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Obituaries for Tuesday, July 31, 2001

Cecil C. Casto

CLARKSBURG -- Mr. Cecil C. Casto, age 88, of West Milford, died at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, July 29, 2001, in Heartland of Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born at Georgetown, Lewis County, on Sept. 22, 1912, a son of the late William G. Casto and Lillie Blanche Hardman Casto.

His wife, Gladys L. West Casto, preceded him in death on Oct. 5, 1992.

Surviving is a first cousin, Mrs. Richard (Lucille) Straight, Grant Town.

He was also preceded in death by one brother.

Mr. Casto formerly attended the United Methodist Temple Church, Clarksburg.

He was mayor of West Milford from 1955-1959.

Mr. Casto was retired from Black Rock Contractors where he was a mechanic. He served his country in the Navy during World War II.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, with Rev. Gary Rapking presiding. Interment will be in the Sheets Mill Cemetery on the Rider Road.

Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ethel Mae Croston

PHILIPPI -- Ethel Mae Croston, 81, a resident of Penn Ridge Road, Route 1, Moatsville, died Sunday evening, July 29, at her home, following an extended illness.

She was born July 10, 1920, at Philippi, a daughter of the late Hanson and Malinda Kennedy Croston.

Surviving are her husband, Carol E. Croston, Route 1, Moatsville; one son, Delmas Croston and wife, Alta, Route 1, Moatsville; one daughter, Carolyn Troyer, Route 1, Moatsville; a son-in-law, Levi Troyer, Noble County, Ohio; three brothers, Samuel Croston and Allen Croston, N. Canton, Ohio, Quentin Croston, Uniontown, Ohio; two sisters, Beulah Adams and Alice Mayle, both of Moatsville; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Ervin Leon Croston; by one daughter, Lorena Vittie Croston; and by three brothers, Harvey Croston, Melvin C. Croston Sr. and Calvin Eugene Croston.

Mrs. Croston was a homemaker and was a member of the Olive Hill Wesley Methodist Church.

Friends may call at the Stemple & Forman Funeral Home in Philippi from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Aug. 1, Mrs. Croston will be moved to the Olive Hill Wesley Methodist Church where friends may call from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., the funeral hour. Rev. Winfield Mayle and Pastor Bryan Headley will officiate and interment will follow in the Welch Cemetery.

Stemple & Forman Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Romeo Dean

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. -- Mr. Romeo Dean, age 76, a native of Braxton County and resident of Lillian, Ala., died Saturday, July 28, 2001.

Mr. Dean was a member of the Hammond United Methodist Church, Clarksburg, American Legion, VFW and the Elks.

Surviving are his wife, Jean Dean, Lillian, Ala.; one daughter, Pamela Hight, Crestview, Fla.; one son, John Rodney Dean, Greenville, S.C.; mother, Fannie J. Dean, Lillian, Ala.; one sister, Judy Barefield, Greenville, S.C.; one brother, Roger Dean, Taylors, S.C.; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at 2 p.m. at Mack Funeral Home, Dr. Dick Wright officiating.

Arrangements are by Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, Robertsdale, Ala.

Charles E. Frame

CLARKSBURG -- Mr. Charles E. Frame, age 81, of Warrenton, Ga., died at 8:07 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2001, in the Eisenhower Hospital in Augusta, Ga., following an extended illness. He was born in Gassaway, Braxton County, Sept. 23, 1919, a son of the late Harry E. Frame and Winnie Davis Stalnaker Frame Williamson.

His wife, Lois Agnes Martin Bass Frame, preceded him in death on Dec. 14, 1979.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles B. and Nancy Frame, Stonewood, Robert A. and Laverne Bass, Mulberry, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia "Patty" and Roy White, Bartow, Fla.; one brother, James Frame, Texas; one sister, Mrs. Estelene Osborn, Georgetown, Lewis County; 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Gloria Jean Stalnaker.

He had been a member of the Georgetown United Methodist Church in Lewis County. He was retired from the U.S. Navy and had served in World War II and the Korean conflict. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor in 1941 and was a deep sea diver serving as part of the body recovery unit. He had worked as a welder and pipefitter and had been a maintenance supervisor at Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Weston.

Mr. Frame will lie in state at the Georgetown United Methodist Church in Lewis County from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. with Rev. Wayne Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Gilon Cemetery in Georgetown, Lewis County. Full military graveside rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post No. 166, V.F.W. Post No. 5131, Purple Heart No. 697 and the D.A.V. No. 51, all of Lewis County.

Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Norma Jean Griffith

BRIDGEPORT -- Norma Jean Griffith, 72, passed away July 29, 2001, in Lilburn, Ga. She was born Oct. 17, 1928, in Harrison County, a daughter of the late Dewey and Una Westfall. She is survived by her loving husband, Lawrence "Bud" Griffith of Lilburn, Ga.

Also surviving are four daughters, Terry Moore, West Palm Beach, Fla., Nancy Hansbrough, Palm City, Fla., Connie Griffith, Pensacola Fla., Rose Griffith, Lilburn, Ga.; two sons-in-law, Michael Moore, West Palm Beach, Fla., and Bruce Hansbrough, Palm City, Fla.; four grandchildren, Michael L. Moore and Patrick Moore, both of West Palm Beach, Fla., Jeannie Jordan, Duluth, Ga., Lee Ann Hammack, Lilburn, Ga.; granddaughter-in-love, Rebecca Moore, West Palm Beach, Fla.; one great-grandson, Bryan Keith Jordan, Lilburn Ga.; six sisters, Mary Virginia McCartney, Baltimore, Catherine Davisson, Burgettstown, Pa., Evelyn Carson, Zelma Post and Sue Ann McCaskill, all of Charlotte, N.C., Shirley Northey, Monroe, N.C.; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Jean was an auxiliary member of the Gideons and a member of the Harvest Baptist Church of Centerville, Ga.

Funeral services will be held at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, on Friday, Aug. 3, 2001, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Michael Moore officiating. Interment will follow in the Jarvisville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Embracing Hospice Care, 3180 Presidential Drive, STE G, Atlanta, GA, 30340.

Burnside Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle Danley Hall

BRIDGEPORT -- Myrtle Danley Hall, 88, formerly of Route 2, Bridgeport, Pittsburgh and Interlochen, Fla., died on Sunday, July 29, 2001, at the Meadowview Manor, Bridgeport. She was born June 1, 1913, in Clarksburg, the daughter of the late Charles and Dora Blakesmith Danley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl H. Hall, on March 14, 1997.

She is survived by a daughter and a son-in-law, Dennetta and Norman Ramsey of Bridgeport; one sister, Mrs. William (Marjorie) Mitchell of Coraopolis, Pa.; five grandchildren, Norman Ramsey Jr., Randy Ramsey, Vicky Ramsey, Shelly Smith and Debby Ramsey; six great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Thomas, William and Charles Danley, and two sisters, Louise Hall and Juanita Hendricks.

She had worked as a cashier at the restaurant in the Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh, and previously worked at the Empire Laundry in Clarksburg. She was a member of the Baptist Church in Interlochen, Fla., and the Moose in Coraopolis, Pa. She enjoyed the hobbies of crafts and playing cards with her friends.

Friends will be received at the Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, 215 E. Main St., Bridgeport, on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. The funeral will be held in the funeral home on Thursday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Gene Burnside officiating. The interment will follow at the Bridgeport Cemetery, Bridgeport.

Allen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lewis Edward Kiger

WEST UNION -- Lewis Edward Kiger, age 82, of West Union, died Sunday, July 29, 2001, at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg following an extended illness.

He was born October 26, 1918, a son of the late Lewis Edward and Susie Maxwell Kiger.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen Vertner Kiger, and their three daughters, Kathy Newberry of Parkersburg, Susan Childers and her husband, Wayne, Crozet, Va., and Melissa Cross and her husband, Joe, West Union; five grandchildren, Eric Strother and his wife, Tammy, Lexington, Ky., Lewis Scott Childers and his wife, Leah, Crozet, Va., Megan Childers, Crozet, Va., and Alissa and Adam Cross of West Union; one great-granddaughter, Olivia Childers, Crozet, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to give special thanks to Trina Ash and Rick Cross for their compassionate care.

Mr. Kiger was a 1936 graduate of Doddridge County High School. He was a veteran of World War II, serving for the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater. He was president of Kiger Inc. until 1973. Mr. Kiger was affiliated with the West Union Bank from 1959 until 1998 as a member of the board of directors. He was also vice president from 1964 to 1990 when he became president until 1997. He a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the West Union Christian Church.

Active pallbearers will be Wayne Childers, Joe Cross, Eric Strother, Scott Childers, Adam Cross and Mike Vertner. Honorary pallbearers are Roger Greathouse, David Broadwater, Brian Greathouse, David Greathouse and Mark Lowdermilk.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at Spurgeon Funeral Home in West Union, with Dr. Alan C. Thompson and Richard McMillan officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park. Family will receive friends at the Spurgeon Funeral Home Tuesday, July 31, 2001, from 6-9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ernest E. Lantz

CLARKSBURG -- Ernest E. Lantz, age 89, 609 Maryland Ave., Nutter Fort, died at 2:24 p.m. Sunday, July 19, 2001, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born Feb. 20, 1912, in Cumberland, Md., a son of the late Denzel R. Lantz and the late Bessie Bowman Lantz.

Surviving are his wife, Millwanda Spencer Lantz, whom he married Sept. 17, 1930; two daughters, Mrs. Clifford J. (Barbara A.) Harris, Bridgeport, and Winnalee Lantz Sprout, Vienna, W.Va; six grandchildren, Stanley A. Moore, Donna Smith, Terry J. Jackson, Tammy Carson, Kelly Klepadlo and Aaron Harris; thirteen great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Marvin Lantz, Tucson, Ariz., and Norvil Lantz, Bella Vista, Ariz.; one sister, Margaret Black, Tucson, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Burton Lantz, and two sisters, Audra Osborn and Phyllis Tate.

Mr. Lantz retired from the B&O Railroad after completing 33 1/2 years of service as a conductor.

He enjoyed attending and participating in church activities and also enjoyed gardening, fishing and going to the gym.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Sherman Goodwin and Rev. O.D. Harman presiding.

Interment will be in Bridgeport Cemetery.

Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel G. Mollohan

FLATWOODS -- Mrs. Hazel G. Mollohan, 90, of Sutton, died Saturday, July 28, 2001, at Braxton Health Care Center after a long illness.

She was born Sept. 18, 1910, at Cleveland, W.Va., a daughter of the late Luther E. and Nancy Plymon Lake. She was a member of the Mount Nebo United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Wade Helmick, in 1960, and her second husband, Arnold Grant Mollohan, in 1984.

Surviving are a son, James W. Helmick, Martinsburg; a sister, Wanda McKinney, Salem, Ohio; a brother, Homer Lake, Haines City, Fla.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a grandson, Dwayne Helmick; a sister, Mary Adams, and brothers Willard and Orville Lake.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at the Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home with Rev. William E. Griffin officiating. Burial will follow in the Kniceley Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home at Flatwoods.

The Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home of Flatwoods is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Gladys Virginia Carpenter Prieto

BRIDGEPORT -- Mary Gladys Virginia Carpenter Prieto, 65, of East View, died Saturday evening, July 28, 2001, at her residence under the care of People's Hospice. She was born in Grafton on Jan. 13, 1936, a daughter of the late Hurley and Hazel Blanche Stansberry Carpenter.

She is survived by her husband, Manuel Prieto; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Debbie and Michael Shuttleworth, Clarksburg, Brenda and Ike Waller, Clarksburg, Vanessa and David Fisher, Lost Creek, Tina and Dale Kalar, Mt. Clare, and Kimberley Farnsworth, Clarksburg; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Manuel Jr. and Dawn Prieto, Mark Prieto, and John and Vicki Prieto, all of Clarksburg; 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Gilbert (Betty) Morrison and Wilma Jean George, both of Clarksburg, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Jeremy Farnsworth and two sisters, Edna Snyder and Margaret "Corbey" Pantagis.

Mary retired as a decorator from Eagle Convex Glass with over 25 years service and was a member of Flint Local No. 567 Glass Workers Union. She was a member of the East Clarksburg Wesleyan Methodist Church, Broadway.

Friends may call at the Burnside Funeral Home, South Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, on Monday from 6-8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with Rev. Todd Buterbaugh presiding. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

Burnside Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Raymond Ernest Riffle

BRIDGEPORT -- Raymond Ernest Riffle, 60, of West Main Street, Grafton, and formerly of Bridgeport, died on Sunday, July 29, 2001, at the Grafton City Hospital. He was born April 26, 1941, the son of the late Clem and Blanche Graff Riffle.

Mr. Riffle is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Louis and Louise Riffle of Clarksburg; two sisters, Vada Ramsey of Clarksburg and Nellie Riffle of Bridgeport, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Riffle formerly owned and operated the Bridgeport Appliance Store and recently worked for the Taylor County Auction House.

Friends will be received at the Ford Funeral Home, Allen Chapel, 215 E. Main St., Bridgeport, on Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Patty Post officiating. The interment will follow at the Harmony Grove Cemetery, Taylor County.

Allen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Morris W. 'Bud' Walker

CLARKSBURG -- Morris W. "Bud" Walker, 70, 137 Arthur Ave., died Saturday, July 28, 2001, in Ruby Memorial Hospital following surgery. He was born in Elkridge, July 1, 1931, a son of the late James Morris and Ustina McLaughlin Walker.

Twice married, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy Leola Ferrell Walker, whom he married Feb. 23, 1951. He was also preceded in death by his second wife, Barbara Joanne Bartlett Yeager Walker, whom he had married Sept. 13, 1974.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Garland and Kathy Walker, Clarksburg, and Craig and Nancy Walker, Morgantown; four stepchildren and spouses, Judy and Edsel Morris, James Island, S.C., Kathryn Evans, Baltimore, Md., Mike and Concetta Yeager, Clarksburg, and Jeff Yeager, Jane Lew; eight grandchildren, Michael and Andrew Walker, Clarksburg, Jessica, Daniel and Samuel Walker, Morgantown, Haylee Howard and Cole Morris, both of James Island, S.C., and Zachary Evans, Baltimore; four sisters, Mrs. Emma Jones, Mrs. Leon (Zelma) Ohlinger, both of Gauley Bridge, Mrs. Maxine Gulley, Melbourne, Fla. and Mrs. Mildred Lowdermilk, Kimberly; a friend, Francie Yeager, Weston; and an aunt, Evelyn Holt, Chelyan.

He was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.

Mr. Walker was a member of the Clarksburg Baptist Church where he served as co-chairperson of the Board of Trustees. He was a 1949 graduate of East Bank High School.

He was a member of Sunnycroft Country Club. "Bud" enjoyed his family, his church, golf and helping others.

Mr. Walker had been associated with John C. Geise, Engineers as a draftsman. He had served as project engineer for Ingersoll Rand and Dresser Industries.

Friends were received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday and noon-1 p.m. Monday. A funeral service was conducted in the funeral home Monday, July 30, 2001, at 1 p.m. with Rev. David Hume presiding.

Interment was in Bridgeport Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be memorial contributions to the Clarksburg Baptist Church.

Davis-Weaver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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