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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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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