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 Hendrickson.
His wife, Macey Mae Cody Hendrickson, whom he married on Nov. 23, 1937, survives.
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 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by one son, James "Jimbo" Anthony Hendrickson III.
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 of Morgantown.
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 Price.
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 Queen.
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 Methodist Church.
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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