Alexander J. McMurdo
    Alexander John McMurdo, 76, of 117 St. Clair St., Clarksburg, died Sunday, April 25, 1999, at United Hospital Center following a sudden illness. He was born Oct. 15, 1922, in Century No. 1, a son of the late William McMurdo and Kathryn Sharo McMurdo. His wife, Betty June Clark McMurdo, survives.
    Also surviving are one brother, Hugh S. McMurdo, Floral City, Fla.; two sisters, Ruth McMurdo and Jane McMurdo, both of Casselberry, Fla.
    Mr. McMurdo was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Clarksburg. He received a degree at West Virginia University in business and retired with many years service for Pittston Coal Company as a purchasing agent.
    He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was with the squadron that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on Aug. 6, 1945. He received the Bronze Star.
    Friends will be received at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon on Thursday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. Father John McDonough as celebrant. Interment will be in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Philippi, where graveside military rites will be accorded. A biblical prayer service will he held at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Kale M. Mills

    BUCKHANNON -- Kale Maxwell Mills, 81, of Route 9, Box 118, died Monday, April 26, 1999, at his home.
He was born June 1, 1917, in Kedron, Upshur County, a son of the late George W. Mills and Arzeltha Osburn Mills.
His wife of 55 years, Marie Edgell Mills, preceded him in death on July 5, 1997.
    Surviving are one daughter, Veneda Carolyn Mills Gower, and two sons, Macky Allen Mills and Terry Lee Mills, all of Buckhannon; five grandchildren, Michelle Gower Hinzman, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., Joseph Gower, and David, Jeffrie and Randall Mills, all of Buckhannon; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; one sister, Macie I. Tenney, Tallmansville; and two brothers, Harry W. Mills, Baltimore, Md., and George M. Mills, Louisa, Va. He was also preceded in death by one sister, Texie M. Mills and one brother, Clemmer B. Mills.
    Mr. Mills served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a corporal in field artillery. He was inducted on Feb. 18, 1942, and was honorably discharged on Sept. 27, 1945.
    He served in Naples-Foggla, Rome-Arno, Rhineland, North Apennines and Po Valley. He received the Good Conduct Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Ribbon.
    He worked for contractors and was also self-employed as a painter and carpenter. He was a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, the Middle Fork Lodge No. 248, I.O.O.F. for 42 years.
    He was also a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 3663, the American Legion Post No. 0007 and Disabled American Veterans. He was a recent member of REACT International.

Debra S. Riley

    PHILIPPI -- Debra Sue Riley, 40, a resident of Boulder community, Volga, died at 6:15 p.m. Monday, April 26, 1999, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, following an extended illness. She was born Aug. 23, 1958, in Buckhannon, a daughter of Madaline Evix Riley, Boulder community, and the late Sherman Riley. Her companion of 23 years, Jimmy Haddix, Philippi, survives.
    Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Dave (Retha) Hunt, Belington, and Mrs. Ronald (Shirley) Thompson, Philippi; six brothers, Robert Riley, Boulder community, Jerry Riley, Philippi, Stoney Riley, Louisiana, Sherwood Riley, Ohio, Herman Evix, Volga, and Rickey Riley, Virginia; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
    Ms. Riley attended schools in Barbour County. She was a homemaker and United Methodist.

Rosalea J. Shockey

    BELINGTON -- Rosalea June Shockey, 64, of Route 2, Point Pleasant community, formerly of Monroe, Mich., died at 11:15 p.m. Monday, April 26, 1999, at her home following an extended illness.
    She was born Oct. 4, 1934, in Union community, near Philippi, a daughter of the late Oren and Goldie Everson Jones.
On July 3, 1969, she married Lorion G. "Whimp¨ Shockey, who survives at Point Pleasant community.
    Also surviving are one daughter, Vicki Shockey, at home; and two sisters, Marie Shanabarger, Canton, Ohio, and Annabelle Haller, Philippi. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Gladys Poling.
    Mrs. Shockey was a 1953 graduate of Philippi High School and a homemaker. She was formerly employed in the G.C. Murphy Co. Store in Philippi for nearly 16 years and also worked at Hills Department Store in Monroe.

Ruth C. Simpson

    WESTON -- Ruth C. Simpson, 87, of 368 Spring St., died at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 27, 1999, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following an extended illness.
    She was born Sept. 27, 1911, in Lewis County, a daughter of the late Aubrey and Emma Helmick. Her husband, Ray Woofter Simpson, whom she married in 1933, preceded her in death in 1971.
    Surviving are one daughter, Mildred Louise Simpson and one son, Ray Junior Simpson, both of Weston; one grandson, Edwin Ray Simpson, Jane Lew; one sister, Annabelle Smith, Warren, Ohio; several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Janet Wolf and Pearl Barker and one brother, Arnold Helmick.
    Mrs. Simpson was a housewife and Methodist. There will be no visitation. A private interment and memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.


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