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Obituaries for July 1

Zida M. Bartlett

PHILIPPI -- Zida Marie Bartlett, 88, a resident of Route 3, Cherry Hill Road, died at 11:11 p.m. Monday, June 29, 1998, at her residence.

She was born Feb. 6, 1910, at Philippi, a daughter of the late Minor S. and Rebecca Jane Thrasher Costello.

Her husband, Jennings Devon Bartlett, preceded her in death on April 2, 1971.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Eleanor Jo) Green, Martinsburg, and Mrs. Nelson (Judith Marie) Burner, Philippi; three sons, Franklin D. Bartlett, Chesapeake, Va., Jennings Keith Bartlett, Canton, Ohio, and Russell S. Bartlett, Philippi; one sister, Dolly Costello Robinson, Philippi, and one sister-in-law, Ella Costello, Warren, Ohio; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two stepdaughters, Mabel Irene "Midge" Bartlett Menefee and Roberta Bartlett Gory; one stepson, Lloyd Devon Bartlett; three sisters, Ola Costello Fridley, Inez Costello Mitchell and Bessie Lee Costello Stockton; and three brothers, Olin, Arlin and Benjamin Costello.

Mrs. Bartlett was a homemaker and a member of Jerusalem United Methodist Church. For the past several years she had attended the Mansfield United Methodist Church.

Dorothy P. Bracken

BRIDGEPORT -- Dorothy P. Bracken, 89, of 702 James St., died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, at her residence.

She was born June 13, 1909, in Pt. Marion, Pa., a daughter of the late Samuel Porter and Georganna Hewitt Porter.

Her husband, C. Reid Bracken, preceded her in death on July 11, 1986.

Surviving are two sons, Coulter R. Bracken, Bridgeport, and Samuel G. Bracken, Baltimore, Md.; and six grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one sister, Miss Florence Porter.

Mrs. Bracken was a member of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church and a graduate of West Virginia University. She retired from Monongalia County Board of Education, having taught school in the county for a number of years.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Allen Funeral Home in Bridgeport. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday with the Rev. Mark E. Smith officiating. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the Allegheny County Memorial Park, Pittsburgh.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Permanent Fund of Bridgeport United Methodist Church.

Bernard Cork

Bernard "Bun" Cork, 89, of Route 1, Clarksburg, died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, at his residence following a brief illness.

He was born July 16, 1908, in Lost Creek, a son of the late Overton and Sarah Burnside Cork.

His wife, Hilda L. Cogar Cork, whom he married May 13, 1939, survives.

Also surviving are one brother, Leonard Cork, Clarksburg; one niece, Jean Stone, New Jersey; one great-niece, Dr. Jennie Stewart, North Carolina; and several additional nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.

Mr. Cork was retired from White Electric with 47 years as a mechanic and a 59 year member of the United Methodist Temple. He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served with the Navy Transport Squadron during World War II and also served eight months in Pearl Harbor.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Davis Funeral Home, Clarksburg Chapel, 443 W. Pike St. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday with the Rev. James Kelly officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to United Methodist Temple Youth Ministries, 650 Locust Ave., Clarksburg, W.Va. 26301.

William Cunningham

William John "Juice" Cunningham, 16, of Station ÒC,Ó Box 7032, Clarksburg, died at 11:06 a.m. Sunday, June 28, 1998, in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown.

He was born Sept. 19, 1981, in Clarksburg, a son of Ronald Lee Cunningham and Cheryl Ann Grow Cunningham.

Also surviving are one brother, Ronald Lee Cunningham Jr. and one sister, Danielle Cunningham; his paternal grandmother, Pauline Cunningham, Station "C"; his maternal grandmother, Loretta Shingleton, Grafton; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by infant twin sisters, Nania Renea and Nadia Jeanea Cunningham.

Mr. Cunningham attended Calvary Apostolic Church in Stonewood.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. James F. Feeney officiating. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Ernest D. Freeman

PHILIPPI -- Ernest Dayton Freeman, 70, of Route 1, Moatsville, died Monday, June 29, 1998, in Davis Memorial Hospital, Elkins, following an extended illness.

He was born Sept. 17, 1927, in Moatsville, a son of the late Willie A. and Catherine Hazel Shaffer Freeman.

His wife, the former Kathryn Felton, survives.

Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Mark (Kathleen) Findley, Belington; two sons, Ernest Dowden Freeman, Moatsville, and Ernest Josh Freeman, Philippi; one foster son, Orson Duane Runner, Indianapolis, Ind.; three brothers, Lester Freeman, Moatsville, Billie Freeman, Willis, Texas, and James Freeman, Bridgeport; seven sisters, Mrs. Hugh (Hazel) Shaw, Miss Lillian Freeman, and Mrs. James (Reta) Phillips, all of Philippi, Mrs. John (Nellie) Petrosian, Fresno, Calif., Mrs. Leon (Ola) Talkington, Warren, Ohio, Mrs. Carl (Nola) Hunt, Leavittsburg, Ohio, and Mrs. William (Ades) Benoit, Somers, Conn.; and four grandchildren, Stephanie Louise Findley, Christopher Ernest Findley, Chad Stephen Findley and Nathan Daniel Findley.

He was also preceded in death by one son, Willie Ray Freeman; one daughter, Pamela Ernestine Freeman; two sisters, Grace Freeman and Violet Freeman; and one brother, Albert A. Freeman.

Mr. Freeman was a veteran of the Korean Conflict and a life member of Laurel Mountain Post No. 410, Veterans of Foreign Wars at Belington. He was retired from Chessie System/B&O Railroad. He had coached Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball for over 35 years.

Guy Hammer Sr.

ELKINS -- Guy Saint Clair Hammer Sr., 82, a resident of Country Club Road, died at 8:25 p.m. Monday, June 29, 1998, at his home following an extended illness.

He was born May 7, 1916, on Sixth Street, Elkins, a son of the late Frank Hammer Sr. and Rose Trimboli Hammer.

His wife of 56 years, the former Marie Miller, survives.

Also surviving are five sons, Guy Saint Clair Hammer Jr. (II), Bethesda, Md., Thomas Michael Hammer, Elkins, Robert Bruce Hammer, Martinsburg, Robin William Hammer and Mark Joseph Hammer, both of Morgantown; two daughters, Sharon Marie Hammer Helms, Elkins, and Teresa Caroldean "Dena" Hammer Lang, State College, Pa.; two brothers, Augustine Hammer, Silver Spring, Md., and Eugene Hammer, New Carrolton, Md.; three sisters, Teresa Hammer Groves Harness, Elkins, Mary Hammer Baransky, Fairmont, and Rita Adeline Hammer Hoffman, Silver Spring; 17 grandchildren; and 15 nephews and 20 nieces.

He was also preceded in death by six brothers, Samual Richard Hammer, G.R. "Mike" Hammer, Fank Hammer Jr., James V. Hammer, William R. Hammer and Lawrence P. Hammer.

Mr. Hammer was a graduate of Elkins High School with the class of 1935 and completed business courses at Davis & Elkins College. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II.

He began 15 years of U.S. Postal Service delivering special delivery with an official U.S. mail bicycle at Elkins. In 1939, he was the first Elkins messenger (mail handler) for daily airmail service working for the All American Aviation, now U.S. Air. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Washington, D.C., at Union Station and the National Airport before being transferred to the Elkins Post Office.

Mr. Hammer was the first ground person to get a radio to communicate with pilots. For 50 years, he and his wife were proprietors of The Aero at Elkins Airport.

He was a member of the H.W. Daniel's Post No. 29, American Legion, Elkins Lodge No. 1135, Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks, and the Saint Brendan Catholic Church where he sang in the choir.

He was an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus No. 603 and served as grand knight. He and his wife maintained a winter home at North Fort Myers, Fla.

Henry S. Zirkle

WESTON -- Henry S. Zirkle, 56, of 105 Brown Ave., died at 6:35 a.m. Monday, June 29, 1998, following a brief illness.

He was born March 18, 1942, in Weston, a son of Oliver Zirkle, Cowen, and the late Mary Zirkle.

His wife, Nannette Marsh Zirkle, whom he married July 1, 1997, survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Henry Lee Zirkle, Las Vegas, Nev., and Charles Thomas Zirkle, Florida; two stepdaughters, Debbie Pumphrey and Flossie Marsh, and one stepson, Jacob Marsh, all of Weston; three sisters, Nancy Hodge, Portland, Ore., Teresa Cameron, New Port, Ore., and Sherry Jewell, Bellvue, Ohio; one brother, Allen Zirkle, Canton, Ohio; and seven stepgrandchildren.

Mr. Zirkle was employed at Princess House Glass Company with several years of service. He was Protestant.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Ave., Weston. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Jane Lew.