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Obituaries for Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001

Mary Harper Brown

CLARKSBURG -- Mary Harper Brown, 97, formerly of Meigs Avenue, Clarksburg, died Tuesday, October 2, 2001, in a local nursing home.

Mrs. Brown was a teacher with the Harrison County Board of Education with 47 years of service.

She was born in Franklin, Maryland, September 7, 1904, a daughter of the late George and Kathryn Livingston Harper.

She was married to James M. Brown, who preceded her in death on December 30, 1954.

Surviving are one nephew, James J. Morgan Jr., Glen Burnie, Maryland; and two great- nieces, Kathryn Ann Morgan and Pamela Lynn Haughee, both of Glen Burnie, Maryland.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. James J. (Agnes Harper) Morgan.

Mrs. Brown was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, N.E.A., W.V.E.A., C.T.A., AARP, Harrison County Association of Retired School Employees, life member of the Alpha Delta Kappa, Teachers Honorary Society, American Association of University Women, YMCA, Queen Esther Chapter 11 O.E.S., and the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, and was a lifetime member of the Harrison County Senior Citizens Center.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg, Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., where funeral services will be held Saturday, October 6, at 11 a.m. The Reverend Etheldean Yanero will officiate.

Interment will be in the Elkview Masonic Cemetery. Davis Funeral Home, www.davisfunerals.com.

Melvin Grant Sperry Clemans

JANE LEW -- Melvin Grant Sperry Clemans, 88, of P.O. Box 235 Bridgeport, a retired attorney, died Oct. 1, 2001, in the United Hospital Center at Clarksburg.

He was born in Harrison County on March 17, 1913, a son of the late Lemuel Smith Clemans and Ida Lee Sperry Clemans.

He was twice married, first to Lorene Lockard, who preceded him in death Oct. 14, 1956. He later married Delsie Keith, who died Sept. 30, 1985.

Surviving are five daughters, Lorene C. Powell of Tampa, Fla., Martha C. Richter of Marianna, Fla., Rebecca Ann Clemans of Shell Point, Fla., Janet C. Godwin and husband, Jimmy, of Tallahassee, Fla., and Nancy C. Maxwell and husband, Dennis, of Tallahassee, Fla.; nine grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; and one stepson, Jeff Keith, of Goochland, Va.

He was preceded in death by one son, Melvin Stanley (Buddy) Clemans in September of 1957; two brothers, Conrad and Stanley H. Clemans; and one grandson.

Mr. Clemans was a member of the West Virginia Bar Association, a West Virginia University graduate, where he obtained his law degree, and for many years was in private practice. He was a graduate of Washington Irving High School, and was a lover of antique cars.

Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home in Jane Lew from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Graveside services will be held at the Elkview Masonic Cemetery Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, at noon with Rev. Ronald Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Elkview Masonic Cemetery.

A Morris Funeral Home service.

Blanche Thomas Headley

MIDDLEBOURNE -- Blanche Thomas Headley, 98, of Middlebourne passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001.

She was born Nov. 24, 1902, a daughter of the late Morris and Martha Seckman Thomas. She was a member of the Middlebourne Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Headley, and two sons, Paul and Carl.

Surviving are two sons, Lester Headley of Salem, WV, and Harlen Headley and wife, Ruth, of Bristol, WV; three daughters, Wanda Hanlon and husband, Lawrence, of Fredericksburg, Va., Mary Mason of Fairmont, WV, and Nellie Baker of Middlebourne; 23 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Furbee Funeral Home, Middlebourne, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m.

She will be laid to rest at Beechwood Cemetery, Alma, WV.

Furbee Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ruth M. Lipscomb

PENNSBORO -- Ruth M. Lipscomb, age 76, of Wilhelm Road, Greenwood, WV, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001, at Clarksburg, WV. She was born on May 8, 1925, at Grafton in Taylor County, WV.

Mrs. Lipscomb was a homemaker and a member of the Central Station Full Gospel Church at Central Station in Doddridge County.

She is survived by sons Danny and Clarence Lipscomb, both of West Union, WV, and Jimmy and Bill Lipscomb, both of Greenwood, WV; daughters Dottie Stradley, Summers, WV, and Corlis Lipscomb, Greenwood, WV; brother O.B. Henderson, Grafton, WV; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Lipscomb was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Sylvanis "Pete" Lipscomb; a son, Timothy Lipscomb; four brothers; one sister; three grandchildren; and her parents, Robert and Grace Henderson.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2001, from the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, with Pastor Jeff Stefanov officiating. Burial will be in the Duckworth Cemetery near Greenwood, WV. Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, and after 9 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Edward Gene McCullough

SHINNSTON -- Edward Gene McCullough, 68, of Clarksburg, died at 8:36 p.m. Sunday, September 30, 2001, in the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness. He was born at Brown, Dec. 29, 1932, a son of the late Lewie McCullough and Garnett Robinson Fiber.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston.

Interment will be in the Elizabeth Mason Memorial Cemetery at Joetown.

The Dorsey Funeral Home, www.dorseyfuneralhome.com, Shinnston, is in charge of the arrangements.

Frances R. Folio Pierce

LOGANSPORT, Ind. -- Frances R. Folio Pierce, age 80, Logansport, died at 3:37 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2001, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 15, 1921, in Clarksburg, West Virginia, a daughter of Joseph Carduff and Elsie (Morris) Carduff.

On September 4, 1941, she married Frank B. Folio, who preceded her in death on January 19, 1968. On February 15, 1975, she married James D. Pierce, who preceded her in death on May 27, 1993.

Frances was a member of All Saints Catholic Church (Logansport).

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law: Diane and Jerry Board, Logansport, Linda and Jim Fricke, Marion, Indiana; one stepson and his wife: James and Mary Lou Pierce, Florida; two sisters: Jean Hurteau, Akron, Ohio, Margaret Delson, Lake Worth, Florida; six grandchildren: Marty Folio and his wife Wanda, Stephanie Furlanetto and her husband Mark, Patricia Jones and her husband Jeff, all of Arizona, Tony Board and his wife Amy, Indianapolis, Brian Board, Lafayette, and AJ Fricke, Marion; two stepgrandchildren: Robbie Pierce and Sean Pierce; four great-grandchildren: Stephen Furlanetto and Ashleigh Furlanetto, Megan Folio and Amber Folio; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, one son and one brother.

A funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at All Saints Catholic Church, with Father John Zahn officiating.

Interment was in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Logansport.

Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Kroeger Funeral Home. A scripture service was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions can be sent to All Saints Catholic School.

Kroeger Funeral Home, Logansport, Ind., was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Postlethwait

NEW MARTINSVILLE -- Charles Postlethwait, 73, of Salem, Doddridge County, passed away at home on October 1, 2001.

He leaves behind one son, Charles Eric Postlethwait; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was a crane operator by trade.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Iams Funeral Home, New Martinsville. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Iams. Interment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery.

Anna Bartic Shuster

FAIRMONT -- Anna Bartic Shuster, 88, of Merrill Avenue, Rivesville, died Wednesday, October 3, 2001, at Fairmont General Hospital. She was born April 19, 1913, in Ohio, a daughter of the late Andrew and Sophia Cosco Bartic.

Mrs. Shuster was a homemaker and a Christian.

Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, John "Bo" and Sara Shuster of Fairmont, and Ronald and Vonda Shuster of Stonewood; sister, Mary Suplita of Dakota community; grandchildren, Jonna Rene Shuster, Ronnie Shuster Jr., Rhonda Shuster; great-granddaughter, Amanda Shuster.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew J. Shuster, on August 30, 1993; one son, Andrew "Corky" Shuster Jr.; brothers, Paul Bartic and Martin Bartic.

Friends may call at the Ford Funeral Home, DeGarmo Chapel, Rivesville, WV, on Thursday, October 4, 2001, from 6-9 p.m. Private graveside services will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Ford Funeral Home Inc., Fairmont, is in charge of arrangements.

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