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Obituaries for February 23, 2000

Grace Ashcraft

CLARKSBURG -- Grace Parsons Ashcraft, 72, of 412 Maple Ave., Stonewood, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

She was born in Clarksburg, Sept. 30, 1927, a daughter of the late Cecil Clyde Parsons and Goldie Fraley Parsons.

Surviving is her husband, Hubert Ashcraft.

Also surviving are three brothers, William Page Parsons, Stonewood, James Edwin Parsons, Beckley, and Harold Lynn Parsons, Stonewood; one sister, Reva Lenore Yonavyak, Quiet Dell; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Keith Parsons and Charles Ralph Parsons.

Mrs. Ashcraft was a homemaker and Methodist.

There will be no funeral home visitation. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Stonewall Park Cemetery, with the Rev. Jerry Lee officiating. Burial will follow. McGlumphy Funeral Home/Chapel in Clarksburg is in charge of arrangements.

Jack Beavers

GRAFTON -- Jack Beavers, 64, of Route 1, Thornton, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, in Barbour County as a result of a boating accident.

He was born in Barbour County, July 15, 1935, a son of the late George Roy Beavers Sr. and Otie Pitzer Beavers.

His wife, Evelyn Knotts Beavers, whom he married April 10, 1958, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn Ruth Christian and husband, Sean, Hurricane; one grandson, Adam Riley Christian, Hurricane; three brothers, George Beavers Jr. and wife, AdaBelle, Moatsville, Edward Beavers, Grafton, and Glenn Beavers and wife, Jeanne, Council, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Lucille Virginia Beavers, and two nephews.

Mr. Beavers was retired from the United Steel Workers.

He was a 1955 graduate of Grafton High School, a U.S. Army veteran serving from 1956-58, a life member of the National Rifle Association and was Protestant.

Betty J. Lauderman

CLARKSBURG -- Betty Jane Lauderman, 82, of 47 Lewis St., Clarksburg, died Monday morning, Feb. 21, 2000, at her residence.

She was born in Clarksburg, March 27, 1917, a daughter of the late Mona Davis and Thomas Root.

Her husband, Manuel Lauderman, whom she married Feb. 17, 1940, preceded her in death on Oct. 17, 1989.

Surviving are two daughters, Pamela Ann Freeman, Clarksburg, and Lane Kendal Simonyi and her husband, Thomas, Morgantown; and two grandchildren, Robert R. Freeman Jr. and Carol Anne Simonyi.

She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Kenneth Root, and one son-in-law, Robert R. Freeman.

Mrs. Lauderman was an active member of the Summit Park Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, church clerk and president of the Ladies Aid Group.

She was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Rick Owens conducting the service. Interment will be in Bridgeport Cemetery.

Earl O. Marsh

BUCKHANNON -- Earl O. Marsh, 99, of Pickens, formerly of Route 1, French Creek, Etna community, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, in Pickens, where he made his home with Joe and Eva Morgan.

He was born Nov. 9, 1900, in Alton, a son of the late Hiram and Arminta Hunt Marsh.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucy Metzner Marsh, and his second wife, Hazel Miller Marsh.

Surviving are one daughter, Shirley Newlon, Baltimore, Md.; one son, Carl E. Marsh, Tennerton; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; his stepmother-in-law, Doris Lough, Tennerton; three sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law, Jack and Maymolene Whitehair, Bill and Anna Rose McAlister and Norma Jean Groves, all of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been also preceded in death by one son, Earl Max Marsh; one daughter, Imogene Marsh; five brothers; and three sisters.

Mr. Marsh owned and operated Marsh Fence Co. in Hacker Valley for several years. He was a member of the Pleasant Dale United Methodist Church in Selbyville.

Richard L. Scott Sr.

CLARKSBURG -- Richard Lee Scott Sr., 73, of 1148 Woodland Drive, Clarksburg, formerly of Route 3, Bruceton Mills and Grafton, died at 9:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born in Wilsonburg, Oct. 26, 1926, a son of the late Wilmer Lott and Lelia Gay Forinash Scott.

On April 28, 1951, he married Erma Joan Livingston, who preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 1995.

Surviving are five sons and daughters-in-law, Richard Lee and Kathy Scott Jr., Bridgeport, Robert Allen and Diannia Scott, Bridgeport, Ralph Dana Scott, Shinnston, Roger Duane and Sherrol Scott, Grafton, and Timothy Wayne and Monica Scott, Clarksburg; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Lorita Ann and Dennis Skiles, Grafton, Mrs. Debra Jean and Earl Blair, Clarksburg, and Mrs. Rebecca Sue and Roger Green, Simpson; one brother, Kenneth G. Scott, Clearwater, Fla.; four sisters, Mrs. Theodore (Doris) Stevens, Grafton, Betty Griffith, Clarksburg, Mrs. Larry (Sarah) Ford, Mt. Clare, and Carolyn S. Gordon, Nutter Fort; 21 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and David Scott.

Mr. Scott was a member of the Grafton Assembly of God, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 24 and the American Legion Post No. 12, Taylor County.

He was a retired electrician and truck driver. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II.

Friends may call at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 7-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, with Pastor Joe H. West Jr. conducting the service. Interment will follow in the West Virginia National Cemetery in Pruntytown. Full military services at the gravesite will be accorded by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3081 of Grafton, American Legion Post No. 12, Taylor County, and D.A.V. Chapter No. 24.

Sam J. Tallerico

SHINNSTON -- Sam John Tallerico, 85, a resident of Nella's Nursing Home, Crystal Springs, Elkins, formerly of Haywood, died at 2:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, at Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, following an extended illness.

He was born in Haywood, Sept. 28, 1914, a son of the late John Tallerico and Anna Ferrise Tallerico Skelley.

Surviving are two brothers, Albert Skelley, Paden City, and John Skelley, Enterprise; one aunt, Pauline Sandora, Haywood; one niece, Kathryn Ann DeMary, Shinnston; and several other nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Joseph Skelley; one sister, Theresa Beto; and three stepbrothers, Frank, Mike and Louie Skelley.

Mr. Tallerico had formerly worked as a baker at the Sunbeam Bakery in Clarksburg with 25 years of service.

He retired from Commercial Hydraulics, Shinnston.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston after 2 p.m. today. A rosary will be recited in the funeral home chapel at 7 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Shinnston, with the Rev. Father Karl Wohinc as celebrant. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Betty B. Taylor

FAIRMONT -- Betty B. Taylor, 76, of Charlottesville, Va., formerly of Fairmont, died at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Evergreene Meadows -- The Alzheimers Facility, Stanardsville, Va.

She was born in Weston, April 26, 1923, a daughter of Willis A. and Beatrice Wilson Burrows.

On June 21, 1947, she married E. Murray Taylor, who survives.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Martha Bea and David Goshaw, Charlottesville; one son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Lynn Taylor, Alpharetta, Ga.; four grandchildren, Melissa Ann Clutter Rogers and her husband, Steve, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Matthew A. Clutter, a student at West Liberty College, Mark A. Clutter, Ocoee, Fla., and Lauren A. Taylor, Alpharetta; one great-grandson, Taylor Michael Rogers, Fort Walton Beach; one stepgrandson, Brian Goshaw and his wife, Tammy, Lancaster, Pa.; and one sister-in-law, Bettie M. Wakenight, Frederick, Md.

Mrs. Taylor graduated from Weston High School in 1941 as valedictorian of her class. She also graduated from West Virginia Business College in Clarksburg.

She came to Fairmont in 1942 when she was employed as a secretary at the new Westinghouse plant until 1948. She was later employed in the office of the Wishing Well Health Care Center for several years.

She was a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Charlottesville and had previously been a member of the Central Methodist Church and the First Baptist Church, Fairmont. She was a treasurer of the Fairmont Concert Association and a member of the Fairmont Covinette Club.

She held numerous church- related positions for her Sunday school and women's work.

Jesse Turk

CLARKSBURG -- Jesse Turk, 86, of 33412 Monticello Ave., Clarksburg, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2000, at his residence.

He was born in Birmingham, Ala., April 6, 1913, a son of the late George and Minnie Turk.

His wife, Madeline Turk, preceded him in death in December 1988.

Surviving are one daughter, Alice Fay Elder, Bronx, N.Y.; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, one son and one sister.

Mr. Turk served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict.

He had previously worked as a coal miner and for the Clarksburg Sanitation Department.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the West Virginia National Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted. Davis-Weaver Funeral Home in Clarksburg is in charge of arrangements.

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