Eleanor M. Bland

    MORGANTOWN -- Eleanor Marie Bland, 65, of Route 1, Bristol, died Thursday, April 8, 1999, at Charleston Area Medical  Center, Memorial Division, Charleston.
    She was born Nov. 1, 1933, in Harrison County, a daughter of the late Hayward and Lucille Runion Scott.
Her husband, Franklin D. Bland, preceded her in death in 1994.
    Surviving are four sons, Thomas R. Bland, Woodbine, N.J., Gary F. Bland, Salem, Ledge A. Bland, Somers Point, N.J., and Ronald R. Bland, Bristol; one foster son, Dennis Burkhammer, Bristol; two brothers, Thomas Scott and Fred Scott, both of West Milford; one sister, Janet Bland, Clarksburg; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Thomas G. Brake

    FRENCH CREEK -- Thomas Gay Brake, 84, of Route 2, French Creek, died at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 11, 1999, at St. Joseph's Hospital. He was born March 26, 1915, in Rock Cave, a son of the late Lee Brake and Nevada Catherine Crawford Brake.
His wife, Nona Maxine McKisic Brake, preceded him in death.
    Surviving are one son, Thomas L. Brake, Salisbury, Md.; one grandson, Jeffery Michael Brake, Madison, Wis.; six sisters, Martha Brake and Catherine Craig, both of Route 1, Crawford, Loretta Walden, Fairmont, Rosemary Bean, Summersville, Geraldine Smith, Clarksburg, and Agnes Smith, Buckhannon; several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Maude Porter and one brother, Calvin Brake.
    Mr. Brake was a member of Moose Lodge No. 598, Buckhannon. He was Protestant.

Alice M. Butler

    PINE GROVE -- Alice M. Butler, 76, of Wellsburg, formerly of Reader, died Sunday, April 11, 1999, at her home.
She was born March 12, 1923, in Wetzel County, a daughter of the late James Quincy and May Ann "Molly¨ Eastham Butler.
    Surviving are several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Melvin Butler, Albert Butler, Pete Butler, Esther Butler and Curt Butler and one sister, Edith Henthorne.
    Mrs. Butler was retired from Corning Glass Company of Paden City and a member of the Eight Mile Church of Christ.

Freda Griffin

    SALEM -- Freda Griffin, 94, of Clarksburg Continuous Care Center, formerly of Randolph Terrace Apartments, died Sunday evening, April 11, 1999, at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg. She was born March 31, 1905, in Brown, a daughter of the late James and Rosetta Robinson Griffin.
    Surviving are one sister, Vista Hudnall, Sumter, S.C.; several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.
    Ms. Griffin graduated from Salem College in 1928 and taught school at Dola and in Doddridge County. She was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church and the Tawasi-Trainer-Willing Workers Sunday school class.

Jazmine N. Jefferson

    FAIRMONT -- Jazmine Nichole Jefferson, infant daughter of Rudolph and Sandra Payne Jefferson Jr., Fairmont, died Sunday, April 11, 1999, at her home. She was born Nov. 8, 1998, in Fairmont.
    Also surviving are her maternal grandparents, Henry and Marlene Talkington Griffith, Clarksburg; her paternal grandparents, Rudolph and Yolanda Link Jefferson Sr., Fairmont; her paternal great-grandparents, Audrey and Patricia Evans Link; one brother, Eric Dupree, and one sister, Justice Marie Jefferson, both at home; her godfather, Mike Cottingham, Chesapeake; her godmother, Rochelle Barker, Shinnston; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Rev. John B. Manchino

    SHINNSTON -- Rev. John B. Manchino, 73, a resident of St. Barbara's Nursing Home, Monongah, formerly of Little Rock and Helena, Ark., died Sunday, April 11, 1999, in Fairmont General Hospital, Fairmont, following an extended illness.
He was born Feb. 13, 1926, in Erie, a son of the late Salvatore and Mary Teresa Ferrise Manchino.
    Surviving are two nephews, Leonard E. "Gene¨ Papa and wife, Annis, Clarksburg, and Carmen Anthony Papa II, Bluefield; two nieces, Sue Papa, Meadowbrook, and Terry Jean Papa, Clarksburg; one stepbrother, Romey Serafini; three great-nephews, one great-niece, two great-great-nieces and one great-great-nephew.
    He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Russo and Angeline "Angie¨ Papa, one brother, Leonard Manchino and one niece, Mary Teresa Papa.
    Rev. Manchino was ordained  from St. John's Seminary in Little Rock, on May 29, 1965 and pastored St. Mary's Catholic Church in Helena. He was involved in missionary work in Morelia, Mexico, where he worked in the Mexican Mountain Missions.
His passion was working with the remote, poverty stricken villages of Mexico, where he served for over 20 years.
    Friends may call at Dorsey Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 5-9 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Ann's Catholic Church in Shinnston with the Rev. Father Karl Wohinc as celebrant. The rosary will be recited in the funeral home at 7 p.m. today. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Little Rock.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Feed the Children, P.O. Box 36, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73101.

Mildred G. McKeown

    Mildred Grace McKeown, 91, formerly of Chiefton Hill, Wilsonburg community, died Sunday, April 11, 1999, in a local nursing home following an extended illness. She was born March 3, 1908,  in Doddridge County, a daughter of the late Wyatt T. "Mike¨ and Mary Hickman McKeown.
    Surviving are one niece, Rosalyn Hayes, Clarksburg; one nephew, William Haney, Lyle, Minn.; several other nieces and nephews.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having also been preceded in death by one brother, George McKeown and four sisters, Mrs. Daisy Piatt, Mrs. Stella Nutter, Mrs. Audra Haney and Miss Beatrice "Nell¨ McKeown.
    Mrs. McKeown was a retired sales clerk from G.C. Murphy  with 25 years of service. She was a lifelong resident of the Wilsonburg community and a member of the Reynoldsville Baptist Church.
    Friends may call Davis Funeral Home, 443 W. Pike St., from 7-9 p.m. today. The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. O.D. Harman officiating. Interment will be in the Greenlawn Masonic Cemetery.

Arlene E. McKitrick

    Arlene Elizabeth Lopez McKitrick of Wichita, Kan., formerly of Clarksburg, died Sunday, March 28, from injuries sustained in a single-car accident on Interstate 15 near Idaho Falls,  Idaho. She was born in Clarksburg, Dec. 20, 1940, a daughter of Rose M. Oliverio Lopez, who survives  in Clarksburg, and the late Sam J. Lopez.
    Surviving are two daughters, Sheila Prather and husband, Brian, Great Falls, Mont., and Mary McKitrick, Wichita; one son, Cal McKitrick, California; three granddaughters, Alex Prather, Great Falls, Jamie and Michaela McKitrick, both of Wichita; one grandson, Tom McKitrick, Colorado; nine brothers and sisters, David, Frances and Vincent Lopez, Linda Parsley and Sherry Walter, all of Clarksburg, Frank Lopez, Fairmont, John Lopez and Donna Fragale, both of Bridgeport, and Sammie Rose Jensen, Greenwood, S.C.
    Mrs. McKitrick and her husband worked with their volunteer group building a church on the Papago Indian Reservation in Idaho.
She was recently honored with the award for outstanding service from the Eastminster Presbyterian Church for years of dedicated service and was referred to as ''the hat lady'' by the children of the congregation.
    A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. May 19 at All Saints Catholic Church in Bridgeport. Memorials have been established with: Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 1958 North Webb Road, Wichita, KS, 67206, or American Diabetes Association, 3210 East Douglas, Wichita, KS,  67208.

Opal S. Moore

    SHINNSTON -- Opal Straight Moore, 97, of Jones Run, Lumberport, died Saturday, April 10, 1999, at the Mississippi University Medical Center. She had recently moved to Jackson, Miss., to live with her daughter, Virginia C. Walker, due to failing health.
She was born Oct. 2, 1901, in Seven Pines, a daughter of the late Jacob W. and Dilemma Campbell Straight. In 1927, she married Clarence E. Moore, who preceded her in death in June 1969.
    Surviving are one daughter, Virginia C. Walker, Jackson; four great-nephews, Charles, Richard, David and Robert Straight and one great-niece, Janice Bloodworth. She was the last surviving member of her family, having been also preceded in death by four brothers.
    Mrs. Moore was a successful  sales manager for Stanley Home Products and was a past worthy matron of the Eastern Star.
She recently received recognition as a 60-year member of the West Virginia Extension Homemakers Council and was skilled in needle work.
    Friends may call at Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston, from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Toni Beecher  officiating. Interment will follow in the Shinnston Masonic Cemetery.

Irene Z. Wotring

    BUCKHANNON -- Irene Zirkle Wotring, 79, of Route 2, Box 165, died Sunday, April 11, 1999, at her home. She was born Dec. 6, 1919, in  Cassity, a daughter of the late Gordon Zirkle and Blanche Chewning Zirkle. Her husband, Henry Richard  Wotring, whom she married in 1936, preceded her in death in 1977.
    Surviving are one daughter, Betty Sipe, McGaheysville, Va.; two sons, Stanley Harold Wotring, Clarksburg, and Dewey Wotring, LaGrange, Ky.; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Gertrude Smith, Cassity, Zelda George, Norton, and Leota Metzbower, Baltimore, Md.; and two brothers, Clates Zirkle, Norton, and French Zirkle, Coalton.
    She was also preceded in death by one son, Gary Roy Wotring, five brothers, Ralph, Ira, Narl, Foreman Ben and Harley and one sister, Loroe Zirkle.
    Mrs. Wotring was a homemaker and was Christian.


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