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Obituaries for Friday, Sept. 7, 2001

William 'Bill'

Millard Allen

BRIDGEPORT -- William "Bill" Millard Allen, 85, formerly of Route 5, Clarksburg, passed away on Friday, Aug. 31, 2001, at the Wishing Well Manor in Fairmont. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was born Oct. 4, 1915, in Harrison County, a son of the late Stephenson Custer Allen and Mary Martha Yates Allen.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Virginia Sidebottom Allen, who passed away July 2, 1997, and by seven brothers and two sisters.

Surviving are four daughters and two sons-in-law, Barbara A. Irwin of Crofton, Md., Karen S. (Mike) Dean of Bridgeport, Mary Kathryn Valentine of Wauchula, Fla., and Nancy Louise (James) Karis of Lost Creek; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Allen retired in 1978 from Union Carbide Corp. where he was a forklift operator. He enjoyed meeting with his fellow retirees at the Meadowbrook Mall. He and his wife had been active participants at the West Milford Senior Citizens Center. He attended the West Milford United Methodist Church.

At Mr. Allen's request, he was cremated. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Peace Mauseleum at the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Quiet Dell with the Rev. Steven E. Dorsey officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the West Milford Senior Citizens Satellite, in care of Mrs. Wetzel Hamrick, Route 1, Lost Creek, WV 26358.

Samuel Roger

Beckner

FAIRMONT -- Samuel Roger Beckner, 85, of Fairmont (Levels community), died Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 5, 2001, at his residence. He was born in Fairmont on May 14, 1916, a son of the late Clergy Dell and Daisy Mae Whitehair Beckner.

He retired from Owens Illinois glass plant maintenance department in 1975. He was a life member of the NRA and was a member of Ponderosa Riding Club and Bunners Ridge Riding Club.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mrs. Joanne Marie Santella Beckner; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Robert Anthony Beckner of Fairmont, and Donald Ray and Carolyn Beckner of Fairmont; one sister, Grace Marie Rutherford of Morgantown; three granddaughters, Cindy Jo Vincent, Christy Lynn Goss and Donna Mecol Herakovich; one grandson, Roger Anthony Beckner and three great-grandsons, Justin Merrick Vincent, Michael Goss and Loagan Goss.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth and Delbert Beckner; one sister, Rheta Masters and two girls and two boys who died at infancy.

At the request of the deceased there will be no visitation or services the body has been cremated.

Memorials may be made to the heart association or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Ross Funeral Home, 801 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont, is in charge of arrangements.

Karen M. Gordon

SHINNSTON -- Karen M. Gordon, 57, of 603 Seventh St., Fairmont, died at 6:03 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, at Mon General Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness.

She was born July 30, 1944, in Arizona, a daughter of the late Friend F. and Ruth McCullom Dietrich.

She is survived by her husband, William R. "Bill" Gordon; one daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Kristian Morrison, all of Fairmont; one son, James Gaffney, New York City; and one grandson, Christopher Daniel Morrison, Fairmont.

Mrs. Gordon was employed at Ormet Corp., Hannibal, Ohio, for more than 30 years.

A funeral service will be conducted at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, with the Rev. Earl J. Fletcher officiating. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Harmer Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Mary Ellen Johnson

PENNSBORO -- Mary Ellen Johnson, age 70, of West Union, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, at Clarksburg. She was born on Sept. 21, 1930, at West Union.

Mrs. Johnson was a homemaker, had been employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a substitute rural mail carrier in Doddridge County and as a secretary for the Doddridge County Health Department. She had attended Doddridge County High School and the Emmanuel United Methodist Church of West Union.

She is survived by a daughter, Amy Carroll Bray, Clarksburg; sister-in-law, Sally Underwood, West Union; brother-in-law, Duane Smith, Parkersburg; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her parents, Frank Engle and Edna Bee Pease; husband, Robert E. Johnson; son, Alex J. Johnson; brother, Frank E. Pease; and sister, Eleanor Pease.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, at the Block House Cemetery in West Union, with the Rev. Don Newlon officiating.

McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, is entrusted with arrangements.

Marie Ocille Moats

PHILIPPI -- Marie Ocille Moats, 82, of Route 4, Philippi, died at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Broaddus Long Term Care, following an extended illness.

She was born Aug. 15, 1919, at Century, Barbour County, a daughter of the late Ernest and Izzetta Theora Campbell Campbell.

On Nov. 23, 1945, she was married to William Howard Moats, who preceded her in death on March 9, 1998.

Surviving are one daughter, Nancy A. Hartman, Philippi; two sons, Thomas H. Moats, Richmond, Va., Jim L. Moats, Philippi; five granddaughters, Tiffany Moats, Hannah Moats, Ashley Moats, Stacey Hartman and Megan Hartman; and one grandson, Jesse Moats.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Thelma Marie Floren; two sisters, Emma Mae Ward and Gladys Reger; and six brothers, Arthur Campbell, Hubert Campbell, Aubrey Campbell, John Campbell, Woodrow Campbell and Hartsel Lee Campbell.

Mrs. Moats was a homemaker and attended the Main Street Church of Christ.

Friends may call at the Stemple & Forman Funeral Home in Philippi, from 3-9 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, when funeral services will be conducted from the funeral home chapel with the Pastor Randy Swiger officiating. Interment will follow in the Cross Roads Cemetery.

Stemple & Forman Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Virginia Hortensia West

WESTON -- Virginia Hortensia West, 81, of Route 1, Jane Lew (Deerfield community), died at 8:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2001, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston, following an extended illness. She was born in Roanoke, on Sept. 30, 1919, the daughter of the late Robert Guy Watson and Merle Cleveland Bennett Watson. On May 9, 1942, she married James Paul West, who preceded her in death on June 11, 1990.

Mrs. West is survived by one sister, Mabel Sisk of Weston, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by one son, Robert Lynn West; two sisters, Opal Madge Watson and Loya Finster and two brothers, Clyde Watson and John Watson.

Mrs. West was active in farming, was a homemaker and was employed at the Blue Gem Factory in Ashboro, N.C. She was active in the Lewis County Senior Center, a member of the former Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church of Roanoke and a member of the DAV Auxiliary.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Ave., Weston, on Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. from the Floyd Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clifford West officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

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