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Obituaries for January 7, 2000

Jack L. Bailey

FLATWOODS -- Jack Lane Bailey, 60, of Sutton, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.

He was born April 20, 1939, at Fenwick, Nicholas County, a son of the late Randolph and Bessie Tucker Bailey.

His wife, Susan L. Bailey, survives.

Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, William Jack and Loretta Bailey; one brother, William R. Bailey, Goose Creek, S.C.; and two stepchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Roy A. Bosley and one granddaughter, Jennifer L. Bailey.

Mr. Bailey was retired from the U.S. Navy with 20 years of service from 1958 to 1978, having served in the Vietnam War. He was a former employee of World Wide Security, Gassaway, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Gassaway, the Fleet Reserve Association, the Eagles Lodge in Clarksburg, and the American Legion in Clarksburg.

John W. Barrett

JANE LEW -- John W. Barrett, 68, of Struthers, Ohio, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, in Forum Health Northside Medical Center, Youngstown, Ohio.

He was born May 24, 1931, in Braxton County, a son of the late John R. Barrett and Ercie Conrad Barrett.

On Feb. 14, 1956, he married the former Karen A. Mills, who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Brenda Darlene Billner, New Salisbury, Ind., Miss Donna Barrett, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, and Mrs. Debra E. Hill, Boardman, Ohio; two brothers, Marvin Barrett, Girard, Ohio, and Richard Barrett, Olmsted Falls, Ohio; five sisters, Mrs. Mary Davis, North Jackson, Ohio, Mrs. Mildred Jackson, Hiram, Ohio, Mrs. Madge Wines and Miss Lena Barrett, both of Buckhannon, and Mrs. Reva Gregory, Napier; and seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

He was also preceded in death by one brother, Dewey Barrett.

Mr. Barrett was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean War. He retired in 1985 from Republic Steel, was a lifetime member of NRA and attended New Life Assembly of God Church, Poland, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Life Assembly of God Building Fund, 2250 East Western Reserve Road, Poland, OH, 44514.

Dolores E. Byrne

JANE LEW -- Dolores Eleanor Byrne, 58, of Route 1, Jane Lew, died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000, at her home.

She was born Nov. 23, 1941, in Newark, N.J., a daughter of Emory Lee Giddens and Clara E. Smesta Stella.

Also surviving are one son, Dennis Byrne, Weston; three daughters, Ruthie Swiger, Jane Lew, Donna Byrne and Barbara Byrne, both of Weston; and one granddaughter, Casey Ware, Jane Lew.

Mrs. Byrne was a day care provider for West Virginia Human Services.

There will be no visitation. Morris Funeral Home in Jane Lew is assisting with arrangements.

Oaken F. Hawkins

SALEM, Ohio -- Oaken Frane Hawkins, 88, of 33393 Baker Road, Lisbon, Ohio, died at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000, at the Salem Community Hospital following a short illness.

He was born Oct. 21, 1911, in Doddridge County, a son of the late Frederick Lee and Bertha L. Lemasters Hawkins.

His wife, Dorothy V. Kimball, whom he married June 27, 1942, preceded him in death on Aug. 24, 1992.

Surviving are one daughter, Opal D. Miles, Defiance, Ohio; two sons, Kenneth L. Hawkins, Lisbon, and Garry O. Hawkins, Orlando, Fla.; 17 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Virginia L. Stealey; one son, Raymond L. Hawkins; and 12 sisters and brothers.

Mr. Hawkins came to the Salem, Ohio, area in 1993 from Marion County, Fla. He retired from Weirton Steel Company in Weirton in 1974 as a control electrician.

There are no local services. Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Sylvia Jackson

GRAFTON -- Sylvia Jackson, 81, of Rose Street, Grafton, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at Grafton City Hospital following an extended illness.

She was born May 30, 1918, a daughter of the late Oliver Scott and Minnie Dell Holt Mason.

Her husband, Lawrence W. Jackson, whom she married on Dec. 24, 1945, preceded her in death in September 1987.

Surviving are one son, David Jackson, Morgantown; one daughter, Mrs. Charles (Rosemary Jackson) McDonald, Mt. Zion; three grandchildren, Dawn McDonald Land, Leland, N.C., Charles W. "Billy" McDonald III, Flatwoods, and William Jackson, Morgantown; one sister, Iva Hustead, Clarksburg; one brother, Earl Mason, Wisconsin; and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Jackson was a social worker, having worked at Rest Haven Nursing Home, and retired from Rosewood Nursing and Rehab Center in 1993. She was also head bookkeeper at First National Bank of Grafton and had worked for Musgrove's Mill in Grafton.

She was salutatorian of Grafton High School Class of 1939 and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Grafton, where she was a Sunday school teacher.

Friends will be received at the Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, from 6-9 p.m. today. Her body will be taken to the First Baptist Church to lie in state from 1-2 p.m. Saturday. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the church with the Rev. Thomas Horne officiating. Interment will follow in the Harmony Grove Cemetery.

Bernice M. McFarland

FLATWOODS -- Bernice Mae Hamner McFarland, 75, of Orient, Ohio, formerly of Newville, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000, at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born Aug. 12, 1924, in Newville, a daughter of Ermil Williams Hamner, Sutton, and the late Earl Hamner.

Her husband, Harvey McFarland, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Thelma and Andrew Smith, Hillsboro, Ohio, and Sylvia and Curtis Knight, Lancaster, Ohio; one son, Steven McFarland, Grove City, Ohio; two sisters, Jean Weimer, Orient, Ohio, and Althea Cowger, Webster Springs; two brothers, Wade Hamner, Columbus, Ohio, and Raymond Hamner, Bolair; four grandchildren, Darlene, Denise, Angie and Curtis; and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. McFarland retired from Federal Glass in Columbus after 35 years of service.

Dr. Walter K. Spelsberg

Dr. Walter Karl Spelsberg, 80, of Buchanan Road, Woodbrook, Md., died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999, at Spa Creek Center of the Genesis Eldercare Network, Annapolis, Md., of complications from a stroke he had suffered seven years ago.

His wife, the former Martha Tonkin Spelsberg, whom he married in 1941, preceded him in death in 1966.

Surviving are three daughters, Teri Ann Beezley, Snellville, Ga., Kathleen Hoskins Jorgensen, Fort Myers, Fla., and Carol Lewnes, Annapolis; one brother, Charles A. "Chuck" Spelsberg, Bridgeport; two sisters, Geraldine Gaston, Clarksburg, and Jeanne Holt, Los Angeles, Calif.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Dr. Spelsberg is a native of Clarksburg, a graduate of Washington Irving High School and the University of Maryland, College Park, Md., and a 1944 graduate of the University of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore.

A retired physician who specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, he had practiced in the 800 block of Park Avenue in Baltimore, Md., and in Towson, Md., for many years until his retirement in 1970.

During World War II, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army.

He was a life member of Elks Lodge No. 469 of Towson, Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge No. 116 and Boumi Temple of the Shrine, and was an avid fan of the former Baltimore Colts football team.

A private graveside memorial service was held Dec. 27 at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, Md.

Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Maryland School of Medicine, 22 South Greene St., Baltimore, MD, 21201 in his memory.

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