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Obituaries for Saturday, February 26, 2000

Albert L. Basham

HARRISVILLE -- Albert L. "Al" Basham, 80, of Harrisville, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2000, at Pine View Continuous Care Center, Harrisville.

He was born Oct. 27, 1919, in Quarrier, a son of the late Charles and Lula Perry Basham.

Surviving are three sons, Roy Basham, Cincinnati, Ohio, Frank Basham, Huntington, and Timothy Basham, Clarksburg; one daughter, Doris Treadway, Parkersburg; two brothers, Orville Basham, Berea, and Charles Basham, Texas; one sister, Doll Williams, Alexandria, Va.; 10 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and one special person, Joann Basham Moyers.

Also preceding him in death were three brothers, Gifford Raymond and Bill Basham, and two sisters, Florence Cooper and Sue Petts.

Mr. Basham was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a carpenter by trade.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with the Rev. Harlan Hodge officiating.

Vera M. Cochran

NUTTER FORT -- Vera M. Cochran, 79, of Marshville, died Thursday morning, Feb. 24, 2000, in Raleigh, N.C.

She was born April 2, 1920, in Barbour County.

Her husband, Otis C. Cochran, preceded her in death on June 2, 1987.

Surviving are three sons, Gary Cochran, Poland, Ohio, David Cochran, Bristol, and Darrell Cochran, Raleigh; six grandchildren, and one sister, Edna Brushart, Norton.

Mrs. Cochran was a member of the Westside Church of Christ, Davisson Run Road, while living in West Virginia, and was a member of the Fuquay Varina Church of Christ, Fuquay, N.C.

Friends may call at the Greathouse-Gemondo Funeral Home, Nutter Fort, from 7-9 p.m. today and from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Monday, with Evangelist John Underwood presiding. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.

Betty S. Grant

CLARKSBURG -- Betty S. Grant, 75, of Koupal Towers, Clarksburg, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born in Weston, a daughter of the late Mary and Fred Chick Simon.

Surviving are one daughter, Kathi Goots, Clarksburg; four sons, William Grant, Columbia, S.C., Joseph Grant, Huntington, Jon Grant, Loon Lake, Wash., and Sam Grant, Mt. Morris, Pa.; two sisters, Pat Ward, Wilmington, Del., and Anna Mae Harrison, Scottsdale, Ariz.; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one sister.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Christ Episcopal Church in Clarksburg.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Etta M. Crumrine

BUCKHANNON -- Etta Merle Crumrine, 74, of Morgan Addition, Buckhannon, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at CAMC, Memorial Division, Charleston.

She was born Oct. 9, 1925, in Buckhannon, a daughter of the late Cecil and Tyrissa Zickefoose Brown.

Her husband, Paul E. Crumrine Jr., whom she married July 2, 1945, preceded her in death on Oct. 10, 1969.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Carl L. and Lorraine Crumrine, Buckhannon; one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara K. and David Baxa, Buckhannon; four grandchildren, Paul Crumrine, Morgantown, Bridgett Crumrine, and Caraline and Timmy J. Baxa, all of Buckhannon; one great-granddaughter, Molly M. Crumrine, Buckhannon; three stepgrandchildren, Lori Crumrine and Danielle Young, both of Buckhannon, and Kevin Young, Pikeville, Ky., and one sister, Marie Curry, Buckhannon.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth West and Helen Crumrine.

Mrs. Crumrine was a national 4-H All Star, and a 4-H leader for Red Knob Merry Workers for nearly 20 years. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose of Buckhannon. She was a member of Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Buckhannon.

She retired after 42 years with the Upshur County Board of Education, having been a secretary for the Academy, East Main Street and Central Elementary schools. She also worked with the cheerleaders at the same schools. She was a volunteer secretary at Central Elementary after her retirement.

Patrick L. Carney

CLARKSBURG -- Patrick L. "Rick" Carney, 59, of 168 Grant St., Clarksburg, died at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

He was born April 21, 1940, in Wilmington, Pa., a son of Winifred Arkle Carney, Clarksburg, and the late Patrick A. Carney.

His wife, Chloe J. Carney, whom he married on Feb. 16, 1989, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Lisa Carney Caroli, Clarksburg; one son, David L. Carney, Clarksburg; two stepsons, Paul Sellers, Clarksburg, and Don Sellers, Laurel, Md.; four grandchildren, Andrew M. Cunningham, and Vanessa, Melinda and Kaitlyn Sellers; one half brother, Charles Arkle; two half sisters, Maurine Fitzpatrick and Kathleen Barnoski, and several aunts, nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one infant son, Kevin A. Carney, and one daughter, Laurie A. Carney Cunningham.

Mr. Carney was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He had served in the U.S. Air Force and had been employed by the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center until retiring in 1997.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with the Rev. Father Cesidio J. Federico as celebrant.

Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, where the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Honor Guard will conduct military graveside rites.

Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main St., Clarksburg, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that expressions of sympathy be memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, Harrison County Unit, 300A Scott Ave., Morgantown, WV, 26508.

Karl M. Humberston

FAIRMONT -- Karl M. Humberston, 42, of Orlando, Fla., died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at his residence.

He was born April 15, 1957, in Clarksburg, a son of Leroy and Carolyn Sinsel Humberston of Fairmont.

Also surviving are two sisters and brothers-in-law, the Rev. Bonnie and the Rev. Brian Peltomaa, Crestline, Ohio, and Barbara and Jeff Leatherman, Kent, Wash.; one niece, Anastasia Peltomaa, Crestline, and two nephews, Reed and Neal Leatherman, Kent.

Mr. Humberston was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Fairmont. He was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, Fairmont.

He served in the 21st Army National Guard in Fairmont and the 646 Army Reserve Unit of Kingwood.

He served in the Stage Hand Union of Orlando, and was active in "convention work" for five years.

The family requests that all memorial donations be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 300 Gaston Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554.

Waneta C. Kelley

WEST UNION -- Waneta C. Kelley, 66, of New Milton, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, in Pittsburgh, Pa.

She was born Oct. 31, 1933, at New Milton, a daughter of Arthur and Hazel Boyce Whitehair.

Her husband, Donald K. Kelley, preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Marlin, Salem, Utah; two daughters, Marieena Stradley and Lisa McCoy, both of New Milton; two sisters, Lydinne Smith, Revinna, Ohio and Mary J. Willis, Akron, Ohio; one brother, Elton Whitehair, New Milton; six grandchildren, Christopher, Cody, Clinton, Crystal, Marissa, and Philip; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Donella Vigil.

Mrs. Kelley was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, sewing, traveling and entertaining family and friends.

She was an Air Force veteran and was a member of the Middle Island Auxiliary Post 3408, West Union.

Maria J. Lippucci

FAIRMONT -- Maria J. Perrella Lippucci, 102, of Vermont Avenue, Fairmont, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at the Country Living Personal Care Home in Grafton.

She was born Nov. 10, 1897, in Bognolia, Campo Bosso Province, Italy, a daughter of the late Sam and Sandi Mocci Pallotta, the last of six children.

Her first husband, Pasquale Perrella, preceded her in death in 1955. Her second husband, Romeo Lippucci, preceded her in death in 1980.

Surviving are one daughter, Mary Pignanelli, Fairmont; three sons, Orfeo Perrella, Fairmont, John and Domnick Perrella, Detroit, Mich.; two stepsons, Albert Lippucci, Cleveland, Ohio and Nick Lippucci, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Eva Perrella Rasky and one grandson, Patrick Perrella.

Mrs. Lippucci immigrated to the U.S.A. with her husband and children in 1927. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and has been a senior member of the Honorary Council of the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival since its conception.

She is a past member of the Sons of Italy and Roosevelt Lodges of Fairmont.

Pauline Rice

SHINNSTON -- Pauline Rice, 89, of Enterprise, died suddenly at 11:01 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000 in the United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.

She was born Sept. 5, 1910, at Wyatt, a daughter of the late James F. Martin and Maggie E. Eddy Martin Walls.

Her husband, Clarence Rice, preceded her in death Jul. 22, 1992.

Surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Tom Rice and Bill and Donna Rice, all of Enterprise; seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one son, Loren Rice; one daughter, Ruth Ramsey; three brothers; and one grandson.

Friends will be received at the Dorsey Funeral Home in Shinnston form 3-9 p.m. Saturday, where the funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Austin Burrough officiating. Interment will follow in the Elizabeth Mason Memorial Cemetery.

Genevieve M. Schoonover

PARSONS -- Genevieve M. Schoonover, 85, of Bretz Community, Parsons, died at 6:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, 2000 at her home. She had been declining in health and was attributed to cancer.

She was born May 7, 1914, at Bretz Community, Parsons, the youngest daughter of the late Charles and Eva Simmons Kenney.

Her husband of 62 years, Doyle W. Schoonover, whom she married Oct. 29, 1937 at Thomas, survives.

Also surviving are two sons and one daughter-in-law, Robert J. "Bob" and Emma Schoonover, Elkins and Dennis W. "Denny" Schoonover, Uniontown, Ohio; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, John Kenney and two sisters, Pearl Gainer and Violet Stokes.

She attended the schools of Tucker County, had worked for the former Lambert Clothing Store, the Corrick's Clothing Store and Katie's Material Shop at Parsons.

She was a member of the All-Letter Club and was a homemaker.

Minter G. Watson

WESTON -- Minter Goodloe Watson, 88, of Edgewood Addition, Weston, died at 6:50 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000 at his residence following a brief illness.

He was born Nov. 18, 1911, in Jane Lew, a son of the late Isaac A. and Ori Bassel Watson.

His wife, the former Geraldine C. Greene, whom he married Apr. 14, 1951, survives.

Also surviving are one niece, Luellen Laurenti, Normal Ill.; one nephew, William Watson, Wellsburg; one great nephew, one great niece, and several other nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by one sister, Marry E. Watson and four brothers, Stephen, William, Jefferson B. Watson and an infant brother.

Mr. Watson was retired from Monongahalia Power with several years of service. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Jane Lew and attended Saint Matthew Methodist Church in Weston.

He was a member of Jackson Lodge Number 35 in Good Hope, Scottish Rite in Clarksburg, and Nemesis Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. in Parkersburg.

He was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific, New Genea and Australia.

Friends may call at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston, from 5-8 p.m. Sunday. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home chapel at 1:30 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Dr. Joseph Shreve and Rev. Fr. James Murphy officiating. Interment will follow in the Broad Run Cemetery in Jane Lew.

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 Jun. 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 sons, 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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