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Obituaries for Thursday, June 14, 2001

Lillian Joyce Beer

KALAMAZOO, MICH. -- Lillian Joyce Beer, formerly of Clarksburg, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001. She is survived by her husband, William; four children, David W. Beer, Robin L. VanderRoest, Lorena M. Wilson and Paul C. Beer. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Since 1967, she had been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Services will be held Saturday, 11 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Langeland Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Karl K. Freeman

PHILIPPI -- Rev. Karl K. Freeman, 72, of Rt. 3, Philippi, died Tuesday, June 12, at his home, following an extended illness.

He was born June 14, 1928, at Moatsville, a son of the late Howard Delbert and Ida Viola Nestor Freeman.

On March 3, 1962, he married the former Beverly Ann Poe, who survives at Route 3, Philippi.

Also surviving are three daughters and one son-in-law, Pamela Sue Harris and Karla K. Thrasher, both of Philippi, and Kathy Elaine and Eddie Younts, of Powells Point, N.C.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mack and Paula Freeman, of Lahmansville, and Karl Junior and Patricia Freeman, of Philippi; two sisters, Edith Bennett, of Philippi, and Geraldine Wright, of Moatsville; and eight grandchildren, Jackie Duckworth, Brandy Harris, Latasha Freeman, Hannah Freeman, Sarah Freeman, Philip Freeman, Bradley Thrasher and Travis Bolton.

We was also preceded in death by four sons, Sonny James Freeman and three infant sons; three sisters, Edna Pritchard, Delma Bennett and Mable Keene; and one brother, Junior Milton Freeman.

Rev. Freeman was a former railroad trackman and construction laborer. At the time of his death, he was pastor of the Moatsville Free Gospel Church.

Friends may call at the Stemple & Forman Funeral Home in Philippi from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m.-12 noon on Saturday, June 17, when Rev. Freeman will be moved to the Moatsville Free Gospel Church where friends may call from 1-2 p.m., the funeral hour. George C. "Gus" Frey will officiate and interment will follow in the Clemtown Cemetery.

Stemple-Forman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Margaret D. Graham

ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- Margaret D. Graham, 63, of Dade City, Fla., formerly a 40-year resident of Zanesville, died at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2001, at Genesis Morrison House Hospice of Zanesville.

She was born Dec. 15, 1937, in Glen Dale, W.Va.

Mrs. Graham was a legal secretary with the Muskingum County Prosecuting Attorney's office for 30 years. She graduated from Salem High School, Salem, W.Va., attended Western Kentucky University and Salem-Teikyo University. She was widely recognized for her skills, being named secretary of the year by the Zanesville Legal Secretary's Association, where she was a charter member and past governor. In 1981 she was named the most Outstanding Legal Secretary in the State of Ohio by the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney Association. She was very active in the Zanesville community as a member of the Market Street Baptist Church, serving many years as Sunday school teacher, choir member and organist.

She was a past officer of the auxiliary of the Gideon's International Muskingum County Camp, a 45 year member of the Orpha Chapter No. 30 Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed RV traveling with her husband Mickey as a member of the Land of Lakes Unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International. She especially enjoyed working with children and young people in her church and had positive influence on many over the years. Perhaps her most noteworthy accomplishment was as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Married for 43 happy years, her concern was always her family.

She is survived by her husband, Mickey Graham of Dade City, whom she married June 3, 1958; one son, Alan of Chardon, Ohio; grandchildren, Wesley, Zachary and Laura, all of Chardon; her mother, Mary Edith Nutter, Salem; two sisters, Mary Jane and Jim Kerwood, Charleston, W.Va., Charlene and Dr. Richard Hess, Bryan, Ohio; one brother, C. Blair and Fern Nutter, Salem; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Sue and Harvey Rosener of Aloha, Ore.; five nephews, four nieces, one great-nephew and one great-niece.

She was preceded in death by her father, Don H. Nutter.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2001 at the Bolin Funeral Home, 1271 Blue Ave., Zanesville, Ohio, and one hour prior to services at the church. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2001, at Market Street Baptist Church, with the Rev. Scott Johnston officiating. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 18, 2001, at the Restwood Memorial Gardens at Hinton, W.Va., with the Rev. Bill Parker officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gideon's International Memorial Bible Plan.

Rosella Harper

BUCKHANNON -- Rosella Harper, 75, of Rt. 2 Box 115, Buckhannon, died June 12, 2001, at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg.

She was born Nov. 17, 1925, in Elkins, a daughter of the late Antonio "Tony" and Catrina Monda Gassnola.

Mrs. Harper is survived by her husband, James Ray Harper, of Buckhannon, whom she married July 21, 1954; and two brothers, Joe Gassnola, of Belington, and Louie Gassnola, of Thomas.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Tony Gassnola, Ralph Gassnola and Fred Gassnola; and two sisters, Grace Calain and an infant sister.

Mrs. Harper was a homemaker and member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 29.

Friends will be received Friday, June 15 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home in Buckhannon. Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father James McCafferty officiating. Interment will be held at St. Brendan's Catholic Cemetery in Elkins.

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

Regina Nellie Helmick

BUCKHANNON -- Regina Nellie Helmick, 86, of Rt. 2 Box 72, Buckhannon, died June 12, 2001 at Elkins Convalescent Home in Elkins.

She was born June 16, 1914 in Holly Grove, a daughter of the late Hoy J. and Ressie May Phillips Raikes.

On Sept. 9, 1934, she married John Carl Helmick, who preceded her in death on May 18, 1979.

She is survived by eight sons, Eugene, Bobby, Jack, Kyle, Lyelle, Larry, John and Steven Helmick, all of Buckhannon; two daughters, Mona Helmick and Peggy Ball, both of Buckhannon; two brothers, Bland Raikes, of Holly Grove, and Hoy J. Raikes, Jr., of Cedar Hill, Texas; and one sister, Onieta Reger, of Ohio. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Helmick was preceded in death by one son, James Helmick; and three brothers, Harold, Merwin, and Odbert Raikes.

She was a homemaker and a member of Providence Baptist Church. She attended Wingrove Elementery School at Frenchton.

Friends will be received Friday June 15 from 3-8 p.m. at Poling-St. Clair Funeral Home in Buckhannon. The funeral service will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Lloyd Tenney and Rev. David Jessie presiding. Interment will follow at Waterloo Church Cemetery.

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

Hazel Louise Hooten

REISTERSTOWN, MD -- Hazel Louise Hooten, 92, of Reisterstorwn, Md., died June 13, 2001, at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care.

She was born Nov. 26, 1908, in Thorton, a daughter of the late John and Ida Boyles.

Mrs. Hooten was twice married and preceded in death by both of her husbands, Bernard Hooten in 1973, and Charles Hooten, in 1996.

She is survived by two daughters, Charlotte A. Carroll, of Orlando, Fla., and Lois E. McCall, of Reisterstown, Md.; two sisters, Leora Kokes and Doris Titus; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hooten was a homemaker and member of East Clarksburg Baptist Church and Eastern Star No. 25 in Towson, Md.

Friends may call at Eline Funeral Home, Reisterstown, Md., on Thursday 7-9 p.m., and Friday 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church on Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Timothy P. Feaser officiating. Interment will follow at Moreland Cemetery in Parkville, Md.

Eline Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Howard Hutson

CLARKSBURG -- Josephine Miller Hutson, 90, of 610 Joseph St., Clarksburg, died Tuesday June 12, 2001, in the Eastmont Towers Retirement Center in Lincoln, Neb., where she had gone to be close with her daughter. She was born in Beverly, Jan. 29, 1911, the only child of the late John Z. and Hattie Fitzwater Miller.

Her husband, Coach Howard H. "Doc" Hutson, whom she married Apr. 21, 1931, preceded her in death on May 1, 1996.

Surviving are, two sons, James H. Hutson, McClean, Va. and David J. Hutson, Apalachin, N.Y.; one daughter, Mrs. Joseph (JoAnne H.) Hranac, Lincoln, Neb.; six grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

Mrs. Hutson was a graduate of Beverly High School, Davis & Elkins College and had done graduate work at West Virginia University. She was a member and past president of Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, Teachers' Honorary Society. She was a member and past president of the Stealey Civic and Garden Club; a member of the Rachel Chapter No. 47 Order of Eastern Star, Bridgeport, where she had served as organist for many years. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women, the Clarksburg Woman's Club, the Harrison County Association of Retired School Employees and the West Virginia Association of Retired School Employees.

Mrs. Hutson retired in 1976 from the Harrison County School System, where she had been a teacher at Bridgeport and Washington Irving high schools for 29 years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarksburg, where she had served as a deacon, elder, and pianist. She was a retired educator and homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday where a funeral service will be held on Monday, June 18 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Eric M. Faust conducting the service. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kathleen Stout

SOUTH DAYTONA, FLA. -- Kathleen R. "Katie" Stout, 76, a resident of Robin Hood Trail since 1971, died Wednesday at Memorial Hospital-Peninsula, Ormond Beach, Fla.

Mrs. Stout, a homemaker, moved there from her native Bridgeport. She was a member of the South Daytona Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Richard; two sons, David, Harbor Oaks, Fla., and Larry, Naples, Fla.; two daughters, Stephanie Brown, port Orange, Fla., and Sherry Winter, Hilton Head Island, S.C.; two sisters, Opal Shriver, DeBary, Fla., and Irene Gillespie, Manti, Utah; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to HospiceCare of Memorial Hospitals, 785 W. Granada Blvd., Suite 5, Ormond Beach, FL 32174.

Mary Louise

Weekley Watkins

RIVESVILLE -- Mary Louise Weekley Watkins, 80, of Merrill Avenue, Rivesville, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at Fairmont General Hospital. She was born June 7, 1921, in Taylor County, the only child of Harry James and Icie Belle Bennett Weekley. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Denzil Lee Watkins on June 15, 2000.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Church of Christ, formerly of Washington Street, currently of Oakwood Road. She was a graduate of Fairmont Business College with a bachelor's degree in business. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and the Golden Rebecca Lodge.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn Lee and Capt. Larry Wable, of Rivesville; two grandchildren, Heather Sherae DeWees and husband, James, of Westminster, Md., and Chad Wayne Wable, of Morgantown; and great-grandchild, Mackenzie Lee DeWees.

Family and friends may call at the Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, Jasper Street, Rivesville on Friday from 1-9 p.m. Graveside services will be held at the Bridgeport Cemetery on Saturday, June 15 with the Rev. Stanley Merrefield officiating.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the RIvesville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Rivesville, WV 26588.

Mable Irene Wyant

WESTON -- Mable Irene Wyant, 69, of Rt. 1, Jane Lew, died Wednesday at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston after an extended illness.

She was born in Kanawha County on May 19, 1932, the daughter of the late Dr. Streeter and Goldie Campbell Fields. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Homer Wyant, who died Oct. 18, 1994.

She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Joseph (D'Anna) Scarff and Debbie Scarff, both of Jane Lew; one step daughter, Carol Ann McClung of Virginia, and two step sons, Dennis Wyant of Weston and Kenneth Wyant of Virginia. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Alicia, Heather, Lindsy and Derik Scarff; and one step grandchild, Breanna Wyant. She is also survived by one brother, James Fields of Charleston; five sisters, Helen Jones, Orpha Casdorph, Carolyn Stancik and Maggie Groves, all of Charleston, and Bertie Smith of Safety Harbor, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Smith.

Wyant was a housewife and attended Haleville Union Mission Church in Weston.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home at 402 Main Ave. , Weston, on Thursday, June 14, 2001 from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Floyd Funeral Home chapel. The Reverend Ron Brown will be conducting services. Interment will follow at the Broad Run Cemetery in Jane Lew.

Floyd Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

SALEM -- Clement Hogbin Clower, 81, of Patterson Street, died in Sunbridge Nursing Home, Salem, Tuesday, June 12, 2001 at 9:30 a.m. following an extended illness.

He was born April 1, 1920, in Petersburg, the son of the late Albert Newton and Mabel Hogbin Clower.

On Aug. 2, 1968, he married Hester Casey Underwood Clower, who died Oct. 3, 2000.

Surviving are two stepsons and their wives, William W. and Janet Underwood and Brad and Sharon Underwood, all of Clarksburg; two sisters and spouses, Mabel C. and H.L. Sarver Jr., Union, and Anna Lee and Leonard Van Dyne, Alledonia, Ohio; two grandsons, William Douglas Underwood and Seth Michael Underwood; two great-grandsons, William Tyler Underwood and Alex James Underwood; also 15 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Dennis Dwain Underwood, by two brothers, Marion G. and Elwood N. Clower, by one sister, June C. Inskeep and by a nephew, Christopher M. Clower.

Mr. Clower was a member, deacon and ordained elder of the Petersburg Presbyterian Church. During his time spent in Salem, he was an active participant in the Salem United Methodist Church, including Sunday school teacher. After graduation from Petersburg High School, he worked in the Petersburg Post Office and attended Salem College before serving in the U.S. Army from Aug. 18, 1942 to Oct. 25, 1945. His service included a stint in the U.S. Army Post Office at Dutch Harbor, Ala., Aleutian Islands.

After his army service, he re-entered Salem College, graduating in 1947, then returning to Petersburg, where he taught in the high school there until 1955. It was during this time, he coached the girls' basketball team, served as assistant coach in other sports, taught journalism, guided students in production of school newspaper and wrote a column, "Sportingly Yours" for the Grant County Press.

In 1955, Salem College asked Mr. Clower to return to campus as a faculty member. He progressed through the academic ranks to professor, chaired physical education, and served as dean and director of the Clarksburg campus. In the year 1958, Professor Clower earned his MA degree from West Virginia University. During his 34-year tenure at Salem College, later Salem-Teikyo University and now Salem International University, he was at various times head coach of football, men's basketball and baseball, as well as athletic director, serving the longest time as head coach for baseball, from 1957-1988. He received the First Centennial Award from Salem. For many years, he was a member of the Salem Lions Club.

Of all the sports, Professor Clower probably loved baseball the best and was proud of telling how Lou Gehrig helped him get tickets to a Yankee game after he had hitched a ride to New York on a truck. He was a charter member of the U.S. Baseball Writers Association. He was proud of his students and players and loved people.

He enjoyed history, especially of West Virginia and South Branch Valley and was a serious student of the War between the States. His personal library included nearly every book ever written on the lives of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. He recently donated his entire Civil War collection to the Grant County Public Library.

In 1994 Clem and his wife Hester were honored by being chosen to serve as king and queen of the Salem Apple Butter Festival.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, from 4-9 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services at the Salem United Methodist Church, Friday at 1 p.m. Rev. Kevin Bender and Pastor Dale Thorngate will preside. Interment in the Knights of Pythias Cemetery. The body will be taken to the church to lie in state Friday at 11 a.m. until the funeral hour.

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