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Obituaries for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001

Charles H. 'Chuck' Bowman

PEORIA -- Charles H. "Chuck" Bowman passed away peacefully after a long illness on November 4, 2001, at the age of 69.

Born in West Virginia, he graduated from the Navy School of Music in 1951, attended the Boston Conservatory of Music and had a BA at San Francisco State, majoring in music. Chuck was a professional musician for many years playing trumpet, trombone, fluglehorn and baritone horn. He retired from the Lawrence Livermore Lab in 1993 and moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Arizona in 1994.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Sheila; sons, Charles (Butch), Paul and Allan Bowman; stepson, Robert Brandon; brothers, Paul Bowman, Tom Bowman, Donald Bowman; sisters Mary Lee Frye and Dorothy Kelly; and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Sun Village Community Rec Center-MPR on Friday, November 9, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be sent to the ALS Association, Arizona Chapter, 5040 E. Shea Blvd., Ste. 151, Scottsdale, Arizona 85254 in his name.

Heritage Funeral Home, Peoria, Arizona, is in charge of arrangements.

Juanita H. Fesler

BRIDGEPORT -- Juanita H. Fesler, 81, of Huntermills Estates, Milton, Delaware, formerly of Hinkle Lake, Bridgeport, passed away Monday, November 5, 2001.

She was born July 28, 1920, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Howard Underwood and Gladys H. Horn, who survives in Lewes, Delaware.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dana W. Fesler.

Surviving are one daughter, Bobbi Diane Hayward of Middleton, New Jersey; two grandchildren, Courtney Elizabeth and Scott Christopher Hayward; one aunt, Lillian Sumner of Wilmington, Delaware; and a special friend, Antionette Oddo of Lewes, Delaware.

Mrs. Fesler was a former waitress for the Green Parrot Inn, and a clerk for Grant's Dime Store. She was Baptist by faith.

Friends will be received at the Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia Avenue, Bridgeport, on Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted on Friday at 1 p.m. with Pastor Doug Sands presiding. Interment will follow in the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery, Clarksburg. Burnside Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Josephus A. (Joe) Kelley Jr.

SALEM -- Josephus A. (Joe) Kelley Jr., 79, of Oak Street, died in the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center Monday, November 5, 2001, following an extended illness. He was born June 27, 1922, in Salem, the son of the late Josephus A. and Arizona Ford Kelley Sr. Surviving are his wife, Julia Brown Kelley, whom he married December 23, 1946. Also surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Diana and Larry Fowler, Jacksonville, NC, Joette and Rick Kamiler, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Julia Lynne and James Wise of Oak St.; three grandsons, Jeffrey Michael Williams, Jason Eric Fowler and James Eric Wise; two great-grandchildren, Jordan Fowler and Kelli Michelena Williams. He was preceded in death by a sister, Leota Chipps. Mr. Kelley was a member of the Salem Baptist Church. He was a 1942 graduate of Salem High School, a member of the 1948 graduating class of Salem College. In 1949, he was graduated from Moller School of Barbering in Wheeling. He returned to Salem, where he served his barbering apprenticeship with his father. Soon after he acquired the Father's Business, where he was actively engaged until the early 1970s. For fifty years, he was owner of Joe Kelley's used cars in Clarksburg and Salem. During World War II, Joe Kelley proudly served in the U.S. Army Infantry, as part of the Normandy invasion, where he was awarded the Purple Heart.

He was a member of P.H. Samples Post #35, the American Legion, a former member of Post #573, Veterans of Foreign Wars, a former member of K of P Lodge and Salem Lions Club.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, where funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m., with Dorsey Ash presiding. Interment in the K of P Cemetery.

Full graveside military honors will be accorded by the VFW Post 573 and American Legion #13 Color Guard.

Greathouse Funeral Home service.

Clarence B. Lightner

CLARKSBURG -- Clarence B. Lightner, age 87, #9 Trolley Street, Apt. 102, Jane Lew, WV, and formerly a long-time resident of Mt. Clare, WV, died Monday, November 5, 2001, as a result of injuries sustained in a vehicular incident.

He was born in Harrison County, WV, December 6, 1913, a son of the late Harvey Lightner and the late Dora B. Griffith Lightner.

His wife, E. Justine Norman Lightner, whom he married November 22, 1936, preceded him in death on September 24, 1992.

Surviving are two daughters, Karen Lough, Jane Lew, WV and Mrs. Paul (Marilyn) Kittle, Lost Creek, WV; one brother, Kenneth O. Lightner, Kingwood, WV; two sisters, Mrs. Jack (Iris) Anderson, Silver City, New Mexico and Naomi Kelley, Tallahassee, Florida; eight grandchildren, Mary and April Kittle, both of Pinch, WV, Philip Lough, Buckhannon, WV, Patrick Lough, Jane Lew, WV, Mrs. James (Joycelyn) Riffle, Jane Lew, WV, Peter Lough, Hagerstown, MD, Preston Lough, Leesburg, VA and Alan Spessard, Oak Hill, WV; ten great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James A. Lightner and an infant brother Charles Lightner.

Mr. Lightner was a graduate of Lost Creek High School. He was an active member of the Mt. Clare United Methodist Church where he had served on the administrative board, been a trustee, member of the choir. He was a former superintendent and teacher of Sunday School and was church custodian. He was a former member of the Mt. Clare Lions Club.

Mr. Lightner was a retired contractor/carpenter. He had worked with his father and brother as a carpenter and had been shop foreman of the Southern Pine Lumber Co. and later was a self-employed contractor.

Friends will be received at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 East Main Street, Clarksburg from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

A funeral service will be conducted in the funeral home Thursday, November 8, 2001, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Rodney Heckert presiding. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery.

Davis-Weaver Service.

Virginia Reaser

SALEM -- Virginia Reaser, 95, Route 5, died 6:15 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2001, at United Hospital Center, following a brief illness. She was born November 30, 1905 at Cedarville, the daughter of the late R. Dee and Rouie Snyder Stout. Her husband, Rev. Leslie A. Reaser, died December 18, 1956.

Surviving are four sons and their spouses, Jack and Betty Reaser, Macomb, Mich., James and Connie Reaser of Lake Floyd, Tom and Charlotte Reaser of Route 5, Albert and Sue Reaser, Charlottesville, VA; one daughter and husband, Claryce and Kenneth Yost of Albuquerque, NM; one brother Harland Stout of Cedarville; a daughter-in-law, Doris Reaser; thirteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, William Reaser; three brothers, Harold, William and Marion; and by two sisters, Ilene Rhodes and Lucille Whitesel.

For over seventy years, Virginia Reaser was a devoted member of Enon Baptist Church. She was a member of the West Virginia Baptist Women's Mission Society. She had spent most of her 95 years making significant contributions to society through various leadership roles, active participation and dedication to many organizations. Besides her busy life in the Church, she was a member of the Glenville State College Alumni, being a 1923 graduate of Glenville State Normal, a 58-year member of the Harrison County Homemakers, life member of the Harrison County Senior Citizens, Friends of New Fort Salem, member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Co-author of the Stout history and chapter member of the Harrison and Doddridge County Foster Grandparents Council. In 1977, at the age of 72, she returned to the classroom at Van Horn Elementary School as a foster grandparent and worked until 1993.

It might seem realistic to consider the time she spent as elementary teacher in various one-room schools as the highlight of her educational career.

Friends may call at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, Thursday 2-9 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday 10:30 a.m. at the Enon Baptist Church. Rev. Lillian Simmons and Rev. Gene Burnside will preside. Interment will follow in the K. of P. Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time. The grandchildren of Virginia Reaser will serve as pallbearers.

Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem, is in charge of arrangements.

John S. Trent, Sr.

WEST UNION -- John S. Trent, Sr. 83, of Salem, WV (Miletus Community), died Tuesday, November 6, 2001, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, WV.

He was born in Blandville, Doddridge County on February 13, 1918, a son of the late Henry and Missouri Gauldin Trent.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Nicholson Cox Trent; 3 daughters, Mrs. Joe (Sandy) Gum of New Milton, WV, Mrs. Jim (Connie) Ross of New Milton, WV and Mrs. C.J. "Jake" (Linda) Hunt of Winfield, WV; 3 sons, John S. Trent, Jr. and wife Jackie of Salem, WV (Greenbrier Community), Rodney H. Trent and wife Terry of Salem, WV (Greenbrier Community) and Randy G. Trent and wife Cathy of New Milton, WV; 3 stepdaughters, Mrs. Gareth (Vicki) Thomas of Ripley, WV, Mary Sandy of Waverly, WV and Darlene Cox of Boynton Beach, Florida; 1 brother, Clarence E. Trent of Salem, WV (Greenbrier Community); 21 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lottie Hart Trent; 1 sister, Flossie Polan; 5 brothers, Amos, Lawrence "Buck", Bill, Harry and Henry Trent, Sr.

Mr. Trent retired after 20 years at B&K Tractor, Salem, WV. After retirement, Mr. Trent operated Trent Repair service, repairing farm equipment. He was a member of the Avon United Methodist Church.

Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, November 9, 2001, at Spurgeon Funeral Home, West Union, WV with the Reverend Robert Florian, Pastor Sue Mortensen and Dorsey Ash officiating. Burial will follow in the Middle Island Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday, November 8, 2001, from 2-9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until time of service on Friday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or Middle Island Seventh Day Baptist Cemetery. A Spurgeon Funeral Home Service, West Union, WV.

Iris M. Wolfe

GRAFTON -- Iris M. Wolfe, age 93, of Route 1, Grafton, (Knottsville Community), passed away Monday, November 5, 2001, at United Hospital Center. She was born in Tucker County, WV, June 10, 1908, a daughter of the late William H. and Rhoda C. (Poling) Hovatter. She was married in 1927 to Cecil O. Wolfe, who passed away April 17, 1976.

Mrs. Wolfe was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great- great-grandmother. She was a member of the Knottsville United Methodist Church, the Taylor County Senior Citizens, and the Glade Run C.E.O.'s and was a former member of the Rebekah Lodge.

Surviving are six children, Ellis R. Wolfe and spouse Elva, Ralph D. Wolfe and spouse Shirley, all of Grafton, Knottsville Community, Dorothy Schooley of Grafton, Charles W. Wolfe and spouse Joanne of Pardeeville, WI, Bill R. Wolfe and spouse Patty of St. Paris, OH and Wanda R. Nesler and spouse Terry of Clarksburg, WV; twelve grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; twelve great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Elsie Bolyard of Valley Furnace, WV and Pearl Coover of Sidney, OH; and one brother, Willis Hovatter of Grafton.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Donald R. Wolfe, who died in infancy; three grandchildren; one great-great- grandson; four sisters, Ruby Murphy, Mary Dillon, Hilda Hovatter and Mildred Bolyard; two brothers, Ira Hovatter and Kenneth Hovatter; and one son-in-law, Charlie Schooley.

Friends may call at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, US Route 50 West, Grafton, on Wednesday from 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. and Thursday from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2001, at the funeral home. Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Interment at Woodsdale Memorial Park.

Donald G. Ford Funeral Home, Grafton, is in charge of arrangements.

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