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Obituaries for Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001

Orpha E. Barnett

SHINNSTON -- Orpha E. Barnett, 87, of Haywood, died at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 11, 2001, in the United Hospital Center, following a brief illness. She was born in Wetzel County, August 20, 1914, a daughter of the late Norman Russell and Lavina Ellen Talkington Copenhaver. She was preceded in death by her husband, John J. Barnett, whom she married December 9, 1933. Surviving are 4 sons and 2 daughters-in-law, Russell and Peggy Barnett, Shinnston, Thomas Barnett, Ohio, James and Janean Barnett, Isaac Creek, John Barnett, Heartland Nursing Home; 1 daughter and son-in-law, Alice and George Skinner, Haywood; 2 brothers, Thomas Copenhaver, Haywood, Robert Copenhaver, Lumberport; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by 1 son, Harrison Andrew Barnett; 2 brothers, William Copenhaver and Denzel Copenhaver; 6 sisters, Pansy Copenhaver, Flossy Copenhaver, Sarah Merrill, Mae Bell Kapis, Minnie Cottrill and Pearl Welch. Mrs. Barnett was a farm girl who raised her children by hard work, sacrifices, thrift and humble circumstances. Her homemade biscuits fed many hungry tummies who were in and out of her home. She loved playing the piano. She loved her Savior Jesus Christ, with whom she has gone to meet. She was a Pentecostal by faith. Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 15, with the Reverend Chad Hutson officiating. Interment will be in the Lions Club Cemetery at Lumberport.

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

Deborah Joyce Bland

CLARKSBURG -- Deborah Joyce Bland, age 44, of 115 Lemley Court, Clarksburg, died at 11:25 a.m. Sunday, November 11, 2001, in the United Hospital Center.

She was born in Clarksburg on December 27, 1956, a daughter of the late Sonny Eakle and Verna May Briggs Eakle.

Her husband, Thomas Lee Bland, preceded her in death on July 25, 2001.

Surviving are one son, Thomas R. Bland, Clarksburg; one daughter, Mrs. Fred (Tina) Smith, Clarksburg; one sister, Virginia Eakle, Clarksburg; three brothers, Harold Briggs & Hubert Briggs, both of Salem, James Eakle, NC; two grandchildren, Chauncey Lee Smith and Cassondra Alexis Smith.

Also surviving are a mother-in-law, Katherine Strother Bland Barker Keller and a grandmother, Virginia Nay.

She was a homemaker.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, where a funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2001, with Virgil Richards presiding. Following the funeral service, the body will be cremated and interred in the Floral Hills Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Davis-Weaver service.

Elmer W. Dyer

BUCKHANNON -- Elmer W. Dyer, 75, of Buckhannon, died Saturday, November 10, 2001, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV.

He was born April 11, 1926, in Harrison County, WV, a son of the late Roscoe F. and Maude Woodford Dyer.

Surviving are his wife, Nadine Post Dyer, whom he married June 26, 1951; son, Erin Post Dyer of Pittsburgh, PA; daughter, Nelda Jo Dyer-Galarneau of Buckhannon; sister, Irene Ward of Lost Creek, WV; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Edmond R. Dyer; three sisters, Sarabelle White, Inijane Cunningham and Lucille Douglas.

He was Methodist by faith and a WW II veteran with the US Air Force. He was owner of the Endco Trucking Company and co-owner of the Dallas Coal Company and The Capital Coal Company, all of Buckhannon. From 1992 to 1997, he was involved with the management of the Elkins Motor Speedway, Elkins, WV.

Viewing will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2001, at Tomblyn-Whitescarver Funeral Chapel. The service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 14, 2001, at the funeral chapel, with Rev. William C. Eskew, Jr. presiding. VFW Post #3663 and American Legion Frank B. Bartlett Post #7 will conduct graveside rites.

Tomblyn Whitescarver Funeral Chapel of Buckhannon is in charge of the arrangements for Elmer W. Dyer.

Wanda Spencer Lantz

CLARKSBURG -- Wanda Spencer Lantz, age 88, 609 Maryland Avenue, Nutter Fort, WV, died at 12:25 a.m. Monday, November 12, 2001, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, WV.

She was born in Richwood, WV, March 11, 1913, a daughter of the late William Elijah Spencer and the late Laura Ann Weese Spencer.

Ernest E. Lantz, her husband of 71 years, preceded her in death on July 29, 2001.

Surviving are two daughters, Winnalee Sprout, Vienna, WV and Mrs. Clifford J. (Barbara A.) Harris, Bridgeport, WV; two grandsons, Aaron Harris, Bridgeport, WV and Stanley Moore, Parkersburg, WV; four granddaughters, Donna Smith, Parkersburg, Terry Jackson, Bridgeport, WV, Tammy Carson, Lumberport, WV and Kelly Klepadlo, Clarksburg, WV; thirteen great-grandchildren; and ten great-great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by a niece, Nelly Blestro, and two nephews, Richard and Dewey Spencer, all of Ohio.

Mrs. Lantz was a homemaker and enjoyed participating in church activities and gardening.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg, from 2-9 p.m Tuesday.

A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home Wednesday, November 14, 2001, at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Sherman Goodwin and Reverend Jerry Lee presiding.

Interment will be in Bridgeport Cemetery.

Davis-Weaver Service.

Christine Pride

CLARKSBURG -- Christine Pride, 53, of Flynn Street, Clarksburg, died Monday, November 12, 2001, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital, following an extended illness. Mrs. Pride was born in Fairmont November 21, 1947, a daughter of the late Richard and Lela Vincent Singleton, Sr.

She is survived by her husband, George L. Pride, whom she married October 10, 1975; two sons, Mark Pride, Clarksburg and Christopher Pride and his wife, Brenda, Clarksburg; one daughter, Mrs. Ron (Tina) Turner, Clarksburg; five grandchildren, Kanayia Turner, Stephon Turner, Ronald Turner, Jr., Krista Pride and Azeea Pride; six brothers, Charles Singleton, Richard Singleton, Floyd Singleton, Wilbur Singleton, all of Clarksburg, Clyde Singleton, Lumberport and Garfield Singleton, Fairmont; two sisters, Margarite Anderson, Flint Michigan, Ilene Wright, Flint Michigan; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Louise Singleton.

Mrs. Pride was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Family and friends may call at the Davis Funeral Home, One Olen Thomas Drive, Rt. 98, Clarksburg, Wednesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Reverend Father Cesidio Federico as Celebrant. Interment will be in the Holy Cross Cemetery. A prayer service will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Davis Funeral Home.

www.davisfunerals.com

Kenneth A. Strait

SHINNSTON -- Kenneth A. Strait, 71, of Shinnston, died Saturday, November 10, 2001, at Heinz Continuous Care Center, Fox Chapel, PA, following a brief illness.

He was born January 12, 1930, in Monongalia County, a son of the late John C. and Pearl Weaver Strait.

He was married on July 1, 1950, to Betty L. Price Strait, who died April 15, 1999.

Surviving are 2 sons and daughters-in-law, Rodney K. and Kimberly Strait, Steven A. and Sharon Strait; 3 grandchildren, Scott, Shae and Meagan Strait, all of Shinnston; 1 sister, Evelyn Jefferies, Shinnston; 1 brother, John Darrel Strait, Montrose, WV; several nieces and nephews.

Kenneth was a combat engineer in the Korean Conflict and received 2 Bronze Stars. He was employed by Jack's Friendly for several years and later owned and operated Bridgeport Television Sales for 20 years.

He was a member of the Owings United Methodist Church, where he served as lay speaker and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of American Legion Post 31, Shinnston, and VFW Post 573, where he was quartermaster and an officer on the Color Guard. He was selected All-State Post Quartermaster for the year 2000-2001. He was a member of the NRA and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Friends will be received at the Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday.

A funeral service will be at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. Austin Burrough officiating.

Interment will follow at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Samuel J. Thomas

CLARKSBURG -- Mr. Samuel J. Thomas, age 84, of 212 Grant Street and formerly of Summit Park, died at 5:30 a.m. Monday, November 12, 2001.

He was born in Clarksburg on October 4, 1917, a son of the late Ole Thomas and Anna Solomon Thomas.

His wife, Martha Jean Thomas, preceded him in death on December 12, 1988.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, George N. & Catherine Thomas, Bridgeport, Norman A. & Beverly Thomas, Clarksburg; two brothers, Charles Thomas, Clarksburg, Isaac Thomas, Bridgeport; one sister, Anna Halstead, Fairmont; five grandchildren, Teddy, Josh, Sammy, Jonathan and Bonnie Jean; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

Mr. Thomas was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

He retired as Plant Manager of Centural Concrete, working over 35 years. Mr. Thomas was president of Summit Park Water Association for over 20 years. Also, he was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and 3-9 Wednesday. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 noon Thursday, November 15, 2001, in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Reverend Father Timothy Jude Grassi as celebrant.

Interment will be held in the Holy Cross Cemetery. A Biblical Wake Service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Military graveside rites will be conducted by the V.F.W. Post #573 and the American Legion Post #13 Honor Guards.

Davis-Weaver service.

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