Obituaries for Saturday, July 10, 1999
Levoine M. Fleming
GASSAWAY -- Levoine M. Fleming, 77, of Sutton died Wednesday, July 7, 1999,
at her residence following an extended illness.
She was born Feb. 4, 1922, in Braxton County, a daughter of the late
Earle and Delila Adams Morrison Sr.
Her husband, Homer R. Fleming, survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Connie F. Waldeck, Rootstown, Ohio;
one son, Charles S. Fleming, Sutton; two sisters, Martha Brosius, Sutton,
and Anna Parker, Dayton, Ohio, and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Fleming was a homemaker.
She was a member of the Gassaway United Methodist Church.
James A. Hendrickson II
BRIDGEPORT -- James A. Hendrickson II, of O'Cello Street, Clarksburg, died
Friday, July 9, 1999, at his residence following an extended illness.
He was born in Clarksburg, the son of the late James and Mary Alkire
His wife, Macey Mae Cody Hendrickson, whom he married on Nov. 23, 1937,
Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Patty and Edward L.
Malone, Clarksburg; three grandchildren, Dr. James (Leslie) Malone, Bridgeport,
Maria (Kenny) Smith and Melissa Hendrickson, all of Clarksburg, and three
He was also preceded in death by one son, James "Jimbo" Anthony Hendrickson
Mr. Hendrickson was a retired conductor for the Baltimore and Ohio
Railroad and the Chessie Systems Railroad. He was also retired from Staten
Island Rapid Transit in New York, where he worked during World War II.
He was a member of the Railroad Trainmens Union, the Knights of Columbus
and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.
Friends will be received at the Burnside Funeral Home, 607 S. Virginia
Ave., Bridgeport, from 6-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. A Mass
of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of Perpetual
Help Catholic Church, with the Rev. Father Ed Sabo presiding. Interment
will follow in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
Robert S. Meredith
WESTOVER -- Robert Shawn Meredith, 35, of 200 Florida Ave., Westover, died
Friday, July 9, 1999, at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
He was born Aug. 21, 1963, in Fairmont, a son of Robert and Aida Meredith,
Morgantown, and Toni A. Gemondo Meredith, Clarksburg.
Also surviving are a longtime companion, Crystal Smith; two sons, Anthony
Joseph Meredith and Blair Hunter Meredith, both of Morgantown; three brothers,
Frank Joseph Meredith and companion Brandi Given, Morgantown, Michael Shannon
and Cheryl Meredith, Rivesville, and James Neil Meredith and companion
Tina Golden, Morgantown; paternal grandmother Margaret Meredith, Fairmont;
maternal grandmother Lela Gemondo, Shinnston; four stepbrothers, Matthew
and Michael Cress, Morgantown, Dennis Cress, Phoenix, Ariz., and Paul Cress,
California, and two stepsisters, Sandra Kennedy and Sheila Elliott, both
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, James R. Meredith and
James A. Gemondo.
Mr. Meredith was a self-employed laborer.
He was Methodist.
Mr. Meredith served in the U.S. Navy for over three years.
Thelma J. Pumphrey
WESTON -- Thelma Jean Pumphrey, 65, of Route 2, Homewood Community, Weston,
died at 1:10 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 1999, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg,
following a brief illness.
She was born Oct. 3, 1933, in Braxton County, a daughter of Minnie
William Conrad, Homewood, and the late Stanton Conrad.
Her husband, Ed Pumphrey, whom she married on Dec. 10, 1952, survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Robert Lee Pumphrey, Homewood, Dale
Edward Pumphrey, Camden, and Denzil Lynn Pumphrey, Weston; two daughters,
Brenda Ables, Copley, and Joyce Ann Marple, Homewood; four brothers, Virgil
Conrad and Delbert "Jimmy" Conrad, both of Roanoke, Va., Ray Conrad, Maxwell
Run, and Clyde Conrad, Homewood; four sisters, Wilma Pumphrey and Mary
Buckhannon, both of Homewood, Geneva Vankirk, Deanville, and Juanita Riffle,
Newton Falls, Ohio, and 11 grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one son, Darrell Eugene Pumphrey.
Mrs. Pumphrey was retired from Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital
in Weston with 26 years of service.
She attended the Jennings Run Church of God.
Friends will be received at the Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave.,
Weston, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today. A funeral service will be held
at 1 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Clyde Crites
officiating. Interment will follow in the Peterson Cemetery.
Sam A. Rizzo
FAIRMONT -- Sam Anthony Rizzo, 78, of Westwood Lane, Fairmont, died Friday,
July 9, 1999, at his residence.
He was born April 6, 1921, in Simpson, a son of the late Antonio and
Philomena Lucente Rizzo.
Twice married, his first wife, Rose Marie Cerullo Rizzo, preceded him
in death, and his second wife, Helen Lipari Rizzo, survives.
Also surviving are three daughters and two sons-in-law, Patricia Marie
Rizzo, Fairmont, Frances Ann and Mark Jurick, Fairmont, and Linda Jean
and Huey Cockerham, Huntington; one grandson, Mark Christopher Jurick,
Fairmont; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Philomena "Florence" and
Ralph Sellers, Fairmont, Rose Rizzo, Reno, Nev., and Sarah and John Iaquinto,
Los Altos, Calif.; one brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Velma Rizzo,
Fairmont, and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Rizzo was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in
Fairmont, a member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 942, a member of
the Christopher Columbus Lodge, a member of American Legion Post No. 17,
a member of the Disabled American Veterans, a member of Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 629, and a member of Moose Lodge No. 9.
He was in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving four years.
Mr. Rizzo had retired from Owens-Illinois in 1978 and owned and operated
Sam's Confectionery for over 16 years.
He was on the Fairmont Senior High School All State Basketball Team
in 1939 and made the West Virginia All State Team in 1940.
Fernie E. Smith
BUCKHANNON -- Fernie E. Smith, 85, of Buckhannon, formerly of Czar, died
Friday, July 9, 1999, in Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins.
She was born April 12, 1914, in Czar, a daughter of the late Rosco
and Sarah Lewis Cutright.
Her husband, Frank Smith, whom she married on Oct. 10, 1933, preceded
her in death on Oct. 4, 1996.
Surviving are three sons, Dean Smith, Buckhannon, Warren Smith, Cleveland,
and Wilbert Smith, Mill Creek; one brother, Herbert Cutright, Cleveland;
one sister, Ione Laden, Dailey; six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Clefta Poling and Viola
Mrs. Smith was a member of the Beech Mountain Sportsmen Club Auxiliary,
a member of the Rebecca Lodge, Pickens, a member of the Helvetia Extension
Homemakers, and a member of the Pine Grove United Methodist Church.
She was a homemaker.
David K. Queen
BUCKHANNON -- David Kyle Queen, 84, of Route 5, Box 353, Buckhannon, died
at 5:15 a.m. Friday, July 9, 1999, at the home of his son, Leo Queen.
He was born Sept. 8, 1914, a son of the late Wade L. and Iowa Warner
His wife, Zola Geraldine Karickhoff Queen, whom he married on March
2, 1935, survives.
Also surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Leo Gene and Dawn Queen,
Hodgesville; one granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Debbie Queen and Mark
Miller, Hodgesville; one grandson and his fiancee, Michael Allen Queen
and Amy Rohr, Hodgesville, and two great grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one grandson, David Waid Queen, and
two brothers, Eugene and Otto Queen.
Mr. Queen was a coal miner and a farmer. He attended the Mt. Zion United
Mr. Queen was a member of the United Mine Workers of America and the
Upshur County Farm Bureau.
Robert H. Starkey
PHILIPPI -- Robert Howard Starkey, 70, of Whitman Run Road, Route 2, Philippi,
died Wednesday, July 7, 1999, at his residence.
He was born May 24, 1929, in Philippi, a son of the late Raddy Roscoe
and Ethel Mae Skidmore Starkey.
His wife, the former Helen Virginia Hymes Lantz, preceded him in death
on May 12, 1994.
Surviving are two daughters, Tressa Blount, Clarksburg, and Ruth Ann
Beere, Toronto, Canada; one stepson, Larry G. Lantz, Philippi; one brother,
Frank Starkey, Galloway; one sister, Juanita Trader, Brownton; one grandson,
Brian Douglas Beere, and one great-granddaughter.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Wiseman and Violet
McCord, and three brothers, Fred Starkey, Denzil Starkey and John W. Starkey.
Mr. Starkey was a former handyman.
Dolly J. Summers
BUCKHANNON -- Dolly Jessie Summers, 79, of Big Bend Community, Tallmansville,
died Thursday, July 8, 1999, at the home of her granddaughter in Clarksburg.
She was born Dec. 14, 1919, in Upshur County, a daughter of the late
David Jackson Humphrey and Eva Forest Reynolds Humphrey Ware.
Her husband, Roy Clayton Summers, whom she married on Oct. 4, 1943,
preceded her in death on March 1, 1969.
Surviving are seven sons, Basil Summers, Roy Summers Jr. and Theodore
Summers, all of Buckhannon, David Summers, Port Jervis, N.Y., Andrew Summers,
Louisville, Ky., Jerry Summers, Ozark, Ala., and Johnny Summers, Apple
Creek, Ohio; five daughters, Emma Cutright, Rebecca Flannery and Lena Gooden,
all of Buckhannon, Helen Summers, Gilroy, Calif., and Janet Lough, Clarksburg;
one adopted son, Greg Blagg, Apple Creek, Ohio; three sisters, Daisy Ware,
Volga, Ruth Umble, Lorentz, and Helen Kirkpatrick, Washington; 22 grandchildren,
and 13 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Summers was a homemaker.
Johnnie B. Witherington
PHILIPPI -- Johnnie B. Witherington, 81, of Route 3, Philippi, died at
7:50 p.m. Thursday, July 8, 1999, in United Hospital Center, Clarksburg.
He was born Nov. 2, 1917, in Grifton, N.C., a son of the late Adrian
Oliver and Florence M. Jones Witherington.
His wife, the former Mamie Catherine Weaver, whom he married on Nov.
18, 1948, survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Joyce Freeman, Route 3, Philippi;
one son, Johnnie Witherington, Mims, Fla.; two stepdaughters, Grace Little
and Nancy Miller, both of Baltimore, Md.; one stepson, Ronnie Lambert,
Coco, Fla.; two sisters, Bonnie Dudley, Moorehead City, N.C., and Lovie
Pagnoni, Baltimore; three grandchildren, Darell Witherington and Tony Witherington,
both of Baltimore, and Roxann Freeman, Morgantown; one great-grandchild,
and several stepgrandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one stepson, Frank Lambert; one stepgrandson,
Frank Lambert Jr.; two sisters, Etta Justice and Grace Griffin, and one
brother, Gray Witherington.
Mr. Witherington was retired from Bethlehem Steel in Baltimore.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Witherington was a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Brownton,
the Galloway Senior Citizens and Philip Barbour Post No. 3560, Veterans
of Foreign Wars, Philippi.
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