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Obituaries for Sunday, July 16, 2000

Robert Herold Cain

WESTON -- Robert Herold Cain, 84, of 127 Arch St., Weston, and New Smyrna Beach, Fla., died at 7 a.m. Monday, July 10, 2000, while on vacation in Bloomingdale, Ill.

He was born June 14, 1916, in Clarksburg, a son of the late Nelson and Anna Herold Cain.

His wife, the former Freda Karickhoff, whom he married June 2, 1940, preceded him in death in April of 1985.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Roberta C. Anson and husband, Col. James L. Anson, St. Louis, Mo.; one sister, Nancy Hammond, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and one grandson, Steve Anson, Chapel Hill, N.C.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Mary Conard.

Mr. Cain was owner and operator of Cains Market in Weston. He was a member of the St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston. He was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Navy.

He was a member of the Weston Lodge No. 10 A.F. and A.M.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday from the Weston Masonic Cemetery with the Rev. Michael Linger officiating. Boyle Funeral Home, Weston, is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lewis County Senior Citizens.

Rev. Dr. Ralph R. Carpenter

FAIRMONT -- Rev. Dr. Ralph R. Carpenter, 71, of Fairmont, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Aug. 15, 1928, in Marion County, a son of the late Ott and Ida V. Meyers Carpenter.

His wife of 52 years, Eva M. Ansel Carpenter, whom he married Oct. 14, 1947, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Anne Hamilton Carpenter, Akron, Ohio; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kimberly and Joseph Lawson, Morgantown, and Kandy and Fabian Pearson, Mt. Vernon, Ohio; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jay and Virginia Carpenter, Fairmont, and Lewis and Clara Carpenter, Maryland; five grandchildren, Keith Carpenter, Robin Carpenter Schrack and husband, Dan, Rachelle Lawson, Joseph Lawson and Olivia Pearson.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Bertha Simms, Opal Eby and Nora Lanham; and three brothers, Harry, Walter and Paul Carpenter.

Rev. Carpenter was currently serving as Pastor of the Sunrise Chapel Church. He gave his heart to the Lord in Feb. 1957 at the Sarietta Community Church and was baptized on May 12, 1957. The first church he pastored was Long Run Church, Simpson, in 1958. Other pastorates included: Delmar Chapel, Morgantown, in 1959; Nicholson Chapel, Morgantown, 1960-1974; Mt. Harmony Church, Fairmont, 1977-1983; assisting the late Dr. O.G. Pyle, and as interim Pastor 1989-1991 and Sunrise Chapel, near Monongah, 1991 until present.

He became district superintendent for Evangelical Christian churches in West Virginia on Jan. 23, 1967, serving that position for 12 years. In 1978 he became Evangelical Christian, Inc. Junior Bishop. In 1986 until 1997 he served as Evangelical Christian, Inc. Bishop. He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from the Transylvania Bible School on May 22, 1988.

In addition to his over 40 years of service in the ministry, Rev. Carpenter retired from Sharon Steel in Fairmont, in 1974 after 28 years. He also served in the U.S. Army. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Friends may call at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant St., Fairmont, from 1-9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday. The service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. John Snyder and the Rev. Robert Lowther officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sunrise Chapel, RR 1, Box 384-A, Fairmont, WV 26554.

Edith Kelley Cosner

FLATWOODS -- Edith Kelley Cosner, 86, of Gilmer, Braxton County, died Friday, July 14, 2000, in the Braxton County Memorial Hospital near Gassaway, after a short illness.

She was born June 30, 1914, at Bower, a daughter of the late Okey Kuhl and Hazel Godfrey Kuhl.

Her first husband, Harlen Kelley, and her second husband, John Cosner, both preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, JoAnn and husband, Ralph Simmons, Madison, Ohio; two sons, Lawrence R. and wife, Shirley Kelley, Sutton, and Jerry R. and wife, Jane Kelley, Carleton, Mich.; one brother, Junior Kuhl, Glenville; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Bobby L. Kelley; and two brothers, Earl and Willard Kelley.

Mrs. Cosner was a member of the Stout's Chapel United Methodist Church, the Burnsville Rebekah Lodge No. 85, the Burnsville Homemakers Club, and proprietor of the Kelley's Grocery for several years.

Friends may call at the Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home from 6:30 - 9 p.m. today where Rebekah Lodge No. 85 will hold a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the Copen Cemetery, Copen.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Stout's Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Don Singleton, P.O. Box 265, Burnsville, WV 26335.

Lenora M. Crites

ELKINS -- Lenora M. Crites, 67, formerly of the Cravensdale community, more recently a resident of 62 Pleasant Ave., Elkins, died at 12:30 a.m. Friday, July 14, 2000, at the Davis Memorial Hospital. She had been in declining health for the past five years.

She was born Feb. 8, 1933, at Cravensdale, a daughter of the late George Washington and Melissa Crookshank Leary.

Her husband, Seymor Crites, preceded her in death during 1997.

Surviving are five sons, Seymor T., Gary, George, David and Ronald Crites, all of Elkins; eight daughters, Christine Fitzwater, Pearl C. Painter, Dorothy Watts, Angela Crites and Barbara McCauley, all of Elkins, Sharon Morgan, Shinnston, Penny Regester, Meadowbrook, and Helen Moore, Montrose; two brothers, Woodrow and Darius Leary, both of Elkins; four sisters, Eula Loane, Marietta, Ohio, Betty VanPelt, Pt. Pleasant, Anna L. Sturms, Montrose, and Marie Goff, Elkins; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Denver, Charles and George Leary Jr.; and two sisters, Pauline Leary and Shirley Hupp.

Mrs. Crites attended Third Ward School. She had managed the Dew Drop Inn. She was a Protestant.

Friends will be received at the Lohr-Barb-Vance Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m. today. Final Rites will be conducted at the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Kevin Gainer officiating. Interment will follow at the Mountain State Memorial Gardens, Gilman.

Mrs. Pauline Arbella Brown Erdman

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Pauline A. Brown Erdman, 95, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Clarksburg, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, in Naples.

She was born Sept. 28, 1904, in Lebanon, Pa., a daughter of the late Elias P. Brown and Mamie Barnett Brown.

Her husband of 69 years, Charles J. Erdman, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Charles J. and D'arcy Erdman Jr., Bonita Springs, Fla.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mayme and Tony Dembecki, Naples, and "Prissy" and William Viglianco, Clarksburg; 17 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lewis Brown and wife, Marie, Lebanon, Pa., and Mark Brown, Stamford, Conn.; one sister-in-law, Margaret E. Karinch, Lebanon; several nieces and one nephew.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, George and Harrison Brown, Lebanon.

Mrs. Erdman had attended the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Clarksburg, and St. Anne's Catholic Church in Naples.

She was a homemaker and had once been employed by the C.C. Keys Music Store in Clarksburg.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Clarksburg, with the Rev. Father Timothy Grassi as celebrant. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. A vigil service will be conducted in the funeral home at 7 p.m. today.

Margaret Ellen Hurst

CLARKSBURG -- Margaret Ellen Hurst, 86, of North 15th St., Clarksburg, died Friday, July 14, 2000, in the United Hospital Center following an extended illness.

She was born July 2, 1914, in Akron, Ohio, a daughter of the late James E. and Bertie L. Swearingen Rebrook.

Her husband, Earl Hurst, preceded her in death Oct. 25, 1986.

Surviving are one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Wallace (Roberta L.) Tervin, Lake Wales, Fla.; three grandsons, James and Timothy Hurst, Clearwater, Fla., and David L. Tervin, Lake Heath Air Force Base, England; and five great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, two sisters and four brothers.

Mrs. Hurst was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

She was a member of the Harrison County Senior Citizens, the Senior Citizens Bowling League and the Women's International Bowling Congress.

Family and friends will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., Clarksburg, from 6-8 p.m. today, where a funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday with the Rev. Wallace Tervin officiating. Interment will be in the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

Mary Margaret Buffington Ross

BUCKHANNON -- Mary Margaret Buffington Ross, 69, of Buckhannon, died Thursday, July 13, 2000, at her home.

She was born June 20, 1931, at Wheeling, a daughter of the late Floyd L. Buffington and Mary E. Hewitt Buffington.

Her husband, Samuel M. Ross, whom she married Aug. 7, 1954, preceded her in death July 29, 1988.

Surviving are two daughters, Jane Ross Waugaman, Mequon, Wis., and Nancy Ross Pugrant, Madison, N.C.; three brothers, Robert, James and Joseph Buffington; one grandson, Kyle M. Waugaman; and one granddaughter, Alison Ross Waugaman, both of Mequon.

Mrs. Ross taught biology in Upshur County schools. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Buckhannon.

She was also a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, Buckhannon Country Club and Friends of the Library.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Sam Ross Endowment Fund at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Ira Conway Talkington

JANE LEW -- Ira Conway Talkington, 87, of Crestview Manor Nursing Home, Jane Lew, formerly of Shinnston, died at 12:45 a.m. Saturday morning, July 15, 2000, following an extended illness.

He was born March 11, 1913, at Salem, a son of the late Everett and Lillian M. Flowers Talkington.

Surviving are one sister, Mae and husband, Kester Clevenger, Jane Lew; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by five brothers, Clifton, Bernard, Donald, Paul and Curwood Talkington.

Mr. Talkington had worked at Empire Laundry Universal Concrete an in the deep mines.

Friends will be received at the Morris Funeral Home, Jane Lew, from 6-8 p.m. Monday. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. David Jessie officiating. Burial will follow in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Day B. Tustin

CLARKSBURG -- Day B. Tustin, 92, of Clarksburg, formerly of Clarksburg Towers, died Friday, July 14, 2000, in Ocala, Fla., near her daughters.

She was born March 31, 1908, in Tyler County, a daughter of the late Hood and Sarah A. Lemasters Brohard.

Her husband, Carl G. Tustin, preceded her in death in 1958.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Glen "Buck" Tustin and wife, Elizabeth, Clarksburg, and Burlin Tustin and wife, Sandra, Clarksburg; two daughters, Carolyn Vitolo, Cape Coral, Fla., and Mrs. John D. (Marolyn) Jett, Ocala; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by two sisters, Mae Penrod and Gay Tustin; and one brother, Fay Brohard.

Mrs. Tustin was a retired school teacher with Harrison County schools. She was a member of the Stealey United Methodist Church.

She was also a member of the United Methodist Women, the Retired Teachers Association, the Harrison County Senior Citizens and the U.S. Navy Mothers Association.

Family and friends will be received at the Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike Street, Clarksburg, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and from 8 - 11 a.m. Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Susan Rector officiating. Interment will be in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

Rupert L. Williams

FLATWOODS -- Rupert L. Williams, 68, of Falls Mill, Braxton County, died Friday, July 14, 2000, at his home after a long illness.

He was born May 10, 1932, at Bulltown, a son of the late Dana A. Williams and Mary A. Conrad Williams.

His wife, Robin Lake Williams, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Robin L. James, Falls Mill; two sons, Roger L. Williams, Roanoke, and Travis McCray, Ireland; one sister, Louise Brown, Strongsville, Ohio; two brothers, Dana and Ernest Williams, both of Cleveland, Ohio; and three grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary A. Teter and Marjorie G. Myers; and one brother, James W. Williams.

Mr. Williams was a Pentecostal by faith. He was a school bus driver for the Braxton County Board of Education.

Friends may call at 3 p.m. today at the Stockert-Gibson Funeral Home, Flatwoods. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. today at the funeral home with the Rev. Tom Propst officiating. Burial will be in the Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Heaters.

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