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Obituaries for January 4, 2000

Mary M. Bates

PINE GROVE -- Mary M. Bates, 70, of Folsom, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was a daughter of the late Orval Benjamin and Anna Loma Stout Swiger.

Her husband, Dorsey R. Bates, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Terry Bates, Smithfield; one daughter, Helen Carnes, and one brother, Orval "O.J." Swiger Jr., both of Folsom; three grandchildren, June Gail Bates, Christopher Carnes and Anna Nicole Bates; and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Bates was a member of the Pentecostal Church in Folsom.

Eva G. Black

GLENVILLE -- Eva Garrett Black, 90, of HC 71, Baldwin community, died at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.

She was born June 6, 1909, in Gilmer County, a daughter of the late H.H. and Vera Spicer Garrett.

Her husband of 65 years, Glenn B. Black, preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 1996.

Surviving are three daughters, Marilyn Woofter, Goshen, Ind., Dolores Boggs, Toronto, Ohio, and Glenda Fleshman, Morehead City, N.C.; one son, Gerald "Jerry" Black, Purcellville, Va.; four sisters, Drusilla Boggs and Mildred Furr, both of Glenville, Pauline Jones, Sand Fork, and Lucille Jones, Parkersburg; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Black was a graduate of Sand Fork High School and Glenville Normal School, now Glenville State College. She taught at Low Gap, Lower Stewarts Creek and Baldwin schools.

She was honored by the placement of her name on the memorial plaque for one room school teachers at Cedar Creek State Park.

Mrs. Black was a lifelong resident of Gilmer County and a homemaker. She was a 4-H leader, a member of the Baldwin Homemaker Club, the Gilmer County Farm Bureau, and the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for over 50 years.

Susie C. Burnside

BRIDGEPORT -- Susie C. Burnside, formerly of Sun Valley, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Meadowview Manor following an extended illness.

She was born May 19, 1906, a daughter of the late Savilla Hutson and Albert Clyde Cashdollar.

Twice married, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Vernon Propst, and her second husband, H. Arnett Burnside.

Surviving are one stepson, Arnett R. Burnside, Bridgeport; three stepdaughters, Helen Burns, Boonsboro, Md., Hylen Calcerano, Pleasantsville, N.J., and Carol Lloyd, Crete; eight stepgrandchildren; one sister, Shirley Reger, South Carolina.

She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Stanley, Steve, Scott, Samuel and Sherman Cashdollar and one sister, Sylvia Clayton.

Mrs. Burnside was a member of the Reynoldsville Baptist Church.

Friends will be received at Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Ave., Bridgeport, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Thomas P. Horne presiding. Interment will follow in the Fairview Friendship Cemetery.

Marshall M. Davisson

PARSONS -- Marshall Miller Davisson, 59, of Blackman Heights community, died Sunday afternoon, Jan. 2, 2000, at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown. He had been in declining health and death was attributed to cancer.

He was born Feb. 6, 1940, in Rock Cave, a son of the late Warren M. and Helen B. Cool Davisson.

On Feb. 12, 1960, in Clarksburg, he was married to the former Shirley Ann Strother, who survives.

Also surviving are one son, Kevin Davisson and his wife, Sherry, Elkins; one daughter, Kimberly Kay Davisson, Geneva, Ohio; one brother, Gail D. Davisson and wife, Karen, Orlando, Fla.; and three grandchildren, Bayleigh and Ty Cole Davisson and Courtney Ponikvar, all of Elkins.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Artis Roxanne Sue Davisson.

Mr. Davisson was a well-known law enforcement officer of Tucker County. He was a graduate of Victory High School in Clarksburg, with the class of 1958, and had served with the U.S. Army Reserves.

He was retired from the West Virginia State Police with 26-12 years of service, was a former chief of police at Parsons from 1989-1992, at which time he was elected sheriff of Tucker County, where he served until the time of his death.

Mr. Davisson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Parsons, the Pythagoras Lodge No. 128, AF&AM, and the Scottish Rite of Clarksburg.

Harry F. Haddix

Harry F. Haddix, 72, of Route 2, Clarksburg, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 30, 1927, in Bedford, Ohio, a son of the late James William and Elma Mae Haddix.

His wife, Arbadella Wright Haddix, whom he married on Aug. 20, 1962, in Taylor County, survives.

Also surviving are six sons, Michael Haddix, Quiet Dell, Keith Haddix, Pruntytown, Kevin Haddix, Darrell Haddix, Harry W. Haddix and Jason Haddix, all of Clarksburg; three daughters, Ruby Haddix and Della Haddix, both of Clarksburg, and Melissa Haddix, Mount Clare; 10 grandchildren, Nicole Haddix, Amber Haddix and Ashley Haddix, all of Mount Clare, Ryan Haddix, Dereck Haddix, Breanna Haddix, Samantha Haddix, Cody Haddix and Nathan Haddix, all of Clarksburg, and Monique Haddix, Charleston; several stepgrandchildren; two sisters, Edna Wanette, Baltimore, Md., and Ruby Haddix, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, William James Haddix.

Mr. Haddix was employed by the City Landfill as a general laborer.

He was a member of the Calvary Apostolic Church.

Friends may call Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, with the Pastor James Feeney officiating. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

James J. Harden

James J. Harden, 67, of Gypsy, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at his residence following a sudden illness.

He was born June 9, 1932, in Bridgeport, a son of the late Fred and Leora Powell Harden.

His wife, Helen Buckhannon Harden, whom he married March 31, 1965, survives.

Also surviving are five sons, David Harden, Little Rock, Ark., Burnie Fry, Meadowbrook, Donald Fry, Jackson, Tenn., Jeffrey Fry, Gypsy, and James Michael Harden, Francis Mines; two daughters, Sharyl Thompson and Tracie Hardbarger, both of Dayton, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold Harden, Clarksburg, and Robert Harden, Indiana; one sister, Margaret Stewart, Maryland; and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers.

Mr. Harden was a retired manager of Highway Oil with 20 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Korean Conflict, a member of the Meuse-Argonne Post No. 573, Veterans of Foreign Wars and was Protestant.

Friends may call Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., from 7-9 p.m. today, where the funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. Mike Brown officiating. Interment will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery, where full military graveside rites will be conducted.

Hobert F. Knight

WESTON -- Hobert Francis Knight, 58, of Harlingen, Texas, died at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, at Valley Baptist Hospital, Harlingen.

He was born March 1, 1941, in Webster County, a son of Dessie Curtis, Weston, and the late Coy Knight.

His wife, the former Judith Dillard, whom he married on April 30, 1993, survives.

Surviving are four sons, Roger, Robert and Hobert Knight Jr., all of Virginia, and Ronnie Knight, Weston; five daughters, Tonja Snyder, Clarksburg, Sheila Olander, Maryland, Tammy Starcher, Weston, Gina Carpenter, Rock Cave, and Joanie Hutchins, Georgia; four brothers, Howard Knight and Lee Knight, both of Weston, Delmas Knight, Alabama, and Roy Dennison, Florida; six sisters, Vivian Groves, Weston, Wilma Jean Colling, South Carolina, Beulah McCartney, Weston, Pearl Armstrong, Virginia, Anna Metz and Sue Wilfong, both of Weston; one stepdaughter, Kathy Canto, Texas; and three stepsons, Lee Dillard, California, Roy Dennison and Rodney Crow Knight, both of Texas; 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Knight was an employee of Budget Rent-a-Car and was Pentecostal.

Friends will be received at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Weston Church of God with the Rev. Joel Hammond, the Rev. Delma Knight and the Rev. Randall Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Jane Lew.

Virginia C. Kyle

Virginia Capage Kyle, 60, of 531 Werninger Street, Clarksburg, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

She was born Feb. 12, 1939, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Edward N. Capage and Lena C. Daniels Capage.

Her husband, Karl B. Kyle Jr., survives.

Also surviving are one son, Dr. Karl Edward Kyle and his wife, Michele, Marietta, Ga.; two brothers, Dr. James Capage and family, Morgantown, and Dr. Mike Capage and family, Houston, Texas; and two grandchildren, Gabrielle T. Kyle and Christian W. Kyle.

Mrs. Kyle was a member of the Marconi Lodge Sons of Italy, a former member of the Elks Auxiliary, and Harrison County Senior Citizens, AARP.

He was a graduate of Notre Dame High School in 1957, attended Salem College and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Clarksburg. He was an avid reader and homemaker.

Friends may call Bartolo Funeral Home, 515 West Pike St., Clarksburg, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Cesidio J. Federico as celebrant. Interment will follow in Bridgeport Cemetery, Bridgeport. A scriptural wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home chapel.

Bessie M. Matko

PHILIPPI -- Bessie Moats Matko, 79, a resident of Route 3, Mansfield Addition, died at 2:16 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, in the emergency room at Broaddus Hospital.

She was born Sept. 3, 1920, in Moatsville, a daughter of the late M.J. and May Johnson Moats.

Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Frank and Debbie Matko and David Lynn and Carol Matko, all of Philippi; three sisters-in-law, Ruby Moats, Moatsville, Colleen Moats, Grafton, and Margie Moats, Galloway; four grandchildren, Brian Matko, Martinsburg, Kelli, Jeremy and Trevor Matko, all of Philippi.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by two sisters, Roxie Moats Bolyard and Jessie Poole and six brothers, James, Wilbur "Squibb," Robert, Gerald "Stover," Russell and an infant brother.

Ms. Matko was a retired sales clerk having retired from South End Market.

James H. McCallum

BRIDGEPORT -- James H. McCallum, 65, of Bridgeport, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born July 27, 1934, in Fairchance, Pa., a son of the late Robert E. and Florine Walsh McCallum.

He was preceded in death by his second wife, Rosabell Dufour McCallum.

Surviving is his first wife, Barbara Henry D'Anieri, Mount Dora, Fla.

Also surviving are three sons, Robert McCallum, Nutter Fort, Michael and David Allen McCallum, both of Bridgeport; one daughter, Rebecca Lee McCallum Harold, Daytona, Fla.; his nephew, James Brand, Alexandria, Va.; one niece, Roseann Cox Wilhelm, Clarksburg; his companion, Patricia Swiger Underwood, Salem; his companion's two daughters, Erica Ashley Underwood, Salem, and Dora Rosetta Underwood Rinquest, Anmoore; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. McCallum was a graduate of Bridgeport Senior High. He retired from Pittsburgh Plate Glass and was a former truck driver for Scot Lad Foods. He was a member of the Central Christian Church, Disciples in Christ.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the Burnside Funeral Home, 607 South Virginia Ave., Bridgeport. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Chuck Madaus officiating. Interment will follow in the Bridgeport Cemetery.

Naomi R. Mercer

PENNSBORO -- Naomi R. Mercer, 68, of Route 1, Cairo, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, in Parkersburg.

She was born Aug. 10, 1931, in Arnolds Creek, near West Union, Doddridge County, a daughter of the late John D. and Myrtle Edna Lowe Elliott.

Surviving are her companion, John Nichols, Cairo; two brothers, Dewight Elliott, Oil Ridge Road, Cairo, and Budge Elliott, Grantsville; one sister, Betty L. Morris, Parkersburg; one granddaughter, Jennifer Ward, Maceo, Ky.; and a friend, Charlie Cornell, Harrisville.

She was also preceded in death by one son, Brady A. Gregg Jr.; one brother and three sisters.

Mrs. Mercer was a homemaker and had formerly attended the Wince Chapel United Methodist Church at Pike.

Kathryn I. Pabon

BELINGTON -- Kathryn Irene Pabon, 68, of Hampstead, N.C., died Saturday, Jan. 1, 1999, at her home.

She was born Aug. 11, 1931, in Buckhannon, a daughter of the late Gordon E. and Dora Elizabeth Williams Bennett.

Surviving are her husband, Luis Robert Pabon, Hampstead; five daughters, Cynthia Rose, Newark, Ohio, Terry Azbell and Lisa Callison, both of Hampstead, Gia McLean, Belington, and Sonja Wattier, Toledo, Ohio; two sons, Brian Callison, Hampstead, and Daniel Pabon, Cocoa Beach, Fla.; one brother, David Bennett, Belington; one sister, Mary Jane Olson, Castleberry, Fla.; 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Elmer Bennett.

Mrs. Pabon was a homemaker.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Schoonover-Stemple Funeral Chapel in Belington.

Erma P. Riley

WESTON -- Erma P. Riley, 83, of 202 Williams Ave., Bridgeport, died at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following a brief illness.

She was born Feb. 21, 1916, in Mt. Union, Pa., a daughter of the late Frank Wenzel and Lidia Wenzel.

On Aug. 18, 1949, she married Francis E. Riley, who survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas E. and Donna Riley, Lost Creek; four grandchildren, Gretchen and Jason Riley, Kyle and Erin Seitz; three stepgrandchildren, Nicole and Ben Molnar and Mrs. Timothy (Leslie) Flaherty; and one stepgreat-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Margaret Riley Goodgame; one brother, Edward Wenzel; and one sister, Esther Neal.

Mrs. Riley was a homemaker and a member of All Saints Catholic Church in Bridgeport.

Friends may call Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston, from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday from St. Patrick Catholic Church, with the Rev. Fr. James Murphy as celebrant. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Jane Lew. A scriptural prayer service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday from the funeral home chapel.

Wilson Ross

FLEMINGTON -- Wilson Ross, 86, of Flemington, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Virginia Hawkinberry Homecare, Route 3, Philippi.

He was born Jan. 22, 1913, in Bristol, a son of the late Lant and Elva Davis Ross.

His wife, Alfreda Loretta Ross, preceded him in death on Dec. 4, 1999.

Surviving are three sons, Jim Ross, Leonard Ross and Gary Ross, all of Flemington; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one grandson, Jimmy Dale Ross II; two brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Ross had lived in the Flemington community since 1944. He retired from the B&O Railroad as a trackman in 1975 with 31 years of service.

He served in the U.S. Army and in the C.C.C. Civilian Conservation Corps.

Pearl Strader

BRIDGEPORT -- Maisie "Pearl" Strader, 92, of Water Street, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born Aug. 8, 1907, in Vandalia, a daughter of the late Tibertius M. and Sarah Elma Talbott Strader.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Vernon (Mattie) Hyre and Mrs. James (Bess) Wyatt, both of Weston; and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Forrest Strader and one sister, Ida Elizabeth Hull.

Miss Strader worked at Kroger's for eight years before her association with the Pure Food Store. In January 1948, she and R.F. Smith purchased Pure Food Store, from which she retired in the 1970s.

She was a member of the Pythian Sisters Temple and past grand chief, in which she was active for many years, a member of the Johnson Avenue United Methodist Church, where she had been president of the Women's Society, and a member and teacher of the Believers Sunday school class. She also was a representative of the Shepherd Corner Board.

Visitation will be held at Floyd Funeral Home, 402 Main St., Weston, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel in Weston. Interment will follow in the Weston Masonic Cemetery. Visitation and a remembrance service was held on Jan. 3 at Allen Funeral Home, 215 East Main St., Bridgeport.

John W. Van Kirk

BUCKHANNON -- John William Van Kirk, 85, of Sturart, Fla., formerly of Buckhannon, died at 10:55 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000, at Martin Memorial Hospital North Stuart.

He was born May 5, 1914, in Bound Brook, N.J., a son of the late William Van Kirk and Gertrude McHugh Van Kirk.

His wife, Betty Dutton Hornbeck Van Kirk, whom he married June 26, 1976, survives.

Also surviving are one son, Wayne Van Kirk, Houston, Texas; one daughter, Susan Jenkins, Salisbury, Md.; two stepsons, David D. Hornbeck, Yorktown, Va., and William R. Hornbeck, Leesburg, Va.; one stepdaughter, L. Ann Taylor, Palo Alto, Calif.; and one sister, Shirley Close, Toms River, N.J.; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild and eight stepgrandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Mr. Van Kirk was educated in Clifton, Passaic County, N.J., and Strauben-Miller Textile Institute of New York City.

He retired in 1981 as president and plant manager of the Stonewall Jackson Division, Weston, of Alkahn Labels Inc., New York City, after being associated with this company for 48 years. He also served as the manager of the Paterson, N.J. plant prior to transferring to Weston in 1967.

He was a past member and past president of the Weston Rotary Club, served several years on the Advisory Board for the Fred Eberle Technical School in Buckhannon, and was a former member of the Buckhannon Country Club and Martin County Florida Golf and Country Club.

Mr. Van Kirk was a member of the Conquistador Men's Golf League and the Lakeview Heights Reformed Church, Clifton. He served in the Army during World War II from 1942-46 and was discharged as Captain of the 303rd Infantry.

James R. Vogel

WEST JEFFERSON, Ohio -- James R. "Jamie" Vogel, 17, of West Jefferson, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Madison County, Ohio.

He was born Dec. 30, 1982, in Clarksburg, W.Va., a son of Vanessia Hillberry, West Jefferson, and Robert C. Vogel, Hudson, Fla.

Surviving are his stepfather, Charles E. Hillberry Jr., West Jefferson; his stepmother, Jennifer Vogel, Hudson; two brothers, Joshua Vogel, West Jefferson, and Craig Vogel, Hudson; one sister, Michelle L. Hillberry, Groveport; his grandmother and stepgrandfather, Sandra and Harold "Buss" Bennett, Lost Creek, W.Va.; his grandfather and stepgrandmother, James and Barbara Coffindaffer, Charleston, W.Va.; three uncles, Mark Coffindaffer, Charleston, David and Mike Coffindaffer, both of London, Ohio.

Jamie was a student at Dayton Job Corps.

Kathleen D. Wiseman

Kathleen Delores Kidd Wiseman, 79, of Texas, formerly of Clarksburg, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2000, in Houston, Texas.

She was born March 9, 1920, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Earl W. and Mary Edith Morrison Kidd Sr.

Her husband, Hayward Lynn Wiseman, whom she married in 1940, preceded her in death in 1957.

Surviving are one son, Ronald Lynn Wiseman and his wife, Louella, with whom she made her home in Houston; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Thelma Kidd and Leitha "Patty" Smith, both of Clarksburg; one brother, Cecil O. Kidd, Virginia Beach, Va.; and one stepson, David Lee Wiseman, Greenville, N.C.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Earl Kidd Jr. and one stepdaughter, Olive Wiseman Kemp.

Mrs. Wiseman was a member of the Salvation Army. With her husband, she served in corps appointments in Cumberland, Md., Grafton, and Winchester, Va.

After her husband's death in 1957, she commanded Baltimore Patterson Park Corps and served as the social services director for Baltimore, Md., for 15 years, retiring in 1973.

Friends may call Davis Funeral Home, 443 West Pike St., from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, where the funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, with Major Ronald Alexander and Major Jo Alexander officiating. Interment will be in the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

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