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Obituaries for Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2001

Pearl Irene Gower

SHINNSTON -- Pearl Irene Gower, 85, of Hepzibah, died at 10:10 p.m., Saturday, December 22, 2001, at her residence, following an extended illness. She was born at Hepzibah, January 29, 1916, a daughter of the late Cecil Guy and Berthie Stutler Vernon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, The Reverend Okey D. Gower, November 10, 1986. Surviving are 1 son and daughter-in-law; Russell and Ruth Gower, Shinnston, 1 daughter and son-in-law, Reverend Delores J. and John A. White, Hepzibah, 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, 1 niece, whom she raised, Juanita Yoak, Stonewood, and several other nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by 1 daughter, Norma White, 2 sisters, 10 brothers and 6 grandchildren.

Mrs. Gower had worked as a housekeeper for the former St. Mary's Hospital, Clarksburg, and numerous other private homes with the elderly. She was a member of the House of Faith at Erie, where she had taught Sunday School and enjoyed being with her family, grandchildren and she also enjoyed traveling, playing guitar and her pets.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston after 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 27, with the Reverend Clyde Gidley officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

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

Bernard J. 'Bernie' Joyce

SHINNSTON -- Bernard J. "Bernie" Joyce, 87, of Shinnston, died at 10:20 a.m. Sunday, December 23, 2001, at his home.

He was born June 29, 1914, at Four States, a son of the late Thomas W. and Margaret A. Joyce.

Mr. Joyce was preceded in death by his wife Cecile Lanham Joyce, who died January 22, 1987.

He is survived by 2 sons, Bernard Joseph "Joe" Joyce, Enterprise, Patrick Joyce and his wife Lori, Bridgeport; 2 daughters, Judy J. Rankin, Shinnston, Ann Riley and her husband Bob, Shinnston; 1 sister, Wilma T. Joyce, Fairmont; a special friend, Carolyn Moschella, Spelter; 13 grandchildren, Chris Rankin, Lori Rankin, Bernard Joseph "Jay" Joyce III, Jonathan L. Joyce, Chad Riley, Clay Riley, Clark Riley, Abby Riley, Ally Riley, Julie Joyce, Drew Joyce, Tommy Joyce, and Andrew Joyce; 12 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Joyce was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Irene Waltz, Mildred Anderson, Margaret Ford; 2 brothers, Eugene Joyce, Thomas Joyce; and one grandson.

Mr. Joyce was the owner and operator of Joyce Furniture Co., Shinnston, for 31 years. He graduated from Monongah High School and later graduated from Fairmont State College, where he was a member of the football team and captain of the baseball team. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Mr. Joyce was a member of the St. Ann's Catholic Church, Shinnston, the FSC Letterman's Club, and Green Hills Country Club. He was formerly a member of the Shinnston American Legion Post #31, Shinnston Moose #929, Fairmont Lions Club, and the Business and Professional Men's Club, Shinnston.

Friends may call at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, on Wednesday, from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Holy Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann's Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. on Friday with Rev. Karl Wohinc as celebrant. Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Harmer Funeral Home Service.

Orless B. Kearns

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Orless B. Kearns, age 90, Route 1, Box 649, Mt. Clare, WV, died at 4:30 p.m. Monday, December 24, 2001, in Wishing Well Health Center, Fairmont, WV.

She was born in Calhoun County, WV, December 27, 1910, a daughter of the late Levi Scotland "Scot" Burns and the late Della Weaver Burns.

Her husband, Elmer Burgess Kearns, whom she married in August 1939, preceded her in death on March 27, 1972.

Surviving are one son, Forrest Thomas Kearns, Route 1, Mt. Clare, WV; one sisters, Janis Virginia Turner, Cathlamer, Washington; two granddaughters, Elexis Blair Kearns and Elisa Rhae Kearns, Morgantown, WV; a stepson, William Kearns, Columbus, Ohio; and a stepdaughter, Paula Kearns Todd, Zanesville, Ohio; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Clairel Weaver Burns.

Mrs. Kearns was a member of the Clarksburg Baptist Church and the Omega Bible Class of the church.

She had graduated from high school in 1931 and in the class of 1934 from the Mason Union Protestant Hospital School of Nursing.

As a Registered Nurse, Mrs. Kearns worked as a hospital floor supervisor, did private duty and was employed for 13 years as the Harrison County School nurse and later taught Red Cross Home Nursing in the high schools. Mrs. Kearns also worked at the Clarksburg Credit Bureau.

Mrs. Kearns had been a member of the Washington Irving High School Football Mothers Club and she had been instrumental in organizing the first WI High School homecoming.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Thursday.

A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home Friday, December 28, 2001, at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Kurt Busiek, The Reverend David Hulme and Chaplain Del Parris presiding.

Interment will be in Bridgeport Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers it is requested that memorial contributions be made to Mason-Union Protestant Nurses Alumni Association, 1631 Adams Ave., Clarksburg, WV 26301 ATTN: Roberta Mingyar.

Davis-Weaver service.

Charles W. McDaniel

GRAFTON -- Charles W. McDaniel, age 83, of Route 1, Grafton, WV (Knottsville Community), passed away on Monday, December 24, 2001, at his residence. He was born on November 6, 1918 in Grafton, WV, a son of the late Frederick Ross McDaniel and Georgia Knicely McDaniel. Mr. McDaniel is survived by his wife of 59 years, Rita (Sturm) McDaniel.

The family will receive friends at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home on Thursday, December 27, 2001, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. And on Friday, December 28, 2001 from 12:00 p.m. till the funeral hour at 1:00 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, December 28, 2001 at 1:00 p.m. at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home. The Rev. Michael Brown will officiate. Interment will be at West Virginia National Cemetery at Prunytown.

Military graveside services will be conducted by V.F. W. Memorial City Post #3081, Taylor County Post #12 American Legion, DAV Chapter #24 and their auxiliaries.

The Donald G. Ford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ernest Eugene Monroe

CLARKSBURG -- Ernest Eugene Monroe, age 90, 2026 Williams Avenue, Clarksburg, WV, died at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 25, 2001, in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida.

Mr. Monroe was born in Clarksburg, WV June 8, 1911, a son of the late Ernest Monroe and the late Beatrice Roberts Monroe.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Victorine Louistall Monroe, and by cousins including, Betty Roberts Pleasant.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Ida Monroe.

Mr. Monroe was a Methodist and attended Christ Episcopal Church in Clarksburg.

He had formerly lived in New York City, Rye, N.Y. and East Hampton, N.Y.

He was retired and had owned and operated a house cleaning business.

There will be no visitation.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Davis-Weaver service.

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