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Obituaries for June 8, 1998

Betty J. Bartley

CRIMORA, Va. -- Betty Jane Wheeler Bartley, 72, of Route 1, Box 3099, died Saturday, June 6, 1998, at her home.

She was born Feb. 20, 1926, in Uniontown, Pa., a daughter of Dorsey and Violet Collins Wheeler.

Her husband, Elmer Leroy Bartley, whom she married Nov. 27, 1982, survives.

Also surviving are seven sons, Edward J. Wheeler, Shinnston, Salvatore E. Rota, Lumberport, Anthony J. Rota, Winslow, Ark., Lawrence N. Rota, Zanesville, Ohio, Robert L. Walsh, Audubon, N.J., Daniel E. Walsh, Hampton, Va., and David Bartley, Waynesboro, Va.; three daughters, Theresa M. Resino, Franklinville, N.J., Mary E. Cook, Waynesboro, and Lorene Green, Blackwater, Mo., and 27 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one brother, Albert Wheeler.

Mrs. Bartley was retired from Service America of Waynesboro.

Clyde D. Brake

BUCKHANNON -- Clyde D. Brake, 88, of Baldwin, Ga., died Friday, June 5, 1998, at Baldwin.

He was born Oct. 3, 1909, in Rock Cave, a son of the late Charles Brake and Mary Crawford Brake.

Surviving are his wife, Merle Artha Baxa Brake, and two sisters, Madge Broke, Largo, Fla., and Mary Lewis, Daytona, Fla.

Mr. Brake was a member of Cave United Methodist Church, a U.S. Army veteran and a retired machinist.

Ovah B. Bonner

FAIRMONT -- Ovah B. Bonner, 91, of Fairmont, died Saturday, June 6, 1998, at Fairmont General Hospital, where she had been a patient.

She was born March 25, 1907, in Wallace, a daughter of the late Scott C. and Ernestine Dye Wallace.

Her husband, Dr. Rev. J. William Bonner, preceded her in death.

Surviving are three children, Mrs. David (Ernestine) Nigh, Mrs. June Eddy and John Wallace Bonner, all of Fairmont; five grandchildren, Mark David Nigh, John Allan Nigh, John Wesley Bonner and Stacey Bonner, all of Fairmont, and Sue Ann Brock, Meadowview, Va., and one stepgrandchild, Sherri Sandford, Fairmont.

She was also preceded in death by one son-in-law, Nelson E. Eddy, and one stepgrandson, Roger W. Eddy.

Mrs. Bonner and her husband spent 65 years in service to the Lord through the American Baptist Convention. She was active in many phases of Christian work including the Minister-At-Large Program for 17 years.

She had been a member for over 50 years at the Baptist Temple Church of Fairmont, where she held office in the American Baptist Women Association, the youth department and was a teacher of the Crusaders class. She was an active member in the Past Grand Noble of the West Virginia Rebekah Lodge No. 64, being a member for over 60 years.

She was also an active member in the Colonel Morgan Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She graduated from West Liberty College and was a former teacher in the Fayette County School system.

David A. Messenger

WESTON -- David A. Messenger, Torpedoman 2nd Class, 23, of Virginia Beach, formerly of Weston, died Thursday, June 4, 1998, in Virginia Beach, following an accident.

He was born July 13, 1974, in Weston, a son of Beth Montgomery Burns and Charlie Burns, Beaver, and the late Henry A. Messenger.

Also surviving are his paternal grandfather, Lawrence Messenger, Jane Lew; his maternal grandparents, Harold and Betty Montgomery, Camden; one brother, Harold Messenger, Virginia Beach, Va.; one nephew, Harold Messenger Jr., and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Gladys Messenger.

Mr. Messenger enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1992 following his graduation from Shady Spring High School in June of 1992. He had the rank of E<fn115>/<fn7>5 Torpedoman 2nd Class. He had been aboard the USS Saratoga of Jacksonville, Fla., and was presently with the USS Roosevelt in Norfolk, Va.

He was an avid athlete and enjoyed baseball, wrestling, bowling and softball. He also enjoyed hunting the hills of West Virginia.

Friends will be received from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday at Rose-Quesenberry Funeral Home, Shady Spring Chapel, 729 Flat Top Road, Shady Spring. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Shady Spring Chapel. Interment will follow at 4 p.m. in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Jane Lew, with the Rev. Clifford West officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the U.S. Navy Honor Guard.

Hobert A. McClain

SALEM -- Hobert A. McClain, 77, of Route 1, Patterson Street, died at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 6, 1998, at Louis A. Johnson Veteran's Administration Medical Center following an extended illness.

He was born March 7, 1921, in Birch Run, Doddridge County, a son of the late William and Ida Snider McClain.

His wife, Mary Blanche Nicholson McClain, whom he married Nov. 3, 1945, survives.

Also surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Lynn A. and Debra McClain, Port Washington, Ohio, William and Barbara McClain and Nelson and Kimberly McClain, both of Salem; three daughters, Mrs. Richard (Lynda) Nicholson, Route 2, Waldo Run, Mrs. John (Judy) Edgell, Fleming, Ohio, and Mrs. John (Jill) Garrison, Blue Springs, Mich.; two brothers, Willis McClain, Route 3, Meathouse Fork, and Stacey McClain, New Milton; two sisters, Hazel ''Peggy'' Flint, Fairfield, Conn., and Mary Burnside, Pittsburgh, Pa., and 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Eugene, Denzil, Dempsey and Marshall McClain, and two sisters, Mable Carder and Audra James.

Mr. McClain was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and a retired employee of Harvey's Glass with 13 years of service. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran serving in the European Theater.

Friends will be received from 3-9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. until the 2 p.m. funeral service on Tuesday at Greathouse Funeral Home, Salem Chapel, with the Rev. Lillian Simmons officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery.

Lena Nottingham

GASSAWAY -- Lena Nottingham, 85, of Duck, died Sunday, June 7, 1998, at Braxton County Memorial.

She was born Aug. 18, 1912, a daughter of the late Burl Paintiff and Minnie Siders.

Her husband, Earl, preceded her in death.

Surviving are three daughters, Marion Nicholas, Duck, Eva Schmidlin, Sherrills Ford, N.C., and Carol Vaughan, Quick; three sons, Ralph Nottingham, Duck, Roy Nottingham, Camp Hill, Pa., and Rodney Nottingham, Bridgeport; two half sisters, Willma Nottingham and Marlene Nottingham, both of Zanesville, Ohio, and 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Nottingham was a homemaker and enjoyed quilting. She was a member of Hope Baptist Church in Frametown.