick.

Her husband, Hugh J. Wanstreet, whom she married March 15, 1940, preceded her in death Feb. 8, 1993.

Surviving are one daughter, Laura J. Heldreth, Oviedo, Fla.; five grandsons, William B., Rodney B., Fred H., Joseph G. and Robert G. Heldreth, all of Orlando, Fla.; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Madeline, Payton.

Mrs. Wanstreet was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg from 7-9 p.m. Thursday and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Cesidio J. Federico as celebrant. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. A vigil service will be conducted at 3 p.m.. Friday in the funeral home.

Sarah Ellen Ward

BRIDGEPORT -- Sarah Ellen Ward, 83, of Mount Clare died Wednesday, March 15, 2000, at her residence of an extended illness.

She was born June 15, 1916, in Romines Mill, a daughter of the late Arthur and Edna Bise.

Her husband, John D. Ward, whom she married March 21, 1945, preceded her in death Oct. 15, 1982.

Surviving are seven stepsons, Charles and Ralph Ward, Clarksburg, Delbert Ward, Mount Clare, Joe Ward, Lost Creek, Larry Ward, Elyria, Ohio, Donald Ward, Berlin Heights, Ohio, and Dave Ward, Vermillion, Ohio; 25 step grandchildren and several step great-grandchildren; one brother, Walter Bise, Quiet Dell; one sister, Nancy Shaver, Cambridge, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur and Dorsey Bise; one sister, Jessie Cook; four stepchildren and three stepgrandchildren.

Mrs. Ward was a member of the Church of God in Lost Creek.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Ronnie Beeson officiating. Interment will follow in the Seventh Day Adventist Church (Brick Church) Cemetery in Lost Creek.

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