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CURRENT OBITUARIES


Obituaries for Monday, February 28, 2000

Madge E. Baber

CLARKSBURG -- Mrs. Madge E. Baber, 89, of 119 Hartland Avenue, Clarksburg, died at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000 in United Hospital Center, approximately 20 hours following the death of her son, William C. Baber II in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

She was born June 15, 1910, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Charles and Sarah A. Batton Smith.

Her husband, Dr. William C. Baber, whom she married Sept. 9, 1934, survives.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Richard Smith and two sisters, Ruth Miley and Jean Reinmult.

Mrs. Baber was a member of the Stealey United Methodist Church and was also a member of the Clarksburg League for Service, Sunny Croft Country Club and Sunny Croft Bridge Club.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. A funeral service for Mrs. Baber and her son will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Rev. Susan Rector conducting. Interment will be in Elk View Masonic Cemetery.

William C. Baber II

CLARKSBURG -- William C. Baber II, 59, of 119 Hartland Avenue, Clarksburg, died at 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000 in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Dec. 6, 1940, in Clarksburg, a son of Dr. William C. and Madge E. Smith Baber. His mother died Sunday morning, Feb. 27, 2000 in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

Also surviving are several cousins.

Mr. Baber was a member of the Stealey United Methodist Church, the Harrison County Senior Citizens, the U.S. Chess Federation, a local bicycle club, AARP and Hackers Creek Pioneer Descendants. He had been instrumental in forwarding the Rails to Trails program in Central West Virginia.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329, East Main Street, Clarksburg from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. A funeral service for Mr. Baber and his mother will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Rev. Susan Rector conducting. Interment will be in Elk View Masonic Cemetery.

Elsie B. Bauman

CLARKSBURG -- Elsie B. Bauman, 97, of Parkway Drive, Clarksburg, died at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000 in a local nursing home following an extended illness.

She was born March 1, 1902, at Turtle Run, a daughter of the late William H. and Carolina Snodgrass Grimm.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, George W. Staples and by her second husband, Roy Bauman.

Surviving are one daughter-in-law, Genevieve Staples, Shinnston and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Frank Staples, one brother and two sisters.

Mrs. Bauman was a Protestant and a member of the AARP, the Senior Citizens Golden Age Club and the Ladies Auxiliary of the United Transportation Union number 968.

There will be no public visitation. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Wilson officiating. Davis Funeral Home, Clarksburg, is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred M. Bowman

WESTON -- Mildred M. Swisher Bowman, 90, of Route 3, Weston, McGuire Park community, died at 6:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2000, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a brief illness.

She was born April 13, 1909, in Letter Gap, Gilmer County, a daughter of the late Charles and Vinnie Bush Swisher.

Her husband, Virgil F. Bowman, whom she married Nov. 9, 1932, preceded her in death Feb. 4, 1972.

Surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Willie Mick, Weston, Winnetta, and Mickey Kennedy, Northfield, Ohio, Rose E. and Mike Powell, Adrian, Mich., and Della J. and Tom Williams, Louisville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Willie Jr., Virgil, Frank, Randy, and Ted Mick and Warren and Wayne Williams; four great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Jeffrey Mick and Kevin and Kaylin Mick; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, L. Bush Swisher.

Mrs. Bowman was a homemaker and farmwife, living on the Berlin Road. Although confined to her home until recent years, she continued to be knowledgeable of the farm routine. She enjoyed watching the activities from her window-chair where she became interested in bird and sky watching. She was also an avid television watcher. She was a member of the Stonecoal United Methodist Church.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston from 5-8 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel with Rev. William Dawson and Rev. Fred Mulneix officiating. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Louisa A. Browne

PENNSBORO -- Louisa A. Browne, 89, of Harrisville, formerly of Bedford, Ohio, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, in Marietta, Ohio.

She was born May 14, 1910 at Chester, Pa., a daughter of the late John H. and Sarah S. Armstrong.

Her husband, James H. Browne, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Susan H. and James Browne Ptak, Shreve Ohio, and Sara M. Ditlow; one granddaughter, Linda K. Reichle-Schweighert and husband, Steven, Broadway, Va.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, John R. Armstrong, and sister, Sareta M. Shamp.

Mrs. Browne was a retired assistant warehouse manager for Seaway Foods, Inc. of Bedford, Ohio, with 22 years of service. She was a licensed private aircraft pilot since 1955, a member for many years of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and a 55-year member of the Bedford Order of the Eastern Star.

Private services will be held at a later time with the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, assisting the family with arrangements.

Emma F. Dawson

BUCKHANNON -- Emma F. Dawson, 92, of Crystal Springs, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000 at Nella's Nursing Home, Crystal Springs.

She was born Sep. 21, 1907, in Tallmansville, a daughter of the late Peter and Dolly Eskew Tenney.

Her husband, Samuel W. Dawson, whom she married May 16, 1926, preceded her in death April 3, 1972.

Surviving are one daughter, Mildred Hinkle, Buckhannon; two sons and daughters-in-law, Blonda and Hilda Dawson, Buckhannon and John S. and Nancy Dawson, Summersville; two sisters, Edna George, Buckhannon and Pearl Kincaid, Jane Lew; two brothers, Virgil Tenney, Baltimore, Md. and Rev. John Tenney, Charleston; five grandchildren, Marcella S. Roth, Buckhannon, Bruce L. Dawson, French Creek, John A. Dawson, Parkersburg, State Trooper Steven R. Dawson, Moorefield and Donald Hinkle, Weston; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Albert, Dennis, David, Edgar, and Harold Tenney, and one sister, Mamie Wilfong.

Mrs. Dawson was a school cook for Daysville, employed by the Upshur County Board of Education. She was a member of the Sand Run Baptist Church, Excelsior.

Friends will be received from 6-9 p.m. today at Poling-Saint Clair Funeral Home, Inc., Buckhannon. Funeral services will be held at the Sand Run Baptist Church, Excelsior, at 2 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. Donald Butcher and Rev. Robert Poling officiating. Burial will follow at Sand Run Baptist Church Cemetery.

David L. Goldsmith

WESTON -- David L. Goldsmith, 48, of Route 1, Buckhannon died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000 at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Buckhannon, following an extended illness.

He was born March 13,1951, in Weston, a son of the late Willard "Red" and Mardell McCue Goldsmith.

His wife, the former Della M. Godfrey, whom he married on Apr. 10, 1984, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Ricky A. Goldsmith at home; one stepdaughter, Christina D. Conkling, Weston; one sister, Sandra D. Shanholtz, Winchester, Va.; one nephew, Kyle A. Shanholtz; and one grandson, Steven Conkling.

Mr. Goldsmith worked in masonry construction and was a Protestant.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Avenue, Weston from 7-9 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Clyde Gidley officiating. Interment will follow in the Friendship I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

Rosie Henthorn

WESTON -- Rosie Henthorn, 82, of Holbrook Nursing Home, Buckhannon, formerly of Kingwood and Weston, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000 at Holbrook Nursing Home following an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 18, 1917 in Mannington, a daughter of the late Stewart and Bessie Higgins Arbogast.

She is survived by one son, James Hart, Indiana.

Mrs. Henthorn was a homemaker.

Graveside services will be held today at 10 a.m. at the Broad Run Cemetery, Jane Lew with Rev. Jeff Zickefoose officiating. Interment will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Olive Myers

FAIRMONT -- Olive Myers, 84, of Haywood, died Feb. 26, 2000 at the Heritage in Bridgeport.

She was born March 15, 1915, in Core, a daughter of the late Guy and Maggie Kenndy Neeley.

Her husband, Stanley Myers, preceded her in death.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Neil and Georgiana Myers, Parkersburg and Larry and Carrie Myers, Fairview; one daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Richard "Wick" Cummins, Fairview; two sisters, Joann, Cleveland, and Pauline Davis, Florida; four brothers, Millard Neeley, Core, Gene Neeley, Morgantown, Albert Neeley, Mount Morris, Pa., and Dale Neeley, Hurricane; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Lesley, Howard, and Kenneth Neeley; and two sisters, Irene and Grace.

Friends may call at Curry Chapel, Fairview from 2:30-9 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at Domico Funeral Home, Fairmont at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. Larry Harker officiating. Burial will follow at Beverly Hills Memorial Gardens, Westover.

Albert G. Rieke

PENNSBORO -- Albert G. Rieke, 64, of West Union died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born Sep. 17, 1935, at Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., a son of the late Gustave T. and Agnes T. Francesca Rieke.

His wife, Alice T. Schuck Rieke, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Brian Rieke, Yonkers, N.Y. and Russell Rieke, Ocoee, Fla.; two daughters, Theresa Rieke, Wellford, S.C. and Ann Grady, Orono, Mass.; two brothers, Edward Rieke, Covington, Ga. and Robert Rieke, New York; two sisters, Lillian Granone, West Union and Ethel DeMagistris, Fleming, N.Y.; and three grandchildren.

Mr. Rieke was a motor equipment operator for the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., with 30 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and attended the Christian Church of West Union.

Friends may call at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, from noon-1 p.m. Saturday. Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday from the funeral home with Pastor Mark Wilmoth officiating.

Latie J. Smith

WESTON -- Latie J. Frashuer Smith, 91, of Route 1, Jane Lew died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2000 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following an extended illness.

She was born Dec. 21, 1908 in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Henry L. and Icie Oldaker Frashuer.

Her husband, John W. Smith, whom she married Oct. 10, 1963, preceded her in death.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews, several great-nieces and nephews and several great-great-nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Arnett R. and Wayne F. Frashuer, and two sisters, Gladys Dobbins and Olive Dunham.

Mrs. Smith was retired from the Lewis County Board of Education as a teacher where most of her career was spent at Lightburn two-room school. She was a charter member of the Lightburn Rebekah Lodge number 80 since Feb. 21, 1941, a past West Virginia Belle of Lewis County, a member of Lightburn CEO's Home extension since 1955, a member of McCanns Run WSCS, and a member of West Virginia Teachers Association.

She taught Sunday school at McCanns Run United Methodist Church for over 50 years, and was involved with the Lightburn Leaders 4-H club for over 20 years.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, from 5-8 p.m. today. Lightburn Rebekah Lodge number 80 will conduct a service at the funeral home at 7 p.m. today. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday from the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jeff Zickefoose officiating. Interment will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery in Jane Lew.

Robert F. White

WESTON -- Robert F. White, 89, of 98 North 8th Street, Wheeling, formerly of 264 West 4th Street, Weston, died at 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, in the Bishop Hodges Continuous Care Nursing Home of Wheeling following an extended illness.

He was born Feb. 5, 1911, in Gilmer County, a son of the late Alpha E. and Genevieve Carson White.

His wife of 64 years, the former Sarah K. Davisson, whom he married Sep. 14, 1935, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Kathryn A. Weisenseel, Weston and Roberta S. Mathews, Warren, Ohio; one son, Rondall R. White, Wheeling; one sister, Mary V. Davisson, Murraysville; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Robert J. White; his stepmother, Belva Coberly White; and four brothers, Virgil A. and Howard D. White and two infant brothers.

Mr. White was an employee of Pennzoil with 40 years and 3 months service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Weston.

Friends will be received at the Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main Avenue, Weston from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Hugh Murphy officiating. Interment will follow in the Peterson Cemetery, Weston.

Florence E. Wolfe

SHINNSTON -- Florence E. Wolfe, 84, of Route 2, Bridgeport, died unexpectedly at 10:41 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2000 at the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born March 2, 1914, at Saint Clairsville, Ohio, a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Jones Brown.

Twice married, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Hubert Black and Walter Wolfe.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Hubert and Janet Black, Akron, Ohio and Richard and Brenda Wolfe, Enterprise; three daughters and one son-in-law, Sandra Warner and her grandson Robert, with whom Mrs. Wolfe made her home, Mary Medlock, Carol and Richard Siers, all of Oklahoma; nine other grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and one sister, Gladys Hendershot, Ohio.

Mrs. Wolfe had worked as a nurses aide at the Fairmont General Hospital and for Goodyear Tire in Akron, Ohio.

She was a Christian and a Methodist by faith. She enjoyed watching wrestling.

Friends may call at the Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston from 2-9 p.m. today, where funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Austin Burrough officiating. Interment will be in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Goldie M. Wright

WESTON -- Goldie M. Wright, 69, of 866 Cemetery Street, Weston, died at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a brief illness.

She was born on Jun. 6, 1930, in Weston, a daughter of the late Oscar L. and Arbutus R. Hoover Gould.

Her husband, Harold J. Wright Sr., whom she married June 3, 1950, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Harold J. Wright, Weston; two brothers, Cecil O. Gould, Weston and Hayward J. Gould, Horner; one sister, Emmaline E. Wilson, Fairmont; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Gary L. Wright; four brothers, Ercil, Virgil, Gilbert, and Walter Gould; and two infant sisters, Maxine and Wren Gould.

Mrs. Wright was a member of McCanns Run United Methodist Church. She was a 1951 graduate of Weston High School and retired in 1989 from the West Virginia Conference Center in Jacksons Mill with 35 years of service. She was also a caregiver for the elderly and an avid gardener.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Peterson Cemetery in Weston with the Rev. Russell Furr officiating. Interment will follow in the Peterson Cemetery.

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