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CURRENT OBITUARIES


Obituaries for February 24, 2000

Charles D. Arnold

PARSONS -- Charles Daniel Arnold, 87, a resident of Waynewood Street, Parsons, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 22, 2000, at his home. His death was attributed to cardiac arrest.

He was born Sept. 2, 1912, in Sugarlands, a son of the late William Joseph "Joe" and Sarah Matilda Watring Arnold.

On Aug. 21, 1936, in Parsons, he married the former Stella Mae Sampson, who preceded him in death on Aug. 7, 1980.

Surviving are four sons, Leonard Lee Arnold and wife, Brenda, Holly Meadows, Harry Allen Arnold and wife, Billie, Wichita, Kan., Clyde Edward Arnold and wife, Aggie, Fork Mountain, and John Junior Arnold and wife, Frankie, Sugarlands; six daughters, Mrs. L. Hall "Sarah Mae" Bolyard, Moatsville, Floda Ellen "Skeets" Anstine, Baltimore, Md., Geneva Joye "Jenny" Streets and Mrs. Lester (Barbara Ann "Robin") Firl, both of Sugarlands, Mrs. Russell (Helen Virginia) Lyons, Gladstone, Mo., and Mrs. James (Mary Louise) Dumire, Petersburg; 27 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Ruth Rizer, Pasrons.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been also preceded in death by one son, Charles William "Tarzan" Arnold; four brothers, Lacy, Clem, Lawrence and John Arnold; three sisters, Mary Klinger, Marie Myers and Mildred Knotts; and four grandsons.

Mr. Arnold attended the one room schools at Sugarlands, was a coal miner, a logger and retired from the Kingsford Charcoal Co. during 1978. He was Methodist.

David R. Bice

PHILIPPI -- David Richard "Dick" Bice, 62, a resident of Route 1, Union community, Philippi, was pronounced dead on arrival at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, of an apparent heart attack.

He was born June 20, 1937, in Bridgeport, a son of the late Roy R. and Effie Murl Loman Bice.

On Dec. 29, 1963, he married the former Barbara Ann Ensminger, who survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Sherley Louise Bice, Clarksburg; one son and daughter-in-law, James Richard and Nina Bice, Laurel, Md.; one sister, Mrs. John (Susan) Mastorial, Nashville, Tenn.; and two brothers, Gerald "Jerry" Bice, Bridgeport, and Kenneth R. Bice, Morgan Hill, Calif.

Mr. Bice retired in 1993 from General Electric Plastic in Washington. He was an avid famer.

He served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Philippi Baptist Church.

Isabella G. Bishop

WHEELING -- Isabella Greer Bishop, 92, of Maryland Street, Wheeling, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, in Boyles Manor, Gore.

She was the daughter of the late Frank and Jessie Kiger Greer.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Joseph E. and Scarlett Bishop Jr., Wallace; four grandchildren, Joey III, Timothy and Ryan Bishop and Jennifer Gifford; one step granddaughter, Tara Pratt; and one great-granddaughter, Alivia N. Rayne Pratt.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Viola Bruney and Della Wycherly.

Mrs. Bishop graduated from Marshall University in 1929. She was a home economics teacher in the Ohio County school system for 43 years and retired from Madison Junior High School.

She was a member of Thompson Methodist Church, Wheeling, and a member of Alpha Pi Sigma sorority and the Order of Eastern Star.

Memorial contributions may be made to Thompson United Methodist Church, 115 South Broadway Street, Wheeling, WV 26003 or the Good Zoo at Oglebay Park, Wheeling.

Estella D. Carson

PINE GROVE -- Estella "Nell" Dallison Carson, 83, of Almont, Mich., formerly of Wetzel County, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000, at her home.

She was born Aug. 7, 1916, in Tyler County, a daughter of the late William R. and Amanda B. Reese Dallison.

Her husband, Rex Carson, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Gary Carson, Almont, Mich.; one daughter, Joyce Griffett, Sacramento, Calif.; one brother, Pat Dallison, Folsom; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, William, Armer, and Arlan Dallison.

Mrs. Carson was a member of the Assembly of God in Almont.

Edward E. Czernicki

ROMNEY -- Edward E. Czernicki, 73, of Romney, died Wednesday Feb. 16, 2000, at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington D.C.

He was born Dec. 30, 1926, in Thorp, Wis., a son of the late Joseph and Clara Hodorowski Czernicki.

His wife of 44 years, Norma McCarty Czernicki, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Marla K. and John Garlic, Weslaco, Texas and Paul A. Czernicki, Many Farms, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Dmitri and Kyrie Garlic; one brother, Joseph Czernicki, Franksville, Wis.; and three sisters, Marie Tranel, Galena, Ill., Alice Laski, Phillips, Wis. and Irene Gryskiewicz, Merrill, Wis.

Mr. Czernicki was an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan. In 1955, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree form Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. He also completed additional course work at many other universities and colleges.

Mr. Czernicki taught deaf students for a total of 43 years at the Montana School for the Deaf in Great Falls, Tennessee School for the Deaf in Knoxville, and most recently, the West Virginia School for the Deaf in Romney, where he taught driver education for 29 years.

He attended Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Romney. He was a member of many associations for the deaf.

He enjoyed walking his dog and attending deaf community events. He had a great sense of humor and boundless energy and enthusiasm. He was much loved and will be sorely missed.

At his own request, Mr. Czernicki's body was bequeathed through the Human Gift Registry to the West Virginia University Medical School for research. A memorial service will be held at the Our Lady of Grace Church in Jun. so that out-of-town friends and relatives will be able to attend.

The family suggests that contributions in his memory be made to the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, School Street, Romney, WV 26757.

Mildred N. Donohue

BRIDGEPORT -- Mildred N. Hustead Donohue, 83, of Route 3, Bridgeport, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000 at the United Hospital Center in Clarksburg.

She was born May 30, 1916 in Hutchinson, a daughter of the late Leslie R. and Nina G. Cropp Hustead.

Her husband, Oran L. Donohue, whom she married Aug. 13, 1947, preceded her in death on May 7, 1964.

Surviving are four daughters and three sons-in-law, Naomi and Robert Felts, Elkton Md., Shirley and Myron Miller, Clarksburg, Janet and Marvin Herbrich, Lanexa, Va., and Joyce Schwartz, New Kent, Va.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Barbara Booher, Virginia Beach, Va. and James and Cathy Donohue, Lanexa, Va.; four brothers and two sisters-in-law, Ervin Hustead, West Milford, Robert Hustead, Punta Gorda, Fla., Willis and Doris Hustead, Lost Creek, and Lester and Dorothy Hustead, Bridgeport; one sister, Virginia Davis, Pasadena, Md.; 19 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; and long-time friend, Waymond Cunningham.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Margaret Reese and one son-in-law, Ralph Schwartz.

Mrs. Donohue retired as a cashier from the Hills Department Store in 1971. She was a Baptist by faith.

Friends will be received at the Allen Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Bridgeport from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today.

The funeral service will be held in the funeral home at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Richard Wilson conducting the service. Interment will follow at the Middleville Cemetery.

Karen S. Halpenny

SHINNSTON -- Karen S. Halpenny, 55, of Prospect Valley, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000 in Fairmont General Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born Jan. 1, 1945, in Wyatt, a daughter of the late Rita Duvall. She was raised by her grandparents, Kenneth Rice, Wyatt and the late Helen L. Rice.

Her husband, Donald P. Halpenny, whom she married Aug. 24, 1959, survives.

Also surviving are one son, James K. Halpenny, Fairmont; six daughters, Ginger Whitecotton, Worthington, Mrs. (Tim) Mary Cain, Enterprise, Mrs. (Mark) Rhonda Barker, Shinnston, Beverly Halpenny, Prospect Valley, Theresa Craig and her companion, Dave Antonk, Fairmont and Lisa Halpenny, Hutchinson; 16 grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and five step great-grandchildren; three brothers, Donald, David, and Daniel Duvall, all of Indiana; two sisters, Linda Hardesty, Big Run and Debbie Heflin, Shinnston; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one granddaughter, Ginger M. Halpenny.

The family will receive friends at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 6-7 p.m. today. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home with the Rev. Gail Carson officiating.

Edna M. Hart

BRIDGEPORT -- Edna M. Hart, 86, of Holbrook Nursing Home, Buckhannon, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, following an extended illness.

She was born Apr. 25, 1913, a daughter of the late Frank A. and Estella M. Byrely Bokey.

Her husband, George O. Hart, preceded her in death in 1976.

Surviving are one son daughter-in-law, Jack L. and Patricia L. Hart, Wheeling; three grandchildren, David L. Hart, Staunton, Va., Leasa D. Hoover, Valley Bend and Nancy K. Shaw, Wheeling; five great-grandchildren, Heather Jackson, Wheeling, Jack Hart, Buckhannon, Megan and Garreth Hoover, both of Valley Bend and Chase Shaw, Wheeling; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Raymond, and Floyd Bokey.

Mrs. Hart was a graduate of Victory High School, and a former seamstress for Bokey's Alteration Shop in Clarksburg. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Clarksburg.

Friends will be received at the Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday where the funeral will begin at 1 p.m. with Evangelist Paul Hoover presiding. Interment will follow at the Sunset Memorial Park.

Fay Jackson

SHINNSTON -- Fay "Homer" Jackson, 52, of Hepzibah, died at 3:50 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born Feb. 1, 1948 in Four States, a son of the late James E. Jackson and Virginia K. Helms Jackson McCullough.

His wife, Sandra Greaver Jackson, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary W. and Rebecca Jackson, Shinnston, and Darrin and Crystal Jackson, Siler City, N.C.; one daughter, Kathleen R. Jackson, at home; two grandchildren, Katrina and Noah Jackson; two brothers and sisters-in-law, James and Michele Jackson, Seminole, Fla. and Rocky and Rhonda Lindsey, Erie; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Delores and Everett Drainer, Shinnston, Brenda and George Gerrad, Hepzibah and Darlene and Rick White, Erie; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Jackson was an over-the-road commercial truck driver. He was a Vietnam Veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy and a member of the American Legion Post number 31, Shinnston.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 7-9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, where the funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday with the Rev. Delores White officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Donald V. Shaffer

GRAFTON -- Donald V. Shaffer, 79, of Grafton, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2000 at the West Virginia University Hospital after a long illness.

He was born Jan. 1, 1921, in Elkins, a son of the late Byron and Flossie Shafer Shaffer.

His wife of 54 years, Betty L. Poe Shaffer, survives.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Toni L. and David Schatz, Salina Kan.; one son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Sonya Shriver Shaffer, Grafton; two granddaughters, Sara L. Schatz, Orlando, Fla., and Stephanie Shaffer, Grafton; four sisters, June Godwin and Joy S. Bachman, both of Grafton, Avonelle Painter and Ann Pletcher, both of Morgantown; one brother, Dr. Fred Shaffer, Fairmont; and many nieces and nephews.

Also preceding him in death is one brother, Dale Shaffer.

Mr. Shaffer was a well-known businessman and community leader who will be sadly missed by his family, friends and the community.

He served as a supply Sergeant in the U.S. Army for four years in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II. He received various medals and commendations.

He opened Godwin and Shaffer, a customer oriented furniture and appliance store, which he and his brother-in-law, Kenneth O. Godwin, operated successfully for 45 years.

He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Grafton. He was a member of many organizations.

He enjoyed gardening, cattle farming, photography, and reading.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to: Pulmonary Research Fund, West Virginia University, Health and Science Center, P.O. Box 9166, Morgantown, WV 26506.

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