Obituaries for Wednesday, July 7, 1999

Thad R. Freisheim

PHILIPPI -- Thad R. Freisheim, 19, of Bel Air, Md., died Sunday, July 4, 1999, in the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
He was born Aug. 20, 1979, in Ft. Benning, Ga., a son of George Raymond and Willa Thomasine Humphreys Freisheim, Bel Air, Md.
Also surviving are two sisters, Wendy Freisheim, Colorado Springs, Colo., Rosalie Duffy and husband, Thomas J. Duffy, Mt. Laurel, N.J.; his paternal grandmother, Naomi J. Freisheim, Bel Air; one niece, Alysa Freisheim, Colorado Springs; aunts and uncles, Dave and Nancy Lugenbeel, Severn, Md., and Joseph and Laurie White, Glen Burnie, Md.; five cousins, Alex and C.J. White, Glen Burnie, Jennifer and Sean Duffy, all of Mt. Laurel.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, George S. Freisheim and by his maternal grandparents, Harold Hugh and Maude Skidmore Humphrey.
Mr. Freisheim was employed by Benfield Electric as an electrical apprentice. He had a love of baseball which began in little league with his father as his coach. He also enjoyed fishing and was devoted to his family and friends.

James D. Hurst

JANE LEW -- James Dale Hurst, 64, of Main Street, Weston, died Saturday, July 3, 1999, in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston.
He was born Jan. 21, 1935, at Glenville, a son of the late Garland D. and Hazel Belle Reed Hurst.
Surviving are two brothers, Oral M. Hurst, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Kenneth S. Hurst, Weston; two nieces and five nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Harry S. Hurst.
Mr. Hurst was a chef for resorts in Pennsylvania.
There will be no visitation. His body will be cremated. Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Clarinda M. McCartney

BUCKHANNON -- Clarinda May McCartney, 92, of 70 Hampton Road, Buckhannon, died at 7 a.m. Monday, July 5, 1999, at her home.
She was born May 28, 1907, in Pickens, a daughter of the late Henry Bachmann and Eliza Hamrick Bachmann.
In 1928, she married Bennett McCartney, who preceded her in death in 1966.
Surviving are two daughters, Mae Collins and Rebecca Jediny, both of Buckhannon; one son, William Eddie McCartney, Louisville, Ky.; 20 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Koon, Warren, Ohio.
She was also preceded in death by two sons, Isaac F. McCartney and George Henry McCartney; one daughter, Luvadia McCartney Hickman; 15 brothers; one sister; one grandson, Gerrard McCartney; and one great-grandson, William McCartney.
Mr. McCartney was a homemaker and United Brethren.

Pearl F. Phillips

BUCKHANNON -- Pearl Francis Phillips, 92, of Buckhannon, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at her residence.
She was born Oct. 16, 1906, in Indian Camp, a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Mary Viola Howes Huffman.
On Dec. 9, 1936, she married Freeman Phillips, who preceded her in death on April 21, 1961.
Surviving are six nieces, Louise Wheery, St. Marys, Viola Huffman, Nellie Bennett, Marian Cottle, Bonita Natz and Berta Thompson, all of Buckhannon; nine nephews, Stanley Huffman, Wooster, Ohio, Alen Huffman, Maryland, Aldace and Baily Huffman, both of Elkins, Berlin and Bobby Huffman, both of Buckhannon, Brian, Benjamin, and Bernard Huffman, all of Indian Camp; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was also preceded in death by six brothers, Clarence, Averill, Elbert, Ashford, and Bailey Phillips, her twin brother, Jeffie Phillips, an infant brother, four nephews, Maurice, Wayne, Jackie and Marvin Huffman and one niece, Sharon Tucker.
Mrs. Phillips taught school in Upshur County. She attended West Virginia Wesleyn College. She was a member of the Womens Christian Temperance Union and the Indian Camp United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Durward W. 'Duke' Poling

SALEM -- The Rev. Durward Willis "Duke" Poling of Valley Street, Salem, died at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, 1999, at Sunrise of Salem.
He was born July 1, 1914, in Elkins, a son of the late Irvin Jonas Poling and Dona Luella McGee Poling.
Surviving is his wife of 58 years, Della Boyles Poling.
Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. Kermit and Patricia Poling, Parkersburg; two grandsons, David and Mikael Poling, Pennsboro; three great-grandchildren, Britny, Erik and Tiana Poling; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Alicia and Erica Baker; one sister, Helen Snider, Alexandria, Va.; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Ivan Poling and one son, Daniel I. Poling.
Mr. Poling was a graduate of Elkins High School and earned his bachelor of arts degree from Salem College. He received his theological training from Bonebrake and United Theological seminaries. He held honorary degrees, doctor of divinity and doctor of religious arts, given in recognition of his pastoral achievements.
During World War I, he was employed by the Naval Shipyard in Newport News, Va. In 1945 he entered the ministry of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ (now United Methodist), and served as pastor of the Arden, Gassaway and Smithburg circuits: First E.U.B. Church in Salem, First E.U.B. Church in Grafton, Otterbein United Methodist Church in Nitro, and East Street United Methodist Church in Middlebourne, retiring in 1982.
Mr. Poling served in several executive positions during his years of ministry, including: secretary of the West Virginia Annual Conference (EUB-UM); editor of the West Virginia Conference Journal; president of the Taylor County Ministerial Association; coordinator of the Tyler County Cooperative Parish; member of the Board of Directors of the United Methodist Federal Credit Union and the West Central West Virginia Community Action Association; chairman of Conference Boards of Judicial and Court of Appeals, Evangelism, Annual Conference Sessions, and Ministerial Training. He was a youth camp pastor and counselor and delegate to five inter-denominational conferences.
He received several honors and recognitions, among which were: Tygart Valley District Soil Conservation Minister of the Year, 1996; the World Doctorhood Medal from the World University Roundtable (U.N. E.S.C.O.); and the rank of colonel from the Governor of Kentucky.
Mr. Poling was a commander of the Royal Order of Piast, and a knight of the Sacred Cup. The Eastern Orthodox Church awarded him the designation, "Doctor of Christian Service" and he was a member of the Society of Polish Nobles and the Order of Hereditary Nobility. He was a member of the Dynastic House Polanie-Patrikios where as a Prince of Gniezno he held the hereditary dignity, Duke of Bransk-Marmora. He was a patrician of the Eastern Roman Empire. He enjoyed the hobbies of gardening, reading, and rock collecting.
Friends will be received from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Denver Dickens conducting the service. Interment will be in Knights of Pythias Cemetery.

Arthur 'Bus' Simmons

BUCKHANNON -- Arthur "Bus" Simmons, 77, of 8805 Edgewood Blvd., Tampa, Fla., died Sunday, June 27, 1999, at Town and Country Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla.
He was born Dec. 31, 1921, in Sand Run, a son of the late James A. Simmons and Leaola Shipman Simmons.
His wife, Wanda Westfall Simmons, whom he married Dec. 31, 1949, survives.
Also surviving are one sister, Pauline Tenney, Buckhannon; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Leota Riley, Lemoyne Glass and Geraldine Kerrigan.
Mr. Simmons was an electrician at Ford Motor Co. and served in the Air Force during World War II. He was a life member and past commander of the Buckhannon Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3663.

Carl R. Stewart

Carl R. Stewart, 88, of Route 4, Bridgeport, Lake Ridge Community, died Tuesday, July 6, 1999, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, following an extended illness.
He was born March 23, 1911, in Harrison County, a son of the late Robert and Delsie Jenkins Stewart.
He was married to Violet Juanita Trader, who preceded him in death in 1985.
Surviving are two sons, Kenneth and John Stewart, both of Lake Ridge; two daughters, Mrs. Jimmy (Ellen) Fultineer, Lake Ridge, and Mrs. Ed (Janet) Jones, Port Orchid, Wash.; two adopted daughters, Rebecca J. Thompson, Lake Ridge, and Anita Irene Hubbard, Ontario, Canada; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; one half brother, Brooks Bramer, Anmoore; two half sisters, Arlene Bramer, Anmoore, and Elaine Westfall, Charleston; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by two daughters, Patty Fultineer and Delores Conrad; one son, Bobby Stewart; and one half brother, Terrance Bramer.
Mr. Stewart was a retired coal miner with 52 years of service having last worked for Bell Mining.
Friend will be received 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Davis Funeral Home, 443 W. Pike St., Clarksburg, where services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, with the Rev. Thomas Horne officiating. Interment in Marshville Cemetery.

Donna M. Williams

BRIDGEPORT -- Donna Michelle Dye Williams, 34, of Clarksburg, died Saturday, July 3, 1999, in Clarksburg.
She was born Oct. 31, 1964, a daughter of Carol Binegar, Laurel Valley, and Homer Dye, Wallace.
Aslo surviving are one son, Chad Michael Williams, Laurel Valley; one sister, Jami Binegar, Clarksburg; two brothers, Mark Dye, Laurel Valley, and Michael Dye, Lost Creek; her grandmother, Hazel Dye, Wallace; her fiance, Jack McClung, Clarksburg; several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Burnside Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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